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By Paul Downey May 26th, 2011 All Boxing Articles
Having just witnessed the last round stoppage of Roy Jones Jr. by Denis Lebedev, it is now clear that the American fighter must retire; for his own health.
It is one of boxing's worst kept secret that Jones has been in decline for many years, racking up defeats to Antonio Tarver (twice), Joe Calzaghe, Danny Green, Bernard Hopkins (in their second 'fight' if you can call it that) and of course now Lebedev.
Never has a natural talent of the sport fallen so far from grace, going from packing out arenas all over America to fighting 10 rounders in Russia. Jones reportedly has a lot of financial problems, and looked every bit the part of the fighter there for the pay day in the build-up to the Lebedev fight.
Take nothing away from Lebedev though, just as Calzaghe before him, he now has a win over Roy Jones Jr on his fight record.
The sicking finish in the final round, was surely an indication for Jones, if he chooses to watch it back to call it a day.
Even the fights that Jones has won in recent times (Jeff Lacy and Omar Sheika) have been seen as safety-first bouts against opponents who would not trouble even this shadow of the once arguable pound for pound king.
The first defeat of his career, a needless disqualification against Montell Griffin, began his downward spiral, although a lot of people noted that he was never the same fighter after dropping back down to Light Heavyweight after beating John Ruiz to win the WBA heavyweight belt in 2003. More...
By Paul Downey November 20th, 2009 All Boxing Articles
Impact ABC trainer Andy Sedgmore has hailed the performance of Liam Berrisford after he was crowned National Junior Novice School Boy Champion in Liverpool.
The 15 year old from Meir Park took the title after a points victory over Stevenage ABC's Levi Raymond in the 57-60 kilo category.
“The dedication Liam has put in has been rewarded, and the whole gym is buzzing at the point. Raymond was a very tricky customer who was a natural switch-hitter, but the way Liam changed his tactics and coped with him was exceptional,” he said.
Sedgmore has also refused to rule out competing for a spot in the 2012 Olympics, saying, “Never say never, I think we went into the competition looking to get beyond the Midlands level, and then see where we went from there.”
Berrisford, who had only had three bouts before the competition, decided to keep on boxing when some of his friends stopped, and is delighted to reap the rewards. More...
By Paul Downey November 17th, 2009 All Boxing Articles
Newly-formed Five Towns ABC Coach Clinton Campbell is hoping members of his stable can secure Midlands Championships slots in thoroughout the new season.
“It's going to be tough in our first season, but we are hoping to see champions in this gym over the coming years,” Campbell said.
Campbell and co-trainer Paul Dodd are former coaches at Hulton Abbey ABC, and Clinton insists that the time was right to setup their own stable.
“People have certain ways of doing things, and myself and Paul felt that we could teach the young lads here things maybe they weren't learning at the Abbey.”
Despite their departures both have said that relations between the clubs are superb, and also with all the amateur clubs in the Staffordshire area.
“There was no problem with our decision to leave Hulton Abbey, and we still talk regularly with the trainers there as well as all the coaches for other clubs.” Campbell commented.
The gym situated in Bottleslow Street, Hanley has been open for training purposes since January, but Campbell has now registered it with the ABA, and can now look forward to his boxers competing in tournaments nationwide. More...
By Paul Downey October 22nd, 2009 All Boxing Articles
Impact ABC Coach Andrew Sedgemore is hoping for a double triumph from his stable this week, as two of his young guns compete for glory in the Staffs and Midlands categories.
“It is great for the area and for the gym, that Liam and Matt both have the possibility of representing the Midlands," he said.
"It's a good confidence booster for them and us as trainers, but they must stay focussed and continue their good work”.
Meir Park youngster Liam Berrisford will be part of a Midlands squad that will compete against a North West select team in Chesterfield on Saturday at Junior Novice Class A Level.
After a unanimous decision victory over Grimsby's Joshua Hyldon two weeks ago, his coach is adamant that Berrisford can be make an impression on the junior amateur scene. More...
By Paul Downey October 8th, 2009 All Boxing Articles
Five Towns ABC debutant Daniel Allen was the highlight of Queensberry Police ABC's first show of the new season, at the Jubilee WMC in Trent Vale, Stoke on Trent, England last Thursday.
The 19 year old southpaw was busy throughout his three rounder against Queensberry's Martin Pickerill, connecting with stinging straight lefts to the head and body throughout.
He also forced a standing eight count in the final round after a barrage of shots, as well as giving Pickerill a bloody nose in the second, scoring a unanimous decision victory.
Allen's trainer Clinton Campbell said, “He fought really well out there, it can be a nervy experience your first fight at any level, and he has done brilliantly.”
Long Lane's Ryan Mulcacahy was in excellent form throughout his three rounder against Queensberry's Nas Rafiq, showing superb movement and well timed shots in scoring a points win.
Impact ABC, who work alongside Scott Lawton's Impact gym in Fenton, scored two wins on the night with Marcus La Doux and currently unbeaten Matthew Binks scoring decision victories to both reach the Semi Finals of the Staffordshire Novice Championships.
Impact ABC Coach Andrew Sedgemore said, “Marcus has shown excellent movement and good use of the back hand, he was fighting a southpaw which is never easy, but he has dealt with him well. Matthew has shown good energy, and quick hands which can be vital.”
Queensberry's Joe Ventress and Joshua McClaren were largely in control of their contests against Aldercar's John Allen and Tom Lowe's Reece Humphries, both scoring unanimous decisions.
By Paul Downey June 24th, 2009 All Boxing Previews
Popular Heavyweight Martin Rogan is set for another crack at Sam Sexton and the Commonwealth Heavyweight title, after the British Board of Boxing Control put the bout out for purse bids.
The 38-year old Irish taxi driver was seen by many to have been dealt an injustice in the pair's first fight.
In the sixth round, the challenger's legs had gone after a barrage of punches by Rogan and the fight was temporarily halted, as Sexton's mouth piece came out.
This was seen as a missed opportunity by the Irishman to finish the bout, which was stopped in the eighth after Rogan's left eye had almost swelled shut.
The contest is certain to bring a big crowd wherever it is held, with Rogan seen affectionately as a real-life Rocky Balboa, with his brutal style which saw him win the first Prizefighter series in April, 2008.
Since then he has scored notable scalps in the form of Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.
The bout will also serve as a eliminator for Danny Williams' British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Championship.
By Paul Downey June 23rd, 2009 All Boxing Articles
Here we look at potential opponents for WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch, assessing the box office potential and career enhancements that 'The Cobra' could gain from certain adversaries.
Bernard Hopkins: Light Heavyweight (49-5-1-1)
Possibly the biggest draw box office wise, also seems to be hardest to negotiate with money-wise for Froch so far, with Hopkins supposedly playing hard ball over the purse split.
This clash would also mean a step up in weight to 175lbs, but rumours in the press suggest 'The Executioner' is set to retire after not finding a suitable opponent since schooling Kelly Pavlik last October.
Chad Dawson: Light Heavyweight (28-0)
A real long shot again at light heavy, could attract some US television coverage after 'Bad' Chad's two victories over Antonio Tarver. Possibly not the fighter to capture the imagination of British audiences because of his technical style either.
An unlikely match-up, with Froch looking to unify the super middleweight division before looking at moving up in weight. More...
By Paul Downey June 21st, 2009 All Boxing Articles
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So, Wladimir Klitschko is still WBO and IBF World Heavyweight Champion, after a 10th round TKO victory over previously unbeaten Ruslan Chagaev.
But what did this fight tell us that we didn't already know regarding the stagnating heavyweight division? The answer is very little.
Chagaev, a late replacement for British contender David Haye, was coming into the fight having trained in previous months for a much bigger opponent, in 7 footer Nikolai Valuev. More...
By Paul Downey June 18th, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
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Birmingham born middleweight prospect Matthew Macklin, 17-2 (13), recently spared a few moments to chat exclusively with SaddoBoxing about his career so far, "that" fight against Jamie Moore and his career aspirations.
SaddoBoxing: Was the fight against British Champion Jamie Moore last September your hardest fight so far?
Matthew Macklin: "Yes it was, by quite a bit. It was a grueling fight and quite punishing for both of us. Jamie's experience at pacing himself was the telling difference; he fought a smart fight."
SB: People are talking about that fight as a contender for fight of the decade; does this make you feel proud that you were part of it? More...
By Paul Downey May 31st, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
12 Steps The Key For Boxing Beauty
IFBA Lightweight Champion Mia Rosales-St. John insists the easiest to quit smoking is by using the 12 steps program, saying,"Go to Smokers Anonymous meetings and use the 12 steps program, it really does work."
St. John has also thrown her support towards the smoking ban which comes into effect July 1 in England and thinks that the sooner other countries follow suit the better.
"I totally support these sorts of bans, I hate smoking and the sooner more of these bans are put into place everywhere the better it will be for everyone," she commented.
St. John, who used to be managed by Don King, became the first Mexican on the cover of Playboy when she posed for photos in November 1999. St. John is not ashamed of this as she believes that the pictures were done tastefully saying, "The main motivation behind the Playboy pictures was to be the first Mexican on the cover; it is something I am proud of. I ensured the pictures maintained a boxing theme, plus the shoot did help my career and of course there was the financial incentive of it."
Despite her impressive Boxing record, which includes 43 wins out of 52 fights, Mia is in the belief that a lot of boxing fans are starting to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship just because it is so much more violent. As she reveals, More...
By Paul Downey May 29th, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
Jones Hails Smoking Ban
Midlands based light heavyweight Lee Jones Jr., 2-0, believes the impending smoking ban this summer will give people extra incentive to quit, "I think that for those who are almost strong willed enough to quit but not quite, the public ban will give them that extra push to stop," he said.
