Chisora and Saunders headline 'Rock the Box' 2
Promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce that ‘Rock The Box 2’, the next big mulit-title extravaganza at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will take place on Saturday 30th November headlined by stars Dereck Chisora and Billy Joe Saunders, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The Hall of Fame Promoter’s hugely successful debut event at the stunning, state-of-the-art, venue earlier this month saw an action-packed show, including Chisora smashing his way to the European Heavyweight title and Saunders defending his British and Commonwealth Middleweight titles in a hard and absorbing battle against John Ryder.
Finchley puncher Chisora, who also holds the WBO International title, returns to action and makes the first defence of his European title against a challenger to be announced.
The 29-year-old is back to his dynamite best and recorded his third win this year. He defeated Argentine Hector Alfredo Avila in April, followed by a stunning win over the unbeaten American Malik Scott inside six rounds in July, but his total destruction of Edmund Gerber - pummeling the German from head to body with power shots - was his most impressive yet.
He will be a ringside observer in Moscow this Saturday night for the most important heavyweight fight in recent years that sees WBO/IBF/WBA Super World Champion Wladimir Klitschko against undefeated Russian challenger Alexander Povetikin which is also live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Chisora said, “I said that I would be destroying these guys from now and that’s what I’ve done in my last two fights. The fans and media know what I can do, this is the new Del Boy and this time I’m on the road to win the world heavyweight title. I love fighting at the Copper Box Arena and this is my new home. Whoever I have in front of me on November 30th is getting destroyed.”
Hatfield’s Saunders puts his British and Commonwealth titles on the line against a challenger to be announced, but will he will be going all out to win the prestigious Lonsdale Belt with a successful third defence of the title.
The 24-year-old has had a sensational year so far defending the British and Commonwealth titles against Matthew Hall in March and claiming the unbeaten records of Gary O’Sullivan with a masterclass performance to capture the WBO International belt and tough London rival Ryder to defend both belts.
His fantastic achievements were recognised by the Boxing Writers’ Club who nominated him their Young Boxer of the Year award to cap a memorable September for the young star.
“To say this year has been the best of my career would be an understatement. I couldn’t have wished for a better one, but it’s only going to get better and bettter. I’m producing the best boxing of my career, I’ve defended my British and Commonwealth titles, I’ve beaten two unbeaten fighters in O’Sullivan and Ryder, I’m still unbeaten and I’ve been won the Best Young Boxer of the Year award. But the year isn’t over yet and I’ve got the chance to win the Lonsdale Belt outright at the Copper Box Arena which will be end the year perfectly.” Said Saunders.
Two further title fights will feature on the show with the new Southern Area Super-Featherweight Champion Mitchell Smith returning to action and making the first defence of the title that he won last month, plus unbeaten Bradley Skeete steps up to challenge former British Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes for the Vacant English title.
A quality stacked card sees the return of two London fighters, each with a huge fan base that will again get the Copper Box Arena rocking. Enfield super-middleweight sensation Frank Buglioni looks to maintain his unbeaten record and stay on track for his first title shot, while Islington sensation Georgie Kean, who made his long awaited debut last month, returns for his second professional fight.
Completing the card will be Wembley welterweight Gary Corcoran, Chingford super-middleweight Tom Baker and Islington lightweight Joey Taylor.
Tickets for Rock The Box 2 priced at:
£40 (Upper concourse)
£50 (Lower seating bowl)
Are available from Eventim Box Office on 0844 249 1000 or online at www.eventim.co.uk
'Bad News' Hughes looking to get busy
by John Hannen
After a stop-star career, Sunderland heavyweight Danny Hughes is raring to get back into action under new promoter Phil Jeffries.
Hughes, previously guided by Northeast mainstay Tommy Conroy, has only lost to Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott in a 15-fight career, with both those reverses coming within the Prizefighter format.
Now, under the Pro Box North East banner, ‘Bad News’ Hughes is looking to stay busy and get into some kind of title contention within the next year.
