The Latest Boxing News
This weekend two of the world’s premium 122 lb fighters go separately into battle after negotiations between their respective camps recently broke down.
Bury’s Scott Quigg will defend his WBA (reg) super bantamweight crown against dangerous Spaniard Kiko Martinez in Manchester, while IBF champ and new Al Haymon signing Carl Frampton heads out to the US for his American debut on CBS against Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
The all-British clash is arguably the biggest domestic dust-up there is, short of Kell Brook v Amir Khan, and following recent comments from Team Frampton that conveyed their dissatisfaction at the financial minutiae in particular, Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn is seemingly prepared to improve his offer to the Irishman’s team, should both emerge winners this weekend. Continue reading
Big punching British heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua will face unbeaten Scotsman Gary Cornish for the Commonwealth heavyweight title on September 12th, it has been confirmed by the ex-Olympian’s promoters, Matchroom Sport.
After Australian heavy Lucas Browne was stripped of the title recently, promoter Eddie Hearn has maneuvered his man expertly into position for his first significant title fight, with a view to then facing old amateur foe Dillian Whyte in November or December – assuming, of course, he first gets past Cornish. Continue reading
Tonight in Germany the David Price rebuilding project hits it’s first real obstacle when the giant Liverpudlian fights unbeaten German Erkan Teper for the European heavyweight title in what is a “must win” fight.
Defeat tonight will surely spell the end for Price, who’s career was in the wilderness after back to back knockout losses to wily old American veteran Tony Thompson in 2013.
After parting with then-promoter Kellie Maloney, German heavyweights Sauerland Event invested heavily in Price and he is keen to reward their belief with a solid win against Terper in Ludwigsburg tonight. Continue reading
Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) and Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their fourth WBO World Super Middleweight Championship contest tomorrow night at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.
WBO World Super Middleweight Championship:
Arthur Abraham: 76 kg
Robert Stieglitz: 75.9 kg
The star-studded show in Halle also features 17 year-old German knockout specialist Vincent Feigenbutz (19-1, 18 KOs) who faces Mauricio Reynoso (15-1-1, 11 KOs) for the Interim WBA World Super Middleweight title, and the return of London 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (7-0, 4 KOs) against Ruslan Schelev (11-3, 6 KOs). Continue reading
After his recent 172 lb catchweight clash with over-matched Brit Paul Smith last month, the consensus opinion surrounding WBA (sup) super middleweight champion Andre Ward was that he had outgrown 168 lbs and would be looking to move up.
With challenges at super middle also seemingly thin on the ground for the new Roc Nation Sports signing, a fight with dominant Russian 175 lb champion Sergey Kovalev has inched a little closer to reality, according to Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events, who was speaking at a conference call to promote Kovalev’s upcoming July 25th fight with Nadjib Mohammedi; Continue reading
After his laboured victory recently over the unheralded Eric Molina, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder faced more intense scrutiny of his championship credentials than ever before, with significant numbers of fans and writers convinced the Alabama man is merely a pretender to the heavyweight throne and certainly not the America’s next great hope.
In his latest chat via fighthubtv, the “Bronze Bomber” promised he will be returning on September 26th in what will be another voluntary defence of his title, and his words did nothing to quell the fears of those who want to see a credible, ranked fighter in the opposite corner; Continue reading
Heavyweight prospect Hughie Lewis Fury says his latest training camp has been boosted by news of Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title shot against Wladimir Klitschko and that he fully expects his cousin to bring the belts back to England when the pair meet on October 24 in Germany.
Twenty-year-old Hughie faces durable Brazilian veteran George Arias on July 25 at Derby Arena and admits he couldn’t be happier right now.
“It’s a good thing for the whole family that Tyson has finally got his shot,” he said. “I’m over the moon for him. Continue reading
It was a bleak night for British boxing and Nathan Cleverly back in August of 2013, when the then WBO light-heavyweight champion surrendered his title to big-hitting Russian Sergey Kovalev in front of his hometown fans in Cardiff – knocked out in four dominant rounds by the brutal puncher, who announced himself to the world and ripped the bottom out of the Welshman’s confidence and career in the process.
However, 2 years on and after a brief flirtation up at cruiserweight, the former champion is back at 175 lbs and is looking to right past wrongs, telling respected British publication ‘Boxing News’ – perhaps misguidedly – that a Kovalev rematch would be on his radar for the future. Continue reading
On September 19th at Thomond Park, Limerick, a massive fight for British and Irish boxing will go down, when WBO middleweight champion ‘Irish’ Andy Lee defends his title against mandatory challenger, Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders.
The bout will be historic in that it will be the first time two men of traveller origins have contested a version of a world title, and talking to iFLtv this week, Saunders gave an insight into the significance of the fight within their communities; Continue reading
WBA (reg) super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg knows he will be in for the fight of his life on Saturday night against former IBF 122 lb boss Kiko Martinez in Manchester, topping the Matchroom Sport double world title “High Stakes” card alongside stablemate Anthony Crolla, who challenges for the WBA 135 lb title against Colombian Darleys Perez.
The Joe Gallagher trained Quigg is under no illusions that he will need a career best performance in front of the partisan Manchester crowd, as Spaniard Martinez is a seasoned road warrior, more than used to boxing – and winning – away from home. Continue reading