On Friday, October 7, 2011 - 7:00 P.M. at “The Club Chicago” in Burbank, Illinois - Middleweight Osumanu Adama (19-2-0-14) will do thunderous battle with Middleweight Roman Karmazin (40-4-2-26) for an IBF Box Off in the main event of the evening.
The co-feature will be a ten round super-middleweight bout, introducing and making his debut in the windy city area, rough and gritty -- Irish Joe McCreedy (12-5-2-6). His foe is still TBA.
McCreedy, the new Pride and Joy, and a product of Lowell, Massachusetts is a 26 year old super middleweight who on July 9, 2010 - appeared on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
McCreedy’s story unfolds on the tough, resilient blue-collar streets of Lowell, Massachusetts where "Irish"Micky Ward and his brother Dicky Eklund were once known as "The Pride of Lowell."
Lowell is an old industrial city full of peculiar wily characters. The city has a stark, indigenous feel, and is mostly occupied with depressed middle to- middle- class settlements, counting French Canadians, Irish, Italians, Greeks, Portuguese, Cambodians, Dominicans, etc.
Irish” Joey McCreedy, is native born and raised in Lowell. An alumnus (2004) from Lowell High School; McCreedy played on the grid-iron and was the sport's pre-eminent running back in the country. When he wasn’t playing football, he was training like a high-spirited, animated boxer, bent on-- to keep himself in vigorous shape for the bone of contention.
After a short satisfying amateur career, his pronouncement to turn pro reached it's zenith after being named the "Greater Lowell Golden Gloves Novice Champion" while possessing a good looking record of (12-4) as a raw recruit.
In his pro debut on September 10, 2005 in Florida, twenty year old McCreedy took it to boot, and KO’d Stevey Viuex in round one of a four rounder. Furthermore, winning his next three fights by knock outs he had an exciting record of (4-0).
On June 17, 2006 in a crusade against Jeffrey Osborne Jr. --McCreedy in the first round suffered from a fortuitous head butt over his eye-lid. The ring physician stopped the scrap and McCreedy gathered his first NO CONTEST.
In October, 2006, after the Hemphill fight in which McCreedy got his jaw broke in the third round; Joe took 15 months off to heal. Then, he returned to the ring to fight Chris Traietti, who was undefeated, and won a hard fought decision improving his record to (6-1).
February 6, 2009, with a record of (9-2-0-1)... Joey entered the ring, for the second time against “Bobo” Starnino for the Vacant Eastern Boxing Association, EBA New England title. This was his unveiling; fighting eight rounds at the Super Middleweight sector. He won the match by majority decision and brought the EBA belt back to Lowell as he said he would do. This was his first title win. In addition, he was then currently tiered 34th among Light Heavyweights.
On September 4, 2009-- McCreedy won his second title and obtained the EBA Super Middleweight belt against a rugged and elusive Eddie Caminero. He was able to retain his EBA New England belt with the win. Joe took complete control of that fight with thunderous rights to the head of Caminero when suddenly, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight in the 1st round.
July 9, 2011, Joe lost his bid for the vacant USA New England super middleweight title to Vladine Biosse on ESPN by unanimous decision in a 6 round bout. MBN asked McCreedy, what happened in the Biosse fight? "My head just wasn't into it. When you fight a tough fighter like Biosse, you got to be 100%." He smartly stated: "that fight was definitely my toughest fight to date."
At the age of 26, Joe became a free negotiator, and a short time ago, fought in Canada against 32 year old, Martin Desjardins on June 18, 2011 and won by a unanimous decision elevating his record to (12-5-2-6). With that win, McCreedy gained the confidence and momentum back, needed to keep on the straight and narrow with triumphant warrior type discerns.
Joey is currently being trained by former pro boxer, Dicky Eklund, at Micky Ward's gym. McCreedy grew up idolizing Micky Ward. Quoting from McCreedy from an earlier interview, this is what he had to say about his relationship with Ward and Eklund: ''Training at Micky Ward’s Boxing Center has been the best experience for me. It’s challenging, rewarding and fun. Dicky is the best trainer around with his knowledge, experience and outgoing personality it’s always and adventure. The Center is like family and I’m happy to be there."
Dicky Eklund has been training McCreedy in his career and is currently training him as his full time trainer. Joe decided to shift his training to Las Vegas, and train at "Money Mayweather's gym." MBN asked McCreedy: "how was it training at the Mayweather's." He stated anxiously: "they treated me very well! I learned a lot at the camp, -like-- to slip punches more precisely, defense, and fighting more at angles. Very good experience to add to my resume." Joe then glowered and triumphantly added: "I'm shooting for a title down the road; my training along with my revamped attitude is full gear. "BOXING IS ALIVE AND WELL WITHIN ME!" And I am: "HUNGRY!!"
Also, Junior Welterweight, 27 year old Sean Eklund (9-4-0-2), Micky Ward’s nephew, will step into the ring at "The Club" with a chance to improve upon his record. Eklund is coming off a three bout win streak and is determined to keep it going. His opponent is still in the TBA section and will be announced soon.
The remaining undercard bouts at "The Club Chicago” in Burbank are as follows:
6 Round Junior Welterweight Sean Eklund 9(2)-4(0)-0 SC TBA
10 Round Middleweight Derrick Findley 18(11)-6(1)-0 SC TBA
4 Round Heavyweight Boban Simic SC Demian Decorah 0-1-0
4 Round Junior Welterweight Antonio Canas 5(3)-0(0)-0 SC A.Slaughter 3(1)-1(0)-1
6 Round Super Middleweight Mike Jimenez 4(3)-0(0)-0 SC TBA
6 Round Junior Lightweight Eric Estrada 9(3)-2(1)-0 SC TBA
4 Round Junior Welterweight Genaro Mendez 3(2)-1(0)-1 SC TBA
Miltz Boxing News www.miltzboxingnews.com September 10, 2011.