PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN RINGSIDE FOR HISTORY-MAKING AMIR KHAN V NEERAJ GOYAT SHOWDOWN IN JEDDAH

Khan and Goyat stop off in London for the third leg of the press tour after Delhi and Karachi“King” Khan reveals new training team of former coach Alex Ariza and former World Champion Clarence “Bones” AdamsPrince Patel will challenge Venezuelan hitter Michell Banquez for the Vacant IBO World Bantamweight title on the undercard

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, will be at ringside to watch Two-Time World Champion Amir “King” Khan’s epic fight against Neeraj Goyat on Friday 12th July at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Khan will be in attendance with Federal Ministers Fawad Chaudry and Zulfi Bukhari to watch the history making fight between British-Pakistani hero Khan and India star Goyat with the specially commissioned World Boxing Council (WBC) Pearl Welterweight Championship on the line.

Khan and Goyat made the third stop of their media tour in London today ahead of their history-making fight.  With press conferences in Delhi and Karachi completed, the two fighters came head-to-head in central London at the prestigious Landmark Hotel for their ‘Nations Connect’ showdown.

The fight is officially endorsed by the Saudi General Sports Authority and fits into the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 Strategy, which was launched in April 2016 to rapidly modernise the country that has seen The Kingdom quickly become a major hub for international sporting events.

Khan versus Goyat also takes place during Saudi Seasons that will run from 8 June-19 July that aims to transform the Kingdom into one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.

Before the press conference, Khan and Goyat stopped off for a head-to-head photo in front of one of London’s defining landmarks and one of the most recognisable structures in the entire world, Tower Bridge.

In the press conference, Khan revealed his new training team to help him prepare for the fight that sees him reunite with renown US trainer Alex Ariza and his partner, Former WBA World Super-Bantamweight Champion, Clarence “Bones” Adams.

Khan said, “We are boxers and professional sportsmen and it’s great that India and Pakistan should fight each other in sports like cricket, boxing and other sports. The rivalry is intense between Pakistan and India and it should stay in the sports field, they will be trying to beat each other in sports and more of that needs to happen.”

Goyat, who is fired up by underdog Andy Ruiz’s victory over Anthony Joshua, said, “Indian and Pakistan need to do this more often, especially in boxing, do all the fighting in the ring. I can’t wait to fight Khan. He’s been dropped in the first by Terence Crawford and in the second against Samuel Vargas. It’s my turn to drop him and it won’t be third time lucky for him. I’m going to knock him out cold in the third.  It’s a time for upsets just like you saw with Anthony Joshua last Saturday night.”

Unbeaten Prince Patel from Acton, London, was confirmed as one of the British attractions on the undercard of Khan-Goyat and face fearsome Venezuelan puncher Michell Banquez for the IBO World Bantamweight Championship.

Patel said, “I’ve been fighting all over the world and I’m looking forward to my next stop in Saudi Arabia.  This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase my skills on such a high profile event and I will rise to the occasion.”

Khan and Goyat will head to the final stop of their press tour in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday 24th June.

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BOXING SUPERSTAR AMIR KHAN TO FIGHT IN SAUDI ARABIA IN BLOCKBUSTER BATTLE AGAINST NEERAJ GOYAT

Boxing icon and global sporting phenomenon Amir Khan will make history when he fights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday 12th July, 2019.

As the biggest Muslim personality in sport since Muhammad Ali, Khan will become the first high profile Muslim boxer to showcase his skills at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah – nicknamed the “The Shining Jewel” in a fight that promises to elevate the Kingdom as a major sporting attraction.

Two-Time World Champion & Olympic Silver Medallist “King” Khan from Bolton, England, of Pakistani heritage, will face India’s national boxing hero Neeraj Goyat, the WBC Asian Champion, in a massive showdown with a championship title on the line. 

The fight is an important event taking place during Saudi Seasons that will run from 8 June-19 July that aims to transform the Kingdom into one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.

As a devout practitioner of the Muslim faith and sporting role model, Khan’s presence in Saudi Arabia, home of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Medina, promises to transcend cultural boundaries, capture the imaginations of the millions of citizens living in the MENA region and reach a truly global audience.

British Muslim Khan has thrilled the boxing world with his exhilarating all-action style since he burst onto the world stage at just 17 when he heroically battled his way to a Silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. 

In a stunning 38-fight professional career, Khan has become a Two-Time World Champion and has faced some of the very finest boxers and pound-for-pound best of his generation, including Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Danny Garcia, Saul Alvarez and in his last fight Terence Crawford.

Khan’s rival Goyat is a phenomenon in his home country.  Hailing from Chandigarh, Goyat is a pioneer in helping to establish professional boxing in India.  

He left behind a highly successful amateur career to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer and show the world that India can be a new super-power in world boxing.  

To that end he has fought in numerous countries, including China, Thailand, South Korea, Mexico and Canada and currently holds the WBC Asian crown.

Amir Khan said, “This is an exciting challenge that I have ahead of me. It will be the first time a British Pakistani will fight an Indian boxer, which eventually will bring the two nations together. I would like to thank the Saudi government and General Sports Authority for giving me this opportunity and I’m a firm believer in sport being a great healer.”

Neeraj Goyat said, “This opportunity is as big as it gets for me. Everything that I have achieved to date wouldn’t matter when I enter the ring on July 12 taking on a seasoned, established superstar in Amir Khan. I will be carrying the hopes of 1.2bn on my shoulders who will expect me to bring the title by causing an upset.”

The fight, officially endorsed by the Saudi General Sports Authority, fits into the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 Strategy, which was launched in April 2016 to rapidly modernise the country. 

Saudi’s energetic young HRH Mohammed bin Salman Crown Prince, who is spearheading the Strategy, is determined to see his country move away from oil dependency towards a future that focuses on economic diversification, innovation and the creative self-fulfilment of its citizens.

He has made revolutionary changes in The Kingdom such as the empowerment of women to more effectively participate in the growth of economic reforms.  

The Crown Prince recognises the importance of utilising the power of sport to encourage social change and his vision to enhance international arts to enhance his nation’s reputation on the global stage. 

The Kingdom is quickly becoming a major hub for international sporting events.In early 2018, Saudi Arabia held its first international motorsport event, the two-day Race of Champions. 

It then staged its first international boxing event, when the World Boxing Super Series Super-Middleweight final took place in Jeddah in September. 

Following on from this, The Kingdom hosted Neymar and his footballing superstar compatriots when Brazil faced Argentina in the “Superclasico de las Americas” in October. 

In December, the Formula E season kicked off with a memorable race around Ad Dirriyah. Since the turn of the year, The Kingdom has hosted the Italian Super Cup clash between Serie A Champions Juventus and AC Milan, and the inaugural Saudi International golf tournament, which saw the world’s top players, including Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, compete at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

This momentum will be taken to a bold new height when Amir Khan steps between the ropes in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 

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TERENCE CRAWFORD AND AMIR KHAN TO BATTLE FOR WELTERWEIGHT SUPREMACY ON APRIL 20


Two kings are set for the year’s most anticipated Welterweight showdown when pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford puts his WBO Welterweight World title on the line against former unified 140-pound champion and the pride of Bolton, England, Amir “King” Khan, on Saturday, April 20, live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date. 
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, ticket and venue information will be revealed shortly. Details on the undercard will be announced soon. 
 
“The Crawford-Khan showdown is a very interesting matchup of two elite fighters,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Khan, when fighting at Welterweight, is as good as there is, but he is fighting the division’s best fighter and a pound-for-pound great. It will be an entertaining and competitive fight. We are also excited to join forces with ESPN on our first pay-per-view venture under the Top Rank on ESPN agreement.”
 
“It’s always been my goal to fight the best fighters out there, and I look at Amir Khan as one of the top fighters in my division,” Crawford said. “I know some people are writing him off, but I am by no means overlooking him. He’s a former unified World Champion, and come April 20, I’ll be looking to go out there to seek and destroy. I’m excited about this fight because I believe it can push my career to another level.”
 
“I’m delighted to announce a much-anticipated world title fight with Terence Crawford, the current WBO Welterweight World Champion,” Khan said. “The decision as to fighting Kell Brook or Crawford has been one of the most difficult decisions of my career to date. Clearly, the UK fans want to see Khan vs. Brook, but I could not turn down the opportunity to fight for the WBO title. That is not to say that the Brook fight won’t happen, as I want that fight to happen as soon as possible. Fighting a World Champion won’t be easy, but this is exactly the challenge I need at this stage of my career. I am fully motivated and ready for the best training camp of my life. Crawford is beatable, and I want that WBO title. It’s going to be one hell of a fight.”
 
“There has been a lot of speculation regarding Amir’s next fight, but the lure to trying to win another World title was too much to turn down, and now he faces arguably the number one Welterweight in the World in Terence Crawford,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “It’s a fight he believes he can win, and on his night, Amir has all the speed and skills to beat the very best. I believe it will be a fascinating and dramatic matchup.”
 
Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), from Omaha, Neb., is ranked by many experts as the World’s best fighter, a switch-hitting dynamo who has reigned supreme in three weight classes. He won the WBO Lightweight World title on March 1, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, dethroning hometown hero Ricky Burns via unanimous decision. Crawford proved his Lightweight supremacy that year with a thrilling ninth-round TKO win over then-undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa and a near-shutout decision victory over Ray Beltran.
 
Crawford made history when he unified all four 140-pound titles, punctuating his dominance over the division with a third-round knockout against Julius Indongo on Aug. 19, 2017. With nothing left to prove at 140 pounds, Crawford moved up to Welterweight. In his first bout at the weight, he knocked out Manny Pacquiao conqueror Jeff “The Hornet” Horn in the ninth round to win the WBO crown. For his first Welterweight title defence, Crawford returned home to the CHI Health Center Omaha and knocked out bitter rival Jose Benavidez Jr. in the 12th round in front of 13,323 passionate fans. 
 
Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) burst into the public consciousness at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens when, at 17 years of age, he captured a silver medal for Great Britain. He won the WBA Super-Lightweight World title on July 18, 2009, outclassing Andreas Kotelnik to win a unanimous decision. He made five successful title defenses at 140 pounds and became unified champion when he knocked out IBF ruler Zab Judah in five rounds in 2011.
 
Khan has won seven of eight bouts since December 2012, the lone blemish coming when he moved up in weight to fight Middleweight World Champion Canelo Álvarez. After boxing well in the early rounds, Khan was knocked out with an overhand right in the sixth round. Following the Álvarez defeat, Khan took a nearly two-year sabbatical from the ring, returning in 2018 with a vengeance. In April, he blasted out Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds, and in September, he notched a wide 12-round points victory over perennial contender Samuel Vargas. More than 13 years since turning professional, Khan will take on the pound-for-pound king in a legacy-defining superfight. 
 
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KHAN VS. VARGAS WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

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AMIR KHAN AND SAMUEL VARGAS WEIGH IN AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR CONTEST ON
PROMOTER EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2018

 
DOORS 16:00
 
16:05 | 4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st 5lbs
STEVEN DONNELLY 11st 3lbs 6oz v MIGUEL AGUILAR 11st 1lb
(Ballymena) (Barcelona)
 
4 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest @ 13st 10lbs
SHAKAN PITTERS 13st 5lbs v IMANTAS DAVIDAITIS 13st 10lbs
(Birmingham) (Lithuania)
 
6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight @ 8st 12lbs
OSMAN ASLAM 8st 11lbs v JACK SUMMERS 8st 11lbs 6oz
(Bolton) (West Bromwich)
 
6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest @ 8st 12lbs
QAIS ASHFAQ 8st 11lbs 2oz v GARY AUSTIN 8st 12lbs 11oz
(Leeds) (Liverpool)
 
8 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest @ 8st 12lbs
GAMAL YAFAI 9st 12oz v BRAYAN MAIRENA 8st 10lbs 3oz
(Birmingham) (Nicaragura)
 
LIVE ON FACEBOOK
 
18:00 | 10 x 3 mins Midlands Area Super-Welterweight Championship @ 11st
RYAN KELLY 10st 11lbs 12lbs v KELCIE BALL 10st 13lbs
(Birmingham) (Dordon)
 
LIVE ON SKYSPORTS
 
19:00 | 10 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st
SCOTT FITZGERALD 11st 1lb 12oz v CRAIG MORRIS 10st 13lbs 6oz
(Preston) (Ludlow)
 
8 x 3 mins Lightweight contest @ 10st 2lbs
LEWIS RITSON 10st 2oz v OSCAR AMADOR 10st 2lbs
(Newcastle) (Nicaragua)
 
12 x 3 mins British Middleweight Championship @ 11st 6lbs
JASON WELBORN 11st 5lbs v TOMMY LANGFORD 11st 5lbs 8oz
(Tividale) (Birmingham)
 
10 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st
SAM EGGINGTON 10st 13lbs v HASSAN MWAKINYO 11st 1lbs
(Birmingham) (Tanzania)
 
12 x 3 mins Welterweight contest @ 10st 7lbs
AMIR KHAN 10st 7lbs v SAMUEL VARGAS 10st 6lbs
(Bolton) (Toronto, Canada)
 
FLOATS:
 
6 x 3 mins Middleweight @ 11st 2lbs
KIERON CONWAY 11st 2lbs v GINO KANTERS 11st 5lbs 1lb
(Northampton) (Holland)
 
4 x 3 mins Lightweight @ 10st 3lbs
SEAN McCOMB 10st 2lbs 8oz v LESTER CANTILLANO 9st 12lbs 8oz
(Belfast) (Barcelona)

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WELBORN: THIS IS THE END OF TOMMY LANGFORD!

