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Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Two Time World Boxing Champion from Brooklyn, New York – 2012

Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi is an Italian American professional boxer. He is a former IBF Light Welterweight Champion and the current WBA Welterweight Champion.

Malignaggi has done print clothing ads that have been featured in magazines such as Esquire magazine, Playboy magazine, and Frank 151 magazine. He also had a small role in the movie Undefeated featuring John Leguizamo, and had a feature documentary on his life leading into his fight with Miguel Cotto titled “Magic Man,” which later aired on Showtime.

Japanese video game company Nintendo used him as the model for their character Little Mac in the new sequel Punch-Out!! for the Wii, and also featured him in the commercials as well. Malignaggi is a featured fighter in EA Sports’ Fight Night Round 4 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Malignaggi is set to defend his WBA Welterweight title against undefeated two time world champion, former WBO Super Featherweight champion and current WBC Lightweight champion, Adrien Broner on June 22, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Interview with Boxing Great from Mexico, Erik “Terrible” Morales – 2012

Érik Morales, who was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the first Mexican-born boxer in history to win world titles in four different weight classes. He is a former WBC Light Welterweight Champion, WBC & IBF Super Featherweight, WBC Featherweight (x2) and WBC & WBO Super Bantamweight Champion.

Morales has defeated 15 different world champions during the course of his career. He is famous for his trilogies with fellow Mexican legend three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Filipino octuple champion Manny Pacquiao. He ranks #49 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time.

Morales’ record consists of 52 wins, 36 of these by knockout, and 9 losses (2 KO). He won eight world titles in four different weight classes and successfully defended his titles fifteen times. Morales also holds victories over champions Kenny Mitchell, Hector Acero-Sanchez, Daniel Zaragoza, Junior Jones, Jose Luis Bueno, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kevin Kelley, Guty Espadas Jr., In Jin Chi, Paulie Ayala, Jesús Chávez, Carlos Hernández and Manny Pacquiao.

Live Duet Performance by Dan Hill & Manny Pacquiao of the Classic Hit “When We Touch” – 2011

In 2003, the song was used in a Geico commercial. Manny Pacquiao sang this song on the November 3, 2009 showing of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. This was Pacquiao’s first guest appearance on an American late night TV talk show and his first singing performance on American TV. He would later revive this song on April 2011 as his single and reached number 19 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 20 list and has become the third most added song on radio playlists in the US. In August 2012, Dream Theater performed an impromptu short cover in Rio de Janerio.

In 2011, Manny Pacquiao released the song as a single with Dan Hill.

Exclusive Interview with Laila Ali, Women’s World Boxing Champion – 2011

Laila Ali is a retired American professional boxer. She is the daughter of retired heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali of his third wife, Veronica Porsche Ali. Laila is the second to last of her father’s nine children and his youngest daughter.

On July 23, 2007, Ali married former NFL player Curtis Conway in Los Angeles. They have two children together, son Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr. (born August 26, 2008) and daughter Sydney Jurldine Conway (born April 4, 2011).

Ali is stepmother to Conway’s three children: twin sons Cameron and Kelton (born 1995) and daughter Leilani (born 1999).

Ali is also credited with saving the life of American Gladiators co-host and wrestling legend Hulk Hogan by telephoning him when he was depressed and suicidal – a call which Hogan (in his book My Life Outside The Ring) claims “snapped me out” of an acute suicidal “trance”.

Dick Tiger Foundation Inc. Debut at the Surf Club of New Rochelle – New York, 2012

About the Foundation

The Foundation promotes Dick Tiger’s vision and legacy of empowerment. So far, we have emphasized renovation of primary and secondary school infrastructures in rural and urban communities. The Foundation believes that good education offers the most direct path towards individual and community empowerment, a way out of poverty.

The Foundation believes in gender equality, through cultural, social, economic and political support to women and girls. Discipline achieved through individual and team sports will be the hallmark of the Foundation. As a world champion boxer, Dick Tiger achieved fame and acclaim, honored his nation and supported his community. The goal of this Foundation is to promote these principles as his legacy.

