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Decastro: I’ll Be Sajauka’s Worse Nightmare On Saturday Night

Bardney, Lincolnshire Middleweight Nathan ‘Nightmare’ Decastro makes his third professional outing this coming Saturday, when he takes on Lithuania’s Deividas Sajauka on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Back in March, Nathan made a sensational start to his pro career, stopping Paulius Butvidas after just one minute and five seconds of the first round.

On August 2nd Nathan made his second pro outing, scoring a shut out points win over Sergej Drob. However to put this result in context it was just the Monday prior to the fight that the cast on his leg was removed, following a serious ankle injury just a few weeks earlier.

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Campbell and Coyle target Hull summer blockbuster

Luke Campbell MBE and Tommy Coyle say that the pressure is on them to claim big wins at the Ice Arena in Hull on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports – so they can set up a huge clash in the city next summer.

The Lightweight duo face big step-up fights on Saturday night, with Coyle meeting former World champion Michael Katsidis and Campbell facing Argentine Daniel Brizuela, who shared a rollercoaster war with Coyle in February.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has made no secret that a clash between the two at Hull City’s KC Stadium next summer would be a huge event for the city and for British boxing, and both men believe that if they keep winning, a fight is inevitable, and Campbell would love to box outside in his hometown for the second time having made his professional debut last July at Hull KR’s Craven Park.

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Joshua vs. Wilder: If and When

It only went two rounds but I just wanted to hurt him—Anthony Joshua

"I'll be looking to take his [Joshua] head off his shoulders,"—David Price

It almost seems that this fight is pre-ordained though Bermaine Stiverne may have something to say about that.

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Marcus Upshaw reborn for Oct. 23 fight vs. Aaron Pryor Jr.

Modern day road warrior Marcus "Arillius" Upshaw (17-13-2, 8 KOs) plans to jumpstart his career October 23 against fellow gatekeeper and upset specialist, Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs), in the 10-round main event on a private (no tickets sold or media coverage) Alarm Charity Boxing fundraiser event at Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.

"I've fought everybody," Upshaw said from training camp. "It seems like I've fought forever as a super middleweight but I'm a middleweight and this fight is going to help me get a fight against a top middleweight. My mind is right for this fight and I know what I need to do. I'm not going to leave fights in the hands of the judges anymore.

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Lee Selby outclasses Brunker to land World title shot

Lee Selby will challenge for the IBF World Featherweight title after a dominant performance against Joel Brunker at The O2 on Saturday night.

Selby peppered the visitor from the opening bell with his full arsenal of shots until the middle of the ninth round when a vicious left to the body took everything out of Brunker and Selby pounced closed the show moments later, responding to the critics who wanted to see more spiteful finishing from the Barry stylist.

The 27 year old will watch on with interest when IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title for fourth time against Jayson Velez in Omaha on November 29, and Selby insists that a World title shot will bring out the best in him.

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Al Haymon and NBC

The rise of Al Haymon in the boxing world continues apace with the news that he has signed a multi-million dollar deal to take over from Kathy Duva's Main Events as the promoter on record for NBC Sports Network.  It is suggested that a certain number of the shows that Haymon will provide to NBC could actually be shown on their main network channel.  Haymon is gradually emerging from the shadows to take his place right at the pinnacle of the sport.  This development could make or break the future of the sport in the short term and also have major implications long term.

It has been obvious for some time that a move of this sort was about to take place.  Haymon has been signing contracts with new boxers on an almost weekly basis over the past year.  He now has a stable which could almost enable him to start his own organisation, maybe something along the lines of the UFC which has been so successful and grown so rapidly in a short space of time.  Perhaps that would not be such a bad idea.  The old adage about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence often holds true.  In this case, our neighbour certainly does seem to be using superior fertiliser.  A study of the UFC model will show that they feature eight weight classes, have ONE champion per weight, have ratings which are genuinely accurate and, apparently, scrupulously fair and that all deserving challengers do, in time, get their shot at the champion. 

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