Archive for May 31, 2012

Victorious English Champ Ochieng Eyes British or Commonwealth Title Next

TRAD TKO Boxing Gym
ERICK “THE EAGLE” OCHIENG
English Light Middleweight Champion

 

Victorious English Champ Ochieng Eyes British or Commonwealth Title Next

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – Thursday, 31st May 2012- On Saturday night Stoke Newington’s Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng retained his English Light Middleweight title in emphatic style, on the undercard of the Carl Froch versus Lucian Bute IBF World Super Middleweight title clash in Nottingham.

Erick’s first defense of the title he won back in January, via a ninth round retirement by then opponent Nick Quigley, was against local “Masters” title holder AA Lowe.

Erick took a laid back approach to the bout, preferring to box of the back foot and pick his punches, and boy did he pick them in style on his way to securing a virtual shut out points victory.

Judge Terry O’Connor clearly felt that Erick reined supreme, scoring every round in Erick’s favour (100-90), judge Steve Gray didn’t see it much different, only scoring one round in favour of AA Lowe (99-91) and judge Howard Foster scored only two rounds in favour of Erick’s challenger (98-92).

Last night Erick returned victorious to his “home” gym, the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, where he spoke about the excellent victory and his future aspirations. “First of all I want to give thanks to Jesus Christ for the victory.

Yeah, the fight, I came out quick, nice and relaxed. I was using my jab, most of my punches were one-two, one-two-three, but mostly using the jab and catching him all the time and making him miss.

The thing is I could have changed gear, my speed, and finished things early but I was relaxed.

Around round seven or eight I caught him with a right hook, straight right hand, and left hook combination and rocked him a bit, but I took my foot of the gas and used my jab.

Yeah it was a comfortable win, one of the judges gave me all the rounds and two of the judges gave me all but two rounds.

I think one of them was the last round; I was just taking my time and enjoying myself. It was a big venue, it was incredible.

A big thanks to my supporters, all I could hear was Eagle, Eagle, Eagle all through the fight; yeah it was an awesome night.”

Erick then turned his attention to the headlining bout, in which fellow Matchroom Sport promoted Carl Froch comprehensively beat former Champion Lucian Bute to become a three time World Champion. “ It was an awesome fight. Carl Froch took the fight to Bute, Bute didn’t know what hit him and before he knew the fight was over.

Carl’s now a three time World Champion, without doubt making him our most successful boxer.

The whole night was electrifying; every punch Carl threw had the crowd cheering. He was incredible, it was an awesome night.”

Before returning to his fight and his future aspirations, Ochieng stated, “Fighting on such a big event, in front of such a huge crowd made me so excited. I liked the environment, the big crowd and everyone chanting my name.

It’s just a matter of time, because this is where I see myself in the future. I had a photo taken of me with Carl Froch and the IBF belt, it looked good on me, I was wearing my red jacket and his IBF belt is red, so I’m going for the IBF.

Obviously my aim is to become World Champion and one of the titles will be the IBF, that or the WBC.

Hopefully I’ll be defending my title next on the undercard of “Special K” Kell Brook’s fight on the 7th of July; obviously we’re still waiting for confirmation.

Then, God willing, by the end of the year I’ll be fighting for the British or Commonwealth title – It’s onwards and upwards.

I want to give a big thanks to all my fans; you’re fabulous. I want to give thanks to my sponsors, King Apparel, BoxFit, Glenn Insurance and Addison Lee, thank you guys for your support which I really appreciate and thank you Rio at the TRAD TKO.”

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Paul Williams Paralyzed After Motorcycle Crash

 Paul Williams Paralyzed After Motorcycle Crash

By Aaron Lloyd

Monday May 28, 2012- Former three division titlist Paul Williams was injured in a motorcycle crash on Monday outside of Marietta, Georgia which has left him paralyzed from the waist down.  Williams was injured when a car, travelling the same direction, apparently pulled into his lane and forced him into oncoming traffic.  He was listed in serious but stable condition Monday night, and doctors state that the injury to his spinal cord will likely prevent him from ever walking again.

