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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...
By Nick Chamberlain October 26th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
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.
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...
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.
By Iain Langmaid October 17th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
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...
By Iain Langmaid October 16th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
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?
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...
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 Nick Chamberlain October 4th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
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...
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...
By Jane Warburton September 16th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Carl Froch is beginning to impress the Judges on ITV’s ‘Stepping Out’ Programme.
The WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Champion faces George Groves on the 23rd November, but is mixing training with learning the steps for his next dance routine with partner Rachael Cordingley.
Last week, Carl and Rachael danced a Bhangra – Bollywood style routine and despite the glittery waistcoat – the Cobra failed to impress, scoring a total of 34 out of a possible 60 points.
This weekend saw the couple dance a slow Rumba with a number of impressive lifts and the Judges were complimentary.
“Carl, I loved the arm extension……you’re the most improved contestant,” Mel B raved, while Jason Gardiner said “You are a revelation tonight!”
Wayne Sleep awarded them both top marks of ten out of ten, while the total score came to 48 out of 60 which was a vast improvement and enough to get the viewers voting to keep them in the competition.
By Nick Chamberlain September 14th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Is “The One” referring to Saul Alvarez being “The One” to take Floyd Mayweather's crown? Or is it “The One” to watch? “The One” not to miss? I am sure Mayweather is seeing it as “The One” to surpass any amount of money he has ever earned in one night.
Saul Alvarez, or “Canelo” as you will frequently hear him being called, which simply means ' cinnamon', is a tenacious young fighter from Mexico who’s record is impressive at 42-0-1 with 30 KO’s.
He has good Mexican fighting pedigree, he moves very well and he can punch with a 70% KO ratio. Furthermore, amongst his tools are aggression and accuracy, complete with the fact that this kid is big at the weight, very big, he bulks up a great deal after the weigh in, and he makes for a formidable adversary. More...
By Jose Espinoza September 13th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
One of the most respected boxing referees in the world is getting a chance to prove his quality on one of the biggest nights for boxing this year.
Kenny Bayless has been named to referee the junior middleweight championship unification bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez during the Nevada State Athletic Commission monthly meeting.
Most boxing enthusiasts will agree that Bayless is one of the best in the sport. However, he has been criticized in the past because he gets too involved with the fighters.
“Bang Bang” Bayless, as he was known when he was boxing, has a tendency to constantly talk to fighters during the contest and to break them up when the fights gets inside.
This situation could cause a problem for Alvarez, (42-0-1, 30 KO’s), who will no doubt try as a strategy to pressure Mayweather, (44-0, 26 KO’s), by boxing him inside.
Bayless is an excellent referee but even a master has bad habits and you can be sure Alvarez will not be allowed to fight on the inside. Alvarez will have to just disregard Bayless, even if that means having points deducted, and stick to attacking Mayweather inside.
Another troubling announcement is that C.J. Ross of Nevada will be one of the judges for this fight. You might remember her from her infamous scorecard that gave Timothy Bradley a split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao. More...
By Jose Espinoza September 4th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Canadian southpaw Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (21-1-0 with 18 KOs) will put his World Boxing Council (WBC), Ring Magazine and linear world light heavyweight title on the line against American Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud (24-1-0 with 19 KOs).
Stevenson, a native of Haiti who lives in Quebec and who is a rapidly growing attraction there, will be back at the Bell Centre in Montreal to face Cloud in the main event of an HBO card.
The WBC champion, who turn 36 on September 22, won his world light heavyweight title by knocking out undisputed light heavyweight king "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-3-0, 17 KOs) in 76 seconds. His victory stunned the audience at the Bell Centre, Montreal and catapulted Stevenson's reputation to the worldwide HBO viewers.
According to The Ring Magazine, 31-year-old Cloud is ranked fourth among the world's leading light heavyweights, and he is considered the No. 1, 175-pound light heavyweight contender in the United States.
Cloud has suffered only one defeat in his entire career and he has never visited the canvas. During an interview, Cloud mentioned that he believes that his experience will help him overcome the stronger Stevenson.
The undercard that night will feature Jean Pascal taking on George Blades in a tune-up fight leading up to his much anticipated bout against Lucien Bute.
By Gonzo Glenn Gasket August 7th, 2013 All Boxing Articles
In a few weeks from now, IBF middleweight boss Daniel Geale faces the challenge of Darren Barker in Atlantic City.
Why Barker and not unification matches against the likes of WBA champion Gennady Golovkin, WBO titlist Peter Quillin or WBC kingpin Sergio Martinez?
Could it be that Team Geale are stringing out their run as a world champion and would rather not see that reign come to an end? Or perhaps, the other champions are just not available for swapping punches this month?
That might be true of Martinez, who usually fights once every six or seven months but was last out at the end of April against Martin Murray so we shouldn't expect Sergio back on the boards until at least November.
Golovkin generally is in action every two to four months and given the fact that he barley broke a sweat and was probably not even hit in three rounds against Matt Macklin at the end of June, one would think he'd be available?
The same could be said of Quillin, who typically fights every four to seven months and is coming off a victory over Fernando Guerrero at the end of April.
There is, however, the time it takes to build up the PR hustle for a big unification fight, usually six months, so that could explain why Geale, 29-1 (15), is facing Barker.
Former European, British and Commonwealth champion Barker, 25-1 (16), is certainly not a bad fighter, actually, he's quite a tidy boxer but, he's not a top level operator. More...
By Iain Langmaid August 1st, 2013 All Boxing Articles
Following months of continuous speculation over whether or not Anthony Joshua, the Olympic Super Heavyweight Gold Medallist at the London Olympics, would follow the example of his teammates Hull’s Luke Campbell the Bantamweight Gold Medalist, Lowestoft Middleweight Anthony Ogogo, who collected a bronze medal, and Thomas Stalker, in joining the professional ranks, the first steps in what many hope will be a long and decorative career for Joshua have been announced.
The 23 year old Joshua will hear the first bell as a professional prize-fighter at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday the fifth of October against in a six round contest against an opponent who has yet to be announced.
Joshua’s debut will feature alongside Lee Selby’s attempt to clinch a Lonsdale belt outright against against Cromer’s Ryan Walsh and former British Super-Featherweight champion Kevin Mitchell’s 10 round contest against Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes.
Should Joshua come through this first step in the long and hopefully glorious journey that will make his professional career, he shall appear three weeks later at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on the undercard of Kell Brook’s toughest match up to date in the shape of the former WBA Welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine. More...
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