Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18KOs) underwent surgery on his injured elbow two weeks ago and expects to be back in December. Zaveck was all set to defend the WBO Inter-Continental championship on August 25 in Berlin when he suffered the injury, and that also forced him to relinquish his position as the mandatory challenger for the EBU title – so it was a costly injury.

He suffered a fifth round stoppage loss to Andre Berto last September, but returned in February and won a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over once-beaten Bethel Ushona to capture the WBO’s vacant I/C title.

By: Per Ake Persson


32-year-old Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (19-1, 13KO) will go for the WBO Intercontinental title on September 29th at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The 10-round middleweight bout will headline the Global Boxing Series event promoted by Global Boxing Promotions. Majewski, who recently regained his NABF middleweight title, knocking out Chris Fitzpatrick in the 5th round, is more than happy to fight in his hometown again.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity. I wasn’t fully satisfied after my last TKO over Fitzpatrick so I want to prove to my fans that I can do better. I want to add another belt to my collection.”

By: Kasia Niedzwiecka


Former IBF world champion Jan Zaveck defends the WBO I/C title against Sherzodbek Alimjanov on August 25 at O2 World Arena in Berlin on the undercard to Robert Stieglitz´ defense of the WBO super middleweight title against Arthur Abraham.

Zaveck and WBO ruler Rober Stieglitz will on Friday (Aug 3) begin final preparations at a gym in Harz located at high altitude. Both are trained by Dirk Dzemski.

By: Per Ake Persson


Slovenian national hero and former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) will return to the ring on March 24 against WBO #7 Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-1, 8 KOs) from Namibia in a battle for the WBO Inter-Continental championship on March 24 in Maribor, Slovenia. 14 camera teams and over 50 media representatives were on hand at Friday’s press conference to announce the event.

Jan Zaveck: “I’m really fired up for this fight. It’s a tough test on the way back to the world title. Ushona is WBO African champion and the current #7 in the WBO rankings. He’s significantly younger than me and very, very hungry to get even closer to the top. But I will prove to all boxing fans that I am clearly pursuing my goal to become world champion again. It’s nice to box again in my own country. Maribor is so close to my hometown of Ptuj, and here I’m able to celebrate my first big success as a boxer. I look forward to a ‘hot dance’ in Maribor!”

Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “I am always overwhelmed by the huge resonance for Jan Zaveck and boxing here in Slovenia. Of course, the arena will be sold out again in a flash and the support for Jan is unsurpassed, so it’s always something special for SES Boxing to promote here in Slovenia.”

James DeGale’s scheduled fight in Liverpool on Friday has been postponed.



The Olympic champion had been due to defend his WBO intercontinental super-middleweight title against Jose Guerrero, but on Tuesday promoter Frank Warren called the Echo Arena bill off.

No reason was given for the postponement, although Warren did say the event would be rescheduled for January 27.

The show had been beset by problems from the outset, with George Groves originally due to defend his British and Commonwealth titles in London.

However, when Groves pulled out injured, the bill was switched to Liverpool where European champion DeGale had been due to headline.

Another of Great Britain’s Olympic fighters from 2008, Billy Joe Saunders, had been due to fight on the undercard.



JAMES DeGALE’S challenger Jose Maria Guerrero has told him he’d better finish him off early – or taste defeat.

Spanish hitman Guerrero challenges the Londoner for his WBO Intercontinental super-middleweight title on Friday night at the ECHO Arena.

“I will give him some advice: destroy me quickly, if not, you will have a big problem,” Guerrero told DeGale. “If he believes that he will knock out me quickly, he shows that he’s an ignoramus and if he thinks that this is the easiest fight of his career then he will have a big surprise.”

The ECHO has teamed up with promoter Frank Warren to offer readers the chance to win a pair of tickets for Friday evening’s boxing.

Merseyside boxers Stephen Smith, Joe Selkirk, Liam Smith and Paul Butler all feature on the undercard and to be in with a shot of winning one of the 10 pairs, just answer the following question.

James DeGale won the European super-middleweight title in his last fight – who did he beat?

Send your answers to either sport@liverpool.com or Boxing Competition, Sportsdesk, Level Three, Liverpool Echo, Old Hall Street, PO Box 48, Liverpool L69 3EB.

One entry per person and all usual Echo competition rules apply; for more details see our website.

Closing date for entries is 4pm on Wednesday, December 7.

LONG LANE ABC are celebrating their 40th birthday tonight.

To mark the amateur club’s milestone, an event is being held at the Valley Inn on Alt Road. The night kicks off at 7.30pm.

WBA & WBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs), joined by WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs), put in some hard work at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. “The Nordic Nightmare” is preparing for a very dangerous opponent on December 3rd at  Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Arena. He faces British boxer Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant European heavyweight title. Helenius wants to continue his string of battering victories. Five of his last six opponents have failed to go the distance and three of them were former heavyweight world champions.

On the same show, Braekhus defends against Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs). Both boxers are trained by eight-time German coach of the year Ulli Wegner.



Undefeated Frankie Gavin has pulled of Friday’s WBO Intercontinental welterweight title clash with Frank Haroche Horta.

England’s first ever world amateur champion was scheduled to face the French champion at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester.

However, Gavin, who left trainer Anthony Farnell to join father and son duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs in July, has walked out of the BoxNation show without any explanation.

“He’s just gone,” promoter Frank Warren told boxingnewsonline.net. “I heard he went to Anthony Farnell’s house. I’m sick and tired of it.

“I wouldn’t even talk him into fighting because if I did and something happened it would be my fault.

“We’ve done all the publicity, he was on Bunce’s show on Monday night, Ron Lewis did the bit on him in The Times today.

“It’s total madness. Between him and Kevin Mitchell… I said to Jimmy Tibbs, what do you put in the water down there. It’s things like this where boxing really doesn’t help itself.”

Unbeaten Irishman Dean Byrne will now step in to face Horta, and is excited with his unexpected opportunity to top the card and show his potential.

“This is a fantastic opportunity that has been put my way to top the show and I’m looking forward to putting on a good performance for the fans,” he said.

“I’m based in the UK now and I want to build my fan base here as I progress towards the world title.

“Horta looks tough, he’s got a good record and he’s never been stopped in 39 fights so I’m looking to do a good job on him.

“He’s fit and ready to fight as he had Gavin lined up and I’m in top shape as I only boxed last week so it will be a good tough fight while it lasts.”