Roy Jones Jr. stops Courtney Fry in five rounds


Ring legend Roy Jones Jr (58-8, 41 KOs) easily defended his WBU cruiserweight title against Courtney Fry (18-6, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Kipsala Exhibition Centre in Riga, Latvia. Jones outclassed Fry before flooring him with a left hook at the end round five. Fry’s corner pulled the plug after the round. Jones then delighted the Latvian audience by rapping along with a recording of his song “Can’t be touched.” Fry lost his third straight fight.

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Roy Jones Jr. makes weight for fight in Latvia

Don’t go looking for Roy Jones Jr. at ringside for Saturday night’s Madison Square Garden card. Rather than doing color commentary on the HBO telecast, Roy is in Latvia where he will be defending his World Boxing Union cruiserweight title against Courtney Fry (18-5, 6 KOs) at the Kipsala Exhibition Centre in Riga.

Jones scaled in today at 195.9, while Fry weighed 195.5.

Katsidis-Earl Full Report

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn

Former world champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis ( 30-6, 24 KOs) clearly outscored Englishman, Graham “Duke of” Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the WBU 140 pound title at Rumours International, Toowoomba Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Scores Steve Marshall 119-109, Adam Height 120-108, Tony Kettlewell 120-109. This was a rematch from their 2007 world title bout when Katsidis was declared the winner in five rounds of a controversial contest.

In the main supporting bout, WBC Youth featherweight champion Brayd “The Great White” Smith (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Jarrett Owen (4-3-2, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round contest. Owen was dropped twice in round two and referee Tony Kettlewell crowned Smith.

Featherweight Will Young (3-3, 1 KO) outscored Emanuel Micallef (2-11-3, 1 KO) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian title. Scores 99-90, 100-89, 99-92. Micallef was dropped in round two.

Australian based Filipino 130 pounder Jack Asis (31-18-5, 16 KOs) stopped Indonesian Rivo Renkung (32-20-5, 12 KOs) in round one of a scheduled five.

In other action, Darren Askew (11-6-1, 3 KOs) stopped Indonesian, Eddy Comaro (27-21-5, 11 KOs) in round four of scheduled five. Comaro was stopped by Michael Katsidis in the Australian’s previous ring appearance

Also, heavyweight Herman Ene Purcell (2-2, 1 KOs) outscored Jamie Frost (0-1) over four rounds. Scores 40-37,40-36,40-35. Frost was down in round two. Purcell received national exposure in his previous contest when he was defeated by Australian rugby league football star Paul Gallen in a thrilling bout on the undercard to Daniel Geale vs. Garth Wood.

Lightweight Josh Ballie (2-0, 1 KO) outscored Kyle Teer (3-8-1) over four rounds. Scores 40-36, 39-37, 40-37.

Light heavyweight Olaf Olsen (2-2) outscored Paul Edwards (3-9, 2 KOs) over three rounds. Scores 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

Promoter Brendon Smith.

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Katsidis-Earl erupts at press conference

Sparks flew at today’s press conference as Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl locked horns and flew into a scuffle as they were posing for a photo with the WBU world title belt they are fighting for. Tempers boiled after a war of words on the microphone between the arch enemies as Earl made his intentions clear earlier in his speech stating, “I don’t care about the belt, I’ve won titles before, I just want to beat Katsidis here and make the trilogy back home in Luton. I was winning the first fight, and he (Katsidis) looked relieved when the fight was stopped.” Katsidis spoke after Earl and said, “Graham has made a mistake coming here, there will be no trilogy, I’ll put a stop to it on Friday night.”

“We can go out to the car park now if you want,” Katsidis told Earl as he was pulled to one side by fellow Smithy’s Gym boxer Herman Ene-Purcell, who happens to work in security at various Toowoomba venues. Earl politely obliged and said, “We can go right here” as he tried to fulfil Katsidis’ request to the carpark brawl. Promoter Brendon Smith said, “Security will be hired for the weigh-in for the next time these guys come together as we are having a job keeping them apart!”

Graham Earl hits Australia for Katsidis rematch


Lightweight Graham Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) touched down in Australia today ahead of his much anticipated rematch with former two-time WBO world champion, Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (29-6, 24 KOs) on Friday night at Rumours International convention centre in Toowoomba for the WBU Light Welterweight World Title. A fit and hardened Earl today declared “Its only days until I bring back bragging rights for the whole of England as I claim my victory that I should of had in 2007, when we traded blows before. Michael has said there will be no trilogy and he is correct when he says that, as once we box I will make it his last fight and retire him from boxing. This fight has been burning inside me ever since the last fight in 2007 and I’m determined to make this right.”

