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Jean Pascal wants to fight on May 25 despite Lucian Bute withdrawal

7 May
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Tommy Barber – London

The highly-anticipated duel between Canadian prizefighters Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, dubbed the greatest fight in Canada’s storied history, has been postponed. Following on from the official announcement by InterBox earlier, co-promoter Yvon Michel accepted the decision, claiming it is an unfortunate part of the sport of boxing.

Pascal v Bute

“Obviously, when we first heard the news a few hours ago, we were all in shock,” said Michel. “This is part of boxing and we are aware that we have to live and deal with these contingencies. Our perception is that this only a postponement. We ask Quebec to show understanding and patience. We wish a speedy recovery to Lucian.”

Jean Pascal added: “I was so excited when I met with the media last week. I thought that I was in the best shape of my life and very optimistic about my fight with Bute. We now need to start over but I am a professional. I know that these things happen and I think that sooner or later, we will both be in the ring to settle our differences.  And I would like to add that I would still fight on May 25; I am ready to face anyone.”

GYM and InterBox are currently in a research and analysis solution mode. Full details will be announced as soon as there are new developments.

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David Price v Matt Skelton on Nov 30; Tyson Fury v Kevin Johnson on Dec 1

23 Nov

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David Price is giving fans the chance to lead his ringwalk when he defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Matt Skelton next week. The unbeaten scouser faces Skelton at Aintree Equestrian Centre on Friday, November 30 and is holding a charity auction to carry his belts to the ring. Price will give all the money raised to the Alder Hay Imagine appeal and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign for the Commonwealth belt.

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The winner will also get two VIP tickets including full hospitality and also an invite to an exclusive VIP after show party.

Price said: “The reason I support Alder Hay is because both of my kids were treated there and were so well looked after. I will support the hospital for the rest of my career.

“They do amazing work.”

He added: “The Hillsborough Campaign is very close to my heart. I am a proud Liverpool fan, but Hillsborough is something that even non-Liverpool fans are behind.”

There is a top class undercard including Darren Hamilton’s British light-welterweight title defence against local boxer Steve Williams. Other boxers in action include Joe Selkirk, Danny Price, Tony Dodson, Mike Stafford, Andy Colquahoun, Wayne Adeniyi, Neil Perkins and Tommy Carrus.

To bid for the belts send your offer to auction@frankmaloney.com.

Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to present a special edition of Super Channel Fights courtesy of Hennessy Sports on Saturday, December 1 at 4 pm ET, when Britain’s unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury steps into the ring against American Kevin Johnson, live from Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tyson Fury (19-0-0, 14ko) will take a massive step towards a world title fight in 2013 when he meets Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-2-1, 13ko) for an exciting 12-round international match.

Tough American Johnson will come to Belfast to boost his own world title credentials again as he went the distance with WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Exciting unbeaten Fury expects 6’3 Johnson, to be his hardest opponent to date and believes the fans at the Odyssey and those watching live on Super Channel will be in for a real treat.

Fury commented: “Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career. We needed a world class fighter and we have got one and when I take him apart the world will sit up and take notice. I’m not going around getting opponents out of graveyards, fighting guys well past their best like some other heavyweights in Britain, I’m taking on Kevin Johnson who has fought for a major world title and been the distance with Vitali.

“I am getting closer to a shot at Klitschko myself and I’m going to show Vitali why he has to fight me because when I do a number on Johnson and get him out of there I’ll have done a better job than Vitali did on him. I’m really looking forward to fighting again in Belfast, the support I get there is great and to bring such a big fight there is terrific for the fans. Johnson is going to be tough, he’s a hard man but I’ll be in the best shape of my life. The fans can expect fireworks, that’s for sure.”

Promoter Mick Hennessy says Johnson is going to be the perfect world class test for Fury at this stage of his career: “Kevin Johnson has been there and done it and he wants another shot at the world title and he sees Tyson as the route to that, that’s why he has taken the fight,” commented Hennessy.

“He’s a very dangerous opponent, he’s a clever boxer, he’s never been stopped and he can punch so Tyson has his work cut out. But I believe that Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world and he’ll show that again with the way he takes care of Johnson. Johnson has been asking for this fight for a long time and we have granted his wish unlike a lot of other fighters who have avoided him as he is a very dangerous fighter over 12 rounds.”

Former world heavyweight title challenger Johnson is coming to Belfast full of confidence with his sights set on railroading Fury’s world title aspirations. Johnson said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to step into the ring with Tyson Fury on December 1, in Belfast. It’s a fight that I’ve been looking to make for a long time. It’s going to be the best American fighter against the best fighter in the UK.

“I give Tyson all the credit in the world for stepping up to the plate and taking the fight. This is the biggest fight of my career since my world title fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and I look forward to giving the fans what they deserve, an action packed, explosive and exciting fight.

“Tyson is a helluva fighter but he’s never seen anything like the ‘Kingpin’ up close and personal. I’m on a mission to claim the heavyweight title and Tyson Fury is in my way. I’m not Dereck Chisora or Neven Pajkic. I’m the real deal and Tyson will find that out on December 1. Don’t blink; it’s going to be a short night.”

Marco Huck defeats Firat Arslan via ‘scam’; Lucian Bute beats Denis Grachev on points

4 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

Marco Huck may have made a tenth successful defence of his WBO cruiserweight world title by obtaining an official win over challenger and fellow German, Firat Arslan, on Saturday, November 3 in Halle, but the champion failed to win over the crowd who booed the decision. On the same night, Lucian Bute got back to winning ways by outpointing Denis Grachev in Montreal, Quebec.

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Huck warms up pre-fight. Credit: Gerry Weber World

At the Gerry Weber Stadium stadium in the Nordrhein-Westfalen state in Germany, Huck (35-2-1, 25ko) seemingly had no answer for Arslan’s left uppercut, which he continually landed with aplomb for the majority of the early and middle rounds. In retaliation, Huck’s cannonry mostly cushioned off of Firat’s guard.

It was only until the latter stages in the argument where defending champ Huck – 15 years younger than his adversary – had his say and may have edged rounds ten to 12 on sheer activity alone.

But, when the scorecards were revealed – 115-113, 115-113 and, astonishingly, 117-111 – Arslan’s trainer Dieter Witmann failed to hide his anger, branding it “the biggest scam I have ever seen” and a “disgrace”.

Arslan (32-6-2, 21ko) agreed: “I’ve never experienced anything like this decision. I’ve seldom landed so many clean punches and he only scuffed me,” the veteran southpaw and former 200lb titlist was quoted to have said by Eurosport. “How can such a thing happen? This kind of thing is ruining boxing.

“I landed so many punches. I think the whole crowd believes I’m the winner. I’ve been robbed of my win. I would have been the new world champion today, I would have written history.”

Huck, showing defiance in defeat, said: “I think I landed more punches.”

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In Canada four hours later, former IBF super middleweight ruler Bute (31-1-0, 24ko) boxed his way to a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Grachev (12-1-1, 8ko) and, in so doing, kept his case for a contractual rematch with his only conqueror – Carl Froch – in tact for the new year.

While Grachev was an unbeaten fast-rising contender with a good-looking win over Ismayl Sillakh on his resume, he remained a 9-1 underdog heading into fisticuffs with hometown favourite Bute. However, when leather was traded on fight night, a more competitive bout than anticipated ensued. Bute controlled the fight when the southpaw fought from distance and scored well with his jab and uppercut, however, he showed a vulnerability when Grachev backed him up onto the ropes during the contest’s midway point.

The 118-110 score granted to Bute appeared generous, with the two scores of 116-112 and 115-113 more on point but, regardless of winning margin, Lucian was buoyant in victory. “I’m very happy with my performance against a very tough opponent,” he said, as reported by The Montreal Gazette. “I took some shots, but he was very aggressive. It was a good experience for me.”

The defeated party was aggrieved post-fight and claimed the judging to be “unfair”. Grachev said: “Maybe I lost three or four rounds.”

With the win, Bute added the NABF light heavyweight belt to his honours roll. He will now wait on the result of Froch’s fight with Yusaf Mack on November 17 to find out whether his shot at redemption will go ahead as planned.

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Power-punching pair Lucian Bute and Denis Grachev both make weight ahead of 170lb bout

3 Nov

Video credit: Marc Abrams

Former IBF super middleweight belt holder Lucian Bute and undefeated up-and-comer Denis Grachev collide later tonight, November 3, at the Bell Centre in Quebec, Canada, with the NABF title at 175lbs on the line. Both fighters made weight yesterday (video embedded below) for a bout that will be contested at a 17olb catchweight. The light heavyweight showdown tops a Montreal card that also features a 175lb tussle between Renan St Juste and Allan Green.

