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Press Releases 11/2

Calvin Brock, Eddie Chambers Final Quotes


The heavyweight “Battle for the Ages” will pit “Fast” Eddie Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) against Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock (31-1, 23 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title eliminator live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The winner of the 12-round bout will face 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Alexander Povetkin for the right to challenge IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

In the co-feature of a Friday twinbill presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash., Jose Lopez (21-2, 13 KOs) will face Tyrone Harris (21-3, 14 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.

NOTE: THURSDAY’S WEIGHTS – Chambers 213 ½ pounds, Brock 241; Lopez weighed 135, Harris 133 1/4.

EDDIE CHAMBERS

“When the opportunity to fight Brock popped up, I jumped at the chance. To be a fight or two from fighting for the world title is really exciting and what it is all about. I am totally enjoying all of this.

“I have a lot of respect for Calvin and expect a pretty tough fight. But because I respect him doesn’t mean I am intimidated.

“Calvin is good at a lot of things and I expect to see him at his best Friday. The only fights I watched of his were when he was at his best.

“But he is not all that fast and that is one of the things I expect to take advantage of and will try to exploit. He may try and jump on me early, but I am ready for that or anything.

“I know if I pick my spots, give him lots of angles, fight smart, throw him off and disrupt his timing, I’ll be OK. I’ve had the best training, am totally focused and definitely ready to fight.

“We actually were supposed to fight once before, when we were both like 8-0. But it didn’t make it any sense for either of us to fight at that time. The time wasn’t right then. It is now.’’

CALVIN BROCK

“I am not overlooking or taking Chambers for granted because I respect him as a fighter. But I really don’t see how he is going to beat me. He is undefeated, but I am not totally impressed. I thought his fight with Dominick Guinn was a whole lot closer than the judges had it.

“To get back into the running for another world title fight is, of course, a great thing. When I first heard about an IBF tournament, I naturally wanted to be part of it.

“You are going to see a different Calvin Brock than the one who fought Klitschko. I have worked really hard for this fight, but unlike the Klitschko fight, this time I am not overtrained. I peaked three weeks too early and was stale against Klitschko. It’s been a tough camp, but a good one. Having the great Pernell Whitaker working with me has really helped, too.

“I feel I am coming up to my best fight. You are going to see me faster and lighter on my feet. I will be working the jab, letting my punches go with both hands. Condition wise, I feel better at this weight than I did at 225. He is supposed to be quick. I think I am quicker.

“I am really looking forward to having a great night on Friday.’’
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HBO To Replay Cotto-Judah, Mosley-De La Hoya

Leading up to the world welterweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley -- set for Saturday, November 10 in New York City and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive back-to-back replay of two action-packed fights showcasing their considerable talents.

On Friday, November 9 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay Cotto vs. Judah 2007 and De La Hoya vs. Mosley I 2000. Earlier this year, Cotto showed his heart and displayed his power by knocking out Zab Judah in the 11th round in Madison Square Garden. On June 17, 2000, the undefeated and emerging star Mosley scored a split decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya in Los Angeles to capture a welterweight championship.

The two fights will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers and can be seen 24 hours a day, from Monday, October 29 thru Monday, November 19.

On Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT, HBO Pay-Per-View will present Cotto vs. Mosley live from Madison Square Garden.
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De La Hoya: WBO's Fighter of The Decade

San Juan, Puerto Rico – It’s the fistic version of a daily double, and a distinction no other boxer has ever achieved, but yesterday at the World Boxing Organization (WBO) convention in Puerto Rico, Oscar de la Hoya was honored twice by the sanctioning body, both as “Fighter of The Decade” and “Promoter of The Year”.

“It’s a great honor for me to accept these awards from the WBO, and I’m truly humbled by all of this,” said De La Hoya. “To be recognized for what I’ve done – in and out of the ring – has always been something I hoped would happen, and I thank the WBO for making that dream a reality.”

Also honored was Golden Boy Promotions Vice President/Matchmaker Eric Gomez, who captured the “Matchmaker of the Year” award from the organization. This marks the second time Gomez has won the award.

As a boxer, De La Hoya, a 1992 United States Olympic Gold Medalist, has made his mark with 38 wins in 43 fights and the amazing achievement of winning world titles in six weight classes. A future Hall of Famer, the 34-year-old “Golden Boy” recently fought Floyd Mayweather in a bout which shattered pay-per-view records.

But De La Hoya’s impact is not only felt in the ring, but outside of it. As President of Golden Boy Promotions, De La Hoya has helped put on some of the biggest events in boxing over the past few years, and he currently promotes a host of the game’s biggest stars, including Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.

De La Hoya accepted the awards yesterday at the WBO Convention held at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico amongst almost 500 people.
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Miguel Espino To Face Escalante on 11/23

North Hollywood CA - Fighting in Mexico for the first time in his career, WBC CABOFE middleweight champion, Miguel Espino (17-2-1 6KO's) looks to shine in front of a sell out crowd at the "Gymnasio Tigre Garcia" in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. November 23rd will be the date as the former "Contender" star faces up against Rosario Escalante (11-5 4KO's) while looking to build on his WBC ranking which stands at #19.

Espino who is riding an 8 fight-winning streak expressed his thoughts on his training camp as he stated, "Everything is going as planned. I'm in the gym everyday sharpening up my skills. John Bray and I are working well together and I'm happy with the way he's been handling my career, both as a manager and a trainer. My stamina seems to be at an all time high, as I can go hard for 12 rounds no problem. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm ready for everyone, anywhere."

This bout is brought to you by Cota Boxing Promotions in association with I.M.U.R.E.R.E out of Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. Tickets are sold out.
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Miguel Cotto Conference Call

Lee Samuels, Top Rank:The champ is here, Miguel Cotto. He’s training in Puerto Rico. He’s getting ready for “Fast & Furious,” Saturday, November 10, at Madison Square Garden Live on HBO Pay-Per-View. He’s defending his welterweight title against Sugar Shane Mosley – a very, very exciting promotion.

Miguel’s ready, fit, trim, ready to go. And at this time, I’ll turn to my boss, Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum. He’ll talk about Miguel and the entire fight card. Bob.

Bob Arum: The eagerly anticipated match between the champion, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley is days away and we’re all looking forward to coming in to the Big Apple to get ready for this historic fight.

The card, as many of you have commented, is an exceptionally strong one because Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy and ourselves felt that with such a great fight as the main event, the fans were entitled as well to a tremendous under card and Antonio Margarito, against Golden Johnson, Joel Casamayor against Jose Santa Cruz, and Victor Ortiz, the young rising star fighting former world champion and a man that Miguel fought, Carlos Maussa.

So it’s a great card. It’ll be a great night, November 10 at Madison Square Garden and we expect a tremendous pay-per-view audience.

Miguel Cotto – gee, it seems like a long time, longer than it is, but Miguel has made three prior visits to the big arena in Madison Square Garden and come away with victories every time.

He’s fought everybody that we’ve put in front of him and he’s been victorious in every fight. We believe that Miguel Cotto is on course to be considered to be the best pound for pound fighter and one of the true legends when his career is over in the sport of boxing.

So it’s a pleasure to introduce to you, the welter weight champion of the world, Miguel Cotto.

Miguel Cotto: Hi everybody. I’m happy to be here with you. We’re going to have a good conference call.

Boxing Press: Miguel, can you talk about the – you know, you’ve been in a lot of championship fights in your career, but this is obviously the biggest one you’ve been in.

Can you talk about just the – your level of excitement and jus the magnitude of the event and how much you’ve looked forward to being in this type of fight since you’ve signed with Top Rank out of the Olympic games and made your way up the ladder?

