Video: Cleverly – Bellew II Press Conference

San Diego, CA – November 20, 2914 – On Saturday afternoon, November 22, one of the biggest days in boxing will take place as an eagerly anticipated rematch between former Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KO’s) and former two-time championship challenger Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KO’s) airs exclusively and live on
AWE.

The 12-round Cruiserweight World Title eliminator bout will originate from the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England and will be broadcast LIVE in the United States on AWE-A Wealth of Entertainment at 1 PM ET / 10 PM PT

Below is the video from the final news conference.

LIVE! Cleverly v Bellew 2 FINAL Press Conference from the ACC Liverpool

Two co-main events feature two WBA world title bouts. Scott Quigg will make the 5th defense of the WBA Super Bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake of Tokyo, Japan. Also co-featured is two-time Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell defending the WBA Bantamweight title against Javier Chacon of Argentina… 

If that is not enough, then boxing fans are in for a terrific treat as two-time world title challenger George Groves takes on American Denis Douglin. The card also features undefeated British prospect Callum Smith as he sets to battle former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca. Heavyweight and undefeated 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner Anthony Joshua takes on 64-fight veteran Michael Sprott.

Boxing fans can enjoy this amazing card on AWE available on AT&T U-Verse, ch 147 and 1147 in HD, Verizon FiOS TV, ch 169 and 669 in HD, along numerous regional cable providers across the nation. Please check www.awetv.com for boxing updates.

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Brook: “I Want to Do a Demolition Job on Senchenko”

SAN DIEGO (OCTOBER 23, 2013)—This Saturday afternoon a very important Welterweight bout will take place as IBF number-one ranked Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) will take on number-eight ranked and former WBA Welterweight champion, Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-1, 23 KO’s)

The 12 round elimination bout will top a terrific four bout card that will be televised on AWE and www.awetv.com beginning at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific.

The fight card will take place at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.

Also appearing on the telecast will be the 2nd professional outing of 2012 Olympic gold medal winner in heavyweight Anthony Joshua (1-0, 1 KO) as well as a very important WBO Jr. Middleweight elimination bout between number-four ranked Brian Rose (24-1, 7 KO’s) and number-five Javier Maciel (27-2, 20 KO’s)

The card will begin with a 10 round IBF Youth Jr. Middleweight bout between a pair of undefeated fighters in Adam Etches (12-0, 10 KO’s) and Alexandre Mendes (10-0, 9 KO’s)

“This is a stacked card from top to bottom”, said AWE CEO Charles Herring.

“Brook and Senchenko is a very important fight. Brook was supposed to fight for the world title on three different occasions as now he is taking a huge risk in fighting a former world champion as well as a man who just knocked out the biggest hero in British boxing. Fans will also get a treat in seeing Anthony Joshua who many are predicting great things for in the future plus Rose and Maciel is a fight with huge implications.”

“These are the type of events we are looking to bring to AWE and this promises to be a great afternoon of boxing.”

Brook, who will be fighting in front of his hometown fans has a record of 30-0 with 20 knockouts. The 27 year old was scheduled to fight Devon Alexander on three different occasions in the last ten months then had to have his world title dreams put on temporarily hold as injuries to both men forced the postponement of the fight.

When he was ready to return, Brook was back in July with a 8th round stoppage over contender Carson Jones.

“I’m fit and healthy now, loving life and loving boxing”, said Brook.

Senchenko will pose a huge challenge from Brook as the man from Ukraine is coming off the shocking knockout over Ricky Hatton last November.

Bigger and better are certainly two words to describe Senchenko. The former WBO king is back in England after spoiling Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight in November with a 9th round stoppage in

Manchester. His devilish body shot ended the career of the Manchester legend and Brook expects the Ukranian to bring the best out of him on Saturday.

“I want to do a demolition job on him, put on a great performance and really have fun in my hometown”, said Brook.

“He has been over here to promote the fight and that shows he is confident and coming to win ans get a 2nd shot at a world title. He has a good amateur background and he has a swagger. It’s a whole different story getting in there with me.“

“I have been in contact with Ricky Hatton and he has told me his thoughts on how to approach the fight. I need to make a statement and its going to be an epic night.“

The carrot dangled for the man who does the business is a world title shot.

