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- Exit the Dragon: Vetyeka dethrones Chris John; Yordan retains IBO lightweight belt
- Yaegashi defeats Sosa, keeps WBC flyweight belt
- Golden Boy announces undercard fights
- Encore presentation of 2013’s most controversial fight: Froch-Groves airs tonight on AWE & AWETV.COM
By Brett Bonetti
Metro City in Perth, Australia will once again erupt when Dragon Fire Promotions presents Thunderdome II on Saturday July 6. Former IBO World Featherweight Champion Daud “Cino” Yordan (30-3, 23 KO’s) is set to return to the ring after losing his title to Simpiwe Vetyeka (25-2 15 KO’s) in Indonesia last month in a tough bout. In an audacious move, Yordan is set to jump two weight divisions, in a bid to challenge for the IBO Lightweight title against Argentinean Daniel “Tatu” Brizuela (25-1-2, 8 KO’s).
Yordan will attempt to make history and became the first Indonesian two weight division champion at Featherweight & Lightweight respectively. It is a move which signals Yordan difficulty in making weight in his last fight with Vetyeka. Yordan said about his last fight “I felt so weak and tired, but my power will be back against Brizuela in July in Perth at Thunderdome II.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that a meeting between WBC President Jose Sulaiman and WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez is scheduled for Thursday June 27th in Mexico City. The topic of discussion is the status of Martinez after an injury to his left fist suffered during his April bout against Martin Murray in Argentina. If Martinez indicates that he must go an extended period without fighting, the WBC Board of Governors would convene and decide on a course of action. A box-off among the top four available contenders could occur or possibly a title interim vacancy could occur.
Recently Oswaldo Kuchle, Promociones del Pueblo director told Fightnews.com that he insists that his fighter the Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, the current number one contender in the middleweight division, have the first option on any of the decisions that the WBC makes.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
WBA/IBO Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) of is two weeks away from his showdown against Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) . The champion held a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Le Petit Greek Restaurant in Los Angeles as he talked about his upcoming fight with Macklin on HBO Boxing After Dark which takes place June 29 from the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“I’m excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO against Matthew Macklin,” said Golovkin. “I look forward to fighting on June 29. I feel great. It’s a difficult fight maybe the first seven rounds,” he added. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, his challenger Adrien Broner, heavyweight combatants Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell, super middleweights Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban, who fight for the vacant WBC belt formerly held by Andre Ward and undercard fighters showcased their skills during a media workout on Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn’s famed Gleason’s Gym.
The fighters will meet again at Thursday’s media-only press conference, and again at Friday’s weigh-in, which takes place at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Outdoor Plaza — and is open to the public. Doors open at noon and the official weigh-in begins at 12:30PM. More photos…
By Ron Jackson
Zukile “Tyson” Filana who fought as a featherweight in the professional ranks from 1994 to 2000 died in the Booth Hospital in Cape Town on Saturday June 15, 2013. (more…)
A local pro card at La Villita in San Antonio, Texas, has been cancelled for Saturday and rescheduled July 13. The main event had featured Christina Ruiz vs. Mandy Fuentes.
Nathan Cleverly is calling Carl Froch a joke for turning down an offer to fight him. More
The Fighting Women Symposium will look at the sport of women’s boxing this Friday and Saturday in Toronto, Canada. More
Former UFC® and PRIDE® champion Maurico “Shogun” Rua (21-7, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) will meet controversial and charismatic light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen (28-13-1, fighting out of West Linn, Ore.) on Saturday, August 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The main event highlights an action-packed card that will serve as the inaugural live sports broadcast on the newly minted network, FOX SPORTS 1. (more…)
Photos: Felipe Leon
San Diego’s Jorge Marron Productions in association with northern California’s Paco Presents and Mexico’s A&T Gym have joined forces to bring a live boxing event on Friday, June 21st, to the established Four Points Hotel by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of “America’s Finest City”, San Diego. In the six round super flyweight main event, first time in America, the hard hitting African John Amuzu (13-0, 13KOs) of Ghana will face his stiffest test to date when he goes against the much more experienced and durable Juanito Rubillar (49-19-7, 24KOs) of the Philippines.
As mentioned, the bout will be the first time Amuzu has plied his wares in the United States or any other country for that matter since his first thirteen fights have all been in Ghana against questionable opposition. In Rubillar he will find a tough customer with close to sixty more fights than him. Rubillar is coming off a respectable win at the same venue over Dominican Basilio Nieves via fifth round TKO and in a career that has spanned over nineteen years has faced former world champions Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Edgar Sosa and Giovani Segura. At one time Rubillar held the OPBF light flyweight title and defended it a number of times.
The match up has all the makings of a classic young warrior looking to overtake the old lion. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Monday a purse bid had been scheduled in Panama City for the WBC interim flyweight silver world championship between former Panamanian WBA world champ and current WBC interim flyweight silver champ Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Argentinian challenger Nestor Narvaez. However Panamanian promoter Rogelio Espiño of Promociones y Eventos del Istmo and the Argentinian promoter Osvaldo Osvaldo Rivero reached an agreement and as a result the purse bid was cancelled. The fight will take place on August 3 at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. In other action, world ranked Alberto Mosquera, Ricardo Nunez and former WBA world champion Rafael Concepcion will appear in separate bouts.
Unbeaten local hero Chris Algieri will fight at the Paramount in Huntington, NY on July 20, when Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 9″ returns with a full card of professional boxing. The undefeated 16-0 (7 KO) Junior Welterweight will step in the ring with his most experienced opponent to date, Mighty Mike Arnaoutis, who is 24-8-2 (11 KO) and the former USBA Junior Welterweight Champion. Joining Algieri on the card will be Alan Gotay, 5-0 (3 KO) and Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, 4-0-1 (2 KO) and the professional debuts of Golden Gloves champ Vincenzo D’Angelo and Wendy Tousant. Tickets will be available June 19
By Felipe Leon
Arguably the hardest working promoter in Tijuana, Guillermo Mayen and his company Mayen Promotions, having been consistent for nearly twenty-four months putting on monthly shows on his own or with help from the biggest Latin American promoter, Zanfer Promotions. Wednesday night, June 19th, Mayen will present a fight card at the home of local boxing, Las Pulgas nightclub, on his own but he has an ace up his sleeve when featured in the main event is his most popular fighter, talented flyweight Kenia Enriquez (6-0, KOs) when she faces the experienced Gloria “Bombita Sexy” Salas (3-7-1, 1KO) of California, in a six rounder.
The nineteen year old Kenia, a stellar amateur that represented her state twice at the Mexican national tournament, is coming off completely destroying her toughest opponent on paper, Rosa “Vaquerita” Diaz, who at the time of their bout was undefeated in four fights. Enriquez dispatched her in less than a minute. (more…)
Photos: Ed Mulholland / Top Rank
Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced today that undefeated Light Heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs), of Long Beach, NY will fight on the upcoming Bradley vs Marquez HBO PPV telecast on Oct. 12 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Monaghan will take on Anthony Caputo-Smith, the Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight champion. photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I feel very well, mentally and physically, but how well prepared I am we will know when I will step in the ring on Friday in Moscow,” said WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (47-2, 33 KOs) before departing from Warsaw for his June 21 title defense fight against Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KOs).
“In the last couple of days we were watching with my trainer Fiodor Łapin some of Rakhim’s fights. We know exactly what to do,” stated a very confident Włodarczyk.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has surpassed President Viktor Yanukovych in popularity according to the latest polling numbers from Ukraine. If an election were to be held today, 16% would vote for Vitali, 14% would vote for the incumbent president. A vast majority are undecided. Klitscho, who is the chairman of the newly formed UDAR party, says he’ll announce his plans in 2014. The next presidential election is in 2015.
All Star Boxing, Inc and Tuto Zabala, Jr will begin their summer season of the popular series Boxeo Telemundo Ford this Friday, June 21 at the El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, in the main event undefeated prospect Matt “Mighty” Villanueva (9-0-1, 8 KOs) of Burbank, California faces former world title challenger Julian “Chicano” Rivera (12-7-1, 2 KOs) of Barrio Tepito, Mexico City in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO Latin super flyweight title at stake.
On June 28 from the Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida a clash between two former world champions, Joan “Little Tyson: Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic battles Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) of Panama City, Panama for the World Boxing Association interim jr. welterweight title scheduled for 12 rounds. Also on the show is WBO #1 contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
July 5th from Salon Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico is a highly anticipated civil war rematch when David “El Duro” Carmona (15-1-3, 8 KOs) faces Danny “El Venado” Flores (14-4, 8 KOs) for Carmona’s WBO Youth super flyweight title scheduled for 10 rounds.
