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but Condit wants that belt
« on: June 29, 2014, 06:14:44 PM »
In a lifetime spent following the sport I love, I have had the opportunity to see this world from so many different perspectives. From seedy motels on a zero budget, to my favourite thing of all, business class flights on the long hauls, boxing has offered more than a glimpse of the world in which we live. For everything I do for the sport of boxing, I dont think I can ever repay it for the experiences, joy and happiness which it has brought me. This week was an example of the diverse range of activities that boxing has taken me on, and in many cases, I have gone from one extreme to the other. Last Sunday, I boarded a quick flight out of Burlington, Vermont headed to the Big Apple where I met up with World Middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez as we attended a press conference at Madison Square Garden to announce Martinezs next fight on HBO against Euro Champion Matthew Macklin of Ireland. With a touch of Irish flavour, the fight will take place on St. Paddys Day at the Garden. This will undoubtedly be among the most boisterous crowds I have ever been in front of. St. Paddys Day in New York, at the Garden, are you kidding me??!!! We spent a couple of days in a beautiful New York hotel nestled nicely in between 6th and 7th Ave., a two-minute walk from Times Square and a fifteen-minute walk from MSG. Big time boxing at its best. After returning home Wednesday evening, I re-packed my bags and caught a flight out of Montreal headed for beautiful Sydney. No not that Sydney. Canadas Sydney, Cape Breton. From New York City to Sydney in the same week, I bet there arent many who can lay claim to that. While I was in New York, the 2012 Canadian Championships were underway as fighters from across this country were looking for berths on the National team that will attempt to qualify for this summers upcoming Olympic Games in London. For me, this marked my 33rd consecutive year of National Championship Boxing, and this year also marked one of the best I had ever attended. Ring 73 of Cape Breton played host to this years Nationals, and I thinks its important that such efforts be recognized especially when the effort put forth by so many, makes the event a huge success. Headed by organization Chairman Willie MacNeil and Event Coordinator Tracey Boutlier, this years National Championships surpassed expectations. A beautiful event centre in Membertou and clockwork-like coordination made this event the model for those to come. Add to that a gala dinner with the great Larry Holmes in attendance and you have an event that will not be soon forgotten by those who attended. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both Willie and Tracey for thinking of me and asking me to act as Master of Ceremony for the Holmes Gala. I wouldnt have missed it for the world. Not only did this years Nationals serve as a showcase for our Olympic hopefuls, but the gala dinner served as an opportunity to recognize some of the great boxing legends who call Cape Breton home. The Islands boxing historian Paul MacDougall, author of the book "Distinction Earned", enthralled us all with the history and lore of the boxing-mad island, and some of those legends were in attendance and showed great pride in being part of Cape Bretons long and storied boxing history. In the ring, courage, heart and determination are qualities which are prerequisites in order to achieve success. Those who garnished spots on Canadas National team this past weekend, and many who will honour Canada at the Olympics in London this summer, showed more than an abundance of the above. Incredibly, their exploits were surpassed only by those who gave them the opportunity to shine on the National stage. Were it not for the heart and determination, coupled with the class of a people so proud to be Cape Bretoners, this event would never have taken place. The winner, by knockout, AND NEW undisputed champion!!!...Sydney, Cape Breton! nfl jerseys china .J. -- Thierry Henry scored his league-leading 11th goal in the 85th minute Saturday to lift the New York Red Bulls to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night. nfl jerseys wholesale . Clint Robinson doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for the Royals, whose starter Luke Hochevar allowed four hits and a run over two innings. Jesse Chavez picked up the win with a scoreless top of the eighth. LOUIS -- St.LAS VEGAS -- A changing main event card hasnt deterred fight fans from snapping up tickets to UFC 137. UFC President Dana White announced that tickets for the Oct. 29 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sold out within hours of going on sale Friday. The sell out comes only days after contender Nick Diaz was dropped from his UFC welterweight title shot against Canadian Georges St. Pierre, and replaced by Carlos Condit. White was furious at Diaz for failing to attend promotional news conferences in Toronto and Las Vegas this week, and temporarily cut the Strikeforce welterweight chammpion from the card.dddddddddddd On Thursday it was announced Diaz would replace Condit on the undercard in a fight against B.J. Penn. "Its been a crazy few days here at UFC, but theres no doubt that UFC 137 is going to be an incredible card," said White in a statement. "GSP is on his way to becoming the best welterweight of all-time, but Condit wants that belt. Hes knocked out his last three opponents and couldnt be more fired up for this fight. Plus, weve got BJ Penn taking on Nick Diaz in what could be one of the most intense fights of the year." ' ' '


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