Sports Development: Through sports we will promote collaboration among philanthropists, government and business sectors, ensure participation by women and men from diverse communities and all levels of society in an effort to establish common understandings, enhance excellence, and enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitments to themselves and their communities. Recognizing the essence of the youth in a country’s progress, we intend to use sports as a mechanism to reach youngsters, and as a gateway to communities and populations young and old. Sports events and activities will be used to establish targeted goals for the youth, and build their capacity to achieve despite their surroundings and circumstances.

Educational Initiatives: The Foundation believes that a good education offers the most direct path towards individual and community empowerment, and development. We will establish the pre-eminence of education through partnerships with international schools and libraries to ensure appropriate information and book exchange programs to local schools situated in under-served communities. Through scholarships, and symposiums, the DTF will introduce new ways of thinking, to stem the tide of poverty, and empower growth educationally, economically, and socially. In our nascent existence as a not-for-profit organization, we have emphasized renovation of primary and secondary school infrastructures in rural and urban communities; and have already awarded tuition scholarships to twenty deserving high school students.

Community Enhancement: Through emphasis on the restructuring and renovation of existing infrastructure in schools, and other pertinent institutions, the community is impacted, and hope is reborn. In our quest to improve the quality of life for the rural and under-served regions, the DTF has embarked on other projects such as the sinking of boreholes to help provide rural communities with safe drinking water, and improved sanitation, create awareness for various life-enhancing issues such as, family planning, spacing of births, and HIV/AIDS awareness. Working with other NGO’s and community stakeholders, we will emphasize the civil engagement and empowerment of women, and highlight the integral role women play in society; and use our seminars as mechanism to foster tolerance, and build gender equity.

Economic Empowerment: To help families succeed, and communities to thrive, the DTF will work with local vocational institutions to create programs that teach out-of-school youth, and economically distressed individuals to use their hands, literally, to create earning opportunities, and become self-sufficient. Courses in carpentry, tailoring, industrial baking, secretarial/office skills, etc. will be taught by skilled volunteers and instructors. The DTF will seek the assistance of financial institutions to groom participants in responsible personal financial management, supported by access to basic financial services. Through the DTF economic initiatives, lives will be impacted, and communities will be uplifted.

The World Liberty TV Team was on hand to witness the debut of the Dick Tiger Foundation at The Surf Club in New York.

Interview with Two Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, John Ruiz – 2011

John “The Quietman” Ruiz is a former American professional boxer. Ruiz is the first Latino heavyweight champion and a former two-time WBA heavyweight champion. After a professional career spanning over 18 years, Ruiz officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference on April 26, 2010. His final fight was a title shot against the then WBA heavyweight title holder David Haye, in which Ruiz was defeated by TKO in round 9.

Ruiz has defeated three world champions in Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman, and Tony Tucker, as well as top contenders such as Andrew Golota, Fres Oquendo, Jameel McCline, and Kirk Johnson.

He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Interview with Roy Jones Jr. Eight Time World Boxing Great- 2011

Roy Jones Jr. – born January 16, 1969, is an American boxer. As a professional, he has captured numerous championships in the Middleweight, Super middleweight, Light heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a junior middleweight, and go on to win a heavyweight title. He is also noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF, and IBA light heavyweight championships; a record seven belts at the same time. Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA heavyweight title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 1990’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

On March 1, 2003 in Las Vegas, Roy Jones defeated John Ruiz, the man who defeated Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title. Jones officially weighed in at 193 lbs and Ruiz at 226 lbs. Jones became the first former middleweight title holder to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones also became the first fighter to start his career as a junior middleweight and win a heavyweight title.

Interview with Four Time World Boxing Champion, Iran “The Blade” Barkley – 2011

Iran Barkley is a retired American professional boxer who held world titles at middleweight (1988–89), super middleweight (1992) and light heavyweight (1992). Among the many highlights of his up-and-down career are his two victories over the legendary Thomas Hearns.

