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Vitali Klitschko faces Dereck Chisora on 2/18

Vitali KlitschkoDereck "Del Boyď Chisora is 27 years old and is rated in the Top 15 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) world rankings. From 2010 until 2011, Chisora was the Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion. In his last fight, Chisora lost a very controversial split decision against Robert Helenius in Heleniusí hometown of Helsinki, Finland. Every boxing fan that watched this fight thought that Chisora clearly won and should be the real European champion. Dereck ChisoraĎs fight record is 15 wins (9 KOs) with two defeats.

Dereck Chisora: "Wladimir Klitschko did not fight me last year so I am now going to get the world championship belt from his older brother Vitali. I will show Vitali that his time is over and make him retire. After I beat Vitali, if Wladimir wants revenge I will also fight him and take all their heavyweight championship belts back to London!ď

Vitali Klitschko is 40 years old with a professional record of 43-2 with 40 KOs. His two defeats came only as a result of injuries and he never lost his title in the ring. Klitschko has the highest knock out percentage of any world champion with 93 percent. Vitali Klitschko is only the fourth boxer along with Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis to win a heavyweight championship belt for the third time. It will be Klitschkoís 16th World Heavyweight Championship fight in Munich.

Vitali Klitschko: "Chisora has proven in his last fights that he is very strong with his infighting. His great performance against Helenius showed that he should be the European champion but I wonít be intimidated by his trash talking.Ē

In Germany, Klitschko vs. Chisora will be shown live and exclusively on Klitschkoís German TV partner RTL.

Ticket sales start on December 14 and will be available on www.eventim.de.

Interview: Johnny Eames On Ben Murphy And His Headline Grabbing British title Challenge

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: On Saturday night British Light Welterweight Champ Ashley ĎTreasureí Theophane defended his coveted Lonsdale belt against late replacement Ben Murphy.

Whilst Theophane did manage to retain his title, it was far from a convincing win, and it was the challenger who received all the plaudits, probably because he dominated the fight and all ringside judges had Hoveís Murphy firmly ahead on points at the start of the eleventh.

No surprise then that most of the media reports make a big point that Theophane was very, very lucky to get the win in the end, as well as lavish praise on Murphy for his magnificent performance. Something I readily agree with especially knowing the circumstances surrounding the fight - Murphy took the fight at just a couple of days notice, fought at a higher weight division than he normally does and more importantly had been cut during the successful defense of his Southern Area Lightweight title just two weeks earlier.

As such I really wanted to get an inside track on this mighty warrior, as well as the fight itself, so rather than talk with Murphy so soon after the fight Instead I spoke with his coach Johnny Eames at his famous fight factory The TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.

However before we get onto the interview with the esteemed Mr Eames I thought it sensible to give a very brief rundown on the fight for those that hadnít been lucky enough to watch Murphyís magnificent performance.

Murphy completed dominated the first half of the fight, he took the fight to the bigger man, pinning Theophane on the ropes and letting rip with nonstop venomous salvos, to win the first five rounds easily. Theophane had a little more success in the sixth, but still not enough I felt to win the round - mainly because it was clear that it was Murphy that was still in full control.

Round seven see the Tasmanian Devil Dog like Murphy completely tie up the champ, as in the early rounds, to secure the round, even though Theophane had managed to tear a nasty gash over Murphyís right eye - On this point some reports say was the result of a left uppercut, whilst various of those present ringside, including his coach Johnny Eames, claim this was due to the dubious use of the elbow.

Either way at the end of the day Murphy was badly cut, something that clearly affected him, as such initially he seemed wary to go full pelt as previously, which allowed Theophane to actually gain some semblance of success for the next couple of rounds.

Round eleven sees Murphy fly out the traps and again take the fight to the Champ and keeps the pressure up for a minute or so. As soon as the major assault subsides Theophane starts one of his own. Theophane steps up the pace and continues to do so until the referee Howard Foster steps in and stops the fight on the 2 minute 33 second mark.

Interestingly many pundits disagreed with the ref stepping in and stopping the fight at this point, including myself, but it was surprisingly refreshing that Johnny Eames didnít, something he explains during the following interview.

Rio - First question I have to ask is just how did this fight actually come about?

