Barker regains title

1 05 2011

Darren Barker: Regains title

‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker made a victorious return to the ring as he regained the European middleweight title following a unanimous points decision over Domenico Spada.

Barker, who had been out of action for a year with an injury¬†problems, regained his title with the judge’s scoring the bout 115-113 and 116-113 (twice).

Barker boxed intelligently throughout and showed little sign of ring rust as he disposed of the tough Italian, despite tiring late on.

Now personally I don’t know what fight the judge’s were watching, but I had Barker losing no more than two or three rounds. However, Barker picked up the win and got through 12 rounds which was just as important.

Barker looked good throughout the fight but definitely tired in the last couple of rounds where he did a lot of clinching, which was to be expected following such a lengthy absence.

Now I know that Barker has stated its his ambition to get into the ring with Sergio Martinez, who I believe is the P4P king right now. I’m all for Barker having the ambition and desire to fight the best but he has a long way to go before he can even be considered good enough to fight Martinez.

I believe after another fight or two, just to get rid of any ring rust, Barker should campaign for a fight against the likes of Pirog or Sturm. If they fail to come off, there is potentially a massive all British clash that could be made with Barker facing Matthew Macklin (who faces Sturm in July).

That fight is a fight all British fans would want to see and could prove to be a fantastic fight on domestic soil.


R.I.P. Sir Henry Cooper

1 05 2011

The late Sir Henry Cooper knocking down Ali

British boxing fans will today mourn the death of one of their true greats; Sir Henry Cooper who has died at the age of 76.

Sir Henry, a former Commonwealth, British and European heavyweight champion, passed away at his son’s home in Surrey just two days before his 77th birthday.

Sir Henry will be fondly remembered for flooring the legendary Muhammad Ali back in 1963 at Wembley, in a non- title fight.

He will be a great lost to the British boxing, and wider boxing, community.

Here below is the video of Sir Henry Cooper finest hour: