The 12 Days of Christmas
twelfth Day of Duva
twelve-round (or less) beating.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (27-1, 22 KOs) knows that James Toney has
been naughty for too long and when he meets him again on January 6,
Peter will give Toney his late Christmas present: a nice long nap on the
canvas while sugar plum fairies dance in his head.
eleventh Day of Duva
Up eleven in the rankings.
how many places WBC #11-ranked super lightweight Kendall “Rated R” Holt
(21-1, 12 KOs) will jump in the world rankings when he finally gets his
shot at a champion. Holt's been calling for a title shot all year and
even scored a nationally televised 12-round unanimous decision over
red-hot Isaac Hlatshwayo this year. Hlatshwayo had scored impressive
victories over Phillip N’dou and Nate Campbell, but when Holt was done
with him, he looked like he’d been run over by a reindeer.
tenth Day of Duva
seconds on the canvas.
how long Mike Marrone (16-0, 13 KOs) will put JD Chapman, and any other
fellow rising heavyweight prospect, on the canvas to finally get his due
as THE young heavyweight to watch. 21-year-old Marrone was born to be
heavyweight champion and a victory over another undefeated prospect like
Chapman would help guide his sleigh to the top of the division.
ninth Day of Duva
Nine consecutive victories.
the current streak Brian "The Beast" Minto (27-1, 16 KOs) is on. All of
the other heavyweights used to laugh and call the little 5’ 11” Minto
names. Then he went on a nine-fight winning streak including a knockout
of former top contender Axel Schulz one foggy night in Germany. Santa is
going to give sometimes-naughty Brian an open phone line, so that he can
reach out to his promoter and say he’s awake and ready to do the right
Day of Duva
Standing eight counts.
anyone who dares get in the ring with Duva’s hot young welterweight
prospect Raymond Biggs Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs). There must have been some magic
in those leather gloves he found. For when he places them on his hands,
people fall down.
Biggs is so fast and
slippery; he’s the fighter who even reminds his new trainer, Pernell
Whitaker, of Pernell Whitaker.
On the seventh
Day of Duva
will mark seven years since Kirk “Bubba” Johnson (36-2-1, 26 KOs)
knocked out current WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev in four
rounds. Johnson has only lost twice in his career and if he can stay
healthy, he is still one of the most dangerous big men in boxing.
On the sixth Day of Duva Boxing:
Six world titles.
Career-long Duva family superstar Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker will be
inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June. Whitaker
retired with a final mark of 40-4-1, with 17 KOs, won a gold medal in
the 1984 Olympic Games and went on to capture six world titles in four
different weight classes (WBA, WBC and IBF Lightweight, IBF Light
Welterweight, WBC Welterweight, and WBA Light Middleweight). Pernell the
slippery southpaw, you’ll go down in history!
On the fifth Day of Duva Boxing:
Five groups in harmony.
sincere hope that promoters, managers, agents, TV networks and fighters
can work with each other in an HONORABLE way and stay out of the
courtrooms once and for all.
On the fourth Day of Duva Boxing:
Four major networks.
Showtime, ESPN and Versus – A Christmas wish that all four will begin
strong programs to develop boxing’s next generation of superstars. Urge
the major boxing networks to listen to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to
Come and continue to give boxing fans new stars to follow.
On the third Day of Duva Boxing:
Lopez (9-0, 7 KOs), Isaac Rodriguez (8-0, 8 KOs) and Enrique Gutierrez
(10-1, 8 KOs) will all be joining the Duva Boxing family in 2007. These
three young tigers will surely make for three more world championship
stockings to hang by the chimney with care.
On the second Day of Duva Boxing:
words: LOU DUVA
old and as strong and fiery as ever, the Hall of Fame family patriarch
lives on and keeps punching. We are sending out Christmas hope for
another happy and healthy year in 2007 for Lou Duva.
On the first day of Duva Boxing:
grateful promotional company, Duva Boxing,
wishing for a long and fruitful partnership with Don King Productions
and most of all, wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
See You Next Year Boxing Fans!
Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year from Duva Boxing