By Paul Walsh: In past years when asked the question “what is boxing’s most exciting division?” It was always received with a simple answer- “the heavyweights” but now that very same question is not so straightforward.
Since the dominance of the Klitschko brothers the heavyweight division has become a dull and predictable scene where 50:50 fights are at a premium. Ask your self the question when was the last time a heavyweight fight headlined in Las Vegas or anywhere in the US? That tells you all you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul Walsh: With less then a week to go opinion amongst the public has gone from totally one sided to divided as to who they think will win. For some reason the majority of you are starting believe that George Groves will win. In this article I intend to put an end to all this nonsense, there is only going to be one winner and his name is Carl Froch.
Froch is coming off the back of arguable the best night of a so far glittering career. After we saw him blow Lucian Bute away inside 5 rounds we didn’t think it could get any better. We were wrong as Froch topped that performance in one of the best fights of the year beating Mikkel Kessler on points earlier this year. Let’s be honest, Froch is no stranger to this stage, in fact this will be the 14th straight world title fight for the Cobra but the same cannot be said about his opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jose Muradas: It’s hard to forget the smile, the commercials, the magazine covers.Ray Charles Leonard (36-3-1,25KO’s) was everywhere; he was boxing’s original golden boy. The press and the public wanted to know his every move, they couldn’t get enough of the kid from Palmer Park, Maryland. What most of us never expected was that Leonard was more than just a pretty face.
Leonard showcased his skills to the world at the 76′ Olympics. He dazzled the opposition with lighting-quick hands, and superior footwork. The final, would pit Leonard against Cuban light -welterweight standout Andres Aldama, the only one who stood between Leonard and the gold medal. In the end, it was Leonard who had the gold medal draped around him. He defeated the powerful Cuban by a perfect 5-0 score. Leonard left the 76′ games having shutout the light-welterweight field, no one touched the ghost. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dwight Harrison: The undefeated super-middleweight Andre “SOG” Ward 27-0-0 with 14 knockouts. Returned to the ring Saturday night in stunning fashion. As he shook of any notion that his 14 month layoff had any effect on his skills.
Ward showed he was a class above his opponent Edwin Rodriguez has he dominated the fight and won decisively on all three judges score-cards. The fight started as a scrappy affair.
There was a lot of holding and hitting, inside fighting and fighting even after the referee had broke them up. there was so much of these fouls that referee ended up taking two points of both fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Al Hmmiel: Professional Boxing is a sport of weight classes designated for a reason to even the matches between fighters. Granted some fighters are taller and wider and older than other opponents and but making weight is a necessary requirement to keep the professionalism and fairness of the sport of Boxing intact and fair. When a fighter especially before a world championship bout fails to make the designated contract weight he is disgracing the sport of boxing and disgracing himself and his family. There should be no excuse for a professional fighter to miss his weight contract if that fighter is managed correctly and monitoring his diet. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: The halcyon days of British boxing at global elite level were punctuated by the epic rivalry of Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank, whose fascinating battles gripped the British public. Since those heady heights, the domestic scene has been starved of the sort of world class rivalry that captivates the nation.
However, the current renaissance British boxing is enjoying owes a lot to the sheer amount of fighters competing in the same weight classes, for the same world titles. Such competition will ensure that fights fans insatiable desire for some domestic dusts up will be satisfied in the immediate future and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: WBA Middleweight Champion, Gennady Golovkin’s impressive eighth-round stoppage of Curtis Stevens on HBO drew the third-largest audience for a boxing match on cable in 2013. According to Nielsen Media Research, it averaged 1.41 million viewers.
Unsurprisingly, fans favourite Miguel Cottos comeback performance, a 3rd round TKO victory Delvin Rodriguez, takes top stop after attracting an average viewership of 1.555 million viewers. In second place, is another fighter with a fanatical fan following- Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr, whose controversial victory over Bryan Vera yielded average viewing figures of 1.416 million. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: Many articles I have read recently on the topic of Miguel Cotto- including a recent blog posting by ESPN’s Dan Rafael- insist that the Puerto Rican, three weight world champion, will have to make a choice between a fight with Saul Alvarez or Sergio Martinez.
However, my overwhelming feeling is the two do not need to be mutually exclusive. Miguel Cotto could conceivably fight Canelo Showtime PPV on March 8th the date proposed by Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions- before turning his attentions to securing a PPV showdown with Sergio Martinez later in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: As you would expect, unbeaten Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) didn’t take the news too good about his February 8th scheduled opponent Davis Haye having career-threatening shoulder surgery in Germany. Haye now won’t be able to face Fury on February 8th, and there are major questions about whether Haye will ever be able to fight again, as he reportedly was told that he should hang up the gloves.
In response to the news, Fury took to twitter and said “I smell p***y is that you David? I smell p***y. Is that you David?…Every little thing is going to be alright.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) underwent a 5-hour surgery on his right shoulder and he’s reportedly been told to retire by doctors. It’s unclear whether Haye will listen to the advice and it’s unknown when and where the shoulder injury occurred.
Could it have come from Haye’s furious sparring sessions with American knockout artist Deontay Wilder in his preparation for his postponed fight against Tyson Fury? We saw Haye taking a lot of heavy blows from the powerful Deontay in that sparring session. Shortly after that, Haye suffered a cut over his eye that caused the fight to be postponed. Read the rest of this entry »