DUBOIS AND RINGSIDE PAIR UP TO GIFT GLOVES TO KIDS FOR CHRISTMAS

HEAVYWEIGHT STAR Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois today paired up with Ringside to provide brand new pairs of boxing gloves to children from the famous Dale Youth Club.

The kids were wowed by the display of Christmas spirit at a special event attended by Dubois, his team from the Peacock Gym and British Heavyweight legend Frank Bruno.Dubois visited Dale Youth in September, ahead of his Commonwealth Title tilt against previously unbeaten Ghanian Ebenezer Tetteh, and was so inspired by their work he wanted to come back during the festive season.

The young heavyweight said: “To see how my old gym came back from such a terrible tragedy and how they’re working so hard to improve the lives of affected youngsters really moved me.”

“I wanted to think of a way we could give back to the club, the community and to the kids to make sure they could continue chasing their boxing dreams.”

That’s where Ringside came in.

CEO David Hill said: “When I heard about what Daniel had planned, we were keen to work with him.”

“Boxing has always been, and should always be, a sport for everyone. If something as simple as a pair of gloves can make a difference, then I’m happy to help.”

He added: “This community has been through a lot so I’m delighted we can assist the team here at Dale Youth in continuing to use boxing as a way of keeping young people on the right path.”

After receiving the gifts many of the kids got straight to work trying out the new gloves in a special boxing masterclass put on by Peacock pros Denzel Bentley, James Branch and Louie Lynn.

The three undefeated fighters donned the pads and were impressed by the youngsters skills.

Paul King of the Dale Youth Club said: “What another fantastic event. We have worked with Daniel before, and obviously he used to train at Dale Youth when he was younger, but to see him come back and do something like this for the children? It’s amazing.”

“The kids here work hard but they still need role models. That’s what Daniel is growing into.”

The delegation of children from the local Kensington and Aldridge Academy were delighted by the festive act of kindness and Paul reckons the team at the Peacock could be a continuing source of inspiration for the young people.

“These guys were all happy to give back to the community. Their generosity, dedication and hard work will serve as an inspiration to these young people moving forwards,” he said.

Bentley, Branch and Lynn will all return on December 21st on the undercard of Daniel vs Kyotaro Fujimoto and all of their careers are being guided by accomplished head trainer Martin Bowers.

Martin said: “They’re a pleasure in every way. These boys were more than happy to head over today and try and spread some Christmas spirit.”

“Whether it’s Daniel, or Denzel, or the others, they’re all good lads. What you see is what you get. I’m glad that as they all start to rise through the ranks together they’re keeping their feet on the floor and making time for days like today.”

That spirit is what makes the Peacock special but you can be sure there’ll be no Christmas spirit left for their opponents on December 21st at Queensberry Promotions ‘The Fight Before Christmas’.

As if to prove the point, before leaving for the day Daniel said cheerily: “The only present Fujimoto will get next week is a spectacular knockout.”

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ABOUT THE SHOW 

Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.

Liam Williams (21-2-1) faces American Alantez Fox (26-1-1) for the right to become number one in the rankings for the WBO world middleweight crown.

Sunny Edwards (13-0) fights for the vacant British super-flyweight title against former amateur teammate Marcel Braithwaite (9-1), with Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) making his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer. 

Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and via Ticketmaster

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier  

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DUBOIS AND BRUNO PAY RESPECT TO ICONIC BRITISH HEROES

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY from his huge Christmas bout with Kyotaro Fujimoto, Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois today took time to pay his respects to the iconic Chelsea Pensioners.

Accompanied by legendary British Heavyweight and personal mentor Frank Bruno, ‘Dynamite’ was given a guided tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea before posing for photographs with some of Britain’s military heroes.Inspired by the mornings activities, Dubois said: “It’s humbling. In training it’s easy to think the world is on your shoulders, but today is a nice reminder of how lucky I am.”

Bruno concurred: “Dan is a young lad and it’s important he stays humble and keeps a sense of perspective.”

“He’s got the world at his feet. He’s going to be a World Champion, for sure, and he’ll enjoy all the things that come with that – but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of all the great men and women of this country who sacrificed so he has the freedom to pursue his dreams in boxing.”

“And if you can’t spare some time to thank this country’s heroes at Christmas time, somethings wrong with you!” he added.

Before leaving the hospital, Daniel channelled his inner Father Christmas and made sure the famous Chelsea Pensioners were left with this year’s most sought after gift: Tickets to his next fight.

“It’s inspiring to know that true British heroes will be watching on as I take my next step towards being World Champion” he said.

Frank Bruno added: “I’ve visited service personnel throughout my career and always found the experience helped focus me to the task at hand.”

