Written By Bakari Simpson: This Friday, January 12, the history making Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KO’s) is back in action. The Flint, Michigan bruiser will defend her IBF and WBC super-middleweight titles against undefeated challenger Tori “Sho-Nuff” Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KO’s). Housed in the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Showtime Boxing will air the dustup at 10pm. Claressa Shields’ first title defense of both straps.
Despite her flawless record, few are giving Nelson much of a shot at victory. Admittedly, Tori’s gaunt level activity does give some credence to this bleak assumption. Nelson only fought a scant one time apiece in 2017 and 2016. In 2015, Nelson laced up for professional combat twice. The last time that Tori had a truly busy year was in 2014 when she notched five professional outings. Being 41 certainly will not aid the noxious nana in against the Michigan mauler.
On top of all of this, Nelson has to divide her time between boxing and a full-time gig at IHOP. Presently, boxing alone does not pay all the bills. This being the case, Tori has done what’s needed to keep pursuing her fighting ambitions. Nelson pays it all little mind though, she has seen rougher days.
“There was a time when I was as single mother with two kids, working three jobs and boxing. I was a bus driver, worked in a cafeteria and at IHOP. I’d be up at 5:30 am and wouldn’t finish until 10pm some nights…God has brought me through it. Without Jesus in me and God in front of me, I wouldn’t be where I am. I’m fighting with faith.” -Tori Nelson
Named after the fictional Shogun of Harlem Sho-Nuff, by trainer Craig Fladager, Tori is eager to topple Shields. If successful, she will reveal herself as the true master of the super middleweight division.
For her part, Shields is little concerned with Tori. While still learning on the job Claressa does acknowledges Nelson’s longer resume. T-Rex just does not believe that anything Tori does will be enough. When asked about her thoughts about the overall outcome, Shields was straight forward as a sharp jab.
“You know, for Tori, because she has more experience I’m going to give her the 7th… But you know what, I feel like its going to come before that, but I’m just going to [say] the seventh to be respectful.” -Claressa Shields
With both women bristling with confidence, only bloody warfare will crown a victor. Will age and experience claim the day? Or with youth, power and ferocity be too much? To find out, you’ll just have to tune into Showtime! Don’t miss it; this should be a fun one…
Posted By Eric Gomes: Two-division world champion Danny Garcia returns to the ring to take on former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios in a welterweight showdown on Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
In the co-feature, boxing’s youngest world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his Super Middleweight World Championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril in a rematch of their thrilling September 2017 bout in which Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.
The card promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with DSG Promotions. The Benavidez-Gavril rematch is co-promoted by Sampson Boxing. Tickets for the live event go on sale Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. PST and will be available at AXS.com.
“I’m excited just to get back in the ring,” said Danny Garcia, who was reigning world champion for the better part of six years dating back to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through March 2017. “I needed the time off to recuperate and let my body heal.”
Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) was a unified world champion at super lightweight and welterweight and has fought and defeated many of the most formidable opponents in both divisions spanning two generations—Morales, Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them. Four of his five opponents in the welterweight division were world champions and 10 of his last 14 opponents were world champions or former world champions.
“I was the reigning champion for six years, so I needed the rest,” continued the 29-year old Philadelphia fighter. “I’m ready to kick off the year in style and take over the welterweight division.”
In his last fight, a welterweight clash of world title holders, Garcia lost via split decision to now unified 147-pound world champion Keith Thurman in a hard-fought, exciting fight that aired live on CBS. The SHOWTIME BOXING on CBS broadcast drew the biggest boxing audience of the year, more than five million viewers which remains the largest audience to witness a primetime boxing broadcast since 1998.
Now, Danny Garcia looks to re-establish his once dominant position at welterweight, a division that boasts more top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the sport than any other weight class; fighters including world champions Errol Spence Jr., Thurman, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson and more.
“What’s interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles. We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added Garcia.
Like Danny Garcia, Rios has fought many of the top welterweights of this era including world champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. The hard-nosed slugger from Oxnard, Calif., has 34 wins, 25 by knockout. The 31-year-old Rios always comes prepared to battle. With an aggressive style and granite chin, he is one of the most entertaining boxers in the sport. In his last fight he scored a TKO victory over Aaron Herrera on June 11. A victory over Garcia, a top-10 welterweight in his own right, would immediately change the course of Rios’ career and demand that he be placed among the top-ranked in the division.
“I’m excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny Garcia is a great fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beat others in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto Rican battle!’’
