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‘Rule Britannia’ : Best UK Card In Years Being Mis-Sold / Preview & Predictions

As boxing fans – be it writers, ticket buyers or the fighters themselves, we are all interested in good, solid, competitive and meaningful fights – as often as is humanly possible – preferably as part of our normal Sky package, terrestrial TV or even on a specific subscription fight channel like Boxnation – who provide the very best international content from America and beyond, week in, week out.

After a barrage of criticism over the quality of their ‘regular’ domestic cards and the decision to make ANY card of championship quality a PPV – I’m beginning to wonder just how well the buy rate is doing for this Saturday’s ‘Rule Brittannia’ show from London’s O2 – that in my eyes, is one of the very best British fight cards in a good long while. Continue reading

Khan Says He Took Algieri Out Of Desperation

Poor old Chris Algieri. Ahead of his much maligned fight with Amir Khan on Friday at the Barclays Center in New York, the British fighter has suggested a desperate scrabble for a suitable opponent was partly responsible for choosing to fight the former kick-boxer, insinuating to Espn that due to various complications, nobody else credible was available in the wake of him not getting the May 2nd Floyd fight ahead of Manny Pacquiao.

“There were a few names I wanted to fight. (Adrien) Broner was another name which I got no response back. Another one, Miguel Cotto, would have been a great fight for me.” Continue reading

Eubank Jr Wants To Fight Golovkin

After he wouldn’t vacate his WBA (interim) 160lb title – thus ensuring negotiations for the rematch with WBO mandatory Billy Joe Saunders broke down recently – it would appear that Brighton’s Chris Eubank Jr is to ultimately stay on the WBA route according to promoter Frank Warren – a road which leads to all things triple G.

Warren spoke to iFLtv for their ‘Cassius & Helder’ show to talk about the former super-middleweight legend’s son – and what the plans for the team ultimately are. Asked if chasing down Golovkin’s WBA (sup) is the ultimate aim – a route blocked by WBA (reg) Danny Jacobs – Warren said; Continue reading

Calzaghe Beats Froch “Hands Down” Says Nigel Benn

Since finally embracing twitter thanks in no small part to his son Conor – who is a promising amateur following in his father’s footsteps – British 160 & 168lb legend Nigel Benn has offered his opinion on the Calzaghe/Froch twitter war as part of his #askbenn sessions where he interacts with his fans and followers.

The former “Dark Destroyer” – now a committed Christian – is best remembered by fans old and new for his legendary fights with Michael Watson, Iran Barkley, Chris Eubank (x2), the injury plagued fights with Steve Collins – and tragically – the 1995 war with Gerald McClellan. Continue reading

The Steel City Boss On Spike TV

This weekend, British fans get the chance to see Commonwealth bantamweight champion Ross “The Boss” Burkinshaw (14-5-2, 8ko) take another step in his “Cinderella Man” story when he challenges for the WBO inter-continental title on free to air TV in the UK against South Africa’s Klass Mboyane.

The Sheffield fighter, who has enjoyed a career resurgence under Wincobank veteran Ryan Rhodes in the corner, finally gets the television exposure he deserves in a promotional master stroke by Dennis Hobson – that will hopefully see him move one step closer to his dream of capturing a world title – and get his name out to a far wider audience. Continue reading

Cotto Facing A Tough Ask In A Bigger, Mobile Geale

If I was WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32ko), I might be a slightly worried man right now.

The four weight world champ makes the first defence of the title he won against a crocked Sergio Martinez on June 6th, when he steps in with the extremely capable former 3x world 160lb champ – Australia’s Daniel Geale (31-3, 16ko).

And that isn’t the only problem for Cotto, who has yet to genuinely box at 160lb and is making his first appearance in exactly a year at another catchweight – this time 157 lbs. Continue reading

Anthony Joshua : “I’m Happy My Hype Train Is On The Road”

Big punching British heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12ko) has spoken out ahead of Saturday’s fight with American veteran Kevin Johnson to respond to the “Kingpin’s” assertion that the gold medal winning Olympian is nothing more than a ‘media hype-job.’

35 year old Johnson, who in promoting the fight has laughably stated he is the future of the heavyweight division – is likely going to get stopped for the first time in his career by AJ, who, in a sure sign of what’s expected – has already got his next fight penciled in – for July 18th in Manchester against a TBA opponent. Continue reading

Mitchell v Linares : Kevin Ready But De La Hoya Backs His Man Linares

Eddie Hearn’s bumper triple world title card from the O2 finally lands this weekend – and arguably the best and most meaningful fight on the bill is Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29ko) hoping to finally get it right on the world stage, when he fights dangerous Venezuelan Jorge Linares (38-3, 25ko) who is promoted by Mexican-American legend Oscar De La Hoya – for the South American’s WBC lightweight title.

The fight may well represent something of a final chance for the affable Londoner, who on his day can mix it with the very best of them – yet on the 2 prior occasions he has stepped up to world level – Michael Katsidis (WBO interim – 2010) and Ricky Burns (WBO – 2012) he has been found wanting and ended up getting stopped both times. Continue reading

The IBF’s Fighter Of The Year Has Arrived – Gradovich v Selby

Undefeated Russian IBF 126lb champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9ko) has landed in the UK ahead of his 5th title defence Saturday night – against slick Welshman Lee Selby (20-1, 8ko) – training at Mickey Helliet’s Limehouse Marina gym ahead of open workouts today.

Gradovich, who held on to his belt by way of a draw last time out in November on the Crawford-Beltran under card, has had the title since upsetting Australian Billy Dib back in March 2013 – and while not having boxed as yet in 2015, the IBF have just announced him their “Fighter Of The Year” – a fantastic psychological boost for him, yet the Russian will certainly be up against it in facing Selby, who – thanks to his technical proficiency and silky skills, is known as the “Welsh Mayweather.” Continue reading

Mayweather Wants Me To Look Bad Against Algieri Says Khan

He has been chasing the Mayweather fight for two long years – and now – given Floyd’s final fight in September, Amir Khan knows that the sand is running out of the timer and the fight he so longs for could be slipping out of his grasp for good.

Khan returns on Friday against Chris Algieri – the man floored 6 times by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight – and the belief is that he took this bout against the light-hitting American with Floyd still in the back of his mind. Continue reading