The Fight Before Christmas: Daniel Dubois, Tommy Fury discuss Dec 21

Tommy Fury Daniel Dubois

Promoter Frank Warren today revealed details of Queensberry Promotions’ bumper ‘The Fight Before Christmas’ show at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday December 21.

The world’s number one heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois (13-0, 12KOs) tops the bill when he defends his WBO International heavyweight title against Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1, 13KOs).

The WBC Silver belt will also be on the line giving Dubois an opportunity to win a ninth professional title in his 14th professional fight.

Dubois has already captured WBC Youth, Southern Area, English, WBO European, WBO Global, British, WBO International and Commonwealth titles, but faces a hard night against the world ranked Japanese star.

Unbeaten light-heavyweight hopeful Tommy Fury (2-0, 1 KO) returns after his successful stint on Love Island where he finished runner-up with his girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague.

Details of further brilliant fights will be announced in the coming days.

“I am very happy. My career has been perfect so far and I have progressed in and out of the ring,” said Dubois. “I am with Frank Warren who is one of the best promoters ever.

“There is also my Dad, Martin and Tony Bowers. We are going all the way.

“My trainer Martin has organised so much and puts in so much hard work. I am going to make sure I become a success.”

Fury stated: “It is good to be back after Love Island and life is good. I feel at home when I’m in the squared circle.

“Fame is one thing, but it is how you cope with it. You can let it go to your head and run around thinking you’re too good for everybody. But, you are the same as everybody.

“It’s just that a few more people want to take your picture or get a signature. I am still the same man as I was before Love Island.

“The same lad who was boxing on the Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton undercard.”

Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions are heading to the Copper Box Arena to stage a bumper night of boxing on December 21st.”

Unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois (13-0) looks to continue his path of destruction against Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1). The WBC Silver Heavyweight championship and the WBO International Heavyweight belts will be on the line.

Light Heavyweight prospect and Love Island star Tommy Fury (2-0) makes his long awaited return to the boxing ring after winning the hearts of the nation on the popular ITV reality television show over the summer.


Tickets from £40 are now on sale via Seetickets and will be available via Ticketmaster on Wednesday.

Ticket prices:

£250 – Hospitality
£150 – Floor
£100 – Floor
£75 – Floor
£50 – Lower Tier
£40 – Upper Tier

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Iconic Boxing Matches Demonstrate Dominance of Boxing On The Vegas Strip

Boxing doesn’t really have a home. It moves with the tides and takes up root in major arenas around the world.

World class fighters display their talents in the UK, USA and even Saudi Arabia. Yet there’s long been a special connection between boxing and Las Vegas. The Strip is not only home to the world’s greatest casinos and poker rooms, but has also played host to some of the most iconic boxing matches of all times.

 

There’s plenty to be said about the East Coast. New York is also home to major boxing events. The ‘Fight of the Century’ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place at Madison Square Garden, and so too did the recent upset between Ruiz and Joshua.

 

New York was arguably the home of boxing in the early days, though many of the fights were between brawlers, and hardly produced the iconic matches that many would have expected at the time. In 1960, NBC pulled the plug on the regular televised shows coming out of NYC, and the action moved over to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

 

Vegas Takes Root as Boxing Capital

When boxing first moved to Vegas in the 1960s, the Las Vegas Convention Centre became the place to be for major matches. The venue was close enough to the casinos and poker tables to satisfy the punters, yet the indoor arena was perfect for TV broadcasts. It was here where Sonny Liston fought his epic rematch with Floyd Patterson.

 

As the years progressed, boxing was already doing the hotel and casino chains a lot of favours, bringing in high-paying punters who were more than willing to bet and gamble huge amounts of money. Yet the casinos wanted a bigger slice of the action. Not satisfied with the extra poker and slot revenues that boxing fans brought to the city, they started to host their own fights.

 

Caesars Palace, home to some of the best poker tournaments in Las Vegas, were quick off the mark. In 1976, George Foreman fought Ron Lyle. The fight, which has been described as being held in a “long metal and asbestos shed”, won Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. As the boxing fanbase grew, Caesars built makeshift stadiums that were assembled and taken down on a per-fight basis.

 

Although the tickets from these fights brought in revenue, most of the profits of the casinos were derived from an age-old strategy of keeping punters within the premises so that they spent money on gambling, hotels, food and merchandise. Holmes Vs Ali is a great example. The fight itself is now considered a one-sided flop, but at the time reportedly whipped up a frenzy at the gaming tables.

