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Joseph Parker stops Brian Minto

Tonight up and coming New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker takes on tough veteran Brian Minto (39-7) in Auckland City, New Zealand.

Minto, 39 years of age, last bout was against another New Zealand heavy Shane Cameron. Minto did a number on Cameron in simply outhustling and muscling him in consistently beating him to the punch. Cameron unable to make it out for the eighth round.

Parker (8-0) appears on the fast track to contender status as Duco his promotional team flag the usual potpourri of patsies in matching Parker with a solid journeyman like Minto. Continue reading

Brian Minto Stops Cameron

DSC_1340Brian Minto scored a technical knockout victory when Shane Cameron’s corner stopped their WBO regional heavyweight title bout at The Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday night.

In the main event of the Annual Fight For Life Charity Night, Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) started quickly, backing Cameron (29-4, 22 KOs) up and working away hard in close.

Cameron hurt Minto in the third with a short left hook, but it was all Minto from there. Cameron ended the third, the only round he took, with a cut over his left eye which referee Lance Revill ruled was caused by a punch.

A series of rights pushed Cameron back late in the fourth round.

The American was deducted a point in the fifth (elbow) and sixth (elbow). Continue reading

Brian Minto TKOs Shane Cameron

minto9757Round by Round: Shane Cameron (29-3-0) V Brian Minto (38-7-0) – Trust Arena, Auckland, New Zealand

Shane Cameron hasn’t fought since his 2012 Cruiserweight title bout with Danny Green. Comparatively Brian Minto has fought three times in 2013 for two decision losses and a win. The pro-Cameron crowd know little of Brian Minto. Minto a relatively small heavy is a live dog given against a similarly sized heavy like Cameron. Minto has fought the far higher calibre of opponent and brings great application and heart to his game.

This fight for as long as it last could be a barn stormer given we have two heavyweights who like to exchange. Neither man will have to go looking for each other.

Minto ring walk: Minto is calm as a cucumber. Accompanied by his coach the home-country boy Kevin Barry. Continue reading

Prizefighter Heavyweights Results: Sprott beats an injured Gavern

In a tournament between pretty much 2nd tier heavyweights, Britain’s Michael Sprott (40-21, 17 KO’s) was able to bat an injured American journeyman Jason Gavern (24-17-3, 11 KO’s) by a 3 round unanimous decision to win the Prizefighter tourney tonight at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, in London, United Kingdom.

The fact that Sprott won the fight is not in doubt, but the terrible scores by two of the judges makes you shake your head in sadness for the sport. The judges scored it 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27. There was no way that Sprott won all three rounds of the fight unless you ignored completely how Gavern was lighting him up in the 2nd round and had Sprott hurt.

Sprott may have won the fight, but it was hardly as lopsided as the two judges that scored the fight 30-27. That was some terrible scoring, and it kind of cheapened his win. In the 3rd round, Gavern hurt his right elbow in the opening seconds of the round, and from that point on he was in a defensive shell throwing next to no punches. Continue reading

Prizefighter: James Toney vs Matt Legg, Weigh-In Video

James Toney is a marked man in the sold-out Team UK vs. Team USA Prizefighter on Thursday night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports after his antics at this week’s promo shoot.
The three-weight IBF World champion will face Matt Legg in the second quarter-final and after upsetting his fellow fighters as the eight contenders for the 32nd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament met in London for Sky Sports.

“He was disrespectful and rude to the UK boxers barely acknowledging us and wanting his own changing room away from all other boxers,” said Tom Little, who drew former World Cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto in the fourth quarter-final.

“I will make him pay for what he said and is saying about us UK boys. The other American boxers were all pleasant and nice guys but it won’t stop me beating them up.” Continue reading

Latest Prizefighter tournament line-up complete: James Toney enjoys star status

IMG_47921Fight fans can expect an interesting, hopefully exciting, latest instalment of the popular “Prizefighter” tournament on November 14th. Set to go out, as usual, live on Sky Sports, the latest tournament is another international heavyweights edition, with a Team USA Vs. Team UK element added for further intrigue.

The full eight-man line-up has been confirmed by Matchroom Sports as follows:

James Toney (USA)
Jason Gavern (USA)
Brian Minto (USA)
Damian “Bolo” Wills (USA) – (stepping in for Sherman “Tank” Williams, who pulled out for some reason)

Larry Olubamiwo (UK)
Michael Sprott (UK) – (stepping in for an injured Sam Sexton)
Matt Legg (UK)
Tom Little (UK) Continue reading

Brian Minto set for Szpilka

Former WBO world title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (37-5) has completed training camp in the U.S. and is fully prepared for his heavyweight clash next week versus undefeated Artur Szpilka (14-0) in Poland. The fight will be 10 rounds for the WBC Baltic Heavyweight Title and will be held at Hala Luczniczka in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Saturday June 15. Continue reading

Brian Minto Targets Smaller HW Contenders

Former WBO world title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (37-5) is looking for another busy year and has targeted several other smaller heavyweight contenders. After several fights in 2012 and coming from wins including the WBA NABA-US Heavyweight Title, Minto aims to land a fight with other former cruiserweight title challengers who are now competing in the heavyweight division. Continue reading

Brian Minto targets Danny Green, Denis Lebedev

lebedev4343 WBA#14 Brian “The Beast” Minto (37-5) is looking for another world title shot in 2013. A former WBO world title challenger, Minto is targeting WBA champ Denis Lebedev (25-1) and IBO kingpin Danny Green (33-5). Minto states, “After several fights last year and coming from wins, I feel that I am ready for the very best in the cruiserweight division; I match up stylisticly and size-wise very well with Green and Lebedev.”

A 10 year pro, Minto compiled an 18-0 record in the first 20 months of his career. He came to fame in 2004 on ESPN with a “Knockout of Decade” candidate victory over Vinny Maddalone who was 21-1 at the time (Minto KO’d Maddalone a second time in their rematch on HBO PPV). He became a mainstay on ESPN earning victories over other American prospects Billy Zumbrun, Danny Batchelder (24-1 at the time) and John Poore who was 20-2. In 2006, Minto brought his skills to Germany by knocking out former IBF title Challenger Axel Schulz (26-4) before dropping a close 12 round decision to Luan Krasniqi (29-2) in 2007. Continue reading