Andre Ward press conference video highlights; Price-McDermott on 1/21; WBC comments on Chavez-Rubio fight
Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), who just weeks removed from a dominant Super Six Tournament Final victory over the gritty and brash-talking Brit, Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs), retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) belt, while also capturing the WBC, Ring and the inaugural SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
In addition, Ward, who was recently named ESPN and Sports Illustrated's Fighter of the Year, met with members of the media to discuss his victory, what can be expected in 2012, and the recent news he entered the Froch bout with a double fracture on his left hand.
Andre Ward Speaks to Los Angeles Media
Andre Ward On How He Plans to Celebrate Victory
Andre Ward Responds to Being Labeled Pound for Pound Champ
Andre Ward Responds to Fighting With a Fractured Hand
David Price vs. John McDermott on January 21st
Promotor Frank Maloney predicts a busy year for his heavyweights starting with January 21st at the Liverpool Olympia. Headlining the bill is hot prospect David Price vs John McDermott in a 12 round final eliminator for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title.
A lively undercard will see up and coming ex-K1 fighter and undefeated heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (3-0-0) from Brixton who holds a win over GB Olympic heavyweight gold medalist prospect Anthony Joshua.
New signing Tom Little (2-0-0) who’s just entered a three year promotional contract and is managed by former British Champion Graham Earl will make his debut under Maloney Promotions.
Also on the bill is 6’9” ‘Highlander’ Gary Cornish (4-0-0) making his first appearance outside of Scotland.
Maloney said: "I am excited about 2012 with this crop of young heavyweights under my promotional banner.
“I believe it will not be long before our stable will be controlling the British and Commonwealth, European and World Heavyweight titles. I go as far as saying this could be as early as 2013.”
Leading heavyweight prospect David Price (11-0-0) is the man tipped to rule the world and will be moving his training camp down South for sparring where he will work with world title challenger Derek Chisora and Maloney's other heavyweights.
Price said: "I'm learning a lot in the gym with first class sparring which is making my fight nights look easier than they are.
"We have the best up and coming heavyweight prospects so the sparring in the camp in first class. The competition in Maloney's stable is high as everyone wants to be the best heavyweight in the world and I am confident I will get there first and bring the heavyweight world title back to Britain."
Price has just finished sparring with cruiserweight prospect Danny Price (2-0-0) a former GB team mate who is also on the January 21st Bill.
Danny said: "I was disappointed not to represent my country in the 2012 Olympics but I will make this a year to remember.
“it is a great help having my friend and former IBF featherweight champion Paul Ingle at ringside to motivate me.”
Third time lucky will be live on Sky Sorts HD1 on January 21st and tickets are available to buy online via www.frankmaloney.com.
World Boxing Council News - Chavez Jr. vs. Rubio
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
December 29, 2011 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: Numerous media outlets have reported that WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will fight Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4, 2012.
The governing WBC Rules and Regulations require a written formal petition for the sanctioning of any official WBC bout before a formal announcement takes place and ticket sales start. As of this date, the WBC has not received any communication from any promoter concerning a Chavez versus Rubio fight.
The WBC therefore does not endorse and disapproves any public announcement or ticket sales suggesting that the WBC has sanctioned the fight, or using the WBC name or trademarks until there is full compliance with the WBC Rules and Regulations.