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Photos: Marianne Müller
Below are action shots from Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” card at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, featuring the WBO interim cruiserweight world title clash between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Alexander Alekseev, plus the WBC/WIBF female featherweight war between champion Ina Menzer and Esther Schouten. Simply click the picture to get started.
2008 US Olympian Shawn Estrada will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Douglas E. Garland of the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine will perform the surgery for what is described as a decompression of the subacromial space. Dr. Garland expects the operation to be a complete success and that Estrada should be able to resume training within ninety days after the procedure. Estrada, who was scheduled to fight on January 24 in Minnesota and again on February 6 as the opening bout on Showtime’s ShoBox series at the Tachi Palace, will undergo rehab at Southern California Center for Sports Medicine. He is scheduled to return to the ring in April 2009.
“The Dancing Destroyer” will be back at the North Sea on March 6th. Herbie Hide will return to the Kugelbake-Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany, for his WBC Final Eliminator against Matt Godfrey. In his last fight on November 18th, Hide won an unexpectedly hard fought unanimous decision over Polish journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz. “I was sick at that time and could not show my real power and speed”, says Herbie. “That’s why I am very happy that I can go back to Cuxhaven and show the people there the real “Dancing Destroyer”. I will get rid of Godfrey in style to go on and become cruiserweight champion of the world.” (more…)
After a successful five-year run at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Joe Hand Promotions, Inc., is returning to the Legendary Blue Horizon, on Friday evening, March 6. Unbeaten prospect Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, PA, will headline the card in a defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. “We’re going back to our roots,” said promoter J Russell Peltz. “I have a lot of wonderful memories of the Blue Horizon, beginning when I first went there to watch a fight as a junior in high school in and through all those years promoting there, beginning with my first one in 1969.” (more…)
Former European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester will have his first fight under the guidance of Karsten Rower on February 28 when he takes on Gaetano Nespro for the WBA International middleweight title at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. In the co-featured main event, European super middleweight champion Karo Murat defends against former world champion Cristian Sanavia in a rematch. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
South Philadelphia’s Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs) will face Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), of Lafayette, Indiana in the ten round light heavyweight main event on Saturday, January 31, at South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also featured is up and coming Dennis Hasson (5-0, 2 KOs), who hails from the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Hasson will face Michael Rayner (6-10, 5 KOs), of Lumberton, North Carolina in a six round super middleweight bout. Another local unbeaten, Anthony Ferrante, 4-0, with 1 KO, of North Philadelphia, will face South Carolina’s Robert Dunton (6-3, 5 KOs), in a six round cruiserweight match. The show is being promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two crushing stoppages were the highlights of the Left Hook Boxing card on Saturday at the ABC Sports Arena in Springfield, VA. In the main event, Caroline, VA cruiserweight Adam “The Real Deal” Seal scored a punishing second-round TKO over Terry “T-Brick” Roy of Front Royal, VA. The co-feature saw 18-year-old welterweight Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA score a devastating first-round TKO over veteran Edward “Nucky” Anderson of Richmond. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres passed away at the age of 72 this morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico. An Olympic silver medalist in 1956, Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs) knocked out Willie Pastrano in March 1965 to take the WBC and WBA light heavyweight world championship, which he defended three times. After retiring in 1969, he served as television commentator, journalist, author, and became chairman of the NY State Boxing Commission as well as President of the WBO. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Fightnews.com sends our sympathies to Jose’s family and many friends.
Story by Matt Richardson
New York boxing fans remember the time well, unfortunately.
