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VIP Prospects clash at the Liverpool Olympia

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With boxing fans crying out for competitive fights; VIP Promotions have lined up what promises to be a terrific headliner at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

It’s unusual for prospects to be pitched against each other early in their careers, but Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness and Skelmersdale’s Colin Day will top the bill at the renowned fight venue, and promoter Steve Wood is predicting a war.

“Both men wanted this fight, and the winners will be the fans. Because of their styles, and with it being such an evenly matched fight, I think it’s guaranteed excitement. Colin is aggressive and will come forward all night, but Tom has shown some great skills, and will need them if he’s going to keep him at bay. I’m really pleased we’ve managed to put this fight together, and for anyone that can’t make it, we’ll be showing it live and free on vipboxing.tv.”

McGuinness is unbeaten in seven pro starts, with two early finishes and, at 23, is the younger man heading into the contest. A former Senior ABA quarter-finalist and England international, Tom had 54 fights as an amateur, losing just 11.

Day’s ledger is almost perfect, with just a single loss from six bouts. The sole blemish on the 28-year-old’s record came last year when he lost by a single point to experienced County Durham fighter, Jordan Ellison. With 20 wins from 30 contests, ‘Boom Boom’ also had a decent amateur career that saw him trialling for the GB squad.

Ahead of the contest, there is mutual respect between the pair, but both are sure of victory. Although they could have kept building up their records against journeymen, neither had any qualms about accepting the fight; knowing a win will move them onto a title opportunity. Importantly, both are predicting their fight will be great entertainment for the fans.

“Colin’s a good fighter. He’s a few years older than me, so I’ve always seen him box,” said McGuinness. “He’s impressive and always in exciting fights, and I think our fight will be exciting too. He’ll come and try to put it on me, and he’ll fancy his chances as much as I do. It should make for a great one to watch, but it’s one I need to win, and in style. But for as long as it lasts, it’ll be exciting.

“He can box as well as fight, and I can fight as well as box, and whoever is going to win the fight needs to do both. To win, I’m going to have to show I can fight as well as box, and he’s going to have to have another plan apart from just coming forward. I one hundred per cent believe I can win. It could be a tough fight, but I believe I’ll come out looking good. I want to win in style and want to win by stoppage.”

“He’s a good fighter. I believe he’ll have a standoff-ish approach, and I’ll probably be the more aggressive fighter,” countered Day. “I can box, but because of the size difference, everyone expects me to come and fight because he’s the taller man, but I can box too. I can probably win on points, if I stick to the plan.

“I took this fight because I work, and I don’t want to keep working and boxing – I want to box, or I want to work. If I don’t win then I’ll have to have a serious think about what I want to do, but if I win it gives me the incentive to move onto bigger things. I want to try and move as fast as I can, and fight for either the Central Area Title, or English. I think it will be a good, exciting fight to watch because we’ve both got to try and make a statement. I’m confident I’ll win, I think I’ll be too strong.”

VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at the Liverpool Olympia on November 30.

Headlining will be Liverpool’s Tom McGuinness versus Sklemersdale’s Colin Day.

Also appearing will be Liverpool’s Luke Willis, Sean Cairns, Marcel Braithwaite, Jay Farrell, Matthew Rennie and James Collins; Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd; Wales’ Cameron Halfpenny; and Warrington’s Mike Mckay.

Tickets priced at £30, £35, £40 and £60 (ringside) are available from all boxers, or at vipboxing.tv

The show will also be streamed live and free at vipboxing.tv

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.tv or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook. Subscribe to the VIP YouTube channel to get notifications about the latest videos.

Lee Baxter Promotions has officially announced one of the most action-packed cards of the year in Canada

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Adding to one of the biggest months in recent memory for the sport of boxing, Lee Baxter Promotions has officially announced one of the most action-packed cards of the year in Canada.

Lee Baxter Promotions, in association with Athlete Development and Management (A.D.A.M.) will present “Risky Business,” live championship professional boxing at the newly renamed Coca-Cola Colisseum in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

It’s significant move for Canada’s top promotional outfit, which had previously based its major events in Brampton, ON. The LBP “Next Generation” series at the Danforth Music Hall has become a popular mainstay, and it was clear the market for boxing in the downtown core of Toronto was there.

The Coca Cola Coliseum is the home of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and a spot for some of the city’s biggest concerts and attractions, including WWE wrestling.

“It’s a proud moment for our company to be hosting a show at the Coca-Cola Coliseum, a major venue in downtown Toronto proper. We’ve had tremendous success with shows in the suburbs, and our prospect shows are almost instant sell-outs at the Danforth Music Hall—it’s time to take the next step,” said Baxter. “The Coca-Cola Coliseum is a perfect venue for a fight, with beautiful sightlines and state of the art facilities. We hope that this will be the new home of boxing in Toronto for many years to come.”

In the main event, Samuel Vargas will return home to face the undefeated Adrian Gabriel Pereiro, as he begins a new campaign at light welterweight. Vargas is fresh off a thrilling bout with former world champion Amir Khan. Despite coming up short on the scorecards, Vargas not only gained fans, but proved to have plenty of them already. The Colombian-Canadian banger dropped Khan early in the bout, and had him hurt later on in the contest as well. In the end, the fight was the most-watched in the history of U.K. subscription television.

Vargas is now honing his craft in training camp in Spain alongside former welterweight champion Kell Brook, as he is determined to return to Canada an improved fighter.

“Every time Sammy has taken a loss, it’s been to a top-level fighter, whether it’s Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia or Amir Khan. Every time, he’s taken it as a learning opportunity and has come back and even better fighter,” said Lee Baxter. “After the Khan fight, he didn’t waste any time, he got right back into the best training camp he could be in, surrounding himself with the best fighters in the world—which is exactly where we think he can be at 140 pounds.”

In the co-feature of the night, an old fashioned local rivalry comes to a boil, as Patrice Volny battles Ryan Young.

Volny scored the biggest win of his career in September, as he dominated veteran Albert Onolunose to capture both the WBA-NABA and WBO-NABO middleweight crowns. The victory situates him in a prime spot within the world rankings in two major sanctioning bodies, remarkably, just twelve fights into his professional career.

In order to advance to the world level however, he’ll have to get past Young, who has developed a reputation for exciting action fights, with a strong following in Southern Ontario. Young is coming off a knockout victory over Jesus Olivares, a fight which was fought at light heavyweight, suggesting he could enjoy a size advantage over Volny.

“These are the kinds of fights cards are built around. It’s the perfect crossroads fight. Patrice is ready for the next step in his career, but you can’t take that step until you clear out all your local rivals,” said Baxter. “We know there’s some bad blood between these two, and knowing their styles in the ring, it can only make it even more exciting when we see them settle it.”

In addition to Volny, another one of Canada’s top middleweights, Steve Rolls, will be in tough aginst KeAndrae Leatherwood. Both men have enjoyed significant national television exposure, having graduated from the esteemed ShoBox series on Showtime.

Rolls is riding a wave of momentum stemming from his ShoBox victory over Demond Nicholson in 2017, and is now looking to move up in the world rankings. Leatherwood, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back from a tough 2017—which saw him fall short against two former world champions, Andy Lee and Caleb Truax—and end 2018 on a high note.

The card will also feature local favorite Nick Fantauzzi against Marco Parente in a light heavyweight contest, Bollywood star Neeraj Goyat, heavyweight sensation Kristian Prenga, the professional debut of Iranian amateur standout Salar Gholami, and the remarkable return Moncef “Buddy” Askri after an 11-year hiatus from the sport of boxing.

Full undercard details will be announced shortly.

Tickets for “Risky Business” will go on sale next week. VIP tables can be purchased by emailing sales@leebaxterpromotions.com. Doors open at 6:00 PM ET, with the first bout starting at 7:00 PM ET.

Israil Madrimov signs with World of Boxing. Pro Debut set for Bivol-Pascal undercard

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World of Boxing announced today the signing of international amateur standout ISRAIL “The Dream” MADRIMOV to an exclusive promotional agreement. Madrimov is scheduled to make his professional debut in a 10-round super welterweight bout, Saturday, November 24, on the undercard of the Dmitry Bivol – Jean Pascal WBA light heavyweight world championship fight. Bivol vs. Pascal and the Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev – Isaac Zarate WBA Intercontinental super bantamweight title fight will be televised live on the final edition of HBO World Championship Boxing from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino iAtlantic City beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Madrimov’s opponent will be Vladimir Hernandez (10-2, 7 KOs), of Denver. Hernandez is looking to extend his two-year winning streak, which includes consecutive victories over the previously undefeated prospect Danny Valdivia.

“I am so excited to be making my professional debut on the same card as my World of Boxing compatriots Dmitry Bivol and Murodjon Akhmadaliev,” said Madrimov. “I am grateful to my manager Vadim Kornilov, Andrey Ryabinsky, and the World of Boxing team who have been so great to me and given me this great event to make my professional debut. I would also like to thank my coach Tulkin Kilichev for making me the fighter I have become. Their belief in me means more than anything. I am ready to show the fans that I am ready for anyone and anything in the ring. I am hungry for challenges and for a world title shot.”

“Madrimov is an outstanding amateur with a very good professional style. I think he was a born to be professional fighter,” said Andrei Ryabinskiy of World of Boxing.

“We are very happy to add Israil Madrimov to our team! He is really something special and we look forward to featuring him on the Bivol vs Pascal show,” added Vadim Kornilov,Madrimov’s manager.

Madrimov, 23, a native of Uzbekistan, has concluded a decorated amateur career. Named the best boxer of the World Series of Boxing in 2017, he has also earned gold medals at the 2018 Asian Olympic Games and the 2017 Asian games and silver medals at the 2011 World Amateur Championships, the 2013 Asian and 2014 Asian Olympic games. Now based in southern California, Madrimov is training under the guidance of his Dream team comprised of Tulkin Kilichev, Joel Diaz and Tony Diaz.

Brandon Rios finishes training camp strong ahead of Ramon Alvarez fight

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Former Champion Bam Bam Brandon Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) has closed camp today in Oxnard, CA. Due to the fires near his home, he was unable to travel to Riverside to finish camp, but that didn’t keep him away from the gym this week and finishing up strong. Rios will face Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (27-6-3, 16 KOs) one week from today in Mulvane, Kansas in his debut on DAZN.

“I been training hard with Robert (Garcia), great sparring with the young prospects at RGBA, Coach Henry and Junior have been helping me with my strength and conditioning, my nutrition has been great and support from my family and friends. I feel strong and ready to face Alvarez next week. This is just the beginning of me getting back in the top. I have a great team, a great mindset. I’m ready so make sure to download DAZN app and tune in. If you’re in Kansas, I will see you there Team Rios!” – Brandon Rios

Rios looks in great spirits and as hungry as a young prospect getting to the top. On the card as well are Kansas natives, 2016 U.S. Silver Medal Olympian Nico Hernandez and Manny Thompson in their respective fights. For tickets, go to Ticketmaster.com and make sure to enter the code BAM BAM for Team Rios section. To watch LIVE download the DAZN app.

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Adonis Stevenson and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr kick off a big night of boxing

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November 9, 2018 – A split-site doubleheader airing live on SHOWTIME and streaming live on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms will kick off a big night of boxing on Saturday, December 1, leading into the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury heavyweight blockbuster event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Adonis Stevenson will make the 10th defense of his WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated, mandatory challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk to start the action live from Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada. The two-fight telecast presented by Premier Boxing Champions continues live from Los Angeles, where Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. will take on Alfredo Angulo in a 10-round super middleweight clash at STAPLES Center.

COUNTDOWN LIVE: WILDER VS. FURY will begin at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIME and on SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Facebook page, preceding the Wilder vs. Fury SHOWTIME PPV event that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from STAPLES Center.

The December 1 SHOWTIME PPV and COUNTDOWN LIVE presentations feature two of the most feared knockout punchers in the sport. With 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights, Wilder’s right hand is widely regarded as the biggest weapon in boxing. The southpaw Stevenson’s left has led to knockouts in six of his nine title defenses. On December 1, the two power-punchers will take on top-rated, undefeated opponents as they make the 10th and eighth defenses of their respective WBC titles.

Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) is boxing’s longest reigning world champion, having won the WBC 175-pound title in 2013. The Montreal-based southpaw will face his WBC-mandated challenger in Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs), a Ukrainian with 12 knockouts in his 15 professional fights since a standout amateur career that included a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.

In Gvozdyk, Stevenson will face his second consensus top-10 light heavyweight of 2018, following his Fight of the Year candidate draw with Badou Jack in May on SHOWTIME. Gvozdyk, an amateur teammate of fellow Ukrainians Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk, earned the mandatory status with a near-shutout decision over Mehdi Amar in March.

“I’ve been pushing myself in training to be ready to put on a great performance December 1 and defend my title once again,” said Stevenson. “My old trainer, the late great Emanuel Steward, used to tell me that ‘knockouts sell’ and that’s what I’m going for in this fight. I know I’m facing a good boxer who’s coming in very determined. He’ll be ready, but it won’t be enough. It’s going to be show time on SHOWTIME and another victory for ‘Superman’.”

“I have been waiting for this title shot for a very long time, and I will take full advantage of the opportunity,” said Gvodzyk. “It doesn’t matter where we fight. I am fully prepared to become the new WBC light heavyweight champion. Canada, ‘The Nail’ is coming to put on a show!”

Chavez, Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) is the son of Mexican boxing legend and Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. The 32-year-old from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico ripped off 46 straight victories to start his career using a gritty boxing style that denoted his toughness in the ring. Chavez is seeking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to middleweight champion Saul “Canelo’’ Alvarez on May 6, 2017.

The 36-year-old Angulo (24-7, 20 KOs) is a tough brawler who has faced some of the best boxers in the sport. Angulo, who lives in Coachella, California but was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, is coming off a hard-fought split decision loss to former world champion Sergio Mora in April.

“I am excited to be back on December 1 to perform for the great Mexican fans in Los Angeles,” said Chavez Jr. “At my weight I know I can beat anyone. I am focused and feel strong. Angulo will be first, but then I will pursue a belt at 168. I’m putting the division on notice. Chavez is back.”

“I have been training very hard in anticipation of this fight and this is the best I have felt in a long time,” said Angulo. “I am looking forward to defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and getting a title opportunity in the near future. I’m thankful for everyone who has supported me and I promise to surprise a lot of people on December 1.”

Ricky Medina returns to the ring this December

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Amateur standout and 5-Time National Champion, Ricky “El Castigo” Medina (1-0, 1 KO), who is managed by Prince Ranch Boxing’s Greg Hannley and promoted by TMB & PRB Entertainment, is scheduled to return to the ring on December 1, 2018, at the Scottish Rite Theatre in San Antonio, TX. The hometown hero will battle an opponent TBA in his second pro fight, which will be a four-round bout.

“I’m eager to get back in the ring and give my hometown fans another great performance,” said Ricky Medina, who scored a third-round TKO in his pro debut. “I’m working hard in the gym and I’ll be at my best when I step in the ring. The ultimate goal will be to score another knockout.”

At only 18-years old, Medina, who is a senior at Lanier High School in San Antonio, gives his thoughts on being a professional fighter while still attending high school.

“It’s great that I’m able to fight professionally while I’m still in high school, because I have a lot of friends that come to see me fight.” Medina continued. “I’m hoping to have a bunch of teachers attend as well. I’m starting to build up a nice fan base. I’m hoping it grows with each fight.”

TMB & PRB Entertainment and Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions, present “Whose ‘0’ Will Go 2” a live boxing event taking place at the Scottish Rite Theatre in San Antonio, TX, on December 1, 2018. In the 10-round main event, undefeated super lightweights Kendo Castaneda (14-0, 7 KOs) and Gilbert Venegas Jr. (10-0, 6 KOs), will battle for the vacant WBA-NABA title.

The entire card will be streamed via Facebook’s FIGHTNIGHT LIVE channel, which has already served more than three million fight fans since May 2017.

Tickets priced $35 General Admission $40 at the door, and $100 Ringside, are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling (210) 449-5599 or (210) 322-9974. The Scottish Rite Theatre is located at 308 Ave E, San Antonio, TX 78205. Doors open at 4:00 PM, first bell at 5:30 PM.

Michael Conlan is targeting Josh Warrington

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MICHAEL CONLAN has two jobs in one night next month – making it a perfect ten as a professional and gathering some intelligence on possible future opponent, Josh Warrington.

Conlan (9-0) boxes on the undercard when Warrington (27-0) risks his IBF Featherweight crown against Carl Frampton (26-1) at Manchester Arena on December 22.

Belfast’s Conlan is widely expected to fight for a world title inside 18 months, but it won’t be against Frampton because they are close friends. Warrington is in his firing line.

Conlan said: “A fight against Josh is something I can see happening and it is going to be some fight between him and Carl.

“Another reason that I’m intrigued in the fight is that it’s a scouting mission for me.

“Win or lose, I would love to face Josh Warrington in the future. Carl and myself are friends so that won’t happen, but I am definitely keeping an eye on Josh.

“If Josh loses he is still going to come again because he is young enough, hungry, determined, fit and would have the ability to become world champion again if he loses.”

Conlan’s promoters Top Rank are steadily moving him up in class and by this time next year he’s likely to be fighting top operators like Warrington.

The 2015 world amateur champion added: “I would feel confident even though I rate Josh as a fighter. His style is one I love to face and one that brings out the best in my style of boxing.

“He is the same age range as me, has the ability to win more world titles and someone I watch.”

IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office. JJ Metcalf will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams in support of the main event, while Mark Heffron will challenge for the British middleweight title.

Belfast’s blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1) and unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0).

Tickets are priced at £50 Upper Tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier, £150 Tier, £200 Floor/Tier, £300 Floor, £400 Floor, £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are available.

Tickets available via Manchester-Arena.com

Jarrell Miller is targeting a huge showdown against a British Heavyweight in 2019

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Jarrell Miller is targeting a huge showdown against a British Heavyweight in 2019 as he prepares to face Bogdan Dinu at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas on November 17, live on DAZN.

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Miller meets Dinu in a crunch clash for the division, with the big punching duo putting their unbeaten records and lofty ranking spots on the line with the Heavyweight scene set to explode in the coming months.

Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title against Tyson Fury on December 1 while division ruler Anthony Joshua returns to Wembley Stadium in London on April 13 to put his IBF, WBA and WBO straps on the line.

Dillian Whyte faces Dereck Chisora on December 22 in a rematch in London, with Whyte aiming to seal another rematch, this time with old foe Joshua, but Miller would love to get his hands on the ‘Body Snatcher’ as he hunts down a big scalp to announce himself at the very top level.

“I have to beat a Brit – if I do that, a lot will change. When you are high risk, low reward, people will make excuses not to fight you and the fans will buy into it.

“I am not afraid of Dillian – I’m afraid of no man. If AJ is not ready to face me with a title, then I’ll go and whoop Dillian’s butt. It’ll help my profile in Britain.

“He’s a clown, nobody is afraid of him. He’s got a win over Lucas Browne and that’s it. For him to call people punks, he’s deluded, I’ve fought three World title contenders back to back. He turned down Mariusz Wach twice and he didn’t really want to fight Duhaupas, he’s naive.

“I rate him as a fighter, he throws punches and wins – he’s a top guy now because since he got his block knocked off by AJ they’ve built him the right way. When he gets in the ring with me, watch how he changes, watch how the whole ‘I’m the Body Snatcher, I walk guys down’ stops.

“He couldn’t walk down a 230lbs Joseph Parker, so you’re going to walk me down, 300+lbs behemoth that throws 80 punches a round? I haven’t even thrown my right hand in my last few fights for a reason, so when I really start clocking these guys, then people will see.

“The big fights take some maneuvering and finessing, so building my profile, winning the regular title and getting into a mandatory spot is going to help me in that situation. I think I will definitely be in a spot to have an AJ or Deontay Wilder fight later in the year, so I need to get this win in Kansas and stay busy, focused, injury free and ready.

“Bogdan is aggressive but that’s against guys that want to survive. He’s never fought someone like me, who is going to be the aggressor in the fight. He’s light and he’s not a heavy puncher, and I’m going to be coming forward, throwing bombs and mixing it up, it’s going to be completely new to him. He’s going to try to move against me, everybody does, but then they all end up running for their lives – and they can only run for so long.”

Miller’s clash with Dinu is part of a huge night of action in Kansas in association with KO Night Boxing with a host of stars and local talents in action.

Two-weight World ruler Claressa Shields who looks to add the WBC Middleweight strap to her WBA and IBF crowns against tough Scottish challenger Hannah Rankin.

Middleweight contenders Luis Arias and Gabriel Rosado clash in what promises to be a real war as the pair look to gatecrash the lucrative top table, and there’s an all-Mexican clash and a homecoming for Brandon Rios against Ramon Alvarez, brother of ‘Canelo’’, as both men look to make a splash at Welterweight.

Team USA 2016 Olympic bronze medal man Nico Hernandez has raced to 5-0 (4KOs) – the Wichita talent fights for the third time in the Kansas Star Casino and Arena since debuting there in March 2017, unbeaten Wichita Super-Middleweight and police officer Manny Thompson looks to improve his 7-0 record and Las Vegas’ Jeremy Nichols meets Wichita’s Jeremiah Page at Middleweight.

Unbeaten Light-Heavyweight contender Anthony Sims Jr. and Brooklyn’s exciting newcomer to the Middleweight scene Nikita Ababiy, fresh from a first round KO on debut in Chicago earlier in the month are also in action.

Oleksandr Usyk admits he is not yet ready for Anthony Joshua

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Undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has revealed he is not yet ready to face unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua despite cleaning out the 200-pound division and announcing plans to move up to the open weight class.

“In actuality, I have more work,” Usyk said after scoring an impressive eighth round knockout of former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew at Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

“I used to dream a lot. Becoming the heavyweight champion is not what I’m dreaming of. It’s my goal. It’s too early [to challenge for a world title against WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua].

“If you want to speak of it, speak of it. But I want to wait a little bit. I want to see things in a real light. My dream is all people will respect each other.”

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua and put on the Usyk-Bellew clash this past weekend, was clearly impressed with the 31-year-old Ukrainian southpaw and is looking at building towards a fight between him and ‘AJ’.

Just don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

“The fight between Usyk and Bellew was one of the biggest fights in boxing,” Eddie Hearn said.

“Not many people in the UK know about Usyk, because his fights haven’t been in front of big audiences in the UK. So it wasn’t like Haye-Bellew where it was two guys in the British market for years and years.

“But now he’s [Usyk] going to be extremely popular in the British market. Tonight it was on pay-per-view in the UK. It was on DAZN. Both of those guys, Sky and DAZN, were ecstatic with the fight.”

Joshua’s next fight is scheduled for Wembley Arena in April. It is expected he will face the winner of Dillian Whyte versus Dereck Chisora in December or possibly undefeated American behemoth Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller.

Tony Bellew announces retirement, says Oleksandr Usyk could be the “greatest cruiserweight ever”

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Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew 30-3-1 (20) has announced his retirement after a valiant last stand against undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 16-0 (12) at Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old Liverpudlian went down in eight rounds against the brilliant Usyk, but not before troubling the talented Ukrainian southpaw for the first six rounds of the contest.

Bellew admitted the rigours of training camp had taken a toll on his body over the years.

“I can’t take it no more. My body can’t take it,” said Bellew after the fight.

“That’s the third time now something has happened in training camp. But that played no part in the result. I lost to the better man. It is not an excuse.”

Bellew got off to a flier, outboxing the boxer in the early rounds when he was expected to look for the early knockout against the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medallist.

By the fourth round Usyk had gained control of the bout, utilising his quick hands, high workrate and awkward angles to land some big shots.

The world’s cruiserweight champion showed his finishing instinct when he jumped on a hurt and exhausted Bellew in the eighth and final round, levelling him with a looping left hand to retain his titles

Usyk, in inaugural winner of the Muhammad Ali trophy in the first season of the World Boxing Super Series, is now planning a move to heavyweight where big money fights against the likes of unified champion Anthony Joshua and leading contenders Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller await.

But Bellew, who came into the fight off back-to-back wins over David Haye at heavyweight, has warned against the move.

“He could be the greatest cruiserweight ever,” said Bellew. “I only hope he doesn’t go to the giants, they are the only people who could beat him because they might be too much.

“But anyone around 6-foot-3 he will ping them and make people look fools.”

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