Veteran fight enthusiast Mervyn Gee was vocal in his distain for Mayweather vs McGregor. Here he remembers a circus match he attended all the way back in 1978: the rubber match between Lenny “The Guvnor” Maclean and Roy “Pretty Boy” Shaw.
In the years before Frank Warren’s unlicenced fights were made legal (although still not recognised by the BBB of C) these kind of fights went on all over London. Those attending were there mainly by invitation.
Josh Warrington will face undefeated Dane Dennis Ceylan in a mandated Final Eliminator for the IBF Featherweight World title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday 21st October, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
Leeds hero Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) is within touching distance of forcing a dream World title showdown with bitter rival Lee Selby after the Welshman declined a substantial offer from Frank Warren to defend his crown against the current WBC International belt holder.
Dynamite punching Light-Heavyweight talent Anthony Yarde will face undefeated Canadian Ryan Ford for the Vacant WBO Inter-Continental strap at London’s Copper Box Arena on September 16th, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
The match-up doubles up as an Official Final Eliminator for the Commonwealth Title as powerhouse Yarde aims to make it three belts in three fights at the East End venue.
Daniel Hughes with a piece about general boxing opinions crossing over to football ones and a reference or two to The Smiths..
Boxing in the UK recently has been on the rise. Social media, blogs, forums and wider press coverage. Amen, long may it continue. It seems they tie it in to football also and for me that’s fine if the fighters profit. The casual football fan should also understand also.
Daniel Hughes remembers his time in North London training alongside a boxer who made it but didn’t forget where he came from.
I used to live in London, North West London to be exact and in the mid-nineties when I moved there the local surroundings were well known estates like Mozart. Unlike the great composer it was notorious for being anything but classical. Tough areas breed tough people, boxes ticked.
The drama in Monaco unfolded when the super-middleweights were called onto the stage. As the top seed, WBA Super Champion George Groves had four opponents to choose from. He picked British rival Jamie Cox for a “domestic dust-up.” Second-seeded Callum Smith then selected Swedish sensation Erik Skoglund, with the WBC Diamond Championship on the line due to Smith´s status as the WBC´s top-ranked challenger. The third seed was given to the winner of next week´s showdown between Chris Eubank Jr. and Arthur Abraham. With both fighters in training, this pairing was represented by Chris Eubank Senior, who chose “The Dentist” Avni Yildirim. This set the stage for the fourth quarter-final between fourth-seed Juergen Braehmer and undefeated US challenger Rob Brant.