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April 24, 2015
April 24, 2015
Nicola Adams

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OLYMPIC champion, Nicola Adams, has withdrawn from this weekend’s England Boxing Elite National Championships following a break-in at her home in Leeds which resulted in the theft of two cars and a number of items including training kit and valuable personal possessions.

Nicola and family members were home at the time however they were not aware of the break-in and nobody was harmed.

Nicola Adams explained: “Nothing makes me prouder than boxing on home ground with the support I get from the nation. So, after much thought and discussion with England Boxing, I’m deeply regretful to have to pull out. It’s not an easy time for me and my family. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support – the boxing team, the police and all my supporters.”

Mark Abberley, Chief Executive, England Boxing said: “The most important thing is that Nicola and her family were unharmed and our thoughts and best wishes are with them.

“We were looking forward to Nicola taking part in the first ever England Boxing Championships in which the men and women’s finals are held as part of the same tournament, however it is completely understandable that Nicola does not feel in any fit state to compete and we wish her all the very best in coming to terms with this upsetting incident.”

April 22, 2015
April 22, 2015
Rocky Fielding

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ROCKY FIELDING will face Brian Vera in a huge super-middleweight clash in the summer.

The popular Liverpool man faces the Texan on a date and an venue to be confirmed next week, as Fielding looks for a big win on his CV to serve notice of his intentions at world level.

Fielding returned to action in March in Hull after damaging his hand in his destructive dismissal of former world title challenger Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in July in Liverpool, and the 27-year-old will take a big step-up in class when he meets the 33-year-old.

Vera holds impressive wins over Andy Lee, Sergio Mora and Serhiy Dzinziruk as well as taking Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr the distance twice – and promoter Eddie Hearn believes that the fight will represent a watershed night in Fielding’s rise to the top.

“I have been working on getting Brian over here for a while and I think it’s the perfect test for Rocky,” said Hearn. “Brian has mixed at top level and is always in all action fights. We are working on the date now and this will be confirmed next week.”

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April 21, 2015
April 21, 2015
MitchellSmith

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BRITISH talent Mitchell Smith will step down to featherweight and challenge Chilean Christian Palma for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 9th May.

The Harrow Weald star has been campaigning in the super-featherweight division since turning pro in 2012; winning the Southern Area, English and WBO European titles; a world number 15 ranking in the WBO and an unbeaten 11-fight record.

Smith, 22, sees his future for now in the 126lb division and has set his sights on the world title currently held by Vasyl Lomachenko.  A win against Palma will see him crash into the top ten and start working towards the top Ukrainian.

Palma, from Lautaro, has the experience over Mitchell with 30 fights under his belt and has been in with a number of top fighters around the weight.  In his last fight in April he extended unbeaten Italian prospect Carmine Tommasone the twelve round distance and big-hitting Smith will be looking to halt Palma to make a statement.

“I’ll definitely be hitting harder and faster in the featherweights and I’ll be showing just what I can do  against Palma,” Said Smith.

“I can make featherweight comfortably and I’m confident that I can win a world title at the weight, when I set myself a target and I go out and achieve it.  I believe that I’ll win a world title at this weight quicker than at super-feather,”

“I’m still only 22 and as I mature and get physically stronger at least I know that there are two doors open for me at both weights and I could move up again at some point in the future, but right now my future is at featherweight and breaking into the top ten after this fight,”

“Lomachenko is the WBO world champion and the one that I’ve got my sights on.  He’s very slick, but I know I’d find a way to win against him.  I’m a good few fights away from him yet, but once I win this title he’ll be lighting up on my radar.

“Palma is my first South American opponent and I know he’ll be a tough customer, but it’s a good learning fight for me and I’ll get some experience from it as I’ll improve my game.  He extended young prospect Tommasone in his last fight, who’s had a similar amount of fights as me, and a number of other prospects so it will be a good result if I stop him,”

“I’ll be looking for the KO against Palma, if it comes great, but I’m ready to put on a dominant performance over twelve rounds.”

April 21, 2015
April 21, 2015
JAMES DEGALEPIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

JAMES DEGALE PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

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JAMES DEGALE will challenge Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF World Super Middleweight title at the Agganis Arena in Boston on May 23, live on Sky Sports.

