June 22, 2017
June 22, 2017
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June 22, 2017
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June 22, 2017
June 22, 2017
Hughie Fury

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UNDEFEATED heavyweight Hughie Fury will make his eagerly-anticipated return to the ring on Frank Warren’s stacked The Future Is Now July 8th Copper Box Arena card.

The younger cousin of former unified world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has ripped through the division since turning professional in 2013, halting ten of his opponents and picking up the WBO Inter-Continental strap against Fred Kassi in his last outing.

Fury, 22, was due to challenge WBO heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker for his belt last month in New Zealand but was forced to postpone when he injured his back. After overcoming the disappointment of his injury, Fury is looking to make a statement on his big return.

“I can’t wait to get back under the lights and do what I do best,” said Fury. “I was disappointed to miss out my shot against Parker but this is boxing and injuries happen all of the time. I will get my shot at the WBO heavyweight belt later this year and follow in the footsteps of Tyson.”

Peter Fury said, “Hughie has recovered from the back injury that kept him out of his world title fight with Parker and he is itching to get back in the ring next month. We are treating this fight as a warm-up to the big one later this year. The division is certainly opening up with plenty of opportunities and we are confident that Hughie is going to figure dominantly for years to come.”

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Promoter Frank Warren said, “Hughie is one of the best and most exciting young heavyweight prospects in the world and I’m delighted to add him to our stacked July 8 Copper Box Arena card. He needs to get this warm-up fight out of the way before he faces Parker later in the year. I am confident that the WBO heavyweight belt will once again be in possession of the Fury family come the end of the year.”

June 22, 2017
June 22, 2017
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THE 1938 return bout between heavyweight champion Joe Louis and Germany’s Max Schmeling – the man who had handed Joe his first (and at that time only) defeat – represented much more than simply a revenge opportunity for Louis.

The growing realisation of Hitler’s menacing regime meant even the theme of black versus white became secondary to the opposing ideologies of democracy and totalitarianism.

As political pawns, Louis and Schmeling became personifications of Good and Evil.

“We’re all depending on those muscles for America,” President Roosevelt told Joe. Hitler, meanwhile, cabled Schmeling wishing him every success.

Part of Boxing’s fight report read: “Framed for 15 rounds, this title fight was all over in two minutes and four seconds, the end coming when Arthur Donovan, the referee, had flung out the towel and stopped the fight in favour of the champion by a technical knockout. Scaling 198¾lbs to his rival’s 193lbs, Louis was the first to cut loose after a full 10 seconds of sparring. Joe shot out three quick lefts to the jaw, got in again with another left and sent a right cross to the jaw, causing the German to cover up. The German got in one blow, a long right cross, from which the champion rode away to take it lightly on the chin, but immediately afterwards Louis tore in to score with two hard punches, left and right to the jaw. Schmeling had no chance to fight back against his fiercely-fighting opponent, who again crashed home a left and right to the jaw, which staggered the German to the ropes, where he held on while taking a lacing.

“Schmeling went to the floor, got up at ‘two,’ was put down again and then rose before a count was taken.

“Then came the winning punch – a terrific right hook to the body which sent Schmeling crashing. Louis retired to a neutral corner while the referee, Arthur Donovan, took up the count from timekeeper George Bannon. The count reached ‘eight’ when Max Machon threw in a towel from the German’s corner.”

Thanks to Joe Louis ‘the undercard to World War II,’ as this bout was later described, delivered a massive symbolic defeat to Nazism.

Fifty years later the world learned how Schmeling risked his life hiding Jewish children in his Berlin apartment during the Nazi pogroms.

June 22, 2017
June 22, 2017
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EIGHT boxers from Great Britain are guaranteed a medal at the EUBC European Boxing Championships after record-breaking day by the GB Boxing team in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Galal Yafai, Peter McGrail, Luke McCormack and Cheavon Clarke made it a fantastic afternoon session for the British team as only Lee McGregor failed to get through from the GB Boxing squad.

The achievement was matched in the evening session as Niall Farrell, Pat McCormack, Calum French and Frazer Clarke joined them in the semis, with Tom Whittaker-Hart being the only one to miss out.

It was an astonishing performance by the boxers’ as every member of the team, apart from Pat McCormack and Galal Yafai, is making their debut in a major international tournament.

The eight medal haul is the best ever achieved by boxers from Great Britain in the 90 year history of the European Championships and exceeds the six medals won by boxers from the GB Boxing squad at the 2015 event in Samakov, Bulgaria.

All of today’s winners go into Friday’s semi-finals where they have a chance to upgrade their guaranteed to bronze medal to silver with the possibility of winning gold in Saturday’s final.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “This is the first time that most of this team have competed at a major championship, so to come to such a tough tournament, win eight medals and qualify 10 boxers for the world championships is a superb achievement by the boxers, the coaches and all of the support staff that help to prepare the team.

