Bute-Johnson video; Burns-Katsidis, Groves-Smith, Saunders-Boulden on BoxNation
FRIENDSHIP FORGOTTEN FOR FIGHT
“Saturday night is business. Glen Johnson is the toughest opponent I’ve faced.” – Lucian Bute
“Fans obviously know they have an exciting fight. The sense of urgency is there.” – Glen Johnson
Friends preparing to become foes,
Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson promise that Saturday’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) title fight will produce fireworks in Quebec City.
Saturday, November 5th – Bute vs. Johnson - Live on SHOWTIME at 9pm ET
Click below to watch today’s SHO Sports Update with Al Bernstein
For more photos and videos from Showtime Championship Boxing
Burns vs. Katsidis, Groves vs. Smith, Saunders vs. Boulden on BoxNation on Saturday
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
SATURDAY, 5th NOVEMBER, 2011
***LIVE ON BOXNATION (SKY PLATFORM CH. 456)***
Doors open: 17:30 hrs
Fight # 1 – 18:15 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
GARY CORCORAN v BILLY SMITH
Fight # 2 – 18:40 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
DARREN CORDONA v AARON FOX
Box Nation Live Broadcast Commences @ 19:00 hrs
Fight # 3 – 19:15 hrs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
BRADLEY SKEETE v JAY MORRIS
Fight # 4 – 19:45 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
LUKE ROBINSON v SID RAZAK
Fight # 5 – 20:10 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
FRANKIE BUGLIONI v SABIE MONTEITH
Fight # 6 -20:35 hrs
THE SOUTHERN AREA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 160 lbs
GARY BOULDEN v BILLY JOE SAUNDERS
Fight # 7 – 21:25 hrs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
GEORGE MICHAEL CARMEN v TOM BOWEN
Fight # 8 – 22:00 hrs
THE WBO INTERIM LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 135 lbs
RICKY BURNS v MICHAEL KATSIDIS
Fight # 9 – Follow On
THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds @ 168 lbs
GEORGE GROVES v PAUL SMITH
Mumbai Fighters ready for the World Series of Boxing
Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 November 2011 - Mumbai Fighters unveil their power-packed team which includes 17 top-class pugilists, comprised of 13 Indian and 4 foreign boxers. With reputed names such as Akhil Kumar, Balbir Singh, Jitender Kumar and Diwakar Prasad from India as well as Paul Koon (USA), Trent Rawlins (AUS) and Patrick Gallagher (IRL), the camp is confident of a real successful season.
ESPN Star Sports will broadcast the Mumbai Fighters and WSB live exclusively to the Indian public, which means that the audiences will be able to discover and see firsthand the future of the nation's boxers. Allowing the public to become familiar with the stars of tomorrow, connecting them with different target groups and giving them the encouragement to go out and perform to the best of their abilities.
AIBA President and Chairman of the WSB Board, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu stated: "As Chairman and on behalf of the WSB Board, I have been very impressed to witness how professional the Mumbai Fighters Franchise have been in creating such an operational team, becoming one of the most competitive through the recruitment of some excellent boxers. I am convinced that this squad will be highly regarded by their rivals when the competition starts next week. This confirms what we have always believed: India has a bright future in boxing and more even more so in this upcoming WSB season."
This development in boxing has brought together the nation, the federation, and those who are supporting this wholeheartedly. Abhay Singh Chautala, President of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) said, "WSB is a big leap for Indian boxing, I am sure the league will be a huge success and will help a great deal in the overall development of the sport. Moreover this unique concept is bound to encourage more Indians to take up boxing as a profession".
Udit Sheth, Team Principal added, "We have a team in top shape. Our Head Coach and Technical Director along with the entire coaching staff have put in a huge effort to turn the boxers into men of steel. Our diversity is our strength; this team is hungry to learn. This team is going global under expert guidance. Boxing is also the next big fitness program waiting to explode globally".
The World Series of Boxing will also provide a great platform for the lesser known boxer to make a name for themselves and be recognised in the global boxing arena. Universal Sports, the Mumbai Fighters partner, hopes WSB will help grow the sport and its brand's popularity. "We are quite certain that the requirement for Boxing equipment and apparel will grow as the Masses and the youth start to follow the sport. There will be a huge boost to the game when people start seeing boxing as a fitness alternative. Our Brands Punchline is 'The Unbeatable', we are very sure that the Mumbai Fighters will soon be the 'unbeatables'".