Matthew Macklin to team up with former foe Jamie Moore for Nelson fight
Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin will return to action in the US before the end of the year with a familiar face in his corner. Macklin faces the world rated Willie Nelson in Atlantic City on December 7th in a fight that will be broadcast live by HBO. Leading his corner on the night will be former opponent Jamie Moore as the duo link up over seven years on from their epic British title duel back in 2006.
That bout has entered boxing folklore as one of the greatest fights in British boxing history as the two men engaged in a toe to toe, back and forth war that eventually saw Moore emerge victorious. The Manchester native would go on to add the European Light Middleweight title to his British crown before retiring in 2010, subsequently embarking on a second career as a trainer.
Meanwhile Macklin gave up his battle with the scales and moved up to middleweight to win the British and European titles in devastating fashion before going on to fight for the World title against Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin. Now Macklin wants to rebound from defeat to pound for pound contender Gennady Golovkin in June and put himself back in line for another World title shot.
“Obviously I was very disappointed with the loss to Golovkin but I have to keep things in perspective and it’s pretty clear that Golovkin is a special fighter”, said Macklin. “In hindsight I probably used the wrong tactics in that fight but I’ve no excuses, he’s the best I’ve ever fought. That was my third world title fight but I was robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany in my first attempt and then pushed Sergio Martinez very hard in my second crack. Obviously things didn’t go my way against Golovkin but both he and Martinez are in pretty much everyone’s top 5 pound for pound list so I know I still have what it takes to win a world title.
“I think working with Jamie will definitely be a fresh start for me and I’m very excited about working with him. We’ve have known each other for years and our fight back in 2006 only strengthened the respect we have for each other and obviously he brings a wealth of experience from his own career.”
Moore is equally excited about the opportunity to work with his former foe. “When you go through a fight like we went through then you form quite a bond”, revealed Moore. “I was already friends with Mathew before we fought and that only strengthened the bond and over the years we have always kept in touch. Since our fight I’ve watched him improve, adapt and become a world class fighter and I want to help him realise his dream of becoming a world champion. To be part of that journey would be very special for me as well because of what we went through in our fight.
“It’s not about making any major changes to Matthew’s style at this stage in his career. It’s more about ironing out wrinkles and getting Matthew to box to his strengths and come up with the right game plan. I actually covered Willie Nelson’s last fight for Sky and he’s a very capable fighter and has a decent pedigree but I believe that his style will suit Matthew and I know he’ll want to put on another devastating performance to get himself back in the world title picture again.”
Macklin shares his new trainer confidence in getting the right result in Atlantic City on December 7th. “It’s a dangerous fight but I’m not one to duck a challenge,” said Macklin. “He has quite a few early KO’s so I’ll have to be careful early on but I’m confident that I can get the win so I’m really looking forward to it and getting back to winning ways.”
Towers looks to prove the doubters wrong
Richard Towers is determined to prove a point to British fight fans when he faces Australia's Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne in Hull on Saturday night.
The giant Yorkshireman encountered some criticism after his June 2012 victory over awkward Frenchman Gregory Tony and has been out of the ring since.
During that time, Browne has boxed four times and turned himself into something of a fans' favourite.
But Towers isn't letting the doubters get to him and is relishing being the underdog for the first time in his career.
"People are overlooking me, but they don't understand boxing," he said.
"I've had a lot of criticism since the Gregory Tony fight, but I'm not in boxing to just keep fans happy, I'm in boxing to provide a solid future to my family
"You could say Lucas is the favourite. He's got a better record than me and he's got more knockouts, but he's not stupid and he won't be underestimate me. He knows I'm coming to have a fight.
"I've been waiting for this for a long time and things have happened, but now it's come to the point where we're going to meet and I can't wait."
Despite not engaging in a paid fight for almost 17 months, Towers is adamant that he is free of ring rust. In the past few months he's sparred a who's who of top level heavyweights and he feels that will give him the edge.
"Since my last fight I've sparred Wladimir Klitschko for five weeks, I've sparred David Haye for six weeks, I've sparred Chisora, Pianeta and Mike Perez. I feel like I've picked bits up along the way and I'm ready to execute that now.
"My trainer Dom Ingle said to me 'Richard, you've sparred with better boxers than most heavyweights have fought'. I know people can say it's only sparring, but when you get in the ring with these guys it’s a fight. They try to take your head off and I've got to try and take their head off or I'd get sacked.
"I just hope I can take what I've learnt into this fight and come out victorious.
"I've got the utmost respect for Lucas but I'm in this sport to demolish people and that's what I'm going to try and do. I'm going in that ring to fight a war.
"I hope I'm at my best, I hope Lucas is at his best and I hope it's one hell of a fight. I'm not looking to play any games so let's have it."
Towers and Browne star on a big night of boxing televised live Sky Sports 2 from 8pm.
New promoter Clauzel brings title fight to Newcastle
by John Hannen
New North East promoter, Mark Clauzel, is starting as he means to go on, by bringing title fights to Newcastle.
The former undefeated pro stages his first show under new promotional banner, Ringstar Promotions, at the Centre for Sport on December 7, with the headline act coming in the shape of County Durham’s Martin Ward versus Ghanaian Gabriel Odoi Laryea for the Commonwealth bantamweight title.
The future could have been very different though for Clauzel. As recently as last year the 30-year-old was flying high in a promising pro career and, after reaching six fights undefeated, was dreaming of one day winning his own titles. However, after suffering a series of dizzy spells the skilful switch-hitter was eventually forced to accept the inevitable – that he would never pull on a pair of gloves again.
“I was gutted and depressed for a few months,” recalled Clauzel, who has secured sizeable financial backing for his new promotional venture. “I didn’t know what to do with myself and was just moping about. When I go home though I’ve got a little daughter there, and another one on the way, so even if I passed a medical in a year’s time that’s me done with it now; it’s just not worth the risk.”
With his future now firmly involved in developing champions Clauzel, along with his business partner, has big plans for pro boxing in the region. The Tynesider is looking to complement the work already being done by fellow promoters – Sunderland’s Phil Jeffries and Newcastle’s Steve Wraith – and with a minimum of six shows planned for 2014, plus TV backing, he is sure his arrival on the scene is great news for fighters and fight fans.
“Phil [Jeffries] is doing a fantastic job, but he can only do so much, he’s only one man. You’ve also got Steve Wrath doing his thing, and we wish him all the best and hope he does well. But the top and bottom of it is that I have that understanding of the sport after being a fighter. With the contacts and knowledge I’ve got, I believe we bring something else to the table. I’ve worn the t-shirt, I know how hard boxing is, and I’m aware of the kind of fights people want to see.
“For our first promotion, Martin Ward in a Commonwealth title fight, it doesn’t get much bigger than that. It’s been a lot of work, but we’ve managed to get some TV onboard after securing a deal with Sky MyChannel 191 [Free Satellite Channel 400]. The first show will be pre-recorded and shown the following weekend, but we’ve got a deal for six shows in 2014, with the third show definitely broadcast live. We’ve got a big production too with the pyrotechnics, the ring-walks and lights, and it’s going to be very special. I’m absolutely buzzing about the whole thing.”
It’s one step at a time but, with a passionate fan-base in the North East, Mark is aiming to make Newcastle a rival to the other big, boxing power-bases in the UK. The journey begins with Martin Ward but the ambitious Clauzel sees no limit to what can be achieved. To date, Glenn McCrory is the only world champion to have hailed from the banks of the Tyne, Tees or Wear – maybe now, though, that’s all about to change.
“If Martin does his job and wins the Commonwealth title, then in 2014 we’ll be able to build on that and maybe put in purse bids to get the British title up here. There’s enough fighters up here now, from different areas and with different crowds, so we don’t think it will affect the other promoters and it can only be great for the North East.
“The dream is to be building champions and have a stable where every show we put on has a major headliner. The likes of London and Manchester, they’re not taking the North East seriously but they’re going to have to start to now. Over the next 12 months if we can win the purse bids and get the big fights up here then this is really going to take off and the sky is absolutely the limit.”
Ringstar Promotions presents Martin Ward contesting the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight championship against Gabriel Odoi Laryea at Newcastle’s Centre for Sport on December 7. The undercard will feature Hartlepool’s Peter Cope; Horden’s Anthony Hardy; South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Newcastle’s Andrew Buchanan; County Durham’s Tommy Ward; Gateshead’s Rob Ismay; Northumberland’s Lewis Scott, and Sunderland’s Danny Hughes.
Tickets are available from all boxers or from the Centre for Sport on 0191 241 7700.
Montoya: I'll be Butler's worst nightmare
Mexican warrior Ruben Montoya says he will be Paul Butler’s worst nightmare when they clash at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 7th December, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Fearsome Montoya, who has stopped eight out of twelve opponents, aims to derail the hot and undefeated Ellesmere Port star when he travels to the UK for the first time and adds that Butler is out of his depth fighting a Mexican.
Butler, the current British and Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Champion, faces the riskiest fight of his career when he defends his WBO Intercontinental title against Montoya with the Vacant WBA Intercontinental belt also on the line.
“Butler has shown that he is a good fighter and can fight, I respect him as every opponent, but I will beat him,” Said Montoya.
“I will bring the heat and I will give Butler a tough night. I will be a nightmare for him. He will find out that fighting Mexicans is such a different league,”
“He has never been down, well tell him that there is always a first time and on December 7th I'll take him into deep waters. He will know places where he hasn't been before. He will visit the canvas, I assure you.”
“I'm very confident of myself and with a good preparation, I know I can go toe-to-toe the full 12 rounds and I don't think Butler can match my pace,”
“I fight all three minutes of each round, good physical condition and determination are my tools.
“I can't wait to December 7 to see if he can stand to his words that he’ll beat me.”
The Liverpool Echo Arena show is headlined by Paul Smith’s defence of his British Super-Middleweight title against Luke Blackledge; Stephen Smith’s British Super-Featherweight title defence against Gary Sykes and Liam Smith’s defence of his British Light-Middleweight title.
Liverpool’s big-hitting, all-action, star Derry Mathews features in an exciting showdown when he challenges the tough Irish battler and WBO European Lightweight Champion Stephen Ormond.
A further big title fight added to the card sees a potential thriller between the unbeaten Joe Selkirk and Oldham’s hard-hitting Ronnie Heffron for the Vacant WBO European Light-Middleweight title.
The undercard will feature Ellesmere Port’s fast-rising lightweight Matty Fagan; top unbeaten Welsh talents Craig Evans (super-featherweight) and Liam Williams (middleweight) will both feature and making his debut for Queensberry Promotions will be Stoke welterweight Josh McLaren who will be looking to make a big impression. Completing the card will be Manchester’s Liam Cullen (cruiserweight) and Ciaran McVarnock (featherweight).
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Hatton: Towers and Browne will steal the show
Ricky Hatton says Richard Towers and Lucas Browne’s Heavyweight battle will be a showstopper at the Hull Ice Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Towers and Browne clash in an eliminator for the Commonwealth title, and as promoter of both men, ‘The Hitman’ knows exactly what to expect with the stakes so high – and that’s fireworks.
“It's a great fight, a great clash of styles,” said Hatton. “Being the promoter of both, it's a little bit upsetting to see them fighting each other. They're two of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, but there's nothing nice about the way they fight.
“This is great opportunity for them both. Lucas has a WBC ranking of 15th, which is a scalp Richard will be after. If you get to 15th in the world, things open up so it's a big, big fight and it's going to be very interesting.
“Lucas always uses the gym when he comes over and he's been looking really good. He's a big puncher, he's very, very powerful, but Richard Towers has got the style to cause Lucas problems.
“I think everyone is looking at Richard's last performance when he was shaken up quite badly and that's the worst thing anyone can because Towers has the style cause absolute murder for Lucas. He's got the height, the reach and the boxing ability. Having said that, Lucas, with his punching power only needs one chance so I'm unsure which way it's going to go.”
The unbeaten duo share 26 KOs from 31 wins, but Towers has not boxed since June 2012 when he stopped Gregory Tony in the ninth round of their EU Title clash. ‘Big Daddy’ Browne has racked up four wins and 33 competitive rounds while Towers has been on the side-lines, and while Hatton admits ring rust can be a factor, he believes the Sheffield man has benefitted from top class sparring.
“It can be a factor, he could have a bit of ring rust but look at the spars he's had,” said Hatton. “He's sparred David Haye, he's sparred with Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder. If you're getting the quality in the gym, it doesn't really matter about the fights. Of course everyone would like to have a fight and progress record building but ultimately you won't get fights at the level he's had in sparring.
“If Richard wins this it puts him back up there, puts in the world title stage and if Lucas wins it, the buzz continues. He's got a perfect record and a big knockout percentage. It's going to be a great fight.”
Saturday’s winner will be on the hunt for a shot at current champion David Price. The popular Liverpool fighter holds that and the British belt but hasn’t fought since his second defeat to Tony Thompson in July. Price has since switched trainers to David Haye’s man Adam Booth, and Hatton believes a fight for either man with the Scouser would be a cracker, and has backed Price to bounce back.
