Brian MVP Howard RCM Interview: Scores BIG cruiserweight KO in Philly

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

*Photo Credit: Boxing247 

A native of Lake Wells, Florida, now based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, working as a security guard, world ranked cruiserweight Brian ‘MVP’ Howard scored an electrifying win at Parx Casino in Bensalem on March 1, 2019, knocking out former USBA Cruiserweight champion Garrett at 2:31 of the first round. Howard has a record of 14-2 with 11 knockouts, since turning pro in May 2010 with a third-round stoppage of Yuwshua Zadok in Atlanta, Georgia.

Robert B: “Why did you fight Umar Salamov last year at light heavyweight in the wrong division?”

MVP Howard: “At the time, I needed the money. I was weaker (from the weight loss). I still had knockout power in my right hand, but did not have the energy to put him away after the first minute of every round. I felt gassed out. Salamov seemed winded after the fifth round.”

Robert B: “What happened in the ninth round against Salamov?”

MVP Howard: “I got caught with a shot, I couldn’t hear, and lost my equilibrium. I got up at the count of eight, but the referee waved the bout over. I could not finish the fight.”

Robert B: “Did you feel Salamov was beatable?”

MVP Howard: “Of course Salamov was beatable.”

Robert B: “What happened in your fight with Harvey Jolly?”

MVP Howard: “I went into that fight injured after getting hit behind the head in sparring. I blacked out (in the ring against Jolly).”

Robert B: “Tell me about your first round knockout of Garrett Wilson last week.”

MVP Howard: “I will fight and beat anyone anywhere! I have done it (all) on the road. I beat Alex Guerrero in New York, Phil Williams in Minnesota, and Garrett Wilson in Pennsylvania.”

Robert B: “Would you be willing to fight a rematch with Harvey Jolly? Would you be willing to travel to South Africa to fight IBO World Cruiserweight champion Kevin Larena? That would be interesting. You have never traveled that far(to fight).”

MVP Howard: “That’s what makes it interesting.”

Robert B: “Tell me about your relationship with promoter Russell Peltz.”

MVP Howard: “Russell is very cool! He is trying to get me a fight in the next 30 days, which I believe will be at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. I am looking forward to fighting in Philly again!”




Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at