Boxing Update 03/07 by Paul Ready


This week in July 1921 – Jack Dempsey KO’d George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match. I’d love to know what modern day equivalent value of that million dollars would be. Last weekend proved to be a disappointing one for Ricky Burns in Glasgow, but before I discuss that card let’s look firstly at the man who took his WBO Lightweight title away from him; Terence Crawford in Omaha, Nebraska.   Crawford v Gamboa Terence Crawford (24-0: 17 KO’s) stopped Cuban Yuriokis Gamboa (23-1: 16KO’s) in the 9th round of a cracking fight Saturday evening. Crawford, 26, made his first defence of his WBO title in his hometown of Omaha Nebraska, which ended a 42 year exile of championship boxing in the state since Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander in 1972. Crawford hadn’t fought in his Omaha since 2011 demonstrated that there is really no place like home by announcing himself as a world-class fighter. Gamboa started quick winning the first few rounds until Crawford took over boxing beautifully from the 5th dropping the cuban with a great left. Terence-Crawford_Farina Other knockdowns followed in the 8th before finally the ref waved the fight off in the 9th with two minutes remaining. “I told Gamboa he picked the wrong fighter and the wrong city and I was right,” Crawford said. “I never felt any danger in the fight.” “It means a lot,” Crawford said of his long-awaited homecoming fight. “This is what they’ve been waiting on since I turned pro.” Crawford is now the main man at 135lbs and talk of a move up to 140lbs is natural progression in the near future.   He Who Dares, Glasgow Burns v Zlaticanin Ricky Burns lost to Dejan Zlaticanin on points Saturday evening and as he failed to recover from a shock 1st round knockdown. The 31 yr old had to come from behind against a big punching Montenegrin and despite a late rally from the Scot, it unfortunately wasn’t enough. Burns now will be taking some much needed time off with his family to reflect on this defeat. I would like to see him continue working with Tony Sims, you can’t instantly dismiss the foundations they have laid in the past 11 weeks as a complete failure, the relationship is in it’s infantry and needs time to develop. Burns is perhaps too “long in the tooth” to make drastic changes to his style at this stage of his career, only a few minor adjustments need to be made for me and the key in all of this is his desire to continue. Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke to Skysports post-fight; “He’s devastated, he had a nightmare start. I thought it was a very close fight and could have gone either way, without the start and a couple of rounds to get over that, I thought it was fairly even.  “He’s got to go away and we will look for a big domestic fight, if that is what Ricky wants. It will be too raw now for Ricky to decide what he wants.”   Simmons v Camacho Steve Simmons stopped Wadi Camacho in the 12th round of their hotly anticipated grudge match. “Macho Man” was winning on the scorecards when a late surge from the Scot in the 11th and then in the stoppage in 12th retained the WBC Cruiserweight Silver title. Camacho boxed well, got behind the jab & displayed composure from the outset. Credit must be given to trainer Peter Sims for the training camp & change in mentality he has made Wadi adopt. You have to congratulate Simmons for finishing strong when in the mid-rounds he looked physically shot to bits. Chasing: Simmons settled his grudge match with Camacho in Glasgow The 28 yr old Southpaw frustrated Simmons early on and had to contend with various headbutts throughout, one which was noticed by the ref and resulted in a warning for Simmons. It was great to see both men at the end “bury the hatchet” and agree to put their differences aside. It wasn’t the barnstormer we had hoped for, but often grudge matches rarely are as both fighters tend to be even more cautious with punches than box gung-ho. Limond v Woodhouse Willie Limond made it 3rd time lucky in his pursuit for the British Title by beating Curtis Woodhouse convincingly. Limond floored Woodhouse twice to win on points and can look forward to facing English Champion Tyrone Nurse in the foreseeable future.   Kell Brook The date and venue have finally been announced; Kell Brook will FINALLY face Shawn Porter for the IBF Welterweight title at the StubHub Arena (Formerly the Home Depot Centre) in Carson, California on the 16th August. On the same bill we see a rematch of the December 2013 bout between Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell for the WBC Super-Middleweight title. For Brook it will be almost exactly 12 months to the day (17th August 2013) when Darren Barker beat Daniel Geale to lift the IBF Middleweight title in Atlantic City. Let’s hope it proves to be a lucky omen for Brook….   @PaulReady @EliteBoxingNet


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