BURNS MEETS CARDLE ON USYK-BELLEW BILL


Ricky Burns and Scott Cardle meet on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s undisputed Cruiserweight clash with Oleksandr Uysk at Manchester Arena on Saturday November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Burns created history in Scotland in May 2016 when he defeated Michele Di Rocco in Glasgow to land the WBA World Super-Lightweight title and become the country’s first ever three-weight World Champion.

The Coatbridge star successfully defended the crown against tough mandatory Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow in October 2016 before falling short in a unification battle with IBF king Julius Indongo in April.He won his 50th fight as a professional in June, stopping Croat Ivan Njegac after four rounds and returns to the scene of his points loss to Anthony Crolla determined to prove he still has big ambitions at World level.

“There’s some big fights to be made in the Lightweight division and a win here in front of such a large PPV audience will put me further in the frame for next year,” said Burns.

“The Manchester crowd last time out was fantastic and obviously Anthony Crolla is fighting on the bill, I’d still love that rematch down the line but first and foremost Scotty has my attention for next Saturday.

“I get on really well with Scotty and his family. They have helped me out with some sparring down the years but this is strictly business. It was a shame my gym mate Joe Cordina pulled out through injury but this is boxing. I’ll shake Scotty’s hand before and after the fight.

“Training has been going well, I’m always keeping busy in the gym waiting for the phone to ring. It doesn’t matter who I fight, I train for every fight the same so the short notice doesn’t change anything drastically in terms of our preparation. These domestic dustups get the fans excited and it’s a great show to be fighting on.”

“This is a huge fight to get me back to where I want to be,” said Cardle. “Ricky is a former three-weight World Champion and a Scottish great, a win against him would hopefully set up some even bigger fights down the line. 
“This is a massive occasion for me, I’ve got the opportunity and now it’s time for me to deliver. I can’t turn fights like this down, especially at this stage of my career. The short notice isn’t ideal but I’ve trained hard for the Cordina fight and I’ll be ready next Saturday.

“Ricky is a very physical fighter, he’s got a great jab and he’s been in there with the best. He’s one of the toughest men in the sport and I’m prepared to go the distance with him. I’ll need to stay smart and use my speed on the night. 

“I’m getting to a certain age now and I want to be able to look back on my career and be happy with what I’ve achieved. I want to reach World level before I call it a day and a win over a name like Burns could be the start of something big”

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WBO Convention Awards / Special Recognitions at Gala



Results: WBO Convention Awards Gala at the Hotel El Panama in Panama City. Next year’s WBO Convention will take place in Tokyo, Japan.


WBO Fight of the Year 
Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka


WBO Female Fight of Year
Arely Muciño vs. Maria Salinas


WBO Female Fighter of the Year and Super Champion
Amanda Serrano


WBO KO of The Year
Ángel ‘Tito’ Acosta 1st-round KO to Abraham Rodriguez


WBO Fighter of The Year
Terence Crawford


WBO Upset of The Year
Eleider Alvarez TKO’s Sergey Kovalev


Special Recognition
1. Brian ‘Bo Mac’ McIntyre – Gordy Volkman Award for Outstanding Trainer
2. Eddie Hearn – The New Generation Award for Outstanding Promotions During 2018
3. Masayuki Ito v. Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz – for Outstanding Fight
4. Crawford, Montiel y Tanaka – Triple Crown Award for Winning WBO World Titles in Three Weight Divisions
5. Kosei Tanaka – Super Champion Belt – For Winning WBO World Titles in Three Weight Divisions
6. Promoter of The Year US – Bob Arum
7. Promoter of The Year Europe – Frank Warren
8. Oscar De La Hoya – Trailblazer Award for Ground Breaking Fight Series Transmitted Via Facebook Watch
9. Special recognition to Rosa Volante –  First female WBO World Champion
10. Special recognition Ahikiko Honda promoter Japan
11. Raja Amasheh First Female Fighter World Champion of The Middle East
12. Dariusz Michalczewski 22 titles defenses at Light Heavyweight Division
13. Ivan Calderón – Commitment to the Youth Boxing Program. WBO Two division Champion
14. Acelino Freites – WBO Two division World Champion
15. Arthur Grigorian – Former WBO World Lightweight Champion who defended his word title 17 times
16. Jaime Munguia – Devasting Knockout Puncher


Photos by Fernando Gaztambide / WBO

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WARRINGTON: “IN MY HEAD, I’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE!”

