#PointOfNoReturn Review by Paul Ready


It is rare that we see a card where each fight surpasses it’s predecessor, culminating with a dramatic finale. On Saturday evening in Hull we had exactly that.


Gavin McDonnell v Vusi Malinga

I hold my hands up, I was wrong about this one. I fancied Malinga to beat McDonnell as I felt he wasn’t ready for this kind of test; he demonstrated that he clearly was.

It was an ambitious move by his team to suggest Malinga and that move was fully vindicated on Saturday.

McDonnell (12-0: 4KO’s) won a unanimous points decision and captured the WBO International Super-Bantamweight title.

The crisper shots were issued by the Doncaster man throughout bar the mid-rounds. The South African had some success as McDonnell seemed to take his foot off the gas.

The 26 yr old spoke to SkySports post-fight:

“I’m over the moon,” “It’s been on my mind all week how tough this fight were. I couldn’t imagine myself winning. I’m just glad I’ve got it over with and set a few records straight.

“I belong at this level. He outworks people and at times I had to stick in there with him but I stuck to my gameplan and got the win.”

In packed domestic division with the likes of Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Kid Galahad, there are some huge fights in the future for McDonnell.


Luke Campbell v Daniel Brizuela


This was the first test of Campbell’s career to date. The pressure was on him to win in style as he was always going to be bench-marked against fellow Hull native Tommy Coyle who defeated Brizuela earlier this year.

Campbell (9-0: 7 KO’s) took Brizuela apart on Saturday evening in a spiteful and brutal manner.

As an 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist the pressure on him will be a weight that he will career throughout his career. For some it can be a burden, a shackle if you will – but for “Cool Hand” he is taking it in his stride with assuring ease.

I expected a boxing lesson from the 27 yr old and he gave the Argentinian exactly that. The length of each man’s shorts were a clear metaphor in the gulf of class between them.

Brizuela is a rugged inside fighter but with the clear height advantage for Campbell he was always going to be kept at range.

Brizuela was knocked down early in the 5th you sensed it was only a matter of time before the contest was over. Campbell was out to prove a point with a conclusive stoppage and he succeeded shortly after.

Campbell is no longer a prospect; he has now made the transition to contender.

“He’s a very tough kid,” Campbell told Sky Sports.

“He was last here with Tommy Coyle and that was fight of the year. I knew what I was up against.

“He was coming to win, has a very good record and is very experienced. For me to go in there and do that I am really happy with myself.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed with the crowd and the support I have got here tonight. Hopefully I can come back and put on another great performance in Hull.”

With the 5th round dispatch of Brizuela – who took Coyle 12 rounds, it was over to the final bout of the evening. All eyes were on Coyle to respond to the gauntlet laid down by Campbell….


Tommy Coyle v Michael Katsidis


Make no mistake about it, this was a defining moment for Coyle. If he lost, coupled with the brutal loss to Derry Mathews last year; his chances of ever becoming a world champion would have been very slim.

He knew what was at stake, facing his idol Michael Katsidis coupled with the impressive win moments before by Campbell; he had to deliver.

As expected Katsidis was straight out of the blocks, pouncing on Coyle from the outset loading up on shots. He appeared in a hurry – after 8 weeks in the UK perhaps he wanted to catch an early flight home.

As we entered the second round Katsidis appeared to sit in front of Coyle as he went to unload – Coyle countered this with a huge left-hook to the temple that pole-axed the Aussie. He staggered on his feet before falling backwards like a tree chopped down in a forest – a shout of “Timmmbeeerr” would not have been out of place.

The veteran got up to his feet but he had no idea where he was and the referee correctly ended the contest. Slow-motion replay showed the 34 yr old’s eyes were shut after impact – lights out and that was all she wrote.

Cue pandemonium.

Coyle, his team and the crowd went nuts.

It was a bitter-sweet victory for Coyle in KO’ing his idol. He joined illustrious names such as Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao as boxers who have defeated their idols – Marco Antonio Barrera for Khan and Oscar De La Hoya for Pacquiao.

“I want to thank every punter that walked through those doors. Different gravy, bang on,” Coyle told Sky Sports.

“I was scared to death for 12 weeks when was had that barbeque at Eddie Hearn’s gaff and he told me I was going to fight Michael.

“I’ve followed Michael’s career from day dot. What a fantastic talent and it was an honour to share a ring with him. I’m lost for words. I can’t believe I have KO’d him. I’m on top of the world.”

Credit must be given to trainer Jamie Moore for the execution of their game-plan. They knew what to expect from Katsidis as they had been rehearsing the counter-punch in the dressing room just before the fight.

So attention now turns to Coyle v Campbell in Hull next summer. Two guys who know each other inside out, they’ve sparred countless times and regard one another as friends outside the ring.

It’s a huge fight for the city of Hull and of course the domestic Lightweight scene.

Could this be a catalyst for the likes of Ricky Burns, Anthony Crolla, Kevin Mitchell, Derry Matthews, Terry Flanagan to name a few to all start facing one another?

Let’s hope so…




Wadi Camacho releases statement @teamwadicamacho



I have purposely stayed away from responding on any social media platform over the last 48 hours, and now after speaking to my manager and trainer  feel the time is appropriate to put forward my grievances surrounding the  outcome of my fight against Craig Kennedy on Friday 24th In Merthyr Tydfil.


The fight was stopped in the second round by the referee who deemed me to have bitten Craig Kennedy. As anyone who has previously boxed me knows I have a tendency to place my chin in the opponents shoulder and neck whilst leaning on him and it could at times look like I am biting the opponent. At no time did I bite Craig and furthermore, this is not the sort of behaviour that, either myself, or anyone associated with my career would tolerate.


I will be appealing against the disqualification to the BBB of C in the hope that the decision can be over turned . The referee of the fight Martin Williams quite clearly made a mistake and if the BBB of C can produce any video footage or physical evidence of me biting Craig, as opposed to me placing my chin in his neck region, I am willing to accept my punishment. Furthermore, after listening to Craig’s interview after the fight I would like to take him up on his offer of a return bout so that the fans can finally get what they deserve which will be a great contest between two of the Cruiserweight divisions best up and coming boxers. Anyone who witnessed the fight, either live from the venue or by the live transmission on Eurosport, will realise that the fight was shaping up to be a great contest, one that any promoter in the country would have liked to have staged and I was more than happy with my performance and was very confident that I would win the fight.


I would like to thank the promoter, Chris Sanigar, for giving me the opportunity to fight on his show and I would also like to apologise to the Welsh Fans who were denied the chance to see a great fight due to the unexpected decision from the referee to step in and stop the contest in the second round.


I am looking forward to returning to the gym on Tuesday with my trainer, Peter Sims, in anticipation for my next contest.


This will be the only statement that I will be issuing regarding this incident.


Yours sincerely


Wadi Camacho

How good is Good Boy? By Paul Ready @gggboxing @TomLoeffler1 #MexicanStyle


Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin added another victim to his 18 consecutive KO list. One of the G’s should stand for the Grim Reaper as whenever he steps through the ropes the opposition see black.

Through no fault of his own “Good Boy” has yet to face an elite fighter in the 160lb division. Fear of being battered by the meteorite hitting Kazak the sole reason – and who can blame them.

This guy is good; scary good but is he the best fighter on the planet at 154-168lbs?

This is a hotly discussed subject with the majority agreeing with this statement.

Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7: 51 KO’s) was a man with a reputation of being able to punch but that was put firmly to shame by Golovkin. Not to dilute this stunning performance but Rubio isn’t a top 10 160lb fighter.

Rubio briefly complained the knockout punch was illegal, although television replays clearly contradicted him

A corkscrew left to the forehead in the 2nd round drilled the Mexican to the canvas who took an 8 count but was waved off by the referee. It was evident after the first few exchanges that Rubio didn’t fancy his chances of causing an upset at the sold-out Stub-Hub Arena in Carson, California.

The ongoing problem for Golvokin (31-0: 28KO’s) and his team is the need to pay over the odds to get an elite fighter to face him. Winning the WBC Interim title was an inspired chess-move as he is now mandatory challenger for Miguel Cotto.

The 32 yr old has proved beyond doubt that no contender in the world can live with his power beyond the first few rounds.

Is there any man out there who can halt this meteorite landing and wiping out the world?

Golovkin is for me P4P the most concussive puncher in world boxing – in any weight-class. That is not up for debate; it’s a fact.

I like most was very impressed with him the weekend. The guy can not only bang, but he can box and is improving rapidly. His footwork and the manner in which he cuts the ring-off cornering his prey is one of his strongest assets.

I’ve been a huge Miguel Cotto fan for years and I am one of Canelo Alvarez’ but neither man gets near him for me. The only man I can see beating Triple G within 154-168lbs is Andre “Son of God” Ward.

I exchanged tweets & texts with fans and fighters yesterday and it appears I am in the minority with that sentiment!

I can see Ward beating Golovkin only if he adopts spoiler tactics – and gets VERY lucky. Ward would have to box in a similar fashion as he did against Carl Froch – utilising his stinging jab, hooks, plenty of lateral movement. Son Of God would have to box on the back-foot as he would struggle to bully Golovkin – despite the clear weight-advantage he would possess.

If Ward gets clipped by a Golovkin uppercut he would meet the canvas.

Can he keep Good Boy at bay for 12 rounds?

It would be some feat if so. But he is the only man I can see with a chance of defeating him.

Tom Loeffler of K2 promotions who represents Triple G spoke to about his next opponents:

“There’s nobody at 160 pounds that can go 12 rounds with Gennady,” “A Chavez Jr fight is a pay-per-view fight. Canelo is definitely a pay-per-view fight. A Cotto fight is a pay-per-view fight. Carl Froch in the UK is a big name. We would fight him. Gennady would have no problems fighting Carl Froch at 168 in the UK. Mikkel Kessler, he’s another guy at 168. There are so many options now, especially with HBO’s support. It will definitely be wide open in 2015.”

Carl Froch won’t fight Golovkin even if it is HBO PPV; as it is a high-risk, low reward fight for a man in the Winter of his career. It pains me to type that as that would be a modern day Gatti v Ward contest.

The Cobra a man who shy’s away from no-one in his heart of hearts would know his chances of beating him would be slim.

Chavez Jr is a Unicorn, a mythical creature that is never seen. He declined the opportunity of facing Golovkin in the summer and I doubt he will be rushing to face him now.

A fight in Monte Carlo against a top 10 fighter early 2015 was discussed post-fight by Loeffler as the next move. Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto are due to square-off on Cinco De Mayo next year. The winner surely has to face Good Boy late 2015.

The opposition are running out of excuses and as his popularity grows on the West Coast so will the HBO bucket of cash. The Staples Arena in Los Angeles will no doubt host his next fight there.

So how good is Good Boy?

VERY fucking Good!




#MomentOfTruth Review by Paul Ready


Three fighters gained their 1st titles as Professionals at the O2 Arena on Saturday evening.

All three men box out of Simsy’s gym in Essex. It was testament to the hard work that brothers Tony and Peter Sims have done with these guys that paid dividends this weekend.

Middleweight contender John Ryder captured the WBO Inter-Continental title; Tyler Goodjohn won the English Light-Welter strap in what was the fight of the evening. Last but certainly not least was Anthony Joshua winning the WBC International belt by butchering Russian Denis Bakhtov.

Goodjohn and Ryder both made their pro-debuts on the same bill; Friday 10th September 2010 at York Hall to be exact. Former stable-mate Lee Purdy fought Ryder’s opponent from Saturday evening Theophilus Tetteh as the main event.

As expected the big fights delivered in an emphatic fashion – let’s look at these in more detail:


Lee Selby v Joel Brunker – IBF Featherweight Final Eliminator


I must admit I did think this would be a tough fight for Selby (20-1: 8 KO’s) – but he made Brunker  (27-1: 15 KO’s) look average.

The Welshman made a real statement by stopping the Australian, few would have expected that.  He displayed plenty of movement from the outset proving difficult for Brunker to get near; the Aussie was only going to ever win by KO.

Selby nullified his foe with ease and proceeded to give him a boxing lesson on the back-foot. The 27 yr old looked relaxed as he shuffled along to the music in-between rounds – he sensed Brunker couldn’t live with him.

