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    Froch v Kessler; The wait is finally over

    Saturday night at the 02 arena in London, Britain’s IBF world champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch, will face for the second time “The Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler, in a bill titled ” Warriors Call “.

    The first time these guys locked horns, the Great Dane took a unanimous points win against Froch on his home soil, in an enthralling battle, and now Kessler – looking in the mood to do business, is promising come Saturday night he will go 2-0 up, against the man many Boxing scribes feel is the favourite.

    “If I lose, I’m going to quit,” Kessler told Sky Sports News. “If I lose fair and square I am out of here.”

    “But I’m not going to lose, I am going to win.”

    Speaking at yesterday’s press conference at the 02, Froch responded with a war cry to his Fans “My weigh-ins are always hostile events for the guy in the other corner, and I hope tomorrow’s is no different,”

     “I want the fans to come down and give Mikkel a taste of the wall of noise that will greet him when he steps in the ring on Saturday”

    Yesterday Kessler won the coin toss to walk to the ring second, and “The Cobra” hopes the weigh in will give the Great Dane a taste of what’s to come when the pair finally meet in the ring on Saturday night.

    “I’m glad against Kessler i will walk first. I can get into the Arena, soak up the atmosphere from the biggest crowd either of us has performed in front of, and he’ll be back stage listening to the Froch Army in full voice. I wouldn’t want to have to walk into that with my opponent standing there, soaking it up and feeling ten feet tall and invincible.”

    It’s clear both of these guys are feeling confidant of victory in the most highly anticipated fight in the UK this year. But who wins??

    Case for Kessler:

    Mikkel will be looking to impose his jab early on, Boxing well and dictating the early rounds with the double jab right hand he uses so well, also i feel he could be busy with the body shots.

    He may feel that if he manages to box well, and win the first 5-6 rounds, taking some steam out of froch by attacking the body, suddenly the pressure is all on Froch. In front of his home fans Froch, behind on points could get careless and in desperation, leave himself open for Kessler to step it up and go for the knock out in the second half of the fight. ( mikkel will not be looking to leave this in the hands of the judges ) one thing is for sure – If Froch doesn’t stamp his authority early on, it could be a very hard night for him.

    Case for Froch:

    Since there last fight, Froch without question has upped his game and improved. He still maintain’s the build up to the fight in terms of preparations played a big part in his performance that night.

    Froch needs to get out there and show Kessler he is in the lions den, with the majority of the 20,000 fans Behind him he needs to capitalise on the home soil advantage and put Kessler on the back foot from the start. Carl’s longer reach will play a part as he looks to control the Center of the ring whilst looking for openings early on. His power is not in question, and he may feel that like Bute, if he can catch him early on its good night Vienna. I expect him to dictate the pace whilst landing hard shots of his own, he must keep his defence tight and not get drawn into Kesslers game plan of making him leave himself open. The first 4-5 rounds are vital for Carl and he needs to be at his best early on. If he can take the early rounds, suddenly its Kessler who is going to be looking for the KO but One thing about Carl is his absolute resolve, You hit him once he will want to hit you three times.

    Froch like Kessler has a granite chin and the second half of the fight could be epic, I feel though with Froch taking an early lead the momentum going into the later rounds will be with him. When it goes to the trenches which ultimately it will, Froch with his partisan Crowd roaring him on will be looking to take advantage of the Danes desperation by landing hard right hands, but he must be aware of the uppercuts as Kessler looks to hold. I’m expecting Froch to try and break the Danes will in the later stages and go for the stoppage himself around the 11th round.

    Personally fight time couldn’t come any quicker for me, and with a bill that also has Bellew v Chilemba meeting again in a fight both fighters need to do a lot more in, us fight fans are in for a real treat.

    Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler on May 25 is live on Sky Sports HD Box Office in ‘Warriors’ Call’ in association with Betfair.

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    Hayemaker faces Manuel Charr at the MEN Arena on June 29

    David Haye has signed a long term promotional association with Matchroom Sport, which begins when he faces Manuel Charr at the MEN Arena in Manchester on June 29, live on Sky Sports.

    Matchroom Sport and Hayemaker Promotions will co-promote the shows headlined by the former World Heavyweight champion, beginning with the clash with the 28 year old World title challenger Charr in Manchester.

    “I’m delighted to have agreed a four-fight promotional deal with David Haye and Hayemaker,” said Eddie Hearn. “In my opinion David is the most exciting heavyweight on the planet and I’m over the moon to help bring his comeback fight against Charr to Sky Sports on June 29.”

    Further details on Haye’s clash with Charr and the promotional association with Matchroom Sport and Hayemaker Promotions will be revealed at a press conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

    Danny Garcia defeats Judah, eyes move to 147 lbs

    Light Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16KOs) retained his belts when he defeated the very game veteran Zab ‘Super” Judah (42-0, 39KOs) in a very entertaining twelve round Championship fight.  Garcia made another defense of his titles at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, fighting in front of a crowd who showed up to support Brooklyn’s own Judah.

    Going into the fight many fans and experts felt that the quick Judah would give Garcia fits with his speed and defense.  But in the early rounds it was Garcia who dominated the fight, setting the pace and discouraging Judah from taking any unnecessary risks.  Judah fought in spurts in the early rounds, electing to fight from the outside and using the ring to avoid Garcia’s power.  Garcia’s advantage in power was evident and his right hand found the target often.  In the 8th round he connected with his power punch, dropping Judah to the canvas.  The momentum of the fight changed in the last rounds of the fight and Judah found success connecting with his left hand.  He bravely fought back and showed glimpses of the talent that made him a Champion in the past.  In the end Garcia was simply too young and strong for Judah and won on all cards with scores of 115-112, 114-112, and 116-111.

    After the fight Garcia hinted that his time fighting at Light Welterweight was coming to an end in the near future, and that we could see him jumping to the more high profiled division where fighters like Guerrero, Mayweather, and possibly Amir Khan await.  There is a possibility that Garcia last fight at 140 could be against the winner of the May 18th fight between Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse.

    Undercard Results:

    Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Middleweight title with a TKO victory over Fernando Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs)

    Danny Jacobs (25-1, 22 KOs) knocked out Keenan Collins (15-8-3, 10 KOs) in round four of a middleweight bout.

    Former Champion Luis Collazo (33-5, 17 KO’s) defeated Miguel Callist (27-9, 18 KO’s) with a TKO in round 5 of their scheduled 8 round welterweight contest.

    Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KOs) won an 8 round unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez (21-5, 14 KOs).

    Boyd Melson (10-1, 3 KOs) won a 6 round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KOs) in a six round super middleweight contest.

    Light heavyweight “Sir” Marcus Browne (4-0, 4KOs) remained undefeated scoring a TKO against Taneal Goyco (4-6-1, 2 KOs) at 0:54 of round two.

    Zachary Ochoa (4-0, 3 KOs) defeated Calvin Smith (2-3), winning a unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 (3x).

    Miguel Cartagena (6-0, 3 KOs) won a 4 round unanimous decision over Angel Carvajal (2-1) in a bantamweight bout. Scores were 40-36 (3x).

    D’Mitrius Ballard improved to 2-0 (2), knocking out Marcus Clay (2-6) at 2:21 of round two.

    Wilder vs Harrison

    British heavyweight Audley Harrison insists he has not given up on his world title “dream” and believes he has become a “complete fighter”.

    After his Prizefighter win in February, the 41-year-old fights American Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on Saturday.

    “I am still living my dream and focused on my goal of becoming world champion,” said the 2000 Olympic gold medallist.

    “I set a goal to be world champion and quite a few times I have fallen, but each time I have got up.”

    Harrison suffered his sixth defeat as a professional when he was knocked out in the first round by David Price in October.

    His only world title shot ended in defeat, losing to David Haye in 2010, but he insists he has not lost any of his ambition.

    Deontay Wilder next step towards world title

    British heavyweight Audley Harrison insists he has not given up on his world title “dream” and believes he has become a “complete fighter”.

    After his Prizefighter win in February, the 41-year-old fights American Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on Saturday.

    “I am still living my dream and focused on my goal of becoming world champion,” said the 2000 Olympic gold medallist.

    “I set a goal to be world champion and quite a few times I have fallen, but each time I have got up.”

    Harrison suffered his sixth defeat as a professional when he was knocked out in the first round by David Price in October.

    His only world title shot ended in defeat, losing to David Haye in 2010, but he insists he has not lost any of his ambition.

    Stieglitz vs Abraham II – Card Report

    On Saturday, 24th March in Germany at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KOs) regained the WBO super middleweight title against the man he had lost it too, Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KOs). The first fight had been a competitive affair that went the distance. This time it was over after three completed rounds. Stieglitz had bossed the fight and was constantly coming forward. Abraham is not the most active of fighters in terms of punch-output but he was being pushed back by the will of the challenger. The end came at the beginning, of the fourth round when trainer Ulli Wegner and the doctor decided to stop the fight, as Abrahams left eye was completely shut.

    It was a decent performance by the new champion, Robert Stieglitz, against an ageing Abraham. Abraham just hasn’t been as effective at super-middleweight as he was at middleweight.

    The undercard saw Englands George Groves (18-0, 14 KOs) fight for the second time in March, as he scored a second round stoppage over Syrian, Baker Barakat (37-14-4, 25 KOs). Groves put in an educated, classy performance against his out-gunned foe. A sharp, accurate jab was on display and the only knockdown came, in the second, from some clubbing right hands. Barakat beat the count but after shipping some more punishment the referee waved it off. Groves is in line to face Stieglitz for the IBF super-middleweight title, sometime later this year.

    Heavyweight contender Robert Helenius, of Norway, kept on track for a World title shot by defeating veteran, Michael Sprott (37-20, 17 KOs) via a ten round unanimous decision. Helenius controlled the fight at long range, behind the left jab, and comfortably won by scores of 98-93 x 2 and 97-93. It was a subdued effort from the Englishman and, at 38, it could be the end of the road.

    Accidental head-butts’ caused the end of the competitive bout between the Czech Republics, Lucas Konecny and Karim Achour, of France. The cuts were above both of Konecny’s eyes and deemed to have been accidental. The referee wrongly waved the fight off, in the last round, declaring Achour (14-4-2, 3 KOs) as the winner. Sanity prevailed and the referee was overruled and the judges scorecards brought into play. Konecny (49-4, 23 KOs) correctly declared the winner by scores of 118-110 x 2 and 116-112. The bout was for the meaningless WBO European middleweight belt.

    Heavyweight, Edmund Gerber scraped home via an eight round unanimous decision over Gbenga Oloukun. Gerber (23-1, 14 KOs) was a promising prospect but the Germans career has faltered lately. He was very lucky to get a decision over faded Maurice Harris, back in 2012 and lost his unbeaten record to veteran, Michael Sprott, in December 2012. Oloukun thought he had done enough to win the fight after finishing the fight strongly but in truth, needed to have been more active in the earlier rounds. I honestly can’t see Gerber advancing to World level and at only 24, his handlers need to make a decision, on which direction he is going. Oloukun (18-9, 11 KOs) has now lost nine of his last eleven fights.

    Other Results:

    Melissa McMorrow WSD10th Nadia Raoui

    Enrico Koelling WUD6th Josef Obeslo

    Moritz Stahl WKO1st Jozsef Orsos

    Tony Pace prevails in a classic; Dean Francis victorious in comeback

    Steve Sims and Tony Borg produced another Great evening of boxing in Newport, South Wales as fans were treated to all the excitement that boxing can offer. The drama was high with fights that had shifts in momentum, in front of passionate supporters. The show was a double main event involving two title fights for British Masters honours in the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions.

    At lightweight the eagerly anticipated showdown between Tony Pace, of Talbot Green and Aberdare’s Lance Sheehan more than lived up to expectations. The fight saw Tony ‘The Snake’ Pace lift the title in a tremendous and courageous effort.

    In the early rounds it was hard to separate the two fighters, as Sheehan worked well with the jab and Pace applied pressure. At times Sheehan was matching Pace’s infighting and having success but he was slowly being drawn into his opponents fight.

    The contest looked all over in the fifth, as a left hook early in the round badly hurt ‘The Snake’ and the follow-up barrage had him in all kinds of trouble and he spent the majority of the round being battered by every shot in the book. There were calls for the referee, Wynford Jones, to stop it but he didn’t intervene and the round took a lot out of Sheehan – who had thrown just about everything to end it. How Pace didn’t go down is beyond me and more astounding was that in the next round, it was Pace who came out stronger while Sheehan’s ‘tank’ appeared empty. There are moments when you see a fighters will and determination and in those fifth and sixth rounds, we saw them from Tony. He rode out the storm, in the fifth and in the next round came back firing.

    In the seventh we saw a triple left hook from Pace and he was dictating the fight. Once he’s inside and starts to let his hands go, he’s like a dynamo. Sheehan took a few rounds to get back his energy back and started boxing better in the ninth but it was still his opponent who was controlling the tempo of the fight. Pace was having a field day in the later rounds with crunching hooks to the body and hooks to the head.

    In the he final round both men still threw leather and considering that neither man had been past six rounds before, it was a feat in itself. It amazed me how well Pace recovered from the fifth round and how Sheehan, seemingly running on empty could carry on round after round.

    The official scorecard of referee, Wynford Jones, read 97-93 to the deserved winner Tony Pace. I scored it closer at 96-94, which included the 10-8 round in the fifth.

    At only 19 and with a hard start to professional boxing, Tony Pace just keeps getting better, stronger and fitter. His record improves to 4-4 and he won his first title the British Masters lightweight belt. Sheehan suffered his first defeat in six fights but will have gained a lot of experience from this bout and can only comeback stronger. The fight was missed by the TV cameras but will live long in the memories of those there to witness it.

    Co-main event was an intriguing battle between undefeated Justyn Hugh, of Newport and former British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Dean Francis of Basingstoke. 38 year old Francis was coming into the fight after a three year absence but entered the ring in magnificent shape as did Hugh (pictured, right).

    The British Masters light-heavyweight belt was up for grabs in this one. It was the younger man from Wales that started better and he took the opening two rounds, showing a good jab and some solid combination punching.

    In the third, Francis was on the canvas from a flash knockdown but was unhurt. Francis had success in the fourth with the straight right. The fifth was an even round but Francis finished very strongly and it seemed from that point that the momentum in the fight was starting to swing in his favour and he took the next few rounds, his punching more fluid than his opponents.

    The major breakthrough for the Basingstoke man came in the eighth as a left hook to the body seemed to hurt Hugh and the more experienced man sensed it and threw more through the round and each time had success and it looked like he might get the stoppage then but Hugh wouldn’t go down.

    A spirited fight back in the ninth saw Hugh take the round and it looked like the fight would go the distance. Going into the final round I had it scored 86-85 in the Welshman’s favour. The tenth was fought at a fast pace and both had success. Francis won the fight with a sickening barrage in Hugh’s corner putting Francis on top and the referee rightly stepped in to save Hugh from further punishment.

    The fight overall was highly entertaining and both men had plenty of success but it was the senior fighter who rolled back the clock to come out on top. Referee for the bout was Wynford Jones. Dean Francis record improves to 32-4-1 while Hugh suffered his first defeat and now stands at 11-1-1.

    The undercard saw a rematch between Adam Goldsmith of Cwmcarn and Blackwood’s Dai Jones. Goldsmith had won a close four round decision back in June at the same venue and took Jones unbeaten record in the process. The rematch was once again over four rounds and the well matched fighters served up another entertaining fight that was to be cut short.

    The fight opened with Goldsmith using boxing and movement while Jones tried to close the gap to get inside. The second round saw Jones close the gap but Goldsmith was still doing well in making the Blackwood miss. It was the second round that saw an accidental clash of heads open a very nasty cut over the left eye of Dai and the blood flow was non-stop from that point.

    Jones fought with great urgency in the third though Goldsmith did match him with solid shots of his own. Referee, Clarke Joslyn called a halt to proceedings, in the third, due to the dreadful cut and the fight went to a technical decision which resulted in a draw, both having 39 points.

    The two evenly matched prospects will likely get to meet again in a rubber match. Goldsmith’s record is now 1-0-1 while Jones is 3-1-1.

    On the comeback trail, 30 year-old Taz Jones had his first fight since an eight-round points defeat to Prince Arron in 2009. The opponent this evening was journeyman, Jay Morris from the Isle of Wight.

    The fight was mostly a mauling affair that prompted the referee, Clarke Joslyn, to warn both fighters and he took a point away from Morris in the third for roughhouse tactics. Jones was the superior man in terms of punch power and variety but it was still a hard night’s work for a comeback fight. Jones was rightly awarded the decision 40-35. Jones’ record improves to 13-7-3 while Morris’ falls to 15-31-3.

    Show opener featured unbeaten Tamuka Muchapondwa from Reading via Harare, Zimbabwe and Swansea man Matthew Ashmole in a contest over four rounds at light-middleweight. Ashmole put in a good effort but Muchapondwa controlled the tempo of the fight and chose his shots well. The contest was fought at a slow pace though Muchapondwa showed good hand speed and variety in the final two rounds including effective uppercuts.

    Referee Clarke Joslyn scored the fight 40-36 to Muchapondwa. Muchapondwa’s record improves to 3-0 while Ashmole’s falls to 0-7.

    Images courtesy Ciaran Gibbons

     

    Canelo defeats Trout with UD

    After a long day I can finally reveal my findings concerning the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout. I was able to collect 194 scores from Press and fans for this fight which was deemed to be a close one with the exception of the ringside judges. You will see in the scores below that the Press had Canelo narrowly ahead in the 45 scores collected whilst the fans on twitter and all the best boxing forums had Trout winning by a decent margin In total the fans sent in 149 scores. Thanks.

    My score for the fight was 114-114 a draw but I did have Trout winning 6-5-1 in rounds but gave Canelo the 10-8 for his knockdown scored in the 7th round.

    Below is the totals for all the scores, followed by a breakdown of Press then Fan scores. I have as always listed and named every score from the Press and named the boxing forums who send in so many scores.