Rise Up & DC Armory Review.. by Paul Ready

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Happy St Georges Day one and all, today should be a public holiday for me!

Rise Up, Manchester

 

Tyrone Nurse v Tyler Goodjohn

Firstly, I was very disappointed like many to not see this fight on the red button prior to the 7.30pm “Go-Live” on Skysports.

Nurse won in a great fight capturing the vacant English Light-Welter title in the process, despite a valiant effort from Goodjohn.

Credit to Nurse, he boxed superbly from what I have read. Next for him, will be progression up the ranks and a future fight for the British Title.

For Goodjohn, it is time to regroup and go again after some time off, but he should take credit from his performance and was hailed by trainer Peter Sims in the aftermath, he will undoubtedly return.

 

Callum Smith v Francois Bastient

Undefeated Smith, billed as one of the most exciting prospects in World Boxing disposed of Frenchman Bastient with ease.

“Mundo” returned to the ring after an enforced 6 mth absence due to hand injury, finished Bastient off with delivery of yet another brutal body-shot.

If Smith was a Mortal Kombat character, the body-shot would definitely be his finishing move.

Bastient had clearly done his homework on Smith, having his elbows tight to his chest in anticipation of forthcoming blows. But the attempts to protect his body proved to be futile as he walked on to one in the 3rd, which he never recovered from.

I like Smith, he is a modest guy and the hype that surrounds him is certainly justified, what is refreshing to see is he is almost embarrassed by the attention received.

Next up for Callum is Tobias Webb in Cardiff next month, which will provide the necessary “step-up” in development.

Elder brother Paul Smith, the current British Super Middleweight spoke about aspirations of challenging Arthur Abraham for the WBO World Title, and would consider vacating the Lonsdale belt only for Callum.

On the subject of Paul Smith and Jamie Moore as pundits for Sky, I thoroughly enjoy listening to the pair of them.  It is refreshing to see an existing fighter and trainer on the panel alongside the team.

Both men raise some valid points and in my eyes are boxing’s answer to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.

 

Scott Quigg v Tshifhiwa Munyai

 

Scott Quigg continued his impressive form on Saturday by blasting late replacement Munyai away in 2 rounds.

Munyai who replaced Nehomar Cermeno was fortunately in the UK, fit and ready to step in at the 11th hour.

I didn’t get drawn in to the furore surrounding Munyai having an iota of a chance in causing an upset.

Quigg got the job done in emphatic fashion, the 1st knockdown in the 2nd i’m certain was streamed on the slow-motion video on the iPhone.

The manner Munyai hung in the air for a good few seconds then collapsing on the canvas wouldn’t of looked out place in a James Bond movie.

The 25yr old smelt blood and vented a flurry of punches that Howard Foster intervened on and halted the contest.

“After a performance like that, it’s got to be big fights,” he told Sky Sports News.

“We want unification fights, Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez, and obviously there is the Carl Frampton fight.

“They are the fights I want to be in and that’s what I’m looking towards in the future.

“It’s all coming together now. I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground, keep dedicated, keep focused and hopefully I can keep getting the wins and unify the division.”

The above mentioned adversaries are the exact opponents I expect to see Quigg in with, time to bed-in as a World Champion has passed, the public will demand unification fights for him here-on in.

I still favour Frampton against Quigg, although the gap between the pair of them is increasingly becoming narrower.

I expect much more social media tennis-tweets between both camps, but they should just get together and get it done.

Frampton has 1 more fight left of his 3 fight deal with BoxNation so if Santa Cruz does take his mandatory shot in the next few months, expect to see Quigg v Frampton late 2014.

For Quigg, I would like to see hunt-down the Kiko Martinez fight next; the stage would then be set for a monster 3 belt unification bout in Manchester/Belfast.

 

Anthony Crolla v Martin Murray

 

The battle of Manchester certainly lived up to its billing.

As expected favourite Murray flew out of the blocks, taking an early advantage over Crolla, demonstrating aggression and tenacity winning the early rounds.

The 29 yr old began to tire and fade as we approached the 5th, with Crolla creeping back in by winning the jab exchanges and winning key rounds.

A rally from Murray gave him the 7th by landing more stinging shots, Million Dollar took the 8th by peppering the double-jab and out-hustling his foe.

The Machine’s eye swelled in the 9th, with the petrol light fully illuminated, it was only a matter of time before Murray stuttered and ground to a halt down the stretch.

Crolla absorbed the noise pollution from the crowd like a catalytic converter, he transferred this into renewable energy to stop Murray in the 10th.

“It was even tougher than I expected,” Crolla told Sky Sports. 

“No matter how tough that looked, me and John were the luckiest men in this arena.

“I prepared for this fight like no other; John put the fear of god into me. I remember how tough those sparring sessions were and I knew I had to keep a cool head in a hot kitchen.

The 27 yr old is no longer playing knock-down ginger at the door of the world Lightweight scene pursuing a title shot.

A future fight with Simsy’s gym pair of Ricky Burns or Kevin Mitchell is another huge domestic bout in the future.

Burns & Mitchell for me are a level above Crolla at this stage, 1 a former world champion, the other a title challenger.

It’s great to see the British Lightweight scene being the talk of the town, coupled with Luke Campbell accelerating in the slip-stream; further titles will grace Blighty Boxing.

 

DC Armory, Washington

Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi

 

Shawn “Showtime” Porter retained his IBF title in a voluntary defence against Paulie Malignaggi.

Porter battered Malignaggi in a performance that will send shivers down the spine of the 147lb division.

“Future Legend” Paulie, who was sent to hospital in the after-math of the fight as a precaution, will no doubt seriously consider retirement in-light of this crushing defeat.

No mercy was displayed by the 26 yr old from Ohio as he became only the 3rd man to stop Malignaggi after Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan.

Next up for Porter is a mandatory defence against Kell Brook in the summer, the Sheffield man is in for the toughest test of his career.

Based on this performance, Showtime will be the favourite, Special K will have to finally deliver his potential on the world-stage.

Richard Schaefer of GoldenBoy is taking the fight with Brook as a given, talking up the probability of a show-down with Floyd Mayweather Jnr in the future.

“Clearly he’s one of the best welterweights now and I think a threat to everyone after you’ve seen what he’s done with Devon Alexander, another wonderful fighter, and following that up with Paulie Malignaggi. It’s the hottest weight class.”

“We’ll discuss it with team Porter and why not? Me as a fan, after we’ve seen what he’s done with Devon, who is an outstanding boxer, and what he’s done with Paulie, who is an outstanding boxer and Floyd is the best boxer from a boxing point of view.

“I’d love to see the match-up with someone as young, as aggressive, as relentless as Shawn Porter.”

 

Bernard Hopkins v Beibut Shumenov

 

The 49 yr old self-proclaimed Alien, became the oldest boxer to unify world titles by snatching the WBA Light-Heavy belt to keep the IBF title company.

Hopkins beat a man who is young enough to be his son via a split decision to add another chapter to an already glittering career.

The Philly native has spoke about a desire to also face Floyd Mayweather Jnr at Middleweight after he has “dealt” with Adonis Stevenson.

Superman Stevenson now boxing on Showtime is the next logical opponent for Hopkins.

 

“After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, I know what I would call it — 50-50,” said Hopkins.

 “He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I [will be] 50. That would be huge.”

 “I would love to do that,” he said.

 “But let me get past Stevenson first.”

 

This weekend we have the below fights:

 

Stub Hub Arena, Carson, California

 

Keith Thurman v Julio Diaz

Interim WBA Welter Title

Lucas Matthysse v John Molina

Vacant WBC Continental Americas Light-Welter Title

Omar Figueroa v Jerry Belmontes

WBC Lightweight Title

 

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Boxing Update 16/04 by Paul Ready

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Pacquiao/Bradley 2

Manny Pacquiao surprised many on Saturday evening, myself including by defeating Timothy Bradley on points.

