December 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
BillyJoe-Eubank

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Billy Joe Saunders said he would retire if Chris Eubank Jnr beat him on Saturday night at the Excel Arena. I wonder what Saunders was thinking when Phil Edwards score of 116-113 Eubank was read out following the announcement of a split decision. It must have crossed his mind that the old Eubank curse of winning close fights was going to carry on to Jnr but thankfully the two other judges Marcus McDonnell (115-114) and Terry O’Connor (115-113) scored the fight for Saunders with the vast majority agreeing he was the deserved victor.

The fight played out as many expected. Saunders the more experienced fighter started better using a southpaw jab that messed up Eubank’s ability to get his feet right for any concerted attack. Beforehand the general feeling was that Saunders was at least 18 months ahead of Eubank in terms of development. Being the British, Commonwealth and European champion evidenced this sentiment, but the fact Saunders wanted this fight so badly – with a shot at the WBO title on the horizon – must be hugely respected.

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Eubank Jnr’s ability at title level was unknown. He and his father had talked their way into this fight with some outlandish claims and demands. Eubank even started the bookies favourite, after a slew of late bets on the challenger, which was amazing when he had not gone beyond eight rounds in his 18 prior fights.

As we entered the second half of the fight Eubank Jnr abandoned his low posturing work rate and began to rush Saunders using the uppercut inside, a punch that has knocked out a few of his previous opponents. It was crude but effective as the challenger got himself back into things. Saunders regrouped and then began to catch Eubank coming in matching him inside with some hooks inside. Eubank must have known he was behind as his corner team were telling him he needed a KO but amazingly Jnr told Ronnie Davies to “stop talking” when Davies tried to give some instructions.

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After a incredible effort in the last by Eubank to end the fight Saunders threw his hands up in the air when the final bell sounded. It had been a very good fight that certainly lived up to the hype. It had looked like the experts where right though with Saunders had proving he was the better more experienced guy. Eubank to his credit had shown that he was ready for anyone in the UK or Europe as he had pushed Saunders all the way

Saunders deserved the verdict no doubt but again questions were asked about one of the UK official’s score. Last week Terry O’Connor rightly got flak for judging Nathan Cleverly the winner over Tony Bellew. This week it was Phil Edwards who only gave Saunders four rounds. These scores just do not make sense and must be challenged by the fighter or their promotional team. Again like last week, the right man got the decision. But that doesn’t excuse the poor scorecard.

Below is 43 scores from the boxing media who watched and scored the fight along with stats on the scoring and my full scorecard.

Bobby Hunter’s Scorecard:

Round 1…. 10-9 Saunders

Round 2…. 10-9 Saunders

Round 3…. 10-9 Saunders

Round 4…. 9-10 Eubank Jnr

Round 5… 10-10 DRAW

Round 6…. 9-10 Eubank Jnr

Round 7…. 10-9 Saunders

Round 8…. 9-10 Eubank Jnr

Round 9…. 10-9 Saunders

Round 10.. 10-9 Saunders

Round 11.. 10-9 Saunders

Round 12.. 9-10 Eubank Jnr

 

TOTAL : 116-113 SAUNDERS

 

Judges Scores:

Marcus McDonnell : 115-114 Saunders

Phil Edwards : 116-113 Eubank Jnr

Terry O’Connor : 115-113 Saunders

 

Boxing Media Totals:

43 In Total

33 Scores for Saunders (77 per cent)

3 Scores for Eubank Jnr (7 per cent)

7 Scores for a Draw (16 per cent)

Average score, 115-113 for Saunders

Media scores:
Barry Jones (Boxnation TV): 115-113 Saunders

John Wharton (Freelance): 115-113 Saunders

Mathew Mojica (FightSource): 115-113 Saunders

Andy Paterson (BoxingAsylum): 116-112 Saunders

Adam Canavan (BoxingMadMagazine): 116-112 Saunders

Kurt Ward (BoxingAsylum): 115-113 Saunders

Ron Lewis (The Times): 115-113 Saunders

I Edit Boxing: 114-114 DRAW***

Alex Morris (BoxingAsylum): 116-112 Saunders

Phil D Jay (WorldBoxingNews): 114-114 DRAW***

Adam Abramowitz (SaturdayNightBoxing): 115-113 Saunders

Tom Gray (Ring Magazine): 116-113 Saunders

Scott Christ (BadLeftHook): 115-113 Saunders

LeaveItInTheRingRadio: 115-113 Saunders

Fighters Rated: 116-112 Saunders

Shaun Brown (TheFightCity): 114-114 DRAW***

John Hoolan (Freelance): 115-113 Saunders

Box Talk: 115-113 Saunders

Beau Denison (TheBoxingTruth): 115-113 Saunders

Victor M Salazar (ThaBoxingVoice) : 115-113 Saunders

Dan Rafael (ESPN) : 116-112 Saunders

Boxing Guru: 115-113 Eubank Jnr **

Pro Boxing Fans: 115-113 Saunders

John Evans (LiveFight): 116-113 Saunders

Brian Campbell (ESPN): 116-112 Saunders

Paul Smith Jnr (SKY TV): 115-113 Saunders

Steve Adams Jnr (PunchPerfectPugilism): 114-114 DRAW***

FirstClassBoxing: 115-113 Saunders

Tommy Allan (BoxingAsylum): 116-112 Saunders

Livefight: 116-113 Saunders

Wolfgang Schiffbauer (Sturm Promotions): 115-113 Eubank Jnr**

Andy Clarke (Boxnation TV): 115-114 Saunders

Instant Boxing: 115-113 Saunders

TheBoxingBrains: 115-114 Saunders

EBoxingnews: 115-113 Saunders

Ryan Bivins (SweetBoxing): 114-114 DRAW***

Paul Daley (TopClassBoxing): 114-114 DRAW***

Andrew McKart (FirstClassBoxing): 115-113 Saunders

No Holds Barred: 116-112 Eubank Jnr **

Nigel Collins (ESPN FNFs ): 115-114 Saunders

Terry Dooley ( BoxingScene): 116-112 Saunders

Rob Palmer (CheckHookBoxing): 114-114 DRAW***

Ciaran Shanks (Irvine Times): 117-112 Saunders

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“Eubank Jnr must now shut his mouth,” says Saunders

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December 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
Coetzee-Page

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1. GERRIE COETZEE was hoping to score a quick knockout when he defended his WBA heavyweight title against Greg Page on December 1 1984 in Sun City, South Africa. The American challenger was the clear underdog and came into the bout on the back of two successive points defeats – to Tim Witherspoon and David Bey.

2. THE champion was being lined-up for a money spinning showdown with Larry Holmes in 1985, and it was expected his huge right hand – that had accounted for the likes of Leon Spinks and Michael Dokes – could finish off the erratic Page.

3. BUT some curious events led to Page claiming the title. The 26-year-old fought aggressively which was uncharacteristic, the officiating from referee Isidro Rodriguez questionable, and the timekeeping diabolical.

4. THE fun started in the second round when Page charged from his corner at the bell and clumped Coetzee with a left while the South African was still facing his own corner, and had this back to his opponent. Coetzee’s corner was certainly slow to leave after minute break, but Rodriguez was far from blameless.

5. COETZEE – who was not fighting well – had grounds for complaint again at the end of the sixth round. Page clattered the champion with several blows after the bell which caused Coetzee to fall. Page was warned, but not punished. Still dazed as the seventh session began, Coetzee was floored with a legal right hand. He beat the count, and rallied back, his courage initiating a stirring exchange between the fighters.

6. THE ending to the Don King-promoted fight came in round eight. The electronic clock was not working and the bell did not sound at the three-minute mark of the round. The oblivious fighters fought on, Coetzee having some success before a Page responded with a series of blows. A big left hook sent the champ crashing to the canvas. The referee counted him out at 3 minutes and 48 seconds. Coetzee should have been sat on his stool in the minute break, but instead he was an ex-champion.

7. COETZEE’S camp complained furiously. Many expected the result to be overturned. But in the end, it stood. The WBA ruled that they were satisfied that the contest had been conducted according to the rules and that Page was indeed their new champion.

8. PAGE earned $500,000 for the controversial encounter whereas Coetzee’s disappointment eased, slightly perhaps, by his $800,000 bounty that he insisted was paid to him in South African rands.

9. THE new champion lost his belt in his first defence. Tony Tubbs decisioned Page in a dull fight in 1985. Two years later, the Kentuckian was drifting out of the world rankings altogether after a series of disappointing showings. The likes of Mark Wills, and an ageing Joe Bugner, were getting their arms raised against Page. But he fought on until 2001 when Dale Crowe knocked him out in 10 rounds. Page was left seriously injured as a result of that defeat, and died eight years later as his health deteriorated rapidly.

10. COETZEE’S days as a world class fighter were over in 1986 when Frank Bruno flattened him inside a round. He made a comeback in the following decade but eventually retired after losing to an eroded former champion, Iran Barkley, in 1997.

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December 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
Mundine-Hughes

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THE death of popular Test batsman Phillip Hughes last week was felt right across Australia and it wasn’t just the cricket community mourning the talented left-hander.

Hughes died two days after being struck in the neck by a bouncer while playing for South Australia in Sydney, triggering an outpouring of grief led by Australia skipper and his close friend Michael Clarke.

Less well known was that Hughes was also a big mate of current WBC Silver light-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine, now the mandatory challenger to Floyd Mayweather at 154lb following his recent points win over Sergey Rabchenko.

Mundine expressed his pain at the loss of Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday (Nov 30).

“I held his hand and told him I loved him,” Mundine to News Corp. “His manager said to me at the hospital, ‘Phillip loved you, Choc’ and I loved him, too.

“I now want to dedicate my next fight to him. I will invite his parents and family. It will be a big fight and I will win it for Phillip.”

Mundine first met Hughes in 2009, the year Hughes broke into the Australia Test side in spectacular style in South Africa.

“We had dinner one night … it was just Phillip and Khoder (Mundine’s manager Khoder Nasser) and me,” he said.

“We became close friends. He came to all my fights and we hung out together.

“When you’re with him, you got a chance to appreciate what a decent person he was. I never heard him say anything bad about anybody and he was always very humble.

“A lot of people were putting s*** on me in those days. But he told me that I inspired him as an athlete and I was really humbled by it.”

Mundine said he spoke to Hughes a few weeks ago and was meant to catch up with him for dinner last week.

“We were really looking forward to it. I still can’t believe he has gone,” he said.

Mundine put his own take on the #putoutyourbats call to honour Hughes – the boxer tweeted a picture of a pair of boxing gloves hanging on a door with the message, “Happy 26th birthday to Phillip Hughes may you rest in peace my man … ”

[Link to Mundine’s tweet for picture https://twitter.com/Anthony_Mundine/status/538997258411200512]

Mundine’s great rival Danny Green also sent a message of condolence to Hughes’ family and passed on his sympathy to Sean Abbott, who bowled the delivery that struck him.

“Tragic news on the passing of Phil Hughes. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and team mates … so tragic man but you also have to feel for the young bloke who bowled that ball. Terrible situation all round,” Green tweeted.

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November 30, 2014
November 30, 2014
Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury British & European Heavyweight Title's & WBO Heavyweight Title Final Eliminator

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IT was revealed by promoter Frank Warren at yesterday’s (November 29) Bad Blood press conference that he was the one who decided to retire Dereck Chisora following the 10th round of a brutally one-sided bout against Tyson Fury.
Read more of what Warren had to say about this, and the rest of the London ExCel event, below.

On Dereck Chisora-Tyson Fury II
“I told Don [Charles, Chisora’s trainer] to stop the fight after the 10th round, as it was quite apparent there’d be no change in the way things were going. Dereck just didn’t get into the fight from the start. His jab was non-existent and he couldn’t cope with Fury’s height and size. That was the pattern of the fight.
“Chisora’s a warrior and a very tough guy. He had three stitches under his eye and his nose may be broken. There’s no way I’m going to be making any decisions about Dereck’s future [in the sport] tonight, though. That’s something we’ll talk about and discuss together.”

On Billy Joe SaundersChris Eubank Jnr
“Saunders-Eubank was a cracking fight – one of the best I’ve seen for a while. Down the road, you can see a rematch taking place.
“The timing of the fight was good. Saunders’ experience as an amateur and as a pro proved to be the difference in the contest. He won the first four or five rounds, but Eubank came on strong in the later rounds. He’s got a big heart. He knew he needed a stoppage to win as the final rounds approached, and he went for it. I’m sure he’ll come again.
“Saunders did a great job against Eubank and he’ll fight the winner of Andy Lee-Matt Korobov for the WBO middleweight title next, hopefully on our show at the O2 Arena on February 28. We’ll do our best to get that fight on there. Tyson Fury will also be in action on that date.”

On Frankie Gavin-Bradley Skeete
“Gavin-Skeete was a real technical fight. I thought Gavin did enough to win.”

On Mitchell Smith-Zoltan Kovacs
“Smith busted his left hand up in the first round, but he’s a good little fighter.”

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November 30, 2014
November 30, 2014
Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury British & European Heavyweight Title's & WBO Heavyweight Title Final Eliminator

Boxing - Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury British & European Heavyweight Title's & WBO Heavyweight Title Final Eliminator - ExCeL London - 29/11/14 Derek Chisora (L) in action with Tyson Fury Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Couldridge Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

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AFTER watching his unbeaten nephew Tyson Fury dismantle Finchley’s 30-year-old former world title challenger Dereck Chisora over 10 hugely one-sided rounds at London’s ExCel Arena last night (November 29), trainer Peter Fury stated that it is time people started giving the Mancunian giant the respect he deserves.

“I don’t think anyone outside of our team thought Tyson could do what he did to Chisora,” Peter said. “Everyone keeps going on about Anthony Joshua, but people forget Tyson is only 26, which is just a year older than Joshua. He’s a serious threat at world level.”

The calm coach was very pleased with his charge’s performance against old foe Chisora – a dominant retirement victory which saw Tyson become the British and European heavyweight champion, as well as the mandatory contender for the WBO title, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko.

“Tyson boxed to a clear game plan,” asserted Peter. “We planned it out beforehand – Tyson would box orthodox in the first round, then switch to southpaw in the second to keep Chisora guessing. If Dereck had begun to work Tyson out at southpaw, we would have switched stance again, however, he just kept eating shots from that stance, so we stuck with it.

“Chisora is always dangerous, so Tyson had to be patient. He hasn’t even got into third gear yet. There’s a lot more to come from him. I see him do many things in the gym that the public haven’t seen he can do. He can adapt to whatever game plan best fits for a certain opponent. That’s the big advantage he has over all the other heavyweights. If you’re fighting him, you just don’t know which Tyson Fury is going to turn up. It could be an orthodox Tyson or a southpaw Tyson.”

The ease with which Fury overcame Chisora led some in attendance to vocally display their disapproval of the lack of action in the contest. However, this did not concern Peter, who was simply focused on his fighter winning the bout and moving in line to face Klitschko next year.

“There was a lot at stake in the fight, so we weren’t going to take any chances and start trading with Chisora,” said Peter. “Tyson’s earned his chance against Klitschko now, and I’m very confident he can win a world title. He’s a super athlete. Now the Chisora fight is over, I can reveal that Tyson had been suffering from a virus in the lead-up to the bout. He’d been bedridden for three or four days and hadn’t trained properly for three-and-a-half weeks. We gave him plenty of saunas and a few walks, and he started feeling OK again, which shows what great condition he’s in.”

