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Carl Froch believes the sport is flying after amazing Wembley night

Carl Froch says his fantastic KO win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium connected by EE has still not sunk in – and The Cobra is urging British boxing to capitalise on its greatest night.

Froch secured back to back wins over Groves and retained his WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles again with a stunning eighth round knockout, in front of 80,000 fans at the national stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The Nottingham star penned his finally fight diary entry in the Evening Standard today reflecting on the biggest night of his career, and confirming that while he will bide his time over his next step, he has the itch to go over to Las Vegas and sample the bright lights. Continue reading

Video: Ruslan Provodnikov arrives in New York for June 14 title defense

World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion the “Siberian Rocky” RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday. The Freddie Roach-trained Ruslan is scheduled to defend his title against undefeated Long Island scholar-brawler CHRIS ALGIERI on June 14, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®.

Promoted by Banner Promotions and Top Rank®, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, remaining tickets to the Provodnikov-Algieri world championship event, priced at $31, $56, $86, $106 and $206, can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK. For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE. Continue reading

Froch v Groves II – Postscript

Someone once described boxing as show business with blood. Joe Frazier’s take on it was perhaps more to the point. “Boxing is the only sport where you can get your brain shook, your money took, and your name in the undertaker book.”

How to place boxing as a sport in the second decade of the 21st century? Whenever we take a measure of ourselves and society today the word civilized automatically springs to mind – and yet, interrupting this smug belief in our own sophistication, up pops a sport like boxing to remind us of the uncomfortable truth that barbarism still has its place. Continue reading

Kellerman: Andre Ward is still out there for Froch

Max Kellerman of HBO offered up the idea that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch can always look in the direction of WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward if he wants to get a good opponent in the near future. Ward still has a victory over Froch from 2011 that Froch has nothing to try and avenge. Ward has open to a fight against Froch for the past three years, and he’s still willing to fight him if he’s feeling up to it. Froch has been feasting lately on the unproven George Groves, and he’s not fought a quality fighter for some time since he was beaten by Ward in the Super Six tournament. Continue reading

Carl Froch: heading towards Vegas, a spectacular career finale and The Hall of Fame!

Carl Froch, as the saying goes, has the world at his feet. The incredible 36-year-old scored his biggest and most satisfying win last night in crushing his most annoying and emotionally testing rival in George Groves (biggest in terms of record-breaking Box Office success and huge Wembley sell-out live gate) and now, as “The Cobra” casts an eye over how he will see out the remainder of his career as one of the greatest British fighters of all time, the options are plentiful for his next fight.

In silencing Groves – a talented and gifted fighter who pushed him hard over 15 rounds in two exciting battles – Froch showed once again how good he is. Capable of overcoming just about any style (with the exception of one boxer, who I will come back to further in this article), the Nottingham man has taken on all comers: see his fantastic wins over guys named Kessler, Bute, Dirrell, Abraham, Johnson, Pascal etc, etc. And now, already worthy, without any doubt, of being inducted into The Hall of Fame when the required amount of time has gone by, Froch can pick and choose how he walks away, the finishing touches put on his fine career. Continue reading

Roy Jones Jr: Golovkin would make Froch pay for his mistakes

HBO commentator Roy Jones Jr. says that he recommends that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) go in the direction of former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his next fight rather than Gennady Golovkin, as Jones Jr. feels that with the mistakes that he saw in Froch’s game last night in his win over George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s), that he would be taken advantage of by Golovkin if he were to fight him next.

Froch has an optional title defense available for his next fight, and his promoter Eddie Hearn reportedly has been in talks with Top Rank for a fight between Froch and Chavez Jr. for the fall. It would seem that Hearn likes the idea of Froch fighting someone as popular as Chavez Jr. There’s been no talk of Hearn reaching out to K2 Promotions for a fight against Golovkin though. Continue reading

Froch knocks out Groves in London

For the second and possibly the last time IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) knocked out George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) in stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night in a tactical battle at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

Groves retreated to the ropes and was hit by a right hand from Froch that knocked him down and out. American referee Charlie Fitch stopped the fight immediately upon seeing how badly hurt Groves was. Groves protested to the referee about the stoppage once he regained his senses, but it was too late. Fitch had already stopped the fight by the time Groves knew what was going on.

It was a surprise ending for sure, because Groves had taken control over the fight in the 7th and he was fighting well in the 8th until he made a tactical blunder by backing up to the ropes. Froch does well against his opponents when they back up against the ropes, but Groves must not have studied his previous fights well enough to know that. Continue reading

Joshua KOs Legg; DeGale stops Gonzales; Mitchell beats Maduma

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KO’s) took two mammoth left hooks from 38-year-old Matt Legg (7-3, 3 KO’s) before knocking him out in the 1st round with a right hand uppercut on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. Joshua came out looking kind of stiff over-muscled and while he was plodding forward, Legg smashed a left hook to the head of Joshua that send him reeling from the shot.

The crowd roared as if there might be an upset in the process. But Joshua fired back with a flurry of punches that got Legg to back off. But Legg was able to hit Joshua with another big left hook to the head that snapped his back. Joshua took the punch well, and he came forward to hit Legg with a right uppercut to drop him. Legg tried his best to get up from the knockdown, but the referee counted to 10 and the fight was stopped. Continue reading

Donaire defeats Vetyeka; Walters destroys Darchinyan

In what appeared to be a robbery tonight, Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KO’s) was given a 4 round technical decision victory over WBA Super World featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16 KO’s) in a fight where the victory should have been given to Vetyeka at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

Donaire was cut over the left eye at the end of the 1st round from what the referee ruled was a clash of heads. But in looking at the replay of where the cut occurred there was no head clash where contact was made by Donaire’s left eye. Instead it was a right hand from Vetyeka that hit Donaire on his left eye, causing him to go down on all fours on the canvas. Continue reading

Boxing Card Thrills in Detroit: Tony Harrison defeats McKart

DETROIT– In front of a loud and spirited crowd at Cobo Hall, middleweight Tony Harrison (15-0), made easy work of veteran Bronco McKart (56-11-1). Harrison knocked down McKart three times in the first round and veteran referee Sam Williams stopped the contest. In post fight celebrations, Harrison showed thanks for his spiritual beliefs, thanked and remembered Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward and paid homage to his grandfather, Henry Hank. Harrison then rejoiced with and thanked his coaches and support team. Hanks had fought at Cobo Arena in 1961.

Harrison, 23, used powerful lefts to disable McKart. “I didn’t expect him to come at me so fast,” said Harrison. “I thank everyone in Detroit for the support.” Continue reading