Thomas Stalker Speaks on Signing with Frank Warren

Liverpool ace Thomas Stalker is looking forward to a busy few weeks of action and beyond now that he has signed with new promoter Frank Warren.

The former amateur star, who captained Great Britain’s record-breaking medal winning boxing squad at London 2012, makes his debut for Warren on the multi-title Copper Box Arena card on Saturday 15th February followed quickly by a homecoming on Saturday 1st March at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.

The 29-year-old will fight in a six-rounder at the Copper Box Arena and then on an eight-rounder at Aintree, with both fights televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Since turning professional last February, the 2011 World Amateur Championships Bronze Medallist is unbeaten in five with back-to-back stoppages in his last two fights

Stalker told BoxNation.com yesterday that Warren’s offer was too good to refuse and, along with manager Neil Marsh, is excited with his career plans for this year .

He said: “I am happy and looking forward to pushing on and progressing.

“I was happy with the deal Frank has offered me. I had made my mind up a couple days ago.

“This year is about getting rounds and next year moving onto British title level.

“With this three year contract I think Neil and Frank are going to build me better.

Marsh added, “It was a massive decision for Tom and he is a loyal guy, but he had to do what is best for his family.

“Frank made me an offer and I just couldn’t refuse it for Tom. It is a long time project going onto championship level.

“We have got nothing against Matchroom, but this is the best decision for Tom’s career.

“It was a good firm offer and we have stuck by that. We didn’t want to play one against the other.”

Darren Barker Captures IBF Middleweight Title. Daniel Geale Wants Rematch

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY (August 17, 2013) – Tonight on HBO Boxing After Dark, Gary Shaw Productions in association with Grange Old School Boxing, Matchroom Sport, Thompson Boxing and Sampson Boxing,presented an exhilarating night of boxing live from the Revel Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City.

In the 10-round main event, the UK’s Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) defeated Australia’s Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) by means of a twelve round split decision to capture the IBF middleweight championship. Both fighters had their moments throughout the fight. Barker seemed to be more accurate with his punches. Geale was in every round and dropped Barker in round six with a left to the body that almost had the British fighter down for good. Barker showed tremendous resilience and fought hard to end the round. Going into the later rounds it was anyone’s fight. Barker was throwing more punches, but Geale was landing the harder blows. After the final bell rang the scorecards read 114-113 for Geale, as the other two judge had it 116-111 and 114-113 for Barker. Barker wins by spit decision.

“I started loading up and got carless and I started getting hit too much,” said Barker. “The occasion kind of got to me. If I would had stuck to my game plan and boxed more, I would have won easier. During the knockdown it all went through my head…my wife my family and my daughter. I knew I was up against it going in. He was a tough man.”

“I felt I won the fight, said Geale. “I was never hurt. It wasn’t my best performance and I’m very disappointed I lost the belt. I definitely want a rematch.”

In the 12-round co-main event, Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs) captured the IBF Jr. Featherweight with a six round TKO victory over, Jhonatan Romero (23-0, 12 KOs). Martinez took the fight to Romero applying a tremendous amount of presser from the opening round. Romero made somewhat of an adjustment in round two and landed some nice counter punches, but Martinez was the one landed the harder blows. Martinez’s pressure was too much for Romero as he was getting hit with a massive amount of punches and the referee stopped the bout at the 2:40 mark of round six.

“I felt very strong tonight,” said Martinez. “I’m very happy. Today is a marvelous day and I all I want to do is go home and give my daughter a kiss. I had to keep the attack going because I knew the referee was eventually was going to stop the fight because I had him hurt.” Undercard Results

(10-round Featherweight bout) -WBO No. 4 ranked contender, Joel Brunker (26-0, 15 KOs) outworked a game Mike Oliver (25-4, 8 KOs) over ten hard rounds. It was evident the Brunker’s game plan was to go to the body as he was throwing hard shots downstairs the entire fight. Oliver had his moments counter punching, but his punches didn’t seem to slow Brunker down. A cut from a head butt emerged from the left eye of Brunker in round six, but it had no effect on his punch output. When it was all said and done, Brunker as victorious by way of unanimous decision. Scorecards read 78-74 across the board in favor of Brunker.

(10-round Welterweight bout) – Cuban born Yordenys Ugas (14-1, 7 KOs) dominated John Williams (11-2-1, 5 KOs) over ten rounds. Ugas applied pressure from the opening round and was relentless throughout the fight, landing hard shots to the body and head. Williams was backing up the entire fight while is survive mode. Ugas landed a hard left hook that wobbled Williams in the later rounds. A point was deducted from Ugas in the final round. Scorecards read 98-91 twice, and 99-90 all in favor of Ugas. With the win, Ugas becomes the WBC Latin Junior Interim Champion.

(10-round Welterweight bout) – Puerto Rican standout, Thomas Dulorme (19-1, 14 KOs) marched forward in his career with an eighth round TKO over Frankie Figueroa (20-5-1, 15 KOs). Dulorme came out strong throwing hard body shots and hooks. A right hand to the head dropped Figueroa in round three. Figueroa rebounded quickly, but wasn’t thrown many punches as he was in retreat mode. Figueroa’s punches didn’t seem to have any effect on Dulorme as he continued to stalk Figueroa throughout the bout. Figueroa hit the canvas again in round five, but Dulorme was deducted a point for hitting below the waist. Dulorme continued to apply pressure and eventually stopped Figueroa with a barrage of punches in round eight. The referee halted the bout at the 47 mark of round 8.

(10-round Lightweight bout) – Peruvian born Jonathan Maicelo (20-1, 12 KOs) started off slow, but came on strong to score a tenth round knockout over an elusive Jose Alejandro Rodriguez (19-12, 11 KOs). Both fighters were doing their best to land hard shots, but had limited success. Maicelo was landing the cleaner blows throughout the fight. It was twenty two seconds into round ten when Maicelo landed a powerful right hook to the head of Rodriguez in which he didn’t get up.

Froch vs. Kessler II to Be Staged in Britain

Matchroom Sport and Team Sauerland are delighted to announce that Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will fight in Britain.

The huge super middleweight rematch is the fight of the year in boxing and the two sides are delighted that terms have been agreed on the biggest fight on British soil in many years.

Full details on the fight will be announced at a press conference soon, and both fighters have expressed their delight that they will once again lock horns.

“First and foremost, I’m really pleased the fight has finally been arranged,” said Froch. “I feared that Kessler had second thoughts about his promise – but the man has come good on his word.

“Our first fight was pure warfare. We went at each other for every minute of every round and the rematch promises to be even more fiercely contested. I seriously wish I was ringside myself for this fight, because I’m gunning for revenge at all costs and the fight fans are in for a real treat.

“He is a class act both inside and outside the ropes. We are cut from the same cloth and we will be friends yet again after the fight. But the moment I heard the fight was done on the telephone, I was completely switched on and he was the focus of my mind. I can’t wait to get back into camp for this one. I’ve never felt so motivated.

“If Mikkel thinks he saw the best of me in Denmark then he is in for a rude awakening. I give him the utmost respect that he has the guts to board that plane and come collect a serious whooping at the hands of the Cobra – let’s bring it on!”

“I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time,” said Kessler.

“I have the utmost of respect for Carl, I feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the most hostile places, just like me. Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about . Let´s do it again.

“Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I don´t care here we fight, I said anytime, anywhere! I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war!”

”This is one for the ages,” said Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn. ”My hat goes off to both men for putting everything on the line here in what can only be an epic battle. Too many super fights fall by the wayside so to make Froch v Kessler 2 is a dream come true.

”Froch vs. Kessler 1 was a barnburner but I really feel Carl is a different fighter now, especially in the UK. These are the kinds of fights and nights that can cement the legacy of Carl Froch and no one deserves it more. We know what to expect from both men and either way it’s going to be brutal.”

“Kessler vs. Froch I was an instant classic, the best fight ever on Danish soil – Kessler vs. Froch II will be even better,” said Kessler’s promoter Kalle Sauerland. ”Mikkel and Carl are two all-time greats, two future hall-of-famers and they will leave it all in the ring once again.

“We have worked non-stop since Mikkel´s victory over Brian Magee to make this fight happen and give the boxing fans in Denmark, Britain and all over the world what they want to see – a mega-fight that will go down in boxing history.

“Kessler versus Froch, the Viking Warrior versus the Cobra, the WBA Champ versus the IBF Champ, Copenhagen versus Nottingham, Denmark versus England. This is all about honour, pride and sportsmanship. It´s history in the making. This is what boxing is all about and what boxing needs, two true warriors toe-to-toe.

“This fight will be remembered for years to come. The Viking Warrior is coming to England for war!”