ROUND-UP OF THE WEEKS NEWS IN BOXING
By TOM WATT on July 24 2015
Mundine Andrade deal falls through
Last week, Demetrius Andrade’s Manager, Ed Farris had some choice words for Anthony Mundine, following a break-down in negotiations and laid the blame squarely at the feet of ‘The Man’ for reneging on a deal to fight for Andrade’s WBO World Title in Melbourne, Australia. Farris fired shots at Mundine, questioning the type of fighter the former multiple-weight World Champion and current WBC Silver Champion at 154 lbs, saying that any fighter would take the opportunity to fight for a World Title on home turf.
Mundine’s camp have responded in kind with a statement of their own which can be seen here
Anthony Joshua to fight Gary Cornish for vacant commonwealth title
After Lucas Browne relinquished his Heavyweight Commonwealth Title, it was announced that England’s Anthony Joshua would take on Scotland’s Gary Cornish in a fight that will see two of the UK’s hottest undefeated prospects go head to head. Joshua’s rise to prominence off the back of his Olympic Gold triumph has seen the Watford-born fighter notch up thirteen straight KO wins and climb to #3 in the WBC World Rankings but his promoter, Eddie Hearn is being patient as he guides Joshua forward and this fight with Cornish will be Joshua’s toughest test to date.
Cornish hasn’t grown up in the spotlight in the way his heavily-promoted opponent has been but he has steadily built up a record of twenty-one straight victories and won the vacant IBO Intercontinental Title in his last outing against tough Hungarian, Zoltan Csala. Cornish will also offer something different Joshua in that he is a lot taller than many of Joshua’s previous opponents and having pushed for his manager to make the fight, Cornish is quietly confident about his chances in this fight.
Ward open to GGG fight
Speaking on ESPN earlier this week, Andre Ward has said he is open to fighting Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and has told the Kazakh fighter to contact HBO to make the fight happen:
"Andre Ward is available and we can make it happen....they want Golovkin to smile and wave and be the pretty boy and the promoters do the tough talk. If I respond, then I'm the villain...if GGG wants to fight, come from behind the promoter, come from behind the trainer, tell them to call HBO. I've already done this before the show because I knew you guys were going to ask me this, and let's make it happen!"
After a long period of inactivity, Ward recently defeated World Title Challenger, Paul Smith Jr and looked comfortable in doing so as most expected he would. Now attention has turned to who might be next to try and be the first to inflict a defeat Ward since he was a thirteen year old amateur. With Golovkin’s preffered opponent, Miguel Cotto, set to fight Canelo Alvarez in November, Ward may offer a big-name alternative for GGG although he has previously stated he would like to unify the middleweight division before moving up or down a division. Elsewhere in the division, WBO Champion defends his title against Billy Joe Saunders so that leaves Golden Boy’s new poster-boy, David Lemiuex as the only available Title-Holder at Middleweight.
Lemieux’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya has stated he is open to making the Golovkin fight so we are now in a situation where GGG, who has been largely avoided over the course of his 20 KO win-streak, being faced with the opportunity to fight two World Class fighters. Personally I would like to see him unify the division but there is unlikely to be a Boxing fan out there that wouldn’t get excited at the prospect of GGG vs Andre Ward.
Arum spits feathers as Pacquiao misses doctor’s appointment
Despite being Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum has probably been one of (if not the) biggest beneficiaries from the Pacquiao gravy-train over the years, hover that hasn’t stopped the 83 year old promoter firing shots at his ‘friend’ in the aftermath of the ‘Fight of The Century’. In the weeks after the fight, Arum was quick to disassociate himself with the shoulder injury claims and was even quoted as saying he went into the fight 100% and not carrying the injury. Earlier this week Arum responded to a line of questioning with the following:
“As far as I’m concerned he’s not an active fighter.” Arum said.
“Pacquiao was supposed to come over to see the doctor and for some reason he decided to cancel it.
“So he’s not acting very professionally”
Pacquaio has since responded by saying he is monitoring his progress and fully expects to return the ring again. It seems strange that Arum would turn on his fighter so quickly but in the fickle World of Boxing that is nothing new, he will no doubt be the Pac-Man’s biggest advocate when he returns and those dollars start racking up again.
Two weeks until Kerry Foley defends his Aussie Title
August 8th sees the debut of the ‘Professional Boxing Australia’ series which will be streamed live on Epicentre.tv from the North Sydney Leagues Club, NSW.
The packed card is headlined by Kerry Foley as he defends his Australian Title for the first time against Joel Casey, an opponent he faced back in 2007 in only his second professional bout, winning by UD in the four round contest. Since then both men have come on leaps and bounds, Foley now has a record of 15-2-1, 12 KOs, with Casey’s record standing at 16-14-3, 10 KOs. Foley won his Title with a fantastic display of Boxing to beat the popular Dane Mulivai in QLD, May 3rd. Casey is coming off the back of his first win in six fights, having fought a string of tough opponents including Damien Hooper and Robert Berridge (who has two fights with Foley under his belt) and will be looking to continue his return to form by winning the coveted Aussie Title August 8th.
Here is the rest of the current confirmed line-up:
Australian Light Heavyweight Title – 10 Rounds
Kerry Foley vs Joel Casey
Vacant Australian Super Middleweight Title – 10 Rounds
Faris Chevalier Vs Tej Pratap Singh
Super Welterweight – 4 Rounds
Mark Lucas vs Zoran Cassady
Welterweight – 4 Rounds
Joel Bennett vs Michael Upton
Welterweight – 4 Rounds
Ben Saava vs Dillion Bargero
Klitschko Fury Press Conference
Tuesday in Dusseldorf saw the first of the scheduled Press Conferences for the upcoming fight between long-standing Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko and Britain’s Tyson Fury at the ESPIRIT Arena, a place where Klitshcko has previously fought Eddie Chambers and Jean Marc Mormeck.
It was an unusually subdued press conference considering Tyson Fury was in attendance as the promoters and fighters went through the motions until Klitschko decided to aim a few questions at the calmer-than-normal Fury. The line of questioning certainly struck a nerve with the Mancunian and it wasn’t long before the media in attendance were treated to a Fury special as he reeled off his opinion on the fight, his opponent and his motivations for the fight.
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