Crolla: Linares is brilliant – but there are flaws

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‘Million Dollar’ believes Kevin Mitchell exposed chinks in champion’s armour

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Anthony Crolla says he’s Jorge Linares is the best fighter he’s faced – but believes there are flaws he can exploit as they clash for the WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring magazine Lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla welcomes Linares into his hometown fortress where he’s been so impressive in his last two outing – unleashing a pair of fiendish bodyshots to KO Darleys Perez to win the WBA crown in November and then destroy the dangerous Ismael Barroso in May.

‘Million Dollar’ would love to complete a hat-trick of KO wins in consecutive World title fights, but knows the three-weight Venezuelan star represents his hardest job to date in the paid ranks.

Linares wowed UK fight fans with his epic rollercoaster battle with Kevin Mitchell at The O2 last May, climbing off the canvas in the fifth round before stopping the Londoner in the tenth.

Crolla and his Joe Gallagher gym-mates are all fans of the visitor, but Crolla believes that Mitchell’s ding-dong battle with El Nino de Oro showed vulnerabilities that Crolla can take advantage of to secure another momentous win.

“I rate Linares very highly,” said Crolla. “He’s technically brilliant. Everyone in the gym loves to watch him fight, and he’s the kind of fighter young kids should watch.

“He likes to fight at his pace and I can’t allow that. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ve got to take advantage of some weaknesses that I think I’ve seen there. I’m confident I can do that.

“I’ve got to be switched on from the opening bell. He’s a very good counter-puncher, so I know I can’t be lazy at any stage. But I genuinely believe I’ll have an answer for whatever he shows me.

“I thought a lot of his win over Kevin was down more to Kevin’s eye getting so bad really. Jorge has had better performances than that, he looked good last time out again Ivan Cano, but I can take a lot from Kevin’s fight. Kevin and I are different fighters but he put on a great performance and was seconds away from winning really, but Jorge dragged himself off the floor and came from behind to get the stoppage and that’s what true champions do. It was a great fight.

“I’m going to have to exchange with him at times and I’m going to have to be cute and make him fall short. Kevin showed that he has weaknesses and there will be times that we trade but I’ve been working hard on my boxing ability and my angles because he’s too good to walk in straight lines, I have to use my brain in the fight – I’ve got to drag every last ounce out of myself to win, and that’s exactly what I am going to do.”

Linares’ clash with Crolla is part of a huge night of action in Manchester as John Ryder defends his WBA International Middleweight title against Jack Arnfield.

Callum Johnson lands his first title action against Willbeforce Shihepo for the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title, unbeaten Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton will be in title action Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com priced at £250.

Face value tickets for September 24 will also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

Ryder gunning for British Middleweight title

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‘Gorilla’ defends WBC International strap in Manchester

John Ryder believes a career-best performance against Jack Arnfield at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, can land him a shot at the British Middleweight title.

Ryder defends his WBA International crown against the Blackpool man and the Londoner is looking to shine on the big stage and land a huge fight as chief-support to the blockbuster Lightweight unification tussle between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares.

There are plenty of options for that big fight. An elbow injury has seen Chris Eubank Jr vacate his British title and force him onto the sidelines, opening the door to both the Lord Lonsdale strap and world rankings, and Ryder wants tonight’s fight to be the springboard to bigger things.

“The plan is to win an interim belt or a silver title within the next year – and now the Lord Lonsdale belt is vacant, I’d love to fight for that again,” said Ryder, who challenged Nick Blackwell for the British title last May. “I want to get highly ranked in a governing body and see where that takes me. I’ve got the WBA International Middleweight title, Daniel Jacobs is further up the food chain and so is Gennady Golovkin. Hopefully by the time I get up there, Golovkin has gone up to Super-Middleweight and freed up some belts.

“I respect Jack for what he’s done so far. I openly admit that I overlooked Nick Blackwell, I thought I was levels above and he would be light work. I ended up with egg on my face and in this sport there is no hiding place.”

Ryder admits to being stung by criticism of the watchful performance that won him the title against big-hitting Sergey Khomitsky at the Copper Box in London in January. Khomitsky was looking to add Ryder to his list of UK KO victims Frank Buglioni and Adam Etches, but Ryder, who nursed a cut eye from the second round, kept the banger at bay to claim the title.

“Boxing on such a big show like this is the kind of pressure I thrive on and it will bring out the very best in me,” said Ryder. “I’m not one to shout my mouth off or trash talk people – but I’m well up for this fight and this stage. This isn’t a Box Office show so even more people will tune in for the main event – but hopefully they will catch me, just before and I’ll make them sit up and remember me.

“Some may slag the performance as I always get stick from some, but as long as my trainer Tony Sims and promoter Eddie Hearn are happy then so am I. I know if I’ve had a stinker, I’m my own worse critic. The Khomitsky fight was frustrating as some said it was a dull performance but I felt great in that fight, I boxed and moved well. It’s well documented how dangerous he is throughout and I simply could not afford to switch off at any stage.”

Ryder’s clash with Arnfield is part of a huge night of action in Manchester, topped by Crolla’s mouth-watering battle with Linares.

Callum Johnson meets Willbeforce Shihepo looking to complete a unique double by adding the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title to his Commonwealth Games gold medal, unbeaten Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton will be in title action Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com<http://www.manchester-arena.com/> or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com<http://www.matchroomboxing.com/> priced at £250.

Face value tickets for September 24 will also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

Johnson: Commonwealth title fight is for my Dad

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Unbeaten Light-Heavyweight tackles Willbeforce Shiehepo in Manchester

Callum Johnson faces Willbeforce Shihepo for the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title – and wants to win his first pro title for his Dad at the Manchester Arena on September 24, live on Sky Sports.

Johnson is looking to add the Commonwealth title to his 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal as he looks to convert his 15-fight unbeaten record into hardware, starting with his clash with the experienced Namibian, who took Arthur Abraham the distance in Germany, and with 17 KOs from 23 wins, provides a dangerous examination of Johnson’s title credentials.

Johnson’s desire to land his first pro crown and begin his quest for World title honours is further fuelled by his late father Paul, who passed away earlier in the year.

“He remains my biggest inspiration,” said Johnson. “We started this journey together when I was 12 years old and I am determined to finish it for him. His memory is only going to motivate me even more.

“Since I won gold at Delhi we always talked about what it would be like to win Commonwealth gold and a Commonwealth title. To complete the set, it sounded good. If Dad is looking down on me then this is my chance to show him we did it.

“Shihepo is the exact type of opponent I need to be facing right now, I need a stern test and he is that man. He has boxed former World champion Arthur Abraham and he done well against him – Abraham was a long standing world champion and very tough, so he’s mixed with the very best.

“I feel very confident ahead of this fight. I’m excited for this test and it’s one I’ll come through with flying colours.

“I thought this opportunity would come a bit a sooner than it has, after my amateur background I did expect to be challenging for domestic titles a bit sooner. But it’s come at a strange time for me personally, with everything I’ve had going on with my dad passing away. It will be nice to have the Commonwealth double of Gold medal and belt after fight night.”

Johnson’s clash with Shihepo is part of a huge night of action in Manchester as Anthony Crolla meets Jorge Linares in a blockbuster unification battle for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight titles.

John Ryder defends his WBA International Middleweight title against Jack Arnfield, Isaac Lowe defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Tshifhiwa Munyai, unbeaten Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton will be in title action Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks with an appearance first at The O2 in London on September 10.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com<http://www.manchester-arena.com/> or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com<http://www.matchroomboxing.com/> priced at £250.

Face value tickets for September 24 will also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

Quotes from Mitch Buckland & Management Team

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 On his upcoming title defence against undefeated Scottish prospect Jason Easton.

“This is a great opportunity for Mitchell to showcase his skills to a TV audience. I believe he is one of the brightest young talents in South Wales with 11 straight wins. This will be a breakthrough year for Mitchell and the opportunity of defending his title in Scotland is just the challenge he needs.” Managers Chris Sanigar & Brian Powell

“I’m looking forward to defending my Celtic title in Scotland. In recent years having seen the success of my gym mates Lee and Andrew Selby, my brother Gary it’s now my time to shine. This season I want to win major titles and it starts in Scotland on 21st October” Mitchell Buckland.

