Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Organizers ‘postpone’ Australia ‘Superfighter’ event

By JE Grant

The Superfighter tournament scheduled for Dec. 2 in Melbourne, Australia was cancelled according to the event organizer Wednesday.

“It is with great regret that I announce the postponement of the Superfighter Pay-Per-View event scheduled for December 2nd in Melbourne and December 1st in the USA,” said Stephen Duval in a news release.

The originally scheduled cast of heavyweight participants was to include O’Neil Bell, Calvin Brock, Chris Byrd, Tye Fields, Juan Carlos Gomez, Oliver McCall, Jameel McCline and Samuel Peter.

Both Brock, who recently challenged Wladimir Klitschko for a share of the world title and Peter, who is scheduled to duel James Toney in a January 2007 rematch, pulled out as well. Further, unspecified visa problems made the tournament unsustainable according to Duval.

“Due to the withdrawal of Calvin Brock and Samuel Peter, and the visa/entry issues, the investors and management of Superfighter made what we believe to be the appropriate decision to postpone the event regardless of the significant monetary losses we are incurring,” said Duval.

As for the fighters, the loss of a possible $5 million payday is a significant setback.

Although the organizers hope to hold an event in “in the United States in early 2007” it has not been announced specifically when and where the tournament will take place.

Locations are still being contemplated.

“We are currently looking at a number of sites,” said Duval in an email response Thursday. “Ideally, Las Vegas would be the preferred location.”

Duval said a future tournament may include the contestants originally scheduled.

“All fighters currently contracted will be invited to participate, as it will be based in the US, the field is likely to be equal or better than the current line up scheduled in Melbourne,” he said.

The large purse will likely remain central to the organizers’ design.

“We were only interested in making certain that the best, most elite and exciting boxers were confirmed for Superfighter,” said Duval. “To do this, we offered a great incentive to attract the best fighters.”

According to Duval, in the longer term “the ultimate goal of Superfighter is to bring great boxing action to the fans, a great platform for the best boxers in the world to participate, innovative scoring and technology for the viewer and most of all, a great Superfighter World Series where fans see the eight original weight divisions of boxing annually under the Superfighter format.”

There are no plans to enter into the fray of world championship boxing promotions.

“Superfighter will not promote 12 round bouts apart from the Superfighter format where the winner fights a maximum of 12 rounds against three separate opponents,” said Duval.


Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Well, well, well J.E...Did the both of us not say emphatically that there was SOMETHING fishy about this thing from the get-go???

7:10 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

JE - For one thing, I never understood the OUTRAGEOUS 5 million dollar prize. (Why not 2 or 3M, or even 1M?) I kinda liked the idea, but I just KNEW there was something funny about this one...

7:14 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I actually sent questions to the organizers including why did they choose a figure of $5 million. They could've likely attracted the same crew for $1 million.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Absolutely J.E. They may not have gotten Brock & Peter at 1M...But they didn't get them at 5M for that matter either!

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Toney said...

Why didn't they have James Toney up in there.

2:17 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

I told you guys this SHIT!!! wouldn't pan out. Superfighter doesn't need to take away from real fights. I'm glad they suck at organizing.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Agreed Ondrizek. Brilliant (and/or seasoned Boxing minds) think alike. I just knew something didn't quite add up here, and felt like I was in the minority. I also agree with your sentiments. As much as I love the idea of matching the best-against-the-best and mini-tourneys, let's leave this sort of thing for "The Contender".

10:37 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

A smaller scale event may be workable.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight (bizzy) said...

Agreed J.E, just as long as it's not some "cheesy" 3rd-tier thing like "Thunderbox" or "Fistful Of Dollars". If I want to watch something like that, I'll tune into The Contender. Which I happen to enjoy (Face blushes slightly)

* I heard from a 'little mouse' (I have a contact that is somewhat involved with the show) they will be featuring either lightweights or light heavyweights next season. I put in a pitch for cruiserweights -- but I fear it fell on deaf ears...;(

3:13 PM  

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