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Quigg-Frampton: No rematch welcome here!

by James Oddy The biggest fight in British boxing finally happened, and, depending on who you talk to, it was a chess match which sparked into a war, a tactical slip up, or an overpriced none event. It was undefeated ‘world’ champions, Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, meeting in the formers home town of Manchester for the WBC and IBF super bantamweight titles they held respectively. Really, it was a mixture of all three. In the action itself, Belfast man Frampton largely controlled more than half the rounds by boxing,…

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“Haye will knock out Joshua” – Shane McGuigan

Very little about David Haye is conventional. Articulate, opinionated and a superb athlete, he made a career out of making his own choices and dictating his own terms in and out of the ring. And it appears he’s back… and as unconventional as ever. Weighing in significantly heavier than ever before and looking in great shape, Haye made light work out of knocking out over matched Australian Mark De Mori on Freeview channel Dave and in an apparently sold out 02 arena inside one round last month. My first reaction…

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2015: A GOLDEN YEAR FOR BOXING

by James Oddy 2015 was a magical year for British boxing. Newly crowned world champions and entertaining mouth-watering domestic fights, British boxers are enjoying a golden era. Here we look back at which boxing personalities rose to the pinnacle in 2015. INTERNATIONAL BOXER OF THE YEAR – Tyson Fury Love him or loathe him, the Lancastrian giant shocked the world in late November by beating Wladimir Klitschko. Many felt Fury would get blown away; some felt he would be out-boxed by a long term world champion. Instead, Fury moved intelligently…

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Bellew Relishing Masternak Challenge

With his mouth-watering clash with tough Pole, Mateusz Masternak, approaching quickly on the horizon, Liverpool cruiserweight, Tony Bellew is under no illusions that his world class opponent is likely to be his toughest foe since moving north a division following a decorated spell at 175lbs. The vacant European title is at stake when the pair clash on this weekend’s Sky PPV offering headlined by heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte but many within the industry are certain that this clash of powerful punchers will steal the show. Bellew, along…

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Darren Tetley: Bradford’s rising boxing star

Being a journalist and a boxer couldn’t really be more polar opposite jobs. But one thing they do have in common is that many people do them for the love, in and around their normally ‘day to day’ working lives. So due to clashes with work shifts and personal commitments, for the first time in my writing career, I interviewed somebody whilst they were out jogging. Darren Tetley, a 9-0 (5 KO’s) welterweight Bradford born and based southpaw, barely seemed to be out of breath as I spoke to him…

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“Defeat Masternak and rewards are fantastic” – Coldwell

Tony Bellew goes for continental honours on December 12th as he tackles tough Pole, Mateusz Masternak, on the Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte super show at London’s 02 Arena. Now an established cruiserweight following a successful stay at 175lbs, Bellew faces arguably his toughest task when opposing the hard hitting Masternak and trainer, Dave Coldwell, insists that the Liverpool man has to be at 100 percent if he’s to get the job done.  “Barring Adonis Stevenson, this is the hardest fight of Tony Bellew’s career,” declared Coldwell. “He’s big, he’s durable and…

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‘Desert Storm’ – Is Bradley too honest for the sport of boxing?

A lot of boxing writers and commentators are currently trying to work out who will fill the PPV (pay-per-view) and pop culture void left by Floyd Mayweather following his retirement. It’s a valid question, as boxing has always had a figurehead (almost always American) during the modern TV era of the sport. Many seem to think it may be the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez, or Sergey Kovalev. Only Terrence Crawford, another candidate, hails from the USA. But it’s hard not to feel sorry for a legitimate top ten…

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HYPE or the REAL DEAL?

by James Oddy Boxing and boxers are built on hype. Some boxers never get the publicity, money or fights that they deserve because they ultimately don’t justify the risk/reward for an established fighter. On the other hand, some boxers will continue to get big pay days regardless of how much they deserve them, because they represent guaranteed money for everyone involved. You rarely get many 50/50 fights these days at the elite level, which is a crying shame. The likes of Provodnikov/Matthyssee, McDonnel/Kameda are exceptions rather than the rule. I…

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Coldwell: “McDonnell desperate to leave his mark”

It was back in May that Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell pulled off one of British boxing’s most majestic away days when he overcame the challenge of Tomoki Kameda in Texas. This weekend, McDonnell returns to the scene of his most accomplished performance to date as he aims to oust the Japanese darling one more time to complete a memorable double over the excellent Kameda. McDonnell’s trainer, Dave Coldwell, played his part in spring’s upset and he cuts a confident pose when discussing McDonnell’s chances. “It’s a fight the team is well…

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Leeds boxer Damon Jones aiming to become British champ

by James Oddy – Urban Echo Boxing Correspondent The domestic middleweight scene is buzzing.  Billy Joe Saunders and Andy Lee are already set to clash in Limerick in the coming months. Add to that the enigmatic Chris Eubank Jr, the hard hitting John Ryder and Adam Etches, the tough Matthew Macklin and the British titleholder, the talented Nick Blackwell. Blackwell defends his title this Saturday (25th July) on channel five for the first time against the newest entry onto the scene, Leeds born and based Damon Jones at the Derby…

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