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JASON WELBORN AND TOMMY LANGFORD COME FACE TO FACE AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR CONTEST ON
PROMOTER EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2018

 
Jason Welborn says Tommy Langford’s career will be over if he loses again in a rematch for the Middleweight Lord Lonsdale belt at Arena Birmingham tomorrow night (September 8).
 
The Midlands Middleweight matchup will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and streamed live on the DAZN Facebook and Twitter pages in the US.
 
Welborn outgunned Langford in a British Boxing Board of Control nominated Fight of the Year contender back in May at Walsall Town Hall.
 
Langford went into their first meeting as the Champion and clear favourite with Welborn out at 7/1 with the bookies. Those odds were turned on their head though as the WBC International Silver Champion recorded a shock split-decision victory.
 
And Welborn believes that Langford wouldn’t be able to recover from a second successive loss.
 
“I’m confident at the end of the day,” said Welborn. “I deserved to win British title and I know that I can beat Tommy Langford again. I’ve trained even harder for this rematch and if I do what I did last time then I know that I’ll win.
 
“He’s got an excuse, he said that he didn’t prepare properly last time and he looked past me. He’s gone back to the drawing board, our side hasn’t. We’ve just got to turn up, get that win and do what I normally do.
 
“This is a brilliant bill here in Birmingham and it’s going to bring the best out of me. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at a solid pace, I’ve put my body through hell. He’s had his time, this is my time now. This is the end of Tommy Langford, I’m telling you straight.”
 
“Langford will be desperate to even things up and get the belt back. He will be hungry so I can’t switch off and I know exactly what I have to do to keep my belt.
 
“That said, I’m really confident. Langford struggles with fighters like myself and as long as my engine is as good as last time – and it will be – I can’t see anything other than another Welborn win.”
 
Welborn’s clash with Langford is part of a huge night of action in the second city, topped by Amir Khan’s Welterweight showdown with Samuel Vargas.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten as he works towards a domestic showdown with Anthony Fowler, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Liverpool’s Gary Austin, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters and Super-Welterweight Steven Donnelly.

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KHAN VS. VARGAS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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REGENCY HYATT HOTEL,
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PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
AMIR KHAN AND SAMUEL VARGAS COME FACE TO FACE AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR CONTEST ON
PROMOTER EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2018

 
Eddie Hearn:
 
“It’s fantastic to see Amir Khan back again after a blistering performance at the Echo Arena in Liverpool against Phil Lo Greco. We’re still catching our breath from that. But this time I think a much more serious challenge is in front of him that he has prepared for intensely with his new trainer Joe Goosen.
 
“Chief support is a fantastic rematch of the Fight of the Year contender between Jason Welborn and Tommy Langford. There’s some huge fights on the undercard, Ryan Kelly takes on Kelcie Ball for the Midlands Area Super-Welter title and there’s action elsewhere from Sam Eggington, Lewis Ritson, Gamal Yafai, Scott Fitzgerald any many more. We’ve got 13 fights on Saturday, the doors open at 4 o’clock and we’re going to be running right through to midnight. Thanks for turning out today, the weigh-in tomorrow will take place at the arena, be there, it’s a 2.00pm start. We look forward to a great fight between Amir and Samuel and a great night of boxing live on Sky Sports and DAZN.”
 
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing:
 
“It’s brilliant to be back isn’t it. A fantastic run through to autumn and winter. Boxing is so hot at the moment and what better place to start than here in Birmingham. It’s great to be back, it’s fantastic to have Amir Khan topping the bill. We didn’t get to see much of him in Liverpool, it was so quick against Phil Lo Greco. I’m sure we’ll have more from Samuel Vargas, who I know comes full of confidence and with a big team. It is great to see Chris Johnson back in Britain, it has been a few years.
 
