24/03 – Boxing Update by Paul Ready

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As British Summer Time officially begins in the early hours of Sunday morning, everyone becomes more upbeat.

Longer evenings, beach bodies made at salad bars and of course our glorious sport moves towards the business part of the season. 

  

With Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao finally announced it has yielded a much-needed “double vodka & redbull” to proceedings.

Let’s focus on where we are in the UK.

James DeGale (who I interviewed & spent time with last week) is expecting his IBF world title shot against Andre Dirrell to be announced momentarily.

Warriors Boxing based out of Florida won the purse-bid with an eye-watering $3.1m. Chunky will have to travel to America to make history in May.

Kevin Mitchell off the back of his career-best performance over Daniel Estrada in January has another crack at a world-title against WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares.

Matchroom have pulled a masterstroke delivering that fight in Mitchell’s home-town of London – the roof will come off the O2 on the 30th May.

Tony Sims told me a few weeks ago that Kevin Mitchell is the most talented fighter he has ever trained – the 30 yr old does things in camp that you can’t teach.

Mitchell brimming with confidence and I simply cannot wait for that fight.

On the same bill Lee Selby faces IBF Featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich.

Selby is the bookies favourite for this fight. I spoke to Selby last month and he was out in Omaha for Gradovich’s last fight. The 28 yr old perceives him as a similar come-forward fighter to Joel Brunker – the Welshman is confident he will break him down and stop him late.

Former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns makes his US debut on 9th May against Omar Figueroa.

Rickster has endured a hellish 12 mths breaking his jaw, losing his world title to Terence Crawford, a long protracted court-case with a former promoter, change of trainer to Tony Sims and culminated with a loss in the first fight under him.

Anything that could have gone wrong for the 31 yr old had. I think it says a great deal about his resolve that he still has that desire to fight – I hope he comes back with a bang.

Anthony Joshua has flown slightly under the radar this year due a back-injury.

The Olympic gold medallist was due to face Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson at the end of January – which has been rescheduled for 30th May – some card that will be!

When Joshua steps in the ring next month in Newcastle against a yet unnamed opponent – it will mark a near six month absence since his last fight.

The 25 yr old was involved in a brief spat on Twitter with former amateur foe Dillian Whyte some weeks back. Whyte who boxed on the recent Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos bill is very keen to face AJ again in the pro-ranks – I hope we get to see that score settled once and for all this summer.

Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn is reportedly due to meet Barry McGuigan of Cyclone Promotions tomorrow (Wednesday) morning in London to “thrash-out” a deal for Carl Frampton to face Scott Quigg this summer.

The two Super-Bantamweights have long been affiliated with one-another – all being well we can finally see this match-up in what I anticipate to be THE fight in the UK this year.

Amir Khan seems to be the one man without a date for the summer prom so far. He was stood up again by Floyd Mayweather and unless he moves quick he could be dancing on his own for a while.

Adrien Broner has declared on Twitter & Instagram that he would be keen to face the 28 yr old, but after The Problem was found out at 147lbs against Marcos Maidana – I feel he needs to box a bit longer at 140lbs before moving up naturally.

So who does that leave for Khan?

Timothy Bradley would be a good option but it was challenging enough to get Bob Arum and Al Haymon round the table for Mayweather v Pacquiao. I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.

 

So as you can see, there are fights announced and plenty bubbling in the background.

 

The next few weeks and months will be seductive – time to musk up lads…

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

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How the Boxing landscape lies so far in 2015… by Paul Ready

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Happy New Year to one and all.

To quote Michael Woods of The Sweet Science in America:

“I would like boxing to get to a point where so much of our coverage is not regarding negotiations’ and will they or won’t they conjecture.”

That is a vision that I think we all yearn for in the future of the sport. With that being said, let’s look at how the landscape lies currently – which fights are confirmed and who the big-names have been linked with:

 

Confirmed

17th January – MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Bermaine Stiverne v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz v Jesus Ruiz – WBC Super Bantamweight title.

 

24th January – 1st Bank Centre, Colorado

Mike Alvarado v Brandon Rios III – Welterweight.*

*Alvarado recently arrested on weapons charge. Fight could be postponed*

Gilberto Ramirez v Maxim Vlasov – Super Middleweight.

 

31st January – O2 Arena, London

Anthony Joshua v Kevin Johnson – WBC International Heavyweight title.

Kevin Mitchell v Daniel Estrada – WBC Silver Lightweight title.

John Ryder v Les Sherrington – WBO International Middleweight title.

Tyler Goodjohn v John Wayne Hibbert – WBC International Light-Welter title.

Ricky Boylan v Tommy Martin – English Light-Welter title.

 

21st February – Monte Carlo, Monaco

Gennady Golovkin v Martin Murray – WBA Super & WBC Interim titles.

Lee Haskins v Omar Lamiri – EBU Bantamweight title.

Hughie Fury v Andriy Rudenko – Heavyweight.

 

21st February – O2 Arena, Berlin

Arthur Abraham v Paul Smith II – WBO Super-Middle world title.

 

28th February – O2 Arena, London

Tyson Fury v Christian Hammer – WBO International Heavyweight title.

Chris Eubank Jr v Dmitry Chudinov – WBA Interim Middleweight world title.

 

28th February – Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Carl Frampton v Chris Avalos – IBF Super-Bantamweight world title

 

11th April – First Direct Arena, Leeds

Josh Warrington v Dennis Tubieron – WBC Featherweight title eliminator.

Martin J Ward v Maxi Hughes – Super Featherweight.

