No Wembley Comeback for Wladimir Klitschko

At the start of this week rumours were rampant in the boxing press, and on social media that former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko was coming back to the ring in, April at Wembley could this be true?

It was widely reported that the former unified world heavyweight champion would be coming out of retirement. After two years away from the ring to take on Dillian Whyte on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s bill on the 13th April.

However on Tuesday Klitschko broke his silence posting this on Twitter:
Wladimir Klitschko, comeback

I’m sure every boxing fan remembers that epic fight between Joshua and Klitschko in front of a sold out Wembley Stadium. That ended with Joshua scoring that stunning knockout in the 11th round.Wladimir KlitschkoAfter been knocked down in the 6th round

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko

Their fight was that good that negotiations began for a rematch between the two, however on the eve of when the fight was expected to be announced Klitschko shocked the world by calling time on his illustrious boxing career. Which meant that Joshua took on Carlos Takam after his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev pulled out through injury.

I have to be honest I’m glad that Wladimir Klitschko has ruled out any form of comeback, because he’s got nothing left to prove and I think any form of comeback would have damaged his legacy.

As always I love to hear what you guys think please comment below and let me know your thoughts

Tyson Fury 2 Years 2 Fights 14 Rounds and a World Title Shot

Last month Tyson Fury continued his comeback with a convincing win over Francesco Pianeta. With the WBC champion Deontay Wilder at ringside everyone is now talking about Fury taking on Wilder next. My question is, is two fights and 14 rounds good enough for Tyson Fury to earn a world title shot?

On the 18th August Fury stepped in the ring looking to continue his perfect start to his comeback, after he knocked out Sefer Seferi in the 4th round back in June and I think boxing fans were just looking to see more of a boxing match as the fight against Seferi was a bit of a farce. If that was the case then they were in luck as from the opening bell he got straight down to business landing at will on Pianeta. Winning the first four rounds with ease, from the fifth round onwards it looked like he was starting to go through the gears and although he was still been the showman you could see that he was fully focused on the fight. By about round 7 or 8 some of the crowd were starting to give him some stick with cries of “Come on Tyson” coming from some sections of the crowd. I think that’s because many of them had come expecting the early knockout instead of what they got which was a disciplined boxing performance.

Tyson Fury comeback scorecard

As you can see from my scorecard I scored every round to Tyson and that wasn’t been generous he put on a boxing lesson for the whole fight. The only thing missing from his display was the knockout. However what you have to remember is that although Fury carries power he is not a one punch knockout artist. Although it was a very good boxing performance I think he should have gone for the knockout, but I think the reason he didn’t was because he hasn’t boxed a lot of competitive rounds in the last two and a half years and he was just concentrating on the win and not getting caught with a silly shot.

After the fight Fury’s promoter Frank Warren was asked how far off a fight was between Fury and Wilder and he simply said it’s on and this fight will happen, but he didn’t give any more details than that. He said that more details would be announce the following week, but as of yet no more details have been confirmed.

Although Fury is the lineal world heavyweight champion I still don’t think it’s fair for him to have 2 fights in 2 and a half years, which is a total of 14 rounds against opponents he was expected to beat and then walk straight into a title shot . If he does get the title shot surely that will make a mockery of the world rankings. I know in the past I have made no secret of the fact that I don’t like Tyson Fury as a person but I respect him as a fighter. So I am not just saying this because am talking about Fury.

I think the biggest obstacle to the Wilder fight happening is the fact that Fury has not yet got his license back to fight in New York or Las Vegas so he’s going to have to apply to get his license back and if it takes as long as it did for him to get his U.K license then I can’t see the fight happening.

I started this post by asking should a fighter who’s only fought 14 rounds in two and a half years get a shot at the world title in my opinion no they shouldn’t they should have to prove themselves and work their way back up the world rankings. It shouldn’t matter if they are a former world champion.

I think this is going to be one of those topics that rumbles on over the coming weeks and months, but as always I’d love to hear what you guys think so please comment below.

What Does The Future Hold For Joseph Parker?

On Saturday night Whyte V Parker gave us a great fight, with Whyte winning a unanimous decision and taking one step closer to a world title shot. With two back to back defeats what does the future hold for Joseph Parker?

Late on Saturday after a packed night of boxing the O2 was rocking as the opening bell rang for the main event. Joseph Parker started the fight well controlling the fight at distance with his jab and he was beating Whyte to the punch. Then in the 2nd round Whyte came out and started to walk Parker down more and more then he got lucky scoring a dubious knock down as it was a clash of heads that put Parker down not a punch. However that knock down seemed to change the course of the whole fight because after that Parker didn’t want to get up close and engage with Whyte, he kept backing up and Whyte was just able to pick him off. By round 7 Parker just looked disinterested and like he didn’t want to be there. At times in the fight he looked scared to get hit because when ever Whyte looked to connect with a shot he was closing his eyes so no wonder he was getting hit because he couldn’t see the shots coming. After been put down again in the 9th both of them looked liked they’d got nothing left, but instead of letting his hands go to try and get the stoppage he still just kept backing up. Even when he did have Whyte hurt he still didn’t move in for the kill. Going into the final round his corner did read him the riot act and just like in the Joshua fight he started to let his hands go sending Whyte to the canvas but it was too little too late as Whyte survived the final 20 seconds to put the fight in the hands of the judges. They scored the fight all to Whyte 112-113, 115-110 and 114-111, here’s how I scored the fight:

 Joseph Parker

In their post fight interview both men were very respectful Whyte was gracious in victory and Parker knew he been beaten by the better man here’s what they both had to say:

I started this post by asking what does the future hold for Joseph Parker. So here are just a few options:

• Retire: No I haven’t lost the plot I know he’s only 26 and two losses shouldn’t be the end of his career, but I just wonder how much he’s got left in the tank and whether he actually wants to carry on. As in his last three fights when things started to get tough in there he looked like he didn’t want to know. He’s made his money so maybe he just wants the comfy life in New Zealand because there he’s a sporting god.

• Make a comeback: A comeback certainly is not out of the question but he has to want it. There are a number of routes he could take, but if he wants to get back into the world title mix as quickly as possible this is how I would do it. Take a couple of smaller fights in New Zealand to get his confidence back, then take on a fighter ranked in the top 10 and before you know it he will be back in the mix for a world title.

• Change trainer: This may seem like a strange suggestion because he seems to have a very good relationship with Kevin Barry, and of course we only see them in the corner on fight night. However in both the Joshua fight and on Saturday it didn’t look like he was listening and the whole corner just sounded to friendly. There’s no question that Kevin Barry is a world class trainer but if he is going to comeback a new voice in the gym and in the corner could be a good move.

These are just my thoughts and I’m sure we will find out what he’s going to do in the coming weeks and months. I love to hear what you guys think so please comment below and let me know what you think Joseph Parker should do next.

Can Tyson Fury Become A World Champion Once Again?

On Saturday the 9th June Tyson Fury made his much anticipated comeback after nearly two and a half years out of the ring. With his successful comeback now behind him can he still win a world title?

The Manchester arena hosted Fury’s first fight since he beat Wladimir Klitschko for the unified world heavyweight title in November 2015. Saturdays fight was a long time in the making with Fury having to overcome a number of out of the ring problems including depression, despite all that the arena was packed however this fight didn’t live up to the hype.

From the opening bell Fury spent more time dancing around the ring than fighting and you could see that he was very ring rusty he was winning the rounds but it wasn’t an entertaining fight. More than once in the fight the referee warned Fury to stop messing around and start fighting, in the first two rounds I can’t remember him throwing anything of note. Well you can tell how bad the fight was when the Manchester crowd who are knowledgeable boxing fans started booing and getting on Fury’s back. It’s a bit much when the fight in the crowd is more entertaining to watch than the fight in the ring. Finally in the 3rd Fury got down to work and stopped making a mockery of the fight. This work continued in the 4th then at the end of the round Sefri’s corner pulled him out, this again meant the crowd was less than impressed as they started booing and throwing things into the ring.

In his post fight press conference he said that he enjoyed been back in the ring and under the lights, he also said that he was happy with his performance. When he was asked what the future holds for him he said that he wants to fight a bigger opponent and he can win a world title within a year no problem, that is a big statement to make. He is already scheduled to be back in the ring on the 18th August in Belfast, however to reach his ambitious goal he’s going to have to fight someone who can fight back. I think that if he fights another fighter like Sefri and puts in another performance like the one on Saturday night I can see fans starting to lose interest in his career which would mean that he will never get back into the world title picture because the fight won’t sell.

I think before his fight in August he needs to stay in the gym and work on sharpening up his boxing skills and getting more of his weight off. The question on every ones lips is who is he going to fight in August, normally I would suggest that he fights for the British title however that is never going to happen as the current British champion is his cousin Hughie Fury. Many people think a fight with Tony Bellew would be a good option for him but Fury ruled that out in his press conference. So looking at the heavyweight world rankings I think a fight with Alexander Ustinov who has got a record of 34-2 with 24 knockouts, and he’s ranked 10th in the world would be a good fight for him as it would get him back into the world rankings.

I started this post by asking can Tyson Fury still become a world champion once again and the short answer to that question is yes, I may not like him as a person but I do respect him as a fighter. Nevertheless he is only 29 which means that he could have another 10 years left in the ring but he needs to live a boxers lifestyle. If he can get himself fully fit I think any heavyweight in the world would have their hands full with him.

I would like to see him back to his best and back in the world title picture because every British boxing fan would love to see a fight between him and Anthony Joshua this is a fight that both men want because Fury wants the belts back because he never lost them in the ring and Joshua wants to shut Fury up once and for all.

These are just my thoughts but as always I love to hear from you guys can Tyson Fury become a world champion again?

Can king Amir Khan Rain Again?

On Saturday night Amir Khan steps back into the ring after having two years out. So in this post I will be looking at his career the highs and the lows to see if King Khan can rain again.

He burst on to the professional scene after becoming something of a national hero after winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. He went on to make his professional debut against David Bailey the following summer a fight he won with a first round stoppage

After making the perfect start to his career he then went on to win his next 18 fights, 13 of them by knockout, and people where starting to talk about him been the next big thing in boxing but disaster struck on that faithful night in Manchester in 2008 when he took on Breidis Prescott a fight that everyone thought he would win early in fact he was getting criticised by many in the boxing world because they thought that this fight was too easy for him and they wanted to see him take a step up in opposition. However it was far from an easy night at the office for him as this happened:

After that devastating defeat to Prescott those same people that where calling for him to take a harder fight where now questioning his heart, chin and boxing ability. After the Prescott defeat he decided that a change needed to be made so he rebuilt his whole team and took himself to America and started training with Jorge Rubio however their relationship didn’t last long before he moved to the Wild Card gym under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and it was here that he started to get his career back on track.

He had his comeback fight on the 6th December 2008 against Oisin Fagan a fight he won with a 2nd round knockout. However despite getting back to winning ways there were still some questioning if in fact he could still make it at the top level. So in his next fight he showed the world that he could beat top level opposition when he took on Marco Antonio Barrera at the time Barrera was ranked number 1 with the WBO and this was seen as a very dangerous fight for Khan to take, but what happened on fight night sent shockwaves through the boxing world:

After quite frankly destroying Barrera in side of 5 rounds people where once again talking about him fighting for a world title it was as if the Prescott fight never happened even though there were still some questions a round whether or not his jaw could stand up to a full blooded shot. However in his very next fight he got the chance to make his boy hood dream of been a world champion come true. On the 18th July 2009 he fought Andriy Kotelinik for the WBA Light Welterweight title, a fight where once again he would put on another clinical boxing display:

Again out boxing Kotelinik for the whole fight his career continued to go from strength to strength as he then became the WBA Super champion and in 2011 he got the chance to become the unified Light Welterweight champion, when he took on Zab Judah for both his WBA super title and the IBF title. He came into the fight a 3/1 favourite with the bookies and on fight night he didn’t disappoint. He won the fight inside 5 rounds after Khan landed a big body shot and Judah hit the canvas doubled over in pain, to me it look like a good body shot however Judah spent most of his post fight interview complaining that the shot was low.

At this point in time he seriously looked unbeatable but all that changed on the 10th December 2011 when he defended his titles against the highly rated Lamont Peterson, in one of the worst examples of judging I have ever seen, and of course who can forget the man in the hat controversy that surrounded the aftermath of this fight but decide for yourself.

As you can see Khan clearly won the fight I had it 114-111 on my card, even the boxing pundits at ringside didn’t agree with the official score cards. ESPN scored it 114-111 and both The Ring Magazine and HBO scored it 113-112 all in Khans favour. Due to the controversy surrounding this fight a rematch was ordered and made, however in May 2012 Peterson failed a drugs test and he was stripped of the title and the rematch never took place.

On the 14th July 2012 he was in another world title unification fight for the WBA Super, WBC and The Ring Magazine titles. Although at the time Danny Garcia was undefeated Khan came into the fight a heavy favourite, he was seen as been a level above Garcia but on fight night Garcia shocked the world:

 

After two back to back defeats his career looked all but over he parted company with Freddie Roach and teamed up with Virgil Hunter and their relationship got off to the best possible start with a 10th round knockout victory over Carlos Molina. He then return back home to the UK to face Joulio Diaz up at Welterweight a fight he won by unanimous decision. He then went on to win his next 3 fights by unanimous decision against Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.

Then on the 7th May 2016 he made the very surprising move to move up two weight divisions to Middleweight and challenge Canelo Alvarez for the WBC title, and to be honest the result was no surprise:

After losing to Alvarez he decided to take some time away from boxing to have surgery on a long term hand injury, and to deal with some personal problems outside the ring. Now he’s back with a new promotional team in Matchroom and he’s going to be fighting back in the UK for the first time in 5 years. I started this post by asking can he rain again and you would have to say yes he can, he’s got the right people backing him to once again become world champion. However this is definitely the last chance saloon if he loses on Saturday I think that will be the last time we see him in a boxing ring.

Don’t forget to check out my Fight Night preview and review of all of Saturdays action. Please comment below and let me know what you guys think.