“It’s a wonderful card, there’s so many fights on the bill. We’re going to be Facebook live from six o’clock on Saturday night and live on Sky Sports Action from seven o’clock. It’s a great showcase for all of the talent on this bill. There’s a great British title fight on the bill as Jason Welborn rematches with Tommy Langford, I’m really looking forward to that. There’s plenty to look forward to, I can’t wait.”
 
Lee Baxter of Lee Baxter Promotions:
 
“The work is done. In the lead up to this fight all we have been talking about is Phil Lo Greco. I’m going to thank Phil on Sunday because I think everyone over here thinks we’re all the same in Toronto. The work has been put it, ultimately it comes down to Saturday. I know what we’ve done. They know what they think they’ve done. They don’t know us. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve. We’ve done everything we can. Come Sunday morning we’ll all be happy. We’re a young team that is growing and Sam is holding the torch right now.”
 
Chris Johnson, trainer of Samuel Vargas:
 
“We’re definitely not expecting another Phil Lo Greco fight, I’m very familiar with him as well. This man beside me to my right (Samuel Vargas) is a beast, works hard, wants it, needs it. I trained Sammy up until he was 13-0 and we parted ways. And now that we’re back together it’s like we never left. You’re not going to see the same Sammy Vargas, you’re going to see an animal in front of you. I nicknamed him ‘The Bull’ because that’s what he is. I expect a knockout, that’s the only way to win here.”
 
Joe Goosen, trainer of Amir Khan:
 
“We had a great camp last time, it was a short camp, we only had five weeks. We’ve had ten weeks for this camp and we brought in top sparring. I’ve prepared like this is the toughest fight that he’s ever going to be in. We’ve put in all the work. We’re prepared. Ultimately, you’re going to have to get in the ring with Amir Khan and we’re talking about an exceptional career and he’s in an exceptional spot right now. Good luck to the boys over there (points to Team Vargas) but I’ve got the real athlete in the ring on Saturday night and we’ve come here to do one thing and that’s to win.”
 
Amir Khan – Bolton, England – 32-4, 20 KOs – fighting Samuel Vargas in a 12 round Welterweight contest:
 
“It’s been a tough training camp. I’ve spent round about ten weeks in Los Angeles and it’s the first time that me and Joe have spent a full camp together. The last fight was a little bit of short training camp because of the change of trainers. We’re going to be ready for this fight and I’m glad the team on my left (Team Vargas) is talking and they’re confident. They’re making the fight more exciting.
 
“I’ve trained very hard for this fight as I do for all of my fights. I’ve sparred with some really tough fighters and fighters that are probably better than my opponent. When I get in the ring I’m going to give Birmingham a great fight and I’m going to do what I do best. We never go into a fight looking for a knockout, we never go into a fight throwing big bombs. If it happens it happens, if I see an opening I’m going to take it. I’ve been watching videos of Vargas, I’ve seen a few things in there but everyone if different in every fight.
 
“I know I’ve got everything it takes to win this fight. I’m not seeing Vargas as another Lo Greco. They might be from the same country but that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve trained like this is a World title fight because I know where this can take me.”
 
Samuel Vargas – Toronto, Canada – 29-3-2, 14 KOs – fighting Amir Khan in a 12 round Welterweight contest:
 
“I’ve had a great camp and I want to thank my team. I had a tremendous training camp and had a lot of rounds. I brought in sparring from Puerto Rico and the States as well as local sparring in Toronto. It was great. I’m blessed to be here.
 
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I will be victorious on Saturday night. I don’t care how I do it. I don’t care if it’s by knockout or if it goes the distance or if I break his ribs. I don’t care how it is, in my heart I think it, I dream it, I pray about it and I’ll win. I think Amir is an old man and he’s over the hill. I think he’s been damaged a lot and I know in my hear that when he goes to sleep he knows that if I touch him, he’s going to get hurt. If I clip him with something he will get hurt.”
 
Sam Eggington – Stourbridge, England – 23-4, 15 KOs – fighting Hassan Mwakinyo in a 10 round Super-Welterweight contest:
 
“The Brandon Cook fight falling through was a massive disappointment. It was hard to get back into the gym so soon after it. My fight on Saturday was always planned, it was supposed to be a big fight but it is what it is. There’s some big fights in the pipeline that could change my career and my life in general. We’ll push on from this, we’ll get a good win and see what’s next.”
 
