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Hammersmith star George Groves clearly has no intention of taking the easy path to his goal of a major international super-middleweight title.

In his last three title starts, ‘The Saint’, 24, has seen off the formidable trio of Kenny Anderson (rsc6), James DeGale (pts12) and Paul Smith (rsc2). Now, following almost eight months out due to injuries, he will concede height, reach, experience and home court when he returns in a potentially awkward eight rounder with Mexican banger Francisco Sierra tomorrow evening.


Tony Conquest will challenge Ian Tims for the vacant WBO European cruiserweight championship at York Hall on Friday  September 7, headlining the latest BoxAcademy event.

Reigning Southern Area champion Conquest is harbouring British and subsequently world ambitions and if he can overcome Irishman Tims, he will secure a WBO ranking along with the WBO European strap.

PROMOTER Steve Goodwin has revealed Ali Adams was lined up for a £100,000 bout in the Middle East had he seen off Audley Harrison.

Iraqi-born Adams was knocked out in the fourth round of their May clash in Brentwood, and subsequently tested positive for a banned substance. He has since claimed that the substance may have been included in medication he was taking for a neck injury and that he would never knowingly take anything on the banned list.

BRADLEY “Super” Skeete believes his precision jabs and rangy shots will prove too much for Chas Symonds in their southern area title clash.

The build-up to their September 14 showdown at Wembley Arena began in earnest when Skeete blasted aside criticism that he did not possess knockout power by disposing of Ross Payne in just 117 seconds, in April.

TOMMY Coyle insists he will out-think Kieran Farrell in the battle of Britain’s rising unbeaten lightweights.

The pair will clash for the English title later this year, with the fight out to purse bids.

Their duel will be a fascinating battle of prospects, with Hull’s Coyle (13-0) confident he will out-think the Heywood man, who shares the same fighting record.

LIAM Walsh was unhappy with his performance despite easing to a TKO victory against Domenico Urbano.

The Cromer-based boxer, appearing on the undercard of the controversial David Haye v Dereck Chisora bout at West Ham United’s Upton Park, was far too good for his Italian opponent.

AMIR Khan has vowed to continue in boxing following a third career defeat on Saturday night, saying he will “bounce back stronger than ever.”

The Bolton light-welterweight had spoken in ambitious terms of moving up a weight class for a potential meeting with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather.

TYSON Fury completed a lopsided victory over American Vinny Maddalone thanks to a fifth-round TKO as he moved closer to a clash against one of the Klitschko brothers.

Fury used his left jab to great effect against the outworked and outclassed Maddalone, with the shorter man struggling to deal with his opponents’s better reach.


Chad Gaynor with Dave Coldwell

WELTERWEIGHT Chad Gaynor has joined Coldwell Boxing and will debut on the September 28 show headlined by Curtis Woodhouse v Dave Ryan.

The Rotherham boxer (8-0) has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

AN upbeat Ryan Rhodes insists he can look back on his career with no regrets – but insists no decision has been made yet about his future.

The 35-year-old suffered a TKO defeat to Sergey Rabchenko in an unsuccessful attempt to claim the European light-middleweight title for a second time, falling to a vicious body shot.

THE build-up to one of British boxing’s most anticipated fights in years began today with Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell pushing aside their friendship for world title glory.

The bout in Glasgow on September 22 will pit the two best lightweights in the country against each other with Burns’ WBO title at stake.

And while both are open about their friendship, that closeness will be forgotten as the clash nears.

A FRUSTRATED Scott Quigg has admitted that the desperate disappointment of his technical draw with Rendall Munroe left him feeling “like I had lost.”

The clash of Britain’s top two super-bantamweights was built up as one of the potential domestic fights of the year.

But following two stanzas which built up huge intrigue for the remainder of the bout, a clash of heads in the third left the Leicester fighter with an ugly gash – forcing the contest to be halted.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

NATHAN Dale will fight in Norwich for only the second time in 65 outings when boxing returns to his home city on July 7.

The 4-0 prospect from the Graham Everett gym will be among a sizable Norfolk contingent on the undercard of Michael Walsh’s British Masters title bout, with Ryan Walsh and Scott Moises also on the show.

Promoted by Shamrock Boxing and Dennis Hobson, the event at the Norfolk Showground is the first card in the city for more than three years.

UNBEATEN heavyweight prospect David Price will be the subject of a “major announcement” on Wednesday, his promoter Frank Maloney has announced.

Press have been invited to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel at noon to receive some “breaking news” about the Liverpool-based fighter, who most recently despatched Sam Sexton by knockout at Aintree in May.

SAM Sexton is adamant that unbeaten David Price is the best heavyweight in Britain.

Amid the much-hyped Dereck Chisora-David Haye clash at Upton Park next month, Price is rapidly moving into a position of some influence thanks to some impressive wins – most recently a dominant fourth-round knockout of Sexton in May.