Boxing

skytv_logoViewers who felt short-changed by the Sonny Bill Williams fight this month have been offered a free pay-per-view movie by Sky.

The bout against South African Francois Botha was controversially cut down from 12 rounds to 10 mid-fight, leaving many of the viewers – who had paid $39.95 to watch it – feeling a little ripped off.

A letter was sent this week to viewers who purchased the fight, advising them that they can watch a pay-per-view movie on the house.

“Some of our customers have told us they were disappointed that the SBW fight was contested for 10 rounds when it was advertised as a 12 round fight,” the letter read. Continue reading »

SkyArenaIf you’re not sick of Sonny Bill Williams and his variable sporting antics just yet then you can catch his latest fight on Sky Arena this Friday.

The highly anticipated heavyweight fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha takes place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this Friday night.

Boxing new comer Williams, holds the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title after beating American Clarence Tillman III in February last year. Williams will have his work cut out for him against hardened seasoned boxer Botha, with his record of 48 wins from 58 fights, including 29 knockouts. Continue reading »

Shane Cameron’s close cruiserweight defeat to Danny Green was too much for TV3’s Howard Dobson who broke down during an interview with Radio Live Sport.

Chatting to Ian Smith and Nathan Rarere following the fight, Dobson was fighting back tears when discussing Cameron and the atmosphere in the dressing room after the loss.

“He’s just a staggering chap…. he’s done New Zealand proud,” Dobson told Smith and Rarere.

“He wants to carry on, right now he just needs to recover…. But he’ll be back, he’ll be back. Continue reading »

The son of a Mexican boxing legend, 26-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is enormously popular and on the fast track to fashioning his own legacy. The Culiacan, Mexico native will be defending his Middleweight Title Belt against his most formidable challenger to date.

The pride of Argentina, 37-year-old Sergio Martinez is considered one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound performers. The popular and dynamic fighter from Oxnard, California has flourished against elite competition, seemingly turning back time.
Only the best will come out on top in this clash at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Continue reading »

This hotly anticipated clash from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California is between two young and exciting world champions, both from the United States, both in their prime and both widely recognised as the best in their weight class.

They’ll clash when undefeated Andre “SOG” Ward defends his WBA, WBC and RING Super Middleweight Championships against once-beaten WBC and RING light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson.

Ward is universally acknowledged as the 2011 Fighter of the Year and the only American boxer to win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. Dawson is a two-time world champion and both men are coming off impressive victories in the highest-profile matches of their careers. Continue reading »

New Zealand’s Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron will come face to face with the number 6 ranked Heavyweight in the world, Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett.

Up for grabs are the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles that Barrett won from David Tua in 2011. Those who remember Cameron’s loss to Tua in 2009 know that Shane has a lot to prove in this bout, and he’ll mean business. But has he got what it takes to beat Barrett, a seasoned boxer who has fought four world champions and will come out with guns blazing? Continue reading »

Sonny Bill Williams has knocked out American Clarence Tillman in the first round to secure the New Zealand Boxing Heavyweight Champion title and belt.

He’s played in the NRL, was part of the World Cup winning All Blacks side and now has a boxing title to his credit.  Are we going to see him at the London Olympics this year?

The bout aired on pay per view channel Sky Arena at a cost of $39.95.

SKY ARENA brings you exclusive coverage of the Interim Welterweight Championship bout between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz LIVE, Sunday February 5 at 4.00pm replaying at 9.30pm. 

UFC#143 sees the UFC return to Las Vegas for their annual Super Bowl Weekend event and is headlined by welterweights Carlos Condit – nicknamed “Natural Born Killer” – and Nick Diaz duking it out for the interim title bout. The winner will move to face the injured champion Georges St. Pierre some time in 2012 once he is recovered from knee surgery.

Diaz has won his last eleven fights including beating BJ Penn in his return to the Octagon last October. His record is 26-7 with thirteen via TKO.

However Condit has a 27-5 record including a recent win on Dong Hyun Kim and of UFC #143 said “It’s gonna be a dog fight”. 

The Interim Welterweight Championship Bout: Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz is available to all SKY domestic subscribers for $24.99 and will air LIVE on SKY ARENA (SKY Channel 038) Sunday 5th February at 4.00pm, repeating that evening at 9.30pm.

Don’t miss out.  Book now either using your remote at Channel 038, by visiting  www.sky.co.nz/myaccount or call 0800 759 782.

SKY Sport’s one-off programme follows Kiwi Heavyweight boxer David Tua as he prepares for one of the most important bouts of his career against New Yorker Monte Barrett on August 13th on SKY ARENA (channel 038).

Gain a unique perspective as SKY Sport camera’s capture exclusive coverage of Tua visiting a local primary school, at church with his family and training at his purpose built gym in Onehunga.

The rematch between David Tua and Monte Barrett is a chance for redemption for both fighters after their controversial draw in New Jersey last July.

Each fighter has fought just once since then – Barrett enduring another draw, this time to fellow American Charles Davis in January, and Tua winning a unanimous points decision over American Demetrice King in Auckland in February.

The Road To Redemption, Monday 1st August SKY Sport 1 (channel 030) at 8pm

Wednesday 20 July 2011, 9.00 pm on Maori Television

Tune in for the boxing action in all its glory. IBO World Cruiserweight Title Fight – Danny Green v Antonio Tarver and Shane Cameron v Dominic Vea undercard fight.