News March 2012

VIDEO: Maloney believes Haye vs Chisora is NOT a big fight


By @livefight

Promoter Frank Maloney believes that David Haye vs Derek Chisora is not a big fight in the heavyweight division.


VIDEO: Brian Rose and Max Maxwell weigh in


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Brian Rose and Max Maxwell both made the weight ahead of their anticipated rematch tonight in Blackpool to contest Rose's British light-middleweight title.


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PHOTO: Jermain Taylor works out


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New York, NY (3/30/2012) - On Friday April 20, DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, will present a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation when former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) looks to take another step toward reclaiming the middleweight championship when he takes on the undefeated Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in a 10-round middleweight matchup. SHOWTIMEģ will begin live coverage starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Taylor, who made his successful return to the ring in December on ShoBox after a nearly two-year layoff-scoring an eighth-round TKO over the tough-as-nails Jesse Nicklow-barely took any time off before returning to camp with longtime trainer Patrick Burns. Burns is the man responsible for guiding Taylor from the 2000 Olympics to the undisputed middleweight championship, which he won by dethroning future hall-of-famer Bernard Hopkins in 2005. After an unsuccessful bid in the super middleweight division, Taylor has reunited with Burns as he makes another run toward the middleweight championship. Already Taylor is ranked #6 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC.

"This has been another great camp and I am really looking forward to this fight," said Taylor. "This is the new-old Jermain. I am back to working really hard, and I am really focused. This fight is another step toward regaining my championship. My body feels great. I know what it takes and what I have to do to become champion again, but first I need to take this kid's (Truax) zero. I was praying the other day and God told me to go in there and kick this kid's butt, and that's exactly what I plan on doing. It is time to either put up or shut up."

"I couldn't be happier with the way Jermain has been looking," said Burns. "He hardly took any time off after the last fight, only about a week and he showed up in camp at 170 lbs. He was already in shape, so we didn't have to kill ourselves to make the weight, we were able to spend our time just focusing on his training and fine tuning some things. We are three weeks out from the fight and Jermain is already in tremendous shape, as good, if not better than when I had him fighting Hopkins."

Regarding Taylor returning to world championship level, Burns is very pleased with what he sees.

"Jermain is pretty close to where he needs to be," said Burns. "We are very focused going into this fight as we know how important a fight this is for him. I am looking for Jermain to pick up where he left off in the later rounds of his last fight, and go out there and put on an impressive performance. We are not underestimating this kid by any means. There is no sense in looking down the road until we take care of the challenge that is standing right in front of us. That being said, the things Jermain has been doing in this camp are absolutely unbelievable and I know he is going to impress a lot of people on April 20."

"A few years back, Jermain Taylor was one of boxing's biggest superstars and most talented athletes," said promoter Lou DiBella. "He had skill and heart as well as being a premium cable star and PPV attraction. Caleb Truax represents an appropriate next step in giving Jermain the best opportunity to pace himself and get back to where he once was. I am confident that with Jermain's determination and Pat's help, that Jermain Taylor will have a terrific showing on April 20."

The special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The main event features former disputed middleweight champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) taking on the undefeated Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in a 10-round middleweight matchup. In the co-featured bout of the evening, former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO's) takes on Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO's) in a fight originally scheduled for February 11 as the co-feature to Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, but that was postponed after a Berto injury caused a postponement of the event. SHOWTIMEģ will begin live coverage starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets, priced at $150, $100, and $50 plus tax and service charges, are available online at, by phone at (888) 566-7469, or in person at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office. Beau Rivage room reservations can be made by calling (888) 567-6667 or visiting


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Matthew Hall talks comeback and Rose vs Maxwell

Comeback king Matthew Hall; ready to clean up the domestic scene under Farnell

By Michael J. Jones

Matthew Hall

WHEN the ten-round light-middleweight contest was announced last year between Paisley prospect Kris Carslaw and Manchester veteran Matthew Hall in Scotland, it was met with some trepidation. Hall had retired fourteen months previously after a punishing defeat by Lukas Konecny. In his only bout since returning to the ring, the Manchester banger had looked flat and uninspired in losing a six round bout to unknown Alexey Ribchev. Not good preparation to taking on a 14-0 (3) fighter in his home territory. The bout was the chief support to Anthony Crolla versus Willie Limond last November, the outcome proved something of a shock for all to see.

Looking leaner and more focused than ever before, Hall dominated Carslaw over the full route, pounding out a deserved unanimous decision. Heavy-handed Hall started quickly and landed hard punches to head and body, Carslaw fought back hard but nearly always came off second best in a tough battle shown live on BoxNation.

Livefight caught up with Matthew ahead of his clash with former British champion Sam Webb next month. The contest doubles as a final eliminator for Brian Roseís title, providing the Blackpool favourite gets past former opponent Max Maxwell this weekend.
Stocky Hall, now 24-4 (16), has had a roller-coaster career that has seen him score fine victories over the likes of current European champion Kerry Hope as well as another Welshman Bradley Pryce (who Hall stopped to win the Commonwealth crown), as well as suffering painful defeats while enduring breathing difficulties that eventually lead to his premature retirement from boxing.

Now rededicated and working hard under Anthony Farnellís relentless regime, 27-year-old Hall is ready to make 2012 his best year to date. After surgery last year on his nose, the Manchester bruiser looks set to build on his fine win over Carslaw starting with Webb on April 28 (undercard of Nathan Cleverlyís world title defence against Robin Krasniqi).

LF) You looked better than ever last time out against Kris Carslaw, it came just a month after losing a six-rounder to Alexey Ribchev. What changed in the month between those fights that allowed you to raise your game so much?

MH) The thing about boxing is that itís 90% mental. I had things on my mind for that six-rounder. Iím always fit, I keep myself in good shape, but after that loss I took about ten days off and felt better for it. I didnít have to train any harder for Carslaw, I had the fitness, I just had to get my head straight.

LF) Going back to the very start of your career, nobody came close to beating you in your first 16 fights, yet your boxing career was nearly cut short after a serious assault in 2003. It must have been very hard to overcome?

MH) I got stabbed in the stomach, I was out for about a year, but these things happen for a reason. The way I see it, it was a good job I turned pro so young (just 18-years-old), because so much has happened to me in my career I may have never come through it.

LF) You resumed your boxing career and stayed unbeaten until big-punching Martin Concepcion shocked you in 2007 with a first round stoppage defeat. When you look back at that loss how do you view it; was it bad tactics, not being focused etc?

MH) Well I got stabbed again in 2005, this time in the chest. I recovered but I still had a problem with a virus on my chest. It may have affected my performance or maybe he would have beaten me anyway, weíll never know for sure. He stopped me and I learned from it.

LF) After your first loss you hit the form of your career, winning five straight fights against good opposition. One of those victories was against current European champion Kerry Hope in Cardiff. That win looks very impressive now?

MH) Yeah it was a good win. Kerryís a really nice guy but style-wise, I donít think heís changed much from when I fought him. You know exactly what youíre going to get with Kerry; heís a fit lad and very tough. He stood in front of me in the fight and paid the price, I won fairly easily in the end.

Iím good friends with Kerryís trainer Karl Ince and was made up for both of them when they won the European title. Karlís like Arnie; really dedicated and works so hard. Heís dreamt of training a champion so I knew it meant everything to him that Kerry pulled it off.

LF) Your run of victories lead you to a commonwealth title shot vs long-reigning champion Bradley Pryce. You stopped him in just two rounds; do you view that as your best victory to date?

MH) Yeah, without a doubt. It was in front of my own fans at the MEN Arena (undercard of Amir Khanís bout against Marco Antonio Barrera), I was really up for the fight and it was a great victory to win my first title too. That was the best moment of my career that night.

LF) Just four months later you lost in a duel title showdown to Anthony Small, who stopped you in eight rounds. Considering the form you were in at that time, was that defeat harder to take than the Concepcion one?

MH) It was a more frustrating loss because it wasnít like heíd boxed brilliant or anything it was more Iíd just ran out of steam. I was hyped up in front of my fans but I just felt flat in there. At the end of the day he won and thatís that.

LF) You came back a while later to stop Tony Randall before taking a very risky fight against Lukas Konecny for the vacant European title. Ryan Rhodes had pulled out and you stepped in at very late notice to be stopped in six. You immediately announced your retirement at just 26-years-old. At that time, did you really believe your career was over for good?

