News April 2008

29.04.08 Exclusive Jamie Moore - Discusses Spice Boy Rhodes and Homecoming

By Andrew Wake

The past twelve months have been filled with disappointment for Salford’s crowd pleasing southpaw Jamie Moore..

Jamie Moore

He’s had trouble with a serious shoulder injury and has seen chances to move to the level that his evident skills deserve fall by the wayside, but the set backs have done little to dampen his ambitions and, after successful surgery to fix the troublesome shoulder, he’s promising his ever growing army of fans a whole new animal when he returns to the ring against tough Mexican Esau Herrera at the City of Manchester Stadium next month.

“I’ve gone back to training and the difference has been unbelievable.” The 29 year old said. “In the past couple of years I’ve been limited to the types of shots I can throw but it’s all coming back to me now and I think someone might be in a bit of trouble when they get on the end my left hand.”

At the Robin Park Centre in Wigan last December, Moore was due to take on undefeated puncher Zaubek Baysangurov for the European light-middleweight crown, but the bout was scrapped after the Russian champion pulled out at the eleventh hour.

Moore, who is still the mandatory challenger, is determined to get the fight resurrected and feels that he can’t wait around for long.

“I need to get a move on with my career because I ain’t getting any younger.” He admitted. “It’s been frustrating so the sooner I get it done the better.

“I think the fight should happen either in late July or early next season (August or September) but I need to get some rounds under my belt first and make sure that I’m 100% first and that’s why I need the warm up fight with Herrera.”

If you don’t already know, Jamie is a massive Manchester United fan and his comeback appearance at the home of arch rivals City has already caused some banter with his good friend and Sky Blue fanatic Ricky Hatton.

“I text Ricky and told him that I’ll be wearing my United shorts for the fight and he text back ‘You better make sure you knock him out quick because you lot get no points at our ground.’” (Laughs)

On a more serious note, he added: “It’s fantastic exposure for me and hopefully I can get a good performance out because they will be some important people there from America, you know, people from Goldenboy. If I impress it might be sooner rather than later when I get a shot.”

One man who has been very vocal about his desire to face Moore is fellow southpaw and newly crowned British champion Ryan Rhodes but, while Moore respects the fighter formally known as ‘The Spice Boy’, he says he’s not someone who is on his radar at present.

“He’s come back and won the British title when everyone was writing him off at one point and saying he was finished years ago, but I’ve got big ambitions and when I win the European title I won’t be looking backwards to Ryan Rhodes, no disrespect to him but I’ll looking forwards to a world title.

“I’m number one in Europe and I’m highly regarded in America so, from his point of view, a win over me would shoot him straight up the rankings, but as far as I’m concerned I’m not interested.”

He added: “If I was to win a world title and Rhodes came on and won the European title then it could be a natural fight for the British public but until then there’s no reward in it for me.”

Jamie in action against Mathew Macklin :-

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28.04.08 Froch gets WBC backed shot at Calzaghe?

The WBC have today issued a statement announcing that Carl Froch will automatically be instilled as Joe Calzaghe's mandatory challenger to his WBC title.

WBC belt

Calzaghe, whom must defend his belt before November 2008, will need to adhere to WBC rule 1.21 section B "A mandatory defense shall always be exclusively against a WBC designated official mandatory challenger per year" or he will lose the prestigious green title.

The WBC Super Middlweight title, which Joe Calzaghe won off Mikkel Kessler, is generally regarded as the highest ranking of all the belts in boxing, with Floyd Mayweather, Kelly Pavlik, David Haye and Manny Pacquiao all wearing their WBC title with pride.

It is not known if 'The Pride of Wales' will take up the unbeaten puncher's offer of an all-British showdown, or whether he will vacate it to avoid the Nottingham man in favour of a big money fight with the 39-year old American, Roy Jones.

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26.04.08 Carl Froch Eliminator : Inkin out, Berrio in ?

Rumours are circulating today that Russian Denis Inkin has pulled out yet again this time citing injury as his excuse not to face Carl Froch in the WBC eleminator fight which Hennessy Sports are promoting at Nottingham arena on the 10th May.

Former IBF champion Alejandro Berrio is supposedly being sanctioned by the WBC to take Inkin's place now and the show will go on.

To be confirmed.

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25.04.08 Guzman visa finally resolved. fight delayed but ON

The current unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (28W-0L 17 KOs) has now been issued with a visa that will allow him to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to defend his title against interim champion 'Amazing' Alex Arthur.

The fight was set for Saturday May 3rd at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, but following this situation the fight will likely be put back a couple of weeks.

Scotsman Alex Arthur, a former European, Commonwealth and British champion faces the toughest test of his career when he tackles Joan Guzman and has got his work cut out against one of the best fighters in the world.

Arthur was due to utilise Glasgow-based trainer Billy Nelson but he decided to renew his working relationship with Wayne McCullough.

"While I am grateful Billy Nelson offered to join my team, I received a pledge from Wayne McCullough that he would be delighted to be my cornerman at Meadowbank,” he told the Scotsman.

"Absolutely no disrespect to Billy Nelson, whom I like and admire, but on this occasion I want Wayne McCullough in my corner.

"Wayne is currently in Canada but he will jet into Edinburgh this Friday to help me in my run-in preparations for the showdown with Guzman.

"My complete corner team for the fight will be Wayne, Londoner Jimmy Tibbs for cuts and the ever-dependable Austin Handren,” he added.

Arthur will certainly be the underdog against the Mayweather trained Guzman, who is tipped to be breaking into the pound for pound rankings in 2008, if the right opponents are found and despatched by the Dominican Republic native.

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25.04.08 Miguel Cotto: Margarito... then De La Hoya

Speaking to Spanish paper Primera Hora, Miguel spoke about his impending July 26th date with the current IBF Champion Antonio Margarito - but first he responded to the recent comments made by Oscar De La Hoya currently promoting his fight with Steve Forbes.

Oscar commented that he would like his final fight, possibly this December, to be against the unbeaten Puerto Rican.

Although only a few months ago, De La Hoya said he'd never fight Miguel, on account his famous Puerto Rican wife Millie being a huge fan - and also the fact that Oscar and his family have live in Miguel's country and wouldn't want to give their popular icon his first defeat.

"If Oscar De La Hoya wants to fight me, all he has to do is contact my promoter and my team. We are here and prepare ourselves hard to face the best," Cotto said.

"We always emphasize our interest in fighting the big names of the welterweight division. Right now we are focused on our battle with Margarito, but we are sure that we will leave victorious."

Also Evangelista, Miguel's uncle and trainer said "Right now a fight with De la Hoya is more marketable than one with Mayweather," said Evangelista, "even though De la Hoya lost to Mayweather in his last fight and Mayweather won against Hatton, De La Hoya remains the most marketable - the other names that have been mentioned to fight with Miguel do not compare economically with a fight with De la Hoya."

Miguel Cotto against Alfonso Gomez recently :-

(Courtesy of Youtube)

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24.04.08 Urango crushes Vilches in possible KO of the year (Video)

During the fourth round of an IBF eliminator fight, the former IBF light-welterweight Juan Urango 20-1, 16 KO scored a devastating KO of fellow veteran Carlos Vilches 53-8-2, 31 KO in what many claim could the be the KO of the year.

Urango now moves a step closer to a shot at current champion Paulie Malignaggi.

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22.04.08 Calzaghe to promote with Warren ?

Frank Warren has sensationally revealed that he would relish a promotional partnership with Joe Calzaghe.

Warren stated "Joe can be my partner. I'm serious, if Joe wants to then it's there for him". He can be a Sports Network promoter with me"

"Personally, working with Joe has been a great time for me in boxing and I think it would only help boxing if we could keep him involved."

Calzaghe revealed "For me, there is life after boxing. I won’t miss it when I go, and my hands always hurt so much after fights. My left is still killing me now. But boxing is in my blood, so there is a possibility that I might become a promoter.”

But Joe's immediate focus is on Roy Jones Junior in a bout that could generate the unbeaten Welshman around £6m in PPV and an anticipated gate of 50,000.

Jones (52W 4L - 38ko), who arguably is no longer at his peak according to most boxing pundits, is still a big draw stateside.

15 years ago Jones also beat Bernard Hopkins on points (116-112 on all 3 judges scorecards) back in 1993 for the vacant IBF Middleweight title.

It was Roy's 22nd professional fight and his first of many world titles. Hopkins was 28 years old at the time of their title fight and it was Hopkin's 24th fight.

Later that same year in 1993, a 21-year old Calzaghe would make his professional debut against 7W-16L Paul Hanlon at the Cardiff Arms Park.

“I finished one so-called legend when I beat Bernard Hopkins. Now I want to do it to Jones, a real one, too,” Calzaghe said as he celebrated his victory in Las Vegas by promising a homecoming finale at the Millennium Stadium in November.

“There’s a couple of fights left in me, but I only want the super-fights. Roy Jones is on the short-list."

Another name on that short-list is Ohio's unbeaten Kelly Pavlik, who destroyed slick Jermain Taylor and then outpointed him in a contracted rematch.

Kelly is the dangerman on the list, with formidable knockout power, a man who also knocked out tough talking Edison Miranda only a few months before Jermain Taylor.

Kelly Pavlik hammers Jermain Taylor

Unbeaten Pavlik (33W-0L- 29Ko) is probably a fight too many for Joe, with less financial reward for arguably twice the risk. The punching machine would attack Joe for 12 hard rounds from the first bell and as Hopkins proved, Joe can be dropped with a big right hand over the top which is arguably Kelly's finest punch.

Calzaghe recently underlined his desire to keep his record intact “My unbeaten record means so much to me, and I am determined that I won’t fight on too long.

“If I ever got beaten, I would take it very badly."

Kelly walks through Miranda's bombs to knock out the Columbian:-

Video courtesy of youtube

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20.04.08 Joe Calzaghe beats Hopkins on split decision

Calzaghe knocked down against Hopkins

In a scrappy, exciting fight, Joe Calzaghe tonight reigns victorious at Light Heavyweight following his split decision victory over American legend Bernard.

Scores of 115-112, 113-114 and 116-111 sealed the victory for Calzaghe.

However, many observers of the fight believed Hopkins did the classier work and even knocked down Calzaghe in the first round.

The Newbridge man is now regarded as 'The Ring' champion at 175lb.

Roy Jones is likely to be the next opponent, which is widely expected to be held at the Millennium Arena in Cardiff later this year.

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