News: Eddie Chambers, Lamon Brewster, Maccarinelli
Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2009) – The number 3 World-ranked heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers arrived in Los Angeles at LAX to finish the final preparations of his training for his battle against #5 World-ranked and former WBC World Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter that will take place on March 27 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in what will be the inaugural boxing event for the centerpiece at L.A. LIVE. The fistic 12-round main event will be televised on a special ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT.
“I’m excited to be in Los Angeles three weeks before the fight. I feel motivated and my camp has great momentum, which I will take into the ring. The next few weeks will provide good solid sparring and then I’ll look to go out there and have the type of performance I’m capable of having,” stated Chambers. “I may be a small heavyweight, but I promise he’ll think he’s being hit by Klitschko as the rounds roll on.”
Said promoter Dan Goossen, “Nothing like a big heavyweight fight to get people excited, and as a fan, not a promoter, I can’t wait to hear the bell ring on March 27.”
Tickets for this Heavyweight Blockbuster are priced at $104.50, $79.50, $54.50, $29.50 and will be available for purchase on March 14 and can be obtained online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000. Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center Box Office. Monday-Saturday, event days 9:00AM-6:00PM. Sunday, event days 10:00AM-1/2 hour after event start.
Lamon Brewster Signs Promotional Deal With Sauerland Event; Returns March 14 Against Michael Sprott in Germany
LOS ANGELES – Former WBO heavyweight and current NABA heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster has signed a deal with German-based promotional outfit Sauerland Event. Brewster, 34-4 (30 knockouts) will fight in the co-featured slot of IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham’s world title defense against Lajuan Simon on March 14 at the Ostseehalle in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
His opponent will be former British heavyweight champion Michael Sprott, who carries a record of 31-12 (16 knockouts), and is a native of Reading, England. Sprott, age 34, became the first man to knock out Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in 2007, accomplishing the feat in three rounds. He also holds wins over notable contenders Danny Williams and Timo Hoffman.
“I’m ready for this fight,” said Brewster, a native of Indianapolis who now lives in Los Angeles, California. “This fight will be the first time that the world will get to see the real Lamon Brewster. After the death of my trainer Bill Slayton, it took me a long time to mentally regain my freedom. The world hasn’t yet seen what I can do. I can sit here and tell you all day but seeing is believing.”
Lamon Brewster, age 35, won the heavyweight title when he knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in five rounds in 2004. Brewster made three successful defenses before dropping a decision to Sergei Lyakhovich. In his last fight, Brewster knocked out Danny Batchelder in five rounds this past August.
Sauerland Event has guided the careers of world champions Henry Maske, Sven Ottke, Nicolay Valuev among others.
“I signed with Wilfried Sauerland because I had the pleasure of meeting him before and he’s one of the fairest promoters around boxing,” Brewster said. “If you ask around boxing, you don’t have anyone saying ‘Oh, he stole this from me.’ I’m a Midwest boy with Southern ways. He just seemed like the type of guy that I could do business with because he won’t be out to nickel and dime me.”
Brewster says that after three fights, he will be ready for the rubber match with Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko won a rematch in 2007 when Brewster was recovering from a detached retina and a 15-month layoff. The first time they fought, Brewster had been off for 13 months. Brewster wants to find out what happens when they fight without a layoff.
“I had spent six months out of fifteen months laying face down before I fought him. I was at the point where I couldn’t even hold my child. I wasn’t right but I did the best I could. Because I knocked him out before I thought I had a chance but that was a lot of rust for me to shake. He knew the only chance he had to beat me was if I was coming off an injury and a layoff. But I’m right now and I’m taking on all comers. I’m knocking out everyone who steps in the ring with me.
“Anybody with a world title who isn’t scared to fight me, come get it.”
For more information on Lamon Brewster, go to www.lamonbrewster.com .
Red Hot Prospect Edmonds Added To Moore vs. Piccirillo Bill
Big hearted bantamweight Matthew Edmonds has been added to the mouth-watering Wigan, England bill this Friday, March 6, headlined by Jamie Moore’s long awaited European light middleweight title opportunity against Italy’s former world champion Michele Piccirillo at Robin Park Arena.
25 year old Edmonds, 9-2 (2), has been on a tear since losing a valiant Commonwealth title clash against the far more experienced Jason Booth in December, 2007.
The Newport battler has proved his meddle by walking through three durable fighters from Ghana along with a dominating victory over the iron-chinned “Tasmanian Devil”, Romanian hard man Gheorghe Ghiompirica last October.
But for Edmonds to continue his promising career trajectory, he’ll have to overcome durable 19 year old Georgian Kakhaber Avetisian, 10-8-1 (1), at Robin Park Arena on Friday, which will not be an east task.
Despite still being a teenager, the seasoned Avetisian has competitively shared the ring with current European flyweight champion Bernard Inom, current Commonwealth super flyweight champ Don Broadhurst and former European Union bantamweight titlist Eugen Sorin Tanasie.
Edmonds has vowed to bring home a British title back to his faithful fans in Wales but without a good win over the Georgian Avetisian, who has nothing to lose on this English vacation, he might not even get the opportunity to fight for the coveted Lonsdale Belt.
Frank Maloney Promotions in association with VIP Promotions presents Jamie Moore vs. Michele Piccirillo for the Light Middleweight Championship of Europe with full supporting undercard including Irish sensation and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medallist Darren Sutherland at Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England on Friday, March 6, 2009.
Tickets, priced at £90 for VIP Ringside, £80 for Ringside and £35 General Admission are available by logging onto www.frankmaloney.com or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.
Big Mac gets Beered Up for Afolabi
Khan-Barrera headlines Mar. 14 PPV show also featuring Cook-Martinez title fight
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 4, 2009) – Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has been working on a unique training method for his March 14th WBO cruiserweight title fight against NABO title-holder Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi, headlined by the showdown between 22-year-old lightweight prospect Amir Khan and Hall of Fame bound multiple world champion, “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, on pay-per-view love from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
WBO No. 1 contender Maccarinelli (29-2, 22 KOs) recently revealed his secret for his clash with No. 2 rated Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs), who now has famed trainer Freddie Roach working his corner, for their vacant WBO cruiserweight championship bout – a dozen beer barrels. The Welshman has been lifting, not draining, them to improve his strength and conditioning.
Integrated Sports is distributing three 12-round championship bouts featured on the “Khan-Barrera” pay-per-view card, presented by Frank Warren, in North America for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice, Shaw Cable, Star Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Veteran blow-by-blow announcer Ian Darke and color analyst, former WBC lightweight champion Jim Watt, will be calling the action from ringside for Sky Box Office and Integrated Sports PPV.
The Ring No. 6 rated Maccarinelli balances half-full kegs over his head to increase his core muscle power, in addition to beating car tires with a sledgehammer. “I’ve tried lifting weights before but it’s not really my kind of thing,” Mazzarinelli explained. “So, when a pal of mine suggested something a bit different, I jumped at the chance. It’s a bit tempting to crack open one of the barrels after a hard day’s training, but I’ll leave that until after the fight.
“I’m desperate to get in the ring and take out all my frustrations on Afolabi. 2008 was a bit of a disaster after I lost to David Haye and then couldn’t win back my WBO title. But 2009 is going to be my time. I hear that Afolabi is a bit of a nightmare and dangerous, but that’s just what I wanted. I want to face the best and beat the best, so as far as I’m concerned, bring on the 14th. I am going to unleash hell once I get between those ropes.”
The 12-round main event finds Khan (19-1, 15 KOs), 2004 Olympic silver medallist, defending his WBA International lightweight crown against WBO No. 1 ranked Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs).
In addition to Khan-Barrera and Maccarinelli-Afolabi, another terrific fight will be shown on PPV as WBO super middleweight champion Nicky “Cookie” Cook (29-1, 16 KOs) defends his title belt against undefeated No. 1 contender Roman “Rocky” Martinez (21-0-1, 12 KOs).
Former European champion Cook, rated No. 6 by The Ring, won the WBO super featherweight title via a 12-round unanimous decision in his last fight against Alex Arthur (26-1). NABO super featherweight title-holder Martinez, fighting out of his native Puerto Rico, is ranked WBA No. 9 by The Ring.
Integrated Sports: North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events is Integrated Sports. Among the many events brought to North American viewers by Integrated Sports include World Championship boxing matches featuring Ricky Hatton, Christian Mijares, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Nicolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. In addition, Integrated Sports has distributed numerous International soccer matches showcasing teams like Club America of Mexico and the National Team of Argentina. For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports events visit www.integratedsportsnet.com.