On The Beak – Admin
Undefeated super lightweight Vernon Paris (26-0-0, 15ko) is already in the best shape of his career and is looking forward to his big opportunity against Zab Judah (41-7-0, 28ko) on March 24 at the Aviator Sports Complex, an arena in Judah’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York. The 24-year-old fighter, known as the Ice Man, sees his fight on the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast as the big chance he’s been waiting for.
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“I have to go through Zab to get where I have to go,” said Paris. “I’m coming in the best shape of my life because I know what the reward is going to be. This is an eliminator. I’m fighting for the number one spot in the IBF.”
Paris realises that, in Judah, he’ll be facing his stiffest challenge to date: “I’m not taking anything away from him; he’s a five-time world champion. I know he’s got the experience. I know he’s been there but if he thinks I’m going to lose to a 34-year-old Zab Judah, he doesn’t have a clue about what he’s getting into the ring with… he doesn’t know what’s coming.”
Paris added that he is working harder than ever, noting that fights are won in training camp rather than in the ring: “I’m not waiting until March 24 to win this fight. I’m gonna win this fight right now, while I’m in training. It’s not when you get there on that day of the fight, working hard now is what’s going to get me where I gotta go.
“I’m putting it in two or three times a day,” Paris said. “I’m up in the morning running. I’m running at night. Every chance I get.” Paris continued, “I lay down for a couple hours, but then I’m back up and we go back to the gym. I’m eating good, sleeping good, and I have a clear mind. That’s not good for Zab Judah.”
Advisor Carlos Linas and Manager David Shumate have been with the fighter since day one and notice a difference in Paris as this fight approaches: “He has never been in this kind of shape,” Linas commented. “We know Zab is a southpaw and that he still has power in the first few rounds, but these days Zab is fighting himself. He’s not like he was ten years ago. Our only concern is how to get out of the arena safely after we knock Judah out in front of his crowd.”
On being the away fighter, Paris said: “I’m not afraid to go into Brooklyn to fight him. It’s more pressure on Zab to fight in front of his hometown. Nothing about Brooklyn scares me; that’s where I want to go. Besides, he’s never fought there either.
“Under the lights and cameras, I transform into an animal,” Paris said. “This fight ain’t gonna be decided by the judges, it’s gonna be decided in the middle of the ring. From start to finish, we are going to be banging. So if Zab can’t handle the pressure, then he’s going out. I got too many plans. I need this fight to get where I got to go. I need it bad.”
Linas concluded: “It’s time for some new blood to move in. This is Vernon’s time. I almost feel sorry for Zab.”
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced this week that it will distribute Island Assault 4: The Battle featuring the WBO flyweight world championship between defending champion Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria and challenger Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Viloria, the 'Pinoy Punch'
“US boxing fans loved watching ‘Island Assault 3′ last December, showcasing Viloria versus [Giovani] Segura, on top of an action-packed card from the Philippines,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “These are two of the top smaller-weight class boxers in the world who have five world titles between them. This show, of course, continues the heated Filipino versus Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today. An equally exciting undercard will soon be announced.”
Three-time and reigning world champion Viloria (29-3-0, 16ko), a dual citizen of the US and Philippines, was a 2000 US Olympian. Rated number two by The Ring magazine, Viloria captured the IBF title – his present belt – in July, winning a 12 round decision from Julio Cesar Miranda and defending it against Segura.
Viloria’s other notable victories have been against Omar Soto (ten round decision), Ulises Solis (11th round KO), Eric Ortiz (first round KO), Jose Antonio Aguirre (12 round decision) and Angel Antonio Priolo (Seventh round KO).
Romero, fighting out of Guadalajara, is a two-time WBC light flyweight champion who has defeated Viloria in one of two previous meetings. In August of 2006, he easily won a 12-round decision (118-110, 117-111, 117-112) in Las Vegas. Three months later, in a rematch also held in Las Vegas, Romero and Viloria fought to a draw that was changed to a “no decision” when Romero failed a post-fight drug test.
Romero has also defeated Jorge Arce (first round TKO), Rodel Mayol (12 round decision), Ronald Barrera (Seventh round retirement), and Sammy Gutierrez (ten round decision).
The remainder of the “Island Assault 4: The Battle” PPV event will soon be announced.
Following an exciting February event, the Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico will once again host Televisa’s hit series ‘Sabados De Corona’, this time featuring a Saturday, March 31 showdown between former two-division world champion Jorge ‘El Nino de Oro’ Linares and hometown hero Sergio ‘Yeyo’ Thompson. This 12 round lightweight clash will air on Canal 5 and begins at 22:30. CT.
Linares' last bout was a stoppage defeat to Antonio DeMarco. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
Venezuelan star Jorge Linares (31-2-0, 20ko) has done a lot in his near decade-long run in the sport, winning world titles at 126 and 130 pounds while defeating a star-studded list of standouts that includes Oscar Larios, Rocky Juarez and Jesus Chavez. The Barinas native, though, is still only 26-years-old.
The winner of four of his last five bouts, with his only loss coming in a WBC lightweight world title fight against Antonio DeMarco that he was winning on the scorecards when the fight was stopped due to cuts, Linares is ready to begin another title run and the road to the championship begins on at the end of the month.
Cancun’s own Sergio Thompson (21-2-0, 19ko) has long been considered one of Mexican boxing’s unsung heroes, and on March 31 he gets his chance to shine on the big stage against one of the game’s best in Jorge Linares. A WBC Mundo Hispano and WBC Fecarbox champion who currently sports a seven fight winning streak with six knockouts, Thompson is confident that his power and determination, as well as the energy he will get from his hometown fans, will lead him to the biggest victory of his career.
Tickets, priced at 100 pesos, 500 pesos, 1000 pesos and 1500 pesos are available for purchase at Hooters Z.H., Farmacia Paris Centro de Cancun and the Oasis Cancun.
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