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Tony Bellew v Isaac Chilemba rematch Carl Froch undercard May 25

Bellew to get second shot at Chilemba as rematch is arranged for Froch undercard

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

13:38 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 8 April 2013

Tony Bellew's rematch with Isaac Chilemba will be held on May 25 at the O2 Arena on the undercard of Carl Froch's world title unification fight with Mikkel Kessler.

The Liverpool light heavyweight was devastated when the original meeting was scored a draw last month.

The winner of the second bout will earn a shot at the winner of WBC champion Chad Dawson's clash with Adonis Stevenson on June 8.

Gutted: Tony Bellew felt he deserved to win his first fight with Isaac Chilemba

Gutted: Tony Bellew felt he deserved to win his first fight with Isaac Chilemba

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed both men were keen to have the rematch as soon as possible.

'There was no winner, so we need to find one,' he said.

'Many people thought Tony won, some thought Chilemba won. It's a fight both need to get off their back.'

Draw: Bellew took his foot off the gas after the opening rounds

Draw: Bellew took his foot off the gas after the opening rounds

The winner of the rematch will likely challenge for the world title in September.

Meanwhile, George Groves' opponent for the same night, along with further details of the undercard, will be announced this week.

George Groves stops Dario Balmaceda in third round

Three and easy! Groves packs far too much power for Balmaceda on Matchroom debut

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

22:34 GMT, 9 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:12 GMT, 10 March 2013

George Groves needed only three rounds to continue his ascent in the super middleweight division ahead of a potential future fight with domestic rival Carl Froch.

He had originally been scheduled to meet Mohamed Ali Ndiaye next Saturday for the European title and in reality against Balmaceda was in with an underwhelming opponent but if there were any concerns about how seriously he was treating the fight then it instantly became apparent they could be dismissed.

Groves, competing for the first time under the Matchroom banner after this week signing a three-fight deal to be Eddie Hearn’s latest recruit, maintained a high workrate throughout and threatened an early finish from the start.

Easy: George Groves stopped Dario Balmaceda during their International Super Middleweight bout

Easy: George Groves stopped Dario Balmaceda during their International Super Middleweight bout

Debut: Groves was making his Matchroom bow after splitting from Frank Warren

Debut: Groves was making his Matchroom bow after splitting from Frank Warren

Weighing in three pounds over the
super middleweight limit and looking significantly big at the weight,
Groves bullied Balmaceda throughout, hurting the Argentinian with a
right hook as the opening round progressed and having regular success
with that same punch later.

It was a right hook to the body that
sent Balmaceda to the canvas after Groves followed his early success by
dominating through to the end of the second round, yet with the stoppage
appearing imminent the bell was to follow even if serving only to delay
the inevitable.

The finish came 58 seconds into the
third with Balmaceda again backed up onto the ropes, Groves throwing a
right hook to the head from which his opponent, having taken a knee and
clearly out of his depth, would not rise.

Pummeled: Groves put his opponent down in the second and then finished him in the third

Pummeled: Groves put his opponent down in the second and then finished him in the third

For the promising super middleweight
it was a workout nonetheless, but one he would have learned little from
and that will need to be more difficult next time out on the undercard
of the unification fight between Mikkel Kessler and Froch.

Lee Purdy earlier enjoyed a ninth-round victory over Cosme River after the Mexican was stopped because of a cut.

Solid: Groves has a perfect record of 17 wins from 17 bouts

Solid: Groves has a perfect record of 17 wins from 17 bouts

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler set for unification bout worth 4m

Froch and Kessler set for mouth-watering unification bout with 4m prize pool

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 20 December 2012

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will share a staggering 4million pot when they clash for a second time in a mouthwatering unification showdown next year.

The bout is likely to take place at the O2 in London in May, although the Manchester Arena, which last month hosted Ricky Hatton's comeback fight, has not been ruled out.

And such is the scale of the fight, Sky Sports are expected to be convinced to return to pay-per-view for the first time in almost two years after David Haye's limp defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg last summer.

Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool

Momentous: Carl Froch (left) will face Mikkel Kessler with a 4m pool

Froch narrowly lost to Kessler in the Super Six tournament two years ago in Denmark and the 35-year-old has been desperate to avenge the defeat ever since.

The IBF super-middleweight world champion hopes victory over the Dane will set him up for another rematch with American star Andre Ward as he bids to put right the only two losses on his record.

Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view

Quids in: The fight is so big that Sky will return to pay-per-view

Lucian Bute, who lost his world title to Froch in May, wants his own rematch but is prepared to step aside to allow his conqueror to face Kessler.

