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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW-“ICEMAN” JOHN SCULLY INTERVIEW

1. Before we look to this rematch, who did you have winning the first Canelo-GGG fight?

ICEMAN: it was a good fight and I had GGG winning. I thought Canelo had some great moments defensively and landed some really beautiful counterpunches. But overall GGG pressed the fight and made things happen.

 

 

2. In your mind, is this the biggest fight in boxing right now?

ICEMAN: it definitely is. They are two of the absolute biggest names. I mean, we have fights like Spence-Crawford that could be made and they would be equal in terms of action and ability and importance to people within the game but those guys are not at that level yet where it will come with the attention that this one does.

 

 

3. How much, if at all, does the contaminated meat/PED test results take away from this fight?

ICEMAN: Unfortunately it is definitely an issue. And Canelo has a lot riding on this fight because if he gets wiped out his whole entire career is going to come into question. He’s got to win or else everyone is surely going to say or think the same thing about his failed PED test.

 

 

4. Is this a do or die fight for Canelo’s reputation or is he young enough and has done enough in the sport to recover even with a loss here?

ICEMAN: I think it all depends on how he loses if that’s what happens. If he gets manhandled and/or stopped then it’s going to raise some huge red flags. And I think people will innately doubt him and everything he’s done up to this point. That question mark will always be there so he’s got to perform in this fight. Win, lose or draw he’s got to perform.

 

 

5. What does Canelo have to do differently in this fight to win convincingly on the cards?

ICEMAN: He needs to blend his offense in with his defense much more. His defensive skills were impressive last time and his counter punches were very subtle but effective. But sometimes with judges you made need to make things more obvious to the naked eye. You need to have it where people really see what’s happening. You can’t just be textbook and calculated. You’ve got to be visually impressive this time.

 

 

6. Same question, but with GGG, what does he have to do to win convincingly on the cards?

ICEMAN: it certainly wouldn’t hurt him to be a little better defensively and make more punches miss. But he also needs to get his offense going at a little bit more a sustained and consistent pace this time. He did some great work last time but it obviously wasn’t the usual eye-catching explosions that we are accustomed to seeing from him. He needs to step on the gas a little bit more and go for broke to also make it visually impressive.

 

 

7. So many fans and media thought in the first fight there would be a knockout or at least a knockdown or two with both being so powerful but they both have great chins. Do you think we see a KO or knockdowns in this rematch?

ICEMAN: Many times with elite level fighters like this the fights tend to go the distance. Almost all of Mayweather’s big fights went the distance. Triple G has went the distance with absolute elite-level guys like Canelo and Danny Jacobs. At that level it takes something extra to get a knockout in most cases. With the skill and durability of these guys as it is another 12 round decision should not be surprising to anyone.

 

 

8. Who wins this fight and how?

ICEMAN: I think GGG is a realistic choice to win. I believe mentally Canelo has a lot going against him. He’s got the stress and the doubt of the positive drug test and there is also the thing where pictures have been circulating in the last day or so of him and it’s pretty clear that his body does not look nearly as impressive as it did for the first fight. It definitely raises eyebrows. He has a lot to prove but by opening up more with his offense he will also open up his defense more and Triple G will be ripping shots in there like he probably should have done the first time. Mentally as well as physically it’s going to take a bigger than normal effort from Canelo to come through this fight as a winner.

 

 

9. Does a Canelo win erase any PED suspicion in your mind?

ICEMAN: I believe the suspicions will always be there to a certain degree with some people. The high doubts will always be there from a certain faction, no matter what happens in this fight. But it would do a lot more for his reputation and the way people perceive him going forward and remember him in years to come if he can win this one after what happened last time.

To completely erase those thoughts and doubts will take an extra impressive and dynamic performance this time.

 

 

10. Does a GGG win make him an all time great or does he need one or two more huge wins against big names before we can say that?

ICEMAN: it’s hard to say. Greatness and all-time standings get thrown around so much in this era that it gets clouded sometimes as to who is actually a great and who is just a great of the era. I suppose anyway you slice it GGG’s record really is stellar and impressive. The number of knockouts alone is eye catching…..and impressive but we will just have to see what type of reactions he gets when all is said and done when his name is mentioned alongside the likes of Robinson, Monzon, Hagler and Hopkins

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EXCLUSIVE TEAM LEFTJAB INTERVIEW: JOHN SCULLY TALKS LOMACHENKO,ALI/MUNGUIA & JACK/STEVENSON

 

1. What were your thoughts on Lomachenko’s win over Jorge Linares and did you see anything in his game that makes you think he’s more vulnerable to guys like Gervonta Davis & Mikey Garcia than before this fight?

ICE: I was at the fight in a ringside seat and I have to say it was impressive in more ways than one. First of all, Linares was so much bigger from where I sat. He almost looked like a welterweight next to Loma and he used that to his advantage all night long. Linares was doing some very subtle but visual counter right hands to the body up the middle that were thrown with full force and precision. I know Loma felt those in a big way. What was most impressive for me is that even in the face of all that size and gameness from Linares, Loma stayed composed and relaxed and kept working until he found his groove. When he got dropped, based on how things had gone up until that moment, the upset was definitely in the air but we have to give Loma incredibly high marks because he answered the tough question as well or better than any fan or trainer could ever hope or expect him to. In many ways, this may have been his most impressive victory to date.