Pacquiao rolled back the clock, displaying rapid hand-speed, slick footwork to defeat the narrow favourite Bradley.

This isn’t the Pac Man of old and it’s apparent he has made clear adjustments in light of the Marquez defeat to ensure he can still box at optimum level.

Desert Storm was poor by his standards and Joel Diaz spoke post-fight stating that Bradley had injured his calf-muscle which would account for his lack of mobility in the contest.

More entertaining than the fight was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s rant at the MGM Grand over the advertising of Mayweather v Maidana “The Moment” which takes places on May 3rd.

Pacquiao Bradley 2 was sponsored by Mexican beer Tecate, Mayweather sponsored by Corona to add some further animosity on the subject.

Post-fight Arum was vocal again stating that fans should boycott buying The Moment PPV and tickets to the bout, to “force” Mayweather’s hand in facing Pacquiao.

When questioned by British Journalist Gareth Davies on Floyd, Pacquiao looked over at Arum before answering like a young-child to a disciplinarian dad and gave a rehearsed response.

The fight is highly unlikely to happen, so attention will turn to the winner of Marquez v Alvarado for the 35 yr old, likely to Marquez v Pacquiao V… yawn.

 

 

Copperbox, London

In a challenging evening for Frank Warren fighters, both Tony Conquest and starlet Frank Buglioni lost on Saturday evening.

Conquest (13-2:  5KO’s) was knocked out by Ovil McKenzie in the fifth round and subsequently lost the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title in the process.

McKenzie was knocked down in the 3rd and 5th after taking some huge shots.

Frank “WiseGuy” Buglioni surrendered his Super-Middle WBO European title to Sergey Khomitsky with the fight being stopped in the 6th.

Buglioni’s corner called a halt to the contest to prevent the prospect from taking any further punishment. I was disappointed that the ref didn’t stop the fight before as he was taking too many clean shots without responding.

Enfield Independent: Frank Buglioni and Sergey Khomitsky go toe-to-toe. Picture: Will Cornelious

You have to credit Buglioni for demonstrating a granite chin, he absorbed some severe punishment from the Belarusian who took Martin Murray the distance in December.

Whilst it is a significant setback for the Enfield man, he has time on his side to come back and regroup.

Performance of the night belonged to Welterweight Bradley Skeete with a 7th round TKO against Giuseppe Loriga to retain the WBA Intercontinental title.

Skeete picked the experienced Loriga apart over the duration and took his undefeated record to 16-0.

Super-Middle Chris Eubank Jnr extended his unbeaten record to 14-0 winning via a comfortable stoppage against Hungarian Sandor Micsko.

Eubank Jnr with the shadow of his father ever lurking, barely got out of 2nd gear. He has received much criticism for mimicking his father too much, almost on the scale of Jaden Smith imitating his father Will Smith.

What is apparent is that Eubank Jnr possesses some real talent, a clear athlete who can box on the inside and out. I would like to see him really tested, perhaps against Billy-Joe Saunders, should Saunders move up to 168lbs.

Saunders has called out Eubank Jnr on Twitter and it is a fight that can be made easily by Warren.

Until a real test is presented against Eubank Jnr, I will reserve my judgement on him. He spars with George Groves holding his own and allegedly cracked a rib of Nathan Cleverly so the power is undoubtedly there.

 

Rise Up, Phones 4u Arena, Manchester

Scott Quigg has had a late change of opponent in the headline show for this bout, he will now defend the WBA Super-Bantamweight title against Tshifhiwa Munya as opposed to Nehomar Cermeno who has experienced visa problems.

Quigg needs to put on a startling performance and I really hope we see him against Kiko Martinez or another top Super-Bantamweight fighter as I feel he is somewhat treading water currently.

The 25yr old has been extremely active since joining Matchroom from Hatton Promotions, but I do feel the time is nigh for him to fight in America or bring a unification bout to Manchester.

On a stacked card, we have Anthony Crolla and John Murray in an all Manchester bout that will separate the crowd on who to support.

Utd fan v City fan, Joe Gallagher fighter v ex-Joe Gallagher fighter, both men should despise one another, but they don’t.

There is a genuine friendship between them, but this will be put to one-side on Saturday night as they contest for the WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title.

Tyler Goodjohn faces Tyrone Nurse for the vacant English Light-Welter title, El Tornado to some may start off as the under-dog against the higher-ranked Nurse for this bout.

Having seen Goodjohn train and spar personally first-hand, I would write him off at your peril as he is exceptionally game for this career-defining fight.

I fancy Goodjohn to stop Nurse late.

Josh Warrington is in action for the Commonwealth Featherweight title against former World title challenger and warhorse Rendall Munroe.

I’m excited to see Callum Smith returns to the ring finally following injury. Smith is one of my favourite prospects in the country and has the tools to go all the way.

Give it 18mths and he could be in the mix of the Froch, Groves and DeGale drama.

 

International

To continue the boxing freight train of fights we have to spectate, the attention turns this weekend to the DC Armory in Washington for the below card.

Kell Brook will no doubt be paying particular attention to the Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi fight.

Bernard Hopkins v Beibut Shumenov

THE IBF AND WBA SUPER WORLD LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Peter Quillin v Lukas Konechy

THE WBO WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi

THE IBF WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

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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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No Problem for Chino… By Paul Ready

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Evening,

I ruined a surprise Christmas present last week for a mate’s girlfriend. They came round ours for a curry and a few drinks; he had told me earlier that week over text he bought her Katy Perry tickets.

We’ve got a music channel on as background noise, Katie Perry comes on:

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“Lee, you’re going to see Katie Perry aren’t you?!” I blurt out loud without even thinking in a haze of Kronenbourg;

“Well done you dick!” he replied.

It then became a standing joke from my missus and his, he was fine, but the pair of them has milked it massively. Lauren, Lee’s missus, has proceeded to tweet me excessively over it since, I can see this having some legs on it!

Big surprise to some this weekend in San Antonio Texas…

Broner v Maidana

Adrien Broner lost his WBA Welterweight title to Marco Maidana by unanimous decision on Saturday evening.

Now I, like many boxing experts laid the gauntlet down for Broner, this was his opportunity to show the world, silence the critics who loath his self indulgent, brash persona and were keen for him to have his comeuppance

Maidana proved to be far too much for Broner in what was one of the most one sided fights I’ve seen this year.

I would rank it up there with Bradley v Marquez, Pacquiao v Rios and Froch v Groves.

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From Round 1, it took even Broner by surprise at how tenacious the Argentinean was, it was apparent to everyone that he couldn’t stand Broner and his pre fight posturing, he was going to be the man to silence this guy.

AB, About Billions as he calls himself, was shocked by the power of Maidana. When he returned to his corner at the end of the 1st, he ignored the corner’s instructions, Broner’s dad combed his hair with that ridiculous afro comb, and kept saying “I’ve got this, I’ve got this”.

In round 2, we saw “Chino” Maidana step it up some more, it reminded me of Froch/Groves to a certain extent.

Maidana had no fear of Broner and genuinely didn’t give a fuck about his reputation. Some eye wincing hooks and uppercuts were thrown, then Chino put Broner down for the 1st time in his career with a beautiful left hook.

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The heavily populated Latino crowd erupted.

Broner stumbled to his feet, he was shaken.

This wasn’t in the script.

Maidana proceeded to pummel Broner and pepper him with shots for the next 6 rounds until he knocked him down again.

At the end of each round, Broner sat on his stall, glum, swollen faced and was trying to digest what was transpiring in front of him, his title was slipping away, by the gun loving, tattooed Argentinean menace Maidana.

The fight went the distance, how I will never know as I could see Broner being knocked out at various points, I’m not a fan of him but credit where due for hanging in there.

Maidana won on a unanimous decision, 117-110, 116-109 and 115-100. I had Maidana by at least 7 rounds.

Broner left as soon as the verdict was given, like a spoilt brat not getting their own way, he stormed out of the ring and headed straight towards the exit of the building with his entourage “Band Camp” in tow.

No interview with Showtime… well certainly not on camera.

No congratulations to Maidana.

Nothing.

No class.

Broner behaved appalling before; during with his dry humping behind Maidana, which Chino “returned” the favour in a jovial sense later on.

In the aftermath, Broner didn’t escape criticism of Bernard Hopkins; ambassador for Golden Boy when he spoke to ES News:

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“If the fight was a close decision, there would of been an argument for walking out, by doing that when you took a beat down, that’s worse than the performance of the fight, as it says you can’t play with my ball as I lost, storming out with your lip all down.”

“This fight took 3 fights out of him, they say you have 10, he has 7 left”
He also spoke about Broner not being able to make the relevant adjustments in the fight as there will come a time when you will face adversity;

“In life and in the ring; you can’t fight fire with gasoline, you fight it with water”

Philosophical as ever from B Hop, but he made some valid points.

Broner wasn’t prepared to face adversity, he expected Maidana to come out the traps, but he believed he would stop him eventually. When that game plan wasn’t working, he couldn’t make the necessary adjustments to step up a level and win ugly.

To be a true champion, you need that as well as displaying humility in defeat.

I’m absolutely delighted for Maidana and Robert Garcia, what a year Garcia has had. Fantastic trainer and a top guy, a real boxing man, from a boxing family and I look forward to much more from the pair of them 2014.

Maidana now is a big draw at 147, there will be no shortage of suitors wanting to face him. Paulie Malignaggi will want a crack as he feels that it’s still his belt after an unjust decision against him in the summer in the Broner fight.

The winner of Khan v Mayweather at the end of 2014, Ortiz v Maidana II, he will finally get some big pay days and good luck to him, well deserved.

I have heard about the alleged powder inhaling or something he was passed in the corner by Alex Ariza, no idea what to make of it, is it smelling salts? was it Viagra in a powder form?

I genuinely doubt there is any malice there as especially with Brandon Rios banned this week for failing a post fight VADA test from the Pacquiao bout, and so would be incredibly thick and stupid of Alex Ariza to give Maidana a banned substance.

For Broner, once he has got over his sulk, I hope he develops some humility, via Richard Schaefer from Goldenboy or “Big Bro” Floyd. He should use this as an opportunity to rebrand himself, but I will be very surprised if we see anything other than the overzealous, brash Broner we have come accustom to.

One thing that I think he should consider is moving down to Light Welter, Broner weighed in at 144lbs for this contest, and it would stand him in good stead to drop down to the weight class, which he bypassed when he jumped from Lightweight to Welter.

Broner needs to earn his stripes and there is some monster match ups down there.

Broner v Matthysse, Broner v Garcia, Broner v Provodnikov, Broner v Peterson.

He is stuck between a rock and hard place as unless he drops down to 135lb, he has some massive hurdles to overcome. We will not only see what mind-set Broner is in during his next bout in 2014, but if he can bounce back and prove he is an elite fighter at 140 or 147.

I cannot wait to see what happens.

Right that’s me for today.

My next two blogs to see the year out will by my personal awards on 2013 both internationally and domestically.

My 2nd will be who I feel will be the “ones to watch in 2014”and match ups I hope to see.

Have a good week and don’t get off with that ugly girl in the office who has had a crush on you at the Christmas do.

If she offers you a drink that has some white fizzy powder in it, chances are she bought it from Alex Ariza and its dodge!

DO NOT DRINK IT!

Laters

Paul

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Campbell… GGG the real deal? Mikey Garcia & Donaire…. By Paul Ready

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Evening,

This time last week I was in a seriously dark place in Amsterdam. I think the less said the better.