MH) It was just frustration with how my career was going. Iíd been stopped by Small and Kolecny the same way; Iíd felt good for two rounds and then all my energy had left and Iíd been worn down. It was because of breathing problems I was having through my nose. Donít get me wrong; Kolecny was the best fighter Iíd ever fought by an absolute mile, but I knew I could do better. A few months after that I had my nose sorted and cleared and felt a hundred times better for it.

LF) Did anything else prompt your return to the ring last year?

MH) Boxing is my life and has been since I started at eight years-old. The only reason I left was the breathing problems I was having. If you ask Arnie heíll tell you; I work as hard as anyone in the gym and now hopefully, I can put that into my fights.

LF) How has working with Arnie improved you as a fighter at this stage of your career?

MH) He just lifts us all because of the work he puts into each of us. Thereís four fighters in the stable (Ronnie and Mark Heffron and Paul Butler being the others), and Arnie spends time one-on-one with each of us. He even trains us at different times so we get individual attention. When heís training us, he brings so much enthusiasm and energy; you canít help it rubbing off on you. He works so hard, just as hard as we do.

LF) Does Arnie ever have a spar with any of you?

MH) What heíll do is wear the body-pad and gloves and heíll come at you so we have to defend and then dig in to the body. Heíll do that for eight rounds with me and then one of the other lads will jump straight in to do another eight so Arnieís pretty fit still. Sometimes I have to give him a whack when he takes liberties though (laughs), when heís going too hard on the attack, just to remind him to calm down.

LF) You are fighting Sam Webb next after it got cancelled a while back. What are your hopes for the year ahead after that fight?

MH) Iím not looking past Webb in any way, obviously thatís my main focus now but I really want to be British champion this year. Thatís my goal to win the British title.

LF) Would you say we still havenít seen the very best of Matthew Hall?

MH) Definitely no one has seen the best of me. People got a glimpse when I was about 21 or 22 of what I could do but, even when I was stopping Hope and Pryce, I was struggling to breathe even then. Thatís sorted now so hopefully I can fulfil my potential.
I know I seem to have been around forever but Iím only 27 now. Iím the same age as a lot of prospects! In the light-middleweight division over here youíve basically got Ryan Rhodes a step ahead of everyone and then many fighters around the same age and level so thereís many good match-ups to be made this next year.

LF) Do you still make light-middleweight comfortably?

MH) Yeah I make weight ok still. I usually put on about ten or twelve lbs after the weigh-in. Iím 11st 8lbs now (a month before Webb). Thatís how I like to lose weight; two lbs a week, gradually. I was heavier when I was 15-years-old!

LF) British champion Brian Rose takes on Max Maxwell this weekend for the British title; how do you see that fight going?

MH) A lot of people are saying itíll be a walk in the park for Rose, but I donít see it that way. I still think he should edge it, but obviously Maxwell has already stopped him and heís got the style to upset him again. Rose is a good, skilful fighter at long range but if a guy can back him up and stay in close, heíll always struggle. I know he said his head wasnít right when he lost but I wouldnít be totally surprised if Maxwell beat him again.

My mate Thomas McDonagh beat Maxwell a few years ago, he absolutely drilled him and stopped him in the first round but many of his other defeats were dodgy decisions or short-notice fights. He would have had a long camp for this and may be better than ever before for it.

LF) Itís been a pleasure talking to you Matthew.

MH) Thanks a lot, appreciate it.


Amir Khan blasts Kell Brook as 'cocaine user'


By @livefight

Amir Khan might have put his foot in it today by declaring that Kell Brook is a cocaine user, who has been stabbed in a nightclub brawl and is regularly arrested.

Speaking from his official twitter account, the light-welterweight has likely stirred a large hornet's nest with the provocative and unfounded comments.

He also claimed in an interview with that he would routinely beat up Kell Brook in sparring "with one hand behind his back" and has no interest in fighting the Sheffield man until he has won a valid world title and not "one of those WBF titles or whatever he's got."

Regardless of rivalry - there are lines that should not be crossed in the spirit of sportsmanship.

Later tweets by the fighter that Kell Brook "spoke like a queer" also tarnish his Childline ambassador role for anti-bullying and set a poor example to his legion of younger fans.


