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February 2, 2015
February 2, 2015
Egorov

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Caserta, Novosibirsk, Sofia and Astana hosted on 30 and 31 January 2015 the 52 kg, 60 kg, 64 kg, 81 kg and 91 kg APB Inaugural Title Matches, according with the following results.

HEAVY 91 KG – FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY
Location: Catania – Venue: PalaCatania

Going into the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Heavyweight (91 kg) Inaugural Title Match, much of the attention was on hometown star, the two-time AIBA World Championships gold medallist, and two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Clemente Russo, and his attempts to finally beat Aleksei Egorov, and claim the title belt.

However, just like in their week two fixture, the Russian 2013 European Champion Egorov managed to silence the Italian fans in Catania, as he defeated Russo for the second time, and became APB Champion in the process.

The fight was unbelievably close, with Egorov taking the first round and Russo the next two frames.

Just as the Italian looked like he was running away with the match, Egorov came storming back, and took rounds four to seven to give him an unassailable lead going into the last three minutes of the bout.

Russo is one of the most resilient boxers in the history of this sport, and took the last round on two scorecards, but it wasn’t enough, and he was beaten for the second time in APB.

Egorov, now 4-0 won 77:75 according to two judges, while the third scorer had the fight a draw.

The ecstatic Russian boxer held the belt aloft to the respect of a dejected, but respectful partisan crowd, and Russo will hope it will be third time lucky if the two are to meet in APB again.

Match results:

21:00: Charles JAVONTA (USA) vs Yamil PERALTA (ARG) W.O.
(Exhibition Match: Marco CALIC (CRO) W.P. (59:55/ 59:55/ 58:56) vs Yamil PERALTA (ARG))
21:30: Emir AHMATOVIC (GER) vs Anton PINCHUK (KAZ) W.P. (55:59/ 55:59/ 55:59)
22:00: Chouaib BOULOUDINATS (ALG) W.P. (58:56/ 59:55/ 60:54) vs Roman GOLOVASHCHENKO (UKR)
22:30: Clemente RUSSO (ITA) vs Aleksey EGOROV (RUS) W.P. (75:77/ 76:76/ 75:77) (APB Inaugural Champion)

FLY 52 KG – FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY
Location: Novosibirsk – Venue: SKK Server

The AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Inaugural Title Match for the Flyweights (52+ kg) proved to be one of the greatest matches yet in the competition, and the Skk sever, Novosibirsk eventually saw Russian home favourite Mikhail Aloian defeat Mexico’s Elias Emigdio to claim the title.
Aloian, the number one seed coming into the competition maintained his undefeated record in APB, but was pushed all the way by his Mexican rival.

Although Aloian won the first five rounds on each scorecard, there was not a moment in those frames where Emigdio wasn’t trying his best to win, but the two-time AIBA World Championships gold medalist was just too strong, and too good.

Emigdio battled to the end however, and claimed the last two rounds, but it wasn’t enough after the dominance he had suffered against earlier in the contest, and Aloian eventually won the bout, and the title on all three scorecards, 78:74 across the board.

The Flyweights have been consistently exciting this season, and it one of the most talent-heavy divisions in APB, but Aloian has excelled throughout, and looks almost impossible to beat.

Russia’s new hero celebrated in front of his home fans, and could hold this title for a long time to come.

Match results:
19:00: Redouane ASLOUM (FRA) W.O. vs Vincezo PICARDI (ITA)
19:30: Mohammed FLISSI (ALG) vs Ilyas SULEIMENOV (KAZ) TKO R2 (0:37)
20:00: Fernando MARTÍNEZ (ARG) vs Jabursek LATIPOV (UZB) W.O.
20:30: Misha ALOIAN (RUS) W.P. (78:74/ 78:74/ 78:74) (APB Inaugural Champion) vs Elias EMIGDIO (MEX)

LIGHT 60 KG – FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY
Location: Astana – Venue: Daulet Sports Complex

Two undefeated Lightweights (60 kg) competed in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Inaugural Title Match on January 30th, and the fans packed in the Daulet Sports Complex, Astana ultimately saw home favourite, and number one seed Berik Abdrakhmanov defeat Uzbekistan’s Hurshid Tojibaev.
Berik Abdrakhmanov, now 4-0 in APB won the majority of the first four rounds in Astana, and looked en route to a comfortable victory, before Tojibaev began to turn up the heat in the middle section of the fight.

