From Newcastle, where Martin Ward picked up the Commonwealth bantamweight title with a wide points win over tough but crude Gabriel Odoi Laryea, over to Sweet Home Chicago, where Polish cruiser Krzys Wlodarczyk made the sixth defence of his WBC title with a sixth round cut related stoppage of 44 year old Italian hardcase Giacobbe Fragomeni. Behind the Results with Eric ‘Lungo’ Armit.
By Mark Turley: Last Saturday witnessed the much hyped and anticipated ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ between Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah. The contest featured two fighters who grew up near each other, trained in the same gyms, mixed in the same circles and had even worked in each other’s corners. Rumour has it that although they presented an air of mutual respect for the cameras, there was actually genuine needle, generated by long-lived local rivalry, between the boxers.
Fast forward seven days and suburban outer London will present its own version. 25 year old ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan (9-0) will challenge Tony Owen (15-2-0) for his Southern Area light welterweight title on the Matchroom Christmas Cracker bill at the Excel Docklands arena. Both fighters hail from Carshalton, far flung from the grit of inner-city New York. It’s a sleepy outpost of the London borough of Sutton featuring a picturesque lake ringed by several delightful pubs. Ricky laughs a little when it is pointed out that his home manor is an unlikely one for the emergence of boxing talent.
Trainer Lee Beard is backing South African southpaw Vusi ‘Marvelous’ Malinga to beat Darlington’s Stuart Hall when the pair clash at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on December 21 for the vacant IBF bantamweight crown.
Manchester based Beard will be on corner duty for the visitor, and has seen enough from his new charge to be convinced that Hall will be leaving the ring empty-handed.
Glasgow southpaw Jon Slowey and Bellshill Badger Kris Hughes gave the fans an early Christmas present by going toe to toe for ten rounds for the Scottish Area featherweight title on Saturday night at the Gorbals Leisure Centre.
Halesowen super middleweight prospect Lennox Clarke is ready to build on his impressive start to professional boxing when he returns to action next week. The 22 year-old enjoyed an explosive debut when he blew away Worthing's James Child inside two rounds last month. His only previous boxing experience had been white collar fighting.
Former British welterweight champion Michael Jennings has advised Blackpool cruiserweight Matty Askin (15-2) to not think about big title fights in 2014 just yet.
Having won the British title, as well as faced the mighty Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden, Jennings knows what it takes to get to the top and is keen to teach Askin about the dangers of looking past his next fight.
By Mark Turley: Canning Town’s easy-going Catalan Cruiserweight, Wadi ‘Machoman’ Camacho (10-2-0), has had some thinking to do. The 28 year old Prizefighter champion returns to action at London’s Excel arena on Saturday for the first time since being outpointed by Romford’s Tony Conquest in October.
Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (15-2) has pulled out of Saturday’s comeback fight with a virus. Price was due to face 6ft 9” Russian Evengy Orlov (14-12-1) in Neubrandenberg, Germany.
Middleton middleweight Warren Tansey (9-1) returns to the ring on December 14 at the Robin Park Centre, Wigan, after almost two years out of the game. Tansey was on a good run of just one defeat in 11 outings (which came in his first pro bout) before serious injury robbed him of a bright boxing future.
Anthony Joshua MBE has been forced to postpone of his clash with Dorian Darch on December 14 with a shoulder injury – but British super middleweight champion Paul ‘Smigga’ Smith has been added to the bill at the ExCeL London, live on Sky Sports.
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and mandatory challenger Terence Crawford have agreed terms to fight in Glasgow in February next year.
The purse bids were due to be held tomorrow at the WBO’s offices in Puerto Rico, but according to Burns' promoter Eddie Hearn, an agreement has been reached with Top Rank Boxing.
Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (16-0) retained his British light middleweight title in style, stopping Heywood’s Mark Thompson (25-4) thirteen seconds into the fourth round at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
After a hugely disappointing night for Darren Barker, BoxRec News' Tony Mayger gets post fight reactions from Eddie Hearn, Richie Woodhall, Kell Brook, and the now four-time world champion Felix Sturm in Stuttgart.
Kelvin Young was awarded the IBO Intercontinental title last night at the Oasis Leisure in Swindon as he scored a unanimous decision over Bulgarian Alexey 'The Fish' Ribchev over ten rounds. Young, now 14-3 and fighting in his hometown, was forced back to the ropes and into the corners over most of the sessions by the shorter and more powerful Ribchev.
Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (30-5) was the aggressor throughout a unanimous ten round decision win over tricky American Lamar Russ (14-1) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
In Stuttgart, Darren Barker lost his IBF middleweight title in his first defence to former champion Felix Sturm after being floored twice in the second round and then retired by his long time trainer Tony Sims.
Nielsen Media Research reported excellent figures for the Stevenson-Bellew, Kovalev-Sillakh show last weekend. The Stevenson-Bellew fight drew 1,305,000 buys and Kovalev-Sillakh 1,254,000. HBO must be licking its lips at the thought of Stevenson vs. Kovalev and they will make it happen. Between HBO and Showtime we are getting some great fights.
Tony Mayger in Stuttgart: This Saturday is the third instalment of a British trilogy of world title boxing weekends when Dazzling Darren Barker steps into the ring to face former 3-time world champion Felix Sturm.
After the disappointment of Tony Bellew’s failed attempt last weekend to wrestle the WBC light heavyweight strap from Canadian Adonis Stephenson and the controversial thriller between Carl Froch and George Groves the previous weekend, IBF middleweight champ Barker has traveled to Germany hoping to avoid both defeat and controversy in his maiden world title defense.
As a number of unbeaten prospects appear on another good looking bill in the north east of England, it is another unbeaten boxer who will be promoting the show as Mark Clauzel puts on his first event as a professional boxing promoter. On a night entitled ‘The Road to Glory’ at Newcastle’s Centre for Sport, it is a whole new road for Clauzel as he embarks on his journey outside the ropes. It was only last July when he won his final fight before being forced to retire from what was looking a very promising career, having won all six of his fights.
Dazzling Darren Barker has vowed to shine in his first IBF World middleweight title defence against Felix Sturm at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Sturm is attempting to become the first four-time German boxing champion – but Barker said that it won’t be happening tomorrow night.
At the weigh-in, Barker scaled 11st 5lbs with Sturm slightly heavier at 11st 5lbs 6oz.