Boxing: cameron dunkin

Arum should know Manny foe by Sunday

April, 10, 2013

Bob Arum is looking to determine who will get the coveted slot to fight Manny Pacquiao in his next bout by Sunday, he told NYFightblog during a Wednesday press conference at Madison Square Garden. The press conference was called to hype the Saturday super feather unification bout between Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux at Radio City Music Hall.

Arum, the Las Vegas-based Brooklyn-born promoter, was clearly on a high counting down to the Radio City event. He talked about entering the famed venue as a little boy, and how proud he is to have now staged shows at MSG, Yankee Stadium and now at this third iconic platform.

Arum said Juan Manuel Marquez will be attending the Thursday night Boxing Writers Association of America dinner, to accept an award for taking part in the 2012 Fight of the Year, with Manny Pacquiao. He will see if the Mexican wants to meet up with Manny a fifth time, or wants to go in another direction. A rematch with Tim Bradley, who won a controversial decision over Pacquiao last June, is a possibility.

Arum has also been in talks with Bradley and his manager Cameron Dunkin, who was present at the presser. Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz will be in NYC, to help clarify the next move for Manny, as well.

I asked Arum about Freddie Roach's remarks to me yesterday, that Roach doesn't think Marquez deserves a 50-50 split, and should accept that Manny deserves more moolah, because he's a PPV draw. "I'm not negotiating in the press," Arum answered. "We will talk privately and come to a decision."

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Robert Garcia sparred Salido

January, 18, 2013
Trainer Robert Garcia has a pretty good read on what Orlando Salido brings to the table at the Madison Square Garden Theater on the Top Rank-HBO show Saturday.

Robert has done his due diligence ahead of younger brother Mikey's clash against the featherweight titlist, watching ample tape of Salido. But Robert has an even more intimate basis of knowledge on Salido, because he has sparred with him.

Yep, the former IBF super featherweight champion, who boxed as a pro from 1992-2001, used Salido for sparring for his last fight, a TKO4 win over John Trigg in September 2001.

I asked Robert -- who, along with dad Eduardo, tutors Mikey -- if he recalls anything from the sparring which will help him devise a strategy for Mikey.

"No, that was so long ago," he said. "Salido was a young guy." Salido had already been a pro for five years, but yes, he has advanced far beyond that stage.

While I had Robert, I put him on the spot. "Forgive my directness ... but who is the better fighter, you at your best or Mikey?"

The amiable older brother thought for a moment. "I'm done fighting," he said. "I think he's way better. In my big fights I sort of turned into a brawler. Mikey fights smart."

Cameron Dunkin, who manages Mikey, piped in: "Robert was a helluva fighter. I remember he fought Julian Wheeler, gave him a helluva fight, and Juan Manuel Marquez destroyed Wheeler. But Mikey is special."

Wolak announces retirement on FB, Twitter

December, 7, 2011
Four days after losing a unanimous decision to Delvin Rodriguez at Madison Square Garden, junior middleweight Pawel Wolak announced he is retiring from boxing. He did so via Facebook, and Twitter.

Here is the statement the New Jersey fighter, who fought to a draw with Rodriguez in July, gave on Facebook:

"I am at peace with my decision to retire from boxing. I left it all in the ring and I have absolutely no regrets. I got to do what most people will never be able to and I couldn't be more proud to have been part of the best sport in the world. I will stay active, busy and in boxing shape as I have done since 17 years old but I hope to help other fighters in the NY area in their careers.

"The list of people to thank is too long but you all know you are. Thank you to my core team, my family, my friends and the fans who have made me a better husband, man, father, son and fighter. I am forever grateful. Thank you to Top Rank for always having my back and to the boxing media who have always been fair and treated me with respect.

"I am not going to do any interviews at this time. While I am retiring I am staying under contract for the duration of my contract terms with both Top Rank and my manager Cameron Dunkin. Please direct all questions to Cameron. Onwards and upwards."

I called Dunkin at 5:30 p.m., and this was the first he'd heard of it. Same with Top Rank's VP Carl Moretti. He hadn't heard that Wolak (age 30; 29-2-1) was exiting the game.

The boxer released the news at 4:55 p.m. on Twitter: "with heavy heart I announce my retirement. u need heart, passion, desire 2 compete, but the mind needs 2 know when it is time. FB has more"

Wolak started as a pro in 2004. He was a consummate lunchpail banger, not too pretty, not too smooth, just a banger who was going to be in your grill from the national anthem onward.

We will verify that the announcements are on the level.

Here is a video I did of Wolak last month, in which he betrays no loss of love for the savage science that is boxing.