WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has opened his Bolton gym to trainer Joe Gallagher and his camp after the respected trainer left his gym in Manchester.
Gallagher revealed in his MEN column last week that he would be leaving Kerry Kayes’ Betta Bodies gym after three years at the Denton premises where Ricky Hatton and Billy Graham plotted the Hitman’s route to worldwide stardom.
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Matthew Macklin both made weight at Friday’s official weigh-in for their world title showdown at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on Saturday night.
Sturm easily made the 160 pound limit, tipping the scale at 158lbs while Macklin weighed in at 159lbs. Both fighters looked to be in tremendous physical shape and ready to go.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Macklin who has not fought since December last year revealed that the prospect of fighting for a title was the only incentive he needed to produce the goods come fight night.
Matthew Macklin says he and David Haye will return from Germany triumphant over the coming fortnight as both men attempt to wrest world titles from longstanding champions in the Central European country.
Nearly two years to the day since turning pro, hot prospect Nick Blackwell faces off against St Helens’ Martin Murray for the vacant British middleweight title this weekend and our man James Williams caught up with the highly-rated youngster to find out how he’s coping with the task ahead.
Blackwell became the youngest-ever English titleholder when he won the English middleweight belt in November last year and victory on Saturday would make him one of the youngest ever British champions aged just 20 years 234 days old on fight night.
Barker takes on Domenico Spada at London’s Olympia on Saturday night for the vacant European middleweight title he was forced to surrender when he pulled out of a defence against Macklin through injury.
‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker will return to the ring on April 30 against Domenico Spada for the vacant European Middleweight title at London Olympia.
Barker and Spada are ranked six and seven in the WBC rankings and their showdown for the European belt could open the door for a World title shot in the summer against the winner of Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s bout on June 4 in Los Angeles.