Froch signs endorsement deal; Mansour-Mendoza on 12/2; U.S boxers claim opening bout wins in Europe

Carl Froch has signed a sponsorship deal with West Yorkshire fire and rescue supply company North Fire ahead of his Super-Middleweight unification showdown with Andre Ward on December 17 in Atlantic City.

Froch puts his World Boxing Council (WBC) belt on the line in the Super Six final at the Boardwalk Hall and is confident of defending his strap and taking Ward’s World Boxing Association (WBA) crown as the Super Six tournament draws to a close.

Froch’s stablemate Kell Brook makes his US debut on the same bill and the unbeaten Sheffield Welterweight is also backed by the company. North Fire were established in 2008 as the official exclusive sales and service agent for Rosenbauer International, supplying the UK and Ireland’s Fire and Rescue Services with Aerial Fire Trucks and Fire Fighting Equipment. In 2011 they were voted Business of the Year by the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m delighted that North Fire are backing me on the biggest night of my career,” said Froch. “It’s going to be a red hot occasion and I plan on putting on a great display for my newest sponsor.”

“North Fire are proud to be sponsoring Carl in the Super Six final,” said North Fire managing director, Oliver North. “With a thoroughly world class pairing of Froch and Brook representing the UK on the same bill in the States, ‘Team North Fire’ are set to make a true statement of British boxing.

“Froch is undoubtedly the classiest fighter throughout Europe, pound for pound, and arguably one of the best world-wide. We’re extremely happy to have Carl representing us on such a monumental night for boxing and are confident Carl will fly the flag proudly for British boxing whilst bearing the North Fire brand in the process. We hope that after claiming success on the night, The Cobra will receive the significant acclaim which he deserves after such a long run of world class performances.”

Hard hitting heavyweights battle for Mansour’s WBO Championship belt

DOVER, Del. — A big night of boxing is set with ten bouts on the card in the Rollins Center arena at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Friday, Dec. 2. Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, ranked the No. 8 heavyweight in the world will defend his 15(11)-0 record and prestigious World Boxing Organization (WBO) Championship Title against Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza, 32(28)-12-1, in the 10-round main event.

“This is a risky fight,” said Nick Tiberi, matchmaker. “Mendoza is a very crafty veteran who’s been in there with high-quality opposition. Like Mansour, Mendoza is a dangerous puncher with 28 knockouts in his 32 wins.”

“We are very happy to be the site of the continuing rise of Amir Mansour through the heavyweight ranks,” said Ed Sutor, CEO of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “It should be a great fight and a fantastic night of boxing.”

NABF female super welterweight titleholder “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey, 8-0, is on the under card for 6x2-rounds; this bout is not yet matched. Newcomer Robert Walder of Forked River, N.J., will make his debut against Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary, 2-0, of Dover, Del., in a 4-round cruiserweight fight. Also debuting is Philly lightweight Miguel Antonio Rodriguez against Omar “Super O” Douglas of Wilmington, Del., 2-0, in a 4-round lightweight bout. The card continues:

Light Welter: Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana 26(17)-3 v. Wilfredo “Papin” Negron 26(19)-16-1, 10 rounds

Light Heavy: Anthony “Caputo” Smith 11(9)-0 v. southpaw Douglas “Al Capone” Otieno, 23(12)-7, 6 rounds

Light Welter: “Rockin” Ryan Belasco 15(3)-5 v. Herbert “Sensational” Quartey 7(4)-6, 6 rounds

Super Middle: “Mighty” Mike Tiberi 17(7)-1 v. Emil Gonzalez 5(3)-5, 6 rounds

Light: “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey 39(29)-6 v. Angel “The White Tiger” Rios 9(6)-8, TBA rounds

Super Middle: John “Church Boy” Bowman 0-0-1 v. Stanley Harvey 0-1, TBA rounds

Tickets are available for $35 to $200. The first bout will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Will call will be open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for updates.

Five U.S. Boxers Claim Opening Bout Victories in Europe

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Two USA Boxing squads missed out on the joys of the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, choosing to represent the United States in the ring at the Olympic Test Event and World Cup of Petroleum Countries instead of digging into turkey and all the fixings.

Five U.S. boxers enjoyed successful opening contests at the two key international events in Europe on Thursday and Friday. In London, male heavyweight Joseph Williams (Queens, N.Y.) won the lone victory of the opening two days at the Olympic Test Event. Williams defeated home nation boxer Simon Vallily of Great Britain in their first round match-up on Thursday. He will face Kamran Mehdiyev of Azerbaijan in Saturday’s semifinal action for a berth in the finals.

At the World Cup of Petroleum Countries in Surgut, Russia, 2012 Olympian Errol Spence (Desoto, Texsa) won a convincing 25-5 decision over Ramal Amanov of Azerbaijan in their welterweight showdown. Male lightweight Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.) won the second U.S. victory of the opening day, with a 9-5 decision over Igor Osipov of Moldova in their Thursday match-up.

Female flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) enjoyed a successful opening bout as well, taking a 21-16 victory over Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam of Mongolia in Friday’s opening session. Male heavyweight Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.) claimed a victory of his own in the later session of action, winning a 10-8 bout over Russia’s Nurmagomdeov.

Male light welterweight Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.) and female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) both dropped opening round contests in London to home nation foes. In Surgut, female middleweight Tika Hemingway (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and male middleweight Antoine Douglas (Burke, Va.) both lost their first round match-ups on Friday while male flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) fell to a home nation opponent in Friday’s competition.

USA Boxing National Coach Joe Zanders (Long Beach, Calif.) and Gloria Peek (Norfolk, Va.) are leading the athletes into action in London. Ken Porter (Akron, Ohio), Ed Rivas (Abilene, Texas) and Everette Elliston (Denver Colo.) are coaching the team at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries with Bruce Kawano (Pearl City, Hawaii) serving as the Technical Advisor, and Ken Buffington (Marshalltown, Iowa) joining the squad as Team Manager.

U.S. Results

Olympic Test Event, London, England

Friday, November 25

132 lbs/female: Natasha Jones, GBR, dec. Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA, 23-15

Thursday, November 24

141 lbs/male: Josh Taylor, GBR dec. Jamel Herring, Coram, N.Y./USA, 9-7 

201 lbs/male: Joseph Williams, Queens, N.Y./USA dec, Simon Valilly, GBR, 15-11

World Cup of Petroleum Countries, Surgut, Russia

Friday, November 25

112 lbs/female: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA dec. Nandintsetseg Myagmardulam, MON, 21-16

114 lbs/male: Semen Stepanov, RUS, dec. Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA, 17-6

141 lbs/male: Islam Mamaev, Russia, dec. George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas/USA,14-10

201 lbs/male: Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich./USA dec. Nurmagomedov, RUS, 10-8

Thursday, November 24

165 lbs/female: Elena Vystropova, AZE dec. Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa./USA, 7-4

132 lbs/male: Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I./USA dec. Igor Osipov (Moldova), 9-5

152 lbs/male: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas/USA dec Ramal Amanov, AZE, 25-5

165 lbs/male: Viktor Kotyuzchanskiy dec. Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va./USA

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Article posted on 25.11.2011

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