News January 2010

Magee stops Larsen in 7 rounds

30.01.10

Lean, mean Brian Magee (33-3, 23ko) stops Mads Larsen (51-3, 38ko) in seven lopsided rounds tonight in Denmark to capture the European Super Middleweight title.

Magee, who looked sharp and dominated with the jab from the outset, simply outclassed the cumbersome Larsen from the opening bell, dropping his opponent twice in round five and twice again in round six.

Then as soon as round seven began, Magee jumped onto Larsen and dropped him once more before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

Many predicted this battle of the southpaws to be close, but Magee made easy work of Larsen and looks now to set up world title fights with the likes of WBO champion, Rombert Stieglitz.

Katsidis happy to fight Amir Khan or even Mundine

24.01.10

Katsidis

Ozzie battler now based in Vegas, Michael Katsidis is growing ever more impatient as Juan Manuel Marquez dithers over defending his WBO title against him or just vacating.

With talk of the Mexican facing Amir Khan this year - and previously linked to a fight with Ricky Hatton in England - the Australian fighter with a record of 26-2 (21ko) has even discussed wanting a fight with fellow countrymen, Anthony 'the man' Mundine.

Mundine would be three divisions north of his current weight class. A step up from 130lb to 154lb. But would be more than happy to take the fight.

"The very first time it dawned upon me is when he (Mundine) flew over to watch me fight Casamayor," Katsidis said.

"He came over to America and he stood next to me and I thought he's not that much taller.

"He's definitely not wider than me, in the shoulders, he's not as big as me."

The two men have also sparred, with Katsidis often fighting on the undercard of Mundine's fights. Mundine's fabled hand speed gave Katsidis no conerns either.

"It's nothing different to the lightweights that I am experiencing over here. The speed of the guys is as fast if not faster, so I am used to that."

Elsewhere his trainer has spoken out about the signing of Amir Khan to Golden Boy Promotions.

Brendon Smith told the Australian Toowoomba Chronicle newspaper that he also feels the Marquez fight is slipping past them.

“We’re very disappointed the fight with Marquez hasn’t happened yet, but it appears he doesn’t want the fight."

“As far as Amir Khan goes, it’s a fight that has been talked about for a few years and Amir himself has talked about fighting Michael, but I’m not sure it’s a fight that can happen. With respect to Amir’s trainer Freddie Roach, I don’t believe he would put Amir, on his US debut, in the ring against Michael.


“I think they would be looking for something a little easier than Michael Katsidis.”

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VIDEO : Gamboa pounds Mtagwa in 2 rounds

24.01.10

Gamboa

Unbeaten duo, Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuri Gamboa stayed on a collision course last night after they both KO'd their respective opponents in clinical fashion.

Lopez (28-0, 25ko) was stepping up to featherwight to take on the experienced Steve Luevano (37-2-1, 15ko) who held the WBO world title which he captured against England's Nicky Cook back in 2007.

Lopez and Luevano were even in the early rounds before Lopez's power overtook the ever weakening champion. Eventually scoring a TKO with around a minute left of the 7th round.

Meanwhile the current reigning WBA featherweight champion, Yuriorkis Gamboa (17-0, 15ko) was taking on a fighter that Lopez had really struggled with at Super bantam in just his previous fight.

Starting fast, the Cuban landing demolishing shots from the outset, rocking Rogers Mtagwa (26-14-2, 18ko) from pillar to post. Eventually knocking him in the second round. The display sent a clear message to Lopez, in what will be an incredible match of power and styles when the two finally meet to settle who is the current featherweight boss in the world.



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Allan Green set to face Ward not Bika

22.01.10

Allan Green looks set to bypass Sakio Bika and head straight into the Super Six after their February fight broke down.

Green is set to fill the slot left by Jermain Taylor and step in with Andre Ward on April 17th during the second leg of the tournament.

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Derek Chisora steps in for Sexton against Danny Williams

20.01.10

Derek Chisora will step in and fight Danny Williams next month on Feb 13th - after Sam Sexton pulled out with a hand injury in training.

The Commonwealth will not be on the line much to the disappointment of Williams, who is also not overly bothered with the prospect of fighting an opponent who is "full of himself".

The two were supposed to fight once already last year - until Chisora received a four month ban for biting an opponent in a warm-up in May.

Williams has declared that he does not rate the Finchley fighter, despite him already having a win over Sexton.

"I don't rate him. He got a win over Sexton, who I do rate pretty highly, but I think it was just a bad day at the office for Sam. The hunger is not going to be the same fighting Chisora as it would for Sexton. The bite I had for the fight is not so much." Williams told Richard Cawley of the South London press.

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Audley: I will knock Haye OUT

19.01.10

Audley Harrison gave livefight.com the low down on his recent Prize Fighter victory, his views on why his career stalled and talks about being back on the right track, with a fight for the European title scheduled.

"No Doubt ! As god as my witness" said the Olympic heavyweight gold medallist when asked if he would knock out the current WBA champion, David Haye.

"we sparred about 200 rounds as amateurs and I would knock Haye out." said Audley, reflecting on their amateur days when they were once close friends.

"The thing about David Haye is that he is kill or be killed, but he cannot take my power."

Harrison disclosed he will be about 248lb for his impending European challenege against 30-year old Albert Sosnowski, a polish fighter currently based in Essex.

Sosnowski has an impressive record of 45-1 which includes a KO win over Danny Williams and has fought all over the world from Miami to Ireland. With 27 ko's he can also punch.

Audley maintains that he will not be mentioning any of the big heavyweight names until he can overcome Sosnowski and capture the European title.

"Until i win the European title .... and then Haye, Areola and the Klitschko's of the world - I will be calling them out - but until I win that title I've got to shut my mouth."

"2010 is going to be the rise and redemption of Audley Harrison".

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The American adventures of Nigel Benn

18.01.10

Nigel Benn’s American Adventure (By Wheelchair)

Nigel Benn on Ring Magazine

If you weren’t following the sport back in the late eighties and early nineties, then you missed the privilege of watching the career of one of the most exciting fighters and hardest punchers to ever box for Britain.


Nigel Benn had an absolute sledgehammer punch, combined with a sometimes suspect chin and awesome determination to come back when under fire. Put together, these attributes made for a wildly exciting night whenever the ‘Dark Destroyer’ stepped through the ropes. You never knew if Benn would strike first or be caught himself, blinking whilst watching him fight was not an option!

Benn’s most famous victory is probably the win over Gerald McClellan, a fight he was supposed to lose and looked like doing so when knocked clean out of the ring in the very first round. Of course, we all know what happened that night, and what unfortunately befell McClellan, but that’s another story.

Stepping back through the mists of time to 1990, Nigel was involved in not one, but two amazing fistic wars. Both fights were against American opposition, Doug DeWitt and Iran ‘The Blade’ Barkley, the WBO Middleweight title being on the line in both bouts.

Benn had built up an impressive record by 1989, 22-0 with 22 KO’s, before defending his Commonwealth Middleweight crown against Michael Watson, who was inspired on the night and halted Benn’s reckless charge by knocking him down with a left jab and forcing a sixth round stoppage.

To regroup from the defeat, Benn and his handlers decided a trip across the pond was in order and to that end they put him in with a tough and resilient fighter named Jorge Amparo.

Amparo had previously been the distance with and lost to future World Champion Michael Nunn, former World Champion Milton McCrory and the highly dangerous Iran Barkley, as well as getting a draw with James Kinchen. Tough opposition indeed. He was 7-9-1 going into his fight with Benn, unimpressive figures on paper maybe, but he’d been matched tough from day one.

Benn was taken the ten round distance for the first ever time, gaining a wide points decision over Amparo, one judge giving him all ten rounds, as well as answering the nagging doubts about his stamina that his defeat to Watson had raised. He was off and running, the US dream alive and kicking.

Jose Quinones was next up for Benn. He was already known to British fight fans for his fourth round KO of the once promising Errol Christie, as well as a three round stoppage of Doug DeWitt. Unfortunately for Jose, he didn’t sport the most resilient of whiskers and was battered to defeat inside one round. Benn’s victory was impressive in that no-one had previously beaten Quinones so early, but another step up in class was needed.

Coming into 1990, and the tough Sanderline Williams was next up. A glance at his record showed a durable fighter, having gone the distance and lost to Herol Graham, Iran Barkley, Frank Tate and ‘Dangerous’ Don Lee who had a previous stoppage win over Tony Sibson. After the Benn fight, Williams would also go on to take Gerald McClellan the distance and held James Toney to a draw and well as losing the rematch on points. A tough cookie and another test for Benn’s stamina.

Nigel passed the test with a ten round split decision victory, and a match was made for him to face the inaugural WBO Middleweight belt holder Doug DeWitt.

