Boxing Update 31/03 by Paul Ready

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So here we are, nearly April. Unreal how quick the year has gone already.

I browsed at the International calendar of the forthcoming months and we have some absolute crackers in store:

 

Saturday 12th April; MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao v Tim Bradley 2

WBO Welterweight Title

 

Saturday 19th April; DC Armory, Washington DC

Bernard Hopkins v Beibut Shumenov

WBA & IBF Light-Heavyweight Title

Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi

IBF Welterweight Title

Peter Quillin v Lucas Konency

WBO Middleweight Title

 

Saturday April 26th; Stubhub Center, Carson CA

Keith Thurman v Julio Diaz

Lucas Matthysse v John Molina

 

Saturday May 3rd; MGM Grand Casino Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Marcos Maidana

WBC Welterweight & WBA Super

Amir Khan v Luis Collazo

Adrien Broner v Carlos Molina

J’Leon Love v Marco Antonio Periban

 

Saturday 7th June; Madison Sq Garden, New York

Sergio Martinez v Miguel Cotto

Ring & WBC Middleweight Title

 

Add to the above advanced talks between Chavez Jnr v Golovkin in the summer, there is plenty to look forward to.

 

This is Belfast, Odyssey Arena

Carl Frampton faces Hugo Cazares in a Final Eliminator for the WBC World title at the Odysessy Arena on Friday.

This is the final obstacle for the Ulsterman to overcome before he is unleashed on to the world stage.

Supporting “The Jackal” will be Conrad Cummings, Ryan Burnett, Eamonn O’Kane, Marc McCullough, Jamie Conlan and Stephen Ormond.

The 27 yr old’s opponent is a two time World Champion and no doubt be surprised on Friday evening when he enters the Jackal’s lair.

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Fantastic picture courtesy of Russell Pritchard.

Frampton had this to say regarding the bill:

“Four of the fights are title fights and we have a few prospects coming through, so it is the biggest bill in Belfast for a very long time. I am very proud to be topping the bill in my home town.

“I can’t wait and I think we will have to find somewhere a bit bigger the next time.

“It’s great that it was sold-out so far in advance and some of the undercard fights were only announced today.

“It is great for Belfast and great for the local boxers on the bill.

“The atmosphere cannot be beaten in the UK – even Europe. There is no atmosphere like a Belfast show. The place will be bouncing.”

Whilst neither Frampton nor his team will overlook the Cazares fight, the prospect of him v WBC Leo Santa Cruz is a captivating match-up.

I’m excited as any Irishman to see Frampton announce himself on the world stage. I have no doubt he will capture the American audience’s imagination.

He will travel exceptionally well; the Irish fan base that will support will challenge Ricky Hatton’s contingency that came to follow his progress Stateside.

Whilst I feel Frampton is some way off from being at Rigondeaux’s level, I would feel confident of him against Nonito Donaire and shading a win against Santa Cruz.

Conrad Cummings, a recent signing to Cyclone looks a lively talent. Cummings has experienced world class sparring against fellow Middleweight Andy Lee at the Hayemaker Gym in London, which would of been a great benchmark of what level he could reach.

 

John Ryder, Wadi Camacho, Ricky Boylan & Welterweight Prizefighter – York Hall, London

 

John “The Gorilla” Ryder faces Jez Wilson in a British Middleweight title eliminator on Saturday evening.

Ryder headlines the Prizefighter show and fights a mere few weeks after a 6 round win in Liverpool.

In reflection of his loss to Billy-Joe Saunders last year, Ryder had this to say:

“If you lose and you learn, it isn’t such a bad thing and I will come back a better fighter,” said Ryder. “I didn’t get hurt and I learnt a lot. There are good things to come from me and I will be better for having had that fight, and I will be better over the distance now.

I felt that the 25 yr old from Islington had done enough against Saunders to get the win last year.

The Southpaw finished the stronger of the fighters and had there been another round, I fancied him to have stopped him.

Whilst it was a setback for Ryder, he has bounced back and will be looking to put on a blistering performance the weekend against a robust Wilson.

The Yorkshire man has a (11-1-1: 7 KO’s) record and hasn’t boxed for a year, The Gorilla will be fresher and looking to capitalise on that.

I saw Ryder spar at Simsy’s gym 2 weeks ago and when I first stood by him; I was impressed with the sheer size of him.

He leaves everything in the ring and the come-forward style he displays will no doubt excite the crowd at York Hall on Saturday.

On the same bill, fellow stable-mate Wadi Camacho (11-2: 7 KO’s) fighting in a 4 round Cruiserweight contest in his “numero uno” outing of 2014.

The Canning Town Catalan has had a self-imposed absence from the ring due to Stephen Simmons obtaining a broken rib.

Macho Man was due to face Simmons on the Ricky Burns v Terence Crawford bill on 1st March, from what I’m hearing this will be rescheduled around the end of June.

The pair traded taunts in a heated press-conference and the antagonism will no doubt continue in the build-up to the fight.

Light-Welter “Pretty” Ricky Boylan (10-0: 4KO’s) makes his debut as a Matchroom fighter.

“It’s a great achievement for me to join the best stable in Britain,” said Boylan. “I’ve worked hard my whole career to get to this point and it’s paid off. I have to keep working hard though which I will do, and this promises to be a big year for me.

“I’m looking at the English and British titles of course. I’ll be getting really good exposure and that’s important to build my profile up, so I’d like to be knocking on the door of the British title by the end of the year after defending the Southern Area title and hopefully winning the English.

Boylan is in a sizzling division domestically that contains Curtis Woodhouse, Darren Hamilton, Chris Jenkins, Tom Stalker, Tyler Goodjohn and Tyrone Nurse.

The latter two squareing off on April 19th for the British title in Manchester.

The Welterweight Prizefighter competition has a cool cheque of £32,000 for the victor.

