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August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015

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JOSH WARRINGTON says he’ll add a win against Joel Brunker to wins for the Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United at the First Direct Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Warrington defends his WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles against the Australian – but with Brunker last in the UK against Lee Selby, this fight is seen as a yardstick for Warrington’s preparedness for the world scene.

The Rhinos thumped Hull KR 50-0 in the Rugby League Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday while United claimed their first win in the Championship this season by beating Derby County 2-1, and Warrington believes those successes will galvanise his already fanatical support to create a feverish atmosphere on Saturday.

“The city is on a high right now and I want to capitalise on that on Saturday,” said Warrington. “It’s a special feeling standing on that ramp getting ready to walk to the ring. Even in the weeks beforehand there’s a massive buzz around the city with everyone getting excited about the fight and getting ready for the atmosphere – that’s got its own reputation now with people coming from all over to sample it, and it’s just getting bigger and bigger now.

“With that type of support behind me I can go on and win a world title, I know that. I want to deliver for them.

“I’ve had a busy year already and I think the rest has done me the world of good. I wanted to return with a big test and that’s what I have got. I got some stick for not getting Dennis Tubieron out of there but i was in a catch-22 situation. If I had blasted him away people would have said that I was just fighting a bantamweight or flyweight or whatever people would’ve said I was facing. That’s just the way it is now, I’m rising up the rankings and people are going to try to shoot you down. I just keep getting in there and doing my best.”

Warrington’s clash with Brunker is part of a huge night of action in Yorkshire as Martin Murray faces Jose Miguel Torres for the WBA Inter Continental Super Middleweight title.

There’s a pair of English title bouts as Andy Townend defends his Super Featherweight crown against Lee Glover while Isaac Lowe and Jamie Speight contest the vacant Featherweight strap, Tony Bellew continues his march to a Cruiserweight World title fight and unbeaten Birmingham Super Flyweight star Kal Yafai is in action.

August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015
Jamie McDonnell

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IT was back in May that Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell pulled off one of British boxing’s most majestic away days when he overcame the challenge of Tomoki Kameda in Texas. This weekend, McDonnell returns to the scene of his most accomplished performance to date as he aims to oust the Japanese darling one more time to complete a memorable double over the excellent Asian. McDonnell’s trainer, Dave Coldwell, played his part in spring’s upset and he cuts a confident pose when discussing McDonnell’s chances.

“It’s a fight the team is well prepared because we’re well aware that defeat would’ve hurt Kameda first time around and he’ll be desperate to prove a point. Just because we’ve got the job done before doesn’t mean this fight is any easier. I like to think I’ve been around a long time to be anything less than 100% professional and Jamie is exactly the same. The first result means nothing going into this one and we’re more than prepared for whatever Kameda brings to the table. This is a fight featuring two world class fighters in their prime but I firmly believe that Jamie just has that little bit more to get him over the line.”

McDonnell’s surprise victory last time out is an accomplishment which has thus far been restricted to the boundaries of the boxing community with the performance receiving hardly any mainstream attention despite the enormity of the task. A repeat on Sunday, which is to be televised live on Sky Sports, is certain to make McDonnell a frontrunner for British Boxer of the Year awards at the calendar’s end and Coldwell is hopeful that his charge finally gets the recognition his performances merit.

“In terms of recent form, it’s hard to name a British fighter who’s done much more than Jamie. He’s been the underdog on several occasions but he keeps coming away with victories against good guys at a very high level. There was a huge buzz around Kameda before the first fight but Jamie didn’t let that get to him once as he knew what he was capable of. British boxing has been on a high for a number of years now and I’m of the belief that Jamie has more than contributed his fair share. Sunday could be his last fight at bantamweight before he sets his sights on some of the big names at super-bantam so he’s desperate to leave his mark on the division. I’m very confident that he’ll do just that.”


August 30, 2015
August 30, 2015
Wladimir Klitschko

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko attends the Sports For Peace Fundraising Ball at The V&A in London July 25, 2012. REUTERS/ Ki Price (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT SPORT BOXING) Picture Supplied by Action Images

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WHEN Wladimir Klitschko defends his titles against Tyson Fury at ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on October 24, another Brit will be dazzling the fans – even before the fight’s first round: rock icon Rod Stewart is going to open the night of the epic fight with an exclusive performance presented by RTL Television. Stewart’s performance will also celebrate the worldwide release of his highly-anticipated new studio album “Another Country”, which will be released just one day before the prize fight, on October 23.

Wladimir Klitschko said, “I am a big fan of Rod Stewart but unfortunately, I have not been able to join any of his concerts yet. He is a megastar, one of the biggest entertainers of all time. Presenting him live before my heavyweight world championship is awesome. It’s entertainment at its best for the fans at the stadium and those watching at home.”

“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this historic boxing match and look forward to performing for the fans in Germany and around the world,” says Stewart. “I’ll warm-up the stage for Wladimir and Tyson — but keep your gloves off until I’ve cleared out!”

August 28, 2015
August 28, 2015

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FORMER three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) returns to his hometown looking for a fourth world title as he faces fellow former world champion Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA Super Lightweight world title on Saturday, October 3 live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the co-feature, undefeated IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against veteran former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).

“I’m excited to be back in Cincinnati taking on a tough world class fighter who is going to bring it,” said Broner. “This fight means the world to me. It’s a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old.”

“Broner is a good boxer, he is a fast and talented guy, but as a man I don’t have anything good to say about him,” said Allakhverdiev. “I am looking forward to a world championship winning performance and I know that if he tries to do something to get in my head, to approach me or to push me that I will be as restrained as possible and save my anger for fight night.”

“I’m very excited to be back on Showtime defending my title,” said Pedraza. “This is another step in the direction of becoming a superstar in the sport of boxing.  I will be victorious and make my island proud.”

“I’m in a tough fight on October 3 but I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Cherry. “This is nothing new for me. I’m not taking Pedraza lightly. He’s a champion for a reason. This is something that comes once in a lifetime and I’m going all-in to win this title.”

August 28, 2015
August 28, 2015
Anthony Crolla-Darleys Perez

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ANTHONY CROLLA will face Darleys Perez in a rematch for the WBA World Lightweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 21, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla and Perez clashed in the same venue in July where Perez kept hold of his title via a majority draw despite a tremendous performance from Crolla and having two points deducted in the second half of the fight for low blows.

The WBA granted Crolla a second crack at the Colombian and promoter Eddie Hearn completed the deal with ‘Million Dollar’ once again facing the champion in front of a his passionate home crowd.

“I’m so pleased for Anthony that he gets another bite of the cherry on November 21 in his home city,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I haven’t found anyone yet who didn’t feel that he won the first fight but that’s in the past now and he has to make this count. I feel like he is destined to win a World title and on November 21 on a huge night for Manchester and British boxing, I truly believe his dreams will come true.”


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WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight Champion Mitchell Smith is relishing his ‘homecoming’ at Harrow Leisure Centre on Friday 30th October when he headlines a show for the first time.

The unbeaten ace from Harrow Weald makes the second defence of the title against George Jupp and is looking to put on a stunning performance in front of his home fans, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Mitchell was in sensational form last month when he destroyed Dennis Tubieron inside one round with an explosive right hand to the Filipino’s body and broke his rib. The win sent out a firm message seeing that Tubieron faced Josh Warrington in the fight before Mitchell and went the full twelve round distance.

Now the 22-year-old hot shot, ranked number eight in the WBO, aims to do a similar job on Jupp before moving forward on the world scene.

“It’s fantastic to be fighting in Harrow for the first time and giving my family and friends a great night of action,” Said Mitchell.

“The venue is on my front doorstep and it’s also the first boxing gym I walked into and started training at so it’s nice top a show back where I started,”

“Like Tubieron, I’ll be looking to do a statement against Jupp. I can’t see him offering me a challenge though. We’ve sparred before and I’ll be 100 percent switched on and focussed on him. I’ll still be working my ass off in training because I know that he’ll be trying to take away what I have and what I’m going to achieve.”

“I know a lot about Jupp and he knows a lot about me. He’s a got a jab, but that’s about all. He’s going to be running scared on the night and there’s only so long you can run, I’ve got great distance and timing and I’m going to catch him either in the first or the second and when I do lets see how he reacts,”

“Of course I’m very happy with the performance last time against Tubieron and the way I ended it, that’s in the past now and I won’t just settle with that as I’m always looking for ways to improve and better myself. I’m very heavy handed and know the damage that I can do with my punches as you’ll see against Jupp.”

