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Choi: John Simpson is just a little boy – Mongolian Warrior out to show age is no barrier in Glasgow

by on May.09, 2013, under Buzz

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Choi Tseveenpurev says he’ll prove that age is nothing but a number and show the divide in class between him and John Simpson as they clash for the WBO International featherweight title live on Sky Sports in Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday (May 11).

‘The Mongolian Warrior’ is 41 years of age but shows no sign of tiring in his pursuit of major honours in the game, and took Daud Yordan all the way in his challenge for the Indonesian’s IBO belt in November.

Always an entertaining watch and a hard-hitter that has wowed fight fans all over the world; Choi has declared that Simpson will not be in the same league as him on Saturday .

“John Simpson is a little boy to me,” said Choi. “John is a little kid, I will handle him no problem. I am winning this fight. If it goes early it goes early but it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t, I am winning this fight on Saturday .

“I give you blood, sweat and tears every time until the last breathe. I will fight until the last breathe – can John Simpson say the same thing? No, John Simpson cannot say the same thing. I have seen the fights where John Simpson has lost and has he given it his all? No. Trust me; Simpson is going to get hurt badly in this fight.”

Choi has held the WBU and WBF World titles in the past and his IBO shot came off the back of a fine win in the Betfair Prizefighter Featherweights at York Hall in Bethnal Green, where he saw off Lee Glover, George Jupp and Rhys Roberts to lift the trophy at the second attempt. Choi claimed the WBC International Silver title ahead of his clash with Yordan and was unfortunate not to fair better in Singapore – but he’s determined to take his chance on Saturday.

“There were a lot of behind the scenes things that weren’t right around that fight but you just have to take it,” said Choi. “I believe if I had a little bit more time to prepare it would have been totally different but now I have this opportunity and Matchroom have given me enough time to prepare and I have trained real hard for on Saturday . Something you have to look at is the fact that I end people’s careers; they are never the same after they have fought me. People talk about my age, and this and that but their careers are never the same. Yordan, who was a World champion, got knocked out by a bomb in his next fight after me, the reason being that he took momentous shots from me. I know that I hurt him real bead but I just couldn’t finish him. If I had longer time to train I would have finished him.

“Right now I have to be realistic. This just shows how much of a coward that most guys in professional boxing are, that they wait until they think I am an old man before they fight me. They didn’t want anything to do with me when I was knocking out everybody. I have to thank Ciaran Baynes and Spencer Fearon for bringing me back. Spencer has a good relationship with Eddie Hearn and Eddie is the man at the moment with the Sky dates. Eddie has stuck to his word because he said he would work with other promoters and he is doing that. Whatever opportunities come along I will look at but first things first I have to take care of Simpson and I am not looking past John. He is a very good fighter and he comes to fight; I hope that he doesn’t run. I just hope that he doesn’t run and that he comes to fight because if he comes to fight not only will I destroy him but the fans will get what they want to see as well.”

Simpson and Choi provide the chief support on a huge night of boxing in Glasgow as Ricky Burns defends his WBO lightweight title against José González and they are joined by top Scottish talent including unbeaten trio David Brophy, Jon Slowey and Stephen Simmons, who takes on Michael Sweeney in a ten round Celtic cruiserweight clash.

Tickets for Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ are on sale now. Tickets are priced £40 upper tier, £60 lower tier and floor seats, £100 ringside and £200 VIP (all tickets subject to booking fee). Tickets are available through the Emirates Arena at www.emiratesarena.co.uk, Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and by phone on 0141 353 8000.

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Burns: Fans can turn up the heat on González

by on May.09, 2013, under Boxing News

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Ricky invites fans to give challenger a taste of Scottish pride at public weigh-in

Ricky Burns wants his fans to give José González an early taste of the noise he’ll face on fight night when the pair weigh-in for the clash at the St. Enoch’s Centre in Glasgow at 1pm on Friday.

