London (31, October, 2011) After reading yesterday’s reports from Sauerland Events regarding comments made about World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury would like to set the record straight.
“Before my promoter Mick Hennessy had finalized my fight against Neven Pajkic he received a call from Sauerland Events who asked would we be interested in making the Povetkin fight for December, they were told that we were very interested in the fight but they would need to come back with a sensible offer very quickly as we were close to finalizing my next fight.
“But to this day my promoter has not received any kind of offer so we had to proceed with my Commonwealth title defence.
“In my opinion the call was only made in the hope we would turn down the fight so they could go public with it, if they were serious, a proper and sensible offer would have been made. I think they were shocked when Mick said we were up for the fight”. Said Tyson.
The 23 year old from Manchester is defending his Commonwealth title against Canadian champion Neven Pajkic at EventCity, Manchester a week on Saturday (12th Nov) the fight will be broadcast live on Channel 5.
“I stand by my comments, Povetkin isn’t in my league and I believe his team knows that, I would take him a part, it would be an easier night’s work than I had against Chisora.” Added Tyson.
Tickets for Fury vs. Pajkic, starting at £30, are on sale from and may be purchased via Hennessy Sports Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketline.co.uk 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 847 2500 and online at www.hennessysports.com
Doors open at 5 PM with the first bout scheduled to start at 5.30 PM.
The Nov. 12 telecast will also be available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
Go on line at www.hennessysports.com for more information about Fury, his fight vs. Pajkic, or any Hennessy Sports boxers and events.
European Honours in Selby’s Sights
Lee Selby is confident he can come through his impending British and Commonwealth Featherweight title defence with John Simpson and start to look forward to challenging for European honours.
Current Featherweight European Boxing Union (EBU) champion is Alexander Miskirtchian of Belgium who took the title from Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht with a split decision early this year. And Selby, of Barry in Wales, sees a showdown with Miskirtchian as a natural progression providing he can get through the tough and durable John Simpson when they meet at York Hall on the 18th November, live on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456).
He said “A European title is definitely on my radar. I’ve got a very tough fight against John Simpson that I need to come through first, but I want to start to push on and start making waves internationally”. The more experienced Simpson, of Greenock Scotland, will have other ideas though when the two step through the ropes at York Hall as he hopes to get his once promising career back on track after two hard fought close points decision losses to Stephen Smith.
The featherweight showdown is part of a hard-hitting card from George and Francis Warren’s Queensberry Promotions which features Tony Conquest vs. Toks Owoh for the Southern Area Title as chief support.
Francis Warren talking about the main event said “This is Lee Selby’s big chance to hold his hand up and prove he’s ready for a shot at European honours so it’s a huge night for him. Simpson however is going to be an enormously tough test, he fought two extremely close bouts with Smith and will be looking to prove himself against a fighter, in Selby, that has managed to overcome Smith. It’s a really interesting showdown but if Lee comes through it we’ll definitely be looking to try and get him that EBU title shot at some point next year.”
Tickets priced £40 and £60 are available from the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888 orwww.frankwarren.tv
Corporate fight Night & ’84 Olympic Boxing Team Reunion info
Atlanta Corporate Fight Night (ACFN3) is this Thursday November 3, 2011 and in addition to the corporate fighters who participate to raise money for the Atlanta based national charity “Stand Up For Kids,” this black tie evening plays host to the first-ever reunion of the legendary 1984 Olympic boxing team, regarded as the strongest Olympic Boxing Team in history. Fight fans, sponsors and media are all invited to attend the weigh in event Wednesday, November 2 at Eddie’s Attic, 515B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA to meet the Olympians and also the corporate fighters. “Our business professionals range from doctors to lawyers to engineers, and have trained for 10 hard weeks for this event,” said Terri Moss, ACFN promoter and trainer, from the Decatur Boxing Club and retired WIBF/WIBA World Champion. Moss’s former trainer and partner at Decatur Boxing Club, Xavier Biggs, has organized the Olympic Reunion and attending the weigh in and fight night will be Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Mark Breland, Frank Tate, Virgil Hill, Henry Tillman, Milton McCrory, Tyrell Biggs, Meldrick Taylor, Robert Shannon, Jerry Page, and Paul Gonzales. “It’s going to be a great time, not only for our charity, but for these former team mates to be together again,” Biggs said.
Join the 1984 Olympic Boxing team for Atlanta Corporate Fight Night at the Foundry at Puritan Mills on Thursday, November 3, 916 E. Joseph Lowery Blvd., Atlanta. Cocktails and dinner buffet begin at 6 PM, and the fights start at 7 PM. For tickets visit www.atlantacorporatefightnight.com.
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