JAMES DEGALE V ROGELIO MEDINA PREVIEW

JAMES DEGALE V ROGELIO MEDINA PREVIEW

Tonight Britain’s Super-middleweight IBF world champion ‘Chunky’ James DeGale will fight challenger Rogelio Medina in Washington D.C. The fight, which is a Super-middleweight world title double-header, will be DeGale’s last before returning to the UK to hopefully unify the division against the winner of the other fight taking place, Badou Jack v Lucian Bute.

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‘Chunky’ has been in the US for the vast majority of the last 11 months since beating Andre Dirrell in May last year and has been enjoying life as world champion, winning his only fight since then comfortably against Lucian Bute. Tonight DeGale steps into the ring against Mexican Medina, weighing in at 167.6lbs and 167.8lbs respectively. Medina has an uninspiring 36-6 professional record and I expect DeGale to be able to finish the job early on and set up a unification fight back here in the UK against the WBC title holder.

DeGale was originally going to take on Jose Uzcategui however he withdrew due to illness and that gave IBF No.3 rated Medina the opportunity to take his place. Medina comes into the fight having won his last 4 bouts all inside the first 3 rounds in preparation for his chance at a world title but DeGale seems levels ahead of his opponent. ‘Porky’ has lost 6 fights, one of which was against Uzcategui by unanimous decision and another was against WBC champion Badou Jack who knocked Medina out back in 2013. Medina has said that he is confident going into the fight and has been training to put pressure on the Brit, but this should be of no threat to DeGale as we saw he can deal very well with pressure, especially in the world title fight against Dirrell.

Arsenal fan DeGale goes into the fight in good form after beating Lucian Bute comfortably back in November and is aiming to unify the division if he beats Medina tonight. ‘Chunky’ is confident of a victory and spoke to the IBTimes saying:

“Fight time is here, I’m feeling good, feeling fresh. I’ve trained extremely hard. Porky Medina is a good fighter in his own right, a very good fighter, but there are levels to professional boxing and I feel as though I am levels above him.” – James DeGale

I certainly expect DeGale to get the job done tonight and hopefully get the chance to unify the division in a UK homecoming. I’m sure he’ll be keeping an eye on the Jack v Bute fight that follows his in Washington and might even be wanting Jack to retain his title as the Hammersmith man has already beaten Bute comfortably. I think his power and speed should make this comfortable for him so my prediction is DeGale wins by KO in the third. Watching the fight? Leave a comment and let me know what your prediction is!

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ON THE RISE: KAL YAFAI

ON THE RISE: KAL YAFAI

Welcome back to the weekly segment (which is now not so weekly, apologies) ‘On The Rise’ where I profile up and coming British boxers. Today I look at  Khalid ‘Kal’ Yafai who’s looking to become a Super-Flyweight world champion this year.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Birmingham, competed in the European Cadet Championships in Hungary at the age of 15 back in 2005, winning a silver medal after losing in the final to Farid Aleshkin. This was a big early milestone in Kal’s amateur boxing career and set a good foundation for himself to carry on performing well during his time as an amateur. Also in that year, he became England’s first U17 World Boxing Champion after winning both the World Cadet Title and Junior Flyweight Title beating Luis Yanez. He was named BBC Midlands 2005 “Junior Sportsman of the Year” receiving plaudits from many boxing professionals who saw the quality he possessed from an early age.

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Yafai continued to impress at a very early age and became one of the youngest British champions at the age of 17, winning the World Junior Championship in Morocco. The following year, he was Britain’s youngest team member at the Seniors World Championship, earning the chance to qualify for the 2008 summer Olympics which he did so at the first stage. He beat his Welsh team-mate Mo Nasir and 2004 Olympian Igor Samolencko to qualify, which was a huge achievement and really emphasised the potential he had at just 18 years of age. After he qualified for the 2008 Olympics, he competed in the 2008 European Union Championships where he finished second, winning a silver medal after a controversial decision defeat to home favourite Rafal Kaczor.

