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October 16, 2018
October 16, 2018
Katie Taylor

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KATIE TAYLOR believes another show-stealing performance in her WBA and IBF world lightweight title defense against Cindy Serrano at the TD Garden on Saturday night, live on DAZN can make her become a household name in Boston.

Taylor (10-0 5KOs) puts her titles on the line for the second time since picking the titles up in a war with Victoria Bustos in Brooklyn, New York in April, and her clash with Serrano (27-5-3 10KOs) marks Taylor’s third outing in America.

The 32 year old is sure to be a great hit with the Irish fans in Boston, and Taylor believes that taking over the Massachusetts capital and building a fan base to come back and unify the 135lbs division.

“I’m so excited about this fight,” said Taylor. “The fact it’s in Boston means it’s going to be like a home from home for me in there with all the Irish support.

“I love fighting in the US and this is a really big fight with a big name on a huge platform in Boston and on DAZN. These are the kinds of fights that I am in the sport for.

Katie Taylor

“It’s been an incredible journey so far. I am probably the highest paid female fighter in the world thanks to Eddie [Hearn] and Matchroom, I spoke to a lot of promoters before I spoke to Eddie and he really did have the same vision that I had.

“Eddie was as excited as me about the future, and now I have the chance to be a part of the new venture with DAZN too which is great for me. I am developing a fan base in the US as well as back home in Ireland and the UK, it’s such an exciting time for me and I am loving the pro game.”

October 16, 2018
October 16, 2018
Demetrius Andrade

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DEMETRIUS ANDRADE believes that middleweight is set to become the new ‘glamour division’ in boxing, and he’s ready to rule it as he prepares to face Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant WBO World title at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night, live on DAZN.

Andrade (25-0 16KOs) can become a two-weight world ruler with victory over the unbeaten and big-punching Namibian Walter Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) for the WBO crown will set the Rhode Island star take his spot alongside the big guns at 160lbs.

‘Boo Boo’ welcomes ‘The Executioner’ to his New England backyard in his first fight with new promoter Eddie Hearn and new network in OTT-giants DAZN – and with more massive nights on the cards in 2019, the 30 year old heads into his big Boston night in a great place.

“My situation is great right now,” said Andrade. “Had I not made the move with Eddie, I would have been fighting in England, having tune-ups or waiting around still. I never needed tune-ups. I take every fight very seriously, I have since day one.

“I could have waited around and had tick overs, instead, this world title chance came along and we’re on the road to the top in another division already.

“I think middleweight can be the new glamour division in boxing. We have big names at 160lbs and if you look at 154lbs, those guys are going to grow and they’ll have to come up – look at Jarrett Hurd, he’s a big dude. The division is hot and it’s going to get hotter.

“If everyone involved with the elite does their jobs, we can make these big fights. The window is starting to close on those fights though, people get old, people move on, and people look to run around and fight lesser guys like the Charlos do.

“I don’t look forward to those fights, I want to fight the best – only and often. When I was at 154, I had the belt and couldn’t get the big fights. We’re all going to make money – so let’s decide who is the best, and let’s get the elite in with the elite. Don’t get in with has-beens or the guys on the way out, get in with the hungry guys.

“I’m at 160lbs to show I am still the biggest and baddest wolf out there, and I’m ready to bite. I am too old to fight nobodies now, I’ve had that time, I’m not going to fight iron every time,

“When you are fighting lower level opponents you can afford to get in there four or five times a year, but at the level I want to operate at, you can’t do that. I’m going to take it one step at a time, do my job against Walter, come home with the belt and we will look to get out early in 2019 – I know Eddie and DAZN want to keep me active and that’s great, and if it’s going to be the rest of the elite guys, then let’s go.”

Demetrius Andrade

Andrade’s clash with Kautondokwa is part of a huge bill in Boston with three world title bouts on the slate.

Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer makes the first defence of his IBF world super-featherweight title against hard-hitting Belfast man James Tennyson while Irish star Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles against Argentina’s Cindy Serrano.

Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary faces England’s Kid Galahad in a final eliminator for the IBF world featherweight title, England’s all-action Tommy Coyle meets Quincy, Mass.’s Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds, England’s Freddie Roach trained former world ruler Scott Quigg returns on the bill and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov tastes action for the fourth time in the paid ranks.

Local favorite Mark DeLuca (Whitman, Mass.) is gunning for revenge when he meets Walter Wright in a rematch of their keenly fought clash in June that Wright edged via split decision, while there’s more Irish interest in Gorey Heavyweight Niall Kennedy and Tennyson’s fellow Belfast man Sean McComb.

October 14, 2018
October 14, 2018
Terence Crawford

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THE crowd roared in anticipation and the native son, Terence Crawford delivered. Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), following a contentious pre-fight buildup, defeated Jose Benavidez Jr. by 12th-round TKO to defend his WBO welterweight world title in front of 13,323 fans at the CHI Health Center Omaha.

Crawford improved to 12-0 in world title fights with one of his most emphatic knockouts. An uppercut knocked Benavidez down and a vicious follow-up combination ended things for good.

“We knew that he wanted to get in my head and make it a firefight,” Crawford said. “I saw him in his corner taking deep breaths and knew he was done.”

Said Crawford’s trainer/manager Brian McIntyre: “I told Benavidez he was going to get his ass kicked. And that’s what Bud did.”

The opening rounds were closely contested, but as the fight entered the second half, Crawford’s combination punching told the story. Benavidez (27-1, 18 KOs) gave Crawford one of the toughest tests of his career, but it was not enough to unseat the pound-for-pound king.

“I gave a hell of a fight to the best fighter in the world,” Benavidez said. “This is boxing. It happens. He is a great fighter, but I’m a great fighter, too. We gave the fans a great show.”

Crawford, meanwhile, improved to 5-0 as a pro in Omaha. And once again, he sent the hometown faithful home happy.

Terence Crawford

Stevenson stops Simion

Viorel Simion had never been knocked down as a professional. Featherweight sensation Shakur Stevenson changed all of that in a hurry, knocking Simion down three times en route to a first-round TKO in the scheduled 10-round co-feature. Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, finished off Simion (21-3, 9 KOs) with a trio of devastating right hooks.

“My granddad told me the right hook was open, and I capitalised on it,” Stevenson said. “I want [former world champion] Lee Selby next. I feel like I’ve been calling him out forever.”

In other action:

Vacant NABF Super Welterweight Title: Carlos Adames (15-0, 12 KOs), TKO2, 2:17, Joshua Conley (14-3-1, 9 KOs).

* Adames scored three knockdowns in the second round

Adames said: “I feel very good in the 154-pound division. I trained hard for this fight, and I did what I had to do. I took out a good opponent in two rounds. I know I’m ready for bigger fights. I want to give a world title to my country. I want to face the best and represent the Dominican Republic with great pride.”

Vacant NABF Super Featherweight Title: Mikaela Mayer (8-0, 4 KOs), unanimous decision, eight rounds, Vanessa Bradford (4-1-2, 0 KOs). Scores: 80-71 3X.

Mayer said: “It was great going eight rounds for the first time. I felt like I could go 15 in there tonight. Ten rounds will be no problem.”

Light Heavyweights: Steve Nelson (12-0 10 KOs), TKO4, Oscar Riojas (17-11-1, 6 KOs).

Nelson said: “I felt good showing up for the hometown fans. My coach and I were talking. I had to stop fooling around and get him out of there.”

Welterweights: Mike Alvarado (40-4, 28 KOs), KO2, Robbie Cannon (16-14-3, 7 KOs).

Alvarado said: “It was great to be on this stage again. I felt really comfortable in there with my reconstructed team. I did it again. I’m back. I’m ready for the top level again. It took me some time to get here, but I’m back.”

Lightweights: Ismail Muwendo (20-1, 12 KOs), unanimous decision, 6 rounds, Andrew Wilson (15-12-1, 12 KOs). Scores: 59-55 3X.

Super Featherweights: Jose Valenzuela (2-0, 0 KOs), unanimous decision, 4 rounds, Hugo Rodriguez (1-1, 1 KO). Scores: 40-33 2X, 40-35.

Welterweights: Keeshawn Williams (4-0-1, 1 KO), unanimous decision, 4 rounds, Ramel Snegur (2-3-1, 1 KO). Scores: 40-36 2X, 39-37.

October 14, 2018
October 14, 2018
Zolani Tete

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ZOLANI TETE (28-3, 21 KOs) and Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs) both score unanimous decision wins after twelve tough rounds in Saturday’s Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at the Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg Russia.

“It was a good fight,” said Tete. “My jab and footwork were decisive.”

The South African defended his WBO bantamweight World title, in the battle of the southpaws, by outpointing Russian Mikhail Aloyan.

The judges scored it 114-111, 114-111 and 114-110 after twelve competitive rounds all in favour of ‘Last Born’. However, Aloyan, a two-time world champion as an amateur but with only four professional fights, impressed his experienced opponent. [Aloyan was stripped of his 2016 Olympic silver medal after failing a drug test.]

“Aloyan proved he is one of the best by going 12 rounds with me. He is a clever fighter who will become a world champion one day.”

In the semi-final, Tete will face the winner of Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire which takes place on November 3 in Glasgow.

“I wish Ryan Burnett will win, and I think he will. I always wanted to meet him.”

