April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
England Boxing Elite championships

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Session 1


48kg Adrianna Finch (Boston) beat Molly Perkins (Eastside) pts split

49kg Benn Norman (Shepshed) beat Scott Rankin (Knowsley Vale) pts unan

52kg Blane Hyland (Salisbury) #1 lost to Muzzy Fuyana (Middlesbrough) pts unan

52kg Shamim Khan (Army) lost to William Cawley (Oldham) TKO

52kg Ismail Khan (KBW) #3 beat Ryan Briscoe (Wirral Community) pts unan

52kg Niall Farrell (Kingstanding Second City) beat Louie Lynn (Lynn) #2 pts unan

54kg Chloe-Jane Stansfield (Army) lost to Rachael Mackenzie (H Hour) pts unan

54kg Ramla Ali (London Community Boxing) #3 beat Jade Pearce (Wellington) pts unan

54kg Lauren Parker (Stevenage) lost to Kim Shannon (Second City) #2 pts unan

56kg Connor Coghill (Hull Boxing Centre) lost to Jack Hillier (Southampton) pts split

56kg Connor Marsden (Earlsfield) #3 lost to Liam Davies (Donnington Sports and Social) pts unan

56kg Jeff Nesham (High Fell) lost to Charlie Kenny (Hoddesdon) #2 pts unan


57kg Tori Willets (Eastside) lost to Shelby Brazell (Hartlepool Elite) pts split

57kg Hatty Nylon (Hebden Bridge) #3 beat Kim Rowe (Paddy John’s) pts unan

60kg Calum French (Birtley) #1 beat Rory Lavery (Salisbury) pts unan

60kg Ryan Fillingham (Army) lost to Jake Clarke (Golden Ring) KO

60kg Cory O’Regan (Bradford Police and College) #3 beat Yousif Saeed (Bridgewater Salford) pts unan

60kg Jack Brooker (Northolt) beat Adam Cope (Gus Robinson) #2 pts split

60kg Chelsey Arnell (St Paul’s) lost to Shanice James (Army) pts unan

64kg Dalton Smith (Steel City) #1 beat Connor Parker (Orme) pts unan

64kg Tom McGuinness (Kirkdale) lost to Danny Wright (Centurians) pts unan

64kg Martin McDonagh (Eastern) #3 beat Stephen Rolfe (Retford) pts unan

64kg Fateh Benkorichi (Hoddesdon) lost to Mason Smith (Finchley and District) #2 pts split

Session 2

Ring A

64kg Kate Flynn (No Limits) lost to Nina Bradley (Boston) pts unan

69kg Ekow Essuman (Bilborough) #1 beat Abdul Ibrahim (Hoddesdon) pts unan

69kg Colin Day (Birch Green) beat Ryan Stevenson (Doncaster BA) pts unan

69kg Joe Laws (Birtley) lost to Charlie Stevens (March) pts unan

69kg Billy Le Poullain (Amalgamated) lost to Carl Fail (Far Cotton) #2 pts unan

75kg Zak Chelli (Fitzroy Lodge) lost to Lee Jenkins (Eastbourne) pts unan

75kg Harry Scarf (Salisbury)  #3 lost to Ryszard Lewicki (Sheffield City) pts unan

75kg Lewis Richardson (Centurian) lost to Ben Whittaker (Wodensbrough) #2 pts unan

91kg+ Danny Williamson (Manor) lost to Alex Dickinson (Kirkby) pts unan


Ring B

81kg Tom Whittaker-Hart (Rotunda) #1 beat Harry Wood (Kirkby) pts unan

81kg Andre Sterling (Fitzroy Lodge) lost to Dean Laing (Birtley) pts unan

81kg Bryce Goodridge (Basingstoke) #3 lost to Lynden Arthur (Collyhurst and Moston) pts unan