 

There may be some that I’ve missed and no doubt the above confirmed fights will swell significantly in the coming weeks.

So that covers what is signed & sealed so far, but where are we with the pending super-fights and other big names?

 

Kell Brook

IBF Welterweight champion Brook is due to make his long-awaited comeback after the horrific injury he suffered in Autumn last year.

With an inaugural homecoming in March scheduled – attention turns to who he is likely to face. Names such as Juan Manuel Marquez and Paulie Malignaggi have been linked, but he could end up facing his mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan.

Amir Khan

After a complete shut-out against Devon Alexander before Christmas, Khan has made no secret in his desire to face Floyd Mayweather Jr in May.

The consensus is he will miss out again and a blockbuster fight at Wembley in the summer against Kell Brook for me appears the most logical and lucrative move.

 

Carl Froch

Strong rumours persist that the fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas is signed for 28th March – all we are awaiting is the confirmation.

The fight will be a dual PPV in the UK and in America on HBO. James DeGale is the Cobra’s IBF mandatory and he has had an extension until the end of January to either negotiate with DeGale or vacate – smart money is on the latter.

 

James DeGale

To continue the “dominos-effect” theme in British boxing – DeGale will fight next for the IBF world title, be it against Froch or Andre Dirrell who is next in the rankings.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has openly discussed the possibility of making James DeGale v George Groves II for said belt but whether Dirrell would side step remains to be seen.

Regardless DeGale v Groves II is a must for 2015.

 

George Groves

Similar to DeGale, Groves’ next fight is also for a world title – the WBC belt against champion Anthony Dirrell, brother of Andre…. (try to stay with me!!)

Groves has made no secret in his desire to fight for the WBC belt next, if he was to win a fight with DeGale in a unification bout (should he win of course) would make the rematch even bigger.

 

Ricky Burns

Former two-weight world champion Burns is now back at Lightweight after his last fight was at Light-Welter.

The Rickster has already signed to face a big-name in a rumoured World title fight in America – with confirmation imminent.

 

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr

THE fight we should have had in 2009 but still haven’t – yawn – is “close” to being made.

If I’m honest, I’ll believe it when they are both in the ring – so I will refrain from boring you on it. I doubt it will happen so rumours have been circulating of Mayweather v Cotto II as Cotto’s ongoing talks with Canelo Alvarez appear to be dragging on.

In truth none of us bar Floyd & Al Haymon have any clue who he will fight next.

Miguel Cotto

As above talks are ongoing with Canelo Alvarez’s camp regarding a fight on Cinco De Mayo. Personally I’d love to see that fight – Puerto Rico v Mexico is one of the fiercest rivalries in the sport.

A rematch with Mayweather Jr doesn’t excite me if I’m honest – regardless of having Freddie Roach in his corner.

Gennady Golovkin is now mandatory for his WBC title and that would be monstrous in Autumn.

So as you can see there is plenty happening in the background. This January in boxing feels like the UK football transfer window has a rival with the rumour mill going in to overdrive.

By the end of this month we should know who all the big-hitters are up against.

2015 could truly be spectacular….

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

@PeterJSims1 “A champion is a contender that never gave up”

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Elite Boxing:

I’m here today with Peter “The Pirate” Sims and his rum!

2014 has been a good year for yourself – you’ve taken some extra fighters on and you are now back at your spiritual home in Hainault.

Firstly from your perspective, how has the year been for you when you reflect back?

 

Peter Sims:

It’s been alright Paul. As me and you just discussed – we’ve had some ups and some downs in the gym.

It started off on a down with the Wadi Camacho fight against Stephen Simmons, with Wadi getting stopped in the last round with a 1:54 to go. That wasn’t the best start to the year. For Tyler he won the English Light-Welter title at his second attempt, signed for Matchroom and the fight earlier last year against Tyrone Nurse he got beat.

So there has been some ups and downs.

 

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EB:

In my opinion the Wadi fight with Simmons the build-up took a lot mentally out of him. You had the confrontation at the first press conference, then the Simmons injury and when it eventually came to the fight he perhaps had mentally exhausted himself.

Similar to what happened with Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly recently but on a different scale.

 

PS:

There is no excuses for the outcome of the fight. I don’t think it helped the fight being put off the first time. We went to Lanzarote for the training camp and the day before we were due to go Simmons had to pull out due to a costal cartilage injury in his rib. So that took a bit of spice out of the fight.

Then we had to wait – Wadi had a fight at York Hall in-between. When the fight did eventually happen it did go the way I wanted to as I wanted Wadi to spoil the war really. I wanted him to get on his back-foot, use his long reach and jab – then look to land a big shot in the middle to late rounds.

Unfortunately he got caught as a I said and that’s boxing, that’s life. It has been a massive defining point in his career now.

 

EB:

You could hear you telling him that on Sky. At the end of the 9th beginning of the 10th you said:

“This round will define will career”

 

PS:

I did tell him that. “This round will define your career and your life.” In both aspects; your boxing career and financially in your life. Unfortunately has nearly proven to be so. He has another half bite of the cherry with the Craig Kennedy fiasco up in Wales. We are looking to get him back on track really.

 

EB:

I do wish Wadi the best going in to 2015. With the news of him becoming a father it should give him extra impetus and more desire in his career.

Moving on to Tyler, he went in to the fight with Tyrone Nurse with various injuries. That fight didn’t go to plan but credit to Tyler he went back in the gym, worked his socks off and got his reward winning the English Light-Welter belt..

