TRAINING WITH BLOODWORTH, CAMERON SIGNS WITH SHAW
news from New Zealand - by Denny Enright
David Tua has signed
a deal with Team Duva trainer Roger Bloodworth one of the Worlds
top trainers as he prepares for his USA comeback in Florida
on the 27th of August, the opponent will be named by the end
of this week. Cedric Kushner has had some trouble finding a
suitable opponent for Tua but has confirmed a suitable opponent
comparable with Talmadge Griffis will be named by the 22nd of
The undercard for the Tua fight in Florida
will feature Shannon Briggs and Ray Mercer, others on the card
will feature O'Neill Bell against Sebastian Rothman and Jameel
McCline against a opponent to be arranged. The fights will be
held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida.
Shane Cameron has also signed a 3 year deal
with Gary Shaw Promotions, this deal will have Cameron fighting
4 times a year for the next 3 years, this will be a opportunity
for Shane Cameron and the team to really see if Shane has the
ability to foot it with the best in the USA and stamp his mark
in the world of heavyweight boxing.
On the 7th of August in Florida Shane Cameron
will meet Roger Izonritei for the IBF Pan Pacific Heavyweight
title and Shane will be using this fight to impress the top
promoters and boxing scribes in the USA. Cameron was a former
camp training partner for David Tua and it will be interesting
to see the these two fighters paths travel over the next 3 years.
ndou score stoppages in great night of fights
By Tony Nobbs
Shannan Taylor and Lovemore Ndou recorded inside the distance
victories at the Panthers Leagues Club while Nadel Hussein
scored a fifth round stoppage at the Belleview Centre in Bankstown
in Sydney’s West on Friday night.
Former WBC welterweight challenger Taylor took
his record to 43-3-2, with 29 via the short route by scoring
a one sided seven round TKO of jet lagged Argentine Sergio Acuna
( 28-14-2, 11 KO’s) in an over the limit non title bout.
A controlled kind of performance by the 33
year old IBF # 3 jnr middleweight despite being deducted a point
for a low blow in the fourth round and warned several times
by referee Brian Mc Mahan.
Acuna’s only chance for victory was to win by DQ and he
did his best to explore the possibility. He began complaining
in the second round of shots below the belt and managed to stall
the inevitable, surviving longer than he was expected. Acuna
was also guilty dipping forward with his head coming in as Shannan
used a peak a boo type defence. Taylor is still a hurtful puncher
downstairs and these shots eventually took their toll on Sergio,
a former WBA fedelatin champion and WBU title challenger at
147 lb, who reportedly only arrived the morning of the fight.
Taylor also hurt him with clean right hands down the pipe and
uppercuts on the inside and at the end of the sixth Acuna was
in trouble, falling halfway through the ropes. Between breaks
the tired import sat on his stool - for the first time in the
fight - and his corner man was ordered to the dressing room
for verbal abuse to the referee. When the bell rang to start
round seven the towel came in.
Even though he was well beaten Acuna did try to get some attack
going and managed to connect on a few occasions.
In their first bout last September, Taylor
scored an eight round TKO after initially being disqualified
for low blows before the result was over-ruled and the no foul
“I thank God. I thank Tony Caradonna.
I say hello to my beautiful daughter Nathalia and her mother
Beccy at home. I was taking my time.
He was eight and a half kilo heavier than me, I had to spot
him weight” said Shannan who claimed the WBF 168 lb belt
"Once my body shots were taken away, I
found it very frustrating. I knew he had nothing in the tank,
one or two might’ve been low but look at the red marks
around his body. I’ve had good sparring with Danny Green
(in West Australia). He will be in the winners circle again
and I thank you Danny.” Of the possible title shot with
Kasim Ouma? "Hopefully we will get it"
Long standing contender Ndou needed just 116
seconds to wreck Indonesian Joey de Ricardo’s unbeaten
(9-0-2, 6 O’s) record retaining his IBF Pan Pacific 140
The classy Ndou (41-8-1, 27 KO’s) has
extended Sharmba Mitchell, Miguel Cotto and Junior Whitter on
short notice in the past and is still clamouring for a shot
at the IBF title held by Ricky Hattan. He is due to fight an
eliminator, originally set against Juan Urango in August, but
with the Columbian’s recent withdrawal, Lovemore stated
after the fight that the next available contender is West Australian
based Noefel Ben Rabah who has been claiming the South African
born Sydney fighter is afraid to fight him for quite some time.
