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.

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

John Ruiz takes out Evander Holyfield (this image is the property of laruiz.com)

It’s been a big 2009 for David Haye (23-1, 21 KO), the Bermondsey fighter has taken the WBA Heavyweight title off Nicolai Valuev, pulled out of a mega fight deal with the Klitschko Brothers and failed to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Somewhere in all the insanity though, Haye needs to find time to fight arguably the most important man in his world, that being John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KO).

Ruiz is a fighter for whom the word “Solid” could have been invented, he’s the archetypal “Jack Of All Trades”, he can bang a bit, he’s got a decent enough chin and his movement is fairly average for a guy of his size. I mean, he didn’t manage to lay a single glove on Roy Jones Junior during their bout in 2003, but he did get a decision over Evander Holyfield waaaaaay back in 2001. So let’s be fair to Ruiz, within that rather dour exterior, there lies a half decent boxer, certainly not the pushover that Haye’s fans are expecting him to be.

And here lies the only real banana skin as far as Haye is concerned, he needs to approach this mandatory fight with Ruiz with the same professional outlook as he had during the Valuev fight. If he steps into the ring with one eye on the Klitschkos, he could find himself on the wrong end of a KO. And why not? No matter how you look at it, Ruiz brings a wealth of experience into the ring with him, something that Haye lacks at the moment. What we’ll have is one young Heavyweight Champ with something to prove, going up against a grizzled old pro, desperate to get back on top. Ruiz has fought at the highest levels of Heavyweight boxing against some of the biggest names, unfortunately that’s about the only thing Ruiz has in his favour.

Now following on from this, I’m going to make a prediction for the Haye/Ruiz fight. I predict a Haye KO around about round 7. Haye will be too fast and too strong for the Puerto Rican and I also predict that Haye will retire Ruiz. Yep, there’ll be no more chances for Ruiz after this one.