News August 2014

VIDEO Mayweather vs Maidana "All Access" Episode 1

31.08.14

By @Livefight

Mayweather vs Maidana "All Access" Episode 1

Mayweather: I was champ when Maidana's trainer was champ

31.08.14

By @Livefight

Hostilities resume to hype up Sept 13th's rematch between Floyd 'Money' Mayweather and Marcos 'El Chino' Maidana at the MGM Grand. The bout is set to be aired live on Showtime.

Floyd is many things, and not all to everyones tastes - but he is very good for a press soundbite.

When talking to Canelo ahead of their fight recently, Floyd declared that he'd fought the real Miguel Cotto and the real Ricky Hatton - to mock Canelo's fights against their brothers Jose Cotto and Matthew Hatton respectively.

During a press conference the other day Mayweather declared that "I was an undefeated world champion, when your old trainer was a world champion."

"Yes, 16 years ago I was a world champion," Robert Garcia said "but if me and you want to take a little walk, then come on let's take a little walk.I'm gangster, I'll show you!"

Floyd took the thinly-veiled personal threat in his stride and declared, "Well y'all know, if you want me to kick both your asses in the same night, well I can do that y'know."

García is the former IBF Super Featherweight Champion and the current Trainer of the Year in boxing, he reigned until stopped by Diego Corrales in the 7th round in 1999.

Frampton: Kiko wont stop me buying new house !

30.08.14

By @Livefight

Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton says that the Spaniard will not be derailing plans laid out for his young family and their proposed new home.

"This is a World title fight and after this the massive, massive fights will happen. He is the one who is standing in the way of these mega fight and he is the one that can throw a spanner in the works." the unbeaten Irishman told the Belfast News.

"I have a wife, a daughter and another baby on the way. We are moving house and Kiko is not spoiling all the plans we have made. That fight is in the past and this a totally new fight. That fight and result counts for nothing and I am facing a brand new Kiko on September 6, He has gained confidence from winning the world title and defending it twice.

“He claims he will be better prepared mentally and physically this time around and I hope he is.

“Because when I beat him for a second time he will have no excuses. I am expecting a tough fight - my toughest fight to date - but the best Carl Frampton beats the best Kiko Martinez every time. He is the one that could put my career back a couple of years and I am not going to let that happen."

Warren talks about watching Kellie Maloney on Big Brother

30.08.14

By @KuganCassius

iFLTV talk to promoter Frank Warren about Kell Brook's victory, Bundu's tweet and 'Kellie' Maloney in the Big Brother house:

Mayweather Sr urges 50 cent to fight Floyd if he dare

29.08.14

By @Livefight

Papa Mayweather thinks rapper 50 Cent should man-up and sort his beef out with his son inside the ropes - and that after Floyd had finished with him, he'd have nothing more to ever say.

"50 Cent seems like he's got a problem since Floyd left him." Mayweather Snr told the Fox Sports radio station in Las Vegas. "He's a world known singer and he's acting like a kid."

"50 Cent weighs over 100 pounds more than Floyd. Let him go up against Floyd and put that on video. Floyd would stop all that. There wouldn't be anymore said."

The tit for tat between the former friends seems to be a daily occurrence, which seems more than coincidental that 50 has a single out with his G-unit crew and Floyd is about to fight Marcos Maidana in a rematch on September. Sceptics might think it's all staged, but those close to the pair say their friendship is currently stone cold.

The rapper spoke out that Floyd has strenuous relationships with most people, especially his own flesh and blood. Whilst acknowledging he's still the best fighter around, he said he would be much too big for Floyd to handle if they ever got it on.

"No matter how close they are to him or who they are. He’ll fall out with them, and it just takes him his time to get back around being cool with him." said 50 to the Power radio station.

"With regards his father, I’d always say, 'Nah, don’t say that. That’s your father.’

"When he was gonna train Oscar De La Hoya to fight him, because you wouldn’t pay him. So if you ain’t gonna pay him, how he gonna eat? Champ got a lot of different things with him. Don’t get it twisted at all.

"He’s still the best fighter...He won’t kick my ass. I’m 220 right now."

Maidana looking strong in training VIDEO

29.08.14

By @Livefight

Marcos 'El Chino' Maidana whips himself into shape for his forthcoming rematch with Floyd Mayweather on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas:

Katsidis comes over for Coyle; Campbell meets Brizuela

28.08.14

By @Livefight

CAMPBELL MEETS BRIZUELA AND COYLE GETS KATSIDIS ON OCTOBER 25



Hull duo play host to big names on huge night

Luke Campbell MBE takes on Daniel Brizuela and Tommy Coyle faces Michael Katsidis on a huge night for both men at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25, live on Sky Sports.

Campbell boxes for his first title in his first 12-round fight, with the dangerous Brizuela standing in his way of landing the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight belt. The Argentine returns to the venue where he shared the ring with Coyle in a fight of the year contender in February, where both men hit the canvas four times before Coyle stopped Brizuela to defend his IBF International title.

Coyle defends that crown once again as Australian star Katsidis returns to Britain to tackle the rising Hull talent, and the former two-time WBO interim champion is looking for a repeat of his stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell.

“This is a big step-up for me but one I feel that I am ready for,” said Campbell, who boxes at Wembley Arena on September 20. “Brizuela’s fight with Coyle was unbelievable and I know I am in for a serious night’s work, but I’m 7-0 now and with more rounds under my belt in September, I’m confident I can land my first title.”

“It’s great to be fighting someone of Michael Katsidis’ calibre,” said Coyle. “There were many big names touted for this fight and I am delighted that it’s Michael I’ll be taking on. He’s been in with Mitchell and Ricky Burns over here and also shared the ring with Robert Guerrero and Juan Manuel Marquez, so to beat him will be a huge achievement and a great scalp to have on my record.”

“It is nice to be fighting in England again and I am very much looking forward to the fight with Tommy,” said Katsidis. “I have always enjoyed the passion of the fans and I feel at home when I fight there.

“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Brendon Smith for putting this fight together and I am working very hard in camp at present.

“I would also like to thank Tommy for putting his hand up to fight me, I have had a number of offers from the UK and I am happy to come to Hull for the fight.”

“It was a little over a year since that great night at Craven Park when we came to the city of Hull for the first time,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We’ve had three fantastic nights but I strongly believe this will be the most entertaining and definitely the most important.

“Tommy Coyle, who now has a reputation of being in regular wars, fights perhaps one of the most World renowned warriors in Michael Katsidis, while for Olympic champion Luke Campbell, this is the acid test. Brizuela, who came back from an impressive win following his fight of the year with Tommy, is a huge step up for Luke and one we believe he is ready for. Victory for both men will set up the battle of Hull in 2015, which will be a defining sporting occasion for the city.”

Unbeaten Super Bantamweight Gavin McDonnell and rising star Gamal Yafai appear on the bill alongside a host of young local talent in Nathon Smith, Tom Knight, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour.

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

Jason Gavern: “Wilder’s the real deal but Fury will be the next champ after Wlad"

28.08.2014

By Michael J Jones


A good man admits when he is wrong and, upon beginning my interview with Florida heavyweight Jason Gavern, I had to confess I made the classic fight fan mistake before his appearance in the UK heavyweight Prizefighter tournament late last year; judging a fighter by the statistics alone.

Entering the York Hall event, Gavern sported a patchy 23-15-4 (11) record which included early defeats to the likes of Amir Mansour and Lucas Browne but many times in boxing sheer figures don’t do a man justice when gauging actual talent. The Orlando native, showing quick hands and a fair share of ring smarts, would ease past big Larry Olubamiwo before upsetting the favoured James “Lights Out” Toney to make it into the final where he would be edged out by Reading veteran Michael Sprott.

Since then, the 37-year-old Gavern has struggled to get fights off his impressive Prizefighter run. His only appearance since has been a fourth-round retirement defeat to undefeated puncher Deontay Wilder earlier this month; a bout he took on just six days notice.

A pro for eleven years now, the 6’2” Gavern was an accomplished amateur who was one of the world’s elite super-heavyweights of the early 2000’s. Upon turning pro though, the prospect was soon facing very tough opposition on a regular basis.