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November 30, 2014
November 30, 2014
Billy Joe Saunders v Chris Eubank Jnr British, European & Commonwealth Middleweight Title's & WBO Middleweight Title Final Eliminator

Boxing - Billy Joe Saunders v Chris Eubank Jnr British, European & Commonwealth Middleweight Title's & WBO Middleweight Title Final Eliminator - ExCeL London - 29/11/14 Billy Joe Saunders celebrates winning the fight Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Couldridge Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

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FOLLOWING his split decision victory over Chris Eubank Jnr at London’s ExCel Arena last night (November 29), unbeaten star Billy Joe Saunders announced that his fierce rival has to “shut his mouth up now and get back to the end of the queue.” However, he also declared that he has a grudging respect for the 25-year-old Brighton talent after the pair shared 12 tough rounds.

“It was an extremely hard fight,” Saunders, 25, said. “His legs dipped after a shot in the second round and I wobbled him, but after that I got a bit complacent at times, and it was back and forth in the second half of the fight. My jab was working perfectly, but then I started to get involved with him – slugging on the inside. It was very close. He pushed me hard, but I felt I won it.

“We all know me and him don’t like each other, but deep down I respect him as a fighter. You’ve got to have bottle to get in the ring, although I still don’t like him. Fighters like him shouldn’t be beating me. A good technical boxer will figure him out all day long. I wouldn’t say no to a rematch, that’s for sure.”

As the number two-ranked boxer in the WBO ratings, southpaw Saunders can now look ahead to a crack at the winner of Andy Lee and Matt Korobov, who contest that organisation’s vacant middleweight title on December 13.

“All I’ve ever wanted to be since I was a kid is world champion,” the Hatfield traveller stated. “I don’t mind who I face out of Lee and Korobov. I think Lee’s got very good range, and Korobov was a great amateur, but he hasn’t been as good as a professional. To be in a fight like I was against Eubank, when you’re winning then your opponent comes back at you and it’s nip and tuck, I think that’s perfect preparation for a world title fight. I know I have to avoid becoming complacent in the second half of fights now.”

Jimmy Tibbs, the trainer of British, Commonwealth and European champion Saunders, is now adamant that his charge is fully prepared for world level. “I think Billy Joe is ready for Lee or Korobov now,” the esteemed coach opined. “I know he can box better than he did tonight, but he got the job done.

“Well done to Eubank Jnr for his effort. He did well but he’s still got a lot to learn. A big, big puncher would catch him out.”

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November 30, 2014
November 30, 2014
Crawford-Beltran

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TERENCE CRAWFORD was typically slick and tidy while dominating Mexican tough nut, Raymundo Beltran, over 12 rounds. The WBO lightweight champion notched his second defence to cap an excellent year in front of his hometown Omaha, Nebraska fans, and was a deserved unanimous winner, two scores of 119-109 and one of 120-108 confirming his superiority.

Crawford, 27, beat Ricky Burns to win the title in March, halted Yuriorkis Gamboa in June, and has now turned back the challenge of mandatory contender, Beltran. The challenger was game throughout, but outgunned, as Crawford switched stances before going for the knockout in the final round.

“I felt he was slowing down,” said Crawford after his win at the CenturyLink Center arena. “I didn’t want to get careless. I just stuck with what was working. I saw his eyes swollen but I just stuck to the game plan.”

Beltran was game until the end and rallied in that final session to stave off a stoppage defeat.

“I prayed to God to give me the strength, but I forgot to pray to take it away from him,” Beltran said.

Crawford plans to move to light-welterweight next year after spending much of his career at 135lbs.

“This is it [lightweight division]” Crawford said. “I’ve been at 135 since I was 17. I am 27 now. It is time to move up.”

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