Zolani Tete

In the second quarter-final of the evening, a cruiserweight clash between American Andrew Tabiti and Russian Ruslan Fayfer (23-1, 16 KOs), the scores were 116-11, 115-112 and 114-113 all in favour of the ‘The Beast’.

After a cautious opening of the Ali Trophy quarter-final and IBF final eliminator, Tabiti was considerably better in mid rounds, and in the last two rounds where he troubled Fayfer.

Fayfer did play his part, especially in rounds eight to ten, when he bulldozed his way in to try and land a decisive blow, but in the end, he did not have enough in the tank to switch the fight to his side.

“The guy was really awkward, he wanted to make it dirty,” said Tabiti. “My game plan was to be relaxed at the beginning and then getting off towards the end of the fight.”

Tabiti will face the winner of next Saturday’s quarter-final in Orlando between Poland’s Mateusz Masternak and Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos.

“I think Dorticos will win next week,” concluded Tabiti.

Tickets for the WBSS Quarter-Finals October 20 at the CFE Arena, Orlando, USA – Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Jason Moloney & Yunier Dorticos vs Mateusz Masternak – starting from $30 (plus fees) are on sale at TicketMaster.com.

 

October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018
Demetrius Andrade

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WALTER KAUTONDOKWA says he will shock the world and KO Demetrius Andrade when they clash at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN.

Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the bout with the unbeaten former Super-Welterweight World ruler, and ‘The Executioner’ is full of belief that he can add to his formidable knockout record in Massachusetts having already been in camp.

The Namibian has only been the full distance once, on his September 2103 debut, and the 33 year old has blasted six foes away in the opening session and 14 of his opponents before the halfway point of their contests.

‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (25-0 16KOs) must reset his radar from training for the tricky southpaw Saunders to the big-hitting African, and Kautondokwa has inspiration close to home in his camp for his first world title fight.

Kautondokwa’s stable-mate Julius Indongo landed a world title clash at late notice and starched Eduard Troyanovsky inside a round in Russia to win the IBF super-lightweight crown to crash into the elite, going on to face Terence Crawford for all the titles at 140lbs – and #2-rated WBO Middleweight Kautondokwa believes he can make the same impact at 160lbs.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and one I will take with both hands,” said Kautondokwa. “I’ve been in the gym and I am 100 per cent ready to get to Boston and add Demetrius to my KO record.

“I’ve earned my spot as the number two challenger in the division and I fear no man – Demetrius is a great fighter, but I know that I can KO any 160lber in the world, and that includes Andrade.

“He’s been preparing for Billy Joe, who is a technical guy that doesn’t have power – I am going to be a nightmare for him next Saturday night and I am ready to become a major player in the middleweight division.”

Demetrius Andrade

Kautondokwa’s clash with Andrade is part of a huge bill in Boston with three world title bouts on the slate.

Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer makes the first defence of his IBF world super-featherweight title against hard-hitting Belfast man James Tennyson and Irish sensation Katie Taylor puts her WBA and IBF world lightweight straps on the line against Cindy Serrano.

Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary faces England’s Kid Galahad in a final eliminator for the IBF world featherweight title, England’s all-action Tommy Coyle meets Quincy, Mass.’s Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds, England’s Freddie Roach trained former world ruler Scott Quigg returns on the bill and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov tastes action for the fourth time in the paid ranks.

Local favorite Mark DeLuca (Whitman, Mass.) is gunning for revenge when he meets Walter Wright in a rematch of their keenly fought clash in June that Wright edged via split decision, while there’s more Irish interest in Gorey Heavyweight Niall Kennedy and Tennyson’s fellow Belfast man Sean McComb.

October 10, 2018
October 10, 2018
England Boxing

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ON World Mental Health Day England Boxing is pleased to introduce ‘Box In Mind’, an initiative to address the issue of mental health in boxing.

Central to the initiative will be the Box In Mind workshop, developed in partnership with the mental health charity, Mind. The workshop will raise awareness of mental health within boxing, with the aim of reducing the stigma associated with mental health, and encouraging people within the sport to feel able to open up and get help if they are struggling.

There are a number of ways in which boxing can have a positive impact on mental health:

• boxing clubs are based in the heart of many marginalised communities and are in a unique position to be able to engage people that may not be connected with mental health services
• boxing offers a full-body workout that is ideal for releasing stress and increasing endorphins, and it was consistently identified as one of the most popular sports in Mind’s Get Set to Go sport and physical activity programme
• boxing clubs have a strong community spirit, and coaches are in a position to be able to identify when people may be struggling and encourage them to seek help
• boxing sessions can offer some order to what can otherwise be a dis-ordered week for people with mental health problems

England Boxing’s Matthew Williams, who is leading Box In Mind, explained, “One in four adults will experience a mental health problem in any given year. There is an increasing awareness of mental health within society but there is still a great deal of stigma, and this can prevent people from seeking help when they are struggling. This can be amplified in the tough, competitive environment of boxing.”

