Power Shots: David Price Is Big; Franklin Lawrence, Razor Ruddock and Kevin Johnson Talk Big
Power Shots: News and Views on the Heavyweight Division
by Johnny Walker
David Price: the next BIG (and we mean BIG) thing?
Those fans of heavyweight boxing in the UK and elsewhere turned off by the current (overblown, in our opinion) controversy regarding the Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora and David Haye matchup will find respite this Saturday night as rising British star David Price (12-0, 10 KOs) goes up against sturdy challenger Sam Sexton (15-2, 6 KOs) in Liverpool, England.
Veteran British fight promoter Frank Maloney-—a rival of the man putting on the Haye-Chisora grudge fight, Frank Warren—has been busy in the lead-up to this scrap for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles (recently vacated by Tyson Fury when a fight with Price couldn’t be agreed upon), promoting the genial 6’8” tall giant Price as the anti-Chisora/Haye/Fury of UK boxing.
Price tends to avoid trash talk and likes to let his fists speak for him in the ring.
“David and Sam are both gentlemen and will give fans a fight to remember, “ says Maloney.
“There has been no trash talking and whoever wins will be proud to call themselves British and Commonwealth champion.
“[Tyson] Fury tried to lessen the title by refusing to face David. Chisora and Haye have brought bad publicity to the sport.
“Obviously I am backing David to win, but Sam is a very good fighter and been a delight to work with during the build-up.”
Price himself says that the buzz about him at home has grown so deafening that he escaped to the quiet of Germany to train for the Sexton fight.
“I needed to get away because there are a few distractions at home in the city. A lot more people want me to be here, there and everywhere,” says Price.
“It is nice to know you are in demand, but training is the most important thing so I had to get away and focus.
“Just a few different things were getting in the way of my preparations. It has done me the world of good. There was nothing there apart from the hotel and the gym so there was plenty of time to focus.”
While Price impressed many last time out with a first round destruction of rugged John McDermott, one observer who wasn’t moved by the fight was none other than his rival, the ever-opinionated Mr. Fury.
“He’s a bum,” Fury says of Price.
Haye vs Chisora: The People’s Choice
While there has been a lot of moaning from Frank Maloney and others in the boxing business re the Haye versus Chisora grudge feud scheduled for July 14 in London, England, two different polls this week show that the boxing public is massively in favor of the fight taking place. A poll in Boxing News showed 75 percent of respondents in favor of the bout, while another in the Daily Mail had the pro-fight faction at 71 percent.
Franklin Lawrence and Mike Mollo: Big Talk
Closer to home, American heavyweight contender Franklin “Ya Ya” Lawrence takes on Mike Mollo for the vacant NABA heavyweight title this Friday night at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Delaware.
Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KOs), coming off of five straight wins, sounds very confident, if not downright arrogant, as he takes on a man who hasn’t fought since 2010.
“Mike Mollo can’t fight,” Lawrence says flatly. “He just swings wildly.”
“Andrew Golota boxed him and then beat him half to death.
“The guy has no inside game and he is not ready for me. He doesn’t do anything textbook but I will give him credit because he does take a good beating.”
Lawrence is also convinced that the heavyweight titles held by the Brothers Klitschko are soon to be his.
“I will be fighting for the championship within a fight or two. My ratings would be higher except the guys ahead of me are ducking me,” Lawrence contends.
“Once the networks see what I can do, they will know I am a serious challenger for the title.”
Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KO’s), however, is unimpressed by Lawrence’s future plans, which he sees as delusions of grandeur, and says he’ll upset “Ya Ya’s” apple cart with a win on Friday night.
“Not only am I going to win but I will win in spectacular fashion,” Mollo vows.
“I have been putting in the hard work and have been in training camp for ten weeks.
“[Lawrence] beat an out of shape Jason Gavern and Jason Estrada. He has gotten off easy in those fights and if he wants to live off that, then he is fooling himself.
“This fight will get me back in the spotlight and I am not looking to squeak by with a decision.”
If the fight is as heated as the trash talk, this should be a good one.
The Return of Razor Ruddock?
Speaking of delusions of grandeur, you may have heard of the press release making the rounds announcing the return of former contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (38-5-1, 29 KOs).
Ruddock joins the ranks of Jameel “Big Time” McCline, Evander Holyfield, James “Lights Out” Toney, and Antonio Tarver, all 40+ aged fighters who are looking for that coveted (and lucrative) shot at one or both of the heavyweight kingpin Klitschko brothers.
“First thing, I want my Canadian Heavyweight title back,” says Ruddock.
“I really respect Neven [Pajkic, current Canadian Heavyweight champion].
“He’s a warrior who carries the title with class and pride. But, sadly for him, he’s wearing the belt that I want.
“Then when Neven is healing up, hopefully he’ll take some comfort in the fact that I’ll be putting Tyson Fury, Chris Arreola, Derrick Chisora, David Haye, Bermane Stiverne, Seth Mitchell, and Tomasz Adamek, on the exact same pudding diet too.
“And after I feast on the appetizers, I’ll dive in for two helpings of Chicken Kiev,” says Ruddock in a reference to the Ukrainian champions.
Power Shots contacted Canadian champion Pajkic regarding Ruddock’s grandiose remarks, and he didn’t seem too impressed with the 48-year-old former contender’s big plans.
“HAHAHAHA,” Pajkic replied via Facebook. “What can I say brother, out here in TO [Toronto] crack is cheap !!!”
Prizefighter Heavyweight Tournament to Feature Kevin Johnson, Albert Sosnowski, Kali Meehan
Another heavyweight who is never lacking in the trash talk department, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, is already yapping ahead of the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament set for Wednesday June 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green in the UK.
Both Johnson and fellow tournament entry Albert Sosnowski have been vanquished already by WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko, but while most would rate Sosnowski’s effort as a game one, Johnson’s negative performance against the big Ukrainian earned him the sarcastic moniker, “Safety Pin.”
Johnson made a move back toward heavyweight relevance recently when he disposed of Aussie heavyweight contender Alex Leapai, stopping him via a ninth-round TKO.
And that’s all Johnson needed to start talking very big once again.
“I’m ready to put the American heavyweight boxing scene back on the map starting with the Betfair Prizefighter tournament on June 20,” Johnson says.
“Like I tell everybody, I am the best American heavyweight – bar none! If people see me, they will know it. Don’t worry about Seth Mitchell, Chris Arreola or any of those other clowns. Just focus on me and watch me deliver. I’m the best heavyweight in the world that’s not named Klitschko, and after Prizefighter, I’ll take care of that too.”
Power Shots has to wonder: has Kevin Johnson been talking to Razor Ruddock, by any chance?
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Power Shots: Bernd Boente and K2 — Hypocrites on the Haye vs Chisora Fight
Power Shots: News and Views on the Heavyweight Division
By Johnny Walker
There has been a tiresome predictability to those moaning the loudest about UK promoter Frank Warren’s ballsy move of matching heavyweights David Haye and Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora for a July 14 London grudge match this week.
Aside from the muttering sports media ninnies who only talk about boxing when they can find something to condemn about it, and the British Boxing Board of Control, whose authority is being undermined by Warren’s move (note that the highly moral BBBoC didn’t stop Mike Tyson from fighting in the UK post Holyfield ear chomp, and more recently had nothing to say about the morality of Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting in Vegas when he is slated to be jailed), we have also been hearing a lot of carping from the Klitschko camp, specifically K2 manager Bernd Boente and world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
One supposes that Boente and Wladimir were unhappy with the timing of Warren’s presser last Tuesday announcing Haye versus Chisora, as it conflicted with their own public announcement of Wlad’s rematch with American heavyweight Tony Thompson, and completely overshadowed it.
Two very good, evenly-matched heavyweights with a mega-grudge fighting each other, versus the world heavyweight champ fighting a guy he’s already knocked out, a guy who–while he is a genial, classy person–has done little since the first fight to merit another title shot.
Gee, I wonder why boxing fans are generally far more interested in Haye versus Chisora?
It’s hard to blame Wladimir for wanting a little revenge after Chisora spit water in his face in the ring before the Del Boy-Vitali fight in Munich. So his labeling of Haye versus Chisora as a “freak show” being fought under “freak rules,” while inaccurate, is understandable.
And Wlad’s word carries a lot of weight in Germany, where the ARD television network, spooked by the champ’s criticism of Haye-Chisora, has already pulled coverage of the British grudge match from its schedule.
Bernd Boente, however, is a different matter.
Boente has also been putting the rhetorical boots to the UK heavyweight tilt: “They [Haye and Chisora] both lost to the Klitschkos. They are on the second level. We could [not] care less,” said Boente this week.
But Boente, if one reviews the tape of the Chisora – Haye brawl in Germany, and some of his comments following the brawl, was instrumental in encouraging the two Brits to scrap in the first place.
David Haye appeared at the post-fight presser for Chisora and Vitali to make his case for being the WBC heavyweight champion’s next opponent, but it was Boente who steered the conversation toward a fight between Klitschko victims Haye and Chisora. Boente antagonized Haye with taunts about the toe injury that the former WBA heavyweight champion claimed hampered him against Wladimir, and then encouraged “Del Boy” and Chisora to fight each other.
“David you are out, you can’t talk youself into the fight, you have no belt,” said Boente.
“Fight against this person [points to Chisora], he showed heart, contrary to you. You showed your toe.”
