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October 31, 2014
October 31, 2014
Savannah Marshall

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GB BOXING has selected four women from the world class performance programme to compete in the forthcoming AIBA Women’s World Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea, (16-24 November 2014).

It includes reigning world champion, Savannah Marshall, who will defend the middleweight crown she won in China in 2012.

She will be accompanied by flyweight (51kg) Lisa Whiteside, lightweight (60kg), Chantelle Cameron and Sandy Ryan from GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad, who will compete at light welterweight (64kg).

All four boxers will compete for England and will be joined by 2014 European Championship silver medallist, Stacey Copeland, who has been selected by England Boxing at welterweight (69kg).

All five English women will travel together and prepare for the tournament at a training camp in Japan along with the Wales team of lightweight, Charlene Jones, and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Lauren Price, at middleweight.

London 2012 gold medallist, Nicola Adams and fellow Olympian, Natasha Jonas are both recovering from surgery and were not available for selection.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “The team has a good blend of youth and experience and is looking to build on the success that our women boxers have enjoyed in recent years.”

“The world championship is always a very tough event and will be a good test for all of the women as we build towards Rio in 2016.”

Since it was established in April 2010, women from the GB Boxing squad have won 11 medals at five major international competitions.

At last the world championships in China in 2012, boxers from Great Britain won four medals.  Savannah Marshall won middleweight gold, Nicola Adams took silver at flyweight and Natasha Jonas and Lisa Whiteside secured bronze at lightweight and featherweight (57kg) respectively.

Chantelle Cameron reached the quarter finals of the 2010 world championship in Barbados, where Marshall and Adams won silver medals.

Don’t miss this week’s issue of Boxing News for an interview with Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh and other future stars from the amateur game

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October 30, 2014
October 30, 2014
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Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Two more competitive fights with worldwide significance will take place on the un-televised undercard of “The Homecoming”, presented by Warriors Boxing this Saturday, November 1, at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

WBO #10-rated middleweight Caleb “Golden” Truax (24-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will take on Bedford, Virginia’s Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-rounder; and former three-time world champion Kōki Kameda (32-1, 17 KOs) from Tokyo, Japan, will appear for the first time on US soil in a super flyweight 10-round fight against México City, Mexico’s Omar Salado (24-8-2, 15 KOs).

In the night’s main event, top light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs), will make his ring return against France via Congo’s Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs). Co-headlining, WBO World Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), of Mexico City by way of Tokyo, Japan, will defend his title for the third time against interim WBO Bantamweight Champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City in a 12-round battle and opening the SHOWTIME BOXING Special Edition, former interim WBA World Featherweight Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic, squares off against Caguas, Puerto Rico’s Abner “Pin” Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout; live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets start at $31 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or call: 1-800-745-3000, the Warriors Offices: 312-622-7668 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740, or visit the UIC Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM). They can also be purchased the night of the event.

Twenty-seven-year-old southpaw Kōki Kameda is the former WBA  Bantamweight, WBC Flyweight and WBA Light Flyweight Champion of the World. He is the oldest of the three Kameda brothers including himself, Daiki and Tomoki. The Kamedas are, by far, the most well-known boxers in Japan, Koki was also a television star in his homeland during his highly decorated amateur career.

Kameda won the WBA Light Flyweight Championship in 2006 and defended it once before vacating to move up to flyweight, where he won the WBC Flyweight Championship over Daisuke Naito in November 2009. His only career loss came in March 2010, by 12-round majority decision against Thailand’s Pongsaklek Wonjongkam to unify the WBC Flyweight championship and interim WBC Flyweight championships. In 2010, he moved up to bantamweight and took on Alexander Munoz and won the vacant WBA Bantamweight Regular by unanimous decision

In Dec. 2013, Kameda vacated his bantamweight title to move back down to the super flyweight division.

Thirty-four-year-old Omar Salado isa native of Tijuana. Salado has challenged three times for world championships. In 2011, he lost to then WBA World Light Flyweight Champion Roman Gonzalez. In 2009, he lost to Luis Concepcion for the interim WBA World flyweight Title and in 2006, he battled to a draw with then IBF World light flyweight Champion Ulises Solis. Salado has also taken on a lengthy list of top contenders in the flyweight divisions.

Thirty-one-year-old Caleb Truax is a native of Osseo, Minnesota, currently rated WBO #10 at middleweight. Truax got his nickname from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, whose teams are known as the “Golden Gophers.”

He was last seen scoring a unanimous decision over dangerous spoiler Derek Ennis in July of this year. Showing world-class boxing ability, Truax never let Ennis into the fight and hurt the capable Philadelphian on several occasions.

