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LONDON 2012 Olympian Cameron Hammond is looking to wow promoter Ricky Hatton this weekend.
The stylish Aboriginal boxer faces experienced Kiwi Daniel Roy Maxwell at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane on Saturday night (April 20).
And he’s eager to show ‘The Hitman’ how much he’s come on since making his pro debut in December.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the ring again and performing in front of a big crowd,” Hammond, 23, said.
“It was a great thrill boxing in front of a living legend in Ricky Hatton for my first fight and now I intend on showing him I’ve improved even further.”
As a top amateur who represented his country at major tournaments across the world, you’d expect Hammond to have all the ingredients needed to be considered a top prospect.
But trainer and manager Matt Clark says he’s been blown away with his charge’s development in the gym.
He said: “Cameron has shown already that he has exceptional speed. He has quick hands and very quick feet.
“After sparring with Michael Katsidis, Mick said Cameron would stop a lot of guys with that kind of speed and I certainly agree.
“We were delighted with his first performance in Hong Kong, last December. I’m confident he’s going to back that up on April 20.”
Saturday’s show is being staged by Hatton Promotions in association with Rightcross Entertainment.
The bill also features the professional debut of Aussie amateur sensation Damien Hooper, an Australian bantamweight title fight between Brad Hore and Roberto Lerio plus a clash between Brisbane-based Irishman Paddy Murphy and Alex Ahtong for the vacant WBF Asia Pacific welterweight crown.
SHEFFIELD puncher Adam Etches believes his fan base is growing so rapidly, it won’t be long until he’s topping the bill on big arena shows.
“The Bomber” challenges for his first professional title on Saturday night (April 13) when faces tough Andrei Abramenka for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) youth middleweight crown.
Tickets for the show were in such hot demand that all 2,000 seats at Ponds Forge were sold with more than a month to go. And Etches believes the next step is a headline slot at Sheffield’s 12,000 capacity Motorpoint Arena.
“I’d like to think after a couple more of these type of shows, my fan base will have grown so much the Arena is the only place I can box at,” Etches, 22, said. “It’s all about building upwards, everyone enjoying it and me doing a good job in the ring. Afterwards everything will fall into place.
“That said, filling Ponds Forge is something in itself. I don’t think there’s many boxers at my sort of level who’d be able to do that.”
Abramenka represents a significant step up in class for the Yorkshireman.
The Belarusian stylist has won 18 of 22 contests and has gone the full 12 round distance with former European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton and highly rated Russian prospect Aslanbek Kozaev.
Etches said: “I’ve got to be on my game because Abramenka’s young, he’s hungry and he’s only lost twice on points after 20-odd fights. “I’ve watched clips of him on Youtube and I saw him when he boxed Matthew Hatton, but I tend not to look too much into it because it’ll be a different Abramenka when he fights me. “I’m expecting tough fight and I’m training like it’s for a full world title.”
Also in action on Saturday will be fellow unbeaten prospects Scott Jenkins, Atif Shafiq, Sam O’Maison, Kris Davey, Leigh Wood, Josh McLaren and Andy Keates.
Saturday night’s bill is promoted by Richard Poxon in support of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care.
RICKY HATTON paid tribute to memory of Bobby Moore and joined the fight against cancer at a celebrity event in Manchester recently.
‘The Hitman’, along with Hatton Promotions stars Sergey Rabchenko and Scott Quigg, attended The Bobby Moore Fund Celebrity Sports Quiz at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
And while the evening was packed with fun events, it also raised more than £60,000 for the fund’s ‘More Tomorrows’ campaign.
“I was honoured to be invited as a guest of the Bobby Moore Fund,” Ricky said.
“It’s twenty years since the death of Bobby and it’s important to keep on researching and looking for a cure for cancer. The work the fund does is fantastic.
“I think it’s important as a boxer and a champion to do things outside of the ring as well as in it and I hope myself and my boxers can raise awareness for this cause and help the fight against cancer.”
The fund was set up by Stephanie Moore MBE in partnership with Cancer Research UK in memory of her husband, West Ham and England footballing legend Bobby Moore, who died from bowel cancer in 1993 aged just 51.
The ‘More Tomorrows’ campaign was launched in November 2012 to raise funds towards the construction of the new MCRC (Manchester Cancer Research Centre).
Due for completion in summer 2014, the £28.5 million centre will be one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is being funded by Cancer Research UK, The Christie and the University of Manchester.
Stephanie Moore said: “When we decided to roll out our flagship London fundraising event, the Celebrity Sports Quiz, in a new city in the UK, Manchester seemed the obvious choice.
“Vibrant, dynamic and arguably the sporting capital of the North, Manchester has also historically played a crucial role at the forefront of cancer research.
“For more than a century, scientists and doctors in Manchester have been pivotal in the advancement of cancer research and care around the world.
“With more pioneering research, Manchester can become a world leader in the fight against cancer, creating more tomorrows for more people.” Read the rest of this entry »
GARY BUCKLAND has been handed a major opportunity on the undercard of Martin Murray’s fight with Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27.
The Welsh warrior, 26, will take on Fernando David Saucedo in a clash which should put the victor close to a world title fight.
Buckland had originally wanted to make another defence of his British super-featherweight crown, but feels this is too big a chance to turn down.
“I’ve got two notches on my belt to win the British title outright and I only need one more, but this is a shortcut to a world title,” he said.
“I’ve watched Saucedo on DVD and he’s a good fighter so I know I won’t be in for an easy night over there.
“He boxed Chris John for a world title and he showed he’s a tough boxer with a good guard who likes to open up in his own time, but I think with my aggression I can go there and do a job on him.”
Facing an Argentine boxer on his home turf would normally be a daunting prospect for a travelling Brit.
Buckland’s manager, Brian Powell, however, believes it’s simply par for the course for the Cardiff puncher.
“Gary’s attitude is he’s just going into a boxing ring,” Powell explained. “He’s boxed in Spain and he’s boxed in Mexico so he knows the situation and how to train accordingly.
“Even in the UK he’s had to box away from Wales most of the time, going up to Sheffield and Manchester, so this won’t worry him.
“We know it’s not going to be easy out there because the guy is quality and he’s boxed for a world title already, but I honestly believe Gary will be too strong for him.
“The door to a world title is slightly open for Gary and now he’s got to kick it open and walk through it.
“This is Gary Buckland’s time. This is perfect for him for him to show the world what he’s all about.”
UNBEATEN British and WBA-interim super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg hosted the first ever Hatton Academy workshop on Saturday afternoon and it was an event enjoyed by all.
The Bury ace, 24, demonstrated the skills which have helped get him to the top and then handed out tips to individual participants.
Such was the response that many of those taking part wanted to book a place on the next workshop straight away.
“It was a great day, everybody got stuck in and had a go, no matter what level they are at and enjoyed themselves. It was fun,” Scott said.
“I’m honoured to be a part of the workshop. It gave me a chance to give something back to boxing and an opportunity to meet the fans. I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Jon Eade, the Hatton Academy’s training and educational director, added: “The response to the workshop was fantastic, we had people travelling far and wide to get to it and afterwards we had people rebooking for the next workshop.
“We had Scott participating and Hatton boxers Sergey Rabchenko and Sonny Upton popped in to meet those taking part and offered some more help and advice.”
The next Hatton Academy workshop will take place on Saturday March 30 and will be hosted by St Helens star Martin Murray.
Martin is currently preparing for the biggest fight of his life – a world middleweight title clash with Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27.
Places are priced at £60+VAT and further information can be obtained byemailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 01253 392802 or by logging onto www.hattonacademy.com/workshops Read the rest of this entry »