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News: Cleverly talks Flintoff; Rahimi vs. Mbelwa; LaManna

World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly met with new pro Freddie Flintoff today at the Peacock Gym in London.

Unbeaten Cleverly spoke to the media before he heads off to the US for his world title defence on Saturday 10th November at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

While former England cricket captain Flintoff was putting in valuable rounds of sparring ahead of his pro-debut on Friday 30th November at the M.E.N Arena, which is also live on BoxNation.

Welsh ace Cleverly gave the raw heavyweight some words of advice before he gets into the ring.

“Freddie was pretty chuffed to meet me and he said he’d seen me fight before which was nice,” Said Cleverly

“I believe that boxing is the hardest sport out there and for anyone to step through the ropes proves they’ve got the fire for a fight,”

“Freddie’s had a few battles on the cricket pitch with his team mates but when it’s one-on-one in a boxing ring, that’s when you’ve got to really stand and prove your character,”

“I think that Freddie’s made of the tough stuff, he was a beast on the pitch having the Aussies on the run, so he’s got to take that same fire and desire he showed when England won the Ashes in 2005 into the ring with him,”

“I said to Freddie that it’s going to be the hardest thing he has done, but the buzz from winning and with the crowd cheering will be well worth it.”

Cleverly is waiting to hear if he will be still be facing unbeaten Ryan Coyne who heads to court on November 1 to allow him to fight or there are three other potential challengers on standby.

He added, “All this last minute drama seems to be the norm for me so I just take it in my stride now,”

“Actually I’ve got a bit of notice this time, Juergen Brahmer pulled out last year with only 48 hours notice and in stepped Aleksy Kuziemski and I dealt with him. With still over a week to go until my fight that’s plenty of time to prepare for a new challenger if it’s not Coyne,”

“I’m quite chilled out about it, my training has gone perfect so there are no worries there and I’m fit and ready to fight.”

Rahimi and Mbelwa make weight for “Fight 4 Peace”

Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 30th) Hamid Rahimi and Said Mbelwa will make history when they step into the ring for the “Fight 4 Peace” in Kabul, the first professional boxing event in the history of Afghanistan. The World Boxing Organization officially sanctioned the 12 round middleweight contest for the vacant WBO Intercontinental “Peace” Championship which means that the winner will enter the top 15 of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight ratings.

At today’s official weigh-in both contenders made the weight. Rahimi who emphasized again that the “Fight 4 Peace” is “a dream coming true” weighed in at 72.4 kg (159.6 lbs.) while Mbelwa brought exactly the limit at 72.5 kg (160 lbs.).

Said Mbelwa (19-8-4, 12 KOs) who fought four the WBO Youth world cruiserweight championship in December 2011, losing to Agron Dzila from Switzerland, renewed his threat to knock out Rahimi in four rounds: “I said it before and I’ll say it again: The “Fight 4 Peace” is an important event and I respect Hamid Rahimi and his team for what they are doing. But once that bell rings I will do all I can to be victorious and take the “Peace Belt” home to Tanzania. Unfortunately, they got the wrong man. I will crash the party.”

Local hero and “Peace Fighter” Rahimi wasn’t intimated at all, stating “My people and my country are giving me so much positive energy. I simply cannot lose this fight. I will win for Afghanistan and send the peace message out to the world. ”


MILLVILLE, NEW JERSEY (October 29, 2012)—On Saturday night November 10th, a great night of professional boxing will take place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

This great night of boxing dubbed “The Birthday Bash Homecoming” is promoted by Vincent Ponte’s Gulfstream Boxing.

In the main event, Millville, New Jersey’s own Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will see action in a six round Jr. Middleweight bout.

LaManna, 9-0 with five knockouts is coming off a six round split decision victory over tough Yolexcy Leiva on August 18th in Atlantic City.

LaManna’s opponent will be announced shortly.

In the six round co-feature, Anthony “Juice” Young will take on Joel Flores in a Welterweight bout.

Young of nearby Atlantic City has a record of 6-0 with two knockouts and is coming off a four round unanimous majority decision over Richard Andrews on July 27th.

Flores of Hart, Michigan has a record 4-4 with three knockouts and has been in with solid competition which includes his last bout when he was stopped by top prospect Omar Douglas (5-0) in three rounds on August 31st

Competing in eight round bouts will be undefeated Super Middleweight Derrick Webster and Jr. Lightweight Joselito Collado.

Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 13-0 with seven knockouts and is starting to get national attention as he has stepped up the competition in recent bouts.

He is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Sabou Ballagou on April 27th and Webster has recently spent time in the camps of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andre Ward.

Collado of Queens, Ney York has a record of 13-2 with three knockouts has fought top competition.

Collado has an impressive first round stoppage over Jules Blackwell (8-2-2) and decision over Rafael Lora (11-3). Collado’s on two blemishes have been to top prospect Casey Ramos (14-) and his last bout when he lost a decision to Jerry Belmontes (16-0) on September 8th.

Collado and Webster’s opponent will be anounced shortly.

Undefeated Middleweight Isiah Seldon of Atlantic City will battle Alando Swain (5-2, 1 KO) of Trenton, NJ in a six round bout.

Seldon of Atlantic City has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts and the undefeated son of former WBA Heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon is coming off a second round stoppage over Kenneth Moody on February 4th.

Swain is coming off a six round unanimous decision to undefeated Wilkins Santiago (4-0) on April 27th.

In four round bouts, Cruiserweight Omari Braxton (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH will take on an opponent to be named;

Jon Bolden (5-4, 5 KO’s) of New York will bang it out with Dennis Benson (1-4, 1 KO) of Norfolk, VA in a Heavyweight bout;

Amir Shabazz (1-0) of Philadelphia will take on Abdellah Smith (1-3, 1 KO) of Queens, NY in a Light Heavyweight fight;

Ismael Garcia (4-0, 1 KO) of Millville, NJ will put his undefeated mark on the line when he squares off with Nasser Abdel Malik (1-0, 1 KO) of Cary, NC;

Alex Sanchez (1-1, 1 KO) of Camden, NJ will box Lorenzo Wilson (1-1-2) of Indianapolis, IN in a Jr. Middleweight affair.

Tickets for this exciting evening of boxing on November 10th are priced at $125 (VIP which includes a meet and greet with former world champions Steve Cunningham & Ray Mercer); $75 and $50 and can be bought by calling (856) 327-8000 & (856) 899-7273

New Jersey Motorsports Park located at 8000 Dividing Creek Road. Millville NJ, 08332.

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