VIDEO: Junior Witter interview
Interview with British champion Junior Witter, from today's weigh-in.
VIDEO: Interview with Frankie Gavin
An interview from today's weigh-in with Frankie Gavin ahead of his British title fight against Junior Witter.
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VIDEO: Frankie Gavin vs Junior Witter make weight
Kugan Cassius films the weigh-in between Frankie Gavin and Junior Witter.
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Callum Smith added to Carl Froch bill
Liverpool’s Callum Smith will make his professional debut on at the Capital FM Arena on the undercard of Carl Froch’s IBF super middleweight World title defence against Yusaf Mack, live on Sky Sports on November 17 in Betfair’s ‘True Brit’.
Smith recently turned pro with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport after missing out on a spot at the London Olympics and is the latest Smith to join the pro ranks, following in the footsteps of older brothers Liam, Stephen and Paul.
The 22 year old, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, will begin life in the pros fighting at super middleweight despite boxing at light heavyweight in the amateur ranks and will join former GB teammates Scotty Cardle, Kal Yafai and Martin J. Ward on Froch’s undercard next month.
“I am really excited about making my professional debut, it is a great bill to debut on,” said Smith. “I have been sparring with Carl Froch, Tony Bellew is a good Scouse lad who is from the same amateur club as me and then the undercard has Kal Yafai, Martin J. Ward, Scotty Cardle who were my amateur teammates, so I couldn’t really have asked for a better card with better people to box on for my debut, apart from my brothers.
“I felt the time was right to turn professional. I have done a lot in the amateurs and it was either turn professional or wait another four years as I didn’t really see the point in waiting two years because I have done the Commonwealth Games before and had success there and the only tournament I really wanted to do was the Olympic Games. So it was either turn pro now or wait four years and after thinking about it I decided that I wanted to turn professional.
“I speak to Kal, and especially Scott Cardle, all the time. I see Scotty every day in the gym and they are loving it, enjoying fighting regularly and learning all the time and they are happy with the move they have made and I am sure I will be once I get the ball rolling.
“It is exciting to see how Kal and Scott have been getting on. We were on the same amateur team so I know I am the same sort of level as them and I am excited to get my turn to hopefully show people how good I am and how good I can be.
“Eddie wants to keep me active and I have seen my gym mate Cardle have some excellent fights in seven months and that is what I want.”
Promoter Hearn added: “I'm delighted to add Callum to our ever expanding team of fighters. At just 22, I believe Callum is one of the most talented young fighters in the country and he can expect to be very busy over the next few years. We have a special team of fighters at Matchroom and I'm excited to begin this journey with Callum.”
Tickets for Betfair’s ‘True Brit’ are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80, £120 and £200 from the Capital FM Arena Box Office on 08444 124624 and at www.capitalfmarena.com – VIP packages are available exclusively from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com
“True Brit,” presented by Matchroom Boxing, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET – 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
“True Brit” will also be available to view via Fight Now TV, America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel, on Cablevision channel 464 as part of the iO Gold package.
Price confirms Skelton date
DAVID PRICE will make the second defence of his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Matt Skelton at Aintree racecourse on Friday 30th November.
The 6ft 8in scouser is still basking in the glory of his stunning first round KO of Audley Harrison nine days ago that sent shock waves through the heavyweight division.
Former British, Commonwealth and European champion Skelton boxed on the same bill in Liverpool stopping Croatian Jakov Gospic in two rounds.
The bill will be screened live on television by the home of boxing BoxNation, who have signed a multi-fight deal with Price (14-0).
Unbeaten Price, 29, said: "Matt was on stand-by in case Audley pulled out. He went through with his part of the deal so we'll go through with ours.
"I am aware he is 45, but he has won major championships and challenged for the world title.
"I have only boxed 14 times as a professional and still learning and Matt will bring something new for me."
Bedford’s Skelton (28-6) challenged Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA crown in January 2008 but lost on points.
Later that year he captured the European championship forcing Paolo Vidoz to retire on his stool after nine rounds, but never defended that title.
He has won a Lonsdale belt outright and other good names he has beaten include Julius Francis, John McDermott, Michael Sprott and Danny Williams.
The full undercard for the bill will be announced in the next ten days.
But, it will include Darren Hamilton's British light-welterweight title defence against local boxer Steve Williams but and a vacant English heavyweight title fight between John McDermott and Dillian Whyte.
Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £70, £95 and £190 (VIP) and are now on sale from www.frankmaloney.com. Further outlets will be announced in the coming days.
Gavin out to retire Witter
Frankie Gavin says he’ll retire British Welterweight Champion Junior Witter once and for all when they clash this Thursday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.
The unbeaten Birmingham ace has only had 13 fights but he’s confident he’ll finish off the 38-year-old wily veteran to claim his Lonsdale belt, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Even though Witter, the former WBC World Light-Welterweight Champion, has never been stopped in 48 fights, Gavin reckons he could be the first.
“Witter’s had a good career, he’s won the world title, plus Commonwealth, European and British titles, but I believe that this will finally be the end of the road for him when I take that Lonsdale belt from him,”
“Full credit to him for turning back the clock to beat Colin Lynes and win the title, but I could have beaten Lynes. I’m going to give Witter the hardest night he’s ever had, I know that at his age and the amount of fight he’s had he hasn’t got the legs to be able to keep up with the pace and force I’m going to be setting and I’ll be looking to take him out from mid to late in the fight,”
“His trainer Dominic Ingle says that Witter has the body of 27-year-old, outside he may have, but inside he’ll be more like a 57-year-old. I’m too young and fresh for him and it’s now my time to step up to the mantle and start a new era,”
“Saying that, I’ve not taken Witter lightly. I’m prepared for the best Witter to turn up.”
Gavin is still Britain’s only ever world amateur champion and despite being hailed as one of the country’s best natural talents, he says there are still doubters but they will be silenced with the performance he intends to put on.
“This is my moment to step up and prove that I’m the real deal,” added Gavin.
“I’ve had a difficult year in my personal life, but that’s all sorted now and thanks to my trainer Tom Chaney I’m back to my best and I believe that I can fulfill my full potential and beyond with him,”
“I’m not looking at the past, I’m looking to the future and I’m really excited but what is ahead and what my promoter Frank Warren has got lined up, but I’ve got to beat Witter on Thursday night to make happen and I’ll do it in style.”
Remaining tickets priced at £35 and £60 are available through Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444 and online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Gavin v Witter is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com
Undefeated Frankie Gomez returns this Saturday
LOS ANGELES, October 29 - The wait is over. Following nearly a year away from the ring, unbeaten junior welterweight rising star Frankie Gomez will make his long-awaited return to active duty when he faces Mexican veteran Manuel Leyva in the eight round main event of TeleFutura's "Solo Boxeo Tecate" from The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Calif. this Saturday night.
Joining Gomez-Leyva on the card will be lightweight up-and-comer Jamie Kavanagh, who risks his own unbeaten slate in a lightweight eight round contest against one of his toughest tests yet in fellow prospect Ramon Valadez.
Gomez vs. Leyva, an eight round welterweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $30 and $50 are on sale now and available for purchase online at http://fla.vor.us/1141276-Solo-Boxeo-Tecate-2-tickets/Solo-Boxeo-Tecate-2-Anaheim-Festhalle-The-Phoenix-Club-November-03-2012.html.
A 2009 United States amateur champion and 2009 Silver medalist at the world championships, East Los Angeles' Frankie Gomez (12-0, 9 KO's) is seen as one of the top talents to enter the professional game in years. Just 20 years old, he can do it all in the ring, and he's proved it thus far by winning all 12 of his professional fights. Gomez will now be fighting under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach as he returns to the ring for the first time since December of 2011 when he scored a third round knockout over James Hope.
30-year-old southpaw Manuel Leyva (21-8, 12 KO's) is a former WBC Fedecaribe lightweight and WBA Fedebol super featherweight champion who has faced off with the likes of Sharif Bogere, Carlos Molina and Joel Casamayor during his 11-year professional career. Leyva is looking forward to the challenge of going toe-to-toe with Gomez on November 3, knowing that when it comes to experience, he has a big advantage.
Dublin-born Jamie Kavanagh (11-0-1, 5 KO's) has become a big hit in his adopted home of Los Angeles where he trains with Freddie Roach and he is likely to have a huge group of supporters on hand as he looks for his 12th professional win. Already 3-0 with two knockouts in 2012, the 22-year-old known as "The Nuisance" expects to close out the year in style when he takes on Valadez.
Like Frankie Gomez, 22-year-old Ramon Valadez (11-2, 6 KO's) hails from East Los Angeles and also has a world of potential as a professional prospect. A pro since 2010 who has won 10 of his last 11 fights, Valadez' most recent win was a third round knockout over then 6-0 Kevin Hoskins, showing that he knows a little something about taking a hot prospect's "0." He'll look to duplicate that feat on November 3 in Anaheim against the undefeated Kavanagh.
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Santa Cruz to defend against Zaleta on Mares undercard
LOS ANGELES, October 29 - Unbeaten in his last four fights, Mexico's Victor Zaleta will get the biggest opportunity of his career on Saturday, November 10 when he faces unbeaten reigning World Champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz for his IBF Bantamweight World Championship in a co-featured attraction to the Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles that will be televised live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
"I am so happy to be defending my title in front of a hometown crowd at STAPLES Center," said Santa Cruz. "I feel like I can really conquer anyone after my fight in September against Eric Morel, so Zaleta had better come prepared."
"This fight is something I have waited for since I started fighting," said Zaleta. "I am going to take advantage of this opportunity, become a world champion and make my name known."
"This fight is the perfect addition to this already stellar card," said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Leo Santa Cruz is going to do whatever he can to keep his title and remain undefeated, but I know Zaleta is coming to fight. This is going to be a toe-to-toe battle that fans are not going to want to miss."
Santa Cruz is coming off of a career-defining win over Morel on September 15 in which the champ handed the rugged Morel his first ever knockout loss. He will bring a record of 21-0-1 with 12 KO's into the ring on November 10 and is eager to keep his momentum going in front of his hometown fans in Los Angeles. Just 24-years-old, "Terremoto," who wows fans and foes alike with his extremely high punch volume, went from prospect to champion in 2012 when he won his first world title in June with a dominant decision win over Vusi Malinga. Now with the fifth round stoppage over Morel under his belt, the sky's the limit for this young Mexican-American phenom.
A professional for nearly six years and hailing from Juarez, Mexico, Victor "Nene" Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KO's) is a dangerous threat to anyone who meets him in the ring. A former WBC FECOMBOX and WBC CABOFE champion at 115 pounds, Zaleta's only loss in his last 16 bouts was a decision defeat against 32-0-2 Omar Andres Narvaez in a 2011 WBO super flyweight title fight. Coming off of four consecutive victories since then, he's ready for his first world title shot on November 10..
Mares vs. Moreno, a 12-round battle for Mares' WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship taking place on November 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, Los Angeles' own Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz puts his IBF Bantamweight World Championship on the line against Victor "Nene" Zaleta, hard-hitting junior middleweight Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo, of Los Angeles by way of Mexicali, Mexico, makes his highly anticipated return against Raul Casarez in a 12-round bout. The SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and at the STAPLES Center Box Office.