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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.
 
See Tickets
0871 230 7148
www.seetickets.com
 
Eventim
0844 249 1000
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Ticketmaster
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Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 15 Jan, 2018
When unbeaten cruiserweight contender Isaac Chamberlain (9-0-0, 4 KO's) stepped off of the plane at Kyiv International airport, he did so with 1,486 miles between himself and his hometown of Brixton.

It is further away from home than the precociously talented 23-year-old had ever envisioned being, and while this is not his first visit to the Ukrainian capital, there is still a sense of wonderment in his voice as he describes his journey from mis-guided south London youth, to bonafide cruiserweight contender.

"It is a bit strange when you think about it." said Chamberlain, in an exclusive interview with Behind The Gloves .

"Where I come from, nobody ever thinks you will make something of yourself. Everyone is always so caught up in what's going on around you, that you don't really realise there is a whole world out there."

Boxing has taken Chamberlain to new places - both inside and outside of the ring.

After picking up the sport as a teenager at the behest of his worried mother, Chamberlain has seen himself travel the world, giving himself purpose and, in his own words, becoming a better person.

"When I was young, my cousin was mixing with the wrong crowds and he ended up getting stabbed. It was a terrible experience for my whole family, and my Mum wanted to keep me out of trouble. So she sent me to the boxing gym."

Despite being regarded as one of the brightest prospects in British boxing, his initial proficiency as a pugilist was far from the polished performer we see today.

"The first time I went in there, I got beaten up!" laughed Chamberlain.

"I didn't know what I was doing, but I loved it. In Brixton, there's not always a lot to keep you occupied, but as soon as I found the boxing gym I thought "this is where I belong". It gave me purpose and made me grow up and be a better person. Ever since that first day, I've never wanted to do anything else."
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 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 02 Jan, 2018

Brooklyn's Barclays Center has seemingly usurped Manhattan's famous Madison Square Garden as New York City's 'Mecca of boxing' with a dazzling series of shows scheduled for the new year.

In what can only be considered a case of audacious matchmaking, the litany of intriguing matchups at the venue continues into 2018 with the recent announcement of WBC champion Deontay Wilder versus undefeated challenger Luis 'King Kong' Ortiz on March 3rd..

Tuscaloosa's Wilder has been vociferously clamouring for a unification showdown with Anthony Joshua, who is generally regarded as the division's best, following his electrifying victory over long-time divisional kingpin Wladimir Klitschko last year's epic battle at Wembley Stadium.

Therefore, it can be said that Ortiz - a dangerous fighter with explosive power and boxing skills cultivated by the fabled Cuban amateur system - represents a slightly bizarre choice of opponent before a lucrative superfight with Joshua materialises later in the year.

The two fighters exchanged heated words in the immediate aftermath of Ortiz's comeback victory over Daniel Martz, after their fight - originally scheduled for November 4th - was postponed due to Ortiz failing a drugs test. Incidentally, Ortiz was, at one point, the number one contender for the WBA championship, before being removed from the rankings by the organisation after testing positive. Despite his ban, the doping infraction was later revealed as attributable to blood-pressure medication.

The 'Bronze Bomber' has been derided in many quarters as technically lacklustre with a propensity for 'windmilling'. He will undoubtedly be looking to silence his many critics with a clinical victory over Ortiz. 

However, it remains to be seen whether Wilder's vaunted athleticism, agility and destructive knockout power - as exemplified in his recent trouncing of longtime rival Bermane Stiverne - can overcome the speed and strength of 'King Kong'. In Ortiz, Wilder faces unquestionably his toughest test to date, and a potential 'banana skin' in the context of his aspirations to become undisputed champion.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua appears set to fight New Zealand's undefeated WBO titleholder Joseph Parker in the meantime in another unification clash, as 'Ring' magazine champion Tyson Fury - who hasn't fought in over two years - makes preparations for a comeback with new trainer Ben Davison.


Article by: Navi Singh

You can follow Navi on Twitter at: @hombre__obscuro

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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 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 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.
 
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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…

By Behind The Gloves 06 Jan, 2018

After reaffirming his status as one of the brightest prospects in boxing over the last eighteen months, unbeaten light heavyweight phenom Anthony Yarde (14-0-0, 13 KO's) enters 2018 looking to make a splash in one of the sport's most exciting divisions.

Yarde, 26, had a late start to his career, taking up the sport at 18-years-old, logging just twelve amateur fights prior to turning professional in May 2015. He is now keen to make up for lost time, however, stating that there is still much more to come from the Ilford knockout artist.

"So far in my career, I feel like I've never gone into a fight at 100%." said Yarde, in an exclusive interview with Behind The Gloves .

"In my mind, after every fight I've had, people come up to me and say "look how good you did!" and I'm like "it was okay... in my next fight I want to be better." - I keep that mind frame. I just want to elevate myself."

With a grounded, professional attitude, obvious skill set a desire to win, Yarde has come a long way in a short space of time under the tutlege of trainer and mentor Tunde Ajayi. Working out of Peacock gym in East London, Ajayi is in little doubt as to the potential possessed by his star pupil.

"Anthony Yarde wants to be the best fighter ever." Ajayi stated, ahead of Yarde's most recent win against the previously un-stopped Nikola Sjekloca in December.

"That's going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication: but he lives the life. This is Anthony Yarde's life and he wants it. He wants to be the best."

By Behind The Gloves 05 Jan, 2018

Naoya Inoue is a fistic force of nature. 

Still only twenty four years of age, the Japanese prodigy known as ‘The Monster’ has left a trail of destruction en route to a perfect professional record of 15-0-0 (13 KO's). He can already boast of being a two-weight World boxing champion - a feat he accomplished in just his eighth professional fight - and a top ten pound-for-pound candidate, with 'The Ring Magazine' currently ranking him at number seven. 

In the wake of his seventh defence of his WBO super flyweight title on 30th December 2017, a three round annihilation of outmatched Frenchman Yoann Boyeaux, Inoue now looks all-but-certain to ascend to bantamweight this year and unleash terror on a third weight division. 

Inoue’s move up north will leave hardcore boxing fans with mixed feelings. Super flyweight is one of the deepest divisions in boxing today and there were some potentially terrific fights to be made, such as against the winner of the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Juan Francisco Estrada's WBC title bout taking place next month. 

By Behind The Gloves 04 Jan, 2018

Former Team GB Flyweight Harvey Horn has his sights set on a showdown with WBO Super-Flyweight Champion and Frank Warren stablemate Sunny 'Showtime' Edwards.

Horn, 22, got his professional career off to a winning start with an impressive third round stoppage of Denis Bartos at the Copper Box Arena on the DeGale vs. Truax World title show last month and returns to action at the same venue on February 10th.

Unbeaten Edwards is looking forward to a massive 2018 after claiming his first professional title in only his sixth fight with a stoppage victory over Ross Murray in November.

Even though Horn accepts he he is a long way from the position of calling out future opponents, he believes a future fight with Croydon native Edwards would capture the imagination of UK fight fans.

Speaking exclusively to Richard Hubbard in the latest 'Hooks and Jabs' column, the Peacock Gym fighter said:

"Sunny Edwards is a fight I would like, because he’s got a bit more of an outgoing personality, the build up would be good and it would sell a lot better. I know for our weight that is saying a lot, but it would be a good fight that wouldn’t be lacking in build up.

“I have a good following behind me and they know about Sunny already because there have been things on social media. It would come together well and even the press conference would be very, very good.

“I would watch it!

“I have never been one to call people out though, I would rather get called out, so Sunny won’t hold back.

“Once I get this year done with five or six fights, then I will start targeting people and start looking at the likes of Jay Harris, Joe Maphosa and Sunny.

“I will be looking to go through the domestic division and prove I am a level above, like I have done over the last few years.”

Four of the most avoided fighters in the United Kingdom return to action at the Copper Box Arena on February 10th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Ilford Light-Heavyweight 'Beast' Anthony Yarde will be aiming to pick up from where he left off in 2017 after becoming the first man to stop Nikola Sjekloca with a heavy-handed display last weekend which lasted less than four rounds; Heavyweight sensation Daniel 'Dynamite' Dubois is determined to start 2018 with another explosive KO after his two-round destruction of Dorian Darch; British Welterweight Champion Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete is ready to prove his World class credentials as he looks to entice one of the 147lbs Champions into a showdown in 2018 and WBO Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete makes the second defence of his crown against former two-weight World Champion Omar Andres Narvaez.

Some of the best up-and-coming talent in the South feature on a talent-packed undercard.

