Archive for May, 2012
Victorious English Champ Ochieng Eyes British Or Commonwealth Title Next
On Saturday night Stoke Newington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng retained his English Light Middleweight title in emphatic style, on the undercard of Carl Froch versus Lucian Bute IBF World Super Middleweight title clash in Nottingham.
Erick’s first defense of the title he won back in January, via a ninth round retirement by then opponent Nick Quigley, was against local ‘Masters’ title holder AA Lowe.
Erick took a laid back approach to the bout, preferring to box of the back foot and pick his punches, and boy did he pick them in style on his way to securing a virtual shut out points victory.
Judge Terry O’Connor clearly felt that Erick reigned supreme, scoring every round in Erick’s favour (100-90), judge Steve Gray didn’t see it much different, only scoring one round in favour of AA Lowe (99-91) and judge Howard Foster scored only two rounds in favour of Erick’s challenger (98-92).
Last night Erick returned victorious to his ‘home’ gym, the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, where he spoke about the excellent victory and his future aspirations. “First of all I want to give thanks to Jesus Christ for the victory.
Yeah, the fight, I came out quick, nice and relaxed. I was using my jab, most of my punches were one-two, one-two-three, but mostly using the jab and catching him all the time and I was making him miss.
The thing is I could have changed gear, my speed, and finished things early but I was relaxed.
Around round seven or eight I caught him with a right hook, straight right hand, left hook combination and rocked him a bit, but I took my foot of the gas and used my jab.
Yeah it was a comfortable win, one of the judges gave me all the rounds and two of the judges gave me all but two rounds.
I think one of them was the last round, I was just taking my time and enjoying myself. It was a big venue, it was incredible.
A big thanks to my supporters, all I could hear was Eagle, Eagle, Eagle all through the fight, yeah it was an awesome night.”
Erick then turned his attention to the headlining bout, in which fellow Matchroom Sport promoted Carl Froch comprehensively beat former Champion Lucian Bute to become a three time World Champion. “ It was an awesome fight. Carl Froch took the fight to Bute, Bute didn’t know what hit him and before he knew the fight was over.
Carl’s now a three time World Champion, without doubt making him our most successful boxer.
The whole night was electrifying, every punch Carl threw had the crowd cheering. He was incredible, it was an awesome night.”
Before returning to his fight and his future aspirations. “Fighting on such a big event in front of such a huge crowd made me so excited, I liked the environment, the big crowd and everyone chanting my name.
It’s just a matter of time, because this is where I see myself in the future. I had a photo taken of me with Carl Froch and the IBF belt, it looked good on me, I was wearing my red jacket and his IBF belt is red, so it’s yeah I’m going for the IBF.
Obviously my aim is to become World Champion and one of the titles will be the IBF, that or the WBC.
Hopefully I’ll be defending my title next on the undercard of ‘Special K’, Kell Brook’s, fight on the 7th July, obviously we’re still waiting for confirmation.
Then, God willing, by the end of the year I’ll be fighting for the British or Commonwealth title – It’s onwards and upwards.
I want to give a big thanks to all my fans, you’re fabulous. I want to give thanks to my sponsors, King Apparel, BoxFit, Glenn Insurance and Addison Lee, thank you guys for your support which I really appreciate and thank you Rio at the TRAD TKO.”
Historically Cape Town, South Africa has been known in boxing for developing some outstanding talents over the years. One thinks of Happyboy Mgxagi, Sidney Hoho, Bashew Sibaca, Gary Murray, Nika Khumalo and Mzonke Fana to mention but a few of the stars who have emerged out of Cape Town.
Often talented fighters in this region are not afforded the opportunity to showcase their skills. On 23 June at the famous MewWay Centre in Khaylelisha, former Congolese fighter and now turned promoter, Commando Kalekuzi is providing two exciting young fighters with the opportunity of fighting for the WBF All-African lightweight title.
Vusumzi Tyatyeka is now being trained by top Cape Town trainer Zola Koti, the former trainer of Boxrec # 1 Mzonke Fana, and believes that Tyatyeka has great potential to reach the top. He is rated number 3 in South Africa and has accumulated a record of 12-2 with 10 KOs. His only two losses have both been to Patrick Malinga, the current South African champion and both were in title fights.
