McAllister Steps Up To Heavyweight – Faces Williams in Aberdeen July 28th

It was announced yesterday that Lee “The Aberdeen Assassin” McAllister will face Danny “The Brixton Bomber” Williams in a heavyweight clash at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen on Saturday 28th.
 
Former two-weight WBU champion and current PBC International and Commonwealth Super Welterweight Champion and WBF Welterweight World Champion McAllister, 35, will step up multiple divisions to face former British and Commonwealth champion Williams in the Granite City.
 
Williams, who famously fought and stopped former undisputed heavyweight world champion Tyson in the fourth round of their Louisville, USA, clash in 2004, is the reigning GBF Heavyweight World Champion, following his first round knockout victory over Martin Stensky in Szoinok Hungary on the 28th April
 
Also in April this year McAllister stepped up to fight at heavyweight, defeating Lee Kellett 39-37 in Ayr in a four round contest.
 
Following that victory the Aberdonian claimed he wanted to continue at heavyweight and fight a legend – like Williams, and add a Heavyweight title to his collection.
 
Williams had made numerous warnings, following the Aberdeen Assassins calling him out over the past month, claiming he would knock out McAllister in three rounds if they ever met.
 
The war of words continued with McAllister responding by claiming he would happily face Williams.
 
McAllister stated in the Evening Express: “It is a massive fight for both myself and for Aberdeen.
 
“If I could pull off the unthinkable and actually beat Williams it would be absolutely massive.
 
“A win would cement my legacy in boxing.”
 
Whilst no doubting McAllister’s pedigree, albeit in lower weight divisions, from Lightweight to Super Welterweight, it’s still a big call for the Aberdeen man as Williams has been in with some of the best in the World, not just Tyson, he also fought Vitali Klitschko for the WBC world heavyweight title in 2004, losing to an eighth round stoppage.
 
Williams, who is six foot three and weighing 18 stone 13 lbs and has a 79-inch reach and has won his last three fights with first round stoppages, recently claimed he is rejuvenated and is a completely different fighter to the one that had a shocking collapse of form between 2011-14.
 
McAllister says he doesn’t underestimate the threat of, or punching power of Williams, who has stopped thirty nine of his opponents in his 52 career wins.
 
McAllister said: “There is no surprise Danny Williams has taken the fight because having read what he said in the Evening Express he thinks it is an easy job for him.
 
“He said he thinks he could take me out in three rounds.
 
“I just hope he is underestimating me as I certainly won’t be underestimating him.”
 
Lee McAllister versus Danny Williams is scheduled to take place at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen on Saturday 28th July 2018.
 
Tickets for McAllister Vs Williams on sale on Monday – Ticket line: 07594 144433 – Web: www.tkoboxoffice.com

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HEAVYWEIGHT SENSATION JOE JOYCE MAKES FIRST COMMONWEALTH TITLE DEFENCE AGAINST GHANAIAN PUNCHER RICHARD LARTEY


 
Dynamite-fisted Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Joe Joyce will defend his title and unbeaten record against Ghanaian powerhouse Richard Lartey at the home of London boxing, The York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday 15th June, televised live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave.
 
The ‘Juggernaut’, from Putney in South West London, moves fast to make the first defence of the title that he won only last month at London’s O2 Arena with a devastating second round KO of Lenroy Thomas.
 
In registering that stunning victory, Joyce became the first ever heavyweight boxer to win the prestigious Commonwealth title in just his fourth fight – and with only 12 professional rounds under his belt.
 
The 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist made an explosive entry into the professional ranks last October with an eighth round stoppage of the experienced and former British title challenger Ian Lewison.
 
He followed that up that unheralded debut win with two explosive first round victories this year against Rudolf Jozic in February and then Donnie Palmer in March before facing experienced 21-4 Thomas a tricky southpaw.
 
Joyce, 32, now faces a stern test against the big-punching Lartey, who fights out of Ghana’s legendary fighting city of Accra that has produced some of Africa’s greatest ever boxers including Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey.
 
The 6ft 5in Lartey, previously the Ghanaian Heavyweight Champion, holds a 13-fight record with 12 wins, nine coming by way of knockout and he likes to end fights early with five of those big KOs coming inside the second round. He challenged for the WBC Youth Silver Heavyweight title in December 2014 which resulted in his sole career loss, but has remained undefeated in six fights since.
 
However, Joyce relishes the challenge and says he is looking forwarding to comparing his firepower to Lartey’s and is confident he will extinguish whatever his opponent brings to the ring.
 
Joyce said, “The bigger the challenge the better I perform and Lartey looks like he can pack some power in the ring so lets see if he can bring it on against me. Four stoppages in four fights and the Commonwealth title is already ticked off. I’ll be going all out to make Lartey number five, keep hold of my belt and tear it up going forward. I haven’t even be a pro for a year yet, I’m thrilled with my progress so far and there is so much more to come from me, it’s frightening when I think about what I’m going to be doing in the heavyweight division.”
 
Joyce v Lartey headlines a fantastic fight card that features an array of talent and in the chief supporting contest, Sam Smith and Anisha Basheel clash for the Vacant Commonwealth Female Lightweight title; MMA superstar Michael “Venom” Page, fresh off his Bellator victory last month, returns to the boxing ring and faces Michael Ciash over four rounds at light-heavyweight; female fighting sensation Savannah Marshall, Britain’s first ever female World Amateur Champion, features in a six-round super-middleweight contest; the incredible and inspirational Ruqsana Begum faces Ivanka Ivanova in a rematch after their contest ended in a draw in March and collide over four rounds at super-flyweight; red-hot unbeaten Welsh super-middleweight Kody Davies will face Eric Mokonzo over four-rounds
 
Completing the card will be Richmond super-middleweight Chris Davies, the exciting pro-debut of heavyweight George Fox, son of renowned trainer Don Charles; Hitchin super-welterweight Tom Ansall, Luton super-welterweight Linus Udofia, Hayes featherweight Fuad Huseen and Rochester super-featherweight Brandon Ball.
 
Remaining tickets priced at £40 and VIP Ringside Seating at £150 (both subject to booking fee) are available from iboxingtickets.com
 
Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night airs live and exclusive on free-to-air Dave from 9pm.

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HE’S BACK WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

Boxing – Tyson Fury & Sefer Seferi Weigh-In – Great Northern Amphitheatre, Manchester, Britain – June 8, 2018 Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi during the weigh in with promoter Frank Warren (C) Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

DOORS 15.45 HRS

Fight # 1 – 16:00 HRS
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
ZAC BURTON 12st 7lbs V DOMINIK LANDGRAF 12st 9lbs 12oz

Fight # 2
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
ALEX DICKINSON V DAVE HOWE (weigh-in on the day)

Fight # 3
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
LYNDON ARTHUR 12st 8lbs 4oz V CHARLES ADAMU 12st 5lbs 1oz

Fight # 4
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest
JORDAN THOMPSON 14st 4lbs V DMITRI KALINOVSKI 13st 12lbs 8oz

Fight # 5
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
JACK McGANN 11st 5lbs 3oz V DWAIN GRANT 11st 6lbs

Fight # 6
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 6lbs 4oz V EDWIN TELLEZ 9st 5lbs 8oz

BT SPORT BROADCAST GOES LIVE AT 19:00 HRS

Fight # 7 – 19:05 HRS
10 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NATHAN GORMAN 17st 11lbs 4oz V SEAN TURNER 18st 9lbs

Fight # 8
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
J.J METCALF 11st V AITOR NIETO 10st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 9
THE VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SILVER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
MARK HEFFRON 11st 5lbs 2oz V ANDREW ROBINSON 11st 5lbs 8oz

Fight # 10
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with RocNation Sports”
THE VACANT WBO WORLD SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TERRY FLANAGAN 9st 13lbs 5oz V MAURICE HOOKER 9st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 11
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with EC Boxpromotion”
10 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
TYSON FURY 19st 10lbs 7oz V SEFER SEFERI 15st 2oz

Fight # 12
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest
SAM MAXWELL 10st 1lb V KANE BAKER 10st

Fight # 13 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
JACK FLATLEY 11st 8lbs 4oz V TROY WILLIAMSON 11st 6lbs 8oz

Fight # 14 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JACK MASSEY 14st 4lbs V IAN TIMS 14st 3lbs 10oz

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Return to the Thunderdome


 
The big day approaches and the line-up is solidifying into a towering edifice of raw power and sheer intellectual force. We have two newcomers to the ring in Dave “Smashman” Ashman and Roger “Cannonball” Baxter competing in the 80kg division. What these two lack in experience they make up for with confidence and sheer chutzpah.A classic in the making.
 
