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UK Boxing: Burns vs Ocampo; Gavin vs Welborn; Camacho vs Owoh

World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns says he will end the year with a bang against hard-hitting Filipino challenger Jose Ocampo.

Scottish hero Burns makes the third defence of his title on promoter Frank Warren’s six-title extravaganza on Saturday 15th December at the ExCeL London, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Burns is coming off a career best win destroying British rival Kevin Mitchell inside four rounds in September and is now in line for a huge unification showdown with American star Adrien Broner who won the WBC title earlier this month.

First he has to get through the heavy handed Ocampo, ranked number 14 by the WBO, who has stopped 12 out of 17 opponents early and although he has five losses and a draw, he has never been stopped.

He replaces the original challenger Liam Walsh who was injured in a car crash two weeks ago forcing him to withdraw from the fight.

The 23-year-old comes from the Sarangani Province that is governed by Congressman and pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao.

And Ocampo, a former WBO Oriental has been described as a young Pacquiao with a similar aggressive, strong punching style and plenty of fighting heart.

Two-weight world champion Burn’s, who’s had a top year with title defences against Paulus Moses and Mitchell, says he will put in a devastating performance.

“I’d say that this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far against a young hungry challenger who will be looking to take my title,” Said Burns

“Filipino fighters are as tough as they come, just look at Pacquiao and Nonito Donnaire, like the Mexican’s and African’s they come to have a fight and Ocampo will do just that. If he fights like those two, as people say he does, then I’ll be in for a tough night,”

“It’s unfortunate that Walsh had an accident and had to pull out of our fight, but I’m a world champion and I have to deal with these changes and I’m confident I’ll deal with Ocampo,”

“I’ll let my trainer Billy Nelson do the homework and he’ll come up with the master plan to beat this guy like he has done for all my big fights against Mitchell, Katsidis and Martinez,”

Promoter Frank Warren added, “It’s going to be hard for Ricky, he’s been training to face Walsh and in an ideal world he would have had more time to prepare for the different style that Ocampo will bring. He can’t afford to slip up, though, we are virtually there with the fight against Broner for next year and that will only happen if he comes through against Ocampo.”

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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Frankie Gavin vs. Jason Welborn on January 18th

British Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin opens his 2013 campaign when he makes the first defence of his title against Jason Welborn at Walsall Town Hall on Friday 18th January, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Gavin headlines promoter Frank Warren’s first show of the New Year – in association with Midlands promoter Errol Johnson – and will look to make three quick defences of the title to make the belt his own property.

One of Britain’s leading talents, Gavin – still Britain’s only ever world amateur champion – took the title from Junior Witter earlier this month, outclassing the Bradford veteran to win on all three judges’ scorecards.

Next year will be a big one for the 27-year-old with the Commonwealth and European belts in his sights, but first he has to deal with Tivdale based Welborn, the current Midlands Area champion, who’s only lost one of his eleven fights and is on a three-fight stoppage run.

Gavin said, “It’s great to be back in action so soon after beating Witter and especially in January which means I can get more fights throughout the year. Although fighting in January means that I’ll have to watch what I eat over Christmas!”

“I can’t wait to get in the ring again, I’ve stayed in shape after the Witter fight and I’d be ready to fight this Saturday if I had to. Welborn is a good tough fighter, but there’s no way I’m letting this belt go so he’s got to bring something special to the ring if he’s going to beat me,”

“My aim for next year is to keep fighting regularly and win the Lonsdale belt outright, that would be my dream, and then I want the Commonwealth and European titles. Next year is the year I clean up domestically before looking at world titles,”

“I know what I can achieve in this sport and beating Witter to become British champion is only the start, I’m going all the way to the world title.”

Chief support on the card features Walsall favourite Martin Gethin challenging Hove’s Ben Murphy for the Vacant British and Commonwealth Lightweight titles, with a full undercard to be announced shortly.

Tickets priced at £30 and £60 are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

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Wadi Camacho: Toks Is Gonna Get Some Real Punishment

In January this year Canning Town’s rising Cruiserweight star Wadi ‘Machoman’ Camacho won his first professional fight, beating Northern Ireland based Ugandan Moses Matovu.

Just under eleven months later, on Saturday 8th December, the Barcelona born Cruiser Bruiser will step into the ring at the London Olympia for his first Championship title fight, when he takes on former World Title challenger Toks Owoh for the Southern Area strap at the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Betfair Christmas Cracker’ event.

The meteoric rise of ‘Machoman’ lies firmly in the hands of his promoter, Matchroom Sports own Eddie Hearn and his manager/coach Bryan Lawrence, along with a little bit of help from the ‘big boys’ at Canning Town’s TRAD TKO Boxing Gym.

Bryan Lawrence, who also manages and coaches English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng who also fights on the ‘Betfair Christmas Cracker’ event, had no qualms approaching Eddie Hearn to promote Wadi right from day one.

Bryan and Eddie’s faith in the 6’4” southpaw paid off, with five excellent wins, over Moses Matovu, Rolandas Cesna, Igor Borucha, Paul Morris and Andy Ingram in under nine months, so much so that when the opportunity arose for Wadi to fight for the vacant Southern Area title, they grabbed it with both hands.

Following yet another bruising sparring session, at Johnny Eames’ famous TRAD TKO fight factory, Wadi confidently strutted into the office before announcing, “Yeah Buddy!, it’s gonna be so amazing, I mean amazing, so amazing.

I’m so chuffed that this opportunity has come just now, obviously I was dreaming I’d fight for a title this year, and now it’s come true.

Yeah, I’ve got Toks now, but whoever I had they were gonna get big punishment.

The last time I see Toks fight, it was against Tony Conquest for the Southern Area, I really don’t like to diss people, but he’s got no mobility, I just put him in the same status as Tony Conquest, the same level as well.

As I said, I promise you this, Toks is gonna get some real punishment on the eighth of December.

I’ve been training hard, I know Toks will be also, but I’ve got something special planned for my fans, the public and especially my family and this is all about me winning my first title for them.

I’m totally dedicated, I really want this, so I train three times a day and have been getting some world class sparring.

I’ve been over in Ireland sparring with Prizefighter International Heavyweight Champion Mike Perez. He was preparing for a big showdown with Ruslan Chagaev in Germany this weekend.

It was an amazing experience, I learned so much, he actually put me in my place.

You know, we had some serious sparring, we were doing eight threes and ten threes with just thirty second rests, so that was something new as well in my training schedule.

Nothing’s better than sparring a big hitter, and he had to respect my power also. He even said to me that I’m fit and he really felt my shots.

You know when someone who weighs seventeen stone, when you weigh just fourteen, says that, it speaks for itself.

After my excellent training camp and the experience I’ve had in Ireland I’m even more confident that the belts gonna be around my waist on the eighth, then it’s on to bigger things, maybe the English title next year, Yeah Buddy!”

Tickets, priced £40 (Unreserved), £60 (Corner Ringside), £SOLD OUT (Ringside) and £150 (VIP), for Betfair ‘Christmas Cracker’ are available on-line at or direct from Wadi at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym.

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