Arlington’s Rigaud has high hopes in the boxing ring

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I want to be the best boxer in the world. At first, the statement comes across as ludicrous, but as the tale of the second-generation Haitian-American athlete begins to unfold, any future scene that does not see Rigaud with a belt around his waist seems highly unlikely and an injustice to his rigorous training and undeniable potential. The Arlington boxer, who is trained by his father, Benshey, begins the average morning with his casual five-mile run. After attending classes at Arlington High School, where Taifer has maintained an honor-roll level of academic achievement, he ventures to the Somerville Boxing Club. Taifer, or T.J., works on heavy-bag drills, sparring and other various activities commonly practiced by elite professionals. During the school year, T.J. repeats this sequence five days per week, leaving plenty of time to finish his schoolwork. His commitment to staying in peak physical condition also carries over to his diet, only eating lean meats, fish and an abundance of fruits and vegetables. At his age, I can guarantee you that no one in the country is training as hard as Taifer, says Benshey. Taifer knew it was in his destiny to lace up the gloves, especially after admiring the work ethic of Benshey, who boxed at the amateur level as well. Of course I had my reservations, but after seeing the results, how could I argue? Benshey said. Taifer first picked up the sport at age 11, and scored his first amateur victory by a second-round knockout. While many boxers feel butterflies or express a calculated sense of apprehension at harming the opponent in their first fight, T.J. learned at a young age the importance of having a professional attitude. I felt the nerves in my stomach, but that is not the same as fear, he said, I obviously do not want to seriously harm my opposition, but you cannot show hesitation, which is why so many fighters suffer a defeat in their first fight. The first breakthrough came right away, winning the Silver Mittens tournament at Lowell less than a year after he commenced his training. The current tally of results indicate a 9-3 amateur record, not including a gold medal at the Junior Olympic national championships in Mobile, AL last month, preceded by winning the main trophy at the prestigious Golden Gloves tournament in Lowell last February. The importance of the gold medal cannot be overstated, especially given the fact that Taifer, who fought at the 176-plus weight division, often conceded up to 20 pounds against his opponents. He plans to heighten his level of competition this fall by training at the San Francisco Police Academy, followed by the under-19 World Boxing Championships in Reno. Ultimately, the main goal is obtaining the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, vying to be the first American since Ray Mercer in 1988 to accomplish this feat. For now, Rio is the main goal. After the Olympics, I intend on turning professional, T.J. said. Famous Lowell boxer Dick Eklund, brother of Mickey Ward, the depicted boxing star in the 2011 film The Fighter, will vouch for the Arlington fighter any day. I have been training with Taifer for a while now, Eklund said.

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Since Vazquez is further along in his development, had and exploits his reach advantage, he looked spectacular with all the right moves. There were only a few times when Lozano got in a few good licks and one came just as the bell sounded to end their bout. In Bout #6, it was 15 year-old Roberto Ocampo from ABC Mongoose, San Diego (124.6 pounds) taking on 15 year-old Bryan Pinzon of Pinzon Boxing (127 pounds). Both boxers went 100% and the exchanges were pretty much even with Ocampo taking Round #1 and Vazquez, the lefty, taking Round #2.

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Once upon a time, Duva’s company, Main Events, was one of the country’s three top promoters, along with Top Rank and Don King Productions. It had then, as Golden Boy and Top Rank do now, dozens upon dozens of fighters under contract and great relations with HBO and Showtime. But after husband Dan’s tragic death, and a court fight with her in-laws over the rights to the company, things changed dramatically. The boxing landscape was changing and managers were maddening. Duva finally came to believe that, at least for the way she liked to promote, it made no sense to have 50, 60 or 70 fighters under contract.

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“I don’t control the electoral process. I comply with and obey the electoral law,” he said. PROTRACTED CRISIS? Given the problems that have dogged the process, many Zimbabweans expect a lengthy post-poll dispute that will start in the courts but could spill over onto the streets. “A return to protracted political crisis, and possibly extensive violence, is likely,” the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based political risk think-tank, said in a report issued on Monday entitled “Mugabe’s Last Stand”.

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By BoxRec News | BoxRecNews 4 hours ago Eurosport – A reinvigorated Pryce fancies a crack at Funtime Frankie Related Content Bet on Boxing The Birmingham southpaw broke Denton Vassells jaw on route to a seventh round stoppage on June 28, and he appears to have scared off the rest of the division. A day later, Pryce, 32, had his own success with an impressive performance over eight rounds against Chingford’s Michael Lomax, and is more than willing to step in to face Gavin. Pryce says hes re-found his form under the guidance of new trainer, former Commonwelath super bantamweight champion Jamie Arthur. The Newbridge fighter said: Im not going to bad mouth Gavin, hes done everything asked of him and hes looked exceptional doing it but Id love a crack at his titles. No doubt Gavin would be one of the best of my opponents but Im in a good place right now, I’m ready for him. I might not have an undefeated record to put against him but Ive been in with everyone, even the best prospects all the way up at middleweight had hard nights against me. Im doing things now I wish Id been doing ten years ago and feeling better than I have for a long time, even than when I was Commonwealth champion. Pryce continued: Gavin is on the brink of European and world level now, hell be looking at bigger names than me and thats why I need to catch him before he gets there.

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