“He is a world class fighter who only loss is because of a cut. He proved he deserved to be at the top. We didn’t need this fight. I am number-one by the IBF and I wanted to take it.” “I had a feeling I would get more fights in England after the Hatton fight”, said Senchenko. “Everything in this fight is different for this fight. The styles, the aspirations. Kell is a very good opponent.“

“If I beat him, I am worthy of a world title shot. I needed the big non title fights before going for a world title again and that’s exactly what this fight is.“

“I have prepared for Kell in the same manner as I did for Ricky. I have known about him for many years and he’s been in with with good fighters but I am the best he has faced.“

“Senchenko is a lot tougher than he looks. He is a tall boxer-type but he is not a skillful boxer. Kell is a really good boxer and Paulie showed he can be outboxed.” said Ricky Hatton.

On the undercard, Joshua will be looking for his second pro win after thrilling the crowd in London when he destroyed Emanuele Leo in one round earlier this month.

“You only have one pro debut and I ended it in spectacular fashion.”, said Joshua. Joshua’s rise to Olympic gold was rapid and he knows he has plenty of work to get acclimated to the pro game.

“I was straight back in the gym learning because this game is tough. I want to improve and give it my best. Every time I step in the ring its like the Olympic final.”

His opponent Paul Butlin has been in with world title challengers Dereck Chisora and Albert Sosnowski and has been a pro for 11 years.

Rose now faces his toughest foe to date in Maciel.

“I have never been in with anybody as good a record as Javier Maciel”, said Rose

“We both deserve the shot. It’s a 50/50 fight but its in my own backyard. I will be taking a lot of fans and I am sure Kell Brook’s fans will be behind me. I don’t think he has boxed anyone of the caliber of me.

Maciel of Argentina has just 32 bouts and turned pro in 2007. He fought Dmitry Pirog for the WBO Middleweight title and came up shot and a win over Rose will earn him his second title opportunity. Maciel trained in Las Vegas under the tutelage of Miguel Diaz and has been sparring with Mike Jones and Carlos De Leon Jr.

“I have seen videos of Rose. He is a good boxer and compact. It’s going to be a difficult fight but I will bring it to him and win.”

“This weight is better for me.“

Anthony Joshua Staying Amateur: Rightly So

By: Jack Bowers

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Super-heavyweight Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua has decided to resist the temptation of a big money professional contract and will remain an amateur.

The Londoner has chosen not to follow in the footsteps of other British boxers such as Lennox Lewis, Audley Harrison and Amir Khan, who all turned professional immediately after Olympic success. The 22-year-old has vowed to stay an amateur, and wants to become world amateur champion and then defend his Olympic title in 2016 before turning pro.

It’s a decision that shows tremendous maturity. Despite a number of promoters trying to outbid each other for his signature, Joshua has decided to look at the long view of his career. The Finchley ABC boxer is as clever outside the ring as he is inside it and he knows that, in terms of heavyweight boxing, he is just a baby.

Yes his overall dream is to become world heavy weight champion but he knows he has plenty of time to fulfil that ambition and that carrying on as an amateur will be the best for his development. While many fight fans would love to see him turn pro its worth mentioning that when Joshua’s Olympic final opponent, Roberto Cammarelle, won gold at Beijing four years ago, the Londoner had not set foot in a boxing ring.

In fact the Joshua’s Olympic gold medal match was just his 43rd fight. While some of his rivals are well into treble figures. His talent is clear for everybody to see but, so is his inexperience. In amateur boxing he can afford to make mistakes whilst developing, but in pro boxing, he can’t.

Besides, what would be in the pro scene for him at this moment in time anyway? David Price seems to be the British hope for the time being and it would be a while before Joshua got his big chance. Surely he would improve more as a boxer fighting skilled amateurs than he would fighting journey men and ‘has been’ pro’s.

I like Anthony Joshua, he comes across as a grounded young man and is clearly a huge talent to the sport. He said that money and fame does not influence him and I certainly hope he sticks to his word and is not distracted by a six figure cheque.

Within the next two years he can compete, as an amateur, in the world championships and the commonwealth games, and it makes a lot of sense for him to compete in them. Then who knows, he will still only be 24 and would then be able to decide more clearly whether he wants another Olympic gold or a pro contract.

Whenever he decides to turn pro, there will be big money for him; I just hope he makes the right decision for his career and not for his bank account.