Opinion | Jul 16 2014

Mickey Vann: The recent bad mouthing from Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly and Tyson Fury has no place in boxing

The pantomime grudges have no place in the sport says the official as he breaks down the Liverpool show

I TUNED into the Liverpool show at the weekend and thought I would have a look at some of our talent on the show. Anthony Ogogo and Wayne Reed were first up, and Anthony looked sharp and relaxed, and he showed good concentration rather than his usual laid back self. Reed is a tough uncompromising fighter was a good test for Ogogo, who picked his shots and was breaking Reed up slowly before stopping him in the fifth round. I think Ogogo still has a way to go before reaching the top of the tree.

Luke Campbell, though, I don’t think will get to those top branches of the tree. I am still not impressed by him, he lacks power, fast hands alone will not win a world title. I think his movement is very amateur and his repertoire of punches is not in abundance. I feel he should have stayed as an amateur in the GB set up, earning respectable money and going for an Olympic gold again in Brazil. If he won a second gold medal he would become a legend which I fear will not happen to him as a pro.

On to Stephen Smith versus Pedro Naverrete from Mexico. I thought ‘Swifty’ looked a bit tense boxing in front of his home town supporters, he got caught with some good right hands from Pedro, and although he won easily enough, he didn’t look world class against a tough rugged Mexican, and I would like to see him step up further in class before a shot at one of the major world championships.


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