Alex Arthur’s WBO World Super-Featherweight title clash against Joan Guzman has been postponed because the Dominican Republican has not received his visa in time. Apparently he applied to late and would not be able to enter the country in time.
Edinburgh star Arthur, the interim champion, was scheduled to meet full title-holder Guzman on May 3 at the Meadowbank Stadium but with Guzman unable to travel, promoter Frank Warren has to find a new date for the fight, once he receives confirmation from Guzman’s promoters, Sycuan Boxing that he has his Visa.
Joe Calzaghe battled back from a stunning first round knockdown to score a disputed split decision victory over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas and reign as light-heavyweight world number one.
Calzaghe extended his unbeaten record to 45 fights but only after by far the toughest test of his career against 43-year-old Hopkins, whose big right hand had got him off to a great start.
But the brilliant Welshman fought back strongly in the second half of a fight which was marked by frantic exchanges and touched by controversy when Hopkins claimed a low blow in round 10.
Joe was cheered on by a home crowd, with surprisingly few American supporters, after failing to capture the American’s imagination, there was empty seats inside the venue and $1200 seat’s being sold for just $100 outside.
Judge Adalaide Byrd thought Hopkins had done enough to edge a 114-113 verdict but Chuck Giampa (116-111) and Ted Gimza (115-112) both scored in favour of Calzaghe’s excellent second half of the fight.
Joe Calzaghe returned to Britain stressing his plan for one last super-fight but hinted he may prolong his career, admitting retirement dates often prove to be “famous last words, with Roy Jones Jr now on his shortlist for a final bout.
IBF light-heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver has insisted he is the opponent Joe Calzaghe must face if the Welshman wants to cement his legacy as one of boxing’s all-time greats.
Tarver, who stunned Sheffield’s Clinton Woods earlier this month to take the Briton’s title and possibly end his career, has joined Roy Jones in offering to tackle Calzaghe on either side of the Atlantic.
It is amazing that every one is now calling out Joe, as the man to beat after so many years of people, in Joe’s opinion avoiding him.
Cotto (31-0, 25 KOs) takes on Alfonso Gomez Tonight. Cotto is coming off convincing wins over Shane Mosley and Zab Judah. He won by technical knockout in the 11th round against Judah last June, then earned a unanimous decision over Mosley in November. Cotto won the title on December 2, 2006 when he defeated Carlos Quintana by TKO in the fifth round. Now he faces a challenger in Gomez (18-3-2, 8 KOs) who defeated the resilient but weathered Arturo Gatti with a seventh-round TKO last July, the earned a unanimous decision over Ben Tackie in October. Despite facing his most formidable foe in Cotto, Gomez, a participant on the boxing reality TV series The Contender, enters the bout confident.
“On April 12 I’m going to prove to everybody my imagination, the power of my mind is going to demonstrate I’m gonna beat Miguel Cotto,” Gomez said.
“I trained hard for this fight mentally, physically and spiritually. There’s nothing – no boxing critic, no boxing fan, there’s no statistics that can change my mind about the outcome on April 12.
“On April 12 Mexico will have a new world champion. I will come out with a belt and I will win. Viva Mexico. Viva Mexico.”
Cotto downplayed Gomez’s comments and bravado during the final news conference.
“When you’re going to do something you don’t have to tell everybody what you’re going to do. You just do it. And that’s it.
“And that’s the thing I’m going to do on Saturday. I’m going to fight, I’m going to win on Saturday.”
Sheffield born Clinton Woods takes on Antonio Tarver for the IBF and IBO Light Heavyweight titles in Tampa, Florida, tonight. Clinton Woods is the current IBF Light Heavyweight champion since he defeated Rico Hoye in March 2005, he has successfully defended his title 4 times against Julio Cesar Gonzalez in September 2005, Jason DeLisle in May 2006, Glen Johnson in September 2006 and against Gonzalez for a second time in September last year.
