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Final Thoughts On Carl Froch vs. George Groves

By Jane Warburton November 28th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

The Carl Froch v George Groves fight on Saturday night is sure to be debated for a long time in terms of it’s ‘edge of the seat’ drama. 'The Cobra' was defending his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles against undefeated 'Saint George'.

It was an enthralling contest which saw the Champion on the canvas in round one, but which ended eight thrilling rounds later in genuine controversy.

Referee Howard Foster ended the fight in the ninth when Froch offloaded a flurry of hard punches and Groves looked smothered, briefly. Yes, to all watching – it seemed unbelievably premature and the incredulous reaction to the stoppage by Groves, his corner and the watching crowd was understandable.

But, the Referee is closer to the action than anyone else. Gut instinct and a split-second judgement is all ‘part of the job’.

Groves was booed into the ring but then cheered like a hero – on his way out of the ring. That's little consolation when you’ve suffered your first defeat and were winning on all three judges scorecards 78-73, 76-75, 76-75, going into the ninth round.

But I think Groves will be proud now, not only of his performance during the fight – but also the enormous achievement in changing thousands of fight fans' opinions in less than an hour.

He left the Phones4U Arena in Manchester with far more respect than anyone could have expected.

The immediate reaction to the result was a universal call for a rematch – and no doubt Groves will be going into it next time with an equal share of support (at least).

The Cobra vs. The Saint: Can The Upstart Pull Off The Upset?

By Nick Chamberlain November 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Carl Froch George Groves The Cobra vs. The Saint: Can The Upstart Pull Off The Upset?

Credit to George Groves for managing to get himself into mandatory position for the IBF super middle title that Carl Froch has or we would not be seeing this fight between the two boxers, which takes place this Saturday night in Manchester, England.

Froch would have done exactly what Joe Calzaghe did to him years ago and essentially fobbed Groves off and ignored him.

So straight out of the gate…Froch doesn’t really want this fight, and why would he? Maximum risk, minimum reward.
Now however (thanks to Groves’s attitude) I think he does want this fight, so again, credit to Groves.

I am not sure it is the best thing for Groves to have done but fair play to him; clearly he is trying to wind Froch up and get under his skin.

But wouldn’t it have been better if he was polite, dignified, and respectful in the build-up, so Froch would think little of this young pretender and then on fight night release a monster with a game plan?

Either way it has been great to watch the hostilities, I just don’t think it will do Groves any favours. He is effectively throwing more coal into the locomotive that will be heading his way.

I think Groves is missing a lynchpin; his ex-trainer Adam Booth. And because of this, Groves is screaming to the world ‘I can do it on my own’. More...

British Phenom Anthony Joshua Injured, Off Froch vs. Groves Bill

By Iain Langmaid November 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Earlier this week it was announced that rising British Heavyweight star Anthony Joshua has been forced to pull out of his forthcoming contest against Argentine journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila with a torn bicep.

The match up, which would have been over six rounds on the bill of Carl Froch’s grudge match against fellow British Super Middleweight George Groves, would have been Joshua’s fourth professional contest this year, since turning over after striking gold at Super Heavyweight in last year’s London Olympics.

Avila is a former Argentinian Cruiserweight champion whose last visit to these shores saw him stopped in nine rounds by Dereck Chisora.

However, it is hoped that Joshua will appear on the Christmas Cracker bill on December 14 against Welsh Heavyweight Dorian Darch.

This writer, like many a British fight fan, wishes the likeable London Heavyweight a speedy recovery so we can continue to see him develop.

What If Manny Pacquiao Loses To Brandon Rios?

By Jose Espinoza November 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Manny Pacquiao is coming off two straight losses at the hands of Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, however, the Filipino fighter has said in the press that he has moved on from those defeats and he is looking forward to a new chapter in his boxing career.

His upcoming fight against Brandon Rios on November 23 could prove to be a catalyst for Pac Man's triumphant return but what would happen if he loses this bout?

It's a question that not many Pacquiao fans want to explore, but according to Rios it's a sure thing. Let's talk hypothetically about what's the possible outcome of yet another loss for Manny Pacquiao.

"While he's focused on the fight, obviously it's a distraction because he cares about his people," said Freddie Roach in an interview to the media about Pacquiao's focus and how the recent devastating Typhoon Haiyan is affecting his fighter.

The suffering of the victims in the Philippines has been on the mind of everyone worldwide but more so on one of it's own citizens.

In fact, Manny Pacquiao has dedicated his fight against Rios to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The pressure of fighting is hard enough when you're just thinking about your opponent but add to add the burden of winning a fight for a nation and that pressure can be too much for even the most clutch fighter.

In the last few years, Manny Pacquiao has been at odds between his responsibilities as a Congressman for the Philippines and his boxing career.

There is an innate sense of responsibility instilled in Pacquiao that makes him passionate to help his countrymen. There is no need for him to keep fighting, especially if his responsibilities to his country take precedence over the sport.

Should he lose his third fight in a row, he is an intelligent man who knows about business and can make money from branding, public appearance and other lucrative endorsements to help him generate income for his future endeavours. More...

Will Nathan Cleverly Return As A Cruiserweight?

By Iain Langmaid November 7th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Sergey Kovalev Nathan Cleverly Will Nathan Cleverly Return As A Cruiserweight?

Recently it has been announced that the former WBO Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will return to the ring on the 30th November at the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to challenge the Australian, Daniel Ammann, for the vacant Commonwealth Cruiserweight title.

The 26 year old Welshman, who has held the British, Commonwealth and European titles at the classical 12 stone 7lbs division, returns to the ring three months after losing his WBO Light Heavyweight title and his 26 fight unbeaten record to the big hitting Russian, Sergei Kovalev, at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in August of this year.

There had been speculation that the Cefn Forest native, who also holds a Mathematics degree from the University of Cardiff, may have chosen to retire from the sport following the crushing loss against Kovalev, but it appears that wiser council has prevailed Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut against the 30 year old Ammann, who was born in Wagga, Wagga in New South Wales and now lives in Stockton in the same state in Australia, is a two time Australian champion at Cruiserweight.

Ammann brings with him to the ring a record that consists of 29 wins and 5 losses, of which 2 were by knockout. More...

Let’s Try Again: The Battle For Best Canadian Fighter

By Jose Espinoza November 6th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

It's official, the fight to determine Canada's elite fighter will take place on January 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Following the announcement in late winter last year that the mega fight to determine the best Canadian fighter between Jean Pascal (28-2-1) and Lucian Bute (31-1) on May 25 would be rescheduled, some of us worried it would never actually happen.

After several months of speculation, the kick-off press conference to make it official occurred on October 31 in Montreal, Canada.

According to promoter Yvon Michel, 15,000 tickets are already sold from a possible 21,000, which makes sense since all those ticket holders bought their ticket for the May 25 fight and were told to hold on to the tickets since a new date would be announced shortly.

Well, the tentative date was set but no one knew if the fight would actually happen until now.

This will no doubt be the biggest fight in Canadian history as both boxers are fighting for bragging rights and survival. No doubt, the loser will see his career decline from this bout. Another added bonus is that HBO will market this fight on their network and will make one of these two men a true rising star.

It was announced to the press during the conference that both fighters agreed to a WADA anti-doping test. Also, Bute will be training in Montreal, perhaps to soak up the importance of this bout whereas Pascal has chosen to train in Las Vegas, likely to get away from distractions.

Of course, neither fighter said this was their reason for choosing their training facilities, but you could suspect as much from their tone and what their respective trainers were saying.

There is no word yet on the undercard and there won't be until after the Adonis Stevenson fight vs. Tony Bellew, scheduled for November 30.

What’s Up Next For Timothy Bradley And Juan Manuel Marquez?

By Iain Langmaid October 30th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Within the past two weeks, American two weight world champion Timothy Bradley successfully retained his WBO Welterweight title against the Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas and Mack Centre in Las Vegas. It was second time Bradley defended his title, the first being against the Freddie Roach trained Russian crowd pleaser Ruslan Provodkinov.

The question for Bradley and Marquez is the inevitable: what next?

For the 30 year old Bradley, who extended his record to 31-0 with 12 knockouts, he is not exactly starved for attractive pay days in a very talent rich division. The most obvious one is inevitably the sport’s number one attraction in the shape of Floyd Mayweather Jr, who holds the WBC’s portion of the Welterweight crown.

This option has complications due to Mayweather’s current television deal with Showtime, and Bradley’s promoter’s Top Rank currently tied into a deal with HBO. However, as Mayweather promotes himself through the Mayweather/Money Team umbrella, there is still a possibility that such a match up that could happen.

Other options for Bradley could be the winner of Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter’s IBF Welterweight title clash. Should Alexander emerge victorious against the younger, unbeaten Porter, Alexander will look to avenge a 10th round Technical Decision loss to Bradley down at Light-Welterweight for the WBC and WBO portions of the 10 stone title.

A slightly more distant option could be the winner of Adrien Broner fighting the Argentinean banger Marcos Rene Maidana due to both men fighting under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy umbrella and the on going rift between that organisation and Top Rank, which is causing much frustration, not just for fighters trying to make a living, but to the fans who want to see the best fighting the best.

Breaking away stateside and from the Golden Boy and Top Rank cold wa, one fighter who could be an option for Bradley is the unbeaten British Welterweight Kell Brook, who stopped the former WBA title holder Vyacheslav Senchenko in a IBF eliminator this past weekend. More...

The Acid Test: Is It Special K Or Just Ordinary Kell?

