By Left Jab Lammy: Before we get into the ‘keys to victory’ let’s take a look at the background of George Groves, as not many people outside of the United Kingdom have heard of this talented contender. The man they call ‘Saint’ has had a very good amateur career. George Groves fought in the 75 kg category as an amateur and won the ABA championship for his weight. Although he was not chosen to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics he had previously defeated the man who was selected instead of him and who incidentally went on to win the gold medal (James DeGale).
It should be noted that Groves and Degale also met as professionals in a Commonwealth and British Super Middleweight title fight. Groves was declared the winner by majority decision after 12 closely fought rounds. Many consider George Groves to be inexperienced at the highest level but I think he has proven to be one of the best fighters in the division judging by recent performances. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks they’ve found an opponent that Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) can finally beat at this point in his career in Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s), a fighter that belongs with the same Top Rank stable as Pacquiao. Mayweather Sr. sees Rios as just too slow for Pacquiao, and because of that he sees Pacquiao winning the fight. But Mayweather Sr. still sees this as being a difficult fight for Pacquiao due to Rios’ toughness and Pacquiao’s last of technical skills.
Mayweather Sr. said to Hustleboss “He’s [Rios] tough and strong, he hits hard, but he’s too damn slow. If he’s too slow, it looks to me like to go Pacquiao’s way.” Read the rest of this entry »
By John Hoolan: Tomorrow night the much awaited fight between “rivals” Froch and Groves takes place in Manchester. I use the term “rivals” lightly as many, myself included don’t think they are anywhere near rivals…
Carl Froch is the current IBF and WBA World Super-middleweight Champion with a record of won 31 (KO 22) + lost 2 (KO 0). He has been in with and beaten the very best in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
Carl Froch 167.75 – George Groves 166.8
Anthony Crolla 134.5 – Stephen Foster 134
Scott Quigg 121.75 – Diego Silva 121.5
bet365 today announced they are the official title sponsor of Carl Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight title defence against George Groves at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The partnership between bet365 and Matchroom is the betting companies first foray into British Boxing on the eve of the biggest fight of the year. The much anticipated match up give bet365 the opportunity to go one better than ringside and put them right at the heart of some of the best boxing action punters will see on TV. The partnership was developed by Sports Marketing experts SportQuake. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (18-1, 18 KO’s) has reportedly had a medical setback the same day he was awakened from a medically induced coma on Friday. Abdusalamov was taken off of life support and allowed to breath on his own. However, his temperature rose quickly and he put back into a medically induced coma at the St. Luke’s Hospital, in New York, according to RingTV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Roy Jones Jr., who is no stranger to being knocked out, says he’s taking a wait and see approach about whether Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) is back from his brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez from last December. Jones Jr. says Pacquiao has done the right thing in taking a year off from the sport, and he thinks it’s a positive that he’s not someone that has had to take off weight for him to fight. But Jones Jr. says he’s still very interested in seeing whether Pacquiao can take a hard shot from Pacquiao’s opponent Brandon Rios in their fight this Saturday night in Macao, China.
Jones Jr. said via ESPN “I want to see how Manny takes the first clean punch landed by Rios, and then I’ll know how he is. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC, Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) is an underdog going into his fight in a little over a week on November 30th against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport sees this fight as a “life changer” for Bellew and he believes that he’s got a great chance of pulling off an upset to defeat Stevenson. Hearn doesn’t see the fight as one where Bellew should be the underdog, because Hearn believes he’s got more than a 50-50 chance at beating Stevenson.
“I think it’s going to be much more than a 50-50 fight than most people think,” Hearn said to IFL TV. “I think Tony’s a fantastic boxer. I think Stevenson is overrated, but he can definitely punch…I think Tony’s got a fantastic plan to beat him. I think he’s got a great chance. We’re calling this one the life changer, me and Tony. You win this you’ve absolutely cracked it.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum doesn’t expect Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) to show any signs from his previous 6th round knockout loss when he steps inside the ring on Saturday night to face Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) in Macao, China.
Arum believes that because Pacquiao was knocked out with a sudden punch from Juan Manuel Marquez rather than from having taken a sustained beating that led to the KO, it will mean that Pacquiao will shown no negative signs or ill affects from his KO last December.
This is Arum’s belief that he has about Pacquiao, and he feels that he’s going to be rejuvenated for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kyle Proctor: Potentially the biggest fight in British boxing in a long time, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31W-22KO-2L) vs The Saint George Groves (19W-15KO-0L).
The battle between experience vs youth, Carl Froch has definitely got more experience in the ring plus more stamina, and a better chin than the younger George Groves. However, Groves has got the advantage when it comes to agility and hand speed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Andy Lee (30-2, 21 KO’s) finally has an opponent for this Saturday’s fight on the undercard of the Carl Froch vs. George Groves card at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. Lee #7 WBC, #12 WBA, will be facing 37-year-old Hungarian fighter Ferenc Hafner (21-4, 12 KO’s) in a scheduled 6 round bout.
It’s rather odd that the 29-year-old Lee would be fighting a 6 round bout at this point in his career, as he’s been a pro for 7 years and he’s already fought for a world title before and lost.
This is a backwards step from Lee’s last two fights against Daryl Cunningham and Anthony Fitzgerald, which were tune-ups after his 7th round knockout loss Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last year in June. Lee, 29, is going to need to turn his carer back into the forward gear at some point unless he wants to burn it up fighting tune-ups. Read the rest of this entry »