OHARA DAVIES is hoping for a sensational double knockout when his arch rivals Jack Catterall and Tyrone McKenna clash this weekend.
Chorley’s Catterall heads into enemy territory to defend his WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight crown against local boy McKenna at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Saturday night.
Controversial Davies said: “At ﬁrst I wanted Catterall to win, but I don’t give a damn. I want them both to lose so hopefully there is a double knockout or a draw.
“If there was a double knockout that would be perfect. I would be the happiest man alive if that occurred. “To be honest, I don’t think McKenna is very good and he is going to get spanked inside ﬁve rounds by Catterall.
“McKenna knows how to talk a good game, but I don’t think he has any talent whatsoever.
“He hasn’t fought anyone good in his boxing career and when he fought anyone half decent he had life and death.
“I was going to go to Belfast and watch the ﬁght, but I have decided to stay safe and watch on TV. I don’t think I am a fans favourite in Belfast.”
Davies delivered one of the knockouts of the year on Saturday when he knocked out Paul Kamanga to claim the WBC International crown.
Promoter Frank Warren is likely to match the winner of this weekend’s mouth watering clash which is televised by BT Sport against Davies in their next ﬁght.
Davies added: “I will ﬁght whoever Frank puts in front of me – the winner of Catterall v McKenna, even Maurice Hooker who beat Terry Flanagan.
“I have passed Catterall and McKenna proﬁle wise so I am not looking up to them. They are looking up to me. Beating me does them more good then me beating either of them.
“They are both jealous that I have signed to Frank and I am getting all the exposure on a platform they have been on for longer.
“They have to accept sometimes that I am a bigger ﬁghter than them both. I am more known than them and I sell more tickets than them.
“Catterall – I do think he is such a good ﬁghter but he isn’t known and cannot sell. Sometimes you have to accept that, but he hates on me because I sell.”
The bill is topped by Michael Conlan’s Homecoming bout against Brazil’s former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos.
There is an all Dublin rematch when Jono Carroll defends his IBF intercontinental crown against Declan Geraghty.
When they met in November 2014, Geraghty was ahead before he was disqualiﬁed in the fourth round. In a clash of unbeaten hopefuls, Derry’s Tyrone McCullagh meets Glasgow’s Joe Ham in a vacant Celtic super-bantamweight title clash that doubles as a British championship eliminator.
The undercard is stacked with top prospects including Lewis Crocker, Sunny Edwards, Padraig McCrory, Taylor McGoldrick, Neslan Machado, Garry Cully plus Johnny Coyle and Lewis Benson who clash over ten rounds. Tickets prices £250 (Inner Ring Hospitality), £200 (Outer Ring Hospitality), £120, £100, £80, £60, £50, £40 are available from the SSE Arena website.
Welsh Wizard meets former champ in hometown JDNXTGEN show
Joe Cordina will tackle Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd for the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight title in the latest instalment of the JDNXTGEN series at the Ice Arena Cardiff on August 4, live on Sky Sports.
Cordina fights for his second pro title on home turf once again having landed the WBA International strap at Principality Stadium in March with a third round stoppage win over Hakim Ben Ali on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification blockbuster with Joseph Parker.
That was the ‘Welsh Wizard’s’ second outing at his national stadium having boxed on the undercard of Joshua’s clash with Carlos Takam in October, and Cordina headlines a show for the first time in his eighth pro outing, with former champion Dodd providing a stiff step-up for that the 26 year old is relishing.
“I can’t wait to be fighting at home once again,” said Cordina. “This is the perfect fight for me to explode on the domestic scene and there’s added incentive to add another title to my collection.
Masher has been there and done it but I think I’ll be too fresh for him.
“Whilst it was great boxing on the two AJ shows in Cardiff, all eyes will be on me now topping the show which gives me that extra spring in my step.
“I’ve seen a few of my Team GB mates win the Commonwealth title in recent weeks and now it’s my turn, I won’t let this opportunity slip in front of my own fans.”
Dodd gets the chance to regain the Commonwealth crown at the first attempt having fallen to Tommy Coyle in Liverpool in April. That was a second defence for the Birkenhead man, who claimed the title on Merseyside against Lee Appleyard last April and returned to the Echo Arena to see off local rival Tom Stalker in September.
‘Masher’ is itching to get his hands back on the title and believes experience will be key against the young Rio Olympian.
“This is a great opportunity for me to reclaim the Commonwealth Title,” said Dodd. “It didn’t go my way last time around, but that’s boxing. I’m back in another meaningful fight and am determined to win that belt back away from home.
“I’ll bring an army down to Cardiff, so Joe’s home advantage will be cancelled out. He’s an exciting young talent but I’ll be looking to use all my experience on the night – I honestly can’t wait to get back to business.”
A stacked undercard will support the main event in the Welsh capital, and it’s a huge night for Wales’ Commonwealth gold medal man Sean McGoldrick fighting on home soil for the first time in the paid ranks in his seventh pro fight.
Natasha Jonas steps up her hunt for World honours with a first defence of her WBA Super-Featherweight Inter-Continental title, Rio Olympic gold medal stand-out Daniyar Yeleussinov fights for the third time in the pros, unbeaten Featherweight talent Jordan Gill continues his journey to more titles and there’s more action to be added.
“I’m excited to be bringing JDNXTGEN to Cardiff for the first time and even more excited by the main event,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Joe Cordina has looked sensational since his pro debut but now faces a different test all together in a very experienced and gritty Masher Dodd who is determined to win his title back.
“The undercard is stacked with talent. Local boy and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick finally getting the chance to box in Wales and 2012 Olympian Natasha Jonas will defend her WBA Inter-Continental title. Rio Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov is in action again and undefeated Featherweight star Jordan Gill continues to hunt down titles. There’s lots more to add and plenty of Welsh talent on this juicy August 4 card.”
Tickets for August 4 are on sale now at www.stubhub.co.uk priced at £40 (unreserved) £70 (reserved floor seats) and £150 (ringside VIP).
MARTIN MURRAY lashed out at WBC Silver Middleweight Champion Roberto Garcia ahead of their big clash on Saturday night at London’s o2.
The feuding ﬁghters clashed after both weighing in for Garcia’s title defence against the St Helens man, where the mandatory position for Gennady Golovkin’s WBC crown is at stake.
After weighing in the pair had an intense 15 second stare just inches apart, but when they turned to face the press and TV cameras, Murray saw red.
He muttered, then shoved the Mexican sending him hurtling. It sparked a furious reaction from Garcia’s trainers and calm was only restored when security guards separated the teams.
It adds even more anticipation to the BT Sport televised clash that promises to be a war between two men who know a loss will wreck any world title hopes.
RUNNING ORDER AND WEIGHTS
Fight # 1 – 16:00 hrs
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Middleweight Contest
DARRYL WILLIAMS (12st 2lb 5oz) V RAIMOND SNIEDZE (12st 3lb 3oz)
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
SAM GILLEY V SAM OMIDI
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
RAZZA HAMZA (8st 13lb) V SERGIO GONZALEZ
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
HARVEY HORN (8st 4lb) V GYULA DODU (8st 3lb)
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Welterweight Contest
JOHNNY GARTON (10st 9lb) V NELSON ALTAMIRANO
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
ARCHIE SHARP (9st 3lb) V LESTER CANTILLANO
BT SPORT GO LIVE AT 19:00 HRS
Fight # 7 – 19:10 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JAMES BRANCH JNR V KEVIN WILLIAMS
Fight # 8
THE WBC INTERNATIONAL SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
PAUL KAMANGA (9st 13lb 4oz) V OHARA DAVIES (9st 13lb 5oz)
Fight # 9
THE VACANT ENGLISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
DANIEL DUBOIS (16st 12lb 8oz) V TOM LITTLE (17st 12lb 3oz)
Fight # 10
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL & EUROPEAN LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
ANTHONY YARDE (12st 6lb 7oz) V DARIUS SEK (12st 6lb 7oz)
Fight # 11 THE WBC SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
ROBERTO GARCIA (11st 4lb) V MARTIN MURRAY (11st 5lb 9oz)
Fight # 12 – Live Floater (TV)
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Middleweight Contest
UMAR SADIQ (12st 4lb) V KAMIL AL TEMIMI
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) will sanction six title fights this week around the world, including a world championship bout.
Friday, June 22:
In New Zealand, local undefeated fighter Junior Fa (14-0, 8 KOs) will clash with Luis Pascual (13-1, 9 KOs), of Mexico, for the vacant WBO Oriental Heavyweight belt. The match will take place at the Auckland Indian Association headquarters in Auckland. The event is presented by Shane Cameron Promotions and will be televised live on Sky TV.
In the United States, WBO unified Middleweight Female World Champion, Christina Hammer (22-0-0, 10 KOs) will put her belts on the line against Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2KOs) at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. The fight will be televised by Showtime in a boxing card presented by Salita Promotions.
Hammer, from Dortmund, Germany, has dominated the division for eight years, losing only a handful of rounds in her reign as a 160-pound queen. The talented 27-year-old fighter won the WBO title in 2010 and then became the unified champion in 2016, with a victory over WBC champion Kali Reis.
Nelson became a World Middleweight Champion in 2011 and has victories over Alicia Napoleon, Mia St. John and Reis, who almost knocked out Cecilia Braekhus in her last performance. The native of Ashburn, Virginia, suffered her first loss in a close decision against Shields last January on a bout televised in the United States by Showtime.
Saturday, June 23:
In Canada and for the vacant WBO NABO Super Middleweight title, WBO 11th ranked Erik Bazinyan (19-0-0, 14KOs), of Canada, will face off Peruvian David Zegarra (32-2-0, 20 KOs) in a 10 round meeting that will take place at the Montreal Casino. The event is presented by Eye of the Tiger Management. The fight will be streamed live on www.punchinggrace.com.
In England, the WBO Inter-Continental and European Light Heavyweight champion Anthony Yarde (15-0-0, 14 KOs), of England and who currently holds the number two position in the WBO world rankings at 175 pounds, will battle Dariusz Sek (27-3-3, 9 KOs), from Poland, in a 10-round affair. The duel will be part of an event promoted by Queensberry Promotions at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome) in Greenwich, district of London. The fight will be televised by BT Sport and Box Nation.
In Ukraine, local boxer Stanyslav Skorokhod (17-1, 14 KOs) and Russian Aram Amirkhanyan (10-0-1, 3KOs) will meet in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBO International Jr. Middleweight title. In the same card, and for the WBO Youth Welterweight belt, 15th ranked, Karen Chukhadzhyan (11-1, 5 KOs), from Ukraine, will battle against Enes Refik Ciftci (5-0, 3 KOs), from Turkey at the Sport Palace in the capital city of Kiev. The card is promoted by Sparta Boxing Promotions and K2 Promotions Ukraine.
TICKETS are now on sale for boxing’s summer sizzler at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Saturday 18th August starring Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes.
Frampton will defend his ‘interim’ WBO world featherweight title against Australian Luke Jackson, who is ranked ﬁfth in the world.
It is a huge occasion for Frampton and he hopes victory will set-up a showdown with IBF champion Josh Warrington.
Lineal World Heavyweight Champion Fury will box a non-title ten rounder in his second comeback ﬁght and is on a mission to conquer the world.
Frampton’s close friend Barnes will challenge for the WBC World Flyweight title in just his sixth professional contest when he faces champion Cristofer Rosales, who will making his ﬁrst defence.
A talent stacked undercard will be announced by promoter Frank Warren in the coming weeks featuring some of the big names and emerging stars in world boxing.
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MICHAEL CONLAN will face former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos in his homecoming ﬁght on Saturday June 30 live on BT Sport.
His ﬁrst seven ﬁghts have taken place in the United States but Frank Warren is bringing him home to the Odyssey Arena on another brilliant ﬁght night in Belfast.
Conlan’s return to his back yard is also the featherweight star’s ﬁrst ever ten rounder and another step towards him emulating Irish greats and becoming a world champion.
Conlan hasn’t boxed in his home city since December 2010 when he lost a controversial decision in the Ulster Senior Championships.
He said: “It is an honour to be boxing at the Odyssey Arena and an even bigger honour to be headlining the card.
“I have been there watching Carl Frampton box many times and often pictured myself in that ring being cheered on.”
Brazilian Dos Santos, 26, has won 19 of his 23 professional and last year challenged Jessie Magdaleno for the WBO super-bantamweight title.
On a previous British visit in 2014 he lost on points against Kid Galahad over 12 rounds and promises to give Conlan a tough night.
‘The Conlan Revolution,’ as it has become known since the Irish Olympian turned professional under the Top Rank banner in March of 2017, will come across its sternest test to date.
Conlan added: “Dos Santos has competed at the highest level and this ﬁght will be my toughest ﬁght as professional to date.
“He has challenged for the world title, made Kid Galahad work, but I believe it’s a test I am ready for.
“At this stage it’s all about progression and learning. I believe it’s the right step at the right time.”
The undercard has produced one of the most competitive undercards ever seen in Belfast with a catalogue of 50-50 needle showdowns.
World ranked Jack Catterall risks his WBO super-lightweight title against Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna.
There is a brilliant all Dublin rematch when Jono Carroll defends his IBF intercontinental crown against Declan Geraghty. When the warring rivals met in November 2014, Geraghty was ahead on the cards when he was disqualiﬁed in the fourth round.
Belfast’s Paddy Gallagher faces recent world title challenger Gary Corcoran in a British welterweight title eliminator.
In a clash of unbeaten hopefuls, Derry’s Tyrone McCullagh meets Glasgow’s Joe Ham in vacant Celtic super-bantamweight title clash that doubles as a British championship eliminator.
The undercard is stacked with top prospects including Lewis Crocker, Sunny Edwards, Padraig McCrory, Taylor McGoldrick, Neslan Machado, Garry Cully plus Johnny Coyle and Lewis Benson who clash over ten rounds.
Tickets priced at £44, £55, £65, £85, £105, £125, £205
are available via the SSE Arena Belfast official website
Several prospects in Britain’s talent stacked super-featherweight parish might presently profit from higher profiles but none bring better pedigree than unbeaten Sidcup skill merchant Archie Sharp.
A former European schoolboy finalist and nine-time national junior champion, the 5ft 9in ‘Sharpshooter’ from Kent has quietly romped to a dozen straight wins since vaulting to the pros in July 2015. Seven victims were dispatched early, the other five failed to take a single round from him.
‘I’m only 23, only 12 fights in. When it’s my time, I’ll shine,’ insists the MTK managed starlet who showcases his wares in a scheduled eight rounder on Saturday’s fight fiesta at London’s O2 Arena.
‘I made big statements as an amateur and, in time, I’ll do the same as a pro. When I eventually hit the top, I intend staying there for a very long time.
‘Last fight, I performed alright. The kid (Spain’s Ivan Ruiz Morote) had a good record and we thought he’d have a go but after I clipped him with a few shots in the first round, he just went on his bike. I hardly got hit, won every single round clearly before finishing him in the seventh (body shots). I’m ready to step up.
‘I mixed with the very best as an amateur and I’ve always acquitted myself well sparring against the best as a pro. As a kid, I did work with the Walsh twins (British champions Liam and Ryan) plus Carl Frampton and, lately, I’ve sparred Ricky Burns, Joey Cordina and Martin J. Ward. So I’m not fazed by the prospect of fighting anyone in the UK.
‘After Saturday, I’ll have done my apprenticeship and it’ll be time to chase titles in the new season, Southern Area, English, WBO European……. I’m ready for 10 rounders now and I’m not far off 12 rounders. I’m quite happy to be chucked in the pot with any of these other prospects.
‘The one that makes most sense is Lyon Woodcock. We’re the same age, same record, same promoter. Let’s do it this September.
‘No disrespect to Lyon, I just believe I can find a way to beat any other super-featherweight. I’ve shared a ring with far better boys, several top Olympians. He’s been making very hard work, been getting bumped up, against opponents he really shouldn’t be getting hit by.
‘I’ve agreed to fight him three times but was told he’s not ready. I’m certainly not avoiding him. All I request is a full, fair camp. No playing games.’
Having sizzled on four arena shows at the Copper Box Arena, Chelsea fan Archie makes his O2 debut this weekend in a fourth successive scheduled eight rounder against an as yet unnamed opponent.
‘This will be my first fight with a nutritionist. Previously, I’ve been making super-featherweight way too easily. Lately, I’ve been working a lot on my power and strength. Let’s see what I can deliver at the top end of the weight,’ says the Richard Sawyer coached starlet who recently became a father to son Presley.
‘Some say I’d be better served fighting higher up the bill on smaller shows but I actually like being among all the big names at the biggest venues. I’m only a fight or so away from playing a more prominent part in more testing fights on these huge bills. You’ll see me thrive off pressure; on bigger stages against better opponents.
‘On Saturday at The O2, people will see I bring the class to this sport. You’ll see me throw and land shots that I’m not supposed to throw. I do things no one else can do. The aim of boxing is to hit and not get hit and on Saturday I’ll deliver a masterclass.
‘Then I’m aiming for a title shot on the next big London show, probably in September. If Woodstock’s in the opposite corner, all well and good.’
Ryan Garner may be barely out of his teen years but already the spiteful punching Southampton starlet has designs on proving himself ‘The Daddy’ of the domestic featherweight division.
Once a European schoolboy champion, the aptly named ‘Piranha’ has already shredded seven significantly more seasoned circuit fighters since debuting in June 2016, and only two managed to complete the scheduled four rounds.
‘I know that, outside the ring, I still look a baby-faced kid but I’ve never felt like the ‘boy’ between the ropes,’ states the 5ft 6in angel-faced assassin who steps up to six round level on Saturday’s talent-stacked bill at London’s O2 Arena.
‘Already, I’m as strong as every opponent I’ve fought – I’ve pushed ‘em all back – and I’ll only get stronger. I do a lot of S and C work against my own body weight, loads of stability and core work.
‘As a very young kid, I was really mouthy and my two older brothers used to batter me. I had to learn to fight back from a very young age. They toughened me up pretty quickly. I may only be 20 but I’ve been at this a long time. I just really love fighting.’
The 20 year old’s 7-0 slate lists just 21 paid rounds but already the fearless Frank Hopkins managed prospect is eyeing the domestic 9st elite.
‘Right now, the British featherweight division is booming and I can’t wait to get involved,’ claims the ex-carpenter’s apprentice who is trained by Wayne Batten on England’s south coast.
‘You’ve got Frampton, Warrington and Selby at world level. Ryan Walsh is a real top quality British champion who can really switch it on, on his best nights. He’s very well drilled, no glaring weaknesses. I think he’ll come through his rematch with Isaac Lowe. I didn’t really rate Isaac when we sparred.
‘Recently, I won a lot of money on Ryan Doyle against Reece Bellotti. While Bellotti has heavy hands, his boxing ability is shocking.
‘But in a couple of years down the line, I’ll be happy to get in with any of them. I just need to get valuable experience at six, eight and ten round level. If I want to be a major champion, I’ll HAVE to fight someone good.
‘Ideally, I want to be 11-0, 12-0 and fighting in eight rounders by the end of this year, knocking at the door for 10 round title fights. Without doubt, I know I’ll get there.’
Latterly, Saints fan Ryan has accelerated his apprenticeship with extensive spars against white hot Irish double Olympian Michael Conlan.
‘I’ve been having quality spars two or three times a week with Mick at Adam Booth’s gym in London, ahead of his homecoming in Belfast next weekend,’ says Garner who represented England on 19 occasions as an amateur.
‘We really push each other and you’d pay to watch us. He’s 26 and I’m still only 20. Mick’s punch variety is very good and he’s so smart. He forces me to think more. My boxing intelligence has come on hugely.
‘He’s also a really nice guy who helps me massively. He tells me that I’m more than capable of winning titles. I’m learning far more sparring him than I am in my fights.’
Saturday’s bonanza bill features several of the nation’s most gifted young talents and the scramble for post-fight accolades and column inches is sure to be intense. Garner, who confronts Hungary’s 6-3 Norbert Eszenyi, will need to be at his vicious best if he is to court attention.
‘Fight night is feeding time for ‘The Piranha’!’ he quips.
‘I turned pro for these kind of nights. Hopefully, fans will enjoy my all-action style and my passion. I throw a lot of punches, that’s my main attribute. As opponents fade, I get more into it.
‘It’s a good test. From what I’ve seen on tape, my opponent’s a very game boy, likes to fight back. But that’s how you learn, get rounds. I intend to stop him, but hopefully, it won’t happen too early.
‘I can’t wait to show the fans what I’m made of. I promise people won’t be disappointed.’
The British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) today announced that former Boxing Union of Ireland (BUI) National Ireland Super Welterweight Champion and current A Class Referee as the Head of Ring Officials effective immediately.
Murtagh, who had a stellar 51 fight pro boxing career which culminated in a trip to Rochester, New York to fight Hector Camacho Jr. in August 2013.
Shortly after hanging up his gloves, Murtagh trained as a referee for the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC), after passing the course with flying colours and just ten months after boxing for the final time, Murtagh was charged with officiating his first contest, Tyrone Borg versus Zoltan Szepesikb at the Ex Triad Fairgrounds in Naxxar, Malta.
Back in April this year, after refereeing and judging some eighty plus contests, Murtagh received the call to referee four contests in Nigeria, three of which were World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship bouts – Demarcus Corley versus Patrick Lopez for the World Lightweight Crown, Paul Venenzuela Jr versus Aaron Coley for the World Middleweight title and King Davidson versus Ishmael Tetteh for the African Middleweight belt.
Murtagh’s refereeing skills impressed Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBBofC) President Dr. Rafiu Ladipo and Secretary General Remi Aboderin so much so that they have since licensed Murtagh.
On making the announcement British & Irish Boxing Authority CEO & Executive Vice President Gianluca Di Caro said;
“I am so pleased to announce that Lee Murtagh has been appointed as the new Head of Ring Officials for the British & Irish Boxing Authority.
“Appointing Lee was a no-brainer, undoubtedly he’s been one of the best referees, if not the best, in the UK for a while now.
“Lee has proved over and over again just how good he is, but I suppose the clincher was his first class performance over in Nigeria, I was there and can say that without doubt his refereeing was faultless.
“He had the daunting task of refereeing four big fights in a row, three of them Title fights, in a foreign country, yet his focus never waivered for a second. It was a faultless performance, so no surprise the Nigerian Board wanted him on the books as one of their Officials too.”
Murtagh’s next assignment is just over a week away, when he Referees two Championship contests – Tommy Jacobs versus Bilal Mohammad for the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) International Super Welterweight Crown and Iain Weaver versus Emmanuel Addo for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) International Lightweight Championship at the Charter Hall in Colchester on Saturday 30th June 2018.