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October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014
Jorge Vaca v Lloyd Honeyghan

Jorge Vaca of Mexico (left) traps Lloyd Honeyghan of Great Britain in the corner during their welterweight boxing match held at Wembley Conference Centre, London on 28th October 1987. Vaca was the winner on points. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images.)

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1. JORGE VACA was IBF and WBC welterweight champion Lloyd Honeyghan’s second choice as a challenger. The Mexican stepped in when IBF-rated Bobby Joe Young – fresh off a win over drug-ravaged Aaron Pryor – was deemed unsuitable by the British Boxing Board of Control. The British body refused to sanction 15-round bouts – the scheduled length of IBF bouts at the time – so only the WBC title would be at stake. With Young unranked by the governing body, and a fit and ready Vaca listed at No.4, the switch was made. That the WBC were hosting their convention in London during fight week was also a factor

2. HONEYGHAN was widely expected to win. The Briton – chasing countryman Jim Watt’s record of four successful defences of a world title – had been impressive since landing on the world scene 13 months before. Donald Curry, Johnny Bumphus, Maurice Blocker and Gene Hatcher had all been beaten, making Lloyd one of the pound-for-pound leaders in the sport.

3. BUT the quick blowout many had predicted never came. Honeyghan looked off form from the beginning and struggled to gain Vaca’s respect. In the third round, he walked on to a left hook, bobbed and weaved in a desperate attempt to clear his head, before being tagged and hurt again at the end of the session.

4. HONEYGHAN, primitive in his approach, clubbed wildly but only a few swings hit the target. Vaca, in comparison, was steady and methodical. However, it was a close fight. Honeyghan’s relentlessness was winning rounds but at the close of the seventh, he was staggered by a left hook and went to his corner with a nasty swelling under his right eye, and his nose decorated by blood.

5. THE fight ended in the eighth round amid confusion and controversy. An accidental head-clash left the Mexican with a gaping wound over his right eye. Blood cascaded from the cut and the action was curtailed. The referee deducted a point from Honeyghan, apparently responsible for the ‘accidental’ clash, but the perplexing punishment was not definitive. Vaca won via scores of 67-65 (twice), and 67-66.

6. STAUNCH Honeyghan supporters cried robbery, but Vaca had looked in control at the time of the stoppage. It emerged afterwards that the Englishman went into the contest with an injured right hand that caused him to clumsily switch to southpaw during the bout.

7. HONEYGHAN accepted his defeat publicly but was bitterly disappointed. He had been chasing a lucrative showdown – even the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard had been mentioned as a potential opponent – and a loss to Vaca was seen as a disaster. During darker moments, Honeyghan contemplated retirement, only to announce his decision to fight on two months later.

8. THE IBF declared their title vacant after the bout, compounding Honeyghan’s misery.

9. THE rematch was set for March 29, 1988 – a Tuesday night – and Honeyghan greeted the opening bell like a werewolf welcomes the moon. Savage, unkempt, and hungry for revenge, Lloyd tore into his opponent. Vaca was bleeding by the end of the opening round, and complaining that Honeyghan was out of control. After appearing in danger of punching himself into exhaustion, Honeyghan powered to victory as his rival collapsed at the end of round three and was counted out.

10. THE sensational win prompted many to believe Honeyghan was back to his best. But two fights later, he was beaten up by Marlon Starling. A subsequent loss to Mark Breland – in three rounds – effectively ended his career at world level. Vaca slipped quickly too. He was flattened by Simon Brown in his next outing and then outscored by a young Terry Norris. However, he did manage one last upset win, all but ending the career of Breland in 1991 via shocking sixth-round triumph.

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October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014
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MONTREAL (Oct. 27, 2014) – World Boxing Council (WBC), Lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), ESPN’s 2013 Fighter of the Year and 2013 Knockout of the Year winner, returns to the ring December 19 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec to face Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs),

“THE REIGN OF SUPERMAN,” featuring the world light heavyweight championship between Stevenson and Sukhotskiy, is presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) in association with Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. Stevenson’s fourth world title defense will be against Sukhotskiy, who is world rated by all four major governing bodies: WBC #7, WBO # 8, WBA # 7 and IBF # 11.

For the second time in a row Stevenson will headline on Showtime as part of its prestigious series, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, which will televise Stevenson’s title defense on American television, thanks to the close cooperation of Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Executive Vice President & General Manager, Sports and Event Programming.

WBA #10, and WNC #13 light heavyweight contender, two-time Russian Olympian sensation Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), as well as dangerous IBF #5 welterweight Kevin Bizier (26-1, 16 KOs) will also be in action.

Two press conferences will be held next Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the morning in Quebec City and Montreal in the afternoon. All details will be announced then.

Tickets, ranging from $25.00 to $250.00, will go on sale next Thursday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m. ET, in the branches of the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec (418) 691-7211 or 1 (800) 900-7469, online at www.billeteck.com, at GYM (514) 383-0666 or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980.

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
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FRANKIE GAVIN believes he will expose Bradley Skeete when they clash at the ExCel Arena on November 22. The British welterweight champion, who on Friday night halted mismatched Mate Hornyak at the same Wolverhampton Civic Hall that hosted his August loss to Leonard Bundu, claimed that Skeete did not entertain the thought of fighting him until very recently.

“I know deep down they don’t want it,” Gavin said at the London press conference to announce the latest addition to the Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora card. “You ain’t boxed anyone yet.”

Skeete, who sparred Gavin while they were amateurs, admitted the fight would have come too soon 12 months ago.

“The fight was offered to me a year ago,” he explained. “I wasn’t ready then. I am now. I had other options, I didn’t have to take this fight. If I didn’t want it then I would not be wasting everyone’s time by sitting here.”

Promoter Frank Warren is hopeful the winner of this BBBofC ordered contest will land a high ranking with the WBO, and secure a world title fight in 2015. Gavin is aware he could already be at that level with Bundu challenging WBA Interim titlist Keith Thurman on December 13 in Las Vegas.

“I thought I won that [Bundu] fight,” said Gavin of the tight 12-rounder that blotted his perfect record. “I didn’t feel like a loser. But I’m back now and it was good to fight [on Friday]. I didn’t need to, and the opposition wasn’t the best, but I felt great in there.”

Skeete accepted Gavin was unlucky to lose to Bundu.

“It was a very close fight but he lost,” said the 27-year-old challenger. “That’s why I’m sitting here now. He tried to step up and failed. Now it’s my turn to step up and that’s what I’ll do.”

Warren – who on Friday was awarded £50,000 and additional damages after a libel case against Ricky Burns’ manager Alex Morrison – has applied for additional seating at the ExCel due to the demand for tickets.

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October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
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SERGEY RABCHENKO believes a devastating performance against Anthony Mundine will earn him a new army of fans.

The Belarusian power-puncher knows a partisan crowd will baying for his blood when the opening bell rings at the Hisense Arena on November 12, but he’s confident that they will be singing his name by the end of the fight.

While Mundine splits opinion in the Aussie fight fraternity, he does have a large and vociferous following and Rabchenko hopes to win their hearts rather than break them.

“The crowd will start against me and that is no problem because they can’t fight for him,” Rabchenko, who defends his WBC Silver light-middleweight title, said.

“I think they will cheer for Mundine at the start but then cheer for me when they see the skills that I have and the power of my punches.

“Australian fans like to see action and that is what I will give them. I think the combinations I have been working on with Ricky Hatton will be too much for Mundine and the fans will really like what they see.”

Despite being confident that he has the tools to defeat Mundine on his own turf, Sergey knows he cannot overlook the experienced and outspoken New South Wales-native.

Mundine is a three-time world champion who has mixed it with the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Daniel Geale and Shane Mosley since switching from Rugby League and is still a formidable opponent for anyone despite being 39 years of age.

“I am fully focused on Mundine. He has won many world titles and will be a very tough fight for me,” Rabchenko said.

“He is a great, great fighter and he knows he must win if he wants to box for a world title again. I have to be ready for him at his best.

“He was beaten badly in his last fight [against Joshua Clottey] so I expect him to be very fired up. I just think I hit too hard for him and after a few rounds he will not want to be in the ring with me any longer. I will break him”.

Rabchenko v Mundine tops a huge night of boxing at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, with chief supporting contests including Lucas Browne’s WBC EPBC heavyweight title clash with Chauncy Welliver and Leonardo Zappavigna v Misael Castillo for the WBO Oriental light-welterweight crown.

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
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GARY BUCKLAND and Stephen Foster Jnr lead the line-up for the Prizefighter Lightweights III at York Hall, Bethnal Green on December 6, live on Sky Sports – with Martin J. Ward facing Maxi Hughes on the show in an eliminator for the British Super Featherweight title.

Buckland returns to the scene of his Prizefighter Super Featherweights win in November 2010 where he saw off Stevie Bell in the quarter-finals, dramatically wiped out Gary Sykes in the first round of their semi-final before knocking out Derry Mathews in the second round of the final to lift the trophy.

Manchester favourite Foster Jnr will be hoping to face Buckland to avenge his loss for the British title back in November 2012, and the 34 year old enters the night on the back of two wins in 2014 after his clash with Anthony Crolla in their hometown on the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard last November.

Buckland and Foster Jnr are joined by Danny Cassius Connor who is looking to go one better than his final appearance in July 2013, Luton’s Michael Devine, who met Connor in February in a bout cut short through a clash of heads, Essex’s Lee Martin and Hampshire’s Floyd Moore, with promoter Eddie Hearn to name the final two fighters soon.

Essex man Ward made it 11 fights unbeaten at Wembley Arena in September with an eight round stoppage of Kakhaber Avetisian and meets Yorkshireman Hughes, who also faced Avetisian last time out recording a ten-round win, at the top of the bill in a cracking looking contest between two bright young stars, with Ohara Davies also in action in his fourth pro fight.

“We haven’t had a Prizefighter since April this year and I’m excited to see the format return in its spiritual home,” said Hearn. “The last time Gary Buckland was involved we saw him win a thrilling event and this line up is set to produce plenty of fireworks. Martin J. Ward has the first crunch clash of his career when he steps up against the talented Maxi Hughes with the winning targeting a clash with Super Featherweight champion Gary Sykes. Exciting undefeated prospect Ohara Davies also return to actions he continues to make a name for himself in the Lightweight division.”

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
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PHOTO: Jason White

Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle secured famous wins in Hull on Saturday night to remain on course for a blockbuster showdown next summer.

Campbell welcomed Argentine Daniel Brizuela back to the scene of his epic battle with Coyle in February, but the hometown Olympic hero ensured that there would be no repeat of that drama with a clinical display of his power and variety.

The 27 year old wasted little time in exerting his authority on Brizuela, landing heavy shots in the opening round before really finding his range in the third round where he wobbled the Argentine on the bell and breaking him down further in the fourth before ending the job in the fifth. Brizuela was on the deck with a minute to go in the round from a blistering attack and Campbell didn’t let him off the hook, pouncing on his dazed opponent to deliver a decisive salvo to make it nine pro wins and seven inside the distance.

“It’s a great win for me,” said Campbell. “He had a very elusive and awkward style and I hit him with some cracking shots in the first round and he just nodded to say, ‘OK, let’s have some more’. He’s a tough, tough customer so I had to nullify that and to get him out of there in five, I’m very happy. For him to come back here after his fight with Tommy, I take my hat off to him. Every fight has been a step up and you can see me getting better, the main thing is not to rush. I believe in the path that we are going on. I’ve had four fights on the spin now in four months, I think I will have a break and come back fresh in the New Year.”

