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September 20, 2017
September 20, 2017
Dereck Chisora

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DERECK CHISORA has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

The former world heavyweight title challenger returns to the ring in Liverpool next Saturday before attempting to regain the European title when he challenges Agit Kabayel for the title with a date and venue to be announced later this week.

Chisora’s last action was a fight of the year contender against Dillian Whyte in Manchester in December, with Whyte edging out ‘Del Boy’ via split decision after 12 relentless rounds of action.

The Finchley star is gunning for a rematch with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ but his immediate focus is rounds in the bank on Merseyside before getting his hands on the European crown once again.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring after a frustrating period of injury, starting in Liverpool next Saturday,” said Chisora. “Then we are going to win the European title in November, and then I’m going to punish that punk Dillian Whyte and move on to a shot at the World title.”

“I’m pleased to welcome Dereck to the team and look forward to being involved in some big fights with him over the next year,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “You know what you are going to get with Del Boy, plenty of drama and a load of heart – he will return to action in Liverpool and challenge for the European title on November. We will work towards a Whyte rematch for early next year, it’s a fight that I think boxing needs to see again.”

Chisora returns on a stacked card in Liverpool topped by the rematch between Paul Butler and Stuart Hall in an eliminator for the WBA world bantamweight title.

Dereck Chisora

Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding defend his British super-middleweight title for the first time against Scotsman David Brophy, who puts up the Commonwealth strap he won in fine fashion in Australia in March.

Controversial Hackney man Ohara Davies looks to get back to winning ways as he challenges Tom Farrell for the unbeaten local favourite’s WBA International super-lightweight belt.

Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd defends his Commonwealth and WBC International lightweight titles against former Team GB captain and Liverpudlian Tom Stalker.

Two more Team GB Olympians Anthony Fowler and Natasha Jonas fight on home turf for the first time in their second fights in the paid ranks, and there’s also action for Craig Glover.

September 20, 2017
September 20, 2017
Josh Taylor

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CYCLONE promotions are delighted to announce that exciting contender Josh Taylor will face Mexico’s former world champion Miguel Vazquez at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday November 11, live and exclusive on Channel 5.

Last time out on July 8 against London’s then unbeaten Ohara Davies, the 26-year-old Taylor proved that he was ready to move onto the world stage with a punch perfect and one sided stoppage victory over his domestic rival.

On November 11 at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh, the undefeated Taylor steps onto the world stage when he takes on Mexico’s former long-reigning IBF world lightweight champion.

Scotland’s undefeated WBC Silver and Commonwealth super lightweight champion Josh Taylor is an electric talent, especially when he fights in his hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland. Since turning professional with the McGuigans and Cyclone Promotions in July of 2015 Taylor has lit up the British professional boxing scene with a series of scintillating performances, as well as setting the record for the least number of bouts taken to win a Commonwealth belt.

Taylor has already boxed in each of the home nations as a pro, as well as three times in the USA on big world title bills. The Scotsman has also headlined live on Channel 5, attracting huge viewership last October, and boxed live on Showtime in the USA at the home of boxing, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. On July 8 Taylor took centre stage once again when he faced his toughest opponent to date in the form of the undefeated Ohara Davies – a test he passed with flying colours.

Josh Taylor

Guadalajara, Mexico native Miguel Vazquez is one of the most experienced fighters in world boxing. The former IBF lightweight champ reigned as world champ for five long years defending his title all over the world. The 30-year-old Vazquez and has defeated a number of unbeaten opponents in the past, including Breidis Prescott, Denis Shafikov, Leonardo Zappavigna and Mercito Gesta, the last three of which were world title defences. Vazquez has only ever lost to the best, such as Saul Alvarez (twice) and Timothy Bradley. The teak-tough Mexican will be coming to Edinburgh looking to rip the WBC Silver super lightweight title off local favourite Josh Taylor on November 11.

September 19, 2017
September 19, 2017
carl frampton

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MTK Global are delighted to be working alongside former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton in an advisory role. Frampton (23-1, 14 KO’s) is one of Ireland’s greatest ever boxers, winning the IBF world title and unifying the super-bantamweight division with memorable victories over rivals Kiko Martinez and Scott Quigg, before dethroning WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in July 2016 to establish himself as one of the boxing world’s elite-level operators.

‘The Jackal’ is entering an exciting new phase of his career and believes linking up with MTK Global was the natural decision for this next chapter.

“MTK are a relatively new organisation and recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. But if you look at what they have already done, they have big-name fighters like Billy Joe Saunders and recruited a lot of boxers from Ireland and I feel that they can get me the best deal with a promoter,” Frampton said. “There was always the possibility that I could go my own way, but to have someone on your side advising you and getting you the best deal possible is always important and I feel Matthew Macklin and MTK Global can definitely do that.”