81kg George Crotty (Royal Navy) beat Ashley Vanzie (Platinum) #2 pts unan

91kg Natty Ngwenya (Army) #1 beat Michael Webster (Empire SOB) pts unan

91kg Peterjack Stubbs (Henry’s) lost to Cheavon Clarke (Gravesham) pts unan

91kg Chris Billam-Smith (Poole) #3 beat Nathan Quarless (Salisbury) pts unan

91kg Anees Taj (St Albans) lost to Ryan Hatton (Tamworth) #2 pts unan

91kg+ Naylor Ball (Guildford City) lost to Courtney Giled (Balham) #3 pts unan


strength and conditioning

“IF you don’t have the squat in your program, you don’t have a program!” is a popular expression in the Iron Game. Why? Because the back squat is the single best exercise for increasing overall body strength and muscle mass. Even so, the back squat is not an ideal exercise for most fighters, and here’s the reason.

Body mass can make or break a fighter’s career. So, determining a fighter’s weight class is one of the most important issues for a coach. After losing to Nate Diaz in UFC 196, Conor McGregor caught lots of flak from his decision to move up from his weight class of 145 pounds to challenge Diaz at 170 pounds.

In contrast, light-heavyweight world champion Michael Spinks was able to move up to the heavyweight class in 1985 and defeat Larry Holmes to become world champion. Holmes weighed 221 ½ pounds and Spinks only 199 ¾ pounds. However, Spinks’ tactic misfired three years later when the much stronger Mike Tyson finished off Spinks in just 91 seconds to capture the championship belt.

My criticism of the squat for fighters is that, except for heavyweight competitors, the lift creates excessive muscle bulk. Focusing on the squat, especially with relatively higher reps (such as 10-12), may force a fighter into a heavier weight class. A case could also be made that the movement of the squat is not sport-specific to movements that occur in boxing.

The solution is to focus on lower reps with exercises that are more specific to the movements that occur in the ring. Such exercises include split squats and lunges, because the most effective punches are thrown in a split position (not a straddle position such as with the squat). These unilateral exercises offer many other benefits.

When performed through a full range of motion, these exercises help to stretch the hip flexors, place much less stress on the spine than squats do, and prevent structural imbalances that result from performing partial movements. On this last point, it’s not enough to achieve the appropriate strength ratio between the hamstrings and quadriceps. It’s also important that the strength of the right leg matches the strength of the left.

Let’s look at a few of the variations of these exercises, starting with lunges.

In the most common type of lunge, you take a step forward, lowering your hips as far as possible, and then step backward to the start. Resistance can be increased by holding dumbbells in your hands or resting a barbell on the back of your shoulders. It’s also important when performing these unilateral exercises to keep the front knee aligned with the longest toe of the foot.

The downside of lunges is that they require good stability in the lower body. For many individuals, this requirement prevents them from using heavier weights, thus reducing the strength training effect. To get around this problem, a boxer can lunge forward onto a low platform, about four to six inches high. This method creates greater stability because more body weight is placed on the back leg and there is a reduced range of motion.

If stability is still an issue, one option is to perform a backward lunge. With the forward lunge the entire center of mass is shifted forward several feet. With a backward lunge more of the center of mass stays on the non-moving leg. For many individuals, this variation is a more natural movement.

One advanced type of lunge I like is called the drop lunge. A drop lunge is a plyometric exercise in which you perform a forward lunge off of a low step (about 4-6 inches). When you first perform this exercise you focus on landing with your knee in alignment with your foot. From there you lunge forward and then immediately push forward and return to the start.

Lunges can also be performed with the feet starting in a split position (a variation known as a split squat), and then moving the hips down and forward. Shifting forward is key because just dropping the hips down reduces the range of motion of the exercise.

One type of lunge I especially like is called the Bulgarian lunge, which was promoted by Bulgarian weightlifting coach Angel Spassov. It is performed with the rear foot elevated on a platform about 10-15cm (4-6 inches) high. Because it places more weight on the front leg, this variation increases the stress on the quadriceps of the front leg.

Another unilateral leg exercise I occasionally have my athletes perform is the step-up. The most popular variation involves placing one foot on a box, and then stepping upward with the opposite foot. Using a lower box puts more emphasis on the quads; using a higher box puts more emphasis on the hamstrings and glutes. To focus more stress on the front leg, lift the toes of the back leg, as this inhibits your ability to push off with that leg. A relatively high amount of weight can be used with this exercise when you perform it with a barbell, so it’s best to perform it inside a power rack.

One key to performing unilateral exercises is to perform an equal amount of reps and sets for both legs. Also, start a set with the weaker leg so as to put more intensity into the lift.

For most athletes squats are the king of exercises, but for fighters, better lifts by far are lunges, split squats, and step-ups.

Mortiz Klatten’s book about strength and conditioning for fighters, The Klatten Power Boxing System, is available now from Amazon.

weight training

As a strength coach for boxing, Moritz Klatten has trained three Olympic champions, four amateur world champions, and five professional world champions, including Yuriorikis Gamboa, Juan Carlos Gómezs, Herbie Hide, and Jack Culcay. Among the boxing coaches he has worked with are Ismael Salas, Orlando Cuellar, Fritz Sdunek, Michael Timm, Freddie Roach, Joey Gamache and Jimmy Montoya. Coach Klatten is also an accomplished strength coach for football and has attracted an international clientele that includes Zlatko Junuzović, Werder Bremen; Tolgay Arslan, Beşiktaş; and Piotr Trochowski, Augsburg. Coach Klatten works primarily out of Champ Performance, his own gym in Hamburg, Germany, where he offers strength coaching internships and operates a satellite training service to work with athletes worldwide. He can be reached at klatten@champperformance.de

April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
hughie fury fight time

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Hughie Fury fight time, plus date and venue

Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury, cousin of Tyson Fury, headlines his first show on April 30 when he takes on Fred Kassi at the Copper Box Arena in London. Fury is looking to make a name for himself in the banner division while Kassi is coming off a contentious points loss to future world title challenger Dominic Breazeale and an even more questionable draw with Chris Arreola.

Rounds scheduled

10, three-minute rounds.

TV Coverage

Live on BoxNation at 6pm (UK).

Undercard highlights

Anthony Nelson defends his Commonwealth super-flyweight title against Jamie Conlan. Liam Walsh defends his British super-feather bauble against Troy James while Walsh’s twin brother Ryan puts his British featherweight title on the line against James Tennyson. Lewis Pettitt, Vijender Singh and Anthony Yarde all feature on the bill.

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AT UFC 197 two of mixed martial arts pound for pound contenders both fought in title fights as Jon ‘Bones’ Jones returned after a lengthy absence to claim the interim light heavyweight title against Ovince Saint Preux and Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson defended his flyweight title against Olympic freestyle wrestling champion, Henry Cejudo. Whilst both men won easily and it was Jones who headlined the show, it was Johnson who stole a march on the bigger man in the pound for pound battle with a devastating knock out victory.

Jon Jones came back into the UFC having been out for a long period due to personal issues experienced outside the cage. Although arguably still the promotions best fighter, in his absence Jones has fallen someway behind the likes of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey in the box office stakes. Unfortunately, the manner of his victory against Saint Preux will have done little to redress that situation. Jones did win every round against the tall Frenchman and controlled pretty much every aspect of the fight, but fireworks and toe to toe action were lacking. As a technical demonstration of controlling distance and the pace of a fight, Jones was spot on but the crowd booed the slow action – they wanted reckless destruction and instead got measured discipline.

I think Jones deserves a break in terms of the criticism. He has not fought in the Octagon for some time and Saint Preux was a late change of opponent with a completely different style to Daniel Cormier, the reigning champion who Jones was originally supposed to face. Despite this Jones took the fight and won it comfortably, if not in the most spectacular style. He can’t finish every fight with a spinning elbow or a standing guillotine choke and sometimes a win is enough. I’m certain the Cormier fight, when it does happen, will be a lot more interesting and we will really see the best of Jones.

Demetrious Johnson lived up to his Mighty Mouse tag in the co main event and certainly did not have to worry about the crowd booing. The 125 pounder was defending his belt against an undefeated Olympic wrestling champion and took him apart inside one round. Perhaps surprisingly it was the champion and not his Olympic wrestling opponent who dominated the clinches, with Cejudo managing just a sole takedown, which Johnson immediately bounced back up from. As Cejudo got in close again, Johnson punished him with a succession of cruel Muay Thai knees, thrown from a variety of angles. Cejudo simply crumbled under the vicious onslaught and fell to the mat, with the referee stepping in as Johnson landed some follow up punches.

UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan was clear in his appraisal that it is Demetrious Johnson and not Jon Jones who is the best pound for pound fighter in the world and on this evidence it was hard to argue. However, once Jones regains his full world title against Cormier, as I believe he will, then it’ll be the bigger man who will get the acclaim as the best fighter in the world and perhaps the greatest MMA fighter in history.

April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
Max Bursak

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WHEN and why you started boxing:
My younger brother and I were hyperactive kids. We had lots of energy, so we needed to do some physical activities to expend it. Therefore, we chose boxing. I was 12 years old when we entered the gym for the first time. We started to win our fights, and boxing became our life. For instance, my brother, Igor Bursak, won a gold medal at the World Cadet Championships in Kecskemét, Hungary in 2002.

Favourite all-time fighter:
Mike Tyson, Felix Trinidad and the Klitschko brothers – Vitali and Wladimir – are the best fighters of all time.

Best fight you’ve seen:
Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo I [a 10th-round stoppage victory for Corrales in May 2005]. That clash was a total war and extremely dramatic.

Personal career highlight:
As an amateur, I was the second or third best middleweight in Ukraine. I was a member of the Ukrainian national team, but unfortunately I never took part in the European championships, World championships or Olympics Games. However, I did defeat current WBA, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev at the Black Sea Cup, as well as European cruiserweight title challenger Dmytro Kucher at the Ukrainian national championships.

One of the best wins on my pro résumé came against Brian Vera [ud 12 – September 2010]. He was at his peak at the time and had beaten some top fighters, such as Andy Lee. In [June] 2008, I easily stopped Giovanni De Carolis [in eight rounds]. He currently holds the [secondary] WBA super-middleweight belt. I also captured the [vacant] European middleweight title in France by stopping local favourite Julien Marie Sainte in the third round [in February 2013]. Also, I’d like to mention tough-as-nails youngster Nick Blackwell from the UK, who I edged out in a very hard fight [ud 12 – September 2013]. Belarus’ Sergey Khomitsky was a good win too [ud 10 – October 2009]. He’s always dangerous.

Toughest opponent:
Vera, because of his experience, aggressive style and power. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam [l ud 12 – May 2012] is a very fast and slick boxer. Martin Murray [l ud 12 – June 2014] is a very good fighter whom I rate as my strongest opponent. Also, the talented and hungry Blackwell knocked me down for the first – and only – time in my professional career.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My strengths are my physical power and conditioning. I’m always ready to apply pressure on my opponent from the beginning of the fight until the final bell. I box as a pressure-fighter, moving forward towards my opponents, forcing them to step back. I’ve never been stopped as an amateur or a pro. As for weaknesses, I don’t want to speak about this.

Training tip:
Vitali Klitschko gave me some good advice. He said, ‘If you can believe it, you can achieve it.’ If you believe in yourself and work hard, you can overcome any obstacles to reach your goal.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I enjoy eating pasta and sushi. My favourite restaurant is Velour in Kiev, Ukraine.

Best friends in boxing:
I have a good relationship with [fellow Eastern European pros] Zaurbek Baysangurov, Avtandil Khurtsidze, Dmytro Kucher, Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko. They’re very good mates of mine.

Other sportsman you would like to be:
Football, karate and shooting are some other sports that I enjoyed during my childhood, although I’m sure that boxing is my destiny.

Last film/TV show you saw:
Romantic comedy, 8 New Dates.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Either Vin Diesel or Brad Pitt.

Have you ever been starstruck:
I’ve never felt anything like that.

Last time you cried:
When I was a child.

