News: Pryce Eyes Gavin; Chemito-Urina; Burgos-Amidu

Newbridge’s Bradley Pryce is willing to end Frankie Gavin’s search for an opponent to defend his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles against at London’s Copper Box Arena on September 21st.

Gavin is one of Britain’s hottest prospect and GB’s only ever world amateur champion. The Birmingham southpaw shone in June, breaking Denton Vassell’s jaw on route to a seventh round stoppage and he appears to have scared off the rest of the division. However, Pryce is more than willing to step in to face Gavin and the Welshman has thrown his name in to the hat.

Pryce last appeared in London’s York Hall, weighing in his lightest for eight years and out-pointing Michael Lomax over eight rounds. In the 14th year as a professional and with 47 bouts under his belt, Pryce says he’s re-found his form under the guidance of new trainer Jamie Arthur and the time is right to fight Gavin.

He said, “I’m not going to bad mouth Gavin, he’s done everything asked of him and he’s looked exceptional doing it but I’d love a crack at his titles. No doubt Gavin would be one of the best of my opponents but I’m in a good place right now, I'm ready for him. I’m the only welterweight in Britain willing to fight Gavin, so if he wants to defend his titles then I’m not sure if he has any other options.

“I might not have an undefeated record to put against him but I’ve been in with everyone, even the best prospects all the way up at middleweight had hard nights against me. I’m doing things now I wish I’d been doing ten years ago and feeling better than I have for a long time, even than when I was Commonwealth champion.”

The 32-year-old was prepared to box in domestic title eliminators to earn his shot but the phone hasn’t rung and Pryce is prepared to step up to face Gavin who is also struggling to secure a final defence of his British title, which would see him own the historic Lonsdale belt forever.

Pryce said, “After I beat Lomax I thought it would put me back in the welterweight picture and get me an eliminator or something but all of these guys seem like they want to wait for Gavin to move on from domestic level before fighting each other.

“They’re waiting because they can have a title on the line for the same fight in a few months time, they’re young so they can afford to do nothing for now – I can’t. I can ask questions of Gavin, lots of people won’t believe in my ability but I do, I just need the chance to show it.” 

“Gavin is on the brink of European and world level now, he’ll be looking at bigger names than me and that’s why I need to catch him before he gets there. It’s pretty simple, if he wants the British outright and I’m the only person who will fight him then it should happen.”

Promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing have announced the undercard for their blockbuster "LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II" show at the beautiful Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, August 10.

Fighting in support of the three world-title fights that top the bill, including the return of superb Panamanian WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) making the eleventh defense of his 118-lb belt against Colombian southpaw William Urina (24-2, 20 KOs) in a 12-round battle; future boxing superstar Oscar Escandon (22-0, 15 KOs) vying for the interim WBA World super bantamweight championship against Panama's former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (21-5-1, 13 KOs), and Venezuela's WBA female featherweight Champion Ogleidis Suarez in the first defense of her title in a rematch against Colombia's Liliana "La Tigresa" Palmera (21-10-3, 15 KOs) will be several intriguing bouts between tough South American warriors.

The main supporting bout will be an intriguing 10-round welterweight duel between two solid contenders in Azael "Turbo" Cosio (16-2-2, 13 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama, and Devis "El Felino" Caceres (13-2, 9 KOs).

Remaining seats for "LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II" are priced at $100, $200 and $300 USD ringside and are available at all Ticket Plus outlets as well as the Hard Rock Hotel.

Cosio was last seen winning the interim WBC Latino welterweight title with an impressive TKO 9 over respectable Colombian contender Jose David Mosquera in March. Since losing his pro debut in 2009, Caceres has only lost one fight and won his last four by way of brutal knockout.

Also scheduled for appearances on this stacked night of world-class boxing will be multiple world champion Roberto "La Araña" Vasquez (32-5-2, 22 KOs) from San Francisco, Panama, who will stay busy in a dangerous eight-round bantamweight battle against power-punching veteran Walberto Ramos (18-6-2, 12 KOs) of Monitos, Colombia.

