WBSS REACH DEAL WITH MATCHROOM BOXING TO AIR SEMI FINALS LIVE ON SKY SPORTS


The World Boxing Super Series has partnered with Sky Sports and Matchroom Boxing to exclusively broadcast the three massive Semi-Final doubleheaders in the UK starting April 27 from the USA. 

Sky Sports, the UK’s premier sports broadcaster, includes the World’s premier boxing tournament to its schedule with the quest for the Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Ali Trophy, entering the much-anticipated semi-final stage.

The WBSS joins top boxing stars such as Anthony Joshua on the UK platform and adds some mouthwatering match-ups over the next few months as the finalists are decided, such as: Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete, Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh, Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez and Ivan Baranchyk vs Josh Taylor.

“The WBSS is delighted to be working with Sky Sports and Matchroom Boxing to bring our sensational semi-finals to as many UK fans as possible,” said Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of Comosa, the organiser of World Boxing Super Series.

“Boxing fans can look forward to colossal nights of boxing. Supreme athletes in the Bantamweight, Super-Lightweight and Cruiserweight divisions are putting everything on the line for a place in the finals of the WBSS where the Ali Trophy awaits the winners.”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “I’ve admired the talent of Josh Taylor for a while and I’ll look forward to another red-hot atmosphere in Glasgow as Taylor bids to become the latest in a line of proud Scottish World champions.

“It’s wonderful to add The World Boxing Super Series semi-finals to our stacked Sky Sports schedule for the summer. The fearsome Naoya Inoue and four-weight champion Nonito Donaire also bring star quality to a tournament featuring World title fights, former champions, and unbeaten contenders, starting this Saturday on Sky Sports.” 

“I’m delighted to bring these fight nights to Sky Sports and particularly pleased to air the big May 18 card from Glasgow,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director.

“It’s a massive chance for Josh Taylor to become World champion and the fight between P4P star Inoue and Rodriguez is a cracker.”It completes a huge May with action every weekend – we begin with the Middleweight unification between Canelo and Jacobs on May 4, then we return to Nottingham on May 10 for the latest instalment of the JD NXTGEN series – May 18 in Glasgow followed by the WBC World Heavyweight title clash Wilder vs. Breazeale from New York and then on May 25 the undisputed Cruiserweight champ Oleksandr Uysk makes his Heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam in the States. This builds us into the US debut of Anthony Joshua at MSG on June 1 – what a schedule!”

WBSS Semi-Finals details:On April 27 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA, USA:
The semi-final stage of Season 2 of the World Boxing Super Series opens with USA’s WBC Diamond Champion Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs) facing Belarus’s WBA World Champion Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs) in a Super-Lightweight semi-final and the WBC Diamond Champion & WBA Super World Champion, American-Philippine Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25 KOs) meets South Africa’s WBO World Champion Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) in a Bantamweight semi-final.

On May 18 at The SSE Arena in Glasgow, Scotland:
In a sensational doubleheader of the undefeated: IBF World Champion Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs) of Belarus faces Scotland’s WBC Silver Champ Josh Taylor (14-0, 12 KOs) in a Super-Lightweight semi-final and Japanese superstar and WBA World Champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) battle it out with Puerto Rico’s IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) in a Bantamweight semi-final.

On June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia:
It’s Cruiserweight semi-final extravaganza when Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos (23-1, 21 KOs) faces USA’s Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs) and Latvian hero Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) meets Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs).

Season 2 divisions:Bantamweight
Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete – 27 April, Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA
Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez – 18 May, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

Super-Lightweight
Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – 27 April, USA, Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA
Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – 18 May, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

Cruiserweight
Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki – 15 June, Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti – 15 June, Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

The World Boxing Super Series at glance
Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series kicked off its inaugural season in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super-Middleweight divisions.

Season 2 started in October 2018 and includes Bantamweight, Super-Lightweight and Cruiserweight. In each weight class, eight elite boxers battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and one final.

This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 21 fights in Season 2 staged in premier venues around the globe.

The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Please visit our website www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com for more information or follow @WBSuperSeries on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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ALLEN BLITZES BROWNE IN THREE

ALLEN BLITZES BROWaNE IN THREE

‘White Rhino’ stops former World Champion at The O2
Dave Allen scored a stunning stoppage win over former WBA Heavyweight World Champion Lucas Browne at The O2 in London. ‘White Rhino’ floored his Australian rival with a crunching body shot in the third round of their main event clash. 
 
After earning the biggest win of his career to date, the Doncaster favourite said: “I want more now, I’m greedy. I proved I can punch at the highest level. He’s not what he once was but it’s a very good win. A very good win. This tops the Nick Webb night. The left hook to the body was beautiful.”
 
Finchley Heavyweight Derek Chisora bounced back from his December KO loss to Dillian Whyte with a comfortable ten-round decision against Senad Gashi in the evening’s chief support bout.
 
Chisora, now 30-9 (21 KOs), was largely untroubled by his opponent and took the role of the aggressor throughout the fights. The ringside judges scored the fight 100-90, 100-91 and 99-91 respectively.
 
Sunderland Welterweight ace Josh Kelly dominated and dropped previously undefeated Przemyslaw Runowski three times for a comfortable ten round unanimous decision, as he retained his WBA International title.
 
‘PBK’ had been out of action since a TKO win over Walter Fabian Castillo at the Manchester Arena in November, but the 2016 Olympian, now 9-0, looked as skilful and fluid as ever against the brave Pole.
 
Joe Cordina looked brilliant as he dropped Barnsley’s Andy Townend three times on his way to a sixth round TKO as he picked up the prestigious British Lightweight title in his ninth professional fight. 
 
The ‘Welsh Wizard’, making the first defence of his Commonwealth crown, dismantled Townend in brutal fashion and forced an impressive stoppage after a flurry of punches to the head and body downed the ‘KO Kid’ for the third and final time in round six.
 
Rising Welterweight prospect Conor Benn remained unbeaten with a comprehensive points win over Czech Republic’s Josef Zahradnik to move to 14-0 (9 KOs). It was ‘The Destroyer’s’ first outing since his rematch win over Cedrick Peynaud at the same venue way back in July 2018. 
 
Benn was on top throughout the eight-round contest and showed no signs of ring rust as he knocked his tough opponent down in the seventh round before being awarded the fight by a 80-71 margin.
 
Explosive Brooklyn Middleweight talent Nikita Ababiy scored yet another knockout win as he progressed to 4-0 (4 KOs) after blitzing Dimitri Faltin in his first professional fight in the UK; Watford Bantamweight starlet Shannon Courtenay picked up her second professional win against Roz Mari Silyanova, outpointing the Bulgarian 40-63; Manchester Cruiserweight Sam Hyde got back to winning ways with a first round KO win over Josef Jurko; Islington Super-Bantamweight Sam Cox notched his fourth career win with a 40-37 points win over Georgi Georgiev and Brixton’s John Harding Jr outpointed Mirsoslav Juna to progress to 7-0-1 (1KO).
 
‘White Rhino’ stops former World Champion at The O2
Dave Allen scored a stunning stoppage win over former WBA Heavyweight World Champion Lucas Browne at The O2 in London. ‘White Rhino’ floored his Australian rival with a crunching body shot in the third round of their main event clash. 
 
After earning the biggest win of his career to date, the Doncaster favourite said: “I want more now, I’m greedy. I proved I can punch at the highest level. He’s not what he once was but it’s a very good win. A very good win. This tops the Nick Webb night. The left hook to the body was beautiful.”
 
Finchley Heavyweight Derek Chisora bounced back from his December KO loss to Dillian Whyte with a comfortable ten-round decision against Senad Gashi in the evening’s chief support bout.
 
Chisora, now 30-9 (21 KOs), was largely untroubled by his opponent and took the role of the aggressor throughout the fights. The ringside judges scored the fight 100-90, 100-91 and 99-91 respectively.
 
Sunderland Welterweight ace Josh Kelly dominated and dropped previously undefeated Przemyslaw Runowski three times for a comfortable ten round unanimous decision, as he retained his WBA International title.
 
‘PBK’ had been out of action since a TKO win over Walter Fabian Castillo at the Manchester Arena in November, but the 2016 Olympian, now 9-0, looked as skilful and fluid as ever against the brave Pole.
 
Joe Cordina looked brilliant as he dropped Barnsley’s Andy Townend three times on his way to a sixth round TKO as he picked up the prestigious British Lightweight title in his ninth professional fight. 
 
