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Adamek-Taylor Lands on Cunningham Card​

All action former WBC light heavyweight champion and current IBO Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (32-1, 22 KOs) will return on December 29 on the big Sauerland Event card at the Seidensticker Hall in Bielefeld, Germany. Adamek, now campaigning as a cruiserweight, will face Tiwon Taylor (26-14-1).

"I feel good in this division," said Adamek. "This is my natural body weight. Now I’m not so starved like before. I can eat and drink and as a result, I feel even stronger....I have lost none of my speed. The only difference is that the punches of the opponents are harder than before so my style has changed a bit. I now box a little more from a distance."

The 31-year-old, who is known for his "blood and guts" wars when 175lb world champion, is now rated at #6 by the IBF at cruiserweight. He is eyeing a shot at the winner of the IBF title fight between Steve Cunningham and Marco "Käpt'n" Huck, which is headlining the attractive December 29 card.
 

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Mayweather-Hatton PPV Buyrate Tops 850K

HBO Sports announced today that the Dec. 8 Floyd Mayweather-Ricky Hatton welterweight title bout generated 850,000 pay-per-view buys and $47 million in PPV revenue.

That total caps off the highest performing year in HBO Pay-Per-View history. In 2007, HBO PPV recorded 4.8 million buys and more than $255 million in revenue across eight boxing events. The previous high for HBO PPV in boxing was in 1999 with four million buys and $200 million in revenue. In 2006, HBO PPV registered 3.7 million buys and $177 million in revenue.

The banner year included the record-setting Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather May 5th mega-fight that produced the highest performing pay-per-view event in history with 2.4 million buys and $134 million in revenue.
 

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Kelly Pavlik Starts Training Camp For Taylor

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Undefeated world middleweight champion and "Fighter of the Year" candidate KELLY "THE GHOST" PAVLIK officially opened his Youngstown-based training camp today in preparation for his rematch against the man he dethroned, once-beaten Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor. Promoted by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, the 12-round Pavlik-Taylor II rumble will take place Saturday, February 16, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST.

Which game plan will trainer Jack Loew be using from Kelly’s blue book this time?

"We are training like this is Round Eight of the first fight, continuing where we left off when we beat Jermain the first time," said Loew, the only trainer Pavlik has ever had and a "Trainer of the Year" candidate himself. "When it comes to fighting, Kelly is a powerful combination of Youngstown steel and moxie. It's going to be another night of fireworks. To paraphrase Joe Louis, 'Jermain can run but he can't hide' and believe me, Kelly is going to make Jermain fight."

Pavlik, boxing's real life John Henry, who is riding a two-year, nine-bout victory by knockout streak (including three in 2007), is in full agreement with trainer Loew.

"Nothing has changed except instead of challenging a great world champion, I'll be fighting a fierce warrior who wants revenge. But my strategy will be the same and that's to keep throwing a lot of punches," said Pavlik. "I'm not going to do anything different from the first fight except correct the mistakes I made last time. This fight is for Youngstown and for fight fans around the world that enjoy action. I only fight one way, and that's to win. It's not complicated but it works."

Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs), from Youngstown, Ohio, and Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs), from Little Rock, Arkansas, boast a combined record of 59-1-1 (46 KOs) – a winning percentage approaching 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 78%! Their first fight, on September 29, was not only hailed as the “Fight of the Year” but literally rejuvenated the sport internationally. It is a rivalry that is being compared to the great middleweights of previous eras, including Graziano-Zale, Robinson-Basilo-Fullmer, and Benvenuti-Griffith. The fight opened at -$160 Pavlik / +$140 Taylor at the MGM Grand sports book.

Tickets, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, and $100, are on sale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Tickets will also be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall, and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or MGM Grand at (800) 929-1111. Tickets are also available for purchase at Las Vegas - Entertainment - Hotel - Resort - Casinos - Vacation : MGM Grand Hotel & Casino or Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more
 

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Peterson Bros. Get Tough Tests On Jan. 4

On Jan. 4, the talented, undefeated, world-ranked Peterson brothers, Anthony (25-0, 18 KOs) and Lamont (23-0, 11 KOs), of Washington, D.C., face dangerous assignments in the 10-round co-featured bouts on the 2008 premiere of ShoBox: The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Anthony, a lightweight who is ranked No. 1 in WBO, No. 6 in WBC and No. 13 in IBF, faces Mexican champion Guadalupe Rosales (25-2, 15 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mex.

Lamont, who is ranked No. 6 in the WBC and WBO at 140 pounds, will be opposed by fellow unbeaten Antonio Mesquita (34-0, 26 KOs), a Brazilian now residing in Las Vegas.
 

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mir Khan Hunts For Missing Jon Thaxton

Amir Khan is planning a missing persons appeal - as nothing has been heard from British lightweight champion Jon Thaxton since December 8.

That was the day on which Khan stopped former Lonsdale belt holder Graham Earl in just 72 seconds at the Bolton Arena.

And ever since there's been silence from Thaxton's Norfolk stronghold.

" In the past Jon has always been saying that he'll be the first to beat me, but I've heard nothing since I destroyed Earl, who's a much better fighter than Thaxton," said Commonwealth champion Khan.

" Before the fight I said I'd retire Earl, and I'll do the same to Thaxton. Jon's a good fighter but he's not in my league. I'll be too quick and too strong for him, and I can't see the fight going the distance.

" In fact I think I'd get more more of a challenge from Delia Smith - at least she can break an egg!

" To borrow one of her phrases, 'Come on Jon, let's be having you!'
" Sadly I think there's more chance of Thaxton turning up on the side of a pint of milk than getting in the ring with me."

Khan, 21, is due to box again on February 2 at the ExCel Arena, London, where he will try and build on his impressive 15-0 (12) record.

Following the win over Earl, Khan has moved into the WBC top 10, and is also rated highly by the WBO and WBA.
 

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Yes, user setTop Prospects Turn Pro at The Hard Rock

Two super prospects will turn pro on Top Rank's best-ever VERSUS fight card which features welterweight Joshua Clottey in an eliminator against Shamone Alvarez at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler announced today that Las Vegas lightweight Diego Magdaleno will go into his professional debut as well as 13-time amateur champion Emily Klinefelter of Iowa City.

Both are regarded as top prospects.

"There is a never-ending hunt for talent," Trampler said. "I'm very interested how Diego and Emily will do in their first professional bouts."

Both are in four-rounders.

Magdaleno, a skilled lightweight with firepower, fought in the US Olympic Trials, was 111-16 overall and during 2007 was rated #1 in the USA at 132 pounds. He is a graduate of Clark High School in Las Vegas.

Emily Klinefelter, 22, is a featherweight who began her boxing career six years ago. She has won 13 senior national titles, more than any other U.S. woman, including the 2003, 2004, and 2006 U.S. Championships, 2003 - 2006 PAL National Championships, 2002 - 2005 Ringside World Championships, and the 2005 and 2006 National Golden Gloves. She has also won gold medals at the 2004 Women's World Invitational Tournament in Taiwan (110 pounds) and the 2006 Pan American Games in Argentina (119 pounds).

After winning her first bout on March 31, 2001, she has managed to rack up over 50 victories, including the last six U.S. tournaments in which she’s participated. She has represented the United States boxing in Russia, Sweden, Norway, Taiwan, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, and India.

Emily was ranked #1 in the U.S. at 110 pounds during 2003 and 2004, accumulating more ranking points than any woman in any weight division. She was named the Women's Boxing Archive Network's (WBAN) (Women's Boxing: #1 TOP NEWS 24-7 for Women's boxing! Updated throughout the day...) 2004 amateur boxer of the year. Emily was the first senior Iowan, male or female, to win the U.S. National Championships tournament.

Emily moved up from 110 to 119 pounds (bypassing 114) in 2005 , but still managed to win Ringside, PAL, Golden Gloves and the 2006 US National Championships, achieving boxing's grand slam, winning all 4 tournaments in a row, something no woman has ever done.

