News December 2007

30.12.07 Witter feels persecuted by Hatton snub...

Junior Witter has stepped up his campaign to secure a bout with Ricky Hatton by insisting that the Mancunian is avoiding him and by questioning his genuine fighting ability.

Witter believes that Hatton's avoidance of him is akin to persecution and says that the 29-year-old welterweight's rise to prominence came about because of good timing and his background.

"Hatton has avoided fighting me for years and he's still avoiding me," Witter told the Sunday Times.

"I look on it and think that life's not fair and that's just it. I've got a saying I use when a couple of my friends ask me how I'm doing. 'I'm still black,' I tell them. I could say, 'I'm still Irish or I'm still Pakistani.'

"Anyone who has been persecuted over the years for reasons that are unjust, that's how I feel sometimes. But that's life. Life's not fair and people aren't fair.

Witter is adamant that he will inflict a second straight defeat on Hatton after he was outclassed by Floyd Mayweather at the start of the month.

"Technically, he's limited. He has a big heart, he's fit when he steps in the ring and he's driven. He's also good at what he does, pressuring opponents and wearing them down.

"But that wasn't enough to beat Mayweather and it wouldn't be enough against me. Ricky was lucky because he came around at the right time, straight after Naz whose personality and arrogance people had grown to hate.

"Hatton was white, from Manchester, loved his football, drank too much and was a typical lad. His style was basic and easy to understand.

"Frank Warren built him up brilliantly and people tuned in because he's not an unlikeable guy. Every so often a fight between us would get close but then it would just go away again."

Witter knocked out Vivian Harris last time out:-

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28.12.07 Haye v Maccarinelli ON !

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that the explosive all-British showdown between big-hitters Enzo Maccarinelli and David Haye is on.

WBO world champion Maccarinelli and newly crowned WBC/WBA world champion Haye will clash on Saturday 8th March (venue TBC) to finally decide who is the best cruiserweight in the world. All three titles will be on the line.

Setanta Sports 1 will televise the fight live and exclusive.

Swansea puncher Maccarinelli last fought on the Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler undercard in November, stopping Mohamed Azzaoui in the fourth round.

He said,"I'm delighted that Haye has finally put pen to paper and the fight is happening. There is nothing like a big fight between the top two British fighters in the division to get the public excited. I believe that this will rival if not better the Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank epics. We are both big punchers but I believe that I am the hardest hitter out of the two of us. Once I drop Haye he won't be getting up."

Londoner Haye had to get up from the canvas to sensationally stop Jean Marc Mormeck in the seventh round and claim the WBC and WBA titles also in November.

Haye said, "This will be the modern day Benn-Eubank. I'm glad that politics have been put to one side and that Frank Warren and my manager Adam Booth have made the fight happen. I feel that it is my duty as world champion to fight the very best and I guarantee that I will knock-out Maccarinelli to convince the few doubters that I am the best cruiserweight that Britain has ever produced."

The punch statistics between the two are dynamite: Maccarinelli has stopped 21 of his 29 opponents with 16 coming inside the first three rounds while Haye has halted 19 of his 21 opponents early with 14 inside the first three rounds.

Warren has consistently staged the biggest fights in this country and is naturally excited by this one.

He said, "If there is one fight I would buy a ticket to watch it would be Maccarinelli-Haye.

I'm in the business of delivering big fights and this is certainly a real fight for the boxing fans and media and one that they have been clamouring for. It has all the ingredients for a potentially thrilling fight: two big names; both huge punchers; both have been put down but got up to win and plenty of pride at stake.

We have a fantastic line up for the early part of next year with Kevin Mitchell challenging for the British title and Matt Skelton going to Germany to face Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA World Heavyweight title in January, Amir Khan in February, then Haye-Maccarinelli, and after that a potential superfight between Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins in the pipeline ."

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28.12.2007 Khan inspired by Calzaghe

Amir Khan is confident of repelling another Viking invasion by following his pal Joe Calzaghe's example.

Bolton hot-shot Khan takes on Dane Martin Kristjansen at the ExCeL London on Saturday 2nd February and is using Calzaghe's win over previously undefeated Mikkel Kessler as inspiration.

Calzaghe secured his position as Britain's finest fighter with a stunning points win over 'Viking Warrior' Kessler last month to unify the WBO/WBC/WBA world super-middleweight titles.

