Coming to America: Eddie Hearn Goes Stateside

  • By Behind The Gloves
  • 11 Nov, 2017

The recent rise of British boxing has not escaped the attention of fight fans on the other side of the Atlantic, who have looked on akin to a homeowner peering curiously over his garden fence at his neighbour’s raucous garden party.

Eddie Hearn - the promoter at the forefront of the recent boxing boom in ol' blighty - will begin his quest to export his brand of pugilistic hype to the land of free, starting tonight at at the recently renovated Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.

Whilst yet to host his first show stateside, the Matchroom Boxing supremo has already succeeded in ruffling the feathers of American boxing's status quo, through his thinly veiled criticism of some of the sport's top promotional outfits. Most notably, Hearn's recent clashes with Lou DiBella - who promotes WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder - have made for entertaining copy over the past few weeks.

Though it would be naïve to assume that every strategy in the Matchroom playbook can be applied successfully in foreign markets, there are a number of facets to Hearn’s promotional blueprint which have the potential to yield positive results in the saturated American market.

Firstly, main event fighters who are largely unknown on a national level often find themselves headlining shows in seemingly obscure locations around the country. In the U.K., however, a conscientious effort has been made to build a fighter in their home-city, utilising hoards of passionate hometown fans to garner a significant fanbase. It is a model that has not gone unnoticed - even before Hearn's ambitious American adventure - with the likes of pound-for-pound superstar Terence 'Bud' Crawford developing something of a home fortress in the formerly dormant boxing city of Omaha, Nebraska.  

Boxing is a niche sport and thus, very few fighters in the world today can garner substantial public interest outside of their home town or state. Therefore, it is surely preferable to have an arena packed with passionate local supporters attempting to roar their charge to victory: as opposed to a sparse crowd made up of curious locals and disinterested comps?

Location aside, Hearn’s shows are an entertainment spectacle which appeal to many sectors of society out-with the traditional boxing audience, described best by the man himself as “a giant nightclub, showing boxing”. Whilst such statements may not sit well with some of those who move in “hardcore” boxing circles, it cannot be ignored that this formula has seen UK boxing shows move out of half-empty leisure centres and into sold-out arenas.

Furthermore, the gregarious promoter has an artful knack of establishing a connection on a human level between his fighters and the sporting public, thus cultivating a deeper affection from fans. Whether you’re tuning into SkySports or browsing YouTube, it is not unlikely that you’ll stumble upon a clip of Eddie Hearn selling the backstory of one of his fighters to anyone who’ll listen... and it works.

It is an ostentatious, smash-your-door-down way of salesmanship that is alien to American boxing promoters and audiences. Matchroom Boxing USA’s inaugural signing Danny Jacobs, for example, is an articulate and dapper Middleweight with undoubted crossover potential. His story is one of notoriety: a contender, who in a few short years went from cancer patient to World Champion, yet it is a remarkable journey that is largely unknown to the wider sporting public. One would have to wonder how many fight fans would have been familiar with Jacobs' incredible story had Hearn been at the helm for the duration of his career.  

Hearn has guided many of his charges to World titles under the Matchroom banner, such as former WBA World Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla.

In addition to his talents as a pitchman, Hearn has enjoyed another major advantage over his domestic rivals over the past six years, in his exclusive partnership with the U.K.'s largest sports broadcaster SkySports. Viewers are regularly serenaded by Matchroom promotional features when tuning in to other major events in the sporting calendar such as football and cricket. This regularly provides Hearn with a captive audience north of a million, upon whom he can attempt to impose his trademark brand of Hearn-hype, in the hope of tempting new fans to tune into his upcoming shows.

The ploy has proved profitable for both Hearn and SkySports so far, with a spike in viewing figures of U.K. boxing events over the past three to four years. Compare this with the PBC model of using multiple networks to broadcast their events: which has resulted in many shows flying under the radar of fully paid up followers of the sport, and in doing so reaching a significantly smaller section of the mainstream sporting market. If Hearn can strike a similar deal with HBO as he has with Sky in the U.K., while difficult, it is not impossible that he can emulate his success across the pond.

While his undoubted business acumen and silver-tongued braggadocio cannot be underestimated, it must not be forgotten that the Essex man has had the good-fortune of presiding over a golden period in British boxing. At one point in 2016, thirteen British fighters held versions of a World title, resulting in world title bouts headlining the majority of Matchroom shows. That being said, the success of Matchroom and their fighters have gone hand in hand, with many British fighters claiming World honours in recent years who may have been unlikely to be afforded such opportunities had UK boxing remained in the state in which it found itself through much of the previous decade.

In-spite of his near monopoly on U.K. elite level boxing, the Hearn has avoided complacency: continually utilising new forms of media as promotional tools, from streaming preliminary undercard bouts on Facebook to hosting live Q&A sessions through his personal social media channels. The prospect of Al Haymon, or one of his representatives interacting with fans in this way remains pure fantasy, and their business has suffered as a result. Every movement needs a frontman who will seize every opportunity to bang the drum for the cause, and for the UK boxing revolution of the past few years, Hearn is that and then some.

From a promotional standpoint, the Hearn revolution must be classed as a success. Success however breeds contempt - illustrated clearly by the less than rousing reception which greeted him upon taking to the mic following Anthony Joshua’s world title unification clash with Wladimir Klitschko. While many of Hearn’s detractors are single-minded in their criticism of the promoter, and would remain steadfast in their views regardless of his actions, there are some who raise valid grievances. To his credit, Hearn has always fronted up to such critique, and while certain answers may be cleverly spun, he remains unique in his receptiveness to inquest.

Popularity aside, even the most fervent critics of the thirty-eight-year-old cannot deny that his intervention into boxing has seen the sport rejuvenated in the U.K. - fighters are receiving higher purses and more world title opportunities than ever before, which has resulted in a steady rise in participation levels at grassroots level. So has Eddie Hearn been good for British boxing? On the evidence just presented, most would have to say yes.

Not content to rest on his laurels, the promoter is once again set to enter uncharted territory. We await to see whether the American boxing public will buy into his unique brand of new age pugilistic promotion, or if his attempts to crack America will go down with the likes of Tesco and Robbie Williams. The proof as they say, will be in the American pie.


Article by: Gareth Gonet

You can follow Gareth on Twitter at: @garethgonet


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
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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 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 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]
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