Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Nadeem Siddique is being inspired to take boxing more seriously and rise to the top by his old friend Junior Witter.
Siddique is unbeaten in 19 fights but admits he has only just started to take boxing seriously, despite winning British Masters and Midlands Area Titles up at welterweight.
The Bradford lightweight faces Tom Glover on the same Hennessy Sports bill as Witter, who defends his WBC Light-Welterweight title against mandatory challenger Vivian Harris (USA/Guyana) at the Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday.
Siddique has seen Witter rise to the top of his division after dominating the British and European scene. Now Sid is out to try and do the same.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Hennessy Sports are pleased to announce that Junior Witter will make the second defence of his WBC light welterweight title against former world champion Vivian Harris in the UK this summer.
The right to stage the Championship was due to have been decided by a purse bid at 6pm GMT today, but Witter’s promoter Mick Hennessy was able to agree terms with his counterpart Gary Shaw beforehand.
Former undefeated British, Commonwealth and European champion Witter won the title by dominating former world champion DeMarcus Corley at the Alexandra Palace last September and made his first defence at the same venue in January, stopping Mexico’s Arturo Morua in nine rounds.
Harris has outstanding world championship credentials of his own. He defeated now WBA champion Soulemane M’Baye to lift the same crown in 2003, then twice successfully defended against the highly rated Oktay Urkal, stopping his man second time round.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Junior Witter stopped Arturo Morua in the ninth round of their fight on Saturday night and retained his WBC Light Welterweight Title with a rather easy victory.
Witter was all over Morua during the bout, especially in the fourth and fifth rounds where Witter stopped feeling out his challenger and really began to turn up the heat with combinations that stunned Morua multiple times.
Morua actually mounted a semi-comeback in the 6th round but Witter started right where he left off in the 7th, once again taking control of the fight. Morua actually fell to the canvas after taking a left hook to the jaw towards the end of the 7th round but it was later ruled that Morua slipped and was not knocked down.
It was in the 9th round where Witter had Morua against the ropes in his corner and the referee had to deliver a standing eight-count after Morua had fallen into the ropes because of another Witter flurry. Morua beat the count but was then dropped with an uppercut from Witter shortly after the fight was restarted.
“It was good enough,” Witter said. “I hurt him. The ref should have stopped it straightaway or let me finish him before the standing eight count—but I finished him off after that. Tonight was a little bit slow for me. The timing was not quite right—I expected him to come in a bit and fight a little more Mexican style,” Witter said. “I thought I fought well all night, and he was a little bit hesitant, but I’m happy with the finish.”
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Vlad Klitschko and Ray Austin are going to clash on March 10th. Is this fight the beginning of the next wave of heavyweight bout signings? We will find out next week…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Is Junior Witter going to stop talking? Honestly, he hasn’t stopped once this week. I normally would go ahead and post away with the gossip but it’s different with Witter. See it’s just like he’s come out of nowhere, trying to steal the spotlight from the other three big fights this weekend.
He’s not even on the same level as the names he is throwing out there and the best thing about this - He has a fight tomorrow night. With his mind elsewhere I hope Witter loses and then cries like a little girl, serves him right for going Hollywood and not focusing on his opponent…
- Joe Frazier’s left hook is still just as fast, I promise…
Smokin’ Joe is still quick with a counterpunch.
Asked if he had any birthday wishes for Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier came right back.
“Whose birthday?” he said.
Never mind that Frazier was appearing at Madison Square Garden to help promote a documentary about the 50 greatest moments in Madison Square Garden history and that his first fight with Ali on March 8, 1971, was listed among the top five.
After good-naturedly pointing out that he also deserved birthday greetings for having turned 63 last Friday, Frazier wished Ali, “Happy birthday.”
- It’s offical: Manny Pacquiao will face Injin Chi of South Korea on April 28…
- Reports are saying that the price for the De La Hoya-Mayweather PPV on May 5th may be as much as $54.95.
