UK News: David-Hickinson; Mayweather-Cotto; Burns; Clev
Paul David To Face Travis Dickinson On 25th of Feb - At Light Heavy
English Super Middleweight Champion Paul David is set to face Prizefighter - Light Heavyweight winner Travis Dickinson on the undercard of the Frank Maloney and Tommy Gilmore promoted Denis Shafikov versus Lee McAllister European Light Welterweight Title fight the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Saturday 25th February.
Speaking earlier David, who will be making his first outing under the guidance of his new manager/coach TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames, made it clear that he was relishing the prospect, “Yeah, I can’t wait, the fights on the undercard of Lee McAllister. I’ve fought up there before and Lee McAllister always sells out, so it’s going to be a packed hall.
I see Travis Dickinson earlier in his career, I didn’t think too much of him so was a bit surprised when he won Prizefighter at Light Heavy.
He’s going to be well prepared and up for it, but I’ve been here at the TKO about a month and half now and have been sparring with Leon (Williams), when he was British Champion, and had no problem with him. There’s Mitchell Balker from the Netherlands and I’ve had no problem with any of these guys.
They’re bigger guys than me but I use my speed and boxing skills to get around them, I’ll deal with Travis Dickinson the same way.
After I’ve dealt with Travis Dickinson I’m going to be looking for a British title fight, either the winner of Tony Bellew-Danny McIntosh or maybe I can get George Groves in the ring, hopefully Frank Warren can take his nappy off him and put him in with me like a real fighter.
I’ll get this fight out of the way then see what Johnny can do for me. All I want is either a serious English title defense, one that really means something, you know Robin Reid beat Daniel Cadman so maybe he’ll have the stones to step in the ring with me and we can start something like a British title eliminator so I can get at George Groves after he takes out his old foe Kenny Anderson.
Yeah, so it’s either Light Heavyweight or Super Middleweight works for me, even Cruiserweight, which is kind of weak at the moment, three divisions is open to me and I’m ready for all of them, I’m just ready to go.”
Johnny Eames then expanded on how the Dickinson fight was made, “Yeah, obviously since he joined us we have been trying to get Paul a fight, in the short time he’s been with us we have had numerous offers of fights, but each time the fight got close we heard nothing more.
I suppose we’ve had twelve different opponents he was going to have, including an English title defense against Patrick Mendy, which didn’t come around for no fault of our own.
Then Travis Dickinson was available, so I made the call to Frank Maloney and he said yes, so we can now get this show on the road and see what we’ve got.
This fights a six rounder at Light Heavyweight, not Super Middleweight - you know it’s a case of this week Light Heavyweight next week Super Middleweight with Paul, as all he wants to do is fight.”
Paul David against Travis Dickenson features on the undercard of the Denis Shafikov versus Lee McAllister’s European Light Welterweight title bout at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Saturday, 25th February.
MAYWEATHER v COTTO SUPER-FIGHT LIVE ON BOXNATION!
Floyd Mayweather’s blockbuster showdown against Miguel Cotto on May 5 will be televised LIVE and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
It’s set to be the one of the biggest fights of the year from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between two superstars of the sport on the new Undisputed Home of Boxing that is committed to showcasing the best fights from home and abroad.
With an unrivaled FOUR world title fights already shown this year and another SIX in the coming months - including Dereck Chisora’s WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko this Saturday and Britain’s only two World Champions Nathan Cleverly’s and Ricky Burns in title defences - BoxNation is the place to for the serious boxing fan.
Mayweather, regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, faces a dangerous challenger in his 20th world title fight and puts his 42-fight unbeaten record on the line when he steps up to challenge for Cotto’s WBA Super World Light-Middleweight title.
The five-weight and eight-time world champion, who last defeated Victor Ortiz in a controversial fight, has beaten some of the sport’s biggest names in Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marques, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley, but Cotto will be his toughest fight to date.
Mayweather said, "Miguel Cotto is a world-class fighter who can never be taken for granted and continues to prove he is one of the best in boxing. It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto's reign as champion will come to an end on May 5."
Puerto Rican puncher Cotto, a three-weight and four-time world champion, makes the third defence of his title and aims to be the first man in over 15 years’ to beat Mayweather.
He won the title in 2010 with a ninth round stoppage of Yuri Foreman and has made two defences; a sensational twelfth round stoppage of Ricardo Mayora last March and then he avenged his loss to rival Antonio Margarito last December which was televised live on BoxNation.
Cotto said, "I've never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like -- great and exciting fights. That is what the sport of boxing is all about, making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather."
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MESSAGES OF SUPPORT FOR CHISORA FROM BRITAIN'S TWO WORLD CHAMPIONS
Britain’s only two reigning world champion boxers, Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns have given messages of support to Dereck Chisora, who bids to become the third this Saturday when he takes on Vitali Klitschko for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship in Munich.
WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Cleverly, who defends his title against Tommy Karpency on 25th February, said, “It will be a huge night for Dereck. Vitali Klitschko will be extremely tough, but all of Britain will be behind him and there’s every chance he could cause an upset. I wish him the very best of luck and it would be great to have another British world champion alongside Ricky Burns and myself”
Whilst Burns, who defends his WBO World Lightweight Championship against Paulus Moses on 10th March said, “We’ve seen great upsets in the past before in the heavyweight division, Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson, Hasim Rahman against Lennox Lewis and when Corrie Sanders knocked out Vitali’s younger brother Wladamir. With men of that size, all it takes is one punch, and I’m confident that Dereck is capable of surprising a lot of people on Saturday night and hope he does. Whatever happens it’s great to see another Brit fighting at that level and I can’t wait to watch all the action live on BoxNation.”
The backing of Britain’s two World Champions follows the statement from last week from Britain’s former heavyweight king Lennox Lewis, who said he thought Chisora was capable of causing an upset against his former opponent Klitschko. With these endorsements from world champion operators, past and present, Chisora will be full of confidence as he heads in to the clash in Munich.
The only place to catch the action in the UK will be on BoxNation. The new subscription based dedicated boxing channel is available for £10 a month and having added the global super fight of pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather’s showdown with Miguel Cotto to their already packed schedule of world title fights, boxing fans have never seen such fantastic value for less than the cost of a pint per week.