It's on....maybe.

I suppose it was too much to ask that Matthew “Ricky’s brother” Hatton (41-4-2, 16KO) would defeat the unbeaten Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 25KO).

It would have taken a near miracle to see Hatton beat Alvarez, especially considering that the fight took place in a hostile arena to Hatton and with Hatton being considerably outweighed by Alvarez. Still, kudos to Hatton, he saw an opportunity and he went for it, if only more boxers had that attitude.

Speaking of which…

Vladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49KO) has pulled out of his planned fight with unbeaten British prospect, Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9KO), citing a lingering abdominal injury. David Haye’s next potential opponent, Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1 17KO), has been refused a license to box in the UK due to his medical history (he was found to have contracted Hepatitis B)

Naturally, this opens the door for an intriguing Chisora/Fury matchup, which should happen fairly quickly.

However, this finally means that we should see Vladimir Klitschko step in the ring with David Haye (25-1, 23KO), with plenty of time for promotional work, this will be, undoubtedly, the biggest fight in British boxing history.

Now, I’m not one for making predictions, generally I get them wrong and look like a bit of a tit. But the sheer magnitude of the fights we’re facing over the next 9 months has forced my hand, so I’m going to make three predictions here and now.

Get ready…

Carl Froch v Glen Johnson, I see an easy decision victory for Froch here. Johnson IS a quality fighter, but he’s well past his prime and has 14 losses against his name. If Froch approaches this fight with the same game plan as he had with Abraham, he should dominate the former light-heavy champion.

Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury, Got to be a Chisora KO (Round 8), Chisora has fought at the higher level and carries a brutal punch, if he gets inside the gypsy, it’ll be a short night’s work for Chisora.

Davis Haye v Vladimir Klitschko, For all the talk of Haye’s explosive power and fast hands, he’s never fought a boxer as complete as Klitschko. I don’t see Haye winning and I feel that this one goes to the judge’s cards. I’ll say it’s a fairly comprehensive defeat on points for the Londoner.

Fury and Harrison, Mental.

February 23, 2011

The last I saw of Audley Harrison (27-5, 20 KO), he was lying flat on his back after David Haye sparked him out inside 3 rounds. You’d have thought that after his humiliation he’d have faded away into much deserved obscurity. But no, Audley Harrison recently catapulted himself back into the public eye with his recent musings about Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KO). Speaking on Twitter, the Olympic Champion stated:

“Fury’s got quick hands, but he’s not ready for me yet. He makes too many mistakes. After calling me out, I noticed in the post fight interview he didn’t call my name.”

Hmmm. Well, he may have a point there. I saw Fury’s fight against Marcelo Luiz Nascimento last Saturday night, and to be honest, Fury looked amateurish, no wonder Harrison fancies his chances. That said though, he probably fancied his chances against Haye and we all know where that ended. It’s quite astonishing to me that Audley Harrison would try to gee up interest in a potential match with Fury, surely he must know that he’s finished as a credible boxer?

Fury though, has quietly dropped Harrison as a potential opponent, knowing that he needs a decent bout, he’s started pointing at Dereck Chisora as a good fight for him. The problem with that though is that Chisora has the slightly more pressing matter of Vladimir Klitschko to contend with.

Now, boxers making ludicrous claims are all part and parcel of the sport, but incredibly Fury has alleged that Chisora is ducking him by taking the fight against Klitschko!

OK, so for Fury’s benefit, here’s what actually happened. The Chisora beat Danny Williams for the British title being a late replacement for Sam Sexton. After he beat Williams, he beat Sexton for the second time as Sexton was his mandatory challenger. Chisora isn’t due to defend his title until March 2011 at the earliest, in the meantime he fights Klitschko. Fury complaining that Chisora is refusing to face him is absolute balderdash, Chisora knows that Fury is the next mandatory challenger and has already said that he’s happy to fight Fury after he fights Klitschko.

While Fury is waiting to get in the ring with “Del Boy” Chisora, maybe he should work on developing those boxing skills. I seriously feel that if Chisora and Fury meet up anytime soon, Chisora would seriously damage Fury.

Klitschko v Haye (courtesy of Reuters)

If there’s one thing most boxers are obsessed with, it’s their legacy. Some boxers are lucky in that they faced career defining fights seemingly every other month. For a period in the seventies, it was apparently the case that Muhammad Ali couldn’t cross the road without being involved in some epoch shattering dust up.

