On a sunny day in Los Angeles on March 4th, fans fill up the streets to witness two of boxing’s most popular athletes attempt to market the most hyped fight of the year.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “Sugar” Shane Mosley hold a press conference. After the former 10-time champion, Oscar De La Hoya and Mosley’s trainer, Naazim Richardson offer their respective takes on the upcoming bout at the podium, Mosley was next up.

“This fights gonna be on May first. But you know May first is gonna be May’s first! I’ll make sure of that,” Mosley declared boldly as he wrapped up his speech.

“How corny?” I thought as I laughed while listening to this press conference on a YouTube video.

Mosley should be whooped for corniness alone. He doesn’t have the charisma, swag, or the boxing skills to take over Mayweather’s throne.

He’s admitted to steroid use.

“Unknowingly, yes, some of the substances they are talking about were being used as part of the workouts. I didn’t know what the hell it was,” Mosley said in an interview with ESPN.com in 2007.

He’s been beaten…badly!

“Vernon did a number on me, didn’t he?” Mosley told Sports Illustrated after a brutal loss to Vernon Forrest in 2002. “He stuck to his plan; he did his thing.”

Mosley’s trying to do the unthinkable by defeating the undefeated.

“Somebody’s gonna have to dethrone me, I proved that I’m the best,” Mayweather told Mosley in an HBO interview with Max Kellerman. “No disrespect but that’s what you’re here to TRY to do. Forty have tried and all forty had a game plan.”

Obviously none of those forty opponents were successful since Mayweather still boasts an undefeated record with 40 wins and 0 losses (25 Knockouts).

After years of wear and tear on his 38 year-old body, what’s gives Mosley fans any hope that this fight against Mayweather will work in his favor? Just a year ago, Mosley was viewed as an over-the-hill fighter before challenging the WBA welterweight champion, Antonio Margarito to his title. Now all of a sudden after one victory, which he did look convincing in his ninth round TKO over the Margarito, he is the third-ranked pound-for-pound fighter? Give me a break. Mosley will be nothing more than give Mayweather his 41st professional victory and further cement his greatness in the sport of boxing. After this fight, Mosley should retire.     

The Grand Rapids, Mich. native also known as “Money Mayweather,” has been the king of the sport, in my opinion, since 2005 when he defeated Arturo Gatti by a sixth round technical knockout (T.K.O). While he wasn’t officially acknowledged until 2007, when he was named as the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, he has deserved it every year if it was up to me. His last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on September 20, 2009 didn’t do anything but to further prove his greatness. After a 21 month layoff, Marquez was supposed to be his toughest fight. In the end it turned out to be one of his easiest as he dominated the smaller opponent en route to a unanimous decision.

This is why May 1st will symbolize something and I don’t mean Mayweather’s first loss. This date will symbolize that Mayweather is still the number one fighter in the sport of boxing. Maybe even of all-time!

 “Yep, I’m better than Muhammad Ali! Sugar Ray Robinson? Yep, I’m better than Sugar Ray Robinson! I would never say it’s another fighter better than me. Absolutely none,” Mayweather confidently stated on a recent episode of HBO’s 24/7 Mayweather/Mosley. “I truly believe I’m the best. I know I’m the best. I gotta be a damn fool to give this sport 33 years of my life to say there’s another fight better than me.”

The funny thing is that I believe him.

*This post can also be viewed on the Western Herald’s website!

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Nearly three million people were in need of emergency in Haiti, approximately 2 million were initially left homeless, and officials feared that death toll might have reached 100,000

These were just a few of the effects that came from one of the most devastating natural disasters of the millennium. It all happened on January 12, when an earthquake rocked the small nation of Haiti.

Amongst the millions of people that were affected from the tragedy was former Western Michigan University football All-American turned NFL star, Louis Delmas.

“A lot of my family was affected, starting off with my grandma and a couple of my cousins,” Delmas said.

“They [were] affected and we [weren’t] able to get a hold of them yet and I don’t wanna put a bug in anyone’s ear and say that they passed, but reality is reality. But that did affect me and that’s why I said that it’s so important for me to spread the word out there that Haiti needs help.”

In one of his first efforts to spread the word, Delmas will collaborate with his non-profit organization, We R Love, Inc. as well as the Athletic Department of WMU in order to host a barbecue event on Saturday, April 17.

The event will begin immediately after the annual Brown & Gold Spring Game and will raise funds to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti.

The event will last from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the public will be able to eat barbecue, drink beverages and enjoy music. Tickets will be $15 with a WMU ID and $30 for all other attendees.

Individuals will also have the opportunity to meet Delmas and receive an autographed photo of the alumnus.

“We just want to set up a base, since Louis and I are both [alumni] of the university and we hope that as the organization grows, that we will be able to set up some type of scholarship for an underprivileged student – most likely an athlete since that’s where Louis really comes from,” said We R Love PR Director, Royda Urey.

“This is also a great way for Louis to give back to the college, which is also a very informal event where he just wants to come and hang out with all of the students from Western [Michigan] and show his support and hopefully as they come to the event they’re giving back to us as we’re giving back to them.”

According to Delmas, this event is a great steppingstone to further accomplishing his goals of helping the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.

“I just want everybody to know that this foundation is made for those lost in Haiti and still trying to support those in Haiti. It’s never going to be enough with the little bit that we’re doing and with the stuff that other people are doing to rebuild Haiti and get them back in school and all that there,” Delmas said.

“So I just want everybody to know that Haiti is not forgotten, even though the crisis happened a couple months ago. [There are] still people down there [that are] struggling and still need help so I just [want to] get their name out there and help out as much as possible.”

For additional information about the event and VIP tickets, please contact Urey at roydaurey@gmail.com.

*This post can also be viewed on the Western Herald’s website and in today’s paper!

Louis Delmas Interview!!

April 14, 2010

 

There was no question that the Detroit Lions’ safety, Louis Delmas had a successful rookie season!

He became the first rookie in league history and second player ever to score on an interception return, fumble return and a safety in one season. He also registered 79 tackles (54 solo) and scored more defensive points than any rookie in the NFL in 2009. He also won September’s rookie defensive player of the month award.

Despite all of his success on the field, Delmas still feels as though he has more to prove. He wants to help out the Haitian community. In an attempt to help out the country, Delmas will collaborate with his non-profit organization, We R Love, Inc. as well as the Athletic Department of WMU in order to host a BBQ event on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The event will begin immediately after the annual Brown & Gold Spring Game and will raise funds to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti.

As Delmas prepares to make his return back to Kalamazoo, Michigan this weekend, I had a word with him in an over-the-phone interview ranging on a host of different topics.

Eric Woodyard: What was the deciding factor that made you want to do an event like this?

Louis Delmas: First and foremost, once the crisis happened in Haiti I automatically thought in my head ‘I need to do something to support and just to give back.’ Being that I’m in the position that I’m in right now, I got a little bit of funds to where I can start a foundation just to get my name out there also. Once I heard the opportunity came up at Western being that they got a Spring game, I thought it would be a great idea just to get our name out there and just to let everybody know that the crisis that’s going on in Haiti is not over.

EW: I heard that you have a little Haitian background in you as well, was any of your own family affected from what was going on over there?

LD: Yeah and you know what man? A lot of my family was affected starting off with my grandma and a couple of my cousins. They was affected and we wasn’t able to get a hold of them yet and I don’t wanna put a bug in no one’s ear and say that they passed but reality is reality. But that did affect me and that’s why I said that it’s so important for me to spread the word out there that Haiti needs help.

EW: So obviously it’s a big difference from being a college student running around to now being in the NFL. What’s the biggest difference from transitioning from college to the NFL?

LD: To me the biggest difference was now instead of going to football practice and having to go straight from there to class and everything. Now it’s just straight football. So when I wake up in the morning, instead of going to class I go straight to football and when I’m done with football, I got straight to film. Then when I’m done with film, I go straight home and watch more film. So you eat and you use the rest room football. It’s all football all day and that was the biggest turnaround for me because I got to be a bit more focused now.

EW: So I don’t know if you remember last summer when I seen you down there on the practice facility when I was working with my intern.

LD: Aw yeah, Aw yeah. I appreciate that so much too man.

EW: I had ended up doing a story on you too about how you should have won the Defensive Rookie of the Year or at least got a few votes. So did that get to you at all to make you work even harder this off-season because you didn’t get the recognition that you deserved?

LD: Oh of course! I think it’s not my opinion that counts so I’m not the one throwing in votes and I’m not the one picking myself to go to the Pro-Bowl. It’s up to everybody else so obviously I didn’t prove to a lot of people that I could be a Pro-Bowl type Safety so of course that bugged me a little bit. I thought I did OK, not great so this off-season I had one thing in mind. Actually a couple days after my last game, I had one thing in mind and that’s to be the best Safety in the NFL. That’s been my goal since day one and I’m gonna keep trying to achieve my goal.

EW: Was it anything that shocked you like the speed of the game or anything in your first season?

LD: Man let me tell you; to be honest with you…people ask me that all the time. I tell people my transition from high school to college…high school was way faster than college!

EW: (laughs)

LD: Exactly! I guess playing football in Florida was just totally different. Then my transition from college to the NFL, college was way faster than the NFL. I guess being that people are bigger, faster, (and) stronger and once you get to that certain age than it’s not gonna be there anymore. It’s gonna be all about technique. Most of the guys that we play on this level are very old or not very old but got some numbers on them so they force their technique more than anything to be successful on the play so I think the transition from here to college is much slower but then again I have to be much more focused and not let anything slip past me. 

EW: Me and my boys used to watch all of the Detroit Lions games and we seen you lay out Chad Johnson and we seen you lay out Adrian Peterson. What was your favorite play or was there anything in general that was your favorite memory of your rookie season?

LD: I would have to say my hit on Chad. All week he was ripping and raving, telling me I gotta sit down because I’m a rookie and telling me that I need to be in my place and putting out these little jokes about Detroit Lions football. So I was just ready to get out there and play against him and I told myself ‘the minute he put his hands out there and try to catch that ball and I’m in his area? I’m gonna try my hardest to lay him out!’ So when he caught the ball and started running, I just seen my opportunity and I was like ‘I’m taking this one.’ So that was the most fulfilling hit.

EW: So getting back on the event, what’s the number one thing that you want the people to take from this event that you’re hosting this weekend?

LD: I just want everybody to know that this foundation is made for those lost in Haiti and still trying to support those in Haiti. It’s never gonna be enough with the little bit that we’re doing and with the stuff that other people are doing to rebuild Haiti and get them back in school and all that there. So I just want everybody to know that Haiti is not forgotten, even though the crisis happened a couple months ago. It’s still people down there that’s struggling and still need help so I just wanna get their name out there and help out as much as possible. Also, I just want the people out there to know that Louis Delmas is not only successful in football but also can be successful off the field. That’s involving media, helping people out, and holding camps…I wanna be as successful as possible.      

*This post can also be viewed on the Western Herald’s website!

 

Standing on the balcony of a mansion, two women nicknamed “Buckeey” and “Krazy” are engaged in a full-fledged argument. With the cameras rolling and millions of fans viewing on national television, the two then begin to get into an intense shoving match. 

With Buckeey getting the better end of the exchange, the fight is finally broken up after she nearly shoves Krazy to the ground. 

“You hit me, I hit you,” Buckeey explains to the cameras. “You touch me, I touch you!”

For some fans this may have served as the lasting impression of Shay Johnson, who starred on the hit reality show, “Flavor of Love 2.” Known as “Buckeey,” she got her first taste of the entertainment industry on VH1’s highest-rated show in the station’s history. This eventually opened the doors for several modeling opportunities as well as another role on a popular reality show known as “Charm School.”

Johnson will be making a visit to Western Michigan University to give students a first-hand account of all the hard work it took to get to that level. 

“A lot of people told me that I couldn’t get as far as I have and I’m not where I [want to] be but I’m still on the road to success and I just wanted to let women know that you can do anything you put your mind to,” Johnson said. “I was discouraged as a child because nobody really believed in me [or] that I would be able to do what I wanted to do, which was stay in the field of entertainment, but I accomplished my goal and I set another standard and I’m on the road to accomplishing that standard also.”

Johnson will be making her appearance at WMU for a free event hosted by WMU’s You Beautiful Black Women Organization billed as “Realities of Reality TV.” It will take place on Thursday, April 15 at 1301 Wood Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.    

“We’re looking to bring a new understanding to what people actually think of women TV stars and a new understanding to how their image is portrayed in the media and how it has affected them as far as with their family and their career,” YBBW President Jwana Player said. 

Members of the audience will also be given the opportunity to ask Johnson questions as well as interact with her. Johnson hopes that this will help people get to know her as a person and not just a woman buried behind a unique nickname on a popular television show.

“Before you judge anybody, you should know them on a personal level or even on top of that just meet them because being in the industry, I’ve had a lot of stereotypes on me [and] on my name,” Johnson said. “I would just encourage everybody to come out and get to know me and hear my story before you judge me and I [guarantee] you will have a different identity on me and my life.”

*This post can also be viewed on the Western Herald’s website!