- Anyone wondering what Hasim Rahman is up to? Here’s the latest…
Former two-time heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KOs) will fight once-formidable contender Ray Mercer (34-6-1, 25 KOs) on Feb. 22 (Versus) at Mountaineer Race Track in West Virginia in his first fight since losing his belt via 12th-round knockout to Oleg Maskaev in August. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Rahman was going to fight Mercer rather than go to Germany in March for a proposed bout with former title challenger Luan Krasniqi. Arum said the fight in Germany might be made for late spring if Rahman beats Mercer, who hasn’t fought since Shannon Briggs knocked him out in the seventh round in August 2005.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The search for a opponent is finally over for Ricky Hatton and Winky Wright…
Both fighters have had a tumultuous last few months: Hatton was robbed while visiting China, was forced to relinquish his WBA Welterweight Title in order to pursue other chances to find an opponent, and had to deal with Luis Collazo asking for a rematch every five minutes.
Wright on the other hand has had opponents dodge him left and right. He sent out open challenges to both Jermain Taylor and Antonio Margarito. What happened? Taylor opted to defend his belts against Kassim Ouma; Margarito and his camp completely ignored Wright, deciding to instead take on Joshua Clottey.
The two have finally found matches however:
Wright will take on the recently victorious Ike Quartey who defeated Vernon Forrest in an extremely controversial decision on August 5th.
Wright hasn’t fought in Florida in four years, so the bout against Quartey will be a homecoming of sorts. “Finally,” Winky told the St. Pete Times, “I get to come home.”
Hatton will be fighting Juan Urango in January of 2007. It was speculated for months that this fight might happen, especially with Hatton dropping his belt so he could move down in weight to try and grab Urango.
“I’ll be fighting Juan Urango on January 13,” Hatton told Sky Sports, “which is a little bit of a disappointment because I was hoping to fight in October or November, but that’s the only date HBO had available.”
The system is keeping Hatton down!
Junior Witter called out Hatton after his victory over DeMarcus Corley this past weekend but Hatton says that there are a few things that need to happen before that becomes a reality…
“I’m contracted to HBO for my next two fights,” said Hatton in response to Junior’s challenge, “and they’re practically done deals now. I don’t see why a little bit further down the line that if Junior makes a couple of defenses I can fight him.
“On the undercard will be Castillo. Should I get past Urango they’re lining up Castillo for me. If Junior can hold onto his belt and make a few defenses the fight against me will be even bigger.”
The consenus is right - It’s good that Hatton is being honest about his contract with HBO and the fact that he can’t take on whoever calls him out because of that. It’s better than lying about it to try and make yourself look better…
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Joan Guzman outclassed Jorge Barrios and pulled out a split decision Saturday in a fight that many thought he dominated. Guzman also won the vacant WBO Super Featherweight title - the belt was stripped from Barrios one day earlier after he did not make the required weight limit set for the bout.
Former heavyweight title contender Joe Mesi continued his comeback on Friday night, winning a four-round decision over Jason Weiss. Mesi has won four fights since his medical suspension was lifted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after Mesi had recovered from two subdural hematomas in his brain.
Junior Witter won the WBC Light-Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over DeMarcus Corley.
“I was up against a hell of a fighter, with a great chin,” Witter said. “But it was just a case of making sure I won, and I never felt in any trouble whatsoever.
“Now I am world champion, and I am on top of the world. A lot of people did not have faith in me, from before I turned pro - but I have proved them all wrong.”
Israel Vazquez retained his WBC Junior Featherweight belt with a 10th round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez. There were a total of five knockdowns in the fight: Vazquez was knocked twice in the first six rounds but managed to regain his composure and give Gonzalez a taste of his own medicine.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Clinton Woods retained his IBF Light-Heavweight title with a split decision victory over Glen Johnson. The fight was the third meeting between the two fighters: The two battled to a draw in November 2003. In February 2004, Johnson took the edge in the series with a unanimous decision win.
Souleymane Mbaye won the vacant WBA Light-Welterweight title with a 4th round TKO win over Raul Balbi Saturday night. Mbaye stated that he would love to defend his title next against either Ricky Hatton or the winner of Junior Witter-DeMarcus Corley.