Coming into the fight with a record of 32-6-4 (19 KO’s), and known as ‘Cobra’, DeWitt’s favoured method of fighting was to outlast his opponents, offering his incredibly flattened nose as a target and then blasting back with his own punches. He had gone the distance in losing efforts against Milton McCrory and Thomas Hearns, but had been stopped by the underrated Sumbu Kalambay in a challenge for the WBA 160lbs title.


Nigel Benn

Benn was reckoned to be an easy defence for DeWitt, but right from the start things proved otherwise. An effective opening round from Benn saw DeWitt cut to the side of his left eye and shipping quite a few of Benn’s wild but powerful right hands. DeWitt spend most of the round tying up Benn, obviously feeling his power, and at the end of the round was caught by a great left hook from a confident and aggressive Benn. It was a great start for Nigel and already it seemed that DeWitt was an easy target for Benn’s right hand.


DeWitt found the range and opened up more in the second round, getting the jab going, but was still taking massive right hands and being forced to hold. Towards the end of the round, both fighters connected simultaneously with left hooks, Doug’s being a peach of a punch that drove Nigel to the canvas for a count. Benn got up and immediately began to trade with DeWitt, it was a very exciting fight already!


Nigel came out for the third determined to regain the initiative, keeping DeWitt on the back foot and catching the American with some hurtful and stunning punches. With less than thirty seconds left in the round, Benn finally got through with a monstrous right hand that stunned DeWitt and the following left-right combination sent him collapsing to the mat. His corner tried to help DeWitt clear his head by throwing a wet sponge at him, but he was badly shaken and caught with more viscous right hands and a solid left hook on the ropes before the bell came to save him.


Rounds four, five and six continued the pattern that had gone before. Benn was wild at times but was catching Doug with some heavy punches and for his part DeWitt wasn’t landing much of quality. Indeed his nickname of ‘Cobra’ seemed very inappropriate, he was proving to be about as elusive as a plate glass jeweller’s window is from a flying brick! How DeWitt was still standing was quite amazing as the fight reached the end of the sixth round, he was absorbing a lot of punishment and couldn’t seem to find the answers needed to turn things around.


By the seventh round the resistance was beginning to drain away from DeWitt’s body and he shipped punch after punch from Benn. Some were very sickening indeed, bouncing off DeWitt’s severely abused cranium and leaving him holding on and gasping for breath. Nigel appeared to be in pain from a twisted knee or ankle at the end of the round, but nothing was going to stop him now.


Nigel came out for the eight determined to finish proceedings and immediately caught DeWitt with a stunning left hand that send him down heavily. Benn landed a great uppercut when DeWitt rose, sending him down for the second time in the round. Under WBO rules, one more knockdown in the round would seal the victory for Benn, and he wasted no time in dispatching the unfortunate DeWitt face first to the canvas with another big right and two huge left hooks. It was all over and Nigel had won the title in the very same ring that Lloyd Honeyghan had stopped Don Curry in back in 1986.


Benn became the first British fighter since Alan Minter to hold a version of the 160lbs crown, and the first ever British fighter to win a WBO title. The British Boxing Board of Control did not at that time recognise the WBO as a governing body, but that didn’t harm Nigel who had his sights set firmly on bigger fish. Hearns, Leonard, Duran and Barkley were all targets on his radar and the first defence of his newly won belt was to take place against the ‘Blade’ himself, former champion Iran Barkley.


Barkley’s great claim to fame had been his stunning upset KO win over Tommy Hearns, to win the WBC title he then subsequently lost to the old master Roberto Duran, being outpointed over twelve rounds.


Iran was being chopped into small pieces by Hearns when he landed an almighty and rather lucky right hand punch square on poor Tommy’s jaw and sent him crashing to the canvas. Hearns somehow made it to his feet but was soon stopped by referee Richard Steele as he crashed through the ropes. Barkley had served notice that he was an extremely dangerous fighter, and an exciting one too.


Benn versus Barkley was an explosive match-up and was set for August 1990, four months after Benn had beaten DeWitt, and taking place at Bally’s hotel in Vegas. Nigel’s record stood at 26-1 with 24 KO’s and Iran’s at 25-6 with 16 KO’s. Barkley and Benn had both previously been stopped once before, but Iran was reckoned to have the tougher chin, Benn the stronger punch.


What transpired was possibly one of the greatest rounds in the history of boxing, a mini Hagler-Hearns and maybe even the best one-round fight ever. It was Benn at his explosive best and encapsulated all that was exciting and electrifying about Nigel’s fights.


Almost as soon as the opening bell sounded, Benn caught Barkley with a beautiful right hand, quickly followed by a left-right combination, hurting Iran and forcing him to hold. Barkley tried to fire back but was caught by a right and left from Benn and collapsed into the ropes. Iran bounced straight up, but he was badly hurt and took a standing eight count from the referee. Amazingly, Benn was then pushed back as Barkley tried to open up and then caught Nigel with a left hook that hurt Benn and forced him to stagger into the ropes!


Benn had his back to the ropes and Iran was opening up furiously trying to get Nigel out of there. Benn covered up as best as he could and managed to get back into the centre of the ring where he took another good left hook, right hand combo from Barkley that forced him back into the ropes again! What a start, but the drama wasn’t finished yet. Although Iran was now getting on top, or so it seemed, he was hit with a superb right hand from Benn that staggered him! Fighting off the ropes, Nigel landed a huge uppercut and a series of right hands that forced Barkley to hold.


Back in the centre of ring they traded punches and suddenly Benn landed a stunning right hand and Iran was badly hurt, and took another left hook and sank to his knees. Nigel landed a shot whilst Barkley was down, but Iran was up quickly. Benn went back on the attack and another fearsome right hand sent Iran down for the third and final time, the fight being waved off under the three knockdown rule that was in effect.


Two minutes and fifty-seven seconds of absolute mayhem was over and Benn had produced an electrifying display on American soil, a stunning victory that had looked unlikely when Nigel himself was under heavy fire from Barkley. Sugar Ray Leonard was talked about enthusiastically by Benn’s management, but the fight was destined not to happen, his next defence being against Chris Eubank back in England.


We all know what happened in Benn’s next fight, and it’s a story for another time, but Nigel had done Britain proud in his battles in the US, looking anything but the typical chinny British fighter with no chance of winning. The most amazing thing of all though is the fact that the most exciting fighter from these shores in years was never to fight in the US again. Remarkable really when you consider just how much American fight fans love a tear-up, something almost guaranteed whenever Nigel fought.


Benn’s reign as WBO Middleweight Champion may have been shorter than expected but it was certainly a drama filled and exciting reign for Nigel who eventually moved up to 168lbs and won the WBC title, defending it with distinction on many occasions. Let’s hope we get another big punching British fighter like Benn again soon, the sport was well worth watching when he was around.

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Impressive Joe Murray makes it six out of six

17.01.10

Murray: Mchedlishvili had to pay

Former Olympian and World Amateur Bronze medallist ‘Genius’ Joe Murray improved his record to 6-0 (3) on Friday night when he impressively beat the previously unbeaten Georgian George Mchedlishvili with a stunning body shot that finished a brave and hungry opponent.

Murray scored the only stoppage victory and was mightily impressive on a quality nights boxing at the Altrincham Leisure Center. The 23 year old Manchester fighter has now stopped his last three opponents and has started 2010 off how he finished 2009, in barnstorming fashion.

Murray entered the fight without knowing anything about his Georgian opponent and after being pushed hard for three rounds Murray stepped up an extra gear to get the stoppage in the fourth round. Murray was justifiably pleased with his performance.

“I am definitely happy with my performance tonight,” enthused Murray. “I said before the fight that I had to give up a lot for this fight. I give up Christmas, and I love Christmas, I give up my birthday and I give up New Year so someone had to pay and unfortunately it was him.”

Murray was happy with the level of performance of his tough opponent.

“He was a good stepping stone and was undefeated. His family had come over with him and he fully expected to beat me and he wanted the upset. I think it proved I was more controlled in there and the power is there now so it was a great performance and I can’t wait for the next one.”

In the fourth round it was two body shots off Mchedlishvili that set Murray’s final attack. The Manchester fighter then launched his own body attack which quickly had the Georgian in trouble.

“I had seen him wince and you saw me going to the corner expecting the referee to give him a standing count as in the amateurs but has soon as I had him going and hit him it was over,” boasted Murray. “I think before that I hurt him with some right hands and he swallowed it. I used the first three rounds to take his sting away from him and that’s when I put the pressure on him.”

Whilst Murray’s career is still in its infancy the confident youngster believes he could soon be fighting for titles.

“They have ranked me at sixth in the featherweight division and I’m a super-bantamweight. I think we could get a British title shot sometime soon.”

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