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November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
Burns-Warren

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FRANK WARREN STATEMENT:

In a judgement handed down today in the case brought by promoter and manager Frank Warren against Ricky Burns for wrongful termination of his promotional contract and unpaid management fees, The Court upheld both agreements, ordering Burns to pay substantial outstanding management fees.

Burns, whose career completely crashed after joining Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, badly losing two contests and his world title in the process, was also found in the Judgement to have wrongfully terminated his promotional contract with Frank Warren.

Ricky Burns lost or abandoned 17 out of the 20 issues the Judge had to determine and the Judge found his explanation and arguments about management commission were ‘untenable in the context of this case’. The Judge also ruled that Burns was wrong to claim that his purse for the Kevin Mitchell contest was £200,000 but that it was £160,000 as Mr Warren had stated. It transpired during trial that Ricky Burns is earning far less than £160,000 now he is being promoted by Matchroom Sport.

Eddie Hearn was quoted as saying last March that  “we’ve been provided with a letter from Ricky Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.” The Judge however found otherwise.

This is not the first time that Eddie Hearn has been shown to be a liar and on this occasion it cost Ricky Burns dearly.

Obvious parallels can be drawn with Hearn’s father Barry, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, who was described in his litigation with Former World Super Middleweight Champion Steve Collins as “a liar and a shyster”.

During the trial it also emerged that the letter terminating Burns’ promotional agreement (which Eddie Hearn said Burns gave him as proof that he was a free agent) was not actually signed by Burns, and his signature had been forged. This was also apparently the case when Burns allegedly didn’t sign an offensive and racist letter to Labour MP Tessa Jowell that was sent from the office of his co-manager Alex Morrison, claiming it was from Burns.

Meanwhile Alex Morison is yet to pay his substantial libel damages that were awarded to Mr Warren and has enquired about an instalments plan to cover the outstanding amounts owed.

MATCHROOM’S VERSION OF EVENTS CAN BE FOUND HERE

November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
OlaAfolabi

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Hennessy Sports and Team Sauerland are pleased to announce that the IBF World Cruiserweight Championship showdown between Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) and Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs) will be broadcast LIVE on Channel 5 (8.30-10.30pm).

British boxing fans will now have the chance to follow London-born Afolabi as he attempts to dethrone the Cuban cruiserweight king on Saturday, December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany.

“We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with Mick Hennessy to bring UK fans this exciting cruiserweight clash,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘‘Channel 5 is a fantastic platform for boxing and fitting home for this world championship fight. Hernandez and Afolabi are two of the division’s top talents and will guarantee an explosive encounter on December 6.”

“This is a great opportunity for British boxing fans to again watch a genuine world title fight involving a British fighter on free-to-air television,” said promoter Mick Hennessy. “In the space of six weeks Channel 5 have delivered the IBF world bantamweight title fight between Stuart Hall and Randy Caballero and now the IBF world cruiserweight title fight between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Ola Afolabi.

“Channel 5 are really delivering for boxing fans in this country and it’s great to be able to give fans free-to-air boxing on a regular basis.

“Finally, I’m thrilled to be working with Team Sauerland on this show and together we’ll be announcing an exciting British line-up very soon.”

November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
Burns-Warren

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Matchroom Press Release:

FRANK WARREN has lost his £2m claim against Ricky Burns. The Judge dismissed his claim as “fanciful” and said that it bore “no relation to reality”.

Frank Warren was found to have lied in Court about an alleged oral agreement relating to Burns. His evidence was described as “untruthful”, “unrealistic” and “unreliable” by the Judge, Mr Justice Knowles. Warren had previously been found to have lied in his litigation with Joe Calzaghe.

Mr Justice Knowles added that “despite the duties of Warren and Frank Warren Promotions to give proper disclosure of documents relevant to this matter, the quality of the disclosure in fact given was shockingly poor”.

Burns has in turn, won his claim, amounting to more than £102,000, for unpaid purse fees from his successful world title fight with Kevin Mitchell over two years ago.

The Judge found that the personal guarantee Frank Warren offered to Burns was not binding and so instead of Warren being personally liable for the purse Burns will have to take the matter up with the Administrators of FWP, a Frank Warren company which has recently been put into liquidation by Administrators appointed by Frank Warren’s wife.

Burns’ will also be reporting Frank Warren to the British Boxing Board of Control insisting that Frank Warren’s promoter’s licence should be suspended until such time as his Mitchell purse has been paid in full by Warren personally, in accordance with the Board’s own rules.

Burns will have to pay Warren personally the sum of £73,000 in respect of management commission which he never knew about or thought would be claimed by Warren.

Whilst Alex Morrison was officially Burns’ manager, Warren got Burns to sign a side agreement (outside the rules of the BBBoC) entitling him to a share of his management commission. It was Burns’ evidence in Court that the side agreement was produced in the dressing room before a big fight – he was required to remove his glove to sign the agreement and told if he didn’t do so he would not fight.

Warren suggested in Court that Burns left him for another promoter because he had been “tapped up”. The Judge stated that “this case was never about that” and found that “evidence at trial showed simply that Burns had enough of Frank Warren Promotions, [and Burns] had walked away from FWP believing he was entitled to do so.”

“I’m extremely pleased that I have won this legal case brought against me by Frank Warren, a case that should never have been brought against me in the first place,” said Burns.

“The pressure that this case has put on me over the last 18 months has been immense and seriously affected me in and out of the ring.

“I will now be actively pursuing the BBBoC and Frank Warren to make sure that my outstanding fight purse gets paid in full.”

FRANK WARREN’S VERSION OF EVENTS CAN BE FOUND HERE

The full judgement will be available later today on www.matchroomboxing.com

November 10, 2014
November 10, 2014
Hearn-Saunders

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Bradley Saunders has signed a long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and will be in action at the sold out Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The unbeaten Light Welterweight star moved to 10-0 in Newcastle in June with a destructive first round KO of Ville Piispanen, landing his first pro title in the shape of the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt – and the 28 year old is confident he’ll be adding more belts to his collection in 2015.

“I am thrilled to be joining Eddie Hearn and fighting on Sky Sports,” said Saunders. “I had plenty of options and I definitely chose the best one for me, it’s a new chapter and I am raring to go.

“I am looking for big things. I don’t want anything less than being a World champion. I played at the game in the amateurs but it is serious now. I want to bring big things to the North East.

“I’ve had three weeks training for the fight in Liverpool and you’ll see a change in me but above that, in the New Year you will see a different Bradley Saunders altogether.

“I was after the British and Commonwealth last year. People didn’t want to face me last year and I picked up the WBO Inter-Continental belt and I’m number 11 with them, there are guys out there that aren’t really at that weight but up there in the rankings that I know I can beat. This time next year I want to be competing at that top level, I am 28, I’m not a baby, there’s no need to hang around.

“I’m a North East lad and I love the North East. I want to be a World champion and I want to bring it back here for the brilliant fans we have. One day I want to open a gym up here and bring the next generation on, but right now it’s about my ultimate goal, next year is a serious year – I am not going to call anyone out because I am so confident that I can get rid of anyone put in my way.”

Promoter Hearn outlined his plans for the 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist at a press conference in Newcastle today, with his Merseyside eight-rounder to be followed by another outing in the New Year before Saunders headlines a big show in the North East in April, joined by Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE and many of his new stable mates.

“I am delighted to welcome Bradley to the team,” said Hearn. “Bradley has made a fantastic start to his professional career and he is capable of becoming a superstar in the North East.

“We managed to squeeze him onto the huge Merseyside bill on November 22 and we will be looking to box him again in late January/early February before he headlines in Newcastle in early April.

“Bradley has become one of the hottest prospects in the sport and I am so excited about delivering for him and the passionate fans in the North East.”

Saunders’ bow under Hearn comes on a huge night of boxing in Merseyside as Bellew and Cleverly meet in their long-awaited rematch, with Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell defending their World titles against Hidenori Othake and Walberto Ramos respectively.

James DeGale meets Marco Antonio Periban while two of his British Super Middleweight peers are in action as George Groves meets Denis Douglin and Callum Smith tackles Nikole Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator. Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE defends his WBC International title against Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator while German KO sensation Vincent Feigenbutz makes his UK debut and promoter Eddie Hearn is set to add another name to the bill soon.

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua MBE, James DeGale MBE and more also on the bill. skysports.com/cleverlybellew.

November 7, 2014
November 7, 2014
KalYafai

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Kal Yafai will defend his IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title against former two-time World title challenger Everth Briceno at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15, live on Sky Sports.

Yafai defends the belt for the first time against the Nicaraguan who took both Fernando Montiel and Omar Andres Narvaez the distance for the WBO World crown and then took Leo Santa Cruz 11 rounds up at Bantamweight, and travels to Ireland to provide the unbeaten Birmingham talent with his toughest test to date.

The 25 year old added the IBF belt at Wembley Arena in September to the Commonwealth crown he won in Leeds in May, and is looking for a fourth straight stoppage triumph as he continues to impress on his return to action this year following a bicep injury.

Yafai’s clash with Briceno is part of a huge night of action in Dublin, as Matthew Macklin challenges Jorge Sebastian Heiland for the WBC International Middleweight strap in an eliminator for the World title.

Middleweight rivals Anthony Fitzgerald and Spike O’Sullivan lock horns in another bitter all-Irish battle, Featherweight contenders Patrick Hyland and John Simpson target British, European and Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington after their clash, there’s a first hometown fight for amateur star John Joe Nevin, Manchester Lightweight star Anthony Crolla is in action, unbeaten Dubliners Declan Geraghty and Luke Keeler both fight in their seventh fights, Belfast’s unbeaten Cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy fights in his fourth pro contest and exciting Stourbridge Welterweight Sam Eggington and Manchester Light Welterweight Kofi Yates are also in action.

Tickets for the blockbuster night are on sale now priced at €30, €50 and €80 from The 3Arena at www.3arena.ie and on 0818 719 300 (R.O.I) and 0844 8472 455 (UK and NI). VIP tickets priced €150 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing at www.MatchroomBoxing.com and on 01277 359900.

November 4, 2014
November 4, 2014
MichaelSweeney

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Michael Sweeney says he will retire if he doesn’t beat Ian Tims in their Cruiserweight rematch at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15, live on Sky Sports.

Sweeney and Tims met for the Irish title in March 2011, with Tims edging the Mayo man 97-95 to claim the vacant belt.

‘The Storm’ has been gunning for revenge ever since and tensions between the pair grew when they clashed angrily at a recent press conference at the fight night venue, and Sweeney says he has to settle the score with the hometown man otherwise it’s curtains for his career.

“I will retire if I don’t beat him – but I am winning this fight,” said Sweeney. “It’s a winnable fight and I have to win. There’s been tension between us since 2011 and there’s only one way to settle it.

“It’ll be a completely different this time around, I am a completely different fighter now, I was terrible against him and I admit that.”

Sweeney has not boxed since facing Scotsman Stephen Simmons in May 2013 for the vacant Celtic title in Glasgow, and after hitting the canvas at the end of the first round, he retired before the start of the fourth. The 31 year old says that preparations for that fight were all wrong but after teaming up with Peter Fury in Manchester, he’s ready to show he’s a different fighter some 16 months after that loss.

“Stephen is a great fighter but I have improved so much since then,” said Sweeney. “There were a lot of issues outside the ring and I didn’t train, now I have been on the weight for a while and everything is great.

“Peter and I have been friends for a few years, they are great guys in the gym and they are very serious in what they do in there. It’s fabulous for sparring in that area too.”

Sweeney’s rematch with Tims is part of a fantastic line-up of action in Dublin, topped by Matthew Macklin’s WBC International Middleweight title challenge and World title eliminator clash with Jorge Sebastian Heiland.

Middleweight rivals Anthony Fitzgerald and Spike O’Sullivan lock horns in another bitter all-Irish battle, Featherweight contenders Patrick Hyland and John Simpson target British, European and Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington after their clash, there’s a first hometown fight for amateur star John Joe Nevin, Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion Kal Yafai defends his IBF Inter-Continental title, Manchester Lightweight star Anthony Crolla is in action, unbeaten Dubliners Declan Geraghty and Luke Keeler both fight in their seventh fights, Belfast’s unbeaten Cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy fights in his fourth pro contest and exciting Stourbridge Welterweight Sam Eggington and Manchester Light Welterweight Kofi Yates are also in action.

