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October 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
AndyLeeJohnJackson

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Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, junior middleweight dynamo John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-2, 15 KOs) will return to action on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Quorum Córdoba Hotel in Cordoba, Argentina, against hometown veteran Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (40-17-3, 18 KOs).

Presented by Sampson Boxing, Maravillabox, Tello-Box and J.E.B. Boxing, Jackson vs. Jerez will serve as one of the main supporting bouts for a night of boxing headlined by Carolina Marcela Gutierrez (22-4-1, 13 KOs) taking on Yulihan Luna Avila (11-2, 1 KO) for the vacant IBF World female super bantamweight title.

25-year-old Jackson says his fight against Jerez will serve two purposes: First, Jerez was the first fighter to pin a loss on his cousin, Samuel Rogers and so some family-style revenge is on the menu.

Secondly, this will be Jackson’s first fight since his shock KO loss to Ireland’s Andy Lee last June at Madison Square Garden. Fighting on the PPV-broadcast undercard of Martinez vs. Cotto, Jackson dominated every minute of the first four rounds against the highly rated Lee before running into perfectly timed right hand at 1:07 of round five. Jackson had put Lee down in round one and battered him around the ring non-stop, but got careless against the dangerous puncher as he was moving in for the kill.

“John knows he got careless against Lee,” said Jackson’s promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz. “He knows what he did wrong and paid a heavy price for it. He was beating Andy Lee all over the ring and forgot about his defense. It’s something that will never happen again.”

Lewkowicz says Jackson is still young and will be able to recover from the surprise loss quickly.

“He’s a very strong, good young fighter and he learned a very important lesson against a fighter with a lot more experience. But before the lucky punch, it was apparent that John Jackson is a top fighter who can handle other highly rated contenders in his division very well. Once he gets his revenge for his cousin Samuel against Jerez, he will continue to rebuild by taking on tough foes to regain his position in the rankings. This is far from the last of John Jackson. It was just a learning experience on his way to the championship.”

October 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
LukeCampbell

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LUKE CAMPBELL says he is firing on all cylinders for his big step-up against Daniel Brizuela at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25, live on Sky Sports.

Campbell faces the experienced Argentine in his ninth pro bout as he looks to end the year on a high as he targets title bouts in 2015.

Brizuela returns to the scene of his epic clash with Campbell’s fellow Hull star Tommy Coyle, where both fighters hit the deck four times in the bout before Coyle stopped the visitor in the final round of the rollercoaster bout – but the Olympic gold medal hero insists he will handle the dangerous 28-year-old in style.

“I don’t care about his fight with Tommy, I am going to beat him convincingly,” said Campbell. “It’s my first real test and everyone is saying that it’s going to be a great fight, but whoever is put in front of me is going to get beaten.

“I’ve never really watched footage of my opponents before but I have watched this guy and see what we are going to do against him, but at the end of the day I am going to do what I am going to do and if he doesn’t like it, he’s going to have to adapt.

“This is my toughest fight for sure, he’s a strong guy, he got up a few times against Tommy and that shows he’s durable and won’t give up. He’s going to come and bring his best and I want him to do that, because if he is at his best, then I will be at my best.

“I am looking for a breakdown job, I am not going to go in there and try and stop him like a mad man. It’s boxing at the end of the day. I want to do it round by round. Do I need to do anything different? I don’t think so. I just need to do what I do and the best that I can do it, and if I do that, he’s in for a tough night.”

After a brief spell on the sidelines to spend time with his family earlier in the year, Campbell slipped straight back into winning ways with three wins in three months since July. Last time out he stopped Krzysztof Szot in seven rounds at Wembley Arena, a rare occurrence for the durable Pole who had only been stopped twice before, a result that served as a testament to Campbell’s progress.

“I’ve stayed busy, I’m active and I am thinking about what I’m doing,” said Campbell. “I am getting regular fights, boxed every month from July, and that’s what I want to do. This is why I am in the sport, to fight for titles, and at this stage in my career I can afford to fight every month, I am coming out of the fights with no marks on my face and I am beating the kids well, so why not fight again a few weeks later.