Truax has excellent hand speed and power and uses fluid movement to score combinations.

Twenty-seven-year-old Scott Sigmon of Lynchburg, Virginia, won the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) super middleweight title and defended it twice. He went seven rounds with former world champion Kelly Pavlik in 2012 and was last seen in June of this year, fighting to an eight-round majority draw with undefeated prospect Deandre Neal in Neal’s home state of South Carolina. In March of this year, Sigmon stopped 24-3-3 Jessie Nicklow in 10 rounds.

Also on the undercard Saturday night, four of the top up-and-coming boxing prospects the Windy City has to offer, Chicago’s own Alex Martin (6-0, 5 KOs), Semajay Thomas (4-0, 2 KOs), Eddie Ramirez (5-0, 3 KOs), and Jose Felix Quezada (3-0, 2 KOs), will appear in separate undercard bouts.

October 30, 2014
October 30, 2014
Macklin

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MATTHEW MACKLIN believes he could challenge WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto next if he can see off Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena in Dublin on November 15, live on Sky Sports.

Macklin meets WBC International champion Heiland in an eliminator for Cotto’s crown as big time boxing returns to Ireland’s capital, with the winner gunning for Cotto who ripped the title from Sergio Martinez.

The Irishman is focused on the dangerous Argentine he faces in Dublin, but admits that the carrot of challenging Cotto has him dreaming of a return to the Big Apple or even an outdoor spectacular in Dublin.

“Cotto is such a big draw in New York City at Madison Square Garden, but if you can do 60,000 people at Croke Park then the economics of the fight change,” said Macklin. “If the fight captures the imagination and sells out a stadium, you can bring anyone, anywhere. That’s the dream.

“Challenging Cotto in New York would be an incredible experience – to face someone of his stature there. But that’s a lot of wins to put together first.”

If Macklin can do the job against Heiland then his interest in Irish rival Andy Lee’s clash with Matt Korobov for the vacant WBO belt in December. Lee travels to Las Vegas to tackle the unbeaten Russian and Macklin

“I think Andy has got a good chance,” said Macklin. “Styles make fights and Korobov is a technical counter-punching southpaw, he’ll give Andy room and time and Andy performs better if he’s allowed that, he’s a class act. If he can win that then me and Andy fighting for the World title is massive. It’s a huge fight anyway but a World title is that key element. I’ll be rooting for him for selfish reasons but also because he’s flying the flag for Irish boxing too and he’s a good lad, so I hope he does the business for himself and also as it sets up a potential fight for us.”

Macklin tops a great bill in the Irish capital with a pair of grudge matches between Michael Sweeney and Ian Tims at Cruiserweight and Gary O’Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald at Middleweight, 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, Kal Yafai defends his Commonwealth Super Flyweight crown, while unbeaten Dubliners Declan Geraghty and Luke Keeler both fight in their seventh fights and exciting Stourbridge Welterweight Sam Eggington.

October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014
Hopkins

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PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 28, 2014) – With just a little over a week until fight night, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins worked out in front of a packed media contingent that traveled from far and wide to see the 49-year-old ageless light heavyweight champion train for his Saturday, Nov. 8 light unification bout against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

 

President and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya was also in attendance to talk to the media and watch Hopkins train. Here is what the participants had to say.

 

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion

 

“To be able to bring a lot of the top writers in the out here to cover history is great. This fight has a lot of historic things about it.

 

“Oscar was talking about me fighting without pressure. It’s the pressure of the unknown. The unknown is the reward that comes after taking on such a challenge. For me it’s about never taking anyone lightly. I’m ready mentally and physically for this challenge, come November 8.

 

“I believe the difference comes in the execution. If you think about it too much beforehand it will keep you up at night. You can’t worry about things you can’t change. I prepare to do what I know how to do best. That rule of code has never betrayed me.

 

“There’s not one fighter I wouldn’t put my record up against. In this era – in any weight class. I put the work in to have the track record and be taken seriously.

 

“There are a lot of things I look at that I used to do, even though I was successful, as a waste of time. But those are the things you have to go through. We are young before we are old. We are immature before we become mature.

 

“When I look back at the last five years of my career, I’m spending less time in the gym than I did in the beginning of my career. I’m fighting 12-round fights, why am I training for four hours? These are the things you do when you’re young. When you get older you realize that you had to survive it, that’s how I got here.

 

“When you look at the things I do, the lifestyle and the discipline. You would say I’m preserved. You would say that I’m well kept. You would say I’m clean in the garage. The mechanics are all brand new, because I took care of them.