Johnny - Frank Maloney called me on Tuesday evening and asked me if Michael Grant wanted to fight Ashley Theophane for the British title as Nigel Wright unfortunately had a problem with his brain scan - obviously my sympathies go out to Nigel Wright, whoís a good friend of mine. I spoke to him up there and hopefully all will be all right once they get the second opinion - I said Michael wasnít available and maybe he should try Peter McDonagh, who trains here in the gym.

Obviously the answer was that he couldnít do it, so I said look Iíve got another guy here, who I donít actually manage, but train and Iíll have a word with him, Ben Murphy, I said the only problem is he only fought two weeks ago and in that fight he got cut, so it was a big if Ben would be willing to take the fight.

That was a stupid question really, because I phoned Ben, maybe I should have rang his manager first but I always have a sort of special relationship with my fighters and I rang Ben he answered immediately I said do you want to fight for the British title Saturday, bearing in mind this was Tuesday and the answer was yes. He didnít ask who, where, how much, what weight, nothing!

Obviously it was a step up in weight, which was a gamble, but I worked with Ashley (Theophane) for two or three years and I know Ashley quite well. I knew that Ben was the kind of fighter that Ashley really didnít like fighting. The big question mark over the fight was it was two weeks since he fought and had been back in the gym once, all right he did a couple of runs and he always keeps himself fit.

We hadnít prepared for it, but thatís all right because Ashley hadnít prepared for us - then again how can you prepare for Ben Murphy - you know he was prepared to fight Nigel Wright, a southpaw, and now heís got a little bull like animal who wants to rip his head off with every punch he throws.

Rio - You touched on my next question, normally Ben fights at Super Featherweight and Lightweight, didnít you worry about him stepping up to Light Welter so quickly.

Johnny - If it had been any other Light Welterweight in the Country I might have been a bit concerned, but I know Ashley quite well, he aint what you call a big puncher, heís quite accurate but not a big puncher so I knew Ben would be able to deal with the power.

Ben walks around at 10st 4lbs, 10st 5lbs and he makes Lightweight quite comfortably and he did make Super Featherweight for Prizefighter, so heís pretty flexible. Heís a good liver so he can keep the weight on or take it off as it makes no difference for him, so we virtually fought at walking around weight.

Benís a different animal, yeah it was a gamble, but a calculated gamble.

Rio - Benís only been with you around six weeks or so, so I assume a lot of what we see was his normal fight style and not that you have bought much on board yet.

Johnny - When he came to me he had three weeks Ďtil his Southern Area title defense, thereís nothing I can teach in three weeks, not even Superman could teach anyone anything in three weeks, and thereís a lot better trainers than me out there (Rio - I doubt there are many better, with the levels of Championship success Johnny has had over the years) that would tell you that you couldnít teach anyone anything new in just three weeks, so we just had to make sure he was ready for a ten rounder, which he was.

After the first fight I said weíll get you in the gym and Iíll start teaching you some of the things you need to know. He was due to be in this Monday to start our coaching for fights after Christmas.

Obviously itís not how I want him to fight, but for Ashley itís the way he had to fight. I spoke to him beforehand and said that thereís things I want to teach you to do, but said to him for this fight just go out there and do what you do, because he had to do what he does. It aint pretty but itís effective.

Rio - Now Iím going to get onto the fight itself - unfortunately I couldnít get up to Sunderland so I watched it on TV - I thought he did amazingly well and that the stoppage was early, but please tell me how you see that fight.

Johnny - I was amazed at how he could back Ashley up so easily in the first six rounds, I mean at first I thought Ashley was having a look to see what Benís got to offer. I knew he hadnít prepared for Ben, all good fighters can adapt during a fight and Ashley is a good fighter.

As I said I thought Ashley was just having a look, then after the first round went, and then the second and then the third went I realized he couldnít deal with it.

Ben was very fired up, I was asking Ben not to put power in every shot, unfortunately that side of it we havenít taught him that yet and he just went round after round.

I had us win the fist six rounds, without a shadow of a doubt. For me personally I had us lose the next four, going into the eleventh I had us two up. I believe, no I know for definite because I spoke with the judges, that one judge had Ben five up going into the eleventh, one had him four up and one had him one round up.