“I listened to everyone before making my decision. If you look at what’s going on at the moment, they are the best in the business and getting their boxers involved in some really big fights and it’s only going to continue and keep getting better.” Frampton has created a unique bond with his fans after producing memorable performances in Belfast, leading to a huge travelling support for his recent Stateside clashes with Leo Santa Cruz. However, the featherweight star is determined to repay his loyal fans and complete the trilogy in Belfast, with Windsor Park his preferred choice.

“That would be the dream come true to fight Leo [Santa Cruz] in the third fight at Windsor Park and beat him, that would be pretty perfect and ideal. That’s an objective of mine to fight at Windsor one day and that’s what I want to do and hopefully, it will happen.”

“It’s the biggest venue in Belfast and I support Northern Ireland very passionately. The atmosphere has always been pretty incredible, you need to get to a match to understand it, there’s no other place like it and I want to put on a big boxing night to experience it, it would be a dream come true for me.”

With no shortage of intriguing matchups available at featherweight, Frampton is targeting all of the current world champions and also has his sights set on making Irish boxing history at super-featherweight before his career ends.

“Lee Selby is a potential fight that I want, Gary Russell Jnr, Abner Mares these are the kind of names and calibre of fighters that I want to face at some point. All of them would be difficult fights in their own right and I’m hoping with MTK now we can get the right fights and the right promotional deal.”

“Hopefully, we can bring the names to this side of the pond, if not I’m always willing to travel. Belfast is special to me and I want to fight here a couple of times before my career is over.”

“I’m happy in the featherweight division. I missed weight at my last weigh-in and I shouldn’t have done that, that was unprofessional, I am a featherweight and settled in the division for the meantime. In the future, I would like to target one of the big names up at super-featherweight and stand alone in Ireland as a three-weight world champion.”

A scheduled homecoming clash with Andres Gutierrez ended in disappointment after Gutierrez suffered injury, forcing the bout to be cancelled and Frampton is looking to return to action as soon as possible with new trainer Jamie Moore.

“I don’t have a definite date but I would like to be out before the end of the year. It’s great with Jamie [Moore]. In my head, I was hoping to go and train with a few guys but I was only out for a few days with Jamie and we gelled instantly. He knows the game inside out and is very knowledgeable.”

“That’s what I need at the minute, I’ve got my style and I’m not going to change too much. I need someone who knows the game, who can give me sound advice in the corner, who can get me fit and work on tactics for different opponents and Jamie can certainly do that” Frampton said.

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MTK founder Matthew Macklin is excited to have Frampton onboard. “We are delighted and honoured that Carl has chosen MTK to guide him through this next phase of his career and we are confident that we can help deliver the big fights he has targeted” he said.

September 14, 2017
September 14, 2017
Callum Smith

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CALLUM SMITH (22-0, 17 KOs) and Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) came head to head at the Town Hall in Liverpool before their hotly anticipated Ali Trophy quarter-final bout at the Echo Arena on Saturday.

“’I’ve got no regret about picking Erik as an opponent,” said Smith. “I picked Erik because I thought stylistically he would bring out the best in me. The best version of me will beat the best version of him because I am the better fighter. I think on Saturday in front of my hometown fans you will see a very good performance from myself.”

‘’I’ve been in Liverpool for a few days now,” said Skoglund. “It’s a nice place, a nice town, so far so good. Normally I am fighting in my hometown in Sweden with all the expectations and the pressure from the fans. Here I am the underdog, all the pressure is on Callum.

“I can’t wait to step into the ring. I will do my best, I am happy with the role as an underdog. I am always confident, this is a fight between two undefeated and confident guys, but I believe I have what it takes to win.”

“This will be a close fight,” said Johan Skoglund, Erik’s dad and trainer. “We have a good plan, and we think we can do this. We will try whatever we can to get the win and process in the tournament.

“It’s amazing to be in Liverpool with such good athletes.”

Said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer: “We have two of the best young challengers out there, two guys waiting for their shots, waiting to beat the best and be the best. It’s going to be a super fight on Saturday!”

Watch Callum Smith discuss the fight here:

September 14, 2017
September 14, 2017
oscar de la hoya

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CANELO ALVAREZ (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) hosted the final press conference ahead of their showdown on Saturday, September 16 presented live on HBO Pay-Per-View® at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Canelo said, “I don’t like to talk too much. I just want to say that I’m prepared. I know it will be a tough fight. I just want you all to enjoy it like I’m going to enjoy it. I’m really, really excited to get in and fight. The excitement is there. The adrenaline is there. I have nothing to say to him. They know what kind of fighter I am. I’m prepared. I’m ready. All I want to tell him is look, let’s give the fans a great fight.”

