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November 28, 2014
November 28, 2014
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Sky Sports has secured the rights to show Amir Khan’s pivotal fight with Devon Alexander exclusively live from the MGM Grand in December.

Khan tops the bill in Las Vegas as he goes head-to-head with Alexander on Saturday 13 December, live on Sky Sports 1, with the winner set to throw their name into the sweepstakes to face WBA Super and WBC welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather Junior.

Khan’s first fight at 147 pounds came in May when he overcame Luis Collazo on points, and the Bolton fighter returns to Las Vegas again to face the former two-weight world champion from St. Louis.

As part of a huge night of boxing from the US, Sky Sports will also show the mouthwatering fights from the undercard, including Keith Thurman against Leonard Bundu, Abner Mares taking on Jose Ramirez, and Jermall Charlo against Italian Lenny Bottai.

Khan said: “It’s great to be back on Sky Sports once again for what is one of the biggest fights of my career so far against Devon Alexander. I have had a great training camp and have no doubts it’s going to be a very special night for me on December 13th, headlining at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I look forward to putting on a spectacular performance for everyone tuning in on the night, against a very tricky and respected opponent in Alexander. I can’t wait to step in the ring again and am raring to go.”

Adam Smith, Executive Producer of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “This is a great fight, and fabulous night of action from Las Vegas. Boxing fans are in for a momentous week with all the build up and live action on Sky Sports.

“It’s a vital fight for Amir and for British boxing, with both fighters desperate for the chance that could come their way in 2015 it really is winner takes all in Las Vegas.”

The fight from Las Vegas is yet another outstanding contest in a year of great boxing on Sky. 2014 has seen Froch v Groves II from Wembley Stadium, the return of Cleverly v Bellew and Kell Brook overcoming Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.

November 26, 2014
November 26, 2014
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Kevin Mitchell will face Daniel Estrada for the WBC Silver Lightweight title at The O2 on January 31, live on Sky Sports.

Mitchell returns to action for the first time since his thrilling stoppage win over Ghislain Maduma at Wembley Stadium on May 31, where the Canadian gave ‘Mighty’ Mitchell all he could handle before the 30 year old turned the tide and stopped the visitor in the 11th round.

Estrada’s last outing was a World title challenge against Omar Figueroa in Los Angeles in August on the undercard of Kell Brook’s World title win, where promoter Eddie Hearn got a first row look at the former Silver champion as he aims to make the bout a final eliminator for the World title.

“Mitchell vs. Estrada is a great fight,” said Hearn. “I was ringside in Carson when he took on Figueroa for the WBC title and he put up a great fight. We have applied to the WBC to make this fight a final eliminator for the WBC title with the winner to face the winner of Jorge Linares vs. Javier Prieto and we will be pushing the request at the upcoming convention, I expect it to be successful. It’s all part of a cracking line up at the O2.”

Mitchell’s showdown with Estrada takes place on a huge night of boxing in the capital as Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE kicks off 2015 with a huge test against former World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson. Joshua has a perfect ten KO wins from ten pro fights, and will put out a big statement if he can successfully defend his WBC International Heavyweight title against the American and make it 11 KOs against the man that has taken Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora the distance.

Islington Middleweight John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title and there are two cracking domestic derbies as Tommy Martin meets Ricky Boylan for the vacant English Light Welterweight title and John Wayne Hibbert defends his WBC International Light Welterweight title against Tyler Goodjohn.

Tickets go on sale at midday today (November 26) to Matchroom Fight Pass members priced £40, £60, £100 and £150 VIPs from www.matchrooomboxing.com

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow from midday with £40, £60 and £100 tickets available from The O2 at www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202. VIP tickets are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing.

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November 25, 2014
November 25, 2014
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WATCH KATIE TAYLOR CLOSE OUT THE FINAL ROUND OF THE FINAL HERE AND CLICK HERE TO SEE HER HAND RAISED AS SHE WINS HER FIFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD MEDAL

KATIE TAYLOR maintained her iron grip on the AIBA World Elite title in South Korea on Monday.

The Wicklow orthodox finished on top of the lightweight podium for the 5th time in-a-row since New Delhi 2006 after beating Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseeva on a unanimous decision (40-36,39-37,39-37) in Jeju.

The wins sees the Bray woman match the record of India’s Mary Kom, who claimed five successive AIBA World Elite titles between 2002 and 2010.

“It’s an absolute privilege to equal that record of five world titles, I thank God for another great victory,” said the five-time World Elite champion after her win.

Taylor found the target with two solid combinations to take the opening frame on two of the judges’ cards against the Azeri southpaw and a brace of right hooks helped her win the second round 10-9 across the board.

The judges split 2-1 in favour of Taylor in the third, leaving Allekseeva, who boxed as Yana Sydor for the Ukraine up to 2012, needing a knockout in the fourth and final stanza to claim victory.

But with Taylor up on her toes and responding to anything that Allekseeva threw at her with rapid responses off both hands that was never going to happen.

Taylor was presented with her gold medal in Jeju this morning. She has now won 17 major titles – one Olympic, five World, six European and five European Union – since 2005.