Unable to acquire a travel permit in time for the event our Russian star Nikita Estafiev has been forced to withdraw (darned Novichok!) but stepping into the breach we have a London Chessboxing favourite Lewis McLelland.
 
“Yes! You can enjoy a drink while watching
the chessboxing at Dome Tufnell Park
(unlike certain lesser venues!)”
 
Matt “Crazy Arms” Read will do battle in his inimitable style against Vincent Forest from Paris. It was Alexander Solzhenitsyn who observed ” A forest doesn’t weep over one tree” but, we ask, will a Forest weep over one Read? The answer to this and many more questions will be revealed.
 
Venue 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, London NW5 1H
Doors open 6pm Closes 10.30pm

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Slick young gun Brown makes debut against seasoned pro Kayes on June 30th


 
Grantham’s Max Brown is set to make his Professional boxing debut on Saturday June 30th in Colchester against the extremely durable and experienced Marty Kayes.
 
The slick youngster is under no illusion that this is by far a massive test for him and he has been putting the hours in the gym trained by his Dad and Manager Russ Brown who owns the family Gym.
 
Russ said, “Max has been in the fight game since he was 6yrs of age and has more knowledge and experience than his years.
 
“He has been training so hard for this debut as we are more than aware what Marty brings to the table and is known for causing an upset.
 
We are stepping up to welterweight for this fight, but will be dropping back down after.”
 
Max said, “I’am feeling fit and strong and is ready for the biggest test of his career so far.”
 
Max Brown versus Marty Kayes takes place at the Charter Hall, Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue in Colchester on Saturday 30th June 2018.
 
Tickets are available direct from any boxer on the card.

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JJ METCALF: “I CAN GIVE ANY 11ST FIGHTER IN THE WORLD A REAL GOOD FIGHT.”

Much avoided Scouse super-welter scrapper JJ Metcalf receives an unexpected opportunity to vault the domestic belts and crash the world rankings on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s ring return at the Manchester Arena on Saturday week.

Fresh off a career peak sixth round drubbing of fellow ABA champion Damon Jones in the Leeds southpaw’s home city last October, the bull strong 5ft 9in ‘Kid Shamrock’ squares off with quality Spaniard Aitor Nieto over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC International belt.

‘I hoped the Jones win would lead to a British title shot so it was frustrating to be out for eight months after such a positive performance. I’m 29 and needed things to speed up a bit cos I’m always in the gym, always active, always waiting for a call,’ says ‘James’ – the second eldest child of feted former WBU light-welter king Shea Neary – who is now undefeated in 17 pro gigs with nine victories by stoppage, since debuting in December 2011.

‘But I’m more than made up with this WBC opening. It could get me a world ranking and push me on to something far bigger. Hopefully, it’ll increase my profile and lead to better fights against the people who’ve been reluctant to fight me, cos I don’t have a profile or reputation.

‘I’m at the stage now where I’ll take anything. If a world title fight was offered I’d jump at it. I can compete with ‘Beefy’ (ex WBO champ Liam Smith) in spars. I’ve never felt out of my comfort zone in any spar I’ve had so I’m very confident that I can give any 11st fighter in the world a real good fight. I can always find a way (to win).’

The MTK managed, Frank Warren promoted former England international has made changes to his support staff ahead of the stiffest assignment of his career.

‘I needed to spend extra time with my Dad so I’ve parted with George (Vaughan) and Derry (Mathews)but Joe McNally is still helping out,’ disclosed the Everton fan who represented Liverpool schools at soccer before embracing the fight game at 16.

‘I’ve also started working with a running partner who’s really pushing me with my roadwork, ahead of my first scheduled 12 rounder. I’ve had quality sparring with John Thain from Scotland. He’s got a fight coming up so is in top shape and his style emulates the Spanish kid’s. I’ve never been more ready.’

With a five-figure crowd expected, and BT Sports broadcasting live, the Mersey mauler is accorded a gilt-edged platform to showcase his wares. He does not intend to profligate.

‘I can’t afford a mediocre performance. I need to get people talking about me,’ says this humble and introverted prospect.