Gennady Golovkin said, “I am really happy to see everybody in Vegas. I want to thank Golden Boy and GGG Promotions for the great work, our sponsors and HBO. I don’t want to talk too much. I am ready. I respect Canelo’s team. This is a big day not only for us, but for boxing and this era. This will be a huge historic fight at T-Mobile Arena. I feel comfortable. I see that Canelo is ready. He is ready for serious business, a serious fight. This fight will be the biggest gift to the people.”

Alvarez’s head trainer Eddy Reynoso said, “Everything that was said or had to be said has been said. We’ve had a great preparation, more than 14 years to prepare for this type of fight. We’ve had a great camp, no injuries, everything went well, and more importantly we are ready to win come Saturday night.”

Chepo Reynoso, Alvarez’s manager and trainer, said, “This is the end of 10 hard weeks of training. Work that was done with a lot of discipline and a lot of responsibility. In Canelo’s camp, we declare ourselves ready and confident that this Saturday we will win. Canelo is going to come out with his hand raised. I want to close with a dedication to my friend Abel Sanchez. He says Triple G has a Mexican style. But I tell Abel that not only does Canelo have a Mexican style and a Mexican heart, but he IS Mexican!”

Canelo Alvarez

Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, said, “All the talking and the boasting on both sides is done. We’ve had a great training camp and sparring. Golovkin is at 100 percent. We are looking forward to a great fight, a dramatic, explosive fight. These guys have the styles that will make for a fight that we will all remember.”

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya concluded, “This is a fight to see who the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet is. I am grateful to everyone in the boxing world who contributed to making this event. This event needs no hype whatsoever. This is a fight that’s a can’t-miss event. That’s the bottom line. It’s going to be a great fight because of what is at stake: pride and fighting for your country and boxing fans. This is a fight for the sport of boxing, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Watch the press conference here:

Video: HBO Boxing

September 13, 2017
September 13, 2017
Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev tickets

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A record breaking 70,000 tickets have been sold for the World Heavyweight title showdown between Anthony Joshua MBE and Kubrat Pulev at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev tickets have been snapped up by fans eager to see the biggest star in the sport meet his IBF mandatory challenger in his 20th pro outing as he hunts a 20th straight KO win – and the event has become the fastest selling sporting show at the stadium, and has beaten the record set when 63,000 witnessed the rematch between Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks at the New Orleans Superdome in 1978.

“It was another incredible day at the box office for Anthony Joshua as he continues to cement his place as the biggest draw in World boxing,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “The support he receives from the British public is incredible and has been an integral part of his success – the fans will be in for a great night on October 28 and we thank them all for their support.”

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev

A star-studded cast line-up in support of Joshua’s clash with the Bulgarian, as Kal Yafai defends his WBA Wold Super-Flyweight title against Japanese mandatory challenger Sho Ishida and Irish sensation Katie Taylor challenges for her first World title as she takes on two-weight World champion Anahi Esther Sanchez for the WBA Lightweight crown.

There’s a mouth-watering British and Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight battle between Frank Buglioni, Lenroy Thomas and Dave Allen rematch for the Commonwealth Heavyweight title and Team GB Olympian and Welsh talent Joe Cordina appears in his fifth pro outing.

September 12, 2017
September 12, 2017
Billy Joe Saunders

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TRAINER Dominic Ingle believes Billy Joe Saunders will show this weekend why he’s the man to topple middleweight superstars Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

The Hatfield traveller has been whipped into shape by new trainer Ingle for Saturday’s WBO world title defence against Willie Monroe Jr at London’s Copper Box Arena.

A few hours later GGG defends his IBF, WBA and WBC belts against Canelo with the winner eyeing Saunders providing he defeats his tough American challenger.

Ingle answered an SOS call from promoter Frank Warren three months ago to train Billy Joe whose lifestyle has contributed to lacklustre performances, but still remained unbeaten in 24 fights.

“He came in the camp fat and unfit,” admitted Ingle.

Saunders, 28, has been living in house opposite Ingle’s home since moving his training base to Sheffield and been in bed by 9.30pm every night.

Ingle added: “When you’ve only got 12 weeks to get rid of that you have a time scale, he has worked hard and been committed to the training camp.

“He hasn’t put a foot wrong, is motivated, enjoying training and gets on with all the lads in the camp.

“He has three parts of the jigsaw, but his training has been wrong. I’m not blaming that on the trainers. I’m blaming Bill. His nutrition has been wrong, also. Now, all the pieces are fitting together.

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“Hopefully it will all come together against Monroe, we will see what Bill can do and show what he should have been for the last four or five years.”