Mahmoud Charr vs Christopher Lovejoy: Fight Preview

By: Oliver McManus The heavyweight fight the world has been waiting on is finally set to take place on Saturday night at a small gym in Cologne, Germany. Mahmoud Charr, former WBA Regular champion, faces Christopher Lovejoy over a scheduled twelve rounds. Skepticism around the fate of this fight has been widespread with Don King threatening to intervene with legal letters in a bid to prevent the contest from happening. King’s involvement with Lovejoy has been well publicised with the American famously interrupting Lovejoy’s proposed contest with Dave Allen. Furthermore, Don King moved to get Charr stripped of his ‘Regular’ title so that he could stage Trevor Bryan vs Bermane Stiverne for the belt on January 29th. Charr is now ‘champion in recess’ but remains steadfast on fighting Anthony Joshua for the WBA’s ‘Super’ belt: however fanciful that dream may well be. If, and it remains a BIG if, this contest takes place tomorrow night, it will be the first chance to really gauge what level of ability Lovejoy possesses. He’s yet to face anyone of note in 19 professional contests: four debutants, four opponents without a win and just the one fighter with a winning record. And that winning record, by the way, a gentleman called Jorge Alfredo Leal who made his debut when Lovejoy was just 14 years old. Leal racked up 13 wins in seven years to become Mexico’s Pacific Coast light-heavyweight champion before disappearing for seven years. Upon his return, in 2009, he secured three more wins - winning and losing the California State heavyweight title - before, again, disappearing for a further six years. He was then soundly knocked out within a round by Lovejoy. Lovejoy’s record, or perhaps lack thereof, isn’t through a lack of trying. Over the past two years, the 37-year-old has, at various points, been scheduled to face Nathan Gorman, Dave Allen, Trevor Bryan and Bermane Stiverne: none have materialized. The reality of this bout is that Manuel Charr, despite being out of the ring for three and a half years, should have more than enough left in the tank to topple this American challenger. It seems the biggest mystery in all of this is just whether the fight actually goes ahead. The post Mahmoud Charr vs Christopher Lovejoy: Fight Preview appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Mahmoud Charr vs Christopher Lovejoy: Fight Preview

By: Oliver McManus

The heavyweight fight the world has been waiting on is finally set to take place on Saturday night at a small gym in Cologne, Germany. Mahmoud Charr, former WBA Regular champion, faces Christopher Lovejoy over a scheduled twelve rounds.

Skepticism around the fate of this fight has been widespread with Don King threatening to intervene with legal letters in a bid to prevent the contest from happening. King’s involvement with Lovejoy has been well publicised with the American famously interrupting Lovejoy’s proposed contest with Dave Allen.

Furthermore, Don King moved to get Charr stripped of his ‘Regular’ title so that he could stage Trevor Bryan vs Bermane Stiverne for the belt on January 29th. Charr is now ‘champion in recess’ but remains steadfast on fighting Anthony Joshua for the WBA’s ‘Super’ belt: however fanciful that dream may well be.

If, and it remains a BIG if, this contest takes place tomorrow night, it will be the first chance to really gauge what level of ability Lovejoy possesses. He’s yet to face anyone of note in 19 professional contests: four debutants, four opponents without a win and just the one fighter with a winning record.

And that winning record, by the way, a gentleman called Jorge Alfredo Leal who made his debut when Lovejoy was just 14 years old. Leal racked up 13 wins in seven years to become Mexico’s Pacific Coast light-heavyweight champion before disappearing for seven years. Upon his return, in 2009, he secured three more wins - winning and losing the California State heavyweight title - before, again, disappearing for a further six years. He was then soundly knocked out within a round by Lovejoy.

Lovejoy’s record, or perhaps lack thereof, isn’t through a lack of trying. Over the past two years, the 37-year-old has, at various points, been scheduled to face Nathan Gorman, Dave Allen, Trevor Bryan and Bermane Stiverne: none have materialized.

The reality of this bout is that Manuel Charr, despite being out of the ring for three and a half years, should have more than enough left in the tank to topple this American challenger. It seems the biggest mystery in all of this is just whether the fight actually goes ahead.

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Teofimo Lopez: “I’m The Best In The World, The Lomachenko Fight Elevated Me”

By: Hans Themistode Even at the crack of dawn, the sound of a fist hitting a heavy bag can be heard. Undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez refuses to leave the gym at times. The 23-year-old Brooklyn, New York native is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. Although their contest is set to take place on June 19th, at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, Lopez has spent the past few months working on his craft. The goal, ultimately, is to not only take care of business next month but to do so in such devastating fashion, that the rest of the competition will want to eschew from him. “What I’m trying to do is perfect my craft as much as possible, where I look so invincible that come June 19th, all of these 135-pound guys in my division are quiet,” said Lopez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “They don’t want to fight Teofimo because of what he just did.” For the majority of his young career, Lopez looked impressive. Yet, he took his game to an entirely other level in his most recent performance. In mid-October late last year, Lopez took on who many believed was the number one fighter in the world in Vasiliy Lomachenko. While most gave Lopez little to no chance of actually pulling off the win, the hard-hitting New Yorker blocked out the outside noise as he walked away with a close but clear unanimous decision victory. The win for Lopez reportedly did more than just allow him to become the youngest undisputed champion of all time. More than anything, it elevated his confidence to a whole other stratosphere. “I’m the best in the world man. The Lomachenko fight elevated me. When you fight the best and beat the best, you learn something from that fighter.” With his self-belief through the roof, Lopez is determined to make a statement come June 19th, even going as far as to say that he’ll stop Kambosos Jr. in three rounds or less. Regardless of his bravado, Lopez claims that he’s taking his man as serious as possible. “It’s a different style. He’s a less experienced guy but still knows what he’s doing in the ring. You can’t just overlook someone.” The post Teofimo Lopez: “I’m The Best In The World, The Lomachenko Fight Elevated Me” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Teofimo Lopez: “I’m The Best In The World, The Lomachenko Fight Elevated Me”

By: Hans Themistode

Even at the crack of dawn, the sound of a fist hitting a heavy bag can be heard. Undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez refuses to leave the gym at times. The 23-year-old Brooklyn, New York native is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. Although their contest is set to take place on June 19th, at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, Lopez has spent the past few months working on his craft.

The goal, ultimately, is to not only take care of business next month but to do so in such devastating fashion, that the rest of the competition will want to eschew from him.

“What I’m trying to do is perfect my craft as much as possible, where I look so invincible that come June 19th, all of these 135-pound guys in my division are quiet,” said Lopez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “They don’t want to fight Teofimo because of what he just did.”

For the majority of his young career, Lopez looked impressive. Yet, he took his game to an entirely other level in his most recent performance. In mid-October late last year, Lopez took on who many believed was the number one fighter in the world in Vasiliy Lomachenko. While most gave Lopez little to no chance of actually pulling off the win, the hard-hitting New Yorker blocked out the outside noise as he walked away with a close but clear unanimous decision victory.

The win for Lopez reportedly did more than just allow him to become the youngest undisputed champion of all time. More than anything, it elevated his confidence to a whole other stratosphere.

“I’m the best in the world man. The Lomachenko fight elevated me. When you fight the best and beat the best, you learn something from that fighter.”

With his self-belief through the roof, Lopez is determined to make a statement come June 19th, even going as far as to say that he’ll stop Kambosos Jr. in three rounds or less. Regardless of his bravado, Lopez claims that he’s taking his man as serious as possible.

“It’s a different style. He’s a less experienced guy but still knows what he’s doing in the ring. You can’t just overlook someone.”

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