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October 30, 2014
October 30, 2014
Macklin

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MATTHEW MACKLIN believes he could challenge WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto next if he can see off Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15, live on Sky Sports.

Macklin meets WBC International champion Heiland in an eliminator for Cotto’s crown as big time boxing returns to Ireland’s capital, with the winner gunning for Cotto who ripped the title from Sergio Martinez.

The Irishman is focused on the dangerous Argentine he faces in Dublin, but admits that the carrot of challenging Cotto has him dreaming of a return to the Big Apple or even an outdoor spectacular in Dublin.

“Cotto is such a big draw in New York City at Madison Square Garden, but if you can do 60,000 people at Croke Park then the economics of the fight change,” said Macklin. “If the fight captures the imagination and sells out a stadium, you can bring anyone, anywhere. That’s the dream.

“Challenging Cotto in New York would be an incredible experience – to face someone of his stature there. But that’s a lot of wins to put together first.”

If Macklin can do the job against Heiland then his interest in Irish rival Andy Lee’s clash with Matt Korobov for the vacant WBO belt in December. Lee travels to Las Vegas to tackle the unbeaten Russian and Macklin

“I think Andy has got a good chance,” said Macklin. “Styles make fights and Korobov is a technical counter-punching southpaw, he’ll give Andy room and time and Andy performs better if he’s allowed that, he’s a class act. If he can win that then me and Andy fighting for the World title is massive. It’s a huge fight anyway but a World title is that key element. I’ll be rooting for him for selfish reasons but also because he’s flying the flag for Irish boxing too and he’s a good lad, so I hope he does the business for himself and also as it sets up a potential fight for us.”

Macklin tops a great bill in the Irish capital with a pair of grudge matches between Michael Sweeney and Ian Tims at Cruiserweight and Gary O’Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald at Middleweight, Featherweight contenders Patrick Hyland and John Simpson target British, European and Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington after their clash, there’s a first hometown fight for amateur star John Joe Nevin, Kal Yafai defends his Commonwealth Super Flyweight crown, while unbeaten Dubliners Declan Geraghty and Luke Keeler both fight in their seventh fights and exciting Stourbridge Welterweight Sam Eggington.

October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014
Hopkins

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PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 28, 2014) – With just a little over a week until fight night, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins worked out in front of a packed media contingent that traveled from far and wide to see the 49-year-old ageless light heavyweight champion train for his Saturday, Nov. 8 light unification bout against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

 

President and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya was also in attendance to talk to the media and watch Hopkins train. Here is what the participants had to say.

 

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion

 

“To be able to bring a lot of the top writers in the out here to cover history is great. This fight has a lot of historic things about it.

 

“Oscar was talking about me fighting without pressure. It’s the pressure of the unknown. The unknown is the reward that comes after taking on such a challenge. For me it’s about never taking anyone lightly. I’m ready mentally and physically for this challenge, come November 8.

 

“I believe the difference comes in the execution. If you think about it too much beforehand it will keep you up at night. You can’t worry about things you can’t change. I prepare to do what I know how to do best. That rule of code has never betrayed me.

 

“There’s not one fighter I wouldn’t put my record up against. In this era – in any weight class. I put the work in to have the track record and be taken seriously.

 

“There are a lot of things I look at that I used to do, even though I was successful, as a waste of time. But those are the things you have to go through. We are young before we are old. We are immature before we become mature.

 

“When I look back at the last five years of my career, I’m spending less time in the gym than I did in the beginning of my career. I’m fighting 12-round fights, why am I training for four hours? These are the things you do when you’re young. When you get older you realize that you had to survive it, that’s how I got here.

 

“When you look at the things I do, the lifestyle and the discipline. You would say I’m preserved. You would say that I’m well kept. You would say I’m clean in the garage. The mechanics are all brand new, because I took care of them.

 

“I have the same thoughts on Kovalev that most people here do. He’s a dangerous puncher. He has an over 90 percent knockout rate and anyone who fights this guy has the opportunity to not be the same once he exits the ring. We won’t take anything away from this guy because he’s real.

 

“Kovalev is a threat to anybody. It won’t be an easy fight, even if it looks easy to you. I don’t just have to beat the man, but I have to beat a lot of people. They’re either going to watch me win or watch me lose, and I don’t mind playing that game. I don’t believe in luck. I believe in whoever brings the best and whoever sacrifices the most to be victorious will win.

 

“It doesn’t bother me if people are rooting for me or not. My family, are the only thing that matters at the end of the day. If you’re motivated by other things, you’ll never stop. No matter how many people you beat there will always be something else.

 

“No one expected me to be gone 10-15 years ago. I became their worst nightmare. I still have my senses and my intellect. I can still articulate. That makes me an even bigger force.”

 

NAAZIM RICHARDSON, Hopkins’ Trainer

 

“With some of the young guys, you have to be on them before they get comfortable. But with Bernard he comes in knowing what he wants to do and it’s just a pleasure to work with him.

 

“You can’t be undedicated in this job, you have to be in there and be a part of everything. We’re dealing with a freak of nature in Kovalev, he might be the hardest puncher in the history of boxing, we’ll see.

 

“Bernard can watch Kovalev’s tapes, but until you feel the punches you don’t know what it is. We don’t know how hard he can punch, but we’ve fought some guys who could punch. We saw with Pavlik, Tarver and Trinidad, those guys had power.

 

“The only thing Bernard hasn’t done in this sport is lose badly, so I told him to get out of this sport before he does everything. But he proved me wrong because then he beat Pavlik and Pascal and all of the other guys.”

 

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions

“We’ll never see anything like Bernard Hopkins again. We won’t see any athlete in any sport compete at the highest level. It’s unheard of. You can talk about any era, or any great fighter, no one has been able to compete at this level. Everybody in America should be cheering for him.

 

“When you take a look at Hopkins being 49-years-old, almost 50, you have basically a kid in the other corner who punches like a man. It’s a 50-50 fight.

 

“I haven’t counted Hopkins out since he beat me, even before that. Hopkins is a master at what he does. The question is how will Kovalev react psychologically to an ‘alien?’ He’s never fought an athlete like Hopkins. How will he react when he hits the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

 

“Everything he does is calculated. Everything he consumes. It’s all calculated. It’s clean living for a very long time. There’s more to it but that’s a lot of it.

 

“At this point. Hopkins is already in the Hall of Fame. He’s already going to be talked about as one of the greats. So he doesn’t have that added pressure of trying to prove himself. I think people already have the utmost respect for him.

 

“People respect the fact that at 49-years-old, he’s still going strong. There’s no sign of him slowing down. He’s getting faster, he’s getting stronger and he has more energy. He’s toying with young fighters, half his age. For Hopkins it’s starts outside the ring, he breaks you.

 

“What comes to mind from my fight with Hopkins, was one of his teeth fell off and he was, ‘well that’s old-age.’ Now I look back and think wow, he made me think I was fighting this old man. I had in my mind that if I just got through training camp, without doing any extra, that I could take this guy on. He made me complacent. He didn’t need to talk trash or get in my face, he’s a master.

 

“I believe that Hopkins focuses not on what he’s going to do physically, but on what he can do to get his opponent out of their comfort zone and what combinations does he not expect from me. I wouldn’t say he’s awkward, but he knows how to offset his opponents.

October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014
EddieChambers

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LONDON (29 OCT) Former world heavyweight title challenger ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers likes what he has seen of fast-rising prospect Anthony Joshua, but fears his run of soft opposition may only serve to hurt him in the future.

The 32-year-old Chambers, once of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now an honorary member of Team Fury in Bolton, speaks from experience. Back in March 2010 he scaled the heights and challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight championship. He therefore knows a good heavyweight when he sees one.

“At the moment they’re doing a good job of making Joshua look unbeatable,” said Chambers. “The only problem with that is you get to a point where that’s all you’re used to. Then you get in there with somebody who can prove you’re very beatable. Then panic sets in. Then you realise you have no foundations or experience to fall back on.

“Unfortunately, there’s too much fanfare from TV right now. They’re trying to analyse the improvements when he’s fighting nobodies. They’re putting a guy who is 6’6 in with much smaller guys who aren’t really talented or athletic in the slightest. They have no talent beyond coming forward and blocking shots with their face.

“How do you asses someone’s development against these opponents? Joshua won’t even get hit by these guys. And, if he does, it’s just a lucky shot.”

Chambers, 39-4 (21 KOs), continued: “Joshua’s a big, strong, athletic guy. He’s a super athlete. These big heavyweights are a different breed to what they were a few years back.

“And that means you shouldn’t match him against smaller guys with no ambition and then expect him to somehow be tested. It won’t happen. You have to put him in with someone who is either similar in size to him or at the very least someone who is athletic, slick, durable or strong.

“I’m not saying he won’t beat these opponents. He could go in there, wipe them out and surprise me. But, until that happens, we don’t really know how good he is.

“Ultimately, if you want him to become a world champion and you want him to reach the top, you can’t keep feeding him the same stale food every time. You’ve got to feed him something spicy now and again to keep his taste buds alive.”

Renowned for being an often avoided member of the heavyweight division, Chambers doesn’t expect a call from Joshua’s promoter anytime soon. But, in the unlikely event that the call does arrive, he’s more than happy to ask a question or two of the unbeaten Londoner.

“People might start believing their own BS and could be quick to test him,” said Chambers, who next appears on November 8 at Glow, Bluewater. “If that happens, I may get the call. I don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, as there are other fights out there for him that don’t carry as much risk, but I would never say ‘no’ to an opportunity like that. It would be nice.

“I’d like to see him go all the way, though. I’d like to see him get far. Let’s see these young guys go out and prove themselves. Then, if our paths meet and there’s a bit of meat dangling between two dogs, I’m not the type to back down.”

October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014
adonisstevenson

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MONTREAL (Oct. 27, 2014) – World Boxing Council (WBC), Lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), ESPN’s 2013 Fighter of the Year and 2013 Knockout of the Year winner, returns to the ring December 19 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec to face Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs),

“THE REIGN OF SUPERMAN,” featuring the world light heavyweight championship between Stevenson and Sukhotskiy, is presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) in association with Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. Stevenson’s fourth world title defense will be against Sukhotskiy, who is world rated by all four major governing bodies: WBC #7, WBO # 8, WBA # 7 and IBF # 11.

For the second time in a row Stevenson will headline on Showtime as part of its prestigious series, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, which will televise Stevenson’s title defense on American television, thanks to the close cooperation of Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Executive Vice President & General Manager, Sports and Event Programming.

WBA #10, and WNC #13 light heavyweight contender, two-time Russian Olympian sensation Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), as well as dangerous IBF #5 welterweight Kevin Bizier (26-1, 16 KOs) will also be in action.

Two press conferences will be held next Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the morning in Quebec City and Montreal in the afternoon. All details will be announced then.

Tickets, ranging from $25.00 to $250.00, will go on sale next Thursday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m. ET, in the branches of the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec (418) 691-7211 or 1 (800) 900-7469, online at www.billeteck.com, at GYM (514) 383-0666 or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980.

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
Rabchenko

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Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

SERGEY RABCHENKO believes a devastating performance against Anthony Mundine will earn him a new army of fans.

The Belarusian power-puncher knows a partisan crowd will baying for his blood when the opening bell rings at the Hisense Arena on November 12, but he’s confident that they will be singing his name by the end of the fight.

While Mundine splits opinion in the Aussie fight fraternity, he does have a large and vociferous following and Rabchenko hopes to win their hearts rather than break them.

“The crowd will start against me and that is no problem because they can’t fight for him,” Rabchenko, who defends his WBC Silver light-middleweight title, said.

“I think they will cheer for Mundine at the start but then cheer for me when they see the skills that I have and the power of my punches.

“Australian fans like to see action and that is what I will give them. I think the combinations I have been working on with Ricky Hatton will be too much for Mundine and the fans will really like what they see.”

Despite being confident that he has the tools to defeat Mundine on his own turf, Sergey knows he cannot overlook the experienced and outspoken New South Wales-native.

Mundine is a three-time world champion who has mixed it with the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Daniel Geale and Shane Mosley since switching from Rugby League and is still a formidable opponent for anyone despite being 39 years of age.

“I am fully focused on Mundine. He has won many world titles and will be a very tough fight for me,” Rabchenko said.

“He is a great, great fighter and he knows he must win if he wants to box for a world title again. I have to be ready for him at his best.

“He was beaten badly in his last fight [against Joshua Clottey] so I expect him to be very fired up. I just think I hit too hard for him and after a few rounds he will not want to be in the ring with me any longer. I will break him”.

Rabchenko v Mundine tops a huge night of boxing at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, with chief supporting contests including Lucas Browne’s WBC EPBC heavyweight title clash with Chauncy Welliver and Leonardo Zappavigna v Misael Castillo for the WBO Oriental light-welterweight crown.

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
GaryBuckland

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GARY BUCKLAND and Stephen Foster Jnr lead the line-up for the Prizefighter Lightweights III at York Hall, Bethnal Green on December 6, live on Sky Sports – with Martin J. Ward facing Maxi Hughes on the show in an eliminator for the British Super Featherweight title.

Buckland returns to the scene of his Prizefighter Super Featherweights win in November 2010 where he saw off Stevie Bell in the quarter-finals, dramatically wiped out Gary Sykes in the first round of their semi-final before knocking out Derry Mathews in the second round of the final to lift the trophy.

Manchester favourite Foster Jnr will be hoping to face Buckland to avenge his loss for the British title back in November 2012, and the 34 year old enters the night on the back of two wins in 2014 after his clash with Anthony Crolla in their hometown on the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard last November.

Buckland and Foster Jnr are joined by Danny Cassius Connor who is looking to go one better than his final appearance in July 2013, Luton’s Michael Devine, who met Connor in February in a bout cut short through a clash of heads, Essex’s Lee Martin and Hampshire’s Floyd Moore, with promoter Eddie Hearn to name the final two fighters soon.

Essex man Ward made it 11 fights unbeaten at Wembley Arena in September with an eight round stoppage of Kakhaber Avetisian and meets Yorkshireman Hughes, who also faced Avetisian last time out recording a ten-round win, at the top of the bill in a cracking looking contest between two bright young stars, with Ohara Davies also in action in his fourth pro fight.

“We haven’t had a Prizefighter since April this year and I’m excited to see the format return in its spiritual home,” said Hearn. “The last time Gary Buckland was involved we saw him win a thrilling event and this line up is set to produce plenty of fireworks. Martin J. Ward has the first crunch clash of his career when he steps up against the talented Maxi Hughes with the winning targeting a clash with Super Featherweight champion Gary Sykes. Exciting undefeated prospect Ohara Davies also return to actions he continues to make a name for himself in the Lightweight division.”

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
CoyleKatsidis

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PHOTO: Jason White

Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle secured famous wins in Hull on Saturday night to remain on course for a blockbuster showdown next summer.

Campbell welcomed Argentine Daniel Brizuela back to the scene of his epic battle with Coyle in February, but the hometown Olympic hero ensured that there would be no repeat of that drama with a clinical display of his power and variety.

The 27 year old wasted little time in exerting his authority on Brizuela, landing heavy shots in the opening round before really finding his range in the third round where he wobbled the Argentine on the bell and breaking him down further in the fourth before ending the job in the fifth. Brizuela was on the deck with a minute to go in the round from a blistering attack and Campbell didn’t let him off the hook, pouncing on his dazed opponent to deliver a decisive salvo to make it nine pro wins and seven inside the distance.

“It’s a great win for me,” said Campbell. “He had a very elusive and awkward style and I hit him with some cracking shots in the first round and he just nodded to say, ‘OK, let’s have some more’. He’s a tough, tough customer so I had to nullify that and to get him out of there in five, I’m very happy. For him to come back here after his fight with Tommy, I take my hat off to him. Every fight has been a step up and you can see me getting better, the main thing is not to rush. I believe in the path that we are going on. I’ve had four fights on the spin now in four months, I think I will have a break and come back fresh in the New Year.”

Coyle was tasked with following Campbell’s brilliant performance and he did not disappoint. The Hull man faced Australian great Michael Katsidis in a second defence of his IBF International Lightweight title, and delivered a stunning one-punch knockout in the second round to destroy ‘The Great’.

Coyle slipped Katsidis’ attacks in the opening round whilst making an early impression himself, then delivered a sensational left hook that floored the former World champion and the 25 year old was delighted that the game he devised with trainer Jamie Moore worked so spectacularly.

“Pressure fighters can’t go backwards,” said Coyle. “Jamie is the best pressure there was and he told me if you offset his balance and get him going backwards, you will have success. We worked on that left hook in the dressing room before the fight and it’s come off.

“I can’t change my make-up and I was always going to have a war, but I was going to be smart about it. I know I am not the greatest fighter in the world but I am always going to deliver value for money, I am going to put bums on seats and put everything on the line every time.

“I was so scared and nervous about losing, I’d visualised being in the worst pain ever as I had put him on a pedestal for 12 weeks. The night was perfect and with Luke winning, it sets the fight up in the summer of next year.”

On a potential fight with Coyle, Campbell added: “We both have the utmost respect for one another but through the city of Hull we are both loved and supported and the fight is being talked about a lot here. Our job is to entertain the fans and for the business and entertainment side of things, we can put our friendship on hold for 30-odd minute.”

There was a hat-trick of career-best wins on the night as Gavin McDonnell saw off former World title challenger Vusi Malinga to land the vacant WBO International Super-Bantamweight title.

McDonnell made the leap into international class following a draw with Josh Wale in his British title defence in May, and the South African provided a tough examination of his credentials at the top level.

The Doncaster man enjoyed the best of the early action and in the eighth round, he stamped his authority on the fight with a stiff right-hand forcing the visitor to turn his back and take an eight count. McDonnell closed in for the stoppage but Malinga, who has gone the 12-round distance eight times prior to Saturday, resisted the attacks and heard the final bell once more, where McDonnell was announced as the victor on the judges’ scorecards 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112.

“I can’t believe it, it was a hard week mentally in stepping up for the fight, I am over the moon with the win,” said McDonnell. “I just wanted to prove that I belong at this level, I am not taking anything away from Josh Wale but I let myself down in that fight, today was about stepping up, we picked Vusi because we believed we could beat him, it was the hardest fight of my life.

“I didn’t think I would get him out of there and even when he went down I knew he would come back. I landed plenty of stiff shots and he took them, he’s very tough. I stopped looking at twitter a few days before the fight because people were saying that Vusi was going to be too good for me, too strong, too much experience at the top level. I blocked all that out and concentrated on the task in hand. I’ve had 14 fights, won a few titles and been in four twelve-rounders, so I am progressing well.”