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Anthony Joshua Looking To Impress Before Kingpin Showdown

Big punching British heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (11-0, 11ko) – tipped as a future star by many – takes another step toward his “acid-test” fight with solid American veteran Kevin Johnson on May 30th with a scheduled 8 rounder against South American journeyman Raphael Zumbano Love on Saturday as part of Matchroom Sports Sky Sports broadcast from Birmingham.

Whilst nothing but a win is expected, the Olympic gold medalist is making all the right noises ahead of the contest, promising an “explosive” performance.

He said to Sky Sports; Continue reading

Fight Report: Ozgul and Khan Secure Titles In York Hall Thriller

Report by: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Let’s face it the amount of column inches dedicated to Mayweather-Pacquiao over the past few weeks, you could easily be forgiven thinking that there wasn’t any other boxing events that took place on May 2nd, well there was and I’m pleased to say that I was at one such event – the Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott promoted Lords of the Ring event at the iconic York Hall in London. Continue reading

British Blagger Gets Ringside For Mayweather v Pacquiao

One normally doesn’t associate the North Yorkshire city of Hull with Hollywood A-list glamour, but British media is alight with the news that a business graduate from the city blagged his way ringside for last Saturday’s mega-fight and ended up meeting a horde of boxing figures and celebrities including the fighters themselves.

Steve Carruthers, who had managed to obtain a $2000 ticket for the fight, told the Hull Daily Mail how after following actor Mark Wahlberg down to ringside – and pretending to be a part of Leonardo Di Caprio’s entourage, he spent the evening swigging champagne in the VIP bar with fighters and famous faces, taking selfies with Christian Bale, Donald Trump and Michael Keaton. Continue reading

Mitchell Smith: “I’ll Show My Class And Light Up Wembley On Saturday”

All the elements appear aligned for super-talent Mitchell Smith to explode onto the major title scene this year.

Now free from injury following knee surgery, and having graduated from a quality apprenticeship that brought 11 straight wins plus the Southern Area, English and WBO European super-feather titles, the 22 year old from Harrow Weald is focussed on converting rich potential into something more concrete. Continue reading

Matthew Macklin is Back….

This weekend sees the return of MGM’s very own Matthew Macklin to the ring; he is fighting in a highly anticipated match on Saturday night in Birmingham. Macklin is up against Ferenc Albert and he has already set his sights higher. He needs to win on Saturday to be in with a chance of pressing forward for his next world title fight, and he has identified WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee. Continue reading

Ricky Burns – Last Shot At Glory Against Omar Figueroa

This weekend Scotland’s Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11ko) will enter the proverbial “Lion’s Den” when he attempts the monumental task of dethroning unbeaten former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr (24-0-1, 18ko) as part of Al Haymon’s PBC brand – in his opponents home state of Texas.

Despite insisting he ultimately wants to remain at lightweight, the Coatbridge fighter is moving to 140lb to fight the Mexican-American who stopped Daniel Estrada in his last fight some 9 months ago.

It’s certainly going to be a tough, tough ask for the former world champion who, since losing his title on home soil to Terence Crawford in March last year, has faced questions over whether he still has what it takes to operate at top level. Continue reading