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Chavez Jr-Vera & Stevenson-Cloud on HBO this Saturday

One of boxing’s biggest names makes his 2013 debut and an emerging star returns to the HBO spotlight when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. VS. BRYAN VERA AND ADONIS STEVENSON VS. TAVORIS CLOUD is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. Jim Lampley, Andre Ward and Steve Weisfeld will be at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, while Max Kellerman, Roy Jones Jr. and Harold Lederman will be ringside in Montreal.

Other HBO playdates: Sept. 29 (9:00 a.m.) and 30 (11:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Oct. 1 (11:30 p.m.)

The main event features Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico and Bryan Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) of Austin, Tex. in a highly anticipated 12-round super middleweight clash, presented live ET/tape-delayed PT from the StubHub Center in Carson, Cal. Making his 2013 debut, Chavez Jr., 27, returns to the region where he dethroned middleweight champ Sebastian Zbik in 2011. Known for an aggressive, fan-friendly style, he proved his mettle with knockout wins over Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Andy Lee, and exhibited versatility as a 12-round fighter with a unanimous victory over battle-tested veteran Marco Antonio Rubio. Chavez Jr. closed out 2012 with a loss to pound-for-pound ace Sergio Martinez, but the heart and courage he displayed in the final round left the boxing community eagerly awaiting his return to the ring.

Vera, 31, enters the biggest event of his career seeking his seventh win in eight fights. The veteran challenger gained acclaim by knocking out the undefeated Andy Lee and edging out former welterweight titleholders Sergio Mora and Sergiy Dzinziruk. His latest win was a dominant effort over Donatas Bondorovas.

The opening bout, airing live from Bell Centre in Montreal, features a compelling light heavyweight title fight as Montreal’s fast-rising Adonis Stevenson (21-1-0, 18 KOs), 35, defends his crown against 31-year-old former champ Tavoris Cloud (24-1-0, 19 KOs) of Tallahassee, Fla. in a 12-round contest. Making his HBO debut last June, Stevenson KO’d reigning champ Chad Dawson just 76 seconds into the bout. Now he faces a fearless veteran who has battled many of the 175-pound division’s top performers.

Immediately following the boxing action, the all-access reality series “24/7 Bradley/Marquez” debuts with episode one on HBO.

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The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producers, Dave Harmon and Jon Crystal; directors, Marc Payton and Doug Getts.

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Arfan who?

Tyson Fury called Arfan Iqbal “my secret weapon” in his preparations to face David Haye and if the name isn’t familiar yet, it soon could be.

Earlier this month, Iqbal headed to Belgium to spar Fury and his new biggest fan – all 6ft 9ins and 18 stones of him – will be there when the Derby light-heavyweight aims to make it seven wins out of seven in Whitwick next month.
Fury will have a ringside seat at Hermitage Leisure Centre on Sunday, October 13 after promoter Clifton Mitchell added his cousin, unbeaten heavyweight Hughie, to the show.

Fury will also be cheering on Iqbal after sparring “around 70 rounds” with him.

“I was there for three-and-a-half weeks,” said the 22 year-old, “but it feels longer when you spar Tyson Fury every day.

“We sparred four rounds every day and it was tough.

“When I first got there his reactions were slow, but when he sharpened up he had great speed and movement.

“I didn’t expect a guy who stands 6ft 9ins tall and weighs 18 stones to be so fast and mobile.”

Fury has based himself in Belgium with his trainer, and uncle, Peter for his last four fights and Iqbal said: “Essen is in the middle of nowhere.

“The closest shops are a 15-minute drive away. It was just train, train, train and when you finish training all you want to do is sleep.”

Iqbal did have the energy to pick the brains of Fury’s other sparring partners.

Seve Cunningham, who has twice held the IBF cruiserweight title and decked Fury in his last fight, and contender ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers were also part of the camp and Iqbal said: “They gave me a lot of advice about training and how to throw certain shots. I’ve learned a lot.”

Iqbal looks set for a big season.

He already has a place on a Channel Five-televised show penciled in for November, then Mitchell hopes he will top the bill on a dinner show in Derby before the end of the year.

Iqbal said: “If I keep winning, by the end of the season I should be ready for a shot at a title.”


Manager PJ Rowson has asked fight fans to look at the photos taken of Nick Blackwell and Max Bursak after they boxed and guess who won.

Blackwell was on the wrong end of a razor-thin decision when they clashed in the Ukraine for the vacant WBA Continental middleweight title – despite dropping Bursak in the fourth round.

Rowson said: “The photos tell the story of the fight. Nick hasn’t got a mark on him and Bursak’s face is a mess.
“Both Bursak and his promoter say that at just 22 years old, Nick is a future world champion and that’s all credit to him and the work trainer Mark Kent has done with him since he came to him as a complete novice with no amateur experience.”

Blackwell afterwards spent more than an hour signing autographs for his new fans and the 22 year-old from Trowbridge said: “I worked him out as the fight went on and out boxed him. I thought I landed the cleaner shots and every time I caught him cleanly I hurt him. I put him on the floor in the fourth and had his legs wobbling a few times.

“I’m gutted I didn’t get the decision, but I’m not moaning because I knew I had to knock him out over there if I wanted to get a draw.

“Straight after the fight I asked for a rematch and they said: ‘No way.’

“I don’t think many boxers of my age and with my experience would have gone over there and put on a show like that.

“But I’m not in the game to just beat up journeymen. I would rather box top-rated fighters at the top of their game.”

The only three losses on Blackwell’s 16-fight career have come in title fights against world-rated Martin Murray, Billy-Joe Saunders and now Bursak – and ‘Bang Bang’ wants more big fights soon.

He said: “There are a lot of good fighters in the middleweight division, Billy-Joe Saunders, John Ryder, Chris Eubank jr, Kerry Hope and Danny Butler, and hopefully we will see more 50-50 fights.

“I have just got to keep training hard, stay positive and the big fights will come.”

Blackwell will next box in front of his home fans at Trowbridge Civic Centre on Saturday, October 26 and Rowson says he may have to look abroad for opponents.
Rowson said: “We went to the Ukraine to fight Bursak because nobody in Britain wants to fight Nick. He was supposed to box both Prince Arron and Chris Eubank jr in British-title eliminators, but nothing came of either fight.”

The ABAE names a series of new Directors and Richard Caborn’s decides to step down from his role as Chair

Boxing of England (ABAE) has named a series of new Board Directors as part of an on-going process of modernization.

The naming of new Directors follows a decision by the membership of the ABAE to change the way Directors are selected from the previous system of 12 regionally elected Executive Directors to a new approach of appointing seven Boxing Directors through a skills-based recruitment process.

The seven Directors, who have a combined total of more than 200 years of boxing experience and come from a range of professional backgrounds, are Giorgio Brugnoli, Darren Chapple, Nicholas Griffin, Henry Herbert, Luigi Leo, Dr Mike Loosemore and David Newth.

Giorgio Brugnoli, Nicholas Griffin, Luigi Leo and Dr Mike Loosemore are new to the Board. Darren Chapple, Henry Herbert and David Newth previously served on the ABAE Board from January 2012.

The seven Boxing Directors will be joined on the Board by four non-Executive Directors and an independent Chairperson.

The creation of a fresh Board and naming new Boxing Directors follows a recent decision by the ABAE’s membership to accept a Special Resolution to amend the ABAE’s Constitution and transform the way the organisation is governed by reducing the size of the Board, from 16 to 12, and changing the way Directors are selected.

The changes will be written into the ABAE’s Constitution (Articles of Association) which is in the process of being updated to ensure it complies with new statutes from the international governing body, AIBA. A Compliance Committee has been set up by the ABAE to manage the process, liaise with AIBA on these issues and ensure the Constitutional changes and the establishment of a new Board are ratified by AIBA.

