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Lee Purdy retires from boxing

26 fights, 20 wins, 13 knockouts. Lee Purdy the former British and IBF International Welterweight Champion is hanging up the gloves at age 27. His promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the retirement yesterday.

The news is mostly put down to the fact that Purdy sustained a severed and detached retina in his left eye during a fight with long reigning European Champion Leonard Bundu late in 2013. At the time the extent of the injuries were not know and he was expect to return to the ring in late 2014 or early 2015 and excitement in the UK was beginning to build after it was suggested he could be fighting the winner of Frankie Gavin and Bradley Skeete for the British title. Continue reading

Remembering a classic: Kevin Kelley and Troy Dorsey go to war in featherweight showdown

On this day in 1992, two featherweights met in New York and engaged in a fierce fight that severely tested the mettle of both men. In fact, both Kevin Kelley of Flushing in New York and Troy Dorsey of Mansfield, Texas threw so much leather, fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was going out of fashion.

Entering the bout, Dorsey, the former IBF featherweight ruler and a natural warrior who had cut his teeth as a world class kick boxer, was the older man by five years at age 29. Sporting a 12-4-4 record, Dorsey was to be the 26-0 Kelley’s first big test. And how the teak-tough Texan tested the slick southpaw from Queens. Continue reading

Pacquiao confirms Mayweather Jr.’s Statement

During the All-Star Game in New York City this past weekend, Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave a quick interview to an on-site reporter David Aldridge, stating that nothing has yet been signed, despite some rumors claiming that Manny Pacquiao has already done so: “I haven’t signed yet, and he hasn’t signed yet. It’s just been speculation and rumors,” declared Mayweather Jr.

In the midst of all the speculations, this statement came not as much a disappointment, but more of a surprise. Although it is hard to classify anything as a surprise when it comes to the Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao history, Floyd’s direct confirmation that no paperwork has yet been touched by either camp was contrary to the many rumors of the fight being announced any second now. Continue reading

Video: Freddie Roach Confirms Manny Pacquiao Is Training For Floyd Mayweather

Freddie Roach confirms that Manny Pacquiao is Training For Floyd Mayweather…and, “I know nothing…let’s be positive,” stated Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who was tight-lipped regarding an update on negotiations for the long-awaited mega-fight between undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Check out what else he did have to say to Continue reading

Video: Tyson Fury Talks Klitschko, Wilder, More

Heavyweight star Tyson Fury has vowed to make it a short night’s work when he meets dangerous German Christian Hammer next weekend.

The European and WBO International Heavyweight Champion, who is the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko’s world crown, was speaking during a media workout at his gym in Bolton, ahead of his February 28th showdown at London’s O2 Arena .

Undefeated Fury, who has an impressive 17 knockouts from his 23 wins, is looking to add another victim to his record in the shape of Hammer, though despite gunning for a knockout is refusing to underestimate the 27-year-old, who is unbeaten since 2010. Continue reading

Peter Fury on Christian Hammer – ‘Whos he really boxed? I predict a stoppage.’

In an interview with IFL TV Peter Fury, the uncle and trainer for heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury recently had an interview with IFL TV and had a lot to say for his nephew. He started out by saying that preparation was going well for their February 28th bout with top 20 heavyweight Christian Hammer. He mentioned that they were trying a few new things out for this fight, including a lot of additionally sparring. Continue reading

Glazkov vs Cunningham to provide a new face to the heavyweight title picture

What do you get when you combine an undefeated, but tested top ten fighter vs a former champion coming off a big win? You get a great fight. On 14th March heavyweights Steve Cunningham and Vyacheslav Glaszkov will fight and crown a legitimate top 6 fighter in the division.

Steve Cunningham was last seen in a bout with Natu Visinia who was undefeated before being stopped by Cunningham. Cunnigham was down in that fight but came back to retire Visinia at the end of the seventh. Before that he was in with another undefeated fighter in dangerous puncher Amir Mansour. Cunningham was also down two times in that fight and it had the feeling that Mansour was on his way to winning that one. However later on Steve Cunningham would drop mansour and walk away with the decision. Continue reading

Anthony Dirrell vs Badou Jack – April 24th

The WBC has confirmed that it has sanctioned the bout between Anthony Dirrell and Badou Jack. This will be a voluntary defence of Dirrells WBC 168lb title and likely the winner will be forced to fight Britains George Groves in their next fight. Badou Jack is rated tenth in the division so this isn’t a ludicrous fight for him to take, however after Jack was stopped in the first round by little know fighter Derek Edwards early in 2014, his stock has dropped off dramatically. Before that he was viewed as one of Mayweather Promotions top prospects. Continue reading

Eddie Hearn weighs in on the controversial Rose stoppage

Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Matchroom Sports had an interview with IFL TV this Monday after the 1st round stoppage of former world title challenger Brian Rose. Rose stepped in with journeyman Carson Jones who has been remembered after 2 losses to IBF champion Kell Brook. After an awfully bad start for Jones, which saw him rocked, and hurt early, he then would come back and win by TKO in the same round. Rose was certainly hurt in the fight, but the stoppage was controversial as he was not given a chance to fight back or prove that he was in position to survive the round and come out again for the second. Usually you see experienced fighters like Rose given a moment to see where they are at before the referee jumps in. Continue reading

CBS/SHO Announce Multi-Year Live Boxing Venture

CBS Sports and SHOWTIME Sports® have announced a multi-year joint venture to present live boxing on the CBS Television Network—the first of up to eight live events in 2015 will premiere on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. Premier Boxing Champions on CBS will air in conjunction with marquee SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events as part of a partnership that will cross-promote the live programs across multiple platforms. Continue reading