It will be contested between Former European Lightweight champion Jason Cook, unbeaten Johnny Coyle, Mark Douglas, Johnny Garton join former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Paddy Gallagher, Midlands Area champion Sam Eggington and Dubliner Dean Byrne.

The Prizefighter format does have its critics, but I feel it does have a place in the British boxing calendar.

It quench’s our primal gladiatorial thirst; the fights are fast and frantic, I feel that it is only right being staged at York Hall.

The balcony over-looking the ring adds to the atmosphere of the casual crowd & the hardcore contingency.

Containing fresh-faced, unblemished young fighters with a point to prove as they cut-their-teeth in the most unforgiving of sports.

To the veteran wily foxes, old heads if you will who have been there, seen it and got the t-shirt.

These men want to prove to themselves and their doubters that they aren’t over-the-hill just yet.

I will be in attendance and am looking to see which of the young starlets catch my eye.

I recall seeing Chris Jenkins last year and being very impressed with him technically.

A great weekend of boxing both Friday and Saturday in store, I can’t wait.

 

“This Is Belfast” will be shown on BoxNation on Friday evening.

“Ryder and the Prizefighters” will be shown on Skysports on Saturday evening.

 

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Nathan Cleverly to Matchroom by Paul Ready

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Nathan Cleverly has completed a move across the road to Matchroom Boxing this week.

The Welshman has spent his entire career to date boxing under Frank Warren Promotions.

The 27 yr old has not boxed since his career first defeat to Sergey Kovalev last summer thus losing his WBO Light-Heavyweight title.

I had a sneaky suspicion that Cleverly was going to join Matchroom when I spotted him sat ringside on 1st February at their last show in Cardiff.

Coupled with him being on SkySports Ringside last week discussing “the second chapter and second coming” the cat was well and truly out of the bag.

Cleverly has cited intentions of moving up to Cruiserweight as he feels more comfortable at the weight as opposed to boiling down to Light Heavy.

The agreement with Matchroom I believe is on a fight-by-fight basis as Cleverly is out of contract, but it is inevitable that he will end up fighting former nemesis and now stablemate Tony Bellew.

Bellew has already made the step-up to Cruiserweight and this will be built in to a big domestic fight.

“It’s chapter two for me. I’ve had a bit of time off and I decided to team up with Eddie,” said Cleverly.

“Matchroom and Sky Sports is the place to be to get back to the top and I can’t wait to get back in there – let’s bring it on.”

Reflecting on a possible second bout with Bellew, Cleverly said: “I think it’s inevitable. We’re both on a collision course, we’re now in the same weight division.

“We’ve already had one great fight, which was an entertaining, crowd pleasing fight, so I think the fight fans want to see it. Bellew wants the fight, I want the rematch as well. Even though I won the first fight, I’m prepared to give him a rematch. I’m sure we’ll get it on.”

In an exciting division domestically that contains Ola Afolabi, Benga Ileyemi and Wadi Camacho, there are plenty of great match-ups that can be made.

Cleverly spoke exclusively to IFLTV yesterday and had this to say on his move:

One of the best arguments at a press-conference actually took place between Cleverly and Bellew on the Groves v DeGale card, the fight didn’t end up happening then, but it’s great viewing never-the-less.

 

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Boxing Update 26/03 by Paul Ready

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It has been relatively quiet last weekend and this forthcoming one with a self-imposed “half-term” of the 2014 Boxing season.

 

 

Let’s recap the main talking points of the past week, but before we do so I wanted to mention some key milestones that happened this week in history:

 

25th March 1916—Women are allowed to attend a boxing match for the first time in the United States, provided they bring sandwiches for all in attendance.

25th March 1958 – Sugar Ray Robinson had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.

26th March 1974  George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for the Heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela.

26th March 1992 – Mike Tyson sentenced to 10 years for rape of Desiree Washington.

25th March 1995 – Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years.

 

Some interesting facts there, most notably the first one.

Can you imagine stewards asking female patrons at a boxing event by the entrance if they have brought a sufficient amount of cucumber and tuna sandwiches for everyone?

Amazing how backward the world was nearly 100 years ago!

 

Brian Rose

Rose has been announced as an opponent to fight Demetrius Andrade for the WBO Light-Middleweight title of the world on 14th June in America.

The venue has yet to be confirmed, but likely to be on the East coast, Atlantic City my bet.

The Lion became mandatory challenger by beating Javier Maciel of Argentina in October last year.

The proposition of the man from the bright lights of Blackpool becoming World Champion and would be another fairytale story to add to British boxing history.

Providence born Andrade, 26, has a 100% record; 20-0 (13 KO’s) displaying a 65% KO record and a fine amateur record.

“Boo-Boo” won the belt on a split decision late last year against Vanes Martirosyan.

Rose will be a dark horse in this encounter and will fancy his chances of an upset against arguably one of the boxing’s more enervated champions.

 

“It’s a dream come true for me and something that I have wanted since I starting boxing at the age of nine,” said Rose.

“We’re not going over there to make up the numbers. I’m bringing that belt back to the UK.

“Andrade is, no doubt, a world-class fighter. He’s got the title and an impressive amateur pedigree. But I’ve got experience on my side; I’ve had more fights and more 12-rounders.

“I’ve been in with better and tougher opponents so this fight doesn’t and won’t faze me.”

 

Amir Khan

Khan has confirmed he will face Luis Collazo as chief support on “The Moment” on May 3rd.

The Moment isn’t the latest rom-com that stars Ashton Kutcher/Zac Efron/Channing Tatum but in-fact the title given to Mayweather v Maidana card at the MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas.

Collazo (35-5: 18 KO’s) will be King Khan’s opportunity to get his ears wet at 147lbs after making the decision to step up from 140lbs.

A hard-hitting southpaw, Collazo is an ideal opponent for the 27yr old to see how he fares as a Welterweight.

The 32 yr old from Brooklyn put himself firmly in the shop window by knocking out boxer turned actor Victor Ortiz at the end of January this year.

Coupled with signing with power-broker Al Haymon, it has been a great 2014 so far for Collazo.

You may recall he lost to Ricky Hatton back in 2006 on points and the only other blotches on his copy-book were against Shane Mosely, Andre Berto and Freddy Hernandez.

Collazo is what is often referred to as a “gate-keeper” in boxing. He is the type of foe Khan should beat, (albeit perhaps with a few scares)

If King Khan doesn’t win in comfortable fashion on the most high-profile of shows in the calendar, then he will struggle to make a serious impact at this weight.

I’m backing Khan to stop Collazo in 7-8 rounds, his rapid hand-speed should be enough to see him walk away with the W.

The key thing for him, and I sound like a broken record saying it, is for the 27 yr old to follow and execute the game-plan.

Don’t get sucked in to a war with Collazo as he will knock you down at some stage, focus on your footwork and abstain from taking shots on the chin.

 

“You’ll see a different fighter – better, more skilled, patient and smarter,” said Bolton-born Khan.

“I can’t wait to get back in there and cause some hurt.”

“I think the fight with Mayweather will happen one day but I’m not rushing and it will happen when I’m ready,” said Khan.

 

International 

This weekend Sergey Kovalev faces Cedric Agnew at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for the WBO Light-Heavy world title.

The Krusher who snatched the title away from Nathan Cleverly last summer and blew Ismayl Sillah with arguably one of the KO’s of 2013, makes his first bow in 2014.

 

With the news this week of division rival Adonis Stevenson declining to re-negotiate his current deal with HBO, rival broadcaster Showtime announced it had secured the Stevenson v Andrzej Fonfara on May 24th.

Showtime Sports’ executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza said the deal is for the Fonfara fight, but added,

“There is a structure which allows us to continue for multiple fights beyond that.”

“Both Adonis and Bernard have business they need to take care of, but, yes, that is a fight we would be interested in doing,” Espinoza said.

IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins faces WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 in Washington, D.C.

 If “The Alien” wins, it brings the Stevenson fight closer, should the latter prevail of course over Fonfara.

 

The Alien v Superman, now THAT is a title for a PPV fight!

 

Tune in next week for my pre-fight build up of Frampton Comes Alive in Belfast and Welterweight Prizefighter at York Hall.

The show is headlined by John “The Gorilla” Ryder who faces Jez Wilson in a British Middleweight title eliminator fight; with Ricky Boylan making his debut as a Matchroom fighter on show too.

 

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Peter Sims Interview – (Part 2) By Paul Ready

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Elite Boxing:

It’s apparent to see that within the gym, that the fighters hang on every word yourself and Tony tell them.

With your support you have put them all in the best position possible to succeed.

Peter Sims:

That’s exactly what we are here for, to put them in the best position possible to succeed.

Tyler is only 22 years of age, he’s had 12 fights. He’s had 2 defeats, 4 stoppages, he’s still young.

He’s going in to this fight as the underdog as there is a big expectation of (Tyrone) Nurse to outclass Tyler.

He was the underdog going in to the 3rd Danny Connor fight before Christmas, we are happy for people to underestimate him.

I saw an interview about levels (in boxing) recently that I don’t really want to comment on, but I know that Tyler loves hearing that. It’s extra ammunition for him.

At the end of the day, he won a National Title as an amateur, amateur and pro is completely different I know.

I think there is going to be a big shock on the night of April 19th against Nurse.

 

EB:

We spoke earlier about your Jab Wear boxing apparel business, tell me about your plans for that in the future?

PS:

We’ve just seen a company now to make gloves, headgear, protective gear, mouth guards.

We get loads of people coming in to the gym to put orders in for the apparel, t-shirts etc.

The majority of it is made to order now for sweat-shirts which has been going since 2006.

Recently I’ve sold 49% shares in the company to an outside party which has taken a lot of pressure off me.

I don’t look after any of the invoicing or financial aspect anymore which is great.

With the 49% shares, I invested them in to an airtime company in Cyprus.

That’s another business that I now have nothing to deal with, I’m just a silent partner which suits me.

I couldn’t do my job in the gym without the other businesses on the side.

EB:

What is the main attribute yourself and Tony look for in a prospect?

PS:

That they listen. That they are intelligent enough to take onboard what we want them to do.

If you talk to them until you are blue in the face and they don’t listen, they aren’t going to go any further.

That is the main thing, if a fighter has his own ideas on what he wants to do and is going to do things his own way, then he doesn’t need a trainer, and he certainly don’t need us.

If they trust us to what we say then that’s the start of the climb really.

The only person that can make you a fighter is you.

It’s like Joe Lewis said: “I can teach you every trick I know in the book”

But it is a combination of ability and self desire, if a fighter goes in there and doesn’t have the desire; he will never hit the top.

It’s a very important thing they have to carry with them constantly.

 

EB:

So the key from your perspective is openness and having regular frank conversations with them?

PS:

I think you have to be honest with fighters and it’s no good having a fighter in the gym telling him:

“You are going to be a World champion”

When you know on your heart of hearts they will never hit that target.

In our gym, we look at the lowest achievement and minimum expectation is a British title.

That is the bare minimum.

If we don’t feel a fighter can win a British title, we won’t train them.

If we did, it takes the attention away from the fighters that you believe can win it.

You’ve only got so many hours in the day.

I’ve got Tyler in, Camacho in and Ileymi in. I give them 2.5hrs each, that’s 7.5hrs, that’s a working day.

If I was to have another fighter, that’s a 10 hr day and I’d have to cut their time to 1.5 hrs.

You end up neglecting them and that’s where I believe things go wrong.

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EB:

British boxing is in a really exciting place at the moment. Are there any fighters currently in the UK that you would like to see at Simsy’s gym who yourself & Tony could add value to?

