Frank Warren on Billy Joe Saunders’ Return on September 16

By Frank Warren

Billy Joe Saunders is literally steeling himself up as he begins preparations for the second defence of his WBO world middleweight title on September 16.
 
To ensure he is in the optimum condition for the challenge ahead, Bill has taken up residence in the Steel City of Sheffield, where he will now be trained by Dominic Ingle at the fabled Wincobank gym.
 
I honestly believe this is a smart move by Bill, who has removed himself from any distractions on the home front and he will receive top coaching from one of the game’s top operators.

We are very close to the point of being able to reveal exactly who will be challenging Bill for his world title at the Copper Box. Everything is in place and it is essentially a done deal, but I don’t like to jump the gun until the last i has been dotted and the final t crossed.
 
To be quite honest, there are enough boxers who cannot seem to resist letting the cat out of the bag on social media these days before contracts are signed and sealed and I wish they would keep it buttoned until we are in a position to make a formal announcement.
 
Bill, thankfully, isn’t one to get ahead of himself and his defence against the highest ranked available contender by the WBO will be confirmed very soon.
 
It promises to be some night on September 16, with Bill set to be part of a thrilling double-header before attention switches Stateside to Las Vegas and the long-awaited blockbuster between Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
 
For fight fans it will be a night that is really going to take some topping.
 
For Bill, should he successfully negotiate his business in London, he will be straight onto the next one because he is going to have a busy time of it from now on.
 
Circumstances beyond our control have kept him out of the ring for lengthy spells over the last year or two so he has got to get active now and remind everyone of what he is all about.
 
We need to get him going again, keep him motivated and in condition, so he can do what he does best.
 
Bill is the sort of fighter, a bit like Tyson Fury in some ways, who needs to know exactly who he is up against and when in order to get him stimulated to continue training.
 
He will have that now along with every opportunity to prove that he is one of the best champions out there.

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07/08/2017 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze

Date:  Saturday, July 8, 2017

WBO Middleweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom

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SA’s Tete all class as he reigns supreme to win WBO interim title

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CAPE TOWN – Eastern Cape bantamweight Zolani ‘Last Born’ Tete oozed class over 12 rounds on his way to an emphatic points win over Filipino Arthur Villanueva on Saturday’s ‘City of Champions’ card at Leicester Arena, England.

The fight was a title eliminator for the WBO bantamweight crown held by Filipino Marlon Tapales who claimed the belt last July. Tete was in command from the opening bell and in the 11th round, he dropped Villanueva.

After 12 rounds, Tete was declared the unanimous points winner with scores of 120-107 and 119-108 (twice). Despite the huge margins, the fight was not one-sided but on the occasions when Villanueva broke through his opponent’s defences, Tete responded almost immediately with telling counter-punches to wrest back the initiative.

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 Tete is putting on a masterclass here in Leicester! Heading towards another belt.”

 

Meanwhile, in an interesting development, WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, announced before the start of the bout that Tapales had been stripped of the title because he failed to make weight at the weigh-in for his scheduled defence against Japan’s Shohei Omori on Sunday in Osaka Japan.

As Tete’s bout against Villanueva was originally scheduled to be an elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBO bantamweight title, it was elevated to an interim title fight. In the event of Omori winning, he’ll be declared the champion.

Previously, the Mdantsane-born Tete, 29, won the IBF super flyweight title in December 2015. Tete fights under the banner of British promoter Frank Warren. During the pre-fight announcements, Tete and one of his cornermen wore a T-shirt bearing the late Nick Durandt’s photo with the words RIP. A few years ago, Tete was trained by Durandt.

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Photos: Flanagan, Petrov Putting in Work – With Tyson Fury

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s open workouts at The Printworks earlier this evening. Flanagan makes the fifth defence of his WBO Lightweight World Title against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena this Saturday, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

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Fury, the former linear, WBA Super, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Champion, watched on as local hero Flanagan was put through his paces by trainer Steve Maylett in front of hundreds of Manchester fight fans.

terry-flanagan (1)Undefeated Flanagan, 32-0 13 KO’s, looked in fantastic shape ahead of the toughest fight of his career and treated fans to a scintillating display of speed and power. The proud owner of the longest undefeated record in British boxing was delighted to see Fury showing his support and backed the man who dethroned long-reigning Heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko way back in 2015 to win his belts back.

