Cold nights draw in… Boxing ramps up… By Paul Ready


Cold nights drawing in. Can only mean 2 things, Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor…


ANY reality TV is the bane of my life,  don’t get me started on TOWIE or any of those ghastly programmes with cast thicker than pig shit…


Not for me Bruno… Not for me…

I had a glance at forthcoming calendar for Autumn/Winter, Q4 if you’re in work mode still.  Barring the box office contests of Haye v Fury, Froch v Groves (latter sold out in under 20 mins). We have an absolute FEAST of fights, which I’m now going to list along with a brief synopsis of them shortly.  Some say Boxing is a dying, fans departing in their droves to MMA. Boxing is very much on the ascendency in the UK and across the pond in US. Which for me is a testament to the tireless work, and match making of Goldenboy and now Matchroom flying the flag in the UK. We have a lot to thank Eddie Hearn for, best thing to happen to British boxing for 20 yrs. he’s a guy who polarises opinion, I know people who think he’s a “Fat Mark Wright”, “wide boy” promoter. I think he’s a breath of fresh air, I really do. Young guy, early 30’s, someone I feel I can relate to despite his obvious wealth.  But he’s making big fights, managed Froch through Super 6, signed Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell.  He is THE promoter on these shores, has the best stable of fighters; Groves, Barker, Burns, Brook, Selby to name a handful. We have moved away from having a sole big promoter in Frank Warren, which can be only healthy for the sport in our country.

article-0-18910AF2000005DC-198_634x358  Eddie Hearn = saviour of British Boxing?

Hearn is making Matchroom the British Goldenboy, and despite criticism that he only signs established stars, notably poached from Warren!  I for one am fascinated to watch him develop and turn Campbell and Joshua in to World Champions. They have the best platform in Skysports to do so. Hearn is halfway through his deal he signed with Sky. Despite a few average cards, 1 of Darren Barker’s at Wembley sticks in the memory, he’s delivered. Like any job, you have certain targets to hit, he has gone over and beyond.

So… Let’s the discuss these forthcoming fights, some “Juicy Lucy’s”

Juicy Lucy, was a phrase used by a festively plump Northern chap I worked with called Paul, many moons ago. He defined a Juicy Lucy as the best sales leads available. I no longer work there, nor in sales. Universal phrase that can be applied in many aspects of life… i know you are thinking now about using it… Go ahead, don’t be shy!

Let’s get back to the good stuff…

Autumn Calendar

Ryder v Saunders (21/09)

Well matched pair fighting this Saturday on Box Nation, should be a cracker!

Woodhouse v Mathews (21/09)

Ex footballer Curtis Woodhouse, the troll hunter. Famously turned up at a twitter trolls street, threatening to knock on every door until he found him. He’s fighting Derry Mathews, who scored the best KO I’ve seen this year against Tommy Coyle in July. They headline the action in Liverpool this Saturday.

Haye v Fury (28/09)

I’m looking forward to this one, I’ve been disappointed by the lack of trash talking from Haye on this. Maybe he is being reserved after Chisora scrap in Germany. Maybe he is saving it for the actual fight. I will give you my verdict on how I expect this one to go in my blog next week. In the meantime, check out the below link to whet your appetite.

Quigg/Salinas (28/09)

Chief support on the above card, I’ll discuss this in next weeks blog also.

Stevenson v Cloud (28/09)

Chad Dawson was steamrolled by big hitting Stevenson, who’s experiencing an Indian Summer in his career. Winner faces mandatory Tony Bellew late November/early December.

Joshua Debut (05/10)

Guy is going to be a monster, never have I seen a natural Heavyweight so cut! So much so that I actually tweeted that to him and he RT’d it. I’ve made it… #YouHaveNeverMadeIt. Olympic Gold Medallist 2012. We need to be patient with him and his progress. He won’t ever share a ring with Haye unfortunately.  

Marquez v Bradley (10/05)

Bradley had a low key win over Provodnikov in March. Prior to that he beat Pacquiao on a very suspect decision. Marquez, also beat Pacquiao in stellar style with a brutal KO last year.

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 4

Will Bradley be licking the canvas like Pacquaio?

Frampton v Parodi (19/10)

Frampton’s delayed return to the ring due to injury. His 1st outing since leaving Matchroom for rival Frank Warren. Now co-promoted with newly founded Cyclone Promotions, headed up by manager Barry McGuigan, trained by his son Shane. I’m going to be honest, I know NOTHING about Parodi, did have a brief look online. He’s probably a Parody account of a boxer.

Hopkins v Murat (26/10)

Peter Pan of boxing Bernard Hopkins faces Murat. Murat, German/Armenian descent has been in with Cleverly and lost.

Brook v Senchenko (26/10)

After finally getting the Carson Jones monkey off his back. Brook who’s had a torrid 12 mths with injury, 2 postponements of his IBF title shot at Alexander. Faces former World Champion Senchenko, who famously ended Hatton’s career for the 2nd time last year. Brook needs to go out and blast this guy in style, make people really sit up, take notice. I had high hopes for him in the red hot Welter division. But he needs to excite me with a KO. Still mandatory for IBF, so if Khan beats Alexander in December, that will be PPV next year.

Pacquiao v Rios (23/11)

Pacquiao’s return to the ring after his defeat to Marquez. Faces starlet Brandon Rios, trained by Robert Garcia. Who I rate highly as an upcoming coach. How hungry is Pacquiao to box? Not very in my eyes, one eye on his political career, this could be another banana skin for him.

Froch v Groves (23/11)

This one takes me back to when I 1st fell in love with boxing as a boy. The days of the Super Middleweight domestic dustups of early/mid 90’s. I fancied Groves to beat Froch in this, until I got wind of the unconfirmed rumours that he has split with long term trainer, tactical genius, Adam Booth. AKA The Dark Lord. No idea if it’s true. But unless Groves has Roger Mayweather or Freddie Roach in his corner. I can see Froch beating him by stoppage or points.


Parted ways? The big loser could be Groves before career defining fight.

Fights TBC

Broner v Maidana (Dec TBC)

Khan v Alexander (Dec TBC)

Barker v Sturm (Nov/Dec TBC)

Bellew v Stevenson/Cloud (Dec TBC)

No doubt there are others I’ve missed, but for me the above are the fights that matter. There will be others announced in the interim I’m certain. But I for one, can not remember an end to the year like it ever. I love my football, but I will be spending a lot of my time over the coming months enjoying the above contests.

So is Boxing dead? NO CHANCE!

Tune in next week for a Surgeon esq dissection of the Haye v Fury fight & card.

I’m off for a shish….





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