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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Brian Rose

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BRIAN ROSE has told Carson Jones he is in for a hostile reception when they clash for the WBC International Light Middleweight title on Saturday (February 14) at the Winter Gardens, live on Sky Sports.

Rose is continuing his comeback following his World title challenge against Demetrius Andrade in New York in June, returning to the ring with a first round KO in Leeds in October and steps up a gear in a must-win clash with the Oklahoma man, who made a name for himself in England after his two bouts with Sheffield star Kell Brook.

The Blackpool man turns 30 on Sunday and believes he can win a World title – but has also stated a defeat against Jones could spell the end of his career.

‘The Lion’ will have huge support in the Winter Gardens and believes that the famous Blackpool venue will be rocking on Valentine’s Night.

“The roof is going to come off the Winter Gardens on Saturday,” said Rose. “It’s a huge night for my career and the fans know it, that’s why it’s going to be a packed house and the atmosphere is going to be electric.

“I was at the second Brook fight and I have seen Carson fight a good few times, he’s well known here and in the USA. He’s tough, he’s a come forward fighter and he comes on strong in the later rounds, which is what I do too. It’s going to be a good fight, if it goes the distance it’ll be a good one, he’s going to walk onto my jab and I may have to take a few shots too, it’s going to be good.

“I’m a big Light Middleweight and I feel that I am still growing into the weight now, with each fight it’s a little bit more of a struggle to make Light Middleweight, it works in my favour him moving up but he might be quicker, so I have to look out for them things, he might not hold the power he has at Welterweight though – at least I hope he doesn’t.”

Rose’s clash with Jones is part of a great night of action in Blackpool with eight determined contenders lining up for the Prizefighter Middleweights III.

There’s five unbeaten fighters risking their unbeaten records to land the trophy in local favourite Jack Arnfield, Irishman Luke Keeler, Wales’ Tom Doran, Preston’s Mick Hall and Birmingham’s Craig Cunningham. Former finalist Cello Renda is aiming to go one better while youngsters Liam Conroy and Luke Crowcroft can give their careers a massive boost with victory. The draw for the action will be made live on Sky Sports News at 10.30am tomorrow.

Lytham St. Annes’ English Lightweight champion Scotty Cardle gets a four-rounder on the bill while there’s a third pro outing for Marcus Morrison.

Carson Jones: Brian Rose is “pretty basic”

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Kubrat Pulev

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Team Sauerland is pleased to announced that Bulgarian heavyweight star Kubrat Pulev has extended his promotional agreement.

‘’Kubrat remains one of the best heavyweights in world and we’re delighted that he has decided to extend his contract,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland, who guided the 33 year-old to a world title challenge in November last year.

‘’The fight against Klitschko may have come a little too early after only twenty professional bouts, but will prove to be a huge learning experience for him. I’m confident he will return better and stronger than ever. It’s only a matter of time before he gets a second shot at the world title and this time he will take it!’’

‘’I’m very happy to extend my agreement with Team Sauerland,’’ said Pulev. ‘’With their support I will be able to get back to my best. Together we will conquer the world!’’

As he prepares for a return to world title contention, Pulev will now train with renowned German coach Ulli Wegner. ‘’I’m looking forward to working with Mr Wegner,’’ he said. ‘’He is one of the best in the business and his experience will be priceless in my quest to become world champion.’’

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
JAmie Cox

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Swindon middleweight prospect Jamie Cox makes his long awaited return to the ring this Saturday night (14th February) at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and aims to send out a warning to his domestic rivals that he’s back.

The undefeated southpaw takes on Huddersfield’s Alistair Warren in a ten-rounder as chief support to the potential thriller between Stephen Ormond and Terry Flanagan’s WBO European Lightweight title clash and Eliminator for the WBO World title, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Cox, 28, has only fought once in the last three and half years – beating Matiouze Royer over six rounds in June last year – due to a serious hand injury and issues outside of the ring that have kept him inactive.

But Cox, who was a stellar amateur claiming gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and won a Commonwealth title at light-middleweight in the pro ranks, is determined to get back to the top.

