Calzaghe: Pacquiao can give Mayweather problems by throwing combinations

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By Chris Williams: It’s become abundantly clear that for Manny Pacquiao to have a chance of winning on Saturday night in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao is going to need to put a great deal of pressure on Mayweather and look to overwhelm him with combinations in each and every round of the 12 round fight.

Former super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe realizes the predicament that Pacquiao is in and he feels that he’s going to need to stay on top of Mayweather for the full three minutes of every round for him to be able to get the victory.

Calzaghe notes that Marcos Maidana had success at times against Mayweather by pressuring him, and he thinks that Pacquiao might be able to have the same kind of success if he can pressure him in the same way.

“Manny Pacquiao has definitely got a chance. He has to be very fast, [throw] fast combinations, use his southpaw skills, but don’t be too careless because Mayweather is really good with that right hand and that left hook,” Calzaghe said via Sky Sports News HQ.

Throwing combinations works against fighters that standstill for you to get your shots off, but against mobile fighters like Mayweather, it’s going to be very difficult. Pacquiao has been able to throw a lot of shots against stationary fighters like Joshua Clottey, Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley, but he’s going to have a difficult time against a fighter like Mayweather.

Pacquiao will need to be able to chase Mayweather around the ring if he’s to land his combinations like Calzaghe mentions. I don’t know if that’s something that the short-legged Pacquiao is going to be able to do in this fight because Mayweather changes direction well, so even if you catch up to him, he’s going to reverse direction and make the Filipino fighter look really bad. The only way Pacquiao might do well is if Mayweather stops with his back against the ropes either to rest or to test what Pacquiao has got in terms of offensive fire power. If Mayweather discovers that Pacquiao has too much for him in that kind of combat, then he’s going to go mobile and force Pacquiao to use his shorter legs to chase him. In that case the full advantage will go to Mayweather.

“There is no way he is going to out-box Floyd Mayweather,” Calzaghe said. “When it comes to boxing skills, Mayweather is a much better fighter. Manny Pacquiao needs to be aggressive, he needs to throw punches in bunches, combinations, have a high work rate, like Maidana did.” Calzaghe said.

Asking Pacquiao to ape Maidana isn’t going to work because Mayweather isn’t going to use the same style that he employed in the Maidana fights. Its apples and oranges here. Calzaghe isn’t giving Mayweather much credit at all for his ability to adapt and use a different game plan to fit a different opponent.

Getting Mayweather to stop in order for Pacquiao to throw his combinations will require for Pacquiao to hold Mayweather down the way Maidana did by him leaning on him with his 165 pound frame. Given that Pacquiao may come into the fight at no higher than 150 pounds, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

Pacquiao will be too light to lean on Mayweather and I don’t think it would work anyway because Pacquiao doesn’t have a good inside game at all period. He’s just a little fighter that shoots forward, throws a small flurry, and then scurries away to the outside.

“I would have to go with the undefeated fighter, Mayweather, to win the fight, probably on points, but Manny Pacquiao is a very dangerous fighter,” Calzaghe said.

http://www.boxingnews24.com/2015/04/calzaghe-pacquiao-can-give-mayweather-problems-by-throwing-combinations/

 

 

El gran desafío de Valcárcel

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Lo que dejó la 27ma convención de la OMB, realizada en el Caesars Palace

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LAS VEGAS — El Caesars Palace, cargado de lujo de estuco y de gran historia boxística, ya quedo atrás. “El hogar de los campeones”, como fue reconocido por muchos años, fue también testigo del ocaso triste de uno de los justamente, grandes campeones del boxeo, como Joe Louis, quien terminó sus días como un empleado de lujo del hotel-casino. Y en su estadio abierto, que ya no está, Muhammad Alí vivió su última noche grande cuando perdió frente a Larry Holmes, en una pelea que Don King, había bautizado, paradojalmente, “El último hurra”.

Hoy es hoy y los tiempos han cambiado. El presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel lo sabe, y muy bien. Aunque lleva veinte años en la presidencia -algo que pareciera normal en estos organismos, teniendo en cuenta por ejemplo, que José Sulaimán encabezó el Consejo durante más de treinta años-, piensa retirarse a tiempo. “No me gustaría que alguna vez alguien me diga o me aconseje que ya es momento del retiro -afirma Valcárcel- ni tampoco quiero ser recordado por haberme hecho eterno en el poder, prefiero que me recuerden por buena persona y por dirigente honesto”.

