Dereck Chisora faces Ondrej Pala on November 30th
Dereck Chisora will now face the hard-hitting Ondrej Pala on Saturday 30th November at London’s Copper Box Arena.
The Finchley puncher headlines the multi-title show alongside Nathan Cleverly challenging for the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title, plus London stars Frank Buglioni and Bradley Skeete both in title action, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Chisora’s original opponent, Italian Matteo Modugno, was forced to withdraw from the fight over the weekend because he broke two ribs in sparring.
The 29-year-old European Champion believes that the heavy-handed Pala, who hails from Prague in the Czech Republic, will provide a much harder test than Modugno.
Out of his 32 wins Pala has stopped 22 with only three loses, but Chisora believes he’s in the best form of his career and says he needs to reproduce the same power-packed performance as he did against Edmund Gerber in September.
Chisora said, “It’s a late change as I’ve prepared for Modugno, but I like the look of Pala, I reckon he’ll give me a much better fight than Modugno would have given me,”
“He can definitely bang as his 22 knockouts show and he’ll be looking to do some damage to me. As long as he comes forward and attacks and doesn’t go on the back foot running away then it will be an explosive fight,”
“I’m in the mood to do some destroying on the night and I’ll look to break Pala down methodically just like I took Gerber apart. I broke him up with plenty of rib crunching body shots and I’ll do the same to Pala. One things for sure, I know Modugno wouldn’t have stood a chance with my body shots,”
“I’ve got the hunger and desire back and I’m on the road to the world title in 2014.”
Tickets for the Rock The Box 2 show are priced at £40, £50, £70 and £120 are available from the Eventim Box Office on 0844 249 1000 or at www.eventim.co.uk
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WBF All Africa Titles On The Line In Cape Town
Two World Boxing Federation (WBF) All-Africa titles will be on the line, when Kalakoda Promotions, headed by Steve Kalakoda, presents professional championship boxing at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa on Friday November 22.
With former World Heavyweight Champion Gerrie Coetzee as a special ringside guest, Nkululeko Vengenayi squares off with Themba Tshicila for the vacant Super Featherweight crown, while Osborne Machimana and Elvis Moyo are set to rematch with the Heavyweight title at stake.
30-year-old Vengenayi, originally from Zimbabwe but based in South Africa throughout a professional run that started in 2008, brings a decent ledger of 8-3 (7) but has only averaged slightly over two fights a year in the pro ranks. This will be his first title fight, and a great opportunity to put himself on the map and kick start his career.
Battle-tested South African Themba Tshicila (37) is by far the more experienced of the two, with thirty-nine contests (25-11-3, 7 KOs) on a resume that began in 1997. A former two-time Eastern Cape titlist, he has eight title bouts under his belt and has fought much bigger names than Vengenayi.
Former South African Champion Osborne Machimana (18-7-2, 13 KOs) and Elvis Moyo (3-5-2, 1 KO), another S.A.-based Zimbabwean, fought to a controversial draw this past March, and they are now set to settle their unfinished business in the second WBF All Africa title fight of the evening.
“The first fight between Machimana and Moyo ended controversially with a draw last time, and Moyo has told me that this time he won’t let it be close”, said WBF President Howard Goldberg who will be supervising the WBF doubleheader.
“Also, Vengenayi has worked extremely hard for a title shot, its Zimbabwe vs. South Africa in Cape Town on Friday night, and it looks like another excellent bill put together by Kalekoda Promotions”, continued Goldberg, who is full of praise when it comes to this particular company:
“I was very impressed with the last show put on by Kalekoda Promotions, and it has only been a pleasure working with them. Once again they have put together a quality show, and the WBF title fights are going to be great. The styles of these boxers will blend amazingly, I am sure!”
The two World Boxing Federation title fights will be preceded by an excellent undercard, including a non title bout with hard-punching 21-year-old WBF All Africa Cruiserweight champion Kevin “The Lean Mean” Lerena (8-0, 6 KOs), fighting at Heavyweight.
Braekhus to defend WBA, WBC & WBO Welterweight Titles on January 18 as Nordic Fight Night returns to Frederikshavn
WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion and pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) will be back in the ring on January 18 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to Frederikshavn. At Arena Nord, the undefeated Norwegian superstar will headline an action-packed card that also features Swedish EU Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund (18-0, 9 KOs) and rising Danish Olympian Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs). The opponents will be announced shortly. “We are thrilled to come back to Frederikshavn,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Arena Nord will once again be a melting pot for Norwegian, Swedish and Danish boxing fans. Cecilia, Erik and Dennis are at different stages of their careers but their combined record of 50-0 speaks for itself. Let´s hope the 0 won´t go.”