The Uzbek fighter, now 3-1 pushed the pace as the fight progressed, and impressed different judges in different rounds.

Perhaps the main difference between the two fighters was that when Abdrakhmanov won rounds, he tended to do so on all of the scorecards, while Tojibaev’s successes were more scattered.

After eight rounds of intense action, Abdrakhmanov eventually controlled the fight enough to win, and celebrated a unanimous decision victory with scores of 78:74, and two 77:75 cards.

The new Lightweight champion was delighted after the match, and will celebrate long into the night.

Match schedule:
19:30: Artur BRIL (GER) vs Domenico VALENTINO (ITA) W.P. (56:58/ 57:57/ 57:57)
20:00: Robson CONCEICAO (BRA) W.P. (57:57/ 58:56/ 58:56) vs Charly SUAREZ (PHI)
20:30: David JOYCE (IRL) vs Dmitry POLYANSKIY (RUS) W.P. (55:59/ 57:57/ 56:58)
21:00: Berik ABDRAKHMANOV W.P. (77:75/ 77:75/ 78:74) (APB Inaugural Champion) vs Hurshid TOJIBAEV (UZB)

LIGHT HEAVY 81 KG – FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY
Location: Sofia – Venue: Universiada Hall

The Universiada Hall, Sofia hosted the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Light heavyweight (81 kg) Inaugural Title Match, where Iran’s Ehsan Rouzbahani dominated number one seed and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Kennedy St Pierre to claim the title.

A fight that was consistently engrossing started as a tactical battle, with both boxers beginning the contest by utilising their movement, with quick flashes of power.

Rouzbahani was perhaps the slower of the two boxers, but his combinations throughout were crisp and concise, which cut the ring off well.

The Iranian fighter battled a bloodied nose early in the fight by taking control in the middle rounds, and though St Pierre tried hard to rally, the cerebral approach of Rouzbahani was too much to handle.

As the battle began to close, both men tired, but again it was Rouzbahani who maintained the momentum, and took the final frames in decisive fashion.

After eight rounds of gruelling action, the judges awarded the contest 78:74, and 78:73 twice to the Iranian icon who wept as he was awarded the Championship belt.

Match schedule:

20:00: Oybek MAMAZULUNOV (UZB) vs Serge MICHEL (GER) W.P. (55:59/ 56:58/ 56:58)
20:30: Mathieu BAUDERLIQUE (FRA) KO (R6) vs Nikita IVANOV (RUS)
21:00: Spas GENOV (BUL) vs Joseph WARD (IRL) W.P. (56:58/ 55:58/ 55:59)
21:30: Ehsan ROUZBAHANI (IRI) W.P. (78:73/ 79:73/ 78:74) (APB Inaugural Champion)  vs Kennedy St PIERRE (MRI)

LIGHT WELTER 64 KG – SATURDAY, 31 JANUARY
Location: Novosibirsk – Venue: SKK Server
Three minutes into the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Light welterweight (64 kg) Inaugural Title Match, the crowd at the the SKK Sever, Novosibirsk were in shock, as for the first time in APB home favourite and 2013 European Champion Artem Zakaryan dropped a round in the competition to Artem Harutyunyan.

In their earlier APB clash, Zakaryan had won every frame against Harutyunyan as he had also against Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn, but for a second it seemed that the ultimate upset was on.

Zakaryan had other ideas however, and shook off the surprise of his opening stanza loss to win the bulk of the next three rounds.

Germany’s new star Harutyunyan refused to give in, and claimed the fifth on two scorecards to give him a chance heading into the Championship rounds.

It was to be the last round he would win in the match, as Zakaryan won the final three frames of the contest in excellent fashion, and claimed the APB title to the delight of his fans in the arena.

The final scorecards all read 78:74 in favour of the Russian.

Still undefeated in APB, Zakaryan was given his hardest match of the competition from the tough Harutyunyan, but battled the storm and established his ultimate dominance.

Match schedule:
17:00: Boris GEROGIEV (BUL) vs Vyacheslav KYSLYTSYN (UKR) W.O.
17:30: Juan Pablo ROMERO (MEX) vs Abdelkader CHADI (ALG) W.P. (55:59/ 56:58/ 55:59)
18:00: Evaldas PETRAUSKAS (LTU) vs Carlos AQUINO (ARG) W.P. (56:58/ 57:57/ 55:59)
18:30: Armen ZAKARYAN (RUS) W.P. (78:74/ 78:74/ 78:74) (APB Inaugural Champion) vs Artem HARUTYUNYAN (GER)(APB Inaugural Title Match)

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January 31, 2015
January 31, 2015
British Lionhearts v German Eagles - World Series of Boxing

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Sam Maxwell of British Lionhearts (R) in action with David Oliver Joyce of German Eagles during their 57-61kg bout in the World Series of Boxing between British Lionhearts and German Eagles at Earls Court on December 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sam Maxwell; David Oliver Joyce

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THE British Lionhearts lost a tough away fixture in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) tonight, going down 3-2 to the Morocco Atlas Lions in Casablanca.

Wins by the Scouse duo, Antony Fowler and Sam Maxwell – who both have two wins and no defeats this season – were not enough to prevent a loss for the Lionhearts team which endured a difficult night in Casablanca against a tough and aggressive Moroccan team who took full advantage of being at home.

The Atlas Lions took first blood in the opening bout of the night as the Moroccan National Champion, Zouhair El Bekkali, secured a unanimous points victory over Ashley Williams in the light-flyweight contest.

Williams showed a greater work rate and troubled the Moroccan with his willingness to go forward however the rangy, El Bekkali, landed the cleaner shots and stifled the Welshman to take the bout on all three scorecards.

The bantamweight contest saw the Moroccan team extend its lead to 2-0 as Mohamed Hamout overcame Qais Ashfaq of the British Lionhearts.  Ashfaq started well, counter-attacking from the backfoot, but the Moroccan’s aggressive tactics saw him fight his way back into the contest as he charged forward and imposed his brawling style on the bout to take the victory.

 A fine performance by Sam Maxwell in the light-welterweight contest pulled one back for the Lionhearts as the man from Liverpool showed skill and power to defeat Hamza El Barbari and secure his second win of the season in WSB.

 He was followed into the ring by fellow Liverpudlian, Antony Fowler, who dominated Said Harnouf in the middleweight contest from the first bell, sending the Moroccan to the canvas three times in the opening two rounds.

 The re-opening of a cut to Fowler’s forehead in the second round provided a scare for the Lionhearts but the Commonwealth Games gold medallist showed maturity and superior boxing skills to protect the cut and see out the contest to secure a unanimous victory and even the match at 2-2.

 It set-up the possibility of superb comeback by the Lionhearts, however the team’s Romanian heavyweight, Ionut-Mirel Jitaru, was unable to deliver and lost by TKO, when he was forced to retire with a shoulder injury, and hand the win to Lithuanian, Vitalijus Subacius, giving the Atlas Lions a 3-2 victory on the night.

Next-up for the Lionhearts is a home match against the Algeria Desert Hawks on Thursday February 5 at York Hall in London.

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January 30, 2015
January 30, 2015
Keith Thurman (Action Images:Jason Cairnduff)

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THE return of prizefighting to primetime network television has finally arrived as the recently announced Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series is set to debut on Saturday, March 7 with an action-packed double main event on NBC, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The inaugural PBC on NBC fight night will feature two spectacular bouts worthy of this historic occasion. In the second main event of the evening, undefeated welterweight knockout artist Keith “One Time” Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) will take on former four-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) in a showdown where both men look to prove they are amongst the best fighters in the world on the biggest stage in recent boxing history.

The first main event of the evening will feature one of boxing’s biggest and most compelling stars, former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) facing off against the always exciting John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. (27-5, 22 KOs) in a super lightweight bout that will put the winner at the top of the division.

Don’t miss a minute of the PBC on NBC action as the first televised fight on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT SHARP!

