Dereck Chisora
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora has been offered a surprise shot at IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
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Chisora and promoter Frank Warren are currently considering the offer, which may prove too good an opportunity to turn down.
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The Londoner impressed Wladimir’s team with his stoppage win over Sam Sexton last Saturday.
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And they believe he could be the ideal opponent for the giant Ukrainian in December.
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Klitschko is scheduled to box then but does not yet have an opponent, and there is no obvious choice.
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Chisora, 26, has had 14 fights, winning them all, with nine early wins.
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His victory over Sexton should help him to break into the top 10 of at least one of the big four governing bodies.
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Amir Khan
Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana came face to face this week in London, to announce the fight that everybody wanted and one that will split fans opinion down the middle as to who will be victorious.
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Khan will defend his WBA light-welterweight world title against interim champion Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 11th.
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With Khan stepping up to the challenge of Maidana and the legion of knockers who didn’t believe he would entertain the knockout power that the Argentinean holds in abundance, deserves credit for really getting the light-welterweight division picture moving.
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Marco Maidana
The fascinating blend of styles from the two fighters has gone hand in hand with a nearly year-long war of words and everything will come to a head this winter.
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“Khan’s been running from me for a long time, but the running stops on December 11th,” Maidana declared. “I’ll show him how a champion acts and fights when we get into the ring in Las Vegas.” Maidana hit out.
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“I am going to fight the way I know which is going forward and try to knock him out. I don’t think Amir Khan has the punch to stop me and I think I can take him out with just one punch.” added Maidana.
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But Khan hit back and reminded Maidana that talk is cheap and that he will make him pay in the ring, after talking his way into a fight.
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“Maidana has been doing a lot of talking and he’s talked his way into a fight now and unfortunately for him, his mouth isn’t going to help him in the ring and I’m going to prove to him that I’m on another level.” Khan hit back.
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What a good fight to look forward to, between two world class fighters at the top of their game. Look for Khan to produce the performance of his career and blast the Argentinian out of there in an intriguing battle of styles, the classic puncher vs boxer, but has Maidana under estimated Khan’s own power? We Khan’t wait!!
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Kevin Mitchell looks to get his career back on track following his stoppage loss to Aussie Michael Katsidis in May this year at West Ham’s Upton Park ground.
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His comeback opponent is being mooted to be Scotland’s Alex Arthur, whom has lost 2 of his last 4 fights and has fallen from grace as the darling of Scottish boxing in recent times.
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With a record of 28-3 (20ko), Arthur himself on a comeback trail since losing in his world title challenge to Nicky Cook in Sep. 2009 and then coming unstuck against Nigel Wright.
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Promoter Frank Warren will hope to add the fight to his December 11th proposed bumper boxing card, which will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a promoter.
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Warren has said this card will be bigger and better than the recent “Magnificent Seven” show, which was a great success.
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Tony Bellew
Liverpool’s Tony Bellew defended his Commonwealth light-heavyweight title last night against Bob Ajisafe on a Frank Warren fundraising show, but was made to get off the floor, work hard and go all the way against the Darlington southpaw.
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The Liverpool prospect suffered a flash knockdown to grind out the result in a frustrating performance by his standards.
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Ringside judges Richie Davies (116-112), Mark Green (117-11) and Marcus McDonnell (115-114) handed Bellew the win but the ‘Wavertree Bomber’ was taken into uncharted territory by Ajisafe who lived up to his awkward billing.
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Bellew extends his unbeaten run in the professional ranks to 14-0 but will no doubt count this fight, on promoter Frank Warren’s annual DebRA charity show at London’s Grosvenor Hotel, as his most valuable to date as he went beyond six rounds for the first time.
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“It was a very frustrating fight”, summed up Bellew.
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“Ajisafe is an Ingle fighter who comes to frustrate and it was mission accomplished for him.
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“This is a learning experience and I’ve learnt an awful lot tonight. I was simply trying to take him out too often; I hurt him so many times but he must take credit for coming back.
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“The knockdown came square at me and he caught me on the button but the worst thing about it is I saw it coming.
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“But I’ll go from strength to strength, it was a horrible fight but a real learning experience.”
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Paul Appleby
Scotland’s Paul Appleby the former British featherweight champion, stopped West Ham’s Mick Coveney out in the fourth round of their scheduled eight-round on the Grosvenor House Hotel bill.
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Appleby, now fighting at super-featherweight, said afterwards: “For the first two round Coveney showed his toughness by shrugging off some tasty right hand head punches.
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“But, at the start of the third round, my coach Terry McCormack told me to concentrate on left hook body shots. I did and Coveney went down and just managed to rise at nine.
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“But, in the fourth round I caught him with another left hook to the ribs and he fell on the deck and the referee stopped it.”
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Appleby now expects to be in action again on December 4 in Glasgow against an as yet unknown opponent.
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Craig McEwan, the Los Angeles based Scotsman, has confirmed that he has been granted a Civic Reception by the Lord Provost on January 11 next year in recognition of his record of 19 wins in the US.
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McEwan said: “I am deeply thrilled by this civic honour by my hometown but it puts pressure on me to remain unbeaten when I fight on December 11 in Las Vegas on the Amir Khan world title defence undercard.
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Matt Skelton
Matt Skelton has vowed to make his experience count when he enters the Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall on October 9 – with Kickboxing his secret weapon.
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At 43 years of age, Skelton is the oldest man on the bill in the 14th outing of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament live on Sky Sports, but Skelton says he will draw on his experience from his successful Kickboxing career to cope with the stop-start frenetic paced night of action in East London.
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“It’s a bit of a different concept to what I am used to fighting in the last four or five years with the three rounds then the break,” said Skelton. “But I used to do that in Japan in a similar way with Kickboxing because there were a lot of tournaments that were like that, and even though it was a long while ago, I can still remember how to cope with that so I’ll be using that on the night.
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“Training is going really well, been sparring great and preparation is going well comparatively speaking – You have to put your foot on the gas from the first bell in Prizefighter which is why it is so exciting to watch and I’m really looking forward to the night.”
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Former world title challenger Howard Eastman surprisingly lost to Kwesi Jones by four round unanimous decision.
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Liverpool’s Derry Matthews continues his comeback tonight (Saturday 25th September) in Salford Greater Manchester, taking on Sheffield’s Daniel Thorpe.
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Meanwhile stablemate Tony Dodson is rumoured to be plotting a return to the ring at light-heavyweight.
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We wish Darren McDermott every success in his life out of the ring, after the West Midlands man was forced to retire from the sport after undergoing brain surgery.
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“My boxing career is now over”, he said.
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“Which is a bit heart-breaking but I’d rather spend more time with my children than another 12 rounds in the ring.
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“I love the game and I’ll stay involved. I might even train my own middleweight champion one day.
“I may open up an amateur gym and see if I can bring my own world champion through. I’ve run Priory Park Amateur Boxing Club in the past so I know I can do it.”
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