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Jesse Hart looking for a knockout against another famous son

Jesse Hart looking for a knockout against another famous son

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./Top Rank Super middleweight prospect Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 17-0, 14 KOs, the son of ...

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WBO #1 light heavy Bösel headlines Sept 19

WBO #1 light heavy Bösel headlines Sept 19

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (19-0, 6 KOs) faces Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (18-4, 6 KOs) from ...

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Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two ...

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Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), ...

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Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when ...

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Boxing News

Arreola slims down

Photo: Goossen Tutor

A slimmed down and solid Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, who is on target to enter the Home Depot Center boxing ring on Saturday night, May 14 in Carson, CA at his lowest weight in four years. “Right now I’m training very hard,” said the former #1-ranked world contender about his upcoming 10-round fight with Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) as the co-featured bout underneath the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final contest between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham. “I’m looking more to showing than talking; at least until after the fight,” said the normally ‘sound bite’ machine who ballooned up to a career high of 263 pounds in 2009.

The “re-dedication of Arreola” started when he and his longtime trainer Henry Ramirez trekked down to the Houston, TX training center run by Ronnie Shields to prepare for an ESPN2 main event on January 28, 2011. For the first time in eight fights, Arreola came in under 250-pounds for that bout. And now Arreola is back in Riverside hard at work with Ramirez for his upcoming bout. So what was Arreola’s motivation for re-dedicating himself? “I hate to lose,” he said.



May 2nd, 2011


Boxing News

New headliner in Hato Rey, PR

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo will not see action this Friday in the second edition of the new PR Best boxing series “A Puño Limpio”, to be held in the Pedrin Zorrilla Coliseum in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Oquendo (20-2, 13 KOs) was to defend his NABO belt against Thomas “KO” Snow (14-1, 9 KOs), but had to pull out due to an ankle injury. Former amateur world flyweight champion McWilliams Arroyo (7-1, 6 KOs) will be the new headliner on the WAPA 2/WAPA America telecast.



May 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

JC Gomez out of Prizefighter

Heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament in London due to visa issues. He will be be replaced by Lucian Bot. It was also announced that Kerston ‘Warrior’ Manswell will replace Fres Oquendo.

Revised Prizefighter International Heavyweights Draw
Quarter-final one: Mike Perez vs Kerston Manswell
Quarter-final two: Kevin Johnson vs Gregory Tony
Quarter-final three: Michael Sprott vs Tye Fields
Quarter-final four: Lucian Bot vs Konstantin Airich



May 2nd, 2011

Feature Story

Mosley ready for anything

Richardson: "Pacquiao may come to box"

Fightnews spoke Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) trainer Nazim Richardson prior to his departure for Las Vegas, Nevada along with the rest of team Mosley. Mosley will fight Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) this Saturday May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Richardson said he wouldn’t be suprised at all if Pacquiao was looking to outbox Mosley instead of seeking out a slugfest. Should that be the case Richardson says he has Mosley well prepared.

“People should not automatically think that Pacquiao will just come straight at Shane and go toe to toe,” said Richardson. “Honestly I can see Pacquiao using a lot of movement against Shane and I have a gameplan in place for that should he do so. A lot of people don’t understand how hard of a puncher Shane Mosley is. So much so that he changes opponents original strategies once he hits them clean. A prime example was the Mosley-Miguel Cotto fight. Cotto started out aggressive but once he was hit solid he switched to boxing. It would really be impressive if Shane was able to beat Pacquiao by decision. Pacquiao because of his aggressive nature leaves openings where a knockout could present itself but to beat him by decision means you would have to control him for the better part of 12 rounds.”



