We all went up to the MEN and Sugar Tours laid on some coaches, it was a great day out with I think Nicky and Alex showing why boxing is so great the respect between the two was great and they are an asset to our sport of boxing. I had Nicky winning by a good margin and thought he boxed superb to take the fight from Arthur, who was not him self that night. While he is still strong at the weight I think his slow performance do indicate that he is struggling to make the weight and the fluids going on board 24 hours before are making him sluggish as is the ordeal in making the weight. I hope he move up and wins another Title soon. Nicky is fighting again on the 6th September we think in Birmingham.
It was a shock to see Amir go down so quick, yes we know his chin can wobble, but I did not expect with all this talk of new trainer improving his defense etc that he would come out swinging so reckless, Amazing. Amir Khan has his critics from my point of view, he brought outside people back to the sport, got sport england funding for clubs across britain with his medal at athens(would they of still supported boxing with no medal to show for a lot of money invested into boxing for the couple of years before athens), got inspired people in the gym and he got people talking, yes he can win, he’s the best, he fight’s blown up fighters, he can’t take a punch and so on. Whatever he does now, even if he does win a world title, it won’t be quite the same and that to me is a shame.
Joe Calzaghe battled back from a stunning first round knockdown to score a disputed split decision victory over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas and reign as light-heavyweight world number one.
Calzaghe extended his unbeaten record to 45 fights but only after by far the toughest test of his career against 43-year-old Hopkins, whose big right hand had got him off to a great start.
But the brilliant Welshman fought back strongly in the second half of a fight which was marked by frantic exchanges and touched by controversy when Hopkins claimed a low blow in round 10.
Joe was cheered on by a home crowd, with surprisingly few American supporters, after failing to capture the American’s imagination, there was empty seats inside the venue and $1200 seat’s being sold for just $100 outside.
Judge Adalaide Byrd thought Hopkins had done enough to edge a 114-113 verdict but Chuck Giampa (116-111) and Ted Gimza (115-112) both scored in favour of Calzaghe’s excellent second half of the fight.
Joe Calzaghe returned to Britain stressing his plan for one last super-fight but hinted he may prolong his career, admitting retirement dates often prove to be “famous last words, with Roy Jones Jr now on his shortlist for a final bout.
IBF light-heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver has insisted he is the opponent Joe Calzaghe must face if the Welshman wants to cement his legacy as one of boxing’s all-time greats.
Tarver, who stunned Sheffield’s Clinton Woods earlier this month to take the Briton’s title and possibly end his career, has joined Roy Jones in offering to tackle Calzaghe on either side of the Atlantic.
It is amazing that every one is now calling out Joe, as the man to beat after so many years of people, in Joe’s opinion avoiding him.
Undefeated light welterweight prospect Lee Purdy (7-0, 3 KOs) made short work of Jamie Spence (4-2, 2 KOs), on Friday night, winning by a 1st round TKO of a six round scheduled bout at the York Hall. Purdy, a fighter with a growing reputation for heavy hands, was coming into this fight having knocked out his last opponent Craig Dyer in 107 seconds of the 1st round.
With both fighters trading shots, Purdy suddenly landed a big right hand that dropped Spence who fell awkwardly face first on the canvas. He got up and received a standing eight count. Purdy was in the corner waving his hands getting the crowd to cheer. As soon as the fight resumed, Purdy came out intent on stopping Spence, landing an storm of punches unanswered ending with a big right hand that staggered Spence causing the referee Marcus McDonnell to step in and end the fight with Spence still on his feet.
Having watched Purdy spar, his power is visibly impressive, his hand’s deceivingly don’t look quick, but his ability to make angles and space for him to throw shots, make it look like he has all the time in the world. He is as comfortable under pressure as using his boxing ability, and seems to naturally move his head, rolling in and out. With genuine power in his right hand, I am sure we will see Lee fight for an area title in his next fight or two. Well done Russell Smith trainer of Lee Purdy from his Champ’s Gym in Colchester, Purdy is improving at an astonishing rate under his guidance.