La WBO se ha separado varios pasos de los otros organismos. No es una manera de decir. Baste mirar que, en las reuniones tripartitas convocadas por el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), integrando a la Asociación Mundial (WBA) y a la Federación Internacional (IBF), Valcárcel no asistió. Y no solamente eso, sino que demás afirmó que son reuniones “que terminan siendo una pérdida de tiempo y que no cambian nada, por eso preferimos seguir nuestro camino”.

Asistieron más de cuatrocientas personas de todo el mundo, lo cual significa crecimiento. De hecho se esperaban trescientos asistentes. El mercado chino ya ha sido incorporado desde hace varios años -todo un logro de Valcárcel-, y el propio Japón, que durante años no reconoció a la WBO, también ya forma parte del grupo. La Organización tiene mojones muy fuertes en Europa, especialmente en Inglaterra y Alemania. Y, por supuesto, el mercado norteamericano y latino.

Esto no quiere decir que la WBO sea una organización perfecta, ni mucho menos, pero si apunta a dos hechos que fueron el hilo conductor de esta semana de Convención en el Caesars Palace. Uno, fue sin dudas, el análisis de la ley Muhammad Alí. El otro, la transparencia de la entidad y de sus oficiales de ring.

De esta manera, el secretario general de la OMB José R. Izquierdo, efectuó una presentación ante el Comité Ejecutivo y asistentes en generales, sobre la Ley de Reforma de Boxeo Muhammad Ali y sus consecuencias en los otros organismos que sancionan al boxeo.

Izquierdo hizo hincapié en que la WBO “quiere dejar rotundamente en claro que nuestra posición es trabajar conjuntamente con la Asociación de Comisiones de Boxeo (ABC)”. La idea es que las organizaciones deben evitar el aislamiento que crean las limitaciones de jurisdicción. Y, entre otros temas, Izquierdo pidió que se busque la forma de aclarar la denominación de “asesor” en el boxeo, y “que se defina su naturaleza y alcance”. De hecho se formó un comité OMB para que presente un informe con sus conclusiones a los legisladores de los Estados Unidos, con el objeto de que se mejore la Ley de Reforma de Boxeo Ali, para tornarla más eficaz. “Es bueno tener en cuenta, y hablo como abogado también -dijo Valcárcel- que esta actividad, el boxeo, es muy compleja, más de lo que parece. Y no siempre la letra fría es aplicable. Creo que es importante que quienes se encargan de la ley Alí cuenten en su equipo con veteranos del boxeo, para escuchar sus opiniones”.

Una visión tal vez más simplista de esta convención, o con menos profundidad de análisis, no puede dejar de mencionar que fueron agasajados especialmente dos ya ingresados al Hall de la Fama: Oscar De La Hoya y Joe Calzaghe, por sus grandes carreras profesionales. De la misma manera que, entre tantos invitados importantes, estuvo Marco Antonio Barrera. Y que asistieron dos campeonas mundiales japonesas, Nao Ikeyama, monarca de la OMB en el peso átomo (102 libras) y la campeona junior mosca (108 libras) Kimiko Seser Ikehara. También estuvieron presentes el dos veces campeón mundial de la WBO, Orlando Salido, otro ex campeón mundial en diferentes categorías como James Toney, la ex campeona Hanna Gabriels y la actual campeona mundial Carolina Duer. Marco Huck campeón crucero- fue distinguido por su trayectoria.  valcarcelmarcohuck_300x200

Pero los temas de fondo fueron otros, sin duda. “Queremos que nuestros campeones se distingan. Nuestros campeones tienen que tener, ante todo, prestigio”, enfatizó Valcárcel. “El aficionado no entiende la gran proliferación de campeones interinos, alternativos, en receso… Confunden a la gente y sus propios portadores tienen apenas porciones, por eso los campeones WBO tienen que distinguirse”.

Otro tema que no puede soslayarse es el crecimiento de la incursión de AIBA en el boxeo profesional, a través de certámenes por equipos (Argentina, México, Italia, entre otros tantos países, ya participan de estas competencias) en donde también pueden combatir boxeadores amateurs que, incluso, clasificarán para los Juegos Olímpicos.

“La AIBA no puede entrar en los Estados Unidos, porque en este país no se puede ser promotor y dirigente al mismo tiempo. La AIBA nos hizo un gran favor a nosotros, la WBO, porque de sus filas pudimos clasificar a Vasyl Lomachenko (campeón pluma) o a Zou Shiming dijo Valcárcel-, pero convengamos en que es un boxeo de poco vuelo. Los boxeadores que se conformen con un sueldo, podrán competir en esos torneos, pero los que quieren ser un Oscar De La Hoya o un Carlos Monzón, o un Ray Leonard, los que quieran ser figuras de verdad, no pueden crecer en esos torneos”.

