Arron-Rose on Saturday; Helenius vs. Chisora, Braekhus vs. Kupihea tomorrow

On Saturday 3rd December we see an intriguing bout between Prince Arron (21-3-1) and Brian Rose (17-1-1). Arron, 23, had an indifferent start to his career losing to Anthony Small and Danny Reynolds within the space of a few months and the later lost to top Irish fighter John Duddy.

After entering the Prizefighter competition, his career took another direction. He beat the bookies favourite Bradley Pryce in his second fight and then went on to win the 10th Prizefighter tournament.

Just over a year later he knocked out Sam Webb in the final round to win the British light middleweight title. Arron was behind on the judges scorecards but found the power and determination to win the fight.

In a post fight interview Arron said: “This was like my Rocky story, a lot of people doubted me but I dug deep and came out the champion.”

On Saturday night Arron believes he will be on course to win the Lonsdale belt outright by beating an old sparring partner Brian Rose.

“Brian is a great fighter and I know he’ll be coming to win, but I am in a different place now and nothing will stand in my way.”

Brian, 26, has had a steady career rising through the ranks of the light middleweight division where he won the Central Area title after 15 fights.

A loss to Maxwell back in 2010 seemed to halt his progress but Brian bounced back going on to win the English Light Middleweight title against Lee Noble and defended it a few months later against Martin Welsh and now believes the time is right.

“I know Arron very well and I believe I have the tools and strategy to beat him and come Saturday you will hear the words “and the new,” said Brian.

The show is live on Sky Sports HD and has a full supporting undercard including Karl Place v Steve Williams for the British light-welterweight title eliminator.

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WBF Announce Gaelic/Celtic Title

The World Boxing Federation has announced the creation of a regional European title which will pique the interest of boxers, and fans worldwide, as the new WBF Gaelic/Celtic Championships will be open to any boxer from a Gaelic or Celtic nation or heritage.

Of course, the six original Celtic nations are Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man, however Gaelic people also have roots in parts of Spain, Portugal, France and Nova Scotia. In any case, regardless of citizenship, Gaelic and Celtic parentage is the mark of eligibility for these titles, which are about to start by January 1, 2012.

Credit for the creation of these championships goes to new WBF Irish Republic Representative David Walshe, who reasons:

“The criteria to qualify for an Irish title restricts many non-Irish-based boxers the opportunity to fight for what is seen in their eyes as a very important title because of their Irish lineage. The WBF Gaelic Celtic Championships, however, includes hundreds of boxers all over the world and gives them a chance to box for an Irish-connected title.”

WBF European Coordinator Olaf Schroeder, backed with the support of WBF President Howard Goldberg and WBF Vice President Jean Marcel Nartz, is happy for the World Boxing Federation to fill this gap and be the leading sanctioning organization in this area.

“David (Walshe) and myself believe that our Gaelic/Celtic titles will soon become a serious challenger to the Commonwealth belts, because the quality of boxers eligible is of a much higher standard,” Schroeder said, “and thus provide a direct path to a shot at the WBF world title.”

NABF News - Dec. 2, 2011

President’s Report - December 2011

We’re off to a good start with 23 title bouts since our June Convention !!!

All eyes are on the upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Convention in Las Vegas, which promises to be the biggest and best yet in WBC history.

Don’t forget to put the Ring 8 Christmas Party on your Christmas list - December 18 - a lot of great boxers and a great cause (516) 313.2304.

Upcoming Fights:

10 December in Düsseldorf, Germany: Champion Johnathon Banks takes on DaVarryl Williamson.

22 December in Oklahoma City: Champion Grady Brewer meets Michael Medina.

28 January in Verona N.Y.: Tony Grano meets Brian Minto in a heavyweight elimination bout.

Vacant Titles: 115-118-147-168-Cruiserweight.

We continue to press for timely title defenses by our NABF champions. Those who fail to do so face their titles being vacated. It is only fair that challengers get their just opportunities to fight for the NABF title.

Rest In Peace: Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Ron Lyle, Joe Sousa (cutman).

We look forward to holding our 2012 convention jointly with the WBC Convention in Mexico. 2012 is the anniversary year in Mexico and it is sure to produce a great convention. More information to follow.

I look forward to seeing you all in Las Vegas.

All the best,

Joe Dwyer

Helenius-Chisora, Braekhus-Kupihea on Saturday

The Nordic Nightmare Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) and The First Lady Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) today participated in a media work-out at the P3 Boxing Gym in Helsinki, Finland. On December 3, Helenius will clash with Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant European Heavyweight Title, while Braekhus will put her WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight titles on the line against Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs). “It´s good to be back home,” Helenius said. “We have trained very hard in Germany. We will use the last days to get ready mentally and physically. It will be a difficult fight but with Ulli Wegner in my corner nothing can go wrong.”

Just like Helenius, Braekhus is also determined to keep her unbeaten record. “To this day I have defeated everybody who has tried to take my titles away from me,” she said. “Saturday will be no different. I am prepared for a tough fight. I will leave the ring as the winner.”

WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin and challenger Cedric Boswell will meet the press tomorrow. Some 10,000 tickets have already been sold for the show. “We expect a sell-out crowd of 12,000 fans on Saturday,” Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said. “We are thrilled that Robert can count on the full backing of his home fans for what will be the toughest fight of his career.”

Article posted on 02.12.2011

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