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Prince Outpoints Svacina To Secure MBC International Title

by on Aug.03, 2014, under Buzz, Fight Reports

PrinceVictorious6028Prince Outpoints Svacina To Secure MBC International Title

 

After a fourteen year sabbatical Mark Prince returned to the championship fray on Saturday night, in doing so adds the MBC International title to the WBO and IBF Inter-Continental title honours he won in the 1990s

 

Mark Prince added the MBC International Championship belt to his trophy cabinet, following a unanimous points victory over Czech Republic’s Jiri Svacina, at York Hall in London on Saturday night.

 

Since his return to the sport in October last year, to raise awareness for the Kiyan Prince Foundation – Prince’s son Kiyan, a talented young footballer with Queens Park Rangers who was murdered in 2006, the foundation in his name is dedicated to educating young people against knife crime – Prince had only two bouts prior to facing Svacina, both ended well within the distance, leaving most observers expecting an explosive early finish from the Tottenham man.

 

However, no one took into account just how tough and awkward an opponent Svacina is, or just how much the sparring sessions with Wladimir Klitschko had added to his game.

 

From the start it was clear this was going to be a technical fight, both protagonists taking it really slow, feeling each other out with strong jabs but little else.

 

Throughout the early rounds Prince mainly used his jab to try and work an opening, but Svacina is a savvy character, keeping his awkward guard in place throughout.

 

As the rounds progressed, without too much out and out action, referee Steve Holdsworth pulled the pair together, to give them a stiff talking to about the lack of action, after which both reacted with a flurry of attacks.

 

Without doubt the best attacks came from Prince, who controlled centre ring throughout, however Svacina’s countering kept the Londoner in check.

 

After the final bell rang, there was no surprise that it was Mark Prince that was announced victorious, by unanimous decision.

 

Judges Tony Cesay and Lee Murtagh scored the bout 100-90, whilst judge Keith Webb scored the bout 100 -93.

 

Following the bout Mark Prince said, “Firstly I must thank Shyam (promoter Shyam Batra) for giving me this opportunity and Baz (Rehman) for sponsoring the fight.

 

He’s (Svacina) an awkward customer, he frustrated me, I wanted to step things up but couldn’t risk it, he throws shots from unusual angles.

 

I’m happy to have gone the distance, it’s good to get the rounds in, though disappointed for the fans that the fight was not that thrilling to watch.

 

Winning the title mean so much to me, but it means much more to the memory of my wonderful talented son Kiyan and those we help through the Kiyan Prince Foundation.

 

That’s what this is all about, it’s not personal glory, it’s to show the young people, that the KPF come into contact with that anything is possible, if you want it and are dedicated enough you too can be a winner.”

 

Due to a spate of late injuries and pullouts on the proposed ten fight card, including a very late ham string injury for former England amateur Captain Antonio Counihan, the decimated card featured just five bouts.

 

With the loss of the second MBC International title fight, also due to injury, the revised main support bout also featured a recent returnee, George ‘Hit Hard’ Hillyard, who faced tough Irishman Tommy ‘The Tiger’ Tolan.

 

An enthralling close fought, bloody affair, that entertained the York Hall faithful from start to finish, this bout quite rightly earned the accolade of Fight of the Night.

 

After six all action rounds the bloodied Hillyard came out on top by a 59-55 points decision from referee Steve Holdsworth.

 

In the third bout of the night American Manny Muhammad secured another solid win, over Lithuania’s Ernastas Dapkus. Referee Lee Murtagh scoring the bout 39-37

 

Former amateur star Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro survived a major scare in the build up to the fight, just one week earlier suffering a serious ankle injury – so serious that initially it was diagnosed as broken! but you wouldn’t have thought it by his performance. Decastro pressured tough Lithuanian Sergej Drob for virtually every second of the four round out, to secure a 40-36 points victory.

 

The opening bout featured the highly rated former Senegalese amateur star Matar Sambou making his professional debut, against Tadas Stulginskas, who KO’d Suz Member in just over a minute on his last visit to York Hall back in March.

 

It was another short fight for Stulginskas, although this time it was Sambou in the ascendance, stopping the Lithuanian in just one minute and forty seconds of the first round.

 

Without doubt it was a baptism of fire for new promoter Shyam Batra, one that he came through with flying colours. Congratulations are also in order for the Malta Boxing Commission who sanctioned the event.

 

The Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina MBC International Cruiserweight title clash and the support bouts, were broadcast live on-line by Boxing Evolution, repeat plays are available on www.boxingevolution.tv.

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Video of Mark Prince and Jiri Svacina Press Conference

by on Aug.02, 2014, under Buzz

Video of Mark Prince and Jiri Svacina Press Conference ahead of their MBC International Cruiserweight Championship showdown at York Hall tonight

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George Hillyard – Tommy Tolan Press Conference ahead of tonight’s showdown at York Hall in London

by on Aug.02, 2014, under Buzz

George Hillyard – Tommy Tolan Press Conference ahead of tonight’s showdown at York Hall in London

George Hillyard versus Tommy Tolan is main support for the Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina for the MBC International Cruiserweight Title, headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Tickets are still available, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645, alternatively limited tickets will be available to purchase on the night.

The CALL OF DUTY event is available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99 (approx. $US8.50, €Euro 6.30)

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Weights & Quotes From London – Prince-Svacina and Hillyard-Tolan (Photos & Video)

by on Aug.01, 2014, under Buzz

SvacinaPrince6020Weights & Quotes From London – Prince-Svacina and Hillyard-Tolan (Photos & Video)

 

The public weigh-in and press conference for both the Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina MBC International Cruiserweight Championship bout, as well as the main support fight between London’s George ‘Hit Hard’ Hillyard and Belfast’s Tommy ‘The Tiger’ Tolan, took place place at The Roof E2 venue in London earlier today.

 

WEIGHTS & QUOTES

 

MARK PRINCE – 86.6kg

Prince6001More than happy, over the moon with my weight, would say spot on, but am actually under the weight.

I see myself showcasing my skills, see myself getting rewarded for showing my skills and it coming by KO, that’s all I can see.

I’m not going to go in there and try and bang him out, not trying to do anything, I’m going to go out there and entertain and show people my skills, I’m a very skilled fighter and I want to show that I am a level above a lot more than most of the potential opponents out there and I deserve to be at the top level, where I belong, so I’m looking forward to it man.

JIRI SVACINA – 88.8kg

Svacina6007I’m very happy for the fight, It’s very great for me to box for the title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGE HILLYARD – 72.3kg

Hillyard5987I’m ready, I’m on the weight, everything’s perfect, I’ve done everything correct this time so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, that’s it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOMMY TOLAN – 73.4kg

Tolan5992Absolutely tip top, a hundred percent ready, I’ve trained hard for this at camp and looking forward to tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HillyardTolan5994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina for the MBC International Cruiserweight Title, headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Tickets are still available, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645, alternatively limited tickets will be available to purchase on the night.

The CALL OF DUTY event is available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99 (approx. $US8.50, €Euro 6.30)

For further information on this event or future SSE promoted events please go to www.showtimesportsevents.com or see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShowtimeSportsEvents also please follow on twitter: @SSEPromotions – https://twitter.com/SSEPromotions

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Spencer Oliver and Ben Doughty Commentate Aug 2nd PPV Broadcast Of London Title Show

by on Jul.30, 2014, under Buzz

SpencerBen5968WEBREADYSpencer Oliver and Ben Doughty Commentate Aug 2nd PPV Broadcast Of London Title Show

 

Former European Super Bantamweight Champion and Sky Sports boxing pundit, Spencer Oliver, and Tip TV presenter and well known boxing pundit, Ben Doughty, have been named as the commentary team for the Boxing Evolution TV – www.boxingevolution.tv – PPV broadcast of the Shyam Batra SSE promoted CALL OF DUTY event, which takes place at York Hall in London on Saturday 2nd August.

 

Speaking at the CALL OF DUTY promotional video shoot Spencer Oliver said,

 

“I’m looking forward to it, it should be a lot of fun and a great evening of boxing.

 

I’ve got a great history with Mark Prince, we go way back, when we were both boxing together back in ’97-’98, so we were from the same era of boxing, we both made it to the top.