Jupp, the Southern Area Champion, from Belvedere, South East London, disputes Smith’s comments and says he’ll come out the winner of the clash.

“I’ll let him Smith run his mouth off as he does enough talking for pair of us, but I’ll be closing his mouth on the night,” Said Jupp.

“We both know that it’s going to be a tough fight, I’ve spared with him a long time ago and Mitchell is a good fighter. I’m not walking into this blind, we’ve both come on a lot since we sparred and it wasn’t as one sided as he’s making out. In fact he’s deluded!”

“He’s not as heavy-handed as he thinks he is. The punch he did Tubieron wouldn’t have knocked me out. He’s fighting a real super-featherweight now and lets see if can do the same. We’ve been on each other’s radar for while now, but one things for sure I’m coming out the winner.”

It’s a big night for the Smith family with Mitchell’s younger brother Jez, 21, fighting on the undercard – the first time the brothers have fought on the same card together as amateur or pro.

The unbeaten welterweight is 3-0 with two KO’s and is developing into an exciting prospect like his older sibling.

Mitchell added, “It’s also going to be a great night for my brother Jez who fights on Frank Warren’s show for the first time. He’s a fantastic prospect and one to watch out for. The tickets are great value for money as you get two Smiths, double the action, double the knockouts and double the entertainment for the price of one ticket!”

Promoter Frank Warren said, “I’m really excited with Mitchell and his development to date. He’s a fantastic fighter who reminds of a young Naseem Hamed. He’s exciting, he likes to thrill fans, he’s got flair, fast hands and explosive punching power, there’s no fear in him and he feeds off the buzz of the crowd. I really can’t wait to see him in action in the new season ahead.”

An action packed show features two more title fights on the card with Mitchell’s gym-mate Miles Shinkin challenging for the English Light-Heavyweight title against the champion from County Durham, Travis Dickenson, plus red hot light-heavyweight Tom Baker from Chingford facing Margate’s Jack Morris for the Vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight Championship.

The undercard features a host of top talents: Islington light-middleweight Georgie Kean vs Brighton’s Nathan Macintosh; West Ham light-middleweight Sam McNess vs Kevin McCauley; Ilford light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde vs Derby’s Elvis Dube; Acton flyweight Prince Patel; Chingford lightweight Archie Sharp vs Hereford’s Dean Evans; the professional debut of West Ham light-welterweight Ben Smith and also Sidcup’s light-welterweight D.P Carr who takes on Trowbridge’s Dan Carr.

Dillian Whyte

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Dillian Whyte will face Dominick Guinn for the WBC International Silver Heavyweight title at The O2 in London on September 12, live on Sky Sports.

Whyte fights for his first title in the capital against the American and the Brixton man will look to land the belt in style and add to his impressive 12 stoppage wins and unbeaten 15 fight record.

Guinn brings the power of 24 KOs from 35 wins over the Atlantic, and the experienced Texan – known as ‘The Southern Disaster’ – will be out to inflict a first career loss on Whyte. Guinn has previous with British big guns having beaten Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison back in 2006 and his CV includes going the distance with Tomasz Adamek, Kubrat Pulev, James Toney and Tony Thompson.

Whyte has his sights set on show headliner Anthony Joshua who faces unbeaten Scotsman Gary Cornish for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title – victory for Joshua and Whyte will see the pair renew their rivalry at the same venue on December 12.

Dave Ryan and John Wayne Hibbert clash in a rematch of their fantastic battle at The O2 in May with Ryan defending his Commonwealth and WBC International Light Welterweight titles – that clash will be of great interest to four other light-welterweights who face-off in Greenwich, with Ricky Boylan meeting Danny Connor in a Carshalton derby and unbeaten 21 year old Tommy Martin facing Luton’s Michael Devine.

Charlie Edwards challenges for his first pro title against English flyweight champion Louis Norman, and there’s a host of talented young stars on the card with unbeaten prospects Ohara Davies, Reece Belotti and Lucien Reid, while Ted Cheeseman and Jake Ball make their debuts.