Also scheduled are an eight-round super flyweight bout between Julio "El Kirikiki" Escudero (14-3, 10 KOs) of San Francisco, Panama and Stiven "Huesito" Monterrosa (10-2-2, 9 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia; a super featherweight eight-rounder between Jose "El Tigre" Forero (9-2, 7 KOs) of San Francisco, Panama and Luis Zambrano (10-3, 9 KOs) of Cordoba, Colombia; a four-round super middleweight bout pitting Israel "Arma Letal" Duffus (5-1, 4 KOs) of San Miguelito, Panama, against Manuel Banquez (7-2-2, 5 KOs) of Tolu, Colombia; and an eight-round, crosstown lightweight bout between undefeated Juan Huertas (3-0, 3 KOs) of Panama City, Panama and more experienced veteran Daniel "La Esperanza Negra" Mulgrave (4-8-2, 1 KO) of Panama City, Panama.


27-year-old Anselmo Moreno is a southpaw who stands 5 feet 6 inches. He is from El Martillo, Panama, but currently lives in San Miguelito. Moreno won the WBA Bantamweight title from the Ukraine's Wladimir Sidorenko in 2008, becoming Panama's 25th world champion, and has made 10 successful defenses. This will be Moreno's first fight since his November 10, 2012, decision loss (while moving up in weight) against fellow star Abner Mares for the WBC Super Bantamweight Champion. This marked the second professional loss in Moreno's career, ending a 10 year unbeaten streak.

27-year-old Urina is a southpaw from Barranquilla, Colombia. This will be his second world-title challenge. He lost a close, but unanimous decision to formidable WBO super flyweight Champion Omar Narvaez in 2011.

28-year-old Colombian Oscar Escandon had over 200 amateur bouts and proudly represented his homeland in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Beijing. As a professional, he has already won the WBC Latino Bantamweight Championship. Escandon enjoys tremendous popularity in his hometown, the Department of Tolima's capital city of Ibague, in the central region of the Colombian Andes.

33-year-old Nehomar Cermeno was born in Barcelona, Venezuela, but now resides in Panama City. He is the former Interim WBA World Bantamweight Champion and even held it for two defenses before dropping razor-thin split decisions to Anselmo Moreno in back-to-back All Panama showdowns in 2010.

25-year-old Ogleidis Suarez is from Caracas, Venezuela. She won her title by beating then-undefeated Katy Wilson Castillo in 2011. She has already made two successful defenses of her belt, including a TKO 7 over next opponent Palmera in 2012. In addition to being a world champion boxer, the remarkable Suarez is also a professional glamor model, actress, sports commentator, television presenter and professional dancer.

31-year-old Liliana Palmera hails from Monteria, Colombia. A professional boxer since 1999, Palmera has already challenged for a world titles five separate times at various weights and always come up short.

Undercard match-ups will be announced shortly.

The event will also be televised live by Panama TV Max Channel 9 and Argentina's TyC Sports.

Chicago, IL,  Wednesday, July 31, 2013--Following Yakubu Amidu's impressive outing on Friday night against Juan Carlos Burgos, which resulted in a controversial draw between the lightweights, Amidu's promoter, Bobby Hitz is demanding a rematch. 

"Yakubu was the aggressor all night, he matched Burgos punch for punch and dominated him in the 11th but the judges had him losing that round.  After watching the replay I am confident that round and the fight should have gone to Yakubu," said Hitz.  "Yakubu took this fight on less than two weeks notice and impressed everyone with his performance.  The crowd felt he was robbed.  There is not one person who feels that we did not get robbed or at least deserves a rematch."

Hitz is not alone in his belief that Yakubu deserves a rematch with Burgos.  Steve Kim of Max Boxing on Friday night Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) of Max Boxing tweeted:

"Ok, it's clear, Burgos and Amidu need to have a rematch. Give them a third of what Ward is asking to face a stiff on HBO... #boxing #FNF"

"Yakubu started the 11th strong, ended it strong and won 2 minutes and 40 seconds out of 3 minutes.  In my opinion he won the round," said Hitz.  "Yakubu deserved a better outcome."

Amidu joins Donatas Bondas, who fought # 1 rated Brian Vera, and Andrey Fedosov, who took on the highly rated Bryant Jennings, as members of the Hitz team who have impressed national TV audiences this year.

"Donatas's fight was stopped recklessly by ref Charlie Fitch of New York, who did not know how to communicate with him.  Meanwhile, Fedosov was in a position to beat Jennings but a questionable call by a fight doctor ended that bout prematurely," said Hitz.  "This should serve notice that when Hitz fighters are given a chance to perform on  national TV there are going to give 150 percent in the ring and I owe it to them to fight for them outside of the ring."

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