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ISM to distribute Bute-Bolonti, Pascal-George Dec 6 PPV in United States

Integrated Sports Media (ISM), North America's undisputed leader of major boxing pay-per-view distribution, announced today that it will deliver the "Bute vs. Bolonti" double feature to United States fans, Saturday, December 6, live from historic Bell Centre in Montreal.
 
Bute vs. Bolonti is being distributed in the U.S. by ISM for live viewing at 8:00 p.m. ET - 5:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DirecTV, DISH, and Vubiquity for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.

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Boxing's "Batman" is Canadian super middleweight Schiller Hyppolite

Boxing has its "Superman" -- World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson -- and from the same country, ironically, comes "Batman" -- world super middleweight contender Schiller Hyppolite (13-0-1, 9 KOs).

The 28-year-old Hyppolite, like Stevenson, was born in Haiti and he also lives in Montreal. Hyppolite has won eight straight fights and is world rated by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) at No. 15, as well as No. 19 by the WBC.

The multi-talented boxer-puncher headlines a show November 21, presented by his promoter Camille Estephan's company, Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM), streaming live in high definition on www.punchinggrace.com from Colisee Cardin in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. Hyppolite faces Alan Campa (10-1, 7 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBF North American and WBC Continental Americas 168-pound titles.

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Trout to face Grajeda, eyes possible rematch with Lara

Fresh off his win over Australian Daniel Dawson, former junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout will turn around and get back into the ring December 11th to face Luis Grajeda at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

The slated 10-round junior middleweight affair will be aired on ESPN and it will honor late great promoter Dan Goosen, who passed away September 29th after a battle with liver cancer, as his company, Goosen Promotions will be promoting the card.

The venus is familair to Trout who earned a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision against Dawson back on August 22nd, but it did not come without some adversity.

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Ringnews24.com talks to top prospect Jordan Smith

Prospect Jordan Smith will be making his flyweight debut into the professional game on November 21st at the Camden Centre in London. He was gracious enough to spare several minutes with us.

Was there a specific boxing idol that influenced you when growing up? If there was, what was it that inspired you about them?

(Muhammad) Ali. He had a lot of confidence in himself.

Is there an aspect of your training that you enjoy the most?

Sparring. I love learning new things such as learning how to defend from shots and land shots perfectly on opponents.

Do you stay in shape between fights or do you put on a lot of weight?

No, I always stay around 41 kilo's. I put on a kilo just before fights.

What is your ultimate goal in boxing and is there a specific time scale?

I would like to win the British title within the next two to three years, maybe.

You have said in other interviews that you are willing to go through the weights. How high do you think your body can take you?

I am up to fighting anybody at any weight, really, but realistically my body will probably take me to welterweight.

What do you think of the current state of boxing? Do you think its in trouble or are those accusations an exaggeration?

I don't think it's as good as it used to be. I think prospects should fight other prospects. But I think boxing is slowly getting back on its feet. There is a lot of talent coming through now.

If you could fight anybody in history who would it be and why?

(Muhammad) Ali. And somebody like Prince Naseem (Hamed). Because of how successful he was and the skills he had. He was so good!

Who have been your favourite fighters from the past?

(Muhammad) Ali, (Mike) Tyson, (Frank) Bruno and Henry Cooper. I admire a lot of the old boxers. Barry McGuigan as well. People that liked to go toe to toe. I don't like fighters who just danced around.

Some fighters like Ricky Boylan want to win a particular title such as the British crown. Is there a specific title that you want to gun for?

I definitely want to win the British title. But generally I want to go for as many titles as I can. Just be the best that I can be.

As a professional fighter what kind of impression do you want to leave the fans?

I want to be remembered as somebody who went all out and did not avoid anyone. I just want to be remembered as someone who fought good fighters.

What do you like to do in your spare time when you are not boxing?

Well, training takes up a lot of my time but the time I get I spend with my girlfriend, relaxing. But most of my time is spent in the gym.




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I deliberately lost the biggest prize in boxing – the Heavyweight Championship of World twice

“Through these eyes, I have seen greatness, and I have held greatness in the gloves I wore. I’ve been to the top of the world and as low as a man can get in all of this craziness which we call “life”. Now it’s my turn to have my say.”

 

I grew up on the streets of Philadelphia and ended up sparring with the greatest sportsman of all, Muhammad Ali. I saw for myself his decline at the end of his career, and the whooping he took from Larry Holmes that spurred me on to beat Holmes – which I did within four years of turning pro; everybody who matters knows I won that fight.

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This week's highlights

British armchair boxing fans got a mixed bag this weekend but the undoubted highlight was the outstanding fight in Monte Carlo, between Nicaraguan-American Randy Caballero and Darlington's own Stuart Hall, for one of the main alphabet belts at bantamweight.  On paper beforehand, this always looked like the fight of the weekend, and so it proved.  Both boxers are ranked high in the bantamweight division and although Caballero was quite a hot favourite to win, it was felt that the experience and sheer size of Hall might be enough to counteract his opponent's advantages in youth and skill. 

Unfortunately for Stuey, he came up short, with the second round knockdown he suffered putting him at a deficit on the cards which he could never claw back.  Both fought tooth and nail through to the final bell and it was a truly superb contest.  Not only that but two of the judges were absolutely spot on with their scores of 116-111 for Caballero.  This fight showed everything that is good about boxing and, in fact, the whole card was excellent with another major world title fight and also a crossroads match between two hot prospects at light-heavyweight featuring on what proved to be easily the best card of the weekend.  Credit to Rodney Berman and his Golden Gloves outfit for continually putting on these excellent shows. 

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