"Like all young men, I bowed to peer pressure and I did try it aged around 12 or 13 but I had one and hated it," Jones continued. "From that day on I never ever smoked again. From what people tell me, everyone reacts the same way the first time they smoke - I honestly can't imagine why anyone ever smokes twice."
The Telford born competitor continued, "People continue to smoke even though they know that it causes all sorts of diseases and ultimately causes premature death - if that is not enough of an incentive to quit then nothing is!"
Jones Jr. points to the examples of Mexican Ricardo Mayorga and James Toney as examples of why boxers shouldn't even consider smoking,
"There are at least two high profile boxers who do smoke - Ricardo Mayorga who is a former welter and light middle weight world champion and James Toney who is a former middle, super middle and cruiser weight world champion. Both have been criticized for their lack of discipline in training and this is why they have never really achieved as much as they could have", he said. More...
By Paul Downey May 25th, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
Dedication the key for Risum
Promoter Henrik Risum has revealed the defining factor when scouting for boxers for his stable, dedication.
"If you don't have the dedication, the will to learn, the desire to train, and some times do so for small money in the beginning, then you are not going to go anywhere in professional boxing," he said.
Risum freed up time in his busy schedule to answer questions regarding his company, their upcoming shows and who we should look out for from Risum Boxing is the near future, exclusively for SaddoBoxing.
On May 5, one of Risum's boxers was involved in a farcical incident where Kenyan super middleweight champion Mohammed Orungi pulled out of his scheduled fight the next day against Samson Onyango. This is a decision which angered Risum as it doesn't just mess with his own schedule, but also that of his boxers.
"It's very disappointing as a promoter, but mostly for the boxers," said Risum of the incident. " I feel so sorry for the boxers who trained but time and time again didn't get to fight because some local promoters don't know their left hand from their right hand. It's very disappointing, but also very motivating for me. I want my guys to succeed." More...
By Paul Downey May 22nd, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
Ali Blasts The UFC
Commonwealth Welterweight king Ali Nuumbembe has laughed off the suggestion the UFC could soon replace boxing saying, "The UFC is no where near as fast as boxing, and there is nowhere near as much action."
"The Silent Assassin", who defeated British Champion Kevin Anderson in his last fight in February, does though believe that boxing needs to be "jazzed up" to put it back on track.
"I do feel that boxing promoters need to jazz up their shows a little, just to help put boxing back on track," he said.
Despite not having fought since February, boxing fanatic Nuumbembe has kept himself busy watching as much of the sport as he can. The 28 year old revealed he is big Ricky Hatton fan and will be watching on when he takes on Jose Luis Castillo on June 23 in Las Vegas.
"I do like to watch a lot boxing, Ricky Hatton is great to watch, I’m looking forward to his fight against Castillo; it will be huge," the Namibian born fighter said. More...
By Paul Downey May 15th, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
The "Little Prince" Aiming For the Big Prize
If someone was to mention the possibility of a Norwegian world champion, they would more often than not be laughed out of the room.
All this could be about to change though as 28 year old Geir Inge Jorgensen aims to take the boxing world by storm. The fighter whose trainer is the legendary Emanuel Steward, believes that the boxing world is changing and that Norway could play a major role, "Norway has never had any world champions before, I think I have what it takes to be a world champion in time," he stated.
Jorgensen has been training out in the United States for two years now at Steward's Kronk Gym and has been sparring with many different types of boxers. He believes that a new heavyweight star is needed to give the sport a boost.
"I have been in the USA with Emanuel Steward and Kronk Gym for two years now, and the American boxing needs a new heavyweight star. In the States, I have been sparring with different champions, and the difference between them and me are not too great. I have been sparring with Vivian Harris, Jermain Taylor, Juan Guzman, Kermit Cintron, Paul Malignaggi and others, it has been a good exercise," he continued. More...
By Paul Downey May 10th, 2007 All Boxing Interviews
"Golden Boy" Of Denmark Desperate For Victory
Danish Super Featherweight prospect Kim Poulsen returns to the ring in Oranienberg, Germany on May 12, and has sent out a defiant message to whoever he fights against stating, "I must win by all means."
PoulsenÊ¼s return comes less than a month since his disappointing points loss to Frenchman Tony Jourda, a decision which has galvanised the Ê½Golden BoyÊ¼ to make sure that the same mistake doesn't happen again.
"I gave everything I had in me on the day, but if I fought Jourda again I would beat him easy," said Poulsen. "I am a much better boxer than him, but I felt tight for some reason and couldnÊ¼t get my boxing to flow, using my jab and so on. I really want to fight him again to show I am the better man, and that he just had a lucky day."
Manager Henrik Risum also revealed that a rematch with Jourda could be on the cards but it is unlikely to happen until the fall.
"I want Kim to have a few more learning-fights after this coming fight on May 12, and then I think he will be ready to fight Jourda again in the fall, box him the right way, and show everybody that Tony got a lucky break last time", Risum said. More...
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