Jason Welborn – Tividale, England – 23-6, 7 KO’s – first defence of his British Middleweight title against Tommy Langford:
 
“I’m confident at the end of the day. I won the British title and I know that I can beat Tommy Langford again. I’ve trained even harder for this rematch. If I do what I did last time then I know that I’ll win. He’s got an excuse, he said that he didn’t prepare properly last time and he looked past me. He’s gone back to the drawing board, our side hasn’t. We’ve just got to turn up, get that win and do what I normally do. This is a brilliant bill here in Birmingham and it’s going to bring the best out of me. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at a solid pace, I’ve put my body through hell. He’s had his time, this is my time now. This is the end of Tommy Langford, I’m telling you straight.”
 

Tommy Langford – Birmingham, England – 20-2, 6 KO’s – challenging Jason Welborn for the British Middleweight title:
 
“It’s brilliant to have such a huge event back in Birmingham. It’s a great boxing city. It’s a chance for me to show what I’ve got. There’s huge exposure for all of the lads on the card and it’s going to be absolutely rammed out in the arena so I’m really looking forward to it.
 
“I made a lot of mistakes last time, I’ve been very open about that. I held my hands up, I completely overlooked Jason. I haven’t done that this time, I’ve given the respect and the training camp that he’s due. I’m looking forward to putting on a very good performance on Saturday.”
 
Ryan Kelly – Birmingham, England – 11-1, 5 KOs – Fighting Kelcie Ball for the the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title:
 
“I think it’s time to prove that last time out wasn’t a good night for me. I’ve been training really hard since that loss and it’s time to put things right. I’ve sold a load of tickets. There’s a lot of people coming down to support me on the night so I’m looking to box out my skin. I’ve got a game opponent in front of me in Kelcie Ball and I’m looking forward to doing a job.”
 
Scott Fitzgerald – Preston, England – 10-0, 7KOs – fighting Craig Morris in a 10 round Super-Welterweight contest:
 
“I’ve had ten fights and now I’m getting into the big contests. This is a step up for me on Saturday. I’ll be concentrating on Craig Morris first of all and making sure I do a good job and get the win. Then we can look at the big fights that are in the pipeline. Craig is a game fighter who is coming to win. Maybe it will be the Anthony Fowler fight next. There’s a lot of big fights out there for me that can be made if I come through Saturday. The winner of me against Fowler could potentially face the winner of Ted Cheeseman vs. Asinia Byfield.”
 
Qais Ashfaq – Leeds, England – 2-0 – fighting Gary Austin in a 6 round Super-Bantamweight contest:
 
“I’ve been working hard in the gym. It’s my third fight, I’m amazed I’m here right now. It’s my second Amir Khan undercard which is obviously a great experience. I’ve been staying in the gym, learning the trade. I wouldn’t say that my last two fights had that pro style but we’ve been working hard on it and I’m looking forward to showing everyone on Saturday night. I’m just getting better and better as the time goes on.”
 
Gamal Yafai – Birmingham, England – 15-1, 8 KOs – fighting Brayan Mairena in a 8 round Super-Bantamweight contest:
 
“I need to get Saturday night out of the way and then we can look ahead to the bigger fights. I’m looking forward to getting out on Saturday and putting on a good performance for the Birmingham crowd. The defeat to Gavin McDonnell has made me hungrier, I messed up and I’m not going to mess up again. I want to show everyone what I’m capable of. I’m a lot better than what I’ve shown in my previous fights. I’m ready to go and to show everyone what I’m really about.:
 
Kelcie Ball – Dordoan, England – 9-0, 2 KO’s – fighting Ryan Kelly for the Midlands Arena Super-Welterweight title:
 
“I’d just like to thank Matchroom again for getting me on the bill. Ryan has been here before, but he didn’t get the win. I don’t believe he is going to get the win this time. We’ve sparred numerous rounds and we know each other really well. I’m coming to win. I’m game as anything. I’ve had a good camp and I can’t wait to get in there and do the business. Ryan has had his shot before and it didn’t go to plan so if that happens for him again, he’s not really got anywhere to go. I’m just going up, I can’t wait to get it on.”
 
Lewis Ritson – Newcastle, England – 16-0, 10 KOs – fighting Oscar Amador in an 8 round Lightweight contest:
 
“We’ve been training hard in the gym. If the rounds come, the rounds come. We’ve been training as hard for this fight as any other. We’re ready and we’ll be ready on October 13th as well.”