Kai turned pro in 2012 and exploded onto the scene, winning his first bout inside 2 rounds as his opponent retired. He fought 6 times in his first year as a professional, winning all but 1 inside in the distance on his was to a perfect record. This was a sign of things to come for the young Brit as the following year he showed no signs of slowing down winning all 4 fights, 2 inside the distance, meaning he had won all 10 of his professional fights in just 2 years as a pro boxer. He had won 7 of his fights up to this point inside the distance which really showcases the power he has, especially at one of the lighter weight classes making him a dangerous opponent for anyone who wanted to take on the man from Birmingham.

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After a long injury layoff at the beginning of 2014, he was raring to get back into the ring and took no time at all to brush off any cobwebs he might have had, winning his first title in British boxing (Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Title) against Yaqub Kareem in Leeds. In his penultimate fight of 2014, he won the IBF Inter-Continental Title at Wembley Arena against Herald Molina, knocking his man out in just the second round. 2015 was again a very successful year for Yafai as he won all 4 of his fights against some dangerous opponents with the stand out fight being against fellow Brit Jason Cunningham for the British Super-Flyweight Title. The fight, which took place in Yafai’s home city Birmingham, went all 12 rounds as Kal Yafai won by unanimous decision to claim the British title and really cement his place as a force in the Super-Flyweight division.

That brings us to the current year 2016 and Yafai is looking to become a world champion. He won his only fight so far this year in March for the WBA Inter-Continental Title against Dixon Flores to take his record to 18-0. Kal beat Flores in just the first round in this world title eliminator, attacking his opponent from the second the bell rang and it didn’t take him long at all to find his range. Yafai looked sharp and used his powerful jab to good effect as he put Flores down before staying composed and finishing his opponent off after he managed to beat the count.

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The fight has now put him in line for a shot at Kohei Kono’s WBA Super-Flyweight world title and he is more than deserving of winning the belt. He is confident he can win the fight and is ready to do so, he spoke to Sky Sports after the fight against Flores saying:

“No British super-flyweight will fight me so it’s world title next. Get Kono over here. All respect to Flores for coming here but when I land clean, I put them away. I dedicate it to my Mum as an early Mother’s Day present.” – Kal Yafai

Kal Yafai certainly has the skill set to win a world title and I think he will win the WBA belt when he gets his chance against Kono. He has the power to knock out a lot of boxers in the division and a many of Super-Flyweight’s will try to avoid the Brit, with British fighters  seemingly already doing so. It’s a shame he is fighting in a division that doesn’t get a massive amount of coverage in the UK as he would be a much bigger name, having a likeable personality and knock out power certainly helps though. I hope we will see him headline a box-office show in the future, potentially after he has a world title or two and becomes one of British boxing’s best fighters. Now he has shown everyone what he has the potential to do, he has to now go and put that all on the line in a world title fight and hopefully add to the growing list of British world champions.

BRITISH FIGHTS WE WANT TO SEE

BRITISH FIGHTS WE WANT TO SEE

Welcome back to my blog 12 Rounds UK, today I’m going to discuss the results of a poll I ran on Twitter asking what domestic fights British boxing fans want to see. The results also include opinions from my friends and boxing fans I asked outside of Twitter. Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 14.11.18.png

As you can see in the very unspectacular pie chart above, the majority of people want to see Joshua v Fury or Haye, with Brook v Khan coming in at a close second and surprisingly, Frampton v McDonnell or Selby comes third ahead of DeGale v Groves or Smith. If any of these fights could happen and were even slightly as fantastic of an occasion as the featured image of this post, we would be in for a treat. Now the boring chart is out of the way, lets discuss the potential of these fights, likelihood of them happening and the significance the fights could have in the boxing world.

ANTHONY JOSHUA V TYSON FURY/ DAVID HAYE

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The most in demand fight possibly in the whole of the boxing world, definitely so in the UK, newly crowned IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua v WBA and WBO world champion Tyson Fury would be one of boxing’s biggest fights. A fight which would more than likely take place at Wembley Stadium, as Carl Froch v George Groves 2 did a few years ago, it would be a sell out 80,000 crowd watching British boxing’s 2 heavyweight stars go head to head. The fight would not just be for 3 heavyweight titles, it would be for Britain’s bragging rights, hero Joshua v Gypsy King Fury. This is certainly the number 1 domestic fight I want to see and it is actually quite likely to take place later this year providing that Fury and Joshua can both beat the challengers to their titles in Wladimir Klitschko and Dominic Breazeale.