“I had seen tape of de Ricardo and he
looked dangerous - I just wanted to get him out of there as
quick as possible. I didn’t want to risk getting a cut
or anything” said Ndou, 33, rated # 3 by the IBF. “Ben
Rabah has been doing a lot of talking. Lets do it. He can bring
his ass, I will knock him out.” Commonwealth Games Gold
Medallist Daniel Geale, rated # 3 in Australia, boxed along
to a unanimous six round decision over former national 154 pound
title holder Steve Douet at middleweight. Geale, now 7-0, 6
KO’s, is regarded by many as the most talented of Australian
prospects and he did pretty much as he pleased after a close
opening round. Douet holds a controversial kick boxing decision
win over former IBF jnr lightweight champion Lester Ellis.
NSW middleweight champion Adam Vella, rated
# 8 in Australia, scored a four round stoppage of Thailand’s
Former Australian jnr welterweight champ Matt
Pauley won a six round unanimous verdict over Victorian Paul
Le at middleweight. Southpaw Pauley had too much over all skill
for his diminutive opponent.
Queenslander James Ellis, rated # 6 in Australia
at super cruiser, won a UD over Rob Pelizzeri in a heavyweight
Promoter: Tony Caradonna. Fox Sport commentators:
Andy Raymond, IBF vice President Ray Wheatley and hall of fame
legend Col. Bob Sheridan.
At Bankstown, local favourite and former WBC
122 pound title challenger Hussein (38-2, 24 KO’s), 127.6
lb, stopped Thailand’s Aree Phosuwan Gym , 122.5 lb at
2 min 54 of round five, catch-weight.
Undercard: Chris Hamilton (162 lb) TKO 3 Lookton
Chor Jaitrong (155 lb)
from Thailand, catch-weights. Hamilton is a former amateur star
whose only defeat in eight pro starts came in an Australian
jnr middleweight challenge. He is rated nationally at # 6 middleweight.
Ahmed Elomar won a unanimous six round decision
over Filipino lefty Rey Martizano at jnr lightweight.
Promising Lance Gostellow scored a first round
win over Daniel Hoskins at jnr welter. It was only this February
past that Hoskins got his flagging career of the ground wining
the WBF Asia Pac jnr lightweight title. In his last outing he
lost in an attempt to win the Australian jnr lightweight belt
against Ahmed Elomar. Unbeaten Gostellow (7-0, 5 KO’s)
is rated # 8 in Australia and rising. Hoskins is listed # 5
among Australian jnr lights. Daniel is a talented boxer who,
if matched correctly through out his career could easily have
been a credible national champion.
Paul Wahlberg (141 lb) won a technical points
decision (unanimous) over Jesar Anjaras (140 lb), catchweight
and Robert Oyan won a four round unanimous verdict over debutant
Reinhard Badato at jnr lightweight. By all accounts this clash
was a ripper!
TO FIGHT BARRERA SEPTEMBER 17
Boy Promotions announced that WBC Junior Lightweight champ Marco
Antonio Barrera will fight IBF titleholder Australian Robbie
"Bomber" Peden on September 17
Barrera last fought in April, scoring a second-round knockout
over Mzonke Fana. He has just been re-signed to Golden Boy Promotions
for a six fight (and probably six-figure) deal
Barrera has pay-back in mind - Peden broke his ribs during
sparring in preparation for a bout with Pacquiao.
“Maybe I can pay him back,” said Barrera. “It’s
going to be a good fight.”
De La Hoya said Peden has shown to be better than many observers
“When he fought Nate Campbell many people felt Peden’s
victory was just a fluke,” said De La Hoya. “I thought
Nate Campbell was going to really be something. But Peden showed
he has something.”
September 17 was set for a DeLaHoya return, but the Golden
Boy has decided to take the rest of 2005 off while he and his
wife await the birth of the first child, due December 31.
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Malvern Town Hall was packed to the rafters on Friday night.
A crowd of more than 1200 braved the cold to see the Main Event
- "Tiger" Tim Bell facing rising star Johnny Walker
for the Bob Rose Cup.
The referee stopped the fight in the 4th round. Bell retains
his Victorian light heavyweight title.
In the semi main event James Grima made an
impressive return to the ring with a TKO (ref stopped fight)
in the 5th round, over Kiwi Terry Tuteru at heavyweight.
James Grima is now set to fight Mohammed Azoui - WBA world ranked
#9 for the PABA Cruiserweight title, in Melbourne on a Maniatis
promotion in late August If Grima beats Azoui he will get a
top ten WBA world ranking...
Promoter Maniatis was thrilled at the prospect - " l am
happy Grima will get a shot at Azoui, and l will be promoting
the event in late August" Maniatis said "James Grima
is for real, come August, Azoui will feel first hand why Grima
is the biggest puncher in the cruiserweights".
Shannon McMahon vs David Wiremu at Welterweight saw McMahon
KO Wiremu in the 5th round. His record now moves to 8wins 1
loss and he is looking for a Aussie Welterweight title shot.
First fight was a cracker between Sean Connell vs Paul Le over
6 rounds. Connell boxed smart and won convincingly with a uninamous
decision over the more experienced Le.... Connell moves to 5
wins 2 losses and will be chasing Chris Collard for a Victorian
title shot soon.
If you missed the action - Watch the highlights of Malvern
Town Hall Boxing on Channel 31 boxing show Tuesday nights at
10pm and Saturday at noon
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#1 ranked middleweight Sam Soliman (30-7, 12 KOs) is slated
to take a tough fight while he waits for his title shot. Soliman
will face unbeaten Tarvis Simms (20-0-1, 11 KOs) on July 21
at the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore, California. Also
scheduled is a heavyweight bout between former cruiserweight
champions Vassiliy Jirov (35-3, 30 KOs) and Orlin Norris (57-9,
31 KOs). The undercard features unbeaten welterweight Paul Williams
(26-0, 19 KOs) vs TBA. The Gossen Tutor-promoted card can be
seen on FOX Sports' "Best Damn Sports Show Period."
ON THE GOLD COAST
and WBF Intercontinental heavyweight champion Rob Calloway has
been enjoying his stay on the Gold Coast this week in the lead
up to next Friday nights WBF title bout with Australian Bob
Mirovic at the Royal Pines Golf Resort. So much so that he has
expressed an interest in returning.
Calloway, 35, touched down at Brisbane Airport
on Tuesday morning following a twenty three hour trip from Kansas.
He was accompanied by trainer/brother-in-law Jason Redmond and
sparring partner, Native American Darwin Doney. The trio were
picked up by promoter Jamie Myer and have settled in to their
Surfers Paradise unit.
In the lead up to this fight, Calloway has
sparred former world cruiserweight champion ‘King’
Arthur Williams and Danny Batchelor as well as useful journeyman
Brian Scott. On Wednesday and Thursday night he put on a sharp
display boxing six round sessions with Doney and Coast based
prelim heavyweight Baden Oui, following with a fast paced session
on the pads.
“It’s been a good preparation.
I boxed twelve rounds, three times last week and it’s
great to just get here early and loosenup after the long trip.
I’m feeling better every day and I’m looking forward
to the fight” said Calloway who scored a six round knockout
over Jim Strohl in a tune up on May 14, taking his record to
54-5-1, 42 knockouts.
“I have trained to go the twelve rounds,
if I see the chance to knock him out I will take it but I just
want to win. Points or knockout, it doesn’t matter. I
didn’t come all this way to go home without the belt.”
“I’ve been watching Mirovic and he is a strong guy.
He has improved but he has got losses against guys who wouldn’t
go against me”.
“This is a nice country, the people have
been very courteous. I’d like to come back and defend
the title and bring my family.” “The WBF title will
open a few more eyes for me. I was hoping the winner would get
the next fight with Mike Tyson but there are still some big
name guys out there”.
On Wednesday night Calloway watched the Queensland-NSW
Origin 2. The first Rugby League match he had seen in full.
“It’s a tough game, very fast, non stop” he
said.Mirovic, 39, is due to arrive on the Gold Coast on Monday
from his NSW Central Coast base.
MALPARTIDA TO FIGHT SHARON ANYOS JUNE 24
Coast , QLD June 02, 2005 Undefeated boxer Kina Malpartida has
accepted an offer from Sharon Anyos to fight on the Jamie Myer
June 24 promotion at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast . The show
will be televised live on Fox Sports, featuring Bob Mirovic
& American Rob Calloway's WBF World Heavyweight title bid
as the Main Event.
Kina Malpartida is undefeated after 5 professional
fights and will go into this fight as the underdog. Sharon Anyos
is a veteran inside the ring with both kickboxing and boxing
World Titles to her credit, she is aged 34 and has a professional
boxing record of 10 wins and 3 losses. Anyos is the current
WBF Women's Featherweight world Champion.
Formerly from Peru Kina Malpartida has one
goal in mind and that is to be the greatest female boxer the
sport has ever seen. She is a total professional when it comes
to training and her health. Kina Malpartida is a great role
model for young girls and young women. Her story getting to
where she is now is amazing. What she is about to do is going
to be even better. If successsful in this fight Kina will become
the new face of boxing in both Australia and potentially the
rest of the World.
Kina is available for interviews and photos leading up to the
fight and after. This bout is a non title bout being fought
over 6 x 2 minute rounds at the 59 kilogram limit.
Kina's profile & much more information
can be found at redcorner.com.au
AND MUNDINE PUT ON A SHOW
Anthony Mundine fought the best fight of his
career on Wednesday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre
but it was still not good enough for him to dethrone WBA super
middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler.
In a terrific twelve rounder that flowed freely,
the former rugby league star and one time champion showed glimpses
of brilliance but lacked the consistency to “take the
belt” so to speak, from Kessler who was making his first
defence of the title he captured by halting Manny Siaca in November.
With clinches scarce the stronger Kessler was
able to do more overall to take the points in many of the close
rounds. Mundine did a good job making the heavily favoured Dane
miss and his hand speed troubled Kessler early in the fight
before a Kessler left hook gave him something to think about
in the third. At times it looked as though the hometown challenger
could take charge, when he got on the front foot letting his
hands go, he backed the massive looking Kessler up and even
stun him but the more experienced and tough titlist would fight
his way back with Mundine’s willingness to go to the ropes
and ducking instead of jabbing and getting away proving costly
as it got Kessler momentum up again-even though many missed
some did get through. Both fighters were tagged cleanly and
there were several exciting exchanges. Hopefully this erases
the doubt if Mundine can take a shot and this bout should make
him a better and more confident fighter. With this performance,
the pair showed why they’re entitled to be rated as two
of the best three super middles in the world, as they are by
Ring Magazine. At the weigh in Tuesday night, Kessler scaled
a fraction under 168 lb (at 76 kg), Mundne was167 lb (75.6 kg).
The only stench from the fight came from the
scoring of Holland’s Henk Meijers who had it a shutout
at 120-108. The other two judges were closer to the mark, Canadian
Hubert Earle tabbing it 116-112 and Japans Takeshi Shimakawa
117-113. Referee was Puerto Rican Luis Pabon and WBA supervisor
Renzo Bagnariol from Nicaragua. Yet to view the fight on tape,
it looked as though Kessler was a deserved winner at the arena.
Kessler,26, is now 36-0,
27 knockouts, Mundine, 30, slips to 23-3, 18 inside the distance.
Undercard action: WBO # 5
lightweight Michael “Rocky” Katsidis scored a second
round knockout over Ethiopian Olympian Addis Tebubua, Canadian
Paul Wahlberg, now trained by Billy Hussein in Sydney outpointed
West Australia’s Somalian born Khalil Ahmed in a jnr welter
six rounder, Sydney born 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham outboxed
Filipino trier Robin Santillanosa over six at jnr lightweight
and Cruiserweight brothers Danny and Jimmy Withers won four
round decisions over Dave Dowden and Big Eagle respectively.
& bozic set for battle
HAMDEN AND BOZIC SET TO BATTLE IN CROATIA TONIGHT
By Tony Nobbs
Persistent Australian Nader Hamden will face local hero Stjepen
Bozic for the vacant WBF Super Middleweight title tonight
(Saturday) at the Dom Sportova in Zagreb, Croatia.
WBF president Mick Croucher said that there
has been a lot of interest in the fight with the 10, 000 seat
building expected to be near full. “The Croatian prime
minister is coming along as well as a lot of other dignitaries”
said Croucher who travelled to oversea proceedings.
