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July 16, 2015
July 16, 2015
Anthony Joshua

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ANTHONY JOSHUA will face Gary Cornish in his first major title bout with the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title on the line at The O2 in London on September 12, live on Sky Sports.

Joshua has raced to 13-0 with 13 devastating KO wins since turning pro and now looks to add major belts to his Olympic gold medal, starting with the Commonwealth strap.

Scotsman Cornish will have other ideas though, as the unbeaten IBO Inter-Continental champion looks to travel south of the border and shock Joshua. The 28 year old is no stranger to boxing in London with three of his 12 KO wins from 21 fights coming in the English capital. The clash also represents a return to bigtime heavyweight boxing for Kellie Maloney, who recently joined the Gary Cornish team to assist the Inverness man’s long-term manager and promoter Tommy Gilmour.

Joshua is in the process of turning The O2 into his boxing fortress though having made his debut in stunning style there in October 2013 with a first round KO and followed that with a pair of impressive second round wins at the Greenwich venue – taking out Denis Bakhtov a year after his debut to land the WBC International title and most recently inflicting a first stoppage loss on former World title challenger Kevin Johnson in May. Joshua and Cornish will come face-to-face for the first time on Monday at a press conference in London.

There is a bumper card packed with cracking action in support as Dave Ryan and John Wayne Hibbert return to the venue of their brilliant battle in May, where Ryan claimed a ninth round win having hit the canvas twice in the first half of the fight.

Brixton’s Dillian Whyte will have his eyes on the main event on the night as he looks at a fight with the winner in the winter and continues his preparation having already been added to the card in Hull on August 1, where Joshua’s fellow Olympic gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE meets Tommy Coyle, live on Sky Sports.

Unbeaten St. Neots talent Tommy Martin faces Islington’s Charlie Rice, there’s a local derby between Ricky Boylan and Danny Connor, Watford starlet Reece Bellotti will be looking to extend  his hot KO run to three since his May debut and there are pro bows on the card for bright young prospects Ted Cheeseman and Jake Ball.


July 15, 2015
July 15, 2015

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ANTHONY CROLLA says he knows he has to put in the performance of his life to take Darleys Perez’s WBA World Lightweight title from him on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena live on Sky Sports – and has promised his fans that he will deliver.

Crolla had a January World title shot at Richar Abril cruelly taken from him when he was brutally attacked when interrupting burglars at his neighbour’s home in Chadderton in December, with the fractured skull and broken ankle destroying that fight.

It has been a gruelling road back from ‘Million Dollar’, but he returned to the gym and moulded himself into the best shape of his life ahead of his clash with the classy Colombian, and the 28 year old believes he will grab his destiny with both hands on Saturday night.

“I need a career-best performance on Saturday night to win,” said Crolla. “But the way I have prepared and the way I feel physically and mentally, I know I can bring that performance out of myself. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere and those fans will drive me onto victory.

“Physically I am in the best shape of my life, without a shadow of a doubt. Fighters never say otherwise, but my camp has been brilliant. I’ve had no injuries or niggles, which is a relief after everything that happened. I’m in a brilliant place and ready to become World champion.

“Stylistically, Perez and Abril are very different and styles make fights. I think it will be a better fight to watch as our styles will gel well. Perez is a very good fighter, he’s got power in both hands and he’s a very good counter-puncher. I know I have to be switched on from the word go.

“Tactics are going to be important on Saturday night and with Joe Gallagher in my corner, I know he will have left no stone unturned in setting up the game plan.”

Crolla’s date with destiny against Perez is part of a huge night of World title action in Manchester as Crolla’s gym-mate Scott Quigg defends his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez.

There’s a pair of tasty tussles for vacant British titles as stylish duo Chris Jenkins and Tyrone Nurse lock horns for the Light Welterweight strap and big hitting pair Sam Eggington and Glenn Foot promise a war for the Welterweight crown.

St. Helens’ Martin Murray boxes at super-middleweight for the second time in quick succession as he targets some huge domestic battles at 168lbs, and there’s a host of young talent on display in unbeaten Gallagher’s gym duo Hosea Burton and Marcus Morrison, while there are outings for Prizefighter Lightweight champion Jono Carroll, former Team GB starlet Charlie Edwards, Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders, Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Chapel-en-le-Firth’s Jack Massey.


