Ghislain Maduma Eyes Miguel Vazquez. Must First Get Through Kevin Mitchell May 31

MONTREAL (May 6, 2013) – Nothing has ever been handed to undefeated world lightweight contender Ghislain “Mani” Maduma (16-0, 10 KOs). Unable to get a world title shot, the Congo-born, Montreal fighter is forcing the issue, fighting “Mighty” Kevin Mitchell (37-2, 27 KOs) in his backyard on May 31 in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) title eliminator, on the Matchroom Boxing-promoted Carl Froch-George Groves card at famed Wembley Stadium in London.

The 29-year-old Maduma is world rated by the World Boxing Council (WBC) at No. 3 and No. 4 by the IBF. Only IBF No. 5-ranked Mitchell, who has failed in two previous world title fights, stands between Maduma and his ultimate goal of a showdown with IBF 135-pound champion Miguel Vazquez.

“This is a very, very big fight for me,” Maduma said. “I want to be known in boxing circles and this fight in front of 80,000 fans in the stadium and so many others watching around the world will be a good publicity shot for me. I had a plan for this year. The first step is winning this fight, the second is to be world champion. That’s why I’ve trained so hard to give an exciting performance.

“I have to thank my promoter, Camiile Estephan, and coach, Mike Moffa, for what they do for me on a daily basis. In only 3 ½ years, they have me in this position and not many boxers can say the same. I also want to thank everybody on my team, Eye of the Tiger Management, my teammates and sparring partners, and the people of Quebec for their support.”

The largest crowd Maduma has fought in front of has been 8,000 at Bell Centre (Montreal) earlier in his professional career. He realizes that, as a hometown favorite, Mitchell figures to greatly benefit from fans there for Froch and Groves alike.

“I know 80,000 people will be screaming for him and booing me,” Maduma remarked. “It will be just me and him in the ring, my skills against his, but I think my skills are better. We’ll find out in the ring. He is a very good fighter with good skills and experience. I appreciate the opportunity to fight him. He’s a proven, world-class fighter and I need to beat him to show that I’m ready for a world title shot.”

“Ghislain is an amazing athlete,” Maduma’s promoter/manager, EOTTM president Estephan noted. “His level of fitness is unparalleled in comparison to any other Canadian fighter. Of all the big names who’ve come out of Montreal lately, Ghislain is definitely, pound-for-pound, the fastest and best conditioned. He is totally committed and his fitness level rivals any elite athlete in the world, no matter the sport, and in addition to his incredible physical shape, Ghislain is also a tremendously gifted boxer with an extremely high boxing IQ. We believe he is ready to take on the best lightweights in the world, causing a lot of damage on his way to the top. Ghislain Maduma is a major star in the making. He finally has an opportunity to prove he’s the best lightweight in the world by winning the May 31st title eliminator and then defeating Vazquez for the IBF world title.”

Maduma is the reigning WBC Continental Americas champion and he recently relinquished his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) crown.

Mitchell has lost world title bids to Ricky Burns (TKO4) and Michael Katsidis (TKO3) but he has defeated, among the more notables, world title challengers John Murray and Walter Estrada, as well as Amir Khan and Richard Abril-conqueror Breidis Prescott.

“Mitchell is a complete fighter,” Maduma’s trainer Mike Moffa commented. “He has speed, a good chin and can hit. This may not be the fight we wanted. It’s a big risk fighting him in England in front of 60,000 to 80,000 fans, which will be a challenge for me and Ghislain, but it’s the fight we needed to get on top. Mitchell is a very smart fighter; he waits and counters with an amazing jab.

“Ghislain’s speed has gotten him here. He puts his power behind his speed and jab as he throws combinations. We’ve been working with him to try and take away Mitchell’s jab to back him up. Ghislain is very serious, dedicated to the sport. When controlling a fight he can make it easy with his speed but, he’s also in top condition and he’ll need to be to take the fight to Mitchell.”

