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Woge-Hafner on Huck vs. Afolabi undercard on 5/5

Robert Woge (8-0, 7 KOīs) will face his next challenge on his way to the top on May 5 at the Messehalle in Erfurt. Further to the three boxing highlights of Marco Huckīs (34-2, 25 KOīs) World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight title defense, Robert Stieglitzīs (41-2, 23 KOīs) mandatory defense of his super-middleweight belt and the bout for the vacant European heavyweight title between Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOīs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOīs), Robert Woge will take on his ninth opponent.

This time he will face off with Ferenc Hafner from Hungray. Hafner is currently unbeaten in his twelve fights as a professional, ending nine of the bouts early.

The fight in Erfurt is a special occasion for the Bernburg-born Woge. ďA lot of my friends will be there to support me. This is like a fight on home soil. I want to shine on the night.Ē He definitely did so during his last bout. The last man who fell victim to Woge was Carl Dilks on March 31 in Kiel. Dilks got knocked down twice before the referee had to end the fight prematurely. ďI am where I want to be,Ē said the German afterwards. ďI was really nervous during my first outing at a Sauerland show back in October 2010. But that is definitely a thing of the past. I have arrived and it is going really well now.Ē

And so it should be. In Hafner, Woge is facing a previously undefeated professional. ďI am taking him quite lightly. It was the same thing before the last match-up. I am always sparring against top quality opponents, therefore I can take on the next challenge in a relaxed manner,Ē says the resident of Halle an der Saale in a calm manner. He then continues:ĒOf course it is tough to break the will of an opponent who is undefeated. But I am ready for the challenge. I only took four or five days off after my last fight. After that I immediately continued with the preparations for this fight. I am in great shape.Ē

The fact that his Hungarian opponent is a southpaw does not bother the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner in the slightest. ďActually I always did really well against southpaws during my amateur days,Ē says the light-heavyweight. ďI havenīt fought against one on a professional level but the Italian Roberto Cocco, who I faced last February, changed his style during the fight. That did not matter to me at all. In contrary: I still won against him early in round seven.Ē

Tom Baker to make pro debut on May 3rd

Pro-debutant Tom Baker makes his professional bow on Queensberry Promotions first ever BoxAcademy show which will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) from the Troxy in London on Thursday 3rd May.

BoxAcademy is a new exciting monthly live show that will showcase the best young prospects in tough, action-packed, fights to develop quicker to championship level.

The debut of BoxAcademy features Steve OíMearaís ten-rounder against Bradley Pryce as the headline attraction, plus young talents Ashley Sexton, Gary Corcoran, Charlie Hoy, Darryll Williams, John Dignum and Mitchell Smith on the undercard

Baker talks to boxing writer Glynn Evans about making his upcoming debut and his background.

Name: Tom Baker

Weight: Middleweight

Born: Leytonstone

Age: 20

Family background: Iím the ninth of 13 children! Iíve six brothers and six sisters. All the brothers had a go, all won national titles. My Jim got to an ABA semi at welter in the seniors but theyíve all given it up except for me and our Frank whoís 14. Heís already got to two national schoolboy finals, winning once. My uncle Mark, known as ĎPlodí, was a good pro (two time Commonwealth and two time British super-middle challenger and a British light-heavy challenger) but I was a bit young when his career was going on. Heís a bit big now!

Iím from a travelling family. Dadís got a bungalow with a yard over Chingford (Essex) way and all the family and cousins live over there. I used to know a bit of Romany but sadly all our traditions seem to be fading away.

Trade: I work as a roofer with my Dad and uncle.

Nickname: Havenít got one yet.

What age did you become interested in boxing and why? Like I say, weíre a big boxing family and I just followed my older brothers to the gym from the age of six or seven. Dad never boxed but he was really into it.

What do you recall of your amateur career? I started at the Repton and stayed there until I was about 17. I was trained by Bobby Beck and his son Robert. I won the Minors, two national schools titles, a junior ABA and the NACYPs, plus a couple of junior Four Nation golds. When I was younger, Iíd win without shining but, by the age of 14, 15, I really started to find myself.

All the family boxed at the Repton but, when I was about 17, I thought the senior coaching werenít as good as the junior coaching had been so I became a bit of a Ďtraitorí and went over to West Ham. There, coached by Mickey May and Brian OíShaughnessy I got to two senior ABA finals.

The first year (2010) I was beaten by Anthony Fowler from Liverpool, a very, very good boy. He floored me and stopped me in two rounds. Last year (2011), I got beaten by James Metcalfe whoís the son of (ex WBU light-welter champion) Shea Neary. It was one of my favourite fights, the audience really loved it but I felt the referee was against me. Going into the last round I was four points up but Metcalfe was shorter than me, kept coming in low and I had points deducted twice for pulling him down. Also, I was given two standing counts, one for no reason at all. I lost 32-30.