But we done Amsterdam justice and indulged in all manner of things banned from these shores.

Mess.

One of the highlight’s of the trip that I can speak about was a mate of turning up about half hour before we are due to board, dressed in fancy dress as a priest, no trousers underneath, pissed as a fart after coming straight from a night out.  We flew on 1st November, he went to Hip Hop karaoke in London on Halloween and sang Coolio – Gangsters Paradise.

Rarely am I lost for words, but that was one of those moments.

Proper chap.

After a busy week at work and trying to feel “normal”, this post is a tad delayed. I did manage to watch the card in Hull last weekend so lets discuss Luke Campbell’s performance:

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Luke Campbell (3-0: 3KO’s) stopped Lee Connolly (2-6: 1KO) in the 5th round of a Lightweight contest in Hull last Saturday.

3rd fight for Campbell and he actually got 5 rounds in the bag, previous 2 outings he stopped them both in 1st. Connolly was pretty tough, took some punishment and frustrated Campbell as he absorbed punches.

Connolly did tickle me with his goading to Campbell when hit. Face liked a sand blasted tomato, laughed at Campbell and shook his head as to say “that all you got?”. Which, credit to Campbell only made him more determined to let the hands go and pepper him like fine Steak.

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Campbell reminds me of Amir Khan with the lightening hand speed, he is probably a more accurate puncher. Let’s hope he has a better chin!

What he needed was some rounds, and he got that. The key to the development of any young fighter is rounds in the bank. Within that you gain experience of  all manner of ring craft, “dirty tactics”, low blows, fighters who lean on you, impose their weight to sap your energy. Bernard Hopkins for example, has made a career out of it.

Campbell has a good frame for that weight class, big upper body so he will certainly hold his own in an exciting domestic weight class. The key now is to continue to test him against durable opponents who are going to take him 8. 10 rounds and even the distance. Test his stamina, challenge his mentality. Can he take a punch? All questions that he will have to answer.

Already we had Tommy Coyle, 24 yrs old (17-2: 7KO’s) who had a 7th round stoppage against John Simpson on the same card, suggest he would like to fight Campbell at some point down the line, then go for a beer after.

Hull v Hull. That could be a huge fight in 12-18mths.

The future fight I want to see within 3 yrs is Campbell v Lomachenko for the Undisputed Lightweight Champion.

Three Olympic Gold Medals between them.

In Vegas.

I’m wet.

On the same night we had the man of the moment WBA & IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0: 25 KO’s) against Curtis Stevens (25-4: 18 KO’s) in Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin the monster puncher who disposes of his opposition like a you would a used condom.

Stevens was retired in the 8th round by his corner. the knockdown punch in the 2nd was textbook. Flattened by a left hook, Stevens’ face was a picture:

To be fair to Stevens, he did trouble GGG with a few big shots, and showed that maybe a quicker counter puncher might give him trouble. What it hammered home was you simply cannot stand there and trade with him. Like we didn’t know that already!

He softened him up with the jab, threw some big combos until he was pulled out by his corner in the 8th.

This was GGG 15th straight KO in 15 fights, 89% KO record I read somewhere, and you genuinely would worry for anyone in the Middleweight division sharing the ring with him.

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Sergio Martinez, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Darren Barker, Martin Murray, will all taste defeat in my opinion.

Murray, was announced as the next opponent in Monte Carlo on 1st Feb. Murray has to come through an unnamed opponent on the Froch v Groves bill. I wish you luck Mr Murray.

Froch v GGG would be a mouth watering match up, I genuinely believe Golovkin would stop Froch, he has more gears than the Cobra.

Only two boxers in the world could beat Golvokin, Floyd, (who is far too small at 147) and Andre Ward should GGG step up to 168lbs.

Ward’s style is all wrong for Golovkin, slick counter puncher would prove to be elusive in that match up, for me scoring a close split decision.

