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Boxing News & Updates 14th December

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Latest Boxing News and Updates – Tuesday 14th Dec for: David Haye, Wladimir Klitschko, Amir Khan, Breidis Prescott, Hopkins vs Pascal, Dmitriy Salita, James Wayka, Fulgencio Zuniga, Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud, Erik “Terrible” Morales, "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao, Antonio DeMarco vs Reyes Sanchez 

 

  • WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) could be facing IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) in April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Haye is very confident that he’ll be facing Wladimir next, and the venue could be in Las Vegas rather than Germany or the UK. -- In an article at espn.co.uk, Haye said “Fingers crossed, we’ll know something pretty soon. Form our side, we’re raring to go. I’m positive this fight will happen. As I’ve said before, I will retire next year, so this fight has to happen. It’s a fight the world wants. It’s the only fight the Klitschkos can have to cement their legacy. Where? Wherever it makes the most money. Watching Amir [Khan] here [in Vegas] definitely gave ma real buzz. I want some of this. I’d love to come out here and fight in a great arena and give everyone value for money. The talks have been very positive. I’m confident it’s going to happen.”

 

  • Klitschko-Haye, Khan-TBA On Same Night In April? By James Slater - It seems British boxing, and boxing in general, could have one huge night on April 16th of next year. If things go to plan, various members of the media are suggesting, there could be a massive doubleheader taking place - with one huge fight in the UK and then a second monster of a fight going down in Las Vegas. -- The word is (according to The Guardian, USA Today, etc) WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan - who is on the verge of superstar status due to his recent smashing victory over the big-hitting Marcos Maidana - will meet a TBA in the London, and then, a few hours later, WBA heavyweight champ David Haye will challenge heavyweight number-one Wladimir Klitschko in Vegas. Needless to say, if this doubleheader comes off it will be SOME night for the sport.

 

  • Breidis Prescott calls out Khan – If WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) is looking for revenge for his 1st round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KO’s), then he has the perfect opportunity now. Prescott, 27, sent out a press release today calling out Khan for his next fight. Khan is coming off a 12 round decision to Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KO’s) last Saturday night, and is now looking for someone to fight on April 16th in the UK when Khan fights again. Prescott maybe the perfect opponent if Khan wants to quiet his critics and prove that his loss to Prescott was just a case of Khan not being prepared for the fight instead of being a glass-jawed fighter.

 

  • Hopkins vs Pascal -- This Saturday night, 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KO’s) will be challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KO’s) at the Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Hopkins is talking about trying to be one of the oldest fighters to ever capture a title. If Hopkins defeats Pascal, he will become the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title, 38 days older than “Big” George Foreman was when he defeated Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World title on November 5, 1994.

 

  • New opponent for Salita -- Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1, 16 KOs) will now face veteran James Wayka (16-9-1, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, New York. The original opponent was supposed to be former world champion Mike Achondo, who was said to have pulled out sick. The Salita-Wayka fight is currently scheduled for eight rounds but their hope is the commission will approve the bout for ten so that the IBA welterweight title can still be fought for as originally scheduled with Salita-Achondo.

 

  • Zuniga faces Cloud for title shot -- Former three-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs), of Colombia, has secured himself another title shot, this time against IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 18 KOs) this Friday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Cloud will be making the second defense of the title he won by unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on August 28, 2009. He successfully defended the title with a unanimous decision over formidable challenger and former champion, Glen Johnson, last August 8 in St. Louis. Zuniga is ranked in the IBF’s top-15 at super middleweight.

 

  • The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is in the final stage of training for his next fight against former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios in the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday. “We just had a great workout we’re just waiting for the day. It was already the toughest work in the Otomi. It will be a hard fight and complicated because Barrios is strong. But, I’m happy and confident that I’ll leave the ring with raised hands,” said Morales.

 

  • It Looks Like I'll Be Fighting Pacquiao on April 16 says "Sugar" Shane Mosley -- "I'm the next one in line. The first is Mayweather, but he has a lot of things that he's dealing with right now so he can't do it, so I'm the next one in line. It probably looks like I'll be fighting Manny on April 16th. I'm excited that Manny would give me the opportunity. I'm excited that [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum and [Pacquiao's] manager, who I think is [Michael] Koncz or whatever his name is, would give me the opportunity. I believe it's going to go down and I think in Vegas at the MGM Grand. -- "Manny is just a busy fighter and has a little bit of power. They have all of these different sayings about him doing something but he's never tested positive for anything. He's up and up and he's fighting hard and he gives 100%. He's a true warrior. I love getting in the ring with guys who like to fight, because I like to fight." -- Shane sounds pretty confident he'll be the challenger, now that Floyd Mayweather appears unwilling to step up.

 

  • Antonio DeMarco vs Reyes Sanchez For WBC Silver -- Former interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) is ready to go for a title shot once again when he challenges current WBC Silver lightweight champion Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) of Mexico City, MX, on February 26th of next year at a site to be determined.  DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis, captured the interim belt back in '09 via tenth round TKO of Jose Alfaro only to succumb to the late Edwin Valero in his next bout earlier this year.  Since then, the twenty-four year old DeMarco came back with a devastating second round knock out of former title challenger Daniel Attah in July.