Arthur Abraham v Paul Smith
Let’s focus on the positives firstly; Smith in his maiden title-shot put in his career-best performance to date.
He turned up to fight and put “King Arthur” under pressure through-out.
I had “Real Gone Kid” winning by a round, but it was tight. Tight as a duck’s arse in a sandstorm tight.
I did feel that he would need to do something spectacular to win on points, but I never expected the scoring to be so wide. How one judge can score it 11 rounds to 1 in favour for Abraham is beyond me.
I hope the WBO does the decent thing and installs Smith as the mandatory challenger.
But the elephant in the room within the sport of boxing continues to be judge’s scoring. When you travel abroad and you are the away fighter unfortunately you have to expect some favouritism to the home fighter. The Ricky Burns v Raymund Beltran verdict a recent example of this.
However, I think we need to see more decisions reviewed and if the governing bodies feel the scores are incorrect, judges need to be penalised accordingly.
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Smith, 31, on a fine performance. I hope that he is not
too disheartened as he will be back stronger from this set-back.
Bellew v Cleverly 2
Confirmation arrived today that the date of 22nd November will be when we have the eagerly awaited rematch between these two.
Let’s hope both men have actually signed the contract!
3 years have passed since they last fought; with Cleverly being the victor.
What I love about this rematch is the pair of them absolutely despise one other – Bellew’s distain for the Welshman is as venomous as any snake-bite in the outback.
With both men now signed with Matchroom and operating at Cruiserweight, the build-up is guaranteed to be full of fireworks.
With a 2 city promotional tour taking place this week in both Liverpool and Cardiff in the same day; which man will be able keep their cool?
I’m going to stick my neck out now and back Cleverly to win via stoppage. I feel the Welshman is the better boxer and looks a beast at the weight.
It would be foolish to underestimate the power the Bomber possesses but I fancy Cleverly to be the stronger of the two down the stretch.
The 27 yr old former WBO Light-Heavy champion appears to be able to control his feelings more than the 31 yr old Liverpudlian.
It is one of Bellew’s biggest traits his passion for the sport, but equally it is an Achilles heel.
If he allows emotion to get the better of him in the build-up; it will give Cleverly a clear psychological advantage before either steps through the ropes.
With no news yet on who the supporting acts are, one man who won’t be featuring is Rocky Fielding currently nursing an injury.
This is a huge shame as an all Liverpool bout with Callum Smith would have been a fantastic compliment to the main event.
Callum will be fighting in Leeds this weekend and tune in later this week for my pre-fight analysis of the card.
We look forward to Ricky Burns making his bow at 140lbs; in addition to Josh Warrington and Brian Rose making his comeback since his defeat to Demetrius Andrade.