“I decided to work with Phil as he is pretty busy putting shows on all year round and has good contacts with lots of other promoters to get me work,” explained Hughes of the switch in promoters. “Phil is also a friend and I know he will work hard to get me to a title.
“My plans are to fight in December in Newcastle just to get back in the swing of things and then after that a good 50-50 fight. Maybe then I can challenge for a title and get into the mix.
“I think someone like Hughie Fury or Ian Lewison might have a title by next year and I’d love to fight one of them for a belt.”
“I’m pleased to have Danny fighting on my future shows,” stated Jeffries. “He’s a top lad and a good talent, with fast hands and knockout power. I’ve said to him though that he needs to stay fit and motivated because I will be keeping him busy. We need a good heavyweight in the Northeast, and I think there are some really exciting fights ahead for him and for the region’s boxing fans.”
Pro Box North East’s next show is at the Rainton Meadows Arena on October 19. The bill is headlined by Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings and Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott for the English lightweight title, as well as Martin Ward boxing for the Commonwealth bantamweight crown.
The rest of the Rainton Meadows card will feature some of the best unbeaten fighters from the region including Easington’s Paul Archer; South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha; Hartlepool’s Callum Winton and Mick Hadfield, and Horden’s Anthony Hardy. Also appearing will be Edinburgh’s John McCallum.
Tickets are available from all boxers or by calling 0774 611 020.
Ricky Hattons hosts Belfast workshop on Oct 17
Fight fans and fitness fanatics will get a rare chance to be put through their passes by four-time world boxing champion Ricky Hatton next month when he hosts his Hatton Academy workshop on the Emerald Isle for the first time.
Over the course of three hours 'The Hitman' will show participants the circuits he used during his glittering career at the City Centre Gym in Belfast on October 17.
"I've always liked Belfast as it's a place where people really know their boxing and I'm sure it'll be a great day for everyone that comes along," Ricky said.
"It will be nice to spend some time with people who have supported me in my career and are keen to learn to learn new ways that they can keep fit. Hopefully I can teach them a few of the tricks that served me so well in the ring.
"My boxer Ryan Burnett is fighting on the Carl Frampton undercard a couple of days later as well so I'm very much looking forward to what I think will be a great week."
As well as Burnett's appearance at the Odyssey Arena, Ricky's Belfast workshop also coincides with the launch of the Hatton Academy in Ireland.
Hatton Academy, which launched to huge success earlier this year, offers personal trainers and fitness instructors the opportunity to enhance their skills and teaching skills by using boxing techniques.
Jon Eade, Hatton Academy's training and educational director, added: "This isn't just a chance to train with Ricky, which is a huge honour, it's also an opportunity to learn about what the Academy does and how it can help them with their own training regimes."
Selby: Walsh will be my last domestic test
British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion Lee Selby says he’ll move onto World honours when he wins the Lonsdale belt outright against Ryan Walsh at The O2 on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
The Welsh star defends his titles against the unbeaten Cromer fighter on the stacked bill in East London, and the 26 year old, ranked seventh with the WBC, says it will be time to aim for the big guns if he emerges with the win.
“This will most probably be my last domestic test,” said Selby. “I will have won the Lonsdale belt outright when I win this fight and now it is time to look towards European and World level.
“It is a natural progression once you have won the Lonsdale belt outright. There isn’t much point continuing to fight for it when you can move on to the European stage. I am the mandatory challenger for the European belt so I want to win that next.
Selby’s last action saw him put in a mature display to take Viorel Simion’s WBC International title in Hull in July, a fight that Selby feels was an examination of his top-level credentials, and one that he passed.
“He was my toughest opponent yet,” said Selby. “It was non-stop pressure and he took some good shots and kept coming. I would have scored it eight rounds to three with one draw, but scoring the fight like that doesn’t really tell the story because they were close rounds but I was just edging most of them.
“I wasn’t too pleased with the performance but I got the job done. It was an important fight and I wasn’t going to take too many risks, I just wanted to get the job done. I don’t think I boxed to my best ability on the night, I just did enough to win. I didn’t take any risks like I usually do. There were reasons I wasn’t at my best but I don’t make excuses, it is what it is and it is done now. I had my own problems but I won’t make any excuses.”
