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Undefeated power-punching middleweight Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (9-0, 9 KOs) returns tonight against fellow unbeaten Aaron “Heavy Metal” Coley (9-0-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout that will be televised on Showtime. Khytrov is one of the most exciting prospects on the scene, stopping all nine of his opponents. “The best time to knock a guy out is in the first two rounds when they aren’t warmed up yet,” said Khytrov. “I tried against (Jorge) Melendez but I couldn’t get him out. I just realized I needed to pace myself for the other six rounds and work the body. It was nice to get those rounds and experience against a tough fighter.
“I know he (Coley) is a pretty hard-hitting southpaw. I assume that he won’t come forward, but maybe he’ll surprise me. He has a few knockouts, but I’m going to watch him, learn and adapt. I faced southpaws in the amateurs. His style won’t give me any issues. I could even switch to a southpaw stance if I need to.” (more…)
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction Weekend is set for June 19, 20 and 21 at the Holiday Inn Westshore in Tampa, Florida.
Here is the lineup of activities:
Friday June 19, 2015
6PM – 7:30PM Meet the Inductees Social
8PM – Amateur Fights
Saturday June 20, 2015
9AM – 4PM Ring talks & demonstrations, memorabilia, book signings, fist casting and a lecture by Enrique Encinosa on “The History of Florida and Carribean Boxing.”
6:30PM – Banquet (Keynote Speaker: James “Smitty” Smith)
SundayJune 21, 2015:
8:30AM – 10:00AM Breakfast with the Inductees
11AM – Formal Induction Ceremony
More information and tickets are available at www.floridaboxinghalloffame.com
By Jerry Glick
Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Highly regarded Danny “Swift” Garcia, looked lean and mean at the final press conference for the big show Saturday night at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center when he steps into the ring to fight Lamont “Havok” Peterson, (33-2-1, 17 KOs).
What does he see happening in that ring after the bell rings?
“I’m going in there and dictate the pace,” said a confident Garcia, (29-0, 17 KOs), who is trained by his Dad, Angel. “And do what Danny Garcia does best, fight this guy at my pace an do what I want to do in there.”
Will he knock him out? “I’m always going for the KO.” How did training go? “We are working smarter and harder, that’s it.” (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
How does Andy Lee feel to finally win a world title? “It feels good,” said the relaxed Irishman, from Limerick, Ireland, at the final press conference for the big show Saturday night. “Satisfying after all these years. I worked hard especially the last two years, and I’m seeing the fruits of that now.”
Lightning keeps striking for Lee with the help of his powerful right hook from his southpaw stance. He has trailed on the scorecards, or been in close fights when suddenly that dynamite that he hides in his fist separates his opponent brain from consciousness. That was how he won the WBO Middleweight title left vacant by the man who he will face in the first defense of the belt this Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, (31-0, 22 KOs). (more…)
He may not be a bluesman out of Texas, but Scotland’s Stevie Ray has seen his share of hard times on the road to Krakow, the site of his first UFC bout this Saturday against Marcin Bandel . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Caesars Palace will host the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s third annual induction dinner/ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8. The silent auction begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner ceremony starts at 7:00. Tickets for the induction dinner will be $300, $175 and $75 and are on sale now. A full weekend of activities are planned. An NVBHOF exhibit will be on display on Friday and Saturday at the property and welcoming party on Friday, August 7. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao intent on “sharing the word of God” after superfight with Floyd Mayweather.
Freddie Roach: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is a battle of “good vs. evil”
Frankie Gavin says he’s got the skills to beat Kell Brook.
Brooklyn’s Heather Hardy is a fighter in and out of the ring.
Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions
Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight semifinals
Razvan Cojanu 255.7 vs. Donovan Dennis 224.2
Lenroy Thomas 235.9 vs. Andrey Fedosov 220.3
Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight semifinals
Vito Gasparyan 153.9 vs. Brandon Adams 155.5
Stanyslav Skorokhod 153.8 vs. John Thompson 154.8
Greg Jackson 147.4 vs. Curtis Morton 145.9
Ed “Tex” Fountain 239.4 vs. Jon Bolden 230
Eric Newell 266 vs. Brandon Spencer 298.8
Ricky Nuno 155 vs. Pat Kehoe 154.2
Mike Liberto 200.4 vs. Darnell Hayes 198.6
Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Promoter: Banner Promotions
1st Bell: 7 PM ET
The May 7 edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ successful new series LA FIGHT CLUB will feature the undefeated Manuel “Tino” Avila (16-0, 7 KOs) from Fairfield, California facing off against Rolly Lunas (34-9-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout at The Belasco Theater and televised live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
In the co-main event Mexicali, Mexico’s Diego De La Hoya (9-0, 6 KOs) will compete in an eight-round featherweight bout. Opening up the telecast, Los Angeles native, Oscar Negrete (8-0, 3KOs) will get in the ring for a six-round super bantamweight bout and Los Angeles fan favorite Nick Arce will be featured in a four round featherweight bout hoping to make air time. Also, Los Angeles rising stars, lightweight Jesus Delgado (4-0-1, 1 KO) and bantamweight newcomer Miguel Alcantara who will make his professional debut, will be featured in separate four-round fights.
By Bob Ryder
Ronnie Austion 143.6 vs Dedrick Bell 142.4
Vernon Paris 153.6 vs Bernardo Guereca 153.6
Ed Williams 148.6 vs Lionel Gimenez 148.6
Nick Givhan TBD vs Eric Palmer TBD
Ja’Rico O’Quinn 118.4 vs Hoy Mack 119
Demetrius Banks 200 vs Dan Kolbasowski 194.8
Robert O’Quinn 147.2 vs Jose Araguz TBD
David Mbah 217.8 vs Karinn Davis 207
Anthony Flagg 165.4 vs Josh Puchala 168.8
Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: AG Promotions (Antonio Gates)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Doors: 6:30 PM
First Bout: 7:30 PM
Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
As Saturday’s fight night rapidly approaches, fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC night of fights held a final press conference Thursday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. PBC on NBC main event bouts at Barclays Center feature undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) facing Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) and the middleweight championship bout between “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) and undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs). The second installment of PBC on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Here are what the fighters had to say at Thursday’s press conference:
Danny Garcia: “I’ve been working on fighting hard, but also smart. I’m going to go in there and dictate the pace and I’m always looking for the knockout. If I can’t knock him out then I’ll be ready to go 12 rounds. It’s always hard making weight, but I’m on weight now. Right now I’m growing into my prime and my body is getting bigger and it’ll be time soon for me to go up in weight.”
Lamont Peterson: “Danny’s talk makes no difference to me. I think I’m even more confident than him and I’ll get the victory Saturday night and that will be that. I looked at a few of Danny’s fights but nothing really stood out to me. I know Danny is a counterpuncher, that’s what he does. We’ve come up with a game plan to stop that.
Andy Lee: “I’m eager to fight and ready to go. I’m feeling very dangerous right now. My ring generalship is one thing, but overall I feel like I have a good idea of what I want to do in the ring. Peter has an idea too, but it’s more moment to moment for him, which can be good as well, when you improvise. I’m more of a guy who will set you up and work to a plan.”
Peter Quillin: “Everyone tune in on April 11 because we’re going to do more than just try to take that belt, we’re going to take that belt because that’s what we do. Andy is the champion of the world but this is the second time I’ve been the challenger to a world champion. I’ve been here before. I know he’s a newly crowned champion so I have nothing bad to say about him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo and Info: Damián Pellechia
Victor Emilio Ramírez 199 vs. Ola Afolabi 198.50
Jonathan Gastón 139.70 vs. Marcos Borda 137.60
Gabriel Durán 151.40 Gabriel Amarilla 150.40
Venue: Estadio Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavidez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
TV: TyC Sports
Ola Afolabi: We just weighed in. Big Beef. Something shady about the gloves. They look like 8 oz, no padding at all. When we asked to wear the same pair he got mad and said no. Btw, he had 4 pairs of them. If there’s nothing wrong, let’s wear the same glove. Don’t matter, I’m gonna put hands on him no matter what I’m wearing.
Photos: Rosie Cohe / Showtime
Frank Galarza 154 vs. Sheldon Moore 153.25
Ievgen Khytrov 161.5 vs. Aaron Coley 160.5
Sergiy Derevyanchenko 163.25 vs. Alan Campa 165
Venue: Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Jessie Magdaleno and Oscar Valdez ready for fights in Laredo this Saturday on “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
World ranked Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico said they are ready for their bouts this Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center that will be telecast nationally by Unimas in the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11:00 p.m. (East/Pacific). Magdaleno (20-0, 15 KOs) will take on John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5 KOs) of the Philippines in the main event scheduled for eight rounds in the super bantamweight division.
“At this point in my career all my fights are very important and I know that I have to be at my best every time I step in the ring. I had an excellent training camp and I am ready to give the fans of Laredo a great fight,” said Magdaleno during the last press conference here in Laredo.
Valdez (15-0, 13 KOs) will take on the roughed Jose Ramirez (25-5-3, 15 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico in an eight round featherweight bout. “This is another test for me. I am fighting a tough and experience guy and I need to stay focus and do the thing that I work during my preparation for this fight. This my seventh fight in the state of Texas and I know I will the support of the fans on Saturday night,” said Valdez. (more…)
The newly formed Texas Boxing Hall of Fame has announced that Dallas boxing legend Dickie Cole will be the first to be enshrined into the organization. The 84-year old Cole will be honored in a ring ceremony during the April 18, HBO Boxing After Dark event at College Park Center, at the University of Texas at Arlington. (more…)
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Denis Lebedev 198.6 vs. Youri Kalenga 198.8
(WBA cruiserweight title)
Eduard Troyanovsky 140 vs. Aik Shakhnazaryan 139.5
Dmitry Kudryashov 200 vs. Francisco Palacios 197.75
Rakhim Chakhkiev 200 vs. Valery Brudov 196.5
Manuel Charr 245 vs. Johann Duhaupas 241
Dmitry Bivol 177 vs. Konstantin Piternov 176
Venue: Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: World Boxing
On Saturday night, April 18 at the GPG Event Center (formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey, heavyweight Chazz Witherpsoon (32-3, 24 KOs) will be in action when he takes on Galen Brown (43-29-1, 25 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10-rounds.
In has last bout, Witherspoon stopped Cory Phelps in two rounds at the GPG Event on January 24. Brown is coming off of a 4-round unanimous decision over John Turlington on March 28 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.
Following reports this morning that WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril has withdrawn from his contracted defense against Derry Mathews on April 18th at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, due to illness, Queensberry Promotions has issued this statement.
We have been made aware of Abril’s withdrawal and are in discussions with the World Boxing Association and representatives of Richar Abril as to the current position of the world title as this is the second time he has withdrawn from this fight with less than two weeks before fight night. We expect to hear from the WBA shortly and will make an announcement through this office. However, we fully expect Mathews to contest a version of the WBA World Championship on Saturday 18th April.
There is currently no WBA “super” lightweight champion. Abril is the WBA “regular” lightweight champion. Darleys Perez is the WBA “interim” lightweight champion. It’s possible that Abril could be stripped. Or he could be named WBA lightweight champion emeritus, which would allow Mathews to fight for the vacant “regular” belt. More will be known shortly.
IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has dismissed a career high offer of £1.5 million from Matchroom Sport to fight WBA “regular” champion Scott Quigg as a “publicity stunt.”
Quigg responded to Frampton, “So £1.5m is not enough nor is 60-40 to the winner of the ‘millions’ you say from OUR broadcaster? Do you even want this fight?”
Meanwhile, Gary Hyde, manager of WBA/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, called on the Quigg camp to fight Rigo instead. “This fight can be signed and sealed today. Let’s get it on Eddie. Flash one of them cheques to us and we got a fight.
“Rigo would fight Quigg AND Frampton for $1.5m US dollars.”
WBO #14 ranked Heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KOs) will face Donovon Dennis (11-1, 9 KOs) of Davenport, Iowa this Friday at the Sands Casino Resort, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in one of the eight round semi-finals of the Boxcino heavyweight tournament. ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will air the fight card.
The Southern California-based Romanian Cojanu defeated a very game and unbeaten Ed Fountain in his last fight. Dennis, like Fountain, is a southpaw so Cojanu continued on with lefty sparring as was the case in his last training camp. Cojanu was very committed to the body his last fight but vows to display more variety this time around. Namely taking advantage of his nearly 6’8 height. (more…)
Pawel Pawlak’s confidence is not wavering in the slightest heading into the UFC’s first event in Poland this Saturday, not even with the prospect of a main card slot in his home country against Sheldon Westcott coming on the heels of the first loss of his pro career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has dismissed a career high offer of £1.5 million from Matchroom Sport to fight Scott Quigg. According to Frampton in his newspaper column, the £1.5 million flat fee is a lot of money, but “the real winner of this fight in monetary terms will be Scott Quigg and Matchroom Sport. Now, it doesn’t seem fair that the legitimate World Champion should travel to the challenger’s backyard, under his team’s terms and fight for considerably less money than him, does it?”
Frampton also said he’s in the driver’s seat, not Quigg. “The bottom line is, without me Scott Quigg has very little options. Without Scott Quigg I have many. I would be very happy to continue my career in front of millions on ITV, with big paydays and perhaps a debut in the USA. However, I really would love to silence Quigg, his team and the hundreds of fans that follow him once and for all. So please, the next time you make an offer, make it a realistic one.”
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Trainer Freddie Roach cancels Pacquiao sparring session to prevent overtraining
A century before nixing MMA, New York debated boxing
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
While Western people enjoyed Easter holidays, we saw no less than nine shows in Japan—two in Tokyo, six in Osaka and one in Kokura. This reporter hereby describes just important results as there were many preliminary bouts that only our fight fans might pay attention to.
OSAWA FINISHES INDONESIAN CHAMP BLADER
Former OPBF feather champ, WBA world-rated Hiroshige Osawa (27-3-4, 16 KOs), 126, finally demolished a durable Indonesian interim champ Arief Blader (20-16-1), 126, at 2:25 of the ninth round on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Osawa’s vicious body shot after fast combinations to the face was a haymaker. (more…)
Photos: HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) today hosted a media workout in San Antonio in advance of his face-off against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®. In attendance were James Kirkland’s trainers, Bay Bay McClinton and Rick Morones and Leija*Battah Promotions’ Mike Battah in addition to Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija.
Texas fighters featured in the non-televised undercard for May 9 were also at today’s media workout including James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija; Austin’s Curtis Meeks (9-1-2, 3 KOs), San Antonio’s Cresencio Ramos (2-0, 1 KO), Cut and Shoot, Texas’s light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (23-3, 18 KOs), Houston lightweight Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs), and San Antonio’s Joseph Rodriguez (8-0, 2 KOs), all participated in the media workout. (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens/Top Rank
World ranked Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and up and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico have arrived in Laredo, Texas for their bouts this Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center that will be telecast by Unimas on the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11:00 p.m. (East/Pacific).
Magdaleno (20-0, 15 KOs) will take on John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5 KOs) of the Philippines in the main event scheduled for eight rounds in the super bantamweight division.
“I feel that I am very close to fighting for a world championship and want to get the win and look good to show everyone that I ready to challenge for a world title,” said Magdaleno during a media workout here in Laredo.
Valdez (15-0, 13 KOs) will take on the tough Jose Ramirez (25-5-3, 15 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico in an eight round featherweight bout. (more…)
Photos by Joel Colon/PRBBP
Two warriors of the countries with most boxing tradition faces this Saturday, April 11, when the Mexican Orlando “Siri” Salido defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt against former two time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, from Puerto Rico, in “The War”, that will be held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer and will be broadcast on Pay Per View in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
The Salido-Martínez clash mark a new chapter in the world battles between Mexico and Puerto Rico, well-known in world boxing history and also this is the return of world boxing at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, which had as its most recent show on July, 2010, when Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez beat the Filipino Bernabe Concepcion with a second round KO. (more…)
WBA #4/WBC #7 super lightweight contender Amir Imam (16-0, 14 KOs) will aim to move one step closer to a world title opportunity when he makes his second start of 2015 against fellow power-puncher Walter Castillo (25-2, 18 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature of Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime April 18. In the main event from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) faces exciting brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), of Chicago by way of Poland, in a 12-round light heavyweight bout. “I know Walter is a tough fighter, he comes forward and throws a lot of punches,” Imam said. “But I will figure him out quickly once I get inside the ring. I’m working on a lot of different things for this training camp, lots of tricky moves that are going to excite the fans. It’s great to fight outdoors at StubHub Center and to showcase my talents on Showtime. I’m here to entertain and prove I’m ready for that title shot.”