Best advice received:
The advice from Vitali Klitschko, which I mentioned earlier.

Worst rumour about yourself:
There are plenty of idiots and keyboard warriors on the internet who spread stupid rumours. I never take any notice of them. As the saying goes, ‘The moon does not heed the barking of dogs.’

Something not many people know about you:
I’m going to become a world champion. I have all the tools that a fighter needs to win a world title. I’ve had a long and tough career, but I’m going to realise my dream.

Nickname: ‘The Tiger’
Height: 6ft
32-4-1 (15)
European, WBO Inter-Continental, WBA Continental & IBF Youth
Next fight: Bursak was scheduled to challenge Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title on April 30, until a hand injury forced Saunders out of the bout.

April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
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Victor Ortiz vs Andre Berto fight time, plus date and venue

Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto take part in a rematch of their 2011 barnburner, which Ortiz took on points but only after both men met the canvas three times each. The welterweight contest takes place at the StubHub Center in California on April 30.

Rounds scheduled

12, three-minute rounds.

TV coverage

Live on FOX at 5pm PT (US).

Undercard highlights

Light-heavyweight slugger Edwin Rodriguez takes on Thomas Williams Jr over 10 while former multi-weight world champion Fernando Montiel clashes with unbeaten Jorge Lara. Gerald Washington will fight Eddie Chambers in an intriguing heavyweight contest.

April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016

Tony Bellew has landed his dream World title night at the home of Everton Football Club as he takes on Ilunga Makubu for the vacant WBC Cruiserweight strap at Goodison Park on Sunday May 29, live on Sky Sports.

The diehard Evertonian has won six on the bounce since stepping up to Cruiserweight, settling the score with bitter Welsh rival Nathan Cleverly in their rematch and landing the European title in his last outing in a gruelling encounter with Mateusz Masternak – and now the 33 year old takes on a formidable foe in Makubu.

All but one of Makubu’s 19 wins have come inside the distance, and the Congolese man ranked number one joined Bernard Hopkins as the only fighters to stop the granite chinned Glen Johnson when he picked up the WBC International strap.

“I’m over the moon to get this opportunity,” said Bellew. “Eddie Hearn and Bill Kenwright the chairman of Everton have got this done, I can’t thank them enough. They are both behind me 100 per cent and I’m looking forward to getting this all underway.

“I’ve been training for four weeks now and this is the defining fight and night of my career. The experience has been passed, I’ve done it all now, British, Commonwealth, European – beaten fringe contenders, former world champions – I’m ready to conquer the world.

“I can’t wait for this all to get underway now, the build-up, press conferences – coming face to face with Ilunga Makubu for the first time.

“The WBC belt has always been the one that I’ve wanted to win more than any other. I’ve got unfinished business with that Green Belt, I lost last time against Adonis Stevenson at Light-Heavyweight, but I was never a Light-Heavyweight.

“I was born to lift that belt on May 29, I’ve achieved my dream getting this fight on, I know I’m going to win, I can’t and won’t be defeated at Goodison Park – the greatest stadium in the world.

“I’m expecting the city to turn out in their droves as it’s going to be a very special event for us all.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright echoed Bellew’s delight at staging the historic event at the club’s famous home.

“Tony has not hidden the fact that winning a world title at Goodison Park will make all of his dreams come true – and that’s what the whole of Merseyside wants to happen,” said Kenwright. “On May 29 Goodison will be full to the rafters with Blue and Red – united in one goal. To salute Liverpool’s new World Champion – Tony Bellew.”

Tickets priced £40, £60, £100, £200 and £350 VIP go on sale to Matchroom Boxing Fight Pass members at midday tomorrow (April 30) through the Fight Pass section of www.matchroomboxing.com

Tickets will go on general sale at midday on Tuesday 3rd May, Tickets priced £40-£200 can be purchased by visiting www.evertonfc.com/eticketing, or by calling 0151 556 1878*. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in person by visiting the Park End ticket office or our City Centre ticket facility in Everton Two, Liverpool One. £350 VIP tickets will be available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com