 

Vegas was already known for being the gambling capital of the world. The city now has 130 casinos and holds regular poker tournaments, both as part of casino’s regular schedules and as one-off events. Since the 70s, it has also been growing as the nation’s home of boxing and still has awesome fights to this day.

 

As a result, the boxing industry in Vegas is inextricably linked to the gambling and hotel industries. Boxing brings in high paying tourists who then spend money at casinos, poker rooms and other places on the Strip. Although there are too many to mention here, let’s take a look at some of the fights that made it happen in Vegas.

 

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Tommy Hearns (1981)

Caption: Sugar Ray Leonard was one of the early greats of the Las Vegas Strip

 

This was a legendary Las Vegas fight by all accounts, in regards to both the fight itself and the atmosphere and celebrity attendance. Muhammad Ali, Frazier, Larry Holmes, Jack Nicholson, Bill Cosby and more recognisable faces were at Caesars that night to watch Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns battle it out.

 

Many expected an easy win for Leonard, but that wasn’t to be the case. Hearns took the lead on the cards, showing particular dominance in the 9th through 12th rounds. By late on in the fight,

 

Leonard’s eye was so badly swollen it was nearly closed shut. Cornerman Angelo Dundee was heard shouting words of encouragement, “you’re blowing it son, you’re blowing it!”. This woke Sugar Ray Leonard up a bit, and he delivered a battering in the 13th round and a stunning win in the last few minutes of the fight.

 

Hearns was later involved in another iconic Vegas fight, his match against Marvin Hagler which was dubbed “The War”. Though this bout ended after just eight minutes, the first round is still considered one of the best in boxing.

 

Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield (1992)

Although Sugar Ray Leonard won the fight against Hearns, he couldn’t be found out partying or playing poker after his victory. He was in the dressing room, badly wounded and contemplating retirement. It would be Leonard’s last bout as a full-time fighter. This left more space in Vegas for favourites like George Foreman, Iron Mike Tyson and new blood like Evander Holyfield.

 

Tyson was only 20 when he had his first fight, an undercard match against Alfonso Ratliff at the Vegas Hilton in 1986. By the time he came back to the Strip for a six-fight deal with Don King at the MGM Grand nearly a decade later, Mike was past his prime. He still gave us some decent fights, but was never the same after his time in prison.

 

In 1996, Holyfield took Tyson’s crown with a TKO win in the 11th round, albeit after a nasty headbutt and low blow earlier on in the fight. The rematch led to the ‘Bite Match’, iconic for the moment Tyson bit a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear.

 

Holyfield’s greatest fights in Vegas were against the huge beast of a man, Riddick Bowe. The 1992 fight between the pair generated over 900,000 views on PPV. It was a brutal onslaught from the beginning, with both men slogging it out. It was Bowe who eventually got the points decision, leading to an exciting trilogy – Holyfield won the second fight and Bowe got the stoppage in the third fight.

 

Triple G vs. Canelo

Of course, there are dozens of epic Las Vegas fights that could be mentioned here, but one of the modern day greats has to be Triple G vs. Canelo. Two legends battling it out for the unified middleweight championship, a division that is usually overshadowed by heavyweight battles.

 

The show didn’t disappoint. The fancy footwork of Alvarez was met by the early jab of Canelo until the fight crescendos with exhilarating toe-to-toe exchanges in later rounds. Not without controversy, Alvarez won the fight by split-decision draw, despite GGG outlanding him in 10 out of 12 rounds.

 

This controversial decision led to a highly anticipated rematch a year later, again at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After another 12-round thriller, Canelo once again took the points decision, leaving some believing Golovkin was robbed for the second time.

 

Still, it’s better than watching Floyd Mayweather dance around the ring until he beats Manny Pacquiao by decision.

Canelo Vs GGG first fight highlights

Alongside its casino resorts, poker tables, clubs and restaurants, Vegas will continue to play host to some of the greatest boxing fights in the world. The bright lights and buzzing atmosphere of the city provide the perfect backdrop for boxing events. Upcoming matches include Canelo Vs Kovalev and Wilder Vs Ortiz while we can only imagine how many more classics will come in the future.

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How Betting on Boxing Works – What You Need to Know

Right now, with fighters such as Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, and Tyson Fury back on the scene, boxing has arguably never been more exciting.

