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Chisora vs Olubamiwo; Sturm-Murray; Prizefighter Update

London heavyweight rivals Dereck Chisora and Larry Olubamiwo will put everything on the line next week at Wembley Arena as they aim to get their careers back on track.

They clash in an eight-round contest on the undercard of Ricky Burns' Interim WBO World Lightweight title challenge against Michael Katsidis, plus George Groves' British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title defence against Paul Smith, LIVE on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456).

Big-hitting Chisora is ready and hungry to reclaim his British and Commonwealth titles that he lost to Tyson Fury in July .

While heavy-handed Olubamiwo, the former Southern Area champion, has his first fight since his shock loss to John McDermott in February.

Both men know that a loss will be a devastating set-back and are promising an all-out war on November 5th.

"I'm not even talking or thinking about a loss. I'm winning this fight no matter what," stormed Chisora.

"My future in this sport all hangs on next Saturday night and I've got to completely destroy Olubamiwo,"

"It's the brutal truth, I've got to win to get in a position to get my British and Commonwealth belts back,"

"Nothing else matters apart from winning and I'm going to knock Olubamiwo clean out,"

"It's going to be a major statement from me that I'm back and I mean business."

Olubamiwo, known as the War Machine, said, "It's me or Chisora that will go forward in our careers and I'm certainly not going to be left behind,"

"I've trained so hard for this fight, not just weeks, but months and I'm in fantastic shape, ready for whatever Chisora wants to bring to the ring,"

"To me it's like a British or World title fight because the stakes are so high and it means everything to me,"

"I respect Chisora, he's a tough and skilful fighter and I'm not expecting the guy who got in with Tyson Fury to be in front of me,"

"Don't expect a distance fight, this is going to come down to who wants it the most and the bombs we are going to be throwing in there will be frightening,"

"I can't wait for this fight and I'm going to prove a lot of people wrong about me."

MARTIN MURRAY will have the Army fighting his corner when he challenges WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm in December.

The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion meets the German idol in Mannheim on Friday December 2.

And when Martin makes his ring walk at the SAP Arena he will be accompanied by drummers from The Duke of Lancaster regiment.

Murray accepted an invitation to visit their Preston barracks from Captain Phil Sweeney, ahead of his big clash against Sturm.

The St Helens fighter, 29, was accompanied by three-year-old son, Archie and fellow Hatton Promotions fighters Scott Quigg and Adam Little.

Martin’s friend Andy Reid was injured in battle losing both legs and the unbeaten boxer is helping to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.

He said:  “The ABF doesn’t get the attention that Help for Heroes gets so I am trying to help bring awareness and the drummers being part of my ring walk will play a part.

“The day we spent with the regiment was a real eye opener. I did some of the tests and there were mentally tiring.

“I might be fighting for a world title, but those guys are in the biggest fight of all.

“When I challenge Sturm I am trying to make my life better. The Army boys are making our lives better.

“It was hoped that Andy would get to my fight, but he has a date with the Queen that day in his role as an ambassador for the ABF.”

Murray who has won all 23 professional fights planned to have an army career but failed the medicals because of eczema on his legs.

He added: “My army career lasted about two hours, but hopefully now I can do my bit to help a very good cause.”

Martin, Quigg and Ricky Hatton will return to Weeton Barracks on November 11 to hand out prizes at an Inter Battalion novices boxing competition where fighters trained by his close friend Corporal Wally Lee are in action.

Liverpool fighter banking on amateur pedigree in London tomorrow night

Lee Jennings plans to prove the old adage that ‘records are just for DJs’ when he aims for glory in the Prizefighter Featherweights tomorrow night live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 8pm.

The Liverpool man pulled off an upset first round win in June when he stopped the previously unbeaten Carl Truman just over two minutes into the opening round as a perfect confident booster for the York Hall show.

That win moved the 30 year-old to 5-2 after three years as a pro, and he insists that he can upset the odds in the 22nd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament.

He said: “I’ve been around for a long time and things like records really don’t bother me. Maybe I wasn’t meant to beat Chris Truman on paper – he was 7-0 and I was coming in off my second loss in six fights as a pro.

“But that just proves my point about records – they don’t mean anything really, if you prepare properly and believe in yourself, anything can happen on the night and that could be the case for any of us tonight.”

The Liverpool boxer had 80 fights as an amateur and hopes that experience will benefit him over the three-round distance tonight.

He said: “Sometimes I wish I had turned over sooner but I’m here now and I don’t want to dwell on it. I started training when I was ten, had my first fight when I was 11. It was a long amateur career but I enjoyed all of it and all my friends were in the gym with me so it was great, a really huge part of my life and a very enjoyable one.”

The boxing scene in Jennings’ home city is thriving at the moment with regular shows and boasts stars such as Tony Bellew, David Price, Paul Smith, Stephen Smith, Derry Matthews and Rocky Fielding, who won the Prizefighter Super-Middleweights earlier this year. Now Jennings wants to become the latest Scouse star.

He said: “There’s a real buzz around the city with some top lads and some real potential stars and Liverpool is really proving to be the boxing heartland of the North West now, taking over from Manchester.

“With the boxing scene so vibrant up there, there’s going to be lots of massive shows in the city in the Echo Arena and in the Olympia. Winning Prizefighter could get me on those bills and hopefully topping them soon too.”

In Jennings’ way tomorrow night is the Mongolian Warrior and former World champion Choi Tseveenpurev, unbeaten pair Lee Glover (6-0 from Tipton) and Troy James (9-0-1 from Coventry), TRAD TKO gym pals George Jupp and Ian Bailey, Manchester prospect Rhys Roberts and Nottingham’s Barrington Brown.

Prizefighter begins at 8pm with British Featherweight ring legends Barry McGuigan and Colin McMillan performing  the draw live in the ring. Before the action gets underway, Enfield hope Andreas Evangelou makes his third appearance as the latest Prizefighter Prospect, with his contest underway at 7.30pm.

A limited number of unreserved tickets will be available on the door from 6.30pm at York Hall, Bethnal Green priced at £35.

Prizefighter Featherweights weigh-in results

Ian Bailey (9st 14oz)

Barrington Brown (9st 1lb 7oz)

Choi Tseveenpurev (9st 1lb 6oz)

Lee Glover (9st 1lb 8oz)

Troy James (9st 1lb 3oz)

Lee Jennings (9st 13lb 8oz)

George Jupp (9st 1lb 2oz)

Mike Robinson (9st 1lb 5oz)

Reserves:

Dai Davies (9st 1lb) and Davey Savage Jr. (9st 12oz)

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Rustyboy82 on 10-28-2011

He's also one of the most uncoordinated professional boxers I've ever seen. He's got by defeating totally nobodies due to his strength, but Chisora will wipe the floor with him.

Comment by cuzzlo on 10-28-2011

Olumbumwo has literally 0 Chin, but looks like a bigger version of Kimbo Slice mixed in with Papa Shango, he got absolutely incinerated against John Mcdermott in one round, a pub regular looking fellow (looking like Barney from The Simpsons…

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