Williams, 41-2 with 27 knockouts had just beaten Nobuhiro Ishida this past February, and was scheduled to meet unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez for the WBC junior middleweight title this coming September.

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5-Time Champion Johnny Tapia Dead at 45

5-Time Champion Johnny Tapia Dead at 45

By Aaron Lloyd

“My name is Johnny Lee Tapia. I was born on Friday the 13th. A Friday in February of 1967. To this day I don’t know if that makes me lucky or unlucky. When I was eight I saw my mother murdered. I never knew my father. He was murdered before I was born. I was raised as a pit bull. Raised to fight to the death. Four times I was declared dead. Four times they wanted to pull life support. And many more times I came close to dying.” – Excerpt from Johnny Tapia’s 2010 autobiography Mi Vida Loca

The tragic tale of one of boxing’s most respected warriors came to an end on Sunday, May 27, 2012, as five-time world champion Johnny Tapia finally succumbed to the addiction that plagued him throughout much of his tumultuous life.  At around 7:45 pm authorities were called to Tapia’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his death was confirmed shortly thereafter, the result of an apparent drug overdose, with toxicology and autopsy results still pending. 

Growing up under some of the most unimaginable circumstances, Johnny Tapia, in the words of boxing analyst Larry Merchant, was a “5-1 underdog to survive his own childhood.”  He was a witness to his mother’s kidnap and murder as an eight-year old, his father abandoned him, and he was routinely beaten by his grandfather, who often forced Johnny to fight for money on the street as a child.  As an adult, Johnny battled drug addiction, bi-polar disease, and depression, and while he managed to find some solace and purpose through boxing, his life outside the ring was wrought with so much pain that his only method of coping was through his habitual self destruction.

Several years ago, he reflected on the difficulties that led him to that particular stage of his life, stating, “I have lived and had it all. I have been wealthy and lost it all. I have been famous and infamous. Five times I was a world champion. You tell me. Am I lucky or unlucky?

Johnny Tapia came into this world fighting demons, and he fought them every step of the way.  May he be lifted of his burdens once and for all, and may he finally get the opportunity to rest in peace.

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Friday Night Fight Results: Ji-Hoon Kim-Alisher Rahimov Recap

Friday Night Fight Results:  Ji-Hoon Kim-Alisher Rahimov Recap

By Aaron Lloyd

May 25, 2012- This week’s installment of Friday Night Fights, broadcasting from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO, ended with a  rousing main event, in which South Korean Ji-Hoon Kim was declared the victor over Russian Alisher Rahimov by way of a ten round unanimous decision, 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93.  From the opening bell, the fight was contested at an absolutely frantic pace, and the non-stop action kept the ringside reporters scrambling to keep tabs on the round-by-round offensive onslaught.  After a while it all became a blur as the two traded leather indiscriminately for ten solid rounds.  While Rahimov landed some good solid straight right hands, and did some good work on the inside when he was able, it was Kim who controlled much of the action with his high volume attack, ripping his shorter opponent with good uppercuts and looping hooks.  Kim looked sharp and focused early, and he forced Rahimov into uncomfortable territory by apply “pipe busting” pressure.  Every time Rahimov found success, Kim was quick to return fire and never allowed the Russian to the opportunity to gain the upper hand.  It was back and forth all night as the two stood toe to toe, hitting each other with virtually every punch thrown.  When it was all said and done, Kim deserved the decision nod based on his activity and the fact that he landed the harder, cleaner blows during the fight, but Rahimov had his moments, and lost the majority of the rounds by the narrowest of margins.         

In the night’s co-feature, Washington heavyweight Vince Thompson improved to (11-0 (2)) after taking a lackluster and uninspired victory over East St. Louis native Joell Godfrey (15-6-1).  In what I would call the “Dick Van Patten” fight of the night, “eight was definitely enough” – to lull the fight crowd into a deep and restful sleep that is, as another two rounds would have been far too brutal to bear.  At one point a crying baby was the most audible noise emanating from the comatose arena. 