Tickets for the blockbuster night are on sale now priced at €30, €50 and €80 from The 3Arena at www.3arena.ie and on 0818 719 300 (R.O.I) and 0844 8472 455 (UK and NI). VIP tickets priced €150 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing at www.MatchroomBoxing.com and on 01277 359900.

October 31, 2014
October 31, 2014
Amir Khan

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BRITISH superstar and former light-welterweight world champion Amir “King” Khan of Bolton, England will take on former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” of St. Louis at the MGM Grand on December 13, while undefeated interim WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman of Clearwater, Florida will defend against Leonard “The Lion” Bundu of Lazio, Italy. Rounding out an action-packed night on the three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will be WBO light-middleweight world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island, who risks his 154-pound belt against tough undefeated young star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo of Houston, Texas. Charlo will make his first attempt at world title glory in a battle of unbeaten junior middleweights.

Featured on the undercard will be two separate 10-round bouts featuring former three-time, three-division world champion Abner Mares and former welterweight world champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. Mares, who will fight in a featherweight bout against an opponent to be determined, will look to build on his recent victory over Jonathan Oquendo. Ortiz is looking to make a comeback statement in a welterweight bout against an opponent to be named.

“Getting back in the ring is all I’ve been looking towards these last few months,” said Khan. “I want to show everybody that I’m a major force at 147 pounds and I’m ready to take on the best. This fight with Alexander has been on the table for a while, but it is finally happening and I plan on winning impressively to show that I am truly one of the best welterweights in the world.”

“I’ve wanted this fight for a long time and I’m ready to show that I’m worthy of this opportunity and the opportunities ahead after I win on December 13,” said Alexander. “I’ve worked hard my entire life and now the pressure is on to really show what I can do.”

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and defend my title,” said Thurman. “I’m going to give all my fans the performance of a lifetime and prove why my name should be at the top of the welterweight conversation.”

“December 13 is going to be the biggest night of my professional career thus far,” said Bundu. “To be fighting in the United States, in the fight capital of the world — Las Vegas on SHOWTIME against one of the most promising American prospects is a dream come true. But Keith Thurman doesn’t scare me. I know that I have what it takes to win and truly make a name for myself throughout the boxing world.”

“There is no way I’m letting go of my belt,” said Andrade. “Jermell Charlo is a good fighter, but nothing is going to stop me from defending my belt and raising my hand in victory on December 13. I am confident that this will be a fight fans won’t want to miss.”

“I am beyond excited to finally get a shot at a world title,” said Charlo. “This is what I’ve been waiting for. I’m ready to be a world champion. Nothing is going to stand in my way. Andrade is the champion and I’m not looking past him at all, but this is my time. I know it. The title will lead to bigger and better things and that is what I’m all about.”

“I am so happy to be back at MGM Grand after my recent win in July,” said Mares. “My ultimate goal is another shot at a world championship and a win on December 13 will help me get there. I plan on putting on a great performance and showcasing my skills once again.”

“I’m excited to get back into the ring,” said Ortiz. “I got caught in my last fight, but I’m ready to get back to work and improve my game. I know what it takes to win and that is what I plan on doing on December 13. I’m thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to giving fans a great show.”

“A huge main event with two former champions looking to take a major step back towards a title shot; undefeated fighters going head-to-head on the undercard; our last big show of the year -December 13 at MGM Grand will have it all,” said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Golden Boy Promotions is finishing 2014 strong and will move into 2015 continuing to make good on our promise to make the most exciting fights for boxing fans.”

“The December 13 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING delivers on our promise to televise stacked fight cards featuring big name fighters in meaningful fights,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “The main event, Amir Khan versus Devon Alexander, is a match-up between two renowned former world champions, each at a critical juncture in his career. In the co-feature, Keith Thurman, one of the brightest young stars in boxing, faces perhaps his toughest test to date in the highly regarded and undefeated Leonard Bundu, as each boxer battles for position in the ultra-competitive welterweight division. The opening bout on the telecast features two very talented undefeated rising stars, champion Demetrius Andrade and No. 2-ranked challenger Jermell Charlo. Each fight on the telecast will have a significant impact on the top-10 divisional rankings.”

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