News September 2016

Kevin Hooper says Scotty Cardle is 'average'


By @Livefight

Kevin Hooper says he will end Scotty Cardle’s ‘average’ reign as British Lightweight champion when they clash at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.

Cardle defends the belt for the third time next week, having clashed twice with Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd in Liverpool. The first outing ended in a dramatic 12th round stoppage win for the champ in November and he then held onto the strap with a majority draw in April.

Grimsby challenger Hooper believes the Lytham St. Annes based Scot is lucky to still hold the crown and the former English champion plans to end his reign in style in Glasgow.

"I'm in the shape of my life for this fight and I know I'm going to beat him,” said Hooper. “We've had plenty of soars in the past and I've handled him comfortably. He looked average against Sean Dodd and I know his weaknesses and how to exploit them.

“I've had to get this shot the hard way and I've earnt it where as he has been gifted opportunities I can't wait to become British champion on October 7.”

Hooper’s clash with Cardle is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow where three-weight World ruler Ricky Burns defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against dangerous mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.

Brixton Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison clash for the vacant British title, and there’s action for Joe Ham, Lewis Paulin, Stewart Burt, Scott McCormack and Ross Murray.

Tickets are on general sale now with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at

Burns to land Broner fight if Scotsman beats Relikh


By @Livefight

Ricky Burns will land a huge showdown with Adrien Broner if he successfully defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against dangerous mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.

Three-weight World king Burns makes the first defence of the belt he won in style in May, knocking out Michele Di Rocco in the same arena in eight rounds.

The Coatbridge ace faces the hard-hitting Relikh in his 12th World title fight in his glittering career, and the carrot of a blockbuster battle with four-weight champion Broner, with the brash Cincinnati man heading to Scotland for the fight next week to take a close look at the ‘Rickster’.

“We were pretty much there in terms of the deal to fight Broner but because of issues out of the ring we all decided to fight Relikh and try and clear the mandatory before securing the fight against Broner in December,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Adrien contacted me this week and said he is coming to Glasgow on October 7 to watch the fight and if Ricky defeats Relikh I expect that fight to get made without any problems.”

Burns’ clash with Relikh is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow with two tasty British title fights whetting the appetite.

Scotty Cardle defending his British crown against Kevin Hooper while Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison clash for the vacant Heavyweight strap, and there’s action for Joe Ham, Lewis Paulin, Stewart Burt, Scott McCormack and Ross Murray.

Tickets go on general sale at midday on Friday September 2, with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at

Burton hammers home his qualities


By @John_Evans79

Add the name Fernando Castaneda to those of Viktor Tzonev and Jahmaine Smyle.

Those three unfortunate men have felt exactly what British light heavyweight champion Hosea Burton (18-0, 9 KO’s) is capable of.

Burton, 28, knocked Castaneda out in the third round at the Manchester Arena last night after establishing his range, maintaining the range and taking advantage of that range. At 6ft 4in tall and with long and lean arms, you would expect Burton to be capable of pinning any opponent on the end of a long, accurate jab. What he possesses - and what could well single him out from the domestic pack at 175lbs - is fight ending power. He hasn’t mixed in top company yet, but on all available evidence, when his right hand lands it has serious consequences.

Until recently though, only a spectacular debut knockout of Tzonev and a clinical opening round destruction of Smyle have seen Burton put together complete performances.

‘The Hammer’ has either drifted through fights against opponents who were seemingly tailor-made for him without ever really committing to his right hand or has allowed himself to be dragged into messy, mauling and - to be brutally honest - boring marking time fights. Some fans who have only seen Burton perform on the big shows have turned off having sat through a procession of drama free victories but still, whenever I read a press release which informs me that Burton is appearing I get a twang of excitement and remember the devastating performances against Tzonev and Smyle.

Burton has now had 18 professional fights and I have been at ringside for fifteen of them, each time waiting to see if the lanky light heavyweight is going to produce what I’m certain he is capable of. Finally, it seems like those of us who have maintained our faith in Burton may be about to be rewarded.

The biggest victory of Burton’s career is undoubtedly his stoppage of Miles Shinkwin that earned him the British title back in February, but he got over the line that night using a mixture of guts and power. Shinkwin managed to hurt Burton and drag him into a messy but entertaining brawl. Burton wasn’t at his best but he got the job done in exciting fashion.

Since then, he has knocked out Michal Ludiczak and Jozsef Komany in ruthless, efficient fashion but, last night against Castaneda, he began to look like the things Joe Gallagher has spent thousands of hours drilling into him were beginning to come naturally. His jab was accurate, his right hand came regularly but not in a set pattern, the uppercut worked perfectly against a smaller opponent and he didn’t crowd his work at the finish. Yes, I know, Castaneda was no world beater. But look at what Burton did rather than what the Mexican didn’t.

If Burton can figure out how to spend most of the time he spends in the ring utilising his own assets rather than letting his opponents dictate where the fight is fought, he might just prove to be one of British boxing’s most unlikely breakout stars.

He was due to defend his Lonsdale belt against Enfield’s Frank Buglioni last night but the Londoner was forced to withdraw with injury. Should the fight be rescheduled, Burton will face a hard hitting, determined fighter with a solid chin. It could prove to be an exciting, give and take battle.

Unless, of course, Burton can establish that range.

Linares outpoints Crolla in excellent lightweight battle


By @John_Evans79

Preflight opinion was split down the middle. Would the sharp, spiteful technical skills of Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KO’s) prove too much for Anthony Crolla (35-5-3, 13 KO’s) or would the Mancunian be able to outlast and wear down ‘El Niño de Oro’?

After twelve excellent rounds, Linares deservedly left Manchester with Crolla’s WBA lightweight title. He also claimed The Ring Magazine title and a WBC Diamond belt.