May 2nd, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A: Daryl Peoples

Photo: Rafael Horta

By Robert Coster

IBF President Daryl Peoples, accompanied by IBF PR Director Jeannette Salazar and USBA Judge Joe Garcia, paid a visit over the weekend to the Dominican Republic where they witnessed a local boxing card. Fightnews sat down with Peoples to discuss the reasons behind his trip to the Caribbean island and the future plans of the IBF in the region. (more…)



May 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Omar Estrella update

Photo: Team Estrella

After finishing up his duties as chief sparring partner for not only Marvin “Chachorro” Quintero and current WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto earlier this year, super featherweight Omar Estrella (15-3-2, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, MX, is in full preparation mode for his first fight of the year on Saturday, May 28th in Mazatlan, Mexico. Estrella will face the tough Sergio “Mickey” Lopez (12-3, 8 KOs) of Ensenada, MX, in a scheduled ten round contest set as the semi-main event of the night. The fight card will be presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino Promotions. (more…)



May 2nd, 2011

Boxing Result

Ramadan defeats George

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Unbeaten IBF female bantamweight champion Susie Ramadan (21-0, 8 KOs) scored a decision over Sarah George (1-3,1KO) in a ten round non title bout at the Calabria Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. Ramadan captured the IBF world crown in February 2011 when she scored a shutout ten round decision over Terri Lynn Cruz of the USA. In main supporting bout classy lightweight Diana Prazak (6-1, 5 KOs) stopped Eilleen Forest in round one. Promoter Sam Brizzi. Click here for more photos…



May 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Zanfer goes 6 for 6 in April

Zanfer Promotions had a huge April in which its fighters were successful in six out of six world title bouts. “This is the result of a lot of work which we all do here at Zanfer, from the office to the gyms, the ring, all of it is the result of great team work which has to do with great planning, organization and trust in our people and to give them opportunities,” Fernando Beltran, President of Zanfer Promotions, stated. Beltran has been at the helm of the promotional company for sixteen years. (more…)



May 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Dargan back in action

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Unbeaten lightweight prospect Karl Dargan (8-0, 5 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in exactly one year this Saturday. Dargan will fight on the non-televised undercard of the Shane Mosley/Manny Pacquaio PPV event in a six round lightweight bout. Dargan is the cousin of Nazim Richardson who trains Mosley. Dargan had a very extensive and successful international amateur career and is looking to excel to the next level in the pro ranks.

Pacquiao vs. Mosley will take place May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions,Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View



May 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

WV2 in Vegas

Photo: All Star Boxing

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. has just landed in Las Vegas.



May 1st, 2011

Full Report

Thepparith-Francisco Report/Gallery

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Pisit Jeojan/Kokiet Groups Promotion

WBA #4 Thepparith Singwancha (16-2, 10 KOs) exceeded the expectations of the crowd and others when he won a close but clear decision over formerly undefeated Drian Francisco (20-1-1, 16 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 115 lb title on Labor Day at Benjamatheputit School in Petchburi, Thailand.

This was an impressive victory for the 22-year-old Thai fighter who jumped from flyweight division in which he held two regional belts, the PABA and WBO Asia-Pacific titles. (more…)



May 1st, 2011

Boxing Result

Hazimihalis still unbeaten

Saturday night at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, unbeaten lightweight Chris Hazimihalis (6-0, 5 KOs) continued his winning ways, but was taken the six round distance by Damon Antoine (9-30-2). Hazimihalis dropped Antoine in the fourth round with a straight right, but Antoine rose quickly and fought back immediately. Antoine’s experience was evident as he was able to catch the young undefeated prospect from time to time, but it was Hazimihalis who had the upper hand during most exchanges. All three judges at ringside scored the bout 58-55. Two-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion Jaque Lutz made his professional debut a successful one in stopping Damion Reed (2-6) via TKO in the third round. The Event was promoted by Simons Promotions.



May 1st, 2011

Announcement

Henry Cooper passes

Iconic British heavyweight Sir Henry Cooper has passed away at the age of 76. He is best known for knocking down a young Muhammad Ali in a 1963 bout. Ali was in serious trouble and his trainer Angelo Dundee created a delay giving Ali extra time to recover and Ali eventually won on cuts. Overall Cooper had a record of 40-14-1, 27 KOs, and held British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles.



