Ward and Hunter should add another piece to the trophy collection

LOS ANGELES, CA (Dec. 20, 2011) – It has been a tremendously successful 2011 for Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), who after a twenty-six month journey is now the Super Six World Boxing Classic champion; the WBA champion; the WBC champion; the Ring magazine champion and the No. 1 Super Middleweight in the world.

Right there with him, is Ward’s crafty veteran trainer and godfather of 18 years, Virgil Hunter, who like Ward is soft spoken, but filled with wisdom. Hunter recognized the talent and drive in Andre from the moment he walked into his gym. Virgil began training the 9-year old Ward and guided him to a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Andre always believed that Virgil was the man who was going to elevate his game to the highest of levels and we’ve all been witnesses to just that. This past Saturday, December 17, as Ward was presented with three championship belts and the Super Six Cup, those beliefs were confirmed more-so.

Ward decimated the gritty British fighter with a unanimous decision at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Already named Sports Illustrated’s Fighter of the Year, Oakland, California’s Ward had one word for his impressive evening and undefeated run through the two-plus year tournament: “Supernatural.”

“These are all great fighters. That’s why you don’t hear me talking badly about them before the fight. I know what I’m getting into. I just want to be a little bit better on the night of the fight.”

Earlier this year in May, Ward put on another destructive performance against former middleweight titleist and one of the hard-hitting favorites to win the tournament in Arthur Abraham. Ward scored a near perfect shutout against the former champion in a lopsided victory that would send him to the final.

Hunter’s work alongside Ward has earned him to be named “Trainer of the Year” with Andre’s one-sided run and the culmination of his last two bouts in a tournament filled with high-profile, top-level competition, all directed by his trainer. The man currently stands above everyone else since Andre’s upset of Mikkel Kessler and has had Andre prepared to finish his opponents with sheer dominance on his way to obtaining the WBA, WBC, Ring championship belts, along with the Super Six World Boxing Classic title. These are tremendous accomplishments by both fighter and trainer, especially when you throw in the fact that Hunter started with Ward when he was a nine year-old and has built him into an elite world-class fighter from scratch, taking him from US Olympic Gold to a decorated world champion as a professional.

Roger Mayweather deserves credit for Floyd Mayweather, but Floyd fought only once in 2011. Freddie Roach, the winner the past two years, has recently struggled with Manny Paquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez in his last bout and most recently Amir Khan.

There are other trainers that could deserve this recognition also, but for utter dominance of their fighters, Virgil Hunter stands alone in 2011.

Hunter, also trains Brandon Gonzales, Karim Mayfield, Michael Dallas, Marlow Moore and Heather Hartman.

Commemorative Ticket Designed for Super Six World Boxing Classic Final

Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 14, 2011) – When SHOWTIME and five of the world’s most respected professional boxing promoters formalized the strategy behind the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC, it was their intent to create a tournament that would deliver a boost of excitement for boxing fans worldwide and pique the interest of the casual fan, while showcasing the tremendous array of talent in one of boxings hottest divisions – the Super Middleweights.

And now that the competition has come down to it’s surviving “Dynamic Duo” of Andre Ward and Carl Froch, the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL is receiving the star treatment reserved for sports and entertainment one-night mega-events as the Super Bowl, Oscars and World Cup – a VIP Commemorative ticket.

At the suggestion of promoter Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions, a selected amount of people at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall attending will receive a Commemorative Ticket as a keepsake for the Saturday night, December 17 extravaganza. This collectors’ item, which is printed on a clear vinyl card stock, features headshots of the two principals — Ward and Froch; the logos of the event’s promoters – SHOWTIME, Caesars Atlantic City, Goossen Tutor Promotions and Matchroom Sports; and a photo of the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL Cup — which goes to the winner of the inaugural event.

“We anticipate to have these one-of-a-kind tickets encased in a “clear paper weight casing” and just individually for fans interested in purchasing these unique and beautiful Final tickets as gifts or keepsakes of this ground-breaking event,” said Goossen.

Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Matchroom Sport and Antonio Leonard Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and sponsored by Corona.

Goosen Tutor Boxers Featured in Tough Tests Underneath Ward-Froch

Los Angeles, CA (DEC. 12, 2011) – With super middleweight supremacy on the line when WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward takes on WBC titleholder Carl Froch in the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL on Saturday Night, December 17 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, matchmaker Tom Brown of Goossen Tutor Promotions has put together an explosive undercard featuring several members of their talented stable against boxers with impressive records and high knockout ratios.

The night starts with the big boys of boxing, the Heavyweights.

Bowie Tupou (21-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles, takes on Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes, who hails from Ivanhoe, NC, in a scheduled ten-rounder of hard-hitting heavyweights with only one loss each and 45 knockouts on their records.

In his most recent outing back in May, Tupou known as “Bo” scored a devastating knockout win over top ten-ranked contender, Manny Quezada. Holmes (33-1-2, 29 KOs) is coming off consecutive second-round stoppages following his only loss – a controversial technical decision to Brian Minto in a WBO-NABO Heavyweight title bout.

Light heavyweights take center stage with Edison Miranda (34-6, 29 KOs) and Cornelius White (17-1-1, 15 KOs) take on separate challenges.

Once-beaten White, a Houston, TX native is in his toughest test to date since his only loss when he goes against Cuban sensation Yordanis Despaigne (9-1, 4 KOs), of Coral Gables, FL.

White, dubbed “Da Beast,” rebounded from his only setback in a nationally televised loss by earning a split-decision victory over tough veteran Dhafir Smith back in July in the same Atlantic City venue in which he will meet Despaigne. Born in Cuba, Despaigne had a distinguished amateur career which included wins in international competition over current top pros Andre Dirrell and Jean Pascal. Despaigne won by a controversial disqualification over Edison Miranda in his last outing back in July.

Miranda, the Colombia native known as “Pantera” and a former middleweight and super middleweight world title challenger, will attempt to attract the ratings organizations as he makes his third straight outing as a light heavyweight in a scheduled 8-rounder against Kariz Kariuki of Tampa, FL.

The Kenyan native, Kariuki (24-9-2, 19 KOs) is on a 3-fight win streak, having most recently scored an impressive first round knockout in May of this year.

Light middleweight Boyd Melson (6-0, 3 KOs) will look to continue making a name for himself in a scheduled 6-round outing against Daniel Lugo (9-1, 4 KOs). Currently a Captain in the Army Reserve, the “Rainmaker” Melson uses boxing for much more than himself, donating his earnings to teamfighttowalk.com and justadollarplease.org.

Hometown heavyweights John Lennox (7-1, 3 KOs) and Jeremiah Witherspoon (2-1, 1 KO) will showcase their boxing prowess in a scheduled four-round attraction.

In a special welterweight attraction Great Britan’s rising star Kell “Special K” Brook (25-0, 17 KOs) takes on Tennessee native, Luis Galarza (18-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout promoted by Matchroom Sport.

Kell holds the WBO and WBA Intercontinental welterweight titles and is coming off a 6-round TKO victory over Rafal Jackiewicz this past October.

Tickets for SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL and live undercard are priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Matchroom Sport and Antonio Leonard Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City and sponsored by Corona.

Promoter Dan Goossen & Andre Ward Discuss Cut

LOS ANGELES, CA – (Oct. 3)

In the video below, Dan Goossen discusses Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, Andre Ward just after getting his stitches removed.

The cut caused Andre to postpone the upcoming SHOWTIME Super Six Final and WBA-WBC unification bout with Carl Froch to December 17. The location of the fight is still Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.