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February 12, 2015
February 12, 2015


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Prizefighter Middleweights III favourite Luke Keeler will face Luke Crowcroft in the quarter-finals in at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Keeler meets Crowcroft in the third quarter-final and that means he could face second favourite and local star Jack Arnfield in the final as he faces Mick Hall in the second bout of the tournament.

The 35th edition of Prizefighter kicks-off with former finalist Cello Renda facing Liam Conroy in the first quarter-final and the draw is concluded by Craig Cunningham facing Tom Doran in the fourth quarter-final.

Brian Rose headlines the night in his hometown and takes on Carson Jones for the vacant WBC International Light Middleweight title, and there are four-rounders for Lytham St. Annes’ English Lightweight champion Scotty Cardle and Marcus Morrison in his third pro outing.

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February 12, 2015
February 12, 2015
Arthur Abraham

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ARTHUR ABRAHAM  (41-4, 28 KOs) has vowed to show Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) no mercy in their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch at the O2 World in Berlin on February 21.

The Berlin-boxer, who was left bemused by the English media’s reaction to their first fight, is ready to leave the decision in no doubt this time, claiming: ”Smith will not hear the final bell!”

‘’I want to make it clear once and for all who the champion is here,’’ said Abraham. ‘’Paul Smith fought well in our last fight, but I was better. As a television commentator Smith is world-class, but as a boxer he is not on my level!

‘’I don’t understand why the English media spoke about a miscarriage of justice. I don’t select the judges and neither do my promoters. However this time, I will relieve the judges of their responsibility. There will be no doubt, I will show no mercy and Smith will not hear the final bell!’’

If any additional motivation is needed for the German champion, it comes in the form of a potential mouth-watering domestic clash with long-time rival Felix Sturm.

‘’I have dreamt of a fight against Felix Sturm for many years,’’ said the 34 year-old. ‘’That would be a huge event in Germany. It has not been possible in the past due to conflicting television partners, but with Team Sauerland’s new cooperation with Sat.1, that dream could soon become a reality. But first, I must defeat Paul Smith on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin.’’

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February 12, 2015
February 12, 2015
Peter Fury

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Family. It’s the most important thing to me, it’s life’s beating heart, and it means more than all the world titles a fighter can win.

Today the Fury family grows stronger as my brother, John, is released from prison following a four-and-a-half year sentence. It’s a happy day, a cause for celebration, and I’m just glad we get to have him home. It gives us the chance to put all of this misery behind us. Now we can concentrate on the boxing.

We’re taking an afternoon off to go out for a meal to celebrate his release. Then we’ll be back in the gym this evening and there’ll be sparring. John will be right in the mix and it will be like he never went away.

He’s going to be working full-time with me here, doing pads, and he’ll be a big asset to us. He can help me out in many different ways.

For example, there’s a lot of lads in the gym and it’s a bit much for me to take them all on the pads at the same time. But I can now split it up a bit, and it’s nice to have a good pad man who knows what he’s doing. It allows me to take a step back, have a proper look at them and then fix anything I see.

Of course, it’s great to work alongside your brother because you’ve got that natural communication. I’ve only got to say, ‘Right, make him slip that shot and come around to the body,’ and John knows exactly what I mean. He can interpret everything I want from a fighter. Sometimes it doesn’t even require words. He just understands what I want and will act on it. He knows where I’m coming from.

This is all going to be a big plus for me because I’ve always seen myself as more of a tactician, a technical strategist, someone who works on different things to allow a fighter to find the range to get their shots off. There’s a lot involved with training, though, so it’s good to now have my brother doing more on the physical side.

When you step up to world level, you need to put all your energy into the technical side of things because that’s what can make the difference. They’re all tough and fit at world level. The great fighters just happen to have that something extra technically.

I’ve always said my dream for Tyson and Hughie is for them to be like the two Klitschkos. Well, they’ve now got two fathers training them and it couldn’t be any better. We’ve got a tight bond, a close family unit, which is exactly what we need to drive them to do great things.

My family is my life. We lost our oldest brother, Hughie, last year and that completely messed us up. We still haven’t got over it. John and I were talking about it only three days ago. Things won’t ever be the same for us. We know that. We lost a part of our family.