I am going to assume people have voted for AJ v Fury (I should probably make the poll clearer next time… sorry) for the rankings below. For the people who voted for this but want to see Haye v Fury or Joshua well tough luck, only one of those fights would probably take place (AJ v Haye) and it would most likely happen next year, possibly after Haye can win a world title to bring something into the ring.

Potential to be a Good Fight: 9

Fan Excitement: 10

Likelihood: 9

When: Late 2016

Prediction (at this moment): Fury by split decision

KELL BROOK V AMIR KHAN

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A fight that has always seemed to be there or there about, but has never actually been made. Kell Brook has been practically begging Amir Khan to take up his offer and fight him  for his IBF Welterweight title but Khan seem’s to be constantly dodging any attempt for a fight to be made, despite being quoted saying he wants the fight to happen. Unfortunately for us British fans, this fight has gone from likely to unlikely at the moment with Khan moving up to Middleweight to challenge Saul Alvarez for his WBC world Middleweight title. Khan divides opinion in the UK, some people think he’s an excellent boxer whilst others, such as myself, think he can’t mix it with some of the bigger punchers in boxing. However, ‘King Khan’ is big out in the US and a fight with Brook would be a big one for both American fans and British fans. The fight would again probably take place at Wembley Stadium but this could be one of the potential stumbling blocks as Khan likes to fight out in the US.

Personally, I would love to see this fight happen but I’m unsure as to whether it will actually be made, Brook has to concentrate on finding himself a top opponent to fight rather than just easily beating the mandatory’s. If Khan loses against Alvarez, would he risk stepping back down in weight to take on Brook in a risky fight? Or if he wins, would he then ask Brook to move up to fight him, which he could do no problem, or does he aim for a big name in the Middleweight division, such as Gennady Glovokin.

Potential to be a Good Fight: 8

Fan Excitement: 9

Likelihood: 4

When: Maybe 2017

Prediction (at this moment): Brook by KO

CARL FRAMPTON V JAMIE MCDONNELL/ LEE SELBY

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I’ve started to realise the flaw in conducting a poll with some of the options, such as this one containing more than one fight, if you get me. It’s hard to figure out which of the two fight’s in question you actually want to see, for this post however I’m just going to assume. Now I know that’s a bad idea as some of you might actually want to see the other fight, but tough luck. For this section, I’m going to assume you the fight people wanted to see is Frampton v Selby, mainly because Frampton has now announced he will step up to Featherweight to fight Leo Santa Cruz, the same division Lee Selby holds a world title in. There has been talk of Frampton moving up to fight Selby for a while now and when he was stripped of the WBA Super-Bantamweight belt, the rumour mill started to turn. Despite this, Frampton opted to take on Santa Cruz for the WBA Featherweight belt. The fight is one I think Frampton will win, Santa Cruz knocked out Kiko Martinez in his last fight, who incidentally is someone who Frampton has beaten on 2 separate occasions.

If Frampton manages to beat LSC and comes away with the WBA Featherweight title, it would set up a mouth-watering clash with IBF champion ‘The Welsh Mayweather’ Lee Selby, who was knocked down for the first time in his career the other week by Eric Hunter. Lee Selby might have to take on the dangerous Josh Warrington first, which would be a top domestic fight in itself, but a fight with Frampton is what he will be wanting especially if he has a world title.

