Camacho Jr talks to 8CN about his dad and shares thoughts with the fans.
The following are direct quotes from my conversation with Hector Camacho Jr this afteroon.
“Things are not looking good for pops. I hope all of this is a wake up call for our youth. We can't keep living like the way we are.”
“World champion Juan Manuel Lopez paid for all flight costs for me and my family to get to Puerto Rico. That's what I call a champion! Inside and outside of the ring!”
“Felix Tito Trinidad is at the hospital with Camacho”
“My Grandma is waiting for me to get to Puerto Rico. I leave tonight, and when I get there we will discuss what were going to do.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) returns to action on April 18 whan he faces Andzrej Fonfara (26-3-0, 15 KOs) at the StubHub center in Carson, CA. The former middleweight champion Chavez Jr. will debut on Showtime, and end a thirtteen month layoff due to a dispute between his advisor, Al Haymon, and his former promoter, Top Rank. Chavez Jr., of Sinaloa, Mexico, and Fonfara, a Polish native now living in Chicago, will compete over twelve rounds at a catchweight of 172 pounds. Fonfara usually fights in the 175 pound light heavyweight division but does not feel the three additional pounds he must lose is an issue. "When I fought [Adonis] Stevenson, I was 173 [pounds]," Andrzej explained. Fonfara challenged and lost to Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight title last June. Rather than focusing on the catchweight, Fonfara and his trainer, Sam Colonna, emphasized that their team chose this match with Julio over several other names. "Julio Cesar Chavez is the fight we wanted." Colonna stressed. "His style is perfect for us. This fight will take us to the top. It will be an action fight ... Julio Cesar Chavez is going to be right in front of us." By contrast, father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. felt otherwise. "I didn't want the fight," he explained. "Andrzej Fonfara is very strong. But my son wanted this fight because it will build his credibility." Chavez Jr. feels Fonfara will be an obliging dance partner under the bright lights of the open-air ring that seems to bring out the war in fighters: Marquez-Vazquez I, Bradley-Provodnikov, and Matthyse-Molina, to name a few. "I've shown people I can fight. I [will] put on a good show for the people," Julio promised. "Andrzej Fonfara is a good fighter. He has a good chin." Chavez Jr. does not plan to move up to light heavyweight, however. "After this fight I want to go to 168 ... I feel good. I am ready to win another world title!" Team Chavez moved camp from Los Angeles, CA to Lake Tahoe, NV last week. Trainer Joe Goossen is pleased with Chavez's progress. "Julio is very serious. He's willing to work very hard for this fight ... I can't tell you happy I am to work with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.," Goossen exuded. Chavez Jr. is equally upbeat about their partnership. "I've known Joe Goossen for a long time. He's a great trainer and a great motivator and he's a hard worker like me so I think we will be successful." Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara will be broadcast on Showtime at 10 PM ET/ 7 PM PT on April 18, 2015.
One of the more anticipated announcements that fans awaited during this week's press conference that formally announced the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao super fight was the multi-city press tour or the 24-7 schedule.No such announcements were made at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles where over 700 media credentials were issued for reporters from various parts of the globe.The rationale of a multi-city tour and a 24-7 production is to drum up interest for the fight in the hopes of maximizing pay-per-view buys. In this case, however, none of the promotional tools are required.This duel has been anticipated for years and the lure is the contrasting fighting styles of the parties involved as well as their clashing personalities.At stake for the 38-year old Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) is his unbeaten record and the his place in boxing history as an undefeated champion following the footsteps of the great Rocky Marciano, who was 49-0 with 43 knockouts as heavyweight champion of the world.For Pacquiao,36, an eight-division champ with a 57-5 slate with 38 knockouts, Pretty Boy is another mountain to climb as he cements his place among boxing's immortals.Tickets for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight range from a low of $1500 to a high of $7500.