It was clear to see when I was here how hard he works – he was hardly out of breath.

The Ricky Boylan fight was one of the best I saw live last year.

 

PS:

Going back to the Nurse fight, we make no excuses but no one wanted to fight him. He was injured as is well documented but we took the fight.

Tyrone Nurse kept his word as before we fought him and I’d like to make a point for this as a lot of people don’t understand or take it on board – before we took we had a gentleman’s agreement that the winner would vacate the belt.

Nurse done what he said when he won which was decent of him and he kept his half of the bargain. We told him we had injuries before and they agreed to vacate if he won. A lot of people have claimed that they had mandatory positions and they let Tyler fight for the English against Boylan. Perhaps in the eyes of the British Boxing Board of Control others were mandatory but the gentleman’s agreement got us the Boylan fight.

Tyler done all that was asked of him against Boylan, switching tactics and he got a bad cut on the eyelid – he came out victorious and we are very proud of him as he deserved that.

My problem with Tyler is holding him back as he trains like a lunatic. I have to hold him back and monitor his runs so he doesn’t peak too early. I’ll say go do a 6 mile run and he’ll go do a 9 mile one!

That’s the sort of kid he is – he’s a pleasure to have in the gym.

He just loves a fight that kid. I’ve only ever seen two people in the gym like that; Tyler and Lee Purdy as they both love a fight. He doesn’t care about getting beat, he’s like a Mexican in a way as he just wants a scrap and he has nothing to lose but his pride.

As long as he keeps his pride and he does himself justice in a tear up. He’d rather come out of a fight battered and bruised than come out victorious by running away.

When Tyler wins the WBC International he will get a top 30 world ranking so we’d like to be in that place but he wants to go for the British Title and fulfill his dream. These WBC Silver’s and International’s are all well and good but he wants the domestic titles – the British or Commonwealth belts.

Let’s get the (John) Hibbert fight out-of-the-way first then we can focus on that.

 

EB:

Ben Hall is someone who you have taken on last year. A young fighter who already I can see has much more confidence in himself. When I first came down he seemed in awe of the stars of the gym; Ricky Burns, Kevin Mitchell, John Ryder and Anthony Joshua.

Physically Ben looks bigger, fitter than when he first joined. What kind of change and transition have you seen from him since he joined?

 

PS:

I’ve had Ben three months and he’s had 3 fights. He had two fights on Steve Goodwin bills and he had a fight on October 11th on the Matchroom O2 bill. It took three fights for me to get what was going on with him.

One thing he does as he’s a puncher is load-up on shots, secondly we discovered that he holds his breath and no one has ever told him any different. I couldn’t work out why he was getting so tired – it was a combination of nerves and adrenalin – he held his breath when he punched.

This made him take massive gasps of oxygen then holding – it was like fighting underwater. He’s a different kid from that now. I’ve loosened him up now, he was very stiff, very tight. Every shot had to be a big shot, he thought he could KO people with his jab.

In my opinion the kid is an absolute talent and go beyond domestic level – he has such fast hands, unbelievable power.

Ben has been sparring with John Ryder and John commented the other day: “He can properly punch that kid.”

Wait till he fills out to a proper Light-Middle, he’s only 21 and by the time he is 23-24 he will be a force in the Light-Middle division.

 

EB:

Jimmy Cooper is the other fighter you have and he’s got a busy start to 2015.

 

PS:

Yeah little Jimmy Cooper, it’s been a slow process with him, getting his licence done. He’s boxing on 25th February on a dinner show, nice and relaxed, no pressure of selling tickets or anything like that. Then 28th March he’s on a Steve Goodwin show in Portsmouth – he’s from Southampton.

 

EB:

Is it easy for Jimmy to travel up and train with you during the week?

 

PS:

He comes up and stays with Mark Seltzer’s at his house with Ricky Burns, he’s got a three bedroom house so he pays rent and that.

We are going away on 6th January, me, Tyler, Ben, Jimmy and we’re going out to the MGM Marbella Gym for sparing and a 12 day training camp prior to O2 bill.

Looking forward to getting away with them as the weather has been atrocious here recently.

 

EB:

With your stable now larger, I bet you’ve got some funny stories from the boys in camp?

 

PS:

Ben Hall has me in fits everyday. He’s a funny geezer. Ben is always on sun beds now, he’s got this thing about them. I bought him some moisturizer the other day – he came in the gym and he was orange!

But he hadn’t washed his hands and was an absolute classic! We always have a laugh in our gym every other day.

I’m just waiting to do the New Year’s general knowledge quiz, it’s 10 questions. We done one last year with Tony’s guys as well and I think Kevin Mitchell got 4 out of 10 he was the lowest. We have a great laugh doing that.

Ben has taken Tyler’s nickname of “The Log” as he’s thick as a plank.

 

EB:

Peter just wanted to thank you for all the access and introductions you’ve given me this year. I really appreciate it and look forward to catching up with you early this year.

 

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Cheers Paul, thanks for the rum mate – been a pleasure.

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

http://www.eliteboxing.net

#BattleLines Review by Paul Ready

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

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

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

 

Josh Warrington v Davide Dieli

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ricky Burns v Alexandre Lepelley 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

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#AbrahamSmith #BellewCleverly2 by Paul Ready

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Arthur Abraham v Paul Smith

Let’s focus on the positives firstly; Smith in his maiden title-shot put in his career-best performance to date.
He turned up to fight and put “King Arthur” under pressure through-out.

I had “Real Gone Kid” winning by a round, but it was tight. Tight as a duck’s arse in a sandstorm tight.