Braekhus come off a spectacular victory over Oxandia Castillo (TKO 9), which drew record viewing figures on Viasat 4 in Norway. “2013 has been a great year for me and I hope that 2014 will be even better,” the First Lady said. “I love fighting in Frederikshavn, the atmosphere is fantastic. I am back in full training, I want to get better every day and there are still a lot of things I can learn. I am keen to defend my titles and give my fans a night to remember on January 18.”
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: “Cecilia is the best female fighter in the world. She proved that against Castillo, an up-and-coming young champion, and she will prove it once again on January 18.”
In the Swedish main event, Erik Skoglund will make the first defence of his EU Light Heavyweight Title. Last month, he defeated veteran Lolenga Mock in a hard-fought encounter in Kolding. “It will be awesome to make my first title defence in Frederikshavn,” he said. “I have fought there three times and I have great memories. It´s not that far from Sweden either, so I hope for an amazing atmosphere. It was unbelievable in my last fight against Mock and I really needed the support from the crowd that night. I will once again be prepared for 12 rounds of tough boxing. I will be in the shape of my life.”
In the Danish main event, rising featherweight Dennis Ceylan will be looking to continue where he left it in Albertslund. Last weekend, he impressed in a points victory over tough Mexican Edgar Torres. “That was a good win and I hope to follow it up in Frederikshavn,” the 24-year-old Dane said. “It is my dream to be a champion one day and I think I am right on track. I´m ready for a big 2014!”
Per Malmberg, CEO of Arena Nord, is looking forward to a spectacular boxing event. “We are delighted to host the first Nordic Fight Night of the new year,” he said. “Arena Nord is ready for yet another great night of boxing.”
Tickets are available at www.arenanord.dk. More information about the opponents and the undercard will be announced shortly.
AIBA and Sport England will attend the ABAE’s Extraordinary General Meeting to ensure voting members understand the consequences of the decisions they will take
AIBA and Sport England have confirmed they will attend the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) this Sunday (24 November 2013) to ensure that voting members are not in any doubt of the ramifications of the make-or-break decision they will take on-the-day.
The EGM will vote on whether to accept or reject new Articles of Association and a new Board of Directors for the ABAE.
AIBA and Sport England have both stated publicly that they regard acceptance of both the new Articles and the new Board as part of a package of ‘compliance’ and ‘modernisation’ reforms and anything other than a vote to accept both the new Articles and Board at the EGM will lead to punitive action against the ABAE. A rejection of either and a ‘split vote’, which accepts the Articles but rejects the Board, will not be acceptable and will have negative consequences.
AIBA will take disciplinary action against the ABAE, which precedent indicates, will lead to English boxers, at all levels, being excluded indefinitely from international competition. Sport England will immediately withdraw the £5 million of funding that it has committed to the ABAE.
AIBA’s Legal Department confirmed: “AIBA’s position is that the resolution (to remove the new Board) goes against the Compliance Committee recommendations. The membership and the appointment of the new Board members was recommended by the Compliance Committee and approved by AIBA. Therefore, if the resolution (to remove the new Board) were to be passed, the matter would need to be referred back to the AIBA Disciplinary Commission for further action. The Disciplinary Commission has the power to impose further sanctions including making a recommendation to the AIBA Executive Committee for the exclusion of ABAE.”
Phil Smith, Director of Sport at Sport England said: “All of the resolutions to be considered at the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company on 24 November 2013 must be passed for the ABAE to meet the conditions of its funding agreement. This includes not just accepting the amended Articles of Association but also ratifying the composition of the new Board. If these changes are blocked, sadly we will have to withdraw funding to the ABAE with immediate effect. Furthermore, the ABAE’s ability to apply for Sport England funding in the future will be severely compromised.”
The Board of the ABAE said: “We welcome the decisions of AIBA and Sport England to attend on the day when they will make their positions clear to the people who will be voting on the resolutions. These are make-or-break decisions for the future of boxing in England and it is very important that the individuals that will be casting the votes fully understand the ramifications of their actions and the impact they will have on boxers, coaches, volunteers and clubs throughout England.
“This is a critical moment for boxing in England which could result in the destruction of the sport at the grassroots and has the potential to affect every member at every club. The decision of the EGM should reflect the opinions of the membership and we urge all clubs, coaches, boxers and volunteers to make their views known to the Secretaries of their Regional Associations and ensure that their voice is heard at this critically important time for the sport.”
Any clubs or members that would like further information about the EGM should contact their local Club Support Officer or the ABAE at [email protected] or via its Freephone helpline 0800 023 2692.
A Briefing Document which has been sent to clubs to explain the ramifications of the decisions is available at http://www.abae.co.uk/aba/index.cfm/news/briefing-note-for-boxing-clubs-the-position-of-aiba-on-proposed-changes-to-the-abaee28099s-articles-of-association-and-board-of-directors/.
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