Doors open 5 pm Thursday at the Hard Rock. First bell is 5:15 and the VERSUS telecast begins 6 pm local time. Tickets for the 'Holiday Fight Card at the Rock' are $85, $55, $35 and are available at the Hard Rock box office or on ticketmaster.com
 

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WBC Rules On Rudy Lopez-Naoki Matsuda

The World Boxing Council announces that the Boxing Commission of Cancun and Jose Manzur, the WBC representative for the Rudy Lopez vs. Naoki Matsuda fight that took place in Cancun last Saturday, have decided that the fight will definitely remain with a final result of “no contest.”

I proposed during the last annual Convention which took place in Manila, Philippines, the implementation of instant replay in cases where major controversy and injustice could happen in the ring.

The WBC announced to both camps and all ring officials involved that instant replay would be available for the two WBC fights that were held in Cancun on December 15.

The instant replay during the resting period after the fifth round showed that Rudy Lopez cut was from a legal punch. However, Rudy Lopez’ corner complained about the incident in the eighth round, claiming that there had been a head butt.

It was also made clear to everybody that only the referee could stop the fight, and the fight was stopped during the eighth round resting period. During the instant replay, it was clearly shown that a head butt had occurred, making the cut worsen.

The WBC Championship Rules stipulate that when a cut that is produced by a legal punch is later worsened by a head butt, a technical decision applies with the score of the judges, and the referee disregarded this rule.

Rudy Lopez was ahead on two of the three score cards and with this controversy, the commission has decided that the best solution would be a “no contest” to avoid any injustice to either fighter.

Boxing Commissioner of Cancun Eliseo Gonzalez met with WBC supervisor Jose Manzur and declared the fight as “NO CONTEST.” The WBC Board of Governors will review if a direct rematch shall be ordered. The WBC disciplinary committee will also review the very unfortunate unsportsmanlike conduct that Rudy Lopez demonstrated after the fight by punching Naoki Matsuda in the back.
 

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Miranda-Banks, Pascal-Pittman Official For 1/11

On Friday, January 11th, with the New Year less than two weeks old, super middleweight stars Edison Miranda and Jean Pascal will attempt to move closer to their long awaited showdown – but only if they can survive the hard-nosed battlers they will face at boxing’s “Crossroads”.

And it won’t be easy, as Miranda squares off against David Banks and Pascal faces Omar Pittman in ten round bouts which headline a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and Groupe Yvon Michel in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

For Miranda and Pascal, wins on January 11th could mean a highly-anticipated showdown later in 2008.

ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will televise the card live beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
One of the most exciting and popular fighters in the world today, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda (29-2, 25 KOs) has thrilled fans with his exciting performances ever since he made his United States debut in 2005. A former world middleweight title challenger, Miranda went up to the super middleweight class in October of 2007, and in an impressive fifth round TKO over Henry Porras, the Colombian banger showed he is ready for the elite at 168 pounds, a fact confirmed by his current rankings of 9 in the IBF and WBO, and 11 in the WBC after just one fight in the division.

Haiti-born Jean Pascal (20-0, 14 KOs) is an outstanding athlete who starred in hockey and soccer in his adopted home of Quebec before turning to the sweet science, where he won seven Canadian national amateur championships and represented his country in the 2004 Olympics. In 2005, Pascal turned pro and has since won 20 fights without a loss, taking the NABF, NABA, and NABO championships along the way. In 2008, Pascal – who is ranked third in the world by the WBO, fourth by the WBC, 8th by the WBA, and 10th by the IBF - has his sights set on a world title.

A member of ‘The Contender’s third season cast, Portland, Oregon’s David Banks (15-3-1, 2 KOs) is a former state champion wrestler who has thrown his hat into the boxing ring in search of a world championship. With no amateur experience, Banks has had to learn on the job in the pro ranks, but with two wins over hot prospect Elvin Ayala and a hard fought ten rounder against Peter Manfredo Jr., Banks has shown the raw talent to succeed in the sport, and he is looking to show more of that talent on January 11th against Miranda.

