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Froch vs. Groves II rematch still possible, says Hearn

Promoter Eddie Hearn admits negotiations over a rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves are proving “frustrating” but remains confident the scrap will eventually happen.

Animosity between the two fighters is not helping the process as Groves seeks revenge following his controversial ninth-round defeat by the WBA/IBF super-middleweight champion last year.

Many felt Groves was unfairly stopped by referee Howard Foster after having floored Froch early on and dominated much of the fight. The IBF agreed, ordering a rematch between the British pair, but Hearn confirmed they are still some way from agreeing the clash. Continue reading

Bellew wants shot at Cleverly

Tony Bellew is on a collision course with bitter rival Nathan Cleverly after vowing to give the man he labels a fraud “a good hiding”.

Both Liverpudlian Bellew and his former conqueror Cleverly have moved up from light-heavyweight to cruiserweight following defeats in their most recent fights.

While Bellew came up short against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in November, Cleverly lost his WBO belt to Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff. Continue reading

IBF Orders Froch/Groves Rematch!

Carl Froch has been ordered to give domestic rival George Groves a rematch within 90 days or be stripped of his world title by the International Boxing Federation.

Froch claimed on Friday that Groves rejected “a seven-figure sum” for a second chance after their controversial fight in November, which the champion won with a contentious ninth-round stoppage to keep his WBA and IBF belts.

Groves admits he has turned down an offer but is adamant he is as eager as ever to get back into the ring with Froch, and his cause has been helped after the IBF decided the bout was controversial enough to merit an immediate rematch.
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Gavin: I’m at Khan’s level now

By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA): Unbeaten welterweight Frankie Gavin expects Amir Khan to lose his blockbuster with Floyd Mayweather next year and insists he is ready to knock out his former amateur team-mate himself once the American is done with him.

Khan is set to secure a lucrative shot at pound-for-pound king Mayweather in the spring despite a poor run of form over the last two years. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist has suffered damaging losses against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia since 2011, with his only wins being relatively poor showings against Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz. Continue reading

Gethin almost quit

Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA) – British lightweight champion Martin Gethin finds himself on the verge of a world title shot four years after he considered giving up on boxing for good.

The Walsall fighter suffered three successive defeats earlier in his career after an unbeaten start as a professional. Continue reading

Jamie McDonnell – Julio Ceja preview

By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA) – Jamie McDonnell never dreamt he would fight for a world title – because he is not even a boxing fan.

The Doncaster bantamweight can complete an impressive rise tomorrow when he faces unbeaten Mexican Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF belt in front of his own fans at the Keepmoat Stadium. Continue reading

McDonnell ready for Ceja on Saturday for IBF 118 lb. strap

By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA): Jamie McDonnell has shrugged off Julio Ceja’s intimidating knockout record ahead of the pair’s world bantamweight title scrap on Saturday.Doncaster’s McDonnell steps up to the top level for the first time with a shot at the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt against an unbeaten Mexican who boasts a fearsome record of 24 fights, 24 wins and 22 knockouts. Continue reading

Tony Bellew faces Chilemba on Saturday night; Weigh-In Videos

Tony Bellew sent a chilling warning to Isaac Chilemba ahead of tomorrow night’s world title eliminator in Liverpool, telling his rival: “I’m willing to die in that ring.”

The fiery Scouser is one step away from a challenge for the WBC light-heavyweight title currently held by American Chad Dawson.

Already ranked at number one by the governing body, Bellew knows victory against number three Chilemba at the Echo Arena will rubber-stamp his position as mandatory challenger for the winner of Dawson’s clash with Adonis Stevenson.

Bellew, 30, is never one to shy away from pre-fight animosity and this week relished the chance to stoke up the tension. Continue reading