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January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015
Brandon Rios

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“This will be the best fight of the trilogy, as it should be.

“I am ready for anything Mike Alvarado brings to the table.  I know all his tricks.  He can’t surprise me this time.

“No one should be surprised if this fight ends in a knockout.  It’s happened once already.  I’m not looking for the knockout but you can bet I won’t be avoiding it if the opportunity presents itself.

“For both of us it’s do or die.  If I lose this fight I may just call it a day as a fighter.  I’ve been at this a long time.

“I’ve been training in Greeley for 30 days to get acclimated to the thin air.  I have been staying at a friend’s house.  He built a full gym for me in his garage.  It’s been great.

“Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado are the two best fighters I have ever faced.

“I am so ready for chapter three on January 24.  This is the ending the fans have been waiting for and I promise you they will not be disappointed!”


”I feel great.  I know the kind of fight this will be.  He’s going to try to cut off the ring and when he does, he’ll open himself up and when he does that I will be cracking him.

“I will not fight his fight.  I am sticking to our plan.  But you can bet I will shoot the works when I have him in my sights.

“Brandon is right about one thing, it IS do or die for us   We are both the same person inside the ring and outside the ring.

“I have not allowed anything to distract me from my training.  I am focused and ready.

“Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honor.  This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time.  We are entertainers and our fight on January 24 will be the grand finale.  I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight.”

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January 22, 2015
January 22, 2015

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KELL BROOK will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against No.1 mandatory challenger ‘Jo Jo’ Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28.

The Sheffield star landed the title in August with a career-high win over Shawn Porter and makes a long-awaited return to action in his hometown, with his first defence of the title being his first fight in the Steel City since he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in October 2013.

Brook dives straight into the deep-end following his life-threatening injury when he was attacked whilst on holiday in September as he meets the Canadian-based Romanian Dan, who edged out Kevin Bizier in a final eliminator for ‘The Special One’s’ title in December.

“After everything that’s happened over the last six months, it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my World title in Sheffield,” said Brook. “I want to get this mandatory out of the way and then target those mega fights that are out there in the division. There is no chance that I will be underestimating Jo Jo Dan though as I know how he will be feeling having worked so hard to get into the mandatory position just like I did, but I will be working twice as hard to keep the belt that I earned.”

Brook’s first World title defence is supported by a great undercard as talented Steel City favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky, Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a World title, GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill. There will be a major announcement early next week regarding a further addition to the stacked card.

“To see Kell walk out in front of a sold-out crowd in his hometown of Sheffield is going to be an emotional night,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Kell has gone to America and beaten an American to win the World title – it’s a massive achievement and it shows that he is a very, very special fighter. Jo Jo Dan is a tough fight, there’s no way that Kell can be anything but 100 per cent to beat him – and I have no doubt that he will be. There are some massive fights out there for Kell if he can take care of Jo Jo, but his focus is solely on Dan and I expect him to shine on March 28.”

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January 22, 2015
January 22, 2015
Frankie Gavin

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PROMOTER Frank Warren has today announced that he will not be renewing his management and promotional contracts with welterweight boxer Frankie Gavin.

Mr Warren, who signed Gavin in 2008 and he made his professional debut in 2009, guided him to British, Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental titles in his 22-fight career.

In addition Mr Warren secured Gavin a hometown European title opportunity that was also a final Eliminator for the WBO World title and also steered him to number one spot in the WBO.

Mr Warren wishes Mr. Gavin all the best in his future career.

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January 21, 2015
January 21, 2015
David Price

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David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs) on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The heavyweights go toe-to-toe on the undercard of the WBO World Super Middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs), live on Sky Sports.

Price returns, following a six-month injury lay-off, ready to kick-start his 2015 with a ten-round contest against the 34 year-old Brazilian, Costa Junior. ‘’I can’t wait to get back in the ring and remind everybody what I’m all about,’’ said the former British and Commonwealth Champion.

‘’Costa Junior is exactly the type of opponent I wanted. He’s got a decent record, similar to my own, with sixteen wins and only two defeats. Last year, he went twelve rounds with Christian Hammer, so we know he’s no mug. It will be another step up, but I think he will bring out the best in me. I’m confident I will get the win.’’

The O2 World could prove to be a home away from home for the 6ft 8’’ heavyweight, with thousands of British fans expected to make the trip over to Berlin. ‘’The support from Liverpool will be fantastic,’’ said Price. ‘’There will be loads of fans coming over to get behind Paul and myself. I’m looking forward to being a part of such a big card. It will set up me up nicely for a ‘homecoming’ fight later this year.’’

‘’2015 is going to be a huge year for Pricey,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’That starts in Berlin on February 21. Costa Junior is a serious opponent. With a convincing victory, we can send a message to all the heavyweights around the world – the big man is back and he means business!’’


January 20, 2015
January 20, 2015

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HEAVYWEIGHT destroyer Christian Hammer has promised to cause a huge upset and derail Tyson Fury from his dream world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko.

The hard-hitting WBO number three ranked challenger takes on Fury at London’s O2 arena on Saturday 28th February with the Manchester star risking his unbeaten record, European and WBO International titles and his WBO mandatory spot to Klitschko.

Fury and Hammer came face-to-face for the first time today at Fredericks restaurant in London ahead of their crucial showdown next month, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

German based Romanian Hammer, who has 10 knockouts in 17, said, “I’ve seen Tyson fight plenty of times before in the amateurs and also in the pros, he’s a very good boxer but at the end of the day nothing I’ve seen worries me at all.

“I feel that’s he’s made a big big mistake choosing to fight me, but full respect to him, he could have avoided me and chosen a much easier opponent and keep his record and titles intact and also his world title fight against Klitschko.

“But at the O2 arena on Saturday 28th February I must bring his dreams crashing down around him. Make no mistake I’m coming here to do one thing and one thing only, to beat Tyson Fury and earn my right to fight Klitschko.”

With the all the talk of Fury facing Klitschko in the summer and also a potential showdown with new WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder, Fury is not underestimating the threat Hammer poses to his future ambitions.

He said, “I won’t be taking Hammer for granted, this is a very risky fight for me and the fights against Klitschko or Wilder won’t be happening if I don’t beat Hammer.

“He’s by far the most accomplished fighter I fought in my career.  I’m very familiar with him from the amateurs and I’ve kept an eye on him in the pros and he’s had some good recent wins including Kevin Johnson.

“He’s a strong puncher and moves well on his feet for a big lad, he fancies his chances against me and remember in the heavyweights it only takes one punch to turn things upside down.

“But this is Tyson Fury we’re talking about and as long as I’ve got gloves and a fighting heart there’s no man that will have the beating of me.  I will fight and fight, I’ll get up to win, but there’s no one who will keep me down, I’m a winner.

Wilder did a good job at the weekend on Stiverne and he’s lit up the heavyweight division. Without a doubt Klitschko is the number one and the linear champion and naturally you want to beat the man who beat the man, so he’s my first choice. Then I’d love to meet Wilder who’s made some noises after his win about facing me which I’ll gladly accommodate, but let Wilder bask in his moment of glory for a while longer because that will soon come to an end.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “Inactivity is the worse thing for a boxer, the name of the game is to keep busy and Tyson can’t sit around waiting for Klitschko so he’s taking this very dangerous and risky fight against Hammer who’s the number three ranked in the world.  Tyson has everything to lose and Hammer has everything to gain from this so Tyson knows what’s on the line and what he stands to lose, but you just can’t bet against a man like Tyson.”

“The heavyweight division has certainly come alive again with Wilder’s win over Stiverne at the weekend and it’s definitely spiced things up and brought back some much needed excitement into boxing’s flagship weight class.  The heavyweights have become fashionable again with Wilder and Fury in the top of the mix and whilst I don’t want to look beyond Hammer, the thought of Fury against Wilder, over here in the UK, would be the biggest heavyweight fight in the last 10 years.”


January 19, 2015
January 19, 2015
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USA Knockouts defeat Argentina in Buenos Aires

THE 2015 World Series of Boxing season got off to a roaring start for the USA Knockouts on Saturday, January 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The United States squad won four of the five bouts with two of the victories coming by way of knockout at the Stadium of Argentina Boxing Federation. Bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas), light welterweight Tyrek Irby (Oxon Hill, Md.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.), and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) all recorded victories in Saturday’s season opener.
Martinez kicked off the U.S. winning streak in his bantamweight bout with Elias Nahuel Gonzalez. The American boxer showed no sign of nerves in his WSB opener, stepping straight to Gonzalez. Martinez focused heavily on body shots and the judges rewarded him with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory.
Irby was the next USA Knockout to take the ring in Argentina and he set the tone early in his bout with the Condors’ Lucas Gimenez. He took control in the second round, landing a four-punch combination to send his opponent to the canvas. The referee stopped the bout at the :20 mark in the second round, giving Irby a TKO win in his World Series of Boxing debut.
Campbell had a tough act to follow but he didn’t disappoint in his middleweight contest with Argentina’s Kevin Caceres. He wasted no time in his return to World Series of Boxing competition, dropping Caceres with 20 seconds remaining in the first round. The Condor boxer couldn’t continue and Campbell won a first round knockout to open the 2015 season.
Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) put on a strong performance in his first World Series of Boxing, but dropped his light flyweight bout with Junior Zarate by a 3-0 score.
Heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) received a walkover victory in Saturday’s team match competition.
The other half of the USA Knockouts will compete in the second bout of the season on Saturday, January 24 in a contest with the Italia Thunder at the Miccouskee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami, Fla. Flyweight Brent Venegas III (Sacramento, Calif.), lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.), light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) will all open competition next week in south Florida.
The 2015 season of World Series of Boxing marks the beginning of international qualifying for the Olympic Games with 17 spots up for grabs, the most ever in WSB competition. Two Olympic berths will be granted in the flyweight (112 lbs) – light heavyweight (178 lbs) divisions and one boxer in the light flyweight, heavyweight and super-heavyweight classes will qualify for Rio de Janeiro.

Cuba Domadores begin a perfect defence of their WSB title against Morocco Atlas Lions

Defending World Series of Boxing (WSB) Champions Cuba Domadores opened up their Season V campaign with a resounding victory over debutants Morocco Atlas Lions.

Havana was the location for a convincing 5-0 victory for Cuba, but Morocco will take confidence from many of the fights, as their talented fighters never gave up.

Cuba’s 2013 AIBA Junior World Champion Joahnys Oscar Argilagos Perez opened the evening off with a bang at Light flyweight (49) kg winning comfortably on points against Moroccan National Champion Zouhair El Bekkali.

Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez is one of the smoothest boxers in WSB, and the Cuban cantered to an easy Bantamweight (56 kg) victory over Mohamed VI Trophy winner Mohamed Hamout.

Two-time AIBA World Championships silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist Yasniel Toledo took his overall WSB record to 6-2 after defeating Morocco’s Hamza El Barbari for the second time in months at Light welterweight (64 kg), while Arlen Lopez is a boxer to watch this season in the Middleweight (75 kg), with the dominant Domadores star stopping Olympic Badreddine Haddioui in the third round.

WSB boxer of Season IV Erislandy Savon sealed the whitewash 5-0 victory for Cuba, taking his WSB record to 9-0 at Heavyweight (91 kg) when he stopped Amine Azzouzi in just 51 seconds.

Awesome Astana Arlans Kazakhstan dominate Caciques Venezuela in opening WSB contest

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan are one of the favourites to top Group B, and they began Season V of World Series of Boxing (WSB) with a resounding 5-0 win over debutants Caciques Venezuela.

The Light flyweights (49 kg) opened the action at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, with home favourite Mardan Berikbayev winning a unanimous points decision over Venezuela’s rookie Yoel Finol, who pushed the Kazak star all the way.

WSB veteran Bantamweight (56 kg) Meirbolat Toitov then won a wide points decision over Venezuela’s José Vicente Azocar, before Samat Bashenov eventually won a close points win against Venezuela’s Luis Arcón.

The dominance continued at Middleweight (75 kg) as Kazakhstan’s exciting Meiirim Nursultanov stopped Juan Rodríguez in the fourth round, a surprise result considering the past WSB experience of Rodríguez.

Another stoppage occurred in the last fight at Heavyweight (91kg) with Vasiliy Levit continuing his menacing form from Season IV as he stopped Alfonso Flores at the end of round three.

Azerbaijan Baku Fires enjoy wide opening victory against Italia Thunder

A battle of two World Series of Boxing (WSB) superpowers opened up Season V in Group B, and Azerbaijan Baku Fires enjoyed an impressive 4-1 home victory over the always dangerous Italia Thunder.

The fans at the Guba Olympic Complex were treated to five fights of supreme quality, which fully displayed the international flavour and talent that the competition enjoys.

Italy enjoyed their sole victory in the first fight, with dynamic Light flyweight (49 kg) Paddy Barnes showcasing all of the characteristics which have earned him two Olympic medals as he won a wide points victory over Azerbaijan’s Magomed Ibiyev.

Michael Conlan, an Irish teammate of Barnes who also competes for Italia Thunder could not keep the winning run going at Bantamweight (56 kg) he he lost a close points decision to Magomed Gurbanov who maintained his winning WSB run.

Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev has been one of the standout Light welterweights (64 kg) across WSB history, and he showed why he is a legend of the competition as he dropped just one round according to one judge against Italy’s Olympic and AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Vincenzo Mangiacapre.

A close contest at Middleweight (75 kg) followed, and Belarus Middleweight (75 kg) Mikalai Vesialou won the contest for Astana Arlans with a tight split decision win over Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro who will take confidence from his performance in the fight.

Powerful Heavyweight (91 kg) Abdulkadir Abdullayev continued his excellent form against Italian boxers in the last fight in Guba, as he knocked out Fabio Turchi towards the end of the third round.

A night of stoppages in Puerto Rico as The Hurricanes win over Rafako Hussars Poland

It was a dream World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut for Puerto Rico Hurricanes, as they stormed to a 3-2 win over WSB veterans Rafako Hussars Poland.

Coliseíto Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan saw five superb fights of much quality, with Puerto Rico winning the first three contests, before Poland hit back with a brace of victories.

Light flyweight (49 kg) and Olympian Anthony Ortiz began the night off in style for the Hurricanes as he comfortably dispatched Poland’s Dawid Jagodzinsk on points.

At Bantamweight (56 kg), Puerto Rico’s Garibaldy Gomez superbly stopped Poland’s Marek Pietruczuk in round one of their contest, a result which has sent shockwaves throughout the entire Bantamweight division.

Not much was known of Jan Rivera prior to his Light welterweight (64 kg) fight, but the Puerto Rican reacted superbly well to losing the first round against Damian Kiwior by taking all but one of the remaining rounds to seal the victory for Puerto Rico.

In WSB however, all bouts count towards the group tables, and Poland’s Igor Jakubowski relied on all of his three prior seasons of WSB experience to knock out Middleweight Jean Alicea in the third round.

Heavyweight (91 kg) Igor Jakubowski claimed Poland’s second victory of the evening in the last fight, as he stopped home star in round one.

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January 19, 2015
January 19, 2015
Lucas Browne

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LUCAS BROWNE has placed Deontay Wilder on his hit list, but first he’s keen to square off with WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev.

The hard-hitting Aussie is rated at number seven in the world by the WBC and is a legitimate contender for the title Wilder won by outpointing Bermane Stiverne in Las Vegas at the weekend.

However, he is currently the highest available challenger with the WBA and feels a shot could be just around the corner as Chageav needs to make a defence quickly due to him already surpassing the organisation’s rules.

As the championship was vacant prior to Chagaev beating Fres Oquendo last July, he is obligated to agree a defence within 180 days, but more than 190 days have passed since and an opponent has not been named.

Only Bryant Jennings and Alexander Povetkin stand ahead of Browne in the WBA’s latest rankings (the number one spot is vacant due to Luis Ortiz failing a drug test). Jennings, however, is set to face Wladimir Klitschko in April, while Povetkin is going down the WBC route.

“Chagaev is already in breach of the WBA’s rules so he’s going to have to fight someone soon or get stripped,” Browne, 22-0 (19 KOs), said.

“Jennings and Povetkin are doing other things so I’m next in line for a shot and I’m ready to fight him now. I’ll take him on whenever he wants, wherever he wants.

“I’m ready for any fighter in the world and I think is going to be the year when Australia finally gets a world heavyweight champion of its own.

“My plan is to be beat Chagaev and then go after Wilder in a unification. Wilder did well to outbox Stiverne at the weekend, but let’s be honest, Stiverne hadn’t really beaten anyone himself other than Chris Arreola.

“Although I give Wilder a lot of credit and congratulate him on the win, I still think there’s a lot of questions to be answered and I honestly believe he’ll be on the canvas sleeping if I connect with his chin.”

Matt Clark, Browne’s co-manager, said: “We are hopeful that the WBA enforce their own rules and dictate to Chagaev that he is to face his highest available challenger, which is Lucas. He’s been knocking on the door for some time now and we believe that a fight with Chagaev will further electrify the heavyweight division.

“Lucas is prepared to face Deontay Wilder, who boxed well on the weekend. If Wilder wants to have his first defence in Alabama, Lucas Browne will happily go into the lion’s den. He fears no man.”


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