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LANGFORD: I’M PUTTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT


 
Tommy Langford says he will put the record straight when he rematches Jason Welborn for the British Middleweight title at Arena Birmingham this Saturday (September 8), live on Sky Sports.
 
The local rivals went to war over twelve rounds in a British Boxing Board of Control nominated Fight of the Year contender back in May at Walsall Town Hall, with Welborn wrestling the Lord Lonsdale belt from Langford via a shock split decision.
 
Langford, 29, was widely expected to win having already seen off his mandated opponent Jack Arnfield at Manchester Arena in February, but admits mistakes were made in the build up to their first meeting.
 
“The truth is I probably got a big too big for my boots,” said Langford. “I’ll hold my hands up, I overlooked him last time. Fair play to Jason, he made it in to his type of fight which distracted me and put me off my game plan.
 
“I got it severely wrong. It’s not good enough just admitting that you got it wrong, you have to realise why you got it wrong. The reality is I looked past him and paid the price. Thankfully we got the rematch straight away and I’m looking forward to putting the record straight and showing people what I’m really about.
 
“You’ve got to give Welborn credit, he fought the right fight for him. It was a full on tear up for the twelve rounds. I’m 100% focused on winning my belt back, I’m not looking past it. It doesn’t matter how I’m going to win, I know I will win.
 
“There was a lot that went wrong last time, we’ve identified some technical aspects of my game and have been improving on that for this camp. I’ve got to get back to my boxing and use my feet a lot more this time around.
 
Former Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental Champion Langford knows that big fights lie ahead should he regain the British title and insists that he will not be making the same mistake twice when he gets in the ring with Welborn on Saturday.
 
“This rematch is on the big stage, which is where I feel like I belong,” he added. “There’s no getting away from the fact it’s a big fight for us both and the winner will go on from here.
 
“I was so proud to win and defend the British title, it hurt a lot to see him lift it. I’m not thinking about the future, I’ve made that mistake before. Even thinking about the day after the fight on Sunday 9th September is too far ahead – all my focus is on Saturday night when that bell goes.”
 
Langford’s clash with Welborn is part of a huge night of action in the second city, topped by Amir Khan’s Welterweight showdown with Samuel Vargas.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten as he works towards a domestic showdown with Anthony Fowler, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Gloucester Super-Lightweight Akeem Ennis Brown and Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters.
 
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FITZGERALD TARGETS DOMESTIC SHOWDOWN WITH FOWLER


 
Scott Fitzgerald is keen for a match-up with fellow rising star Anthony Fowler, should he come through his clash with Craig Morris at Arena Birmingham on September 8, shown live on Sky Sports.
 
A fight against ‘The Machine’ has been welcomed by the Preston man, who wants to work his way into title contention after 10 wins, and would even travel to Fowler’s hometown venue.
 
Fowler called for a showdown with his former Team England teammate after stopping Dublin’s Craig O’Brien at The O2 in July, and Fitzgerald is happy to oblige him. The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist believes he would beat Fowler with his superior speed and ring intelligence.
 
“Hopefully the fight with Fowler is going to get made sooner rather than later,” Fitzgerald told Sky Sports Boxing. “Anytime before the end of the year, and anywhere. I’m happy to fight in Liverpool, the Echo Arena, if that’s what makes sense.
 
“Whoever wins the fight is going to be propelled onwards, so I want that fight because I know I can win, and that’s what I plan on doing.
 
“He’s a strong lad and he can punch, as can I. I just think I’m a bit faster, and I think I’ve got a better boxing brain than him. He’s very aggressive yeah, but I think I can use that against him.”
 
Fitzgerald faces potentially his toughest opponent yet in Morris, who has won ten of his twelve contests, stopping three of his opponents.
 
“I can’t look past Craig Morris,” he added. “This is a big step-up in itself and I can’t overlook him. All of my focus is on Craig and then we can talk about the bigger fights. It’s a huge bill in Birmingham with Amir Khan topping it, so I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Fitzgerald’s clash with Morris is part of a huge night of action in the second city, topped by Amir Khan’s Welterweight showdown with Samuel Vargas.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Gloucester Super-Lightweight Akeem Ennis Brown and Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters.
 
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VARGAS WARNS KHAN – “IF I TOUCH HIM ON THE CHIN, HE’S GOING DOWN”


 
Samuel Vargas says he has the power to knockout Amir Khan when the pair clash at Arena Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports.
 
Vargas is ranked number 9 in the WBA and knows that a win over the former unified World Champion will rocket his name into World title contention in the Welterweight division.
 
