Sunday, February 3, 2013

Thoughts from the heart for my friend Omar Henry

It was just a 3 weeks ago that we spoke on the phone, and you where telling me how you felt that in no way possible you could be that sick. You where strong, in shape, always training, felt good but for some reason this sickness appeared. My words to you where to stay positive and continue to fight with God by your side. He will cleanse you of all sickness and you will wake up a new man. That was our last conversation after that it just became texts. By that time I knew you needed support so I went out to see you in Chicago. When I entered the room and seen you in a form I couldn't imagine, all I could think is how did this happen. All that was going through my mind was how? Why? and when? Did you get like this? In a form that I could feel and see your bones. It hurt me and I began to pray for your recovery, and for God to give you a testimony that would move walls. A story that would give people chills of how powerful God is. But 4 days later he gave you something better, a first class ticket to paradise. Where you will be welcomed as a champion. Where the trumpets would sound and the party would begin. It's hurts me a lot to know all this and see you in your last moments. But it makes me proud to know you did everything a 25 year old would do. Your accomplishment can not even be tested. I still remember when you called me and said you just left court and talked to YMZ about being on show. They had told you the chances of your skit making it where slim. I told you don't worry once they see your smile and charisma they will buy it. 3 days later you called me in joy saying TMZ put you on the show. I jumped up off the couch in joy to know my best friend was already making a buzz and still did not have a title belt. Things like those make me a proud brother, it makes me thank God for our good times. Now I go back to Chicago to see you have the greatest funeral you would want to have. I love you my brother no words can describe how much I miss you. I will see you one day in heaven. Anyone reading this please don't be shy to help his family give him a proper burial.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Danny Garcia king of 140?

Saturday July 14 might have been the day we crown a new king, and a star has blossomed. With what all experts and people said was suppose to be a walk through.  Even the HBO commentators kept on saying on how Khan would be fighting Mayweather after this, and how Danny was being rushed into the spotlight.  After all that I still believed Danny could do what he had to do and that was win.  Pretty or not he was going to win.  Yea lets give Khan credit because when this fight was being rumored I myself thought Khan was taking a risk against a hungry young man.  To me Danny skills are skill being polished, but on and on he has showed he has elite power.  When Khan promised he was going to KO Danny, it really just showed that he was going to go into the trenches and slug it out.  Which if I was in his corner I would have told him not too.  Not the smartest thing to do against a kid that has showed one good punch he can seriously hurt you.  Just ask Morales who all of a sudden now is asking for a rematch too.  That is not because he thought he won, but now Danny is the Cash man in the 140 division.  So he wants to take as much of money with him before he retires.  Now lets look at certain things.  Where does Khan go from here?  If I was in his shoes first thing I would do is take a long vacation, being to weight my options.  I would not move up in class because those fighters in 147 are much stronger and much faster.  So I would stay in 140, and search for maybe a big tuneup style fight.  Maybe convince Bradley to finally fight me which in many boxing heads mind want to see that happen.  Invite Bradley to fight in England, and that could turn out huge numbers.  Plus Bradley is not such a power puncher so Khan would be able to showcase his skills and box him.  That would be a ideal option.  You then have the chance to also fight Alexander, and you could put up a fight with him too.  To me Khan is not done, but he should not fight a power puncher as of right now.  As far as Danny he can just go for the big dogs.  I would go straight to Juan Manuel Marquez, and challenge him.  That would be super big, and it can just sell with the title of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, which all fans would buy it.  It would bring back memories.  Some may criticize me, but I don't think Marquez is done and he could give Danny lots of problems.  If not Marquez then I would go straight to Lucas, and challenge him.  But after last nights fight I got off the phone with team Danny, and rumor is Zab Judah is already in line for a December fight.  Danny is being considered, and to my understanding Judah team has already sent a offer to fight.  If its true it will be on the under card of Cotto as he fights in December too in Yankee Stadium.  Which of course golden boy will be promoting also, and they will make it big.  To end I just want to say BOXING IS NOT DEAD!!!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Danny Garcia vs. Amir Khan.

