It was surely fight of the year. George Groves stamped his mark on the super middleweight division with a fine performance against Carl Froch, but the battle-hardened champion prevailed. BoxRec News writers give their verdict on the outcome.
After occupying a corner assistant role for Tony Bellew’s recent showdowns with Argentine import Roberto Bolonti and awkward Malawian Isaac Chilemba, David Coldwell has seen enough to be more than convinced that ‘Bomber’ can pull off one of British boxing’s most impressive away days by ripping Adonis Stevenson’s WBC light-heavyweight crown away from him. Coldwell will brave the freezing Quebec conditions to work Bellew’s corner again with Mick McAllister, and says:
Danny Carter gave his fans a night to remember at the GL1 centre in Gloucester on Saturday as he outpointed Stoke’s game and tough Kevin Hanks over eight-three minute rounds to capture the vacant International Masters Bronze light-welter title.
It was a mixed night of fortunes in Bamberg for Sauerland fighters on Saturday with IBF cruiswerweight belt holder Yoan Pablo Hernandez outclassing tough Russian challenger Alexander Alekseev, who was knocked down in rounds two, five and then finally in the tenth when the referee was forced to wave off the bout and leave Hernandez to celebrate his third world title defence and his move back to the top of the BoxRec 200lb rankings.
Martin Supple at Ringside: Scott Quigg finally got the world title fight victory he wanted by destroying Diego Silva in 1:41 of the second round in the chief supporting contest on the Froch v Groves undercard. As defending WBA world super bantamweight champion, Quigg (8st 9lb 10oz) looked all business as he set about Silva (8st 9lb 6oz) right from the first bell, throwing his right hand hard.
Martin Supple at Ringside: When is a loss not a loss? In the case of George Groves, when you are booed into the ring and about 45 minutes later cheered out of it as the hottest property in British boxing. In a pulsating shootout which delivered everything it promised and more, Carl 'The Cobra' Froch ultimately retained his unified IBF and WBA super middleweight titles with a ninth round stoppage of his bitter rival. It was a magnificent fight, packed with action and incident with the promise of a sudden finish a very real possibility at all times. The ending though, courtesy of referee Howard Foster, was premature and harsh on Groves, who produced a performance right out of the top drawer.
The Murray Machine returned to action last night at the Bowlers, Manchester, and made short work of Nicaraguan Michael Escobar (7-11), stopping him in the fourth round after sending him to the canvas three times with a variety of shots.
IBF world cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez weighed in at 90,1kg today in Bamberg as he prepares to defend his prized belt against another southpaw, Russian Alexander Alekseev who tipped the scales at 90,2kg.
Iain Weaver’s Open Letter to the British Boxing Board of Control, which was emailed to various members of the boxing press earlier this week by a director of the Malta Boxing Commission, Rio Di Caro, has drawn the following response from the Board.
1. The BBBofC is not accustomed to making public the medical condition of persons who apply to it for a boxer’s licence.
2. In this instance Iain Weaver has invited the BBB of C to do so in his “open” letter published on the 18th November 2013.
Debutant Watch heads to the capital to feature East London’s Aarron Morgan. Aarron, who fights out of the Islington Boxing Club was a successful amateur who won two national ABA titles. After narrowly missing out on selection for team GB, Aarron has now decided the time is right to transition into the pro game.
The weigh in for this weekend's blockbuster super middleweight clash between Carl 'The Cobra' Froch and 'Saint' George Groves takes place today at 1.30pm at Manchester Central (formerly the Manchester G-Mex). You can watch the action live above. Please refresh your browser at 1.30pm.
Does the confident young challenger George Groves possess the minerals to wrest the IBF and WBA titles from the seasoned champion Carl Froch on Saturday? BoxRec News writing team give their verdicts on the outcome of this year’s biggest domestic dust up, and the majority think not.
Carl Froch and George Groves’ simmering war of words boiled over in Manchester as they came face-to-face for the first time since their appearance on Sky Sports’ boxing show Ringside. Neither fighter held back in a tense conference followed by a lengthy head-to-head for the cameras.
Fresh from a York Hall victory, Frank Monkhouse goes to market and gets prices for this weekend's blockbuster clash between Mr Froch and Mr Groves.
On Tuesday, Rio Di Caro, who is involved in various boxing interests including the Malta Boxing Commission, emailed to members of the boxing press an open letter to the British Boxing Board of Control, signed by former Team GB boxer Iain Weaver. As has been reported, Iain has sadly been refused a licence to box by the Board due to an arachnoid cyst on his brain, which the Board says is of a type known to be associated with increased risk of bleeding following trauma. The letter contains statements from several medical professionals supporting Iain's application.
I have never known such a bad period for boxing. Starting with the death of Mexican Francisco Leal after his fight with Raul Hirales on October 19 we have then had on November 2 Herman “Tyson” Marquez stretchered out of the ring after his fight with Giovani Segura, but thankfully recovering, and on the same night Magomed Abdusalamov in a induced coma after brain surgery following his fight with Mike Perez. This weekend was a horror story with Daniel Mackinnon and Colombian Jose Carmona both being rushed to hospital and now recovering from brain surgery. None of these fights were mismatches and neither was either one a case where it was felt the fights should have been stopped much earlier. With the exception of Leal there was no reason to think they were “accidents waiting to happen”. Brain injuries are unavoidable in a sport that does not just allow, but actively celebrates, hard blows to the head. A kayo is the big prize a fighter seeks and the crowd loves.
Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora (18-4) will hopefully now defend his European heavyweight title against Czech Ondrej Pala (32-3) on November 30 at London's Copper Box Arena, after original opponent, Italian Matteo Modugno (14-0) pulled out after suffering broken ribs during sparring.
Liverpudlian Rocky Fielding (16-0) will now defend his Commonwealth super middleweight strap against Accrington’s Luke Blackledge (14-1) after the match with New York based Guyanan Lennox Allen fell through.
Promoters Matchroom then had former champion Charles Adamu lined up as a replacement, but visa issues prevented that from happening.
This afternoon, Blackledge, who was due to challenge British champion Paul Smith in December, accepted the offer from Hearn to step in at short notice for the Commonwealth shot.
The latest edition of Debutant Watch goes north to Doncaster to feature Tommy Chadburn. Tommy comes into professional boxing from an unlicensed background and now he feels the time is right to turn over.
Sedgefield’s Bradley Saunders fights in front of his local fans for the first time since turning pro on Friday. After seven straight wins, five inside the distance, the County Durham man will finally get to showcase his skills on promoter Steve Wraith’s Licensed To Thrill show at Gateshead Leisure Centre.