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
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
At this current moment in time I can’t think of any fight in boxing that is as highly anticipated as the proposed contest between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. The longing for this bout gives me flashbacks to the long drawn out negotiations between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, I for one hope that we don’t have to wait 5 years to see these two titans square off.
As with all great matchups throughout boxing history both fighters have partisan sets of fans on either side who will argue to the death that “their man” will easily defeat the other. Go on any boxing forum, speak to any group of fighters or fans at a gym and you will hear convincing stories for both sides. Today I am going to attempt to break down why Canelo could be the one to inflict GGG’s first professional career loss, but it sure won’t be easy. Continue reading How and why Canelo could beat GGG, but it doesn’t mean he will!