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Ricky Burns fights Jose Gonzalez May 11 Glasgow

Scotsman Burns to defend world title against unbeaten Gonzalez in Glasgow

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 26 March 2013

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight world title against Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 11.

The Scot, who recently defected from Frank Warren to rival promoter Eddie Hearn, has been out of action since beating Kevin Mitchell last September.

Burns, 29, had been due to face IBF champion Miguel Vazquez in London before switching promoters.

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

Burns had little choice but to face Gonzalez after the WBO threatened to strip him of the title if he looked elsewhere.

The governing body set a deadline of midnight last night and Eddie Hearn and Gonzalez’s promoter Peter Rivera agreed terms and contracts were signed.

'I’m really looking forward to May 11,' said Burns. 'He’s a big puncher with a great KO record, but I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest. It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow.'

Gonzalez, 29, has won all 22 of his professional contests, with 17 coming inside the distance.

'I'm very glad for this opportunity and it’s a dream come true fighting for the world tittle as the mandatory challenge,' he said. 'I'm not worried about fighting in Burns’ homeland. I'm preparing greatly for this fight and I'm sure I will bring the world title to my country.'

Hearn added: 'It’s been a tough few days and we’ve had plenty of obstacles to overcome, but I’m delighted to bring Jose Gonzalez to Glasgow for what I feel will be the beginning of a new era for Scottish boxing.

'Gonzalez is ranked No 1 in the world, undefeated and comes with a dangerous reputation. It’s imperative that we deal with our mandatory challenger to pave the way for big unification clashes but I believe Ricky will face his toughest test yet on May 11.

'We need the support of all the Scottish people as we begin a new journey and cannot wait to raise the roof of the stunning new Emirates Arena.'

George Groves beats Baker Barakat with second round TKO in Germany

Groves continues winning record by easily overcoming Barakat with second round TKO

, George Groves has now matched that tally in the last fortnight following his second-round stoppage victory over Baker Barakat in Germany.

The 24-year-old super middleweight beat Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena two weeks ago and made light work of his Syrian opponent on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz's world title rematch with Arthur Abraham in Magdeburg.

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

Groves will target the winner of that clash later in the year after starring as chief support to Carl Froch's mouthwatering rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25.

The Londoner, who has now won all 18 of his professional contests, was on top from the first bell, peppering Barakat to the head and body before a left uppercut had the 32-year-old wobbling.

The bell came to his rescue on that occasion but a knockdown in the second session, followed by a further flurry of blows, forced the referee to step in.

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Groves, who recently left Frank Warren to join rival promoter Eddie Hearn, immediately looked forward to a world title challenge.

'It was a good fight,' he said. 'He wasn't at the level I'm used to but I put in a good performance and didn't make any mistakes.

'I'm the No 1 contender with the WBO and was supposed to fight Stieglitz last year but I had to pull out through injury.'

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 fight: Jose Ocampo withdraws from ExCel clash

Burns night chaos as second opponent Ocampo pulls out of fight against lightweight king

PUBLISHED:

09:38 GMT, 11 December 2012

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UPDATED:

09:39 GMT, 11 December 2012

Ricky Burns will be fighting in London on Saturday but not against Jose Ocampo after the 23-year-old Filipino pulled out of their WBO lightweight title fight.

The Coatbridge champion was due to make the third defence of his belt against the fighter ranked 14th in the world, who was himself a late stand-in for Liam Walsh, who was injured in a car crash.

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

However, promoter Frank Warren had it confirmed that Ocampo has also dropped out of the bout at the ExCel Arena in Docklands although the reason is not yet clear.

While the search for a new opponent for Burns is under way, a spokesman for Warren said: 'Ricky's opponent pulled out this afternoon.

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

'But Ricky will still be fighting on the show as planned and we are looking for a replacement now.'

The 29-year-old Scot, whose last outing was a fourth round stoppage of Dagenham's Kevin Mitchell at Glasgow's SECC in September, is aiming for a unification fight with WBC champion Adrien Broner.

Luke Donald leads DP World Tour Championship

Donald leads the way but McIlroy sits one back as top two target another Dubai battle

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 22 November 2012

They’re ranked No 1 and 2 in the world and No 1 and tied second on the leaderboard after the first round of the DP World Tour Championship.

Twelve months after their wonderful duel for the Race to Dubai, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are it again here in the Middle East.

Fresh from his win in Japan last week, world No 2 Donald shot a 65 for a one stroke lead over McIlroy, Scot Marc Warren and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Out in front: Luke Donald is the leader after round one of the DP World Tour Championship

Out in front: Luke Donald is the leader after round one of the DP World Tour Championship

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‘There’s a long way to go, of course, but I think it would be fun for everyone if Rory and myself were to find ourselves in the final group on Sunday,’ said Donald.

‘I’d certainly welcome the challenge, that is for sure.’

There would be no Race to Dubai title on the line this time, of course – McIlroy has already sewn that one up – but Donald has his eye on winning this event and adding more gloss on a season that has seen him win three times already to make it eight victories over the last two and a half years.

‘I’d give this season a mark of eight out of 10,’ said Donald. ‘It is true that I didn’t play quite as I wanted at the majors but around them there are a lot of positives to take into next season.

'I’ve won a good number of tournaments over this stretch and I feel like I am in the finest form of my career.’

Sitting pretty: Rory McIlroy is just one behind Donald after the opening round

Sitting pretty: Rory McIlroy is just one behind Donald after the opening round

McIlroy came to the last needing a birdie four to ensure he would be playing with Donald on Friday and was a little miffed to miss out.

‘There’s always a nice buzz playing with Luke,’ he said. ‘We’re the two best-ranked players and he’s so tough to beat. But let’s hope we can keep playing well and so we’re playing together later in the tournament.’

There was a moment of levity in McIlroy’s press conference when his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki picked up the microphone.

‘Given the amazing support you’re getting out here this week, if you win can I expect a nice Christmas present,’ she said.

Support act: Caroline Wozniacki was there backing her boyfriend McIlroy

Support act: Caroline Wozniacki was there backing her boyfriend McIlroy

‘Don’t you get enough nice presents’ replied Rory.

‘How am I as a cheerleader’ asked Caroline.

‘You’re a better tennis player,’ said McIlroy.

There are plenty of good players in touch who are all intent on ensuring this isn’t just the Luke and Rory show.

Lee Westwood, who clinched both the Race to Dubai and this title here three years ago, is nicely in touch after a 67, the same mark as Padraig Harrington.

Right up there: Lee Westwood is just two shots off the pace after a 67 at the Earth Course

Right up there: Lee Westwood is just two shots off the pace after a 67 at the Earth Course

Two more Ryder Cup players, Justin Rose and Nicolas Colsaerts, shot 68, but Ian Poulter could only manage a 72 and, in typical black and white fashion, said he was disgusted with himself.

‘Finally hit the wall today, the jetlag has caught up with me,’ said Poults, who finished runner-up in Australia last week and won in China three weeks ago.

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 will not fight Ryan Coyne

Cleverly's LA date hangs in the balance after Coyne withdraws due to legal battle

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 30 October 2012

Nathan Cleverly will not defend his WBO world light-heavyweight title against Ryan Coyne in Los Angeles on November 10.

The unbeaten American withdrew from the contest after it became apparent his legal battle with his promoter Don King would not be concluded in time.

The pair were set to go to court on Thursday with King threatening Coyne and Frank Warren with a lawsuit, but now a new opponent will be sought with an announcement due on Wednesday.

Delay: Nathan Cleverly is waiting to discover who he will fight in Los Angeles

Delay: Nathan Cleverly is waiting to discover who he will fight in Los Angeles

Warren has drawn up a short list of three possibilities, although they would have to be ranked inside the WBO's top 15 in order for it to remain a title fight.

'Much as I hate to say it, this fight will not be going forward with myself involved in it,' Coyne told BBC Wales.

'This is the biggest disappointment of my career.

'I trained very, very diligently for this fight and I was devastated when I got the news.

Meeting of minds: Cleverly (left) with aspiring boxer Andrew Flintoff

Meeting of minds: Cleverly (left) with aspiring boxer Andrew Flintoff

'I want to apologise to the fans in the United Kingdom and the United States that this fight won't be going ahead, but hopefully we can get it on at a later date.

'We just have to let the managers and attorney's sort this out.'

Coyne's withdrawal is hugely disappointing for Cleverly, who opted for the LA date instead of a bout with Ukrainian Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on October 27.

Nathan Cleverly fight with Ryan Coyne in doubt over Don King dispute

Cleverly fight is not going to happen, claims Coyne after contract dispute with 'evil' King

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 25 October 2012

Nathan Cleverly's world title defence against Ryan Coyne is in jeopardy because of a contractual dispute between the American and his former promoter Don King.

Coyne was expected to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight belt on a Golden Boy Promotions show in LA on November 10, but the 30-year-old revealed King's intervention has all but scuppered the fight.

'I am sorry to toss a monkey wrench in things, but my fight with Nathan Cleverly is not going to happen,' Coyne told World Boxing News.

Dispute: Cleverly's title fight with Coyne is in jeopardy

Dispute: Cleverly's title fight with Coyne is in jeopardy

'This is purely because of the spite of an evil zealot named Don King.

'I personally am 100 per cent ready to go forward with this fight and I can't wait to oppose Nathan Cleverly next month, but Don threatened the WBO and Frank Warren with a lawsuit and that seems to be that.

'In my eyes, my contract with him expired, but he is now claiming an extension and due to his threats to great promoters like Frank Warren and Golden Boy, it is a dreadful situation that has cost me dearly.'

'Evil': Coyne has hit out at his former promoter King

'Evil': Coyne has hit out at his former promoter King

Cleverly's promoter Warren confirmed to Sportsmail that the issue was ongoing, but insisted Cleverly will be fighting at the Staples Centre.

He said: 'Nathan will definitely be fighting there on that date and hopefully it will be against Ryan, but we'll see what happens. 'I hope to know more later in the day.'

Cleverly was initially due to make the fourth defence of title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on 27 October, but dropped the Ukrainian in favour of Stateside exposure.

Ricky Burns to defend world title against Liam Walsh in London

Burns to defend world title against unbeaten Walsh in London

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 23 October 2012

Ricky Burns faces another world title
challenge from an Englishman after European lightweight champion Liam
Walsh was named as his next opponent – with a unification fight against
Adrien Broner on offer for the winner.

Scotland's WBO lightweight champion,
who was on top form as he stopped Kevin Mitchell in four rounds last
month, will face the unbeaten Walsh at London's Excel on December 15.

Unbeaten: Ricky Burns

Top man: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns

Promoter Frank Warren has lined up a glamour contest against unbeaten American WBC champion Broner for whoever comes out on top.

Walsh stepped up to lightweight in July when he stopped Domenico Urbano in the eighth round at Upton Park to claim the European belt.

The 26-year-old has stopped his opponent in 10 of 13 professional fights, including his memorable Commonwealth super-featherweight title win over Scot Paul Appleby, who was pulled out ahead of the 10th round.

Burns, who has won all seven of his world title fights over two weights, said: 'Walsh is a good strong fighter, he's unbeaten and this is his big chance to win the world title.

'I was ringside when he fought Appleby and he showed tremendous heart and strength to come through when he was deep in trouble.

'I'll be in the best shape possible and will leave nothing to chance for this one.'

The 29-year-old Coatbridge fighter added: 'The big motivator is a showdown with Broner, who I was accused of avoiding last year.

Impressive: Burns stopped Mitchell in four rounds

Impressive: Burns stopped Mitchell in four rounds

'Since moving up to lightweight and winning the world title my stock and profile has increased and now that it's a unification fight it's a much bigger fight than before.'

Walsh felt a date with Burns was his destiny and has already been preparing to cause an upset.

'To fight for the world title is my dream and I'm going to cause a big upset on December 15 at the Excel when I take the crown from Burns,' he said.

'It's always been on my mind that I would fight him one day and it's now here.

'He's a great champion, I've studied and watched him throughout his career and I know I've got the tools to beat him.

'He's looked great in the last few years and he did a stunning job on Mitchell.

'He's in the prime of his career now so when I beat him people will know that I've beaten the best.'

The bill also features Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves against Glen Johnson and Billy Joe Saunders defending his Commonwealth middleweight title against Nick Blackwell.