As for the action…Thompson bounced in and out and used the jab effectively, but the action was sloppy and very sporadic, drawing boos from half the crowd and zzzzzz’s from the other.  The two stood ring center and flicked meaningless and pawing jabs over the first half of the fight, which turned into wrestling and grappling as the fight progressed.  Godfrey looked the part, and appeared to have some skill to compliment his “look,” but the activity was nowhere to be found.  Thompson was busier during the bouts many “idle” moments and at the conclusion he was awarded the win by scores of 80-72, 80-72, and 78-74; and that’s all I have to say about that. 

Going forward, I would say if Thompson or Godfrey’s phone “doesn’t” ring, it will definitely be ESPN calling again.

Preliminary Results:

Jr. Lightweights Samir Simpson-Bey 1-0 (1) vs. Nick Fannin, 0-2

Making his professional debut was St. Louis native Samir Simpson-Bey, who scored a spectacular second round knockout over Kansas City’s Nick Fannin.  Simpson-Bey utilized his sizable height and reach advantage to great avail, and despite the aggressive charges of the challenger, was able to land a counter left hook in round one that dropped the visiting fighter onto his back.  In round two, it was the same punch that ended the night for Fannin, as he was caught flush once again with another left hook that rendered him unable to continue.     

Cruiserweights Ian Warren 2-0 (1) vs. Mitchell Harris 0-2

St.Louis’ Ian Warren kept Lee’s Summit, MO native Mitchell Harris at bay with his jab and lead left hooks, earning a shutout four round decision, 40-36 across the board.  In a relatively lackluster affair, it was Warren that stayed busier throughout, outworking Harris with his pawing jab and occasional hook off the jab.  Harris hardly seemed a willing participant in fight as Warren doubled him up and kept him on the defensive for much of the four rounds.  The final round saw some of the fights’ best action as Warren pursued more purposefully, closed the distance and landed some good body shots.      

Heavyweights Tex Trimegistus vs. Brandon McCrary

Also making his pro debut was MMA fighter and St. Louis heavyweight Tex Trimegistus, who defeated Florissant, MO native Brandon McCrary by way of a 3rd round KO.  Trimegistus was the busier and more aggressive of the two fighters over the first two and a half rounds, forcing McCrary backwards, and landing frequent straight left hands.  McCrary looked out of sorts under pressure, and Trimegistus patiently worked behind the jab, ultimately setting up his big straight left that ended things midway through the third.     

Light Heavyweights Ryan Coyne 20-0 (8) vs. Julius Fogle 15-8 (10)

Local Favorite Ryan Coyne entertained the crowd with a thrilling, action packed, eight round decision over North Carolina’s Julius Fogle, by scores of 79-70, 79-70, and 80-68.  In a truly “TV worthy” fight, Coyne pressured Fogle, and did some excellent body work, pressuring the visiting fighter and punching in combination effectively on the inside.  By the middle rounds it was becoming apparent that Coyne’s body work was taking its toll as Fogle continued to throw and land, but without much force.  Coyne showed little respect for Fogle’s punching power in the latter rounds as he continued his forward charge, hammering Fogle against the ropes, ripping him with shots up and down, and scoring an “accumulation” knockdown in the seventh that saw him land between the ropes.   Fogle made it to his feet, and narrowly survived the round as the bell sounded.  In round eight it was more of the same as Coyne kept the pressure on and floored Fogle twice more before the bout’s conclusion.    

In Swing Bout Action:

Welterweights Chris Rapa 6-0 (4) vs. Steve Kollin 2-2 (2)

Undefeated crowd favorite Chris Rapa survived a bit of a test from Arkansas native Steve Kollin, winning a closer than expected majority decision, 40-36, 40-36, 38-38.  Rapa used pressure to back his opponent up, and he landed the more effective and telling blows, but he got hit quite a bit in return, showing some vulnerability on the defensive end. 

