Amir Khan vs Zab Judah July 23rd
WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan 25-1(17ko)from Bolton, England - and Brooklyn's IBF champion Zab Judah look set to have finally agreed terms and will be putting their titles on the line in a unification bout on the 23rd July.
There has been plenty of back-and-forth tweets between the two camps in the last couple of weeks, since WBC champion Tim Bradley walked away from the table for a unification with Khan.
The call outs by Team Judah have seemingly done the trick, after Golden Boy's Erik Morales turned down the Khan fight leaving the promoter with little choice and a HBO television date to fill for the event.
The Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas looks to be favourite to host the fight, likely to be broadcast on Primetime in UK.
More news to follow.
Judah wins the IBF title by KO :-
VIDEO: Tyson Fury arrives with midgets for presser
Footage courtesy of Ifilm London.
VIDEO: Fight camp 360 with Rach Cordingley
Miss Cordingley reviews her support of partner Carl Froch over in Finland, ahead of his semi-final fight with Glen Johnson this weekend.
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Kessler: Thrilled to be back
WBC Super-Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) and WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) participated in a media work-out today in Copenhagen, Denmark. On Saturday, the two fighters will come face-to-face at renowned PARKEN Stadium. It will be the Viking Warrior´s first fight since an eye injury forced him to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I have really missed the action in the ring,” the Danish national hero told reporters after today´s session with coach Jimmy Montoya. “I am in great shape and I am thrilled to be back. I have been working hard with Jimmy. He has pushed me through a lot of demanding sparring sessions. I´m ready for Bouadla. He is a tough guy who will be coming at me from the first bell, but I am well prepared.”
Bouadla said he has travelled to Denmark to shock the boxing world. “I am here to win,” he stated. “I know Kessler is a great champion and a great fighter but he has been out of the ring for too long. His long break will be a problem for him. This is my chance to make my name known around the world. I will make the most of it.”
The Viking Warrior´s comeback will be shown by TV2 in Denmark, with US premium TV network SHOWTIME also broadcasting the fight ahead of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal between former Kessler victim Carl Froch, now the WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, and Glen Johnson.
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Successful eye surgery paves way for Margarito vs Cotto
Antonio Margarito has undergone cataract surgery to repair what was considered a career-threatening injury to his right eye that he suffered in a lopsided loss to Manny Pacquiao in November at light middleweight for the vacant WBC title.
Top Rank's Bob Arum says a "miracle" turn of events will allow the former welterweight champion to return to sparring in five weeks.
Arum also hopes that Margarito can have a rematch with world super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto later this year in a rematch that saw the Tijuana Tornada hand the Puerto Rican his first ever loss.
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VIDEO: Booth and Groves reveal their Degale tactics
Adam Booth & George Groves reflect on their approach for the James Degale fight on Sky's Ringside show.
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Tyson Fury fears Wimpy Chisora might withdraw
In an interview with Gavin Glicksman at The Sun, Hennessy promoted heavyweight Tyson Fury believe's that British champion Derek 'Del Boy' Chisora is terrified of facing him and the 6'9" Mancunian thinks he could possibly pull out.
"I'm in fantatic shape and my mind's set mentally — I'm going to kill him stone dead.
"I can't wait for the fight but the only thing I'm worried about is whether he's going to pull out or not. He keeps going on about the money not being good enough but the purse bid is more than he's ever been paid in his career. I don't know what his problem is." said Fury.
The unbeaten heavyweight has been under the guidance of hall-of-fame trainer Manny Steward and has spent long spells at the Kronk gym as he looks to add to his game. Fury has the British belt in his sights and does not care if Chisora has the guts to defend it or not.
"I think he'd rather give his titles up and go elsewhere. If I hadn't kept the pressure up and backed him up against the wall, I think he'd have already walked away.
"He's in a position now where he can't not go through with the fight. He if does dodge me, he's going to lose people's respect and look like a wimp. I think him and Warren want to move on and go for the European title instead of defending against me.
"But what I've done is put it in a situation where he's got to face me or be stripped of the titles. If he is stripped of the belts, I might end up fighting Martin Rogan for them at the same venue." he concluded.
The 22-year old with a record of 14 wins (10 early) will be approximately 7" inches taller and almost 2 stone heavier than Chisora, who stands at around 6'1" and typically weighs in around 240lb as opposed to Fury who can weigh anything up to 270lb on fight night.
But Chisora has been training for Wladimir Klitschko on and off for almost 5 months before the fight was shelved as the Ukranian decided to fight David Haye instead. This preparation could be a big factor in their showdown on the 23rd July at Wembley Arena.
View the rest of Gavin Glicksman's interview at The Sun
Zsolt Erdei training notes
PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 26, 2011) – Unbeaten former two-time world champion and lineal light heavyweight champion Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) will make his second straight appearance on American soil on June 4 when he takes on former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-7-1, 21 KOs) on the undercard of Carl Froch’s WBC Super Middleweight title defense against Glen Johnson in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic.
To give his preparation a boost for this fight, the Hungarian hero Erdei, who is fighting his second straight bout back at light heavyweight after winning a cruiserweight title in 2009, has taken up temporary residence in the world renowned fight town, Philadelphia, PA. Erdei gave some insight into his training for his upcoming battle with Mitchell, his quest to conquer America, and how he is getting acclimated to the gyms of Philadelphia.
How has your overall training been for this bout?
Up to today I'm very satisfied with my preparations. I began basic training sessions in Budapest with my new physical coach, Zoltan Klink, a former Soccer player. He made me begin running stairs, first in my homeland Hungary at the river Duna in Budapest, then in Hamburg, Germany, then at the Bethesda Terrace stairs in New York’s Central Park, and now here in Philly on the Rocky Stairs at the Museum of Art. In March I also had a three weeks camp in Kitzbühel (Austria) together with Vitali Klitschko under the control of my coach Fritz Sdunek.
How do you feel about coming to the United States for your second straight bout?
To fight in the States was and is still my dream. To be successful in this country is my target. I like this country, I like the people. The people here have respect for fighters!
How has your training picked up since moving to Philadelphia?
Very good. I do my work at Joe Hand Gym and have the sparring sessions in the James Shuler Boxing Gym with good guys around me. Here they feel, taste and live boxing - that's what I like!
Have you become acclimated to life in the United States?
I'm used to having to be flexible. It's my fourth time in the States and, especially before my last fight in November in Atlantic City, I have used the time to adapt the way of living here.
What are your favorite things to do here that you can’t do in Hungary?
To eat lunch in a Japanese restaurant. I like sushi very much, and it fits into my eating program.
What has a typical day of training been like for you?
To be in the gym in the morning time, have some lunch at our favorite sushi bar, and after the sparring a good, but special dinner. Also I like to be outside and visit the landmarks in Philadelphia. I spend the rest of my off-time reading and solving Sudoku puzzles.
What will be the one thing that you must do in the ring to beat Byron Mitchell on June 4?
Everybody knows my skills - I'm fast and my technical skills have always been enough. I’m an undefeated world champion and have been champion in two divisions. My skills are enough.
Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Matchroom Sports and Caesars Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing starting at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Tickets are priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50 and are on sale through the Boardwalk Hall box office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone (800-745-3000), or in person at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City. Fans of Zsolt Erdei may purchase special “Fans of Zsolt Erdei” tickets by logging on to Ticketmaster.com and using the password ZSOLT when promoted.