News January 2016

Groves heads back to domestic level, calls out UK peers

28.01.16

By @Livefight

Groves with Di Luisa

George Groves says he’s ready to meet his domestic rivals at Super-Middleweight as he returns to action at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, live on Sky Sports – if the clashes lead to World title fights.

Groves faces Andrea di Luisa in east London in his first fight since his slender loss against Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September, and the three-time World title challenger accepts that it’s going to take a few fights to get back to the level he wants to operate at.

The Super-Middleweight division remains as vibrant as ever, and English fighters are at the forefront. Groves’ old foe James DeGale MBE holds the IBF crown, while Jack could soon come up against Liverpool star Callum Smith after his April clash with European champion Hadillah Mohoumadi was sanctioned as a final eliminator. Add St Helens’ Martin Murray into the mix, and the Brit pack are right in the mix for the major honours, and Groves believes he can emerge as the cream of the crop – but is in no rush to gain another win over DeGale.

“I'll fight anyone that is put in front of me,” said Groves. “Right now, it’s January, it’s my first fight since the Jack fight and it's Andrea di Luisa. He's boxed at a high level and has wins and losses at that level, he's here to present problems and he has a style that if you are not switched on he will take advantage of your mistakes. I believe he'll ty and set traps for me but at the same time I think he'll give me openings and I will take them and get a good knockout win to kick-of 2016 in style.

“I could've come back and had a fight down the bottom of an undercard and knocked out some nobody inside two or three rounds, but I haven’t done that. I'm topping the bill live on Sky Sports against an opponent that is going to be hungry, he's live and he's here to ask serious questions. Di Luisa is a good fighter and the perfect fight for me to get myself back into the mix. I want to get two or three fights before the summer and then we can look at where we are at ranking-wise and see what opportunities are open to me.

“I've got nothing but good will to James DeGale. He's had his own tough times, but right now he's riding high. A lot of people have said his last fight with Lucian Bute was closer than the six rounds he was given it by, but I didn't see it. As long as he's still winning, good luck to him. My time will come and I am not worried about him, I just have to concentrate on myself, get the win at the weekend to kick 2016 off in style.

“I should be in contention for another World title in the summer because I have the profile and the performances to match. If James is still World champion then maybe our paths will cross, but I am just focused on getting myself into range of a World title shot and that's what I want.”

Groves’ clash with Di Luisa headlines a huge night of action in London as John Wayne Hibbert defends his Commonwealth and WBC International Super Lightweight titles against Tommy Martin.

John Ryder meets the ‘Brit Basher’ Sergey Khomitsky for the vacant WBA International Middleweight title while his gym-mate Martin J. Ward defends his WBC International Super-Featherweight strap against Italian Mario Pisanti.

Former football star Leon McKenzie continues his charge towards titles in the ring in a final eliminator for the English Super-Middleweight title against Kelvin Young and Brentwood’s Kris Agyei-Dua defends his Southern Area Super-Welterweight title against Chadwell Heath’s Ben Hall.

There’s a host of young talents on the bill with Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti tasting eight-round action for the first time in the paid ranks, action for Brixton’s Lightweight banger Ohara Davies, Bermondsey Welterweight Ted Cheeseman, Crystal Palace Super-Middleweight Craig Richards, West Ham Super-Bantamweight Lucien Reid, Wimbledon Welterweight Louis Adolphe, Rainham Light Heavyweight Charlie Duffield and Chelsea Light-Heavyweight Deion Jumah.

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Ranked Heavyweight Joseph Parker in action [VIDEO]

26.01.16

By @Livefight

Las Vegas-based Kiwi Jospeh Parker took his record up to 18-0 (16ko) against Jason Bergman at the weekend, with a 8th round TKO over the 39-fight journeyman.

Parker has been vocal in calling for a heavyweight showdown against British gold medallist Anthony Joshua.

The pair are ranked 3rd and 2nd by the WBO respectively, with unbeaten Tyson Fury holding the belt since toppling Wladimir Klitschko.

Bobby Rimmer looks ahead to 2016. Talks Rose, Massey and Flanagan

26.1.2016

By @John_Evans79

Bobby Rimmer has seen most things during a lifetime in boxing but even the Manchester based trainer resorted to fan mode when he thought about what 2016 holds in store.

“I’ll be honest with you, there’s been times in the past when I’ve not really looked forward to anything on a Saturday night. [Recently though] I’ve been sick when there’s been no boxing on. There are some absolutely amazing fights out there in Britain alone.” Rimmer told Livefight.

As well as looking forward to some entertaining nights in front of the television, Rimmer is set to spend a good amount of time in the spotlight himself. The Blackpool based trainer has lent a helping hand in Terry Flanagan’s corner since the WBO lightweight champion began his career back in 2008 but it is only right to begin by looking at the men Rimmer is responsible for on a day to day basis.



It is almost a year since Brian Rose suffered a shock first round stoppage at the hands of Carson Jones. The result meant that he spent the majority of 2015 planning his life around the Oklahoman and the defeat was avenged in August courtesy of a well deserved unanimous decision. Since that night, Rose, 28-3-1 (8 KO’s), has made just a single appearance. The 32 year old hasn’t spent his time idly sitting around waiting for his phone to ring. He has been quietly working away in the gym, readying himself for a permanent move to the middleweight division in 2016. There has been no need for a stringent weight and nutrition programme to build Rose - who fought Demetrius Andrade for the WBO title and claimed a Lonsdale belt outright during his 154b career - into a true middleweight. Instead, he will be able to spend all of his time and effort preparing for the actual fight rather rather than stripping useful weight from his six foot frame.

“Brian doesn’t live badly. He’s a family man. He doesn’t go out drinking or acting daft,” Rimmer said. “People might think there isn’t a lot left in him but there is. Look at his career, he beat Prince Arron and won a Lonsdale belt within a year. From there it was fight after fight and then we went over to America and fought Andrade and everybody knew that was a job and a half. He came back and got a quick win and then boxed Carson Jones but after that night we knew he couldn’t make eleven stone again. At middleweight, he's a different animal and he showed that in the second fight.

“People don’t know that before the second Carson Jones fight he had a really bad shoulder injury that would go and come back. It came back about a week before the fight. He got through it and he’s back now. His shoulder’s right and he wants to fight at middleweight and show everybody that he’s still got it. Eddie [Hearn] has said he’s gonna be boxing on April 9th but we don’t have an opponent yet. You’ll have heard all the talk about Matthew Macklin but I don’t get involved in all that.



“Brian’s got a lot left to offer. He used to go away [after a fight] and never come back too big. The biggest I ever saw him was about 12st 5lbs and he’s a big lad. He’d get to about 11st 4lb alright but that last 4lbs would kill him. The day before the weigh in for the first Carson Jones fight, I knew he wasn’t right.

“In the gym now, he looks so much better at 11st 6lbs. He’s punching harder. What used to do him was that he’d get to 11st 8lbs and be great but he’d be worrying about getting down. He was probably worried about his weight six weeks before the fight. At middleweight he’s gonna be a different force.”

Jack Massey will be an unfamiliar name to many reading this but the 22 year old is anything but unknown in his hometown of Chapel-en-le-Frith. Massey, 9-0 (4 KO’s) made something of a homecoming appearance at the beautiful Devon Dome in nearby Buxton last May and his fans apparently almost lifted the ornate roof off the old building. It is possible to make quick strides in the cruiserweight division and as well as a fanatical home support, Massey can call on the nous of his manager, Steve Wood. Providing he returns to full fitness after a hand injury which has kept him out of the ring since that night, Massey could make big strides in 2016.

“It was unbelievable. I’d never been to Chapel-en-le-Frith or Buxton and I thought it was gonna be a quiet little village but he packed the place out. Jack’s a nice kid. He doesn’t go out messing about and he gets the train every single day from Chapel-en-le-Frith to the gym and back home again. I tell you what, he can’t half whack. He’s just had an operation on his hand - Mike Huyton operated on him - and he’s just started punching very lightly.



“The Devon Dome is a special place. It’s unbelievable. He’s a kid from a little town. Everybody in that town and the surrounding areas knows him and has taken to him. He’s got a big future and I’m looking at big things for him. He’s boxed at the Manchester Arena a couple of times on big shows but sometimes he’s a bit lacking in self confidence. He’s a nice kid so he doesn’t put himself about a lot but he’s starting to believe what I’m telling him. He won the WBC Youth title last time so I’m not sure what Steve’s got up his sleeve for him but it won’t be too long before he’s moving into the big leagues.”

