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Ocampo coming to take Burns’ title on 12/15; Leatherwood vs. Primera; Lowe

Jose Ocampo says he’ll defeat World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns and Manny Pacquiao will beat Juan Manuel Marquez to make it a Filipino double.

Pacquiao takes on Marquez for a fourth time in Las Vegas this Saturday and a week later on Saturday 15th December Ocampo challenges Burns for his title at the ExCeL London.

Ocampo, 23, was born in the Sarangani province where Pacquiao is the current Congressman and he reckons his countryman will beat the Mexican great for a third time.

“Manny has got a tough fight, Marquez is still a big threat, but I can see him winning convincingly this time,” Said Ocampo.

“I will be watching the fight before traveling to London to finish preparations for my fight with Burns later that week,”

“I hope that Pacquiao does it and I’m sure he will, it would be fantastic for our country for Pacquiao to win and for me to win the world title,”

“I’ll be coming to London with only one thing on my mind and that is to win the title.”

Ocampo added that he would throw a spanner in the works of any plans the Scotsman has of facing American star Adrien Broner.

If Burns comes through against Ocampo then he could be looking a unification showdown with new the WBC World champion next year, but Ocampo says that won’t happen.

He added, “It’s disrespectful that Burns is looking ahead of me next Saturday when I’ll give him the hardest fight of his life,”

“He will not beat me and the Broner fight will not happen. If anything I’ll be the one to face Broner.”

Burns v Ocampo headlines a massive six-title card that features George Groves defending his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title against Glen Johnson in the chief support; plus Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders defends his title against Nick Blackwell with the vacant British title also on the line; unbeaten Bradley Skeete challenges Southern Area Welterweight Champion Chas Symonds for his title and WBO International Cruiserweight Champion Tony Conquest defends against Neil Dawson.

Tickets, priced from £40 are available at or by calling 0844 2491000.

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Keandre Leatherwood vs. Marcus Primera this Saturday, December 8th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

December 3, 2012 – Light middleweight prospect, Keandre Leatherwood (11-1-1, 8 KOs) will be fighting Marcus Primera (20-26-2, 13 KOs) at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on December 8th. The 6-round bout is contracted at a maximum weight of 159 pounds.

In his last fight, Leatherwood recorded his 8th knockout when he floored Marcus Brooks (7-11, 3 KOs) by way of third round KO. Keandre wants to end the year with a bang and promises to give the fans a great performance when he steps in the ring this Saturday.

“I want to close out this year with a tremendous performance,” said Leatherwood. “I’ve come a long way since I rededicated myself to boxing. All I want to do is keep improving and get the experience I’ll need to compete at the next level. Boxing 360 has been a tremendous blessing to my career and I’m going to give Yagobi everything I got when I step in the ring.”

The goal of any up and coming fighter is to keep climbing up the rankings. In 2013, Boxing 360 will keep Leatherwood busy as he marches toward a regional title.

“Keandre is coming along very nicely and I’m happy with his progress,” stated Boxing 360 promoter Mario Yagobi. “The game plan is to finish the year strong with a good performance against Primera and then move to bigger fights in 2013. I can see Leatherwood fighting five or six times next year with the possibility of being ranked in the top ten.”


Young professional Isaac Lowe is promising an exciting ride in the fight game.

The 18-year-old demolished Michael Stupart in a round on his October debut at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, and the huge Mike Tyson fan is determined to put in another eye-catching shift when he appears there again on December 14 on the undercard of Brian Rose’s British light-middleweight title defence against Sam Webb.

“I was over the moon with my performance [against Stupart],” revealed featherweight Lowe. “The atmosphere was great and it was all anyone could ask for for a first pro fight.

“He was a strong kid and a dangerous opponent for my debut but I caught him with a decent shot and it was all over and done with.

“Ideally I’d like to have got some more rounds under my belt but you don’t get paid for overtime so you have to get them out of there.

“Any boxing fan pays their money to see someone who goes forward. You want your money’s worth and there was no one better than Mike Tyson for that and that’s why I liked to watch him.

“From starting boxing aged eight I’ve always gone forward; that’s the way I box. As an amateur it only got me so far, but in the pros it’s definitely working for me.

“I’m very strong for my weight and I can hit with both hands. I like the body shots and I don’t care who you are once I hit you with them it’s goodnight!”

Lowe’s ‘all or nothing’ style looks certain to make him a huge fan-favourite. The former ABA semi-finalist and England amateur is already straining at the leash for tougher pro challenges, and the biggest task currently facing his trainers at the Lancaster Boxing Academy is just holding him back!

Of course, like most young fighters, Isaac harbours title ambitions. Whether he achieves them, in a sport as precarious as boxing, remains to be seen, but the guarantee is that he will entertain trying.

That’s all for the future though, for now Lowe’s immediate destiny lies at the Winter Gardens and, as usual, he is raring to go.

“I wish it was this weekend. I’m fit, strong, my weight’s perfect and I can’t wait.

“I’ll try and get him out of there as soon as I can. I’d like to do the four rounds but if I get a chance I’ll be taking it.

“Honestly you get your money’s worth when you come and watch me. I’m one for the future.”

“Isaac had an explosive debut and made a real impact on our October show,” recalled VIP Promotions’ head Steve Wood.

“He went toe to toe, got caught himself, but ended up just walking through his opponent and it all made for great viewing. We think he could be one to watch and we’re all looking forward to seeing how he performs on this December date. The bill-topper for this Blackpool show is a great fight and the undercard is absolutely first-rate. It’s going to be a great night.”

‘Fighting for Keeps’ will be at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on December 14. Headlining will be hometown fighter Brian Rose defending his British light-middleweight title against Londoner Sam Webb. The undercard includes Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield; Manchester’s Prizefighter winner Terry Flannigan; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Southport’s Scott Moonan; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Chorley’s Jack Caterall, and Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe.

Tickets, priced at £40 (General), £50.00 (Balcony) and £80 (Ringside) are available from all boxers (balcony seats from the venue only), from Ticket Master, or at

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