In terms of showing any type of weaknesses, I might be going against the grain here but I think this fight only magnified his strengths. So many intangibles that make boxers great or just good were on display that night. I’d like to see him have another fight at 135 before he faces Garcia and assuming he is successful then I’d be very interested to see them square off.

Tank on th eother hand is a very bright prospect but regardless of who says what I don’t think they will actually put him in with Loma any time soon and I wouldnt blame them at all for it.

2. Where do you currently rank Lomachenko on your Pound for Pound list?

ICE: Loma is certainly in the top 5 in the world, no question whatsoever. I know a lot of people are questioning such a lofty ranking even though he’s only had a relative handful of gifts under his belt but my thing is that I dont need to see him do this thirty times to know who he is. He’s no tjust winning, he’s not just beating very solid opposition, but he’s doing it with exceptional skills, confidence and flair. Anywhere between numbers 1 and 3 is more than fine with me.

3. With Jamie Munguia’s overwhelming win over Sadam Ali, do you think he’s ready to be thrown in the mix of the top middleweights now?

ICE: I’d say it was a great win but size wise there is an asterisk next to it so I wouldnt exactly rush into fighting the strongest and toughest top dogs just yet based on it. Let him have another fight in the meantime, let people see him again and set something up after that.

4. If you were advising Sadam Ali, would you have told him to wait for a later date and new opponent instead of facing Munguia who was so much bigger and stronger?

ICE: I think many people have jumped the gun a bit in being critical of his team. Hindsight is always 20/20 and obviously it looks like a huge mistake was made and it would be easy for me to say they should have waited or fought someone else or cancelled altogether but what’s done is done. I’m sure going in they were confident for different reasons and expected to win. At the very least I can appreciate that he was willing to jump in and fight the guy under the circumstances. He was more of a fighter and less of a businessman and the truth is sometimes that not a bad thing to see in this day and age.

5. Tony Bellew is calling for a bout with Andre Ward and Ward might accept in time.What are your thoughts on that possible match-up?

ICE: Kind of an odd match up if you ask me. A now retired light heavyweight offered a fight with a guy who just scored two great wins at heavyweight. Its the kind of event that would be interesting just to see what would happen but in boxing history terms I have no interest in it. The fight has absolutely zero impact on the heavyweight division in my opinion. Not with huge men like Joshua, Fury and Wilder out there, among many others.

6. Where do you stand on Canelo’s positive PED results and that he is now joining VADA’s year round testing?

ICE: I am very, very anti-drug. I would love to see harsh penalties for any and all users but, with that said, his enrollment speaks to someone trying to remove the dark clouds from over him. It is what it is now. If he stays clean from here on out then i have no problems with him. But i am definitely interested in seeing how his body looks and his his stamina is in his next fight.

7. What does Badou Jack have to do to beat Adonis Stevenson in Canada this weekend?

ICE: Not get caught with the atomic left hand, simple as that. Adonis is about as pure of a power puncher as we have in the game today, his history speaks for itself. Badou has to keep Adonis turning and hesitating with quick feints all night. Anyone can get hurt in this game but I cant see Badou utilizing an all out attack to try and get Adonis out of there because chances are that would be predictably fatal. Conditioning at this stage of the game is crucial. Youve got to be careful with Adonis early on and have enough left for the second half to take advantage of his fatigue. As dangerous as he is, guys like Adonis have trouble maintaining that power deep in the fight because they throw such big shots and expend so much energy that they are usually, genreally, not the puncher they were over the first six that they are over the last.

Badou likely will find himself in a position where he will need to try and take advantage of that.

8. With Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn right around the corner, what type of fight do you anticipate?

ICE: I think it’s a very good fight, really. Jeff will bring it hard, he knows he’s got to capitalize on the Pacman victory. Crawford is apparently a special one, though, and will be tough to beat for anyone in the world right now. Terrance is much fresher than Pacman was and will be on his game. I think this could turn out to be a very good fight and while I think TC is going to ultimately win I can see Jeff having his moments, definitely. He’s goin gto make Crawford work every step of the way.

9. What does Abner Mares have to do in his rematch with Leo Santa Cruz to stop Santa Cruz’s nonstop attack and win rounds against him?

ICE: Abner is a very good fighter and I’m sure he and his team have made the right adjustments. He’s got use his legs and his angles and not stand right in front of Leo. You want to be impressive and land big shots, especially on TV, but at the end of th day winning is what matters the most and to do that Abner is going to have to strategy and technique to win this one. He’s got to use a steady and sharp jab and use the ring to his advantage.

10. How do you rate Ryan Garcia so far as a young, rising star?

ICE: I would say its too early to really rate him just yet. I mean, he’s gotten publicity. He’d done very well with his own push on Instagram and people are talking about him so that’s a great thing in this era. But in terms of actually professional boxing, we really need to step back and separate the publicity from everything else. He’s a good young fighter, he got tested in his last fight, and he’s got a future. But I would say some people’s comparisons to Oscar De La Hoya are very, very premature.

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“FOUR” THE MIND OF A FIGHTER WITH JOHN SCULLY-EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

1.Have you ever been afraid in the ring?

ICEMAN: I don’t know if I’ve actually been afraid but I’ve certainly been concerned many times. One of the amazing things about being a boxer, in particular a professional boxer, is that we develop an internal mechanism that allows us to deal with stress and fear and intense concern in different ways than a non-boxer might. We may feel a brief sensation of fear but it is quickly overruled by the realization that we don’t have time to be afraid because we have an immediate threat in front of us that needs to be dealt with almost instantly. Fear would see us ran away but we all know this is not an option so, instead, it instantly converts into something else.

I’ll say this, though. There have definitely been times when I’ve been in the ring where I felt my life was in danger. I could feel things and sense things that I knew weren’t normal and weren’t right. But as crazy as it sounds, unlike most normal situation where that might occur, as a fighter I’ve always felt my job in those instances was to hide it to the best of my ability and just deal with it myself and let the chips fall where they may.

2. Have you ever lost to an opponent and rooted against him when you saw him in future fights?

ICEMAN: I was always of the mindset that if I won or lost against a particular guy I always wanted to see him do well from that day on because if I beat him and he wins later on I can feel like I defeated a good fighter. It’s a psychological thing. You don’t want to lose to people who are then turning around and losing to someone else.

3. When you’ve experienced a robbery on the cards, did you ever have the urge to blast the judges or the sport verbally in interviews or the post fight interview?

ICEMAN: Yes, 100 percent. I can remember in 1988 in the National Golden Gloves final at 165 pounds, The fight was on ESPN and I definitely felt like I won it. The crowd felt like I won it, my cornerman felt like I won it and the announcers felt that I won it. It would have been a dream come true to win that title and as I was bouncing around that ring before they announced the decision I was literally on Cloud Nine. It was almost surreal. I was about to be crowned with the title I had dreamed about winning since I first put on boxing gloves. When the decision didn’t go my way I literally sunk to one knee and all the energy drained out of me all at once. I felt like crying but, looking back on it, it never occurred to me to blast the judges and, as a matter of fact, that thought literally never entered my mind until one minute ago when you asked the question. I guess subconsciously I’ve always known that no decision has ever been overturned in the amateurs and it would have been just a waste of time. I walked around the arena in a daze for a while after that fight. Not outwardly angry, more just in disbelief at what happened.

But when I was interviewed by different media outlets that night and in the coming days I went on a couple of rants against the system, definitely.

4.What is the biggest regret in your career?

ICEMAN: Absolutely the biggest regret in my career was listening to my first trainer and manager and his opinion on making weight and how to box as a professional. I trusted him because he had a very strong name in the boxing world and I figured what he said was the gospel of the sport. After I learned so much more as a fighter over all these years I realize that his advice and directives were completely wrong.

On my end, as a young professional I could certainly have been more disciplined in my eating habits but the truth of the matter is that I was like a lot of boxers in that I really had no idea at all what to eat and how to properly cut weight. It may sound funny now but I can remember way back then thinking that when I went into training for a fight I would drink Hawaiian Punch instead of soda and would eat a cheeseburger instead of a Big Mac as a way to cut calories.

The old expression, “If I only knew then what I know now” certainly applies to myself and most boxers from my era.

5. What would you say is the accomplishment in your career that happened that surprised you the most?

ICEMAN: I can’t really say anything surprised me. I mean, I trained hard for a lot of years to make things happen. With that said, I can say that a couple surreal things for me happened. As an amateur I fought and defeated a great boxer by the name of Darin Allen who may have been one of the best and most accomplished amateurs ever in U.S. history. He was the defending world champion at the time and I always felt it would be surreal to fight him and it was. I won our first fight in the 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic trials and the feeling at the moment the decision was announced is something extremely hard to justly describe.

As a professional I think it was just the fact that I was a professional fighters who had some sort of recognition factor going for him. When I was a kid watching boxing on TV every weekend with my father it was a thing where anyone who fought on TV was a star to me. I mean, meeting guys in person who were never above 10 bout club level guys was almost the same to me as meeting top contenders or champions.

So to have been a professional boxer and having been on television and having been in newspapers and magazines is pretty amazing and surreal to me. It was the goal when I first started boxing but it’s still kind of surreal that it actually played out like that for me to some degree.

6. Was there ever a point in your career when you wanted to quit boxing?

ICEMAN: Absolutely. 10,000 percent. After I lost to Kevin Watts in 1990, after I beat Jose Vera later in 1990 and again before I fought Drake Thadzi for the IBO title in 1998. I can honestly say that I hated boxing and what it was doing to me physically and mentally during those times and I was ready to get out.

Those were the three times in my professional career that I wished it would all just end.

7. Your famous quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002

What exactly runs through your mind as you wait in the dressing room before a fight and is it different things before every fight?

ICEMAN: It’s generally different things before every fight, largely depending on how well you prepared for the fight. If you go into that dressing room feeling like you cut corners and are under prepared it can be one of the worst feelings in the world. It’s like an extended psychological torture. The craziest thoughts enter your mind. I have had thoughts that many other I have spoken to have also had. Really irrational stuff.