Back to Flanagan, and Rimmer - who was a part of Ricky Hatton’s corner the night ‘The Hitman’ upset Kostya Tszyu - is looking forward to playing a part in some more big nights. After working his way through the small halls and sports centres, Flanagan finds himself preparing ready to compete on the grandest of stages. Derry Mathews is certain to provide a stern test next month but, should he prevail, Flanagan seems likely to engage in some high profile unification fights before the year is out. Rimmer has seen Flanagan blossom and can’t wait to see just how far the unbeaten 26 year old can go.

“After Ricky beat Tszyu I was walking from the ring and I had Ricky’s gloves around my neck. A little kid with blonde hair said, ‘Ere you are, mate. Give us them gloves!’ I told him I couldn’t and he was calling me tight and it was Terry Flanagan. I’ll of a sudden I’m doing the corner for Terry!

“I don’t have anything to do with Terry’s training. All I do is go along on the night and work his corner. To see Terry come up - I’ve done his corner for every single one of his fights except one when I was in New York with Brian for the Andrade fight - and I’ve seen him come up from being a quietly spoken little kid from Ancoats to this proper world champion. What he did last time against Diego Magdaleno, wow. It’s funny. I went into Magdaleno’s changing room to watch him get his hands wrapped and his trainer said to me, ‘This is a walk in the park for us. Your guy isn’t ready for this.’ After the fight I walked over to their corner and said ‘That was some walk in the park, eh?’

“The Derry Mathews fight is a big one and then they’re talking about a unification fight with Anthony Crolla. Let’s not get above ourselves though, Derry is a very competent fighter. The winner of that can then go on. It’s endless for Terry. Absolutely endless.

“Terry’s been with Steve Wood from the start doing four rounders and look at him now. Winning the world title five minutes from his house and defending it at the Manchester Arena that saw the halcyon days of Ricky Hatton. Now Terry’s doing it. What an absolutely fantastic story.

“Steve Maylett [Flanagan’s trainer] was training Terry and Karl Place at the Northside Gym and then they wanted to turn professional and they came to use my old gym in Duckinfield so I saw Terry right from he word go. Terry always had a quietness about him in the gym. He was always very businesslike. I used to watch him in the gym with Steve - I’ve known Steve’s dad for years and I race pigeons with him - and saw them learn together. Steve was a new trainer and picking things up really well. It was fantastic to watch and it’s great to be part of that. I’ve watched a young fighter evolve with his trainer and not a lot of people get to see that do they?

“We’re very lucky to be involved in this sport aren’t we? I get up every morning and drive from Blackpool to Manchester and don’t mind at all. It’s not really work. Well, not until you get in that ring with that body belt on!”

Kell Brook vs Kevin Bizier press conference [VIDEO]

25.01.15

By @KuganCassius

iFLTV present the official press conference announcing Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title defence against mandatory challenger, Kevin Bizier:-

Kell Brook vs Kevin Bizier March 26th

20.01.16

By @Livefight

The Special One welcomes Canadian to Sheffield on March 26

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier at the Sheffield Arena on March 26, live on Sky Sports.

Kell Brook vs Kevin Bizier

Brook makes the third defence of the crown and his second in his hometown fortress in the Steel City following wins against Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin at The O2 in London. ‘The Special One’ meets his mandatory challenger for the second time since landing the title with a stunning win over Shaun Porter in California in August 2014, and returns to action having shaken off the rib injury that forced him out of a defence against Diego Chaves in October.

“I’m delighted to be back fighting at the Sheffield Arena again,” said Brook. “While I was gutted to miss out on fighting in October, I’ve fully recovered from the injury and feel stronger than ever. I’ve been working hard in the gym and working on new things, and I cannot wait to put on another explosive performance for my hometown fans and prove I am the best 147-pound fighter on the planet.”

Bizier landed the mandatory spot with the IBF in November when he forced the unbeaten American-Ghanaian Fredrick Lawson after ten toe-to-toe rounds in Miami, where the Canadian floored Lawson in the fifth round en route to the crucial victory. The 31 year old brings an impressive record of 25 wins with 17 inside the distance to his first fight outside of Canada and America, and the challenger believes he’ll relieve Brook of the title on March 26.

“The most important thing was the date,” said Bizier. “March 26 is perfect for me. I am already in great physical condition and I will have the perfect preparation in Montréal with my trainer Marc Ramsay. I know I will be the underdog once again, but I guarantee you I will give the fight of my life. I am optimistic and I already fought in England as an amateur. Having the crowd against me does not bother me at all.”

