Dezzie Bowater is ready to prove himself at the highest level after switching from boxing’s amateur to professional ranks. The former Wodensborough ABC fighter makes his pro debut when he takes on Scotland’s Michael Stupart at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 31st May. Continue reading
LEADING European bantamweight contender Zhanat Zhakiyanov has begun training with Ricky Hatton and his assistant Mike Jackson at Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde.
The big punching Kazakhstani has been part of Hatton Promotions’ stable since 2011 and feels a move to England will help him take his career to the next level.
Zhakiyanov has won 12 of his 19 victories by knockout and is the current mandatory challenger to EBU titlist Stephane Jamoye.
“I’m very happy and very proud to be trained by Ricky because he is one of the greatest boxers in history,” Zhanat, 25, said.
“I am new to this country, but I do not mind being away from home because I am a survivor and have lived though many things.
“Boxers from Kazakhstan often go to other countries to become world champions and I am the same. Vassiliy Jirov was my idol and he boxed mainly in America. I hope I can have a career like his here with Ricky.” Continue reading
Two time Lithuanian Amateur Heavyweight Champion Paulius Kasiulevicius is set to debut in the professional ranks, on the Johnny Eames TKO Events promoted Two Tribes show, headlined by Colin Lynes versus Beka Sutidze at York Hall on Saturday 1st June 2013. Continue reading
Bethlehem, PA–A virtual unknown less than 12 months ago, hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev is one fight away from challenging for the world light-heavyweight title.
Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, takes on Cornelius White, of Houston, TX, in a scheduled 12-round elimination fight on Friday evening, June 14, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
The winner becomes the No. 1 challenger for the IBF crown, currently held by Bernard Hopkins, of Philadelphia, PA.
The Kovalev-White contest is part of a triple header to be televised live as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. Other televised matches, set for 10 rounds, feature heavyweight Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, vs. Andrey Fedosov, of Shuya, Russia, and welterweight Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, vs. Ray Narh, of Brooklyn, NY. Continue reading
Undefeated Enes Zecirevic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina but now based in Switzerland, is set to face Georgian Mikheil Khutsisvili for the vacant World Boxing Federation International Super Middleweight title on Saturday May 25 at the Sporthalle Badbetrieb in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Continue reading
MONTREAL (May 22, 2013) –The interesting battle preceding the much-anticipated showdown on Saturday night, June 8, between the most dangerous super middleweight, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (20-1-0, 17 KOs), and World Boxing Council (WBC),The Ring Magazine and linear light heavyweight champion, “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-2-0, 17 KOs), features a pair of international stars adding spectacular excitement for boxing fans in attendance as well as those watching on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark,” live from the historic Bell Centre in Montreal. Continue reading
International Boxing Federation Africa (IBF/AFICA) – THURSDAY 23 MAY 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – Day two of the 30th annual IBF convention saw a veritable mix of atmospheric changes both inside and out during the day’s events. After breakfast, the day started with a city tour throughout Berlin. Continue reading
I make this statement in relation to the outrageous and defamatory statements which have been made about me by Deontay Wilder.
On 9 May I announced the Wilder v Chisora fight, which was to take place on Saturday 15th June at Wembley Arena. There was a deal reached with Wilder’s representative, Eric Gomez, and my matchmaker Dean Powell for that fight to take place.
On the morning of the press conference at 7.26am Dean Powell received an email from Eric Gomez asking the question: “Can you please hold on the announcement until Monday next week?”. As you can see this was a question. The reason given for the request was: “don’t want any bad press because of the arrest”.Neither Dean nor I were told – as Mr Wilder now seems to suggest – that Mr Wilder did not consider he had a deal or that he was unable to travel to London. Indeed, Mr Gomez went onto say in that email “everything is fine”. Therefore we took at face value that the reason for the request to postpone the announcement was because Mr Wilder did not want any bad press. Continue reading
Orange, CA (May 22) – Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions are re-signing Tijuana’s crackerjack super featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) to a second promotional contract. Continue reading
Big-hitting heavyweight Dereck Chisora will now headline a multi-title show at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th July after promoter Frank Warren announced today that he has rescheduled the show from Saturday 15th June.
Chisora, plus undefeated stars Frankie Gavin, Denton Vassell, Paul Butler and Gary O’Sullivan, feature on a huge night of boxing at the historic and world famous fight venue, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The exciting and controversial Londoner had agreed to face the unbeaten Deontay Wilder, but the American was recently arrested for battery for allegedly strangling a woman that has meant he is unable to travel outside of the US. Because of Wilder’s arrest, this has caused Warren to delay the show by five weeks and offers have been made to heavyweights Tyson Fury, Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo. Continue reading
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2013) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight champion Argenis “The Thunderstorm” Mendez (21-2-, 10 KOs) has arrived in England and joined his trainer, Lee Beard, to prepare for his first title defense. Continue reading
The Merseyside rematch between rivals Paul Smith and Tony Dodson for the Vacant British Super-Middleweight title will now take place on Friday 28th June at the Liverpool Olympia.
Smith v Dodson was originally announced to take place on Saturday 15th June at Wembley Arena, but promoter Frank Warren has rescheduled that show to Saturday 20th July with Smith and Dodson switched to headline a talent packed double-title fight card that also features Ellesmere Port sensation Paul Butler.
The first fight in 2010 was a real blood ‘n guts affair with Smith getting cut in two places above his in the opening round from head clashes and on the receiving end of some big shots from Dodson before battling back – with his face masked in blood – to win on the judges’ scorecards and retain the British title. Continue reading
On Sunday, I was humbled. I was in a banquet hall with Pennsylvania Hall-of-Fame members and I had the opportunity to sit and talk with some of them and it made me feel fortunate. It was at Romano’s Caterers in Juniata Park where the local chapter of Veteran Boxers Association hosted its annual Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame induction banquet. Continue reading
May 22, 2013 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: Andre Ward recently communicated to the WBC through his advisors, and to the public via a press release, his decision to relinquish his WBC Super Middleweight Emeritus World Championship. The WBC has vested the Emeritus World Champion honor only to a few elite, great champions. Legendary WBC champions like Vitali Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather and Erik Morales have received the Emeritus status when extreme circumstances temporarily interrupted their distinguished careers. In every instance the outcome has been fair and just for all involved , proving that this rule is a great provision.
Andre Ward perceived the WBC Emeritus Champion designation as being stripped of his world title belt. With all due respect to Andre’s opinions and feelings, it is imperative that the WBC clarifies to the public the chain of events that led to Ward’s designation as WBC Emeritus World Champion . Continue reading
International Boxing Federation Africa (IBF/AFICA) – WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – One of the IBF most experienced ring official Peter Paul Podgorski “Pete” will be the third man in the ring at the Carl Froch “The Cobra” v, Mikkel Kessler’s “IBF/WBA Super Middleweight Title”. Continue reading
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) beat IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) soundly three years ago in Herning, Denmark in front of Kessler’s Danish fans and a small spatter of Froch’s British fans. This time when Kessler faces Froch on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England, Kessler will be looking to whip Froch in front of a huge crowd of Froch’s British fans.
Kessler wants to show that his win last time wasn’t because he was fighting at home in Denmark. It was because he was the more talented fighter than the upright, easy to hit Froch.
Kessler said “I want to show Carl and all of his boxing fans that I’m better than him.”
Well, if the fight follows the pattern of their last fight, Froch will come out aggressive; taste some of Kessler’s power and back off immediately. Last time, Froch fought in spurts where he would come at Kessler for some exchanges and then back away after Kessler got the better of him. The fight followed this pattern until late in the fight when it clear that Froch was well behind in the fight and needed to sweep the championship rounds in order to have a chance to win. Continue reading
From 140lbs to 154lbs all the top guys are jockeying for position; promoters, advisers and managers are trying to secure the best fights for their charges. The best fights being the ones with the biggest payout with the least chance of losing. They ALL do it, it’s just a fact of professional fighting.
In June 2013, Paulie Malignaggi will face off against Adrien Broner for Malignaggi’s 147lb strap. Both men are reportedly getting near $1M for their efforts. Continue reading
(Photo Credit: Thomas Sjorup) IBF CHAMPION CARL FROCH:
“It doesn´t get any better than this… to be involved in a fight of this magnitude at this scale against a fighter like Mikkel Kessler at this venue…I could almost explode. I feel shaky and nervous but also confident and strong. I am so sharp. I will enjoy it, I will leave absolutely everything in the ring, heart, soul, guts, tears and blood if necessary.”
WBA CHAMPION MIKKEL KESSLER:
“A lot of people said I am crazy to come to London and fight him in his hometown because I have already beaten him once. But you know what, this is the fight I want to fight, I don´t see any bigger fight in the world right now. I am a man of my word and I shook his hand and I said I am going to fight you in your hometown and that is why I am here. I want to show him and all the fans that I am better than him in his hometown, too. And I want his belt, I have never had the IBF belt.”
The purse offer for the highly anticipated British Middleweight title showdown between champion Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder was won by Andy Ayling on behalf of Queensberry Promotions at the British Boxing Board of Control’s Cardiff headquarters earlier today.
The fight was put back out to purse bids after a premature announcement by the Board had previously awarded the fight to Promoter Eddie Hearn, until it was discovered that he had failed to fill in a simple form ‘correctly and in the appropriate places’ as per the strict rules of a purse offer. Continue reading
Steve Goodwin (Goodwin Promotions) and Olivia Goodwin (Goodwin Main Events) are planning a bumper end of season with two Saturday night shows at York Hall in the space of two weeks.
Olivia stages her best ever card on 13th July in an event entitled ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Olivia promotes this alongside Streetwise Promotions from Ghana.
Top of the bill is Ghanaian star and IBF African champion Richard Commey (15-0, all by stoppage) against former Commonwealth featherweight champion Paul Truscott. The fight is a final eliminator for the Commonwealth lightweight title which is being contested on the same night by Derry Mathews and Tommy Coyle.
Commey says: “I have total respect for Truscott but the one I want is Derry Mathews. His manager said I was not good on Twitter and I want to show him by beating his boy. First however I have to fight Paul who is a quality fighter and I am looking forward to the challenge.” Continue reading
In an unfortunate turn of events former European champion Ermano “ll’Dottore” Fegatilli (27-5-0 5 KO’s) must walk away from his scheduled June 22nd stay-busy-fight in Gramont, Belgium due to an excruciating tooth infection. The infection occurred during a dental implant to fix a broken tooth. The implant will be removed in the coming weeks and later replaced after his August 23rd eight-round fight in Ostende and October 11th WBC elimination fight at Gents Boksgala 12 at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Gent, Belgium. Continue reading
Operator: Good afternoon and welcome to the Super Middleweight World Championship conference. Your host, Mr. Bernie Bahrmasel, will now begin.
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The highly anticipated rematch between IBF super middleweight champion, Carl Froch and WBA super middleweight champion, Mikkel Kessler will be broadcast live on HBO Saturday, May 25 in from the sold out O2 Arena in London at 6 p.m. Eastern time and 3 p.m. Pacific time with an Encore same day presentation at 10 p.m. Eastern time, 10 p.m. Pacific time. Continue reading
The May 24 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature former Junior Middleweight and Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (27-6-3, 15 KOs) and former Welterweight title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-4, 1 ND, 20 KOs) in the 10-round Junior Middleweight main event. Friday’s show from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., will air live at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. Friday’s card is promoted by Star Boxing. Continue reading
Chris Keane will challenge Neil Dawson for the WBO International Cruiserweight Title at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 31st May.
The Walsall boxer takes on the current holder of the belt on the undercard of Martin Gethin’s big IBF Final Eliminator against Ammeth Diaz in his hometown, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Dawson (11-2) won the belt by defeating Tony Conquest back in December thanks to a stunning first round KO. However, Keane, the current Midlands Area Cruiserweight King, is confident of recording an 11th straight pro career victory.
“It’s a good opportunity for me,” Keane told www.uko-boxing.com. “It’s important that I now know who I’m fighting so I can start preparing specifically for Dawson. Continue reading
Home-town hero Jamie Cox relaunches his career at the Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 15 and promoter PJ Rowson has put together a good-looking bill.
Blackwell will meet undefeated Stepan Horvath over six rounds after Prince Arron pulled out of a British-title eliminator ordered by the Board of Control to challenge for European honours. Continue reading