Mundine: Rabchenko can bounce back

Andrew Wake | 21.11.14 03:13

OVER A WEEK on from their competitive 12 round clash in Melbourne, Aussie legend Anthony Mundine says Sergey Rabchenko has every reason to hold his head high.   The former three-time world champion scored a split decision victory over Rabchenko at a packed Hisense Arena last Wednesday and is now targeting showdowns with the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.   But he feels Rabchenko also has the potential to get in among the 154lb division's elite.  ...

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Bellew and Cleverly talk up their clash

Andrew Wake | 20.11.14 09:16

Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew locked horns once again at today's press conference - and both men predicted KO wins ahead of their rematch on Saturday at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool. The bitter rivals addressed the media next door to the venue where they have met before and will meet again this weekend. And with the pair packing cruiserweight power on Merseyside this time around, they are both in no doubt that the stakes couldn't be higher for their long-awaited second...

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Freddie Roach claims Pacquiao knocked Khan out

Andrew Wake | 20.11.14 05:59

Manny Pacquiao knocked Amir Khan out in sparring several times, Freddie Roach has claimed. The Hall of Fame trainer used to look after both the Bolton star and Pacquiao at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and this week told the media that a fight between the pair would be pointless. Speaking at a media gathering in Macau ahead of Pacquiao's clash with Chris Algieri, Roach brushed off a suggestion that Khan would make a good future opponent for the Filipino idol. "Who cares?" Man...

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Williams v Lomax made for Commonwealth crown

Andrew Wake | 19.11.14 02:24

Hard-hitting Welsh ace Liam Williams targets his first professional title when he takes on Michael Lomax for the vacant Commonwealth light-middleweight title at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on Monday 24th November. The fight headlines promoter Frank Warren's annual dinner show in support of the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins that is dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. The national charity works with people with a range of challenges such a...

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Cleverly confident of blasting Bellew

Andrew Wake | 19.11.14 02:15

Nathan Cleverly believes his all-round ability will see him score a second victory over bitter rival Tony Bellew. The Welshman defeated Bellew on points at light-heavyweight in late 2011 and is confident that he can do it again as a cruiserweight in Liverpool this Saturday night. The jump up in weight appears to suit Bellew better than Cleverly and the outspoken Scouser is a favourite with some bookmakers, but Cleverly views himself as the better equipped boxer and he feels his ...

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Chacon steps in to face McDonnell

Andrew Wake | 17.11.14 06:49

Javier Chacon will challenge Jamie McDonnell for the WBA World Bantamweight title at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night (November 22). McDonnell is defending his WBA crown for the first time after he landed the belt with a spectacular KO win over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat at Wembley Stadium in May, and the Doncaster star will take on Tomoki Kameda in a unification bout if he defeats Chacon this weekend. Chacon tackled Super champion Anselmo Moreno earlier in ...

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Ogogo wants to be the new Hitman

Andrew Wake | 17.11.14 06:31

Anthony Ogogo says he wants to as popular as Ricky Hatton was at his peak. The 2012 Olympian has racked up seven wins since turning professional and feels his style will help him build a large fanbase. Hatton, who has taken Ogogo on the pads in the past, is easily Britain's best loved fighter, with more than 25,000 Brits following him to Las Vegas for his fights with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr And Ogogo is looking at the Hitman's career as a blueprint for his ow...

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Is it time to give Wladimir some credit?

Andrew Wake | 16.11.14 04:49

Has there ever been a champion as dominant and yet so underappreciated as Wladimir Klitschko? The 6ft 6in Ukrainian blasted out Bulgaria's previously unbeaten Kubrat Pulev in the fifth round of their clash in Hamburg last night and seemingly stands light years ahead of the rest of the heavyweight pack. But finding boxing aficionados keen to give him praise is very hard task. The victory, which came with a devastating left hook, marked Wladimir's 16th successful defence of his...

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Ricky Hatton: Credit to Mundine but judges cost Sergey victory

Andrew Wake | 14.11.14 12:56

RICKY HATTON has paid tribute to Anthony Mundine, but he still feels his fighter, Sergey Rabchenko, beat the Aussie veteran.   Mundine picked up the WBC Silver light-middleweight crown with a contentious split decision verdict over the Belarusian in Melbourne on Wednesday night.   It was a display that showed the 39-year-old still has a place among boxing's elite, yet the scoring raised questions as Rabchenko appeared to outwork him for much of the fight and hurt him...

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Kal Yafai: I want a world title in 2015

Andrew Wake | 13.11.14 09:42

Kal Yafai says he will hunt down a World title shot next year - if he can pass his 'first big test' on Saturday with flying colours. Yafai defends his IBF Inter-Continental title against former World title challenger Everth Briceno, and the Birmingham talent has set his sights on landing more major straps in 2015. "I am moving in the right direction," said Yafai. "It is still early in my career so there is no need for me to rush anything, but when I get opportunities I will gr...

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