Saturday, 24 February 2018

Yarde and Dubois move on.. Zelfa Barrett upset.. York Hall tonight.

A quite entertaining Card at the York Hall tonight, promoted by Frank Warren sprung to life with an upset, as unbeaten Manchester super featherweight Zelfa Barrett 19-0 (12 Ko’s) dropped a hard fought majority decision to rugged Ronnie Clarke 20-4 (10 Ko’s) of Dundee.. The bout didn’t catch fire until round 4 with both fighters enjoying bursts of success, but it was the 6th round that saw Clarke put Barrett on the floor with a tremendous uppercut.. Barrett survived but opted too often to stand and trade, the exact fight that suited the Scotsman.. Clarke won on two cards at 116-111 with the third card scoring a 114-114 draw.. Ronnie captured the IBF European title with the upset..

Cheshire heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman 11-0 (10 Ko’s) scored a predictable 2nd round time filling stoppage over French Cruiserweight Morgan Dessaux 4-2 (4 Ko’s) in what proved to be a disappointing mismatch.. Gorman, trained by Ricky Hatton has a lot of ability, yet needs more quality work.. Nathan had very limited amateur experience but has since compensated for it with valuable sparring amongst the likes of Anthony Joshua, joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois.. Gorman has been scheduled to meet Brighton’s Nick Webb on several occasions although terms were never agreed. The Webb fight is exactly what Gorman needs, tonight’s opponent being a third replacement and with a weight disparity of nearly 4 stone, it’s hardly ideal.. Regardless Nathan is one to watch..

Next up was Daniel Dubois 6-0 (6 Ko’s) the undefeated London Heavyweight who is grabbing huge attention with comparisons to Anthony Joshua.. Daniel was up against 6 foot 5 former soldier Dave Jones 8-0-1 (0 Ko’s) Unfortunately Jones barely came to survive and after 2 knockdowns, the bout was stopped at the 2.23 mark of the third round by Bob Williams.. Dubois is extremely strong and versatile, but like Gorman needs a step up in class.. Frank Warren is playing his cards very close to his chest with the hard hitting Dubois, with no immediate intentions of risking his hot property anytime soon.. Dubois has been linked to both Gorman and Chisora, but don’t expect to see these matches in the immediate future. Dubois remains the Southern area champion.

In the main event, unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony Yarde 14-0 (13 Ko’s) took 7 rounds to dismantle the crafty Tony Averlant 26-10-2 (5 Ko’s). Averlant didn’t appear to have the physical strength to outgun Yarde, but in spells did pose a few questions with clusters of well placed counters.. Yarde did show maturity, he didn’t rush, showing great patience before leaving the despondent Frenchman’s corner no option but to stop the fight.. Yarde is very self critical, and knows himself that he needs a step up in class if he is to make steps towards a championship fight on the world scene. I’ve yet to see Anthony look remotely uncomfortable during any of his bouts, something that a fighter on the fringe of world class needs prior to taking that step.. Yarde retains his WBO Inter-Continental and European belts with the victory..

Yarde looks every inch the part, with a possible future domestic showdown against Joshua Buatsi looking a natural..

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Usyk unifies cruiser crown and earns place in WBSS final with points win over Briedis.

In an exceptional bout with a place in the Cruiserweight super series final up for grabs, WBO Champion Oleksandr Usyk 13-0 (11 Ko’s) scored a razor thin majority decision over Mairis Briedis 23-0 (18 Ko’s) to unify two titles and secure his place in the Muhammad Ali trophy final, tonight in Riga, Latvia..
Briedis started fast and drew the taller Usyk into a close quarters affair, enjoying an early advantage.. Usyk found his range in the fifth and began to force the home fighter onto the back foot, bloodying the Latvian fighters nose.. By round 7 it appeared all square with neither man giving an inch, only Briedis’s bravery was matched by Usyks relentless pressure.. many of the later rounds were extremely close, with both fighters digging deep in what was one of the most important Cruiserweight title fights in recent memory.. At the conclusion Usyk looked to have just done that little bit more to earn the win, with most onlookers in agreement that a rematch must be inevitable outside of the tournament.. Usyk will now meet the winner of the other semi final between Yunier Dorticos and Murat Gassiev which takes place next week in Sochi..

Judge Craig Metcalf couldn’t split the two with a 114-114 card..
Although judges Robert Tapper and Robin Taylor seeing it 115-113 to Usyk..

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Weights from DiBellas Showtime card.. Brooklyn Ny.

Errol Spence Jr 147 v Lamont Peterson 146.75
(IBF welterweight championship)

Robert Easter Jr. 134.5 v Javier Fortuna 136.8
(IBF lightweight championship)

Fortuna offered two hours to drop 1.8 pounds to make the weight limit.

Marcus Browne 175.75 v Francy Ntetu 174.5
Adam Kownacki 260 v Iago Kiladze 220.5

Promoted by Lou DiBella’s, DiBella Entertainment.

Televised by Showtime.

NB.. Former super featherweight world champion Javier Fortuna returned to the scales, but was only able to drop half a pound, failing to make the 135lb lightweight limit. Fortuna’s Championship fight against IBF title holder Robert Easter will go ahead as planned, only Fortuna will be unable to claim the IBF title even in victory.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

David Price agrees to meet Alexander Povetkin on Cardiff show.

In a huge roll of the dice on the March 31st Cardiff show, it looks highly likely that David Price 22-4 (18 Ko’s) will take on former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin 33-1 (23 Ko’s) with the incentive being a shot at the winner of the unification main event between Anthony Joshua and Jo Parker.. Former British and commonwealth champion Price, will enter the fight as a huge underdog, but is a renowned puncher with everything to shoot for and very little to lose, having lost 2 out of his last 5 ring appearances.. The huge Liverpool fighter looked destined for the championship back in 2013, with an unblemished 14 straight victories until he met ungainly Washington southpaw Tony Thompson, who twice handed David devastating defeats.. In 2015 following 4 straight comeback wins, he suffered another stoppage loss at the hands of Erkan Teper in a challenge for the European title, followed by a devastating upset stoppage at the hands of Christian Hammer last year.. Granted that 3 of the losses were later revealed to be under a shroud of drugs controversy, with both Thompson and Teper failing substance tests, Price will consistently be tagged with a question mark regarding his punch resistance at the highest level.. A questionable chin however isn’t something Povetkin could be labelled with.. In 2013, about the time Price was losing his undefeated record, Sasha was enjoying a 27 fight winning streak and looking at a shot at reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko.. In what would be the unified champions 16th title defence, Wladimir completely outclassed Povetkin in Moscow, which remains the sole blemish on the Russians record.. Since the loss Povetkin has ran up a 7 fight winning streak, with impressive knockouts of world title challengers, Carlos Takam, Mike Perez, Mariusz Wach and Johan Duhaupas, and most recently a points win over David Price conqueror Christian Hammer only weeks ago.. Amidst the reputation and solid record, there is a more sinister facet to Povetkins career, two failed drug tests in 2015 and 16 preceding his muted fights with Deontay Wilder and Bermaine Stiverne, for use of the banned substance Meldonium.. With drug cheats plaguing his opponent, David Prices career, it’s surprise that David has actually entertained this opportunity, but with a chance to exorcise some demons, the bout makes great personal sense.. Having failed more than one drug test, there remains a faction of people of the opinion that Povetkin should not be allowed to box competitively at the highest level, that being said, he is one of the most avoided and potentially dangerous fighter outside of the champions.. Price has the size and length to trouble any heavyweight on his best day, but of late has carried the crumbling baggage of his 4 knockout defeats and appears gunshy and tentative.. Povetkin is a patient and meticulous performer, facts that spell trouble for the likeable scouser.. I expect a comfortable nights work for the Russian but it would be a pleasant surprise to see Price go out in an argumentative blaze..

Sunday, 14 January 2018

March is a heavyweight month.. All of the marbles up for grabs.

All of the heavyweight marbles appear to be on the line in March of this year, Matchroom Boxing has alerted media to a press conference on Tuesday to announce a world heavyweight title unification clash between WBA / IBF world champion Anthony Joshua and WBO world champion Joseph Parker. The bout is likely to take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on March 31. Joshua made an announcement on Twitter at the weekend. Financial stumbling blocks were ironed out between David Higgins and Eddie Hearn with a likely split of 35/65.. Whilst Stateside Alabama’s WBC Champion Deontay Wilder looks set to defend against unbeaten Cuban, Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on March 3rd. The event will potentially be the most dangerous of Wilders defences to date, although the Cuban hasn’t been as proactive as he could have been over the last 18 months, he is a relatively unknown quantity who has shown cameos of his capabilities with solid knockouts over quality opposition.. Ortiz was scheduled to face Wilder last year until a discrepancy was revealed in a mandatory drug testing.. PBC and Dibella Entertainment will promote the show which has all of the makings of a showstopper.. It’s an awesome step forward with every recognised heavyweight belt being up for grabs in the space of a month.. The ideal circumstance would see the winners begin talks with a view to a complete unification..

