#MayPac Preview by Paul Ready

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We are just over a week away from fight week and it has already hit like a tsunami.

  

Tickets went on sale on Thursday and sold out within a minute – ringside seats on the black-market retailing at a cool $140,000.

Closed circuit viewings in hotels along the strip are selling for $150 + $178 add-on, with the admin fee even that is breaking the $300 mark.

It has become the must-see event for the world.

Can Pacquiao do it – can he steal Mayweather’s 0?

I’ve been a fan of both fighters for over the past decade and I couldn’t care less if it’s 6 yrs too late – better late than never! 

  

Like many boxers who enter the Autumn of their careers, both men have had to make necessary adjustments over the years:

Manny the ferocious pressure puncher hasn’t registered a KO since Miguel Cotto in 2009. His style is based much more on movement around his opponent throwing shots from all angles.

Floyd no longer throws multiple combinations that we grew accustom to in his career. It has been well documented that his hands are in a delicate condition.

  

I expect the 36 yr old Phillipino congressman to be the faster man out of the blocks, scoring the early few rounds. 38 yr old Mayweather’s is renowned for taking a few rounds to “suss-out” his foe before outclassing them down the stretch.

I can’t see Pacquiao being able to stop Mayweather as his chin vastly underrated. Despite being a counter-puncher, Money has taken a few on the button and readjusted himself over the years without any real duress.

I expect Floyd from round 5 to run away with the contest till the final bell – I genuinely wouldn’t be shocked if he dropped barely a round in the 2nd half.

Verdict:

Mayweather UD: 8 rounds to 4.

In what is my final post on Elite Boxing (which ironically started with a review of Mayweather v Canelo back in Sept 2013) it felt fitting that my final post was about Mayweather.

I’ve been offered a role within the industry that I simply could not refuse.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read, shared and supported my posts.

It’s been a whirlwind 18 mths meeting some fantastic people within the sport, gaining Media Accrediation and culminated in obtaining a role faster than I ever envisaged.

The real hardwork starts now!

@PaulReady

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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.

 

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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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@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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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.

 

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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:

 

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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 12/03 By Paul Ready

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Unless you’ve been marooned on an Island in the middle of the no-where, it has been virtually impossible to escape the media coverage of the rematch.

I almost grew a beard for the first time in my life queuing online to get my tickets. I can say that I eventually succeeded in obtaining some.

The early part of this week has been dominated by the general sale of the tickets and the 1st press conference. It is the first time both fighters have seen each other since that unforgettable night in November.

60,000 went on sale at noon Monday; they had sold-out by 1 pm. This illustrates the sheer magnitude of this fight to the public.

Firstly, I want to give a special mention to Kugan Cassius and James Helder of IFLTV; their coverage on Monday was nothing short of sensational. If you aren’t familiar with their work, search from them on YouTube as their footage is unparalleled in boxing.

The mind-games and theatrics commenced immediately in the press conference; Groves was baited by Froch’s older brother Lee whenever he spoke, when Froch spoke, Groves was busy completing a rubics cube to draw attention to himself.

We had “Shove-Gate” on the pitch which there was a perception it was perhaps staged; which I don’t believe. You only had to see the reaction of the 25 yr old telling Eddie Hearn and Rob McCracken to “Sort their boy out” to know it was genuine.

The Cobra couldn’t look St George in the eye for the head-to-heads which I felt displayed a sign of weakness on his part, regardless of the clear hatred between them Froch should have faced him.

I can see Lee Froch attempting to be the “Angel Garcia” in the Froch camp. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Angel, he is father to Danny Garcia the WBC, WBA (Super) and Ring Magazine Light-Welter world champion.

What Angel does remarkably well is antagonise and goad Danny’s opponent in the build-up to fights, thus relieving pressure from Danny.

In recent fights against Zab Judah and Amir Khan, Angel was able to get under their skin and provoke a reaction. Danny beat both by his boxing ability, but you can’t underestimate the impact Angel made unsettling them.

What Groves must do is ensure he doesn’t get wound up by Lee Froch who has subjected him to abuse on Twitter in the after-math of the first fight. I admire him for walking straight over to the elder Froch at the end of the press conference and addressing him with an “Alright sweetheart” comment. He tackled the situation head-on, which demonstrates Groves won’t take any nonsense from Team Froch.

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Leo Santa Cruz v  Cristian Mijares

WBC Super-Bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz didn’t drop a round on Saturday evening as he retained his strap against Cristian Mijares.

Santa Cruz won via a near shut-out on points with the judges scoring it 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.

The 25 yr old Mexican has eyes on fighting Carl Frampton next, should the Ulsterman come through Hugo Cazares next month in a WBC mandatory contest.

“I want [Frampton] next,” Santa Cruz said. “This is a dream come true.”

This has the potential to be fight of the year and would present Frampton an opportunity to announce himself on the world-stage in autumn this year.

Canelo Alvarez v Alfred Angulo

Canelo made his return to the ring after his maiden loss against Pound-for-Pound number 1 Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

The 23 yr old sensation landed a whopping 295 of the 513 punches he threw, an astounding 58 percent.  The majority of them being right-handed bombs, Angulo was stopped with a huge uppercut in the 10th.

The Showtime commentators summed the upper-cut by stating that Canelo could have held a press conference to announce he was going to throw that punch as he had that much time.

Whilst the stoppage may have been a tad premature, it was only delaying the envitable and trainer Virgil Hunter would have no doubt pulled him out if the punishment continued.

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This weekend we have an exciting card which contains some big names from the Matchroom stable.

It contains the cream of Merseyside boxing, unfortunately excluding Callum and Stephen Smith who are both absent due to injury.

In addition, we have Kevin Mitchell and Kell Brook competing in tune-up fights before they have title tilts in the summer.

Talks have allegedly begun between Matchroom and advisors of Miguel Vazquez with a view to him fighting Mitchell on the Froch Groves under card for the Lightweight IBF World Title.

Vazquez is entering his 4th year straight as world champion, winning it against Ji-Hoon Kim of Japan in 2010 and is the perfect test for Mitchell.

El Títere (The Puppet) has lost 3 times in his career, twice to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2006 & 2008 and to Timothy Bradley in 2007.

I’ve been really impressed with Mitchell since he rejoined Simsy Gym and in front of a packed stadium in his home-town, I would back him to do the business.

Tony Bellew makes his debut at Cruiserweight since he decided to move up a weight class from the Light-Heavy division.

The Bomber lost to Adonis Stevenson in Canada at the tail end of 2013 in a WBC world title bout.

The 31year old feels he will be more comfortable at the weight and will be able to exert more power.

In an exciting division domestically containing former foe Nathan Cleverly, Ben Ileymi and Wadi Camacho, would all provide stern opposition as Bellew works towards a title shot in the future.

Kell Brook has been playing the waiting game before compulsory negotiations begin with Shawn Porter for his long-overdue IBF Welterweight fight.

I’m led to believe that negotiations should commence early April between both camps and the fight is likely to be staged in the USA sometime in June.

In the interim, Special K has to overcome Alvaro Robles on Saturday evening.  Tyson Robles as he is known is an unknown entity in some respects; sporting a 78% KO record (17-2: 15 KO’s) on his CV he is a man Brook cannot afford to over-look.

The full card for Saturday is listed below:

Tony Bellew v Valery Brudov
Vacant WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Championship

Rocky Fielding v Charles Adamu
Commonwealth Super Middleweight

Paul Smith v Tobias Webb
Vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Championship

Kell Brook v Alvaro Robles

Kevin Mitchell v Mikheil Avakyan

Neil Perkins v Erick Ochieng

Robbie Davies Jnr v Mark McKray

Ryan Moorhead v Ibrar Riyaz

 

International

In Puerto Rico this Saturday, Danny Garcia makes his return to ring against Mauricio Herrera. The American of Puerto Rican descent was again over-looked as an opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jnr recently.

Garcia fought last on the under-card of “The One” in September, beating a heavily backed Lucas Matthysse unanimously on points.

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Boxing Update 26/02 – By Paul Ready

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The monks who founded Hull in the 12th Century would have been turning in their grave last week.

I’m sure they would of disapproved of rap freestyles and colourful street talk between Curtis Woodhouse & Darren Hamilton in the build up to Fighting Pride of Hull.

The only monk who would have endorsed that particular type of behaviour is the character played by Jason Statham in the movie “Mean Machine”

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I was surprised firstly at how good the fights ended up being; the Tommy Coyle v Daniel Brizuela one for example exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Before we discuss that, let’s look at the latest news:

Amir Khan


We found out on Friday evening that Amir Khan will not be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jnr on May 3rd.
The 27 yr old took to twitter and confirmed in a number of tweets that he felt Mayweather had dodged him as an opponent.
King Khan is of the belief that Maidana is an easier option and this has sparked mass debate of Floyd’s perceived “cherry picking” yet again.
Whilst I do genuinely sympathise with Khan for the shoddy treatment he has received from the Mayweather camp, there has been question marks of whether he was deserving in the first place.
Khan has fought 3 times since the start of 2012, two poor wins against Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz respectively and a TKO loss to Danny Garcia.

