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By Lee Bellfield October 13th, 2012 All Boxing Previews
The Echo Arena, Liverpool is the venue this Saturday night when in a battle of the Olympians, 2008 Super heavyweight bronze medalist David Price, takes on the gold medalist from the 2000 Sydney games, Audley Harrison, for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight championship.
Its certainly a battle of the giants and certainly in Harrison's case, the last chance saloon and his final opportunity in a major boxing occasion. Harrison promised so much after winning gold in Sydney 12 years ago.
After a quick fire win on his pro debut in a mega bucks deal with the BBC, Harrison would go onto to win his first 19 professional fights before running into his major domestic rival at the time Danny Williams in 2005.
In what was quite frankly a let down of a fight, Harrison would lose for the first time in his pro career. More letdown would follow in his next fight when losing a 10 round decision to perennial contender Dominick Guinn.
Harrison would resurrect his career in December 2006 when gaining revenge against Danny Williams in three rounds.
This fight seemed to introduce us to a new big punching, risk taking Harrison but funnily enough that would prove his undoing in February 2007 against Michael Sprott.
After an impressive first three rounds, Harrison walked onto a humdinger of a punch to separate him from his senses and hand him his third loss.
Since then, Harrison's career has been spent on undercards although he did win Sky sports Prizefighter competition which earned him a title shot against then WBA champion David Haye. In a dismal performance, Harrison was dismantled in three rounds.
Price, from Liverpool, is a man on the up. Undefeated in 13 with 11 KO's since turning pro, he has slowly but surely increased the quality of his opposition on the way to winning the Commonwealth and British Heavyweight championship. More...
By Lee Bellfield July 14th, 2012 All Boxing Predictions
After what seems like an age of back and forth action (outside of the ring) Bolton's Amir Khan is finally back in action in Las Vegas tonight when he challenges Danny Garcia for the American's WBC 140 pound title.
After his controversial loss to Lamont Peterson last December and his chance at revenge denied by a Peterson failed medical test, this is a chance for Khan to reaffirm his status as the World's premier junior welterweight
On Thursday, however there was another twist. This bout will now be for both the WBC and WBA 140 pound titles. Khan's status as WBA champion was reinstated!
If the fight wasn't big enough already, this now for Khan is massive. Big fights once again could be on the horizon if he is victorious but as we have learned before, he must not underestimate the man in front of him Saturday night.
Danny Garcia is unbeaten in 23 fights and in his last contest defeated the legendary Erik Morales for the WBC belt. He also owns wins over respected names such as Kendall Holt and Nate Campbell.
This has the potential to be the one of the fights of the year. Garcia is a good young fighter who does everything well.
However, after the Peterson farce and the potential of bigger money fights down the road, I think we will see the best of Khan. Garcia's a good fighter who will come again, but I cant see anything but an an impressive Khan performance.
Khan, when on song, is a league above.
Late stoppage win for the Briton for me.
By Lee Bellfield July 14th, 2012 All Boxing Predictions
In a bout that can certainly be described as a grudge fight, "The Hayemaker", David Haye, in his first bout in over a year, takes on Dereck Chisora at Boleyn Ground, West Ham, England tonight.
For both men, this heavyweight 10 rounder is their first fight since the unfortunate scenes in Munich in February following Chisora's excellent challenge to WBC king Vitali Klischko.
Haye's last fight was also against a Klitschko and he was also defeated over the 12 round course against Wladimir last July in a title unification fight.
Much has been said about the disgraceful scenes that took place before and after Chisora's title fight. Certainly there is no condoning what happened, from Chisora's slap and spit in the face of both brothers pre-fight and the Haye-Chisora brawl post-fight. There is certainly no excuse.
The most unfortunate situation, however, from Chisora's point of view was that in the ring, "Del Boy" had given Vitali his most challenging title fight since his loss to Lennox Lewis in 2003.
For both Haye and Chisora, this fight is the chance of redemption. Haye, for all his talk against Wladimir Klitschko, was widely beaten. Chisora, although excellent against Vitali, let himself down with his behavior bot pre and post-fight.
With all the nonsense aside, this could actually be an excellent fight. Chisora has a cast iron chin and durability. Haye has the big punch and speed. A perfect clash of styles. More...
By Lee Bellfield May 26th, 2012 All Boxing Previews
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In a matchup that could be a fight of the year candidate when 2012 draws to a close, hometown hero Carl Froch challenges the Canadian based Romanian Lucian Bute for his IBF Super Middleweight title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham this Saturday night.
For Froch, the challenger, hometown hero is a rarely used phrase. In the past three years, Froch has fought world title bouts in places such as Denmark, Finland and US venues such as Connecticut and Atlantic City.
Froch dominated at British and Commonwealth level, winning both titles as respected domestic opponents such as Robin Reid, Tony Dodson and Brian Magee were despatched.
December 2008 would be the time when The Cobra finally got his chance at world honours.
Froch had long wanted to fight longtime rival Joe Calzaghe, but after the retirement of the Welshman, Froch got his chance against Canadian Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC title in his hometown of Nottingham.
12 pulsating rounds later Froch was a world champion. More...
By Lee Bellfield May 5th, 2012 All Boxing Previews
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The biggest boxing night of the year takes place tonight in Las Vegas when Floyd Mayweather Jnr puts his unbeaten record on the line by facing Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Cotto at 31 is no stranger to the big fight occasion. A three division world champion, he has is now in his 11th year as a professional.
Cotto's first shot to prominence came when he captured the WBO light welterweight title in only his 21st professional fight, stopping Brazilian Kelso Pinto in six exciting rounds in September 2004.
Cotto would go on to dominate the 140 pound division, defeating the likes of Demarcus Corley, Muhammad Abdullaev and Paulie Malignaggi over a two year period. More...
By Lee Bellfield March 22nd, 2012 All Boxing Previews
In a comeback that has surprised many, Mexican legend Erik Morales makes the first defence of the WBC version of the 10 stone [140 pound] title when he faces unbeaten American Danny Garcia in Houston, Texas.
In August, 2007, Morales career looked to have been over. Having suffered his fourth consecutive defeat, a lightweight title fight against David Diaz, the Mexican legend announced his retirement.
Two and a half years would elapse before the lure of the ring tempted Morales back. Three wins later and he was back in the title hunt. Many thought he should have scored win number four when he gave hard hitting former title challenger Marcos Maidana all he could handle in 12 tough rounds. Morales would drop a disputed majority decision.
Such was the quality of Morales in his bout with Maidana, he was rewarded with a shot at the vacant WBC title in September 2011 against Pablo Cesar Cano. A strong performance resulting in tenth round retirement win would see Morales once again with championship gold around his waist.
In Garcia, Morales meets a challenger 12 years his junior and a man unbeaten in 22 fights with 14 knockouts. A rising star in boxing, Garcia uses speed and ring smarts to out-maneuver his opponents, which creates his knockout power.
On Saturday night, Garcia will need all that against a man who has seen everything in his near 20 year career. This is a man who fought and won against such greats as Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, don't forget.
For Morales to be successful Saturday, he will need to try and wear down Garcia and still conserve his energy. If he does that I feel he will be victorious.
That being said, in a fight taking place after a previous delay, I've got a feeling Garcia will grab his chance with both hands, winning a hard fought but unanimous decision.
By Lee Bellfield November 5th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
It’s a Bonfire night double bill tonight when two title fights take place at the new Wembley Arena in London.
The super middleweight division in this country is currently a hotbed of talent. We have the Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale and on Saturday, two more domestic rivals take centre stage when George Groves meets Paul Smith in a fight for the British and Commonwealth championship.
Groves, from Hammersmith, is unbeaten in 13 fights and has an extensive amateur pedigree. After an impressive 12 fight winning streak as a pro, in which he took the Commonwealth belt from the respected Charles Adamu, Groves was matched in a domestic unification fight against bitter amateur rival James De Gale in May this year.
In a closely contested fight, Groves nicked a hard fought majority verdict although the margin of victory was only one point from two judges.
The common opponent for DeGale and Groves is Paul Smith.
From Liverpool and a pro since 2003, Smith has 31 wins in 33 fights. After fighting mainly in the Northwest area of the UK for the first five years of his career, Smith travelled to 02 Arena in London to annex the English title from Cello Renda in March 2008.
Although he would lose the English title in his next fight, Smith would win the British title the following year with a hard fought win over local rival Tony Quigley. One defence later he caught an in form DeGale and was dismantled in nine rounds to lose the title in late 2010.
Although Smith has had more pro fights, Groves rightly comes into this fight as a betting favourite. Logic could say that because DeGale beat Smith and Groves then beats De Gale then Groves should easily win. We all know boxing doesn’t work that way!
Although I think Groves will win this one, I don’t think it will be easy and I reckon Smith will push him to back foot in the early rounds. Having said that, I think Groves will ride that storm en route to a hard fought points decision win. More...
By Lee Bellfield November 4th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
The Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow is the venue tonight when a slimmed down James Toney faces Denis Lebedev in a fight for the interim WBA Cruiserweight championship.
For Toney , this is his first venture back to the cruiserweight division in over eight years. In his last fight in that division in April, 2003 he defeated the previously unbeaten Vasiliy Jirov over 12 rounds to pick up the IBF version of the title.
Toney, a pro now for 13 years, has fought in all divisions from middleweight to heavyweight.
As a middleweight in the early 90's, he took on all comers. As an underdog in May 1991, he rallied to knockout the previously unbeaten Michael Nunn in 11 rounds to take the IBF title. In the short space of two years, he would defeat the likes of Reggie Johnson and Mike McCallum before capturing Super Middleweight honours with a nine round masterclass against Iran Barkley in February, 1993,
His first defeat as a pro would come in November the following year when a peak Roy Jones Jnr would win a wide points decision. Toney then suffered a further setback when Montell Griffin decisioned him over 12 rounds in February,1995.
For the next nine years, Toney would campaign at light heavyweight, cruiserweight and even heavyweight. Although he would ultimately win more times than losing and would pick up the lightly regarded WBU light heavyweight and cruiserweight championships, it never looked like he'd get a shot at one of the four major world title belts.
2003 would begin the ascendancy of Toney back into the big time. Following his title victory over Jirov, Lights Out would pick up the big name scalps of Evander Holyfield, John Ruiz and Fres Oquendo, although the Ruiz win would later to be changed to a no contest.
Following a brief flirtation with MMA, Toney resurfaced as a boxer weighing a whopping 257 pounds when decisioning former WBO heavyweight title challenger Damon Reed. More...
By Lee Bellfield October 28th, 2011 All Boxing Articles
It was to be called “The Fight For The Right”. An eliminator for the WBC portion of the World Heavyweight Championship.
In 1992, the heavyweight division was full of prospects all worthy of a shot at the richest prize in sport. You had the likes of Tommy Morrison, Bruce Seldon, Ray Mercer and Michael Moorer
Morrison and Mercer, the year before, had met in a WBO title match up. Morrison was brutally KO'd in the fifth and in his comeback had struggled to beat Joe Hipp.
Mercer, following this victory, would be schooled by veteran great Larry Holmes over 12 rounds. Moorer, although unbeaten, was at least another year away from being potential World Heavyweight title contender.
Seldon was regrouping his career after back to back defeats and Moorer, moving up from Light Heavyweight, had a war with former title challenger Bert Cooper before winning in the fifth.
The top four by the fall of 1992 were Evander Holyfield, Razor Ruddock, Riddick Bowe and Lennox Lewis.
Holyfield was the champion at this time and had made three successful defences of the crown. Bowe was his number one challenger and like Holyfield, was unbeaten. They would meet for the undisputed title in Las Vegas on November 13.
Two weeks earlier on Halloween night in London, Ruddock, recognised as the World's Best Heavyweight following his two tough losses to a now incarcerated Mike Tyson would meet Lewis, who had beaten the best Europe and Britain had to offer. Lewis had also an impressive win over former contender Tyrell Biggs. More...
By Lee Bellfield July 2nd, 2011 All Boxing Previews
After three years of talking and postponements the heavyweight unification fight we all want to see is finally taking place at the magnificent Immtech Arena in Hamburg.
60,000 fight fans will at long last see WBA champion David Haye take on the WBO and IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko in arguably the biggest heavyweight fight in a decade.
This is the Hayemaker's third title defence. After defeating the giant Nikolay Valuev back in November 2009 Haye has dispatched challengers John Ruiz and Audley Harrison in convincing fashion.
In all, this Hayes sixth fight in the heavyweight ranks. A former cruiserweight world champion he travelled to France in 2007 to defeat veteran Jean Marc Mormeck in seven rounds to win the title.
Only one defence would follow when he crushed domestic rival Enzo Maccarinelli in two rounds to unify the title.
For Haye, it's all about the big fights now. Vowing to retire on his 31st birthday, he wants to box both Klitschko brothers to try and clean up the division. More...
By Lee Bellfield May 21st, 2011 All Boxing Previews
A bitter boxing rivalry which started as amateurs comes to a head tonight when Olympic Gold Medalist James DeGale meets George Groves at the 02 Arena in London.
At stake is both DeGale's British and Groves' Commonwealth Super Middleweight titles.
Back in 2006 when both were amateurs, Groves won a decision victory over DeGale. Since then, DeGale has won Olympic Gold and is now eager to set the record straight as a pro five years on.
Both men are unbeaten as pros with 22 wins between them. Make no mistake, there’s no love lost between these two. DeGale has also upped the stakes in this one by betting his entire purse on the outcome.
This one is an in interesting clash of styles. In one corner you have the slick boxing skills of DeGale and in the other you have the aggression of Groves.
For Groves to win this one he needs to be aggressive and put the pressure on. There’s a chance if he does that that he may be able to break DeGale's heart.
However, Groves was in desperate trouble in a title defence against Kenny Anderson in November before pulling out a win. A question mark could also be the stamina of Groves.
DeGale on the on the other hand, has never experienced any pressure in his 10 professional fights. More...
By Lee Bellfield May 7th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
Ok, so its not Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, but we've got a decent enough substitute when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight championship against American veteran 'Sugar' Shane Mosley in Las Vegas this weekend.
For Pacquiao, this is his second defence of the crown he won by stopping Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto back in November, 2009. A multiweight world champion, Pacquiao has fought and more often than not defeated the very best of his era over a career spanning sixteen years.
In Mosley, he meets a man who himself has had a glittering career, a three weight world champion over 18 years and 54 fights. You could argue that neither Pacquiao or Mosley has ducked an opponent.
Its very easy to write Shane off in this one. However, if you look closely at his career losses one thing can be established. He struggles against the bigger and taller opponents. Fights against the late Vernon Forrest and Ronald 'Winky' Wright would prove this.
In Pacman, Mosley meets a man shorter than himself and one could argue that Shane can at least match Pacquiao for speed. Certainly against fellow speedsters such as Oscar De la Hoya, Mosley has been successful. Mosley last year even had major success against Floyd Mayweather before losing on points.
With all that being said, Manny is a different kettle of fish. At welterweight, Pacquiao has frightening speed and power. Once he's worked out an opponent's style, the fight is usually his. He also seems to be getting better and better each fight whereas the close to 40 year old Mosley has not won a contest since January, 2009.
