Julian “The Jewel” Poole joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to discuss his upcoming fight August 20 and talk about some upcoming big fights.Poole takes us back to his first loss in his last fight against ZarZar and teLls us what went wrong and a rematch is already on the table next.Poole talks about his upcoming fight and how training camp has gone leading up to this important fight in his career.We also get Julian’s thoughts on some fights coming up including Brand vs Ward,Vargas vs Pacquiao & GGG vs Kell Brook.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
TEAM LEFTJAB EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN “THE ICEMAN” SCULLY-TALKS GGG VS BROOK, WEIGHT CLASSES & WILDER VS ARREOLA
1. The big news this last week was the announcement that Gennady Golovkin will be facing Kell Brook in September.What was your initial thoughts upon hearing the news?
ICE: My initial thought was that they are starting to set a dangerous precedent for our sport and that is still my thought on it. Kell Brook weighed 147 for his last fight, period. He’s been at the weight pretty much this whole time. He doesn’t deserve a fight with GGG. Why have top 10 rankings in each weight class if the sanction body isn’t going to enforce them? Let’s ask the top 5 contenders for GG’s title what they think about being pushed to the side like this. Also, business aside, they have weight classes for a reason. Sending naturally smaller men up two weight classes cannot be a good idea and if one of them gets permanently injured in doing so a lot of people are going to have to explain their reasoning to the family of the boxer. How are they going to justify it? Morally and business wise, how are they going to explain it? Other than for financial gain, how can this be seen as a good idea? Some respect Brook for challenging himself by moving up to fight this killer and that’s fine but what about the # 2 or # 3 contender who has been awaiting his shot at GGG? It’s a joke when sanctioning bodies allow this type of thing but then in the next breath they try to forcefully enforce other rules. Picking and choosing which of your rules to strongly enforce can’t be good for the sport.
2. Will this fight show how important weigh classes are like Khan vs Canelo did or will this fight be different?
ICE: I believe it will show the need to stay in your lane and it will show that putting men in an already dangerous game into even more unnecessarily dangerous positions is not where we need to be going. Of course weight classes are important. They are in place for a reason. I mean, I just cannot see any full fledged middleweights taking GGG’s best shot on the chin so how can anyone expect a career welterweight to take it if it lands? Why is this being passed off as a normal thing here? All this will do is steer other smaller guys into looking up at the next weight classes and seeing who they can target to make the most money. The sanctioning bodies allowing it to happen is absolutely extremely dangerous. If Brook can be allowed to do it then how will they justify denying other guys who also want to put themselves in extreme harms way for more money? Where does the line get drawn??
3. Do you feel this could be a dangerous trend developing where smaller fighters keep looking to move up for a pay day or a challenge that can make them an even bigger star?
ICE: That was my first thought, yes. It could start a trend that we don’t need or want. There are plenty of guys at 160 for GGG to fight. People say he has no one to fight? I have a newsflash for the boxing world. There is a top 10 list put out by the WBC, updated every single month, of 10 guys at 160 pounds who are in line to fight for GGG’s world title. How about fighting one of them?
4. The phrase “daring to be great” has been attached to fighters like Khan and Brook for moving up to face dangerous,bigger fighters like Canelo and GGG. What are your thoughts on their motives and also the backlash GGG and Canelo get for fighting welterweights.
ICEMAN: They are daring to get paid well, also, let’s not forget that. Now let’s get one thing clear. GGG is one of my favorite fighters in the game today and I certainly think he is no worse than # 3 pound for pound. But he has Lara challenging him. There are other guys willing to fight him. Let’s go down the rankings line and ask each of them and see what they say.
4. Chris Eubank Jr or his father according to Abel Sanchez really caused his son’s chance to fight GGG to get nixed. How serious do you think they really wanted that fight?
ICEMAN: I really have no insight or idea into anything regarding that fight other than my own perceptions and my first thought when I heard Chris’s challenge was that he was trying to maneuver his son into a big money fight more than anything. In situations like this it is like free publicity. It’s a brilliant idea in hindsight, really. Getting your son prominently mentioned in the same sentence as one of the pound for pound fighters on earth today. You can’t blame him for that.
5. Deontay Wilder faces Chris Arreola this coming Saturday and most feel Wilder runs through Arreola. How do you feel this fight goes?
ICEMAN: My initial thought is that Arreola doesn’t have enough time to get truly ready for the fight and that his style bodes well for Wilder to do his thing. He has a good name and will come to fight and has the experience and skills to make it a good enough fight but this is more Deontay’s time than it is Chris’s. That’s the general feeling I get and, really, I see it as them trying to set the stage for Wilder-Fury or Wilder-Joshua type fights and they aren’t expecting that plan to get derailed here.
6. Terence Crawford faces Viktor Postal in a much anticipated showdown. Does Postal give Crawford a tough fight or is this the win Crawford needs to get him a really big name next?
ICE: I think both aspect are in play here. I assume its’ going to be a very good fight. Postal can push Terence like some others haven’t been able to and it would be a great looking win for TC to have on his resume. It’s a good fight that more than likely will be exceptionally entertaining and that’s also great for Crawford’s career and the game of boxing in general.
7. With Sergey Kovalev doing what he had to do to beat Chilemba and Ward a big favorite to beat Alexander Brand, do you feel it’s now the right time to have Kovalev vs Ward?
ICEMAN: I think the buzz on social media has been very positive about the fight, many are torn as to who they think will win and after Kovalev’s showing the other night some who picked him to win are now picking Andre to win. So its a very intriguing fight and by the time they get done with the pre-fight hype it is going to be seen as one of the top 3 fights of the year to see. Maybe the top one. If you watch boxing then you are definitely 1000 percent going to watch this fight and I still see it as a huge risk for both guys.
8. We saw some backlash to Hassan N’Dam ending Jonathon Esquivel’s Olympic Bid. What are your thoughts on a seasoned pro like N’Dam competing in The Olympics against these kids?
ICEMAN: In my honest opinion I just do not feel that professionals have a place in the Olympics. We already have professional sports. We already have professional boxing. Just like in Olympic basketball, now you are looking at shutting out some of the most promising young amateurs in place of more established professionals who can draw television ratings and more media attention. It’s not being done for the good of amateur boxing, not at all. Lets make sure everyone understands that. AIBA is absolutely, one million percent not doing this so that amateur boxing can be a better sport. They are doing it to draw more attention and subsequently more sponsorship and viewership. Amateur boxing is in the line of fire now and is in serious danger of being irreparably altered and ruined. There’s a big difference between rule changes that make boxing better and ones that simply hope to result in more money being in the mix. The purity of Olympic competition is being compromised in a seriously damaging way.
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 2002Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
“Showtime” Steve Upsher joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to give us an update on his injury and when we will see him in the ring again.Showtime talks about being offered a fight with Cletus Seldin recently but not being able to take the fight due to an injury to his arm but still wanting the fight once he returns.We look back at Fight of the Year candidate Thurman vs Porter from last weekend along with Anthony Joshua’s impressive win over Dominick Breazle.Upsher also gives his thoughts on some upcoming fights including Crawford vs Postal,Wilder vs Arreola and Santa Cruz vs Frampton.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
Peter Sferrazza joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to talk about some big fights from last weekend and give us an update on Paulie Malignaggi & Junior Younan.Pete looks back at last weekend’s big fights which included Lomachenko’s KO win over Roman Martinez and Salido’s fight of the year draw with Francisco Vargas.Looking ahead,Sferrazza breaks down next weekend’s welterweight showdown between Shawn Porter & Keith Thurman as well as some big heavyweight fights including Joshua vs Breazle,Fury vs Klitschko & Wilder vs Arreola.We also get Pete’s thoughts on Pro’s fighting in The Olympics.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
Xavier Porter joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to give his thoughts on Canelo’s KO win over Amir Khan and it’s impact on each fighter’s future.Porter gives his thoughts on the fight and if Canelo will face GGG next. Xavier also gives his opinion on Wilder’s risky Moscow showdown with Povetkin,McGregor vs Mayweather rumors,Porter vs Thurman,Crawford vs Postal and more!
Tommy “The Razor” Rainone joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to look back at Canelo’s KO win over Amir Khan and give his take on what’s in store next for each fighter.Tommy breaks down the fight and also talks about the judges cards and Virgil Hunter’s post fight comments in the ring.We also get Tommy’s thoughts on Khan vs Brook,the rumored McGregor vs Mayweather fight,Wilder vs Povetkin in Russia & the future of Roc Nation & PBC.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
Showtime Boxing Analyst Al Bernstein joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to talk about Canelo’s win over Amir Khan and the impilcations for each fighter’s future.Bernstein gives his take on the possibility of a Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo fight,what it would take to get it made & how the fight itself would play out.We also get Al’s thoughts of Victor Postal taking on Terence Crawford,Deontay Wilder going to Russia to defend his WBC title against Povetkin & the rumored Conor Mcgregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight.With PBC reportedly in financial trouble we ask Bernstein his thoughts on it’s future and since AL is a big Cubs fans so we had to get his thoughts on who he see’s making it to The World Series..The Cubs or The Mets.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
Peter Sferrazza joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to give his breakdown on Canelo’s KO win over Amir Khan and it’s impact on each fighter’s future.Pete gives his thoughts on the fight and if Canelo will face GGG next.We also get Sferrazza’s thoughts on the Lemieux’s win over Tapia and what Tapia can do to get his career back on track as well as Curtis Stevens big KO win over Teixeira.Sferrazza also gives his opinion on trainer’s taking more of a role in fight promotion,Wilder’s risky Moscow showdown with Povetkin,McGregor vs Mayweather rumors, and more! We also get Pete’s thoughts on the Yankees slow start and what he thinks of The Mets strong start in 2016.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
Julian “The Jewel” Poole returns to Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to give the details on his next fight on June 4 in Milwaukee.Poole also gives his opinion on catchweights,Mayweather’s possible return,Joshua vs Breazle & a prediction for this weekends PPV Khan vs Canelo.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to discuss his upcoming fight in Russia against Alexander Povetkin.Wilder talks about the pro’s and con’s of fighting in Russia and holds nothing back as far as concerns and benefits of a win there.We break down the fight with Deontay and compare it to when Povetkin faced another tall heavyweight with reach and power..Wladimir Klitschko.We get honest opinions from Wilder about getting a fair decision,PED issues in Russia and what’s next after a victory.Be sure to check out our main site TEAM LEFTJAB at www.leftjaballnightboxing.com where you will see all the latest from The Team LeftJab United Radio Network!