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Hearn: Abril vs Rees, Golovkin vs Proksa in Play

By Shaun Brown

Eddie Hearn has confirmed to BoxingScene that Matchroom Boxing are in talks about bringing over Floridian Richard Abril to the UK to fight Gavin Rees for the vacant WBA lightweight title later in the year. “Abril is someone we’re talking to and we’re looking to make that happen, but nothing will be announced this week,” said Hearn during a recent conversation.

With his stable of fighters ever growing and flourishing at the moment, the Londoner is also close to sealing a world title shot for his current European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa - against WBA "regular" champion Gennady Golovkin on August 25 or September 1.

“Proksa was due to be fighting [Darren] Barker on September 8, but we’re now in deep negotiations with the Golovkin camp to take that fight [for the WBA title] next month after we were approached by them,” Hearn confirmed.

“Barker really fancied fighting Proksa due to Proksa's last two performances, which haven’t been that great. So now we’ll be looking at getting an international opponent in for Barker.”

What of a rumoured England v Scotland clash between Barker and Craig McEwan? “I don’t think that fight will come off just now,” said Hearn. “We’ve been talking to his [McEwan's] trainer Billy Nelson and we’re looking to do something with them, but not just now. After Barker’s fight in September we’ll be looking at [Matthew] Macklin, [Martin] Murray or [Craig] McEwan in November for him.”

Matchroom Boxing will also hold a press conference on Thursday in Belfast to announce the next opponent for Carl Frampton as part of a bumper Irish show featuring Paul McCloskey and Martin Lindsay at the city’s Odyssey Arena on September 22.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NEETzsche on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;12349685]Fighting on your opponent's home turf is always difficult, but Abril has had some hard luck. I'd hate to see Richard get robbed again. Too bad he doesn't have the power to take the fight out of the judges' hands.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Light_Speed on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;12349685]Fighting on your opponent's home turf is always difficult, but Abril has had some hard luck. I'd hate to see Richard get robbed again. Too bad he doesn't have the power to take the fight out of the judges' hands.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Mastrangelo on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;12349671]Yeah, Proksa's promoter is doing a huge disservice to him; he's getting his fighter a fight with one of the best mw's in the world and probably a good payday. Bad promoter...:ugh:[/QUOTE] Proksa is young fighter who still needs to…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=dan_cov;12349591]Golovkin K.Os Proksa Abril schools Rees but probably gets robbed again though I do think Rees is a good, underrated fighter.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Light_Speed;12349660]Abril might get robbed again, Rees sucks but he's busy as hell in the ring, the opposite of Abril.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Chrismart on 07-18-2012

Hearns is putting on some good fights of late. Matchroom Boxing is going to pick up a lot of fighters over the next few years. Hopefully these 2 fights get the green light.

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