Carl Frampton vs Jeremy Parodi; The Jackal Comes Alive!!

Cyclone Promotions present Carl Frampton Weigh in at The Europa Hotel, Belfast before his IBF Super Bantamweight World Title Eliminator fight against Jeremy Parodi at The Odyssey Arena.(Picture by Russell Pritchard: By Cutman’s Stool: “Frampton Comes Alive!” as it is billed will be an electrifying night of boxing.  I don’t say this lightly, Belfast has one, if not the best atmosphere for a boxing match anywhere else in the world.  Very few places on the globe can compare to the passionate support from the Capital of Northern Ireland.  The fans are truly fanatic and the support they give the home guy Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KO’s) is nothing short of magnificent.  

The knowledgeable fight loving fans give nothing short of 100% passion when it’s fight night.  Fight night now for Ulster’s biggest star possibly since Barry McGuigan is less than 24 hours away.

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Fight Week: Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez preview

bradley6544By Cutman’s Stool: This is now fight week and the build-up is in full swing for a fight which I am highly anticipating. The “Desert Storm”, Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KO) is defending his WBO welterweight title against boxing veteran Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO). Live from Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday night, in my mind this is a real 50/50 fight. A fight which is extremely hard to predict who will prevail after both warriors collide.

The title holder Timothy Bradley, earlier this year competed in a narrow decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov which is a strong contender for fight of the year. Against Provodnikov, Bradley felt that he needed to show the world that he is a true world champion. His decision win against the great Manny Pacquiao gained him a lot of bad publicity, because it was clear that Pacquiao really won the fight but got robbed by the judges.

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Ricky Burns debut on Matchroom Sports nearly a disaster.

burns64By CutmansStool: If you didn’t watch last weekends WBO lightweight title fight between Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO’s)) and Jose Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KO’s)) you would be forgiven if you came to the inclusion that Burns delivered a “brilliant performance” (as Glen McCrory described it in his blog) in his victory over the Puerto Rican challenger.

By reading columns and interviews involving anyone from Matchroom Sport’s or Sky TV, you may have a biased interception of what actually happened in Glasgow.

The truth is that Burns was totally outclassed in every round until the 8th and 9th, and even then that was more of a case of Gonzalez being questionably injured and exhausted rather than Burns figuring his opponent out.

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Executioner makes history, Hopkins Champion at 48

bernardhopkins48_againstcloudBy Cutman’s Stool: Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) did again what many people claimed could not be done.  Hopkins defeated Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KO’s) in a dominating display off textbook boxing talent.  At 48 Hopkins has broken his own record to become the oldest ever champion in boxing history.  At the Barclay’s Center, New York, Hopkins won the IBF light-heavyweight title.

Bernard Hopkins just didn’t win the fight, he convincingly defeated the 31 year old Cloud without taking any great punishment throughout the entire 12 rounds.  Hopkins used great movement and perfect foot-work to avoid getting into a brawl with Cloud from the very first round.  As usual Hopkins controlled the pace off the fight and like many other opponent’s in the past, Hopkins was able to make Cloud look bad.

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Bernard Hopkins: He’ll do it, he’ll do it his way

hop5By Cutman’s Stool: Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) is here, at the age of 48 fighting against undefeated fighter Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KO’s) for the IBF light heavyweight title.  The age alone is an amazing feat, a boxer less than 2 years away from being 50, fighting for a world title.

I remember in the build-up to Hopkins-Trinidad during September 2001, many “boxing experts” and writers had claimed Trinidad would be too fast for the 36 year-old Hopkins.  Others saying Hopkins can’t compete at this level with a younger athlete.

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Lamont Peterson has to win more than a fight

peterson7By Cutman’s Stool:  This Friday night on ESPN, IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) makes his return against Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KO’s) to the ring in an effort to prove that he is the fighter who defeated Amir Khan back in December 2011.  The win against Khan was the biggest night of Peterson career, but what followed the fight soon ended the creditably of the win.

Peterson failed a drugs test in the build-up for Khan Peterson 1 and this became public knowledge in the build-up to the rematch.  Peterson later admitted he had taken synthetic testosterone for a medical condition but didn’t inform the Nevada Athletic Commission.  The WBA belt stripped Peterson’s belt however he retained the IBF belt.

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Adrien Broner: “He hits incredibly hard for a lightweight”

broner46By Cutman’s Stool:  The “Problem” Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) gave a steamrolling performance last night in the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.  The Boxing sensation just looked too big and powerful for the much smaller Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s).  Broner defended his WBC lightweight title which is pretty much going to be his as long as he remains in the division.

Gavin Rees ring walk began with him looking as cool as ever, he and his small entourage (compared to Broner’s) entered with Apollo 440 “Can’t Stop the Rock”.  The Rock entered the ring looking quite confident and ready to just get on with it.

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Adrien Broner vs. Gavin Rees: Broner respected but so hard to like

BronerReesNYPC_Hoganphotos(1)(Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) Adrien Broner has to be respected, his style in the ring is top notch. The defensive style he uses with the speed and power behind it is a joy to watch. The “new Mayweather” even boxes like the pretty boy and tries to talk like him outside the ring. So far in his career he has 25 fights with 21 knock-outs and no losses.

In most of his fights he has decided what pace to use and when to step it up, he often decides in which round he will knock his opponent out. No one has really tested this young boxer and taken his skills to the limit.

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