I can see Mosley starting well in this one. Pacquiao will certainly have to be wary of Mosley's leaping left hand. However, I can gradually see the older man being worn down by the short compact punches of Pacquiao en route to Mosley's first career stoppage loss in about 10 rounds.
By Lee Bellfield April 16th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
The cavernous MEN Arena in Manchester, England is the stage for Amir Khan's fourth defence of his WBA light welterweight championship when he takes on tough Irishman Paul McCloskey tonight.
For Khan, this is his first fight since the tough defence in Vegas four months ago when he was rocked a couple of times against the big punching Argentinean Marcos Maidana.
That fight in Vegas for many proved more than Khan's previous three defences put together when in arguably his first fight against a big puncher since the Breidis Prescott shock, he showed character and a chin in securing a tough decision win.
The future at the moment is shining very bright for Khan. Should he get through this bout, a unification fight against the canny American Tim Bradley is being mooted for July in the States so he cannot afford to overlook his Irish challenger.
McCloskey is unbeaten in 22 fights with 12 KOs and is the current European champion. He has also held the British title and holds wins over respected opponents such as Colin Lynes. He also holds a win over Cesar Bazan, a man deemed good enough to challenge Jose Luis Castillo for world honours.
Khan must be the overwhelming favourite. He has by far the more experience in the big fight environment, having won an Olympic silver medal and three successful WBA defences including wins in big fight cities such as New York and Las Vegas.
Although seen by many as a marking time fight, I feel that McCloskey's slippery awkward southpaw style will cause Khan problems. However to be successful, McCloskey will be the one who needs to take chances and I think Khan, once he has worked out the Irishman's style, will begin to take over. More...
By Lee Bellfield January 29th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
In a fascinating trade fight tonight, two 140 pound champions, Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley and Devon Alexander, come face to face in a unification bout at the Silverdome in Detroit.
Amir Khan aside, this is a fight between the top 2 in the division. With Khan as a possible future opponent this is definitely a chance for bragging rights for the two unbeaten Americans.
British fight fans will of course know these men from their wins over former champion Junior Witter in world title fights. In May, 2008 as underdog, Bradley travelled to Nottingham, England to outpoint an at the time a red hot Witter over 12 hard fought rounds.
Since then Bradley has defended five times. The biggest win since winning the title was a unification victory over Kendall Holt in Montreal in 2009.
For Alexander, he picked up the vacant WBC title in August 2009 with a seventh round injury victory over former champion Junior Witter. Although a hand injury prevented Witter from going on, Alexander was well in control. Respected names such as Juan Urango and Andriy Kotelnik have since been defeated in defences.
So what happens tonight? Rumour has it that ticket sales are low for this one which surprises me considering its an unification fight between two respected unbeaten fighters. That being said we should see some good action whether there's one person or a million. More...
By Lee Bellfield December 18th, 2010 All Boxing Previews
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The last big matchup of 2010 takes place tonight when Canadian Jean Pascal makes the fourth defence of his WBC 175 pound title against the veteran Bernard Hopkins in Quebec City.
British fans will remember Pascal for his thrilling points loss against Carl Froch in 2008 in a match for the vacant 168 pound WBC crown. That is still Pascal's only defeat in 27 fights.
Since the Froch loss, Pascal has gone on to pick up world honours at 175 pounds and in his last fight against recognised division number one Chad Dawson, he took a technical decision win after 11 hard fought rounds.
In Hopkins, Pascal meets a ring veteran who has seen everything in a 22 year professional career. At 45, he seems to be in the same perfect physical condition as he was at 25.
Like Pascal, Hopkins will also be familiar to the British fight fan. In a close fought contest in April 2008, he lost a narrow points decision to Joe Calzaghe. Hopkins, though, is much, much more than that. A middleweight champion for 10 years and 20 defences, he has defeated such big names as Glen Johnson, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya. More...
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