“It was brilliant seeing big Tyson here showing me some support,” said Turbo. “We are both Manchester lads and want to make our city proud. He shocked the sporting World by beating Klitschko in Germany and I plan on shocking the World by beating Vasyl Lomachenko after I deal with Petrov on Saturday.

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“Like everyone in boxing, I can’t wait to see Tyson back in the ring where he belongs. He is a man of the people and always puts a smile on your face. I’m backing him to win all of his belts back and reclaim his place as the best Heavyweight on the planet.

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“I’m over the moon with the turnout today. It’s great seeing so many young fans taking an interest in the sport and backing one of their own! There’s a massive buzz around the city and seeing all these fans here today has given me a massive boost.”

 

 

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Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov tops an unmissable evening of action at the Manchester Arena; Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash for the WBO Interim World Title; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut along with a talent packed undercard.

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Smith-Williams is now for the WBO interim jr middleweight title

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The World Boxing Organisation today sanctioned the bout between Liam Smith and Liam Williams for the WBO interim super-welterweight world title. Smith and Williams’ showdown will take place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday April 8th, broadcast live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Promoter Frank Warren: “I am delighted to have delivered this opportunity for these two outstanding fighters. This fight has all the ingredients to be a fight the year contender and now, with the added prize of the interim belt, there is more than just pride on the line for both.

“It is well documented that Canelo has plans to step up in weight and that could well see the winner of this becoming a recognized world champion. It’s a great all-domestic clash that I don’t think will go the distance – they are going to come out swinging and it will be exciting while it lasts.”

Liam Smith: “I’m delighted that Frank (Warren) has delivered this opportunity,” said Smith. “I’d like to thank my management team and the WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Varcarcel for keeping faith in me. I said I would be a world champion again in 2017 and this is my opportunity. The winner of this is a world champion in waiting. I don’t think Canelo has any intention of defending the 154lbs world title.

This is a win-win situation for me. If I beat Liam Williams I’ll be in an unbelievable position again. If Canelo decides to defend his belt I think I could do a million times better against him in a rematch. It was well publicized that I had the worst training camp of my career heading into that fight. He’s a world class fighter and I want to test myself against elite fighters. If not, there are huge fights against the likes of Miguel Cotto out there for me. First and foremost I have to beat Liam Williams on April 8th.”

Liam Williams: “This is a massive opportunity for me,” said Williams. “It is a huge fight and a brilliant chance for me to propel my name to the top of the sport. This is going to be a proper fight and I’m delighted that Frank keeps on delivering these opportunities for me. There are some huge fights out there for me if I deliver on April 8th. I was already massively motivated for the Smith fight but this has given me another big boost. I’ve been working towards an opportunity like this all of my career and I’ll be bringing that belt back to Wales with me.

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Parker’s Promoter Higgins: The stakes are high

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing –

David Higgins of Duco Events, who is the co-promoter of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, will be at WBO Head Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 1 when the purse bid for Parker’s mandatory defense against WBO#2 Hughie Fury will be decided. Frank Warren, who is the promoter of Fury, is expected to be in Puerto Rico also when the envelopes are opened.

“The stakes are very high and it’s a nervous situation,” Higgins said. “You have to try and predict what the revenues are going to be and then bid the most you can. If you bid too much you could lose a lot of money very quickly. And if we don’t bid enough, we lose control. We want to fight in New Zealand because we want home advantage. Last year was an Olympic year and Joseph Parker was the most Googled of any New Zealander.

“I’d like to think there’s a better understanding now of how big it is especially now Joseph is world champion. That last fight was watched in 100 television markets. Nearly every sport you can name receives government support and given the fight would attract international visitors and profile you’d like to think it would be seriously considered. I don’t want to pre-empt anything but we probably will prepare a proposal and see if there’s a willingness to make it happen here in New Zealand.

“If he were to beat Hughie Fury his stocks in the UK go through the roof. That sets up a juicy unification bout with the winner of [Wladimir] Klitschko and Joshua. If Joe fought Joshua it would sell out Wembley – you’re talking 100,000 people and millions globally. That could be as soon as June.

