In the heated lead-up to their highly anticipated October 5th rematch on the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series, New Haven's Josh Crespo (7-5, 3 KOs) has had some harsh words for his cross town rival, Nate Green (9-0, 2 KOs). Crespo suffered a decision loss to Green when they first stood toe-to-toe back in 2011 at the start of their respective careers. Interestingly, three years later, Green worked Crespo's corner when he defeated Sammy Rodriquez in Rodriguez' hometown of Rochester, NY. For this reason, Green believes that he has gained a special insight into what makes Crespo tick in the ring.
Crespo, however, sees things a bit differently. Insinuating that Green's assistance during the Rodriguez fight was superficial at best, he explained. "First of all, Green didn't train me. His coach didn't train me. I conditioned myself. I went all by myself. All I needed was someone to qualify as a corner man. I already knew what I was doing in that fight. I knew who I was going up against." He continued, "All he had to do was hold (the) pads up and get me loose and warmed up. I was going to go in there and win the fight whether I had Nate or somebody else. I had worked so hard to get ready for that fight that I knew I was going to win. I already had that mentality. He never coached me; never trained me; never did a damn thing."
Although Green boasts an undefeated record, Crespo believes that he has fought the tougher opposition and his experience in the ring will give him the edge on Oct. 5. He elaborated, "I fought different kinds of opponents. I think I fought better opposition than he has. I fought bigger, better competition. I've learned a lot. The only thing that Nate could ever use to separate me and him is the fact that he's undefeated and I'm not." He went on to explain, "That's because I feel like I've taken more chances. I've fought real tough competition. I never went in the ring with people knowing that I'm going to win 100%. (Nate) goes into a fight knowing he's going to win. He has to know that he's has to win the fight in order to be the cocky little bastard that he is."
This will be Green's first fight in the 122-pound weight division. Crespo believes that Green chose this rematch because he believes it would make for an easier transition to move up in weight and fight someone he has already defeated. However, Crespo is not fazed by Green confidence.
"He thinks he's the great one. I don't think he's so great. I think October 5th is going to be a night where I can redeem myself. He's never fought at 122 [lbs.] before. But since it was me and he beat me, he agreed to take the fight. He's real cautious about what stuff he takes and I'm willing to step into the ring with anyone." Crespo concluded by making the point that, while he is extremely confident going into the fight, he is not simply looking for "a guaranteed win."
Top junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (5-0, 4 KOs) marks his return to the ring this Friday night against Carlos Flores (4-5-1, 3 KOs) in a featured 6-round bout on the "New Blood" undercard.
The five-fight show, promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions, takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or visiting ThompsonBoxing.com.
Dutchover, an accomplished amateur who earned a bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2015 and a runner-up finish at the National Golden Gloves competition a year later, turned professional last year and already possesses a fan friendly style.
Thompson Boxing caught up the with Midland, Tex. native and got his take on relocating to the Los Angeles area, what it was like to spar with two world champions, and his outlook on Friday's fight.
Your training camp was unlike any other in that you sparred against world champions Oscar Valdez and Jessie Magdaleno, as well as blue-chip prospect Michael Conlan. What was it like going against such high-level talent?
"Sparring against world champions elevates your game and boosts your confidence tremendously. I held my own the first few sessions with Oscar and Jessie and they called me back for other sessions. These guys expect solid work so I was glad that they brought me back. I'm gaining experience from some of the best so it's awesome. It was also great sparring with Michael. With those three I was able to see different styles that will help me in my development."
Your opponent Carlos Flores has had an uneven career. How do you get up for a fight where you are the clear favorite?
"You can't think that every fight is going to be easy. If you're not ready for a fight then anyone can make you look bad. This sport is unforgiving in that way. I'm going to be on my "A" game and it will show Friday."
Earlier this year you made the decision to relocate to the Los Angeles area and leave your hometown of Midland, Tex. What has been the toughest part of this move?
"I'm doing what I love to do and that always involves sacrifices. The most difficult part is being away from friends and family and being far from home. I knew moving to Los Angeles was the right choice because if you want to get better, especially in the lower weight classes, this area is the place to be. On any given day you can spar with contenders and world champions so it's been great for me."
How do you see Friday's fight going down?
"I can predict a solid win for me and my team. I'm going to let my punches go and just be active. I'll work off the jab to open things up and I'm going to show an improved defense. I'm going to look the best I've looked so far. That much I know."
Dutchover is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.
In the main event, talented junior welterweight Jose Roman (24-1-1, 16 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. puts his 10-fight winning streak on the line against Wilberth Lopez (18-8, 13 KOs) of Tucson, Ariz. in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds.
All five fights will be livestreamed on TB Presents: New Blood via our Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com.
The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert color commentary.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at 909-937-0900.
Dennis Hobson Promotions, a leading boxing promotional company, is proud to announce a television deal with FreeSports TV channel (Sky Channel 424; Freeview Channel 95; Talk Talk Channel 95; BT Channel 95). Dennis Hobson Promotions has signed an exclusive partnership with the sports channel and will be bringing top quality boxing content to a free-to-air audience of 10 million plus UK homes.
The inaugural boxing show on FreeSports TV will be Dennis Hobson Promotion’s upcoming show at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on October 13, which is topped by a terrific all-Sheffield derby fight between Commonwealth middleweight champion Sam Sheedy, and challenger Liam Cameron.
Dennis Hobson, Founder of Dennis Hobson Promotions, commented on the groundbreaking deal: “Every fighter wants to be on free to air television. We are proud to be able to work with FreeSports TV to bring this opportunity to our fighters and young fighters that want to become household names across United Kingdom.”
The promotional outfit and FreeSports TV will be shortly announcing further shows and dates for top quality boxing matches on the free-to-air platform. Future shows will be across the United Kingdom and more information will be provided in due course.
Dennis Hobson, added: “We're going to showcase some of the best boxing talent and venues, furthermore we are open to working with other promoters. At Dennis Hobson Promotions, we fundamentally believe that in order to deliver the best shows for the public we need to partner with like minded and progressive promotional outfits.”
The show at Sheffield on October 13 will also feature fighters Tommy Frank, Scott Westgarth, Danny Kennedy, Danny Tombs, Joss Paul, Kash Ali, Dan West, and Ramzy Nassa. The entire show will be broadcast live on FreeSports TV.
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