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Bad Left Hook Fight Night: Chris Byrd v. Shaun George

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Junior Witter
Chris Byrd
Timothy Bradley
Shaun George
40-4-1 Record 16-2-2
21 KO 7
Las Vegas, NV (Flint, MI) Hometown Brooklyn, NY
6'0" Height 6'1"
Evander Holyfield (UD-12)
David Tua (UD-12)
Vitali Klitschko (RTD-9)
Notable Wins Chad Van Sickle (UD-10)
Alexander Povetkin (TKO-11)
Wladimir Klitschko (UD-12, TKO-7)
Ike Ibeabuchi (TKO-5)
Notable Losses Matt Godfrey (TKO-1)
Alexander Gurov (UD-12)


The show starts at 9pm on ESPN2.

It's the moment of truth for Chris Byrd. If he fails to impress tonight at 175 pounds, you can more or less stick a fork in his career. As much as I really respect this decision by Byrd to take a step down in weight and see what he can muster up, he's 37 years old. Having fought heavyweights, he'll be expected to knock George out tonight.

The co-featured bout will see Georgian-born (country, not American state) Philadelphian Koba Gogoladze (20-2, 8 KO) take on South Korean Ji-Hoon Kim (13-5, 10 KO) in a super featherweight contest. Gogoladze lost to Alex Arthur by tenth round TKO last July and hasn't been seen since. Kim's most notable fight came against Makyo Sugita in 2006, I suppose.

Antonio Tarver will be in the studio, so you know I'm psyched for him to make preposterous claims about his Hall of Fame worthiness and accuse Joe Calzaghe of ducking him, and I also expect he'll dodge questions about Chad Dawson and say things like, "Well Chad Dawson got a, a, a, a, gift against Glen JOHNson, but if the money's right, I'll do it." He will not state what money, exactly, would be "right." Even if Brian Kenny asks him to.