by Robert Uzzell: I keep having this eerie feeling that Floyd Mayweather is going to go for it in the final fights of his career. I’ve never subscribed to the fact that Mayweather has ducked or dodged opponents in the past. For every time someone has mentioned this, one merely has to look at Mike Tyson not fighting Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield at times in his career. We can look at the fact that Ray Leonard ignored Aaron Pryor’s and Mike McCallum’s pleas for fights many years ago.
Mayweather has fought Miguel Cotto (a guy he allegedly ducked in the past), Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Robert Guerrero in four of his previous five fights. Guerrero was a hot fighter who had gone 15 fights without a loss. He was also a six-time world champion in four different weight classes. Continue reading
GARY BUCKLAND admits his clash with Liverpool’s Stephen Smith is one he cannot afford to lose.
The popular Welshman defends his British super-featherweight crown on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s world title clash with Sergey Kovalev at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on August 17.
Victory would earn him the prestigious Lonsdale belt for keeps and push him towards a European title tilt, while a defeat would mean having to rebuild from scratch.
“I’ve seen what happened to Gary Sykes’ career when I beat him for the title,” Buckland, 27-2 (9 KOs), said.
“He only needed to win to get the belt outright, but because I beat him, it put his career back more than two years. I don’t want that to happen to me.
“At the age of 27 I need to move forward with my career so I can’t afford to lose this fight.
“I’ve been told that I’m now the mandatory challenger for the European title, so I have to make sure I perform, get past Stephen Smith and move on to bigger things.”
Despite Cleverly being undoubtedly the star of the show, August 17 will feel like something of a homecoming for Buckland.
He is a proud Cardiff-native, but in a professional career spanning more than eight years this will be the first time he has boxed in his home city.
“It’s a big thing to be back in my own town,” he said. “I’ve not boxed in Cardiff before so that’s a bonus to get the opportunity to win the British title outright here.
“It’ll also be good to put on a show on for the fans. I’ve had to box away from home a lot, going up to Sheffield, Stoke and Manchester, which I don’t mind, but I’ve always wanted to box in Cardiff and now I’ve got my chance so I need to deliver”.
INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION AFRICA (IBF/AFRICA) – MONDAY 15, JULY, 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – GHANA is engulfed in a festive mood as it host yet another major IBF title. This time around the vacant “IBF International Welterweight Title” is up for a grab.
The rivalry is between two of the finest boxers from Africa and Eastern Europe. Pitting the “IBF Continental Africa Welterweight King” and number #5 IBF I/C Fredrick Lawson (20(19)-0-0) on the one hand and the Georgian strongman George Ungiadze (22(10)-14(3)-0) on the other hand respectively. The duos meet next weekend July 20, 2013 and their rumble has already been rated a 4 stars by the boxing pundits. Continue reading
Brixton Heavyweight Ian “Layemout” Lewison was left seething at the weekend after reading Sam Sexton announcing on twitter that fighting Lewison was beneath him (as Ian was too lowly rated) and he was not interested.
This is despite the Lewison v Sexton match being mandated for the Southern Area title (going out to purse bids) and Lewison’s promoter Steve Goodwin asking the board to sanction this as an eliminator for the English/British title. Continue reading
Luke Blackledge is urging the UK’s best super-middleweight prospects to stop avoiding him, if he successfully comes through his next outing. ‘Robbo’ tops the bill at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on July 20 and, with the VIP Promotions show streamed live via VIPBOXING.TV, the Accrington fighter wants his peers to tune in – and then step up to the plate.
“I’ve little amateur experience and have only had 15 pro fights so don’t know what they’re running from,” said Blackledge, who has just a single defeat on his record. “Rocky Fielding offered us a fight at two weeks’ notice, which we took, then pulled out five days before. He then knocked the fight back again and I’m very disappointed [in Rocky].
“I’ve had to go to Denmark twice because I can’t get fights over here and I’m not getting the recognition I should. Rocky did well in Prizefighter then he’s just fought journeymen, and I know for a fact I’d beat him and that’s why he’s avoiding me. It’s not just him, there are other prospects avoiding me too, like Dean Halsall and Eubank Junior who’ve both knocked me back. I’d absolutely love to fight Eubank.
“I sparred about 30 rounds with Paul Smith recently, before he just won the British title and I gave as good as I got; it was a real 50-50 spar. So I really feel like I should be fighting for the British and I’d love a fight with Paul too. I’d fight for the English or British right now, I feel like I’m ready.”
With those big fights looming on the horizon, Luke knows he cannot afford any slip-ups in Bolton. The 22-year-old takes on Alistair Warren for the Central Area super-middleweight title at the Reebok, and knows his Huddersfield opponent will be determined to scalp him and add win number nine to his own 14-fight ledger.
“He’s got good feet, can dig a bit and comes forward a lot,” assessed Luke who, in just his tenth fight, travelled to Denmark to KO former European champ Mads Larsen. “But if I just stick to my boxing and pressure him then I believe I’ll break him down in the later rounds. I’ve been getting some great sparring and will be ready. I’m top of the bill too so I’m very excited. It’s going to be a great show, will be a really good atmosphere and I’m really looking forward to it.”
“Luke is a throwback and has never ducked anybody,” said promoter Steve Wood. “He’s been to Denmark twice as the underdog and hasn’t batted an eyelid, and it’d be great for boxing fans in the UK if some of the other fighters had a similar attitude and were willing to step in with him. We’ll be looking for an English or British title shot next for Luke and I think he can win either.
“This Bolton show is the start of big changes at VIP as we look to take things to another level. If fans can’t come along then they can watch the show live and free on the Internet. These fighters deserve more exposure and we’re looking to get more fans interested in the sport by making our shows more accessible. This is a bumper 15-fight card; there’s some really good talent on like Shayne Singleton, and big punchers like Mark Thompson and Tomi Tatham. There’ll be plenty of exciting fights, including a cracking Northwest derby scrap between Chris Jenkinson and Lyndon Newman, so please come along or tune in.”
VIP Promotions present a quality evening of boxing at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on July 20. The show will be headlined by Accrington’s Luke Blackledge vs. Huddersfield’s Alistair Warren for the Central Area super-middleweight title, and Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson vs. Denton’s Lyndon Newman for the British Masters Silver light-middleweight belt.
Also appearing will be Merseyside’s Wayne Adeniyi; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Colne’s English light-welterweight champ Shayne Singleton; Bolton’s Paul Drago and Danny Watson; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Middleton’s Alex Rutter; Wythenshawe’s Kofi Yates; Liverpool’s Stephen Lewis; and Darwen’s Stevie Taylor. Adam Ismail, Atif Mushtaq, and 2013 ABA winner Jack Massey will all make debuts.
Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £50 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at vipbe.co.uk
Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook. You can also watch this show free and live at VIPBOXING.TV
The public weigh-in for the show will take place on Friday 19th July, 3pm at: Unit 220, Entrance 2, Metroplex Broadway, Salford Quays, M50 2UW. All public are welcome to attend.
By Shaun Campbell: Kell Brook impressively closed a chapter on his career Saturday night by stopping the durable Carson Jones in their 152 pound rematch. Brook now moves in to the elite level by beating the gatekeeper Jones. It was a good performance from “The Special One”, although he himself claimed it was “nothing to get excited about”. The fight started off much like their first encounter with Brook dominating behind the jab, while Jones kept plodding forward. But the Sheffield fighter couldn’t seem to miss with his sweeping right hook and in the 2nd round he sent Jones to the canvas.
It seemed as thought it would be an early night for Brook. But the American is tough, and after a slow start began to loosen up and land on Brook, doing damage to his nose. But Brook remained calm and controlled the action at a measured pace. Should he have chose to step it up earlier, the stopped could have probably come much sooner. But in the 8th a series of unanswered punches by Brook forced the referee to call a halt, prompting complaints from Jones. Continue reading
NUTLEY, NJ (July 15, 2013)—Vito Mielnicki’s GH3 Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated Heavyweight prospect Dorsett “The Bullet” Barnwell to an exclusive promotional contract.
The twenty-five year old native of Norfolk, Virginia has a record of 9-0 with four knockouts.
Barnwell began boxing at age 14 and had a stellar amateur career where became a four-time national champion as he captured Under -19, PAL, Junior Olympics and Ringside titles.
Barnwell turned professional May 28, 2010 with a 2nd round stoppage over Kareem Wilson in Norfolk, Virginia. Barnwell won his first five bouts in Maryland and Virginia before taking a four round unanimous decision over Jon Bolden on February 4th, 2012.
In his next bout, Barnwell scores his biggest win to date when he scored a six round split decision over undefeated and former world Jr. Amateur champion Joey Dawejko in Atlantic City.
Barnwell is coming off a six round unanimous decision over David Williams on May 24th in White Plains, New York.
“It’s been a roller coaster”, said Barnwell.
Barnwell has been a regular in the camps of major fighters such as WBA Heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, Former Cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and world Heavyweight champions the Klitschko brothers.
“People who saw me in these camps were very impressed and I started getting a lot of offers”
“Everything I have heard about Vito and GH3 has been positive as I have talked to some professionals and amateurs who have worked with him. I expect great things to happen in the future”
Barnwell is trained by Daniel Campbell.
“I met Vito in Colorado Springs and after meeting with him for a couple of days, I knew Vito is the type of person that I want Dorsett to be with”, said Campbell
“The Klitschko’s are getting a little long in the tooth and with the right person guiding Dorsett and us picking the right fight, one day he will be champion. This is the right time”
Barnwell will make his first appearance under the GH3 Banner on August 3rd in Whitehall, New York
North East hot prospect Bradley Saunders will make his long awaited return to ring action on 20th July at Wembley Arena. The 27 year old undefeated light welterweight from County Durham has been out of action since last November due to a hand injury that later required corrective surgery. Continue reading
INTERNATIONAL BOXING FEDERATION AFRICA (IBF/AFRICA) – SUNDAY 14, JULY, 2013, DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA –
The Amazing “IBF Continental Africa Lightweight champion” and the number #5 IBF I/C rated Ghanaian Richard Commey has elicited great happiness among Ghanaians living in the UK and those in the Ghanian proper in Africa after dispatching the Englishman Paul Truscott in round 8 for an accelerating tournament at the London’s York Hall last night! Continue reading
Promoter Lasse Tapio in co-operation with Caramelito Promotions organized outdoor show at harbour of Kemi in Northern Finland on this Saturday. The show contained 6 amateur fights and 3 professional matches. Continue reading