We’ve just got to buckle in now and focus on the young ones. It’s all about them now. We’ve got my brother’s son, Dempsey, who is carrying the torch and I can make his father proud through him. I can help him achieve something in his father’s memory. That motivates me, that cheers me up, it keeps me going. If I put all of my efforts into him, I know his father will be looking down on us with a smile.

In fact, before my brother died, we had a conversation and he agreed to come and help train my son, Hughie, while I helped train Dempsey. We were going to share the responsibility. We’d have all been here at the gym together.

That never happened, though. But his son is training here with us now and I’m privileged and honoured to bear that responsibility. Family, for me, is about keeping everyone together as one unit and going forward as a united front.

Hughie Fury fights dangerman Andriy Rudenko over ten rounds on February 21 in Monte Carlo, televised by Channel 5. Meanwhile, Tyson Fury defends his WBO International heavyweight title against Christian Hammer on February 28 at the O2 Arena, live on BoxNation.

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Brian Rose

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BRIAN ROSE has told Carson Jones he is in for a hostile reception when they clash for the WBC International Light Middleweight title on Saturday (February 14) at the Winter Gardens, live on Sky Sports.

Rose is continuing his comeback following his World title challenge against Demetrius Andrade in New York in June, returning to the ring with a first round KO in Leeds in October and steps up a gear in a must-win clash with the Oklahoma man, who made a name for himself in England after his two bouts with Sheffield star Kell Brook.

The Blackpool man turns 30 on Sunday and believes he can win a World title – but has also stated a defeat against Jones could spell the end of his career.

‘The Lion’ will have huge support in the Winter Gardens and believes that the famous Blackpool venue will be rocking on Valentine’s Night.

“The roof is going to come off the Winter Gardens on Saturday,” said Rose. “It’s a huge night for my career and the fans know it, that’s why it’s going to be a packed house and the atmosphere is going to be electric.

“I was at the second Brook fight and I have seen Carson fight a good few times, he’s well known here and in the USA. He’s tough, he’s a come forward fighter and he comes on strong in the later rounds, which is what I do too. It’s going to be a good fight, if it goes the distance it’ll be a good one, he’s going to walk onto my jab and I may have to take a few shots too, it’s going to be good.

“I’m a big Light Middleweight and I feel that I am still growing into the weight now, with each fight it’s a little bit more of a struggle to make Light Middleweight, it works in my favour him moving up but he might be quicker, so I have to look out for them things, he might not hold the power he has at Welterweight though – at least I hope he doesn’t.”

Rose’s clash with Jones is part of a great night of action in Blackpool with eight determined contenders lining up for the Prizefighter Middleweights III.

There’s five unbeaten fighters risking their unbeaten records to land the trophy in local favourite Jack Arnfield, Irishman Luke Keeler, Wales’ Tom Doran, Preston’s Mick Hall and Birmingham’s Craig Cunningham. Former finalist Cello Renda is aiming to go one better while youngsters Liam Conroy and Luke Crowcroft can give their careers a massive boost with victory. The draw for the action will be made live on Sky Sports News at 10.30am tomorrow.

Lytham St. Annes’ English Lightweight champion Scotty Cardle gets a four-rounder on the bill while there’s a third pro outing for Marcus Morrison.

Carson Jones: Brian Rose is “pretty basic”

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
JAmie Cox

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Swindon middleweight prospect Jamie Cox makes his long awaited return to the ring this Saturday night (14th February) at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and aims to send out a warning to his domestic rivals that he’s back.

The undefeated southpaw takes on Huddersfield’s Alistair Warren in a ten-rounder as chief support to the potential thriller between Stephen Ormond and Terry Flanagan’s WBO European Lightweight title clash and Eliminator for the WBO World title, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Cox, 28, has only fought once in the last three and half years – beating Matiouze Royer over six rounds in June last year – due to a serious hand injury and issues outside of the ring that have kept him inactive.

But Cox, who was a stellar amateur claiming gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and won a Commonwealth title at light-middleweight in the pro ranks, is determined to get back to the top.

With the domestic 160lb division looking very competitive with stars including Billy Joe Saunders, Andy Lee, Martin Murray and Chris Eubank Jnr., Cox says there’s no reason why he can’t be in the mix.

“First of all I’m delighted that Frank Warren has got me on the Wolverhampton show and I’m going to show that I mean business,” said Cox.