Tonight we have Mikey Garcia (32-0: 27 KO’s) v Roman Martinez (27-1-2: 16 KO’s) in a WBO Super Featherweight match up in Texas.

Garcia, was mentioned by myself as a future top 10 P4P fighter, an impressive stoppage tonight will put him firmly knocking at the door.

On the same card, Super Bantamweight Nonito Donaire (31-2: 20 KO’s) v Vic Darchinyan (39-5: 28 KO’s). Donaire’s 1st fight since a loss earlier this year against division King Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton will be watching that with vested interest no doubt.

Check out my 1st article for Pro Boxing Fans, currently working on my 2nd as we speak!

http://www.proboxing-fans.com/darren-barker-vs-felix-sturm-preview-prediction_103113/

Right.

Short and sweet this week from me.

Tune in early this week for my review on the above fights and a look ahead to Prizefighter next weekend.

Peace

Paul

@EliteBoxingBlog

@PaulReady

Brook not Special yet… Callum Smith… B Hop an Alien… By Paul Ready

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Evening,

The alleged “Wizard of Oz” esq storm that took place was simply the wind produced from consuming a tin of beans.

Upon looking out in to my back garden this morning, I noticed a giant trampoline appeared in the neighbour’s house directly behind ours, must of blown in from another garden.

I was disappointed to not see Tinie Tempah and 2 Chainz on it, and that they didn’t get hit by a swirling shed in the process.

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Yeaaaaaahhhh…

I was out on Saturday so caught up with the fights when I got in. Completely hammered, not often we get a child-less evening, need to make the most of it Vicious and somewhat unfounded rumours were rife of me cutting some serious shapes on the dance floor. It would of been more a two-step. It’s my drunk fail safe move.

Kell Brook KO’d Vyacheslav Senchenko in 4 rounds at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday evening.

This came as no surprise for me, this is the type of performance to maintain & surpass if he is to go up a level and graduate with the big boys.

Probably Brook’s best fight to date. Very aggressive. Boxed like a man with a purpose and a point to prove. Peppering Senchenko with shots, got behind the jab well, softened him up like buttery mash.

The Ukrainian caught him with a beautiful punch that left Brook dazed and almost could of swung the fight. But with the home crowd getting behind him, Brook managed to avoid what would of been a shocking defeat as he was fully in control in this encounter up to this point.

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Senchenko described by Brook after as a “world class fighter” for me is an exaggerated comment to say the least. Yes he was ex world champion, but he is not a top 10 fighter in the Welterweight division.

For Brook now, he will have one eye on Alexander v Porter in December as he will face the victor. Other potential opponents are Khan if he doesn’t get the Mayweather fight or Adrien Broner who is fighting Marcos Maidana also in December.

The Broner fight is one which appeals to me most. I for one can’t stand Broner. I really can’t, he looked good against Gavin Rees, but so would anyone. Rees is a tough guy. But he doesn’t possess the speed or durability to trouble anyone of real significance

For me Broner doesn’t live the life enough and I’m unsure HOW good he is. Brook could surprise people in that. It would do wonders for his profile in the US if it happened.

I remember watching an episode “All Access” for The One, he was talking to Floyd backstage at a rap concert, Floyd called him “One pack” due to sporting a pot belly, and Broner laughed it off and boasted about “being on tour”.

Click on the below video 2.30 mins in and check the gut. That was as long as I could stick of the self proclaimed AB.  You knoooowww. Oh dear…

Pretty embarrassing really for a fighter deemed as the heir to Floyd’s throne treating his body in that manner. He will end up having a very short career if he continues to do so.

He is the “I deserve everything for doing nothing” generation. This isn’t college/University where you can take the summer off getting on it because you simply fancy it.

It would make for an blockbuster match-up, Broner should stroll it if he is half as good as the critics say and perhaps deep down I believe he could be. But Brook being the naturally bigger boxer, walks around as a Light Middleweight naturally, should impose his power and win a decision. Eddie Hearn seems to believe they can get him over for $2-3m dollars, but that would be PPV and in the MEN arena. (Now Phones 4U arena)

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Earlier on the card we had Super-Middleweight Callum Smith stopping Ruben Acosta in the 6th round.

Smith, 23, again looked superb. Controlled the centre of the ring, marshalling Acosta who took him further than his past 6 opponents. Now 9-0 with 7 KO’s in his first 12 months as a pro, he folded Acosta like a deckchair with two knock downs from separate body shots.

These are almost becoming his trademark punch, reminiscent of a young Ricky Hatton. Hatton’s body shot of Luis Castillo is one of the best I’ve seen.

Smith, could be sharing a ring the end of 2014/early 2015 with James DeGale which would prove to be a good test and an exciting domestic match up to work towards. Smith would eat him like a biscuit.

A man who embarked on the second step of a journey Smith has completed, Anthony Joshua was next up.

Joshua stopped Paul Butlin in the 2nd round. This was a low key outing for Joshua, coming to the ring with “Holy Grail” playing, he is on a long path to the holy grail of Heavyweight boxing.

Joshua again exerted his power, snapped the jab, floored Butlin with a left-right combo. Splitting the eyebrow in the process which pissed blood.

To his credit, Butlin peeled himself off the canvas, had no idea what day of the week it was, for his corner to then throw the towel in.

Being critical, a mate of mine shouted that his combinations were still very amateurish. 2, 3 punch thrown. Which I would agree with.

I’d like to see him move his head a bit more, slip some shots, bring some more mobility in to his game.

But it will come, he has a fantastic attitude so he will continue to learn and grow.

My final piece is on the man that Father Time forgot, the newly named “The Alien” Bernard Hopkins.

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Hopkins now wants to be known as The Alien, as he is from Pluto apparently.

Look at Naazim Richardson in the background haha.

Shitting himself.

Even he looks unsure if that is actually Hopkins underneath. Or maybe Hopkins’ face was a mask and this is his real face?

You will never see another 48 yr old (49 in January!!) box at this level, to his standard..ever.

Hopkins beat Karo Murat (25-2-1) on a unanimous decision in Atlantic City on Saturday evening.

This was the most exciting fight B Hop has had since he lost to Calzaghe.

Rather than adopting his usual “chess master” tactics, he traded with Murat, throwing and receiving some big shots that he absorbed. A rarity to say the least.

If you’ve ever caught a B Hop video on YouTube, he’s certainly not backward at coming forward about his achievements in the sport.

A man I have the utmost respect for. Been in with everyone and anyone. Fearless.

He has been in prison, come out, turned his life round, boxed at the highest level for a period spanning 25 yrs.

Now in the autumn of his career, with the leaves falling, decaying on the soil below… Hopkins has become an ambassador for Golden Boy and is regularly seen at any big fight they are hosting,

You wonder how much longer he will continue, but I’ve been asking myself that question for 5 yrs, and he shows no signs of letting up just yet. Maybe he will get to 50 and then walk away.

Check out the below video, hilarious interview Steve Bunce had with him in a caravan, a personal favourite of mine. I would be shitting my pants if I was in Buncey’s shoes.

Finally a bit of self promotion, I’m writing for US based Pro Boxing fans on a frequency basis to be agreed.

Something I’m personally pretty proud of so early after only 13 posts including this one.

Hopefully it could lead on to some exciting things in the future, worse case it will result in some great exposure Stateside.

I have a few irons in some fires with house-hold boxers/trainers who shall remain nameless for now.

Hopefully I can get an interview/meet them in the not to distant future, stayed tuned for that!

I’m going to keep banging on the door, I’m confident someone will answer.

Maybe give me a treat, maybe ask for a trick!

Right

That’s your lot from me and my rambling.

I’m off to Amsterdam on Friday for a long weekend with the boys to celebrate my *cough* 30th.

Have a good week and catch you next week…. if I’m still alive!

Paul

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingBlog