LOS ANGELES, June 28 - Antonio Tarver’s next bout, against International Boxing Organization (IBO) cruiserweight champion Danny Green, will be dedicated to Nick Charles, his former colleague at SHOWTIME Sports. Charles passed away on Saturday, June 25, after a long and inspirational fight against cancer.
Article posted on 28.06.2011
Charles was the first sports anchor for CNN in 1980. He co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight with Fred Hickman and later hosted his own program, Page One with Nick Charles, until leaving the network in 2001. Beginning in 2001, Charles hosted SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation.
“My upcoming fight against Danny Green on July 20th in Sydney, Australia will be dedicated to my good friend Nick Charles,” said Tarver. “He fought a courageous battle and my prayers go out to his family. Nick was a class act to everyone who knew him. His motto in life was to love what you are doing. He was a winner.”
Fury picks Wladimir to beat Haye
BRITISH prospect Tyson Fury believes International Boxing Federation (IBF)/World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has the mental strength to defeat World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champ David Haye and unify the heavyweight division when the pair lock-horns in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday.
Klitschko appeared upset by the latest barrage of abuse fired off by Haye at a press conference on Tuesday, but Fury is backing his old sparring partner to come out on top this weekend. In an interview with Betfair he said:
“He’s got a strong mentality. He doesn’t let things get to him. Fighting is in the brain, you have to get your tactics right and be measured.
“We don't know what will happen, and it does depend on which Klitschko turns up for the fight. If it's the negative one, who wants to win on points, then he'll win on points, but if he goes out and looks for the knockout then he'll win by a knockout.
“Either way I can't see it [the outcome] being anything but a win for Klitschko.”
Fury might be hoping that Haye loses in Germany this weekend, but he concedes the 30-year-old is good for the sport. He added:
“David Haye is great for world boxing and especially British boxing because he’s got the charisma, he’s good looking, he’s got the power, and it’s like a drama. It’s bringing the glory days back for boxing and he’s doing a brilliant job.”
Haye v Klitschko – Betfair bet: 8-13 Klitschko, 7-4 Haye, 59-1 the draw
Boxing 360 signs unbeaten prospect Vitaliy Demyanenko
NEW YORK (June 28, 2011) – Boxing 360 has announced today that it has signed unbeaten welterweight prospect Vitaliy “Demyan”Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract.
“We’re looking forward to introducing Vitaliy to a big Kazak community in New York City, in addition to Russian boxing fans living there,” Boxing 360 Founder/CEO Mario Yagobi announced. “This is a great overall signing for our company. Vitaliy was an accomplished amateur boxer whose father was a Olympic silver medalist. Vitaliy is undefeated as a pro and was rated No. 8 by the WBO in May, but he was dropped due to inactivity. We want to get him in a fight, back in the rankings, and on his way to becoming world champion.”
Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Demyanenko had more than 150 amateur fights, capturing the Kazakhstan National Championship in 1999, as well as a gold medal in the Junior Olympics.
Vitali was born to box. Representing the USSR, his father Viktor Demyanenko was the 1980 Olympic Silver Medalist, as well as the 1979 European lightweight champion. His son, Vitali, however, didn’t start boxing until he was 13, after competing three years in Judo.
Demyanenko is a college graduate who speaks Russian, English, Kajak and is learning Spanish. “I heard a lot of good things about Boxing 360,” he said yesterday on his 28th birthday. “They’ve been good to me and will get me a world title fight. I’m ready to fight anybody in the welterweight division. I want to join my fellow countrymen, (light heavyweight) Beibut Shumenov and (middleweight) Gennady Golovkin, as world champion.
“I have so many tapes of different fighters that I watch to learn from. I’m a boxer who can brawl. I have a good punch but, against good fighters, I need to move around and break them down before mixing it up.”
Now living and fighting out of Los Angeles, Demyanenko is the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific and PABA welterweight champion. His most notable victories have been against world title challenger Paul Delgado (DEC12), Anderson Clayton (DEC12), Jorge Daniel Miranda (DEC12) and Walter Sergio Gomez (TKO2).”
“The signing of Vitaliy Demyanenko strengthens the Boxing 360 stable even more,” noted Bob Duffy, Director of Boxing for Boxing 360. “We also have one of the top super bantamweights in the world, Leon Moore, former world champion Alejandro Berrio, new NABA featherweight champ Amanda Serrano, undefeated super middleweight prospect Lennox Allen, and so many other talented boxers.”
A southpaw, Vitaliy sparred two weeks with Lucas Matthysse, who was getting ready for his HBO main event last Saturdaynight against Devon Alexander.
“Boxing 360 is on the rise as one of the hottest, new promoters in boxing,” Demayanenko’s manager Adolfo Perez added.“We’re hoping to get some big fights and win a world title under Boxing 360.”
Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include World Boxing Council (WBC) #4 super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe”Harris, WBC Caribbean & NY State super middleweight champion Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, Dominican lightweight champion Eudy “AK47” Bernardo, KO king Tyrone Brunson, heavyweight Mike Mollo, unbeaten NABA featherweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrrano, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Emad Ali, “King” David Estrada and Angel “Toro”Hernandez.
Go to www.Boxing360.comfor more information about Demyanenko, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters.