EBU Inducts Malta Boxing Commission

Earlier this month, at the EBU General Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, the EBU Assembly voted that the Malta Boxing Commission become affiliated to the European Boxing Union.

This exciting announcement has paved the way for the development of professional boxing in the Republic, as well as opening the door for promoters to hold sanctioned professional boxing events in Malta for the first time.

Founders of the Malta Boxing Commission ’84 Olympian Alexander Zammit and international sports publicist Gianluca Di Caro today jointly stated their intention to put Malta firmly on the map, boxing wise.

Photo: L-R: Gianluca Di Caro, Alexander Zammit and EBU Chairman Bob Logist

Macklin Hoping Haye Isn’t KO’d by Scorecards

Matthew Macklin hopes that the uproar surrounding his controversial points defeat to WBA World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm in Germany at the weekend will decrease the chances of David Haye suffering a similar fate against Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg this Saturday.

Macklin appeared to have done more than enough to rip Sturm’s title away in front of a sell out crowd of almost 20,000 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne only for two of the three scoring judges to deny him his World title dream.

The decision baffled many of those in attendance and the millions watching worldwide on SAT.1 in Germany, Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and on Epix in the U.S. A viewers poll on the SAT.1 website spoke volumes with 76% of German’s polled believing that Macklin had won the fight as opposed to just 24% for Sturm.

The German media were equally outraged with headlines since the fight such as, “A Sturm of Indignation”, “German Boxing Disgrace”, “Miscarriage of Justice” and “Fluke Victory”.

Unbeaten Middleweight Britsch Ready to Shine

Unbeaten German sensation Dominik Britsch (23-0, 8 KOs) has set his sights on his first major belt when he takes on Ryan Davis (23-8-3, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Munich on July 16. The gifted 23-year-old, who has twice fought on Super Six World Boxing Classic undercards in the US, has been primed for glory ever since winning the IBF Youth Middleweight Title two years ago against Daniel Urbanski. While many believe the versatile, charismatic and articulate youngster could be the next German boxing superstar, Britsch is keeping his feet firmly to the ground. “I am thrilled to finally fight for my first big international title,” Britsch said. “That is exactly what I have been working and waiting for. I will take one step at a time and not look past Davis, who is a tough guy. But he will not stop me on my way to the top.”

In the main event of the night, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck will make a seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay, while European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht will take on Lorenzo Di Giacomo. It will be a busy night for coach Wegner, who believes Britsch has a golden future ahead. “Dominik has the potential, the talent and the determination to be the next big thing in Germany,” Wegner lauded. “He works hard in practice and listens to my advice. We have carefully moved him to the top. Now is the time for big fights. He is a diamond and I am sure he will put on a great performance against Davis.”

Picture: Photo Wende

Boxer Kahn-Clary Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

PROVIDENCE (June 27, 2011) – Nineteen-year-old Toka Kahn- Clary, of Providence, qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by capturing a Silver Medal at last week’s 2011 USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs.

Kahn-Clary, who now sports a 76-8 amateur career record, travels again later this week to compete in the final Pan-American Games Qualifier in Panama City. He is attempting to qualify for the 2011 Pan-Am Games, October 17-30, in Mexico.

At the double-elimination U.S. Olympic Team Trials, July 31-August 6 in Mobile, Alabama, Toka will be rated No. 2 in the 132-pound division. The winners there in each of the eight divisions will become members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, which will participate in the 2011 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan to qualify for competition in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

FN Video: ‘Golden Boy: Cano vs. Lugo’ Recap

Fight Network recaps Golden Boy’s battle for the vacant WBA Fedelatin lightweight title between Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Pablo Lugo from June 25, 2011 in Campeche, Mexico.

[video]http://vimeo.com/25673563[/video]

Alvarado Returns to 303 for Title Defense vs. Martinez

DENVER (June 27, 2011) — Denver’s MIKE ALVARADO will risk his World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas super lightweight title, his undefeated record and his Top-10 world rating when he takes on GABRIEL MARTINEZ  in a homecoming rumble — his first in over two years — Saturday, July 30, at Softball Country (2101 West 64th Ave., Denver, CO 80221.)  The vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Latino junior welterweight title will also be at stake.  Alvarado and Martinez have a combined professional record of 57-2-1 (36 KOs) – a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 63%.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Poor Boys Boxing and Delgado Promotions, remaining tickets to Alvarado vs. Martinez, priced at $75, $65, $50, $35 and $25, can be purchased at by calling (303) 450-9763.  The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10 p.m. ET (blacked out locally.)

