Much has been written, read and said on Froch/Groves fall out.
Should we have a rematch?
Will Froch bottle it?
Will pressure from Promoter/HBO push Froch into a Ward, Golovkin & Chavez Jnr rematch?
Who will promote Groves?
Froch will be looking at the end now and securing his family’s financial future.
Groves, career defining next few moves.
Loads of questions and they will all remain unanswered I would imagine until the dust settles in the New Year.
I’m still in shock about the whole thing, after 5 days on.
More at Froch and the way he has behaved since.
Hero to villain in one night and undone any fan base he had accumulated outside of Nottingham.
It is going to be an interesting outcome.
I’m more bothered about Groves and that he gets himself a rematch or World Title shot against a Stieglitz or Bika next at the very least.
But my fear is he could be shafted.
Shafted in a male prison cell at 11pm sense.
Not pretty, and completely undeserved.
If I was Groves, I would head over to America with his family. Go with Paddy Fitzpatrick, train at Wildcard, Mayweather’s Gym, Virgil Hunter’s gym, Garcia’s Gym.
Use this time to build on his growing profile.
Groves could spar with Ward, Dawson, Hopkins, Stevenson, the experience will be invaluable.
He has plenty of options on the best route to take, and I have no doubt in my mind he will take his time and decide what is best for him.
Moving on to this weekend, we have Tony Bellew’s 2nd WBC Light-Heavyweight world title shot in Quebec, Canada against Adonis “Superman” Stevenson.
Stevenson v Bellew
Stevenson has had a terrific 2013, from shocking the boxing world with a 1st round TKO of Chad Dawson in the summer, to a 7th round KO of Tavoris Cloud in September.
Bellew, is another mandatory challenger and one who will pose a different threat to Stevenson.
The Bomber has a 4 inch height advantage and a 2 inch reach over the Superman, which could prove to be decisive.
I’m expecting Bellew to use these to his advantage from the outset, keeping Stevenson at bay with the jab, not allowing him to get on the inside and chop away at the body.
Bellew needs to keep a cool head and not get sucked in to trading on the inside with the hard hitting Canadian Southpaw, it could be an early night otherwise.
Let’s not get carried away, this is a mountain of a match up for Bellew. Stevenson is chasing “Fighter of the Year” award, and knocks people out for fun.
But at 36, how much more does he have in the tank?
When you think of fighters 36 yrs old+; Hopkins and Mayweather spring to mind, you have to adapt your boxing style as you age.
Stevenson simply won’t be able to continue as a high pressure, power puncher indefinitely.
Father time will catch up with him sooner or later so I wouldn’t be completely shocked if Bellew does the business out there.
He will need to show much more than he has in the two Isaac Chilemba fights, but I like his new found attitude and as a fellow Brit he gets my full support.
Closer to home, Saturday night sees a Frank Warren promotions card at the Copperbox in London “Rock The Box II”
Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora against Ondrej Pala for the The WBO and Vacant WBA International Heavyweight Championship.
Chisora seems to have chilled out a fair bit since the Haye/Klitschko matches, but I won’t speak to soon as I can see him in with David Price next year, and fully expect that to be ramped up!
In addition we have highly rated, undefeated Super Middleweight Frank Buglioni v Stepan Horvath for The Vacant WBO European Super Middleweight Title and finally Bradley Skeete v Colin Lynes for The English Welterweight Championship.
As a recent subscriber, I’ve got allot of time for BoxNation. I know it has had its critics being an additional £10 a month to your Sky/Virgin bill, but it offers great value for money. It is the place to be for the big American fights and as a boxing fan; you can’t avoid to miss those. Broner v Maidana in the next few weeks I’m really looking forward.
Short and sweet.
I’m off to eat.
Catch you guys next week