‘Unlike others, I’m never gonna get publicity for talking clever. That’s just not in my nature so I have to prove myself as a fighter to get recognition. But I’m never in a boring fight. Hopefully, this can be my ‘coming out’ parade.’

‘It’s certainly not going to be easy,’ concludes Metcalf, who has only been beyond six rounds twice and never past 10.

‘But hopefully my strength and will to win will see me home and I’ll come away with another win in a fight that the fans enjoyed.’

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WBO News – Headline Matches For This Weekend


 
 

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) will oversee seven headline bouts around the world this weekend, two of which are for world titles.

 

Starting Friday, June 8, in Verona, New York, WBO number one ranked Junior Featherweight Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) will defend his NABO 122 lbs title against José “Sugar” Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs) in a 10-round duel. The bout is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and will go on stage at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in the aforementioned city.

 

The fight will be televised live on ESPN3, starting at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). ESPN2 will air the fights at 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT. and ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 

De La Hoya-Salgado will take place during the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend, where “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko, Erik “El Terrible” Moráles, and Ronald “Winky” Wright will be exalted, along with other important boxing figures such as Peter Kohl, Steve Albert, Jim Gray and Lorraine Chargin.

 

On Saturday, June 9 in Argentina, Facundo Galovar (10-2-1, 7 KOs), of Tucumán, and Rolando Mansilla (13-5-1, 5 KOs), of Entre Ríos, will face off for the vacant WBO Latino Super Middleweight belt in a scheduled 10 round bout. The card will take place at the Club Atlético Central Córdoba in San Miguel, as part of an event promoted by Argentina Boxing Promotions.

 

Also on Saturday, but in the Philippines, two WBO Jr. Featherweight title bouts will take place, when local pugilist Jeo “Santino” Santisima (15-2, 13 KOs) faces Likit Chane (16-6, 10 KOs), from Thailand, for the vacant WBO Oriental 122 lbs belt, and local Albert Pagara (29-1, 20 KOs), who is ranked No. 9 by the WBO, battles Laryea Gabriel Odoi (20-3-2, 14 KOs), of Ghana, for the vacant Inter-Continental Junior Featherweight title. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds in an event promoted by ALA Promotions at the Maasin City Complex.

 

In England, the former WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs), from Manchester, will seek to reign in a second division, when he clashes with Texan Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16KOs) for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight crown. The duel will be the main event of a card presented by Queensberry Promotions. The fight will be held at Manchester Arena. Flanagan and Hooker are ranked in the first and second positions, respectively, at the Junior Welterweight division.

 

During his reign in the Lightweight division, Flanagan successfully defended the title five times.

 

The fight will be televised by BT Sports, on Showtime Boxing’s Facebook page, as well as in Showtime Sports’ YouTube Channel and Panama Cable Onda Sports beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

 

Another WBO world title fight will be staged this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, welterweight campion Jeff Horn, of Australia, will face WBO Super Champion and former Lighweight and Junior Welterweight champion Terence Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska.

 

For Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), it will be the second defense of the title he won by beating legendary WBO Super Champion, Manny Pacquiao.

 

With a victory over Horn, Crawford (32-0-0, 23 KOs) would join Oscar De La Hoya (130 lbs, 135 lbs, 160 lbs), Miguel Cotto (140 lbs, 147 lbs, 154 lbs), Jorge Arce (108 lbs, 115 lbs, 122 lbs) and Fernando Montiel (112 lbs, 115 lbs, 118 lbs) as the only three divisions champions of the entity.

 

Also on the card, WBO Latino Lightweight Champion and ranked No. 5 by this sanctioning body, Antonio Moran (23-2, 16KOs), from Mexico, is heading for his second title defense, when he faces former Jr. Lightweight Champion, and WBO 14th ranked Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (23-1, 12KOs), from Puerto Rico, in scheduled 10 round match.

 

Horn-Crawford and Pedraza-Moran will be broadcast live via ‘ESPN+’ App, starting at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. The event is promoted by Top Rank.

 

Photos by Victor Planas
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JACK ‘ONE SMACK’ MASSEY: “IF I CATCH THEM CLEAN, THEY GO OVER!”

Derbyshire destroyer Jack Massey isn’t expecting the judges to inhibit his charge to the British cruiserweight title.