Potential to be a Good Fight: 7

Fan Excitement: 7

Likelihood: 8

When: Early 2017

Prediction (at this moment): Selby by unanimous decision

DEGALE V GROVES/ SMITH

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I’m actually unsure as to what fight out of these people would want to see the most, for argument’s sake, lets say the 2 fights in question are DeGale v Groves and DeGale v Smith. In my opinion, I would love to see a rematch between DeGale and Groves but only if Groves had a world title to bring to the ring. On the other hand, a bout between DeGale and Smith is starting to look increasingly likely as DeGale is a current Super-Middleweight world title holder and Callum Smith is undefeated, rising though the boxing rankings and is now mandatory for Badou Jacks world title, a person who Groves himself has failed to beat. If this was last year, I would have straight away said that I want to see DeGale v Groves the most, but now Groves has failed at the final hurdle on 3 different occasions, I want to see Smith go and get himself a world title then take on ‘Chunky’ James DeGale.

I really hope we do see a world title fight between DeGale and Smith, a fight which would split the British fans opinions and may even have some American’s interested as DeGale is starting to make a name for himself in the US. I have no idea where this fight would take place, possibly the O2 arena. I don’t think Wembley would be a good arena for these two fighters, at this stage anyway. A lot of things would have to go right in order for this fight to be made, such as DeGale holding onto his world title and Smith getting his opportunity for the WBC title against either Jack or Lucian Bute. DeGale wants to fight the winner of Jack v Bute which would mean Smith won’t be able to bring a world title to a fight against DeGale, but ‘Chunky’ could hold two titles by the time a fight is made, and Smith would be mandatory. You can read my ‘On The Rise’ segment on Callum Smith here, where I profile the promising young Super-Middleweight.

Potential to be a Good Fight: 9

Fan Excitement: 8

Likelihood: 7

When: Mid 2017

Prediction (at this moment): DeGale by unanimous decision

ANTHONY CROLLA V TERRY FLANAGAN

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Two fighters who are slightly under the radar in British boxing, but both hold world titles in the lightweight division and an all Manchester clash has already been talked about. Anthony Crolla is the WBA lightweight world champion after defeating Darleys Perez in a rematch late last year, however he could have been fighting for Terry Flanagan’s WBO title instead. Frank Warren revealed last year that Crolla turned down a fight with Flanagan, which probably would have taken place at the Manchester Arena, to fight Darleys Perez in a rematch for the WBA title instead. It turned out to be a good move for Crolla as he won the fight to become world champion. A domestic clash with Flanagan however is what British fans want to see. I personally want to see who is the better of the two, and see who can dominate the lightweight division in the coming years.

Crolla will fight undefeated Ismael Barroso next month who ended Kevin Mitchell’s career last year for the interim WBA title. Flanagan however has just defended his title against Derry Mathews which sets up the potential for a summer or end of year clash between the two British lightweights. Providing Crolla can come through the tough Barroso, a fight between himself and Flanagan would get the British boxing public’s attention to see who is the British lightweight king.

Potential to be a Good Fight: 6

Fan Excitement: 5

Likelihood: 7

When: Summer-Late 2016

Prediction (at this moment): Crolla by split decision

LIAM SMITH V BILLY JOE SAUNDERS

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The fight at the bottom of British boxing fans list is Liam Smith v Billy Joe Saunders. Smith is currently Light-Middleweight WBO world champion with BJS the current Middleweight WBO world champion. For the fight to happen, it would require Smith to move up in weight, but don’t think he isn’t capable of doing so. Despite being a couple of inches smaller than BJS, he has the same knockout record which shows he has the power capabilities. The problem with this fight is that both fighters are promoted by Frank Warren. It would be very unlikely that he would put two of his own British world title holders up against each other, which is unfortunate as I’m sure this would be an underrated fight. However, he Frank Warren did put both Flanagan and Mathews up against each other so that would give fans some hope.

I don’t think this fight will take place, I don’t see either fighter willing to give up their titles to change weight divisions. Especially so in BJS case as he wants to fight the big boys in the middleweight division such as Glovokin, who recently said he would be open to a unification fight with BJS.

Potential to be a Good Fight: 4

Fan Excitement: 3

Likelihood: 2

When: 2017

Prediction (at this moment): BJS by unanimous decision

Thanks to everyone that voted in the poll, let me know in the comments which fight you would like to see the most!