Gavin and Eggington battle for bragging rights in Birmingham

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British Welterweights clash on October 22

Frankie Gavin and Sam Eggington will meet in an all-Birmingham Welterweight clash at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on October 22, live on Sky Sports.

Eggington and Gavin were scheduled to meet for Eggington’s British and Commonwealth titles last October but injury to Gavin set their careers on different paths.

Gavin was forced onto the side-lines through issues outside the ring but teamed up with Max McCracken after spending and, like Eggington, returned to action in July in Leeds to set up their hotly-anticipated fight.

With Eggington desperate to regain his British title and Gavin plotting a route back to World title contention, there’s plenty at stake for both men – not least ‘Bragging Rights’ in the second city.

“I’m delighted that the fight with Frankie is finally here,” said Eggington. “I want to get that British title back and win it outright, and I know that I need a good win to get back into contention.

“I can’t wait to get in there with him. I’m not known for talking too much because I don’t think you should trash talk, but Frankie’s said a few things about me and it’s got my back up to be honest.

“I don’t mind him having a go at the way I box, but he’s said some personal stuff about me and that’s got me annoyed, and now I am going to punch him from pillar to post. There’s no reason to get personal, maybe he’s trying to do it to throw me off my game but it’s going to backfire on him. If he’s going to dig me out personally in interviews then he’s going to regret it on fight night because I’m going to do a job on him.

“I trained hard for the Skeete fight but I had the wrong mentality for the fight. I’ve learnt from that and it’s not going to happen against Frankie, it was a good time for me to learn that lesson.”

“This is going to be a massive fight,” said Gavin. “We know Sam can punch and he’s game. It’s going to be a great fight, and one I’ll win well because the minute he gets in with a mover he struggles.

“Sam’s a tough kid but boxing-wise he is technically poor. I’m very confident ahead of that fight.

“Once I beat Sam, I just want the big fights, that’s the stage of my career I’m at. I’m only 30 and I’ve still got another five or six years left in me and I’ve got a new lease of life with Max.”

Details on the undercard will be released next week.

Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Monday September 19 and on general sale at midday on Wednesday September 21 – tickets are priced at £40, £60 and £100 with VIP tickets priced at £150 – ticket links will be released on Monday.

Brook: I’m so dangerous up at Middleweight

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Welterweight king says tells GGG he’s got the power to hurt him on Saturday

Kell Brook says that his move up to Middleweight to face Gennady Golovkin will bring out the best in him as they clash for the WBC, IBF and IBO World titles at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Unbeaten IBF Welterweight champ Brook has made the move to 160lbs to land the blockbuster fight he’s been looking for since ripping the crown he holds from Shawn Porter in August 2014.

The Sheffield star told today’s press conference that he’s excited to face the most feared fighter on the planet, and is warning the unbeaten Kazakh-KO merchant that he’s got the power to take his titles away.

“I’ve looked death in the face so this is a doddle,” said Brook. “You’re going to see me perform to my peak – I’m going to be first with the jab. When he feels the power that I have that’s going to be a strong, powerful and quick Middleweight hitting him, not a Welterweight. I’m going to put it all together.

“Golovkin is like Mike Tyson – people have lost before they even get in there with him. I’m not interested in what he’s going to do, I’m focused on what I need to deliver to win.

“I get slagged off for fighting my mandatories that are forced upon me and now I am getting slagged off for stepping up to meet Golovkin. I am happy with the decision to make this enormous fight and the sold-out crowd and the viewing figures on TV will prove that this is a massive fight.

“Everyone in boxing knows that I am a big guy. People who don’t know think that the weight is going to be an issue. I’m more vicious in sparring when I am around 160lbs or coming down from heavier than that, that’s where I am healthier in training and I can give so much more output in the gym, and that means the full 100 per cent will come from me in the fight.

“The fans pay our wages and I want to give back to the fans. I have been telling them for ages that I want a big fights and they haven’t believed me. They don’t know the politics that go on behind the scenes through no fault of my own. I’ve had injuries, mandatories, it’s been hard to get big fights, and as soon as there’s been the window of these big fights happening, I’ve been let down by people not wanting to dance.

“I’m going to follow the greats and make history. The likes of Felix Trinidad, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao have all moved through the weights to prove they are greats at all weights. There’s a small window of opportunity to do something special and I am going to take my chance to prove that I am a special fighter.”

Brook and Golovkin top a blockbuster night of action in London with two more mouth-watering World title clashes as Lee Haskins defending his IBF World Bantamweight title in a rematch with bitter rival Stuart Hall, who he met for the European strap in July 2012, and Charlie Edwards challenging for a World title in his ninth pro fight against two-weight IBF Flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero.

Callum Smith defends his WBC Silver title against tough Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati while his older brother Paul continues his hunt for a third World title shot, Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend meet for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title, WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight champion McDonnell is tracking down a World title shot of his own Sheffield Super-Bantamweight and Brook’s Ingle Gym mate Galahad continues his comeback, Conor Benn boxes for the fourth time in the paid ranks and unbeaten Middleweight Craig Richards tastes his fifth action in the pros.

Haskins: I’ll smash Hall inside six rounds

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IBF champ vows to end rivals title dream

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Lee Haskins has told Stuart Hall that he’ll KO him in six rounds when they clash for his IBF World Bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Haskins and Hall clashed at a fiery press conference in London today, having already locked horns at Sky Sports’ studios last week.

Hall believes Haskins is not a true champion after he was elevated from interim to full IBF ruler when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight for their proposed clash in Las Vegas in November.

Haskins defended the belt for the first time in May with a wide points win over Ivan Morals in Cardiff, setting up a rematch with Hall who defeated Rodrigo Guerrero a month earlier in a final eliminator in Leeds.

Haskins holds a win over Hall back in July 2012 when they met for the European title and their bitter rivalry was born. Haskins has laughed off Hall’s attempts to rile him by saying he was gifted the strap he defends – and Haskins told Hall in no uncertain terms that he would stop him before the halfway point.

“Stuey had a dig about me being ‘given’ the World title,” said Haskins. “He made out that I was too scared to fight Caballero which is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. If I didn’t fancy it, I would have pulled out of negotiations let alone travel to Las Vegas after a gruelling training camp.

“I was the one that made weight. I trained hard, gave everything in that camp and I earned my spot. Yes, it was given to me, but what am I supposed to do? Stuey would have done exactly the same and he knows it. Anyone would. It wasn’t the nicest way to win a World title, but I deserve it for what I’ve won in the game – no-one can begrudge me that.

“Caballero was 5.5lbs heavier on the scales. He could have easily been a stone heavier than me on the night – it gets very dangerous then. There was no way the fight could take place, you can’t put a figure on that. If I wanted to fight guys a stone heavier, I would move up a few weight divisions.

“I meant what I said at the head-to-head with Stuey, he is getting stopped in six rounds. Yes, I’m expecting a tough fight as he is a tough man and we have both improved since our last fight, but I will have far too much for him. He has my undivided attention for this fight, I’m relaxed because I’m confident I have too much in every department for him to handle.

“I’m taking him seriously and put all the effort in to this camp – I will reap the rewards after. I may have been ‘given’ a World title in his words but there is no way I’m giving it up without a fight. It’s mine and I’ve earned it.”

Haskins’ clash with Hall is part of a blockbuster night of World title action in London topped by the mammoth WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight battle between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook.

Charlie Edwards challenges John Riel Casimero for the IBF World Flyweight title, Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend meet for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title, Callum Smith defends his WBC Silver title against tough Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati while his older brother Paul continues his hunt for a third World title shot, WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight champion McDonnell is tracking down a World title shot of his own Sheffield Super-Bantamweight and Brook’s Ingle Gym mate Galahad continues his comeback, Conor Benn boxes for the fourth time in the paid ranks and unbeaten Middleweight Craig Richards tastes his fifth action in the pros.