There was a period from the end of the former decade to the beginning of the current one where it seemed as if nothing could go right when it came to boxing in “The Big Apple.” . . . Click here for more
Story by Felipe Leon
There is nothing more that Robert “Ghost” Guerrero (22-1-1, 15 KOs) would like to do more than to forget the year 2008. His seventh year as a prize fighter got off to a good start, with the second successful defense of his IBF featherweight title—an exciting eighth round knock out over popular Jason Litzau on national television . . . Click here for more
Story by Chris Cozzone
After two fights with Mary Jo Sanders, one out of town, one not, New Mexico’s top boxing draw Holly Holm returns home Friday night to headline another show at Isleta Resort & Casino. Holm, 22-1-3 (6 KOs), will put one of her several straps on the line—the WIBA welterweight title—in a ten-rounder against former jr. welterweight champ Myriam Lamare, 16-2 (9 KOs), of Marseille, France . . . Click here for more
By Dennis Principe
Gerry Penalosa will have his own stab at boxing glory by facing super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez behind enemy lines. Interviewed by DZSR’s “Sports Chat” Monday morning hosted by this writer, Lopez’ promoter Ivan Rivera revealed they have already agreed on an April 25 date, possibly at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa meanwhile is set to take a tune-up fight on February 21 in Cebu by facing Mexican German Meraz. In a separate interview Penalosa said he has accepted every detail of the offer and is now awaiting for the contract to formalize his second shot at the world super bantamweight crown. Listen to the interview with Ivan Rivera
By Matt Richardson
While 2009 is not yet a month old, the schedule for boxing in New York is bound to keep local boxing fans busy. With fights scheduled as far away as August, the boxing scene in “The Big Apple” is robust and looks to stay that way for the remainder of the year.
This Friday, January 23rd, boxing will return to the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Long Island, New York in a card promoted by Bob Duffy. Then, on February 3rd, in the first of what is hoped to be a monthly series, the legendary Gleason’s Gym will promote a card at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn featuring flyweight Rafael Concepcion versus former title-holder Kermin Guardia and unbeaten cruiserweight Ahmed Samir versus Jerry Spiegel. (more…)
The second Universum-Champions-Night of 2009 saw two great world championship battles. In front of 4000 fans at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ina Menzer scored an exciting unanimous decision victory over tough Esther Schouten. In the co-feature, Dusseldorf witnessed a stunning upset, as Spotlight Boxing’s Alexander Alekseev felt short in a bid for the WBO interim cruiserweight title against underdog Victor Emilio Ramirez from Argentina. On the undercard, Gennady Golovkin scored a impressive first round TKO.
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By Robert Coster
The Irish boxing scene is on a high at the beginning of this new year with an exciting slew of boxers attracting eagers fans and ambitious plans by the indefatigable Irish promoter Brian Peters, assisted by his dynamic matchmaker Tomas Rohan. The standard bearer of Irish boxing is of course junior featherweight contender Bernard Dunne (27-1,14 KOs) the most popular Irish battler at the moment. Dunne has rebounded well from a surprising loss to Spaniard Kiko Martinez in September of 2007 and is said to be nearing a title shot which, if it happens, will likely be in Ireland, an event which promises to fire up Irish boxing fans. (more…)
By Craig Watt
The father and manager of Ricky “The Hitman Hatton” told the UK Guardian newspaper, “We won’t be messed around!” in the on-going discussions with Team Pacquiao concerning their planned May 2nd mega bout. He stated, “We have the offer of another massive fight in the summer, in the British Isles, which would bring a crowd of 80,000 or more,” said Ray Hatton. “We are extremely serious in our threat that we will pull the plug on Pacquiao and go for that alternative if that contract is not signed. We will not be messed around.” Many people are speculating that this summer bout mention by Ricky’s father could be the return and re-match of “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is estimated that both Pacquiao and Hatton could earn $10-20m for a potential fight, and although no one disputes Pacquiao’s position as the “pound for pound” champion, Team Hatton have pointed to the vast army of fans that will travel to the live gate in the US and the additional UK PPV income that could see in excess of 1.0m buys, alone generating several million additional dollars to the main US PPV market. With the clock now ticking for the final negotations, this should be a key week in deciding whether one of the most anticipated fights of 2009 will take place.