“Hopefully that is something Daniel can take throughout his career.”

That next step will be on December 21st at London’s Copper Box Arena, as he battles eccentric Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto.

Speaking about his upcoming scrap, Dubois recently told Matthew Nash of the Metro that he planned to “blow him away” and both the bookies and Bruno seem to agree.

Bruno said: “At this level they’re all tough fights, but Daniel is the real deal.”

Fujimoto has a stellar record of 21 wins with just 1 defeat and is the #13 ranked Heavyweight with the WBA.

The ex-Kickboxer is also not afraid of playing mind games and at a bizarre press conference in Tokyo unveiled a ‘panda’ as a sparring partner in preparation for Daniel, who he compared to a bear.

Level-headed Dubois, though, didn’t let the oddball antics phase him and reiterated: “I will put on another show-stopping performance and take home the victory.”

“On December 21st, the world will see another explosive performance… and Fujimoto will find out why they call me ‘Dynamite’.”

As Dubois and Bruno headed off to the Dale Youth Club in West London to provide gifts to the local children, Regimental Sergeant Major Ross Martin heaped praise on the two Heavyweight stars.

“What a treat. It was fantastic to have a British icon – and a future icon – chat to another great British institution, our Chelsea Pensioners, just before Christmas.”

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ABOUT THE SHOW 

Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.

Liam Williams (21-2-1) faces American Alantez Fox (26-1-1) for the right to become number one in the rankings for the WBO world middleweight crown.Sunny Edwards (13-0) fights for the vacant British super-flyweight title against former amateur teammate Marcel Braithwaite (9-1), with Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) making his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer. Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and via Ticketmaster

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier  

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Stars from Boxing & Football Turning Out in Force For Kiyan Prince Foundation Charity Boxing Event ‘Jabbing Not Stabbing’ on 21st December.

Football and Boxing Stars, such as Harry Redknapp, Peter Crouch, Peter Odemwingie, Les Ferdinand and Jimmy Bullard from Football and WBO Inter-Continental Champion Anthony Yarde and WBF International & European Champion Tommy Jacobs from Professional Boxing have pledged their support for the Kiyan Prince Foundation (KPF) Charity event that takes place at the London Irish Centre in Camden in London on Saturday 21st December

The above named stars plus many more will be attending the Charity Boxing event to raise funds for the Kiyan Prince Foundation (KPF), which is hosted by former WBO & IBF Inter-Continental and MBC International Champion and KPF founder Dr Mark Prince OBE.

The event will feature five amateur contests, featuring local boxers and one professional bout, featuring Robert Duran, son of legendary Panamanian four division World Champion Roberto Duran.

In addition to the boxing action Slim the Comedian will entertain the crowd with a set and well as a memorabilia auction (Football and Boxing)

Tickets, priced £30 (Standard Seated) and £40 (Ringside) for ‘Jabbing not Stabbing’ that takes place at the London Irish Centre, Camden Square, Camden, London NW1 9XB on Saturday 21st December 2019 are now available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

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About The Kiyan Prince Foundation:

The Kiyan Prince Foundation was established in 2008 in memory of Kiyan Prince, Dr Prince’s fifteen-year-old son and a talented footballer who was stabbed in the heart, whilst trying to break up a fight, outside his school gates. This devastating tragedy marked the beginning of a journey which has not only transformed Dr Prince’s life but also equipped him with the knowledge and skills to support families and help prevent similar cases. In this process, he has had to defeat two of life’s toughest challenges – anger and revenge, find the strength to forgive and the commitment to substitute anger with positive life skills.

About Kiyan Prince:

Kiyan Prince was the first son born to Mark Prince and Tracy Cumberbatch on 25th November 1990.

He was an outgoing and well loved young man who got along with everybody. Teachers, fellow pupils, Queens Park Rangers football team… in fact anyone who came into contact with Kiyan counted it a privilege to have done so.

On May 18th 2006 Kiyan’s life came to a tragic, untimely and unnecessary end. The loving nature, by which he was known, was what made him step in and defend his friend who was being picked on by another youth.

The incident took place outside the gates of his school, the London Academy, located in Edgware North London. Kiyan attempted to resolve the situation in the most peaceable way by directly challenging the aggressor.

The ‘killer’, 16 year old Hannad Hasan, felt that Kiyan had disrespected him because he stood up to him. He then turned and callously killed Kiyan – plunging a knife straight into his chest. Kiyan died of a single, but fatal, stab wound to his heart.

Kiyan, who played for Queens Park Rangers Under-16’s football team. He was dubbed ‘The Bullet’ because of his speed and he was hailed as the next Wayne Rooney… tipped to play for England.

Kiyan was a beautiful, thoughtful, kind and considerate young man. . How he lived was reflected in the way he died… in probably the last words he ever spoke…

Even though he must have been very scared and in pain… in dying he still represented the life he lived. His heart was so full of love and empathy for others. In his final minutes his thoughts were, even then, still of others. As he lay bleeding he told his friends: “if these are my last words… tell my Mum I love her.”

About Mark Prince:

Dr Mark Prince is CEO and Founder of the Kiyan Prince Foundation, a charity borne out of pain, suffering and grief. Through a series of personal challenges (homelessness, drugs and alcohol abuse and criminal activity); triumphs and tragedy, the then known Mark Prince, developed a burning desire to support young people embroiled in a downward spiral of urban violence. The devastating tragedy of his son’s murder in 2006 further confirmed the importance of early intervention in a young person’s life in order to prevent what often seems like an inevitable journey into despair.

Education and Sport:

A significant part of the foundation’s work is to target school aged children and young people from primary through to secondary and tertiary education, through mentoring, life skills and training programmes. Being a professional boxer achieving titles such as the IBF and WBO Inter-continental Light-heavy weight Championship by (1997) and fighting for a world title in 1998, Dr Prince has invaluable skills and experiences that help in the development and transformation of young people’s lives for good. His autobiography The Prince of Peace written by Dr Prince and Paul Zanon is already a best seller.

Collaboration:

The Kiyan Prince Foundation is a project that has seen Dr Prince collaborate with a range of notable individuals, organisations, the media, government officials and celebrities to shine a light on the socio-economic issues impacting on young people and families nationally. He has been involved in the creation and the was the feature of the ITV documentary, “Put the Knives and Guns Down” screened on ITV London Tonight Special; panel member for The News of The World’s “Save Our Streets” campaign; keynote speaker at Metropolitan Police Operation Trident Program; and guest speaker at conferences such as, the NBCPA National Black Crown Prosecutors Association Annual Conference and the National Governor Prison Association Annual Conference.

Recognition and Vision:

In recognition of the significant contribution to the community and fight against knife crime, Dr Prince has received several well-deserved awards e.g. The Children’s Champion Award from Prime Minister Gordon Brown; an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Excel University; and recently in the Queen’s New Year Honours list (2019) to receive an OBE.

It is the foundation’s vision to obtain funding/raise the revenue to deliver #inspiringfuturechampions a campaign which involves delivering powerful messages to every school in London first, with inspirational speakers who are high level influencers amongst young people together with Dr Prince sharing with them how to utilise their strength of will, recognise their potential, individuality, purpose, how to value themselves, come back from adversity and the power of self-belief, which when understood all leads to young people steering clear of guns and knives which is a problem of the mind and not of the knife.

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The Freeman Juggernaut Rolls On – Stops O’Reilly in Four.

Liverpool’s unbeaten Middleweight prospect Martin Freeman made an emphatic statement on Saturday night, with his fourth round stoppage victory over Will O’Reilly at the Jubilee Sports Bank in his home city.

The 26 year old Liverpudlian exuded class throughout the contest, even when being forced onto the back foot by the ever moving forward all out attack tactics employed by O’Reilly, Freeman just adapted his tactics to counter and control the contest in sensational fashion.

The Liverpudlian’s power was the defining factor of the contest, especially in the fourth, when a massive right from Freeman shook O’Reilly to the core, forcing the Mancunian battler to stagger back onto the ropes and cover up just as the contest approached the minute mark of the round.  

In an instant Freeman stepped forward and let rip with a scintillating bombardment of massive lefts and rights, O’Reilly covered up and absorbed the first couple of shots on the gloves and arm, but Freeman’s power and precise placement ensured that the Liverpudlian’s Exocets began to power their way through the Mancunian’s guard with little resistance, after a couple of particularly venomous head shots referee Chris Kelly stepped in and stopped the contest on the one minute and two second mark of the fourth round.

Following the fight Freeman said;

“I am really pleased with my performance from Saturday night. 

“Yes it was a tough fight and my opponent not only took some of my best shots but he also gave some good punches too! 

“I’m definitely glad I got some good rounds in too as I won my last two fights in the first round.”

Freeman’s gym mate Lee Cooper was also on the card and secured a shut out points victory over Kyle McNicholas.

Both Freeman and Cooper will be back in action on the next Kyle Gallagher promoted Victory Fight Club event at the Jubilee Sports Bank on 28th March 2020. 

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BRAITHWAITE REVEALS HIS DEPRESSION FIGHT

MARCEL BRAITHWAITE says he was “done” with boxing earlier this year when he was battling depression.

The Liverpool boxer believes that daily phone calls from trainer Wayne Smith helped him fight the mental illness and return to the gym.He has overcome his demons and Braithwaite (9-1) challenges hot prospect Sunny Edwards (13-0, 4 KOs) for the vacant British super-flyweight championship at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday December 21, live on BT Sport.

Braithwaite’s problems left him out of action for eight months, but he returned in May and in October beat Craig Derbyshire to claim the English 115lb title.

“I nearly walked away from boxing at the start of the year. I came into 2019 on a loss and my trainer Wayne Smith talked me back into it,” said Braithwaite who bravely opened up about his issues.

“I was done. I wasn’t enjoying my life and at the time I was suffering from depression. It was hard.

“I was just wallowing. I was in a dark place, had low energy, low self-esteem and wasn’t enjoying life.

“I felt being around people was a burden for them so I was avoiding situations.

“Wayne would phone me every day seeing how I was and reminding me what I was capable of.

“He got me to believe again and now I’m English champion and fighting for the British title on BT Sport.

“Wayne was a key factor and when he got me back in the gym he reminded me that a lot of the young kids in there look up to me.

“Things like that brought me out of depression. It was massive for me to get back in the gym and see the young kids watching me train.

“Some of them see me as a role model so I have to handle the responsibility with grace.”

Braithwaite, 25, has seen Edwards get involved with rivals in social media slanging matches in the past, but has kept a low profile.

Edwards tried to hook Braithwaite, by claiming that his rival has unfollowed him on Instagram for not liking his posts.Braithwaite refused to snap back, but insists that Sunny was fibbing with that claim.

Asked whether he had, Braithwaite quipped: “No, No. Lies run sprints, but truth runs marathons.”

ALSO ON THE SHOW Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.

Liam Williams (21-2-1) faces American Alantez Fox (26-1-1) for the right to become number one in the rankings for the WBO world middleweight crown.

Sunny Edwards (13-0) fights for the vacant British super-flyweight title against former amateur teammate Marcel Braithwaite (9-1), with Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) making his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer. 

Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and via Ticketmaster

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier  

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JOSHUA EXACTS REVENGE AGAINST RUIZ JR IN HISTORIC REMATCH IN SAUDI ARABIA

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua, IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight championships, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. 7th December 2019. Picture By Mark Robinson. Anthony Joshua celebrates

In the biggest Heavyweight fight of the decade, Anthony Joshua OBE (23-1, 21 KOs) recaptured his position as the unified World Heavyweight Champion with a masterful unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) in a rematch that captured the world’s attention. In front of thousands of rabid fans at the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Joshua exacted his revenge against Ruiz, who six months ago dethroned the undefeated kingpin in epic fashion at Madison Square Garden in New York. Joshua will return to the U.K. as the unified IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion and now two-time world heavyweight champion.

In the evening’s chief support bout, Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs) and Michael Hunter (18-1-1, 12 KOs) battled for 12 back-and-forth rounds which resulted in a split draw – the first draw of each fighter’s career. In the ring following the fight, Povetkin and Hunter spoke about their desire for a rematch to settle the score. Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) delivered an impressive unanimous victory over Mariusz Wach (35-6, 19 KOs) to further enhance his case for a title shot in 2020.
 
Filip Hrgovic (10-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated with a knockout of Eric Molina (28-5, 19 KOs) in the third round following a dominating performance. Opening the main card on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN from Saudi Arabia, Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2 KOs) defeated Tom Little (10-8, 3 KOs) via a second round TKO. Two four-round bouts were added to the main portion of the card, highlighted by an impressive first round knockout from rising prospect Diego Pacheco (8-0, 7 KOs) over Selemani Saidi (20-16-5, 15 KOs). Saudi Arabia’s first professional boxer Zuhayr Al Qahtani made more history by becoming the Kingdom’s first titleholder as he outpointed Omar Dussary (7-1-1, 1 KO) to win the WBC Middle East Lightweight title. Majid Al Naqbi (4-0, 2 KOs) stopped Ilia Beruashvili (8-13, 4 KOs) in three rounds and Drago “Hopey” Price (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Swedi Mohamed (12-7-2, 3 KOs) by third round TKO.

QUOTES FROM SAUDI ARABIA
 
Anthony Joshua
 
On his performance: “Man, the first time was so nice – I had to do it twice! A man like me don’t make no excuses, my boy Derek Chisora said I could do this if I am ready to D-I-E. And look, this is about boxing. I am used to knocking guys out. Last time, I hurt the man and I got caught coming in. I gave that man his credit. There was no excuses. I respect Andy and his family and his trainers so much. I just wanted to put on a great boxing masterclass and also show the sweet science of this lovely sport. It’s about hitting and not getting hit.”
 
