News August 2013

Froch vs Groves at MEN arena November 23rd

30.08.13

By @Livefight

Carl Froch will defend his WBA and IBF World super middleweight titles against George Groves at the Phones 4U Arena Manchester on November 23.

Tickets for the blockbuster British showdown will go on sale at midday on September 17, when the champion and challenger go head-to-head for the first time at the first press conference for the fight. Full details on ticket prices will be released ahead of the sale date.

Froch added the WBA belt to his IBF crown in an epic rematch with Mikkel Kessler in May, with former British and Commonwealth champ Groves extending his unbeaten record to 19 fights on the undercard at The O2.

“I’m delighted to bring this event to Manchester on November 23,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “This 'Battle of Britain' is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves; it's going to be some atmosphere, some occasion. Phone lines, twitter and emails haven't stopped for tickets since we confirmed the fight. We are expecting another instant sell out when we go on sale on September 17.”

Froch and Groves clash in Manchester on Nov 23

30.08.13

by @livefight

Carl Froch will defend his WBA and IBF World super middleweight titles against George Groves at the Phones 4U Arena Manchester on Saturday November 23.

Tickets for the blockbuster British showdown will go on sale at midday on September 17, when the champion and challenger go head-to-head at the first press conference for the fight. Full details on ticket prices will be released ahead of the sale date.

Froch added the WBA belt to his IBF crown in an epic rematch with Mikkel Kessler in May, with former British and Commonwealth champ Groves extending his unbeaten record to 19 fights on the undercard at The O2.

“I’m delighted to bring this event to Manchester on November 23,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “This 'Battle of Britain' is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves; it's going to be some atmosphere, some occasion. Phone lines, twitter and emails haven't stopped for tickets since we confirmed the fight. We are expecting another instant sell out when we go on sale on September 17.”

The Phones 4u Arena Manchester has staged some of the biggest bouts in boxing history including classic fights by Mike Tyson, David Haye and Joe Calzaghe, plus hometown heroes Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan.

Scottish middleweight John McCallum signs for Goodwin Promotions

30.08.13

by @livefight

Steve Goodwin is delighted to announce the signing of exciting Edinburgh based boxer 25 year old John “Gypsy Boy” McCallum.

McCallum who was star amateur winning over 90% of his fights and representing Scotland on many occasions has had a very slow start to his professional career having only 4 fights in three years.

Whilst winning all four fights his career has lacked momentum and so he has now signed a three year contract with the ever expanding Goodwin team.

Steve said “I am delighted to have signed John. There is no doubt he has the talent to reach the top and we aim to get him there very quickly over the next 18 months. John will have his next outing on a Phil Jeffries show on September 28th. I expect to see John fighting around the UK whilst we build him towards title contention. I want to see the Edinburgh community get behind John. “

John said “I am delighted to sign with Steve. He is forward thinking and will create the opportunities for me over the next 18 months.”

Video signing attached: Please watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFHSaFB_WPo

Quotes from Floyd Mayweather media day

30.08.13

by @livefight

Seventeen days before the record-breaking "THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO'' mega-event on Saturday, Sept. 14, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME PPV®,, boxing superstar Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted the biggest Media Day of his career Wednesday at The Mayweather Boxing Club.

Hordes of media from around the world crammed into the upscale gym in Las Vegas to watch the Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion (44-0, 26 KO's) as he continued to prepare for his long-awaited showdown against WBC, WBA & Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO's) during Mexican Independence Day Weekend.

During his Media Day, which lasted nearly three hours, a confident, relaxed and chiseled Mayweather did countless interviews, posed for photos and worked out. His workout consisted of hitting the mitts, hitting the heavyweight bag, hitting the speed bag, jumping rope, stretching and doing calisthenics.

Viewers who watched a live stream of the proceedings also got to watch Mayweather get a haircut in his dressing room before heading for his workout.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

"This was just a light workout today; it was cool. I appreciate all the media coming out and the fans for supporting me throughout my career. It's been truly a blessing.

"I think I'll be a lot sharper for this fight. My training camp has been great. Actually, this is one of my best training camps I've had, probably since 2005. On my first day back, I got right back into sparring. I think I sparred seven rounds. So as of now, my training camp's been smooth. My dad is happy, Leonard (Ellerbe) is happy, Al (Haymon) is happy and I'm happy. I've been boxing a lot of rounds so I'm sharp. I'm in great condition and happy to get right back in there. I feel tremendous.

"My weight is made. I came into training camp weighing 150 or 149 and I came into the gym today probably weighing 150 or 149.

"Canelo is a solid competitor but it is what it is: I've faced the best in this sport, I know what it takes to be involved in a fight of this magnitude and I'm dedicated to my craft. I was born for this.

"This is a great matchup. He's a puncher. I'm a sharp boxer. You know, a lot of times I hit these guys and I make them go into survival mode. Even in the Robert Guerrero fight I was looking for the knockout, but I hurt my hand. So I wasn't impressed with myself -- because I didn't get the knockout. This time around, I'll be looking for the knockout.

"He's banking on his youth, I'm banking I on my experience. I have a lot of experience in championship fights. Look at his resume, look at my resume and see what you come up with.

"I can't talk about the past, but I can talk about the present time and I can talk about the future. The present time is, I'm undefeated, and the future is, I'm going to continue to work hard and give the fans what they want to see.

"On Sept. 14, I just want everybody around the world to tune in and enjoy a great night of boxing.''

(More on facing Canelo)

"He's no pushover; I can't overlook him. I just have to go out and execute the game plan and do what I do best. Nothing worries me. I can make adjustments.

"He is one of the best in boxing at this particular time. He's young and strong. He's got guts so we'll see how the fight plays out.

"It's not about the weight, it's about the skills. The skills pay the bills. I can't wait to get in there and compete and test my skills against this young guy. I feel good, I'm still hungry.''

(On Canelo's opposition)

"Did Canelo KO Austin Trout? This is a whole different ballgame. He may be predicting a knockout but all you have to do is look at the opponents he's faced. I really don't know too many, but a lot of the guys went the distance with him. And we're not just talking about A-fighters but D- and C-fighters. Guys that he should have knocked out in the fourth round, they were able to go into the eighth and ninth rounds even though they were caught with numerous shots.'

"I don't think Ricky Hatton's brother is on the level of a Floyd Mayweather.''

(On notion that Canelo will stop him)

"Oscar said he was gonna knock me out also. Did you see what happened in that fight? People are entitled to do their opinion. People are going to say what they're going to say. My job is to be the best I can be and continue to do my job. There's a reason I do record-breaking numbers.

"My last fight against Guerrero, he thought it was just gonna be easy. A lot of times people, fighters, look from the outside and think to themselves, 'this can't be that difficult,' but once they get inside that squared circle with me it's totally different.''

(Gameplan)

"I'm going to show him a lot of angles. I have a lot of experience, and experience is going to be a factor. It's going to be real, real different for him at this level.''

(On Canelo's Popularity)

"Among Hispanic/Mexican/Latin fighters, I don't really know who has the biggest following but if I had to say so, I would say probably (Juan Manuel) Marquez because he has accomplished more and done a lot for the sport of boxing. So I don't support the thought (or subscribe to the feeling) that Canelo has a bigger following than (Marquez).''

(On why Canelo took this fight)

"I can't really say. Of course, sometimes some people want their No 1 spot, not just No. 1 in (their) weight class but they want to be known as the best in their sport. They want all the attention, the paydays, the money. (For me) this took years and years of hard work and dedication, belief and a strong team.''

(His hands)

"I went to three different doctors after the Guerrero fight. Everything is OK.''

(Staying ahead of the game)

"Every guy I face is always heavier. I think I'm just a very, very sharp fighter. I stay mentally sharp; by that I mean I stay five or six steps ahead of my opponents. This is chess, not checkers. These are moves you have to think about. At this level, you've got to get 10 steps ahead of your opponent."

(On what it takes to remain at the top)

"You've got to be mentally tough, push yourself to the limit, be physically sharp, have a great chin and a tremendous heart.''

(The ONE 10-city media tour)

"The tour was wild, crazy. It started in New York and ended in Los Angeles. I think it was great for me, Canelo Alvarez, the chance to embrace the fans and also to get the chance to go to Mexico. I have a lot of fans in Mexico.''

(Fighters that impress him)

"I like Leo Santa Cruz. He's unbelievable. I think he should be on the pound-for-pound list.''

(On Garcia-Matthysse)

"Both fighters at 140 pounds are really tough punchers and great fighters. I can't see it going the distance.''

(Still The ONE)

"I'm the face of boxing and I'm happy that I was able to transcend and change the sport in a totally different way. At one particular time in the late 70's, 80's and all the way to the 90's, it was all about the heavyweights. Then I came in and brought attention to the smaller guys. I think I've done a lot for the sport of boxing, and boxing has done a lot for me.''
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

"This is the fight that the fans wanted. They demanded it, and this is the fight that Floyd wanted. In my opinion, this fight will be the biggest in the history of the sport.

"Canelo fought on a few of our undercards. We know what he brings to the table. He is a tremendous fighter, he is the biggest star in Mexico and he has a tremendous following. Floyd has a lot of Mexican fans, too. He loves Mexico. Mexicans are intelligent fans. They know the sport of boxing. Floyd has defeated a number of Mexican fighters and he has a tremendous amount of respect for their history and their fighters.

"I think now is the right time for this fight to happen. Canelo is coming off a big victory with Austin Trout and Floyd with Guerrero. This is The ONE.

"An active Floyd Mayweather ... WOW."

ISHE SMITH, IBF Junior Middleweight Champion

"It's been an amazing last six months. I was honored with an "Ishe Smith Day.'' It's been a rollercoaster ride for me since the days of The Contender and it was tough, and it hurt, but to be a world champion now and have Floyd behind me is just really exciting. I am blessed.

"One thing Floyd told me: 'I can get you to the door but then it is up to you. On Sept. 14 (when he defends against Carlos Molina), this is another opportunity where he shows me the door.

"And like I did in Detroit (when he won the title over Cornelius Bundrage), I plan on knocking that door down again."

ASHLEY THEOPHANE, Former Brisith Junior Welterweight Champion who faces Pablo Cesar Cano in opening bout of pay-per-view telecast

"You know this has been my dream since I was five years old. I watched Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard and was inspired by them. It's been an amazing journey. America has opened up and welcomed me as well as the Money Team.

"This is the biggest fight of my life, and I know I need to come out victorious. It is a magnificent card; you've got three world champions on there."

Statement from "Fast" Eddie Chambers on recent loss

30.08.13

by @livefight

This is an open letter to the fans who support me as well to those who don’t.

First off, I want to congratulate my opponent Thibiso Mchunu of South Africa for his victory against me. I do not want to in any form or fashion diminish that win by making excuses about my performance in the ring. I did my best that I could to make the fight. To win the fight. Losing this decision woke up my spirit to compete again and I will continue to pursue my career as a Cruiserweight.

I felt fine throughout the bout. The weight loss was not a factor in my performance. I did not expect Mchunu to fight such a defensive, awkward fight. I was trying to follow instructions from my trainer, James Ali Bashir. It was very difficult to do as I am a counter puncher as well who was forced into being the aggressor. I felt that if I did not doing something to make the fight, there would have been no action during the fight. I am not that kinda guy who is going to lay around crying over spilled milk.

I want to get right back in there the way the old-school warriors used to do many years ago. I take full responsibility for this critical setback in my career. My incentive is back and hopefully I will be able to meet Mchunu down the road and there will be a far a different result.

I look forward to meeting the top Cruiserweights in the world. I think my biggest enemy is inactivity. I have fought just three times in the last three years. I want to get busy as soon as possible. I will show the world that I am a long way from being done.

Sincerely

“Fast” Eddie Chambers

Etches and Jenkins get two lots of good news

30.08.13

by @livefight

Hatton Promotions prospects Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins have had two lots of good news in less than seven days.

Last week, the unbeaten pair were given the huge honour of becoming ambassadors for the Weston Park Cancer Charity.

And then on Tuesday manager Richard Poxon informed them they will be appearing on the undercard of Kell Brook's clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on October 26.

Boxing at such a large venue will enable them to raise even more awareness for the good work that the charity does, particularly through its teenage cancer unit which helps patients aged between 16 and 25 in comfortable surroundings.

Adam, 22, said: "I'm overwhelmed. Although I'm doing well in my boxing career, I'm still only a novice and so it's nice to be able to do something that only people like Jessica Ennis usually get asked to do.

"I know the more I progress, the more awareness I can get for a brilliant cause."

The young boxers have already played a huge role in helping Richard Poxon raise more than £23,000 for the charity through his regular shows in the Steel City.

Scott, also 22, said: "We've been involved in Richard's charity shows for about three years now and it's always felt good to be able to help out.

"Getting asked to become an ambassador is something I'm really pleased about and proud of."

As well as offering a chance to get make more people take notice of Weston Park Cancer Charity, their fights in October will mark steps forward in their respective careers and enable them to potentially increase their large fanbases even further.

"It's an opportunity for me to box in front of a big crowd, put on a good performance and convert a few more general boxing fans into my fans," Adam, who has won ten of his 12 victories by knockout, stated.

"I've always want to box at the Arena and I hope to top the bill there in my own right one day."

Scott, 9-0 (4 KOs), added: "From being a kid I've always wanted to box at this venue. I remember when I was a youngster I saw Ricky Hatton fight Carlos Maussa there and I thought 'this is where I want to be', so now it's like a dream come true."

Dibella and SMS ink top prospect Chris Galeano

29.08.13

By @Livefight

Chris Galeano

New York, NY (8/29/13) - For the second time this week, Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment (DBE)) and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (SMS Promotions) have announced the signing of a high profile New York-based prospect to an exclusive co-promotional contract.

The two promoters, who just yesterday announced the signing of five-time NY Golden Gloves Champion Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan (2-0, 1KO), have now added one of the top US amateur prospects with the signing of Christopher "Golden" Galeano, of the Bronx. The #1-ranked 165lb. National Champion is set to make his much anticipated pro debut on the SMS Promotions/DBE-promoted "Big Apple Boxing" card on September 16, at Resorts World Casino in 50 DBE/SMS Cent's hometown of Jamaica, Queens.

"This is the beginning of a new force in the sport of boxing. With Mr. DiBella's expertise in this great sport and 50 Cent's knowledge of building an empire from the bottom, the sky is the limit. My team and I have great confidence in that by joining this promotional alliance I will, without a doubt, one day be a world champion," proclaimed Galeano.

"Chris Galeano is one of the best prospects in the United States and I am thrilled to be co-promoting him with 50 Cent's SMS Promotions. Chris is a skilled boxer, a puncher, a college student and a great person. He comes from a great family and has all the tools to become a world champion," said DiBella.

"Chris has endless potential. He's proven his skills in the ring. I look forward to giving him a platform to continue to compete at the highest level," said 50 Cent.

Galeano, a 20-year-old Puerto Rican American, first started boxing at the age of 12. After a successful stint in the juniors, having reached the 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships, Galeano picked up his first major title as a senior amateur, winning the Ringside World Championships in 2010. In 2011, he won his first New York Golden Gloves title. He reached the finals in 2012, losing to fellow DBE-promoted prospect Patrick Day, before winning the coveted title again in 2013. Galeano closed out his amateur career by winning the 2013 165-pound USA National Championship, which propelled him to his #1-ranking.

In addition to making his pro debut this year, Galeano will be entering his third year of college at City College of NY, where he is pursuing a degree in Business.

Tickets for the event on September 16are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Tickets are available for purchase by calling Resorts World Casino NYC at (718) 215-2828 or by visiting: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=9244

Scotty Cardle to go fox-hunting on Sep 7

29.08.13

by @livefight

Scotty Cardle will face Gary Fox at the SECC in Glasgow as the Central and Northern Area lightweight champions go head to head on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO World lightweight title defence against Raymundo Beltran, live on Sky Sports on September 7.
Cardle progressed his record to 11-0 when he beat Maxi Hughes to take the Central Area strap in Blackpool in April, and the Lytham man with a Glasgow heritage hopes his latest bout will act as an effective English title eliminator as he looks to start mixing it with the best in a deep division.

“There was talk about the fight being an official eliminator for the English title,” said Cardle. “That isn’t happening but it is still a good step towards the English title for whoever wins. Kirk Goodings and Paul Truscott are fighting for an eliminator for the English so it could be between the winner of that fight and this fight to go for the English.

“It is a very big division, a very competitive division. I am number ten in Britain in the Boxing News ratings at the moment and I was very pleased to see that and I do fancy mixing it with the best of them in the division. The English title is around the corner for me and I think the British is near enough as well. I want to start mixing it with the domestic greats.

“I know enough about Gary Fox, I have seen some YouTube clips and I think I have learnt enough to beat him. I cannot take him too lightly because he has a great record and it is a step up for me again and I am expecting the best Gary Fox to come out on the night so I am looking forward to it.

“This fight is a big thing for me because as a pro it is my first fight in Glasgow. Glasgow is where all my family are from, so it is going to be a very big night for me with all my family and friends from Glasgow coming and I am looking forward to them seeing me put on a good show.

“I have always been a Lytham lad, I was born and raised there and I have lived there since the day that I was born. But all my family on both sides are from Glasgow and that is my blood so it is a big thing for me to fight in Glasgow. I have always wanted to fight in Glasgow because I know what kind of atmosphere the fans bring and as well as that my family are all from Glasgow, so I am really looking forward to it.”

Cardle vs. Fox forms part of a brilliant bill in Glasgow. The undercard for Burns’ latest World title defence also features the return of Paul Appleby, Prizefighter light welterweight champion Chris Jenkins, super middleweight prospect Callum Smith plus Jonathan Slowey, Stephen Simmons, David Brophy and Michael Roberts.

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.

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