Signing with South African promoters may have been regarded as a gamble by some within the UK, but Martin Murray, 31, rolled the dice and found himself competing outside of England for the fourth time in his last seven fights, taking on Max Bursak in the illustrious surroundings of Le Casino, James Bond territory, in Monte Carlo, Monaco earlier this evening, Saturday. So… is his gamble paying off?
One of the most eagerly-awaited rematches in British boxing history arrives later this month as George Groves has a second shot at Carl Froch’s two super middleweight titles in front of an 80,000 audience at Wembley Stadium. Heading into the first bout, Groves was an underdog and despite losing via cruel 9th round TKO, he is perceived as a legitimate threat due to his hard-punching and exquisite boxing performance throughout the ruckus. Frank Buglioni predicts the outcome of the do-over…
Vicious Argentinean puncher Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31ko) is in familiar territory as he heads into his May 3 showdown with boxing’s premier prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jnr (45-0-0, 26ko) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He is a 7/1 underdog. Last time out, against Adrien Broner, he was also against the odds (5/1), yet scored the upset of the year and banked himself a marquee match-up. Can history repeat itself or will the American deny El Chino victory?
A return to the division south of welterweight could await Manny Pacquiao if trainer Freddie Roach has much sway in the Filipino legend’s next move as the Wildcard Boxing Club owner believes the 35-year-old will only recapture his knockout power if he campaigns within the confines of light welterweight (140-pounds) or lightweight (135-pounds). Promoter Bob Arum may not be so keen as the ‘money’ fights are at 147-pounds, but here’s five candidates who could bring bucks at light welter and below…
Lightweight Anthony Crolla defeated his former stablemate and friend John Murray in Manchester on April 19 in a battle that saw momentum go both ways. Murray showed off his warrior instinct but Crolla stayed true to his strategy and out-thought, out-jabbed and eventually out-gunned the more experienced fighter. Crolla retained his WBO intercontinental title.
Scott Quigg scored a knockdown in round one then another in round two as the Englishman returned a swift, concussive victory over late replacement opponent Tshifhiwa Munyai on April 19 at the Phones4U Arena. The first flooring blow was a result of a powerful hook, prior to a conclusive right hand finish in the second in a display that thrilled Quigg’s promoter and trainer…
Ovill McKenzie, brought in on late notice to challenge Tony Conquest for the Commonwealth title at cruiserweight, won his third title with the organisation after knocking the champion out in five rounds at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford on Saturday, April 12. Peacock boxer McKenzie had his man down in the third, stayed disciplined and scored the stoppage in the fifth leaving Conquest needing oxygen.
After the shock results earlier, where George Kean lost on points and Frank Buglioni dropped a sixth round stoppage defeat to Sergey Khomitsky, it was up to Chris Eubank Jnr to deliver a home win – and boy did he do just that with a chilling left uppercut concussive knockout win that was set up thanks to an energy-stealing shot to the body.
Frank Buglioni’s corner retired their fighter in a shock result at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday, April 12. The Wise Guy was in with experienced middleweight Sergey Khomitsky in what was the first real test of the Englishman’s career – and it was one he failed, as he suffered a sixth round stoppage.
Gorgeous George Kean was hoping to double up on his boyhood club Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out victory over Wigan Athletic in the earlier and had to go through a mid-competition scare as, like the Gunners fell behind before Per Mertesacker restored parity late in their FA Cup semifinal match, Kean had to dig deep to be William Warburton’s equal. However, unlike his beloved N5 football club, he ended up on the losing side in his battle.