#AbrahamSmith #BellewCleverly2 by Paul Ready

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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.

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Boxing Update 17/09 by Paul Ready #Mayhem #SaundersEubankJr #ReturnOfTheSaint

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Plenty of news/reviews to get through today so let’s dive straight in…

Mayweather v Maidana 2

Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0) beat Marcos “Chino” Maidana (35-5) via a unanimous decision on Saturday evening. It was a comprehensive victory for Money; I gave Maidana 2 rounds (4th & 9th) but we did see two sides to Floyd in this fight.

My first observation was his footwork was the most fluid I have seen from him for years. The introduction of Yoga in to his training regime is clearly reaping its rewards. However I recall him throwing one possibly two meaningful combinations all night, the trademark lower ab jab and right hook were his bread & butter all evening.

Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 Results: Highlights, Future Outlook for Both Fighters

What was most startling to me was the ease at which Maidana’s straight jab was getting through. Chino isn’t renowned for having a crisp jab but on Saturday he had frequent success with it. Many top welterweights would have watched that fight and seen signs that age is steadily catching up with Floyd. But make no mistake, even a Floyd in decline is still significantly better than the rest of the division.

The challenge for Mayweather’s camp is matching him in his remaining two bouts; do they look to conserve the unbeaten record and pit him against perceived easier opposition?

Or do they put him in with Amir Khan, Keith Thurman or shock the boxing world and finally make the Manny Pacquiao fight?

My belief is Pacquiao is unlikely to happen, Khan is a possibility but the hand speed he possesses will trouble Floyd. Keith Thurman would be my personal choice in May 2015 but he is the most dangerous opponent out there currently.

Love or loath Floyd, you have to admire the man inside the ring and what he has achieved in the sport. He’s one of the best fighters I’ve ever seen. The TBE (The Best Ever) motto is up for debate; I would back Sugar Ray Leonard to have beaten him in a fantasy fight.

The next two fights choices will be fascinating and I expect we will be made to wait until early 2015 to find out who is chosen.

 

29th November – Two big shows, one night

Matchroom and Frank Warren appear to be heading towards a blockbuster clash of boxing on 29th November with cards in Liverpool and London respectively.

Frank Warren has announced “Bad Blood” which is headlined by the rescheduled Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury 2 fight, with Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr as chief support.

Matchroom are rumoured to be considering this same date to stage Tony Bellew v Nathan Cleverly 2 bout.

Two huge cards; 3 domestic grudge matches between 6 men who can not stand the sight of their opponent – and I’m in New York on holiday!

It’s an evening that will require the need for modern technology; one card on the TV, the other streamed on your tablet.

The Saunders v Eubank Jr fight for me is the most intriguing one. Reading tweets & various articles, opinion is well and truly divided on who will prevail. Some believe Saunders walks through Eubank Jr and it’s the evening he finally gets his comeuppance. Others, myself included feel that Eubank Jr shocks people and beats Saunders in a thrilling fight that has everyone on the edge of their seat.

One thing is for certain that the build-up for those 3 fights is going to explosive; the press-conferences will contain more trash than your local landfill site. The animosity between them will make Froch v Groves look like bum chums. I’m looking forward to the build-up on those fights dare I say more than some of the actual contests themselves.

 

George Groves v Christopher Rebrasse

On the subject of “Saint” George Groves, he makes his return to the ring this Saturday after his brutal knockout by Carl Froch in May. Now promoted by Sauerland Promotions, Saint GG is thrust straight in to a WBC Final Eliminator against durable Frenchman Rebrasse.

Rebrasse (22-2: 6 KO’s) shouldn’t pose a major threat to Groves and I back the Hammersmith man to stop the Frenchman late.

 

@PaulReady

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Who will be the first to discover the Haymon Matrix?

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2014 some 15 years after the release of the hit movie starring Keanu Reeves; boxing it appears has it’s own version of The Matrix.

The mysterious and somewhat allusive figure of Al Haymon has created a fictitious world which his fighters operate in.

A man who let’s face it suffers from a clear social anxiety order is the most talked about person in the sport.
Very rarely do we see a video interview on YouTube with an American based fighter who doesn’t mention him.

Why does he have such an iron grip on the sport?

I could fill the rest of this post with who he represents, what is most concerning for me is – what is the end goal?

Money?

Of course that must have a significant importance on his agenda. We all get up in the morning and commute somewhere for the exchange of crisp currency for service.

But he was already a wealthy man before boxing; culminating a treasure chest of booty from representing some of the largest American artists in history.

The biggest concern for me is the fear his fighters have in calling anyone out.

Why the reluctance?

Do you get penalised?

Whatever happened to YOLO?

It’s a short, tough career, surely you want to create your own legacy?

Recently we’ve seen 140lb champion Danny Garcia slaughtered for his fight against Rod Salka, a man who greatest respect should have been a sparring partner. Last week Adrien Broner beat Emmanuel Taylor as expected, post-fight when quizzed who he wants next the response was surprisingly scripted for him:

My next opponent SHOULD be Lucas Matthysse”

Not “would like” or “I want”, it was “should”!

What ever happened to fighters calling fighters out?

The best wanting to fight the best?

Bernard Hopkins has spoken out about this recently, and thus prompted him to take the Sergey Kovalev fight. Huge respect to him.

It desperately needs to change as it’s becoming a cancer for our sport.

This Saturday see’s his prize-stable-stud Floyd Mayweather Jr face Marcos Maidana in a rematch of their earlier encounter this year. The undercard is the poorest I’ve seen for sometime.

I’m a huge Floyd fan but if I was living in America, I would struggle to justify the $75 fee based on the supporting cast of Mayhem.

Leo Santa Cruz the WBC Super-Bantamweight champion has stated numerous times that he wants newly crowned IBF Champion Carl Frampton, or WBA regular Champion Scott Quigg.

What happens when representatives of each camp get in touch? They get excuses as to why it can’t happen.

An “0” on your record means fuck all if you haven’t fought the best in your division. I’m sorry, but that’s how it is.

It brings me back to my initial point of this article; we need a Haymon fighter to break free from The Matrix and my money is on Keith Thurman.

One Time is challenging the almighty hierarchy and you get the feeling he is beginning to question what he is being fed.

He one of few calling out people; he wants Top Rank fighters, he wants Broner, Khan and I admire the bollocks on this guy.

It is only a matter of time before he is either banished in exile for desecrating his cherry-picking-path or he walks on his own accord.

So Keith, do you take the blue pill or the red one?

 

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#MartinezFrampton2 #FramptonQuigg… by Paul Ready

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Let me throw some numbers at you before we discuss Saturday’s sizzling performance from Carl “The Jackal” Frampton:

  • 29 yrs ago his mentor Barry McGuigan was world champion.
  • 25 yrs old the age of his trainer Shane McGuigan; 2 year’s Frampton’s junior.
  • 16,000 fans watched in the purpose-built Titantic Quarter venue.
  • Frampton had 125 Amateur fights, 114 wins, 11 defeats; two-weight Irish champion; European silver medal 2007; 12 international medals.
  • 3 yrs ago Brian Magee was the last world champion from Belfast, he held the Interim WBA Super-Middleweight title. Prior to that 19 yrs ago Wayne McCullough was the last man from Belfast to win a world title fight, capturing the WBC Bantamweight title.
  • Frampton became the 3rd current British IBF belt holder alongside Super-Middle champion Carl Froch and Welterweight champion Kell Brook.

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What a performance, what a night. The atmosphere looked electric and Belfast turned out in the droves for it’s favourite son.

Frampton, 27, put in a career-best performance against former foe Kiko Martinez and duly snatched the belt off the well-travelled Spaniard. The Jackal’s slick footwork was so telling in this fight; Martinez stalked Frampton round the ring like a jilted-ex following an old flame. There only ever looked one winner for me as the Tiger Bay native rocked the Spaniard in the 5th with a huge right and duly dropping him to the canvas.

Martinez, 28, knew he had to go for broke with a knockout to stand any chance of retaining his belt. Despite mid-rounds surge from him, if there was ever going to be a stoppage, it would have come from the Irishman.

