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Hopkins/Murat Quotes and Photos

 Hopkins/Murat Quotes and PhotosBERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“I just found out a month ago, the doctor will be here before the [fight week] press conference hopefully to explain this, but I must confess that I am not human. I am an alien. No, seriously. I realize that Pluto is no longer a planet now, so I’m from Mars. I’ve definitely retired the ‘Executioner.’ You will not hear me mention the Executioner.

“Now, I’m in this world but I’m not of this world. There is no aging process for me.

“The breaking news is that I am an alien.

“I reflect a little bit in my mind about not only defending my title, but also defending my historic career. Continue reading

Schaefer: Khan and Alexander on board for December 7th fight

 Schaefer: Khan and Alexander on board for December 7th fightGolden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is saying that he’s got an agreement from both Amir Khan and IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander for a fight on December 7th in Dubai. Schaefer is still working out the details of the fight and he still needs to iron out the venue, but he’s got the hardest part out of the way in getting both guys to agree to the fight.

Schaefer’s grand plan is to have Khan fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year if he gets past Alexander. That’s a big if. Khan looks almost like he’s on his last legs in losing two out of his last four fights and barely beat Julio Diaz in his last fight.

That would have been three losses in Khan’s last four fights. I actually had Khan losing that fight but it shows you how vulnerable Khan is that he couldn’t even beat a fighter like Diaz without controversy. Continue reading

Ariza picks Mayweather to beat Canelo

 Ariza picks Mayweather to beat CaneloStrength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is picking Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) to beat WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) in their fight on September 14th on the Mexican Independence Day holiday. Ariza sees Mayweather’s experience being too much for the 22-year-old Canelo.

Ariza said on his twitter “I think Floyd’s skill and experience will be the difference.”

Ariza is probably right. Mayweather is much more skilled than Canelo is and ever will be. Continue reading

Hopkins plans on going for Murat’s nose with jabs

 Hopkins plans on going for Murat’s nose with jabs48-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) says he’s going to go right after his opponent Karo Murat’s nose right off the bat on July 13th in their fight at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. This will be Hopkins’ first defense of his title after beating Tavoris Cloud by a 12 round unanimous decision last March to take his title.

Hopkins was hoping to get a bigger fight against the likes of Carl Froch but he had no other choice but to face Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s), as he was his mandatory challenger and it was either fight him or risk losing the title by having it stripped from him.

Hopkins said to fightnews.com “He eats jabs. He doesn’t move his head…I will be working on the beak.” Continue reading

Jamie Cox hopes his boyhood pals will inspire him when he relaunches his career this month

Cox has invited James DeGale and Tony Bellew to be at ringside when he boxes in home-town Swindon on Saturday, June 15. In the amateur ranks, they were England team mates and for a while, Cox looked the best prospect.
He struck gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games when DeGale had to settle for bronze, but as a professional, Cox has been left behind. Continue reading

Fury in negotiations with three different opponents; Haye is the one he wants the most

 Fury in negotiations with three different opponents; Haye is the one he wants the mostUndefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) is said to be in negotiations with three different opponents at one for his next fight. His promoter Mick Hennessey wants to match Fury against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s), and Fury has even dropped out of his planned fight against Kubrat Pulev just so that he can in the position to get a fight against Haye.

If Fury can get that fight he stands to make £2million, according to Steve Bunce. This is considerably more than the €400,000 he might make for a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko if Fury were able to get past Pulev in the IBF heavyweight eliminator bout that he had been attempting to put together until recently. Continue reading

We’ll make Fred Lawson world champ – Alhaji Enusah

 We’ll make Fred Lawson world champ – Alhaji EnusahGhanaian boxing enthusiast, manager and promoter, Alhaji Sally Enusah is convinced hot prospect, Frederick Lawson is primed to be a world boxing champion in the not-too-distant future and is promising to spearhead the bid with all the support necessary for the unbeaten boxer to realize the dream.

The hard-hitting Lawson has written the headlines with his spectacular dismissal of opponents in all of his 20 professional fights thus far, not least last March 22’s 3rd round technical knockout stoppage of compatriot Isaac Sowah to claim the IBF Africa Welterweight belt. In all, Lawson has claimed 19 knockouts in his 20 career fights.

The performances of 22 year old Lawson, fondly nicknamed Okumka by his fans has even inspired fear in potential opponents. A purported defence of the IBF Africa title against Burkina Faso’s Patrick Sou Toke on Africa Day, May 25 fell through after the Burkinabe pulled out at the last minute. Continue reading

Ghana’s Tagoe set to fight Robles in US June 22

 Ghana’s Tagoe set to fight Robles in US June 22Ghanaian world title hopeful, Emmanuel Tagoe’s championship ambitions receive a huge boost with boxer set to fight in the United States of America for the first time on June 22 when he takes on Gerardo Robles in a non-title fight at the Barclays Sports Centre in New York.