There’s just something special about settling down on a Saturday evening with a couple of drinks and your favourite food, ready to relax as you watch two absolute beasts beat the heck out of each other for your viewing pleasure.

To add an even greater element of excitement to the mix however, why not have a cheeky wager or two on the big fight and see if you can earn some money in the process? Sites like Fansbet offer boxing markets for all of the big fights, and they are one of the top choices for boxing bets. To make things a little easier for you, here’s a look at how betting on boxing works and at what you need to know. 

Betting on over 

If you ‘bet on over’ as it is known, this is basically where you bet on the fight going the distance and going the full 12 rounds. Now, before you get too excited when the bell rings to signify the end of the 11th, just hold your horses. In order for a bet on over to come to fruition, in order for you to make your money you need to ensure that the fight lasts until at least half-way through the 12th round. Once the fight hits 1 minute 30 seconds, any stoppage which takes place after this mark will result in you being victorious. Before that, if the fight stops, you lose. 

Betting on under 

If you ‘bet on under’ you can basically predict when you think the fight will end by. You can therefore bet that a certain fighter will win in, say, 5 rounds, meaning that you predict that the fight will last less than 6. 

Win, lose, or draw 

Although you can probably guess how this boxing betting strategy works, we’re going to include it anyways just to ensure that there’s no confusion. When you bet on a boxing match, you can bet on which fighter will win or lose, or on whether you predict that the match will be deemed a draw. In terms of how betting on boxing works, this is pretty self-explanatory. 

Stoppage or knockout 

These are known as proposition wagers. The basic principle behind these wagers is that you can attempt to predict whether a fighter will win by stoppage or knockout. If you back a fighter to win by knockout or stoppage, as you’ve probably guessed, the only way your bet will come in will be if the fighter you’ve predicted to win or lose either wins or loses by knockout or by stoppage. To increase the amount of money you could potentially win, you could also attempt to predict the round in which the stoppage or knockout occurs. If you get that right, you could potentially make yourself a very tidy sum of money.

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Leon Bauer, Patrick Wojcicki both victorious in Hamburg, Germany

Leon Bauer (17-0-1, 9 KOs) produced a show stealing performance as he dominated domestic rival Toni Kraft (16-1-1, 4 KOs) in a hotly anticipated grudge match on the same night Patrick Wojcicki (14-0-1, 5 KOs) halted Robert Swierzbinski (21-10-2, 3 KOs) at the Kuppel in Hamburg, Germany.

Despite suffering from a cut in the first round, 21-year-old Bauer kept his composure and showed more initiative and skill throughout the eight round fight. Ranked 13th in the IBF world rankings, the unbeaten super middleweight claimed his seventeenth professional victory via unanimous decision as the judges scored the fight (78-74, 77-76, 77-75).

“I was better today and deserved to win,” said Bauer. “The early cut didn’t affect me, I just pulled through. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so incredibly in the past few weeks and tonight in Hamburg. You were my third fist!”

Patrick Wojcicki, ranked sixth in the IBF world rankings and the IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion, produced a sensational performance as he dominated Robert Swierzbinski. Wojcicki dropped the 37-year-old from Poland five times across the first four rounds, before Swierzbinski’s corner threw in the towel.

“I’m very happy with my performance,” said Wojcicki. “I would have liked to finish the fight even earlier and knock him out. After all, he was on the ground five times. I think I gave the audience a good show!”

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Jamel Herring impresses in title defense, Kubrat Pulev wants Ruiz vs Joshua 2 winner

Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retained his WBO junior lightweight world title with a Veterans Day Weekend unanimous decision (115-113 and 117-111 2X) win over top contender Lamont Roach Jr. in front of 7,412 fans at Chukchansi Park.

Herring controlled the action early, but Roach landed a hellacious right hand at the end of the 11th that nearly sent Herring through the ropes. Roach pressed the action in the 12th, but it was too little, too late, as “The Fighting Marine” made his first successful title defense.

“I won {the title} on Memorial Day Weekend and I defended it on Veterans Day Weekend, so it definitely means a lot to all of our troops out there defending our country and still in harm’s way,” Herring said. “This is for ya’ll. I couldn’t lose it on our weekend. It means a lot to still be a world champion.

“Like I said, Miguel Berchelt is considered number one, the best super featherweight in the world. In order to be the best, you have to keep testing yourself.”