As we headed towards the mid to late rounds Selby began to go through the gears as he looked for the stoppage.

In the 9th he caught Brunker with a body-shot that rocked him, he followed that up with a spiteful combo; Brunker was static on the ropes unable to return fire. The ref intervened and stopped the contest.

With American based champion Evgeny Gradovich due to face Jayson Velez in November on the Crawford v Beltran undercard, Selby will have to wait until Spring for his title shot.

The likelihood will be the fight being staged in America, The Mexican Russian is trained by Robert Garcia and Selby will need to show more of what he did on Saturday to prevail.

He is swimming with the big boys now – I’d fancy him to beat Gradovich but future fights with 2 time Olympian Vasyl Lomachenko, Nonito Donaire and Felix Verdejo will be much tougher.



Tyler Goodjohn v Ricky Boylan


This was the best fight of the evening, like most sat in my vicinity we were on our feet for the majority of the contest.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Tyler personally this year and I know how much this win means to him. It was a career best performance from him. Goodjohn’s boxing ability is vastly underrated and on Saturday you saw him prove he can do more than merely trade.

Credit to Ricky Boylan who was live throughout, but I felt that the game-plan devised by trainer Peter Sims was executed to perfection. El Tornado displayed fantastic offensive and defensive skills that Pretty Ricky struggled to cope with.

Goodjohn (11-3: 4 KO’s) proved it was second time lucky in his attempt to capture the English Light-Welter title. In a deep domestic pool of 140 fighters there are some huge fights for him on the horizon.

One name that has already cropped up newly crowned Commonwealth Champion Dave Ryan – who defeated Tyrone Nurse the week before. That would be ferocious fight.

For Boylan (12-1: 4 KO’s) he shouldn’t be too disheartened at his career-first defeat, he has plenty of time on his side to bounce back – he will learn a lot from this fight.


John Ryder v Theophilus Tetteh


After a horrendous 12 months for The Gorilla of injuries and setbacks, capped off with a late change of opponent due to politics – he can finally look forward to some huge fights in 2015.

Ryder (19-1: 11 KO’s) stopped Ghanian Tetteh in the 5th round capturing the WBO Inter-Continental belt in the process.

The 26 yr old’s intentions were clear; he wanted to take all of that frustration out on Tetteh. Ryder steamed in from the outset loading up on shots looking for a spectacular finish.

I thought Tetteh’s corner was going to pull him out in the 4th as he looked shattered. A sizzling right hook – uppercut cross was suffice for the referee to end the contest.

Having spoken to John post-fight I could sense the relief that he can put all of this behind him. Tony Sims and John will be firmly on promoter Eddie Hearn’s case to match-up him with some of the biggest names in the division. Ryder is now ranked with a governing body and I’d put him in with Brian Vera or Sergio Mora without hesitation.


Anthony Joshua v Denis Bakhtov

That was hands down Joshua’s most brutal performance so far; he scorched the Russian.

Bakhtov is no patsy, a durable guy who hasn’t been stopped in 9 years but the 24 yr old toyed with him away like a lion playing with its cub.

He could have stopped him in the first 20 seconds – but in Joshua’s own words he wanted to hurt him.

I was sat a few metres from the corner where Darth Vader was hemmed in, every thud of Joshua’s punches made you wince.

The ref initially hesitated with the stoppage in the 2nd to allow more punishment to continue, he then jumped in to halt the contest before some serious damage was done. It was the first time we have seen the vicious side of Joshua; expect more of that as we enter the next stage in his development.

The hardest challenge now is who to match him with. He beats every British Heavyweight bar David Haye for me. The November fight with Michael Sprott appears to be a pure dead rubber contest now – but who should he face?

I would stick him in with Eddie Chambers or Alexander Ustinov, I want to see someone try to have a real go at Joshua. But few if any can withstand that mutant power.

With David Price commentating for Sky on the show, talk naturally centered towards him against Joshua next year. Two huge punchers and Price being one of few men who would have a height advantage over the Watford man, it makes for an exciting 12 months ahead in the Heavyweight division.





