News July 2013

Edwin Rodriguez and manager part ways

31.07.13

By @Livefight

New York, NY(7/31/13) - Edwin Rodriguez and Larry Army Jr., of Elite Management LLC, have jointly announced that their professional relationship has ended amicably under a settlement that has been mutually agreed upon.

Edwin appreciates the partnership that he had with Larry since April 2008. He is looking forward to focusing on the next stage of his boxing career and his ultimate goal of winning a world championship.

Larry is also moving ahead with his career, having just signed undefeated lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (14-0, 12 KOs) to a managerial contract, and with other signings looming on the horizon. Both parties have agreed that they will have no further comment on this matter. Edwin continues to be promoted by DiBella Entertainment and is currently celebrating his recent stunning first-round knockout of Denis Grachev in the finals of the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super 4 Tournament on July 13 in Monaco.

Dibella: My Broadway Boxing shows are the hottest tickets in NYC

31.07.13

By @Livefight

Lou Dibella

New York, NY (7/31/13) - On Wednesday, August 14, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's SMS Promotions will return to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill for the latest edition of NYC's popular Broadway Boxing series. The card will feature a number of DBE's and SMS's top up-and-coming talent and New York fan-favorites, as well as a couple of exciting new additions to the DBE roster.

"It means so much to me that I am able to bring the excitement of boxing to New York, my hometown. We have some of the best up-and-coming fighters in the industry and I'm looking forward to showcasing them on the next installment of Broadway Boxing. It's going to be a great night," said Jackson.

"Broadway Boxing has become one of the hot tickets in NYC and it will rock B.B. King's on August 14," said DiBella. "The Blues Club is a great venue for boxing," DiBella added, "but tickets and space are limited. You won't be able to get your tickets at the door, so make sure to order them fast as general admissions have already completely sold out."

Both New York natives Tor Hamer (20-2, 13KO's) and Boyd Melson (11-1-1, 4KO's) will see action on the card in separate eight-round bouts. The heavyweight Hamer will face off against hard-hitting Kertson Manswell (23-7, 17KO's), while Melson will fight a rematch against Brooklyn's Jason Thompson (5-6-3, 4KO's). Melson and Thompson fought to an entertaining six-round draw last year, and with both fighters claiming they were the rightful winner, you can expect them to put it all on the line come August 14.

Hamer went 6-1 in 2012, a year that included winning the Heavyweight Prizefighter Tournament in England. Hamer was positioning himself for a major fight in the heavyweight division before losing to fellow contender and former amateur standout Vyacheslav Glazkov. In the bout against Glazkov, Hamer got off to a good start, before being forced to retire on his stool after the fourth round. It was later discovered that Hamer had been suffering from the flu just days prior to the bout. He returned with a vengeance earlier this year in May with a vicious third-round TKO over Maurenzo Smith and is looking stay busy for the remainder of the year in hopes of working his way back into contention.

Luis Olivares (4-0, 3KO's) and Donte Strayhorn (2-1), both out of the SMS stable, will also see action on the card in separate four-round bouts.

Making their DBE debuts will be recently signed super middleweight Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen (16-0-1, 10KO's), who returns to the ring for the first time in a little over a year, and Florida's hard-hitting promising lightweight Amos "2 Smooth" Cowart (7-0, 5KO's). Allen is set to take on an opponent TBA, while Cowart will square off against former NY Golden Gloves Champion Chazz McDowell (6-3, 1KO). Both bouts are scheduled for six rounds.

Additional bouts on the card, including opponents for the above listed fighters will be announced shortly.

The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and SMS Promotions and sponsored by SMS Audio, Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed.

Tickets for the event are priced at $125, $100 and $75. The $55 general admission seats are already completely sold out. Tables are also available for purchase for this event, with VIP Tables going for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat), Ringside Tables for $500 (5 seats at $100), and $375 tables (5 seats at $75). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577.

Bradley Pryce offers to fight Frankie Gavin

31.07.13

by @livefight

Newbridge’s Bradley Pryce is willing to end Frankie Gavin’s search for an opponent to defend his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles against at London’s Copper Box Arena on September 21st.