Though he has halted just six of his 13 paid victims thus far, the 25 year old former ABA cruiserweight king has latterly developed the patience to compliment his potent punching and the consequences have been catastrophic for his recent competition.

Two of his last four victims – both good men with records heavily in the black – failed to make their way through the opening session.

‘I actually like to take my time and ease into a fight but if I catch ‘em. I’m on ‘em,’ says the 6ft 4in MTK managed, Robert Rimmer Jr coached prospect who resurfaces after eight months inactivity against ex Irish and Celtic champion Ian Tims in a scheduled eight rounder in the prelude to Tyson Fury’s ring return at Manchester Arena on Saturday.

One of my fans called out ‘One Smack Jack’ during my pro debut and it just caught on. Other boxers assure me I punch very hard with BOTH hands. My stoppage wins have been proper knockouts. If I catch them clean, they go over. 

‘I’ve knocked most of my opponents down but, early on in my career, I’d jump straight on ‘em and I’d rush in to finish them and get wild. When you chase the knockouts, they don’t happen. Also, it was hard to finish journeymen who hid under their shell but, in longer fights against better quality opposition, you’ll see more spectacular knockouts from me.’ 

In contrast to most who share his profession, the cruiser cruncher’s destructive instincts were not a product of the frustrations of the inner city. He was born and raised in the sleepy market town of Chapel-en-le -Frith deep into the rolling Peak District hills. However, there is boxing in his breeding.

‘Grandad boxed in the army and Dad had a handful of amateur fights. He was a big boxing fan with loads of video tapes that I loved watching. Like most kids, Mike Tyson was my favourite. ‘Baddest Man on the Planet!’ disclosed mallet-fisted Massey.

‘My older brother Daniel won a few national (junior) titles and I just followed to the Buxton ABC gym when I was 12. 

‘I had 54 amateur bouts and my losses were in single figures. I won two junior ABA titles, three national CYPs, a Tri Nations gold medal plus a bronze in the Commonwealth Youth Games representing England over in the Isle of Man.

‘In 2013, a week after my 20thbirthday, I beat Chris Billam-Smith to win the senior ABA title. I also outpointed (Olympic light-heavy bronze medallist)Joshua Buatsi, in one of our two amateur fights.

‘But I became bored with the amateur scene after struggling to get selected for the GB set-up. I finished my amateur career at the Northside gym in Manchester, training alongside (ex-British and two-weight Commonwealth pro champion)Craig Watson and, watching him, decided that professional boxing was what I wanted to do.’

Despite his obvious pedigree, the part-time stonemason has been restricted to just 13 starts since shedding his singlet in July 2013.

‘I’ve had a lot of bad luck…especially a bad injury to my nose. But now that I’ve done deals with MTK and Frank Warren I expect the big fights to start rolling in,’ claims Jack.

‘It shouldn’t be long before I’m challenging for major titles. I believe I’m already one of the best in the cruiserweight division. 

‘OK, Okolie v Chamberlain at the O2 recently wasn’t a great fight but it brought a lot of interest to our division. There’s loads of good fights to be made. Like the heavyweights, us cruisers are big explosive guys who bring a lot of kayos. 

‘I’ve sparred lads like Matty Askin, Tommy McCarthy, (ex WBA ‘interim’ boss)Youri Kalenga, a very tough African over in Spain. Earlier in my career I did hard rounds with Tony Bellew. I’m ready for big fights. Absolutely!

‘All I need is a bit more experience before I can think of challenging the winner of Watkins-Okolie for the Commonwealth or 
(current British champ) Matty Askin. The titles are there for the taking.’ 

And ‘One Smack Jack’ will be looking to execute another Massey-cre against 38 year old Dubliner Tims in their appetiser to Fury’s comeback, screened by BT this weekend.

‘I intend watching Tyson’s return with another explosive win under my belt,’ states Massey a prolific ticket seller who regularly shifts over 800 tickets when he headlines in nearby Buxton.

‘I’m hoping to bring at least 200 to Manchester and I hope my fans get to see a good fight because I’m getting complaints when they pay good money and it ends in less than a round. But I expect a win by late stoppage.

‘Ian’s clearly a tough guy, quite tight (defensively)but he’s getting on a bit and a good bit shorter than me. Style wise, he should suit perfectly. I’ll be looking to keep him on the end of my long arms and gradually take him apart.