DeGale is aiming to make history on the east coast as the first British Olympic gold medal winner to win a World title, and the 29 year old is convinced he will do so in style against the Michigan southpaw who is aiming to land a World title for the first time after losing to Carl Froch in Nottingham in his previous attempt back in October 2009.

DeGale is back in the gym to resume his training camp after a week off following the announcement of the May date, and the Harlesden ace says that rest has done him the world of good as he closes in on his destiny.

“I’ve had a week off, I feel refreshed and I am right back on it now,” said DeGale. “I don’t think that you can over-train but you can under-rest – when you are trained by Jim McDonnell and you have done eight weeks already, you know he doesn’t mess around in the gym – he pushes me hard every day and he told me that I needed to have a full week off, no thinking about boxing, no running, no training. I needed it and now I feel fantastic and my focus is complete.

“My time is here and I am going to be crowned the IBF World champion. Travelling doesn’t worry me – I like it. As an amateur I travelled all over the world and came home with medals, especially at the Olympics, so when the pressure is on and I am a little nervous, that’s when I come into my own, I relish it.”

April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015
Ishe Smith

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JUST two days before the historic showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather Promotions will give boxing fans a special treat on Cinco De Mayo weekend when they present the “Sin City Showdown” on Thursday, April 30 headlined by former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) taking on the hard-fighting Cecil McCalla (20-1, 7 KOs) live on a special Thursday edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort.

In the evening’s co-main event welterweight contender Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (37-6-1, 11 KOs) will battle Mahonri Montes (29-4-1, 20 KOs). Also featured in televised action is exciting knockout artist Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (11-1, 9 KOs) duking it out with Eddie Hunter (10-12-2, 3 KOs).

Live coverage will begin at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider. In addition, ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates will carry the fights live.

Further undercard action features a slew of Mayweather Promotions rising stars including Lanell “KO” Bellows (11-1-1 7 KOs) taking on Tyrell Hendrix (11-6-2, 4 KOs), plus  Juan Heraldez (6-0, 5 KOs), Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (6-0, 1 KO) and Kevin “The Second Coming” Newman (1-0-1) competing in separate bouts against opponents to be determined.

“Headlining in my hometown of Las Vegas is always a great thrill and I will not disappoint all the people who come out to watch me fight,” said Smith. “I have aspirations of getting another world title belt and this fight is my first step towards getting another opportunity.”

“I’m thrilled to get back in the ring and show the world what ‘The Treasure’ is all about,” said Theophane. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me and I am going to make the most of it.”

“While the fight the whole world is waiting for takes place Saturday, Mayweather Promotions is extremely pleased to put on a great night of fights at Palms Casino Resort just days before,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Ishe Smith is an accomplished former world champion and Ashley Theophane is an exciting welterweight who always comes to fight.”

“We’re thrilled to host another great match with Mayweather Promotions,” said Billy Conn, Vice President of Entertainment and Special Events for The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort. “There’s a lot of excitement in the air for boxing fans and this is a great opportunity to see some amazing fighters leading up to the big fight.”

After a long career that saw him go from the world of reality television as a star on “The Contender” to competing at the top level at 154 and 160 pounds, Smith, 36, finally put it all together in 2010, beginning a four-fight winning streak that culminated in a decision win over Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF super welterweight world title in Feb. 2013, becoming the first native Las Vegan to ever win a world title.  He subsequently lost his title on September 14, 2013 by a close split decision to the always-tough Carlos Molina. A knockout victory over Ryan Davis gave Smith another title shot as he challenged Erislandy Lara in Dec. 2014. Smith fought well but was beaten by Lara via unanimous decision.

After an extended amateur career in which he competed in nearly 100 fights, McCalla is looking to bounce back from his first career defeat when he battles Smith. He dropped a narrow split-decision in Jan. 2015 to Chris van Heerden but had won his previous 20 bouts to start his pro career. The 30-year-old fights out of Baltimore and will make his Las Vegas boxing debut on April 30.

An experienced contender from London but fighting out of Las Vegas, Theophane is looking to build on his current four fight win streak when he enters the ring on April 30. The 34-year-old has been in the ring with many 140 and 147-pound contenders including Danny Garcia and Pablo Cesar Cano, losing by narrow split-decision to both. Most recently he dominated Miguel Zuniga on his way to a unanimous decision in Dec. 2014.

Sporting a 55-5 record as an amateur, the heavy-fisted Montes looks to make it back-to-back wins when he takes on Theophane. The 25-year-old is experienced beyond his years as he has fought frequently since turning pro in 2006. He earned a shot at former world champion Humberto Soto in 2013 but dropped the bout by unanimous decision. Most recently the fighter out of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico defeated previously undefeated Diego Cruz in Oct. 2014.

A threat to deliver a big knockout every time he enters the ring, Gavril hopes to bounce back from his first professional loss when he battles Hunter. The 28-year-old dropped a close decision to longtime contender Elvin Ayala on March 28 but had previously won nine of his first 11 pro fights by knockout. Born in Romania, but fighting out of Las Vegas, Gavril looks to get back on the right track on April 30.

The 28-year-old Hunter has lost his last three fights but has certainly faced tough competition having battled undefeated fighters in 13 of his pro fights. Fighting out of Seattle, Hunter will look to pull off an upset on April 30 in Las Vegas.

April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015
BOXING

MATCHROOM SPORT METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG HEAVYWEIGHT CONTEST BETWEEN ANTHONY JOSHUA (WINNER WHITE SHORTS) AND JASON GAVERN

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ANTHONY JOSHUA will face Rafael Zumbano Love in his Midlands debut at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.

Joshua returned to action in Newcastle on April 4 with a third round stoppage win over American Jason Gavern, and the Olympic Heavyweight gold medal hero will be looking to sharpen his tools in explosive fashion in Birmingham before facing Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on May 30. Love will provide a stiff test for Joshua, with the durable 6ft 4in challenger going the distance with Shannon Briggs for the NABA heavyweight title in June 2014 and landed the WBC Latino belt and vacant South American title with a first round KO on Saturday.

Joshua’s clash with the former Brazilian Heavyweight champion joins a star-studded line-up with all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington’s first major title shot as he faces Joseph Lamptey for the vacant Commonwealth Welterweight title vacated by Frankie Gavin.

Birmingham’s Kal Yafai faces Rey Megrino for the WBC silver flyweight title, Blackpool favourite Brian Rose is looking to make quick progress as he moves up to Middleweight and there is a welcome return to action for Liverpool’s super-middleweight star Callum Smith.

World-rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he targets a World title shot, with a shot fellow Irishman Andy Lee on the top of his wish-list and Kal’s unbeaten brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks.

It’s a huge night of boxing on Sky Sports with the coverage of our big fight night in the second city joined by two massive fights from Hidalgo, Texas as WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell meets WBO king Tomoki Kameda and former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns tackles unbeaten former Lightweight World champion Omar Figueroa.

“I’m excited to bring Anthony to the Midlands in our first show there for over 13 years,” said Hearn. “It’s a big night for a number of Midlanders as Kal Yafai takes a huge stride towards a World title shot, Matthew Macklin returns to the ring chasing a World title shot later this year and Sam Eggington looks to continue his March in the 147lbs division. There is the long awaited return of Callum Smith from injury and Brian Rose begins his campaign in the Middleweight division.”

April 19, 2015
April 19, 2015
Paddy Barnes

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Captivating Caciques Venezuela defeat Italia Thunder in Maiquetía

Caciques Venezuela recovered from losing the first two legs in Maiquetía to defeat Italia Thunder 3-2 in a pulsating World Series of Boxing (WSB) clash.

The victory for the South American Franchise means they are just a single point behind third placed Italy in the Group B table, with one match of the Regular Season to go.

There was early team and individual success for the Italian team in the opening match of the evening when Ireland’s Paddy Barnes earned his seventh successive victory of the season, and finished top of the Light flyweight (49 kg) rankings after he defeated Venezuela’s Yoel Finol.

Only one Rio 2016 Olympic Games quota was available for the Light flyweights, and Barnes needed to win following Hasanboy Dusmatov’s success on Friday night.

