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You say I pointed out his weaknesses???? WHAT weaknesses????

He doesn’t have any.

Posted October 16, 2013 7:27 pm 


Wow we have a reading of 4.9 on the TARK’o’meter folks – and that is just a dangerous level of TARKism.

Stay indoors, keep safe and try not to get covered in TARK.

Posted October 14, 2013 6:08 pm 


TARK you spout of more than anyone else here and it’s always utter crap. You’re nothing, a never has been and a never will be. You’re a total failure! You’re a loser!

Posted October 14, 2013 4:59 pm 


I didnt say you picked Macklin to beat Golovkin you spazticated old reptile. You used to point out his supposed weaknesses. Then when you seen how he disposed of Macklin with ease you changed your tune and jumped on the band waggon, much like I did with Kovalev. But as ive stated before im man enough to admit I was wrong. Ive seen you repeatedly call people liars too so that doesnt really offend me. If your suck an expert then why don’t you take up joe Herrons offer and call up the Pugilist corner??? Something else I would like to call you out on whilst we’re at it. Before the Alverez/Mayweather fight was made you were saying how Floyd was scared to fight Alvarez, and how Canelo was the man to finally beat floyd. Then when the fight got made and the time grew closer you watered down your claims to ‘its gonna be a great fight, I think Canelo will pull it off” type thing. Then after Floyd made him look like a poor amateur you said everyone knew Floyd would win looooooool. Your a funny guy. You seem to think no1 else in the world can read. Wheres your top 10 mw list Tark???

Posted October 14, 2013 3:57 pm 


Anyone can spout off bird brain.. You’re lower than the dog crap the neighborhood slut stepped in before she said, “YEEEEECCH.”

Posted October 14, 2013 1:17 pm 


what has TARK ever achieved??


That says it all. He’s a never has been and will remain a no-one.

Posted October 14, 2013 12:33 pm 


More fake TARKS abounding… Junior, you’re a lying turd.

I never bagged Golovkin. I always said 3G would beat any middeweight in the world, and make short work of Macklin, who didn’t do badly against Martinez. Mack said there was no camparison between Sergio and GGG. How could I think Macklin would beat Golovkin if I’m always saying Golovkin would beat Ward???

I’m high on Ward. He can beat any current super middleweight. He’ll have a hard fight with Rodriguez — and Golovkin or Kovalev will beat Ward, when and if those fights ever take place.

As for listing guys who never fought anyone???

I have enough experience to evaluate how a fighter will preform against ranked fighters before they ever meet anyone good..

I can evaluate stances, footwork, weapons, defense, intelligence, temperament, conditioning, athleticism, strength, punch resistence, aptitudes, and styles as well as anyone. Can a guy box or can’t he? You have to know something to get a handle on that.

I can tell who’s a genuine prospect and who doesn’t have a prayer at ever beating a truely world class boxer regardless of who’s training him … or how well he’s matched.

Barker and Sturm were never going to beat anyone like GGG or Martinez … and they don’t deserve to be called world champions.

Today, if you can’t beat the top guys, another org can get you another wrold title. So these guys are middleweight champions.

A lot of fans accept whatever trash fights promoters send their way. That why the best and most appropriate matchups are never made.

Posted October 14, 2013 11:59 am 


its why we have 4 or 5 belts in each division,its called HYPE.

Posted October 14, 2013 9:30 am 


I don’t think barker has the power to stop a game sturm in Germany, and I can’t see barker winning on points either. Very short lived title reign :) but hey…at least he has a title for now.

Posted October 14, 2013 3:30 am 


Dr. Osenberg…. Tarquin was your great great grandfather and he was born in 1892.. That’s how you knew about him.

Posted October 14, 2013 2:04 am 


Right…, Barker fought an aging Martinez…

Like he was going to beat him, win many rounds, or last the distance???

Don’t be absurd.

Posted October 14, 2013 1:52 am 


Is that true? TARK is Barney Tarquin?

I always thought he was lying about ever having boxed. I guess I might owe him an apology.

Posted October 14, 2013 12:01 am 

Dr. Osenberg

AT least Barker and STurm didn`t get KO’ed in their one and only fight like Barney Tarquin AKA TARK. What a B.U.M

Posted October 13, 2013 11:52 pm 


See – you are already at it – factbending Sturm’s robbery vs De La Hoya.

Saying Geale isn`t world class when he has deposed two reigning champions in Germany.

Berating Barker for lack of opposition when he fought Martinez a few fights ago, beats Geale, and is fighting Sturm in a first defence.

It’s just unreasonable and venomous.

What is his crime – not being Golovkin?

Posted October 13, 2013 7:55 pm 


Barker is a guy who I like but find it hard to determine exactly how good he actually is. He is competent in a lot of areas, and has top class heart – as shown by getting up vs Geale after that bodyshot.
I love that through his determination, heart and work that he managed to fulfil his promise to his late brother to get hold of a title – and even Barker himself is straightforward and humble enough not to rate himself at the top of the tree at this point in time.

He’s fought two world champions and held his own each time, and is now facing a former champion away from home in his first defence in what is likely a 50-50 fight.

He’s the type of guy boxing needs as well as the super talented a-holes, and TARK basically just pops around to bag him – call him a club fighter, and rate him below a load of guys who have done nothing.

Junior – you are right this is kind of why I dislike TARK, he arbitrarily picks out certain boxers to campaign against (Calzaghe, Hearns, Lewis, Hagler, Chisora etc), then outright insults them and says they lost to the first decent fighter they ever met, and then starts bending facts or outright lying to belittle them.

Posted October 13, 2013 6:31 pm 


Screw you idiot… You wouldn’t know a good fighter if one punched you out. These guys aren’t championship caliber fighters by any stretch.

Posted October 13, 2013 5:39 pm 


I don’t think Barker beat Geale. That’s what I think of him.

Posted October 13, 2013 4:07 pm 


AssyrianGod.., I would never rank them that high. There are many better. I don’t want to be harsh–but these guys lack skills.

Golovkin, Quillin, Martinez, Stevens, Vera, Murray, Macklin, Pat Nielsen, Gilberto Sanchez, Billy Joe Saunders and other middleweights beat these two guys … As World Champions go they’re jokes. Top seven??? No way.

When I look at some of the guys who grab titles it’s disturbing. If you can’t beat the top guys, go make your own org and title.

Posted October 13, 2013 4:04 pm 


Shocking comment Tark. Are you asserting that only the top 2 or 3 in each division are quality fighters? Get a grip

Posted October 13, 2013 9:48 am 


Why is TARK so strange telling lies all the time? I don`t understand why an old man would lie all the time.

Posted October 13, 2013 2:56 am 


Naughty Union is Idiot Ernie… Who uses about 50 aka names.

Posted October 13, 2013 2:16 am 


Neil (Pomy)

“look at Robbie Burns’ last fight.” ??????????????

You mean Ricky Burns.

Stop leaving comments if you can’t even get the names right you make yourself look like an idiot.

Posted October 13, 2013 1:46 am 


Naughty TARK tells lies and calls people names.

Posted October 13, 2013 1:35 am 


Shut up Idiot Ernie… And go suck doorknobs.. That’s the only thing you’re good at.

Posted October 13, 2013 1:11 am 


TARK You just come on here to insult fighters who have done a hell of a lot more than you could dream of. You are scum. Utter scum.

Posted October 13, 2013 12:26 am 


Sredmond.., “This is a QUALITY matchup”

This is a club fight.., These 2 aren’t quality boxers. Gennady Golovkin would knock both these guys out in the 1st round.

If there were one world champion these guys wouldn’t make the top 10.

Posted October 12, 2013 11:34 pm 

Ray Ray

This fight shouldnt b happening.

Posted October 12, 2013 8:06 pm 


This is a QUALITY matchup of upper tier MW opponents EXACTLY the type of fights GGG should be having as opposed to crying that the world is avoiding him and how his destiny is at 147 or 154 pounds depending on the smaller boxer he is targeting….

Posted October 12, 2013 11:37 am 


Key board tough guy? I didnt threaten you in any way. I merely let you know I hoped you get r@ped by your father. Whats wrong with that?

Posted October 12, 2013 9:39 am 


Junior – As usual great insight to the boxing at hand and more lies coming from the keyboard tough guy.

Posted October 12, 2013 9:12 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Hopefully Joshua & Campbell get a slot on the undercard.

Posted October 12, 2013 6:27 am 


Gonzo = the hilarious absurdity of humour acquired by Fantana and opinions just as easily discarded by the lunatic ramblings of self worship. I do enjoy them, keep them coming, especially the USA whip lashes, but as for fight predictions your the last person to listen to. ;-)

Posted October 12, 2013 5:49 am 


Sturm has really big ears. He must be part bat.