 ‘I think I’m going to go far, win British and world titles. I’m going to be in plenty of good fights and deliver plenty of big knockouts. I’ve a great jab, can box, punch, I’m exciting. What more do you need?!’

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Whyte faces Parker in Heavyweight blockbuster

‘Body Snatcher’ meets former World king at The O2 on July 28

 Dillian Whyte will meet Joseph Parker in a crunch Heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Whyte is on the cusp of World title action destroyed Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO of the Australian in London in March to defend the WBC Silver title and number one ranking he’d landed by beating Robert Helenius in Cardiff in October.

Parker is back in the UK after fighting in the Welsh capital in an historic unification battle with Anthony Joshua in March, with Whyte’s old foe handing a first career defeat for the New Zealand star on points. Parker is in Britain for the third fight in a row having made his second defence of his WBO crown against Hughie Fury in Manchester in September 2017.

“There’s going to be blood, pain and a knockout,” said Whyte. “I’m bang up for this.

“He’s a good fighter but he didn’t show much courage against Joshua. I want him to be more adventurous and not go on the run, but he knows that if he has a fight against me, he’s getting knocked out clean and in a brutal way.

“I like challenges and I rise to them, this is a big fight. There’s a massive incentive for me to wipe him out and show the world that I am ready to be the top man in the division – I want a World title and I know I can beat Deontay Wilder and Joshua.

“We’re back at The O2, it’s always a great atmosphere inside the arena and I’ll be looking to get a similar result to my last fight there.

“Beating Parker should almost guarantee me a World title shot but let’s see. He’s going to be very desperate, I’m expecting the best Joseph Parker because he can’t afford to have back to back defeats, but that’s exactly what he’s going to get, and it’s going to be another massive KO win for me at The O2.”

“We’ve both been in with AJ. One of us ended the fight on our feet, the other didn’t. That pretty much speaks for itself,” said Parker – the only fighter to so far take Joshua the full distance.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting Dillian. He’s got a big mouth and says some funny things – and he’s also highly entertaining in the ring. It’ll be an incredible fight. There’s no doubt about that.

“I’m really happy with how things have things have worked out. I know it took a lot of hard work from my team to get this over the line.”

“This fight came out of nowhere and I can’t quite believe it’s happening,” said Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Two guys that will fight anyone agreed a fight within hours and now we have the prospect of a brilliant Heavyweight match up that will play a major part in shaping the division.

“Dillian has become a major force and Joseph is putting it all on the line after taking AJ the distance for the first time. Both want a return shot at the title and a win in such a high profile match up will be more effective than any eliminator-this could be a classic.

“We are planning a big night and a huge card at The O2 on July 28 and I really do take my hat off to Dillian and Joseph for taking on this challenge.”

“This a proper 50-50 fight,” said Parker’s promoter David Higgins. “It could go either way. That makes it the most interesting Heavyweight fight this year.

“It’s the people’s eliminator. Whyte shook up Joshua and Parker is the first man to take him the distance. There’s no doubt the winner should move into a mandatory challenger spot.

“Dillian’s a good fighter who takes chances. He’s incredibly dangerous. We saw that with the way he KO’d Lucas Browne. Joseph will have to deal with a physical and verbal onslaught – but he’s well and truly up for the challenge.

“He’s coming off what is probably the second biggest pay per view event in European history and has already earned respect with the British public. His goal is to shut Whyte up by knocking him out and then get a rematch with Joshua – with a different referee.

“Boxing is the riskiest business in the world. A promoter’s job is to find the best opportunity for their boxer. That means keeping all options on the table.

“I make no apologies for making the best possible deal for Joseph Parker. The reality is no deal was ever going to without the Parkers being fully satisfied with what was on the table.

“This fight is a great opportunity for Joseph and for Dillian. It’s a fight the world wants to see.

“Yes, we were negotiating with Jennings but we were also negotiating with other parties. In the end, Eddie and I managed to make a deal that has led to what will be one of the most compelling Heavyweight fights of the year.

“It’s a real credit to Eddie and Dillian that we’ve been able to make this fight happen. They’ve been confident and decisive from the outset – and that was a huge factor in getting us to where we are today.”

An announcement on ticket details will be made tomorrow.