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 looks 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.
 
See Tickets
0871 230 7148
www.seetickets.com
 
Eventim
0844 249 1000
www.eventim.co.uk
 
Ticketmaster
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 04 Jan, 2018

Ilford Super-Welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz is aiming to win his first professional title in 2018, despite only making his professional debut in September.
 
The three-time national junior finalist made a dream start to life in the paid ranks, stopping durable Norwich rival Duane Green on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ World title win over Willie Monroe Jr.
 
Sheeraz, 18, knocked out 35-year-old Green in the second round at the Copper Box Arena, and returns to the same venue for his second professional contest on Saturday 10th February.
 
“We’re taking things step by step but I’m confident in my abilities and winning my first professional title in 2018 isn’t an unrealistic goal,” said the gifted teenager. “The plan is to go for an area title and then take it from there.
 
“After working hard in the gym for months it felt great stopping a tough fighter like Green. He had never been knocked out before so it was a big statement to make so early on in my career.
 
“The whole experience of my debut was amazing and I was grateful to be supported by over 300 fans in the arena. I can’t wait to get back under the lights on another World title show next month, I’ll be brining a big crowd with me.”
 
Developed by veteran trainer Lenny Butcher at Harrold Hill’s Five Star Boxing Club alongside Frank Warren stablemates Sanjeev Sahota and Harley Benn, 6ft 2in Sheeraz says he has the perfect team around him to achieve his dreams.
 
“There’s a great atmosphere in our gym and we all bounce off each other. Me and Harley are learning a lot together and Sanjeev is a bit ahead of us in his career, hopefully he’ll be fighting for his first title in 2018 as well.
 
“I’m learning to set my feet more and work inside. I do a lot of in house sparring with Sanjeev and Harley and I’m constantly learning and improving in the gym. 2018 is going to be a huge year for me and I want to start it by winning in style again next month.”

Four of the most avoided fighters in the United Kingdom return to action at the Copper Box Arena on February 10th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Ilford Light-Heavyweight 'Beast' Anthony Yarde will be aiming to pick up from where he left off in 2017 after becoming the first man to stop Nikola Sjekloca with a heavy-handed display last weekend which lasted less than four rounds; Heavyweight sensation Daniel 'Dynamite Dubois is determined to start 2018 with another explosive KO after his two-round destruction of Dorian Darch; British Welterweight Champion Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete is ready to prove his World class credentials as he looks to entice one of the 147lbs Champions into a showdown in 2018 and WBO Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete makes the second defence of his crown against former two-weight World Champion Omar Andres Narvaez.

Some of the best up-and-coming talent in the South feature on a talent-packed undercard.

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; stylish Ilford Super-Middleweight Umar Sadiq and Chigwell 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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Eventim
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Ticketmaster
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 04 Jan, 2018
Dear Boxing,

I just want to begin this letter by saying how glad I am to see you doing so well. You've been through some tough times over the years, and it gives me a lot of pleasure to see that not only are you back on your feet, but that you're thriving. All of the people doubting you and writing your obituaries, have all been slowly shrinking back into the shadows: their voices growing fainter and fainter with each day... well done, you!

I'm fine, by the way. It's tough, this online "media" lark (I put "media" in inverted commas, as that's what the, ahem, "real" journalists like to do when they discuss us... it's fine, though...) - it's all been so very draining staying on top of everything you've done. You've been so busy! The last year especially!

I, like many others, are eternally grateful for the ridiculous  year you gave us in 2017. Even if it means I'm a little shopworn myself!

You learned from your previous mistakes with the splendid Canelo-Golovkin match-up, and I feel like you deserve tremendous credit for that. It must've taken a lot of courage to admit you were wrong with dragging out the whole May-Pac saga. I think it's fair to say that having the  fight we were all clamouring for actually  happen  at the best time for fans (as opposed to bank managers) was a really positive step. More of this please!

Although, I have to say, you didn't really do us many favours with the scoring, did you? Still, nobody is perfect, and - from what I'm hearing - we should get the chance for a fair and clear resolution in May... Maybe give Adalaide Byrd the night off this time, though? After all, didn't she say she was tired? Bless.

Oh, and good job with the heavyweights, by the way! That Joshua-Klitschko fight was really something, huh? I bet that was nice for you to see, given all of the criticism of that division you've had to contend with over the years. When the heavyweights are happy, you're happy - so I know how much that must have meant to you.

