RICKY HATTON is amazed at the progress made by Martin Murray in just five years as a professional boxer.
Domestic boxing rivals Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin have been fighting professionally for eight years and 11 years respectively, but appear to be running from their less experienced rival.
Murray (24-0-1) will be in title action at Manchester Arena on Saturday November 24 against a selected opponent – his 12 rounder one of several big supporting contests when Hatton makes his comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton said: “I am over the moon with Martin Murray.
“When you look at his domestic rivals Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker from an experience point of view, he has reached their level with far less experience.
“That shows natural talent on Martin’s side.
“We sat down with Matchroom on a number of times to try and make the Darren Barker fight.
“Unfortunately Darren has been injured a number of times and that is something we will go back to.
“We thought we made the Macklin fight. We asked them what they wanted, they told us and the fight still didn’t happen.
“I think Martin is the most feared middleweight in Britain. He has been British and Commonwealth champion, drawn in a world title fight and done all that in record breaking time compared to his other rivals.
“We have tried to make fights. Martin Murray said, ‘yes’ to everything but it is Darren and Matthew who haven’t said ‘yes’.
“Next year will be big for Martin and he will get his just rewards.”
On the same bill there is world title action when Scott Quigg (24-0-1) meets Rendall Munroe (24-2-1) in a vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight title return match. Their summer showdown ended in a technical draw after three rounds because of Munroe’s cut right eye.
Sergey Rabchenko (21-0) defends his European light-middleweight crown against Frenchman Cedric Vitu (35-1), and Gary Buckland (26-2) risks his British super-featherweight title against local idol Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1).
Also in action are Hatton Promotions hopefuls Ashley Theophane (32-5-1), James Dickens (12-0), Adam Etches (9-0) and Scott Jenkins (6-0) and Sam O’Maison (3-0).
IABA UPDATE (SQUADS NAMED FOR EUROPEAN WOMEN’S YOUTH AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS)
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have named two squads for the 2012 European Women’s Youth & Junior Championships in Wadyslawowo, Poland.
The Championships, the 4th in the edition, begin at 2pm (Irish time) next Sunday (November 4th) at the Olympic Sport Centre.
The weigh-in will take place between 6am and 8am (Irish time) followed by the draw – between 10 and 11am (Irish time) – on Sunday.
Belfast bantamweight Christine Gargan claimed a silver medal at the 2010 European Women’s Junior Championships in Sangatte, France and will box in the Youth event in Poland.
“We will be pleased to welcome young Women athletes at the fourth edition of these Championships, which will crown this historic year for Women’s boxing with the first Olympics ever for Women boxers, said Humbert Furgoni, Preisdent of the EUBC.
“We wish to all participants a lot of boxing achievements and hope that this event will be one of the steps in their successful boxing careers.”
Youth: 45-48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, +81kg.
Junior: 46kg, 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, +80kg
Number of rounds
Four (4) rounds of two (2) minutes, one (1) minute rest between rounds.
Three (3) rounds of two (2) minutes, one (1) minute rest between rounds.
The Irish squads depart for Poland on Saturday morning.
2012 European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships
Irish Youth squad
48kg:Hanna Cartha (Paulstown BC)
51kg:Oliwia Samsanow (Old School BC)
54kg:Christine Gargan (St Georges BC)
57kg:Lycia Hennihan (Ballinrobe BC)
60kg:Kayleigh Murrihy (Kilfenora BC)
69kg:Aoife Hennigan (Swinford BC)
Irish Junior Squad
48kg:Kristin O’Hara (Emerald BC)
50kg:Nikita Casey (Nenagh BC)
54kg;Caoilinn McCormack (Kilfenora BC)
57kg:Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan BC)
60kg:Siadhbh Green (Ballinacarrow BC)
64kg:Austeja Auciute (Finn Valley BC)
69kg:Sally Carrig (Ennis BC)
75kg:Niamh Folan (Connemara BC)
Team Manager: Maura Campbell (South Meath)
Coaches: John McCormack (St Saviours OBA), Damien Walsh (Holy Family GG)
Delegate for the European Women’s Commission Meeting: Anna Moore (St Francis)
WBO KIDS DRUG FREE BRING BOXING CLINICS TO AGUADA, PUERTO RICO WITH WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR., ORLANDO CRUZ AND JOSE “CHELO” GONZALEZ
AGUADA, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) successful program “Kids Drug Free” went to the Elementary School Aquilino Caban in Aguada, Puerto Rico to bring boxing clinics to the students along with former Puerto Rican world champions, boxing contenders and prospects.
Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, the WBO president, lead the activity with former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Alfredo “Salsero” Escalera, world contenders Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (WBO Latino featherweight champion), Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (WBO Latino lightweight champion), unbeaten prospect Janiell Rivera, and Olympian and recently professional signed Felix Verdejo.
“We are here, first to give our message of No Drugs to all of the kids and to give you sports and boxing tips and the knowledge of our champions. You (the students) too can achieve your goals, always working hard, as this boxers”, Valcarcel said to the kids.
The boxers and trainers, Ricky Marquez, Andres Ortiz, Julio Ortiz and Carlos Velez showed the students some techniques, how to box and the different kind of shots in boxing. Also referees Jose H. Rivera and Roberto Ramirez Jr., with judge Cesar Ramos told the kids about their job as officials.
“This is the kind of event that I go always. We are here to give our positive messages to the children”, Vazquez Jr. said.
The kids got shirts and coloring books, while they were photographed with the boxers and get their autographs.
With Valcarcel, there were from the WBO, Administrative Advisor Manuel Marrero Hueca and Treasurer Adolfo Flores Monge. Promotor Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions Vice-President was also in the activity.