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Latest Boxing News in Brief: 23 February

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Latest Boxing News in Brief – Wednesday 23rd February for: Matthew Macklin, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Grant and Fields Face Off, Chambers wants Haye, Morales vs. Maidana, Wright vs. Macklin, Guerrero vs. Katsidis, Donovan “DA BOMB” George, Frank Warren, Ashley Theophane, Unleash the Fury, Karim ‘KC’ Martinez, Narvaez may defend crown against Seda, James “Lights Out” Toney


  • Two-time European middleweight champ, Matthew Macklin, who wasn’t able to attend Tuesday’s kick-off press event for his April 9 showdown with Ronald “Winky” Wright in Los Angeles, today acknowledged the achievements of the 39-year-old Wright over the last decade, but warned, “…this is my time to make a big impact in the U.S. and this is the perfect fight to do that in. I know that it will be a huge challenge but that’s what appeals to me about this fight and I’m very confident about the outcome. I originally agreed to fight Winky last summer but for whatever reason he never agreed terms then but thankfully it’s on now. I’ve always believed I’ve the ability to go right to the very top in the sport and where better to prove that than against a living legend of the sport.”


  • Morales vs. Maidana / Wright vs. Macklin / Guerrero vs. Katsidis - To become a legend, you must beat a legend and on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., six "Action Heroes" will be featured in one night of all-out action fights where every bout pits two fighters looking to prove something against each other. The HBO Pay-Per-View televised event features Five-Time and Three-Division World Champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales taking on former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana in the main event. The telecast also features former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion Winky Wright facing current European Middleweight Champion Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin as well as former World Champions Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Michael Katsidis "The Great" squaring off in what promises to be a slugfest.


  • Grant and Fields Face Off - On March 11th in Nevada, fight fans will be treated to two men who put the "heavy“ in Heavyweight boxing as Tye "Big Sky" Fields and Big Michael Grant step into the ring in a bout which has "knock-out“ written all over it.


  • Chambers wants Haye - Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) recently scored a twelve-round victory in an IBF title eliminator against Derric Rossy in Atlantic City. The win put Chambers closer to a rematch with IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs). However when asked if there was anyone in particular that he would like to fight, Chambers didn’t hesitate. “David Haye,” he said. “I believe it would be a great way for the winner to then earn the right to fight Klitschko. Haye is the one I would love to get inside the ring now!”


  • Super middleweight contender and longtime local fan favorite, Donovan “DA BOMB” George (21-1-1, 18 KOs), coming off a brutal first round knockout of Cornelius White on ShoBox February 11, will headline an April 1st 8 Count Productions fight card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. George will face TBA. The undercard features unbeaten jr welterweights Adrian Granados (5-0, 3 KOs) and Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Also seeing action are junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (3-0-1, 2 KOs), middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (3-0, 1 KO) and super middleweight “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (8-1-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $31. Call 312-413-5740.


  • Promoter Frank Warren has made an offer to Ashley Theophane to fight Frankie Gavin.US based Londoner Theophane captured the British Light-Welterweight title last Saturday night at Wembley Arena, beating Lenny Daws on points. On the same night Gavin beat Michael Lomax at the York Hall, halting the former British title challenger in seven rounds in the best performance of his career. Birmingham star Gavin, 25, Britain's only ever world amateur champion, said afterwards that he wanted the British title fight next.


  • Unleash the Fury - Tottenham’s Michael Grant is set to return to the ring, after a year long sabbatical from the sport, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘UNLEASH THE FURY’ mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011. Michael, who was one of the most exciting young Light Welterweight prospects to explode on the British Boxing scene in the middle naughties, dropped from the radar back in February last year, following his surprising loss to Steve Williams at their clash for the vacant English title.


  • James “Lights Out” Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) is scheduled to make his return to the ring Thursday night against Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) at the San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, California.


  • Narvaez may defend crown against Seda - By Gabriel F. Cordero - The possibility exists that the WBO super flyweight current world champion Omar Narvaez will defend his crown April 23 at the Polideportivo de Monte Hermoso against WBO #1 ranked mandatory challenger Cesar Seda. Narváez’s last fight was on February 12 when he successfully defended the title against Victor Zaleta, also in the Polideportivo de Monte Hermoso. Universal Promotions, representing Seda, had hoped to bring the fight to Puerto Rico, and made an offer to stage the fight in May at the Juan Pachin Vicens Coliseum in the city of Ponce, but apparently the respective camps did not reach an agreement.


  • Junior welterweight prospect Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas steps back into the ring this Friday, February 25th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas against Derrick Jones (1-2) of Fort Worth, TX which features former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s son, George “Monk” Foreman III (10-0, 9 KOs) of Houston, Texas and as well as female boxing champion Ann Wolfe’s daughter, Jennifer Wolfe (5-0, 2 KOs) of Cedar Creek, Texas, in separate bouts, the fight card dubbed “Legends, The Next Generation” is being presented by Joe Dumas Productions.

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