Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Lou Savarese Pumped For His MMA Debut in Houston

By Peter Lim

Former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese compiled a record of 46-7 (38 KOs) in a career that spanned from 1989-2007, but he will start with a clean slate tonight as he makes his MMA debut at the Bayou City Events Center in Houston. Over the course of his career, Savarese battled the likes of George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Tim Witherspoon and Buster Douglas, all of whom were past their primes. In his first fight with bare feet, knuckle pads and exposed fingers, Saverese faces Timothy Papp (1-7).
 
“It’s something on my bucket list,” Savarese told The Houston Chronicle. “A lot of people think I’m crazy but I want to give myself a shot, just try it and see how I do. I’ve been sparring with some pretty good guys and I seem to be faring pretty well.”
 
In addition to his long-time boxing trainer Bobby Benton, Savarese, 47, has enlisted the expertise of Saul Solis for jujitsu and Chase Corley for Muay Thai. Solis has been a trainer and promoter of MMA for over 20 years. Corley, 28, fought 30 professional Muay Thai bouts in Thailand before converting to boxing last year and is 3-0 (3 KOs) in the sweet science.
 
Pugilists who began as boxers have done reasonably well at MMA with early transitions. But the highest profile boxers, set in their ways after years of Marquis of Queensbury warfare, seemed clueless as to defending themselves against non-punching maneuvers when crossing over into a different battlefield. Most recently, a 44-year-old Riddick Bowe was stopped by leg kicks in his Muay Thai debut. James Toney was taken to the ground and submitted in the cage. And Ray Mercer was stopped by a single kick to his knee.
 
Growing up in The Bronx, Savarese got into numerous street fights and practiced taekwondo, so he was not completely alien to the multiple facets of hand-to-hand combat when he began MMA training a year and a half ago. A hulk of a heavyweight at 6'5" and 250 pounds, Savarese said he is surprisingly agile and versatile with his legs.
 
“I’m very good with my kicks,” Savarese said. “Long before boxing, I was doing taekwondo and I’ve kept it going.”
 
Savarese's fight will be the only MMA bout on the card. In the other bouts:
 
Heavyweight Darlington Agha (8-0, 6 KOs) takes on Terell Woods (3-7, 3 KOs) over six rounds.
 
Alex Black (4-3) faces Randy Reyes (0-2) in a junior middleweight bout.
 
Preston Kenney (5-17, 5 KOs) takes on Wilson Rodriguez (1-1) in a super middleweight bout.
 
Flyweight Josue Morales makes his pro debut against Richard Hernandez (0-6).
 
And lightweights Omer Tello and Ronald Nowden square off in their pro debuts.
 
The card will be staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TBear on 06-20-2013

I imagine there are a few more ex boxers that can't fight anymore to be drawn out of retirement for mma. The search goes on.

Comment by ramblingalp on 06-20-2013

Wow. It's hard to believe that anyone would spend their hard earned dollars on this fiasco of a fight card. Take your wife (girlfriend) and kids out to dinner and a movie. Money much better spent.

Comment by HtotheZ on 06-20-2013

A record of 1-7? Savarese better win lol To be honest though I like that he's not jumping into big competition right away and is taking the time to fight lower ranked opponents and get a feel of the sport,…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Chavez: Canelo Picked Me Over GGG For 'Easier Fight, More Money' Gavin McDonnell: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Beat Rey Vargas Izu Ugonoh Aims To Make a Statement in Big Career Showcase Liam Williams on Liam Smith: This Is A Real Fight, It'll Be Good Cecilia Braekhus' Former Coach Ready To Help Svensson Win Angulo: Canelo Lacking The Heart and Balls To Face Golovkin Mayweather Sr: I Would Beat Conor McGregor's Ass - And I'm 63! Adam Bashanov Set To Turn Pro on Ceylan vs. Lowe Card WBA, AIBA Hold a Second Meeting in Taipei To Further Relations Jhonny Gonzalez Back on March 25, To Face Sergio Estrella Jarrett Hurd: I'm Turning A lot of Non-Believers into Believers Dat Nguyen Shocks Miguel Flores, Blasts Him Out in Six Rounds Video: Canelo Alvarez Talks Chavez, Golovkin, More Hunter: Ward Mistreated By Media, HBO - Why Wouldn't He Retire? Daniel Franco Training, Set To Return on March 23 in LA Canelo is Confident That He Can Put Chavez Jr. To Sleep Video: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Discusses Canelo, Weight, More Photos: Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez - Go Face To Face at Presser Canelo: Mayweather-McGregor Would Be a Black Eye For Boxing De La Hoya: Canelo-Chavez Will Be a War - There is No Favorite Orlando Salido Being Considered for Canelo-Chavez Co-Feature Rey Vargas vs. Gavin McDonnell To Be Carried By KlowdTV Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in New York City Floyd Mayweather Plans Big 40th Birthday Bash in California Garcia On Dad's Tirade: Free Speech, He Can Say What He Wants De La Hoya: GGG Can Fight Canelo or Keep Making What He Makes! Pacquiao's Adviser Aims To Finalize Fight, Venue By Next Week Lee Selby To Return On Haye-Bellew, Will Face Andoni Gago Photos: Caleb Plant Putting in Work For Ring Return Otto Wallin Very Excited To Headline Hometown Card on April 22 Frank Buglioni Injured In Sparring, Out Of Ricky Summers Defence Photos: Gennady Golovkin in Top Form, Putting in Work For Jacobs Caleb Plant on Sparring George Groves, Future Plans Bellew Warns Haye: Try Something - I'll Smack Your F***ing Face! Wilder: Would've Been 'Stupid' to Face a 'Killer' in This Fight Lomachenko: I'll Be No. 1 P4P Once I Beat Two Lightweight Champs Hughie Fury’s Trainer: He Must Rip Title Away From Joseph Parker Frank Buglioni Joins Matchroom Ahead Of March 4 Return Andy Townend, With 3/4 Win, To Face Jon Kays For Commonwealth Danny Garcia: I'm a More Patient, Balanced Fighter Than Thurman
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement