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July 28, 2015
July 28, 2015
Ricky-Burns

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RICKY BURNS says he wants to fight the best of British at lightweight as he returns to action against Prince Ofotsu at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

The Scotsman believes that Britain’s 135lbs scene is red hot with Manchester’s Anthony Crolla coming close to being the second Word champion in the division from the city last weekend after his epic battle with WBA ruler Darleys Perez, following Terry Flanagan landing the WBO crown the weekend before against Jose Zepeda.

With gym pal and former foe Kevin Mitchell also just missing out on landing the WBC belt with an heroic performance against Jorge Linares in London, Burns believes he has put himself right back into pole position with his impressive performance in Texas in May against former World champion Omar Figueroa.

“There are so many big fights at Lightweight not only in the UK but on the world scene and I can’t wait to get involved in the thick of it,” said Burns.

“It was frustrating before to hear people say that I was being sent out to America to just be an opponent for Figueroa, I proved them wrong. I will fight anybody, that’s the only way you get the big fights. We aren’t looking at a particular route or governing body – whatever comes our way, we will be ready.

“I was gutted for Anthony in Manchester. He should have been given the nod but it was a close fight. With Darleys Perez getting the two point deduction – I can’t get my head round how they gave it a draw. Fingers crossed he gets the rematch as Anthony definitely has the beating of Perez and should be World champion now.

“Kevin was gutted after the Linares fight was stopped, he was ahead by a couple of rounds but that cut was pretty nasty, the swelling was bad and he did take a lot of clean shots. Kevin will be back soon enough in camp and we can get back to our wars in sparring – as usual and he will be ready to go again.

“Kevin and I wanted Anthony to win – we joked that we would have a spar and the winner would get to face him in his first defence.”

Burns came out on the wrong side of a points loss to Figueroa despite a tremendous display, and the margin of defeat would’ve been slender but for two points harshly deducted in the latter rounds for holding.

The 32 year old gained plenty of admirers for his performance despite the loss, and Burns hopes to cross the Atlantic again in the future.
“We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I didn’t agree with the deductions for holding,” said Burns. “I thought he was holding as much as me and that’s why I had to tie him up.

“We moved up in weight for this one but still had some trouble making weight, but I didn’t want to jeopardize my chance to fight in America.

“I think it was his size that gave me problems more than anything. I don’t know what weight he was in that ring, but it was a lot bigger than me.

“The plan was to try to stick to boxing for the first half of the fight, but once the size really took over I had to stand and exchange more than I would have liked. I couldn’t get him off of me. I’ve got no excuses, as I said the best man will win.

“We’ve enjoyed the experience of being in the US obviously the decision didn’t go our way which puts a damper on it, but overall everyone in Texas was great and I hope to go back to America again.”

Burns’ clash with Ofotsu is part of a massive night of action in Hull topped by the all-Hull WBC World Lightweight title official eliminator between Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle.

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July 28, 2015
July 28, 2015
Buglioni-Chudinov

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FRANK BUGLIONI will get his WBA world super-middleweight title shot against champion Fedor Chudinov on Saturday September 26 at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

The Enfield puncher destroyed tough Mexican Fernando Castaneda inside five rounds with a punch-perfect performance last Friday night to clear the path for his rescheduled fight against Chudinov.

Buglioni was due to face Chudinov last Friday night at the SSE Arena, but the Russian withdrew two weeks’ prior to the fight with a broken nose sustained in sparring, but Buglioni didn’t put his training to waste and fought Castaneda instead and also claimed the Vacant WBA International title.

Chudinov, from Serpukhov, Moscow, defeated German great Felix Sturm in May when he won the WBA World title on a split decision in Sturm’s backyard.  Undefeated Chudinov has a perfect record of 13 wins with eight stoppages and is looking to avenge his brother Dmitry’s defeat to Chris Eubank Jnr. in February.

26-year-old Buglioni is ready for the biggest moment of his career and is confident he can became the latest addition to Britain’s burgeoning number of world champions.

“I’m coming for Chudinov and his world title now,” stormed Buglioni.

“I got rid of Castaneda with a good performance after the disappointment of the Chudinov world title fight falling through and I took out all my anger on him on the night to line up Chudinov next.

“I could have easily not fought and saved myself for the rescheduled date with Chudinov, but I didn’t want all my hard training to go to waste and every round counts in experience when you’re going for the world title.

“We had a fantastic camp and fight strategy lined up for Chudinov anyway, so I’ll go through that again and there’s always room for improvement and we have more time now so I’ll be even more prepared.

“I can’t wait to get to Chudinov and the world title belt.  It’s going to be a huge night at the SSE Arena and while I’m not dismissing him, I’m confident in my abilities and know what I’m capable of doing to him.

“He’s a very good fighter but if he doesn’t come at his absolute best then he will get knocked out.”

