News January 2013

John O'Donnell breaks hand - replaced by Nate Campbell


By @livefight

MONTREAL (January 31, 2013) - As previously announced, Fast & Dangerous Series 3.0 is back at the Bell Centre on February 8 as talented Quebec fighter Kevin Bizier (19-0-0, 13 KOs), rated No. 5 in the world by the WBA, defends his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight championship in the biggest challenge of his career.

Originally, Bizier was scheduled to fight 27-year-old Englishman John O'Donnell (27-2-0, 11KO), promoted by Hennessy Sports Canada group's Adam Harris, but he broke his left hand in training last weekend.

He has been replaced by former unified IBF, WBA & WBO (2008-2009) world champion Nate "The Galaxy Warrior" Campbell (36-9-1, 26 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Despite being 40 years old, Campbell continues to have great success in the ring. In 2010 and 2011, he extended future world champions Victor Ortiz and Danny Garcia to modest wins in 10-round bouts points decisions. In his last two fights, both on the road in 2012, Campbell knocked out aspiring world champion Victor Manuel Cayo in the Dominican Republic, and won a unanimous decision over boxer Vladimir Baez in Poland.

"Kevin wanted an opponent of notoriety and reputation with a strong will like Campbell," GYM President Yvon Michel explained. "Only a small percentage of boxers become world champions and a few exceptional boxers become unified world champions like Campbell. The table is set in Quebec on February 8 and he was offered the chance to prove he belongs among the elite of the talented welterweight division.

In the semi-final, 26-year-old lefty Tyler Asselstine (12-0-0, 7 KOs), of Ottawa, fights for the 10th time in Montreal, against 20-year-old terror Joel Diaz (11 -0, 10 KOs), of California.. The two unbeaten, young boxers young are eager to make their marks in the super featherweight division.

These two fights will enjoy a remarkable visibility platform as they will be presented live on American television as part of the popular series "Friday Night Fights" on ESPN2 sports channel. Bizier is excited about the privilege he has had offered to him, saying, "I'm thrilled about this opportunity to show everyone that I'm ready for the big leagues. I know Campbell is experienced and has been a great champion. Obviously, preparing for a 5' 11" lefty and now fighting a 5'7'' right-handed opponent has forced me to make several adjustments but, without a doubt, it will not prevent me from shining and emerging victorious with fashion."'

Spectators present at Bell Centre will also have the privilege to watch the return of former WBA super welterweight champion Joachim "Ti Joa" Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs). Alcine wants to restart his career with an impressive win against Miami, Florida veteran David Toribio (19-14-0, 12 KOs). Alcine had a lot of success fighting in Montreal, highlighted by majority decision victory over David Lemieux in December, 2011.

A total of seven fights are scheduled, including heavyweight Didier Bence (6-0-0, 2 KOs) vs. Joey "Polish Thunder Dawejko (7-1-2, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, in a six-round bout, plus spectacular super featherweight Kevin Lavallee (11-0-1, 9 KOs), of Ste-Adela, versus unbeaten Polish challnger Krzysztof Rogowski (5-0-0, 2 KOs).

Tickets, starting at $30.00, are available to purchase at Bell Centre, online at, or by calling GYM at (514) 383.0666.

Sky to launch new style Froch vs Kessler pay per view ?


By @livefight

Rumours have surrounded the forthcoming Carl Froch versus Mikkel Kessler bout, being a return to the Sky PPV format which garnered criticism following the farcical David Haye vs Audley Harrison bout.

But it has emerged that Sky may be trialling a new approach to bolstering funds, by charging non-Sky Sports subscribers for a £9.99 "Day Pass" to their range of sports channels for a 24-hour period.

The broadcasting giant has recently launched Now TV which will offer this pass service, which enables PC's, smart phones, consoles and internet-ready televisions to access content normally reserved for Sky satellite customers.

BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: "We think that a day pass is going to be attractive.

"We think it will work well alongside Sky Sports and will complement (subscription packages) well, it a way to extend Sky Movies, Sky Sports and later entertainment channels to an entirely new set of customers."

We believe this is the right approach to it's existing subscribers, whom have been angered at paying extra monies to watch boxing on the platform, where other sports such as football are included at no additional cost for marquee games.


Denton Vassell talks Heffron, Gavin and Purdy


By @John_Evans79

It has been a case of out of sight, out of mind for Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell. A year blighted by personal problems resulted in a prolonged layoff for the 28 year old. Thankfully, an impressive sixth round stoppage of the promising Ronnie Heffron in November meant he re-entered the fray with a bang.

Since Vassell last appeared – in a successful Commonwealth title defence against Samuel Colomban in November 2011 - the British welterweight landscape had altered considerably. Kell Brook left the domestic scene behind to concentrate on world honours, Frankie Gavin finally began to fulfil his potential and claimed the British title and his former victim Lee Purdy rebounded from a British title defeat at the hands of Colin Lynes to become a major force. Vassell, 20-0 (10), reappeared at the perfect time.

“Tell me about it!” he laughed during a recent conversation with Livefight. “It made me laugh how people thought I was washed up. I made a good statement in the way I beat the kid [Heffron] too because obviously I was getting criticised for the way I fought by his trainer [Anthony Farnell]. Ronnie Heffron had been winning a few fights and he was the talk of the town and I was the underdog who hadn’t fought for a year. They must have thought that they could beat me and take the belt off me but that wasn’t happening.

“I was buzzing. I said to my trainer [Bob Shannon] that these guys must think I’ve not trained but people that know me know that I train every single day and it paid off. When people were saying things I just laughed. At the end of the day I knew it would be me and Ronnie Heffron in that ring and that I’d show them.”

Having built his reputation - and enjoyed considerable success - as a non stop whirlwind of aggression, Vassell toned things down against Heffron and looked all the better for it. He calmly soaked up everything his talented but inexperienced opponent could throw at him and capitalised whenever the opportunity presented itself. By the time a pair of uppercuts ended matters in the sixth,Vassell had proved himself a quality operator. It was a performance that perfectly described his ‘Quiet Storm’ moniker.

“No disrespect to Ronnie, but him thinking he could fight me and beat me? I’m one of the best welterweights in Britain and I believe I’ll be one of the best in the world,” says Vassell. “I proved that I was quicker than him, I hit harder obviously and I was smarter. I just think that they overhyped him.

“I was smiling half the time in the corner. Without being cocky, it was confidence. I knew. It was no worry to me. I sat down in the corner one round – I think it was the third round – and I said to Bob ‘If it goes twelve rounds I’m quitting’.

Since the Heffron fight, Vassell has been mentioned as a possible opponent for both Gavin and Purdy and finds himself with a tricky but welcome quandary. Facing Purdy again would mean retreading old ground but a likely date on Sky Sports and a huge profile boost while accepting Gavin’s challenge would result in a shot at the prized British title on BoxNation.

As both options would mean appearing as the ‘opponent’, maybe it’s unsurprising that Vassell has a different route in mind.

“Personally, I’d like to go for the European,” he declares. “Without sounding like I’m ducking and diving anybody, because I’m not. I like Frankie Gavin, he’s a nice guy and we have our little chat on twitter and we have respect for each other. The same with Lee Purdy. I rate him as a fighter and he’s a tough lad. I know there was a lot of talk about battling Purdy again but the reason I didn’t fight him again was that he didn’t have a belt. At that time I was focusing on Samuel Colomban and he’d just fought Colin Lynes.

“Down the line I’ll probably fight Purdy again. I’d fight Frankie Gavin but me personally? I’d like to go for the European or world title. My biggest ambition is that I wanna fight in Vegas! I wanna get to the top and I’ll destroy anyone who stops me reaching the top.

“Two fighters should fight each other at top peak level, not where one’s over the hill and washed up. Look at Danny Williams and Mike Tyson that was a rubbish fight. Both at their peaks, Tyson would have destroyed him. Too me that isn’t boxing. You should have two fighters at their peak and in their prime and let them fight it out.”

It’s always refreshing to hear a professional boxer talk in such a way and although the welterweight Vassell would love to face next hasn’t been seen for months, he’s certainly at the top of his game.

“I know people talk about Mayweather but he’s a boxer and I like a tear up so maybe Manny Pacquiao. I know he got a bad knockout but in his prime, Pacquaio,” Just as I was about to mention Pacman’s recent fall from grace, Vassell cuts in. “No! In fact, who’s that guy Pacquiao fought? Tim Bradley. If I could choose who I fought, he’s the top dog now so it’d be him. I forgot about him then!”

Either way, Vassell is focused on making 2013 the year he gatecrashes the big time. Should he get his wish and challenge for the European belt, winning it would (could? should?) bring a top ten ranking with a couple of governing bodies.

“I’ve got a good team at Hatton Promotions so hopefully it’ll come later this year or maybe mid year or maybe even in my next fight” Vassell concludes. “At the end of the day I’m hungry. I’ve had a rest now. I’ve lived my life, had a year and lived a little so hopefully now it’s time to get busy.”

Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado II set for 30th March


By @livefight

Undefeated Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will face each other in a rematch of their 2012 Fight of the Year-nominated fight, this time for the confusing WBO "interim" title.

The WBO also list Juan Manuel Marquez as their champion - and to muddy matters further, Danny Garcia is their 'super' world champion.

Regardless, Rios-Alvarado II will take place on Saturday March 30th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If it goes anything like their first fight, it will be a cracker.

Thomas Dulorme back after Abregu loss


By @livefight

New York, NY (1/31/13) - On Thursday, February 21,Broadway Boxing returns to Roseland Ballroom in NYC featuring WBC #10 rated junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme (16-1, 12KO's) in an eight-round bout. Dulorme is looking to bounce back from his lone blemish as a professional to fellow top-rated contender Carlos Abregu (34-1, 28KO's) on HBO last October.

Also scheduled to appear on the card in separate eight-round bouts will be red-hot lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (13-0, 11KO's) and WBA #11 rated welterweight Charlie Ota (21-1-1, 15KO's). Additional bouts on the card will be announced shortly.

The 10-bout card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group,, and Everlast. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

"Thomas suffered a tough loss but had a great learning experience in his fight with the hard-hitting Abregu," said co-promoter Lou DiBella. "His fight on February 21 will be at a reduced weight as Thomas is moving down into the 140lb. division. Both DBE, GSP (Gary Shaw) and Javier Bustillo all still expect for Thomas to become a world champion."

The 23-year-old Dulorme was on the fast tract to stardom, having turned pro in August 2008 and running his record to a perfect 16-0, 12KO's, by August 2012. During this time, Dulorme garnered rave reviews throughout the boxing world for his lightning-quick hands and devastating knockout power.

The amateur standout Dulorme, a part of Team Puerto Rico, which is a group of fighters promoted by the trio of DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions, was featured on both ESPN and SHOWTIME networks during his climb to the number one ranking in the WBA welterweight world ratings. In what was supposed to be his breakout performance on HBO, Dulorme was stopped by the WBC #1-rated Abregu when Dulorme's corner threw in the towel in round seven. Dulorme was very competitive in the fight at the time of the stoppage, trailing on all three judge's scorecards by just one point. Abregu's lone loss as a professional came against current WBO undefeated welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

After the bout, Dulorme and his team decided to go back to the drawing board and are now campaigning at the junior welterweight limit. The bout on February 21 will be contested at a catch weight of 143 pounds. Dulorme feels that he will fit in much better in the lower weight class and is looking to prove that he is still one of the most promising young prospects in the sport.

"I feel great for my upcoming fight on February 21 and am exciting about fighting in the junior welterweight division. I feel much stronger and faster at this weight and I cannot wait to return to action in my favorite state of New York," said Dulorme

Dulorme continued, "We learned a lot from the Abregu loss. After that fight, I didn't get down on myself or discouraged, we just went back to the drawing board and began working on and learning new things. I plan on staying in my new division for the time being, but I would love another crack at Abregu down the line, as I know that next time would be very different."

The 10-bout card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group,, and Everlast. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Chris Truman hoping for British Masters light welter success


By @livefight

Chris Truman is hoping to put a nightmare 2012 behind him and become British Masters Champion next month.

