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News: Eddie Chambers vs Cisse Salif; Michael Hunter; Paul Hyland

PHILADELPHIA (December 9TH, 2008)—This Saturday night at The Morango Hotel & Resort in Cabazon, California, IBF number-six ranked Heavyweight in the world, “Fast” Eddie Chambers will look to get closer to his ultimate goal in bringing the Heavyweight championship of the world back to Philadelphia. Chambers, 32-1 with eighteen knockouts takes on veteran Cisse Salif on the undercard of James Toney- Fres Oquendo bout, which will be televised by Versus..

Chambers is taking nothing for granted as he has had a tough training camp in Philadelphia.

“I treat every fight like it’s a world championship fight” said Chambers, just hours away from boarding a plane to California.

“Opportunity and success comes disguised as hard work and we worked very hard for this fight. Salif has been in with some of the best fighters in the world and has a good knockout record so he has to be respected.”

“A win here gets me right back to where I was before the Povetkin fight as I believe I should be in line to take on one of champions in the division. Everyone knows why David Haye ran away from me after we accepted terms for a fight with him.”

“I feel that I am the première fighter in the Heavyweight division at this point in time. I have a great team with my promoter’s Goossen-Tutor and Score America and trainer in Rob Murray Sr. We are ready to what we have to do to become The Heavyweight champion of the world.”


The United States’ Michael Hunter to Face Russia’s Niyaz Fazullin in Opening Round Action at the 2008 World Cup

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States’ Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) will open World Cup action on Wednesday with a quarterfinal bout against home country boxer Niyaz Fazullin of Russia. While it will be the first bout between the two, Hunter has a score to settle, having dropped his qualifying bout at the 2007 AIBA World Championships to Russia’s Islam Timurziev. If Hunter wins his opening bout in Moscow, he will face the winner of Olympic silver medalist Zhilei Zhang of China and Cuba’s Robert Acea Alfonso.

World Cup action will begin at 2 p.m. Russia time, and Hunter’s bout will be the 22nd contest of the session. All of the World Cup competition is being contested at the “Megasport” Sports Palace in Moscow. Live scoring for the event will be showcased on AIBA’s website at www.aiba.org throughout the competition.

The 2008 World Cup is the 12th edition of the event and the first since the 1998 tournament in Beijing, China to take place in an individual format, rather than a team competition. The first-ever World Cup was held in 1979 in New York City.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


HYLAND ON ALERT FOR NAPA

IRISH prospect Paul Hyland could be in line for a shock crack at European bantamweight champion Ian Napa.

Hyland (12-1) is set to challenge the Englishman if he defeats fellow Dubliner Eugene Heagney in their home city on Thursday 18th December.

The Irish champion and Heagney settle their differences in a six rounder on the big show at Dublin City University.

Promoter Frank Maloney said: "Ian has a defence lined up next month, but after that it could be Paul's chance.

"I think Ian is the best bantamweight in Europe by a long way, but Paul is one of the rising contenders and a serious threat.

"If Paul keeps improving his chance to challemge for the European title will come sooner rather than later..

"Napa takes on all comers and what a night it would be if Paul faced Ian and Darren Sutherland box on the same bill."

Hyland, 24, was based in England early in his professional career but is settled back in Ireland. He lifted the national super-bantamweight crown in July outpointing tough Marc Callaghan

Heagney, 24 (7-1), was stopped in eight rounds in a Irish bantamweight title fight by Colin Moffett 12 months ago.

He got his career back on track in July outpointing Kemal Plavci in a four rounder and is in the mood to cause a big upset.

All eyes will be on Irish Olympic bronze medallist Sutherland who faces Georgi Iliev in a six round super-middleweight clash on his eagerly awaited professional debut.

Rendell Munroe's European super-bantamweight title defence against Italian champ Fabrizio Trotta tops the DCU bill which will be televised live in Britain and Ireland by Sky Sports.

London based Irishman Martin Power (19-3); the former British bantamweight champion faces a tough test against Gary Davies (7-2-1).

In a special attraction Craig Watson (13-2) defends his Commonwealth welterweight title against Adnan Amar (22-1), a protégé of Dubliner Brendan Ingle.

A third title bout on the bill sees Jason Booth (30-5) risks his Commonwealth bantamweight crown against Sean Hughes (15-7-1).

Kiko Martinez (19-1), who knocked out Bernard Dunne in seconds, boxes a six rounder on the undercard.

Tickets for the big Dublin bill cost 100 Euros and 50 Euros and are available from www.frankmaloney.com, www.ticketmaster.ie. To order from Ireland by phone call 08 18 719300, and from UK 0871 226 1508.

Article posted on 09.12.2008



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