News July 2010

Froch working hard for Abraham fight

31.07.10 caught up with Carl Froch to see how camp and training in general was going ahead of his scheduled Monaco showdown with Arthur Abraham.

Froch, speaking from his Sheffield base, was upbeat and looking forward to the fight.

"Training has been going alright. I actually went on runs, hitting the bags and so forth as soon as I got back from Herning. I'm in lockdown at the moment. It's training or being a dad to my baby boy. Nothing else matters." said Carl.

We informed Froch of the many debates raging between boxing fans as to whom will come out victorious and what it felt like to be heading into another potential fight of the year candidate.

"It's going to be probably the best fight this year and I will be part of it." said Froch.

"There's going to be a lot of polls, arguments and debates about who will come out as top dog between me and Arthur. His fans will claim their man will knock me out - but once he's sent his best shots in and I'm still there, you'll see a different look on his face. What else can he do when that fails to seal the deal ?" said Froch.

"I've got a lot of support heading over for this one. Quite a few general boxing fans are making the effort to come and see me for the first time. They will not be dissapointed. I'm letting it all hang out in Monaco."

We asked Froch what were going to be his travel arrangements for Monaco.

"Not sure on the exact plans for travelling out there. Will probably head out the week before the main event. Get relaxed and focused for the job in hand. Check out the venue and probably a bit of press and so forth. Then just step on the scales and then do the business."

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Marquez 133lb Diaz 135lb

Tonight in Las Vegas will see a rematch between two of the lightweight division's biggest stars, with the carrot being dangled for a fight with Amir Khan for the winner.

Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO) defeated Diaz (35-3, 17 KO) via technical knockout in the 9th round in their previous fight on February 28th 2009.

Marquez, looking relaxed and in tremendous shape, weighed in over a pound under the lightweight limit and looked much more natural than his welterweight foray against Floyd Mayweather last time out in fight town.

Jacobs Pirog

The other big fight on the night comes by way of an undefeated showdown between Danny 'the golden child' Jacobs and the Russian, Dmitry Pirog.

Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) will make his United States debut against Jacobs, and he is ready to make an impression in the fight capital of the world. After big decision wins over Kuvanych Toygonbayev and Kofi Jantuah, Pirog halted Eric Mitchell and Sergei Melis in his last two bouts, adding to his impressive 81 percent knockout rate.

Long seen as the future of the sport, the time for Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) is now, and on July 31, he will challenge for his first world title. The current NABF and NABO Middleweight Champion who has defeated George Walton, Ishe Smith, Jose Berrio and Juan Astorga in successive bouts, the 23-year-old Jacobs is well-prepared for prime time and his possible ascent to the next level this summer.

Other weights from yesterday in Vegas :-

Jorge Linares (132.5) vs. Rocky Juarez (132)

Joel Casamayor (138) vs. Robert Guerrero (138.5)

Dmitry pirog (160) vs. Daniel Jacobs (159)

Juan Diaz (135) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (133.5)

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Did Tax concerns scupper Mayweather vs Pacquiao


Industry experts claim that not only does the impending court case involving Roger Mayweather, has an impact on negotiations falling through (that's if they even happened, depending on whom you may believe) but that the mighty tax man may have threatened Floyd.

2010 has been a lucrative year for 'Money' Mayweather, with tens of millions being earned from his two outings against Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley this year to date.

Speculators claim his purse, plus associated promotional monies tip the scales at a whopping $50 million dollars.

As a result of this, a further payday of anything between $40 to $60 million dollars would put him into a spectacular tax bracket.

The clever observers believe that Floyd is not scared to fight Pacquiao. Whilst the Roger situation is an undoubted scenario that would break the fight on it's own, the fact that he could simply fight Pacquiao during the next fiscal year and get to keep the lion's share of the earnings instead of the tax man taking it, surely must be the correct and final verdict on the reasons why this fight has not been made to date.

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Povetkin out as Sam Peter lined up for Wladimir


Wladimir Klitschko has thrown his toys out of the pram after Alexander Povetkin failed to attend this weeks press conference for his scheduled attempt at Wlad's IBF heavyweight crown on September the 11th.

Apparently Povetkin's handlers say that he couldn't make the trip on account of a sinus infection.

Wladimir however how now allegedly began negotiations with Sam Peter as rumours emerge that Povetkin had not even signed a contract with Wladimir, on account of it being littered with onerous clauses that Povetkin's team were extremely concerned about.

The contract situation echoes the recent public arguments between David Haye and the Klitschko brothers. Haye claimed their rematch-loaded contract was nothing more than a 'slave' contract and that he would only do business with them on level terms, hence fighting and winning the WBA crown from Valuev.

Sam Peter has already fought and lost to both Klitschko's in rather forgettable point losses. Although he did manage to drop Wladimir three times in their first encounter in 2005, it's not expected for the declining fighter to enjoy that level of success in a rematch that holds little interest for fans of the heavyweight division.

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Murat: I will beat big talking Cleverly


Murat left

Unbeaten German sensations Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) and Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) face the biggest tests of their young careers on September 18 when they travel to Birmingham for a special night of boxing at the LG Arena. Murat takes on Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) in a WBO Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator, while Frenkel challenges European Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-4, 25 KOs). “There is so much talent on our team and I am convinced that both Karo and Alexander will be future champions,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “They are unbeaten and fearless and they are travelling to England to shock the boxing world.”

