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June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
GB boxers

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A HISTORIC day at the EUBC European Boxing Championships in Kharkiv in Ukraine saw GB boxers win seven out of eight semi-finals and secure a place in tomorrow’s gold medal matches.

It is the best performance ever by a GB Boxing team at a European Championships and surpasses the achievement of the boxers that competed at the 2015 event in Bulgaria, where the team contested five finals and won six medals in total.

All seven of the boxers in tomorrow’s finals are from England and have the chance to emulate the achievement of Luke Campbell who won the bantamweight title in 2008 to become the first Englishman since 1961 to be crowned European Champion.

Tomorrow’s finals will be shown live from 2.00pm on the BBC Sport website and connected TV (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/27047614) with commentary by Ronald McIntosh and Richie Woodhall.

Light-flyweight, Galal Yafai, got the team off to a great start with a split-decision win over Carmona Heredia of Spain.

He was quickly joined in tomorrow’s finals by Liverpool’s Peter McGrail who dominated Spain’s Jose Quiles Brotons to secure a unanimous win at bantamweight.

Luke McCormack completed a hat-trick of wins for Great Britain with a narrow victory over London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, Evaldas Patrauskas of Lithuania, in the light-welterweight bout.

Rookie heavyweight, Cheavon Clarke, made it four wins out of four as he outpointed a far more experienced boxer in third seed, Roy Korving of Holland, to continue his amazing run and cap a glorious first session for GB Boxing.

The man from Gravesham in Kent was only promoted to the GB Boxing squad in the spring of 2017 and has surpassed all expectations in his first major tournament, having also stopped the 2015 world championship bronze medallist, Abdulkadir Abdullayev of Azerbaijan, in his quarter-final.

The early evening session saw boxers from Great Britain continue to dominate their opponents as Birmingham’s Niall Farrell kicked things off with a win over Ireland’s Brendan Irvine to reach the flyweight final.

Pat McCormack showed all his class to beat the home nation’s Ievgenii Barabanov to join twin brother Luke in tomorrow’s final and earn the opportunity to improve on the silver medal he won in Bulgaria in 2015.

Much to the relief of the home crowd, Great Britain’s only defeat on the day eventually came against a Ukrainian boxer as Calum French lost out to Yuri Shestak in the lightweight contest.

The Birtley ABC boxer was disappointed not to join club mates Pat and Luke McCormack in tomorrow’s finals but can be very happy with winning a bronze medal in his first appearance at a major international tournament.

It was left to Frazer Clarke to cap a historic and triumphant day for England and as he continued GB Boxing’s tradition of producing top-class super-heavyweights by earning a split decision win over Djamili-Dini Aboudou-Moindze of France to make the final in his first ever major international tournament.

June 22, 2017
June 22, 2017
Hughie Fury

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UNDEFEATED heavyweight Hughie Fury will make his eagerly-anticipated return to the ring on Frank Warren’s stacked The Future Is Now July 8th Copper Box Arena card.

The younger cousin of former unified world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has ripped through the division since turning professional in 2013, halting ten of his opponents and picking up the WBO Inter-Continental strap against Fred Kassi in his last outing.

Fury, 22, was due to challenge WBO heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker for his belt last month in New Zealand but was forced to postpone when he injured his back. After overcoming the disappointment of his injury, Fury is looking to make a statement on his big return.

“I can’t wait to get back under the lights and do what I do best,” said Fury. “I was disappointed to miss out my shot against Parker but this is boxing and injuries happen all of the time. I will get my shot at the WBO heavyweight belt later this year and follow in the footsteps of Tyson.”

Peter Fury said, “Hughie has recovered from the back injury that kept him out of his world title fight with Parker and he is itching to get back in the ring next month. We are treating this fight as a warm-up to the big one later this year. The division is certainly opening up with plenty of opportunities and we are confident that Hughie is going to figure dominantly for years to come.”

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Promoter Frank Warren said, “Hughie is one of the best and most exciting young heavyweight prospects in the world and I’m delighted to add him to our stacked July 8 Copper Box Arena card. He needs to get this warm-up fight out of the way before he faces Parker later in the year. I am confident that the WBO heavyweight belt will once again be in possession of the Fury family come the end of the year.”

June 22, 2017
June 22, 2017
GB

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EIGHT boxers from Great Britain are guaranteed a medal at the EUBC European Boxing Championships after record-breaking day by the GB Boxing team in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail, Luke McCormack and Cheavon Clarke made it a fantastic afternoon session for the British team as only Lee McGregor failed to get through from the GB Boxing squad.

The achievement was matched in the evening session as Niall Farrell, Pat McCormack, Calum French and Frazer Clarke joined them in the semis, with Tom Whittaker-Hart being the only one to miss out.

It was an astonishing performance by the boxers’ as every member of the team, apart from Pat McCormack and Galal Yafai, is making their debut in a major international tournament.

The eight medal haul is the best ever achieved by boxers from Great Britain in the 90 year history of the European Championships and exceeds the six medals won by boxers from the GB Boxing squad at the 2015 event in Samakov, Bulgaria.

All of today’s winners go into Friday’s semi-finals where they have a chance to upgrade their guaranteed to bronze medal to silver with the possibility of winning gold in Saturday’s final.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “This is the first time that most of this team have competed at a major championship, so to come to such a tough tournament, win eight medals and qualify 10 boxers for the world championships is a superb achievement by the boxers, the coaches and all of the support staff that help to prepare the team.

“This young team are developing well considering the Tokyo Olympics are just over 3 years away.

“The boxers’ have done fantastically well to reach the semi-finals and win at the very least a bronze medal.  The challenge for the boxers and the team is to try and turn those medals into a silver or a gold.

“It has been a tremendous showing out here and bodes well for the future.”

The results of today’s bouts are below:

1430 Session (1230 GMT)

49kg Galal Yafai ENG v Aqeel Ahmed SCO – Galal won 5:0

56kg Peter McGrail ENG v Ahmed Chaouki El Ahmad DEN – Peter won 5:0

56kg Lee McGregor SCO v Mykola Butsenko UKR – Lee lost 5:0

64kg Luke McCormack ENG v Sean McComb IRL – Luke won 3:2

91kg Cheavon Clarke ENG v Abdulkadir Abdullayev AZE – Chev won KO R1

1800 Session (1600 GMT)

52kg Niall Farrell ENG v Manuel Cappai ITA – Niall won 5:0

60kg Calum French ENG v Enrico La Cruz NED – Calum won 4:1

69kg Pat McCormack ENG v Sergei Soblynskii RUS – Pat won 5:0

81kg Tom Hart ENG v Muslim Gadzhimagomedov RUS – Tom lost 5:0

91+kg Frazer Clarke ENG v Kem Ljungquist Larsen DEN – Frazer won 4:1

June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
kell brook

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Kell Brook has vowed to return to the ring by the end of the year after a successful operation on his fractured right eye socket.

Brook sustained the injury in his clash with Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield in May where he lost his IBF Welterweight crown to the American in front of a huge crowd at the home of Sheffield United FC.

The Special One was hampered by the eye in the closing stages of the high class contest which ended in an 11th round stoppage win for the unbeaten challenger.

Brook had surgery on the injury on Friday (June 16), which was a carbon copy of the left-eye socket fracture he suffered in his clash with Kazakh ace Gennady Golovkin, and the Sheffield ace is making fine progress in his recovery and has targeted a return to the ring this winter.

“I spoke to the surgeon and he said that the operation was a big success and simpler than the last one,” said Brook. “It took half the time of the first one and there’s very little swelling and it looks great. The last scan I had revealed that the healing has started really well and the bone already looks strong so I expect to make a full recovery and I want to fight again in 2017.

“I was bitterly disappointed by the loss at Bramall Lane. Losing my belt was gutting but I’m glad I accepted to fight Spence and help be part of an event that Sheffield will remember and be proud of.

“I still feel that I have a massive future in the sport. I will talk to my team in the coming weeks about what we can do next and I am looking to get back into camp this summer.”

June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
Roman Gonzalez

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THE super-flyweight division, long one of boxing’s most exciting, filled with many of the sports’ legendary superstars, will add another chapter into its annals of memorable evenings on Saturday, September 9. WBC super-flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defends his title against former champion Roman Gonzalez (46-1-0, 38 KO’s), of Managua, Nicaragua, in a rematch of their epic battle this past March.

The rematch headlines a tripleheader that will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Co-featured on the outstanding “SUPERFLY” card is the highly anticipated United States debut of Naoya Inoue, (13-0-0, 11 KO’s) of Yokohama, Japan defending his WBO super-flyweight title against top contender Antonio Nieves, (17-1-2, 9 KO’s) of Cleveland, Ohio. Opening the telecast, former WBC super-flyweight world champion Carlos Cuadras, (36-1-1, 27 KO’s)) of Mexico City will battle fellow rival countrymen and former flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada, (35-2-0, 25 KO’s) of Sonora, Mexico. The venue location and ticket information will be announced shortly.

“We’re very excited to present this fantastic triple header featuring the top five super flyweights in the world,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “With the great history of memorable bouts in the super flyweight division combined with the extraordinary talents of these six fighters in these two world championship fights along with the world title eliminator, the fans will truly be the winners of this event.

“Boxing fans will have the rare opportunity to see if the new champion, Sor Rungvisai can repeat his performance with another victory or if ‘Chocolatito’ will prove that he still belongs at the top of the pound-forpound list by avenging a controversial loss.

“We have had great interest from numerous venues wishing to host this event, we are currently working through the locations and will have a site and ticket announcement shortly.

“Thanks very much to Peter Nelson of HBO for his continued foresight and interest in the lighter weight divisions which has influenced this tremendous event with the top five fighters in the super flyweight division being showcased.”

“This all-action super flyweight tripleheader will have fight fans eagerly awaiting September 9,” says Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “We applaud all six fighters for their willingness to lace up their gloves to face the very best.”

“I would like to thank WBC, HBO, and K2 promotion for this opportunity,” said Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. “I’m honored to share the ring again and defend the WBC Super Flyweight Title against Roman Gonzalez. He is a legend and the best fighter I have faced.” “I’m training hard to be the winner of this rematch. Boxing fans around the world will get to see another great fight between us, and I will win and take the WBC world championship title back for everyone in Thailand.”

“I’m ready to go back into battle and reclaim my WBC super-flyweight championship from Sor Rungvisai on September 9,” said ‘Chocolatito’. “I know what I have to do to become victorious and with God’s help I will be champion once again.”

“As always thanks very much to Mr. Honda, K2 Promotions and HBO for this opportunity.”

On March 18, 2017, ‘Chocolatito’, universally recognized as The #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and holder of the WBC Super Flyweight Title, battled Srisaket Sor Rungivisai in front of a massive crowd at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’, Madison Square Garden. Despite being dropped in the first round, the valiant ‘Chocolatito’ battled back in a brutal war that included a tremendous amount of hard-hitting from both combatants along with a number of head butts due to the aggressive styles of the orthodox champion and southpaw challenger. Sor Rungvisai was declared the winner by controversial majority decision, 114-112, 114-112 and 113-113 in a fight that many believe to be the leading candidate for this year’s “Fight of the Year.” The World Boxing Council (WBC) ordered an immediate rematch so there would be no question who their champion would be.

Roman Gonzalez

Stated Naoya Inoue about his title defense and first bout in the United States, “It’s been my dream to fight in the United States and I’m very excited to be defending my title against Antonio Nieves on September 9. I look forward to putting on a great performance for the fans.”

“I’m very excited to face Naoya Inoue for the WBO super-flyweight title on September 9,” said Antonio Nieves. “This is my first world title opportunity and I’m very grateful to HBO, Tom Loeffler and Tim VanNewhouse for making this possible.”

The 24-year-old Inoue is among the most popular fighters in Asia, having already made five defenses of his WBO super-flyweight title he was awarded following his second round knockout of Omar Narvaez on December 30, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Earning his nickname, “The Monster” from his heavy handed knockouts, Inoue is seeking to grow his fan base from the huge Asian community of U.S. based boxing fans. Inoue kicked off his 2017 campaign with a third round stoppage of Ricardo Rodriguez on May 21 in Tokyo, Japan. Fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio, Nieves will be looking to join the long history of world champions of Puerto Rican heritage. Undefeated through the first six years of his professional career, Nieves suffered his first loss very controversially, losing a 10-round split decision to Nikolai Potapov on March 10 in Detroit, Michigan.

Stated Carlos Cuadras, “I can’t wait to get back in the ring on September 9 against Juan Estrada. He’s a very tough fighter but I will be victorious and put on a show for the fans, then I want a fight with whoever is the champion ‘Chocolatito’ or Sor Rungvisai to get my belt back.”

“Carlos Cuadras is a great champion and we will have a great fight but he is just the first step towards me becoming the best super-flyweight in the world! See you September 9,” said Juan Francisco Estrada.

In a 2016 ‘Fight of the Year’ contender, former WBC Super Flyweight Champion Cuadras would lose for the first time in his eight-year career on September 10, 2016 by unanimous decision to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Fighting furiously over the course of the twelve epic rounds in front of a huge crowd at The Fabulous Forum, Cuadras would come up just short on the scorecards losing by unanimous decision. Most recently, Cuadras won a hard fought 10-round unanimous decision over fellow Mexican David Carmona on March 18, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A former unified flyweight world champion, Estrada is best known for his action packed 12-round battle with Roman Gonzalez on November 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, losing a very close decision. Estrada also holds wins over former world champions Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura and Hernan Marquez.

June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez tickets

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Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez tickets information

Tickets for the Saturday, Sept. 16 showdown for supremacy Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), for which fans have been clamoring, will go on sale Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET.  in what may be boxing’s best, most competitive fight in 2017, the mega-event will feature two of the most popular and powerful fighters in the storied middleweight division fighting for ultimate supremacy and glory.

Tickets for Canelo vs. Golovkin are priced at $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700, $500 and $300, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $500 and $300 price levels.

To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849).  Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or  www.axs.com.

June 20, 2017
June 20, 2017
boxing

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Former WBA Heavyweight Champion ALEXANDER POVETKIN, (31-1-0, 23 KO’s), is making every effort to become a world champion leading up to his July 1 fight with ANDRIY RUDENKO, (31-2-0, 19 KO’s), in Moscow, Russia for the WBO International Heavyweight Title.

Enrolled in the combat sports’ toughest year round drug testing program, VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), Povetkin was recently informed that tests performed on May 15 and May 16 were reported with negative results.

“I look forward to being tested by VADA and competing at a world class level, I want to prove to everybody that I am a clean fighter and that I can become a world champion again,” said Povetkin. “Andriy Rudenko is a tough fighter and I’ll have to be at my best to be victorious.”

“Vada is recognized as the highest standard for doping control in boxing and I want to prove through my testing with them that I’m a clean fighter and will work hard towards my dream of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world once again.”

“I have never tried to avoid any of the testing that I have done in the past, and I personally signed up for the VADA Clean Boxing program and I will continue my participation in the program working towards my goal.”

Said ANDREY RYABINSKIY, “We are glad that things are going well and I will do everything possible to give Alexander a chance to fight for the world title again, we have encountered certain setbacks, but we hope to persevere.”

Stated VADIM KORNILOV on behalf of WORLD OF BOXING, “Alexander is very excited about the upcoming challenge from Andriy Rudenko. He looks forward to moving through the rankings towards a world title opportunity against any political or non-political barriers.  We are pleased working with VADA and are currently working on the best possible plan with the organizations that are happy to work with Povetkin and hopefully have him as one of their champions one day, but for now his focus is completely on July 1 and Andriy Rudenko.”

POVETKIN vs. RUDENKO is presented by World of Boxing from the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia and will be telecast in the United Kingdom by BoxNation.  Other media and distribution channels will be announced in the near future.