As an example, I’ll tell you that I kind of have a running joke going with Vinny Pazienza where I tell him if he ever gets a text from me saying “Make the call” that means that I am in dressing room with a fighter who isn’t mentally prepared and I need Vinny to call the fire department with a false alarm so they can come and put a stop to the show because the guy wants out! We joke about it but we can do that because we both understand what it means. Being in a dressing room before a fight is an experience like no other. It can be like the walls are suffocating you and you just want to escape it all.

Conquering the dressing room before a professional fight is a huge aspect of becoming a successful professional fighter.

8. How do you overlook all the corruption and underhanded tactics the sport has endured over the years that has driven it’s popularity down and still love it?

ICEMAN: For me, it’s simply a case of the friendships and the competition and the thrill of it all overruling the people in it who have the potential to sour it all. We have to go into each situation knowing there’s a dirty, conniving person in the grass somewhere nearby and for better or worse, I think we’ve all just accepted it and them as a part of the game.

9. Do you ever wonder what life would have been like had you never even picked up a boxing glove?

ICEMAN: It has never even crossed my mind. I knew literally from my first day in the gym that this was a till the end situation for me and I really feel it’s literally worked out the way it was supposed to. I mean, if I’m forced to answer the question I would guess and assume that I would probably ended up as a youth counselor or a gym teacher. Something along those lines.

10. Has boxing hurt your family/social life or has it actually made it better than it might have been if you had a regular job all those years during your career?

ICEMAN: As a boxer I’ve had a unique life in many ways and I think its made things better for me. Working 9-5 was never something I wanted to do, even before I started boxing. I can remember as a kid wanted to be a big rig truck driver when I got older because I figured that way I could be on the road and do what I wanted and sleep in the cab of the truck and eat when I want and go to sleep when I want.

I am sure that’s also why I never even entertained the idea of getting married until after my career as a boxer was over because I knew from early on that very few women could or would want to deal with a fighter and his life and his schedule. I also knew that the way boxers get in the weeks before fights, it wouldn’t be fair for a female to have to deal with all of that. Most people want to be in a situation where they get weekends off and nights off and holidays off but for a professional prize fighter that’s often not even possible. So your life affects other people’s lives and it’s not always in a glamorous or exciting way.

11. Boxing is such a dangerous sport, did you ever fear for your physical well-being?

ICEMAN: I can honestly say that I spent my whole time in my boxing not worrying about the long term affects of it. As someone who still spars today at the age of 50 I am still not overly concerned. I always figured it like this: If I have to worry about what boxing will do to me in the future then I shouldn’t have bothered getting into it in the first place.

I do remember very well during the course of 1982 and 1983 when I was 14 and 15 years old I used to get tremendous headaches on a daily basis. It seemed to me, actually, that it was one big headache that lasted for several months without a break. Yet never once did I consider stopping boxing.

I never told anyone about the headaches. Not my mother, not my father, not my coach.

I figured I’d rather just deal with the headaches and the misery they brought than tell someone about it and end up not being able to go to the gym anymore.

12. Frank Bruno once said “Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.” Do you agree with that statement?

ICEMAN: I agree pretty much, yes. The thing is this. You have your trainer and your cornerman and your teammates and your family, friends and fans but when you are in that ring and some guy is in there with you trying to knock your head off and you have 10 ounce gloves on and no headgear, well, that’s about as lonely of a place as you can get in a room full of thousands of people. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and ten million thoughts running through your head all at the same time.

It’s definitely not for everyone, you’d better believe that, no matter how tough and willing someone may think they are before they have to experience it.

13. Looking back, what was the best thing about being a boxer and having the career you had?

ICEMAN: I’ve often thought bout this and I can honestly say there are several things that are tied for first place, aspects that are irreplaceable. First is being recognized as a boxer. No matter what level you’re at, journeyman or world champion, there’s something special about being a professional fighter that can’t ever be taken away from us by anyone. On top of that are the friends we’ve made, the places we’ve gotten to see and the camaraderie with other boxers.

I always look at all fighters pretty much in the same light in a certain way. No matter who they were or what they’ve accomplished, they were there. They’ve done something that even their most vicious critics and haters can never take away from them.

14. Looking back, what was the worst thing about being a boxer and does anything bother you to this day?

ICEMAN: I would say that everything is kind of tied together in terms of my regrets. Being in a wrong out-of-the-ring relationship early on, dealing with a hard headed manager and sub-par trainer, me not knowing early on about proper nutrition and training to be a professional, listening to advice from someone who I ended up knowing much more about fighting than they ever could dream of. It’s all intertwined. Sometimes thinking about certain things makes me angry but at the end of the day I’ve always used my bad experiences as a way to prevent boxers I’ve worked with to avoid the same ones in their own career.

So all my mistakes and miscalculations and faults have not all been in vain after all.

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“WAR”- JOHN SCULLY TALKS CANELO VS GGG ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

“The Iceman” John Scully joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio’s Canelo vs GGG Supershow “WAR” to give his thoughts on the fight!

On Saturday, September 16, Mexican Independence Day weekend, lineal and Ring magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0,33 KOs) in the 12-round main event. “Canelo vs. Golovkin: Supremacy” is the event that fight fans have been clamoring for, as Canelo and Golovkin will fight to determine supremacy in the middleweight division. Although T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is sold out, fight fans have the opportunity to catch this epic mega-fight live in movie theaters nationwide.