Irish coach Zuar Antia said: “Her will to win is so big. She proved again that she is really a legend.”

“We are absolutely delighted and this is a very proud moment for us. Katie was magnificent here today,” added Irish team manager Anna Moore.

Today’s win ensures that Ireland will finish in a top ten position in the medals table at the 67-nation tournament.

The Irish squad are due to arrive home from South Korea via Dublin airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Pete Taylor, Zuar Antia and Gerry Storey were working Ireland’s corner at the 8th edition of the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships.

For John Dennen’s ringside reports from Jeju and the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri show in Macau don’t miss this week’s issue of Boxing News, available TONIGHT via our app on iTunes and Google Play.
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November 25, 2014
November 25, 2014
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The United States’ two 2012 Olympic medallists returned to the podium on Monday with gold medal victories at the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. Olympic champion Claressa Shields and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza both claimed their first elite women’s world titles with final round victories in the major international event at the Halla Gymnasium. The double gold medal performance is the first time the United States squad has ever won two world titles in a single women’s world championships competition. In addition to her first elite world title, Shields received the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament award following a dominant performance throughout the event.

Esparza, a veteran of five World Championships, competed in her first tournament finale on Monday and the 25-year-old veteran refused to be denied. She took on England’s Lisa Whiteside in the flyweight championship bout and the two talented women battled in a highly competitive contest throughout all eight minutes. Despite multiple momentum swings during the four rounds of competition, Esparza stayed focused on her game plan and executed late in the bout. She pulled out a 2-1 decision over Whiteside to win flyweight gold. Esparza fought through illness during the duration of the tournament but wouldn’t allow anything to stop her from her goal.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m so happy,” Esparza said. “I think my experience really played a big role in this tournament. My nerves have impacted me in the past but because I’ve been here so many times before, it wasn’t as nerve-racking. I’ve been fighting so much that I could make adjustments and think in a way that I wasn’t able to before. In the past, I’ve just reacted off of instinct and this time, I was able to think.”

Esparza truly enjoyed her first time on the top spot of a World Championships medal stand and she did her best to soak in the moment. “It was awesome. This time, I got to take it all in and know that I was the winner,” she said.

The Olympic bronze medallist plans to use her experience in Jeju as she prepares for another run at the Olympic Games. “I’m going to look at the mistakes I made and use what I’ve learned about being able to think in the ring and control my nerves,” she said.

In typical Shields fashion, the 19-year-old powerhouse dominated her bout with China’s Qian Li from the opening bell. She used her speed and precision early and often to keep the Chinese boxer off balance and rack up the rounds. Shields controlled every moment of each of her World Championships bouts and Monday was no exception. She completed her journey to gold with a unanimous decision victory over Li to claim middleweight gold and fill the only remaining hole in her resume. In addition to winning another gold medal, Shields received the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament award for her impressive showing in Jeju.

“I’m totally humbled, my heart feels so full,” Shields said. “To win my first AIBA world title was more than enough, but to win the Outstanding Boxer award too, I’m just so thankful,” she said.

“The coaches (Benny Roman and Gloria Peek) were great both in the corner and outside of the ring. They made me smile outside of the ring and when I came back to the corner, what they said to me was right on point,” she said. “They gave me great instructions and if they saw that I was dominating, they would tell me what to do to dominate even more.”

Although she impressed everyone in attendance throughout the competition, she still sees room for improvement. “I felt great every fight, but I can always do better,” she said.

Esparza has competed in more World Championship tournaments than any other American female boxer and holds the U.S. record with eight straight USA Boxing National Championships. After becoming the first female boxer from the United States to win a medal in the Olympic Games, the 25-year-old Texas chose to focus her eyes on gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With a new world championship under her belt, Esparza will now be one of the favorites to return to the medal podium in two years. Esparza moved to the Olympic Training Center earlier this year and has become one of USA Boxing’s three resident athletes in Colorado Springs.

For John Dennen’s ringside reports from Jeju and the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri show in Macau don’t miss this week’s issue of Boxing News, available TONIGHT via our app on iTunes and Google Play.
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November 25, 2014
November 25, 2014
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Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan from the GB Boxing squad have both secured silver medals for England at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea, after a series of fantastic performances.

Boxing in her first major tournament as a flyweight, Whiteside, 29, put in a series of superb performances to make this morning’s final where she narrowly lost a split decision to Marlen Esparza of the USA.

Her achievement was equalled by rookie, Sandy Ryan, 21, who made the final of the light-welterweight category in her first major tournament as a senior, only losing out in the end to Anastasiia Beliakova from Russia.

Lisa said, “I feel a bit overwhelmed by it all right now. It’s feels phenomenal to have won a silver medal and have reached the world championship final. I am looking forward to pushing on from this performance next year as I know that I have so much more to give and can still improve.

“As always I would like to thank everyone for their support and believing in me. The coaches and support team have been incredible and have helped me every step of the way. I feel like I have a second family in them.”

Sandy added, “I am really happy with my progress and winning silver is a massive achievement. To be in a world championship final so early in my career feels great but I won’t settle for second place, I want to be number one. I’ve got a great team behind me and will keep working hard and giving myself the best possible chance of more success in future.”

Great Britain’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said, “To make the final of a tournament as difficult as the world championships is an outstanding achievement by both Lisa and Sandy who have been absolutely superb this week and fully deserve their rewards after a series of excellent performances. They have shown that we are beginning to develop some real strength-in-depth in the women’s squad and have new boxers coming through to challenge the more established names.

“We have always known that Lisa was a top boxer because of her achievements as a featherweight (where she was a world championship bronze medallist in 2012) but she has now shown she is a world class performer in the Olympic flyweight class.

“Sandy has performed absolutely superbly. She is a great talent and, like Lisa, has now shown that she can translate that into results at a major international tournament. The challenge now is for the pair of them to build on their achievements this week and continue to deliver medals at tournaments next year as we look towards Rio 2016.”

The silvers won by Sandy and Lisa mean that women from the GB Boxing squad have won seven medals – one gold, five silver and a bronze – at the last three world championships in 2010, 2012 and now 2014.

For John Dennen’s ringside reports from Jeju and the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri show in Macau don’t miss this week’s issue of Boxing News, available TONIGHT via our app on iTunes and Google Play.
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November 18, 2014
November 18, 2014
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NATHAN CLEVERLY says Tony Bellew cannot handle his all-round ability and that will be the key to victory when they meet at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Cleverly and Bellew both feature in the first half of Sky Sports’ fly-on-the-wall look at the training camps of both men tonight at 10.30pm on Sky Sports 1 in part one of Behind The Ropes, and the Welshman told the show that Bellew’s ‘apparent’ punching power is overrated.

“A lot of people have him as the favourite because he’s the naturally bigger guy,” said Cleverly. “He is heavy handed, apparently, so they think that is too much of a jump for me and it is a big jump. I’m up against it but I am confident. I know my own body, I know what I can do. Mentally and physically, I know my limits and I know that I can beat this guy at Cruiserweight. I feel comfortable, strong, sharp and fit. I’ll beat this guy.

“I’ve got too many strengths and I’ll bring everything I’ve learned from the lighter divisions up to Cruiserweight. I’ll bring the speed, I’ll bring the stamina. He can bring his power – I’ve already tested it and I’ve taken it with ease. It will be no different at Cruiserweight.”

Cleverly and Bellew is a rivalry that began in May 2011 when they clashed at a press conference and has festered ever since, taking in their first fight in October 2011 and then resurfacing when they both moved to Cruiserweight under the stewardship of Eddie Hearn.

“We just clash,” said Cleverly. “At the end of the day, I am a winner and in the first press conference I was World champion and he came in with this attitude. I was sat at the table and he kind of looked at me and said something and he got under my skin straight away.

“More importantly though, we both delivered on the night. I delivered a good solid performance and Tony Bellew gave it everything. He threw the kitchen sink at me that night, that was his big chance and it made for an excellent fight.

“I’m World champion, let’s defend my title in his hometown’. That’s what a proper champion does and that is what I did.”

Part one of Behind The Ropes airs tonight at 10.30pm on Sky Sports 1, with the second part on Wednesday night (November 19) at 10pm on Sky Sports 2.

Cleverly and Bellew’s rematch tops a huge night of action in Liverpool live on Sky Sports Box Office.

There are a pair of WBA World title bouts as Bury star Scott Quigg defends his Super Bantamweight title against Hidenori Othake and Jamie McDonnell defends his Bantamweight strap against Javier Chacon.

Three of Britain’s best Super Middleweights are in action as James DeGale MBE faces Marco Antonio Periban, Callum Smith tackles Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator and George Groves takes on Denis Douglin.

Olympic Heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator, Matchroom Boxing’s newest signing Bradley Saunders aims to extend his unbeaten run in the Light Welterweight division while German KO star Vincent Feigenbutz makes his UK debut.

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale also on the bill. skysports.com/cleverlybellew.

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November 17, 2014
November 17, 2014
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Javier Chacon will challenge Jamie McDonnell for the WBA World Bantamweight title at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night (November 22) live on Sky Sports Box Office.

McDonnell is defending his WBA crown for the first time after he landed the belt with a spectacular KO win over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat at Wembley Stadium in May, and the Doncaster star will take on Tomoki Kameda in a unification bout if he defeats Chacon this weekend.

Chacon tackled Super champion Anselmo Moreno earlier in the year, taking the Panamanian the distance, and the Argentine replaces Walberto Ramos on the bill after the Columbian had visa complications.

The 28 year old’s clash with Chacon is one of two WBA World title fights on the Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew rematch bill, as Bury star Scott Quigg defends his Super Bantamweight title against Hidenori Othake.

There’s a trio of British Super Middleweight stars in action as James DeGale MBE faces Marco Antonio Periban, local star Callum Smith meets Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator and George Groves takes on Denis Douglin.

Olympic Heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator, Matchroom Boxing’s newest signing Bradley Saunders aims to extend his unbeaten run in the Light Welterweight division while German KO star Vincent Feigenbutz makes his UK debut.

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale also on the bill. skysports.com/cleverlybellew.