The flip side of this is that there are some boxers who, despite having all the tools, never quite cemented their place in the minds of the fans. Some point the finger at Joe Calzaghe, undefeated of course, but lacking the win that really would have catapulted him into the boxing stratosphere. Even today, heated debate surrounds Calzaghe, he’s rather like the Marmite of boxing as he splits opinion like no other boxer. What’s Calzaghe’s legacy? It seems that his legacy is the intense argument that surrounds his record.

And it’s down this road that David Haye finds himself jogging. He knows, as well as everyone, that he needs to get some quality “ring time” with a Klitschko brother (either Vlad or Vitali, Haye can’t afford to be fussy). Now, I’ve always been critical of Haye, I think his profile in this country is far more than he deserves, especially considering that Carl Froch has actually fought the better opposition and had the better performances.

The strange thing is that a date for a Vladimir Klitschko v David Haye has already been proposed, July 2nd.  Vladimir is convinced that he’ll walk through Dereck Chisora on the 30th April, treating the Briton as a “tone up” for the super fight against Haye. Haye could easily side step his mandatory challenger, Ruslan Chagaev with a pay off. Indeed, Vladimir Klitschko is actually claiming he could fight three times in 2011 as he also intends to face Tomasz Adamek in September this year. And to make it even more interesting, Adamek is actually a former Cruiserweight and Light Heavy champion,

The Haye party line is that the Klitschko’s will be forever linked with not fighting David Haye and that their legacy will be forever tarnished by them not meeting. That’s a rich line coming from the fighter who has yet to face a “live” opponent.

David Haye, I say, will get a thrashing from any of the Klitschko brothers, although Vladimir may let him leave the ring on his own steam, I genuinely think Vitali could seriously damage “The Hayemaker”.  I’m loath to make predictions, but I think Haye loses to both Klitschkos, Vladimir by round 10 and Vitali to KO Haye by the 7th.

Carl Froch. Where Now?

November 30, 2010

Froch v Abraham (Courtesy of Getty)

Evening All,

What a fight! Carl Froch (27-1, 20KO), regained his WBC Super Middleweight title with a dominating victory over German/Armenian, Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25KO). A unanimous points decision with two judges scoring the fight 112-108 and one judge scoring 119- 109? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Froch surprised pretty much everybody with the sheer quality of his performance, as opposed to standing square and attempting to out punch his man (as I’m sure most of us thought he would), he actually boxed Abraham. Froch kept himself on his toes, creating angles and blasting Abraham with stiff jabs that seemed to penetrate his famed defence with laughable ease. While it never seemed on the cards that Froch would KO Abraham, the quality of his performance has surely raised his profile both here and abroad. I don’t think I’m being too hyperbolic when I express the opinion that Froch is definitely the best boxer the UK has at the moment, and I’d even go so far as to say he’s in the P4P top ten.

And why not? Look at the evidence, as soon as Froch took the WBC title by defeating Jean Pascal (26-1, 16KO), he headed straight to the States to take on Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17KO) whom he KO’d at the end of the twelfth. After he beat Taylor, he headed back to Nottingham to fight Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13KO) in the Super Six. The fight wasn’t one for the ages, but he did enough to scrape a decision over the talented American. After he defeated Dirrell, he fought Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32KO) where he suffered his first professional loss at the hands of the Dane.

You may be asking where I’m going with this, it’s simple, a champion has to fight the best his division can offer and that’s one thing Froch has been conscious of. Maybe he saw what happened to Calzaghe and decided that wasn’t for him. It’s fine fighting in Europe, but if you want to be recognised as the best, you’ve got to travel and you’ve got to fight in peoples’ back gardens. Froch has taken on the best in his division and has generally come out on top, with only Lucian Bute (27-0, 22KO) and Andre Ward (23-0, 13KO) left to fight, what’s to stop him making the move into the light-heavies?

But let’s get the Super Six finished first, Froch’s next fight is against the veteran Glencoffe Johnson (51-14-2, 35KO), who brings a wealth of experience with him. I know Johnson will be tricky for Froch and feel this could be closer than people may be thinking at the moment, and if Froch gets past that one, who’s he got next?

Arthur Abraham.

This is going to be awesome.

Haye v Harrison – Analysis

November 14, 2010

"Give it three Audley"- thanks to FightFranchise

Oh dear, oh dear oh dear, where do we start?

OK, well Harrison sucked, quite frankly, in less than three rounds of boxing, Harrison threw and landed precisely…one punch.

That’s it.

One punch.

That Harrison was going to lose was never really in doubt, but I think that we all thought that Harrison may put up more of a performance.

So, apologies to you all. Even though I predicted a Haye KO, I predicted it two rounds early, thinking that Harrison would at least last for six minutes longer than he did. Harrison had his big chance tonight and he blew it, his much vaunted left (which may have won it for him), never made an appearance.

And that’s it, Harrison was so bad, there is literally nothing to analyse, luckily, I didn’t pay £15 to watch it. Maybe now Haye will stop ducking the Klitschkos

Dereck Chisora…Oh Dear.

November 1, 2010

Evening All,

A few months ago, only the boxing cognoscenti would have heard of Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9KO), the current British Heavyweight Champion. But in a move that seems to typify the heavyweight division today, Chisora finds himself on the edge of  making boxing history. On the 11th December, Chisora will fight Vladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49KO) with the latter’s IBF, IBO and WBO Heavyweight titles on the line.

How did this happen? How has Chisora found himself in this position? Well, the impressive wins over Danny Williams and Sam Sexton have helped, but it isn’t like Chisora has fought the best in the division yet. I would suggest that the reason Chisora has been given this opportunity is down to Mr David Haye.

David Haye versus any of the Klitschko brothers remains the only fight in the Heavyweight division that the average man on the street would want to watch. But with Haye taking the “easy” route by fighting Audley Harrison it would seem that any fight involving Haye and a Klitschko is at least 12 months away.

I would suggest that there are no other credible fighters for Vladimir to face, the American heavyweight scene is deader than the proverbial Dodo. David Tua (51-3, 43KO), the Samoan, is still on his comeback, but he’s 37 years old! While this vacuum of talent exists in the Heavyweight division, it’s not surprising that Chisora, a promising 26 year old, has been presented with this opportunity.

I think Klitschko is going to use Chisora to send a message to David Haye. Physically, the odds are stacked against the Briton with Chisora giving up 5 inches in height and 7 inches in reach. The fight also takes place in Germany, meaning that it’s unlikely that Chisora will get a decision, should some miracle occur that Chisora makes it to round 12.  

Chisora is going to get a beating, a bad beating.

Prediction: Klitschko to carry Chisora for a few rounds, but I don’t see this one going past round 7.

Haye v Harrison.

October 20, 2010

Interested Yet?

Been a while since my last boxing entry, let’s kick off with a few thoughts about the upcoming bout between Audley Harrison (27-4, 20KO) and David Haye (24-1, 22KO).

In the biggest all British fight since Lewis v Bruno in 1993, not many people have given the Olympic Super Heavyweight Champion that much of a chance beyond that of the puncher. The general consensus is that Haye is too quick, too strong and too damn good looking to have that much of a problem dealing with Southpaw Londoner.

I tend to agree to a point.

Haye is the superior fighter; he’s fought the (arguably) tougher fighters and will have the backing of the crowd when he takes on Harrison on November 13th at the MEN in Manchester. But let’s be real, who has Haye fought of any real note in the Heavyweight division? Nicolai Valuev (50-2, 34KO)? John Ruiz (44-9, 30KO)? He pulled out of the deal to fight the Klitschko Brothers, who would surely have given him a thorough hiding, citing a shonky back and seems to have been quietly avoiding meeting up with them ever since. I don’t know, maybe he intends to “wait” the Klitschkos out, Vitali is 39 years old and Wladimir is 34, but I strongly suspect that even when Vitali turns 40, he’ll still be able to spark Haye out fairly easily.

This could be an interesting fight for a couple of reasons.

Believe it or not, it’s actually Harrison who has the momentum, having won his last four fights, including a dramatic 12th round KO of Michael Sprott (35-15, 17 KO) to win the EBU European Heavyweight Championship and his being victorious in the “Prizefighter” tournament held last year. Haye, by comparison, hasn’t fought since the 3rd April and has only fought 3 times at Heavyweight since beating Enzo Macarinelli (32-5, 25KO) way back on the 8th March 2008.

Let’s also consider the physical, Haye stands at 6’3’’ with a reach of 78’’, no small man by any means. Harrison though stands at 6’5’’ with a reach of 86’’, Harrison normally also weighs in at 116 kg with Haye coming in at a comparatively svelte 95 kg, over 20kg difference between the two. Rest assured, if Harrison catches Haye, Haye is going to struggle to get to his feet.

And this is what makes the fight interesting, both fighters are a bit “chinny” and Haye likes to throw bombs. He’ll be looking to take out Harrison early (primarily to impress the Klitschko brothers and demonstrate that he’s still a major name) while Harrison will be fighting in the biggest bout of his career. Harrison’s always had the tools, nows the time for the Olympic champion to do the business.

Haye v Harrison, it’ll be interesting, but don’t expect it to go the distance.

Prediction: Haye KO, Round 5