On any mental changes: “Never a change in mentality. You know the saying, ‘Stay hungry, stay humble.’ I have stayed hungry and I have stayed humble. I am humble in defeat and I will remain humble in victory. Thank you again to Andy Ruiz and his family, to Saudi Arabia and all of the traveling fans, all of my supporters.”
 
On handling Andy Ruiz’s pressure: “It’s all about preparation. Like I said, one day when I release a book I will walk through my career’s experience. It’s just about creating great memories. I took my L and I bounced back. Life is a rollercoaster. I heard some people say that we should retire if we lose. Hey Andy, are you ready to retire? (Andy: ‘No way, let’s go again.’) Exactly, we are warriors.” 
 
On a third fight: “Without a doubt. If you heard, we are going to do a third. He beat me fair and square the first time and I beat him fair and square the second time. So we will do it again. 100%.”
 
On where this win ranks in his career: “I just want to say I have the utmost respect for Andy Ruiz who beat me fair and square in the first exam. I failed the first time, but I came back and studied hard and passed this time. But this ranks second. The first would be my fight against Wladimir Klitschko. It means so much to me and I learned so much from that fight. I respect Wladimir so much and he gives me so much advice still. This fight ranks number two though.”
 
On being disciplined in this fight: “I know that my fans like to see me knock people out and I can do that but sometimes with certain fighters you have to box smarter.”
 
On fighting Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury: “What can I say? I have been speaking about these guys a long time. You see this time, when I had the opportunity to just focus solely on Andy,  my head is in the right place. When Wilder, Fury, Ortiz and Usyk are really ready, they will make the call. Until then, I respect them. I won’t continue to call them out. I am making my own lane and if they want to be a part of that, they will call. Ruiz did it and created a legacy. If those guys want to do it, they can create a legacy too. Look at all I have done, come on. When I call them out and do all of that, I lose focus.”

Andy Ruiz Jr
 
On his performance: “It was his night. I don’t think I prepared as good as I should have. I gained too much weight but I don’t want to give no excuses. He won, he boxed me around but if we do the third, best believe I will come in the best shape of my life.”
 
On his higher weight being an issue: “It kind of affected me a lot. I thought I would come in stronger and better. But you know what, next time I am going to prepare better with my team. This time I tried to train myself at times to get prepared but no excuses. Anthony Joshua did a hell of a job. Thanks to everyone in Saudi Arabia who supported.” 
 
On pressuring AJ: “I think I was chasing him too much instead of cutting off the ring. I just felt like I couldn’t throw my combinations. But who wants to see this third fight?”
 
Eddie Hearn
 
On what’s next: “We are going to celebrate. Anthony Joshua is an amazing ambassador for the sport. He has given everything to this sport. Tonight, in Saudi Arabia, he becomes the two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World and that is beautiful.
 
On his performance: “It was an absolute masterclass. He was able to stay disciplined. People have doubted his boxing ability, his endurance. He was humiliated at Madison Square Garden. It was the American coming out party and it was ruined. He could have brushed himself down and went off. Instead he came back and put on that performance and it was beautiful. That’s the sweet science. That was like Picasso on a canvas, paining a masterpiece.”
 
On Anthony’s comeback: “They wrote him off. They said he was all hype. He had to come back from humiliation at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, he is the governor. The governor of the division.”
 
On fighting in Saudi Arabia: “We got criticized for coming here but these people have been amazing. The vision they have for boxing in this region is incredible and they delivered.
 
On AJ becoming undisputed Heavyweight champion: “Tonight is about becoming the two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. We can talk about that later. We’ve wanted the undisputed for years and years. We will do what Anthony wants to do and he’s always wanted to be undisputed. People listen to rubbish that he doesn’t want it and you know what, we won’t give them this. We aren’t even going to give them the airtime. He is the king. They wrote him off and said he all hype but look, he’s back. He is the king again. He is the one who continues to step up – Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s resume don’t even stack up. They world stopped to watch Anthony Joshua become the two-time World Heavyweight Champion today and it was all live on DAZN, baby.”
 
On fighting Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury: “Anthony has been chasing them for years. Those fights will happen. Maybe they were right to walk away from those fights back then because the fight is worth much more now. AJ wants the legacy. He created that legacy tonight in Saudi Arabia. He sells out arenas around the world. He is transforming boxing. These other guys can’t lace his boots! He is only 24 fights in and he is only going to get better.”