AJ TO MAKE HIS FIRST TITLE DEFENCE ON JUNE 25TH

AJ TO MAKE HIS FIRST TITLE DEFENCE ON JUNE 25TH

On June 25th IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make the first defence of the title he took from Charles Martin at the O2 Arena.

It should be a fantastic occasion for British boxing as it gives AJ the opportunity to showcase his ability against a potentially strong opponent, before he gets the chance to take on one of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing later on in the year, which is his current plan. The current names being thrown around for his title defence are people such as Bermane Stiverne – who lost his WBC title to Deontay Wilder, Eric Molina and undefeated Dominic Breazeale.

Eddie Hearn is currently trying to help Joshua appeal more to the American market, as a couple of the broadcasters have shown an interest in his fights. This is why those 3 names have been looked at, as they are all tough American boxers who would hopefully give AJ more of a test than previous people have.

Joshua wanted to get the fight arranged for the earliest possible date so he can get back into the ring and show everyone why he is world champion. He is also aiming to get another fight this year after his title defence, with Tyson Fury looking increasingly likely to be his opponent in what would be a huge clash probably taking place at Wembley Stadium.

AJ put out a message today on social media saying:

“After speaking to my coach I wanted the closest fight possible because I’m feeling good.I can’t wait to get back in training camp and pick up where we left off. The date to put in your diary is June 25, back at The O2 for my first title defence with a jam-packed undercard. I can’t wait to be back and I’m looking forward to performing for you once again. Take care and see you guys soon.” – Anthony Joshua

I certainly can’t wait to see Joshua back in the ring again after his explosive knockout of Charles Martin and I hope Eddie Hearn can get him a good enough opponent who will actually be able to take the fight to AJ.

SATURDAY FIGHT NIGHT REACTION

SATURDAY FIGHT NIGHT REACTION

Last night we saw Josh Warrington fight Amagasa in Leeds and Stephen Smith travel to the USA to fight IBF world champion Pedraza. It was a mixed night for British boxing and you can find out why what was below but first, if you don’t know the results and want to read my preview of the night’s action you can find that here.

JOSH WARRINGTON V HISASHI AMAGASA 

Leeds fan favourite Josh Warrington beat dangerous Hisashi Amagasa by unanimous decision in what was an excellent fight decided over the 12 rounds.

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After a good quality undercard that saw Martin J Ward put himself in a mandatory position for the British super-featherweight title and Stuart Hall prove that he is more than worthy of a shot at the IBF bantamweight title, Josh Warrington put on a fantastic display to beat the man from Japan who twice knocked down Rigo in 2014. Warrington performed much like the man who fought before him, Stuart Hall, starting the fight quick and ending the fight quick in order to pick up a convincing points victory. Amagasa looked like a tricky opponent for the Yorkshireman as he was much taller than Warrington and had a decent reach advantage but this proved to not be a problem for the compact Warrington, who has now opened up the doors for a potential fight with rival Lee Selby. The man born in Leeds spoke to Sky Sports after the fight and had this to say about fighting Selby:

“It’s a fight [against Selby] the Leeds people want. I just think that when that comes around, I’ve got what it takes to beat him. I know we all have bad nights but when he’s boxed, he hasn’t looked elite level.” – Josh Warrington

The scoring of the fight was laughable and put a bit of a downer on the fight as it was scored 117-111, 118-111 and 120-107. The judges clearly saw a completely different fight to everyone else as most people had Warrington edging the fight comfortably, but not by such a wide margin. It was a bit of a discredit to Amagasa, who was fighting out of his native Japan for the first time, as he battled hard against Josh and certainly won more rounds than what he was given. Despite this, the night of fighting on Sky Sports was excellent, especially so considering it wasn’t on box office and I would recommend watching it back if you can.

STEPHEN SMITH V JOSE PEDRAZA

Unfortunately becoming Britain’s 13th current world champion was just out of reach for Stephen Smith as he lost by unanimous decision to tricky Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza out in the states.

