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Froch versus Kessler II set for O2 Arena on May 25… hours after Wembley"s Champions League final

Froch versus Kessler II set for O2 Arena on May 25… hours after Wembley's Champions League final

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Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

16:08 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 1 February 2013

Carl Froch's rematch with Mikkel Kessler will be held at London's O2 Arena on May 25, just hours after the Champions League final at Wembley.

The Nottingham super middleweight will attempt to add Kessler's WBA title to his own IBF belt, and exact revenge for his 2010 defeat to the Dane.

The blockbuster is also set to herald Sky Sports' return to pay-per-view after a self-enforced two-year absence with Froch and Kessler expected to share a 4million purse.

Toe-to-toe: Froch's first fight with Kessler was a close thriller

Toe-to-toe: Froch's first fight with Kessler was a close thriller

The fight was announced last month following protracted negotiations and the 17,000 capacity O2 has seen off competition from the Manchester Arena to host the most eagerly-awaited fight in British boxing.

The first clash between the two, in the Super Six tournament, lives long in the memory as an epic 12-round war awarded to Kessler by unanimous decision.

Prime: The battle-hardened Froch is peaking as a fighter

Prime: The battle-hardened Froch is peaking as a fighter

Since then, the Dane has added a fifth world title to his impressive collection by beating Brian Magee in Denmark last December while Froch was devastatingly brilliant in his brutal demolition of previously unbeaten Lucian Bute in Nottingham last May to become a three-time world champion.

Ricky Burns eyeing one more fight before Adrien Broner unification

Burns eyeing one more test before 'biggest fight of his life' against Broner

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UPDATED:

19:39 GMT, 17 December 2012

Ricky Burns will not fight rising American star Adrien Broner until April at the earliest.

The Scot was due to defend his WBO world lightweight title at the Excel Arena last Saturday but prospective opponents Liam Walsh and Jose Ocampo pulled out.

Burns, 29, is instead expected to return to the ring on January 26 in Glasgow while WBC champion Broner will be in back in action three weeks later.

Let down: Ricky Burns was unable to defend his title against Jose Ocampo

Let down: Ricky Burns was unable to defend his title against Jose Ocampo

Assuming both come through unscathed, a
unification showdown could take place in America in the spring – but
only if the price is right.

Burns' manager Alex Morrison told STV:
'I spoke to Ricky this morning and we decided he will not be fighting
Adrien Broner in February.

'Ricky didn’t want to jump from a non-event to the biggest fight of his life in a matter of weeks.

'He’ll make a defence of his title in Glasgow in January and we’ll look at Broner after that.'

Burns had been promised a 300,000 pay-day by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer to fight Broner in February.

'I hope we can make it happen then,'
he said. 'I don’t see why not and Ricky Burns will be paid two or three
times more than his previous best purse. The venue could be Atlantic
City on the East Coast.'

Mouthwatering match-up: Burns could be set to fight Adrien Broner in April

Mouthwatering match-up: Burns could be set to fight Adrien Broner in April

But Morrison added that it will take at least 400,000 to tempt Burns into facing the 23-year-old.

'Ricky will fight in America if the
money is right,' he said. 'That’s 400,000 net, after fees, after tax.
We could be looking at April.'

Broner offered to fly to London at
just two days' notice last week to face Burns, whom he accuses of avoiding
him when the pair fought at super-featherweight.

'I’m ready. Burns is a world-class fighter and I respect him for what he’s done.

'I wanted to fight him when he was WBO
super-featherweight world champion but he moved up a division. I hope
he doesn’t try to avoid me again.

'We should all try hard to make sure
our fight happens. There will be a lot at stake with two belts on the
line. Let’s give fans the kind of fight they want.

'We can all make a lot of money from this fight and be happy.'

Sport England give cash boost to cycling, netball and triathlon

Cycling ends stellar year with more gold… and netball and triathlon profit too

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 17 December 2012

Cycling has received a huge increase in funding to top off a superb 2012.

Netball and triathlon were also rewarded for increased participation as Sport England announced a 493million investment in grassroots sport over the next four years.

However, swimming, tennis and basketball have been told to engage more people to be assured of getting their cash.

