Report and photo by Bob Ryder
Don King and Vernon Paris’ long time adviser Carlos Llinas have announced that Detroit’s “Iceman” has signed a promotional deal with the DKP. In an exclusive phone call to fightnews.com, Paris wasted no time expressing his excitement with the arrangement and his desire to take on the best in the 140 pound division without further delay.
“I’m so excited I can barely talk” exclaimed Paris. “I am ready to take on anyone at 140 and soon 147 as well and Don is going to make it happen for me. There is no one in those divisions that I can’t beat.” Paris was calling out everyone at the top of those weight classes but seemed to have special interest in two of the champs, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley. “Khan’s running from me, moving to 147” challenged the undefeated Paris. “I have a personal shout out to Timothy Bradley as well. I will knock him out. We talked and were all friendly down at Kronk (when Bradley did some training at the gym in preparation for Devon Alexander) but this is business and I picked up some things I can use to beat either him or Alexander right now!”
King proclaimed that Paris will be boxing’s next superstar and also was ready to have his new charge take everyone on. “We can make it a Battle Royal, Vernon will beat them all!” Don also had a message for folks in Detroit. With the city’s unemployment at high levels and jobs on everyone’s agenda, King expressed plans to revitalize hope and progress through his fighter. “We are coming to Detroit to fight for the people. Vernon Paris can raise awareness of what is going on in the Motor City and help to get his city going again. It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Of course no discussion about fights at 140 or 147 pounds can exclude Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. Carlos Llinas proclaimed that the Grand Rapids native has to step aside as the top dog from the state of Michigan. “Vernon Paris is the best from the state and we would be happy to prove it by fighting Floyd right now”. Paris elaborated further by comparing his chances based on Floyd’s showing against Victor Ortiz. “Everyone knew going on that Floyd would beat Ortiz. I’m at a different level than Ortiz with my speed and movement and I’m ready to show it to the world.”
With King, Paris,and Llinas calling anyone and everyone out there was no clear indication who specifically would be Vernon’s next opponent. With this new arrangement however, Paris should soon get his opportunity to back up his talk with in ring action against some of the games best.