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10th January 2012

Ryan Rhodes and the unbeaten Sergey Rabchenko will meet for the vacant European light-middleweight title in Sheffield on Saturday 24th March, at Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield. Both boxers are promoted by Hatton Promotions

9th January 2012

Brian Curvis,
the former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion from Swansea
has died aged 74. Southpaw Curvis challenged Emile Griffith for the WBC
and WBA titles in 1964. His career spanned from 1959 – 1966 in which
time he fought 41 times, losing just 4, in 1960 he was awarded the BBC
Wales Sports personality of the year. – RIP Brian and condolences to the

Mustafa Ameen,
the ‘mystery man’ accused by Amir Khan of interfering with the
scorecards and judge in his points defeat by Lamont Peterson.  will be
asked to explain his behaviour at the hearing in New York on Jan 18th.
The IBF have demanded their affiliate Ameen attends the hearing to
explain why he was pictured talking to WBA supervisor Michael Welsh at
the ringside supervisor’s table, where Ameen was also seen picking up a
yellow scoring slip.

Carl Frampton
will make the first defence of his Commonwealth super-bantamweight
title against Bellshill’s Kris Hughes at the York Hall on January 28th.
The Barry McGuigan prospect from Northern Ireland is unbeaten in 11
fights, with 7 wins coming by KO – Scottish area champion Hughes has a
record of (15-1) and this will be his second shot at the Commonwealth

8th January 2012

Gary Buckland
will make the first defence of his British super-featherweight title
against Paul
Truscott on Saturday 24th March 2012 at the Ponds Forge
Arena in Sheffield. The show is by Hatton Promotions and features some
quality fights with up and coming local talent, including, Adam Etches,
Scott Jenkins and heavyweight hope Richard Towers.

7th January 2012

Mystery Man Solved!! – AMIR KHAN
The furor over a ringside ‘mystery man’, later revealed to be Mustafa
Ameen, an IBF official who attended the fight but was not on official
business and was adjudged to be distracting judge George Hill, who gave
the fight to Lamont by 112-113, was started by Khan via Twitter earlier
this week and now looks to have finally turned the tide in the Bolton
boxer’s favour and should result in a rematch  

6th January 2012

Amir Khan
has demanded to know who the mystery man is on the TV fight footage,
interfering with the scorecards during his controversial defeat to
Lamont Peterson in December last year. Khan lost his WBA and IBF world
light-welterweight titles. The fight took place in the American
challengers home town of Washington DC. Khan was deducted two points for
pushing during the fight by local referee Joe Cooper and team Khan
smell a rat!

Amir Khan could get his wish of a rematch with Lamont Peterson in the UK after Oscar De Hoya tweeted to his followers ‘Amir Khan has proved that he can bounce back. I personally like him against Prescott in the UK.’ – Peterson’s camp also added fuel to the fire when they suggested that they are willing to travel to the UK for his first defence against Khan.
Matthew Macklin will be trained in the USA by former world champion and now renowned trainer Buddy McGirt for his fight against Sergio Martinez on March 17 in New York.
Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Bradley Saunders will make his professional debut at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on February 10, after signing with promoter Frank Warren.
 1st January – 4th January 2012
The Liverpool Echo Arena boxing show, which was to feature James DeGale, George Groves, the Smith brothers and local fighter Joe Selkirk on January 27th has been cancelled.
Nick Quigley and Erick Ochieng will contest the vacant English light-middleweight title at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on January 28th.
Great Britain’s
status as an emerging power in amateur boxing has been confirmed in
the newly published world rankings from the international governing
body, AIBA, which put seven members of the GB Boxing squad in the top
five in the world in their respective weight categories. read more  

George Groves
looks likely to defend his British super-middleweight title against
mandatory challenger Kenny Anderson, in a rematch with the Celtic
champion. The BBBofC have requested purse bids for the fight to be in by
January 12th. Groves must then face Anderson before May 2012. Anderson
may also have the advantage of a home tie, with the fight looking like
it may take place in Edinburgh.***

Ricky Burns
looks set to make the first defence of his WBO interim lightweight
title against Anthony Crolla at the Braehead Arena near Glasgow on March
10, 2012. – Crolla is the current British lightweight champion and one
of the most improved British boxers on the scene. Top Fight*****

Nathan Cleverly
will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against American-based
Pole, Andrzej Fonfara at Cardiff’s Metropoint Arena on February 25th. **
Gary Buckland
who will make the first defence of his British super-featherweight
title at Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield on Saturday 24th March. A
challenger as yet to be confirmed. – The 25-year-old Welshman won the
title by outpointing Gary Sykes earlier this year in one of the best
fights in 2011.
Matthew Macklin will face Ring Magazine champion Sergio Martinez on March 17, St. Patricks night at the Madison Square Garden in New York. *****
Amir Khan had
his appeal to reverse the result against Lamont Peterson turned down by
The IBF last night. Khan, 25, suffered two point deductions from
referee Joe Cooper which cost him his IBF and WBA light-welterweight
titles. But the IBF have ruled Cooper was within his rights to take the
points off the Brit. IBF championships chairman Lindsay Tucker said: “We
found no discrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of
the fight.” *
Scott Harrison
the former world featherweight champion Scott Harrison has been granted
a boxing licence by the British Boxing Board of Control and given the
all-clear to box professionally again. – The 34-year-old Scot was
released from a Spanish prison in September after serving two-and-a-half
years for assault. He is said to be in great shape and looking to make a
swift return to the ring. ***
Carl Froch
loses the Super Six final and his WBC Super-Middleweight title to WBA
Champion Andre Ward on points 115-113 – 118-110 all in favour of The
American – Unlucky for Froch and British boxing, but Ward was quality
and proves himself one of the best fighters in the world. Ward outboxed
Froch from the start and Froch just never got his own shots off. Froch
finished strong but could never tie Ward down or land the telling blows.
Kell Brook
made a successful American debut and produced a punch perfect
performance to eventually stop game Puerto Rican Luis Galarza in the 5th
round. – The unbeaten 25-year-old from Sheffield is now on the verge of
a world welterweight title shot and made a statement to the American
audience in Atlantic City on the undercard of Froch vs Ward.
Lee Selby
made a first successful defence of his British and Commonwealth
featherweight titles stopping former champion John Simpson at York Hall
on Wednesday night. Simpson was counted out at 2:02 of the fifth round
after the champion landed a left hook to Simpson’s ribs.
Billy Joe Saunders won his 12th professional contest, stopping Tommy Tolan after 67 seconds of the 1st round.
Steve O’Meara defended his Southern Area light-middleweight title with a first-round knockout of Nathan Weise.
Ashley Theophane
stopped challenger Ben Murphy to retain his British Light Welterweight
title but it proved an hard nights work for the champion as late
replacement challenger Murphy pushed the champion all the way and was
ahead on points when the referee stepped in to end it in the eleventh
round at Peterlee.
Chris Edwards
claimed his Lonsdale belt for keeps by beating old foe Shinny Bayaar
again in defence of his British flyweight title. It was another tough
battle against Bayaar, who had beaten Edwards on points in 2009. – But
it was sweet revenge for Edwards this time and he outworked his opponent
to win with scores of 117-112, 117-112 and 116-113.

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