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By Ricky Jones November 25th, 2013 All Boxing Results
In a Fight of the Year brawl, super middleweights George Groves and Carl Froch tangled spectacularly for the latter's IBF and WBA super titles last night at Manchester's Phones 4u Arena.
The media build up to the bout had been long and full of bad blood with Groves incensing Froch by not paying the champion what Froch felt was proper respect and also by claiming he would take the fight straight at Froch.
Groves surprisingly delivered on his promise, rejecting his usual cagey boxer approach for that of a slugger and by the end of the first round, Froch had been dropped hard with a short right hand counter.
It was a stunning occurence, no one had expected the far less experienced Groves to be stalking Froch, a renowned world champion, who was very wobbly following the knockdown before being saved by the bell.
Groves belted Froch around with right hands for the next three rounds, taking an increasing amount of resistance from Froch in each frame, and while the challenger shook Froch a few tomes, he couldn't repeat his first round clattering.
Froch mounted a comeback in the fifth, regaining his confidence and pushing Groves back with a two-handed attack but the challenger was still faster than Froch and was punching back well.
Perhaps Groves was taking a bit of a rest in the fifth as he came roaring back in the sixth, hammering his rival with a raft of rights and while Froch was shaken, he kept coming forward and got his punches in as well. More...
By Ricky Jones October 20th, 2013 All Boxing Results
Belfast's burgeoning boxing hero Carl Frampton lit up that city's Odyssey Arena last night by wiping out visiting Frenchman Jeremy Parodi in front of almost 9,000 adoring fans.
At stake were Frampton's European and IBF Intercontinental super bantam belts, but the real prize for the winner is a shot at the IBF title next year, currently held by former Frampton victim Kiko Martinez, who faces challenger Jeffrey Mathebula in December.
Parodi brought seven straight victories to the table and had previously won both the French and IBF International crowns. The Toulon based stylist was expected to give Frampton difficulty using movement and an effective jab.
The visitor kept distance from the Ulsterman in the early rounds but seemed genuinely affected by his first appearance outside of France and was unable to prevent Frampton from landing meaty left hooks. More...
By Ricky Jones October 7th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
To a percentage of average people on the street, the sport of Professional Boxing is nothing more than the barbaric spectacle of two near brainless brutes taking turns knocking the stuffing out of each other in front of a bloodthirsty crowd.
In reality, Boxing is a far different endeavor.
Boxing is actually the most demanding sport, both physically and mentally, that an athlete can participate in. It requires tremendous amounts of disciple, endurance, strength and concentration.
The mere act of holding up one's hands, encased in heavy, padded boxing gloves, and continuously moving for several rounds, even if no punches are thrown, makes for a physically and mentally exhausting exercise. More...
By Ricky Jones September 23rd, 2013 All Boxing Results
Just a year ago today London based heavyweight Dereck Chisora had lost four of his previous five bouts, including three straight, the last of which was a shattering knockout at the hands of ex-WBA champion David Haye.
But this past Saturday night saw the 29 year old "Del Boy", 18-4 (12), claim his third consecutive victory, all by stoppage, when he halted 25 year old German Edmund Gerber, 23-2 (14), at London's Copper Box Arena.
In the process, Chisora picked up the vacant European title, adding the illustrious belt to a trophy cabinet that already contains the British, Commonwealth and WBO International baubles.
Gerber never stood much of a chance once the bell rang, as the Englishman put his rival on the defensive with pressure, raising his efforts in the second with a committed body assault. More...
By Ricky Jones September 14th, 2013 All Boxing Predictions
We scoured the globe for current and former Team Saddos writers who were interested in contributing to our staff Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez prediction piece, so with no further introductions, we hope you enjoy the results, presented in alphabetical order!
Bruce Dingo: Australia
All the during the build-up to this one, I've been thinking that Alvarez would be seriously weakened by having to make 152 pounds, which obviously is why Team Mayweather set up the restriction, and yesterday's weigh-in only confirmed my viewpoint.
Alvarez looked drawn; maybe at 23 years of age, he'll be able to reconstitute by tonight's fight but, the kid from Guadalajara gave away any youthful stamina advantage he may have had in the later rounds the second he agreed to fight at two pounds below the light middle limit. More...
By Ricky Jones August 18th, 2013 All Boxing Results
There was insurrection in the air tonight at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales as three reigning champions were toppled in shocking fashion.
The biggest coup saw fearsome Russian slugger Sergey Kovalev, 22-0-1 (20), of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida progressively shred the resistance of WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, 26-1 (12), of Cefn Fforrest, over four rounds, halting the Welshman in dominant fashion.