PS:

Not really Paul no. There isn’t anyone I can think of off the top of my head.

We never needed to do that, not to go on and be arrogant but fighters, they come to us.

I would say on average we must look at 6-10 fighters a year. Who come to us, we train them for a day and we say no.

For a variety of reasons not just talent, their ego, their attitude to the game make us not wish to go any further.

This is all levels from amateurs who are going to a World or Commonwealth Games.

They want to come in and talk to us.

It’s about the full package; it’s no good walking in here with a bowler hat on, a cane going:

“I’m going to be Champion of the World!”

And they can’t even hold their hands up.

 

EB:

I can tell that from just being here for a day, that fighters with that attitude simply won’t work out. The last thing you want is a bad atmosphere in the gym.

PS:

We have the 3 strike rule in our gym; you miss 1 training session you get told and you are made aware of it.

You miss 2 training sessions; it’s the last 2 you will miss as the 3rd you are shown the door.

That carries into your fights as well as we were saying earlier at a lower level.

 

 

EB:

If we move on to fighters outside of your gym, internationally what fighters do you enjoy watching?

PS:

Well, the greatest fight for me coming up is Cotto v Martinez. I love the fact that Cotto is back on the scene.

We were all thinking of going out there to watch it the whole gym, but I believe there is a scheduled Matchroom show around the same time unfortunately.

I’ve introduced Miguel Cotto in to Tyler and Tyler looks at him and watches him.

A lot of people underestimate his boxing ability because he is such a brutal come-forward fighter.

But he is such a fantastic technician. He knows how to pin a fighter down.

Another fighter that has come on the scene is Golovkin, he’s a great fighter has tremendous power and is an animal.

Maybe he isn’t the most technical fighter, but his other attributes such as his power more than make up for it.

I think Rigondeaux is unbelievable. He has the greatest footwork, the way he just comes in and out; you can’t put a glove on him.

He works off fractions and millimetres.

People talk about levels, he’s on the sun and the rest of the division is sitting on the beach.

That’s how far away he is.

 

EB:

Peter just wanted to say, been a pleasure meeting you and being here today. I want to wish not only your 3 guys the best of luck in the forthcoming fight, but Tony’s stable too.

PS:

Thanks Paul, I’ve enjoyed it. Cheers mate.

 

 

You can follow Peter Sims on Twitter @peterjsims1 and Jab Wear @jabwearboxing

Peter has advised that he is always available for hire for fighters, if you require his expertise, please contact him.

If you wish to purchase any Jab Wear apparel, please go to any reputable boxing stockists online.

Article written by Paul Ready.

Twitter: @EliteBoxingBlog @PaulReady

Peter Sims – Interview (Part 1) By Paul Ready

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Many cutsman often turn up on fight-night, get paid and go home without fully understanding the man in the corner they are patching up.

Peter Sims is different.

He is different because he dedicates his whole time to the gym.

Not only does he now train 3 fighters, but he spends time around the fighters whose corner he will be in beside brother Tony.

Peter understands what each man is susceptible to for cuts and the best methods to prevent them from occurring.

He is recognised and renowned as one of the best cutsman in the business.

Alongside brother Tony, they are the only brothers in boxing who work together as trainer and cutsman.

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What struck me most about Peter was that he is a real throwback of men of yesteryear.

Born and bred in listening distance of the Bow bells and the home of British boxing; Peter is one of the most genuine guys I’ve met for a long time.

A great host to me in my maiden visit to Simsy’s gym, even though he had Wadi Camacho and Benga Ilyemi beating holes in one another sparring, he constantly checked I was comfortable and catered for.

Whilst we watched Martin Ward and Romeo Romaeo spar in a session that Bruce Lee would have been proud of, we stood there rabbiting away like a pair of old women in a laundrette.

You would learn plenty listening to Peter talk about boxing, I certainly did.

I felt like a boxing boffin sat in the front of the class, all that was absent was a thick pair of glasses and a Granny Smith to give to him.

Elite Boxing:

What made you get in to boxing initially?

Peter Sims:

Well I started boxing when I was 10, me and Tony (Sims, Peter’s brother) were brought up in Bethnal Green. My Junior School was right round the corner from Repton Boxing Club. I remember I walked in to Repton at 10 years of age and started going in there a couple of times a week.

When I was 11 I started boxing for Poplar as an amateur and went on to Stepington St George’s. Tony went over to Fitzroy Lodge.

That was my real introduction to boxing really.

Our family are a good boxing family; our dad won the Force’s Champion as a Middleweight, our uncle Jimmy Davis fought Randolf Turpin who later went on to fight Sugar Ray Robinson.

Boxing has always been in our family.

 

EB:

It sounds like it’s been handed down from generation to generation in the Sims family like a trade..

PS:

Definitely. It’s stemmed from the area that we’ve come from, working class background.

When we left school we went down to Billingsgate fish market, which had Billy Walker, Georgie Walker and loads of other fighters from years ago.

It was the environment we grew up in, you were surrounded by boxing and that’s where it all starts from really.

 

EB:

What has kept you in the sport since then to the present day?

PS:

I came out of the sport for a bit as I had a club out in Spain for a few years. Funnily enough I was training fighters out there for at a gym in Marbella.

I was back and forward from there doing cuts with Tony and his guys when he first started with the likes of Butch Leslie, Dave Stewart and obviously Darren Barker came along in the early years.

Then 8-10 years ago I decided to move back from Spain to England, my children were then old enough to go to Secondary School and then I came back in the gym with Tony.

I was working full-time then doing the conditioning with the fighters, I had other business interests and didn’t want to go to deep in looking after fighters, and it happened by accident that side of it really.

I was quite happy doing the cuts for Tony.

EB:

My perception of a cutsman is one of the toughest jobs on fight night as you have a matter of seconds to work between rounds. What skills have you learnt over the years?

