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.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Not much today so bear with me. I’m trying to have KO Corner’s official rankings up by the end of the week at the latest…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Juan Lazcano and Vivian Harris will battle in a WBC Super-Lighyweight elimination bout on February 10th as part of the undercard of Shane Mosley vs Luis Collazo…
- The latest on Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev per Boxing Scene:
Next up for WBA heavyweight champ Nikolai Valuev is the mandatory defense against Ruslan Chagaev. The WBA will call for purse bids on February 9 if no agreement is reached before that and wants the fight to go ahead no later than April 15.
- Stevie Johnston will take on Tyrone Harris for the vacant IBA Lightweight tile this Friday in Orlando, Florida.
- Rocky Balboa did not receive a Razzie nomination for one of the worst movies of 2006, the first time in years that Sylvester Stallone or a movie of his hasn’t been nominated apparently…
- Dominick Guinn has a taken a fight on extremely short notice and will take on Zuri Lawrence on February 2nd as part of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Some Good Reads:
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
You guys want your potential matchup gossip? You got it…
Contender 2 winner Grady Brewer is attempting to get into the ring on one of two occasions according to a show executive. The choices apparently are: a show in November or the undercard of the juniors - Roy Jones and Peter Manfredo in January.
Steve Forbes, the guy who came in second place on The Contender for those of that don’t watch the show, has signed with HBO and will fight Demetrius Hopkins on Boxing After Dark on November 25th.
If you didn’t watch the show, read this... (Such shameful plugging…)
By the way John, you gave away the fact that this fight was taking place in the last paragraph. Yes I know self, I’m such a bad blogger. :(
Don’t mind me, I’m in an odd mood…
Anyway, Roy Jones Jr. will take on Peter Manfredo Jr. on January 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles if everything goes right - The terms of the contract are still being discussed at this time.
Manfredo is currently scheduled to fight Joey Spina in November and I don’t think that he will get a shot at Roy unless he is victorious against Spina.
Just lay out your plans for the future, it’s apparently the new fad.
According to the UK Mirror, Hatton is attempting to take Mayweather’s title as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today…
“That’s my aim now, to climb the pound-for-pound ratings and be regarded as the No.1 in the world,” Hatton said. I’m disappointed I won’t fight again this year, but HBO has guaranteed me three fights in 2007.
“I’m going back down to 140 pounds and I don’t think anybody can live with me at that weight from a physical strength point of view. First up is Urango and my old IBF belt. That’s no foregone conclusion and he’s a southpaw, who’s like a mini-Mike Tyson. But I expect to win and should I win, then I’ll make my first defense against Castillo. He’s above me in the pound-for-pound ratings so that would boost me if I could beat him.
“Then the obvious step forward for me will be Mayweather, who is recognized as the best operator in the world pound for pound.” Although I accept that Mayweather is massively talented, he’s never been tested by someone like me,” he said to the Mirror. “If he’s going to beat me, he’s got to have some serious firepower to keep me off and I don’t think he could do that for all his talent. Mayweather wouldn’t like my body shots, no-one in the world does, and they are what I would have to bring into play.
“He’s got some great hand speed and some brilliant combinations, but I stand by my belief that if anyone can beat him, it’s me. He may be ranked by all the best judges as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, but when I beat him they will have to think again. Maybe it will be the Hitman at the top of the pile!’’
Hatton better hope that some of these fighters win their upcoming bouts so his plan can work. If Hatton is even able to get past Juan Urango, he has to pray that Luis Castillo beats Vivian Harris in January and that Mayweather can defeat Carlos Baldomir in November, let alone that Floyd will win another fight after that…
B-Hop is serious about this, yo…
In a recent interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Hopkins confirmed that he is still considering coming out of retirement and challenging WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev.
We already talked about all of this - I just wanted to share my favorite quote from that article:
“I’m going to come in like Apollo Creed, with red, white and blue trunks, red, white and blue shoes and a red, white and blue robe,” Hopkins said to Fernandez. “It’ll be just like ‘Rocky IV,’ with me beating a giant Russian.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Zsolt Erdei retained his WBO Light-Heavyweight title belt, defeating Thomas Ulrich by unanimous decision. Erdei also remained undefeated, handing Ulrich is his second straight loss in a championship fight.
Gairy St. Clair picked apart Cassius Baloyi over 12 rounds, winning a unianimous decision and the IBF and IBO Super-Featherweight titles. Baloyi asked for an immediate rematch after the fight.
Former WBA Junior-Welterweight champion Vivian Harris stopped Stevie Johnston Saturday night, knocking him out with a flurry of punches in the seventh round. Harris was a last minute replacement for Mike Arnaoutis, who pulled out of the fight last week because of a cut eye.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Stevie “Little But Bad” Johnston
LAS VEGAS – Two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion and current International Boxing Organization World light welterweight champion, Stevie “Little But Bad” Johnston (38-3-1, 17 KOs), is set to take on “Vicious” Vivian Harris in the 10-round main event on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, July 29 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.
“This fight means a lot to me because it’s on national television and I need to be seen again,” Johnston said. “It’s a good fight for my career. Harris reminds me a little of James Crayton. (Johnston has defeated Crayton twice) They’re about the same size, right-handed and have similar styles. To beat Harris I have to box, be smart, and stay aggressive.”
The crafty Johnston, rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Association, also owns the NABC super lightweight title. Stevie’s list of victims includes world champions Sharmba Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Mendy, Saul Duran, Cesar Bazan, James Page, Alejandro Gonzalez and Angel Manfredy.