Burns defends his WBO lightweight title against the mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico live on Sky Sports HD1 from 8pm on Saturday night in Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ and the Coatbridge star has asked his fans to turn out in force as they hit the scales on Friday.

“It would be great to get all the fans down to the St. Enoch’s Centre and show José what he’s got in store on Saturday night,” said Burns. “The atmosphere in the Emirates Arena is going to be electric and he’ll never have experienced anything like it before.

“I believe I’ve got the best fans in the world and the noise they made last time out against Kevin Mitchell was incredible. It gave me a massive lift and they played a huge part in the best night of my career so far. I’m looking forward to more of the same on Saturday night, but it all really starts with the weigh-in and we need them there on Friday to show just how passionate us Scots are about our boxing.”

Burns and González head a top class bill in Glasgow as John Simpson faces Choi Tseveenpurev for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title and top Scottish talent including unbeaten trio David Brophy, Jon Slowey and Stephen Simmons, who takes on Michael Sweeney in a ten round Celtic cruiserweight clash.

Tickets for Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ are on sale now. Tickets are priced £40 upper tier, £60 lower tier and floor seats, £100 ringside and £200 VIP (all tickets subject to booking fee). Tickets are available through the Emirates Arena at www.emiratesarena.co.uk, Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and by phone on 0141 353 8000.

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Simpson vs. Choi added to Burns bill

by on Apr.16, 2013, under Buzz

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Simpson hoping to write final chapter of Choi story

John Simpson will face Choi Tseveenpurev for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title in Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 11, live on Sky Sports.

The former British and Commonwealth champion will be looking to write the final chapter in the career of 41 year old Choi, who fights for the first time since losing to Daud Cino Yordan in an IBO title bout last November.

The clash supports Ricky Burns’ WBO lightweight title defence against unbeaten mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez and promoter Eddie Hearn believes it has the hallmarks of a classic.

“This fight has war written all it and the response already has been incredible,” said Hearn. “Choi has a real cult following within the game and everyone knows how John Simpson likes to fight. Don’t blink during this one!”

A stacked bill in Glasgow will also see top Scottish talent including unbeaten trio David Brophy, Jon Slowey and Stephen Simmons, who takes on Michael Sweeney in a ten round Celtic cruiserweight clash, and they will be joined by some of Matchroom Boxing’s brightest young stars.

Tickets for Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ are on sale now. Tickets are priced £40 upper tier, £60 lower tier and floor seats, £100 ringside and £200 VIP (all tickets subject to booking fee). Tickets are available through the Emirates Arena at www.emiratesarena.co.uk, Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and by phone on 0141 353 8000.

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McKENZIE-MACCARINELLI COLLIDE AGAIN

by on Apr.03, 2013, under Boxing News

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Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight Champion Ovill McKenzie and Enzo Maccarinelli will face each again at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th April after their first fight ended in a storm of controversy.

When they clashed last November in Liverpool, McKenzie retained his title with a second round stoppage of the Swansea puncher with referee Ian John Lewis stepping in to stop a barrage of punches from the Derby hitter.

Many ringside observers felt that Maccarinelli – a former WBO World Cruiserweight Champion who won the British title in his previous fight against Shane McPhilbin – was halted prematurely after he was holding his own against McKenzie.

Both fighters wanted to do it again and the fight will now feature as chief-support on Frank Warren’s bumper Wembley Arena show, alongside Liam Walsh’s WBO European Lightweight title defence against former two-time World Champion Scott Harrison, on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Maccarinelli, who’s won 27 of his 35 fights by KO, is promising that he’ll knockout his rival this time. He said, “This is unfinished business for me and it’s going to be settled once and for all on the night. Initially I was really disappointed with the result and felt that the referee had stepped in too early, but what’s happened has happened, there is no point looking back at it, all I want to do now is reverse the result with a win at Wembley Arena. There will be no dispute with the result this time, I’m back to my dynamite-punching best and I’m goint to knock McKenzie clean out.”

