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News: Povetkin-Rahman off Chisora vs. Haye card; will take place in Hamburg on July 14th; Thompson Boxing's June 22nd results

Alexander Povetkin's World Boxing Association (WBA) World Heavyweight title defence against Hasim Rahman has been withdrawn from the show at West Ham United on Saturday 14th July. The fight was to feature on the card being topped by David Haye and Dereck Chisora's eagerly awaited WBO/WBA International heavyweight showdown.

Due to licensing conditions at West Ham United, Haye v Chisora could not start later than 10pm and with German TV network ARD insisting, due to their Saturday night scheduling, that Povetkin v Rahman must fill that slot and be before Haye v Chisora, that time frame was impossible to work to.

The show is being televised in sixty-plus countries, many with more than a one hour time difference, so to get everyone to agree to ARDís preferred order would be impossible.

EPIX will broadcast the fight live in the USA and they need to be comfortable with the start time too. If Haye v Chisora, which is the main attraction on the show, was to go on before Povetkin v Rahman it would have had to start no later than 8.20pm meaning that Povetkin v Rahman could potentially have taken place in front of an empty stadium with the majority of fans leaving to catch trains and other public transport.

With the fight being withdrawn from the show, BoxNation will now showcase some of the very best talent on the soon to be sold out show.

Manchesterís big-hitting Matthew Hall will now challenge unbeaten Irishman Gary OíSullivan for the Vacant WBO International Middleweight title and Cromerís exciting Commonwealth champion, Liam Walsh faces new opponent Italian Domenic Urbano for the Vacant WBO European Super-Featherweight title.

Unbeaten Oldham welterweight Ronnie Heffron features in an eight round contest, plus Stockton-on-Tees lightweight prospect Bradley Saunders will go in over six rounds and Lithuanian super-middleweight Sergej Rozvadovsky over eight rounds.

Haye v Chisora will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) and in America on EPIX.

THOMPSON BOXING'S JUNE 22 "NEW BLOOD" CARD RESULTS!

ORANGE, CA (June 25) - After a fast start Jonathan Arellano found Mexico's Jose Angel Beranza fast on his heels but managed to win a unanimous decision after eight rounds of a junior featherweight bout on Friday.

Local fighters Reyes, Reyes and Arellano were all victorious at the Doubletree Hotel on the Thompson Boxing Promotions fight card.

The speedy Ontario boxer Arellano (13-0-1, 3 KOs) was the much quicker fighter but Beranza (35-24-2, 27 KOs) was an experienced prizefighter who had fought numerous world champions. He also has the only win over Puerto Rico's Jesus Rojas. He came to fight.

Arellano was in control for the first several rounds using his speed and defense to get out of trouble. Around round four Beranza began concentrating to Arellano's body and though the blows weren't powerful they were scoring. Later in the fight, Beranza used a nuisance type of jab to keep Arellano from teeing off. It was effective but not enough. The judges scored it 77-75, 80-72 and 79-73 for Arellano.

"KING" Reyes is back!

San Bernardino's Artemio Reyes (16-2, 11 KOs) powered through the granite chin of Enrique Gutierrez (10-5, 8 KOs) to win by unanimous decision in an eight round welterweight bout. It was a bloody affair as Gutierrez apparently suffered a broken nose and bled half way through the fight. Though Reyes won every round and seemed to hit the Northern Californian with every punch in the book, Gutierrez had his moments and definitely could take a punch. During the last three rounds a blood mask was plastered on Gutierrez's face but it never slowed him down. Reyes was simply sharper. All three judges scored it 80-72 for Reyes.

Juan Reyes prevails!

Riverside's Juan Reyes (6-1-1) turned on the engine and never stopped in beating Maywood's Oscar Venegas in a six round junior featherweight match. Venegas had his moments but couldn't keep his distance and allowed Reyes to work inside almost at will. The scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 for Reyes.

Martinez KO's Valadez!

A battle between East L.A. boxer and Ontario pugilist ended with a knockout win for southpaw Aalan Martinez (11-1-1, 7 KOs) over Ramon Valadez (11-2, 6 KOs) at 1:09 of round seven. Valadez seemed to be in control for most of the fight with some nice combinations to the body and head. But a seven-punch combination including a left uppercut by the slightly taller Martinez caught Valadez and sent the talented fighter down. He beat the count but was ruled unable to fight by referee David Mendoza.

Okada gets decision!

Japan's Takashi Okada (5-0-1) dropped Nevada's Oscar Vasquez (2-1) with a right hand in the first round and cruised to a six round victory by unanimous decision. Okada has a slick counter punch technique and the ability to roll with punches. Vasquez had his best moments when he cornered Okada on the ropes, but the Japanese flyweight quickly remedied that and used right hands and uppercuts to keep the momentum. The scores were 60-53 and 58-55 twice for Okada.

Article posted on 26.06.2012



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