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January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015

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Ukraine Otamans and British Lionhearts bid to remain undefeated in Kiev

Group A in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) is packed full of world class Franchises, and both Ukraine Otamans plus their week two opponents British Lionhearts won their opening contests.

On Friday 23rd January, 21:30 (GMT +2) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at

Ukraine return to the Acco International Exhibition Center, Kiev, which was the scene of their first round 4-1 win over Mexico Guerreros, while British Lionhearts travel away for the first time in WSB this season, after their 3-2 win over China Dragons.

The first match of the evening is at Flyweight (52 kg) between Azat Usenaliev of Ukraine Otamans, and two-time AIBA World Championships medalist Andrew Selby of Wales who is representing the Lionhearts this season.

Usenaliev had an impressive victory over Bakhtovar Nazirov in the quarter-final stages of WSB last season, while Selby has competed for Italia Thunder and British Lionhearts in the competition, and is undefeated in his WSB career so far.

The Lightweights (60 kg) are in action next, with Oleg Prudkyi who impressed in his WSB Season IV outings facing Joseph Cordina, who won the bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Welterweight (69 kg) Bogdan Shelestyuk of Ukraine has won many medals across his boxing career, and his week two opponent is England’s Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman who has a very entertaining style in the ring, and always comes to win.

European Junior Championships silver medallist Oleksandr Khyzhniak is one of the youngest members of Ukraine Otamans, but the Light heavyweight (81 kg) will be full of confidence against Scotland’s Aston Brown who previously competed in Season III of WSB.

The last fight of the night is at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) between Ukraine’s Viktor Vykhryst who has many seasons of WSB experience and England’s Joseph Joyce, who won the bronze in his class at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships, competed at the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships and won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan seek win number two away to Rafako Hussars Poland

After their opening win in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), Astana Arlans Kazakhstan travel to Lubin, as they face Rafako Hussars Poland who are looking for their first WSB victory following a loss away in Puerto Rico.

On Friday 23rd January, 20:30 (GMT +1) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at

The night begins at Flyweight (52 kg) and features Hamza Touba who featured for Team Germany last season now representing Poland against Olzhas Sattibayev who is one of the toughest members of the Astana Arlans squad.

Lightweight (60 kg) Polish fighter Dawid Michelus won the bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and he fights former Kazakhstan National Champion Zakir Safiullin.

An intriguing clash at Welterweight (69 kg) follows between Northern Ireland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Steven Donnelly who is competing for Poland this season, against Madiyar Ashkeyev, who achieved the performance of his life in September’s “Clash of Champions” as he beats Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo via split decision.

The penultimate fight is at Light heavyweight (81 kg) with Poland’s WSB veteran Mateusz Jerzy Tryc facing Croatia’s Hrvoje Sep who has amassed over 20 fights in this competition, including many wins for his Franchise Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.

Another Croatian representing Kazakhstan competes in the main event, as Filip Hrgovic who was ranked in the top three Super heavyweights (91+ kg) last season takes on Poland’s Pawel Wierzbicki who is a former AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships medalist.

Russian Boxing Team make their Season V debut against China Dragons

Following the postponement of their week one World Series of Boxing (WSB) match, Russian Boxing Team make their first appearance of Season V against China Dragons, who narrowly lost 3-2 to British Lionhearts in London, England last week.

This time the Dragons are at home with the Mangrovetree Convention Center the venue in Sanya, and On Friday 23rd January, 19:30 (GMT +8) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at

The first fight of the night is at Flyweight (52 kg) and features the speedy Hu Jianguan against Russia’s Vyacheslav Tashkarakov who competed well in WSB last season.

Lightweight (60 kg) Chinese sensation Wang Lei reached the latter stages of many international tournaments during 2014, and he opens his account in this competition against Russia’s Adlan Abdurashidov who was the top Lightweight seed in Season II of WSB.

A former WSB competitor, Liu Wei returns at Welterweight (69 kg) for China Dragons against Radzhab Butaev who claimed an impressive win last season against Denys Berinchyk.

China’s Aolin Zhang is ranked in the top 15 of the AIBA Light Heavyweight rankings, and he will hope to impress in the same weight class in WSB when he squares off against Russia’s former national junior boxing Champion Vladimir Shishkin.

In the main event of the evening, the Super Heavyweights (91+ kg) are in action, with the powerful Wang Zhibao competing against Russia’s Gasan Gimbatov who is looking to fulfill his undoubted potential this season.

Can Puerto Rico Hurricanes make it two wins in a row against Argentina Condors?

An American derby ends the second week of Season V of the World Series of Boxing, with Argentina Condors at home to Puerto Rico Hurricanes.

The Condors lost their first week bout 4-1 at home against USA Knockouts, while the Hurricanes enjoyed a dream debut as they beat Rafako Hussars Poland at home.

Sunday 25th January is the date, and the Stadium of Argentina Boxing Federation, Buenos Aires is the venue, and fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 00:00 (GMT -3) at

A Flyweight (52 kg) fight opens proceedings, and the fast and pacy Cristian Alan Choque Chambi looks for victory against  Puerto Rico’s prospect Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio who won the silver medal at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, and was one of the youngest competitors in the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he advanced to the quarter-finals, losing only to the two-time AIBA World Champion Misha Aloian.

The second fight of the evening is at Lightweight (60 kg) with Argentina’s Brian Ivan Nunez, who competed in many matches last season fighting Jose Rosario who won the Cheo Aponte Tournament last year.

Up next are the Welterweights (69 kg) and one of Argentina’s best boxers is in action, as Alberto Ignacio Palmetta, ranked top 20 in the world by AIBA faces Nicklaus Flaz who won bronze at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games.

Argentina Condors Light heavyweight (81 kg) Marcos Escudero then fights Puerto Rico’s Joseph Laboy, before the conquering Super heavyweights (91+ kg) finish the evening off as WSB veteran Facundo Cesar Ghiglione represents Argentina against the powerful Cosme Henrique dos Santos Nascimento.

Algeria Desert Hawks open their WSB Season against Cuba Domadores

The Defending World Series of Boxing (WSB) Champions Cuba Domadores enjoyed a successful start to the competition in week one when they whitewashed Morocco Atlas Lions 5-0, and this time they travel to Africa to face Algeria Desert Hawks.

This will be the first appearance of the season for the Hawks after their first week match with Russian Boxing Team was postponed due to bad weather, and they will be itching to make an immediate impression on the tournament.

Hocine Chalane, Blida hosts the action for this Group A match, and on Saturday 24th January, fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 18:00 at

The Flyweights (52 kg) are in action first, and Abdelhakim El Barka has a tough task against Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia who won all eight of his WSB matches last season.

A Lightweight (60 kg) battle follows that, and it doesn’t get any easier for Algeria with two-time AIBA World Champion, Olympic bronze medalist and 6-1 WSB record holder Lazaro Alvarez facing Algeria’s Reda Benbaziz who will look to rely on his past WSB experience.

Algerian Welterweight (69 kg) Sofiane Tabi then looks to showcase his skills in front of his home fans against Cuban gold medal specialist Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo who went 5-0 in his debut WSB season.

Light heavyweight (81 kg) sees Julio Cesar De La Cruz putting his 5-1 WSB record on the line when he faces two-time Olympian and 2007 All-Africa Games gold medalist Nabil Kassel.

The last fight of the evening at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) could be Algeria’s best chance of a win, as they have Hamza Beguerni in action, who memorably knocked out England’s Joseph Joyce in the 2013 AIBA World Championships.

His opponent, Lenier Eunice Pero won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, but the Cuban will have to be wary of the power from his African opponent.

Can Caciques Venezuela create the ultimate upset against Azerbaijan Baku Fires?

After losing 5-0 in their debut World Series of Boxing (WSB) match away in Kazakhstan, Caciques Venezuela look for their first win in the competition at home against WSB Season IV runners-up Azerbaijan Baku Fires.

The Fires crushed Italy 4-1 in their opening match of the season, and will fancy their chances for another big win away in South America.

Estadio Polideportivo José María Vargas, Maiquetía is the venue for the action, and on Saturday 24th January, fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 21:00 (GMT -4.5) at

Eduard Johan Bermúdez Salas competed at the 2008 Olympic Games for Venezuela, and he makes his WSB debut at Flyweight (52 kg) against Azerbaijan’s Elvin Mamishzada who impressed in the Finals last year with a decisive win over Cuba’s Gerardo Cervantes.

There is great action at Lightweight (60 kg) in fight number two, with home favourite Nestor Armas in action against The Baku Fires superstar Albert Selimov who snapped the undefeated streak of the number one ranked Lazaro Alvarez last season.

Welterweight (69 kg) Gabriel Maestre Perez reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Venezuelan many fancy his chances against Yauheni Ramashkevich, who has a 2-3 WSB career record, and lost the deciding match in the Season IV Finals.

The Light heavyweight (81 kg) division always produces entertaining contests in WSB, and Albert Ramon Ramirez Duran makes his debut for Venezuela when he fights 2012 Olympian Soltan Migitinov.

Azerbaijan’s Arslanbek Makhmudov was the number one ranked Super heavyweight (91+ kg) in WSB last season amassing a 5-0 record, and he is the clear favourite in the last fight of the evening against Edgar Ramon Munoz Mata who competed at Light heavyweight in the 2004 Olympic Games.

Mexico Guerreros and Morocco Atlas Lions both aim for their first win of the season

Aguascalientes, Mexico, hosts the first home fixture for Mexico Guerreros in Season V of the World Series of Boxing, and they host Morocco Atlas Lions.

Both Franchises lost their first match of the season, so these five bouts carry huge significance even at this early stage of the competition.

This Group A match takes place on Saturday 24th January, 20:15 (GMT -6) , and fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at

The Flyweights (52 kg) open this fixture, with speedy Mexican Alam Yael de la Luz Galindo fighting Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi who won the prestigious Roberto Balado Cup in Havana last year.

Mexico’s Lightweight (60 kg) Lindolfo Delgado began his WSB career last season, and he opens up his account here against Moroccan Abdellah Boudrar who won October’s Mohamed VI Trophy.

An interesting Welterweight (69 kg) clash follows between WSB Season III number one ranked Marvin Cabrera of Mexico fighting Mohammed Rabii who will be looking to cause an upset away from home.

Ecuador’s Carlos Mina claimed the gold medal at the Pacific Cup in the latter stages of last year, and his excellent recent form sees him compete at Light heavyweight (81 kg) in WSB for Mexico.

His opponent is Mohamed Assaguir, a relatively unknown fighter who is looking to make a name for himself in WSB.

The last fight of the evening is a powerful contest at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) and Mexico’s young Edgar Ramirez is a truly promising boxer, and he faces Morocco’s Thierry Adolphe Ngueharoum in a bout that could end very early.

USA Knockouts look to inflict further damage on Italia Thunder in Miami

After their opening week one victory over Argentina Condors, the USA Knockouts seek to make it two wins out of two in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against Italia Thunder, who are reeling from their opening loss in Azerbaijan.

The Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome, Miami is the venue for this Group B match, and on Saturday 24th January, 19:30 (GMT -5) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at

In the first fight of the night, the Flyweights (52 kg) are in action, and Brent Venegas III is one of the brightest prospects in America, but will have to be at his best to defeat Gaurav Bidhuri, an Indian boxer who represents Italy, and who has prior WSB experience for former Franchise Mumbai Fighters.

The Lightweights (60 kg) are in action next, and the 2014 Junior and Youth Open Champion Carlos Balderas is just 19-year-old, one of the youngest competitors in WSB this season, and is tipped as a potential future superstar in the sport.

His opponent is Italy’s Fabio Introvaia, one of the most technically gifted boxers in the Italian squad.

Three-time Golden Gloves Champion Brian Ceballo has big dreams of making the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the Welterweight (69 kg) fights a decorated Olympian Fred Evans in Miami.

Evans, a Welshman representing Italy, won the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and is a European gold medalist.

US army soldier Steven Nelson only began boxing in 2010, but is now the number one Light Heavyweight (81 kg) for America, and the Knockouts star fights Italy’s Valentino Manfredonia who competed well in many international events during 2014.

For more amateur boxing news and interviews don’t miss this week’s issue of Boxing News

January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015

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The world’s best AIBA Pro Boxers are set to do battle to be the first Champions of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) competition running from 23 January to 19 February for each of the 10 weight categories.

Launched in October 2014, APB is a ground breaking new Pro Boxing competition based on individual rankings that offers elite boxers an unprecedented new career opportunity as well as a new route to qualify for the Olympics, with a total of 20 quota places on offer to APB boxers.

APB is the first and only individual competition in the history of boxing that allows Pro Boxers to compete whilst retaining their Olympic eligibility, with Rio 2016 set to be the first Olympic Games in history with Pro Boxers competing.

The matches of the initial pre-ranking and ranking phases of the competition took place in Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey – and provided many epic bouts, as well as often producing surprising results.

The APB Inaugural Champion contenders, per weight, are as follows:

  • LIGHT FLY 49kg (Foshan, China – 05/02): Zhonglin WU (China) vs Bin LYU (China)
  • FLY 52kg (Novosibirsk, Russia – 30/01): Misha ALOIAN (Russia) vs Elias EMIGDIO (Mexico)
  • BANTAM 56kg (Paris, France – 19/02): Khedafi Djelkhir (FRA) vs Alberto MELIAN (ARG)
  • LIGHT 60kg (Astana, Kazakhstan – 30/01): Berik ABDRAKHMANOV (Kazakhstan) vs Hershid TOJIBAEV (Uzbekistan)
  • LIGHT WELTER 64kg (Novosibirsk, Russia – 31/01): Armen ZAKARYAN (Russia) vs Artem HARUTYUNYAN (Germany)
  • WELTER 69kg (Baku, Azerbaijan – 24/01): Onur SIPAL (Turkey) vs Rayton OKWIRI (Kenya)
  • MIDDLE 75kg (Istanbul, Turkey – 23/01): Adem KILICCI (Turkey) vs Artem CHEBOTAREV (Russia)
  • LIGHT HEAVY 81kg (Sofia, Bulgaria – 30/01): Ehsan ROUZBAHANI (Iran) vs Kennedy SAINT PIERRE (Mauritius)
  • HEAVY 91kg (Catania, Italy – 30/01): Aleksei EGOROV (RUS) vs Clemente RUSSO (ITA)

SUPER HEAVY 91+kg (Baku, Azerbaijan – 23/01): Mohammed ARJAOUI (Morocco) vs Erik PFEIFER (Germany)



Location: Baku – Venue: Sarhadchi Complex

The two undefeated APB Super Heavyweights (91+ kg), Mohammed Arjaoui (MAR) and Erik Pfeifer (GER) will clash in Baku with the objective of winning the APB Inaugural Title Belt.

Pfeifer is a two-time AIBA World Championship bronze medalist, and started his APB career off with a dominant victory over Egypt’s Ahmed Samir. He followed that up in week two with a close points win over France’s Tony Yoka, and the German secured his part in the Inaugural Title Match during the Matches for Champions series, when he stopped Romanian Mihai Nistor in round three of the contest.

Mohammed Arjaoui also boasts an unblemished 3-0 APB record, and he began with a close victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Verveyko in week one. One win turned into two as he won on points against Mihai Nistor, and the Olympian made sure of his place in the title picture during week three as he defeated Tony Yoka on points.

Match schedule:

  • 19:30: Ahmed SAMIR (EGY) W.O. vs Sergiy VERVEYKO (UKR) (Exhibition Match)
  • 20:00: Tony YOKA (FRA) vs Mihai NISTOR (ROM)
  • 20:30: Magomedrasul MEDZHIDOV (AZE) vs Magomed OMAROV (RUS)
  • 21:00: Mohammed ARJAOUI (MAR) vs Erik PFEIFER (GER) (APB Inaugural Title Match)


Location: Istanbul – Venue: Caferaga Spor Salonu

Local hero Adem Kilicci (TUR) will fight  to offer his fans the APB Inaugural Title Belt this Friday. Kilicci has been one of the most impressive APB boxers so far in the competition. With an unblemished 3-0 record, he fought against Kenya’s Nickson Abaka, Hosam Abdin (EGY) and also Artem Chebotarev (RUS) his opponent for the Title.

Artem Chebotarev opened his account with a disqualification win against Ecuador’s Marlo Delgado, and then lost in week two against Kilicci. The Russian earned his ticket for the final by defeating Dmytro Mitrofanov in the Matches for Champions in a close match.

Match schedule:

  1. 21:00: Marlo DELGADO (ECU) vs Nickson ABAKA (KEN)
  2. 21:30: Hosam ABDIN (EGY) vs Dmytro MYTROFANOV (UKR)
  3. 22:00: Michel TAVARES (FRA) vs Bogdan JURATONI (ROM)
  4. 22:30: Adem KILICCI (TUR) vs Artem CHEBOTAREV (RUS) (APB Inaugural Title Match)


Location: Baku – Venue: Sarhadchi Complex

The APB Welter Inaugural Title Match will see the battle between Onur Sipal (TUR) and Rayton Okwiri (KEN).

2008 Beijing Olympian Onur Sipal is one of Turkey’s most promising boxing talents, and the 25-year-old has won all three of his APB matches so far against Eimantas Stanionis (LTU), Okwiri and Denys Lazarev (UKR).

