Boxing news: Unbeaten Archie Sharp loses first three rounds, then scores one-punch knockout on Daniel Dubois undercard

27 Sep

Archie Sharp grabbed a few headlines with a phenomenal knockout on Daniel Dubois’ undercard on Friday night.

The 24-year-old super-featherweight maintained his unbeaten record with a gigantic fourth-round left hook which landed perfectly on Declan Geraghty’s chin.

The fight started worryingly for Sharp, who was being outboxed in the early stages.

Geraghty’s southpaw style proved tricky for the Brit, however he found the perfect answer for this in the fourth.

Sharp uncorked a single left hook that left his opponent out on the canvas.

Referee Howard Foster waved the bout off straight away – Sharp moved to 17-0.

You can watch the video of the KO above.

Boxing news: Nicola Adams suffers first blip of professional career in controversial draw with Maria Salinas on Daniel Dubois undercard

27 Sep

Nicola Adams retained her WBO flyweight title by the skin of her teeth on Friday night at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Britain’s double Olympic gold medallist endured a far tougher night than expected and suffered the first blip of her career as rugged Mexican challenger Maria Salinas pushed her to a split draw over ten rounds.

Nicola Adams posed with her belt while Maria Salinas was cheered

The pressure of Salinas troubled the champion throughout the night with many of the rounds close and tough to score.

When the scorecards were read out, there were some boos as a portion of the crowd believed the Mexican should have been awarded the victory.

Adams was initially awarded the title after being upgraded from ‘interim’ status in July.

With the draw, she retains the belt, although it appears some feel she is fortunate to have done so.

You can read a round-up of the reaction to the bout below.

Anthony Joshua reveals who he’d rather face – Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder?

27 Sep

Anthony Joshua has assured fans that he will fight both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in future, and has revealed his preferred choice out of the two.

Despite previously focussing solely on the undisputed title bout against America’s ‘Bronze Bomber’, AJ now would rather host a ‘Battle of Britain’ against the ‘Gypsy King’.

Anthony Joshua must beat Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch to set up mega fights
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When asked if he’ll definitely face his main heavyweight rivals, Joshua told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent. That’s like asking, ‘Will a certain football team play another football team?’

“Of course, we’re in the same division, we’re in the same era, we have to fight each other. We’re all big draws in the heavyweight division.

“I’d love to fight Fury, I’d love to fight Wilder, I’m fighting Andy Ruiz next and the list goes on.”

The first fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was a draw

Pressed further on which of the two he’d rather meet, AJ replied: “Right now I’d say Fury in Wembley because it’s like the best in Britain.

“It is massive I think, I think that’s a massive fight.”


Boxing news: 18-year-old prospect Dennis McCann likened to Prince Naseem Hamed after stunning uppercuts in knockout win on Daniel Dubois undercard

27 Sep

Dennis McCann once again caught the eye as he knocked out Georgi Georgiev in two rounds to move to 4-0 (3 KOs) on Friday night in London.

The 18-year-old bantamweight prospect is generating serious hype in the early stages of his career, with some already likening his style to that of British boxing legend, Prince Naseem Hamed.

McCann floored his foe twice in the first round and again in second, prompting the referee to jump in and stop the contest.

The starlet’s unique technique captured the attention of the BT Sport broadcast team, and his bizarrely effective lead uppercuts were roundly praised.

Earlier in the week, his promoter Frank Warren told about McCann: “Dennis ‘The Menace’, he’s a young star in the making.

Dennis McCann is developing well
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“His last 17 amateur bouts before he turned pro, he knocked everybody out, and he’s settled down really well.

“He can fight, he really can fight. He’s got a great boxing brain, watch him fight. If you like boxing, you’ll love him, he’s explosive.

“I think it’s his fourth fight now and it’s part of his journey. He’s been really busy, he’s had these fights very quickly.

“We’re gonna keep him busy and I think this time next year he’ll be there or thereabouts fighting for a British title.”

You can read a round-up of the reaction to his win below.

Boxing news: Nicola Adams to make history tonight in first female fight at the Royal Albert Hall

27 Sep

Tonight, Nicola Adams will defend her WBO world flyweight title against Maria Salinas at the Royal Albert Hall.

Rising heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois will headline the card, but there is a special significance for Adams.

Nicola Adams is 5-0 as a professional

The 36-year-old only became the world flyweight champion back in July, but now, in her sixth professional fight, she takes on the Mexican Salinas with history being made.

When the two women enter the ring at the illustrious Royal Albert Hall, they’ll become the first women to ever box at the famous venue.

The Leeds-native knows what a stern test former world title challenger Salinas brings to the table and is fully aware of the magnitude of the occasion.

“She’s tough, she’s strong,” Adams told BBC Sport. “This is definitely the biggest fight of my career as a professional so far.

“She’s fought for the world title before and lost, and I’m planning to make sure it’s the same outcome at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Although the 2012 Olympic gold medallist is 37 next month, having seen the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao win fights in their 40s, she’s confident there is still plenty of tread left in her tyres.

“I’ll be boxing until I decide that I can’t anymore,” she said.

Daniel Dubois vs Ebenezer Tetteh TONIGHT: Start time, where to watch live on TV, undercard details and fight preview

27 Sep

Boxing is back at the Royal Albert Hall tonight with top heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois in action.

The 22-year-old London fighter takes on Ebenezer Tetteh, looking to add the Commonwealth title to the British belt he picked up by beating Nathan Gorman in July.

Dubois is the British heavyweight champion

Dubois showed why he is nicknamed ‘Dynamite’ with an explosive performance against Gorman and has won all 12 of his professional fights, 11 by knockout.

His opponent, Tetteh, is untested at the very top level but the 31-year-old Ghanian is also unbeaten and boasts 16 KOs from his 19 victories.

Dubois has been dubbed ‘the next Anthony Joshua’ and is determined to continue his ascent towards a world title bid.

His promoter, Frank Warren, told earlier this week he has his sights on the European crown before world honours potentially to follow in 2020.

Warren said: “Daniel is not gonna shy away from anything. If he gets nominated for the European, that’s the direction we’re going in.

“He’s very capable of doing these things. He’s only had 12 fights, it’s his 13th fight on Friday.

“He’s done extremely well in those circumstances. And this time next year I want him to be challenging, if not world champion.

“While these guys are all sorting themselves out, while Anthony Joshua is fighting Andy Ruiz, while Tyson Fury – hopefully his cut allows him to challenge Deontay Wilder in February.

“This guy and the other guys, they’re all gonna be sorting out who are gonna be the mandatories.

“I’m hoping that Daniel, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, will be in a mandatory position and he’ll be up there knocking on the door, waiting for one of them to fight.”

Nicola Adams will also be in action against Maria Salinas. The fight will be the first time female boxers have fought at the London venue.

It is the first time Adams – the WBO world flyweight champion – has fought in London since she won Olympic gold in 2012.

Which TV channel is the fight on and where can I live stream the action?

Dubois v Tetteh will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport 1 from 7.30pm on Friday, September 27. How to watch here.

BT Sport customers can download the BT Sport app on PS4, Xbox, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs (2015 models onwards) to stream live.

Who is fighting on the undercard before the main event?

  • Daniel Dubois vs Ebenezer Tetteh (heavyweight commonwealth title – MAIN EVENT)
  • Nicola Adams vs Maria Salinas (WBO world female flyweight title)
  • Archie Sharp vs TBA (super featherweight)
  • Denzel Bentley vs Kelcie Ball (middleweight)
  • Willy Hutchinson vs Borislav Zankov (super middleweight)
  • Dennis McCann vs Georgi Georgiev (bantamweight)
  • Jonathan Palata vs Chris Healey (heavyweight)
  • Lewis Edmonson vs TBA (super middleweight)
  • Sam Noakes vs TBA (lighweight)
  • Eithan James vs Fonz Alexander (super lightweight)
  • Mohammad Bilal Ali vs Alexsandrs Birkenbergs (lightweight)

Boxing news: Joe Joyce gets European title fight, Nigel Benn confirms comeback, Errol Spence and Shawn Porter exchange words

27 Sep

Here is a round-up of the latest boxing news…

Joe Joyce European title fight ordered

The EBU have ordered Joyce to face Marco Huck for their vacant heavyweight title.

The Brit was previously mandatory to Agit Kabayel, but he decided to go in a different direction and drop the belt.

Joe Joyce beat Bryant Jennings last time out

Nigel Benn comeback official

Benn will face Sakio Bika in a comeback fight on November 23rd at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

Benn is 55 years old and has not fought since 1996. Bika, 40, is a fellow former world champion and had his last bout in 2017.

Nigel Benn last fought 23 years ago
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Carl Frampton next fight date reported

Northern Ireland’s ‘Jackal’ is reportedly set for a November 30 return at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Oscar Valdez will also be on the card, according to ESPN.

Carl Frampton has only lost to Leo Santa Cruz and Josh Warrington

Jermall Charlo heading for December defence

According to Mike Coppinger, the WBC ‘regular’ middleweight champion will defend his title against Dennis Hogan next.

This is likely for December 7 at the Barclays Center in New York.