“Alternatively you could have Tyson, Hughie’s cousin, calling for his belt back. Another option would be Wilder. That’s another possible unification. So by the end of this year, provided Joseph keeps winning, he could have been in two worldwide events and be a global superstar. But winning is the key in boxing.”

Saunders-Khurtsidze: WBO Orders Promoters to Start Negotiations

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By Keith Idec –

The WBO informed promoters for its middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders, and No. 1 contender Avtandil Khurtsidze on Thursday to begin negotiations for a title fight.

If Frank Warren, Saunders’ promoter, and Lou DiBella, Khurtsidze’s promoter, can’t come to an agreement within 10 days a purse bid will be ordered. The minimum bid for the Saunders-Khurtsidze fight would be $200,000, as per WBO rules for the middleweight division.

England’s Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) reportedly is interested in fighting Japan’s Ryota Murata (12-0, 9 KOs), the WBO’s No. 2-ranked contender at 160 pounds. A fight against Murata would be more lucrative for Saunders, particularly in Japan, but Khurtsidze would have to be compensated before agreeing to step aside and allow that fight to happen.

Khurtsidze has been adamant, though, that he wants to be Saunders’ next opponent.

Brooklyn’s Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21 KOs) has been the No. 1 contender for Saunders’ championship for nearly 11 months, since he stopped previously undefeated Antoine Douglas (19-1-1, 13 KOs), of Burke, Virginia, in the 10th round March 5 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The 37-year-old Khurtsidze’s No. 1 ranking didn’t stop the WBO from skipping him last month and installing its 154-pound champion, Canelo Alvarez, as the mandatory challenger for Saunders.

An Alvarez-Saunders fight would’ve been much more lucrative for Saunders – and the WBO – but Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) ultimately agreed to face fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) on May 6 at an undetermined site. Khurtsidze’s representatives didn’t file an appeal of Alvarez’s installation as Saunders’ mandatory challenger because they were told the WBO would grant Khurtsidze a shot at Saunders if Alvarez decided to fight Chavez.

The 27-year-old Saunders has fought just once since he won the WBO 160-pound title from Ireland’s Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs), whom Saunders defeated by majority decision 13 months ago. The British southpaw beat Russia’s Artur Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision December 3 in Paisley, Scotland, but admitted after their 12-round fight that he performed poorly during his first fight in nearly a year.

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WBO Middleweight Bout Negotiations Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Chairman WBO Championship Committee

Via Email

January 26, 2017

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Re: WBO Middleweight Bout Negotiations Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze

Gentlemen:

Please be advised the parties have ten (10) days to negotiate an agreement for the WBO Middleweight Championship bout between Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a Purse Bid will be ordered.

The minimum acceptable bid for the Middleweight division is $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars).

Any one of the parties involved may call for a Purse Bid at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours truly,

Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

C/c Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

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WBO HEAVYWEIGHT PURSE BID

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Chairman

WBO Championship Committee 

January 24, 2017

             

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Re:     WBO HEAVYWEIGHT PURSE BID

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Gentlemen:

As per Section 11 through 14 of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest (www.wboboxing.com), please be advised that a purse bid will be held at 11:00 am AST on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the:

 

WBO Headquarters

1056 Muñoz Rivera Avenue

Suite 711-714

San Juan, PR 00927

+1 (787) 765-4444

 

The minimum acceptable bid for the Heavyweight Title is $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars). The Purse division for Champion Parker will be 60% and for the Challenger 40%, as accorded during the 2016 WBO Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

President Francisco Valcarcel will be presiding.

Cc:      All Bona Fide Promoters

Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Will Have U.S. TV, Says Pelullo

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By Steve Kim –

According to Artie Pelullo, the head of Banner Promotions Petr Petrov, will be getting another crack at a world title in the spring.

Pelullo confirmed promoter Frank Warren’s announced on Monday, that WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) would be facing Petrov on April 8th in Manchester, England – as part of Warren’s new television deal with BT Sport.

“Petr Petrov is fighting on April the 8th for the WBO lightweight championship of the world against Terry Flanagan in Manchester,” the veteran promoter told Boxingscene.com.

Petrov is a hard-nosed grinder who has a record of 38-4-2 (19 KO’s) and figures to be a tough out for Flanagan.

“I think that Frank (Warren) wants to make good fights for his network over there and in fighting Petrov… the WBO had ordered that  Petrov would be next in lieu of  (Felix) Verdejo fighting on February the 3rd. So Frank called me and said,’Do you want the fight?’ and I said absolutely.”

Verdejo is ranked number one by the WBO, but last year was sidelined with a motorcycle accident that kept him sidelined for the latter part of 2016. He has a tune-up bout scheduled next week in Puerto Rico.

Petrov, a Russian who his based in Spain, is the top rated contender in the WBA, and that title is being contested for by Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla in a March rematch.

This figures to be a solid match-up and Pelullo mentioned – “the fight will be shown in the United States. We have the rights for the fight on American television.”

Flanagan was last in action back in November when he battered Orlando Cruz for a TKO win in Wales, while Petrov broke down and stopped Michael Perez last September in California.

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Billy Joe Saunders vs Artur Akavov delayed until December 3

billy-joe-saunders-wbo-champion-boxing_3762903  Billy Joe Saunders must wait slightly longer to defend his world title

Billy Joe Saunders’ world title defence against Artur Akavov has been postponed by a week to December 3.

Saunders had been due to make the first defence of his WBO middleweight strap on Saturday night in Cardiff, but the fight will now take place in Paisley a week later.

Problems with the translation of medical paperwork supplied by the Russian’s team have forced an unavoidable delay, with the bout having already been delayed once after Saunders suffered an injury in training.

“It’s extremely frustrating for all parties and especially Billy who has been itching to get back into the ring following a frustrating 2016,” said promoter Frank Warren.

“The medicals were sent late and mostly in Russian and once translated it then became apparent they were not complete. Ultimately, it would be too late to find a suitable replacement so postponing it was our only option.

“I feel for Billy Joe as he was ready to make the first defence of his world title and for all of the fans who wanted to watch him.”

Alex Vaysfeld, from Akavov’s team, said: “This is no more than a translation problem and will be easily rectified upon Akavov’s arrival in the UK and I’m glad Frank was able to postpone for just a week.”

Saunders, who seized the title from Ireland’s Andy Lee 11 months ago, admitted his frustration at the postponement.

He said: “I was ready to put on a big performance and defend my title in style in Cardiff but unfortunately this latest issue was totally out of our control.

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“The fight is still on, that’s the main thing and I’ll be fully prepared to defend my title in Scotland next week before moving on to a blockbuster fight in 2017.”

The Cardiff event is still set to feature four big title fights as Terry Flanagan defends his WBO world lightweight championship against Puerto Rico’s Orlando Cruz, while Welshman Liam Williams challenges Gabor Gorbics for the vacant WBO European super-welterweight title.

Tommy Langford faces Sam Sheedy for the vacant British middleweight title and Tom Stalker and Craig Evans do battle for the third time for the WBO European lightweight championship after two hard-fought draws.

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Billy Joe Saunders focussed on WBO title defence against ‘the Wolverine’

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Billy Joe Saunders doesn’t believe he’ll be at his ‘career best’ when he makes his maiden WBO world middleweight title defence against Russian Artur Akavov but he is hoping to ‘blow the cobwebs off’ en route to a successful first victory as champion.

The Hatfield fighter steps back into the ring on Saturday, October 22, for the first time since snatching the belt from Irishman Andy Lee in Manchester almost 10 months ago.

Saunders has been added to the ‘Little Less Conversation’ show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

The 27-year-old has been hampered by a combination of injuries and fruitless negotiations leading up to his first defence and he’s not taking the prospect of European WBO middleweight champion Akavov, who is on an 11-match winning streak, lightly.

Speaking at a pre-fight press conference in London on Monday, Saunders said: “There was the hand injury which stopped me fighting [Max] Bursak [in April] and from then onwards it’s been very frustrating for me.

“I’ve got a new date now and I’m not overlooking him [Akavov].

“He went to the World Championships with Russia so he has some pedigree, has only lost once and I’ve been out of the ring for nearly 10 months.

“I personally don’t think this will be my career best, I need to blow some of the cobwebs off but I know I’ve got to look good doing it and then we’ll look at a big fight in the new year.”

Should his first defence go to plan, Saunders is open to getting back into the ring in December but says he is aiming for a date in February or March next year – against either feared unified WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or WBO light middleweight king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

He continued: “I’m not overlooking anyone but the next big fight I want after this is one of Canelo or Golovkin. My goal is Golovkin in February or March.

