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By Behind The Gloves 21 Jan, 2018
Errol Spence Jr. retained his IBF World welterweight title with a thoroughly dominant eighth round stoppage of Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The undefeated Texan star was in full-control throughout, dominating Peterson from the opening bell behind a solid southpaw jab and a trademark body assault. Former two-weight World champion Peterson was barely in the contest, unable to mount any substantial offense, and resorting to a high guard in an attempt to survive against the fearsome young champion.

After being dropped to the canvas by a left hand to the temple in the fifth round, Peterson fought back bravely, surviving the ensuing onslaught and making it through to the end of the round. However, following a further barrage from Spence, Barry Hunter - longtime trainer of Peterson - read his man the riot act after the sixth round, threatening to stop the fight in the midst of Spence's dominance.

Despite a relatively low-key seventh round, the writing was on the wall for the D.C. native. Now sporting a badly swollen face, Peterson survived the seventh round, but after once again finding himself unable to make a dent in Spence, he was saved further punishment by his trainer one second into the eighth round.

The performance from Spence will enhance his already glowing reputation as one of the top fighters in the sport, and he made no secret in his wish for a unification with WBA/WBC World welterweight champion Keith Thurman in his post-fight interview.

Showcasing a snappy jab and murderous body-punching, Spence has laid down an early marker in 2018 that the rest of the divisional elite will have to follow. For Peterson, he was simply unable to deal with the freshness and relentless - yet measured - assault from 'The Truth'.
By Behind The Gloves 21 Jan, 2018
Marcus Browne def. Francy Ntetu via TKO1

Light heavyweight contender 'Sir' Marcus Browne (21-0-0, 16 KO's) continued his ascent up the 175lbs rankings with a blistering first round stoppage victory over Francy Ntetu (17-2-0, 4 KO's).

The unbeaten New Yorker wasted little time in securing his first victory of the year, landing a short left hand from his southpaw stance that dropped Ntetu heavily against the ropes. To his credit, Ntetu dragged himself gamely to his feet, but never truly recovered from the knockdown, and was defenceless when met with the follow up barrage from the Browne.

After taking a series of unanswered blows in the corner, Ntetu was spared further punishment by referee Arthur Mercante Jr., who stepped in to call a halt to proceedings at 2:15 of the opening round.

Browne moves on in impressive fashion, and in holding a lofty ranking with each of the governing bodies, can expect to challenge for a World title at some stage in 2018.


Robert Easter Jr. def. Javier Fortuna via SD12

IBF World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. eked past the game Javier Fortuna to successfully defend his title and remain undefeated.

The performance was far from convincing on the part of the champion however, as he struggled to come to terms with Fortuna's unpredictable, awkward style. Fortuna, who was unable to challenge for the title after failing to make the 135lbs weight limit, was deducted a point in the second round for rabbit punches, which, ultimately, would come back to haunt him on the judges scorecards.

The bout was littered with close rounds, with Easter forcing the pace on the front foot while his opponent sought to walk him on to shots on the inside. Fortuna almost reaped the rewards for his gameplan, after a solid left hand in the fourth round seemed to hurt Easter. However, he was unable to capitalise, with Easter using his height and reach well to recover at the beginning of the next session.

Despite enjoying significant physical advantages over his opponent, Easter was dragged into close quarters by his opponent, and was caught regularly with southpaw left hands when fighting on the inside. After less than convincing performances against Richard Commey and Denis Shafikov, Easter once again failed to impress against Fortuna, with many feeling he was somewhat fortunate to come away with the victory.

On the other hand, Fortuna will leave the bout with his reputation arguably enhanced, after producing a gritty performance, despite ultimately coming up short. While the Dominican fighter was able to force the champion into fighting his fight for periods of the contest, he will perhaps regret his lack of activity in areas, in which he allowed Easter to control the tempo for large sections.

With scorecards of 114-113, 113-114 & 115-112, Easter secured the split decision victory and will move on with his undefeated record intact as he seeks to challenge the elite men in the lightweight division later in 2018. However, it must be said, a significant improvement will be required if the Ohio-native is to stand any chance against the likes of WBC champion Mikey Garcia and WBA & 'Ring' Magazine beltholder Jorge Linares.

Behind The Gloves [Rob Tebbutt] Scorecard: 114-113 Easter
By Behind The Gloves 20 Jan, 2018

It was announced last week that Canada-based Colombian Eleider Alvarez, who has held the status of mandatory challenger to WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson for more than two years, has withdrawn from the purse bid for a WBC interim world title fight against Ukrainian contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk. 

The situation is currently under the consideration of the WBC but it is hard to see any other outcome than Alvarez losing his mandatory status. It seems a bizarre decision on the part of Alvarez and his team at first sight. Winning the WBC interim title would not only have reaffirmed his mandatory status but have brought the promise of a more favourable purse split against the full champion. 

Alvarez’s promoter, Yvon Michel, has countered that his fighter has already fought three final title eliminators and that they see no logical reasons to fight a fourth. Based on this fact alone, some sympathy is due for the Colombian contender, but the truth - as always - seems to be the case in boxing, is more complicated than first meets the eye.

The predicament is merely the subplot to one of the most disappointing title reigns in recent years. Adonis Stevenson punched his way to stardom in 2013 when he obliterated Chad Dawson to capture the WBC light heavyweight title. He followed up by becoming the first man to stop former titlist Tavouris Cloud and then capped the year by smashing mandatory challenger Tony Bellew in six rounds, earning plaudits for his performances and the 'Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year' title. 

By Behind The Gloves 19 Jan, 2018
Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren will stage a double World Title card on Saturday 14th April featuring Billy Joe Saunders’ defence of his WBO World Middleweight Championship against domestic rival Martin Murray, alongside Terry Flanagan’schallenge for the vacant WBO World Super Lightweight title against unbeaten American Maurice Hooker. The card will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport and BoxNation.
 
Saunders, fresh from a 12 round masterclass against David Lemieux in the Canadian’s home town, returns to the UK to face long-time rival Martin Murray. Saunders’ career best performance in Canada has seen him risen to be considered by many the top active boxer in the UK and the Hatfield man is looking for 2018 to be the biggest year of his career.
 
Murray is the final hurdle for Saunders in obtaining a complete domestic whitewash of British and Irish Middleweights that already includes Andy Lee, Chris Eubank Jr, Spike O’Sullivan, John Ryder and Nick Blackwell.  Should Saunders overcome Murray on the 14th April it is likely to clear the path for a blockbuster showdown for all the World Middleweight Titles against the winner of the highly anticipated rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
 
Saunders said:  ‘ Martin Murray is a good fighter and I have got the greatest of respect for him. But he’s in the way of what I’m aiming for this year and that is to become Undisputed Middleweight World Champion. He’s coming try and win my world title and I’m sure it’s going to be a good fight!’
 
Murray who many felt did enough to become a Middleweight World Champion against both Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm, only to be undone by the judges’ scorecards, is coming off a big win against Gabriel Rosado and will be out looking to scupper Saunders’ plans of facing Golovkin or Canelo and grab that blockbuster undisputed World title showdown for himself.
 
The St. Helen’s man said,  ‘ I rate Billy Joe as a fighter, he’s one of slickest out there and he is coming off of a great win and will be very confident. But I’m very confident, this is my time to become World Champion, as it’s the only thing I have left to do.
 
I’ve fought everyone and in my opinion at Middleweight I have only one genuine loss which is against Gennady Golovkin who is the best out there.
 
I don’t count Martinez or Sturm as genuine losses because of the scorecards. But this time around, in my first World Title fight at home, as we are both British fighters fighting on home soil, I know the best man on the night will get the win and leave the arena as World Champion.’
 
In the other World Title clash on the card, unbeaten former WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan faces unbeaten American Maurice Hooker for the WBO World Super Lightweight Championship, in his first contest at the weight. Flanagan had defended his 135 lb World Title 5 times before relinquishing the belt to move to Super Lightweight, a more comfortable weight class for his stature.
 
Flanagan said:  ‘Hooker is a very good unbeaten fighter, he fights on the back foot and looks to catch you from distance. However I’m very confident I’ll be able to deal with anything he throws at me to become a two-weight World Champion. Winning this fight will prove I’m a legitimate 140lb fighter I’ll be looking to unify the belts later in the year.
 
Whilst undefeated American Maurice Hooker said:  ‘I’m looking forward to coming to the UK to fight Flanagan and to become World Champion. We are both undefeated fighters and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic fight!
 
Details of the venue that will stage the event, the full announcement press conference and ticket information will all follow next week.


Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 19 Jan, 2018

Errol Spence Jr (22-0-0, 19 KO's) will make the first defence of his IBF World welterweight championship this Saturday, when he faces former two-weight World champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO's) at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.

The bout is Spence's first since his ripped the title away from Kell Brook in an eleventh round stoppage, after travelling to Brook's home city of Sheffield in April 2017. 

Spence's opponent, 33-year-old Lamont Peterson, presents an intriguing challenge to the unbeaten Texan, having held the unified WBA and IBF light welterweight titles in 2011, and the WBA welterweight title in 2017. Peterson is also coming off a significant lay-off, with his last bout coming almost a year ago when facing David Avanesyan in February of last year. 

Many believe that while Peterson represents a solid test for Spence, he will have to produce a new career-best performance to pull off the upset. For Spence, he will seek to recapture the momentum gained from capturing the title, and set up a potentially exciting 2018 in the welterweight division. With Peterson suffering just one stoppage loss in his 39-fight ledger, against power-punching Lucas Matthysse, the fight presents an opportunity for the champion to make a statement to his rivals.

"My goal is to unify the welterweight division in 2018, but this fight is a true test and Lamont Peterson is a veteran that I definitely will not overlook." said Spence. 

"I sparred him in the amateurs and I know what he brings to the table. I have to get through him to achieve my goals and that is what I plan on doing on Saturday night."

Peterson has shown the ability to mix things up throughout his 13-year career, showcasing slick boxing skills in a contentious loss to Danny Garcia, while showing a more rugged, pressure-fighting style against Amir Khan in the D.C. native's marquee career victory in 2013. It remains to be seen what game plan Peterson will put into practice against Spence, who has looked irresistible in his unblemished foray as a professional.

"This is a fight I wanted and as I said before when I became a welterweight, I want to fight the best and make the fights that people want to see." said Peterson.

"I'm ready to give it my all and give the fans a great show."

With a blockbuster all-American clash against unified champion Keith 'One Time' Thurman long-mooted, Spence has no room for slip-ups against a tricky customer in Peterson. However, 'The Truth' will enter the bout as a heavy favourite, as he looks to lay down a marker in the 147lbs division.

After vacating his WBA World welterweight title in order to face Spence, Peterson has taken a sizeable leap of faith, and will be hoping that his experience will serve him well against the young champion. Spence is yet to complete a full twelve round championship bout - a feat Peterson has achieved no less than seven times - and will have to be wary against a very live underdog.

By Behind The Gloves 18 Jan, 2018

The hate between Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne is real – but both men say that there’s more than pride on the line when they clash for Whyte’s WBC Silver Heavyweight title at The O2 in London on March 24, live on Sky Sports. 

The Heavyweight rivals came face-to-face at a press conference in central London today and left the media in no doubt that there is plenty of true venom behind their fierce social media spats are as they traded barbs before a face-off that ended in a frosty handshake.

That tense show of respect reflected the high stakes in the fight, with Whyte ranked number one in the WBC and former WBA champion Browne hunting a route to becoming a two-time champion – the pair will renew hostilities in two months’ time knowing the winner is in a prime spot to fight for a World crown this year.  

“I hope I can fight for a World title this year,” said Whyte. “Sky Sports and Matchroom are behind me and now it's my time to shine. If I can put on a good show in front of a good crowd at The O2 then they can't deny me.

“I'm highly ranked in all the governing bodies and I think I could become mandatory in two of them, so this is a fight with a top contender against an undefeated former World champion - so you have to say that win this, I deserve a World title shot.

“He's a solid fighter and he's got KO power. Any big guy can chin anyone at any time, but he's just got power. A lot of people are in boxing because they are big men - not because they have skill or heart - they're just physically big and over-powering smaller fighters.

“The guy is a bully and calls himself 'an enforcer' so you have to deal with that in a head-on way. Robert Helenius wasn't like that, he was cool, so I was cool, but Lucas has stepped to me in a demeaning way that I don't like, I take that personally and I'm not going to let it slide. He's giving it the big one because he's got insecurities. This is my city, he's in my backyard, and I'm not going to let him take liberties with me.

“You can't intimidate me. I've been right at the bottom and I've risen up, so nothing fazes me and I'm not scared of anything, especially not Lucas Browne. I'm more scared of my Mum than him.

“Of course, I want the rematch with Anthony Joshua, but the fight with Deontay Wilder would make the AJ fight even bigger if I had the WBC belt. I'm always going to want the Joshua fight because we have history and we keep winning then the fight is inevitable, but there's more to this sport for just fighting for pride, it's business, and the fights have to fit my strategy. If you win a World title, you go down in history as a Heavyweight World Champion, it’s the biggest accolade in sport and that can never be taken from you.”

“The build-up will be spicy and fun, but I think it's going to a great fight and all that matters is winning on March 24,” said Browne. “He calls me a ‘bully’ – well I'm going to show him what a ‘bully’ can do. I made my points today, I'm coming to fight, not for a payday or to roll over, I want his belt and I want to be a World champion again.

“I asked him if he was going to shake my hand and he did - I'm a gentleman. I still hate the guy and want to smash his face in at The O2, but man to man, this is a sport and we should respect each other for fighting.

“I don't like judges' decisions - it's not good for me to have my life and my career in the hands of three people outside the ring. If I KO someone - there's no argument, that's what I like.

“We're both at the point in our careers where we need to put in a big performance to stake a claim to fight for a World title, that's going to make me put it all on the line, and I think it'll do the same for him.”

Tickets for Whyte vs. Browne at The O2 in London are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 from   www.theO2.co.uk . VIP tickets priced £200 are exclusively available from   www.matchroomboxing.com

Face value tickets for March 24 are available from   http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/   . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.


Source: Matchroom Boxing [Press Release]

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By Behind The Gloves 18 Jan, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Bellator is joining forces with Boost Mobile, the undisputed value champion of prepaid wireless, in 2018 beginning with Bellator 192 on Jan. 20 in LA and available on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network. In addition to being featured throughout Bellator broadcasts, the long-term deal will see the wireless carrier as a key partner in the launch of unique virtual reality and digital content opportunities.

“Boost Mobile has strong roots in supporting mixed martial arts and we are excited to get back into the sport with the collaboration with Bellator,” said Peiti Feng, director of brand strategy and marketing communications at Boost Mobile. “This is a perfect partnership for Boost as the sport aligns well with our competitive spirit and will give our brand amplified visibility with Bellator’s passionate and growing fan base.”

“I’m thrilled to have Boost Mobile as a part of the Bellator family,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “We look forward to teaming up with an industry leader like Boost Mobile, who shares the same enthusiasm for their brand as we do, in a partnership that will create new and exciting promotional opportunities that connect with our passionate fan base.”

Boost Mobile and Bellator have come together to offer exclusive 360° virtual reality content and viewing experiences during televised events. Fans will be closer to the action than ever with special access to fighter walkouts, corner cams, locker rooms and fight footage, as well as custom playlists featuring some of Bellator’s greatest comeback moments hosted on Bellator.com .

Boost Mobile will also be featured prominently throughout the broadcast, including on-screen integration and placement inside the Bellator cage.

Additionally, fans can look forward to meeting their favorite fighters and Bellator personalities during Bellator meet and greets at Boost Mobile locations throughout the year.

For more information, please visit Bellator.com .

By Behind The Gloves 17 Jan, 2018
Three thrilling All-Ireland domestic dust-ups have been confirmed for the undercard of   Carl Frampton’s   much-anticipated April 21 showdown against   Nonito Donaire   in Belfast.

Two-weight World Champion Frampton will clash with four-weight Champion Donaire at the SSE Arena in one of the most eagerly-awaited bouts to ever take place on Irish soil, live on   BT Sport   and   BoxNation.

The main-event participants will meet head-to-head at Belfast’s Europa Hotel this afternoon (Wednesday) ahead of April’s massive fight date.

And promoter Frank Warren and MTK Global have moved to install an undercard to match the occasion on what is set to be an action-packed bill.

Three all-Irish battles have been confirmed so far for the April 21 fight night…
 
-Jono Carroll (15-0, 2KOs) will travel to meet Belfast’s Marco McCullough (18-4, 11KOs) in a 12-round Super-Featherweight showdown for the IBF European title
 
-Tyrone McKenna (15-0-1, 6KOs) and Light-Welterweight rival Philip Sutcliffe Jr (14-2, 9KOs) will clash in another long-awaited Belfast v Dublin battle
 
-And WBO European Champion Conrad Cummings (12-1-1) and Irish champion Luke Keeler (13-2, 5KO) go toe to toe in what promises to be an all-action Middleweight affair
 
Both Meath-based Finglas native Carroll and McCullough will be looking to build on their respective third-round stoppage victories on the ‘Frampton Reborn’ fight bill in Belfast last November.

“I’m buzzing for the fight,” said Carroll. “I had a great win in Belfast last time out and this is another brilliant opportunity. Marco is a lovely lad, but I’m out to get another big win and take another step up the ladder on a massive bill.”

McCullough believes this will be a crossroads bout in his career as he looks to rebuild towards title contention.

“It’ll be a good domestic fight, I’m excited about it,” said McCullough. “A win would put me straight back into the mix for titles. Jono has really improved over the last year or so and both of us have a bit of power, so it’ll be a cracking fight. It’s nearly like a Belfast v Dublin undercard, so I’d say it’ll be a great atmosphere.”

The Light-Welterweight meeting of McKenna and Sutcliffe has been in the making for some time, with the rivals having been continually linked since clashing as amateurs back in 2012.

They will now finally meet in the pro ranks on April 21 in a bout that is sure to have Irish and UK fight fans on the edge of their seats.
 
“It’s a fight that every fan in Ireland wants to see,” said McKenna. “It’s one I’ve wanted for a long time and I fully believe I’m going to win. Phil Sutcliffe is saying I’m avoiding him, but now it’s finally happening and I’m delighted. It’s the two top Light-Welters in the country and it’s very exciting.”

After some heated words in recent times, Sutcliffe is keen to silence his rival.

“Tyrone’s got what he’s been shouting about, so we’ll see if he keeps his mouth going,” said Sutcliffe. “If he wants to talk then let him talk. I do my talking in the ring. I’m friends with everyone, especially lads on my team, but this is business and I’ll go in there and get the job done.”

The Middleweight clash of Cummings and Keeler seems sure to be a barnburner and while the fighters paid respect towards each other, both have predicted an early finish.

“It’s great that we’ll finally get it on,” said Cummings. “This is a tasty fight and I think the public will get their teeth into. Luke’s a brilliant boxer and a fellow Irishman – he’s always in good fights and so am I, so it will be entertaining however long it lasts. I’m really up for it.”

Echoing those sentiments, Keeler said: “It’s a cracking fight. A lot of people have been talking about it and there should be great interest. I’m feeling great and training has been going really well, so I can’t wait to get in there.”

Further undercard announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Limited tickets for Frampton vs. Donaire are available to purchase from the SSE Arena Belfast Box Office, www.ssearenabelfast.com  and 028 9073 9074.

Tickets range from £40 (Tier) to £400 (Inner Ring Hospitality)

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 17 Jan, 2018

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO)  featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez , the man who swims with a fully-grown pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association  (WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated featherweight contender Scott Quigg .  For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in 2016.  Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his U.S. debut.  The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center  in Carson, Calif.  It will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on   ESPN  and  ESPN Deportes  and stream  live   on the ESPN App.  Additional fights on the live  telecast will be announced shortly.   

Promoted by   Top Rank ®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.  Priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, they can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.  

The all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion  Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San Jose, Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City;  2016 U.S. Olympian and three-time U.S. Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), of Los Angeles;  and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13 KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil. 

“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war," said Valdez. "As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world"

“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to.  It’s a great fight," said Quigg.  "I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his team.  We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each other prepare for a fight.   They are good people.  I’ve been in training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with Freddie Roach to begin the last eight  weeks of camp.  This is a great opportunity for me -- making my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN --  and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become World champion again.”

"Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves a fight in the hands of the judges.  The fans watching at StubHub and live across ESPN's platforms are in for an exciting night and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum ,.   

"I'm delighted to get this fight made - I feel it's one of the best fights in the division right now," said Quigg's promoter Eddie Hearn.  "Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations and I do not believe we will hear the final bell.  What I do believe is that on March 10 Scott Quigg will become a two-weight World Champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN"

"We’re very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star," said Frank Espinoza, manager of Valdez.  "Oscar is one of the best in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”

Valdez, who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games.  He is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a new face for boxing's next generation.  He will be making the fourth defense of the world title he won on July 23, 2016 via a second-round knockout of undefeated No. 2 rated Matías Rueda.  Rueda entered that fight having won his previous 10 bouts by stoppage.  In his first defense, which took place, on November 5, 2016, Valdez blasted out No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa via a seventh-round TKO.  On April 22, in his 2017 debut, his first pay-per-view event that featured him in the main event, Valdez went toe-to toe for 12 rounds with No. 1 contender Miguel Marriaga, winning a unanimous decision.  Marriaga, a three-time world title challenger, went into that fight having won 15 of his previous 19 bouts by way of knockout.  In his most recent fight, on September 22, he again went mano a mano in a 12-rounder that had the fans on their feet throughout the fight.  This time Valdez won a unanimous decision over Genesis Servania, the No. 4 world-rated contender.

Quigg, who has fought all but once in his native England, is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.  After capturing the WBA interim super bantamweight world title in 2012 and making one successful title defense that same year, he was elevated to WBA super bantamweight world champion in 2013.  Quigg successfully defended that world title six times, four of them by way of knockout during his three-year reign.  He lost the title via a split decision to International Boxing Federation (IBF)  champion Carl Frampton in a 2016 title unification bout.  Since that fight, Quigg has moved up to the featherweight division and won his past three fights, including a 12-round featherweight  title elimination bout against Simion Viorel.  Quigg is currently world-rated No. 2 by the IBF and No. 4 by the WBA.

For more information visit:   www.toprank.com , www.espn.com/boxing ; Facebook: facebook.com/trboxing , facebook.com/espndeportes ; Twitter: twitter.com/trboxing , twitter.com/trboxeo , @ESPN   @ESPNBoxeo  

@ESPNDeportes . Use the hashtag  #ValdezQuigg  to join the conversation on Twitter.


Source: Top Rank [Press Release]

By Behind The Gloves 17 Jan, 2018
With his 30th birthday approaching next month, touted Super-Middleweight prospect Umar Sadiq is in an almighty hurry to get his career moving.

‘My goal is to be world champion within three years,’   declared the 6ft 3in university graduate who forsook a lucrative career in accountancy to pursue his ring dreams last year.

‘I’ve three aims for 2018. One is to test myself against any other prospect of similar experience. A second is to fight anyone lingering around British title level by the end of the year. The third is to accept any national title fight.  

‘At this stage of my development, I’ve no intention of calling people out or building up rivalries with people who may change weight class by the time I reach championship level. Believe it or not, I’m capable of making Middleweight myself so I watch and respect all the main players between 160-175lbs, I just don’t shout ‘em out!

 ‘But I know I’m more than capable. In addition to   Lawrence Okolie, I’ve been sparring the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale, Frank Buglioni, Joshua Buatsi and Anthony Yarde.’

Born into a middle class family in Kaduna, north-west Nigeria, the former boarding schoolboy emigrated to the UK aged 12 but didn’t embrace the Noble Art until his late teens.

‘To my knowledge, there is no history of boxing in my family. Thierry Henry and David Beckham were my heroes as a kid,’   states ‘Top Boxer’ who made a very polished pro debut when outclassing one-time squaddie Lewis Van Poetsch over four rounds at the Copper Box Arena last September.

‘I was naturally athletic, good at running and always playing football and basketball with my friends inside those ‘cages’ on the estate but I was already 16 years old when I first laced up for boxing.  

‘Initially, I only did it for fitness, to pursue a healthy life style rather than for competition. Then, when I was 19, I got p***ed at a party yet, despite just three hours sleep, I still turned up to training the next morning and performed very well in a spar against a fella who won the Novices that year. That convinced me that I had something I just couldn’t ignore.

‘At 20, I had my first bout under Tony Cesay at Fulham and Brunswick and, two years after, I moved to the Repton.

‘I went in the ABAs five times but was either beaten by the eventual champion or in ‘disputed’ circumstances. Only Kirk Garvey   (10-1 as a pro)  beat me fairly.’

During a nine year, 45 bout amateur innings which ran parallel to his college studies and accountancy career, the Ilford based starlet captured University, London and English titles and wore the international singlet of both his native and adopted homelands. Representing the former, he made it to the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers in Azerbaijan

‘I first tried to qualify for Nigeria at the 2012 London Olympics but got injured. In 2016 they invited me to try again which was an honour. I took six weeks paid leave and, within a fortnight, had beaten all the competitors and qualified for the team,’   recalls the erudite and articulate Umar who conceded a contentious decision to a Russian at the second stage.

