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Boxing News in Brief - 9th January

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Latest Boxing News in Brief – Sunday 9th January, for: Amir Khan, Billy “The Kid” Dib, Daiki Kameda, Darren Barker, Iannuzzi vs Kayode, Juan Carlos Reveco, Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Erik Morales?, Lorenzo Villanueva, Matt Macklin, Matthew Hatton, Miguel Tellez, Omar Narvaez, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander, Tomasz Adamek, Victor Zaleta, Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso, Wladimir Klitschko



  • Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Erik Morales? -- Several sources are reporting the possibility for a fight between the three-time world champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales, both of Mexico. Marquez, the current WBO and WBA unified lightweight champion is considering the fight, although there were some issues that previously Morales had highlighted about fighting Marquez when both were at Top Rank. However Morales points out that boxing is not only a sport but a business and the fight now makes sense. Morales also reminds Marquez that he defeated Manny Pacquiao. Same sources are indicating April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the TV date for the clash.


  • Amir Khan has been booked in at the MEN Arena on April 16th and is almost certainly going to fight Lamont Peterson for Khans WBA 140lb title. The fight is a tune up for a contest with the winner of the Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander fight at the end of the month. A big fight in the fall will provide an undisputed champion at 140 lbs.


  • Tomasz Adamek Agrees To Fight Wladimir Klitschko - By James Slater - The world heavyweight title picture might not (and I stress might not) be as bleak as it looks right now. Okay, the heavyweight unification we all wanted to see between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye is now “dead” according to Haye’s manager, but we may see another excellent match-up involving “Dr. Steel Hammer” later this year. And I’m not talking about Wladimir’s fight with Derek Chisora! -- In a big news story that has appeared Fight, the word is Tomasz Adamek, the former light-heavy and cruiserweight ruler, has “agreed” to challenge the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO boss in his native Poland sometime in September.  Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO’s) has revealed on his website that he plans on signing a contract to fight IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s by next week for a fight that will be taking place in September.


  • IBF #12 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) will return to ring action on March 18 against Philip “Sweet Pea” Kotey (21-6-2, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Knox Basketball Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Nigerian-born, Australian-based Omotoso is trained and managed by Murray Thomson, who said “Omotoso holds a good win inside the distance over Emanuel Augustus who had given Floyd Mayweather a tough fight. In his most recent fight in November.


  • According to sources - European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton has accepted a fight with hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, possibly on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Hatton was the second option after handlers of WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko allegedly rejected a $550,000 offer. HBO have reserved that date for a ‘Boxing After Dark’ show and there is also a chance of a bout between Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero.


  • WBA Junior Flyweight Interim World Champion Juan Carlos Reveco (25-1, 15 KOs) will face Nicaragua’s Miguel Tellez (19-13-1, 6 KOs) in a non-title 10-round flyweight bout on January 21 at Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Mendoza, Argentina. And junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse faces former World Champion DeMarcus Corley in the 10-round main event.


  • IBF#5 and WBA#12 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (30-1, 18 KO’s) from Sydney, Australia returns to the ring on March 12th with a clash against WBO#5 ranked Lorenzo Villanueva (18- 0, 17KO’s) from the Philippines who is unbeaten in eighteen fights with seventeen wins inside the distance. The fight will be held in Perth, Western Australia and will be for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title, held by Villaneuva.


  • Unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) will now defend his crown against Mexican prospect Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs) on February 12 at Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Zaleta is the replacement for compatriot Jesus Ruiz who had to pull out after the flu derailed his training. Narvez is making the first defense of the super flyweight title and competing in his 19th world title fight.


  • Matt Macklin could defend his European middleweight title against Darren Barker early this year. By Frank Warren - The fight has been put out to purse bids by the European Boxing Union. - Macklin and Barker were supposed to fight in Birmingham in September, only for then European champ Barker to pull out injured. - He has not fought since, while Mackin picked up the vacant title at the LG Arena, before making a successful defence in Liverpool just before Christmas. - Having secured the fight before through purse bids, promoter Frank Warren could be tempted to make a substantial bid again. - But Macklin may ditch the European belt if Warren can deliver him a world title opportunity.


  • Iannuzzi vs Kayode -- Rising cruiserweight prospect Nicholas “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) faces his toughest test to date when he steps up to face the highly regarded Lateef Kayode on Friday February 4th on SHOBOX.


  • Daiki Kameda officially renounces belt -- After his lackluster performance despite his split decision over #14 ranked Silvio Olteanu of Romania on December 26, Daiki Kameda officially renounced his WBA flyweight belt because of his difficulty to make the weight any longer. The ex-champ explained, “I felt like my legs were paralyzed after the eighth round on due to my too severe reduction of weight.