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EXCLUSIVE TEAM LEFTJAB INTERVIEW WITH THE ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY-DISCUSSES ALL HOT TOPICS IN BOXING

JOHN SCULLY

 

1. What were your thoughts on Frampton vs Santa Cruz 2 and was it good enough the second time around to warrant a trilogy?

ICE: I thought it was a good showing and based on how both of their fights went down, I don’t think many would argue if the trilogy comes off. A good fight is a good fight. Back in the Golden Years of boxing it was always a thing where any time two guys got together to make for an exceptionally good fight the promoters always did it again, sometimes three or four times. I don’t think either of these guys can exactly claim ownership over the other one yet either so, yes, I’ll go in for the trilogy.

2. With Mikey Garcia knocking out Dejan Zlaticanin impressively, are you surprised at how good Garcia has looked since coming back from such a long layoff?

ICE: A little bit, yeah. I mean, he’s always been a good fighter but not many guys come off of significant layoffs looking quite as good as he has. And that knockout was a KO Of The Year type shot so he certainly came back and made a splash in doing so. He’s right back in the mix, no questions asked and my feeling now is that sooner or later he and Lomachenko are definitely going to cross paths.

3. Mikey Garcia has said that if he is offered Lomanchenko at 135 he will take the fight… How do you see this fight going if it was to happen?

ICE: I think it’s a must see type of fight, definitely. I really like Garcia but the way it is sometimes, certain guys are just all wrong for you, style wise. The way Lomachenko has been looking I feel like he’s got a little too much command of the ring, too much versatility for most guys. But at the same time, Mikey presents a great name and added pressure for Lomachenko to perform at that level against. One of the best fights out there to be made today, definitely.

4. What are your thoughts on yet another Deontay Wilder opponent Andrzej Wawrzyk testing positive for steroids and Gerald Washington getting the shot at Wilder now.

ICE: Well, personally, I’m pretty much sick of all these guys getting busted with the juice. They may not realize or they simply may not even care but they are all contributing to putting a huge black mark on boxing’s name. Every last one of them. The powers that be need to make a stand and drop the hammer harshly on every last one of these guys. Huge suspensions at the very least. Permanent banishment for a repeat offender. This cannot be tolerated, I do’nt care who it is. From 4 round fighters to the elite in the game. I want to see them drop a hammer on every last one of them.

5. Adrien Granados takes on Adrian Broner in 2 weeks. How dangerous of a fight is this for Broner?

ICE: To be honest, I don’t know that much about Granados other than he had a very solid win over Amir Imam a few months ago. Based off of that I am sure he’s very capable. Broner is very skilled, though, and strictly on paper and perception, I’m going to figure he’s going to be a little too fast for this kid.

6. Jeff Horn gets the shot at Manny Pacquiao next. With likely only a few fights left in his career, do you agree with his decision to fight basically an unknown fighter in Australia?

ICE: I liken it to several other great fighters in history who, towards the end of their career, sort of embarked on world tours. Ali did it and traveled to Japan and Ireland among other places. Pacquiao at this stage of the game is a world figure, not just simply a boxer anymore. It’s great for as many people to see him as possible before he calls it a day so I cant be mad about it at all. I mean, Pacman has been in with pretty steep competition for many years on end now so I cant complain if every guy he fights at this point isn’t a boxing superstar. And here’s the thing, in terms of competition, Jeff Horn is still a solid fighter and he has absolutely nothing to lose here so he could step his game up and make for a great event. Boxing isn’t just about the super fights, it’s also about giving some guys chances when the time comes that they may have not gotten otherwise. A “Rocky” scenario every once in a while is great for boxing, too.

7. When you see the tickets for Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua sell out at a record pace for Wembley stadium (80-90k tickets sold). Why do you think the American boxing fans don’t support their fighters the same way we see overseas fans do for their fighters?

ICE: I have always suspected that it is simply a case of in America there are so many superstars in so many other sports that dominate headlines. A champion boxer can make it big but other than guys like Ali and Leonard, if you put most star boxers in this country at a shopping mall in an average American city at the same time, say, LeBron James or Sarena Williams or one of those type stars are at one the same day, the boxer isn’t going to generally get the most attention. Having been to many different places for fights, including Germany and England, it seems to me that the average boxing star in those places is a bigger star in his home than our boxing stars are in theirs. They are also so much smaller, geographically. I mean, Germany could into the USA mainland maybe 25 times with some room to spare so that’s a huge difference in population and its sports stars spread out over each area.
8. There was some outrage at the antics of Angel Garcia at the press conference for Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia.Did you have a problem with it or was it just promotion for the fight?

