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Boxing: Merry Christmas!?!?

Written by Donald C Stewart.

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Retirement is always big news as it fuels speculation and demands a re-examination of the retiree’s place in history. Vitali Klitschko’s announcement that he was renouncing the WBC belt to go into Ukrainian politics was hardly front page news or surprising but it has set the hares running. Wladimir wants the belt to unify the division but who will he face? Chris Areola? Deontay Wilder? Seth Mitchell? Alexander Povetkin? Kubrat Pulev? David Price? Tyson Fury? Derrick Chisora? It’s an interesting one and it may be that the WBC want a fresh new guy and will avoid Wladimir completely? Doubtful ...

Amir Khan, who Frankie Gavin now has in his sights has hinted that a deal to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr is weeks away. The fight should happen in May and Gavin believes that after that nonsense is over and done with he can step into the ring with Khan and beat him. Khan is confident that, as the underdogs are all winning just now that he will add to those statistics and take Mayweather... Make up your own mind...

Fights that definitely have been made include Lee Selby in against Rendall Munroe for the European lightweight title in Cardiff on 1st February. Ricky Burns has gone back into the gym to test out his jaw in preparation for his defence against Terence Crawford so let’s hope the jaw is firmly set in the right direction.

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Tommy Gilmour: Scottish boxing could benefit from independence

Written by Adam Henderson.

TOMMY Gilmour has launched a stinging attack on the British Boxing Board of Control, and says their mismanagement is enough to make him want independence for Scotland.

The promoter believes the BBBofC, which has suffered several big blows to its credibility recently, is weak and lacking in accountability.

Howard Foster’s decision to stop the Carl Froch - George Groves fight last month and Ricky Burns’ draw with Raymundo Beltran in September were both highly controversial.

Now Gilmour, who owns the biggest boxing club in Britain, believes Scottish boxing would be better off in an independent country.

He told The Away End: “It could be a positive thing. I'm not necessarily in favour of Scotland becoming independent but I could be persuaded if it were to give us greater autonomy. It's definitely something we will be looking at.

"I'd like to see a set-up similar to Ireland who are affiliated to the British board so fighters can still challenge for Lonsdale belts. This would also mean that rather than being told what to do the British board would need to listen more.

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Boxing: Disaster and contests?

Written by Donald C Stewart. Stop

Nathan Cleverley’s debut as a cruiserweight looks like it will happen on the 8th February and he may face Daniel Ammann for the Commonwealth title. As his new date is confirmed Anthony Joshua has had to pull out of his weekend bout with Darian Darch with a shoulder injury whilst David Price has had to pull out of his 14th December fight in Germany with Evgeny Orlov with a virus. Ricky Burns’ bout with Terence Crawford could well also be off as his jaw is still numb. Now the uninitiated might see that as one hell of an advantage for any sport where you beat the hell out of each other but believe me it is not! With the rematch against Raymondo Beltran already off due to the WBC making Burns face Crawford this is news that the Burns camp could really be doing without.

Finally Irish fighter Andy Lee has called out his fellow Irishman, Mathew Macklin for a fight that would be highly popular and likely to get a worldwide audience. They share the same promoter, and both have spent time in the USA so they could certainly make the match happen.

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12 rounds with Carl Frampton

Written by Donald C Stewart.

We have not had a great end of year when it comes to World Champions. With Darren barker dislocating his hip, Ricky Burns drawing a win with a broken jaw and controversy over Carl Froch and George Groves it has not been a vintage end of year for British boxers.
During the course of 2014 I reckon there shall be one name on everyone’s lips as the new World Champion at his weight – Carl Frampton. Having beaten Jeremy Parodi in his last fight by stoppage at the end of the 6th round, Carl Frampton is now a potential world champion; all he needs is a world champion to fight him! Ranked number 2 in the word by the IBF, Ring Magazine and the WBC he is a mandatory challenger for the IBF and should fight for that title in 2014.
Trained by the Clones cyclone, Barry McGuigan, and unbeaten in 17 professional contests Frampton has the pedigree and the infrastructure to be major news in 2014.

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Boxing: Ah give up...?

Written by Donald C Stewart.