Jermall Charlo is the WBC ‘regular’ middleweight champion

Errol Spence and Shawn Porter exchange trash talk ahead of unification

Two fighters to watch out for TONIGHT on Daniel Dubois vs Ebenezer Tetteh undercard, according to Frank Warren

27 Sep

Frank Warren has advised to keep an eye on his young prospects fighting on Daniel Dubois’ undercard tonight.

Dubois, who at 22 is still a young prospect himself, headlines at the Royal Albert Hall in London as he attempts to win the Commonwealth title against Ebenezer Tetteh.

Frank Warren promotes Daniel Dubois

While the fast-rising heavyweight will of course be the star of the show, there are also an array of other developing boxers competing earlier in the night.

One of these is 18-year-old Dennis McCann, a 3-0 bantamweight who has already caught the eye within his first few fights.

The nine-time national champion put together an impressive amateur record before turning pro earlier this year and now takes on Georgi Georgiev as he continues his learning process.

His promoter Warren told earlier this week: “Dennis ‘The Menace’, he’s a young star in the making.

Dennis McCann has won two of his first three by knockout
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“His last 17 amateur bouts before he turned pro, he knocked everybody out, and he’s settled down really well.

“He can fight, he really can fight. He’s got a great boxing brain, watch him fight. If you like boxing, you’ll love him, he’s explosive.

“I think it’s his fourth fight now and it’s part of his journey. He’s been really busy, he’s had these fights very quickly.

“We’re gonna keep him busy and I think this time next year he’ll be there or thereabouts fighting for a British title.”

Further down the show is Lewis Edmondson, a 23-year-old super-middleweight.

The Southampton ‘Saint’ will make his professional debut on Friday night after an intriguing display at last week’s open workout where he put his impressive jab to work on the pads.

Warren said of his new signing, who was 52-8 as an amateur: “He’s a really good little fighter, another good fighter. I’m sure he’s gonna go on and please everybody.

“We’re got some great young talent coming through, we’ve been developing them.

“That’s what we’ve been focussing on for the last couple of years, developing and bringing them through.

“Daniel [Dubois] is proof in the pudding, what he’s done, and these guys are gonna follow in his footsteps.

“The England system is great, but not everybody is gonna get to the Olympics.

“For me in boxing, I like to look at the guys who maybe their face don’t fit.

Prince Naseem Hamed didn’t come through the traditional route

“It doesn’t mean you’re not the best boxer, sometimes your face don’t fit in the system.

“I like to get guys very young and bring them into the sport, like we did with ‘Naz’, Ricky Hatton, Nigel Benn.

“None of those guys went to the Olympic games. I think myself and a couple of people who work with me have a good eye for that.

“If you believe in that young talent and nurture them, there will develop more as a professional boxer.”

Boxing news: Nigel Benn announces comeback fight against Sakio Bika at age of 55

26 Sep

Nigel Benn has announced that he will be returning to the ring to face Sakio Bika in an astonishing comeback fight at the age of 55.

The ‘Dark Destroyer’ will compete for the first time since 1996 when he takes on a fellow former world champion on November 23 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

Nigel Benn’s son Conor is also now a professional boxer

The 55-year-old legend of British boxing previously declared on social media that he would be returning to the sport, though this was initially treated with some scepticism.

Now however, it has become very real with confirmation Benn will be licenced by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) rather than the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

The former middleweight and super-middleweight world champion earned his status as one of the sport’s greats through his legendary fights with the likes of Michael Watson, Gerald McClellan and, most famously, Chris Eubank.

Benn lost his last three fights at what everybody thought was the end of his career 23 years ago, but has now scheduled a return.

Nigel Benn had a remarkable win against Gerald McClellan, but it ended in tragic circumstances

The event is being billed as ‘One More Fight For Closure’.

It will be broadcast via Epicentre TV for £14.95.

Boxing news: Mike Tyson declares he’d kick Floyd Mayweather’s ass in a street fight

26 Sep

Mike Tyson has insisted that he would be able to easily win a street fight against fellow boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.

The heavyweight icon didn’t take a moment’s hesitation before answering a fan’s hypothetical question about how he would get on if he confronted the welterweight.

Mike Tyson was known as the baddest man on the planet

“I think I would really kick Floyd’s ass in a street fight,” Tyson told GQ.

“It wouldn’t even be no match.”

However, he then admitted: “But probably if I was his size in the ring, he would outpoint me, yeah.

“He has a really good technique for his style, he’s really great at what he does.”

Floyd Mayweather retired with a perfect 50-0 record and millions in the bank

In his career Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history (20 years old) and was undisputed king of the division less than 12 months later.

Later on though, the terrifying aura faded and he was beaten multiple times before retiring with a record of 50-6 (44 KOs).

Mayweather meanwhile was never as ruthless as Mike, but went his entire career undefeated and quit the sport at 50-0.