News June 2010

Rendall Munroe petitions for Walkers Stadium fight


Leicester's popular boxing bin man, Rendall '2 Tone' Munroe and his fans are campaigning to have his impending WBC title fight with Japan's reigning champion Toshiaki Nishioka held at the Walker's Stadium.

"It's a dream for me to fight for the world title and it would be amazing to have this fight at the Walkers Stadium in front of all my loyal supporters." said Rendall.

His trainer and manager Jay Shinfield added "It would be a terrific night for British boxing and I know Rendall's hard work and dedication can make him realise his dreams of becoming the WBC world champion, the most prestigious title in the sport."

"Nishioka is a dangerous fighter, but with the fantastic supporters behind us, it's a fight we can win... and where better for Rendall to do it, than at the Walkers."

Sign the petition HERE to get this fight at the Walkers Stadium

Arum says talks concluded and its over to Mayweather now


Bob Arum disclosed the clearest indication to date that the Pacquiao v Mayweather closed-door talks have now concluded.

“It’s now up to Mayweather if he wants to fight (Manny Pacquiao),” Arum told The Manilla Bulletin in a phone interview with Nick Giongco.

Arum said that all the interested parties had discussed everything to conclusion and that everyone concerned was satisfied - but that Floyd had to now digest the proposal and accept it. The proposed date is November 13th in Las Vegas.

It is not known whether the venue or the random testing issues are also agreed and concluded right now, but that Arum has played the situtation with a straight bat and now it's 'over to him'.

Arum said that if Mayweather decides not to accept, he has no other option but to “look for somebody else.”

That somebody else is no secret - Miguel Cotto.

The Puerto Rican captured the WBA light middleweight title and this would present another opportunity for Pacquiao to secure another title in yet another division.

Their last fight was held at 145lb and should they meet again, it would be at 154lb thus giving the bigger Cotto a significantly better hand, than their previous encounter.

Discuss in FORUM HERE

Kell Brook guilty of assault in ladies toilet


24-year old British welterwight champion Kell Brook was found guilty of common assault following a birthday bash that turned into a bashing for the bar manager of the club that Brook and his friends visited.

The altercation happened after Brook was warned not to enter the ladies toilets by the bar manager, Ryan Casey of the 'Che' nightclub in Barnsley.

The boxer hit the man in the ribs before swinging for his face, landing a heavy blow to his jaw.

Magistrates found Brook guilty of common assault by beating. Sentencing was adjourned for reports to follow.

discuss in FORUM HERE

Haye and Hatton go head to head for charity


On Sunday the 25th July some of the biggest names in British Boxing, along with stars from TV, Film and Music, will be gathering at the Brockwell Stadium in Canvey Island to participate in a football tournament to raise funds for The Indee Rose Trust, which provide support to children recovering from brain and spinal tumors.

The tournament, which is organised by renowned professional boxing coaches Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger of the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, will include teams headed by WBA Heavyweight World Champion DAVID ‘HAYEMAKER’ HAYE, former undisputed Light Welterweight King RICKY HATTON, WBU Lightweight World Champion WILLIE LIMOND, European Champion DARREN BARKER, British & Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champ KEVIN MITCHELL, British Super Middleweight Champion PAUL SMITH and Commonwealth Champions RICKY BURNS & TONY BELLEW.

Joining the aforementioned professional boxing champions will be Olympic Gold Medallist JAMES DEGALE, World Amateur Champion FRANKIE GAVIN and Olympian BILLY JOE SAUNDERS.

From the world of television and film, actors GERALD KERNS & CIAREN GRIFFITHS, both of whom are currently starring in the hit TV series SHAMELESS, and former English Super Featherweight Challenger and CORONATION STREET star STEPHEN BELL will be guesting on the National Journalists team.

Rock superstars IRON MAIDEN, who are favourites to win having former MILLWALL, WEST HAM UNITED , TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS, MANCHESTER UNITED & ENGLAND star TEDDY SHERRINGHAM as their striker, will be representing the music biz along with RAZORLIGHT frontman JOHNNY BORRELL, who will be guesting on the ULTRACHEM TKO GYM team.

Johnny Eames said, “First of all I want to say what a great honour it is to be associated with The Indee Rose Trust. It’s a trust that’s run by the two parents that tragically lost their three year old girl to a brain tumor. Unbearable thing to think about really. They have set up this trust fund to raise valuable cash to help children under the age of eighteen who are recovering from brain and spinal tumors.

We’re privileged to put the Ultrachem TKO Gym name to the trust and we are, hopefully, going to put on a yearly football tournament to raise funds for the trust. The response, for the first tournament on the 25th July, has been fantastic. So many boxing stars, journalists and stars from music and television have pledged their support.

It started as an idea, that grew, and thanks to these great people looks like it’s going to be a great event with ten star packed teams taking part.

I would also like to thank Canvey Island Football Club who have, not only loaned us their stadium for the 25th July tournament, but today I read have said that The Indee Rose Trust is to be their chosen charity for the coming season. Which is fantastic, and I would love to see our efforts bring more people to make it their chosen charity for this year. It’s not our charity for just this year though. For as long as Ultrachem TKO Gym is around The Indee Rose Trust will be our chosen charity and we’ll raise funds for the trust.

Finally I would like to thank the guys who have pledged their names to come and play at the tournament, as well as my own fighters. I know that everyone of them will be there on the day supporting the Indee Rose Trust.”

The Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxers & Celebrity Football Tournament, in aid of The Indee Rose Trust will be at the Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island on Sunday 25th July 2010.

Tickets are priced:

Adults: £10.00
Children: £5.00

and are available from The Ultrachem TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA - Tel: 0207 474 3199

or buy on-line at

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Steve Wynn to build Mayweather v Pacquiao venue


Steve Wynn

Rumours begin to escalate that the fight has been all but finalised and set for the end of Novemeber in Las Vegas, with hotel developer Steve Wynn looking to build a specific outdoor arena to cater for the numbers anticipated to come to Vegas to see this mega fight happen.

Numerous industry insiders have been tweeting and leaking that this approach is the one that has been favoured by all parties as it's believed the MGM arena is simply too small to cater for the ticket demand for this collosal fight.

discuss in FORUM HERE

David Tua training Stateside for Barrett


World-rated heavyweight contender David Tua (51-3-1, 43KO's), is currently in the U.S. training for his upcoming fight against Monte Barrett (34-9, 20KO's) at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday July 17th. The WBO #2 rated Tua has set himself up in camp in nearby Jersey City, NJ with long-time trainer Roger Bloodworth. This will be Tua's third fight overall, but first in the U.S. since making his return to the ring in October of last year after a two-year hiatus.

"It is great coming back to fight in the states. I'm back to the place where it all started for me," stated Tua. "My fans here are just as passionate as they are at home. It's a great feeling and humbling to know that my fans are still there and still into it for me. I'm grateful for their support and loyalty they've always shown for me. My fans have supported me since Day 1 and that means the world to me."

Regarding training here in the states, Tua seems to be very content.

"All is good, I have no complaints. I'm working hard, and taking it one day at a time."


The card, being billed as T-N-T at the Tropicana, is being promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 8 PM/ET - 5 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and DISH Network in the United States for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The exciting undercard will go live on PPV at 8 PM/ET - 5 PM/PT with the Tua vs. Barrett main event scheduled to go on air at 10 PM/ET - 7 PM/PT.


Tickets can be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting Tickets are priced at $100 (ringside), $50 and $30. Star Boxing is currently holding exclusive $200 VIP Packages, call for more information. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by going online to Tickets are also available for purchase at the Tropicana North Tower Box Office or by phone at (609) 340-4000. The Tropicana Casino and Resort is located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.