In hindsight if I had known that I would have told Ben to go out there and hang on him for dear life, but not knowing if heíd be able to do that or not, because thatís not his style.

Everybody was in his favour, at the end of the tenth round, I think it was, he came back - he was cut in the second round, it was a cut that he got two weeks before and we knew it would reopen, and then cut again in the seventh round - and heíd started to get beaten up a bit, Iím not someone that Iím not one for letting my fighters get beat up so I said to him unless you win this eleventh round Iím not letting you out for the twelfth.

Obviously partly to fire him up but also to make him aware he was taking too many shots. Unfortunately the referee didnít let him get back to the corner, but a lot of people who watched it on TV said they didnít feel the stoppage was justified, from ringside it was and Howard (Foster) did a good job, a very good job.

Ben did everyone of us proud, when we went back to the hotel the officials stood and clapped us in, Iíve never seen that before.

The bottom line is that it could open doors for Ben in his own weight division.

Rio - Again youíve touched on my next question - whatís next for Ben.

Johnny - Ben is a Lightweight, he really is a Lightweight, he will do Lightweight again and he will be fighting at Lightweight in the next fight.

Iíd love to think, and reading the reports and website that everybody thinks that Ben should be mandatory challenger for the British Lightweight title. Iíd love to think he would.

Anthony Crolla is a good friend of mine, Joe Gallagher is a good friend of mine, but Iím pretty certain if they was watching that they wont be fancying facing Ben Murphy at Lightweight and Iím pretty certain that he could go and take the title from Anthony.

Rio - So if he does get the shot and wins the title, do see Ben progressing further than that?

Johnny - I never look beyond the British level with one of my fighters until they win it and defend it and then we look to see whatís around. The Lightweight division on the European scene is a very good division.

Iím not saying Ben aint good enough, but letís see what happens with the British title first and then weíll see where we go after that.

Rio - Youíve only had five weeks working with Ben, whatís your absolute honest opinion of him.

Johnny - The American trainer that was with Ashley said to me after the fight Ďput that man back in the cage, he should be on chains.í Thatís exactly what he is, heís a total throwback, heís not scared of anybody or anything.

When he was up here training with Bryan Lawrence, heís a Lightweight but he was sparring with Middleweights because the lighter weights didnít want to spar with him. Thatís the kind of kid he is and any fighter that has Benís attitude Iíll give them as much time as I can.

As a character and as a person heís amazing, heís just amazing you know Iíve never had a fighter with such a positive thinking way of fights. In his mind no one can beat him and he donít care who he fights.

I just wish there were a lot more fighters like him out there. Fighters these days are picky, want to be guaranteed wins, this kid donít give a s**t, heíll fight whoever you put in front of him.

BOXERS PREPARE FOR FRIDAY FIGHTS IN ALBANY

Weigh In This Thursday for ARES PROMOTIONS Fight NIght VII

December 13, 2011 Ė Albany, N.Y. - Shannon Miller will return to the ring on Friday at ARES PROMOTIONS' Fight Night VII at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Coming out of retirement after donating half his liver to his uncle, Miller is ready to knock out both his opponent and liver disease --- he's donating his purse to the cause.

Local favorite Javier Martinez will defend his undefeated record against Ray Velez (also undefeated) in a highly anticipated bout. The card is stacked and sure to provide fight fans with high-quality entertainment. Singer/songwriter Danielle Gaudin will also perform.

WEIGH IN:
Thursday, December 15
at 5:15 p.m.
Steuben Athletic Club,
1 Steuben Place, Albany, NY

On the card:
Heavyweights: Shannon Miller vs Jon Bolden
Lightweights: Eudy Bernardo vs Darnell Jiles, Jr
Light heavyweights: Shawn Miller vs Mark Anderson
Super middleweights: Andy Mejias vs Markus Brooks
Lightweights: Javier Martinez vs Ray Velez
Lightweights: Bryan Acaba vs Jamell Tyson
Light heavyweights: Travis Peterkin vs Ralph Johnson

FIGHT NIGHT VII
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, NY
Doors open at 6pm, first bout at 7pm

Call 518-527-2331 for tickets or information.
General Admission: $40
Reserved Seating: $55
Ringside Seating: $75

Article posted on 13.12.2011



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