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Povetkin amused by Tyson Fury challenge; Calderon decisions Rivas; Vazquez Jr. destroys Leyva; Vassell not avoiding Purdy

WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 16 KOs) has laughed off the comments from Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who most recently claimed he was ready to “take Povetkin out.” The 32-year-old Russian makes a first defence of his title at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena on December 3, taking on tough American challenger Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs). Povetkin was amused by Fury´s remarks. “I am ready to defend my belt against every challenger out there,” he stated. “But I must admit I am not overly scared by comments from someone whose biggest hit to date has been a Youtube video where he punches himself in the face. Right now all my focus is on Cedric Boswell.”

Promoter Kalle Sauerland added: “We would love to make that fight and I had offered them the December date but they didn't seem to fancy it too much so perhaps now we can discuss next spring. First Alexander needs to take care of a very tough challenger in Cedric Boswell.”

Calderon defeats Rivas; Vazquez Jr. stops Leyva

(World Boxing Organization - WBO Minimum Latino Title – 10 Rounds)

FELIPE RIVAS – VS. IVÁN CALDERÓN –

Nogales, México (11-9-1, 5KOs) Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (35-2-1, 6KOs)

Calderon won by split decision when judges voted 97-93 and 96-94 for Calderón and 96-94 for Rivas.



(Featherweights – 10 Rounds)

ROBERTO CARLOS LEYVA – VS. WILFREDO VÁZQUEZ JR. –

Sonora, México (28-14-1, 21KOs) Bayamón, Puerto Rico (21-1-1, 18KOs)

Vazquez won by KO at 2:59 of the third round after Leyva downed by a right shot from Vazquez. Leyva announced his retirement after de bout.



(WBO Female Junior Flyweight Championship – 10 Rounds)

SUZANNE WARNER – VS. YESSICA BOPP –

New York, New York (9-11-1, 2KOs) Buenos Aires, Argentina (17-0, 8KOs)

Bopp won by TKO at 1:21 of the first after sent Warner two times to the canvas with hard right punches.



(WBO Junior Middleweight Latino Title – 10 Rounds)

ERIC MITCHELL – VS. JORGE MELÉNDEZ –

Vero Beach, Florida (23-8-1, 11KOs) Manatí, Puerto Rico (21-2-1, 20KOs)

Melendez won by unanimous decision when the three judges voted 96-94.



(WBO Junior Welter Latino Title – 10 Rounds)

JAVIER CASTRO – VS. JAVIER MONSERRATE –

Ciudad Juárez, México (26-4, 20KOs) San Juan, Puerto Rico (24-2-2, 17KOs)

Castro won by TKO when referee Gino Rodriguez stopped the fight at 1:25 of the fifth round after an injury in Monserrate’s eye. Monserrate downed in the first round.



(140lbs – 6 Rounds)

OSENOHAN VÁZQUEZ – VS. YOELVIS GAMBOA –

Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (4-1, 2KOs) Guantánamo, Cuba (7-1, 3KOs)

Vazquez won by unanimous decision when judges voted 58-51, 57-52 and 56-53. Gamboa felt three times, one in the first round, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. Vazquez downed one in the third round.



(110lbs – 4 Rounds)

JESÚS PAGÁN – VS. ISRAEL VÁZQUEZ –

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (0-1) Bayamón, Puerto Rico (4-0-2, 4KOs)

Vazquez won by TKO at :50 seconds of the first rounds Pagan downed four times. In the second time, both fighter felt by right shots.

VASSELL NOT DUCKING PURDY

DENTON VASSELL’S camp insist they will give Lee Purdy a rematch and beat him for the second time.

Vassell was named as mandatory contender for Purdy’s British title, but the Manchester banker decided to make a Commonwealth title defence instead of facing his old rival.

The 27-year-old will make the second defence of his crown against Cameroon born Australian Samuel Colomban at Oldham Sport Centre on Saturday November 12.

Unbeaten Vassell won the Commonwealth crown when he outpointed Purdy back in April 2010.

Denton’s trainer Bob Shannon said: “Hopefully he’ll fight Purdy in the New Year now.

“We didn’t take it this time, but we’re not running away. We will fight him again and beat him again.”

Shannon has warned Vassell that Colomban is a serious threat adding: “Denton is looking very strong right now, but he has got to.

“This kid is a very strong kid and similar to Denton – comes forward and is a very big puncher. This is a very big test.”

To see the interview in full and exclusive training footage of Denton Vassell log onto to www.hattonboxing.com

The bill will also include former European super-featherweight champion Stephen Foster Jr, Kieran Farrell, Dezzie Higginson, Adam Little and Matty Askin.

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets priced at £35, £55 and £75 VIP ringside. You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991 or online www.hattonboxing.com

Article posted on 31.10.2011



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