News February 2016

Canelo vs Khan official press conference [VIDEO]

29.02.16

By @Livefight

iFLTV were on hand in London to film the British-leg of their press tour announcing Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan on the 7th of May in the new T-mobile arena in Las Vegas:-

Carl Frampton outpoints Scott Quigg to become unified champion

28.2.2015

By @John_Evans79

After four years of hype and backbiting and 36 minutes of tense action,it was Carl Frampton who emerged victorious from the bear pit atmosphere of the Manchester Arena last night. Frampton’s victory over Scott Quigg - officially recorded as a split decision but in reality a conclusive triumph for 29 year-old Frampton - finally settled the debate as to who Britain’s best super bantamweight is. Belfast’s Frampton added Quigg’s WBA title to his own IBF belt.

On first viewing - before we knew the extent of the damage caused to Quigg’s jaw by a fourth round uppercut - the punches Frampton, 22-0 (14 KO’s), was landing during the tight, slow paced first half of the fight weren’t devastating but he was scoring regularly and establishing the range of the fight with an accurate jab. When Bury’s Quigg, 31-1-2 (23 KO’s), did venture out from behind his high held guard to launch a swiping left hook followed by a straight right hand, Frampton’s narrower stance allowed him to simply hop out of range. For a smaller man to immediately negate a taller, stronger fighter’s jab takes an incredible amount of skill, speed and concentration. Frampton boxed superbly but he was able to put round after round in the bank without having to exert himself. When Quigg finally launched his late round rally Frampton was able to trade on his terms, knowing that he had established a healthy lead.

He may have been troubled by a couple of body shots during the fights final quarter and was stunned during the eleventh round but he was never forced into survival mode. Instead, he stood and fought. There were some heavy exchanges during the final third of the fight as 27 year old Quigg - to his credit - finally managed to impose himself on the fight but Frampton chose to go with him. It would be unfair to say that Frampton outfought as well as outboxed Quigg but the final rounds certainly weren’t a case of one man desperately waiting for the final bell whilst the other was cruelly denied a late knockout victory.

After being depicted as the simple man over the course of the promotion, Quigg seemed to over complicate matters. The man who’s entire life is geared towards giving himself the best opportunity to win boxing matches did anything but that over the course of the first seven rounds. The blue collar labourer arrived for the biggest job in his career with his tools safely packed away in a briefcase. Quigg’s broken jaw will have undoubtedly played some part in his passivity but the injury should not be used as an excuse, Frampton broke it with a perfectly placed uppercut. After the fight, Quigg himself gave Frampton credit for landing the shot and admitted that the injury hadn’t caused him too much discomfort, that his face felt numb. Before the fight, every possible outcome seeming viable but almost every prediction centred around Quigg pressuring from the get-go. Admittedly, Frampton’s fast hands and feet would have opened Quigg up to more snappy counters had he pressed hard from the opening bell but was it not an equally big risk to give away so many early rounds and hope to turn the fight around late? Quigg prides himself on giving absolutely everything during every single training session and his application can’t be faulted, he just got the tactical aspect of the fight badly wrong. Once his jaw has healed - Ricky Burns was out for six months following the similar injury he suffered against Ray Beltran - the super bantamweight world title situation will have shaken itself out and Quigg will be able to plot his route back. Until then, it promises to be a tough few months from the man from Bury. He can’t possibly work any harder, he just needs to trust in what he is good at.

As Frampton said after the fight, the world is his oyster. Although he stated his desire to fight the brilliant Cuban and super bantamweight king, Guillermo Rigondeaux, his mentor, Barry McGuigan, sees no benefit in taking the fight. He would rather see Frampton venture back to America and take on WBA featherweight champion, Leo Santa Cruz. ITV’s rumoured desire to jump back into the world of professional boxing would give Frampton the ideal stage on which to perform and the Northern Irish army that took over the Manchester Arena is only going to grow from this point on.


Post fight press conference video courtesy of iFL TV

[VIDEO] official Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg weight in

26.02.16

By @Livefight

IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg hit the scales ahead of their unification fight tomorrow night in Manchester.

The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office:-

Coldwell and Spencer fear Frampton's weight prep

26.02.16

By @Livefight

Last night a Sky Sports panel took questions from fans about their thoughts on Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg tomorrow night on Sky Box Office.

Spencer Oliver and David Coldwell believe that Frampton has possibly been close to the weight limit all week and have reservations about this new approach and believe it could be detrimental to his stamina on fight night:-

Frampton loses cool at head-to-head [VIDEO]

25.02.16

By @Livefight

Carl Frampton, whom is usually a cheeky and jovial character, got agitated quickly during the head-to-head with a cool Scott Quigg at today's final press conference.

The Belfast IBF champion tried goading Quigg, saying that he wanted "to look away" first and then put his hands on Quigg, whom pushed him back forcing Frampton to get tetchy before calling promoter Eddie Hearn a "F*****g C**t" as the security staff intervened.

Full Final Quigg vs Frampton Press Conference

25.02.16

By @Livefight

iFLTV present the final official press conference for Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg this weekend live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The pair do battle for the IBF and WBA super bantamweight titles:-

“Give me a fair chance and I will shine”-Dai Davies chasing British title glory in 2016

24.02.2016

By Michael J Jones


IN OCTOBER 2009, I witnessed a Welsh fighter get blitzed in the first round by Scot prospect Kris Hughes. Boxing is a vast sport and it’s easy to lose track on a boxer you have only seen fleetingly, but two-and-a half years later I sat ringside to see Dai Davies for the second time and the difference in what I saw from the first occasion was nothing short of astonishing.

“That fight with Kris Hughes was probably the worst moment of my entire career” reveals Dai Davies to Livefight. “I was supposed to be facing Gavin Reid for the Celtic title but when I got to the venue he wasn’t even there. I got told my opponent was changed and then I had to box Hughes. When that happened I was in no frame of mind to box. He caught me with a good shot but that wasn’t me in there.”

“I’ve not had the easiest career but that’s the only fight I really regret and it has given me nightmares when I’ve thought back to it.”

Looking at the bare numbers of Davies’ pro career is a timely reminder of how misleading records can often be in boxing. In 38 bouts the skilful Merthyr Tydfil boxer has prevailed in twelve, yet the Welshman has rarely had many favours since the very start of his career. Often matched as the away fighter against top prospects and British title contenders, Dai has had to grit his teeth through some rocky times since his debut nearly twelve years ago.

“I’ve never, right from the very start of my career, had what you could call an easy fight” says the three-time Welsh champion. “Every fight has been against either a top prospect, former good amateur or someone who’s boxed for titles…and I’ve taken them on many times on very short notice on their turf.”

“I’ve felt I’ve won many more than I have and my record doesn’t speak of the bad decisions or the fights I’ve lost by a point as the away fighter. I’ve also had many outside-of-the ring problems to contend with and I got to the point when I was just fighting with my heart and not my head as my confidence was dented.”

One of his early contests Dai insists he prevailed in was to future (and current) world bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell. After four rounds the spoils were shared at 38 points apiece in Doncaster but Dai is adamant who won the fight.

“I honestly thought I boxed his head off and won clearly but they gave it a draw” remembers Dai some ten years later. “Before that they threw me in with Derry Mathews. Now I’d beaten him in the amateurs but my son was born premature when I took the fight so it was a mistake in hindsight. Lee Selby I boxed the week after having shingles. I knew I wasn’t right but when you’ve sold tickets and have people relying on you it makes it harder to cancel…that was another lesson learned.”

Through the frustrating defeats were hints of “Dutters” ability. He would win the Welsh super-featherweight title two years into his career before later dropping a division to lift the 126lb belt. Victories over opponents such as Robbie Turley, Marco McCullough and Sean Watson plus a stern showing against future world champion Stuart Hall paved the way for the chance to reclaim his Welsh featherweight title against Chester’s Paul Economides.

In March 2012 I would thus watch Dai box for the second time in a vastly different performance. A slight underdog going in, Davies put on a punch-perfect display to run rings around the house fighter, eventually prevailing by nine rounds to one. Light on his feet and displaying sharp reflexes and fast hands, Dai piled up points all night making the “Spartan” look very limited.

Economides has since challenged Davies to a rematch but Dai is chasing bigger fish in what could be the final phase of his career at 32-years-old.

“Absolutely no disrespect to Paul Economides but there’d be no point boxing him again unless there was a title on the line. It was a good fight but I did give him a boxing lesson. I will fight anyone put in front of me to achieve my goal of becoming the British or Commonwealth champion; I’d even face (reigning IBF boss) Selby again. All I want is a fair chance it seems like all the boys I’ve fought and beaten are getting title chances apart from me.”

The Merthyr featherweight first started to turn the tide in his career with a series of eye-catching wins in 2014. The first of those victories came against Doncaster puncher Andy Townend in the March following a short spell on the side-lines due to injury. The lay-off proved a turning point as Dai had time to reflect on his career and where his fistic journey was going.

“I was down to face Michael Ramabeletsa in the December (2013) but I got injured and had to pull out. It was at that time I said to myself I’m not getting any younger and now is the time to either show my true potential or pack it in. I was back sparring in the March and jumped at the chance to box Townend.”

“Townend has had some cracking wins since our fight (winning eight straight with six by knock-out) but I beat him convincingly in his back-yard and from there I’ve started as I’ve meant to go on. I knew I’d beat Robbie Turley again when that fight was made (four months later) I knew I had his number and then I beat another good fighter in Ashley Lane.”



Three fine wins on the bounce and the in-form Welshman was pitted against Yorkshireman Josh Wale in his lone bout of 2015. The ten-rounder last May was a Commonwealth title eliminator and provided an entertaining contest where both had their moments.

