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WBF Champions Retain In Mexico and Germany

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Buzz

WBF Champions Retain In Mexico and Germany

Thousands of miles apart, but equally impressive, Irma Sanchez and Ramona Kuehne retained their WBF Women’s Flyweight and Super Featherweight World titles on Saturday night by stopping their opponents in front of packed crowds in Mexico and Germany.

At the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in her hometown of Guadalajara, Irma “La Guerita” Sanchez, got rid of Thailand’s Fahpratan Looksaikongdin already in the second round. After dominating the first stanza, Sanchez found a perfect right in the second that send the challenger crashing to the canvas, and referee Juan Manuel Rincon wisely stopped the fight at 1:27 of the round.

Televised by Mexico Televisa and promoted by HG Boxing, this was the second successful defense for Sanchez of the World Flyweight title she won last July, and judging by the loud reception she received from the spectators Saturday night she is clearly a superstar in Guadalajara, and another title defense in the beautiful capital of Jalisco state would likely be welcomed by the local boxing fans.

With the victory Sanchez improved her professional record to 22-5-1 (7), while Looksaikongdin, who in her last bout came close to stopping WBF World Junior Flyweight Champion Ju Hee Kim before losing on points in South Korea, fell to 7-4.

WBF President Howard Goldberg was present to supervise the bout, but also to present an honorary belt to the family of former WBF World title-challenger Rafael “Chocho” Guzman, who was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting in Guadalajara last October.

A few hours earlier, at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany, Super Featherweight Champion Ramona Kuehne improved her impressive record to 19-1 (6) by dominating Hungarian challenger Renata Domsodi (7-1, 3 KOs) for seven rounds before ending matters at 1:24 of the eighth.

At the time of the stoppage she was ahead by 70-63 on all scorecards. Kuehne never let Domsodi in the fight, and every time the Hungarian attempted something she was firmly put in her place by hard and precise shots from the champion. The longer the fight went, the longer the combinations from Kuehne were, and she really showed off all her boxing skills in a master-class performance.

In round eight Domsodi suffered a cut over her left eye from an accidental clash of heads, but was allowed to continue after inspection from referee Ingo Barrabas. However, it was only a matter of time, as Domsodi, confused by the dripping of blood, was quickly overwhelmed by Kuehne who went in throwing until Barrabas rightly interfered and waved it off.

This was the third defense of the WBF title for Kuehne, who also retained her WBO and WIBF championships in the process.

www.worldboxingfederation.net

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‘THE BIGGER THEY ARE…’ VITALI KLITSCHKO AND DERECK CHISORA FACE OFF FOR BOXNATION

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Buzz

‘THE BIGGER THEY ARE…’
VITALI KLITSCHKO AND DERECK CHISORA FACE OFF FOR BOXNATION

WBC World Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko came face to face with British challenger Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora, ahead of their world title clash on the 18th February in Munich, LIVE on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

The two heavyweights met alongside BoxNation’s designated mediator John Rawling for an HBO style ‘Face Off’, in which the war-of-words between the two really began to fly.

Watch what happened here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvJifCCqVMk

The heated discussion lead Chisora to claim that the Klitschko brothers are ruining heavyweight boxing and that he will knock the champion out in the eighth round. This in turn lead Klitschko to acknowledge that his trainer advised him not to fight Chisora, but he went against their advice because he wants to challenge himself against the most dangerous opponents in the heavyweight division, before getting angry that Chisora suggested he had been ‘juicing up’.

On the 18th February the two meet and see if they can back up their words, as Del Boy looks to do it all for Queen and Country and become Britain’s next World Heavyweight Champion. The hugely enticing contest will be shown live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

BoxNation is the first dedicated subscription boxing TV channel in the UK to bring together the biggest names in amateur, domestic and international boxing with an unbeatable schedule of matches from across the globe.

For just £10 per month, BoxNation offers unbeatable value for money for all fight fans. To subscribe to BoxNation simply go to www.boxnation.tv and hit the “Subscribe Now” button and choose your subscription package. Simple!

