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Steve Lillis' Friday Boxing News Round Up - 18th April 2014

Steve Lillis

18th April 2014

MORE than 200 fans journalists flocked to Marcos Maidana's gym in Oxnard, California to watch his open training  day earlier this week.

The Argentinian is starting to wind down training ahead of his May 3 welterweight clash against Floyd Mayweather.

He said: "I've been an underdog my whole life.

"I was the underdog against Adrien Broner and Victor Ortiz and you saw what happened. I won. I am the underdog again in this fight, but I earned the right to the fight."


AMIR KHAN reckons his fight against Luis Collazo will show up Mayweather next month.

Khan's makes his welterweight debut when he meets Brooklyn's Collazo on the Las Vegas bill that Mayweather-Maidana headlines.

"I can tell you, our fight will steal the show," insisted Khan ahead of the BoxNation televised night of action.

"We are two exciting fighters, one with skills and speed and the other a big hitter. It is a 50-50 fight and that's what the fans want to see."


HARD-HITTING Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli believes his Commonwealth title fight with Lucas Browne will open the door to the big time.
The heavyweights clash at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield on April 26, with the winner of the BoxNation televised clash likely to surge up the world rankings.
Bahoeli, 32, accepts he will be a huge underdog come fight night, and says he needs to cause an upset in order to progress his career.
"For me, it is a great opportunity because I don't have a promoter and I have worked very hard for this title," he said.
"I have trained harder than ever for this fight, it has been in mind every day and it can change my career.
"I think winning will put me in the shop window and help get me more fights against other top heavyweights."


CHRIS EUBANK JR will have his third fight on BoxNation in Liverpool on May 10th.

The middleweight, 24, has won all 14 professional fights and plenty of experts are tipping him to follow in the footsteps of his dad and win a world title.

Trainer Ronnie Davies said: "He's loaded with natural power.

"Recently we've been working on him not setting his feet; delivering his big shots while he's on the move. It's a very difficult skill. Sometimes, he reminds me of Sugar Ray Robinson."

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CHRIS ALGIERI will have the chance of causing one of this year's biggest upsets when he challenges WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Although Algieri has won all 19 contests, Provodnikov is levels above judging by his narrow loss against Tim Bradley and his title win against Mike Alvarado.

Algieri's promoter Joe LeGuardia is talking a good fight and added: "We have been grooming Chris for this opportunity and I know he is ready."

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