And to close the season July 12 from A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida local favorite Charlie Serrano (15-3-1, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico will face Aalan Martinez (14-2-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO Latino featherweight title.
Two three-belt female world champions will meet on July 13 at the Dresden Arena when WIBF, WBO and WBF super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (20-1, 6 KPOs) defends against reigning WIBA, GBU and WBF lightweight champion Lucia Morelli (18-3, 8 KOs). In the main event, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends his crown against Yuzo Kiyota. Also female world champion Christina Hammer and the WBO European champion Lukas Konecny will box. SAT.1 will televise in Germany.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On March 14, 1980 near Warsaw, in a horrific flight crash, all 22 members of US National Boxing Team died flying to Poland for two international matches before 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. The US Olympic Team was led by legendary Coach Tom Sarge Johnson, who had helped the 1976 squad in Montreal with names like Sugar Ray Leonard or Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks, earn five gold medals and seven medals overall. Lemuel Steeples was the best boxer aboard the plane. He had recently won the Pan American Games championship in his weight class and was the amateur national champion and most likely would have been the favorite for the Olympic gold medal. Today, in front of Polish Olympic Committee bulding in Warsaw, Polish sports officials presented re-unveiled commemorative statue honoring all US Team members. (more…)
Here are details of the upcoming 11-city, two-country media tour to officially announce the September 14 mega-fight between eight-time, five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and unified super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as entry into each event is available on a first come, first served basis.
Monday, June 24
New York, NY
Location: Times Square
Pedestrian Walk on Broadway Between 46th & 47th Streets
New York, NY 10036
Fan Arrival Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 3:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 25
Location: The Howard Theatre
620 T Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, June 26
Grand Rapids, MI
Location: Houseman Field
2055 Rosewood Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Fan Arrival Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chicago Theatre
175 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Fan Arrival Time: 5:00 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 6:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, June 27
Location: Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive (Central Park between Rosa Mexicano and Strip)
Atlanta, GA 30363
Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET
Friday, June 28
Location: Bayfront Park
100 Chopin Plaza (In front of InterContinental Miami hotel)
Miami, FL 33131
Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 30
Mexico City, Mexico
Location information to be announced separately.
Monday, July 1
Location: Union Station at Minute Maid Stadium (Main entrance of stadium)
501 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77002
Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. CT
San Antonio, TX
Location: The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Fan Arrival Time: 5:00 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 6:00 p.m. CT
Tuesday, July 2
Location: Herberger Theater
222 East Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Fan Arrival Time: 11:00 a.m. MT
Press Conference Begins: 12:00 a.m. MT
Location: Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fan Arrival Time: 6:30 p.m. PT
Press Conference Begins: 7:30 p.m. PT
Future Hall of Famer and current IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins will be a guest commentator on this Saturday’s live Showtime telecastfrom Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Hopkins will serve as an expert analyst joining host Brian Kenny, announcers Mauro Ranallo (blow-by-blow) and Al Bernstein (expert analyst) and ringside reporter Jim Gray. B-Hop steps in for Paulie Malignaggi, who will be inside of the ring fighting Adrien Broner.
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Juan Marshall
Photo: Juan Marshall
November 17, 2012 will not go down as a banner day in the professional boxing career of Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. The Brandywine, MD resident walked into Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ looking for an impressive victory over Johnathan Banks of Detroit, MI. What Mitchell received was a major surprise..and perhaps a lesson in boxing as he approaches the big stage when Banks dropped Mitchell three times en route to a second-round TKO. Since that time, Mitchell has prepared for an opportunity for vindication and redemption as he looks to face Banks again on Saturday, June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
So, what type of boxer will Mitchell be in this rematch?
“They (the fans) will still see an aggressive fighter,” Mitchell said. “But I will be a smarter fighter — a fighter that stays behind his jab. I’ll try to be more disciplined.”
