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barryboy
02-02-2005, 09:15 AM
Got this from Henneseysports

Branco ducks Witter

2 February 2005

Italy’s Gianluca Branco has decided to relinquish his position as the mandatory challenger for the European light welterweight title rather than fight current champion Junior Witter.

Hennessy Sports, who won the purse bid for the contest, had intended to place the fight on February 19th Eastman-Hopkins promotion at the Staples Centre in LA, but Branco’s team declined to complete the necessary contracts.

“This is the kind of problem you are always going to have with a talent like Junior,” Hennessy Sports head Mick Hennessy said on hearing the news.

“He is becoming notorious throughout Europe; nobody wants to fight him.

“Not even a world-class operator like Branco, despite the fact there is a genuine title at stake.

He added: “These days, given the proliferation of fringe belts, there is always an easy option for fighters who don’t fancy the job against a credible champion.

“It is not healthy for the sport. That is one of the reasons Hennessy Sports fighters will always tread the traditional title path: Area-British-Commonwealth-European and then genuine world honours.”

Witter will now face another high profile opponent on February 19th.

“I don’t want to say anything just yet,” added Hennessy. “But there is some exciting news in the pipeline. Stay tuned to HennessySports.com for announcements.”

That's a pity coz if Junior did a better job on him than Gatti then that would have impressed the Americans surely so hopefully they'll get a decent replacement.

J !
02-02-2005, 09:24 AM
f.f.sake. :mad:

hitterwitter
02-02-2005, 09:54 AM
I'm gutted about this, it was Junior's chance to impress people especially the american's.

Has anyone got any idea who is new opponent is?

Does Junior still have to defend the European title now if so what about Oktay Urkal or Souleymane M'baye two decent fighters.
If not what about Artur Grigorian, Sharmba Mitchell, Vivian Harris.

J !
02-02-2005, 10:01 AM
urkal is retired, he will naff the belt off and possibly fight Lovemore Ndou (according to a mate of mine thats the match they are trying to make). Now if he perfroms well there then he has a real stepping stone to a major title tilt. :cool:

bonafuwa
02-03-2005, 05:52 AM
Don't think Branco really ducked. The contract was finalized yesterday (02/02/05) for a fight on the 19th of Feb. How's a fighter going to get in proper shape for such an important fight in less than 3 weeks?

hitterwitter
02-03-2005, 06:15 AM
Don't think Branco really ducked. The contract was finalized yesterday (02/02/05) for a fight on the 19th of Feb. How's a fighter going to get in proper shape for such an important fight in less than 3 weeks?

That was to fight in the usa, it was agreed months ago that they would fight in england originally.

J !
02-03-2005, 08:03 AM
ive heard rumours its to do with his promotional company who are skint. they wanted more money.

diz82
02-03-2005, 08:24 AM
DOesnt look like Witter will ever get his shot at the title

diz82
02-03-2005, 08:26 AM
Lovermore Ndou would be a good matchup, he's fought Cotta and Mitchell recently so it would be good to find out where Witter stands compared to them.

J !
02-03-2005, 08:32 AM
fingers crossed guys as soon as i know anything will post it here
in the meantime here s the latest from the british boxing net


Italy’s Gianluca Branco has decided to relinquish his position as the mandatory challenger for the European light welterweight title rather than fight current champion Junior Witter.

Hennessy Sports, who won the purse bid for the contest, had intended to place the fight on February 19th Eastman-Hopkins promotion at the Staples Centre in LA, but Branco’s team declined to complete the necessary contracts.

“This is the kind of problem you are always going to have with a talent like Junior,” Hennessy Sports head Mick Hennessy said on hearing the news.

"He is becoming notorious throughout Europe; nobody wants to fight him.

Not even a world-class operator like Branco, despite the fact there is a genuine title at stake."

He added: “These days, given the proliferation of fringe belts, there is always an easy option for fighters who don’t fancy the job against a credible champion.

It is not healthy for the sport. That is one of the reasons Hennessy Sports fighters will always tread the traditional title path: Area-British-Commonwealth-European and then genuine world honours.”

Witter will now face another high profile opponent on February 19th.

“I don’t want to say anything just yet,” added Hennessy. “But there is some exciting news in the pipeline."

little_italy
02-08-2005, 06:01 PM
Branco's camp announced they won't fight because the dates were fixed too late and only 3 days were given to the fighter to get in right shape in usa. witter is such a good fighter but i don't think branco really ducked. And for sure money has got his place in this.

Drug Fiend
02-11-2005, 06:00 AM
branco fights gatti but ducks witter.

hahahahaha

get real...when witter beats ONE world class opponent
maybe his camp can spout this ****.

branco fought hard hitting seat filling gatti.
who the **** do they think witter is.

a little known uk fighter whos only stepup was a
one sided points loss against zab super judah

J !
02-11-2005, 06:06 AM
branco fights gatti but ducks witter.

hahahahaha

get real...when witter beats ONE world class opponent
maybe his camp can spout this ****.

branco fought hard hitting seat filling gatti.
who the **** do they think witter is.

a little known uk fighter whos only stepup was a
one sided points loss against zab super judah

that he took at 7 days notice as a yonug fighter :eek:

hbe is now fighting lovemore ndou who is ranked higher than branco, so if he wins what will you say then.

Drug Fiend
02-11-2005, 06:19 AM
last time ilooked at rankings they were a joke..
at all weights.

id love to know how they work it out.

n'dou doesnt have a good chin.
doesnt matter how good he is.

i saw pfb dismantle him and if witter is to become
anything he needs to do the same.

im all for uk fighters but im not gonna convince myself
someone is good when thier not.

witter is good and looks to be making the stepup.
fairplay.

but stop saying people are ducking him..thier not.

J !
02-11-2005, 06:27 AM
ndou doesnt have a good chin :eek: you dont know what you are talking about he has never been stopped.

nearly beat sharmba mitchell took cotto to close decision and no shame in being out boxed by mayweather.

you are talking aobut lovemore ndou right not philip. :rolleyes:

fought much better oppistion than branco mate. Ndou been in with 3 genuine world clas and branco in with gatti. This is a much more dangerous fight for Witter than branco.

the reaon branco didnt fight Witter is his promotion company is skint and they were holding out for more money. But its a risky fight for branco and wanted paying too much for it.

do let me know when you want some facts sorted out for you again. :rolleyes:

Drug Fiend
02-11-2005, 06:45 AM
ndou doesnt have a good chin :eek: you dont know what you are talking about he has never been stopped.

nearly beat sharmba mitchell took cotto to close decision and no shame in being out boxed by mayweather.

you are talking aobut lovemore ndou right not philip. :rolleyes:

fought much better oppistion than branco mate. Ndou been in with 3 genuine world clas and branco in with gatti. This is a much more dangerous fight for Witter than branco.

the reaon branco didnt fight Witter is his promotion company is skint and they were holding out for more money. But its a risky fight for branco and wanted paying too much for it.

do let me know when you want some facts sorted out for you again. :rolleyes:
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