May 1st, 2011

UFC

Report/gallery: UFC 129

Report by Anthony Springer Jr. and Andreas Hale

Jake Shields was supposed to be Georges St. Pierre’s stiffest test to date. Whether it was the fact that GSP was that good or Shields’ standup was that bad didn’t matter. But after five relatively uneventful rounds, GSP retained his welterweight crown by striking his way to a methodical unanimous decision victory in front of over 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada . . . Click here for more



May 1st, 2011

Boxing News

JuanMa to train in Florida

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Juan Manuel Lopez plans to start training in late May and will spend the last month and of half of his preparations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “JuanMa” is accepting the advice of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, president of Top Rank, who said that distractions on the island contributed to the hard-hitting Lopez losing his WBO featherweight crown against Orlando Salido on April 16.

“God willing we will begin training in late May,” said Lopez. “For now we are resting and we are almost certainly going to the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight on May 7. I would go on Thursday. I feel great. I’m at about 145 pounds. I’m eating cleaner. And we’ll go for the last month and a half to Fort Lauderdale. Let’s please Bob Arum. This is the first time I’m doing it and I hope to get it right.” He said that his team led by trainer Alex Caraballo and manager Orlando Piñero remains intact and the only addition is Edwin Rivera, who will help with hand speed.

He also announced that he expects to vindicate himself on August 20 in a rematch with Salido that could be staged at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.



May 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Jorge Linares Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A confidential source informs that former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could return May 28 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico against former world title challenger Francisco Cordero (24-1, 19 KOs). The weight would be between super featherweight and lightweight. The 24-year-old Cordero challenged for the WBA interim super featherweight belt against Jorge “Coloradito” Solis in September 2010. Linares last fought in Japan against former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez last October.



May 1st, 2011

Boxing Result

Roman, Reyes victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (34-8, had to get off the canvas in the first round, but went on to stop compatriot Hugo Salas in the seventh round on Saturday night at the Estadio de Beisbol Domingo Santana, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Roman dropped Salas in rounds two and four, and the bout ended at 44 seconds of the seventh round when the referee intervened and stopped the fight. Roman wins the vacant WBC Fecombox belt.

In the semifinal, middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes, won by TKO in the second round against Ruben Oropeza, who was down twice before the referee waved it off.



May 1st, 2011

Boxing Result

Thepparith dethrones Francisco

By Damrong Simakajornboon

WBA #4 Thepparith Singwancha (16-2, 10 KOs) exceeded the expectations of the crowd and others when he won a close but clear decision over formerly undefeated Drian Francisco (20-1-1, 16 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 115 lb title on Labor Day at Benjamatheputit School in Petchburi, Thailand. Thepparith dropped the former champion once in round three propelling him to a 114-113, 114-113, 117-111 victory. (more to come)



May 1st, 2011

Boxing Result

Solis regains IBF 108lb title

In a rematch, former longtime world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) dethroned 40-year-old world champion Luis Lazarte (48-10-2, 18 KOs) by close twelve round split decision to regain the IBF light flyweight title on Saturday night Club Once Unidos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. warned both fighters repeatedly trying to keep a tight lid on the fight to avoid a repeat of the foul-fest in the first Solis-Lazarte clash where Lazarte retained the title in a controversial draw, after which the IBF ordered an immediate rematch. Solis did good work early, but Lazarte came on strong late. Scores were 116-111, 115-112 for Solis, 114-113 for Lazarte.



May 1st, 2011

UFC

GSP retains crown

Aldo defeats Hominick in Fight of Night!

Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC

Results by Anthony Springer Jr

In the night’s main event, Georges St-Pierre ended Jake Shields’ 15 fight win streak with a unanimous decision win. The men stayed standing for the bulk of the fight and Shields, to everyone’s surprise, the challenger bloodied up the champion. When the scores were read, the champion came out on top, 50-45 and 48-47 twice.

