August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014
Kayode by Esther Lin of Showtime

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California-based Nigerian Lateef Kayode, 20-0 (16), will clash with the 21-0(18) Luis Ortiz on September 11th in Las Vegas, in a bout that will contest the interim WBA heavyweight title. Many fans will grumble at yet another heavyweight title fight – one they will call bogus – but the clash of unbeatens that will take place two days before the big Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana return just might result in a terrific action fight.

Kayode, 31, certainly thinks so, and the former cruiserweight who was initially held to a draw by Antonio Tarver in his biggest fight thus far – the result being changed to a No-Contest due to Tarver failing a post-fight drugs test – is predicting a KO win over his 35-year-old foe.

Q: First of all, how much do you know about Luis Ortiz?

Lateef Kayode: “Honestly, I’ve never seen too much of him before. But now, with me fighting him, I’m focusing on him, I’m looking at his fights and I’m listening to what he’s got to say. And from what [little] I have seen, he seems to be a good boxer, strong. I’m sure the fight on September 11th will be a lot of fun; it will be a great fight. We’re both trying to prove ourselves.”

You were sparring when I initially called you. Are you out at The Wild Card, working again with Freddie Roach?

“Yes sir. I’m working very hard. I sparred 10-rounds yesterday; I’m working with three main guys – two big, strong heavyweights and a world-rated cruiserweight. They are helping me get ready. Freddie has a game-plan all arranged [for the Ortiz fight] and he has also got me working with a strength and conditioning expert.”

Ortiz is a southpaw as you know. You have no concerns over the southpaw style, having faced Antonio Tarver?

“No, I have no problems with southpaws. Look at my record, I have beaten a lot of southpaws. They suit my style. I hold my hands up high and I put the pressure on. I’m not a guy who talks s**t, but I know I will knock Ortiz out. I know I will. The last guy he fought was 42-years-old and had 10 losses (Monte Barrett). I give him [Barrett] credit because he was good when  he was younger, but no way can Ortiz go through me the way he did him. This is payback time! I’m gonna knock him out, because he makes mistakes and we have a perfect [game] plan. I think they will tell him to run, to move around against me. He says he’s going to come at me, that he’s strong. I know I’m strong, so we’ll  see. I will definitely go right at him. When an opponent hits me, it just makes me crazier! He’s never fought anyone like me before: I can box, I can be aggressive, I have power – I’ve got it all.  This fight is going to be lots of fun.”

Is it your understanding that the winner of you and Ortiz must face “regular” WBA heavyweight champ Ruslan Chagaev next?

“Yes, you are correct. But right now, I’m not thinking about any other fight apart from Ortiz. This is my dream, I have waited so long for my opportunity. I will become heavyweight champion and I want to defend my title and have the big fights. But Ortiz is all I am thinking about right now. My last fight (a 6th-round TKO over Jonte Willis in January), I was in decent shape, I didn’t get much notice. I was not at my best then, and I won it mostly with my experience; that’s why it went six-rounds. But this fight, I am focused, I am disciplined and I am ready! This is my dream and no way am I not ready [to realise it].”

The heavyweight division is very interesting at the moment. Can I ask you your opinion on Deontay Wilder, who everyone seems to be talking about now?

“Yeah, he seems to be a good, strong fighter. But he needs to prove himself. He says he is the best, I say I am the best; everyone says they are the best! He knows what he has to do and I know what I have to do. I will prove myself on September 11th.”

August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014

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Manny Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title against New York’s undefeated WBO light-welterweight champion Chris Algieri who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management and a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian in Macau’s Cotai Arena.

Pacquiao and Algieri, will announce their world championship fight during a two-week 27,273-mile international media tour, which kicked off  August 25 with a press conference at The Venetian Macao.  The tour will include stops in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

“Chris Algieri fought an exceptional fight in June to win the world title from Ruslan Provodnikov,” said Pacquiao.  “I am impressed and intrigued by his scientific approach to training and boxing.  He may be the smartest and the fittest athlete I have ever faced and that makes him the most dangerous.  I worked hard to reclaim my welterweight title and I will work harder to make sure I keep it on November 22.  As always, I dedicate this fight to my fellow Filipinos around the world and to bring glory to the Philippines. ”

“It is a real honor to fight a future Hall of Famer like Manny Pacquiao and I am looking forward to being introduced to a whole new market and fan base in the Far East,” said Algieri   “My last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov got the world’s attention, now I am going to show what I can really do. I have the utmost respect for Manny and his great team, but make no mistake — I am here to win and I have nothing on my mind but beating a legend.”

“I underestimated Algieri when he faced Ruslan Provodnikov in June but I won’t make that mistake again,” said Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.  “I hope he understands that this is a fight and not a marathon.  Algieri is going to face the best of Manny Pacquiao because Manny is going to have his toughest training camp ever. I am looking forward to a great fight and Manny’s finest hour on November 22.”

“Over the past 14 years I have trained and watched Chris become a Master of the Art of Boxing. His hard work ethic, discipline and dedication are second to none,” said Algieri’s trainer, Tim Lane.  “Chris has been in the gym after only one week off from his last bout with New York trainers Keith Trimble, Dr. Mike Camp and Tony Ricci who have kept him in great shape through the years and continue to help him get stronger and faster between and during all camps.  Training camp will officially start in late September in New York and finish in Las Vegas before leaving for China.  Let it be known, there is a New ERA in the world of boxing and on November 22.  Chris Algieri will once again Shock the World and become the New WBO Welterweight Champion!”

“The battle between the two world champions will be a fantastic fight.  Manny’s non-stop attack style will be challenged by Algieri’s laser-like punching,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

“It has been a great year.  In February we had Chris at The Paramount on ESPN, in June on HBO winning the World Championship at Barclays Center in dramatic fashion against the feared Ruslan Prodvodnikov.  Now we are excited to announce that he will be at The Venetian Macao against legendary Manny Pacquiao on HBO Pay-Per-View. It has been an unprecedented meteoric rise that will continue on November 22. I look forward to this intriguing and ‘landscape-changing’ fight,” said Algieri’s promoter, Joe DeGuardia, President and Founder of Star Boxing.

“Sands China is thrilled to be bringing Manny back to Macao again to fight at the Cotai Arena this November,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “Since Manny’s sold-out Venetian Macao debut in November 2013, we’ve worked continuously with Bob Arum and Top Rank to host three more successful boxing cards at the Cotai Arena and two live screening events of US cards; and further, announced our partnership on the mainland China television program ‘Fist Power – Fight to Win.’  We’re happy to see these events helping promote the growth of boxing in the region while raising the profile of Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

“Against all odds, Manny Pacquiao has produced a brilliant, Hall of Fame career. He’s accepted challenges around the globe and established new frontiers, including fighting on pay-per-view from Macao,” said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View.  “Now another young, talented and unassuming prizefighter named Chris Algieri will try to defy the odds and fulfill his dreams by challenging Pacquiao for his welterweight crown.  In Chris Algieri, fight fans see a great American story with added intrigue based on the heart and courage he displayed in his recent victory over Ruslan Provodnikov.”

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines (he was reelected to a second term, running unopposed last year), is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao made his Cotai Arena debut last November 24, pasting former world champion Brandon Rios with a unanimous decision beatdown.  Pacquiao’s resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Márquez. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with nearly 13 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  He returns to the ring after avenging his controversial 2012 split decision loss to undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley Jnr on April 12. Pacquiao won a scintillating unanimous decision to regain the WBO welterweight crown back from Bradley.

Algieri, 20-0 (8), from Huntington, New York on Long Island, has become boxing’s No. 1 story, as well as being hailed as the 21st century real-life Rocky.  Over the last 22 months Algieri, a former kickboxing champion, has elevated himself from a prospect to a world-class contender to a world champion. After accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor,  Algieri, stepped up in his HBO debut and challenged WBO light-welterweight champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov  on June 14. Despite suffering two knockdowns in the first round which closed his swollen right eye, Algieri who entered the fight as a 5-1 underdog, eschewed the natural instinct to panic and resolutely stuck to his game plan, expertly using his jab and supreme athletic ability to pick apart the defending champion to claim a split decision victory and the world title. The live, first-time airing of the fight averaged over 1.1 million viewers placing among the five most-viewed fights on cable this year.  In what could be a first for any professional boxer, Algieri used his purse from the Provodnikov bout to pay off his student loans.  He is as much a scholar as he is a brawler.  Algieri graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the New York Institute of Technology.  He aspires to attend medical school.

August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014
Rubio  by Farina

Feb. 3, 2012, San Antonio, Texas --- Undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio(pictured) weighs in (Chavez 159.5 lbs. , Rubio 159 lbs.) at the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas, Friday for their upcoming world title fight, Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Chavez Jr. takes on Rubio and Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in the other co-main event. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2012

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Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio is convinced he will defeat middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin when the two meet in Carson, California on October 18th. And the experienced 34-year-old is sure he hits harder than anyone the unbeaten “GGG” has faced and that he will get the KO win and put himself up there with the fighting greats Mexico has produced over the years.

Saying he feels “better than ever” and ready for a war, the 59-6-1 (51) operator feels his blend of experience and power will see him to a sensational victory.

Q: First of all, do you agree with those people who say Golovkin is the best middleweight in the world right now?

Marco Antonio Rubio (as translated by Julio Gudino): “Well, right now, basing things on his record; yes he is the best. But come October 18th, my goal will be to take over the position and prove I’m the best.”

You are a big puncher, with 51 KOs. Do you think you will hit Golovkin harder than he’s ever been hit before?

“I think Golovkin will be stepping into the ring for the hardest fight of his career when he fights me; and I think I will be doing the same. I do not think he has ever fought anyone that hits as hard as me, no. He will be hit harder than he has ever been hit before.”

You have said this will be a “Mexican-style fight, in the Mexican tradition.” You expect a slugfest, where you will go straight at Golovkin?

All I know is, I come to fight! Robert [Garcia] and I will be talking what our game-plan will be during training camp. Whatever comes of that, you can rest assured I will be coming to knock Golovkin out. Will it be a slugfest? With two power punchers, I don’t see it being any other way. I’m looking to knock him out. I think that is the way all boxers want to win and that’s my goal. But if it does go the distance I will win that way.”

You have over twice as many pro fights as Golovkin, do you think your great experience will also be a factor?

“I do think my experience will be a great asset. Golovkin is good, but he hasn’t been in the ring with anyone that has the blend of power and experience I have. I feel my win over David Lemieux (TKO7 2011) was one of my best ever performances, and that fight was the first time I truly allowed my experience to reign in the ring. There is a lot more to boxing than just throwing punches and I learnt a lot in that fight. I’m excited, I feel I’m now in the best time of my career. I’m at a great age both mentally and physically and I feel my added experience has shown in my last few fights. I’m a totally different fighter to when I fought Kelly Pavlik. That was five years ago.”

Who was the harder puncher, Pavlik or Lemieux?

“Lemieux is a hard puncher, but a different type of hard puncher. I have to say Pavlik is the hardest puncher I’ve ever fought.”

You have won six in a row since the decision loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Junior. Do you think that decision against you was a fair one?

“Yeah, Chavez beat me that night. But there were other factors that we had to deal with in that fight, such as his size and his weight. But I’m past that [loss],  he beat me in the ring.  But it was a close fight and he never hurt me.”

A win over Golovkin would be huge for you. Do you think it would put you in the pound-for-pound ratings and up there with the Mexican greats?

“Well,  if they are saying Golovkin is the best and I beat him………. Yeah, I would imagine so. You have to beat the best to be the best. That’s why I took this fight.  [Miguel] Cotto didn’t want to fight me when I was the mandatory challenger, so we asked for a fight with Golovkin and he accepted. This will definitely be a great fight; one to watch!”

Photo by Chris Farina

August 24, 2014
August 24, 2014
Hatton Promotions 'Road To Glory" Weigh In

Hatton Promotions 'Road To Glory" Show, Velodrome, Manchester. 16th June 2012. Picture By Mark Robinson. Adam Etches v Ferenc Zold, Middleweight bout

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ADAM ETCHES will get the opportunity to bolster his world ranking and add another title to his collection when he faces Brazil’s tough Samir Santos Barbosa at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield on September 20 on the Hennessy Sports promoted event.

The night of championship boxing will be headlined by Kid Galahad, who will be defending his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title.

The event sponsored by MaxiNutrition will be shown live on Channel 5.

‘The Bomber’ is currently rated at number 13 by the IBF, having won the sanctioning body’s Youth titles at both middleweight and super-middleweight. This time he will contest the IBF International title and victory would likely catapult him into the world top ten.

Barbosa is sure to be a stern test, though. The 34-year-old from Rio Grande has won 35 professional fights, is the current WBA Fedecaribe middleweight champion, and has been the full 12 round distance with former world title holder Daniel Geale.

“I’ve not had a chance to have a look at him properly yet, but from what everyone has told me he’s a really tough fighter who will come over here to give me the fight of my life,” Etches, 16-0 (13), said.

“He’s been in with some of the best middleweights in the world and held his own so I think this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far.

“These sorts of opponents are what I need now. I’m looking to kick on to bigger and better things and beating a good boxer for the IBF International title should move me up the rankings.

“Touch wood, I win this and then I can look for more belts and, who knows, in 18 months from now I could be knocking on the door of a world title shot. Kell Brook won an IBF title at the weekend and if I could go on to the same it would be massive for boxing in Sheffield.”

Popular Sheffield fighter Scott Jenkins will also be in action along with local fighters Atif Shafiq, Sam O’Maison, Callum Hancock, Bradford’s Golden Boy, Nadeem Siddique and Team Fury fighters Isaac Lowe and Tyson’s cousin Dempsey Fury.

The packed crowd will also see highly regarded featherweight prospect Yusuf Safa from Bexleyheath in action.

Tickets for the Hennessy Sports promoted event at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, priced at £35 general admission and £100 ringside are available to purchase by calling the SIV ticket box office on 0114 223 3777.

Tickets are also available from<> or in person at the Sheffield City Hall, Crucible Theatre and Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.

August 24, 2014
August 24, 2014
Kell Brook


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Newly crowned IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook received a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Sheffield yesterday – and told his adoring fans he cannot wait to put on a show at the Motorpoint Arena in his first defence.

Brook took the title from Shawn Porter in California last weekend with a stunning points win on enemy turf, and the unbeaten star is set to defend the belt for the first time in his hometown, with December 6 the likely date.

The 28 year old met the Lord Mayor at the Town Hall before greeting a packed crowd of supporters at The Winter Gardens, and he told them that their support was crucial in driving him to victory in the States.

“It’s been a long road to get to where I am now and my feet haven’t touched the ground yet,” said Brook. “The fans have been amazing all the way throughout my career and it was great to be able to thank them all yesterday.

“It’s beginning to sink in, all the people that came out to support me yesterday has really brought it home.

“I didn’t go to sleep after the fight because I didn’t want to wake up and it all to have been a dream! I reached the highest level you can in boxing by becoming a World champion and now it’s all about fighting the very best and packing out the Arena and even football stadiums.

“I haven’t watched the fight yet, I have seen a few highlights but I will watch it properly soon. I’ve been non-stop since getting home so I haven’t really had the chance.”

Brook has gone on holiday for a fortnight and while he soaks up the rays and reflects on his achievement, his promoter Eddie Hearn will be working hard to land a big name for his first defence before Christmas – and Brook is eyeing up a blockbuster clash with Amir Khan next year.

“I am World champion and the big names are going to be after my belt,” said Brook. “Fighting these better fighters will bring the best out of me. I just want to excite the fans and I’ll be bringing the heat to whoever I face.

“I haven’t been looking at what people have been saying, the fact is that I went out to America and faced a guy that they were saying was the Mike Tyson of the Welterweight division and he was going to walk through me, and I did what I said I was always going to do, and that’s become World champion and I hope that I get the respect now from those doubters.

“Everyone has got their own opinion but now people know I belong at the elite level I am getting that respect, it’s been a long road and it’s now about defending it in style.

“Amir and I both want the fight, so it’s just getting down to making it happen. We both need to win in December but there’s no reason why after that we can’t fight, it’s going to be an exciting fight, I think we’re just going to stand in the middle of the ring and go to war. It’ll be Froch Groves all over again, there will be a massive crowd and huge interest – let’s get in the ring and see who number one is.”

Hearn recalled how ‘The Special One’ was nervous at the crowd reaction ahead of his first fight with Hearn and Matchroom Boxing over three years ago when Brook defeated Lovemore N’dou at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in June 2011. Brook quickly moved into the Motorpoint Arena fortress and Hearn believes that Brook is ready to not just defend his title, but become a legend in the sport’s most lucrative division.

“In the dressing room before he boxed N’dou, Kell asked me if he thought he was going to get a good reception,” said Hearn. “I told him there was 1,400 sell-out in the venue and they were here for him. He’s gone from that, to selling 9,000 tickets against Matthew Hatton and now taking a title off an unbeaten American in America.

“He’s come so far but there’s no limit to what this man can do. There are three World champions at Welterweight; Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook – that’s the company he is mixing with now. We’re talking seriously big fights. Kell, the team and myself all knew that he would get there, and while it took a little bit longer than we thought, he’s there now and I know him, he’s not going to settle for just winning a World title, he wants to unify the division and become an icon for British sport and the great boxing city of Sheffield.

“The support he’s received since we ended his six year hiatus from his hometown against N’dou has been incredible and the fans are going to be rewarded now by seeing this fantastic talent in some mega-fights and great nights, starting on December 6 right here in Sheffield.”

August 24, 2014
August 24, 2014

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Ricky Hatton is set to extend his links with Australian boxing by taking his unbeaten European light-middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko to Melbourne to take on Anthony Mundine.

It is understood a fight between the 28-year-old Belarussian (25-0) and former WBA super-middleweight champion Mundine (46-6) will be announced this Wednesday (Aug 27). The fight is set to take place at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.

The bout was first touted on boxingnewsonline on July 15

Mundine, 39, hasn’t fought since being knocked down five times by Joshua Clottey in a one-sided points decision in May.

Hatton already promotes three Aussie fighters – Lucas Browne, Cameron Hammond and Damien Hooper.

Meanwhile, three-time Mundine victim Sam Soliman will defend his IBF middleweight belt against Jermain Taylor on October 8 at a US venue to be confirmed.

August 21, 2014
August 21, 2014

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London Olympic 2012 captain Tom Stalker will face fellow unbeaten fighter Chris Jenkins in a British light-welterweight title eliminator on Queensberry Promotions’ ‘Magnificent Seven Fight Again’ bill at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 25.

Frank Warren won the purse bids this month for the contest and Liverpool favourite Stalker will be looking to put himself in line for a dream shot at the Lonsdale Belt in early 2015.

Stalker said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight for the British title and I know by beating Jenkins it’s going to put me in line to realise that dream. Jenkins is a really good fighter so this has all the ingredients to be a fantastic fight for the fans, with two unbeaten fighters putting it all on the line. But I know I’ve got all the tools to win the fight and I’m confident of doing the business!”
Welshman Jenkins has been pursuing the fight with former amateur star Stalker for some time and Jenkins’ manager Paul Boyce is confident of a win for his man: “Chris has been chasing the Stalker fight so it’s great the board have ordered it. We’ve been chasing and asking for the fight since Stalker turned pro and we’re very confident of a win.”
The Stalker-Jenkins fight is just one of a packed bill at the Echo Arena. England’s fastest ever World Champion Paul Butler is in action for the first time since capturing the IBF bantamweight championship in Newcastle earlier this year, now back campaigning in his natural super-flyweight division.
Liam Smith faces off against mandatory challenger Navid Mansouri for the British light-middleweight championship, while Liverpool favourite Derry Mathews will contest the vacant WBA Intercontinental lightweight championship.
Chris Eubank Jnr looks to continue his destructive form and new British lightweight champion Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his title.
Kevin Satchell challenges Valery Yanchy for the European flyweight title on home soil; and on the undercard, Matty Fagan, Micheal Gomez Jr and Jack Catterall are also all in action.
Tickets priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or