Posted October 12, 2013 3:18 am 



Posted October 12, 2013 2:34 am 


They don’t look like bankers. More like grade school teachers. Barker looks like he shops for suits at Joseph A Bank though. Sturm is going to take Barker’s undeserved title. It’s the same drill as as always in Stuttgart, and Sturm has been doing it for 10 or 12 years.

Posted October 12, 2013 2:19 am 


the picture looks like a couple of bankers or stock brokers try to intimidate each other laughable really

Posted October 11, 2013 8:04 pm 

Slim Whitman

Sturm’s head looks massive aside Poor Barker’s noggin.

Posted October 11, 2013 1:27 pm 


How many of Sturm’s defenses were razor thin or outright robberies? He had a couple of draws. He was defeated in title matches by light-hitters, one of whom stopped him. All-in-all he never faced the number 1 or 2 middleweights (No Golovkin, Martinez, or even Quillen), yet he still gets mandatory shots. It is beyond ridiculous to call this a title fight when neither fighter is truly qualified to be a “world champion.”

Posted October 11, 2013 1:11 pm 


non event paper title paper champion

Posted October 11, 2013 12:08 pm 


Not quite, the rematch option is only if Barker loses in Germany, if he wins, it’s only one good payday not two. So the smart move would be to lose in Germany, at best by claiming an serious injury in the championship rounds, to create strong overall need for a rematch, and then to win rematch in England ;-)

Posted October 11, 2013 11:56 am 


I think Sturm is a better boxer, Geale outworked and outboxed and IMO beat Barker. I think Darren is about to lose his newly won belt.

Posted October 11, 2013 10:57 am 


I think Barker & Matchroom have pulled off a great deal. Sturm is considered beatable now after losing to two Aussies here in Germany. Barker actually has two decent pay-days to look forward to whatever happens in Stuttgart! A real coup.

As for the match, it’s still a close one to call. Home advantage for Sturm and a large Bosnian following in southern Germany. Barker in good form, confidence high and injury free. He’s fighting for the second time on the road which is also admirable from a “world” champion.

Posted October 11, 2013 4:12 am 

The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed

european belt

Posted October 11, 2013 2:08 am 


Blah Blah Blah of course you have to admit it all now because you have been called out for the fraudulent fan you are so you need to save face with your version (lies) of events. If you cant see Kovalev is the real deal and Cleverly was managed into a belt then more fool you. Still not giving Kovalev props saying he is unproven after destroying your man. Typical.

Posted October 10, 2013 10:54 am 

boxing barlow

Makes me laugh when I hear that a fighter has or is going to win the title for the Xth amounth of time. Carl Froch keeps bragging about becoming a 3 times world champion. But we all know title belts are like alphabet soup and at the end of the day you have to loose your belt to win it back!

Posted October 10, 2013 9:44 am 


Will do problem if Barker does win fair and square! :)
Don’t get too excited about people trying to antagonise you mate…not worth it getting upset!
Your prediction could come true alright. Cheers.

Posted October 10, 2013 9:23 am 


I just hope all you guys that are so quick to pick Barker will be half as quick to fess up if Sturm bursts your bubble…

Posted October 10, 2013 8:14 am 


Junior – I am not a Brit hater. Cooper (RIP), Eubank, Benn, Calzaghe were in my favourites and currently I am a massive fan of Froch. I am a hater of people like you who back paper champs like Cleverly to demolish real fighters like Kovalev and get shown for the ignorant, one eyed, unrealistic, patriotic windbags they are. But worst is then you make all the excuses in the world how the fight was unfair and give no credit for the Kovalev destruction or admit you were way off the mark.

Posted October 10, 2013 6:43 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Be interesting to see if Joshua & Campbell get on the undercard.

Posted October 10, 2013 3:52 am 


All wrong that Barker has a built in cast iron guarantee of a rematch No one is making this point. Guaranteed rematches are fertile breeding grounds for corruption and should be banned.
What if Sturm wins fair and square?
I hope Felix gets his title back so decisively that Barker tears up the rematch clause and wont ever go near him again!! I reckon Stums wins.
Sturm: Underrated
Barker: Unconvincing

Posted October 10, 2013 3:18 am 


Sturm was a good, technically skilled boxer, but he lost his edge a while ago. I remember when he was robbed after winning vs. de la Hoya. The 2013 version of Sturm should lose to Barker, though.