“SHOWTIME poised to start the year with two crucial welterweight main event matchups,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “Following the January 20th event pitting Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson, Garcia vs. Rios features two of the most battle-tested and ferocious 147-pound fighters in the world. Add in the Benavidez vs. Gavril II is the co-feature on this action card. The fight guaranteed to deliver dramatic action, and we are picking up right where we left off in 2017 delivering the most compelling and important matchups in boxing’s deepest divisions.”
“We’re looking forward to the action at Mandalay Bay Events Center in February,’’ said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. “Both Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios are seasoned fighters that have faced the toughest competition in the welterweight division and they are both very hungry for a big win. The co-feature rematch between the youngest reigning world champion David Benavidez and challenger Ronald Gavril we already know will be thrilling. All four of these men have proven that they’ll put it all on the line in the boxing ring to leave no doubt about who the better man is. In addition, we are working on a crowd-pleasing undercard now. Everyone on this card will need to bring their ‘A game’ to Las Vegas in order to be victorious on February 17.”
“Danny Garcia is one of the most battle-tested, skillful boxers in the sport. What he did in running through the 140-pound division before moving up to welterweight is simply amazing,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “’Bam Bam’ Rios is a throwback warrior. He never met a fight that he backed down from. Putting Garcia and Rios into the ring against each other promises nothing but fireworks in a match that should provide maximum entertainment for fans. It’s the kind of fight that belongs in Las Vegas, a classic battle that harkens to welterweight wars of the past. The first match between Benavidez and Gavril left enough room for doubt that a rematch should settle any remaining questions. I’d expect both boxers to come in with something to prove and that translates into a fan-friendly match.’’
The 21-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning world champion in boxing and the youngest 168-pound champion in history at 20-years, nine months old when he scored a split decision against Gavril to win the super middleweight title on September 8. The bout featured multiple swings of momentum, thrilling exchanges and a wild 12th round. Benavidez and Gavril pushed each other to deliver the best performance of their respective careers thus far.
Ron Gavril said“I feel I won the fight” immediately after the decision. He continued, “I dominated the pace. I can’t say anything else… The only thing I can do is to ask for a rematch.”
On February 17, Gavril will get it.
“No excuses this time,” said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “The minute Benavidez finished the fight I requested the rematch—on behalf of the winner—for the sole reason that he needed to win by emphatically and not by split decision. I wanted the public to be able to have the rematch so that everyone will know who the best is. I expect this time Gavril will say that he’s really been beaten. As the youngest reigning champion in the sport today, I want no doubt that Benavidez is the better man. It was a great fight the first time and this time we’ll see who the best truly is. No excuses. No doubt.’’
Fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz., Benavidez had scored 10 straight knockouts leading up to the match against Gavril. His eight-round KO victory over Rogelio Medina put him position for the vacant title.
“This is a fight that my father, my team and I decided to take again to show everybody that I’m really the champion and there’s more to me than just being the youngest world champion,” Benavidez said. “I feel like I’m the better fighter and I’m going to definitely show it this time. I learned from that first fight that he puts on a lot of pressure. He likes to throw at the same time that I’m throwing. There are a couple different approaches to take against that. It’s going to be a great night of fights. Danny Garcia and ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, these are two fighters I look up to in the sport and it’s an honor to fight in their undercard. My training has been going well. We decided to bring in a strength and conditioning coach and I feel really strong. I believe I’ll be very prepared.”
Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs) rose rapidly through the ranks by scoring seven straight victories including four by knockout since 2015. The 31-year-old Gavril was born in Bacau, Romania and now lives and fights out of Las Vegas. He fought a brilliant match against Benavidez, seizing control in the middle rounds and even dropping the young contender in the 12th with less than a minute left in the fight. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Gavril lost on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
“I can’t wait to get into the ring again and take that belt,” said Gavril. “I learned his game plan quickly during the first fight, I blocked it well then, and I plan to do the same again. He has fast hands and power, I won’t take that from him, but I am prepared for whatever plan he comes in the ring with. I know I have what it takes to win this time. Preparing for this fight the second time around has been different, training has been more intense, and my team is preparing me to take him out once and for all. I can’t let him win.
Some people said I won back in September, and were surprised by my performance. I thought it was close, and I thought the knock down gave me the advantage to win. All I can do is be ready. I don’t think either of us will upset the fans on fight night. I want to thank Floyd Mayweather and Leonard for another opportunity against Benavidez. He’s a great fighter and tough competitor and this will certainly be a great fight.”
Written By Bakari Simpson: This upcoming November 4, there is a fantastic Triple-header fight card heading to Brooklyn. This treat of a night, broadcast live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will air live on Showtime. It is hard to foresee this mouth-watering card disappointing when it comes to action. The night will begin when Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO’s) faces Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KO’s). The two will tangle to claim ownership of the vacant IBF junior welterweight title. Serving as the co-main event Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s) will rumble with Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KO’s). Neither of these warriors has ever been in a dull match, this is unlikely to be their first.
In the main event, American WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will rematch Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s). Stiverne is whom Wilder had to initially overthrow to become a champion in the first place. That bout is a short two months shy of being three years old. Astonishingly, in that time Bermane has only fought one time, against Derric Rossy, and maintained his mandatory position. Even with the Rossy bout (November 14, 2015), Bermane has not fought a professional bout in two years.
To his credit, Stiverne can boast to be the only man to extend Wilder to the scorecards. Deontay also broke his hand, for the first time, during their premiere clash. Although, Wilder deeply relishes in telling the press that following their rough and tumble affair Stiverne was hospitalized for about a week’s time. Bermane insists it was due to other medical maladies aside from the dust-up. Regardless of whose tale you prefer, both fighters want this opportunity to set things straight. Bermane wants to prove he is the better man, Wilder wants to KO and end Stiverne’s career. The first fight took place in Las Vegas with the rematch in Brooklyn, NY.
One way or another the main event has to end in a delightful head on collision.
Oddly enough, this Showtime card brings back a ploy that HBO was briefly trying to exploit. For a period, HBO was consistently putting Gennady Golovkin in the main event and Roman Gonzalez in the co-main event. Despite them campaigning in vastly different weight divisions the gimmick worked like a charm. Fans appreciated the aggressive styles of both men; each fighter’s profiles notably rose. Peering at Wilder and Porter on the same card it is hard for me not to think how monstrous a “pair” these two would be. They have the same seek-and-destroy mentality, they share an advisor in Al Haymon and they both regularly fight at the Barclays Center.
If paired for a period, as GGG and Chocolatito were, they would be an undeniable television hit. Even better, they would be representing the welter and heavyweight divisions. Each platoon are lousy with dangerous talent and epitomize two of the hottest divisions in the sport. Beyond their similar in-ring mentalities, even outside the ring Wilder and Porter mirror one another’s actions.
As both men are heavily and habitually avoided, they find themselves having to call out whom they want. This dynamic has caused them to be VERY vocal in the media. Even now, a unification-minded Wilder has sustained a consistent campaign to pen a match with the UK’s Anthony Joshua. Team Joshua’s limp-wristed responses are teetering on becoming more than laughable but outright embarrassing. Likewise, Porter has been chasing Danny Garcia around the nation for well over a year. While at the same time still gunning for his rematch with Keith Thurman.
Until now, each man has remained fruitless in these endeavors. Let us hope that their luck changes soon.
Also on the card, but not televised, Amanda Serrano will return to action. The dangerous and technical Puerto Rican champion will face the challenge of Marilyn Hernandez. This will mark the fourth bout of the year for Serrano, who was last in the ring four months ago. Back in July, Amanda trounced Edina Kiss in route to a third round TKO stoppage. It was the second time that they had faced one another. This bout with Hernandez appears to be a stay busy and profile type of affair. Marilyn has been out of the ring for two years. She fought one bout in 2015, two in 2014 and only one in 2013. Good luck to both women, Serrano and Hernandez!
DiBella Entertainment remains amongst the forefront of supporting women’s boxing. The company regularly supplements its cards with quality female fighters, and this is no different. Kudos to them for this dedication, the women train and bleed just like the fellas! Brooklyn Boxing is on the rise!
Written By Eric Gomes: Hungry IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) will next square off against Lamont Peterson(35-3-1, 17 KOs). The site and official date has not yet been disclosed, but Spence assured the crowd that Peterson is in fact his next opponent. Spence was in town at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Showtime-televised junior middleweight world title triple-header. Spence’s friend/sparring partner WBC champion Jermell Charlo stole the show with a shocking 1st round KO of his #1 mandatory Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin. Spence went on record saying Charlo’s sensational KO has motivated him for his next fight [against Lamont Peterson].
Lamont Peterson is a true veteran and as game as they come. Peterson has not been the most active fighter, however, each and every time he fights he comes to bring it. I was on hand at Peterson’s last fight in Cincinnati on the Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados card. Peterson fought David Avanesyan in his first fight at the full 147 lbs. Welterweight division. Peterson coming off a 16-month layoff started rather slow but picked up the pace as the fight progressed. In the end, Peterson won by unanimous decision to capture the regular WBA world welterweight title. Reports surfaced last week that Peterson contacted the WBA, formerly vacating the title and thanking them for giving him the opportunity. I am not quite sure what prompted Peterson to vacate the title, perhaps taking the Spence Jr. fight had something to do with it.
Peterson, who was once homeless never lacks heart and ambition in his bouts. Some may consider this an “easy” win for Spence Jr. but Peterson is battle-tested. Peterson career wise has faced the likes of: Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Victor Ortiz, Kendall Holt, and more. Peterson has a total of 3 losses but, he has only been stopped once by the hard-hitting Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse in 2013. In fact, Peterson’s last loss versus Danny Garcia at a catch-weight is a highly disputed loss; in which many felt Peterson did enough to win.
Spence made it clear at the press conference when announcing the fight that he respects Peterson (the two have previously sparred together). Despite the past history together, business is business and Spence needs an opponent. In addition, Spence Jr. seems to be heavily avoided, the least sought out fighter of all the big name Welterweights in the division. So I just respect Peterson, who is only one fight (non-catchweight) into the division for stepping up to take the Spence Jr. challenge. This should be a fun title fight to see what the new champion Spence Jr is able to do with a cagey and smart veteran.
“He’s somebody I looked up to in the amateurs and I learned a lot from. I had a training camp with him at the Olympic training center. He gave me different advice on how to punch, how to slow down my punches, how to speed ’em up. So he’s a guy I really look up to. He’s one of my favorite fighters. He’ll fight anybody. I’ve never known him to duck a fight, say no to a fight. I’m looking forward to it. He’s got true grit. Lamont Peterson is a real fighter. Peterson is a guy who gives it his all and has a big heart.”
Written By Eric Gomes: Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC strap on November 4th as planned.The opponent has changed and is now Bermane Stiverne. Initially, Wilder was to face unbeaten Cuban Southpaw Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. During the WBC’s mandatory “Clean Boxing Program’s” VADA testing, Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. The WBC was notified last week of this adverse finding and took some time to make a ruling. The WBC ruled yesterday that they would no longer sanction a fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Former champ and #1 mandatory Bermane Stiverne was paid step aside money to allow the Wilder-Ortiz fight to go forward. Stiverne has been elevated to his mandatory shot against Deontay Wilder in the main event in lieu of Ortiz’ failed test.
Ortiz gave the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association a urine sample on Sept. 22, as part of the random drug testing process for the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program. That test came back last Thursday and showed positive results for two banned diuretics, chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide. These ingredients can be used to treat high blood pressure, but can also be used as masking agents for harder PEDS like anabolic steroids.
After days of deliberation the WBC concluded: “The WBC has concluded the process according to its Clean Boxing Program protocol in the adverse finding of Luis Ortiz,” the WBC said in a statement. “An official ruling has been sent to the corresponding parties. The WBC has withdrawn its sanction of the Wilder vs. Ortiz fight and Wilder will fight next his mandatory fight against Bermane Stiverne.”
This ruling is definitely fair to the champion Deontay Wilder, however, it is also a buzzkill for boxing fans. Many critics of Wilder condemn him for his opponent selection as champion, Ortiz was to be the marquee name if he was able to beat him. In the past 16 months this is the 3rd Heavyweight to fail a drug test ahead of their scheduled fight with Wilder. Clearly you cannot blame Wilder for the wrongdoings of others.
Yet in still, this otherwise awesome card which recently added Shawn Porter vs. Adrian Granados has undoubtedly taken a hit. Stiverne is definitely a quality fighter; former champion with experience. However Wilder already faced him in January 2015 and convincingly beat him over 12 rounds. Beyond that, Stiverne has only fought one time since that fight in 2015. Later that same year, Stiverne fought Derric Rossy and was dropped in the 1st round. Stiverne got up and went on to win a decision after 10 rounds. All and all, Stiverne has been inactive; by the time the fight happens it will have been 10 days shy of a 2 year layoff for Stiverne.
The good thing is that Wilder was paying stepping aside money to Stiverne to face Luis Ortiz in the main event. So even if he beat Ortiz he would likely have to face mandatory Stiverne next. Now if he beats Stiverne on November 4th, he can began his 2018 year with a clean slate, injury-free, and perhaps pursue a mega-fight with Anthony Joshua without having to worry about a mandatory defense.
“Bermane Stiverne asked for it, so he’s going to get it. Whatever happens, happens. Ask and you shall receive. I’m relieved to be getting my mandatory out of the way. At least now I won’t have to deal with that down the road. Stiverne will pay for Luis Ortiz screwing up.”
Written By Bakari Simpson: Although she was the far more professionally experienced fighter, Nikki Adler was no match for Claressa Shields. The two women met for combat in the MGM Grand Detroit. After five rounds of pummeling and general abuse referee Michael Griffin waved off the massacre. When Shields was deemed the victor she claimed Adler’s WBC super-middleweight strap along with the vacant IBF strap.