Olympic gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE will return to action on the bill, Sheffield Heavyweights Dave Allen and Richard Towers clash in a British title eliminator and Andy Townend meets Craig Poxton for the English Super-Featherweight title.

Tickets priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £250 VIP will go on sale at midday Thursday January 21 to Matchroom Fight Pass members from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com and on general sale the following day (Friday January 22) with tickets in the £40-£150 bracket available from the Sheffield Arena on 0114 2565656 and at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk. VIP tickets are exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com.

Ryder says Khomitsky gives him the fear factor

19.01.16

By @Livefight

Boxer John Ryder

John Ryder says he has the ‘fear factor’ ahead of his WBA International Middleweight title clash with ‘Brit Basher’ Sergey Khomitsky at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on January 30, live on Sky Sports.

Ryder is looking to kick 2016 with a big win over the Belarussian banger but the Islington man is fully aware of the threat he carries.

Khomitsky’s last outing in the UK saw him poleaxe talented Sheffield starlet Adam Etches with a brutal one-punch KO in March, and the Copper Box was the scene of his clinical assault on popular Londoner Frank Buglioni in April 2014.

Islington man Ryder is gunning to get back into the exciting mix of young Middleweight stars in the UK, but he knows he has to be on his guard against Khomitsky.

“There's a fear factor for me in this fight, 100 per cent,” said Ryder. “I'm doing things majorly differently to how I've approached fights before and that element of fear is in me as I know what Khomitsky is capable of. Take no notice of his age, the last thing to go in a fighter is their power, he'll have that until the end, so I know that this is a dangerous fight.

“He's showed power at Super-Middleweight and then shown that he can make Middleweight and keep that power. He takes his opportunities where he can, whether they are at 168lbs or 160lbs, but he's had plenty of time to prepare for this fight so I expect him to be at his best.

“It was over a year since we were meant to fight and it didn't happen for one reason or another. But looking back at the mistakes I've made since then, and you think if that fight had happened a year ago, it could've been a bad night for me, but now I feel that it is a fight that I will definitely win.

“My diet and training has changed a lot since losing to Nick Blackwell. The most important thing in a loss is to learn from it. I don't want to lose any more fights and I know that I have put in hard work and the right type of work to get the win.”

Ryder’s clash with Khomitsky is part of a huge night of action in east London as Super-Middleweight star George Groves takes on Italian Andrea Di Luisa for the vacant WBC International title.

John Wayne Hibbert defends his Commonwealth and WBC International Super Lightweight titles against Tommy Martin and Martin J. Ward defends his WBC International Super-Featherweight strap against Italian Mario Pisanti.

Former football star Leon McKenzie continues his charge towards titles in the ring in a final eliminator for the English Super-Middleweight title against Kelvin Young and Brentwood’s Kris Agyei-Dua defends his Southern Area Super-Welterweight title against Chadwell Heath’s Ben Hall.

There’s a host of young talents on the bill with Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti tasting eight-round action for the first time in the paid ranks, action for Brixton’s Lightweight banger Ohara Davies, Bermondsey Welterweight Ted Cheeseman, Crystal Palace Super-Middleweight Craig Richards, West Ham Super-Bantamweight Lucien Reid, Wimbledon Welterweight Louis Adolphe and Rainham Light Heavyweight Charlie Duffield.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 & £100 available from www.seetickets.com by calling 08712307148 (Calls cost 10ppm plus your network access charge)

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Deontay Wilder brutally KO's Artur Szpilka [VIDEO]

18.01.15

By @Livefight

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder recorded his 35th stoppage against Artur Szpilka on Saturday night.

In front of the busy crowd at the Barclay's Centre, New York - the 6'7 tall banger struggled at first with the awkward movement of the Polish challenger - until a brutal right hand landed across the temple during round 9.

Only former champion Bermane Stiverne has seen the final bell in Wilder's 36-fight career.

What channel is David Haye vs Mark De Mori on ?

16.01.16

By @Livefight

Heavyweights David Haye and Mark De Mori clash tonight at the London 02 Arena.

UK viewers can watch the fight FREE via Sky channel 111 , Virgin Media 128 and Freeview 12 (and their HD variants).

International viewers can use multiple freeview online websites such as:-

TVplayer.com (best quality)

Or

WatchFreeview.com

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