The Erdington-born light welterweight (8-3-1) fought just twice last year, losing on both occasions to Lenny Daws and Dave Ryan respectively.

He was also due to fight Ashley Theopane on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s ill-fated comeback in November but, after the Hitman’s surprise defeat, the rest of the show was cancelled leaving Truman and Theophane, who were warming up ready for their fight, with no other choice but to pack up their kit and go home.

It was a bitter pill to swallow and capped a miserable year for the former Amateur ABC ace but now, after those lows, he is ready to make up for lost time when he faces Amir Unsworth (13-6-1) at the North Kesteven Centre in Lincoln on Saturday, 2nd March for the vacant British Masters Light-Welterweight crown.

“It’s a good title to have,” 28 year-old Truman told “For both of us, it’s a stepping stone to bigger things.

“It seems like a long time since I was last in the ring. It has been really frustrating to be honest, not fighting.

“The Theopane fight was a real farce but I’ve stayed focused throughout. I keep myself in good shape and have been sparring, so I’ll be ready.”

Unsworth, four years Truman’s senior, has lost his last three fights although two of those have been at Lightweight for titles – the English against Derry Matthews and the Midlands Area against Kevin Hooper last time out.

Sandwiched in between those two encounters, the 32 year-old lost to journeyman William Warburton at Welterweight.

Truman admits to knowing little about his opponent, who has been given leave from the Army where his Regiment, 1 Mercian, are currently serving in Afghanistan. However, he is expecting a tough night against a boxer with a similar style to himself.

“I don’t know too much about him but know he’s a tough lad who comes to fight.

“That suits me as that’s my style too. We’ll both be coming forward to it will be a good fight to watch.”

Jean Pascal vs Chad Dawson May 25th at Bell Centre


By @livefight

Canadian Jean Pascal announces his next fight against Chad Dawson at May 25th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Long way back for loser of Gutknecht-Braehmer


by @livefight

The protagonists are on edge ahead of Saturday's showdown. The all-German affair between Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (38-2, 30 KOs) for the European Light Heavyweight Championship is just days away and it seemed like the nerves were finally kicking in at today's press conference. Promoter Kalle Sauerland got straight to the point: "We are excited about this duel. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Whoever is on top after the bout will be in possession of the EBU Title and will get a crack at the WBO Championship. Consequently there is a lot on the line for everyone involved."

Both participants, Gutknecht as well as Braehmer, made it clear that they see themselves ahead of the respective opponent, without giving too much away. "I am looking forward to the fight," said 30-year-old Gutknecht. "We will see in which manner I will win on Saturday. I will keep my belt." The current champion is also counting on the knowledge of his coach Ulli Wegner. "Mister Wegner has a lot of experience. I am planning to follow the game plan he came up with. I am only thinking positive - a loss is not even a possibility in my mind."

The same goes for Braehmer. "I will win because I am better," said the former WBO Champion. Asked about the duel between the two coaches, Ulli Wegner and Karsten Roewer, the 34-year-old only replied: "I don't know why everybody keeps talking about that. This fight is between Eduard Gutknecht and myself - the coaches aren't fighting each other, we are!"

The theme of the evening is obvious: "There can only be one!" But what happens to the one who is not on the winning side afterwards? Kalle Sauerland: "We are not going to leave any of our boxers outside in the cold but it will be a long way back for the loser."

Another one who is only at the beginning of the road to glory is Robert Woge (10-0, 9 KOs). In only his eleventh pro fight, the 28-year-old will get his first crack at a title. The only person standing in the way between him and the vacant IBF Intercontinental Title is Hakim Zoulikha (18-3, 9 KOs). However, Woge, who is known for his direct and no-nonsense approach once again made it clear that he is only focused on himself and his personal style: "At the end of the day this isn't athletics. If two grown man face each other in a fight they will start hitting one another. That is what I am going to do and so far I have been successful with this method."

It is pretty much a given that Saturday night will be huge spectacle and action-packed. The only question left to be answered is who will walk away with a new sense of achievement and who will have to start from square one.

Tickets for the big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany can be purchased at and

(Pictures: Team Sauerland)

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