MC: It’s a bigger event I’m going to participate and that’s the reason I trained really hard for this fight. I’m pretty happy with that. I’m pretty happy with the moments in my career I’m past and I hope chances stay pretty good for bringing a good show to all the people.

BP: Miguel, are you somebody that has paid attention to Shane Mosley’s career or followed it in any way?

And if so, can you just give me a few thoughts on – your thoughts about Shane as a fighter both when he was considered the number one fighter in the world a few years ago and also to what he is today which is still obviously one of the better fighters out there?

MC: He’s a good fighter. He’s a four-time world champion but it’s my time – it’s my moment now. I’m going to take advantage of that.

BP: A lot of your career has been built around the body punching attack that you use – unleash on your opponents.
Can you give me just your thoughts on body punching as far as your success is concerned?

MC: I’ve got to tell you, it’s the best way you can put pressure on your opponent, you can make them weaker than you and that’s the way Miguel Cotto fights.

BP: As far as the chin aspect, Miguel, some people have questioned whether or not your chin is as strong as it should be. What’re your thoughts about your ability to take a punch?

MC: I’m a boxer. You know when you have a – when you catch a good punch – to catch a good punch, you know. The question is if you can catch a good one and take out from this moment.

BP: Shane is a three-time world champion, Miguel, would you say that this definitely is the toughest opponent you’ve ever been in against?

MC: Well, on paper it looks like that.

BP: So on paper, what do you see?

MC: The paper tells the total. Shane was a three-division world champion. He’s a good fighter. He gives a good fight. He’s a good boxer and was (unintelligible).

BP: Are you expecting him to be the toughest fighter?

MC: I can’t tell you yet. I’m just preparing myself. You have to prepare yourself and try to bring on a good show.

BP: Miguel, yesterday on the conference call – on Shane’s conference call, I asked both Oscar and Shane if they thought that you could ever become as popular in Puerto Rico with the fans as Felix Trinidad was during his heyday, during his best years. And they both said that, although you were establishing yourself as a great fighter, they didn’t think you were as popular as Felix because Felix has a more outgoing personality and you are very quiet and reserved. What do you think about that?

MC: That’s one part – my personality – I can’t do anything with that. I’m a shyer person than Felix. That’s my way.

BP: I appreciate that. Bob, I’m wondering your take on the same thing. How do you compare the popularity issue with the two fighters? And do you think that just with continued victories that Miguel could reach that same popularity?

Bob Arum: Look where Felix was at this stage of his career and look where Miguel is. I don’t think there’s any comparison. Miguel is so far ahead at the equivalent stage of his career. What happens in the future, happens in the future.

I think that working together with Miguel, with the Cotto team, everyone in Top Rank will do the utmost to enhance his popularity to the ultimate.

And I think that eventually, before he is finished, he will not only achieve the same measure of popularity, if he hasn’t already, as Felix Trinidad, but will be a cross over attraction because Felix was never able to learn to speak English and Miguel has.

BP: Well that’s a very good point. One last thing, Bob, all that said, and I respect that, would it be better for you as a promoter, would it be easier if Miguel was maybe even just a little more outgoing?

BA: Then he might not be as good a body puncher. In other words, you play the cards that you’re dealt. Miguel is Miguel. He’s a great, great fighter. He’s a great young man.

We, who are close to him, know that he has a great personality. I don’t want him to be a phony. I don’t want him to be what he isn’t.

BP: I was on the conference call yesterday with Shane and his father. And although Shane didn’t say anything particularly inflammatory, Jack did. I mean, some of the things that he said was that Cotto was worried sick about fighting Shane. You can look in his eyes and tell. He knows he’s not as strong as Shane.

Miguel, do you think that this is something that he’s trying to do, like, to get into your head and make you crazy.

What do you think about Shane’s father, you know, being so uncomplimentary towards you?

MC: I don’t have to be stronger, quicker – quicker than Shane. I have to be more intelligent. And I’m going to do that on November 10.