Gavin is one of Britain’s hottest prospect and GB’s only ever world amateur champion. The Birmingham southpaw shone in June, breaking Denton Vassell’s jaw on route to a seventh round stoppage and he appears to have scared off the rest of the division. However, Pryce is more than willing to step in to face Gavin and the Welshman has thrown his name in to the hat.

Pryce last appeared in London’s York Hall, weighing in his lightest for eight years and out-pointing Michael Lomax over eight rounds. In the 14th year as a professional and with 47 bouts under his belt, Pryce says he’s re-found his form under the guidance of new trainer Jamie Arthur and the time is right to fight Gavin.

He said, “I’m not going to bad mouth Gavin, he’s done everything asked of him and he’s looked exceptional doing it but I’d love a crack at his titles. No doubt Gavin would be one of the best of my opponents but I’m in a good place right now, I'm ready for him. I’m the only welterweight in Britain willing to fight Gavin, so if he wants to defend his titles then I’m not sure if he has any other options.

“I might not have an undefeated record to put against him but I’ve been in with everyone, even the best prospects all the way up at middleweight had hard nights against me. I’m doing things now I wish I’d been doing ten years ago and feeling better than I have for a long time, even than when I was Commonwealth champion.”

The 32-year-old was prepared to box in domestic title eliminators to earn his shot but the phone hasn’t rung and Pryce is prepared to step up to face Gavin who is also struggling to secure a final defence of his British title, which would see him own the historic Lonsdale belt forever.

Pryce said, “After I beat Lomax I thought it would put me back in the welterweight picture and get me an eliminator or something but all of these guys seem like they want to wait for Gavin to move on from domestic level before fighting each other.

“They’re waiting because they can have a title on the line for the same fight in a few months time, they’re young so they can afford to do nothing for now – I can’t. I can ask questions of Gavin, lots of people won’t believe in my ability but I do, I just need the chance to show it.”

“Gavin is on the brink of European and world level now, he’ll be looking at bigger names than me and that’s why I need to catch him before he gets there. It’s pretty simple, if he wants the British outright and I’m the only person who will fight him then it should happen.”

Boxnation's Barry Jones talks Cleverly-Kovalev

31.07.13

by @livefight

Former WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion Barry Jones says Nathan Cleverly can beat KO king Sergey Kovalev with his brain instead of brawn when they clash at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 17th August.

Jones, now a successful and popular commentator on BoxNation, talks from experience after facing the dynamite-punching Brazilian Acelino Freitas, then the unbeaten WBO World Super-Featherweight champion, in January 2000.

The Welsh hero was aiming to regain his title and stunned the boxing world when he floored Freitas - who had knocked-out all 23 opponents - in the first few seconds of the opening round and Jones had never stopped anyone in his pro career.

Freitas got back up and punished Jones for the rest of the fight dropping him six-times on route to an eighth round stoppage.

Jones says WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Cleverly has the brain and skills to tame the murderous punching Russian who has knocked-out 19 of 21 victims with an unbelievable 18 inside three rounds.

“My big concern is that Nathan will let his heart rule his head and want to stand and trade to prove a point on the big night. He doesn’t have to prove his chin or toughness, he did that against Tony Bellew and Karo Murat. Proving he can take a punch may be his undoing. Nathan’s got a superb pedigree and should use his skill to take apart Kovalev,” Said Jones.

“He should use his speed, reach, and range for the early rounds, and start upping the tempo in the middle rounds and then start throwing bombs with that tremendous right hand to maybe force a late stoppage,”

“I’ve been in with a big, big, puncher in Freitas and at that level you don’t realise just how hard they hit, you just can’t make a single mistake or they’ll nail you. I was proud that I dropped Freitas, but I was even prouder that I got up six times and it was my corner that pulled me out and I didn’t give up,”

He added, “The difference between my fight with Freitas and Nathan’s with Kovalev is that I never had my chin tested before Freitas whereas Nathan has. Nathan can throw so many punches and he’s got that great speed that confuses and bamboozles opponents. I genuinely think its a fight he can win, he’s got to keep his concentration of every minute of every round. Nathan has that Welsh fighting heart and toughness, it’s a risky fight but he’ll come through victorious.”