Said Roach: “We knew we had to dig down. When I hurt him, all that was on my mind was finishing him. I’m coming into unchartered territory.”

Pulev Decisons Booker

IBF No. 1 heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) had his way against Detroit-based veteran Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs), winning a clear unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 2X) in the co-feature. Pulev, who challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified heavyweight title in November 2014, moved one step closer to potentially challenging the winner of the upcoming Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch.

After the fight, his message was clear. He wants to fight for the title next. Pulev has now won eight in a row since the Klitschko defeat.

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“It’s been eight months from my last fight. I think my opponent was not bad,” Pulev said. “I respect him. It was a very nice fight.

“I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz.”

— Former world title challenger Amir Imam (22-2, 19 KOs) returned from a nearly two-year layoff, knocking out Marcos Mojica (16-5-2, 12 KOs) with a right hand in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Imam hadn’t fought since challenging Jose Ramirez for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title in March 2018.

“I just have to be consistent at this point in my career. I’m coming back in January, and I need to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to me,” Imam said.


— Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), the 19-year-old sensation from Stockton, Calf., dominated Aelio Mesquita (19-5, 17 KOs) over the eight-round distance, winning by identical scores of 80-72 in a lightweight bout.

— Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles, stopping Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

— Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO) rebounded from the shocking loss in his pro debut to stop Fernando Ibarra (2-2, 0 KOs) in the sixth round of a featherweight tilt.

“I have a new trainer, Ismael Salas, and we worked hard in the gym together,” Ramirez said. “What happened in my pro debut is in the past. I am looking forward to a bright future.”

— Undefeated middleweight contender Esquiva Falcao (25-0, 17 KOs) knocked out veteran Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KOs) in the third round.

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Alexander Flores stops Mario Heredia in six rounds in Tucson

Heavy-handed California heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Flores returned to the ring last Thursday night with a vengeance, knocking out Mario “Chabelo” Heredia in the sixth round of the RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS main event, outdoors Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona.

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The 29-year-old Flores (18-2-1, 16 KOs) hadn’t fought since last December in New Zealand, when he lost a controversial fight to former world champion Joseph Parker, in which Parker struck Flores numerous times below the belt, leading to a knockout.

Knockout-artist Flores floored his Mexican opponent, Heredia, three times during their fight in the third, fifth and the finisher in the sixth. Flores, who is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) World Youth champion, used a vicious body attack, resulting in the last two knockdowns, against the 282-pound Heredia (16-8-1, 13 KOs).

Flores’ only two losses have been to world champions Parker and Charles Martin. Heredia, a former WBC FECOMBOX champion, who only three fights ago won a split decision over former WBC heavyweight world champion and Nigerian Olympian Samuel Peter.

In the co-featured event, red-hot Mexican welterweight Santiago Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs) blasted Ravshan Hudayhazarov (17-3, 13 KOs), the Uzbekistan fighter, stopping him only 43-seconds into the opening round in a devastating performance.

In his RJJ Boxing Promotions debut, undefeated California super middleweight Juan “Just Business” Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs) pitched a complete shutout victory, winning each round on all three-judges’ scorecards, in a unanimous decision over Phoenix veteran Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1, 11 KOs), who announced before the fight that this would be his last.

In the UFC FIGHT PASS opener, unbeaten Tucson welterweight Christopher Gonzalez (6-0-1, 1 KO) pulled off a mild upset, taking an eight-round unanimous decision from Marcos “Nazzy” Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), the younger brother of Santiago.

Local fan favorite Briana “Amenaza” Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs) and pro-debuting junior flyweight Amanda Borg (0-0-1), of Albuquerque, battled to a four-round majority draw in the opening, off UFC FIGHT PASS fight of evening.


OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS
Alexander Flores (18-2-1, 16 KOs), Rowland Heights, CA
WTKO6 (1:33)
Mario Heredia (16-8-1, 13 KOs), Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

CO-FEATURE – VACANT WBC US SILVER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Santiago Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
WKO1 (0:43)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-3, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of Uzbekistan
(Dominguez won WBC Silver welterweight title)

FEATHERWEIGHTS
Juan Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs), Victorville, CA
WDEC8 (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)
Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1, 11 KOs), Phoenix, AZ.

