Naoya Inoue The Full Nelson: The Great Big 2014 Sink or Swim-athon

There's nothing more boring or lazy in journalism than a desperate flailing attempt by a writer to announce a completely bogus, made-up trend, in an obvious attempt to cover up for a lack of ideas on the part of said hack. With that in mind, I'd like to talk about what I'm calling The Great Big 2014 Sink Or Swim-athon

Johnny Coyle and team Johnny Coyle shines in Prizefighter Welterweights

Stanford-le-Hope southpaw Johnny Coyle walked away a worthy winner of a highly entertaining Prizefighter Welterweights IV at the York Hall, outpointing Wales’ former European lightweight champion Jason Cook and Stourbridge’s Sam Eggington before meeting Belfast’s Paddy Gallagher in the one-night tournament final. The first quarter final saw Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng (10st 8lbs 3oz) put Paddy Gallagher (10st 7lbs 7oz) down twice in the first round in between a visit to the canvas himself.

Snips and Snipes with Eric Armit  - April 3 2014 Snips & Snipes: A weighty fine for Chavez Jnr?

There is a suggestion that if Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. comes back down to middleweight to fight Gennady Golovkin at the Los Angeles Forum - or some other venue - on July 12, there should be a $1million fine if he fails to make the contract weight. I have argued for some time that the penalty for not making weight for a fight is not tough enough, but $1 million is a bit steep.

Tony Bellew, Martin Gethin, Brian Rose, Kell Brook Rise of the Mandatory - Fall of the Contender



In recent months there has been a noticeable increase in the use of the mandatory system in order to get fighters title shots. On the surface this has been seen as a welcome return to fighters earning a title shot as opposed to being handed one by the powers that be. Like so many aspects of the boxing world however looks can be deceiving.

 It is fair to say that for some years, fighters were being gifted title shots that they hadn't earned and ultimately wouldn't win.

The weigh in for tonight's Prizefighter Welterweights IV took place yesterday, with quarter final one featuring Stoke Newington's Eric Ochieng (10st 8lbs 3oz) versus Belfast's Paddy Gallagher (10st 7lbs 7oz).

Enzo Maccarinelli

Both challenger Enzo Maccarinelli and champion Jurgen Braehmer weighed comfortably at 174lbs for tonight’s WBA light heavyweight World title fight in Rostock, Germany. Welshman Maccarinelli, 33, is aiming to become the first British fighter to drop down a weight and win a second world title since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1903.

Simon Dale's short documentary looks at the career of Morden's former two time British champion Lightning Lenny Daws.

James DeGale splits with Hennessy

Through his representatives, James DeGale MBE has announced he has split with Hennessy Promotions. Ambrose Mendy, executive adviser to DeGale and a former manager of Nigel Benn, issued the following statement:

The Full Nelson: A boxing holiday with your nearest and dearest

“Watching a fight on television has always seemed to me a poor substitute for being there. For one thing, you can't tell the fighters what to do.” - A. J. Liebling - Boxing With The Naked Eye.

Being a penurious hack has its drawbacks and its advantages, its pros and cons. One of those drawbacks came back to me forcefully the other day when idly clicking through one of those dreadful ticket-whoring websites, where touts — or their more-odious cousins, the brokering companies that have proliferated in the Age of the Internet like boxing organisations sniffing out a new opportunity for a sanctioning fee — get to flog tickets to concerts and sporting events at many times their original prices.

Rendall Munroe

Leicester's Former European super bantamweight champion Rendall '2 Tone' Munroe will take on Leeds' Josh Warrington for his Commonwealth Featherweight title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on April 19.

Matty Askin

Blackpool cruiserweight Matty Askin believes he should be next in line for a shot at the British title. The 25-year-old retained his English title against Menay Edwards last weekend and feels it was a performance that should earn him mandatory status.

Dean Byrne

Irish Lightning Dean Byrne (17-3-1) believes the big names will finally want to fight him should he win the Prizefighter Welterweights IV on Saturday at the York Hall.

Crayford cruiserweight Menay Edwards has been discharged from Blackpool's Victoria Hospital after being admitted on Saturday night following his contest with Matty Askin for the English title.

King Davidson

Southampton based Nigerian southpaw King Davidson (18-1) gets a meaningful British test sooner than he thought when he faces Newport veteran Bradley Pryce (35-16) at the Wythenshawe Forum on April 5 in a Commonwealth title eliminator.

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Kell Brook

Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook remains in position for a world title tilt and will know who he’ll be facing when the winner of an all-American match-up between Ohio’s Shawn Porter and Brooklyn’s Paulie Malignaggi gets his hand raised next weekend (April 19) in Washington DC.

Fight Reports

Dundee's Mike Towell picked up the Scottish Area light middleweight title with a controversial stoppage win against Sanquhar's Rhys Pagan at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley on Saturday.