ProBoxing-Fans.com https://www.proboxing-fans.com The best boxing news on the web today. Sun, 18 Oct 2020 12:49:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 9198275 Terence Crawford-Kell Brook Officially Confirmed For November 14 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/terence-crawford-kell-brook-confirmed/ Sun, 18 Oct 2020 12:45:47 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78372 LAS VEGAS – Away from the Lomachenko vs Lopez action in the Top Rank Bubble some other news was also confirmed by Top Rank yesterday, Terence Crawford and Kell Brook will officially face each other on November 14. The pound-for-pound king is set to reclaim his throne. WBO welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford will defend his […]

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LAS VEGAS – Away from the Lomachenko vs Lopez action in the Top Rank Bubble some other news was also confirmed by Top Rank yesterday, Terence Crawford and Kell Brook will officially face each other on November 14.

The pound-for-pound king is set to reclaim his throne. WBO welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford will defend his title against former welterweight world champion Kell Brook in a special edition of Top Rank on ESPN Saturday, Nov. 14.

In the world championship co-feature, Joshua “El Profesor” Franco will defend his WBA super flyweight title against former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney in a rematch of their June bout, won by Franco via decision.

Promoted by Top Rank and sponsored by GEICO, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise Crawford-Brook and Franco-Moloney 2 beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, while a full slate of undercard bouts will stream live on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

Venue information for Crawford-Brook will be announced soon.

“Kell Brook is one of the elite fighters in the world. He has faced so many of the top boxers,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “He is a real test for pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford. This is another premium fight that will be available to boxing fans for no extra charge live on ESPN.”

Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs), the pride of Omaha, Neb., has reigned as WBO welterweight world champion since June 9, 2018, when he stopped Jeff “The Hornet” Horn in nine one-sided rounds. He has since defended that world title three times, including a sixth-round demolition over former unified junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan in April 2019. Crawford has not fought since last December’s ninth-round TKO over Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas and will enter the ring against Brook coming off a career-long 11-month layoff. He has won seven straight bouts by knockout since a one-sided decision over Viktor Postol in a July 2016 junior welterweight unification bout. Prior to his welterweight world title campaign, Crawford was the lineal lightweight and undisputed junior welterweight world champion.

Brook (39-2, 27 KOs), from Sheffield, England, is a former welterweight world champion who made three successful defenses of the IBF title he won from Shawn Porter in 2014. His only defeat at welterweight came to Errol Spence Jr. in May 2017, a competitive fight that ended in the 11th round after he suffered a broken orbital bone. Since the Spence defeat, “The Special One” has won three bouts at junior middleweight, including February’s seventh-round stoppage over Mark DeLuca. Brook has long campaigned for the Crawford bout, and earlier this year, he ran into Crawford at the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II weigh-in.

“You gonna make weight?” Crawford asked Brook.
“You’re running out of opponents,” Brook responded. “I’m here.”

Brook said, “I would just like to say a big thank you to Bob Arum and his team at Top Rank and to Baz Kandiara and my management team for getting the fight made. Thank you also to Terence Crawford and his team. It’s a fantastic fight, a proper fight for the fans to get excited about. I’m sure it’s one that will have viewers on the edge of their seats, whichever side of the pond they’re from.

“I’ve been told there are people writing off my chances, questioning my age, and my ability to make the weight. Well, let them talk. Some people focus on reading headlines, I focus on making headlines. Those people writing me off as a big underdog? No problem. I guess this big dog will be making a few people richer during a difficult time.

“Terence isn’t too much younger than me. They know that I’ve never ducked a challenge, and they should know that I’ve never failed to make 147 on the scales. With age comes experience. My knowledge and experience make me a different fighter, a more mature fighter. Couple that with a happy fighter, and you’ve got yourself a dangerous fighter.”

Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs), from Melbourne, Australia, won the interim world title with a knockout over Elton Dharry last November and was subsequently elevated to world champion. In his first world title defence, June 23 from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble, he was upset via unanimous decision at the hands of Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs), a native of San Antonio, Texas, who was previously best known for his action-packed trilogy with Oscar Negrete.

Moloney said, “I am extremely excited and motivated for my rematch with Franco. I’m very grateful that Top Rank has given me the opportunity to get my revenge and reclaim my world title. I have been working extremely hard every day to make sure that world title is strapped back around my waist on Nov. 14.”

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Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez – Results & Post-Fight Report https://www.proboxing-fans.com/vasiliy-lomachenko-vs-teofimo-lopez-results-post-fight-report/ Sun, 18 Oct 2020 06:47:22 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78363 In one of the most anticipated contests of 2020, it was Teofimo Lopez who sensationally walked away with all the Lightweight gold inside The Bubble at MGM Grand, Las Vegas with a masterful unanimous decision win over Vasiliy Lomachenko, who started way too slowly, and it cost him dearly on Saturday. Lopez added the WBC […]

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In one of the most anticipated contests of 2020, it was Teofimo Lopez who sensationally walked away with all the Lightweight gold inside The Bubble at MGM Grand, Las Vegas with a masterful unanimous decision win over Vasiliy Lomachenko, who started way too slowly, and it cost him dearly on Saturday.

Lopez added the WBC Franchise, WBA (Super), WBO and Ring Magazine belts to the IBF crown he won in his last fight against Richard Comney at the end of 2019.

Lomachenko looked in focused mood ahead of the opening bell, and he allowed Lopez to throw out his jab in the early going, while he studied his man.

It was understandably tense stuff in the first round, with Lopez possibly shading it with sporadic success, as the Ukrainian elected to see what his opponent had to offer.

Lopez was mixing his attacks up well, and landed well to the body in the second, but the Ukrainian finally opened up with two decent left hands in the final minute of the round, and in the dying embers, he landed a three punch combination to state his intent.

The Brooklyn man landed a hard left to the body in the third, but Lomachenko responded with another combination later in the session, as the contest started to warm up.

Lopez dominated the first half of the fight Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Lopez dominated the first half of the fight Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

It was safety first stuff from ‘Loma,’ as he tried to negotiate the first half of the fight to diffuse Lopez’s power, and he began to close the distance, although Lopez was the aggressor, and there was a strong argument for him claiming the first four rounds with his superior work rate.

Lopez got the better of the fifth too, landing a couple of right hands, but, Lomachenko got his jab going in round six, as he gradually stepped up his output.

A lot of the punches from the underdog were landing on the gloves, but the sheer volume of the punches were banking him round after round to the delight of his vocal father and trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr, as his success continued into the second half.

Lomachenko landed a solid right to begin the eighth, and the heads came together as the 32-year-old began to sense the urgency.

Lomachenko was belatedly letting his hands go, while also still having to take some meaty Lopez shots, but it was a much better round for the decorated three-weight world champion.

Lopez claimed all four Lightweight world titles and the Ring Magazine title Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Lopez claimed all four Lightweight world titles and the Ring Magazine title Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

He continued his resurgence in the ninth, with several combinations pushing Lopez back.

Lomachenko was now countering strongly, and his accuracy was razor-sharp, as he pushed forward and went on the attack, although he had to take a Lopez body shot along the way in the tenth.

It looked another Lomachenko round in the eleventh too, backing the 23-year-old up with heavy body shots, and going through his repertoire of punches, with Lopez still having success of his own.

Lomachenko produced a late onslaught Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Lomachenko produced a late onslaught Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

There was all to play for ahead of the final round, and Lopez sensed this as he mounted one last effort, having his best round in some time.

In the dying moments, an accidental clash of heads caused a large cut above Lopez’s left eye, but with seconds remaining, the two opened up to close an absorbing contest.

The first half of the bout ultimately cost Lomachenko, as Tim Cheetham scored 116-112, Julie Lederman tallied a way too wide 119-109, and Steve Weisfeld saw it 117-111 to hand ‘Loma’ his second career loss, and crown the 23 year old the unified champion.

Lopez celebrates with father Teofimo Lopez Sr post-fight Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Lopez celebrates with father Teofimo Lopez Sr post-fight Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“I had to dig deep. It feels good,” said Lopez post-fight to ESPN.

“I’m a fighter, I knew he was coming, but I love to fight and I can bang too.

“You have to keep putting the gas on him, I stopped his momentum. I can take it to 140, or take on Devin Haney, the takeover has begun”.

In a great appetiser to the main course, Arnold Barboza Jr claimed the vacant WBO International Super Lightweight title in an all-action, entertaining ten rounder with former world title challenger, Alex Saucedo.

Barboza had a knockdown counted against him in the seventh round, after a right hand landed when the two became tangled.

The knockdown wasn’t counted at the time, but the replay officials overruled that decision at the end of the session.

Arnold Barboza Jr climbed off the canvas to beat Alex Saucedo Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Arnold Barboza Jr climbed off the canvas to beat Alex Saucedo Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Barboza landed the more telling punches for the majority of the fight as a lot of leather was traded, with Saucedo’s defence leaky to put it mildly, and the 28-year-old pulled away in the final few rounds.

Two scores of 97-92, and a third at 96-93 extended Barboza’s unbeaten record to 25-0, while Saucedo fell to 30-2.

Edgar Berlanga made it fifteen straight first round knockouts, and moved to 15-0, with yet another opening session success, this time against Lannell Bellows, who had never previously been stopped.

Edgar Berlanga made it 15 straight first round KOs against Lanell Bellows Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Edgar Berlanga made it 15 straight first round KOs against Lanell Bellows Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The Puerto Rican-New York residing Super Middleweight wrecking ball launched a vicious assault, with chopping lefts and rights finding the target, and with Bellows tottering all over the ring, the referee stopped him on his feet.

Josue Vargas took a unanimous decision win over Kendo Castaneda in their Welterweight ten rounder.

Vargas dropped Castaneda with a well-timed counter left hook in the second round, before going on to secure the win on the cards by scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91.

Earlier Results

Featherweight: Jose Enrique Vargas TKO1 John Vincent Moralde

Welterweight: Quinton Randall PTS6 Jan Carlos Rivera

Welterweight: Jahi Tucker PTS4 Charles Garner

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Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez – Results & Post-Fight Report https://www.proboxing-fans.com/lewis-ritson-vs-miguel-vazquez-results-post-fight-report/ Sun, 18 Oct 2020 00:49:19 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78346 Lewis Ritson took a shocking split decision win over the luckless IBF Lightweight champion, Miguel Vazquez, who did more than enough to have his hand raised at the East of England Arena in Peterborough on Saturday. The card was a world title fight light, caused by a positive COVID-19 test to Peter Fury, meaning that […]

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Lewis Ritson took a shocking split decision win over the luckless IBF Lightweight champion, Miguel Vazquez, who did more than enough to have his hand raised at the East of England Arena in Peterborough on Saturday.

The card was a world title fight light, caused by a positive COVID-19 test to Peter Fury, meaning that Savannah Marshall had to self isolate, and withdraw from her vacant WBO Middleweight title tilt against Scotland’s Hannah Rankin.

The bill topper went ahead regardless, and Ritson (21-1, 12 KOs) put together some decent punches is a largely range finding opening round.

The shots landed mainly on the gloves in the second, as Vazquez (42-10, 16 KOs) targeted Ritson’s body.

The Mexican was getting in and out of range, and putting together some point scoring combinations as he made a bright start.

Vazquez was using a variety of angles to offset the Newcastle man, and although Ritson did land a right uppercut in the fourth, he was largely chasing the veteran around the ring.

Vazquez appeared to control large portions of the fight Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Vazquez appeared to control large portions of the fight Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Ritson was struggling with his opponent’s movement, and going into the second half of the fight, it seemed he was behind on the cards and needed to up the gears.

Vazquez had settled into a rhythm, and with Ritson coming in straight lines, the visitor could easily land and then move out of trouble.

There was still no urgency coming from the corner of Ritson going into the championship rounds, and he simply couldn’t let his hands go sufficiently enough to trouble his foe, who remained fleet of foot.

Judge Terry O'Connor delivered a highly-contentious 117-111 score as Ritson emerged victorious Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Judge Terry O’Connor delivered a highly-contentious 117-111 score as Ritson emerged victorious Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Vazquez landed a lovely right hand as ‘The Sandman’ was becoming easier to hit than ever before, as he chased late success.

The final round had Ritson surely needing a knockout, and unsurprisingly, it didn’t come, as the pattern of the rounds that had gone before was followed again.

The consensus was that Ritson won only a handful of rounds, but the judges saw things differently.

Marcus McDonnell scored 116-113 for Vazquez, but was overruled by a stinker of a card by Terry O’Connor, who scored 117-111, and Michael Alexander, who viewed the fight 115-113 to the Forest Hall native, who picked up the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super Lightweight belt.

Thoughts of a meeting with Regis Prograis were dampened by Ritson post-fight, and understandably so with the level of performance he displayed here.

Thomas Patrick Ward clung onto his unbeaten record, as he sustained a horrific cut, meaning his scheduled ten rounder at Super Bantamweight ended after eight completed rounds, and was ruled a split technical decision draw against Thomas Essomba.

After three technical rounds, Essomba (10-6-1, 4 KOs) landed a flush left hand in the fourth, and had Ward (29-0-1, 4 KOs) troubled, as he pushed for a shock early win.

Ward certainly had his hands full, and was forced to keep the Cameroonian at bay with straight shots, while the Cameroonian would wing in accurate punches.

Thomas Patrick Ward suffered a gruesome cut in the seventh round Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Thomas Patrick Ward suffered a gruesome cut in the seventh round Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

A horrific cut to Ward’s left eye occurred in the seventh, caused by a clash of heads, with the cut a gaping one, and it was a matter of time before the fight was halted.

Ward was allowed to continue by the doctor at the start of round eight, and Essomba landed a crisp flurry, staying low as Ward struggled to pin his man down during the session.

The fight looked up for grabs going into the final couple of rounds, but it was curtailed before the start of round nine, as the cut worsened, and the ringside doctor rightly called for the fight to go to the scorecards.

Ward and Essomba were held to a technical split draw after the referee halted the fight following the head clash Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Ward and Essomba were held to a technical split draw after the referee halted the fight following the head clash Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Marcus McDonnell tallied 88-85 for Essomba, while Terry O’Connor scored the fight 88-84 for Ward. Crucially, Michael Alexander couldn’t separate the pair at 86-86, as Ward’s record was blemished for the first time in 30 fights.

The British Super Bantamweight title eliminator went the way of Marc Leach, who handed Qais Ashfaq his first professional defeat in an impressive points win.

Leach (15-1-1, 3 KOs) boxed brilliantly in the first half of the fight with excellent head movement, forcing Ashfaq (8-1, 3 KOs) to miss with regularity.

Mark Leech inflicted a first loss on former Olympian Qais Ashfaq Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Mark Leech inflicted a first loss on former Olympian Qais Ashfaq Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

The Salford man dropped his former sparring partner in the fourth, as a short left hand followed by some cuffing follow up punches forced the 27-year-old to the canvas.

Ashfaq was down again at the end of the seventh, as a double left hand again bundled the Leeds man to the floor for a second time.

Ashfaq was floored twice by Leach Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Ashfaq was floored twice by Leach Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

The knockdowns proved pivotal, as the fight went to the cards.

Bob Williams scored 95-93, Michael Alexander had it 96-93, and Terry O’Connor scored 96-92, all for Leach, who moves closer to a shot at British and Commonwealth champion Brad Foster.

Rylan Charlton caused a minor upset at Super Lightweight, as the Norwich man knocked out previously undefeated Benwell native Joe Laws, in three rounds.

Laws (9-1, 5 KOs) had a nightmare start, as he was hurt by a body shot in the first round, and in the dying embers of the session, Charlton (6-0-1, 3 KOs) nailed Laws with a big left hand that had the Newcastle man reeling to the ropes and then the canvas.

Joe Laws was knocked down three times in a shock first defeat to Rylan Charlton Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Joe Laws was knocked down three times in a shock first defeat to Rylan Charlton Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

A right hand high on the temple in the third dropped the ‘Benwell Bomber’ for a second time, and he was badly dazed on unsteady legs.

After a short delay for a dropped Laws gum shield, a short right hand on the chin robbed him of his legs once again on the restart, and he was counted out by Marcus McDonnell.

Laws was left devastated as Charlton stormed to a breakout victory Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Laws was left devastated as Charlton stormed to a breakout victory Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Ellie Scotney made her professional bow in the Super Bantamweight division, and impressed with a 60-53 win on Michael Alexander’s card against the tough Bec Connolly.

Ellie Scotney made a winning start to the professional ranks against Bec Connolly Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Ellie Scotney made a winning start to the professional ranks against Bec Connolly Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Scotney (1-0) scored a knockdown in the third, when a sharp right-left combination forced Connolly (3-8) to take a knee, but she bravely saw out the contest.

In a match hastily arranged during the week, Tony Bellew-managed Meshech Speare (5-1, 3 KOs) lost his unbeaten record in his sixth fight, as Kane Baker (14-7) returned 13 days after a defeat on the cards to Aqib Fiaz, to take a points win, 59-56, for Michael Alexander.

Kane Baker revived his career with a win over Meshech Speare Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Kane Baker revived his career with a win over Meshech Speare Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

The pair are usually Super Featherweights, but fought at Super Lightweight, at short notice in what was a cracking fight.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jay Harris: From Amazon to Martinez https://www.proboxing-fans.com/exclusive-jay-harris-from-amazon-to-martinez/ Sat, 17 Oct 2020 14:00:55 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78332 “The crowd was hostile when I was going out. They were all screaming at me, telling me I was going to die, and spitting at me. But after the fight was all finished, they were all around me asking for pictures. It was mad!” For his first time fighting abroad as a professional, Welsh flyweight […]

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“The crowd was hostile when I was going out. They were all screaming at me, telling me I was going to die, and spitting at me. But after the fight was all finished, they were all around me asking for pictures. It was mad!”

For his first time fighting abroad as a professional, Welsh flyweight Jay Harris chose a baptism of fire. But an opportunity to fight fearsome Mexican knockout artist Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar in Texas for a world title was too good an opportunity to turn down.

Martinez had already dispatched fellow Welsh talent Andrew Selby, former world champion Cristofer Rosales   and Charlie Edwards, although Edwards was given a No Decision reprieve following a late bodyshot when he was on the canvas.

There was no fairytale ending for Jay either, as he found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision, but the nature of his display won over those who had doubts about his pedigree, as he announced himself on the world stage as a very much live contender.

“It was an excellent fight,” Harris told proboxing-fans.com.

“I’ve watched the fight back a couple of times and you could see how frustrated he was and I think that played a lot into my hands as well.

Harris put in a brave effort in his maiden world title defeat to Julio Cesar Martinez in February Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing
Harris put in a brave effort in his maiden world title defeat to Julio Cesar Martinez in February Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing

“The best way I could describe his power was that it wasn’t really like a knockout shot, he couldn’t knock me out, but on both hands every shot hurt.

“I think that’s what breaks down a lot of other boxers but I was quite durable I think.

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in boxing. Being amongst the likes of Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas.

“It was completely different to anything I’ve done before, the set up was brilliant. We went out there a week before and everybody treated us really well.

“Everything was done for us and then it really sunk in when all the head-to-heads started happening. It was such a surreal experience.”

Harris makes a second defence of his Commonwealth Flyweight title on Sunday Photo Credit: swansea.city.com
Harris makes a second defence of his Commonwealth Flyweight title on Sunday Photo Credit: swansea.city.com

The step up was a huge one for the boy who started off his professional career seven years ago at a Welsh Leisure Centre for a purse of £100.

His career has had plenty of tough moments with the 30-year-old admitting he had considered turning his back on the sport after struggling to get fights.

“I was pretty close on jacking it in,” Harris added.

“When I won the Commonwealth title I pretty much got put on the shelf for months. I have no idea why.

“Gary (Lockett – his manager) didn’t know. No one knew. Gary was nagging to get me on and there was nothing.

“They would just say they were sorting stuff out and then weeks and then months went by and nothing.”

Harris stopped Paddy Barnes in four rounds last October Photo Credit: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Harris stopped Paddy Barnes in four rounds last October Photo Credit: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

More inactivity followed, but he finally got the fresh start he needed when he signed a promotional deal with MTK Global. Within a space of a year he was fighting for the vacant EBU European Fly Title – a decision win against tough Spaniard Angel Moreno – and then putting on a brutal display to knock out and retire Irish Olympian Paddy Barnes in Belfast.

In his own corner, as always, is his dad and trainer Peter, a former British featherweight champion.

The father/coach relationship historically in boxing is a complicated one, that often ends in acrimony, but that’s clearly not something Harris is worried about.

“He’s been with me since I was 12,” Harris explained.

Harris alongside father and trainer Peter
Harris alongside father and trainer Peter

“Obviously we butt heads on a few things but I can’t really fault him. He’s done it all himself as a pro and he doesn’t want me to make the same mistakes as when he was training. He is strict in that way, but it’s worked so far and it’s got me where I have.

“Dad’s words are ‘he’d rather be in the corner than sitting on the sidelines.’ He has more control over what can happen. He can give me advice when I come back.

“The main problem for him is that his life is on hold as much as mine. He can’t really book stuff and go away with my mother and that until he knows when I’m fighting.”

Harris clashes with former British Super Flyweight title challenger Marcel Braithwaite on Sunday Photo Credit: MTK Global
Harris clashes with former British Super Flyweight title challenger Marcel Braithwaite on Sunday Photo Credit: MTK Global

Next up for Jay is a tough Commonwealth title defence against Marcel Braithwaite behind closed doors in Wakefield on October 18th.

Speaking about the challenge of the Liverpool man, Harris explained: “He’s not a bad fighter to be honest. He had a great fight with Sunny Edwards.

“He knocked him down in the seventh round. It was a good shot as well.  It’s a good one to get back out to I think.

“We got told it could be a keep busy fight but to be honest I didn’t want one. I wanted a proper fight and that’s what I’ve got.

“Hopefully, after that I can challenge for the bigger titles then, the world scene.

“That’s what I’m hoping for but I just leave that to Lee Eaton (MTK Global)  and Gary (Lockett). They will guide me in the right direction anyway.”

A prospective fight that has created a lot of interest on social media is a showdown with Sunny Edwards.

“Loads of people have been asking me about that – there is a possibility – we both have the same management.

Harris is targeting a future bout with Sunny Edwards Photo Credit: Round ‘N’ Bout Media Queensberry Promotions
Harris is targeting a future bout with Sunny Edwards Photo Credit: Round ‘N’ Bout Media Queensberry Promotions

“We do get on quite well as it goes. We do keep in contact on social media and we always have a chat, but I think there’s a potential fight down the line,” he said.

One silver lining of fighting for the world title in Texas is that he’s finally found himself in a position to quit his job working in a Swansea Amazon warehouse.