PS:

As much as you follow old school tactics and techniques of the likes of Mick Williamson (former cutsman for Ricky Hatton), you learn from your own experiences.

I know Mick well as he was friends with my father-in-law for years and years.

He was at my father-in-laws funeral. He’s been a friend of my family outside of boxing for 30-40 years.

What has inspired me to get in to cuts being in the gym and around the fighters.

You can learn a lot about the fighter that a lot of cutsman don’t do, they just turn up on the night.

When you are in the gym with them and they get facial injuries, you learn to know about the structure of their face and I believe it’s an important thing.

Some people have got sharp cheekbones and sharp eyebrows, you have to be careful and watch them where they swell up, where their weak points are.

Have they got an injury in sparring that they could take in to a fight?

That is something people don’t know about , but I certainly do.

A lot of cuts people get wearing the headguard, they need to Vaseline the headguard as well as the face.

Many of the fighters don’t want Vaseline on the headguard as it slips.

But it’s very important to keep the headguard supple and greased.

It’s something that I enjoy doing and now I’ve gone on to training fighters in the last couple of years.

 

EB:

To discuss your fighters in more detail, how did you end up training Tyler Goodjohn firstly?

PS:

Well as you know, Tony used to train Tyler. At that time Tony was looking after a number of young fighters like Ryan Taylor and Tyler.

Tyler went in to a fight with Vinny Woolford, basically a journeyman who could wack a bit.

He had a condition called hypoglycemia and even now we have to check his blood sugar levels are ok.

Basically it was caused by bad diet and bad advice by a nutritionist he was using at the time and it resulted in him developing hypoglycemia.

It was brought on by fructose in fruits, but we didn’t know he had that problem at the time.

He went in to the fight with Woolford with that condition, he was gone before the fight really, and he didn’t look the right skin colour.

It was a big defeat for a young kid that turned pro at 18 and won a National Title as an amateur, they had high hopes for him.

Then he boxed Danny Connor for the British Masters and got beat on points and it was a 2nd defeat.

It’s quite common knowledge in our gym that if you get 2 defeats and you are fighting for Masters Titles, you are shown the door.

It’s different if you are competing at European or World Level as you can comeback.

Tony phoned Tyler to come spar Ryan Taylor, and was actually training himself.

After the spar Tyler told me he was really pleased with the instructions I gave him during the spar and that he had never felt that confident in a spar.

He told me he had an upcoming British Masters fight and would I train him for it.

To be honest with you, I was reluctant did I have the time?

I had my hands full with a Recruitment company in Darlington and my Jab Wear (Boxing apparel) business.

I agreed to train him for the fight and go from there.

EB:

From speaking to Tyler you can tell how much he respects you. It may sound cliché but it’s almost like a father son relationship.

He listens & believes in everything you say and you show a lot of confidence in him, providing constructive criticism where necessary.

Off the back of that how did you end up inheriting Wadi Camacho and Benga Ilyemi?

PS:

Benga is the cousin of Anthony Joshua, when Anthony turned pro with Matchroom. Ilyemi went along to the same meeting mentioned he wanted turn pro, he won 2 National Titles as an amateur.

So he came in to the gym, me and Tony spoke about it in-depth, we looked at him. Tony trained him for a session and I trained him for a session. We went away and decided between us that I’m the one that should train him.

I thought to myself at that point, what have I let myself in for, now I’ve now got two of them!

From Ilyemi came Wadi Camacho, Wadi came down to spar Ilyemi before the Conquest fight.

He went in to the Conquest fight, got beat for whatever reasons, then I got a call from Jess( Wadi’s manager) he wasn’t happy with his current stable, he felt I could offer him more.

Wadi is a Southpaw which is always an advantage.

Same thing again, me and Tony spoke about it as Camacho does come with a bit of baggage.

Not being disrespectful to Wadi, at that time I didn’t know him as a person or what his personality was like.

He is tarred with a tag that he is a bit flash and a bit arrogant; he’s actually the complete opposite and a really nice guy.

And that’s how I came about Wadi Camacho.

Wadi is half Spanish as you are probably aware, I can speak fluent Spanish after living out there for a number of years. We speak Spanish to one another in the gym and take the piss out of people who are completely clueless. We are considering doing it in the corner for his next fight, I’m sure Skysports will lap it up!

(During the interview Wadi comes in to talk to Peter in Spanish, I’m sure they were discussing numbers but I could have been the joke and was blissfully unaware!)

 

EB:

As you’ve stated that you and Tony talk in-depth when looking to bring a new fighter onboard like Joshua or a fighter rejoining like Kevin Mitchell, I presume you both discuss is this a feasible move for the gym?

PS:

Well you have to look after the fighters who are already in the gym; you just can’t focus on someone who comes along wanting to join asking:

 “Can you train me”.

You don’t think about them or what they’ve got to offer, your main focus is the existing fighters.

Our gym is the most grounded gym for fighters you will ever go in.

There are no fighters here deluded, if they are; we take it away from them.

Ego gets left at the door before you come in this gym.

There is no ego shit in our gym; you have to be grounded to come in here.

Some fighters don’t like it, and we don’t like them, that is just how it goes.

It’s horses for courses, fighters get out what they put in here.

There is no ego from me and Tony like some gyms, I’ve seen egos being passed down from trainers to their fighters if gives them false sense of belief.

**Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow – where Peter discusses his Jab Wear business, what key attributes they look for in a prospect and the expectations of their fighters**

Boxing Update 17/03 By Paul Ready #MerseyBeat #ChisoraFury

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With the first piece of sun of 2014, we had to endure your stereotypical British men strolling down the street with their tops off, like they are in the middle of a desert.

I recall walking from an English pub back to the Las Vegas strip in 2009 with 2 friends. We had just watched England demolish Croatia in the World Cup qualifiers, with the time difference it was around 11am.