Thanduxolo Dyani is rated number five in South Africa in the junior lightweight division, and has also built up an impressive record of 11-1 with 6 KOs. His only loss was to current South African champion and former world title contender Godfrey Nzimande.
This promises to be a thriller which will catapult the winner on to a much bigger stage in the future. It also signifies the return of championship boxing to Cape Town, with a mega event to follow at the end of August.
World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight Champion Juan Jose Montes is set to defend his title for the first time on June 2 at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Mexico, as he takes on fellow countryman Victor Zaleta on a show promoted by HG Promotions headed by Hector Garcia.
Montes, 22-1 (14), won the WBF World title in an outright war against another Mexican, Oscar Ibara, this past February, and a Montes vs. Ibara rematch is something that boxing fans in Mexico are looking forward to. But the world champion knows that he can’t look past Zaleta, 20-2 (10), and that he has a tough hurdle to pass on June 2:
“I always train hard, but this time even harder than usual as this will be my first title defense. I don’t compromise”, says the 22-year-old, and continues: “I know he is a boxer with great experience from both the amateurs and the pros, and this motivates me in my preparations. I have sparred more than a hundred rounds, and I guarantee a good performance”.
Victor Zaleta is indeed a dangerous challenger for Montes. Having won several minor titles early in his career, and defeated significant names such as former world champions Eric Ortiz, Jose Antonio Aguirre and Gilberto Keb Bass (twice), he could be one of the best, if not the best, opponent Montes has faced so far.
In February 2011 Zaleta came up short in a WBO world title fight in Argentina, losing a decision to undefeated reigning champion Omar Narvaez, but since then he has rebounded with three impressive victories to get in line for another world title opportunity. And this time it will be in his native country, and he is an important experience richer.
The Juan Jose Montes vs. Victor Zaleta WBF World Super Flyweight title fight will headline HG Boxing’s “Pegada Explosiva IV” promotion, and will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa. Also on the card will be WBF Womens World Flyweight Champion Irma Sanchez in a non-title bout against Ibeth Zamora Silva.
Whilst the world wide media have been focused on the issues surrounding the proposed Dereck Chisora versus David Haye in London on July 14th, elsewhere in the World a not too dissimilar scenario has been unfolding on the Islands of Malta.
Unlike in the case of Dereck Chisora or David Haye, where no criminal charges have been instigated, former Commonwealth Champion Scott Dixon, the subject of the drama unfolding in Malta, has been on bail since 2009 awaiting trial for the alleged importation and distribution of narcotics.
On receiving news that Mr. Dixon has been arrested for breaking his bail conditions, Alexander Zammit, President of the Malta Boxing Commission, today issued the following statement:
“The incorrigible former commonwealth boxing champ, Scott Dixon, is back behind bars. Information supplied to the office of the Malta Boxing Commission indicates that Dixon was arrested for breaking his bail conditions.
Unconfirmed sources also informed us that Dixon’s bail bond was withdrawn before he was re-arrested.
Dixon is presently in Malta (where he has resided since 2005) awaiting trial in connection over the alleged importation and attempted distribution of around 500 Kilos of cannabis or resin cannabis, since 2009. He was eventually given provisional liberty against a bail bond of over 30,000 Euros.
Hours before Dixon was arrested early on Saturday morning (19 May, 2012), he was acting as a corner-man for the organisers of Malta’s ‘Prize Boxer’, an eight-men unsanctioned boxing tournament based on the ‘Prize Fighter’ concept.
Sources at ringside place Dixon at the tournament into the early hours of Saturday morning (from Friday night), well beyond the parameters established in his bail conditions by the local courts.
This latest episode in the Dixon saga may have put paid to Dixon’s comeback plans. According to the German based ‘World Boxing Union’ Scott Dixon was to take on Baker Barakat (champion) for his WBU super-middleweight title on the 18th August in Pembroke, Malta.
Sources from within the WBU confirm that this bout is being sanctioned by the German Boxing Board (BDB).
On the other hand – The BDB are presently condemning very strongly and labeling as controversial a contest between David Haye and Dereck Chisora at West Ham on July 14, sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF).
Just as Chisora and Haye do not hold a valid license with the BBBofC or the BDB – neither does Scott Dixon hold a boxing license with the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC). As a matter of fact he was refused a license by the MBC until such time as the Maltese authorities either declared him innocent of the charges against him or such charges are dropped.
Yet the BDB (according to the WBU) saw fit to sanction this Malta show and one has to assume that if this show were to happen this would also be done under a German Boxing License as Dixon’s license was suspended by the BBBofC before he took up residence in Malta.
Is this a case of two weights and two measures? – The BDB should never have sanctioned an event involving Scott Dixon, especially since this is being held in Malta.
In my opinion the proposed Barakat – Dixon fight is much more condemnable than the Haye – Chisora fight.
If the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is to be condemned for supplying the legality for the Haye – Chisora proposed fight, the Germans should also, at the very least, be equally condemned over the Barakat – Dixon scheduled fight.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, ‘Don’t throw stones at your neighbours’, if your own windows are glass.’”
One of the most anticipated rematches in women’s boxing is less than a month away, as WBF World Welterweight Champion Anne Sophie Mathis and challenger Holly Holm prepares for their second clash on June 15 in the latter’s home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
While Frenchwoman Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs) won their original meeting in December of last year by devastating seventh round knockout, Holm (30-2-3, 9 KOs) is still considered one of the best pound-for-pound female campaigners in the sport, and without a doubt the second best in the welterweight division.
In their first fight Holm got off to a good start and in many observers opinion nicked the first four rounds as Mathis seemed to be assessing her opponent before taking over from the fifth. Holm claims to have strayed from the fight plan laid out by trainer Mike Winkeljohn, and that this won’t happen again in the rematch:
“I simply didn’t execute it (the fight plan). This time I want to do the good things I did in the first four rounds (of the last fight) and do them even better. A lot of people are asking if I changed the game plan. It’s really not a game plan change, it just let’s do the game plan”, said Holm at a recent press conference announcing the second go-around.
Mathis, however, feels that whatever happens, the result will be the same, even if it unfolds differently, confidently saying:
“One way or another, the fight will be different. Either she will fight differently or I will. We know each other’s style. If she backs up, I’ll come forward. If she comes forward, I’ll meet her. At the end of the day I will be the winner again.”
34-year-old Mathis has not lost a fight since her second pro outing in 1995 when she got beat by the more experienced and undefeated future world champion Marischa Sjauw in Holland. Since then she has captured several world titles at light welter and welterweight, and established herself as the best 147 pounder on the planet.
Besides the loss to Mathis, Holly Holm hasn’t been defeated since 2004, and like her rival on June 15 she has won several world championships. She has actually done one better than Mathis by winning titles in three weight classes, from light welter to light middleweight, and has a very impressive overall record in world title bouts of 18-1-1 (6).
Both women have incredible credentials, but who will be able to adjust with most success when they face each other again. Will Mathis again prove too tough and skilled for Holm, or will Holm fulfill her promise of righting the wrongs from the original encounter. And will it be enough?
This is without a doubt the most appealing female fight of the year so far!
Ochieng Brimming With Confidence, Ahead Of Title Defense On May 26th
Back in January Stoke Newington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng won the English Light Middleweight title in emphatic style, on just his tenth professional outing, in a sensational all action battle against Liverpool’s Nick Quigley, that many have as an early contender for 2012 ‘Fight of the Year’ honours
In just under two weeks time 25 year old Erick will make the first defense of this recently acquired title, against Newark’s AA Lowe, on the undercard of the biggest, most meaningful UK event of the year so far, when Carl Froch challenges Lucian Bute for the IBF Super Middleweight Crown, at the Nottingham Arena.
Following a recent training session, at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, an ebullient Erick was not only brimming with confidence, of victory on the 26th May, but was also keen to emphasize his Championship credentials.
“Yeah, I’ll be out again on the 26th May defending my English title against AA Lowe.
He’s a good boxer, he’s been around, so we’re looking to perform good, look good and retain my title in style.”