Junior Welterweights  Leon Spinks III  2-0 (1) vs. Chavron Spain 0-1

Slick speedster Leon Spinks III won a relatively easy decision in the night’s final bout, taking the four rounder by scores of 40-34 across the board.  Spinks started off somewhat cautious and defensive minded, using footwork and head movement to avoid incoming punches, but his offense was limited until the final frame when he scored two knockdowns against his debuting opponent.  From the southpaw stance, Spinks eventually delivered some solid combinations, and with help from a vocal crowd yelling “it’s in the blood,” Spinks was able to channel the spirits of his famous ring relatives to get the victory.

 

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Rahimov Set to Make Friday Night Debut

Rahimov Set to Make Friday Night Debut

By Aaron Lloyd

May 23, 2012- The Friday Night Fight crew descends upon St. Charles, Missouri this weekend as the Ameristar Casino and Resort hosts the much anticipated matchup between lightweight prospects Ji-Hoon Kim and Alisher “Ali” Rahimov.  Kim, a native of South Korea, is 25-years old and boasts a record of 23-7 including 18 knockouts.  A veteran on the Friday Night Fight scene, Kim earned an IBF title shot in August of 2010 against Miguel Vazquez, after posting impressive back to back TKO victories over Tyrone Harris and Ameth Diaz.  Although he lost in his bid to wrest the title from Vazquez, and lost in a subsequent bout with Leonard Zappavigna, Kim established himself as a hard hitting contender with an exciting, crowd pleasing style, which is why he has been given another headlining assignment on primetime.

Alisher Rahimov is a former Uzbekistan Olympian, perfect in 23 contests, who is looking to advance beyond the confines of his Eastern European homeland.  He fought nearly 300 times in a 12-year amateur career, and now at the age of 34, he is ready to move forward quickly with more high profile fights and more lucrative paydays. 

“We’re trying to get him busier.  Hopefully, once he gets on ESPN, things will change,” said co-manager Vadim Kornilov.

This fight will be Rahimov’s third abroad, and his second in the United States (his last was a six round decision over Aaron Dominguez in November of 2009) and he enters the contest rated as high as #2 by the WBO, #11 by the IBF, and #16 by the WBC.  Rahimov is a very technical fighter, who does his best work on the inside, but he also possesses a good jab and hand speed, which will enable him to wait patiently and land counter shots when Kim makes mistakes. 

In all, it should be an exciting night of boxing, with Rahimov looking to establish his presence internationally, and Kim looking to dash the hopes of another undefeated, but untested, rising star.  Hey, it’s FNF, the home of the upset, and anything can happen, as is well proven.  So tune in, but don’t tune out, cause’ it should be a good one.

* Tickets are still available (starting at $40) for the Rumble Time and Banner Promotions event at the Ameristar Casino on Friday, and can be purchased through Tickets.com, the Ameristar Gift Shop, or by calling 314-662-2000.

* Doors open at 5:30 pm (CST) with preliminary action beginning at 6:00, and televised action beginning at 8:00 featuring the following lineup:

Neutral Corner Online will be ringside for the event, bringing you round by round action and providing occasionally informative, but mostly superficial commentary for the evening.

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Important Statement from the President of the Malta Boxing Commission

Important Statement from the President of the Malta Boxing Commission

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Carlo

Scott Dixon and Baker Barakat

Gzira, Malta – May 22, 2012-  Whilst the worldwide media have been focused on the issues surrounding the proposed Dereck Chisora versus David Haye bout in London on July 14th, elsewhere in the World a not too dissimilar scenario has been unfolding on the Islands of Malta.

Unlike in the case of Dereck Chisora or David Haye, where no criminal charges have been instigated, former Commonwealth Champion Scott Dixon, the subject of the drama unfolding in Malta, has been on bail since 2009 awaiting trial for the alleged importation and distribution of narcotics.

