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UK News: Gavin Rees: Quigg vs Munroe in June; More

HATTON Promotions will stage the domestic fight of the year when Britain’s TOP two super-bantamweights, Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe clash this summer.

We are delighted to announce that Hatton Promotions stable-mates will meet on June 2 or 16 with the interim WBA title on the line.

Venues are under consideration in Manchester and the Midlands for a 12 round battle that will capture the public’s imagination.

Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton said: “The fight has been brewing since Rendall signed with us and we have got there.

“It is about giving fans what they want and this is a match-up of the highest quality between two of the world’s best 8st 10lb boxers.

“The winner will go on to mix with the world’s elite fighters and it won’t be the end for the loser.

“It is possible he can fight Commonwealth champion Carl Frampton who is learning his trade and is a big prospect for the future.

“It is certainly the biggest fight Hatton Promotions have staged in the UK and I am sure the public will support it.”

British champion Quigg, 23, is one of world boxing’s brightest prospects and unbeaten in 24 professional contests.

The Bury hopeful won his British title last year forcing Jason Booth to quit on his stool and stopped Jamie Arthur in his first defence last month.

Boxing bin man Rendall, 31, who has won 24 contests and lost just twice, is a former Commonwealth and European champion.

The Leicester southpaw has already fought at the highest level, challenging Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC crown in Tokyo back in October 2010 losing on points.

NIshioka is a top ten pound for pounder and was recently elevated to Emeritus status.

The confirmed date, venue and ticket details will be announced at London and host venue press conferences next month.

Hearn: French test is a key night for Rees

Welshman’s promoter says Gavin needs to impress in Paris

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes that Gavin Rees must shine in Paris tonight live on Sky Sports 4 and HD4 from 9pm in his European lightweight title defence against Anthony Mezaache – with a big performance putting him back in World title contention.

Former WBA light welterweight king Rees faces the Frenchman in the Gymnase Georges-Racine in Clichy la Garenne, just outside the capital and a venue that the former champion Mezaache has won his last three fights in.

Hearn says that this is exactly the type of assignment that Rees needs to tackle and pass with flying colours if he’s going to go on to fulfil his dream of becoming a two-weight World Champion, and added that big matches with British rivals Ricky Burns, John Murray, Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla could also be on the cards for The Rock.

“This is an important fight for Gavin as there's a lot happening in the division domestically,” said Hearn. “An away trip is always interesting and I think it adds a bit of excitement.

“Gavin's at the stage now where he needs to be taking the big fights, we looked at the offer to travel to Paris and it was a lucrative one and a challenge Gavin was happy to take. It's always difficult fighting away from home but we've had fights in the venue before and it's not a hostile environment and Gavin's got a good few fans travelling over too and they'll make themselves heard.”

Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett has been delighted with the 31 year olds preparation for the fight, and is pleased that the former WBA light welterweight champion has thrown himself into the new training regime that he brought in along with nutritionist Renzo Algieri.

“Training has gone really well, we've done a lot more sparring than what we usually do, over 140 rounds in total, so he's ready,” said Lockett.

“Gavin is coming up to 32 so he's picking up little niggles a little easier than he used to. But apart from that he's in fantastic shape.

“Anthony has a good record but we see weaknesses in his make-up. I don't think he's a particularly hard puncher, he's tough and he's a bit of a spoiler, but we've covered all bases in training.

“The changes and improvements in Gavin's diet and shape is 99 per cent down to him. I bought Renzo as his nutritionist and I know a lot about that but if Gavin wasn't totally committed to it, then we wouldn't see this huge improvement.”

For Rees, the target is simple – defend his European title then hunt down a World title shot later this year, taking out some big Brits on the way.

“I don't mind who I have to fight to win a World title,” said Rees. “But I'd love a fight with Kevin Mitchell too. It's a fight that I think I'd win but it'd be a cracker and one that fight fans and Sky Sports would love to see.”

Rees weighed in at 9st 8lb yesterday, with challenger Mezaache scaling 9st 8lb 8oz.

Lausanne, Switzerland - Further to the approval by the AIBA Extraordinary Congress of the inclusion of the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) in the AIBA Statutes, the international consulting company KPMG was hired to develop a master business plan for both AIBA and AIBA's exclusive Marketing Company (BMA). In addition, following the Statutes, the APB Executive Board was formed with eight initial members.

 Chaired by Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President, the APB Executive Board includes Dr Abdellah Bessalem (Algeria), Mr Bekzhan Bektenov (Kazakhstan), Mr Osvaldo Bisbal (Argentina), Mr Luiz Boselli (Brazil), Mr Franco Falcinelli (Italy), Dr Humbert Furgoni (France) and Dr Tom Virgets (USA). Mr David Francis (Wales), as AIBA Treasurer and Mr Ho Kim, as AIBA Executive Director, are non-voting members.

On Wednesday 21 March 2012 at the AIBA Headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland), the APB Executive Board received a final presentation of the AIBA and BMA business plan and approved it unanimously. This business plan will now need to be ratified by the AIBA Executive Committee in July.

The plan includes the new AIBA administration and management embracing three major programs, AOB (AIBA Olympic Boxing), WSB (World Series of Boxing) and APB (AIBA Professional Boxing). It also includes the business plan for the AIBA Marketing Company, BMA (Boxing Marketing Arm). This BMA business plan will certainly be further enhanced by the company once it is registered independently.

The APB Executive Board approved the projections of the competition structure, the marketing plans, the organisational structure, the P/L projections and timelines. In addition, the Board also approved to register BMA in Switzerland and to locate its HQ Offices in Lausanne.

In regard to the running on these three AIBA programs, it was decided to integrate all administrative work in one umbrella organisation which will oversee all AOB, WSB and APB programs from the existing AIBA HQ Offices. With this expansion, AIBA will be hiring additional staff.

In a letter sent to all 194 AIBA National Federations, AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu stated: "I would like to sincerely express my appreciation for your confidence and support on all new initiatives and efforts made to enhance the sport of boxing and our organization for the betterment of all boxers".

The APB Executive Board will next meet on 7-8 July 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, around the AIBA Executive Committee meeting.

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