“Training has been excellent as ever, my manager/coach Brian Lawrence wouldn’t have it any other way and again I’ve had the best sparring you can get.
The quality of sparring here at the TRAD TKO makes all the difference, I did some eight rounders with Colin Lynes the other week and have had plenty of other quality sparring, these sparring sessions are great preparation.”
“I mean Colin Lynes is a former British, European and World Champion, you can’t get better than that, you’re always learning from those guys.
As you can see we’re not leaving any stone unturned in the gym, I’m in good shape so I’m looking to put a good performance on the 26th May.”
“I never look past people or my next fight, but have to say this is just the start, I’ve always said I am already a World Champion, just people don’t know it yet, they will soon but right now they know I’m the English Champion.
I will defend my title successfully on the 26th May and then by the end of the year my focus will be on the British or Commonwealth title.”
Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng’s English Light Middleweight title defense, against AA Lowe, will be main support at the Matchroom Sport promoted event headlined by the IBF Super Middleweight World Championship bout between Montreal, Canada based Romanian Lucian Bute and Nottingham’s Carl Froch, which co-features Carl Frampton versus Raul Hirales, for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title, at the Nottingham Arena in Nottingham on Saturday 26th May 2012 and will be shown live and exclusive on Sky Sports.
Tickets, priced £40, or £50 including coach from London to Nottingham and return, are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or direct from Erick at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA
Over the past few years Miranda Carter has been quietly pioneering a series of Sunday afternoon events at York Hall in Bethnal Green. In the past these events have featured maybe six or seven bouts, however her latest offering, which takes place this coming Sunday, is far from low key affair, instead entering the mega event zone with a fourteen bout card.
The event, titled ‘Rolling Thunder’, heavily features fighters from Johnny Eames’ famous Canning Town fight factory – the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym.
Originally the event was to feature just three of the East London trained stars but after Butch Lesley had to withdraw from the original headlining British Masters title bout with Menay Edwards, this was increased to five, including the new headlining bout, a rematch between Hackbridge, Surrey’s Danny Connor and Ely, Cambridgshire’s Tyler Goodjohn, this time for the British Masters Welterweight title.
Last time these two met, back in March last year, Goodjohn came out on top, however things may be a little different this time around, as Connor has really turned his career around, racking up five top class wins out of six outing. Goodjohn on the other hand has had just two wins out of three, and the loss was a brutal knockout dished out by the forceful hands of Vinny Woolford in November last year.
Heading up the support is Connor’s TRAD TKO gym mate, former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, who will be making his first appearance since the shock loss of his coveted Lonsdale belt back in January.
Surprisingly Williams isn’t looking for an easy fight, to ease himself back, oh no the man nicknamed ‘Solid’ is so determined to get back on the Championship trail that he has elected to face Lithuania’s #1 ranked Remigijus Ziausys.
Also on the support card is rising Cruiserweight star Menay Edwards, who will be making his first outing under the TRAD TKO banner. Edwards, whose record stands at 7-1, will be looking to impress, against unbeaten Lawrence Bennett, in order to earn the right for a tilt at the Southern Area title later this year.
Making his debut at the event is yet another TRAD TKO newbie, Eric ‘Congo Warrior’ Mokonzo, who will be receiving a baptism of fire at the hands of Hayes hardman Darren McKenna.
Former World amateur #2 female boxer Areti Mastrodouka is the fifth of the TRAD TKO squad that will take part in the ‘Rolling Thunder’ event. In her debut, at Miranda Carter’s March 2012 event, Mastrodouka put on a stylish display to beat Kristine Shergold by a 60-55 points margin.
On the 20th May, 36 year old Mastrodouka is set to face a much younger opponent in 20 year old Latvian #1 ranked featherweight Julija Cvetkova.
Of the non-TRAD TKO contingent, the pick of the bunch sees Epsom, Surrey’s unbeaten Middleweight J.M. Coyle face a stern test, as he takes on Wickford, Essex hardman Danny Brown. Coyle may have the unbeaten record but Brown will be no walk over especially as he’ll be looking to extend his excellent run of a win and a draw against previously unbeaten opponents so far in 2012.
Another potential cracker sees two unbeaten fighters, Light Welterweights Luke Fowler and John Brennan, battle it out.
Also on the card are unbeaten foursome, Upminster Lightweight Ryan Taylor, Stratford Super Middleweight Scott Hartley, Luton Light Welterweight Danny Mulhern and Kensington Middleweight Daley Ojuederie, who will be joined by debutantes, Bexleyheath Lightweight Jack Dishart, Middleweight Alex McKay and Tilbury Welterweight Matt McCarthy – who are all against yet to be named opponents.
Tickets for Rolling Thunder, featuring the TRAD TKO five, Danny Connor, Leon Williams, Menay Edwards, Eric Mokonzo or Areti Mastrodouka, at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Sunday 20th May 2012 are priced £35, £45 and £65 are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA
In another busy weekend for the World Boxing Federation, Women’s World Bantamweight Champion Renata Szebeledi retained her title and Attila Baran captured the vacant Intercontinental Super Middleweight crown in Hungary Saturday night, while Klara Svensson took home the female ditto at Light Welter on a show in Germany the day before.
Szebeledi, who won the WBF World title by going to Germany to defeat hometown favorite Pia Mazelanik in Lemgo last July, took on former foe Eva Marcu of Romania in Budapest, and once again the two women, both only twenty years old, gave each other a good scrap before the champion pulled home the victory.
The end came at 0:30 into round number eight when Szebeledi, at this point clearly on top of things, caught Marcu with some stinging blows, forcing the referee to intervene as the game Marcu seemed unable to defend herself. Having won ten of her last eleven bouts, Szebeledi improved her professional record to 16-9 (9), and Marcu fell to 7-4 (2).
On the same card, promoted by Feja Promotion, youngster Attila Baran (19) made short work of fellow countryman Janos Olah in their fight for the Intercontinental Super Middleweight strap. After a one-sided first round where Baran dominated his foe, the end came mercifully in the second of the scheduled twelve.
Baran put on an impressive performance, knocking down Olaf two times before referee Janos Baranyi had seen enough and waved off the onslaught at 2:55. In time, Baran, who is now 10-2 (5), could be an interesting name to follow, while the best days of 30-year-old Olah, 10-9-1 (3), are probably in his past.
On the previous night in Goeppingen, Germany, talented Swede Klara Svensson won her first professional title when she thoroughly dominated game but outclassed Hungarian Zsofia Bedo on a card put on by EC Boxpromotion for the vacant Women’s Intercontinental Light Welterweight title.
Svensson, now 5-0 (1) and managed by former European Champion Oktay Urkal, chased Bedo, 5-25-1 (1), for most of the ten rounder, and only guts and a big heart saved the Hungarian girl from going down or even being stopped. It was a flawless performance by the Malmo-boxer, who, if anything, lacks a bit of power in her punches. In the end German judges Arno Pokrandt, Frank Michael Mass and Holger Wiemann all scored it the same: 100-90. Klara Svensson is undoubtedly one of the female stars of the future.
Photos and Interview by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Back in May 2011 I interviewed former IBO Light Welterweight World Champion Colin Lynes, just as he was preparing to take part in the excellent Matchroom Sport promoted Prizefighter series. It was a real pleasure, as here was a man who during his illustrious career had done it all, won British, European and World honours, yet he seemed to genuinely enjoy discussing all aspects of the sport and his career.
Unfortunately Colin didn’t win Prizefighter, having lost to eventual competition winner Yassine El Maachi in the semifinal, by a highly dubious points decision.
Some five months later Colin was back in action, this time challenging Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy for his British Welterweight title. After twelve scintillating rounds Colin once again strapped the coveted Lonsdale belt around his waist.
I have to be honest and say other than republishing my fight report in it’s entirety I couldn’t possibly get across just how good that fight was, I mean it truly was ‘Fight of the Year’ material – it was a seriously great fight. OK, so you get the gist I really rated the fight, anyway back to business.