Murat is oozing with confidence. “First I will defeat Cleverly and then I will chase down WBO Champion Jurgen Brahmer,” he said. “Cleverly appears to be a big talker. I have read interviews where he puts himself on the same level with Joe Calzaghe. There is no way he is in the same league with him so he should not be saying something like that.” Murat knows it will be a tough fight. “He is pretty big, so it will not be easy to get to him,” he added. “But a lot of my opponents have been bigger than me – like Tommy Carpency, Sergey Demchenko and Gabriel Campillo – and I have defeated all of them. I am still unbeaten. I really look forward to travelling to Birmingham. The British fans love to see good boxing and that is why they will like me.”

Just like Murat, Frenkel is full of confidence ahead of the biggest fight of his career. “I don´t care about the name of my opponent – all that matters to me is the title that is on the line,” he said. “For me every fight is the most important fight of my career. I have never been to England before so I am really keen to go there to win my fight and see a bit of the country. I am looking forward to it.”

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George Groves: Degale can sleep with his gold medal

Unbeaten super middleweight George Groves is confident that one day he will fight fellow super middleweight James Degale.

Degale, who secured the gold during the last Olympics and Groves have enjoyed a healthy rivalry, including an amateur bout between them that saw Groves come out as the victor.

"He can live off his goal medal, he can sleep with it and tell everybody how good he is but that's amateur boxing, this is professional boxing," said Groves who is set to fight on the Diaz vs Marquez undercard against Mexican Alfredo Contreras in Las Vegas on July 31.

"100 per cent it will happen one day. I don't care whether it happens next month, next year, two years time, I'll fight him any time." concluded Groves.

Meanwhile Degale is set to fight on the Frank Warren promoted 'Magnificient Seven' show in Birmingham on September 18th, but his opponent has not been named as of yet.

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Johnny Eames and Paul Smith on Bunce Show

London - 20th July 2010

Johnny Eames, Paul Smith & Graham Earl On Steve Bunce Show This Thursday.

Celebrated boxing coach Johnny Eames, who along with his business partner Derek Grainger, is organising the Ultrachem TKO Gym Boxer & Celebrity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at Brockwell Stadium, Canvey Island on Sunday 25th July, will be a guest on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB @ 9pm) this coming Thursday evening.

Joining Johnny and show host Steve Bunce, to talk about the upcoming football tournament and the charity the event is raising funds for, will be two of the many stars taking part, British Super Middleweight Champion Paul Smith and WBU Lightweight Champion of the World Graham Earl.

Johnny, who in his coaching career has trained many well known fighters to championship success including Graham Earl, Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey, Ross Minter, Patrick Mullins, Kevin Lear, Martin Power and Matthew Marsh, spoke briefly on his appearance on Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour, “I’m really looking forward to going on the Steve Bunce show. Steve’s been a friend of mine since my amateur boxing days. I’ve known him around twenty five years I suppose. Always got on great guns with him. He’s a great boxing purist, knows everything there is to know about boxing.

Steve has been totally behind us on this Charity Football Tournament we’re doing. He’s been a great help, along with his friend Steve Lillis who wrote a great piece in the Star on the event. I’m really looking forward to going on his show to help promote what is going to be a fantastic day for the Indee Rose Trust.

We’ve got Paul Smith and my old fighter Graham Earl, who are both taking part on Sunday, coming on the show as well to talk about the event and their reasons for taking part.

It’s great that these two great fighters, and the many other stars taking part, have pledged there time to come down for this fantastic event to help raise funds for such a worthy cause that is the Indee Rose Trust.”

Paul Smith and Graham Earl are just two of a host of boxing, TV, film and music stars taking part in the tournament to raise funds for the Indee Rose Trust, which provide support to children recovering from brain and spinal tumors.

Amongst those committed to the event are WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye, former undisputed Light Welterweight King Ricky Hatton, European Champion Darren Barker, British & Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champ Kevin Mitchell, Commonwealth Champions Ricky Burns & Tony Bellew, former Irish Heavyweight Champion, and Mike Tyson’s sparring partner ‘Big’ Joe Egan, 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, Mark Wingett (Jim Carver from the Bill) and former English Super Featherweight Challenger and Coronation Street star Stephen Bell, who will be guesting on the National Journalists team.

Representing the Music biz are Rock superstars Iron Maiden, who are co-favourites, with Team Scotland, to win, having former England star Teddy Sherringham in their squad and Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, who will be guesting on the Ultrachem TKO Gym team.

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

Don’t forget - The BBC London Boxing Hour presented by Steve Bunce, and featuring Johnny Eames, Paul Smith and Graham Earl, is on BBC London 94.9 & DAB on Thursday 22nd July at 9pm (GMT)

Paquiao vs Margarito: Set for Abu Dhabi


Following the collapse of the fairy tale fight between Manny and Floyd, it would seem that the ball has begun rolling to stage the next Pacman showdown over in the United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi is all but 90% certain to be the anticipated destination of the fighter's next bout, with Antonio Margarito leading the 2-horse race with Miguel Cotto, to be Manny's opponent.

Noy Neri, the assistant trainer has disclosed that Manny will commence training in August and it's the fighter's choice to fight there.

"It's not a closed deal but its 90 per cent because Manny wants it over in Abu Dhabi. It's more likely to be Margarito and not (Miguel) Cotto, but it depends on the negotiations," Neri told Gulf news.

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