La transparencia fue, sin dudas, otro de los temas. “No se puede ser dirigente y manager, los roles son diferentes y deben caer en diferentes personas. No se puede ser directivo y manager de boxeadores -expresó Valcárcel-. De la misma manera en que buscaremos la manera de que las actuaciones de los jurados sean mejores, para evitar malos fallos y lo que es todavía peor, la desconfianza de la gente”.

El tema de los fallos controversiales forma parte del folklore del boxeo: no siempre todos vemos una pelea de la misma manera. Pero, cuando las diferencia de puntajes son tremendamente grandes, “estamos ante un problema y queremos solucionarlo. De hecho, estamos pensando poner fuertes penalidades a quien, de alguna manera, en su condición de oficial de ring, pueda tener una conducta errónea, y subiremos las multas de 50 mil dólares a 250 mil y de un año de suspensión también llegaremos a los cinco años…”, expresó Valcárcel.

En la fiesta final estuvo presente Bob Arum (fue galardonado como el promotor del año) quien estuvo cerca de Oscar De La Hoya… pero en mesas separadas (podría ser también, el premio a “la foto que no fue”, puesto que no hubo oportunidad de reunirlos…).

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En una palabra: hubo premios para todos -una costumbre de Francisco Valcárcel- y no faltó la música salsa, aunque con el agregado del mariachi. Ni tampoco faltó la cordialidad y la amistad. Pero, mientras se hacen planes para la próxima convención en Orlando, Florida, quedan en pie varios compromisos.

Que las promesas de profundizar la Ley Ali, o el desafío de analizar a fondo los malos fallos, o la obligación de que no proliferen títulos que confundan al aficionado no sean solamente proyectos, sino realidades.

Un compromiso que el boxeo necesita y que WBO promete ir corrigiendo. Ojalá lo puedan ir logrando, para que Francisco Valcárcel y el organismo sean reconocidos, con el tiempo, por su trayectoria, pero también por sus objetivos cumplidos. Ese es el gran desafío.

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

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By David Finger \ Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO\

The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as anticipated, the open forum of the championship and ratings committees was not without fireworks. The day began with a short video presentation of the charitable work done by both the WBO and numerous WBO champions to promote the WBO “Kids Drug Free” program.

The second order of business came when Vice President John Duggan proposed a resolution that clarified that the position of “vice president of the China Zone” is now vacant and that the China commission is not to use any trademarks or logos. The resolution would also transfer this over to the Asia Pacific region. The resolution would be passed unanimously.

There then followed a brief discussion of the 2015 budget and a proposed amendment to the budget, which passed as well. Following this budget discussion, Joe Cortez briefly spoke of the role of instant replay in Nevada. “Instant replay in Nevada has been in play for two years,” Cortez said, “but it hasn’t been used.” Cortez noted that in Nevada only a referee has the discretion to overturn his or her decision, before adding that the “door was open” to any adjustments that needed to be made in regards to the rule as it stands in Nevada.

From there WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri spoke of the importance of being a role model as a champion.

“Being a champion is a world wide title,” Algieri said, “there are a lot of eyes on you. A lot of young eyes. As a champion you want to present yourself to the world as a champion. As a role model.” Algieri was subsequently presented the WBO Gordy Volkman Man of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Following the presentation of the Gordy Volkman Award to Algieri, the discussion then turned to where to host the 2015 WBO Convention. Although the Philippines had been the early front runner, having been named in 2013 as the location of the 2015 convention, it was passed over for Florida. Citing concerns over the recent typhoon in the Philippines, and the impact that had on the feasibility of hosting the event there, President Valcarcel accepted a recommendation for the 2015 WBO Convention to be held in Orlando, Florida. Puerto Rico was named as a backup location. President Valcarcel, however, indicated a strong desire to eventually have the WBO convention in the Philippines in the near future.

A brief video fallowed in which highlights of the 2013 WBO Convention in Budapest was shown. Heavyweight Charles Martin was awarded the NABO fighter of the year award at that time as well as several other special recognition awards to journalist Pedro Fernandez, Ulf Steinforth, and Wladimir Klitschko. Wilfried Sauerland was given an award after having been named “European Promoter of the Year” as well.

From there the ever contentious championship and ratings committee kicked off with their session.