I did feel that he would need to do something spectacular to win on points, but I never expected the scoring to be so wide. How one judge can score it 11 rounds to 1 in favour for Abraham is beyond me.

I hope the WBO does the decent thing and installs Smith as the mandatory challenger.

But the elephant in the room within the sport of boxing continues to be judge’s scoring. When you travel abroad and you are the away fighter unfortunately you have to expect some favouritism to the home fighter. The Ricky Burns v Raymund Beltran verdict a recent example of this.

However, I think we need to see more decisions reviewed and if the governing bodies feel the scores are incorrect, judges need to be penalised accordingly.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Smith, 31, on a fine performance. I hope that he is not
too disheartened as he will be back stronger from this set-back.

Bellew v Cleverly 2

Confirmation arrived today that the date of 22nd November will be when we have the eagerly awaited rematch between these two.

Let’s hope both men have actually signed the contract!

3 years have passed since they last fought; with Cleverly being the victor.

What I love about this rematch is the pair of them absolutely despise one other – Bellew’s distain for the Welshman is as venomous as any snake-bite in the outback.

With both men now signed with Matchroom and operating at Cruiserweight, the build-up is guaranteed to be full of fireworks.

With a 2 city promotional tour taking place this week in both Liverpool and Cardiff in the same day; which man will be able keep their cool?

I’m going to stick my neck out now and back Cleverly to win via stoppage. I feel the Welshman is the better boxer and looks a beast at the weight.

It would be foolish to underestimate the power the Bomber possesses but I fancy Cleverly to be the stronger of the two down the stretch.

The 27 yr old former WBO Light-Heavy champion appears to be able to control his feelings more than the 31 yr old Liverpudlian.
It is one of Bellew’s biggest traits his passion for the sport, but equally it is an Achilles heel.

If he allows emotion to get the better of him in the build-up; it will give Cleverly a clear psychological advantage before either steps through the ropes.

With no news yet on who the supporting acts are, one man who won’t be featuring is Rocky Fielding currently nursing an injury.

This is a huge shame as an all Liverpool bout with Callum Smith would have been a fantastic compliment to the main event.

Callum will be fighting in Leeds this weekend and tune in later this week for my pre-fight analysis of the card.

We look forward to Ricky Burns making his bow at 140lbs; in addition to Josh Warrington and Brian Rose making his comeback since his defeat to Demetrius Andrade.

@PaulReady
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End of Season review by Paul Ready

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As many fighters and those involved in the boxing industry enjoy a well earned rest with their nearest and dearest, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on what has been an eventful 2014 thus far:

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The Good

Froch Groves 2 at Wembley watched by a partisan crowd of 80,000. On a night that saw Jamie McDonnell, Kevin Mitchell, Anthony Joshua, James De Gale all in action.The curtains were brought down in spectacular fashion by Carl Froch with a brutal 8th round KO of George Groves.

Darren Barker winning the IBF Middleweight title in August 2013 was for me one of the highlights. The dedication of the victory to his late brother Gary was moving and the celebrations at the end will live long in the memory of those who tuned in.

The thawing of relations between American Promoters Goldenboy and Top Rank potentially is a huge turning point, with both Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum back on speaking terms.

Miguel Cotto became the first 4 weight world champion from Puerto Rico when Sergio Martinez retired at the start of the 9th with Cotto capturing the WBC Middleweight title.

Curtis Woodhouse beating Darren Hamilton on points in February to win the Light-Welter British title another dedication to a late relative, this time his father.

Paul Butler winning the IBF Bantamweight title against Stuart Hall in Newcastle last month on points.

2x time Olympic Gold Medallist Vasyl Lomachenko winning the vacant WBO Featherweight title against Gary Russell Jr in only his 3rd professional bout.

Gavin Rees v Gary Buckland in February was arguably the British “Fight of the year” so far, both men threw the kitchen sink, fridge and any other item they could find at each other with Buckland taking a close split decision.

Rees could have quit after but like tough bastard he is, chose not to and opted instead for the rematch. The decision was vindicated with The Rock taking a split decision in his favour.

 

 

The Bad

Inactivity continues to be a concern for me, it is a fighter’s worst enemy.

Andre Ward has fought twice since his 2011 win over Carl Froch, his last outing coming in November 2013.

Mikey Garcia hasn’t fought since January this year in what was intended to be a busy one for the Mexican/American. Expected to be in at least 4 fights, moving up to 140lbs, then possibly 147lbs against Manny Pacquaio in November have been seriously derailed.

Both Ward and Garcia are currently in contract disputes with their respective promoters, neither showing any signs of improving which is worrying.

Ricky Burns’ has had a 2014 to forget so far, with 2 back-to-back defeats against Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanian, something is not right with Burns and his team are determined to resolve it. A move up to 140lbs for me would make sense as he looks drained making 135lbs.

Kevin Mitchell lost out on his IBF mandatory position due to check-weight issues on the day of the Ghaslain Maduma fight. Matchroom are reportedly working on tying up a voluntary defense from Miguel Vazquez in October.

 

The Ugly

In Enzo Maccarnelli’s defeat against Jurgen Brahmer the Welshman inherited a gruesome injury above his right eye that resulted in trainer Gary Lockett pulling him out at the end of the 5th.

Questionable score-cards in America continue to be a frustrating subject. CJ Ross has become a long-standing joke for her scoring of Mayweather v Canelo as a draw. Another ridiculous score was 117-111 on one card of the recent Canelo v Lara bout, it was tight and could have gone either way but never in a million years was it that wide. It is something that will need to be addressed ASAP before a catastrophe occurs and fighter is robbed blind of a title.

