Head to Head: Vitali-Chisora

15 01 2012

Check out this head to head video between Vitali Klitschko and Derek Chisora as they discuss their upcoming fight.

The video is of a similar style to HBO’s award winning 24/7 “Faceoff” and Showtime’s “Staredown”.

It’s definitely worth a watch just to see some of the stuff Del Boy comes out with.





WBA grant Khan rematch

14 01 2012
Amir KHan

Khan granted rematch

Amir Khan has been granted a rematch with Lamont Peterson by the WBA, following an appeal by Golden Boy and Team Khan.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson in December following a split decision victory for the American.

The fight had its fair share of controversy as Khan was deducted two points for pushing by referee Joe Cooper, while “mystery man” – IBF associate Mustafa Ameen – was judged to have interfered with the judges’ scorecards.

Since the fight the Team Khan and Golden Boy have been very vocal in their protest and have now finally got their wish. They also launched a complaint with the IBF and a hearing has been scheduled for January 18.

The WBA released the following statement:

“Peterson’s split-decision victory over Khan in Washington DC has been riddled with controversy as a result of a plethora of anomalies in connection with the bout,” a statement read.

“Acting under its authority pursuant to WBA Rule C.26, the WBA concluded that the bout’s outcome was impacted by referee Joseph Cooper’s questionable failure to credit Khan with a knockdown in round one and his questionable decisions to deduct points from Khan in rounds seven and 12.

“As further cause to order the rematch, the WBA also pointed to Mr Ameen’s apparent intrusion into the scoring process as well as possible discrepancies between the score sheets of the two sanctioning organizations and the local athletic commission.

“In its resolution mandating the rematch, the WBA went out of its way to note that, under normal circumstances, it would not disturb the discretionary function of a referee.

“However, in this case, because of the multiple irregularities, it was necessary for it to order the rematch.”

Well I suppose a rematch was always going to happen once Team Khan and Golden Boy lodged their protest but I think a rematch was warranted just because of the closeness of their first fight.

But the way in which Team Khan have acted in getting this rematch has left a bad taste in some fans mouth, who believe Khan has been “classless” and should be embarrassed by his behaviour. He’s never really given Peterson much credit or acknowledged his mistakes/flaws that contributed to the closeness of their first fight, instead choosing to label the fight a “fix” instead.

Now the rematch is going to happen Khan cannot make the same mistakes he did in the last fight. He seemed too preoccupied with moving up to welterweight and a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For me I can see this fight going exactly the same way as the first unless Khan has significantly improved since that meeting, which I can’t see. Khan has trouble with pressure fights and guys who fight on the inside, proven in the first fight with Peterson and with his fight against Marcos Maidana.

I really don’t think Khan has the boxing I.Q. to make adjustments in the fight when things are not working out for him. For instance, he complained about Peterson coming in low with his head. Instead of complaining to the referee and pushing Peterson off, why not take a step or two back and throw an uppercut?

He seems fine when sticking to a game plan that is working but once that goes he doesn’t seem able to make the adjustments during the fight. He resorts to getting into a war, which is great for the fans, and trying to prove his chin.

But I’m expecting Khan to win the rematch via points. I still think he won the first fight by one or two rounds but he made the fight a lot harder for himself.

If Khan can stick to a game plan and learn to make the right adjustments in a fight, he should win this fight. I can’t see Peterson winning a close fight again.

It’s a good fight for boxing fans to see because their first fight provided great entertainment so let’s hope the rematch lives up to the billing.

Khan has to stay focused on the task in hand here though. He’s already said (now the rematch has been given) he’ll knock Peterson out and will fight Mayweather in the next 18 months, which makes me think he hasn’t learned from the first fight.

He has to stay focused on Peterson and work on his weaknesses in order to get past Peterson.

If he manages that he has to fight Timothy Bradley, just so we can see who the best fighter at 140lbs really is.

After that Khan can move up to welterweight but he’s a long, long, long way off from fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.





Burns set for homecoming defence

13 01 2012

Ricky Burns will be “looking forward” to fighting on home soil when he takes on Paulus Moses on March 10.

Burns set for Glasgow return

The Scotsmen will defend his WBO interim lightweight title for the first time when he takes on Moses, who has lost just once in 29 fights, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

Burns will be glad to be back on home soil, with his last two fights taking place outside Scotland.

“This is going to be a tough fight,” said Burns. “I’m looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again after a couple of fights away from home.”

Don’t let the fact you’ve probably never heard of Paulus Moses mislead you, this has the potential to be a very tough fight for Burns.

Moses, nicknamed ‘The Hitman’, is a former WBA lightweight champion and has won 19 fights via knockout, with his only loss coming against Miguel Acosta.

It’s a good test for Burns. There were talks with Hatton Promotions about a potential domestic dust up with Anthony Crolla but promoter Frank Warren was unable to reach an agreement on finances.

But Burns shouldn’t look past Moses though, who’s proven at this level and he can bang as well.

I’m expecting Burns will want to put on a bit of a show and possibly make a statement by knocking Moses out but he’ll have to be aware of Moses’ power. He’ll need that same mentality he took into his last fight against Michael Katsidis.

I think Burns will box smart for the first round or two and once he’s figured Moses out; he’ll up the pressure and go for the knockout

If Burns wins here, and impressively, it could set him up for another world title shot.

But before Burns takes a run at one of the world champions, I’d like to see him fight Kevin Mitchell. An on-song Kevin Mitchell is a match for anyone at lightweight (I don’t consider Juan Manuel Marquez a lightweight anymore before anyone suggests him).

A fight between Burns and Mitchell has all the ingredients to make a fantastic domestic scrap.





Groves set for Anderson rematch

13 01 2012

Groves-Anderson set for rematch

George “The Saint” Groves will come face to face with Kenny Anderson once again after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) ordered a rematch.

Anderson, who floored Groves in their first fight before being stopped in the sixth, has now become the mandatory challenger to British and Commonwealth champion George Groves.

Anderson told the Daily Record: “I was promised a rematch but I never got the chance to fight him again. But I am absolutely ecstatic to get this and maybe the Board of Control had to do this.”

It is believed that Frank Warren Promotions have won the purse bids and the fight must now take place before the end of May.

This is an interesting fight for George Groves and it will be good to see what he has learned from their first fight and how much has he improved.

Groves, as trainer Adam Booth is well aware, does have the tendency to leave his “chin out there” and we’ve already seen that Anderson has the power to put Groves on his backside.

Groves also displayed his lack of temperament in the first fight, where after being rocked, decided to trade and wage war; instead of boxing smart and using his defence. We’ve seen him improve in this manner during the DeGale fight where he showed a superb temperament but will it flare up again if Anderson rocks him?

Anderson came into the first fight at short notice so it will be good to see what a fully fit Anderson can do but I expect Groves to come through this one.

Groves will have to box smart and avoid being dragged into a war, which is Anderson’s best chance of winning this fight.

We know Adam Booth will have Groves fully prepared and set him up with a game plan, which Groves will have to execute. He’s done it in his last couple of fights, most notably against rival James DeGale.

It’s a massive chance for Kenny Anderson to show everyone what he can do. He has real knock-out power and if Groves decides to trade with Anderson, Kenny has a good chance of putting Groves on the canvas once more. The question is if it happens; will Anderson have enough to finish him off this time round?

This is a good fight for Groves who is still young and improving with each fight.

I expect Groves to box smart and win this fight, winning by stoppage somewhere between the middle to late rounds.





Macklin set for St Patrick’s Day title shot

13 01 2012

Matthew Macklin will be hoping for the “luck of the Irish” as he attempts to dethrone middleweight king Sergio Martinez on March 17 at Madison Square Garden. 

Macklin set for title shot

It will be Macklin’s first outing since his controversial split decision loss to WBA champion Felix Sturm last summer.

But the Birmingham fighter, who has Irish heritage, will face an uphill battle to dethrone Sergio Martinez, who is considered by many to be number 3 on the mythical P4P list.

