After a big weekend of cruiserweight boxing in Germany, the newly crowned IBF international and PABA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (who scored an impressive fifth round tko victory over Lubos Suda on Friday) called out WBO world champion Marco Huck (who stopped Hugo Hernan Garay in the tenth on Saturday).
"I want to fight for a world title again“, said former WBA champ Arslan after his fight. „I don’t care which title or against whom. I will fight anybody as long as I get my hands on a belt. I know that I am already 40 years old but Bernard Hopkins just won in impressive fashion at age 46. So I still got some good years ahead of me. I still feel young and powerful and with my whole team and all the people supporting me I am sure that I can be world champion again.“
Promoter Ahmet Oner said he’s not afraid of Huck after his "poor performance“ against Garay on Saturday. 'Huck brings nothing to the ring Firat has to worry about“, says Oner. "If I compare the two fights I saw Firat beating down his opponent methodically with an excellent technical and tactical performance while Huck was getting involved in a street fight again. If Huck and his team dare to step into the ring with Firat I clearly see Firat winning the title. But I doubt that they will accept the challenge because they know that they would risk their title. Uli Wegner is a very good and very experienced trainer. He will not allow his fighter to get a thrashing which Huck would surely get against Arslan.“
First of all Huck takes a summer break to marry his girlfriend while Arslan will continue trianing and return to action on September 24th in Trabzon, Turkey. ""Firat has no time to waste. We want to keep him active and move him in the ratings because we know that ho world champion will take a voluntary fight against him. So we have to make him mandatory challenger which means that he has to work his way through the division. We’re ready to do this“, states Oner.
SCOTT QUIGG insists his boxing career is ready to move onto the next level under new trainer Pat Barrett.
The former European light-welterweight champion has taken over as Quigg’s trainer following the retirement of Brian Hughes.
And the unbeaten Bury star is confident that the new partnership will shine in Saturday’s (July 23) hometown WBA world super-bantamweight title eliminator against Venezuelan Franklin Varela.
There are just a few tickets remaining for the Castle Leisure Centre clash and Scott who will also be defending his WBA intercontinental crown insisted: “Everything has gone well.
“This is the first fight without Brian and it felt a bit weird at first because I was with Brian for so long.
“Sometimes I would come into the gym and expect him to be there, but I’m enjoying myself with Pat.
“When Brian was training me I was still working with Pat in the gym so I am familiar with his methods.”
“On the night it might feel a bit different because I am used to certain things, but it won’t affect me.
“It is one of the things you have to deal with. I have gone through everything in my head and it’s going to be fine.”
Quigg who is also due to meet British champion Jason Booth in October has won all 21 pro fights.
Varela, 28, has won 19 of his 24 fights and formerly held the Venezuelan and WBC Latino titles.
In the most recent published WBA rankings Quigg is ranked fourth and Varela a few places below at tenth.
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Paul McCloskey will fight at the Odyssey Arena live on Sky Sports on September 10 in a WBA eliminator, with promoter Eddie Hearn is promising to announce an exciting opponent at tomorrow’s press conference (July 19).
The Dungiven fighter is aiming to get back on the trail of a World title shot after his fight with Amir Khan in April ended in controversial circumstances, as chaos ensued in the ring after a cut above McCloskey’s left eye was deemed severe enough to stop the fight.
Back on home turf and with a world class opponent in the opposite corner, Hearn believes McCloskey will put the Khan fight behind him and prove he is ready to challenge for a major belt once more.
“Paul is keen to put the Khan fight in the past and move on,” said Hearn. “We cannot change what happened on the night but Paul is in control of his future, and a victory on September 10 in front of a packed crowd in Belfast against this perfect opponent will put him back on top of the pile for a World title shot.”
Ticket details for the September 10 fight at the Odyssey Arena will also be released tomorrow, while a top class undercard to be announced soon.
DANNY PRICE SIGNS PRO WITH MALONEY
DOUBLE ABA heavyweight champion Danny Price has signed a three year managerial
and promotional deal with Frank Maloney.
Price, 25, will be trained in Leeds by Mike Marsden and campaign in the cruiserweight division.
The Scarborough fighter will make his professional debut in October had set his sights on qualifying for London 2012 but was dropped from the GB squad last month.
He said: “There were a couple lads ahead of me and I decided to turn professional, but I am not going to dwell on what happened – I am only looking forward and there are no regrets.
“I signed for Frank on the recommendation of a couple old amateur team-mates David Price (no relation) and Tony Jeffries.
“They said that everything promised by Frank had happened and I felt comfortable after I met him.
“The first 18 months of my professional will be a learning curve, but within two years I will be British champion.”
Price who will begin training under Marsden next week has not lost to a domestic opponent since 2002 and among his amateur victims are Tony Bellew, Tom Dallas and David Dolan.
He won several international trophies and also a bronze medal in the world junior championships.
Maloney said: “I am delighted to sign Danny. He is in a division where he could be the stand out fighter very quickly. There can be some great fights or him against men like Tony Bellew who is growing into a cruiserweight and Jon-Lewis Dickinson."