By Nick Chamberlain October 26th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Kell Brook Vyacheslav Senchenko The Acid Test: Is It Special K Or Just Ordinary Kell?

Is ‘Special K’ as special as we were once to believe?

Welterweight Kell Brook got off to such a great start, and looked like such a prospect. After all , the young lad came from the same gym in Sheffield that made household names of Prince Naseem Hamed, Ryan Rhodes, Johnny Nelson, Clinton Woods, Junior Witter and Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham.

In 2009, Brook won Young British boxer of the year award, joining the same ranks as Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Ken Buchanan, John H Stracey, Nigel Benn and Barry Mcguigan.

Incidentally, in a bet with a friend at the time, I picked Nathan Cleverley over Kell, and I still think Nathan has done better, in an easier division maybe, but he was a World Champion first…even if he did effectively fall at his first genuine hurdle.

I digress...

Brook is most definitely in possession of some silky skills and there is a certain composure about the way he does his work, unfortunately that composure almost looks to me like he switches off sometimes. More...

Can Adam Booth Bring David Price Back from Defeat?

By Iain Langmaid October 18th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

After months of speculation, it has been announced that Liverpool’s current British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion David Price has recruited Adam Booth, “the Dark Lord of British Boxing”, and the current trainer of two-weight world champion David Haye, to be his new trainer.

The decision comes after Price decided to leave his long time trainer Franny Smith, who he worked with at the Salisbury ABC amateur club and helped guide him to British and Commonwealth title wins over Sam Sexton, a former Commonwealth champion and also against former world title challenger and former British champion Matt Skelton.

Price then suffering two career shattering losses to Tony Thompson in front of adoring fans at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. In the first fight, Price was dropped by a left hook by the veteran American southpaw in the third round before falling apart in such dramatic fashion in the second fight despite having Thompson down in the third round, which left Price’s career and rise to the top in serious question.

Following those two dark fights has come the split with Smith and this week has seen the announcement that Price's promoter Frank Maloney has also decided to call it a day as a promoter and manager in boxing.

So, this also presents a fresh start for the likable Liverpudlian Price, which will give him a new energy and approach to the sport.

Booth will be able to address the psychological elements of the losses and address Price’s stamina issues as questions still remain over whether or not Price can actually go the 12 rounds should future fights in his career go that long, when his destructive power fails to shift the man in front of him.

Another part of the Price armoury that Booth will be busy working on is his technical ability. He will look to get Price to box behind his left jab, which, when he uses it, is a powerful and accurate weapon which allows him to set up the left hook and that booming straight right hand.

And it will be worth seeing in November, when Price is targeting his comeback to the ring with a tune-up bout before potentially taking up an opportunity to secure his Lonsdale belt for keeps against Dereck Chisora.
So, the Price-Booth union shall be a partnership that will be worth watching.

Tony Bellew Gets Date To Face WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson

By Iain Langmaid October 17th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Tony Bellew Tony Bellew Gets Date To Face WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson

A date and venue has been confirmed for Tony Bellew, the former British and Commonwealth Champion, and his mandatory challenge of Adonis Stevenson’s WBC light heavyweight title.

Bellew was recently an interested spectator ringside in Montreal, Canada to see Stevenson display a previously unseen side to his boxing ability in his seven round demolition of former IBF title holder Tavoris Cloud at the Bell Centre.

The 30 year old Bellew, who came up just short in a gallant world title challenge against the former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly at the Echo Arena in his home city of Liverpool in November 2011, will face off against one of boxing’s most electrifying punchers on the 30th November at the Colisee du Quebec in Quebec City.

Bellew earnt his crack at Stevenson after emerging victorious against South African based Malawian Issac Chilemba in a rematch at the O2 Arena in London as a chief support to friend and long time sparring partner Carl Froch’s triumph over Mikkel Kessler for the IBF and WBA Super-Middleweight titles.

It is not the first time that Bellew has had a fearsome puncher in the opposite corner. More...

David Price Vs Dereck Chisora

By Iain Langmaid October 16th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

chisora31 David Price Vs Dereck Chisora

According to a notice published on the website of the British Boxing Board of Control dated the 9th of this month, the Board of Control has ordered purse bids to be submitted to their offices for a potential match up between Finchley’s Dereck Chisora, the newly crowned European and former British Champion, and Liverpool’s David Price, the current British and Commonwealth champion.

The deadline to submit the purse bids to the offices of the Board of Control, to decide who will promote such an attractive matchup, is November 13.

It is almost certain that such a contest (should it occur) between Price and Chisora, will take place next year, with Price looking to secure the prestigious Lord Lonsdale Belt outright

This will be due to Chisora having scheduled a European title defence at the Copper Box Arena at The Olympic Park on the 30th November against a yet to be named opponent, while Price is looking for a tune up fight in November, four months after suffering his second successive stoppage loss at the hands of two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson of the United States.