“The strip isn’t that far away” we said after a skinful that was no doubt topping up the alcohol from the night before.

It transpired that the strip was indeed that far away, walking past the runway of John McCarron airport adjacent to us should have been a clue in itself.

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday-sun as they say.

Mersey Beat

Ryder v Kandelski

John Ryder was sky-dived in at the 11th hour for this card, and ended up winning a 6 rounder on points.

In a night of Simsy’s gym v Georgia; The Gorilla won his first fight since his narrow points defeat to Billy Joe Saunders last year.

Next up for the 25 yr old is Jez Wilson for a British title eliminator as the headline fight of Prizefighter at York Hall.

Mitchell v Avakyan

Kevin Mitchell made light work of Mikheil Avakyan with a 2nd round stoppage. Avakyan displayed one of the most unconventional styles I’ve seen for a while. Glenn McCroy of Skysports described him as Mr Bean, which tickled me and was absolutely spot on.

The Georgian was well out of his depth against the 29 yr old who knocked him down twice in the 1st and a third knockdown in the 2nd halted the contest.

The 22 yr old wasn’t the calibre of opponent Mitchell was expecting but nevertheless you can only beat who is in front of you.

Last week we’ve had confirmation that talks are ongoing between Vazquez’ camp and Matchroom for the IBF title. This has been pencilled in for the undercard of Froch Groves 2 . Hopefully an announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

Fielding v Adamu

Rocky Fielding lost his Commonwealth Super-Middle title on the scales Friday morning due to being 6lbs overweight.

What I found puzzling about the weight issue was that surely Fielding would have known days before the weigh-in he was touch-and-go to make-weight.

I think he will envitably end up fighting at Light-Heavy in the future, I can see similarities between Fielding and Cleverley in their boxing style, both tall and rangey.

Charles Adamu, who has fought Carl Froch and George Groves previously, was still able to win the belt on Saturday night.

Fielding won on points in a fight that few will wish to sit through again as it was a real dull affair.

Talk has been rife of an all Liverpool encounter against Paul Smith, who has his eyes firmly on a world title tilt against Arthur Abrahams. Smith had this to say on Fielding:

“I don’t want to be too disrespectful to him, it wasn’t his best performance and Adamu wouldn’t have lasted two rounds with either myself or my brother Callum,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s all very well Eddie Hearn saying it’s a huge fight for Liverpool, but if he did that he would get a huge fine and I don’t he will be mandatory challenger after that.

“I want Arthur Abraham. I want to win the Lonsdale Belt outright but the board is not letting anyone fight me for it and unfortunately I might have to leave it behind.

“I’m not missing out on a fight with Arthur Abraham, I’d get five times the money and a shot at the world title.

“If the opportunity presents itself I’ll fight Rocky every day of the week and twice on a Sunday, but if he stays at super-middleweight he’s got to fight me or my brother Callum.”

If Smith was to face Arthur Abraham and win the WBO, you could have the Froch/Groves winner holding IBF & WBA, James DeGale the WBC title should he win against Sakio Bika.

The possibility of all 4 world titles held by British fighters by the end of 2014 is a mouth-watering prospect.

Brook v Robles

Kell Brook beat Alvaro Robles in the 8th round when the towel was thrown in by the Mexican’s corner.

Robles came with a real sense of self-belief, he was game and true to the Hispanic heritage, he was tough as a coffin nail.

The Special One was in control of the contest throughout and peppered the jab like you would a medium-rare steak.

There was an argument that the referee could have stopped the contest a few rounds sooner, but I disagree as the Mexican was still returning punches accurately.

The potential banana skin was averted for the 27 yr old as he looks towards facing the winner of Shawn Porter and Paulie Malignaggi who fight on April 19th in Washington.

My preference would be to see Malignaggi face Brook in July for the IBF belt. Paulie has bags of charisma and experience, he is the type of name will gain respect Stateside.

The Brooklyn native would berate Brook, no doubt calling him a bum and that no-one knows who he is in America. This would be the perfect ammunition for The Special One to put on a big performance.

 

Bellew v Brudov

Tony Bellew had to endure a hellish 7th round to win his Cruiserweight debut on Saturday night.

The Bomber floored Brudov with a brutal straight right that nearly went through head of the Russian in the 2nd.

Credit to Brudov for getting off the canvas and battling on; the 31 yr old floored his foe again in the 6th.

In the 7th we nearly had an upset when Bellew was caught strolling on to a right hand, The Bomber’s legs had gone, his gumshield flew out and nearly landed on Jim Watt’s lap.

I thought he was finished.

A low blow from Brudov gave the Liverpudlian some much-needed time to grab some oxygen and compose himself.

The contest came to a dramatic close in the 12th with a big left that sent Brudov back home via the Siberian Express.

“I’ve done the domestic scene and I’m in the sport to be world champion,” said the Scouser. “I’ve been at the top in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth – it’s time to be number one in the world.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance. It’s a six out of 10 for me, but the win is the main thing.” Said Bellew.

I think talk of facing WBO champion Marco Huck is a tad premature for The Bomber.
Huck who is the spit of Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps, has a proven track record of being able to swim comfortably in this division.

Fighting Ola Afolabi or Firat Arslan who have both faced Huck twice, would be a good benchmark of where he is.

A war of words has ensued on Twitter yesterday between Bellew and Nathan Cleverley, (the latter has yet to decide what weight he is going to operate at) is another big domestic rematch I would love to see.

Fury v Chisora 2

To continue on my last point, I’m delighted to see another big domestic rematch being announced today.

Tyson Fury will face Dereck Chisora on 26th July in Manchester in an eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.

In a division that doesn’t display the depth talent wise as some of its lower-weight counterparts, it is refreshing to see some much-needed exposure for the Heavyweight division.

I’m looking forward to watching the press-conference later as Tyson Fury is always highly entertaining.

Chisora is a much cooler customer these days since the Vitali Klitschko slapping and post-fight brawl with Haye. With an improved diet and focus, it really is a fight that could go either way.

With Deontay Wilder destroying Malik Scott in 96 seconds this weekend in Puerto Rico; a future fight for a World title beckons against Chisora/Fury down the line.

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Boxing Update 12/03 By Paul Ready

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Froch Groves 2

Unless you’ve been marooned on an Island in the middle of the no-where, it has been virtually impossible to escape the media coverage of the rematch.

I almost grew a beard for the first time in my life queuing online to get my tickets. I can say that I eventually succeeded in obtaining some.

The early part of this week has been dominated by the general sale of the tickets and the 1st press conference. It is the first time both fighters have seen each other since that unforgettable night in November.

60,000 went on sale at noon Monday; they had sold-out by 1 pm. This illustrates the sheer magnitude of this fight to the public.

Firstly, I want to give a special mention to Kugan Cassius and James Helder of IFLTV; their coverage on Monday was nothing short of sensational. If you aren’t familiar with their work, search from them on YouTube as their footage is unparalleled in boxing.

The mind-games and theatrics commenced immediately in the press conference; Groves was baited by Froch’s older brother Lee whenever he spoke, when Froch spoke, Groves was busy completing a rubics cube to draw attention to himself.

We had “Shove-Gate” on the pitch which there was a perception it was perhaps staged; which I don’t believe. You only had to see the reaction of the 25 yr old telling Eddie Hearn and Rob McCracken to “Sort their boy out” to know it was genuine.

The Cobra couldn’t look St George in the eye for the head-to-heads which I felt displayed a sign of weakness on his part, regardless of the clear hatred between them Froch should have faced him.

I can see Lee Froch attempting to be the “Angel Garcia” in the Froch camp. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Angel, he is father to Danny Garcia the WBC, WBA (Super) and Ring Magazine Light-Welter world champion.

What Angel does remarkably well is antagonise and goad Danny’s opponent in the build-up to fights, thus relieving pressure from Danny.

In recent fights against Zab Judah and Amir Khan, Angel was able to get under their skin and provoke a reaction. Danny beat both by his boxing ability, but you can’t underestimate the impact Angel made unsettling them.

What Groves must do is ensure he doesn’t get wound up by Lee Froch who has subjected him to abuse on Twitter in the after-math of the first fight. I admire him for walking straight over to the elder Froch at the end of the press conference and addressing him with an “Alright sweetheart” comment. He tackled the situation head-on, which demonstrates Groves won’t take any nonsense from Team Froch.

Toe to Toe, MGM Grand Las Vegas

Leo Santa Cruz v  Cristian Mijares

WBC Super-Bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz didn’t drop a round on Saturday evening as he retained his strap against Cristian Mijares.

Santa Cruz won via a near shut-out on points with the judges scoring it 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.

The 25 yr old Mexican has eyes on fighting Carl Frampton next, should the Ulsterman come through Hugo Cazares next month in a WBC mandatory contest.

“I want [Frampton] next,” Santa Cruz said. “This is a dream come true.”

This has the potential to be fight of the year and would present Frampton an opportunity to announce himself on the world-stage in autumn this year.

Canelo Alvarez v Alfred Angulo

Canelo made his return to the ring after his maiden loss against Pound-for-Pound number 1 Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

The 23 yr old sensation landed a whopping 295 of the 513 punches he threw, an astounding 58 percent.  The majority of them being right-handed bombs, Angulo was stopped with a huge uppercut in the 10th.

The Showtime commentators summed the upper-cut by stating that Canelo could have held a press conference to announce he was going to throw that punch as he had that much time.

Whilst the stoppage may have been a tad premature, it was only delaying the envitable and trainer Virgil Hunter would have no doubt pulled him out if the punishment continued.

Mersey Beat, Echo Arena: Liverpool

This weekend we have an exciting card which contains some big names from the Matchroom stable.

It contains the cream of Merseyside boxing, unfortunately excluding Callum and Stephen Smith who are both absent due to injury.

In addition, we have Kevin Mitchell and Kell Brook competing in tune-up fights before they have title tilts in the summer.

Talks have allegedly begun between Matchroom and advisors of Miguel Vazquez with a view to him fighting Mitchell on the Froch Groves under card for the Lightweight IBF World Title.

Vazquez is entering his 4th year straight as world champion, winning it against Ji-Hoon Kim of Japan in 2010 and is the perfect test for Mitchell.

El Títere (The Puppet) has lost 3 times in his career, twice to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2006 & 2008 and to Timothy Bradley in 2007.

I’ve been really impressed with Mitchell since he rejoined Simsy Gym and in front of a packed stadium in his home-town, I would back him to do the business.

Tony Bellew makes his debut at Cruiserweight since he decided to move up a weight class from the Light-Heavy division.

The Bomber lost to Adonis Stevenson in Canada at the tail end of 2013 in a WBC world title bout.

The 31year old feels he will be more comfortable at the weight and will be able to exert more power.

In an exciting division domestically containing former foe Nathan Cleverly, Ben Ileymi and Wadi Camacho, would all provide stern opposition as Bellew works towards a title shot in the future.

Kell Brook has been playing the waiting game before compulsory negotiations begin with Shawn Porter for his long-overdue IBF Welterweight fight.

I’m led to believe that negotiations should commence early April between both camps and the fight is likely to be staged in the USA sometime in June.

In the interim, Special K has to overcome Alvaro Robles on Saturday evening.  Tyson Robles as he is known is an unknown entity in some respects; sporting a 78% KO record (17-2: 15 KO’s) on his CV he is a man Brook cannot afford to over-look.

