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Interview with Vitali Klitschko, WBC World Heavyweight Boxing Champion at the BWAA Awards Gala 2012

Vitali Klitschko is a Ukrainian professional boxer and the reigning WBC heavyweight champion. He is leader of the political party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and since December 15, 2012, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. He previously held the WBO and WBC titles. Klitschko is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a PhD degree.

Both Vitali and his brother are avid chess players. Vitali is a friend of former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the two have played, with Kramnik always winning. Vitali has commented that “Chess is similar to boxing. You need to develop a strategy, and you need to think two or three steps ahead about what your opponent is doing. You have to be smart. But what’s the difference between chess and boxing? In chess, nobody is an expert, but everybody plays. In boxing, everybody is an expert, but nobody fights.”

Exclusive Interview with Dewey Bozella, Winner of the Courage in Overcoming Adversity – 2012

Dewey Bozella, who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 26 years of a wrongful conviction, won his pro boxing debut by beating Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision in a cruiserweight bout in October at The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old Bozella, who received a call of support from President Barack Obama two days prior to the bout, passed a physical administered by the California State Athletic Commission in September which allowed him to face the 30-year-old Hopkins (0-4) of Houston.

The victory satisfied Bozella’s dream of fighting as a professional boxer on the undercard of the light heavyweight bout between RING and WBC titleholder Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Bozella has been named recipient of the BWAA’s Courage in Overcoming Adversity Award, named after Congressional Medal of Honor winner Bill Crawford.

During his post-fight, in-the-ring interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Bozella was asked what his next fight would be.

“My next fight is to work with kids. The Dewey Bozella Foundation. That’s what I’m trying to get started,” said Bozella. “To work with kids and to keep them off of the streets and to let them know that through boxing, they can turn their lives around. That’s what this was all about.

Interview with the Oldest Boxer in History to win a Title, Bernard Hopkins – New York, 2012

Bernard Hopkins Jr., known as The Executioner (born January 15, 1965) is an American boxer. Hopkins is most widely known for his career in the middleweight class, where he held at least a piece of the championship in that class from 1994 until 2005. Having held the International Boxing Federation’s middleweight title first, he unified the titles of all three of boxing’s major sanctioning bodies in 2001 by winning the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles.

In 2004 Hopkins, having added The Ring middleweight championship to his resume as well, became the first middleweight to have held all four of what are considered the major belts when he won the World Boxing Organization’s championship from Oscar De La Hoya.

Having defended a world middleweight title a record 20 times before losing the title in 2005, he is considered one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. The Ring ranked him #3 on their list of the “10 Best Middleweight Title Holders of the Last 50 years.”

In addition to being an active boxer, Hopkins is also a minority partner with Golden Boy Promotions.

85th Annual New York Golden Gloves Finals at Madison Square Garden – New York, 2012

The top amateur boxers in the NYC metro area battled it out over two nights for the title of Golden Gloves Champ. This was a big year for a few male and female boxers as several Golden Gloves competitors are vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 2012 Olympics in London. This was also a very sad year for the Golden Gloves after losing legendary Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo and boxing historian Bert Sugar, both tremendous supporters of the Golden Gloves – both will be honored with a ten count each night at the Daily News Golden Gloves Finals.

New Yorkers from all walks of life – from firefighters and state workers, to teachers and students – have fought in tournament bouts throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and parts of upstate over the past 9 weeks to earn their spot in the ring at the 85th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament on Thursday, March 29th and Friday, March 30th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. A total of 24 championship bouts will be held over the two days, featuring 48 male and female boxers.

The Daily News Golden Gloves was the launching pad for world champions Emile Griffith, Jose Torres, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Mark Breland, Zab Judah, three time world women’s lightweight champ Alicia Ashley, and Melissa Salamone.

Interview with Boxing Great Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions – 2012

Oscar De La Hoya is a retired American professional boxer of Mexican descent. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School.

De La Hoya was born in East Los Angeles, California, and comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was The Ring’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995 and Ring Magazine’s top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997 & 1998. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009.

De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and has won ten world titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport, an estimated $696 million pay-per-view income.

De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first American of Hispanic descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.

Interview with Angel Garcia, Trainer of Danny “Swift” Garcia, Super Lightweight World Boxing Champion – 2012

Ángel García originally from Naguabo, Puerto Rico, who was also a boxer. It was his father who introduced him to boxing, taking him to Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Boxing Club when he was ten years old, the minimum age allowed by local law for a minor to train. García Sr. has since been his primary boxing coach.