With the domestic 160lb division looking very competitive with stars including Billy Joe Saunders, Andy Lee, Martin Murray and Chris Eubank Jnr., Cox says there’s no reason why he can’t be in the mix.

“First of all I’m delighted that Frank Warren has got me on the Wolverhampton show and I’m going to show that I mean business,” said Cox.

“I just want to fight again and fulfil the potential that I showed when I started out in the sport.  I’ve had an unfortunate few years, but they’re behind me know and I’m looking to the future and I’m determined to eventually become a world champion,”

“I’ve got a bit of catching up to do, but I’m still young enough and I’ve matured mentally so I believe that I can still achieve that goals that I’ve set myself and more.  It’s like a brand new start for me in my career and it begins this Saturday night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall,”

“Fortunately I’m in a division with a lot of quality names and there are some very exciting potential fights that can be made.  Saunders, Lee, Murray and Eubank Jnr are all at world level and I reckon after a few more fights I can be up there with them, I’m that confident.  Nick Blackwell, John Ryder, and Adam Etches are a  there and thereabouts and I know I could beat them now if I had the chance.

“I’m looking forward to getting things moving again and it’s down to me to put on a top performance against Warren and get the win, before sitting down with my team and planning the next move.”

Promoted by Frank Warren, in association with P.J Rowson, the WBO European Lightweight clash between Ormond and Flanagan, which doubles as an Eliminator for the WBO World title headlines the action-packed card that also features Welsh super-featherweight Craig Evans; Swindon middleweight Jamie Cox; lightweight prospect Joe Costello; Redditch middleweight Andrew Robinson; Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay; Tipton light-heavyweight Ricky Summers; Dudley light-middleweight Ryan Aston; Swansea bantamweight Jay Harris and the professional debut of Birmingham super-bantamweight Razza Hamza.

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Vasyl Lomachenko

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Sam Maxwell of the British Lionhearts (R) in action with Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine Otamans during the World Series of Boxing between the British Lionhearts and the Ukraine Otamans at York Hall on March 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sam Maxwell; Vasyl Lomachenko

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SAM MAXWELL will look to maintain his unbeaten start to this season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) when the  British Lionhearts take on the Russian Boxing team this Thursday (12 February 2015) in Moscow.

The light-welterweight from Liverpool has won both his bouts this season with impressive victories over Touliaowutayi Sarike of the China Dragons and  Hamza El Barbari of the Morocco Atlas Lions.

Maxwell said: “It’s been a good start to the season for me, but Russia away is a very tough assignment.  It will not be easy but I just need to go there, keep doing the things that have brought me success and stick to my gameplan.”

Maxwell is joined in a relatively inexperienced team by two fellow members of the GB Boxing squad, light-flyweight, Ashley Williams, and middleweight, Dan Woledge.

Welsh Commonwealth bronze medallist, Williams, is yet to record a victory this season following points losses against the China Dragons and the Morocco Atlas Lions.  Woledge from Chatham in Kent is making his debut WSB debut.

They are joined in the Lionhearts team by two overseas selections making their first appearances of the season.  Holland’s Enrico La Cruz will box at Bantamweight and Abdoulaye Diane from France has been selected in the heavyweight berth.

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 at 10.00pm on Thursday 12 February 2015.

The British Lionhearts currently sit third in Group A of WSB with six points from four matches, which includes two wins and two defeats.  Russia have two wins and a loss from three matches and sit a place below the Lionhearts having won fewer bouts in the course of the season.

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February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Matchroom Boxing presents Selby & Joshua  " Moment of truth " night of professional Boxing at The O2, London.