#MomentOfTruth Preview by Paul Ready


Next stop for Matchroom is the O2 Arena in London this Saturday. In a packed bill that contains some of the brightest talents on these shores & some fights that will mould many of their careers.

It’s going to be a busy night for trainers Peter and Tony Sims with five fighters between them competing on the card.

Let’s assess the bouts in detail:


“Pretty” Ricky Boylan v Tyler “El Tornado” Goodjohn

This for me could be fight of the night. El Tornado (10-3: 4 KO’s) will be hoping it is 2nd time lucky in his quest for the English Light Welter title.

The 23 yr old lost to Tyrone Nurse in a cracking fight earlier this year, but one thing is guaranteed with Goodjohn; he comes to fight. Goodjohn reminds me of Brandon Rios in the way he grins at the sight of his own blood & thrives being in a genuine tear-up.

Undefeated Pretty Ricky (12-0: 4 KO’s) agreed to fight with Goodjohn after an amusing exchange between them too place on Twitter.

The 26 yr old has not faced so far what you would consider stern test and this Saturday will be his first one. Boylan is regarded as one top talents in Britain at 140lbs and I’m looking forward to seeing how he will cope with the pressure Goodjohn will apply.

Both have had world-class sparring in the lead up to this fight and with two noisy fan base’s supporting them; I’m confident the fight will live up to expectations.




John “The Gorilla” Ryder v Theopus Tetteh

Firstly I’m disappointed for Ryder (18-1: 10 KO’s) that due to circumstances beyond his control he isn’t facing Sergey Khomistky on Saturday.

The 26 yr old only found out recently that Khomistky was under contract with a rival promoter who has exercised his right to activate a 1 fight option.It is like knowing you are out for dinner tonight, you have been looking forward to having a steak for weeks & get to the restaurant to only find out they’ve got none left.

It is frustrating of course for The Gorilla but I admire his attitude; he has shrugged this off and is fully focused on blasting the Ghanaian away.

What do we know about Tetteh?

He is 16-6 with 9 KO’s; he lost to Lee Purdy in 2010 on the same bill Ryder made his professional debut. With the WBO Inter-Continental belt up for grabs; there is plenty here to motivate the Islington man.

I’m confident Ryder will put on a great performance and use this as a springboard for some big fights in 2015.





Lee Selby v Joel Brunker – IBF Featherweight Final Eliminator


Make no mistake about it; this is the acid test for the Welshman. Selby (19-1: 7 KO’s) for me has always flattered to deceive; I’ve seen glimpses of his ability that make me believe he can mix it at World Level. On other occasions however he has boxed ok and I often I question whether he would look out of his depth with Vasyl Lomachenko, Jhonny Gonzalez or Nonito Donaire.

Aussie Brunker (27-0: 15 KO’s) is here to grasp that mandatory position for himself and prove Selby is a hype job. Brunker is rated #3 in the IBF, Selby is #6 and for me it is another 50-50 fight.

How hard does Brunker punch? Can Selby out-box him?

It makes for a mouth-watering contest and the winner will face champion Evgeny Gradovich in spring.


Anthony Joshua v Denis Bakhtov – WBC International Heavyweight title


It will be exactly a year on Saturday since Joshua (8-0: 8 KO’s) made his professional debut. It has been an exciting journey already with the 24 yr old frighteningly still in 1st gear.

We constantly hear the term “stepping up” regarding opposition for the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist; but he is progressing faster than anyone envisaged.

Next up to attempt to give the man-mountain some rounds is Bakhtov (38-9: 25 KO’s).

Darth Vader (yes that is his alias) has been in with Konstantin Airich – who Joshua knocked out in 3, Manuel Charr and further back Danny Williams.

I expect nothing less than a KO which will serve as an early birthday present for Joshua – he turns 25 next week.

Joshua participated in an open-workout Monday in his hometown of Watford and spoke to Skysports about facing the likes of David Price, Dereck Chisora and David Haye:


“I work hard. You have to be confident in your ability. I believe I can compete with these guys at a high level, probably get a win, but is it about competing with these guys in a tough fight, 12 rounds, coming out battered and bruised – or you bide your time?