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Stephen’s 3 brothers – Callum, Paul and Liam all went out to America to support their brother in his attempt to become Britain’s 13th world champion but it just wasn’t to be. Smith started the fight well and even had his man on the floor in the 4th round, but it was from a push rather than a punch unfortunately. Smith continued to box smart though and found some good combinations which opened up Pedraza, however Smith just couldn’t capitalise. American pundit’s had the scores level going into the 8th round and it wasn’t until the 9th when a decisive moment happened as Smith was knocked down by Pedraza but he managed to get up and make it to the end of the fight. Smith fought well and it was an unlucky loss for the Brit despite being knocked down late on, he just couldn’t manage to have a good end to the fight like Warrington and Hall did back over here in the UK.

The judges scored the fight 117-110, 116-111 and 116-111 which was a little bit wider than some people thought but the decisive knock down in the 9th round probably had a big impact on this unfortunately for Smith. The Brit can come back with his head held high though and shouldn’t give up on his dream to win a world title. He has shown he can definitely mix it with world champions and I think he will get another shot somewhere down the line.

By some minor miracle I have managed to get BOTH my predictions right for the 2 main British fights this weekend (if you can count “close points decision” for Pedraza). If anyone want’s to have a go at predicting the results and maybe having a mini predictions league let me know.

SATURDAY FIGHT NIGHT PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY FIGHT NIGHT PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS

I know I know it’s been a fair while since my last post, I’ve been busy doing other uni stuff (100% a lie) but tonight there is some interesting British Boxing fight’s on Sky so I thought today would be a good day to return to the blog. First up I preview Josh Warrington v Hisashi Amagasa then after that, Stephen Smith’s world title shot against IBF Super-Featherweight champion Jose Pedraza will be previewed.

JOSH WARRINGTON V HISASHI AMAGASA 

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In what is the first fight of the night, Yorkshireman Josh Warrington will get into the ring against the dangerous Hisashi Amagasa. The man from Japan will be fighting outside of his native country for the first time in his professional career, coming over with a bit of a reputation. This has come from his fight against super-bantamweight king Rigondeaux who he managed, to everyone’s surprise, knock down twice before losing the fight in the 11th round.

In the other corner of the ring is the 25-year-old Brit who hopes to put on a show tonight to try to make a fight with Lee Selby happen. Warrington is unbeaten in 22 professional fight’s winning just the 4 by KO but don’t underestimate his power at this weight, he’s won 2 out of his last 4 by TKO and the other 2 by a comfortable points decision. This shows that he has the potential to mix it up and adapt to his opponent – something which rival Lee Selby was recently praised for.

Warrington is yet to fight anyone of Lee Selby’s ability, needing that final push to make it onto world level where he can mix it with world champions, which he definitely has the quality to do. Will tonight’s fight prove just how good he is? He could do with putting on a show and winning this fight comfortably, giving Lee Selby something to think about but im sure he would take victory in any form to push him one step closer to getting a big fight. I think Warrington will win by UD.

STEPHEN SMITH V JOSE PEDRAZA 

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Stephen Smith hopes to be the second of the 4 Smith brother’s to win a world title as he faces Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza for the IBF Super-featherweight title in the USA. Pedraza goes into the fight boasting an unbeaten record winning 21 of his fights, 14 by KO and has held the IBF title since mid 2015. Pedraza is a very tough champion in the division having beaten top quality boxers such as Edner Cherry, who lost by UD to Timothy Bradley and Andrey Kilmov who was beaten by Terence Crawford also by UD.

The Brit fighting in America, Smith, has been beaten once in his professional career to Lee Selby back in 2011. Since the defeat Smith has risen quietly up the rankings, picking up the British super-featherweight title and the WBC silver title along the way to his world title eliminator which was against Devis Boschiero – who had only lost 3 of his 43 bouts at the time. There have always been question marks over Stephen Smith’s power but he showed the power he does have in the fight, being the first person to KO the Italian Boschiero.