“I’ll still be an exciting fighter,” Mitchell added. “I’ll still let my hands go but I’ll have better technique and I’ll be more defensively responsible.” (more…)
When top female boxers Rhonda Luna and Crystal Morales put on a six round war in their June 6th Fight Club OC bout, which Luna won in a close unanimous decision, a certain rematch was in order. So promoter Roy Englebrecht went right to work and announced today that Luna vs Morales II will happen on the August 15th Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, but this time it will be 10 rounds, and for the vacant IFBA world lightweight championship. “After the tremendous bout on June 6th, where many in the crowd thought it could have been a draw or split decision, I felt that both ladies deserved a rematch and for a reward worthy of their ability,” said Englebrecht. “Now with the support of IFBA Founder and President Judy Kulis, Rhonda and Crystal will fight for a world title and a dream for one of the ladies will finally come true.” Luna will bring an outstanding 17-3 record into the title fight, while Morales might be the best 7-9 boxer in the country, as she is in nothing but wars against solid competition. Tickets for the Thursday, August 15th Fight Club OC show, priced at $50 are on sale now at www.fightcluboc.com.
WBO junior middleweight champ Zaurbek Baysangurov has been injured during his training camp at the Summit Gym in Big Bear, California and will not be able to defend his title on July 6th in Kiev, Ukraine. “I am very disappointed. My back betrayed me again. Formerly I had to reschedule the fight with Konecny for the same reason. Though I have never been training this hard and am in the best shape ever, the pain does not allow me to go on training and I have to submit the cancelation. But I promise to all of the fans that I will be back very soon,” said Baysangurov.
“It is very bad and unexpected news for us. This show was intended to become the real sensation. We won the purse bids with the considerable amount, prepared a “cool” undercard, plenty of tickets were purchased, the TV rights were sold to 30 countries. But we have to cancel the show and I feel sad about that. It happens in boxing sometimes. I hope Zaur will recover soon and will be able to return to the ring already this year,” said Alexander Krassyuk, Baysangurov’s promoter (K2 Promotions Ukraine).
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly returns to action on August 17 when he headlines an action packed show at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. The unbeaten Welsh star will make the sixth defense of his title and he will have the added incentive of making a big impression in America as HBO will televise the fight.
Cleverly, 25, hopes that his challenger will be the sledge-hammer hitting Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev who is undefeated in 21 fights, 1 draw, and 19 knockouts – 18 of those coming inside three rounds. Promoter Frank has agreed his side of the deal with HBO for Cleverly to fight Kovalev, but it is now down to Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva from Main Events to put pen to paper and sign for the fight with a confirmation either way expected later today. (more…)
If you go by the current betting odds, two reigning world boxing champions will be dethroned this week.
On Friday in Moscow, Russia, former Olympic gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KOs) is a solid -400 pick to seize the WBC cruiserweight title from Krysztof Wlodarcyck (47-2-1, 33 KOs), who is at +275.
On Saturday in Brooklyn, NY, WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KOs), moving up two weight divisions, is an overwhelming -1400 pick to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs). Paulie backers can get +700.
By Mary Ann Owen
Former IBF middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (25-4, 17 KOs) has signed a promotional contract with One Punch Boxing and Management and will be announcing his comeback this Wednesday. The 36-year-old former Olympian has been out of action since an upset loss to journeyman Dhafir Smith in December 2010.
In other Jeff Lacy news. “Left Hook” has conducted an interview with a Tampa television station discussing the tragic shootout in January 2011 that took the lives of two St. Petersburg, Florida policemen and his brother.
Report and Photo by Joe Koizumi
A WBC world title twinbill will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on August 12. It was announced by Teiken Promotions yesterday. WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (18-0-2, 13 KOs), making his fourth defense, will put his belt on the line against Puerto Rican Jose Nieves (22-2-3, 11 KOs) in a contest of the southpaws. WBC flyweight titlist Akira Yaegashi (17-3, 9 KOs) will risk his throne against Mexican hard-puncher Oscar Blanquet (32-5-1, 23 KOs) in the first title bout.
Yamanaka, a hard-hitting southpaw, previously kept his WBC 118-pound belt against Vic Darchinyan (W12), Tomas Rojas (KO7) and Malcolm Tunacao (TKO12) to his credit. Yaegashi, ex-WBA 105-pound ruler, jumped up to the 112-pound category and impressively dethroned lefty compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi by an upset decision last April. This will be his initial defense.
The doubleheader will be held at Ota Ward General-purpose Gymnasium in Tokyo.
