ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WORLD TITLE FIGHT
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
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC