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Frank Warren has branded WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer “unprofessional” and a “disgrace” after he pulled out of Saturday’s clash with Nathan Cleverly. “Braehmer was due to fly into the UK on Tuesday,” explained the promoter. “We got a call saying that he had missed his flight, but would land in the UK on Wednesday at 12pm. We sent a car to pick him up from the airport, but he didn’t show up. I then read on the internet that he has a cut and won’t be fighting. We then found out that his team had emailed their hotel at 8:30am on Wednesday morning and cancelled their rooms. Neither Braehmer nor his promoters have picked up the phone and had the decency to explain to me what is going on. He is completely unprofessional, and the WBO should impose the ultimate sanction, which is to strip him of his title. It’s one of the most unprofessional things I have seen in my time in boxing. It’s a complete joke, an utter disgrace.”
Latest Boxing News in Brief – for: Pacquiao vs. Marquez, Shimoda to defend title in the U.S., Sugar Ray Leonard’s, Revealing Book, Braehmer-Cleverly off, Tenkai keeps WBA female belt, Hopkins-Pascal II This Saturday, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Fonfara- Russell, Gomez ready for Green, Klitschko vs. Haye Press Conference
- Pacquiao vs. Marquez
The November 12th match-up between 37-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao will be going ahead, as Golden Boy Promotions won’t be matching the offer made to Marquez by Top Rank. Bob Arum, the promoter for Top Rank, met with Marquez to get the details of the Pacquiao fight, which will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golden Boy Promotions, the previous promoters for Marquez, had the right to match the $5 million offer made to Marquez by Top Rank plus the $10 million for a rematch.
- Shimoda to defend title in the U.S.
Teiken Promotions, announced on Monday that three of its boxers would be fighting in the US and Mexico. Newly crowned WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) will risk his belt against unbeaten mandatory challenger Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ, on July 9. Shimoda, a fast-punching southpaw, dethroned Ryol-li Lee by dropping him three times this January, and will make his initial defense there. Ex-OPBF super-light champ Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) will be challenging for the WBC lightweight throne against Humberto Soto (55-7-2-1NC, 32 KOs) in Mexico on June 25. Formerly two-time world champ Jorge Linares (30-1, 19 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, will face Colombian Fancisco Cordero (24-1, 16 KOs) in Mexico on May 28.
- Sugar Ray Leonard’s Revealing Book
One of boxing’s most memorable warriors and all-time-greats, Sugar Ray Leonard, is releasing a book entitled “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring” (Viking; 2011) in which he discusses a number of shocking revelations: alcohol and drug use, infidelity, domestic violence, and becoming a father by the age of seventeen. Among his more jaw dropping disclosures, that he was molested by a “prominent Olympic boxing coach” prior to the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, where Leonard won the gold medal which helped launch his career.
- Braehmer-Cleverly off
WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer will not be able to defend his title against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on Saturday in London after a cut suffered in training reopened on Tuesday. Braehmer will not be traveling to London today as scheduled. Cleverly is still planning to fight an opponent a late substitute on Saturday night. Promoter Frank Warren is seeking to have the WBO strip Braehmer of the belt and have Cleverly elevated to full championship status. – This is the third straight fight Braehmer has pulled out of. First he pulled out of a July 2010 defense against Alejandro Lakatus in Schwein, Germany, citing a back injury. Then in January he pulled out of a title unification clash with WBA champ Beibut Shumenov in Kazakhstan after allegedly falling ill.
- Tenkai keeps WBA female belt
WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), 114, looked so impressive as she made her fourth defense by lopsidedly battering Petchsairoong Lookisaikongdin (13-10), 112.25, of Thailand, dropped the challenger with a flurry of punches in the second session and finally stopped the Thailander at 1:25 of the third session in a scheduled ten-rounder on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
- Hopkins-Pascal II This Saturday
This Saturday night in Canada, ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins goes for the ultimate: the chance to break fellow legend George Foreman’s record as the oldest man to win a world title. The rematch with local hero and Ring magazine and WBC king Jean Pascal has attracted the attention of many people; Britain’s Carl Froch being amongst the interested. I do think, though, that Hopkins will come up short on Saturday. He may well prove me wrong (not the first time by any stretch!), but I think Hopkins will lose quite widely on points this time” said Froch.
- ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and Main Events
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will originate from Newark, N.J. May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when former junior middleweight world title challenger Joel “El Predador” Julio (36-4, 31 KO’s, WBC#33) and undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (12-0, 7 KO’s) are featured in co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Amerihealth Pavilion describing the action. The card is presented by Main Events.
- Fonfara- Russell
Chicago’s Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara (17-2-1, 8 KOs) faces Anthony Russell on Friday in the ten round main event at Windy City Fight Night 17 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The fight will be for the vacant WBO/NABO light heavyweight belt. The card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.
- Gomez ready for Green
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Mexico, finished preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight that takes place this Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. Gomez will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ on FOX Deportes in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank.
Klitschko vs. Haye Press Conference and Interview Video
NATHAN CLEVERLY will now not fight Germany’s Juergen Braehmer on Saturday (May 21). The WBO light-heavyweight champion did not arrive in London last night as scheduled and it has been confirmed that the German is out of the ‘world’ title fight.
Frank Warren was fuming by the German’s no show but, because of Braehmer’s track record, had insisted that if the German did not travel he would lose the title, so now Cleverly is the new WBO light-heavyweight champion.
The promoter sent a driver to pick Juergen up from the airport on Tuesday night but he was not on the flight. He was assured Braehmer would travel this morning (Wednesday) and again sent a driver. Once more, Braehmer was a no show. Then Warren received a call that he was out due to a cut that had reopened.
Warren had not been informed of any cut in the first instance. “We were told a cut opened up, but when was that, on the way to the airport?” he asked.
Warren said the show will still go ahead on Sky Box Office but denied Liverpool puncher Tony Bellew would get the first crack at Cleverly. “I would but I can’t,” said Warren, indicating that Bellew might not be close enough to make the weight safely. “Tony would do it but it wouldn’t be the right thing to do by him.” Bellew, who’s not due to fight until July 16, is currently about a stone too heavy. “If I was on the May 21 card I’m sure I would have just been drafted in. But he’s my manager, he’s my promoter, I trust Frank 100%,” reflected Tony.
“I’m far off the weight but anything’s possible. If someone comes to me with a silly offer, I’m going out right now in a sweat suit and I’m doing the weight. This is the reason why I stay in the gym.”
Instead, there are a couple of fighters from mainland Europe who could get the call.
But it will be tough on Cleverly who has been training so hard and preparing for a southpaw.
Cleverly was distraught. “If that’s the case I’m pissed off,” he said moments ago after arriving in London for a public workout.
“Once again it was the fight I want and that I’ve been preparing for and I’ve been really switched on for this. I just can’t understand it. This was my dream opportunity.”
Being the new champion has not made him any happier. “Nothing like that has sunk in so it’s hard to comment,” he said. “I’m just gutted but I just feel I’ve got a job to do still and I’m ready to fight and I will celebrate becoming champion after Saturday night.”
The German now has a track record of late withdrawals from his title fights. He was in Kazakhstan to fight Beibut Shumenov earlier this year but pulled out of the fight with a stomach ailment.
Saturday’s show still has the potentially enthralling British title fight between longtime rivals James DeGale and George Groves.
The change is of course a surprise to Sky as well. The network was set to screen a ‘Behind the Ropes’ special on Cleverly and Braehmer, although the programme on Groves and DeGale can still be broadcast on Thursday.
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WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer will not be able to defend his title against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on Saturday in London after a cut suffered in training reopened on Tuesday. Braehmer will not be travelling to London today as scheduled.
Cleverly is still planning to fight an opponent a late substitute on Saturday night. Promoter Frank Warren is seeking to have the WBO strip Braehmer of the belt and have Cleverly elevated to full championship status.
This is the third straight fight Braehmer has pulled out of. First he pulled out of a July 2010 defense against Alejandro Lakatus in Schwein, Germany, citing a back injury. Then in January he pulled out of a title unification clash with WBA champ Beibut Shumenov in Kazakhstan after allegedly falling ill.
Boxing News in Brief – Monday 16th May – for: Antonio Margarito, Prince Arron, Cleverly ready for Braehmer, Froch-Johnson, Cotto vs Chavez Jr. possible, Mijares outpoints Rueda, Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida
- Antonio Margarito
It seems the 12-round beating he took at the hands of Manny Pacquiao was far worse than it looked for Antonio Margarito he not only suffered a broken orbital socket in the November 2010 fight, but also a detached retina. A detached retina has ended many a great career in boxing. The 33-year-old Mexican warrior was looking ahead to a clash with Miguel Cotto, in what would have been a rematch of the “Tijuana Tornado’s” 2008 stoppage win over the Puerto Rican.
- Prince Arron
Friday the 13th was a lucky one for British fight fans as they were treated to an enthralling encounter which saw Kent’s Sam Webb lose his British light middleweight title to the rangy Prince Arron from Droyslden in what was a punishing battle. Momentum swayed in favor of both fighters, culminating in a twelve round stoppage win for Arron with Webb being stopped on his feet after absorbing an overwhelming amount of punishment in the second half of the fight.
- Cleverly ready for Braehmer
Welsh ace WBO interim titleholder Nathan Cleverly says his fight with WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night is his “defining moment.” The unbeaten Cleverly meets the dangerous German at The 02 in London. “Ricky Hatton fought Kostya Tyszu, Joe Calzaghe beat Jeff Lacy, this is a similar kind of fight,” said Cleverly. “My whole career has been building towards this moment, and I’m ready to take it with both hands…I’m so fired up for this fight and I believe that it’s my time. I was ringside for Calzaghe-Lacy. It was an evening when Joe made the world sit up and take notice of him. I’ll do the same against Braehmer.”
On June 4th, the next opponent for WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KO’s) will finally be known when WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s) faces 42-year-old Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO’s) in their Super Six tournament semifinals bout at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- Cotto vs Chavez Jr. possible
By Rey Colón – WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto could be seeking a world title in a fourth weight division in October provided that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. beats WBC middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik on June 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Cotto-Chavez fight would be made at a catch weight of 155 pounds, which is the formula that Manny Pacquiao has used, even against Cotto when they met a couple of years ago.
- Mijares outpoints Rueda
IBF super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (42-6-2, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over a game Carlos Rueda (16-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria Nacional in Durango, Mexico. Mijares was in command all the way, winning 120-108, 120-108 and 118 to 110.
- Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida
Former IBF welterweight champion Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KO’s) will be facing junior middleweight contender Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KO’s) on July 9th on HBO. The fight will be the main event.