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Lucian Bute ‘convinced’ he will beat Carl Froch in 2013 rematch in Montreal

8 Jul

On The Beak – Admin

InterBox and Lucian Bute met with media representatives at the Cage aux Sports restaurant in the Montreal Bell Centre earlier this week. Team InterBox revisited Lucian’s last bout on May 26 and revealed the future plans for Lucian and Carl Froch. Below, is a detailed resume of declarations by Lucian Bute, InterBox president Jean Bedard, Matchroom Boxing president Eddie Hearn and head trainer Stephan Larouche.

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Bute and Froch could fight on the same night later this year, prior to their second bout in 2013. Credit: Interbox

Lucian Bute

– That was not the real Lucian Bute in that Nottingham ring last May, 26. I spent the last few weeks reflecting about what went wrong, what happened, and the only thing that is crystal clear in my mind is that I want my rematch with Carl Froch as soon as possible.

– I am convinced the loss was due to critical errors on my part and that I will beat him.

– I did not use my primary weapons of speed and my jab at all during the fight. I fought Carl Froch’s fight instead of dictating the pace and forcing him to fight my fight.

– It was a bad night for me in Nottingham. A nightmare, really. I lost my IBF belt, my perfect record and I suffered a hard loss.

– I cannot wait to step back into the ring. I am already back at the gym training. I feel fresh, in good spirits, my health is very good and my goal and motivation is to prove to myself and to everyone that [my] last [fight] was just a bad day at the office.

– I do not want to take anything away from Carl Froch’s accomplishment. He was the better man that night. He was hungrier and more motivated and he won. But now I have to look ahead. My promoter Jean Bedard, my coach Stephan Larouche and I have had numerous serious discussions and we have established a plan that I am very comfortable with. In the next two fights I will erase the bad memory from my mind and from the minds of my fans.

Jean Bedard

– There is no hiding the fact that the result was hard on everyone. But even in defeat, in the locker room after the fight and the days following the loss, I still felt Lucian had the fire in his belly to come back stronger and demand his rematch with Froch.

– Lucian was in my office the morning after his return from Romania to reaffirm his intentions. He looked me straight in the eyes and asked me to set the plan we detailed with him and Stephan in motion.

– In all likelihood Lucian will box in Montreal or Quebec this Fall. However, it is also not out of the question that Lucian make his November ring return in Romania. We are already in discussions with an opponent and have sent them an offer.

– We do have a rematch clause with Matchroom Boxing, which could have been a direct rematch bout no matter the outcome. Matchroom Boxing is a great organisation to work with and I have been speaking to Eddie once or twice a week since [the defeat]. I almost know his number by heart. We decided together that in the interest of effectively promoting the rematch, Lucian and Carl would fight in separate events and that we will coordinate our efforts for both to fight on the same day, in November. We agreed the Bute/Froch rematch would take place on March 16th or March 23rd at the Montreal Bell Centre.

Eddie Hearn

– The Carl Froch v Lucian Bute fight has already gone down as one of the greatest fights in British boxing history. It generated record audiences and a sold-out arena that were treated to what many respected pundit and fighters have described as one of the greatest atmosphere’s ever.

– Carl put in an incredible performance and against all odds recaptured a world title. Both Carl, I and the people of Great Britain have the utmost respect for Lucian for first accepting the challenge to come to England but also the manner in which he accepted defeat.

– Like any fighter, I’m sure Lucian would like an opportunity to avenge this defeat as per our agreement he has the opportunity to try and make that happen. Together with Jean Bedard we have agreed in the interest of both fighters that we will have an ‘interim’ fight and then look to rematch in March 2013. I’m sure this will build into another huge fight and will do record numbers in Canada.

Stephan Larouche

– Team Bute has been analysing all factors and circumstances pertaining to the May 26 bout, including Lucian`s preparation.

– As Lucian confirmed earlier, he is already back in the gym. We want to make sure he stays in great shape.

– We will not be “starting from zero” with Lucian. I want to make it clear to everyone that Lucian did not lose the fight because he was over trained, or not ready. He lost that fight because of several small mistakes that combined gave all the advantage to Carl Froch.

– We are not looking for an “easy touch” for the November fight. We are looking for, and have possibly found, an opponent that will test Lucian and give him a difficult fight. I want Lucian to be tested, to work, and to step out of his comfort zone as well.

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Pascal versus Cloud to be ‘most explosive fight in boxing’, Stevenson gunning for Froch fight

29 May

On The Beak – Admin

A light heavyweight world championship showdown between two young fighters in their prime has been confirmed for Saturday, August 11 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, when undefeated IBF world champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0-0, 19ko) defends his title against popular hometown favorite and former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16ko) on SHOWTIME.

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Cloud escaped with a disputed decision win over Campillo in his last test. Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Cloud is known as a no-nonsense power puncher, who comes right at his opponents with few frills. Pascal may not equal Cloud in work rate, but his footwork and explosive combinations make for a compelling match-up between ferocious punchers. Both men will be coming in to not only win, but to make a statement as the best puncher in one of boxing’s glamour divisions.

The 5-foot-10, Cloud will be making the fifth defense of the then-vacant 175-pound title he won via 12-round unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on Aug. 28, 2009. The hard-hitter successfully defended against Glen Johnson (unanimous decision, June 7, 2010), Fulgencio Zuniga (unanimous decision, Dec. 17, 2010) and Yusaf Mack (TKO 8, June 28, 2011) before winning a controversial split decision over Gabriel Campillo in February.

“First, I want to thank Tavoris Cloud for giving me the opportunity to fight for his IBF light heavyweight belt and to prove who I really am in the ring,” said Pascal. “He has shown true class seeking out the best challenger in the division and for this he has my full respect. Our styles make for the best, most explosive and spectacular fight possible in boxing. Having been away from the ring for more than a year, I am hungrier and more determined than ever to get back on top. Don’t miss it August 11 in Montreal. I am going to get back on the throne for good.”

Throughout a career that began in August 2004, Cloud has been a road warrior. He’s fought only three times in his native Florida. Pascal, conversely, has had all but two of his fights in Canada.

Jean Pascal is looking to bounce back from a draw and a loss to Bernard Hopkins. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

The co-feature will match budding Canadian knockout artist Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, (18-1-0, 15ko) of Montreal, against an opponent to be announced in a super middleweight bout.

Stevenson has notched 15 knockouts in 19 professional fights in his climb up the rankings. The Canadian southpaw super middleweight is currently ranked number two with the IBF, three with the WBC and seven in both the WBO and WBA charts.

“I am so proud to be making my Showtime debut fighting in this major event in Montreal,” said Stevenson. “I am on a mission to destroy anybody that has the courage to get in the ring with me. I am not looking for any favors or compassion. My goal is to show the world that I truly deserve to be on a major network fighting Carl Froch for his IBF belt. Watch me make a major statement August 11.”

Trained by the renowned Emmanuel Steward, Stevenson got a late start in the professional ranks with a 2006 debut at the age of 29. Now a six year pro, Stevenson has maintained his penchant for knockouts as he’s stepped up the class of competition. In his last five starts, against opponents with a combined record of 107-8, he has overwhelmed them all, winning four of five inside three rounds. The lone exception is a ninth-round KO of Aaron Pryor Jr.

In all, 12 of his 15 knockouts have come inside three rounds.

The 5-foot-11, 34-year-old Stevenson won a WBC Silver belt with a second-round TKO over Noe Gonzalez (27-1 going in) in his most recent outing last April 20 at Bell Centre.

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Lucian Bute crumbles under pressure as Carl Froch wins five round annihilation

27 May

Alan Dawson – London

Carl Froch silenced his doubters – yet again – as the unfancied Cobra, whose venom was not expected to provide such a sting against the previously unbeaten Lucian Bute, killed off the IBF super middleweight champion’s chances within minutes of their duel at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday, May 26. Froch fired in an abundance of shots from all angles before stopping Bute on his feet in round five to become a three-time world champion at 168lbs.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Bute
10 9 8 9 8

Froch
10 10 10
10 10

Official verdict: Froch by way of fifth round TKO.

“It’s still sinking in, the support has been fantastic,” said a euphoric Froch to Sky Sports One. “After the Andre Ward defeat I was deflated but I was beat by the better man. Tonight, I did right. I listened to Rob McCracken and he never gets it wrong. When I listen, I get it right. Tonight, I was switched on, focused. I came to do a job. I was just on it tonight. Let me tell you, [Bute] can punch, I’m elated though, so happy.”

Froch’s performance was dominant but it was the awkward stance of jittery southpaw Bute that appeared to confound Froch early on as the hometown challenger looked crude in comparison to the more refined champion. The Englishman, though, took heart from his ability to land but, more importantly, his ability to hurt Bute as, in the first round Lucian was cronked with a left hook and in the second Lucian had to clinch in order to recover following a number of shots absorbed upstairs.

While much was said pre-fight about Bute’s portside jab, the orthodox lead left from Froch was the most reliable asset of the two. It continuously found the Canadian-Romanian’s nose in the second but he neglected the jab in the third round as he sent an absolute bombardment of blows to Bute’s bonce, establishing a dominant 10-8 round despite scoring no knockdown. Froch was fierce, unrelenting and Bute was vulnerable and wobbled back to his stool after combat had momentarily paused prior to the fourth.

Froch’s legion of supporters were rallied and raucous when Froch abandoned sweet boxing and opted to lunge in wildly – where he surprisingly had far more success than when he tried to box his way toward openings. In the fourth, he again pounded Bute, landing uppercuts and short-range straights. After 12 minutes of fists, Bute was cut by the eyebrow and a stoppage seemed inevitable as Bute failed to handle the strength, the power and the swarm of shots from a battling Englishman.

That stoppage arrived in the fifth… amid peculiar circumstance as Froch pierced Bute’s guard with a punishing shot. Bute required the ropes to prop himself up and the referee sent Froch to a neutral corner. The crowd and promoter Eddie Hearn, however, believed the fight had been stopped and Hearn rushed in to lift Froch aloft despite the referee giving Bute a count which could normally result in a disqualification.

Bute, though, was not allowed to continue. By the count of ten, the referee believed he was not in a fit state to continue and even trainer Stephen Larouche entered the ring with the white towel over his shoulder, ready to pull his ward out of combat.

Considered the underdog even by bookmakers in his home country, Froch – now 29-2-0, 21ko – did the unthinkable by not only defeating Bute, but doing so emphatically, by stoppage, before the fight had even reached the halfway stage.

“He boxed fantastically well,” said head trainer McCracken. “Maybe down the line we can put [the Andre Ward result] right. Froch is a fantastic specimen, he doesn’t gain weight. When he’s [on it] he delivers.

“He’s one of the best boxers we’ve produced on this land.”

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Pier-Olivier Cote trumps Mark Lloyd with fifth round KO

26 May

Alan Dawson – London

The momentum Pier-Olivier Cote gathered in 2011 continued in his first bout of 2012 as the Canadian up-and-comer secured a fifth round technical knockout over Mark Lloyd on the Lucian Bute versus Carl Froch undercard at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday, May 26. When Cote got going, he was exciting, but the four rounds that preceded his finishing round were uneventful.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lloyd
9 9 9 9 7

Cote
10 10 10
10 10

Official verdict: Cote by way of fifth round TKO.

Considering regionally-experienced Mark Lloyd had not yet fully established himself on the national scene in Britain, there was always a danger he could be out of his depth against Pier-Olivier Cote, a Canadian super featherweight champion and one of the more notable super lightweight prospects from 2011. Indeed, Cote dominated the opening stanza with his swift fists and double jabs while Lloyd simply assessed what was in front of him but it was not until the fifth round where Cote established his authority.

Like Interbox stablemate and Capital FM Arena headliner Lucian Bute, Cote is partial to body blows and demonstrated good combination work – to the head and midsection – in the first two rounds. Lloyd became more aggressive in the second round, closed the gap to trade on the inside but, whenever he did so, Cote either clinched or pumped uppercuts into the Englishman’s frame. That rapid succession of uppercutting became a motif for the round and eventually inspired the 27-year-old’s traveling support to chant his nickname – ‘Apou! Apou! Apou!’

While the fluidity in Cote’s game had begun to dissipate as early as round three and, bar the jab, he became over-reliant on the right hand, he was still one level above Lloyd whose experience at the higher weights – welterweight and junior middleweight – stood him in good stead against the 140lb power of Cote. That was, until, round five’s genesis when Cote’s left jab/right uppercut combo put Lloyd on his seat and forced the referee to administer a mandatory eight count.

As seemingly uneventful Cote was in the first half of the fight (against a challenger who was serving the purpose of a heavy bag) when Pier-Olivier sensed danger, he really enhanced his shot output, power and aggression, putting Lloyd down a second time with a sweetly scientific left hook before stopping the Brit on his feet moments before the round’s end. The stoppage was timely… Lloyd was behind but not outclassed for the first four rounds but was in no position to continue when Cote hit higher gears in the fifth.

With the victory, Cote rose to 19-0-0, 13ko.

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Carl Froch has intestinal fortitude, Lucian Bute will rise to the occasion – Sugar Ray Leonard

23 May

Alan Dawson – London

Carl Froch‘s most impressive performance was his come-from-behind 12th round technical knockout victory over former lineal middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in 2009, according to ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard, who has lauded The Cobra’s self confidence and gladiatorial spirit. Froch hopes to land his third super middleweight world championship on Saturday, May 26 but Leonard believes he will have his hands full with IBF title-holder Lucian Bute.