“When the time is right, these fights will happen. Right now October 11 is my priority and in the future, on a piece of paper, these names are on a tick list down the line and hopefully we can do it at Vicarage Road or Wembley. Somewhere special.”


Young prospect Ben Hall (4-0) faces Simon Henry (3-0) on the undercard. Fantastic moment for Hall and his family seeing him fight for the first time on a big card. From what I’ve seen and heard; it won’t be his last.

Light-Welters Tommy Martin and John Wayne Hibbert will both have eyes on the Boylan v Goodjohn fight after they dispatch opposition of their own.

O’Hara Davies, Phillip Bowes and Erick Ochieng are all in action to complete the exciting bill.





#BattleLines Review by Paul Ready


Fantastic atmosphere in Leeds on Saturday evening, it demonstrated that the city still has a real passion for boxing after all these years.

It has been sometime since they have produced a star who has the ability to challenge for world honours.

The likes of Henry Wharton (who lost narrowly on points to Nigel Benn in WBC Super-Middle title bout) being one who immediately springs to mind.


Josh Warrington v Davide Dieli


Warrington (19-0: 3 KO’s) added the European Featherweight to his mantel-piece alongside the British & Commonwealth belts.

It was a blistering performance from the charged-up 23 yr old; he blew the Italian away in 4 rounds and reminded me of Joe Calzaghe in patches with the volume of punches he threw.

Warrington isn’t renowned for being a big puncher with his modest KO record, but he displayed real spite in his shots that impressed me.

Talk of a future fight with Lee Selby is natural but I feel he needs to defend his existing titles first before making the leap up to world level.

But make no mistake, he is an exciting talent and with the support of that crowd behind him, he will be one to watch in the coming years.


Ricky Burns v Alexandre Lepelley 


“Rickster” (42-4: 11 KO’s) made his bow at Light-Welter with a points victory over Frenchman Lepelley.

Burns received some unjust criticism post-fight from arm-chair fans who believe he is shot; which I feel is harsh.

Yes it wasn’t his most spectacular performance but he got the win which was most important thing. The two-weight former world champion is rebuilding after 2 back to back losses and judging by the ease at which he made weight, I still believe he is better as a Lightweight contender.

With the change of trainer to Tony Sims and relocation during camp to Essex, it will take a few fights together to develop a strong understanding.

I firmly believe the change was for the best and with the assistance of one the country’s top nutritionists, they will have the 31 yr old back in his best condition.

Post-fight he spoke about some great domestic bouts that can be made and from speaking to those who train with Burns, he still has plenty to give the sport.

“Some of the rounds I think I boxed alright,” said Burns. “He was very tough and he could take a good shot, at the end of the fourth round my hands were starting to get sore. I moved up to light-welterweight but I’ve got a few big decisions to make over the next couple of weeks about that but I’m just glad to get back with a win.”


Brian Rose made his first outing since his world title defeat to Demetrius Andrade with an impressive first-round stoppage against Ignacio Lucero Fraga.

“The Lion” dropped his foe three times in a victory that will kick-started his journey on the comeback trail.


Callum Smith must be sick of hearing his name mentioned this past week. “Mundo” has found his name mentioned in countless interviews/articles in a future domestic fight with fellow Super Middleweight George Groves in 2015.

Groves is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC title which is currently held by Anthony Dirrell.

Smith will fight Nikola Sjeckloca in an eliminator for the WBC title on the Cleverly Bellew 2 undercard.

Sjeckloca is a real test for the 24 yr old having gone the distance with both Arthur Abraham and Sakio Bika in the past 18 mths.

If Smith comes through that, he will be then in line for a final eliminator for the WBC say spring 2015 and then challenge for the title late next year.

The Scouse “body-snatcher” won in a keep busy fight Saturday, scoring a third-round TKO against Rafael Sosa Pintos.


Dave Ryan beat Tyrone Nurse in a thrilling fight for the Commonwealth Light-Welter title. Nurse saw the canvas twice which proved to be decisive with Ryan taking a decision.


I will leave you with footage of Felix “Diamante” Verdejo, the next great fighter from Puerto Rico. Winning in spectacular fashion Saturday evening with a brutal KO.