Text and pictures: Przemek Garczarczyk
“What kind of sparring partners I had in my camp before the Chavez fight? Guys with big balls, who are not afraid to mix it up. Just like Jr.,” said Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview just 10 days before his April 18 Showtime-televised bout against former WBC super middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KOs).
It’s a quiet training camp in Chicago. There’s more behind the scenes stuff from you than from Chavez Jr., but you’ve never been a big fan of this all pre-fight media noise anyway…
Winning counts – nothing else. I’m fighting for my supporters of course, but press conferences and interviews aren’t my thing. I don’t need extra motivation. Being in the ring, fighting – that’s what drives me. (more…)
Everything is always bigger in Texas and that will certainly be the case when it comes to the undercard of one of the most anticipated fights of the year, Canelo vs. Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday, May 9. Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs), 2012 U.S Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) and top contender Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) will headline the non-televised undercard. In addition, some of Texas’ top talent will be featured on the card as well including the professional debut of welterweight James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija.
In the previously announced main event of the evening, Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will face off against Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), and former three-time world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) will battle unbeaten star Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) in the co-main event, both set to air live on HBO World Championship Boxing ® starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
Photo courtesy WBC
Norwegian undisputed female welterweight world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus today announced a new management and representation consortium including IMG and K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group (KMG), Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing promotional and management companies. Brækhus’ own promotion and management companies, First Lady Promotions (FLP) and First Lady Sport (FLS), will work alongside IMG and K2 Promotions / KMG.
Brækhus, 33, currently holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously. The consortium will work together to arrange and promote fights inside and outside of Norway, and optimise her media profile and sponsorship opportunities.
The Norwegian parliament has only recently reinstated boxing as a legal sport in Norway, paving the way for Brækhus to fight in her homeland for the very first time. The sport was banned in January 1982. (more…)
Local favorites and Top-10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan will headline an action-packed boxing card to be televised live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET – on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against one-time world title challenger Michel Soro of France. Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian Cleiton Conceição from Brazil.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro / Monaghan vs. Conceicao boxing event will go on sale This Friday! April 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center’s box office beginning Monday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.
“It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown fans,” said Tapia. “Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming.”
“I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on tru-TV,” said Monaghan. “I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the world why I really deserve a world title shot.” (more…)
In his Dail Mail column, promoter Eddie Hearn says if no fight is made between WBA super bantam champ Scott Quigg and IBF counterpart Carl Frampton, he’s already had talks with Nonito Donaire and Kiko Martinez as the July 18 opponent for Quigg. However Frampton is first choice. “Carl Frampton just has to turn up, fight Scott Quigg and earn £1.5 million,” said Hearn.
Hearn also stated that IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook will likely fight May 30 in London, possibly defending against Frankie Gavin.
As for heavyweight Anthony Joshua, following Joshua’s May 30 fight with Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, Hearn dropped the names of Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, David Price, Tyson Fury and David Haye. “I’d expect those fights to be ticked off in the next 12 months,” said Hearn.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #8, WBA #10 heavyweight Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) has been sparring with IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in South Florida and has apparently held his own against the heavyweight champion who defends the championship on April 22 against Bryant Jennings in New York City. “It doesn’t get any better,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said. “There are lots of big men in the heavyweight division but Klitschko happens to be the very best of them. Joe’s still very much a work in progress. Klitschko and his team have been very complimentary. It’s a huge experience. It’s every bit as much of an experience as I thought it would have been for Joe. We’ve come a long way in the last two years and taken some pretty big steps.” Parker’s opponent for June in New Zealand is still TBA. He and Barry will head back to Las Vegas next week for six more weeks of training before heading home.
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