#MayPac Preview by Paul Ready

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We are just over a week away from fight week and it has already hit like a tsunami.

  

Tickets went on sale on Thursday and sold out within a minute – ringside seats on the black-market retailing at a cool $140,000.

Closed circuit viewings in hotels along the strip are selling for $150 + $178 add-on, with the admin fee even that is breaking the $300 mark.

It has become the must-see event for the world.

Can Pacquiao do it – can he steal Mayweather’s 0?

I’ve been a fan of both fighters for over the past decade and I couldn’t care less if it’s 6 yrs too late – better late than never! 

  

Like many boxers who enter the Autumn of their careers, both men have had to make necessary adjustments over the years:

Manny the ferocious pressure puncher hasn’t registered a KO since Miguel Cotto in 2009. His style is based much more on movement around his opponent throwing shots from all angles.

Floyd no longer throws multiple combinations that we grew accustom to in his career. It has been well documented that his hands are in a delicate condition.

  

I expect the 36 yr old Phillipino congressman to be the faster man out of the blocks, scoring the early few rounds. 38 yr old Mayweather’s is renowned for taking a few rounds to “suss-out” his foe before outclassing them down the stretch.

I can’t see Pacquiao being able to stop Mayweather as his chin vastly underrated. Despite being a counter-puncher, Money has taken a few on the button and readjusted himself over the years without any real duress.

I expect Floyd from round 5 to run away with the contest till the final bell – I genuinely wouldn’t be shocked if he dropped barely a round in the 2nd half.

Verdict:

Mayweather UD: 8 rounds to 4.

In what is my final post on Elite Boxing (which ironically started with a review of Mayweather v Canelo back in Sept 2013) it felt fitting that my final post was about Mayweather.

I’ve been offered a role within the industry that I simply could not refuse.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read, shared and supported my posts.

It’s been a whirlwind 18 mths meeting some fantastic people within the sport, gaining Media Accrediation and culminated in obtaining a role faster than I ever envisaged.

The real hardwork starts now!

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

@jamesdegale1 v Dirrell live on @SkySportsBoxing May 23.

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DEGALE WORLD TITLE TILT LIVE ON SKY SPORTS

‘Chunky’ meets former World champion for IBF belt in Boston on May 23

James DeGale MBE will challenge Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF World Super Middleweight title at the Agganis Arena in Boston on May 23, live on Sky Sports.

DeGale is aiming to make history on the east coast as the first British Olympic gold medal winner to win a World title, and the 29 year old is convinced he will do so in style against the Michigan southpaw who is aiming to land a World title for the first time after losing to Carl Froch in Nottingham in his previous attempt back in October 2009.

DeGale is back in the gym to resume his training camp after a week off following the announcement of the May date, and the Harlesden ace says that rest has done him the world of good as he closes in on his destiny.

“I’ve had a week off, I feel refreshed and I am right back on it now,” said DeGale. “I don’t think that you can over-train but you can under-rest – when you are trained by Jim McDonnell and you have done eight weeks already, you know he doesn’t mess around in the gym – he pushes me hard every day and he told me that I needed to have a full week off, no thinking about boxing, no running, no training. I needed it and now I feel fantastic and my focus is complete.

“My time is here and I am going to be crowned the IBF World champion. Travelling doesn’t worry me – I like it. As an amateur I travelled all over the world and came home with medals, especially at the Olympics, so when the pressure is on and I am a little nervous, that’s when I come into my own, I relish it.”

Joshua makes Midlands debut on May 9th #Resurrection

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JOSHUA TO MAKE MIDLANDS DEBUT ON MAY 9

Olympic Heavyweight star lands in the second city – Eggington title shot – Rose and Smith return

Anthony Joshua MBE will face Rafael Zumbano Love in his Midlands debut at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.

Joshua returned to action in Newcastle on April 4 with a third round stoppage win over American Jason Gavern, and the Olympic Heavyweight gold medal hero will be looking to sharpen his tools in explosive fashion in Birmingham before facing Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on May 30. Love will provide a stiff test for Joshua, with the durable 6ft 4in challenger going the distance with Shannon Briggs for the NABA heavyweight title in June 2014 and landed the WBC Latino belt and vacant South American title with a first round KO on Saturday.

Joshua’s clash with the former Brazilian Heavyweight champion joins a star-studded line-up with all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington’s first major title shot as he faces Joseph Lamptey for the vacant Commonwealth Welterweight title vacated by Frankie Gavin.

