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Pro Boxing News - 1st October

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Latest Boxing News For: John Murray, Jimmy Lange, Joe Wyatt, Glen Johnson, Allan Green, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, Wilson Alco, Alberto Herrera, Hasim "The Rock" Rahman, James Kirkland, George Groves, Kris Hughes, Derek Chisora, Michael Sprott, Matt Skelton, Wladimir Klitschko




  • Bidding War on the horizon

John Murray's promotional contract with Hennessey Sports is set to expire at the end of the month. The undefeated British and European lightweight champion will become a free agent and a wild bidding war is expected between numerous promoters who want to sign him up. It's being said that Frank Warren has the edge to scoop him up, but others, including Top Rank, Hatton Promotions, Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions, are being rumored to make their play.


  • Jimmy Lange Vs Joe Wyatt

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, popular junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (33-4-2, 23 KOs) returns to George Mason University’s Patriot Center to face Joe Wyatt (23-1, 15 KOs) in a ten-round championship bout for the NABA vacant 154-pound U.S title.


  • Glen Johnson vs Allan Green

On November 6th, 41-year-old former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KO’s) will be stepping in to replace the injured Mikkel Kessler in a fight against Allan Green (29-2, 20 KO’s) in the stage 3 part of the Super Six tournament at MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


  • Jorge Rodrigo Barrios Vs Wilson Alco

LOS ANGELES, September 30 - It will be an explosive night of fights at the Jose Jorge Conte Arena in Corrientes, Argentina on Friday, October 1, when former World Champion Jorge Rodrigo Barrios returns to the ring for the first time in nearly a year to take on Colombia's Wilson Alcorro in a ten round lightweight bout, and welterweight contender Hector David Saldivia battles hard-hitting Brazilian Jailton De Jesus. This doubleheader will be televised on the 21st edition of HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation.


  • “New Blood” is coming back to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on Friday, October 8th.

In the main event, scheduled for six rounds in the junior middleweight division, unbeaten Riverside star Alberto Herrera puts his “0″ on the line against San Diego prospect Chris Chatman.

Also in action on this fall night of hard-hitting bouts will be unbeatens Christopher Rizo, Oscar Andrade, and Donyil Livingston.


  • Hasim "The Rock" Rahman Vs Marcus McGee

Former undisputed and two-time World Heavyweight Champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman (48-7-2, 39 KOs) continues his comeback Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, at the WBA KO Drugs Festival.

Rahman who has scored 3 knockouts since his December 2008 unsuccessful challenge for Wladimir Klitschko's IBF and WBO Heavyweight Championships, will be looking to making opponent Marcus McGee the fourth victim of his comeback.


  • James Kirkland Returns

James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) will likely end a 21-month layoff by returning on the December 11 non-televised undercard to Amir Khan's defense of the WBA junior welterweight title against Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Kirkland was imprisoned since April 2009 after pleading guilty to a charge of gun possession by a convicted felon. He was released on Thursday from Bastrop Federal Prison in Bastrop, Texas, and will spend the remaining months of his sentence in a halfway house in Austin.


  • Groves vs. Degale not happening

The much anticipated fight between young British super middleweight prospects George Groves and James Degale will not be happening this year. Frank Warren publicly made an offer to Groves which was countered by his manager Adam Booth. The deadline past and the politics took over and it is not happening for now. Adam Booth confirmed this on Steve Bunce’s boxing hour saying the counter offer was not invited by Frank Warren. This means Frank Warren only wanted the Groves fight on his terms meaning fighting on a Frank Warren show.

George Groves will now be fighting James Obede Toney who has only lost to really tough fighters such as Roman Karmazin and Lucian Bute.


  • Jamie Arthur challenges Kris Hughes for the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title -- Arthur, who dropped a unanimous points verdict to British champion Martin Lindsay earlier this year, steps in following the retirement of Matthew Marsh.

East Londoner Marsh went 11 rounds with then-champion Jason Booth in February but was due to be given a second shot at the title after Booth vacated to challenge IBF belt holder Steve Molitor.

However, Marsh suffered neck and back injuries in a car crash during the summer and has reportedly called time on his career. -- The fight is the main support on the undercard of Frank Maloney's October 16 attraction, which features Sam Webb making the first defence of his British light-middleweight title against Martin Concepcion at The Troxy in London.



SHOWTIME® Sports hosted a press conference Thursday at The Conga Room , L.A. Live, to formally introduce and discuss “BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: WINNER TAKES ALL” that begins Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Irapuato, Mexico. In attendance was Ken Hershman, SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, the four world class boxers who will participate in the two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds – International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), former world champions Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (29-0-1) – and their promoters.

The bantamweight tournament is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions for Darchinyan and, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions, for Perez, Golden Boy Promotions for Mares, and Don King Productions for Agbeko.


  • British heavyweight champion Derek Chisora handed world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko

Derek Chisora, the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion from Finchley, will face IBF and WBO world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on December 11. -- On the same night, Bolton's Amir Khan will defend his WBA light-welterweight crown against 27-year-old Argentine Marcos in Las Vegas. (Source Daily Mail UK)


  • Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott could meet in the final of Prizefighter Heavyweights IV after line-up alterations ahead of the October 9 fight night at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

The pair have fought twice previously with Skelton coming out on top on both occasions, and now the withdrawal of three fighters has led to a change in the draw, meaning the old foes are on course for a third showdown in the final live on Sky Sports.