News August 2007

Hatton talks about Mayweather

Hatton talks about Floyd, José Mourinho and carpets !

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Witter predicts Harris thriller

Witter insists he is not looking beyond beating New Yorker Harris

Junior Witter

Junior Witter is expecting a world title fight worthy of the name when he meets Vivian Harris on 7 September.

The WBC light welterweight champion makes his second defence against the former WBA belt-holder in Doncaster.

"We are both boxers, not brawlers. He uses his range, I use my speed, and speed is going to come out on top on the night," said Bradford fighter, 34.

"I think Harris is better than the other world champions in my division, Gavin Rees and Paulie Malignaggi.

Witter, who has won 35 of his 38 fights, is hoping victory over Harris will lead to a world title unification fight or a clash with old rival Ricky Hatton.

"I've got a tough fight in front of me which I'm not looking past, but being undisputed world champion is a big ambition of mine," he said.

"If Ricky does not step up to the plate then I would love to fight Malignaggi and take him out at Madison Square Garden.

"I don't mind going to New York to fight him, I'll fight wherever, it doesn't bother me. They build these Americans up and I'm ready to knock them down.

"Malignaggi looked really good beating Lovemore Ndou for the IBF title, and it would be a great fight."

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Pacman: Weight will not be a problem

Pacman sees no problem in weigh-in


The Philippine Star

At 136 lbs and in the thick of training, Manny Pacquiao expects no problem making the WBC-supervised weigh-in on Sept. 6 or one month before he faces Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas.

“I feel okay. I like my weight. I like the way I’m moving right now,” said Pacquiao the other night from Cebu City where he’s been training for almost two weeks now.

On Sept. 6, the WBC will conduct a weigh-in for both Pacquiao and Barrera who is training in Guadalajara.

They should weigh no more than 143 lbs but face no immediate sanction if they fail.

The limit for the Oct. 6 fight is 130 lbs. The WBC practice is being made to ensure that the limit is within reach of both boxers. The final weigh-in is held on the eve of the fight.

Barrera, who turns 34 in January, has stayed as a super-featherweight over the last few years, and should have no problem either making the weight.

Freddie Roach said he’s happy “where Pacquiao is right now” and that the weight should never be a problem with still 36 days before the scheduled 12-rounder at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Roach said a local WBC representative will supervise Pacquiao’s 30-day, pre-fight weigh-in in Cebu.

Juan Manuel Marquez, who will defend his WBC super-featherweight crown against Rocky Juarez, weighed 132.1 lbs one month before the Sept. 15 fight.

The challenger was at 139 lbs.

The American trainer has been in Cebu more than a week now, and has seen Pacquiao spar for a total of 19 rounds in four sessions. Sparring is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Pacquiao runs everyday, and does gym work on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He does not report to the gym on Sundays.

Pacquiao sparred six rounds the other day, and the number of rounds may increase in the coming days.

Roach said he expects no less than 130 rounds of sparring for Pacquiao.

He said there’s really no schedule when Pacquiao would do eight, 10 or 12 rounds of sparring in a day.

“It depends daily on how he does. We really don’t plan it although he’s in a great frame of mind. But when Manny shows that he’s ready for more rounds then we’ll do it,” said Roach.

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Dunne vows to return from KO

Dunne - defeated last night

Bernard Dunne insists he will bounce back from his shattering 86-second European super-bantamweight title defeat to Spain's Kiko Martinez.

Last night at the Point arena in Dublin, the Irish hero and his fans were left in a state of shock by the power of Martinez, who floored Dunne twice before the stoppage came.

The 27-year-old's world title plans were crushed and it is Martinez who is now aiming to secure a shot at one of the four major champions.

'I will take it little by little, I need more experience and then I will hopefully fight for a world title,' said Martinez, who now boasts 14 knockouts in 17 wins.

Irishman Dunne, who suffered the first defeat of his professional career, admitted he had 'been caught cold'.

'I got hit with a punch that I didn't see coming and from there I was in trouble,' he added.

'I'm just so disappointed for myself and everyone in the team and I feel that I have let the people down.

'The support they showed me at the start and after the fight was tremendous. The Irish fans are just fantastic.

'Now I have to away from this and watch the tape and see where I went wrong. It's hard to take but that's boxing.

'I know that I have the character to come back from this and I'll prove that. I can come back even stronger.'

Meanwhile, British light-heavyweight champion Tony Oakey is set for a re-match with Belfast's Brian Magee after their draw on the supporting bill.

While one judge gave Magee the decision 116-113, two had the fight 114-114 and the contest was ruled a majority draw, leaving the Belfast man fuming.

