BackgammonMasters.com recently announced that it had purchased the boxing shorts of heavyweight hopeful Roman Greenberg for a considerable sum, in an attempt to assist the up-and-coming fighter in his pursuit of the world heavyweight title. The online backgammon company is essentially sponsoring Greenberg, so that he can afford to train and hone his already considerable boxing skills.
BackgammonMasters.com will then auction off Greenbergâ€™s boxing shorts for $100,000 after an upcoming (yet still unscheduled as of this date) Greenberg fight against one of the WBOâ€™s top 5 boxers this year. The proceeds raised from the auction will go to a charity designed to benefit Arab and Jewish youth in distress.
Greenberg, who is 25-0 with 17 knockouts, is a 24-year-old who Angelo Dundee says has â€œthe fastest hands for a heavyweight since Muhammad Ali.â€ Born in Russia and Jewish, Greenberg is 6â€™3â€ and weighs 234 lbs. and features an orthodox style.
His latest victory was an impressive decision against American boxer Michael Simms on March 23rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Greenberg won in ten rounds on points, using his superior speed to batter Simms throughout the contest. Prior to defeating Simms, Greenberg beat Kendrick Releford, Julius Francis and Steve Pannell.
Greenberg is the current IBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion. His manager is Jim Evans, who also handles Light Welterweight Gareth â€œThe Gladiatorâ€ Couch (9-0-0). Greenberg lives and trains in the UK.
Greenberg is not only a great fighter, but heâ€™s smart, well-spoken and comes from a very talented family. He speaks four languages â€“ Hebrew, Russian, German and English. His brother was the Junior Chess Champion of Israel in 2004.
Greenberg is proud to be Jewish and wears the Star of David on his trunks.
â€œThrough the Star of David, I represent Israel and myself,â€ Greenberg said. â€œAll through history, Jews have always had to fight for their freedom and for their lives. When I come out wearing the Star of David, it shows the whole world that the Jews are still here and that they are successful.â€
As of March 27, 2007, Greenberg was ranked 41st in the International Boxing Organizationâ€™s heavyweight computerized rankings. Of those ranked ahead of him, only #34 Alexander Dimitrenko is younger.
Experts have said these things about Greenberg:
â€œHeâ€™s at his best when heâ€™s moving his legs, creating angles and confusing opponents.â€
â€œHeâ€™s cerebral with lightning reflexes, incredibly quick hands and a solid jab.â€
â€œHe has plenty of flashy moves and can escape from a corner and counter as well as anyone in the division.â€
Copyright © 2010 Ed Attanasio
Roman Greenberg's Boxing Shorts on the Block
Copyright © 2010 Ed Attanasio
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