The pair originally met in 2007 in London when Katsidis stopped Earl in a five round war for the vacant WBO lightweight world interim championship.

New European Champion: Werner Kreiskott

In a clash of two hard fighters for the WBU European Heavyweight Title Werner Kreiskott knocked out Adnan Buharalija in the fifth round and captures his first professional boxing belt.

The second mainbout was the WBU International Super Middleweight Title between Salvatore Aiello and homeboxer Philipp Kolodziej. Salvatore Aiello won by TKO in round five after knocked down Kolodziej seconds before.

Nikki Adler TKO-9 Gifty Amanua Ankrah

On May 23 at Basket Hall in Krasnodar, Russia, Nikki Adler, Augsburg, Germany, improved to (12-0, 7 KOs) with a  ninth round technical knockout of contender Gifty Amanua Ankrah, Accra, Ghana, who dropped to (3-4-1, 2 KOs) with the loss. It was the second stoppage loss for Ankrah who was stopped in nine rounds by Noni Tenge in an attempt to secure the WBF female welterweight title in December 2009. With the win, Adler retains the WIBA and WBC and WBU female super-middleweight titles. It was her second defense of these titles.  The 27-year-old Adler, in concert with her Germany counterpart, Christina Hammer, heads the super-middleweight division that has few if any worthy challengers. Of the short-list, Elene Sikmashvili of Tbilisi, Georgia is at the front. Her sense of fighting range and overall boxing ability at least renders her as credible in a very weak weight class. One the same card, Russian power-puncher Natalia Smirnova, Hamburg, Germany, won the vacant WIBA and WBU female super-featherweight titles with a first round stoppage of Yarkor Chavez Annan. With the win, Smirnova improves to (8-0, 5 KOs) whereas Annan drops to (7-7-1).

Rising heavyweight Mark de Mori returns Friday in Australia!

Rising heavyweight contender Mark ‘The Dominator’ de Mori returns to action this Friday, May 23rd on home turf in New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia!

Hulking Australian heavyweight Mark de Mori is looking to keep things moving in his march up the heavyweight rankings. Now ranked No. 11 by the World Boxing Association, the big punching Aussie is on the verge of a coveted world top ten ranking and has his sights set on an eventual title shot. After keeping very busy with five fights in 2013, de Mori will be making his 2014 debut this Friday when he takes on former foe Adnan Buharalija in a stay-busy rematch for the vacant WBU Heavyweight Title. After being fouled by a blow behind the head in their first encounter, de Mori scored the technical stoppage win in six. In the rematch he’s looking to followup on that dominant showing with another convincing win.

By Ace Freeman

Adler & Smirnova for World Title in Russia

Nikki Adler from Germany/Croatia is trying to defend is WBU Super Middleweight World Title versus Gifty Amanua Ankrah (Ghana).

Natalia Smirnova from Russia is fighting for the vacant WBU Super Featherweight World Title versus Yarkor Chavez Annan (Ghana) on May 23 in Russia.

Malta Power

Scott Dixon (Malta/UK) retained his WBU Super Middleweight World Title against George Kandelaki (Georgia) on Points. New boxingstar in Malta Franco "El Tornado" Fenech won the vacant WBU SemiPro Heavyweight Title in the very first round.

Balkan Power

Ratko Draskovic (Montenegro) and Predrag Kovacevic (Serbia) are the newest WBU World Champions. Kovacevic won over Omar Siala after retire in round three the vacant Light Middlweight World Title. Draskovic won over Peter Hegyes in round two with an incredible bodyshot the vacant Heavyweight World Title.

Balkan Invasion

Top Balkan-Heavyweight-Boxer Ratko Draskovic (Montenegro) is fighting today for the vacant WBU Heavyweight World Title in Halberstadt. In the Light Middleweight divison Predrag Kovacevic (Serbia) tries to get the World Title against well known Omar Siala (Germany) as well in Halberstadt. Promoter is Tino Groth from Germany/Switzerland in cooperation with Aiko Steffen and Mr. Haberland.

Muay Thai World Title in France

Promoter Soraya Khebchi is proud to present the first WBU Muay Thai Super Featherweight World Title between Vatsana Sedoine (Laos) versus Yanis Belacel (France) in france on May 3.

World-Class Boxing Set To Go Local

World boxing champions and Malta’s finest boxers are set to meet in the ring at the Dixon’s Pain Academy’s Golden Gloves Fight Night on 25 April

The long-awaited Golden Gloves Fight Night, organised by Dixon’s Pain Academy in association with Privé Events, will bring the Maltese public the finest and most spectacular boxing matches to-date at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali.

The evening of 25th April 2014 will feature an array of semi-professional and professional World Championship boxing, including an intriguing fight card with some explosive match-ups, such as the fight between Super Scott Dixon and George Kandelaki, and the eagerly anticipated rematch between Billy ‘The Hitman’ Corito and Taras Varava.

The night will also feature Malta’s very own golden boy, Franco ‘el Tornado’ Fenech, who will be fighting against England’s Ashvin Diolle, as well as an action-packed undercard which includes some of the best Maltese talent, namely Jake ‘The Snake’ Camilleri, Duncan Calleja, ‘Nur il-Fire’, Michael ‘The Hurricane’ Carter, Jamie Caruana, Clayton Vella and Keith Azzopardi.

“Boxing is a serious business,” explains Super Scott Dixon, three-times World Champion and Creator of Champions. “It is a sport, but you don’t play it like you would with tennis, cricket and golf.

“Boxers need to have desire, determination and devotion. A fighter’s regime begins in the morning with a four to six mile run, shadow boxing and working skills and craft, followed by an afternoon session at the gym, (bag work, pad work and sparring), and then an evening session of strength, conditioning and circuit training.”

Super Scott Dixon will be defending his WBU Super Middleweight Championship of the World title against George Kandelaki from Georgia.

The night is being organised and marketed by Privé Events Management, one of Malta’s top events-planning companies known for their exclusivity and ability to bring together Malta’s ‘It’ crowd.

The reason we decided to get involved was because we saw the potential in being a part of the entertainment side of this sporting event,” says Jo Caruana, the official spokeswoman for Privé Events. “Boxing offers a great show, and we’re all aware of how big and spectacular the fights in Las Vegas are.

“Our aim as Privé Events is to give boxing fans a different kind of experience and to raise the bar for boxing events in Malta. This is why, for the first time for a boxing event of this calibre, we have teamed up with the MFCC team and Catermax.

It’s undeniable that boxing has been attracting a good following in Malta and is growing day by day,” adds Ms Caruana. “Many Maltese fighters are also competing for world titles in this event as well as for European titles and belts, so there’s no doubt that Malta will be put on the international map once this event is over!”

Tickets for the Golden Gloves Fight Night can be purchased from Dixon’s Pain Academy, Ryan’s Pub, Living Well Hilton Malta; online from; or by calling one of the three ticket hotlines: 7947 01216, 9924 2515 or 9982 1428. Golden Gloves Fight Night will take place at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali on 25th April 2014 with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Some of the proceeds raised from the €10 Golden Gloves Fight Night standing tickets will go to an incredibly courageous fighter: seven-year-old Javier Micallef, who has faced countless surgeries due to being born without a large portion of his brain. The money raised will allow his parents, Dorelle and Dennis Micallef, to take their son to the UK to undergo a new form of interactive metronome therapy.

Notes to Editors:

For further information on Privé Events and high-resolution images kindly contact:

Darryn Portelli

Privé Promotions & Events

Phone: +356 7947 0216

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Clayton Vella vs. Richard Vella Part Two

Ladies and gents, the rematch you have all been waiting for is set for the 27th of June. Yesterday evening contracts were signed and both boxers are happy. Richard Vella will be defending his WBU International and PBP European Titles against his only defeat Clayton Vella. This is one fight not to be missed.

First WBU Champ in Brazil

Marcelo Ferreira Dos Santos won the first WBU Title for Brazil. He won against Esteban Hillman Tababary by T.K.O in the second round for the WBU Interim Cruiserweight World Title in Bahia Brazil. The supervisor of the event Mr. Adimilson Da Cruz was very impressed of the power of the new champion.

Jose Micol Spanish Champion

In a great fight for the spanish K-1 Light Middleweight B-Class Title Jose Micol won on Points his frist WBU Title. On the same card Jose Molina defended his WBU Super Middleweight Kickboxing World Title by technical K.O.



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