MATTY ASKIN: "I'LL RETIRE IF I DON'T CONQUER CHINA"
MATTY ASKIN believes the outcome of his clash with English cruiserweight champion China Clarke will make or break his career.
The pair meet at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on April 20, and Askin says he cannot afford to lose.
12 months ago the 24-year-old was riding high and many expected him to go on to big things in the 14st 4lbs division, but defeats to Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Krzysztof Glowacki have forced him to rebuild.
And he says another setback will make him to assess his future.
"If the worst happens and I do lose this fight then I think it'll be the end of my career, especially after the two other defeats," Askin said.
"It's all or nothing for me and if I fail this time then it’s game over.
"I took the last defeat badly so I'm training harder than ever now. I feel like I was playing at the game these last few years, but now I'm taking it seriously again and I intend on showing people everything I can do on one night."
Askin and Leeds' Clarke may live at opposite ends of the Pennines, but they know each other well after spending time as gym mates under the venerable Brian Hughes in Collyhurst, Manchester.
"We sparred each other for about two years so we know each other's strengths and weaknesses," Askin explained.
"I was only about 19 or 20 then so I was just kid really, but I'm a man now and he'll feel the force of that next month.
"I'm sure we'll be pals again after fight, but for ten rounds friendship will go out of the window because once I'm in that ring I'm there to hurt him.
"I do feel he'll have to come up with something special to beat me, because the way I'm training at the minute I'm struggling to see how he stands a chance."
KO KING BUTLER TARGETS COMMONWEALTH CROWN
Hot British talent Paul Butler says his stunning KO of Anwar Alfadli has given him a massive lift ahead of his Commonwealth Super-Flyweight title challenge next month.
Butler, the British Champion, took his record to 10-0 last Thursday night at London’s home of boxing, the York Hall, Bethnal Green, with a punch perfect performance that culminated with an explosive left hook from a southpaw stance that pole-axed Alfadli.
It was back-to-back knockout wins for the exciting 24-year-old Ellesmere Port ace, after he delivered a crushing body shot to John Donnelly in the first round to win the British title last November.
It was also the third KO in the last four fights for Butler and the win was all-the-more impressive because the tough and durable Alfadli - who hadn’t been stopped in the last 19 months - had previously taken Butler the four-round distance twice before.
Butler is now focused on winning the Commonwealth title on Friday 12th April at the Liverpool Olympia, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) and goes into the fight against tough Nigerian Yaqub Kareem full of confidence.
“It was one of the best punches I’ve thrown in my career and when it landed I knew it was game over for Alfadli,” Said Butler.
“I was coming off another great knockout win over Donnelly and that was a pretty good body shot, but I think that the Alfadli KO last Thursday night is the best so far,”
“Alfadi hadn’t been stopped for nearly two years and he’d been in with a lot of the young prospects and I’d done the distance with him twice, so it’s was good to win in such dramatic style and the fans who came down from Liverpool loved it!”
“As I’ve said before I don’t go out looking for the knockout, against Alfadli I just saw the opening and threw the punch and the timing was spot on,”
“My power is definitely improving with every fight, but I’m not going to be relying just on power to win fights, I’ve got good skills and I’m getting better and better in the gym and with every fight.”
“My confidence is sky-high at the moment and I know that Kareem is going to be a lot tougher, but I want that Commonwealth title to become a double champion.”
Tickets priced at £30, £40 and £60 are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or eventim.co.uk or Liverpool Olympia 0151 263 6633.
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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - Fresh from crowning its first world champion, International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight champion Argenis "The Thunderstorm" Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs), fast rising promotional company Acquinity Sports sends out light heavyweight prospect Umberto "El Don" Savigne (10-1, 7 KOs) to make a major statement on this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights show.
Savigne, now fighting out of Miami, takes on undefeated Brazilian invader Jackson "Demolidor" Junior (14-0, 12 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature on Banner Promotions' card at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
The reigning WBA Fedelatin and WBC FECARBOX 175-pound titlist, Savigne is a two-time Cuban National champion, who won a gold medal at the 1998 World Cup.
"A week after my last fight (Nov. 30)," Savigne said, "I was back in the gym working with my team: German Caidedo, Micky Ward and Claudio Lamont. Our goal is to go far beyond Jackson Junior. We know it's in the gym where we can achieve our goals."
The 27-year-old Junior is the WBO Latino light heavyweight champion, fighting in the United States for only the second time, having defeated former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig by first-round technical knockout this past January at Turning Stone.
"His fights and record definitely don't impress me," Savigne added, "We're talking about a fighter who has made his career largely in Brazil. The level of his opponents is not something that scares me.
"We want to make it very clear that we respect him as an athlete and boxer. Because of that I will come to New York in the best possible condition for our fight. We believe that is the greatest respect we can show him. I've been training hard the last three months for this fight."
Savigne is world rated by the World Boxing Association (WBA) as No. 5, as well as No. 10 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
"Savigne is one of the most loyal, toughest kids around," commented Henry Rivalta, Acquinity Sports Vice President of Boxing Operations. "His work ethic is unquestionable .He's always coming to win, no matter where he goes to fight. Humberto came here (Miami) in a raft (from his native Cuba) to find freedom. He's dreamed about tough fights like this to motivate himself. I am looking forward to working with Artie Pelullo (Banner Promotions) on this card as well as the future."
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Prospect Boxing are pleased to announce their second show in 2013, with a a show at the Cleland Miners Welfare Club pencilled in for Friday May 24th. The evening promises to entertain with 4 fights scheduled as well as a Comedian and a meal included in the ticket price.
In their third show at the Cleland Miners Welfare Club, the last prospect show was in December 2011 and featured Iain Butcher in his second fight and Daniel Micallef caused an upset by beating Chris Steel on points .Confirming Prospect Boxing's return, owner Paul Graham explains that he is looking to something different “After the success of the 'Steelmen Return' show at Ravenscraig I wanted to get the ball rolling on the next show.
“While there are loads of dinner shows out there, what I wanted to do was take the format and give and see if we can do the same thing without the premium price tag usually associated with it. Were planning four fights, we already have Alex Montgomery (Ack Man) and Sean Watson on it, and I hopefully will be announcing more over the next few weeks.
He further adds “We also will have a comedian on the night to lighten mood as well as offering a meal in the price of the tickets. The venue itself holds 300 people and I am confident we can sell this one out and it will make for a cracking atmosphere, and a great way to start the Bank Holiday weekend.
Prospect Boxing present 'The Ack Man Cometh' the pro debut of Alex Montgomery and the return of Sean Watson at the Cleland Miners Welfare Club on Friday May 24th .
Tickets priced £35 are available from the boxers or by calling 01698 338 888 .