Khan said: "Joe was great that night when he defeated Kessler. I couldn't be at the fight because I was in training for my fight against Graham Earl but I watched it on TV and was blown away by Joe's boxing skill. He overcame a difficult opening to beat Kessler with boxing skill."

The 21-year-old Commonwealth Champion blew away Graham Earl earlier this month in just 72 seconds but reckons Kristjansen, who hails from the same training camp as Kessler, will be a much tougher job.

He adde: "I know that not all my fights are going to be early nights like Earl. It would be great if they were but I also prepare for long hard fights and I think that Kristjansen will provide a much sterner test than Earl did. He has taken former European Champion Stefano Zoff the distance twice so he's going to be a bit of handful."

Lightweight Khan puts his unbeaten record and new WBO #4 ranking on the line when he challenges Kristjansen for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title.

"He is a big threat to my future ambitions to win the world title and a lot is at stake in this fight. My trainer Oliver Harrison and myself are in the gym now training hard and I'm fully confident that it will be a Khan victory."

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28.12.2007 Hatton to possibly fight next in Dublin

Irish light-welterweight champion Oisin Fagan has set his sights on a bout with Ricky Hatton in Dublin.

Ricky Hatton

Hatton is planning on a return to 140lbs after being stopped by welterweight king Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas earlier this month and it has already been confirmed that the Mancunian’s people are interested in staging his next fight in Ireland.

Hatton looks set to seek out a high-profile opponent for his next outing, regardless of the venue, but Fagan believes that if he defeats the highly-rated Verquan Kimbrough for the vacant USBA lightweight title in West Virginia on Sunday, he would warrant a shot at ‘The Hitman’.

"Promoter Brian Peters is talking of bringing Hatton to Dublin, so who better to give him a run for his money than myself," Fagan asked in the Irish Independent.

"I would love to take on Ricky in Dublin, or anywhere else for that matter. I think it would be a great fight and I hope it can become a reality.

“My own promoter, Stacy Goodson, has been gunning for a Hatton fight for the past year without success.

"It's true that I normally box at lightweight but it would not be a problem to put on an extra five pounds for Hatton. So after Kimbrough, maybe it will happen," he added.

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24.12.07 Calzaghe wishes Hopkins a not so Merry Christmas

Joe Calzaghe has reiterated his desire to fight Bernard Hopkins by goading the 42yr old with this christmas message

Dear Ol' Popkins!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and hope you made the most of winning your only fight this year because when we meet in 2008 it will be your last!
Best Wishes,
Joe Calzaghe, Undisputed World Super-Middleweight Champion.

And may we at Live Fight be the first to wish both men a very merry christmas and hope that 2008 brings them both a step closer to this potential superfight!

Merry Christmas everybody from Team LiveFight.

23.12.07 Herbie Hide v Mikhail Nasyrov Live Stream

Begins 19.00 GMT will stream tonight the WBC International Championships and German Interim Championship LIVE from the Halle/Saale in Germany. December 23 2007. Mikhail Nasyrov vs Herbie Hide.

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23.12.07 Haye fight against Rahman OFF ?

Hasim Rahman

Hasim Rahman (45-6-2) and the new;y crowned WBC cruiserweight champ David Haye (20-1) rumoured for a march date in the UK has been shelved until the money offer for Rahman to travel has been resolved.

Maloney was rumoured to have offered Rahman £150,000 ($300,000) but the Rahman camp want more.

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21.12.07 Khan to fight Dane

Amir Khan will return to the ring on 2 February against Denmark's Martin Kristjansen at London's ExCel Arena.

Amir Khan

Khan, 21, is eager to resume his rise up the world rankings after taking just 72 seconds to beat former British champion Graham Earl on 8 December.

The fight will be made for the nominal WBO intercontinental lightweight crown.

But promoter Frank Warren said: "I will writing to the WBO with the aim of making this fight as an eliminator for the world title."

Kristjansen, 30, holds a respectable 19-1-3 pro record, and has won his last eight fights, but has only five victories by way of stoppage.

Warren said: "This is another step up for Amir. Kirstjansen is world ranked and will give him plenty to think about.

"Amir has only just turned 21, but he looked absolutely sensational in demolishing an experienced former champion in Graham Earl."

Olympic silver medallist Khan is currently ranked sixth by the WBO, ninth by the WBC and 15th by the WBA.

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