An explosive finale in the 12th ensued with Martinez unsteady on his feet. When the final bell sounded, the raucous crowd cheered, Team Frampton embraced as they awaited their fate.

Two verdicts of 119-108 and one of 118-111 crowned a new IBF Super-Bantamweight world champion. Immediately discussion turned to who is next for Frampton. Abner Mares & Leo Santa Cruz both tweeted that they would be willing to fight him; the former offering to come down in weight.

Irishman Gary Hyde the manager of Super-Bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux was in the crowd. With the greatest respect to Frampton, I don’t think he will want any part of that fight. Financially there isn’t anything in it and technically it is a fight The Jackal is highly unlikely to win.

We all know who we want to see him face next; Scott Quigg.
It’s the biggest fight both commercially and technically for either man. Quigg, 25, fights this Saturday at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester against Stephane Jamoye.
In the post-fight interview with Boxnation, the first shells were fired by Team Frampton to Quigg and promoter Eddie Hearn:

“I’ll fight him in Manchester, I’ll fight him anywhere. What Eddie Hearn (Quigg’s promoter) needs to remember is I’m the one with the legitimate belt.”
“I’m the one who brings the fans,” added Frampton, while his manager Barry McGuigan said: “Scott Quigg will draw 800 people in Bury. We had to build an arena to fit in all Carl Frampton’s fans.”

The legitimate belt dig relates to Quigg holding the “Regular” WBA belt, with Rigondeaux holding the “Super” WBA belt.
I hope that ego’s don’t get in the way of allowing this fight to happen; Frampton by the sounds of it wants a larger split, Quigg proposing a 50-50. What I admire about both men is their willingness to fight in the other’s backyard.

If I’m honest I do feel that through no fault of his own Quigg still has something to prove at the elite level. I know from speaking to Eddie Hearn that Matchroom approached Santa Cruz to face Quigg. He was willing to go over there to face him on the Mayweather Maidana 2 undercard for it only to fall on deaf ears.

I feel it is very much “watch this space” on this Frampton v Quigg. I fear talks will be long and protracted. Matchroom’s surprise link-up with Top Rank and Chris Avalos who is mandatory for the IBF within 90 days adds another individual in to the equation.

Three’s a crowd? We will see….

 

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@EddieHearn on Ryder, Boylan v Goodjohn, Bellew Cleverly 2, Brook v Khan, Mitchell

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Elite Boxing:

Eddie, another great card has been announced by yourselves. I think fight-wise this one does shade the Hull card.

In the press conference you alluded to Tony Sims and John Ryder looking at a number of top fighters in the Middleweight division, could you mention who else was looked at?

 

Eddie Hearn:

He (Tony ) was mentioning everyone in the Middleweight division basically.

You know, he was saying; “John is ready to step-up now”. He was calling out people, going down the rankings saying; “He’ll fight him, he’ll fight him.”

In the end I thought of the Khomistky fight and thought you know what, he’s got the profile as he sparked (Frank) Buglioni out and the response to that fight has been really good. Most people have gone “fucking hell!” you know. But it’s a great fight and there is no reason why Ryder can’t win the fight, but it’s definitely a 50/50 fight.

Khomistsky lost recently to Stieglitz in a really close fight. You look at (Robert) Stieglitz and Ryder, Stieglitz is a former world champion and Ryder lost for the British. Styles make fights and Ryder v Khomistky is a great fight.

 

EB:

Another fight on the card is (Ricky) Boylan v (Tyler) Goodjohn it has been amusing for us all to watch unfold on Twitter.

 

EH:

To be honest with you and no disrespect to those guys, but at English level they do make for great fights. The atmosphere will be great. Boylan will do 500 tickets, Goodjohn will do 300-400 it’s fantastic.

That division (Light-Welter) is really good domestically; you’ve got John Wayne Hibbert here, Tyrone Nurse, Willie Limond, Chris Jenkins, Tommy Martin; it’s a really good division especially in London.

