Darren Barker aims for huge fights next year after Hope win

Darren Barker reignited his World title ambitions with a brutal four round demolition job on Kerry Hope in the Betfair ‘Christmas Cracker’ at the London Olympia on Saturday night (December 8).

Barker was boxing for the first time in 14 months since bravely challenging Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City and against fellow former European champion Hope he dispelled any question that his time out had diminished his talents as he unveiled a spiteful punching Darren Barker to compliment his trademark style and technical ability.

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Darren Barker aiming for World title shot in 2013

Darren Barker returns to action against Kerry Hope in Betfair’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ on Saturday night live on Sky Sports – and the World title challenger says he’ll prove he’s ready for a second title shot in 2013.

It’s 14 months since Barker challenged Sergio Martinez for the WBC title in Atlantic City, causing the Argentine plenty of problems before the pound-for-pound great KO’d Barker in the 11th round.

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Aston to fight for first title on Brook show

Exciting middleweight prospect Ryan Aston will take on Curtis Valentine for the vacant Midlands Area title on the packed undercard of the Kell Brook vs Carson Jones show on July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.

Aston has made an impressive start to his professional career, winning all seven of his fights in his first year in the pro ranks and impressing fans and pundits alike along the way.

Rees and Mathews promise better return fight

Gavin Rees and Derry Mathews came together yesterday to announce their European title rematch on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Carson Jones at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7.

Rees defends his lightweight title against Mathews 10 months after their original clash in Newport ended in a technical draw when Mathews broke his nose in a head clash.

Brook to face IBF #3 Carson Jones on July 7

Welterweight contender Kell Brook will face highly ranked Carson Jones at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7 as an IBF world title shot draws a step closer.

Jones is ranked at number three by the IBF – two spots above Brook – and the stakes couldn’t be higher as the victor would move into pole position to fight for the title, which is being contested by current number one Mike Jones and number two ranked Randall Bailey on June 9 in Las Vegas.

Saunders and Hill promise explosive fight

Southampton middleweight Tony Hill believes he can pull off a stunning upset against Billy Joe Saunders at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, April 28.

Hill challenges for Saunders' Southern Area title on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly's WBO world light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).

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Selby defends titles in Wales

Welsh star Lee Selby will return home for the first time in nearly a year on May 25 to defend his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles at the Newport Sports Centre.

The 25-year-old from Barry headlines an action packed card featuring Wales’ best young talent, televised live and exclusive on the New Home of Boxing BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).

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Brook breaks viewing records on Sky Sports

Matchroom Sport have announced that Kell Brook's brilliant War of the Roses victory over Matthew Hatton last weekend was watched by record numbers on Sky Sports.

Brook signalled his intention to shake up the welterweight scene at world level with a commanding points win over Hatton, and the top class evening of boxing gripped the living rooms of Britain as well the 10,000 packed in the Arena.

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10-Count Quiz: Kerry Hope

If Kerry Hope’s European middleweight title win on the weekend was like something out of a Hollywood movie that’s because the Merthyr Tydfil man rewrote the script himself.

Ringside Round Up: Frampton sends Quigg message

Carl Frampton successfully defended his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title with a second round knockout of Prosper Ankrah from a sweet left hook.

With Scott Quigg looking on in the studio, Frampton quickly reiterated his desire to face the British champion. ‘I don't know if he wants it,’ said Frampton. ‘He should tell his promoter if he does. I want it the next fight, whenever, any time.

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