This started in the mini-flyweight division, where Japanese matchmaker Ulysses Sato pushed to have his fighter enter the WBO rankings.

There were no requests at junior flyweight and only one at flyweight (to move an undefeated European champion into the WBO ranks). However, the relative lack of controversy in the lowest weight classes was not a harbinger of what would follow, as the discussions became more intensive starting with the junior bantamweight division. Representatives for #5 ranked Paul Butler requested a move to #1 or, in the alternative, to have the winner of the Paul Butler-Jamie Conlan fight be named the mandatory challenger. Conlan is ranked #7 by the WBO. Although Frank Warren’s request to have the winner of the Butler-Conlan fight named “interim champion” was denied, the committee and President Valcarcel did agree to name the winner of that fight as mandatory challenger for champion Omar Narvaez.

At bantamweight several promoters made arguments to have their fighters move into the top ten, most notably #13 ranked Pungluang Sor Sinyu and #14 ranked Lee Haskins.

At junior featherweight the executive committee did acknowledge the difficulties that Guillermo Rigondeaux was having finding opponents willing to take him on. Hedi Taouab Mohammed initially pushed to have his fighter, #4 ranked Zsolt Bedak, move up in the rankings before President Valcarcel inquired about a possible matchup between Bedak and #2 ranked Genesis Servania.

At featherweight a compelling argument was put forth by representatives of King Sports to have undefeated Colombian banger Miguel Marriaga move into the top ten. A proposed fight between #8 ranked British bomber Mark McCollough and #5 ranked Polish fighter Kamil Laszczyk was also discussed, as well as the possibility of the winner of that fight moving up into the top four. Ulysses Sato made a push to have Filipino Mark Gil Melligen, the #13 ranked WBO Oriental champion, move into the top ten.

A familiar name was brought up in the junior lightweight discussions as Main Events pushed to have Edner Cherry return to the top ten on the basis of his nine fight winning streak. President Valcarcel seemed open to the proposal.

At lightweight it appeared highly likely that Juan Diaz might move up from #3 to #1 after the current #1 contender, Ray Beltran, fights the WBO champion Terence Crawford. The prospect of the #1 slot opening up brought out numerous other requests, including one from representatives of #4 ranked Anthony Crolla. However, that request was immediately challenged by Frank Warren, who reminded the executive committee that Crolla “never fought anyone in the WBO top 15” before offering his fighter, #9 ranked Terry Flanagan as a strong candidate to move up.

At junior welterweight the recognition that the title may be at play in the coming months also led to a contentious and colorful discussion. Ruslan Provodnikov’s camp made an argument to have him leapfrog #1 ranked Lucas Matthysse. Several fighters had representatives push to have them move into the top ten, including Emanuel Taylor and veteran Paul Spadafora.

In the welterweight division several promoters jockeyed to have their fighters move up, with the most notable being undefeated Canadian prospect Mikael Zewski, undefeated Fredrick Lawson, and the winner of the upcoming Jeff Horn-Robson Assis fight. Horn, the WBO Oriental Champion, is ranked #11 while Assis, the WBO Latino champion, is ranked #12.

In the junior middleweight division Frank Warren pushed to have #10 ranked Liam Smith move up while representatives of #13 ranked Sirimongkol Singwancha also pushed to have the Thai based fighter move into the top ten.

In the middleweight division the biggest news came when the WBO championship and rating committee voted unanimously to name the winner of a proposed four fighter elimination as the top middleweight. The first fight, between #4 ranked Andy Lee and #1 ranked Matt Korobov, would then face the winner of the Billy Saunders –Chris Eubank fight. Saunders is currently ranked #2 while Eubanks is ranked #9. Also noteworthy in the discussions regarding the middleweight division were proposals to move Abraham Han into the world rankings as well as a push to have Willie Monroe Jr. move up in the rankings.

In the light heavyweight division several fighters received pushes to move up the rankings including #11 ranked Isidro Ranoni Prieto, who already is emerging as arguably the most popular fighter ever from Paraguay.

In the cruiserweight division a second four fighter elimination looks likely as the winner of the upcoming Tony Bellew-Nathan Cleverly fight would fight either #1 ranked Krzysztof Glowacki or #3 ranked Nuri Seferi with the winner being named the mandatory for WBO Champion Marco Huck. Bellew is currently ranked #4 while Cleverly is currently ranked #5.

In the heavyweight division the discussion revolved around Wladimir Klitschko and who his next mandatory challenger would be, as well as when he would be required to fight that fighter. After some discussion, it became apparent that the winner of the upcoming Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora fight would be named mandatory challenger to the WBO champion, although the timetable of that mandatory defense was still not set in stone.

Rounding off the event was the gala banquet in which the family of the recently deceased Dan Goossen was presented with an honorary WBO belt. Several other awards were handed out, including WBO Promoter of the year (Bob Arum), WBO Fight of the year (Crawford-Gamboa), WHO female fighter of the year (Carolina Duer), WBO fighter of the year (Sergey Kovalev), Spanish Network of the year (Telemundo), and an award to Vasyl Lomachenko, who was given an award for being the WBO champion with the brightest future. Rounding off the gala banquet was a touching and moving ceremony where both Joe Calzaghe and Oscar De La Hoya were awarded lifetime champion awards by the WBO. Both Calzage and De La Hoya gave moving speeches about their ties to the WBO, and how important the WBO belt had meant to them as fighters.

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Se caliente la 27 Convención Anual de la OMB

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Este lunes, se puso en marcha la 27 Convención Anual de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), con el tradicional Torneo de Golf OMB en el Royal Links Golf Club, a unos 30 minutos del Hotel y Casino Caesar’s Palace, sede de este importante cónclave boxística.

El puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB, le dio la bienvenida a los golfistas que asistieron al Royal Links Golf Club. En el mismo lugar, se llevó a cabo la premiación y la primera reunión de camaradería entre los miembros de la OMB.

Este edición 27 de la Convención se desarrollará esta semana en el Hotel y Casino Caesar’s Palace de Las Vegas, y en esta ocasión será dedicada a los ex campeones de la OMB y miembros del Salón de la Fama del Boxeo Internacional, Joe Calzaghe y Oscar De la Hoya, presidente de Golden Boy Promotions.

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A Tribute to Dean Powell

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The funeral of Dean Powell, a great friend and colleague of everybody at BoxNation and matchmaker for Frank Warren takes place this afternoon in Greenwich.

Here is a tribute to Dean by Steve Lillis, his friend for more than 20 years.

He never had a bad bone in his body and passed away too young at 46.

His generosity and loyalty to friends, family and those he worked with had no boundaries.

I experienced this at first hand. Myself and Dean were big fans of the underground music scene

Often Dean would discover a specialist record shop, see a 7 inch single and think of me.

An enthusiastic phone call would follow, and within days a shiny piece of black vinyl would drop on the door mat.

He never asked for a penny because all he wanted to do was put a smile on peoples’ faces.

It might seem a small thing to do and something he may have forgotten about, but something others never would.

He would always think of others whatever working deadlines he was having to meet.

We’d speak most days and he always asked how my two daughters were, especially my youngest, Hannah who he called ‘Little Liam’ because of her broad Mancunian accent .

He was a close friend for 20 years and although our boxing, football and music chats are no more, I am lucky to be able to smile at the great memories I have and the times we shared.

We were last together at the WBO convention in Budapest three weeks ago and although it was a flying 36 hour visit the memories will last.

Dean was on great form teasing Kalle Sauerland’s musical taste, and after a meal we talked about his grandkids and my two daughters.

We last like spoke five days before he tragically passed and arranged a night out at a music exhibition.

But, the main purpose of calling was to wish me a safe flight when I travelled to Las Vegas for Mayweather-Alvarez.

As for Dean’s boxing knowledge, he had forgotten more than what most people in the sport know and made his mark as a matchmaker, manager and trainer.

He was trusted by all. During 25 years helping shape British boxing he worked with the likes of Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Lloyd Honeyghan, Amir Khan and Lennox Lewis.

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Dean had told me his first boxing memory was watching the Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on a black and white TV at home in Wolverhampton.

He might have only been 10-years-old, but when he saw Sugar Ray Leonard win gold at the 1976 Olympics he was hooked.

Pat Cowdell who he often watched in Black Country boxing arenas and Charlie Magri were his favourite British boxers as a kid.

Back in 1988, Dean knew his future belonged in professional boxing and he moved to London.

It was never going easy for him to  make that break. For six months he slept on the floor at the Thomas a Becket gym on the Old Kent Road, paying his rent by sweeping the floor.

The South-East London gym was a college of knowledge where plenty could be learnt by listening and keeping your lip zipped.

Dean then started working at the Royal Oak gym in Canning Town, serving his apprenticeship under legendary trainer Terry Lawless and Jimmy Tibbs,

He then worked at the offices of Mickey Duff in London’s Wardour Street before being taken on as matchmaker for Frank Maloney and Panos Eliades.

Dean was 24/7 a trait he picked up from Duff, who told him, “It’s not always about ability, it’s about availability.’

Ten years ago, he joined Frank Warren’s organisation replacing another British boxing icon, matchmaker Ernie Fossey.

Dean was responsible for helping make many of Britain’s finest world champions during his time with Warren including Ricky Burns, Calzaghe, Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Hatton.

They say nobody is irreplaceable, but Warren and his staff may well disagree.

Whether it was making matches, wrapping hands, or being a friendly voice at the other end of a phone to boxers, managers, trainers, matchmakers or journalists Dean was the man.

He doted on grandsons Harry, Joey, Billy who he would take to most Charlton Athletic homes games.

During one of our chats earlier this month he was speaking with pride that one of the kids called him from an Ibiza holiday moaning he was there and not going to The Valley with granddad

His parents, partner Lisa and the boys have lost a special, special person.

We will miss you my mate.

http://www.boxnation.com/boxing-news/a-tribute-to-dean-powell/

Boxing world mourns sudden death of legendary matchmaker Powell after 25 years working with greats like Calzaghe, Lewis, Benn and Khan

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Helping hand: Powell (left) is seen here with Ricky Burns (centre) and Billy Nelson after Burns beat Andreas Evensen for the WBO super-featherweight belt in 2010

 

By Riath Al-Samarrai and Jeff Powell –

The boxing community was in mourning on Tuesday evening after the shock death of Dean Powell.

The 47-year-old, who spent 25 years in the sport as a trainer, cornerman and matchmaker for Frank Warren, worked with some of the British greats, including Joe Calzaghe, Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn and Amir Khan.

Frank Warren announced the tragic news via a statement last night. It read: ‘All of us are deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of our very close friend and colleague, Dean Powell.

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Involved: The 47-year-old spent 25 years as a trainer, cornerman and matchmaker for Frank Warren

‘Dean was a valued and popular member of our team and within the sport of boxing.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones for their tragic loss.’

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed. A spokesman for Warren declined to comment.

Figures from the world of boxing paid tribute to Powell on Twitter.

Calzaghe said: ‘Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Dean Powell. Was in my corner for many of my big fights. RIP Dean x.’

A post from Barry McGuigan read: ‘Shocking news about Dean Powell, God rest his soul. RIP.’

Former Olympic champion James DeGale said: ‘Shocked and devastated to hear about the passing of Dean Powell. A sad loss to British boxing. RIP x.’

Schaefer also expressed shock and sympathy at the sudden death yesterday of Dean Powell, fellow promoter Frank Warren’s top match-maker and a much-loved figure in world boxing.

Affer calling Warren he said: ‘This is tragic news.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2416995/Dean-Powell-dies-Joe-Calzaghe-boxing-world-pay-tribute.html

Boxing world pays tribute to trainer, cornerman and matchmaker Dean Powell

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47-year-old passed away on Tuesday

The boxing world has expressed its shock and sadness at the death of Dean Powell.

Powell, who died aged 47 on Tuesday, had been in the sport for 25 years, as trainer, cornerman and matchmaker. His death is not believed to be suspicious.

“All of us are deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of our very close friend and colleague, Dean Powell,” read a statement from Frank Warren promotions, who he most recently worked for.

“Dean was a valued and popular member of our team and within the sport of boxing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones for their tragic loss.”

British boxers past and present, many of whom worked with Powell, have paid tribute.

Amir Khan

Sorry to hear the loss of Dean Powell. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was close to team khan and trained me for 2 fights. You will be missed.

Ricky Burns

Cant believe what I heard bout @DeanPowell66 was speaking 2 him yesterday.some great nites with him in my corner. Thoughts r with his family

Lennox Lewis

RIP Dean Powell! #GoneTooSoon

Joe Calzaghe

Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Dean Powell. Was in my corner for many of my big fights. RIP Dean x

Ricky Hatton

Just found out the tragic news that Dean Powell sadly passed away. My thoughts are with his family.a great man & boxing will miss him.

Billy Joe Saunders

Sad times for the boxing world lost a true Professional and hard working man in @DeanPowell66 will be missed #rip x

Anthony Ogogo

Shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Dean Powell. Boxing has lost a great guy. RIP my friend.

Dereck Chisora

Rest in peace Dean Boxing will miss you

James DeGale

Shocked and devastated to hear about the passing of Dean Powell. A sad loss to British boxing. RIP x

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