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Jesse Feliciano: "Ref Stopped It Too Early"​

Coming into his fight against the IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron (29-1, 27KO's), Friday night at the Staples' Center, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing promoted, Jesse “El Rayo” Feliciano (15-6-3, 9KO's) understood that many saw him not only as a huge underdog to take Cintron's title, but that he would be lucky to even last six minutes in the ring with the powerful Cintron. “I was a 20-1 underdog,” said Feliciano. “No one expected me to even go the first two rounds with Cintron, but I proved everybody wrong.”

To many, including Cintron and his team, this was to simply be a tune-up bout, a formality if you will, before Cintron's unification bout against WBO titlist Paul Williams scheduled for early 2008.

However, what Team Cintron failed to take into consideration while preparing for Feliciano was his heart, determination and cast-iron chin. The very same assets that would propel Feliciano into putting on the performance of a lifetime, winning over the thousands upon thousands of fans packed into the Staples' Center, and showing Cintron that he was not going to act out the role the champ had expected him to play.

One of the fans sitting ringside Friday night that Feliciano won over is the same man who has become worldly recognized as the epitome for all underdogs in every fashion of life - none other than Mr. Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone. Feliciano had the one guy who could best relate with what he was going through as a promising fighter who was taking on a tough champion, and Rocky was rooting for him.

At the same time, Stallone was seeing his Rocky movie franchise play out right before his very eyes, as a fighter who was “supposed” to lose, pouring out his blood, sweat, and tears with every punch he threw, and emitting his never-say-die ferociousness to every fan in the house, all who were on their feet begging for more.

From the opening bell, Feliciano wisely chose to fight Cintron on the inside, taking away the champ's ability to use his impressive punching power from a distance, and therefore giving the busier Feliciano the advantage of outboxing Cintron over the scheduled twelve round battle. “My game plan was to keep him on a short leash,” said Feliciano. “I stayed in his chest throughout the entire fight trying to outhustle him.”

After Feliciano took some of the champ's best shots in the first round, it was Cintron who came out a little more worse for wear, due to Feliciano's non-stop attack. “I wasn't going to back up,” said Feliciano. “I came to fight and that had to discourage him.”

Cintron's level of discouragement only increased, as with each passing round Feliciano not only seemed less likely to succumb to Cintron's might the way so many of his previous opponents had, but Feliciano's had amazing ability to toss out an exorbitant amount of leather that never seemed to cease. The fans, the PPV commentators and even Emmanuel Steward, the trainer of Cintron, saw the title slipping away from Cintron in what was playing out to be a major upset.

It was not until the middle of the tenth round, when after both warriors had given it their all, a barrage of power punches had the referee stopping the bout. Nonetheless, Feliciano was still standing and many were disappointed that they wouldn't be able to see Feliciano pull off the major upset. Many believed that Cintron had just gone for broke and wonder what would've happened if the referee didn't stop the fight. Feliciano's heart came out in words. “I could have gone another two rounds,” said Feliciano. “I think the referee stopped it too early.”

Feliciano had forced Cintron into deep waters. In his thirty professional bouts Cintron had only seen the tenth round two previous times. Feliciano had taken Cintron's best shots, and even though his feet never left the canvas, his heart pulsed out of the squared circle and into the 10,365 fans cheering his name throughout the arena.

On Friday night, Feliciano became a fan favorite even in defeat, he won more fans then his victor did, and he showed he has the formula to make big crowd-pleasing fights in the future. When you have Rocky rooting for you, you must be doing something right.

"Jesse Feliciano displayed all that's great about the sport of boxing" said Star Boxing's CEO Joe DeGuardia. "A true underdog, Jesse showed the will, character and determination of a true warrior". Jesse earned the respect of all the fans who watched and of all of us involved in the sport of boxing". " I join the thousands in looking forward with great anticipation to the next time Jesse steps into the ring".
 

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Roy Jones Jr: "I Should Be a 50-1 Favorite"

Two of the greatest boxers in history, Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr., will face each other in a battle boxing fans have been waiting for years to see at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs), from Puerto Rico, and Jones (51-4, 38 KOs) from Pensacola, Fla.,—both destined for the Hall of Fame—have built a staggering list of accomplishments and will enter the ring for this highly anticipated 12-round fight at or below the catch weight of 170 pounds.

Jones is an eight-time world champion, winning belts in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a world heavyweight crown in over 100 years.

Trinidad is a five-time world champion with a stunning career knockout ratio of 80 percent that has won titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight classes. He also holds the distinction of having defeated three Olympic Games gold medalists: Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and David Reid.

Here is what the future Hall of Famers had to say.

ROY JONES JR.

“I haven’t felt this excited about a fight in a very long time. You haven’t seen me this pumped up in a long while. I have my fire and energy back. I don’t know how I lost it, but I know I got it back.

“Some of the odds makers have me as a five-to-one favorite. They don’t know what They’re talking about. I should be a 50-to-one favorite.

“I’m revved up for this fight. How can I not be excited? I’m fighting Tito Trinidad.

“Tito says it won’t last two rounds. I’m going to be nice and give him two more rounds and beat him in four.

“I can fight at practically any weight right now. I can drop down to 168 pounds and take on (Joe) Calzaghe. I’ll fight him anywhere he wants. Jones Jr. is back and ready to fight.”

FELIX “TITO” TRINIDAD

“Jones and I were suppose to fight during the peaks of our careers. I believed back then that I could beat him and the same holds true today.

“I respect Jones and the great career that he has had. I know he thinks he can beat me, but that’s not going to happen. This will be one of the biggest victories of my career.

“I’ll be ready for whatever Jones brings to the table. I’m always in great shape for my fights so I’ll be ready.

“Even though I’ve been out of boxing for two years, I still feel great. Anyone who knows me knows that I always stay in great shape regardless if I have a fight on the horizon or not.

“I don’t think fighting at 170 pounds is going to be a big deal. The heaviest I’ve fought has been at 160 pounds. I’m a little older now so I carry my weight a lot better than I used to.”
 

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Jorge Teron, Joe Greene Return on Dec. 12

NEW YORK CITY – Some of the Big Apple’s best and brightest boxing prospects will showcase their talents December 13 on the “Holiday Hits” pro boxing show, co-promoted by Ring Promotions and Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, at The Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.

Headlining the show in a 10-round, non-title bout will be NABA middleweight champion “Mean” Joe Greene (16-0, 12 KOs), born in the Bronx and now fighting out of Queens. Green, the 2004 National Golden Gloves Tournament champion, is rated No. 14 by the World Boxing Organization.

Three-time New York Golden Gloves champion Jorge “The Truth” Teron (18-0-1, 11 KOs), the World Boxing Council’s No. 20 rated lightweight, will be in his first scheduled 10-round fight in the co-feature not too far from his Bronx home.

Popular Brooklyn middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (15-0, 12 KOs) is slated to fight in an eight-round Special Middleweight Attraction.

“New York City has some of the best, young talent in the world,” promoter Bob Duffy said. “The future of boxing will be on display December 13 in ‘Holiday Hits.’ Where else are you going to watch rising stars like Greene, Teron and Quillin with a combined record of 49-0 and 35 knockouts? They’re going to celebrate the holiday with a bang!”

Also featured on the card is Newburgh 2-time New York Golden Gloves champion, heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (4-0, 2 KOs), versus Long Island’s Sean McClain (1-1 1 KO) in a 6-rounder, as well as Bronx-born New York State lightweight champion Freddy Soto (9-3-2, 5 KOs), Brooklyn super bantamweight Juan “Baby Tito” Dominquez (2-0), Staten Island’s exciting lightweight Nicky DeMarco (2-1, 2 KOs), and New Jersey light welterweight Jeremy Bryan (1-0). In a match-up of Long Island heavyweights, Islip’s Darrel Madison (7-1, 3 KOs) battles Wyandanch’s Elfair “The Wyandanch Warrior” McKnight.

“Such a terrific card would not be complete without one female fight,” co-promoter Cedric Kushner added, “and we’ll have Canadian bantamweight Noriko Kariya (7-2-1, 1 KO) in action.”

Tickets are priced at $150.00, $100.00, $75.00 and $50.00. Call Ring Promotions (516.313.2304) or Gotham Boxing (212.755.1944) to purchase tickets or for more information. Doors open at 6:30 PM, first bout at 7:30 PM.
 

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Shaun George Vows To KO Eric Harding

Donna Brooks has no doubts in her mind about the skill level of Shaun George. "I've seen it since day one when we signed him," said Brooks, president of Hall of Fame Promotions. When Shaun George enters the ring on December 6 in Newark, NJ's Robert Treat Hotel, the rest of the world will see what she sees, and so too will Eric Harding.

"This fight is important for Shaun because of Harding's experience," Brooks said of George's challenge. "I was thrilled that Harding took the fight because this is an excellent opportunity for Shaun to shine against a very talented veteran."

Brooks acknowledged that the fighters' history together creates an atmosphere ripe for explosion. "There is going to be a lot of tension in the ring. They clearly don't like each other. On more than one occasion Tommy Brooks had to split them up in sparring. Shaun needs to remain calm and composed and he will dominate the fight."

"This fight is personal," Shaun George, 15-2-2 (7 KO) said. "He talks way too much trash and I'm going to make him swallow his words. I'm very emotionally charged for this fight." Against Harding, one of the ten best light heavyweights of the past decade, Shaun George wants to make a statement. "I am looking to give Eric Harding the beating of his life, or a spectacular knockout. It's very important for me to win impressively."

Fellow Brooklyn native Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita also voiced his support for Shaun George's chances in the fight. "It's an interesting fight. Shaun is a young and hungry fighter coming up and has some good momentum in recent fights. Shaun's speed gives Harding problems and I think he wins the fight."

When asked what this fight meant to him, George responded "That's for the boxing fans and media to decide."
 

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Danny Green is Ready To Upset Stipe Dews

World rated light heavyweight contender Danny Green has entered the most crucial phase of training camp in preparation to his title challenge of WBA Champion Stipe Drews at Challenge Stadium in Green's hometown of Perth, Australia on December 16, 2007.

Current IBF Pan Pacific, IBO Asia Pacific and PABA titlist Green, 24-3 (22), is producing the bout in partnership with manager Justin Manolikos in their successful company Green Machine Promotions. "Danny is right in the middle of sparring," said Manolikos.

"He's right in the most intense part of the training at the moment and really starting to ramp it up. He's been sparring quite a few local blokes but we've also brought a Ukrainian out for him to spar with as well.

"The Ukrainian is six foot five and a half inches tall, a half inch bigger than Drews. It's just essential that Danny gets used to the awkward style, the long arms, the long reach and also the height difference as clearly, this is the tallest opponent that Danny's ever faced."

Drews, 32-1 (13), won the WBA title by defeating Silvio Branco in April. Towering height and a difficult southpaw style have earned the Croatian the "Spiderman" nickname and saw him through four European title defenses but doesn't unduly concern Manolikos, who feels that Green's aggressive, hard punching approach will bring the Perth native a world title.

"I think when you're fighting an Eastern European, who is probably going to have a five inch reach advantage, it's no secret that you're not going to stand outside and box with him," he said.

"Danny's obviously going to have a game plan that he needs to stick to and I think that will be just to chop Drews down, break him down in the later rounds, just take his spirit away."

Green Machine Promotions presents the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship between reigning titlist Stipe Drews and challenger Danny Green with full undercard at Challenge Stadium, Mt. Claremont, Perth, Western Australia on Sunday, December 16, 2007.

Tickets are priced at $185 Premium Plus, $155 Premium, $135 General, $95 Standard and are available at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theatre, Family, Events, more . Doors open at 4:30PM.

Main Event will provide live televised PPV coverage at 6:30PM for Austar, Foxtel and Optus customers for $49.95 inc. GST
 

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Julio C. Chavez Jr., Sanchez Promise Victory

"I worked 15 years to get to this fight and after Saturday night, I'll be the man - the first to beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr," said Ray Sanchez at Top Rank's 'Latin Fury' press conference on Monday in Los Angeles.


"Am I ready for a fight like this? We're going to find out Saturday night," Chavez Jr said.


"Who will win? I really don't know," said Bob Arum. "That's why we're having such tremendous fan interest and that's why it's such a hot ticket in Albuquerque."


Chavez Jr., 33-0-1, takes on hometown hero Sanchez on a Top Rank PPV fight card at the Tingley Coliseum. The advance box office is the biggest of any Top Rank fight card in Albuquerque.


"This is the biggest fight in the city in 10 years," Sanchez said. "We haven't seen this kind of excitement since Johnny Tapia and Danny Romero were in the ring."


Sanchez will be the hardest puncher who Chavez Jr has ever faced.


"I'm going right at him, not holding anything back. This is everything I dreamed about, getting him in the ring in my hometown," Sanchez said. "I will beat Chavez - take it to the bank."


"We both want to win," Chavez Jr said. "He wants to win. I want to win. I trained hard and I will beat Sanchez."


It was announced that JC's father, four-time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, will be coming into Albuquerque on Wednesday which is the day of the final press conference.


Arum also announced that Michael Clark, 36-4, of Columbus, Ohio will take on Mike Alvarado, 18-0, of Denver in the opening PPV bout. Alvarado was initially scheduled to take on Henry Bruseles but he came down with a fever and was not able to train. Alvarado vs. Clark is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be the first bout on the PPV telecast.


Lupe Contreras will be the ring announcer on fight night. The announcing team on the PPV telecast will be Rich Marotta, Genaro 'Chicanito' Hernandez and Doug Fischer.
 

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Arce Expects Tough Fight With Singsurat

Dynamic, wildly-popular Jorge Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico has arrived into Albuquerque for his 'Latin Fury' showdown against Medgoen Singsurat of Thailand on the JC Chavez Jr vs Ray Sanchez fight card at Tingley Coliseum on Saturday night.

"I not only need a win but I also need to look great doing it," Arce said. "I expect a tough fight against Singsurat. He is very aggressive and comes forward to fight and so do I so it should be a great fight for the fans."

Singsurat has a record of 48-4, 34 KOs, which includes a knockout win over Manny Pacquiao in a world title fight in 1999. Arce has a record of 47-4-1, 36 KOs. He is the WBC #1 rated contender at 115 pounds. Arce vs. Singsurat is scheduled for 12 rounds and will be featured on the PPV telecast just before Chavez Jr and Sanchez get into the ring.

"For this fight I have trained very hard in Los Angeles under my new trainer Javier Capetillo. I knew I need to make changes in my training to get back to the top," Arce said.

He added "...this is a big fight because if I win I get to fight Martin Castillo and
that fight will a memorable one. It will be like Morales-Barrera and Vazquez-Marquez. but first things first, I need to get past Singsurat to think about that great fight."

Bob Arum of Top Rank said today that JC Chavez Jr will be in Albuquerque on Tuesday night.

The Top Rank PPV has a suggested retail of $34.95. Fight fans should order from their Pay Per View provider.
 

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Tarver, Donaire and Forrest Presser Quotes

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present an extraordinary tripleheader as its season finale when IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver defends against Danny Santiago, Vernon Forrest risks his WBA 154-pound crown against former IBF welterweight kingpin Michele Piccirillo and Nonito Donaire, fresh off his knockout victory over previously undefeated Vic Darchinyan in the Upset of the year, makes the initial defense of his IBF flyweight belt against mandatory challenger Luis Maldonado.

Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, the three scheduled 12-round fights will be televised live from Foxwoods Resort Casino, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)

Tickets, priced at $250, $150, $125, $100 and $75, are on sale and can be purchased at Foxwoods Resort and Casino or by calling (800) 200-2882.