In this 8 Count News exclusive, David Hopper talks boxing with adult film star Brandi Love, an avid fan and student of the sweet science. Among the biggest names in the adult industry today, Love has starred in numerous scenes since her foray into porn a decade ago. The 41-year-old has made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show and The Howard Stern Show. A self-proclaimed “sexual anthropologist,” she has written a book on sexuality and has lectured college students on sex and alternative relationships. David Hopper: You’re very open about your love of boxing. You often tweet about fights to your nearly 200,000 Twitter followers. I read where you said you’ve been into boxing for more than 25 years and your husband boxed at the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit. Talk about how you were introduced to the sport. Brandi Love: It’s kind of funny. It’s kind of like my love for football. I don’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t enjoy it or that it wasn’t around me. My dad and brother were certainly into the football thing. I grew up in Detroit and boxing was huge. It was mainstream. ‘Rocky’ was always around when I was growing up. Though I was too little for the first one, by the time I hit my teen years they were pretty much all out. Myself being an athlete, I always appreciated and respected the sport of boxing. Even though I was a girl and it seemed a little brutal at times I still respected the pure athleticism of these guys – the mental strength, the physical strength, the training, not to mention, the skill. I think as a little kid just being around it and then growing up as a teenager being an athlete myself and appreciating the sport. Then I met my husband in college and he was a boxer. It’s just always been around me and it always will be. DH: Who are some of your favorite active fighters? BL: As far all-time favorites that are active, I really am a Pacquiao fan. I’m a Mayweather fan. I love Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin and Juan Manuel Marquez. Those are a few of the active ones that I’m enjoying watching. One of my hotspots is the MMA-boxing thing. People say ‘Oh, boxing’s dead.’ It just kills me because of the fighters I just listed. How can you say there’s nobody worth watching or that boxing is dead? The demographic is different. I believe it’s changed. I believe there are a lot of things the boxing world could do to bring it back, and I believe that some of it is starting. Watching Triple G, I think he’s gonna be around for a while and I think he’s gonna make some major major news. I think Alvarez is an amazing puncher. I was at the Mayweather-Canelo fight. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit disappointed. Not that I wanted to see Mayweather get knocked out, I just thought Canelo - he froze – he got nervous and he wasn’t punching. The only way you beat Mayweather is to be faster and to be a better puncher because you’re never gonna outbox him. DH: Let’s talk about Mayweather-Pacquiao. Were you surprised the fight was finally made? Some fans had given up hope on it ever being made. Did you think that it would happen and what was your reaction when it finally did happen? BL: My reaction was: It’s about time. And on the inside I was doing the happy dance. I got goose bumps I was so excited. I really believed it was a matter of time. I think both teams wanted it. I think I understand some of why it wasn’t happening. But the fact that it took five years, for me, does not depreciate the excitement at all. I’m just thrilled that it’s happening. DH: Who will you be pulling for and who do you favor to win? BL: I’ve always respected Mayweather as a fighter. His persona has not been my favorite. He’s a genius and it worked from the marketing standpoint, but his persona is what got under my skin. And Pacquiao, how can you not love the guy? He’s this great human being. He does all these wonderful things and he’s a helluva fighter. Up until [the March 11 press conference], I was really pushing for Pacquiao, I really think he’s an amazing fighter. I really think if he does certain things, if he fights rough, if he fights close, if he puts the pressure on. If he does those things, I believe he can beat Mayweather. But I watched the live conference and, this might sound silly, but Pacquiao gets to the microphone and he gave a sermon. He and I are of the same beliefs. People might find that crazy, but I practice the same faith. I didn’t want a preacher. I didn’t want a sermon. I wanted a fighter. I just sat there and I felt sad. And then Mayweather comes on. Poised, charismatic, thankful, graceful. And a fighter. It absolutely flipped my card. I actually think Floyd Mayweather deserves to win. I think he can win. And, honest to God, I think he will win. There’s a reason he’s 47-0. The guy lives, breathes, and eats boxing. Whether you love him or hate him, he is boxing. Pacquiao used to be. Now Pacquiao is a coach, he’s a politician, he’s involved in the military, he’s a father, he’s a dad, and he’s involved in music. Amazing human being. But I feel like he’s lost his fighter’s edge. You can be good at a lot of things or great at one thing, and Mayweather has earned my respect as being the guy who’s great at one thing. DH: Do you think the fight will be competitive and exciting? BL: I think it will absolutely be exciting. I think what’s fun to watch is that they are such extremely different fighters. Both of them have skill but you will not outskill Mayweather, in my opinion. If Manny brings his ‘A’ game and he pressures Floyd and fights close and he punches and punches and punches, keeps up that momentum, I think he can throw Mayweather off. Do I think Manny will bring what he needs to bring to beat him? Who can call it, right? But I really don’t think so. Floyd doesn’t go down and he has an uncanny ability to keep his pace the same all the time. If Floyd walks in and plays that game and Manny falls into it, I think Manny is over. If Manny walks in and throws Mayweather’s game off and takes control it could be really interesting. DH: Marcos Maidana had some success against Mayweather in his fights with him last year. Maidana threw 100 punches in the first round of their first bout and mauled Mayweather against the ropes. Maidana and Pacquiao are different fighters, of course, but do you feel Pacquiao will have to use similar tactics, pressuring Mayweather, keeping a high punch output and throwing punches from awkward angles like he does in order to outwork Mayweather and win the fight? BL: You nailed it. I was impressed when Floyd took the fight because, in my opinion, Floyd knows that that’s the type of guy that can beat him. Pacquiao, though he’s not Maidana, they do have a similar skill set and you saw it work. Marcos did that and it worked. It’s a matter of being able to continue it. It’s just like in football. When a team is doing something and it’s working, don’t friggin’ change it because it’s working. It’s a very very hard pace to keep up, but if Pacquiao has the endurance and he fights like that, it could be a very interesting fight. DH: Talk some about your career. What has your experience in the adult industry been like as one of the most popular adult actresses in the world? BL: Well, it all started back in 2004 with Brandilove.com. My husband and I have always been adventurous. I’ve always been a free spirit. When the idea was presented, I thought, ‘This will be really fun. Let’s see what happens here.’ Something that started as a just a fun little hobby turned into an absolutely incredible career. I have no regrets. I’ve had so much fun. I’ve had so many opportunities. If it weren’t for adult I would have never have been on Howard Stern. I’ve had the opportunity to be on some mainstream television discussing my beliefs on human sexuality if you will. I speak at universities regarding human sexuality and relationships. It’s so interesting to me that something that was always very natural to me is something I made a career out of it. Not only a career, but in it’s own way, leave a mark. To me, there’s nothing more important than healthy relationships, whatever that means, and to get to be a part of that in our society, to me, it’s just been awesome. My other business is taking off. Things are going so fast and so good that I just can’t manage everything and I just don’t do anything half-assed. So I struck a deal with Brazzers and I’ll be doing my last 12 scenes for that company. I never ever see retirement because I’ll never retire, I just go from one career to another. It’s been absolutely incredible. I’ve had the opportunity to do everything I’ve set out to do. Now I have nine scenes left. Those are all very well thought out and opportunities to express myself in ways I haven’t yet. I feel extremely extremely lucky. DH: Any closing remarks for your fans and the fight fans out there? BL: For the fight fans, I believe the word is going to stop on May 2. I’ll be watching and I think no matter what happens it’s going to be historical. Keep supporting boxing. It’s coming on strong. I’ll look forward to hanging out and chatting with them about the different fights. For my fans in general, thank you for an incredible decade of raunchy fun sexual behavior. It’s been incredible getting to know them. I think I’ve been taught more than I’ve been able to teach. I have them to thank for all of it. I’m shooting my last 12 scenes for Brazzers. However, my focus is going back to my personal site Brandilove.com. Weekly updates and live members shows will continue and be better than ever. The following photos are courtesy of Brandilove.com:
Longest reigning Filipino World Champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and five-division World Champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire will highlight the double main event of ALA Boxing Promotion's "Pinoy Pride 30". Expected to take place this coming March 28 "Pinoy Pride 30, D-Day", also features undefeated super bantamweight IBF Intercontinental champion Prince Albert Pagara. The three Filipino fighters vowed to give fans an exciting night of non-stop action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines. Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs), who at the age of 20 started his career as a professional boxer is now the longest reigning Filipino Champion surpassing the record held by Filipino Boxing Hall of Famer Gabriel "Flash" Elorde. Elorde reigned in the junior lightweight division for seven years and three months in the 1960's while Nietes still holds his WBO title at 105 pounds since 2007. Come March 28, Nietes will make his next title defense against Mexican challenger Gilberto Parra (19-1, 17 KOs) who is ranked no. 13. Nietes fights to extend his legacy in the WBO world light flyweight division by keeping the winning streak as long as he can. It's not over yet! That's what Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) wants the world to know. Coming from a devastating loss to WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, the Filipino Flash is back and returns to his home country to fight at 122 pounds. His loss to the Jamaican power puncher prompted him to go back a division weight lower where he once ruled before losing to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. Vying for super bantamweight weight championship title, Donaire will face Brazillian William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs). Nonito earned 2012 Fighter of the Year Award and has won world titles at 112, 118, 122 and 12 pounds as well as interim belt at 115 pounds. Although he grew up in the United states, he shares the same hometown with Filipino boxing icon and Fighter of the Decade Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao in General Santos City, south of the Philippines. This will be his fourth time to fight in his native land Philippines and for the first time since 2009. Asked whether he is thinking about retirement in the near future, he said a loss to this fight might prompt him to hang his gloves for good and that there is no reason to go on with his career if he can't even keep up with this level of a fight. However, report says, an impressive win would possibly secure him a ticket to a title fight in Macau, China in July where he will be the main event as promised by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. A fight also to be considered a highlight will be exhibited by the reigning International Boxing Federation Intercontinental super bantamweight champion Prince Albert Pagara against Mexico's Rodolfo Hernandez (26-5-1, 24 KOs). Prince Albert Pagara (22-0-0 15 KO), a crowd favorite, is a hardhitting boxer from ALA stable who is currently the no. 1 fighter in the Philippines for the super bantamweight division and is quickly rising up in status in the international boxing scene. He is one of the sparring mates of Nonito Donaire during the latter's two-week training at the ALA Gym in Cebu in preparation for the March 28 match. According to Donaire, Albert Pagara hits hard and fights well as a sparring mate and with the impressive skills, is set for a promising career ahead of him. Meantime, Rodolfo Hernandez is no easy prey with 24 out of 26 wins coming by way of knockout. This is certainly a kind of fight that will put boxing fans at the edge of their seats. One defends legacy, one fights for redemption, and one strives to be the next star. "D-Day" initiates On March 28, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines. Undercard fights feature Ryo Akaho of Japan vs Prosper Ankrah of Ghana and AJ "Bazooka" Banal of Philippines vs Junior Bajawa of Indonesia. Pinoy Pride 30 is promoted by ALA Boxing Promotions, the Philippines' premier boxing outfit.