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Prizefighter International Heavyweights III Preview

February 22nd, 2013 by Paul Wilson

betfair prizefighter international iii previewAudley Harrison makes a return to boxing alongside seven other heavyweights when they compete for the Prizefighter International Heavyweights III title. The tournament will be shown live on Sky Sports from the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday night (February the 23rd).

Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison (28W, 21KO, 6L) is a previous Prizefighter champion (he won Prizefighter Heavyweights III back in 2009) was last seen (not for very long mind you) in the ring with World heavyweight hope David Price.

His addition to this latest Matchroom Sport Prizefighter series has astounded many of his critics by defying the call to hang up his gloves and continue to box on. Despite losing two of his last three defeats the bookies have Harrison as second favourite to win this contest with BetVictor offering odds of 9/2.

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Carl Frampton v Kiko Martinez Preview

February 8th, 2013 by Paul Wilson

carl frampton vs kiko martinez previewThe Odyssey Arena in Belfast this Saturday night is the venue for the long-awaited fight between current EBU Super-Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez and the challenger Carl Frampton. It’s a fight which was scheduled to have taken place 18 months ago but was cancelled for a second time due to the champs personal problems.

Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (27W, 19KO, 3L) is barely three years older than his Belfast born challenger but he’s fought twice as many times as current Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (15W, 15KO).

Martinez isn’t a stranger to Irish shores either having fought a previous three times in Dublin, one of those times for the vacant EBU Super-Bantamweight title against Ireland’s own Bernard Dunne back in 2007. Martinez won the fight after knocking Dunne to the canvas for the third time in the first round.

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Memo To Ricky Hatton – Comebacks Can Succeed But Most Fail

November 23rd, 2012 by Paul Wilson

After a 3 year absence from boxing, Ricky Hatton makes him comeback tomorrow night against decent opposition in the form of Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Boxing is synonymous with comebacks, it is after all what kept the ‘Rocky’ franchise in business producing feature films for 30 years.

Many boxing fans get teary-eyed when they reminisce of their heroes in past glories. There’s the Sugar Ray Leonard – Marvin Hagler epic or you could choose Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez as your preferred comeback battle.

But for every boxing comeback success there’s twice as many failures.

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Froch Vows To Mack It Happen

November 16th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

Carl Froch steps back into the ring on Saturday evening, ready to defend his IBF Super Middleweight World Title against challenger Yusuf Mack at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

It’s nearly six months since Carl Froch (31F-29W-21KO-2L) brutally punished the previously undefeated Lucian Bute to win the Super Middleweight World Title. There were stirrings of a rematch against Bute (Froch is contracted to fight the Romanian-Canadian in a rematch in Montreal) but after such a beating, it’s doubtful he’ll want anything to do with the Nottingham fighter for some time.

This has given American Yusuf Mack (37F-31W-17KO-4L-2D) the chance to step-up from the light middleweight division and challenge Froch for the IBF Super Middleweight World Title.

The bookies don’t fancy the American much and Sportingbet are offering odds of 14/1 of a Mack victory. There’s not much temptation in backing ‘The Cobra’ to win this fight when the best bet going is 1/20 from Ladbrokes. Even the draw is 40/1 from Boylesports. Head to our dedicated boxing free bets page and choose a free bet from our selected bookmakers.

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Boxing Goes GaGa Over Ogogo

August 3rd, 2012 by Paul Wilson

Olympic Middleweight boxing felt a tremor go right through it, the other night, as Team GB gold medal prospect, Anthony Ogogo, pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the sports history.

Spurred on by a very vocal home support, 10,000 boxing fans in the ExCeL Arena witnessed a dramatic victory for the young Brit against Ukrainian world champion Ievgen Khytrov.

Both fighters were tied 18-18 after a dramatic three rounds, and when the countback couldn’t decide a winner, it was left to the judges verdict to declare Anthony Ogogo as the winner.

