Brian McIntyre, Trainer Of Terence Crawford, Anxious For Shawn Porter Showdown: “It’s Go Time”

By: Hans Themistode Before Terence Crawford even fought his first at 147 pounds, both he and trainer Brian McIntyre believed he was the best fighter the division had to offer. But while the Nebraska native continued to show otherworldly skills in the ring, his competition left much to be desired. In his most recent outing, Crawford had little to no trouble dispatching former welterweight champion Kell Brook. But, due to his advanced age, checking in at 35, Crawford’s fourth-round stoppage win attracted even more criticism than praise. Now, however, with the pound-for-pound star likely to face his toughest opponent by far in former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter, McIntyre views it as an opportunity for his fighter to prove his worth. ‘It’s go time,” said McIntyre during an interview with World Boxing News. “Now there will be no doubt that Bud [Terence Crawford] is 147-pound supreme.” Earlier this week, the WBO sanctioning body ordered both Crawford and Porter to negotiate a deal within 30 days. If not, they would be forced into a pursue bid. News of the WBO’s actions were music to the ears of Porter. The rough and rugged contender made it no secret that Crawford was the fighter he wanted above anyone else. While the two are good friends outside the ring, Porter is of the mindset that since he’s fought most of the top guns in the 147-pound division, a showdown against Crawford would be a fresh and exciting matchup. The eagerness for their contest to come to fruition was also shared by Crawford. The 33-year-old switch hitter has also heard the nonstop criticism of his resume but claims that many of the top names in his weight class shied away from facing him. Now, with a matchup against Porter on tap, Crawford believes he can use Porter’s name to prove that he’s much more than just the best fighter in the welterweight division. “I’ve been begging for a challenge for years,” said Crawford to ESPN. “All the so-called ‘elite welterweights’ have shown no interest in fighting me,” said Crawford. “Now one of them is finally being forced to. I’ll show once again why I’m the best P4P fighter in the world. Be ready.” Currently, both sides are still hammering out the particulars. If everything goes according to plan, the two would face off sometime in the upcoming fall. While McIntyre doesn't want to overlook Porter, he believes that a win is essentially a formality. Although the two-time welterweight belt holder will receive a fully focused Crawford, McIntyre is already planning his fighter's next contest. “After beating Porter, we want the winner of [Errol] Spence-[Manny] Pacquiao.” On August 21st, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, both Spence and Pacquiao will face off. With Crawford attempting to lure both fighters into the ring on numerous occasions, McIntyre will now watch their showdown with a careful eye as he plans on positioning Crawford into a mega showdown with the winner. The post Brian McIntyre, Trainer Of Terence Crawford, Anxious For Shawn Porter Showdown: “It’s Go Time” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Brian McIntyre, Trainer Of Terence Crawford, Anxious For Shawn Porter Showdown: “It’s Go Time”

By: Hans Themistode

Before Terence Crawford even fought his first at 147 pounds, both he and trainer Brian McIntyre believed he was the best fighter the division had to offer. But while the Nebraska native continued to show otherworldly skills in the ring, his competition left much to be desired.

In his most recent outing, Crawford had little to no trouble dispatching former welterweight champion Kell Brook. But, due to his advanced age, checking in at 35, Crawford’s fourth-round stoppage win attracted even more criticism than praise. Now, however, with the pound-for-pound star likely to face his toughest opponent by far in former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter, McIntyre views it as an opportunity for his fighter to prove his worth.

‘It’s go time,” said McIntyre during an interview with World Boxing News. “Now there will be no doubt that Bud [Terence Crawford] is 147-pound supreme.”

Earlier this week, the WBO sanctioning body ordered both Crawford and Porter to negotiate a deal within 30 days. If not, they would be forced into a pursue bid. News of the WBO’s actions were music to the ears of Porter. The rough and rugged contender made it no secret that Crawford was the fighter he wanted above anyone else. While the two are good friends outside the ring, Porter is of the mindset that since he’s fought most of the top guns in the 147-pound division, a showdown against Crawford would be a fresh and exciting matchup.

The eagerness for their contest to come to fruition was also shared by Crawford. The 33-year-old switch hitter has also heard the nonstop criticism of his resume but claims that many of the top names in his weight class shied away from facing him. Now, with a matchup against Porter on tap, Crawford believes he can use Porter’s name to prove that he’s much more than just the best fighter in the welterweight division.

“I’ve been begging for a challenge for years,” said Crawford to ESPN. “All the so-called ‘elite welterweights’ have shown no interest in fighting me,” said Crawford. “Now one of them is finally being forced to. I’ll show once again why I’m the best P4P fighter in the world. Be ready.”