 

EB: 

I agree. On a different note, did you see the recent pictures of Amir Khan looking overweight on holiday?

 

EH:

I couldn’t believe it. I think I’m in better shape than him at the moment!

Obviously he’s enjoying some down time, but I understand he’s fighting on December 6th, he’ll probably start his camp soon. If he wins, then Kell (Brook) wins also on December 6th they can both fight each other soon.

 

EB:

How are talks for that fight progressing?

 

EH:

It’s early stages. I think everyone realises that there is a lot of money to be made, they both would like the fight to happen.

So really over the next couple of weeks a priority is to secure the December 6th opponent for Kell then trying to make that fight asap.

 

EB:

Would you side-step the Khan fight for Brook in the unlikely event that an opportunity to face Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather presents itself?

 

EH:

In a way I think so, but financially there is more money in fighting Khan for both people than for the Mayweather fight.

It is definitely an easier fight than facing Mayweather. I think Khan will need to look at Brook and he probably thinks that is an easier fight than Pacquiao or Mayweather. But Khan has always wanted the Mayweather fight.

When Brook beats Khan, he can go on and fight those two; if Khan was to lose to Brook, where does he go from there?

 

EB:

Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly, I’ve seen a few tweets in recent days regarding whether that is still going ahead in December, could you clear that subject up?

 

EH:

We are looking at having that on the Brook 6th December card. We looked at November 29th in Liverpool but it’s a big fight, should Cleverly have to go back to Liverpool again (to face Bellew)?

Nathan likes the idea of a neutral venue and in Sheffield we have the opportunity to do it.

I’m seeing Tony on Tuesday so hopefully that can be all agreed.

 

EB:

Kevin Mitchell, I know the (Miguel) Vasquez has moved further away since he has signed with Al Haymon, do you have any update on him?

 

EH:

He’s supposed to be the mandatory challenger (IBF Lightweight) but now he’s not. He was due to be on the O2 card, he has a few niggles injury-wise but he will now box before the end of the year. 

It’s frustrating as that would have been the big one for him. But now we’ve got to try find another way.

 

EB:

Finally Eddie on to Lee Selby v Joel Brunker, another great fight. If he wins, with regards to facing IBF champion (Evgeny) Gradovich, when would you look to make that?

 

EH:

He had a mandatory. He’ll have a voluntary around the same time as Selby and we will look for that fight to take place in February.

 

@PaulReady

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@RickyBoylan1 Interview.. #MomentOfTruth by Paul Ready

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Elite Boxing:

Here with Ricky Boylan post-press conference, you and I spoke at the Matchroom BBQ it has been a frustrating time for yourself injury-wise of late. You’ve got a couple of fights now back-to-back lined up, how do you feel?

 

Ricky Boylan:

Definitely! I’m on the George Groves under-card on the 20th September at Wembley Arena, just a 6-rounder to get a few rounds under my belt as i’ve been out for a while. Then I have 11th October against Tyler (Goodjohn).

 

EB:

The Light-Welter division domestically is thriving. It’s full of young fighters at a similar level, all vying to make that step-up to English, British title and hopefully beyond.

On this card we have some of those in the mix, talk me through where you feel you are currently in the division?

 

RB:

To be fair the top 10 of the Light-Welterweights in Britain is brilliant. As you said we’ve all got similar experience, similar fights and we’re all going to be competing against one another in the next 6 months.

I’ve got Tyler Goodjohn next for the English, I’ll get him out the way. Then John Wayne Hibbert next, defend against him then I think Tommy Martin is in an eliminator for the English so I’m not too sure what will happen then.

I think I’m two or three fights away from fighting for the British, providing of course that I come through the 11th October. I’m looking forward to it, there is going to be some great fights ahead.

 

EB:

I agree. The recent Hull card that has been announced has some cracking fights on it, personally I think this one is better.

Your fight with Tyler, John Ryder’s fight, Anthony Joshua fighting for his first title and Lee Selby v Joel Brunker.

What I like almost as much as the contest itself between you and Tyler is the large fan-bases you both have.