In true Jay Harris style, he doesn’t have a bad word to say about the retail giant, despite it regularly courting  bad press. A gentleman out of the ring, but an absolute terror in it.

“The job was really easy – I couldn’t really complain so I don’t understand why they get so much stick sometimes!

“I have got a full time sponsor on board now who is paying me every week to box, but Amazon were really good to me to be fair.

“Whenever I had a fight they would let me swap my shifts around and they gave the time off for the world title fight. It was good for them because it was a bit of publicity.”

His former employer’s slogan is ‘Work hard. Have fun. Make history.’ Only the third eludes him, but you wouldn’t bet against him pulling it off.

Written by Matt Aplin. Follow Matt on Twitter (@southpawko1)

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Kold Wars 2 – Results & Post-Fight Report https://www.proboxing-fans.com/kold-wars-2-battle-2-results-post-fight-report/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 21:20:55 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78318 The second battle of Siesta Promotions Kold Wars 2 was held in Minsk, Belarus yesterday. The main event saw Former Russian world champion, Eduard ‘The Eagle’ Troyanovsky take on ‘Le Lion’ Renald ‘Le Lion’ Garrido. Joining these two ‘Animals’ on the aptly named show in the ‘so-called’ politically tense nation of Belarus, was an eight […]

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The second battle of Siesta Promotions Kold Wars 2 was held in Minsk, Belarus yesterday. The main event saw Former Russian world champion, Eduard ‘The Eagle’ Troyanovsky take on ‘Le Lion’ Renald ‘Le Lion’ Garrido.

Joining these two ‘Animals’ on the aptly named show in the ‘so-called’ politically tense nation of Belarus, was an eight round contest between Germaine Brown (8-0) and Dmitry Chudinov (21-6-3), with the co-main event bringing us an all-Russian battle between Elnur Samedov (10-1) and Alexander Podolsky (11-1).

The setting of this surreal and highly entertaining Siesta Boxing project was the Falcon Club, situated in the Minsk Marriott Hotel.

It was sadly another crowd-less show, however the fighters teams and family members along with staff working on the event had managed to gather a couple of hundred people. The Belarusian Boxing federation also included two very well known names within British boxing circles; Siarhei Khamitski and Siarhei Rabchanka.

The evening started with local lad Yauheni Dauhaliavets (2-0) dismantling the Ukrainian Vladyslav Baranov (6-8-2) within the early stages on the contest.

Baranov overwhelmed by the power and assertiveness of the Belarusian fighter, going down once before a stoppage in the second round after many relentless attacks to the body and head of the Ukrainian.

The Night Wolf, Dmitry Chudinov was up next against British fighter Germaine ‘GMAN’ Brown.

 

It was a true ‘Master Vs Student’ fight on paper, with Brown taking a huge step up in class, having only ever gone 6 rounds in his so far short career, compared to that of Chudinov, amassing 30 pro fights, including a WBA Interim title reign and having also shared the ring with Chris Eubank Jr.

Brown looked sharp, stunning Chudinov in the second, going on to drop the Russian in the third round via a pin-perfect right hand to the jaw of Chudinov.

The Russian falling flat on his chest jumped up quickly after only two or three seconds.

It was pretty much one way traffic for Brown, apart from round seven, where he did seem to switch off ever so slightly.

However, he took command of the eighth and final round, winning the fight by a wide unanimous-decision.

 

Kazak Akat Zhantursynov (4-0) continued the action in a short-lived contest against Belarusian, Ruslan Rodzivich (15-29).

The native crumbled after an accurate and powerful right hand to chin. Rodzivich failed to get to his feet, as Al Siesta’s newest cruiserweight recruit looks set for an entertaining career.

Elnur Samedov (10-1) was up next to take on Alexander Podolsky (11-1) over ten rounds in an all-Russian affair.

Podolsky started the quicker with a flash knockdown over Samedov in the first round.

Samedov’s aggressive pressure finally paid dividends when the referee stopped the contest in round eight, with Podolsky pressed up against the ropes with no reply to Samedov’s barrage of punches.

The 29-year-old was aggrieved with the decision, frustratingly asking to continue once the fight was waved off.

To end a great night of action, Renald Garrido faced Eduard Troyanovsky.

Eduard Troyanovsky claimed a decision win over Renald Garrido Photo Credit: proboxing-fans.com
Eduard Troyanovsky claimed a decision win over Renald Garrido Photo Credit: proboxing-fans.com

The first three rounds we saw a mostly controlled turn of events for the Russian, until ‘Le Lion’ burst into action trying to seriously rough his opponent in round four, with Troyanovsky seemingly struggling with Garrido’s aggressive, all-action style, appearing to want the KO for the rest of the bout.

Troyanovsky was in some serious trouble for the next two rounds, even succumbing to a knockdown, for it to be called a disputed slip from the referee, turning the ten round bout into an extremely close contest.

However, the Russian regained composure and did well to contain the Frenchman in the second half of the fight. Two judges scored in favour of Troyanovsky, with one calling it a draw. “I gave it to Troyanovsky by a round or two!” Said a jovial Renald Garrido straight after the fight.

The Kold Wars project from Al Siesta and Siesta Boxing has seen a moving of the goalposts, throwing away the notion of stacked predictable cards and replacing it with less quantity and more quality. Siesta’s vision and philosophy of 50/50 fights is well underway in the city of Minsk, with the promotional company now having five shows to its name in Belarus.

Eagles, lions and night wolfs gave the show some real character. Al Siesta appears to be heading in the right direction with his ambitious vision, with a vast amount of dates to be released very soon. A show called Kold Wars in a politically hostile environment, these shows have some real mystic. A long way to go for the reasonably young organisation, but a long way has already been past too. Check out our full post-fight interview with Al Siesta below.