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POVETKIN WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE DEFENCE ON BOXNATION

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Buzz

POVETKIN WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE DEFENCE ON BOXNATION

WBA World Heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin’s next title defence will be televised LIVE and exclusive on the UK’s first and only fight channel BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Unbeaten Russian Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO’s) makes the second defence of his title against German hero Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) at Stuttgart’s Porsche-Arena in Germany on Saturday 25th February.

It will form an explosive double-header alongside Nathan Cleverly’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Tommy Karpency that will be televised LIVE from Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena earlier in the evening.

Including Robert Stieglitz’s WBO World Super-Middleweight title defence last Saturday night, Povetkin v Huck will be the SEVENTH world title fight to be televised by BoxNation in the coming month. Forthcoming attractions are:

Friday 20th January: Derry Mathews v Emiliano Marsili (IBO World Lightweight Championship)
Saturday 4th February: Yoan Pablo Hernandez v Steve Cunningham (IBF World Cruiserweight Championship)
Saturday 18th February: Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora (WBC World Heavyweight Championship)
Saturday 25th February: Nathan Cleverly v Tommy Karpency (WBO World Light-Heavyweight Championship)
Saturday 10th March: Ricky Burns v Paulus Moses (WBO Interim World Lightweight Championship)

BoxNation veiwers’ will have already seen Povetkin’s eighth round stoppage of Cedric Boswell last December as he targets a showdown with one of the Klitschko brothers.

Dereck Chisora could upset plans if he beats Vitali, the WBC Champion, next month then Povetkin could be a potential fight down the line for the Brit.

BoxNation is the first dedicated subscription boxing TV channel in the UK to bring together the biggest names in amateur, domestic and international boxing with an unbeatable schedule of matches from across the globe.

For just £10 per month, BoxNation offers unbeatable value for money for all fight fans. To subscribe to BoxNation simply go to www.boxnation.tv and hit the “Subscribe Now” button and choose your subscription package. Simple!

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45,000 DEMAND FEMALE BOXERS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR DRESS IN THE RING

by on Jan.16, 2012, under Buzz

Marianne 'Golden Girl' Marston is one of the many that supports the campaign - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

45,000 DEMAND FEMALE BOXERS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR DRESS IN THE RING

Campaign on Change.org calls on Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) to drop recommendation that female boxers should wear skirts

LONDON – As female boxing gets ready to debut at the Olympics, nearly 45,000 people have joined a campaign on Change.org demanding that female boxers be given the right to choose whether to wear shorts or skirts in the ring.

Last year, the Amateur International Boxing Association (IABA) suggested to its national federations that wearing skirts would make female athletes look “elegant” and help “distinguish” them from their male counterparts.

Women’s boxing will make its Olympics debut during the London 2012 games. On Wednesday, the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) is meeting to discuss the games and draw up recommendations, including suitable dress requirements.

Elizabeth Plank, a London-based amateur boxer, is leading the campaign on Change.org against the recommendation that women should wear skirts in the ring.

“I love boxing, it invigorates and animates every muscle and fragment of flesh in my body and I want to be judged on my skill, not what sex I am,” said Elizabeth. “This petition is not about a piece of fabric, it’s about athletes. It’s about their credibility.”

“If there’s one lesson I’ve learned through my experience as a boxer is that when someone throws a punch, curling up in the foetal position is not an option. You stand up and you fight. You don’t ask for power, you just take it. I hope lots of women will sign the petition before Wednesday and show the AIBA we’re not willing to throw in the towel before we’ve won the fight!”

Professional boxer Marianne Marston – who runs women’s boxing classes across London – is another supporter of the petition.

“I run women’s boxing classes 6 days a week. Most of these classes are for beginners and for many women, boxing not only increases their fitness and gives them new skills, it also boosts their self-confidence” said Marianne.

“Unfortunately it’s sometimes difficult for women to go into boxing gyms and be taken seriously. As soon as guys see women in make-up and revealing clothes then they begin to pay them unwanted attention. If female boxers are forced to wear feminine apparel then this will create more problems in gyms.”

“Prince Naseem Hamed boxed in skirts in the 90s, if professional male boxers can wear skirts then female boxers should be able to wear shorts. I choose to wear a skirt while boxing and that’s my decision to make. No-one should be forced to wear clothes that make them uncomfortable.”

“As soon as you start objectifying female athletes, then you’re basically reducing it to the level of a strip club. All female athletes should be judged by their sport, not by how much skin they have on show.”

The huge popularity of Elizabeth’s campaign is likely to increase pressure on the AIBA to drop the recommendation.

Brie Rogers Lowery, UK Director of Campaigns at Change.org, said Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them.

“It has been incredible to watch Elizabeth’s campaign take off,” said Brie. “She has recruited women from around the world who share her anger and she’s making the AIBA take notice.”

Live signature totals from Elizabeth’s campaign:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-aiba-play-fair-dont-ask-female-boxers-to-wear-skirts

Journalists interested in contacting the AIBA’s public relations staff should try:

communication@aiba.org

+41 21 321 27 77

Contact information for petition signers in your area can be arranged upon request.

For more information on Change.org, please visit:

http://www.change.org/about

Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 500,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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HERNANDEZ v CUNNINGHAM IBF WORLD CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN ADDED TO BOXNATION SCHEDULE

by on Jan.11, 2012, under Buzz

Steve 'USS' Cunningham ready to reclaim World Crown - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

HERNANDEZ v CUNNINGHAM IBF WORLD CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN ADDED TO BOXNATION SCHEDULE

On February 4th, BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546), the UK’s only dedicated boxing channel, continues its commitment to bring subscribers the very best in Championship boxing from all around the world, by showcasing Yoan Pablo Hernandez’s first defence of his newly won IBF Cruiserweight championship against Steve Cunningham, live and exclusive from the Fraport Arena in Germany.

Former Cuban amateur star Hernandez (25-1) captured his title by defeating former champion Cunningham (24-3) back in September with a 6th round technical decision. The decision came in controversial fashion, with Hernandez being given the nod after he could not continue because of a cut he received from a Cunningham head-butt. Many observers felt that the cut was not serious enough to warrant a stoppage, and that it came just as the American was beginning to gain the ascendancy after suffering a first round knockdown.

Needless to say the controversial nature of the result has left a huge amount of unfinished business that needs to be resolved when the two meet again on February 4th.

BoxNation will also be showing the action packed undercard live from the Fraport Arena. Chief support sees Sebian, Enad Licina (21-3) meet Russian Alexander Alexeev (22-2) for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title, whilst up and coming German Light Heavyweight, Eduard Gutnecht (22-1) defends his European Title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov (25-1).

The action just keeps coming on BoxNation in 2012. This will be the SIXTH world title fight added to in the first quarter schedule for the UK’s new home of televised boxing. The 2012 world championship action begins this Saturday, 14th January, when Russian born German, Robert Stieglitz defends his WBO World Super-Middleweight title against unbeaten German Henry Weber in Germany. Then on the 20th January, Derry Mathews takes on Emiliano Marsili for the vacant IBO Lightweight Championship live from Liverpool. Then on the 18th February, it’s the big one, as heavyweight king, Vitali Klitchsko takes on Londoner Dereck Chisora for the WBC World Heavyweight Title live from Munich.

The following weekend BoxNation goes live from Cardiff for the homecoming of their WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly, who takes on American Tommy Karpency. Then for 10th March BoxNation is up to Glasgow, as Ricky Burns defends his Interim WBO World Lightweight title.

With more action to be added, it’s sure to be a huge couple of months for the UK’s only dedicated boxing channel.

For just £10 per month BoxNation offers unbeatable value for money for all fight fans. To subscribe to BoxNation simply go to www.boxnation.tv and hit the “Subscribe Now” button and choose your subscription package. Simple!