“Am I good enough for Golovkin? There’s only one way to find out.

“I’m 27 now, in my prime. If I can’t beat Golovkin now I’ll never beat him.

“If I don’t rise to the occasion I’ll get sharply found out. I believe I can beat him.”

He added: “He’s not invincible. If he wants to fight in December I’m ready. A unification overrules a mandatory so he can do it if he wants to. I’ll go to America and fight him. Canelo? I’ll beat him seven days a week and twice on a Sunday.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “We’re not looking past this fight against Akavov.

“Everyone just thinks he’ll turn up on the night and that’s it.

“Providing Bill comes through this fight and comes through it well, doesn’t sustain any hand injuries and nothing goes wrong then we’ll look at either Golovkin or Canelo.”

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Frank Warren Breaks Down Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Tommy Langford

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By Frank Warren –

My recent purse bid win could prove pivotal to the career of our unbeaten middleweight Tommy Langford.

The 27-year-old holds the mandatory spot for the British title held by Chris Eubank jnr and after winning the right to stage the fight, Eubank will have to put up or shut up.

As most people who have any previous when it comes to dealing with them will testify, attempting to second guess Team Eubank is anything but an exact science. What we do know, however, is that the British title does appear to hold a value to them.

Offers have been presented in the last year or so for a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders, a challenge for the WBA regular title held by Danny Jacobs and, most recently, a shot at the three world title belts held by Gennady Golovkin.

The fact that two of those career-furthering opportunities were knocked back for a tilt at and then a defence of a domestic championship does suggest they won’t give it up without a fight and Eubank jnr remains two defences away from ownership of the belt.

That’s the theory anyway, although there is always very little method in the madness, so watch this space.

What we do know for sure is that our man Langford is more than up for the job in hand.

It is a logical next step for Tommy, who already holds the Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental titles, and claiming the scalp of Eubank would afford him the greater exposure and credibility his talents deserve.

One thing is for sure, he will not be coming in just to make up the numbers.

By his own honest admission, Tommy is not a devastatingly powerful puncher, but he picks his punches well and it is an accumulation of well-timed shots that overwhelms his opponents.

He is supremely conditioned and able to maintain the same workrate from the first bell to the last. It was actually not until his 16th fight – against Lewis Taylor for the Commonwealth – that he was judged to have first dropped a couple of rounds.

He is at the point in his career where he is ready to step it up. Tommy is ranked at No.2 by the WBO and could jump straight into world title contention if he wished but, like Billy Joe before him, he wants to prove his worth at every level before competing for global honours.

You rightly wouldn’t get the credit you deserve as a world champion if challenges on the home front were given a swerve.

A Langford victory would certainly leave the Eubanks pondering the wisdom of a few swerves of their own that they may live to regret. A look at the bank balance could well bring about a few sighs of ‘what might have been’ had it not been for a few lost paydays.

When it comes to signing up for this one, it won’t be Tommy mislaying his biro.

www.boxingscene.com/frank-warren-breaks-down-chris-eubank-jr-vs-tommy-langford–107696?print_friendly=1

 

20 DAYS TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT

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August 1, 2016

Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions

Bob Arum,  Top Rank, Inc.

Re: Negotiations for Mandatory WBO Lightweight Title Bout Between Terry Flanagan vs. Felix Verdejo

Gentlemen:

Please be advised the parties have 20 days to negotiate an agreement for the Mandatory WBO Lightweight Championship bout between Terry Flanagan and Felix Verdejo. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a Purse Bid will be ordered.

The minimum acceptable bid for the Lightweight division is $150,000.00 (One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars).

Any one of the parties involved may call for a Purse Bid at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours truly,

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

C/c: Francisco Valcarcel

WBO_logoWORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION

Via Email Only July 21, 2016

Lou Dibella
Dibella Entertainment

Frank Warren
Frank Warren Promotions

Re: WBO Middleweight Elimination Bout Negotiations Left Without Effect Avtandil Khurtsidze vs. Tommy Langford

Gentlemen:

Previously, on June 7th, negotiations were ordered for the WBO Middleweight Elimination Bout between Avtandil Khurtsidze and Tommy Langford. However, at this time, the order has been left without effect.

Please be advised that the future of the division will be discussed in depth during the WBO 29th Convention to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from the 17th to the 21st of October.

Yours truly,

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.
C/c Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Con el ojo puesto en el Viejo Mundo Verdejo

verdejo Félix Verdejo sacude a Juan José Martínez con un derechazo al rostro durante si combate celebrado el 11 de junio de pasado en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden. (Archivo / GFR Media)

Aunque tiene dos peleas en agenda antes de pelear por el título, su promotor ya está en pláticas con el campeón inglés Terry Flanagan

Ricky Márquez no es de los que cruza el río antes de llegar al puente.

Pero parece que -en el caso de su pupilo Félix  Verdejo-, ya Márquez puede ver el puente en el horizonte.

El puente se llama Terry Flanagan.

“Ya estamos hablando con el promotor de Flanagan (Frank Warren) y está muy receptivo a nuestra propuesta”, dijo anoche a El Nuevo Día Bob Arum, fundador de Top Rank, la empresa que tiene a Verdejo bajo contrato promocional, agregando que no tienen fecha para el encuentro, preliminarmente proyectado para principios del 2017.

El británico Flanagan es campeón mundial de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en las 135 libras y un púgil muy popular en su país natal, Reino Unido. Tiene marca de 30-0, con 12 nocauts. Su victoria de más relieve fue el 10 de octubre pasado en Manchester, Inglaterra. Esa noche noqueó aparatosamente al cotizado contendiente Diego Magdaleno, (28-2, 12 nocauts) en el segundo round.

El mexicoamericano llegó a la pelea con Flanagan cargando solo un revés profesional, vía cerrada decisión dividida ante el entonces campeón boricua Román “Rocky” Martínez.

Flanagan también noqueó en dos asaltos  al mexicoamericano José Zepeda, quien llegó a esa pelea con marca de 23-0 y 20 triunfos por nocauts.

Flanagan tiene señalada una defensa titular este sábado en Cardif, Gales, ante Mzonke Fana (38-9, 16 nocauts).

Por su parte, a Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo, le gusta la idea de  que la primera cita titular de Verdejo  sea con el campeón mundial  de Manchaster.

“En mi pensar, (Verdejo) está listo. El pollito está curtido, está ‘ready’ para las peleas grandes, las de título mundial. Y definitivamente en las 135 (libras”, sostuvo Márquez.

“Flanagan es un buen peleador, zurdo, de buenos recursos técnicos. Aunque no tiene record de pegador, a Diego Magdaleno lo noqueó feo temprano en la pelea. Pero para ese tipo de reto nos estamos preparando”.

Contra Juan Díaz la próxima

Antes de retar a Flanagan, el peleador de Las Gladiolas deberá vencer al rudo veterano tejano Juan Díaz (41-4, 20 nocauts), quien fue el campeón mundial unificado en las 135 libras de 2007 a 2008.    “Esa pelea será parte de la cartelera de Manny Pacquiao en octubre”, explicó Arum.

Por su parte, Márquez dijo que mucho depende de cómo luzca su pupilo ante  Díaz. Tras evaluar su desempeño ante Díaz, podrían optar por otra pelea preparatoria para Félix, antes de la oportunidad titular ante Flanagan.

Local o visitante

Márquez también expresó que están dispuestos a viajar a Inglaterra para retar a Flanagan.

“Todo es negociable. El campeón es él . A nosotros nos encantaría que fuera acá. Pero si esa es la única manera de ganar el campeonato vamos a donde sea”, aseveró el entrenador y manejador. “Yo estoy seguro de que mi gallo no extraña gallinero. Félix pelea bien aquí en Puerto Rico o donde sea”.

Sin embargo, Arum indicó que retar al campeón en su cancha no es la única opción.

“En las conversaciones que hemos tenido al respecto, Frank Warren ha lucido muy interesado en la pelea, y dispuesto a enfrentar a Verdejo en Estados Unidos”, sostuvo Arum.

Para la pelea con Díaz, la idea de Márquez es que  Verdejo (22-0, 15 nocauts) se acuartele de nuevo, tal y como lo hizo para su parada pelea, contra Juan José Martínez, a quien noqueó en 5 asaltos en su última salida, el 11 de junio en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden de Manhattan.

http://www.elnuevodia.com/deportes/boxeo/nota/conelojopuestoenelviejomundoverdejo-2220728/

 

I BACK BEEFY TO BRING HOME THE BACON

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By Frank Warren –

Liam Smith didn’t need asking twice when it was suggested that he might like to defend his title against a certain Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Canelo v Smith

“Yeah, I’m having that,” he said. “That’s the fight I want – let’s get it on.” Well, it is on, the deal is done and dusted and it’s all happening in America on September 17.