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His last outing was in April 2013 where he put in an abject display against Diaz in Sheffield.

This isn’t the type of preparation you have prior to facing the best boxer of our generation.

Amir has openly admitted that he should have faced Devon Alexander in December rather than opt out of the fight and “sign” to face Floyd.

In light of this recent news, it has sparked mass debate and hype around a potential match-up with long-term foe “Special K” Kell Brook.

Brook is mandatory for the IBF Welter title but he has admitted he would consider surrendering that if an opportunity to face Khan presents itself.

King Khan I’m certain will feel that he should face Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman or another top 147 fighter over facing Brook. Which I respect and is a fair argument.

But if he was to fight on Mayweather v Maidana under-card, it would be like attending the wedding of your ex who dumped you last year.

Embarrassing.

Forget pride, I wouldn’t go to the wedding and neither should Khan subject himself to fighting on the under-card.

He should seriously consider the highly lucrative Brook fight and should he win, use that as a pedestal to kick on with his career.

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Gavin McDonnell won the British Super-Bantamweight against Leigh Wood by a 6th round stoppage.

McDonnell, twin brother of Jamie the former IBF World Champion weathered a storm in the first half of the fight.

I had Wood winning comfortably before the ref intervened after a flurry of unanswered punches descended on him from McDonnell.

By securing the Lonsdale belt, Gavin and Jamie made British Boxing history by becoming the first twins to win it.

Luke Campbell displayed maturity in his 8 round stoppage against a resilient Scott Moises to take his record to 5-0.

Campbell got some much-needed rounds in the bank and adopted a patient approach in breaking Moises down.

You have to respect to Moises who absorbed the kitchen-sink that Campbell threw at him; I didn’t expect a stoppage but credit to the 26 yr old, he became the 1st man to stop the Norfolk native in his career.

Curtis Woodhouse delivered on a promise he made to his late father by winning the British Light-Welter belt against Darren Hamilton.

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Woodhouse a former professional footballer won on points to spark an emotional dedication of the victory to his father.

I felt Hamilton had done enough to edge it, despite Woodhouse arguably winning the late rounds.

But you couldn’t begrudge Woodhouse the victory and I will be surprised if he decides to continue as he should retire on a high.

He would admit himself that he has no aspirations to compete at European or indeed World Level.

Trained by Adam Booth and his team prior to the fight, their input in to preparation no doubt gave Woodhouse that extra boost between rounds can’t be overlooked.

Even for Booth, who has won world titles with David Haye in 2 weight divisions, this will rank high on his CV.

I take my hat off to Hamilton and manager Spencer Fearon; they displayed humility in defeat.

I have no doubt that Hamilton will come again and perhaps reclaim the Lonsdale belt should Woodhouse retire.

Coyle v Brizuela
Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle defeated Daniel Brizuela in a pulsating fight that saw 8 knock-downs and 3 point deductions in total.

Coyle was stunned in the 2nd when he was caught with a right hand and hit the deck.

The 24 yr old was knocked down in the 6th with a sickening body shot that I was amazed he managed to get up from.

 

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Boom Boom knocked down the Argentine in the 8th with a right to go ahead on the cards for the first time in the fight.
Both fighters were penalised in the 8th and 9th respectively for low blows.

The 11th round wouldn’t have looked out-of-place in a Rocky movie. Brizuela twice chopped Coyle down with vicious body shots, exploiting a clear chink in his armour.

The man from Hull on the 2nd knockdown took an 8 count and proceeded to walk straight over to the Argentine and lamp him with a huge right.

Brizuela was sent sprawling to the canvas in my favourite moment of the fight.

In to the final round which you never wanted to end, Coyle retained his IBF International Lightweight title by throwing yet another right that dropped Brizuela. On this occasion the ref intervened to halt the fight to cue rapturous applause for Boom Boom.

In the post fight interview, when most men would attempt to catch their breath, Coyle spoke about aspirations of fighting Kevin Mitchell on the Froch Groves 2 under-card.

Whilst I think it would be a great fight, I feel that Kevin Mitchell is a level above Coyle at this stage.

Mitchell has looked superb of late since rejoining Tony Sims and I believe he would stop Coyle well within the distance.