He showed no nerves against Finol, knocking down his opponent in the first round and utilised his power and pressure consistently throughout the fight.

Barnes won 49-45 on two scorecards, while the third judge awarded the contest to the Venezuelan 48-47.

Despite the split decision verdict, the win was enough to send Barnes back to the top of the Light flyweight rankings, and earn him a Rio 2016 quota.

Another Irish fighter to succeed for the Italy on the night was 5-2 Michael Conlan, who also achieved his own Olympic quota by beating José Vicente Azocar.

Conlan began the WSB weekend ranked third at Bantamweight (56 kg), but after Azerbaijan’s Magomed Gurbanov lost in Puerto Rico, his Olympic destiny was secured with a 49-46 win across the board against his South American opponent.

The Irish star expertly displayed his unorthodox style and elusive reflexes en route to the victory, and the valuable second place in the Bantamweight rankings.

Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre headed into his fight with Venezuela’s Luis Arcónknowing that a stoppage or unanimous decision win would not only seal the overall victory for Italy on the night, but also secure a top two ranking in the Light welterweight (64 kg) division and an Olympic quota.

Unfortunately for the Italian he was up against a motivated Arcón who was the busier fighter in the opening three rounds.

Though Mangiacapre made a comeback it was too late, and he lost the match, plus his Olympic opportunities through WSB 48-47 according to all three judges.

The Venezuelan team evened up the match after fight number four at Middleweight (75 kg) when Nalek Rachid Korbaj Barrerra dominated Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro in a very entertaining clash.

With everything to play for heading into the last bout at Heavyweight (91 kg), it was down to either home star Alfonso Flores or Italian debutant Giuseppe Claudio Squeo to become a hero for their team.

Squeo was aggressive in the opening stages of the fight, but Flores remained composed and eventually won on all three scorecards, securing a famous victory for Venezuela which maintains their hopes of reaching the knockout stages in their debut season.

Caciques Venezuela travel to Rafako Hussars Poland in the last week of the Regular Season, while Italia Thunder host Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.

Algeria Desert Hawks win African derby after outperforming Morocco Atlas Lions

The second ever World Series of Boxing (WSB) African derby was won by Algeria Desert Hawks 4-1 over Morocco Atlas Lions.

This was only the second win for Algeria in Season V of WSB, but their wonderful performance more than warranted the victory, and offers sweet revenge after narrowly losing the first derby earlier on in the campaign.

Morocco will be disappointed at losing their first match in four fixtures, but will take some comfort from remaining three places above their African opponents in the Group A table.

Algeria set the template for their overall victory in the first bout of the evening at Light flyweight (49 kg), when Zoheir Toudjine won his first match of the season in five attempts against Zouhair El Bekkali.

No Algerian Light flyweight had achieved success across six fixtures, so Toudjine will be delighted to destroy that record.

The Atlas Lions levelled up the scoring at Bantamweight (56 kg) after 3-2 Mohamed Hamout widely outpointed 0-4 Fahem Hammachi.

Hamout looked excellent in the bout and teamed fast hands with a wide array of shots.

Light welterweight (64 kg) Ahmed Boudiaf recovered from the losing the first round against Morocco’s Hamza El Barbari to win perhaps the most entertaining fight of the night.

Boudiaf took control in round two, before dropping El Barbari in the third frame.

Moments after the knockdown, the ringside doctor ruled that the Moroccan could not continue due to a head injury, which resulted in Algeria’s second win of the evening.

Ilyas Abbadi has been one of Algeria’s most successful boxers this season, and the star enjoyed his fourth successive home win over Said Harnouf to secure the famous victory for his Franchise.

Abbadi delighted the crowd with his entertaining style, and completely dominated Harnouf over the course of their contest.

The win means that Abbadi finishes the Regular Season sixth in the Middleweight (75 kg) rankings.

Another stoppage occurred in the last match of the night when Heavyweight (91 kg)Bouziane Houna finished Amine Azzouzi in round two.

Houna had dropped Azzouzi twice earlier in the round, and after another flurry the referee called an end to the bout.