For his pro career, slickster Sadiq has opted to align with highly regarded ex West Ham amateur coach Brian O’Shaughnessy at the ‘Kool BoxGym’ in Bethnal Green.

He explains: ‘ In the ABAs, I had to face another Repton guy so we were given neutral coaches. I was given Brian who was at West Ham at the time and I was very impressed by how calm and relaxed he was, how clear his instructions were. He’s also a great pad man. When I needed a coach to prepare me for the Olympic Qualifiers in Azerbaijan, I knew he was the perfect person. We’ve been together ever since.    

‘There’s five pros at our gym but I set the pace, set the benchmarks. I’m ridiculously competitive, try to be the best at everything I do. My mantra is ‘There is no opponent.’ I’m all about being the very best that I can be. If I’m on point, I beat them all.

‘I’m broad shouldered and long armed. The main adaption I needed to make   (for the pros)  was to stop bouncing and instead glide around the ring. I’m also learning to really pick my shots rather than just throw my hands.’

So it’s full steam ahead for a second four rounder at the Copper Box on February 10th where the loose goose promises to deliver a clinic for those in attendance.

‘It’s been five months since my last fight so I’ve a lot to get off my chest,’   warns Umar.

‘You’re going to see another skilful composed action packed performance. I don’t like getting touched but Adam Jones  has never been stopped before so I intend to really ‘stick it on him’!’
 
Follow Umar: @TopBoxerSadiq (Twitter/Instagram) and umartopboxersadiq (Facebook)

Tickets for 'The Untouchables' priced at £50 (Lower Tier), £70 (Floor), £100 (Floor), £150 (Floor) and VIP/Hospitality £250 are available via See Tickets, Eventim and Ticketmaster.
 
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Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 16 Jan, 2018

Tickets for the blockbuster Heavyweight World title unification clash between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker go on pre-sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Monday January 22 and general sale on Tuesday January 23 ahead of the March 31 event live on Sky Sports Box Office. 

Tickets for the event are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £600 – with VIP tickets priced at £2000.

Tickets go on sale for the fight by the official ticketing partner,  www.StubHub.co.uk    

  • Fight Pass Members: tickets on sale midday on Monday January 22
  • General sale: tickets available at midday on Tuesday 23 January

Coach packages also go on sale at midday on Tuesday via www.seetickets.com  with various pick up/drop off locations available throughout the UK.

For accessibility, ambulant and wheelchair tickets – please contact the Principality stadium via 02920 822432 – also on sale from midday Tuesday.

Don’t miss out on tickets. Sign up now and add your delivery address and payment details on StubHub here

Official Hospitality packages are available to purchase directly from Principality Stadium Experience. Both private suite and premium lounge packages are available to purchase, with prices starting from £450 per person + VAT. For further information please call the team on 02920 822 413.

Official Hospitality packages are also available via Sportsworld via www.sportsworld.co.uk  or by calling 0208 9712966

You are strongly advised to plan your travel to Cardiff before purchasing your tickets and will need to allow plenty of time for additional security checks at Principality Stadium.


Source: Matchroom Boxing [Press Release]

By Behind The Gloves 15 Jan, 2018
A calf injury has forced Zolani Tete to postpone his WBO World Bantamweight title defence against Omar Narvaez.
 
Tete, 29, was due to defend his crown at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday 10th February, but will now make his mandatory defence against the Argentinian at a later date in 2018.
 
“I’m hugely disappointed to have to postpone my fight with Omar Narvaez.” Said Tete. “Unfortunately I picked up a calf injury that has severely hindered my training and the only option was to postpone the fight.
 
“I train as hard as I fight so there is always a risk of picking up injuries. World Championship defences are incredibly tough and it is unsafe fighting when you are not fit. Narvaez is a two-weight World Champion so it is vital that I am fully prepared for him.
 
“I am determined to put on another explosive performance for my UK fans when I face Narvaez. After I beat him the plan is to unify the Bantamweight division against Ryan Burnett. It is a fight that the boxing World wants to see and I am hopeful that it will happen in 2018.”
 
Frank Warren’s bumper ‘Untouchables’ show still features some of the best British talent around, with Bradley Skeete, Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois and Zelfa Barrett all looking to make statements to kick-off a huge 2018.
 
British Welterweight Champion Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete (27-1, 12 KO’s) faces IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight Champion Laszlo Toth (25-3-1, 17 KO’s) for the Vacant WBC International belt. Skeete is ready to prove his World class credentials and knows that a win on February 10 will take him a step closer to a dream World Title shot.
 
“This is an opportunity to add another belt to my collection,” said Skeete. “Toth has won the IBF European and Inter-Continental titles and should provide a good test for me. I have strong ratings with the WBO and IBF, winning this title will push me up the WBC rankings as well.
 
“2018 is the year that I will prove I’m a World class fighter. I know that my style would give anyone trouble, it’s why I’ve been avoided. I’m ready and waiting to prove what I can do against the best!”
 
Ilford Light-Heavyweight Anthony Yarde (14-0, 13 KO’s) defends his WBO Inter-Continental and European Light-Heavyweight titles against Frenchman Tony Averlant (26-9-2, 5 KO’s). ‘The Beast’ is determined to pick up from where he left off in 2017 after becoming the first man to stop Nikola Sjekloca with a heavy-handed display which last less than four rounds.
 
“I enjoyed a successful 2017, winning three belts and stopping all five of my opponents,” said Yarde. “2018 is going to be an even bigger year but whatever is meant to happen will happen, I’m not in any rush. My job is to keep my head down, work hard and enjoy the journey.
 
“I’m hoping that Averlant is a durable opponent, he’s only been stopped twice and one of those stoppages was against former WBA Light-Heavyweight World Champion Juergen Braeher. I’m looking to gain some crucial extra minutes in the ring.”
 
Heavyweight sensation Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois (6-0, 6 KO’s) defends his Southern-Area belt against Kent’s DL Jones (8-0-1). The Peacock Gym powerhouse claimed the title after knocking AJ Carter out cold in the opening round with a massive right hand at the Copper Box Arena back in September and is promising to start 2018 with another explosive KO.
 
“I’m ready to start 2018 with a bang,” said Dubois. “I’m working hard to be the best that I can possibly be and I’m feeling good. Everything is going great, I’m just staying in the gym, staying focused, and staying dedicated to it.
 
“I’m looking forward to being back at the Copper Box Arena, it’s starting to feel like a home venue for me and I always get a great reception from the fans. I’ll be looking to send them home happy on February 10.”
 
English Super-Featherweight Champion Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett (19-0, 12 KO’s) fights for the first time in the capital when he takes on Spain’s Ivan Ruiz Morote (18-8-1, 7 KO’s) over ten rounds. Manchester’s Barrett is closing in on a salivating showdown with rival Super-Featherweight star Lyon Woodstock.
 
"I rate him as a person,” said Barrett. “He's a nice guy. He's a good fighter. Anybody in my weight division, they all can get it. So I'll just say he's a good fighter and I respect him as a person.
 
"I only do my talking in the ring. There'll be no fight talk, there's nothing personal. He's a cool guy, he wants to do his family proud so you can't take that away from him. All I’m focused on for now is getting the win in style on February, it’ll be my first so I’ll be putting on a show.”
 
Hard-hitting Southampton Super-Welterweight Joe Pigford returns to the ring after a brutal KO win over Aaron Morgan in May 2017; all-action Welling Super-Featherweight talent Archie ‘Sharpshooter’ Sharp aims to improve his unbeaten record to 12-0; gifted Southampton Featherweight Ryan ‘The Piranha’ Garner looks to get his career back on track when he fights over four rounds; Ilford Welterweight Hamzah Sheeraz returns to the scene of his impressive TKO debut win over Duane Green; stylish Ilford Super-Middleweight Umar Sadiq and former Team GB Flyweight Harvey Horn both look to go 2-0 while Beckton Lightweight and Anthony Yarde gym mate Mohammed Bilal Ali makes his professional debut.
 
Tickets priced at £50 (Lower Tier), £70 (Floor), £100 (Floor), £150 (Floor) and VIP/Hospitality £250 are available via See Tickets, Eventim and Ticketmaster.
 
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Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 14 Jan, 2018
A deal has been completed for IBF/WBA 'Super' World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0-0, 20 KO's) to face WBO World heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO's), with the two camps finally agreeing terms for a March 31st unification clash at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Following weeks of protracted negotiations, the two camps announced the bout on Sunday morning via promoter Eddie Hearn's social media, with the Joshua juggernaut returning to the scene of his most recent title defence - a tenth-round stoppage of Carlos Takam in October - in the Welsh capital.
By Behind The Gloves 13 Jan, 2018

Boxing is in great health. 

