What Can We Expect From Rio Ferdinand’s Move Into Boxing?
By Evan Coughlan October 7, 2017 (No)
A few weeks ago people looked at their phones bemused as it was announced that former England captain Rio Ferdinand would begin a new career as a boxer. Rio, one of the finest centre halves in the modern game made the announcement in association with Betfair, who will help him gain a boxing license from the British Boxing Board of Control. The Man United legend will be part of Betfair’s Defender to Contender challenge, as they follow him from his first sparring session to his pro debut in a few months time. So can Rio actually forge a new career for himself in the world of boxing? Well we here […]
Mayweather vs. McGregor: Who Benefits More, Boxing or MMA?
By Andy Leech June 21, 2017 (3 Comments)
Last week, the rumours were confirmed and the media went into a frenzy. We retweeted, liked and shared until our thumbs bled, and sports accounts with the word Lad in their names almost imploded. Very quickly, articles began to appear celebrating the mega-fight that would reignite this current generation’s interest in boxing, let Mayweather prove to the world that he is indeed the ‘G.O.A.T.’, and shoot Conor McGregor towards unrivalled stardom. Soon followed the articles and opinions that weren’t conjured by sexually frustrated fourteen year olds, as more balanced views of this fight were expressed. Concerns were raised about the general lopsided nature of the fight, given the fact that […]
Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko – The Ultimate Preview
By Andy Leech April 29, 2017 (No)
When Anthony Joshua first stepped into the ring at the age of eighteen, it can be assumed that nobody knew exactly what they were watching. When the tall, athletic Briton pulled on the gloves for the first time, surely even he never thought that in less than ten years, he would be a household name and about to take part in one of the highest grossing and well attended fights of all time. On Saturday, the former Olympic gold medallist will step into the ring at the sold-out Wembley arena, to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title and pursue the vacant IBO Championship and WBA Super Championship, to face what […]
World Super-Lightweight Unification: Ricky Burns v Julius Indongo Preview
By Andy Leech April 15, 2017 (No)
In many ways, Glasgow is the perfect city to host what Ricky Burns (45W -5L-1D) calls the biggest fight of his life. In a town with a tough exterior and, well let’s face it, a fairly rough interior, too, Ricky Burns will feel at home. And well, that might be because he pretty much is at home, growing up in Coatbridge, only fifteen kilometres from Glasgow’s city centre. In boxing terms, Burns is the only show in town in Scotland. No matter what is said about the old city and its inhabitants, they certainly know how to get behind one of their own. One thing Julius Indongo can definitely expect, […]
Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather – Who’s Got More To Lose!
By Evan Coughlan March 28, 2017 (No)
Ever since Conor McGregor billion-dollar-strutted his way out of the Octagon in November 2016, after becoming the first two weight world champion in UFC history, he has had a lot to say about the man he wants to fight next. You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘The Notorious One’ wanted to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz or move up another weight division and take on Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, but no, McGregor has his sights set on another man, in another sport entirely! And that man just so happens to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather. With a boxing bout between McGregor and Mayweather looking […]
David Haye v Tony Bellew – Who Has More To Lose?
By Dean Fitzgerald March 4, 2017 (No)
What started out as an exchange of words has quickly become a personal grudge wih real venom between David Haye and Tony Bellew. Immediately after knocking out BJ Flores last October, Bellew called Haye out in the ring, saying “I’ll put you and that pathetic haircut to sleep”. After more bickering like parents at an U-14 game, Haye agreed to the fight, and since then Sky Sports and their unstoppable over-hyping machine having been lapping it up, forcing pay-per-view ads down everyone’s throats. We’ll look at this fight in more detail to see who’s in better form and who has more to lose if they suffer a defeat on Saturday […]
Chris Eubank Jr. – Shadow Boxing
By Karl Bates February 3, 2017 (No)
Arrogant, brash, divisive. These are three words you could use to describe Chris Eubank Jr. Talented, fast and powerful are three more. If it were 20 years earlier, I could easily be describing his enigmatic father, the fighter known as “Simply the Best”, Chris Eubank Sr. Chris Eubank Jr. has taken to his father’s craft with remarkable ease amassing an impressive 24 wins and 1 loss in his short career. Of his 24 victories, Jr. has dispatched 18 opponents inside the distance, and therein lies the problem. With the exception of Billy Joe Saunders, it is fair to say that the calibre of opponent Jr. has faced leaves a lot […]
Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina Preview
By Karl Bates December 10, 2016 (No)
Joshua v Molina Preview December 10th in the Manchester Arena see’s heavyweight fan favourite Anthony Joshua (defending) take on American Eric Molina for the IBF World Heavyweight Title. It will be Joshua’s third outing since stopping fellow British heavyweight Dillan Whyte in December of last year. Joshua has won all 17 of his fights in the paid ranks by KO/TKO and let’s face it, 34 year old Molina has little or no chance of beating the gold medal winning Olympian. Joshua even hinted that “if I can go and make him look like a kid, I’m going to play with him, then feed him to the lions”, which doesn’t make […]