GT delivers title bid to Punching Postman

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 30, 2002) - Another Goossen Tutor fighter is getting the chance of a lifetime.

In August, junior-lightweight contender David Santos fought for the IBF title, losing a close, controversial decision to an overweight Steve Forbes, who was later stripped of his title.

Now, three months later, recently signed Goossen Tutor junior lightweight Lamont Pearson is getting his shot at a world championship belt.

Pearson, known as the “Punching Postman,” will travel to Bangkok, Thailand to face WBA champion Yodsanan Nanthachai (36-2-1) in his home country on Dec. 5, a national holiday in Thailand celebrating the birthday of King Bhumipol.

It’s the second world title fight for a Goossen Tutor fighter since the company formed just seven short months ago.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work again with Dan Goossen and (matchmaker) Tom Brown,’’ said Pearson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) a mailman who lives in Cheltenham, MD. “When they signed me before (in their America Presents days), I immediately took advantage of the shot they got me when I won the USBA title and IBF number one rating. Now I sign with them again and they arrange for me to fight for the WBA title. They believed in me once and I delivered. By signing me again, they have shown their continued belief in me and I plan to deliver again. Remember what I do for a living! I love being the underdog. A man who wants to be champion will have to overcome any adversity in his way. I know this, and it is what motivates me to take this fight in Thailand against the hometown champion and bring the title back to America. I understand the country is celebrating their national holiday on Dec. 5th, but showing no disrespect to the King, the Punching Postman will always deliver in rain, sleet, snow or holidays.’’

Along with Pearson’s title fight, other upcoming championship matches involving fighters under the Goossen Tutor banner include an IBF cruiserweight championship fight between James “Lights Out” Toney and champ Vassiliy Jirov on Jan. 25; and a January match between Santos and Carlos Hernandez for the vacant IBF title. In addition, middleweight Robert Allen is the mandatory challenger for the IBF title held by Bernard Hopkins.

“The postman always rings twice,’’ said promoter Dan Goossen. “It’s very gratifying the second time around with Lamont to get him a title fight, especially in the 130-pound division, which is one of the hottest in boxing today.

“We have a great nucleus here at GT with the fighters and Tom and Craig (Goossen). Everything we’ve done the past seven months are the footsteps to our future.’’

Norman D. Horton
NDH Consultants

Craig Goossen
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC
818-817-8005 fax