Boxing News Round-Up 21.2.18: Callum Smith Faces New Opposition

Liverpool boxer Callum Smith is told of a change of opponent at the eleventh hour, but he remains confident of reaching the final of the World Boxing Super Series.

Braehmer pulls out of fight against Callum Smith

German boxer Juregen Braehmer has pulled out of his bout against Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series which was set to take place this weekend due to injury.

Despite the veteran having to step out, the fight will still go on as expected and Dutch boxer Nieky Holzken will now take his place and fight against Smith in Nuremberg. “I have been battling a feverish infection since Sunday,” Braehmer said. “Unfortunately, a fight in this state is out of the question. It is not possible for me to go into the ring like this and I would like to apologise to my fans. I was well prepared and looking forward to fighting Callum.”

The second semi final of the World Boxing Super Series is set for Saturday 24th Feb, 2018.

Source: Sky Sport Boxing 

Billy Joe Saunders: ‘GGG’ is up against it during the Canelo rematch

WBO middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders has said that he believes that Gennady Golovkin could face a difficult task as he prepares to face off against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 5 for a second time with a venue to soon be confirmed.

The two faced off for the first time last September with the bout ending in a controversial draw. During an interview with Michelle Phelps of Behind The Gloves, Saunders said that he believes that ‘GGG’ could face difficulty during the rematch.

He said: “I personally think it’s a tough job for Golovkin because first of all he’s got to beat Canelo. Then he’s got to beat the judges and the ref. Then Oscar De La Hoya (Canelo’s promoter). It’s a hard job. It’s going to be a very hard job. I would love to see Golovkin do it but I’ve just got a feeling that they are going to shaft him out of the decision. Again.”

Source: Boxing News & Views

Chris Eubank Jr will never be a world champion: Billy Joe Saunders

WBO middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders does not think that Chris Eubank Jr will ever become a world champion.

Saunders was the man who handed Eubank Jr his first career defeat and blasted the boxer after he received his second loss while fighting against George Groves last weekend.

Saunders has said that he was not surprised that Eubank Jr ended up losing the fight on Saturday against Groves and also believes that the performance showed that he has not made much progress since 2014.

“You can’t be disrespectful and mischievous at this level” said Saunders, speaking on the Alan Brazil
Sports Breakfast. “If you think you can be that ignorant and get in there for this calibre of opponent without a trainer and without proper guidance, this is going to happen ten out of ten [times].

“He is never, ever going to be a world beater. I have always said this. I beat him with six weeks training with a little bit of movement. All I did was use my legs, get on my feet and out-point him. I spoke to George Groves the night before. I told him to get on his feet and use his jab and he said I’ve got it, that is what we have been doing.”

Source: Boxing Scene

Andy Lee retires from boxing

Former WBO Middleweight Champion Andy Lee has announced his retirement from professional boxing.

The 33-year- old leaves the sport following a 12-year- career, the highlight of which was winning the WBO Middleweight Championship in 2014.

His one and only successful defence of the title came against Peter Quillin as the match ended in a draw and he ended up losing the title to Billy Joe Saunders during his next fight in 2015.

During his career, the southpaw went on to win 35 out of his 39 fights with 24 of those wins coming within a short period of time.

He was renowned for his ‘right hook from hell’ which was regarded by many as being one of the most lethal weapons in boxing.

It was during the 2004 Athens Olympics that Lee made a name for himself and then went on to turn professional, moving to Detroit in the United States and linking up with legendary trainer Many Stewart at the Kronk Gym in Motor City.

Source: RTE Boxing

Smith confident of winning despite change of opponent

Callum Smith has said that he does not feel that his change of opponent for his bout on Saturday will hamper his chances of facing off against George Groves during the final of the World Boxing Super series.

Smith is set to face off against the relatively unknown Dutchman Nieky Holzken on Saturday after his original opponent Juergen Braehmer was forced to withdraw through injury.

Smith was planning his strategy for months for the fight against Braehmer, but now needs to devise a new strategy for his new opponent at the last minute.

However during an interview with talkSport, he said: “It is what it is. That is boxing. You have to just crack on and deal with it. It is not ideal but it could be worse. I’m still fighting Saturday, still in the tournament and still looking to get in the final.

Source TalkSport 

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