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WARREN EYES SUMMER SMASHER FOR CLEVERLY AT CARDIFF CITY

by on Jan.11, 2012, under Buzz

WARREN EYES SUMMER SMASHER FOR CLEVERLY AT CARDIFF CITY

Promoter Frank Warren has planned a big year for Welsh star Nathan Cleverly that could include a title defence at Cardiff City’s ground in the summer followed by a unification showdown in September.

The WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion from Cefn Fforest must first defends his title for the third time on Saturday 25th February at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena against American Tommy Karpency, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Hall of Fame promoter Warren has staged spectacular outdoor shows with Naseem’s Hamed world title fight against Steve Robinson at Cardiff Arms Park and more recently Joe Calzaghe’s super-middleweight unification showdown against Mikkel Kessler at the Millennium Stadium.

Warren said that former two-time WBC World Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch would be an ideal opponent for Cleverly at the famous Cardiff City Stadium.

“I would like to see Nathan fight again in early June at Cardiff City’s ground in a big open-air show and if Carl Froch wants to step up a weight and fight him then I’d take that fight in a heartbeat, he’s made for Nathan,” Said Warren.

“Then I’d be looking for Nathan to have a unification fight hopefully in September against one of the other title holders,”

“I aim to bring big-time boxing shows back to Wales regularly again and Nathan is the man to spearhead that,”

“Karpency is a hard fight for Nathan, but it will bring out the best in him and it will be a sparkling homecoming on February 25th at the Motorpoint Arena and live on BoxNation,”

“He’s only had a few fights as a world champion since winning the title and first I want to establish him in Wales so the fans get to see their new star in action again,”

“Nathan’s fought around the country in the last few years and showed a lot of grit and determination in going to Liverpool last time out against Tony Bellew so now he deserves a homecoming fight,”

“With Nathan it’s about the right time and the right moment, picking up the experience and confidence, winning and unifying titles as we go towards bigger things.”

Cleverly, who is relishing his first fight in Wales in over fours years, said, “I aim to reignite Welsh boxing again and bring back the glory days when Joe Calzaghe was fighting in the city and I want to keep it going for a good few years,”

“I remember when I was boxing on Joe’s undercard’s and the buzz in the city on fight day was amazing, this is what I want to bring back,”

“Hopefully, as well, it will open the door for the talented young fighters on the card like Craig Evans, Francis Robinson, Lewis Rees and Liam Williams and give them great exposure,”

“Frank’s got big plans for me and to fight at Cardiff City’s ground would be a dream. I’m still only 24 and time is on my side to achieve a lot of things. I know the big super-fights will come, I’ve just got to keep putting on good displays and we are progressively getting there,”

“In the meantime I can’t be complacent by taking my eye off the ball and let Karpency upsets the plans,”

“I saw Karo Murat’s fight against Karpency when I was preparing for my fight against Murat and I saw that he’s a southpaw, tough, rugged and strong and he’ll come to have a fight with me, but I’ll break him down and look good doing it.

Tickets are priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £120 and are available from the Motorpoint Arena Box Office on 02920 224 488 or online at www.livenation.co.uk/cardiff.

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Kuehne and Sanchez Defends WBF World Titles

by on Jan.10, 2012, under Buzz

Kuehne and Sanchez Defends WBF World Titles

On Saturday January 14, two World Boxing Federation Women’s World Champions will defend their titles on big shows on both sides of the pond, as Ramona Kuehne takes on Hungarian Renata Domsodi in Germany, and Irma Sanchez squares off with Thailands Fahpratan Looksaikongdin in Mexico.

Having won five world titles in three weight classes, WBF Women’s World Super Featherweight Champion Ramona Kuehne is without a doubt one of the most accomplished female boxers on the scene today. Against Domsodi, at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, she will make her third WBF title defense.

The two will fight on a show aired live by ARD in Germany that also features a Super Middleweight World title bout between Robert Stieglitz and Henry Weber, and the return of “King” Arthur Abraham.

Currently 18-1 (5), with her only defeat coming on a cut against 25-0 Ina Menzer in an unlucky attempt at a world title in a fourth weight class, Kuehne is still only 31 years old and could potentially achieve many more goals in the sport. Amazingly almost half of her professional bouts have been for World titles, and the fight against Domsodi will be her tenth World Championship contest.