2017 was a huge year for the sport and potentially 2018 could be even better. There are issues within the sport that are simply unfixable, but here is a personal wish list of pipe dreams that I would love to see come to fruition.

Some things will never change and they don’t help boxing: despite it being in rude health. PPV marginalises the sport, StubHub and touts are preventing real fans from attending fights and the sanctioning bodies will continue to create new titles and dilute the landscape even further.

To top it off, there are some simply shocking officials around. Some of whom operate on these very shores, which at least has made people realise that the "robbed in Germany" argument is something that can be applied just as much over here in Britain.

We’ve had "hacks" and backdated drug bans (which has certainly made things interesting between current and former heavyweight champions in the U.K.) whilst some fighters have gone too far on social media, potentially damaging their career irreparably in the process due to ignorance.

Whatever your thoughts - mine included - it keeps boxing in the forefront. People are talking about and more interested in the sport than they have been for a long time.

By Behind The Gloves 12 Jan, 2018
Golden Boy Promotions will continue its partnership with ESPN for this exciting new year with an explosive main event featuring 126-pound contender Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) defending his NABO Featherweight Title against former world champion Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on the Feb. 22 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN  at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino inIndio, Calif.Doors to the Special Events Center open at 5:00 p.m. PT, and the first non-televised bout starts at 5:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
 
Diaz Jr., a 25-year-old prodigy of South El Monte, Calif., was an exceptional amateur prospect who was part of the 2012 United States Olympic Team. After making his debut with Golden Boy Promotions in December 2012 at the now-defunct LA Sports Arena, Diaz, Jr. climbed the 126-pound rankings defeating one tough opponent after another. Diaz, Jr. had a great 2017 as he participated in two Pay-Per-View events. In the HBO-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr., Diaz, Jr. cruised to a 10-round unanimous decision victory against the previously undefeated Manuel "Tino" Avila. Diaz, Jr. then defeated Rafael "Bing Bang" Rivera via dominant 12-round decision in the co-main event of the historic Canelo vs. Golovkin HBO pay-per-view event. Diaz, Jr. will look to continue his path to a world title with a win on Feb. 22.
 
"I look forward to making my 2018 debut," said Diaz, Jr. "And what better way than by facing a tough former world champion in Victor Terrazas! I will remind everyone why I deserve a world title shot by headlining this card exciting fashion."
 
Terrazas, a 34-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, is a former world champion who defeated Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares to capture the WBC Super Bantamweight Title. Terrazas, a student of the traditional Mexican school of boxing, has fought fighters at a world championship level from different parts of the world, and will bring years of fighting experience into his fight against Diaz, Jr.
 
"I have faced great fighters in my career," said Terrazas. "And this fight against Joseph Diaz, Jr. will not be an exception. I think that my experience will be very important, and I have no doubts that I will leave with my hand raised."
 
Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), a super lightweight prospect who has delighted fans with his tremendous knockout power, will return in the eight-round co-main event. After debuting as a professional in 2016, Ortiz, Jr. has never heard the final bell of a bout, and he's anxious to retain his 100% knockout rate in the year 2018. One must definitely not lose sight of this sensational Mexican American who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico.
 
The explosive undercard will be stacked with the best and brightest prospects of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. Lightweight knockout artist Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs) will make his highly anticipated ring return over a scheduled eight rounds of action in his Fantasy Springs Resort Casino debut. Gonzalez is a hard-hitting prospect who is coming off two spectacular wins, the last of which was against Gamaliel "El Platano" Diaz.  
 
Manny "Chato" Robles III (14-0, 6 KOs), after making his headlining debut in Sept. of 2017, will square off in an eight-round featherweight fight. Power punching prospectEdgar "Kid Neza" Valerio (10-0, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl by way of South Central, Los Angeles, California will start the year off with a bang in an eight-round battle in the 126-pound division.
 
Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr.(11-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will open the evening of very exciting combats in an eight-round super featherweight fight. In the night's swing bout, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (6-0, 4 KOs) will participate in a six-round lightweight fight.
 
Opponents for these exciting, rising prospects will be announced shortly.
 
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT, and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com .


Source: Golden Boy Promotions [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 12 Jan, 2018

Dillian Whyte (22-1-0, 16 KO's) and Lucas Browne (25-0-0, 22 KO's) have finally agreed terms to fight, following a protracted - and entertaining - back and forth on social media for the past year. The two outspoken heavyweights will square off at London's O2 Arena on the 24th March, in a bout that had promoter Eddie Hearn tweeting "quite frankly, this is going to be violent!".

The acrimony between the two fighters has been building for some time, with both men trading verbal blows on Twitter in a bid to goad the other into a response. Whyte, who will defend his WBC Silver heavyweight title, is known for his trash-talk, and has been clamouring for a high-profile bout in recent times - most notably against WBC World champion Deontay Wilder. 

Australian slugger Browne - another who is no stranger to verbal warfare - had been in negotiations for an all-Oceanian showdown with New Zealand's WBO World champion Joseph Parker, but had long declared his interest in a fight with Brixton-based Whyte. After seeing negotiations apparently stall several times previously, the bout has now been made: much to the delight of fans eager to see the grudge match.

Since suffering his sole career defeat to arch-nemesis Anthony Joshua in December 2015, Whyte has gone on to show significant improvement. He has fought six times since - winning all six - including a 'Fight of the Year' candidate with former World title challenger Dereck Chisora, and a dominant unanimous decision victory against Finnish fringe contender Robert Helenius in his most recent outing.

Whyte, known as 'The Bodysnatcher' due to his penchant for going to his opponent's mid-section, survived an early scare against Helenius, before outworking him throughout the contest. In something of an underwhelming bout, Helenius suffered an apparent bicep injury, leaving him in survival mode for large periods and refusing to engage. With the win, Whyte claimed the WBC Silver title, manoeuvring him into position for a shot at Deontay Wilder's WBC title. However, the proposed match-up was unable to be made, leaving Whyte without a dance partner: enter Lucas Browne...

After reaching the ultimate high of knocking out Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA World championship, things have not, however, been so smooth for 'Big Daddy' Browne. In the immediate aftermath of the contest, Browne was subsequently banned for testing positive for a banned substance, thus surrendering his newly-claimed World title and leaving his career in tatters. 

Despite later being cleared of any wrongdoing, Browne would fail his second test in twelve months in November of 2016, and would serve a six-month ban. He would make his return to the ring with a second round stoppage of Matthew Greer in June 2017, and wasted little time in clamouring for a crack at Dillian Whyte.

With both men promising an explosive event - both inside and outside of the ring - the match-up has been well received by boxing fans. Will Whyte's recent activity and solid victories be the determining factor? Or will the hammer-fisted 38-year-old Browne overcome his bristly opponent and gain one more shot at World title glory?

The winner will almost certainly go on to challenge one of the divisional elite in 2018. However, the loser will find themselves in the wilderness, with both men facing a significant rebuilding job should they suffer defeat on March 24th.

By Behind The Gloves 12 Jan, 2018

The Ali Trophy semi-final clash in the super middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between Callum Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) takes place at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Germany on February 24.

“We are very much looking forward to bring the Ali Trophy experience to Nuremberg on February 24,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer

“Smith vs. Braehmer - England vs. Germany - it’s a classic anyway, but this one pits youth vs. experience. Smith is eager to show the world he is the best while Braehmer is entering the last chance saloon. The outcome is unpredictable, it’s going to be a thrilling night in Germany and a fitting event for the last of our semi-final fixtures.“

Both 27-year-old Smith and 39-year-old Braehmer appeared as serious contenders to win the Muhammad Trophy with their quarter-final performances last year.

Britain’s Smith claimed a 116-112, 117-110, 117-111 victory on the judges' cards and advanced to the semi-final after a thrilling match against Sweden’s Erik Skoglund at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Germany’s Braehmer proved age is just a number when he beat American hope Rob Brant in dominant fashion at the Kongresshalle in Schwerin with the judges scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112 in favour of the former light heavyweight world titleholder.

“I believe I will beat Jurgen Braehmer anywhere in the world and it is a nice away trip for my fans,” said 27-year-old Callum Smith before adding: “I am the better man, the younger, fresher man, and I believe I will do what needs to be done to get to the final.”

“I am looking forward to the fight,” said 39-year-old Juergen Braehmer.

“Callum is a good fighter, but I feel confident that I will win this fight. I am in this tournament because I strongly believe I have the ability to win it. Next step towards my goal is a victory in Nuremberg.”