Barkley returned in 1988 with a split decision over Sanderline Williams and a fifth round stoppage of Michael Olajide, before winning the WBC middleweight championship with a third round knockout of Thomas Hearns, voted 1988 Upset of the Year by Ring magazine.

In his next fight, Barkley lost his title via split decision in a 12 round war with Roberto Durán, in a fight proclaimed 1989 Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. Following the defeat to Duran, Barkley took on undefeated Michael Nunn for the IBF middleweight title, dropping a close majority decision. He next fought Nigel Benn in a challenge for the WBO middleweight title and was stopped on the three knockdown rule at the end of a wild first round in which both fighters were hurt.

Veteran Boxers Association: RING 8 Holiday Awards Dinner – 2011

A sold-out crowd of more than 500 enjoyed a day of boxing.

“People came out in force and this was our largest attendance ever,” RING 8 President and dinner chairman Bob Duffy said. “On behalf of all RING 8 members, I’d like to thank everybody for attending, especially the award winners, many of whom traveled a great distance to be with us on the silver anniversary of our Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony.”

“A good time was had by all,” Duffy continued. “All of the award winners received a brass plaque, exclusively molded for RING 8. Manny liked it so much that he took it home on the plane and proudly showed it off in Detroit. We’re looking forward to next’s year holiday event, as well as the first New York State Boxing Hall of Fame awards dinner on April 1st at Russo’s on The Bay.”

Veteran Boxers Ring 8 2011 Honorees

Master of Ceremonies Dave Diamante announced all of the award winners:

2011 RING 8 Honorees

Fighter of the Decade (1990′s): Roy Jones Jr.

Fight of the Year: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Pawel Wolak

First Hispanic Heavyweight Champion of the World: John Ruiz

Outstanding Achievement Award: Tomasz Adamek

Trainer of the Decade: Emanuel Steward

Ring 8 Promoter of the Year: Ziggy Rozalski

Uncrowned Champion: Michael DeLaRue

Interview with Livingston Bramble, Former Lightweight World Boxing – 2012

Ras-I Alujah Bramble (born Livingstone Bramble on September 3, 1960 in Saint Kitts and Nevis) is a boxer. Bramble was raised on Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He became the first world champion from Saint Kitts and Nevis. Although his last recorded fight occurred on June 26, 2003, he has never officially announced his retirement, and constantly hints that he wishes to fight on. His current record stands at 40–26–3 (25 KOs).

Bramble was given a shot at a world title when the WBA pitted him and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini for the Lightweight title on June 1, 1984. Bramble entered the ring sporting a record of 20 wins and only one loss, with thirteen knockouts, but was a heavy underdog to Mancini, who had recently gone fourteen rounds with the legendary Alexis Argüello; and he was also coming off a successful title defense on January 14, a third round knockout of two time world champion Bobby Chacon. Furthermore, he talks about a super-fight between Mancini and IBF World Jr. Welterweight champion Aaron Pryor.

Interview with Daryl J. Peoples, President of the International Boxing Federation & USBA

The United States Boxing Association (USBA) was created in 1977. In October of 1982, USBA president Bob Lee ran for the presidency of the WBA at their annual convention, but lost to Gilberto Mendoza Sr. In April of 1983, the members of the USBA voted to expand the organization and create an international division. The new organization was called the International Boxing Federation and Bob Lee was named the president.

The IBF awarded their heavyweight title to Larry Holmes, who was viewed as the true World Heavyweight Champion. Holmes had recently vacated the WBC title after a dispute with the organization. The fact that the only sanctioning body belt Holmes had at the time was the IBF’s greatly helped the new organization’s credibility. He held the title from 1983 to 1985 and made three successful defenses.

The IBF is one of four major sanctioning bodies recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame, along with the WBA, WBC, and WBO.

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