Latest Boxing News Updates: May 25
Written by Boxing News
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:51
Boxing News in Brief – 25th May 2011 – for: Leapai targets Arreola and Chagaev, “Sugar Moe” Harris, Burns vs Cook July 16, Unbeaten cruiserweight – Zbikowski, Oscar de la Hoya, Vicente back in action, Chad Dawson wants his shot, Chisora vs Fury
Leapai targets Arreola and Chagaev
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) has targeted former world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chaegev and Chris Arreola says leading Australian boxing trainer Noel Thornberry. “Alex is confident he would KO both Chaegev and Arreola,” said Thornberry. “Arreola and Chageav both defeated tough American heavyweight Travis Walker but were extended. Alex stopped Walker in four rounds. I will promote Alex in an IBF regional bout in July and would like to have Irishman Kevin McBride as an opponent. He lost to Ademak but defeated Mike Tyson so he has credibility.” Thornberry guided Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown and Noel’s brother Ricky took Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottkke the distance in WBO and IBF world title bouts respectively. (Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing)
The IBF No. 6 Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) versus No. 7 Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (35-2, 23 KOs) is a scheduled 12-round, International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) Box-Off with the winner moving up to No. 2 in the IBF ratings, and earning an IBF Title Eliminator match against the other IBF Box-Off winner, top rated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs), who defeated Derric Rossey this past February by way of a 12-round unanimous decision. The winner of the fight between Chambers and Harris/Thompson will determine the IBF mandatory challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko (or David Haye if he wins their July 2nd unification fight).
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns will make the third defense of his title against the former champion Nicky Cook on July 16th at the Liverpool Echo Arena. “I will raise my game and deliver my first stoppage win as a champion,” said Burns. Meanwhile, Cook returned to action at the weekend on the big O2 Arena card, beating Youssef Al Hamidi on points after a long injury lay off. And he says he is desperate to get his WBO belt back after losing to Roman Martinez – who Burns beat in a thrilling battle last September to claim the title – more than two years ago. “I’m still hurting from that night,” said Cook. “The only way to heal the pain is to beat Ricky Burns.”
Unbeaten cruiserweight - Zbikowski
Tommy Zbikowski has pulled out of a scheduled bout on the June 4 Zbik-Chavez Jr. undercard in Los Angeles and will refocus on his football career. Tommy Z said he plans to return to boxing after his football career is over.
Kessler vs Bouadla
Super middleweight, former World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) 168-pound champion Mikkel “The Viking Warrior’’ Kessler will return to the ring for the first time in 14 months when he faces Mehdi Bouadla on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 12-rounder between Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs), of Denmark, and Bouadla (23-3, 11 KOs), of France, will be shown before the LIVE Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal on SHOWTIME (delayed on the West Coast) between defending WBC titlist Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., at Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Former world boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya has sent several messages through his Twitter account. According to Golden Boy he has been at a $77,000 a month rehab center in Malibu, California since May 7 and attends three meetings a day. “I’m sincerely humbled by the support I’ve been receiving and promise you that I will knock out this disease I have. There is no doubt in my mind that I will become stronger and more humble with this experience. These past weeks I have grown as a person and have been able to find my higher power. Every day he gives me the strength to live life in a humiliating way. Life as I’m learning is to love myself first so I can love those around me. Thank you and I’ll see you soon stronger than ever.”
The Dominican Republic’s WBA #8, WBC #10 super-bantamweight Jenifel Vicente (21-0-2, 14 KOs) headlines an international mega-card in Santo Domingo on May 30th, defending his WBA Fedelatin title against hard-hitting Colombian prospect Luis Zanbrano (9-1, 8 KOs). Should Vicente win this upcoming bout, he is scheduled to make his US debut against highly touted Chris Avalos on June 10th in Santa Ynez, CA.
ChadDawson wants his shot
IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s) is hoping that 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) keeps his word to fight him next after hearing news that Hopkins’ promoter Richard Schaefer is looking for a way out of the Dawson fight. In an ESPN interview, Schaefer said that he will “look for contract loopholes” for Hopkins to fight someone else other than Dawson.
On July 23, two undefeated heavyweights clash, with British champion Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) defending his title against 6’9″ challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KO’s) at the Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England.