WARRINGTON: “IN MY HEAD, I’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE!”
JOSH WARRINGTON BELIEVES Carl Frampton might just be underestimating the size of the task ahead in attempting to prize him from his IBF world featherweight title at the Manchester Arena on December 22.

Frampton, a two-weight world champion himself, publicly declared his prediction that he felt Lee Selby was a shoe-in to retain his belt before he took on mandatory challenger Warrington at Elland Road in May.

The Belfast man made no secret of the fact he expected to be facing Selby in his attempt to add another world title belt to his collection.

Warrington spectacularly upset the odds in Leeds and again finds himself ranked second in the betting ahead of his first title defence that will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office.

The 27-year-old is aiming to ensure that history repeats itself and he confounds the odds against an opponent who might just consider the spoils are there for the taking.

“Possibly he does,” the 27-0 champion told BT Sport. “In his head he thought he would be fighting Selby in his next fight and he never thought he would be fighting me. I think that kind of makes me a bit of a wildcard because nobody expected me to bring that performance – so what am I going to bring against Carl?

“He will still have a few questions. He doesn’t know how good I am, no-one does. Obviously it is in my head what I am capable of doing and I think being tested against these boys is when I show what I can do.

“Up until then I was always just going about business and beat who was put in front of me. Now it is to show what I am really capable of.

“In my head I have got nothing to lose because I am still written off. Once again the bookies have got him as favourite and I am the champion.

“He is a massive favourite and that just gives me a greater desire and more fire in the belly.”
 
IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office. JJ Metcalf will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron will challenge for the British middleweight title.

Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). 

Tickets are priced at £50 Upper Tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier, £150 Tier, £200 Floor/Tier, £300 Floor, £400 Floor, £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are available.

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Whyte-Chisora II – 22nd December

WHYTE AND CHISORA COLLIDE ON DECEMBER 22
Bitter Heavyweight rivals rematch at The O2
Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora meet in one of the most highly-anticipated Heavyweight rematches in recent times at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
The date will mark just over two years since their epic Fight of the Year contender at Manchester Arena, where Whyte edged out Chisora via a controversial split decision after 12 relentless rounds of brutal action. 
 
Since that night, Brixton’s Whyte has gone from strength to strength, and now finds himself on the cusp of World title action after big wins over Australia’s Lucas Browne and New Zealand’s Jospeh Parker.
 
Whyte destroyed Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO in March before dropping and outpointing former WBO Champion Parker in a gruelling contest at The O2 in July to bolster his claim for a World title fight. 
 
Finchley star Chisora has been gunning for a rematch with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ ever since their first memorable meeting and finally gets the chance to avenge his loss against the WBC Silver Champion in an eagerly-anticipated Christmas cracker. 
 
A rejuvenated Chisora is back on the World title hunt after sensationally stopping former World title challenger Carlos Takam in eight rounds on the undercard of Whyte’s clash with Parker at The O2 in July.
 
Chisora, now managed by old foe David Haye, has long maintained that he did enough to beat Whyte in their first meeting and has promised to take it out of the judges’ hands by knocking out Whyte when they meet again in December. 
 
“This is going to be the donkey’s final destination,” said Whyte. “This will be Chisora’s last fight, the donkey’s last ride. I think that he needs to really have a good think about taking this fight because he’s going to be heading home after the fight looking like he’s been run over by a truck. I believe that I’ll knock him out in devastating fashion this time. Last time was my first 12 rounder and I was a little bit inexperienced but this time I’ll know exactly what to do. He’s at the end of the road.
 
