We are two weeks away from what could be one of the most pivotal match ups in the middleweight division. Brit Billy Joe Saunders travels to hostile territory to defend his WBO world title against the dynamite punching David Lemieux. Travelling abroad to fight has a unique set of challenges which Saunders will have to overcome for the first time as a professional. Travelling however, is nothing new to Saunders within the boxing world. Before he embarked on his professional career he was a highly decorated amateur culminating at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Saunders spent a remarkable amount of time travelling the world and competing against the best boxers that were on offer. This will be the first time however as a professional, it will be in a world title contest & it will be against the most dangerous man he has yet to encounter. Continue reading Saunders vs Lemieux – Away from home & into the lion’s den
Revenge or Repeat?
This weekend us British boxing fans are truly in for a treat. We have the rematch of one of the most intriguing domestic showdowns of last year. Welshman Liam Williams will once again square off with his bitter Scouse rival Liam Smith in a grudge match that has fight of the year written all over it. The first contest was a riveting battle that saw Williams sharp punching and dazzling footwork rack up a lead on the scorecards, only for Smith’s determination, experience and strength to claw him back into the fight as he proceeded to gather momentum over an increasingly tiring Williams. The contest was poised for an epic finale, only to be denied by a clash of heads which resulted in Williams trainer pulling his man out of the contest. Whether the clash of heads was accidental or deliberate is up for debate. Whether Williams could have finished the contest or Gary Lockett was right to pull him out is also a talking point. The needle and animosity in the build up to this rematch is centred around one point; was Smith on the verge of stopping the tiring Williams & therefore was Williams happy to have to the fight stopped in the corner. The debate has raged, the insults have been thrown from both sides, the British boxing fraternity has been whipped into a frenzy. All that’s left now is the fight… and what a fight it could be. Continue reading Smith-Williams II
One of the most highly anticipated signed fights for 2017 is fast approaching. The rematch of last years controversial showdown between P4P King Andre Ward and Soviet Sniper, Sergey Kovalev. While not an instant classic, the first contest stirred up some of the most furious debates within recent years throughout boxing. The line in the sand was firmly drawn, sides were picked. “Ward won the fight clearly” or “Kovalev was robbed”. Which side are you on?
I think before we dive deeply into this topic and I give you my stance, I think we need to preface what a robbery is in boxing. To me, a robbery is a contest which was clearly won, perhaps even dominated by “boxer A” but still awarded to “boxer B”. This is the kind of contest where, when the scorecards are read, we need to do a quick double check to make sure it wasn’t Stevie Wonder filling out the scorecards! You get my point! Boxing, and further more, the scoring of boxing is completely subjective. This means that barring a definitive KO, the outcome will always be subject for debate. Continue reading Robbery? Call the police? Not so fast! Ward vs Kovalev