Tyson Fury is in hot-water with the British Boxing Board after being hit with a misconduct charge following comments made at the recent Chisora v Fury 2 press conference:

“If you don’t like the station, change the channel bitch.This is my show, I do what I want. This is boxing, it isn’t tap-dancing. If anybody doesn’t like that they shouldn’t be here.

“I’m in fight mode, kill-mode. I don’t apologise, it is what it is.”

Chris Eubank Snr’s comments that his son Chris Jr could beat every boxer in the world between 160-168lbs bar Andre Ward were met with wide ridicule. In his next fight, Chris Sr stood in the middle of the ring between rounds soaking up all the attention. It was embarrassing for his son and he needs to let him be his own man without constantly hogging the limelight.

Danny Garcia has been heavily criticised for cherry picking opponents this year. After his sublime victory against Lucas Matthysse in September, Swift narrowly beat a gritty Maurico Herrera in March and faces unknown Rod Salka in August. I felt after Matthysse the 26 yr old would be thrust to super-fights with Adrien Broner, Marcos Maidana and of course Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

 

So taking all things in to consideration it has been a superb season, plenty of highs, lows and forgetful moments. With the new season right around the corner in August kicked off with Shawn Porter v Kell Brook for the IBF Welter title, the sport could not be in a better place in Britain and I look forward to seeing some huge fights made as we close the year out.

 

@PaulReady

@EliteBoxingNet

 

@EddieHearn Fighter Update By Paul Ready

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Having attended the Matchroom end of season BBQ today, I managed to catch up with Eddie Hearn post-press conference to get an update on a variety of his fighters and possible future match-ups.

 

Elite Boxing:

Thanks for your time Eddie, if we can discuss Ricky Burns initially; naturally a very disappointing result a few weeks ago and he’s taken some time out to spend with his family.

For you personally you mentioned the possibility of him fighting outside of Glasgow to release some pressure, Tommy Coyle spoke earlier about the match-ups in the Lightweight division that can be made in house, what is next for Ricky?

 

Eddie Hearn:

I think firstly what we need to do with Ricky Burns is find out what the problem is because he’s training in particular the last fight better than ever, he sparred better than ever, he got in the ring and looked terrible.

I think it is two-fold; one is the weight and the other is the confidence, expectation and pressure.

He sparred at 10st 3/4oz looking great; strong and powerful then he fights at 9st 9oz and he looks like a shell.

So when he gets back we’ve got this nutritional guy we work with Advanced Nutrition who is doing all this analysis on his body to see if he can make 9st 9oz and I’m not sure he can.

So perhaps we look at 10st (140lbs)

Maybe we box him at 9st 11/12oz September 13th in a 10 rounder, in a relatively easy fight which will be a confidence booster. He needs that and needs to look good.

I like the fight with Tommy Coyle, he can move to Light Welterweight. I like the fight with Scott Harrison. There’s loads of fights out there for him at 140, it’s just frustrating that I don’t know what the answer is at the moment, I want to find it and I don’t want to give up on him because he looked great in that camp.

EB:

From seeing Ricky in the gym and speaking to the guys down there, they all were impressed with how good he looked and gelled so quickly with the others.

I think people were a tad harsh to suggest he should finish working with Tony Sims, it’s a relationship I’d like to see them both persevere with.

 

EH:

I think so. It’s difficult as they were so confident it was going to a great performance, everyone was so buoyant and then were asking; “What happened there?”

The answer was he got caught cold, he didn’t listen and it took him 3 or 4 rounds to recover.

I thought he won the back-end of the fight, if there was a few more rounds he would have nicked it.

 

EB:

If we discuss the Super-Middleweight division. Excluding Froch and DeGale you’ve got Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding potentially heading towards one another.

Would you look to avoid what happened with Groves and DeGale by slinging them in together so early?

 

EH:

Someone asked me on Twitter the other day;

“Why don’t you just make Callum Smith v Rocky?”

It’s got to be the right time.

Callum Smith without putting too much pressure on him looks like a phenomenon in the division, he is massive for a Super Middleweight. He’s level headed, he’s got a nice fight against Vladine Biosse and Rocky has a tough fight on Saturday against Noe Gonzalez.

Fielding against either Smith (Callum or Paul) is a big fight for Liverpool it would be good to try and make it.

 

EB:

Is the WBC route the way you are looking to go?

 

EH:

I think so, they were the one’s who took a shine to him initially and made a beeline for him. He’s already number 15 in the rankings we are already looking at the WBC Silver belt potentially for September.

We keep stepping him up and he keeps doing the same thing, if he keeps going, keeps going, keeps going he’s going to find himself there in 12mths.

I hope he is in a difficult fight where he gets cut, he’s under it; but maybe he is just that good, I don’t know. I appreciate he isn’t world level yet but everything that is being asked of him he is delivering very quickly.

 

EB:

Moving on to Wadi Camacho, I thought he started well against Simmons but it was another disappointing result in the end.

 

EH:

He boxed ok, I thought they were both disappointing because the talked the talk of doing this & that with neither of them doing a lot of it.

A lot of it was nerves and pressure, they both semi-froze, I had Wadi a round up. If Simmons would have done what he did in the 10th earlier in the fight he would have had more success.

But Wadi couldn’t hold on, perhaps British title is his level and we can grab a belt. He’s had a decent pay-day and having a rest now we can see what he wants to do with his career.

