Joey Allen of "Warrant"
8CountNews sat down with Joey Allen of âWarrantâ and talked up a little bit of 80's and 90's Rock and Roll. We also talked about what the band is currently up to. Allen talks about the bands intentions to release a new record in 2013 with tour dates to follow.
Warrant will go down as one of the best selling 80/90's rock bands of all time. Their hits, Cherry Pie, Heaven, Down Boys, Uncle Toms Cabin, just to name a few will be forever branded in the minds of metal heads for many years to come.
Allen talks a little bit about the passing of the great Jani Lane. He touches on Lane's brilliant song writing, and of course about his unfortunate passing. âWarrantâ has moved forward, and they continue to bring their fans of old, and of new, great music at live events around the country.
RIP Jani Lane
Look for a new âWarrantâ CD in 2013 with new tour dates as well.
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Hello ladies and gentleman, Smooth Cat is back!!!! Today I want to touch on a legend in the sport of boxing, Roy Jones Jr. He has accomplished almost every goal he wanted to achieve in his career, but still has one goal he hasn't accomplished yet. That's winning a legitimate Cruiserweight championship. As we all know he isn't exactly the same fighter he once was, when he amazed the boxing world with athleticism that was rivaled by no one. But those days seem so long ago. Actually it has been an extremely long time since we have seen Roy at his very best, but with that being said, his mission will continue this weekend against Paul Vasquez. This will be the second time he's fought in 22 days. We all ask, why Roy why? He's already a first ballot Hall of Famer, he was voted fighter of the decade for 1990's, and has won championships in multiple weights classes. So after reading a recent interview of his, Roy is quoted saying "I don't want to get to heaven and have God say you could have won a world title at 46." He's motivated to put his name in the record book with another accomplishment that will further add to his already great accomplishments. Honestly, Roy doesn't need the Cruiserweight title to validate anything, but when you're a fighter and you're motivated to do something, that fire inside of you can be your worst enemy in some cases. In this situation, the fire in Roy might I say, is very inspirational, but in all honesty this recent run of wins Roy is on, has him actually believing he's reversed the effects of father time, who is an opponent who's undefeated against all fighters who have stuck around too long. I wish the great Roy Jones Jr. the best of luck, as a huge fan of his, but he needs someone to truly let him know that enough is enough already. He is an excellent commentator for HBO, where he does great work of covering fights, and giving the broadcast team the point of view of a fighter. I can't speak for everyone, but I'm sure that I can't be the only one, who doesn't want to see this legend stretched out on the canvas unconscious! With that being said, I know he isn't going to stop until he gets the fight with Marco Huck, the current "Man" of the Cruiserweight division. If that fight gets made, maybe, just maybe, Roy Jones can turn back the hands of the clock one more time and put on a vintage performance, resulting in him possibly pulling off the upset against Marco Huck! Regardless of what happens, as a true fan of boxing, I just can't help but worry why is Roy Jones Jr. hanging on too long?
8CNâs David Hopper caught up with Baltimore-based boxing promoter Jake âThe Snakeâ Smith. The 49-year-old Maryland and DC Boxing Hall of Fame member has owned and operated Baltimore Boxing Club and promoted fights for more than 20 years. DH: Please give the readers who arenât familiar with you a brief introduction. JS: My boxing name is Jake âThe Snakeâ Smith. I started boxing when I was 12. I had a 39-4 amateur record and an 11-6-2 professional record. I was Maryland light heavyweight champion and super middleweight champion. This was is in the â90s, late â80s. Iâve promoted over 200 some fights in the pros and amateurs. Iâve owned a boxing gym, Baltimore Boxing, for 23 years. DH: Talk some about the card youâre promoting on Friday, March 27. I heard that it was nearly sold out. Are there still tickets available? JS: Weâre pretty sold out. Iâll still be trying to sell some at the door as long as the fire marshal doesnât come up. [Laughs]. I expect about 1,200. DH: Does Baltimore have a thriving amateur boxing scene? JS: Iâve been doing shows for over 20 something years now. Just after I finished fighting pro I took my clientele with me. It just keeps getting better. In the last six months to a year, boxing has been going crazy. My kids have been real busy. DH: Do you feel like you will benefit from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and boxing returning to network TV in that that should create more interest in the sport? JS: Iâm thinking itâs opening up a lot of doors. MMA has helped boxing a lot too. Itâs opened up a lot more eyes to contact sports like boxing and wrestling. Now that theyâre seeing how exciting boxing is, all the fans from MMA are starting to lean more toward boxing. DH: Thatâs an interesting point because many say that MMA has been pulling fans away from boxing. But you feel like itâs had the opposite effect? JS: Oh yes, indeed, it did at first, without question. I just canât stand the way MMA people bang boxing and say how itâs bad and dying and all this stuff. But it did bring more attention to the sport of boxing. A lot more eyes are coming on to boxing because of the standup game. With MMA and boxing you wanna see somebody get knocked out. MMA you get on the ground and roll around and whatever theyâre doing, I not into it. DH: What are some of the things you enjoy most about promoting amateurs? JS: When youâre doing the pro stuff, when money gets involved, it really makes things a little shady. Not really shady, but a little greed gets involved. In amateurs theyâre competing for a trophy and theyâre not lying down in the ring so they can get paid or throwing the fight. These guys are fighting because they want to win and they want to do something with their life. Itâs more relaxing. DH: Are you able to predict which amateurs will turn out to be good pros? Of course, some amateurs have more of a pro style, and some standout amateurs end up not having much success in the pro ranks. JS: Yeah I feel as though I have a pretty good eye for that. Iâve been doing this since I was 12 years old and itâs an everyday thing for me. DH: What are some characteristics of the amateurs who turn out to be good pros? JS: You definitely have to be able to take a punch. You got to have speed. The obvious is basically what it is. You have to have all those things. You have to be a bit of a character too if you want the public to really like you. DH: Whatâs your prediction for Mayweather-Pacquiao? JS: Iâm probably gonna change my mind 10 times before the fight but right now Iâm going with Mayweather. I would love to see Pacquiao but I think Mayweather will pull it off. I hope itâs an exciting fight because I know everyoneâs expectations are real high on this. I donât think it will be a good fight, I think theyâll be feeling each other out too much. Either way I think itâs gonna help boxing no matter what. If itâs a great one, boy, Iâll have to open up a few more gyms I think.
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.