Before the fight, both fighters major weaknesses also seemed likely to play directly to their opponents strength. If there is a criticism to be levelled at Linares, 31, it is that he has shown vulnerability in the past and can be ‘broken’. Crolla, 29, may have one of the best jabs and body attacks in the lightweight division but he has also become a strong and sturdy workhorse. Most of those predicting a Crolla victory pinned their hopes on a late stoppage.

The man from Moston has shown a susceptibility to the uppercut in the past; a punch that just happens to be one of the most dangerous in Linares’ arsenal. Linares also has a bazooka like straight right hand - check out the videos of him walking people on to it in sparring - but Crolla’s excellent jab always seemed likely to restrict the effectiveness of that shot. Crolla defended both shots extremely well all night and instead, Linares utilised an excellent jab to the head and would end combinations with his left hook to the body. The former WBC champion is too talented to have his weapons taken away for the duration of a fight and still cleverly found ways to land his pet shots [watch the fight back and look for the sequence where Linares repeatedly switches his jab to head and body to disguise his right hand] but Crolla defended Linares’ major threats as well could be expected.

Linares is one of the world’s most beautiful fighters to watch when in full flow but after surviving the dangerous early rounds when the Venezuelan’s bounce is usually at his highest, it seemed like Crolla might have taken enough wind out Linares for him to make it a gruelling war of attrition down the stretch. Things changed as the sixth round drew to a close, a hard right hook quickly turned what had been Crolla’s best round of the fight into a pivotal moment for Linares. From that point on he seemed to relax and find his rhythm. His footwork seemed to go to a different level and he began to find himself spending longer and longer in the centre of the ring where he found a little extra time to fire off some spectacular combinations to head and body.

The rounds which many thought would be Crolla’s territory instead went to Linares. Pretty remarkable considering that the 31 year old three weight world champion had never before completed the twelve round distance.

Crolla’s remarkable rise hasn’t ground to a halt. His meteoric ascent to the world title has been well documented but it bears repeating that over the past three years, Crolla has reached levels that very few ever imagined possible. If he can rebound from defeats to Youssef Al Hamidi, Gary Sykes and Derry Mathews to drag himself up to world level, he can certainly take positives from putting in such a competitive display against a fighter of Linares’ quality. He can continue to tweak his game and spend the rest of his career competing at this high level.

The fight provided everything a boxing fans could possibly want. It was an extremely entertaining and well contested fight between world class lightweights. Both fighters posed and solved problems. Crolla produced a career best performance and one of the sports most talented fighters of recent years reminded us that he still has plenty to offer.

Hearn: Parker likely next for Joshua, not Hughie Fury


By @JamesHelder_

Promoter Eddie Hearn says him and Hughie Fury's team are "miles apart" on price when it comes to trying to match him up against IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

"Right now, I'd say Joseph Parker is the favourite to meet AJ."

"All being well between him and Dimitrenko next month - it's looking like Joshua vs Parker in November." says Hearn


Crolla vs Linares weigh-in [VIDEO]


By @JamesHelder_

iFLTV present the official weigh-in between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares.

The pair battle at Manchester arena tomorrow night, live on Sky Sports HD.

Linares: I won't make the same mistakes as Barroso


By @Livefight

Venezuelan believes fellow countryman played into Crolla’s hands in July

Jorge Linares says he won’t make the same mistakes the Ismael Barroso did against Anthony Crolla when they clash for the WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring magazine Lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla destroyed Barroso with a now-trademark body shot in the seventh round of the first defence of his WBA crown at the arena in July, soaking up the early pressure from the hard-hitting challenger before imposing himself and knocking out the dangerous Venezuelan in style.

Linares believes that his fellow countryman was too aggressive too early in the fight, and that he is ready to tough it out for 12 rounds to take the titles back home.

“Ismael is a very good fighter but he made a big mistake in the fight,” said Linares. “He came out too strong and too fast and too aggressive, trying to KO Anthony, and when you are at this level, you cannot go looking for the KO because when you do that, you end up receiving the KO, and that's what happened.

“Anthony worked to fight for 12 rounds but Ismael didn't. He came rushing out and Anthony absorbed the early attack and imposed himself on Ismael and won the fight in style. The difference is that I prepare to go the distance and that's what you need to do at this level.”

Saturday’s fight is special to Linares for more than the titles on offer as he looks to fulfil a promise to the late president of the WBA, Gilberto Mendoza.

“It's not who is the more difficult or complicated fighter in the division, all the champions are great fighters,” said Linares. “We can all box and punch hard, so no one fight is any harder or easier than the other, the only fight that counts is the one in front of you, and for me that's Anthony. Fights with Terry Flanagan and Dejan Zlaticanin can come next year but this fight is personal to me, not because of Anthony, but because of the WBA.

“Prior to Mr Mendoza passing away, I told him I would win the WBA title back for him to Venezuela, so this really means a lot to me because of that. All the belts are on the line, the WBC Diamond belt is beautiful and not many people have won it, so to be added to that list would mean so much.

“The Ring magazine belt is very prestigious and not many win that either because number one and two in the world need to fight to have it on the line, like it is here, that adds so much and the personal promise from the heart to Mr Mendoza for the WBA makes this fight so special.”

Linares’ clash with Crolla is part of a huge night of action in Manchester as John Ryder defends his WBA International Middleweight title against Jack Arnfield.

Callum Johnson lands his first title action against Willbeforce Shihepo for the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title, unbeaten Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton will be in title action Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at [] or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through priced at £250.

Face value tickets for September 24 will also be available from . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

Crolla ready for Linares test


Courtesy of Matchroom Boxing

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