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RUIZ VS. JOSHUA 2 WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua weigh in ahead of their IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight championships fight tomorrow night in Saudi Arabia. 6th December 2019. Picture By Dave Thompson

All times are local

17:00 DOORS 
18:30 FIRST BELL

 
4 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
MAJID AL NAQBI 9st 7lbs v ILIA BERUASHVILI 8st 12lbs
(UAE)                                       (Georgia)
 
19:00 WORLD FEED ON AIR

8 x 3 mins WBC Middle East Lightweight Title 
ZUHAYR AL QAHTANI 9st 8lbs v OMAR DUSARY 9st 3lbs
(Saudi Arabia)                                (Kuwait)
 
20:00 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE AND DAZN 

8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
MAHAMMADRASUL MAJIDOV 16st 7lbs v TOM LITTLE 17st 13lbs
(Azerbaijan)                                                 (England)
 
12 x 3 mins WBC International Heavyweight Title
FILIP HRGOVIC 17st 3lbs v ERIC MOLINA 17st 10lbs
(Croatia)                                (USA)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DILLIAN WHYTE 19st 5lbs v MARIUSZ WACH 19st 4lbs
(England)                                (Poland)
 
12 x 3 mins WBA Heavyweight World Title Eliminator
ALEXANDER POVETKIN 16st 5lbs v MICHAEL HUNTER 16st 2lbs
(Russia)                                                (USA)                               
 
23:45 MAIN EVENT RING WALKS START

12 x 3 mins WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight WORLD TITLES
ANDY RUIZ JR 20st 3lbs v ANTHONY JOSHUA 16st 13lbs
(Mexico)                               (England)
 
FLOATS

4 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
HOPEY PRICE 8st 13lbs v SWEDI MOHAMED 8st 13lbs
(England)                            (Tanzania)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest 
DIEGO PACHECO 11st 13lbs v SELEMANI SAIDI 11st 12lbs
(USA)                                           (Tanzania)

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FOX BELIEVES HE’S NO CHRISTMAS TURKEY AS HE VOWS TO “KNOCK THE STUFFING” OUT OF LIAM WILLIAMS

ALANTEZ FOX has warned Middleweight banger Liam Williams that the “doctor is going to have to save him from himself” come December 21st.

The American boxer, ranked #1 by the WBO, was responding to a wild interview by Williams where he referred to Fox as a “skinny little rat” and predicted he’d bank an “easy victory” for British boxing.

The pair do battle on Queensberry Promotions’ ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ card at the Copper Box Arena, which will see Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois headline against Kyotaro Fujimoto.

But the fight with the most immediate World Title permutations is the one between Williams and Fox, with the winner perfectly poised to challenge Demetrius Andrade.

Asked about his championship ambitions Fox said: “I don’t know if Liam is world level but I know he won’t be the man to stop my rise to a world title.”

Williams raised eyebrows earlier this week when it was revealed he had brought in the giant 6’6” Light Heavyweight Shakan Pitters to mimic the equally lofty Fox in sparring.

His opponent, though, doesn’t believe there is anything the Welshman can do to improve his chances come fight night.

“I know what he is going to do and I know what I am going to do… you will find out on fight night!”

When questioned as to what sort of sparring partners he’d brought in to prepare for the December 21st bout, Fox simply said: “Better, sharper fighters than Liam Williams.”

Fans’ mouths were watering already at the idea of the two squaring off but the anticipation has reached new heights since Williams’ began branding ‘lanky’ Alantez a “skinny little rat”.

Fox, however, thinks this is just a trick Liam is using to psyche himself up for war. 

“I think he needs to not like me in order to talk himself into this fight” he said, before joking “I told him to call me Master Splinter, I am the sharpest rat he has ever seen!”

Fighting for the first time in the UK can be intimidating for any fighter, with British fans famed for creating a raucous atmosphere, but Fox insists he’s up to the task.

“I’m very excited to travel to the UK.  UK fans are amazing and incredibly supportive of their fighters.  I am looking forward to putting on a great show and not only beating Liam Williams but taking all his fans as well.”

And when asked for a prediction of his own he was quick to channel his inner Brit.

“I believe his coaches, doctor or the ref are going to have to save him from himself because as you Brits say, I’m going to beat the stuffing out of him.”

Having lost only one fight in his professional career, Fox has every reason to feel confident and his manager, Mike Borao, believes his man is going to bring a few surprises to East London too.

He said: “I think Williams is going to be shocked and overwhelmed by the fighter he is facing on the 21st.  On the night, Alantez Fox will show why he is the WBOs number one ranked middleweight contender.”

With the WBO Champion Andrade waiting just around the corner for the victor, both men are adamant they are the one to step up and wrest the title from his control.

And if Fox is right, Williams may yet need to be saved from himself but the fans can certainly be safe in the knowledge they’re guaranteed a Christmas cracker of a fight come December 21st.

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ALSO ON THE SHOWUnbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.Sunny Edwards (13-0) fights for the vacant British super flyweight title against former amateur teammate Marcel Braithwaite (9-1), with Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) making his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer. Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and via Ticketmaster

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier  

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NO LOVE ISLAND FOR BRANCH

UNBEATEN cruiserweight hope James Branch Jr has snubbed the chance to sign up for Love Island.

The Hainault pretty boy was tracked down by agents who believed he would be a smash with females on the ITV reality show next year, but Branch told them he was a fighter not a lover.

Branch (6-0, 1KO) is back in action on Frank Warren’s ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ bill at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday December 21, live on BT Sport.

Ironically light-heavyweight Tommy Fury returns to action on that big Christmas show following his successful Love Island stint.

Branch is happy to leave romance to his Frank Warren stablemate and explained:  “I was approached about it by a few agents and a lot of people were pushing me forward, but I said; ‘No’.

“For me it wasn’t something I was interested in doing, but fair play to Tommy. 

He did well, but I am not really interested.“Tommy become a public figure from doing it and got a following. It should help him do well selling on the shows he boxes on.

“My life has been boxing from a very young age. Fighting means everything to me and I just don’t really know how I would come across on Love Island.

“I enjoy speaking and being in front of the camera. I’m not bad at talking, but prefer fighting.

Branch, 24, joked that he would have been a nightmare for Love Island producers, adding: “I am a different character to Tommy. I’ve got behavioural problems and might have been slung out after a week.”

Seven-time National amateur champion Branch spoke with his trainer Martin Bowers and believes he will move into title contention next year.

Branch said: “My career is going all right, but after Christmas we will start looking for titles. There is talk of the Southern Area title. Then I can start pushing on.

“I am blessed to be on a platform with Frank Warren promoting me and BT Sport.

“I’m learning and it has taken me some time to adapt from amateur to pro. I am sparring well and going good.

“It is going to be a good night at the Copper Box and a great event to come to. I am gonna put on a lovely boxing performance.

“My opponents will need to run otherwise he will get obliterated.”

ALSO ON THE SHOWUnbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.

Sunny Edwards (13-0) fights for the vacant British super flyweight title against former amateur teammate Marcel Braithwaite (9-1), with Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) making his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer. 

Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and via Ticketmaster

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier  

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RUIZ VS. JOSHUA 2 FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Andy Ruiz, current unified Heavyweight World Champion:
 
On importance of keeping the belts: “It’s been a long three months of camp. I’ve been training really hard for this fight. Like June 1, I made history, and I think the importance is to remake history on Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia. Not much to say, but I’m ready to rock androll, I know AJ is going to come in with a different game plan. I know he’s prepared, motivated, being more cautious – I know he’s going to try and box me around. My job is to prepare for whatever comes my way.”
 
On if the motivation is still there: “Of course, I don’t want these beautiful belts to go away. Remember I’ve been doing this since I was six, it’s finally paying off, and no way I’m going let these belts go. I’m going to die trying, and do anything that’s possible to get that victory. It’s been a long journey, long roller coaster in my life, and no way I’m going to let these go Dec. 7. Let the best man win.”
 
Anthony Joshua OBE, former unified Heavyweight World Champion
 
On this being a great opportunity: “It’s interesting to be on this side of the table, as you said in my 16th fight, I challenged for the world title, challenged for the title again with Klitschko, then Parker, and now I’m challenging again, so this is my fourth title challenge in a short space of time. I’m used to being in this position, and even when you’re champion, I think Andy being a respected heavyweight he knows you have to have the challenge and mindset. All these quotes that these fighters come up with is reality, challenger mindset. I’ve said that previously when I had the belts around my waist. Now I’m speaking this into existence, this is my challenge and mindset. So I’m going back to my 16th fight, focused and determined on the goal.”
 
On feeling less pressure without the belts: “I’ve been boxing a while now, and when I came into boxing I didn’t really come to take part, I came to take over. I came with full force, fully committed. The focus has already been there, but never had a chance to reflect. It was European Championships, Olympics Championships, British Title, World Championships. I’m not here to put on show I’m here to win. I’ve been around the block for a short space of time, so you have to understand I’m experienced and know what I’m doing. Through reflection in my own time, me and Andy are very different, but like everyone in this room we have time. I just have to use my time and as soon as I got back from New York I got that commitment back, got into shape, I didn’t lose any heart, didn’t lose any fire in my belly, started hitting the heavy bag, preparing for this day. I’m actually really looking forward to it. No fear in my heart, no fear in my eyes. I’m just looking forward to putting on a show, and I’m confident.”
 
On how special a win will be: “I was asked if this will be a special moment and I said no because I know I belong there. It’s not special, I’ve been there, I know what I’m doing. When I regain those belts I will probably keep calm and stay focused. It’s not a time to celebrate, it’s time to keep that challenge, mindset and find the next target, so one by one I’m picking them off. I’ve been doing that since I started boxing and Ruiz is just my next target on my list.”
 
On fighting in Saudi Arabia: “This the Mecca of boxing I’m hearing. The real Mecca of boxing. I’m going to turn this into something special, a real event. As you can see we have put together a great undercard and a great show. I went to the venue, its perfect, perfectly designed, said my prayers, I took time to really embrace what’s going to happen Saturday. I’m just going in with confidence, and I want everyone to have that same confidence and have a great time.” 
 
Manny Robles, Andy Ruiz’s trainer:
 
On defending belts: “It’s been three months of preparation which is something we didn’t have for the last fight. I’m very pleased to say we had a great camp, perfect sparring partners, perfect time, perfect time to prepare to come up with a better game plan. Understand we have a very difficult task in front of us. We respect him, and we know he’s a great fighter. We’re going to be ready for the task. Andy has a had a great camp, and mentally and physically prepared for the challenge. We look forward to it. I hope no one walks away disappointed Saturday night.”
 
On being a different fight this time around: “Absolutely it will be a different fight. We worked hard, we’re ready for the challenge. We’re taking this fight very seriously, we’ve been very tough on him, Andy knows it. He’s been focused, ready to go every day. We’re up to the challenge.”
 
Robert McCracken MBE, Anthony Joshua’s trainer:
 
On mindset going into this fight: “Anthony is in a much better place than last time at this stage, and I’m much happier with where he’s at. Everybody has said his training camp has gone really well. We’ve been training well out here in Saudi. Anthony has been training at the British Embassy, he’s got his own facility, and able to train diligently and hard. Listen we know how good Ruiz is, we know he’s a top heavyweight fighter, and he’s the champion. We’re totally confident, completely different mood going into this fight than back in New York. And I think you will see the real AJ for sure.”
 
On having more time to train: “For Andy Ruiz we had about five week notice for the last fight, at the same time Anthony’s opponent pulled out, so we had to restructure and change things, but with Ruiz’s ability that isn’t easy to do, but that isn’t a excuse. The right man won on the night, they both had 12 weeks to prepare for this fight, I think it’s a level playing field now. I think Anthony knows exactly what is in front of him, the sparring partners have been tailored to suit what Andy does. I think it you will see the real AJ on Saturday night and see a great performance.”
 
Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director:
 
“We talked about our friend Neil Leifer who is here with us in Riyadh. Neil was on the canvas taking photos for the “Thrilla in Manila” and the “Rumble in Jungle” and on Saturday, he will be there for “Clash On The Dunes.” It will be another historic night for the sport of boxing and a heavyweight that will go down as one of the biggest ever. Andy Ruiz shocked the world in New York in June and now they enter this fight totally differently – Ruiz is the champion and Anthony Joshua is the challenger. This fight has everything.
 
“We were very close to going to Cardiff, and very close to taking this rematch back to Madison Square Garden in New York. We even looked at Mexico. I had finally made the decision to keep the fight in the UK but then I got the call from Saudi. I think I was quite rude at first actually, I told them not to waste their time because we were taking the fight to Cardiff. But the passion they had to bring this fight to Saudi Arabia was unmatched and within four or five days, we have an agreement to stage this fight here. Sometimes there was shock and criticism, but this was an absolutely wonderful decision. The hospitality from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been incredible. The fighters have had an amazing experience here with first class facilities being specifically built for them to prepare. The is a new dawn for the sport of boxing.
 
“We are thankful for our friends at DAZN. Just one year in, they have completely changed the face of boxing in America. Look at the names they have already brought to their wonderful platform: Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz, Oleksandr Usyk, Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin, and the list goes on and on. It is a wonderful time to be involved with the DAZN business and there’s such a bright future ahead for them.”

Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing:

“There has been some magical and memorable nights of boxing on Sky watching so many greats. We then embarked on the journey with Anthony Joshua since he won his gold medal in London and he has been such a great ambassador for the sport.

“What a fight we had back in June and now how we love a rematch. This will be the biggest night for us of the year and we will make sure this dazzles in a wonderful new arena.

“What happens who knows! You cannot pick a winner.”

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