On receiving news that Mr. Dixon has been arrested for breaking his bail conditions, Alexander Zammit, President of the Malta Boxing Commission, today issued the following statement:

“The incorrigible former commonwealth boxing champ, Scott Dixon, is back behind bars. Information supplied to the office of the Malta Boxing Commission indicates that Dixon was arrested for breaking his bail conditions.

Unconfirmed sources also informed us that Dixon’s bail bond was withdrawn before he was re-arrested.

Dixon is presently in Malta (where he has resided since 2005) awaiting trial in connection over the alleged importation and attempted distribution of around 500 Kilos of cannabis or resin cannabis, since 2009. He was eventually given provisional liberty against a bail bond of over 30,000 Euros.

Hours before Dixon was arrested early on Saturday morning (19 May, 2012), he was acting as a corner-man for the organizers of Malta’s ‘Prize Boxer’, an eight-man unsanctioned boxing tournament based on the ‘Prize Fighter’ concept.

Sources at ringside place Dixon at the tournament into the early hours of Saturday morning (from Friday night), well beyond the parameters established in his bail conditions by the local courts.

This latest episode in the Dixon saga may have put paid to Dixon’s comeback plans. According to the German based ‘World Boxing Union’ Scott Dixon was to take on Baker Barakat (champion) for his WBU super-middleweight title on the 18th August in Pembroke, Malta.

Sources from within the WBU confirm that this bout is being sanctioned by the German Boxing Board (BDB).

On the other hand – The BDB are presently condemning very strongly and labeling as controversial a contest between David Haye and Dereck Chisora at West Ham on July 14, sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF).

Just as Chisora and Haye do not hold a valid license with the BBBofC or the BDB – neither does Scott Dixon hold a boxing license with the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC). As a matter of fact he was refused a license by the MBC until such time as the Maltese authorities either declared him innocent of the charges against him or such charges are dropped.

Yet the BDB (according to the WBU) saw fit to sanction this Malta show and one has to assume that if this show were to happen this would also be done under a German Boxing License as Dixon’s license was suspended by the BBBofC before he took up residence in Malta.

Is this a case of two weights and two measures? – The BDB should never have sanctioned an event involving Scott Dixon, especially since this is being held in Malta.

In my opinion the proposed Barakat – Dixon fight is much more condemnable than the Haye – Chisora fight.

If the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is to be condemned for supplying the legality for the Haye – Chisora proposed fight, the Germans should also, at the very least, be equally condemned over the Barakat – Dixon scheduled fight.

Benjamin Franklin wrote, ‘Don’t throw stones at your neighbours’, if your own windows are glass.”

 

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Karim Mayfield-Raymond Serrano Recap

Karim Mayfield-Raymond Serrano Recap

By Aaron Lloyd

May 18, 2012- Junior welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield kept his undefeated streak intact on Friday night after scoring an impressive 5th round knockout over highly regarded Philadelphia native Raymond Serrano.  From the opening bell, Mayfield made it a physical affair on the inside, and had success timing Serrano with leaping straight rights, while Serrano managed to find success of his own with well timed countering rights.  Through two rounds the fight appeared to be even on the scorecards, however, in round three Mayfield landed a right hand that dropped Serrano and immediately prompted an eight count.  Mayfield loaded up and pursued wildly, throwing punches from too close, allowing Serrano to buy some time in the clinches and shake the cobwebs, before ultimately being pushed to the canvas on two more occasions.  Clinging to life, Serrano looked lucky to make it out of the third frame, as a visibly winded Mayfield struggled to put his punches together effectively and close things out.  In round number four, Serrano seemed to get his legs under him, as Mayfield allowed his seemingly beaten opponent an opportunity to briefly get back into the fight.  However, just as the bell sounded to end round four, Mayfield dropped a straight right hand that forced Serrano down once again, this time flat on his face.  After struggling to get up, the referee sent him to his corner where chaos ensued.  Serrano, unable to fully recover, tried to hang on in round five, but after taking more punishment via the right hand, referee Eddie Claudio had seen enough, and called a halt to the action at 47 seconds into the fifth. With the win, Karim Mayfield improved to 16-0-1 with 10 knockouts, while Raymond Serrano fell to 18-1 (8).

In all, it was a tough night for the Philadelphia kid (just 22 years of age) as he was beaten badly by a more seasoned and physical fighter.  Serrano looked poised in the early rounds, but the pressure and hand speed were too much for a fighter of his limited experience to deal with, as Mayfield ultimately dictated the terms of the fight, and rendered Serrano’s offense ineffective.

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Will Green Find “Silver” in Denmark?

Will Green Find “Silver” in Denmark?

By Aaron Lloyd

May 18, 2012- This weekend, veteran super middleweight contender Allan Green continues his quest for his “elusive” first major world title, as he travels to Copenhagen Denmark to challenge Mikkel Kessler, 44-2 (33), for the vacant WBC “silver” light heavyweight title.  Green, who is 31-3 with 21 knockouts, and is currently rated #10 according to the WBC, appeared confident in a recent interview about his chances of getting the upset in hostile territory, despite his coming into the fight as a distinct underdog.  

“I have a lot of options.  He’s not very fast, he’s straight up and down.  He’s probably strong but he’s nowhere near as strong as I am.  We can easily out-box him, or we can press him if we want to, because our defense is much better than his.  His defense is his offense, and being that I’m a natural counter puncher, that just creates a lot of openings for me.  His problem will be dealing with my speed and power.” 

When asked about how he will deal with the pressure of fighting in Kessler’s backyard in front of tens of thousands of partisan supporters, Green jokingly replied:

“The only time I have to worry about that is if I’m walking to the ring and I see everybody in the crowd with trunks and gloves on- then it’s a problem.”

For Kessler, this fight marks his first at the light heavyweight limit, and his first fight in nearly a year.  He has battled hand injuries in the past, and many are anxious to see if he can return to the form that resulted in a thrilling, hard-fought decision victory over Carl Froch back in April of 2010.  Kessler has long been considered one of the premier talents in the 168 pound division, and now, a foray into the light heavyweight division could bring interesting potential matchups with fighters like Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud, as well as European fighters like Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew.  First, however, he must get past the highly motivated  American challenger in order to prove his relevance in future big-name fights, which could prove to be more difficult proposition than what many anticipate.

“I feel strong, I feel fast, I feel fit,” said Green.  “I am full of energy, and I am ready to bring the belt home.

Green has quick hands, he is an excellent counter puncher, and he is a tough, awkward guy to face.  The problem is that he is too easy to hit, and his record substantiates the notion that he is always a notch below the very best in the division.  Kessler is still presumably at that “very best” level, but he has only fought twice in the past two and a half years, and never at light heavyweight, which means this fight has the potential to be an entertaining, and evenly contested matchup.  I think Kessler is the more accurate puncher, and when thrown in combination, his offense can be dangerously effective.  In addition, he took a tremendous amount of punishment in his bout with Carl Froch, and yet he stood firm and continued to come forward.  In the end, I don’t think Green can win by knockout, and I highly doubt that he can match Kessler in terms of boxing ability, or be effective enough to win a decision in Denmark.  Therefore, I think it becomes a question of the manner in which Kessler will prevail; and a close decision seems to be the most rational of outcomes, given Allan’s history against quality fighters.     

The Mikkel Kessler-Allan Green WBC “silver” light heavyweight title bout will take place Saturday night at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, and will be broadcast by Boxnation (http://www.boxnation.com/boxing-matches/) as well as ESPN3 (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/493084/mikkel-kessler-vs-allan-green)  beginning at 5:00 EST.

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An Open Letter in Reply to the BBB of C’s Press Statement

An Open Letter in Reply to the BBB of C’s Press Statement

By Bruce Baker

I was surprised to say the least at the Board’s press statement dated 9th May 2012 in relation to the Haye vs. Chisora fight at West Ham, in particular, the references to the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe. I am also concerned at the threats made to our members and other license holders of the Board of Control to withdraw their licenses if they participate in the show.

Our Association has worked alongside the BBB of C for 13 years. Generally speaking this has been a good working relationship and we see no reason for this to change if we all genuinely share a passion for the betterment of British Boxing. However, over the last few years certain actions taken by the Board have alienated license holders and we have no effective vote
on these decisions. The only people who can vote and have a say in how the Board is run are the Area Council Officers. However, these Officers are not voted in by the license holders but are appointed by the Board and the Board itself appoints its own directors. Therefore, there is no-one who can vote on any issues at all who has any duty to represent the license holders and we feel we have no voice.

Whilst we raised these concerns with you (the BBB of C), nothing happened and you refused to even discuss them. This culminated last year with a protest by license holders at the Company’s AGM. As a result, the AGM was suspended with the Board agreeing to meet with a delegation of license holders to discuss the way forward. The delegation (democratically elected) met with you in Birmingham. We were told that you would listen to what we had to say but would make no changes; there was little point in us meeting.

Since our meeting in Birmingham, there have been further matters which caused us concern. Firstly Jane Couch’s licenses were taken away from her in what seemed to us to be a personal dispute with her and the Chairman rather than a matter which should have concerned the Board. This dispute exposed worrying concerns about Mr. Giles before the Board stepped down
having spent time and money fighting the dispute. Secondly, a complaint was made by Mr. Frank Warren over the lack of BBB of C support of Dereck Chisora when he fought in Germany.

He alleged that had the Chairman been more pro-active, then the issues in Germany (including checking the security arrangements) could have been avoided. I was not present in Germany and so do not know what happened, but whoever was responsible, it does show that the Board and the Chairman have lost the support of various licensees. I speculate, but this could be
because the Chairman has other loyalties which could cause license holders to question his full support. He is the Vice Chairman of the EBU and holds a prominent position with the WBC.

After our meeting in Birmingham, the members of our Association together with other license holders entered into discussions with the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe. The Federation has been in existence in its present form since inception in 1922. It is affiliated to the EBU, WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC and it therefore is recognized by the BBBofC. Indeed, the
BBBofC have authorized boxers to fight in tournaments regulated by the Federation on many occasions in the past. It could not do otherwise without being in breach of its own rules. Less than a month ago, the Federation regulated and staged a show in Germany with the full support of the German Federation who permitted its own license holders to take part.

We were attracted to the Luxembourg Federation because its safety record is second to none and it has personal injury insurance in place and strict procedures for protecting the safety of the boxers, however, coupled with that, it is run by its members for its members. Managers, promoters and trainers are allowed to vote at the Company’s AGM and therefore have a real say as to how boxing is run. Whilst the Federation regulates the safety of boxing, it confines this to licensing, ringside supervision and the protection of the boxers in the ring, allowing the members freedom in other areas. Therefore, we entered into an agreement so that the Association is now the Federation’s representative in the UK and has been since March 12th 2012. I informed you of this and I informed you of the insurance and safety provisions when we met. This makes press release all the more surprising as I had been completely open with you as to what we were doing, the reasons why and the protection which would be afforded to the boxers under the Federation.

Moving onto the licensing of Haye vs. Chisora, neither boxer is on the banned / suspension list. Chisora was sanctioned by your own body and having heard the evidence you decided to withdraw his license rather than ban him. It is worth noting that this was under enormous pressure and scrutiny of the press. We are surprised that you question whether these boxers should be licensed as they are both fit and well to fight. Neither has a criminal conviction nor has been banned by yours or any other sanctioning body. This is especially so when there has been not a squeak out of the Board over Mayweather, Tyson, Scott Welch, Danny Williams and currently Scott Dixon to name but a few.

From the perspective of our Association, I am concerned about your attempt to intimidate your own members into not taking part. You do this in two ways. First, you claim that you will de-license any member who takes part in the fight. This is unlawful and a breach of your own rules. Secondly, you seek to limit the insurance for boxers who are licensed by the BBBofC and would ordinarily have the benefit of insurance even if they fight under a different sanctioning body. This, in particular, is an extraordinary move for the BBBofC to seek to limit its own boxers’ insurance when they have paid license fees and taxes for the benefit of this insurance. I seek from you the confirmation of your insurers of their position- presumably you got this before issuing the press release and so can send it to me by return.

On behalf of our Association and the Federation, we require from you agreement that you will not seek to interfere with the fight and show. If this is not forthcoming by close of business on Friday 18th May 2012 then the following will happen:

1) The membership of the Professional Boxing Promoters Association will move for a vote of no-confidence in the Board; and

2) The Federation of Luxembourg will consult its lawyers to start proceedings for restraint of trade that is if these proceedings have not by then been brought by another individual or company in the meantime.

I look forward to hearing from you and if you wish to meet and discuss matters, do let me know.

Yours sincerely,

Bruce Baker

Chairman
Professional Boxing Promoters Association
Representatives Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe

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Ochieng Brimming With Confidence, Ahead Of Title Defense On May 26th

TRAD TKO Boxing Gym
ERICK “THE EAGLE” OCHIENG
English Light Middleweight Champion

 

Ochieng Brimming With Confidence, Ahead Of Title Defense On May 26th

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London – Monday 14th May 2012-  Back in January, Stoke Newington’s Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng won the English Light Middleweight title in emphatic style, on just his tenth professional outing, in a sensational all action battle against Liverpool’s Nick Quigley, which many have as an early contender for 2012 “Fight of the Year” honours.

In just under two weeks time, 25-year old Erick will make the first defense of  this recently acquired  title against Newark’s A.A. Lowe, on the undercard of the biggest, most meaningful UK event of the year so far, the Carl Froch-Lucian Bute IBF Super Middleweight title bout, at the Nottingham Arena.

Following a recent training session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, an ebullient Erick was not only brimming with confidence for a victory on the 26th May, but was also keen to emphasize his championship credentials.

“Yeah, I’ll be out again on the 26th May defending my English title against A.A. Lowe.

He’s a good boxer, he’s been around, so we’re looking to perform good, look good and retain my title in style.

Training has been excellent as ever.  My manager/coach Brian Lawrence wouldn’t have it any other way and again I’ve had the best sparring you can get.

The quality of sparring here at the TRAD TKO makes all the difference, I did some eight rounders with Colin Lynes the other week and have had plenty of other quality sparring.  These sparring sessions are great preparation.

I mean Colin Lynes is a former British, European and World Champion.  You can’t get better than that.  You’re always learning from those guys.

As you can see we’re not leaving any stone unturned in the gym.  I’m in good shape, so I’m looking to put a good performance on the 26th May.

I never look past people or my next fight, but have to say this is just the start.  I’ve always said I am already a World Champion, just people don’t know it yet.  They will soon, but right now they know I’m the English Champion.

I will defend my title successfully on the 26th May, and by the end of the year my focus will be on the British or Commonwealth title.”

Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng’s English Light Middleweight title defense, against AA Lowe, will be main support at the Matchroom Sport promoted event headlined by the IBF Super Middleweight World Championship bout between Montreal, Canada based Romanian Lucian Bute and Nottingham’s Carl Froch.  Co-featured will be Carl Frampton versus Raul Hirales, for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title, at the Nottingham Arena in Nottingham on Saturday 26th May 2012, and both fights will be shown live and exclusive on Sky Sports.

Tickets, priced ú40, or  ú50 including coach from London to Nottingham and return, are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or direct from Erick at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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