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Sunday, 21 April 2013

22/04/2013 Action from both sides of the pond

We saw everything this weekend after an incredible night of Boxing action, from Madison square garden to wembley and back across to Austin Texas, we had plenty of action from both sides of the pond. KO's to close decisions, I have rounded up this weekends ringside action and given my views on what we can expect from here out.

Saul Canelo Alvarez v Austin Trout

This match up had the making of a classic, with Alvarez carrying his incredible unbeaten record at the tender age of 22 to the ring, and Trout bringing his unbeaten and strong amateur background to the fight the crowd were awaiting the showdown. Trout started strong and seemed to take control very early on, with Alvarez keeping his guard high and taking the back foot Trout was able to maintain his distance and pick shots at will. Alvarez then knew he had to up the tempo, and he did just that. By rounds 4 and 5 he had found his rythem and was beginning to open up on the American.

It was in round 6 that the tables had completely turned in the favour of Alvarez after he landed and impressive straight right hand to Trout, this resulted in the 26-0 man hitting the canvas for the first time in his career. From there on out it was Alvarez that took control, as he breathed confidence over Trout he gave the crowd a real show as he stood for a strong 30 seconds weaving and ducking I and out of Trouts punches. It was that confidence and the overall Boxing master class that took Alvarez to    The final bell with another win on his résumé. He remains unbeaten and now looks for a bigger test of his ability, with talks of Floyd Mayweather still hovering around the Boxing world he finds himself in a very strong position to challenge the king for his crown. For now he will have to wait a little while longer as Mayweather goes about his business, but I'm sure we will see them very soon in the same ring, and when we do I'll be sure too not write of Alvarez as quick as I have in previous encounters.

Tyson Fury v Steve Cunningham

It was Furys chance to show the Boxing world what all the talk has been about, and a chance to get his name up in lights in the home of Boxing Madison Square Garden, and Fury took that chance by the scruff of the neck and showed everyone exacktly what he Heavyweight division has been missing. Cunningham started the fight very strong and had Fury frustrated, infant Fury seemed so wound up by the American that by the end of round 1 he was already giving Boxing fans something to write about as he shoved Cunningham back into is corner. This didn't come as a shock to British fans, especially Jose that have followed his antics over this past year, but the Americans were about to find out what this man was really about.

Fury continued to frustrate fans and seemed more inclined to make a name for himself than get the job done that stood in front of him. Cunningham stood strong and had Fury on the floor in the second round. With respect to Fury he dusted himself down and continued to go after Cunningham. Both men exchanged great shots, but it was the big shot that both men were trying to land but neither could  find it. And then as he bout drew closer to he final few rounds, Fury ceased his opportunity and whilst having Cunningham firmly locked on the ropes produced a devastating right hook that nearly took Cunningham out the ring. It was the telling shot that proved to much for the experienced Cunningham, and it was the shot that not only put Fury on path for a showdown with Pulez for a shot at anKlitschko title, but also announced to America 'is this the Heavyweight you have been missing for the last 10 years?

Nathan Cleverly v Robin Krasniqi

Nathan Cleverly went into this fight knowing that he was just 2 mandatory fights away from a shot at the big time, ultimately a chance to face Bernard Hopkins. I think many people had this fight down as an easy win for the Welshman, but hat wasn't to be and the scorecards certainly didn't do Krasniqi any justice. The German based fighter proved to be a good test for Cleverly and landed some great shots throughout the fight, but Cleverly held his stance and used his jab to perfection to gain a very favourable points win.

Friday, 19 April 2013

19/04/2013 Not just Alvarez v Trout tomorrow night.......

Fight fans are in for a treat this weekend, with 3 huge match ups which all promise to offer something special.
British fans will be familiar with Tyson Fury's climb to the top of the Heavyweight division on channel 5, and they have captured another step of Fury's career as he edges ever closer to the crown. This weekend he takes on American Steve Cunningham, Its a match that Fury should win but he will certainly have his work cut out. Both men will look to prevail as the Boxer next inline for a shot at Vitali's Heavyweight title, this eliminator will probably go the distance unless Fury comes out the blocks strong and we could then see an early KO from the big man. Nathan Cleverly will also go head to head with Robin Krasniqi whilst Dereck Chisora steps back in the ring after his infamous fight with David Haye. Chisora will look to overcome Hector Avila and get himself back in the running of the heavyweights.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

18/04/2013 Brook v Alexander called off again

Today it has been confirmed that the IBF have ruled that Kevin Buizier will be the man to step up and face Devon Alexander after Britain's Kell Brook has pulled out through injury. Its the third time that this match up has been called off leaving many fans upset that the fight they have wanted to see, they will now have to wait to see.

Buizier who is 20-0 has been given the chance to step up as he is the IBF's mandatory challenger, this means that Kell Brook will fall back down the rankings and have to wait to get another chance at his world title shot in America.

It was the chance of a lifetime for Brook, who originally pulled out through injury, Alexander himself also had the fight delayed due to injury, and when all was cleared with both fighters and the papers had been signed it seemed that fight fans would get a Welterweight showdown that looked so promising. Alexander becomes the overwhelming favorite to retain his title and we will have to wait to see what happens with the Kell Brook saga.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

11/04/2013 Donaire v Rigondeaux this weekend!

This weekend sees one of the most anticipated fights of the year, 31-1 Nonito Donaire faces unbeaten 11-0 Guillermo Rigondeaux. It's the fight everyone wants to see, with all the incredible Boxing ability of Donaire, critics are saying that he faces his toughest challenge yet. Rigondeaux offers a huge amount and I personally think he cold really upset the odds on Saturday night. 

Styles make fights, and this certainly has everything a Boxing fan could ask for, speed, counter punching and KO power. Since Donaire lost his first fight a few years ago he has come back better than ever and it looks like no one will stop him in his tracks, many have him ranked in the top 5 p4p Boxers in the world and this weekend he will either solidify his place amongst Boxings elite or he will take another step backwards. Watch this space.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

20th April, Alvarez v Trout, my take.

20h April will be a night to keep free, as 2 of the best upcoming fighters will go head to head and compete for a potential shot at current P4P champ Floyd Mayweather. Both Austin Trout and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez will look to overcome each other as this could shoot them to the big payday they are both seeking.

After an incredible upset against Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout has put himself in great position but must defeat the odds by putting an end to the incredible win streak of the Mexican. Rumours are already circulating that Canelo is next inline for Mayweather, but I can't help but agree with many critics and reporters that the young gunslinger should hold fire and continue to wow throughout the division and work his way through an overwhelming talent of fighters.

Trout on the other hand will no doubt be entering this match up the underdog just like he did when he  outclassed the Puerto Rican Cotto, but he offers an incredible ring presense, with great in ring ability, speed and strength he can surely do what many have failed to do and unlock Canelos weaknesses. It will be the undoing of one of these men, for me I have to favour Alvarez, but I really hope Trout pushes him to the edge of his ability.

With a barrage of incredible fights coming our way this is definitely one not to be missed, styles make fights and this fight is built on two different styles that will surely prevail as one of the fight of the year contenders. Mayweather will be watching this one very closely, although not to close as he will currently be getting in shape for his showdown with Robert Gurrero, another potential fight for one of these two ringmasters.