By Eugene Carnachan
Heavyweights Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (22 -1, 19 KOs) and David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) have agreed to fight later on this year. Both have signed contracts with promotions company Duco. Ian Fraser, one time head of Television New Zealand, has joined forces with Duco to squeeze as much revenue out of the fight that’s being called “The Fight of the Century”. Tua still holds the honor of bringing in the most viewers to a sporting event in New Zealand history. Over one million New Zealanders tuned in to see his failed attempt to dethrone long time champ Lennox Lewis. Duco have yet to set out a venue and date and both Cameron and Tua are both expected to have tune-up bouts, so in all likelihood their showdown will take place around July or August. (more…)
Middleweight Hector Camacho, Jr. (48-3, 27 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Sammy “Silk” Sparkman (20-18, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rock Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Camach dropped Sparkman in round five and rocked Sparkman numerous times, but the veteran Sparkman made it to the final bell. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. After the fight, Camacho called for a showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “The fans want it,” he said. “It would be a historic fight. I want to get revenge for my father. It makes too much sense not to happen!” The card in Kissimmee was promoted by Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing.
Report by Brady Crytzer
In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
Round one witnessed Henderson begin by working the legs of Franklin with hard kicks. The former Olympian backed Franklin into the cage with a hard punch that just missed and the men slipped to the floor. In the top position, Henderson blasted the former UFC champion with hard punches. Once he created some space, Franklin began to hammer the midsection of his opponent with hard body kicks. Always a workhorse, Franklin showed tremendously quick footwork and really pushed the pace . . . . click here for full report and photo gallery
Two time world champion Jose Luis Castillo stopped James Wayca in the second round in Mexicali in front of a near sellout crowd at the Fex Palenque. Castillo (58-9-1, 48 KOs) dropped Wayca (17-8, 7 KOs) in round one and finished him a round later with a hook to the body. “I felt very loose in this fight,” stated Castillo. “I wanted to please the public and was hoping for a little more from my opponent, but I got him good with that hook and he couldn’t get up. I’m on my way back to the top!”
In other action, Ricardo Dominguez (26-4-2, 16 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (27-4, 15 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 79-73 and 80-71.
By Emmanuel Mlundwa
Bantamweight Mbwana Matumla (18-3, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous twelve round decision over Francis Miyeyusho (23-8-2, 12 KOs) to claim the International Circuit Boxing (ICB) title in Saturday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Matumla knocked down Miyeyusho in round six en route to a 119-116, 118-115, 119-116 win.
UFC 93 results by Brady Crytzer
In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Round one saw the former Olympic wrestler Henderson win the opening round by taking his opponent down and controlling him from the top position. The second round saw Franklin push the pace on the feet and use a long southpaw jab to keep Henderson at bay. The final round was a slugfest in which came to a screeching halt when Franklin was accidentally poked in the eye. Judges scorecards read 30-27 in favor of Franklin and 29-28 twice in favor of the winner Dan Henderson.
In the UFC 93’s co feature, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earned his first UFC victory stopping Mark “The Hammer” Coleman in the final round with a hard four punch combination. As the fight wound down, both fighters were terribly exhausted. The 44 year old Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame last August.
On the undercard: Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Rousimar Palhares soundly defeated Jeremy Horn over three round to earn a unanimous decision; In a highly anticipated middleweight showdown, Alan “The Talent” Belcher scored a wild upset submitting the internationally recognized MMA superstar Denis Kang with a tight guillotine choke in the second round at 4:36; Thought to be a possible fight of the night candidate, welterweight Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis scored a razor thin split decision over Chris “Lights Out” Lytle in a true slugfest, scorecards reading 29-28 x 3; John Hathaway defeated Thomas Egan despite heavy hometown support in the opening round with elbows from the top position, with an official time of 4:36 of round one; In his welterweight debut Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann scored a second round TKO over Alexandre Barros; Jiu jitsu ace Eric Schafer stopped Antonio Mendes in the first round with punches from the mount; In a light heavyweight contest, Tomasz Drwal stopped Ivan Serati at 2:02 of round one with hard punches from the top position; and lightweight Denis Siver started the night off with a bang knocking out Nate Mohr with a spinning back kick at 3:27 of the third round.
By Damien St. Pierre at ringside
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) barely got by former WBA champ Luis Collazo (29-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Collazo got off to an excellent start against Berto as both fighters met at close quarters. After Berto was deducted a point for holding in round four, Berto started boxing from the outside in round five and had a few good rounds. Collazo got a second wind in rounds nine and ten, but Berto closed the fight strong to pull it out. Scores were 116-111, 114-113, 114-113.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (3-0, 3 KOs) pummeled Darion Moss (0-3), knocking Moss through the ropes to end it at 1:53 of round two.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Brad Austin (8-6, 5 KOs). Austin was down once in each once in each round before the bout was waved off at the 1:09 mark.