So we have this Saturday a fight that many people are over looking, and it should be a good fight.  First on one corner we have Amir "King" Khan who some have said is the best British boxer right now.  He has proved to be pretty good against good competition.  He also has showed he dish out damage, but the biggest question mark is his chin.  Can he take hard shots all night?  Can he go into a war if he has too.  So far his hardest fight he lost, and maybe if the fight with Maidana would have gone 15 rounds like back then he could have lost.  He is very fast, and has a wicked jab, but for some reason his jaw can be touched.  He needs to really on quick movement, and angle punching in order to confuse his opponent.  His power is not questioned because he has flashed that break you down style to literally hit you 2 to 3 punches that by the last your on your knees.   Just ask Maidana who took two body  blows, then 3 seconds later he hit the canvas.  If the case was that he could take a punch then he would be a clear winner with no problem.  That is not the case this time, he is going against maybe a slow fighter.  That does not take risk but also fights with a power some can not see.  I saw Danny fight Morales, and when he dropped Morales it seemed as he would not get back up.  But of course Morales is a tough guy, and he knew if he did not get it he would seriously be done.  That fight some say was boring, and did not show Danny can fight.  Danny did fight very smart countered when needed, box when needed, and exchanged when needed.  Now this fight with Amir, I don't think Danny should exchange.  Rather I see him walking 12 rounds backwards, and throwing counters. By the way it looks one of those counters will impact damage to Amir jaw.  I see it going 12 rounds, and Danny pulls a upset over Amir.  I think Amir is still focused on somehow getting revenge from his Peterson loss, and he is looking past Danny.  I think he is a little too worried about that and moving up to 147.  I like this fight a lot, and I expect fireworks and someone will be touching the canvas.  The thing is also can Danny take a punch?  He has not fought a big puncher other than Kendall Holt, and he really is one of those fighters that can sneak a good one in.  Not really a guy that can go to war with you.  Holt has that one unseen punch that can cause a whole world of issues for anyone.  I do see Amir hitting Danny hard, and even dropping him.  But I think Danny should be able to get up and come back strong.  However it goes should be a good fight, and will be one of those you don't want to miss.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Omar Henry Interview.

Today we have the up and coming contender Omar "OH" Henry.

A.N.T: Omar Henry how you doing?
OMAR: I am good man, feeling good out in Puerto Rico enjoying my vacation.
A.N.T:  I see you are coming off a 10 round demolishing through a very tough opponent, could you run us through your victory?
OMAR:  Well I first want to thank God for allowing me to step in the ring, and also all my family, friends, and fans for the support and watching my fight.  Of course as you saw the guy was tough, but there where times where the referee could have stopped it but hey that is boxing.  No complain from me, but I did what I came to do and that was win.
A.N.T:  It seemed like the guy was taking some serious damage, do you think this fight was critical to your road to a championship?
OMAR:  Of course, biggest reason lots of critics said I would not last 10 rounds, and I proved I did.  I showcased my boxing ability, my defense, ducking and dodging punches.
A.N.T:  OK after you fight they asked you who do you want next?  You called out some names, but rumor is the guys you said are going to fight each other.  Where does that leave you?
OMAR:  It really does not affect me at all, because Don has already signed me up for fights this year, and if all goes well I should be ending this year at 15-0.  That is really where my name will be in the mix.  As of right now I call guys out but lets be honest I do not think they want to fight me.
A.N.T:  Do you think its because your record?  Or because they feel its a step back?  Maybe they do not want to risk a lost?
OMAR:  I think its really the way boxing is now.  Back then you can see people would call you out and in 6 months your in the ring with them.  Now guys like to dodge, and hide in any kind of way.  There is lots of boxers that have said I have no skills, but when they see me in person they act like friends.
A.N.T:  We wont really get into a lot of that, but if a situation arose where a fighter said in articles that you have no skills?  And there team comes out and wants to fight would you?
OMAR:  Of course.  Again I have put in work with champions not chumps. and it seems like some guys love to talk about me.  Maybe there jealous of me or how many fans I have.  I mean again I am calling all 154 fighters. I am ready all they have to do is call Don King and tell them that they want to fight.  I am going to be the king of 154 its a PROMISE!!.
A.N.T: Well Omar thank you for your time I hope you achieve greatness in your career and keep it moving.  Hopefully this year we see more of you in action.
OMAR:  Thanks man, again I want everyone to write down on their calendar July 28 I will be in action again.  Follow me on Twitter @OmarHenry, and look for me on Facebook.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Omar Henry vs. Erislandy Lara

Well the title of this blog says it all.  Omar Henry vs. Erislandy Lara is currently in the works, and from my sources this rumor is shaping out to be a reality.  Where does this come from? Well....Lara has been complaining that he is not receiving top notch competition, and he has been calling out Canelo.  But on the other side Omar has called all fighters out coming from his 12 victory a 10 round decision.  And he started with K9, then Canelo, but since both might either fight each other, or someone else.  Of course that being if K9 beats Spinks which Spinks is out to win more than ever.  So that leaves lots of names out there, but these two guys somehow have connections.  Omar lived in Houston, trained in Houston, and was fighting out of Houston.  Now Lara same thing almost trains in Houston, lives in Houston, but fights from Cuba.  First both have to get pass their fight in July.  Which for Omar this year is going to be busy, and for Lara its finding that gold at the end of the rainbow.  From what seems to be early for Omar, its perfectly at the right time.  When boxing needs a savior you have these 2 guys that are hungry to become that person.  Yes Lara has fought better opposition, but Omar has sparred and stepped in the ring with the man some might call the lb for lb man out now.  So both mean have had good work, and just saying that Omar sparred top guys doesn't mean he can not hang.  Because yes sparring is a lot different, but it shows a lot when you do 10-12 rounds with these guys day after day.  Omar is a fan favorite and brings a whole international fan base with him.  As far as Lara he brings lots of media that would like to see him shut up already.  Could Omar be that guy that does that?  Or could Lara be Omar's road block to a championship belt.  What is making boxing much more interesting even after lots of controversy is the fact the you guns are really stepping up and taking on guys on top.  Again this fight is still in the works and just stay tune into my blog as I post more updates.  As of right now my sources say this fight is in the works, and if does happen lets get ready to see guns blazing.  From what I know as of right now Omar is ready for sometime in August, and so is Lara.  Its up to both promoters to lay it all down and let all fight fans see a tremendous fight!!!!