Philadelphia’s Omar Pittman (15-3-1, 8 KOs) lives up to his nickname of ‘Pitbull’ with his tenacious style once the bell rings. A three year veteran of the pro game, the 24-year old Pittman owns wins over Victor Paz and Derrick Graham, and in his last two fights he engaged in an exciting pair of wars with Demetrius Davis, winning both by decision. On January 11th, he plans on giving Pascal a rude introduction to Philly fighting.

Tickets for “Crossroads”, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are on sale now, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or TicketMaster.com.
 

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DelValle, Muriqi Co-Headline on January 31

The fists will be flying once again in New York as Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing kicks off the New Year with a bang with the 8th installment of the phenomenal boxing series “Punchin' at the Paradise” on Thursday, January 31st 7:30pm at the Utopia Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, NY. Star Boxing has made a commitment to provide a high level of entertainment and excitement whenever they bring fights to the Paradise Theatre, and this year promises to be no exception.

Those in attendance on the 31st will be treated to a classic New York intra-borough rivalry when Bronx's former World Champion Lou “Honey Boy” DelValle (35-5-1, 22KO's) squares off against fellow Bronx resident Newton “The Butcher” Kidd (6-6-1, 4KO's) in a 10-round co-featured main event. DelValle, the former light heavyweight champion of the world is credited with being the first fighter to knock down the legendary Roy Jones Jr, and like Roy Jones, is promising that he will regain his title in 2008 . His opponent, Newton Kidd is a 2-time Golden Gloves champion who brings it every time he steps in the ring stopping most of his victims in fewer than four rounds.

“The Kosovo Kid” Elvir Muriqi (34-4, 21 KO's) returns fresh off his inspiring performance with light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver, in a co-featured10-round bout that is certain to excite his enthusiastic fans. Also scheduled to let their leather fly is Puerto Rican light welterweight Joel Torres (8-0, 5KO's), making their pro-debuts are featherweights Ronica Jeffrey and Eddie Irizarry. Returning to the Paradise Theater for a fourth time is fan favorite cruiserweight Jon “The Fighting Marine” Schneider (6-1, 4KO's).

Tickets are on sale now, making it the perfect time to get those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers for all your friends, family, and co-workers.

Tickets are at the fan friendly price of $100, $50 and $30, and can be purchased at Utopia's Paradise Theater box office (718) 220-6143, 6143, all Ticketmaster outlets ticketmaster.com, and by calling Star Boxing 718- 823-2000 or visiting our web site Welcome to the Star Boxing
 

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Fiorentino-Nunez Tops "Ultimate Showdown 2"

MANSFIELD, Mass. – A female world title match featuring two-time champion Missy “The Fury” Fiorentino headlines “The Ultimate Showdown II” pro-am boxing show, presented by Peter Manfredo, Sr., in association with Bash For Cash, at the Mansfield SportsPlex in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Fiorentino (16-1, 6 KOs), reigning NABF super featherweight title-holder, takes on rugged Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez (5-2, 1 KO) in the 10-round main event for the vacant IWBF super featherweight title. Fiorentino, a graduate of Roger Williams College in law enforcement, is a Rhode Island Sheriff. The non-stop action fighter from Cranston (RI) is a former IWBF champion in two divisions, lightweight and featherweight. Puerto Rico-native Nunez, fighting out of Jamestown (NY), is a single mother of four who works fulltime to support her family.

Three of New England’s brightest pro prospects are also on the card: New Hampshire cruiserweight Rich Gingras, Whitman (MA) super middleweight Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca (3-0, 2 KOs), and Worcester (MA) middleweight Edwin Rodriguez making his pro debut.

“We’re going to have real fights on this card, competitive matches that will more than just satisfy the paying public,” promoter Peter Manfredo, Sr. said. “We’re into putting on the best fights possible, not building up fighters against weak opponents. We’re not interested in signing fighters or getting fighters into position to fight for belts. Our goal is to have fans asking when our next show is going to be as they leave the Mansfield SportsPlex on January 26.

