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Latest Boxing News in Brief: 8 February

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Latest Boxing News – Tuesday 8th February, for: Simon vs Soliman, Amir "King" Khan, Algeri vs Tucker, Ramos vs Valdez, Emily Klinefelter, David Rodriguez, Frankie Gavin, Chris John vs. Daud Cino Yordan, David Haye, Team Khan sacks Alex Ariza



  • Simon vs Soliman -- IBF #9 Benjamin “Iron Ben” Simon (20-1, 19 KOs) will clash with former world WBA super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF elimination bouton April 1 at the Trabrennbahn Karlshorst in Berlin, Germany. The hard punching German impressed boxing fans during 2010 with four dominant wins. He outscored Rashid “Snake Boy” Matumla (41-12-2) of Tanzania over twelve shutout rounds, stopped Italy’s Fabio Liggieri (12-6-4) in six rounds, stopped Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (15-4) in five rounds, and finished former world title challenger Zoltan Kalocsai (42-11) in six rounds. Simon was promoted by Eva Rolle in several of his bouts and is expertly managed by Robert Rolle.


  • Amir "King" Khan returns home. On Saturday, April 16, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir "King" Khan will defends his title in England for the first time since December of 2009 when he faces unbeaten EBU champion Paul "Dudey" McCloskey of Northern Ireland. "I'm thrilled to be coming home to England to defend my title on April 16 and I promise my fans that I will give them a performance they won't forget," said Khan. "McCloskey is a tough contender, so I expect him to be in his best form. I'm in my prime now and I want to make a statement in this fight and show that I am the best super lightweight in the world.


  • Algeri vs Tucker on March 17th -- On Thursday, March 17th, St Paddy's Day, Star Boxing brings an exciting card to the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Long Island. Headlining the "March Mayhem" card is Star Boxing's popular jr. welterweight prospect, Huntington's undefeated, Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's), as he takes on upset-minded Martin Tucker (7-7, 3KO's) in an eight round jr. welterweight contest.


  • Ramos vs Valdez undercard -- Exciting junior featherweight boxing sensation Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) will risk his #1 world ranking when he takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round bout this Friday, February 11 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The opening televised 8-round bout showcases undefeated super middleweight Cornelius “Da Beast” White (16-0, 15 KOs), of Houston, TX against another knockout artist Don “Da Bomb” George (20-1-1, 17KOs) who hails from Chicago, IL. Both bouts can be seen on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT. - Just added to the event, in an off-TV twelve-round rematch is an IBF heavyweight title elimination bout between the IBF’s #2 top rated contender Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) and IBF #9 Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KOs). Also, former 2000 US Olympic Silver Medalist, Ricardo Williams (16-2, 9 KOs) returns against former world champion John Brown (24-18-2, 11 KOs) in a six-rounder. Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, tickets priced at $75 and $50 call 800-745-3000.


  • Klinefelter hospitalized after KO -- Female super bantamweight Christina Ruiz (6-3-1, 4 KOs) scored a brutal third round knockout over previously unbeaten Emily Klinefelter (9-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. After being counted out, Klinefelter was unresponsive, remaining flat on her back. Paramedics rushed her by stretcher to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. “Emily is at the hospital and is doing well,” said promoter Adam Pollack in a statement released the day after the fight. “The doctors feel that there is a high probability of a strong recovery. She is speaking and is cogent and responsive, though in and out of sleep as they monitor her.


  • New opponent for Rodriguez -- At the last minute, Ty Cobb (12-2, 8 KOs) has pulled out of Friday’s fight in El Paso, Texas, against David Rodriguez, claiming a shoulder injury. According to promoter Zeferino Ramirez “I believe that as the fight approached, Cobb was feeling the heat, and not wanting to have another loss on his record, he pulled out. I cannot express my frustration and disappointment by him doing this, with only one week before fight night.” - Instead of Cobb, Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) will now be facing Las Vegas’ Matt Hicks (13-5, 12 KOs). Promoter Ramirez says “I feel that Hicks will be a good match against David. Hicks have notable fights against the likes of Lou Savarese and BJ Flores. Hicks comes with all he has and leaves it all in the ring. Hick’s will be ready, but so will David.”


  • Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (8-0, 7 KOs) has vowed to become the first boxer to halt French journeyman Mounir Guebbas (12-17-2, 8 KOs). Gavin will meet him in an eight-rounder at London’s York Hall on February 19 and he’s after a commanding performance to secure a British title shot later this year. Britain’s only-ever amateur world champion says he expects Guebbas to be a “tough opponent” despite managing just four wins in his last 20 fights. “He’s fought more than 30 times and he has never been stopped,” stated Gavin. “But I’m going to be the one to change all that. I’ve only been taken the distance once in my career, and I regard that as a blemish on my record. By the way I’m punching, Guebbas is going to get taken out in a couple of rounds.”


  • Team Khan sacks Alex Ariza -- It has emerged that the man that is responsible for taking pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao from an average sized lightweight to a light-middleweight, will no longer be working with Amir Khan. -  It is believed that the WBA light-welterweight champions father, Shah, was the man who decided that Ariza was no longer needed as part of team Khan.


  • Haye says; Wladimir has proven that he doesn’t want to fight  -- WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) believes that IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) is stalling doesn’t truly want to fight him in the future. Haye is heated about Wladimir’s recent comments to the BBC, saying that Haye can still fight him on July 2nd. Haye has to defend his World Boxing Association title soon, possibly in May against number #1 challenger Ruslan Chagaev. Haye doesn’t believe this gives him enough time to get ready for a fight against Klitschko so soon after. Click here for Klitschko BBC interview.


  • Chris John vs. Daud Cino Yordan  -- WBA Super World featherweight champion Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KO’s) will be putting his unbeaten record and World Boxing Association title on the line against Daud Cino Yordan (27-1, 21 KO’s) on April 17th at the Jakarta Trade Expo, in Jakarta, Indonesia. This figures to be a very tough fight for the 31-year-old John, as Yordan, ranked #6 WBA and #8 WBO, brings a lot of the same things that Rocky Juarez brought to the table in his tough fights with John.

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