Although he’s lost a third of his total contests overall, the father of three has been good enough to record some decent victories too. His list of victims include upsetting several respected prospects and a few tough contenders such as Raphael Butler, Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson and Manuel Quezada. Many thought he also did enough to beat Jonathon Banks in a NABF title bout four years ago (though it was scored a draw).

Gavern has also through the years faced some of the world’s best fighters in dozens of training camps all over the globe, sharing camp with champions such as Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin and Marco Huck to name but a few.

Now with an overall tally of 25-17-4 (11), Livefight caught up with the self-managed heavyweight contender to discuss his career and recent fight with Wilder which occurred on the undercard of the Brook-Porter bill in Carson.

LF) You recently boxed Deontay Wilder in Carson, you took the fight at short notice, what kind of shape were you in at the time of the call to face him?

JG) I wasn’t in training at all, I was actually on vacation in Pennsylvania with my family when I received a call to ask was I interested in the Wilder fight. I flew home immediately and trained for like three days. I felt I did pretty well considering I didn’t train at all for it. That’s what happens when you are a journeyman; you get that late call and that’s it.

Note: By completing a full four rounds with Wilder, Gavern has gone further than any of “The Bronze Bomber’s” previous 31 victims to date.

LF) The Wilder fight was your first contest in eight months; was that lay off due to not being able to get fights?

JG) Yes that’s how it works; when you have won a couple of times and looked pretty good (as Jason did in PF), nobody wants to fight you but when you lose then everyone wants to fight you. I’ve actually just signed with an advisor who’s hopefully going to get me more fights and keep me more active.

LF) A lot of fans and experts have split views on Deontay Wilder. What is your opinion of him as a fighter having recently shared a ring with him?

JG) Well he’s 32-0 with 32 knockouts, I know everybody talks down on him because he’s not done the rounds and not been tested but that’s just because he’s been knocking everyone out. It’s not his fault nobody can test him. I think he’s just what the heavyweight division needs; he’s got the size, the strength and the power. He’s a really good fighter and I rate him.

LF) You’ve obviously fought a vast array of prospects, champions and contenders; how does Wilder rank among the guys you have competed against in your career?


JG) He’s the WBC number one for a reason and he’s definitely up there with the better guys I’ve faced but I will say if I’d have had the chance to train for the fight it would have been a lot different. I’m not saying I would have won but I think I could have been a lot more competitive and gone the ten rounds.

Still, Wilder is a good fighter with a great team behind him. I sure wish I had a guy like Al Haymon supporting me. Wilder gets long camps, all his training expenses paid for and good money while guys like me don’t get those luxuries. If I had that I could show everyone what I could do against a top ten guy. So many of my losses have been on very short notice.

LF) Let’s talk now about Prizefighter last November. I was surprised at how capable a fighter you proved to be in there especially in those first two bouts vs Olubamiwo and Toney?

JG) I took that on only two weeks notice so didn’t really have much time to prepare which is a shame as I feel with more time I would have won the whole thing. I honestly wasn’t even in shape; I was about 60% at best. If I’d have had even a month to get used to that style of fight I know I would have won it all. It was a blessing to be there though and a great experience. To beat a Hall of Fame fighter like James Toney in the process was also great for me and the UK fans were the best.

Big Larry I dropped in the first but it wasn’t really a proper knock-down. I didn’t catch him with a solid punch he was more off-balance but I’d take the knock-down. I would have won either way, Larry was a strong guy but didn’t really use his size very well I think that’s something he needs to work on. He also got knocked out badly in his next fight after that (vs Jamie Hearn actually two fights later).

LF) A lot of people thought Toney would win easily in your semi-final match. Were you confident of the upset beforehand?

JG) The thing with Toney is I’ve been with him for years. Around 2006-2007 just when he was coming through as a heavyweight we would spar all the time. I knew his style well and even some of my tricks are ones I’d learned from him and you can’t argue with learning from one of the best in boxing.

The important thing for me in that fight was to pace myself and not put my foot on the gas to much early on. Even though I’d won my first fight comfortably it still took a little wind out of me for the second fight. It was a fan friendly fight (with Toney) in which the fans were well into it and I kind of fed off that (support).

LF) You would be edged out by former British champion Michael Sprott in the final. Were you just too fatigued for a mobile guy like Sprott after the previous two bouts?

JG) I felt he won the first and I won the second convincingly yet none of the judges gave me that round which I found hard to believe. The third round I hurt my elbow which needed surgery when I got home as I’d torn a tendon. Michael Sprott is one of the true gentlemen of boxing though, a great guy and a man I call a friend so if I was going to lose to anyone I would have wanted it to be him and it was an honour to lose to him.

LF) You’ve said in numerous interviews that you have taken many fights at late notice. How different do you think your record would be now if you’d have had a solid eight-week camp before every fight?

JG) Oh man so different…well my four draws were all wins just to start with. The Lucas Browne fight in Hong Kong (two years ago) was on a Ricky Hatton promoted card and I took that on three days notice so no surprise I lost that one. Mariusz Wach I took on four or five days notice and was sick with pneumonia, Alexander Ustinov I took on two weeks notice and he was 6’8” and 320lbs. I would have beaten Ustinov for sure as I was out-hustling him but I was never going to win a decision over there either way.

Oleg Maskaev I beat him in Russia but they gave it the other way. I had him down in the ninth and couldn’t believe it when he got up…he barely made it but I was too fatigued to finish the job. Believe me my record would look totally different if I’ve had been in shape every time.

LF) If I asked you to name one fight which showed the true Jason Gavern at his best which one would you pick?

JG) Jonathon Banks. I beat him hands down over in Germany and really showed what I could do but they gave it a draw. I feel if I was able to train properly I would be a top ten heavyweight easily but they just call me up at last minute. I have to pay all of my training expenses out of my own pocket so most of the time I’m just breaking even. I barely make much money out of boxing because the guys at the top make all of the money.

The turning point in my career was that Jonathon Banks fight. Before then I’d beaten a good fighter named Manuel Quezada for his WBC title*, then we trained for a month for the fight with Banks in Germany on a Klitschko bill. I won (in rounds) 10-2…maybe 9-3 yet they gave it a draw. For me a draw in Germany means I won but it’s all political. I was so disgusted after that decision I basically stopped caring and took fights mostly for the money. Politics spoil the whole sport of boxing.

*WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title.

LF) You are 37-years-old now and a veteran of 46 pro fights; what more do you feel you have to offer at this stage of your career?

JG) I still feel very fresh for my age and I have no major injuries and can still talk and have my own teeth (laughs) so I feel I still can do something. I’m not going to say I can still be a world champion but I can still win some fights and break into the top ten or fifteen in the world but I just need someone to get behind me.

Right now I’m married, have three kids, my wife works full time and it’s hard. I’m not going to pay to travel to train unless I have a fight coming up. I haven’t been 100% for a fight for about four years yet I still do OK.

LF) Who do you see out of the young guys coming through as the next dominant champion when Wladimir walks away?


JG) Well first things first as long as Wladimir is around nobody will beat him. People say he’s boring but it’s just simply because he’s so dominant. Out of the rest…it’s tough but I think maybe Tyson Fury will be the next world champion. I’ve just been in camp with him and he really impressed me I think he’s a tremendous fighter.

LF) Would you face Fury if offered the fight?

JG) Sure I’d face him as it would be a good money fight for me but I really don’t think Fury would want it in the position he’s in just in case he got cut or hurt or something. I don’t think a guy like Fury would be interested but I’d fight any of these young guys coming through. I’d face Anthony Joshua, I was just in camp with him and he impressed me too.

LF) Joshua is currently sparring Wladimir Klitschko in camp what do you make of that?

JG) That’s good sparring for him the best he could ever get right now and invaluable experience for him. I think the age of 6’2”, 220lb heavyweights is over now, guys are 6’6” and 250 regularly now and Joshua fits into that category. He’s being brought along great by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom and he’s a strong, hungry kid. Sparring the best heavyweight in the world will only make him even better.

LF) Any final comments Jason before we conclude?

JG) I just want to give a big shout out to all of the UK fans and I hope to get back to the UK someday to fight again. Anyone can hit me up on Twitter or Facebook any time.

LF) Thank you Jason and all the best for your career.

JG) Thank you for taking the time to talk to me I appreciate it.

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