Boxing News – Khan Goes After Barrera, Skips Thaxton, More
Lightweight boxer Jon Thaxton has described Amir Khan’s upcoming bout against seven time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera as “a fantastic bit of match making”. Khan takes on Barrera at Manchester’s MEN Arena on Saturday 14th March. But Thaxton questioned what Khan had done to get such a high profile opponent. Speaking to Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports News Thaxton said:
“He didn’t fight John Murray for the British title; he hasn’t fought me for the European title. He’s leapfrogged us and he’s fighting Marco.
“It’s not who you fight that gets you to the top, sometimes it’s who you avoid.
“Well done to Frank Warren, he got him a great match.”
Thaxton backed Khan to defeat Barrera claiming the 34-year-old Mexican was “not the same fighter he used to be”. He added:
“I think Amir Khan should win on points and he will be all the better for taking the fight.”
The War Machine Marches On Stoke-On-Trent
Britain’s most destructive heavyweight prospect will be in action this Friday, January 23, as Larry Olubamiwo has been added to the Chris Edwards vs. Wayne Bloy British and Commonwealth flyweight title bill at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-On-Trent, England.
Standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing in at a solid 260 pounds, Olubamiwo, 2-0 (2), has earned his “War Machine” nickname by obliterating both opponents put before him since turning professional in October of last year.
The 30 year old Hackney based bomber impressively dispatched seasoned heavyweights Vlado Szabo and David Ingelby in the first and second rounds respectively, despite neither man having been stopped in their previous 16 contests.
But Olubamiwo will face a tougher test on Friday as he will meet a trickier adversary in Romania’s Mihai Iftode, 3-25-1 (0).
Iftode has campaigned as a heavyweight since 2003 but turned pro as a super middle, winning his country’s domestic title earlier in his career and flooring current IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in a losing effort that went the distance in 2002.
The 29 year old from Lasi has also finished on his feet in competitive but unsuccessful losing bids against recent WBA cruiserwight champion Firat Arslan, ex-WBA light heavyweight titlist Stipe Drews and three time world title challenger at cruiserweight and light heavy, Christophe Girard.
Olubamiwo will be confronted with superior boxing skills from Iftode and must show that he can cut off the ring and force the quicker Romanian to trade in close quarters if he is to win a far different contest than he has yet to experience.
Frank Maloney Promotions presents “Stoking The Fire”, featuring Chris Edwards vs. Wayne Bloy for the vacant British and Commonwealth flyweight championships along with full undercard support on Friday, January 23, 2009 at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, England.
Tickets are priced at £70 and £35 and are available by logging onto www.frankmaloney.com or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.
Sky Sports will televise the action live on SS1 starting at 10PM.
GEORGE vs. BALLOGOU LAUNCHES DBE’s “BROADWAY BOXING” 2009, FEBURARY 25th
NYC’s Premiere Boxing Series Returns with World-Rated Light Heavyweight Shaun George vs. Jaffa Ballogou, plus Undefeated Prospects Tor Hamer and Philip Jackson Benson, at BB King’s Blues Club***
New York (January 22, 2009) – DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series makes its anticipated 2009 debut, on Wednesday, February 25, with WBC # 6 rated light heavyweight and Brooklyn’s own Shaun George taking on former IBF Continental African cruiserweight titlist Jaffa “African Assassin” Ballogou, at the intimate BB King Blues Club & Grill, located in New York City’s Times Square.
In addition to the George-Ballogou ten-round light heavyweight main event, fans won’t want to miss 2008’s number-one rated amateur super heavyweight and undefeated pro, Tor Hamer, from Harlem and middleweight prospect Philip Jackson Benson from Brooklyn, New York.
“This coming April marks the five-year anniversary of ‘Broadway Boxing’ and what a great way to start off 2009 then with a high-stakes light heavyweight main event between two world-class, New York-based fighters in Shaun George and Jaffa Ballogou. Shaun is one of boxing’s most avoided men…his ‘anyone…anytime…anywhere’ attitude is why he’s willing to risk his world rankings against Ballogou, a more experienced contender who can end every fight with one punch,” commented DBE president Lou DiBella.
A winner of four straight, Shaun George (17-2-2, 8 KOs) put the boxing world on notice this past May with a brilliant, one-sided TKO victory over former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, in a nationally televised bout seen on ESPN2. Since his unexpected dramatic triumph over Byrd, few fighters have shown interest in challenging Brooklyn’s George – currently rated WBC #6, IBF #10 and WBA #11 at 175 lbs.
Fighting out of New York City, Ballogou (46-7, 40 KOs) is a southpaw of Tongan descent, who has held the IBF Continental African 200 lbs. belt as well as the WBC International super middleweight title during a stellar 20 year professional career.
Registering victories on the Berto-Collazo undercard was the aforementioned Hamer (3-0, 3 KOs), a Penn State graduate and two-time NY Golden Gloves/Empire State Games champion; and 2008 US Olympian Sadam Ali (1-0, 1 KO), himself, a two-time NY Golden Gloves titlist, who stopped Ricky Thompson in one round on Jan. 17. Both Hamer and Ali will be in four round action at BB Kings’ on February 25.
Rounding out an outstanding “Broadway Boxing” undercard of up-and-coming local talent is middleweight Philip Jackson-Benson (1-0, 1 KO), a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion from Brooklyn; four-time NY Golden Gloves titlist and Queens own undefeated light heavyweight Will Rosinsky (4-0, 4 KOs); and making his pro debut at middleweight, is Denis Douglin, a 2008 National Golden Gloves champion from Morganville, NJ.
Tickets for Broadway Boxing priced at $150 (ringside tables, ringside seats), $100 (floor tables, floor seats, stage seats), $55 (general admission) are currently on sale. They are available by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. For more information on Broadway Boxing, please visit DiBella entertainment on the web at www.dbe1.com.
BB King Blues Club & Grill is located at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 Street in New York City.
Bobby Harris going into CES Ring of Honor
Former 4-time U.S. national amateur champion Bobby Harris will be inducted into the prestigious CES Ring of Honor, Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. president Jimmy Burchfield announced, during a special “February Frenzy” card ceremony February 6 at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The 8-round main event features Providence’s former USNBC and IBF Intercontinental champion light heavyweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (23-1-1, 16 KOs), rated No. 14 by the WBO and No. 15 by the WBC.
In the 8-round co-feature, Providence favorite Bobo “The Bull” Starnino (9-4-2, 2 KOs) meets “Irish” Joey McCreedy (9-2-1, 5 KOs), of Lowell (MA), in a rematch of a draw they fought to last year, for the vacant Eastern Boxing Association (EBA) super middleweight title.
Harris reached the 1992 U.S. Olympic Box-Offs and captured a gold medal at the 1993 National Golden Gloves Tournament. The Worcester (MA) resident went on to a 20-2-1 (13) pro record as a heavyweight and last fought in 1999.
Burchfield established the CES Ring of Honor in 2005 in order to pay respect to inductees for their special achievements and contributions to New England boxing. CES Ring of Honor inductees include Rocky Marciano, Vinny Paz, Micky Ward, Marlon Starling, Jose Antonio Rivera, John Scully Ray Oliveira, Gary Balletto and Demetrius Andrade.
“Bobby Harris stands for everything good about New England boxing,” Burchfield said. “He was a great amateur prospect who lost only two of 23 pro fights. We excited about signing his brother, Adam, who will be making his CES debut on February 7. There’s no better setting to honor Bobby than on the same night as his brother’s CES debut.”
Worcester’s unbeaten cruiserweight Adam “The Hitman” Harris (10-0, 7 KOs), will have his brother, Bobby, in his corner for the first time as a second in a 6-round fight against Philadelphia boxer David Williams (5-2-1, 2 KOs).
Undefeated Pawtucket fighter Eddie “The Puerto Rican Sensation” Soto (10-0, 4 KOs) face another Lowell native, Sean Eklund (6-2, 1 KO), who will have his uncle and head trainer, “Irish” Micky Ward, in his corner for their 6-round bout for the EBA New England lightweight belt.
Also on the undercard in 4-round bouts are U. of Connecticut graduate Brian Macy (5-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA; Providence junior welterweight Jesus Caro (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Olade “One Shot” Thomas (1-3, 0 KOs); Warwick (RI) super middleweight Keith Kozlin (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Daren Graham (1-4, 1 KO); Worcester heavyweight Rashad Minor (1-0, 1 KO) in his CES debut vs. Shawn McLean (2-4, 1 KO); Providence cruiserweight Jay Holland making his pro debut vs. Kevin Varnadore (0-4).
Tickets for “February Frenzy” are priced at limited $25.00 SRO, $35.00, $45.00 (Bronze), $65.00 (Silver), $100.00 (Gold) and limited $150.00 (Jimmy’s Platinum Club) and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going on line at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at Twin River’s Players Club booth at Twin River, or any TicketMaster location.
Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ www.twinriver.com) for more information. Doors open at 5::30 PM/ET, first bout at 6:30 PM/ET.
(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “February Frenzy.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.)