ICE: I think the father’s craziness is getting played out, you know? Now he’s actually fully crossed over to ignorant levels. It’s a terrible look for professional boxing, that’s what it really is. It’s one thing for Muhammad Ali to be half smiling when he makes jokes about you at the press conferences and its one thing for two guys to uncharacteristically get physical and then get fined after. But this guy. Every time? We have to listen to increasing ignorance levels every single time he shows up somewhere? It’s time to do something about him. He makes his son look foolish and I’m not sure the son truly realizes it. You cant just sit there time after time with a sheepish smile on your face and say “Ahh, well, that’s just my dad.” No, that’s your trainer. This is your representation and your image. In reality, that is the guy who is constantly representing you to the public. He’s more the face of Danny Garcia than Danny himself is. Not that endorsement offers were going to be pouring in but I would have to doubt that serious inquiries will come as long as this is the representation to the masses that kid has. There’s promotion and then there’s buffoonery. This is the epitome of buffoonery. Boxing needs to stop this right now and make a statement

9. Finally, Garcia and Thurman clash next month.Who wins?

ICE: This is a fight I made sure to get a ticket to see live. I’ll be there in person for that one because it’s such a great, great fight for boxing. Two undefeated young and exciting guys going head to head. That’s exactly what boxing needs more of. Let’s weed all these undefeated guys out and see who the cream is.

As far as the fight goes, I’m going with Keith. I just feel that he is the bigger man and a bit more versatile in there. He will definitely be tested and will have to be alert at all times but when push comes to shove I think he’s going to be hitting a little harder than Danny has been used to. Danny is in with someone at welterweight now, not junior welter. And a big welter at that. Someone who has no dog in him and who will be punching just as hard from 1 to 12. I’m going with Keith.

ICE

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002

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ICEMAN EXCLUSIVE TEAM LEFTJAB INTERVIEW: TALKS WARD VS KOVALEV & HOPKINS VS SMITH

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1. What did you think of Manny Pacquiao’s win over Jesse Vargas and do you see a push for Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 in 2017 based on all the comments from Pac,Arum and Floyd attending the fight?
ICE: I thought Pac looked good and showed that if he has fallen off at all it isn’t by very much. He’s still a major player in the game and it would make perfect sense that the parties involved would want to see the rematch. Now, of course, when it comes to really seasoned boxing people, I think they will see a rematch as a money making scheme and nothing more. A win by either guy wont have much of an impact on the division as they will both either retire right after or relatively soon after. I also don’t really see a rematch turning out much different than their first fight did. I mean, if you look at Floyd’s last what? 15 fights? They’ve all pretty much played out exactly the same and I don’t see that changing this time, either.
I personally am not interested in seeing a rematch between them but I’m sure many will be.
2. With Kovalev vs Ward a week and a half away, what are your final thoughts on this fight and does the winner now become the pound for pound king?
ICE: I would have to say the winner of the fight will be seen by most as the rightful pound-for-pound guy now. This is definitely one of the best matchups in recent times, if not one of the best ever. It has all the makings for a scintillating night. When I first heard the match was made my first thought was that Kovalev is too big and strong and possesses too much power to go along with that battering ram jab of his.
After I thought about it for a while, though, I began to remember exactly who and what Andre Ward is in the ring. Skills supercede all in most cases and as skilled as Kovalev is, Andre is a truly skilled technician with a true boxing mind. I believe he will find a way to maneuver and pick his shots and come away with a strong but close decision victory.
3. Vasyl Lomanchenko will be facing Nicholas Walters.Will this be a competitive fight or is Lomanchenko too good at this point for Walters?
ICE: This is another high level fight happening right now. It’s under the radar in the mainstream and that’s a real shame because this is a truly great match! Walters is going to push him, he’s going to threaten him every step of the way, but I just see Lomachenko as being too wily and sharp at this point for him. I won’t be shocked, though, if Loma gets caught with some great shots along the way before he finds his rhythm.
4. Top Rank has finalized Terence Crawford’s next fight which will be against veteran John Molina. Molina is very tough but can be hit and goes to war every fight. Is that a recipe for disaster against a fighter like Crawford who can be aggressive with accuracy?
ICE: I believe Crawford is the real deal in the ring and while this is a tough fight for him I see the matchmaking as favoring him here. The matchmakers job for someone like Crawford is to put him in with someone very solid and reputable but someone who also possesses the style to make his particular style look good and it looks like that’s what they’ve done here. Molina is definitely coming to war and I’m quite sure Crawford appreciates that.
5. A lot of fans were disappointed when they found out Klitschko won’t be facing Anthony Joshua next. Instead, Joshua will be facing Eric Molina. What can Molina do too slow down Joshua who at this point looks like a machine in there and looks very ready to face the biggest names in the heavyweight division?
ICE: Molina is going to have to be at his very best to win this and as a heavyweight anything can happen in there. The deck is stacked high against him, though, so he’s going to need to be mentally ready even more than physically to overcome AJ. As a trainer I have not yet watched these two closely to see how they exactly match up against each other but obviously Molina is going to have to be super aware and sharp with his head movement and his hands up. The table is definitely being set for AJ to step in shortly into 2017 with an elite heavyweight name.
6. Staying in the heavyweight division, Shannon Briggs gets the big shot he has been campaigning for years to get and it comes against Lucas Browne. First, do you believe Briggs deserves this shot at the WBC title and does he stand a chance against Browne who at least has wins against Chagaev and Rudenko in the last 2 years.
ICE: To say he deserves the shot, in terms of the way the sport is structured and supposed to be run, no, probably not. But he talked himself into it. Marketing genius. And if he pulls it off he will have set the bar high for all those guys with marketing schemes and Internet access. You’ve got to hand it to Shannon, by any means necessary he got the fight. He stayed with a genius plan and it worked. And the crazy thing is that I believe on the right night he can definitely win it. I quite sure after all this talking and Internet videos, he doesn’t want to go out there and make a complete fool of himself when it really counts. Shannon is older now but he obviously is putting the work in now and he can fight. We can’t forget that. Shannon is a very skilled guy when he’s on his game. I don’t know if he should necessarily be favored right now, all things considered, but I wouldn’t make the mistake of counting him entirely out, either!
7. IBF Super Welterweight Champ Jermall Charlo finally faces mandatory challenger Julian Williams. Do you think this will be Williams coming out party or does Charlo get another solid win as he moves onto bigger fights?
ICEMAN: I like the fight a lot. Two young and hungry guys with skills. Charlo is a hot kid right now but I like Julian and I think he has a very solid and diligent boxing guy in his corner in Stephen “Bread” Edwards who is always really on his game as a trainer in preparing Julian for his fights. If I were to bet on the fight, if I had to choose, I would probably go for Charlo at the end of it in a good one. But I wont bet because it’s that kind of fight where the underdog is just way too live.
8. Bernard Hopkins returns for one more fight in December which will be against Joe Smith Jr. How much do you feel Hopkins two year layoff, along with his age will hurt him in this fight and do you think Smith was a dangerous opponent for Hopkins to chose after such a layoff?
ICE: I must give B-Hop all the credit in the world for taking this fight at this point in his life. Joe is a very strong puncher, a kid with nothing to lose. He also appears to have a  deep mean streak in him. If he doesn’t get stage fright I think he will be in it to win it right from first bell to the last.
As far as Bernard goes, I’d have to believe that he has chosen to stay with his years long dedication to clean living, lots of sleep, dedication to his craft. It would shock me if he wasn’t finely tuned on fight night like always.
As far as the fight goes, it’s a tough one to call because regardless of stellar conditioning, 52 is still 52. I’ll say this much, the intensity and motivation for both guys is going to be super high on fight and it absolutely would not surprise me at all to see Bernard put on a scintillating showing and go out a superhero.
However, all things considered, it also wouldn’t shock me if Joe catches him with some big and sharp power shots and mentally slows him down into a safe-mode where he maybe sort of abandons an all out plan to win by any means. I think this fight will be determined more by which B-Hop shows up on fight night than which Joe shows up.
9. Many people felt PBC was in trouble with reduced shows and fighters inactive for the second half of 201. But with the recent announcement of numerous big cards going into 2017, are they back on track at least for the short term?
ICE: I believe they are. I don’t know the inner-workings of their business but they’ve done a lot of shows, gotten great exposure for some great young fighters and it would be a literal shame if this trend were to stop. Them failing would be a huge blow to boxing, I believe. I mean, if boxing can’t sustain these type shows for more than a few years when network TV went strong all through the entire 70’s and 80’s then something is wrong here. I’ve been to several PBC shows in different states and every last one of them was a high quality event, in the ring and out.

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had”Iceman John Scully, April 2002

 

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STEVE UPSHER TALKS KOVALEV VS WARD & GARCIA VS VARGAS ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

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“Showtime” Steve Upsher joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to discuss the latest in boxing & give an update on when he may be in the ring again.Here are all the topics discussed with Upsher…
 1. Next fight update
2. Pacquiao beating Vargas
3. Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2?
4. Danny Garcia vs Sammy Vargas Saturday
5. Lomanchenko vs Walters
6. Crawford vs Molina
7. Joshua vs Molina
8. Hopkins vs Smith
9. Kovalev vs Ward 
10. Jermall Charlo vs Julian Williams
11. PBC revival

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PETER SFERRAZZA TALKS PACQUIAO/FLOYD 2 & PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULT ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

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Peter Sferrazza joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to discuss the latest in boxing & give his personal thoughts on the presidential election results.Here are all the topics discussed with Sferrazza…

1. The Presidential Election result

2. Pacquiao beating Vargas

3. Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2?

4. Danny Garcia vs Sammy Vargas Saturday

5. Lomanchenko vs Walters

6. Crawford vs Molina

7. Hopkins vs Smith

8. Kovalev vs Ward 

9. Jermall Charlo vs Julian Williams

10. PBC revival

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TEAM LEFTJAB EXCLUSIVE JOHN SCULLY INTERVIEW: TALKS OLYMPIC ROBBERIES,NY INSURANCE INCREASE & ERROL SPENCE