Birmingham’s Kal Yafai faces Rey Megrino for the WBC silver flyweight title, Blackpool favourite Brian Rose is looking to make quick progress as he moves up to Middleweight and there is a welcome return to action for Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith.

World-rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he targets a World title shot, with a shot fellow Irishman Andy Lee on the top of his wish-list and Kal’s unbeaten brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks.

It’s a huge night of boxing on Sky Sports with the coverage of our big fight night in the second city joined by two massive fights from Hidalgo, Texas as WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell meets WBO king Tomoki Kameda and former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns tackles unbeaten former Lightweight World champion Omar Figueroa.

“I’m excited to bring Anthony to the Midlands in our first show there for over 13 years,” said Hearn. “It’s a big night for a number of Midlanders as Kal Yafai takes a huge stride towards a World title shot, Matthew Macklin returns to the ring chasing a World title shot later this year and Sam Eggington looks to continue his March in the 147lbs division. There is the long awaited return of Callum Smith from injury and Brian Rose begins his campaign in the Middleweight division.”

 

Tickets are on sale for May 9 now priced £40, £60 and £100 from www.barclaycardarena.co.uk and VIP tickets priced at £150 exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com

@KevinMitchell6 promo video with Ray Winstone #RuleBrittania

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MITCHELL STARS IN PROMO VIDEO WITH RAY WINSTONE

Popular actor lends his inimitable voice to exclusive footage of World title challenger

Kevin Mitchell faces Jorge Linares for the WBC World Lightweight title at The O2 in London on May 30, live on Sky Sports Box Office – and one of Britain’s best loved actors Ray Winstone has lent his voice to Matchroom Boxing’s exclusive promo video.

https://youtu.be/A1yKxhohTjU

Mitchell meets the Venezuelan for the famous green and gold strap on a huge night of boxing in London, with their clash one of three with World title on the line as Kell Brook defends his IBF World Welterweight strap against Frankie Gavin and Lee Selby challenges Evgeny Gradovich for the IBF Featherweight belt.

East London favourite Mitchell travels to Texas on Wednesday for a training camp with gym-mate and former foe Ricky Burns ahead of the Scotsman’s own Lightweight blockbuster with Omar Figueroa, and the 30 year old believes he will shine on May 30 and land the World title he has craved.

“This is the making of my career,” said Mitchell. “I will win this fight and create a legacy as an unbeaten World champion, just watch.

“He’s a three-weight World champion and a classy fighter – if you allow him to do what he wants to do. I believe I will shut him down, do what he doesn’t want me to do and I will knock him out.

“This is a fight that I thought I could win abroad so to get it in London in front of my fans is massive.

“I’ve matured, I feel secure with the team around me and I have left that party boy behind, I am enjoying it again.

“There’s excitement in me, Tony Sims is getting the best out of me as a result; it’s a good feeling. I know I am going to win this fight.”

World title bouts for Mitchell, Brook, Gavin and Selby are part of a massive night of boxing at The O2, with Olympic Heavyweight gold medal hero facing the toughest test of his pro career to date against former World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson.

There’s a trio of great all-British title bouts with John Ryder and Nick Blackwell clashing for the vacant British Middleweight crown, Scotty Cardle and Craig Evans meeting for the vacant British Lightweight belt and Dave Ryan defending his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert, plus the pro debut of Lucien Reid.

Tickets are on sale for the bumper night of boxing at The O2 with tickets priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 available fromwww.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202. The £400 VIP packages are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com

@J_Warrington: Leeds fans will be too loud for Tubieron 

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WARRINGTON: LEEDS FANS WILL BE TOO LOUD FOR TUBIERON

Featherweight star backs support to drive him to victory

Josh Warrington believes his hometown fans have a massive part to play on Saturday night as he faces Dennis Tubieron for the vacant WBC International Featherweight Championship in an official World title eliminator at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, live on Sky Sports.

Warrington is aiming to continue his unstoppable rise to the top having landed the Commonwealth, British and European titles in a remarkable 18 month period, and the Leeds star is gunning for more on Saturday night.

 

Photo by Lawrence Lustig 

Victory over Filipino Tubieron – who drew for the same title they boxed for in his last action in December – would see Warrington make great strides in the WBC to go with his number eight ranking in the IBF.

The 24 year old fights in his First Direct Arena fortress for the third time inside a year and in front of his biggest crowd yet. Warrington destroyed Davide Diele in front of over 7,000 fans in October, but with Saturday just a handful of tickets away from being a 10,000 sell-out, Warrington expects the roof to come off when he enters the ring.

“The Leeds crowd are very passionate of their own,” said Warrington. “They just see a lad from the estate who gives it his all and they want to get behind that. I speak to some of the lads when I go dropping tickets off and we just talk about Leeds and they say ‘we’re right behind you, you’re doing the city proud and putting Leeds on the map’. It’s good to hear that and I think they can relate to me being a lad from the estate who goes down Elland Road on a Saturday.

“When you walk out and you’ve got that many fans behind you can’t help but buzz off it. I remember last time here before the fight I was standing behind the doors and it was the calm before the storm. The doors opened and there’s people hanging over bannisters and they’re slavering, ‘come on Josh, come on’ and I’d not even walked to the ring yet. I just had a little glance up and I thought ‘wow, there’s some numbers here’ and I looked at my old man and he turned around to me and he said ‘you know what, enjoy yourself but as soon as you get in that ring you listen to me’.

“I walked to the ring against Diele and I couldn’t believe it. I was using the energy from the crowd and I think that’s what you do, using the atmosphere and you can’t get tired because you’ve got that many people shouting your name and you find the energy to throw punches for them as well as yourself but the main thing is you’ve got to keep your discipline in there and you can’t get carried away when they shout.

“I also think it can help when opponents come over. I think the last fight Dieli got spooked, I watched it back on TV and when he’s walking to the ring he’s looking up at the crowd, you see it in his eyes and when he gets in the ring and his corner is facing the crowd and he don’t want to look up, he keeps putting his head down and I think that’s his distraction and I think that played a part that night.

“Tubieron has boxed at higher level. I was speaking to Paulie Malignaggi’s trainer a few weeks ago and he’d heard of him, he said he’d seen him sparring over in America and knows he’s got a high work rate. It’s a massive opportunity for him, guys that come out of the Philippines are fighting for their lives so they never just come over for a walkover, and give it their all.

“I know I’ve got to be on my game because we are stepping up in level. I’ve got to show I can be at this level and can go beyond. I’m looking to put a good performance on and looking to get the win because I know that keep on winning big things are to come for myself and Leeds.”

Warrington’s clash with Tubieron is part of a big night of action in Leeds with a tasty rematch between Martin J. Ward and Maxi Hughes, this time for the vacant WBC International Super-Featherweight Championship.

Tyrone Nurse was set to challenge Chris Jenkins for the vacant British Light Welterweight title but unfortunately Jenkins has been forced out through illness – Nurse is still set to fight for a title on the bill, with news to follow as soon as possible.

Elsewhere on the bill, there is action for Leeds’ British Light Heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe gets eight-round action, unbeaten Prizefighter champion Jono Carroll, Scotland’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Callum Johnson, Brixton’s Cruiserweight prospect Isaac Chamberlain, Leeds’ Middleweight Reece Cartwright and Hull Light Welterweight Carl Chadwick.

Extremely limited tickets remain priced £30 and £40 from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and at www.firstdirectarena

@EddieHearn offers @RealCFrampton £1.5m for @ScottQuigg fight 

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HEARN OFFERS FRAMPTON £1.5MILLION FOR UNIFICATION BLOCKBUSTER

Bury star wants to face Belfast man on July 18 in Manchester

Scott Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn has offered Carl Frampton £1.5million to face him at the Manchester Arena on July 18.

The Bury star joined promoter Eddie Hearn in Matchroom Sport’s offices in Brentwood to confirm the offer live on Sky Sports News, which was sent to Frampton’s team earlier in the day.

Unbeaten World champions Quigg (WBA) and Frampton (IBF) have long been on a collision course, and after issuing the offer to the Belfast man, Quigg is hoping that they can clash in a summer blockbuster.

 

Photo by Lawrence Lustig 

“He’s now got 1.5 million reasons for him to fight me,” said Quigg. “This is the closest the fight has ever been, I believe he wants the fight but we’ll find out today. Carl – let’s get this fight made. 

“There’s two fights in Britain that the public want – Kell Brook and Amir Khan and Carl and I – it’s a great fight and we need to make it now, it would sell out that famous arena in a heartbeat and would be a hit on Sky Sports.”

