‘Slick’ Michael Anderson Newark Fight Card Preview
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
Happy Holidays! The Robert Treat Best Western Hotel in Newark, New Jersey will host an eight bout boxing card on Friday evening, December 21, 2012, featuring the ten round main event bout between welterweight prospect ‘Slick’ Michael Anderson and veteran Sammy Ventura. The card is a co-promotion between Renee Aiken’s All Out Promotions and Marius Kolodriej of Global Boxing Promotions.
WATCH Michael Anderson career highlights on YouTube, with Shane Mosley
Anderson, a former Shane Mosley, Golden Boy and Gary Shaw protege, has a career record of 12-1 with 10 knockouts. Anderson is coming off a first round knockout win over Miguel Angel Munguia in October 2012 at Essex County College in Newark.
The knockout of Munguia, a fighter with a padded winning record and 50 pro fights, should prove a lethal premonition of Anderson’s next opponent, Sammy Ventura of Tabasco, Mexico. Tabasco might as well be Tabasco Sauce, as Ventura, Anderson’s latest opponent, Ventura, also has a padded winning record and 50 pro fights in the win and loss column. Ventura, best known for getting knocked out in the fourth round by Marco Antonio Barrera in 2008, is coming off a fourth round knockout of 0-3-1 Jesus Cacares in his hometown of Tabasco this past September.
WATCH Sammy Ventura’s knockout of Jesus Cacares in 2012 on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvlPmQ52rKI [Audio commentary in Spanish]
The eight bout card in Newark, New Jersey, will also include: super featherweight Joselito Collado in an eight rounder; heavyweight Tyyab Beale versus Aaron Kinch in a six rounder; super middleweights Derrick Webster and Emmanuel Sanchez in a six rounder; super bantamweight Raul Lopez in a six rounder; super middleweights Antonio Douglas and Rogelio Saldana in a four rounder; cruiserweights Mauricio Amaro and Marlin Washington in a four rounder; and debuting featherweight Pete Reyes against Oscar Pagan in a four rounder.
In an exclusive interview with Slick Michael Anderson, who will fight the main event, Real Combat Media began by asking the New Jersey native, who worked for eight years as a postal carrier and a real estate agent, how he started in pro boxing.
A graduate of East Orange High School in New Jersey, Anderson worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, while buying and selling houses. It was during this time his amateur boxing career began to flourish. Anderson won the New Jersey Golden Gloves Novice Championship at 147 pounds, the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Open Championship at 147 Pounds, and the New Jersey State 147 Pound Amateur Championship. He is single and raises his 14 year old daughter.
Anderson turned pro at welterweight on November 10, 2007, winning a four round decision over veteran Olade Thomas. Since then, Anderson has knocked out five opponents in the first round. is career jumped started with help from his friend and one time mentor, Sugar Shane Mosley.
Slick Michael Anderson: “I always liked physical contact sports. I started with Karate at age 5. When I was 20, a friend came over to my house who worked out in a boxing gym and introduced me to boxing.”
Real Combat Media: “What happened with your job at the post office?”
Slick Michael Anderson: “I got pushed out during the recession. I went to camp as a sparring partner for Sugar Shane Mosley. Sugar helped me get my first fights with Golden Boy Promotions, as he was a part owner of Golden Boy at that time. Promoter Gary Shaw wound up signing me next. Renee Aiken of All About Promotions currently promotes me. I’m also seeking a rematch with Nick Casal, a Boxing 360 fighter.”
Real Combat Media: “Your opponent Sammy Ventura is not a true welterweight. He has one bout at 147 pounds. Ventura got knocked out in the second round by former WBC Lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo in Mexico in 2011 at 147.”
Slick Michael Anderson: “Whoever my opponent is, I pick them apart. I frustrate them with my defense. Once they start thinking about my defense, that’s when I use my offense to get over on them.”
Real Combat Media: “Michael, you stand 5’10” to Sammy Ventura’s 5’5″. Is your height and reach advantage of any value in this bout?”
Slick Michael Anderson: “You do what you do best as a fighter. I’m great fighting on the inside. I also like to go for the knockout every fight. Every fight fight I go for the knockout. My dad taught me you never hit to hit, you hit to hurt. You never fight to fight, you fight to hurt, because if you hurt your foe, you’re going to win.”
Real Combat Media: “You’ve been seeking to avenge your lone loss to Nick Casale.”
Slick Michael Anderson: “Boxing 360, Nick Casale’s promotional group, wants too much money right now. We also challenged Casale on his Facebook. If does not answer my challenge, I’m just going to go on to bigger and better things.”
Real Combat Media: “What happened in your loss to Casale? Did you learn?”
Slick Michael Anderson: “I hit Casale on the nose. he dropped me twice, but I got up, I was fine, and I was slipping punches on the ropes. I was doing fine, and the referee stopped the bout prematurely. I did not get in enough sparring for the Casale bout, though. I was in and out of court at the time (for a legal matter for which Anderson was eventually found not guilty) and I was not ready for the fight.”
Real Combat Media: “Slick Mike, who is training you now?”
Slick Michael Anderson: “Charles Jones is training me. He was one of the trainers who started with me as an amateur. I started in his gym, the Dew Drop Boxing Club in Newark.”
Real Combat Media: “Are you excited about fighting in your hometown, Newark?”
Slick Michael Anderson: “Pretty much, because the people who get to see me have seen my videos for years, so this (the Ventura bout) is pretty much a gift. When you train at home, you do not have to travel or stay at hotels. Everything is normal, and stays the same. You do your training and your sparring sessions and it doesn’t feel like a fight.”
Real Combat Media: “How do you feel all around for the Ventura bout on Friday?”
Slick Michael Anderson: ” I feel real good. Physically and mentally, I feel good. Ventura’s going to get hurt by me, it doesn’t matter what he does. I’ve been dropping 160 pounders in sparring practice.
Real Combat Media: “Good luck to you Michael, the punching postman.”
Slick Michael Anderson: “Looking forward to seeing my fans at the boxing show.”
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