The new Board met for the first time on Wednesday 25 September. Its first task will be to begin the process of appointing a new Chairman after the current incumbent, Richard Caborn, told them in the meeting of his decision to step-down.

Caborn explained: “The creation of a new Board is the final stage of a two-year process of modernisation for the ABAE and I am very pleased with the composition and calibre of the people that have been appointed. It has an excellent mix of professional skills and boxing experience and I am confident it will help to drive the sport forward, represent its interests and enable the ABAE to be more direct and transparent in the way it supports and helps clubs, schools and the thousands of volunteers and coaches that do such great work in the grassroots of the sport.

“My objective when I joined the ABAE was to help modernise the organisation and create a more professional governing body that is equipped with the capabilities to oversee the sport and effectively distribute the increased levels of public funding (from Sport England) that have come into boxing in recent years. With the changes to the constitution and the appointment of a new Board this process is now almost complete and I am happy to step aside and let the Board begin the search for a new Chair now that the objective of modernising the governance of the ABAE and the way the organisation works has been achieved.”

Caborn has been a part of the ABAE for five years. He joined the organisation as President in 2008 and in July 2012 he was named Chairman.

Biographies of the ABAE’s new Boxing Directors are below:

Giorgio Brugnoli

Giorgio is an AIBA 3 star Referee and Judge. He has worked at boxing events all over the world and has more than 30 years’ experience of working in the sport at all levels,

Giorgio started boxing at the age of 10 when he joined St. Edwards ABC in Whitley Bay and went on to have more than 100 bouts. He qualified as referee in 1978 and went on to officiate at events all over the UK. He became a European referee in 1992 and reached world-level in 1996. He has since gone to achieve AIBA 3 star accreditation and has participated in numerous major international competitions including World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

Through his work with AIBA, Giorgio has a vast range of international contacts and speaks three languages. He is educated to degree level and has worked in the financial services industry, in a variety of roles, for more than 40 years.

Darren Chapple

Darren Chapple is a Warrant Officer in the RAF. He has more than 35 years’ experience in a wide variety of roles within boxing and served as an ABAE Board member, representing the Combined Services, from January 2012 to the present day.

As a member of the ABAE Board Darren was a Director on the International Arena and Executive Management Team where his responsibilities included financial management, setting the annual budget and ensuring the organisation delivered its strategic objectives. He has also been involved in talent development and led a strategy group that was set-up to improve the quality of performance pathways for young boxers to enable them to become elite international athletes. Darren also helped to establish the ABAE’s Core Values and Standards and has contributed to the ABAE’s commercial activities and the development of its corporate identity.

In addition to his role as an ABAE Board member, Darren has experience at all levels of boxing. He competed as a junior and is an ABAE Advanced Boxing Coach, a qualified referee and master of ceremonies. He has also worked as an England Team Manager at a number of international competitions over the last 10 years covering schoolboys, youths and seniors. He also chairs the England Team Managers Panel where he is involved in planning and preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Olympics.

Nicholas Griffin

Nicholas Griffin has worked in grassroots boxing for over 20 years in a wide range of coaching and voluntary roles. He has coached at every level of boxing from schools and local clubs to international tournaments and is heavily involved in coach education. An ABAE Level 4 Advanced coach since 1996, Nicholas has delivered countless level 1 and 2 courses and has coached level 3 and 4 courses. He was also involved in developing the resources and structure for the ABAE’s proposed new Coaching Awards.

Nicholas has been involved with the Heart of England Community Boxing Club in Leicestershire as a volunteer and head coach for more than 22 years. During his time, the club has organised 47 club tournaments and 17 championship tournaments including national semi-finals. He has been a divisional coach for Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire for 14 years and part of the national coaching team for 12 years, coaching the England national team at training camps and attending more than 20 international tournaments.

A qualified teacher, Nicholas worked in education for 21 years and still runs an after school boxing club at a local school. He is now semi-retired so that he can devote more of his time to the development of his club and the sport of amateur boxing, though he still plans to work as a supply teacher delivering PE and physical activity to Primary school children.

Henry Herbert

Henry has more than 20 years’ experience as a boxing coach, medical registrar, judge and club secretary and has been an ABAE Board member since January 2012.

A qualified ABAE Level 2 Coach, Henry has coached national ABAE champions at schoolboy, junior and senior level and has been an active member in the administration of boxing in north west of England for over 10 years. He is the Medical Registrar for the North West Region and has responsibility for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of members and making sure that clubs and coaches adhere to the ABAE’s Medical Scheme and Child Protection policies.

As a Director of the ABAE for the last XX years he has experience of working for a sport national governing body and was Vice-Chair of the Club development and membership sub-committee where he developed a series of proposals to support clubs and provide member benefits.

Henry has worked in a variety of roles throughout his career. Most recently, he spent 11 years as a Health & Safety Facilitator and prior to this he was the Managing Director of an installation business, employing more than 20 staff.

Luigi Leo

Luigi has been involved in grassroots boxing in a wide variety of role for over 25 years. He runs the Trojan Sports and Boxing Club and has served on the NW London Division and London ABAE Committee for nearly 20 years.

Luigi started boxing in 1986 and went on to compete in the Senior ABAE Championships and represent London and England representative team in overseas competitions. He began coaching at Fitzroy Lodge ABC in south London before establishing his own club, Trojan ABC, and has coached boxers that have gone on to compete internationally at European and World Championships.

Luigi has been involved with the London ABAE in a range of roles since 1994 and in 2007 he was invited onto the Executive Board of the Schools Amateur Boxing Association and was part of the team which successfully campaigned for the re-introduction of amateur boxing into schools.

He has worked in government for over 32 years in a number of roles and has extensive experience of finance, compliance, governance, risk management, data protection and a host of legal issues. He has also established a number of political links with various government ministers.

Dr Mike Loosemore

Mike is the Lead Doctor for the South of England at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) – the organisation that supplies sport science and sport medicine to Olympic and Paralympic sports – and has been the team Doctor for the GB Olympic boxing programme for over 15 years.

Mike has been involved with boxing since 1991 working as a ringside doctor at club and dinner shows for his club, Berinsfield ABC. He has worked as a medical advisor to the Home Counties region and since 1996 has been on the Medical Committee of the ABAE helping to improve medical aspects of boxing and make the sport as safe as possible.

Since 1997, Mike has worked with the GB Boxing Olympic programme and has attended more than 25 international tournaments with the team including every men’s World and European Championship since 2004. He was the Team GB Boxing Doctor at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012. He was the Chief Medical Officer for Team England at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and will be again in 2014. Mike also worked as a neutral ringside doctor during the 2012-13 Season of the World Series of Boxing.

Mike studied Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London and qualified as a Doctor in 1985. After a period of work in hospitals he qualified as a General Practitioner and went on to gain further qualifications in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He has represented boxing on the BOA Medical Committee since 2003 and has had a number of academic papers published on medical and safety aspects of the sport of boxing.

David (Davey) Newth

Davey Newth has many years’ experience of working in grassroots boxing in a variety of roles. He is a central member of the Teesside and Tyne & Wear Regional Association and has served on the ABAE Board since January 2012.

Through his work as a coach, timekeeper, judge and official, Davey has spearheaded the modernisation of the Teesside and Tyne & Wear Regional Association in recent years which has seen it increase income from commercial activities and culminated in the region successfully hosting the 2013 Senior ABAE Finals for the first time in over 100 years. The region has also hosted national teams from other countries and taken teams of boxers from the north east to compete in overseas fixtures, where Davey has been the team manager.

As a member of the ABAE’s Board from January 2012, Davey was chair of the Clubs, Membership and Development sub-committee and the vice-chair of the Communications and Commercial sub-committee.

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