“This young team are developing well considering the Tokyo Olympics are just over 3 years away.

“The boxers’ have done fantastically well to reach the semi-finals and win at the very least a bronze medal.  The challenge for the boxers and the team is to try and turn those medals into a silver or a gold.

“It has been a tremendous showing out here and bodes well for the future.”

The results of today’s bouts are below:

1430 Session (1230 GMT)

49kg Galal Yafai ENG v Aqeel Ahmed SCO – Galal won 5:0

56kg Peter McGrail ENG v Ahmed Chaouki El Ahmad DEN – Peter won 5:0

56kg Lee McGregor SCO v Mykola Butsenko UKR – Lee lost 5:0

64kg Luke McCormack ENG v Sean McComb IRL – Luke won 3:2

91kg Cheavon Clarke ENG v Abdulkadir Abdullayev AZE – Chev won KO R1

1800 Session (1600 GMT)

52kg Niall Farrell ENG v Manuel Cappai ITA – Niall won 5:0

60kg Calum French ENG v Enrico La Cruz NED – Calum won 4:1

69kg Pat McCormack ENG v Sergei Soblynskii RUS – Pat won 5:0

81kg Tom Hart ENG v Muslim Gadzhimagomedov RUS – Tom lost 5:0

91+kg Frazer Clarke ENG v Kem Ljungquist Larsen DEN – Frazer won 4:1

June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
gennady golovkin

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UNIFIED middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has hinted at the possibility of retiring from boxing after his September 16 meeting with Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas.

The unbeaten Kazakh faces the biggest test in his illustrious career when he takes on Mexican star Canelo, in what is the best fight that could have been made in the sport.

However, at 35, Golovkin is aware that he is moving toward the end of his tenure and could call it quits after fighting Canelo – but insists he does not feel his age.

“I don’t know. Maybe after this fight I’m finished, maybe not. I feel very good. OK I’m 35 but I feel like I’m 25. But this is boxing, not soccer, it’s not a game, this is a fight and every fight is very difficult,” he said earlier this week.

Golovkin turned professional in 2006 after a wildly successful amateur career, which included over 300 bouts and culminated in an Olympic silver medal.

Since then he has fought 37 times – but only 172 rounds, thanks to his thunderous power – and only went the 12 round distance for the first time ever in March against Daniel Jacobs.

In recent years he has earned millions by becoming one of the most marketable fighters on the planet and his upcoming fight with Canelo will only enhance his profile.

However, while he mentioned retirement, he is also open to the prospect of a rematch with Canelo and even having a trilogy with the flame-haired Mexican.

“I’m ready, I want. I believe it’s possible,” he said.

June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
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CONOR McGREGOR has begun the training camp for his first ever professional boxing fight, but that does not mean the enigmatic Irishman has not sparred boxers in the past.

Particularly during the preparation for his UFC rematch with Nate Diaz last year, McGregor employed several Irish boxers to spar with him.

One such boxer is Irish featherweight Declan Geraghty, who has been involved in numerous McGregor camps and last sparred with Conor in the build-up to the Diaz rematch.

“We have sparred a number of times. I sparred him for the Diaz rematch, when the fight was announced I popped up and did a bit of sparring with him. That was the last time I sparred him,” Geraghty told Boxing News.

“It was just boxing. The sparring was serious. It was at a good, hard pace. I know what people are saying about the [Floyd Mayweather] fight, but I’ve seen what he can do and I’ve been in the ring with him. He has a unique skill, it’s very unorthodox and very unique. His distance is very good. He hits hard with both hands.”

McGregor, of course, fights Floyd Mayweather in an egregious mismatch in Las Vegas on August 26, with no boxing insiders tipping him to win.

Geraghty understands the insurmountable task in front of his countryman but notes that McGregor has upset the odds several times in the UFC.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s an uphill battle for him to beat Mayweather but he had an uphill battle in the UFC. He proved everybody wrong,” he continued.

“He has the mentality and the will, he puts his head onto something and he believes it and he achieves it. He did it in the UFC, so he could do it in boxing as well.

“That’s what’s so good about boxing, one punch can change a fight and he does have power in the left hand and Mayweather does struggle with southpaws.”

While Mayweather may have had a bit of trouble with some southpaws, he always went on to beat them and the consensus is that the 49-0 veteran will outclass McGregor in the ring.

Declan – who fights for the vacant Celtic title next weekend – insists that McGregor will perform better than expected.

He said: “He hits very hard. I’ve done about 15 rounds in total with him. He’s tough and the fundamentals are there. Look, Mayweather is the best of his generation and I’m not saying Conor will 100 per cent win but people will be surprised.

“It’s going to be an entertaining fight, it’s going to be an entertaining build-up, I’m really looking forward to it.”