Boxing pays Tribute To Nicky Booth

The boxing world continues to mourn the loss of former British champion Nicky Booth, after he passed away on Wednesday after losing his battle with cancer, aged just 40. I thought I would take this opportunity to pay my own tribute.

Nicky was the brother of Jason Booth, they both enjoyed success in the ring winning titles. Nicky would go on to win both the British and Commonwealth titles.

Despite his in ring success some of his biggest battles would come outside the ring with drug addiction, it is not known for certain but the these problems may have contributed to him cutting his boxing career short as he had his final fight in 2003 aged just 23.

Although his boxing career was relatively short consisting of just 23 fights, the impact he had on the boxing community with never be forgotten. When news of his passing broke a number of people from the British boxing community took to social media to express their sadness.

Although he is no longer with us he will be remembered as one of British boxing’s real characters, rest in peace champ gone but never forgotten.

Fight Camp:Boxing Back!

Good news for boxing fans this week as it was announced, that the sport would be returning but not as we know it. Matchroom boxing announced this week Fight Camp but what is it? In this post I will be giving you everything you need to know before the first Fight Camp on the 1st August.

How Will it Work?

Fight Camp could fast become the new normal as we look to get life back to normal. It is the brainchild of Eddie Hearn. Now I know that for some strange reason Eddie seems to get a lot of abuse from boxing fans but this is great and really the only way to restart our sport. Basically the venue will be Matchroom headquarters in the garden, yes you did read that right in the garden. However what you have to bear in mind is that Matchroom HQ is a mansion set in acres of gardens it includes a gym and a swimming pool.

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As you can see from the picture above it will be well spaced out keeping social distancing were it is possible.

Is it safe?

The short answer is yes there is a hotel near to Matchroom HQ that everyone involved with the weekends fights will have to stay at this will include the fighter and their corner team and the TV production teams. When someone arrives at the hotel they must use the side door and take a test for COVID-19 only then will they get their room key, and they must stay in their room until the test results are back. Once the test results are back and they are negative only then will anyone be allowed onsite. Once on site nobody can leave for any reason or make physical contact with anyone outside of the Fight Camp until the event is over.

Who will be Fighting?

For all boxing fans this is probably the most important question, on Friday afternoon Matchroom announced 4 Fight Camps starting on the 1st August and here’s how they breakdown:

Week 1 1st August:

Sam Eggington V Ted Cheeseman: IBF International Super Welterweight Title

James Tennyson V Gavin Gwynne: British Lightweight Title

Jordan Gill V Reece Bellotti

Fablo Wardley V Simon Vallily: English Heavyweight Title

Dalton Smith V Nathan Bennett

Week 2 7th August

Chris Billam-Smith V Nathan Thorley: Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title

Terri Harper V Natasha Jonas: WBC and IBO Super Featherweight Title

Anthony Fowler V Adam Harper

Week 3 14th August:

Felix Cash V Jason Welborn: Commonwealth Middleweight Title

Zelfa Barrett V Eric Donovan

Kieron Conway V Navid Mansouri

Shannon Courtenay V Rachel Ball

John Docherty against an opponent yet to be announced.

Week 4 22nd August:

Dillian Whyte V Alexander Provetkin: Interim WBC Heavyweight Title

Martin Bakole V Sergey Kuzmin

Luther Clay V Chris Kongo

Katie Taylor will defend her world titles against an opponent yet to be announced

Where can you Watch the Fights?

Now we know where and who now we need to know how you can watch these fights. All the fights will be live on Sky Sports.

All except the Whyte Provetkin fight which will be live on Sky Box Office. Now I don’t know about you but I’m not the biggest fan of pay per view at the best of times, but especially at the moment when fans can’t get to the fights I think it is totally wrong. Normally when a fight is on box office they are pack with world title fights but this one isn’t. I understand that boxing is a business and you need to make money, and this will be a good night of boxing but not enough for it to be on Box Office.

As always I love to hear what you guys think how excited are you about boxing been back? Is Fight Camp a good idea? What fight are you looking forward to the most? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.

RuizJoshua2: Repeat or Revenge?

We are now less than 3 days away from the rematch that the world wants to see RuizJoshua2. However the question on everyone’s lips is will it be repeat or revenge?