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Joshua-Pulev confirmed for December 12 at the O2 Arena https://www.proboxing-fans.com/joshua-pulev-confirmed-for-december-12-at-the-o2-arena/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:53:12 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78313 Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua OBE will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles against Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev at The O2 in London on Saturday December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all of its nine markets including the U.S. Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) recaptured his belts and position as […]

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Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua OBE will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles against Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev at The O2 in London on Saturday December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all of its nine markets including the U.S.

Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) recaptured his belts and position as the Unified Heavyweight World Champion with a masterful unanimous decision victory over Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on an historical night in December.

December 12 will be ‘AJ’s’ first fight on UK soil in over two years, since he defended his crowns with a devastating seventh round knockout of Russia’s Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium, and the former Finchley ABC man will be aiming to deal with Pulev in style to set up an Undisputed showdown against WBC Champion and fellow Brit Tyson Fury in 2021.

Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs), the IBF’s No.1-ranked Heavyweight Mandatory Challenger, gets his second shot at World honours after his defeat to modern legend Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 – the only loss of his 29-fight professional career. He has won six fights in a row since then, including victories over Derek Chisora and an IBF Eliminator win over Hughie Fury in 2018.

The Bulgarian superstar was set to challenge Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but was forced to withdraw through an injury and will now get his opportunity to ruin the champion’s plans to face Fury in an all-British blockbuster showdown in the future.

“December 12 is the date and once again the Heavyweight belts go up in the air and it is my sole focus to make sure that come December 13 they are in their rightful place in the UK,” said Joshua.

Joshua faces IBF mandatory challenger and former world title challenger Pulev Photo Credit: Boxing Scene
Joshua faces IBF mandatory challenger and former world title challenger Pulev Photo Credit: Boxing Scene

“The O2 is the original lion’s den, I have a lot of history with the arena, but without the fans something huge is missing.

“I am really hoping that, safety permitting, we might be able to bring some boxing fans in, but we will have to see.

“I respect every opponent and I respect Pulev. I wish him well during his preparation.”

“For a small country of Bulgaria to stand up for the Heavyweight Titles is a great accomplishment,” said Pulev.

“This fight is for my late father and all Bulgarians around the world! I’m coming to London to seize the Heavyweight Championship of the World.”

Joshua will set up an undisputed heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury in 2021 with victory Photo Credit: PA Images/Reuters
Joshua will set up an undisputed heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury in 2021 with victory Photo Credit: PA Images/Reuters

“After a challenging year for everyone, to end with the unified World Heavyweight Championship is very special,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Over a year after regaining his crown, Anthony Joshua takes on yet another dangerous opponent in Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev. AJ’s resume is unrivalled, and this is the final hurdle until we challenge for the undisputed crown next year.

“Whilst it’s unusual to think of an AJ fight without tens of thousands of fans in attendance, we will be doing everything we can to lobby for the safe return of fans to this event, we have to move forward together.

“I know Team Pulev and Bob Arum will be doing all they can to become World Champion on Dec 12 but AJ constantly evolves and improves and I expect a dominant performance and a spectacular KO to close out 2020.”

Promoter Bob Arum is confident Pulev will ruin plans for an undisputed fight Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Promoter Bob Arum is confident Pulev will ruin plans for an undisputed fight Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Bob Arum, Top Rank Chairman, said: “Eddie Hearn better watch out. Kubrat Pulev is going to destroy his plan for a Joshua-Tyson Fury unification fight.”

“Anthony Joshua returns to the ring, a year after recapturing his World Titles from Andy Ruiz Jr, and Britain’s Unified World Champion will be determined to reign supreme in a hotly-contested Heavyweight division,” said Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing Development.

“Kubrat Pulev has proven pedigree, with just that sole defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, and he’ll be hoping to send more shockwaves through the sport with an upset victory, but I know that AJ has been training tirelessly, priming his explosive power for another night of fireworks.

“Tyson Fury will of course be watching – as an Undisputed World Title fight is within touching distance – and AJ cannot afford a slip-up in a blockbuster ending to the boxing year.”

“We’re thrilled to bring the Heavyweight Championship of the World to all DAZN subscribers,” said DAZN EVP Joseph Markowski.

“AJ-Pulev will have major consequences for the entire boxing landscape as both men aim to end the year in emphatic fashion.”

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Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez – official weigh-in results https://www.proboxing-fans.com/lewis-ritson-vs-miguel-vazquez-official-weigh-in-results/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:20:35 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78305 Lewis Ritson weighed in slightly heavier than Miguel Vazquez ahead of their WBA Inter-Continental Super Lightweight title clash in Peterborough on Saturday, live on Sky Sports and DAZN in the USA. Ritson (20-1, 12 KOs), who was set to face former world champion, Vazquez (42-9, 16 KOs) in April prior to the outbreak of the […]

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Lewis Ritson weighed in slightly heavier than Miguel Vazquez ahead of their WBA Inter-Continental Super Lightweight title clash in Peterborough on Saturday, live on Sky Sports and DAZN in the USA.

Ritson (20-1, 12 KOs), who was set to face former world champion, Vazquez (42-9, 16 KOs) in April prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic weighed in inside the 10st limit at 9st 13lbs 7oz, whilst the Mexican who hit the scales at 9st 13lbs 3oz.

Victory for Ritson would keep him on course for a world title shot, holding a #2 ranking with the WBA, however the Forest Hall man insists he is not overlooking Vazquez, who went the distance with Canelo Alvarez and Timothy Bradley, as well as nine rounds with Josh Taylor.

“I feel spot on, feel good, felt good all week, got the weight off quite comfortably. I’m ready tomorrow night to rock and roll,” Ritson told Sky Sports.

“I think he looks a bit skinny, looks a bit frail, but he’s been there and done it and I can’t look much into that and I’m expecting a very tough fight tomorrow.

