Fury, Pajkic Heat Up at Press Conference

Manchester (Nov. 9. 2011) Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and challenger Canadian champion Neven Pajkic met at the press conference for the first time since there heated encounter at the Casino Rama, Toronto, Canada back in December 2010, ahead of their showdown this Saturday night (Nov 12) at EventCity, Manchester.

Fury vs. Pajkic, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports, will be broadcast LIVE in Canada only on Super Channel beginning at 4:45PM ET.

Watch the footage from the press conference:

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Lynes Takes Purdy’s Title in York Hall Thriller

Colin Lynes produced a fantastic display against Lee Purdy to take the British Welterweight title with a majority decision in a York Hall classic.

The 33 year-old is the oldest British champion at the weight and belied the nine-year age gap between him and the title holder by bursting out of the blocks to dominate the early rounds before flooring Purdy in the tenth.

The 24 year-old defending champ climbed to his feet from that setback and having enjoyed more of the action in the middle rounds, he threw everything at Lynes in the closing stages but Lynes was trading heavy blows with his Essex rival to disprove those who thought he would tire as the fight went on.

The fight followed an impeccably observed salute to Smokin’ Joe Frazier, and the legendary Heavyweight World champion would have loved the full-blooded finale to the action as the pair continued the relentless pace until the final bell, where Lynes was favoured on two judges’ scorecards 119-110 and 117-112, with Ian-John Lewis scoring it a 114-114 draw.

Remembering Smokin’ Joe

If he had accomplished nothing else in his career than win the Fight of the Century, Smokin’ Joe Frazier would still be remembered today as an all-time great heavyweight world champion. Frazier had a lot of great nights in the squared circle over the course of his illustrious career. In fact, Frazier will no doubt be remembered more for one defeat than all of his great victories. Of course, I am talking about the Thrilla in Manila, considered by boxing experts to be the greatest heavyweight battle every fought in the history of professional boxing.

The courage, determination and heart displayed by both Frazier and Ali the night of October 1, 1975, in Manila, Philippines, will live forever as a testament to the human spirit. For it was on that night that Frazier and Ali created a boxing benchmark for ferocity, brutality, and sheer guts that will never be equaled, let alone surpassed.

Eddie Futch, Frazier’s trainer was absolutely correct when he said to Joe, after stopping his third fight with Ali after the 14th round, “No one will ever forget what you did here tonight, son.” From the 4th round to the 11th round, Frazier owned Ali, like no fighter has ever been owned by his opponent in boxing annals. Frazier staked his ownership to Ali with vicious body shots to Ali’s liver, kidneys and heart. Ali said after that it was the closest experience to death that he could possibly imagine. The sounds of those body shots consistently slapping against Ali’s flanks was sickening to hear and behold.

Because of the tremendous humidity in Manila, both fighters’ gloves became water-logged very early in the fight. The extra water in the gloves made each of Frazier’s hellacious body shots that much more deadly. That Ali survived Frazier’s repeated onslaughts to his body made him that night the greatest heavyweight champion that ever lived.

‘Brotherly Love’ Written by Tarvis Simms

My Brother has fallen and everyone knows his name
We don’t have the same parents, but our families are still the same

He lived in the city of Philadelphia, I live in another,
it doesn’t really matter because this man was my Brother

My Brother I call him, yet we’d never met face to face,
I have Brothers and Sisters all over the place

You see we are both fighters and our families are one,
around the world it’s a brotherhood that’s second to none

His family’s my family, your family, or theirs,
we’re part of one big family where everyone cares

I’ll look after your kids, please look in on my wife,
should that day finally come I can no longer fight for my life

We dedicate our lives helping our fellow man,
living day after day, doing all that we can

Wherever we’re needed whether nighttime or day,
to fight for the life of another we’ll step in harm’s way

My Brother has fallen after doing what he loved best,
and among the honored, he now stands with the rest

For one more round in the ring, here everyone stands
For my Brother has fallen, God into your hands

Rest In Peace Smokin’ Joe Frazier

Purdy, Lynes Ready for York Hall Showdown

Lee Purdy and Colin Lynes are ready for the ‘Battle of Essex’ tonight (November 9) after weighing in for their British Welterweight title battle at the Nu Bar Loughton yesterday.

