Maloney would consider Klitschko fight offer
Promoter believes that in four or five fights, his unbeaten protťgť David Price will be perfectly equipped to handle himself against either of the Ukrainian brothers.
"I think David will be ready for either Klitschko after another four fights. I'm not saying we will look to make that happen, but if he gets the right opponents and keeps working hard with Franny Smith in the gym, we would have to consider any offer that comes along."
The promoter also believes that Vitali is certainly soon ripe for the taking.
"The Klitschkos are perfectionists and great professionals," said Maloney. "But they are also bad for the sport because they are so dominant and people are losing interest. I think you can see that Vitali is coming to the end. His experience got him through the fight with Chisora.
"Boxing is all about timing and judgement and David has come along at the right time. I study heavyweight boxing, know what is going on and really believe David can dominate the division for a long time.
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Warren Furious with WBC Chisora ban
"There are a lot of things that happened behind the scenes that need to be taken into account - For the WBC to do this is outrageous." said Warren.
"What happened outside the ring Iím not condoning, but you cannot do this to anybody without letting them have a hearing.
"Dereck Chisora got beaten, he wasnít a champion, therefore itís easy for them to do this. How can you not allow anybody a fair hearing? Everybodyís entitled to a fair hearing, whatever you think of them, whatever youíve seen.
"There is a procedure which should take place and then determine whether and if there is a punishment necessary.
"A number of mobile cameras were handed in to the police in Munich so they could examine them for evidence, they took copies of all the different mediaís films regarding the incident that happened outside the ring and did not charge Dereck Chisora.Ē
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Manny Steward says UK misses Hatton and Calzaghe
Manny Steward has been there, worn the t-shirt, took it off and put it back on again more times than we care to count or imagine. A hall of fame trainer who has worked from everyone from Hearns to Lewis via a guy called Naz. In this exclusive interview with livefight.com the 67-year old gives his assessment on the modern day fighter, training techniques, the fighters he misses and of course Thomas Hearns.
LF: What are your hopes for the sport this year?
MS: Iím hoping that this year we can find a new superstar fighter. The same guys are all getting older and are all in there thirties now and Iím looking for some of these young fighters to come up and be a pay-per-view product. From your side of the pond there are not really any guys that I see emerging as one. Tyson Fury, maybe and maybe the kid from Sheffield, Kell Brook.
I thought Amir Khan would be the one but his last fight was a defeat and one that was surrounded in controversy but I hope he can get back on track this year. If Amir goes to welterweight heíll be a match for anyone but maybe not Floyd. But thereís no Ricky Hatton whoís coming over and exciting us.
Over here, take a guy like Saul Alvarez and all the other guys like him. They fight, they get a decision and donít get hurt and everybodyís satisfied.
LF: So when you speak about fighters basically playing it safe is that something that makes you angry?
MS: It makes me mad because you see all these fighters working on the pads doing the pop-pop-pop-pop-pop thing and thereís nobody actually coming in whoís a big puncher. I would never do any work like that with a fighter where a combination exceeds five punches. Nobodyís punching with the power that they should. You look at guys like Froch and all these guys and the skill levels have went down. I guess we gotta come up with some new pay-per-view guys
LF: Is there anything that actually excites you about boxing this year?
MS: Iím working with a kid called Tony Harrison, a junior middleweight, who does excite me. I donít really train many guys these days. Andy Lee, of course, who I think will be on to be a world champion and a great, great middleweight.
Other than that Iíll be looking to watch Cotto, Pacquiao, Marquez all those guys but again theyíre all getting older. I will be looking to see how Kell Brook does, a kid that has skills but has punching power too. But right now I just think we have too many fighters that play it safe.
LF: So when do you think fighters began to play it safe?
MS: Hard to say. I didnít like the way boxing went last year. There wasnít enough excitement brought to the sport. In fact me and my nephew would watch a soccer match, switch channels and watch a fight and probably go back to watching the end of the soccer match. Boxing isnít doing enough to generate the excitement which youíre getting in other sports.
LF: What fighters do you miss from the sport?
MS: Joe Calzaghe. He was phenomenal He had speed, timing, accuracy and power. Ricky Hatton, he was just pure excitement. Lennox Lewis, another boxer but also a heavy hitter.
