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April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015
Anthony Joshua

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ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to replace world title challenger Frankie Gavin on the bill at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.

Gavin was set to face Chris van Heerden in an IBF Welterweight eliminator, but now challenges Sheffield’s unbeaten IBF king Kell Brook at the top of a bumper bill at The O2 in London on May 30, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua returned to action at the weekend in Newcastle 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.

The 25-year-old will join a star-studded line-up as Kal Yafai faces Rey Megrino for the WBC Silver Flyweight title, world-rated middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he looks to bounce back from defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland, unbeaten Kal’s brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks while all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington is hunting a major title bout after his brilliant win over Shayne Singleton in Hull on March 7.

“It’s a huge opportunity for Frankie and it means he cannot fight on May 9,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It is likely that Anthony will now replace him and we will make a full announcement on Monday regarding the card.”

HOW Joshua battered Gavern

April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015
Kell Brook

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AFTER impressively defeating Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield in March Kell Brook makes a quick return to the ring on Saturday 30 May to defend his IBF Welterweight title against Frankie Gavin at The O2 in London, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Brook v Gavin headlines a huge night of boxing that includes three world title fights – WBC Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares defends his title against popular Londoner Kevin Mitchell and Welsh stylist Lee Selby challenges Evgeny Gradovich for his IBF Featherweight title. Rising Heavyweight star Anthony Joshua MBE has his toughest encounter yet facing former World Heavyweight title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson.

John Ryder and Nick Blackwell clash for the vacant British Middleweight title with Scotty Cardle and Craig Evans meeting for the Lightweight version and Dave Ryan defends his Commonwealth Light Welterweight strap against John Wayne Hibbert.

Adam Smith, executive producer of Sky Sports boxing said: “This is another mouth-watering night of boxing on Sky Sports Box Office.  Kell Brook is a great headline act and I always look forward to seeing him in the ring. He has some big fights on the horizon I’m sure, but Frankie Gavin will be a real test and Kell will have to put in a performance to get the style of win that he wants.”

Kell Brook impressed last time out during his classy fourth round stoppage over Dan. He will now be eager to put in another stand-out performance against Gavin who was England’s first ever World Amateur Champion after taking gold in the 2007 World Championships in Chicago.

Kell Brook said: “I never expected to be out again so quickly but I can’t wait. I respect Frankie for stepping up, he has called for this fight for a long time and after he was given a final eliminator against Tim Bradley it made sense for him to take the challenge. I feel like I’m unbeatable right now and Gavin isn’t going to be able to cope with my speed and power on fight night. The O2 is one of the best arenas in the world and it’s an honour to headline a card like this.”

Frankie Gavin said: “These are the fights you want to be part of and are where I belong.  I’ve dreamt of a world title and I will be 100 per cent ready physically and mentally for Kell Brook.  Of course it’s going to be tough but I believe Kell is beatable and I’ve always felt that I have got the skills and the team to cause an upset.”

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April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015
Andy Lee

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ANDY LEE:

“I’m eager to fight and ready to go. I’m feeling very dangerous right now.

“My ring generalship is one thing, but overall I feel like I have a good idea of what I want to do in the ring. Peter has an idea too, but it’s more moment to moment for him, which can be good as well, when you improvise. I’m more of a guy who will set you up and work to a plan.

“Coming back and winning a fight really strengthens your resolve. You know in your mind that at any time, you have a chance of winning. I never plan to be behind but it happens. This time I plan to lead from the front.

“Peter is offensive, which leaves openings. He might be cautious for a while because both of us know that we might pay the price of being offensive. Eventually we’ll exchange and it will be explosive one way of the other.

“I’m a southpaw puncher who can box and I’ve never been in a dull fight. I have a ‘never say die’ attitude and I’m not someone who is just going to go out there and play it safe. I’ll risk it all to win.

“My confidence is very high. I’m the champion of the world and there’s no higher station than that in boxing. I’m the champion and he’ll have to come and take my title.”

PETER QUILLIN:

“Everyone tune in on April 11 because we’re going to do more than just try to take that belt, we’re going to take that belt because that’s what we do.

“Andy is the champion of the world but this is the second time I’ve been the challenger to a world champion. I’ve been here before. I know he’s a newly crowned champion so I have nothing bad to say about him.

“Andy’s greatest strength is that he lost twice and was able to come back and make himself look very good.

“This is a totally different caliber fight than either of us has had. I’m not any of those fighters that he’s faced. I can’t go in there and try to fight like a Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.

“I’m only concerned about working hard, which I’ve done every day leading up to this fight. So I have no concerns at all.

“I’m motivated period. My heart is built on motivation in all things. Talking to media, being on NBC, fighting for the belt and being a positive person. I’m thankful that every day I can put out a positive story about myself.”

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April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015
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DANNY GARCIA:

“I’ve been working on fighting hard, but also smart. I’m going to go in there and dictate the pace and I’m always looking for the knockout. If I can’t knock him out then I’ll be ready to go 12 rounds.

“It’s always hard making weight, but I’m on weight now. Right now I’m growing into my prime and my body is getting bigger and it’ll be time soon for me to go up in weight.

“I’m looking at this as a very big fight. So I’m going in there mentally and physically ready. He’s coming to fight and I’m coming to fight. Saturday is going to be about who can make the right adjustments.

“I love Brooklyn. This is my fourth fight here and I’ve heard that the tickets for this fight are selling faster than any other fight they’ve held here. So I must be doing something right in Brooklyn. The atmosphere is great at Barclays Center.

“I’ve always felt that I’m one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I’ve won a lot of big fights with a lot of great fighters, and my goal is just continue winning one fight at a time.”

LAMONT PETERSON:

“Danny’s talk makes no difference to me. I think I’m even more confident than him and I’ll get the victory Saturday night and that will be that.

“The stakes are high. This can definitely push me to the next level in this boxing game. I’ve been at the top for a while but there’s a difference between being at the top and being an elite fighter. I think this will solidify me as an elite fighter.

“I looked at a few of Danny’s fights but nothing really stood out to me. I know Danny is a counterpuncher, that’s what he does. We’ve come up with a game plan to stop that.

“I’m a different person than the other guys Danny has fought. I’m a different person with a different style. I trust myself to make adjustments in the ring.

“This fight will be different than either of our fights with Matthysse. It’s two different fights and styles make fights. There will be different results. I had to prepare for Danny Garcia and Danny Garcia had to prepare for me.

“There’s no pressure fighting on this big card, but I know what it brings. This brings more exposure and I want to use that exposure in the right way. I know I’m looked up to as a role model and I just want to use this exposure.

“This will put a big spotlight on boxing and I’m happy to be a part of it.

“I’m ready to fight, I’ve prepared well and I’m ready to put on a show.”

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April 8, 2015
April 8, 2015
Joe Joyce

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AFTER defeating Algeria Desert Hawks on Tuesday night, Russian Boxing Team compete in their second match of the week as they face British Lionhearts in London.

This very important fixture will emanate from East London’s The Brewery in a special Black Tie event.

A resplendent audience at the venue will be treated to a wealth of excellent boxing headlined by British super-heavyweight (91+ kg) Joseph Joyce who is currently engaged in a ferociously tight battle to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through the World Series of Boxing. The Brewery, London is the venue for this Group A clash on Thursday (April 9).

5-0 Joseph Joyce has been one of the most impressive boxers in all of WSB, and the power puncher has stopped three opponents so far in Season V.

Unlike the majority of the weight classes in the competition, only one Super heavyweight will qualify for Rio 2016 through WSB, and with just two matches to go, Joyce is a single point behind the number one ranked Filip Hrgovic.

The slight points discrepancy means that Joyce needs a convincing victory over Gasan Gimbatov to keep track with Hrgovic, but such a win may be difficult against the undefeated Russian fighter.

Radzhab Butaev tops the Welterweight (69 kgs) rankings this season, and the 5-0 star could qualify for Rio if he achieves success in his penultimate match of the Regular Season.

With two Welterweight quotas for the Olympic Games available, Butaev is six points ahead of third ranked Steven Donnelly, which means that a win for the Russian star over British debutant Scott Fitzgerald could see him become the first man to reach Rio this season through WSB.

Fitzgerald is the reigning Welterweight Commonwealth Games gold medalist however, and the Lionheart will be keen to perform well in his WSB debut.

The action begins in London at Flyweight (52 kg) when 0-3 José Kelvin de la Nieve Linares meets 3-0 Vasiliy Vetkin.

Russia’s Vetkin has impressed in all three of his matches this season, while his Spanish opponent has been on the losing side of two split decision verdicts in recent weeks.

Oualid Belaoura has yet to find success for the Lionhearts in Season V, and the Lightweight (60 kg) will be keen to earn his first win of the campaign against 3-1 Adlan Abdurashidov.

The Russian Abdurashidov lost his last bout to Algeria’s Reda Benbaziz, so will be eager to return to winning ways in this bout.

British Light heavyweight (81 kg) Joshua Buatsi received a lot of plaudits despite losing his first WSB match against Peter Mullenberg via split decision, while his week 12 opponent is Pavel Silyagin, a split decision specialist who has won all three of his matches this season by that verdict.

Expect a close match between the two men in a contest which could define the overall scoring of the evening.

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April 2, 2015
April 2, 2015
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LUKE CAMPBELL MBE is the subject of a special Sky Sports documentary tonight at 10.15pm on Sky Sports 2 – Luke Campbell – ‘The Golden Boy’ – and is already available On Demand.

The ‘Golden Boy’ is the emotional and uplifting story of Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell.  A one hour documentary that charts Luke’s incredible ongoing journey. From a dyslexic 13 year old, struggling to win club bouts through to London 2012. The Hull hero making history as Britain’s most decorated ever amateur boxer. Then moving on to his new mission, to conquer the World as a professional.

Luke relives those incredible scenes when he returned home as the first ever Olympic medallist from Hull. And on to a new chapter – a new challenge, with a professional debut to remember.

After racing to 10 straight victories in the paid ranks, a glittering future looks mapped out for the Golden Boy.

A legacy already secured, the obsessive competitor must deal with the responsibilities of family life away from his sport. With two sons, the demands of an adoring city and the pain of a father battling cancer, Luke must negotiate the pressures of expectation.

Luke Campbell has inspired pride in the people of Hull. A new generation follow his lead but this is only the start. The final chapter is yet to be written but what a story there is to be told.

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April 2, 2015
April 2, 2015
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AS fight week nears for the second installment of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC (8:30 pm ET/5:30 p.m. PT), undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia held a media workout in his hometown of Philadelphia in preparation for his showdown with fellow world champion Lamont Peterson on Saturday, April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

DANNY GARCIA

“Training is going well, I’ve done everything I have to do and I’m still focused. It’s a week and a half until the fight and I’m ready to go. If the fight were tomorrow I’d be ready.

“It’s a big fight and it’s the fight that the fans wanted. We’re going to give the fans a great night of boxing on NBC and it’s time the show the world that Danny Garcia is the star of NBC.

“We have common opponents like Khan and Matthysse and we’ve had different results.  They say styles make fights so those results don’t matter. Well, my style is to kick his butt.

“I know that this second PBC on NBC show is going to be even bigger and I just feel blessed to be a part of it and I can’t wait to go out there and showcase my skills.

“I’m ready for whatever Peterson brings. If he tries to box then I’m going to go with that and if he wants to fight, I’ll be ready. I’m not going to go in and just try to knock his head off, I’m going to be Danny Garcia.

“I’d love to be fighting on the biggest stage in boxing against the Mayweather and Pacquiaos, but for now it’s just about taking it one fight at a time, this is history in the making.

“A lot of things have changed for me in the last few years, everybody knows me now. A lot of people look at you different now but it doesn’t make my head bigger, it just motivates me to work hard.

“I love Brooklyn, it’s my fourth fight at Barclays Center and I’m looking to make it 4-0 on April 11.

“This is a blessing for the sport of boxing. Millions of fans haven’t had the opportunity to watch boxing on primetime in years and this is great for the sport.”

ANGEL GARCIA

“I’ll give Peterson credit for putting the gloves on. He thinks it’s going to be an easy night for him. He sees himself already on top of the mountain. It’s not going to happen like that, we’re going to ruin his party.

“I want Peterson to act confident and come forward. They’re talking like Danny isn’t special but he lost to the guys we beat.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone says as long as Danny is in here putting in 100 percent every day. It’s all about April 11.

“We’re not going to train for eight weeks to go in there and worry about what Peterson is going to do, we’re going to do what we have to do. We train to go in there and win on April 11.”

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