Before we can try and answer that we must first look at their first fight, Joshua came into the fight as a massive favourite as Ruiz took the fight at 5 weeks’ notice, after Jarrell Miller was force to pull out after failing a drugs test. In the build up to the fight both men were very respectful while of course saying all the wright things, as both men were predicting a win however the bookies had Joshua as a big favourite. Then at the final press conference Joshua did something very unusual he gave his belts to Ruiz to hold and pose with them.

On fight night in front of a packed out Madison Square Garden both men made their ring walks Ruiz walked to the ring full of confidence, and he seemed to be loving the atmosphere. However when Joshua made his ring walk he just didn’t look wright he looked a bit like a rabbit in the headlights. Even during the introductions Ruiz looked like a man ready to fight and Joshua looked disinterested and like he didn’t want to be there.

At the start of the fight Joshua came out looking to work off his jab but unusually Joshua was boxing off the back foot it was all most like he couldn’t figure Ruiz out. These tactics continued in the second round, although Joshua won the first two rounds he just wasn’t busy enough. At the start of the third round Joshua landed a lovely combination which put Ruiz on the canvas, and everyone in the arena fought that was it the beginning of the end. Ruiz beat the count and Joshua went looking for the finish but as he moved in and started to land bigger shots Ruiz caught him with a shot on the head, which seemed to scramble his brain then a couple of shots later Joshua was on the canvas it was a much heavier knock down then Ruiz’s Joshua beat the count but his legs had gone. All he had to do to make it through the round would have been to tie Ruiz up but he tried to fight back and he was sent to the canvas again at the end of the round, he beat the count again and staggered back to his corner. From that point on Ruiz was in charge of the fight as he knew he could hurt Joshua and he knew he could take Joshua’s power. In the corner in between rounds although Rob McCraken was giving him good advice he didn’t seem to be listening. Then in between rounds 6 and 7 Joshua said “Why do I feel like this?” He’s never explained what he meant by the comment I think he knew he was losing the fight and he was feeling the pace. Then in the 7th round Joshua was put down twice more and the referee had decided that he’d seen enough and waved the fight off. Making Andy Ruiz Jr the first ever Mexican world heavyweight champion.

What went wrong for Anthony Joshua?

Many people have an opinion on what went wrong but here’s mine:

  • Did he over train?

He had a very long camp leading up to this fight and most of that was spent preparing for Jarrell Miller and when he had to pull out AJ would have still been in the gym ticking over then when Ruiz was announced he would have had to completely change the way he was training and get different sparring partners in. I know people will say that’s the life of a boxer, and it’s not the first time in his career he’s had to deal with a late change of opponent.

  • Did he overlook Andy Ruiz?

At the time of the first fight everyone was talking about a potential fight with Deontay Wilder for the undisputed world title, or an all British fight with Tyson Fury. So it is possible that he was looking past Ruiz. It is also possible that he started to believe he’s own hype because everyone thought he would just walk through Ruiz maybe he started to think the same thing.

  • He wasn’t up for the fight?

Some times when a fighter is a late replacement who everyone is saying he’s not in your league the fight can just become something you have to get through and you can treat it a bit like a sparring session, but when your opponent hasn’t read the scrip that’s when the fight can get difficult. AJ has said himself in interviews that he wasn’t up for the fight because he felt like he was fighting for nothing, which make sense when you think about it because he really had nothing to win and everything to lose.

I’m sure there are more things that went wrong that we will never know about I know it might sound like I’m trying to make excuses for Anthony Joshua’s performance, I’m not I’m just giving some possible reasons for his performance.

  • Repeat or Revenge?

So what’s going to happen on Saturday to be honest I don’t think anyone knows one thing’s for sure it should be a completely different fight.

If Joshua wants to win this fight he needs to put in a much better performance than he did in the first fight. He needs to be the Joshua of the last five years, on the front foot keeping Ruiz at range with his jab then the big combinations. If he does that I can’t see the fight going into the second half, if he doesn’t and he just looks for that one big shot he could be in trouble.

I think in this rematch we are going to see a completely different AJ because he’s going to want to prove that the first fight was just a bad night at the office. He’s also fighting for something not only the world title, but his boxing future because if he loses this fight it’s difficult to see where he goes from here.

Andy Ruiz is coming into this fight full of confidence because he knows he can hurt Joshua as his done it once and that was on only five weeks notice. I can see him using similar tactics as the first fight, I think he might look to keep low making himself a smaller target to hit. I think he could also look to use his movement to get on the inside and negate Joshua’s jab and try and lands shots to the body.