Still a few things to sort out in 2018, mind you. There's one or two big fights to make. I can't wait to see how you fit Tyson Fury back in the mix! Kept that one in your back pocket, eh? I still have my doubts as to how it'll all pan out, but given the new lease of life you've given the big men, I trust you to bring us the fights we need in 2018. Let's just say you're gaining my trust again. Don't abuse it.

What has also been very pleasing to see is that you've not left out the little guys either. That's great news! For years - and forgive me for saying it - I feel that you have been too preoccupied with forcing the bigger guys on us, and some of the little fellas have felt a bit left out. Good to see you're leaving no man behind... no matter how big or small!

This 'Superfly' stuff is superb! A couple of years ago, If you'd have told me that you'd have the top six guys in one division on the same card   all fighting each other  I'd have sworn you were crazy... or that we were back in the 90's! Great to see that it's not just a one off either and you're bringing us more of the same in February 24th.

Though, while we're at it, can you please try and get Naoya Inoue on that card before he moves up? You've got so many guys you can put him in with! I know, I know: "risk vs reward" and all that - but I think you'll regret not matching him up with some of the guys at 115lbs in a few years time... Just a thought...

In years gone by, you've always used "the best fighting the best" as a pretence for delaying the, er, best actually fighting the best. It's nice to see that it's gone from being a post-fight PR offensive to, y'know, an actual thing.

Like this 'World Boxing Super Series' thing you've got going on! Now that's what I'm talking about! I have to say, when you first gave us the concept, I was a little skeptical. I was expecting pull-outs, replacements, delays. A bit of a mess really. I can only imagine the smile on your face when it started so well... I can't wait to see what you have planned for the remainder of the tournament! It's refreshing to see fighters actually  wanting to test themselves against their rivals to prove who really is the best.... I bet the massive pool of money helps too though, right!?

Ahh. The best fighting the best . It's been a long time since you've given us that. You've really shown over the last twelve months that you're big enough to change. To be receptive to our feelings.

You're really blossoming into what I know you can be. What you used to be. Now, I know it's different these days. A lot has happened and it's not just a case of one good year erasing or excusing years of frustration. But what's important is you're taking the steps to become better.  I've been as critical of you as anyone over the years: but I love you. When you love something, you don't want it to make the same mistakes over and over again. And with that - while appreciating all you've done over the last twelve months - I feel it is my duty to still point out the things you need to work on... I'm only trying to help...

First of all, and I know you're expecting this... You had your fun with Mayweather-McGregor. No more, please.

And yes, It was fun... ish.

It brought you plenty of attention, which, I know, can't be a bad thing. Personally, it wasn't how I'd have gone about things, but given all of the other good work you did in 2017, you get a pass for that one... but don't let it happen again. I know you well enough to know that the lure of another money-spinning merry-go-round is appealing to your darker side: just don't. You've made such good progress over the last year, let's not undo all of that for the chance at another paycheque. No matter how big it is!

Secondly, when did promoters become so famous? I know, I mean, they've always been in the spotlight (kinda their job, right?) - but you used to have the fighters in the spotlight. Whatever happened to that? Now, I know what you're going to say...

"Maybe if you stopped sticking your camera in-front of their face at every press conference..."

Fair point.

Still, most of the fighters these days are only echoing their promoters rhetoric with their carefully constructed, un-spinnably lukewarm "interviews" - why wouldn't I go right to the source?

Now, I'm not asking for everyone to turn into Adrien Broner (took your eye off the ball with that one, didn't you?), but how about giving us a better platform for fighters to truly express themselves? I remember the magic carpets of Prince Naseem, the poetry and pizzazz of Chris Eubank (who, to be fair, is still doing his thing!) and Mike Tyson's appetite for infants... okay, bad example... but where has the showbiz side of the sport gone?

Fighters are entertainers and, while we're at it, let's not scrutinise every word they say in public as if they were politicians. Society is society, but boxing is boxing: let's have more from the fighters and less of the fellas in suits arguing, eh? That's how you used to do things and it worked .

I appreciate it's too much to ask for you end the political side of the sport. So I won't ask. We'll only end up falling out: I've learned it's something that we're never going to see eye-to-eye on, and this letter is intended to be a positive one. The only thing I will say is, there are a few fights that I wouldn't mind seeing, and it's not the fighters standing in the way of making them happen... I'm just sayin'...

The only other suggestion I have is, can you please  do away with the close fights? If I hear one more fan scream "robbery" after scoring a fight 115-113, I'm going to arrange for 'Slick Mick' to housesit when they're away with the missus in Lanzarote. Then they'll know what the word means!

Either make every fight a resounding stoppage or don't bother... I can't take it anymore!

But overall, I have to say, you're doing a great, great job. The resurgence is almost complete. You know what you have to do in 2018 and, admittedly, for the first time in a long, long time, I have every confidence in you to go out and deliver. For me, for the rest of us, but more importantly: for yourself.

It's vital now that you don't rest on your laurels. You're still not there yet - despite all of the good you have done. The time is now for you to go to the next level, which, as you know, is still several levels from where you used to be... I'll be watching.

So hit me back, just to chat, truly yours, your biggest fan,

A Fight Fan

P.S. - ... What the hell  did you do to Billy Joe Saunders!?
By Behind The Gloves 04 Jan, 2018

Welterweight supremo Bradley Skeete believes he is ready to step up in class after clearing up domestically.

The outright British Champion is next out on Frank Warren's bumper 'Untouchables' show at London's Copper Box Arena on February 10th, with an opponent set to be named soon.

A memorable 2017 saw Skeete achieve his dream of securing the Lord Lonsdale Challenge Belt outright, stopping Shayne Singleton in five at the Brentwood Centre in June before taking the belt home for keeps by outpointing Dale Evans at the Copper Box Arena in July.

And now the Penge native is determined to entice one of the 147lbs Champions into the ring.

"I’m ready to prove I’m a World class fighter," said Skeete. "I’ve got the World rankings but now I need the right fights to back them up. Jeff Horn swerved the fight with me. I’m avoided for a reason!

"My style would give anyone trouble. I’m ready and waiting to prove what I can do against the best!"

Skeete, 30, is currently ranked at number three with the WBO and six with the IBF.

He was close to landing a World Title fight against WBO titlist Horn, but the Australian's team opted to face Gary Corcoran instead. Horn stopped the challenger in the 11th round on December 13th.

“Horn took the easier fight in Corcoran and blatantly avoided me,” he added. "I’d have taken him to school and his team knew that. If it wasn't for Horn and his team swerving the fight, then I'd be a World Champion. I'd have gone over there and got that World Title.

"That’s all in the past now and I’ll be aiming to start the year in style with a win next month."

Four of the most avoided fighters in the United Kingdom return to action at the Copper Box Arena on February 10th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Ilford Light-Heavyweight 'Beast' Anthony Yarde will be aiming to pick up from where he left off in 2017 after becoming the first man to stop Nikola Sjekloca with a heavy-handed display last weekend which lasted less than four rounds; Heavyweight sensation Daniel 'Dynamite' Dubois is determined to start 2018 with another explosive KO after his two-round destruction of Dorian Darch; British Welterweight Champion Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete is ready to prove his World class credentials as he looks to entice one of the 147lbs Champions into a showdown in 2018 and WBO Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete makes the second defence of his crown against former two-weight World Champion Omar Andres Narvaez.

Some of the best up-and-coming talent in the South feature on a talent-packed undercard.

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.
 
See Tickets
0871 230 7148
www.seetickets.com
 
Eventim
0844 249 1000
www.eventim.co.uk
 
Ticketmaster
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
By Behind The Gloves 04 Jan, 2018
Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO's) will challenge for World title honours once again, after a deal to face unbeaten WBO World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0-0, 19 KO's) was finalised for March 10th at California's StubHub Center .

Mexican power-puncher Valdez, who captured the vacant title with a second round TKO victory over Argentinian Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda in, has since made three successful defences of his belt. In his most recent outing against Genesis Servania in September, Valdez visited the canvas for the first time in his career in the fourth round, before rallying to drop Servania en route to a twelve round unanimous decision.

Since suffering his sole career defeat to former two-weight World champion Carl Frampton in February 2016, Quigg has relocated to California, linking up with legendary trainer Freddie Roach out of the famous Wild Card gym. Under Roach, the former WBA World bantamweight champion has rebuilt himself at featherweight, recording three consecutive victories, with his most recent win a sixth round TKO of Oleg Yefimovych in Monte Carlo in November.

With rumours of the supposed clash swirling, Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn had this to say about his fighter and the deal in an interview with Sky Sports.

“He’s been working quietly over the last 12 months and so have we. Now he’s ready to tear open the division.” said Hearn.  

“I’ve been in discussions with Carl Moretti at Top Rank for a couple of weeks now and we are close to the deal.”

With the bout now confirmed, the clash is set to compliment a thriving featherweight division; with other high-profile clashes between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire, Lee Selby and Josh Warrington, as well as a rumoured rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares all in the pipeline at 126lbs in 2018. 

The fight itself promises to be an all-action affair, with both Valdez and Quigg preferring to box on the front foot and unload power punches from the opening bell. For Valdez, the bout represents another opportunity to add to his reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, with the 27-year-old fan-favourite being involved in some thrilling back-and-forth contests over the last twelve months. Quigg, however, will provide stern opposition, with the Bury man seeking to add a second world title in as many weight classes and set up a potential rematch with domestic rival Frampton in the process.

One thing is for certain, it is exciting times in the stacked featherweight division, and with the announcement of Valdez-Quigg, we have yet another thrilling spectacle on our hands.
By Behind The Gloves 04 Jan, 2018
Boy Jones Jr says he is feeling fitter and stronger than ever after making the jump from Super-Featherweight to Lightweight.

The former Southern Area 130lbs Champion returns to the ring on Frank Warren's bumper 'Untouchables' card at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 10th February and is aiming to impress at his new weight.

"My body is finally starting to fill out and I felt it was the right time to move up to 135lbs," said Jones Jr. "I sat down with my trainer Dominic Negus and it was an easy decision to make. I had a lot of success at Super-Feather but my power just seemed to drain from my body as soon as I made weight.

"I've had a good break since I last fought in September. I'm filling into the weight and getting stronger with each session in the gym. I look better and I feel healthier - my mum has wanted me to move up in weight for a while!

"I've been sparring with Rio 2016 Olympian Joe Cordina and I'm definitely starting to find my 'man' power. I feel stronger and meaner at the weight and I don't fade at all as the rounds go on which was a problem in the Poxton fight."

The angel-faced assassin picked up his first professional title at the tender age of 19 when he dominated Martin Hillman to win the Southern Area belt in front of a capacity crowd at the Brentwood Centre, live on BoxNation, in November 2016.

He suffered his first career loss to Lowestoft warrior Craig Poxton in his next fight at York Hall in a Fight of the Year contender but bounced back with wins over Norbert Kalucza, Andis Didzus and Ibrar Riyaz, and will aim to kick-start 2018 with a big performance in East London.

"One of the most talent deep divisions at domestic level is the Lightweight class and I'll be looking to throw my name into the mix. There’s some great fights out there for me this year but first of all I can’t wait to perform at the Copper Box Arena on February 10th.

"I always say it but people need to realise that I only had a handful of unlicensed fights before I turned pro back in 2015. I've had a lot of fights for a 21-year-old and I'm constantly learning and improving. This is the year that everyone will get to see the real Boy Jones Jnr."

Four of the most avoided fighters in the United Kingdom return to action at the Copper Box Arena on February 10th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Ilford Light-Heavyweight 'Beast' Anthony Yarde will be aiming to pick up from where he left off in 2017 after becoming the first man to stop Nikola Sjekloca with a heavy-handed display last weekend which lasted less than four rounds; Heavyweight sensation Daniel 'Dynamite Dubois is determined to start 2018 with another explosive KO after his two-round destruction of Dorian Darch; British Welterweight Champion Bradley ‘Super’ Skeete is ready to prove his World class credentials as he looks to entice one of the 147lbs Champions into a showdown in 2018 and WBO Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete makes the second defence of his crown against former two-weight World Champion Omar Andres Narvaez.

Some of the best up-and-coming talent in the South feature on a talent-packed undercard.

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 Hamza Sheeraz returns to the scene of his impressive TKO debut win over Duane Green; stylish Ilford Super-Middleweight Umar Sadiq and Chigwell 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.
 
See Tickets
0871 230 7148
www.seetickets.com
 
Eventim
0844 249 1000
www.eventim.co.uk
 
Ticketmaster
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Source: Frank Warren PR [Press Release]
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