Rather unsurprisingly David Price has relinquished his Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles rather than face Derrick Chisora in February. No matter whether you think it cowardly or understandable it is clear that, after 2 huge losses Price’s career does not need to be placed in front of a man who has 4 knockdowns in 4 fights out of 2013.

Another heavyweight, Anthony Joshua has confirmed that he shall be part of the 14th December bill in London against Darian Dorch. Joshua was forced to pull out of his previous appearance due to injury but it turns out it isn’t too serious. It marks his 4th fight in 10 weeks.

Also on that bill will be Anthony Ogugu. Like Joshua he had to pull out of his previous bout due to injury – though Ogogu was on the Mayweather-Salvarez undercard in Las Vegas – like Joshua he is an Olympic medallist from London 2012 but unlike Joshua he goes into the London Excel ring on the 14th December to finish the business that saw him crash out at semi final stage in the Olympics. It’s the same venue and hopefully a very different result for the young fighter.

Meanwhile Scottish boxer Kenny Anderson has had his, my jealous wife spiked my coffee defence thrown out and been handed a 2 year ban for testing positive for a banned substance last October! George Groves as a future opponent  for Carl Froch has similarly been cast aside as Froch looks for bigger fish for his fryer...

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Twelve rounds with Tony Bellew

Written by Donald C Stewart.

At the weekend we had the tremendous effort and honesty that is one of my favourite fighters – Liverpudlian Tony Bellew. He was back in a world title fight that just didn’t go his way against Adonis Stevenson in Canada. Bellew is an honest man with a great pedigree but also has shown through two fights with Ovill Mckenzie that he has a variety of skills in his gloves as well as two fights against Isaac Chilemba which had Bellew nowhere near his best and then in command. Here I have a wee look at 12 wee things you might not know about a man who could still be a world champ though is talking about a change of division to help that happen!

1 Tony Bellew had a pretty decent amateur career and is a 3 times ABA Heavyweight Champion

2 One of his all time heroes is John Conteh. Conteh keeps a keen eye on Bellew’s career. and was in the Sky Sports studio at the weekend to cheer Bellew on. (Conteh once played the narrator in Willie Russell’s musical, Blood Brothers – I know cos I seen him!)

3 In March 2010 Bellew became Commonwealth light heavyweight champion against Atoli Moore in Liverpool

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Six rounds with Rhys Pagan

Written by Donald C Stewart.

This former pupil of Sanquhar Academy took on Chris Jenkinson in a 6 round contest on the 11th October at Ravenscraig and beat him. Pagan is now due to be back in the ring in February 2014 in a decent bill in Ravenscraig. As he hails from a town close by to where I live in work, I thought it was time to find out a bit about him...

1. Pagan hails from Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway

2. The 20 year old, born again Christian is a former British youth champion

3. In 2011 he took bronze at the youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Man

4. Even before making his pro debut he had been in sparring with World Champion, Ricky Burns!

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Boxing: Sometimes you need a knock down to win...

Written by Donald C Stewart.

Let’s begin on a positive. Nicola Adams, thanks to the Amateur Boxing Association of England accepting some reforms that AIBA, the world governing body, requested, will be at the Commonwealth Games.

Now... This week has all been about the Pac Man being back and St George getting a raw deal. Before you think this column has turned into a Marvel comic let me explain. Manny Pacquiao bossed and out boxed Brandon Rios in Macau to win on points and wipe out the memory of his last two fights which he lost. St George... that comes later...

David Price now has his date to get back in the ring thanks to his new deal with team Sauerland. He travels to Neubrandenburg on the 14th December to face the Russian Evgeny Orlov. This will be the first time he has been in the ring under new trainer Adam Booth so we are watching with real interest.
Amir Khan, when he is not suggesting people retire seems to be sending off I am facing Floyd Mayweather Jr next vibes. Expect the unexpected as they might say over 4 nights in a London theatre with Monty Python in 2014.

Tommy Coyle and Darren Hamilton are the latest high profile domestic boxers to pitch up at Matchroom. Eddie Hearn hopes to have Coyle in some decent domestic action in 2014 whilst Hamilton will be looking for a European belt come the New Year.

Unfortunately we need to finish on a negative as former World heavyweight boxing champ, Herbie Hide has been jailed for 22 months on a drugs related charge.

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