Commonwealth light heavyweight titlist Ovill McKenzie, 21-12 (10), was picked off his perch in a rematch with Swansea's Enzo Maccarinelli, 37-6 (29), who turned the tables on the Derby man, halting McKenzie in the 11th frame.
Cardiff hardman Gary Buckland, 27-3 (9), was spectacularly iced in the fifth round by Stephen Smith, 17-1 (10), losing the British super feather crown when he was on the cusp of winning the Lonsdale belt outright had he won. More...
By Ricky Jones August 16th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
WBO light heavyweight boss Nathan Cleverly has been calling for tougher title defenses, and he could indeed have just that this Saturday night as the Welshman gets the home town advantage against big-punching challenger Sergey Kovalev at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
One can't blame Cleverly for wanting to face a higher level of opposition. Absent on his resume are big names in the division such as Tarvoris Cloud, Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Adonis Stevenson, Jean Pascal...etc.
Instead, to date Cleverly, 26-0 (12), faced Tony Bellew, Tommy Karpency, Shawn Hawk and Robin Krasniqi since acquiring the WBO strap in 2011, with only Bellew's name standing out as potentially world class.
Now, the lanky 26 year old from Cefn Fforest looks to be possibly heading in the right direction with the fight against Kovalev, 21-0-1 (19), an American based Russian with a fearsome heavy-handed reputation.
The 30 year old Ft. Lauderdale resident has finished off 19 of his 22 opponents since turning pro in 2009, although the vast majority of his conquests are obscure fighters, leading to the idea that Kovalev was getting fed a diet of stiffs.
That changed in January of this year when "The Crusher" walked through ex-WBA champion Gabriel Campillo, who was coming off a split decision loss to IBF titlist Tarvoris Cloud in a bout that many felt Campillo had won.
Kovalev displayed superb form along the way to knocking down Campillo three times to produce a third round stoppage, firing off crisp combinations that featured a destructive mix of body and head shots. More...
By Ricky Jones July 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Results
Dereck Chisora continued his comeback with a bang at London's Wembley Arena on Saturday, taking away the perfect record of America's Malik Scott.
The Finchley man also took a step toward another world title shot by adding the WBO International strap to his trophy cabinet with the sixth round stoppage of Scott.
As expected, the much smoother boxing visitor was able to avoid most of the incoming from the always forward marching Chisora during the early frames, relying on the jab and body shots to keep the local man at bay.
The persistence of Chisora paid off in the sixth when one of his chopping right hands suddenly found the mark, clipping Scott on the top of the head. The disorientated American fell to the canvas and then beat the count but was unable to convince referee Phil Edwards and the contest was ended.
"Del Boy" moves to 17-4 (11) with the win while Scott gets a loss to fall to 35-1-1 (12). More...
By Ricky Jones July 19th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Whenever Dereck Chisora fights, one thing is certain: things might get weird.
The 29 year old Londoner is back in action on Saturday when he meets American visitor Malik Scott in a heavyweight contest that has the vacant WBO International strap on offer.
Chisora is seeking to right the ship that began to list after Tyson Fury took away the British and Commonwealth titles of "Del Boy" in 2011. Later that year, Dereck Chisora outworked and bullied heavily hyped prospect Robert Helenius, only to be denied the decision in Helenius' home ground of Finland.
Uundeterred, the Finchley man got back on the horse and managed the career high point of giving WBC champion Vitali Klitschko his most difficult bout in a decade, losing a close points verdict in Germany last year. More...
By Ricky Jones May 26th, 2013 All Boxing Results
Carl Froch Vs Mikkel Kessler: London's 02 Arena was packed to the rafters last night as over 19,000 fans cheered on Nottingham's Carl Froch to victory against arch-rival Mikkel Kessler of Denmark in a bout for the WBA and IBF super middleweight titles.
The duo were reprising their 2010 slugfest in Herning, Denmark, won by Mikkel Kessler, who had pushed back a less active Carl Froch from behind the jab.
Carl Froch had spent the last three years vowing to one day turn the tables on Kessler and got the opportunity once the Dane signed the contract to come to England for the rematch. More...
By Ricky Jones May 24th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Carl Froch Vs Mikkel Kessler, Three years after their thrilling initial clash, super middleweights Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler are at it again on Saturday evening, this time at London's 02 Arena.
On April 24, 2010, the pair met on Kessler's Danish home turf with Carl Froch's WBC on offer as part of the Super Six tournament. Kessler had just come off a loss to Andre Ward while Froch was in his first bout after a controversial split decision win over Andre Dirrell.
The bout pitted Kessler's straight ahead European style against the awkward, low-handed looseness of Carl Froch and in the end, it was Kessler who got the nod after 12 intriguing rounds.