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LYNDON ‘KING’ ARTHUR: “I’M NOT IN BOXING TO CONCEDE ANYONE IS BETTER THAN ME, AND THAT INCLUDES MR ANTHONY YARDE!”

This weekend, Moston masher Lyndon Arthur gets to state his case that he, rather than Londoners Anthony Yarde or Joshua Buatsi, represents the best long-term bet of adding to England’s haul of five world light-heavyweight champions.

Since being extended the full four round distance on his September 2016 pro debut, the 6ft 2in Manc slaughterman has savaged his last nine quarry inside five rounds (one disqualification win) and is creating quite a commotion in his native north-west.

On Saturday, in a warm-up act to lineal world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s ring return at Manchester Arena, ‘King Arthur’ steps up against Ghana’s former Commonwealth Super-Middleweight champion Charles Adamu in a scheduled six rounder.

‘People are continually saying Anthony Yarde, Anthony Yarde, Anthony Yarde….!’ says the 26 year old Steve Wood managed starlet who is coached by his cousin Pat ‘Black Flash’ Barrett, the former British and European 10st champion and ex world welterweight challenger at the world famous Collyhurst and Moston Lads gym.

‘Look, it will happen if we both keep winning. But right now, I have my path to focus on and Yarde has his. It’s likely to be built up over a few years but if we both keep winning, we will get there.’

With an amateur CV listing 50 bouts, several England vests and WSB representation, the former two-time Senior ABA finalist’s pedigree far eclipses that of ‘The Beast’ from east London. However, sans singlet, terminator Yarde has left 14 of his 15 paid opponents kissing the canvas and is already highly ranked by both the WBO and IBF.

‘I’m constantly asked but I refuse to compare us,’ continues Arthur.

‘We’re rivals but I don’t disregard what Anthony’s achieving. He’s a very good fighter. I rate him highly. I congratulate any success in any walk of life, I wish there were no poor people and everybody could do well. But that’s not life. Provided Anthony treats me well, he’ll hear no badmouthing from me. But when we do get there, I believe that I have the attributes to beat him. 

‘I don’t need to call people out. The fight is inevitable if we’re to get to where we want to be. Time will tell but I’m very confident in my ability to rise above both him and Joshua Buatsi. I just believe in myself. 

‘You don’t ever want to be a loser when you love this sport as much as I do. I’m not in boxing to concede anyone is better than me….and that includes Mr Anthony Yarde.’

‘King Arthur’ commenced his pro career 16 months later than Yarde, has engaged in five fewer fights and is yet to confront an opponent with a winning slate. However, given he didn’t have a competitive bout until he was 19, the brutal manner in which he has butchered a list of battle-hardened circuit fighters merits serious attention.

‘Having studied each of my opponents in advance, I’ve expected to get rounds out of them. It’s not that I’ve beaten them, it’s HOW I’ve beaten them,’emphasises Lyndon.

‘I’ve a great jab, great boxing ability, I can box forwards or backwards and I’ve reasonable power, especially with the right uppercut. Above all, I’ve exceptionally quick hands for a big man. It’s my speed that takes them out. 

‘I’ve already had very competitive spars with the likes of Callum Smith, Jordan Thompson, Mark Heffron, Jack Massey, Josh Buatsi and others on the GB set-up so I know when I acquire the necessary rounds and experience, I’m going to be right up there.’ 

While Saturday’s foe Adamu has already blown out the candles on his 40thbirthday cake, he’s been halted just once – by WBA Super-Middle boss George Groves – in a 39 fight 17 year career that has included 12 round championship scraps with the likes of Carl Froch and Rocky Fielding.

Entering on a streak of five wins, four by stoppage, it is unlikely that the proud African has come to lie down passively.

‘Adamu has to be viewed as my stiffest test because he’s the first with a winning record. It’s a big step up. I’ll have ‘happy’ nerves, ‘keep me sharp’ nerves!’ concludes Arthur, father to a three year old son.

‘This should help show what I still need to work on. I’m expecting six hard rounds but if I can get him out early, I will. 

‘I’m expecting Adamu to be as good as he was in his prime against Groves but, even on that performance, I still know I’ve got more than enough to beat him.

‘I think I’m a great boxer who can knock people out and that’s what fans want to see.’

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