The unexpected victory propels Anthony Ogogo into the Olympic Middleweight quarter finals where he will meet Germany’s Stefan Hartel on Monday evening.

Hartel defeated Ireland’s middleweight boxing hope, Darren O’Neil, 19-12, and looks more than a test for Team GB’s Anthony Ogogo.

The other quarter finals consist of Zoltan Harcsa (Hungary) v Esquiva Falcao Florentino (Brazil), Abbos Atoev (Uzbekistan) v Vijender (India) and Adem Kilicci (Turkey) v Ryota Murata (Japan).

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David Haye v Dereck Chisora

July 5th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

So, we’ve had the brawl in Munich, the press conference at Upton Park where a wire fence separated the pair and the ongoing saga between the BBBC (British Boxing Board of Control) and the Luxembourg Boxing Federation… Threatening each other with legal proceedings if the fight does/doesn’t go ahead… Yep, it’s controversial with a capital C but what else would you expect from the David Haye v Dereck Chisora bout?

David Haye makes his return since he lost to Wladimir Klitschko last Summer in what was a very dissapointing fight for Haye. He later cited a broken toe as the problem for his poor showing and relinquishing his WBA heavyweight championship title.

After that stinging defeat to Klitschko, David Haye announced to the boxing world he would not renew his boxing licence, but staved off retirement in the chance he could get a crack at the other Klitschko – Vitali!

Instead it all got ugly…

Chisora was giving his post-fight press conference after he’d lost on points to Vitali Klitschko in a WBC Heavyweight title fight in Munich. Haye took exception to words spoken by Chisora’s manager and then before a stunned crowd both Chisora and Haye got involved in something best described as a ‘street brawl’ involving beer bottles and even a camera tripod.

Once the red mist had cleared…

The BBBC were disgusted by both fighters behaviour and removed Chisora’s boxing licence for his behaviour before and after the vitali fight.

But, somewhere out there, the coin dropped and a plan was put in place to have both these un-licenced boxers square off and punt it to the public. West Ham’s ground Upton Park was chosen as the venue and so far around 28,000 tickets have been sold. It is also being aired on digital tv here in the UK by Box Nation plus in Europe and America.

As to the fight itself… No one really can be sure of the outcome here… There is obvious bad blood between the two. Haye is the genuine better boxer but if this becomes unsavoury, and with Chisora’s past record, it could easily descend into something which the authorities are fearful of happening.

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Carl Froch Needs Bute Force To Win Against Lucian

May 24th, 2012 by Paul Wilson

This Saturday night we have the prospect of a tantalysing fight between two very hard hitting boxers. Carl Froch will step into the ring against unbeaten IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute.

For Froch, it’s a quick entry back in to big time boxing after he lost his WBC Super Middleweight to Andre Ward back in December.

2 losses and 2 wins in his last 4 encounters for Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) has smudged his fight record somewhat… Combined with the fact that Froch is pushing his mid-thirties, the bookies have him as the underdog in this contest, despite the fight taking place in Froch’s own backdoor – the Capital FM Arena.

The Romanian born Canadian, Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s), shunned the Super Six World Boxing Classic, thus opening up a can of worms for the fighter with many claiming he was preferring to ‘pick his fights‘ than sign-up to the Showtime boxing tournament – where all fighters had to agree to fight whoever was put in front of them… Ironically, it was this competition which made Froch a household name in America.

To counter the criticism, Bute arranged to fight Froch with his main goal of dispatching the Brit to set-up a lucrative fight against Andre Ward.

There’s no question who the faster fighter of the two is, but Bute does tire, considerably, when it comes to the end of a fight and with Froch’s hard jaw there might still be quite a bit of boxing left to be fought when the match enters the later rounds.

Prediction : My head says Bute, my heart hopes its Froch… Bute will dominate the early rounds, however, the longer the fight goes on, and if Carl is up for this fight (with home backing you’d think so) then there could be an upset on the cards… But Froch has to survive that early onslaught from Bute and the prospect of a KO is high on the cards.

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