Hall: Haskins is a frail little girl

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Darlington ace tells rival he was gifted IBF World title

Stuart Hall has vowed to gain the sweetest revenge on Lee Haskins when the pair clash for Haskins’ IBF World Bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Hall is gunning to regain the title he won in 2013 and says that this shot represents his last chance to top the world.

Hall and Haskins met back in 2012 for the European title, with the Bristolian edging the fight on points, and he defends the IBF belt for the second time having been elevated for full champion when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight.

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The pair clashed in their head-to-head at today’s press conference and the Darlington star says Haskins doesn’t deserve to be World champion and he’ll end his reign in London.

“This is it for me,” said Hall. “Haskins thinks I’m over the hill and some old man but I can’t wait to prove him wrong. This fight means absolutely everything to me and no way am I letting that ‘Playboy’ get in the way of my dreams.

“Haskins is a frail little girl. He’s not going to put a dent in me. I’m going to steam through him and quick. I can’t wait to see his face when he’s on the floor.

“He was giving it the big one saying he is going to knock me out in six rounds, is he having a laugh? All Lee will do is run and be on the back foot, but I’ll go hunting for him and I will knock him clean out.

“Haskins isn’t World-level and I’ll prove it. He’s got lucky throughout his career, he is British level at best. Lee was handed that World title. Yes, he trained, yes, he made weight but that wouldn’t sit right with me – I would want to have earned it.

“He was parading it round like he’s gone out there and dethroned the champion but he didn’t and he would have got spanked by Caballero if the fight took place.”

Hall’s clash with Haskins is part of a blockbuster night of World title action in London topped by the mammoth WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight battle between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook.

Charlie Edwards challenges John Riel Casimero for the IBF World Flyweight title, Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend meet for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title, Callum Smith defends his WBC Silver title against tough Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati while his older brother Paul continues his hunt for a third World title shot, WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight champion McDonnell is tracking down a World title shot of his own Sheffield Super-Bantamweight and Brook’s Ingle Gym mate Galahad continues his comeback, Conor Benn boxes for the fourth time in the paid ranks and unbeaten Middleweight Craig Richards tastes his fifth action in the pros.

Former Welsh boxers pay tribute to Abercynon’s Dai Dower at their annual meeting

Dai Dower spars with workmate Tommy Day following their shift at Abercynon colliery in April 1954

Abercynon boxer Dai Dower has been fondly remembered by former boxing champions and friends at the annual Welsh Ex-Boxers Association meeting.

The hall at the Taffs Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club was packed with guests not only from Wales but as far afield as Brighton and Bournemouth, and they stood for a minute’s silence in memory of Cynon Valley boxer Dower, who died on Sunday, July 31, at the age of 83, following a stroke.

Dower is one of Wales’ most-celebrated boxers and was voted to receive Rhondda Cynon Taff ’s highest accolade – the freedom of the county borough – before he died.

His family will now be offered to receive the accolade on his behalf.


Dai Dower (left) fights Nazzareno Gianelli during the 1950s

The Abercynon man also has a street in the village named after him – David Dower Close.

A glowing tribute was paid by respected boxing correspondent Wynford Jones at the Association’s meeting,

He said that Dower, who lived in Bournemouth, never forgot his Abercynon roots.

Dai’s most proud moment

He added: “I spoke to Dai several times and he told me that one of his proudest moments was when boxing great Sir Henry Cooper was a surprise guest at his retirement party.”

Mr Jones said the former European Flyweight champion, who became a PE teacher in Bournemouth after his boxing career ended, always remained in great physical shape.


Former World champion Alan Minter recalls some memorable boxing years with former Rhondda boxer Bryn Griffiths at the Association’s meeting

He added: “He maintained a fitness regime all his life.”

Among the hundreds of guests was Rachel Bowes, the owner of the recently launched Boxing Bocsio magazine which also paid tribute to Mr Dower.

There were several ex-champions at the meeting, including Alan Minter, Robbie Reagan and Gavin Rees.

The Welsh Ex-Boxers Association secretary Cyril Thomas added: “Once again, there was brilliant support for the 40th occasion this event has been held.”

A TRIBUTE TO DAI DOWER IN ISSUE 13 OF BOCSIO MAGAZINE

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