Boxing News: Derek Chisora, Attila Kovacs, Solo Boxeo Tecate

Hard-hitting heavyweight hope Derek Chisora has promised to breath new life into the "boring" domestic heavyweight division. 'Del Boy' is out in action again next Friday night at Bethnal Green's York Hall in a 10 round International contest, and his immediate aim is to climb to the top of the British rankings..

His big date in front of the Sky television cameras follows an explosive KO win over American Sean McLean in London less than a week ago on Frank Warren's big DebRA charity show.

And he reckons that he is the man to inject some interest into a domestic scene that has been dominated by Danny Williams, Matt Skelton, Michael Sprott and Audley Harrison for years.

"I watched Audley Harrison's fight against George Arias the other week and it was dire," said 24-year-old Chisora, who lives in Finchley, North London.

"The public paid good money to watch him fight and all he did was send them to sleep.

"I even dropped off watching the fight at home on television.

"In fact, the whole domestic scene has got boring, and I'm the man to turn things around.

"People want excitement when they watch boxing, and when they watch heavyweight boxing they want excitement and knock outs, and that is what you are going to get with me.

"I can punch, I can fight and I like to entertain, and I'm just what the heavyweights need right now. I promise that I'll make things interesting again."

Despite having had just six fights, Chisora is already in the British top 10, mainly thanks to an outstanding win over Sam Sexton earlier this year.

That win looks even better following Sexton's victory in last weekend's Prizefighter tournament.

"Sexton is a good fighter, but he's not great against someone who can move, and that's why I beat him," said Chisora, who marched to the ABA title in 2005. "I can brawl but I can box as well, and that's why the public will want to watch me."

Chisora is already catching the eye of respected boxing writers. The Observer's Kevin Mitchell, who attended the DebRA show and watched Chisora in action, said in his column last Sunday: "If you want to keep an eye out for an exciting prospect in the heavyweight division, you could do worse than follow the fortunes of Derek 'Del Boy' Chisora, of Finchley, the former ABA Champion who took his pro career record to six straight wins by accounting for a tall American called Sean McLean."

"It's great that the media are starting to recognise me, " He added. "It gives me a big boost when I read something like that but I know it only takes one punch to wreck my dreams so I just try to keep focused, train hard and keep my feet on the ground."


Shunned by the European Boxing Union (EBU) (see http:// article232.htm), despite being considered a top-ranked superwelterweight by all independent computer ratings, Hungarian class-act Attila ‘The Viper’ Kovacs, 24-1 (17 KO’s), has now set out to prove he’s world class when he dares to face Armenian Gennady Martirosyan, 13-1 (4 KO’s), in the unfriendly confines of Vyborg, Russia on October 4.

Martirosyan lives in near-by St. Petersburg and just like with Kovacs, his sole professional loss came so early in his career, that it can be considered meaningless by now. Kovacs, in fact, is unbeaten in six years. The 34-year-old Hungarian from Györ had signed with Fight Production late last year and was kept active in low-profile fights in cooperation with Profibox Promotion, the promotional outfit of Hungarian heavyweight champion and Fight Production partner Zoltan Petranyi. “I’m impressed how patiently Attila has waited for this chance,” said German manager Olaf Schroeder, “like a true professional he just went on with it and when we proposed Martirosyan, Attila just said ‘Bring him on!’ without even asking about the money. I believe he has too much all-around for Martirosyan to handle.

Experience indeed seems Kovacs’ biggest asset when he travels to Russia. Whereas Martirosyan has yet to feature in his first fight for a title, ‘The Viper’ is a veteran of six (all victorious!) championship bouts of sorts. Interestingly, the Armenian’s last outing, in July, saw him win an 8-round decision over Brit Steve Conway – the same man Kovacs outpointed over 12 rounds for the IBO ‘world’ title two years earlier. Sandwiched in between those defeats were two further losses for Conway: Prospect Grzegorz Proksa gained a 6-round verdict and Christophe Canclaux stopped him in three, so Conway clearly wasn’t the same man when he faced Martirosyan. Kovacs’ biggest-name victim probably was former European champion Mamadou Thiam, whom he stopped in seven exciting rounds in 2005.

The clash is scheduled for 10 rounds, with both fighters allowed to come in on the middleweight limit, so neither should have to suffer making weight. In a refreshing back-to-old-times style, Kovacs vs Martirosyan shares top billing with another 10-rounder which sees Ali Ismailov taking on American Max Alexander.

"Solo Boxeo Tecate" is back in Nevada

Cerveza Tecate presents an amazing Friday boxing night from Primm, NV as part of its continued efforts to bring the power of boxing to fans across the nation. This week’s edition of “Solo Boxeo Tecate” will be broadcasted as part of Telefutura’s programming

This Friday the weekly Telefutura box series showcases the amazing face-to-face between Javier “Chatito” Jauregui (53-15-2, 36 KO’s) as he encounters the local fighter Kid Diamond (26-1-1, 15 KO’s) in 10 rounds of Lightweights action. Guadalajara, Mexico’s Jauregui is the former World Champion and counts with more that 20 years of boxing experience and notorious victories such as the ones over Leavander Johnson, Jose Luis Castillo and Alex Trujillo. A Kyrgyzstan native, Kid Diamond’s professional career includes a draw with world champion Joel Casamayor and illustrious wins over Lamar Murphy, Koba Gogaladze or Jairo Ramirez

Partaking in the co-main event in 10 Super Welterweights rounds are Vanes Martirosyan (20-0, 13 KO’s) from Glendale, CA and Michael Medina (18-0-2, 14 KO’s) from Las Vegas, NV.

Article posted on 18.09.2008

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