“Only Price and his team know [if they'd take the fight],” said Hatton. “Lucas would have it because he's fearless. Richard, if he wins, won't be scared of facing David after David's last couple of performances, but like people are looking at Richard's last performance and writing him off, people don't want to do that with David Price. It was only a few fights ago that people we’re talking about him as a future world champion and he still can be.”
Towers and Browne are a big part of a cracking line-up of action in Hull as Luke Campbell MBE fights for the third time as a pro and the second time in his hometown, with Lee Connolly taking on the Olympic Gold medal hero and Hull’s Lightweight talent Tommy Coyle faces former British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion John Simpson for the vacant IBF International title.
Driffield Lightweight Curtis Woodhouse returns after his Commonwealth title challenge, former World title challenger Rendall Munroe continues his comeback and two more Hull favourites are in action – Light Welterweight Zak Collins and Lightweight Joel Haigh.
Tickets are on sale priced at £40, £60 and £100, with VIP tickets priced at £150 – all tickets are available from Matchroom Sport at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.
Cleverly to make cruiserweight debut on Nov 30
Welsh star Nathan Cleverly will begin his campaign to become a two-time world champion when he makes his big ring return as a cruiserweight on Saturday 30th November at London’s Copper Box Arena.
Cleverly goes straight back into title action when he takes on Australian Daniel Ammann for the Vacant Commonwealth title, featuring alongside Dereck Chisora who makes the first defence of his European Heavyweight title against Matteo Modugno, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The 25-year-old lost his unbeaten record and WBO World Light-Heavyweight crown to big-hitting Russian Sergey Kovalev in August, but after a break and refocussing himself on his career, Cleverly is desperate to get back in the ring and win a second world title in 2014.
“I'm ready to return and I can't wait for November 30th at the Copper Box Arena and show that Nathan Cleverly is back,” He said.
“I’ve got the hunger and desire back and I want to be a world champion again. I miss having the belt around my waist, but it’s not just about the belt. I didn’t want to let my fans down, who have supported me in my career, my family down and more importantly I didn’t want to let myself down by going out on a loss, I knew deep down that I wanted to fight again and I just needed time to focus on what I wanted to do,”
“I was on a high for so long winning the British, Commonwealth and European titles in quick time and then winning the world title and making five successful defences. In five years I had 15 championship fights and I felt invincible. The loss to Kovalev has brought me back down to earth and made me realise what I want and that is to be world champion again,”
“The thought of winning a second world title now really excites and motivates me, but the road back will be hard and I’m looking forward to testing my character and resolve.”
Cleverly’s addition to the Copper Box Arena show replaces British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders who was scheduled to defend his titles on the show, but a slight hand injury picked up in his last fight against John Ryder has not healed in time which has meant that he has had to withdraw.
Ammann, from Stockton in New South Wales, has a record of 29 wins from 35 fights and is the Australian champion. The 30-year-old southpaw goes by the nickname of Doberman and is on an unbeaten eight-fight run.
Cleverly is looking to make a big statement on his cruiserweight debut and hasn’t ruled out meet Kovalev again in the future.
He added, “It’s a good test for me on my return and the opportunity to win the Commonwealth title is a big motivator and will open doors for me,”
“Ammann is proper cruiserweight and has even fought at heavyweight, he’s been around a long time and will have plenty of experience. He looks like a big, rough, tough, Aussie and I’m not expecting an easy fight,”
“The main thing for me is to show that I’m back in business and ready for my new campaign in the cruiserweight division and I want to put on a good show for the fans and press,”
“Kovalev’s a good fighter and I wish him all the best in his career and with his forthcoming title defence Ismayl Sillakh. As devastating as the loss was I still feel I had the skills to beat him on the night, but who knows, we could meet again if he decides to move up to 200lbs and the result will be different next time.”
Dereck Chisora headlines the Copper Box Arena with the first defence of his European Heavyweight title against Matteo Modugno; plus London sensation Frank Buglioni challenging for the Vacant WBO European title; a new addition to the card features a hard-hitting heavyweight showdown between English Champion John McDermott and challenger Ian Lewison; Bradley Skeete v Colin Lynes for the Vacant English Welterweight title. An action-packed undercard features Mitchell Smith, Andreas and Chris Evangelou, Georgie Kean, Gary Corcoran and Tom Baker.
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