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Malignaggi to fight in Ukraine April 29th


By @livefight

HOBOKEN, NJ (March 28, 2012) - Former International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Light Welterweight Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi will soon embark on his Ukrainian mission, as he challenges undefeated World Boxing Association ("WBA") World Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, live on pay per view April 29 from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Senchenko vs. Malignaggi," presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET - 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

"I look forward to becoming the WBA World Welterweight Champion," Malignaggi commented. "I'm not worried about fighting over there because the WBA and Golden Boy Promotions have appeased any fears I may have had at first. Golden Boy takes good care of its fighters, so I took the fight."

Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) captured the IBF junior welterweight title in 2007, scoring a 12-round decision over defending champ Lovemore N'dou, successfully defending that belt twice versus Herman Ngoudjo (DEC12) and N'dou (DEC12) in a rematch before relinquishing the title in order to face Ricky Hatton in the fall of 2008. Since moving up to welterweight, Malignaggi is unbeaten with victories against Michael Lozada (TKO6), Jose Miguel Cotto (DEC10) and Orlando Lora (DEC10).

"I love fighting at 147 pounds and look forward to this opportunity to become a two-division world champion that will legitimize me even more," the outspoken 31-year-old Malignaggi said. "I'm smarter now about my body and making 147 isn't a strain. I'm a high-energy fighter and now I'm not draining myself losing weight."

2000 Ukraine Olympian Senchenko, who is rated No. 5 in the world by The Ring Magazine at welterweight,won the WBA title in 2009 by way of a 12-round decision against previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko. Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times against Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and more recently Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last fight.

"This fight is driving me because I want my first title defense to be at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn (where Maligaggi lives), October 20th on opening night," Malignaggi added. "I'm going to beat this guy to become a two-division World champion. Senchenko's never been in the ring with anybody like Paulie Malignaggi. He's never seen anybody like me. He has fought in the comfort of his home during his entire career against pitiful opponents.

"I'm the biggest name he's ever fought. He's never fought anybody on my level. He's in for a rude awakening April 29th. I'm going to force him to adapt and dig down to the point where he's not going to want to get up and fight me every three minutes. I have the answer for everything he brings into the ring. There's nothing he can do that I haven't seen and can't handle. I'm better than him. Senchenko has never fought anybody like Pauli Malignaggi."


Pavlik 'Wants to look good' in Jedi fight


By @livefight

The opponent: Club fighter Aaron Jaco

At just 29 years of age you'd be forgiven for thinking Pavlik is much older. Bursting onto the radar in 2007 the Youngstown middleweight caused a sensation by defeating a weight-drained Jermain Taylor by knockout.

Their catchweight rematch was a much closer affair, followed by a routine blow-out of Gary Lockett before the Pavlik bubble was well and truly burst with a beat-down by the 'Executioner' Bernard Hopkins just a year later in 2008.

Since then he has been spending more time in rehab and tattoo parlours than the boxing gym. Another smackdown loss for 'the Ghost' came in the shape of Sergio Martinez amongst a clutch of fights with tedious hispanic fighters like Rubio, Espino and Lopez.

Never has a fighter dined out on one victory than Kelly Pavlik. Following arrest for smashing up a door whilst attacking his brother, he fired his long time coach and mentor before packing up his troubles and heading to train in California.

This weekend's opponent comes in the shape of Aaron 'Jedi' Jaco (15-2, 5ko) a hand-picked patsy for the former champ to gobble up.

ďIím not nervous, but I do want to look good, so thereís a good amount of pressure from that,Ē The former middleweight champion told ďI know itís just my second fight in two years so I really shouldnít feel that way, but I do.Ē

After he demolishes the 'Jedi' he has an ESPN date before beginning his latest comeback. The question is, will anybody care anymore ?


WBC trash Haye - reject Vitali fight for their title


By @livefight

Will Vitali will be forbidden to contest his title ?

The WBC president Jose Sulaiman has poured cold water on the hot rumours that David Haye and Vitali Klitschko are about to clash for the elder brother's gold and green belt.

The president was apparently not impressed with Haye and Chisora's tomfoolery in Munich after the latter's failed bid for the belt.

"The WBC will not accept David Haye - He is not rated by the WBC. And the British Boxing Board of Control canít issue anything against someone whoís not affiliated to them any more. If he was licensed, heíd have his licence taken away from him.

"It would be setting a bad example for boxing if we accepted him. Haye is not a good example for boxing."


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