WELTERWEIGHTS
Christopher Gonzalez (6-0-1), Tucson, AZ
WDEC8 (78-75, 77-75, 77-75)
Marcos Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico

FEMALE JUNIOR FLYWEIGHTS
Briana Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs), Tucson, AZ
D4 (39-37, 38-38, 38-38)
Amanda Borg (0-0-1, 0 KOs), Albuquerque, NM

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John Joe Nevin flying since recovery from double leg break in golf club attack

Alex Dilmaghani vs Francisco Fonseca

Medics predicted John Joe Nevin had probably fought his last ring battle after both legs were broken by a thug wielding a golf club in a savage and cowardly street attack but, five years on, the Irish amateur legend find himself just one win from improbable world title contention.

If the Mullingar magician can cast a spell over Nicaraguan nightmare Freddy Fonseca and collect the WBA International Super-Featherweight strap at London’s York Hall on Saturday 16th November, he will gate crash the world rankings. The fight will be broadcast live and exclusive in the U.K on free-to-air Channel Five as chief support to the mouthwatering IBO World Super-Featherweight title clash between Alex Dilmaghani and Freddy’s brother Francisco Fonseca.

A pro for over five and a half years now, the former European amateur champion, 2012 Olympic finalist and two-time world medallist knows that this is his time to secure the glory and gold that his unquestionable ability merits.

He said, ’After turning pro in 2014, we wanted to attack the world titles pretty much straight away but, in hindsight, the injuries have been no bad thing. My body has been flat out at the boxing since I was 11 years old so the breaks have allowed my body time to recover. Where as some of my contemporaries are already burnt out, I’m a new man!

My hit and not get hit style means that, after about 250 amateur bouts – plus all those tough training camps with Cubans and Eastern Europeans – and 14 fights as a pro, I still haven’t a single mark on my face. For me, boxing has never been about taking hits. I want to know who I am in the morning.’

Though undefeated in 13 paid outings, British fans could be forgiven for losing track of the man who ran Team GB’s Luke Campbell to the wire in the 56 kg gold medal match at the London Olympics.

‘I started my pro career out in Philly (Philadelphia) under a guy called Tom Moran who’d previously worked closely with the likes of (world champions) Tim Witherspoon and Kassim Ouma,’ explains Nevin who sizzled in nine outings in US rings.

‘Already I’ve got a big profile on the East Coast of America, particularly with the Irish communities over there. If ever I got a chance to fight for the world title in the US, I’d command a very big following.’

Now the 5ft 8in five time All-Ireland Senior champion intends expanding his fan club on this side of The Pond and has recently linked up with Essex based trainer (and two time world title challenger) Jim McDonnell and has long-term manager Ron Boddy and Moran backing him.

‘Jim’s very likeable. My skills were already world class when I linked with him but he’s significantly improved my energy levels. My fitness is now 120%. Ron’s a tremendous, trustworthy guy with a good brain for boxing,’ says Nevin.

And over the next 12 months, this audaciously gifted box-fighter intends to replicate his considerable amateur accomplishments within the professional sphere.

‘I was ranked number one in the world in my division when I turned pro,’ he reminds us.

‘Now I’m gonna win lots of titles and earn a good few pounds. God gave me a gift that I have to look after. I’ve all the skills; the foot work, head movement, angles…It all comes so naturally and instinctively. At times, I do things I don’t know I’m doing.

‘I’d like to win the title over in the US, then defend it in a huge fight back in Dublin, 80,000 at Croke Park. That’s the dream.’

Promoted by Mick Hennessy in association with Infinitum, Channel 5 and Priority Promotions, Dilmaghani v Fonseca will be televised exclusively live in the UK on free-to-air Channel 5 and 5Spike.

 

Headline attraction on the card features Alex Dilmaghani versus Francisco Fonseca for the Vacant IBO Super-Featherweight Championship. Chief support sees an exciting clash between Irish star John Joe Nevin v Freddy Fonseca for the WBA International Super-Featherweight Championship. A packed and top quality undercard also features: Fast rising Sevenoaks middleweight talent Michael Hennessy Jnr; Stockwell welterweight Samuel Antwi; Welsh super-featherweight Rhys Edwards; Chelsea Lightweight Connor Marsden; two London based Romanians: super-welterweight Flavius Biea and heavyweight Lucian Atani; Basildon super-lightweight Lewis Smith; Islington middleweight Billy Underwood; Luton super-lightweight Jahid Munim and Islington featherweight Alizara Ghadiri.

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