Coyle was tasked with following Campbell’s brilliant performance and he did not disappoint. The Hull man faced Australian great Michael Katsidis in a second defence of his IBF International Lightweight title, and delivered a stunning one-punch knockout in the second round to destroy ‘The Great’.

Coyle slipped Katsidis’ attacks in the opening round whilst making an early impression himself, then delivered a sensational left hook that floored the former World champion and the 25 year old was delighted that the game he devised with trainer Jamie Moore worked so spectacularly.

“Pressure fighters can’t go backwards,” said Coyle. “Jamie is the best pressure there was and he told me if you offset his balance and get him going backwards, you will have success. We worked on that left hook in the dressing room before the fight and it’s come off.

“I can’t change my make-up and I was always going to have a war, but I was going to be smart about it. I know I am not the greatest fighter in the world but I am always going to deliver value for money, I am going to put bums on seats and put everything on the line every time.

“I was so scared and nervous about losing, I’d visualised being in the worst pain ever as I had put him on a pedestal for 12 weeks. The night was perfect and with Luke winning, it sets the fight up in the summer of next year.”

On a potential fight with Coyle, Campbell added: “We both have the utmost respect for one another but through the city of Hull we are both loved and supported and the fight is being talked about a lot here. Our job is to entertain the fans and for the business and entertainment side of things, we can put our friendship on hold for 30-odd minute.”

There was a hat-trick of career-best wins on the night as Gavin McDonnell saw off former World title challenger Vusi Malinga to land the vacant WBO International Super-Bantamweight title.

McDonnell made the leap into international class following a draw with Josh Wale in his British title defence in May, and the South African provided a tough examination of his credentials at the top level.

The Doncaster man enjoyed the best of the early action and in the eighth round, he stamped his authority on the fight with a stiff right-hand forcing the visitor to turn his back and take an eight count. McDonnell closed in for the stoppage but Malinga, who has gone the 12-round distance eight times prior to Saturday, resisted the attacks and heard the final bell once more, where McDonnell was announced as the victor on the judges’ scorecards 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112.

“I can’t believe it, it was a hard week mentally in stepping up for the fight, I am over the moon with the win,” said McDonnell. “I just wanted to prove that I belong at this level, I am not taking anything away from Josh Wale but I let myself down in that fight, today was about stepping up, we picked Vusi because we believed we could beat him, it was the hardest fight of my life.

“I didn’t think I would get him out of there and even when he went down I knew he would come back. I landed plenty of stiff shots and he took them, he’s very tough. I stopped looking at twitter a few days before the fight because people were saying that Vusi was going to be too good for me, too strong, too much experience at the top level. I blocked all that out and concentrated on the task in hand. I’ve had 14 fights, won a few titles and been in four twelve-rounders, so I am progressing well.”

October 27, 2014
October 27, 2014
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JOHNNY ‘THE PEXICAN’ GARTON, 27,is the latest prospect to put pen to paper and ink a three-year deal with Steve Goodwin. Garton has won 12 of 13 bouts with his solitary loss coming in Prizefighter against Sam Eggington.

Garton trained by Alan Smith at the IBox Gym in Kent feels the time is right to step up in class.

“I am fed up with boxing journeymen and now want to navigate through titles,” he said. “There is no doubt Steve is the man to do that. He is signing some of the best talent in the South of England and is great to deal with.”

Steve said: “I am delighted that Johnny has chosen to put his faith in us. We will be showcasing Johnny on our big end of year show “It’s Go time” at York Hall on 13th December. We are currently working on a big fight for Johnny and news will be announced shortly.”

“The end of 2014 and 2015 will be massive for Johnny and we will give him every opportunity to reach his aspirations.”

Trainer Alan Smith said “I am delighted that Johnny has signed with Steve. They will make a great team. Steve gives fighters the attention and comes to our gym to see Johnny. It is a perfect match.”

Here is the video where Johnny discusses the move and his future.

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