By Lee Bates
Promoter Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions (GSP) turned 65 today though his busy activity is not of someone at retirement age. Shaw is constantly traveling or working on boxing business nearly year round. GSP world champions include Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Vic Darchinyan and Chad Dawson, whom all have scheduled title defenses before year’s end. Shaw celebrated his birthday by doing one of his favorite pastimes. Work! It was business as usual as he spent his birthday putting in a full days work at his headquarters in Totowa, New Jersey.
Shaw told Fightnews what’s on his birthday wish list:
“I wished that on Saturday October 17th Andre Dirrell will capture the world title at 168 pounds, and show the world that he is the best fighter in the Showtime Super Six Tournament and a future superstar. That Yhonny Perez, Antonio DeMarco win their first shots at a world title on October 31 in Las Vegas. I then wished that Alfredo “Perro” Angulo starches Harry Joe Yorgey, and the world figures out that Perro is the next big Mexican star. That “Bad” Chad Dawson defeats Glen Johnson and leaves no doubt in the minds of the writers as to who won the fight and once again proves to the world that he is the single best fighter at 175 pounds in the world. On December 12th my birthday wish is for the “Raging Bull” Vic Darchinyan to knock out Tomas Rojas and defend his WBC and WBA crowns in style. On the same night my wish is for Tim Bradley to show the world that he is the #1 fighter in the 140lb division by knocking out Lamont Peterson in front of his home town fans, and he gets the BIG fight in 2010. To the rest of all my fighters, I wish them all wins on the road to their world titles, and to all my fans, haters, and others, I wish you all good health, happiness, and I hope I’m around next year to give my yearly birthday blessings.”