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Two boxers who don’t shy away from the fight make for an ‘exciting’ match-up, says Sugar Ray. Credit: Interbox

“Well, it’s a very intriguing match-up,” commented Leonard, who was once described as a mini Muhammad Ali by their mutual trainer Angelo Dundee. A consensus top twenty all-time great, Leonard, a 56-year-old American, amassed a 36-3-1, 25ko record with spectacular triumphs over Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler.

The former champion of five weight divisions will be providing commentary on Froch (28-2-0, 20ko) and Bute’s Capital FM Arena battle to an American broadcaster this weekend and has spoken out over what he thinks will be the key aspects of combat: “You have Carl Froch, who [is confident]. I mean, that’s what it takes first and foremost. You have to believe in yourself, believe in your ability.

“I’ve seen Carl fight a number of times [and] I think one of the most impressive fights was when he fought Jermain Taylor. You know if my memory serves me correctly Carl came back and knocked him out. And I was very impressed with that because that showed intestinal fortitude. You can’t teach that. That is within. A lot of fighters tell you what they’re going to do, this and that; and that’s just the art of verbal confrontation. But when you prove it like Carl has in the past, you know what? This fight should be pretty exciting.”

Bute and trainer Stephen Larouche have prepared for the Nottingham crowd. Credit: Interbox

Bute (30-0-0, 24ko) is one of the greatest draws in boxing today as he regularly attracts big crowds in his adopted fighting home of Montreal, Canada. Against Froch, however, he attempts to make a tenth successful defence of his IBF championship in the 168lb division by defeating his opponent in their own back yard.

In an effort to deal with the raucous support Froch will enjoy, Bute and his coaching staff have recreated a hostile environment during their training camp, playing jeers through speakers whilst even mimicking the ringside buoyancy of Froch’s noticeable girlfriend Rachel Cordingley, a popular lingerie model.

Leonard commented: “I didn’t realise that he fought the majority of his fights in Canada. It could be culture shock. It could be something he’s not used to. But for some reason I think he will rise to the occasion.”

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Adonis Stevenson chases elusive championship shot, wants matches with top ten fighters

17 May

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Based on his last five fights, super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (18-1-0, 15ko) is beginning to live up to his nickname, Superman. Stevenson, his promoter, Yvon Michel, as well as his Hall of Fame manager/trainer, Emanuel Steward, believe he’s ready to fight any of the 168-pound top ten fighters/champions having already slayed Noe Gonzalez, Jesus Gonzales and Aaron Pryor Jr in his three most recent outings.

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Stevenson is famed for his concussive power and has stretched his last five opponents

Stevenson’s display case is even threatening to collapse from the added weight of all his stored title belts: (reigning) WBC Silver, IBF Inter-Continental, NABA, NABO, plus the WBC International, WBC Continental Americas, and Canadian straps Adonis formerly held.

All he’s missing now is a world title belt, something he hopes to acquire this year, given a legitimate shot to challenge.  Superman is qualified to fight any of the world super middleweight champions as a world-rated contender in each of the four major governing bodies: number two with the IBF, three with the WBC and seven with both the WBA and WBO.

The dream match for the Haitian-born Stevenson, who lives in the Montreal of Longueuill, is, of course, a showdown in Montreal with IBF champion Lucian Bute but the long-reigning world titlist is making a defense on May 26 against Carl Froch. Super WBA and WBC champion Andre Ward is practically locked into a fight with WBC light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson, likely in September.

“My goal is to become world champion,” Stevenson said. “I don’t care who I fight for the world title… Bute, Ward or any world champion. I want to prove that I’m the best super middleweight in the world. I have the best trainer in the world, Manny Steward, and he’s trained me to be much more than just a big puncher.

“I’ve improved a lot since I’ve been with him and I’m using my speed and movement to become more of a complete fighter. If none of the world champions are willing to fight me, I’ll continue improving, fighting top ten opponents, hopefully in a title eliminator, until I become a mandatory challenger.”

Michel added: “Adonis Stevenson has proven that he’s one of the best super middleweights in the world. He’s better than ever since he teamed up with Manny. We know that he’s ready for anybody and is the most deserving contender.

“If the WBC is seeking a replace for injured number one rated Anthony Dirrell, ‘Superman’ is ready to fight in a title eliminator against anybody. It’s only matter of time before ‘Superman’ adds a world title to his belt collection.”

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