McCrory: Anthony Joshua needs more snap on his punches

joshua536By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KO’s) did what everyone expected him to do tonight in stopping former Hughie Fury victim Hrvoje Kisicek (5-7, 1 KO’s) in the 2nd round tonight on the Prizefighter card at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom.

Joshua put Kisicek with a couple of shots to the head in the 2nd. Joshua finished matters less than a minute by putting together at least 10 shots to the head that had Kisicek covering up and unable to let his hands go.

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Toney should capture Prizefighter tonight

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By Scott Gilfoid: 45-year-old James Toney (75-8-3, 45 KO’s) will be taking part in the Prizefighter tourney tonight against a handful of little known heavyweights from around the globe at the Hall, Bethnal Green, in London, United Kingdom. As shot as Toney has looked in the last few years, I think he’s got a real chance to win this thing tonight.

Toney’s toughest opposition will be coming from Brian Minto and Michael Sprott, and those guys are definitely beatable opposition for Toney as long as he lets his hands go. With the fights being 3 rounders, he’s going to have to forget about taking his time with these guys and just throw nonstop punches if he wants to win the tourney.

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Gold medalist Anthony Joshua’s journey continues against Hrvoje Kisicek this Thursday

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By Dean Bain: Anthony Joshua will compete in his 3rd fight on Thursday as part of prize-fighter the heavyweights UK V USA show at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom.

His opponent for the fight will be Hrvoje Kisicek who has a 5-6-0 record. Nobody is kidding themselves that this 6 rounder is going to be a test for Joshua, its a boost to his record and nothing else.

Most of Kisicek’s fights have gone the distance so I can only think Matchroom want to give Joshua rounds but that just isn’t going to happen. Kisicek’s best opponent has been Hughie Fury, Fury the man who say’s he is going to beat Tyson’s record for the youngest heavyweight champion was taken to the end bell against Kisicek in a 6 rounder.

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Toney thinks Anthony Joshua will beat Deontay Wilder

deontay32 - Copy (2)By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight James Toney (75-8-3, 45 KO’s) surprisingly said that he feels that 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (2-0, 2 KO’s) will beat heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) if they were to face each other in six months. Toney is really high on Joshua after seeing some of his recent pro fights.

Toney told IFL TV “I mean it [that Joshua would beat Deontay]. I watched the film. I’m very impressed with his skills level. To me, his skill level is better than Deontay Wilder. Deontay fights bums. No, I don’t think Deontay Wilder will be a heavyweight champion.”

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Joshua-Darch & Mitchell-Zamora on December 14th

mitchell23By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (2-0, 2 KO’s) will be back in the ring next month against Dorian Darch (7-2, 1 KO’s) in 6-round at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, United Kingdom. This one shapes up to be a mismatch because Darch isn’t much of a puncher, and he was recently beaten by Hughie Fury and Ian Lewison.

Joshua should have an easy time with this fight because Darch is much smaller than him, and not someone that has the tools to give him any problems. We’re talking different levels here. I’m not sure what Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn sees him getting from this fight because it has one-way mismatch written all over it. I’d like to see Joshua step it up against at least a Euro level opponent given that he’s got the Olympic gold medal from the London Olympics in 2012.

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Butlin hoping to beat Anthony Joshua and ruin his party

joshua656By Scott Gilfoid: 37-year-old journeyman Paul Butlin (14-19, 3 KO’s) is hoping to pull off an upset tonight when he faces 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist in a scheduled 6 round fight on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko card at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Butlin intends on taking the fight in close and hammering Joshua with head shots. Joshua is a decent fighter on the outside, but he has no inside game at all other than holding.

Butlin told IFLTV “He’s a big tall lad, long jab. So if I stay off him, which he’s hoping I’ll do, he’ll probably be able to take me out. So I’m just going to get into him. It’s a big one for me. I’ll ruin his party.”

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Matchroom Boxing’s Saturday Card: Predictions

brook20By Dean Bain: Saturday night sees the return of another stacked card from Matchroom Boxing. Kell Brook, Brian Rose, Anthony Joshua, Callum Smith and Kai Yafai are all part of the main show along with local fighters Adam Etches, scott Jenkins and Sam O’Maison.

Matchroom are continuing to put together cards which makes fans want to get to the arena before the main event. I watch BoxNation as well as Sky Sports and to be honest any promoter who has had shows on BoxNation the cards are normally paper thin in my view. Matchroom have the main attraction, a solid chief support fight and then lots of prospects which normally include the Olympic kids. If you compare this coming Saturdays card to the Carl Frampton card last Saturday they are on different levels.

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Brook vs. Senchenko & Joshua vs. Butlin this Saturday

brook8By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday night unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) will be taking a slight step up fight, if you want to call it that, against former WBA 147 lb. strap holder Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-1, 23 KO’s) in an IBF welterweight title eliminator bout scheduled for 12 rounds at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Brook, 27, has been talking about his fight with the soon to be 37-year-old Senchenko as being something that will show the boxing world what a good fighter is he. But I can’t see where this fight is going to do much for Brook other than proving that he can beat a fighter that the light-hitting Paulie Malignaggi manhandled last year in April.

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Anthony Joshua vs. Paul Butlin on Brook-Senchenko card on October 26th

joshua656By Scott Gilfoid: 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (1-0, 1 KO’s) will be fighting against 37-year-old journeyman Paul Butlin (14-19, 3 KO’s) on October 26th on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko card at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Butlin has lost 13 out of his last 15 fights, and he’s looked especially bad recently in losing to Dorian Darch and Gary Cornish. Butlin has lost to a lot of well-known fighters like Larry Olubamiwo, Dereck Chisora [twice], Johnathon Banks, Paolo Vidoz, David Dolan and Sebastian Koeber. I would say that he would give Joshua a good test, but given his lack of power and his advanced age, I think this is just another fodder opponent for Joshua.

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Boxing review from the O2

By Dan Henderson: When I arrived at the o2 Arena in London on Saturday I was full off excitement especially after the announcement that Scott Quigg’s world title fight against unbeaten Cuban Yoandris Salinas was added to the bill due to the postponement of the David Haye – Tyson Fury fight and it is this fight where my review will begin.

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