 

We’ve always followed each other’s careers and what do you know here we are again.

 

You know I’ve got a lot of passion for Mark Prince and with what he’s been through with the loss of his son, we’re from the same area and know the whole history of it, so I’m really looking forward to seeing him in championship action again.

 

I know he can do it, he has a lot to offer, some people think forty five is too old, George Foreman came back at forty five and won the title, then again look at Bernard Hopkins, unified Champion at forty eight and still mixing it with the best, so to me it’s just a number.

 

If you look at the condition of Mark Prince, I think we are going to see something really special on August 2nd.”

 

Ben Doughty then added.

 

“Yeah I’m looking forward to working with the distinguished Spencer Oliver, nearly said Spencer Fearon then, but the clue was ‘distinguished’.

 

Here we are at a lovely regal setting on a beautiful day for the interviews, obviously we’ve got Mark Prince heading up the show, as well as George Hillyard, who’s looking very trim and aiming to get back on a winning track.

 

it’s an interesting situation that’s arisen in the last two years, the boxing sanctioning market on UK soil has opened up, where other organisations such as the Malta Boxing Commission can sanction these fights, what’s more they are gaining some momentum and are able to bring us these kind of fights, as well as top class fighters like Mark Prince and George Hillyard.”

 

For the Televised section of the event, which starts at 7:00pm (GMT) (2:00pm EST – 11am PST), the running order is:

 

Fight One – Matar Sambou versus Tadas Stulginskas

 

Fight Two – Nathan Decastro versus Sergej Drob

 

Fight Three – Manny Muhammad versus Ernestas Dapkus

 

Fight Four – George Hillyard versus Tommy Tolan

 

Fight Five – Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina

MBC International Cruiserweight Championship

 

CallOfDutyThe Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina for the MBC International Cruiserweight Title, headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

 

The CALL OF DUTY event is available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99 (approx. $US8.50, €Euro 6.30)

 

Alternatively, tickets are still available, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645

 

 

For further information on this event or future SSE promoted events please go to www.showtimesportsevents.com or see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShowtimeSportsEvents also please follow on twitter: @SSEPromotions – https://twitter.com/SSEPromotions

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Indian Promoter Shyam Batra’s First London, UK Event – CALL OF DUTY – This Saturday

by on Jul.29, 2014, under Buzz

ShyamBatra5984WEBREADYIndian Promoter Shyam Batra’s First London, UK Event – CALL OF DUTY – This Saturday

London based Indian businessman Shyam Batra makes his debut as the promoter of professional boxing events this coming Saturday, with his CALL OF DUTY event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Headlining this, his first event, is the Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina, for the vacant MBC International Cruiserweight Championship, which is supported by a sensational undercard, that features some of the most exciting young talents from London and surrounding area.

Following the filming of a promotional video for the CALL OF DUTY event outside Buckingham Paace, Mr. Batra spoke briefly about the upcoming event.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to this Saturday’s event.

I’m not sure if it is true, but I have been told that I am the first Indian promoter of a professional boxing event in the UK.

I’d be keen to bring fights like these to Asia as well, hopefully the broadcasting of the event by Boxing Evolution may get some interest over there, it will go a long way towards that goal.

Boxing the way it is now in the UK is not like it was in the past, when there were champions like Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem and the like, we just don’t seem to have champions like that here anymore, it’s split apart everywhere.

We need big names again, hopefully over the coming years we’ll develop those big names, we already have some very, very good fighters on our show, one or two, or even more of them could well become the Lennox or Naz of the future, they’re all that good.

I think if we can make a change, it would be a very good thing, not just for the sport but for the fans.

Just look at the line up we have on Saturday, Mark Prince has lost just one of the twenty two fights, and that was to one of the greatest World Champions the Light Heavyweight division has ever known, Dariusz Michalczewski.

On Saturday I see Mark winning, quite rapidly. Mark is very dedicated, so exciting to watch and I know he is keen to put himself on the map again, he is without doubt World class and a true contender.

His opponent on Saturday is a strong opponent, it is a good match, but honestly I can only see Mark winning the MBC title.

George Hillyard, who is main support, is another one of them, as I’m sure everyone is aware George has started making his comeback, after four years out.

I see George as a future champion, he’s fit and strong, he’s really determined to do things right this time around and I believe him.

His opponent Tommy Tolan is a great opponent for him to come back into the ring and showcase his talent.

I hope and pray that George wins so we can move his career to the next level.

It’s a big disappointment that Antonio Counihan is injured, he’s such a fantastic prospect, unfortunately it is what it is injuries are part and parcel of the boxing game, break a hand or tear a hamstring that’s the way it goes sometimes.

He’d sold out his ticket allocation and would have been bringing a huge contingent down from Birmingham, no worries we’ll have him on our next show.

That aside we still have some real talent on show this Saturday, like American Manny Muhammad, he’s fresh in the industry like me and I think he is going to be a real prospect, as is Nathan Decastro, he is another one that is destined to be a world star.

All the undercard fights are going to be so watchable, genuine fifty-fifty fights everyone of them, there’s no guaranteed winners, that’s the way it should be, not all this fighters being drip fed guaranteed wins.

True champions of the past fought fifty-fifty fights, they fought the best around, that’s what the fans want, they want to see real fights.

I have to admit I think the undercard is going to be where the real excitement is going to be, as I am sure Mark will win his fight, in all honesty I don’t think it would have mattered who we have him fight, even those in the top five, he would win.

Mark’s fight is going to be great, it’s the undercard that is special in my mind, we have some serious new talent ready to burst out and make their mark.

It’s going to be a great night of boxing, a don’t miss show for sure, if you can’t make it to York Hall on the night, then you can watch it on Boxing Evolution.”

CallOfDutyThe Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina for the MBC International Cruiserweight Title, headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (standard) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645

The CALL OF DUTY event is also available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99

For further information on this event or future SSE promoted events please go to www.showtimesportsevents.com or see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShowtimeSportsEvents also please follow on twitter: @SSEPromotions – https://twitter.com/SSEPromotions

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Ben Doughty Interviews George Hillyard Ahead Of August 2nd Clash With Tommy Tolan

by on Jul.28, 2014, under Buzz

GeorgeHillyardBenDoughty5977WEBREADYBen Doughty Interviews George Hillyard Ahead Of August 2nd Clash With Tommy Tolan

Tip TV presenter and well known boxing pundit Ben Doughty interviewed Middleweight prospect George ‘Hit Hard’ Hillyard, ahead of his highly anticipated clash with Ireland’s Tommy ‘The Tiger’ Tolan, which will be the main support bout for the Baz Rehman sponsored MBC International title clash with Jiri Svacina, on the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall on Saturday 2nd August.

George, who returned to the sport in March following a four year sabbatical from the sport, was an outstanding amateur, which in turn led him to being signed by Barry Hearn to his Matchroom Sport promotional outfit until retiring from the sport in 2010, in order to devote his time to his newly born son Oscar, who was born partially blind.

On his return to the sport he loves so much George faced Kirill Psonko at York Hall. George put in a seriously first class performance, winning the first five rounds comfortably, then in the dying moments of the sixth the unbelievable happened, Kirill caught him with a peach of a shot, sending George to the canvas.

George recovered before the count ended, but the instant the bout restarted Kirill started an almighty assault, so much so that referee Ken Curtis had no option but to stop the bout with just five seconds left on the clock.

As such, without doubt this is a make or break fight for George, something it seems he is fully aware of, as he made clear when he spoke.

“It was my fault, I struggled with the weight, I did the weight wrong, I won every round and then with about ten seconds to go, I’m devastated, I took a right hand and it sent me down, it was horrible, my heart was broken that day for sure,

I was more disappointed for the fans that came out to see me, that’s what hurt the most, I’d let the fans down.

Let me put it this way, you can see how trim I am, four and half, five stone I’ve lost, have you ever known George Hillyard two weeks ahead of a fight be on the weight, it’s never happened, but this time it has happened.”

See below for the full interview

George ‘Hit Hard’ Hillyard vs Tommy ‘The Tiger’ Tolan features as main support to the Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince – Jiri Svacina MBC International Cruiserweight Title Clash, that headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Tickets, priced £35 (standard) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from George Hillyard on 07985 301699 or any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645

The CALL OF DUTY event is also available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99

For further information on this event or future SSE promoted events please go to www.showtimesportsevents.com or see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShowtimeSportsEvents also please follow on twitter: @SSEPromotions – https://twitter.com/SSEPromotions

www.mbcchampionshipboxing.com

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Charlie Edwards Ready For Reece McFadden Showdown

by on Jul.26, 2014, under Buzz

CharlieEdwards5893WEBREADYCharlie Edwards Ready For Reece McFadden Showdown

Charlie Edwards is set to face Scotland’s Reece McFadden on Sunday evening, following the Scot’s shock defeat of the 52kg division’s favourite Andrew Selby of Wales in the first round of competition at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Friday night.

McFadden, who started hard and fast to win the first round by a point on all judges score cards, dug deep throughout the bout. After Selby won the second round everything came down to the final stanza, which was a cracker.

However Selby unwittingly threw away any chances of securing the final round, as well as the chance to face old foe Charlie Edwards in the next round of competition, after being deducted two points due to an errant gumshield falling out on numerous occasions,

Following learning that it is McFadden, rather than the expected Selby, that he will face in the next round of competition, Charlie said.

“No disrespect to Reece, I really was expecting it to be Andrew I’d be fighting, in a way it should have been, Reece didn’t beat Andrew, Andrew threw it away.

I was really looking forward to fighting Andrew again, I knew I’d win that, I was totally ready for him.

Mind you we were preparing in our mind for Reece as well, we had thought that he may get a bit of help from the judges, being the home fighter.

I’m taking this fight seriously, I’m not taking this fight lightly at all, or Reece, this is the biggest fight of life and I’m going to take this opportunity with both hands.

I’m a hundred percent ready for this.”

Charlie Edwards versus Reece McFadden, in the final sixteen of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will take place on Sunday 27th July at approximately 6:30pm and will broadcast live on the BBC.

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Spencer Oliver Interviews Mark Prince Ahead Of August 2nd Title Fight

by on Jul.25, 2014, under Interviews

MarkSpencer5980WEBREADYSpencer Oliver Interviews Mark Prince Ahead Of August 2nd Title Fight

Former European Bantamweight Champion and Sky Sports pundit Spencer Oliver interviewed former IBF and WBO Inter-Continental Champion Mark Prince, ahead of the Baz Rehman sponsored MBC International title clash with Jiri Svacina, on the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event at York Hall on Saturday 2nd August.

The interview, which was undertaken outside Buckingham Palace in London during the filming of the promo for the Boxing Evolution broadcast of the event, covers both the upcoming Championship bout as well as Mark explaining the reason behind his recent comeback, which was to highlight the Kiyan Prince Foundation – www.kiyan.org – which honours Mark’s late son Kiyan, who was murdered in 2006, as well as educates youngsters on anti-knife crime.

When asked by Spencer how he sees the fight panning out Mark makes it clear that he sees only one winner,

“I can only see it going one way, I’m going to dominate this guy, he’s going to try to pop out his jab, hit to the body, overhand rights.

I’ve seen him, I’ve watched him, he’s going to be shocked at my speed, very shocked at my power and the passion I have when I go in the ring to fight and my knowledge of the game and it’s all going to be too much for him.

So I don’t see the fight going past four rounds.”

View the full interview below

The Baz Rehman sponsored Mark Prince versus Jiri Svacina, for vacant MBC International Cruiserweight Title, headlines the Shyam Batra SSE Promoted CALL OF DUTY event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

The CALL OF DUTY event is available to watch live and exclusive on-line at www.boxingevolution.tv for just £4.99 (approx. $US8.50, €Euro 6.30)

Alternatively, tickets, priced £35 (standard) and £60 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or call the TKO Box Office ticket line on 07960 850645

For further information on this event or future SSE promoted events please go to www.showtimesportsevents.com or see our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShowtimeSportsEvents also please follow on twitter: @SSEPromotions – https://twitter.com/SSEPromotions

www.mbcchampionshipboxing.com

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