Jose Aldo weathered fatigue and a late storm to defeat Mark Hominick in the inaugural UFC featherweight title bout. Aldo came out quick in the first but faded fast. Hominick turned on the gas in the final round but didn’t have enough in the tank to seal the deal. The judges scored the bout 50-43, 48-46 and 49-46. (more…)



May 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Negron KOs Mesa

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto

O’neill Negron from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico improves his record to (7-0, 7 KOs) with a spectacular KO victory over Aneudi Mesa at 2:52 of round 3 at the Parque Del Este Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In other results bantamweight Luis “Rocky” Cosme (7-1-1, 3 KOs) had a majority draw decision with Norberto Jimenez. Click here for more photos…



April 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Hernandez dethrones Keb

Photos: Alma Montiel

The improbable Cinderella run of WBC 108lb world champion Gilberto Keb Baas (35-21-4, 22 KOs) ended Saturday night at the Coliseo de la Feria de Texcoco in Texcoco Estado Mexico, Mexico. WBC #1 rated light flyweight Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (21-1-1, 13 KOs), who had previously TKO’d Keb in four rounds three years ago, steadily punished Keb who showed a lot of heart until the bout was stopped by the referee between rounds ten and eleven. The Keb camp was furious at the stoppage.

Keb, a journeyman who compiled a record of 2-8-2 between between 2006 and late 2009, surprised Omar Nino Romero to win the WBC belt in November and retained it in an optional defense against badly faded Jose Antonio Aguirre in February 26. Click here for more photos…



April 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Garcia Brothers win title fights

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

The Garcia Brothers joined the Klitschko Brothers as simultaneously reigning brother world champions as both were victorious in world title fights on Saturday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.

WBO minimumweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García (30-1-1, 18 KOs) stopped Rommel Asenjo (20-3, 16 KOs) in round three. Garcia dropped Asenjo in round three and the bout was waved off by referee Raul Caiz after Asenjo was staggered in Garcia’s follow up barrage. Time was 2:52.

Former WBO interim jr flyweight champion Ramón “Príncipe” García (16-2-1, 9 KOs) regained that belt, plus revenge with a fourth round knockout over reigning titleholder Jesús Geles (12-2-1, 5 KOs). Garcia dropped Geles in round one and round four, not beating referee Jose Rivera’s count after the second knockdown. Time was 1:15. Geles had taken Gracia’s belt by split decision back in December in his native Colombia. Click here for more photos…



April 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacman’s scent of a champion

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao signs and autograph during a special appearance at a packed Ron Robinson/Fred Segal on Melrose store in Los Angeles Saturday. Pacquiao was there to launch his very own signature men’s cologne, “MP8 Scent of The Champion”. Pacquiao is in town making final preparations for his upcoming World Welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…



April 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Vera wins split decision

By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Kathleen Coates

The great bantamweight fighter Paulie Ayala is starting to look more like a heavyweight as a boxing promoter. The five-fight ‘Battle of DFW’ card staged by Ayala on Saturday night resonated with the more than 1,500 fans in attendance as each bout was a crowd-pleaser, highlighted by a true Dallas-versus-Fort Worth main event won by welterweight Gilbert Vera (11-3-1, 5 KO) of Fort Worth in a split decision against Dallas’ Larry Smith (9-3-0, 6 KO). (more…)



April 30th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Sarah George 108.9 vs. Susie Ramadan 117.2
Diana Prazak 134 vs. Eilleen Forrest 132.2
Venue: Reggio Calabria Club, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
Promoter: Sam Brizzi Promotion
Click here for more photos…



April 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Barker wins Euro 160lb belt

Unbeaten middleweight Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Domenico Spada (32-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at London’s Olympia to regain the vacant European middleweight title. Barker, fighting for the first time in over a year, dominated the first half of the fight and cruised to the final bell to win by scores of 115-113, 116-113, 116-113.



April 30th, 2011

Boxing News

King Arthur departs for US

Referee row is now resolved

King Arthur Abraham will travel to the US on Sunday morning after the referee row has been resolved. The former Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament point leader is set to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. “We are pleased that all issues regarding the judges and the referee have been sorted,” Hall of Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “The Californian Commission and Dan Goossen have finally decided to honour the agreement that the referee will be from neither the US nor Europe. We have also agreed upon the three judges scoring the bout at ringside. This was our condition to let Arthur travel to the US, and since all of our demands have been met, he will now fly to the US on Sunday. I´m not sure why the Commission and Goossen did not stick to something everybody had signed off a long time ago but speaking from experience I know that dealing with Dan can be difficult at times.” (more…)



April 30th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Molina-Conyers


Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.

Photos by Chris Cozzone

Carlos Molina may be laying the foundation to become a viable contender in the junior middleweight division after his sound thrashing of Allen Conyers in the main event at “Fight Night” which took place at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more



April 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto in Dominican Republic

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Five-time world champion and promoter Miguel Cotto is in the Dominican Republic to meet Felipe “Jay” Payano, the Sports and Recreation Minister, to discuss Miguel Cotto Promotions’ plans to present a boxing series in the country, starting with an international boxing event slated for November 2011. Looking to provide a structure to develop the sport and provide opportunity to Dominican boxers, Cotto and Payano talked about this important initiative in a private meeting at the exclusive Ministry Headquarters. “We feel very happy to visit this great country. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have always had close ties together thorough the countries’ sports history. Now we come here to with the idea to elevate boxing, to give an opportunity to athletes in this beloved country,” Cotto said. more + photos



April 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Upset: Dlomo wins SA heavy belt

By Ron Jackson

Wiseman Dlomo upset the form book when he stopped the favourite Anton Nel in the fourth round to win the vacant South African heavyweight title at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Friday night. It was third time lucky for Dlomo against the 42-year-old Nel who had held the title on two previous occasions. In their first fight, also in Durban, on December 7, 2002, Nel was in control before the fight was declared a technical draw in the fifth round. Dlomo was cut in a clash of heads and was unable to continue. In the return match, in Giyani on July 26, 2003, Nel dominated before stopping the overweight Dlomo 2 minutes 38 seconds into the sixth round. Nel who has had only two fights since November 2006 was never in the fight as the determined and motivated Dlomo held is own before scoring the stoppage in round four. Dlomo takes his reported record to 8-8-2, 8 KOs and Nel drops to 16-11-3, 12 KOs. The fight between junior bantamweights Evans Mbamba and Mandla Msimanga was cancelled. Promoter Thulani Magudulela of Ludonga Promotions said he was the happiest man in the world as he now has a South African heavyweight champion.



April 30th, 2011

UFC

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April 30th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Fort Worth

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek/Maple Ave Boxing Gym

Larry Smith 148 vs. Gilbert Vera 149
Fernando Rodriguez 134.75 vs. Miguel Buendia 134
Sammy Sanchez 132 vs. Arthur Trevino 130
Alex Lopez 131 vs. Manuel Rojas 132
Skinder Halili 149.5 vs. Derek Jones 144
Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Tickets: Starting at $11 more photos



April 30th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Thailand

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee and Pisit Jeojan

Drian Francisco 115 vs. Thepparith Singwancha 115

(WBA interim Superflyweight championship)

Venue: Benjamatheputid School, Petchaburi, Thailand

Promotor: Kokiet Groups Promotion
TV: Thailand Channel 9 (MCOT), 12:00-14:00 (GMT+7)
More photos



April 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Barker returns tonight

Middleweight Darren Barker takes on Domenico Spada tonight at London’s Olympia for the vacant European title – and is ready to re-launch his career after a year out of action. Barker returns for the first time since beating Affif Belghecham at Alexandra Palace on April 9 2010 to claim the title he fights for tonight. A hip injury forced the 28 year-old to withdraw from a highly anticipated match with Matthew Macklin in September and vacate the belt. Barker had an operation on the troublesome joint and is fully fit to face the tough Italian, where a win would see him reclaim the European strap, extend his unbeaten run to 23 fights and propel him into world title contention. “I’m really excited to be back – it’s been a long, frustrating year for me,” said Barker. “I’ve been training really hard and I am looking forward to getting back in there.”



April 30th, 2011




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