James DeGale’s challenger Jose Maria Guerrero has called him a fool and told him he’d better finish him off early or get beat. Spanish hitman Guerrero challenges DeGale for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Super-Middleweight title on Friday 9th December at the Liverpool Echo Arena, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546).
“I will give him some advice: destroy me quickly, if not, you will have a big problem,” Guerrero told DeGale.
“If he believes that he will knock out me quickly, he shows that he’s an ignoramus and if he thinks that this is the easiest fight of his career then he will have a big surprise.”
The former Spanish champion said that he will do anything to win and return to Spain as champion.
“This is the biggest opportunity of my career and I will make all the necessary arrangements for me to win and come back to Spain with the title,”
“I’m not accepting this opportunity for money. I’m accepting it because I will win and fight for the world title myself next year,”
“In my life I only know boxing so if I want a good future I can’t lose this fight. My options are win or win, I can’t take another result. I think that this hunger is my strength. I need to win and I will win,”
“I want to show the world who Jose Maria Guerrero is.”
Tickets from £40 are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office: 0844 8000 400 or www.echoarena.com
FIGHT CAMP 360 Returns Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FIGHT CAMP 360°
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All nine previous episodes, as well as bonus features, of FIGHT CAMP 360° are available for free online at: http://sports.sho.com/#/boxing/fightcamp360/super-six.
Also, premiering Saturday, Dec. 3, immediately following Abner Mares-Joseph Agbeko II on SHOWTIME, Staredown: Ward vs. Froch will invite fans to witness an intense confrontation between the Super Six finalists. Moderated by Emmy® Award-winning, hard-hitting sports reporter Jim Gray, the short-form program will reveal the underlying tension between the world’s most talented 168-pounders as they discuss their preparations for The SUPER SIX Final. The program will also be available on SHOWTIME On Demand from Dec. 4 through Dec. 18.
United States Boxing Team to Face off With Ukraine in Second Leg of European Tour
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s European Tour squad has traveled to Ukraine for the second leg of their international competition overseas. The mixed squad of elite male and female athletes competed in the World Cup of Petroleum Countries in Surgut, Russia, November 24-27 before heading to the next stop on their journey.
The United States and Ukraine will face off in two dual competitions with Team USA facing two different squads from the host nation. The first competition will take place tomorrow in Chernivtsi, Ukraine following two days of joint training sessions. Team USA will travel to Ivano-Frankisvsk on December 2 prior to the second dual match, which will take place on Sunday.
The U.S. squad competing in Ukraine will be: male flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.), female flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), male lightweight Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.), female light N’yteeyah Sherman (Barberton, Ohio), male light welterweight George Rincon (Carrollton, Texas), male welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas), male middleweight Antoine Douglas (Burke, Va.), female middleweight Tika Hemingway (Pittsburgh, Pa.), male heavyweight Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.), and male super heavyweight Laron Mitchell (San Francisco, Calif.).
Coaches Ken Porter (Akron, Ohio), Ed Rivas (Abilene, Texas) and Everette Elliston (Denver Colo.) will once again guide the U.S. squad at the USA vs. Ukraine Dual with Bruce Kawano (Pearl City, Hawaii) serving as the Technical Advisor, and Ken Buffington (Marshalltown, Iowa) joining the delegation as Team Manager. The team will return to the United States on Monday following the two dual competitions.
Ukraine’s men’s team was the top finisher at the 2011 AIBA World Championships, qualifying six athletes for the 2012 Olympic Games at the event. The full bout sheets for the dual events can be found below.
USA vs. Ukraine Dual I, Chernovtsi, Ukraine – December 1
114 lbs: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA vs. Denis Yaschuk, Ukraine
132 lbs: Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I./USA vs. Gjunduz Guseinov, Ukraine
141 lbs: George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas/USA vs. Oleg Nekljudov, Ukraine
152 lbs: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas/USA vs. Denis Lazarev, Ukraine
165 lbs: Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va./USA vs. Dmitrii Mitrofanov, Ukraine
201 lbs: Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich./USA vs. Sergei Melnik, Ukraine
201+ lbs: Laron Michell, San Francisco, Calif./USA vs. Roman Kapitonenko, Ukraine
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA vs. Tetiana Kob, Ukraine
132 lbs: N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio/USA vs. Aleksandra Sidorenko, Ukraine
165 lbs: Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa./USA vs. Mariia Badylina, Ukraine
USA vs. Ukraine Dual II, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine – December 4
114 lbs: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA vs. Oleksandr Shepeliuk, Ukraine
132 lbs: Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I./USA vs. Volodymyr Matviychuk, Ukraine
141 lbs: George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas/USA vs. Volodymyr Martseniuk, Ukraine
152 lbs: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas/USA vs. Denis Lazariev, Ukraine
165 lbs: Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va./USA vs. Arsen Rizun, Ukraine
201 lbs: Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich./USA vs. Vitaliy Merinov, Ukraine
201+ lbs: Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif./USA vs. Denis Poyatsyka, Ukraine
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA vs. Anna Rohovych, Ukraine
132 lbs: N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio/USA vs. Yana Sydor, Ukraine
165 lbs: Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa./USA vs. Iryna Komar, Ukraine
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.