Archive for June, 2012

JOHN Simpson proved to be  too strong, too fast and too accurate for Paul Appleby at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, and in the process gained a measure of revenge.

Simpson knocked out Appleby in the sixth round of their Celtic super-featherweight contest and had looked on top throughout.
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FORMER double world champion Scott Harrison ended a tumultuous six-and-a-half year spell out of the ring with a fourth round stoppage of Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr.

Harrison, the former WBO featherweight champion, has endured a troubled time since his last fight which included time spent in a Spanish prison.
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ASHLEY Theophane has been offered a fight on American soil in August after admitting he struggled for motivation on the domestic scene.

A surprise defeat to last-minute opponent Darren Hamilton, who stepped in following the withdrawal of original opponent Steve Williams, saw the light-welterweight lose his British title on the undercard of David Price’s victory against Sam Sexton at Aintree on May 19.

And while the 31-year-old maintains that he was the victim of a poor decision, he has no interest in avenging the result – nor, indeed, remaining in UK boxing.

“The domestic scene is not very challenging for me and that is the problem,” said Theophane (31-5).

“Motivation was a problem even when training to fight Lenny Daws. After fighting in America against Demarcus Corley, Danny Garcia and Delvin Rodriguez, (the prospect of) fighting Lenny Daws, Jason Cook and Steve Williams just is not the same.

 “I’m going back to the iInternational scene (and) I’ve been offered a fight in America in August. I prefer to fight abroad and I’ll be looking to go overseas more as that is where my best performances and results have come.”

 Theophane insists the Hamilton fight ought to provoke more far-reaching questions about the sport, with plenty of work to clean up what he believes are a significant amount of problems.

 “I still feel the same about the verdict. I believe I easily won the fight,” he said.

 “Darren Hamilton is the most negative fighter I have ever faced. Brian Coleman was more aggressive than he was.

 “Boxing has had a problem with bad judging this year. Something needs to be done.”

KELL Brook says he will be world champion within the next 12 months as the welterweight prepares to dispatch Carson Jones.

The pair meet on July 7 at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, the site of Brook’s wide points victory against Matthew Hatton in March’s “War Of The Roses” encounter.

His clash against American Jones could be the final time he competes in the Steel City for some time as he chases world championship glory.

And while a division featuring  Floyd Mayweather, new WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao is among the strongest in world boxing, the unbeaten Brook could gain entry into a most exclusive club by challenging IBF titlist Randall Bailey.

Bailey grabbed an unlikely portion of the world title by recording a surprise victory against Mike Jones.

First, he must earn that opportunity by overcoming Carson Jones, who holds a ranking (3) one place higher than Brook despite a less than stellar list of opponents.

That is of little interest to Brook, however, as he plots a path to the sport’s elite.

“The division is over flowing with great talent,” Brook told LincBoxing.  “I know that I’m not just within touching distance now, I am there on the top table.

“A year from now I expect to be a world champion and be in more big fights, but everything I am focused on at the moment is about Carson Jones. He is my biggest fight to date.

“I want whoever is the best out there, to be sharing the ring with these top names constantly.

“Jones is ranked higher than me, he’s been sparring Saul Alvarez at Big Bear, so he’ll be a threat.

“But the Steel City is my home and to be packing my local arena is very special. The atmosphere really helps and I love soaking it all up.”

Jamie Hughes with Dave Coldwell

A Carl Froch sparring partner, Jamie Hughes, has become the latest signing for Coldwell Boxing.

The Yorkshireman, who won 26 of 31 contests in the unpaid ranks, will turn professional on the undercard of the Curtis Woodhouse v Dave Ryan bout on September 28, at the Magna Centre in Rotherham.

“Jamie is a quality boxer and we’ve got some really big ideas for what we want to do with him,” said Dave Coldwell.