July 15, 2015
July 15, 2015
Marlen Esparza

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USA Boxing’s Pan American Games team closed their training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday in preparation for today’s departure for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

The 11-athlete team will travel to Toronto from Colorado Springs this morning after two and a half weeks at the training center. Upon arrival in Canada, the squad will go through team processing before checking in to the athlete village where they will live and train through their departure on July 27. Team USA will undergo final preparations alongside their fellow Pan American nations at the boxing training facility in the athlete village until competition begins on Saturday.

The 11 athletes representing the United States in Pan American Games boxing competition will be: men’s light flyweight national champion Melik Elliston (Denver, Colo.), women’s flyweight Olympic bronze medalist and World Champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), men’s flyweight national champion Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.), men’s bantamweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas), men’s lightweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), men’s light welterweight national champion Luis Feliciano (Milwaukee, Wis.), men’s welterweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.), women’s middleweight Olympic and World Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.), men’s middleweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.), men’s light heavyweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion Steven Nelson (Omaha, Neb.) and multi-time super heavyweight national champion Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas).

The Pan American Games boxing tournament draw will take place on Saturday morning before the start of competition on Saturday night at the Oshawa Sports Centre. All of the participating teams and athletes will learn their road to gold at the tournament draw and the full schedule by day and weight class is attached.

All of the American boxers, including Esparza and Shields, will be competing in their first Pan American Games in Toronto. The 2015 Pan American Games are the 17th edition of the world’s third-largest multi-sport event. Esparza and Shields are two of 111 U.S. Olympians competing in Toronto.

The U.S. athletes participating in the Pan American Games were selected via the WSB and World Championship Team Trial and 2015 USA Boxing Elite National Championships followed by an international qualifying event.

Coaches Ed Weichers (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Joe Guzman (Fountain, Colo.) will accompany USA Boxing’s team at the 2015 Pan American Games.


July 15, 2015
July 15, 2015

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MEXICAN boxing stars Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) met today at Plaza Mexico to officially announced their Saturday, August 29 Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN showdown taking place at STAPLES Center.

The fighters hosted an open-to-the-public press conference and fan rally to discuss their upcoming bout with media members and met with fans to sign autographs and take pictures.

Hundreds of fans attended the event at Plaza Mexico in Linwood and the fighters stayed to sign autographs for over two hours afterwards.

Here’s what the two fighters and their trainers had to say:


“I want to thank all of the fans who are here and I appreciate the support. We always train 100 percent like we’re fighting for a championship.

“I think the fans are the ones who are going to win on August 29. They are going to get a great fight out there. It’s going to be a war.

“I don’t care what he said about my competition. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, this going to be a great fight.

“He likes to talk about different things. I’m not going to talk as much. I’m going to be prepared on August 29 and I’m going to be victorious.

“No one wants to lose and may the best man win.”


“I want to thank everybody who made this fight possible.

“Leo Santa Cruz is a fighter who has fought nothing but C-level fighters. Now he’s fighting an A-level fighter. I’m going to show him what an A-level fighter does and that’s win.

“I pushed for this fight, he never really wanted to face me. I’ve wanted to fight him for a while. We fought on the same card at Stapes Center and I wanted to fight him since then.

“We sparred a while back, about 30 rounds, but I don’t put much into the sparring. We’re both different fighters now.

“This is a great fight for the fans and I look forward to the whole world being able to watch.

“I’m going to beat Leo Santa Cruz come August 29, don’t miss the fight.”

JOSE SANTA CRUZ, Santa Cruz’s Father & Trainer

“Team Santa Cruz doesn’t speak much. Mares and his team can talk and say all that they want but we’re going to demonstrate our talent on Saturday, August 29 at the Staples Center.”


“I’m so glad everyone could be out here to support these fighters. This is a fight that has been discussed for two years and we are ready.

“I appreciate Leo Santa Cruz taking this fight. We’re going to be prepared, we’re focused. On Saturday, August 29, team Mares is going out for the victory.”