“Both are raring to go. Stjepen is an
idol in Zagreb and is a formidable opponent. Nader, however,
is quite confident and has the edge in experience, having faced
world class opponents”.
The scheduled twelve rounder will be refereed
by an Englishman with judges from Australia, Croatia and Austria.
“I think this fight will go the distance.
All the officials will be given a pep talk about how the WBF
run their shows and we will demand fairness, although I expect
the officiating be fair anyway”.
At yesterdays weigh in both came in a kilo
under the 76.2 kg (168 lb) limit.
Sydney’s Hamden, 31, sports a 38-3 record
with 17 knockouts and is a former WBC number two rated jnr middleweight
contender. He was undefeated in that division, holding the NSW
State, Australian, OPBF and IBF Pan Pac belts at
154 lb before moving up to middle and eventually Super Middleweight.
In his most recent outing in March he dropped a twelve round
verdict in Canada to Otis Grant for the WBC International title
and two fights back claimed the OPBF title in this divvy with
an off the floor fourth round knockout of Arama Tabui. Hamden’s
first defeat came in June ’03 to Sam Soliman, the current
IBF mandatory for Bernard Hopkins. While he lost a clear decision,
Hamden became just the second man to deck the tough defensive
wizard when he landed a flush right hand out of nowhere. Bozic,
30, comes into the ring at
16-1, 10 KO’s. He has won ten straight.
HATTON'S MESSAGE TO HIS FANS
just a week or so away to the fight now and I thought a short
message about me preparation would go down well.
Every time I have gone into training for each
fight, I feel that I have improved and been getting better and
better and none more so than this one. I'm stronger, fitter,
faster, and smarter and I have made the weight easier than ever.
I feel more powerful, I have lifted considerably
more weights than normal and I think I feel the way I do simply
because my diet has been better. I've been able to eat like
a pig and what a difference its made.
Sparring has been perfect, with no injuries,
and I think this fight has come at the right moment. I'm the
underdog and rightly so. Believe me, if Kostya beats me, I will
be the first to shake his hand, as you all probably know.
But I have always said that I believe I can
be number one and on June 5th, I will. I have no doubt that
this is the chance I deserve and all you loyal fans have had
to wait too long for this moment and now that it's here you're
gonna see exactly what I can do.
Thanks for your support, as always,
Thanks to www.rickyhatton.com
UPSETS BRIGGS TO CLAIM WBC 175 LB BELT!
May 23, 2005 - By Tony Nobbs
Tomasz Adamek captured the vacant WBC light heavyweight title
with a majority decision over Australia’s Paul Briggs
on the Brewster-Golota card in Chicago. Officially, the judges
scored it 117-113, 115-113 and 114-114.
This was a disappointing result for Briggs and his supporters
after waiting so long for his shot but the underdog generally
out worked and out manovered the man former WBA middleweight
champion Jorge Castro labelled “The Ghost” two years
There were some good exchanges in the fight
and the title was there to be won by the Queenslander in the
eighth round when he visibly hurt Adamek with right hands. However
he was unable to capitalise on the opportunity and Tomasz sealed
the win over the championship rounds.
clash of heads at the start of round two caused a cut over the
left eye of Paul and it bled freely for the remainder of the
bout with Adamek swelling over the right eye in the third.
Briggs also appeared to damage his right hand
in the early going and appeared reluctant to load up but this
cannot take from the winner’s performance as he was the
better boxer on the night, possessing a beautiful left lead,
a good overall kit of punches and movement. He didn’t
allow the power puncher to get going and is a worthy champion.
This was Briggs’ second fight with trainer
Jack Mosley after he split from long time mentor Rod Waterhouse
following his points win over Jesus Ruiz in March last year.
Adamek goes to 29-0, 20 KO while Briggs drops to 23-2, 17 KO.
POST FIGHT QUOTES
Courtesy Don King Productions
“I felt I rocked him every other round. I
caught a lot of his power shots with my gloves. He was a good
fighter he put together good combinations.
“Of course I thought I won but that’s the
way it goes. It was a fair decision".
“This was my best fight ever. Briggs was
a strong, tough fighter but I was never going to give up.
“I know I made my country
and family proud.”
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