“He’s a tricky southpaw and he’ll give lots of people problems on the way to the top. Robert McCracken speaks highly of him because he had Jamie in sparring with Carl Froch when Carl was preparing for his world title shot against Lucien Bute.

“For Froch to use him in preparation for such an important fight speaks volumes of Jamie’s ability and I’m confident that he can carve out a successful career for himself.”

Scotland’s Ricky Burns and England’s Kevin Mitchell will clash in a blockbuster showdown that ignites the Auld rivalry once again.

Burns will  put his WBO World Lightweight title on the line against his long-time rival Mitchell on Saturday, September 22 in Glasgow (venue to be announced).

Coatbridge star Burns, Scotland’s first two weight world champion in nearly 20 years, was last in action in March when he beat former world champion Paulus Moses with a commanding performance to retain his title. 

He stepped up to lightweight last November when he beat Australian warrior Michael Katsidis – the only man to have beaten Kevin Mitchell – and put his name up with the best in the division.

The 29-year-old is looking forward to a classic battle with his English counterpart.

“The fight’s been on the boil for the last couple of years and the fans and press have been desperate for it to happen, it’s fantastic that it’s on at last,” Said Burns.

“We are both at the top of our game now and I’m in this sport to prove that I’m the best, next to me Mitchell’s the best around and it will be great fight between two warriors,”

“He put on a great showing against John Murray last year that showed just how good a boxer he is to take apart another champion,”

“But this fight is the fight I’ve wanted and it’s got me really excited, Mitchell’s going to bring out the best in me and I believe that the fans are going to be in for an unbelievable fight.”

Londoner Mitchell’s fight against John Murray last July was voted Fight of the Year in which he stopped Murray in the eighth round of a thrilling contest.

In February he beat the tough Dominican Republican Felix Lora over ten rounds and has been shouting for a confrontation with his Scottish adversary.

Mitchell said: “I’m promising you now you’re going to see the best fight of the year or any year.

“This is a real fight between the two best in the division and it’s not going to be for the faint-hearted,”

“I rate Burns very highly, he’s a great fighter and has really proved himself as one of the top champions in the world,”

“I’m going into the lions den and I know I can beat him and take the world title. Burns is a top kid and I’ve got to be at top of my game, the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life to win.

 

Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren is excited about the fight and believes both men will serve up a treat. 

Ticket details for the fight will be released shortly.

Tough journeyman: Jody Meikle

Sooner or later Jody Meikle will “turn over” one of Britain’s hot prospects.

When he does, the 32-year-old light-heavweight insists he will laugh – and then laugh some more.

With three victories from 25 fights, Meikle, who calls himself the ‘funniest journeyman in boxing’, does not boast the best record in the business.

But, in his own words, the man who “loves a brawl” says he boxes purely for fun and games.

“I love it,” said Meikle, who has lived in Scunthorpe all his life. “It is fair to say I have been in some trouble with the coppers in the past and I’ve been put away in prison a few times.

“I used to go out on the drink and beat bouncers up. It wasn’t clever and I know that now.

“But I was desperate to get into a gym and channel my aggression in the right way. I didn’t start boxing until I was 27 but once I did I couldn’t stop.

“I just got the buzz for it and I am grateful because it is keeping me on the straight and narrow.

“I just do it for the crack. I am not too bothered about titles – I just want to fight because I can’t get enough of it. It’s a laugh. I want to win every fight, but more than anything I do it for the buzz.”

Meikle has fought a number of prospects already – including undefeated Commonwealth gold medallist Callum Johnson.

He revealed he was close to securing a blockbuster bout with another unnamed high profile boxer in the division later this year.

“Honestly, I am going to turn over one of these prospects eventually and it’s going to be so funny,” continued Meikle. “I will certainly have a laugh to myself when it happens.

“I am not scared of anyone and will fight anyone.”

Meikle is scheduled to fight unbeaten Ray Ginley in Belfast next month and the Englishman, who was never stopped as an amateur, has a warning for his opponent.

