Liverpool’s Tony Bellew pulled off what many people are calling the shock of recent times in a British boxing ring at the O2 arena on Saturday night by Defeating David Haye in an entertaining Heavyweight bout. Haye was long odds-on with the bookies and most pundits couldn’t see Bellew going past the first couple of rounds as he took on the bigger man for the first time in his professional career above cruiserweight.
London fighter Haye, who was based in Miami for his training camp made no mistake in claiming that Bellew wouldn’t be able to withstand his power at heavyweight and predicted that he would be ending the fight early on, But Tony had different ideas and also stated his case during the build up asking Haye what he would do if he took the Londoners best shots and walked through them, which Haye dismissed any chance of.
The fight got off to a cagey start with both fighters not too keen to over commit although punches were landed by both men early and it was a good tactical affair. Haye looked to suffer an Achilles injury in the 6th round, whilst it was later emerged Bellew suffered a possible broken hand as early as the 2nd round but both men battled courageously to give the paying fans a fantastic fight.
Bellew tried to capitalise on his opponents injury in the sixth round and was all over him not giving him space to breathe, but by the end of the 7th it looked like the Evertonian could have punched himself out and both men were now looking worse for wear.
The next few round continued with two tired fighters although Bellew was doing a majority of the pressing forward and Haye throwing the odd clusters of big shot combinations trying desperately to knock his man out before Shane Mcguiggan threw in the towel in the 11th round giving Bellew the all important win that he had shown so much desire for throughout the whole build up to the eagerly anticipated grudge match.
Post fight interviews shown a different side to the fighters from that witnessed earlier in the week with opponents quick to congratulate and pay each other compliments. Haye avoided the injury excuse stating “I thought I would knock him out early, but I hit him clean with my best shots. He got up from them but when he hit me I couldn’t”. He then finished by adding “the best man won on the night fair and square”, while Bellew paid compliments to what he called “a great fighter”, and someone he looked upto when he was coming through the ranks.
Its unclear whether there will be a rematch, Bellew has plenty of options if he was to defend his WBC Cruiserweight crown although he has hinted that he could stay at heavyweight to challenge either Joseph Parker or Deyontay Wilder. As for Haye his career path will now depend hugely on which route the bomber takes, he has already stated he would love a rematch to try and turn the tables but knows that the ball is in Bellew’s court.
The undercard also saw KO wins for Irelands Katie Taylor as well as Brits Ohara Davies, Sam Eggington and Heavyweight David Allen who scored his second win inside a week.
Frank Buglioni claimed a dramatic 12th round stoppage of Hosea Burton to capture the British Light Heavyweight Title at the Manchester arena last night.
It was an epic battle from the first bell and one that both men can be extremely proud of. It seems scores were settled and both men earned the respect of each other as the victor tweeted a picture of the fighters waiting together for stitches after their war.
Buglioni moved to (19-2-1 15 ko’s) in the dying minutes of a fight that looked like it had slipped his grasp inflicting Burton’s first defeat of his professional career in what surely has to be a fight of the year candidate.
Both men came out of the blocks fighting an the early round were hard to split with Burton boxing well at range and Buglioni desperate to get on the inside and make it count when he did, it was an enthrawling light-heavyweight contest that entertained throughout.
The blood started to flow during the middle part of the fight with Buglioni looking worse off with a nasty cut above his left eye which needed inspecting by the doctor, this seemed to make him ensure he had nothing left in the tank as he gave it everything.
From the middle rounds Burton looked like he was starting to take control of the fight and for the first time established a lead over his rival then landed some teriffic shots in the 9th and 10th to stamp his authority.
If he was to think he had knocked the wind out of Frank’s sails though, he was hugely mistaken. Buglioni found another gear in the 11th and put Burton on the canvas, then in the final round topped off a courageous performance with a teriffic right hand which saw the referee stop the contest after Burton pulled himself back off the canvas but was unsteady on his feet.
It was a classic British Title fight that showcased 2 absolute warriors who can both hold their head extremely high. Credit to both lads.
Callum Smith must ensure he keeps his eye firmly on the job in hand and not the prize as he looks to defeat Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge on the undercard of Joshua vs Molina in front of a sellout crowd at Manchester arena in order to keep his world title dreams alive on Saturday night.
Liverpool’s 26 year old prospect hasn’t put a foot wrong so far in his professional career notching up 21 consecutive wins and knows he is only 1 fight away from a probable world title clash with American Badou Jack but must see the job through against his fellow Englishman first.
The chances of Mundo overlooking an opponent is hard to believe given the stock he comes from and the wealth of experience he has around him in his brothers although knowing Blackledge was beaten by fellow Scouser Rocky Fielding who he dispatched in good style earlier this year may be another hindering factor.
