The second annual Trad TKO Boxing Gym Boxers and Celebrity Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, which took place at Concord Rangers FC in Canvey Island on Sunday 14th August, proved to be a massive success, having raised in excess of £18,000 on the day, with a further £3,000 being pledged on-line for the worthy cause that supports children that have been diagnosed with brain or spinal tumors. More...
Former Olympian and rising Middleweight star Billy Joe Saunders has been named captain/co-manager of the Trad TKO Boxing Gym’s football squad for this Sunday’s Boxers and Celebrity Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at the Concord Rangers FC in Canvey Island, Essex.
Billy Joe, who will be captaining the team for the second year in a row, has proved to be nothing less than sensational since turning professional in 2009, having stopped six of his nine opponents. More...
World Champ Nathan Cleverly is the latest star to sign up for the Trad TKO Boxing Gym Boxers and Celebrities Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, which takes place at the Concord Rangers FC in Canvey Island, Essex on Sunday 14th August 2011.
Nathan, who became the Light Heavyweight World Champion in May this year after a fourth round stoppage of Poland’s Aleksy Kuziemski, spoke briefly about his taking part in the tournament. More...
Former Prizefighter winner - Ovill McKenzie is ready for his rematch with Tony Bellew next week and the Shinfields Boxer is keen to settle a score against the Liverpudlian.
The pair met at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, in December for the Commonwealth (British Empire) Light Heavyweight Title. ‘Bomber’ Bellew was on the canvas in the first round from a right to the top of his head, then again in the second – this time from a huge right but Bellew jumped up straight away saying he was alright.
A great left hook in the eighth round saw McKenzie fall on his back, he took the count and fighting resumed but Referee Phil Edwards stepped in almost immediately to stop the fight before any shots were landed. Team McKenzie were clearly not happy with the stoppage and just a few weeks later hear they will have a rematch.
McKenzie is still bemused by Bellew’s firey outbursts since their fight, at press conferences with Nathan Cleverly and McKenzie. Bellew is looking for a ‘scrap’ with ‘Clev’. It was scheduled to happen just a few weeks ago but Bellew wasn’t going to make the weight in time so the McKenzie fight was back on. Bellew and Clev had already had a heated exchange at their press conference which saw the pair up to fighting there and then – with Bellew being escorted away by security guards. The Welsh Champion – who has been sparring with McKenzie this week – will be watching with interest on Saturday. More...
Welsh light heavyweight sensation Nathan Cleverly won his first world title bout by stopping late replacement opponent Aleksy Kuziemski last night at London's 02 Arena, retaining the WBO crown.
Cleverly, who was awarded the title before the bout when reigning champ Juergen Brahemer pulled out at the last minute, controlled the first frame handily, using a crisp jab against the shorter Kuziemski.
The Polish challenger, who had previously held the WBO Intercontinental and EBA titles, fared slightly better in the second, scoring with a few right hands but was troubled by a stern body attack from the champion. Cleverly also continued to rack up points with the jab, producing several facial injuries on Kuziemski.
By the third frame, Cleverly looked to end matters by opening up and slugging it out but that gave the challenger the opportunity to catch the champion by surprise and land his own heavy shots.
But going into the fourth, Kuziemski had taken a lot of punishment and in that round, Cleverly went back to boxing and picked the challenger apart, culminating in a spearing left to the body that caused referee Mark Nelson to wave off the contest at 1:27. More...
A bitter boxing rivalry which started as amateurs comes to a head tonight when Olympic Gold Medalist James DeGale meets George Groves at the 02 Arena in London.
At stake is both DeGale's British and Groves' Commonwealth Super Middleweight titles.
Back in 2006 when both were amateurs, Groves won a decision victory over DeGale. Since then, DeGale has won Olympic Gold and is now eager to set the record straight as a pro five years on.
Both men are unbeaten as pros with 22 wins between them. Make no mistake, there’s no love lost between these two. DeGale has also upped the stakes in this one by betting his entire purse on the outcome.
This one is an in interesting clash of styles. In one corner you have the slick boxing skills of DeGale and in the other you have the aggression of Groves.
For Groves to win this one he needs to be aggressive and put the pressure on. There’s a chance if he does that that he may be able to break DeGale's heart.
However, Groves was in desperate trouble in a title defence against Kenny Anderson in November before pulling out a win. A question mark could also be the stamina of Groves.
DeGale on the on the other hand, has never experienced any pressure in his 10 professional fights. More...
By Per Ake Persson
WBO light heavy king Juergen Braehmer will defend the title against interim ruler Nathan Cleverly in London April 2. It´s an exellent matchup and under normal circumstances I would pick Braehmer but let´s not forget he comes in with almost a year off although he´s been training for two title defences that were cancelled due to injury and illness respectively. More...
Light Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly conducted the draw for Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II, which will be unveiled tonight (Thursday) on Ringside on Sky Sports HD2 at 8pm.
Eight of the most exciting Light-Heavyweights in the UK will enter the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one-night tournament on January 29th at Olympia, which will be shown live on Sky Sports and broadcast in 3D for the first time. More...
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Tonight, Great Britain takes on the world as James De Gale, Nathan Cleverly, Amir Khan, Matthew Macklin, Frankie Gavin, Tony Bellew and Kell Brook are all fighting…not each other, in a massive royal rumble type of affair…individually of course.
Amir Khan is topping the bill and leading the charge as he defends his world light welterweight title against Argentine danger man Marcos Maidana. Nathan Cleverly looks to secure his own title shot, in an eliminator for the WBO light heavyweight crown against Alejandro Lakatos.
James De Gale looks to end his year in style by fighting Paul Smith for his British title and on paper it’s a massive step up for De Gale, but it should be just the test he is looking for.
European light middleweight champion Matthew Macklin fights Ruben Varon whilst Kell Brook fights unknown African Philip Kotey.
Tony Bellew fights Ovill Mckenzie and Frankie Gavin fights Dean Harrison for the vacant WBO inter-continental light-welter weight title.
Let us begin with James De Gale, who has a hard night’s work ahead of him. Paul Smith, 29-1, 15 KO’s, is a seasoned operator. Smith has been performing at domestic level for a good few years now and feels that perhaps it is his time to move on to world honours. More...
Middleweight Matthew Macklin recaptured the European title he never lost in the ring by stopping Shalva Jormadashvili Saturday night at LG Arena in Birmingham, England.
Macklin, 27-2 (19), took the fight to the visitor from Georgia, but Jormadashvili, 27-3-1 (19), appeared to relish an old fashioned slugfest as the pair traded shots on a generally even basis.
The local man's emphasis on body shots proved to be the difference however as the challenger was a beaten fighter by the fifth and did not come out for the sixth frame.
Macklin is now in his second reign as European champion and could be in line for a world title clash.
Ex-European light heavy king Nathan Cleverly, 20-0 (10), produced his seventh early finishing on the bounce by seeing off former European super middle titlist Karo Murat, 22-1 (13), by a ninth round referee stoppage. More...
On Saturday, September 18, three European title fights, two world title eliminators, a British and Commonwealth title fight and a WBA intercontinental bout will be held at LG Arena in Birmingham, England.
Some serious British talent is on show, with Nathan Cleverly in an WBO light heavyweight elimination clash, Matthew Macklin going for the vacant European middleweight title and James De Gale fighting for the WBA intercontinental super middleweight strap.
Also, Enzo Maccarinelli defends the European cruiserweight title, British welter champion Kell Brook is fighting former beltholder Michael Jennings; Matthew Hall has found himself lucky enough to land himself a spot for the vacant European light-middle title, recently stripped off Ryan Rhodes, and, British heavyweight champion Derek Chisora fights Commonwealth king Sam Sexton.
First and foremost we must mention that former European and British titlist Macklin was set to be fighting Darren Barker, in what would have been a massive domestic showdown. Barker has subsequently pulled out due to injury, which has opened the door for Shalva Jomardashvili from Georgia .
Jomardashvili has a record of 27-2-1 (19), and has spent the majority of his career in his homeland. Although the only time he has been in the U.K. before, he lost over six rounds to Martin Murray.
Macklin’s record is relatively the same at 26-2 (18), but looking at opponents faced, I would say that Macklin should be more experienced. More...
Unbeaten Welsh fighter Jeff Evans has replaced Tony Quigley in the line-up for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights on June 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Mystery surrounds Quigley’s decision to pull out, with the official reason of a foot injury clouded by rumours of a domestic dispute – but 27 year-old Evans is delighted to have been called up to the 13th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament, live on Sky Sports. More...
Patrick Mendy will become the youngest fighter in Prizefighter history when he boxes in the super-middleweights event on June 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green – the start of a journey he says will take him to a world title.
The 19 year-old from Maidenhead has been tipped for big things and got the call up for the latest of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports as he travelled to spar with European, British and Commonwealth title winner Nathan Cleverly – great preparation for the hotly-tipped teenager. More...
Three Welsh boxers are in the line-up for Saturday’s Prizefighter Super Bantamweights at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London – and Robbie Turley believes the trophy will be heading to the Valleys at the end of the night.
Newport fighter Turley faces Commonwealth gold medallist Jamie Arthur in an all-Welsh quarter-final, and if unbeaten Swansea man Ricky Owen beats Gavin Reid in their quarter-final, there will definitely be a Welshman in the final. More...
In 2009, British boxing was left with three world champions after Ricky Hatton got knocked out by Manny Pacquiao. Our biggest star was knocked out cold by the pound for pound great in just two rounds and it showed that Hatton's elite fighting years are defiantly past him.
Starting the new year saw the attention on Amir Khan and if he could possibly rebuild his hopes of a world title shot after suffering a devastating knock-out in just fifty four seconds.
After an impressive performance against the Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, Khan was given his chance against WBA light titlist Andriy Kotelnik and he didn't fail to impress with the performance of his career to date, he outboxed the champion and won the title in style.
Carl Froch, who started 2009 as the WBC super middle champion, continued his winning ways with a sensational 12th round KO against Jermain Taylor in which he was behind on the scorecards and came back strong later in the fight to stop the former undisputed middleweight champion.
Froch was placed into the Super Six Tournament and its world wide attention. Froch made it through the first round against Andre Dirrell via a controversial decision but still however remains the champion
David Haye's hopes of becoming heavyweight world champion came true with a victory over the 7 foot giant Nicolay Valuev. Haye now looks like a promising talent to the heavyweight division which has been much needed over the years. Hopefully we can see Haye progress as our heavyweight champion in the near future. More...