IBF Eliminator Set Between Walsh & Klimov

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Cromer’s Liam Walsh (20-0; 14KOs) will face Russian Andrey Klimov (19-2-0; 9KOs) in a Final Eliminator for the IBF World Super Featherweight Title on Saturday 8th October at Harrow Leisure Centre. The fight will top an action packed bill promoted by Frank Warren and Andy Ayling which will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation.

Klimov, a California resident, made an unsuccessful challenge to reigning IBF World Super Featherweight Champion Jose Pedraza last year, but is set to be the toughest test of Walsh’s career which has so far seen him lift the British and Commonwealth Super Featherweight titles and the WBO European Lightweight title.

Walsh comes into the contest fresh off an 8 round TKO win over Troy James at the Copper Box on 30th April in defence of his British Super Featherweight title.

Should the Cromer man emerge victorious in Harrow, it will be the culmination of a long road back to a World title shot, after a car crash halted plans for Walsh to challenge former WBO Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns back in 2012.

Walsh said: “I believe it’s my destiny to become World Champion and I’m now within touching distance. I’ve dedicated my whole life to boxing and now it’s time to go to the next level and reap the rewards.”

The undercard for Walsh v Klimov will feature Tom Baker’s English Light Heavyweight Title defence against Miles Shinkwin. Long term rivals Baker and Shinkwin are set to face off in a long touted showdown between the Queensberry Promotions stablemates after Andy Ayling won the purse bid for the contest earlier this month.

Also on the undercard will be Harrow’s own Mitchell Smith, who looks to get back to winning ways and back on track after an absence caused by injuries. Whilst his brother Jez Smith will also be in action on the card.

Also in action are a selection of great emerging talents including: Boy Jones Jr, D.P. Carr, Sanjeev Sahota, Charlie Driscoll, Archie Sharp, Sam McNess, Ben Smith, Prince Patel and Ryan Gardener.

Smith vs. Alvarez is Set For Sept. 17

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WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith will make the third defence of his World Title against pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez on Saturday 17th September in America.

The mega-event promoted by Golden Boy Promotions will be in association with Frank Warren.

Alvarez, the former unified WBC and WBA World Super-Welterweight Champion, has captivated fans around the world with his all-action brand of fighting and brutal knockout power.

With an outstanding record of 47 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw and 33 KO’s, his sole loss came against then pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. on points, but has since gone on to lay claim to be boxing’s biggest draw and one of the best and most recognised fighters in the sport.

In his most recent outing Canelo combined his power and ferocious combination punching when he brutally knocked out Bolton’s Amir Khan with a savage right hand in the sixth round, which was live on BoxNation.

“I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO Super-Welterweight World Title owner,” said Alvarez. “I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on 17 September.”

Scouse warrior Smith, 23-0-1 13 KO’S, became Liverpool’s first World Champion in 22 years last October when he stopped American John Thompson in the seventh round to claim the vacant WBO Super-Welterweight crown in Manchester.

Following his sensational performance against Thompson, Smith returned to the Manchester Arena two months later to blast out Mancunian Jimmy Kelly with another impressive seventh round TKO. ‘Beefy’ made a hero’s return to Liverpool earlier this month where he disposed of Montenegrin challenger Predrag Radosevic with a crippling second round body shot.

After emphatically announcing himself on the world stage Smith is now gearing up for the biggest fight of his life and is determined to fulfill his boyhood dream of headlining in the U.S.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my World Championship again, this time against the biggest name in world boxing, Canelo Alvarez, and headline in America which is a dream I have had since I started in boxing.

“This fight will allow me to make a name for myself in the U.S. and show the American’s and Mexican’s just how good I am. As soon as I became World Champion my next goal was to make my name across the Atlantic and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that.”

“I thank my team for getting me this opportunity: Frank Warren, BoxNation, Daniel and the MGM Team and of course Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy and the WBO for providing it. My trainer Joe Gallagher and I are going to initiate a plan to ensure we beat Canelo and shake up the world of boxing. I am confident of keeping my title on 17th September and returning to Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.”

Promoter Frank Warren is thrilled to have secured Smith a mega-fight in America and is backing his man to bring home his belt.

He said: “Liam grabbed the opportunity to take on Alvarez. This is a fantastic chance for Liam to showcase his talent in such a high profile fight and in America. He believes, as do I, that he has the tools to beat Alvarez and stake his own claim to be the world’s best.”

Cleverly: “Kovalev Won’t Be Able to Hit What He Can’t See”

Nathan Cleverly is looking forward to slaying the mighty Russian KO king Sergey Kovalev at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 17th August.

The Welsh ace defends his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title for the sixth time against the steel-fisted Kovalev live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) and in the US on HBO.

Cleverly met with the media at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena today to publicise his titanic clash along with the some of the other fighters on the card and says it will be a night to remember.

“August 17th can’t come quick enough for me. Kovalev has built this reputation of fear for his devastating knockouts, which to anybody looks pretty impressive. When I saw the KO’s it excited me and I said I’ve got to have this guy,” Said Cleverly

“I’m actually looking forward to getting in the ring with him and seeing what he’s got. He’ll be looking to take my head clean off and I Iove that feeling of having the adrenalin surging around my body,”

“I’ll have the fans watching in the arena and the viewers watching live on BoxNation in the UK and on HBO in America, it’s a lot of pressure, but I thrive off it and the better I’ll perform,”

“He won’t be able to hit what he can’t see and I’ll be throwing five, six, seven punches to every one punch he throws. One things for sure this will be an exciting fight and I’ll have a new army of fans on both sides of the Atlantic after it.”

British Super-Featherweight Champion Gary Buckland and challenger Stephen Smith also came head-to-head and both are promising an explosive fight in the chief-support.

Cardiff hero Buckland, who’s promoter Ricky Hatton is staging this contest on the show, said, “It’s great to fight in front of my Cardiff home fans again and they’ll lift me to a sensational and memorable victory. You’ve got two of the best fighters at the weight in Britain with the prestigious Lonsdale belt on the line and it’s bound to be a cracker.”

Liverpool star Smith, a former British and Commonwealth Champion at featherweight, said, “Buckland is good champion, but winning this title and becoming British champion again means everything to me. I’ve moved up in weight, I’m bigger, stronger and still as fast. I can’t say how I’m going to win, but I’m leaving the ring with the British title.”

Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight Champion Ovill McKenzie and challenger Enzo Maccrinelli clash in the highly-anticipated rematch in the joint-chief supporting contest.

The first fight in November last year ended in a storm of controversy when the referee stepped and stopped the fight in the second round after Macarinelli was on the receiving end of a barrage of punches.

Both fighters say business will be settled once and for all on the night with a clear winner emerging.

McKenzie said, “This is unfinished business for me and we’ll be carrying on where we left off last year. I was on the way to knocking Maccarinelli out in the first fight but the referee stepped in.

“That was then, this is now,” Said Maccarinelli. “I’m just happy the rematch is on and I’ve got the chance to prove what I would’ve done to McKenzie first time round anyway. I’m not taking anything away from him, he’s a good fighter, heavy handed and very tough, but I know I’ve got the beating of him.”