Tyson Fury admits it will be a dream come true to finally fight at the Manchester Arena for the first time on Saturday - after six previous scheduled bouts there all fell through. The former heavyweight champion of the world returns after nearly 1000 days out of the ring when he takes on Sefer Seferi. It will be the seventh time that Fury has had a fight scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena, but all of the previous six failed to take place. There were two fights planned with David Haye that did not happen following injuries to Haye, along with two dates set for the rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, with Fury pulling out of both. Scheduled fights with Dereck Chisora and Alexander Ustinov also failed to take place. Fury now gets his long-awaited opportunity to box on a big stage in his home town, and he hopes the sacrifices he has had to make in the build-up to the fight will make it all worthwhile. "I can't wait. For everything that’s gone on, it’s a great … [Read more...] about Fury excited to finally fight at Manchester Arena at seventh attempt
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There’s a new Cope in town as former senior national champion, Luke Cope, makes his professional debut in Darlington later this month. The 20-year-old, younger brother of Hartlepool pros Peter and Daniel, has made the transition to the paid ranks and will trade, in the early stages at least, in the lightweight division.Training with Imran Naeem at the Natural Progression gym in Stockton, Luke is already touted as being the most talented of the Cope brothers.“I had 44 fights as an amateur, winning 37 of them,” said Luke.“But I fancied a change as I’d been in the amateurs (junior and senior) for some eight years and was relatively successful with it.” Having considered turning professional last year, the younger Cope fighter held off a little, biding his time before finally making the move this year - the Natural Progression Boxing Academy having been his home since the turn of the year.Luke has his brothers Peter and Daniel to look up to, both of … [Read more...] about Luke Cope prepares to join Hartlepool fighting brothers in the pro ranks
Boxers David Haye and Tony Bellew renew their fierce rivalry on Saturday when they go head to head in a hotly-anticipated rematch that has been a year in the making. The pair went toe-to-toe in March last year when Bellew stopped his bitter foe in the 11th round after Haye had ruptured his Achilles mid-bout. After undergoing surgery, Haye pushed for a rematch, blaming the injury on his defeat, and found Bellew more than willing to return to the ring in a bid to put on a repeat performance. The second clash was initially scheduled for December last year but Haye suffered yet another injury, this time tearing a bicep in a freak training injury. The Londoner had to go under the knife again but he is now fully fit and raring to go. So, here’s all you need to know about the eagerly anticipated heavyweight showdown... When is the fight? The rematch takes place on Saturday, May 5, at The O2 arena in London. What time will it start? The ring walk should begin between10pm and 10.30pm, … [Read more...] about Where in Derby can you watch the Haye vs Bellew fight?
A TOUGH spar in Canberra may have given Lynsey Holdaway the psychological edge before yesterday’s showdown with Kristina O’Hara, but it mattered for nothing when the west Belfast woman’s hand was raised to secure Northern Ireland’s first boxing medal. The Welsh veteran barely takes a backward step and, when the pair shared the ring at the Australian Institute of Sport a fortnight ago, O’Hara admitted Holdaway “roughed me up big time”. That experience, though, was banked and worked upon to come up with the perfect game-plan to make sure of a bronze medal at the very least. The Australian judge gave O'Hara all three rounds but the US judge felt Holdaway won every round. Crucially for the 22-year-old, though, two of the other three judges gave her a 29-28 verdict as she booked a semi-final date with New Zealand’s Tasmyn Benny on Wednesday. “I feel amazing – it was a very, very tough fight,” said the St John Bosco boxer. … [Read more...] about Spar wars no bother as Kristina O’Hara does the business when it matters to secure first boxing medal
PADDY Fitzpatrick hopes a pair of wins for Sam ‘Sniper’ Smith in April can stand him in good stead to challenge for an English title. Light-heavyweight Smith slipped to his first professional defeat earlier this month after being knocked out by the experienced Kirk Garvey in London. That fight saw the Swindon-based boxer drop Garvey in the opening round before his opponent fought back to inflict the bout’s second knock-down, although this time Smith failed to see past the referee’s count. Despite the loss, trainer Fitzpatrick explained his delight at how the 25-year-old has reacted to his first loss. This includes accepting two dates in April – 14th and 28th – to fight again in the capital against as yet unconfirmed opponents. He said: “Sniper proved his work and level against Kirk Garvey, he proved himself at that level of boxing. “It was the inexperience of dropping his opponent that cost him. “We hope for wins from … [Read more...] about BOXING: Push for English title is Sniper’s aim