Record Breaker Shumenov back in action


Los Angeles, CA (June 24, 2010) – When capturing the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship in just his 10th professional bout back in January, Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) entered the boxing record books for winning a major world title in the light heavyweight division with the fewest number of fights in his professional career, beating Jeff Harding’s record established in 1988 after winning the championship in his 15th professional bout.

On July 23rd, the Chimkent, Kazakhstan-born, Las Vegas, NV-based warrior, who recently signed with Goossen Tutor Promotions, will get his next chance at making history when he defends his WBA and IBA titles in only his 11th professional bout against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) of Vinitza, Ukraine, in the scheduled 12-round main event of the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” (10pm ET/7pm PT).

Presented by Goossen Tutor in association with KZ Event Productions, the Shumenov-Uzelkov headlined boxing card will emanate from a specially constructed outdoor arena at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA.

The Kevin Barry-trained, self- managed Shumenov, 26, avenged his only loss as a pro – by majority decision -- in winning the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship from Gabriel Campillo in another 12-round hotly-contested bout -- in just his 10th fight.

On May 8th in Carson, CA, Shumenov was introduced at a press conference announcing the signing with Goossen Tutor, which will allow him to be more focused for his own boxing career, starting with the defense against Uzelkov. As co-owner -- with brother Chingis -- of KZ Event Productions, Beibut Shumenov will continue to be heavily involved in signing and guiding the careers of boxers under the KZ umbrella.

The mental toll on a fighter who is actually fighting and promoting simultaneously can be, and usually is, horrific. Now with the burden of the day-in, day-out promotional responsibilities now resting on Goossen Tutor’s shoulders, Shumenov, for the first time in his career will truly be able to concentrate on the formable task immediately in front of him; WBA mandatory challenger Uzelkov.

“I’ve been able to concentrate 100-percent on training for the first time in my career with the alignment with Goossen Tutor,” Shumenov said. “I’ve been training hard with Kevin just focusing on improving all aspects of my arsenal, and everyone will see that against Uzelkov. He is a good fighter who deserves his championship opportunity and I know it’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait for July 23rd. It’s going to be a night of firsts for me – first WBA title defense; first time fighting on ESPN; and first fight without having to worry about promoting.”

The undefeated, heavy-handed Uzelkov, 31, has been taken the distance just once in his last 10 bouts. In his most recent outing back in October, he stopped the Czech Republic’s Tomas Adamek in the fifth round to win the WBA Inter-Continental Championship in Kiev, Ukraine. Uzelkov owns a knockout win over Gabriel Campillo – the only common opponent he has with Shumenov. Uzelkov is promoted by brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who head up K2 Promotions Ukraine.

“It is necessary to knock him (Shumenov) out so there are no questions, and as a matter of fact, that is exactly what I plan to do,” Uzelkov said. Shumenov had the title for a little while and now it will transfer over to me.”

Promoter Dan Goossen said he couldn’t have picked a tougher fight for his new champion then Uzelkov. “These are the type of challenges that definitely take you to the next level with a victory. It won’t be easy on July 23, but we believe Beibut is destined to do special things in boxing.”

A victory for Shumenov puts him into position to unify the light heavyweight belts against the other champions: Tavoris Cloud (IBF), Jean Pascal (WBC) and Juergen Braehmer (WBO). But the one real challenge Shumenov would like is against undefeated Chad Dawson.

First things first though as Shumenov can only think about taking care of the very dangerous and hungry challenger on July 23.

In addition to the main event bout, Rico Ramos (16-0, 9 KOs), the #3 WBO world rated Super Bantamweight will defend his WBO/NABO championship against Mexico’s hard-punching Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round fight. With a win, Ramos will be one step closer to his goal of fighting for the world championship.

Tickets for this exciting event are priced at: $20, $50, $60 and $250 and can be purchased by calling the Tachi Palace box office at: 559-924-7751 or by visiting

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Fury and McDermott weigh in VIDEO


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