By Chris Morris, Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photo by Eric ‘Suga Foot’ Duran
In front of a large and loud crowd Brad ‘B-Loco’ Jackson took previously undefeated Jeremy Ramos to school, nearly shutting out the young upstart fighter. Victor Villereal weathered the storm from Aaron Quintana taking his ’0′ with a unanimous decision win. Rudy Zapata seemingly did enough to get the nod over Hugo Arceo but had to settle for a draw. Undercard action was exciting with knockdowns and knockouts that had the fight fans on their feet. (more…)
Cleveland junior middleweight Willie Nelson is gearing up for his biggest fight to date, against Argentina’s Luciano Leonel Cuello, June 29th on HBO. More
The camp of Tyson Fury is telling media that a showdown with David Haye is in the works. They also declare that an agreement must be arranged for the end of the month.
Boxing organizations are protesting a new rule that allow pros to fight in the Olympics. More
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel made his arrival on Monday at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Airport. On Saturday he’ll face Filipino Jaderes Padua at the Sports Complex in the luxurious Hotel Azul Ixtapa.
Montiel was accompanied by his team. For the rest of the week he’ll finish his preparations, maintaining the weight and make final adjustments for Friday’s weigh-in.
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Earlier today, the IBF ordered Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins to make his next title defense against newly-crowned #1 contender Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev of Russia. On Friday, Kovalev scored his 9th impressive knockout in a row with a third round demolition of Houston’s Cornelius White on the NBC Sports Network’s critically acclaimed Fight Night series. “When the IBF issued today’s letter, ordering Hopkins to fight Kovalev next, without granting any exceptions to Hopkins in the interim, everything changed,” promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events, said. “Kovalev has many opportunities, now. We are going to take a few days to evaluate and then decide upon the next move. Of course, Sergey would be thrilled to face Hopkins if Bernard wants the fight.”
Kovalev is surely ready, willing and able to fight Hopkins. “I want to fight Bernard Hopkins because he is a legend of boxing,” Kovalev said after knocking out White. “It was good news that Hopkins and Karo Murat fell out. C’mon and fight. I’m ready. Are you ready?”
Coming off a KO loss to Robert Stieglitz and scheduled to face a little known opponent, former world champion Arthur Abraham is certainly looking at a pay cut. And he’s not happy about it. King Arthur told BILD, “If Sauerland Event will not agree with my attorney, I’m not boxing. Not August 24 and not later…I don’t need to box anymore. I can retire immediately. You have to deal with an athlete fairly.”
If everything is resolved, Abraham is slated to face Willbeforce Shihepo on August 24 in Schwerin, Germany.
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel “EL Chico Guapo” Campillo (21-5-1, 8 KOs) was victorious on Friday night, scoring a second round stoppage of Ionut Trandafir Ilie (14-16-1, 2 KOs) in Sedavi, Spain. Campillo will now prepare for his August 16 title challenge against “The Polish Prince”, IBO light heavyweight world champion Andrzej Fonfara in the main event at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Washington, DC lightweight Ty Barnett scored a sixth-round TKO over a very game and determined Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, VA in the main event of his self-promoted Top Flight Promotions card Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. This bout was very close with Barnett holding a slight edge in the early going but Alexander was having a solid sixth round until the two clashed heads. From there, the bout switched for the final time in Barnett’s favor as he landed a vicious body shot that dropped Alexander to one knee. Alexander did not beat Joe Cooper’s count and the bout was stopped at 1:36 of the sixth. Barnett is now 21-3-1, 14 KOs while Alexander has all six’s on his record 6-6, six KOs. (more…)
Welterweight Kell Brook is relieved to have his injury nightmare behind him and has promised to put on a show when he makes his ring return against Carson Jones at MS3 Craven Park in Hull on July 13. After working his way into mandatory position to challenge Devon Alexander, the unbeaten Brook saw his shot at the IBF world title twice postponed after both men succumbed to training injuries. The bout was rearranged for May but an injury to his right foot meant Brook had to pull out of the fight.
“It has been very frustrating,” said Brook. “I have never really had an injury in my whole career and then just before the biggest fight of my life it happens to come along. It was horrible and I was absolutely gutted about it. Without a doubt it was the hardest thing I have had to go through in my boxing career. I have always wanted to be a World champion and when I got a World title fight it got taken away from me and it was out of my hands, it was so frustrating. I couldn’t watch Alexander v Lee Purdy, I couldn’t do it. Knowing that I should have been in there that night, I couldn’t sit down and watch it.” (more…)
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