Haye/Fury off. Lightening strikes twice…. Mathews underrated? By Paul Ready



Currently nursing one of my worst hangovers for a few years. This isn’t me being a pussy, well maybe! At a school friends wedding all day yesterday. Great day, known him 18 yrs! Fuck that makes me feel old. My worst hangovers tend to be after a wedding.. Note to self…

Anyway… David Haye. Well well. Where do I start? Another high profile fight he’s pulled out of, has he been hanging out with Kell Brook? Jokes aside, clearly he can’t fight with that cut, nasty one. See below.


I’ve seen those fake scars in fancy dress shops…

Haye has been sparring with some seriously big hitters; Deontay Wilder, Pole Mariusz Wach and 6ft 9in Richard Towers.

“Adam wants the environment in the sparring to be way more intense, way more dangerous than it is when I actually get in the fight,” Haye said.

“They’ve hit me with some big, big shots. I managed to stay on my feet, but it has been harder than any other training camp I’ve had.”

Double edged sword this for me. It’s great as it really pushes you. You are being pressed, harassed and forced to trade with these guys. Downside, exactly what has happened. Makes you susceptible to cuts, or a stress fracture etc.

Fury is naturally gutted, and responded by abusing Haye on Twitter. Calling him a “shit house”. Come on Tyson, you need to work on your insults my man. We’re not in Year 5!

I hope this fight is merely postponed until December say. My fear is, it won’t happen. Fury will move on to probably have a tune up fight in the interim. With one eye on  Wlad Klitschko V Povetkin on 5th October, Fury can expect a title shot early 2014.

Fury: Disappointed we won’t hear him sing next week. Or is that just me?

Haye? Well he’s in serious limbo for me. Does he retire AGAIN? Who is there to fight? An explosive win over Fury would of firmly had him banging on the door for a Klitschko fight.

Scott Quigg’s title fight against Salinas has now been added to the “Carpe Diem” bill on 5th October at the o2. Alongside Luke Campbell. Should be a great bill, capped off with Anthony Joshua’s pro debut.

Saunders edged Ryder in what I’m hearing was a terrific fight for the Lonsdale belt. Yet to watch this one, so can’t comment a great deal.

Derry Mathews scored another impressive stoppage, to cap a superb 2013 for him. Following the KO of Tommy Coyle, who was winning the fight by a canter. He stopped troll hunter, ex footballer Curtis Woodhouse last night.


Mathews must be knocking on the door for a world title shot within his next 2 fights. He’s fought Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla twice (win & draw), Gavin Rees twice (draw & loss). Lightweight division in UK is red hot currently. I’d like to see him in Ricky Burns when he’s recovered from his jaw injury and given Beltran a deserved rematch. Add Kevin Mitchell to the mix and we have some exciting potential match ups. I genuinely don’t think Burns would want anything to do with Mathews. Especially based on Burns’ last two outings.

On the same card, the famous Smith boxing family. 4 boys, Paul, Stephen, Liam and Callum. Remarkable really to have one family with not with one boxing, but 4. Rooney family had 3/4 boys from memory. Wayne obviously made it. His other brother was playing League 1 football I recall. Ended up going to MLS.

Liam Smith captured the British Light Middleweight title, with a unanimous win over Erick “The Eagle” Ochieng. This win created history as it completed a hat-trick of British Lonsdale Champions in the Smith family. Joining Paul and Stephen, 1st time in the 104 year history of the Lonsdale belt. Truly astounding. No pressure Callum!

Capped a great week for the Smith boys, they were honoured in Liverpool for services to Boxing. It’s not a matter of if, but when the 1st of them is crowned World Champion. Liam is definitely my favourite.


Pride of Liverpool… Soon to be UK?

I’ll leave you with one final thing. A fighter who I feel is definitely “one to watch”. Mikey Garcia. (32, 32 Wins – 27 KOs).

Mexican/American Featherweight. Beat Danny Garcia as an amateur. Younger brother of Robert Garcia. former World Champion. Robert is a highly respected trainer Stateside. With Maidana, Rios, Donaire in his stable. Previously trained “The Ghost” Kelly Pavlik.

Mikey is 25, and he KO’s people for fun. Patient fighter, he picks his shots well. Doesn’t pounce. Definitely tipping him to unify this division after his next fight against Roman Martinez for WBO title. Don’t be surprised to see his name appear in P4P top 10 in the not to distant future.

Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday evening.

I’m off to go find my balls and dignity.





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