Whyte: I'd spark out Anthony Joshua in street fight
Dillian Whyte sounds off against Anthony Joshua ahead of his forthcoming showdown against the heavyweight gold medalist.
Degale and Bute come face to face Thursday
DEGALE TO DEFEND WORLD TITLE AGAINST BUTE IN CANADA
‘Chunky’s’ first defence takes place in Quebec on November 28
James DeGale MBE will defend his IBF World Super Middleweight title against former champion Lucian Bute at the Videotron Center in Quebec on November 28, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on SHOWTIME in the US and Canada.
DeGale has spent his career re-writing the boxing record books and now the IBF Super Middleweight champion is determined to become the universally recognised best 168lbs fighter in the world.
To do so he must get past the likes of Bute, a task which DeGale admits will be a supreme test in Canada, but one he also relishes.
“Bute is a World class, elite-level fighter who kept his World title for five years,” said DeGale. “Anyone who can do that deserves some serious respect. I’m the champion and he will be very fired up trying to win back his old title, but I’m too young, too fast, too skilful to let that happen.
“My trainer Jim McDonnell has always said getting the World title is hard, but keeping it is even harder. I’m under no illusions about this fight, but I’m also a massive believer in my own ability and I aim to show just who is the best Super Middleweight in the world on November 28.”
In May, DeGale became the first Briton to add a World professional title to his Olympic gold medal, beating Andre Dirrell in Boston to capture the IBF crown.
Now, for the first defence of his title, the 29 year old travels again to the other side of the Atlantic.
DeGale, 21(14)-1, said: “I consider it a massive privilege to be a World champion, fighting for Great Britain. I went on the road to win my title and my first defence is on away soil as well, but I’m very comfortable with fighting abroad. It is another challenge for me to overcome and in the future I can’t wait to defend my title in the United Kingdom.
“I’m lucky enough to have boxed in Canada only a few years ago when I took on Sebastien Demers in Quebec in 2013. I met some great people out there, it is a lovely country and I can’t wait to get back. I beat Demers in a couple of rounds and I’d take the same result again.
“Whatever happens, however I win, I’m coming back with my belt.”
Romanian-born Canadian Bute has other ideas and is gunning to win back his IBF belt in front of his own raucous supporters. Bute landed the crown in Montreal in 2007 at the Bell Center and held the crown over five years and nine successful defences before Carl Froch took the title from him in Nottingham in May 2012.
“'I am really happy to have this opportunity at this point of my career,” said Bute. “I lost my title in England against an English fighter and now, I will box in Quebec against another English boxer, for the same title I defended for five years. I am really motivated by this opportunity the regain the title I lost in 2012.
“The fact that the fight will take place in front of my fans in Quebec City, where I never lost, will be the factor that will make the difference. I give all my respect to the champion James DeGale for accepting to travel for his first defence, but the IBF belt will stay in Quebec November 28.”
DeGale and Bute will meet at press conferences in Quebec and London this week, and ticket details will be released then. Tickets will be available from the Videotron Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666, at InterBox (450) 645-1077 or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0930.
Viktor Postal halts Mattysse VIDEO
LOS ANGELES (October 3) - Fight fans were out in full force for a day of exciting fights at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion presented an exciting lineup in front of a packed house of 7,025 fight fans. Live on HBO Boxing After Dark, the crowd was served up a slate of fights representing the different corners of the world.
The main event of the evening was a hard-fought face off between Chubut, Argentina's Lucas "La Máquina" Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) and undefeated number one contender Viktor "The Iceman" Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship. Prior to the bout, the Argentinians in the crowd erupted in a spirited chant of "Olé Olé Olé", creating a festive vibe in the arena for this highly anticipated showdown. The fight got off to an exciting start with Matthysse mounting an aggressive offense, but Postol effectively used his height and reach to strategically render Matthysse's attempts at an assault ineffective. Matthysse then changed tactics and came back in later rounds using long crosses and jabs to maintain enough distance to lodge an effective attack. By the end of round six, Matthysse hit his stride, tripping Postol up with a powerful right hook. However, Postol rebounded from Matthysse's assault by lodging an effective combo series to end the round. With just seconds left in round ten, Matthysse was hit by Postol's left uppercut cross that sent him to the ground, effectively ending the match-up. Postol successfully defended his undefeated record and won the match in a knockout.
