Belfast's Carl Frampton (16-0) wants Jeremy Parodi (35-1-1) to make it a toe-to-toe war when the pair face each other tomorrow night at the Odyssey Arena. Frenchman Parodi tipped the scales at 121 pounds, with Frampton half a pound inside the limit at 121.5 pounds.
Horror, shock! The Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight ended on a split decision. I held my head in my hands and thought “not another 5 bout series”. I couldn’t take any more. I really do feel for Bradley. Few fighters can have beaten such an impressive list of opponent and garnered so little praise for doing so.
Fight fans from the north east of England are in for a treat on Saturday night as promoter Phil Jeffries puts on another good looking show at Houghton le Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena, headed by the English lightweight title fight between local pair Paul Truscott and Kirk Goodings. The bill features a nice blend of local derbies, unbeaten match-ups and run outs for some of the region’s top talent.
The manager of former British super featherweight king Gary Buckland (27-3) revealed that he has been impressed with how his charge has responded to getting knocked out by Stephen Smith in his last contest.
Manchester lightweight John Murray (31-2) will take part in his first contest in almost two years when he fights on Coldwell Boxing's card at Manchester’s Bowlers Centre on November 22nd.
Colchester's Lee Purdy (20-4-1) will challenge unbeaten southpaw Leonard Bundu (29-0-2) for the European Welterweight title on December 14, part of a big Christmas night of boxing in London. Details about the bill will be released soon.
Bundu claimed the title in November 2011 and has defended it four times since. The 38 year old is ranked at number four in both the WBC and IBF.
From Vegas, where Tim Bradley became a lot more likely to dance with Mayweather after a solid tactical points win over Juan Manuel Marquez, over to Mexico City, where Filipino southpaw Marvin Mabait had a very early night when a right hand finished Mexican Johnny Garcia after just thirty eight seconds.
By Mark Turley: An intriguing top-of-the-bill encounter at York Hall this Friday (18th) sees Aylesbury's Nathan Graham (14-5-1) make the first defence of his Southern Area light middleweight title against unbeaten East London prospect Freddie Turner (8-0).
Having turned pro in 2004, success has been a long time coming for Graham, yet he refuses to describe Friday’s match-up as the biggest fight of a career which has so far seen him share a ring with current English champion Adil Anwar, European title challenger Tyan Booth and former WBC World light-welter champion Junior Witter.
Kell Brook will showcase his skills at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield from 1pm on Wednesday (October 16) as he continues his preparations for his Welterweight showdown with Vyacheslav Senchenko on October 26 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield live on Sky Sports.
Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott will look to bounce back from a KO defeat last time out by claiming the vacant English lightweight title against Kirk Goodings on Saturday October 19.
Truscott, beaten in eight rounds in July by hard-hitting Ghanaian Richard Commey, gets a tough test in Sunderland’s Goodings but the Tees man believes he has the ability to beat his North East rival.
Former British super featherweight champion John Simpson steps in to replace injured Gavin Rees against Hull's Tommy Coyle at the sold-out Hull Arena on November 2, live on Sky Sports.
Liverpudlian heavyweight David Price (15-2) will be training with 'Dark Lord' Adam Booth in an attempt to rebuild his career.
Following comprehensive back-to-back defeats to American Tony Thompson, Price, who still holds the British and Commonwealth titles, believes he has now found the man to unlock his potential.
Sheffield middleweight Adam Etches (12-0) will meet someone equally capable of finishing a fight inside the distance when he faces unbeaten Brazilian Alexandre Mendes (10-0) on the undercard of Kell Brook v Vyacheslav Senchenko next Saturday (October 26).
After half-a-century of paid outings - and over four years of cheese and bread abstinence - Birmingham tough guy Andrew Patterson (6-41-3) has called it a career. The always-aggressive welterweight last boxed six weeks ago, losing a six-round decision to Rob Hunt at Walsall Town Hall, but has wisely listened to both mind and body and ended his journey at just 33.
Crawley super featherweight Ben 'Duracell' Jones (15-3-1) is the subject of a one-off boxing documentary which airs on Sky channel 192 and Freesat 402 this Tuesday at 8pm. Jones, a former English champion ranked 12 with the WBO, travels to Cataluna this Saturday to face unbeaten local propect Juli Giner (10-0) in an eight-round contest.
The documentary looks at his career in boxing so far and gives a behind-the-scenes insight into life as a professional boxer.
Bury's Scott Quigg (26-0-2) will defend his WBA super bantamweight title on the undercard of Carl Froch’s middleweight defence against George Groves at the sold-out Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on November 23, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Rotherham welterweight Chad Gaynor is looking to avenge his sole reverse to Sunderland's unbeaten Prizefighter champion Glenn Foot after the Yorkshire prospect extended his ledger to 14-1 last week with a hard-earned victory over Poland's Krzysztof Szot (17-8-1).
After the fight, fans took to social networking sites to request an immediate showdown with Foot, who outpointed Gaynor over three rounds in January's Prizefighter semi final.
Iain “Baby” Butcher (8st) made a successful return to the ring since his British flyweight title loss to Kevin Satchell in February, stopping Hungarian Gabor Molnar (7st 11lbs) at the end of the first round at The Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.
Dazzling Darren Barker has warned Felix Sturm that he’ll retain his title in style on the German’s home patch when he defends his IBF middleweight belt at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on December 7, live on Sky Sports.
Veteran promoter Frank Maloney has announced his retirement from boxing. The former manager of heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis said: “I have fallen out of love with boxing and my passion has been missing.”