Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Berridge Hopes To Fight His Way To Kovalev Title Shot

Robert 'The Butcher' Berridge is officially New Zealand’s highest ranked boxer with the World Boxing Organisation rewarding his recent exploits with a top ten ranking.

Berridge, now ranked No 10 in the WBO’s light heavyweight division, is on a run of eight victories following the only loss of his career to the undefeated Australian Blake Caparello in 2012.

The ranking takes Berridge - who has inked a deal to fight Adrian Taihia on May 22 - a step closer to his dream of fighting for the world title.

That’s closer than many might think with current WBO champion, Russian Sergey Kovalev beating American Cedric Agnew in New Jersey last month.

Agnew has received his title shot with a world ranking of 14 with the WBO.

"The ranking is significant for a number of reasons," said The Butcher’s promoter, Duco Events’ David Higgins.

"It underlines his quality and credibility.

"And, perhaps more importantly for Robert, it puts him in a position to have a realistic shot at the world title within the next 18 months."

Berridge has never been stopped in his 23 professional fights - his loss to Caparello coming via the judges at the end of 10 rounds.

That bout - the only loss of his career - lit a fire in the 29 year old Kiwi who set about knocking out his next eight opponents.

His last two bouts have been pay-per-view gold for fights fans with Berridge chopping down Daniel MacKinnon and Kerry Foley respectively in ten round ‘wars’.

The bruising southpaw - the holder of the WBO’s Oriental Light Heavyweight title as well as Danny Green’s old PABA Light Heavyweight belt - is aware of the significance of officially entering the world top ten rankings.

"It means plenty to my supporters and promoters," The Butcher said.

"It’s a sign that the hard work that we are all putting in is paying off."

Meanwhile, the long-awaited bout with Taihia will be fought on a card being promoted by Inga Tuigamala on May 22.

There’s no love lost between Berridge and the 31 year old who has 11 wins, one loss and two draws from his 14 outings as a professional.

Adding to the intrigue is that Berridge was this week ranked by the world authority BoxRec.com as the best pound-for-pound fighter in New Zealand.

That will only add to Taihia’s determination to beat The Butcher - someone he has previously accused of "ducking him."

Said Berridge: "Taihia should’ve been more careful with his mouth. I’ve never avoided any opponent and I’m going to prove he doesn’t have the same credentials as me..."

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-06-2014

Krusher v Butcher could happen only likely in Russia or maybe NBC , Berridge looking to become the KiwiKrusher

Comment by Tobi.G on 04-05-2014

Berridge is one hell of a fighter! p4p Nr.1 in New Zealand! IN NEW ZEALAND!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Luis Ortiz: After My April Fight - I Want Wilder, Joshua or Parker! Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Receives Hero's Welcome at Home Arum Tired of Waiting, Gives Pacquiao Deadline To Decide on Horn Sullivan Barrera: Parker Fight is Another Step To a World Title Luis Ortiz vs. Derric Rossy Possible For Berto-Porter Card Froch: We May See The 'Best and Last' of Klitschko With Joshua Photos: Alberto Machado, Juan Jose Martinez - Go Face To Face Mayweather Gets Partial Win Over Ms. Jackson in Court Ruling Fonfara: Training With Virgil Hunter Will Make Me a Better Fighter Francisco Vargas Might Not Return to Ring Until Sometime in 2018 Samuel Clarkson: I'm Ready To Go To War With Dmitry Bivol! Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne in Pro Debut on Burns-Indongo Luis Ortiz Inks Pact With Al Haymon Frank Warren Hits Golovkin With Deadline To Ink Saunders Deal Canelo vs. Chavez - Movie Theater Information Photos: Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis - Face To Face at Final Presser Joe Cordina To Make Pro Debut on Murray-Rosado Card, April 22 Roach Hopes Cotto Still Gets in Two Fights Before Retirement Mikey Garcia: If I Go Up To 140, I'd Be Interested in Crawford Fight Roach: 'I Would Love' to Have Pacquiao Fight Keith Thurman Roach: I've Changed My Mind, Golovkin CAN'T Beat Andre Ward! Anthony Joshua Reflects on His Roots, Connection To Nigeria Juanma Continues To Motivate as Clash With Entrenadorcito Nears Liam Smith Vows To Use Williams To Make Statement To Critics Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao, Cotto, Golovkin, More Amir Khan Not Ruling Out Conor McGregor Fight in UFC or Boxing Kennedy Katende Ready To Do Damage in Sundsvall, Sweden Abel Sanchez: Ward Will Beat Kovalev, It Won't Be Controversial Errol Spence: 30,000 Fans Rooting For Kell Brook Won't Faze Me Video: Robert Garcia on Mikey, Golovkin-Jacobs, More Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis: Torch Songs Video: Abner Mares Discusses His Career, Future Options Golovkin's Coach Reacts To De La Hoya's Position on June Fight Video: Richard Schaefer on Future of Ringstar Prospects, More Leduan Barthelemy Drops, Stops Reynaldo Blanco in Nine Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jayson Velez in Play For May 5, Las Vegas Robert Garcia Fears That Age Has Finally Caught Up With Golovkin Golden Boy Prez on Linares' Future, Garcia/Lomachenko Fights Schaefer Agrees With De La Hoya's Position on Golovkin June Fight Photos: Ringstar Sports Prospects, Schaefer, Roach, Garcia Presser
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement