Boxing News: Sosa, Gonzalez, Satchell, Hunt, and More
British and Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Champion Kevin Satchell aims to make the lower-weight divisions sexy again.
The unbeaten Liverpool star defends his Commonwealth title against Ghanian Isaac Quaye on Saturday 8th March at Aintree Racecourse on the undercard of Paul Butler’s WBO/WBA International Super-Flyweight title defence, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 449 and Virgin Ch. 546).
Satchell says the little men of boxing haven’t had the exposure in recent years as some of the heavier weights, but that could change with some exciting fighters like him, Paul Butler and Kalid Yafai coming through.
“I think we could be in for a period of change in the lighter weights with quality fighters like myself, Butler, Yafai and Jamie Conlon, plus Luke Wilton and Iain Butcher all in the mix,”
“Fans’ have their favourite weights and no doubt with the bigger guys you are more likely to see the knockout, but that doesn’t mean the smaller guys aren’t as exciting. All those guys I’ve mentioned are good fighters and against each other there are some good fights to be made that will spark interest in the lower weights again. I’ve beaten Wilton and Butcher and I’m sure that they will get title opportunities again pretty soon.”
“People are talking about me and Bulter on a collision course which would be great fight down the line between us. He’s on his path towards the world title and I’m on a separate path with the British title in my sights. I’ve got a lot of time for Butler, he great fighter and that would be a cracking fight in a year or so.”
Satchell is prepared for a hard defence against the experienced Quaye who’s stopped 16 out of 25 and his four losses have been all been on points. His last loss was over five years ago against Don Broadhurst on points over twelve rounds in a Commonwealth Super-Flyweight title challenge.
He added, “I’d say Quaye is my hardest fight to date. He’s never been stopped in his career and he’s had more knockouts than I’ve had fights. The African fighters are a tough breed and it’s step up for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge to prove I’m the real deal,”
“I’ve prepared long and hard for the fight, sparring with heavier guys like Ryan Farrag, Jazza Dickens and Tom Stalker, plus I’ve had Mike Robinson and Phil Smith, so it’s been a good camp and I need to produce the results on the night and keep hold of my title,”
“The world title is my dream, but nothing is more important than beating Quaye a week on Saturday as none of that will happen if I don’t come through.”
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London - Liam Hunt is looking to please the crowd on a "massive occasion" at the City Academy, Bristol, on March 1st.
The Weston-super-Mare middleweight, Hunt, is scheduled to make his professional debut and is hoping he can emulate his amateur success in the pro ranks.
“This is a massive occasion for me," Liam said.
"I had a short but very successful amateur career and I want to translate that over to the professional game.
"I like to fight in close and please the crowd and it will be great to make my debut on the undercard of a future world champion in James DeGale.”
Hunt fights on 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist, DeGale's, undercard as he defends WBC SIlver super middleweight title defence against undefeated former IBO Youth champion Gevorg Katchikian.
DeGale meets Katchikian, who boasts a perfect record of 20-0, ahead of his WBC sanctioned final eliminator against Floyd Mayweather promoted Badou Jack.
Also scheduled to fight on the March 1st show is Bristol’s own British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins and a whole host of talent, including local Bristol fighters Dan Sarkozi, Lee Nutland and Ashley Lane in his professional debut.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- It’s official, lighweight world contender Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez and prospect John Karl Sosa will be part of the expected show of Saturday, March 15, when their countryman and super lightweight World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, defend his belts against Mauricio Herrera (20-3 , 7 KOs) at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, in a Golden Boy Promotions and Swift Promotions presentation in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), which will air on Showtime.
With the confirmation of the Gonzalez and Sosa bouts there are five official fights for the first world title card in Puerto Rico since 2012.
“Officially, Chelo Gonzalez and John Karl Sosa will be fighting on March 15, so that we are about to complete the program, which we hope will be a sellout”, said the PRBBP Vice-President, Peter Rivera. “We know that with Chelo Gonzalez winning this fight he is again in way to another world title opportunity and John Karl Sosa we will have him very active this year, beginning on March 15”.
Chelo Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) returns to the ring after a 10 months rest when he faces an opponent to be announced in a lightweight fight scheduled to 10 rounds. The Toa Baja native has not fought since May 11, 2013, when he lost against the World Boxing Organization (WBO) lighweight champion Ricky Burns after retiring at the beginning of the tenth round due to an injury to his left wrist. Gonzalez, was ahead on the three judges' cards with the same score of 87-84.
Meanwhile, Sosa (8-0, 6 KOs) will make his first fight in nine months when he faces Antonio Sanchez (5-2-2, 3 KOs) in a six round and junior welterweight bout. The undefeated fighter came off a knocked out win in two rounds over Alexis Peña in Dallas, Texas, on June 15, 2013.
Headlining the March 15 show, Swift Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend his WBA and WBC 140 pounds titles against Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs), while heavyweights Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) and Malik " King" Scott (36-1-1, 13 KOs) will face in an eliminatory WBC bout scheduled to 12 rounds, and former world champions at 122 and 126 pounds Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) and Daniel Ponce de Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) will fight for the International WBO junior lightweight title to 10 rounds.
The complete card, with nine bouts, will be announced shortly.
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