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title The heavyweights: where would they be now? (part 1/3)

ibeabuchi_tua464644By Gav Duthie:

Ike ‘The President’ Ibeabuchi 20-0 (15)

At 41 years of age Ike still has time to make a comeback in boxing,’The President’ from Nigeria has been in jail since 1999 and denied parole no less than 5 times. His best victory came against former World Champion Chris Byrd in early 1999 where he destroyed the slick heavyweight in 5 rounds. Byrd didn’t really know where he was after the contest after being pummeled against the ropes. Read the rest of this entry »



title Afolabi named IBF mandatory for champ Yoan Pablo Hernandez

afolabi4554By Allan Fox: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) has got a very tough fight ahead of him in Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs), who the International Boxing Federation [IBF] had made the 29-year-old Hernandez’s IBF cruiserweight mandatory challenger.

Hernandez has a little over four months to face Afolabi, as the fight must take place by 12/31 this year.

Hernandez struggled to an unimpressive 12 round split decision win last Saturday night against 43-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan last Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »



title Carson Jones officially retires from boxing

jones23By Gav Duthie: In a somewhat ironic turn the man who arguably came closest to beating new IBF champion Kell Brook has retired just shy of his 28th birthday. Carson Jones 35-10-3 (25) turns just 28 tommorow but has decided to call it a day in boxing. 

Jones said on facebook

“Sad day for me, but today I am officially retiring from boxing. Had some ups and downs, but I’m done”.

Legacy

I have posted before about some of the unsung heroes in boxing and Jones is definitely one of those. He is tough, durable, hard hitting and despite his limitations in talent he never accepted defeat. Read the rest of this entry »



title De La Hoya: Keith Thurman said he’ll fight Brook in UK

By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) is willing to go over to the UK to challenge IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) for his new title if they’re open to taking the fight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Should Brook have been disqualified for his constant holding of Porter?

brook55666By Gerardo Granados: Once up on a time the rules were clear and referees were very strong to make the fighters respect the rules and to obey their commands, but now a days things might have changed for worst. According to the current rules applied by the major boxing organizations it is clear that “holding” or be named as clinching is a FOUL.

Before I continue I´ll make clear that I am not a fan of either Brook or Porter but I do am a loyal boxing fan of an entertaining fight. What happen last Saturday night was not new; it has happen in the past and will keep on happening if the rules are not properly applied by the referee. Read the rest of this entry »



title Hearn: Brook can call the shots now; Khan may not like that

brook5666By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that his fighter IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) is now in the position where he can call the shots in terms of a future fight Amir Khan.

Hearn sees the combination Brook having beaten Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) last Saturday night and having won his IBF welterweight title as being enough to put Brook in a position where he’d have the upper hand against Khan in negotiations.

I’m not sure that I agree with that. First of all, Brook having won the IBF title makes him arguably the 4th best of the 4 champions at 147. You have to rate WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao ahead of Brook as for being legitimate champions. Read the rest of this entry »



title Roach: Golovkin brings nothing to the table for Cotto, he’s a protected fighter

roach9By Dan Ambrose: Freddie Roach, the trainer for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), says right now WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) isn’t someone they’re looking at to match up against Cotto.

Roach feels that Golovkin brings very little to a Cotto fight because he’s never fought anyone who he feels is a good fighter, and he doesn’t see Golovkin as a pay-per-view fighter. Surprisingly, Roach thinks that Golovkin is a protected fighter because he hasn’t fought the top guys like Peter Quillin and Daniel Jacobs. Read the rest of this entry »



title Dirrell awaits Groves-Rebrasse winner for first title defense

Anthony Dirrell vs Sakio Bika(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) put on a master-class performance last night in defeating WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the WBC 168 pound title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

For Dirrell, this was his second fight against Bika, as he’d fought to a 12 round draw against him last December in a fight that Dirrell opted to sit on the ropes for much of the fight. But in the rematch last night, Dirrell stayed in the center of the ring and boxed his way to a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »



title Brook schooled Porter, says Hearn

porter100By Scott Gilfoid: British promoter Eddie Hearn says he saw his fighter Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) beating Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) by as many as 6 points last night in taking his IBF 147 pound strap at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Hearn feels that Brook totally schooled Porter, and he sees the win as being a life-changing event for Brook with him now getting big money fights against the likes of Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Hearn must have grin on his face as wide as the Cheshire Cat today, because now he has a potential replacement for the aging Carl Froch as his next money fighter. Read the rest of this entry »



title Now really is the time for the Special One to Shine

Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Robbie Bannatyne: Nine months ago I wrote an article entitled ‘Now is Kell Brook’s time to shine’. Within my words though was a warning that Brook would miss his chance if he allowed procrastination to steal his time. The time for deep thought about becoming a world champion was over, decisive action was required if ‘The Special One’ was to realize his dreams.

As the action unfolded  last night between Kell Brook and Shawn Porter I had the sinking feeling that the words I had written were coming back to haunt me. Instead of seizing the initiative on the biggest night of his life, I felt Brook was thinking too much and not acting enough. Read the rest of this entry »



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