Photo: Craig Bennett/PBC

July 15, 2015
July 15, 2015
Lucien Bute [right]

Lucien Bute

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GROUPE Yvon Michel (GYM), in association with InterBox, is happy to announce the return to the ring of former IBF world super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute, August 15 at Bell Centre, as part of Premier Boxing Champions series, airing live on NBC Sports. His opponent will be European super-middleweight champion, Andrea Di Luisa, of Italy.

“I’m ready and looking forward to being back in the ring. I have not lost my passion and I train six days a week, twice a day,” said Bute (31-2, 24 KOs), who will be in his first fight since meeting Jean Pascal in front of a sellout crowd, January 18, 2014 at Bell Centre.

In his last bout, Di Luisa (17-2, 13 KOs) defeated his compatriot, Roberto Cocco, by 11th round technical knockout to capture the EBU-EU Europe title. Di Luisa has won his last four fights.

“I’m very happy about this opportunity,” Di Luisa commented. “I know Bute because I fought him in the amateurs. He is very good and I respect him. But I don’t fear him.”

“We are delighted that Lucian can finally return to the ring. This fight is very important for the rest of his career,” said InterBox president Jean Bedard.

“We are very proud to present the first event of the Premier Boxing Champions series in Montreal. This will also be the first time that NBC Sports will be present in Montreal to broadcast a boxing event,” added GYM President Yvon Michel. “I am also very happy to support the return of Lucian Bute and I thank InterBox for allowing us to participate.”

Serious test for Alvarez

In addition to Lucian Bute, fans will see unbeaten Colombian Olympians Eleider Alvarez and Oscar Rivas, in action. They will both face the biggest challenge of their young career.

Alvarez (17-0, 10 KOs) will face an undefeated, WBO #6 rated Paraguayan-born slugger Isidro “El Guerrero” Prieto (24-0-3, 20 KOs). The Argentina-based boxer is trained by none other than the mentor and first coach of former world champion Sergio Martinez, Raul Paniagua.

“Prieto is a very serious opponent, undefeated and world-ranked, ” head trainer Marc Ramsey analyzed. “He beat everyone in South America, often by KO. He has a strong right hand, in addition to being young and hungry. He will try to use Eleider as a stepping stone to the big leagues.”

Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will lace his gloves against an opponent yet to be determined.

Alvarez and Rivas have both been impressive in their last outing this past June in the United States. They respectively knocked out Anatoliy Dudchenko and Jason Pettaway.

Other fighters on the card

In addition to the three aforementioned featured fights, five other bouts will be presented.

Russian super bantamweight Vislan Dalkhaev (2-0, 0 KOs), Romanian heavyweight Bogdan Dinu (12-0, 8 KOs), Montreal super lightweight Yves Ulysse (8-0, 5 KOs), Sorel-Tracy super lightweight David Theroux (6-1, 4 KOs) and Laval light heavyweight Erik Bazinyan (8-0, 5 KOs) are all scheduled to be in action.

Dalkhaev, a friend of fellow boxer Artur Beterbiev, will attempt to add a third win in the pro ranks. In his last outing, the Chechen-born pugilist defeated Frenchman Adel Hadjouis by unanimous decision on April 4, in Quebec City.

Dinu, a compatriot of Bute, will fight for the first time in 2015. His last encounter occurred December 6, 2014, when he stopped Frenchman Mickael Vieira in the first round.

Ulysse, a former member of the Canadian National Amateur Boxing Team, recorded the easiest win of his career on June 20 at Bell Centre, when Frenchman Renald Garrido was disqualified before the start of the confrontation. This time, though, Ulysse is likely to have a rival who really wants to fight.

Theroux, the pride of Sorel-Tracy, fought in a fierce battle against former Spanish champion Ignacio Mendoza, on June 17 in Sorel-Tracy. Even if the result was not the one hoped for, the 21-year-old boxer in no quitter and he wants to redeem himself in front of his Montreal fans.

As for Armenian-born Bazinyan, he is trained and managed by the Grant brothers. The 20-year-old fighter will jump into the ring for the second time in 2015. On March 27 at Olympia Theatre, he stopped Frenchman Morgan Le Gal in the fifth round.


