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HUNTING DOWN AJ: US OLYMPIAN IN THE ASCENDANCY TO PROVE WORLD CLASS CREDENTIALS

Sunday 25th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

He's made a huge statement with two impressive wins on the bounce; the first against Billy Nelson's protégé Martin Bakole at the York Hall in October and over a month later, recorded his best win on record, stopping Alexander Ustinov in the ninth round in Monaco, which puts 30-year-old American Michael Hunter in an excellent position among the promising heavyweight mix. The amateur pedigree of Hunter was displayed from the opening bell, with 'The Bounty' touching the rather immobile and fleshy Ustinov to the body and whipping that looping right hand upstairs. Hunter started with a ferocious pace and maintained this level…

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YAFAI EXPECTS ELITE LEVEL BREAKTHROUGH AFTER VOLUNTARY DEFENCE IN MONTE CARLO

Wednesday 21st November 2018
Thomas Lyons

WBA 'Super' Super-flyweight champion Kal Yafai (24-0; 15 KOs) makes the fourth defence of his title, at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, against former world title challenger, Israel Gonzalez (23-2; 10 KOs). The Mexican makes the long…

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FROM STRATFORD TO THE STAPLES CENTER: YARDE LANDS SPOT ON HUGE WILDER-FURY SPECTACLE

Friday 16th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

You will never see the progression of one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, Anthony Yarde, rushed by his trainer and manager Tunde Ajayi, but one thing that is assured is that the East London power-punching light-heavyweight is taking the right fights at the right time- Everything is timing. The partnership of teacher and student has been successful in this 16-fight embryonic stage, thus far, and the opportunity to fight on the biggest heavyweight showdown of past years has presented itself, so Anthony Yarde will face another step up on December 1, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with an opponent yet to be announced. Yarde has faced mass criticism about his record, resume and…

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Bellew bows out after brutal KO defeat to undisputed Usyk

Sunday 11th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

For all the marbles, the milestones, and ultimately, to make history at Manchester Arena for all four cruiserweight belts including the Ring Magazine, Tony Bellew was beaten by the very elite on Saturday night, in a pound-for-pound king, Oleksandr Usyk. Up until the devastating finish in the eight round, Bellew had boxed superbly in the opening three rounds, making Uysk miss and controlling his distance. He began to implement the gameplan, landing numerous, looping right hands. However, it was apparent that Usyk was using these rounds to gauge how much…

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Iron sharpens iron: Red-hot Reading amateur prospect O'Neill rewarded with invaluable rounds sparring Slough debutant Adewale

Friday 9th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

The revival of Berkshire boxing is a result of investment and unprecedented energy gone into local amateur clubs in the area. Two products of this environment are MTK-signed pro-boxer, Josh Adewale, who will make his professional debut, after his fight was rescheduled, on November 17 against journeyman Liam Griffiths at the Brentwood Centre in Essex and accomplished amateur boxer, Damon O'Neill. Adewale has found himself in a terrific position linked with the biggest management active in world boxing and guaranteed activity in the ring during this embryonic phase of his…

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Chicago crying out for WBSS Cruiserweight classic

Friday 9th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

The World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals, in the red-hot Cruiserweight division, continue this weekend with the tournament travelling to Chicago as Number one seed Mairis…

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Boy Jones bags himself European title shot at the Hilton

Friday 9th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

When it comes to hosting a show in Mayfair, one would expect luxury and glamour running through the arena, but this is the stage for a WBO European lightweight title fight between Chingford's Boy Jones Jr (18-1-1) and Newport-born Craig Evans (18-2-2). The Welshman defeated Thomas Stalker, back in November 2016, for the coveted, shining brown strap but Boy Jones Jr is under no illusion that it's his time to shine and hand Evans his third professional defeat. Both men carry…

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Smith looks at swift return to boxing while staying in touch outside of the ring.

Thursday 8th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

Mitchell Smith made clear his intentions to return to the squared circle in 2019 after continuing to shed a few more pounds and solidify his position at the Booth stable, alongside former WBA bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett, hot British Welterweight prospect Josh Kelly and…

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'SLICK RICK' REVIVAL: HEAVENS READY TO GO AGAIN AND NOT LOST AN OUNCE OF FOCUS AHEAD OF HIS RETURN TO THE RING

Wednesday 7th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

The opening weekend of the new season didn't go to plan and was a bitter pill to swallow for Goodwin based fighter Ricky Heavens, but the defeat to Duane Green has given the 20-year-old the added incentive to get back to being the best version of himself, and most importantly, back to winning ways and carry some rhythm into the Christmas period. Losing to…

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Spike's Surge for Middleweight Glory: O'Sullivan added to Sheffield bill

Monday 5th November 2018
Thomas Lyons

Gary Spike O'Sullivan gets another chance to revive his career and force his way into contention for a shot at the Middleweight Championship of the World. The Cork man comes off the back of a demoralising first-round knockout defeat to Canada's David Lemieux in September, after a scintillating run of form, saw 'Spike' dispose of highly-touted prospect Antoine Douglas last December on the Billy Joe Saunders undercard. Since then, O'Sullivan has opened…

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