Man of Steel – Glasgow

This Saturday sees the return of WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns against Terence Crawford after his broken jaw injury.
Burns who wrongly retained his belt against Raymond Beltran in September 2013 on points, has plenty to prove to his doubters after two poor displays of late.
The Rickster is relishing being the underdog in this bout against hot-favourite American Crawford who has been billed as future star of Top Rank’s stable.

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“I’ve been made out to be the underdog in some of those other big fights as well. It’s just taken more pressure off me,” he told Sky Sports.
“Obviously fighting at home in front of 10,000 fans, that’s big enough as it is.
“I always try and put that in the back of my mind. I know things are going well in the gym so I’m just hoping to go out there and put on a good performance because I’m due one, especially after the last couple of fights.”

Burns fully acknowledges that he is well over-due a big performance and I make comparisons to historical fights from ghosts of boxing past.

I view this fight as a Benn v McClellan, Calzaghe v Lacy and Froch v Bute moment for the Scot.

He has the backing of 10,000 partisan crowd and needs to blast Crawford away in emphatic fashion to make the rest of the world sit up and take notice.

The Glasgow crowd need to create an intimidating and volatile environment to give Burns a psychological edge from the outset.

I have seen 2 of Crawford’s fights and he is a tricky customer, he has the tools to make it a very difficult night for Rickster. It should make for compelling viewing.

With a stacked under card supporting it should be yet another great night for British boxing:

Anthony Joshua MBE v Hector Avila
John Murray v John Simpson
Scotty Cardle v Paul Appleby
David Brophy v Jamie Ambler
Anthony Ogogo v Gary O’Neill
Michael Roberts v Romain Peker
Martin J. Ward v Craig Woodruff
Ryan Smith v Ibrar Riyaz
Ryan Collins v Mariusz Bak
Scott Allan v Francis Croes

Internationally we have a number of cards taking place this weekend:

WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship
Robert Stieglitz v Arthur Abraham – Germany

Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr v Brian Vera – Texas, USA

WBO World Featherweight Championship

Orlando Salido v Vasyl Lomachenko – Texas, USA

 

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Tyler Goodjohn – El Tornado By Paul Ready

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Tyler “El Tornado” Goodjohn has already in his 11 years as a fighter encountered various cross roads in his career that would have made many quit boxing.

El Tornado didn’t and displays maturity that far outweighs his 22 yrs; for a young man who turned professional at the tender age of 18, it felt like I was listening to a 28 yr old.

What I found most endearing about Tyler was his passion & hunger to succeed in boxing; the time is nigh for him to prove many doubters wrong.

He for one can’t wait to do so.

When I first approached him to conduct an interview, I knew we would hit it off, Goodjohn is a huge Arsenal fan and his love for the “Gooners” is only surpassed by his one true love; boxing.

You would struggle to dislike Tyler after speaking to him, a genuine guy, big boxing fan and we spoke at a length about various match-ups he would like see.

El Tornado knows that he is 1 fight away from winning his first title and putting himself in the thick of the thriving British Light-Welterweight scene.

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Elite Boxing:

Who or what influenced you to become a boxer?

Tyler Goodjohn:

As a boy I was quite a chunky kid, my parents took me to a boxing club to lose weight. I was 11 and really struggled with it to begin with.

 I lost my first 7 amateur fight, what made it worse was my brother (who is 5 years older) was at the same club and was knocking people out for fun.

Looking back, I think if I was 16-17, my mates might have been telling me to pack it in and do something else.

 Suddenly it just clicked for me and took over his life. I had 70 amateur fights in total and ended up winning the juniors.

The club I was at was really small; we only had 1 punch-bag between 3 of us.

I still speak to my old trainer who is in now in his 70’s and he gives me some tips.

My older brother is still an amateur and whenever I get the time, I go watch his fights and support him.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my brother being there for me.

What boxing installed in me from a young age was determination not to fail. It’s something that now is transferable in every aspect of my life.

I hate failing at anything.

EB:

Who was your favourite fighter growing up and what fighters currently do you watch?

TG:

I would have to say Muhammed Ali; I loved his charisma and boxing style.

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched “When We Were Kings” (Based on Rumble in Jungle; Ali v Foreman in Zaire, Africa 1974).

Mike Tyson was another I loved watching as a boy.

Modern day fighters, I’m a big fan of Floyd Mayweather Jnr, I have huge respect for his style. He isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but defensively he is flawless.

At Simsy’s gym I’m in awe of Kevin Mitchell and previously Darren Barker, basically any fighters who have competed at world level, sparring with those guys is a big step up.

What is even more amazing about Mayweather is that he not only competes at World Level but he makes those he face look average, Floyd truly dominates them, you can’t get near him.

EB:

In December 2013 you had your 3rd fight with Danny Connor, tell me about the win and reflect back on the saga?

TG:

I honestly felt that I had done enough to win the 2nd fight.

I spoke to dad after the Danny Connor loss and he wanted me take over the family farm business.

I told him and mum that I’ve got to be selfish, I knew I wasn’t finished in boxing and had plenty more to give.

They supported my decision which I thank them for.

In the build up to the 3rd fight, I’m not ashamed to say that I suffered a few sleepless nights going over and over how it would pan out.

I was being slated for being farmer on Twitter, which didn’t bother me. I’m proud of my roots and rather than let it get to me, I made a joke of myself.

My family was apprehensive for him to do it, as they felt I was being a bit disrespectful to dad’s line of work.

But when I explained, they understood.

I’ve worked on the farm in-between fights; dealing with pigs and cows was my down time!

Winning that fight felt like a title to me, I was over the moon to finally put that issue to bed.

I’d like to thank the Fen Army, my supporters that come to my fights. You’ve been great for me.

 

EB:

Your surprise loss to Vinny Woolford in 2011, what happened & how did you learn from it?

TG:

Firstly I wasn’t in the best shape before. I was suffering from hypoglycemia, and kept it to myself. Looking back, this was a really naive move on my part to not mention it to anyone.

I was undefeated at the time and felt that I would comfortably win; I fully underestimated the extent of my health at that time.

I felt completely shot in that fight and was easily picked off by Vinny. No disrespect to him, but I wouldn’t of lost if I was at in my normal fighting condition.

I spent 4 months in hospital afterwards which was punishment enough.

This was a massive learning experience for me and it taught me to always be upfront with my condition to my trainer.

EB:

When you are in training camps, what do you do in your down time?

TG:

I moved down to Essex, from Ely to be closer to the gym. You will probably think I’m boring but I really don’t do anything exciting outside of boxing.

I tend to watch films and catch-up with friends when possible.

The feeling I get when I’ve left the gym after a huge session is the best feeling ever, you ask any true fighter they will tell you the same.

I had 2 hand injuries last year, that kept me out for 4 months off and had ended up having an operation.

My hand was in a cast, I initially thought it would be great as i’ve never really had much time off. After a very short period I was climbing the walls to get back in the gym.

I couldn’t even go home and help out dad on the family farm to take my mind off it.

I love boxing, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Most boxers would agree that they are mad to do this sport. But building up to fight night and the buzz you get when you win, you can’t describe it. It makes all the hard-work and sacrifice worthwhile.

I’m so focused to succeed in boxing.

When I go out with mates on the rare occasions and they are drinking, people come up to me and say:

“You must be having a terrible time Ty?!”

I smile at them and think to myself;

“Are you joking mate? You will be out drinking every weekend for the majority of your life. I’ve only got a short period of time in boxing and I intend to make the most of it. I’ve got the best job in the world!”

EB:

I’m sure you’ve got some great stories from your time in camp; do you have any in particular you wish to share?

TG:

I’ve just come back from Lanzarote with Wadi Camacho and Peter Sims where we had a training camp. Loads of high-altitude runs, real hard graft.

Wadi has a catch phrase “Yeah Buddy”,  when we were out there he had a bet with a British sparring partner we brought over that if he won in sparring, the other guy would get Yeah Buddy tattooed on him.

Fair play to the guy, he was from Devon and really game in the ring. Wadi won and the guy agreed to get the tattoo.

Wadi is half Spanish and can speak it, so when we went to the tattoo parlour, he spoke in Spanish to the tattooist and told him to put “Yeah Buddy #TeamCamacho” on his lower back.

Hilarious haha.

EB:

You’ve touched upon Simsy’s gym just there, you were previously trained by Tony and now by his brother Peter, give me an overview of your time there and the change in trainers…

TG:

I was with Tony Sims from 16/17 up until the 2nd Danny Connor fight.

Tony spoke to me after the loss and said that he didn’t feel he I would make it to British or European Level.

I respected his honesty and we decided to go our separate ways, no hard feelings.

I then trained myself, and got in to a position to have a British Masters fight.

Ryan Taylor text me one day to come spar against him Simsy’s. 

Peter was down there, we had always got on well and he offered to do the corner for me in the spar with Ryan.

Afterwards, Peter spoke to me and said:

“You aren’t finished yet, you’ve got much more to give”.

Peter agreed to be in my corner for the British Masters fight and we agreed to speak after about what was next.

I ended up winning the British masters and relationship went from there.

