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Fury-Rogan press conference footage

London (Mar 8) The Unfinished Business press conference for the upcoming Heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan took place at the Odyssey Arena on Tuesday (6th) please click on the video below to watch the press conference.

In attendance was Promoter Mick Hennessy, Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan

Fury vs. Rogan, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports on April 14 at the Odyssey Arena, will be broadcast live on Channel 5

Press Conference footage courtesy of www.irishboxers.ie


TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the UNFINISHED BUSINESS event at the Odyssey Arena on April 14th are priced at £155, £105, £65, £44, £33 and £27.50 and can be purchased from the Odyssey Arena Box Office on 028 9073 9074, or via Ticketmaster on 0844 277 4455 (24 hour).

Tickets can also be purchased in person from the Odyssey Arena Box Office and the usual Ticketmaster outlets.

Tickets are also available to purchased online from www.ticketmaster.ie

Please Note: Inner Circle Ringside tickets are NOT currently on sale and the £155.00 priced tickets are Floor tickets and not ringside tickets.

Go on line www.hennessysports.com for more information about the April 14 show.

ESPN Films to Premiere "26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story" March 15 on ESPN

Dewey Bozella’s life changed forever when he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Throughout his 26 years behind bars, Bozella found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing Prison, and made it a goal to be proven innocent and box professionally once he was released. ESPN Films chronicles Bozella’s journey from prison cell to professional boxer in 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story premiering on Thurs., March 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD.

Unyielding in his innocence, Bozella never gave up fighting—both in and out of the ring. He was offered more than four separate chances for an early release if he would only admit guilt and show remorse, but Bozella consistently refused to accept freedom under such conditions. After a law firm took on his case and uncovered new evidence that exonerated him, Bozella was released and returned to boxing as a volunteer trainer to kids and aspiring fighters. When Bozella was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2011 ESPYs in July, he caught the attention of light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and boxing great Oscar De La Hoya who then helped make his dream to fight one professional fight as a free man come true.

Directed by award winning producer/director Jose Morales, 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story follows Bozella on his quest to earn a professional boxing license at age 52, and sheds light on a man who never gave up fighting for his freedom. The film is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Fishburne and includes interviews from Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, and Bozella’s wife Trena and attorneys.

Quotes from 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story:

Dewey on why he continued to box after being released from prison: “I didn’t want to fight amateur. What I really liked to know was what it feels like to be a pro. And I believed that it was something that I needed to find out for myself.”

Oscar De La Hoya before Dewey’s second attempt at passing his boxing license: “I don’t wish for the commission to look at his speed and his punching power. I want them to focus directly on his heart and think about what he has accomplished, what he has gone through to be right here today. Doesn’t get any tougher than that.”

Dewey on how he felt going into his first professional fight: “Bring it. You can’t hurt me no more than I’ve already been hurt. Black eye, busted lip, busted nose, broken rib… you can’t hurt me no more. You can’t. I’ve been knocked down so many times I had no choice but to get back up or lay down and die. And I ain’t ready for that yet, so I’m going to fight.”

26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story trailer

Who will make it to the semi-finals this weekend?

Lausanne, Switzerland, 8 March 2012 - With three of the quarter-finals delicately poised after the first leg ties, the action resumes this weekend with the return fixtures. The winners will advance to the last four of the World Series Boxing (WSB) knock-out stages.

This Friday we have three quality matches on offer with Dynamo Moscow versus Leipzig Leopards, followed by Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder hosting Paris United and then Mexico City Guerreros do battle with Astana Arlans. Saturday the Venky's Mumbai Fighters travel to Azerbaijan to face Baku Fires in the last of match of this quarter-final line-up.

Follow all the action and get comprehensive coverage as it happens on the WSB website. Click HERE to get in-depth information on all matches and player line-ups, as well as bios on our schedule page.

Milan vs. Paris (aggregate score 2:3)
Despite forfeiting the Bantamweight contest, Paris United took charge of the first leg at the Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin in the French capital, with an impressive performance that saw the big guns deliver when it mattered. Croatian duo Hrvoje Sep and Filip Hrgovic along with Irish Lightweight sensation John Joe Nevin did the business for Paris last Monday.

This time around, Milano will look to use the home advantage at the Mediolanum Forum to progress to the next phase of the competition. Leading the charges will be Italian Heavyweight superstar Clemente Russo, and fan favourite Vicenzo PIcardi, in the Bantamweight contest. Brazilian Pedro Lima will look to power past his opponent in the Middleweight showdown as the Hungarian duo of Miklos Varga and Imre Szello make up the Italian Franchise's quintet.