Tickets for the Ali Trophy semi-final bout Smith vs. Braehmer will go on sale next week. Fans are asked to sign-up for ticket alerts at worldboxingsuperseries.com  to receive the Ticket Link directly to their inbox, and avoid disappointment.

By Behind The Gloves 12 Jan, 2018

Twitter blows recently rang out after WBO Inter-Continental flyweight champion Paddy Barnes (5-0-0, 1 KO) called out WBO World flyweight champion Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KO's) for a potential clash. 

However, fellow unbeaten prospect, the WBO European super flyweight Champion Sunny Edwards (6-0-0, 2 KO's), took exception to the news, taking to Twitter himself and engaging in a prolonged back-and-forth with Barnes, with both men seeking the mental edge over the other.

“I saw him [Barnes] calling out Sho Kimura, and I’m scratching my head thinking "there is no chance you are gonna beat him and there is very little chance you are even gonna get the fight." said Edwards, in an exclusive interview with Behind The Gloves .

A match-up with Barnes is one that Edwards is supremely confident in emerging victorious from - and can’t understand why the Irishman is avoiding a bout that British boxing fans are calling for. 

“Sometimes I come across as quite outspoken, maybe borderline controversial: but it’s a fight I’m a thousand percent confident with." 

"It's also a fight that I know he is not confident with. He’s running a bit scared at the moment, whether that will change or not? I don’t know.” Edwards finished.

By Behind The Gloves 12 Jan, 2018
Once beaten Lightweight prospect Sharif Bogere (30-1, 20KO’s) makes his return to Sam’s Town Live against Mexico’s Arturo Santos in 10 rounds of action. This bout marks Bogere’s return to the venue after his recent unanimous decision victory against Jose Luis Rodriguez back in October. The bout will take place on Saturday, January 27th inside Sam’s Town Live, home of Mayweather Promotions’ Sin City Showdown cards. The card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and marks the first event of the year for the promotional company.
 
“The Lion has made his return and I do not plan on slowing down, said Bogere. Prior to my last fight I was working on getting my body back in good health, and my last fight was a great tune up to prepare me for tougher opponents. Training camp is always good; I have a great team who pushes me. I am still training and sparring with some really tough guys, my balance and timing has improved, now I am focused on getting stronger and gaining more IQ.”
 
“This fight is a big fight for me and where I am at in my career, says Santos. It’s always an honor to fight in the U.S., I thank Mayweather Promotions for the opportunity and am prepared to take care of business. I will represent and make my fans back home in Mexico proud on fight night”
 
Also making his return, is Mayweather Promotions’ entertaining and gritty Welterweight prospect Cameron Krael (12-12-3), who was featured as the co-main event on Bogere’s last card at Sam’s Town Live. Krael is determined to make his return and continue his pursuit in becoming a top contender in the Welterweight division. The Sin City Showdown card will also feature Mayweather Promotions’ talented prospects including undefeated Welterweight Sanjarbek Rakhamanov (9-0-1, 4KO’s), undefeated Lightweight prospect Xavier Martinez (10-0, 6KO’s), recently signed Super Bantamweight Angelo Leo (11-0, 7KO’s) who recently made a spectacular Mayweather Promotions debut with a 4th round KO in November, Super Middleweight prospect Kevin Newman (7-1-1, 3KO’s), Welterweight prospect Maurice Lee (7-1-, 3KO’s), undefeated Light Middleweight Oluwafemi Oyeleye (4-0, 1KO), and hard-hitting undefeated Lightweight prospect Rolando Romero (3-0. 3KO’s) all in separate bouts.  
 
 “Mayweather Promotions is already carrying the momentum of 2017 into the new year, this card is matched with some of the toughest prospects in boxing, says Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. Sharif Bogere has worked hard to get to this point in his career. He captures fans with his come-forward aggressive style and charisma. He’s a tough guy. His last fight was a tune up after suffering a major injury, but I believe this fight will not disappoint. We are also excited to bring Cameron Krael back to Sam’s Town, he’s a very tough fighter who continues to gain fans and prove himself in the ring, and he will show that come fight night in the co-main event.”  
 
Originally from Uganda, and fighting out of Las Vegas, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere exhibits an impressive record of (30-0, 20KO’s). Bogere’s aggressive fight style and quick technique helped him gain 20 victories by KO. The Lightweight prospect is resilient and his skill is undeniable. Prior to suffering a torn achilles injury in October 2015, an eager Bogere was well on track to getting a world title shot. Unfazed by his adversity, Bogere returned to the ring in October 2017 and snagged a unanimous decision win against one of Mexico’s toughest fighters, Jose Luis Rodriguez. Bogere’s only defeat came in 2013 against Richar Abril when he fought for the WBA World Lightweight title.
 
Fighting out of Sonora Mexico, Santos is a former 2008 Olympian and junior world champion. Santos has built his career fighting steep competition, recently fighting the likes of WBA champion Abner Mares who defeated him back in 2015, giving Santos the first knockdown of his career, and rising prospect Tevin Farmer last April, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss. The Mexican Lightweight is coming off a tough break with two back-to-back losses, HE however is ready to get back in the ring and get back to the top of the Lightweight division.
 
At 24-years old, Cameron Krael has made a name for himself becoming a fan favorite in his hometown of Las Vegas. He’s considered the “Gate Keeper” who will fight anyone to showcase his talent and heart. He’s fearless and doesn’t back down, and carries that same demeanor in the ring. Prior to his recent draw against Shoki Sakai in October, Krael was coming off a 4-win streak. Focused and determined, Krael won’t allow anything to derail him in his ascension to becoming a contender in the Welterweight division. Krael is strong, has a tough chin, and has gained his experience through the tough competition he’s faced in the ring.


Source: Mayweather Promotions [Press Conference]
By Behind The Gloves 12 Jan, 2018
Two-division world champion Lamont Peterson hosted a media workout in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Thursday as he prepares to take on unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
 
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features lightweight world champion Robert Easter battling former champion Javier Fortuna.
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com , barclayscenter.com , at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center or by calling 800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
 
Also in attendance at the workout was Peterson's brother, once-beaten contender
Anthony Peterson, who competes in undercard action on the January 20 event.
 
Here is what the workout participants had to say Thursday:
 
LAMONT PETERSON
 
"I feel great. I'm already close to weight. I'm happy and eating up to five times a day. I feel strong and I'm ready for this fight.
 
"I have to look at this as really just another big fight. When you're at the top, you try not to make too much of each fight. We know what's at stake. I know that when I keep it simple, that's when I perform best.
 
"Right now my body feels better than ever. I'm comfortable with everything that's gone on in camp and I think you can see it in my body.
 
"I've always trained hard since the first day I came here as a child. That's been instilled in me since a young age and it's carried me throughout my career.
 
"Everything I do is for D.C. I'm trying to get as much recognition for this area the best way I can. That's what we all strive for in this gym. This is the biggest one that's been on the schedule for a while and I'm ready to bring it home.
 
"It gets easier and easier the more championship fights I'm in. I was in shape for all of them, but I definitely put more pressure on myself when I was young. I've improved each time and now I feel like I'm really at the perfect place in my career."
 
ANTHONY PETERSON
 
"I have to make a statement. I never feel comfortable with a decision. I think that's a good thing because I have to be special under the bright lights.
 
"Everyone knows I like to go to the body. You know I'm going to make him work so you can look out for me to break my opponent down on the January 20.
 
"I've been sparring with a variety of experienced fighters over the last year and they've helped me out even while I haven't had a fight. Ring rust is all mental. It's up to you to put the work in.
 
"I haven't gotten the fights that I want, but I'll always stick to my game and stick to my craft. I know if I persevere, things will work out for me.
 
"I know that I love this sport. I know that eventually I will be a world champion. I believe in my future and I'm looking forward to big fights.
 
"It's inspiring to watch Lamont do his thing and succeed. He's going to beat Errol Spence, even if people don't believe it. I think he's going to take care of business."
 
BARRY HUNTER, Peterson's Trainer
 
"It's been a long grind in camp for these guys. When I think back on how long we've been on this journey, I'm very proud of them. They were 9 and 10 when they first came into the gym.
 
"We don't have the weight monster to deal with fighting at welterweight. Lamont is in a great place mentally and physically. I'm looking forward to an explosive fight.
 
"When you look at the Spence-Brook fight, early on Brook had a lot of success. Down the stretch Errol imposed his will and broke Brook down. I know Errol well and I've coached him. He has a strong will. He's not great in one area, but he's good in a lot of areas. This is a different kind of guy he's facing. Heart is something Lamont is nowhere near short on. I think this might start off tactical, and then turn into a war.
 
