Frampton’s on fire, featherweights are terrified?

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By Robbie Bannatyne: It is rare in modern boxing that the pre-fight promises of promoters are reconciled with pulsating performances by their fighters in the ring. However, last weeks hellacious battle between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton was heaven sent, a true gift that helped restore fans faith in the art of prizefighting.

For all that the essence of boxing is to hit and not get hit, there is no purer a spectacle than to watch two highly skilled warriors in their prime go toe to toe for twelve rounds of calculated chaos.

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Will Terrence Crawford’s greatness be a gift or a curse?

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By Robbie Bannatyne: As I watched Terrence Crawford’s clinical display against Viktor Postol I kept saying to my girlfriend that it was ‘just like watching Floyd Mayweather Jnr’. In terms of pure boxing ability, being compared to Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the loftiest of praise that can be bestowed upon a boxer.

An anti-fan of the stick and move counter punch style, my girlfriend retorted bluntly that Bud Crawford’s performance was about as boring as his interviews during fight week. That in a nutshell is the caveat with Crawford, he simply doesn’t have the brash, controversial personality to offset his often cautious and cerebral fighting style.

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Liam Smith vs Canelo is no Mismatch

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By Robbie Bannatyne: They say its better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. By definition, you don’t know what you’re dealing with when faced with an unknown quantity. To American audiences, Liverpool WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith is a book without a cover, but that’s not stopped them judging his fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a blatant mismatch for their fight on September 17.

Have we learned nothing from the cautionary tales in boxing history of the unknown quantity taking a quantum leap in class to cut down a well know champion?

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Kell Brook: Daring to be Great in the face of extreme Danger

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By Robbie Bannatyne: The bombshell news that IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will face unified middleweight king Gennady Golovkin on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England, has rocked the boxing equilibrium like a nuclear explosion. In the many competing narratives of the fight, the overwhelming theme is that Kell Brook is daring to be great in the face of such extreme danger.

Through the decibels of applause for Kell Brook’s courageous action you can detect a palpable fear that he could suffer a grave reaction from Golovkin for his valour.

While I am firmly in the camp of people who commend Brook’s intensely competitive streak, I’m also aware of caveat that he is facing a foe in Golovkin who could potentially inflict serious damage upon him.

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History beckons for Ricky Burns

burns763By Robbie Bannatyne: As a huge fan of boxing with an enthusiasm for writing, I have been unable to indulge in my twin passions on topics relating to my native Scotland for a long time. Starved of worthy material for a while, I’m delighted to finally have something to shout about again. Big time boxing is back in Glasgow!

Hometown hero Ricky Burns (39-5-1) bids to become the 1st 3-weight world champion in Scottish history tonight when he takes on Michelle Di Rocco (40-1-1) for the vacant WBA Super light-welterweight title.

While it’s been all boom for British boxing in recent years, Burns’ career at the top level looked to have gone bust after back-to-back losses to Terrence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin. In a period of such progress for the sport in the UK, the soft spoken Burns was forced to regress into the shadows and slowly rebuild his career.

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Boxing Fans must force the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight

Image: Boxing Fans must force the Canelo vs. Golovkin fightBy Robbie Bannatyne: Boxing is a business, a sport where financial imperatives take precedence over the principles of elite athletic competition where the best should be duty bound to face the best.

The murky waters of the boxing world were muddied further with the news that Canelo has vacated his WBC middleweight title, in what seems to many, a naked attempt to navigate his way around a fight with mandatory challenger, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

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Building a better future for Boxing

BOXINGBy Robbie Bannatyne: Before any sort of revolution can occur their must be a palpable level of apathy towards the current status quo, catalyzing event or sequence of such events that make drastic change not only possible but inevitable.

This holds true for all spheres of society and has been seen in action in the Arab spring a few years ago, which was triggered by Wiki Leaks disseminating masses of confidential diplomatic cables to the mainstream press and public. As much as we hate to talk politics when writing about prizefighting, the two are inextricably linked, and to my mind, internal boxing politics has been the biggest barrier to progress ever since I became a serious fan of the sweet science.

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Kell Brook must chase the American Dream

brook9By Robbie Bannatyne: While most people were shocked and surprised by the bombshell that Amir Khan will fight Canelo Alvarez on May 7, Kell Brook would have been just plain seething.

I would not have liked to have been in the same room as Brook when news broke that his big plans for a blockbuster summer showdown with his British rival were up in smoke. Sure, it must be a bitter pill to swallow but Brook has to forget about the domestic dust up with Khan and chase the American Dream instead.

Brook has already plucked the feathers of one of America’s most fierce some welterweights in Shawn Porter, and he must look to repeat the trick against one of the other champions across the pond this year.

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Canelo vs. Amir Khan: Could the lamb to the slaughter be an unlikely hero?

khan1111By Robbie Bannatyne: Many say,’be shocked but never surprised’ by the strange happenings that can occur in elite sports. But you could almost hear the collective gasp of shock and surprise from the boxing world when we 1st heard that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will fight Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7 on HBO pay-per-view. Hours after waking up to a message regarding the bout via Facebook, from a boxing mad friend back home in Scotland, I am still struggling to digest the dramatic turn of events.

Even most boxing insiders seem to be genuinely flabbergasted by the way fight was fashioned straight from the left field. It appears everyone was blindsided by news of the bout.

My initial reaction was one of utter disbelief. But now, as the news slowly begins to settle, I can see sense in the bout.

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Should Kell Brook forget about Amir Khan?

brook67By Robbie Bannatyne: Matchroom Promotions supremo, Eddie Hearn, recently used an analogy which described his top fighters, who haven’t quite transcended to P-P-V superstars yet, as jumbo jets hovering in the skies looking for the right place and time to land.

Hearn’s jumbo jet analogy applies perfectly to Kell Brook, one of Matchroom Promotion’s premier fighters. Despite being the IBF world champion for nearly two years, Brook is still frustratingly circling the clouds waiting for that big fight to land on so that he can plant his flag firmly on the boxing world.

As far as Kell Brook is concerned, his route to riches and recognition as one of boxing’s elite names is a summer showdown with bitter British rival Amir Khan.

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