Added interest on a similar note sees once beaten WBC silver champion Dillian Whyte take on unbeaten Lucas Browne on the 24th of the month with a WBC number one ranking up for grabs and a potential bout with the Wilder v Ortiz winner.. Whyte v Browne will be held at the O2 in London and will be televised live on Sky Sports..

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Amir Khan signs with Matchroom, returns in Liverpool on April 21st.

Former unified junior welterweight champion and Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan has signed a three-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable and looks likely to return to the ring on April 21 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.. Khan recently made a popular appearance on reality show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ and appears to be refreshed and focused on returning to big time boxing once again, the first step being April 21st.
Khan’s last ring appearance was back in May 2016 when he unsuccessfully moved up to Middleweight to face Saul Alvarez and will be making his first appearance on Sky since his impressive 2014 victory over Devon Alexander.. Amir last boxed on these shores back in 2013, with a decision over Julio Diaz in Sheffield.. No opponent has yet been scheduled for the Liverpool show but it’s likely that a name will be released within the coming weeks..
Khan himself is thrilled with the unlikely move to work with Hearn, who hasn’t always seen eye to eye with the Bolton fighter.. The move makes great business sense to all concerned and all past bad feeling has been pushed aside.. Khan actually commented that He and Eddie get along fine, it was mainly outside influences that coerced any rift..
The Matchroom stable looks to be the leading light on the Uk scene and Khans addition is an intelligent one, with such lucrative potential matchups on the horizon with names like Brook, Thurman and Spence a future possibility..
The initial plan is to box in April and then again in August or September in preparation for a super fight at the end of the year.. The target is to provide Amir with the biggest fights possible utilising his marquee credibility.
Khan has never boxed in Liverpool and is super excited for his home return..

Saturday, 23 December 2017

McCarter scores unanimous win over Hernandez in Mexico City, keeps Braekhus fight on course.

Former multi weight female world champion Layla McCarter 40-13-5 (10) travelled the 2000 Miles to Mexico City for the second time in 2 years to score her 40th Profesional victory on Friday night, earning a well deserved unanimous decision over tough 21 year old Erika Hernandez 6-2-1 in her opponents back yard at the Deportivo lazaro Cardenas sports centre ballroom..
The 38 year old who has held versions of world championships in the featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight and super welterweight divisions was having her 4th outing in 2 years, having remained unbeaten for the last 10 years with 17 straight victories. Her opponent, a relative novice, was coming off her only loss to Jessica Camara last October in what was her first trip outside of Mexico in only a 2 year career. For McCarter slip-ups were out of the question , regardless of the opponents resume, with a huge 2018 dust up with unified Welterweight Champion Cecilia Brækhus ordered by the IBF on the immediate horizon.
Following a short glove brand delay issue in the ring the bout got under way with McCarter quickly showing her authority, forcing Hernandez onto the back foot, visibly shaking the local girl frequently, highlighting the gulf in experience.. To her credit Hernandez showed her grit in the second in an attempt to gain the visitors respect, landing with single shots, yet finding herself on the end of accurate counters towards the end of the round.. The action followed a similar pattern into the third, but with McCarter setting traps for the deliberate youngster, who predictably walked onto shots in an attempt to land anything significant.. The fourth proved to be an untidy round, with Hernandez unkempt tendency to repeatedly dip low cause several messy head clashes, McCarter enjoyed the cleaner success with the Mexican looking increasingly frustrated.. Hernandez opened round five behind the jab, but soon found herself reverting back to her rugged swinging, too often standing straight in front of McCarter, and being punished for doing so.. Hernandez failed to adapt into the sixth and continued to walk onto obvious counters, Layla occasionally lowering herself into a brawl, more suited to the Mexican, although coming out with the upper hand.. Layla boxed to orders at the start of the seventh, exposing the immaturity of Hernandez, dominating the action in every department, even standing and out-slugging the 21 year old towards the end of the round.. The American kept the majority of the action at distance throughout the final round, fencing at the desperate youngster, scoring with authority and far more frequency to earn what appeared a quite decisive unanimous win, keeping the Braekhus fight on course for the new year..

Friday, 15 December 2017

Povetkin books date with Joshua with ugly win over Hammer.

Former WBA heavyweight champion, currently ranked #2 by the WBA, Alexander Povetkin 33-1 (23 Ko’s) scored a drawn out unanimous 12 round points victory over WBA #3 Christian Hammer 22-5 (12 Ko’s) tonight at the DIVS in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Povetkin was forced to create action in a bout where Hammers main objective was to survive at all costs.. The Romanian was penalised a point in the 7th for excessive holding and did little more than nullify Povetkins best work.. The fight was untidy, and the result predictable.. Povetkin winning all but a single round by scores of 120-107, 120-108, 118-108.
The victory earned Alexander the WBO International and WBA Intercontinental titles and according to promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy, has almost certainly secured a shot at Anthony Joshua for the former Olympic champion..
Povetkin twice failed drug tests prior to important bouts with American imports Deontay Wilder and Bermaine Stiverne in 2015 and 2016 but appears to have been miraculously exonerated of his misdemeanours..  On this showing the Russian appeared sluggish and flat, mostly due to Hammer’s unwillingness to engage..   Povetkin is possibly the smallest of the current heavyweight landscape but has proven in the past that he has the tools to compete with the bigger guys..   Joshua would be a huge ask following this showing.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Rigondeaux quits in 6.. Lomachenko dominates Cuban.

In a much anticipated battle of Olympic champions, WBO junior lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko 10-1 (8 Ko’s) completely outgunned Guillermo Rigondeaux 17-1 (11 Ko’s) over the first half of a surprisingly one sided affair before the Cuban retired in his corner prior to the start of the seventh, with what later emerged as an injured left hand, last night at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York.
Lomachenko gained control of the fight after a slow start, going on to craftily dominating almost every round, in a performance that should essentially slide him into the running to be considered the current pound for pound number 1.
Rigondeaux found the task increasingly daunting as the rounds went on, steadily landing far fewer shots and struggling with Lomachenko’s movement.. Round 3 saw the Cuban’s workrate drop even further, the round he would later reveal as the session where the injury occurred..
A frustrated Rigondeaux had a point deducted in the sixth for holding, as well as finding himself on the end of some scathing hooks, visibly shaking the now demoralised fighter.. The round ended without and real indication of Guillermo’s distress.. Rigondeaux failing to answer the bell for the preceding round..

Lomachenko was ahead on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage: 
59-54, 59-54 and 60-53.

It was startling to see such a complete fighter in his own right, quit in such menial circumstances during the most momentous fight of his career.. I expected more fortitude from a fighter of Rigondeaux’s caliber regardless of the enormity of the task..

Lomachenko wittily commented later that he’s considering altering his name to No-Mas-Chenko.. revealing that Rigondeaux never once posed him an ounce of trouble..

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Unheralded Caleb Truax dethrones IBF Champion James DeGale.

In a surprise upset, 29-3-2 (18 Ko’s) Caleb Truax of Minnesota hustled his way to a unanimous points verdict over James DeGale 23-2-1 (14 Ko’s) to take ahold of the IBF Super-Middleweight championship tonight at London’s Copper-Box Arena.. DeGale got off to a fast start before fading to the highly driven challenger in the middle rounds.. Truax took complete hold of the action in a torrid 5th round where he repeatedly hurt the champion who consistently opted to lie on the ropes.. James appeared a shadow of his usual self having recently recovered from shoulder surgery, possibly returning prematurely to world title action.. Truax executed a punch perfect plan and looked every inch championship materiel on this occasion, having failed on his two previous challenges..

Scores were 114-114, 115-112, 116-112.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Manuel Charr becomes WBA heavyweight champion with unanimous decision over Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen.

In one of most overlooked heavyweight title fights in history, Manuel Charr 31-4 (17 Ko’s) scored a well deserved 12 round unanimous decision over the mountainous Alexander Ustinov 34-2 (25 Ko’s) tonight at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen Germany to capture the vacant WBA regular heavyweight championship.. The 6 foot 8, Belarusian used his imposing size to make the early rounds uncomfortable for Charr, with predictable yet affective punches thrown from ungainly angles, opening a cut above the Lebanese born fighters left eye.. Charr managed to find his range in the 4th after patiently attempting to counter the pedestrian Ustinov, landing the more intelligent punches in what was warming into a highly watchable bout.. The patience paid off in the seventh as he visibly shook Ustinov with a well timed left hook, maintaining the attack to rock him again towards the end of the session.. Ustinov started round 8 relatively fresh, considering the torrid nature of the 7th, in an attempt to discourage the now tiring Charr. With 25 seconds left in the round, Charr fired a searing left hook at the disorganised Ustinov, knocking the Belarusian off his feet, opening a gash under his eye in the process. An unsteady Ustinov climbed to his feet with a resigned look on his face, before the bell ending the round rescued him.. Ustinov survived the final two sessions with Charr remaining the composed front runner in a well executed performance.. Scores were.. 115-111, 116-111, 115-112. Charr displaying good ring generalship in a bout that many thought he’d emerge second best.. Ustinov showed is little more than we already knew, he’s big, awkward and manufactured..

Charr’s people now head into negotiations with representatives of Puerto Rico’s Fres Oquendo for an immediate first defence.