“I couldn’t care less what he brings to the ring – whatever as far as I’m concerned,” added Meikle.

“He is another prospect and I will have another go at beating one. I always raise my game for the big name fighters and I will do the same for this.

“I’m looking forward to it and I doubt I will be stopped. I have only been stopped twice in my professional career and on both occasions they were silly errors.

“I was never stopped as an amateur and I took great pride in that – I enjoyed maintaining that record. I have fought some really tough opponents too.

“Very few peopl have actually hurt me but I remember being hit by Richard Towers in an amateur bout and I was like ‘what the hell is this about?’

“That guy can seriously punch hard and I think he will go on to big things. I am just happy fighting as often as possible!”

KIERAN Farrell wants a clash against Tommy Coyle to determine the true rising star of the British lightweights.

The 21-year-old claimed the first title of his career thanks to a crunching body shot which put down veteran Joe Elfidh in their Central Area championship bout in Bolton on Friday.

Hull’s Coyle may be next on the list as Coldwell Promotions prospect Farrell aims to continue his ascent in the division. A clash between the two, who have identical 13-0 records, is a realistic target for the Heywood man.

“It would be a 50/50 fight, but that’s what I’m all about,” said Farrell.

“Tommy is a bit like Joe Elfidh – he comes out with nervous energy, throwing big bombs. But if he fights me, the result will be the same.

“Britain is looking for the next superstar all the time. Who better to fight than your main rival?”

Farrell is now one of a group of lightweights, including Coyle and Grimsby’s Kev Hooper, who are trying to make an assault on the division’s leading lights.

His long-range goals include a possible meeting with the winner of the July 7 European lightweight title clash between Gavin Rees and Derry Matthews, who meet on the undercard of Kell Brook’s fight against Carson Jones in Sheffield.

“When I was with (former manager) Steve Wood, he asked if I was interested in a fight against Matthews, should Stephen Jennings pull out,” said Farrell.

“I never got the call-up. But even though I would have taken the fight then, I feel even more ready now, so let’s have me v Coyle and the winner face whoever wins from Rees and Matthews.”

The Elfidh result was another learning experience for Farrell, who conceded that he lost the opening two rounds while his 32-year-old opponent (now 7-1) attempted to power his way to the title.

But, having weathered an early storm, Farrell proved his class.

“The plan was to box his head off for the first four rounds, then take the fight to him,” said Farrell.

“My 21-year-old legs were going to take me through the later rounds. He did get tired, but that was due to a body punch in the third round.

“When I dropped him in the fifth I knew he was done at six, so I started celebrating then.

“There were no big parties afterwards. I went home to my family, had a cup of tea and some custard creams! But I want to get straight back into it, I cannot wait.”

The World Boxing Council has upheld its indefinite ban of Dereck Chisora.

The decision was made after a meeting of the organisation’s supreme board of governors in Mexico.

After his infamous brawl with former world champion David Haye in Munich earlier this year, the WBC said it would refuse Chisora another fight under their jurisdiction – unless he finished anger management classes.

The WBC’s latest statement condemns Chisora’s actions prior to his fight with Ukrainian world champion Vitali Klitschko.

A fired-up Steve Swinburn has revealed a change of tactics ahead of his tussle with  big hitting Monsoor Wali this weekend.

The undefeated welterweight boxer has been absent from the ring for almost eight months but insists the break has served as the perfect chance to reflect on his impressive professional career so far.

Following a controversial draw against Jay Morris back in October, a fight most at ringside thought Swinburn had won, the Lincoln fighter has decided it is time to dominate the centre of the ring.

And he plans to put it into action against Wali in their clash at the Don Valley Arena on Saturday.

“I have got to stop running round the ring at 100 miles an hour,” said the 26-year-old.

“I am going to calm down a bit, plant my feet in the centre of the ring and dominate from there.

“That’s what I have been working hard on in training.”

Swinburn has endured a lengthy spell of inactivity because of a nose operation in January.

Despite the disappointing draw last time out, Swinburn, who is dubbed Stone Cold, still boasts an impressive record.

The former kickboxer has won five and drawn two of his opening seven bouts and is eyeing a shot at an Area title next year.

But a grounded Swinburn is refusing to overlook the threat of Afghanistan’s Wali, who has two knockout successes from a record of three wins, three losses and a draw.

“He will be a threat because he can really bang,” added Swinburn.

“But if he hasn’t trained anywhere near like I have for this then he definitely is in for some trouble.

“The only thing he brings to the fight is punching power. But I have a game plan to guard against that.”

If fights continue to be won in style, British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose will compete for a world title within 18 months.

At least that is the target charismatic manager Frank Maloney has set him.

The Blackpool boxer, nicknamed The Lion, has fought three times in the last six months – culminating in a “slack” if albeit victorious performance against Scotland’s Kris Carslaw (15 wins, two losses) earlier this month.

The exciting prospect (20 wins, one draw, one loss) has high hopes of going on to be crowned world champion one day but believes he needs to take his career one belt at a time.

“Of course I want to be a world champion and I believe I have the ability to achieve that,” Rose told Lincboxing.

“Before that I want to successfully defend my British title a couple more times and then fight for the European belt.

“With the European belt should come that world title crack. Frank Maloney has told me he thinks I can do it within 18 months. That would be great but I am in no rush.”

Rose aims to be back in the ring in early September against Kent-based Sam Webb (18 wins, two losses) and hopes to build on a gutsy points win over the dangerous Carslaw.

If successful, a fight could be arranged with English light-middleweight king Erick Ochieng – who defeated Newark’s Andrew Lowe recently.

Ochieng has since declared an interest in fighting Rose and has even claimed he will be world champion himself one day.

An unfazed Rose had a message for Ochieng.

“I don’t understand why he saying that to be honest,” added 27-year-old Rose. “I have never been that fighter or person where I mouth off. I just take it each fight at a time and see where I am.

“The fact is Erick Ochieng is only an English champion and he has achieved little at the moment.

“I respect all fighters but I would have far too much class for him. I would welcome the match up but Sam Webb is the mandatory challenger.

“Ochieng will have to wait his turn. I would be very confident of beating him.”

Up and coming American talent Tor Hamer has been crowned International Prizefighter in York Hall, Bethnal Green, after claiming a unanimous points decision over experienced Kevin Johnson.

The intelligent 29-year-old’s victory never looked in doubt after outboxing the fellow American from start to finish.

Earlier, the 6ft 2in heavyweight had dismantled England’s Tom Dallas and Brazil’s Marcelo Nascimento.

Tournament favourite Johnson, who edged past Poland’s Albert Sosnowski in the semi-final, looked far better when he blew away Noureddine Meddoun inside a round in the first round.

 

It will be an all American final in International Heavyweight Prizefighter at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Firm favourite Kenin Johnson failed to wow the crowd in a basic split points decision win over Poland’s Albert Sosnowski in the first sem-final.

Moments later, fellow American Tor Hamer, who has lost just one fight all career, broke British hearts by tearing Tom Dallas to pieces in a brutal first round stoppage.

Dallas had earlier stopped fellow Brit Tom Little in a thrilling encounter.

The four semi-finalists for tonight’s International Prizefighter Heavyweights in York Hall, Bethnal Green are now known.

Firm favourite Kevin Johnson, from America, dismantled inexperienced Noureddine Meddoun inside the first round and looked very impressive in doing so.

Elsewhere there was a quarter-final triumph for fellow American prospect Tor Hamer, who claimed a unanimous points decision over poor Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento.

In a thrilling all English affair, Tom Dallas produced a sensational performance in the third and final round to stop Tom Little – and end his unbeaten record in the process.

And Poland’s Albert Sosnowski out-worked big-hitting American Maurice Harris to secure his place in the final four.

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It promises to be another action-packed evening of boxing tonight when International Heavyweights Prizefighter is staged at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Tom Dallas and Tom Little will clash in an all-English quarter-final in a show that will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Poland’s Albert Sosnowskie will go toe to toe with former world title challenger Maurice Harris, from America.

There’s a potential all-USA semi-final as Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson meets Moroccan Noureddine Meddoune in the matching quarter.

New York’s Tor Hamer is up against Brazil’s Marcelo Luiz Nascimento with the winner facing the victor in the all-England.

Full report on the site later.

Rendall Munroe is eyeing a rematch with Scott Quigg by the end of the year.

The pair’s much anticipated clash for the interim WBA title came to a bitterly disappointing end in Manchester after the two clashed heads in the third round and the referee was forced to call a halt to proceedings.

What looked like a horrific eye injury for Leicester-based Munroe is now not believed to be as bad as first fault after he received nine stitches to the injury earlier this week.

The fight was perfectly poised going into the third. Munroe looked sharp and in deadly mood in the first before Bury-based Quigg showed impressive movement in the second.

“I want the rematch as soon as possible,” Munroe told Lincboxing. “It was one of those things at the end of the day. The referee was right to call it a technical draw but I was gutted.

“I was in peak condition. To have trained at an incredible pace for months and then for the fight to last just over six minutes was a massive blow.

“As soon as his head hit mine I was in so much pain. I then couldn’t see out of it. I knew it wasn’t great as soon as I saw the blood flowing down my face like a waterfall.”

British number one at super-bantamweight, Munroe (24-2-1) went into ‘Road to Glory’ hell bent on proving why he was one place above 23-year-old Quigg in the rankings.

Expecting to be back in the gym next week, Munroe has been told he can start sparring again in eight weeks.

“I’m going to have a bit of a break with the family and then get back on it in the gym,” added Munroe. “I want the rematch by the end of this year and who knows – maybe even in Leicester.

“I am sure I would sell the place out. My fans were out of this world on Saturday and I wanted to win for them.

“I felt so good during the fight. He hit me with his best shot in the second and I was thinking ‘right, let’s have it’.

“Scott is a good kid and he will say the fight was going according to plan for him. But I know I was ready to show exactly why I am Britain’s number one and why I am at world level.

“Once he saw the blood on me he wanted to come forward and have a scrap.  But other than that he didn’t want to come anywhere near me.

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Anti-climax: Scott Quigg (left) and Rendall Munroe

“I can’t wait to do it all again.”

Ashley Sexton and Paul Butler will go head to head on BoxAcademy’s next show at York Hall, Bethnal Green on July 5.

The fight will go some way to determine who is Britain’s best super-flyweight prospect – with the winner sure to put themselves at the front of the queue for a British title shot.

 

Sexton has already tasted an English title at flyweight, and believes that he is back at that level again in a different weight category.

The Cheshunt man will be looking to impress as he looks to scale to the top of his new weight class.

He said “My showdown with Butler is an important stepping stone on my way to a British title opportunity, there’s no way he’s going to come in between me and a possible shot at the Lonsdale belt.”

He added “BoxAcademy is a fantastic concept because it puts up and coming prospects like myself and Paul in together at an early stage, which gives the winner a chance of progressing faster to title level.

“I’m going to seize this opportunity and look to graduate from BoxAcademy to a British title as quickly as possible.”

However, his Merseysider opponent, Butler, will have other ideas.

The 7-0 prospect has been working hard under the tutorage of Anthony Farnell and is sure that Sexton is going to feel the power that he has been developing in the gym.

He said: “I think I’ve got the power to cause Sexton all kinds of problems. I’m not looking past Sexton at all but I really do believe I can impress at BoxAcademy which will put me in a great position to conquer the division.

“As far as I’m concerned he stands between me and a British title shot which means he’s in for a hard night at York Hall.” 

 Pitting unbeaten prospects against each other, is one of the characteristics Queensberry Promotions are hoping to make typical of the BoxAcademy format, as they attempt to bring on fighters at a faster rate with tougher match ups, specifically chosen to help them develop their ring craft.

Francis Warren of Queensberry said: “Ashley and Paul facing off is really what the BoxAcademy concept is all about.

“Both are fantastic prospects looking to get themselves into title contention, and what better way to do this than proving themselves against the other best up and coming prospects in the division.

“It’s really an exciting tough-to-call showdown which I’m thoroughly looking forward to.”

Also featured on the London bill is a super-featherweight, 10 round dust-up between Irish prospect Stephen Ormond (11-1)and West Ham resident, Mickey Coveney (13-5).

The exciting Mitchell Smith gets another outing after a hugely impressive debut last month, while Daryll Williams, Joey Taylor, Tom Baker and Charlie Hoy are also get the chance to impress.

 

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Richard Towers says he learnt so much from his thrilling victory over Frenchman Gregory Tony in Manchester on Saturday.

Towers escaped his biggest scare to date to beat his durable opponent and the 6ft 8in heavy hitter now boasts a 14-0 record.

But Towers was hanging on for dear life in the fifth and only some generous refereeing saw a dazed and wobbly Englishman to the bell.

“You just cannot underestimate any opponent in boxing,” said Towers. “I have learnt some big lessons in this fight.

“It is better to make mistakes and learn from them now then it is five fights down the line.

“I had to dig very deep but I managed to do it.

“I got hit and had the wobbles but came through.”

To his credit, Towers fought back in style and floored Tony three times in the eighth before the Frenchman was stopped in the ninth of a bruising encounter.

British heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo has received a four-year ban for a number of doping offences.

The Hackney fighter admitted using 13 banned substances, including anabolic steroids, over a six-year spell.

Olubamiwo tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO in January.

The 33-year-old had built up a reputation as a big puncher with a series of knockout wins, but defeats against John McDermott and Norwich-based Sam Sexton ended any genuine hope of landing a title.

British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose insists he must recharge his batteries before he defends his title against mandatory challenger Sam Webb.

The Blackpool fighter, nicknamed The Lion, has fought three times in the last six months – culminating in a “slack” if albeit victorious performance against Scotland’s Kris Carslaw (15 wins, two losses) earlier this month.

The exciting prospect (20 wins, one draw, one loss) has high hopes of going on to be crowned world champion one day but understands he must ease his workload to achieve his ambitious goal.

“I have been busy to say the least,” Rose told Lincboxing. “The money has become quite good now I am British champion and you can become a bit greedy.

“I am fighting Sam Webb next and I intend to have at least three or four weeks out of the gym to recharge.

“Boxing is the toughest of sports and there is always that danger of burn out if you are not careful.

“I will keep my running up to maintain a decent level of fitness but there will be no boxing.”

Rose aims to be back in the ring in early September against Kent-based Webb (18 wins, two losses) and hopes to build on a gutsy points win over the dangerous Carslaw.

The 27-year-old was on the wrong end of some heavy blows from Carslaw but powered through to notch another triumph.

“Sam is the mandatory fight for me and I look forward to it,” added Rose. “I was slack against Carslaw. He was at his best and I was tired and yet I still won – that must say a lot.

“I was just fatigued. It has been hard for me. There have been so many fights for me and I’ve been away from my girlfriend and son Oscar for long periods.

“This is why I need that break. I had an off night against Carslaw and I want to prove that’s all it was. He was tough and tricky and fair play to him.

“But the rest is the key and I need to keep my feet grounded. I have had a good start to my career but that’s all it is at the moment.

“I want so much more. I want to defend my British belt a few more times and then win the European title. If I get a crack at a world title off that then brilliant – I will be ready.”