Although he’s champion all the pressure is still on Joshua but I can see him coming out trying to end the fight quicker than last time to prove to the world that the first fight wasn’t just a fluke.

Whatever happens one thing’s for sure this has all the ingredients to be a great fight because we’ve got a former champion looking to win his titles back, and avenge the only loss on his record, and a champion who wants to prove that he belongs at this level.

As always I love to hear what you guys think RuizJoshua2 will it be repeat or revenge? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Deontay Wilder: Is Bronze Bomber about to defused?

Last weekend Deontay Wilder joined a very elite group of fighters, when he successfully defended his world title for the 10th time by defeating Luis Ortiz with a stunning 7th round knockout. Although this is an impressive feat is The Bronze Bomber about to be defused?

Now I know what your thinking have I completely lost the plot when I’m talking about a fighter with an undefeated record of 42-0-1 with 41 knockouts, been past his best and been on the verge of losing a fight but let’s look at the evidence. In only one of his last 3 fights has he looked like the Deontay Wilder we’ve come to expect, and that was when he destroyed Dominic Breazeale in 2 minutes and 17 seconds of the opening round with a perfectly timed overhand right laying him out with one punch.

Before the fight with Breazeale he took on Tyson Fury in one of the fights of the year for 2018. However he was out boxed for large parts of the fight despite putting Fury on the canvas twice in the fight he somehow managed to scrape a draw in a fight that many people thought Fury won. Check out my post on this fight and all the controversy surrounding it.

The rematch against Tyson Fury is pencilled in for February and I firmly believe that if he uses the same tactics that he used in the first fight he will lose. As Fury now knows that he can take Wilder’s power and for a big man Fury has very good foot movement, hand speed and head movement as well as a very good chin.

This brings us to last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the whole of the fight Ortiz was out boxing Wilder and he could barely land a meaningful shot and at times he looked clueless and like he didn’t want to be there. That is of course until the 7th round when he wiped Ortiz out with a huge overhand right. At the time of the stoppage all three judges had Ortiz up, 59-55 on two cards and 56-58 on the other.

In his last 3 or 4 fights you can definitely see a blueprint for beating Deontay Wilder keep him on the end of your jab, keep moving and that will frustrate him which will then leave him open to bigger shots. Another thing future opponents should try is to box him and not fight him because for a world champion he is severely lacking boxing skills.

The argument could be made that he is a bit of a one trick pony if he can’t land that big bomb like right then he’s out of ideas. Now I know all these things are easy to say and difficult to do especially when your in front of a man like Wilder and he’s trying to knock you out, and he’s not been world champion for so long for no reason however I think some of the fear factor of facing him has gone.

As always I love to hear what you guys think is Deontay Wilder on the slide? Please comment below and let me know what you think.

Dillian Whyte Could be Facing Another Ban from Boxing

On Saturday night Dillian Whyte put himself in pole position to get a shot at Deontay Wilders WBC title after out pointing Colombian Oscar Rives. However has he put all that in jeopardy as reports have emerged that he tested positive for a banned substance.

At a packed out O2 arena Whyte put on a boxing masterclass to win a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Colombian after surviving a knockdown in the 9th round, to win the fight 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 on the judges’ cards.

Earlier this week reports emerged claiming that Whyte failed a drugs test on the 17th July, and his promoter and the British Boxing Bored of Control knew about the result before the fight nevertheless the fight went ahead as planned.

In order to quash some of the rumours surrounding Whyte his promoter Eddie Hearn took to Twitter to release this eddie hearn statement Dillian Whtye:


As you can see he says that both fighters were cleared to fight on Saturday night but surely if you where 100% sure that your man was clean you would have come out and categorically denied that Dillian Whyte had done anything wrong.

So what happens next the UKAD have declined to comment to what will happen next with Whyte, but as we all know the B sample normally backs up the A sample, so it is looking increasingly likely that his case will be referred to the National Anti-Doping Panel.

The whole situation apart from been a real mess, could take years to resolve. It’s a similar situation to the Tyson Fury case when he was given a 2 year backed dated ban.

This is not the first time that Dillian Whyte has been in trouble with doping back in 2012 he was banned after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine.

At the moment however it is important to remember that nothing has happened yet so Saturdays result is still official and Dillian Whyte is still the number one contender for the WBC title, and his 10 fight winning streak goes on.

As always I love to hear what you guys think what should happen to Dillian Whyte if in fact he is found guilty again?