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June 19, 2018
June 19, 2018
Paddy Barnes

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TRIPLE Olympian Paddy Barnes will challenge Cristofer Rosales for the WBC world flyweight title on the undercard of Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on August 18.

Barnes (5-0-KO1), who has two Olympic bronze medals to his name, will enjoy home support in Belfast as he bids to conquer the world in just his sixth bout as a professional.

Nicaragua’s Rosales (27-3-KO18) has been outpointed by Kal Yafai and Andrew Selby in the past but won the WBC crown with a stunning ninth-round stoppage of Daigo Higa back in April.

Barnes said, “I’m extremely excited. I’ve been boxing for 20 years and I made history by becoming a two-time Olympic medallist. Now I can become a world champion early in my pro career and make more history.

“My last fight was back in November but I’ve been in training camp since January as the original plan was to fight in March. It’s been frustrating but I always have faith in MTK Global and they’ve delivered.

“As for Rosales, he’s on a knockout streak so I know he can punch but he’s also a very good boxer. I think our styles will gel perfectly and the fans are in for a real war.

“He’s only lost three times to high-class opponents like Kal Yafai and Andrew Selby. Yafai outmuscled him and Selby outboxed him. I’m hoping I can do a bit of both.

Paddy Barnes

“The atmosphere on the night will be absolutely incredible. Belfast as a city is full of knowledgeable boxing fans and they’ll get behind me against a very good world champion.

“I’ve fought all around the world in massive arenas and I loved it every time. This one will be extra special as it’s in my home city. I won’t be fazed by it – it will inspire me.”

A red letter night of boxing includes WBO Interim world featherweight champion Carl Frampton – also from Belfast – clashing with the unbeaten Luke Jackson, with former world heavyweight king Tyson Fury starring on the bill.

June 18, 2018
June 18, 2018
Carl Frampton on Nonito Donaire

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CARL FRAMPTON accepts Luke Jackson poses a serious threat to his world title aspirations but has told the Australian that Belfast will serve up an atmosphere more daunting than any other.

Australia’s Jackson will enter the cauldron of Windsor Park on August 18 as the underdog – but Frampton doesn’t have to look far back into his own history to find a cautionary tale.

Frampton said, “The last time people were saying a fighter didn’t pose a threat to me was against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr and I ended up on my backside twice in the first round. It was the first time I’d been down in my career.

“Luke Jackson is an undefeated fighter and former Olympian with a very decent pedigree. He comes with a lot to gain if he beats me. He’s highly ranked with the WBO and I expect a tough fight.

“Jackson has had plenty of notice to get himself into the best shape of his life and he’s entitled to put on a great performance. It’s up to me to better his performance and that’s what I’m going to do – Windsor Park deserves it. I want to do a proper job.

“The thing is – like most other featherweights, Jackson won’t have experienced an atmosphere like Belfast can create. I’m used to boxing at the SSE Arena in Belfast and it’s intense. It’s got to be hard for an opponent to deal with.

“It’s hard enough in front of 9,000 at the SSE Arena so just think how tough it’s going to be to fight against a hometown boy at Windsor Park. It’s going to be so tough. It might make him fold or it might gee him up but one thing’s for sure – it won’t be easy for him.

“I’m professional enough to avoid getting carried away with the atmosphere. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve dealt with big atmospheres and high expectations before. I’ll rise to the occasion of stepping out in the stadium and realising a dream.”

Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire

Frampton is aiming to become a three-time world champion having already secured two-weight status with memorable victories over the likes of Leo Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg.

Another local hero – triple Olympian Paddy Barnes – also stars on the card as he challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC world flyweight title. Lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury completes a glitzy cast.

June 16, 2018
June 16, 2018
Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker

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12,000 tickets have been sold today for the crunch Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

 Tickets flew out on general sale today after venue and Matchroom Fight Pass pre-sales sold-out with fans flocking to witness the heavyweight tussle supported by a bumper bill.

Whyte is on the cusp of world title action after destroying Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO in London in March to defend the WBC Silver title and the number one ranking he’d landed by beating Robert Helenius in Cardiff in October.

 Parker is back in the UK after fighting in the Welsh capital in an historic unification battle with Anthony Joshua in March, with Whyte’s old foe handing a first career defeat to the New Zealand star on points. Parker is in Britain for a third fight in a row having made his second defence of the WBO title against Hughie Fury in Manchester in September 2017.

Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker

Another 50-50 heavyweight battle was added to the card today as former world title challengers Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam meet in a must-win match up that will keep world title hopes alive for the winner.

Kell Brook clashes with Brandon Cook in a world super-welterweight title eliminator, Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles against Kimberly Connor, Conor Benn and Cedric Peynaud rematch after their fight of the year brawl in 2017 with a title on the line this time and Joshua Buatsi steps up in his first 10 rounder against former British light-heavyweight title challenger Ricky Summers.

June 16, 2018
June 16, 2018

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4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st 2lbz


(Spennymoor)            (Stourbridge)

4 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest @ 10st 2lbs


(Bedlington)                (Chichester)

4 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest @ 13st


(Newcastle)                          (Lithuania)


6 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest @ 12st 2lbs

JAKE HAIGH          v        ADAM JONES

(Macclesfield)                (Denaby)

6 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest @ 10st 2lbs


(Coatbridge)            (Croatia)


10 x 3 mins English Cruiserweight Championship @ 14st 4lbs

ARFAN IQBAL   14st 3lb 2oz v SIMON VALLILY 14st 3lbs

(Derby)                                        (Middlesbrough)

10 x 3 mins WBA Continental Super-Flyweight Championship @ 8st 3lbs

CHARLIE EDWARDS 8st 2lbs 8oz v ANTHONY NELSON 8st 3lbs

(Croydon)                                                (South Shields)

12 x 3 mins WBC International Super-Bantamweight Championship @ 8st 10lbs

GAVIN McDONNELL 8st 9lbs 8oz v STUART HALL 8st 9lbs 8oz

(Doncaster)                                   (Darlington)

12 x 3 mins British Lightweight Championship @ 9st 9lbs

LEWIS RITSON 9st 9lbs* v PAUL HYLAND Jr 9st 9lbs

(Newcastle)                            (Belfast)

*Ritson weighed 9st 9lbs 2oz first, returned to the scales to make the championship limit

12 x 3 mins Commonwealth Welterweight Championship @ 10st 7lbs

KRIS GEORGE  10st 6lbs 8oz v JOSH KELLY 10st 6lbs 2oz

(Queensland)                                    (Sunderland)

Lewis Ritson


6 x 3 mins Welterweight contest @ 10st 10lbs

GLENN FOOT          v     SAM OMIDI

(Sunderland)                 (Manchester)

June 16, 2018
June 16, 2018
Errol Spence

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Errol Spence Jr. – 146 ¾ lbs.

Carlos Ocampo – 146 ½ lbs.

Referee: Laurence Cole; Judges: John Madfis (Massachusetts.), Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Jesse Reyes (Texas)


Danny Roman – 121 ¾ lbs.

Moises Flores – 123 lbs.

Challenger Moises Flores failed to make weight and is ineligible to win the WBA Super Bantamweight World Championship.  Per WBA rules, “if a champion makes weight and a challenger fails, the champion shall retain the title, even if he loses the bout.” On Friday afternoon, Roman and Flores camps were discussing terms for the bout to move forward.

Referee: Mark Calo-oy; Judges: Sergio Caiz (California), Wilfredo Esperon (Texas), Levi Martinez (New Mexico)


Javier Fortuna – 139 ¾ lbs.

Adrian Granados – 139 ¾ lbs.

Referee: Robert Chapa; Judges: Javier Alvarez (Texas), Jennie Cardenas (Texas), Don Griffin (Texas)


Errol Spence Jr.

“The task at hand [is how I handle the pressure]. I’ve got a tough opponent prepared to take my title in front of my hometown fans, and I’m not going to let that happen. I won’t let him upset me in front of my hometown fans. I’m going to put on a great show and great performance like you always see.

“Definitely this has been bigger than I expected. I get a little bit nervous when they say I’m fighting in front of 14,000-plus fans. But I have the support from my home state of Texas and Dallas. I love it.”

What message do you want to send to the other top welterweights Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford?

“I’ve been sending messages; I don’t have to send anymore. I’m the best welterweight in the division and the most feared welterweight in the division. So they have to send a message to me since I’m the top dog.”

Carlos Ocampo

“This is a great moment for me. I always dreamed of having this moment of fighting for a world title and it’s great that it’s coming against a great champion like Errol Spence Jr.

“I came prepared to give everyone a surprise and tomorrow you will all see it.”

Errol Spence Jr

Danny Roman

“I was a little surprised [he didn’t make weight] because it’s a world championship fight and you expect him to be professional. But he’s got two hours so we’ll see what happens.

“I trained with heavier guys than me so I’m ready for whatever he brings.”

Javier Fortuna

“Once the promoter calls and give me a name, I never say no. There were a few names they gave and I said yes, I’d fight them. But that dropped off. They then gave another name, that dropped off.  Then at 140 they said Granados and I said yes. I’m going to make a statement at 140.

“Tomorrow I will make the decision [on which Javier you will see]. There is a game plan, but I will make the decision tomorrow. I’m not disrespecting Granados. I know he can fight but my technique and style is superior to Granados.”

Adrian Granados

“Finally I have a good fight at the weight class I’ve been wanting to fight at. I’ve been waiting for a fight at 140 for three years now since my last big win at this weight. There were opportunities that I couldn’t pass up and honestly nobody wanted no smoke with me at 140.

“We’re here now. Javier Fortuna is a former world champion and a tough fighter. As far as trying to make me flinch, I thought that was cute. Tomorrow is going to be a great fight. We’re both ready and we’re going to start off the telecast with a bang.

“We’ll see what happens, I’ll feel it out and see how it goes. I’m prepared for whatever I have to do. If I have to box with him or if I have to bang with him, you already know I come with that heat and it’s going to be an exciting fight tomorrow.”

June 15, 2018
June 15, 2018
Gennady Golovkin fight time

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MARTIN MURRAY can start dreaming of a rematch against Gennady Golovkin if he successfully unleashes his fury on Roberto Garcia.

The St Helens man challenges for the Mexican’s WBC Silver middleweight title at London’s O2 on June 23, in another blockbuster fight being screened live on BT Sport.

If Murray wins and makes one successful defence he will become mandatory contender for Golovkin’s WBC world title. The British braveheart was beaten in 11 rounds by GGG in February 2015, but the chance of a rematch is consolation for WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders pulling out twice through injury.

Golovkin would mean a big money fight, but he cannot overlook Garcia who has stepped into replace Saunders.

Murray, 35, said, “I was devastated when Billy pulled out because I took myself away from the family for two sets of training camps which are invaluable and it is time you can never get back.

“I was obviously gutted, but I will take my frustrations out on Garcia. He is gonna get it.

Gennady Golovkin

“I hear that if I win this and make one defence I become mandatory contender. I don’t know the crack there. All I do know is that beating him puts me in a great position.

“I am hoping that is the case because I have never been a mandatory challenger. I have always been a voluntary defence for my world title fights.

“I’m a seasoned campaigner and been in with all types of fighters. Garcia is more suited to me than Billy Joe Saunders.

“I won’t have to go looking for him like I would Billy. He is going to be in my face, he is a tough fighter, on a winning run and confident.”

Murray who has won 36 of his 41 fights first saw Saunders pull out of an April date and then next week’s scheduled showdown fell apart. There was friendship between Murray and Saunders, but the ill-feeling is now real and if they could finally meet there is needle.

Murray added, “If the Billy Joe fight ever happened it would sell because there is real animosity because of what he did twice and he isn’t a man of his word.”

Garcia will be accompanied by his legendary promoter Don King when he arrives in Britain early next week.

Garcia v Murray head a high quality bill that includes Anthony Yarde’s WBO Intercontinental light-heavyweight title defence against Dariuz Sek. In a battle for the vacant English heavyweight championship KO King Daniel Dubois meets trash talking Tom Little. Others stars on the bill include Ohara Davies, Darryl Williams, Johnny Garton, Raza Hamza, Archie Sharp, Umar Sadiq and Harvey Horn.

June 15, 2018
June 15, 2018
Dereck Chisora

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DERECK CHISORA and Carlos Takam will meet in a crunch heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Both men find their careers on a knife-edge going into the bout, with Finchley man and former world title challenger Chisora seeking a big win to fire his name into the mix for major title fights.

Takam is back in the UK following his spirited challenge against Anthony Joshua for the IBF and WBA world titles at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in October. The Frenchman came in at 10 days’ notice to replace Kubrat Pulev and became the first man to take Joshua into the championship rounds before getting stopped in the tenth. That sterling performance followed hot on the heels of giving Whyte’s opponent in London, Joseph Parker, a real test in his New Zealand backyard in May 2016, being edged out on points by the Kiwi.

With Chisora ranked at number 10 in the WBC and Takam in at number six with the IBF, the winner will be hunting for world honours later in the year, but for the loser, it will look like curtains at elite level – and that makes it must-win for both men.

“I’m delighted to get another big heavyweight clash over the line for July 28 – this is a great fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “For Del Boy, it’s a real last chance saloon at world level and for Takam it’s a chance to push for another world title shot after a string showing against AJ. July 28 is going to be a huge night of boxing at The O2.”

Chisora and Takam clash on a massive night at The O2, as Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker meet in a heavyweight blockbuster.

Dereck Chisora

Kell Brook fights Brandon Cook in a world super-welterweight title eliminator, Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles against Kimberly Conor, Conor Benn and Cedric Peynaud rematch after their exciting brawl in 2017, this time with a title on the line, and Joshua Buatsi steps up in his first 10 rounder against former British light-heavyweight title challenger Ricky Summers.