 

EB:

Scott Quigg when are we expected to see him out and who will the opponent be?

 

EH:

He will be out on September 13th at the Phones4U Arena alongside Crolla and obviously we want Santa Cruz.

I don’t think Santa Cruz fancies Quigg and I don’t think he fancied the Frampton fight either really. They definitely tried to make that. We will go there (to America) 100%, so we are just trying to find a big-name opponent and waiting for the Frampton fight as it’s the one everyone wants to see.

Fingers crossed Frampton beats Martinez again which I think he will.

 

EB:

So you could be in a situation where Brook beats Porter then faces Amir Khan and would you look at two separate PPV fights towards the end of the year with Quigg v Frampton as well?

 

EH:

I don’t feel like Frampton v Quigg is yet, the rematch might be. I would look to do a two-fight deal because they both would be world champions and it makes sense if the first fight is a great fight which I think it is.

Brook v Khan is a PPV fight, it’s a huge fight, it’s a stadium fight and does huge numbers. So there is a lot of fights on the cusp which you would have seen today so it’s going to be a lot of fun.

 

EB:

Finally Eddie if we discuss Anthony Crolla is the target Abril?

 

EH:

Yeah he is the target, it’s really frustrating as we were really close a few months ago and he’s got some legal issues at the moment that is really difficult.

Lots of different people popping up;

“Oh I’m here” etc so we are starting to run out of time. We need to make sure Anthony is in a big fight we are looking at a number of other options currently.

 

 

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Boxing Update 03/07 by Paul Ready

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This week in July 1921 – Jack Dempsey KO’d George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match. I’d love to know what modern day equivalent value of that million dollars would be. Last weekend proved to be a disappointing one for Ricky Burns in Glasgow, but before I discuss that card let’s look firstly at the man who took his WBO Lightweight title away from him; Terence Crawford in Omaha, Nebraska.   Crawford v Gamboa Terence Crawford (24-0: 17 KO’s) stopped Cuban Yuriokis Gamboa (23-1: 16KO’s) in the 9th round of a cracking fight Saturday evening. Crawford, 26, made his first defence of his WBO title in his hometown of Omaha Nebraska, which ended a 42 year exile of championship boxing in the state since Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander in 1972. Crawford hadn’t fought in his Omaha since 2011 demonstrated that there is really no place like home by announcing himself as a world-class fighter. Gamboa started quick winning the first few rounds until Crawford took over boxing beautifully from the 5th dropping the cuban with a great left. Terence-Crawford_Farina Other knockdowns followed in the 8th before finally the ref waved the fight off in the 9th with two minutes remaining. “I told Gamboa he picked the wrong fighter and the wrong city and I was right,” Crawford said. “I never felt any danger in the fight.” “It means a lot,” Crawford said of his long-awaited homecoming fight. “This is what they’ve been waiting on since I turned pro.” Crawford is now the main man at 135lbs and talk of a move up to 140lbs is natural progression in the near future.   He Who Dares, Glasgow Burns v Zlaticanin Ricky Burns lost to Dejan Zlaticanin on points Saturday evening and as he failed to recover from a shock 1st round knockdown. The 31 yr old had to come from behind against a big punching Montenegrin and despite a late rally from the Scot, it unfortunately wasn’t enough. Burns now will be taking some much needed time off with his family to reflect on this defeat. I would like to see him continue working with Tony Sims, you can’t instantly dismiss the foundations they have laid in the past 11 weeks as a complete failure, the relationship is in it’s infantry and needs time to develop. Burns is perhaps too “long in the tooth” to make drastic changes to his style at this stage of his career, only a few minor adjustments need to be made for me and the key in all of this is his desire to continue. Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke to Skysports post-fight; “He’s devastated, he had a nightmare start. I thought it was a very close fight and could have gone either way, without the start and a couple of rounds to get over that, I thought it was fairly even.  “He’s got to go away and we will look for a big domestic fight, if that is what Ricky wants. It will be too raw now for Ricky to decide what he wants.”   Simmons v Camacho Steve Simmons stopped Wadi Camacho in the 12th round of their hotly anticipated grudge match. “Macho Man” was winning on the scorecards when a late surge from the Scot in the 11th and then in the stoppage in 12th retained the WBC Cruiserweight Silver title. Camacho boxed well, got behind the jab & displayed composure from the outset. Credit must be given to trainer Peter Sims for the training camp & change in mentality he has made Wadi adopt. You have to congratulate Simmons for finishing strong when in the mid-rounds he looked physically shot to bits. Chasing: Simmons settled his grudge match with Camacho in Glasgow The 28 yr old Southpaw frustrated Simmons early on and had to contend with various headbutts throughout, one which was noticed by the ref and resulted in a warning for Simmons. It was great to see both men at the end “bury the hatchet” and agree to put their differences aside. It wasn’t the barnstormer we had hoped for, but often grudge matches rarely are as both fighters tend to be even more cautious with punches than box gung-ho. Limond v Woodhouse Willie Limond made it 3rd time lucky in his pursuit for the British Title by beating Curtis Woodhouse convincingly. Limond floored Woodhouse twice to win on points and can look forward to facing English Champion Tyrone Nurse in the foreseeable future.   Kell Brook The date and venue have finally been announced; Kell Brook will FINALLY face Shawn Porter for the IBF Welterweight title at the StubHub Arena (Formerly the Home Depot Centre) in Carson, California on the 16th August. On the same bill we see a rematch of the December 2013 bout between Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell for the WBC Super-Middleweight title. For Brook it will be almost exactly 12 months to the day (17th August 2013) when Darren Barker beat Daniel Geale to lift the IBF Middleweight title in Atlantic City. Let’s hope it proves to be a lucky omen for Brook….   @PaulReady @EliteBoxingNet http://www.eliteboxing.net

Boxing Update 25/06 by Paul Ready #HeWhoDares

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England are out of the World Cup before Germany had kicked off their 2nd group game, usual football farce we have become accustomed to in Blighty but our attention turns this weekend to Glasgow for the sport that never lets you down; boxing.

Before we look at one of the biggest domestic grudge-matches outside of Froch Groves, let’s reflect on an exciting weekend of action in America:

 

Carson City, California

Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1: 1KO) the 2-time Olympic Gold Medallist won the vacant WBO Featherweight title in only his 3rd professional contest.

Hi-Tech is 404-2 combining his amateur and professional career which is a staggering statistic; beat Gary Russell Jr (24-1: 14KO’s) in a fight of pure technical poetry.

Both Southpaws, they displayed sublime boxing and punching capabilities that had me on the edge of my seat throughout.

The telling difference was Lomachenko who barely wasted a shot and had that extra level of ability that proved to be decisive.

New champion: Vasyl Lomachenko poses with his belt after winning the vacant WBO featherweight title

The next move for the Ukrainan will be interesting; does he look to unify the division? Will he have a few voluntary defences?

The pressure will be on his team to continue his light-speed progression but I feel a sense of calm needs to be applied and a few comfortable bouts are required.

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1: 18 KO’s) made his return to the ring after a 14 month absence since he suffered a landslide defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In a wild 12 round brawl against Yoshi Kamegai (24-2-1: 21KO’s) which the 31 yr old Ghost suffered a badly damaged eye in the 6th & was nearly KO’d in the 11th, he managed to win via unanimous decision.

It took everyone by surprise, Guerrero included the aggression displayed by Kamegai who fancied his chances of an upset.

In what was expected to be a routine victory, for me it made the match making against Mayweather last year even more startling.

The Ghost is no-where near elite level and he should count his blessings he wasn’t paired with Keith Thurman, Amir Khan or a Shawn Porter in his comeback fight as he would have been stopped with ease.

 

 Kell Brook

In a week of gossip, speculation and outright ridiculous rumours the furore surrounding Special K’s IBF title fight against Shawn Porter would not have looked out of place in a soap opera.

Apparently Brook has bottled it, he hasn’t signed the contract, Matchroom don’t want the fight was some of the mild accusations thrown in Brook’s direction.

Let’s be clear, I don’t know Kell personally but I would be shocked if any of this garbage is true.

He has been training his bollocks off this year in preparation for this fight.

Yes he has been very unlucky with injuries and circumstances leading up to this long-overdue bout but people need to give the guy a break and support him fully for this fight.

Up for it: Kell Brook has a signed a deal to fight Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title on August 9

It baffles me that our very own supporters would back an American over a Brit.

Do I believe Brook will beat Porter in my heart of hearts?

No.

Unless he displays a gear which anyone has yet to see to enable him to “step-up” a level.

Will I be cheering Brook on?

Absolutely.

He is British so I will support him and so should you, we want more world champions on our shores.

I believe the main sticking point has been an agreement on the date of the fight; originally the 9th August was agreed but for one reason or another this isn’t happening now.

Does Porter want the Mayweather fight, is this the sticking point?

I think any fighter at 147lbs is offered the chance to fight Floyd at the expense of vacating your world title in the process then it is a risk Showtime Shawn will take.

This would leave Brook to contest the IBF title in his next fight against the next highest ranked opponent.

Watch this space as hopefully things should be clearer and agreed in the next week or so.

 

He Who Dares, Glasgow

 

Matchroom Boxing return to Glasgow on Friday night in a stacked card headlined by former Light-weight World Champion Ricky Burns.

Burns (36-3: 11KO’s) is making his maiden outing as a Tony Sims trained fighter and I’m excited to see what tweaks have been made in camp.

I expect that he will throw more body-shots in this fight as it is something that has been absent from his game for some time.

Burns faces undefeated Dejan Zlaticanian (18-0: 13KO’s) for the vacant Lightweight WBC Silver title as he works up the rankings to face champion Omar Figueroa late 2014/early 2015.

Tony Sims spoke to Matchroom on Ricky and had this to say:

“It’s about the desire,” said Sims. “If that is there for Ricky after losing his World title then he can definitely come again and be World champion. He’s got plenty of hunger and he wants to prove it so he’s got a great chance to go again because he has the right attitude. Darren had to suffer a lot to get to the top but he always had it in him to achieve his World title goal and I think Ricky is made of the same stuff.

“Ricky lost the World title to Terence Crawford who is a great fighter. Ricky has taken a massive step leaving home and coming down to Essex, he knows that there is a lot of quality sparring down here for him and to put yourself in the position he has is a big ask but he has made that commitment 100 per cent and I am sure it is going to pay off. He’ll stay at Lightweight, he makes the weight well and he’s got a good standing in there.”

 

Chief support for this card will be the rescheduled grudge-match between Wadi “Macho-man” Camacho (12-2: 8KO’s) and Stephen Simmons (9-0: 4 KO’s) for WBC Silver Cruiserweight title.

With no love-lost between these two and a rivalry that has hallmarks of Froch Groves I am looking forward to todays press-conference almost as much as the fight itself.