“It would be great to get it, [a stoppage] but I’m not going to go looking for it. He’s a very tough man.

Ritson and Vazquez will battle it out for the WBA Inter-Continental title Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing
Ritson and Vazquez will battle it out for the WBA Inter-Continental title Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing

“I’ve done that mistake in the past looking for knockouts, especially against [Francesco] Patera it didn’t come, so just stick to boxing and when Neil tells me to put my foot on the gas that’s what I’ll do.”

Thomas Patrick Ward (29-0, 4 KOs), who is also closing in on a world title birth of his own, weighed in an ounce heavier than late replacement Thomas Essomba at 8st 11lbs 3oz.

Former English Bantamweight champion, Essomba (10-6, 4 KOs) steps up a weight and fights just seven weeks after a unanimous decision loss to Sunny Edwards.

Benwell favourite Joe Laws (9-0, 5 KOs) donned a Mexican wrestling mask coupled with a cigar, as he came in at 10st 6lbs 9oz, heavier than unbeaten opponent Rylan Charlton (5-0-1, 2 KOs) who weighed 10st 4lbs 4oz for their Welterweight clash.

Joe Laws weighed in for his clash with Rylan Charlton Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing
Joe Laws weighed in for his clash with Rylan Charlton Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing

Featherweight Ellie Scotney, who makes her long-awaited professional debut weighed exactly the same as Bec Connolly (3-7) at 8st 13lbs 2oz.

Qais Ashfaq (8-0, 3 KOs) weighed in just an ounce lighter than former sparring partner Marc Leach (14-1-1, 3 KOs) at 8st 9lbs 7oz, with Leech making weight at the second attempt for their British title eliminator.

Savannah Marshall’s WBO Middleweight world title clash against Hannah Rankin was postponed on Wednesday, after Marshall’s trainer Peter Fury tested positive for COVID-19.

It was announced on Friday that Tony Bellew-managed Meshech Speare (5-0, 3 KOs) will face Kane Baker (13-7), who was beaten by Aqib Fiaz 12 days ago, over six rounds at Lightweight

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Jay Harris vs Marcel Braithwaite – Big Fight Preview & Predictions https://www.proboxing-fans.com/jay-harris-vs-marcel-braithwaite-big-fight-preview-predictions/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:30:02 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78293 Former world title challenger, Jay Harris makes his return to the ring, defending his Commonwealth Flyweight title against Marcel Braithwaite, as MTK Global return in Wakefield on Sunday. Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) travelled to Texas in his last fight back in February, and tasted defeat for the first time as a professional in a brave […]

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Former world title challenger, Jay Harris makes his return to the ring, defending his Commonwealth Flyweight title against Marcel Braithwaite, as MTK Global return in Wakefield on Sunday.

Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) travelled to Texas in his last fight back in February, and tasted defeat for the first time as a professional in a brave challenge for Julio Cesar Martinez’s WBC title, where he was decked in the tenth before going down on the cards.

Prior to that reverse, Harris had taken some good scalps, winning his Commonwealth crown in February 2017 with a points win over the tough Thomas Essomba.

The 30-year-old has only defended once, a November 2018 third round stoppage of Ross Murray, but added the vacant European belt with an impressive wide win on the cards against Angel Moreno in June last year.

He backed that victory up by winning the vacant IBF Intercontinental strap four months later, proving too big and strong for Paddy Barnes, knocking the Irishman out with body shots in the fourth.

Braithwaite (9-2) has only faced a man with a winning record in his last fight, after coming up against a series of journeymen in his first ten fights.

Harris put in a brave effort in his maiden world title defeat to Julio Cesar Martinez in February Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing
Harris put in a brave effort in his maiden world title defeat to Julio Cesar Martinez in February Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing

Six months after winning every round of six, Braithwaite slipped up against the wily Brett Fidoe, losing a decision over the same distance.

‘The Chosen One’ got over the disappointment with two wins on the bounce, including an English Flyweight title win in October 2019 against Craig Derbyshire by majority decision.

That victory lead to a shot at Sunny Edwards for the vacant British title, but despite a spirited effort, and having Edwards on the canvas in the seventh, he was defeated comfortably enough on the cards.

Braithwaite moves down to Flyweight following defeat to Sunny Edwards in December Photo Credit: MTK Global
Braithwaite moves down to Flyweight following defeat to Sunny Edwards in December Photo Credit: MTK Global

The Liverpool pressure fighter goes straight back in to another tough fight, but his opponent Harris has respect for him, and is plotting a return to world level.

“I’m very excited to get back in the ring. I’m expecting a tough fight as Marcel is going to come to win,” Harris told MTK Global.

“He had a good fight with Sunny Edwards in his last outing, so I’ve trained hard and prepared for any sort of situation that Marcel is going to bring.

“I think the whole experience of the world title fight was unreal. It was the best I’ve had in boxing, during the whole build up, and even the fight, despite it not going my way.

Harris makes a second defence of his Commonwealth Flyweight title Photo Credit: swansea.city.com
Harris makes a second defence of his Commonwealth Flyweight title Photo Credit: swansea.city.com

“I’ve taken a lot from the whole experience and I would look forward to doing it again in the future.

“I’m hoping to get another world title shot, but I’m not looking past Marcel. This fight is as important as any other fight, so I’ve just got to focus on the job at hand.”

Prediction: Harris will look to bounce back in style from his world title defeat, and he should be able to diffuse Braithwaite to get back on track. The Welshman should be able to control the action in the main to record a wide points win.

An interesting ten rounder at Welterweight heads the undercard, with Portsmouth’s Michael McKinson taking on Scotland’s Martin Harkin in a battle of unbeatens.

McKinson (18-0, KO2) doesn’t possess knockout power, but has steadily built his reputation, and picked up fringe governing body belts along the way.