All told, I had 69 amateur fights and lost just seven. I boxed for England ten times and only lost one but never got the trips abroad, despite beating all their favourites. I beat George Carmen, (ABA champions) John and Danny Dignum, Callum Smith.....loads of good names.

Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? I really wanted to win a senior ABA title and possibly wouldíve if Iíd waited around another year. That way, Iíd have entered the pros with a bit of pedigree and Iíd have secured a better deal. All I lacked really was a bit of strength. But Iíd had two goes, and didnít want to waste any longer. The big thing was the Olympics but they had their favourites. Iím good mates with Billy Joe Saunders and he arranged a meeting with me and Frank Warren.

Tell us about your back up team: Frank manages and promotes me, Dean Powell is my matchmaker and Iím trained mainly by Mark Tibbs, though his dad Jimmy also gives helpful advice when Iím sparring. They both know their job. Theyíve changed me from a tense Ďup straightí boxer by getting me more relaxed and moving my head. Iíve been there six months and theyíve got me moving like a pro. Theyíve also got me far stronger and Iím moving up to middleweight now. Both Mark and Jimmy have already helped me a lot.

Whatís your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? I usually get up at 6.30, run for 35-40 minutes, graft on the roofs during the day then train afterwards. That was hard to start with but Iíve got myself used to it.

Closer to a fight, I stop work and train during the day, five days a week. I have Wednesdays and Friday off. If I train daytime, I run at night.

I work out at the Trad TKO Gym in Canning Town. After warming myself up, Iíll do four or five rounds of shadow (boxing) in the ring with Mark looking over me. If weíre sparring, Iíll do five or six rounds straight after. Lately, Iíve been sparring Billy Joe, Frank Buglioni and John OíDonnell. After that, Iíll do a few on the pads, then my groundwork before finishing with a skip. Markís circuits are always different. He really mixes it up.

Like most, I enjoy sparring best. Thatís most important. I feel Iím learning all the time against different styles. Sometimes bag work can be boring.

Describe your style? What are your best qualities? Iím a stand back boxer, orthodox stance. Iíve a very good jab, thatís my favourite shot, but I also like to have a little spurt, mix it up, in and out. Iíve decent enough power, stopped quite a few in the amateurs.

What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimise your potential as a fighter? Moving my head all the time, particularly when Iím working inside.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? The amateurs was all about nicking points and not getting hit. The pros have smaller gloves and youíre aware it only takes one shot to turn the fight, either way. Just training for the pros, Markís got me more relaxed and comfortable. My breathing and fitness are better. I think the pros will suit me and I canít wait.

Who is the best opponent that youíve shared a ring with? In the amateurs, Iíd give it to Callum Smith. Though I beat him, I thought he was the better man, a very good stand up boxer with a lot of skill.

Mind, Iíve never been in with anyone better than my mate Billy Joe Saunders when we spar. Billís a very awkward southpaw whoís got everything already and, being so young, thereís a lot more to come from him.

All time favourite fighter: Sugar Ray Leonard. Class. Won world titles at four or five weights. I met him once at the Repton and he was a lovely fella.

All time favourite fight: The Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera fights.

Which current match would you most like to see made? Mayweather-Pacquiao. I think Mayweather beats him on points. Thereís ways to beat Pacquiao he lost about three before. Thereís no way to beat Mayweather yet.

What is your routine on fight day? The night before, I wonít sleep much. Iíll be waking up all the time, thinking about the fight. I usually wake for good around 8ish but Iíll lay on till about 11. My mind will be on the fight so Iíll do things to pass time, like have a haircut. The nerves always get worse in the changing room so I like to keep on the go, keep warm on the pads. Once I leave for the ring and hear the crowd, the nerves go and Iím alright.

Entrance music: Not sorted that yet.

What are your ambitions as a boxer? Iím only learning the game so I just take it step by step; whatever Mark Tibbs says, Iíll take on. Iíll only get better. Iíd like to be English and British champion but thatís at least two or three years down the line.

How do you relax? I do things with my girlfriend, go the cinema or go out for food. I like a game of snooker, too. Iím not bad. I might have a game of football with mates but Iím not that good.

Football team: Iím a Tottenham man. Theyíre the nearest and I used to go to quite a few games but not for a while. Iím not a huge football fan.

Read: Just The Sun newspaper every day and the Boxing News.

Music: R Ďní B, plus I love UB40

Films/TV: I like love films! On TV, Iím a big Eastenders man. I also like a bit of Britainís Got Talent and X Factor.