Diaz Looks to Put a Duran Style Beating on Gethin

Panamanian assassin Ammeth Diaz says he will emulate fellow countryman and all-time great Roberto Duran and go on to win a World title if he beats Brit Martin Gethin.
Diaz takes on Gethin at Walsall Town Hall on Friday 31st May in an IBF World Lightweight Title Eliminator with the winner getting a shot at reigning champion Miguel Vazquez.
The fight will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
“Hands of Stone” Duran, arguably the greatest lightweight boxer of all time, was famed for his ferocity in the ring, endless stamina and relentless punching style.  He beat Scotland’s Ken Buchanan to win the WBA World Lightweight title in 1972, making 11 title defences – all bar one by knockout – before unifying the WBC title in 1978 against Esteban De Jesus.  
His battles against rivals Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns in the 1980s are legendary and after retiring in 2001 with a record of 103 wins from 119 fights and 70 KO’s, five world titles in four weight divisions, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
Diaz, 29, who also hails from Panama City, has racked up 22 KO’s out of his 31 wins, and believes he’ll beat Gethin in his hometown to get a second world title shot against Vazquez  who beat him on points in January last year.
“Duran is like a god in Panama.  Everybody loves him.  He is not only the greatest fighter to come out of Panama, but he is one of the greatest fighters in history,” Said Diaz.
“He was a hero of mine when I was growing up as he was to any young fighter in Panama, everybody wanted to be like Duran because he was so exciting and aggressive,”
“Duran beat a great British fighter in Ken Buchanan that started his reign at lightweight and I will beat Gethin to get a rematch against Vazquez who I will beat this time to finally win the world title,”
“This is a crucial fight for me and I’m not coming to England to lose.  I will win by knockout.”

Burns Ready for Vazquez: “The Best I’ve Faced in My Career”

WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns tackled his latest challenger with ease and  then roared on for rival Miguel Vazquez on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena.


The Scottish hero was at Glasgow’s top Mexican restaurant Pancho Villas today for his ‘Man vs Food’ challenge, testing his tolerance to the lip-searing Habanero chili pepper ahead of his huge unification showdown against Vazquez, the IBF World Champion.


Burns, who aims to become Scotland’s first ever three-time world champion boxer, ripped into his red-hot 4 inch opponent with the same ferocity that he’s going to attack Vazquez with on fight night.


After chomping through one Habanero – ranked fifth in the Scoville Chili Heat Chart and just below it’s equivalent of a U.S. Police Grade Pepper Spray – and with his mouth on fire, Burns tossed the remains of his opponent aside.


“I can stand the heat, but will Vazquez,” Stormed Burns.


“I’ve just returned from the freezing cold of a training camp in Norway where it was -12°C when we went out running and -16°C at night, to the heat of eating a mouth burning chili,”


“I’ve managed to go through one Hananero and now let’s see of he’s going to bring the same kind of fire to the ring on fight night.”


Burns is relishing his dream fight against Vazquez and says he’ll be in the best shape ever for the biggest test of his 37-fight career.  A win for Burns could mean a further unification contest against WBC Champ Adrien Broner.


He added, “Vazquez is a top world champion and easily the best I’ve faced in my career,”


“When the fight was put to me, I said straightaway ‘Lets do it’, this is what I’m in this sport for, to face the best and prove that I’m the best out there,”


“I only watch my opponent once on video and that’s the last time I watch him, but from what I’ve seen of Vazquez he’s got great all-round skills, good technique and is an excellent counter-puncher,”


“I’ll be in great shape for the fight.  I’ll be sparring with plenty of tall, rangy, welterweights to prepare, but it’s what I do on the night that will count and I always rise to the occasion for a big challenge,”


“I laughed when people said I was running from Adrien Broner.  I don’t run from anybody.  I’ve got to make sure I beat Vazquez first then I can go into a fight with Broner with two world title belts to his one,”


“Of course the pressure will be building up closer to the time, but I’ll do what I have done for every title fight and just go out and do my job.”


Burns v Vazquez joint-headlines a blockbuster show with WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly, who defends his title against Robin Krasniqi, plus George Groves challenging for the Vacant European Super-Middleweight title, heavyweight Dereck Chisora* and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh, all live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).  Join at


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*Chisora’s appearance is strictly subject to him being successful in receiving his British Boxing Board of Control license.