News: Haye vs. Chisora Beyond the Ropes premieres tonight on BoxNation; O'Sullivan-Hall

BoxNationís 24/7 style documentary series following David Haye and Dereck Chisoraís journey to their colossal showdown at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park on 14th July, premieres tonight at 7:30pm, free to air on BoxNation (Sky Ch.456 & Virgin Ch. 546).

The first episode of the fly on the wall, three-part series, succeeds in delivering wall-to-wall drama, as BoxNation uses its exclusive access to give the public a never before seen insight into Britainís two most high profile and controversial heavyweights.

A new episode of Haye/Chisora: Beyond The Ropes will air every Wednesday at 7:30pm, from tonight up until fight night on the 14th July.

The preview for tonightís episode can watched via the link below.

Make sure you donít miss the action as TVís new home of boxing, BoxNation, gives you an access all areas pass to the most talked about fight in Britain for well over a decade.

Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan vs. Matthew Hall on Chisora-Haye card on July 14th

Unbeaten Irishman Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan features on the big West Ham United undercard headlined by David Haye's epic heavyweight showdown against Dereck Chisora on Saturday 14th July.

O'Sullivan takes on Manchester's Matthew Hall for the Vacant WBO International Middleweight title on an exciting undercard that also includes Liam Walsh's challenge for the Vacant WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Dominic Urbano.

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Name: Gary ĎOíSullivan

Weight: Middleweight

Born: Cork, Ireland

Age: 27

Family background: Iím one of six boys and a sister. Iím bang in the middle, number four. Weíre a big boxing family. The oldest two brothers didnít bother but Dad did a bit when he was in the army over in England and us four youngest boys were all national champions at one level or another.

Mammy was born over in England, though Iím not entirely sure where, but it makes me eligible to fight for a Commonwealth title. Iíve already three daughters myself, aged eight, four and seven months. We still live in Cork.

Trade: Iím a qualified sheet mental worker.

Nickname: For boxing purposes itís ĎThe Celtic Rebel.í Cork is known as the Rebel County. But Iíve been known by everyone as ĎSpikeí since I left the maternity unit and, to this day, Iím not entirely sure why!

What age did you become interested in boxing and why? From five years of age, Iíd follow my father to the local boxing gym when he used to train and I never stopped. Dad had a big influence, got me throwing everything off the jab from a very young age.

What do you recall of your amateur career? I passed through several clubs. From the age of five to 12, I was at St Brendanís, in the Glen, County Cork. From 12 to 14, I moved to the Belgooly boxing club. At 14 I went to the Sunnyside club where I was coached by Kieran Joyce, a former two time Olympian (Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988).

Then, at 18, we formed our gym, the Loughmahon boxing club. Iíve helped coach eight national champions and itís a brilliant feeling altogether getting a kid whoís never before put a glove on and then moulding them to an All-Ireland title. Today, weíve over a hundred members at our club and we recently got the Volunteers of the Year Award from the Lord Mayor of Cork.

All told Iíd have had easily over 100 amateur bouts and, at a rough estimate, Iíd say I lost about 15. Not far off 20 of those fights wouldíve been in an Ireland singlet. When I was about 16, I won a national junior title and, same year, I got a silver at the Junior Four Nations in Fife, Scotland. I got beaten in a good few other finals as well. Being champion of All-Ireland was something I was definitely very proud of. Definitely my amateur highlight.

Coming from little Cork, there were a good few dubious decisions that I wasnít happy with. Every year weíd have to go to Dublin for the national championships and, basically, if you didnít score a knockout, you didnít win. Also, becoming a father at 19 sort of put paid to any Olympic campaign. I had to work full time on the sheet metal to support my family.

Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? A big pro show was planned for Cork in January 2008 with Billy Walsh topping the bill, and they needed a big ticket seller for the undercard so they approached me. I stopped Peter Dunn in six rounds, impressed Paschal Collins and that encouraged me to go onwards and upwards.

Tell us about your back up team: Frank Warren promotes me and (Paschal) ĎPackieí Collins trains and manages me from the Celtic Gym in Dublin. Iíve been with ĎPackieí the whole of my career and Iíll probably stay with him till the end. Heís a very straight, loyal fella, cuts no corners. Thereís no beating around the bush when you make mistakes.

ĎPackieísí made me the fighter I am. Heís very experienced, having spent about 10 years in the States with the Petronellis and Freddie Roach.

Thereís a fella I only know as ĎGuysieí who owns a different gym in Dublin. He looks after my strength and conditioning, and my nutrition. Heís got me eating so much chicken, I think Iíll sprout wings!

Whatís your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? Itís two and three quarter hours on train from Cork to Dublin so, when preparing for a fight, I stay in the capital, five days a week. Back home, Iíll train at our gym and also at the Clarion Hotel in Cork which kindly sponsors me, gives me free membership of their gym, saunas and jacuzzis.

My day starts with a 40 minute run at seven oíclock, then Iíll hit the boxing gym later. My routine varies day to day but includes all the usual; sparring, pads, bags, circuits. Tuesdays and Saturdays are always the particularly hard days. ĎPackieí gets me plenty fit but heís intelligent enough to spot if Iím having a flat day and getting me to ease up. Experience!

I train six days a week and have Sunday off. Thatís when I go to confession. Iím there all day!

My favourite part, without question, would be the sparring. Absolutely love it. Iíve done a lot lately with (super-featherweight) Stephen Ormond because heís the same squat frame as Matthew Hall, my next opponent. I also do plenty with Ian Timms, a three time Irish senior heavyweight champion, now boxing pro down at cruiser. That gets very gruelling. Iíve also been working with Karl Brabazon, another Irish senior champion (welter) whoís a fast southpaw. Iíve been over to the Petronelli gym in Massachusetts for sparring with Mexicans and Puerto Ricans. That was very good.

I love all training. ĎPackieísí circuits are very tough but I never forget Iím getting real benefit out of them. Skipping is probably what I like least. It can be a bit boring.

Describe your style? What are your best qualities? Iím a Marvin Hagler! (Ex world champion) Steve Collins told me that. I can box a bit, I can fight and I can certainly punch; always have been able to. When I was pretty young, mid teens, I badly knocked out a good Scottish lad from the Ingle gym. He was badly hurt and never fought again. It was very unfortunate. I was only 57 kilos so the punch has always been there. The straight right is my big shot. Sometimes I just flick it out as a range finder and ĎBang!í theyíre on the deck.

My chin is well proven , maybe not publicly, but we know from the gym and, because of that and the punch, Iíll always be in the fight.

What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimize your potential as a fighter? I need more experience. Iíve already got the skills, can fight inside or out, but you learn massively from every fight and Iíve only had 14. Iíve real respect for the journeymen and what they teach you but now Iíd like some really testing, evenly match contests.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? Obviously the fights are longer. Thereís more rounds and that definitely suits me, even though Iíve had half a dozen first round knockouts. I like to get warmed up and into a fight. After five or six rounds, I feel a lot looser.

Who is the best opponent that youíve shared a ring with? Probably Andy Lee. We sparred on the Irish amateur set up. He was pretty tricky, tall and long. Paul McCloskey was very good as well. Both are proper gentlemen. I didnít like the way Amir Khan was so disrespectful about Paul after they fought. Paul didnít deserve that. Heís such a nice fella.

All time favourite fighter: Iíll have to go with Steve (Collins). I loved his tenacity, determination plus he was a very intelligent fighter.

All time favourite fight: Collins-Eubank II in Cork. I was about 11 years of age. I run past that Pairc Ui Chaoimh venue every morning. I was awestruck by Eubank and must have been the only Cork man shouting Chris on! I really looked up to his courage and charisma, and that ĎSimply the Bestí entrance.

Which current match would you most like to see made? Spike OíSullivan versus Felix Sturm for the WBA middleweight title! Iím very confident I could beat him tomorrow. He seemed very easy to hit against Matt Macklin and Martin Murray. I hit far harder than either of those fellas and, if I can tee off on someone, itís the end for them!

What is your routine on fight day? I like to lie in bed and wake up naturally. No alarms. That way, you have a lot more energy for your day. After breakfast, I like to take a nice, long walk, somewhere relaxing, possibly by the sea. In the afternoon, before leaving for the stadium, Iíll go for a nap, followed by a shower. That makes me feel fresh and vibrant.

The fight will be constantly on my mind. Iíll visualise whatís going to happen, and Iíll watch tapes of the opponent. I have nerves about losing but never over my opponent.

In the changing room, I listen to my music and do a lot of pads. Iíll punch the walls! I love the big crowds. Fighting beneath Groves and DeGale at the O2 was the most alive Iíve ever felt.

I view my opponent as someone who could prevent my kids having a fantastic future, and I convince myself Iím not going to let that happen. Thatís whatís on my mind as I view them across the ring, before we fight.

Entrance music: Ian, a fast rising DJ from our gym, has done a unique track from me, mixing the old traditional Irish battle song that Steve Collins entered the ring against Chris Eubank with Ė that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck Ė and it finishes off with that jingle from the darts! Thereís a strong drum beat. Itís fuckin brilliant!

What are your ambitions as a boxer? Since the age of five or six, Iíve dreamed of being a world champion. Dad used to put me to bed then wake me up in the middle of the night to watch all the big fights from the US. Holyfield was a big favourite but I was always intrigued by the championship belts. Iím not especially well known because I didnít have a huge amateur career but I firmly believe Iím going to get to that world title.

How do you relax? My kids are number one. I take them down the park or to ĎChuckieísí. I also like to play chess and Iím a good snooker player.

Read: The best book Iíve read is ĎThe Alchemistí by Paolo Coelho. Itís about following your dream. Iíve just started Sugar Ray Leonardís autobiography.

Music: I really like Rod Stewart.

Films/TV: I like the comedy films. American Pie and The Hangover are a couple of big favourites. On the box, I like Swamp People, a show in which guys hunt alligators and shit with their bare hands.

Aspiration in life: To set up my children for a good future for themselves.

Motto: Pain may last for a minute, or an hour or a week. Failure lasts forever!

Tickets for Licensed to Thrill are available from Eventim at or 0844 249 1000, Ticketmaster at or 0844 844 0444 and West Ham United at or 0871 222 2700.

NABF News - June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

From NABF President Joe Dwyer:

Presidentís Report - Summer 2012

Welcome to summer! I hope everyone is getting time in their hammocks, on the golf course and, of course, at the beach! To all you parents and grandparents who have graduates, congratulations! May their expectations be high and their school loans be low. For those of us on the east coast, itís a coveted moment to relax and grill. If youíre doing anything special this summer, let us know so we can share it.

NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks had an opportunity to fight Seth Mitchell on HBO - therefore, he vacated the title as he was obligated to meet the NABF mandatory contender. Thatís why Tony Grano fought DaVarryl Williamson for the vacant title on June 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.

Upcoming Fights:

7 July Ė 160 - Atlantic City, NJ - Patrick Majewski vs. Chris Fitzpatrick for the vacant NABF middleweight title.

27 July Ė 135 - Champion Hank Lundy defends against Ray Beltran in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

17 August Ė 140 - Champion Dierry Jean defends against Cosme Rivera in Montreal, Canada.

And their will be more as the days go on!


19 May - 140- Dierry Jean defeated Leonardo Tyner by unanimous decision in Montreal, Canada, to win the vacant title.

108 - Pedro Guevera defeated Jose Guadalupe Martinez in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, to retain he title.

2 June - 168- Sakio Bika defeated champion Dyah Davis by unanimoius decision to win the NABF title in Carson, California.

23 June Ė Heavyweight - Tony Grano defeated DaVarryl Williamson by KO4 in Hollywood, Florida, to win the vacant title.


The Referee / Judges clinics will be held on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2.

The NABF Meeting will be held on Monday, December 3, from 3:00 pm-5:00pm.

We will have an abbreviated agenda covering our business meeting, financial report, and championship activity, including our Annual Awards presentation.

We will also be having an official NABF Convention in late May or June of 2013.

Despite any controversy, our sport is alive and well. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, the two highest paid athletes in the world are Floyd and Manny.

All my best,

Joe Dwyer

Article posted on 28.06.2012

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