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Crolla: I lose everything if I don't beat Diaz

02.09.14

By @Livefight

*Press release*

CROLLA: I LOSE EVERYTHING IF I DON’T BEAT DIAZ

‘Million Dollar’ looking to ‘fantastic’ Manchester support to spur him towards World title bid

Anthony Crolla knows his World title dreams will left in tatters if he does not overcome Gamaliel Diaz when they clash for the WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday September 13, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla is ranked fourth with the WBO and victory over former WBC Super Featherweight champion Diaz will see the ‘Million Dollar’ Manchester man close in on a World title challenge.

The 27 year old is hoping his hometown crowd can help roar him to victory as they have done before, and says he is expecting a tough encounter with Mexican Diaz.

“Early on his career he lost quite a few but since then he has learnt how to fight,” said Crolla. “He is a former World champion and he holds a win over Robert Guerrero.

“This is the most important fight of my career because if all goes wrong for me on September 13 then the big plans I have for World titles back in Manchester won’t happen.

“Every time I fight at this Arena it is special for me. This is the Arena from being a little kid, a schoolboy boxer, watching the likes of Naseem Hamed, Michael Brodie, Ricky Hatton that I have wanted to fight in. So every time I am back here it means the world to me.

“Last time out was a fantastic night for me and the city of Manchester, and the support myself and John Murray received was great.”

Crolla’s clash with Diaz forms chief support to Scott Quigg’s WBA World Super Bantamweight title defence against Stephane Jamoye on what promises to be an exciting night of boxing at the Phones 4u Arena.

Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE will be hunting an eighth KO win when he takes on Kazakh-born German Heavyweight Konstantin Airich. Scotty Cardle challenges Kirk Goodings for the English Lightweight title with the fight also an eliminator for the British belt, the first of two exciting eliminator contests for the coveted Lord Lonsdale strap as Welterweights Sam Eggington and Denton Vassell clash while local favourites Liam Hanrahan and Sam Hyde are joined by former Team GB star Gamal Yafai and Derbyshire’s Jack Massey.

Tickets are on sale now priced £30, £40, £60 and £100 via www.phones4uarena.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 8000. £150 VIP packages are exclusively available through www.MatchroomBoxing.com/tickets or by calling 01277 359 900.

Hearn talks about Anthony Joshua sparring Klitschko

01.09.14

By @KuganCassius

iFLTV talk to Matchroom's Eddie Hearn about the stacked 02 show and his heavyweight Anthony Johsua spending time sparring Wladimir Klitschko:

Joshua, Selby, Ryder press conference VIDEO

01.09.14

By @KuganCassius

iFLTV were on hand today to film the Matchroom Boxing press conference, announcing the London 02 show on October 11th:

Cardle aims for English strap against Kirk Goodings

01.09.14

By @Livefight

*Press Release*

Scotty Cardle

Scotty Cardle is expecting a tough bout when he challenges Kirk Goodings for the Sunderland fighter’s English title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13, live on Sky Sports, but says he’ll relish the opportunity to earn a shot at the coveted British title.

The Lytham St Annes man is unbeaten in 15 pro fights and steps up to fight Goodings for the English strap in a battle that doubles up as an eliminator for the Lonsdale belt.

Manchester’s Terry Flanagan currently holds that belt after beating Martin Gethin in July and Cardle is targeting a pre-Christmas assault on the British title, should he defeat Goodings.

“I am going in at the deep end and it is a great challenge,” said Cardle. “I am looking forward to fighting Goodings. It is for the English title which is a good strap to have and a good belt for my waist. But as a British title eliminator that is what I am really happy with.

“It is a step up and that is what I want. I watched Kirk in Sunderland once and became quite a fan of his boxing - I thought he was great - so I am looking forward to fighting him.

“I have sparred Flanagan before and if all goes according to plan in Manchester then I will get the British title fight before Christmas; I would love that.”

Cardle’s clash with Goodings is part of an exciting night of action in Manchester, led by Scott Quigg’s WBA World Super Bantamweight title defence against Stephane Jamoye with chief support coming from Anthony Crolla’s WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title defence against Gamaliel Diaz and Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE hunting an eighth KO win in the Heavyweight division.

Welterweights Sam Eggington and Denton Vassell clash in a British title eliminator, while local favourites Liam Hanrahan and Sam Hyde are joined by former Team GB star Gamal Yafai and Derbyshire’s Jack Massey.

Tickets are on sale now priced £30, £40, £60 and £100 via www.phones4uarena.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 8000. £150 VIP packages are exclusively available through www.MatchroomBoxing.com/tickets or by calling 01277 359 900.

Rubio not scared: I've boxed lots of punchers like Golovkin

01.09.14

By @Livefight

Ellie Seckbach chats to 66-fight Mexican veteran Marco Antonio Rubio about his forthcoming fight with Gennady Golovkin.

With 59 wins and 53 knockouts himself, the rugged challenger is still just 34-years old, but believes that sharing a ring with formidable punchers such as Kelly Pavlik and David Lemiux (which he won by knockout) will stand him in good stead for their October 18th fight at the Stub Hub in California.

VIDEO Mayweather vs Maidana "All Access" Episode 1

31.08.14

By @Livefight

Mayweather vs Maidana "All Access" Episode 1

Mayweather: I was champ when Maidana's trainer was champ

31.08.14

By @Livefight

Hostilities resume to hype up Sept 13th's rematch between Floyd 'Money' Mayweather and Marcos 'El Chino' Maidana at the MGM Grand. The bout is set to be aired live on Showtime.

Floyd is many things, and not all to everyones tastes - but he is very good for a press soundbite.

When talking to Canelo ahead of their fight recently, Floyd declared that he'd fought the real Miguel Cotto and the real Ricky Hatton - to mock Canelo's fights against their brothers Jose Cotto and Matthew Hatton respectively.

During a press conference the other day Mayweather declared that "I was an undefeated world champion, when your old trainer was a world champion."

"Yes, 16 years ago I was a world champion," Robert Garcia said "but if me and you want to take a little walk, then come on let's take a little walk.I'm gangster, I'll show you!"

Floyd took the thinly-veiled personal threat in his stride and declared, "Well y'all know, if you want me to kick both your asses in the same night, well I can do that y'know."

García is the former IBF Super Featherweight Champion and the current Trainer of the Year in boxing, he reigned until stopped by Diego Corrales in the 7th round in 1999.

Frampton: Kiko wont stop me buying new house !

30.08.14

By @Livefight

Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton says that the Spaniard will not be derailing plans laid out for his young family and their proposed new home.

"This is a World title fight and after this the massive, massive fights will happen. He is the one who is standing in the way of these mega fight and he is the one that can throw a spanner in the works." the unbeaten Irishman told the Belfast News.

"I have a wife, a daughter and another baby on the way. We are moving house and Kiko is not spoiling all the plans we have made. That fight is in the past and this a totally new fight. That fight and result counts for nothing and I am facing a brand new Kiko on September 6, He has gained confidence from winning the world title and defending it twice.

“He claims he will be better prepared mentally and physically this time around and I hope he is.

“Because when I beat him for a second time he will have no excuses. I am expecting a tough fight - my toughest fight to date - but the best Carl Frampton beats the best Kiko Martinez every time. He is the one that could put my career back a couple of years and I am not going to let that happen."

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