The Mexican superstar detonated a bomb on the chin of Amir Khan last time out and now, of course, the question everyone will be asking is whether Beefy can avoid a similar unhappy landing.

He thinks he can – and so do I. Otherwise we wouldn’t take the match. I think he has a really good chance to beat Alvarez.

Obviously this is a tough fight against one of the world’s greatest boxers, but at this stage of his career he needs a challenge and Beefy certainly won’t duck a challenge.

What he has going for him is his self-belief, the fact that he is natural at the weight and he has a far stronger chin than Amir and is nowhere near as reckless. He is not going up two weights as Amir did, but I think he is one of the best young fighters around and is not in the least fazed about stepping into the ring with the great Canelo.

The worst thing that can happen for him is that he gets beat, but that would be by no means the end of the world for him, or other world title fights. Unlike Amir, he is not nearing the end of his career, he is young enough and resilient enough to come back.

However, I actually think he has the tools to do the job. He is a cannier fighter than Khan and, indeed, other super welterweights. He has stealth and style, along with a mean streak – and he can bang.

Unfortunately Amir didn’t carry the punch power at the weight but, this time, against another Brit, I think Canelo will have his hands full and will discover that Smith’s style has often been likened to that of a Mexican.

Against Canelo you need to be able to put it on him and we know he can be taken the distance, as Matthew Hatton will confirm. What’s more, Liam is a good body puncher and he always seems to rise to the occasion, the better the opponent.

He’ll revel in the atmosphere, believe me, and you never know, the way he rifles in his shots like a smiling assassin, he might just enjoy the last laugh too.

You can see that action live on BoxNation on September 17th.

www.frankwarren.com/i-back-beefy-to-bring-home-the-bacon/

 

07/09/2016 Terry Flanagan vs. Mzonke Fana

Date:   Saturday, July 9, 2016

WBO LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT

Location:   Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N. Arena), Lancashire, United Kingdom

Promoter:    Queensberry Promotions / Frank Warren

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TV:  USA HBO, Germany RTL

Tyson Fury withdraws from heavyweight world title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after suffering ankle injury during training

35A0C3A000000578-3658488-Peter_Fury_also_tweeted_this_picture_showing_Tyson_s_bruised_ank-a-65_1466777413529 Peter Fury also tweeted this picture showing Tyson’s bruised ankle, suffered during training 

 

  • Tyson Fury has postponed his heavyweight world title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko scheduled for July 9 at the Manchester Arena
  • Defending champion has sprained his ankle during training in Lake District
  • Fury made the announcement via a short video on his Instagram account
  • His trainer Peter Fury posted pictures of his bruised and swollen ankle
  • Fury stunned Klitschko when he won on points in Dusseldorf in November 

Forests of quizzical eyebrows were raised when Tyson Fury pulled out of his world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko but his TV paymaster Frank Warren has confirmed the ankle injury is genuine and the fight will be rescheduled.

Suspicions initially ran deepest in the Austrian Tyrol where Klitschko has been training intensively for his bid to regain the championship belts which Manchester’s Gipsy King prised from him in a huge upset in Germany.

However, the man who dominated the heavyweight division for a decade has accepted the delay, saying: ‘Of course I am currently totally disappointed. I also feel sorry for my fans who were very excited. But this just means I’ll get my belts back a few weeks later.’

3387EED200000578-3658488-image-a-46_1466776743962 Photo by Getty Images / Tyson Fury has withdrawn from his world heavyweight championship rematch with Wladmir Klitschko

 

 

 

 

35A0BEC000000578-3658488-Fury_s_trainer_Peter_posted_a_Twitter_image_of_his_bruised_and_s-a-61_1466777268370 Fury’s trainer, Peter, posted a Twitter image of his bruised and swollen ankle

The new working date is October 29, again at the Manchester Arena.

Warren, despite his own disappointment at a cancellation so close to the fight date of July 9, reports that Fury has no option but to withdraw.

As Fury posted pictures of his bruised and swollen ankle on his Instagram site, Warren, head of the BoxNation subscription channel, said: ‘There is no way Tyson could have boxed in the next couple of weeks. He went over on the ankle while running. We’re all gutted this has happened. It has cost us a fortune but we will get it back on.’

Fury had ballooned up to more than three stones over his fighting weight before going into training and there have been reports that he broke camp briefly to attend a rave in Anglesea. Then he posed for selfies with fans in a pub there on Monday as he watched England’s European Championship match against Slovakia.

However, Fury, who was in prime condition at his training camp in Holland two weeks ago, told his supporters: ‘I got a little bad news for you all. Almost 10 days ago I was running in the Lake District and I went over and sprained my ankle. Been to hospital. Had X-rays and MRI scans.

3396BA3C00000578-3658488-image-a-62_1466777271594 Photo:  Kevin Quigley / Fury and Klitschko pictured at a press conference in Manchester to promote the upcoming fight

3396D82400000578-3658488-image-a-63_1466777302832 Photo:  Kevin Quigley / Fury goaded his opponent by removing his shirt and saying ‘you lost to a fat man’

100748E700000514-3658488-image-a-67_1466777586372 Photo:  Getty Images / Fury connects with his left hand during his win over Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany in November

‘Not broken but I was told to keep off it for six to seven weeks. Tried to train a bit but a second opinion was the same. So sorry to let all my fans down and apologies to everyone who’s booked the date.’

The postponement will not be helpful to Klitschko, given the strain of perfecting preparations at the age of 40.

But Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy says: ‘There is no way we could let Tyson fight a man like Klitschko when anything less than 100 per cent fit. And we will rearrange the fight.’

There had also been rumours that tickets were not going well but Warren reports: ‘We had sold more than 17,000, which left only a couple of thousand remaining.’

Tickets already purchased will be honoured in October.

2EE54B2000000578-3658488-image-a-69_1466777644275  Photo:  Getty Images / The Ukrainian was left stunned after Fury won their first fight on a unanimous points decision

3595B09400000578-3658488-Klitschko_had_said_earlier_this_week_that_Fury_reminds_him_of_Hi-a-70_1466778581784 Klitschko had said earlier this week that Fury reminds him of Hitler due to his comments on Jewish people

3595B0B000000578-3658488-Normally_mild_mannered_Klitschko_s_Hitler_comparison_was_out_of_-a-71_1466778588267 Normally mild-mannered, Klitschko’s Hitler comparison was out of the ordinary and has clearly offended Fury

Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, says: ‘This is unfortunate. Wladimir was in great form. But we will be ready to go to Manchester on the new date.’

Earlier in the day, Fury responded angrily to Klitschko likening him to Adolf Hitler. Klitschko made that stark comparison after reading Fury’s views on Jewish people.

As a member of the travelling community, Fury responded: ‘You recently said I’m like Hitler. Wladimir has no education in the matter. He does not realise Hitler killed hundreds of thousands of gypsies, if not millions.

‘A lot of my ancestors were mass-murdered by Hitler. To call me that is a very, very bad insult, friend. Let’s not forget that your people the Ukrainians were the guards in the death camps where my people were slaughtered. You stupid f****** Ukrainian p****.’

There was much hype and mutual promotional baiting before the November fight in Dusseldorf.

Now the bad blood is for real.

Fury v Klitschko will be televised live on BoxNation, most likely on Saturday, October 29. 

339E450800000578-3658488-Tyson_Fury_s_war_of_words_with_Wladimir_Klitschko_has_continued_-a-74_1466778596999 Photo:  Getty Images / Tyson Fury’s war of words with Wladimir Klitschko has continued ahead of their world heavyweight title bout
359FE36600000578-3658488-Fury_has_hit_out_at_Klitschko_once_again_on_Instagram_describing-a-73_1466778591200359FE36600000578-3658488-Fury_has_hit_out_at_Klitschko_once_again_on_Instagram_describing-a-73_1466778591200                                                 Fury has hit out at Klitschko once again on Instagram, describing him as a ‘stupid f****** Ukrainian p****’

www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-3658488/Tyson-Fury-withdraws-heavyweight-rematch-Vladimir-Klitschko-suffering-ankle-injury-training.html