News February 2011

Jamie Moore testimonial 2nd April


Jamie Moore Testimonial

Manchester's popular retired light middleweight Jamie Moore will host his own testimonial evening on April 2nd at the De Vere Whites hotel at the Reebok Stadium.

Moore, who won the British, Commonwealth and European titles in an exciting career retired almost a year to the day of the planned event which will also see friend and former world champion Ricky 'the Hitman' Hatton co-host the event.

The evening promises to be well attended by boxers and boxing-media personalities and is sure to sell out quickly.

A gold package, which consists of a table of ten at the front of the event is £1000 and includes a champagne reception and drinks package.

Further packages are avaliable. Click on the poster for more information.

To arrange tickets please call Lyn on 01942 874 241.


Clev vs Braehmer postponed


Juergen Braehmer

Juergen Braehmer's defence against Nathan Cleverly has been pushed back by 7 weeks until the 21st May.

It was originally pencilled in for early April and will now take place on the same evening as Jean Pascal vs Bernard Hopkins.

The future landscape of the light-heavyweight division will be decided Sunday morning, with the WBO up for grabs in London - and the WBC and IBO titles, as well as the Ring magazine title on the line in Canada.


Billy Graham to return ?


Billy Graham with Hatton

Ricky Hatton's former trainer Billy Graham has been rumoured to be returning into boxing following a retirement from the sport in the wake of his split with Hatton in 2008 following Ricky's lacklustre display against Juan Lazcano at his Manchester "Homecoming event".

Involved in every domestic and world title going, Graham was an outspoken but respected figure in British boxing, whose return to these shores to train fighters will be good news.

Graham's Phoenix camp was involved in the careers of Ricky Hatton, Ensley Bingham, Mike Brodie, Michael Gomez, Matthew Macklin, Paul Burke, Steve Foster, Carl Thompson, Anthony Farnell, Paul Smith and Matthew Hatton.

Graham, 53 was last in the media a few weeks ago, after setlling a court case for unpaid purse monies against Hatton. He told the hearing that he had always received 10% of the purse in Hatton's fights.

However, he claimed he was not paid for Hatton's 'Homecoming' fight against Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester stadium in May 2008 - and also that he was owed money for the loss against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in December 2007.

Graham was angry towards Ray Hatton, accussing Ricky's father of short changing him by asking him sign an agreement for a fixed amount of just over £450k.

This was despite a total purse for the Mayweather fight alone of more than £10m, after accounting for lucrative pay-per-view deals on HBO and Sky box office.

But Graham settled out of court for a 'mutually acceptable' amount and the case was dropped.


Barker looking to 'Dazzle' in April


Darren Barker

Unbeaten 'Dazzling' Darren Barker returns to action following the best part of a year off the sport following injuries, surgery and a serious beating at the hands of thugs in a street rage incident.

Recently signed with Matchroom Sports following a departure from long term promoter and friend Mick Hennessy, the Barnet man heads back onto Sky Sports on a card being organised for April, tentatively the 30th.

"I'm delighted to have joined Matchroom and it's fantastic to be back on TV again - showcasing my skills on Sky Sports is where I want to be," said Barker.

"The plan is to have three fights this year - regain the European title, defend it and then get challenging for a world title before the end of the year."

The former British and Commonwealth champion takes on Italian Domenico Spada for the EBU belt vacated by his domestic rival Matthew Macklin, who was down to defend against Barker before electing to challenge Winky Wright in America.

22-0(14ko)Barker will need to be at his best for Spada, who has only lost to decent competition like Sebastien Zbik (twice) and Mahir Oral - all of which were on points.

A defeat at this stage of Barker's career could be very costly indeed and overlooking the Italian would be a big mistake.


Clev vs Maccarinelli in the future


Former WBO champion Enzo

Welsh boxing fans could be in for a treat if Enzo Maccarinelli can make a successful debut at the lower weight limit of light heavyweight as planned.

Because the former-WBO cruiserweight may well end up in a domestic affair with fellow former stablemate Nathan Cleverly in due course for the light heavyweight WBO title.

Clev challenges for the title in London during April against current holder, Germany's 32-year old Juergen Braehmer.

Clev challenges for title in April

Should big-punching Braehmer (36-2, 29ko) take care of unbeaten Clev (21-0, 10ko) then it will make for an interesting comeback fight for the Cefn Forest native.

But should Clev snatch the belt on April 2nd, then it will make for a lucrative all-Welsh WBO challenge.

"We've had some really good Welsh fighters on the scene in the past couple of years but between Joe Calzaghe's retirement and myself it has slowed a little." Said Maccarinelli.

"But now there are these young guys coming through and I am coming back to fight in the light- heavyweight division because my desire is still strong. Although I have made a few mistakes in recent years, I still want to be a fighter."


Adamek v McBride press quotes


Photo's by Kenneth B. Goldberg

Kathy Duva. Main Events, CEO: "April 9th is an important fight for both fighters: in Kevin McBride's case this is a great opportunity for him; in Tomasz's case he has a great opportunity ahead of him in Poland where he has an offer to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in September. But Tomasz does not like to be idle."

"That brings us to Kevin McBride: he is a big man: he is 6"6"; he is very wide; and very tall; and that is the kind of opponent Tomasz needs to face in order to prepare for the bigger challenge if he is successful. There are other people who have faced Kevin and not been so successful; most notably, Mike Tyson. As we know, Kevin is the man who effectively ended Mike Tyson's career. So Tomasz, Main Events and everybody with him, knows what a big challenge this is, not to be taken lightly."

Doug Jacobs, Integrated Sports, PPV :"It's a bargain at $29.95 for pay-per-view. I know there's another Golden Boy/HBO fight that night that's $45 dollars, but I have no doubt that our show is going to be so much more exciting and a better value for you in today's economic times. In every show we've done here at Prudential Center,with Tomasz Adamek, the atmosphere has been fantastic! The atmosphere comes through well on TV, and the under card matches have come through fantastic. It's always an exciting event."

Jerry Quinn, Kevin McBride Mgr: "We know we are the underdogs for this fight, but we were the underdogs for the Mike Tyson fight also, people underestimated us. We're gonna come down here to win. Kevin is training very hard, day and night, and we are definitely looking forward to it. I know Tomasz is a great fighter. We give him a lot of respect, but we're coming here to win."

Kevin Mc Bride: "I'm from Ireland, I'm Irish, and I'm proud to be a fighter. I'm coming here to fight. This is a big fight for me. An Irish painter, Sean Scully, said to me a couple years ago, 'Follow your dream", and that's what I'm going to do, follow my dream."

"This is a great opportunity, for me to show the world I'm a bigger man. You know, if I get into the later rounds with Tomasz Adamek, when I hit him on the chin he's going to think the whole of Poland hit him! Actually, when I fought Mike Tyson and hit him on the chin I thought, 'when I hit him he's gonna think the whole of Ireland hit him', so I had to think of another statement... You know, Pope John Paul, I hope you don't mind, but I'm gonna take the title from Tomasz Adamek, follow my dream, and become world heavyweight champion, first born Irish. It's gonna be a great night and I'm looking forward to it!"

Ziggy Rozalski, Adamek Advisor - "I want to thank Kevin, because I think it's going to be a great fight. When we fought Kevin with Golota he closed both of Golota's eyes. If I didn't tell them in Polish in the corner, 'how many fingers does the referee have?' he would have probably won, so I say, thank you, but this is going to be a great fight!"

Roger Bloodworth, Adamek Trainer (celebrating his birthday): "I couldn't quite believe I was 31 today... We are taking this fight very serious, because Kevin can punch. Kevin's Irish and he comes to fight. Tomasz is the type of fighter that can't stay idle. He has to stay busy, so we asked for somebody big and they got us somebody big! We have all the respect in the world for Kevin and his corner, and we thank him for taking this fight."

Tomasz Adamek: "This is my next step before Klitschko. My wife says I have ADHD, I cannot sit still at home with nothing doing, this is my life."

"I love fighting at Prudential Center. Everyone lives very close. It feels like my home." When referring to the amount of snow NJ has received this winter, Adamek said, "I can use only shovel, because when my neighbor sees snow blower he smiles, so I only shovel, its good training!"

"Somebody asked me why I am fighting before I have a guaranteed title fight, and I said, 'I want to be active, this is my job. I can't stay home 8 -9 months. So we made a fight - thank you Kevin for taking this fight.' Tomasz added, "He's a big man, we respect him. I'm preparing with Roger, it's our second week in the Pocono's. We prepare very hard and I am very healthy. I want to be the champion. I am serious, this is my life, this is my way, this is my destiny."

Presented by Main Events & Ziggy Promotions. Fight venue - Newark's Prudential Center

Adamek-McBride will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET Ė 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network, and TVN in the United States, as well as Viewers Choice in Canada,for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

200lb Pavlik: I will not fight at Middleweight again


Kelly Pavlik with his conqueror Hopkins

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has spoken out since his 2 months in the rehab and declared that he is now ready to return to the sport that he loves.

The fighter will never fight at middleweight again and currently weighs nearly 200lb. But is in the gym, hoping to fight at super middlweight on the Pacquiao undercard. And declared that he believes he will be world champion again soon - at Super Middlweight.

But he also disclosed to the media that yes, he did have a problem, he did not believe he was an alchoholic in the true sense of the word.

"I was having too much fun, put it that way" Pavlik declared of his 'over socialising' which lead to a crisis meeting between himself and his close friends and family.

"It was more or less a sit-down with my family where they gave me their opinions. I was against it at first for the first hour. After that I made the decision to go. Like I said once in a previous interview - I had to man up."

Pavlik was the new superstar on the boxing block, after his demolition of feared Edison Miranda. His status went global after he crushed the previously unbeaten Jermain Taylor to capture the belts at 160lb.

But dwindling performances and notable losses to Bernard Hopkins and recently Sergio Martinez recently saw his status drop dramatically. But Pavlik still won't acknowledge

"Itís easy to sit back and say I lost because I was partying and that would make me look better, but thatís not the truth.

"Drinking, in my opinion, never affected any of my fights."


Del Boy lashes out at Tyson Fury


Derek Chisora AKA Del Boy

World title challenger Dereck Chisora says Tyson Fury's win over an "unknown" at the weekend means nothing.

Fury claimed that Del Boy was ducking him by fighting WBO/IBF world champion Wladimir Klitschko.

British heavyweight king Chisora's mandatory challenger is Fury, but, somewhat understandably, he has chosen to fight the world number one instead of the man from Manchester.

"I was at Wembley on Saturday night to see Fury knock over some unknown Brazilian in front of a handful of people and it told me nothing other that I will never waste my time going to watch Fury again and when we meet it would be a very easy night's work for me," Chisora told the Daily Telegraph.

"He came out with a stupid statement afterwards saying that I'm only fighting Klitschko because I'm scared of him!

"How can he say that I'm only fighting for the world title to get a big payday rather than face him in a defence of the British and Commonwealth titles that are mine.

"Listening to some of the nonsense he speaks I wonder if he really believes all the hype surrounding him.

"For the record, I fought the British Champion Danny Williams in May, being a late replacement for Sam Sexton.

"When I beat Williams I inherited a mandatory defence against Commonwealth Champion Sam Sexton which I duly obliged on September 18 by beating Sexton for the second time."


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