Fast-forward three years later and we have two belts at risk: Kessler's WBA bauble, won last time out against Brian Magee, and Froch's IBF crown, won a year ago against Lucian Bute. More...
By Ricky Jones May 11th, 2013 All Boxing Results
In the high point for British boxing thus far in 2013, bantamweight Jamie McDonnell beat the odds and powerful Mexican puncher Julio Ceja tonight at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, England to capture the IBF title in thrilling fashion.
McDonnell adds world glory to a trophy cabinet that already contains European, British and Commonwealth belts while winning his thirteen consecutive bout.
The lanky Doncaster man towered over his opponent tonight and ultimately it was McDonnell's use of reach advantage, proper distance and constant movement which allowed the 27 year old to best the younger, stronger, harder punching Ceja.
After a quiet first round, Ceja started to go to work in the second, corralling the local man and landing the left hook to the body. McDonnell was shelling up on defense, standing still and allowing Ceja to operate.
This continued through the fourth round with McDonnell landing little of consequence while getting punished with left hooks. More and more it appeared that the former European champ would go the way of countless others on Ceja's resume.
By the fifth there was a change, as McDonnell took heart when he realized he could take Ceja's best shots and began to stick and move, finding a home for a nice jab and lead right hand that was catching Ceja and disrupting the Nacho Beristain coached Mexican. More...
By Ricky Jones May 11th, 2013 All Boxing Results
In a stunning turn of events, Ricky Burns kept his WBO lightweight title tonight when challenger Jose Gonzalez quit on his stool before the tenth round, citing a possible broken left wrist in a fight in which he had been winning at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Aside from the previous two frames, the previously unbeaten Gonzalez had been in control of the contest, absolutely battering Burns on several occasions in the seventh round; it was remarkable that the Scot never went down after getting caught flush by such a powerful puncher.
Burns, 36-2 (10), even managed to hurt Gonzalez, 22-1 (17), a couple of times in the seventh but was lucky to finish the frame on his feet.
Gonzalez was oddly inactive in the eighth and ninth, likely as a result of the injury, skipping away from Burns but taking punishment from the champion whenever they came to grips.
The Puerto Rican KO artist could also have lost confidence as he wasn't used to opponents managing to survive his bombardments and that, coupled with the injury, probably tells the story of his failure to continue.
By the midway point in the fight, Burns was looking like a soon to be ex-champion as Gonzalez was masterfully controlling the pace of the fight and the distance in which it was being waged completely to his advantage. More...
By Ricky Jones May 11th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
The Doncaster faithful will be out in force tonight at the 7,000 capacity Keepmoat Stadium as local man Jamie McDonnell gets a crack at the vacant IBF bantamweight title against rough and tough slugger Julio Ceja.
It's a massive opportunity for British boxing as a McDonnell victory could shift the spotlight from the North West to South Yorkshire, where the lanky 27 year old McDonnell has been the star since defeating Ian Napa in 2010 for the British and Commonwealth crowns.
European champ from 2010 to 2012, McDonnell, 20-2-1 (9), has defeated the best of Britain and the Continent but now take a step up from that level onto the world stage, where he will meet 20 year old Ceja, 24-0 (22), a native of Atizapan de Zargoza, Mexico.
Heavy-handed Ceja has blasted his way through Central American competition, acquiring a raft of regional belts in the process, but, like McDonnell, has yet to meet a world class opponent.
It's interesting to speculate which fighter here, if either, are top of the line performers or just good prospects that have been effectively steered to this point.
Of the two, McDonnell is the better boxer while Ceja is the genuine slugger. That formula usually produces a boxer who will win if he can keep the slugger on the outside and vice versa. More...
By Ricky Jones May 10th, 2013 All Boxing Previews
Ricky Burns will look to retain his WBO lightweight crown tomorrow night at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, meeting the challenge posed by Puerto Rican danger man Jose Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, the number one WBO contender at 135 pounds, has whipsawed his way through 22 opponents since turning pro in 2008, halting 17 inside the distance.
Only one fighter, Fernando Trejo in 2011, has managed to hear the final bell against Gonzalez in the last four years.
The 29 year old from Toa Baja has devastating power in either hand, mixing in crippling body shots with lethal counter-punching to produce a very credible threat to the 14 month title reign of Burns.
Team Burns is counting on the fact that Gonzalez hasn't faced anyone near the world class level of the 30 year old Scotsman from Coatbridge, producing his impressive resume amid the company of record-building competition.
Ricky Burns has also pointed out the fact that he took the best shots of another big-punching Puerto Rican, Roman "Rocky" Martinez, yet climbed off the canvas to win the WBO super feather belt in 2010. More...
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