This potentially exciting match up was ordered through Chisora’s recent triumph over the highly touted German Eduard Gerber in five rounds at the Copper Box Arena, as well as the fact that Price has not defended his titles since November 2012 when he defeated World title challenger and former British, Commonwealth and European champion Matt Skelton in just two rounds at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Crucially, a British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight unification match would also generate considerable interest both within and outside of the sport.

But like all things in this sport, will it happen?

Only In Boxing: What Is Clearly Wrong With The Sport

By Jose Espinoza October 8th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

As most of you already know, there will be a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera following the controversial result last Saturday which gave Chavez Jr. a unanimous victory.

Most experts on hand, including HBO analyst Jim Lampley, had Vera winning the bout, however, the judges had other ideas. Now, instead of taking the correct approach, which is to setup a committee to investigate the judge’s decision, the federation has decided to go for the money making approach and have a rematch.

This situation is something that only happens in Boxing. Only in this sport do you have federations gaining from their own official’s (the judges) mistakes.

There is no credibility left in the sport. I know most of you will say that promoters are at fault as well because they push the boxing federations to keep the status quo because let’s face it, they gain tremendously from the current structure in boxing.

Promoter’s aside, the federations have a final say as to the officials that will be responsible for judging the fights. The lack of accountability for judges and the dubiousness of those individuals is the greatest concern right now.

The idea that a fighter can train for months and leave everything in the ring (including his soul) and still have a result dependant on outside factors or a dubious judge is atrocious.

This is truly the only sport that is still stuck in the past and it is no wonder that we are losing many of our fan base because the sport offers little reward to a viewer who wants to see a just result.

I realize that there is a prevalent school of thought that believes we should not mess with tradition. These apologists argue that one of the reasons this sport is so great is because of the human element which has been a part of boxing since its inception and who are we now to change that? More...

What Is The Average Person’s Perception Of Boxing?

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...

Can Scott Quigg Become Britain’s Next World Champion?

By Nick Chamberlain October 4th, 2013 All Boxing Articles

Scott Quigg Can Scott Quigg Become Britains Next World Champion?

Matchroom Boxing are putting on a good show on Saturday night at London's O2 Arena, in what is effectively a rescued card from the Haye vs.Fury debacle.

Which although I was gutted about not seeing, it is boxing, cuts in sparring happens, I think it adds a little bit of extra flavour for when Haye and Fury do eventually come together in February.

Some entertaining fights are on for Saturday with Lee Selby facing Ryan Walsh for the British and Commonwealth featherweight belts and Kevin Mitchell tangles Marco Lopez for the vacant IBF inter-continental lightweight belt.

Luke Campbell has his second fight as a professional and Olympic heavyweight star Anthony Joshua has his pro debut.

Scott Quigg headlines with his world title shot against Cuban Yoandris Salinas.

Quigg, 26-0-1 with 19 KO's, was made interim super bantam weight champion by the WBA but has said he wants to earn the full title in the ring, which is always good to hear.

Quigg is a good honest, hardworking professional who has a great deal of talent. He will really have to earn that title though. More...

Edwin Rodriguez Next Up For Super Middle King Andre Ward

By Gonzo Glenn Gasket September 22nd, 2013 All Boxing Articles

If you're going to step up, why not step up for all the marbles?

That approach worked for Andre Ward, who, despite a 2004 Olympic Gold Medal, was still fighting the likes of Shelby Pudwill, Edison Miranda and Henry Buchanan in 2009 when he entered the Super Six tournament and shocked everyone by dominating the top man at 168 pounds, Mikkel Kessler.

In contrast, Edwin Rodriguez has no Olympic gold in his trophy cabinet and isn't the most skilled boxer in the division but, he is undefeated, can really wing punches and is full of confidence.

But will that be enough to topple WBC/WBA champion Ward, the king of the hill at super middleweight when they meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on November 16?

Normally, no, definitely not but Ward has been out of the ring for a year, recovering from injury following his masterful dismantling of WBC light heavyweight titlist Chad Dawson a year ago when the pair clashed for Ward's belts.

The aggressive, come forward Rodriguez, 24-0 (16), could be a real handful for Ward, 26-0 (14), who will have to overcome ring rust and the possible concern that he could re-injure himself during the fight.

Rodriguez is coming off a first round annihilation of promising Russian light heavyweight Denis Grachev two months ago but will be stepping, way, way up above the level of competition he's been in with thus far in his five year pro career and fittingly, "La Bomba" will be in the ring with "Son of God".

The thing about Ward is, he's kind of an unorthodox, messy fighter, not a classic boxer at all, and thus hard to defend against. He wears opponents down with lots of grabbing, holding and wrestling on the inside after a few rounds of energy sapping lead rights to the stomach. More...

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