 

He has comfortably beaten Sammy McNess and Ryan Kelly on the cards, and his last fight saw him widely outscore Luis Alberton Veron in November last year.

Harkin (13-0, 5 KOs) has progressed on the dinner show scene in Glasgow, with his best win arguably his most recent one, a fifth round stoppage of the previously unbeaten James Moorcroft in January.

Prediction: McKinson should be able to take a clear points win here.

After a disappointing stint under the Matchroom banner, Paul Butler continues his partnership with MTK with an eight round assignment at Bantamweight against Ryan Walker.

Butler (31-2, 15 KOs) is a former IBF Bantamweight world champion, but vacated to unsuccessfully challenge IBF King, Zolani Tete, at his natural Super Flyweight in 2015.

Following that defeat, Butler was put mainly on the shelf until linking up with Eddie Hearn in late 2017.

Former world champion Paul Butler faces Ryan Walker Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK Global
Former world champion Paul Butler faces Ryan Walker Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne / MTK Global

He was handed another shot at his old belt, but missed weight, and was knocked down twice in the opening round before falling widely on the cards to Emmanuel Rodriguez in May 2018.

He hasn’t fought near that level since, mainly appearing on World Boxing Super Series cards and small hall shows, where he has racked up five straight wins.

The aim is for a collision in the near future with British and Commonwealth champion Lee McGregor, but first he faces McGregor’s last opponent in Walker (11-2, 2 KOs), who was stopped in five at the back end of August.

Prediction: I expect him to come through on the cards.

Jack Rafferty (12-0, 7 KOs) meets Tom Hill (9-1, 2 KOs) in a Welterweight attraction over eight, while Southampton’s Lewis Edmondson (2-0) takes on Andy Bishop (0-14) over four at Light Heavyweight.

Jordan Reynolds makes his professional debut Photo Credit: Twitter @reynoldsboxing
Jordan Reynolds makes his professional debut Photo Credit: Twitter @reynoldsboxing

There are two debutants on the bill, with Jordan Reynolds going over six at Middleweight against Scott James (6-6-1) and Paul McCullagh makes his bow over four at Light Heavyweight against Ryan Hibbert (1-7).

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Riakporhe vacates British Cruiserweight title https://www.proboxing-fans.com/richard-riakporhe-vacates-british-cruiserweight-title/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:04:02 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78286 Richard Riakporhe has vacated his British Cruiserweight title, with Chris Billam-Smith set to face Deion Jumah, the British Boxing Board of Control have announced. Riakporhe, who claimed the Lonsdale belt with a unanimous decision win over Jack Massey in December, relinquished the title, enabling mandatory challenger, Jumah and Commonwealth champion, Billam-Smith to contest the crown […]

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Richard Riakporhe has vacated his British Cruiserweight title, with Chris Billam-Smith set to face Deion Jumah, the British Boxing Board of Control have announced.

Riakporhe, who claimed the Lonsdale belt with a unanimous decision win over Jack Massey in December, relinquished the title, enabling mandatory challenger, Jumah and Commonwealth champion, Billam-Smith to contest the crown on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin on November 21, although the bout is awaiting official confirmation.

Elsewhere, James Tennyson has vacated the British Lightweight title, with Liam Walsh ordered to face Paul Hyland Jr for the belt by the end of March 2021, with the fight sent to purse bids.

Willy Hutchinson, who stormed to victory over Jose Miguel Fandino on Saturday has been ordered to face British and Commonwealth champion Lerrone Richards, with the fight also going to purse bids and required to take place by the same date.

The rematch between Denzel Bentley and Mark Heffron will take place on November 14, subject to official confirmation with the bout made a final eliminator for Liam Williams’ British Middleweight crown, who is set to move towards a shot at WBO champion, Demetrius Andrade following his swift win over Andrew Robinson.

British Welterweight titlist Chris Jenkins has been ordered to face English champion Ekow Essuman, after Conor Benn opted to face Sebastian Formella.

Chris Billam-Smith will face Deion Jumah for the vacant Lonsdale belt on November 21 Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing
Chris Billam-Smith will face Deion Jumah for the vacant Lonsdale belt on November 21 Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing

Kieran Smith is set to face Kieron Conway in a British Light-Middleweight title eliminator on November 28, for a shot at Scott Fitzgerald.

Full details on the board’s announcements can be found below:

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Laws: I’ve got the hardest fight of my career against Charlton https://www.proboxing-fans.com/joe-laws-ive-got-the-hardest-fight-of-my-career-against-rylan-charlton/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:00:33 +0000 https://www.proboxing-fans.com/?p=78283 Joe Laws says he is not feeling the pressure ahead of a “massive step up” against Rylan Charlton in Peterborough on Saturday. Unbeaten Newcastle favourite, Laws (9-0, 5 KOs) meets fellow undefeated prospect, Charlton (5-0-1, 2 KOs) behind closed doors on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s clash against Miguel Vazquez. The ‘Benwell Bomber,’ who has […]

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Joe Laws says he is not feeling the pressure ahead of a “massive step up” against Rylan Charlton in Peterborough on Saturday.

Unbeaten Newcastle favourite, Laws (9-0, 5 KOs) meets fellow undefeated prospect, Charlton (5-0-1, 2 KOs) behind closed doors on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s clash against Miguel Vazquez.

The ‘Benwell Bomber,’ who has created a raucous following in his hometown says he will not be fazed by the lack of support.

“It’s a massive step up. He hasn’t been beat before, he’s a prospect he’s coming with winning ambitions and he swings.

“He’s a strong opponent, he can bang, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s the first fight where a few people are saying ‘Joe Laws is going to get beat,’ so I’m like fine we’ll see.”

Laws discusses his training camp switch to Lanzarote, the opportunities provided by Eddie Hearn and Sky Sports, Conor Benn and more.

Watch the full interview below:

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