In the first week of the competition, the Kenyan Rayton Okwiri shocked the world by knocking out one of the favourites for Welterweight glory, Austria’s Marcos Nader in round two of their fight. After his loss to Sipal in November, Kenya’s superstar rebounded magnificently to quality for the title bout when he won five of the six rounds against Russia’s Olympic bronze medalist Andrey Zamkovoy in December.

Match schedule:

  1. 19:30: Gyula KATE (HUN) vs Marcos NADER (AUT)
  2. 20:00: Denys LAZAREV (UKR) vs Andrei ZAMKOVOY (RUS)
  3. 20:30: Eimantas STANIONIS (LTU) vs Tamerlan ABDULLAYEV (AZE)

21:00: Onur SIPAL (TUR) vs Rayton OKWIRI (KEN) (APB Inaugural Title Match)

For a full feature on what the APB is and what it might mean for boxing you can still read the January 15 issue of Boxing News on our app, available on iTunes, Google Play and from

January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015
Brandon Rios

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“This will be the best fight of the trilogy, as it should be.

“I am ready for anything Mike Alvarado brings to the table.  I know all his tricks.  He can’t surprise me this time.

“No one should be surprised if this fight ends in a knockout.  It’s happened once already.  I’m not looking for the knockout but you can bet I won’t be avoiding it if the opportunity presents itself.

“For both of us it’s do or die.  If I lose this fight I may just call it a day as a fighter.  I’ve been at this a long time.

“I’ve been training in Greeley for 30 days to get acclimated to the thin air.  I have been staying at a friend’s house.  He built a full gym for me in his garage.  It’s been great.

“Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado are the two best fighters I have ever faced.

“I am so ready for chapter three on January 24.  This is the ending the fans have been waiting for and I promise you they will not be disappointed!”


”I feel great.  I know the kind of fight this will be.  He’s going to try to cut off the ring and when he does, he’ll open himself up and when he does that I will be cracking him.

“I will not fight his fight.  I am sticking to our plan.  But you can bet I will shoot the works when I have him in my sights.

“Brandon is right about one thing, it IS do or die for us   We are both the same person inside the ring and outside the ring.

“I have not allowed anything to distract me from my training.  I am focused and ready.

“Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honor.  This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time.  We are entertainers and our fight on January 24 will be the grand finale.  I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight.”

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January 22, 2015
January 22, 2015

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KELL BROOK will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against No.1 mandatory challenger ‘Jo Jo’ Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28.

The Sheffield star landed the title in August with a career-high win over Shawn Porter and makes a long-awaited return to action in his hometown, with his first defence of the title being his first fight in the Steel City since he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in October 2013.

Brook dives straight into the deep-end following his life-threatening injury when he was attacked whilst on holiday in September as he meets the Canadian-based Romanian Dan, who edged out Kevin Bizier in a final eliminator for ‘The Special One’s’ title in December.

“After everything that’s happened over the last six months, it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my World title in Sheffield,” said Brook. “I want to get this mandatory out of the way and then target those mega fights that are out there in the division. There is no chance that I will be underestimating Jo Jo Dan though as I know how he will be feeling having worked so hard to get into the mandatory position just like I did, but I will be working twice as hard to keep the belt that I earned.”

Brook’s first World title defence is supported by a great undercard as talented Steel City favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky, Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a World title, GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill. There will be a major announcement early next week regarding a further addition to the stacked card.

“To see Kell walk out in front of a sold-out crowd in his hometown of Sheffield is going to be an emotional night,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Kell has gone to America and beaten an American to win the World title – it’s a massive achievement and it shows that he is a very, very special fighter. Jo Jo Dan is a tough fight, there’s no way that Kell can be anything but 100 per cent to beat him – and I have no doubt that he will be. There are some massive fights out there for Kell if he can take care of Jo Jo, but his focus is solely on Dan and I expect him to shine on March 28.”

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January 22, 2015
January 22, 2015
Frankie Gavin

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PROMOTER Frank Warren has today announced that he will not be renewing his management and promotional contracts with welterweight boxer Frankie Gavin.

Mr Warren, who signed Gavin in 2008 and he made his professional debut in 2009, guided him to British, Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental titles in his 22-fight career.

In addition Mr Warren secured Gavin a hometown European title opportunity that was also a final Eliminator for the WBO World title and also steered him to number one spot in the WBO.

Mr Warren wishes Mr. Gavin all the best in his future career.

