Groves was guest of honour at the Millennium Hotel for a dinner show – and was presented with the Mayfair Sporting Club Boxer of the Year award.
He was handed the award by Mayfair Sporting Club head Mickey Helliet and said: “We wanted to recognise George’s performance against Carl Froch last November.
“For me and many other members of the club, the fight evoked memories of the classic battles in the 1990s between Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Michael Watson and Steve Collins.
“It was a gripping fight and George confirmed what many of us already knew; that he is a world-class fighter and Britain’s next superstar. Continue reading
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 31) – It’s a super week in New York City and several of the five boroughs’ finest boxing talent showed their super skills Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The action culminated with a surprising second round knockout of former WBC Welterweight World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KO’s) as a result of a right hook thrown by WBA International Welterweight Champion and Brooklyn native Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s).
“I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to win,” said Collazo. “I went through hard times and maybe I wasn’t ready before, but I was ready today. Continue reading
Much has been said of late about the plans laid out by Top Rank C.E.O. Bob Arum for Mikey Garcia’s in 2014. All signs point to Yuriorkis Gamboa as the next opponent for Mikey on May 17 according to widely reported stories from Bob Arum and just today 50 cent was on twitter saying it’s basically a done deal.
With Gamboa’s recognizable name in and around the featherweight and lightweight divisions it makes a lot sense.
It doesn’t hurt that the two fighters have been going toe to toe for a while now on twitter which will only help the hype in the lead up for this much talked about matchup.
Another interesting element is that Gamboa can match Garcia in skill and will certainly have the speed advantage come fight night. Continue reading
Eighteen months off for Victor Ortiz resulted in just below six minutes in the ring as he was shocked by a right hook from Luis Collazo. Tonight was all about Victor Ortiz who for awhile was being pushed along by Golden Boy Promotions as the next possible star and after a bumpy road this may be the final set back. Ortiz in the prefight hype claimed he never really left the gym despite having a badly broken jaw and that his physique should show it. Well Ortiz looked to be in great shape but he came out tight in the first round and was wide with his shots. He won the first round and was aggressive. His lead hand work was pretty good as his jab and right hook appeared to be on point. Luis Collazo fought a relaxed and intelligent fight looking to set up the left hand in the first round. The second round became interesting as both men traded left hands early in the round. Continue reading
We may have seen the end of Victor Ortiz’s once promising career tonight with him getting blasted out in just two rounds by non-puncher Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ortiz was literally begging to be knocked out from the 1st round with the way that he was swinging for the fences and leaving himself open for short hooks by Collazo in between his shots.
In the 2nd round, Ortiz’s wild fighting style finally caught up to him when he was tagged by a hard right hook by Collazo while in the process of throwing another one of his own shots. The punch from Collazo snapped Ortiz’s head back, causing him to spin around and bend over facing the audience.
Collazo didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of the helpless Ortiz by landing a left hand that barely connected to his head followed by a light right hook that sent Ortiz down on the canvas on his knees. Ortiz then stayed in that position while the referee counted him out. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the round. Continue reading
The fight has still not been announced as official yet, but most boxing people seem to think superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior WILL do as expected and next fight British star Amir Khan. Boxing fans are waiting patiently for Mayweather’s announcement, and maybe over the Super Bowl weekend, Floyd will put an end to any and all speculation.
But one man has a very good idea of what will transpire in the ring if Mayweather does indeed fight Khan on May 3rd: Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach. Roach was a guest on Sky Sports’ Ringside: Toe to Toe podcast this week and he said he feels his former pupil can cause the shock and upset Mayweather “if he fights the correct fight.” Continue reading
BoxNation subscribers get a chance to assess whether Kazakh crusher Gennady Golovkin is the most explosive puncher presently active in boxing – as many experts are suggesting – when he makes a ninth defence of his WBA World Middleweight crown live on the Channel of Champions this Saturday evening.
‘Golden Gennady’, 31, has knocked-out 25 of his 28 pro opponents – including each of his last 15 – inside the scheduled distance and, eager to secure the superfights that will vault him among the sport’s biggest earners, he’ll be hoping to extend the streak against tough Ghanaian Osumanu Adama at the Salle des etoiles Monte Carlo.
The 33 year old African challenger, known as ‘Machine Gun’, lasted the full 12 round trip in an abortive IBF challenge to Australia’s Daniel Geale in March 2012 and boasts a stoppage victory over Russia’s Roman Karmazin, a former IBF light-middle titlist. Therefore, expect him to take some shifting. Continue reading
Rumors have popped up recently about former welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) fighting the winner of tonight’s Victor Ortiz-Luis Collazo bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi will be calling the fight as part of the Fox Sports 1 telecast, but don’t expect him to jump at the chance to fight Collazo should the veteran beat Ortiz.
“I’ve known Luis half my life, since I was 17, I really wouldn’t fight Luis,” said Malignaggi. “I mean it would have to be for astronomical money and that would never happen. So I wouldn’t fight a close personal friend of mine like that.” Continue reading
Boxing’s fastest rising superstar, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is finalizing preparations for his tenth world title defense this Saturday, FEBRUARY 1 against world ranked challenger Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo.
Golovkin, 28-0-0 (25KO”s), will defend his WBA/IBO world titles in the main event of Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza for his return to Monaco at the Salles des Etoiles.
On March 30, 2013, Golovkin knocked out former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida in the third round in Monaco, a devastating stoppage that earned accolades for “Knockout of the Year” from Yahoo Sports. His outstanding performances in 2013 (four knockout victories) also earned him “Fighter of the Year” honors from USA Today. Continue reading
We all know that Miguel Cotto (38-4-0) is a fan of fighting at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Maybe it’s because he feels that he has a much bigger following and support there than anywhere else, or maybe it’s because out of the ten times that he had fought in New York, he came out a winner nine times.
Come June 7th, Cotto will be facing his toughest MSG opponent yet: Sergio Martinez (51-2-2).
Miguel Cotto is a fighter before a boxer, at least in the way he prefers to press the action. Never backing down and never leaving any room for anyone to question his heart, Cotto is a fan of middle ring action. Continue reading
A very interesting and potentially explosive card is all set to go down in Puerto Rico on March 15th. Topping the bill will be light-welterweight champ Danny Garcia, defending his Ring Magazine and WBA/WBC 140-pound belts against tough Mexican Mauricio Herrera. Also on the card will be the heavyweight meeting between puncher Deontay Wilder and boxer Malik Scott.
Both these fights intrigue, yet the third fight confirmed for the card caught my eye. Remember back in the summer of 2008, when an unbeaten 25-year-old “Juanma” Lopez blasted onto the world stage with a bang in the form of a 1st-round KO over Mexico’s Daniel Ponce De Leon? Lopez of Puerto Rico snatched the WBO super-bantamweight belt with the win and superstardom seemed to be in his future. Things didn’t quite work out that way for the southpaw slugger, even if he did thrill millions of fans in his subsequent fights. Continue reading
Fight Network announced today that it will air the February 15 Frank Warren-promoted card in North America, showcasing world heavyweight contenders Derek “Del Boy” Chisora and Tyson Fury in separate bouts, live from Copper Box Arena in London, UK.
Canadian fans may watch all the action on Fight Network, starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), while Americans can view on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $24.95 via DIRECTV, iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN. Integrated Sports Network is distributing this major British boxing event in the United States on behalf of Fight Network. Continue reading
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