Wheely good news: Cycling is among the sports to get a cash injection

Wheely good news: Cycling is among the sports to get a cash injection

Sport England funding

Cycling, the event in which Britain had most success at the London Olympics, will receive 32m — more than any other sport.

Netball is the third highest funded sport (after football in second) with 25.3m to support a game played almost exclusively by women. Triathlon, which will get 7.5m, also aims to put on cheaper events so more people can participate.

Sport England chief executive Jennie Price said: ‘For the first time we have created a specific fund to reward success by national governing bodies who prove they can grow their sports. This is about backing winners.

‘Investment in this scale from the public purse is a big responsibility for the sector and we are committed to a tough but fair approach of payment for results. We are determined to get good value for every pound of this funding.’

Non-Olympic sports such as cricket and both codes of rugby suffered big cuts.

Cricket will see a 15m drop in grassroots funding up to 2017, although the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine programme will receive an additional 7.5m over three years. Rugby union’s allocation was cut by 8.8m and rugby league’s by 10.1m.

The Lawn Tennis Association will receive 7.5m next year but their long-term plan to get more people involved in the game was labelled ‘not strong enough’ and there is no assurance they will receive the 10.3m that has been provisionally allocated to them for 2014-17.

Pride of Britain: The success of the Brownlees has given a lift to triathlon

Pride of Britain: The success of the Brownlees has given a lift to triathlon

Britain’s elite swimmers underperformed at the Olympics and the Amateur Swimming Assocation will also have funds withheld until they can show Sport England their participation plans are working.

David Sparkes, chief executive of the ASA, said: ‘While we are disappointed with the one-year investment for participation, we are encouraged by the confidence Sport England has shown in our plans to increase swimming participation levels over the next four years.’

Kell Brook one win away from world title shot

On the verge of greatness: Brook knows he is one win away from world title shot

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UPDATED:

16:39 GMT, 19 October 2012

Kell Brook will climb through the ropes at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night knowing he is a win away from a shot at a world title, just 14 months after quivering with nerves ahead of an innocuous bout at a leisure centre.

The 26-year-old self-styled 'Special One' was under the management of Eddie Hearn for the first time against Lovemore Ndou at Hillsborough Leisure Centre in June last year, and told his new promoter in the build-up that he did not know if he was up to it.

He would see off the Australian on points, though, and has since grown in both confidence and reputation, so much so that if he beats Hector Saldivia in what amounts to a semi-final for the IBF welterweight title tomorrow, he will be on the brink of ruling the world.

On the brink: Kell Brook and Hector Saldivia go head to head before they face each other on Saturday night

On the brink: Kell Brook and Hector Saldivia go head to head before they face each other on Saturday night

'Fourteen months ago, Kell Brook had his first fight with us, this will be his sixth,' said Matchroom Sport boss Hearn.

'We had a plan straight away to become a mandatory challenger for the title, that was all we wanted to do. We didn't want a small purse or to give away options. We wanted to control our own destiny.

'We started off at Hillsborough Leisure Centre against Lovemore Ndou and he (Brook) was shaking. He was asking me what I thought, whether he'd get a good reception. He sold out with eight weeks to go – people had said he couldn't sell a ticket.

'We went from there to Ponds Forge, then we took the ultimate gamble by moving to Sheffield Arena where we sold 10,000 against Matthew Hatton. We haven't taken a backwards step. People believe in Kell Brook, he's breaking records on Sky and he's a superstar in the making.'

Fully focused: Brook knows he is one win away from a world title shot

Fully focused: Brook knows he is one win away from a world title shot

Unfortunately for Brook, his last outing was anything but super. He clung on for dear life against the well-travelled Carson Jones, taking a majority decision that belied his broken nose and blood-stained shorts.

The close shave has proven to be a wake-up call for the unbeaten Brook, though, who has sculpted his body to new levels in order to preserve his 28(18)-0 record against Argentinean Saldivia.

With a crack at the title, which will be held by either Devon Alexander or Randall Bailey who also fight tomorrow night, on the line early next year as a reward, Brook has left nothing to chance in an intensive 12-week training camp and he admits that a new regime has sharpened his body and mind ahead of Saturday.