 

RB:

My fight with Tyler has go SO much attention; from people that to be fair don’t normally come to my tickets. I’m getting orders for £10, £20 tickets here and there from random people.

I know Tyler does a lot of tickets, so it will be an amazing atmosphere on the night.

 

EB:

With your next fight a matter of weeks away, how has the training camp been going?

 

RB:

I’ve been in camp about 8 weeks ago now, I started earlier due to my injury. 3 weeks I’m on the Wembley show, then another 3 weeks I fight Tyler and I want to be out again before the end of the year.

It’s gone really well, I’ve had some great sparring with (Carl) Frampton at McGuigan’s, Johnny Garton in my gym, Ben Jones, Thomas Jarvis, George Keen. I’ve been really fortunate with who I’ve sparred against.

 

EB:

With Frampton fighting Kiko Martinez this Saturday for the IBF Super-Bantamweight title, how did he look to you?

 

RB:

He’s a bit smaller than me and to have sparred with him was great as he’s going to be a world champion. We’ve done lots of rounds together.

It raises the pace of the spar, the littler guys work quicker. I’ve sparred loads of different types of styles so it’s been great experience for me which is all good.

 

EB:

Thanks for your time Ricky and all the best for 20th September and of course on 11th October.

 

RB:

Thanks mate, appreciated.

 

@PaulReady

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@tornadotyler Interview #MomentOfTruth by Paul Ready

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Elite Boxing:

Tyler, you got the fight you finally wanted with Ricky Boylan. There has been a fair amount of back and forth between yourselves on Twitter. More importantly you get a 2nd crack at the English Light-Welter title.

Tyler Goodjohn:

I’m over the moon. The fight has been made for the English title again as you said. As a fighter these big, exciting one’s in the big venues are exactly what I want. I don’t want these guys that you can walk through, I want proper tests.

He’s got an unbeaten record that I’m going to smash to pieces, so yeah, happy days!

 

EB:

Stylistically how do you feel you will both blend in the ring?

 

TG:

I think he will come and have a go, he KNOWS he has to come and have a go. The pressure isn’t really on me, he’s Matchroom’s “Golden Boy” really so the stage is set for him and he has to go out there and impress.

For me he’s going to come have a go and that will walk right in to my trap. I think a lot of people watched my last fight with Tyrone Nurse and they see me as a bit of a brawler and I come to just fight. But my boxing skills are very underrated.

The last fight with Nurse I went in with a lot of injuries and couldn’t do what I wanted to do, I couldn’t fight him the way I wanted. You are going to see a few different sides to me in this fight and 100% will you see me walk away with that English title.

 

EB:

You seem to thrive on being the underdog in fights, you were against Nurse and here with Ricky being the “Golden Boy” as you say. What adjustments will you make in your training with this fight compared to the Nurse one?

 

TG:

I’ve made a few adjustments from the Nurse one already. Me and my trainer Peter Sims will be the first one’s to tell you that the last camp could not have gone any worse. Me being the pig-headed fighter I am; there was no way I was pulling out of that fight.

I’ve had to base my training round what I could do, not what I wanted to. This time round everything is going to be spot on, my nutrition is going to be better, everything will be better.

I’m going in to this fight 110%, no excuses and like I say I’m going to win that belt.

It would cap a great year to have fought for the English and then won the English. For a 23 yr old the experience I’ve picked up has been invaluable.

I fought Tyrone Nurse when no one else would; no one wants to go near that guy. I took the phone call and I stepped up straight away in a heartbeat. I don’t duck anyone, to walk away with that English title this year I would be over the moon.

 

EB:

The Fen Army will be out in full force no doubt, do you have any words for your loyal supporter?

 

TG:

No doubt! They are 100% behind me, I’m sure every fighter says that they have the best support but they way they’ve been so loyal and so supportive over the years. They came to Manchester and as soon as this one was announced they were all messaging me, bringing hundreds out again.

I just want to thank them and do them proud.

 

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@_John_Ryder_ Interview.. #MomentOfTruth by Paul Ready

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They say things come in three’s.

After a nightmare 12 months of injury and a career first defeat for John “The Gorilla” Ryder; redemption is on the horizon.

Last weekend he became a father to a beautiful yet unnamed daughter and his career defining fight against Sergey “The Ghost” Khomistky was announced.

To complete the hat-trick would be an explosive performance against the Belarusian war-horse putting him firmly on the map. Listening to the belief and conviction in his voice; only a fool would bet against him.

 

 

Elite Boxing:

John, big card, big fight for yourself. I was looking at Khomistky’s record earlier; he’s been in with (Gennady) Golovkin, (Martin) Murray twice, lost a few months ago to (Robert) Stieglitz. We often hear the term career-defining fight but what does this one in particular mean to you?

 

John Ryder:

Yeah, firstly Gennady Golovkin is an ideal of mine, watching it and seeing Golovkin beat him was great. I’d like to put on a similar performance. I’m not going to let that overrule my head.

I’m just going to go in there with a good mindset and box, if I have to outbox him all night then I’ll do it. I’m in there to win this fight, I’m not in there to take shots to give shots. I’m in there to look good and do a good job.

 

EB:

You and I have spoken recently about him coming down from 168lbs to 160lbs for this fight. Do you think that plays in to your hands as you are natural at that weight, or do you not think it’s going to make a massive difference?

JR:

Who knows, I don’t know what kind of notice he’s had for Super-Middleweight fights before.

He’s 39 now you don’t know, as he’s getting on a bit he might struggle at the weight, we’ll soon see as I’ll test him early on! See how he copes, I’ll be able to tell by looking at him if he’s struggled or not, we’ll play it by ear.

 

EB:

Have you see many of his fights, he lost to Stieglitz most recently?

 

JR:

I’ve seen short clips of it. He throws shots and can be dangerous, I need to look out for his big left hook, his right hand.

I’m just looking forward to it. It is a career-defining fight and what a night it’s going to be. I’ve known Anthony Joshua for years now from the amateur days and to be co-featuring with him and (Lee) Selby at the O2 in my home-town is amazing.

It’s been a great week for me so far, my little girl has been born, the title fight got announced and I’m over-the-moon I’m riding a wave of success. I’m buzzing, I’ve got a new found motivation with my little girl so I’m going to win this for her and create a better life for her in the future.

 

EB:

In terms of rankings with this fight, it’s for the WBA International title. Golovkin is the Super Champion, the Regular is Danny Jacobs. A win will move you closer to the top 10.

 

JR:

I’m not 100% sure how that bit would work actually. If Jacobs’ was making a voluntary he could pick me out straight away. The plan is to get in the top 15, pick a couple of fights, then progress and continue to progress, see where it takes us.

 

 

EB:

It might seem far-fetched now, you spoke about Golovkin being an idol of yours, what would it mean to one day share the ring with him?

 

JR:

It would be amazing. I’m not at a stage of my career where I’m taking fights for a big pay-day.

Listen, in the future on my right-day and my right mindset I truly believe I can beat Golovkin. People might laugh and say that’s deluded, but that’s a fighter’s mentality.

He’s getting on a bit but he’s youthful and hasn’t been in a hard fight yet. I’m a fighter and believe I can beat anyone.

 

EB:

I remember us both being at York Hall last month and I could sense you had “itchy hands” watching. I get the impression that you aren’t a good spectator of boxing and just want to be in there yourself.

 

JR:

Especially having had such a long time out of the ring, I’ve always been a terrible spectator watching. I just want to be in there.

 

EB:

John, finally before you shoot off for sparring, Eddie (Hearn) mentioned in the press conference that Tony (Sims) had thrown a few names at him of who you wanted to fight, are you happy to mention them now?

 

JR:

They were said a bit “tongue-in-cheek” to let Eddie know we were serious at moving up to this level.

I said to Tony: “Alfred Angulo has moved up to Middleweight Tone, why don’t you get Eddie to call him out?!”

We threw out Brian Vera who’d just been beat. We looked at and wanted a top 10 world opponent.

 

EB:

John thanks for your time and we’ll speak soon no doubt.

 

JR:

Cheers mate, see you soon.

 

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