Sometimes it is hard when you have a busy day to keep up to date with what is going on in the boxing world, so we will highlight the main stories from around the world for you to have a browse and keep up to date.
Read on for today’s most notable headlines.
FRESH JAIL SENTENCE FOR HARRISON
Former world champion Scott Harrison, who made his comeback to the ring this year after a 6 year absence due to a prison sentence in Spain, has now been sentenced to a further four years in jail after being found guilty of an assault case dating back to 2007. According to The Scotsman, Harrison has been found guilty of being part of a group of men that assaulted three men at a Spanish brothel. This fresh revelation may postpone his proposed bout with John Simpson on December 1st and, moreover, it may call time on Harrison’s boxing career. Harrison is expected to appeal.
EKUNDAYO LOOKS TO FUTURE AFTER PRIZEFIGHTER VICTORY
Fresh off of his victory in Prizefighter – The light-middleweights, Larry Ekundayo is looking to the future and hopeful of progressing further in the paid ranks. A two fight novice upon entering the tournament, he beat Craig McEwan, Kris Carslaw and Terry Carruthers to win the £32,000 prize. “This is a massive jump for me and it’s what I was made for,” Ekundayo said. “My team know what’s best for me, they told me to go in Prizefighter and I won it so they are great judges of what I can do.” Ekundayo’s manager, Spencer Fearon, was thrilled that his fighter got to showcase his skills on live TV, but he won’t be rushing him into anything too big at this point. “We’re going to get him down to his natural weight which is welterweight but we don’t want to rush things with him. He’s got his natural skill set and I’m glad he’s showcased his talent in front of the Sky Sports cameras,” Fearon said.
BELLEW EYES CHAD DAWSON
Tony Bellew, who faces Roberto Bolonti this month on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack, is hoping that a victory will put him in a stronger position to set up a fight with WBC champion Chad Dawson. Bellew, however, also names current IBF champion Tavoris Cloud as a potential opponent. “I want to put the pressure on someone like Chad Dawson to face me,” Bellew said. “It might not be a WBC it might be an IBF challenge to Tavoris Cloud, I don’t know which it is going to be but all I want to do is become a mandatory challenger,” he added.
TONEY WANTS FURY
After news broke yesterday that Denis Boytsov withdrew from his proposed bout with Tyson Fury on December 1st, James Toney has thrown his name out there and has said he is more than happy to step in and take the fight. “This guy Fury keeps saying he can’t find a name opponent. He’s dodging me because he and his team know I will flatten him. I have been in serious training and am in tip top shape to fight Fury in his own backyard,” Toney told World Boxing News.
MANSOURI-CARRUTHERS REMATCH POSSIBLE
Nav Mansouri and Terry Carruthers fought in an entertaining bout at the weekend in Prizefighter, with eventual runner-up Carruthers coming out on top. Mansouri’s promoter, Dave Coldwell, is hoping to stage a rematch in February next year in Rotherham. “He was dealt a blow against Carruthers but we’ve promised him the chance of revenge and I’m certain that he’ll grab the opportunity with both hands,” Coldwell said. Mansouri returns to the ring on November 30th.
CLEVERLY ENJOYING BIG FIGHT ATMOSPHERE
Nathan Cleverly defends his WBO world light-heavyweight crown against late replacement Shawn Hawk this weekend on the undercard of Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno, and the Welshman is enjoying the big fight atmosphere and can’t wait to get in the ring on Saturday night. “This is the place to be. This is where the graft is done. It is a great place to be in and I am glad I am experiencing the atmosphere here,” Cleverly said.
ARCE SAYS HE WILL KO DONAIRE
Jorge Arce believes that not only can he beat Nonito Donaire in their December 15th clash in Houston, Texas, but he also believes that he can knock him. “It is true, Donaire hits hard, but I plan to keep pressure on him and make him submit, and I am sure that I will knock him out,” Arce told notifight.com. Arce comes into the fight as a huge underdog, but he says that doesn’t phase him and that he prefers to play that role. “I fight better, with more confidence and with more desire when I’m the underdog. And on this occasion it will be no different,” he said.
ANGULO WOULD LOVE KIRKLAND REMATCH
Alfredo Angulo returns to the ring this weekend against Raul Casarez – on the Mares-Moreno undercard – but he is hoping that in the near future a rematch with James Kirkland can be arranged. Angulo lost the first fight by TKO in round 6. “If the fight presents itself in the future, no problem. I’ll do it. I think that I owe it to my fans to come and do that fight and get a rematch. I’ll do the rematch. I don’t have any problem fighting anybody,” Angulo said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
TROUT CONFIDENT OF BEATING COTTO
Austin Trout puts his WBA world light-middleweight title on the line against Miguel Cotto on December 1st at the Madison Square Garden in New York, and Trout is confident of victory over the three-division world champion. “I feel great, I’m still training hard and ready to beat Cotto on December 1. I have great respect for Cotto, but it’s my time to be the next superstar in boxing,” Trout said.
PASCAL BACK ON DECEMBER 14
Former WBC world light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal will return to action on December 14th after 17 months out. Pascal, who lost his in his last outing to Bernard Hopkins, will face Aleksy Kuziemski at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
SHAWN PORTER ADDED TO KHAN-MOLINA UNDERCARD
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Shawn Porter has been added to the Amir Khan-Carlos Molina undercard on December 15th at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California. It is thought that Porter will be facing former world champion Julio Diaz.