At the final bell though it seemed Dai had done enough to most observers but Wale took the verdict by a single point. With some nine months to reflect on the disappointment, I ask Dai on his thoughts about his last fight.

“It was a tough fight but I felt I won at least eight rounds. Obviously it was in his back-yard and everything tends to be against you but I thought I beat him throughout and matched him in every department. It was a Commonwealth eliminator and my big chance of turning my career around so I was very disappointed.”

“I’m boxing Giorgi Gachechiladze on March 5th and after that I want a fair chance and get to box for the British or Commonwealth titles. I beat Ash Lane and he’s boxed in three title fights since, I beat Marco McCullough a few years ago and he’s boxing for the vacant Commonwealth title this Saturday, Josh Wale got a British title eliminator straight after I beat him. It seems everyone is getting the chances except me.”

“I feel I’ve earned my chance yet people I’ve beaten get their chance yet I’ve defeated them and don’t get one. I don’t care who I fight but I want a chance at boxing for those big titles I just want a fair shot.”

“I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’ve actually got people behind me this time and all of Merthyr are also behind me. Merthyr has always had a deep boxing community with the likes of Howard Winstone, Eddie Thomas and Johnny Owen coming from here and thanks to the recent Sanigar shows it’s revived boxing in the area.”

“I’m the best I could possibly be now and I’ve kept believing in myself. I don’t know how long I can keep going but I’m raring to go for this year and to push on boxing for those British and Commonwealth titles.”

“I just want to thank my team, especially my trainers Dai Gardner and Jason Thomas, and all the people who come and support me every fight. I’d also like to thank my sponsor Powell Scaffolding for their support.”

Davies vs Gachechiladze will be an eight-rounder with the International Challenge belt on the line.


Five Dai facts

1. He is undefeated at the Doncaster Dome after drawing with Jamie McDonnell and out-scoring Townend.

2. Despite only scoring two stoppages they were both against tough fellow Welshman Robbie Turley (first on injury second a corner retirement with Davies well in control) who went the full route with Carl Frampton.

3. Sixteen of Davies’ 38 pro opponents have been unbeaten going in.

4. He has faced four men who would go on to win world championships; McDonnell, Selby, Stuart Hall and Derry Mathews.

5. Davies attended the Welsh boxing awards last weekend and collected his trainer Dai Gardner’s Lifetime achievement award. Gardner is currently recovering from a shoulder op so was unable to make it.

Golovkin and Chocolatito sell over 8,000 tickets in first week

23.2.2016


Los Angeles, CA (February 23, 2016) Over 50% of the tickets available for UNDEFEATED have been purchased as boxing fans worldwide are acting quickly in great anticipation of superstars’ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez return to The Fabulous Forum on Saturday, April 23 in separate bouts. The event will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“We’ve sold over 8,000 tickets in just the first week of being on sale,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “This is the best pairing in boxing and fans have seen how fast tickets moved at our past shows in Los Angeles and New York City and don’t want to take a chance on missing out.”

“Gennady and Roman were each dominant in their knockout performances on October 17 and we sold out Madison Square Garden with 20,548 fans in attendance. Last May 16, at our first event at the Fabulous Forum 12,732 tickets were sold. Right now were on pace to have another sold out arena of over 16,000 tickets on April 23. This would be the first sellout of the Fabulous Forum for a boxing event since 1970.”

Following a cross-country press tour from Los Angeles to New York City, Golovkin and Gonzalez have opened up training camps in Big Bear Lake, California and Managua, Nicaragua, respectively.

“Gennady has that unique quality of putting on great performances in the ring and being able to sell out arenas across the country,” said Loeffler.

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Boxing Superstar and Undefeated, Unified World Middleweight Champion Golovkin, 34-0 (31KO’s) will defend his titles against Undefeated Mandatory Challenger Dominic “Lights Out” Wade, 18-0 (12KO’s) in the main event at UNDEFEATED.

Co-featured will be Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter and WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 44-0 (38KO’s) battling World Ranked Contender McWilliams Arroyo, 16-2 (14KO’s) of Puerto Rico.

Both bouts will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Golovkin vs. Wade is promoted by K2 Promotions, GGG Promotions and in association with TGB Promotions. Gonzalez vs. McWilliams is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and PR Best Boxing Promotions.

SOCIAL MEDIA: For more information, visit www.K2Promos.com, www.GGGBoxing.com, www.TGBPromotions.com, www.FabulousForum.com and www.HBO.com/boxing.

Follow on Twitter at Gennady Golovkin @GGGBoxing, Dominic Wade @_DomoWade,
Roman Gonzalez @chocolatitobox, Tom Loeffler/K2 Promotions @TomLoeffler1, TGB Promotions @TGBpromotions, the Forum @theForum and HBO Boxing @HBOBoxing and become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/GGGBoxing, www.facebook.com/TheForum and www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing.

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