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John ‘Iceman’ Scully Interviews Former WBA Welterweight Champ Jose Rivera

by on Oct.15, 2014, under Boxing News

Left to right: Jose "Elgallo" Rivera, "Iceman" John Scully, and Sean "The Irish Express" Fitzgerald, on the beach in Pensacola in September 1994.

Left to right: Jose “Elgallo” Rivera, “Iceman” John Scully, and Sean “The Irish Express” Fitzgerald, on the beach in Pensacola in September 1994.

For my second in a series of interviews I am doing with figures from within the boxing community, I am bringing you some insight into the life and career from former world champion Jose Antonio Rivera of Worcester, Massachusetts.

I have known Jose for over twenty years now. I have sparred and trained with him, trained him, traveled with him, and I have to note that he is definitely, without a doubt, one of the most decent men that I’ve ever met in this game. As a boxer he is certainly in the top percentile of the most dedicated and hard working boxers I’ve ever known. (continue reading…)

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Fonfara vs. Russell Highlights Exciting Windy City Fight Night 17

by on May.21, 2011, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Andrzej Fonfara (R) batters Anthony Russell's Body en route to vicotry

Andrzej Fonfara (R) batters Anthony Russell's body en route to victory

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

CHICAGO, IL, May 20, 2011 – 8 Count Productions stormed the UIC Pavilion with an exciting evening of fights highlighted by an explosive bout between Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara and the durable Canadian Anthony Russell for the WBO and NABO Light Heavyweight titles. Other highlights of the stacked card included a messy Indiana showdown between Middleweights Josh Crouch and Keon Johnson; a rematch between Jaime Herrera (coming off his first loss) and Eric Draper, out to avenge his loss to Herrera in their first outing; and the Windy City Fight Night debut of undefeated Middleweight Ninos Abraham.

Juan Bustamante (L) and Jose Rivera trade punches inside

Juan Bustamante (L) and Jose Rivera trade punches inside

The first match of the evening marked the professional debut of Chicagoan Juan Bustamante (132 lbs.) in a Lightweight battle that would go the distance.  Facing him was scrappy Puerto Rican Jose “El Gallo” Rivera (130 lbs.), who did not come all the way from Ocala, Florida, to lose. Both boxers fought emotionally at times, with bad intentions evident in the hard exchanges. Rivera launched the first attack of the round, but Bustamante came back moments later, pushing Rivera back. The majority of the round was spent with both boxers fighting inside, launching punishing hooks to the body, most of which bounced off arms and elbows, to try to find a home for uppercuts and hooks to the head. Neither gave the other many opportunities to do so, but Bustamante was the busier of the two. (continue reading…)

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