“This is going to be a test and it’s the first fight I am really excited about as it’s the first fight that we’re going to see what I have got. I can’t tell you what is going to happen but I am in great condition and feel ready to put in a performance to show that.”

Campbell’s clash with Brizuela is part of a great night of action in Hull, with Coyle facing Australian star Michael Katsidis for the Hull man’s IBF International Lightweight title and Gavin McDonnell steps into international waters for the first time against former World title challenger against Vusi Malinga. Samir Mouniemne continues on the path back to title contention and the show also sees a showcase of local talent with Nathon Smith, Tom Knight, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour.

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October 16, 2014
October 16, 2014
MichaelKatsidis

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MICHAEL KATSIDIS says he’ll prove he can still be a force in the Lightweight division when he takes on Tommy Coyle for the IBF International title at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25, live on Sky Sports.

The Australian secured a pair of wins earlier in the year in his hometown of Queensland, a third round stoppage in March before a shutout twelve round win over old World title foe Graham Earl in July.

The 34 year old has left no stone unturned in his preparations for Coyle, landing in the UK in September and teaming up with former British champion Maurice Core in Manchester. ‘The Great’ has faced questions over how much he has left in the tank but he insists he’ll answer the critics in style and can become a force in the Lightweight division.

“I’m here to prove that I still have plenty left to offer – and there will be no questioning my future after Hull,” said Katsidis. “I’ve been over here for a while, settling in, getting comfortable in his backyard and ready to perform at my best on the night. I don’t know much about Tommy, but I know that he is in for a tough night on the 25th.

“I’m really enjoying the training and I love being in England. The Lightweight division over here is really flying, there’s some great fights here for me, and a big win over Tommy will put me right back on the map.

“It’s an honour to be working with Maurice in Manchester, he’s worked with some great champions like Prince Naseem Hamed, and we’ve really clicked so everything is in great order. I love boxing and this is what I do, this isn’t a job for me, this is love.”

Coyle’s clash with Katsidis headlines a fantastic night’s boxing at the Hull Arena which also features Luke Campbell MBE against Daniel Brizuela and Gavin McDonnell stepping into international waters for the first time against Vusi Malinga. Samir Mouniemne continues on the path back to title contention and the show also sees a showcase of local talent with Nathon Smith, Tom Knight, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

October 16, 2014
October 16, 2014
ChauncyWelliver

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CHAUNCY WELLIVER says he’ll shatter Lucas Browne’s hopes of boxing for a world title and re-establish himself on the global stage when they meet next month.

The New Zealand-based American, 31, was himself once ranked in the WBC’s top five ranked heavyweights and feels the November 12 fight is a chance to kick start his title hopes.

If experience counts for anything, Welliver will be at a huge advantage. The “Hillyard Hammer” has been a professional for over 13 years and has had 68 fights, while unbeaten Browne has been in just 21 paid bouts.

“This is the perfect fight for me to get my career back on track. Lucas Browne is on a roll but I’m going to derail his train,” Welliver said.

“I think Lucas Browne is a very good prospect, but he’s just that, a prospect. I think my experience will be too much. I was injured my last fight, but I’m fully healthy now and will win this fight.

“I think style wise, you’ll see fireworks. He’s stronger, but I believe I’m more durable. The early rounds will dictate how this fight goes so I’ve got to set a fast pace.

“I’ll take him into the later rounds and see if he sinks or swims. I’m going to use my boxing skills to confuse him and out point him and get my name back up the top of the heavyweight ratings.

“I want to get back where I was a few years ago and I know a win here puts me in the mix. I’ve been training well and getting some quality sparring with Marco Huck and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. I’m going to shatter Lucas Browne’s dreams.”

Browne v Welliver’s clash for the WBC EPBC title is part of a huge night of boxing at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne with the main event seeing Sergey Rabchenko defending his WBC Silver light-middleweight title against Anthony Mundine.

Further title action includes Zhanat Zhankiyanov squaring off with Fred Mundraby for the WBC EPBC bantamweight crown while Leonardo Zappavigna meets Misael Castillo for the WBO Oriental light-welterweight championship.