“The team and I are extremely excited and we are all looking forward to this opportunity to fight on NBC. A lot of what my team keeps saying is that this is going to change the sport. It reminds me that my late trainer Ben Getty used to tell me, that all I needed to do was get on a big stage,” said Thurman. “I’m truly looking forward to headlining the first show. I’m happy to be back at MGM Grand and looking forward to a great knockout. This is the start of creating a household name.”

“It’s very refreshing to know that NBC is bringing boxing back to primetime television,” said Guerrero. “It’s an honor to be part of the first show, especially against an undefeated champion like Keith Thurman.  Everyone knows I always come to fight. Let’s hope Thurman has the same mindset.  He claims that he’s going to knock me out, but I see a totally different outcome. When this fight is over, everyone tuning in will know why boxing is one of the most exciting sports to watch, that I can guarantee.”

“This is the first big installment of ‘AB on NBC.’ There’s nothing I can’t do,” said Broner. “It’s a great fight not only for the fighters, but for the fans. Everyone knows that I always come to fight and I know John Molina Jr. is coming to fight. I look forward to stopping Molina on NBC. I love the support and anyone that supports me; I’m going to fight for them. This is just the start of the ‘AB Show’ in 2015.”

“I am extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural show on NBC and to be on this platform. I can’t wait to go out there and do what I do best in front of millions of people,” said Molina Jr. “I want to fight the best and Broner is one of the best. This is a fight that we asked for over a year ago and we finally got it. I am so excited. I’m not nervous at all. If I were nervous, I wouldn’t be in this industry. This is the type of thing that real fighters dream about. I’m counting down the days.”

The return of boxing to primetime on NBC is nearly 30 years in the making, with the last such fight night taking place May 20, 1985. That fight saw Larry Holmes win a 15-round decision and defend his IBF Heavyweight World Championship against Carl Williams in Reno, Nev.

Primetime national television was a long-time home for some of the most recognizable names in the history of the sport, with fighters such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Mike Tyson making a name for themselves in front of a national audience.

The PBC on NBC series will feature a cast of familiar names and voices who will lend their immense talents to the broadcasts. Seven-time Emmy Award winner Al Michaels will host the series while Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer will compose the music that brings the series to life. In addition, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as lead analyst.

“I’m so excited about PBC on NBC. I was shocked when I got the call, but right away I knew I wanted to be a part of this,” said Leonard. “This is what boxing needs, and this is what the boxing fans need.”

Los Angeles-based Goossen Promotions will promote this inaugural PBC on NBC event.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this extraordinary and highly anticipated event on March 7, the debut of the ‘Premier Boxing Champions’ series on NBC,” said Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. “These are two outstanding fights featuring four world class boxers and fans are in for a terrific night of action.”

Thurman has long proven his power by knocking out 18 of his first 19 opponents, but when he won the interim WBA Welterweight World Title with a 10th round knockout over Diego Chaves in July of 2013, he put himself in a position to fight the very best in the sport. The 26-year-old Clearwater, Florida native has since made three successful title defenses with knockouts over Jesus Soto Karass and Julio Diaz, before dominating Leonard Bundu on his way to a unanimous decision in December 2014. Now, Thurman looks to remain undefeated when he faces his toughest test to date in Guerrero.

A battle-tested veteran, Guerrero, of Gilroy, Calif., has been among the elite fighters in boxing for years. A southpaw boxer-puncher, Guerrero has won world titles in four weight classes from 130 to 147 pounds, beating the likes of Andre Berto, Joel Casamayor, Michael Katsidis and Selcuk Aydin along the way. His prowess across these weight classes earned him a fight with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather in 2013, which he lost by unanimous decision. “The Ghost” bounced back nicely in June of 2014 with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai.

One of boxing’s most well-known stars, Broner, the 25-year old phenom who has collected world titles at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, is setting his sights on the dangerous puncher John Molina Jr. on March 7. Broner has prevailed over the likes of Paulie Malignaggi, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Antonio Demarco on the way to becoming a three-division champion. Despite suffering his first loss to Marcos Maidana in December 2013, the Cincinnati-native rebounded with back-to-back victories over Carlos Molina and Emmanuel Taylor.