“This is Heavyweight boxing and you never know what’s around the corner, but I’ve done what I need to do to secure a shot at a World title. There’s always something getting in the way, other fights being made or money and politics ruining things, but after I finish Chisora nobody can deny me my shot.”
 
“On Saturday 22nd December, you will all witness exactly what ‘WAR’ Chisora is about,” said Chisora. “I’m not messing, I’m not playing at boxing. Dillian has spent the last two years avoiding getting back in the ring with me. He knows exactly what it feels like to go toe-to-toe with me. For the next 7 weeks he will have sleepless nights knowing what he has finally signed up to. His last couple of opponents didn’t come for battle, they didn’t even put heat on Dillian, on December 22nd I’m coming to burn him up!
 
“I was cheated in our first fight by the judges, everyone knows that I was the true victor. This time I have a score to settle, Dillian won’t be hearing the final bell to be saved by the judges. I will be stepping in the ring a different fighter. I have everything to prove and it all to lose. ‘Dell Boy’ is no more, ‘WAR’ Chisora doesn’t cut corners, he doesn’t skip sessions, he doesn’t look for the easy option. I’m in the gym every day pushing my body to its limit. I’m in complete control of my destiny, December 22nd will be WAR.”
 
“The first fight was one of the best Heavyweight fights we have ever seen and I believe the rematch can eclipse even that,” said Eddie Hearn. “Both fighters enter this fight in their best form ever with everything on the line. We are guaranteed an absolute war on December 22 at The O2 and I cannot wait!”
 
David Haye, CEO of Hayemaker Boxing and manager of Chisora, said: “Without question there is a different fire in the eyes of ‘WAR’ Chisora, for two years he has wanted to settle the score with Dillian and finally he has the opportunity to do this. He has embraced everything we have thrown at him. Derek has huge untapped potential, the fact he has reached out to me, someone historically he had such animosity with for help demonstrates the lengths he is willing to go in order to realise the best version of himself.
 
“Dillian is going to be stepping in the ring with a completely different Derek ‘WAR’ Chisora, a fresh focus, a new outlook and an incredible desire to capture the World Heavyweight Title. This will be WAR.”
 
Tickets for Whyte vs. Chisora 2 are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300 and £600 (Inner Ring VIP)

Tickets are available to purchase now for O2 Priority customers via www.theo2.co.uk and go on sale to Fight Pass members on Friday 2 November at 1.00pm via www.stubhub.co.uk

General Sale tickets are available to purchase at 1.00pm on Saturday November 3 from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

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MASSEY BIDDING FOR CRUISE CONTROL – EYES OKOLIE CLASH

MASSEY BIDDING FOR CRUISE CONTROL – EYES OKOLIE CLASH
JACK MASSEY BELIEVES that a couple of recent high profile fights in his weight division have potentially given the cruiserweights a bad name.

The 14-0 Massey, who goes by the name of ‘One Smack’, is keen to propel himself into the thick of things and returns to action on the mammoth Manchester Arena card on December 22 as one of the support acts to Josh Warrington defending his IBF world featherweight title against two-weight world champion Carl Frampton.

Fights that have been given the big build up, such as Lawrence Okolie-Isaac Chamberlain and Matty Askin-Okolie, have failed to live up to their billing and Massey fears the boxing public could be turned off from the 200 pounders.

“Yeah, a little bit, I definitely think so myself,” considered the 25-year-old. “You don’t want people to watch fights like that and think it is what boxing is about. Matty Askin is a talent, so is Chamberlain, but Okolie is just awkward and holds a lot.

“He made them look mediocre as well as himself,” added Jack, who says the hype around these fights was not justified in the ring.

“No, not really, but there is a lot of talent in the cruiserweight division at the moment with a lot of good up and coming young fighters.

“If you saw the Okolie-Askin fight it was a bit of a stinker and you don’t want people to watch that and think that is what the cruiserweights are about. You want people to be interested in the cruiserweight division and see some good fights.”

Massey views himself as the man to restore the sparkle to the division and would willingly put himself forward to challenge Okolie. However, he suspects he is not viewed as an ideal candidate for a voluntary defence of a title and he will have to force the issue by earning mandatory status.

“I definitely think it is time to step up and obviously fight for some titles – we need a big title fight now. I feel like I am ready for that.

“My last fight – against Ian Tims – was a bit of a step up and, from what I am hearing from my management, a lot of people don’t want to fight me now and are ducking and diving a little bit.

“It seems like it will be harder to get a title shot unless I get into a mandatory position. So I just need to crack on and get some good fights, starting on December 22. I need to get cracking up the rankings then see what we can get.

“It is a great show to be on with some top fights on it and I think my tickets are going to fly out for it.

“We’d like the Okolie fight and he’s now got the target on his back, hasn’t he? Obviously styles make fights and it would be an awkward fight, but we have had a look at him and seen a few things.

“He has won the British and Commonwealth so he is the one you are going to target and we would like that fight. If not, we will go back to the drawing board and see what is best for us in getting up the rankings.

“It doesn’t sound like Okolie will take the fight so I can’t see it happening any time soon.”
 
IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office. JJ Metcalf will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron will challenge for the British middleweight title.

Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). 

Tickets are priced at £50 Upper Tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier, £150 Tier, £200 Floor/Tier, £300 Floor, £400 Floor, £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are available.

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BRITISH TITLE ELIMINATOR – TAYLOR VS NURSE – TO BE SHOWN LIVE AND FREE ON VIPBOXING.TV

Promoter Steve Wood has pulled a terrific headliner out of the bag for his November 17, Victoria Warehouse show, with Middleton’s Liam Taylor facing Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator.

“The Board have just signed this fight off, and I’m delighted,” explained VIP Promotions’ head, Wood.  “It’s a cracking match that’s worthy of TV coverage, so it’s great for boxing fans that we’ll be showing it live and completely free on vipboxing.tv.”

Taylor and Nurse are no strangers – the pair squared off in 2015, with the experienced Yorkshire fighter eking out a points win after Taylor took the fight at short notice. 

Since then, ‘Dynamo’ has won eight on the bounce to move to 19-1 (10) – while Tyrone has won and lost the British Super Lightweight Title; beating good fighters like Tommy Coyle and Willie Limond in the process, before losing the belt to world rated, Jack Catterall.

Despite Nurse, 35-4-2 (7), coming into this rematch on the back of two defeats – the Catterrall loss, and a contentious reverse to Jack Brubaker in Australia – Liam says he doesn’t believe his opponent is in decline, and is preparing for a hard, even encounter.

“I took the fight at two days notice last time, but learned from the experience,” said Liam.  “I learned how to do the distance, and the difference between a six-round fight and a ten-round fight.  It was a good learning fight and wasn’t really a bad loss. 

“This time we’ll both have the same notice so it’s going to be different.  We’re both more experienced, but I’ve been over in America training with Terry Flanagan for four weeks and I’m more than ready.

“On paper, anyone might think he’s on the slide because he’s lost his last two, but Jack Catterall is a quality fighter, and although he lost in Australia, from what I’ve read he got ripped off.  So, I don’t think he’s on the slide, he’ll be the same sort of fighter I fought over three years ago.  I don’t think he’s changed massively, but I’ve changed a lot, and that will be the difference.

“It will probably be nip and tuck some of the rounds.  It will be a close fight, but I’ll be better this time.  I see it as a genuine 50-50; some people might sway towards him because of his experience but I believe I’ll win it.  I definitely think I can get revenge.”

Whoever comes out on top will face the new British Welterweight king, Johnny Garton.  The Peckham man lived up to his ‘Pexican’ moniker on October 10th when he battled Gary Corcoran to a standstill to take the vacant crown in a fight of the year contender.  Despite it promising to be a very tough assignment, Taylor says facing Garton is exactly the type of fight he’s interested in now, and that he is ready to test himself amongst Britain’s best.