Cyclone Promotion issued an immediate statement in response to the offer in which they stated the event must be a co-promotion to go ahead, and that negotiations were ongoing.

Hearn responded: “It is not about Cyclone Promotions and Matchroom Sport, it’s about Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. If Cyclone Promotions really need their name on the poster and Michael Buffer to mention them in the introductions, then no problem.

“They are right that negotiations have been ongoing but they ended last week when we hit a brick wall.

“We’re frustrated. Brook versus Khan has fallen by the wayside and we want to make sure that this fight happens. We’ve made Carl an offer of £1.5million to fight in Manchester on July 18. There’s no reason why this fight can’t happen and we are willing to put the money up.

“There’s no offer from them and all the revenue is being delivered by us. We have massive respect for Carl, he’s a brilliant fighter that I have worked with in the past.  These are two great champions and we just want to see the fight; let’s get it made.”

Anthony Joshua by Paul Ready #GeordieRoar

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Anthony Joshua took his record to 11-0: 11KO’s after the stoppage of Jason Gavern – but reading my Twitter timeline many aren’t satisfied.

With Bradley Saunders pulling out of the Newcastle card with injury – Joshua was elevated to headline act.

  

Photo by Lawrence Lustig

Twitter has been a tsunami of opinions and in his post fight interview with IFL TV, Joshua looked visibly pissed off – something we’ve yet to see.

The pressure and stick AJ received has reached fever pitch, it was only a matter of time before he showed his emotions – I credit him for finally doing so.

Joshua and Matchroom have been slaughtered in the Twitter-sphere for not putting him in with a more dangerous opponent. The guy has just returned from a 5 month lay off due to a stress fracture – so his first fight back was never going to be a top 10 contender.

The arguments many cite is that fellow Olympic Gold Medallists Guillermo Rigondeaux had a world title fight at 9-0, Vasyl Lomachenko had one in his 2nd professional fight – so why should Joshua be any different?

Lomachenko had a 391-1 amateur record; Rigondeaux’s was 374-12; Joshua had 40 odd amateur fights. Experience wise the Watford man is not ready for a world title shot – but within the next 8-9 fights he will be.

I think Johnny Nelson of Sky described his situation perfectly: 

“Joshua’s experience doesn’t yet match his ability”. 

Up until now I do think he has been matched well – but as soon as he lands clean on anyone they fold, his power is ridiculous. I agree however that his ability should see more sterner opponents now put infront of him

Crunch-time for his team is here, they need to keep a cool head and not bow to peer-group pressure.

Up next is Kevin “King-Pin” Johnson, a man who has never been stopped and I expect him to take Joshua in to unchartered terrority of the 6th round.

Dillian Whyte an old foe of the 25 yr old’s from the amateurs is chomping at the bit to fight him – even going as far as to draft a contract that has been sent to Matchroom. I think we get that fight this summer.

After as expected he disposes of Whyte and Johnson – then we see the real Anthony Joshua come to the foray. I expect him to be a mean mother-fucker who wants to hurt people. 

There is a Sonny Liston personality deep down – wait and see. 

 

Photo by Lawrence Lustig 

I expect him in with David Price, Lucas Browne and Shannon Briggs before 2015 is out and one eye on a 2016 summer showdown with Tyson Fury.

We love a Heavyweight in this country and the next few years are going to be exciting. 

Whether you tune in to support Joshua or watch willing him to be beat – we all know we will all tune in.

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

Joshua returns with 3rd round KO #GeordieRoar

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JOSHUA RETURNS WITH THIRD ROUND KO

Olympic hero KOs Gavern to make it 11 in a row

Anthony Joshua MBE returned with a bang as he KO’d Jason Gavern in the third round in Newcastle to make it 11 KO’s from 11 pro fights.

Joshua was back in action after five months out of the ring with a stress fracture of the back, and opposing him was the ebullient Gavern, fighting for the 50th time in the paid ranks.

Gavern started well as Joshua eased his way back into the swing of things, but the American was floored twice in the second round as Joshua found his groove – but Gavern raised his hand in defiance as he heard the bell and headed back to his corner.

Joshua came roaring back out for the third and repeated the dose from the previous session, flooring Gavern twice – and the second time the brave visitor failed to beat the count.

Joshua now focusses on a meeting with former World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, and the 25 year old was glad to get back into action and shake off the cobwebs.