Molina Jr. from Covina, Calif., has had great success in the professional ranks including an impressive knockout victory over current world champion Mickey Bey that proved you can never count the powerful puncher out of a fight. The 32-year-old lost a scintillating Fight of the Year candidate to Lucas Matthysse in 2014 and is looking to start off 2015 with a big win against Broner.

A full night of exciting undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

PBC on NBC, will take place Saturday, March 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is promoted by Goossen Promotions. The event will air live on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT).

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January 29, 2015
January 29, 2015
Juan-Manuel-Marquez

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JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ has backed Daniel Estrada to defeat Kevin Mitchell when the pair clash at The O2 on Saturday night (January 31), live on Sky Sports.

The Mexican legend is part of Team Estrada as he takes on Mitchell for the WBC Silver Lightweight title in a final eliminator the World strap.

Estrada challenged Omar Figueroa for that title in August in Los Angeles, giving the champion everything he could handle in an entertaining nine round fight on the undercard of Kell Brook’s World title win over Shawn Porter, and four-weight World king Marquez is backing his man to land a second shot at the crown – but knows that Mitchell poses a tough challenge.

“That’s a dream that Daniel has,” said Marquez. “He fought for the World title against Omar Figueroa, it didn’t go well but he wants to vindicate himself with the WBC Silver belt which will open the door to another World title fight. He comes with that dream, to win and then to fight for the World title again. I think that Mitchell wants the same thing.

“The most important thing here is to come and win with the mentality that he wants to fight for the World title. He comes motivated and with this big hope to win. Every fighter’s dream is to fight for the World title. That’s why he is here in England.

“Mitchell is a good fighter, he’s a man who has kept himself at a good level in terms of his style of boxing. I think it’s a difficult fight for Daniel, difficult because of Mitchell’s style and also because the fight is in his country. It’s an interesting and important fight and it will be good for the fans watching. I always say that when a Mexican is in the ring he’s going to put on a good show, and he wants the victory, that’s why fans enjoy fights involving Mexicans.”

Marquez joined Estrada in his ten week training camp with hall of fame trainer Nacho Beristáin, and he is in no doubt that ‘Tremendo’ is in the best shape possible to earn the win.

“I trained or went running with him often and it was a good training camp,” said Marquez. “He comes here in good condition, he comes to win, like all fighters do. He’s doing very well in terms of his condition. It was a tough and hard training camp and he’s here to put on a great fight.

“Daniel wanted to run in the mountains to be in great shape and get that strength and we’re hoping to see the results of that on Saturday.

“I form part of his team and I also have something to do with the promotion of Daniel with Fernando Beltrán and Zanfer Promotions. At the same time I support him in terms of training and what he has to do as a boxer. We help him outside of boxing as well.”

Estrada’s clash with Mitchell is part of a great line-up of action at The O2 as John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against Billi Godoy.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

January 28, 2015
January 28, 2015
Maxwell

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THE British Lionhearts have named four Commonwealth Games medallists in a strong line-up to face the Morocco Atlas Lions in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) this Friday (30 January 2015) in Casablanca.

It is the same team that defeated the China Dragons 3-2 in the opening match of the season and includes Antony Fowler (middleweight), Qais Ashfaq (bantamweight), Sam Maxwell (light-welterweight) and Ashley Williams (light-flyweight) along with Romanian heavyweight, Ionut-Mirel Jitaru.

Fowler, Ashfaq and Maxwell are looking to build on the good starts to the season which saw them earn victories in their opening contests against the Chinese team, whilst Williams and Jitaru are looking for their first win of the campaign.

Antony Fowler said: “I am really looking forward to getting back in the ring.  My opening bout was a bit of a scrappy affair that ended-up getting stopped on a cut, so I am looking forward to showing what I can do out there in Morocco and delivering a winning performance for the team.”

The Lionhearts currently sit third in Group A, following the win over China and a narrow 3-2 loss to the Ukraine Otamans last Friday in Kiev.

The Morocco Atlas Lions are yet to get off-the-mark following a 4-1 defeat by the Mexico Guerreros in Mexico City and a 5-0 loss to the Cuba Domodores in Havana.

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January 27, 2015
January 27, 2015
ShaneMosleyJnr

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MASHANTUCKET, CT: Before ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ live audience witnesses the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship battle between Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) and Tony “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs), they will be treated to a stacked undercard that includes Shane Mosley, Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs), Cuban Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and local prospects.

The undefeated Barrera is taking on veteran Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) for eight rounds of action in the light-heavyweight division. Barrera had a stellar 2014 with four wins and three knockouts. In his last fight on the Kovalev-Hopkins undercard, he stopped Rowland Bryant in the fourth round. Lacy also defeated his last opponent, Timothy Hall, Jr.

Middleweight Mosley, Jr., of Pomona, CA, is taking on Rafael Machado for four rounds of action. Mosley has been training in Foxwoods with his father, Sugar Shane Mosley, as part of the reality television series Knockout. The 24-year old Mosley suffered his first career loss in his last fight against Marchristopher Adkins. Machado is still looking for his first career win.

In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off. The undefeated Tapia is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over Paul Jennette in June of last year. Oltmanns is looking to snap a three fight losing streak. In his last fight he was stopped by Matt Godfrey in the fifth round.

Light-heavyweights Larry Pryor (9-8, 5 KOs) of Washington, DC and Charles Foster (6-0, 3 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut will face off for six rounds. Pryor has won his last two fights in a row after suffering a six-round unanimous decision loss to Barrera at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA in April. In his last fight, he defeated Rayco Saunders via a six-round unanimous decision. The undefeated Foster knocked out Robert Jackson in the first round on the undercard of the Mchunu-Wilson card at Foxwoods in September.

Local favorite Cassius Chaney of New London, Connecticut will make his professional debut in a four-round heavyweight match-up with Antonio Assermelly (0-2) of Vesterly, Rhode Island. Assermelly is still looking for his first professional victory.

Finally, undefeated Philadelphian big man Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore (6-0, 5 KOs) will square off against Carlos Reyes of (6-5-1, 4 KOs) of Kuarny, Arizona for four rounds of cruiserweight action. Whitmore has knocked out his last five opponents in a row. Most recently he stopped Lamont Capers in the fourth round at Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania back in August of 2014. The southpaw, Reyes, is coming off a second round stoppage of Mike Bissett last month in St. Petersburg, Fl.

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January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015
John Ryder

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BILLI GODOY says he’ll draw on his wins over Jorge Sebastien Heiland and Carlos Baldomir as he challenges John Ryder for the WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 on Saturday (January 31), live on Sky Sports.

The Argentine is looking to upset Ryder’s plans of bursting into the top ten of the WBO rankings and charging to a title shot this year, and the visitor believes beating former world champion Baldomir and fellow countryman Heiland proves he has the class to defeat the Islington favourite.

“I am in good shape for this fight because I’ve had some good wins,” said Godoy. “I had a high ranking when I beat Carlos Baldomir and Heiland. I have belief that if I win on Saturday I’ll be up there in the rankings again.

“I was already training for a fight in Argentina but they called me to fight over in England for a title, which interested me. So we accepted the fight. I know John is a southpaw, he has good technique and he’s a good boxer so I’ll have to be very intelligent in the way that I fight him.

“Fights are fights. I always respect my rivals. I have my experience and a lot of confidence. I’m sure it’s going to be a great fight, I’m going to win as I always do.

“It was a very strange sensation being in the ring with Baldomir who was like an idol to me. He’s fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah so I never thought I’d be facing him in the ring in my life! Anyway, I had to fight him, he was my rival and I had to treat him as such.”

Godoy is no stranger to fighting in Europe after spending a lot of his early career in Austria and Germany after a chance meeting.

“I went to Austria just for a holiday where I then met a businessman, we got on well, he was involved in boxing and he liked how I fought so he offered me a chance to stay in Austria,” said Godoy. “I won four fights, I then went to live in Hamburg working with Universum Boxing. I was in Europe for nearly three years. It was a very good experience. My Dad took Aldo Nazareno Ríos to England to fight Ricky Hatton and then also to fight Jason Cook, but this is my first time in England.”

Godoy’s clash with Ryder is part of a great line-up in London as Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title and an eliminator for the world title.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

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