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Kalle Sauerland open to Abraham-Smith rematch if the money is right

If Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in getting a rematch for his fighter Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) then Hearn will need to open up his pocketbook and come up with a lot of cash because Abraham’s promoter Kalle Sauerland says he’s only going to let Abraham fight Smith again if the interest is there and the money is good enough.

Hearn will need to dig real deep for cash if he wants to have Abraham travel to Liverpool to fight Smith at home in the UK. Sauerland doesn’t want to put his fighter at a disadvantage unless it’s a substantial offer from Hearn. Abraham has a large following in Germany, so there’s really no point in him traveling to Liverpool to fight Smith, a fighter he just defeated by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night in Germany. Continue reading

Sohail Ahmad takes on Kristian Dochev on October 11 at York Hall

Unbeaten light welterweight, Sohail ‘Showstar’ Ahmad 4(1)-0-0 takes on Kristian Dochev 11(4)-18(3)-0 on October 11 at the York Hall, London.

The fight is part of a packed Goodwin Sports show titled ‘The Natural Time’ featuring three title fights headlined by Prizefighter winner, Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo as he enters into his first title fight when he takes on Stanislav Nenkov for the International Masters welterweight title. Continue reading

Abraham vs Smith: Smith’s Crowning Moment?

On the morning of the Merseyside Derby, you would be forgiven for the thinking that an Everton away victory would be the rarest of occurrences, having not won since 1999, in this sports crazy city.

You’d be wrong.

Not since Paul Hodgkinson’s reign as WBC Featherweight Champion, between 1991-1993, has Liverpool been the home to a legitimate world champion. So, when Paul Smith faces Arthur Abraham (40-4 28KO’s) for the WBO Super-Middleweight World Title in Kiel, Germany this evening, he will aim to redress the balance and return with a title this city has been missing for far too long.

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Matthew Macklin vs. Jose Yebes this Saturday, September 27th in Germany

Former three time world title challenger Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) will be in action this Saturday night in an 8 round stay busy fight against 35-year-old Jose Yebes (12-4-1, 5 KOs) on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham vs. Paul Smith fight card at the Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, in Germany.

Macklin, 32, hasn’t fought since struggling to defeat little known Lamar Russ last December in an impressive performance. Macklin looked really poor in that fight, and he was fortunate that Russ didn’t have the stamina to fight hard for more than 5 rounds. Continue reading

Paul Smith: This is my first and last chance to win a world title

Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) will be fighting for a world title for the first time in his 11-year pro career this Saturday night against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany.

Smith, 31, has definitely picked out the weak link among the super middleweight champions because Abraham has already been proven to not be in the league of Carl Froch and Andre Ward. WBC champion Anthony Dirrell would likely be too much for Abraham as well. But Smith doesn’t have that kind of talent, so he’s going to need to use his intelligence to try and outbox Abraham rather than wasting time trying to put a dent in his sturdy chin. Continue reading

Sam Stokes looking to double win ratio on November 21 in Camden

Basildon’s light heavyweight, Sam Stokes 1-0-0 is looking to get a second victory in the paid ranks on November 21 at Camden Centre, Kings Cross against Lithuanian, Ernestas Dapkus.

This will be Stokes’ second pro outing following a successful debut win over the Czech Republic’s Josef Obeslo 5(3)-18(2)-2 in July this year at the same venue, the Camden Centre, Kings Cross.

Winning all four rounds with a 40-36 points score, the 24-year-old Essex boy is now looking to start notching up the wins in order to challenge for titles in the not too distant future.

Sharing his ambitions, Sam stated, “I want to notch up the wins this year then in 2015 I would definitely be looking towards a Masters title; end of the year – Southern Area. Just one step at a time and I know that I’ll get there.”

Standing in his way is 28-year-old Lithuanian, Ernestas Dapkus 1(1)-3-0. This will be the super middleweight’s second visit to the home of boxing, York Hall, after losing on points to Manny Muhamed last August. This fight for Dapkus, from Šiauliai, will be a year on from his only win in the paid ranks when he scored a TKO victory over Bernd Hargesheimer in Germany last November.

Of his forthcoming opponent, Stokes remarked, “I am facing a lad from Lithuania. I’ve seen some of his videos on YouTube, he has a good boxer’s style so should make a good fight over the four rounds.”

Stokes would have preferred to be entering into his third contest by now but suffered a minor setback with a head injury caused in sparring in September. The diagnosed concussion kept the light heavyweight out of training for a month.

Of Romany Gypsy descent, Stokes enjoyed a successful stint in the unlicensed circuit accomplishing 11 straight wins helping to build a substantial fan base to enter the pro ranks with.

The fight is part of a Hellraiser Promotions show and while the rest of the schedule is still being put together, it will feature flyweight debutant, Jordan Smith, 21-years-old and hailing from the same gym as Stokes in London – The Peacock Gym.

Tickets are priced at £35, £60 and £100 and are available directly from the Team Stokes on 07908 862769.

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Team Stokes would like to thank sponsors, Stubbins and Sons Building & Construction, Fisk Fire Group, and PR Manager Tim Rickson.

Cleverly vs Bellew: rematch is on!

Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will clash in a blockbuster rematch at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.

The November date for the hotly anticipated bout will be revealed ahead of a press conference next Wednesday in Liverpool, with tickets on sale from midday on Tuesday for Matchroom Boxing Fight Pass members and then on general sale the following day at midday from the Echo Arena.

Cleverly and Bellew first met in Merseyside in October 2011 where the Welshman successfully defended his WBO World Light Heavyweight title and with the pair finally meeting again but at Cruiserweight, the Welshman believes he’ll take a massive step to becoming a two-weight World champion with another win over Bellew. Continue reading