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.
FROCH WON’T UNDERESTIMATE MACK
Carl Froch has insisted that he won’t underestimate American Yusaf Mack ahead of his IBF world super-middleweight title defence on November 17th in Nottingham. “I feel confident, I’m on the case and I’ve been training well, I’ve not taken my eye off the ball and I’m training like I’m the challenger,” Froch told Sky Sports. “It’s a daunting prospect, there’s no easy fights out there and every fight’s difficult. You’ve only got to be caught by one punch in this game and the fight can turn around dramatically. I’m taking it seriously, like I take all my fights, but I very much expect to do the business.” Furthermore, Froch doesn’t envisage the fight going the distance, and is confident of achieving victory inside the scheduled 12 rounds. “It’s my job to put him under educated pressure and take his confidence away from him early – if he’s got any – and I’m confident I’ll get him out of there before the 12th round,” Froch said.
ENZO CALZAGHE: FROCH NOT A GREAT
Enzo Calzaghe, father and former trainer of super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe, has said that he doesn’t see Carl Froch as a great fighter. “Let’s use words, there’s greatness, there’s great and there’s good. To be great means special and I find him a good fighter. You know to be great is something about difference, it’s not about punching, it’s how the whole lot works together,” Enzo said. “He can get plan A or plan B, he can’t find plan C. He’s a great fighter to look at but greatness is a different level.”
MARTIN MURRAY TO FIGHT FOR WBA INTERIM BELT
Middleweight contender Martin Murray will fight Venezuelan Jorge Navarro for the WBA interim middleweight championship. The fight will take place on November 24th in Manchester, featuring on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko. “It has been tough getting an opponent, but Navarro is the only fighter ranked in the top ten willing to fight me,” Murray said on the fight.
WHYTE TESTS POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE
Heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte has tested positive for a banned substance ahead of his English title fight against John McDermott. Whyte contests that the banned substance came from a pre-work out drink, named JACK3D, which he was unaware had been banned from retail outlets only weeks earlier. Whyte has accepted full responsibility for his actions. “I have nothing to hide, it’s a genuine mistake and I urge all boxers to double check all ingredients in all pre-work out drinks they take. I would hate to see another boxer make the same mistake I have,” Whyte said.
HARRISON TO APPEAL SENTENCE; FIGHT WITH SIMPSON STILL ON
It was announced earlier this week that former featherweight world champion Scott Harrison had been sentenced to a further four years behind bars. Harrison’s father, Peter Harrison, has confirmed that his son will appeal. Furthermore, it would appear the proposed December 1st bout between John Simpson is still going ahead – according to Boxing Scene.
JOHN JOE NEVIN TO STAY AMATEUR
Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin, who won silver at this years London Olympics, has reversed his decision on turning professional and will instead remain in the amateur game. Nevin had reportedly signed a promotional contract with Amir Khan’s promotional company, Super Fight Promotions, but it was announced last night that Nevin won’t be turning pro and will be competing in the upcoming World Series Boxing tournament.
MARES HOPING FOR DONAIRE FIGHT
WBC world super-bantamweight champion Abner Mares, who defends his title this weekend against Anselmo Moreno, is hoping that Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank can put their differences to one side so that it can set up a potential fight with Nonito Donaire – should he win his fight this weekend. “I would love that fight with Donaire, but it’s that Mayweather-Pacquiao thing all over again with our promoters,” Mares said. “It would be great if Golden Boy and Top Rank could find a way to co-promote again.”
MORENO CONFIDENT OF BEATING MARES
Anselmo Moreno is confident that he will defeat Abner Mares this weekend and become the new WBC super-bantamweight champion. “My style is no secret. I like to hit and not get hit. But I feel that I’m very, very confident in my conditioning, that I’m going to be able to overcome anything. I’m very anxious and hungry for this fight that’s what’s going to lift me to victory,” Moreno told Boxing Scene.
GARCIA-JUDAH FINALISED FOR JANUARY
Danny Garcia will defend his WBA and WBC world light-welterweight titles against Zab Judah on January 19th. A venue has yet to be decided, but it’s likely it will take place at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will feature as the main event of what could possibly end up being a quadrupleheader. Newly crowned WBO world middleweight champion Peter Quillin will make the first defence of his title on the card against an opponent to be announced.
HUCK WILLING TO REMATCH ARSLAN
Marco Huck made a successful defence of his WBO world cruiserweight title last weekend against Firat Arslan, but the result has been deemed controversial with many believing that Arslan deserved the points decision. On the verdict, and on a rematch, Huck said: “It is a pity that the result of the fight has generated such debate, but I want to emphasize that the scoring has to meet certain criteria. I know – even if by a small margin – that I won the fight. I’m sorry that many do not share my joy of victory. To all of the doubters, I will prove that I was the winner. I am ready to once again fight with Arslan and give him a chance to win the title.”