After that verbal cue from Boente, Chisora started in on Haye, calling him an “embarrassment,” and things escalated from there into the now infamous confrontation where Haye clocked Chisora in the chin and knocked him down.
After the brawl, Boente went so far as to promise a title shot versus one of the Klitschkos to the winner of a “box–off” between Haye and Chisora.
“The brawl tonight calls for a box-off between Haye and Chisora, and the winner fights one of the Klitschkos,” Boente said at the time.
“[That fight] would make a lot of money in the UK.”
So all that has now happened is that Frank Warren has indeed followed up on Boente’s strong suggestion by making Haye versus Chisora happen in the UK.
For Boente, who had so much to do with starting this whole affair in the first place, who basically pushed Haye and Chisora together and told them to scrap while holding the carrot of a Klitschko title fight in front of their noses, to now turn around and act as if he’s disinterested in and even offended by these “second level” heavyweights fighting each other, is laughable.
Does anyone really believe that the winner of Haye versus Chisora—if the fight does actually happen– is not going to get another shot at a Klitschko brother?
Especially when even a far lesser known fighter like Tony Thompson is getting a rematch?
Especially given the enormous interest in the Brit grudge match, with 20,000 tickets sold in just two days?
The Klitschkos have been classy heavyweight champions, but the posturing of Wlad and his manager this week thus strikes a false, hypocritical note.
David Haye: “No Face to Face Weigh-In With Dereck Chisora–He’s Got A Screw Loose”
By Johnny Walker
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye of the UK has nixed the idea of a face to face stare-down with his countryman and challenger Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora at the weigh-in for their fight on July 14 in London.
Haye feels that if he were to face off with Chisora at the weigh-in, “Del Boy” would try to do something along the lines of his hard slap to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s face before their fight in Munich.
Chisora went on to spit water in Wladimir Klitschko’s face and then brawl with Haye at the post-fight press conference, where Haye had gone to try and convince Vitali Klitschko to fight him.
Haye and Chisora were separated by a seven foot high steel fence at the initial presser for their upcoming bout.
“The head-to-head weigh-in is off the cards,” says Haye.
“It’s not happening because it will kick off. At no stage do I want to be in this guy’s personal space because we have done that before and it didn’t end up nicely. If there wasn’t a fence there [at the presser], I know for a fact that he would have tried to do something.”
Haye feels that Chisora is truly a deranged individual.
“I truly believe he has a screw loose, a few screws loose actually,” says the former champ.
“Dereck does some really strange things.”
“I have seen him get hold of a guy and kiss him, I have seen him push another guy in the face at the weigh-in and look at his criminal record – bashing up his missus, assaulting police officers, carrying offensive weapons….”
Haye was not reassured by what he heard through the fence from Chisora at the presser, either.
“He’s just the most bizarre person,” says Haye.
“He was talking mad things through the fence. He was asking where I got my suit from, what I am doing on Sunday.
“The guy is mental. He’s gone in the head.”
David Haye vs. Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora: 20,000 Tickets Sold Already
By Johnny Walker
Without hype, something terrible happens – nothing!
BoxNation promoter Frank Warren’s contention that he is giving the boxing public the fight it wants to see was strengthened today by the news that the upcoming heavyweight contest between former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye and Dereck Chisora, slated for July 14 at the West Ham soccer stadium in London, England, has sold out half of its available seating in a little over a day.
The fight is a grudge battle between two evenly matched, top heavyweights, and in this era where the current champion Klitschko brothers mow down the opposition (including Haye and Chisora) with ease, it seems to have caught the imagination of the boxing public, who just want to see a competitive heavyweight war.
The tickets sales are also proof that, while the sports media may engage in fake outrage and the public in facile moralism, people really are more interested in this fight because of the history behind it: a now blown-of-out-proportion press conference brawl in Germany between Haye and Chisora.
Hype, it seems, works.
“We’ve sold more than 20,000 since they went on sale on Wednesday morning. The capacity is 40,000,” Warren told the BBC today.
“I’m sure there’s more interest than there would have been if there hadn’t been a fracas.”
Buoyed by the numbers, Warren also shrugged off the huffing and puffing of the British Boxing Board of Control, which yesterday issued a statement that threatened all and sundry of dire consequences should the promotion, cheekily titled “Licensed To Thrill” (the BBBoC has refused to license Chisora), go ahead.
“If they think I’m going to just roll over and let that happen then they’re sorely mistaken,” Warren said of the BBBoC’s threats to pull the boxing licenses of anyone involved with the fight.
“It’s not just me, there’s a lot of other license holders involved.
“There’s a lot of undertones with the way the board has operated, not just about Chisora, other things. Hopefully this is the catalyst that is going to bring some changes.”
Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora Interviewed: “I Want My License Back!”
At today’s press conference in London, heavyweight contender Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora talks about his upcoming fight with David Haye, and why he wants his boxing license back from the British Boxing Board of Control.
David Haye and Dereck Chisora Trade Threats at Heated Presser For July 14 Bout
by Johnny Walker
In defiance of the professional moralists in the mainstream sports media and their calculated and manufactured outrage, as well as of the ineffectual British Boxing Board of Control, UK heavyweights Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora and former WBA champion David Haye announced today that they would give the boxing public what it wants, and fight each other on July 14 in London, England.
Adding to the tension of the occasion, the presser featured the fighters—who famously scrapped at a post-fight presser in Munich, Germany following Chisora’s loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko—separated by a seven foot high steel fence.
Explaining that he originally intended to come back from a brief retirement to fight one or both of world champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, the always loquacious Haye said that public opinion brought him back against Chisora.
“People kept coming up to me on the street, people who weren’t boxing fans, regular people on the street, saying, ‘Dereck, he’s an idiot, you’ve got to knock him out, you’ve gotta do it,’ Haye explained in his usual animated fashion.
“So I thought, ‘OK then, why not?’
“In my mind I was anticipating fighting Vitali Klitschko in the summer, so … I was gearing up to a fight in the summer anyway. [A fight with Vitali] doesn’t look like it’s happening for awhile, so why not?
“It seems like it’s a no-brainer. I don’t think there’s too many people, who if they were in my position, wouldn’t go through with this fight.
“[Chisora] obviously didn’t learn his lesson in Germany, so I’ve got to do it officially, in front of everybody … I can expose him, officially, and it can be on my record for doing that as well.”
“We’ve heard it all before,” Chisora sneered at Haye.
“David gives all the big talk, all the big talk … you get in the ring and you don’t deliver.
“It’s all big talk anyway, so you know what David, you keep talking. The more you keep talking the more you’re getting me upset. The more you get me upset, the more I jump over this [fence] right now….”
“And get knocked out again, eh?” Haye quipped.
“We already played that game before and you lost.”
“I saw David Haye a couple of weeks ago in London, and guess what he picked up, he picked up a knife,” Chisora continued.
“I was eating a steak,” Haye scoffed.
“There was nothing on the table,” Chisora continued. “He knows I’m a bad man. If you want to have it, we can have it now.”
And these two are just getting started.
Given the history between the two men and the level of animosity still quite evident, Haye versus Chisora promises to be one of the most heavily anticipated heavyweight fights in years, not just in the UK, but world-wide.
David Haye and Dereck Chisora Obtain Licenses, Fight in London July 14
By Johnny Walker
The Telegraph reports that feuding UK heavyweights Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora and former WBA champion David Haye will meet in the ring on July 14 at Upton Park, London, home of the West Ham soccer team.
According to the report, the fight, which will be announced at a press conference tomorrow, will be jointly promoted by Frank Warren’s BoxNation and German promotional outfit Sauerland Event.
The fight will go ahead with or without the blessing of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC), an organization whose entire reason for existing may take a permanent hit if they fail to sanction Haye vs Chisora.
Promoter Frank Warren tells The Sun that Haye and Chisora have obtained licenses for the fight in Luxembourg.
“Before anyone starts screaming let me point out the Luxembourg boxing association was formed in 1922, seven years before the British Board,” says Warren.
“They have given their approval for the bout and it will go on at Upton Park under their jurisdiction.
“As fully-fledged members of the European Boxing Union, that is what they are entitled to do.
“I never said Dereck shouldn’t be punished, but the Board here withdrew his licence — they did not ban him so he can apply to any boxing board.”
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Dereck Chisora Banned “Indefinitely” by British Boxing Board of Control
By Johnny Walker
According to reports out of the UK, British heavyweight contender Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora has been banned from fighting “indefinitely” by the British Boxing Board of Control.
“He not only let himself and his family down, but all those licence holders who behave in a professional and disciplined manner,” said BBBoC chairman Robert Smith.
“The stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control want to make it absolutely clear that such behaviour by a licence holder will not be tolerated.
“The board have decided Dereck Chisora is not a fit and proper person to hold a license and have withdrawn it with immediate effect.”
Smith said the ban will have a minimum time period of two years.
The decision is a reaction to the events that took place before and after Chisora’s unsuccessful challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last month in Germany.
Chisora slapped the champion hard in the face at the weigh-in, spit water in Wladimir Klitschko’s face in the ring, and engaged in a brawl with UK counterpart David Haye at the post-fight presser.
Chisora has 14 days to appeal his sentence, but his promoter Frank Warren says the Chisora camp are still undecided about their next move.
The British heavyweight is a native of Zimbabwe, and could presumably seek to be licensed either there or somewhere else outside of the United Kingdom.