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Ricky Burns, Groves, Conquest, Saunders Back on 12/15
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Promoter Frank Warren today announced a multi-title extravaganza featuring some of boxings biggest stars at the ExCeL London on Saturday 15th December.

Ricky Burns, George Groves, Billy Joe Saunders and Tony Conquest will defend their titles on the big end of year event in the capital, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546), with even more title fights to be added.

Scottish star Burns, fresh from the most spectacular win of his career last month over rival Kevin Mitchell, will headline the show with the third defence of his WBO World Lightweight title against a top-ten challenger to be announced.

Burns, who is taking a short break in Las Vegas before starting serious training, is happy to return to London where he won the title last year at Wembley Arena with a sensational win over Michael Katsidis.

He said, Since the win over Mitchell the response Ive had from the Scottish fans has been fantastic, but Ive also had so many congratulation messages from the English fans saying what a great fight performance it was and when am I coming to England to fight again, I didnt realise that it would be my very next fight so Im happy to come down and give them a Christmas treat at the Excel.

Burns added, The last couple of years have been fantastic with wins over Roman Martinez, Katsidis and now Mitchell, I seem to be getting better and better as the challenges in my career step up each time. December 15 is another crucial date for me, once I get that out of the way Im looking forward to some big unification fights in 2013.

Chief support on the card sees the exciting and unbeaten Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves in a title defence.

The Hammersmith Southpaw, whos only fight this year was a thrilling sixth round stoppage of Francisco Sierra in California in July, is looking forward to getting back in action after seeing fights fall through this year - including a WBO World title fight - because of injuries.

This year has been tough, but Im over the worst of it and now Im focused on a big performance at the Excel. Although Ive only had one fight this year, it was a good win in America that made the fans and media sit up and take notice of me. 2013, Im sure, will be a much better one for me, but I need to make sure I end the year with my record in tact. Said Groves.

Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders also aims to end the year with a perfect record when he defends his title.

Heavy-handed Saunders put on a devastating display against Jarrod Fletcher last month to hand the Australian the first loss in his career with a stunning second round stoppage.

I cant wait to put on another power-packed performance at the Excel and retain my Commonwealth title. This year I will have had four Commonwealth title fights and 2013 will be the year I win the Lonsdale belt. Im in great form at the moment and Im confident I could beat any of my rivals in the domestic division including Martin Murray, Darren Barker or Matthew Macklin. Said the Hatfield ace.

Fast-rising talent Tony Conquest shot to prominence this year with wins over Leon Williams and Ian Tims and will defend his WBO International Cruiserweight title on the show.

The Romford Destroyer is targeting a British title opportunity next year and says a good showing at the Excel will forward his case.

He said, All but one of my fights have been at the York Hall so Im excited to now feature at the Excel in front of a huge crowd. The Lonsdale belt is my dream and I hope that I can challenge for it next year, but Ive got to keep on winning in style and push myself up the rankings.

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren added, Its a great show to end the year with and Im delighted to stage it at the Excel in London. Ricky looked phenomenal beating Kevin Mitchell and proved why I call him the most improved fighter in the country. Hes got a lot of fans backing him in London when he beat Michael Katsidis and now with his win over Mitchell it will attracted even more. For Groves its an opportunity to end the year on a positive note and look forward to a bigger 2013 and a shot at the world title. Billy looked great in taking apart the previously unbeaten Jarrod Fletcher and showed that hes a potential future world champion as has Tony whos had a good year. Ill be adding more title fights to the show over the next few weeks and its going to backed up with an action packed undercard with an array of talented young fighters.

Tickets, priced at 40, 50, 75, 100, 150 and 200, are available from Eventim at or 0844 249 1000.

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

Tags: George Groves , Ricky Burns , Billy Joe Saunders , Tony Conquest

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comment by holmeslaw, on 10-01-2012
Time Boxnation completed a deal with a US network to show these cards.

comment by tripper, on 10-01-2012
sounds like a good card. Rees fight would be difficult to make as im sure he's with matchroom. however at least he's keeping active, cant knock him.

comment by taansend, on 10-01-2012
[QUOTE=chrismart83]If Warren said its going to be a top 10 rank in the WBO, well here is the rankings, obviously there is a few fighters in that list already tied-up in fights : 1 Adrien Broner USA 2 Kevin Mitchell GB 3 Sharif Bogere UG 4 Jose A. Gonzalez (Latino) PR 5 Sergio Thompson MEX ...

comment by Chrismart, on 10-01-2012
If Warren said its going to be a top 10 rank in the WBO, well here is the rankings, obviously there is a few fighters in that list already tied-up in fights : 1 Adrien Broner USA 2 Kevin Mitchell GB 3 Sharif Bogere UG 4 Jose A. Gonzalez (Latino) PR 5 Sergio Thompson MEX 6 Marvin Quintero ...

comment by Chrismart, on 10-01-2012
Iv'e got a feeling Burns might fight Rees. Could be a decent scrap that..Rees is always game.

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