Jo Jo Dan Touches Down in Sheffield Ahead of Kell Brook Clash

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Sheffield, United Kingdom (3/23/15) – Yesterday afternoon, IBF #1-rated challenger Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18KO’s) arrived in Sheffield with his team ahead of his eagerly anticipated IBF welterweight world championship challenge against hometown hero and defending champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22KO’s).  Dan will meet the undefeated Brook this Saturday, March 28th, at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The bout will be televised live by SKY Sports in the United Kingdom, as well as stateside in the U.S. on Showtime®. Showtime will provide live coverage beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 pm. PT. The bout is promoted by Matchroom Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.
 
Pictured below is Team Dan (Left to right: cornermen Adrian Diaconu, long-time manager Chris Ganescu, Jo Jo Dan, long-time head trainer Pierre Bouchard and assistant coach Jean Francois Bergeron).

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Team Sauerland & Matchroom Boxing Agree Agree to TV Rights Deal

Team Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing have agreed an historic TV rights deal to share their big fight nights.

The fantastic deal for fight fans will see 12 World title fights in Germany broadcast live on Sky Sports and on the Matchroom Fight Pass, with their Nordic Fight Night series also shown on the Fight Pass, Matchroom’s 20 shows on Sky Sports can be broadcast by the ProSiebenSat.1 media group in Germany on either SAT.1 television or its online platforms ran.de and maxdome.de, with Juergen Brahmer’s WBA World Light Heavyweight title clash with Robin Krasniqi on March 21 in Rostock the first to be aired. In addition to the deal, Matchroom and Sauerland will also have the opportunity to place their fighters on international cards.

UK fight fans will get up close and personal with the likes of Brahmer, WBO Super Middleweight World champion Arthur Abraham, IBF Cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez and rising stars such as Patrick and Micki Nielsen, Vincent Feigenbutz, Erik Skoglund and Jack Culcay. German fight fans will get to see international superstars in action like IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook, Super Middleweight World title challenger James DeGale MBE, WBA World champions Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell, Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly, former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns, WBC Featherweight World title challenger Lee Selby and Olympic Gold medal heroes Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE.

“I’m delighted to get this done and be working closely with Kalle, Nisse and Team Sauerland,” said Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.

“We will be able to place quality World Championship boxing on both Sky Sports and the Matchroom Fight Pass platforms giving fight fans to many of the biggest shows across Europe. In addition, we now have the ability to add our talent to these shows and allow our young talent to grow and develop and experience new surroundings. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

“This is a historic collaboration, in which there are only winners,” said Kalle Sauerland. “The fans in Germany can now enjoy regular international class fights on SAT.1 and their online platforms. In addition, the deal guarantees our boxers maximum exposure in the UK market. There, superstars are made.”

His brother Nisse Sauerland adds: “We will work closely together to enable our young stars to gain early important international experience. This cooperation is a milestone in the international market.”

Sauerland and Matchroom has long been working closely together. In May 2013, it hosted the mega-battle between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in the sold-out O2 Arena in London. Froch and George Groves broke records in their World title rematch in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, and first Sauerland Event in England in September 2014 was also supported by Matchroom. Saturday night saw another collaboration between the promoters as Paul Smith fell to ‘King’ Arthur Abraham in their World title rematch in Berlin.

Frank Warren Wins Claim vs Ricky Burns

The Court today confirmed that boxing promoter Frank Warren won his claim against boxer Ricky Burns. The Judge found that there was no basis for Burns to walk away from his promotional and management agreements. 
 
Promoter Eddie Hearn advised Burns that Warren had no claim at all, saying last March, “we’ve been provided with a letter from Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.” 
 
However this advice, now proven to be inaccurate, given to him by Hearn and his co-manager Alex Morrison, who did not give evidence nor attend the trial on any day, has proved costly to Burns who must now pay £200,000 of his own legal fees and a further £170,000 by the end of January to pay Warren’s damages and costs, with other substantial sums to follow. 
 
Morrison also lost an action to Warren recently in relation to a libel connected to this case and he too was ordered to pay £110,000 plus further substantial costs.
 
Coincidently Hearn’s solicitors Mischon De Reya also represented Ricky Burns. 
 
Frank Warren said today, “I’m glad that the Court upheld my management and promotional agreements. I’m sorry that it came to this, as under my guidance Ricky became a double world champion, but his reliance on the advice of others has unfortunately cost him dearly.”