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Martin Murray wants Carl Froch bout

MARTIN MURRAY says he’s more than happy to move up a weight division and face fellow Brit Carl Froch.

The St Helens puncher is a career middleweight and has no problems scaling 160lbs, but he feels a clash with Froch is the kind of opportunity every boxer dreams of.

Froch added the WBA super-middleweight crown to his IBF belt by defeating Mikkel Kesser at the O2 Arena in late May and rumours have been circulating about his next foe since.

George Groves and James DeGale have both been quick to call the Nottingham man out, but Murray believes he should head the queue of potential domestic opponents because he has greater experience on the world stage.

“I can do middleweight comfortably and that’s still the weight I want to fight at, but a Froch fight is one I’d be more than open to,” Murray, 30, said.

“I believe styles make fights and I think me and Carl Froch would put on an absolute war.

“If Carl is going to fight another British fighter then I don’t see why name isn’t in the mix. It makes sense from the American TV side of things with me now being known on HBO after the Martinez fight.

“There’s obviously George Groves and James DeGale, but they’re not yet proven at world level. Even though I’ve been boxing at the weight below, I’ve shown that I belong up there with the elite fighters, which is what Carl is.”

He added: “I’ve said from day one that I want to be involved in big fights. When I look back at my career in the future, I want to be able to see I was in with the best.”

Antonio Vargas and Kareem Martin win Gold at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in Ukraine

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Two American boxers earned gold medals in their international debuts this past weekend at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament in Berdichev, Ukraine. Flyweight Antonio Vargas (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and welterweight Kareem Martin (Clinton, Md.) each won their championship bouts on Saturday to take win their gold medals. Middleweight Alex Rincon (Carrollton, Texas) fell short in his final round contest, but he will take home a silver medal for his efforts in Ukraine.

The United States placed second in the tournament team standings, winning a total of five medals in the event with light flyweight Gilbert Renteria (Houston, Texas) and lightweight Lamont Roach (Upper Marlboro, Md.) claiming bronze. Only Ukraine’s number one squad won more medals in the event and four international teams with a larger number of tournament participants earned fewer medals than the nine-man U.S. squad. Team USA’s five medals in Ukraine brings the international total to 60 on the year, including 31 gold.

The state of the Maryland and the Washington DC area enjoyed great success in Ukraine with two gold medal victories and a bronze medalist. Vargas took the first win of the night for the U.S. team in a flyweight final round showdown with Armenia’s Erik Petrosyan. The American flyweight claimed gold with a 3-0 unanimous decision win over Petrosyan.

Martin battled a boxer from host nation Ukraine in his welterweight championship contest. Yet he wasn’t deterred by his hometown foe, taking a 2-1 victory over Ukraine’s Aleksyei Tokarchuk to win welterweight gold.

Rincon competed in the last U.S. bout of the event as he faced off with Ukraine’s Aleksandr Hijnyak in middleweight action. He dropped a 3-0 decision to Hijnyak in their championship round bout to take the middleweight silver medal.

All of the U.S. competitors in the 2013 Klitchko Cup won gold medals in the youth division at the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships to earn their berths on the United States squad. The youth division made its debut in the national tournament in 2013 following age division changes by AIBA and USA Boxing.

2000 Olympic coach Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.), Bernard Roach (Temple Hills, Md.), and Jose Renteria, Jr. (Houston, Texas) served as the team coaches for the Klitchko Brothers Tournament. Dr. Timothy Beste (Flower Mound, Texas) joined the squad the team doctor and Don Rivera (Fairoaks, Calif.) worked as the AIBA official.

U.S. Championship Round Results
114 lbs: Antonio Vargas, Upper Marlboro, Md./USA dec. Erik Petrosyan, ARM, 3-0
152 lbs: Kareem Martin, Clinton, Md./USA dec. Aleksyei Tokarchuk, UKR, 2-1
165 lbs: Aleksandr Hijnyak, UKR, dec. Alex Rincon, Carrollton, Texas/USA, 3-0

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


Miramichi, New Brunswick – After losing a tough majority decision to Richard Arsenault of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, for the National Boxing Authority Maritime super middleweight championship on June 15 in Moncton, it’s business as usual for Travis Connors. Improvement is the name of the game. “Ever since that loss I have been so hungry to train and improve, I really want a redemption bout, with anyone, and I want to win devastatingly to make a statement.”

Admired for his resilience, it wouldn’t be the first time Connors rebounded from a loss. After losing to Jesse Francis in 2011, for example, Connors rattled off three straight knockout victories over Tim Skidmore, Robbie Cameron and – perhaps most satisfying of all – Jesse Francis. Connors added unanimous decision wins over Eddie Gates and MMA standout Ricky Goodall to his record in 2012 and 2013, respectively, stretching his winning streak to five, before losing to Arsenault this month.

“I had an off night with Richard, my next fight will be very different,” explained Connors. “I am really going to work on my head movement and everything. I will be a more complete fighter. I will be able to win by knockout or boxing. It’s a chance to start fresh and show everyone my full potential.”

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