Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Tyson on Real Sports; Holmes leaves hospital



Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be the subject of “The Transformation of Tyson” in an interview with Bernard Goldberg on HBO Real Sports.

Once dubbed “the baddest man on the planet” and the youngest man, at the age of 22, to become heavyweight champion, Tyson reportedly earned more than $300 million in purses, much of which has been squandered.

But following memorable roles in Hollywood films, including the Hangover franchise, the 46-year-old who retired with a record of 50-6 (44 knockouts) has reinvented himself.

Tyson has taken his talents to the stage as the star of a one-man show comprised of anger, humor and tears. Goldberg examines the an introspective side of Tyson as he sets off on a North American tour.

The initial interview will air on March 19 at 10 p.m.



WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 knockouts) said that he remains hopeful of a June 22 clash with rising WBC lightweight beltholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner  (26-0, 22 KOs), which Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has said will happen at Barclays Center on HBO.

Click here for Schaefer’s video interview.

“I haven’t received a contract for the bout agreement yet, so I’m waiting on that,” said Malignaggi. “I hope to receive one soon so that we can start scheduling everything, but I’m hearing rumblings through the boxing world that Broner’s not so keen on taking this fight.”

An HBO spokesperson would not comment when asked about the potential conflict for the June 22 between the Broner-Malignaggi matchup and another featuring former WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., whose promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, had indicated that the date belonged to Chavez Jr. for a bout to happen in Texas.

Arum, however, amended his statement late Thursday evening, telling RingTV.com that Chavez would return “on June 22 or 29; wherever HBO wants to put us.”



Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, 63, is resting at home two days after being hospitalized  with high blood sugar, Holmes told The Express Times of Easton, Pa.

“My blood sugar popped up on me,” said Holmes, who was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem Township, Pa., but returned to his home in the Palmer Township on Thursday evening. “I’m all right now. I feel good. I never had anything like this happen before, but it runs in my family.”

Holmes had not felt well on Monday evening, was lightheaded and drowsy Tuesday morning. He is following doctors’ instructions, which apparently encompass his diet and a weight-loss program.




Former two-time welterweight titleholder Kermit “El Asesino” Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) will end a 16-month ring absence when he returns against Chicago’s Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (11-2-1, 7 KOs) in a 147-pound bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on March 22.

In the main event, Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-3-1, 21 KOs) will meet former title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-13, 23 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico.

The event is being presented by 8 Count Productions, Round 3 Productions and Warriors Boxing from Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
“I didn’t want to think about boxing after the Canelo fight. I just wanted to go home and spend time with my kids. My family is important to me,” said Cintron, 33, who has signed with promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing.

“I think that going away for camps eight or nine weeks at a time was getting to me. I was focusing too much on what my kids were doing, wondering if they were okay. After a while, my kids started asking when I’m fighting again? They said ‘We want to see you on TV.’ My kids still want me fight, so here I am.”

Cintron has lost three of his past four fights, all as a junior middleweight, including a fourth-round technical decision loss to Paul Williams in May of 2010, a unanimous decision to Carlos Molina in July of 2011, and a fifth-round stoppage against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his last fight in November of 2011.

“I feel that it’s always been my weight. I took my last couple fights at 154 pounds because they were good opportunities. But you know I was always a better fighter at 147,” said Cintron, whose last win was by unanimous decision over Antwone Smith in August of 2011.

“I didn’t gain the weight of a true 154-pounder. I went up to 153 pounds on fight night, while the guys I was fighting went up to 170 to 175 pounds. I feel that 147 pounds is where I belong. I’m already on weight, and I have a week left. It was never a problem to make welterweight.”



As a welterweight, Cintron won the first nine fights of his career by knockout, six of them in the first round, and became the WBO’s interim welterweight beltholder with an eighth-round stoppage of Teddy Reid in July of 2004.

But despite being armed with a mark of 24-0 that included 22 knockouts, Cintron suffered his first of two losses to Antonio Margarito in his very next fight and was dethroned by fifth-round knockout in April of 2005.

Cintron then reeled off five consecutive knockout victories, including one in the fifth round over Mark Suarez for the IBF’s vacant 147-pound belt in October of 2006, before losing by stoppage, yet again, to Margarito, this time in the sixth round in April of 2008.

Cintron, who is of Puerto Rican descent, battled to a disputed draw with current RING middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in February of 2009, and, in his very next fight, became the first man to defeat Alfredo Angulo, scoring a unanimous decision over the hammer-fisted contender in May of 2009.

A resident of Reading, Pa., Cintron said he is more grounded in his original “roots.”

“I’m training at home around family and Milton Santiago is my new trainer. I’ve known him since I was eight years old. If I wanted to come back, the only person I had in mind to train me was Milton. He’s the true coach that brought me to the gym when I was in school. So I’m going back to my roots, back to basics, and that’s what I did,” said Cintron.

“We’ve been working together the past six months. I have my own boxing gym called the Kermit Cintron Boxing Gym in Reading, Pennsylvania, where Milton trains me. On the days I need to spar, I go to Philly and get some good sparring in. I just want to fight. I’m excited to come back after 16 months off. I’m excited and rejuvenated and ready to go.”




Thanks to a new deal with rising men’s fashion label VDE and veteran sportswear brand Champion, former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs) will be sporting some new threads when he enters his HBO-televised return bout against junior welterweight standout Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) on March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The organizations began releasing a capsule collection of limited edition tees and jackets for fans beginning Friday, March 15, clothing that members of Team Rios will be wearing during all press events in advance of their fight as well as at the pre-fight weigh-in.

Rios scored a seventh-round knockout over the previously unbeaten Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) in a bloody Fight-of-The-Year-caliber clash in October, having made his 140-pound debut against Alvarado after scoring a controversial split decision over Richard Abril in April of last year.


Photos by Jeff Julian, Fightwireimages.com

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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