 

“I have the same thoughts on Kovalev that most people here do. He’s a dangerous puncher. He has an over 90 percent knockout rate and anyone who fights this guy has the opportunity to not be the same once he exits the ring. We won’t take anything away from this guy because he’s real.

 

“Kovalev is a threat to anybody. It won’t be an easy fight, even if it looks easy to you. I don’t just have to beat the man, but I have to beat a lot of people. They’re either going to watch me win or watch me lose, and I don’t mind playing that game. I don’t believe in luck. I believe in whoever brings the best and whoever sacrifices the most to be victorious will win.

 

“It doesn’t bother me if people are rooting for me or not. My family, are the only thing that matters at the end of the day. If you’re motivated by other things, you’ll never stop. No matter how many people you beat there will always be something else.

 

“No one expected me to be gone 10-15 years ago. I became their worst nightmare. I still have my senses and my intellect. I can still articulate. That makes me an even bigger force.”

 

NAAZIM RICHARDSON, Hopkins’ Trainer

 

“With some of the young guys, you have to be on them before they get comfortable. But with Bernard he comes in knowing what he wants to do and it’s just a pleasure to work with him.

 

“You can’t be undedicated in this job, you have to be in there and be a part of everything. We’re dealing with a freak of nature in Kovalev, he might be the hardest puncher in the history of boxing, we’ll see.

 

“Bernard can watch Kovalev’s tapes, but until you feel the punches you don’t know what it is. We don’t know how hard he can punch, but we’ve fought some guys who could punch. We saw with Pavlik, Tarver and Trinidad, those guys had power.

 

“The only thing Bernard hasn’t done in this sport is lose badly, so I told him to get out of this sport before he does everything. But he proved me wrong because then he beat Pavlik and Pascal and all of the other guys.”

 

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions

“We’ll never see anything like Bernard Hopkins again. We won’t see any athlete in any sport compete at the highest level. It’s unheard of. You can talk about any era, or any great fighter, no one has been able to compete at this level. Everybody in America should be cheering for him.

 

“When you take a look at Hopkins being 49-years-old, almost 50, you have basically a kid in the other corner who punches like a man. It’s a 50-50 fight.

 

“I haven’t counted Hopkins out since he beat me, even before that. Hopkins is a master at what he does. The question is how will Kovalev react psychologically to an ‘alien?’ He’s never fought an athlete like Hopkins. How will he react when he hits the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

 

“Everything he does is calculated. Everything he consumes. It’s all calculated. It’s clean living for a very long time. There’s more to it but that’s a lot of it.

 

“At this point. Hopkins is already in the Hall of Fame. He’s already going to be talked about as one of the greats. So he doesn’t have that added pressure of trying to prove himself. I think people already have the utmost respect for him.

 

“People respect the fact that at 49-years-old, he’s still going strong. There’s no sign of him slowing down. He’s getting faster, he’s getting stronger and he has more energy. He’s toying with young fighters, half his age. For Hopkins it’s starts outside the ring, he breaks you.

 

“What comes to mind from my fight with Hopkins, was one of his teeth fell off and he was, ‘well that’s old-age.’ Now I look back and think wow, he made me think I was fighting this old man. I had in my mind that if I just got through training camp, without doing any extra, that I could take this guy on. He made me complacent. He didn’t need to talk trash or get in my face, he’s a master.

 

“I believe that Hopkins focuses not on what he’s going to do physically, but on what he can do to get his opponent out of their comfort zone and what combinations does he not expect from me. I wouldn’t say he’s awkward, but he knows how to offset his opponents.

October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014
EddieChambers

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LONDON (29 OCT) Former world heavyweight title challenger ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers likes what he has seen of fast-rising prospect Anthony Joshua, but fears his run of soft opposition may only serve to hurt him in the future.

The 32-year-old Chambers, once of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now an honorary member of Team Fury in Bolton, speaks from experience. Back in March 2010 he scaled the heights and challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight championship. He therefore knows a good heavyweight when he sees one.

“At the moment they’re doing a good job of making Joshua look unbeatable,” said Chambers. “The only problem with that is you get to a point where that’s all you’re used to. Then you get in there with somebody who can prove you’re very beatable. Then panic sets in. Then you realise you have no foundations or experience to fall back on.

“Unfortunately, there’s too much fanfare from TV right now. They’re trying to analyse the improvements when he’s fighting nobodies. They’re putting a guy who is 6’6 in with much smaller guys who aren’t really talented or athletic in the slightest. They have no talent beyond coming forward and blocking shots with their face.

“How do you asses someone’s development against these opponents? Joshua won’t even get hit by these guys. And, if he does, it’s just a lucky shot.”