The 29-year-old Canadian based Columbian doesn’t believe that Khan managed to shake off any ring rust in his first round destruction of Phil Lo Greco in April and has warned the UK favourite to prepare for a punishing battle.
 
“If I touch him on the chin, he’s going down,” said Vargas. “That’s a guarantee. I’m sure it’s going to be a hostile territory, but I’ll impose my will on him. He’s an old man. He’s been hurt before and he’s been stopped many times.
 
“I just have to land one punch on his chin, left or right hand. His feet will go all over the place and if he’s still there I’ll hit him again and again. It’s there, everyone knows it’s there.
 
“If he’s expecting another 39 second blow out then he’s going to be in for a big shock. He’s been stopped really badly a couple of times, so we know it’s always there and we have 36 minutes to do it.
 
“Genetically, we’re not supposed to receive that much punishment and get back up. Your body can only take so much before it gives out. Maybe this is the fight for him. He’s older, he’s received a lot of punishment, he’s got a lot of mileage on him, so I just have to go out there and expose him.”
 
Vargas has fought both Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia, losing to both. He will be looking to make it third time lucky when he takes on another elite fighter in Khan next month, who he feels he is being overlooked by.
 
“I’ve been in there with the best, obviously I didn’t get the results that I wanted but those defeats have been my biggest lessons. I work hard and I sacrifice a lot. I’m just a regular guy that decided not to quit and not to give up, to get up and to keep on going and here I am. That’s why I was given this opportunity.
 
“All of the pressure is on him. I just need to let him know that he is the smaller man and let him know that I’m dictating the pace of the fight. This is all or nothing for me. It’s either win this fight or win this fight. I have no choice. For him it’s just like, ‘I need to get through this guy and then I get the big fight’. That’s how he sees it. For me this is everything.”
 
Khan’s clash with Vargas tops a packed card in the second city, as Jason Welborn defends his British Middleweight title in a rematch with Tommy Langford, whom he snatched the title from in May via split decision in Walsall.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Gloucester Super-Lightweight Akeem Ennis Brown and Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters.
 
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KHAN – FANS WILL SEE ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE ON SEPTEMBER 8


 
Amir Khan is promising to deliver another explosive performance when he takes on Samuel Vargas at Arena Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports.
 
Khan is back in action following his blistering return to the ring in April in Liverpool where he destroyed Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds after nearly two year out of action.
 
Speaking from his Los Angeles training camp, the former unified Super-Lightweight ruler insisted he will need to beat Canadian based Columbian Vargas in style if he is to secure a shot at Welterweight World honours later this year.
 
“Fans will see another explosive performance on September 8,” said Khan. “I didn’t get a chance to show everyone what I had been working on during my time out against Lo Greco. But you saw the punch power, accuracy, speed and timing and you’ll see it again against Vargas. I always make it exciting, it’s going to be another big bang.
 
“Vargas is another step and move in the right direction. This will take me on to the bigger and better fights and that’s with no disrespect to Sammy. He’s going to come to win, he knows by beating me it propels him on to a whole new level. It’s one of them fights I have to be very smart in. I need to win and also look good doing so. There’s big fights in the pipeline but I can’t afford to look that far ahead, Vargas has my full attention.
 
“Vargas is a tough and well-schooled fighter but if he wants to fight on the inside I’ll be more than ready for it. He has shared the ring with some top Welterweights including Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr. We’re going to be prepared for whatever he brings. I’m a totally different fighter now to the old Amir Khan.”
 
Khan is approaching his second fight under vastly experienced trainer Joe Goossen and is confident that the extra time he has spent in the gym with Goossen will benefit him greatly come fight night on September 8.
 
“The bond is growing with Joe, we’ve had much more time to work on things in this camp. We’ve been improving what Joe sees as my strengths and also the mistakes I can make in a fight so we’re building to become the full package. Last time we just really set the game plan given the short notice we had together but for this one we’ve had the full camp behind us.
 
“Camp has been very hard. It’s so hot out here so making weight is not a problem. But training in this temperature is difficult. We spar 10-12 rounds with 30 second breaks with high intensity training around it so come fight night, I’ll be more than ready.”
 
Khan’s clash with Vargas tops a packed card in the second city, as Jason Welborn defends his British Middleweight title in a rematch with Tommy Langford, whom he snatched the title from in May via split decision in Walsall.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters and Birmingham Super-Welterweight Mussab Abubaker.
 
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