BROOKLYN, N.Y. – WBO middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, of France, can hardly wait to enter the ring for Saturday night’s Showtime-televised defense against hometown favorite Peter Quillin in a clash of unbeatens at Barclays Center.
But that doesn’t mean he will cut short his traditionally lengthy ring entrances.
An affable 28-year-old with boxing skills which may rival those of the 29-year-old Quillin (27-0, 20 knockouts), N’Jikam (27-0, 17 KOs), who goes by the name, “N’Dam,” has had ring entrances which conjure those of former featherweight titleholder Prince Naseem Hamed of England.
“I like every music, but I like R&B and Hip Hop. That’s me. That’s Hassan N’dam. It’s like that. I enter with dancing, because it relaxes me. It’s my show. It puts me in the fight. I float like a butterfly. I do everything in the ring and outside of the ring,” said N’Dam.
“Every fight, I change my music and I enter like that, because that is my style. I need it to relax my body, and, after that, I have a great fight. Prince Naseem Hamed entered like that. We have a style, and then, after, you punish your opponent.”
But when it comes to fighting, N’Dam says he’ll have as much substance as style in the ring, even as he has his sights on bigger fights such as RING and WBC champion Sergio Martinez, IBF and WBO titleholder Daniel Geale, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“In my division, the best boxer is Sergio Martinez. But he is not undefeated. After this fight, I want to fight the best boxers. Daniel Geale and unify. Sergio Martinez. Chavez. Every great boxer in my division,” said N’Dam, who is making his first appearance on American soil.
“I have dreamed of this. I thank you again. This is a dream. To go to the United States to defend your belt. At the Barclays Center, many people don’t know me in United States. It’s an opportunity for them to know me because I want to be a king, a king of the middleweight division. I do want you to see a show on Saturday night. I am a French showman.”
DEVON ALEXANDER COULD TAKE THE PITCHERS’ MOUND
Former IBF and WBC junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) could be in line to throw out the first pitch for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals next week following Saturday night’s fight with IBF welterweight beltholder Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs).
The defending World Series champion Cardinals routed the San Franciso Giants, 8-3, at their own Busch Stadium on Thursday for a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship series and can secure their second straight berth at home on Friday.
“If the Cardinals go to the World Series, Devon will be throwing one of the first pitches out in one of the World Series games,” said Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham.
“One of my representatives has contacted the DeWitts [Cardinals' owner Bill DeWitt Jr.,] and they’ll [Cardinals] be watching the fight on Saturday night.”
BOYD MELSON CONTINUES FIGHT FOR SPINAL CORD RESEARCH
Golden Boy Promotions’ president Oscar De La Hoya vowed to donate $2,000 to “Team Fight To Walk,” the organization to which junior middleweight boxer, Boyd Melson (10-1, 4 KOs), submits all of his earnings toward spinal cord research.
“This is an incredible chance for me in boxing. I am wearing this band [on his left wrist] to remind me of why I’m here — to donate my winnings to a clinical trial to cure spinal cord injuries,” said Melson, will earn $2,000 to $2,500 for rival Jason Thompson (5-6-1, 4 KOs).
“I am hoping that I can unite my boxing career with my ‘Team Fight to Walk’ efforts for this cause. We have already raised $100,000 but we have lofty goals that keep me motivated and strong.”
Melson said he hoped to one day witness the development of a cure for paralysis, which temporarily affected Brooklyn middleweight Danny Jacobs (22-1, 19 KOs) and which currently has former two-belt titleholder Paul Williams wheelchair-bound.
RAY ‘BOOM BOOM’ MANCINI TO APPEAR AT NOV. 9 SHOWTIME CARD
Former world champion boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will greet fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., prior to the Nov. 9 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation.
Mancini will be on hand as undefeated featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (20-0, 12 KOs) faces Russian Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2, 5 KOs), owner of a four-bout winning streak, as part of a “Night Of The Olympians” that will feature the pro debuts of “five or six” standout boxers from the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympians to appear are Dominic Breazeale, Marcus Browne, Terrell Gausha, Errol Spencer and Rau’shee Warren.
Photo by Rich Kane, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions
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