Stephanie Ware, co-designer for Box In Mind, added, “As a boxing coach myself and former competitive amateur boxer, I am certain that this workshop will encourage boxing coaches and clubs to implement the small, practical changes that could help to support people experiencing mental health problems. It has been developed with input from people within the sport with lived experiences of mental health problems, and the content is built around real boxing experiences.”

Former three weight world champion Duke McKenzie MBE was involved in the development of the Box In Mind workshop. Duke, now an ambassador for Mind, commented, “In all levels of the sport you are boxing with your whole heart, mind, body and soul. You need a support network around you, you can’t manage your emotions on your own. Boxers need help with their mental health at some point. The highs and lows of boxing run through the sport at all levels, from the amateurs to the top professionals. Also, people may be coming into boxing to help alleviate problems they are facing in their lives. I’d especially recommend this workshop to coaches. I think if you really get to know the people you’re training you’ll realise that you need to attend this course.”

England Boxing

Hayley Jarvis, Mind’s Head of Physical Activity, supports the initiative, “We think that ‘Box in Mind’ is a very positive initiative. It’s fantastic that England Boxing and the boxing community really wants to increase its awareness of mental health and, ultimately, to make itself more accessible to people with mental health problems.

“We know from our own Get Set to Go programme the real benefits of sport and physical activity on mental health. People with mental health problems, however, still face significant barriers to being active, with our research suggesting that almost 70 per cent feel that their mental health makes taking part in physical activity too difficult.

“Recommendations from the first phase of Get Set to Go also suggested that the sports sector build stronger relationships with local mental health providers, provide more training for staff around mental health awareness to reduce stigma, create more welcoming group environments particularly for first time attendees, involve family and friends, and give really clear communication to encourage attendance.”

Delivery of the workshop will begin in November, and the work will not stop there.

“Box In Mind will help us to normalise conversations around mental health within the sport, and the workshop is just the start,” says Matthew.

“By engaging the boxing community through the workshop, we anticipate that more clubs will use boxing as a positive way to address mental health, both within their clubs and their wider local communities. There are already a number of excellent projects that are doing this, including Empire Fighting Chance in Bristol, Pat Benson’s Mind-Fit in Birmingham, and London Community Boxing’s In Your Corner.

“Boxing has the potential to have a real positive impact on the nation’s mental health. England Boxing, under the Box In Mind banner, look forward to leading the sport’s efforts to raise awareness, and to making a real difference to boxers, coaches, and officials within the sport.”

The Box In Mind workshop is for anybody that has an interest in mental health in boxing. Please contact Matthew Williams at England Boxing to register your interest in attending a workshop: matthew.williams@englandboxing.org

October 10, 2018
October 10, 2018
Boxing - Nick Webb v David Allen - The O2 Arena, London, Britain - July 28, 2018      David Allen knocks down Nick Webb   Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

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DAVE ALLEN says he needs to beat Samir Nebo in “devastating fashion” if he is to set up a showdown with former WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight titlist Lucas Browne at the end of the year.

‘White Rhino’ returns to action this Saturday at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, as he takes on the Germany-based Syrian on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s European title fight against Francesco Patera.

Nebo has only two losses in 13 fights, with all of his wins coming by knockout, but Doncaster’s Allen is confident he can defeat Nebo in a similar style to his brutal stoppage of Nick Webb at The O2 in July.

“I’m going to get Nebo on the hook, and I’m going to smash him,” said Allen. “I will never win another fight on points. None of them will go the distance ever again. I fully anticipate knocking out Samir Nebo inside four rounds.

“I’ve seen a few rounds of him. He looks solid, like he knows what he’s doing. He’s just outside the top 100 in the world and it’s another good challenge for me. I see it as a building block towards a big fight hopefully towards the end of the year.”

Dave Allen

Allen is eager to take on Australia’s Browne in December if he gets a win in Newcastle and believes a fight with the former champion would be another entertaining encounter for his fans.

The potential match-up has been gaining momentum on social media in recent weeks with the pair calling each other out on Twitter.

“He’s old enough to be my dad, but Lucas Browne is a tough, strong, powerful man. I think if the fight happens next, it will be at the right time for me. I’m young, fresh, and I’m coming through,” Browne said.

“He was the heavyweight champion of the world, but I’m the future, and I think it would be a fantastic fight. I’ll take the Browne fight in December, I’m ready for it. I need to beat Samir Nebo in devastating fashion. The Lucas Browne fight is the one that excites me.”

Ritson vs. Patera tops a huge night of action in Newcastle as rising light-heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA International belt against Frenchman Tony Averlant, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth super-lightweight titles and cruiserweights Simon Vallily and Craig Glover meet over 10 rounds.