Fighting fit: Brook made the weight ahead of the Sheffield showdown

Fighting fit: Brook made the weight ahead of the Sheffield showdown

'I'm in the best shape I have ever been in. It's the best I have ever felt and the easiest I have made the weight. I'm feeling strong and I can't wait for Saturday night,' he told said

Brook had previously thought he was in tip-top condition, but added: 'It's a big eye-opener, you never stop learning and I have taken my body to places it's never been before.

'It's been crying in pain, not wanting to be there but it's had to go there because that's what I have been told to do. I'm now benefiting from the recovery, my heart rate is back down and everything is superb.'

Standing in front of him is 28-year-old Saldivia who himself has an enviable record of 41(32)-2.

'He's no easy pickings,' said Brook.

'He's earned his right to be ranked where he is, he's no walkover and is going to be very tough, you can tell he is and I am going to have my work cut out. I wouldn't want it any other way, I want to excite the fans and they are going to go home with a smile on their face.'

On a stellar card, Brook will be supported by fellow South Yorkshireman Jamie McDonnell, who is also going through the mill of an IBF title eliminator at Bantamweight.

The Doncaster man takes on late call-up Darwin Zamora, the Nicaraguan seconded after Vusi Malinga pulled out, while there is a tasty-looking all-British tear-up between Robin Reid and Kenny Anderson.

Former world champion Reid, now 41, and Anderson will face-off for the vacant British super-middleweight title.

Manny Pacquiao clears way for Floyd Mayweather fight with pay offer

Over to you Floyd… Pacquiao clears way for $100m superfight with open offer on pay

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 21 September 2012

Manny Pacquiao has openly told Floyd Mayweather jnr he will take a smaller purse than his rival in a bid to get their $100million superfight finally inked in.

Mayweather has long insisted that he deserves a larger payday than Pacquiao should the world's two best pound-for-pound boxers ever meet in the ring.

That has proved one of the many stumbling blocks to a deal in the past but now the Filipino superstar has gone public in saying he would take 45 per cent of the purse to allow Mayweather to pocket 55 per cent of the money.

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Pacquiao, a world champion in eight weight divisions and a congressman in his native Philippines, faces Juan Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 but already has one eye on the long-awaited bout with the unbeaten Mayweather, and is prepared to pander to his American rival's string of demands to make it happen.

'I’m waiting for that fight to happen,' Pacquiao told ESPN. 'I don’t know what’s the reason why that fight has not happened.

'It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.'

Pacquiao spoke to Mayweather on the phone in January and was offered a flat $40m fee with no share of the revenue, which he refused.

String of demands: Floyd Mayweather

String of demands: Floyd Mayweather

'I spoke to Floyd… and he offered me an amount,' Pacquiao added. 'He didn’t talk about the pay-per-views here and that’s it. I can’t agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 (split).'

Pacquiao also insisted he would have no problem undergoing random blood and urine tests in the build-up to the fight, something Mayweather has always insisted on and which had previously been one of the near countless stumbling blocks delaying a deal.

Mayweather had accused his rival of taking performance-enhancing drugs, which led to Pacquiao taking legal action for defamation in December 2009.

Earlier this week a Las Vegas judge ordered Mayweather to pay 70,000 because he has refused to appear for a deposition with Pacquiao’s lawyers.

'No problem,' Pacquiao said when asked about whether he would undergo testing. 'Whatever he wants to do.

'Even the night of the fight. No problem.'

Pacquiao must overcome Marquez to have any hope of facing Mayweather. The Filipino has won two and drawn one of their three previous fights, but many observers – and Marquez – have contested that the Mexican deserved to win.

Chavez Jnr faces losing 2m purse after failing drugs test after Martinez defeat

Chavez Jnr faces losing 2m Martinez purse after testing positive for cannabis

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UPDATED:

10:30 GMT, 20 September 2012

Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr could lose his $3million (1.9m) purse after testing positive for cannabis after his unanimous points defeat to Sergio Martinez last weekend.

The son of the Mexican legend lost his WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas, coming alive only in the last round he dropped Martinez.

But the Argentine recovered to hear the final bell and inflict a first defeat on Chavez Jnr.

In the dock: Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr (left) tested positive for cannabis

In the dock: Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr (left) tested positive for cannabis

'Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will have the opportunity to
explain the situation to the Nevada State Athletic Commission,' said a
spokesman for Top Rank, who promote the fighter.

Nevada boxing chief Keith Kizer confirmed one of the 32 fighters who were in action in Vegas last weekend tested positive for a banned substance, but refused to confirm his identity.

Winner: Sergio Martinez recovered from a knockdown to beat Chavez Jnr

Winner: Sergio Martinez recovered from a knockdown to beat Chavez Jnr

Chavez Jnr is no stranger to controversy having served a seven-month ban for testing positive for a banned diuretic after his 2009 win
over Troy Rowlands, which was changed to a no-contest.

He was also arrested on drink-drive charges in January and struggled to make the weight for his February bout with Marco Antonio Rubio.

Kell Brook on the brink of world title shot with IBF ordering eliminator with Hector Saldivia

Brook on the brink of world title shot with IBF ordering eliminator with Saldivia

PUBLISHED:

22:27 GMT, 6 August 2012

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 6 August 2012

Kell Brook faces one last stepping stone to a welterweight world title shot after the IBF ordered a final eliminator between him and Argentinian Hector Saldivia.

The unbeaten Sheffield fighter will face the South American on home turf at the Motorpoint Arena in October 20 with the winner taking the body's mandatory challenger spot.

Unbeaten: Brook

Unbeaten: Brook

Brook is under pressure to perform having struggled in his points win over Carson Jones last month.

Saldivia is ranked in the IBF's top five and has a 41-2 record, with 32 early wins, with Brook at 28-0 (18).

The victor will meet the winner of the all-American title clash between champion Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander in Texas in September.

'I proved I have massive heart against Carson,' Brook said.

'I said after the fight that there needs to be an improvement and on October 20 my fans are going to see me at my very best.'

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Brook, added: 'We have a new team in place that is going to ensure Kell will hit new heights in this fight.

'It was always our goal to secure a mandatory position and now we are just one fight away from making that happen.'

Victory over Saldivia will hand Hearn the chance to bring Brook's world title challenge to Britain via purse bids.

George Groves expecting tough fight against Francisco Sierra

Groves preparing for toughest fight yet as Brit takes on Sierra in San Jose

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UPDATED:

15:42 GMT, 25 July 2012

George Groves is expecting the toughest fight of his career when he faces Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose on Saturday.

The unbeaten super middleweight has been out of the ring since his punishing knockout win over Paul Smith last November.

But Groves is confident he will be sharp enough to deal with the hard-hitting 24-year-old.

Back in action: George Groves has been out of the ring since November

Back in action: George Groves has been out of the ring since November

‘I identified Sierra as a real threat and he could the best I’ve faced yet,’ the Londoner said.

‘He has a really good record and he’s been in with some really good fighters and he’s only lost a couple of times.

‘He usually goes the distance so I hope to wear him down but he’s got 22 knockouts from 25 fights so he’ll be looking for the KO.

‘When he looks to land the big shots, I can show my skills.

Stateside: Groves is in San Jose ahead of his fight with Francisco Sierra

Stateside: Groves is in San Jose ahead of his fight with Francisco Sierra

‘Having time out of the ring is normal; I won’t have more than two or three fights a year. You’ll see a new side to me. I’ll show more variety and a more fluid style. ‘

Groves is expected to face Scot Kenny Anderson for this British title at Wembley Arena on September 14 subject to purse bids.

The pair first fought almost two years ago when Groves was dropped for the first time in his career before recovering to stop Anderson in the sixth round.

George Groves v Francisco Sierra will be live on Box Nation on Sunday morning (ring walk 2am) on Sky channel 437 and Virgin channel 546

Open 2012: Winner to receive 900,000

Open winner to net cool 900k as organisers reveal prize freeze

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UPDATED:

12:58 GMT, 9 July 2012

The winner of next week's Open Championship at Royal Lytham will earn 900,000 – the same as Darren Clarke at Sandwich last summer.

The total purse of 5million has also been kept the same, with the runner-up picking up 520,000 and the top 10 also walking away with six-figure cheques.

Everybody surviving the halfway cut will earn at least 9,000, which is more than double the amount Tony Jacklin won for lifting the Claret Jug on the course in 1969.

Star man: Clarke won 900k for winning his maiden Open title

Star man: Clarke won 900k for winning his maiden Open title

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eve Ballesteros' two victories in 1979 and 1988 were worth 15,000 and 80,000 respectively, while David Duval collected 600,000 on Lytham's last staging of the championship 11 years ago.

American Webb Simpson is still officially in the field for next week even though he has been saying ever since his US Open triumph last month that he does not intend playing with his wife due to give birth just afterwards.

There could be more than the usual 156-strong field this time and because of all the exempt players current first reserve Ben Crane would not automatically replace Simpson if he does pull out as expected.

No rush for Kell Brook world title fight, says promoter

Brook aiming for world title shot this year… but promoter Hearn says there is no rush

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UPDATED:

16:43 GMT, 3 July 2012

Promoter Eddie Hearn has called for patience as the clamour for emerging star Kell Brook to fight for a world title intensifies.

Unbeaten Sheffield welterweight Brook rose through the ranks steadily before seeing his profile soar since teaming up with Hearn's Matchroom firm.

A number of big wins over the past year, coupled with a rapidly growing fanbase, has given Brook, his supporters and the media itchy feet as he inches towards a world title shot.

Face off: Kell Brook and Carson Jones go head to head before their fight as promoter Eddie Hearn stands in the middle

Face off: Kell Brook and Carson Jones go head to head before their fight as promoter Eddie Hearn stands in the middle

However, Brook must beat American Carson Jones on Saturday before meeting Argentinian Hector Saldivia in a final eliminator for a shot at the title, which is currently held by Randall Bailey.

Hearn insists the process must take time in order to secure a mandatory title shot.

'I know everybody wants Kell Brook to go and fight Floyd Mayweather tomorrow but the guy is 26 years of age,' he said.

'There is no tearing rush. I want to make sure we're in a position this year to fight for a world title but what is so important to us is that Kell Brook becomes a mandatory challenger for a world title.

Unbeaten: Brook has a perfect record so far

Unbeaten: Brook has a perfect record so far

'We're not prepared to take two or three-fight options for small money in return for a voluntary shot. We want to work our way into a mandatory position. So if that takes an extra fight or an extra two months, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

'I hear Devon Alexander is going to fight Randall Bailey, the champion, at the beginning of September. So that's fine.

'We'll take the winner, but we'll take them as a mandatory, so there are no ties, we don't have to take a ridiculous purse and meaning we can go and win the world title and then effectively we're a free agent.

'It's so difficult to manufacture a world title shot, particularly in this division. That's why we want to become a mandatory.

Title shot: Brook is aiming for a world title fight before the end of the year

Title shot: Brook is aiming for a world title fight before the end of the year

'It's a big fight anyway. I expect Alexander to beat Bailey so Brook v Alexander, probably some time in December, is going to be a huge fight.

'He's got to beat Saldivia first – he's got to beat Carson Jones even before that – but we're confident of winning both.'

Brook (27-0, 18KOs) and Jones (34-8-2, 24KO wins) came face to face again today for the first time since a fractious meeting when the fight was announced. And the Yorkshireman continued to try to get under Jones' skin at the final pre-fight press conference.

'I notice Carson's slimmed down and looks trim but that big head of his hasn't shrunk down,' he said. 'We're going to be hitting that big head on Saturday and hurting him.”

Addressing Jones directly, he added: 'I don't like the kid. I can't wait to knock you out. You've been beaten before whereas I don't think I've even lost a round.

'You sure aren't going to touch me. You're going to get smoked!'

Oklahoma native Jones unsurprisingly claimed his preparations have been perfect and said: 'I don't care who I'm fighting, I'm going to train like I'm fighting Floyd Mayweather.

'This guy has never been in with anybody as bad as I am.'

Demanding Brook's attention, Jones added: 'Look at me – I feel sorry for you on Saturday.'