Kuehne won the WBF World title in her first fight after the Menzer-setback, when she knocked out Dominican Maribel Santana in June 2010. She has since successfully defended with victories over undefeated opponents Irma Adler and, most recently, Arleta Krausova in April of last year. After nine months of waiting, she is now itching to get back in the ring against Domsodi.

One year older than Kuehne at 32, Budapest-resident Renata Domsodi has only lost once as a pro (7-1, 3 KOs). The loss was in her debut when she dropped a decision to current WBF World Bantamweight Champion Renata Szebeledi, who back then had fifteen bouts under her belt. Since then Domsodi has not looked back, defeating all the opponents put in front of her, and while she will naturally be the underdog against Kuehne she will be an ambitious one.

On the same night, but thousands of miles away in Guadalajara, WBF Women’s World Flyweight Champion Irma Sanchez is making the second defense of her crown against Fahpratan Looksaikongdin. Sanchez won the world title this past July by stopping Panamanian Carlotta Santos, and in her last bout she defended with a unanimous decision over fellow Mexican Susana Cruz Perez in October.

Only 24 years old, Sanchez has already been a pro for more than five years and has had an eventful career spanning 27 fights with 21 victories, 5 defeats and a draw. She won her first title in 2008 when she lifted an International championship, and challenged for her first world crown the following year, losing on points to the much more experienced Mariana Juarez.

Since then Sanchez won a few regional belts and unsuccessfully challenged for another world championship, before finally becoming world champion when she defeated Katia Gutierrez for the IBF Light Flyweight title in January of last year. Losing the title in her first defense to Jessica Chavez, Sanchez decided to move up in weight to capture the WBF world championship.

In her second defense she will stand opposite another young and hungry boxer in 20 year old Looksaikongdin. Despite a modest verified boxing record of 7-3, the Thai girl has already been in three world championship bouts, and fared well in them all despite losing.

In 2009 she was stopped in four rounds by current WBF Light Flyweight World Champion Ju Hee Kim for WIBF, GBU and WIBF titles, but did well enough to earn a rematch in July 2011 where she came up short on points with the WBF title also on the line. In between the two encounters with Kim in South Korea, Looksaikongdin lost on points to Gretchen Abaniel in Manila, Philippines for a Minimumweight World title.

With WBF President Howard Goldberg at ringside, coming all the way from South Africa to witness the fight live, the Irma Sanches vs. Fahpratan Looksaikongdin clash at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, will be presented by Hector Garcia and his HG Boxing, and will go out live to boxing fans via Mexico Televisa.

www.worldboxingfederation.net

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Simcic Retains WBF Title With UD Over Adamek

by on Jan.08, 2012, under Buzz

Simcic Retains WBF Title With UD Over Adamek

With a sold out crowd of 1500 spectators at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany, defending World Boxing Federation International Light Heavyweight Champion Denis Simcic retained his title with a unanimous decision over Czech challenger Tomas Adamek.

Judges Zoltan Enyedi of Hungary, Lachzen Oumghar from the Netherlands and Germany’s Frank Michael Maass scored the contest 97-93, 98-92 and 97-93 respectively. Referee was Zbiniew Lagosz from Poland.

The bout started with both boxing somewhat cautiously behind tight guards, but with Simcic the busier of the two. While the defense of Adamek seemed difficult for Simcic to penetrate, he found more and more success as the rounds went on.

Adamek had his moments and was dangerous with his sneaky counter-attacks, but Simcic put on a clever, if not spectacular, performance and while he didn’t win all rounds he appeared to have the fight under control all the way.

Both fought to win, Simcic could never relax, but the defending champion was just the better man and a deserved winner after ten good rounds. Simcic improved his professional record to 27-1 (14), and Adamek fell to 17-6-1 (7).

The fight was promoted by SES Boxing, and aired live throughout Germany on Sport1, while TV Slovenia broadcasted in Simcic’s birth-country.

www.worldboxingfederation.net

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Inaugural ‘Fight To Ireland’ Event, Savannah, Georgia March 17th

by on Jan.06, 2012, under Buzz

Inaugural ‘Fight To Ireland’ Event, Savannah, Georgia March 17th

The World Boxing Federation recently introduced the Gaelic/Celtic title for boxers with roots in Gaelic and Celtic nations, and now the WBF has announced “The Fight To Ireland”, an event that will support the newly created regional European title, and launch a way for American Professional boxers to earn the right to defend or challenge for Gaelic/Celtic titles in Ireland.

Promoted by Alex Beadle, President of the Georgia Boxing Association, the debut “Fight To Ireland” will be staged on March 17, St. Patrick´s Day, in Savannah, Georgia, where the city hosts the second largest St. Patrick´s Day celebration outside of Ireland and draws in the region of 600.000 spectators and national media coverage.

“This is a great opportunity for Irish American/ Celtic fighters to compete for the opportunity to fight in their home country” said Beadle.

“Irish-American fighters have contributed greatly toward early American boxing history and we are forever grateful. It is an honor to promote a title that embraces the heritage of some of the most feared fighters in history. It is our goal to finale “The Fight to Ireland” each year on St. Patrick’s Day.”

The idea to create the new title comes from WBF Irish Republic Representative David Walshe, who added:

“The criteria to qualify for an Irish title restricts many non-Irish-based boxers the opportunity to fight for what is seen in their eyes as a very important title because of their Irish lineage.

The WBF Gaelic/Celtic Championships, however, includes hundreds of boxers all over the world and gives them a chance to box for an Irish-connected title.”

Alex Beadle is currently working with WBF North American Coordinator Alan Santana on which fighters will contest the inaugural Gaelic/Celtic titles on St. Patrick´s Day in Savannah.

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MITCHELL TARGETS WORLD TITLE FIGHT THIS YEAR

by on Jan.05, 2012, under Buzz

Kevin Mitchell at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in London earlier this week - Photo Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

MITCHELL TARGETS WORLD TITLE FIGHT THIS YEAR

Kevin Mitchell has promised to win a world title this year after a nightmare 2011.

The Dagenham Destroyer returns to action on Friday 10th February to defend his WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title at London’s York Hall.

Unbeaten Irishman Stephen Ormond pulled out of the fight and promoter Frank Warren is looking at a new challenger for Mitchell.

The 28-year-old had well documented problems outside of the ring last year despite his sensational eighth round stoppage win over rival John Murray in July.

Mitchell said, “I was on a downward spiral and could have ended up in prison because of my drinking, but I’ve had a good kick up the backside and I realise that I want to become a world champion,”

“I lost it last year even though I had a great win over Murray, but I’m looking forward to returning to the York Hall with my home crowd behind me,”

“I’m not a playboy anymore and from now on I’m serious about winning the world title and making plenty of money to secure my future,”

Warren is aiming to get Kevin a world title shot that could see him in a Battle of Britain with Scottish WBO World Champion, possibly a return to West Ham United’s ground where he lost to Michael Katsidis in 2010.

Also, Warren has spoken to American promoter Bob Arum about a possible fight with WBA title-holder Brandon Rios who beat Murray in December.

“The obvious fight would be Ricky Burns in the summer with West Ham’s ground being an option,” said Warren.

“My relationship with Kevin went off the rails towards the end of last year, but I’m delighted to say that we are back on track and we’re both working towards the world title,”

“This is about Kevin going back to basics, his problems are behind him now and it’s all about moving forward and achieving what I believe he can achieve.”

“I’m really disappointed that Ormond pulled out of the fight for whatever reason, he was training for a fight in December that fell through and we lined him up with Kevin so he would have been ready.”

Mitchell added, “I’d love Ricky Burns at West Ham which would be an absolute dream to return to the stadium again,”

“Although if Rios was offered to me I’d fancy doing a number on him, in fact I reckon I’d knock him out,”

“To me he’s sluggish and one dimensional and if I got him in the ring it would be like a cat playing with a mouse.”

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