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January 21, 2015
January 21, 2015
David Price

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David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs) on February 21 at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The heavyweights go toe-to-toe on the undercard of the WBO World Super Middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs), live on Sky Sports.

Price returns, following a six-month injury lay-off, ready to kick-start his 2015 with a ten-round contest against the 34 year-old Brazilian, Costa Junior. ‘’I can’t wait to get back in the ring and remind everybody what I’m all about,’’ said the former British and Commonwealth Champion.

‘’Costa Junior is exactly the type of opponent I wanted. He’s got a decent record, similar to my own, with sixteen wins and only two defeats. Last year, he went twelve rounds with Christian Hammer, so we know he’s no mug. It will be another step up, but I think he will bring out the best in me. I’m confident I will get the win.’’

The O2 World could prove to be a home away from home for the 6ft 8’’ heavyweight, with thousands of British fans expected to make the trip over to Berlin. ‘’The support from Liverpool will be fantastic,’’ said Price. ‘’There will be loads of fans coming over to get behind Paul and myself. I’m looking forward to being a part of such a big card. It will set up me up nicely for a ‘homecoming’ fight later this year.’’

‘’2015 is going to be a huge year for Pricey,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’That starts in Berlin on February 21. Costa Junior is a serious opponent. With a convincing victory, we can send a message to all the heavyweights around the world – the big man is back and he means business!’’


January 20, 2015
January 20, 2015

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HEAVYWEIGHT destroyer Christian Hammer has promised to cause a huge upset and derail Tyson Fury from his dream world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko.

The hard-hitting WBO number three ranked challenger takes on Fury at London’s O2 arena on Saturday 28th February with the Manchester star risking his unbeaten record, European and WBO International titles and his WBO mandatory spot to Klitschko.

Fury and Hammer came face-to-face for the first time today at Fredericks restaurant in London ahead of their crucial showdown next month, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

German based Romanian Hammer, who has 10 knockouts in 17, said, “I’ve seen Tyson fight plenty of times before in the amateurs and also in the pros, he’s a very good boxer but at the end of the day nothing I’ve seen worries me at all.

“I feel that’s he’s made a big big mistake choosing to fight me, but full respect to him, he could have avoided me and chosen a much easier opponent and keep his record and titles intact and also his world title fight against Klitschko.

“But at the O2 arena on Saturday 28th February I must bring his dreams crashing down around him. Make no mistake I’m coming here to do one thing and one thing only, to beat Tyson Fury and earn my right to fight Klitschko.”

With the all the talk of Fury facing Klitschko in the summer and also a potential showdown with new WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder, Fury is not underestimating the threat Hammer poses to his future ambitions.

He said, “I won’t be taking Hammer for granted, this is a very risky fight for me and the fights against Klitschko or Wilder won’t be happening if I don’t beat Hammer.

“He’s by far the most accomplished fighter I fought in my career.  I’m very familiar with him from the amateurs and I’ve kept an eye on him in the pros and he’s had some good recent wins including Kevin Johnson.

“He’s a strong puncher and moves well on his feet for a big lad, he fancies his chances against me and remember in the heavyweights it only takes one punch to turn things upside down.

“But this is Tyson Fury we’re talking about and as long as I’ve got gloves and a fighting heart there’s no man that will have the beating of me.  I will fight and fight, I’ll get up to win, but there’s no one who will keep me down, I’m a winner.

Wilder did a good job at the weekend on Stiverne and he’s lit up the heavyweight division. Without a doubt Klitschko is the number one and the linear champion and naturally you want to beat the man who beat the man, so he’s my first choice. Then I’d love to meet Wilder who’s made some noises after his win about facing me which I’ll gladly accommodate, but let Wilder bask in his moment of glory for a while longer because that will soon come to an end.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “Inactivity is the worse thing for a boxer, the name of the game is to keep busy and Tyson can’t sit around waiting for Klitschko so he’s taking this very dangerous and risky fight against Hammer who’s the number three ranked in the world.  Tyson has everything to lose and Hammer has everything to gain from this so Tyson knows what’s on the line and what he stands to lose, but you just can’t bet against a man like Tyson.”

“The heavyweight division has certainly come alive again with Wilder’s win over Stiverne at the weekend and it’s definitely spiced things up and brought back some much needed excitement into boxing’s flagship weight class.  The heavyweights have become fashionable again with Wilder and Fury in the top of the mix and whilst I don’t want to look beyond Hammer, the thought of Fury against Wilder, over here in the UK, would be the biggest heavyweight fight in the last 10 years.”