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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 family.

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 title.

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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