Boxing Insider Notebook: Chisora, Barker vs. Sturm, Pacquiao, Mansour, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of November 26th to December 3rd, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Chisora Returns on February 8th
Heavyweight star Dereck Chisora begins his 2014 world title campaign on Saturday 8th February at London’s Copper Box Arena and aims to end the year as world champion.
Power-punching Chisora finished off Czech Ondrej Pala inside three rounds at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday night to successfully defend his WBO Intercontinental belt and add the Vacant WBA International title to add to his European crown.
The win caps a fantastic year for the Finchley ace who’s won all four fights by KO and is in a great position to start 2014 as he looks to get his second shot at a world title. In his first attempt in February 2012 he pushed the WBC World Champion Vitali Klitschko the distance and giving him his hardest fight since Lennox Lewis nearly a decade earlier.
British Champion David Price is obligated to face Chisora on February 8th at the Copper Box Arena, as per the terms of the purse bid won by promoter Frank Warren, if Price withdraws from the fight then Chisora hopes he can entice rival Tyson Fury into the opposite corner next to avenge his July 2011 points loss.
“I’m happy with the win on Saturday night against Pala and now I’m focused on finally becoming world champion next year and bringing the world title back to Britain,”
“Pala gave it a good go and did land some shots early on, but remember he was the third replacement opponent and then when I turned on the power in the third round I got him out of there. I’m pleased with the performance but there is still plenty of room for improvement,”
“I started they year without a boxing license and through hard work and determination I’ve ended the year as the European, WBO Intercontinental and WBA International champion and now I’m in pole position for a world title shot next year,”
Thomas Dulorme Inches Closer to a World Title Shot
This past Saturday light welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) inched closer to a world title shot with a 10-round unanimous decision against Hector Velazquez (55-20-3, 38 KOs), a fight that took place at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Dulorme who is promoted by Team Puerto Rico, a collaboration of Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions, will likely be in a title elimination bout in his next fight. Rated WBC No. 6 and WBA No. 5, Dulorme feels he’s ready to step up.
“I feel really strong at 140 pounds,” said Dulorme. “I know my promoters are working hard to get me a title shot so I’m working hard to be prepared. Velasquez gave me the rounds I needed to get me ready for the next level. I worked on a lot of techniques this past Saturday and I feel confident in my ability to capture my first world championship. My goal is to bring a world title home to my countrymen in 2014.”
“Team Puerto Rico is working out the details of Dulorme’s next fight,” said co-promoter Gary Shaw. “Together Javier Bustillo, Lou DiBella and I are looking at the landscape of the light welterweight division to see who we can match him up with in a potential title elimination bout. Dulorme’s a great fighter; one of the best Puerto Rico has to offer. We will have more details to announce shortly.”
“Dulorme looked sharp against Velasquez,” stated Javier Bustillo. “I know he’s ready to take his career to the next level. A big fight is looming for him.”
Tickets on Sale for NBC Sports Network Fight Night Card Featuring Amir Mansour
Tickets are officially on sale for the December 14th “Road To Redemption” boxing card at the Superstar Theatre at Resorts International Hotel and Casino. The main event is a 10-round heavyweight bout featuring undefeated knockout artist Amir Mansour, 19-0, 14 KOs, of Newark, Delaware, as he takes on Pensacola, Florida’s, super-sized Kelvin Price, 14-1, 6 KOs. The co-feature bout pits Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9KO’s, of Buffalo, New York, against Ryan Coyne, 21-1, 9 KO’s, St. Charles, Missouri, in a 10-round light heavyweight bout
Philadelphia’s two-time champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham, 25-6, 9 KO’s, will also be on the card in an 8-round heavyweight fight. His opponent will be announced shortly.
Tickets are priced $75 and $50. They can be purchased at the Resorts International Hotel and Casino Box Office, 800-736-1420 and at TicketMaster.
The main event and co-feature will be televised on NBC Sports Network’s FIGHT NIGHT, December 14th, 8 – 10PM ET.
Six additional bouts are planned for the card which is promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with DiBella Entertainment.
Pacquiao Gives Money, Food, and Bibles to Typhoon Victims
Manny Pacquiao has visited the area devastated by the Typhoon in the Philippines to hand out tinned food, cash, and bibles to help lift the people’s spirits. He toured the central island of Samar after spending the night on Saturday in a tent city in the town of Guiuan.
More info can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1370326/pacquiao-hands-money-food-and-bibles-philippine-typhoon-victims
Weigh-In for Barker vs. Sturm
The IBF World Middleweight Championship bout between Darren Barker and former champion Felix Sturm will happen on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at the Prsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The official weigh in will occur on
Friday, December 6th, 2013 at the Audi Zentrum Stuttgart-Standort Feuerbach in Stuttgart Germany. The undercard Weigh-In starts at noon/CET and the main event weigh in starts at 1pm/CET.
The weigh-ins will be open to the public.
Santana vs. Alcine on December 6th
On Friday December 6, 2013 Gary Shaw Productions will present another addition of the boxing series titled “Central Coast Championship Night” at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
In the 10-round main event, hometown hero Francisco Santana (17-3-1, 8 KOs) will put his “Central Coast Championship” on the line against Joachim Alcine (33-4-1, 19 KOs). Santana, who is currently riding a 5-fight winning streak, feels confident he’ll prevail in front of his hometown fans.
“Alcine has a lot of experience and I’m not looking past him,” said Santana. “I know he’s coming to fight but I won’t be denied. I’ve worked really hard during the past year and I believe I will come out on top come December 6th. I want to thank Gary Shaw for keeping me busy and the Chumash Casino for hosting my fights. The Chumash is my house and I’m going to give my hometown fans an exciting night of boxing,”
The co-main event will showcase Rustam Nugaev (25-6-1, 15 KOs) and Ira Terry (26-11, 16 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout. Nugaev who’s rated No. 6 by the WBC will look to extend on his 4-fight knockout streak, three of which came in 2013.
“Every time I step into the ring I’m looking to knockout my opponent,” Nugaev said. “Against Terry it will be no different. I want to end 2013 with a bang and knocking out Terry will complete my mission. I know Gary Shaw is working hard to get me in position to fight for a title. I feel I can beat anyone in my division.”
“The Chumash Casio is a great venue and their fans are always enthusiastic about the fights we bring to them,” said Gary Shaw. “This show will again be very crowd pleasing.”
World Amateur Middleweight Champion Ievgen Khytrov Debuts December 18th
World Amateur Middleweight Champion Ievgen Khytrov(right center) arrived at JFK where he was met by his New York promoter Dmitriy Salita (left center).
Khytrov will hit the fast track December 18 at Manhattan’s Webster Hall when he makes his pro debut as the main event on Salita’s Star of David card.
Khytrov, 25, has over 500 amateur fights starting as age 13. His knockout record is over 80%. The highlight of his career was when he captured the World Amateur Middleweight Championship in 2011 defeating 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata of Japan in the finals.
The low point of his career came in the first round of The London Olympics when he faced British team member
“Ogogo won the first round. I started slow”, said Khytrov. ” But I knocked him down in the second and third rounds. When they gave Ogogo the decision, even the local English crowd jeered.”
Salita is very excited about promoting Khytrov. ” This guy is such a hard puncher with a thrilling style. We think Ievgen will become extremely popular in a very short time.”
Amir Khan to be Special Guest Analyst on December 7th
Amir “King” Khan, one of boxing’s most popular and exciting fighters, joins the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announce team as a guest analyst on Saturday, Dec. 7, live on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Khan is substituting for regular SHOWTIME analyst Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi who headlines the event versus fellow Brooklynite Zab “Super” Judah in a 12-round, all-Brooklyn welterweight main event. The live four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast also features three world championship fights including IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander versus undefeated Shawn Porter.
Having fought and defeated both Malignaggi and Judah (in 2010 and ’11 respectfully), Khan’s experience in the fight game and intimate knowledge of the main event will be on tap as he joins SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING host Brian Kenny, play-by play announcer Mauro Ranallo, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and EMMY® Award winning sports reporter Jim Gray.
“I’m really looking forward to working with SHOWTIME on another top draw bill,” said Khan. “The main event between Paulie and Zab will be a Brooklyn blockbuster with two of boxing’s most skilled fighters. Having shared the ring with both men I know together they will bring speed, power, ring craft and heart to the table.
Fighting in their own backyard, neither one of them will want to leave that ring the loser so it makes for an extremely intriguing matchup between two truly world class operators. The undercard is filled with some similarly great clashes, which could headline on their own. IBF world champion Devon Alexander versus Shawn Porter, Sakio Bika defending his WBC world title against the undefeated Anthony Dirrell and Austin Trout up against Erislandy Lara. These are the type of fights that can turn into edge-of-the-seat thrillers.”
A former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion, Khan is lightning-fast and athletically gifted inside the ring.
Open Public Workouts for Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3
Tuesday (December 3), beginning at noon, the professional boxers appearing on the sensational “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3” WBC World Cruiserweight Championship fight will hold public workouts at Oakley Fight Club in Chicago (410 N. Oakley, 2nd Floor).
Fans and media alike will finally get a closer look at the man known as “Diablo”, WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, as well as his arch rival and opponent Giacobbe Fragomeni.
Plus “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara will be working out and meeting fans in advance of his showdown with Colombian KO artist Samuel Miller. Local favorites appearing on the undercard, Adrian “El Tigre” Granados and Paul Littleton, will also be on hand.
Boxing fans are encouraged to attend and watch their favorites train in advance of this sensational event. All fighters will be available for photos and autographs before and after their workouts.
And then, on Friday, December 6, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, promoters Andrew Wasilewski and Piotr Werner of Ulrich Knockout Promotions, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Promotions will once again bring world-class professional boxing back to the Windy City with their latest blockbuster event, this one entitled “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3”.
In the night’s 12-round main event, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will attempt to make the sixth defense of his title and complete an epic trilogy of fights with Milan, Italy’s former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs).
And in the very special featured bout, IBF #1 Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs) has agreed to a very dangerous test against La Habra, California, via Colombia KO artist Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs).