HBO: Calzaghe V Manfredo
A super middleweight title fight tops an exciting doubleheader from across the pond when World Championship Boxing: Joe Calzaghe vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Amir Khan vs. Steffy Bull is seen live Saturday, April 7 at 5:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT, and replayed later that same day at 10:00 PM ET/PT, from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on HBO. The World Championship Boxing team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HD-TV and in Spanish language on HBO Latino.
HBO2 playdates: April 8 (10:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m.) and 10 (10:30 p.m.). Times are ET/PT.
In his second HBO appearance, undefeated super middleweight champ Joe Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs) from Newbridge, Wales defends his title against hot newcomer Peter Manfredo, Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs) from Providence, RI in a scheduled 12-round bout. Calzaghe, 34, who has been electrifying sold-out arenas in England, is coming off a dominating 2006 campaign and is eager to impress American fans with his crowd-pleasing style. Co-trained by the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, the 25-year-old Manfredo has other plans for this 168-pound title. A crowd in excess of 25,000 is expected at Millennium Stadium, which has a retractable roof that will be closed on fight night.
The opening bout is a ten-round lightweight bout between British sensation Amir Khan (11-0, 8 KOs) and fellow Briton Steffy Bull (24-4-1, 5 KOs). Khan captured silver at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has been on the fast track since turning pro. Bull, a rugged southpaw with considerably more experience, promises to be the toughest test to date of Khan's young pro career.
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FRIDAY APRIL 13TH AT ALTRINCHAM LEISURE CENTRE MANCHESTER
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12 x 3 JAMIE MOORE v TBA - INTERNATIONAL FIGHT
12 x 3 DALE ROBINSON v CHRIS EDWARD - BRITISH FLYWEIGHT TITLE
8 x 3 JOHN FEWKES v GARY OCONNER
6 x 3 JASON BOOTH v TBA
6 x 3 DANNY HARDING v CHRIS PACY
6 x 3 MARK THOMPSON v TBA
6 x 3 WAYNE PINDER v TBA
4 x 3 ALEX MATVIENKO v TBA
4 x 3 STUART McFADGEN v TBA
4 x 3 BRETT FLOURNY V TBA
4 x 3 GARY SYKES v TBA
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CHAMPIONS -When the winner of the British Flyweight title fight lifts his arm up he will be the 9th Champion (British/Commonwealth/European)for the recently formed Maloney Promotion Company who VIP work very closely with - impressive in such a short time and it does look like there is more to come !!!
GARY SYKES - A new addition to VIP is 2-0 as a pro and an ex ABA Champion.He has not fought for 12 months ,but as his new team we have promised to keep him busy and expect him to develop into a quality fighter.
CARL DILKS - Light-Heavyweight Carl recently joined the VIP team as its 20th boxer and will make his pro debut on the 6th May on a VIP show that is to be announced shortly.
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Warren: Kessler next !
Frank Warren today told talkSPORT, the UK‚Äôs only national commercial speech radio station, that WBO champion Joe Calzaghe has his sights set on a title unification bout with WBC and WBA super middleweight Mikkel Kessler following the Dane‚Äôs victor last weekend of Mexican Librado Andrade after a unanimous points decision.
Speaking on the Breakfast Show ahead of Calzaghe‚Äôs fight with Peter Manfredo Jnr on 7th April at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Warren said: ‚ÄúWith Joe, you never know what‚Äôs going to happen with him. He‚Äôs a really good fighter. He‚Äôs the best fighter I‚Äôve ever been involved with in my time in boxing. I think he‚Äôll win the fight [against Manfredo]. But I think it will be a really tough, competitive fight. If he comes through that then we‚Äôre looking to do a unification with [Mikkel] Kessler..
Warren said: ‚ÄúJoe is going for his record 20th defence. That will put him up there with Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins. He‚Äôs looking to put on a show for the Welsh public.
‚ÄúThe fighter he‚Äôs got, Peter Manfredo, is very brave, comes forward. He‚Äôs had Sugar Ray Leonard working and advising him. He fancies the job.
‚ÄúI think its 20 years and one day on April 7th when Sugar Ray Leonard himself caused a huge upset by beating Marvin Hagler. Ring Magazine described it as the upset of the year. They fancy that might be an omen for them. But Manfredo will come to fight. He‚Äôs a tough little guy.‚ÄĚ
Will this fight ever materialise? LiveFight.com certainly so
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Froch Targets Inkin
Carl Froch has called on Russian Dennis Inkin to meet him in a final world-title eliminator.
The British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Froch stopped another Russian, Sergey Tatevosyan, in two rounds on Friday.
Froch was ranked number three by both the WBO and WBC prior to that fight but Lucian Bute - who was ranked above him by both bodies - has opted to contest a final eliminator for the IBF championship.
With Bute out of the picture, Froch is set to move up and become the number-two contender for the WBO crown held by his long-term rival Joe Calzaghe. Only Inkin would remain above him.
Froch, however, holds the whip hand over Inkin with the WBC, whose rankings he is set to top.
"I get the feeling Inkin is hoping to sit and wait in his number-one slot with the WBO and get a nice, easy, straight shot at the title," began Froch. "But I'm afraid, Dennis, that you are going to have come through me.
"I am right on your case. We are going to be number one and number two for both the WBC and WBO titles. To find the mandatory (challenger) there needs to be a final eliminator. Calzaghe's next defence is due soon. Let's cut out the rubbish and do it for both titles.
"I'm challenging you to meet me in an old-school fight between two undefeated bangers," Froch added.
"Don't swerve me at all costs like Bute has. It was looking like him and me in a WBC final eliminator, but he has gone another route. His team knew I was contracted to box last week so I couldn't fight an IBF eliminator.
"Don't look for the easy option and play the ratings game. You're 29-0 with 23 KOs; I'm 21-0 with 17 KOs. We are the highest-rated contenders, so let's do things the proper way.
"You beat me as an amateur. You got a good win on points in an England-Russia international. But don't forget, in the last round I put you down heavily and only the bell saved you. I want the opportunity to do the job properly this time. I'm going to knock you out."
Junior to spar with Oscar?
Rumours are circulating that current WBC Light welterweight 140 champion, Junior Witter will be jetting out to Las Vegas to help Oscar De La Hoya train for his May 5th showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Witter, a defence tactician, will be going through the paces with one of our era's greatest non-heavyweight champions, Oscar De La Hoya in his training camp.
Meanwhile Floyd Mayweather Jnr has reconcilled his differences with Floyd Snr, but contary to the press, will be continuing to train with his recently-released from prison uncle Roger Mayweather.
Kessler Wins 120-108 ! HBO report
by Nat Gottlieb | Photos by Ryan Pierse
Promoted by European powerhouse Team Palle and bolstered by a big publicity campaign, Denmark's unbeaten champion Mikkel Kessler had been heralded as the next great superstar in boxing. He even toured the U.S. last year to introduce himself to American fans for future fights in this country. In Los Angeles, his movie star good looks had Hollywood execs drooling, and many -- including Kessler -- compared him to the camera-friendly Oscar De La Hoya.
Librado Andrade was the polar opposite. Although unbeaten and ranked number one for Kessler's belt, he had boxed completely under the publicity radar, despite being a Golden Boy Promotions fighter. His resume was good, not great, and he was trained by Wayne McCullough, who although a former world champion, was only in his first year as a coach.
So the stage was set for Kessler, who was 38-0, in the cozy confines of the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, where over 20,000 adoring fans had come to celebrate another victory for their Danish Prince Charming.
Expected to be a tough fight for Kessler, the Dane used superior movement and ring generalship to dominate Andrade on the scorecards, sweeping every round for the judges, who all scored it, 120-108. But this was far from a walk in the park for Kessler.
Despite taking an enormous amount of precision punches from Kessler, Andrade (24-1) seemed unfazed by the Dane's vaunted power and actually was the aggressor for most of the fight. Kessler used tremendous footwork to keep the powerful Andrade from getting inside and working the body. As a result, the fight was fought in the center of the ring, where Kessler was clearly the greater boxer.
The fight was never in doubt. The only doubt raised by Kessler's dominating performance was whether the Dane is as powerful a puncher as he has been reported to be. Perhaps it was simply a case of Kessler running into a rugged Mexican-American fighter with a chin of granite. But the fact that Kessler landed an enormous amount of clean power punches and couldn't stop Andrade from coming forward raised questions that will have to be answered.
An even bigger question is what's next for Kessler? During the week preceding this fight, Frank Warren, who promotes Joe Calzaghe made no secret of the fact that he hoped Andrade would win because it would be easier to make a fight with Golden Boy than Kessler's camp. Both Kessler and Calzaghe have said repeatedly they wouldn't fight in the other guy's backyard.
Ultimately, the stalemate between Calzaghe, who first must get past Peter Manfredo Jr. on April 7 in England on HBO's World Championship Boxing, may be resolved by the lure of a mega-bucks fight in Las Vegas, and major exposure on American TV, which both crave. Let the games begin.
Kessler & Andrade make the weight
25,000 are expected to attend the fight tonight at Copenhagen.
Kessler begins as a strong favourite, but apparently there was a little needle bewteen him and the press in Copenhagen, as he is currently one of their most famous sons.
Both fighters made the 168lb limit exactly.