"The punch felt natural to me because we practice it over and over at Wild Card," said Viktor Postol. "I started boxing when I was 12 years old in a gym outside of Kiev. My ultimate goal was to win a world championship even when I was a little boy. I made a decision to come to America, which is the mecca of boxing. This is my third fight with Freddie Roach. I am the world champion because of Freddie and my other trainers at Wild Card. They taught me and they gave me strategy. During this fight, they told me what to do. I followed Freddie's instructions and I threw that last combination to win the fight"
"Before the last round, I told the corner he was dead tired and ready to go out," said Hall of Fame trainer and multiple trainer of the year Freddie Roach. "And, I told that to Postol."
"Postol will be a force in the 140 and 147 positions," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. "He is difficult to fight against, Top Rank will have a lot of big fights scheduled for him."
"I felt comfortable with the pace of the fight," said Lucas Matthysse. "I also feel that I had dominated a few rounds and we were even in the cards. But, he got me with that right cross and hit my left eye. I felt there was damage to my eye and I also didn't feel my body. The pain was instant and I knew I had to stop because I wasn't sure what my eye looked like. But, fortunately nothing happened. My team tells me that it looks good. But, Postol is not the best yet.
"At the seventh round, I felt it was 7-2 in Lucas' favor," said Mario Arano. "But, after the seventh round, I could see Lucas getting tired, which surprised me because we had one of the best training camps in his career. Unfortunately in boxing, sometimes you have a good night and sometimes a bad one. Tonight was an example of a bad night. This is not the end for Lucas."
The co-main event of the night saw San Diego, California's Antonio Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) take on Humberto Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico in a brutal 10-round super lightweight fight. The crowd was served up a satisfying bout that started out strong with Soto pinning Orozco to the ropes in the second round. However, Orozco came back strong in the third round, delivering a series of powerful body blows as well as several punches to the back of Soto's head that drew a warning from the referee. Early on in the fifth round, Orozco had Soto on the ropes, but Soto quickly bounced back with a series of combos to end the round. Round seven brought a back and forth battle between the two opponents, but ended with Soto capitalizing on a momentary lapse in Orozco's defense to land an effective series of blows that caught him by surprise. Orozco however came back with aggression in the eighth round delivering a below the belt punch that had Soto on his knees and drew a penalty. Orozco followed this up with another series of debilitating blows that had Soto on the ground again to end the ninth round. Orozco begins the tenth round with another assault to Soto's beltline that the ref deems a slip. Undeterred, Orozco continues his attack on Soto, ending the bout with a final highly effective combo. In the end Orozco emerged victorious with his undefeated record unmarred in a hard-fought unanimous decision.
"I feel great about the win," said Antonio Orozco. "It has been something we have been working for my entire career. This means that we have stepped it up in competition, and I am ready for a world title fight. I felt that I set the pace to this fight, but it wasn't easy. Soto is a tough fighter, he came prepared and I have a lot of respect for him. This was a great learning experience for me and proves I am ready for the next step in my career."
"I felt comfortable going into this fight," said Humberto Soto. "I know the kind of fighter Orozco is and was prepared to take on a young tough fighter. I think I dominated the fight, the judges, with all due respect scored this fight wrong. The fight was really on my side."
In the first televised bout of the night, East Los Angeles, California's Julian Ramirez (15-0, 8 KOs) faced Hugo Partida (20-6-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round featherweight bout. While Ramirez had Partida on the ropes in the second round, the well-matched opponents started off the third round trading combos, neither willing to yield. Ramirez wrapped up the fifth round with an unforgiving flurry that has Partida on the ropes and delivered a similar assault, pinning Partida in the red corner to close out the eighth round. The hard-fought bout ended with Julian Ramirez adding another win to his undefeated record in a unanimous decision.
"I knew of Partida before," said Ramirez. "I had sparred with him when I was younger so I knew that he was going to be a tough contender, so I cam prepared, but I felt like I dominated the fight. I did hurt my left hand in the second round but I felt like I gave a good performance and showed the fans that I'm a champion."
The crowd went wild as Los Angeles' very own Nick Arce (5-0, 5 KOs) took to the ring against Juan Hernandez (3-1) of Tijuana, Mexico in a scheduled six-round super featherweight fight. There was no question who many of the fans in the stadium had come to see this evening with a large percentage of the crowd donning pink Team Arce shirts in support of breast cancer awareness month. Hernandez started off the match with an effective cross, putting Arce on notice early, but Arce, known for carefully choosing his moment, evaded his opponent stealthily throughout the match up. Ultimately Arce finds that crucial opportunity midway through the fourth round delivering a decisive blow that has Hernandez down for the count. Arce's undefeated record remains intact as he wins the fight by yet another knockout.
"I felt the fight was equal in the beginning and very entertaining for the fans that came out to support me today," said Nick Arce. "I felt in control the whole time. He is a tough fighter and he came prepared to fight. But, I feel like we were better prepared, and I am excited to have delivered another victory for Team Arce."
In a scheduled ten-round lightweight fight, Mercito Gesta (29-1-2, 16 KO's) of San Diego, California took on Miguel Angel Mendoza (21-7-2, 21 KOs) of Aguascalientes, Mexico. In one of the most exciting fights of the night, the two well-matched challengers gave the crowd something to shout about. Mendoza delivered a powerful right cross at the end of the second round that has Gesta on the ground. While Gesta's speed and agility throughout the fight appeared to exhaust his opponent, Mendoza's powerful crosses and hooks land decisively and thrill the crowd. Still coming out strong in the tenth round, Gesta is able to land a series of effective combos to close out the fight. Gesta ultimately emerges victorious in a unanimous decision after ten dramatic rounds.
"There is a difference between clean shots and wild shots, and the refs saw that tonight," said Mercito Gesta. "I feel like he was a very tough opponent but my boxing skills were what got me the win today. He has a lot of stamina and I respect him as a fighter."
Marcelino Lopez (32-1-1, 17 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina took on David Rodela (17-12-4, 7 KOs) of Oxnard, California in a scheduled eight-round super lightweight fight. Lopez came out of the gate strong serving Rodela with a powerful left hook in the second round that had Rodella on his knees. Rodela quickly rebounds with a flurry of combinations to end the round. Rodela however can't ward off Lopez in the third round as he goes down again, no longer able to compete. Lopez wins the fight decisively by knockout.
"I am very excited about the victory today," said Marcelino Lopez. "I feel like I delivered and upheld the name of Argentina in front of the crowd at StubHub Center. I feel privileged to be part of this experience and have my first fight in the U.S. Every fighter dreams of this moment and that I can share this moment with my team Arano Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya. After this victory, I am waiting to cheer on Lucas Matthysse, the next world champion."
D'Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 7 KOs) of Washington, DC faced Hayward, California's Juan Carlos Rojas (8-13-1, 7 KOs) in a scheduled six-round light heavyweight fight. Ballard had Rojas on the ropes early in the first round but Rojas dealt Ballard a jab below the belt that has Ballard on his knees. Ballard's tendency to keep Rojas in the corners early in the match-up rendered Rojas unable to fight back. Rojas attempted to hold Ballard off in the final rounds but Ballard finished out the bout strong by continuing to deliver decisive combos that ultimately won the match for him in a unanimous decision.
"I am happy about the win but I feel like my performance wasn't at 100%," said D'Mitrius Ballard. "He was an awkward fighter and the low blow really threw me off. I don't think I really recovered after it. I still feel like I did a good job though. I am still trying to get more experience and really perfect my craft."
Opening up the night, undefeated Kevin Rivers (12-1, 9 KOs) of Palmer Park, Maryland was upset by Alejandro Ochoa (7-10-2, 1KO) of Bell Gardens, California in a six-round super featherweight fight. Ochoa came out on the offense early with knockdowns in both the first and second rounds delivering consistent face blows to Rivers, while keeping him on the run. Rivers attempted to rally back in the fifth and sixth rounds with a rapid fire of effective blows, deftly answered back by Ochoa. Ochoa takes home the win in a majority decision.
"This victory just shows that all the hard work, discipline and experience has paid off, said Ochoa. This is my second win in a row against an undefeated prospect, and I am ready to keep the ball rolling. I believe my record is deceiving but I am starting to prove that I am someone to be feared. I have another fight in November and I am ready to keep the momentum."
Matthysse vs. Postol was a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion and is sponsored by Corona and Mexico - Live it To Believe It! Doors opened at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 3 and the first bell rang at 2:30pm. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast began at 10:15pm (live ET/tape-delayed PT).
