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November 18, 2014
November 18, 2014
NathanCleverly2

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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.

November 17, 2014
November 17, 2014
Callum Smith

CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 17: Callum Smith celebrates as Tobias Smith is counted out during their WBC International Super Middleweight Title bout at the Motorpoint Arena on May 17, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Callum Smith says he’ll show that he is ready to mix it with the very best when he takes on Nikola Sjekloca on Saturday night at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Smith faces Sjekloca in an eliminator for the WBC Super Middleweight title with Smith’s International belt also on the line, and aims to make a statement as he celebrates a pro anniversary in style.

The 24 year old made his pro debut two years ago today (November 17) in Nottingham and has raced into World title contention after 14 fights and 11 KO wins – and a 15th success against the former World title challenger would see Smith signal his intent on the World stage.

“I don’t think anybody expected me to come this far in two years,” said Smith. “If you had asked me where I would be two years from my debut, I would have thought I would still be unbeaten but maybe getting towards British title level – that is sort of average for amateurs turning pro. But I had a lot of first-round wins early on and when you knock people out in the first round the only option is to step up, but then I knocked them out first round. I kept stepping up and delivered every time I stepped up and if you keep delivering then you will keep stepping up.

“On paper this is a massive step up but we won’t know how much of a step up it really is until Saturday night. He has had 30 fights and has only lost two, both of them World champions. It is only the best who have beaten him but I believe I am good enough to beat him and I certainly think I will prove it. I am ready for it, I wouldn’t have taken the step up if I didn’t believe I was ready.

“I had watched a lot of him because he boxed Arthur Abraham in the fight before Paul boxed Abraham, so that fight was on in the gym a lot, so I know what he is like stylistically and I remember watching him and thinking it would be a good step up for me. He is a good upright boxer, he likes to keep everything long, but I am tall myself and I feel my inside works a lot better than his and whatever he brings I can bring better.

“Abraham and Bika are well known and experienced fighters in my weight division. Sakio Bika was WBC World champion until the summer, and Abraham obviously still is WBO World champion, so they are not mugs who have beaten him and he has beaten everybody else who has been put in front of him and there are some good fighters on his record. It is a step up but it is me who is taking the jump up, it wasn’t put on me, so it is a step I feel I am ready for. If I didn’t feel I was ready for this step I wouldn’t have taken it or would have taken a smaller jump up but I definitely do feel it is a fight that will bring out the best of me.”

One man that has been impressed by Smith’s rise is potential British rival James DeGale MBE. The Olympic gold medal star faces Marco Antonio Periban in Liverpool on Saturday, but said he’ll be a keen observer of ‘Mundo’s’ fight.

“I’ve always rated him,” said DeGale. “He’s tall, he’s got power, great body shots and he’s done everything right, he’s been KOing people and looking good. We don’t know how good he is as the best people on his record are Patrick Mendy who he stopped in one round, really good stoppage win, Tobias Webb in a round, again a good stoppage, but this is a good test on Saturday and if he beats him and does it well then we know he’s up there and I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses because the Super Middleweight division in England is firing.”

Smith’s clash with Sjekloca is part of a huge night of action on Merseyside as Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew renew hostilities.

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.

Two of Smith’s British Super Middleweight peers are in action as James DeGale MBE faces Marco Antonio Periban 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.

November 17, 2014
November 17, 2014
Dereck Chisora And Tyson Fury Press Conference

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Dereck Chisora (left) and Tyson Fury (right) pose with promoter Frank Warren (centre) during a press conference to announce a final eliminator for the WBO world heavyweight chamoionship between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury at the Landmark Hotel on March 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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London’s historic Empire Cinema, in Leicester Square, will host a free-to-watch Championship Boxing weigh-in featuring stars Dereck ChisoraTyson FuryBilly Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jnr. and many more on Friday 28th November.

The boxers all feature on the massive ‘Bad Blood’ event the following night (Saturday 29th November) at the ExCeL London and they will face off with their opponents for the final time before battling it out in the ring.

The official weigh-in is open to the public and free-of-charge to attend.  Doors will open at 12noon and there will be a screening of the BoxNation documentary ‘Bad Blood Roadtrip’ following the boxers in the build up to their big fights.

To apply for a free ticket go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bad-blood-championship-boxing-official-weigh-in-tickets-14351312161

The weigh-in will commence at 2pm with the following boxers weighing-in:

The European, Vacant British Championships and Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship

Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury

The British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight Championships & Final Eliminator for the WBO World Championship

Billy Joe Saunders v Chris Eubank Jnr.

The British and Vacant Commonwealth Welterweight Championships

Frankie Gavin v Bradley Skeete

The British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Championships

Liam Walsh v Gary Sykes

The Vacant WBO European Super-Middleweight Championship

Frank Buglioni v Andrew Robinson

The Vacant WBO European Super-Featherweight Championship

Mitchell Smith v Zoltan Kovacs

The WBA International Super-Bantamweight Championship

Lewis Pettitt v Santiago Allione

**TICKETS MUST BE SHOWN ON ENTRY OR THERE WILL BE NO ADMITTANCE**

Remaining tickets for the ExCeL show are available on the Eventim Ticket Hotline on 0844 249 1000 or www.eventim.co.uk

November 17, 2014
November 17, 2014
Nathan-Cleverly

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NATHAN CLEVERLY reveals to 666BET – sponsors of the blockbuster rematch between him and Tony Bellew on Saturday 22nd November at the Liverpool Echo Arena – that he will stop his bitter rival in the latter rounds.

Cleverly on Bellew

“I strongly believe I’m a better fighter than him. He is the bigger puncher, he has the one knockout punch, but I have the speed, fitness and punch variation. My boxing skills are better than his and my attributes overcome his.

“Everyone thinks he’s more suited to the cruiserweight division than me, as I’m new to the weight, but I’m definitely the stronger fighter.

“I respect him as a fighter; his punching ability and his hunger for the sport. But, I think he should respect me more. I’ve already beaten him once. And if he doesn’t respect me, he soon will.”

Cleverly on ‘the rivalry’

“There’s plenty of history and a lot has been said. It all comes down to him being bitter after the first fight – he hasn’t got over it. We genuinely dislike each other both inside and outside the ring. Our personalities clash.

“He’s said that I’ve only won vacant belts, but he’s a hypocrite and he talks a lot of nonsense. He should be grateful that I’ve vacated belts for him.”

Cleverly on the fight and the future

“I think the fight will be similar to the first, but more explosive. I believe my stronger fitness will wear him down, and I’ll get the late stoppage.

“I’m not worried about the crowd and I’ve got no issues going up to Liverpool, I’ve been there before and I beat him. There are going to be a lot of Welsh up there too – I’m taking 500 myself. It will be a great atmosphere.”

“If I get a repeat win against him, this time at cruiserweight, he should just retire and admit that he’s lost to the better man. He’s put himself up on a pedestal but I’m going to beat him again.”

Cleverly on potential future fights with Marco Huck and Sergey Kovalev

“I would jump at the chance to fight for a second world title in a second division, that is my goal. I’d have no problem going to Germany to fight Marco Huck.

“With Kovalev, I’ve said for a long time that he’s a different breed. He’s an exceptional fighter and a great boxer. I’d love the opportunity to have a rematch against him and avenge the only defeat I’ve had in my career. It would have to be at a catch weight, I couldn’t do light-heavy now. It would have to be somewhere between light-heavy and cruiser.

Cleverly on Anthony Joshua and Amir Khan

“Anthony is a tremendous talent, he’s got everything. So far he’s blitzed people with ease and there’s no reason why he can’t go all the way. He’s got a good head on him and he’s destined for very big things.

“If Amir is to fight [Floyd] Mayweather at some point I think he would do very well. His hand speed is excellent and his combinations and hand movement would cause him [Mayweather] problems.”

666BET Fight Odds

Fight Winner

Nathan Cleverly                                9/10

Tony Bellew                                       9/10

Draw                                                    20/1

Fight Outcome

Cleverly by KO                                  5/1

Cleverly by decision                         8/5

Bellew by KO                                     13/5

Bellew by decision                           13/5

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November 14, 2014
November 14, 2014
Beibut-Shumenov

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FORMER WBA light-heavyweight boss Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring December 13, kick-starting his new quest to become a two-division world champion, against cruiserweight Bobby Thomas Jr. (14-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round bout on the Khan-Alexander card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Shumenov, who lives and trains in Las Vegas, last fought this past April 19 in Washington D.C., losing a 12-round split decision to then International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2) in their unification fight.

“I look forward to December 13th and pursuing a world cruiserweight title with Al Haymon in my corner,” Shumenov said.

The 31-year-old Shumenov captured the WBA light heavyweight title January 29, 2010 in only his tenth pro fight, establishing the fewest-fights record for the light heavyweight champion of a major organization, with a 12-round decision over Gabriel Campillo. The driven Kazakh successfully defended his WBA title belt five times, in order, against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (DEC12), former world champion William Joppy (KO6), multiple world title challengers Danny Santiago (TKO) and Enrique Ornelas (DEC12), and previously unbeaten Tamas Kovacs (TKO3).

The muscular Shumenov, a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, realized after his last fight that making the 175-pound division limit took too much energy out of him and sapped his strength. Already rated No. 3 by the WBA, Shumenov will make his cruiserweight debut Dec. 13 against a fighter with the exact same record, West Virginia champion Thomas.

“I’m happy to be fighting again and moving up to the cruiserweight division,” Shumenov noted. “I don’t have to struggle now to lose 50-plus pounds to make weight for my fights.”

After being self-trained for his last three fights, Shumenov is now working with highly- respected Cuban coach Ismael Salas, who has trained a litany of world champions such as Guillermo Rigondeaux, Yuriokis Gamboa, Danny Green, Jesse Vargas and Jorge Linares, among the more notables.

“I’ve had a lot of changes after my last fight,” Shumenov added. “I trained myself for the last three fights but now I have added a great trainer, Ismael Salas, to my team.”

November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
Burns-Warren

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FRANK WARREN STATEMENT:

In a judgement handed down today in the case brought by promoter and manager Frank Warren against Ricky Burns for wrongful termination of his promotional contract and unpaid management fees, The Court upheld both agreements, ordering Burns to pay substantial outstanding management fees.

Burns, whose career completely crashed after joining Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, badly losing two contests and his world title in the process, was also found in the Judgement to have wrongfully terminated his promotional contract with Frank Warren.

Ricky Burns lost or abandoned 17 out of the 20 issues the Judge had to determine and the Judge found his explanation and arguments about management commission were ‘untenable in the context of this case’. The Judge also ruled that Burns was wrong to claim that his purse for the Kevin Mitchell contest was £200,000 but that it was £160,000 as Mr Warren had stated. It transpired during trial that Ricky Burns is earning far less than £160,000 now he is being promoted by Matchroom Sport.

Eddie Hearn was quoted as saying last March that  “we’ve been provided with a letter from Ricky Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.” The Judge however found otherwise.

This is not the first time that Eddie Hearn has been shown to be a liar and on this occasion it cost Ricky Burns dearly.

Obvious parallels can be drawn with Hearn’s father Barry, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, who was described in his litigation with Former World Super Middleweight Champion Steve Collins as “a liar and a shyster”.

During the trial it also emerged that the letter terminating Burns’ promotional agreement (which Eddie Hearn said Burns gave him as proof that he was a free agent) was not actually signed by Burns, and his signature had been forged. This was also apparently the case when Burns allegedly didn’t sign an offensive and racist letter to Labour MP Tessa Jowell that was sent from the office of his co-manager Alex Morrison, claiming it was from Burns.

Meanwhile Alex Morison is yet to pay his substantial libel damages that were awarded to Mr Warren and has enquired about an instalments plan to cover the outstanding amounts owed.

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