Remaining tickets, priced from £40, are available from:

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Box Office
02920 224 488
http://www.livenation.co.uk/venue/3915/cardiff-international-arena-tickets

Eventim
0844 249 1000
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Cleverly v Kovalev is live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

Pulev vs Thompson added to Sauerland's 8/24 show

31.07.13

by @livefight

Fight fans can look forward to a real stacked up card on August 24. With European Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer defending his title (against Stefano Abatangelo) and super-middleweight contender Arthur Abraham (against Willbeforce Shihepo) trying to get in position for another world title shot, the show is already loaded with highlights. Now the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin will also play host to a special heavyweight attraction. Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO´s) and Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO´s) will fight it out in an IBF final eliminator with the winner to challenge for the world title.

Pulev, maybe the most avoided heavyweight in recent times, cannot wait to step into the ring again. In 2012, the current IBF International and European Champion made it to the top of the rankings, beating Michael Sprott, Alexander Dimitrenko as well as Alexander Ustinov - all of them inside the distance. But as fighters like Tomasz Adamek, Tyson Fury and Ruslan Chagaev refused to be matched with the 32-year-old Bulgarian, his career came to a brief halt at the start of 2013.

"It seemed nearly impossible to find an opponent for Kubrat," said Chris Meyer, general manager of Sauerland Event. "But thanks to Tony Thompson, that's old news. The winner of Pulev vs. Thompson will be the new IBF mandatory challenger."

Thompson will be the toughest test of Pulev's career to date. The 41-year-old is not only a southpaw but he has also fought Wladimir Klitschko twice. That gives him an edge in experience over the man from Sofia. He recently shattered the dreams of British hopeful David Price, knocking him out on February 23 and July 6. Still, Pulev is optimistic to come out as a winner against the American: "If I want to fight for the world championship, I have to beat Thompson. That's exactly what I will do on August 24!"



Tickets for the big fight night at the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin, Germany are available at www.eventim.de.

Liam Walsh vs Joe Murray announced for 9/21

30.07.13

by @livefight


Someones ‘0’ will go between undefeated fighters Billy Joe Saunders, John Ryder, Liam Walsh and Joe Murray at the grand opening of the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 21st September.

The four fighters, who have a combined record of 51 wins, no losses, and 35 knockouts, came head-to-head today ahead of their showdowns and are promising fireworks on the big night, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

The domestic belter between Saunders, the British Middleweight Champion, and mandatory challenger Ryder is one of the most highly anticipated fights in Britain at the moment.

Saunders has already claimed an unbeaten scalp in Gary O’Sullivan earlier this month with a punch-perfect performance to add the WBO International title to his Commonwealth and British titles.

“The O’Sullivan performance was the best of my career, but that’s in the past, Ryder is next and he’s the biggest threat to my career. He’s a good strong fighter and a real fighting man. I’ve got to produce the goods against Ryder. He’s out to get my British title, but there’s no way he’s getting hold of it.” Said Saunders

Islington puncher Ryder is also in top form after stopping Yoann Bloyer inside two rounds earlier this month to prepare for his big title opportunity.

“Roll on the 21st September at the Copper Box Arena. I’m ready to take that British title from Saunders. He had a good win against O’Sullivan but I’m a totally different fighter to him and he won’t get the chance to do what he did to him against me,” Said Ryder

Promoter Frank Warren also confirmed today that Cromer ace Walsh will defend his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title against Manchester’s Joe Murray with the Vacant WBO Intercontinental belt also on the line.

Walsh was involved in a thriller against world champion Scott Harrison in April and beat the gritty Scotsman on points to claim the WBO European Lightweight title, but steps back down to super-feather for the showdown with Murray.

“After coming off a career best win against Harrison, I’m heading straight into a clash against a good unbeaten challenger in Joe. I’ll have fantastic support with me on the night as I do for all my fights and the Copper Box will be rocking from the noise my crowd will make. I’ve had cracking battles against Paul Appleby and Harrison in the Capital and this will be no different.” Said Walsh.

Stellar amateur Murray, who’s brother John was a former British and European Lightweight Champion, challenges for the second pro title in his career and reckons he’ll end Walsh’s winning run.