Although Selby didn’t blow Simion away like previous opponents, he garnered praise for his mature performance and that acclaim has only further boosted his belief that a World title is within touching distance.
“I have been very pleased with what people have been saying about me,” said Selby. “Since I joined Matchroom Sport and have been on Sky Sports more people are getting to see me and they are getting to see the hard work I have been doing in the gym get put into practice. I am very pleased with how this year has been.
“With Matchroom Sport promoting me I think Eddie Hearn would be able to get me a World title shot pretty soon. But I don’t want to just fight for a World title and put on a good performance; I want to be able to win the belt and defend it for a long time. I would say after tonight’s fight I would want another good three fights against good opposition, and then I think I will be ready for the World title.
“I would fight any of the World champions. I think the easiest at the minute would be the IBF champion, Evgeny Gradovich. When I say the easiest, he is a World champion so he is a very good fighter but he would suit my style the best but I would be happy to fight any of the World champions.
“It is a very exciting time. All of my hard work is paying off. I have had three 12 round fights, tonight will be my fourth and I will hopefully get another one in before the end of the year. That would be five 12-round title fights in 2013 and I would be very pleased with that.”
Selby’s clash with Walsh is part of a great night of action at The O2 as Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE makes his pro debut and Scott Quigg takes on Yoandris Salinas for the WBA World Super Bantamweight title.
British lightweight World title contender Kevin Mitchell faces Marco Lopez for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title, Joshua’s fellow Gold medal teammate Luke Campbell boxes for the second time as a pro against Neil Hepper, Prizefighter champion Wadi Camacho faces Tony Conquest and Danny Connor defends his Southern Area Light Welterweight title against Tony Owen.
Tickets for Anthony Joshua’s debut ‘Carpe Diem’ are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 are available on 08448 24 48 24 and The O2’s ticketing agent – www.AXS.com. VIP packages priced £200 are exclusively available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 or at www.matchroomboxing.com
Hooper hopes to stub out '2 Smokes' in Oldham
If Grimsby’s Kevin Hooper is to win the vacant English super-featherweight crown at the Oldham Sports Centre on October 5, then he will have to outsmart local favourite Jon ‘2 Smokes’ Kays to do it.
With the entire bill streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV, Kevin is not fazed at boxing away from home. The 29-year-old is confident he has enough in the locker to upset the local fans and is convinced Kays’ fighting style will suit him perfectly.
“He’s quite a tidy boxer,” explained Kevin, who has just one defeat in 14 outings. “He’s compact and likes to come forward, and I think it suits my style and it’ll be a good fight. I’m very confident in myself and believe I’ll win. I’m not looking for a knockout, if it comes it comes, I’m looking for a good points win.
“It’s a 50-50 fight between me and Jon. We both want the title and we’re both coming off losses to Gary Sykes and we’ve got a lot to prove. I can’t afford to lose; I want to go places and this fight is going to put me up there, so this is a must-win fight for myself.
“I’m very confident. I’ve trained extra hard for this, more than I did for the Sykes fight. I’m coming off that loss and I don’t want that again so I’m putting all the effort in. I’ve had a really good camp and I’m just excited for it.”
Sykes is the common denominator between the pair; with both having English title points losses on their ledgers to the former British champion. Predicting a close and exciting encounter, Gary is siding with his VIP stable-mate Kays to edge it and collect his first title.
“Hooper will throw a lot of punches and will be there, but he didn’t seem to be too hard to work out. I read him a little bit easier than Jon,” revealed ‘Five Star’ Sykes. “Kays was hard to read at times. For the first few rounds he led me a bit of a merry dance and he were hard to figure out. So, it’ll definitely be an interesting fight, Hooper will throw a lot and works hard, but I think Kays might be a bit too cagey for him.”
Promoter Steve Wood said: “This is a really competitive fight and it could go either way. Both came up short against Sykes but I feel that Jon has a bit more quality about his work and will be too good for Kevin. Either way it will be really exciting. The rest of the bill is quality too with the likes of former Prizefighter winner Terry Flannigan, Kerry Hope and local favourite Ronnie Heffron appearing. We’ve been streaming all our shows live and free on VIPBOXING.TV and the feedback from the boxing public has been tremendous, so if you can’t get along to the show then tune in on the night.”
VIP Promotions presents Jon Kays versus Kevin Hooper for the vacant English super-featherweight title at the Oldham Sports Centre on October 5. The undercard will feature boxers from across the Northwest including Merseyside’s Gary Ormrod and James Metcalf; Middleton’s Alex Rutter and Curtis Gargano; Manchester’s Sam Omidi and Terry Flannigan, Oldham’s Ronnie Heffron, Ashley Mayall and Marvin Greaves; Denton’s Callum Cooke; Burnley’s Atif Ali, and Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe. Also appearing will be former European middleweight champion, Wales’ Kerry Hope.
Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £60 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at www.vipbe.co.uk
The show will also be streamed live and free at www.vipboxing.tv
Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.
Cleverly reflects on Kovalev loss - Considers cruiserweight
Nathan Cleverly reflects on the defeat to Russian Sergey Kovalev. Says the loss took him a while to recover from, but he is coming back and considering a future in the cruiserweight division.
Hank Lundy chasing Garcia “I would have whipped Matthysse even easier”
By Michael J Jones
If one were to write a list of the ten most talented pure boxers in the world today, somewhere near the top would be the name of Henry Lundy. The lightening fast Philly contender boxes with at times effortless talent and showed his best form last time out against seasoned Ajose Olusegun in Salem.
The bout marked “Hammerin Hank’s” second fight at 140lbs since returning to his old division earlier this year after several years campaigning at the lightweight limit. After a disappointing defeat in Kiev to unbeaten Victor Postol last March, some wondered if the 29-year-old was losing his edge after two straight defeats but the 5’7” stylist put on a boxing master-class to near shut-out Olusegun over ten rounds.
The impressive win takes the slick Philadelphian to 23-3-1 (11) and, after signing with Rap mogul James Prince, looks poised for a long-awaited world title shot against one of the reigning champions of the light-welterweight division.
At 135lbs, Lundy holds victories over future and former world champions Richard Abril and David Diaz as well as solid contenders such as Patrick Lopez and Dannie Williams but could never nail down a title shot and suffered disappointing defeats to John Molina (controversially stopped in the eleventh after dominating most of the fight) and Raymundo Beltran (close decision).
Both Molina and Beltran would earn world title chances after beating the former amateur star as Lundy was frustratingly left in the wilderness.
Trigger-fisted Lundy is next out on October 19th in Atlantic City where he takes on 16-3 (7) Jeremy Bryan in a stay-busy fight. Livefight caught up with the confident contender to discuss his recent career and his hopes for the coming year-
LF) You face Jeremy Bryan next month how has training gone and what do you know about your opponent?
HL) Training has gone excellent sparring with all my Philly brothers. Jeremy Bryan I remember from the amateurs. He’s 16-3, been stopped three times and lost two of his last three fights by knockout. I’ll be giving him his fourth knockout loss.
LF) What about after that fight; what is the current situation regarding a world title fight against one of the reigning champions?
HL) I’m currently ranked number two with the WBC so I’m in line for my shot. There’s talk of (WBC and WBA Super champion) Danny Garcia rematching Lucas Matthysse, if that fight comes off I’ll be in line to fight the winner. With the big money behind me now I’ll be fighting for that title soon whether it’s Garcia or (if he vacates), someone else.
LF) Many thought Garcia would lose to Matthysse in their recent fight; were you impressed with Garcia’s performance?
HL) I know Danny Garcia can fight but I’ve been saying for a long time Lucas Matthysse is one-dimensional. I would have done that job even quicker and better. Fighting Matthysse is simple; draw him onto your counters all night until he knocks himself out. Danny Garcia took care of business and looked good though so I’ll give him credit for that.
Note: Lundy was scheduled to fight Mattysse last January before it fell through. Mattysse would face Mike Dallas Jr on the date instead stopping him in the first.