Tagoe, the WBA Intercontinental Junior Lightweight champion has sworn to become world champion and with the full support of his management, BabyJet Promotions, the journey to fight in America is the first step towards world championship glory. Continue reading

Big Weekend Of T.V Boxing Ahead For U.K Fight Fans – And One Writer’s Pre-Fight Predictions

 Big Weekend Of T.V Boxing Ahead For U.K Fight Fans   And One Writers Pre Fight PredictionsFight fans in the UK are in for a huge night of televised boxing this coming Saturday night/early Sunday morning – those fans who have access to BoxNation and Sky Sports especially, although there will be terrestrial action on Channel 5.

BoxNation have secured the rights to the third instalment of the Marco Huck-Ola Afolabi series, which will take place in Berlin, Germany. Then, in the early hours of Sunday morning, BoxNation viewers will be able to tune in to the anticipated thriller that is Marcos Maidana Vs. Josesito Lopez, the action coming from Carson, California. This card also features the WBA interim title fight between light-middleweights Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko Wants The Contract Signed, But States Team Povetkin Has Issues

 Wladimir Klitschko Wants The Contract Signed, But States Team Povetkin Has Issues“The contract has not yet been signed because there are still too many not agreed upon clauses in the contract. At this moment there are still too many questions, to which team Povetkin has no answers. All the answers from our side have already been taken care of. There is good communication between us, but when it comes to the official talk, all of a sudden there are questions. I hope that we can solve all the issues and finally sign the contract. If not, we will move forward without Povetkin,” stated Wladimir Klitschko.

I am assuming that the questions and issues that Wladimir is referring to are the drug testing and the financial agreement. Of course K2 promotions is looking to get the bigger cut of the money pie, as they should. The drug testing issue also has numerous ways of being solved, ways that would clearly work for both sides. So what is holing up the fight? Is one side trying to avoid fighting the other? Continue reading

Austin Trout wants on Mayweather-Canelo fight card on September 14th

Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) is hoping to get on the highly visible Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez card on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trout expressed interest in his social media site, saying “Looking to get on the September card.” Continue reading

Frank Maloney: We Said No To Gutknecht

 Frank Maloney: We Said No To GutknechtFRANK MALONEY insists that Travis Dickinson never pulled out of a fight against Eduard Gutknecht – because the bout was never on! Sauerland Events claimed on Saturday that the North-East prospect had ducked out of facing the former European light-heavyweight champion in Berlin this coming Saturday.

But Maloney who handles Dickinson says: “The fight was never on.

“I had a call from another British promoter offering the fight because one of his boxer’s had turned it down.

“Of course, it is a fight Travis would like but he would not have been ready in time so we never took the fight.” Continue reading

Australian Boxing: 10th Bob Rose Cup This Friday Night

The tenth anniversary of the Bob Rose Cup will be held this Friday night 7 June 2013 at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria. Held by current WBC Asia Pacific promoter of the year Peter Maniatis, the night pays tribute to Australian football legend Bob Rose and has become a fixture on the Victorian sporting calendar over the past decade. Continue reading

Fight Report: York Hall, 1st June 2013

 Fight Report: York Hall, 1st June 2013 Lynes, Qato and Dingsdale Victorious – Kasiulevicius, McCarthy, Lama And Pettitt Impress Big Time.

On Saturday evening, at the York Hall in London, TRAD TKO supremo Johnny Eames made his long awaited debut as a promoter, and boy did he do it in style.

The esteemed Mr. Eames pulled out all the stops to ensure the fans in attendance a night of boxing they are likely never to forget.

The mouth watering line up was headed up by former two weight British and World Champion Colin Lynes, against Beka Sutidze, with current English Middleweight Champion and former World Champ Qato Kreshnik, in a titanic battle with former British title challenger Max Maxwell, as main support. Continue reading

De La Hoya: Mayweather will stand in the pocket against Canelo and he’ll be vulnerable

 De La Hoya: Mayweather will stand in the pocket against Canelo and he’ll be vulnerableOscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions feels he knows how WBA junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is going to face his fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

De La Hoya has it worked out in his head that Mayweather is going to stand and trade with the young, and much, much heavier Canelo like he did in his fight with Miguel Cotto last year in May. De La Hoya thinks this is going to leave the 36-year-old Mayweather vulnerable to Canelo’s heavy shots. Continue reading

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