The full card for Saturday is listed below:

Tony Bellew v Valery Brudov
Vacant WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Championship

Rocky Fielding v Charles Adamu
Commonwealth Super Middleweight

Paul Smith v Tobias Webb
Vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Championship

Kell Brook v Alvaro Robles

Kevin Mitchell v Mikheil Avakyan

Neil Perkins v Erick Ochieng

Robbie Davies Jnr v Mark McKray

Ryan Moorhead v Ibrar Riyaz

 

International

In Puerto Rico this Saturday, Danny Garcia makes his return to ring against Mauricio Herrera. The American of Puerto Rican descent was again over-looked as an opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jnr recently.

Garcia fought last on the under-card of “The One” in September, beating a heavily backed Lucas Matthysse unanimously on points.

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Boxing Update 06/03 – By Paul Ready #FrochGroves2

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With the confirmation of Froch Groves 2 being hosted at Wembley on 31st May which could have up to 80,000 spectators viewing it.

It got me thinking what the largest audiences have been in boxing history, so I decided to do some digging:

The largest paying boxing audience in history was Julio Cesar Chavez vs Greg Haugen in Feb-1993 a reported 132,247 patrons crammed into the Estadio Ezteca, Mexico City, Mexico to witness Julio Cesar Chavez make his tenth defence of his WBC light welterweight title.

Haugen was floored in the opening seconds and was pounded through the fight before Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight in round five.

The largest European crowd ever to watch a Boxing Match was Max Schmeling vs. Walter Neusel Aug-1938, Over 102.000 spectators were in attendance at Sandbahn Lokstedt, Hamburg, Germany.
Joe Schmeling won with a ninth round KO.

They are audiences that dwarf most football crowds, except Brazil v Uruguay July 16th 1950 which had “only” 199,854 people at the Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro.

Froch v Groves 2

I feel like a fat kid in a sweet shop with a fist full of sweaty pocket-money waiting to book my tickets for this fight.

We were all finally put out of our misery on Tuesday this week at 10am with the announcement that Froch v Groves 2 will be hosted at Wembley.

This is a great choice and really THE place to host it.

The atmosphere will be electric and there will be countless column inches dissecting this fight in the coming months.

I have a feeling I will be telling my grandchildren about being at this fight in the future, I just hope we have some massive fights on the undercard to complement it.

I still back Groves to win this; he is too fast and will dominant the jab exchanges.  I will be amazed if this fight goes beyond the 9 rounds we saw in the predecessor last November.

Froch will be looking to blast Groves away in similar fashion to what he did against Lucien Bute; I’m certain the 25 yr old will be mindful of that.

I feel that the only way the 36 yr old will win is by a stoppage as he will struggle to out-box Saint GG.

The first press conference where both fighters will be head to head is next week, which will no doubt be a powder keg.

Will Froch turn up with some hair regrowth treatment for Groves?

Will Groves mock Froch’s nose in some capacity, maybe present him with a Gonzo teddy from Sesame Street?

The war of words that will ensue on the Media Tour will be almost as good as the fight; animosity between fighters really makes it an even bigger build-up.

Bring it on!

Man of Steel, Glasgow

Anthony Joshua put in his best performance so far against Hector Aviva on Saturday night.

Not because he blasted him away in the first round, not because Aviva has been 9 rounds with Dereck Chisora under a year ago.

But because it was his most patient performance to date.

What impressed me the most was how quickly he assumed control of the centre of the ring and got behind his jab before he stopped the Argentinean.

Joshua has been critical of his performance to date and has had some question marks raised against his mobility around the ring.
But this certainly was one that show-cased not only his obvious power, which is glaring to see, but his boxing ability too.

We are forever hearing that Joshua needs to be “stepped-up”, but certainly on the Manchester card which is 19th April, Richard Towers would be good opposition and the Froch v Groves 2 undercard, I would like to see him in with Michael Sprott or Sam Sexton.

A seasoned British veteran like a Sprott or Sexton has been mooted but American Kevin Johnson would be an equally good test too.

Ricky Burns was outclassed as the headliner of Man of Steel against Terence Crawford, losing his WBO Lightweight belt in the process.

Burns fell short against a very impressive Crawford who answered many questions of how good he actually is.

The Scot told Skysports:

“It was a tricky fight in there,” he said. “Very awkward, especially with the switch-hitting. I found it hard to get my shots off.

“The best man won on the night but I’ll be back. First thing I said to Eddie (Hearn, promoter) after the fight was ‘we’ll be chasing for a rematch’. Hopefully, we can get that sorted.

“I took a good body shot in one of the rounds but I managed to recover and I also took a head shot. I have proved I can take it.

“I said beforehand the jaw (which he broke against Joey Beltran in his last fight) might be in the back of my mind but I went out and got on with it, and the better man won on the night.

“He boxed well, good on him. You can see why he’s being touted as the next big thing in America.

“There are some big fights out there here for me as well, but my first choice would be to get a rematch.

“I feel I belong at world level, I think I proved that tonight.

“The weight division is buzzing, at world level, and over here, so there are big fights out there. I’ll be back in the gym in a couple of weeks, raring to go.”

I feel Rickster should avoid a rematch against Crawford as it will only end the same way. A rematch against Raymund Beltran or perhaps facing IBF Champion Miguel Vazquez would be a better option.

The 30 yr old does have perhaps one more title shot in his locker before stepping in to the blender of the British Lightweight scene.

Which moves us on aptly to my next subject; Anthony Crolla v John Murray.

Crolla v Murray

Anthony Crolla and John Murray have agreed to fight in Manchester on April 19th in a huge local derby.

Murray, previously trained by Joe Gallagher (who trains Crolla), adds some further Cayenne Pepper to the occasion.

One is a Man Utd fan, the other a Man City fan; there is a clear mutual respect between both fighters but that will go out the window once they step through those ropes.

It will be a huge fight for both men as they look to progress to a world title fight in the summer.

Happier days at Gallaghers Gym for Murray & Crolla

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