Murray said, “This is a step up for me, but I’m ready for the challenge and I know I can beat Walsh and take the title. You can’t question his heart, he loves to fight and he’s got great skill. I believe in my own ability and this is my moment to prove it.”

All action heavyweight star Dereck Chisora returns to action following his sensational destruction of unbeaten American Malik Scott at Wembley Arena earlier this month to win the WBO International title.

Talks are ongoing for the possibility of Chisora challenging for the European title at the Copper Box Arena. Purse bids for the fight between Chisora and champion Kubrat Pulev are being held next week, but it’s looking likely Pulev will vacate the title.

Chisora said, “I’m ready to rock the box on September 21st. Del Boy is back in business and I don’t care who I fight or who is in the opposite corner, I’m just excited to be back in the ring and doing what I do best, winning.”

British Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin aims to win his prized Lonsdale belt outright when he makes the third defence against a challenger to be confirmed.

The Birmingham hotshot will also put his Commonwealth title on the line for the first time that he won against Denton Vassell last month, stopping the Manchester powerhouse in seven rounds.

Warren also revealed a written offer of £100,000 had been made to Kell Brook’s promoter for the Sheffield fighter to fight Gavin, but was rejected and instead Brook will fight Vyacheslav Senchenko.

“When I started boxing as a kid my dream was to win the Lonsdale belt and own it. That dream is nearly here and at the opening of the Copper Box Arena I’ll finally achieve it. I’m riding on a high at the moment with a great win over Vassell to capture the Commonwealth belt. I’ll fight anybody out there, I’m not afraid to put my record and titles on the line as you saw against Vassell. I’d love to fight Brook, I’m not surprised he turned it down, but I know I could he beat him right now.”

Tickets for the Copper Box Arena show are priced at:

£40 Upper Concourse
£50 Lower Seating Bowl
£70 Floor
£120 Ringside

And are available now from:

Eventim*
Box Office: 0844 269 1000
www.eventim.co.uk

Ricky Burns goes back to basics for Beltran fight

30.07.13

by @livefight

Ricky Burns has warned Raymundo Beltran that he’s going to be at his very best when he defends his WBO World lightweight title at the SECC in Glasgow on September 7, live on Sky Sports.

Beltran is Burns’ fourth defence of his crown and after surviving a stern test against Jose Gonzalez in May, the 31 year old is planning to put on a World class performance to prove the doubters wrong.

“I've watched the fight back a few times, I saw that I was trying to force the pace and I was getting caught with stupid punches that I shouldn't have been taking,” said Burns. “For this training camp we've gone back to basics and although I'm prepared to get into a brawl against Beltran if I need to, I'm going to try to stick to my boxing skills. Preparation has been going great and with five weeks to go I cannot wait to get in there.”

Mexican Beltran enters the fight on the back of three wins and Burns knows he needs to dispose of the 32 year old in style to close in on the huge unification clashes that are on the horizon for the Coatbridge star.

“I am expecting a very tough fight,” said Burns. “He's got a few losses on his CV but they are against top level opponents so we know what to expect, and he has not been a sparring partner to Manny Pacquiao for all these years for nothing. I've seen him fight before but since the fight was announced I haven't watched anything of him, I'm just going to go out and stick to what I do best to get the win and then look at the big unification fights out there.

“I still have to go out and put in a good performance against Beltran to make them happen. I keep telling everybody that even though it's been mentioned that I might fight in America at the start of next year, I am not looking at that, I know I have to take it one fight at a time. Raymundo is a great fighter, boxing fans know that and it's going to be a great fight and the fans in the SECC in Glasgow are going to have a great night, and I'll be putting in the type of performance that I should've done last time.”

Burns vs. Beltran tops a brilliant bill in Glasgow, with Olympic Gold medallist Luke Campbell MBE boxing for the second time as a pro and joined by John Simpson, Stephen Simmons, Scotty Cardle and David Brophy, with more names to be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 & £100 available through www.ticketsoup.com or by calling 08443954000. VIP packages are on sale now priced £200 exclusively through Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

Frankie Gavin looks to bigger fights, talks Skeete, Brook and Khan

30.07.13

By @shaun_brown

Frankie Gavin didn’t just look good when he stopped Denton Vassell at the end of last month, he looked sensational. On paper, the contest looked 50-50 and was tipped that way by many including myself. After seven rounds of methodical dissection, Gavin showed Britain the kind of performance it had been waiting for.