'I can't believe they gave it a draw because I was clearly doing the better quality work throughout the fight,' said Magee.

Oakey's manager Frank Maloney said: 'The Magee camp are saying they won it but the only thing he would have won tonight was Come Dancing.

'The British Boxing Board of Control will order a re-match and that's all right. Next time I will do my best to win the purse bid and bring it to Portsmouth.'

Champion Oakey added: 'I think the next time it will be easier for me because I've been 12 rounds with him and I know what he's like.

'I thought I deserved the fight because I boxed for three minutes of every round and he only boxed for 30 seconds.'

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Comments from Pacquiao’s Sparmates

By Goldseeker
August 24th 2007

David Rodela is 25 years old and from Guadalajara, Mexico, now an American residing in Oxnard, California , He is a Light Welterweight with a record of 7-1-2(4kos). In his last six fights he has won five and drawn one and arrived in Cebu August 20, 2007 to Spar with Manny Pacquiao, here is what he has to say.

David Rodela

“Manny should be nicknamed “machine gun”. said Rodela "He is fast and strong with all of his punches.”

“Man I couldn’t think of any strategy against him” remarked the young Mexican

“He will surely win the fight against Marco Antonio Barrera”

Raymundo Beltran a lightweight from Los Mochis , Mexico with a fight record of 20-3-0
(12kos) arrived in Cebu August 22, 2007. Though not scheduled to spar that day, he has a lot to say about Pacquiao.

Raymundo Beltran

"I'm a bit tired, but I was happy with the warm welcome I got here. I felt like a world champion the way filipinos treated me when I arrived at the airport," said Beltran, who admitted that he once also worked with Barrera and admitted "Marco could not hurt me."

Pacquiao, however is different, according to Beltran, "When he hits me, even with just a good jab, I could really feel it," said Beltran, who worked with Pacquiao for the latter's preparation in his first bout with Erik Morales.

All in all Pacquaiao Vs Barrera should be one for the ages.

A special thankyou to Goldseeker for this article.

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Vargas - Mayorga postponed

Fans that have already purchased nearly $1 million worth of tickets to see the boxing match featuring Fernando Vargas vs. Ricardo Mayorga at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 will have to wait for the bout to be rescheduled after a routine blood test by Vargas on Friday revealed a severe iron deficiency.

Vargas’s doctor ordered him to not participate in the highly anticipated match and to take the necessary weeks of treatment to correct the problem.

Promoters of the event Don King Productions and Main Events in association with STAPLES Center will notify the public as soon as a rescheduled date can be confirmed.

Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) is a two-time world champion and Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) is a three-time world champion. Their upcoming bout had been aptly dubbed “The Brawl” after a highly contentious confrontation between the fighters erupted at the initial press conference announcing the event in Los Angeles and again at a subsequent press conference in New York.

Further information on the rescheduled date and refund policy will be made available in the coming days.

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Dunne Demolished by Martinez

Dunne - defeated last night

'Dublin's number one son' European super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne (24-1-14 KO) was dropped three times enroute to a first round by the big punching Kiko Martinez (16-0-13 KO),

After Dunne's dramatic entrance to whoops and clapping the Dublin faithful were left shocked after their man was sent reeling to the canvas after only moments in the first round by a great 1-2 combination by Martinez.

After getting to his feet Dunne tried to convince the referee Terry O’Conner, that it wasn't actually a legitimate knock down and that it was a push, but this plea fell on deaf ears as Dunne was given the count.

Kiko Martinez

Martinez then jumped onto Dunne with overhand left and right punches before putting him down for a second time. Dunne was shaken badly and dazed, again trying to convince the referee he was bundled - but now it was clearly apparent Dunne was in deep water.

No sooner had the ref started the round again, Kiko leaped into range of Dunne, landing looping shots at Dunne who was trapped on the ropes and endeavouring to fight back with jabs and attempting to hold on, but the bull strong Spaniard landed two or three hard shots around the temple area and Dunne sagged to the feet of Terry O'Connor whom had stepped in the save Dunne.

It would appear that Dunne was 'caught cold' - but Kiko was a legit contender and upon closer inspection his power was seemingly underestimated by the Dubliner.

Kiko has 38 stoppage wins from 40 amateur fights and had stopped all but 3 of his professional career.

At ringside it also made public that members of Kiko's team had betted thousands of pounds on a round 1 stoppage at odds of 66-1 !

Elsewhere Brian Magee's challenge of Tony Oakey's British light heavyweight crown ended in a majority draw decision in a fight that some thought Magee had not done enough in.

This maybe gives Brian a career extension as many predicted if Brian lost tonight, then it would be curtains on his career.

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