Paris United on the other hand played their strong card in the first fixture and their squad now looks stretched and exposed with most of their boxers lacking WSB experience. But you never know, at this stage of this competition anything is possible and with the French outfit holding a slight advantage, it will be up to Milano to take the initiative.

Mexico vs. Astana (2:3)
This is another match on a knife-edge, Mexico City Guerreros will look to use the conditions at fortress Foro Polanco to their advantage against Astana Arlans, as they have done throughout the season. Even with a walk-over, the Mexican outfit acquitted themselves really well in the first leg, narrowly losing out with Kennedy Katende off-par. There has been fighting talk from both coaches in the build-up so this promises to be a cracker (Read about it).

The Guerreros will have Braulio Avila Juarez looking to outmanoeuvre his opponent in the Bantamweight showdown before Uzbek orthodox Hurshid Tojibaev goes all-out in typical style in Lightweight fight. The impressive 23-year-old Bulgarian Mladen Manev has the unenviable task of facing knock-out king Kanat Slam in the evening's third bout. Mexican poster-boy Francisco Javier Ortega will come up against last year's WSB Light Heavyweight Champion Abdelhafid Benchabla in what promises to be a classic. Hard-hitting Ecuadorian Jorge Quinonez is then the home team's big Heavyweight proposition.

Astana have brought out their big players in the hope of overcoming their first leg deficit. Rafikjon Sultonov is lined-up to face Avila Juarez and exciting southpaw Samat Bashenov gets the nod to fight in the Lightweight contest. With Slam and Benchabla in the mix, there will be fireworks for sure. Hungary's Istvan Bernath will be the brawn at Heavyweight.

Baku vs. Mumbai (2:3)
After creating the sensation of the round by inflicting a first defeat of the season on the irrepressible Baku Fires, Venky's Mumbai Fighters will look to defy the odds once again when they travel to the Olympic Sports Centre in the heart of the Azeri capital. Uaine Fa and Charly Suarez were the leading light in India last time around but this weekend, the beacon will be passed on to a new line-up.

Baku will look to exact revenge in front of their home fans. Three local fighters in Isa Isayev, and two Individual Championships finalists in Heybulla Mursalov and Ramazan Magomedau will seek to inflict the damage during the evening's proceedings. Russia's Bantamweight Magomed Kurbanov and 26-year-old Ukrainian Heavyweight Denys Poyatsyka will want to make the scoreline a comprehensive one.

Mumbai on the other hand have a few tricks up their sleeve with Ukrainian pocket dynamo Ivan Ilnytskyy testing his skills against Kurbanov in the Bantamweight contest. The eager Diwakar Prasad, who has started off brightly but petered out in the latter stages of his bouts this season, will relish the challenge of facing 21-year-old newcomer Isayev. Konstantin Snigour, a revelation since joining the Fighters during the mid-season transfer window, will surely test Mursalov all the way. Leonid Charnabayeu will have a tall ask against Magomedau before all eyes turn to Heavyweight sensation Paul Koon who is an awesome proposition at Heavyweight.

Should this match go to the sudden death decider, in case of an aggregate score draw after the evening's five fights, then 2011 AIBA World Championships Silver medallist and Azeri sensation Teymur Mammadov could make his debut in the competition.

Moscow vs. Leipzig Leopards (5:0)
With this match pretty much won for the Russian outfit, Dynamo Moscow, it will be a formality in terms of scoreline against a depleted Leipzig Leopards. But this does not mean we are not guaranteed a show.

Moscow have some very demanding fans and the team will want to deliver on the night. Vladimir Nikitin packs a lot of power for a Bantamweight. In the Lightweight contest, we will once again be able to feast our eyes on one of the most accomplished boxers in the whole of the WSB competition, Vazgen Safaryants. The 27-year-old southpaw has an unblemished seven wins no losses in his career to date and expect him to muscle his way to an eighth victory. Aleksandr Ivanov just seems to get better and better and with a TKO in his last contest, the fleet-footed orthodox could do some serious damage. Eduard Yakushev and Arslanbek Makhmudov will be showcasing their skills in the Light Heavy and Heavyweight bouts respectively.

For Leipzig, Danish Nordic Champions Dennis Ceylan and Rashid Kassem will hope to re-address the balance in the early stages before Dutchman Stephen Danyo battles in the Middleweight contest. WSB newcomers Sergey Mikhel and Eric Brechlin, both from Germany, will seek to somehow defy expectations and tie the match. It will be mission impossible but you never know.

Article posted on 08.03.2012



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