July 14, 2015
July 14, 2015
Jamie McDonnell

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AFTER overseeing Jamie McDonnell’s Texas triumph back in May, Dave Coldwell is ready to plot Doncaster’s unlikely hero’s next move with a voyage over familiar waters a serious option. Tomoki Kameda has been earmarked as a likely opponent as he guns for revenge over McDonnell following his shocking loss to the Englishman back in spring. Coldwell holds no fears over that fight following the deserved victory last time out and he’s planning to do a similar job if the rematch occurs.

“The main option for us right now is a rematch with Kameda and the chance to prove that the first fight was no fluke,” revealed Coldwell. “We hold no fears at all about tackling Kameda again and this time around I d go as far as saying that we’re in a more confident mood. Jamie was a huge underdog last time and he wasn’t quite sure what to expect but we got everything right in the last few weeks and Jamie’s hard work and desire was rewarded. We know what’s awaiting us this time around and the result will be the same.”

Jamie McDonnell victory over Kameda ranks as one of British boxing’s finest away days with the Yorkshire man joining the likes of Lloyd Honeyghan, John H Stracey, and Glenn Catley on the list of domestic boxers registering glory abroad with the odds firmly stacked against them. Kameda, a Japanese darling, was fancied heavily by both bookmakers and experts before first bell last time out and it was  evident in the fights first half as Kameda pulled away but a spirited comeback from McDonnell turned the fight on its head and he left America with a valuable scalp by the narrowest of margins. Despite creating an initial buzz, Coldwell doesn’t believe his charge’s accomplishments have had anywhere enough credit.

“This result should be getting talked about 100 years from now and that’s just not because Jamie won, it’s because what went on beforehand and what he had to overcome during the fight. There was the unfortunate issue of his trainer being unable to fly, training wasn’t ideal and Jamie had to climb off the deck early in the fight from a shot that would’ve ended many world class contenders. The immediate reception was great but Jamie is one of this country’s best boxers and his win over Kameda ranks right up there with any result obtained by a British boxer. He’s continually proved that he’s a high class fighter and that’s what he’ll keep doing no matter who he comes up against.”

With the Kameda rematch almost certain to be next on Jamie McDonnell’s radar, Coldwell is hesitant to look much further ahead with the Asian threat looming. The lower weight categories on the global boxing scene are congested with worldwide stars boosting their profiles regularly and McDonnell is someone who is well in that mix. Domestic opportunities are also plentiful with various world champions within McDonnell’s reach. Coldwell is excited by the future but insists all eyes are firmly attached to Kameda for now.

“Jamie isn’t happy with beating Kameda. Believe me, he wants to leave a legacy and he wants to secure his financial future. There’s massive fights on the horizon and a ton of names have been linked and that includes a cracking Yorkshire v Lancashire scrap with Scott Quigg in a fight that I’m sure could do big business with the right build up. For now, we’ve got to prevent getting ahead of ourselves as Kameda is a world class fighter and he’ll be desperate to even the score with McDonnell. When Jamie does the double over him, the sky is the limit for him and the opportunities will be unreal.”

July 14, 2015
July 14, 2015

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AUSTRALIA’S Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has relinquished his Commonwealth heavyweight title with immediate effect.

Browne became the first fighter from Down Under to hold the crown in 122 years when he stopped Canada’s Eric Bahoeli in April 2014.

But he has now decided to give it up in order to pursue other titles.

“Holding the Commonwealth title was a huge honour for me and I do not relinquish the belt easily,” Browne said.

“However, I’m currently the mandatory challenger to Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA heavyweight title and that is now my focus.

“I am on the verge of becoming Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion and I cannot wait to win that in the near future”.

Browne’s manager Matt Clark continued: “Lucas has accomplished something that will go down in Australian boxing folklore. We are relinquishing the title to keep it active and allow.

“Big Daddy” to focus on securing the world title.

“We didn’t want to hold up the Commonwealth belt and Lucas is relinquishing it to allow for activity. We sincerely thank the Commonwealth Boxing Council for all their support”.