Fury and Klitschko in intense face-off (VIDEO)
Tyson Fury and current reigning multiple title champion Wladimir Klitschko went face-to-face today at the London press conference earlier:-
Exciting Prospect Joshua Nelson talks debut, boxing aspirations and sparring Commey
By Michael J Jones
LAST SATURDAY at York Hall, South London lightweight Joshua Nelson made a perfect start to his pro campaign with a blistering first-round knock-out of Bulgaria’s Todor Boyadjiev. Occurring on the undercard of the Southern Area title match between Johnny Garton and Martin Welsh, the 26 year old Nelson rocked the visitor with a left hook before a follow up flurry brought the referee’s swift intervention.
Catford’s Nelson thus made an impressive debut and sent his 80 plus supporters home happy. Describing his fighting style as “an aggressive counter-puncher”, Nelson has benefitted from a stellar camp with gym mate Richard Commey. Ghana’s Commey is the current Commonwealth lightweight champion and 22-0 with 20 by clean knock-out.
“I just came out behind the jab and was throwing it upstairs and downstairs” Joshua tells Livefight the day after his successful pro bow. “Then I was following my jab with the right-hand when I caught him with a good left-hook and he stepped back hurt. I just took my opportunity and finished him off.”
“I wasn’t really a puncher in the amateurs but I could always hit. It’s just in the amateurs it’s about foot-work and point-scoring and you never really sit down on your punches. I never really got the chance to show any power back then but I know I can score a knock-out with my left or my right.”
The new pro, who boxes from the orthodox stance, only took up boxing at the age of 21 and admits he never fulfilled his potential in the unpaid code though still enjoyed some notable success.
“I had 24 amateur bouts in all and won 13. I lost a very bad decision in the final of the Haringey Box Cup and also reached the final of two London ABA Novice tournaments. I was never really pushed as an amateur though and lost a lot of focus as a result.”
“For my debut I prepared for four months with my trainer Carl Lokko and worked a lot with Richard Commey.”
The 26 year old prospect trains at the talent-laden Pro SW gym in Loughton alongside Commey and the Smith brothers Mitchell and Jez (13-0 and 3-0 respectively).
“Sparring Commey is intense” continues Joshua. “The very first time we sparred and he hit me I had to take a bit of time out but as I’ve progressed I’m making him work more and I’m more competitive. He still holds back a shade but, in his fights, he never looks for the knock-out but gets guys out of there with an accumulation of punches and wears them down.”
Back to his own career, what is next following his short-lived first contest?
“It’s been confirmed I’m next out on December 5th for my second fight. It’s my intention to be as busy as possible. Obviously I’ll be listening to my team but this is what I’ve chosen to do and I’m willing to give it absolutely everything and do whatever it takes.”
“What do I do to chill out? I like to cook” Nelson answers Livefight’s question without any hint of humour. “I’m currently into Turkey. My sponsors ‘Prep 2 B lean’ give me plenty of ideas for food and their guy ‘Biggie’ said to me Turkey is excellent for stamina and can improve it by about thirty percent.”
Joshua would like to thank his sponsors Prep 2 B Lean and Streetwise Management, his team and fans plus PR manager Tim Rickson.
You can follow him on Twitter @NeverNelson and Instragram TKONelson as well as Facebook.
Marquez might get tempting offer for Pacquiao comeback
Juan Manuel Marquez, whom has been inactive since his whitewash of Mike Alvarado in May last year, might be the recipient of a tempting offer from Top Rank to share the ring once again with Manny Pacquiao.
The Filipino is said to be fully healed following successful shoulder surgery, which he underwent in the aftermath following his points loss to Floyd Mayweather back in May this year and is all but waiting for the final 'sign off' from his doctor.
The 41 year old Mexican veteran allegedly heads a list of fighters including Lucas Matthysse - and Pacquiao is eager to get back in the ring as soon as possible.
"Manny has told me that he wants his next fight to be no later than the second week of April, that's because he's going to spend the month campaigning for the presidential elections." said promoter Bob Arum.
The veteran promoter also discussed with Boxingscene, that Britain's Kell Brook and Amir Khan are also possibilities that he was looking at for the returning Pacquiao.
Rising Lloyd “Lightning Bolt” Ellett targets British title assault after Oct 2nd test
By Michael J Jones
THE STAGE was set in March of this year for Brighton’s Lloyd Ellett to show what he could do to a wider audience. Having thrilled many fight fans with his all-action style, the talented 28 year old was to box on TV for the first time for new promoter Frank Warren. The Boxnation contest was on the undercard of the British and Commonwealth match between cruiserweight punchers Ovill McKenzie and Matty Askin but the “Lightning Bolt’s” bout didn’t quite go according to plan.
“I ended up with a guy who was far bigger than me” Ellett tells Livefight about his latest victory. “My opponent was rated as a super-middleweight so I had to put some weight on to meet him half way. He managed to make the limit but God knows what he weighed on the night he was huge.”
Said opponent Raimonds Sniedze didn’t have the most formidable record at 11-25-2 coming in but posed the smaller man some problems. The 6’2” Latvian towered above Ellett and made good use of his long arms and size. Ellett would eventually win by the margin of 78-75 but never quite found his best form during eight largely frustrating rounds.
“When the fight started I felt the weight of his punches straight away” admits Lloyd who raised his record to 17-0 (4) with the win. “I wasn’t happy at all immediately after the fight, I thought I could have done more and looked better, but in hindsight, I was in with a much bigger opponent and I showed I could adapt in a fight.”
“As soon as those opening exchanges happened I got on my toes and boxed and beat a tricky opponent. Even though it wasn’t my best performance I still thought I won every round.”
"It was a great experience fighting on Boxnation I enjoyed the whole process and look forward to being on there again soon."
The undefeated Ellett will next box on October 2nd when he headlines at the Metropole Hotel in his beloved Brighton. Even though the show won’t be on TV, Ellett is promising another exciting night for his loyal fans.
“We’ve still not got an opponent yet as it’s still getting weighed up but I’m hoping it’s a bit of a step-up fight. I’m waiting on my manager Scott Welch to confirm in the next few days. Training is going brilliant, it’s the last couple of weeks now so we’ll be tapering it all down ready for the fight. I’ve been getting top quality sparring with (11-0 super-middleweight) Darryll Williams, (former British title challenger) Bradley Skeete and (15-1 welterweight contender) Johnny Garton so I can’t wait.”
Providing there are no shocks next month what are his plans for the remainder of the year?
“I leave those decisions to my team but I really hope I can get this fight out of the way and be out again before the end of the year. I want to be boxing for those titles as soon as possible it doesn’t matter whether it’s the English belt or whatever; all the work will be to go towards the British title.”
A recent domestic slug-fest which clearly divided opinion was the ten-round English title bout between defending champion Navid Mansouri and Sam Sheedy. While most thought Sheedy had done enough the champion retained by close decision after one of the UK fights of the year.
“It was an exciting fight and very close” comments the “Lightning Bolt”. “At the time I thought Sheedy had nicked it but it was too close to argue too much. Mansouri is definitely a man I’d like to face in the near future. There’s so many decent fighters at this weight at the minute and we’re all in the mix so it’s inevitable we’ll be facing each other soon.”
Lloyd would like to thank his team, all of his loyal fans and also his sponsors The Shaw Group and KSD Salt Services and also PR man Tim Rickson.
Tickets for the October 2nd fight are available at http://crusaderevents.com/collections/crusader-events-presents
You can also follow Lloyd on Twitter @lightningbolt07
Fitzpatrick: Groves will regret deleting Twitter
Trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick has lifted the lid on the aftermath of the Badou Jack defeat, and believes it's unlikely they will work together again in the future.
Speaking to Owen Ryan at the Irish newspaper Clare Champion website, the Swindon-based Fitzpatrick describes an emotional and chaotic aftermath in Vegas.
"Since the fight we haven't really spoken, to be honest with you. His wife was with him after the fight and she was very upset and she wasn't necessarily saying the right things to one or two of us around him so there was no point in being in that situation where there was only going to be uncomfortableness and no chat." said Fitzpatrick
Reports from Vegas indicate that Groves had not only stormed from the ring, but had even checked out of the MGM Grand hotel before even the post-fight press conference had commenced.
"He's deleted his twitter account now, and I hate to say it, but there's an old saying of decide in haste and repent at leisure. It took him a lot of hard work over two years to build those followers. I think he had a quarter of a million followers and that's a lot of people who are mainly there to support you, enjoy what you do and like you.
"He has upset a lot of them because mine has blown up with abuse. Why hasn't he even said something to his fans that spent thousands of pounds travelling to see him and so on and so forth. You can understand that and I think he's made the decision too quickly."
You can read the rest of the article here at the Clare Champion website:
Paddy Fitzpatrick interview with Clare Champion