Florida-born Antonio Tarver is the current IBO Light Heavyweight champion. Tarver has a 30 fight record Won 26 (19 KO), four defeats and no draws. After shocking the world when beating Roy Jones Jnr to win the IBO Light Heavyweight title in October 2005, Tarver has been indifferent. The lose to Bernard Hopkins in June 2006, who also looked to be a fading force, seemed to show a sharp decline in Tarvers form. He has since then beat Elvir Muriqi in June 2007 for the vacant title and then successfully defended it against Danny Santiago last December, winning by TKO in the fourth round.
Clinton will have to walk him down and make sure of the result in Tarver’s back garden, but has the ability to do it. Watch it on Sentanta
Undefeated light welterweight prospect Lee Purdy (7-0, 3 KOs) made short work of Jamie Spence (4-2, 2 KOs), on Friday night, winning by a 1st round TKO of a six round scheduled bout at the York Hall. Purdy, a fighter with a growing reputation for heavy hands, was coming into this fight having knocked out his last opponent Craig Dyer in 107 seconds of the 1st round.
With both fighters trading shots, Purdy suddenly landed a big right hand that dropped Spence who fell awkwardly face first on the canvas. He got up and received a standing eight count. Purdy was in the corner waving his hands getting the crowd to cheer. As soon as the fight resumed, Purdy came out intent on stopping Spence, landing an storm of punches unanswered ending with a big right hand that staggered Spence causing the referee Marcus McDonnell to step in and end the fight with Spence still on his feet.
Having watched Purdy spar, his power is visibly impressive, his hand’s deceivingly don’t look quick, but his ability to make angles and space for him to throw shots, make it look like he has all the time in the world. He is as comfortable under pressure as using his boxing ability, and seems to naturally move his head, rolling in and out. With genuine power in his right hand, I am sure we will see Lee fight for an area title in his next fight or two. Well done Russell Smith trainer of Lee Purdy from his Champ’s Gym in Colchester, Purdy is improving at an astonishing rate under his guidance.
Championship Boxing hosted by Harlow ABC. Senior A.B.A zone Finals, Eastern Counties Vs Home Counties on Saturday 19th April 2008 at the G.P.C.A (Abercombie Way, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6YJ.
Tickets £10.00 Adults £5.00 OAP or Children Payable on the door only.
Any questions, let us know and we will see you there.
VIP Promotions have announced an exclusive agreement with the TV channel – owned by the Guardian group that print the Manchester Evening Newspaper – to show their promotions . The shows will be delayed and will also show footage of the boxers in training , working , eating and other general details on the lads including hobbies. Not only will this create good publicity for the boxers it will give them the chance to get used to the media attention that will come their way when topping bills on big shows ,which is sure to happen for a few of the lads !!! . The channel is now not only available in Manchester , but can be seen on SKY channel 203 – Dates and times of shows to follow on next weeks gossip.
Hennessy Sports show this friday has John Thaxton headlining for the WBU title. On the under card, as chief support is Jamie Spence (Northampton, England) vs. Lee Purdy (Colchester, England) in a Light-Welterweight match scheduled for 6, 3 min rounds. Lee is undefeated in 6 fights and an up and comming prospect. We went to see him spar last week and was more than impressed. Keep an eye out for this young man, let’s hope sky show his fight.
The rest of the bill at time of blog is as follows.
Friday 04th April 2008 Venue: York Hall, Bethnal Green, England Promoter: Hennessy Sports
Commission: BBBoC – Southern Area
Jon Thaxton vs. Yuri Romanov 12 Lightweight
European (EBU) Title
David Walker vs. TBA 6 Welterweight
Steven Spartacus vs. TBA 6 Light-Heavyweight
Gareth Couch vs. Tom Glover 6 Lightweight
Jamie Spence vs. Lee Purdy 6 Light-Welterweight
Daniel Herdman vs. TBA 4 Light-Middleweight
Ruben Groenewald vs. TBA 4 Light-Heavyweight
Danny Boy Smith vs. TBA 4 Middleweight
Steve O’Mara vs. Ben Hudson 4 Light-Middleweight