18,000 Tickets Sold In Only 24 Hours For The Hatton Comeback Fight

It took only 48 hours to sell 18,000 tickets for Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight on November 24th, 2012.

Hatton has already expressed his gratitude for such a warm welcome back, and stated that people always need hope, and he believes that he could be just that. Say what you want, but that’s a lot of tickets to sell in such a short period of time. While most would find this figure irrelevant and in a way insignificant, in reality it carries a colossal meaning.

Hatton has had his share of bad press, and people remember him for his aggressive weight gain and drug abuse as much as they remember him for his boxing career. Coming back after such a destructive recent past is not only hard to do, but is also risky. Gaining the trust of an army of fans usually takes time, but for Hatton, is seems as thought they are already standing behind him in his decision to return to the ring and give boxing another go.

It’s hard to say what will happen with Hatton in the near future, but I have to admit, I always liked him and his style of fighting, thus I am very excited to see him return. Yes he is older and has had too long of a break, but you know what, I have seen crazier things in boxing. Look at Vitali Klitschko: he has had numerous surgeries, long lay-offs, and is certainly past the optimal age for boxing, yet he is still unstoppable in the ring. Can Hatton come back and climb the ladder back to the top? While I would not want to give a definite yes, I would also not dismiss the possibility.

Let’s see how the former champ looks inside the ring against his opponent come November 24th!

Does Emanuel Steward Have Cancer Or Diverticulosis

It appears as though there are some conflicting reports on the health condition of the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.

According to a report by the Quebec Journal, Steward is currently hospitalized due to cancer, and will soon undergo multiple chemotherapy treatments:

“He is currently hospitalized in the Chicago area and had surgery today (Wednesday),” confirmed promoter Yvon Michel. “He will undergo chemotherapy in the future. It happened suddenly. He felt tired recently and thought it was due to the many trips foals, said Yvon Michel. It had to be present for the fight between Julio Cesar Chavez and son Sergio Martinez last Saturday in Las Vegas, but he could not be there for the reason that we know now. ”

This is terrible news not only for the boxing fans, but for the dozens of fighters that have trained and are currently under the wing of the world class coach. It would be very unusual to see Steward looking weak and ill, but I am confident that he has a great medical team to care for him at this time.

Having said all that, it appears as thought cancer may not be his problem, as his sister confirmed her brother’s hospitalization but for an entirely different issue according to the Detroit Free Press:

“Steward, 68, who put Detroit’s Kronk Gym on the map in the early ’70s and guided Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Milton McCrory and Jimmy Paul to world championships in the ’80s, was treated for a stomach condition, Diane Steward-Jones said. Steward-Jones, who handles business and public-relations matters for Steward, denied her brother was suffering from a life-threatening illness, rumors of which have circulated of late in boxing circles.”

“My brother has had problems with a nervous stomach, which turned into diverticulosis,” Steward-Jones said. “He had to have some repairs and he is resting and recuperating. He is doing very well. The doctor said he has to rest,” she said. “He’ll have to cut back on what he takes on, and he’s been advised to eat better … follow a better diet.”

So which one is it? I like the second one much more, and I am hoping that the caner story was nothing but false information and hype. I am assuming that the story of Steward being ill will soon spread all over the net, and Steward himself will make a statement to clarify his situation.

 

Jonathan “Lil Thundr” Arellano To Fight on Showtime

Q & A SESSION WITH  RISING SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT
 

JONATHAN “LIL’ THUND’R” ARELLANO

Orange, CA – This Friday Thompson Boxing Promotions’ super bantamweight Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs) will make his ShoBox debut when he engages undefeated fellow Californian Roman Morales (12-0, 6 KOs) in an 8-round battle for the vacant WBC Latino Super Bantamweight title.
 

Efrain Esquivias Jr. vs Jhonatan “Momo” Romero

RISING STARS 
JHONATAN “MOMO” ROMERO
& EFRAIN ESQUIVIAS  
PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE THIS FRIDAY

 AT CHUMASH CASINO AND LIVE ON

SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION

Orange, CA (September 19) – This Friday, September 21, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions will bring the California boxing fans another exciting night of professional boxing from the Chumash Resort Casino, in Santa Ynez, CA.  (more…)

Paul Mendez Vs. Donyil Livingston To Headline Sept 22

PAUL MENDEZ VS. DONYIL LIVINGSTON TO HEADLINE

SEPTEMBER 22 EDITION OF “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE”

 

UNDEFEATED MANUEL AVILA FACES JHON MOLINA

IN THE CO-FEATURE FROM WOODLAND, CALIF.

 

LOS ANGELES, September 20 – The Woodland Community Center in Woodland, Calif. will host another night of world-class professional boxing this Saturday, September 22 when exciting 23-year-old Delano, Calif. native Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez takes on fellow prospect Donyil Livingston of Palmdale, Calif. in an eight-round middleweight fight to be featured on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.”

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