Where are you Opponent? Saul Canelo Alvarez

The question is really where is my opponent?  I don't know if maybe the Nike air Yeezy are coming back out  or is it just Canelo's bad luck on not having a opponent?  The kid is ready and he has already lost 3 guys.  One to a tragic accident, the next to.. well lets not get too much into detail but I believe was not prepared, and knew Canelo would take his head off.  Then the next guy just has no kind of heart.  I mean OK lets be real maybe his jaw was broken that serious or just he did not want to continue.  I have seen fighters (Gatti, Ali) that have continued with serious injuries in there fights.  That is what made them PPV guys, and fan favorites.   Because Gatti was not much of a boxer more of a slugger, but he could sell out Atlantic city any day at any time.  Lets be real Victor Ortiz has been on the decline.  Ever since maidana made him his step child he has not been the same.  Yea he did have a tremendous fight with Berto, but even I watched that fight and really thought Berto could have won.  If he continued to apply much more pressure.  Some say I don't like Ortiz, that is not the case.  What I don't like is he has had his chance way too many times, and he fails all the time.  Maybe its time for him to hang it up or just take some time off.  Then later on try to come back.  His name will always ring bells to all boxing fans, but to critics his name wont even slide in through the doggy door.  So by that lets go to the subject; Where is my opponent?  Is what Canelo is demanding so we should look at who is out there still?  Lets start with Saturdays winner Joselito Lopez its all fair and done if he should fight Canelo.  He did beat the guy that was in line for him.  That makes him a much better foe, and  maybe not a quitter.  Because if we all say  the same fight I still wonder how was his face that bad and he stuck in there and kept fighting?  The kid had maybe 2 hearts, and determination.  His case is now open, so Mr. Schaefer lets begin to negotiate with this kid.  Give him 30% maybe and he will still take the fight.  The kid was suppose to be a pushover, but instead he pushed over Ortiz then broke his jaw.  Yea his name does not bring in a crowd, but now it will.  Because people would want to see if he hits that hard even possibly taking out Canelo.  This guy is in drivers seat, and trust me I would not even give Ortiz a rematch.  Let him take time off and rethink what he wants to do.  Another guy that Canelo could fight is Miguel Cotto.  Yea he might not be ready, but he is the biggest name available, but Cotto would want everything to go his way.  Pay wise, glove size, everything and you ask why?  The guy is a champion and brings a huge crowd wherever he goes.  Plus this will spark the old rivalry up again Mexico vs. Puerto Rico.  Which lots and lots of fans love it, its like giving the boxing game steroids.  That fight will pump up fans to keep watching.  Because we all know what to expect from Cotto, a hard fight, a exciting fight, a slug fest if it has to.  Then the same from Canelo will his chin test good against Cotto power?  Will his speed or boxing abilities match Cotto?  There is questions that need anwsers, and maybe just maybe that is the fight boxing needs right now.  So Lets keep it moving what big name is next?  Maybe the underrated fighter named Erislandy Lara?  Some say he does not deserve a shot but lets be 1000% honest and say he did beat Paul Williams.  Being he was the shorter guy and his record did not show a lot of experience.  He has been begging for a chance to prove his legitimate contender status.  I think he deserves one, but he is rushing himself also throw him someone just as hungry?  Hmmm?  Lets say Omar Henry vs. Erislandy Lara?  why not just put that under the Canelo fight.  If I had the pull to make this happen I would.  Of course all I have is sources thats all for now.  But I think if fans petition it it could happen.  Maybe some sort of tournament style involving all those names I just said.  Throw in Spinks, and K9 also give them their chance.  Dont forgot about Angulo he is in the mix.  Throw a big tournament make boxing exciting again.  I just need to own my own promotion so I could make it happen.  I know all of the guys I mentioned would be willing to join.  When they did the super 6, it showed the surge of Andre Ward presence.  Plus the dominating force he is.  Speaking of Him I take him 12 round decision over a desperate Chad Dawson.  Thats all I have for now, but this whole week the question is WHERE IS MY OPPONENT??