Boxing News: Steve Cunningham, Ricky Burns, Brown vs Grano
IBF Cruiserweight World Champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham unveiled his new promotional video. The all action video features scenes from his fight with Kelvin Davis, his title winning battle with Krzysztof Wlodarezyk and his first defense victory against Marco Huck. The video has been produced to give those that have yet to see Cunningham in action a 'taste' of what to expect from him during his second mandatory title defense against Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, the current number two rated cruiserweight, later this year..
A very pleased Cunningham said on the release "It's great, I'm really pleased with it. You know what, I'm better known in Europe than here in America. My biggest fights have all been there so far. My last fight was watched by over 5 Million people, but none of them were American as the fights were not televised here. Hopefully now, with this video, my home (American) boxing fans will get excited by my fighting style and come out and support me when I take on Tomasz (Adamek)."
The date and location of Cunningham vs Adamek IBF Cruiserweight title fight is expected to be announced by the IBF later this month.
BURNS HEADLINES YORK HALL
Scottish slickster Ricky Burns will aim to land the Commonwealth super-featherweight title next Friday when he tackles Ghana's Osumana Akaba at the York Hall.
Burns, 25, will look to win a title previously held by fellow countryman Alex Arthur - and has promised an explosive display in front of the Sky television cameras.
Beaten just twice in 25 fights, the Coatbridge star knows that he will have to be at his best against a man who comes from the boxing hot-bed of Accra.
"I've been waiting for a championship fight for the last year, and I'm raring to go," said Burns.
"I've had a look at Akaba's record and he looks like a really tough opponent, so I know I might have to go into the trenches.
"It's every fighter's dream to get a title chance at the home of boxing, and I don't think anyone will go home disappointed with my display. "
Only Alex Arthur and Carl Johanneson have got the better of Burns, and he says he has improved dramatically since those two losses, with new trainer Billy Nelson increasing his punching power.
"The Arthur and Johanneson fights were great ones to learn from," said Burns. "I'm twice as good as when I lost to Arthur, and I pushed him all the way.
"But the man I want is British champion Kevin Mitchell. Once I've got rid of Akaba I'll turn my attention to Mitchell. He's a great fighter but I'll be too quick and skilful for him."
Akaba, a 28-year-old southpaw, has stopped eight of his 11 victims, and recently decisioned Brit-slayer Tshifhiwa Munyai in Dagenham, winning over eight.
Chief support sees Derek Chisora take on Lee Swaby at heavyweight, while Eddie Corcoran, Grant Skehill, Vinnie Mitchell and Ryan Walsh also feature.
Earthquake Predicted on Saturday - Mark 'Oaktree' Brown takes on Tony Grano
The Eastern seaboard seismic centers are going to have to shut down this coming Saturday when Salem, New Jersey's 'Mr Entertainment' himself, Mark 'Oaktree' Brown 13-1 (6KOs), locks horns with Hebron, Connecticut's super battler, Tony Grano 14-0-1 (12KOs), in an eight round heavyweight battle of the titans at the Final Forum Promotions event at the Harbor Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Saturday 27th September 2008.
Brown, who is determined to make his mark in the heavyweight division, faces a hard opponent in Grano, who has yet to lose a fight and a very healthy knockout ratio. To ensure that he has the upper hand in this battle, Brown, has been undertaking his secretive 'toughman' regime each morning as well as his normal gym training and sparring sessions in the afternoons.
Taking a short break from training, the ever effervescent Brown clearly relishes the challenge as he said "I'm going to his (Grano) backyard, I know that I'll have to knock him out to win. I'm training harder than ever. He just ain't going to know what hit him. I'm strong, stronger than he realizes. My special training is going to give me an advantage. It's all power and strength stuff. The fans are going to love me, I'm going to really entertain them. I'm going to be fast and furious. Everyone thought that Ralph ('Wild Wild' West) was going to knock me out as he is so big and strong. They were wrong he didn't last two rounds. I'm not just a puncher, I can box. I entertain, I play with them before knocking them out. He may have a slightly better record than me now, but I'll have the better record by time this fight is over."
The headline fight of the night will feature Norwalk, Connecticut's, 'Marvelous' Tarvis Simms 22-0-1 (11KOs), in a 10 round super middleweight clash with Rochester New York's, Robert 'Push Up' Frazier 31-9-4 (15KO's).
Ever bubbly, Brown, just had to get the last word in "If you want to be really entertained come down and see me. You'll be cheering, OAKTREE, OAKTREE, OAKTREE, just like everyone else. I'll be on fire. I'll be fast and furious. I'll be the star. Don't forget, Saturday September 27th at Harbor Yard Arena, Bridgeport. I will entertain you, that's why they call me Mr Entertainment."
Saturday 27th September 2008
Harbor Yard Arena
600 Main Street
By Phone 1 203 368 1000
Article posted on 21.09.2008
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