“It’s going to be great for Mansfield to host a world championship fight. Missy Fiorentino is one of New England’s most exciting fighters – male or female – because of the way she attacks her opponent. Nothing can stop her from coming forward. She’s going to get hit and probably will get cut and bruised, but nobody’s going to stop her. She always gives fans what they want – real fights! Her opponent, Ela Nunez, is tough, too. It’s going to be an all out brawl. We also have some of the top New England prospects in action – Gingras, DeLuca and Rodriguez – and six entertaining amateur matches.”

Gingras (7-0, 4 KOs), of Claremont (NH), was the 2006 Ringside World heavyweight championship before turning professional a year ago. DeLuca (3-0, 2 KOs) was a much-decorated amateur, including top honors in the 2004 National Silver Gloves Championship as part of his pugilistic portfolio.

The 22-year old Rodriguez, born in the Dominican Republic, is making his much-anticipated pro debut after winning 89 of 93 amateur matches, highlighted by gold-medal performances in the 2006 National Golden Gloves Championships and 2005 United States Championship.

Seven amateur matches also are on tap, featuring a battle between Foxboro police officer David Fascaldo vs. Mass. Department of Corrections officer Eric Flaherty. Three other Master boxers in action include “Easy” Ed Nelson, of Brockton; Retired U.S. Navy Seals Captain Tony “The Tiger” O’Brien, of Brockton; Foxboro police officer Frank Acevedo. Other amateurs on the card are Pawtucket 20-year-old heavyweight Maurice Cole, as well as 15-year-olds James Perella, of Mansfield, and Toka Kahn, of Pawtucket.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project assisting U.S. armed forces men and women severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world.

Tickets priced at $25.00 (general admission), $50.00 (open seating), $75.00 (ringside) and $175.00 (pre and post fight private parties including an open bar and food). Call 401.723.1359, 508.509.3236 or go to About Us to purchase tickets or for additional information.
 

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Trinidad-Jones Three Part Series on Cox

NEW YORK— Boxing fans searching for an inside look at the non-stop Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. media tour will get a treat when Cox Sports Television airs the first in a three-part series documentary showcasing the legendary fighters on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.

The documentary highlights press stops in major United States cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami and ESPN studios, among others. Both fighters offer predictions and are candid about their strategies for their upcoming, highly anticipated fight.

Two of the greatest boxers in history who are both destined for the Hall of Fame, Trinidad and Jones, will square off at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. The match will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Tickets for the premier boxing event are now on sale. Prices range from $15,000 to $100 and can be purchased via Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more.

Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Jones (51-4, 38 KOs) of Pensacola, Fla., have built a staggering list of accomplishments and will enter the ring at or below the catch weight of 170 pounds.

Jones is an eight-time world champion who has captured belts in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. Additionally, he became the first former middleweight champion to win a world heavyweight crown in more than 100 years.

Trinidad is a five-time world champion with a stunning career knockout ratio of 80 percent who 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.

The event, which is being promoted by Don King Productions in association with Madison Square Garden, will be distributed internationally by KingVision, available through DK International Sales, a division of Don King Productions, Inc.
 

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Hugo Cazares Headlines at Cicero on Jan. 25

After a blockbuster year in 2007 featuring seventeen world class professional boxing events, Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, storms into the new year with THE MONTH OF THE KINGS, an outstanding evening for Chicago fight fans set for Friday, January 25th at Cicero Stadium.

Said Pesoli, “As 2007 was a terrific year for the sport of boxing, we’re looking to forward to bigger things in 2008 with the same high quality events that our fans have come to expect from 8 Count over the last ten years. In Chicago, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in the number of fans and quality fighters in recent years and we expect both to continue.”

Along with Chicago’s 8 Count Productions and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, THE MONTH OF THE KINGS is presented by TCF Bank, Tecate Beer and AeroMexico, Mexico’s premier airline travel headquarters. The SOLO BOXEO TECATE broadcast will be viewed in 42 US markets and 70 foreign countries.

Tickets for THE MONTH OF THE KINGS are available in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions offices at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm.

Headlining is former junior flyweight world champion Hugo “EL INCREDIBLE” Cazares of Los Mochis, Mexico. Cazares has moved up to flyweight for this scheduled twelve rounder, his first fight in Chicago

Cazares, 25-4-1 (19KO’s) won the title on April 30, 2005 with a technical decision over Nelson Dieppa. He defended the title five times before losing a very close, hard fought split decision to Ivan Calderon on August 25th of this year in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He is currently ranked # 2 in the world by Ring Magazine and ESPN.

In the co-main event, Chicago favorite Antonio Escalante, 16-2 (10KO’s) will return for his fourth area appearance in a ten round featherweight bout. The 22 year old Escalante, based in El Paso, Texas has won two in a row since his last appearance in Chicago, a surprising eighth round TKO loss to former world champion Mauricio Pastrana, a fight that he was well ahead when he was hurt by an overhand right by the Columbian.

Two years ago, Escalante made his first visit to Chicago with a thrilling ten round decision over Jose Hernandez, a fight that was hailed by many boxing writers as amongst the best of year. SOLO BOXEO called it the best fight broadcast in 2006. Escalante also beat Juan Ruiz by decision in Chicago in May 2006 for the WBO NABO title in May 2006. At the close of 2006, ESPN’s Dan Rafael tapped Escalante as a future star in his year end review of prospects.

The undercard of THE MONTH OF THE KINGS features Chicago welterweight Ivan Popoca, undefeated Puerto Rican twin brothers Juan Carlos Velasquez and Carlos Juan Velasquez along with fan favorite Barbaro Zepeda.
 

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Amir Khan Feels Inspired By Calzaghe's Win

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 added, "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." Finished Khan.
 

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Tommy Morrison To Star in New Series

SANTA MONICA, Calif - KushTV, the original and first multi-platform high-definition broadband and lifestyle network, and Digital Broadcasting Group, a producer of original webisodic video content, announced today their new series “The Comeback: The Tommy Morrison Story” starring heavyweight boxing great Tommy Morrison. The show, beginning today, December 24th, highlights Morrison’s battle in and out the ring as he fights his way to glory back in the arena to his decade-long struggle with the alleged HIV virus.

In the early nineties, Tommy Morrison was considered one of the most promising boxers of his time. With a budding movie career, debuting in the fifth installment of the Rocky franchise alongside Sylvester Stallone, and $38.5 million signing contract, Morrison was poised for greatness. It was when results from an alleged routine blood test came back HIV positive that his dreams were shattered in an instant. Ten years forward into the future, the virus which blacklisted him from boxing is miraculously undetectable and Morrison returns to reclaim his throne.

“This story is about much more than sports,” states Tommy Morrison. “It’s about overcoming the huge landmark of discrimination, the false and unreliable testing in the sport of professional boxing and monstrous prejudices and misconception surrounding HIV. Most importantly, it’s a story of overcoming all odds, being shunned by family, friends and business associates but still managing to claw my way back to the top.”

“Great stories and great characters are the backbone of all of our productions. And Tommy Morrison is a perfect example of that,” says Gregg Backer of DBG, the broadband production company based out of New York.

“The Internet is growing at a rapid pace and becoming a great outlet for content usually reserved for television,” says Joseph Gomes, also of DBG. “With the writer’s strike currently in effect, KushTV is a great way to carry content.”

KushTV, who currently hosts two additional sports shows, Perfect Picks starring the Olly Girls and Brother Up with Chicago Bears’ Brothers Brendon and Femi Ayanbadejo, partners with the Digital Broadcasting Group to give viewers a first-hand look at his amazing journey.

KushTV currently has branded channel partnerships with some 50 partners such as Helio, YouTube, MySpace TV, Veoh, IMEEM, Akimbo and will release more interactive programming in the forthcoming months.
 
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