Boxing News: Calzaghe to make decision in the New Year; Bradley Wants Hatton; 'Heavy Artillery'

Undefeated light heavyweight boxer Joe Calzaghe has revealed he will make a decision about his future after Christmas. Following his recent win over Roy Jones Junior the Welshman’s future has been subject to much speculation. Calzaghe told Setanta Sports News he would just ‘enjoy Christmas with the family and make a decision afterwards.’ “It was a hard, hard training camp for me. There was a lot of pressure going into the fight and I really have to evaluate the situation and the risks involved in fighting..

The 36 year-old southpaw added that he wanted to draw a line under his career at the top of his game.

“Who is there left to beat? I’ve beaten all the big names. Kelly Pavlik got his arse kicked by Bernard Hopkins so that knocks him out of the equation.

“In my last few fights I’ve achieved everything I want to achieve. I’ll make my decision after Christmas.”

Tim Bradley wants Hatton fight

WBC light welterweight champion Tim Bradley would love to fight Ricky Hatton here in the UK. The 25 year-old Californian defeated Junior Witter for the WBC title back in May.

Bradley told Setanta Sports News that Witter wanted a rematch but, ultimately, Hatton was the fight he was after.

“Witter is definitely calling my number. He wants something that I took from him. He’s definitely looking for revenge. He’s working his way up through the rankings and I’m sure he’ll be back as mandatory challenger pretty soon.

“But Ricky is the dream fight. I don’t know if he wants to fight against a young hungry fighter like myself. But, if he does, I would love to get it on with him here in England.”

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ORANGE, CA, November 18 – Forget Thanksgiving dinner. For Southern California boxing fans the real feast will take place on Friday, November 28th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, when Thompson Boxing Promotions brings the “Heavy Artillery” for a night of boxing people will be talking about for weeks.

In the main event, former IBA junior welterweight champion Antonio Diaz looks for his sixth win in a row when he takes on Phoenix’ Mario Ramos in an eight round welterweight bout.

Also in action will be hot prospects Dominic Salcido, Pavel Miranda, Mauricio Herrera, Omar Salado and Victor Burgos.

For tickets to “HEAVY ARTILLERY”, a six-bout card of explosive professional boxing action, please call 714-935-0900. Tickets are priced at $75, $45, and $30.

The Doubletree Hotel – Ontario is located at 222 N. Vineyard Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 pm, first bell at 7:30 pm.

Coachella, California’s Antonio “Toño” Diaz (44-5-1, 29 KOs) is one of the most exciting fighters of this era, a warrior who has never left fans disappointed in the ring. Over the last 13 years, Diaz has fought a Who’s Who of the sport, including Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, and Juan Lazcano, and he holds wins over the likes of Cory Spinks, Micky Ward, Ivan Robinson, Emanuel Augustus, and Omar Weis. Winner of five in a row, Diaz will be pushed hard by Mario “Kid Rayo” Ramos (17-4-1, 3 KOs), a southpaw, whose main goal will be to upset the returning Diaz.

Charismatic junior lightweight prospect Dominic Salcido (16-1, 8 KOs) will return to action for the first time since a hard-fought loss to Vicente Escobedo in September when he takes on an opponent to be named shortly.

Also in action will be Tijuana featherweight sensation Juan Carlos Burgos (19-0, 14 KOs), who will put his undefeated record on the line in an eight rounder against veteran Jesus Salvador Perez (25-21-3, 14 KOs). Burgos will be returning to the ring after enduring a right hand injury during his last fight against division gatekeeper Andres Ledesma back in August.

In an intriguing eight round clash of jr. welterweight prospects, unbeaten Mauricio Herrera (7-0, 2 KOs) of Riverside will face his toughest test to date in Tijuana’s highly regarded Pavel Miranda (18-2, 11 KOs).

The fighting city of Tijuana will also be represented in flyweight action when Omar Salado (19-1-2, 11 KOs) looks for a victory against Brazilian Jose Albuquerque (8-4-2, 2 KOs).

Opening the show will be a four round flyweight bout between debuting battlers Malcolm Franklin of Rialto and Israel Huerta of Santa Ana. Franklin, who was a Beijing Olympics US alternate, will showcase his ability as he turns a fantastic amateur record into the professional ranks.

Article posted on 17.11.2008

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