BA: And let me say something, Bernard. When I heard that Jack Mosley, who I like very much – when I heard his comment, it was music to my ears. Why? Because I heard the same kind of music a month ago with Emanuel Steward and Kelly Pavlik before the Taylor/Pavlik fight.

And what does that music mean? That music means – is that Taylor, in the case of Stewart and Shane, in the case of Jack, are afraid because they know, they know the kind of fighter that Pavlik is and that Miguel is.

And so they say things to demean the fighter in order to get their fighter more confident because they’re worried. Obviously Emanuel was worried about (Jermaine’s) confidence, with reason and Jack is obviously worried about Shane’s confidence. And so they say things to demean the opponent.

When Shane has fought a whole host of guys who were relatively easy opponents, you never heard Jack demean the opponent, did you? I’ve never heard Jack demean an opponent ever.

I never heard Emanuel demean an opponent ever. So they do it for a purpose. Remember that.

BP: Miguel, yes, something else that Jack said is that you’re a dirty fighter. That every time you get in trouble, you go low, you hit low. What’s your reaction to that?

MC: Well, I’m a fighter and you have to do what you have to do for winning. And if you have to do things like pass and (unintelligible) on purpose, that was on purpose. But if you had to do it with – on purpose, you have to do it.

BP: Are you saying it was on purpose against [Zab] Judah or it wasn’t?

MC: It wasn’t on purpose.

BP: Bob, Jack also insinuated that the latest rehash of allegations of Shane doing steroids came from you guys, whether Team Cotto or Top Rank or what. I mean, that’s pretty…

BA: Well, that’s preposterous. It was old news when it came out and it was something that had taken place the prior year before this fight was ever even thought of. I mean, it was quoting testimony and a hearing that took place a year ago before this fight was even contemplated.

I mean the idea that we had anything to do with it or Team Cotto is absurd. We didn’t even – we don’t know any of these people, any of these investigators, anything.

I mean, and I said immediately when this occurred that we weren’t concerned for this fight because Shane is a clean kid and wouldn’t cheat and the use of banned – of a substance which may or may not have been banned at the time was something that he explained before a grand jury and that explanation is something that everybody should accept.

In other words, it’s a non-issue.

BP: Yesterday on the conference call also they were talking about how Shane is going to outthink you and Shane is faster than you and Shane is stronger than you. I mean, what – like, you don’t have any advantages at all.

What in this fight – advantages – do you see yourself having?

MC: I’m (unintelligible) very good and I’m never late and use any – another thing that (unintelligible) than my (unintelligible) and my body. I’m always going to the fight with my whole energy, you know. And that’s the advantage I have over Shane Mosley.

BP: Miguel, you’ve had wars with Paul Malignaggi and Ricardo Torres, however against Mosley, you’re fighting a guy who has a lot of speed, movement, along with power and is a very good body puncher like yourself.

Will we see you try to fight more of a tactile boxing match or are you looking forward to a straight up war with Shane?

MC: I don’t think at the age of 36 years old Shane can handle Miguel Cotto.

BP: Okay. So you were more worried about Zab as opposed to Shane because Zab perhaps was younger? Do you think Zab is a stronger fighter than Shane at 147?

MC: Yes, I think he was – he was a more dangerous fighter than Shane.

BP: If there are any mistakes that Shane has made, what were they and does Shane still make those same mistakes that you hope to exploit on November 10?

MC: I’m just going to do my thing. I never think about what Shane Mosley is going to bring on November 10. I’m just going to do my thing the best way I can.

BP: Mosley said that he was going to knock you out yesterday. What do you think when you hear something like that?

MC: I had 30 guys say the same thing, and none of them has been able to do it yet. So I don’t think this is going to be the exception.

BP: I have a question for you about the fighting in New York. You’re going to be fighting in front of a large, most likely, a large Puerto Rican crowd and how much do you think that’s going to help you having that much cheering power behind you?

MC: My people always help me, you know. They are for me, they have supported me and I know they’re going to do the same this night.

BP: I think they’ll support you as much as they supported Tito.

MC: I don’t know. I’m not Tito. I’m Miguel Cotto…

BP: I think you’re going to do just as much.

MC: I just can tell you about Miguel Cotto.

BP: Now Mosley made a point to the fact that he’s coming down from 154 and you’re coming up from 140. He’s the bigger guy. He’s a few inches taller and he does have a little bit more reach.

Can you talk a little bit about how you’re going to handle that?

MC: He’s coming from 135. I’m coming from 140.

BP: Oh are you?

MC: You tell me with that, who is bigger here?

BP: Over the last few fights you’ve shown that you take big leads on guys, but you still keep going after them. You’re relentless, even though you could probably sit on your lead and win some decisions.

If you find yourself against Mosley with a big lead, do you think you’re going to try to just outbox him at the end?

MC: I will never do that. People like to see me go after guys. That’s the way I fight. That’s the way everyone enjoys the fight. And I will always do that.

I’m just going to keep coming at them. That’s my style. That’s my pressure. And if he can send a (unintelligible) for him but if he can’t then I’ll be the winner.

BP: Miguel, at the 30 day weigh in, you were ten pounds over the welterweight limit, which is fantastic, but is there ever the thought that you could possibly be over-trained?

MC: No I’m – I just – that’s my (unintelligible) my body is claimed for the way (unintelligible) for the way it was. And I’m ten pounds over the limit 30 days before.

BP: With you just turning 27, Miguel, Shane being 36, could you possibly see this fight kind of, like, playing out like the Kostya Tszyu/Ricky Hatton fight back a few years ago?

MC: I don’t know. Every boxer is different. Every fight is different. And I’ve got to tell you this fight is going to be different than any one.

BP: The question was, you’re accused of being a dirty fighter by Jack Mosley and also the fact that they say that you’re chin is questionable.

MC: Every boxer’s going to get hit in the ring. Everyone’s going to get hurt some time during a fight.

It’s just a question of what you’re going to do with it. Are you going to respond or are you going to fall?

And I think that I responded every time I’ve been hurt in the ring. And the question I have for them, what will happen to Shane Mosley when he gets hurt in the ring? Will he respond to it? I know I have.

And the question about the dirty fighting – this is a fight, this is professional fighting. You do what you have to do to win and so things that happen in the ring are going to happen. And whatever it takes, that’s what I – you know, whatever it takes in the ring, I’ll do – and a – to get a win and I will do it.

BA: Well you know we’re – as I say, we got a lot of things planned for the Big Apple. Press conference is going to be held on Wednesday at BB Kings.

The press room is set up at the Affinia Hotel which is right near Madison Square Garden.

The weigh-in will be, of course, on Friday in the early afternoon. And that’ll be at Madison Square Garden.

We expect tremendous buzz in New York. The World Series, of course, is over. The football Giants have a bye week this week and they’re not playing the Dallas Cowboys until the day after this fight.

So there’s going to be a lot of interest in New York and rightly so, focusing on this fight, and we at Top Rank are confident that our champion will win and it’ll be a big, big win for him because Shane Mosley has been and still is a great, great fighter. And a win victory over Shane Mosley is something very special.
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British Lightweight prospect John Murray Spars “The Hitman”!

John Murray has had the ideal preparation for his English Lightweight Title fight on November 9 after sparring sessions with two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

John takes on Dean Hickman for the vacant English Title at the Nottingham Arena on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners GoldenPalace.net on November 9.

Sky Sports will televise the show live at 10pm, with British super-middleweight champion Carl Froch’s latest defence against Robin Reid being top of the bill.

Murray aims to show that he is ready for British champion and fellow Hennessy Sports boxer Jon Thaxton and is looking forward to a clash against fellow Lancashire boxer Amir Khan, the Commonwealth champion.

To get ready for Hickman, Murray has sparred with fellow Manchester boxer Hatton, who fights Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on December 8.

“I’ve been sparring with Ricky Hatton, which has just been a brilliant experience for me,” said John.

“I could do 100 rounds but not learn as much as doing ten with Ricky. I’ve learnt more off him than any other sparring partner. Dean is tough and I know he will try and mess up my plans but my preparations have given me the best chance of winning.

“I think I’m definitely ready for the British Title. I’ve watched Jon Thaxton over the years and I know it would be a tough fight against him, but I just feel I’m at the point now where I’m ready for it.

“If Amir beats Graham Earl on December 8 and I can fight and beat Jon for the British title, then me and Amir would be a great fight. Two young boxers with two belts on the line and a Manchester versus Bolton North-West derby.”

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Calzaghe, Kessler Make Weight In Cardiff

Joe Calzaghe admits he finds it tough to make the super-middlweight limit, but it was Mikkel Kessler who had to strip naked on the scales ahead of their Cardiff showdown.

The Dane initially weighed two ounces over the 12-stone (168 lb)maximum before shedding his underwear to hit the limit exactly.

Calzaghe unusually had over a pound to spare as he came in at 11st 12lbs 7ozs (166.6 lb)

The pair then engaged in the traditional head-to-head pose which briefly threatened to become tasty as they rubbed foreheads together, before being wisely pulled apart by their trainers.

Calzaghe admitted he would be heading straight to the local supermarket to pile on the pounds ahead of the fight which will take place at the Millennium Stadium in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Forget about the fight. All I care about is my fridge,” Calzaghe joked. “Cakes, chocolates, sweets, pies - at this stage the only thing that matters is what you can eat out of your fridge.

“I’ll go to Asda then I’ll go home and eat everything. I don’t think it matters what you eat at this point. I eat anything I want, all churned up together. It’s pretty disgusting. And I can’t wait to have a pint of Guinness on Sunday.”

Over his decade-long reign as champion, Calzaghe has proved that his fight to make the weight has been more of a tiresome chore than a severe weight-loss programme which has had much negative impact on his performance.

Despite his desire for sustenance, he has looked as fit and relaxed as ever in the build-up to the biggest fight of his career against the unbeaten Kessler, who will put his WBA and WBC titles on the line against Calzaghe’s WBO belt.

The fact that Calzaghe will revert partially to the role of challenger for this contest for only the second time since he won his belt from Chris Eubank - he wrested the IBF version from Jeff Lacy last year - is where his real hunger lies.

“People think I haven’t got the hunger for this fight but believe me you have to got to have tremendous hunger to be able to train like I’ve trained because this is only my second unification fight.

“It’s great fighting someone else who has other belts because I’ve got so much to gain from winning this fight. I want to retire undefeated and I know this is going to be my toughest challenge yet.”

Calzaghe is keen to shrug off the historical and pound-for-pound comparisons which will inevitably move into overdrive should he claim his 44th professional win in style.

He has always been something of a reluctant celebrity, preferring to lead a quiet life in south Wales.

“I’ve had a brilliant 12-week camp,” he said, before correcting himself: “Actually, it’s not really a camp. I just stay at home.”

Even the prospect of a European indoor record of more than 50,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium and prime-time television exposure in the United States cannot bring out any rabid ambition which must lurk somewhere deep inside.

“Those things don’t drive me,” added Calzaghe. “Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and what people think doesn’t bother me either way, whether they have good or bad things to say.

“I know what I’ve achieved in my career is phenomenal. It’s amazing that I’ve been here 10 years since beating Chris Eubank, and I probably should have had 30 defences, not 20, because of my hand injuries.

“As you get more mature and get more big fights you get more comfortable and more relaxed. I been through the mill before. I’ve been in this kind of atmosphere and it’s a big deal. Kessler hasn’t.”

Indeed, the Dane, seven years Calzaghe’s junior, may point to his admirable 2005 win over Anthony Mundine in Sydney, but he will discover there is a world of difference between 15,000 Aussies and 50,000 roaring Welshmen.

What Kessler does boast is an unbeaten 39-fight record and a powerful right hand which has enabled him to emerge as the only genuine challenger to Calzaghe’s claims of 12-stone supremacy.

Kessler kept a low profile in the build-up to this fight, fuelling rumours of last-minute nerves or hidden hand injuries, although the real reason is likely to be as irrelevant as some kind of toys-out-of-the-pram promotional wrangle.

When he has appeared, Kessler has looked chiselled and confident; in other words, anything other than a fighter who is preparing to go into the biggest fight of his career with one healthy hand.

“My hands are fine and I have absolutely no idea where these rumours have come from,” said Kessler. “This is the first time in my career that I haven’t had an injury problem at any stage of my training camp.”

Given the strength of the ticket sales, Kessler’s absence from promotional duties has hardly had an adverse effect, and the pair’s mock jousts at the traditional head-to-head stare-out bore out the respect they clearly feel for each other.

“He is a dangerous fighter so I have got to make him respect me from the start,” acknowledged Calzaghe. “We’ll both want to control the centre of the ring. To use a Ricky Hatton phrase, it’s not going to be a tickling contest.”

Kessler is certainly good enough to provide Calzaghe with the toughest test of his unbeaten reign, and if this is the night when the Welshman’s age finally catches up with him, then the Dane has the ability to reign on points.

But a Calzaghe at his best is likely to have just that little bit more in every department. Kessler’s relatively straight-up, foot-forward style of fighting could be made for Calzaghe’s slippery southpaw counter-punching.

Calzaghe is favourite to claim a points win in a fight which can hardly fail to live up to its illustrious billing. With it he will earn the kind of prize that money simply cannot buy. Not even in the cake aisle of his local Asda.
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Quotes and Weights: Eddie Chambers - Calvin Brook

One day before a world championship doubleheader (Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez and Robert Guerrero vs. Martin Honorio) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, ShoBox: The New Generation will celebrate its 100th telecast with one of the most significant heavyweight fights in the series’ distinguished six-year history.

The heavyweight “Battle for the Ages” will pit “Fast” Eddie Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) against Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock (31-1, 23 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title eliminator live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The winner of the 12-round bout will face 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Alexander Povetkin for the right to challenge IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

In the co-feature of a Friday twinbill presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash., Jose Lopez (21-2, 13 KOs) will face Tyrone Harris (21-3, 14 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.

NOTE: THURSDAY’S WEIGHTS – Chambers 213 ½ pounds, Brock 241; Lopez weighed 135, Harris 133 1/4.

EDDIE CHAMBERS

“When the opportunity to fight Brock popped up, I jumped at the chance. To be a fight or two from fighting for the world title is really exciting and what it is all about. I am totally enjoying all of this.

“I have a lot of respect for Calvin and expect a pretty tough fight. But because I respect him doesn’t mean I am intimidated.

“Calvin is good at a lot of things and I expect to see him at his best Friday. The only fights I watched of his were when he was at his best.

“But he is not all that fast and that is one of the things I expect to take advantage of and will try to exploit. He may try and jump on me early, but I am ready for that or anything.

“I know if I pick my spots, give him lots of angles, fight smart, throw him off and disrupt his timing, I’ll be OK. I’ve had the best training, am totally focused and definitely ready to fight.

“We actually were supposed to fight once before, when we were both like 8-0. But it didn’t make it any sense for either of us to fight at that time. The time wasn’t right then. It is now.’’

CALVIN BROCK

“I am not overlooking or taking Chambers for granted because I respect him as a fighter. But I really don’t see how he is going to beat me. He is undefeated, but I am not totally impressed. I thought his fight with Dominick Guinn was a whole lot closer than the judges had it.

“To get back into the running for another world title fight is, of course, a great thing. When I first heard about an IBF tournament, I naturally wanted to be part of it.

