Felix Sturm has been written off before as a top middleweight to be reckoned with. He’s lost a version of the world title on three separate outings; a dubious decision loss to Oscar De La Hoya, a stoppage defeat to Javier Castillejo and a split-decision setback against Daniel Geale.
But almost as quickly as he lost his coveted money-making title, he regained them. Two years after defeat to De La Hoya, he captured the WBA trinket, then subsequently lost it to Castillejo before winning the rematch five months later. What followed was twelve title fights and eleven wins, against, for the most part, fringe operators. The only blemish of those twelve bouts being a draw to Martin Murray. Read more »
Well, where to begin? Do we look at the bad first or do we look at the good? Unlike the main event on Saturday night in Manchester between Carl Froch and George Groves, I’d like to end this article on a positive note, so we’ll start with all the stuff that has irked many.
What was a good fight was ruined by poor officiating. The only dissenting voices against that point are Froch’s core fan-group and, of course, Froch himself. Read more »
When building a fighter, not only by way of development of their skills and ability to dig deep when the going gets tough, but also in a sense of building them into an attraction that can re-coup the promoter’s investment, matchmaking is key.
Over the years Top Rank have found this balance and delivered it. From Oscar De La Hoya, to Floyd Mayweather, to Manny Pacquiao, and now, perhaps, to Mikey Garcia.
Garcia, a cautious and cagey operator, may not possess the fan friendly and all-out aggression of a Brandon Rios or Manny Pacquiao, but he does have considerable power; the ability to end a fight whenever he so chooses. Whether it be by straight right hands, left hooks upstairs or left hooks downstairs, Garcia can deliver the highlight reel knockouts that fans and TV networks desire. Read more »
Twenty-thirteen has been a year in which Golovkin, primarily, aimed to boost his profile on American shores. Not for the lack of trying, his list of victims isn’t the most inspiring, but he’s disposed of them all in chilling fashion; a fashion which was expected by some but awe-inspiring to others.
Fans, especially the casual viewer, networks and the boxing fans that fall into the hardcore category, love knockouts; love to see a fighter put it all on the line in search of a decisive victory. In Golovkin we get our wish. But it would be foolish to think of Golovkin as a one-trick pony, even though his record of 25 stoppage wins from 28 fights would suggest he is. Read more »
To begin, let me say that I was happy with the Kell Brook vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko fight when it was first announced. It was a step-up for Kell against a good, but not great, opponent. It’s worth pointing out that, while Brook awaits for the IBF to officially mandate him for his long-desired world title shot, we should not expect to see Brook in against the very best of the division.
With that in mind, and in addition to numerous other welterweights already tied up in forthcoming fights, Senchenko was likely the best opponent available to Brook for a fight in the UK. Read more »
The Steel City of Sheffield was the Venue as Kell Brook returned to the ring in arguably his toughest test yet against the man who sent the legendary Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton back in to retirement, Vyacheslav Senchenko. Also on the card was Olympic Gold Medallist Anthony Joshua in his second professional fight, potential future world champions Adam Etches, Callum Smith and the returning Kal Yafai, and there was a war involving Brian Rose. Check out the night’s action and the Kell Brook Press Conference here.. Read more »
Although it was never likely to be an easy nights work Alvarado. His opponent, Ruslan Provodnikov, had put Tim Bradley through 12 rounds of hell earlier this year. Despite defeat to Bradley, he found himself in another coveted HBO slot with an even better purse, and rightly so.
The logic of boxing, pre-fight, suggested that Alvarado should win. He had avenged his only prior defeat to Brandon Rios by showing a previously unseen discipline in executing a game-plan to win by way of boxing off the back-foot. Further, he had decisioned tough gate-keeper Mauricio Herrera – a fighter Provodnikov had lost to.
But Provodnikov showed that the so-called logic of boxing doesn’t actually mean anything. It also proves that triangle theories are as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. Read more »
31 year old Barker grabbed the IBF title earlier this year from Aussie Daniel Geale in an emotional and draining fight. Barker was floored with a vicious body shot but was able to get back up and complete the job. He had achieved the aim of becoming a world champion that he has aspired to for years.
Some were unsure if Barker had what it took mentally to become a world champion and if he had enough determination to rise up when the going gets tough. Following the fight any such questions have been put to bed. It was a brave performance from a man who was willing to give whatever it took to become the champion.
I have myself never been happier to hear the result of a boxing match before. Barker is such a likable guy and knowing all that he has been through really inspired me. To see Barker, Sims and Hearn all emotional following the fight shows just how much it meant to them and what a top man Barker is. I sat there in my room in the early hours of the morning so happy for Barker and I can only imagine how he felt. Read more »
Coming into the fight with a record of 30-0 and question marks over if he was still the same boxer following his brutal fight with Ruslan Provodnikov earlier in the year many were unsure as to who the winner would be.
Marquez was looking to join a select group of fighters and become a 5 weight world champion truly sealing his place in the history books of this noble art.
To the surprise of many Bradley was absolutely dominant. He put on an absolute master class in my opinion. He executed his superior boxing skills to amazing effect getting in and out of range and landing quick, snappy jabs. Read more »
That another Bradley victory was met with yet more animosity from the paying public is more likely to do with the fact that their favourite fighter had been soundly beaten, and not due to a controversial decision. Read more »