U.S. Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali needed just 1:42 to destroy Ricky Thompson (1-5) in his highly anticipated pro debut. A right hook dropped Thompson, who beat the count but couldn’t continue due to a suspected broken eardrum.
Junior welter Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) stopped a game and determined Derrick Moon (13-26-1, 3 KOs) at 2:31 of round six.
Unbeaten super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (8-0, 4 KOs) won a clear but competitive six-round unanimous decision over Richmond Dalphone (0-5-2). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
In the first huge shocker of 2009, highly touted cruiserweight hope Alexander Alekseev was stopped by unknown Argentinian Victor Emilio Ramirez after nine hard-fought rounds for the WBO interim cruiserweight title in front of 4000 excited fans on Saturday at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany. Alekseev started well, keeping the distance and outboxing Ramirez in the first couple rounds. The Argentinian, however, managed to get some hard shots in at times while marching forward with bulldog-like aggression. The tide turned in the sixth when Alekseev got caught by some big body shots and was wobbled. The Russian came back in the seventh with a body shot himself that stunned Ramirez. Afterwards, it was the Argentinian who bullrushed Alekseev around the ring and connected with hard shots in the eight before wobbling the Spotlight fighter around the ring in the ninth, scoring with huge shots that had Alekseev out of his feet. The Russian was not able to get the momentum back and was almost down at the end of the round, eating punches in bunches. After the ninth, the corner of the Russian decided it was enough and threw in the towel, making it a tenth round TKO victory for the underog Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez. Suffering his first career loss, Alekseev falls to 16-1. Scoring the big upset, Ramirez moves to 14-1 with 12 KOs, capturing the WBO interim belt. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Several hundred fans traveled through the bitter cold, with temperatures reaching the single digits on Friday noght, to witness a highly entertaining five-bout card at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, PA. In the main event of the card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Xtreme Productions, welterweight prospect Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs) proved once again he is ready to take the step back into a national picture with a well fought unanimous decision victory over dangerous veteran Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor(13-20-3, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten southpaw, WBC#14/WBA#13 Yoshimitsu Yashiro (21-0-2, 12 KOs), 129.75, very barely kept his Japanese national super-feather belt as he survived a couple of visits to the deck and desperately dominated the last two sessions down the stretch to be awarded a split draw (95-95, 94-94 and 94-96 against him) with mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (15-2-1, 13 KOs), 130, over furiously hard-fought ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Featherweight Orlando Cruz remained undefeated Friday night with a devastating fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Leonilo Miranda on ShoBox: The New Generation. Cruz improved to 16-0-1 while Miranda fell to 24-1. The tripleheader on SHOWTIME began with an impressive performance from 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. Making his professional debut, the talented 126-pounder defeated Antonio Reyes by TKO at 0:21 of the third round. In the second fight of the telecast, Marvin Quintero out-performed Nick Casal, who threw the towel in after the third round. The event, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, took place at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Okla. (more…)
Amateur sensation Sadam Ali is set to make his highly anticipated pro debut this Saturday night in Biloxi, Mississippi on the under card of the Berto-Collazo World Championship fight. Fans are in for an extra treat in Biloxi as the energetic and extremely talented fighter sets out to make his mark as a pro boxer. “We are happy to add Olympian Sadam Ali to our Saturday night show at the Beau Rivage,” said show promoter Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment. “It should be a great fight.”
Putting on 20 pounds is usually a cause for concern. In Rich Franklin’s case, it may have given his career a new spark after losing twice to Anderson Silva . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™ to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com
Former European flyweight champion Ivan Pozo (30-5-1, 19 KOs) regained the vacant belt with an eight round technical decision over Cristophe Rodrigues (15-15-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Pabellon As Travesas inVigo, Spain. After six competitive rounds, the fighters clashed heads in the seventh cutting Vigo over the eye. Vigo’s corner was unable to stop the blood and after round eight the bout was stopped and sent to the scorecards. Pozo will next face Andrea Sarritzu of Italy. The card was the first of 2009 for Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000.
Undefeated featherweight Orlando Cruz (16-0-1, 7 KOs) scored an explosive one-punch fifth round knockout of world rated previously unbeaten KO artist Leonilo Miranda (24-1, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The favored Miranda pressed the action early and showed great power during a huge round three. Southpaw Cruz, however, weathered that storm and two rounds later he ended the fight with a punishing straight left hand that leveled Miranda for the count. Time was :39. Miranda is rated #5 by the WBA and #8 by the WBC.
In a brutal and highly entertaining fight, lightweight Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) outslugged Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) during three violent rounds. Casal opted to stay on his stool after round three. Very impressive performance by Quintero.
2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. successfully made his pro debut with a third round TKO over Antonio Reyes (3-3) in a 126-pound match. Russell looked good as he dropped Reyes in round two, and referee Steve Smogar stopped the fight 21 seconds into round three.
One day before Vic Darchinyan risks his IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight belts against former world champion Jorge Arce on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward will defend his NABO super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry Buchanan on Friday, Feb. 6, on ShoBox The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The ShoBox event, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will originate from The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, Calif. (more…)
Former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez (29-7, 16 KOs) won an upset unanimous decision over James McGirt Jr (19-2-1, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight bout on Friday night at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Hernandez pressured the busier McGirt throughout the bout and was awarded with a 96-94, 96-94, 96-95 win. The bout was originally announced as a majority decision, due to a mistake in the addition on one of the cards. The McGirt camp was furious with the scoring.
In the main event, jr middleweight Eromosele Albert (22-2-1, 10 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over late sub Germaine Sanders (27-7, 17 KOs). Scores were 100-90 on all cards. Alvbert was originally slated to face ex-world champion Carlos Quintana.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs) will be back in action on January 31 when he clashes with Corey Williams (7-9-2, 4 KOs) at the Albany Fair Grounds in Laramie, Wyoming. Also boxing on the undercard will be Mia St John (45-9-2, 18 KOs) who will meet Veronica Mahling (2-2, 2 KOs) in a exhibition bout. St John, 40 years of age, born Mia Rosales, resides in Oxnard, California. Morrison won the WBO heavyweight title by outpointing George Foreman in 1993. He is scheduled to be in Melbourne, Australia on April 17 for KO to Aids Fundraiser which is being organised by Australian promoter Peter Maniatis.
IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell is ready to move up to 140 pounds and challenge Ricky Hatton if the “Hitman” doesn’t come to terms with Manny Pacquaio. Having read FightNews for the past two weeks regarding the financial squabbling between the Pacquaio and Hatton camps, Campbell has released the following exclusive statement:
“I have been following the little drama between Hatton and Pac regarding their money dispute. Negotiating is one thing, but it should have at least some appearance of common sense. So I don’t blame Ricky one bit if he dumps that fight. And I hear his pops has a deal for a fight in the British Isles or something in the summer already lined up. Well let me just say this. If they can wait till after Feb 28 to make a decision about their opponent, then I hope they will keep my name in the mix. Its no secret that I am pulling for Marquez in his fight with Diaz on Feb 28, because I think there’s a legitimate chance of making a fight between me and Juan Manuel. Its also no secret that I truly believe that Willie Savannah will never put Juan Diaz anywhere near me again, regardless of whatever junk he says to the media. So if Diaz happens to pull off a win on Feb 28, then I will have some free time before my WBO mandatory (with Barrera or whoever) is due, and would be more than happy to come up and fight Ricky at 140 in England, the British Isles, or even at his momma’s house. And I understand and respect Hatton’s drawing power in the UK, and I never make negotiations a problem. Not to mention, it would be a helluva fight. So to Ricky I would say that if you end up dumping the Pac fight, then Hatton – Campbell is a pretty good bad Plan B. And before 100 people email me about how I am overlooking my fight with Funeka, well that’s just not true. I am preparing for Funeka as if my entire career is on the line, because it is, and because Funeka and the fans deserve that of me. But that certainly doesn’t mean I can’t take a minute or two here and there to think about what lies ahead.”
IBF/WBO Lightweight Champion
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