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News: Margarito-Mosley; Frankie Gavin; Pianeta-Duhaupas

LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2008) – The Antonio Margarito vs. Sugar Shane Mosley World Welterweight Championship fight is just the ticket for a great holiday gift! There are TWO great Holiday Gift Packs available. The first package is only $295 and includes four tickets, regularly priced at $75 each, and four commemorative Margarito-Mosley fight T-shirts. For only $585, you can upgrade your Holiday Pack with four tickets, regularly priced at $150, four fight T-shirts and a boxing glove signed by both fighters. These packages are a great holiday gift for any boxing fan..

There are only 200 Holiday Packs available and they must be purchased through www.aegtickets.com/boxingholidaypack.

Additionally, fans purchasing over $1000 in tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com (offer not valid through TicketMaster phones, outlets and STAPLES Center box office) or purchasing a group of 10 or more tickets totaling over $1000 by calling 877-AEG-TICKETS (234-8425), will receive a boxing glove signed by both fighters. This autographed glove promotion is also limited to the first 200 people who spend $1,000 or more. Order now!

Remaining tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, are on sale at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at STAPLES Center box office.

Promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, the Margarito vs. Mosley World Welterweight Championship fight takes place on Saturday, January 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.


GAVIN SAYS HE IS THE FUTURE

Hot prospect Frankie Gavin says he is the future of British boxing - and will take up the reigns once the current crop of stars have retired.

The 2007 world amateur lightweight champion makes his glittering professional debut early next year after signing terms with top promoter Frank Warren.

His career will develop alongside those of fellow 2008 Olympians Billy Joe Saunders and Gold medalist James DeGale.

And during a media work out today in Manchester, Gavin said the trio are the next generation of stars.

"Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton are fantastic fighters," said Gavin.

"But they will be coming to the end of their careers in the next year or so, and the search is already on for the boxers who are going to replace them.

"I think that guys like James, Billy Joe and myself can step into their shoes and deliver the fights that the British public want to see.

"It's not going to be easy getting to the top, but we've got the talent to get to world level, and we'll all be pushing each other on to get there.

"I'm so excited about the next couple of years, because with the backing of Frank Warren, who developed Hatton, Calzaghe and Naseem Hamed into household names, we're going to get lots of publicity and the same kind of recognition that the top name fighters are getting at the moment.

Gavin, 23, will be trained by Anthony Farnell in Manchester, and impressed when he was put through his paces today.

"We've got a great camp here with some quality lads in the gym," he added. "There's no cutting corners, and every day I've got to 110% on top of my game otherwise I get found out.

"I've improved so much already, and I can't wait until my first professional fight because people are going to be really impressed by what they see."


Pianeta to defend EU heavyweight title against Duhaupas

EU heavyweight champion Francesco Pianeta will be in action on Saturday night when he takes on unbeaten Frenchman Johann Duhaupas on the Valuev-Holyfield undercard in Zurich. It will be the first defence of the title he won in August thanks to an eighth-round TKO victory over Scott Gammer. “The title defence will put me one step closer to my next goal, which is winning the European heavyweight title,” Pianeta said. “I keep improving in training all the time and want to show that on Saturday.”

Both Pianeta and his challenger enter the fight with an unbeaten record of 17 wins and zero losses. The 24-year-old German, however, has one more KO to his name (11) than his opponent. “Duhaupas is very strong,” Pianeta said. “He is almost two metres tall, very quick and fires very dangerous hooks. But I am not worried at all – I have practiced very well and know what I am capable of doing. I will not underestimate him but I will not overestimate him either. I have no doubts that I will win.”

Article posted on 18.12.2008



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