Jamaican born McKenzie, who’s last three fights have ended by stoppage inside three rounds, says the result will be the same again. “The referee did Maccarinelli a big favour by stopping the fight early, another 30 seconds and he would have been knocked out,” he said. “I think that it was stopped 10-15 seconds early and it robbed me of a KO win. Maccarinelli wants it again, but this will be his last fight, it will be a career-ender when I’ve finished with him. He’ll get the same treatment again and I’ll finish it inside two rounds again.”

Cleverly v Krasniqi, plus Walsh v Harrison and McKenzie v Harrison headline an action-packed card also featuring the return of exciting heavyweight Dereck Chisora; fast rising unbeaten super-middleweight talent Frank Buglioni; former Southern Area Light-Middleweight Champion Steve O’Meara, plus hot unbeaten prospects Joe Murray, John Thain, Gary Corcoran, Mitchell Smith, Joey Taylor and Miles Shinkwin.

Remaining tickets for Rule Britannia, priced from £40 are available from www.tkoboxoffice.com – Tel: 07960 850645

Rule Britannia is live and exclusive on The Home of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

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WALSH DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST FORMER WORLD CHAMPION HARRISON

by on Apr.02, 2013, under Buzz

Liam Walsh

Liam Walsh

WALSH DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST FORMER WORLD CHAMPION HARRISON

Hot British talent Liam Walsh will defend his WBO European Lightweight title against former two-time WBO World Champion Scott Harrison on Saturday 20th April at Wembley Arena.

The fight will features as chief support on Frank Warren’s big show headlined by Nathan Cleverly’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi, plus the return of heavyweight Dereck Chisora, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Walsh, who also holds the Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title, is unbeaten in 13 fights and won the WBO European Lightweight crown last July at West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground on the David Haye-Dereck Chisora undercard, halting Italian Domenico Urbano – who had never been stopped before – inside eight rounds.

His up-and-down war against Scotsman Paul Appleby in September 2011 – which was the first ever live championship title fight on the revolutionary fight subscription channel BoxNation – was an instant small-hall classic and later won the BBBofC Domestic Fight Of The Year award.

The 26-year-old from Cromer is looking forward to facing the first big test of his career. He said, “Ive got a lot of respect for Scott. I remember watching his fights years ago against Manuel Medina, shouting at the TV and cheering him on. So it seems a little surreal that I’m now gonna to be fighting him. On the other hand, that was years ago and this is a crucial fight for me to win on the way to a world title. I don’t believe he is the same fighter he once was. I’m certainly not overawed by him, I’m young, fresh, and very ambitious, but that makes the fight more appealing. Its a good clash of styles. I’m very excited about this fight. It has all the ingredients to be a classic, last time I said this was against Paul Appleby, so if I’m right the fans are in for a treat.”

Harrison, from Cambuslang, a former British and Commonwealth Featherweight Champion, held the WBO World Featherweight title in two reigns making eight defences of the belt. Well document problems kept Harrison out of the ring from 2005 and he made his comeback last year, racking up two wins against Gyorgy Mizsei and Joe Elfidh.

The 35-year-old, who’s records stands at 27 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws and 15 KO’s, aims to become Scotland’s first ever three-time world champion and knows that a win against Walsh will give him a top-ten WBO ranking.

“Walsh is a good young fighter, he’s fast and he’s ambitious and this is the fight that will show all the doubters that I’m back and I mean business.” Said Harrison. “I’ve had two wins since making my comeback and this is the first high profile fight against a young hungry fighter which will test me and show me how far I’m off challenging for a world title. A win will give me an important ranking in the top ten of the WBO so this is must win fight for me. I’ve seen Walsh’s fights, he’s got plenty of movement and his heart can’t be questioned after his war against Appleby. I believe that I’ve got the strength and power to win, though, plus the experience at the highest level. I’m on my way back to the world title, it’s going to be a hard road with everything I’ve gone through, but it will be an incredible story when I’ve achieved it.”

Remaining tickets for Rule Britannia, priced from £40 are available from www.tkoboxoffice.com – Tel: 07960 850645

Rule Britannia is live and exclusive on The Home of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

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Ricky Burns defends WBO belt against unbeaten mandatory Jose Gonzalez

by on Mar.26, 2013, under Buzz

Ricky Burns

Ricky Burns

Ricky Burns defends WBO belt against unbeaten mandatory Jose Gonzalez

Lightweight champ faces Puerto Rican challenger in Glasgow on May 11

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 11, live on Sky Sports.

On March 19 the WBO ordered the Scottish star to face Gonzalez in view of ‘the failed opportunities’ given to Burns in recent times. Promoter Eddie Hearn was given five days to negotiate an agreement for the championship bout otherwise a purse bid would be ordered.

Just hours before last night’s midnight deadline, Hearn and Gonzalez’s promoter Peter Rivera agreed terms and contracts were signed for the May 11 bout.

“I’m really looking forward to May 11,” said Burns. “He’s a big puncher with a great KO record, but I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest. It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow.”

“I’m very glad for this opportunity and it’s a dream come true fighting for the World tittle as the mandatory challenge,” said Gonzalez. “I’m not worried about fighting in Burns’ homeland. I’m preparing greatly for this fight and I’m sure I will bring the World title to my country.”

Hearn added: “It’s been a tough few days and we’ve had plenty of obstacles to overcome, but I’m delighted to bring Jose Gonzalez to Glasgow for what I feel will be the beginning of a new era for Scottish boxing,” said Hearn. “Gonzalez is ranked number one in the world, undefeated and comes with a dangerous reputation. It’s imperative that we deal with our mandatory challenger to pave the way for big unification clashes but I believe Ricky will face his toughest test yet on May 11.

“We need the support of all the Scottish people as we begin a new journey and cannot wait to raise the roof of the stunning new Emirates Arena.”

Rivera added: “PR Best Boxing Promotions is happy to reach an agreement with Eddie and Matchroom Sport regarding the World title fight between the champion Ricky Burns and the mandatory challenger Jose ‘Chelo’ Gonzalez. For us it’s like a rematch fight because Burns already beat one of our fighters, Roman Martinez, and now Gonzalez has the chance to avenge that loss.”

The bill will be stacked with top Scottish talent including former British and Commonwealth champion John Simpson, unbeaten stars Stephen Simmons, David Brophy and Jon Slowey, as well as Matchroom Boxing’s brightest young stars.

Tickets for Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ are on sale on Wednesday March 27 at 9am – tickets are priced £40 upper tier, £60 lower tier and floor seats, £100 ringside and £200 VIP (all tickets subject to booking fee). Tickets are available through the Emirates Arena at www.emiratesarena.co.uk, Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and by phone on 0141 353 8000.

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BURNS UNIFICATIONFIGHT RESCHEDULED, VAZQUEZ STRUCK WITH VIRAL INFECTION

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Buzz

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Promoter Frank Warren’s show at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16th March has been postponed and will now take place on Saturday 20th April.

WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns’ opponent, Miguel Vazquez – the IBF World Champion – has been suffering from a severe viral infection caused by food poisoning. (Please click here for the medical report from Vazquez’s doctor Roman Cruz Olais and can be published in reports.) Vazquez has been advised to rest and rehydrate, before starting to train again which has meant that the fight has had to be delayed.

There was an opportunity to bring in a replacement challenger for Burns but it was agreed that at this stage of his career, it was essential that the unification contest went ahead, even if it meant a slight delay.

For Burns, he felt that it was important that he still fight Vazquez for the IBF World title and unify the belts and then head into a possible fight against WBC title-holder Adrien Broner next, bringing two world title belts into the fight.

Burns v Vazquez will still joint headline the show with WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly defending his title against Robin Krasniqi. Cleverly will also welcome the postponement as he has been suffering from a stomach virus that left him unable to train for five days last week and then when he resumed training he relapsed again. This will ensure that he is back to full fitness for the new date.

Promoter Frank Warren said, “It’s very unfortunate that Vazquez has had to withdraw so close to the fight, but it is on medical grounds, which is beyond my control, due to his viral infection, and we have his doctor’s certificate confirming this. Therefore I have had to postpone the fight, not canceled as stated in some media reports, to Saturday 20th April at Wembley Arena. Everybody is disappointed by this postponement, but we have worked hard to ensure that Ricky’s unification fight still goes ahead.”

The Wembley Arena undercard will remain the same featuring Dereck Chisora*, Frank Buglioni, John Thain, Steve O’Meara, Gary Corcoran, Mitchell Smith, Joey Taylor and Miles Shinkwin.

Following George Groves decision not to fight for the European Super-Middleweight title on the show, he will now not feature. However, a big announcement will be made shortly regarding a replacement bout.

We apologise to fans who have booked travel and accommodation for the show and have been inconvenienced by this unavoidable change.

Tickets that have been purchased for the show will be still be valid for the new date.

*Dereck Chisora’s appearance is subject to him receiving his British Boxing Board of Control license.

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NDIAYE LOOKING TO KO GROVES

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Buzz

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Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye says he will be the first to knock out George Groves when they clash next month for the Vacant European Super-Middleweight title.

The tough Senegali, based in Italy, reckons he can be the first the stop the unbeaten Londoner and wreck his dream of a WBO world title fight against the winner of Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz.

Ndiaye, 33, has stopped his last three by knockout and is confident he can pull off a spectacular upset at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16th March, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

“I want to be the world champion so I have to beat Groves to achieve that,” said Ndiaye.

“I hear that Groves is looking past me at a world title next against Abraham or Stieglitz, he is wrong and this is being disrespectful to me, but he will find out on the 16th March,”

“I’ve never been stopped and he says he can knock me out, but it will be the opposite, I will knock him out.”

Former European Union champ Ndiaye has more respect for Groves taking him on than James DeGale who vacated the title rather than face him and he’s confident he would have beaten the Olympic champion.

He added, “I really wanted to fight DeGale because he’s an Olympic champion, but he and his team postponed the fight with me one time and he vacated the title the second time after he signed the contract because he was scared,”

“Groves beat DeGale but every fight is different. What I know is that I would have beaten DeGale in front of his fans,”

And Ndiaye didn’t see anything in Groves’ masterful performance over former World Champion Glen Johnson last December to worry about.

“I wasn’t impressed with Groves’ win over Glen Johnson and I saw nothing there to really worry me, he was an old man, I’m in my prime and will give him a real fight.”

“I’m motivated to be the first to beat Groves and realise my dream and get a world title shot.”

Groves v Ndiaye features as chief-support on a blockbuster card joint-headlined by WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns’ unification showdown against IBF World Champion Miguel Vazquez and WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly’s title defence against Robin Krasniqi, plus heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

Tickets for Rule Britannia, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 are available from TKO Box Office – www.tkoboxoffice.com – Tel: 07960 850645

*Chisora’s appearance is strictly subject to him being successful in receiving his British Boxing Board of Control license.

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CLEVERLY: THIS WON’T BE LIKE MURRAY-DJOKOVIC, I’LL WIN MY SHOOTOUT AGAINST KRASNIQI

by on Feb.12, 2013, under Events

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WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly says his clash against big-hitting Serbian Robin Krasniqi will be like Andy Murray facing Novak Djokovic – only he will come out the winner.

Unbeaten Cleverly, 25, puts his title and record on the line at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16th March on a huge night of boxing joint-headlined with Ricky Burns’ WBO/IBF World Lightweight Unification fight against Miguel Vazquez, plus George Groves challenging for the Vacant European Super-Middleweight title, heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh, all live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Cleverly, who stopped Shaw Hawk in eight rounds last November in his US debut, is looking forward to a shootout with the heavy-handed Serb who won his last four fights by KO to get himself into the mandatory position for a shot at the Welsh hero’s title.

And with British tennis star Murray being blasted out by Krasniqi’s countryman and world number one Djokovic in the Australian Open final last month to crush Murray’s hope of a second major win, Cleverly says he won’t let Krasniqi end his dream of going on to unify the titles.

“I watched Murray in the Australian open against Djokovic and that was a great battle over nearly four hours. He held his own, taking some big shots from the Serbian and giving it back, but despite a brave fight and battling back a couple of times, he was out-gunned by Djokovic and also the blisters on his feet couldn’t have helped. Murray a great British talent, though, and he’s my call to win Wimbledon this year,” Said Cleverly.

“Krasniqi is on a roll at the moment, he’s stopped his last four opponents, three of them inside four rounds and one in the last round. He’s never been stopped in 41 fights with only two early points losses in his career. I’ve got twelve rounds or 36 minutes to stop Krasniqi in, this won’t be going the distance, it’s going to be a real fire-fight between us,”

“Facing a big puncher doesn’t bother me, it excites me. People were making Tony Bellew out to be some big puncher but when we got in the ring and I took one of his shots it surprised me by how soft he hits, so reputations don’t always count,”

He added, “While a tennis player can come back and win in his next match, for a boxer a loss is a massive set back. I’m so close to a big unification fight and a slip-up against Krasniqi will be a massive blow to me facing one of the world champions next so it’s crucial that I win this fight.”

Tickets for Rule Britannia, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, (£150 and £200 SOLD OUT) are available from www.tkoboxoffice.com – Tel: 07960 850645

Rule Britannia is live and exclusive on The Home of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

*Dereck Chisora’s appearance on the show is strictly subject to him being successful with his license application to the British Boxing Board of Control.

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GROVES WANTS WINNER OF ABRAHAM-STIEGLITZ

by on Feb.08, 2013, under Boxing News

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British super-middleweight star George Groves has targeted the winner of WBO World Champion Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz’s clash next month.

The unbeaten Hammersmith southpaw first challenges Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye for the Vacant European title on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena – live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) – with Abraham and Stieglitz meeting a week later in Germany.

He was due to face Stieglitz last March but had to withdraw due to an injury, Stieglitz later lost the title in a shock upset to Abraham in an action packed fight and they meet again in the rematch – also live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Groves, 24, who is the WBO number one ranked and mandatory challenger, is spurred on knowing that a win over the tough Italy based Senegali – who hasn’t lost in almost five years and his sole loss was on points – will get him a shot at the world title next.

“With me being number one in the WBO that is the direction that I’m going in and I’ve got to keep an eye on these guys as I’ll be looking to fight the winner next,” Said Groves.

“I’m focused on the fight in hand first, though, against Ndiaye and winning the European title, but once I come through that I want to be in Germany to see Abraham against Stieglitz up close,”

“It was a close fight last time and Abraham won on strength, I think maybe he’ll win on endurance this time. It’s always tough to beat a fighter in a return once you’ve beaten him, but I’ll go with the pedigree and that’s Abraham, although Stieglitz will have home town advantage this time which may help him,”

“I was gutted when I couldn’t take on Stieglitz last year as I’m confident I would have beaten him as Abraham went on to do and I’d be the world champion now, but my time will come,”

“Last year was a tough one with injuries although I got in two valuable learning fights, a good win in America that enhanced my reputation and fan base and then probably the best win of my career over the experienced Glen Johnson in December,”

“This is a great start to the year for me with a European title fight and then a potential world title fight next. The super-middleweight division is stacked with talent and I’m eager to get in the mix.”

Groves v Ndiaye features as chief-support on a blockbuster card joint-headlined by WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns’ unification showdown against IBF World Champion Miguel Vazquez and WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly’s title defence against Robin Krasniqi, plus heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

Tickets for Rule Britannia, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, (£150 and £200 SOLD OUT) are available from www.tkoboxoffice.com – Tel: 07960 850645

*Chisora’s appearance is strictly subject to him being successful in receiving his British Boxing Board of Control license.

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