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News: Groves-Johnson, Evensen Back; Maddalone

Glen Johnson has promised to give George Groves a butt kicking when they meet at the ExCeL London on Saturday 15th December.

The Miami based Jamaican challenges Groves for his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title on promoter Frank Warren’s big end of year extravaganza that also features WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Johnson, a former IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion, squashes 15-fight Groves in fight experience with an incredible 70 fights under his belt in a near 20-year career and has faced some of boxing’s biggest names including Roy Jones Jnr, Antonio Tarver, Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins and Carl Froch.

“From what I’ve seen of Groves he’s a good strong kid with lots of talent and he’s coming up in the sport and I know he’ll be looking to do a number on me,” Said Johnson.

“I’ve faced the best in the business over the years against the like of Jones, Tarver, Hopkins and I believe that I’m a better all round fighter.  Groves will not show me anything that I haven’t seen before, he’s got the youth, but I’ve got the experience and that will count for plenty,”

“He’s only had 15 fights, it shows he’s got plenty of ambition and hunger to want to face me and that’s admirable for a young fighter, but he’ll see that he’s bitten off more than he can chew.”

Known as the Road Warrior for having no fear fighting anywhere in the world - this will be Johnson’s fifth fight in the England that includes beating Sheffield hero Clinton Woods in his hometown in 2004 - and is confident of pulling off an upset against the London star.

He added, “I love coming to England and I’m looking forward to returning to London where I beat Toks Owoh back in 2000,”

 “I’ve boxed all over the world and the fans in England are something special.  They love their boxing and really get behind their man and I know that they will be chanting Groves’ name going in, but they’ll be chanting me on the way out,”

 “I know what I’ve got to do and I’m coming to England to kick Groves’ butt.”

Groves v Johnson features as chief support on a massive five-title card headlined by Ricky Burns’ WBO World Lightweight title defence; plus Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders defends his title against Nick Blackwell with the vacant British title also on the line; unbeaten Bradley Skeete challenges Southern Area Welterweight Champion Chas Symonds for his title and WBO International Cruiserweight Champion Tony Conquest defends against Neil Dawson.

Tickets, priced from £40 are available at www.eventim.co.uk or by calling 0844 2491000.

The show will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).  Join at www.boxnation.com

**Evensen to challenge European Featherweight Champion Miskirtchian on February 9***

Team Sauerland is delighted to confirm that Andreas Evensen (17-2-1, 6 KOs) will challenge European Featherweight Champion Alexander Miskirtchian (21-2-1, 7 KOs) on February 9. The venue will be announced in due time. “Andreas has clinched three good wins at the Nordic Fight Nights in 2012, he is ready to take the next step and go after the European Champion,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Miskirtchian is an accomplished champion but I am confident his reign will end when Andreas gets his fast hands on him.”

Miskirtchian won the belt in September 2011 with a split decision victory over Sofiane Takoucht. He has made one successful defence against Frenchman Philippe Frenois, whom Evensen dominated throughout the entire ten rounds during their clash in Helsinki on November 10. “I have been waiting for this chance for a long time, I am glad the big day has finally come,” Evensen said. “I will take Miskirtchian´s title and be the new champion on February 9.”

Miskirtchian is looking forward to the showdown as well. “I am really excited to defend my European title against Evensen,” he stated. “A few years ago he fought in Belgium against a friend of mine and I always knew that I would face him one day. Evensen really is a warrior and he deserves to be the challenger. I saw his last fights and he did a good job. I will be 1000 percent ready and I will enjoy to defend my title and beat Evensen.”

QUEENS, NY —Popular Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone will take on veteran Byron Polley in the ten round main event on Saturday December 8th at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York.

The show is promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions, Old World Boxing and W.O.N Boxing.  The Maddalone – Polley bout is promoted in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

Maddalone who hails from nearby Flushing, NY has a record of 35-8 with twenty-six knockouts. He is an all-action style fighter that has thrilled boxing fans since 1999.

Maddalone won his first fifteen fights and developed himself as a big attraction. He holds wins over Shannon Miller (11-0), Benji Baker (18-6), Dominique Alexander (19-7-1) and Chris Koval (25-8). Maddalone has been in memorable wars with Brian Minto (Twice), Four-time Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, former Cruiserweight champion’s Jean-Marc Mormeck and Tomasz Adamek, as well as undefeated upstarts Dennis Boytsov and Tyson Fury.

Polley of St. Joseph, Missouri has a record of 25-13-1 with eleven knockouts and like Maddalone has faced some of the top Heavyweights such as Owen Beck, Kevin McBride, Brian Minto, Alexander Ustinov and David Rodriguez

In the ten round co-feature, undefeated Super Bantamweight Juan Dominguez will take on former world title challenger John Alberto Molina.

Dominguez of Brooklyn, NY via The Dominican Republic has a record of 11-0 with seven knockouts

Dominguez is coming off an impressive six round unanimous decision over Jesus Bayron on September 22nd.

Molina is by far the most experienced foe in Dominguez career and has a record of 32-21-3 with twenty knockouts.

The native of Cartagena, Colombia challenged for the WBO Light Flyweight title but for to a two round no-contest with Nelson Dieppa. In his next bout, Molina lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Kermin Guardia in a battle for the WBO Interim Light Flyweight title. He also fought former world champion Juan Alberto Rosas. Molina has fought World title challengers Omar Soto & Raul Martinez as well as top contenders Chris Avalos, Jayson Velez and

He holds win over former world title challenger Evert Briceno.

In his last bout, Molina lost a ninth round stoppage to undefeated Braulio Santos.

Coming off a fight worthy to compete for “Fight of The Year”, Frank Galarza (7-0-1, 4 KO’s) will see action in an eight round co-feature Jr. Middleweight bout for the NYS Title.

Galarza engaged in a memorable fight on September 22nd, as he and fellow unbeaten prospect Alantez Fox fought to a draw before a sold out crowd at the Resorts World Casino.

Rafael Vazquez (8-1, 6 KO’s) will look to rebound from his first professional loss when he takes Israel Suarez (4-3-1, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico in a six round Jr. Lightweight bout

Elton Dharry (10-5-1, 5 KO’s) will look to make it nine straight wins and five straight knockouts when he takes part in a six round Bantamweight bout.

Appearing in a four round bout will be Lightweight Angel Garcia (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn taking on Victor Galindo (1-0, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico.

Super Bantamweight Heather Hardy (2-0) of Brooklyn will battle Ivana Coleman (0-3) of Slidell, LA

Pro Debuting Lightweight Bryant Cruz of Port Chester, NY will see action against an opponent to be named.

Neuky Santelises (1-0, 1 KO) will do battle with an opponent to be named in a four round Super Featherweight bout.

In a featured four round Super Middleweight bout, Forty-Seven year old Rob Garris will make his pro debut.

Garris of Mount Vernon, New York will be the only athlete in the world to come back from Amateur to Professional after twenty-seven years retired.

Garris will be fighting to support the Throwawaykids Foundation which raises awareness for neglected and abandoned children.

Tickets prices are $50 General Admission, $125 Ringside and $225 VIP (Includes Open Bar & Buffet) and can be purchased by calling New Legend Boxing 718-487-4474 and/or logging on to www.NewLegendBoxing.com

The Resorts World Casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11420

A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gypsy John Fury on 11-23-2012

I hope so! I think I'm thinking of the Johnson that pressured Froch...

Comment by Kris Silver on 11-22-2012

Good fight this. I like Groves. Definitely a good test and name on his record. Can see it being close with Groves getting a decision. Looking naive at times early but wising up, learning from the road warrior. I thought…

Comment by paulf on 11-22-2012

Id rather see Johnson go out on his shield against Groves than that Fonfara bum. Win, lose, draw... War Glen!

Comment by taansend on 11-22-2012

[QUOTE=Gypsy John Fury;12725383]I love Groves - but I have a niggling feeling Johnson will KO him.[/QUOTE] Really??? I thought Johnson looked every part of his 43 years against Andrzej Fonfara. And Fonfara has been knocked out by a middleweight. I…

Comment by Gypsy John Fury on 11-22-2012

I love Groves - but I have a niggling feeling Johnson will KO him.

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