The styles of the fighters now are slow. Thereís no balance, no jab, they view a combination as a one-two and they go back to being safe then if they do throw more shots thereís no body weight behind them. A guy like Nassem Hamed, he may have showboated but he had a nice style to watch and also had very explosive power.
LF: What keeps you interested in the sport?
MS: Iím starting up boxing clinics all across the board where I not only pass on all my experiences but I teach the fundamentals. Some trainers these days think they hold the pads and their fighter does that pop-pop-pop thing but there isnít actually anyone to teach them balance. Iím trying to teach how to throw 3-4 punch combinations with your body weight behind them. No-one teaches that, no-one wants to make the time to do that. They just throw fighters some gloves and teach them to slap each other. The basic fundamentals have to be taught. And hopefully a kid can come through and we can find ourselves a superstar.
LF: Did you always know Thomas Hearns was going to be a superstar?
MS: You cannot tell from the beginning who is going to be a superstar and who is not. Anyone who says otherwise is a f*****g liar. Tommy would come to the gym and he was committed. There were tests that other kids wouldnít pass that Tommy would. He was a very quiet kid but a very determined one. There were other superstar kids who would just associate themselves with people that would bring them down. Before long it was Tommy who was winning everything. Inside you have to have something else that makes you a champion. He had it.
Iíve worked with guys like Ray Leonard, Chavez, Lewis but I can say that Tommy was the most talented guy I ever worked with. And it may seem easy for me to say this but my favourite fighter was Thomas Hearns. And that was because when you saw Thomas fight you were going to see a great display of skills and big, explosive punching power and you also knew that in any condition he was going to try to give you his best performance even at the risk of losing. Thatís what made him stand out from all the rest.
He was always concerned about his team mates. When he was due to fight Roberto Duran, I was wrapping his hands and he could see his team-mate Jimmy Paul was fighting and he was losing the fight against a guy called Alvin ďToo SweetĒ Hayes. Tommy could see what was going on and he told me to get out there because Jimmy needed me. I stopped wrapping his hands, went out, and talked to Jimmy in the 5th round I think. I told him what to do, he did it and in the next round he knocked the guy out. I came back and Tommy said ďthatís the difference between you and the other guys in the corners out there.Ē He was more concerned about Jimmy losing his fight than he was about himself.Ē
Ola Afolabi - I'm Britain's Top Cruiserweight
Ola Afolabi is Britainís best cruiserweight. The 31 year old may not be a regular fixture on your television screen but look at whichever set of world rankings you choose and the London born, Los Angeles based fighter will be there, hovering around the top ten.
Afolabi, 18-2-3 (8), takes on tough Russian Valery Brudov, 39-3 (28), for the WBO interim title in DŁsseldorf this weekend and - as the fight is on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschkoís heavyweight title fight with Jean Marc Mormeck Ė also gets the chance to impress a British audience.
Afolabiís only professional appearance in the UK came almost three years ago when he first claimed the WBO interim belt with a devastating ninth round knockout of Enzo Maccarinelli. Rather than capitalise on his success here, Afolabi chose to continue a promotional agreement with the Klitschko brotherís K2 outfit and forge his career in Germany, the undoubted home of the worldís cruiserweights. A close decision loss to the divisionís superstar Marco Huck followed and since then, ĎKryptoniteí has found it hard to find a meaningful fight.
The war between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Steve Cunningham and Huckís exciting attempt to snatch a heavyweight title from Alexander Povetkin may have given the worldwide cruiserweight division a couple of welcome shots in the arm recently but the domestic 200lb class continues to endure a great deal of criticism. Blackpoolís Matty Askin is undoubtedly the UKís brightest hope but is still learning the game and whilst Maccarinelliís upcoming British title fight with Shane McPhilbin could prove entertaining, the remaining pickings are slim to say the least.
There is, however, one British fighter capable of competing with the worldís best and this Saturday you will have an all too rare opportunity to see him. Itís time to once again cast our eyes across to GermanyÖÖÖÖ
LF: How has training gone for the fight Ola? Where have you based yourself?
It went well. We trained in Austria but I live in L.A.
LF: Valery Brudov is a tough, experienced fighter. What are your thoughts on him?
Like you said, he's tough and experienced. No way I'm over looking him or underestimating him, Iíll just have to count on my training and my abilities to fight and hope that it should be enough to get the win. Trust me though, I'm ready to fight how ever he wants it, slug or box. I'm sure he is too.
LF: If successful, would you like Marco Huck to move back down from heavyweight and defend his full title against you in a rematch or would you not concern yourself with his plans?
I'm trying not to think about Huck as much as I am Brudov. Having said that, I've always wanted a rematch and he's always found a way to avoid it.
LF: What did you make of Huckís fight with Alexander Povetkin?
I think Povetkin won but it was a poor showing for a heavyweight champion. He was exhausted after the 4th round and allowed himself to be pushed around and bullied by a smaller man.
LF: How do you feel you have improved since the fight with Huck?
I'm more focused and disciplined. More importantly Iím more confident in my talent.
LF: What do you think about quality of the current British Cruiserweight scene? Your former victim Enzo Macarinelli fights Shane McPhilbin for the British title in a few weeks.
The quality of British cruiserweight is weak right now, but there are up and coming stars to keep an eye out for. I think some light heavyweights will fill in to be cruisers too.
LF: How frustrating has it been to constantly be overlooked for the big fights? How much of that do you feel is due to your association with K2 and the various German television deals?
Extremely frustrating. It seems like they make me prove myself and then - when itís time to get the fight - they're like "one more fight" and make me have to face a dangerous guy like Brudov. Hey, I'm a fighter and I do what I do. If I didn't wanna fight Iíd get a 9 to 5.
I've always been avoided throughout my whole career. I'm that guy you're not sure you can beat and even if you get lucky and beat me, you'll look horrible because of my style so they choose to avoid me instead. I went almost three years without a fight before K2 even signed me.
LF: How excited are you about the various challenges - and exciting fights - that could await you in the cruiserweight division if youíre successful this Saturday?
Iím extremely excited, there are a lot of big fights. Like you said though "if I'm successful on Saturday" so right now I'm just focused on Saturday.
LF: Thanks Ola
David Barnes gets Vivian Harris test
COLDWELL BOXING: DAVID BARNES FACES HIS MOST "VICIOUS" TEST
Coldwell Boxing is thrilled to announce that David Barnes will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris at the De Veres Hotel, Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012
After original opponent Giuseppe Lauri pulled out with the flu, promoter David Coldwell decided to postpone the show rather than bring in someone with little credibility or reputation at such short notice. After an enquiry about American, Steve Forbes fell by the wayside an offer was made to "Vicious" Vivian and he accepted.
The Guyana born 33-year old has shared the ring with names such as Carlos Maussa, Oktay Urkal, Souleymane M'Baye, Juan Lazcano, Junior Witter and most recently Victor Ortiz.
Barnes is ecstatic at the opportunity that this fight provides for him.
"This fight is much bigger now. It's a great chance to show people what I can do against a much bigger name but I've still gotta go in and do the job properly," Barnes told coldwellboxing.com.
"This could open up a lot more doors for me because of who he is. I was gutted when Lauri pulled out but that's boxing. Everything happens for a reason and it's led to fighting a guy like Harris."
In a statement issued by his team, Harris had this to say about fighting again in the UK.
"I love fighting in England and I am proud to share my skills with the British people so they will believe in me and support me on the way to the welterweight crown. People have doubted me although my manager Thomas Hickey has believed in and supported me as I look to win a new title in this competitive division."
Hickey himself added "Vivian along with my five heavyweights welcome the rivalry of British versus Americans in this great sport of boxing."
He also stated "I truly look forward to the ongoing competition both here and abroad."
Harris added "I am ready to prove to the world now that I will once again be champion of the world."
In addition to Coldwell Boxing securing its first Sky television date on April 14th, the announcement of Harris fighting on our Bolton show is another statement of intent from David Coldwell. And he's backing his charge to deliver against the hard-hitting Harris.
"I believe in David Barnes. He's got his head screwed on, I talk to him a lot and he knows that this is his last chance.
This has gotten him excited and got his juices flowing. Harris is still a name in America so if David wins it will be talked about over there. Only three fights ago he was fighting Victor Ortiz. We know he's not the force he once was but he's a gatekeeper to much bigger things.
Barnes, talent wise can be a European champion minimum. I expect him to be at world title level. If he can win and look good against Harris who knows what could happen for him."
DAVID BARNES VS. VIVIAN HARRIS takes place at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012.
An exciting undercard features unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Matty Clarkson and the debut of talented super middleweight and Joe Gallagher trained Hosea Burton.
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Kerry Hope talks about tough Proska challenge ahead
Kerry Hope; Iím not coming to lose, Iím coming to win that European title
By Michael J Jones
WELSH southpaw Kerry Hope is fired-up for his European title shot against unbeaten champion Grzegorz Proksa. The massive underdog took the time to speak to Livefight ahead of the all-southpaw showdown on the undercard of the big Kell Brook-Matthew Hatton fight in Sheffield on March 17.
Merthyr Tydfilís Hope, 30-years-old, has endured a stop-start career so far at 16-3 (1). Starting out under Enzo Calzaghe, the neat-boxing Welshman raced to eleven straight wins before being derailed by heavy-handed Matthew Hall four years ago. Since that loss, Hope suffered an unfortunate cut-eye stoppage to Taz Jones before reallocating to America to train under U.S.-based Brití John Tandy.
After a controversial decision loss to undefeated Caleb Truax up at super-middleweight, Kerry returned to the UK to make his comeback. Since hooking up with Karl Ince in Bolton, Hope has won four straight fights, scoring his best-ever win last time out.
Last October, Hope boxed Southamptonís Tony Hill in a British title eliminator emerging with a deserved majority points decision. The quick-handed Welshman used a high work-rate to pile up the points against the big-punching Hill, even scoring a knock-down in the concluding round.
A British title chance failed to materialise but, shockingly, the Welshman was offered a bout with the 26-0 (19) Proksa.
The formidable Polish fighter is coming off his most impressive win to date by crushing former world champion Sebastian Sylvester in three one-sided rounds to lift the belt.
Proksa is at his absolute peak at 27-years-old and has won his last eleven contests inside schedule. In comparison, Hope was in training for a Welsh title fight with the 3-10-1 Gary Cooper when he got the call to face the big-punching Pole.
A lot of people are completely writing off the former amateur star but there is definitely something in the friendly Welshmanís tone that exudes a quiet confidence.
Here is what he had to say-
LF) Hey Kerry, how is training going for your biggest ever fight?
KH) Itís going really well thanks, Iím just looking forward to the fight now.
LF) Did you see Proksaís last contest with Sylvester?
KH) Yes Iíve watched (the fight) a few times. I think Sebastian Sylvester was a little past his best and knew he was going to lose. A few years earlier I think heíd have given Proksa a tougher fight.
LF) Are there weaknesses you see in Proksa that you feel you can capitalise on?
KH) Every fighter has weaknesses. I can see things he does that Iím hoping I can capitalise on; no-body is without faults.
LF) Youíve lost a few fights along the way but are currently 4-0 under Karl Ince. How do you feel Karl has improved you as a fighter?
KH) Heís made me a better fighter in more ways than one; I feel stronger, fitter and I really feel Karl has given me my confidence back.
If you look at my losses such as the Matthew Hall fight I lost to the better man but I was also struggling at the light-middleweight limit. Taz Jones stopped me on a cut and I lost in America due to being the away fighter.
That fight with Caleb Truax everybody who saw it knew Iíd won. I thought Iíd beaten him comfortably but obviously I fought him in America so that cost me.
With training with Enzo Calzaghe, he trained a lot of fighters all the same, like he trained Joe (Calzaghe). With Karl I feel myself again, a much improved fighter.
LF) You scored arguably your biggest win last time out against another southpaw in Tony Hill. Has that win given you confidence to take on someone like Proksa?
KH) Well Iíd boxed only two or three weeks before that fight. It was only a six rounder but immediately afterwards I was offered the Tony Hill fight. I agreed to fight there and then. I didnít spar much before that fight but I thought I boxed well to win.
LF) How surprised were you to get this chance?
KH) The Tony Hill fight was a British title eliminator but the British title fight never materialised. I think Proksa was probably wanting to fight either Darren Barker or Matthew Macklin or Martin Murray but those fights never could be made so I got the call. I know a lot of people are writing me off but hopefully I can change peopleís minds on the night.
LF) You are obviously a massive underdog; are you happy to be in that position?
KH) Yes itís made me very determined to prove people wrong. Iím a proud man and when so many are writing you off the pride kicks in and you want to prove everybody wrong. People say Iím not on his level but I think a lot of his fights, his opponentís have looked at his record and been beaten before theyíve even thrown a punch.
I know heís good, even with careful match-making you probably wouldnít get to 26-0 and 19 knockouts. I feel unlike a lot of his previous opposition in that Iím coming to win, Iím coming to take that European title off him.
LF) Can you tell me about your tactics on the night?
KH) Well obviously we have a game-plan and weíve been working hard to master it in the gym. Iíve sparred Ryan Rhodes so thatís been good preparation.
LF) Your fight is on the undercard of Kell Brook vs Matthew Hatton. How do you see that fight going and who do you think will win?
KH) They are making Matthew a big underdog and saying Kell is the next big star but, you know, Matthew has the experience and you canít write him off. Iím not saying who will win but I see it being a very tough fight for both men.
LF) Kerry thank you and all the best of luck for March 17.
KH) Ok thanks very much.
Bellew: Im going to break McIntosh's heart
COLDWELL BOXING: BELLEW VOWS TO BREAK MCINTOSH'S HEART
Tony "Bomber" Bellew may have scaled the giddy heights of a world title challenge last year but don't be fooled into thinking that he's taking his next fight, a defence of his British light heavyweight title, any less seriously.
Adored by his legions of fans, Bellew 16-1 (10) is looking to repay his raucous supporters with a victory over challenger Danny McIntosh on April 14th at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
"This is going to be payback for my fans loyalty", said Bellew when speaking exclusively to coldwellboxing.com
"I've got the best fans in Britain and I won't forget what they did for me that night against Nathan Cleverly. At the moment everyone is in a financial mess after Christmas so I appreciate any support I'll be getting on April 14th.
This fight is unthinkable for me to lose. I know I'm on my way to big things but I've gotta take care of McIntosh first."
The contest has all the ingredients for a thrilling battle. A champion who is looking to put on a show for his fans in attendance, and a challenger - himself a former European champion who is treating this fight like it's his last shot.
McIntosh told coldwellboxing.com last week. "Everything's going into this fight. I'm not gonna get many more chances because no-one's gonna want to fight a guy like me that can punch the way I do."
Last October, 29-year old Bellew was involved in a domestic super fight that grabbed the country's imagination. His titanic tussle with Cleverly, the WBO champion, was a contest of such quality and drama that it will be remembered for years to come. The Liverpudlian may have lost narrowly but he takes plenty of positives from that unforgettable night also at the Echo Arena
"It was a big experience for me. The fight, the build-up, it was a huge event almost like a pay-per-view one and the whole country was gripped by it. I came close but what happened that night has definitely made me a stronger person.
I'm a student of the game. There were a lot of things right with my performance and my preparation but there were also a lot of things I could've done differently."
A victory over McIntosh could lead the British champion down many a path. A rematch with Cleverly, a European title shot against champion Edward Gutknecht or possibly facing a world ranked contender back at the Echo Arena. For now, all his attention and energy are going into overcoming a dangerous and heavy hitting opponent.
"It's a strong challenge for me," said Bellew
"He's a former European champion and he's someone that I have to take very seriously. I think it's a fight that's the right sort of progression for me and it's a step in the right direction. He's live, he's dangerous and he'll come to win.
"He's awkard and has a good jab but I don't think he'll plan on getting too close to me although he might surprise me. Do I think it'll go
twelve rounds? No, I'm gonna break his heart," the champion declared.
Bellew is also delighted to see two of the country's leading promoters joining forces for 'The Big Bang.'
"Dave Coldwell is a great promoter and he's working with Eddie Hearn on this which is great. It's fantastic to see promoters working together."
Another Bellew victory will continue the feel good factor around the Liverpool boxing scene. The local amateur and professional ranks continue to flourish with every passing month it seems.
"It's fantastic to see the boxing scene in Liverpool developing the way it is. David Price is massive, he's the future of the heavyweight division and he's going from strength to strength. And there' also the hidden talent such as Joe Selkirk, Nathan Brough and Paul Butler. It's there to see and its no coincidence that Liverpool turns out ABA champions every year. They're all coming to the forefront now. As well as that we have a lot of good trainers in Liverpool too. Plus we still have the Smith brothers as well. We have so much to be proud of and look forward to."
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VIDEO: David Haye speaks from Las Vegas
David Haye talks from Las Vegas about the Derek Chisora brawl in Germany.
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