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Coldwell Excited by Bellew Progress

Liverpool’s Tony Bellew returned from a nine month absence last weekend to halt experienced Croatian, Ivica Bacurin, in the last session of a scheduled ten rounder. The Liverpool man dominated proceedings from the get go and after dropping his resilient opponent multiple times, he finally got the job done seconds before the final bell. Hopes within Camp Bellew are firmly attached to a third world title shot and trainer, Dave Coldwell is insistent that the time is right for his hungry charge. “We’re not far from where we want to…

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It’s all about the catch-weight

By James Oddy Miguel Cotto is the lineal middleweight champion of the world. That alone seems vaguely ridiculous to say. The Puerto Rican is 34 and started life as a light-welter, and received some horrendous beatings from Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. He was also out boxed by Floyd Mayweather (easily done) and the relatively unheralded Austin Trout. Yet Cotto now seems to have rediscovered his zip, after hooking up with Freddie Roach. He has looked brilliant against Delvin Rodriguez, Sergio Martinez and Daniel Geale. Yet the most ridiculous aspect…

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Mayweather v Pacquiao – Finally!

by James Oddy (Boxing Correspondent) Las Vegas – Boxing is a truly unique sport. Aside from its very nature, two men or women attempting to knock each other out before they get knocked out, the way it works is baffling. So when the ‘Fight of the Century’ takes place this month, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, it’s unlikely almost anyone inside the 16,000-seater stadium is an average joe. At the time of writing, tickets, allegedly starting at over $3000 for the very worst view, haven’t even been printed, let alone sold to…

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Unleash the FURY

by James Oddy It’s often felt that the health of boxing is measured by the health of its heavy weight division. Johnson, Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Ali, Frazier, Tyson and Lewis were all household names during their peak. They broke box office records and transcended the sport. The Klitchko brothers, Wladamir and Vitali, have made the division their own in recent years. Perhaps they’ve alienated American and British audiences, but they’ve become icons in Germany and the Ukraine. However, Vitali has retired, and one quarter of the ‘richest prize in sport’…

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Gennady Golovkin – The Baby-Faced Assassin

By James Oddy, Urban Echo boxing reporter Boxing isn’t a straightforward sport. Myriad world champions, governing bodies and rules have led to a waning interest in the sport from the casual fan. This week however changed all that. The announcement that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, after five or so years of on and off negotiations, has brought the sport kicking and screaming back into the mainstream. Yet, like everything in boxing, nothing is straightforward. The suggestion that the American and the Filipino are the pound for pound top two…

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From the archives – Mike Tyson v Larry Holmes

‘Tyson’s Wrath’ Venue: Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Year: 1988 Match: World Heavyweight Title Title: WBA, WBC and IBF Heavyweight Championships Michael Gerard Tyson was born on June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. Raised on the rough streets of Brooklyn, the youngster lived in and around high-crime neighbourhoods was repeatedly caught committing petty crimes and fighting those who ridiculed his high-pitched voice and lisp. After winning gold medals at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympic Games, defeating Joe Cortez in 1981 and beating Kelton Brown in 1982,…

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali turns 73

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has turned 73 today. The former world heavyweight champion, who suffers from Parkinson’s Syndrome, celebrated his birthday with his family at home. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA on January 17, 1942, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr was a very active child and at the age of twelve started training at the local police station under the guidance of police officer and boxing coach John E. Martin after he complained to the coach that somebody had stolen his bicycle and he wanted to “whup” the boys who had…

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Is Mayweather running business or running scared?

By Qadir Hussain Urban Echo’s boxing columnist, Qadir Hussain, takes a look at the potential fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and asks the question… Is Mayweather running business, or simply running scared? Any mention of the name Floyd Mayweather Jr is sure to illicit a response. There are those who consider Floyd at the very top of the all-time pound for pound list giving credence to his self proclaimed TBE (the best ever) title whilst there are others who vehemently attack his boxing legacy and reduce his status…

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BERNARD HOPKINS – THE BOXERS CURSE?

They say that the boxers curse is an inevitable ailment eventually endured by all great pugilists who continue their profession beyond a time that they should. In each generation of boxing greats, we have continued to witness athletes, who in self-denial, continued to pursue a dream without a true end in mind. One of the most chilling reminders of this curse is watching Muhammed Ali’s final heavyweight contest against the young and promising hall of fame fighter, Larry Holmes. More recently, listening to the punch drunk pugilists such as Riddick…

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JOSHUA – “THE NEXT MIKE TYSON”

JOSHUA – “THE NEXT MIKE TYSON” Britain’s heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua has been compared to Mike Tyson by Sky Sports pundit Glen McCrory. The 25-year-old undefeated former Olympic gold medallist, last month demolished the experienced the much older 34-year-old journeyman Denis Bakhtov (38-10, 25 KOs) by a 2nd round knockout at the O2 Arena in London, to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International heavyweight title. Though many critics were predicting this fight to be Joshua’s toughest test to date, the fight ended up being a mismatch and excited…

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