Colchester champion Purdy will win the Lonsdale belt outright if he can successfully defend it for the second time and faces Hornchurch’s Lynes at York Hall, with the 33 year-old challenger fighting in his 14th title bout.

Purdy scaled 10st 6lb 2oz at the Essex nightspot famous from its appearances on BAFTA hit TV show The Only Way Is Essex, and the 24 year-old champion said he is in prime shape to see off his experienced opponent.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for Colin and what he has done in the game – but I think I will have too much for him,” said Purdy. “I have trained better than ever for this as it’s a really massive occasion for me topping the bill at York Hall in a title defence live on Sky Sports, and I am totally confident that I will come out on top.”

Storming Sunday Ahead for TRAD TKO Four

This coming Sunday no less than four upcoming prospects from Johnny Eames’ World class TRAD TKO Boxing Gym will be in action, at the Miranda Carter’s Left Jab Promotions ‘Storming Sunday’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Heading up the show is one of the famous fight factory’s brightest young stars Nathan ‘Sugar Boy’ Weise, who will facing former Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Ryan Toms.

Weise, who is coached by Mark Tibbs – the son of the UK’s top coach Jimmy Tibbs, will be looking to extend his six fight unbeaten run as preparation for a domestic title challenge in 2012.

Canelo Alvarez Takes Over Special Edition of ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ Classics

LOS ANGELES, November 8 – A date that people around the world will remember is this coming Friday, 11/11/11, as a date that represents a unique numerical occurrence, but for fight fans, it’s the day of the Canelo Takeover on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate Classics.” The special edition will featuring the re-broadcast of two memorable fights of unbeaten WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez which should get fans amped up for his upcoming November 26 against Kermit “The Killer” Cintron which will be televised on HBO’s Boxig After Dark from Mexico City.

The special presentation of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T and will air on TeleFutura at 12:30am ET/PT (11:30pm CT).

In the “Classics” main event which took place on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Mexico’s Alvarez was introduced to fans in the fight capital of the world for a serious test against longtime contender Jose Miguel Cotto. Cotto pushed the younger Alvarez further than he had been to that point in his career, but Alvarez showed his talent and poise in stopping the veteran in the ninth round. A star was born that night and American fight fans were eager to see him fight in the United States again.

Algieri-Jargal Ready for War Nov. 19 on Azteca America

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents the third installment of their new series “Boxeo Azteca” televised live on the Azteca America network as undefeated Jr. Welterweight Chris Algieri (11-0 6KO Huntington, NY) takes a big step up in class when he takes on hard hitting Bayan Jargal (15-2-3 10KO Arlington, VA) in the 10 round main Jr. Welterweight main event November 19th, at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, NY.

Algieri, whose mother is from Argentina, will be fighting in his hometown of Huntington for only the second time in his career and first time as a main event fighter. In his last fight Algieri disposed of tough Philly fighter Julius Edmonds in 4 rounds on March 17th of this year. Chris has battled numerous hand injuries which has slowed his progress down but now feels his hands are one hundred percent and is raring to climb up the Jr. Welterweight ladder. He faces a tough task on November 19th when he steps into the ring with Jargal.

Jargal, who represented his native Mongolia in the 2003 and 2005 World Championships as an amateur, has been called the Mongolian version of Manny Pacquiao for his relentless style. In his last fight Jargal took on world rated Breidis Prescott, a bout televised as part of ESPN2 “Friday Night Fight” series on April 22nd of this year. Jargal put forth a game effort as he hung with Prescott for the full 10 rounds, having strong moments in the latter part of the fight. Jargal is a hard puncher and is known for his fan friendly style. Bayan has promised to ruin Algieri’s homecoming party.