“You are going to see a different Calvin Brock than the one who fought Klitschko. I have worked really hard for this fight, but unlike the Klitschko fight, this time I am not overtrained. I peaked three weeks too early and was stale against Klitschko. It’s been a tough camp, but a good one. Having the great Pernell Whitaker working with me has really helped, too.

“I feel I am coming up to my best fight. You are going to see me faster and lighter on my feet. I will be working the jab, letting my punches go with both hands. Condition wise, I feel better at this weight than I did at 225. He is supposed to be quick. I think I am quicker.

“I am really looking forward to having a great night on Friday.’’
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Massive Calzaghe - Kessler Showdown Heating Up!

WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler, has finally emerged from his self-imposed exile to pose for the media this week in Cardiff, Wales, where he will face undefeated WBO/The Ring magazine champion Joe Calzaghe, this Saturday in front of a European indoor record of boxing fans at Millennium Stadium.

HBO World Championship Boxing will televise it live to the U.S. at a special time: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“I’m glad Kessler finally appeared. I was afraid I was going to have to place a missing fighters report with Scotland Yard,” said Calzaghe, boxing’s current longest-reigning world champion, who celebrated 10 years as champion last month.

“It’s as if he’s been training with H.G. Wells! There will be no hiding on Saturday night. I’m glad Mikkel likes tattoos because I’ll be tattooing him plenty once the bell rings.”

Calzaghe, 43-0 (32), from Newbridge, Wales, will be looking to successfully defend his title for a division-best 21st consecutive time when he meets Kessler, 39-0 (29), from Copenhagen, Denmark.

A victory for Calzaghe would tie him with super middleweight champion Sven Ottke at fourth place on boxing’s all-time title defense list behind heavyweight champion Joe Louis (25), light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski (23) and strawweight champion Ricardo López (23).

Promoted by Frank Warren in association with International Entertainment, the Calzaghe-Kessler world super middleweight championship has already sold over 40,000 tickets, shattering the European indoor record for a boxing event, which was set at Calzaghe’s last title defense, a third-round TKO victory over Peter Manfredo, Jr., on April 7, in which over 35,000 tickets were sold for that fight.
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Bonanza For British Boxing: Let’s Keep The Union Jack Flying

People say that boxing is under threat from other combat sports, but over the next month, Britain will see three of its most promient fighters, two of them elderly statesman and the new kid on the block, challenge and defend major world titles in three super fights.

November 3rd sees Joe Calzaghe look to cement his place in history, while December 8th sees the fight that the whole of the world is talking about as the man who claims to be the number one fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather, and Britain’s best loved fighter, Ricky Hatton, step into the ring in the world title fight capitol of Las Vegas, where as a manager I was involved in some great British victories over Americans.

The whole of Britain will be willing Hatton to the same sort of success that Lennox Lewis had and will show the Americans how to celebrate and party.

On November 10, a fighter who I believe can emulate Lennox Lewis and even go on to surpass what the undisputed heavyweight champ did, London cruiserweight and boxing’s number one pinup man, David Haye, challenges for the WBC Cruiserweight title against the number one 200 lb fighter in the world, Jean-Marc Mormeck, in the Frenchman’s home city of Paris.

Team Haye are confident of doing what the brave English Rugby team failed to do and turn the city of Paris into a party night of English sports fans.

Haye has been preparing for this fight that has been his destiny since the day he first laced up boxing gloves and hopes to become the first British fighter and only the third fighter in history to win world titles in the cruiser and heavyweight divisions.

This victory will see Haye become Britain’s number one fighter and give the capital their first major world champion since Lennox Lewis.

Haye vs. Mormeck will be the first meeting between the world’s number one promoter and the English promoter that he christened “The Mental Midget”, since the night in 1997 that Lewis regained his heavyweight title against Oliver McCall in Las Vegas.

All the omens are in favor for a hat trick of British wins.

Who said British boxing is dying?

- Frank Maloney
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