“I’ve wanted the Garton fight for over a year, and I want it even more now,” said the 27-year-old.  “I watched the highlights of his fight with Corcoran, everyone I’ve spoken to said it was a great fight, but I think I’d outbox both of them. 

“Garton is a very tough, game fighter, and he’s probably overachieved what he thought he would do.  It’s a top story, he’s going to give anyone a hard fight because he doesn’t stop coming forward, but I actually thought Corcoran would stop him, so he proved me wrong.

“All I want now is the big fights.  I’m 20 fights into my career, I’m ready to test myself to see how ready I am, and if I’m not ready now then I’m never going to be ready for domestic level.  At the moment though I’m thinking about no one apart from Tyrone Nurse.”

“The first fight between Liam and Tyrone was a good one, but it came too early for Liam and with such short notice he was always up against it,” assessed Wood.  “I think this time it will be even better, both need to win – I’m not sure where Tyrone goes if he loses, and Liam has been asking for a big fight, and now’s the time for him to make his mark.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on November 17.  Headlining will be Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse in a British Welterweight Title eliminator.

Also appearing will be Salford’s Luke Evans and Luke Vaughan; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield, Brad Rea and Kane Gardner; Delph’s Andy Kremner; Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe; Rochdale’s Muhammad Ali; Oldham’s Joe Eko; and Liverpool’s Adam Farrell.

Tickets priced at £35 (general), £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv 

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

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SAM MAXWELL – “I AM READY NOW.”

SAM MAXWELL – “I AM READY NOW.”
SAM MAXWELL insists that he is ready to step up and face Britain’s best Super-Lightweights.Maxwell (9-0) aims to make it a perfect ten as a professional when he boxes on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s IBF World Featherweight title defence against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22.

Despite his lack of professional experience Maxwell mixed with greats like Vasyl Lomachenko in the WSB lasting the five round distance in both contests against the brilliant Ukrainian.

So boxing the Best of British in the ten stone division holds no fears for the Liverpool boxer who trains in Glasgow under Danny Vaughan.

Maxwell said: “I see myself getting up there with boxers like Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall, Terry Flanagan and the rest of the division very soon.

“I’m ready now. I was 30 years-old last week and if I’m not ready now I will never be ready. I will fight anyone. The better the opponent, the better I will perform and prove how good I am.

“There are so many good British boxers at ten stone, but without doubt the toughest one to face would be Taylor.

“He is world class and definitely the top one. Flanagan is also at world level.

“People are writing him off, but I think he is very good and last weekend he just ran into a quality operator, Regis Prograis.

“There are a lot of good names, but there are different standards among them. Ohara Davies for example is decent, but didn’t look as good against Jack Catterall.

“Jack is one of those fighters who always finds a way to win. He looks special at times and then looks to just win which he does and did so comfortably against Ohara.

“I am looking to breakthrough onto that scene as early as possible next year.

“There has been some top domestic fight at Super-Lightweight recently like Jack v Ohara and Glenn Foot v Robbie Davies.

“I watched those fights and thought, ‘I’m not far off them’. It has got me and Danny excited.

“I have got the talent. All I am missing is the experience in the rounds, but I feel I am ready to step up. I am looking forward to the challenge and a big year next year.”

Maxwell is excited to be ending 2018 on a stunning BT Sport pay-per-view bill that also includes his close friend JJ Metcalf defending his WBC International Super Welterweight Title against Liam Williams.

He added: “I am going with Frampton, but I wrote Warrington off against Lee Selby, but he put on a masterclass. You can never write him off.

“The fight I’m really looking forward to on the bill is JJ against Liam.

“JJ is an old stablemate of mine and I really hope he can pull through. It is a massive fight and massive ask, but if anyone can do it he can.

“His character and willpower means it will take something special to beat him.”

IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office.

JJ Metcalf (18-0) will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams (18-2-1) in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron (21-0) will challenge for the British middleweight title.Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). Merseyside will be represented as Liverpool Welterweight prospect Sam Maxwell (9-0) returns to action on the show along with Formby’s Heavyweight Alex Dickinson (6-0). Derbyshire’s highly touted Cruiserweight Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey (14-0) will also feature.

Tickets are priced at £50 Upper Tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier, £150 Tier, £200 Floor/Tier, £300 Floor, £400 Floor, £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are available.

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CROLLA: I GENUINELY BELIEVE THE BEST OF ME IS STILL TO COME

Anthony Crolla Training session ahead of his fight against Daud Yordan on 10/11/18 at Manchester Arena. 30th October 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

CROLLA: I GENUINELY BELIEVE THE BEST OF ME IS STILL TO COME
‘Million Dollar’ determined to reclaim World title in 2019
Anthony Crolla says his best is still to come as he prepares to take on Daud Yordan in a final eliminator for the WBA Lightweight World title on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s undisputed Cruiserweight clash with Oleksandr Usyk at Manchester Arena on November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. 
 
‘Million Dollar’ returns to his second home for the first time since his win over three-weight king Ricky Burns in 2017 and the 31-year-old is aiming to steal the show with another memorable performance in front of a packed-out arena. 
 
A former World Champion, Crolla is eager to reclaim his WBA World title currently held by pound-for-pound star Vasiliy Lomachenko, and would welcome a huge clash with the Ukrainian in 2019, despite the prospect of heading into that fight as a huge underdog.
 
“Daud Jordan is a very dangerous opponent,” said Crolla. “He’s been in and around World Class operators for a number of years. He’s won 38 with a lot of knockouts and lost 3. If I’m not at my best, he’ll turn me over so I’ve got to raise my performance levels and win this which will open the door for another World title shot.
 
“Joe thinks this is going to be a long, hard and brutal fight so in sparring we’ve tried to be smart so I’m fresh for fight night. The styles will gel and I’m sure it’ll be a great fight.
 
“I can’t fight on emotions and try to be the hero. It’ll come down to pedigree but I know all in all it’s going to be tough in there. I’m confident I’ve put in the hard work in camp which will help me be victorious on the night.”
 
Crolla enjoyed a rollercoaster ride as WBA king at 135lbs, he finally got his first shot at the title in July 2015 against Darleys Perez in Manchester but was edged out in a controversial draw. 

The pair rematched in the same venue five months later and Crolla took his second chance out of the judges’ hands with a stunning 6th round KO from a brutal body shot. Crolla delivered the same salvo against dangerous mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso in in May 2016 to halt the Venezuelan in round seven.

That win led to a keenly fought pair of unification battles with Jorge Linares that the visitor won, but Crolla insists he can still deliver on the World stage.

“I believe I graft as hard as anyone out there,” he added. “It’s in my make up to be honest, I know I’m not the most talented fighter out there, I never have been and I never will be but I know I have to make up for it with hard work. 
 
“My motivation every morning is my little boy, family and those who pay money to come and watch me. It’s a World title final eliminator in my home town; if I can’t get up for that I’m in the wrong sport. It’s a short career, these nights don’t come around too often and when I’m out I’ll miss them dearly.
 
“I’m not a young man anymore but I genuinely believe the best of me is still to come. Joe thinks I’m boxing better than ever. All the numbers I hit in training are on the rise.  I’m nearly 32, the body comes under stress at times but I’ve looked after myself and I’m ready to go into the trenches again next week.”

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WARRINGTON TRAINING HARDER TO ‘STICK TWO FINGERS UP’ AT DOUBTERS AGAIN

WARRINGTON TRAINING HARDER TO ‘STICK TWO FINGERS UP’ AT DOUBTERS AGAIN
Josh Warrington confesses he found it ‘satisfying’ when he proved wrong the doubters who wrote off his chances of becoming world champion.
 
He also added that it will be the same thing again when he defeats Carl Frampton in their BT Sport Box Office clash on December 22nd in Manchester.
 
After being asked if being the underdog gave him an extra edge in his preparation’s for Frampton, Warrington responded with no hesitation;
 
“Yes, it’s making me train harder and I want to turn around and stick two fingers up, it was sweetly satisfying after the last fight.”
 
In his previous fight, domestic rival Lee Selby was a clear favourite heading into the contest against Josh Warrington.
 
But the Leeds underdog re-wrote the script and stunned the boxing world by out-boxing Selby to a shock victory, claiming the IBF world featherweight title in the process.
 
“I don’t want to be too cocky… but when all them haters, especially on social media, were writing me off saying ‘Warrington’s going to get schooled! He’s going to get his head boxed off! He’s going to get knocked out unconscious on the floor!
 
“…to be able to after the fight, scroll through my social media when I got home, my world title sat there, cup of tea… you were saying?!” joked the IBF world champion.
 
He continued: “I think it is nice to turn around, especially when you’re doubted, it wasn’t that a few doubted me, the whole country doubted me who took interest in that fight. Nobody was giving me a round never mind the fight, and the way I went about it, it was a bit sweeter.
 
“… and I feel like it will be the same with this one [against Frampton].”
 
 IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office. JJ Metcalf will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron will challenge for the British middleweight title.

Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). Merseyside will be represented as Liverpool’s 9-0 Welterweight prospect Sam Maxwell returns to action on the show along with Formby’s 6-0 Heavyweight Alex Dickinson. Derbyshire’s highly touted Cruiserweight Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey will also feature.

Tickets are priced at £50 Upper Tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier, £150 Tier, £200 Floor/Tier, £300 Floor, £400 Floor, £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are available.

Tickets available via Eventim.

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Vicente to defend title at the WBO Convention; wants Dogboe next


 The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Featherweight Latino champion Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente of the Dominican Republic, is ready for his first title defense. The fight is scheduled for this Wednesday, October 31st at the Vasco Núñez de Balboa Convention Center, located at the Hotel El Panamá, as part of the festivities that will take place at the WBO’s 31st Convention. 

Vicente (33-3-2, 25 KOs), who will face Mexico’s Víctor Proa (29-5-2, 22 KOs) in a 10-round duel, is training in Puerto Rico under trainers Freddy Trinidad and Yoel González, and physical trainer “DJ” Montano Córdoba. 

“I feel better than ever and with a new team that is working hard by my side. I’m super ready and motivated for this fight because I know that, with a victory, I will get closer to a world title fight against the winner of world champion Isaac Dogboe and challenger Emmanuel Navarrete”, said Vicente. 

“My Spartan Boxing team and my promoter Lou DiBella are already making moves so that my dream of fighting for the WBO world championship in 2019 becomes a reality. But the first thing is to beat Víctor Proa, who is a very aggressive opponent who comes to give all he’s got in his fights”, said a confident Vicente, who is currently ranked #11 by the WBO. 

Manager Raúl Pastrana of Spartan Boxing Club mentioned: “Since Vicente is a WBO Latino champion, our interest has always been that he can face the world champion of the organization.

The WBO recently held a great world title fight in Japan between Kosei Tanaka and Sho Kimura, that is a much talked about duel because of all the action they had and we believe that a fight between Vicente and Dogboe or even Navarrete, should be an action-packed fight”. 

Last April, “El Rayo” was crowned WBO interim Latino champion, when he beat Colombian Walberto Ramos via 4th rpund TKO.

In his first title defense, the Dominican puncher defeated Mexican Andrés García by way of an impressive 2nd round knockout in Panamá. 

A month ago, former WBO Latino Jr. Featherweight Champion José “Pancora” Velásquez did not accept to fight Yenifel Vicente for his regular Latino title, and therefore, the WBO stripped him of the title, and made Vicente the Latino Champion. 

Vicente has eight wins in a row by way of knockout, which includes the 2015 Knockout of the Year in the Premier Boxing Championship series over favorite and then undefeated Juan “Baby Tito” Domínguez, who was knocked out in the 3rd round. Photos by Esdel Palermo

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