Currently, both sides are still hammering out the particulars. If everything goes according to plan, the two would face off sometime in the upcoming fall. While McIntyre doesn't want to overlook Porter, he believes that a win is essentially a formality. Although the two-time welterweight belt holder will receive a fully focused Crawford, McIntyre is already planning his fighter's next contest.

“After beating Porter, we want the winner of [Errol] Spence-[Manny] Pacquiao.”

On August 21st, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, both Spence and Pacquiao will face off. With Crawford attempting to lure both fighters into the ring on numerous occasions, McIntyre will now watch their showdown with a careful eye as he plans on positioning Crawford into a mega showdown with the winner.

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Trainer Jose Guzman: “I Have To Make These Sacrifices”

By: Sean Crose "He was real real sharp," says trainer Jose Guzman. "He had just come back from camp with Lomachenko," Guzman is speaking of his fighter, Steven Galeano, who defeated Marquis Hawthorne last week in impressive fashion. "For him," Guzman continues, "the sky’s the limit. I feel like in the next five years, Steven is going to be a world champion." After watching Galeano's slick, disciplined performance, it's hard to shrug that assertion off. The young Bronx native is nothing if not a fighter on the rise. "His boxing IQ is very high," Guzman says of Galeano. "The kid is hungry. The kid loves boxing." There's no doubt Galeano is a colorful figure, a college educated writer (who pens articles for Boxing Insider) he is both engaging and determined to succeed in the ring. "He doesn’t have to depend on boxing," Guzman says admiringly. "His story is something special." So impressed is Guzman with his protégé that he feels that "through the next five years, people are going to hear his name a lot." One thing about Galeano that earns Guzman's nod of approval is the young New Yorker's focus and drive to succeed. For Guzman himself has proven to be willing to do what it takes to move forward. After realizing he couldn't find the kind of success he wanted in the Big Apple, Guzman "eventually left New York" for Florida. "I had to make a decision for myself," he says, "either I was going to stay in New York doing nothing or I was going to take the risk of going down here to Florida." So far, the risk has paid off for the family man. "I’m going to give them a better life," the trainer says of his children, "so I have to make these sacrifices." Fortunately for Guzman, he's got a number of promising fighters aside from Galeano that he helps train, Dominique Crowder among them. "We all go training at the same time," Guzman says of his stable, "all together." While Guzman and his fighters train "basically six days a week," he knows there are times where some fighters need more attention that others. "I just focus on those whose fights are near," he says. This minimalist approach seems to be working quite well. "I have a helper who helps me out," Guzman tells me, "and also the strength and conditioning coach." Although he's clearly hard working, Guzman gives the impression of being a man who loves what he does. "It’s really not that hard," he says, "because most of these guys are experienced." The post Trainer Jose Guzman: “I Have To Make These Sacrifices” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Trainer Jose Guzman: “I Have To Make These Sacrifices”

By: Sean Crose

"He was real real sharp," says trainer Jose Guzman. "He had just come back from camp with Lomachenko," Guzman is speaking of his fighter, Steven Galeano, who defeated Marquis Hawthorne last week in impressive fashion. "For him," Guzman continues, "the sky’s the limit. I feel like in the next five years, Steven is going to be a world champion." After watching Galeano's slick, disciplined performance, it's hard to shrug that assertion off. The young Bronx native is nothing if not a fighter on the rise. "His boxing IQ is very high," Guzman says of Galeano. "The kid is hungry. The kid loves boxing."

There's no doubt Galeano is a colorful figure, a college educated writer (who pens articles for Boxing Insider) he is both engaging and determined to succeed in the ring. "He doesn’t have to depend on boxing," Guzman says admiringly. "His story is something special." So impressed is Guzman with his protégé that he feels that "through the next five years, people are going to hear his name a lot." One thing about Galeano that earns Guzman's nod of approval is the young New Yorker's focus and drive to succeed. For Guzman himself has proven to be willing to do what it takes to move forward.

After realizing he couldn't find the kind of success he wanted in the Big Apple, Guzman "eventually left New York" for Florida. "I had to make a decision for myself," he says, "either I was going to stay in New York doing nothing or I was going to take the risk of going down here to Florida." So far, the risk has paid off for the family man. "I’m going to give them a better life," the trainer says of his children, "so I have to make these sacrifices."

Fortunately for Guzman, he's got a number of promising fighters aside from Galeano that he helps train, Dominique Crowder among them. "We all go training at the same time," Guzman says of his stable, "all together." While Guzman and his fighters train "basically six days a week," he knows there are times where some fighters need more attention that others. "I just focus on those whose fights are near," he says. This minimalist approach seems to be working quite well. "I have a helper who helps me out," Guzman tells me, "and also the strength and conditioning coach." Although he's clearly hard working, Guzman gives the impression of being a man who loves what he does.

"It’s really not that hard," he says, "because most of these guys are experienced."

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