Advertisement
Advertisement

Roy Jones Jr. To Work Kendall Holt's Corner on March 16

By Keith Idec

Kendall Holt has idolized Roy Jones Jr. since he was a little kid.

They’ve become friends in recent years, so when Holt needed a chief second on short notice to work his corner next week for a nationally televised fight against Tim Coleman, Holt didn’t hesitate to ask the former pound-for-pound king. The future Hall-of-Famer gladly accepted that assignment Tuesday.

“I’m really excited about it,” Holt said. “It should make for interesting TV. With Roy being in my corner, I know there will be a lot of eyes on the fight. Besides that, I think people are interested to see how I come back against Tim Coleman. This will just add hype and eyes to the TV for this fight.”

Holt’s father, Barry Porter, has been training the former WBO junior welterweight world champion for his March 16 fight against Baltimore’s Coleman (19-1-1, 5 KOs). Their first training camp since Holt turned pro has gone very well, but Porter has to have surgery next week to repair an Achilles’ tendon injury and won’t be able to travel to work Holt’s corner in Santa Ynez, Calif.

The 30-year-old Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) asked his former trainer, Mike Skrowronski, to fill in for Porter, but a scheduling conflict prevented Skrowonski from committing to helping Holt that night.

Jones, a legendary four-division champion from Pensacola, Fla., doesn’t regularly train boxers, largely because he remains an active fighter and works for HBO as an analyst for the network’s “Boxing After Dark” broadcasts. But Jones and Holt have discussed working together as recently as several months ago, which was what prompted the Paterson, N.J., native to ask for Jones’ assistance Tuesday afternoon.

“When I come back to the corner,” Holt said, “I expect him to tell me the things that he would do if he was in those situations and what he’s seeing. When he does that, I’m going to do whatever he tells me to do.”

Buddy McGirt trained Holt for his last fight, a 12-round, split-decision defeat to Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) on Oct. 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. McGirt temporarily trained Holt because Skowronski accepted a travel-heavy management position with a New York-based security company and couldn’t commit to training fighters full-time.

Porter had not trained his son since Holt was an amateur in 1998. Holt said he expects that Porter and Jones will confer about what they’ve been working on in training camp sometime before the fight.

The Holt-Coleman match, a 10-round welterweight bout, will be televised by ESPN2 as the main event of a “Friday Night Fights” telecast from Chumash Casino Resort.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ironmike2012 on 03-07-2012

Good for Roy, hopefully he will work the corner vs. box, look bad and get KO'd.

Comment by Rich.r on 03-07-2012

Thankfully hes not in the ring.

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-07-2012

Glad to see Roy finally on the right side of the ring after a wonderful career...

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 03-07-2012

nice!!!!.....lets get it Team Holt!!!!

Comment by larryxxx.... on 03-06-2012

cool...long as he aint in the ring fighting

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Artie Pelullo Sees a Very Big Future For Ruben Villa Mikey Garcia Eyes Gold: I Want Terry Flanagan's WBO Title! Team Frampton Had Secret Weapon in Camp For Santa Cruz Kim Poulsen Gets Career Back on Track, Training at Wild Card Photos: Mikey Garcia vs. Rojas, Malignaggi vs. Bracero - Face Offs Photos/Weights: Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams, More Photos: Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Gennady Golovkin in Beast Mode For Kell Brook Clash Lee Baxter Promotions Brings Boxing Back To Toronto Flanagan vs. Verdejo Ordered By The WBO, Says Frank Warren Santa Cruz: I Won't Be Like Quigg, I'll Force Frampton To Fight! Hatton Warns Harrison That Rabchenko Will Make Statement Joseph Diaz Reflects on Velez Win, Talks Strategy Against Proa Ed Brown Returns To The Ring Against Venegas in Indiana Santa Cruz Hopes Mares Overcomes Eye Issue; Wants Rematch Josh Warrington: I Want Lee Selby More Than Anyone Else Amir Khan: I'll Fight Conor McGregor To Prove I'm a Real Man! Roach: If He's 100%, Pacquiao Would Destroy Floyd Mayweather! Joseph Diaz vs. Josh Warrington Clash Eyed By Golden Boy Dusty Harrison vs. Thomas 'Cornflake' Lamanna on Sept. 16 Lee Selby Will Have a Ringside Eye on Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Pacquiao Says Comeback is NOT About Money, But Passion Khan on Canelo: He Weighed 187 With Me - Fight Golovkin! Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Ring the Damn Bell Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement