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Pro Boxing Updates - 24 October

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Latest News For: Peter “The Nigerian Nightmare, Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Martinez Vs Williams II, Odlanier Solis, Ray Austin, Vitali Klitschko, Dereck Chisora, Wladimir Klitschko, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, David Haye, James DeGale, Nielsen, Markussen



  • Peter “The Nigerian Nightmare” not thinking of retiring - Despite the bad loss to Wladimir Klitschko in his last fight - former WBC heavyweight boss Samuel Peter is not going to retire any time soon. --- Indeed, according to his manager Ivaylo Gotzev, “The Nigerian Nightmare,” if matched up right (I.E: against anyone other than the two Klitschko brothers), can still give the paying fans some great fights. According to Gotzev, in speaking with, his fighter will take the rest of the year off, before fighting again early in 2011. And, after a comeback fight, Peter will target a fight with Haye, Adamek, Povetkin or Arreola.


  • Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach arrived at Los Angeles International Airprort, to a reception of hundreds of Pacman fans who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of their hero. “Now it’s time to get focused,” said Roach, “we’re in L.A. “Today he weighed 146. This fight will not go past eight rounds. It’ll be a clean KO. I have three new sparring partners coming in Monday.” Pacquiao will continue training at Roach’s famed WIld Card Gym in Hollywood for his upcoming mega fight against Antonio Margarito.


  • Pacquiao to make between $15 million to $25 million for Margarito bout, says Arum -- In an article at, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says “Manny is guaranteed $15 million for the fight and including his share from the pay-per-view upside, he could make as much as $22 million to $25 million.”


  • Martinez Vs Williams II -- Former two-time WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KO’s) will be challenging WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO’s) for his title at a 157 pound catch weight on November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Williams and Martinez fought last year in December without a title on the line in a fight that ended with Williams winning a controversial 12 round majority decision. Both fighters exchanged knockdowns in the 1st round.


  • Odlanier Solis vs. Ray Austin on December 17th: The winner is mandatory challenger for Vitali Klitschko -- Unbeaten heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KO’s) faces 39-year-old Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KO’s) on December 17th in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator bout at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida. The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger for World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.


  • Wladimir-Chisora --  Frank Warren, the promoter for unbeaten British heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) believes that his upcoming fight against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) will be a more competitive fight than Wladimir’s brother’s recent one-sided 12 round decision win over Shannon Briggs a week ago.


  • Zab Judah vs. Lucas Matthysse on 11/6 -- The IBF has granted formal sanction approval for the Judah - Matthysse fight. The fight will take place on November 6, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.and the winner of this eliminator for #2 will fight #1, Kaizer Mabuza, for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship.


  • Haye’s car totalled in traffic accident in London -- WBA heavyweight champion David Haye was involved in a car accident earlier today in South London. Haye was unhurt, but his car, which was being driven by his body guard, was smashed after it hit another car and then creamed a light post. Haye, 30, had this to say about the accident on his Twitter page: “I loved this car, it was the first decent car I bought and now it’s dead! (Damn you lamppost! But I’m ok).” Haye is getting ready to defend his title against former EBU heavyweight champion Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KO’s) next month on November 13th at the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester, England.


  • Markussen vs. Ribac, Nielsen vs. Salihu on November 20th -- After a successful debut in May, the TV2 Fight Night returns on November 20 when Rudy Markussen and Patrick Nielsen will once again showcase their talents at MCH Herning. The duo will headline an action-packed show that features the very best of Danish professional boxing. While Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) will try to move one step closer to a European title fight with a victory over Serbia´s Dejan Ribac (19-1, 7 KOs), up-and-coming Nielsen faces a tough challenge from unbeaten Swede Adnan Salihu (4-0, 2 KOs). “My goal is to be a champion again soon,” said Markussen, who stopped Christophe Karagoz in his comeback bout in May. “I have trained very hard since my last fight and I will continue my way back to the top with a victory over Ribac. He is a dangerous opponent but I will take care of business against him.”


  • James DeGale moving on -- Unbeaten British super middleweight James DeGale is not waiting around any longer for his domestic rival George Groves. DeGale faces British champion Paul Smith on December 11. If he wins, DeGale plans to move on to bigger and better things. DeGale's promoter Frank Warren tried to make the fight a few months ago. Groves' management replied to Warren with a counter-offer, requesting a lot more money than Warren was offering. -- Degale plans to leave Groves alone, and wantsto place his focus on landing a major world title shot at some point in 2011.