British Boxing News Round-up – July 2012
Prizefighter Lightweights II: October 6th Liverpool
Fighters confirmed.. In a very interesting line-up
1) Derry Mathews
2) Stephen Jennings
3) Terry Needham
4) Nathan Brough
5) Gary Sykes
6) Kieran Farrell
7) Liam Walsh
Former British lightweight champion Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla has been offered the 8th and final place by Matchroom Sport, who are awaiting his decision. But other names are on standby should Crolla turn the place down.
Billy Joe Saunders will defend his Commonwealth Middleweight title
against Australian Jarrod Fletcher at Wembley Arena on Friday 14th
~ Jazza Dickens; outpointed late replacement Kristian Laight at the Devonshire House Hotel in Liverpool 60-54 | Birkenhead’s Sean ‘S-UNIT’ Lewis; outpointed experienced Sid Razak 40-36
Lightweight Josh Taylor kept up Great Britain’s 100 per cent record in
opening bouts outpointing Robson Conceicao of Brazil 13-9.
~ Fred Evans goes through to the next round of London 2012 with a 18-10 victory against Algerias Alyas Abbadi.
Gavin Rees is close to signing a contract to fight for the vacant WBA lightweight title against Cuban interim champion Richard Abril. The fight will take place at a venue to be confirmed in the UK and will most likely be in September or October. read more…
We’re sorry to have to report that Burton On Trent super-middleweight Jonjo Finnegan is in intensive care today after undergoing brain surgery following defeat to Lincoln’s Ryan Clark last night in their highly anticipated rematch. read more….
British super-featherweight champion Gary Buckland will defend his title against former European king Stephen Foster Jnr on October 5 at a venue yet to be finalised.
Lennox Lewis & Amir Khan Preview GB Olympic Boxing Team
Interviews with Amir Khan, Lennox Lewis, Tom Stalker, Anthony Joshua, Andrew Selby & Natasha Jonas.
George Groves v Kenny Anderson 2
September 14 – Wembley Arena
British Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves will make the second defence of his title at Wembley Arena against Kenny Anderson on September 14.
Plus: Billy Joe Saunders, Bradley Skeete, Gary Corcoran, Frankie Buglioni, Billy Morgan, Mitchell Smith and Ediz Hussein feature on the show. – Buy Tickets here
~ Former British heavyweight champion Danny “Brixton Bomber” Williams takes on the reigning Finnish national and Baltic Boxing Union (BBU) heavyweight champion Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto for his belt on September 8 in Finland. William’s is now licensed by the Baltic League of Professional Boxing, making him eligible for their title.
Mathews, Gary Sykes, Stephen Jennings and Terry Needham are lined up to
compete in the Prizefighter lightweights II. The 26th edition of 8 man
knockout tournament which will take place at Liverpool’s Olympia on
October 6th. other names to be confirmed… ~ On The Same Bill: Wayne Reed will defend his Central Area
super-middleweight title against former Prizefighter winner Rocky
~ Amir Khan will make ring return on December 15th. The opponent and location have yet to be confirmed.
~ David Haye could be set to face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in March next year possibly in London. A rematch with his IBF, WBA and IBO champion brother Wladimir has not been ruled out either. Bernt Boente, manager of the Klitschko brothers, confirmed the interest in a fight with Haye when he said: “I won’t exclude anything.”
“A fight with Vitali could be an option. “While a rematch with Wladimir does not look feasible after he defeated David a year ago, anything can happen. Vitali meets Manuel Charr in September, then goes on the political campaign trail at the Ukraine elections which are held in October. “He has to win his fight and then see the outcome of the elections and Vitali must then decide what to do if he is not elected into a certain position. “There is still a chance the fight will come but not this year. It will probably be in England on pay-per-view next year, possibly in March.”
Haye was originally due to fight Vitali in September but decided instead to meet Dereck Chisora to settle their grudge after their Munich press conference brawl.
Boente added: “Haye knew the date and details and everything was fine then he decided to fight Dereck Chisora. They chose that fight because they got a good deal and an easier opponent.” Wladimir is also monitoring the Haye situation and said: “I will not exclude anything. I have learnt you can’t rely on anything he says or does.
“It is all in Haye’s hands. Whatever he wants, he just needs to approach.”
~ Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton will face Chris Truman for the British Master’s light-welterweight crown at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday, October 6.
~ Derry Mathews will fight Mzonke Fana for the vacant WBF lightweight title in South Africa on October 27.
~ Former WBC super-middleweight world champion Robin Reid will box South African William Gare for the WBF title belt in Malta on August 17th. On the same show Liverpool’s Tony Dodson will take on an opponent to be announced for the body’s vacant Intercontinental light-heavyweight crown.
~ Savannah Marshall has been inducted into the Hall of Champions at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield after becoming Great Britain’s first ever female amateur boxing gold medallist. Savannah took the honor on her 21st birthday at the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in China to secure qualification for London 2012.
~ Wayne Reed won the Central Area middleweight title stopping Alastair ‘Burt’ Warren in the 5th round at Hillsborough, Sheffield on Friday night. July 20
~ British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves will headline the Wembley Arena on Friday 14th September. But
first the Hammersmith star is US bound when he takes on tough Mexican
Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California, on Saturday 28th July in a ten
round contest which can be seen live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky
Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). – This
will be Groves’ second appearance in the America, his first was against
Alfredo Contreras in Las Vegas in July 2010 who he stopped in the sixth
~ British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price will defend his titles against Audley Harrison on October 13th, after Price’s promoter Frank Maloney signed an exclusive deal with BoxNation.
~ Justyn Hugh won the Welsh light-heavyweight title by stopping Jeff Evans
in the 8th round at the Newport Leisure Centre in a good scrap.
~ Ricky Burns will finally defend his WBO lightweight title will be on the line on September 22 at
the Glasgow SECC against Kevin Mitchell in a showdown that has been
brewing for months.
~ The GB boxing team will set up camp in the Olympic Village on Tuesday, which will be home to the athletes along with their team of coaches throughout the London 2012 games.
~ Tony Bellew will face Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace, on September 8, with the WBC Int. light heavyweight title up for grabs.
~ Darren Barker will return to action after his World title challenge against Sergio Martinez, to take on Italian middleweight champion Simone Rotolo for the IBF Inter Continental middleweight title. September 8
~ Carl Frampton faces European champion Kiko Martinez at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on September 22.
~ David Haye and Tyson Fury have been listed in the Ring Magazine top 10 heavyweights in the world. Compiled July 17.
Champion: Wladimir Klitschko
1: Vitali Klitschko
2: Alexander Povetkin
3: Tomasz Adamek
4: David Haye
5: Kubrat Pulev
6: Robert Helenius
7: Denis Boytsov
8: Ruslan Chagaev
9: Chris Arreola
10: Tyson Fury
~ Interim champion Brian Magee will fight for the full WBA world super-middleweight title after being made mandatory challenger to face German based Hungarian champion Karoly Balzsay at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on September 22.
~ Enzo Maccarinelli the Former WBO cruiserweight champion has been given a six-month anti-doping suspension, by UK Anti-Doping.
~ Former British and European champion Matthew Macklin will fight Canadian Joachim Alcine on September 15 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
~ RIP Richard Evatt. Known as the ‘Tiger’ during his exciting pro career and who once fought Junior Jones for the IBO title has died, he was 39, condolences to his family.