ANTONIO TARVER:

“We are training smarter, not harder. I have been at this a long time. I know how to prepare for a championship fight.

“I’m going knock him out. This guy is coming to win like everyone else who has come in front of me.

“The IBO Title is very significant. A lot of great champions who have come before me have won it with pride. I am proud to be Light Heavyweight Champion

“I don’t think the boxing world has seen the best of Tarver. I’m in shape, I’m ready to go and Santiago is in for a rude awakening.

“I still have will and passion left. I am going to continue to be on top.

“I am motivated by my will to win and to be recognized. I’m 39 years old and feel very young and youthful. I have a great team behind me.

“I want to be remembered as an honest guy and a man of my word. If I can talk it, I can walk it.

“I believe the next guy who beats me will have to beat me at my best.”

VERNON FORREST:

“I plan on beating him come Saturday night like I did in the amateurs. I will introduce him to my big right hand and put him on his back again.

“What motivates is big fights. I want to be known as a great champion.

“All my fights are important to me. You can’t get to your next fight until you get past what’s in front of you.

“This is a dangerous fight for me, because I’m the champion. This guy is coming into this fight to fight hard. This is a career making fight for him.

“I’m going to knock Piccarillo out, but I am always prepared to go the distance. I will tempt him at first, but I won’t jeopardize a win for a knockout.

“I’m glad to be in business with SHOWTIME, because SHOWTIME is in business with Vernon Forrest.

“He is a strong fighter and has a very good jab. I trained to neutralize what he throws at me.

“Tarver is one of the best fighters of our era. I expect a world class performance out of Tarver.”

DONAIRE:

“I still have a lot to prove. People call me a one hit wonder. But I will continue to fight to build my name and prove myself.

“I am going to do what I have to do to take him out, no matter what he comes at me with. This will be a great fight.

“This fight will validate me as a world champion and show people I am here to stay.

“Maldonado is a good fighter and not one to look past. But I am stronger, faster and smarter. After my win over Darchinyan, I am more confident.

“My arsenal is a lot stronger than Maldonado’s.”

DANNY SANTIAGO:

“It is an honor to be here and an honor to fight Antonio Tarver. I have been following him since I was 17 years old, and I am trying to get where he is at.

“Saturday is a chance for me to fulfill my dream. I have seen many of you on TV and at the fights, I am honored to be up here today and to be in front of the camera on Saturday night.”

GARY SHAW:

“I have been a promoter and fan of the sport for a long time. When the boxing media twists things to fit the bill it upsets me. If they like a belt, or a fighter, they mention it. If they don’t, then they ignore it. I am talking about Antonio Tarver and the IBO Title. Lennox Lewis, wore the IBO belt, and if it’s good enough for Lennox Lewis and Roy Jones, Jr., then it’s good enough for Antonio Tarver.

“I am proud to know Ed Levine (IBO President). He is a great man and one of the true gentlemen in the sport. I am proud to pay the sanctioning fee and put the belt on the winner on Saturday night. I know they will wear it proudly.

“Maldonado (who is traveling from Mexico) is a tough offensive fighter. This fight will not be fought all around the ring or on the ropes. It will be fought in the center of the ring. Every time Nonito Donaire looks up, Luis Maldonado will be right there in front of him. For those of you that saw both Marquez –Vazquez fights, this fight will be on par with those tremendous, all-action bouts. It’s a great way to start the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Telecast.”
 

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Danielle Bouchard's Bout Makes Quebec History

November 30th in Drummondville will mark the first ever Feminine North American title fight in the history of Quebec. Fighting in her 11th pro fight, Danielle Bouchard (8-1-1 1 K.O.) originally from Jonquiere will try to capture her first belt, the WBC International Super Bantamweight title, against Maria Nunez Anchorena (7-3-0 5 K.O.).

Both boxers fought last June 15th at the Bell Centre in an entertaining bout, with Danielle Bouchard getting the nod from the judges in a unanimous decision win against Nunez Anchorena who hails from Uruguay. Anchorena will be looking to settle the score.

Stepping in for Baha Laham, Danielle is scheduled to open the professional portion of the InterBox Evening at 9:30 PM. Victor Lupo and Benoit Gaudet are set to close out the night.

In a proposed bout that heralded much attention, super featherweight boxers Baha Laham (6-0-0 1 K.-O.) and David Gomez (14-1-0 13 K.-O.) were very close to agreeing to fight on November 30th. “Both sides were unable to agree to a reasonable catch weight. A fight of this magnitude must be disputed at the right conditions. Unfortunately, we were unable to get all the elements together in such short time. But this fight is merely postponed. Baha will be hard at work at the gym on his physical fitness preparation until the right time comes” states InterBox Director of Operations Mr. Stephan Larouche.

Close to 1800 tickets sold

Ticket sales for the InterBox Evening are going very well with close to 1800 already sold. Good tickets are still available starting at 25$ each. Tickets are available at the Ovation Internet site (www.ovation.qc.ca), by contacting the Offices of the Drummondville Voltigeurs at: 819-477-9400, at the Cage aux Sports Restaurant in Drummondville and by contacting the Collège de boxe de Drummondville at: 819-471-3868.
 

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Mayweather-Hatton 24/7 Episode 3 Info

MAYWEATHER/HATTON 24/7 – DEC. 2 EPISODE.

Episode #3 Debut date: SUNDAY, DEC. 2 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 3 (12:15 a.m.), 4 (4:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 5 (9:30 p.m.), 7 (9:00 p.m.) and 8 (10:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 6 (7:30 p.m.), 13 (10:00 p.m.) and 15 (9:00 a.m.)

HBO On Demand availability begins: Dec. 4

With one week to go before their bout, Floyd Mayweather intensifies his workout regime and Ricky Hatton adjusts to his new Las Vegas training camp.

The executive producers of MAYWEATHER/HATTON 24/7 are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; coordinating producer, Dave Harmon: producers, Jason Hehir and Scott Boggins; narrator, Liev Schreiber.

Viewers can watch the first two episodes of 24/7 back-to-back Friday night at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
 

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Alexander Povetkin: "I'm Just One Step Away"

Alexander Povetkin and Eddie Chambers will battle out their highly-anticipated IBF eliminator in Berlin on January 26, Sauerland Event confirmed today. After advancing past the first round of the four-way box-off, the two heavyweight hopefuls now clash for the right to challenge IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. And even though he has just 14 professional fights to his name, Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) feels he is ready to become the next mandatory challenger. "I am just one step away from a world title fight - and I am determined to take this step against Chambers," the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner said. "Everything is possible in such an eliminator, especially in the heavyweight division. He is a strong opponent but I take him very seriously."

Povetkin last clinched an impressive 11th-round TKO victory over former champion Chris Byrd, while Chambers (30-0, 16 KOs) defeated Calvin Brock on points. Much to the delight of Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer, the final showdown between the two unbeaten fighters will be broadcasted by HBO. "We are pleased that the boxing fans in the U.S. will get a first-hand look at the rising talents of Alexander Povetkin," Meyer said. "Alexander is a superstar in Russia, very popular in Germany and about to conquer the U.S. It also marks the first time that HBO transmits a bout out of Germany with the exception of the Klitschkos."

Povetkin is currently shaping up in his home city of Tschechow near Moscow. "I will be in top form come January 26," he said.
 

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Duddy: "I Look Forward To Fighting Eastman"

NEW YORK – Veteran trainer Don Turner believes WBO No. 2 rated middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy (22-0, 17 KOs) will become his 21st world champion. First, though, Duddy has to get past former European champion and 2-time world title challenger Howard “The Battersea Bomber” Eastman (42-5, 35 KOs) on December 8 in the 10-round main event at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Duddy, who hails from Derry (N. Ireland) but now lives in Queens (New York City), has been training in North Carolina under the guidance of Turner, whose former world champions include Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor and Mike McCallum.

Turner has been in Duddy’s corner for his last two fights, victories by TKO against Alessio Furlan and Prince Arron, both in Dublin. Duddy’s improvement under Turner has become more evident, fight-by-fight, and figures to even more prominent against Eastman.

“John’s not getting hit as much,” Turner said about the area where John has improved the most. “He was a boxer before, as an amateur, but he got off track. It’s not like he didn’t do it (box) before he started getting hit. He’s gone back to doing what he did as an amateur boxer. Unless a fighter is a great one-punch guy who opponents fear, not getting hit is a matter of balance and leverage, as well as how his feet are planted and how to turn properly. The best way not to get hit is to hit a guy and put him on the defensive. That way he can’t counter punch. The great Ray Robinson never worked on defense because his offense was his defense. Now, John’s not getting hit as much.”

In 47 pro fights, Eastman has been only stopped only once, by powerful Edison Miranda. His other losses have been to world champions Bernard Hopkins, Arthur Abraham and William Joppy, as well as world title contender Wayne Elcock by close 12-round decision (116-113-, 115-113, 115-114) in his last fight on September 28.

“I know Howard Eastman and losing two world title shots is all that’s kept him from making real money,” Turner continued. “He’s going to bring his best to get back up there. Eastman is going to try to keep moving forward. John has to be aggressive, throwcombinations, and push Eastman back. That’s what John does best.

“If John Duddy takes care of himself, keeps his weight down, and behaves like a fighter should, he has the potential to be a world champion but it’s all up to him. I’ve had 20 world champions and John’s going to be my 21st.”

Duddy is on the verge of a major world title shot in 2008, provided he defeats his toughest opponent to date, Eastman. The popular Irishman also is rated No. 4 by the WBC, No. 7 by the WBA and No. 13 by the IBF.

“I have a good working relationship with Don Turner,” Duddy noted. “I’ve really enjoyed working with Don. I’ve learned a lot. I’m looking forward to fighting Howard Eastman, who is a dangerous customer. He has a great record, good experience and has been in against some of the best middleweights of his era. Hopefully, after fighting Eastman, the doors will be open for me to fight one of the top middleweights for the world title. But all I’m focused on right now is fighting Eastman and showing everybody how much I’ve improved training with Don.”
 

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Ian Napa Primed For Martin Power Rematch

Bantamweight Ian Napa looks to even the score against arch-rival Martin Power as the two reprise their highly contested 2005 British title fight this Friday night at London's Newham Leisure Center on a Frank Maloney promotion.

While Napa, 15-6 (1), had yet to extricate himself from the pack when he originally challenged then British titlist Power, 19-2 (8), the 29 year old leather merchant relishes the turnabout of events as it is he, rather than Power, who now wears the Lonsdale belt around his waist.

"I feel that I've improved a lot, and it's going to be a different ball game completely," said Napa. "When I fought Power last time, I was trying to come back from a loss, whereas now I'm more established, having won two British title fights back to back."

The watershed moment in Napa's career came 16 months after dropping the highly controversial split decision to Power, when the 5 foot 1 inch East Ender pushed European champion Simone Maludrottu hard over the course of a twelve round decision loss.

"When Ian fought Maludrottu, he gave the Italian his toughest fight as a pro," said Napa's trainer Brian Lawrence. "Ian has gone on to win the British title and defended it. He's come on by leaps and bounds and at the moment, is a world class fighter. If Maludrottu is the WBC number one, Napa's not far behind him. Ian has the British belt, but that's just a start. He wants a world title."

However, before the Napa camp can begin a march on the world stage, they must successfully navigate the tricky rematch with Power, as the former British champion has sworn that he will regain the belt which he never lost in the ring.

It's a challenge to his crown that Napa knows he must repel if he is to capitalize on the promise shown during his brush with one of the world's elite bantamweights.

"I showed my caliber in the European title fight but I've got to move on," he said. "This rematch with Power isn't just about revenge; this is basically an opportunity to set things right."

Frank Maloney Promotions presents ‘The Delicate Sound of Thunder’ at the Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, London E13 8SD on Friday, November 30, 2007. Tickets are priced at £75 and £40 and are available by logging onto Frank Maloney Official site - the only place for online boxing or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.

For any further press information please call 020 8467 7647.
 

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Amir Khan Packs The House For Earl Clash

Amir Khan is planning the biggest birthday party ever against Graham Earl on Saturday 8th December in front of a sell out crowd.

In excess of 7,000 tickets have been snapped up for his Commonwealth Lightweight title defence against former champion Graham Earl at the Bolton Arena.

And with the fight falling on the same day as Khan's 21st birthday, it will be an electric atmosphere inside the arena.

"Beating Graham Earl will be the best birthday present in the world," said Khan, 14-0. "And the fact I will be doing it in front of all my fans makes it even better."

Promoter Frank Warren reacted to the huge demand for tickets by installing 500 extra seats, and, when they sold out within hours, an extra 200. But supply soon out-stripped demand.

"Amir has sold out shows up and down the country, so it was no surprise this one proved popular," said Warren. "It's a fantastic fight between two guys who are really up for it.

"Amir has got a real test in the form of Earl. This could be fight of the year, and I'm delighted so many people will be there to see it."

For those who haven't got tickets, the only place to watch the show is on ITV, which has announced over three hours of programming around the event.

Action will commence on ITV4 at 7.40pm, before switching to ITV1 at 9.55pm for Khan's fight.

Meanwhile, Earl has revealed that he has personally sold more than 1,000 tickets, and will enjoy massive support from his dedicated Luton following.

"My fans will turn the Bolton Arena into a little bit of Luton," said Earl. "They'll be roaring me to victory."

With interest in the fight growing by the day, it has been announced that Khan and Earl will pose for fans on the steps of the historic Bolton Town Hall on Thursday 6th December, after the final head-to-head press conference.

Khan will also be giving away 100 signed copies of his 2008 calendar to fans.
 

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Alonzo Butler-Dominick Guinn Set For 12/28

Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, River Rock Casino Resort, and West Coast Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Friday, December 28, 2007, in the River Rock Show Theatre at River Rock Casino Resort, located at 8811 River Road in Richmond, British Colombia. This event will be the first telecast of the 2008 boxing season on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”.

The heavyweight main event, scheduled for 10 rounds, will feature young, undefeated prospect Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler, 26-0-1 with 19 knockouts, of Knoxville, Tennessee, stepping up against his toughest opponent yet - Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn, 28-5-1 with 19 knockouts, of Houston, Texas.

There’s a lot at stake for both heavyweights: Butler is trying to prove himself for the first time at world-class level; Guinn is looking for a win that will lead him back to his former status as a top contender.

Butler and Guinn both stand six-foot three-inches tall, but come from very different boxing backgrounds. Now 28 years old, Butler has “learned on the job” as a pro. He had very little amateur experience - 13 fights by his own count – but has given impressive performances and made good progress in his seven-year pro career.

32 year-old Guinn had a tremendous amateur career with over 300 fights that included gold medals in four U.S. national championships. He also has a significant advantage over Butler in professional experience, with wins to his credit against 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison and former contenders Michael Grant and Duncan Dokiwari. Dominick has five losses, but all were against world-class fighters and all were by decision – two against world champions James Toney and Sergei Liakhovich, the other three against top contenders Eddie Chambers, Tony Thompson, and Monte Barrett.

Local heavyweight standout Shane “Shotgun” Andreesen, 9-0 with 5 knockouts, of Qualicum Beach, B.C., will battle Corey Williams, 7-8-2 with 4 knockouts, of Torrington, Wyo., in a six-round bout.

Five more exciting supporting bouts, to be announced, are scheduled to complete the card. All bouts are subject to change without notice.

Ticket prices: $39, $59, $125, $195, $249.

Tickets available at: River Rock Box Office - 604-247-8562; Ticketmaster - 604-280-4444; and online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more and River Rock Casino Resort.
 

