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Proposal to construct boxing stadium rejected

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) standing committee on Tuesday rejected a proposal to construct a boxing stadium within the ArunkumarVaidya stadium in Bhavani Peth. The committee said that construction beyond 15 per cent of the total area was not permitted on any sports ground.

Speaking to press reporters, NCP corporator Sandeep Ladkat, who had opposed the proposal, said that already there was too much construction on the premises of the stadium.

“The stadium is actually a municipal establishment. However, it is run by a senior politician of Congress party as if it were his personal property. It is difficult for ordinary citizens or athletes
to make the most of the stadium,” Ladkat said.

He pointed out that the proposal to construct a boxing ring at a cost of Rs 1 crore had been tabled in a very hasty manner, because the funds had come from the state government.

“Already there is a pavilion, gymnasium and cultural hall on the premises, and the total construction is above 15 per cent which is against the state government rules. This is why we opposed the proposal,” Ladkat said.

He added that in future, if such construction proposals affecting Pune’s sports centres were taken up, he would file public interest litigations in the high court.

Meanwhile, Congress corporator Avinash Bagve held a press conference on Wednesday criticising Ladkat for bringing in personal vendetta to oppose the proposal.

“The boxing stadium is infact going to be of great help to all the upcoming boxers to be able to compete at international levels. They would be able to prepare for Commonwealth games scheduled for next year, but one corporator’s ego issue is going to prevent all of them from reaching their goal,” Bagve said.

Members of Krativeer Lahuji Salwe Matang community threatened they would agitate and blacken the face of Ladkat if the the proposal was not reconsidered.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pune/Proposal_to_construct_boxing_stadium_rejected/articleshow/4114662.cms

Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing February 13, 2009 @ 3:50 am

Boxing: Sutherland promises Manchester ‘fireworks’

BEIJING Olympics bronze medallist Darren Sutherland will make his next pro appearance at the Robin Park Arena in Manchester on March 6 against an opponent yet to be named.

The Dublin super-middleweight (26), who is trained in London by Frank Maloney, made an explosive debut at the Helix in December when he finished off Bulgaria’s Georgi Iliev in two minutes and 44 seconds.

“I want to deliver more fireworks next time,” Sutherland said yesterday. “I’m training with Dean Francis, the reigning Commonwealth lightheavyweight champion, and he’s keeping me on my toes.”

The card will be headed by the vacant European lightmiddleweight title fight between Irish champion Jamie Moore and Italy’s former world title-holder Michele Piccirillo.

Source:http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing-sutherland-promises-manchester-fireworks-1634149.html

Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing February 10, 2009 @ 2:10 am

Boxer Jeffries signs Maloney deal

Sunderland light-heavyweight and Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries has signed a three-year professional contract with promoter Frank Maloney.

Jeffries will make his debut on the undercard of Rendall Munroe’s European super-bantamweight title defence against Spain’s Kiko Martinez.

The bout, which takes place in Barnsley on 27 February, will be the 23-year-old’s first since the Beijing Olympics.

A deal with Sheffield-based promoter Dennis Hobson collapsed last month.

The Wearsider had hoped to make his bow before a home crowd but new promoter Maloney has promised to deliver at least two televised shows in the region every year.

In addition, a deal has been agreed for all of Jeffries’ fights to be shown on Sky Sports.

Jeffries will be the first of Team GB’s Beijing contingent to fight professionally – gold medallist James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin will make their debuts in Birmingham the following day.

Source:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/7869839.stm

Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing February 5, 2009 @ 12:16 am

Woodhall joins GB boxing set-up

Former world champion Richie Woodhall has joined the new Great Britain amateur boxing set-up as a consultant.

Woodhall, who took bronze at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, won Commonwealth gold en route to his career highlight, the WBC super-middleweight crown.

He will continue training professional fighters at his gym in Birmingham and with his various media commitments.

“I have been waiting for an opportunity to help talented up-and-coming boxers in the GB squad,” said Woodhall.

“I relish the prospect of getting involved as part of the GB team and I am delighted to do my bit to help us achieve great success.”

Shropshire-based Woodhall briefly held the post of performance director with the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) in 2005, but resigned after a fall-out with head coach Terry Edwards.

Edwards, who led Amir Khan to silver at the 2004 Olympics and Team GB to a gold and two bronzes in 2008, recently left his role as head coach of Britain’s Olympic boxing team after the newly-formed British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) opted not to renew his contract.

BABA’s performance director is Kevin Hickey, who trained British boxers at five Olympics and worked with Woodhall in 1988.

Hickey said: “I have immense regard both in personal and in athlete terms for Richie. He represents the very best that is possible in British boxing and I am thrilled to have him on board.

“I know he will bring a new type of expertise to the fantastic talent we have here in the squad and help us to ensure that the development and success of our boxers is optimised for London 2012.”

UK Sport took emergency control of the Sheffield-based elite programme in June 2008 because of concerns about “governance” and “climate within the sport”.

At this time, the programme was run by the ABAE, the governing body in the largest of the three home nations that make up the team. But that situation became unworkable when Edwards’ relationship with the ABAE dissolved.

BABA is funded by UK Sport and assumed responsibility for the development of Britain’s elite boxers on 1 October 2008.

Former England head coach Kelvin Travis is temporarily in charge of Britain’s London 2012 hopes, although a recruitment process is now under way.

Woodhall had been tipped to succeed Edwards in the role, but said he was not prepared to give up his television and professional coaching commitments.

Source:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/boxing/7864997.stm

Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing February 3, 2009 @ 4:36 am
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