“I had a bit of ring rust so couldn’t display everything I have been doing in the gym,” said Joshua. “But once the momentum gets going I will be able to display some more shots, some more sharp shooting

“I have boxed in Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, London and I have to say Newcastle is right up there with the crowd, so a big thank you to the fans tonight.

“There are a lot of expectations and Jason is a very awkward opponent. He’s a slippery customer and he is there to make me look back and he did a good job of that. I have a job to do and that is get a win. If I can start pushing to British titles, European titles step by step these fights won’t really mean anything when I am experienced and a champion.

“Johnson has same type of style as Jason; he was a defensive puzzle to unfold but I slowly broke him down and same with Kevin Johnson.

“There are two sides to a fight, the first six and the second six. One way or another they will get broken down whether it is in the first half or second half.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “He was coming off a stress fracture in the back. Kevin Johnson was down to be the next opponent but Anthony has been out for months. He has had ten fights and it was always a race against time to be in Newcastle tonight. He wanted to be here and trained very hard tome come out for Newcastle fans and now we more on to May 30 at The O2. It is a massive fight on a massive bill, and then we want all the big domestic fights.”

@Luke11Campbell11 Documentary on @SkySports tonight 

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LUKE CAMPBELL DOCUMENTARY AIRS ON SKY SPORTS TONIGHT

Go behind the scenes with the Gold medal hero from 10pm – and On Demand now

Luke Campbell MBE is the subject of a special Sky Sports documentary tonight at 10.15pm on Sky Sports 2 – Luke Campbell – ‘The Golden Boy’ – and is already available On Demand.

The ‘Golden Boy’ is the emotional and uplifting story of Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell.  A one hour documentary that charts Luke’s incredible ongoing journey. From a dyslexic 13 year old, struggling to win club bouts through to London 2012. The Hull hero making history as Britain’s most decorated ever amateur boxer. Then moving on to his new mission, to conquer the World as a professional.

Luke relives those incredible scenes when he returned home as the first ever Olympic medallist from Hull. And on to a new chapter – a new challenge, with a professional debut to remember.

After racing to 10 straight victories in the paid ranks, a glittering future looks mapped out for the Golden Boy.

A legacy already secured, the obsessive competitor must deal with the responsibilities of family life away from his sport. With two sons, the demands of an adoring city and the pain of a father battling cancer, Luke must negotiate the pressures of expectation.

Luke Campbell has inspired pride in the people of Hull. A new generation follow his lead but this is only the start. The final chapter is yet to be written but what a story there is to be told.

Luke Campbell – ‘The Golden Boy’ is on Sky Sports 2 tonight at 10.15pm and available now On Demand.

Ajisafe v Wanyonyi for Light Heavy Commonwealth #WeAreLeeds

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AJISAFE LANDS COMMONWEALTH TITLE SHOT IN LEEDS

Leeds man meets Wanyonyi for vacant belt on April 11

Bob Ajisafe will face Daniel Wanyonyi for the vacant Commonwealth Light Heavyweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 11, live on Sky Sports.

Ajisafe is on a roll after a hot 2014 where he picked up the British title against Dean Francis in March, and took out Leon Senior and Matty Clarkson inside five rounds to establish himself as one of the top dogs in the division in Britain.

Now the Leeds man is aiming to add the Commonwealth crown to his Lonsdale strap and move onto more top honours, but he’ll face stiff opposition in Wanyonyi, the 26 year old Kenyan who picked up the African title in June.

“This is a great chance for Ajisafe to pick up a major title in his first action of 2014,” said Hearn. “Wanyonyi is an exciting fighter who can really bang, but Bob will have huge support in his home city and is looking to make a statement in the division.”

Ajisafe’s clash with Wanyonyi is part of a massive night of action in Leeds, topped by local star Josh Warrington’s showdown with Dennis Tubieron for the vacant WBC International Featherweight title.

Chris Jenkins faces Tyrone Nurse for the vacant British Light Welterweight title, Martin J. Ward and Maxi Hughes lock horns in a British Lightweight title eliminator following their great first clash in December, Liverpool’s World-rated Super Middleweight Rocky Fielding continues his comeback from injury, Prizefighter champion Jono Carroll fights for the first time since winning the trophy in December and in his first contest under new promoter Hearn and Cruiserweight prospect Isaac Chamberlain fights for the second time in the paid ranks.

Limited tickets remain on sale for the show priced at £30 and £40 from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and at www.firstdirectarena.com.