I did intend to catch up with Colin after the victory over Purdy, but somehow never quite got round to it. So with the news that this Saturday, almost a year to the day after I last interviewed him, Colin will defend the title for the first time, against former WBC World Light Welterweight World Champion Junior Witter, I felt now would be a rather good time to catch up with him again.
Rio – So Colin, you are defending your British title for the first time, against Junior Witter, and it’s a mandatory, not the usual voluntary, why is that?
Colin – Yeah, Junior Witter is the mandatory and I’m looking forward to it really.
They’re all good fighters in the top ten so, people say would you like to pick this one or pick that one, but I’m happy with whoever it is and Witter will come and make a good fight of it.
It’s a chance to get one back for me, as he beat me two years ago on a close points decision.
I’m a better fighter now, he may have improved and be a better fighter himself, so that makes me look forward to it even more and it’ll be fireworks on the night, a good defense for myself and the chance to get one back.
Rio – By rights you should have been facing Junior earlier than this, in the final of Prizefighter back last June, what are your thoughts on the rather contentious decision that sent Yassine El Maachi to the final and not yourself?
Colin – Yeah, I wont go too much on that, everyone knows what happened and that. It just didn’t happen on the night so I got over that and won the British title and I’m faced with Witter again who I should have faced in the final that night and people have got that final now.
Rio – Do you think that your performance in Prizefighter helped to get you the British Title fight?
Colin – Yes and No. I mean El Maachi won Prizefighter and I think if he had been a British national at the time he would have rightly got the shot, except he wasn’t.
Witter had been a bit out of sorts that night, he’d openly admit that and of course everyone thought I should have gone on and been in the final.
I fought Purdy at short notice, as no one else could have stepped up in the time given for the fight, so I went for it and came off the winner.
Rio – I didn’t realise it was a short notice call, mind you your trainers, Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, both say you are the consummate professional and are always ready, always fit.
Colin – That’s very true, by the same token you have to have a trainer with you that knows, because you are always in the gym ticking over, that it’s a special care that you don’t overstep the mark when you are in the gym ticking over and Jimmy and Mark are superb, they’re the men for that.
Rio – Who have you been sparring for Junior, as his style is not the easiest to replicate. I can only think of a few people with a similar style at this weight.
Colin – There’s not that many, but they are out there and thankful enough we know of them.
I’ve been doing enough sparring with some switch hitters, but we’ve also been doing plenty of sparring with our normal partners to get the rounds done.
Now we’ve bought some tricky customers in and that’s been going well and we’ve still got a little time to go with those tricky opponents.
It’s good that you don’t know them, you know of them and they know of you but they’re not out of the TRAD TKO Gym and they’re not from the same area and it’s good because they come with that bit of spite and it’s all in good stead for the fight.
Rio – I know you don’t look past any fight, BUT you win, you defend your title, will you stay on the domestic scene or will you move back to the International scene, say a shot at the European title.
Colin – I’ll never vacate a championship until I have the next fight inked in, so until that time I’ll never just vacate as I know how hard it is to work your way back, not just winning fights to earn your way back but being given the chance.
Once a set of doors shut on you, people can make it very hard, they haven’t got to take you on and then you’re on the ‘who needs him’ list because of how fit you are, so I will never vacate a Championship unless I have another title fight inked in on the contract.
Saying that of course I want to get into the European mix, you’ve got an Italian champion, who’s defending against another Italian, no matter what it stays in an Italian camp and it’s very hard to prise Italian’s out of their camp.
We all know what happened last time I went over there, so I wouldn’t be too quick to be invited over there and I don’t think I would accept an invitation to go over there to be honest, with what goes on there, so it could be a long waiting game for that.
Having said that, with Kell Brook beating Matthew Hatton I go into my fight knowing that doors have been opened, which motivates me even more.
It’s a waiting game but I am looking very much beyond British level.
Rio – I know we touched on it earlier but time to get back to ‘Lights Out’ – What a performance, I think it was clear Fight of The Year, please tell the readers your thoughts on the fight.
Colin – Yeah, it was a good performance, something I knew I was well capable of, and Jimmy and Mark trusted me, had faith in me.
It surprised some people, because as I said, rightfully so people were asking questions, has he still got it, is he over the hill, seen him before he goes so many rounds then…
I’ve always said, hand on heart, that was down to my body not coping with making the weight.
I made the weight correctly, I didn’t struggle or kill myself or gone without food or water but my body just wasn’t having it any more at the lower weight. It took perhaps one fight too many at that Light Welter level for me to decide and talk to Jimmy and Mark and step up a weight so onwards and upwards.
It may surprise people but I have put that performance behind me now, because I’ve got a new job, a new opponent, new style and it’s a different fight and I’m not dwelling on what I did to Purdy, so Witter is a new challenge and I’m going to be up for it.
Rio – You’ve already been World Champion – Is that where your looking towards again?
Colin – Yeah, I mean I don’t get carried away and with the names you’ve got in my division at the moment, I would be silly and a bit foolish to say I want to fight Mayweather or I want this one, so I’ve got to take it step by step because it’s a rebuilding campaign.
I’ve stepped up a weight and I’m doing those things, so it’s a building process but I want to get there, I believe I can get there, but I’m not one of those to shout out and call people out. I feel I have got to prove my right to be in that mix.
What is quite attractive is Kell Brook beat Matthew Hatton, he’s in the same camp, that should earn Kell Brook a World title shot and my being in the same camp and when he’s due a voluntary I think that’s a fight that can be made.
I know Kell’s flying high at the moment, he’s a step above, but he was at my last fight commentating so I had a bit of joking like banter with him afterwards, I said ‘I know you’re a step above but I’m pushing to get there and I’m going to catch you up, I’ll get there you know and then the fight’s on after.
Rio – You touched on it earlier, you were struggling at Light Welter, how are you now finding life as a Welterweight?
Colin – I’m not going to be the biggest Welter, I said that when I first moved up but it’s not about being the biggest at the weight, it’s about being right.
It’s great being at Welterweight, I’m not worrying about food, in fact I can take on more carbs, more protein and I’m really enjoying training.
The weights not an issue, I’m really enjoying training, I’m strong as an Ox and as I said it’s a fine line and the Tibbs’ are making sure I don’t overstep the line.
Rio – Thank you so much, I would say give us a prediction but I know you don’t give predictions, so may I just take this chance to wish you all the success on the twelfth.
Colin – You’re right and thank you.
Colin Lynes defends his British Welterweight title against Junior Witter at the Hennessy Sports, in association with Alma Ingle, promoted ‘Pride of Yorkshire’ event, which will e headlined by the WBC International Super Bantamweight clash between Kid Galahad and Josh Wale, at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield on Saturday, 12th May 2012. The event will also be broadcast live on Channel 5
Tibor Feja and his Feja Promotion is staging a major WBF doubleheader on Saturday May 12 in Budapest, Hungary, featuring an interesting female world title defense, and two local boxers clashing for the vacant Intercontinental Super Middleweight strap.
World Boxing Federation women’s World Bantamweight Champion Renata Szebeledi, 15-9 (8), is making the first defense of her title against tough Romanian Eva Marcu, 7-3 (2), in a rematch.
The two fought last June, with Szebeledi coming out on top after a rough encounter, and now Marcu will get her chance at redemption and her first world championship.
In her first bout after defeating Marcu last year, Szebeledi travelled to Germany to capture the WBF World title with an inspired performance against local favorite Pia Mazelanik. Since then she has racked up three non-title victories, before dropping a close decision in an IBF Super Flyweight challenge against Simona Galassi in Italy. Now back at her natural weight, Szebeledi is looking forward to defending her world championship in front of her local fans, and with Marcu coming off a fresh victory last month she is sure to be in for another hard challenge.
In the second WBF title fight of the night, Budapest-rivals Attila Baran, 9-2 (4), and Janos Olah, 10-8-1 (3), will duke it out for the vacant Intercontinental Super Middleweight championship. Both have mixed in minor championship territory in their careers, but Baran (19) has youth on his side, while Olah (30) is the more experienced and tested.
It shapes up to be an interesting night of championship boxing in Budapest on May 12, and while Szebeledi and Baran must be considered slight favorites, it is bound to be competitive action in both fights.