LF) Let’s say you and Garcia meet for the WBC and WBA Super titles next year. How would the fight go tactically between the two of you?
HL) Easy work. I’ve made a career making hard fights look easy and that wouldn’t be any different.
LF) Just over a year ago you fought a very close fight with Raymundo Beltran, losing a razor-thin decision. Did you see Beltran’s WBO title fight with Ricky Burns recently?
HL) Yes as a matter of fact (Beltran) gave me a call before the fight and I wished him my best. That fight wasn’t even close I thought Beltran won hands down. The thing is, USA fighters go over there (to the UK) and we always get robbed so we don’t get any credit for going there.
Ricky Burns I was chasing a while ago when he was WBO lightweight champion but they ran from us and wouldn’t take the fight.
LF) You’ve had two fights this year at 140lbs, you lost the first in Kiev to Victor Postol but looked good beating Olusegun. Do you feel stronger at that weight now?
HL) Well I actually started my career at 140lbs and had my first fifteen fights there. Now I’ve returned to this weight I don’t have to drain my body any more to make 135 and feel stronger for it and that my punching power has improved.
My last fight I was dominant and that’s how I want every performance to be now. I was switching from southpaw to orthodox, boxing smart and being “Hammerin Hank”.
LF) You’ve had moments in your career where you’ve had to overcome some disappointment, how have you kept the hunger through those frustrating times?
HL) I feel I’ve built my own name by fighting all (the toughest) fights but sometimes you don’t get the breaks. Now with James Prince as my manager there shouldn’t be any reason why I don’t get the opportunities. It’s always easier when you have a big name behind you so now I can just concentrate on the fighting.
It showed in my last fight against Olusegun. That was a guy who was 31-1 and only lost to Matthysse but I made it look easy.
LF) Which of your victories would you say was your best?
HL) My win over David Diaz. He was 32-2, a two-time WBC champion and I knocked him out in the sixth round with one punch. Manny Pacquiao took nine and after an accumulation (of punches) but I did it earlier and with one punch. I consider that the win of my career.
LF) Mike Alvarado faces Ruslan Provodnikov on October 19th for the Interim WBO title in your weight division; how do you see that fight going?
HL) That’s kind of a toss up fight, I’d maybe lean towards Alvarado. I had a thing on Twitter with Alvarado and I ended it by saying I’d face him anytime in the ring. I hope he wins so I can go and take that belt from him.
LF) A fighter who has just left the light-welterweight division is Amir Khan. Who wins between him and Devon Alexander later this year?
HL) I got a call to spar Khan recently as I’m one of the top southpaw’s in the world. They are both good people so I say let the best man win.
LF) Floyd Mayweather Jr has just dominated Saul Alvarez to remain undefeated. Do you see anyone around who stands a chance against him right now?
HL) Right now? No. Anyone he fights it turns into a mismatch. The only type of guy who stands a chance is a guy with speed, power and some ring smarts, a bit like me; otherwise it’s an easy night for (Mayweather).
LF) Thanks Hank.
HL) Thank you for the time.
Abraham's road to Stieglitz 3 continues with De Carolis bout
Giovanni De Carolis (20-4, 10 KOs) will challenge Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Championship at the EWE ARENA in Oldenburg, Germany on October 26. Abraham´s intention is not only to defend his title but also to show that he is ready for a third clash with current world champion Robert Stieglitz.
"Finally there is clarity for me," said Abraham, who is currently ranked as the number one contender and mandatory challenger at super middleweight by the WBO. "Now I will have to study my next opponent on tape together with my coach Ulli Wegner. With the perfect preparation and strategy there is no doubt in my mind that I will leave the ring as the winner come October 26."
Wegner has already examined the 29-year-old from Rome, Italy carefully. "He is a good technician who likes to mix it up offensively," stated Wegner when asked about the current WBC International Champion De Carolis. "This will be a good test for Arthur. If he wins decisively, I will be more than excited about a third fight between him and Stieglitz in early 2014."
Tickets for the big fight night at the EWE ARENA Oldenburg can be purchased at www.eventim.de and www.boxen.com.