"My job is to go in there with part of a plan, but it's always about adjustments for us. Whatever Errol brings to the table, we'll figure it out and put everything in motion.
 
"This last week is a lot of game plan and mental preparation work. A lot of fighters don't train the mind. You have to train the mind even more so than the body. We have to be ready for every scenario.
 
"I think if Anthony goes in there and does his job there are a few vacant titles at 140-pounds and that's a track for us. We want to get a strap around his waist and we'll face anyone to get it.
 
"Lamont, along with Anthony, Gary Russell Jr., Jarrett Hurd and Gervonta Davis, have been holding down boxing in this area for a long time. It would be huge to bring this title home. There are a lot of young Lamont Petersons in this area who want to reach this level. It would be a beacon of light shining down and showing these people the way."


Source: Swanson PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 11 Jan, 2018

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 16 at noon for the upcoming showdown between two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) versus Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) versus Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), which takes place on Saturday, March 3 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event are priced from $50 to $300 and will be available through ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, January 15 at noon until Tuesday, January 16 at 11:00 am, subscribers to the Main Events email list can purchase tickets in advance using an exclusive presale code at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com .

 

The event will be promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

 

About March 3: The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and will be available through TicketMaster.com , the Madison Square Garden Box office and the Main Events office by calling 973-200-7050 or emailing boxing@mainevents.com .

By Behind The Gloves 11 Jan, 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the highly-anticipated Featherweight showdown between former two-weight World Champion   Carl Frampton MBE   and former four-weight World Champion   Nonito Donaire.

Belfast hero Frampton (24-1, 14 KO’s) and Filipino icon Donaire (38-4, 24 KO’s) collide at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday 21st April, live on   BT Sport   and   BoxNation.

The blockbuster bout will be one of the biggest fights to take place in Belfast in recent years and a make-or-break fight for both men.

“It’s a brilliant fight - a four-weight World Champion against a two-weight World Champion,” said Frampton.

“Has a bigger ‘away’ fighter ever come to fight in Belfast before? I don’t think there’s been a bigger name than Nonito Donaire and he’s coming to fight a local guy in his hometown."

“But I think both of us are in the same situation – a slip-up here and one of us might never fight for a World Title again. There’s a lot on the line for both guys."

By Behind The Gloves 11 Jan, 2018

Dillian Whyte will defend his WBC Silver Heavyweight title against Lucas Browne in a crunch clash at The O2 in London on March 24, live on Sky Sports.

Whyte is hunting World honours after he landed the title in his last outing in Cardiff in December against Robert Helenius and the 29 year old puts his number one ranking in the WBC on the line against the Browne.

‘The Body Snatcher’ is gunning for WBC king Deontay Wilder with the ultimate goal to land the title and set up a huge unification rematch with old foe Anthony Joshua, and Whyte knows he must put an end to his bitter online feud with Browne in style in Greenwich.

“I can’t wait, I hate Lucas Browne and I want to hurt him,” said Whyte. “He’s said some nasty things and he’s going to have to pay for them.

“I don’t think he really wanted this fight. A deal was in place before then he started to try and change the terms. He kept delaying things after we gave in to his demands and started saying there was a fight in America he was chasing. We’ve bent over backwards and up till now he’s been more interested in making excuses than taking the fight. It’s been frustrating but we’ve finally got over the hill now so let’s go.

“He’s a big guy with an unbeaten record so you have to rate him a bit. He carries some power. You have to respect Heavyweight power, it only takes one punch.

“I’m not overlooking Browne, I’m focused on going to town on him. If I don’t knock him out, I will not be happy. The plan is to beat Browne and move closer to a World Title shot. Beating him should make me a mandatory challenger for a World Title – I’m highly ranked across the board, I’ll be a more than credible World Title challenger. I’ve been building my way up so we’re set for a big year.”

Browne is a dangerous customer for Whyte to put his World title dreams on the line against, with the unbeaten Australian already tasting victory on the road at the very highest level when he KO’d Ruslan Chagaev in March 2016, climbing off the canvas in Russia to land the WBA title.

‘Big Daddy’ is no stranger to fighting in England as will be looking to claim a fifth KO win in his sixth outing on English soil, and launch himself into World title contention.

“I’m genuinely looking forward to coming over to the UK again and bashing Dillian,” said Browne. “If Helenius and Dereck Chisora hurt him, wait until he feels how I hit. I don’t like anything about him. He’s a loud mouth and I want to take his head off.  

“I have absolutely no fears about coming to London and facing Dillian. After you go to Chechnya to fight, nothing else compares. I’ve fought in England five times already and love fighting there. I know if I stop Whyte impressively I’ll be getting another World title shot.”

Browne’s manager Matt Clarke added:   “Lucas has an incredible fan base in the UK and Ireland. You’ll never see him turn down an autograph or a photo with fight fans and consequently he gets a lot of support.

“His social media is full of messages begging him to knock Whyte out and that’s exactly what he plans on doing. Knock out Whyte and then challenge for the World title, that’s our plan.”

“This is going to be an electric fight that I'm very happy to finally get over the line,” said Eddie Hearn. “There is no love lost between them and it's a fight that is very important in the World Heavyweight landscape.

“These two can't stand each other and I think that's when you get the best out of Dillian - this is the high profile fight that he has been craving now for some time. He is the number one challenger with the WBC and ranked highly with every other governing body – win this and it's a World title shot next for Dillian.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale next week with an announcement on prices to be made soon.


Source: Matchroom Boxing [Press Release]

By Behind The Gloves 11 Jan, 2018

Ghanaian super bantamweight contender Isaac Dogboe (16-0-0, 12 KO's) made a statement on Saturday by knocking out tough-as-nails former world title challenger Cesar Juarez (20-6-0, 15 KO's) in the fifth round of an action-packed fight to the delight of a rambunctious crowd at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana who had turned out in droves to support their hometown hero. 

In addition to inflicting the first stoppage loss of Juarez’s career, Dogboe captured the WBO interim super bantamweight title and is now the mandatory challenger for the WBO's full titleholder Jessie Magdaleno.  

Coming into the contest, Dogboe was undefeated but untested as a professional. He had however enjoyed success boxing as an amateur in the UK, where he also lived and studied for a number of years, the highlight of which was representing Ghana at the 2012 London Olympics aged only seventeen years. He also had world-class sparring experience against the likes of WBA featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz and former titleholder and Ring Magazine’s 2016 Fighter of the Year Carl Frampton. Dogboe sparred with Frampton in 2014 in preparation for the latter’s fight against   Hugo Fidel Cázares and, despite being a one-fight novice at the time, impressed Frampton with his power, strength and toughness, leading the Northern Irishman to tip him as a future world champion.

Sparring is one thing though and fighting is another. Cesar Juarez had given Nonito Donaire hell over twelve gruelling rounds in a 2015 title fight and was coming off three straight wins including an upset KO of hard-hitting Filipino prospect Alberto Pagara. Although the Mexican slugger could never be mistaken for one of boxing’s elite, his power, durability and sheer relentlessness would cause problems for anyone in his division.  

By Behind The Gloves 10 Jan, 2018
In a thoroughly surprising move, Amir 'King' Khan (31-4-0, 19 KO's) has joined Matchroom Boxing, the promotional outlet of longtime nemesis Eddie Hearn, formally announcing his return to boxing today at a press conference in the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The two men have habitually traded barbs throughout the years regarding a potential welterweight showdown between Bolton's Khan and domestic rival Kell Brook; a prospect that would almost certainly constitute a significant pay-per-view attraction, yet one that Khan - until recently - has appeared reluctant to entertain.

Incidentally, Khan - a former super-lightweight champion and 2004 Olympic silver medallist - who is managed by mysterious money man Al Haymon, once described Eddie Hearn as impossible to work with. As a result, the former was widely expected to sign a deal with Hearn's foremost competitor Frank Warren, following a protracted professional hiatus after being brutally knocked out by then-WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in a 2016 catchweight contest.

Meanwhile, Kell Brook lost his IBF welterweight title against Errol Spence via an eleventh-round stoppage at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane last May, and will be looking to impress on his super-welterweight debut against Belarussian contender Sergei Rabchenko in March, once again in front of a hometown crowd.