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Woolcombe, Bhatia on Napa-Power Undercard

The Ian Napa vs. Martin Power British bantamweight title rematch at London's Newham Leisure Centre is supported by a full undercard featuring some of the top up and coming talent in the UK, among them light middleweight contender Gary "Hot Stuff" Woolcombe and unbeaten featherweight Akaash "Kash" Bhatia.

Woolcombe, 24-1 (9), is coming off two straight wins since dropping an English title challenge to Andrew Facey and most recently defeated one of his main domestic rivals, Jason Rushton, to climb back into the upper end of the British rankings.

"Rushton had 17 wins out of 20 fights and never been stopped, but I did so convincingly so it was a good win for me," said the 25 year old Welling man. "I had him out on his feet quite a few times; I had him done in the second, I really thought that I would stop him in that round but I'm glad I got the win."

After Woolcombe failed to produce stoppages in more than one of his first thirteen bouts, he then went on a tear, finishing eight opponents in his next eleven wins. "I went the distance in my four and six rounders, so I got all the rounds under my belt for the experience," he said. "People saying that I wasn't a puncher and I just felt that I wasn't mature. Now the power has come with maturity and I've started to knock 'em out, so I am a bit of a puncher after all."

After having successfully reloaded his career, "Hot Stuff" knows exactly where he wants to go next. "Jamie Moore is fighting for the European title this month and if he gives up the British title, than I shall be next in line to fight someone else for it," said Woolcombe.

"If Moore doesn't give up the title, I'll fight him. I think he's a great fighter and it would take a lot to beat him, but I believe I've got what it takes. I'm just looking to get another win this weekend and then I'm sure I have a big title fight coming up after this. It's that time now, I've had 25 fights now, this one will be number 26 and I'm pretty sure it's time for a big title fight."

While Woolcombe is likely just around the corner from a British title fight, featherweight Akaash Bhatia, 8-0 (2), is still in the formative stages of a burgeoning career and will be making his ninth professional appearance when he takes on Bristol based journeyman Riaz Durgahed, 6-10-1 (1), over a scheduled six rounds tonight.

"This fight is another stepping stone, but it's one more step in the right direction," said Bhatia. "Thankfully, this fight is made more towards my weight and I'm looking forward to getting in there and doing my thing. I'm very excited about this fight and I'm going to shine. At the end of the day, that's the most important thing for me. I have to put on a good performance."

Bhatia is one of the few Indian boxers in Britain and has garnered a large following from his base in the Harrow section of Northwest London. And after his most recent bout, the lightning-fisted prospect can also now count two former world champions as ardent fans.

"My last fight was a good win and Sky Sports broadcasters Johnny Nelson and Jim Watt were impressed," said the 24 year old known as "Kash the Bash". "They've been in the ring and have gone to the top so it was very important to me they had positive things to say. As far as I'm concerned, I was happy with the performance but I want to make this performance better.

"Right now I have to keep winning but also I must win well and impress. I have to keep learning and to me, that's the most important thing. Because at the end of the day, when my trainer and my promoter think I'm ready to step up to that next level, I have to be ready for that. When I do step up to that level, I'm 100% confident that I'm going to shine and prove to everyone what I can do."

Rounding out the bill are bantamweight Tshifhiwa Munyai, super featherweights Henry Castle and Kevin O'Hara, light heavy Tony Salem, welter Robert Lloyd Taylor, welter Scott Woolford, lightweight Jamie Radford, super middle Dwayne Lewis and light welter Ross Hewitt.

Frank Maloney Promotions presents ‘The Delicate Sound of Thunder’, the rematch between Ian Napa and Martin Power for the Bantamweight Championship of Britain at the Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, London E13 8SD on Friday, November 30, 2007.

Tickets are priced at £75 and £40 and are available by logging onto Frank Maloney Official site - the only place for online boxing or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.

Sky Sports televises live on SS1 at 22:00hrs.
 

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HBO To Replay Mayweather, Hatton Bouts

Leading up to the world welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton -- set for Saturday, December 8 in Las Vegas 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, December 7 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, December 8 at 12 noon (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay De La Hoya vs. Mayweather 2007 and Hatton vs. Castillo 2007. Earlier this year, Mayweather kept his perfect record intact and remained atop the sports pound for pound list by earning a split decision victory over De La Hoya in their record-setting battle on May 5th in Las Vegas. On June 23, 2007, the undefeated Hatton scored an impressive four round stoppage over Jose Luis Castillo in Las Vegas to retain a junior welterweight title.

The two fights will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers and can be seen 24 hours a day, from Monday, November 26 thru Monday, December 24.

On Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT, HBO Pay-Per-View will present Mayweather vs. Hatton live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 

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Murray, Meager Lead a Manchester Invasion

The British invasion of Las Vegas begins on Friday (December 7) when Hennessy Sports duo John Murray and Lee Meager feature on a Golden Boy promotion at the MGM Grand Conference Center.

“BRITISH INVASION – THE U.K. VS. THE WORLD” is a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo will broadcast the event beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Murray 22-0 (12 KOs) and Meager 21-2-1 (8 KOs) both face Mexicans the night before their fellow Manchester boxer Ricky Hatton faces American Floyd Mayweather for the WBC Welterweight Title.

It will be a chance for many of the thousands of fans from Manchester and Britain who will make the trip to Vegas to see two more of their countryman in action.

Newly-crowned English Lightweight Champion Murray faces Miguel Angel Mungui 16-9 (13 KOs) while former British Lightweight Champion Meager is up against Jose Alberto Gonzalez 14-4 (6 KOs). The Hennessy Sports team arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Murray, 22, is delighted to get the chance to show the travelling British fight fans and an American audience what he can do. Last year’s British Boxing Writers’ Young Boxer of the Year fought on the undercard of Oscar de la Hoya against Floyd Mayweather in May, when he stopped Lorenzo Bethea in the seventh round. He then stopped Dean Hickman for the English Title in four rounds in a career-best display on November 9.

John Murray said: “It’s a dream to be fighting in Las Vegas again and is great experience for me. It will be a good chance for me to put on a good show in front of a lot of British fight fans who might not have seen me before, especially Manchester fight fans.

“There’s 25,000 Brits coming out to Vegas to see Ricky, so hopefully a few will come down to watch some more boxing the night before. Not everyone could get tickets for Ricky’s fight, but they’ve got the chance to see two other Manchester fighters the night before. It’s a great chance to show my talent to the American audience again and I feel great after my last performance.

“I’ve been sparring with Ricky Hatton and what he has achieved is something that I am aiming for. I want to be fighting in Las Vegas as the main event one day.”

Lee Meager said: “It’s very exciting to have the chance to be fighting in front of a lot of Manchester fans on such a big weekend for British boxing. It’s great to be part of it and I intend to get the weekend off to a good start.”

Murray and Meager’s promoter **** Hennessy said: “This is an incredible event taking place before the Hatton fight for British boxing fans in Las Vegas. It’s a chance for fight fans to see two absolutely class Manchester boxers. John Murray is unbeaten and headlines the British side of the show. We’re also hoping to get it on British TV.”

Other British boxers on the bill include middleweight Craig McEwan (Edinburgh) 8-0, middleweight Jimmy Campbell (London/Indianapolis) 10-1, lightweight Martin Gethin (Walsall) 10-0 and welterweight Dean Harrison (9-0).

Former world title challenger Bronco McKart (USA) 51-7 faces Enrique Ornelas (Mexico) in the main event.

Tickets for “The British Invasion,” priced at $125, $75 and $50, may be purchased at any MGM Grand box office outlet or by calling MGM Grand at 702-891-7777. Fans also can obtain tickets at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino), by calling Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first bell will ring at 4:30 p.m.
 

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Carl Johanneson, Kevin Mitchell Talk The Fight

Officially announcing Sports Network's first big fight of 2008 - on January 12: the long awaited all British super-featherweight dust-up between Kevin Mitchell and Carl Johanneson.

This is the fight that Kevin Mitchell, the undefeated Commonwealth champion, has been waiting for.

Johanneson has run from Mitchell but has now run out of places to hide and must finally face the Dagenham Destroyer.

Mitchell said, "He couldn't keep avoiding me. He might of beat up an old Michael Gomez but I'm going to give him a proper beating and take the British title off him."

British Champion Johanneson, who defeated Michael Gomez last month, will be looking to give the young upstart a lesson.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Mitchell at last and taking him school. It will be a nice day out in London for me and I might even drop in for a spot of pie and mash in his local!" said Johanneson.
 

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Chris Edwards Makes Final Preparations

It is just over a week until Stoke’s Chris Edwards steps between the ropes at Wigan’s Robin Park Centre in his bid to become Britain’ first super-flyweight champion and according to Impact Boxing Edwards’ preparations have gone well.

Edwards whose record now reads W 10 (KO 3) L 12 D 3 will enter the ring as favourite. McDonnell, the current English bantamweight titleholder, has recorded 8 wins and 1 draw but has never fought over 12 rounds previously and has only fought outside of Doncaster once. The fight will be televised on Sky Sports as part of the British undercard to the eagerly anticipated Hatton/Mayweather confrontation.

**** Carney, Edwards’ manager, today announced that: “Chris has been down at the championship weight limit of 8st 3lbs since Tuesday and is fitter and stronger than ever before. He’s worked on his strength and his stamina and we are confident that we’re sending him to Wigan in the best condition possible.”

“At 5’ 8” McDonnell has a big height and reach advantage over Chris so Chris has been sparring with much bigger lads. He’s actually done a lot of sparring with Danny Johnston who is about 4st heavier than Chris and Danny reports that Chris is stronger and is hitting harder than many middleweights that he’s fought.”

“Although McDonnell has the height advantage it’s the only edge that he does have over Chris. Chris has the experience over twelve rounds and has fought two gruelling contests against Dale Robinson who was a former Commonwealth champ and who, unlike McDonnell, had a reputation for stopping opponents.”

“Chris also has power and he is hitting harder than ever now. Chris has always been renowned for his mobility and his work-rate and in the condition that he’s in at present he will certainly live up to his reputation.”

“It’s true that in boxing that you can’t take anything for granted and that’s what makes it such a great sport. No doubt there will be periods of the bout in which Jamie McDonnell is the stronger but I am confident that Chris will bring an end to the 85 year drought for Stoke boxers and that he will return to the Potteries with a Lonsdale belt.”

Tickets for the Wigan show which includes nine bouts, three of which are title contests, and large screen coverage of the Hatton/Mayweather contest are available from Impact Boxing on 0770 944 9279 or by visiting Impact Boxing - The Home of British Boxing in Staffordshire
 
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