Top Rank Unites with Miguel Cotto Promotions

Bob Arum and Miguel Cotto will host a press conference this Tuesday, June 28 at 11:00 AM at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, to announce that they will co-promote world ranked and undefeated prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz.

“Everyone at Top Rank is excited about Luis Cruz. He is a very skilled, exciting fighter who has punching power – a future superstar.” said Arum.

“Luis Cruz is an excellent boxer and with this union we will be able to give him the exposure he needs to take his career to the next level,” said five time world champion Miguel Cotto.

Showtime Sports Statement on Passing of Nick Charles

From all of us at SHOWTIME Sports on the passing of Nick Charles:

For nearly 10 years Nick Charles served this network as host of the popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation.  Nick infused every telecast with genuine intrigue and unfailing enthusiasm whether it take place at a parking lot in North Dakota or a historic boxing club in London. His unique ability as a storyteller also allowed viewers to connect with the athletes themselves, as he helped to dramatize what was at stake for the fighters that night and beyond.  As ShoBox prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, SHOWTIME is preparing a special tribute to one of boxing’s most passionate fans—Nick Charles.  He will be missed, but never forgotten by the men and women who televise ShoBox and the many viewers who have been entertained and enlightened by Nick’s insight over the years.   To mention the ShoBox series is to remember a man who helped define it.

Photo Courtesy: CNN

Rees to Face Matthew in Battle of Britain

Gavin Rees will defend his European Lightweight title against Liverpool’s Derry Mathews on July 23 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Former WBA World Champion Rees claimed the vacant strap in the same venue against Irishman Andy Murray on June 4 and springs into early action in his first defence against the English and IBO Lightweight title holder Mathews.

Prizefighter Light Welterweight Champion Rees is aiming to fight for World level honours once again and become a two-weight World supremo. Mathews, who was runner-up in Prizefighter Super Featherweights tournament in September, comes into the Rees clash on the back of two first-round stoppages against George Watson and Amir Unsworth – the latter for the English title – and his IBO title win on points in January against Scott Lawton.

The full card in Cardiff will be announced shortly and the bill replaces the Brentwood show that was to be headlined by Darren Barker’s first defence of his European Middleweight title.

Dominguez Shines Over Santiago to Claim New York State Title

WOODHAVEN, NY (June 27, 2011)—This past Friday night at The Cordon Bleu in Woodhaven, New York, New Legend Boxing Promotions and Old World Boxing presented a memorable night of championship boxing that saw Juan Dominguez capture the New York State Bantamweight title; Melissa McMorrow win the ladies Flyweight State title and a controversial draw between Jonathan Cuba and Ariel Duran for the New York State Bantamweight.

The fights were taped to be streamed all over the world on www.gfl.tv for just $9.99 by clicking:
http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Old_WorldNew_Legend_Presents_Friday_Night_Fights/1101

Dominguez and Arturo Santiago engaged in a terrific fight that Dominguez fought well and Santiago should incredible courage and kept coming back every time that it seemed Dominguez would be in control.

Dominguez closed the show in style by dropping Santiago in the final moment to secure the victory and remain perfect at 8-0.

Q&A with Billy Joe Saunders

Back in May, at the O2 Arena, George Groves and James DeGale may have been the headliner but without doubt the true star of the show was a youngster from Hertfordshire, Billy Joe Saunders.

After his sensational performance and second round stoppage of Kevin Hammond it should come as no surprise to anyone that Billy Joe gets another big show outing, as chief support for TRAD TKO Boxing Gym mate Kevin Mitchell when he takes on John Murray for the WBO Inter-Continental title, at the ExCel in London on the 9th July.

Whilst to some Billy Joe may seem to be an overnight sensation following that magnificent win, to those in the know he’s anything but.

Billy Joe had a stellar amateur career, won 80 of his 86 bouts, amongst his most notable achievements were winning the Commonwealth Gold in 2007, the Strandya Cup in 2008 and at the tender age of eighteen was the baby of the Team GB squad at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Kell Brook: “I Cannot Wait to Fight in Sheffield Again”

Kell Brook came through the biggest test of his career with flying colours after claiming an impressive points victory over Lovemore N’dou in Sheffield.

The 25 year-old was roared into the ring by the packed out crowd in the Hillsborough Leisure Centre and as promised, he dazzled his hometown crowd with a fine display against the teak tough Australian-based South African to claim the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.

Brook took control of the fight from the third round and never looked in trouble against the 39 year-old, and as the fight moved into the closing stages, he had his followers on their feet as he got closer to becoming the first man to stop N’dou in 63 fights.

But N’dou showed great heart and strength, holding on to deny Brook a 17th stoppage win in his career but he was awarded the fight by all three judges (118-111, 119-110, 119-110). Aside from the victory, Brook showed his full repertoire of punches, proved he could take a punch after absorbing N’dou’s best flurries and also went the distance for the first time in his career – a remarkable achievement after six months out of the ring.

McGuinness Successfully Defends NABA Lightweight Crown

TORONTO – Undefeated prospect Logan Cotton McGuinness successfully defended his North American Boxing Association (“NABA”) lightweight title for the second time, taking a 10-round majority decision (96-94, 96-94, 95-95) against veteran Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz, in an entertaining, highly competitive fight on the most recent “Friday Night At The Fights” show (June 24) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The “Friday Night At the Fights” show was presented by United Boxing Promotions, in association with McGuiness’ promoter, Hennessy Sports, and Groupe Yvon Michel.

McGuinness (15-0-1, 7 KOs), fighting in front of a packed house of passionate fans from Toronto, is rated No. 11 by the World Boxing Association (“WBA”). “It’s always good fighting at home,” McGuinness said from his home. “I just finished watching a tape of the fight. The first could have gone either way but I thought I won rounds two through seven easily. I was applying pressure, using my jab and moving inside to hit his body. I got caught with a shot in the eighth. I recovered between rounds and I think we were both low on gas in the ninth. He caught me again in the 10th but I survived. Everybody was telling me to take a knee but I shook my head (no) because I have the heart of a fighter. A tough fight but I’ll come back even stronger because of it. Hey, I’m an Irish fighter…I couldn’t take a knee.”

Remembering Nick Charles…

We lost a good friend in Nick Charles on Saturday. Due to the many requests received, please find a selection of obituary tributes and living tributes from the past year to him.

A memorial service will be scheduled in his beloved Santa Fe later this summer. Details will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, the Charles family has requested that donations be made in Nick’s memory to World Vision and TEACH NOW, a project dedicated to preventing child labor in the Philippines and improving those children’s lives. http://bit.ly/ixmnpy

Let’s all remember Nick’s lessons to us during his brave battle, to embrace life and to love what you are doing.

OBITUARY TRIBUTES

Joe Posanski, Sports Illustrated: “My Friend Nick Charles”
http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/06/25/my-friend-nick-charles/

Ron Borges, TheSweetScience.com: “Rest in Peace, Nick Charles”
http://thesweetscience.com/news/articles-frontpage/12827-rest-in-peace-nick-charles

Wayne Drash, CNN: “Renowned CNN Sports Broadcaster Nick Charles Dies at 64”
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/25/nick.charles.obit/index.html

Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson Victorious in Georgia

Last night, former heavyweight title challenger, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, added another win to his record, scoring a first round knockout over Harold Sconiers in the main event at the Elder Entertainment Center in Decatur, Georgia.

It was the third consecutive win, and second by knockout, since Johnson’s decision loss in his first heavyweight championship opportunity against Vitali Klitschko.  Johnson who has vowed to return to championship form, is slowly working his way back into the title contention, as he is now ranked #15 in the WBC.  Look for Kingpin, who improved to 25-1-1, 11KO’s with the win, to be back in action very soon, as he looks to stay active and work his way back into the title picture.

Jose Peralta Alejo Signs with Main Events

Jose “Mangu” Peralta Alejo, (6-1, 4 KO’s), of Jersey City, NJ, has signed a promotional agreement with Main Events. In his last fight on October 30, 2010, Jose upset former New York Golden Gloves Champion Christian Martinez who was 4-0 at the time. Mangu is a refreshing addition to the Junior Welterweight division.

“Jose is like a breath of fresh air. He’s not only a likeable guy, he’s got a hunger and enthusiasm that you don’t see too often these days.” said Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva. “It is also such a joy to be teaming up, again, with Pat Lynch and Mikey Red, whom we shared so much success and fun with while working with Arturo Gatti for so many years.”

Jose said, “I am happy to sign with a world class promoter like Main Events.  With Pat Lynch as my manager and Mikey Red as my trainer, my team is complete. I feel like I can achieve my goal to become a world champion now.” He added, “I want to thank Main Events for giving me the opportunity to fight on the July 23rd Judah – Khan card.”

Steve Farhood Pays Tribute to Late Nick Charles

By Steve Farhood

My best friend died today, and I’m surprised at what saddens me more than anything else: that more people didn’t have the opportunity to know Nick Charles.

Diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer two years ago, Nick passed away Friday night at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His wife Cory and five-year-old daughter Giovanna were at his side. He is also survived by his children from previous marriages, son Jason and daughters Melissa and Katie.

Nick was five days shy of his 65th birthday.

I suppose that one man’s life is no more significant than another’s, but to deny that Nick was special would be foolish. Nick often said that you judge a man by how he treats someone who can do nothing for him. He was generous of spirit and overflowing with life, and if you spent five minutes with him, chances are it was an impressionable, if not meaningful, encounter.

Born Nicholas Charles Nickeas, Nick was the son of a Chicago cab driver. He drove a cab himself while attending Columbia College Chicago and years later would identify with boxers who had lifted themselves from humble beginnings.

Note: HBO Boxing After Dark and Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net will pay tribute to Nick at the conclusion of their respective broadcasts tonight.

FN Video: ‘Friday Night at the Fights’ Recap

Fight Network recaps ‘Friday Night at the Fights’ from The Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario featuring Logan McGuinness defending his NABA lightweight title vs. Daniel Ruiz from June 24, 2011.

[video]http://vimeo.com/25600576[/video]

Patrick Hyland Ready to Punish Philippe Frenois

Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland will look to stretch his unbeaten run to 23 straight wins and capture the WBF world featherweight title in the process when he takes on France’s Philippe Frenois at the National Stadium in Dublin this Saturday. The bout headlines an action packed night at the home of Irish boxing on the South Circular road with the event being promoted by Patrick Hyland senior.

It’s a massive night for father and son but both are confident that it will be a successful one. “It’s the biggest fight of my career and the prize on the line has made me push even harder in the gym,” said Hyland Junior. “For this fight I’ve been doing a lot of strength and conditioning work with Joe Clifford and I’ve really found the benefits of it. I feel really strong at the weight. I’ve found it a lot easier to make the 9 stone limit this time around and there is also a real snap to my punches. It’s been a hard 8 week camp but preparations couldn’t have gone any better so I’m itching to get in there now.”

The Tallaght native is also looking forward to returning to the National Stadium. “I’ve always loved fighting at the Stadium, as a professional I won the Irish title there against Paul Griffin and defended it against Mickey Coveney. Both of those fights were knockouts so it would be nice to keep that run going but Frenois has never been stopped so I’m more than ready to go 12 hard rounds and if the stoppage comes it’s a bonus. I’ve seen a few of his fights and he’s a tall, rangy guy who likes to stand up and box but I’m confident that I can get to him and start breaking him down. His only defeats have come against good, undefeated fighters and he’s been mixing in very good company so it’s a good test for me.”

Wayne Reed Vows to End Robin Reid’s Career

Wayne Reed faces former WBC World Champion Robin Reid at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Saturday – and says he’ll end the 40 year-olds career at the sell-out show live on Sky Sports.

Both men took part in the 17th edition of Prizefighter in Liverpool, and while Reid crashing out to Tobias Webb by unanimous decision was a surprise, it was the second quarter-final when Reed took on local favourite Joe Ainscough that caused the controversy. The three-round contest was tight until the final stages when Reed floored the Ainscough before the final bell, seemingly enough to claim a place in the semi-finals.

But it was not to be, Ainscough took the split-decision and Reed’s corner was livid. Reed has fought since – a points win over fellow Sheffield man Dean Walker in April – and says that it is time to move on from that contentious night in Liverpool.

James Kirkland Returns on this Friday’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’

LOS ANGELES – Top middleweight contender James Kirkland will return to the ring in his home state of Texas on Friday, June 24 and is determined to make a statement against Dennis Sharpe Jr. in their eight-round middleweight in-arena featured bout on a hard-hitting card taking place at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

In the eight round televised main event, which headlines TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate, Fort Worth middleweight contender Brian Vera squares off against San Antonio’s Eloy Suarez in a good ol’ fashioned Texas shootout.  The televised co-main event will see unbeaten Florida power puncher Joseph Elegele risk his unbeaten record in an eight round welterweight bout against Dallas’ Noel Rodriguez.

This night of world-class professional boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T.  Doors open at 6:30pm CT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:30pm CT.  The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Logan McGuinness Headlining ‘Friday Night at the Fights’

TORONTO – North American Boxing Association (“NABA”) Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness makes his second title defense this weekend at home in the 10-round main event against veteran Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz on the “Friday Night At The Fights” card at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The “Friday Night At the Fights” show is presented by United Boxing Promotions, in association with McGuiness’ promoter, Hennessy Sports, and Groupe Yvon Michel.

World Boxing Association (“WBA”) No. 11 rated McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs) captured his NABA belt and successfully defended it at the same venue, which isn’t too far from his Orangeville home, respectively, last September when Buzz Grant was unable to answer the bell for the third round, and this past February via a fourth round knockout of veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5).

“Orangeville is a small town of around 30,000 people,” Irishman McGuinness said. “Everybody there is very supportive of their own and, where the fight is only a 40-minute drive, I expect half the town to be at my fight. Last September, I fought another local fighter (Buzz Grant) and half of Orangeville had to be there. There’s some added pressure fighting at home but, to see my family and friends there supporting me when I walk out to the ring, well, I can’t describe what that really feels like.”

Cruiserweight B.J. Flores Forms Danger Boy Events Promotions

LAS VEGAS / SPRINGFIELD, MO—World ranked Cruiserweight contender, B.J. Flores is proud to announce the formation of his own promotional company, Danger Boy Events with the first fight card being tabbed for July 23rd at the O’Riley Center in Springfield, Missouri that will feature Flores take on Nick Iannuzzi in a ten round bout that will be part of a hybrid boxing/MMA show.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Danger Boy Events in association with Chavez promotions will be returning every 3-4 months now that a deal has been reached with O’Riley Events Center.

“I am ecstatic about bringing big fights to the Ozarks and giving the people in this area very entertaining matches! The people in this area are very supportive of their local athletes and very passionate about their sports! 7 MMA fights and 4 professional boxing matches! You have the best of both worlds!! With partners Jacob Chavez and Wes Slay working behind the scenes, it allows me to fully focus on my training and be prepared to give the fight of my life on July 23!! It’s going to be exciting” Tickets go on sale this Friday!!”

Shumenov Defends WBA Title vs. Santiago on July 29

LAS VEGAS (June 22, 2011) – KZ Event Productions announced today that World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov will make his third title defense July 29, showcased on TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show, live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

“Fire & Fury,” headlined by the WBA/IBA championship showdown between Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) and challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago, is being promoted by KZ Event Productions.  Shumenov and his brother, Chingis, own and operate the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions.

Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs), the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian who is now fighting out of Las Vegas, set a light heavyweight record for capturing a world title in the fewest career fights, 10, when he won (Jan. 10, 2010) a 12-round decision against Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas. Shumenov has successfully defended his WBA/IBA titles twice against No. 1 mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (UDEC12) and three-time world champion William Joppy (KO6) last January in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

Latest ‘Hook to the Body’ by WBC President Jose Sulaiman

June 22, 2011 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Body” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From June 19, translated from Spanish:

The multitude attending the induction ceremonies at the International Boxing Hall of Fame was so numerous, as perhaps never before. Just imagine: Julio César Chávez, Mike Tyson and “Rocky” Sylvester Stallone – at the same time – plus the great Russian Kosta Tzsyu, the manager Ignacio Beristain, and the referee Joe Cortez.

After the end of the induction, I stayed by myself after everybody had left and kept thinking with sadness of all that extraordinary history – of victories and accomplishments that filled their eras with emotion and idolatry by millions of fans, an era that has gone and will never return. I also felt deep pride for having been a humble part of those brilliant times as the three of them, Chávez, Tyson, and Tzsyu were proud WBC champions who had also a personal relation and many anecdotes through the years.

I thought at those moments of loneliness, that the ceremony represented to me what life is: to be and later not to be; multitude and emptiness; the limelights on the ring during the nights of glory, and the obscurity of an empty arena; the dedication, sacrifices and efforts to reach the peak, and then to live a life remembering past deeds.

‘One to Watch’ Richard Towers in Action on Saturday

Richard Towers fights on the undercard on Kell Brook v Lovemore N’dou on Saturday live on Sky Sports – another step in the remarkable turnaround in his life.

The unbeaten Sheffield Heavyweight (10-0) was jailed for 13 years for his part of a kidnapping when he was just 23. Towers served seven years of his sentence, and when he came out he headed straight to the Wincobank Gym where Sheffield’s boxing greats have learnt their trade under Brendan Ingle and his sons Dominic and John.

Now 31, Towers fights experienced Belgian Ismail Abdoul (40-21-2) in the sell-out show at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre, and after being named as one of Sky Sports 11 to watch in 2011, the gentle giant knows he has a long way to go before he can challenge the very best in the business.

Antonio Tarver Prepares for War with Danny Green

LOS ANGELES, June 22 – The countdown begins. With just a month remaining, Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver is putting in long hours at the gym in Florida before his July 20 IBO World Cruiserweight Championship showdown with Aussie hero Danny Green at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.au (+1300883622) and are priced at $1000 for VIP Ringside, $750 Platinum Ringside, $500 Gold Ringside, $350 Silver Ringside, $250 Bronze Ringside, $175 VIP, $135 Platinum, $95 Gold, $75 Silver and $55 Bronze.

“He’s a good fighter,” said Tarver said of Green. “He’s won multiple titles in different weight classes and he’s a very tough guy and he has a lot of power. I know he’ll be trying to knock me out – something that’s never been done before – and vice versa. I’m going to try to knock him out too, so I think with our personalities, it’s like two locomotives heading on one course. We’re looking to collide, and that’s the type of fight that people are going to see.”

Sturm-Macklin EPIX Conference Call Transcript

Three-time middleweight champion FELIX STURM (35-2-1, 15 KOs), of Germany, makes his 10th defense of his WBA middleweight title against top-rated contender MATTHEW “Mack the Knife” MACKLIN (28-2, 19 KOs), of the UK, This Saturday!  June 25.  It will be televised Live to the U.S., from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service.  EpixHD.com, will stream the fight live as part of a free two-week trial offer.  The live broadcast and the live stream on EPIX and EpixHD.com, respectively, will begin at 5 p.m. ET.

As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on a jumbotron in Times Square (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.)

The EPIX broadcast team will include eight-time New York Emmy® Award winner and WNBC-TV’s lead sports anchor BRUCE BECK handling the blow-by-blow, former world heavyweight champion LENNOX LEWIS with expert analysis, and ESPN.com senior boxing writer DAN RAFAEL providing  his unique views. Former top-rated middleweight contender “Ireland’s” JOHN DUDDY will be at ringside for live post-fight interviews with the combatants.  Viewers watching the live stream on EpixHD.com will enjoy round-by-round blogs from Sports Illustrated’s boxing writer CHRIS MANNIX.

Gomez, Caballero Put Unbeaten Records On the Line on July 1

LOS ANGELES, June 21 – Independence Day weekend will get off to an explosive start at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Friday, July 1, when two of boxing’s rising stars – Frankie Gomez and Randy Caballero – enter the ring in a quest to keep their unbeaten records intact against upset-minded foes.

In the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast, East Los Angeles’ Gomez takes on Kadaphi Proctor in an eight round junior welterweight bout.  The evening’s co-featured bout will see Fantasy Springs favorite Caballero battle fellow unbeaten Alexis Santiago in an eight round matchup for the vacant WBC intercontinental youth super bantamweight title.

This night of world-class professional boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T.  Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:30pm PT.  The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).