FN Video: R.I.P. Joe Frazier

Fight Network pays tribute to the late former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, who died from liver cancer on Nov. 7 in Pennsylvania. He was 67.

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WBC Mourning Death of Joe Frazier

The WBC is declaring three days of world mourning in posthumous homage to the great Joe Frazier, who passed away yesterday and who, as a boxing hero, left an indelible mark of his passing through life. His three fights against Muhammad Ali are written with golden letters in the history of boxing.

Joe was a proud WBC World Champion and used his photo with the green belt as an ID card. He was a very good friend of mine, as well as several other members of the WBC. Joe will be remembered until the end of times. The thoughts and prayers of the WBC are with Joe’s family and friends.

Retrospective: The Life of Joe Frazier

On Monday, Nov. 7, legendary heavyweight boxer and former world champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier succumbed to liver cancer, losing his final fight at the age of 67.

The pride of Buford, South Carolina rose to super stardom at a tumultuous time in united states history where he transcended the world and became a cultural figure and symbolic of a greater fight that the country was enduring.

Though he would become one of the greatest boxing products the country would ever produce it was almost a career that never was. Following an amateur loss to Buster Mathis for the U.S. Olympic team, Frazier was ready to walk away from the sport but was convinced to travel with the team to the Olympics and ended up replacing an injured Mathis and winning gold at the 1964 Olympic Games.

His professional career will read 32-4-1 but numbers and championships will only give you a glimpse into the life of the legend. One cannot tell the story of Joe Frazier without using the name Muhammad Ali, his most hated rival and the man who would share the ring with Frazier on three occasions.

Boxeo Azteca Delivers Again

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented the second installment of their new series “BOXEO AZTECA”, televised over the Azteca America network this past Saturday night, and once again delivered the goods as the fans were treated to an exciting night of fights which included another major upset.

The main event saw undefeated Mariusz Wach (26-0 14 KO N. Bergen, NJ) successfully defend his WBC International Heavyweight title with a hard fought victory over last minute replacement Jason Gavern (21-9-4 10 KO Orlando, FL). Gavern, who replaced former world champion Oliver McCall earlier this week, promised the fans he would put on a show and test Wach and Gavern delivered on his promise. Wach knocked Gavern down in each of the first two rounds but Jason battled back in the third and fourth rounds often bringing the raucous crowd to their feet. Wach eventually regained control and stopped the grisled veteran at the 1:03 mark of round 6 of a scheduled 12 round bout. Wach is currently rated 8 by the WBC and Gavern was ranked 29th coming into the bout.

Veteran Jose Miguel Torres (23-5, 20 KOs) of Miami scored the big upset of the night, knocking out the previously-unbeaten Majewski of Atlantic City at the 1:16 mark of the sixth round to capture the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and NABO titles. Majewski (17-1, 11 KOs) started off strong early but Torres fought back and bloodied Majewski’s nose in the third round. Torres put together a devastating combination which dropped Majewski heavily in the 6th round and the undefeated Majewski was counted out at the 1:13 mark. Majewski is the second favorite from Atlantic City to fall in consectutive shows on Azteca America, with Shamone Alvarez having been stopped by Doel Carrasquillo on Star Boxing’s opening event of Boxeo Azteca October 22nd.

Team Pajkic Arrives in U.K. Ahead of Fury Showdown

London (November 8, 2011) – Canadian heavyweight champion Neven “No Surrender” Pajkic has arrived in the UK ahead of his Commonwealth title fight against champion Tyson Fury at EventCity, Manchester this coming Saturday (Nov, 12).

Fury vs. Pajkic, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports, will be broadcast LIVE in Canada only on Super Channel beginning at 4:45PM ET.

The normally outspoken Pajkic, who said at his press conference in Canada on Dec, 20, 2010 “Once the day comes, if he gets enough balls to fight me, he is going to be well overmatched against me. And believe you me, Tyson Fury WILL get knocked out.” has now decided not to comment until he has ripped the title from around Fury’s waist.

Watch the official event promo here:

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FN Video: R.I.P. Joe Frazier

Fight Network pays tribute to the late former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, who died from liver cancer on Nov. 7 in Pennsylvania. He was 67.


Four Warriors Boxing Fighters Score Victories Over Weekend

Warriors Boxing President Leon Margules wishes to congratulate four of his fighters for scoring victories over the weekend.

On Saturday, November 5, on the undercard of Bute vs. Johnson at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, undefeated lightweight prospect Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (13-0-0, 10 KO) of Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba, scored the biggest victory of his young career, by destroying former NABA Champion Alejandro Barrera (21-9-0, 14 KO) of Mexico City by knockout early in the second round.

That same night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, Polish bad boy Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KO’s) stayed unbeaten by knocking out 292-pound Kentucky native David Saulsberry at 1:09 of round two. Szpilka suffered a surprise knockdown in the first, but recovered and sent Saulsberry to the canvas for good with a thudding body attack in the second.

And then the next night, on Sunday, November 6, at the “Let’s Get Ready to Rock!” event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, world-class super lightweight Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, looked very sharp in scoring a KO 1 (1:37) over fellow Dominican Republican Nelson Sanchez in the evening’s main event; and on the undercard, power-punching 21-year-old Puerto Rican lightweight Jorge “Catano” Maysonet Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) punched his way to a TKO 1 (2:20) over Franklin Frias of Santo Domingo.

Meet Undefeated Light Heavyweight Lionell Thompson

London (7, Nov, 2011) Undefeated American light heavyweight prospect Lionell “Lonnie B”Thompson will make his United Kingdom debut November 12, on the Tyson Fury-Neven Pajkic undercard at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England.

The 26-year-old Thompson (10-0, 6 KOs), who lives and fights out of Buffalo, New York, will be fighting outside of North America for the first time as a professional.

Rated as high as No. 2 in his division as a U.S. amateur boxer, Thompson was a five-time New York Golden Glove and three-time Empire State champion. Lionell also qualified and competed in the prestigious U.S. National Golden Gloves Tournament. As a member of Team USA, he boxed in Connecticut on ABC Sports, and in Romania in the Holden Belt Tournament. Lionell also capture gold medals at the Western Olympic Trials and East Olympic Trials.

Caballero Looks to Make Eight in a Row on Dec. 2

Indio, Calif. (November 7) – With a perfect 7-0 record in Coachella-valley’s hottest boxing venue, hometown hero Randy Caballero has made Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. a place few junior featherweights dare to enter on fight night. On Friday, December 2, Puerto Rico’s Arturo Santiago will step up to the challenge with every intention of taking Caballero’s WBC Youth Intercontinental title in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.”

Caballero vs. Santiago, an eight round bout for Caballero’s WBC Youth Intercontinental Junior Featherweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and DeWalt Tools. Doors open at 7:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 8:00pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 12:30Am ET/PT (11:30pm CT).

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.

Heavyweight Mike Perez Added to Wednesday’s York Hall Bill

Prizefighter International Heavyweight king Mike ‘The Rebel’ Perez has been added to the undercard of Lee Purdy’s British Welterweight title defence against Colin Lynes at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night (November 9) live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 9.30pm.

The unbeaten Irish-based Cuban stormed to victory in the first multi-national Prizefighter event in May at London’s Alexandra Palace, stopping American KO-king Tye Fields in the first round of the final after another first round stoppage in the semi-final against Frenchman Gregory Tony and a quarter-final points win against Trinidad and Tobago’s Kerston Manswell.

The 26 year-old has been linked with a number of high profile fights and replaces Ashley Sexton as the chief support on the night after the English Flyweight champion withdrew due to weight issues ahead of his defence against Luke Wilton.

Williams Throws His Weight Behind Lynes to Win British Title

London – Monday, 7th November 2011 – British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams threw his weightbehind TRAD TKO Boxing Gym mate Colin Lynes to succeed in his challenge for Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy’s Lonsdale belt, at the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Battle of Essex’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green this coming Wednesday.

