Sugar Ray's Boxing Store Times

Sugar Ray’s Boxing store will be open until Saturday the 22nd for your last minute equipment purchases instore and then will re-open after Christmas on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th. We will then be Closed over new years until Wednesday the 2nd, normal times will then resume.
Thank you to all for your valid custom this year and we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Sugar Ray’s Boxing and Equipment Store.

Calzaghe Wins Sports Personality

Joe Calzaghe the 35-year-old superstar boxer finished ahead of Formula One star Lewis Hamilton and felow boxer Ricky Hatton who was in third place.

Calzaghe, the world super-middleweight champion, is undefeated in 44 fights, including a superb win over Mikkel Kessler in November.

Joe Calzaghe said “I’m shocked – it’s a massive honour and it caps off a great year for me,” said the boxer who has been a world champion for 10 years.

Calzaghe won with 177,748 (28.19%) votes to Hamilton’s 122,649 (19.45%) and Hatton’s 85,280 (13.53%).

To top a great night for boxing Enzo Calzaghe, Joe’s father and trainer, was named Coach of the Year.

Other award winners was:

AWARD WINNERS

Sports Personality of the Year: Joe Calzaghe
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Roger Federer
Coach of the Year: Enzo Calzaghe
Team of the Year: England rugby union team
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Bobby Robson
Helen Rollason Award: Oscar Pistorius
Unsung Hero of the Year: Margaret Simons
Young Sports Personality of the Year: Tom Daley
Welsh boxing superstar Joe Calzaghe brought his superb year to a close by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Floyd Mayweather Shows True Class

Floyd Mayweather put on a vintage display to stop Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton in the 10th round and retain his WBC welterweight crown in Las Vegas.

Hatton, 29, applied most of the pressure in the early rounds as he promised he would, but could not find the angles to unload his normally accurate shots and his pressure was not as intelligent as normal, causing him to fade as the fight went on.

Mayweather started to find his range with his blistering hand speed and was finding the target with great accuracy. Taking breathers in the grapples and conserving energy to land the shots that counted

Mayweather finally floored Hatton with two big lefts in the 10th before ending it with a devastating left hook. That brought Hatton’s and Englands dream crashing to the floor.

Hatton took his defeat gracefully, declaring it a “Fluke”

Mayweather took his win in his stride paying compliments to Ricky and the fans. As a 6 time champion at five weights i buy into the theory that we are watching the career of a true great.

When the fight was originally made we sided with Mayweather but was won over by Hatton’s confidence. We bought into the theory that De La Hoya took mayweather all the way and would of won if he had not faded at the end. Looking back De La Hoya was strong enough to trade and push Mayweater back with punches rather than grappling, he was bound to fade with the blistering effort. Also De La Hoya is big at the Welterweight having natural power over Mayweather, that showed when they traded. Hatton just did not look quite as strong as we though he would.

We though Hatton would rough up Mayweather but Mayweathers style allows him to adapt, turning Hatton’s force against him, using his shoulder to force Hatton back and when he made room unload with hooks.

Reports that Mayweather would be fazed by the crowd, when he has face De La Hoya in his home country, lets not forget Hatton is big in England, but De La Hoya is the most watched boxer outside the Heavyweight division and a superstar in America. Mayweather came out wearing the Mexican colours mocking De La Hoya’s heritage and supporting crowd, hardly the actions of some one that would be overwhelmed by the crowd!

Report of crowds three times the amount of the 4,000 official English fans would also be wide of the mark, taking it to near capacity of the Garden arena, it was a massive Pro Hatton crowd with the large majority of American supporting Ricky. Around 8,000 tickets stay with the MGM, that they use the tickets to bring in the high rolling gamblers, they have no interest in a 1,000 dollar ticket they want the gamblers to spend big time!

Well done Hatton for his great effort, it was great while the hype lasted and he is a great ambassador for the sport. We really bought into the fight and the excitement we felt in the build up and the anticipation was unbelievable and it will be a while before it is matched by any sportsman in any sport.

Hatton V Mayweather who wins?

Hatton V Mayweather who wins? With only days to go until the super-fight gets under way, we will soon know! Have been very impressed by Hatton’s training regime, he looks very fit and focused. After following mayweather’s career, I initially thought it would be a big ask for Hatton, but now I am going to back him to become the Pound for Pound NO 1!

York Hall Bill Tonight

Another great york hall bill tonight feature, Peacock Gym favourite Rocky Dean who is out to bounce back from a title defeat in his last fight.

That was a narrow points setback against Matthew Marsh in their Southern Area superbantamweight title fight at the 02 Arena in July.

Crowd pleaser Rocky is billed to face Kris Hughes on the York Hall bill.

Also set for action on the show are local middleweight hopes Richard Horton and Greg Barton, while the bill also features JJ Ouderie v Nick Okoth and Ben Murphy v Jamie Spence and Shanee Martin.

For show tickets call 07854 209 501.

Nappa beats Power

Ian Napper, beat Sugar Ray’s customer Martin Power last night in a great boxing match. The last round was as exciting as one can remember in a British Title fight. In a great show Ampro boxer Tony Salam won against an uninterested opponent who was pulled out and in the best fight of the night Sugar Ray’s customer and big ticket seller Henry Castle won in the best fight of the night at the Newham Leisure Centre.