In all actuality there was very little ‘fighting’ to report. Essentially Claressa bum-rushed Adler, punched her in the mouth and stole her fighting heart frightfully speed. Hell, Nikki officially landed ZERO punches in the first and fifth rounds. Much like her prior opponent, LeBlanc, Shield’s speed, power and aggression left Adler no other option but retreat. In front of her home audience, family and friends Claressa beat Adler from pillar to post.
In fact the most resistance that Shields received was from WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KO’s). Hammer was in the house and expressed her desire to step in the squared-circle with Claressa. Ideally the fight can be put together soon.
After the uncompetitive match was waved off Shields expressed how happy she was with her win. T-Rex even went to so far to say that this victory felt better than winning both of her Olympic gold medals.
“And just getting the TKO, it makes me really happy because I really don’t get ‘em in the pros. I just started and people was saying I’m gonna knock people out and stuff. And then I knock out the world champ, who’s 16-0, with nine knockouts…I could definitely say I’m more happier now. Maybe it’s because I’m on TV, I’m getting paid some money, all my family and my friends are here, and I’m in Detroit, 45 minutes from my hometown. It just feels good to win, also to win when you’re the underdog. So I’m overjoyed and I’m happy.” -Claressa Shields
At the moment Claressa Shields is on top of the world. By winning back to back gold she has achieved what no other American man or woman has. She was the first female to headline a major television fight card. Claressa is unofficially the face of women’s boxing and now she has two major belts. By virtually any marker of success T-Rex is doing exceptionally well.
Let’s sit back and watch what this determined young woman does next!
Written By Bakari Simpson: This Friday August 4 the ferocious Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (3-0, 1 KO) returns to action. Topping the billing, Shields will lock horns with Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KO’s) in the main event of the evening. The ambitious pugilist will once more knuckle-up on her native Detroit soil. Although her name probably rings a bit louder Claressa Shields is actually the challenger. Adler will be making the second defense of her WBC World female super middleweight strap. Along with her WBC belt, the vacant IBF world female super middleweight belt will also be up for grabs. All this intriguing action will take place on Showtime Boxing @9pm.
As evidenced by her two gold medals, aggressive fighting style and rapidly spreading reputation Shields is no joke! Nor, does she appear to be a fighter pleased with inactivity. When T-Rex enters the ring, she will be doing so just a month and a half since her last bout.
During that bout with Sydney LeBlanc (4-2-1) Shields soundly, and swiftly, established that LeBlanc was in over her head. Shield’s hands speed, aggression and nifty 1-2 combos were obstacles far too grand for LeBlanc to surmount. It is true that Sydney did land her shots, yet never anything to alter the inevitable course of action. Certainly, nothing landed that genuinely hurt or buzzed Claressa. Instead, LeBlanc spent the majority of the bout shelled up, avoiding direct exchanges.
T-Rex secured a UD after eight rounds of action. All three judges had Shields winning by a cozy 80-72. Next up to bat is Nikki Adler.
Ideally, in her next outing Shields will encounter a bit more resistance. This upcoming fight is the juicy kind were someone’s “0” has got to go!! To date Adler is Shields first undefeated fighter.
Although Nikki is the champion, and has far more professional experience, Claressa is the strong favorite. One issue of concern is inactivity. Adler has only had one bout this year, none in 2016, one in 2015 and two in 2014. During 2016 when Adler was idle T-Rex was winning her second Olympic boxing gold medal. She is the only American, male or female, to accomplish this feat.
Shields would go on to debut in November of 2016 against Franchon Crews. Her dust-up with Crews was Claressa’s only match in 2016. This August 4 bout with Adler will mark her third prize fight of 2017. The already lofty task of toppling Claressa would become just that much treacherous if hampered by ring-rust. Claressa’s aforementioned hand speed and aggressiveness are likely to bedevil Adler every bit as much as they did Sydney LeBlanc.
In all likelihood Claressa is about to dominate Adler in another impressive performance. In terms of skill, activity and momentum there is nothing overtly compelling on Adler’s side. This title defense is one ferocious uphill battle for Adler. Yet, Nikki will be far from the first fighter to have the odds stacked against them.
At the end of day lets just hope for a fun fight that both walk away from.
But, if you just got to make a wager, it’d be wise to bet on Detroit!
“I feel like I’m a lot healthier and hydrated than I did fighting at 160. I’m not sluggish. I used a chef who prepared my meals for the first time and I feel great. I’ve known about Nikki Adler and Christina Hammer for a long time. I like both of the girls, but when it comes to getting in the ring it’s all about business.”