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KENDRICK RELEFORD SIGNS WITH GRIND 2 DEF ENTERTAINMENT

AS VEGAS, NEVADA - (November 1, 2011) Grind 2 Def Entertainment proudly announces the signing of an exclusive worldwide boxing advisor agreement with Fort Worth, Texas based heavyweight boxer Kendrick "The Apostle" Releford, 22-15 (10 KOs).

Kendrick Releford is a former WBO Latino heavyweight champion who always comes to fight and put on a good show for the boxing fans. Kendrick Releford is refocused and ready to make some changes in his boxing career.

Macke Roberts said "I have watched the boxing career of Kendrick Releford for quite a while and Kendrick is a talented fighter with good boxing ability. In his last fight prior to signing with Grind 2 Def Entertainment, he fought a top five heavyweight in former world title challenger, Chris Arreola on short notice. With very little sparring and a short time to get ready Kendrick was able to go seven rounds with Arreola. Unfortunately in Kendrick's career he has taken fights on short notice and taken some fights at the wrong time. Now that I am guiding his boxing career, the boxing world will see a better prepared Kendrick Releford in his future fights."

Macke Roberts said "Kendrick Releford is only 29 years old, he realizes the time is now to make the right changes to improve his boxing career. Kendrick has a new training team who will help him reach his full potential as a fighter. Currently in the USA there is no dominant heavyweight fighter, the division is wide open and I feel with the right training regiment and the right fights Kendrick Releford will make some noise in the heavyweight division."

Kendrick Releford said "This is a great opportunity to work with Grind 2 Def Entertainment. They are giving me the chance to jump start my boxing career. I have the skills and talent to become a world champion and I needed a team that truly believes in my ability that are willing to help me get there. Now I can put my total focus toward training, winning fights and I will let my team map out how we get there."

Kendrick Releford said "With my new team behind me boxing fans will see me perform at a higher physical level, meaning they will see a great conditioned boxer fight with the same heart and desire they have grown to love. I'm in a better place mentally, physically and spiritually. I have a new training team, Hall of Fame fighter, Curtis Cokes and former top contender Joe Cokes. I am now getting the proper sparring, training and better strength & conditioning. I'm refocused and it's time to eat. I have four kids that need milk and bread and I'm starving."

Macke Roberts said "Kendrick Releford is starving and ready to put big loafs of bread on the table to feed his family. A motivated, focused and properly trained Kendrick Releford is gonna give his opponents big problems. The past is the past but today is a new chapter in the boxing career of Kendrick Releford. The journey for Kendrick is about to make a change for the better."

Kendrick Releford said "I would like to tell my fans I'm alive and revived and ready to put on a show the world will love while remaining true to who I am and what I represent. Thank you for your love, support and belief.

Hot heavyweight prospect Tom Little fights on November 18th on Selby vs. Simpson undercard

Tom Little, a hot Heavyweight prospect from Hatfield is aiming to set the division alight starting Friday 18th November at York Hall when he fights on the undercard of Selby vs. Simpson. With a solid amateur pedigree and standing at a heavy handed 6ft 6, Little has all the necessary attributes to start making waves in the domestic heavyweight division.

Under the tutorage of Graham Earl at his House of Champions gym, Little is also known for having exceptional speed for his huge frame, which served him well in an amateur career that saw him win 16 of his 20 contests. Little also won his first pro contest in a convincing display against Rolandas Cesna in 4X3s as part of a Graham Earl promoted event in Luton.

Little fights this time as part of a Queensberry promoted show and the hot prospect will be looking to impress as he gets his first chance to impress in front of a television audience on BoxNation. Francis Warren of Queensberry said, “ It’s good to see Tom Little getting an outing on the York Hall card on the 18th. The fight fans always love to see a good heavyweight so it will be fantastic if Tom can live up to his potential and start progressing in the division. With fighters like Del Boy Chisora and Tyson Fury having progressed to European and world contention very quickly, it shows a good heavyweight can start making a name for himself early in his career.”

Little will be part of a great card that includes the Southern Area Cruiserweight Championship dust up between exciting Queensberry prospect Tony Conquest and Toks Owoh. The rest of the undercard features the likes of Billy Morgan, Terry Holmes, Menay Edwards, Matthew Tew and former challenger to Ricky Burns’s WBO Super Featherweight Title, Andreas Evansen.

Tickets priced £40 and £60 are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 orwww.frankwarren.tv

Andrew Selby and Khalid Yafai to box-off for an Olympic place at the GB Amateur Boxing in Championships on 11 and 12 November 2011

The British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) has announced that Wales’, Andrew Selby, and Khalid Yafai from England will box-off for an Olympic place at the forthcoming GB Amateur Boxing Championships at York Hall in London on 11 and 12 November 2012.

The outcome will determine which of the two flyweights (52kg) will compete at the London 2012 Olympics after both boxers achieved the qualifying standard at the recent World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The box-off has been sanctioned by the international governing body, AIBA, and will be a best of three contest. The first two bouts will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2011. If a third bout is required it will take place at the Olympic test event at the Excel Arena from 23-27 November 2011.

The box-off will be the main event of the GB Amateur Boxing Championships, which aims to identify the best male and female boxers in Great Britain, and pits the top amateurs selected by the Amateur Boxing Associations (ABAs) of Scotland, England and Wales against members of GB Boxing’s Podium Squad.

Qualifying places for 2012 are up-for-grabs in a number of weight categories and the GB Championships is an opportunity for boxers to make a case for selection in next year’s final Olympic qualifying events in April (men) and May (women).

The Championships will cover 10 male and one female weight category. The finals of all 11 categories will be held on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets for the event are available through Ticketmaster at a discounted rate until FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2011 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2500.

Tickets for Saturday’s finals are priced at: £5, £15, £20 and £25 (ringside). Doors open at 11.30am and boxing will begin at 12.30pm. Tickets for the semi-finals on Friday are priced at: £1, £3, £5 and £10 (ringside). Doors open at 1.30pm. There is only limited availability for what is expected to be a busy event and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The line-up for the Championships was announced today and covers 10 male and one female weight category. Semi-finals will be on Friday and the 11 finals will be on Saturday.

The weight categories where Olympic places are still available are light-flyweight (49kg), men and women’s lightweight (60kg), middleweight (75kg), light-heavyweight (91kg) and heavyweight (91kg).

Two of the most hotly contested categories are expected to be the men’s light-heavyweight and the women’s lightweight category.

GB Boxing does not currently have a Podium boxer at light-heavyweight, so it is an opportunity for Lawrence Osueke (Great Britain) and Deion Jumah (England) from the Development squad and Scotland’s James Cunningham to secure pole position ahead of next April’s Olympic qualifier in Turkey.

In the women’s Olympic lightweight category, Chantelle Cameron (GB) will compete against fellow GB Boxing squad member, Amanda Coulson (England), to establish supremacy ahead of next May’s Olympic qualifier in China.

In the other weight categories where Olympic places are still available:

· At Heavyweight, Sunderland’s Warren Baister has been selected for Great Britain and will compete against Lloyd Davies from Wales, Stephen Lovelle from Scotland and Ben Llyemi for England.

· At lightweight, the 2010 European Silver medallist, Iain Weaver has been selected to compete for Great Britain and will get a chance to stake his claim for Olympic selection against Joe Cordina from Wales, Charlie Flynn from Scotland and Sam Maxwell from England.

· In the 75kg middleweight category, 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Callum Smith (GB) will face Warren Sinden from Wales, Tommy Philbin from Scotland and John Dignum from England.

· In the 49kg category, last year’s Champion, Charlie Edwards has the opportunity to retain his crown and his status as Great Britain’s top light-flyweight against Ben Baker from Wales and England’s Mohammed Waqas.

Rob McCracken, Performance Director, British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) said: “This will be a high quality tournament and reflects the huge depth of talent we have in amateur boxing in Great Britain at the present time. It will influence the make-up of the GB boxing squad as we head in 2012 and is an opportunity for the competitors to put themselves in the frame for possible selection at next year’s Olympic qualifiers.”

A full list of selections is below:

P – GB Boxing Podium Squad

D – GB Boxing Development Squad

Great Britain

England

Scotland

Wales

Light Flyweight, 49Kg

Charlie Edwards – P

Lynn ABC, London


Mohammed Waqas

Southbank ABC, Middlesbrough

Ben Baker

Tenby

Flyweight, 52Kg

Khalid Yafai – P

Birmingham City

Andrew Selby – P

Splott, Barry

Bantamweight, 56Kg

Gamal Yafai – P

Birmingham City


Alimaan Hussain,

Aston Police, Birmingham

Joe Ham
Renfrewshire ABC, Paisley


Sean McGoldrick – D

St Joseph’s, Cardiff

Lightweight, 60Kg

Iain Weaver – P

Golden Ring, Ferndown


Sam Maxwell,

Salisbury, Liverpool


Charlie Flynn

Newarthill, Motherwell


Joe Cordina – D

St Able ABC, Cardiff

Light welterweight, 64Kg

Danny Phillips – P

Southbank, Middlesbrough


Louis Adolphe

Earslfield, London

Josh Taylor – D

Lochend, Edinburgh


Chris Jenkins

Cwmgors, West Glamorgan

Welterweight, 69Kg

Anthony Fowler – D

Golden Gloves, Liverpool


Thomas Langford

Hall Green, Birmingham


Aston Brown – D

Renfrewshire ABC, Paisley


Jamie Evans

Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil

Middleweight, 75Kg

Callum Smith – P

Rotunda, Liverpool

John Dignum,

Brentwood Youth, Essex


Tommy Philbin

Lochend, Edinburgh

Warren Sinden

Welshpool ABC

Light heavyweight, 81Kg

Lawrence Osueke - D Newcastle College


Deion Jumah – D

Dale Youth, London


James Cunningham

Dennistoun McNair ABC. Glasgow


Heavyweight, 91kg

Warren Baister – P

Sunderland ABC


Ben Llyemi

Dale Youth, London




Stephen Lovelle


Lloyd Davies

Kyber Colts, Rhondda

Super Heavyweight, 91kg+

Frazer Clarke – D

Burton ABC


Joe Joyce

Finchley, London


Ross Henderson

Springhill ABC, Shotts






GB Boxing


England


Scotland


Wales

Lightweight, 60Kg

Chantelle Cameron - P

Kings Heath, Northampton

Amanda Coulson - P

Hartlepool Catholic Club


In the women’s 75kg weight category there will be an international bout featuring GB Boxing’s World Silver and European bronze medallist, Savannah Marshall on the Saturday afternoon.

The draw for the competition will be held in November. In those categories where there are only two or three competitors, some will receive a bye into the Final.

Article posted on 01.11.2011



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