Having seen & spoken to Camacho in camp, he is very relaxed about this fight, I’ve seen him spar a few times and I favour him to stop Simmon’s within 7/8 rounds.

My concern for Simmons is that he will struggle to control his anger and box, he will be constantly looking to KO Wadi and thus leaving him exposed for counter-punches.

The Scot is confident he will stop Camacho in the mid-rounds and I’m looking forward to a potential barn-stormer;

“I think I will stop him mid rounds, and if I catch him early he will be gone. Mid rounds I think his engine will be gassing and that will be it, he will blow up. Whereas I have a good engine and I have proved I have a good engine when I did the full ten rounds against David Graf at a good tempo.

Willie Limond defends his Commonwealth title against Curtis Woodhouse, Jon Slowey faces Kris Hughes for the vacant Celtic Featherweight title, unbeaten Lightweight star Scotty Cardle is set for a step-up fight and there is action for unbeaten Scottish talents David Brophy and Michael Roberts.

 

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@tornadotyler Goodjohn: “I want Boylan next!”

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Elite Boxing:

I’m here with Tyler Goodjohn today, in reflection of the fight with Tyrone Nurse that had clips shown on Ringside this week.

Naturally a disappointing result, but you gave a good account of yourself and can take positives from the fight
Tyler Goodjohn:
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Like you say, it was a disappointing result but there was circumstances that took place before, but I want to take nothing away from Tyrone, he’s probably the best person in the division, certainly the most awkward and will definitely be avoided.
It was my 12th fight, we summed it up the other day when we spoke;
“Do I think I would beat Nurse if I had as many fights as he had, 28?
I think I would have stopped him to be honest, in the later rounds.
He’s a good fighter, I’ll take that experience and move on.
I think he was more prepared due to having had more fights, at 24-25 it was his time.
I knew before going in to the fight that maybe it had come a year to early, but at the same time I can’t be turning those kind of fights down.
No one else wanted it, Bradley Saunders pulled out, Lenny Daws pulled out as did Shane Singleton. I got the opportunity and I’m the only person that wanted it.
I want those hard fights, it’s the only way you will progress in this sport and get better is by fighting the best, that’s what you’ve got to do.
EB:
You’ve certainly gained more fans by your come-forward style in that fight, taking some big shots and still applying pressure.
So now you’ve taken some time out to relax after a heavy camp that kicked off in January, do you have a date in mind for when you’ll next be out?
TG:
At the minute I’m back and living the life training and eating well.
I had some pretty bad injuries in the lead up to the fight so me and my trainer (Peter Sims) are looking at September now.
I just want to get back and get back to feeling good in training again as the last one was a nightmare. I had cuts, damaged my ribs, hamstring injury to be fair it couldn’t have gone any worse, but do you know what, that’s boxing.
No fighter ever goes in to the ring 100%, but I’ve learnt from experience that I can’t go in to fights that big with those types of injuries. I’m going to take a month of just plodding along training, then be back big in September.
EB:
Like you’ve said you need to give the body some rest after such a long camp. But I can tell that result hasn’t dampened your desire to succeed in the sport.
You’ve got time on your side (Tyler turned 23 today; Saturday) with the majority of the fighters around you 3-4 years older.
I know it’s a few months away from us September, but is there anyone in mind you’d like to fight?
TG:
I’d like Ricky Boylan next, I like Ricky a lot, he’s a great lad, we get on well. But it’s a fight that makes a lot of sense in London, We’ve got great support between us, both got crowd pleasing styles.
I think Tom Stalker is another one as well, I’d love to be the first person to put a loss on his record, over 10 rounds I think I’d beat him.
There’s no fear of fighting anyone now, I’ve fought the most awkward unnatural style boxer out there.
I’m 23 tomorrow, I have got time on my side, if I wanted to do all that build my record up, easy 6 rounder’s against Latvian’s I could do all that, but it’s not what I’m about
I want to be in great fights.
I’ve had some fantastic messages, people love my style.
EB:

You’ve named a few there, you and Boylan would be a great fight.

TG:
Too much these days is made of unbeaten records, you look at peoples records, it looks pretty on paper but how many fighters do we see, 15/16-0 get chucked in their first real test and get knocked out or beat.
Then they don’t come back, I don’t see the point in that, I’ve never seen the point in that.
It looks good on TV and I appreciate TV wants unbeaten fighters but at the end of the day there comes a time you’ve got to step up which I’ve already done when I was young and I can jump in to big fights now.
EB:
I was just talking to Peter (Sims) about the addition of Ricky Burns ex World Champion to the gym, it’s another world class fighter for you to eventually spar with.
TG:
He’s a really nice fella and has settled in to the gym well. I’ve had a few weeks off but it will be greatt for me when that does eventually happen. Kevin Mitchell and I get on brilliantly so I’m looking forward to learning off Ricky as well.
EB:
I’ll make sure I’m down here for that when it happens.
Is there any message you’d like to say to your fans the Fen Army who came to support you in Manchester?
TG:
I’d like to say to everyone who not only came to this fight, but who have come to all my fights throughout my career that always believed in me, I really am grateful for all the support you give me, we are going to go on and do big things. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do it’s as simple as that.
EB:
Tyler I won’t keep you any further (Tyler was wrapping his hand throughout the interview) as you’ve got work to do, no doubt we will catch-up in the near future.
Best of luck with the training, Happy Birthday for tomorrow and we’ll speak soon.
TG:
Cheers mate, always good to see you, speak soon.
You can follow Tyler Goodjohn on Twitter at @tornadotyler.
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Interviewed by Paul Ready.
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