©Russell Pritchard 11th October 2014 Matchroom Boxing presents Selby & Joshua " Moment of truth " at The O2, London. Final Eliminator IBF Featherweight World Championship 12 x 3 Mins Rounds between Lee Selby, (Barry) v Joel Brunker, (Australia) ©Russell Pritchard / Matchroom Boxing

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LEE SELBY has not always been dedicated to his craft. The former British, Commonwealth and European featherweight champion is now the mandatory contender for a shot at IBF champion, Evgeny Gradovich, but as an amateur and novice pro he struggled to avoid nights out and the drinking that goes with them. Barry’s Selby, dubbed the Welsh Mayweather, has invited Fighting Fit into his trainer Tony Borg’s small gym in Newport and he is clearly a different man today.
“I don’t drink at all, I don’t even eat bad food,” he insists with sufficient sincerity. “I can’t remember the last time I had a McDonald’s, never mind drinking. I had one drink after I boxed Patrick Okine in Newport [in May 2012]. It’s like poison and all the hard work you’re putting into your training, you’re just wasting it away. There was just a point in my life where I decided I wanted to be a champion and make as much money as I can, and it’s a short career. If I can achieve what I want, I can drink as much as I want afterwards and I can drink champagne instead of beer.
“I’ve got used to the sacrifices. When I first started trying to stay in I did get a bit jealous of everybody going out and eating what they wanted. I miss the food more, cheesecake. After my fights, my mate’s wife cooks me a peanut butter and Nutella one.”
Having a little of the things you like outside of training camp, is, of course, acceptable and even encouraged. There is one key constant for Selby, whether training or not, and that’s the support and empathy he can rely on from his younger brother Andrew, a world-class amateur flyweight on a poor run right now.
“It’s good for us both because we know the feelings we’re going through when we’re dieting, making weight, training and stuff,” Selby reveals. “When we was kids, we were really competitive, trying to outdo each other but now we try and help each other out. I use him for speed work and the technical stuff because he’s one of the best amateurs in the world and he uses me for the strength. There’s no competition at all now, we’re just supportive of each other.”
Borg’s gym is so old-school you half-expect to see a chicken charge out of its front door with Selby in hot pursuit. The basic equipment and no-nonsense coaching appear to have kept the Welshman grounded, but when I ask what working in a gym like this has done for him, I’m afforded short shrift.
“To be honest, nothing,” he laughs, debunking a cliché. “I’ve always boxed in a gym like this. All you need is a bag, rings and you can do your running on the roads. If you’re a fighter, you’re a fighter, the gym ain’t gonna change you. I like the quality sparring, the quality coaching. We punch lumps out of each other but after we’re all chatting like mates. I like training on my own to be honest, just me and Tony, on the body-bag and stuff. There’s more focus on me and he can push me more, instead of there being a group of boys.”

For a full feature interview with Lee Selby and much, much more don’t miss next week’s issue of Boxing News magazine

Photo: Matchroom/Russell Pritchard

February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Darren Barker

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How is retirement?

It’s good. There’s more than a couple of things to put into the equation. The injuries were an absolute nightmare. I achieved far more than I ever dreamed of. I honestly did. Some people are born to fight, whether it’s boxing or in the army or other combat sports. I don’t think I ever was. I had my goals, which I more than surpassed. I’m just content. I’m really content.

What do you mean when you say you were never born to fight?

I don’t think it was ever in my nature. I was very competitive. You see certain people, the likes of Mike Tyson, who is a born fighter. I’ve got friends of mine who are in the army, I wouldn’t have the bottle to do that. I’m a keen sportman and I love boxing. I wanted to make my dad proud, I wanted to achieve certain things when my brother [Gary] died. That’s what kept me going. But I don’t think I was a natural born fighter. A lot of people say they can’t believe I won a world title and maybe I did overachieve. I was over the moon when I won a NABC [schoolboy] title. I’m sat here now surely the happiest retired boxer there is.

You won every title going, how proud are you of the path you took?

When I set out as a pro that was it, Southern Area, British, European and world. I remember when I turned pro I thought if I could win a Southern Area title I’d be over the moon. Every achievement I achieved at the time was something I never dreamed I could do.

It was never really about me, it was about my brother, about my family. I just wanted to make them proud. I like to think I’ve done that now.

Once you became a world champion, was it hard to sustain that?

I get a bit of stick on twitter because of certain things I say. I can’t win with how I answer. All I can say is I truly believed I would win that fight [against Felix Sturm], I honestly did.

