News April 2011

Froch: I regret giving Calzaghe so much stick


Carl 'the cobra' Froch told the Steve Bunce radio show that he regretted authorising some of the harsh press releases put out in his name over the course of the last couple of years.

"I've sat down and spoke at length with Joe Calzaghe at the Sports Personality awards and he's actually a lovely bloke." said Froch.

"I wish actually, that I never put the tick in the box, when some of the press releases were put together for me a few years ago. They were put in front of me and I said 'Yeah, go on, send it'.

"But Calzaghe knows where they came from and like I said he's a good man and he's retired undefeated which not everybody does that - and I'm certainly not going to do that!" said Froch of his loss in Denmark.

Meanwhile Calzaghe states that he truly believes Froch is perhaps the only fighter he would actually pay money to watch.

"He (Froch) is the most exciting fighter in the world today, even I would pay to see him." said Calzaghe of Froch.

It would seem their professional feud is now well and truly buried.


Team Abraham threaten to withdraw


Germany's Wilfried Sauerland has threatened to withdraw from the Super Six, over the ongoing argument with fellow promoter Dan Goossen's attempts to get an American referee and judge onto the panel, despite both parties signing an agreement that the ref and judges shall not be from Europe or the USA.

"It is a shame that the completion of a high-profile global sporting event such as the Super Six tournament is being jeopardized by a promoter and his ridiculous attempts to protect his fighter. Goossen is using exactly the same tactics he did before the Kessler-Ward fight. He is playing dumb and he pretends to be in the dark about the Commission´s nominations.

We have protested their decision to appoint a Californian referee because the contracts, which have been signed by Goossen and Ward, clearly state that he should be neither from the USA nor Europe. Most certainly the third man in the ring should not be one of Goossen´s neighbours from California!" said an angry Sauerland.

Team Ward have been heavily criticized already throughout the Super Six tournament, for their soft path towards the final, with all of their fights being held in Ward's hometown of Oakland.

Difficult opponents such as Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor were replaced with Sakio Bika and Allan Green respectively from the substitutes bench.

Kessler was treated badly by American ref during Ward fight

The main anger within Team Abraham, is the awful handling of the appalling headbutts that former WBA champion Mikkel Kessler sustained in their opening super six fight at Oakland.

The referee failed to stop the constant use of the head, which resulted in two very nasty cuts along both eyebrows on the defending champion, prompting a doctor's stoppage after blood and swelling became too much for Kessler to continue.

Kessler subsequently dropped out of the tournament blaming eye problems.

Abraham was also treated questionably when he fought Andre Dirrell, with a knockdown ruled a slip and disqualification when he hit Dirrel as he slipped over onto the canvas.

Kalle Sauerland was arguably the brains behind the Super Six, which was drawn up between himself and Showtime's Ken Hershman.

Abraham is coming off the back of a whitewash defeat to Carl Froch and unsettling news surrounding officials could see the German-based Armenian withdraw from the show altogether unless promptly finalised as per the terms of their signed agreement.


Macklin wants to end Sturm's reign


Matthew Macklin

After a month of misery for Irish fighters in World title bouts
Matthew Macklin believes he can deliver the goods for the Fighting
Irish when he travels to Germany in June in a bid to end Felix
Sturm's reign as WBA World Middleweight Champion.

Macklin has watched Paul McCloskey, Willie Casey and Brian Magee all
come up short in recent World title bids but the two time European
Champion is confident that he can go one better when he takes on
Sturm at the 20,000 seater Lanxess Arena in Cologne on June 25th. The
Birmingham based Irishman is under no illusions about the task ahead
given Sturm's status as a sporting icon in Germany having reigned for
almost a decade at the top of the Middleweight division.

"I have a lot of respect for Felix, revealed the 28-year-old
Macklin. For a lot of people it was was probably his World title
defence against Oscar De La Hoya that would have brought him to
prominence but I've followed his career closely ever since I saw him
win Gold in Birmingham at the European Junior Championships in 1997.
He was only 18 at the time but you could see he was going to go on to
big things. As a pro he has been a great World champion. He's been in
15 World title fights and he's been a dominant force at middleweight
for almost the last 10 years.

"It's a huge challenge given his quality and the fact that it's
exceptionally difficult to win in Germany but it's the kind of
challenge that gets my juices flowing and I believe it's my time now.
I have earned the right to be there, I've won the Irish and British
titles, won the European title twice and I'm highly rated with all
the sanctioning bodies (WBA 2, WBC 4, WBO 7 and IBF 8) and I'm number
5 with the Ring magazine so I'm there on merit. This is the what I've
dreamed about since I first put on a pair of boxing gloves and I'm
determined to make the most of the opportunity.

"My best performances have always come in fights where my back has
been against the wall. A lot of people were tipping Wayne Elcock to
beat me when we fought for the British title but I blew him away and
I did the same to Asikainen for the European title when again a lot
of people were writing off my chances. It will be the same this time
but I have always believed I belong at the highest level and this is
my chance to prove that.

Macklin is also hoping that he will have plenty of support in the
cavernous Lanxess Arena to cheer him all the way to the World title.
The atmosphere at German fights can be fairly tame, said Macklin.
"The audiences there usually give a polite round of applause at the
end of the round and during the rounds you can hear a pin drop. I'm
sure it will be very different for this fight though because there
will be a big contingent travelling over to Germany and they will be
making a lot of noise and I intend to give them plenty to shout

Macklin has even promised to brush up on his German ahead of the
fight so that he can do his talking in and out of the ring. "I
actually studied German at school for 6 years so I still have enough
to get by. I was due to go there on a couple of exchange trips as a
student but ironically I always had to pull out of them because they
conflicted with boxing commitments I had in the amateurs.

"I fought against Germans twice as an amateur and won both times, one
of those was a win over Eduard Gutknecht who fights for the European
Light Heavyweight title next month so I'm confident that I can keep
that run going in the professionals and bring back the World title."

Macklin's manager, Brian Peters is equally confident that Ireland
will have another World Champion to savour over the summer. "Felix
Sturm is one of the longest reigning World Champions in boxing
currently but I believe the timing is perfect now for Matthew to end
that reign,"; said Peters. "Sturm will bring out the best in Matthew
and I'm confident that it will be another huge night for Irish
boxing. There's already been huge interest from fight fans looking to
travel to Germany to the fight and I think that support will prove
vital to Matthew pulling off a famous victory."

Dan Goosen statment on Ward vs Abraham situation


Dan Goossen Statement

Los Angeles, CA (April 27) - Contrary to Wilfried Sauerland's comment in his press release of today when he states, "all of a sudden (California Commission) insists on installing a Californian judge as well as a Californian referee," Wilfried would be 100% incorrect that the commission insisted on a California referee or acted in any manner inconsistent with our agreement with Sauerland.

Exactly what was agreed upon, the California Commission has granted, one Californian judge, one German judge, one neutral territory judge, and a neutral territory referee, which the California Commission was very helpful in supporting.

"As for Andre Ward, he is focused on preparing and continuing his rise towards the finals of the Showtime Super Six Tournament bout against Arthur Abraham regardless of the officials."

Photo: Darren Barker looking sharp for comeback


Unbeaten 'Dazzling' Darren Barker 22-0(14ko) looks sharp ahead of his return to action this weekend against Dominico Spada 32-3 (16ko) for the vacant EBU middleweight title.

The Barnet man will be making his debut under Matchroom Boxing, since his departure Hennessy Sports earlier this year.

Barker and Spada will be duking it out in front of a busy crowd at the Olympia in Kensington on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm this Saturday.

Matchroom Promotions have been busy of late, with new signings Barker and Sheffield's Kell Brook - plus their recent involvement with Paul McCloskey's WBA world title attempt.

Showing ambition and a strong work ethic, Eddie Hearn has made his intentions clear - to propel the boxing division of their company to the forefront of the domestic scene and beyond.

Their boxing promotions have always been a sleeping giant amongst the darts and snooker, but 2011 will see them aim to cement their stake as the premier promoter within the British scene over the next couple of years.

"He's a great fighter who's never really had the exposure he deserves." Said Barry Hearn.

"He's showed fantastic character to win fights in foreign lands and that's the mark of a great fighter.

"My son Eddie runs our fight division, and is an even bigger fight fan than me, and he said to Carl, we'd love to promote you in England.


Tim Bradley rumoured to be unhappy with Khan offer


Khan with Bradley

Whilst Amir 'Social Network King' Khan is busily tweeting and announcing that he is 'all signed up for the Bradley fight' it has since emerged that the American opponent Timothy Bradley is less than impressed with the financial offer on the table.

Unbeaten 27-year old Bradley, who added the WBC title to his WBO version, with an impressive shutout over previously-unbeaten Devon Alexander back in January, was looking forward to fighting WBA champion Khan on a proposed HBO showdown date of July 23rd.

Hopefully this financial hurdle can be overcome and that the bout can go ahead, which is currently rumoured to be the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.


Primetime to air FREE tonight: Martin Murray vs Anderson Carvalho


*press release*

Primetime would like to say thank you to all the boxing fans out there who supported us in a record breaking night on Saturday. To do this we’ve decided to show Martin Murray vs. Anderson Carvalho free tonight from 6pm. Just tune into ch480 on Sky to watch this exciting fight free.

Our thanks also go out to Khan Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and the studio team for all their support!


Primetime declare 'Record Breaking' sales for Khan fight


Primetime television have declared that their Amir Khan versus Paul McCloskey pay per view bill did exceptionally well last night and their sales went beyond even their own high expectations of the event.

Primetime broadcasting crews with the help of hosts Jim Rosenthal and co, filmed and produced the whole event from start to finish with positive feedback from all the punters whom purchased the fight.

'We are delighted with the figures which was a record breaking night for Primetime. We would like to thank Khan Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and all the fans who supported us.' said a Primetime spokesman today.


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