Algeria Desert Hawks travel to China Dragons next week in the last match of the Regular Season, while Morocco Atlas Lions host Russian Boxing Team.

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan win 13th WSB fight in a row against Argentina Condors

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan recovered from losing the first match of the evening to secure a 4-1 away win in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against Argentina Condors.

Not only was this Kazakhstan’s 13th consecutive win in Season V, but their Heavyweight (91 kg) star Vassiliy Levit also achieved a Rio 2016 Olympic Games quota through WSB after stopping Argentina’s Diego Blanche in the last fight of the evening.

Levit has now won all seven of his bouts this season, and the victory over Blanche represented his fifth TKO success of the campaign.

Only one qualification spot for the Olympic Games next year was available at Heavyweight, but Levit never looked troubled against Banche and dominated throughout the two rounds.

His five stoppages means that he finishes top of the Heavyweight rankings despite achieving the same amount of points as Cuba’s Erislandy Savon, and ensures his Rio 2016 quota as a result of that incredible achievement.

The night began with a rare loss for Kazakhstan after 3-2 Condors Light flyweight (49 kg)Junior Zarate won by unanimous decision over Zhomart Yerzhan.

Zarate was the faster man in the ring, and his aggression ultimately carried him to victory.

Kazakhstan began their comeback at Bantamweight (56 kg) when 2013 AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Kairat Yeraliyev achieved his second victory of the season against debutant Jonathan Emanuel Sanchez.

Astana Arlans took the lead in Argentina in the next fight following Samat Bashenov’s fifth successive WSB win.

Bashenov, the fifth ranked Light welterweight (64 kg) in Season V was excellent in his contest with Lucas Ivan Gimenez and won every round.

The team from Kazakhstan opened up an unassailable 3-1 lead at Middleweight (75 kg) when 2013 AIBA World Champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly defeated Christian Zarateon points.

Alimkhanuly dropped Zarate in round one, but the Argentine fighter was brave and managed to carry on until the end of the contest.

Argentina Condors travel to Azerbaijan Baku Fires next week, while Astana Arlans Kazakhstan visit Italia Thunder.

Revitalized Rafako Hussars Poland dominate USA Knockouts in Szczecin

Rafako Hussars Poland won their penultimate home match in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Regular Season 4-1 against USA Knockouts.

The victory gave a great reward to Poland’s excellent home support in Szczecin, and came as a result of their hard work and dedication.

Poland began the fixture with a 1-0 lead after USA’s Joshua Franco was unable to compete in his Light flyweight (49 kg) match with Dawid Sebastian Jagodzinski.

One victory turned to a second at Bantamweight (56 kg) when Sylwester Kozlowskienjoyed a points win over 4-3 Francisco Martinez.

Kozlowski looked the bigger man in the ring, and was the pressure fighter across the close contest which finished with all three judges awarding the bout to the Polish star.

Martinez started the campaign with four successive wins, and though he has now lost three in a row, the boxer has only just turned 19, and should be proud with how his debut WSB season has gone.

2-1 Tra-Kwon Pettis pulled back a win for the Knockouts at Light welterweight (64 kg) with a wide points decision over Kazimierz Łęgowski.

Pettis utilised fast flurries and used his reach incredibly well which caused significant problems for Łęgowski.

The American comeback was stopped at Middleweight (75 kg) when Tomasz Jablonski enjoyed his sixth victory of the season, and the overall result for Poland against USA’s Anthony Campbell.

Jablonski has been Poland’s best boxer this season, and began this week with an outside chance of earning a Rio 2016 Olympic Games quota through WSB.

Although he defeated Campbell, he ultimately finished third in the Middleweight rankings, and outside of the Olympic qualification places despite having the same amount of points as Arlen Lopez and Petr Khamukov.

Throughout all five rounds of his contest with Campbell, the Polish fighter expertly showed why he has been so successful this season, and his overhand right was a constant weapon.

Poland secured their fourth triumph of the night at Heavyweight (91 kg) when Michal Olasdropped USA’s Joshua Temple en route to a unanimous decision result.

Rafako Hussars host Caciques Venezuela next week in the last match of the group stages, while USA Knockouts are at home to Puerto Rico Hurricanes.

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