The Canadian will continue his comeback from the brutal defeat in Nottingham by having a warm-up fight in the meantime.

Kessler, 33, became a world champion for the fifth time earlier this month when he stopped Northern Ireland's Brian Magee on home soil and will put his WBA belt on the line against Froch.

George Groves wants Carl Froch fight after Glen Johnson bout

Groves eyes Battle of Britain with world champion Froch after he conquers veteran Johnson

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 11 December 2012

George Groves believes a convincing win over veteran Glen Johnson on Saturday will catapult him into an all-British showdown with super-middleweight rival Carl Froch.

Groves, 24, has been drawn into a war of words on Twitter with the IBF world champion and his promoter Eddie Hearn with the latter claiming the Londoner would not last three rounds with the 35-year-old.

But Groves insists an emphatic victory over Johnson will prove he belongs at the elite level.

London calling: George Groves will take on veteran fighter Glen Johnson at the Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday

London calling: George Groves will take on veteran fighter Glen Johnson at the Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday

‘It’s kind of sweet that Carl and Eddie threw their toys out of the pram,’ he said.

‘I think I am a threat and everyone will know that after Saturday; people will sit up and take note and see that I’m in the mix.

‘Glen has boxed everyone and he doesn’t get stopped but that doesn’t mean he won’t get stopped on Saturday. I plan to beat him impressively and convincingly. I’m looking to move into world class boxing and this is the right move for me.

‘I’m going to need to find answers that I haven’t had to find previously and I know I can do it.’

Groves has fought just once in 2012 having twice seen a rematch with Scot Kenny Anderson, and a world title challenge against Robert Stieglitz, called off through injury.

The Cobra: Groves wants an all-British showdown with Carl Froch

The Cobra: Groves wants an all-British showdown with Carl Froch

His sole outing this year saw him stop Francisco Sierra in the sixth round in California in July but a nasty cut has kept him out of action until now.

‘I’ve had a frustrating year and not boxed as much as I wanted but I’m going to cap it off with a great win against a great boxer,’ Groves added.

‘Glen Johnson has been a great fighter for a long time and this is a step up to world class level.’

Johnson, 43, has lost his last three fights, including challenges for Froch and Lucian Bute’s respective world titles, and announced his retirement following a points defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago in July.

But having backtracked on that decision, he will fight for the 71st time as a professional on his fifth visit to these shores.

A former light-heavyweight world champion, Johnson shocked Roy Jones Jnr in 2004 before recording a similarly sensational victory over Antonio Tarver three months later.

He has failed to hear the final bell just once, against Bernard Hopkins in 1997, and plans to re-launch his career once again with victory on Saturday.

‘I’m here to win,’ he said. ‘George Groves is a talented guy but I’m here to take care of business and move on.’

Carl Froch: I have it all to lose against Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

Froch admits he has it all to lose against underdog Mack at Nottingham homecoming

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UPDATED:

14:26 GMT, 11 October 2012

Carl Froch admits he has 'everything to lose' when he defends his IBF super-middleweight title against unfancied American Yusaf Mack next month.

The Nottingham veteran defends his belt for the first time on November 17 after becoming a three-time world champion by obliterating Lucian Bute in May.

Froch was a betting underdog against Bute but finds himself regarded as the overwhelming favourite against Philadelphian Mack, who has never beaten an elite fighter and is dropping down in weight for the bout.

Homecoming: Carl Froch (right) and his next opponent Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham

Homecoming: Carl Froch (right) and his next opponent Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham

Even the self-styled 'Cobra' admits he knows little about the low-profile challenger but is well aware he cannot take Mack lightly when they meet at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena.

'I've got nothing to win and everything to lose,' Froch, 35, said. 'From that point of view I've got to keep myself focused and keep that determination and desire strong to make sure that when I'm in the gym I'm doing the work and when I'm hitting the punchbag, really gritting my teeth and putting in the work.

'I could have stayed in bed this morning and not bothered because I've had this press conference today and I'm in the gym later today.

'But I got up and did my five mile run at a good pace to make sure I'm on the case, because I need to be.'

World class: Froch beat Lucian Bute in May to win the IBF super-middleweight title

World class: Froch beat Lucian Bute in May to win the IBF super-middleweight title

Froch, (29-2, 21KO wins) added: 'I've had a little look at him and some of his fights. I know what he does, I know what he gets up to. He looks like a decent, tidy boxer-fighter. He's got fast hands and has only ever lost to the best in the world, really.