Posted October 10, 2013 1:14 am 


Honestly I don`t see Barker keeping the title for all that long, he isn`t the best in Britain let alone the world, but I am glad to see this title is now creating interesting matchups that might go either way, rather than Sturm fighting some #18 in thge world we never heard of while he avoids Golovkin

Posted October 9, 2013 9:36 pm 


Why didnt Geale’s team include a rematch clause in their contract with Barker?

Posted October 9, 2013 8:51 pm 

big al

Barker basically gave away the title when he agreed to this.

Posted October 9, 2013 7:30 pm 


Barker is a paper champion. He didn’t beat Geale and and ran from a lucrative hometown rematch because he KNOWS he didn’t and can’t beat Geale. Now he will lose his fake title to Sturm in Germany and Geale will have to go and get it back like the last time he whooped Sturm.

Posted October 9, 2013 5:57 pm 

Swedish Boxing Fan

Here we go again. They will robb Darren Barker of his title if the fight is close. Felix Sturm seems to never want to retire. He is not popular out-side Germany as a boxer.

Posted October 9, 2013 5:55 pm 

Exiled Yank

I can’t keep up with Sturm’s titles and divisions anymore. I swear I thought he moved to 168 for a stint. Too bad the guy hasn’t done more with his career. then again, he’s made a nice living for himself fighting in Germany with all those useless belts. Who am I to judge.

Posted October 9, 2013 5:46 pm 


paper champion paper title

Posted October 9, 2013 5:32 pm 


Felix Sturm apparently has the hot inside track to getting title shots. Of course this is not an actual world title at this point and must be considered a minor belt given that Barker was thrashed by the champion Martinez. These days any old belt will do apparently — and fighters gladly avoid the top contenders as long as possible.

Posted October 9, 2013 5:29 pm 

Neil (Pomy)

The danger is that Sturm comes on strong late in fights whilst Barker has a reputation of someone who weakens in the late rounds …. still think Barker has this on points. UD

Posted October 9, 2013 5:14 pm 

Neil (Pomy)

Barker is a better all round boxer than Sturm …. Sturm has developed a style that works for him but he has slipped in form recently. Barker at this stage of both their careers is a better fighter.

Posted October 9, 2013 5:10 pm 

Neil (Pomy)

An old school fighter and champion …. a world champion should travel the globe defending his belt. HE won it in America and now defending it in Germany …. I like it. Germany has a rightfully bad reputation for hometown decisions … but it is getting better recently and robbies and hometown decisions happen everywhere …. look at Robbie Burns’ last fight. It is a gamble having his first defence abroad but full respect to Barker for doing it.

Posted October 9, 2013 5:06 pm 


Smash him Barker ………

Posted October 9, 2013 4:59 pm 

Mr Gav

Everyone sees barker getting robbed,how about out classed? He has had 2 world title fights Sturm has lost more titles then barker had title fights. I think this is 50/50 fight Germany has a bad reputation but brtitain is worse I think. And Macklin was not totally robbed against Sturm either.

Posted October 9, 2013 4:46 pm 


Good payday for Barker.

Posted October 9, 2013 4:32 pm 


Barker actually came out well in this deal. He maximized his purse money, he secured an option for a UK rematch (unheard of for a mandatory defense!), and he is going against someone who not only has recently dropped hometown decisions vs Geale and Soliman, but also was robbed of a justified victory over Murray. I agree Barker will not hold his title for long, but this is a good move by him for his first title defense.

Posted October 9, 2013 3:49 pm 


@ St Vitus Dance

I completely agree with you and I might add that, Sturm in 2 of his last 3 fights have lost
in Germay when it went to the cards.

Posted October 9, 2013 3:32 pm 


Tickets booked. Germany here we come!

Posted October 9, 2013 3:17 pm 

St Vitus Dance

All those saying Barker has made a mistake taking this fight are wrong. Barker is earning 3 times what he would normally make for fighting in Germany, plus there is a return clause in the UK if he loses, at this stage of his career he needs to cash in, he has a young family to support. Do I think he’ll be a long reigning champion? No not really, but he’s a gutsy talented ‘pro and I hope he makes as much cash as he can. And he might beat Sturm!

Posted October 9, 2013 3:12 pm 


Barker giving away title agreeing to fight in Germany.

Posted October 9, 2013 3:07 pm 

Neil (Pomy)

Barker on points

Posted October 9, 2013 1:45 pm 

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