Having been raised in the city with the second largest Puerto Rican community in the United States, García identified with his heritage, stating early in his career the desire to become the “next great Puerto Rican fighter”. Garcia admired Boxing Hall of Famer Carlos Ortíz as his favorite boxer and considered Ortíz’s fight against Lenny Matthews in Philadelphia among the most memorable he had ever witnessed.

Chat with Danny “Swift” Garcia, Super Lightweight World Boxing Champion – 2013

Danny García is an undefeated American professional boxer of Puerto Rican descent and the current WBC, WBA (Super), and Ring Magazine light-welterweight Champion.

Danny Garcia faced off against thirty-five year old Zab Judah on April 27, 2013. Garcia out-boxed Judah for the majority of the fight, landing powerful shots that stunned Judah and eventually scored a knockdown in round 8 with a straight right hand to the head. However, Judah came back in the tenth round and eleventh round and landed the majority of the punches thrown by either fighter in those two rounds.

Both fighters then came on strong in the twelfth round to conclude the bout. Despite this, Judah’s late success wasn’t nearly enough to secure victory; as all of Garcia’s success throughout and early and middle rounds, as well as the knockdown he scored in the eighth round, was enough (and seemed enough) to earn a (unanimous) decision victory. Garcia later stated after the fight that Judah was the toughest and most crafty fighter he’s ever faced. Garcia is now rumored to fight against Lucas Matthysse.

Interview with Brett D. Yormark, CEO Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York, 2012

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, Brett Yormark has overseen all aspects of the team’s move to new arena in Brooklyn, including the rebranding, marketing, and sponsorship sales. Since he joined the Nets in 2005, Yormark’s mission has been to make it the most accessible, inventive, fan-friendly, and community-active team in sports.

In his role as CEO of Barclays Center, Yormark has oversight for all facets of the sports and entertainment venue, including operations, event programming, sales, and marketing.

Under the partnership between Mikhail Prokhorov and Bruce Ratner, Yormark reports to the Board of Directors of both the Nets and Barclays Center. In January 2007, Yormark secured a 20-year strategic marketing partnership with Barclays, which includes the naming rights to Barclays Center. In addition to Barclays, Yormark has signed agreements with 10 major partners for Barclays Center.

Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Two Time World Boxing Champion from Brooklyn, New York – 2012

Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi is an Italian American professional boxer. He is a former IBF Light Welterweight Champion and the current WBA Welterweight Champion.

Malignaggi has done print clothing ads that have been featured in magazines such as Esquire magazine, Playboy magazine, and Frank 151 magazine. He also had a small role in the movie Undefeated featuring John Leguizamo, and had a feature documentary on his life leading into his fight with Miguel Cotto titled “Magic Man,” which later aired on Showtime.

Japanese video game company Nintendo used him as the model for their character Little Mac in the new sequel Punch-Out!! for the Wii, and also featured him in the commercials as well. Malignaggi is a featured fighter in EA Sports’ Fight Night Round 4 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Malignaggi is set to defend his WBA Welterweight title against undefeated two time world champion, former WBO Super Featherweight champion and current WBC Lightweight champion, Adrien Broner on June 22, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Interview with Boxing Great from Mexico, Erik “Terrible” Morales – 2012

Érik Morales, who was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes. He is a former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2) and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion.

Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. He is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao. He ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time.

Morales’ record consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2 KO). He won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. Morales also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández and Manny Pacquiao.

Live Duet Performance by Dan Hill & Manny Pacquiao of the Classic Hit “When We Touch” – 2011

In 2003, the song was used in a Geico commercial. Manny Pacquiao sang this song on the November 3, 2009 showing of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. This was Pacquiao’s first guest appearance on an American late night TV talk show and his first singing performance on American TV. He would later revive this song on April 2011 as his single and reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 20 list and has become the third most added song on radio playlists in the US. In August 2012, Dream Theater performed an impromptu short cover in Rio de Janerio.

In 2011, Manny Pacquiao released the song as a single with Dan Hill.

Exclusive Interview with Laila Ali, Women’s World Boxing Champion – 2011

Laila Ali is a retired American professional boxer. She is the daughter of retired heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali of his third wife, Veronica Porsche Ali. Laila is the second to last of her father’s nine children and his youngest daughter.

On July 23, 2007, Ali married former NFL player Curtis Conway in Los Angeles. They have two children together, son Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr. (born August 26, 2008) and daughter Sydney Jurldine Conway (born April 4, 2011).

Ali is stepmother to Conway’s three children: twin sons Cameron and Kelton (born 1995) and daughter Leilani (born 1999).

Ali is also credited with saving the life of American Gladiators co-host and wrestling legend Hulk Hogan by telephoning him when he was depressed and suicidal – a call which Hogan (in his book My Life Outside The Ring) claims “snapped me out” of an acute suicidal “trance”.

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