The ‘Welsh Wizard’, making the first defence of his Commonwealth crown, dismantled Townend in brutal fashion and forced an impressive stoppage after a flurry of punches to the head and body downed the ‘KO Kid’ for the third and final time in round six.
 
Rising Welterweight prospect Conor Benn remained unbeaten with a comprehensive points win over Czech Republic’s Josef Zahradnik to move to 14-0 (9 KOs). It was ‘The Destroyer’s’ first outing since his rematch win over Cedrick Peynaud at the same venue way back in July 2018. 
 
Benn was on top throughout the eight-round contest and showed no signs of ring rust as he knocked his tough opponent down in the seventh round before being awarded the fight by a 80-71 margin.
 
Explosive Brooklyn Middleweight talent Nikita Ababiy scored yet another knockout win as he progressed to 4-0 (4 KOs) after blitzing Dimitri Faltin in his first professional fight in the UK; Watford Bantamweight starlet Shannon Courtenay picked up her second professional win against Roz Mari Silyanova, outpointing the Bulgarian 40-36; Manchester Cruiserweight Sam Hyde got back to winning ways with a first round KO win over Josef Jurko; Islington Super-Bantamweight Sam Cox notched his fourth career win with a 40-37 points win over Georgi Georgiev and Brixton’s John Harding Jr outpointed Mirsoslav Juna to progress to 7-0-1 (1KO).
 
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WHYTE FACES RIVAS IN LONDON SHOWDOWN

‘Body Snatcher’ welcomes unbeaten ‘Kaboom’ to the capital on July 20
Dillian Whyte will face Oscar Rivas for the number one Heavyweight spot in the WBC at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
 
Whyte (25-1 18KOs) holds the number one slot with the WBC and puts that on the line as the hard-hitting ‘Body Snatcher’ continues to blast his path to a World title shot. The Brixton banger put Derek Chisora away in devastating style in his last outing, the pair thrilling the Greenwich crowd in their rematch in December – before icing Del Boy in the 11th round.
 
The 31-year-old Briton will be gunning for a tenth straight win against Rivas, with wins over Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne sandwiched between his two wins over Chisora. Whyte has become a must-watch fighter since rocking old foe Anthony Joshua in their battle at The O2 in December 2012, and yet again takes on a high-risk challenge as he cements his spot as the leading Heavyweight contender in the world.
 
Rivas (26-0 18KOs) is yet another dangerous customer for Whyte to risk his number one rankings with, and the Colombian comes into the bout on the back of his biggest win in the paid ranks. Rivas travelled to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY in January and KO’d former World title challenger Bryant Jennings in the final round of their clash, underlining his dangerous potential to World titlists and fellow contenders, with ‘Kaboom’ ranked at number ten with the WBC, seven in the IBF and a lofty five with both the WBA and WBO.
 
The Canadian-based 31 year old carried an impressive amateur record into the paid ranks, beating Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympic Games a year after landing silver in the Pan-American games – and with 18 KOs in 26 fights since turning over, July 20 promises to be an explosive war between two in-form big-punchers, with huge stakes on the line.
 
“I am very happy to be fighting again at The O2 in July,” said Whyte. “Oscar Rivas is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 across the board of all the governing bodies. He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years. 
 
“His KO victory over Bryant Jennings sent shockwaves through the division and Tyson Fury just turned down ESPN/Top Rank’s offer to fight him. I am over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev. 
 
“I am more than happy to carry on fighting top 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot at Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. 
 
“I can’t wait until July 20 to fight again at The O2 which is one of the best venues in the world for boxing.”
‘‘I have waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” said Rivas. “Dillian Whyte is an excellent boxer, a World class fighter and the number one contender. He deserve all my respect for his accomplishments and I am grateful for the opportunity he is giving me.

“This is exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to get. I am undefeated, I am planning to keep my perfect record after July 20 in my quest to get the ultimate opportunity to become World champion.”

“This is a great fight with both men coming off explosive late knockouts,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Rivas is undefeated and looking to take Dillian’s number one spot but as we know, The O2 has become a fortress for him of late and this is set to be another war. We are planning a huge night of boxing on July 20 with a monster card topped by the brilliant heavyweight headliner.” 

“First I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing who made a proposal impossible to turn down,” said Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. “Oscar Rivas was willing to step up and face Anthony Joshua for June in New York and representations were made.

“It might not be his turn now but instead he is extremely happy, to be earning an eventual World title opportunity, by proving he is the best amongst the contenders against the outstanding Dillian Whyte. On July 20 a new star will be born!”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “Dillian Whyte is risking it all again as he battles the dangerous Oscar Rivas at The O2, which has become a happy hunting ground for ‘The Body Snatcher.’“Dillian has already delivered exciting wins over Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora at the same venue, but he could have his hands full against Rivas, the unbeaten Colombian with his own world ambitions.“Expect another enthralling showdown when Whyte returns in the summer, and we expect to have a stacked card before a sizzling main event.”

Tickets for Whyte vs. Rivas are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £500 and £1,000 VIP.

Tickets are available to purchase for O2 Priority customers on Tuesday 23 April at midday via The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and go on sale to Fight Pass members on Wednesday 24 April at midday via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk)

General Sale tickets are available to purchase at midday on Thursday April 25 from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com
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ALLEN VS. BROWNE WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

Dave Allen and Lucas Browne Weigh In ahead of their heavyweight fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday Night. 19th April 2019 Picture By Mark Robinson.
ALLEN VS. BROWNE WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER
DOORS 16:30

BOXING STARTS 16:45 

6 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest
SAM HYDE 14st 10lbs 1oz v JOZEF JURKO 14st 2lbs 8oz
(Manchester)                          (Slovakia)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight
SAM COX 8st 8lbs v GEORGI GEORGIEV 8st 8lbs 3oz
(Islington)                 (Bulgaria)
 
 6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
JOHN HARDING Jr 11st 3lbs 8oz v MIROSLAV JUNA 11st 4lbs
(Brixton)                                           (Czech Rep)
 
18:20 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS FACEBOOK

4 x 2 mins Bantamweight contest
SHANNON COURTENAY 8st 6lbs 9oz v ROZ MARI SILYANOVA 8st 7lbs 7oz
(Watford)                                                   (Bulgaria)

4 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
NIKITA ABABIY 11st 6lbs 8oz v DMITRI FALTIN 11st 7lbs 1oz
(Brooklyn, NY)                            (Finland)

19:00 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS

 8 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
CONOR BENN 10st 8lbs 9oz v JOSEF ZAHRADNIK 10st 5lbs 5oz
(Ilford)                                         (Czech Rep)
 
12 x 3 mins British & Commonwealth Lightweight Championships
JOE CORDINA 9st 8lbs 4oz v ANDY TOWNEND 9st 8lbs 7oz
(Cardiff)                                    (Barnsley)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA International Welterweight Championship
JOSH KELLY 10st 6lbs 9oz v PRZEMYSLAW RUNOWSKI 10st 6lbs 9oz     
(Sunderland)                           (Poland)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DEREK CHISORA 18st 7lbs v SENAD GASHI 15st 10lbs 6oz 
(Finchley)                                  (Kosovo)           
 
12 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DAVID ALLEN 17st 6lbs 2oz v LUCAS BROWNE 17st 10lbs 1oz
(Conisborough)                        (Australia)
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GASHI: I MAKE EVERY FIGHT A WAR

Heavy-hitting German prepared for battle
Senad Gashi has promised to go to war with Derek Chisora when the Heavyweight bad boys collide at The O2 in London this Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. 

Gashi (17-2, 17 KOs) returns to The O2 after he was stopped by Carlos Takam in seven rounds on the Whyte vs. Chisora 2 undercard in December. The heavy-hitting German hopes a win over Chisora will push his name towards title action in 2019. 

“I definitely think I can win against Derek Chisora,” said Gashi. “I have visualised this fight in my head many times. I have fought in my head 10 times against Derek Chisora, nine times I won and one time I got disqualified.

“I’m going to make a great fight. I had a great training camp with my team and my coach. I’m going to give my best and the people are going to enjoy it for sure. I’m glad to be back in the UK and this time I’m going to get the win. 

“I had just three days notice for my fight with Takam. But I had to grab the chance because it was a great opportunity to box in London against one of the best in the world and I had nothing to lose. I know I’m a warrior and I make every fight a war.”
Chisora vs. Gash is part of a huge night of boxing in the Capital. 
 