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1. What are your thoughts on the robberies at the Olympics this year?
ICEMAN: I remember back in 1984 after the Olympics in Los Angeles a South Korean official was quoted in The Ring magazine, basically saying that they felt that they were the victims of some questionable judging but that we would get our comeuppance when the 1988 Olympics were held in their country.
Sure enough, the robbed Roy Jones there in 1988 in the finals in what I would consider to be the worst decision in the history of boxing, amateur or professional.
I think the potential for robberies and corruption is as high as it has been right now than as any other time in history. There are so many political implications now that can come with certain judges and referees being involved with certain fights. I mean, could you fully trust a judge from Cuba to officiate a bout between a guy from the USA and someone from a former USSR state or an Israeli judge working a bout between Iraq and the USA?
AIBA has been apparently heading off the rails for quite a while now and at this point it seems like it’s almost chaos in amateur boxing. Ultimately it is the sport itself that is suffering because the fighters, if not the fans, are going to grow so sick of it and they’re not going to want to even bother staying amateur to compete in events that they don’t feel they even have a real chance to win anymore.
2. With the new insurance increases coming in New York do you feel there will be a resolution or is boxing in NY in trouble in the future?
ICEMAN: It’s definitely a huge hurdle in the road right now. I’ve seen something similar before. I turned pro in 1988 at the Hartford (CT) Civic Center and back then in the 1980’s there were many shows held in that building. Marlon Starling boxed there pretty frequently. They even did local and international amateur shows there. Freddy Roach even fought there as an amateur in 1976 against a guy from Hartford named Miguel Quiles.
What happened, though, is that for some reason they raised the rent there by ridiculous amounts and as a result, since around 1990 there has only been around three or four shows in that building. So in an attempt to get more money for rent they essentially wiped out professional boxing in their building for the last 26 years.
New York might very well be headed for a similar fate and that’s almost criminal to me. New York shows, especially the club show circuit, was among the most vibrant in the entire world at one time. Hopefully there is a politician somewhere in New York who is also a big, big boxing fan.
3. How impressed were you with Errol Spence stopping Bundu who has never been stopped even against Keith Thurman?
ICEMAN: Errol has arrived with a loud bang, I guess you could say. He reminds me of Clubber Lang in ROCKY III, just showing up creating havoc everywhere he goes. As a young guy who isn’t even close to his full powers yet it’s going to be very interesting to see how things go against the bigger names. And of course there will eventually come the talks where people are wondering what he could do if Floyd were to come out retirement? 
His presence brings a new and very interesting dimension to the game today.
4. Spence wants Kell Brook next but first Brook takes on Gennady Golovkin next month. With the fight almost here, do you feel any different about this fight than when it was announced?
ICEMAN: Not particularly, no. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised to see that not only did Kell weigh considerably more than GGG at the official 30 day weigh-in but also in photographs he apparently has put on weight in spectacular fashion. I can’t recall seeing a guy move up two weight classes in one jump and looking as good physically as Kell does, especially so far out from the actual date of the fight.
But when push comes to shove, it’s still GGG and I just can’t seen him losing.
5. Manny Pacquiao chose to face Jesse Vargas in his comeback fight instead of Terence Crawford…smart move by Pacquiao to not get in there with Crawford after a long layoff?
ICEMAN: I think business-wise as much as anything it’s a smart move because that is a fight that could be built up to be much, much bigger a few months down the line. There are many, many fights that could be made today that would be interesting and competitive but in terms of maximizing exposure and earnings, you have to be smart and wait for the right time to make them. A lot of people in the boxing game feel that Crawford could beat Manny right now but you need to wait until many more casual fans are saying the same thing. Then you’ll have a legitimate PPV fight.
6. There’s also the possibility that they want to build up Pacquiao vs Crawford a bit. Do you see that as a  passing of the torch fight for Top Rank?
ICEMAN: I think it’s just another really good potential fight in the game today. I’m actually not one to write Pacman off so easily just yet. I think he’s looked good since the Mayweather fight and hasn’t shown me any significant drop off. It’s not like Floyd was banging him around and abusing him physically. I’ve seen guys lose a lot more in fights than Pac lost in that fight so, again, I’m not gonna’ rush to write him off and see him as a guy who needs so much protection from the young guys. He’s still a handful for all of them.
But with that said, if he does match up with Crawford down the line and loses, then it solidifies Terrance and puts him into a whole new stratosphere.
7. Do you feel Danny Jacobs vs Sergio Mora 2 will be a competitive fight? The first one was for a few rounds before Mora broke his leg but Jacobs still seems like he’s on a different level than Mora.
ICEMAN: I could see it being a solid and interesting fight, Sergio obviously has experience and skills and will be motivated highly but it seems like they are just at two very different points in their careers and that Danny is probably on a much higher motivational plane right now. He’s very, very close to big, big fights right now and that along with the motivation to straighten things out with Sergio will more than likely see him not be denied.
8. Canelo’s upcoming fight against Liam Smith has the least amount of buzz for a Canelo fight since he became popular in the U.S. But are the fans underestimating Smith who is still a world champion and undefeated?
ICEMAN: I believe they are and I say that in part because I didn’t even realize they were actually fighting each other until you just asked me about it. I’ve seen no articles, no real buzz about it. The thing is, though, at any level, you simply cannot overlook anyone in the game. I’ve said it a million times, just because a guy isn’t super famous or undefeated doesn’t mean he can’t fight. I know plenty of little known guys who could do some real damage if they got the opportunities. If Canelo were to treat this like its a gimme’ fight and a walk in the park it could prove to be the biggest mistake of his entire boxing career.
9. Jarrell Miller has been calling out the big names in the heavyweight division. Do you feel he is ready to step in with the top guys yet?
ICEMAN: I know he has been calling them out and he’s gung-ho about it and that’s one way to get your name out there but I still think it’s a bit premature to actually go and match up with the elite guys at this point. If I was involved with him I would want to keep getting my name out there but if you’re in it for the long haul then obviously you still need to develop your game and get real experience under your belt. I would have to think he’d be much more comfortable after having a fight against a solid guy over 10 rounds on television first.

ICE

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had”Iceman John Scully, April 2002

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