Here is our latest round up video report, featuring some of the going on’s in British boxing, including fight reports and the news on up coming events on the UK fight scene.
SCOTT QUIGG To defend his world title in Manchester
Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno at the Manchester Arena on April 19. Quigg from Bury will make the second defence of his title, and faces a stiff test in the shape of the number one challenger and interim champion from Venezuela Nehomar Cermeno. The show will also boast a wealth of British boxing talent including; Anthony Crolla, Jamie McDonnell, Anthony Joshua, and Luke Campbell.
JAMES DEGALE Could fight on Mayweather bill in May
Purse bids for James DeGale’s WBC super-middleweight final eliminator against Las Vegas Swede Badou Jack have been pushed back until March 14. They had been due to be opened last week but the WBC are now delaying the bids because both men have upcoming fights. DeGale faces Gevorg Khatchikian in Bristol on March 1st, while Badou meets Derek Edwards in New York 24 hours earlier. With Badou being backed by Mayweather Promotions it is thought that the fight will be part of Floyd Mayweathers next bill in Las Vegas on May 3rd, possibly against Amir Khan.
LEE HASKINS Fights March 1st, Calls out Stuart Hall!
British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins returns to the ring in Bristol on March 1st against big hitting New York based, Guyanese Elton Dharry. The Bristol man is happy to be boxing in front of his home fans again but is frustrated that he is being over looked on the world stage and believes that former opponent and current world champion Stuart Hall is avoiding him. Hall who won the IBF bantamweight title last year, will make the first defence of his belt against fellow Brit Martin Ward on March 29. Haskins has victories on his record over both of them and this week poured scorn on Hall calling him a fake world champion for not giving him a crack at his belt. Lets hope a rematch between the pair can happen down the line.
BOB AJISAFE vs DEAN FRANCIS for the vacant British title.
Bob Ajisafe and DEAN FRANCIS will contest the vacant British light-heavyweight title in Reading on March 15. Francis, from Bristol’s who is now 40, was once one of Britain’s best prospects but his career was hampered by injuries. If he triumphs against the English champ it will be his second reign as British champion. Current English champion Ajisafe is on a good run of form after a stop start career plagued with injuries, but will go into the fight as favourite. Good news for fans, This fight will be shown LIVE on Channel 5 after the terrestrial TV station decided to continue their boxing coverage after losing Tyson Fury and Chris Eubank Jnr to BoxNation recently.
CHRIS EUBANK JNR. Live on BoxNation this Saturday
Chris Eubank Jnr. will fight on this Saturday’s York Hall show after signing to appear on BoxNation. The undefeated son of the former world champion, Eubank Jnr. will take on experienced Alistair Warren in an eight-round middleweight contest in support of Tony Conquest’s challenge for the Vacant Commonwealth Cruiserweight Championship against Daniel Amman.
Dereck Chisora wants to fight Russian Alexander Povetkin next after outpointing American Kevin Johnson last weekend at the Copper Box Arena. The Londoner floored Johnson in the fifth round but was unable to force the stoppage and settled for a unanimous decision over 12 rounds. On the same London card Manchester’s Tyson Fury needed just four rounds to batter American Joey Abell into submission, after taking some heavy shots himself in the first few rounds in a real slugfest. It was believed Chisora’s next fight would be against Fury in a rematch of their 2011 meeting which Fury won on points but with a big money offer on the table for Chisora he is looking to face Povetkin first. Povetkin’s new promoter put up a £14million purse for his man to face the Londoner and Chisora claims he wants a money-spinning crack at the Russian next. Povetkin suffered his first defeat when he was outpointed by world No.1 Wladimir Klitschko last October and is looking to fight again in Moscow this May, with a Fury fight mooted for June it seems Dell Boy has options. On the Copperbox undercard, Enfield’s Frank Buglioni retained his WBO European super-middleweight title by stopping Italian Gaetano Nespro. The 24-year-old, who claimed the title last year, was in control of the contest from the opening bell, dropping Nespro three times on his way to an impressive victory and taking his record to 12 and 0, with 9 KOs. For the rest of the results including fight pics from ringside, visit our LIVE fight report page on the link below.
AMIR KHAN WAITS FOR MAYWEATHER
Amir Khan is still playing the waiting game has Floyd Mayweather refuses to confirm who is opponent will be on May 3rd in Las Vegas. Khan who is believed to be on a short list of two with Marcos Maidana won the recent social media poll set for fans by Mayweather but as yet the No1 boxer in the world is keeping the identity of his next foe close to his chest. Khan though is confident that if he gets the chance to face Mayweather he will have the skills to defeat the unbeaten pound for pound king of boxing.
INDIE ROSE TRUST, WAYNE ELCOCK vs TONY OAKEY IN A MATCH FOR CHARITY
Former Champions Wayne Elcock and Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey will roll back the years for one night when they get back in the ring and go toe to toe this coming Saturday. They will headline the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym special charity event in aid of the Indee Rose Trust. The show is at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel, in Chigwell, Essex on Saturday 22nd February and promises to be an entertaining night with other former fighters involved including Graham Earl, Nicky Cook, Jason Matthews, Ian Napa, Terry Dunstan, Matthew Marsh and Patrick Mullins. For a full round up of boxers in attendance and ticket details vist the link below.
HEARN: FROCH-GROVES REMATCH IS A LONDON FIGHT
Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes that Carl Froch and George Groves 2, will be the biggest British fight of all time and says he wants to stage it in London, with Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Wembley the home the England football team, both the front runners to host the May 31st rematch. Hearn says he has some difficult logistical challenges to overcome before the fight venue can be confirmed. The Manchester Arena, where their first meeting was staged in November last year, was earmarked as is Old Trafford and Nottingham Forest’s football ground, but Hearn is convinced that the return meeting should be in London. For all the latest Froch-Groves News and tale of the tape, please visit our Big fight special page by clicking the link on screen.
MARTIN MURRAY – TIME TO CHOOSE?
St Helens middleweight Martin Murray will get a third shot at a world middleweight title in the next few months, he just has to decide which option is best for him. The options being put to Murray are Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr and unbeaten KO king Gennardy Golovkin. Both of the options have been secured outside of the United States due to Murray’s past problems in obtaining a visa and Hatton Promotions have urged Murray to make a decision soon because time is now running out.
ANTHONY OGOGO COMES TO GLASGOW
Olympic Bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo will face Greg O’Neill in his 5th professional fight on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO world lightweight title defence against unbeaten American Terence Crawford, at the SECC in Glasgow on March 1.