Aspiration in life: Boxing is the only thing in my life, right now. So just to get somewhere in the sport. Be any kind of champion.

Motto: Train hard, fight easy.

The debut of BoxAcademy will be broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Tickets for BoxAcademy on 3rd May at The Troxy are priced at £35 and £50 and are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 or www.frankwarren.tv

About BoxAcademy
Queensberry Promotions presents the first installment of a new concept show that will be televised Live and Exclusive on the UKís new home of boxing, BoxNation.

BoxAcademy will be a monthly live show that is solely dedicated to showcasing the most exciting, young, up and coming domestic talent in tougher, more action packed fights, designed to develop the young fighters at a faster rate to Championship level.

On one Thursday every month, BoxNation will switch the focus from its huge array of World, British and European title contests, and give the floor to a host of former Olympians, amateur champions and unbeaten prospects, as the UKís elite young talent is given the chance to be the main focus of the show in BoxAcademy.

BoxAcademy will visit the various regional hot-beds for young boxing talent around the country, visiting a different city each month.

BoxNationís televised coverage of BoxAcademy events will be supplemented with an array of behind the scenes interviews, training footage and background stories, giving viewers the chance to get to properly know tomorrowís champions.

LOCKED N' LOADED; THOMPSON BOXING'S ARSENAL RETURNS ON MAY 11 TO GIVE FIGHT FANS A TASTE OF TOUGH!!!

ORANGE, CA (April 24, 2012) - Welterweights, featherweights and a tremendous female flyweight clash headline the explosive Thompson Boxing Promotions fight card on Friday, May 11. The spectacular event takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.

In the main event Aron Martinez (16-1-1, 3 KOs) faces Joshua Marks (8-3, 8 KOs) in an eight round welterweight collision.

East L.A.'s "Asesino" Martinez, 30, returns to Ontario with his roughhouse style of fighting and eagerness to slug it out. Wins over Pavel Miranda, the always tough Albert Herrera, undefeated Joseph Elegele and back and forth battering with Dashon Johnson excited the fight fans and proved Martinez a fan favorite. Next up is Marks.

Marks, 24, otherwise known as "Superman," hails from El Centro, California and is purely a knockout puncher. It's feast or famine for the hard-hitting Marks who relies heavily on putting opponents to sleep. Known for his particularity on his winning methods. "Superman" likes knockouts not decisions. After 11 pro bouts Marks can also brag he has never been a victim of a knockout.

Tickets for "LOCKED N' LOADED" are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

In the semi-main event Cali, Colombia's undefeated #10 WBA, #10 IBF, #5 WBO, Jhonatan "Momo" Romero (20-0, 12 KOs) returns to the Doubletree to face Merida, Mexico's Jose Silveira (12-5-1, 7 KOs) in a junior featherweight match up.

Romero, 25, last fought at the Doubletree nearly a year ago and despite suffering an early knockdown, was able to rally to victory after six rounds of terse action. He followed that up with an impressive victory over Lancaster, California's big punching Chris Avalos at the Chumash Casino on his US ShoBox televised debut. Romero returns but has dropped down a weight division.

Silveira earned the title of boxer with the most character over Christopher Martin with 52 percent of all votes cast by boxing aficionados via text message and on Univision.com. He is now in third place in the "Cinturůn Tecate" competition, behind Jessie Vargas and Jayson Velez.

One of the best female fights this year will take place when Riverside's undefeated Sindy "La Alacrana" Amador (7-0, 1 KOs) faces San Diego's undefeated Amaris "Diamond Girl" Quintana (6-0-2, 1 KO) in a flyweight bout set for six rounds.

Amador last fought at the Doubletree Hotel this past February and won an exciting battle against Palm Springs boxer Gloria Salas. Amador is a punching machine and doesn't like to waste a second inside the ring. Winging punches is what she does best and puts the pressure on at 100 percent. She fights out of Riverside's Capital Punishment Gym.

Quintana, 22, combines speed, boxing skills and a fearless attitude whenever she fights in the ring. Never in a boring fight she has victories over the same opponents as Amador but has two draws against world title challenger Melissa McMorrow. Expect a large crowd from San Diego to arrive when she fights. She's a big fan favorite and eagerly accepted the fight.

Others performing will be junior welterweight Rigoberto Flores (3-1, 2 KOs) of Northridge as he faces Bhakari Gates (2-7) in a 6-round competition, lightweight Sergio Nunez (5-0-1, 3 KOs) of Sylmar will take on Santa Ana's Ramon Flores (3-14-2, 3 KOs), and junior featherweight Juan Reyes (4-1-1) of Riverside versus San Diego's Pablo Cupul (2-4-2, 2 KOs) in a 6-round war.

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.

Article posted on 24.04.2012



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