Promoter Frank Warren added, “I’m delighted that Frank’s world title is confirmed for Saturday September 26 at the SSE Arena and he can now fully focus on the date ahead of him.

“As Frank’s promoter I was disappointed to see his big opportunity put on hold when Chudinov pulled out injured, but we all worked hard, along with Chudinov’s promoter Vlad Hrunov, to keep the fight on.

“Frank looked in fantastic shape against Castaneda and did a professional and spiteful performance to stop him in five rounds so now he can concentrate on Chudinov.”

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July 27, 2015
July 27, 2015
Brian Rose-Carson Jones

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CARSON JONES says he will KO Brian Rose again in their rematch – and end his career in the process – when they clash at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull on Saturday night (August 1) live on Sky Sports.

Jones stopped Rose in Blackpool on Valentine’s Day in controversial fashion inside a round and returns to repeat the dose. Rose appeared to hurt the Oklahoma man early in the fight but was then staggered himself with a right hand and when Jones landed another, the referee jumped in and called the fight off.

Rose demanded a rematch straight away and gets the chance to get his career back on track, but Jones believes ‘The Lion’ will come to the end of the road in Hull.

“I know I will stop him again,” said Jones. “I don’t know what round but it’s going to come. He wasn’t a threat in the first fight and he won’t be on Saturday. He’s a decent fighter but he won’t trouble me.

“What will Brian do after I beat him again? That’s up to him, it’s not my concern. I know how it feels to lose and I wouldn’t want anyone to give up on pursuing their dreams. But I don’t think he is cut out for the top.

“Maybe the fight could have carried on but that’s not down to me, that’s the referees job and he did what he thought was right.

“My daughter punches harder than he does. He caught me and I was a little stunned, but not hurt. I always start slow. He doesn’t have big punching power so he wasn’t going to be able to finish me off, but I knew I had to jump on him early when I hurt him in order to catch him when he was wobbling.

“If it was stopped early then it was stopped early for me too because I would have knocked his head off in the rest of the round.

“I think he’ll be the same fighter. He thinks his weight was an issue in the first fight but it doesn’t really make that much difference; he still won’t be able to punch. He’ll be the same person, not changed at all.”

Jones’ rematch with Rose is part of a massive night of action in Hull topped by the all-Hull WBC World Lightweight title official eliminator between Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle.

Former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns back in action after his heroic performance in Texas against Omar Figueroa, Martin J. Ward defends his WBC International Super Featherweight title and unbeaten Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte in action.

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July 27, 2015
July 27, 2015
Arthur Abraham

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WBO World Champion ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) has signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, which will keep him tied to the powerhouse promoter until the end of 2017.

Having previously agreed terms, Abraham put pen to paper following his sensational sixth-round TKO win over Robert Stieglitz on July 18 in Halle, and now, the 35 year-old two-weight World Champion is ready to continue his reign at the top of the super middleweight division.

‘’Weeks before my last fight, it had already been agreed with a handshake that I would be extending my contact until the end of 2017,’’ reveals Abraham. ‘’But before signing, I wanted to prove to my team and my fans that I can still perform at the highest level. I proved that by beating Robert and now my signature is on the contract.’’

‘’With his brilliant knockout against Stieglitz, Arthur has shown that he is still one of the best super middleweights on the planet,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’The hunger is still there and now it’s time for him to cement his legacy.’’

‘’The Super Six tournament may have come a little too early for me,’’ reflects Abraham.  ‘’But now, I have without a doubt arrived in the super middleweight division. I love challenges and I want to test myself against the very best. My ultimate aim is unifications. I want to prove that I‘m number one in my weight class.’’

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July 25, 2015
July 25, 2015
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Throwdown Fantasy closed out its #ThurmanCollazo games last Saturday with the Julio Cesar Chavez-Marco Reyes bout and while boxing experts continue to criticize Junior’s win, the boxing expert named LeftJabWriteCross continued to make the right picks by winning the #ThurmanCollazo $3K Throwdown.

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LeftJabWriteCross finished with a very high 419.4 points which was 11.8 fantasy points better than second placer impactproductions.

 Winners pick the right favorites

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So with the $25K salary cap, LeftJabWriteCross picked his cornerstones in $5,300 fighters Carl Frampton and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. Frampton was up against a tough foe in Gonzalez but at 20-0 with 14 KOs, the Jackal was heavily favored in his first appearance in US soil. Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr meanwhile, had a lot of questions marks entering his bout against Marco Reyes, especially since he was coming off a loss to Andrzej Fonfara just three months back. But Chavez was fighting a natural middleweight and a non-Top 10 guy at that so at 48-2-1 with 32 KOs, he too was heavily favored to win. With two sure winners already, the last member on his Big Three would become crucial.

160 pound fighter Antoine “Action” Douglas was a cheap $4,900 favorite who was destined to get unnoticed in the game with the likes of Scott Quigg, Frampton, Chavez Jnr,  Keith Thurman, Tony Harrison and even Ruslan Chagaev among the cast. But if you did your homework, Douglas was nicknamed “Action” because he has a 66.67 knockout ratio (12 of 18 wins). And considering the fact that opponent Istvan Szili wasn’t really an elite, Douglas was ripe for a big time performance.

The Big Upset Win

Going with his boxing knowledge once again, he picked Arthur Abraham with his remaining $4,600 salary cap when he had fighters like Francesco Pianeta, Willie Nelson, Hank Lundy and Marco Reyes who went at the same price. Abraham was at a salary disadvantage against Robert Stieglitz who was available at $4,800. But if you look at the history of their rivalry, King Arthur won 2 of their first three fights while Stieglitz had won once in his last three so there was enough reason to pick Abraham. True indeed as Abraham ended their saga with a 6th round KO that earned him 75.3 points. Abraham was the only upset winner of last week and it was what really sealed the win for LeftJabWriteCross.

Here is LeftJabWriteCross’ winning scorecard:

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Going back to his strategy, LeftJabWriteCross picked three sure winners and got an unexpected KO. His underdog pick also won big so that just shows you how good this guy is in making picks. We used to call LeftJabWriteCross a boxing expert. I think it’s about time we call him a boxing Nostradamus because he keeps on winning with the right picks.

Ready to challenge the boxing Nostradamus? Throwdown Fantasy’s #Garcia #Kovalev games are now up so Throwdown now!

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July 23, 2015
July 23, 2015
Dillian Whyte

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DILLIAN WHYTE will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior at Craven Park Stadium in Hull on August 1, live on Sky Sports.

Whyte is hunting down the winner of the clash between Anthony Joshua MBE – whom he beat in the amateurs – and Gary Cornish later in the year who fight for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title at The O2 on September 12, a night that features Whyte on the undercard.

The Brixton banger is 14-0 and will be looking to extend his KO run to 11 in a row when he faces the Brazilian on the undercard of the all-Hull grudge match between Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle, and the 27 year old says he cannot wait to get back onto Sky Sports screens.

“It’s great to be boxing back on Sky Sports again after a long absence,” said Whyte. “It’s best place to showcase your skills and I’m looking to put in a devastating performance against Costa Junior.

“The British title is a belt that I look forward to fighting for and beating Anthony Joshua under year after being back in the ring would be even better.”

Whyte’s appearance on the Campbell and Coyle’s bill is part of a massive night of action in Hull, with former World title challenger Brian Rose looking for revenge in his rematch with Carson Jones, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns back in action after his heroic performance in Texas against Omar Figueroa and Martin J. Ward defending his WBC International Super Featherweight title.

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July 22, 2015
July 22, 2015
Dereck Chisora fight time

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BRITAIN’S heavyweight division sees the return of the colourful and controversial Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora who resumes his career after an eight month hiatus.

The former former British, Commonwealth and European Champion and WBC World Heavyweight title contender gets back between the ropes this Friday (July 24) at the SSE Arena, Wembley, show. The pride of Finchley features in a ten round international contest against Georgia’s Beqa Lobjanidze.

‘British boxing needs me back,’ declared ‘Del, who lost his titles to Tyson Fury at the ExCeL Arena in November.

It was the former world title challengers fifth reverse – and second to Fury – in his eight year 25 fight pro career and many expected him to drift quietly off into the sunset.

‘Retire?! How old do you think I am? I’m just 31, just starting out. I never announced my retirement. I’ve a long, long time left,’ he insists.

‘Look, Tyson thumbed me in the first round, then thumbed me in the third round. My eye closed and I couldn’t see. Trust me, in time, Tyson and me are gonna bump it again. ‘Del Boy’s’ a long way from finished.

‘My goals now are exactly the same as they were when I first started out as a pro; to be in great fights against other great fighters. I’m an entertainer, I deliver the fans what they want. I create a jolly!’

Though he has not been seen since the Fury loss, the Zimbabwe born former ABA super-heavyweight champion insists he has been far from idle.

‘I’ve passed most of the last eight months at the gym, training, training, training, man, getting ready to come back’ he says.

‘I’ve got a new set-up, a new trainer in Gary Innes and, for now, I’m training at a gym in St Pancras. I’ve got my mojo back and I’ve been learning lots of great new stuff. I can’t wait to demonstrate my skills to the public.’

New man Innes, a one time amateur boxer and ex kick-boxer who has previously tutored talents such as Dean Francis, Ossie Duran, Leon Williams and Pele Reid, has been busy orchestrating the technical and psychological changes needed to vault Chisora from contender to champion again.

He said: ‘Trust me, he still really wants to fight. Some can fight but don’t want to. Others can’t fight but really want to. Dereck has both the ability and the desire. His mindset is good. He’s really enjoying his boxing at the moment.”

Chisora, ever the gladiator, is chomping to get straight back among the iron in boxing’s blue riband division.

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