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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.

Ricky Burns leaves Frank Warren

Burns continues Warren exodus as world champion 'quits' following Vazquez delay

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

09:54 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 7 March 2013

Ricky Burns has reportedly become the latest boxer to leave promoter Frank Warren.

The Scottish world lightweight champion has become increasingly frustrated after his unification fight with Miguel Vazquez was rescheduled for April 20.

Burns, 29, had been due to face the Mexican on March 16 at Wembley Arena but Warren released a doctor's certificate which claimed Vazquez was suffering from food poisoning.

Quit: World champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren

Quit: World champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren

Alex Morrison, Burns' manager, said: 'I regret it has come to this because I have known Frank for nearly 40 years, but it has to be for Ricky's sake.

'I felt we had to do something to stop Ricky stagnating. Two fights have been called off after he has trained hard for them and it was not even certain that the bout with Vazquez would have gone ahead on April 20.

'In fact, I now doubt very much that fight was ever going to happen. Vazquez was supposed to be sick but five days later I'm told he was seen sparring in the States.

Split: Burns with Warren

Split: Burns with Warren

'There were also a lot of issues I wanted settled before Ricky fought again and these were not concluded satisfactorily. I'm quite sorry this has happened, but I have to safeguard Ricky's future and he feels himself that he now wants to move in another direction.'

Burns has not fought since he stopped Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow in September and was left disappointed when first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo pulled out of a proposed bout in December.

Should his departure be confirmed, Burns will follow in the footsteps of George Groves who defected to Matchroom earlier this week after pulling out his European super-middleweight title fight with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye.

Kell Brook, Tony Bellew and James Degale have also left Warren's stable in recent years.

A spokesman for the promoter declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline this morning.

Ricky Burns versus Miguel Vazquez rescheduled

Burns' title clash with Vazquez rescheduled for April after Mexican eats dodgy seafood

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

01:10 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 4 March 2013

Ricky Burns' world title unification fight against Miguel Vazquez has been rescheduled for April 20.

The Scot was due to tackle the IBF lightweight champion at Wembley Arena on March 16 but the Mexican has been suffering from a severe viral infection after contracting food poisoning from seafood.

Nathan Cleverly's mandatory world light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi has also been moved to the later date.

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been rescheduled for April 20 at Wembley Arena

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been rescheduled for April 20 at Wembley Arena

A doctor's report dated February 25, seen by Sportsmail, revealed that Vazquez presented with a temperature of 40C along with sickness and a fast heart rate. He was advised to rest for at least 10 days.

Promoter Frank Warren said: 'It’s very unfortunate that Vazquez has had to withdraw so close to the fight, but it is on medical grounds, which is beyond my control, due to his viral infection, and we have his doctor’s certificate confirming this.

'Therefore I have had to postpone the fight, not canceled as stated in some media reports, to Saturday April 20 at Wembley Arena. Everybody is disappointed by this postponement, but we have worked hard to ensure that Ricky’s unification fight still goes ahead.'

Burns, who holds the WBO belt, had earlier revealed his disappointment at the news.

He tweeted: 'Absolutely gutted this fight ain't happening, another training camp n it's fell through! Not only that, feel sorry for the fans, my friends and family who have now booked tickets, flights and hotels for 2 fights for it to fall through. Sorry every1!'

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

The 29-year-old had been due to fight first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo last December but both pulled out at short notice.

His fight with Vazquez was announced in January but last month the Mexican cast doubt over whether it would go ahead.

'There
is nothing concrete,' he said. 'I am waiting on the response from the
promoters. If they come to an agreement, there will be a fight.'

The announcement follows the shock defection of George Groves to rival promoter Eddie Hearn which is expected to be confirmed on Monday.

The super-middleweight was also due
to fight on the London card but will instead fight a week earlier at the
same venue on Matchroom's 'London's Finest' bill.

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly's title defence against Robin Krasniqi has also been rescheduled

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly's title defence against Robin Krasniqi has also been rescheduled

A statement from Warren Promotions
confirmed: 'George Groves has withdrawn from the Wembley Arena show
promoted by Frank Warren on Saturday March 16.

'Groves was due to challenge for the vacant European super-middleweight title against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye that Mr. Warren won the purse bid for on January 11.

'Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.

'Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.'

Cleverly is also reported to have been suffering from a virus which left him unable to train for five days while Dereck Chisora remains hopeful of returning to the ring next month but has yet to have his hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control after his license was revoked last year.

Ricky Burns versus Miguel Vazquez cancelled

World champion Burns 'guttted' after unification title fight against Vazquez is called off

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

01:10 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:07 GMT, 4 March 2013

Ricky Burns' world title unification fight against Miguel Vazquez is off.

The Scot was due to tackle the IBF lightweight champion at Wembley Arena on March 16 but the two parties were reportedly unable to agree terms.

Burns, the WBO belt holder, has not fought since he stopped Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow last September.

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been called off

Disappointed: Ricky Burns' fight with Miguel Vazquez has been called off

The 29-year-old was told the news by
promoter Frank Warren at the end of an already difficult week in which
super-middleweight George Groves split from his promotional outfit.

Burns tweeted: 'Absolutely gutted this fight ain't happening, another training camp n it's fell through! Not only that, feel sorry for the fans, my friends and family who have now booked tickets, flights and hotels for 2 fights for it to fall through. Sorry every1!'

His manager, Alex Morrison, told The Scottish Sun: 'While there is talk of it being rescheduled within 30 days, Ricky and I are very unhappy.'

Burns had been due to fight first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo last December but both pulled out at short notice.

His fight with Vazquez was announced in January but last month the Mexican cast doubt over whether it would go ahead.

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

Switch: George Groves will announce his move to rival promoter Matchroom

'There
is nothing concrete,' he said. 'I am waiting on the response from the
promoters. If they come to an agreement, there will be a fight.'

The news follows the shock defection of George Groves to rival promoter Eddie Hearn which is expected to be confirmed on Monday.

The super-middleweight was also due
to fight on the London card but will instead fight a week earlier at the
same venue on Matchroom's 'London's Finest' bill.

Of the three title fights scheduled for March 16, only Nathan Cleverly's mandatory defence against Robin Krasniqi remains.

A statement from Warren Promotions
confirmed: 'George Groves has withdrawn from the Wembley Arena show
promoted by Frank Warren on Saturday March 16.

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly faces Robin Krasniqi on March 16

Last man standing: Nathan Cleverly faces Robin Krasniqi on March 16

'Groves was due to challenge for the vacant European super-middleweight title against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye that Mr. Warren won the purse bid for on January 11.

'Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.

'Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.'

Dereck Chisora, the shamed
heavyweight who was stripped of his licence last year after brawling
with David Haye, was due to return on the same night but is yet to have his hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control.

Ricky Burns to face Mexican Miguel Vazquez in world title unification match in March

Burns eyes Wembley glory! Champion set for world title unification fight with Vazquez

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

11:25 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 15 January 2013

Ricky Burns will take on Mexican Miguel Vazquez in a mouthwatering lightweight world title unification clash at Wembley Arena on March 16.

The Scotsman has been out of action since brutally knocking out British rival Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow last September and turned down the chance to face American superstar and WBC champion Adrien Broner in Atlantic City next month.

But Burns, 29, will instead bid to add Vazquez's IBF belt to his own WBO strap in what will be the toughest fight of his career to date.

Fully focused: Ricky Burns will return to the ring in March against Miguel Vazquez

Fully focused: Ricky Burns will return to the ring in March against Miguel Vazquez

'The last time I boxed down at Wembley against Michael Katsidis, the crowd were excellent,' Burns said. 'I'm really looking forward to it.

'This is a dream come true for me. Any boxer would be happy winning two world titles at two weights and retire, but for me I want to continue winning more world titles, unifying them and stepping up the weight divisions. Vazquez is a top fighter and one that I’ve been after a long time so I’m over the moon that it’s happening.'

Burns also denied he was avoiding American superstar Adrien Broner after turning down the chance to fight the unbeaten 23-year-old in Atlantic City.

'Anybody that knows me, knows I'm a fighter,' he added. 'I want to fight the best. i didn't feel seven weeks was enough time to prepare [for Broner], I need 12 weeks.'

Having won the WBO
super-featherweight title with a shock victory over Roman Martinez in
2010, Burns became a two-weight world champion the following year, first
winning the interim WBO lightweight belt against Michael Katsidis
before being awarded the strap outright when Juan Manuel Marquez
relinquished the title.

Fight club: A Queen Elizabeth look-alike poses with Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Burns

Fight club: A Queen Elizabeth look-alike poses with Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Burns

Burns made a successful first defence
against Ghanian Paulus Moses last March before his stunning
fourth-round victory over Mitchell in front of 10,000 passionate home
fans.

He was due to face Liam Walsh at the
ExCeL Arena in London in December but his opponent pulled out after a
car accident. His replacement, Jose Ocampo, then withdrew just days
before the fight after his trainer died.

Vazquez, meanwhile, has lost three of
his 36 fights but only to the highest calibre of opponent. He suffered
defeat on his debut by compatriot Saul Alvarez in 2006 and was also
beaten in a rematch two years later.

Title showdown: Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell in September

Title showdown: Burns celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell in September

Sandwiched in between came a unanimous
defeat by Timothy Bradley, who has gone on to become a two-weight world
champion with a controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao last year.

Also on the Wembley card will be
Nathan Cleverly's mandatory defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title
against Robin Krasniqi, George Groves' European super-middleweight clash
with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye and Dereck Chisora's return to the ring,
assuming he is granted a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Adrien Broner to fight Gavin Rees for WBC lightweight world title in February

Rees beats Burns as Welsh lightweight secures world title fight against Broner

PUBLISHED:

10:33 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 28 December 2012

Gavin Rees has beaten fellow Brit Ricky Burns to a fight with American star Adrien Broner.

The Welsh lightweight was due to face John Murray last month but that fell through when the Mancunian failed a fitness test.

Rees will now challenge for Broner's WBC world title on February 16, subject to signing a contract.

He posted on his Twitter account: ' Looks like I'm fighting Adrian broner 16th feb for WBC title massive fight for me an time for me to become 2 weight world champ.'

The Rock: Gavin Rees will fight Adrien Broner in February

Champion: Adrien Broner will defend his WBC world title against Rees

Head-to-head: Rees will take on WBC lightweight world champion Broner (R)

The 32-year-old has won 37 of his 39 contests but has been out of action since beating Derry Matthews in July to add the British belt to his European title.

Rees, a former world champion at light welterweight, has since relinquished his European strap and in Broner faces one of America's brightest prospects.

Waiting game: Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

Waiting game: WBO world champion Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

The two-weight world champion enhanced his status as the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jnr's pound-for-pound crown with a stoppage victory over
Antonio DeMarco in November.

Broner, 23, then threw down the gauntlet to Scotland's Burns but he rejected the unification fight in favour of a warm-up bout before potentially meeting Broner in April.

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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.

Enzo Maccarinelli beaten by Ovil McKenzie in controversial fashion

Devastated Maccarinelli controversially stopped in second round as McKenzie retains Commonwealth title

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UPDATED:

23:03 GMT, 9 November 2012

Enzo Maccarinelli was robbed of the chance to win the only belt missing from his collection when his light-heavyweight Commonwealth title clash with Ovil McKenzie was stopped prematurely in the second round.

The Welshman, 32, came under pressure from the champion but appeared in no distress, only for referee Ian John-Lewis to end the fight, much to the bewilderment of the former cruiserweight world champion, and the crowd.

'I am absolutely devastated,' Maccarinelli said. 'The referee apologised to me afterwards.

Taking the blows: Enzo Maccarinelli gets caught with a left hook from Ovill McKenzie

Taking the blows: Enzo Maccarinelli gets caught with a left hook from Ovill McKenzie

'We knew he [McKenzie] was strong but it was my plan to take the shots on the ropes. My hands were up and I blocked his shots until the referee stepped in.'

McKenzie meanwhile admitted the fight could have continued.

'It's not my fault, there's nothing I can do,' he said. 'I will give this guy a rematch anytime. The fight could have carried on, I can't lie about that.'

Maccarinelli was involved in a controversial bout for the second time this year following his British title victory over Shane McPhilbin in March.

Stoppage time: Refree Ian John Lewis explains to Maccarinelli why he stopped the fight against McKenzie. The referee later apologised

Stoppage time: Refree Ian John Lewis explains to Maccarinelli why he stopped the fight against McKenzie. The referee later apologised

That fight was marred by the bizarre decision to end the first round 47 seconds early after Maccarinelli had been knocked down. He was floored again in the third before winning on all three judges' scorecards.

Having endured a torrid four years since losing a cruiserweight unification bout with David Haye at the O2 Arena in London, Maccarinelli had hoped to get back on track against McKenzie after serving a six-month ban for failing a drugs test.

Game over: Maccarinelli looks stunned as McKenzie celebrates his win

Game over: Maccarinelli looks stunned as McKenzie celebrates his win

He looked comfortable in the opening stages, although the man from Derby was the busier man which was also the case in the second session before the controversial stoppage.

The final fight of the evening saw Paul Butler maintain his unbeaten record and claim the vacant British super flyweight title with a stunning first-round stoppage of John Donnelly.

The home favourite delivered a sickening body shot after just 69 seconds to send the Liverpool crowd into delirium.

Nathan Cleverly could fight Bernard Hopkins next year

De La Hoya reveals legend Hopkins could fight Cleverly in Britain next year

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UPDATED:

12:18 GMT, 8 November 2012

Oscar De La Hoya has indicated that plans are underway to make a fight between Nathan Cleverly and ring legend Bernard Hopkins in Britain in 2013.

Hopkins laughed off claims earlier this year that negotiations were held to stage a bout against the WBO light-heavyweight champion, but De La Hoya, who founded the Golden Boy Promotions organisation in which Hopkins is a partner, insisted the fight could yet happen.

De La Hoya said: ‘What is very possible is Bernard Hopkins going to Britain to box Nathan.

Man on a mission: Nathan Cleverly hopes 2013 will be a big year

Man on a mission: Nathan Cleverly hopes 2013 will be a big year

‘We feel that the UK fans are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable in the world when it comes to boxing.

‘A lot of fighters in the United States are now realising they should go overseas and challenge the best.’

Six-weight world champion De La Hoya met Cleverly for the first time on Wednesday ahead of his fight with Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Cleverly has struggled to land the big-name opponents in a competitive light-heavyweight division, but De La Hoya believes the Welshman has the ability to match Chad Dawson (WBC), Beibut Shumenov (WBA) or Tavoris Cloud (IBF) in a unification fight.

He said: ‘Nathan can go far. He is a fan-friendly fighter

‘He has a great promoter in Frank Warren. Along with Frank we can come up with the big American fights and bring in the people.

Legend: Bernard Hopkins (left) was last in action against Chad Dawson

Legend: Bernard Hopkins (left) was last in action against Chad Dawson

‘But, ultimately it is up to what Nathan does in the ring. It is in his hands whether he wants to make a big splash or not. As long as you can match him up with the right fighters there is no limit to how far he can go

‘Nathan is that he a strong puncher, but he has good speed. That makes for a dangerous boxer-puncher – that is what I was.

‘He looks motivated, ready to go but he has very tough fight against Hawk. It will be compelling viewing.’

Meanwhile, legendary trainer Freddie Roach has admitted he would love to work with Cleverly.

Praise: Freddie Roach

Praise: Freddie Roach

The unbeaten Welshman has been sparring at Roach's Wild Card Gym and has vowed to return for future camps.

'You want guys like that at your gym,' he said. 'I wouldn't hesitate to take him on,” said Roach. 'He's definitely talented, I'd love to have him.

'We haven't discussed him coming here yet but he's here and maybe there's a reason why he is here.

'I think he is at the right stage where a unification fight would be good for him and he has the potential to beat any of the world champions.

'It is a very competitive division right now – there are some good fights out there for him.

'He's a great boxer but his punching power is not the best in the world.

'He still has a little bit of an immature style of scoring points and getting out of the way, but sometimes you have to take more chances.

'The passive defence gives you a good defence but you can't slip in a counter punch and that is the best way to knock out guys as you can take advantage of your opponent's mistakes.'

Nathan Cleverly won"t leave Frank Warren

World champion Cleverly won't join Warren exodus despite frustrating year

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UPDATED:

10:22 GMT, 21 September 2012

Nathan Cleverly has declared his loyalty to Frank Warren and trusts his promoter will deliver him a ‘mega fight’ in 2013.

European super-middleweight champion James DeGale this week joined Hennessy Sports after leaving Warren’s stable, while Commonwealth light-heavyweight king Tony Bellew split acrimoniously from the veteran promoter in May.

However, Cleverly, who hold the WBO portion of the world light-heavyweight title, insists he will not be following them, despite a frustrating year in which his hopes for a unification fight have not materialised.

Staying put: Nathan Cleverly (centre) remains loyal to Frank Warren (right)

Staying put: Nathan Cleverly (centre) remains loyal to Frank Warren (right)

‘It has been annoying not getting the big names,’ said Cleverly, who defends his title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov on October 27 in Cardiff.

He told Sportsmail: ‘Frank has worked really hard for me, trying to make fights with Beibut Shumenov and Bernard Hopkins. With Shumenov, he didn’t want to come to the UK but couldn’t get a TV deal in the States and with Hopkins we actually had a verbal agreement, despite what he says about not being interested in a fight.

‘A lot has been going on, but it has fallen through for no fault of our own. That is frustrating and I can sense the fans getting inpatient for me to fight a big name, and I want to fight the big names, but I feel this year has been the calm before the storm in some ways because when that big, mega fight comes in 2013 there will be a succession of them. It is a case of getting through these early days as a world champion before the superfights.

Reigning champion: Cleverly defends his world title in Wales on October 27

Reigning champion: Cleverly defends his world title in Wales on October 27

‘Frank and I have spoken about it and he feels next year will be a big year for me.’

Cleverly added: ‘There has never been any doubt about me staying with Frank. He’s the best in the business. I have been very loyal to Frank since I turned professional and I have been under his promotional banner for years.

‘He has been good, given me tough fights, built me up. I owe him a lot. He took me to a world title very quickly. For me, he’s been great. I have stayed loyal to him since day one and he has stayed loyal to me. It is a good working relationship.

‘I think some fighters can get ahead of themselves and think they are superstars before they actually are.’