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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.

Interview with Juan Manuel Marquez, Three-Division World Boxing Champion from Mexico – 2011

Juan Manuel Márquez is a Mexican professional boxer and the former WBO light-welterweight champion. He is the third Mexican-born boxer (after Erik Morales and Jorge Arce) to become a four-division world champion, winning seven world titles in four different boxing weight classes.

Ring Magazine currently ranks Márquez as the number three pound-for-pound boxer in the world and number one in the junior welterweight division. He is considered by analysts to be among the greatest Mexican boxers of all-time.

Marquez fought Manny Pacquiao on December 8, 2012. The fight was for the WBO’s “Champion of the Decade” belt. Marquez knocked down Pacquiao in the third round with a looping right hook. In round 5, Pacquiao returned the favor, knocking down Marquez. Pacquiao went on the offensive in the 6th round.

However, as Pacquiao continued the dominating offensive, with just one second left in the 6th round, Marquez countered Pacquiao’s double jab with a ducking right cross – sending Pacquiao face first to the canvas, resulting in a knockout. Pacquiao, who had not been knocked out in over 13 years since his loss to Medgeon Singsurat in 1999, remained unconscious for several seconds.
This was named The Ring magazine’s “Fight of the Year” and “Knockout of the Year” and “International Fight of the Year” by the British website BoxRec. Marquez was also named “International Fighter of the Year” by the same publication.

Interview with Actor Tony Danza at Madison Square Garden – New York, 2012

Tony Danza is an American actor known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. In 1998, Danza won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series for his work on the 1997 sitcom The Tony Danza Show.

In 1975, as a joke, Danza’s friends entered him in the New York City Golden Gloves (Source: The Biography Channel Presents Tony Danza, 2004). After knocking out his first 6 opponents, Danza was knocked out in the finals.

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”.

International Beauty Show 2013 at the New York Javits Convention Center

In New York, Sunday through Tuesday, was the International Beauty Show, the nation’s longest-running professionals-only beauty show. This year it was much bigger and better than ever, with competitions, demonstrations, over a hundred beauty classes and more than five hundred exhibitors selling thousands of products. Over fifty-three-thousand professionals attend IBS New York each year!

The International Beauty Show is the longest running, professionals-only beauty show in the nation. The show is for beauty professionals only and is not open to the general public. The show’s main objective is to educate, in effect opening new doors for beauty professionals.

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