I was gutted I didn’t win.

How’s the hip now?

I’m doing a lot of cycling now. I’m feeling great for it. It was the impact I struggled with with running. I could probably get a mile down the road now and after that I’d be in tatters. With cycling it doesn’t affect me.

The hip’s alright. Now I’m not doing the work load I was I don’t really notice it. I will [need an operation]. I couldn’t even play 15 minutes of football. But with the cycling I’m a different man.

Where do you keep your world title?

My dad’s got it, along with every other thing I’ve won. I don’t own one trophy, not one award, not one certificate, nothing. My dad’s got everything.

Do you think about what it felt like to win that title?

I’m reminded quite often. People say that was the best fight they’ve ever seen.

I’m constantly being reminded about what a great night it was. I’m so happy. I can’t thank my family, my friends, my supporters because they all made that journey what it was.

Watching the replay of the Daniel Geale fight are you surprised you got up from the body shot?

It sounds like an old cliché or I’m making up some drama of a story. When my brother died I said come on I can win this world title. I’ve got it in me. I had the vision of him, whether it was visually or something I could hear, there was a presence. He was there somewhere. He sort of helped me up and the rest is history.

Darren Barker’s boxing masterclass series begins in this week’s issue of Boxing News. Don’t miss it.

February 11, 2015
February 11, 2015
Rudenko

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THOUGH he sees the improvements in his son on a daily basis, coach Peter Fury is well aware of the significance of the test that awaits Hughie Lewis Fury on February 21 in Monte Carlo.

The 20-year-old heavyweight tackles Ukrainian puncher Andriy Rudenko over ten rounds – a fight televised by Channel 5 – and Peter is backing his son to rise to the occasion and steal the show.

“Rudenko is a good test for him,” he said. “By no means is this an easy fight. If Hughie had a bit of a weak chin or some major flaws, Rudenko wouldn’t be the kid we’d pick for this fight. We’d steer clear of him completely.

“You’ve got to be wary of Rudenko because he’s quite good at cutting the ring off. You’re not going to just keep him at bay with your jab. He’ll walk through your shots to land his own. He’s very, very tough and durable.

“Also, let’s not forget we had him over for sparring before Tyson’s (Fury) fight with Dereck Chisora last year. Tyson landed some heavy shots on Rudenko, but the harder he hit him, the more Rudenko fought back. He’s not one to slow down or reduce his work-rate. He’s relentless.”

Hughie Lewis, 14-0 (8 KOs), has been out of the ring since May, due to illness, but is back and ready to make up for lost time. It’s why there was an emphasis placed on returning in a 10-rounder. It’s why they wanted an opponent as dangerous as Rudenko, 24-1 (16 KOs).

“I’m not expecting a stoppage in this one,” said Peter. “Rudenko’s too tough for that. He’s as tough as leather boots. And he also gets close and lets shots of his own go with bad intentions. If you stand with him and let him do that, he can do some serious damage. He’s a formidable fighter. He’s in shape and he can do rounds.

“I’m of the belief, though, that Hughie is just a better man all-round in terms of skill-set. His sheer boxing ability will see him through. He’s got a nice, relaxed style and Rudenko will have serious problems dealing with that.

“Hughie isn’t your conventional heavyweight boxer. He’s not just a slugger or an in-and-out boxer. He can do a bit of everything. I think Rudenko will just get blinded with science, to be honest. Hughie is a fantastic boxer when he wants to be and Rudenko will find it very hard to set his feet and let his bombs go.

“Rudenko knows he has to force the fight and land the big one. He’s never going to sit back and outbox somebody who is 6’6 with skills. He’s got to get in there and try and walk Hughie down.

“He’ll look at the fact that Hughie is only 20, has never really fought anybody of real note, and that this is the first big step up for him. He might take confidence from all that. He’ll say to himself, ‘Can Fury handle it on the big stage? What’s he like after six rounds.’ I guess we’ll find out on February 21. It’s got all the hallmarks of a great fight.”

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