Having said all that Blackledge is better known as a boxer rather than a puncher which should play right into Smith’s hands given his amateur pedigree and if Csllum can outbox his rival then there’s every chance he could make his devastating power count in his way to making it 22-0.
The fight is due to be aired around 7.30 P.M and is available on Sky Box Office.
So Jamie Cox got back to winning ways on Saturday night in a scrappy and intriguing win after a frustrating 11 month lay off against Martin Rios.
It was a fight that exploded from the first bell with known puncher Cox looking to hunt his man down, although he didn’t have to hunt much as Rios seemed to want to fight fire with fire.
It weren’t long before that rustled the 2006 commonwealth gold medalist’s feathers and it looked like the head was thrown in. He was warned about this more than once in the first round and that didn’t seem to phase him.
Sensing he was getting under his opponents skin the Argentinian intended to do everything possible to upset the apple cart holding on repeatedly as the pair exchanged words in the middle of rounds.
With both seemingly walking a tightrope after just 1 round the home fighters corner bemusingly advised him to keep getting his head on his newly found enemies chest and the pair were repeatedly warned by referee Phil Edwards for their own antics with both men having points taken off throughout the fight for everything from head butts to spitting gumshields out.
With the first few rounds out of the way Cox looked to take control by converting to his boxing skills until round 8 when it was unclear if Rios tried to bite or kiss the Englishman which reignited the fire.
After a rough fight Cox came through with a 98-86 points victory to capture the vacant WBO intercontinental super middleweight title and go 21-0(12 ko’s) and told Sky Sports pundits he is looking to move on to big names including George Groves and James Degale.
The card also saw Ellesmere Port based Paul Butler accomplishing a comfortable points win which never looked in doubt under new trainer Joe Gallagher.
By Scott Milner
Saturday night saw an entertaining battle as Sheffields’s Kell Brook took on Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin for his WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles.
Special K as he is known by many courageously moved up 2 weight divisions and put his unbeaten record on the line to challenge the hugely avoided hard hitting middleweight. Unlike so many others before him Kell certainly came just to win and not to just survive and even at times pushed GGG back frustrating him by picking him off on the way in and making him miss more than we have seen before.
Brook looked stunned and in trouble half way through the 1st round as Golovkin landed a crushing left hook but recovered well and made it clear GGG weren’t going to get everything his own way like he was so often used to. Over the next few rounds Brook certainly made an interesting fight of it and asked questions Golovkin has never been asked in his professional career.
Brook, arguably the best fighter to challenge the champion looked like he was starting to feel the pace by the end of the 4th and his rival sensing this came rushing out in the 5th piling relentless pressure on the British star leaving his trainer Dominic Ingle with no choice but to throw in the towel to save his fighter from any further harm.
One thing for certain is although suffering his first loss the 30 year old can hold his head up high and be proud of his achievements. It is thought Brook may now go down to 154lb with plenty of options open to him once he has recovered while Golovkin is looking at a possible big money showdown with Canelo providing he can defeat Liverpool’s Liam Smith on Saturday which is certainly not a done deal.
So on Saturday 17th September Liverpool’s Liam Smith takes on the hard hitting Mexican Canelo at the home of the Dallas cowboys in what is by far his biggest test to date.
Canelo, who’s only loss to date came at the hands of the great Floyd May weather back in 2013 is one of the sports biggest names with Boxrec ranking him the pound for pound king.
Canelo who had an impressive amateur career with 44 wins out of 46 bouts and was Mexican junior champion goes into the fight full of confidence following his recent win over Amir Khan back in May but Smith believes he has the tools to show that this is his time to shine.
Former Rotunda ABC boxer Beefy also has an outstanding amateur career. The 2 x ABA champion comes from a family of 4 current professional boxers and is currently unbeaten.
Smith made his professional debut in 2008 on a stacked card including the likes of Tony Bellew and Anthony Corolla and seems to have gone from strength to strength. Canelo is already talking about fighting GGG next time out and that could be a huge mistake.
Smith believes he can do what fellow Brits Khan, Rhodes & Mathew Hatton all couldn’t. One thing for sure is it won’t be easy but make no mistake the slightest sign of complacency and Smith will be sure to pounce.
Liam has been sparring with the likes of Kell Brook and younger brother Calumn which isn’t bad preparation at all. He looks sharp & hungry but more than anything believes he has the skills to conquer where so many others have failed.
One thing is for sure a win for Beefy will open up so many doors with bags of potential quality fights awaiting the winner. This certainly looks an interesting fight between 2 come forward fighters where neither like to take a backward step.
Viewers can watch the action on HBO, PPV on Saturday 17th September.
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