October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017
Ryota Murata

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JAPANESE star Ryota Murata secured a revenge win over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam at Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sunday (October 22).

Earlier this year, in May, N’Jikam secured a controversial decision win over Murata. It led to the WBA suspending two of the judges and ordering this rematch. Murata made sure of victory this time around, forcing N’Jikam, a former world title challenger, to retire on his stool after seven rounds.

For his efforts the WBA awarded Murata a secondary middleweight title. Of course, their primary champion is unified ruler Gennady Golovkin. Murata, an Olympic gold medallist in 2012, took aim at the fearsome Kazakh.

“Boxing lovers will know there’s a stronger middleweight champion than me out there,” Ryota said. “I’ll try my best to beat him.”

Ryota Murata

Also on the bill WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa chalked up the 14th professional win, all of them coming inside the distance. He halted Frenchman Thomas Masson at 1-10 of the seventh round.

October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017
Josh Warrington

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JOSH WARRINGTON took a step closer to a world title shot as he overwhelmed Dennis Ceylan on Saturday at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Swarming all over his opponent, Warrington knocked an exhausted Ceylan down in the 10th round before smashing the Dane down with a final left hook, ending it at 1-43.

He called for a fight with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby next. “I will win that fight, simple as that. It doesn’t matter how it comes. I will win that world title. I’ve dreamed about it. I want it so much,” he said. “Get the fight made and I’ll show that.”

Josh Warrington

On the undercard Tyrone Nurse lost a unanimous decision and the British super-lightweight title to Jack Catterall, 115-114 for Robert Williams, 116-113 for John Keane and 118-111 for Michael Alexander.

Zelfa Barrett won the English super-featherweight title when he knocked out Chris Conwell in the fourth round.

Leon Woodstock outpointed Craig Poxon over 10 rounds and James Metcalf halted Damon Jones in six.

October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017
Gerald McClellan

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HE is still regarded as one of the greatest punchers to have ever stepped between the ropes, however Gerald McClellan’s career will be remembered more for the way that it ended, rather than for his notable achievements.

Rarely have we seen a fighter with as much ferocity, inside the ring and out.

Today McClellan, who has sadly never been the same since the famous clash with Nigel Benn in 1995, turns 50 years old.

HE was a two-time world champion, who only suffered defeat three times as a professional. He won his first title, the WBO middleweight strap, in 1991, when he met another ferocious, albeit fading, puncher in “The Beast” John Mugabi at the Royal Albert Hall. Mugabi entered the fight having never been taken all the way to the final bell in his career, including his three losses, a run which was to continue when the destructive McClellan knocked him down three times in the opening round to win the vacant title.

McCLELLAN, born October 23 1967, only went to points four times in his career, winning and losing two, and he never went past 10 rounds in his 34 fights, of which 29 were knockout victories. He knocked out 29 of the men he faced. He vacated the WBO belt without making a single defence, in fact the title remained vacant until 1993, and began to hunt down the WBC champion, Julian Jackson.

THE slugger then had four non-title bouts, culminating in an appearance on an incredible bill in Mexico, promoted by Don King, where 132,247 spectators turned up to see Julio Cesar Chavez move to 85-0, as he defended his WBC light-welterweight title, against Greg Haugen. Also fighting that night, were Terry Norris, Michael Nunn and Azumah Nelson, who all defended their world titles, as well as a young Felix Trinidad who was well on his way to becoming a world champion.

McCLELLAN finally got his hands on Jackson at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in May 1993, stopping him in the fifth of a wild encounter to become a two-time world champion.

OUTSIDE of the ring, McClellan developed an unsavoury reputation for his love of dog fighting.

THE G-MAN defended the WBC belt twice, before stopping Jackson inside a round in the rematch. But, he couldn’t resist the lure of Benn and the super-middleweight division.

THE Illinois resident met Benn at the New London Arena in Millwall, with the WBC title on the line and he started like a train, sending “The Dark Destroyer” flying through the ropes in the first round. He had Benn down again in the eighth, but in the 10th, and fading fast, McClellan took a knee, blinking and gulping back air, even though he wasn’t on the receiving end of any punches. He made it back to his corner before slumping to the canvas.

THE aftermath has been reported several times, but McClellan was left brain damaged and never fought again. Today he is almost blind, 80 per cent deaf, and walks with a cane.

HIS hometown, Freeport in Illinois, has contributed supplies and manpower to repair McClellan’s home, as well as donating huge sums to help with “The G-Man’s” ongoing medical expenses. Along with his family, former potential rival Roy Jones Jnr, who McClellan holds a win over in the amateurs, set up a fund to help pay for the $70,000 annual bill.

BENN has also contributed massively, hosting a fundraiser in which the auction raised £200,000. McClellan still requires around the clock medical care and the WBC have publicly appealed for help.

HIS career will forever be linked to the Benn fight, who once chillingly commented on the fight, “You know what? This is what you wanted to see. You got what you wanted to see.” The fight, undoubtedly, was boxing at its most savage.

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October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017
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October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017
Carl Frampton

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CARL FRAMPTON will face Mexico’s Horacio Garcia in a ten round Featherweight contest on his highly-anticipated Belfast homecoming at the SSE Arena on Saturday 18th November, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

It will be the former world champion’s first fight in his home city since he successfully defended his IBF super-bantamweight crown against American Chris Avalos at the same venue back in February 2015.

Frampton went on to create history by becoming the first Northern Irishman to win world titles in two weight divisions when he defeated Mexican Leo Santa Cruz in an unforgettable battle for the WBA featherweight championship in New York in July 2016.

It was Frampton’s first fight as a professional at featherweight, having moved up a division after unifying the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles by outclassing Scott Quigg in Manchester earlier that year.

Garcia, 27, holds a top record of 33 wins from 37 contests; with 24 of those victories coming by way of knockout. Before a surprise loss to Diuhl Olguin, which he quickly avenged, his only career losses had come to two-weight World Champion Hozumi Hasegawa and rising star Joseph Diaz.

“This is a fight that really excites me,” said Frampton. “Garcia will definitely come and have a go. He’s a typical Mexican warrior, he’s tough and he’s game and he’ll try and put it on me in front of my home crowd.

“He has never been stopped in his career and has only lost to World class opposition, excluding the loss against Olguin. It will be good to get a fight in against a live opponent before I get one of the big boys in the new year.

“This fight has been a long time coming and it’s good to be back out in Belfast topping a double world title bill that also features my good friend Paddy Barnes defending his WBO European title.

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“It’s a great bill, probably the best bill that Ireland has ever seen, I don’t think people will criticise me too much for saying that. It’s a quality bill and to be topping it is a huge honour.
 
“I asked for a ten-round fight. I would have been happy to be doing twelve rounds but speaking to my team after the bad year I’ve had and the long layoff they thought it was only fair to come back with a ten rounder before we target the big names.”

October 22, 2017
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October 22, 2017
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