Doncaster fan favourite Dave Allen (16-4-2, 13 KOs) faces the biggest night of his career against Australia’s former WBA Heavyweight World Champion Lucas Browne (28-1, 14 KOs), Sunderland’s ‘Pretty Boy’ Josh Kelly(8-0, 6 KOs) takes on the toughest opponent of his career to date in the form of unbeaten 17-0 Pole Przemyslaw Runowski and Ilford Welterweight prospect Conor Benn (13-0, 9 KOs) makes his long-awaited return to the ring against Czech Republic’s Josef Zahradnik (10-2, 5KOs), Brooklyn Middleweight prospect Nikita Ababiy (3-0, 3 KOs) makes his UK debut and Watford Bantamweight Shannon Courtenay fights for the second time as a pro after her debut win at the Copper Box Arena.

General Sale tickets for April 20 are available to purchase from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)
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HATTON TELLS WARRINGTON: PREPARE FOR YOUR TOUGHEST NIGHT

BRITISH boxing great Ricky Hatton has warned Josh Warrington that he faces the fight of his life against Kid Galahad.Warrington makes the second defence of his IBF world featherweight title against mandatory challenger, Galahad at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday June 15.

Hatton says Warrington’s huge army of hometown fans face a nerve jangling night when Sheffield’s Galahad gets his long-awaited world title tilt.

“This fight is as tough as they come and hard to call,” says former world super-lightweight and welterweight champion, Hatton.

‘The Hitman’ has seen Galahad from close quarters in the gym when he took boxers to spar with Galahad (26-0) and his gym-mates at the Wincobank gym.

Hatton added: “I used to take Zhanat Zhakiyanov who was WBA bantamweight champion to spar Kid Galahad. I saw then that Galahad can really fight.

“This really is a tough fight, but since Josh became world champion I think he has warmed to it.

“It’s a very good fight and you’ve got to heap all the praise on Josh Warrington.”

Warrington (28-0) caused an upset when he defeated Lee Selby 11 months ago to become world champion, and was the underdog again when he made a successful first defence against Carl Frampton.

Hatton said: “Champions are judged on how good they are by the fighters they faced. Josh has beaten Lee when he was the underdog and Carl, a multiple world champion.

“Now, he is in with another quality fighter, Kid Galahad.“His confidence has gone up another couple of gears since becoming a world champion. He is coming off the fight against Frampton and you won’t see many better fights in a boxing ring.

“He is on the crest of a wave and while your confidence is up you might has well face these people like Kid Galahad because it needs to be up.”

Although Hatton is full of admiration for Warrington, he believes that Galahad may have more natural talent than the defending champion.

Hatton explained: “Josh has a very high work rate, he doesn’t leave you alone. Look at the Frampton fight, Carl was the better boxer and judge of distance, but Josh took that away from him.

“That is what you do with fighters who have more talent. Take the talent away – bully them, rush them and keep on top.

“I think he will employ similar tactics against Kid Galahad who is very, very talented. Josh has got a very good boxing brain and he is going to need it against Kid Galahad.

“Kid Galahad is very talented, but sometimes people with the most talent don’t win. It is about the right tactics and game plan.“That is why I pick Josh ever so slightly, but this fight is tough.”

Tickets for Warrington v Galahad are available via Ticketmaster and are priced as below:

£450 – Hospitality
£300 – Floor
£200 – Floor
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor/Tier
£75 – Tier
£50 – Tier
£40 – Tier

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KAAN HAWES: “SOME SAY I’M PUTTING MY UNBEATEN RECORD AT RISK. I VIEW IT AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.”

All round sporting talent Kaan Hawes predicts that his superior athleticism will be the key to him winning Ultimate Boxxer III when eight highly rated middleweight gladiators convene at The Indigo at The O2 on Friday 10th May, exclusively live on BT Sport.

In cricketing whites, the hard-hitting opening batsman/wicketkeeper captained the first XI at Witham Cricket Club during the summer, whilst during winter months, he patrolled the football pitch as a combative central midfielder for Witham Town FC.

‘Though I wasn’t really a lairy kid, I had a few fights on the football pitch cos I was ultra-competitive, ‘win at all costs,’’ says 32 year old Kaan who is undefeated in six pro starts since debuting in July 2017. 

“Olly Murs was a Sunday League team mate and we became close friends because we were both huge Man United fans who’d regularly travel up to Old Trafford in my missus banged out Fiesta. Olly could never fight but he weren’t a bad footballer and he’s really into his boxing and UFC. He’s a regular at all my fights.” Action man Hawes, a plumber by trade, concedes his induction into the Noble Art came about by accident.

He explains: “As a kid, I’d always loved watching boxers like Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton on the tele. Then, when I was 25, I had a bad knee injury playing football. Initially, I went to the boxing gym for a bit of extra fitness and just never stopped going. I’d always enjoyed my fitness and the gym, anyway.”

The innate speed, strength and agility that had served him well in other sports brought immediate success inside the prize-ring. “I had six or seven unlicensed and white-collar fights and won them all bar one which didn’t have a decision,” recalls the Essex boy who was born in Chelmsford but now lives in Witham with his wife and step son.

“Then I had 16 or 17 amateur bouts out of the Hoddesdon club that produced Billy Joe Saunders. I won about a dozen, boxed in the National Novices, won the BoxCup in Denmark and lost in the final of the Haringey Cup.” 

This natural athlete has made rapid progress since shedding his singlet and linking with coach Billy ‘The Bomb’ Long – a former undefeated pro super-middle – at the Box2Burn facility two years ago.

 “I was already 31 but, from the off, Billy and me decided to just take it one step at a time. Our motto is: ‘We’re in it for a good time, not a long time,” claims Kaan who is yet to meet with defeat in six starts, all at the close to home Brentwood Centre. 

“First goal was to secure a pro licence, now it’s any pro title. I’m certainly not in this for the money. I really love the sport and aim to get everything I can, for as long as I can do this. I want to make my family and fans proud.”

He knows he will be confronted by a stiff field for the winner’s large share of the £50,000 jackpot at The Indigo but refuses to be deterred.

“All the other boys are very good. They’ve only got a handful of losses between them so they’ll all arrive confident,” acknowledges the Carl Greaves managed hopeful.

“We all need a bit of luck on the night to avoid cuts and injuries but I’d not have entered if I didn’t think I could win it, providing I perform at my best.

“Others question why I’ve put my unbeaten record at risk but I prefer to view it as a great opportunity that, if I’m successful, can increase my profile and lead to TV fights; all the stuff you train so hard for.”

And turbo-charged Hawes believes that the high-energy three round format is tailor made for his skill-set.

He concludes: ‘There’s some very good technicians in the tournament and I doubt I’m going to be able to outbox them. But though some of the lads have been involved in far longer fights, I think that might prove detrimental to them. I’m more used to short, fast-paced explosive fights.‘I’m a come forward pressure fighter who guarantees non-stop action.  I’ll bring it all. I’ll be taking a lot of fans because my fights are always exciting. I’ve never been in a dull fight.” 
Ultimate Boxxer III features Tey Lynn-Jones, Derrick Osaze, Kieron Conway, Grant Dennis, Sean Phillips, Josh Groombridge, Kaan Hawes and Joe Hurn as they battle it out to become Ultimate Boxxer on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2, exclusively live on BT Sport.An action packed undercard will see the return of highly-rated and undefeated Light-Heavyweight talent and UB II winner Shakan Pitters and unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Idris Virgo who is out to prove to critics he is more than just a reality star.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk AXS.comand ultimateboxxer.com priced at: £30 Balcony Standing (General Admission) 
£35 Floor Standing (General Admission) 
£55 Upper Balcony Seats 
£70 Outer Ringside  
£100 Inner Ringside  
£200 Kings Row (Padded Balcony seats, separate bar, VIP entrance) 
For all VIP & Corporate Packages please contact www.sportandmusic.co.uk
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LANGFORD: “RICHARDS HASN’T FOUGHT ANYBODY – THIS IS A BIG STEP UP FOR HIM!”

TOMMY LANGFORD BELIEVES his Wembley opponent Lerrone Richards has got it all to prove when the pair collide with the vacant Commonwealth super middleweight title at stake at the SSE Arena on April 27.

Former British middleweight champion Langford is on the rebuild, having moved up in weight after twice being deemed to have come up short on the cards in two epic title battles with Jason Welborn.