Smith is fighting out of his comfort zone in the USA having fought all of his previous bouts in the UK other than his KO of Arpad Vass in Munich. However, despite the lack of support out in the States for Smith he should take some much-needed confidence from recent examples of Brits winning titles out in America such as Kell Brook. This may be a step too far for Stephen, he desperately want’s to prove he’s a world level boxer but Pedraza might just be a little too tricky for him. I’m hoping Smith can add to the growing list of British world title holders, it would be excellent to see it happen but I just don’t know. I think Pedraza wins by a close points decision. 

GUEST POST: HAS JAMIE MCDONNELL RECEIVED THE CREDIT HE DESERVES?

GUEST POST: HAS JAMIE MCDONNELL RECEIVED THE CREDIT HE DESERVES?

Welcome to the first guest post on my blog analysing Jamie McDonnell and if he has received the credit he deserves within the boxing world, by @WorldBoxingWall.

Jamie McDonnell, one of the most underrated fighters in world boxing in my opinion.

The WBA regular champion of the Bantamweight division, Jamie McDonnell has had to earn the little credit that he has received the hard way. He has beaten multiple world-class fighters in his back yard and in their back yard, but why isn’t he talked about more? Why isn’t he receiving the credit that he deserves?

One big factor of why he isn’t as well-known as fighters like Kell Brook and Anthony Crolla is down to ticket sales. Jamie is not known to be a huge ticket seller which means that it wouldn’t make business sense for Eddie Hearn to make him the headline of a show because he would not be able to sell out an arena which means that the promoter will be likely to lose money on the show. As an alternative his promoter has been arranging fights for him on the under card of huge shows. For example he fought for and won the WBA World Bantamweight Title on the Froch vs Groves 2 undercard at Wembley stadium and he has recently fought on the Anthony Joshua undercard this past Saturday when the London man won the IBF Heavyweight crown.

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McDonnell, however, has headlined a show before when he won the IBF Bantamweight championship of the world against the dangerous Mexican Julio Ceja but only 3,000 people were there to see this historic moment at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. In addition to the low attendance, the show was not televised on any big network like Sky Sports, Boxnation or ITV – it was on Primetime which is not a well-known channel and therefore reduced the amount of people who were be able to witness the great win for the Yorkshire man.

After this win, McDonnell then signed with Matchroom sports and Eddie Hearn to further his career and since this move he his stocks have risen due to good publicity and big fights but not as much as they should have done, he deserves a lot more.

One thing that annoyed me greatly was when Sky Sports chose to show Anthony Joshua vs Raphael Zumbano Love instead of showing McDonnell in a huge fight with then unbeaten Tomoki Kameda which was hosted in the United States of America. I understand that they were building Joshua’s profile which has paid off massively now but why not show McDonnell vs Kameda live and then show a full repeat of the heavyweight clash after that fight. The McDonnell fight had more significance and Jamie proved all of the doubters wrong that night as he out pointed the Japanese man. After that win, people were talking. But not enough people, you would have thought McDonnell had only beaten a journey man by the amount people were talking about the fight, it was very discrediting to Jamie and his team.

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4 months later and Jamie was back in the US to defend his title against Kameda for the second time. This time, thankfully, Sky showed this fight but didn’t give it as much build up as lesser fights around that time. Jamie again beat Kameda and received more recognition for this victory which was great to see because after all it is hard to win once in America, never mind twice against a world-class fighter in Kameda.

Jamie has made it clear that he isn’t a fan of boxing and only fights for money to give his family the best life possible. As a matter of fact, after fighting on Anthony Joshua’s undercard this past Saturday he then went straight to a hotel and spent time with his family instead of staying and making the most of his free ringside ticket. He see’s boxing as his job rather than a hobby and this could be another reason why people don’t sit up and take notice of him, you will never see him doing interviews talking about current issues in boxing as he doesn’t stay up to date with it. This means that he gets less exposure with platforms like IFLTV and Sky Sports, he will only be interviewed in the lead up to his fights.

I think it’s clear to see that I’m a massive Jamie McDonnell fan and it annoys me that he isn’t as well-known and rated as other fighters which he has more potential than e.g. Scott Quigg. I hope he secures himself a huge fight this summer that will get him his well deserved exposure because the more people talk about him, the more he will get paid due to selling more tickets.

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