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Sakio Bika: I feel very happy. Thank God I got this opportunity to fight for the IBO world super middleweight title. This was for my wife and two children back home. This belt will be an early Christmas present for them. Next year is going to be good for me. Next, I want Bernard Hopkins..

Peter Manfredo, Jr.: Hes so strong. He throws wide but everything he throws is strong. I tried to roll and catch him in between but I couldnt. Im okay. Im going to enjoy Christmas with my family. I have a lot of talent and Im only 27. Im have to think about what Im going to do.

Grady Brewer: Hes a tough guy. I wasnt able to hit him with shots that I should have. I respect his power. I fought his fight, kind of wild, but I got the win.

Matt Remillard: I felt great. I showed off more of my boxing skills. That kids dangerous. Hes strong, experienced and tried to suck me in with the right. I kept my composure.

RESULTS FROM PROVIDENCE - LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: Jaison Codrington (19-2, 15 KOs), Queens, NY WTKO8 (2:57) William Gill (8-21, 7 KOs), Toms River, NJ. SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Sakio Bika (27-3-2, 17 KOs), Sydney, Australia WTKO3 (1:53) Peter Manfredo, Jr. (31-6, 16 KOs), Providence, RI (Bika wins IBO Title). LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Grady Brewer (24-11, 13 KOs), Lawton, OK WDEC10 (94-91, 93-92, 90-95) Cornelius Bundrage (28-4, 16 KOs), Detroit, MI (Brewer wins IBO Title Eliminator). LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS: Jesus Caro (3-0, 3 KOs) WKO2 (3:00) Jose Velazquez (1-6, 1 KO), Worcester, MA; Diego Periera (2-0, 2 KOs), Providence, RI WTKO1 (1:43) Jerry Pressley (0-1), Rock Hill, SC. FEATHERWEIGHTS: Matt Remillard (16-0, 8 KOs), Manchester, CT WDEC6 (60-54, 60-54, 59-55) Mauricio Pastrana (34-10-2, 22 KOs), Miami, FL. SUPER FLYWEIGHTS: Isander Beauchamp (5-0-1, 2 KOs) 4DRAW Ernie Marquez (7-5-1, 3 KOs), Fort Morgan, CO.


MOORE THE MERRIER

JAMIE MOORE will warm up for his crack at the European light-middleweight title by boxing a six rounder at The Helix, Dublin on December 18.

The Irish champion, 30, will have crucial home advantage when he fight Michele Piccirillo for the vacant title early next year after promoter Frank Maloney came to a private agreement with the Italian's handlers.

Maloney said: "These are a crucial few months for Jamie and a six-rounder will fill him with even more confidence ahead of the Piccirillo.

"Getting home advantage against Piccirillo is a big help."

Former British champion Moore (30-3) added the Irish title to his stash when he stopped Ciaran Healy inside three rounds in July.

Maloney added: "Although Jamie boxes out of Salford he is proud of his Irish heritage and I'm sure he'll get another great welcome next month.

"If he defeats Piccirillo it could possibly make a defence of that title in Dublin."

Top of the bill at the venue which is located on the campus at Dublin City University is Rendall Munroe's European super-bantamweight title defence against Italian Fabrizio Trotta.

Ireland's Olympic bronze medallist Darren Sutherland makes his highly anticipated debut when he boxes a six round super-middleweight bout.

Sutherland is a student at DCU but is currently taking a break to fulfil his dream of becoming a world champion.

Tickets for the big Dublin bill are available from www.frankmaloney.com, www.ticketmaster.ie or by calling 0871 226 1508.


Golden Boy Promotions Sign 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder

22-YEAR OLD HEAVYWEIGHT TO MAKE PRO DEBUT THIS SATURDAY,
NOV. 15 ON TAYLOR-LACY UNDERCARD IN NASHVILLE

22-year old Tuscaloosa, Alabama native Deontay Wilder was amateur boxing's Cinderella story this year, rising from obscurity to not only winning the National Golden Gloves and U.S. Championships, but also capturing a Bronze Medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the only boxing medal won by the United States. Now, Wilder will look for gold in the form of a professional boxing championship and he's teamed up with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions to help him on his road to glory.

"I was inspired by Deontay's story and his raw talent is something special," said Oscar de a Hoya, a 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist and the President of Golden Boy Promotions. "He's six foot seven, athletic and getting better by the day. I see a bright future for him in the heavyweight division."

"Golden Boy Promotions creates champions and there's no team I'd rather be with to start my professional career," said Wilder. "This last year has been a whirlwind for me, but I'm even more excited knowing that now I'll have a chance to truly show what I can do in the ring as a pro. I can't wait to get started."

A stellar athlete in high school who had the opportunity to play college football and basketball, Wilder instead turned to boxing in 2005. With just 14 bouts under his belt, Wilder roared through the National Golden Gloves and U.S. Championships in 2007 and went on to win the Olympic trials with just 21 total amateur bouts. His improbable run continued in this summer's Beijing Games, where he won two bouts before losing a semifinal decision to Italy's Clemente Russo. Making his achievement even more impressive is the fact that he did it all while raising his two-year old daughter, Naieya, who was born with spinal bifida. Now back home with a Bronze medal in his hand, Wilder gets ready for the next chapter of this amazing story.

Wilder will make his professional debut this Saturday, November 15th against Long Beach, CA's Ethan Cox (2-2-1, 1 KO) in a four round bout on the undercard of "All Or Nothing" - Jermain Taylor vs. Jeff Lacy on the campus ofVanderbilt University inNashville, Tennessee and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/ 7:15 p.m. PT.

Article posted on 14.11.2008



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