“I just want to fight again and fulfil the potential that I showed when I started out in the sport.  I’ve had an unfortunate few years, but they’re behind me know and I’m looking to the future and I’m determined to eventually become a world champion,”

“I’ve got a bit of catching up to do, but I’m still young enough and I’ve matured mentally so I believe that I can still achieve that goals that I’ve set myself and more.  It’s like a brand new start for me in my career and it begins this Saturday night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall,”

“Fortunately I’m in a division with a lot of quality names and there are some very exciting potential fights that can be made.  Saunders, Lee, Murray and Eubank Jnr are all at world level and I reckon after a few more fights I can be up there with them, I’m that confident.  Nick Blackwell, John Ryder, and Adam Etches are a  there and thereabouts and I know I could beat them now if I had the chance.

“I’m looking forward to getting things moving again and it’s down to me to put on a top performance against Warren and get the win, before sitting down with my team and planning the next move.”

Promoted by Frank Warren, in association with P.J Rowson, the WBO European Lightweight clash between Ormond and Flanagan, which doubles as an Eliminator for the WBO World title headlines the action-packed card that also features Welsh super-featherweight Craig Evans; Swindon middleweight Jamie Cox; lightweight prospect Joe Costello; Redditch middleweight Andrew Robinson; Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay; Tipton light-heavyweight Ricky Summers; Dudley light-middleweight Ryan Aston; Swansea bantamweight Jay Harris and the professional debut of Birmingham super-bantamweight Razza Hamza.

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Sam Maxwell

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SAM MAXWELL will look to maintain his unbeaten start to this season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) when the  British Lionhearts take on the Russian Boxing team this Thursday (12 February 2015) in Moscow.

The light-welterweight from Liverpool has won both his bouts this season with impressive victories over Touliaowutayi Sarike of the China Dragons and  Hamza El Barbari of the Morocco Atlas Lions.

Maxwell said: “It’s been a good start to the season for me, but Russia away is a very tough assignment.  It will not be easy but I just need to go there, keep doing the things that have brought me success and stick to my gameplan.”

Maxwell is joined in a relatively inexperienced team by two fellow members of the GB Boxing squad, light-flyweight, Ashley Williams, and middleweight, Dan Woledge.

Welsh Commonwealth bronze medallist, Williams, is yet to record a victory this season following points losses against the China Dragons and the Morocco Atlas Lions.  Woledge from Chatham in Kent is making his debut WSB debut.

They are joined in the Lionhearts team by two overseas selections making their first appearances of the season.  Holland’s Enrico La Cruz will box at Bantamweight and Abdoulaye Diane from France has been selected in the heavyweight berth.

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 at 10.00pm on Thursday 12 February 2015.

The British Lionhearts currently sit third in Group A of WSB with six points from four matches, which includes two wins and two defeats.  Russia have two wins and a loss from three matches and sit a place below the Lionhearts having won fewer bouts in the course of the season.

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Paul Smith

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PAUL SMITH (35-4, 20 KOs) can settle the score with Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) in their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany.

Smith was left disappointed after finding himself on the wrong end of a unanimous points decision in his first attempt to dethrone the German champion. Although, the 32 year-old is aware he may face an even tougher task in the repeat of their September showdown, he is confident of bringing the belt back to Britain.

‘’I’m extremely confident,’’ said the 32 year-old former British Champion. ‘’I went into the first fight believing I could beat Abraham, this time I go into the fight knowing I can beat him. I know what I am in with now and I’m 100% confident I will win. He won’t be able to rely on the judges this time.

‘’I do believe Abraham will be fitter this time, he will come to fight and that is exactly what I’ve prepared for. I’m certainly fitter and better than last time too, and I‘ve improved technically. The first fight for me was a chance to prove that I belong at world level. Although, I didn’t get the decision, I felt I beat him and I got a massive confidence boost from that. I now know I belong at world level and I know I can mix it with the best.’’

Despite fighting in Abraham’s hometown, Smith will not have to worry about a lack of support. The Liverpudlian brought a travelling army of fans with him to Kiel for their first fight, and is expecting an even better turn out in the German capital.

‘’I’ve already sold more tickets,’’ reveals Smith. ‘’Last time there was the Merseyside football derby, Liverpool vs. Everton on the same day. I have friends who wouldn’t miss a derby for their own mother’s funeral, never mind one of my fights. This time everyone is coming and we will all be celebrating in Berlin after I win!’’

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