Nerang, Queensland, Australia
Former state, national and regional title holder Les Piper (14-12-3, 3KOs) steps up as a late replacement to take on young gun Rohan Murdock (12-1, 9KOs). Murdock’s original opponent Joseph Kwadjo withdrew from the fight on Tuesday claiming to have an ankle injury. Piper takes the late call up as he looks for some revenge on Murdock. These two fought in July of this year with Murdock claiming a KO victory in the 10th and final round. This time the bout will only be contested over 6 rounds in the Super Middleweight division.
Former state champion and national title challenger Paul Tapley (11-10-1, 4KOs) will make a return to the ring after not competing since 2007. Tapley, aged 37 will fight Ghana’s Isaac Sackey (3-10, 1KO) over 6 rounds at Light Middleweight.
Super Featherweights Matt Casboult (2-0, 1KO) and Sebastian Singh (1-0) will also fight over a scheduled 6 rounds.
Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia
The vacant New South Wales Lightweight title will be up for grabs when George Kambosos Jr and Michael Correa clash. Kambosos has had 2 fights since debuting in May, winning both, one via TKO. Correa, originally from the Philippines but now calling Sydney home holds a record of (3-6-3, 1KO).
Another New South Wales title will be there for the taking when Daniel Jones (2-0-1, 2KOs) does battle with veteran Peter Brennen (10-23-4, 2KOs) in the Cruiserweight division.
Also on the card is a 6 round Light Middleweight contest between Daniel Kennedy and Luke Akauola. Both these guys have had 1 fight for 1 victory. Another 6 round bout will happen when Nathan Wright (1-0) takes on journeyman Jayson Mac Gura(1-18-3, 1KO).
4 round bouts will also take place between Lightweights Brendan Saunders and Ray Thompson, Heavyweights Nathan McKay and Anton Tuilotolava and Light Middleweights Daniel Durham and Jese Ravudi.
Bamburg, Bayern, Germany
IBF Cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13KOs) will put his title on the line against number 1 contender, Alexander Alexseev (24-2- 1, 20KOs). Hernandez, a Cuban amateur star, now based in Germany has not competed in 14 months due to a hand injury, but is now fit and looking to make the 3rd defence of his title. He had a simple message to Alexseev and the rest of the division, simply saying, “I’m back!”
Former Super Middleweight world title challenger Eduard Gutknecht (25-2, 9KOs) is looking for another title shot, this time at Light Heavyweight. Gutknecht is currently ranked at 3 by the IBF, he will take on the 5th ranked Dmitry Sukhotsky (20-2, 15KOs) of Russia in an elimination bout. The winner will face Andrzej Fonfara, with that winner then claiming the right to face IBF champion and ring legend, Bernard Hopkins.
Australian Heavyweight Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24KOs) will put his WBO Aisa Pacific title on the line against undefeated Russian, Dennis Boytsov (33-0, 26KOs). Boytsov is the number 1 ranked fighter by the WBO, Leapai is currently ranked at number 8.
This fight will be a final elimination bout with the victor gaining the opportunity to face the division’s kingpin and long time champion, Wladimir Klitschko in a world title showdown. Should Leapai come away victorious, he will be just one step away from becoming Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion.
Also on the card is undefeated Cruiserweight Noel Gevor (8-0, 5KOs) taking on Sandro Siproshvilli (27-16, 13KOs) over 8 rounds. Sweden’s 2012 Olympic representative, Anthony Yigit (6-0, 1KO) versus Michal Vosyka (1-6-1) in a 6 round Light Welterweight fight. Wanik Awdijan (6-0, 3KOs) in a four round Super Middleweight battle with Stephane Cuevas (3-0-1, 1KO). A 4 round Heavyweight bout between Otto Wallin (3-0, 3KOs) and Ladislav Kovarik (10-15, 5KOs) will also take place.
With 10 world titles across 8 divisions, Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs) is no stranger to the big stage which surrounds title fights. His opponent Brandon Rios however, despite being a former world champion, has never headlined a PPV event. All pressure should be should be on Rios, right? Wrong.
18 Months ago Manny Pacquiao was considered arguably the best current pound for pound boxer. However, 2012 would see Pacquiao lose on both his occasions in the ring, most recently and notably the shocking KO to Jaun Manuel Marquez. This could be Pacquiao’s last chance to get back into the winners circle as long time friend and trainer Freddie Roach has said he will ask Manny to retire should he lose to Rios.
Pacquiao’s team admitted the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan had distracted the proud Filipino, but he has now adjusted mentally and finished training camp strong. Pacquiao said, “I enter this fight stronger than ever. I have the strength of my country and my people coursing through my body. I fight for them, not for me. I fight for their glory, not mine.” He will dedicate this fight to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The tough and rugged Rios (31-1-1, 23KOs) is coming off two brutal wars with Mike Alvarado, the first being 2012 fight of the year and the second in March of this year at the top order to win 2013 fight of the year. The second fight with Alvarado would see Rios receive his first career loss. Although coming off this loss, Rios has been very confident in the lead up to Pacquiao saying, “I want it. I’m ready. I’m young. I’m not going to let it slide through my fingers.” He wants to be the one to send Manny Pacquiao into retirement.
The main support bout will see Australia’s Billy Dib (36-2, 21KOs) get a rematch with Evgeny Grandovich (17-0, 8KOs) and the chance to claim back his IBF Featherweight title. In March of this year, Billy Dib would surrender his world title when he lost a split points decision to Grandovich. Since then Dib has been set on a rematch saying, ”My mind has been in overdrive since I fought him back in March and I can’t wait to get out there and even up the ledger with this guy.”
Undefeated Mexican Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (20-0, 14KOs) will put his WBO Inter Continental title on the line when he faces American, Tor Hamer (21-2, 14KOs). Also up for grabs is the vacant NABF title.
Also on the card is undefeated Lightweight Ik Yang (13-0, 9KOs) taking on Hero Tito (7-2, 3KOs) over 8 rounds.
6 round bouts will feature between Harmonito Dela Torre (10-0, 5KOs) and Jason Butar Butar (15-11-1, 11KOs) at Lightweight. Rex Tso (10-0 6KOs) and Susu Sithjadaeng (7-3, 2KOs)at Super Flyweight. Felix Verdejo (8-0, 6KOs) and Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (8-1, 1KO) at Super Featherweight.
Also China’s most successful amateur boxer Zou Shiming will be having his 3rd professional fight against Juan Tozcano (4-0, 1KO). Shiming won 3 amateur world titles (2005, 2007, 2011), competed at 3 Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012), winning gold medals in 2008 and 2012 and is undefeated in his 2 professional fights.
Rounding out the card will be 4 round fights between Light Middleweights Kuok Kun Ng (1-0) and You-Jie Zeng (4-4, 4KOs). Liam Vaughn (8-1, 2KOs) and Dan Nazareno Jr (17-10, 13KOs) will also be contested at Light Middleweight.
Machester, United Kingdom
There has been tension between IBF and WBA Super Middleweight world champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22KOs) and fellow Englishman George Groves (19-0, 15KOs) for some time. This Saturday Froch defends his titles against Groves in what proves to be an ill fated affair.
Froch, aged 36 has been in with some of the biggest names in boxing and takes part this weekend in his 11th consecutive world title fight. Groves, who will compete in his first world title fight doesn’t seem impressed by Froch, he has taken to trash talking the champion.
The brash and confident young challenger says, “He is going to have to live in the UK, knowing a British fighter, a young pretender as he likes to call me, has come out and has beaten him.”
Froch has simply labelled Groves as a “petulant, immature child.”
Undefeated WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg (26-0-2, 19Kos) will look to defend his title against Argentinean challenger, Diego Oscar Silva (29-2-4, 15Kos).
Quigg who fought just last month, scoring a majority draw and therefore retaining his title had his fair share of critics after his last performance. He says, “It just drives me to improve and do better.” He wants to go out and impress by putting on a good show for his home crowd.
The undercard will see Commonwealth Super Middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (16-0, 9Kos) make the first defense of his title when he takes on Luke Blackledge (14-1-2, 5Kos).
Coming off an impressive points victory over former world title challenger Gavin Rees, WBO Inter Continental champion Anthony Crolla (26-4-1, 9Kos) will also make his first title defense against Stephen Foster (31-4-1, 18KOs).
Super Featherweights Stephen Smith (17-1, 10Kos) and Sergio Manuel Medina (39-6-1, 21Kos) from Argentina will clash for the vacant WBC International Silver title.
Rounding out the card will be 8 round contests between Scott Cardle (12-0, 2Kos) and Polish Krzysztof Szot (17-8-1, 5Kos) in a Lightweight battle, and IBF Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (21-2-1, 9Kos) will fight Frenchman Bernard Inom (22-3-1, 10Kos).
2008 Olympian Khalid Yafai (9-0, 6Kos) fights Abigail Medina (9-2-2, 5Kos) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Jackson (3-0, 3Kos) will fight Morgan Duthes(5-0, 1KO) over 6 rounds.