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An Evening With Joe Calzaghe Saturday October 8th; Theophane in action on September 18; Sanchez-Arroyo on September 9

Former Super Featherweight World Champion turned promoter Carl Greaves presents the opportunity for boxing fans to spend an evening with one of the greatest British boxers of all time - undisputed Super Middleweight World Champion Joe Calzaghe - at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottingham on Saturday 8th October.

For those attending there will be plenty to talk with Joe about, as during his magnificent career Joe not only won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Crown, after beating Chris Eubank at the Sheffield Arena on 11th October 1997, but went on to successfully defend the belt no less than twenty one times. He also secured all the IBF, WBC and WBA to become the coveted Ring Magazine Champion.

On the 4th March 2006 Joe added the IBF belt to his collection, after sensationally beating previously unbeaten Champion Jeff Lacy.

A couple of defenses followed and then in November 2007 Joe faced Mikkel Kessler at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Joe put his WBO title on the line and Kessler the WBA and WBC belts. After twelve magnificent rounds big Joe became the possessor of all the major belts.

Joe rounded out his career with two super fights, the first against Bernard Hopkins and for his final professional bout took on Roy Jones Jnr.

After forty six fights, and forty six wins, Joe hung up his gloves and in doing so entered the record books yet again, as only the fourth European to retire as an undefeated World Champion, the others being Terry Marsh, Michael Loewe and Sven Ottke. He also become one of only three undisputed and undefeated World Champions, Rocky Marciano and Ricardo Lopez being the other two.

As mentioned earlier Joe defended his WBO World Crown twenty one times, but most amazingly he held that title for an unbelievable one hundred and thirty one and half months. He not only possessed the Ring Magazine belt for thirty months but also was a two time Ring Magazine title holder, having also won the Ring belt at Light Heavyweight on his beating Bernard Hopkins in his penultimate fight and defended against Roy Jones Jnr.

On the 8th October those lucky enough to attend will get the chance to not only have a chat with Joe but will also be treated to a four course meal and a photo opportunity with him.

There will also be an auction of Sporting memorabilia, a raffle, as well as entertainment, comprising of a comedian and singer Liam Moore, the winner of Stars In Your Eyes as Phil Collins.

An Evening With Joe Calzaghe will be held at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire on Saturday the 8th October.

Ticket prices:

Gold £100-00 - Doors open 6:30pm - Champagne reception
Silver £75.00 - Doors open 7:00pm - Champagne reception
Bronze £60.00 - Doors open 7:30pm. Meals served 8:00pm

For tickets for this not to be missed opportunity to meet one of Boxing’s all time greats book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com.

Theophane And Williams Co-Headline At York Hall On 18th September

Miranda Carter and Bruce Baker have joined forces to co-promote their first event of the new season, ‘Great Expectations’, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Sunday 18th September 2011.

Miranda and Bruce, along with Matchmaker Jim Evans, have put together a mouth watering fight card, co-headlined by British Light Welterweight Champion Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane and Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams.

Finchley’s Theophane, comes into this fight fresh off a sensational tenth round knockout win over Jason Cook, on the first defense of his title at Wembley back in July.

Streatham’s Williams is also coming off a first title defense knockout win, this time a fourth round KO of Danny Couzens, back in May. On September 18th the Johnny Eames managed and co-trained ‘Solid’ will be facing super tough ‘Fighting Fireman’ Nick Okoth from Battersea.

Heading up the support sees William’s TRAD TKO Gym mate, the sensational Mark Tibbs trained Light Middleweight prospect, Nathan ‘Sugar’ Weise steps up to the plate against Woodford’s Duncan Cottier.

Unbeaten Brixton Heavyweight Ian Lewis, another big hitting knockout artist, will be back in action, against a yet to be named opponent.

Another youngster from Johnny Eames’ TRAD TKO stable of thoroughbreds, Belvedere’s exciting featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp, gets his first outing since the highly controversial loss to Raffi Khan back in March. At ‘Great Expectations’ young George will be taking on awkward Welsh southpaw Chuck Jones.

Mitcham’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor will be keen to continue his winning ways. The Alec Wilkey coached Welterweight has really turned his career around this year, having notched up two excellent wins over Duane Grimes and Danny Dontchev before the summer break.

A pair of the Capital’s upcoming young Middleweights, Diego Burton and Dalton Miller are both keen to get their first wins of the new season under their belts, as will Light Welter Ideh Ockuku.

Finally, making their debut on the 18th will be Billericay Welterweight Luke ‘Lights Out’ Fowler and Lightweight Francis Maina.

The Miranda Carter and Bruce Baker co-promoted ‘Great Expectations’ takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Sunday 18th September 2011. Doors open at 2pm and the first bout is at 3pm.

Tickets for ‘Great Expectations’ are on sale now - priced £35 (Unreserved) or £65 (Ringside), book on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at The TRAD TKO Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information please call 07960 850645.

Sanchez: I Will Win This Fight to Help My Family

Next Friday, September 9, Team Puerto Rico's Hector "El Flaco" Sanchez (19-1, 9 KO's) will face fellow Puerto Rican Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KO's) in a 10-round welterweight battle that will serve as the Gary Shaw Productions main event from the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, and televised live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®.

But Sanchez says the challenge Arroyo presents is nothing compared to his biggest challenge: getting his family out of the poverty in which they live.

The eight of us live in a two-bedroom house," he explains. "One of my sisters will have a baby, so that is going to complicate the matter further. The most important thing for me is that they have everything they need and for that reason I must win this fight and many more. We have suffered enough."

Sanchez says the career guidance he has received from his co-promoters Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment has brought him tantalizingly close to his dream.

"I've been climbing through the ranks, getting closer and closer to where I want to be. All I have to do is keep winning. Boxing is an opportunity to earn enough money to give them everything they need and move them out of the house that we live in."

Before ending 2011, Sanchez will fight again and his trio of promoters say they expect the possibility of a title shot before the end of 2012.

"Hector is a good boy and we will help him push forward in his career. He has a bright future in boxing and is an essential part of Team Puerto Rico," said Javier Bustillo, president of Universal Promotions.

In the night's 10-round cruiserweight co-feature, hard-hitting Nigerian Lateef Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs) will risk his unblemished record and trajectory toward a world title shot against southpaw Felix "Bad News" Cora, Jr. (22-5-2, 12 KOs).

For more information on Hector "El Flaco" Sanchez and Puerto Rico Boxing Team visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com.

Article posted on 05.09.2011



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