'You've got to say they're the best in the world – Tavoris Cloud, who is the IBF light-heavyweight champion, Glen Johnson who is a big, strong, tough, hard fighter. I know all about him because I fought him.

'So I've got to give this guy respect and take him very seriously because this is his world title fight and his big opportunity to come over here and cause an upset so I know that he's going to be training and running harder than ever for this. Whatever you've seen of him before, add 20 per cent for this fight. So I've got to be ready, and I will be.

Face off: Froch (right) and Mack go toe-to-toe in Nottingham to promote their forthcoming fight

Face off: Froch (right) and Mack go toe-to-toe in Nottingham to promote their forthcoming fight

'It looks like he's in good shape. He's not as tall as I thought he was, we seem to be about the same height. He's a big lad, with a very muscular upper body, so I can see why he's a light-heavyweight. But he looks like he can do super-middleweight quite easily so he may be at his best in this division. We'll see, but I can't take any chances.'

Mack (31-4-2, 17KO wins) has no concerns about dropping half a stone to secure his shot.

'I'm going to stick to my gameplan and do what I've got to do,' he said. 'Nothing's changed due to coming down in weight, it's just about keeping it basic and replicating what I'm doing in training when the time comes in the ring.

Fighting fit: The Nottingham Cobra insists he is working hard to be in the best possible shape for the fight

Fighting fit: The Nottingham Cobra insists he is working hard to be in the best possible shape for the fight

'I'm still able to eat what I want despite having to drop the extra weight.

'Froch is an A-grade fighter, he comes to fight. But on November 17 he's going to be in front of a real fighter who isn't going to fade.'

Kenny Anderson faces robin Reid for British super-middleweight title

Anderson faces Reid for British super-middleweight title after Groves stripped of title

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 13 September 2012

George Groves has been stripped of his
British super-middleweight title – paving the way for Kenny Anderson to
finally get his shot at winning the belt.

The 24-year-old from London has been
hampered by injury this year, fighting just once since last November
when he stopped Francisco Sierra inside six rounds in July.

Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)

Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)

But the British Boxing Board of Control have now vacated the domestic strap and Anderson will face Robin Reid on the undercard of Kell Brook's world title eliminator against Hector Saldivia on October 20 in Sheffield.

Groves was due to defend his title against Anderson this month but suffered a cut against Sierra which postponed their rematch for a second time. It was also called off in March when Groves hurt his back during sparring.

The first fight between the two in 2010 lasted six rounds before Anderson was stopped but not before he had his younger opponent on the canvas for the first time in his career.

The 29-year-old Scot has won his five fights since that defeat, four within the distance, and is delighted to finally be awarded the title fight.

'It is my time, I'll make sure of that,' he tweeted. 'Robin Reid is a serious opponent, no one is in my mind but him.'

Reid, now 41, is a former world champion at the weight, but retired five years ago after suffering defeat to Carl Froch for the British belt. He returned last year and has won three of his four fights since.

'I'm delighted that Kenny has been given this opportunity,' promoter Eddie Hearn said.

'It's been a frustrating period waiting for the Groves fight but Kenny has remained focused and is ready to challenge for the title on October 20. People may write Robin off but he is coming off two impressive wins and is bang up for this.'

Carl Froch-Nathan Cleverly fight won"t happen – Eddie Hearn

Froch-Cleverly fight won't happen, says Hearn as promoter blasts offer as 'publicity stunt'

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 6 September 2012

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UPDATED:

16:53 GMT, 6 September 2012

Carl Froch will never face Nathan Cleverly with the IBF super-middleweight champion's promoter Eddie Hearn describing an offer for them to meet as a publicity stunt.

Promoter Frank Warren contacted Hearn, boss of Matchroom, stating he was willing to pay Froch 1million to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff.

While Hearn admits the figure is accurate, he insists even a sum several times that amount would fail to persuade Froch to leave a high-quality division full of big names.

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Off the agenda: Froch won't fight Cleverly, according to Hearn

Once the 35-year-old from Nottingham has negotiated his title defence against Yusaf Mack in November, he is being lined up for rematches against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler.

'We must have stated a dozen times it would be impossible for Carl Froch to move up to light-heavyweight,' Hearn said.

'He starts camp at 12stones 4lbs. He'd be fighting blokes at 190lbs in the ring.

'He's world super-middleweight champion and will be defending his super-middleweight title against Yusaf Mack.

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

Forget about Froch: Hearn's advice to the Welsh boxer

'Then it's Bute and Kessler, after that he may hang up his gloves.

'They could offer 10million, the fight isn't going to happen. The money's irrelevant.

'Anyway, the offer they made us was probably half of what I'd pay Carl for the same fight. 'I told Carl about it last night and he laughed. Carl feels sorry for Nathan and thinks he's a good young fighter.

'My advice to Cleverly would be forget about Froch, he's a legend. You're not even at the races with him. Focus on Tony Bellew.

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

Not at the races: Hearn claims Cleverly isn't in the same league as Froch

'By sending the email, they can say they made us a huge offer. It gets people talking about their fighters.

'When you don't have a major broadcaster behind you, you need some cheap free publicity and that's what this is…a publicity stunt.

'I might email Sugar Ray Leonard at the weekend to see if he wants to come out of retirement to fight Froch and tell everyone that Sugar Ray turned down a massive offer.'

Cleverly has faced criticism for the quality of his opponents since being crowned WBO champion. Victory over unknown American Tommy Karpency has hardly enhanced his reputation and next month's showdown with Ukrainian former world title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov is equally uninspiring.

'I feel sorry for Nathan Cleverly, he's a nice kid. But look at the opponents he keeps facing, they're horrific,' Hearn said.

'You can't talk about Bernard Hopkins and Froch when you're fighting guys like Tommy Karpency and Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Warren's efforts to tempt Froch, Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler and Beibut Shumenov into fighting Cleverly have been frustrated.

'Froch, Hopkins and Shumenov are the three big names we really tried to get something sorted out with but unfortunately it was not to be,'

Warren said. 'Hopefully we can resurrect them in the new year if Nathan comes through against Vyacheslav Uzelkov.'

Hearn was speaking at the head to head press conference for Tony Bellew's clash with Edison Miranda at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.

Hearn stated that contrary to claims by Warren, Bellew had not been offered a rematch of his entertaining domestic match against Cleverly last October.

Amir Khan blasts back at Carl Froch

I'm not finished yet! Khan blasts back at Froch and rejects talk of retirement after latest defeat

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UPDATED:

07:11 GMT, 16 July 2012

Amir Khan insists he has no thoughts of retiring following his defeat to Danny Garcia and promised to come back 'a lot better and a lot stronger'.

Khan suffered a devastating second successive defeat in Las Vegas this weekend after being knocked down three times by American Garcia en route to a fourth-round stoppage in their WBA and WBC light-welterweight unification fight.

In the wake of that loss Carl Froch, the current IBF super-middleweight champion, suggested Khan should consider hanging up his gloves, but the 25-year-old Bolton boxer insists he is far from finished and hit back at Froch.

Setback: Amir Khan crashed to defeat against Danny Garcia

Setback: Amir Khan crashed to defeat against Danny Garcia

Down and almost out: But Khan says he will bounce back stronger

Down and almost out: But Khan says he will bounce back stronger

'Carl's always got his little things to say, I think I'll leave it at that really. I'm a young fighter, I'm 25, I'm not talking about retiring, I'm still young and I've got a lot in me,' said Khan, who now has a 26-3 record with 18 early wins and two stoppage defeats.

'If he wants to retire, he can retire, he's talking about retiring. I'm in a tougher division. I'm fighting better opposition and I'm a bigger name than him, and I think that's what burns him really.

Bruised and battered: Khan was knocked down three times in Las Vegas

Bruised and battered: Khan was knocked down three times in Las Vegas

'People are going to say things after this fight, people said things after the (Breidis) Prescott fight (which he lost in 2008), and see how I came back after that. I'll come back stronger, I'm still young, I'm still hungry and I'll come back a lot better and a lot stronger.'

Looking to the future Khan, who is looking for a rematch with Garcia, confirmed he will continue at light-welterweight and said on Radio 5 Live: 'We've just got to go back to the drawing board, sit down with the team and see where we go from there.

Wobble: Bolton boxer Khan took some big hits from Garcia

Wobble: Bolton boxer Khan took some big hits from Garcia

'I'm going to give my body a little bit of a break now, spend some time with my family. There are a lot of options out there for me and it's about picking the right ones.

'The next fight will be in England, I hope. I'm going to relax for a week, not even think about boxing for a week or so, and then I'm going to leave it for my team to do a great job.'

Time to go: Carl Froch (left) says Khan should hang up his gloves

Time to go: Carl Froch (left) says Khan should hang up his gloves

Carl Froch wants to fight Mikkel Kessler

Froch sets sights on Kessler rematch but world champion may have to bide his time

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 6 July 2012

Carl Froch only has eyes for old rival Mikkel Kessler as he maps out his fighting future.

The three-time world champion will return to action against a leading contender in November before facing Lucian Bute in a rematch in Montreal in March 2013.

However, his overriding priority is the chance to settle a score with Kessler next summer after the Danish warrior beat him in a close decision two years ago.

Hammer blow: Carl Froch (left) stunned Lucian Bute in May

Hammer blow: Carl Froch (left) stunned Lucian Bute in May

Nottingham veteran Froch, who turned 35 this week, told said: 'The rematch with Kessler is the fight I really want because he's got the win against me on his record and on my record.

'That's something I want to rectify and it's also a big fight for the fans. It's a massive fight for the fans.

'Me and Kessler gel as fighters and it makes for a really good spectacle. That's the fight I want more than anything else, it really is.'

Champion again: Carl Froch

Champion again: Carl Froch

Froch tore Bute apart en route to a fifth-round stoppage to claim the IBF super-middleweight belt in May and few expected the Canada-based Romanian to exercise a rematch clause.

However, Bute's team have taken that option and both men will have a fight later this year before doing it again next spring.

Froch – who has garnered huge worldwide respect for his punishing run of fights against elite opposition – is not planning to take an easy voluntary defence now.

'I don't want to fight any stiffs or have any easy fights,' he said. 'I want to fight someone who is credible. So whoever is in line who is credible, I'll fight.

'But the big one for me, the fight I want, is Mikkel Kessler. Whether it be this autumn or early next year, if it makes more sense to have it at the City Ground, bring Kessler over here, that would be a massive occasion.

'It would be fantastic and a chance for me to set the record straight in terms of that defeat.'

Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn has no doubt the Kessler fight will happen.

He said: 'I think if I looked at mapping out Carl Froch's next three fights from a financial and career-prolonging point of view, I would take a top-10 defence this autumn, perhaps at the Nottingham Arena, then fight Bute in Montreal and go and do a job on him again, then in the summer have a big outdoor fight with Kessler.

Previous: Froch is desperate to avenge his narrow defeat to Mikkel Kessler

Previous: Froch is desperate to avenge his narrow defeat to Mikkel Kessler

'That Kessler fight will happen, 100 per cent. Whether it's October or spring or summer, that fight will happen. It's too good a fight not to happen.

'It's just a case of getting all the financial details in place and making sure both boys are happy. Carl is a lot easier to deal with in that respect than Kessler but they have both got their demands, their numbers that they think they are worth.

'It's a huge fight which we know will sell out every stadium in the country.

'It's probably going to sell out every football ground in the country. When you've got that kind of interest and that kind of money involved it is a fight that has to happen.'

Carl Froch delays Lucian Bute rematch for home IBF title defence

Froch eyes home title defence in November after pushing back Bute rematch

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UPDATED:

19:35 GMT, 5 July 2012

Carl Froch has delayed his rematch with Lucian Bute in order to accommodate a home defence of his IBF super-middleweight title.

The 34-year-old produced one of the finest performances of 2012 to stop Canada-based Bute in the fifth round in Nottingham, but the Montreal rematch that was written into the pre-fight contracts will not now take place until March 2013.

Froch intends to fight again in the UK in November, though an opponent and venue has not yet been named.

Destructive: Carl Froch (left) beat Lucian Bute in Nottingham earlier this year

Destructive: Carl Froch (left) beat Lucian Bute in Nottingham earlier this year

Eddie Hearn, Froch’s promoter, said:
‘Froch vs Bute has already gone down as one of the greatest nights in
British boxing history. It generated record television audiences and a
sold-out arena where fans were treated to what many respected pundits
and fighters have described as one of the best atmospheres ever felt in a
British fight.

‘Of course, like any fighter Lucian is
keen to avenge this defeat and as per our agreement has the opportunity
to try to make that happen.

‘Both myself and Lucian’s promoter
Jean Bedard feel that it is the best interests of both fighters and any
future rematch that both fighters will take an interim fight later this
year. Froch vs Bute II in Montreal is a massive event and I’m sure that
impressive victories for both men later this year will add further fuel
to the fire.’

Bute added: ‘That was not the real
Lucian Bute in that Nottingham ring on May 26. I spent the last few
weeks reflecting about what went wrong, what happened, and the only
thing that is crystal clear in my mind is that I want my rematch with
Carl Froch as soon as possible.’