Speaking just before a press conference to promote ‘Rock The Box’ on Sep 21 at Copper Box in London, which will feature Gavin’s third British welterweight title defence (a win will earn him the belt outright) as well as Dereck Chisora and a headline act of Billy Joe Saunders vs John Ryder, the only kind of fights the former amateur sensation is interested in these days is title fights.

“I want championships fights I don’t want eight or ten rounders anymore,” Gavin 16-0 (12 KOs) told Live Fight.

“Win or lose I want championship fights and if I have to come back then I want championship fights. I didn’t want to come back for six or eight rounders so I took a bit of time out. I didn’t train and I had to sort myself out. In the end I had two eight rounders [during the first half of last year]. That won’t be happening again.

"Now I want to win the British outright, a lot of fighters don’t get the opportunity to win it outright but I have. I wanted to win the Commonwealth too and when I’m out in December it’ll either be for a shot at the European or one of the WBO belts.”

Gavin told LF that not only did he prove the doubters wrong with his manner of victory over Vassell but he also proved himself wrong. After feeling his opponent's strength and power it wasn’t long before the British and Commonwealth champion knew he had his challenger’s number.

“In the first round, I went back to my corner and I said ‘I’m not going to lose this.’ When it was close on the inside I just put my head on his shoulder to make sure I wasn’t going to get caught and when that was happening I knew I was in complete control.

“As a professional it’s obviously my biggest win, a lot of people thought he would beat me. I had a look on some of the forums and I saw some people thought I was going to get knocked out and that I wouldn’t live with him. I’ve watched the fight over and over again, he barely landed a punch on me. He hit me with a big shot in the fifth but I didn’t feel it as a big shot. I don’t think there was any way I was going to get stopped or anything.

“I’ve had people saying since ‘oh I was wrong, you proved us wrong.’ I proved a lot of people wrong, I proved myself wrong in ways. I thought he’d be strong, punch hard but when I got in there and got on with my boxing he wasn’t that strong and he didn’t punch that hard. If anything I felt as strong. I’m a lot stronger and punch a lot harder than I get credit for.”

With Vassell, seemingly his greatest threat, out the way contenders for his Lonsdale strap may be hard to come by. The gulf between Gavin and the others looks seismical. Earlier this week it appeared stable mate Bradley Skeete 12-0 (4 KOs) had gotten the call to take on the Brummie. After a few tweets were sent out from both men, the fight was discarded before TBA had the chance to be scored out.

Gavin explained to LF why the fight will not take place. “He [Skeete] said he never accepted it but I got a phone call saying the fight’s on and that he accepted. Then I got a phone call later on to say that he changed his mind and it was off. It was a fight I didn’t really want. I know, without being big headed, that I would’ve beat him. That level of fighter, who’s not had as many fights as me and had big fights like I have, was not on my radar. At the end of the day once I vacate he could get to fight for it, he is in the Warren camp. If he fought me and lost to me and I vacated afterwards he probably wouldn't get a shot.”

The former World Amateur gold medallist (at the 2007 games in Chicago) is eager to leave the domestic scene behind him. A performance like the one he gave against Vassell has provided the belief that he can move on to the next level and beyond. Already his name has been linked with Kell Brook, a man with more experience on that particular level and Gavin welcomes the challenge of either he or fellow Brit Amir Khan.

“Yeah they’re fights I’d take now, no doubt about it. I can’t show disrespect to Amir Khan but I can’t see him beating Devon Alexander, I think Devon Alexander wins comfortably as well but he’s gonna want to come back for a British fight and maybe he might look at me as an easy option. So hopefully that could happen next year. Then there’s Kell Brook, he’s above me at the moment but anything could happen. He’s got [Vyacheslav] Senchenko next, I think it’s a step back for him especially when they were talking about big names. I don’t he should be looking for that sort of fight. He had the Alexander fight and I know Senchenko is a name because he beat Ricky Hatton but that’s all it’s from really. Paulie Malignaggi smashed him.”

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