I would be the first to admit that I sometimes need to have an arm round me to get the best performance from me.

We get on so well and really clicked together, I’m going to watch the football round his shortly (Arsenal v Bayern)

I can’t thank Peter enough for what he has done for me; for example he paid for the hand operation last year privately. I really appreciate everything he does.

I get on well with Tony still; Tony helped me out this week when Peter wasn’t around.

I have great respect for Tony and what he has achieved in the sport.

EB:

You are currently ranked 16th on BoxRec in the British Light-Welter division.

Your next opponent Tyrone Nurse is ranked 9th, with a British title and the opportunity to “gate-crash” the top 10 is at stake.

In a red-hot domestic division that contains Darren Hamilton, Curtis Woodhouse, Chris Jenkins, Tom Stalker to name a few; what would the win mean to you and your future goals in boxing?

TG:

After the Danny Connor fight, I took some-time out for the festive period. But since then, I’ve already been training for 6 weeks, I respect Tyrone, but I know I will beat him.

I spoke to Darren Barker on the phone a few weeks ago and he told me that winning the British Title for him, ranks as one of his greatest achievements. That has inspired me even more to win.

I’m going to win that belt so I can take it home and show it to my parents.

I feel in great shape and my preparation has been first class. I’ve been sparring with Martin Ward recently, and I know this is my moment to shine.

I think it is a great division, I’m looking forward to seeing Hamilton v Woodhouse this weekend but I’m focused on my next fight first and foremost. Then I will look to some big fights domestically.

EB:

Tyler, just want to say it has been a pleasure talking to you. I wish you all the very best in your British Title fight in April

TG:

Thanks mate, likewise.

 

You can follow Tyler on Twitter at @tornadotyler.

Tyler Goodjohn is fighting for Matchroom Boxing at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on Saturday 19th April 2014, for tickets please contact him.

He is currently looking for sponsors to add to his growing portfolio so if you are interested please get in touch.

 

Article written by Paul Ready

@EliteBoxingBlog @PaulReady

Boxing Update 12/02 – By Paul Ready

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I’ve been one of the fortunate few who haven’t succumbed to the Noah’s Ark esq floods we’ve experienced recently in the UK.

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There is a new film is coming out this year about Noah’s Ark ironically. Which stars Russell Crowe.

Give me Russell Crowe over Steve Carrell as Noah any day…  Crowe doesn’t mince around, he would get it done.

If you had two Arks side by side, one built by Carrell and the another by Crowe, this is how I would envisage it to pan out:

Carrell will be goofing around to coin the American phrase with the ducks;

Crowe will be dressed as a Gladiator chasing the pigs & cows to get onboard with a sword and shield.

I know which one I would get on!

News has been somewhat slow in the world of boxing this week, no news on Froch v Groves 2 as of yet.

I’ve heard rumours that it may be hosted at the City Ground in Nottingham, but this is pure speculation at this stage.

We have had the first card of this year a few weeks back in Cardiff courtesy of Matchroom Sport, this weekend it is Frank Warren’s turn at the Copperbox Arena in London.

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Tyson Fury squares off against American Joey Abell, who has 7 losses and 5 of them by KO. It should be an exhibition match for 2 Fast 2 Fury, as he works towards a domestic heavyweight bout against Dereck Chisora in the summer.

For Fury it represents an opportunity to “blow-the-cobwebs-off” and get back to boxing after the double cancellation of David Haye fights due to Haye’s injuries in 2013.

Del Boy Chisora also fights on the same card against another American Kevin Johnson.

Johnson, fought Tyson Fury last year in Belfast with Fury winning by a significant amount on points. This will be a tough bout for Chisora, and one that I’m certain Don Charles has him more than prepared for.

On the same card we have

The WBO European Super-Middleweight Championship
Frank Buglioni v Gaetano Nespro

The Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship

Bradley Skeete v Vivian Harris

And Hughie Fury looks to build on an impressive 2013 this year with his first outing in 2014.

I really like what Peter Fury has done with Hughie, we forget the guy is only 19, for a Heavyweight he is a mere pup.

If he lives the life, eats well, trains hard, avoids alcohol, he could be fighting still in 15-20 years.

Amir Khan

It appears that Amir Khan is due to be announced imminently as Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent on 3rd May in Las Vegas.

I’m sure you have seen or heard about the farcical Lockerdome sponsored vote online between Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan.

If you haven’t, let me explain briefly; Floyd Mayweather has allegedly handed over to his fans to vote for who he should face next via an online poll. Said poll is managed by Lockerdome who when you sign up have access to your tweets, followers and can post on your account when they see fit.

The voting ended on Sunday 9th February, Khan was miles ahead but for me he was always the opponent and this was a pure marketing ploy.

Now do I honestly think King Khan or Maidana are the most worthy opposition for Pound for Pound number 1 Mayweather?

No.

I would prefer to see him Mayweather face Timothy Bradley or Manny Pacquiao, but this simply isn’t possibly due to broadcaster/promoter politics.

Within the Goldenboy stable I feel that Danny Garcia would be a more worthy adversary for Mayweather.

I would prefer to see Amir have a “tune-up” fight or two at 147lbs (Welterweight) first before stepping in with the top guy in the division.

Facing a genuine Welter such as Keith Thurman or Devon Alexander (who Khan was due to face in December) would have been a better option in my eyes.

Credit to the 27-year-old, if Mayweather comes knocking and offers you a fight for a career high purse, you take it.

He will go in to the fight as a massive underdog; I saw odds earlier this week of Money May being 1/5 on favourite.

Khan has blistering hand-speed; I would say punch combo’s he is quicker than Floyd. So in boxing, you always have a chance.

I just feel that single punches being thrown, Mayweather is still the speed-king.
I can see him catching Khan a few times.
This will result in a stoppage for Mayweather.

We will see how Khan Fares at 147 as he has often spoke about boiling down to 140 which has subsequently affected his body and performance.

Good luck to him, i’m looking forward to the build-up and seeing him in Showtime All Access episodes.

If he loses, he still has a huge fight and financial pay-day domestically with Kell Brook late 2014.

If he wins, it will be one of the biggest shocks in boxing history, and the world is his oyster.

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingBlog

2014 Fight Wish List By Paul Ready

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Happy New Year one & all.

I hope that you had an enjoyable festive period.

Back to reality of setting an alarm at 6am for work, those long lay-ins a distant memory.

In my opinion, there are some fights that must and will happen this year.

There are some fights that everyone fan, critic and broadcaster wishes to happen which I will list shortly.

Then we have my hand-picked fights which I will discuss in more detail, as to why I would like to see them.

I’m going to exclude Floyd “Money” Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao within this, as it is a pipe dream. This fight is destined for games console as a pure fantasy encounter.

It is up there with other urban myths such as ghosts, goblins, unicorns and lottery wins.

It will always be the fight that never happened for 100 hundred millions reasons.

The main issue being the promoter rivalry between both camps that represent each fighter (Goldenboy for Money Mayweather, Top Rank for Manny) the broadcaster rivalry between both camps (Showtime for Floyd, HBO for Pacquiao).

I feel the same about Carl “The Cobra” Froch and “Saint” George Groves rematch. Froch has no desire to fight Groves again, he is afraid, annoyed at the public and Groves’ perceived behaviour after the controversial stoppage win Froch had in the 1st fight.

That is my genuine gut feel, I hope I’m wrong, but I feel Froch will avoid it at all costs. The Cobra has cited aspirations of fighting in Las Vegas before he retires, I expect him to fight there this year at some point.

The below is a list of fights that everyone wants to see, and I feel they will happen this year at some point:

Miguel Cotto v Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Scott Quigg v Carl Frampton
Mikey Garcia v Yuriorkis Gamboa
Ruslan Provodinkov v Brandon Rios
Adonis Stevenson v Sergei Kovalev
Floyd Mayweather v Amir Khan
Floyd Mayweather v Marcos Maidana
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora II
Manny Pacquiao v Tim Bradley II
Andre Ward v Gennady Golovkin
Andy Lee v Matthew Macklin

In relation to the above fights, I feel these have been talked to death by boxing experts on TV, us, the fans and are constantly discussed on social networks.

Boxing is prize fighting remember, so I feel the above will happen due to public demand and money.

The contradiction to the above statement is Mayweather v Pacquiao match as it would be the most financially lucrative of all time. There simply is SO much “red-tape” preventing it from ever occurring.

If you wish to read further into this, there are countless articles, interviews with both fighters and their respective camps on the internet.

Let’s move on now to the fights I personally want to happen:

Andre “Son of God” Ward v George Groves

This is a fight I believe can, and will be made in 2014.
Ward has declared that he is interested in fighting him and Groves’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick tweeted in a Q&A with fans that a fight with Ward is a real possibility.

Another fascinating point about this fight, which adds more drama to it, is that Carl Froch has publicly declared on numerous occasions that he wants a rematch with Ward. The Cobra as you will recall lost to Ward a few years ago. It was a boxing lesson from Ward.

