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Michael Havaien. The Bad (or Bang!) Boy of Boxing

 

The Two Iron Mikes

If you’ve been paying attention to my blog, you might have caught a post I did a few months ago about NJ quietly becoming a boxing mecca.

At the time, I was talking about a little-known gym in North Bergen, and one of the people making moves to put the gym on the map.

Fast forward a few months, and it’s a whole new world.

My friend is now in talks with a group of investors, opening his own gym.

He’s also building a stable of world-class amateur and professional boxers, MMA fighters and athletes from different sports.

Oh, he’s got a pretty serious technology play in the works as well.

Did I mention the film/television productions currently in development?

The ‘friend’ is Michael Havaien.

A Hampton University graduate, Michael (‘Face’ to his friends) is a force to be reckoned with.

Never one to toot his own horn, he’s been taking meetings and talking to some of the most influential people and brands in the fight business.

With friends in high places at virtually every major promotions and matchmaking house in boxing, Michael knows the importance of making friends.

Main Events, Mike Tyson, and Golden Boy, are just of few of the people and brands on speed dial.

With bouts lined up for main events and undercards in Atlantic City, the Prudential Center and Bally’s, you’re likely to see Michael ringside the next time you watch a fight on HBO or Showtime.

If you’re a true aficionado, you might have caught one of his by-lines in BoxingCommunity.org8CountNews or Bokser.org.

Soon, though, you’ll be able to tune into Michael’s own branded web channel, where you can catch his by-lines, videos and other exclusive content.

We can’t let the cat out of the bag quite yet, but Michael is about to drop a major bomb (we’re talking Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined – serious mushroom clouds).

If you’re familiar with the way Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs established Bad Boy Records, and took over the music industry, you’ve got a hint about what Michael is about to do – hence the title to this post.

With a keen eye for business, an intimate understanding of the fight industry, a bird’s eye view of fight promotions, management and match-making, and a hustler’s mentality, cat’s are surely not ready for this mogul-in-the-making.

And like Puff, Michael has a uncanny ability to recognize talent most people overlook.

He’s cultivating a stable of up-and-coming (and undiscovered) athletes in multiple sports, and banking on one of them (if not all) making a splash in their respective sports.

Currently, he’s talking with B-Hop‘s business partner to provide PR services for upcoming fights in DC, working with the NJ Golden Gloves, and deals in the works with some of the most widely recognized promoters and fighters in the game today.

Stay tuned for additional posts about ‘The Bad Boy of Boxing’ and the projects he’s working on.

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Is NJ the Future of Boxing?

Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the fight game, you can stop reading now, and rejoin me next time. I’m about to go a lil’ deeper into boxing than you may care about. There’s also this space-time continuum thing as I flip back and forth between two events involving the same people, so stick with me if you can.

Yesterday, I attended the press conference at Global Boxing Gym, for the upcoming Tomasz Adamek versus Michael Grant fight, taking place Saturday, August 21 at the Prudential Center, when I ran into NABF title holder, Maureen Shea.

I had originally met the female boxer from the Bronx at another Global Boxing press conference a few weeks prior. At that time, she told me that she had an upcoming fight in Saratoga Springs, NY.

I joked that if she was really a boxer she needed to (and I quote) “knock a b*tch out” for me.

FYI. Maureen stopped Liliana Martinez at 1:18 in the 3rd with a vicious left hook to the body. Go Moe!

Maureen was one of the many people I met at Main Event‘s press conference announcing the (then) upcoming fight between Zab Judah and Jose Armanda Santa Cruz.

I was the guest of Michael Havaien, Global Boxing’s President and resident speed and agility trainer.

As I sat back, listening to Kathy Duva announce the various boxers, trainers and managers on the dais, I was amazed that boxing had so firmly taken root in New Jersey – in my backyard, and I (like most of us) had been totally unaware.

You (like me) probably have never heard of Global Boxing and don’t know who Maureen Shea is.

To be honest, when it comes to female boxing, all I know is Laila Ali.

But I have three words for you: Million Dollar Baby.

Yes. The Academy award winning film featuring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank.

Apparently, Maureen was Hillary Swank’s trainer for the movie, and she converted the actress into a believable boxer in a few months (which is why most people call her ‘The Real Million Dollar Baby’ – but I digress).

Anyway, in addition to being a guest at the press conference, Maureen also (kinda) trains at Global Boxing, and we talked about the work she was putting in for her (then) upcoming title bout.

As we talked, I learned that she had also filmed an episode of MTV’s Made, where she took a high school ballet dancer and made her tough.

She is also an on-air jock, providing fight commentary on Breathe Boxing Radio.

Considering everything I heard, I was amazed that I had never heard of her.

But I learned quite a few things that day.

For example, Global Boxing (as quite is kept) is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

What didn’t exist over six months ago, is now one of the largest professional boxing and mixed martial arts training facilities in the tri-state area.

Global Boxing’s founder, Mariusz Kolodziej (‘MK’ to his boxing friends) is positioning himself as the premier matchmaker, generating both main events and undercards for his fighters.

At yesterday’s pre-fight conference, I was impressed a the throngs of people packing the room, and Maureen’s quiet acceptance of her new title holder status.

As we talked about Brand Shea (sounds good right? I just made that up) and her plans for the future, she was repeatedly asked to sign autographs or take pictures with fans.

Women, who approached her, complimented her looks. She was rocking a dress by Bebe and a set of pink heels by Sergio Rossi.

And the fellas (and fellow fighters), offered their congratulations.

By the time I left, I vowed to do two things: 1. Get up on my boxing; and 2. let the world know that NJ is about to become the new boxing mecca.

I’d suggest you stay tuned, and see what else comes out of Global Boxing and Maureen Shea.

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