Chambers, 39-4 (21 KOs), continued: “Joshua’s a big, strong, athletic guy. He’s a super athlete. These big heavyweights are a different breed to what they were a few years back.

“And that means you shouldn’t match him against smaller guys with no ambition and then expect him to somehow be tested. It won’t happen. You have to put him in with someone who is either similar in size to him or at the very least someone who is athletic, slick, durable or strong.

“I’m not saying he won’t beat these opponents. He could go in there, wipe them out and surprise me. But, until that happens, we don’t really know how good he is.

“Ultimately, if you want him to become a world champion and you want him to reach the top, you can’t keep feeding him the same stale food every time. You’ve got to feed him something spicy now and again to keep his taste buds alive.”

Renowned for being an often avoided member of the heavyweight division, Chambers doesn’t expect a call from Joshua’s promoter anytime soon. But, in the unlikely event that the call does arrive, he’s more than happy to ask a question or two of the unbeaten Londoner.

“People might start believing their own BS and could be quick to test him,” said Chambers, who next appears on November 8 at Glow, Bluewater. “If that happens, I may get the call. I don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, as there are other fights out there for him that don’t carry as much risk, but I would never say ‘no’ to an opportunity like that. It would be nice.

“I’d like to see him go all the way, though. I’d like to see him get far. Let’s see these young guys go out and prove themselves. Then, if our paths meet and there’s a bit of meat dangling between two dogs, I’m not the type to back down.”

October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014
adonisstevenson

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MONTREAL (Oct. 27, 2014) – World Boxing Council (WBC), Lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), ESPN’s 2013 Fighter of the Year and 2013 Knockout of the Year winner, returns to the ring December 19 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec to face Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs),

“THE REIGN OF SUPERMAN,” featuring the world light heavyweight championship between Stevenson and Sukhotskiy, is presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) in association with Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. Stevenson’s fourth world title defense will be against Sukhotskiy, who is world rated by all four major governing bodies: WBC #7, WBO # 8, WBA # 7 and IBF # 11.

For the second time in a row Stevenson will headline on Showtime as part of its prestigious series, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, which will televise Stevenson’s title defense on American television, thanks to the close cooperation of Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Executive Vice President & General Manager, Sports and Event Programming.

WBA #10, and WNC #13 light heavyweight contender, two-time Russian Olympian sensation Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), as well as dangerous IBF #5 welterweight Kevin Bizier (26-1, 16 KOs) will also be in action.

Two press conferences will be held next Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the morning in Quebec City and Montreal in the afternoon. All details will be announced then.

Tickets, ranging from $25.00 to $250.00, will go on sale next Thursday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m. ET, in the branches of the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec (418) 691-7211 or 1 (800) 900-7469, online at www.billeteck.com, at GYM (514) 383-0666 or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980.

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
Rabchenko

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Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

SERGEY RABCHENKO believes a devastating performance against Anthony Mundine will earn him a new army of fans.

The Belarusian power-puncher knows a partisan crowd will baying for his blood when the opening bell rings at the Hisense Arena on November 12, but he’s confident that they will be singing his name by the end of the fight.

While Mundine splits opinion in the Aussie fight fraternity, he does have a large and vociferous following and Rabchenko hopes to win their hearts rather than break them.

“The crowd will start against me and that is no problem because they can’t fight for him,” Rabchenko, who defends his WBC Silver light-middleweight title, said.

“I think they will cheer for Mundine at the start but then cheer for me when they see the skills that I have and the power of my punches.

“Australian fans like to see action and that is what I will give them. I think the combinations I have been working on with Ricky Hatton will be too much for Mundine and the fans will really like what they see.”

Despite being confident that he has the tools to defeat Mundine on his own turf, Sergey knows he cannot overlook the experienced and outspoken New South Wales-native.

Mundine is a three-time world champion who has mixed it with the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Daniel Geale and Shane Mosley since switching from Rugby League and is still a formidable opponent for anyone despite being 39 years of age.

“I am fully focused on Mundine. He has won many world titles and will be a very tough fight for me,” Rabchenko said.

“He is a great, great fighter and he knows he must win if he wants to box for a world title again. I have to be ready for him at his best.

“He was beaten badly in his last fight [against Joshua Clottey] so I expect him to be very fired up. I just think I hit too hard for him and after a few rounds he will not want to be in the ring with me any longer. I will break him”.

Rabchenko v Mundine tops a huge night of boxing at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, with chief supporting contests including Lucas Browne’s WBC EPBC heavyweight title clash with Chauncy Welliver and Leonardo Zappavigna v Misael Castillo for the WBO Oriental light-welterweight crown.