Following a training session at the Canning Town fight factory Williams, who just over two weeks ago beat long time champ Rob Norton to bring home the Cruiserweight version of the coveted Lonsdale Belt, was adamant that Lynes would capture the British Welterweight title, “Colin’s totally focused so we’re going to have two British Champions in the gym.

This is going to happen, Colin’s been training hard and he’s in good shape.”

Pacman Turning Scents Into Dollars for Charity

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 7, 2011) – Scent of a Champion, the exclusively-endorsed cologne of eight-division world champion and Fighter of the Decade MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, is having a special one-day sale This Friday! November 11 at the MGM Grand.

Only 800 bottles, priced at $50 each, will be available for sale, 50 of them will contain a pair of tickets to the local closed circuit viewing of the Pacquiao-Márquez III World Welterweight Championship and two will have a pair to the actual fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

English Title Shot for Ochieng this Wednesday

Sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng looks set to challenge for his first Championship title this coming Wednesday, at the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Battle of Essex’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Late last week Erick’s manager/coach Brian Lawrence was informed that Erick will be fighting for the English Light Middleweight title, should a suitable opponent be available. Erick’s response to the news was to instantly step up his training schedule with additional sparring rounds to ensure he was ready for the increase from the scheduled six to a Championship ten rounder.

Following a grueling training session, at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, a beaming Erick said, “Yeah, I’m fighting on Wednesday, hopefully it’s still the title fight, the English title fight.

Showtime Sports: Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson Recap

Showtime Sports presents a recap from IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s showdown with Glen Johnson on November 5 in Quebec City.

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Burns Beats Katsidis, Groves KOs Smith at Wembley Arena

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Guy Fawkes night, or bonfire night as some prefer, is an explosive celebration with fireworks lighting the evening skies. With this in mind promoter Frank Warren had declared that his ‘Gladiators’ event, at the Wembley Arena, would be an explosive affair. Being a man of his words he delivered as promised. The three Championship bouts all featured all action boxers with knockout reputations, as did the undercard.

We’ll start with the main event, which see former Super featherweight World Champion Ricky Burns take on the dreaded Aussie Brit Basher Michael Katsidis, who as we all know already beaten both Graham Earl and Kevin Mitchell, for the interim WBO Lightweight title.

The atmosphere was electric as the build up to the main event starts, Katsidis team, including former foe Graham Earl, enter the ring waving huge Australian and Greek flags. Moments later the crowd erupt as the man himself, donning Gladiator headgear, starts his ring walk.

Lucian Bute Dominates Glen Johnson with 12th Round Title Defense

QUEBEC CITY, Canada (Nov. 6, 2011) – Lucian Bute passed the toughest test of his thriving career with a dominant unanimous decision win over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title for the ninth time. The championship bout was scored 120-108 twice and 119-109. In the co-feature, rising Canadian prospect Pier-Olivier Côté demolished Jorge Teron via knockout only 33 seconds into round two of the junior welterweight bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada on SHOWTIME®.

The Romanian-born Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) proved too much for the oft-dubbed “ageless” Johnson who finally showed his age. Despite Johnson’s tendency to make fight’s exciting by coming forward and applying pressure, the fighters kept their distance for the first several rounds. By the middle of the bout, it was Bute who closed the gap and attempted to engage his former sparring partner. The 31-year-old Bute, of Montreal, began to land power shots with both hands, taking chances by staying in close in an attempt to close the show via knockout – to no avail – for the 15,306 fans in attendance.

When asked if he was disappointed that he was unable to close out his seventh straight title defense via stoppage, Bute responded, “No, I’m very happy. This is a great experience. Fighting Glen Johnson is an honor for me. I needed a fight like this.”

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Bute Readies to Fight Johnson at Home

Romanian ex-pat Lucian Bute faces the stiffest test of his IBF super middleweight title reign Saturday night in Quebec City, when he takes on the former IBF/IBO light heavyweight world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson.

Johnson is 42 and still approaches each match as if he was making his pro debut. Johnson loves to fight. His exuberance is palpable in the ring with each bout in which he participates. You will never have trouble picking out Glen Johnson in a fight. He will always be the guy moving forward, throwing shots, walking through his opponent’s power punches, just to get his own licks in. Often, after trading volleys of power shots with an opponent, Johnson will walk back to his corner with a huge smile on his face. He actually enjoys the give and take of an action packed fight!

It is true that Johnson has been the victim of some very bad hometown decisions during his career. It can be said with all credibility that at least 9 of his 15 losses were victories that were stolen from him in someone else’s hometown. He has also been legitimately beaten too and, now as his skills and work volume begin to slow in each successive fight, he often confuses the two.

Johnson is a very proud man, and, like all fighters, still has difficulty accepting defeat. Now he often claims any defeat to be a hometown decision when it is certainly not the case. Johnson still throws punches for paydays because he believes in his heart that he can once again become a world champion. With the volume of alpha bet organizations increasing on a daily basis, he may once again reign supreme as the champion of some obscure alpha bet group.

Johnson is still good enough to beat most mid level fighters but he no longer can adequately match skills with the elite fighters in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Johnson believes, like most ageing fighters do, that the wealth of experience he brings with him into the ring, should be enough to overcome a younger, stronger and faster opponent. He is wrong, of course, as his fight with Carl Froch proved. No fighter ever really believes he truly lost a fight. It is part of the necessary ethic of the sport. Fighters need to believe that they are invincible otherwise they have no business being in the ring. Sure, against Froch, Johnson showed flashes of his former self, superbly deflecting and slipping punches at times, but those moments occurred less and less as the fight wore on.

Just How Deep is Pacquiao and Kimmel’s Love?

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 4, 2011) — Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion, and boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter and box office attraction Congressman MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO took time from training for his upcoming defense of his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Márquez to make another boffo appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. This was Pacquiao’s fifth consecutive appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in as many world championship promotions, dating back to November 3, 2009 when he knocked out Miguel Cotto to claim the welterweight title. That 2009 appearance also marked Pacquiao’s U.S. network TV debut, which has since led to a multitude of network television, radio and magazine features, including, CBS’ 60 Minutes, ABC’s Good Morning America, FOX News Channel’s On The Record With Greta Van Susteren, CNN’s America Morning, NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, Playboy, Sports Illustrated and cover stories in TIME and Newsweek.

Pacquiao’s first U.S. single, a remake of Dan Hill’s 1977 hit Sometimes When We Touch, sung with Dan Hill, spent four weeks in the Top-10 over the summer, peaking at No. 7. But even that doesn’t compare to what happened last night when Manny sang a duet of the Bee Gees hit “How Deep Is Your Love,” with Kimmel himself!

Purdy Ready to Seal Lonsdale Belt ‘Dream’

Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy says he is not looking past Colin Lynes to a rematch with Denton Vassell – as he wants to secure the Lonsdale belt for keeps on Wednesday night (November 9).

The Colchester man won the British Welterweight title in April, wrestling it from Craig Watson with a fifth round stoppage at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Purdy repeated the feat in a July rematch in Oldham in emphatic fashion, and victory live on Sky Sports against Hornchurch’s Lynes at Bethnal Green’s York Hall would mean the 24 year-old kept the famous Lonsdale Belt.

“It’s a dream to win the belt outright and to think that I’ve gone from a Southern Area title loss to winning the Lonsdale Belt is really just a testament to how much work Tony has done with me since I’ve joined with him,” said Purdy. “Since moving there I’ve been sparring with the likes of Lenny Daws, Darren Barker and John O’Donnell and I’ve been learning something every single day since coming into the gym. I’ve got lots more to learn though but I know I’m in the perfect place to do it. I’ll treat this fight like it’s the first fight with Craig Watson and that’s the way it will always be.”

BoxinMirror Man Faces British Champ Williams in Brut Man Up Challenge

As John Shaw approached his destination, a proper old school Boxing Gym deep in the heart of East London, he must have thought the gods were trying to send him a warning, as before he even reached the door of the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym a crash of thunder erupted as lightning flashed across the increasingly darkening sky.

The intrepid reporter, along with film crew, had made the short trip from Wapping to Canning Town to undertake a training session alongside new British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams as part of the Daily Mirror featured ‘Brut Man Up Challenge’.

Starting out gently John joined Leon in a warm up session, before gloving up for four rounds on the heavy bags. The plan was then to undertake some pads work with one of the UK’s top coaches Johnny Eames, however Johnny had other ideas and with a grin on his face ordered the pair into the centre ring for four rounds of…sparring.

Angulo, Kirkland, Quillin, McEwan Conference Call Transcript

Monica Sears
First, I’d like to welcome everyone to today’s call and wish everyone a Happy Halloween. As Bricelda said, we have Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin along with Craig McEwan on the line. After their portion of the call we will have Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland on the line to talk about this weekend’s HBO Boxing After Dark double header. I’d like to turn the call over to the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya. Oscar?

Oscar de la Hoya
Thank you very much, Monica. Once again we are extremely excited and thrilled, this card, Saturday night, November 5th live from Cancun, Mexico will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark, which will air at 10:15pm ET/PT on HBO here in the U.S. and Televisa airing the fight in Mexico. This card is being promoted in association with Quequinewspapers, which is headed by Pepe Gomez, who we appreciate his hard work. We are thrilled because these two fights on HBO are two great fights. Our match maker, Eric Gomez, and Robert Diaz did a tremendous job in putting together a great card for us. First off, I would like to introduce to you the co-main events of the evening; the first fight that will be televised on HBO seems to be a good one.

First off, I would like to introduce to you a fighter who is 29 years old, he’s a south paw, he’s a top middleweight contender, he’s coming off a tremendous, tremendous fight in March where he fought a top contender in Andy Lee. We are thrilled to be having on the call with us today. He is from Edinburgh, Scotland, with a record of 19-1 and 10 knockouts. He will be facing Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. I would like to introduce to you Craig McEwan to talk to you about his fight against Peter “Kid Chocolate.” Craig, say a few words about your upcoming fight.

Mora-Flores to Headline ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ Broadcast

LOS ANGELES – Coachella Valley and Los Angeles-area rising stars are ready to shine on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., as Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce the entire lineup for the card featuring the middleweight showdown between former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora and longtime contender Shibata Flores.

The TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast will also feature unbeaten Oxnard junior middleweight Hugo Centeno in a six round fight against Hector Orozco.

The action doesn’t stop there, as a six-round lightweight match up will see Coachella’s Jose Vargas (6-1-2) battle Pacoima’s Oscar Chinchilla (2-1-1), East Los Angeles’ Andres Reyes (3-1-2) takes on unbeaten San Diegan Emmanuel Robles (3-0, 1 KO) in a four round junior welterweight fight, promising middleweight Ray Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) faces Cleven Ishe (3-2, 1 KO) in a four round battle of Los Angeles natives and Alex Vlas (0-1) of Laguna Hills faces Nicholas Balestra (0-1) of Sacramento in a four round junior middleweight bout.

Carl Froch to Shoot Exclusive Film for GQ

Premier Men’s magazine GQ will film exclusive training footage with Carl Froch this Friday to feature online ahead of his Super Six final against Andre Ward in Atlantic City on December 17.

WBC Super-Middleweight champion Froch travels to the States to face the American Olympic hero in one of the biggest fights of the year, and the UK’s number one fighter has invited GQ to film him going through his paces in the gym. Froch will then sit down with the crew and record an in-depth interview on his stellar career to date, he blockbusting unification showdown with WBA champ Ward and what the future holds for the 34 year-old Nottingham star.