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News: Erik Skoglund; Kimbo Slice; Pacquiao-Marquez 4

Rising Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (14-0, 8 KOs) will take on Hungary´s Attila Baran (11-5, 6 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg on February 9. In his first fight after signing a long-term contract extension with Team Sauerland, Skoglund is determined to continue where he left it in the last year. “2012 was great but 2013 will be even better,” Skoglund said. “I clinched seven victories and improved to 14-0 with 8 KOs. It could not have gone any better. I am keen to keep it up and I will start with a victory over Baran in Esbjerg.”
 
The 21-year-old is currently shaping up in training camp in Guestrow, Germany. He is joined by the Danish duo of Patrick and Micki Nielsen as well as former world champion Juergen Braehmer, who are all coached by Karsten Roewer. Braehmer will take on European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht at Team Sauerland´s show in Berlin one week before the Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg. “Training with Juergen is great,” Skoglund said. “I can learn so much from him, just by watching and studying his moves. We are putting in some very good and very exhausting training sessions and we will both be 100 percent fit for our fights.”
 
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at Esbjerg´s Blue Watter Dokken are available at billetten.dk.

Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Grange Old School Boxing and Black Venom Promotions, are pleased to announce a heavyweight showdown on the undercard to the Mundine vs. Geale world title fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, on Wednesday, January 30.

Cult sensation Kimbo Slice, will put his devastating punching power to the ultimate test when he squares off with QLD Heavyweight champion Shane Tilyard.

Kimbo Slice is no stranger to knocking people out.  He's known around the world for his brute strength and granite chin as well as his amazing punching power.  One thing you can count on, Kimbo Slice is coming to fight!

"Tilyard thinks he's been in the ring with tough guys but he's never been in there with a monster like me," stated Kimbo Slice. "He better be ready because I'm coming to knock his head off and show the fans of Australia who the real KO King is."

Tilyard overcame some formidable opposition including former kickboxing world champion Nathan 'Carnage' Corbett and NRL star turned boxer John Hopoate to claim the KO Kimbo competition and earn the right to fight former UFC star Kimbo Slice.

The 27 year-old from Brisbane is a knock-out specialist, setting the scene for what is certain to be one of the most explosive heavyweight bouts ever seen on Australian shores.

All six of Tilyard's professional wins have come by way of knock out, including a stunning demolition of former Australian Heavyweight champion Colin Wilson last year.

"I've been training the house down since I heard about this competition and I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to show Kimbo a thing or two about fighters in Australia".  Tilyard said.

"Kimbo has a big reputation, but he has never fought anyone in a backyard, Octagon or boxing ring that has my power."

"I've seen his clips on You Tube and I can tell you there will be another one very soon of me putting Kimbo on his backside once and for all".

Today's announcement rounds out a blockbuster card that will feature some of the most exciting prospects in Australian boxing.

Undefeated cruiserweight David Aloua will square off with Newcastle's Daniel Aman for the Australian Cruiserweight Title.

Unbeaten contender, Joel Brunker will look to continue his rapid rise up the Featherweight rankings when he takes on Mexican Joksan Hernandez.

Former world title contender Jamie Pittman looks set for an epic showdown with Zak Awad, Cowra's Steve Lovett will do battle with Joel Casey in a light heavyweight contest while Lauryn Eagle will round out the card when she takes on Nadine Browne.

Daniel Geale, Kimbo Slice and Joel Brunker are all promoted by Gary Shaw and are guaranteed to bring the fans to their feet with their electrifying  styles.

Tickets for Mundine v Geale II are still available through www.ticketmaster.com.au

MAIN EVENT will broadcast the entire card live and exclusive from 7:30pm AEDT.  Book now through www.mainevent.com.au

ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 to Reair Pacquiao-Marquez 4

ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 will present an encore telecast of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4, the HBO Pay-Per-View fight which took place December 8 and ended in a Marquez sixth-round KO of Pacquiao. ESPN Deportes will televise the fight on January 19, at 8 p.m. ET and January 26, at 10 p.m. ESPN2 will reair the fight February 8, at 8 p.m. On ESPN Deportes, Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Eduardo Sanchez will discuss each round between rounds throughout the fight. The bout was recently nominated by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) for its 2012 “Fight of the Year,” honors.

The first three fights between the two were all close and controversial. Pacquiao won a majority decision in their third fight in 2011, and a split-decision in their second fight in 2008. They fought to a controversial draw in their first fight in 2004.

The schedule:

Sat, Jan 19
8 p.m.
Pacquiao-Marquez 4
ESPN Deportes

Sat, Jan 26
10 p.m.
Pacquiao-Marquez 4
ESPN Deportes

Fri, Feb 8
8 p.m.
Pacquiao-Marquez 4
ESPN2

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 01-19-2013

Thats an step up for Kimbo Slice.

Comment by elfag on 01-18-2013

[QUOTE=MrFynest;12929893]I lol'd HARD when I read about Kimbo having a "granite chin". The same Kimbo whom Seth Petruzelli KO'd in 14 seconds that got got TKO'd in the first round on last nights Bellator? Good job of trying to hype…

Comment by elfag on 01-18-2013

[QUOTE=torosboxing75;12928366]Do people really think Kimbo has a granit chin?[/QUOTE] Hes already been KTFO. Only mma fan boys think he has a good chin and good power. Hes knocked out unskilled men who are much smaller than him and hes beaten…

Comment by MrFynest on 01-18-2013

I lol'd HARD when I read about Kimbo having a "granite chin". The same Kimbo whom Seth Petruzelli KO'd in 14 seconds that got got TKO'd in the first round on last nights Bellator? Good job of trying to hype…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 01-18-2013

For having a supposed granite chin, hasn't Slice been either knocked down or out before, in MMA I seem to remember? I don't see this guy getting much past Butterbean status.

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