However this is another fantastic opportunity for Macklin who, in my eyes, beat Sturm and should be the WBA champion. It’s even more shocking that Macklin didn’t receive a rematch with Sturm, who struggled again in his draw to Martin Murray last December.

It’s going to be a tough ask for Macklin because Sergio is a fantastic boxer with a wide range of skills and a very unorthodox style.

But Macklin can take heart from Darren Barker’s performance against Martinez last October where he managed to take Martinez into the later rounds before ultimately being knocked out in the 11th.

Macklin will have to have a higher work rate than Barker did, who was sound enough defensively but didn’t really offer much by way of offense. He’ll have to keep a high intensity throughout the fight and try to cut off the ring, while keeping away from Martinez fast and hurtful combinations.

Middleweight King Sergio Martinez

Having said that I think Martinez wins this either way.

If Macklin comes and looks to trade; Martinez will win via a stoppage. If Macklin tries to box and pressure Martinez; Martinez may take it by points or even a late stoppage.

It’s a tough ask for Macklin but the fight is on St Patrick’s Day and you never know how the “luck of the Irish” will come into play.





‘War of the Roses’

13 01 2012

War of the Roses

Kell Brook will do battle with fellow Brit Matthew Hatton on March 17, in a clash dubbed “War of the Roses”.

Special K will look to extend his unbeaten run against the tough Mancunian at the Sheffield Arena and will hope that an impressive win will see him get his world title shot.

Hatton, who will be fighting in his 50th professional fight, stands in his way as the two battle it out to determine who the best fighter at 147lbs in Britain is.

I have to say I’m a little disappointed with this fight being made.

No disrespect to Matthew Hatton but he’s a European level fighter and we’ve already seen Brook dismantle people at European level. We know Brook is better than European level; he’s ranked top 10 by all the governing bodies.

The question fans want answering is whether Brook is good enough for the world and elite level.

I know Eddie Hearn, his promoter, is still building up the “Brook” brand and at least he’s becoming more active but if Kell’s as good as he and Hearn say he is, chuck him in there with some real quality opposition. The phrase “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” springs to mind.

For me, Brook should have been facing a Pauli Malignaggi, Mike Jones, Carlos Quintana, Joshua Clottey or Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Those are the sort of fights Brook needs so he can get an indicator of how close he is to challenging for a world title.

But with that said, it’s a decent scrap for the British public to get behind and will provide another chance for Kell Brook, and Matthew Hatton, to gain some much needed exposure.

Hatton is a durable and tough fighter and I expect him to put up a decent fight but his style is tailor made for Brook and I can see nothing other than a Brook win, possibly by a late stoppage.

After this fight Brook and Eddie Hearn need to really look at stepping up his level of opponents.

Check out the video below to hear Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton’s thoughts on the fight:





Chisora predicts KO

12 01 2012

Derek Chisora is confident he’ll knockout Vitali Klitschko when the two meet on February 18 in Munich for the WBC heavyweight title.

Chisora predicts KO win

Chisora stated at the press conference that number eight is his lucky number and that “Vitali is going down in the eighth round”.

Chisora, who has lost two of his last three, was scheduled to fight younger brother Wladimir twice before but both fights were cancelled due to injuries suffered by Wladimir.

This is a massive chance for Chisora and he has to come into this fight in the best shape of his career if he is to pose any kind of threat to Vitali.

Despite Vitali’s age; he holds all the advantages going into this fight. He’ll effectively be fighting as the “home” fighter, he is the taller man, has the longer reach and has more experience and power.

If I’m honest I don’t give Chisora any sort of chance at all in this fight and he’ll do well to be competitive against Vitali.

Chisora is going to have to take chances to try and get to Vitali, similar to how he did against Robert Helenius, and hope for a lot of luck as well.

But I expect another victory for Vitali but with the kind of character Chisora is; it should be exciting to watch at least.

See the video below for the press conference (brought to you by iFilmLdnProductions):