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A knockout success! Amir Khan helps raise over £83,000 for Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

LtoR - Rizwan Malik, Amir Khan & Jhangir Malik - UK Director of Islamic ReliefLast Sunday night at the Hilton Hotel in Bradford, Amir Khan hosted a sell-out fundraising dinner for Islamic Relief’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, which caused huge devastation in the Philippines last month.

Over 500 people from all across the country attended the black tie event and a staggering £83,400 was raised to help victims of the disaster by the end of the night.

The fantastic total was raised through ticket sales and an impressive charity auction, which featured rare items including a signed Mohamed Ali boxing glove, Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao’s boxing shorts, one of Usain Bolt’s famous running shoes and a special meet and greet with Amir Khan at his own gym, Gloves Community Centre. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather Jr. On Next Opponent: “Next Week”

floyd676It seems as though Mayweather Jr. had just fought Miguel Cotto, but in reality has already conquered Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez. I suppose we are just not used to seeing Mayweather Jr. fight so often.

His contract with Showtime was questioned at first, but for boxing fans and Mayweather Jr. fanatics, it turned out to be a blessing.

Now, just 3 months after his dominating performance against Canelo, Mayweather Jr. is already on the verge of knowing his next foe as well as the date of the fight. Or at least that’s what it seems like: Continue reading

Alexander Povetkin Coming Back In Early 2014, Possibly As a Self Promoter

povetkin123After suffering his first career loss to Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin suggested that he was not devastated by his defeat, and was planning on pursuing the road to a re-match with the Ukrainian giant.

Now that it’s almost 2014, Povetkin stated that his next move will be announced in the beginning of next year:

“Everything will be clear in the beginning of the year. All of my contracts are ending, and I need to decide whether to sign again or not, or maybe to do things on my own. Whatever is best for me,“ stated Povetkin. Continue reading

Will Froch avenge Bellew’s defeat against Stevenson?

froch673428Carl Froch’s good friend Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) was literally bludgeoned into submission in a 6th round stoppage loss last Saturday night at the hands of WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

That couldn’t have been a good experience for Froch to see Bellew getting manhandled by the Canadian-based Stevenson like that for 6 rounds, but then to make matters worse, Stevenson put Froch on notice by saying to the entire boxing world that he wants to fight him next rather than WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: What Next for Kovalev & Stevenson?, Rigondeaux Ready for Agbeko?

IMG_6758Anthony I. (Long Island, NY): I saw a recent interview with a reporter talking to Larry Merchant where Merchant stated that the media needs to “put pressure on Ward and Stevenson”. I have mixed thoughts on his position, but I’d like to get your thoughts on his remarks.

Vivek W. (ESB): I did get a chance to read the interview you’re referring to. It was a piece of work done by Chris Robinson. I’ll preface my comments by saying that you’re not the only one to walk away with mixed emotions. After taking a moment to read the direct quotes, I definitely found myself looking at things from a different angle, as well. Continue reading

Australian Boxing: Zac Dunn Stops Marlon Alta in Five

Zac Dunn II Rising super middleweight prospect, Zac Dunn (11-0, 10 KOs), retained his unbeaten record on Friday night with a dominant performance over Filipino Marlon Alta (12-4, 9 KOs) at the Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.

Headlining the five fight card hosted by promoter Murray Thomson, the main event between Dunn and Alta possessed two power punchers with strong knockout ratios, which presented the likely scenario of a knockout win to whoever emerged the victor.

Dunn maintained a steady relentless pace throughout the early rounds looking to breakdown the tough Filipino. In round two, Dunn scored a solid knockdown on Alta following a body and head shot combination. Continue reading

Dereck Chisora back in action February 8

chisora521Heavyweight star Dereck Chisora begins his 2014 world title campaign on Saturday 8th February at London’s Copper Box Arena and aims to end the year as world champion.

Power-punching Chisora finished off Czech Ondrej Pala inside three rounds at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday night to successfully defend his WBO Intercontinental belt and add the Vacant WBA International title to add to his European crown.

The win caps a fantastic year for the Finchley ace who’s won all four fights by KO and is in a great position to start 2014 as he looks to get his second shot at a world title. In his first attempt in February 2012 he pushed the WBC World Champion Vitali Klitschko the distance and giving him his hardest fight since Lennox Lewis nearly a decade earlier. Continue reading

Jeff Lacy Returns With Third Round Stoppage

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (December 1, 2013) Former world champion Jeff “LEFT HOOK” Lacy returned to action following an almost three year layoff with a stunning third round knockout of Martin Verdin at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The stoppage improving Lacy’s record to 26-4-0 (18KO’s) came at the 1:19 mark of the third stanza as Verdin’s corner advised the referee to stop the carnage in the scheduled eight round light heavyweight clash.

Utilizing a full array of his arsenal including his vaunted left hook, Lacy was satisfied with his victory.

“It felt great to be back under the lights and fighting in front of a crowd” said Lacy of the packed house at the World Fighting Championship’s promotion. Continue reading

Travis Kauffman dismantles Barnett in the first round

!cid_3E9D733D5AB04C66B8EA22F499AEAB1E@MarcAPCBefore a raucous crowd of almost 5,600 patrons at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, WBA number-10 ranked Heavyweight Travis Kauffman destroyed late replacement Jason Barnett inside of one round to capture the WBU Intercontinental championship.

The show was promoted by King’s Promotions.

Kauffman came out and boxed well until he landed a crushing body shot that sent Barnett down to his knees. Barnett got up but not for long as a right to the head sent him down for a second time. Barnett would get to his feet but a barrage of punches sent Barnett for a third and final time and fight was stopped 2:09 into the contest. Continue reading

The hottest fights that can be made today

IMG_6655(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) It’s what fight fans the world over always want but seem to get only on occasion: the best fighting the best. Today, with some serious talent spread out among the weight classes, there are some superb-looking match-ups that could and should be made.

Getting right to it, I now list, in no particular order, the hottest, most intriguing and potentially explosive fights that can be made right now!

Sergey Kovalev-Adonis Stevenson.

An obvious choice to kick off this list, this battle of punchers would absolutely captivate. Both men are capable of throwing dynamite, the seriously scary Kovalev especially, and a devastating conclusion would be reached if these two light-heavyweights tangled. Continue reading