For Groves to be chosen by Ward as a more exciting adversary than Froch, speaks volumes about his profile Stateside.

Technically this will be a beautiful fight, two fighters with crisp jabs, dazzling speed and both can whack.

You would have to favour the undefeated “Son of God” on paper due to his dazzling CV, but only a fool would bet against Groves bringing the world to a standstill by winning.

Danny “Swift” Garcia v Adrien “The Problem” Broner

Both fighters have had two contrasting years in boxing, but I feel both need one another in the ring.

Undefeated Garcia, has no credible opponents left at 140lbs (Jnr Welter) having beaten Lucas Matthysse in September. Broner it seems will move down from 147lbs (Welter) to 140lbs after a career first defeat against Marcos Maidana last month.

It is a fight that I believe will happen late 2014, certainly PPV (Pay Per View) and one that would be career defining for both fighters.

The winner will be able to stake their claim to be a future global star in America, ready to take the mantle from Mayweather when he retires.

Garcia, will put himself firmly in front of Mayweather as an opponent for 2015, one that he won’t be able to avoid.

Broner, will show that he is the real deal, that he took the defeat against Maidana like a man, went away, honed his craft and delivered emphatically.

Danny is an accurate puncher, rarely wastes a shot. He struggled in stages against Zab Judah, but looked world-class against Matthysse.

Broner is a big puncher, has good hand-speed but he must work on his conditioning and lifestyle as he will have a short tenure in the sport if he continues to live the way he does.

Amir “King” Khan v Kell “Special K” Brook

Now many of you may scoff at the proposition of this fight;

“How can Khan go from Mayweather to Brook?”

That my friend is a valid question, my answer?

Money.

Khan would earn loads from this fight, domestically it is a PPV fight, Sky and Eddie Hearn would be all-over it like chicken pox on a toddler.

2014 financially could set Khan up for life, two fights, Mayweather and Brook, opposite ends of the scale granted, but both hugely lucrative.

Khan can use the Brook fight as an opportunity to prove to his doubters in the UK that he isn’t “chinny” and can beat the best domestically at 147lbs.

For Brook, if he beats Khan, he becomes a household name; it would announce him on the big stage in America.

Kell would receive much needed recognition there and set up some huge fights in the Welterweight division.

King Khan has a big profile America and receives more “love” than he does at home.

I think it would be a great tear-up, no love lost between them which date back to sparring between them as amateurs.

Brook needs to beat Shawn Porter, the newly crowned IBF Welter Champion when they fight in the summer.

I feel that this can be the carrot dangled in-front of Amir to lure him in to a blockbuster match up.

Khan has blistering hand-speed, but always has that vulnerability factor about him that has you on the edge of your seat.

Special K, at the age of 27 (28 in May) is untested on the world stage. Fights with Shawn Porter and Amir Khan will prove whether he will “sink or swim”.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for either fighter in this, losing is simply unthinkable.

Anthony Joshua v Hughie Fury

This fight draws mixed opinion from most, is it too soon for them to fight? Joshua, 24 is 3-0, Fury, 19 is 12-0.

There is a valid argument that we should wait a few years, let it manifest into a monster fight.

Perhaps they could take a leaf out of the Quigg v Frampton situation as opposed to James DeGale v George Groves.

DeGale v Groves if you recall took place 3 yrs ago this May, was a cracking encounter but it could of been a bigger fight further down the line as both have had only a handful of fights.

The positives of this happening in the summer are that we have a match-up between the two most exciting Heavyweight prospects on these shores.
The loser has plenty of time to come-back and build themselves again, as they are both mere pups for the Heavyweight division.

Joshua may start out for some as the favourite, but write Fury off at your peril as he could surprise many.

The pair of them are big lads, with impressive KO records so far, I would be amazed if this went the distance.

There are a number of other domestic fights I believe we could see, which I will list below:

Callum Smith v Frank Buglioni
Nathan Cleverly v Tony Bellew II
Kevin Mitchell v Ricky Burns II
Tommy Coyle v Kevin Mitchell
David Price v Dereck Chisora
Luke Campbell v Gavin Rees
Frankie Gavin v Kell Brook

I think 2014 will be the year of the Lightweight Division as there are so many fights that can be made there domestically, you could comfortably stage 1 each month.

I will be happy if any of the above happens, 2014 has some huge shoes to fill as 2013 was a phenomenal year for the sport.

Right, I must dash… my salad is getting warm…

#NewYearNewMe

Cheers
Paul

@EliteBoxingBlog
@PaulReady