Khan's move to Matchroom comes after repeatedly unsuccessful attempts to secure fights with former sparring partner Manny Pacquiao and erstwhile pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather before the latter's retirement, in addition to a high-profile stint on reality television.
By Behind The Gloves 09 Jan, 2018
Japanese slugger Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida's Daquan "King" Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight fight that will top off the non-televised undercard of Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com  beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
 
As previously announced, Argentine knockout artist Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse(38-4, 35 KOs) of Chubut, Argentina will take on the explosive undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship in the first co-main event. Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring  Magazine Lightweight Titles against Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) in a 12-round bout in the second co-main event. This special double main event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Kamegai will return after his impressive outing against former six-time, four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, which was for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title in an HBO-televised main event in August 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Before that fight, Kamegai took part in two consecutive Fight of the Year candidates against Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass in June and Sept. of 2016. Kamegai will look to earn another shot at a 154-pound title if successful against Pauldo.
 
Pauldo, a 25-year-old super welterweight contender who was formerly known as Daquan Arnett, has only suffered one loss in his impressive career, which was when he dropped down to 147 pounds to take on tough Golden Boy Promotions contender Eddie "Eboy" Gomez. After returning to 154 pounds, Pauldo has defeated five people in a row, including the experienced Jorge "Pantera" Silva in his last bout in July 2017. A win against Kamegai would give Pauldo a much-earned boost in the super welterweight rankings.
 
Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (33-21, 18 KOs) the native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and member of the exclusive training camp of Joel Diaz in Indio, Calif., will return in a 10-round super lightweight fight against an opponent that will be announce shortly. Lopez will return after defeating former interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion Pablo "El Demoledor" Cesar Cano via second-round technical knockout.
 
After seven spectacular wins in 2017, Armenian welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (7-0, 4 KOs) will start the new year in a six-round welterweight fight against an opponent that will be announced soon. In his last fight, Kerobyan defeated Tavorus Teague in the ESPN3-streamed undercard of the Dec. 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN .
 
In an exciting and rarely-seen battle between two undefeated prospects, Los Angeles native Tenochtitlan "T-Dog" Nava (7-0, 1 KO) will participate in an eight-round 126-pound clash against Las Vegas' Francisco "El Alacran" Esparza (6-0-1, 2 KOs). Both fighters are known for their come-forward, all-action styles, and with so much on the line, the bout will surely produce fireworks.
 
Romero "Ruthless" Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) will fight for a second consecutive time at the "Fabulous" Forum in an eight-round lightweight battle against Sacramento, Calif.'s Yardley Armenta (21-9, 12 KOs). The Filipino prospect made his U.S. debut and introduced himself in exciting fashion via a devastating second-round knockout victory against the previously undefeated prospect Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez. Since then, Duno has scored two more victories, which were against Jason Tinampay and Juan Pablo Sanchez respectively.
 
Undefeated prospect Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will kick off highly-anticipated night of action in a six-round featherweight fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.
 
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight
World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring  Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, " THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING " and Hennessy "Never Stop, Never Settle." The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com  beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
 
For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com  and www.hbo.com/boxing , follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @hboboxing; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing ; visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow the conversation using #MatthysseKiram.
 
Tickets for Matthysse vs. Kiram are currently on sale and are priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com  or www.ticketmaster.com .
 
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Source: Golden Boy Promotions [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 09 Jan, 2018
Carl Frampton MBE (24-1, 14 KO’s) faces Filipino four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KO’s) at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Saturday 21st April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
 
The blockbuster bout will be one of the biggest fights to take place in Belfast in recent years and a make-or-break fight for both men.
 
Frampton is looking forward to meeting elite opposition on home soil in his first bout of 2018.
 
“It’s a brilliant fight - a four-weight World Champion against a two-weight World Champion,” said Frampton. “Has a bigger ‘away’ fighter ever come to fight in Belfast before? I don’t think there’s been a bigger name than Nonito Donaire and he’s coming to fight a local guy in his hometown.
 
“But I think both of us are in the same situation – a slip-up here and one of us might never fight for a World Title again. There’s a lot on the line for both guys.”
 
With a much-anticipated summer fight date at Belfast’s Windsor Park in the works for ‘The Jackal’, 30-year-old Frampton believes a win over the 42-fight veteran would be perfect preparation ahead of a World Title tilt.
 
Coming off the back of a 10-round points win over Mexican Horacio Garcia last month in what was Frampton’s first outing since the loss of his WBA World Featherweight crown to Leo Santa Cruz, ‘The Jackal’ is confident that victory over Donaire will tee up a bout against the winner of the scheduled IBF title clash between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington.
 
“He’s been at the top of four divisions, but he was in the same weight division as me for quite a while and he’s someone I’ve always kept an eye on,” said Belfast native Frampton. “He’s someone I admire as well and I think he’s a great fighter, but I think this is the perfect fight to get me ready for a World Title fight in the summer.”
 
While Donaire has suffered three defeats since being named 2012 Fighter of the Year by The Ring, ESPN and the Boxing Writers’ Association of America – the same honours Frampton picked up in 2016 – the 35-year-old ‘Filipino Flash’ is eager to prove that he is still an elite force at 126lbs.

 “This is exactly the type of fight I live for — going in against one of the best in the World in the lion’s den of his hometown of Belfast,” said Donaire. “I can’t wait for the first bell! I know I’ll have to be the best I can be on fight night. Make no mistake, I’m already training like never before.”
 
“I plan to put on a spectacular show for my fans, his fans and boxing fans in general. When I walk out of the ring victorious, it will have all been worth it."
 
Promoter Frank Warren said: “Belfast fight fans are going to be in for another treat on April 21st. This is a guaranteed barn burner between two elite Featherweights. Both men have held multiple World Titles and know that a win will lead to another shot at World glory.
 
“If Carl comes through this fight then it’s the big one at Windsor Park in the summer next. That is what we promised him and that is what we will deliver if he gets the win in April.”
 
Richard Schaefer, founder of Ringstar Sports, added: “This is a fight between two of the best Featherweights in the World, with multiple World Titles between them. These are two fighters who are never boring in the ring, two fighters who come forward and love to engage.  
 
“If styles make fights — well it doesn't get any better than this! On April 21st it will be ‘Fireworks in Belfast’ and boxing fans from around the World will be in for a treat."
 
Details of a press conference will be announced in the coming days.
 
Tickets for Frampton vs. Donaire are available to purchase from the SSE Arena Belfast Box Office, www.ssearenabelfast.com  and 028 9073 9074 from 10.00am on Thursday 11th January.
 
Tickets range from £40 (Tier) to £400 (Inner Ring Hospitality):
 
£400 - Inner Ring Hospitality
£250 - Outer Ring Hospitality
£150 - Floor
£120 - Central Tier/Floor
£100 - Floor
£80 - Tier
£50 - Tier
£40 - Tier

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Rob Tebbutt 08 Jan, 2018

With the first semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series a matter of weeks away, the roaring success of the innovative knockout tournament has already left its mark on the sport, following a trailblazing introduction in 2017.

The knockout-style tournament, that pitted eight of the premier competitors across both the super middleweight and cruiserweight divisions against one and other, has been welcomed with open arms by boxing fans who have long yearned for the best to face the best.

Backed by the same minds that brought the revolutionary Champions League format to football fans across Europe, the World Boxing Super Series has thrust itself into the forefront of the sport in an unabashedly brazen - and brilliant - way. Add in the stardust of the inimitable promotional brothers, Kalle and Nisse Sauerland, and you have yourself a potential blockbuster-in-the-making.

From the star-studded, glitz and glamor of the draw in Monte Carlo in July, to the suspenseful showpiece entrances that see each fighter stand, gladiator-style, in-front of a baying crowd before each fight, the tournament has sought to distinguish itself from the crowd. It has done so with tremendous success.

With a second - and potentially third - instalment of the World Boxing Super Series mooted for 2018, organisers of the event will be keen to ensure that the format not only remains the same breath of fresh air it has been: but rather escalates into a hurricane, continuing to blow through the sport, re-arranging the landscape.

The concept is not just fan-friendly. Calls from fighters for their own weight division to be announced as the stars of the next series grow louder and louder, with such stars as Kell Brook, Vasyl Lomachenko and Call Frampton all declaring their interest in entering the tournament, should the opportunity arise.

While the tournament boasts a significant prize pool - with a rumoured $50m to be divided between the two current competitions - it would appear that the opportunity to pit themselves against the best in their weight class, and thus proving who “the man” of the division truly is, appeals most to fighters.

Naturally, not everyone is on board with the revolution. The inevitable red-tape from rival promoters is something that is unavoidable - especially in the political minefield of the sport in its current state. However, with such a promising start - and an insatiable appetite from fans and fighters alike - there could come a time in which the power is finally wrestled from the grasp of nickel and dime promoters and back into the hands of the people.

The World Boxing Super Series rumbles on in 2018, and if the past twelve months are anything to go by, it could yet be here for many years to come…

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