His only other setback came when he challenged for the WBO Interim world middleweight title against Avtandil Khurtsidze, who was later imprisoned for organised criminal activity in New York.

The 29-year-old, who took up a day job as an adult trainee electrician when remaining a full-time athlete was no long viable, is now thrilled to be back in the title picture after suspecting he wouldn’t fit the bill as an ideal opponent.

He was wrong on that score and Commonwealth success would near enough restore his previous standing at the higher weight.

“Of course it does and I really didn’t think an opportunity would come this fast for me, having moved up in weight,” he confessed.” I thought I would kind of be kept out in the dark for quite a while because I don’t see that anybody would really pick me as an opponent.

Even in the fights I lost – and I really don’t believe I lost to Jason Welborn, they were fights of the year – he had the fight of his life, while the one that knocked me out was a juiced up little Georgian anyway.

“Obviously I have been thrown this chance and it is an absolutely huge opportunity and I am really grateful to Frank and Francis (Warren) for giving it to me.”
While Langford doesn’t consider himself anyone’s first pick on the matchmaker’s menu, much the same could be said for Richards, for whom very few have been prepared to form an orderly queue to face.

“I seem to keep getting people like this that people don’t really want to fight and I say yes,” pointed out the Tom Chaney-trained Langford. “I don’t know what the crack is with Lerrone, who I have sparred and he is a very slick southpaw, but he has not really fought anybody.

“Is that through not wanting the fights or more that nobody wants to fight him?

“It is a big, big step up for him and we’ll find out what he’s really got,” added the former WBO Intercontinental champion, who does concede that Richards could well be a fully paid up member of the ‘who needs him’ club.

“He is really, isn’t he? He is an awkward southpaw, not a big ticket seller, hasn’t been knocking people out and is not particularly exciting for TV viewers. So who really wants to fight Lerrone?

“You don’t think ‘I’ll pick him’, but he is a very good operator and I wouldn’t be daft and say he isn’t. But there is a difference between the sparring arena and the fight arena and he’s not fought at championship level or remotely near the level I have fought at.”
 
Daniel Dubois v Richard Lartey tops the bill at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27 on a card that also includes the Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford, as well as the Southern Area super middleweight title clash between Zak Chelli and Jimmy Smith. WBO European super flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and WBO European super featherweight champion Archie Sharp also feature.

Chorley-boxer Jack Catterall will be in action as he edges ever-closer to a world title challenge. Rangy Super Welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz will be back out after his impressive win over Rod Douglas Jnr. Hard hitting middleweight and Peacock gym product Denzel Bentley (9-0) and Belfast amateur middleweight star Caoimhin Agyarko will also return to action. There is a Queensberry debut for Sheffield middleweight Shakiel Thompson (2-0) – with Thompson being tipped by sparring partner Billy Joe Saunders as a star for the future. Ilford Super Middleweight Umar Sadiq (4-1) also returns as he looks to rebuild after his first career loss. Tunde Ajayi trained lightweight Bilal Ali (1-0) will have his second professional fight after making a successful start to his pro career, with Hoddesdon super lightweight Alfie Price set for his fifth.

Tickets will be priced as £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 and are now ON SALE to purchase via EventimTicketmaster, the SSE Arena website and AXS.com
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ULTIMATE BOXXER IV: CRUISERWEIGHTS FEATURES HEAVIEST WEIGHT DIVISION YET

ULTIMATE BOXXER IV: CRUISERWEIGHTSUBIV FEATURES HEAVIEST WEIGHT DIVISION YET 
ULTIMATE BOXXER IV: CRUISERWEIGHTS PROMOTIONAL TRAILER
LONDON, UK – 17 APRIL 2019ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first boxing entertainment brand, announces that the Cruiserweight division will be the showcase for ULTIMATE BOXXER IV on Friday 28th June in Manchester (venue to be announced).

UBIV, sponsored by MansionBet, will be televised exclusively live on BT Sport, BT Sports’ YouTube channel – available to anyone to watch for free – and the dedicated boxing channel BoxNation.

ULTIMATE BOXXER is the exhilarating elimination tournament featuring eight talented fighters from around the UK who battle it out starting in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds; followed by two semi-finals and one final to determine the winner who will win the large share of the prize money; a promotional deal and be catapulted up the domestic rankings.

Knockouts in the ring are combined with live music and entertainment designed to engage and attract the next generation of sports fans on a more regular basis.

Following UBI: WelterweightsUBII: Light-Heavyweights and UBIII: Middleweights – set for Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2 – the fourth instalment of the exciting tournament focuses on the red-hot 200 pound division that has become a firm fan-favourite in recent years for delivering some of the most explosive and entertaining action-packed fights.

Some of the biggest names in British boxing have made their name in the division such as British World Champions Tony Bellew; David Haye, the first British fighter ever to unify the division, Enzo Maccarinelli; Johnny Nelson, the longest reigning divisional World champion with the most title defences, Carl Thompson and Glenn McCrory, Britain’s first ever World cruiserweight champion.

The eight highly rated ULTIMATE BOXXER participants who will compete in UBIV will be announced shortly and it will be interesting to see how many of them can go on to achieve great things in the sport 

ULTIMATE BOXXER founder Ben Shalom said, “This is the heaviest weight category we have staged so far and looking at the potential line-up, I believe we could be in for one of the most dramatic nights out of all the series. These guys are big men with the power of heavyweights, mixed with the speed of light-heavyweights and so anything can happen when they start unloading their punches over a short fight.’’

Sign up now at www.ultimateboxxer.com to gain early access to discounted tickets 48 hours in advance of general sale. Tickets will go on pre-sale on Wednesday 24th April and on general sale on Friday 26th April.  Further tickets details to follow. 
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SELBY TOPS SHARP WISH LIST


ARCHIE SHARP WAS thinking big when he made public the name of the fighter he would relish sharing a ring with.

The perfect name in the frame for the unbeaten 24-year-old is Lee Selby, the former IBF world featherweight king, who was memorably unseated by Josh Warrington at Elland Road last May.

After being parted from his belt in Leeds, Selby has since jumped up two weights and, last time out, collected an IBF Intercontinental strap following victory over Omar Douglas in London.

Now Sharp, 14-0 and holder of the WBO European title, is not kidding himself and knows full well that Selby is not about to offer himself up as an opponent to enhance the record of ambitious young contenders.

But the Kent-based super featherweight fully believes in himself and is confident he would emerge victorious from mixing in such illustrious company.

“Yeah they are definitely fights that I want and I know I am ready for that sort of fight,” insisted Sharp, who put an end to the unbeaten record of Lyon Woodstock in his last fight back in October. “Obviously, looking at the business side of things, he isn’t gonna be interested in it, but I know that I am at and beyond that level.

“I’m not just saying it, but I don’t think there is a fighter out there who could go on the back foot and try and outbox me – I really don’t think there is a fighter who can outbox me.”

Sharp is back in the ring after recovering from injury at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27, from which point he intends to significantly accelerate his progress towards the top of the super featherweight tree.

“I know where I am going in this sport and I’ve got a little plan to be in world title fights in the next 18 months. Within that time I will be at world level, mixing with the top fighters, for sure.”
 
Daniel Dubois v Richard Lartey tops the bill at the SSE Arena, Wembley on April 27 on a card that also includes the Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between Lerrone Richards and Tommy Langford, as well as the Southern Area super middleweight title clash between Zak Chelli and Jimmy Smith. WBO European super flyweight champion Sunny Edwards and WBO European super featherweight champion Archie Sharp also feature.

Chorley-boxer Jack Catterall will be in action as he edges ever-closer to a world title challenge. Rangy Super Welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz will be back out after his impressive win over Rod Douglas Jnr. Hard hitting middleweight and Peacock gym product Denzel Bentley (9-0) and Belfast amateur middleweight star Caoimhin Agyarko will also return to action. There is a Queensberry debut for Sheffield middleweight Shakiel Thompson (2-0) – with Thompson being tipped by sparring partner Billy Joe Saunders as a star for the future. Ilford Super Middleweight Umar Sadiq (4-1) also returns as he looks to rebuild after his first career loss. Tunde Ajayi trained lightweight Bilal Ali (1-0) will have his second professional fight after making a successful start to his pro career, with Hoddesdon super lightweight Alfie Price set for his fifth.

Tickets will be priced as £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 and are now ON SALE to purchase via EventimTicketmaster, the SSE Arena website and AXS.com
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