London, United Kingdom
The popular Prizefighter Tournament is back. This edition of the 8 man elimination tournament held over one night will include teams of Heavyweights from the United Kingdom and United States.
Former three division world champion and future hall of famer James Toney 75W (45kos) 8L 3D, will be competing. At 45 years old, has the ageing legend got what it takes to win the tournament?
Making up the rest of the US team is Jason Gavern, 23W (11kos) 15L 4D. Brian Minto, 37W (24kos) 6L. Damian Wills, 31W (24kos) 3L 1D.
The UK team is made up of two time Prizefighter competitor Michael Sprott, 37W (17kos) 21L. Larry Olubamiwo, 10W (9kos) 3L. Matt Legg, 6W (2kos) 1L. Tom Little, 3W 1L.
England’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua will be headlining the card, having his 3rd professional fight. Joshua has won both his previous bouts, stopping both opponents. His next challenger is Hrvoje Kisicek from Croatia who holds a record of 5W (1ko) 6L.
Also on the card is a Cruiserweight matchup between Ben Ileyemi, who is having just his 2nd professional fight after scoring a TKO in his debut. He will be fighting Moses Matovu, 4W 32L 4D.
An exciting card featuring a number of top Australian prospects will take place in Brisbane. Featuring 3 of Australia’s 2012 Olympians and headlined by Damien Hooper. Check previous article: https://haydenhooper.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/hooper-headlines-brisbane-show/
Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Croatian born Heavyweight now based in Perth, Mark de Mori will fight for the vacant WBF title against Ivica Perkovic of Croatia. De Mori, nicknamed ‘The Dominator’ is coming off a string of overseas victories, he has a record of 24W (22kos) 1L 2D. Perkovic’s record stands at 20W (15kos) 21L.
Todd Kidd will take on Ruben Kennedy in a 12 round fight with the vacant WBF Welterweight title up for offer. Kidd, a 2008 Olympic representative has a professional record of 10W (5kos) 2L 1D. Kennedy is 6W (1ko) 7L.
Another heavyweight match will take place when Hunter Sam collides with American, Clarence Tillman. Sam, who holds a record of 7W (4kos) 2L 2D, is coming off an impressive 1st round KO. Tillman’s record reads 11W (6kos) 13L 2D. this fight will be contested over 10 rounds for the vacant WBF Asia Pacific title.
Also on the card is a WBF Female Lightweight title fight between Eilleen Forrest 0W 2L 1D and Yarkor Chavez Annan, 7W (3kos) 5L 1D.
Hamilton, New Zealand
Former world title challenger David Tua makes yet another comeback after not competing since August of 2011. Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, Tua fought some of the very best in the Heavyweight division. From world champions Chris Byrd, Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz, he also stepped in and went the distance with unified champion Lennox Lewis.
Tua, who turns 41 in 5 days time will fight for the vacant WBA Pan African title against Russian born, Alexander Ustinov. Tua who only stands at 178cm tall has a record of 52W (43kos) 4L 2D, while Ustinov is a towering 202cm, his record shows 28W (21kos) 1L.
Robert Berridge and Daniel MacKinnon are arguably the two best current boxers in New Zealand. The pair will face each other in a Light Heavyweight matchup for both the PABA and WBO Oriental titles.
Berridge, a tough, hard hitting southpaw holds a record of 21W (17kos) 1L 1D. That only loss is to undefeated Australian IBO champion, Blake Capparello. MacKinnon who was a contestant on The Contender Australia series also lost to Capparello, but impressed quite a few people with his performance. His record reads 21W (9kos) 7L 1D.
Lauryn Eagle looks to even the scores when she gets a rematch with Daniella Smith. Smith, 12W 4L, claimed a unanimous decision over Eagle, 7W (3kos) 3L 1D, in December of last year.
Since turning professional in June of this year, 20 year old Light Heavyweight Nikolas Charalampous has scored 5 victories with 5 stoppages. His next opponent Rico Chong Nee who has not been in the ring in four and a half years, has a record of 11W (6kos) 9L 2D. this fight will be contested over 6 rounds.
Former NRL player Sam Rapira faces the toughest test of his career when he goes against Fiji’s Isaia Maku Jr in a 6 round Light Heavyweight battle. In Rapira’s three professional fights he has recorded 3 victories all inside the distance. His opponent has a record of 6W (5kos) 0L 2D.
Also on the card are 4 round Heavyweight fights between Dave Letele and Jason Williams. Bubba Tuigamala and Clint Foai.
Ontario, California, USA
Andre Ward is on many lists considered the 2nd best pound for pound boxer in the world, behind only Floyd Mayweather. He is the last American to win a gold medal at the Olympics (Athens 2004) and has an undefeated record of 26W (14kos).
Ward has however been out of action for 14 months, working on repairing an ongoing shoulder injury. A rotator cuff injury he has struggled with for 15 years has been operated on and is fully healed, allowing him to finally enter the ring at 100%.
Ward says of his injury and comeback, “I have had a year of setbacks, a year of a mountain that I had to climb to get to this point, and that made me hungry. I thought I was hungry before the injury but I’m famished right now. I’m ready to get at it.”
He will look to defend his WBA Super World Super middleweight title against undefeated Edwin Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic 24W (16kos). Rodriguez who will be in his first world title fight, is coming off an impressive 1st round TKO victory.
The undercard will see undefeated Super Middleweights Brendon Gonzales and Johnathon Nelson clash over 10 rounds. Gonzalez, 17W (10kos) 1D, is ranked at 6 by the IBF and looking to push towards a title shot with a victory. Nelson has 18W (8kos).
The original Contender series winner and former world champion, Sergio Mora will take on Milton Nunez from Colombia. Mora has a record of 24W (7kos) 3L 2D while the hard hitting Nunez is 26W (24kos) 8L 1D. This bout is scheduled for 8 rounds.
An 8 round Super Featherweight matchup between Charles Huerta and Jonathan Arrellano will also take place. Huerta’s record reads 18W (11kos) 3L. Arrellano has 13W (3kos) 2L 2D.
Also on the card are Light Middleweight fights between Oscar Molina 7W (6kos) 0L and Carlos Sanchez, 6W (2kos) 4L. DonYil Livingston 8W (4kos) 3L 1D and Tony Hirsch 14W (6kos) 6L 2D.