July 23, 2016
July 23, 2016
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BOXING fans love a knockout. They also love a fighter who pushes for a finish, who is not necessarily reckless but at least aggressive.

Trainer Abel Sanchez took that into account when working with the outstanding Golovkin. “The ‘Mexican style’ we have been trying to develop with him is just a more entertaining style, a style that is reminiscent of fighters in the past, Duran, Gomez, Sanchez, Chavez. Even Oscar [De La Hoya]’s fights 20 years ago or 15 years ago. Where guys stood in the middle of the ring and went at each other and gave the fans the kind of fight they deserve for the money that they’re paying. It’s more of an entertaining, aggressive, American-public type of fight,” he explained.

Sanchez added, “We have worked on all aspects in training just because we have a force in front of us. We have a David Lemieux who is a very aggressive kind of fighter, comes forward. So we work on all aspects of it, just to make sure we’re ready for whatever David brings.”

Or, in his more succinct style, Golovkin himself says, “I promise good show.”

July 23, 2016
July 23, 2016
Scott Quigg

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SCOTT QUIGG is confident a fight between he and WBA world super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will be made “in the near future.”

The 27-year-old has just returned to full training after recovering from the broken jaw he suffered during his split decision loss to Carl Frampton in February.

Rigondeaux recently defended his title against Jazza Dickens, breaking the Liverpudlian’s jaw in the second round and Quigg feels criticism aimed at Jazza is unwarranted.

“It was a peach of a shot and it was unfortunate. I saw Jazza getting a bit of stick on social media, listen, Jazza wanted to fight on I believe but his corner said ‘no, you live to fight another day,'” he told Boxing News.

“Plus he was in there with one of the best, pound for pound, in the world and that was probably the third shot he got hit with clean, and look at the damage it did.

“You’ve got to weigh up the pluses and the negatives, at the end of the day it takes guts to get in the ring and anyone criticising him needs to pipe down and show the lad some respect because he’s got in there with a pound for pound fighter a lot of people have said me and Frampton have been running from. We’re not running from him and I’m sure that fight, with me and Rigondeaux, will get made in the near future.”

Rigondeaux himself has frequently slammed Quigg and Frampton for not fighting him, and the Cuban’s abundance of talent has been wasted lately due to his alarming inactivity which, he claims, is because he is so avoided.

Quigg plans to return in November – there are two dates in that month which he could land on – and insists it will be in a “big fight.”

Rigondeaux is mooted to be fighting in the UK on September 17 – though this has not been confirmed – meaning he may not be Quigg’s opponent in November. However, the Bury man has kept a close eye on the pound-for-pound stalwart – and even has a plan on how to beat him.

“Without a doubt, I would fight him. I’m not going to go in there and win on points and outbox him, I’m not kidding myself,” he admitted.

“My tactics would be, go in there and put it on him, try not to get caught with anything on the way in, once I’m in just stick to his chest and work him. You’ve got to hit him, he’s been over before.

“When you’re at that mid-range you’re in the danger zone with him. You’ve got to stick on his chest, the hard thing is getting there because his footwork’s so good. But if you can get in there, rough him up, shove the elbow in his throat you can take it six, seven rounds, who knows? If you can land, he can be hurt.”

Clearly, Quigg has done his homework – proof perhaps that he is not avoiding the Cuban, as he has been accused of doing.

He admits that a fight with Frampton was much more attractive, understandable given how much both men earned from the pay-per-view clash, and that taking a tough fight with Rigondeaux for less money was not worth the risk at the time.

“People think me and Frampton don’t want to fight him, I’ve been watching him for a long time and it’s about getting fights made at the right time,” he continued.

“If either me or Frampton had been beat before we fought, it would have taken the shine off it, it sounds stupid but it would have done. Now that fight’s happened. Definitely, in the next eight to 10 months, I believe I’ll fight Rigondeaux.”

During his recovery period, Quigg took a couple of holidays but also travelled to Connecticut to support gymmate Stephen Smith during his unsuccessful attempt at Jose Pedraza’s IBF world super-featherweight title.

While over in the States he met with some of the American broadcasters who air boxing, and could find himself fighting over there in the near future.

“I spoke to [Showtime supremo] Stephen Espinoza and I had some really good talks over there, it’s all positive. We’ve got a lot of options,” he said.

“The main thing is me just getting back to full health, 100 per cent training and peak performance and then whoever’s there in front of me it’s about getting in there and doing the job and working my way back up.

“There’s a definite chance my next fight could be over there if we wanted it to be. It all depends on the best thing for me. I want the biggest fights, whether that be over here or in America and talks are going well between me and Eddie [Hearn, his promoter], we’ve got a number of options and they’re all big fights. Within the next couple of weeks there should be an announcement.”

For the full, extended interview with Quigg, in which he talks about the darkest period of his career, grab next week’s issue of Boxing News.

July 23, 2016
July 23, 2016
George Groves

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GEORGE GROVES was forced to ask himself some difficult questions after three high-profile losses. In this week’s BOXING NEWS, Elliot Worsell discovers the answers…

“I’m certainly capable of doing a lot more,” Groves says. “Many people said [Martin] Murray was a good fighter and I was a good fighter and that’s why it was a competitive fight. I didn’t want to say it before the fight, but I always felt I was more than that, that I was a great fighter. I can understand why nobody would think that at the moment. I’ve made a few mistakes and I’m not worthy of that statement right now. But I’m sure I’ll get there and that my performances in the next couple of years will show I’m one of Britain’s best fighters…”

FOR THE FULL STORY, BRILLIANTLY TOLD BY ELLIOT WORSELL, DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S BOXING NEWS HERE OR PICK UP A COPY ON THE NEWSSTAND

July 23, 2016
July 23, 2016
Rocky Marciano

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AT first glance there’s nothing immediately conspicuous about the date April 27, 1956. President Dwight Eisenhower sat in the White House. A four hundred foot rampaging reptile monster called Godzilla was unleashed and played to packed movie theatres. Elvis Presley topped the music charts with Heartbreak Hotel, his first million selling record as the Rock and Roll dance craze swept the nation. Sex symbol Brigitte Bardot took centre stage at the Cannes film festival as the paparazzi shot pictures of her frolicking on a beach with a parrot. Meanwhile, at a press conference held at the Hotel Shelton in New York City Rocky Marciano, world heavyweight boxing champion announced that at 32, he was hanging up his gloves to spend more time with his family.

Sixty years on is Marciano an enduring legend or a faded hero who belongs to a misty-eyed bygone age? His retirement brought the curtain down on the last great heavyweight from the Golden Age of Boxing. With his fighting reputation intact Marciano’s 49 victories in 49 contests and 43 knockouts is still the yardstick by which future heavyweight champions are judged. We look back at how Marciano became the undisputed heavyweight king.

Rocco Francesco Marchegiano was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on September 1, 1923, the eldest of six children. For Marciano, the son of a shoe factory worker, life was a continuous fight. Afflicted by pneumonia as a child he was given little chance of survival. He waged a tireless battle against excruciating back pains. He quit school at sixteen to work in a succession of dead-end jobs; firstly as a truckloader followed by stints in a sweet factory and shoe-shining parlour and then as a gas company pick-and-shovel labourer. Life looked bleak. In 1943 he was drafted into the United States Army, and on his return his dream of becoming a baseball player vanished following an unsuccessful trial with the Chicago Cubs.

Boxing threw him a lifeline. A twelve-fight amateur career culminated in him winning the New England title. In March 1947 Marciano scored a third-round knockout on his professional debut. His early appearances in the provincial obscurity of Rhode Island got him noticed. Marciano signed forms with New York fight manager Al Weill who astutely placed him under the stewardship of top trainer Charley Goldman. Marciano made his debut in New York in his 23rd fight. He signalled his arrival in 1950 when he outpointed unbeaten contender Roland La Starza. In the following year he knocked out prospect Rex Layne, contender Freddie Beshore and then disposed of his childhood hero Joe Louis in eight rounds. In 1952 he first dispatched Lee Savold and then Harry “Kid” Matthews, in a world title eliminator. On September 23, 1952 Marciano challenged Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight title in Philadelphia. Marciano overcame a first-round knockdown and in the 13th round produced the most spectacular one punch knockout in boxing history later described by Bernard Fernandez as being delivered “with the force of a meteor slamming into earth” [pictured below]. Eight months later Walcott was blasted out in one round.

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Marciano fought regularly averaging six appearances per year, and between 1952-55 he contested seven world title fights stopping La Starza, Walcott and Ezzard Charles in rematches. He brought to his fights a ferocious intensity and non-stop action and the gift of a knockout punch placing him at the very top of the league of heavyweight hitters. Marciano knocked out 88 percent of opponents compared to 76 percent by Joe Louis. Boxing historian Bert Sugar described Marciano’s right hand punch as “the most devastating weapon ever brought into the ring.”  Marciano knew he possessed the tools to get the job done privately admitting to his closed circle “Why waltz with a guy for ten rounds if you can knock him out in one.” His devastating power was felt by Carmine Vingo, who ended up in a coma, Walcott remained unconscious for two minutes after their first battle and Savold was hospitalised after suffering the worst beating of his seventeen year career. He destroyed his opponent’s desire to stay in the profession and accounted for thirteen permanent retirements. Budd Schulberg, award-winning screenwriter and boxing aficionado, likened Marciano’s capability of grinding down an opponent to a “hydraulic drill attacking a boulder.” Arthur Daley exalted him as a “perpetual motion punching machine”. He was a diligent and dedicated trainer. Marciano’s boundless reserves of stamina explained his overpoweringly aggressive style and his remarkable recuperative powers meant he was seldom troubled. Younger brother Peter Marciano revealed, “Rocky lived like a monk. He was always in incredible condition. He was devoted to training and he could always throw more punches than he ever faced. He’s never been given full credit for his condition.”

Yet boxing scribes harped on about Marciano’s flaws as a boxer describing him as crude, wild swinging and awkward and unfair comparisons were drawn with Louis. When Charley Goldman was assigned to work with Marciano he just laughed at the challenge facing him. But after a number of years of working with his eager student he remarked, “I got a  guy who is short, stoop-shouldered and balding with two left feet, (Rocky’s victims) all look better than he does as far as moves are concerned, but they don’t look so good (laying) on the canvas.”

Some have questioned Marciano’s achievements arguing his main challengers were past their prime and the heavyweight division was in a slump. But the quality and quantity of contenders during this era is arguably superior to anything seen in the past 35 years. They were hungry and tough resourceful fighters who learnt their craft by fighting regularly. Joe Louis was 37, diminished yes, but still quite formidable and entered the contest on the back of eight straight wins. Yet nobody had battered Louis into submission the way Marciano did. Ezzard Charles was pure class and a threat. Walcott and Archie Moore were skilful big punching champions who could look after themselves. The late Curtis “The Hatchet” Sheppard, one of the sport’s biggest punchers, fought Walcott and Moore twice apiece. He remarked: “I was surprised when Marciano beat him (Walcott) like that. That gives you an idea of how tough Marciano was and how hard he hit. Marciano’s secret was his ability to avoid women and night life. He could keep coming and with that chin and power, he couldn’t be denied.” A day after his knockout loss to Marciano, Archie Moore told the New York Times, “Marciano is far and away the strongest man I’ve ever encountered in almost 20 years of fighting. And believe me I’ve met some tough ones.”

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His critics ask how would Marciano have handled modern era super-sized heavyweights? After all he possessed the shortest reach in heavyweight boxing history at just 68 inches and stood only 5 foot 10 ½  inches in height and never weighed more than 192 ½ pounds. Peter Marciano refutes this argument. “Rocky fought a number of guys who were 30-40 pounds heavier than he was, and those were his easiest fights. It was guys who were a little smaller, a little quicker, who threw punches in combinations that gave Rocky a more difficult time. Forget size, Rocky was tremendously strong. His strength was, and I hate to say the word, but it was almost superhuman. Big guys were made for him. The bigger they were, the easier it was for Rocky to tire them out and then to knock them out.”

Mike Silver, eminent boxing historian concurred: “The key to Marciano’s success is that he never gave up. Rocky never threw in the towel. He had the physical and mental attributes of a great fighter: Tremendous heart; tremendous durability; knockout power and the belief that he could not be defeated. [Charley] Goldman taught him the tricks of the trade. He was not as easy to hit as he appeared. His style was deceptive. He did not throw one punch at a time. His volume of punches per round is among the highest of any heavyweight champion. They were thrown in a continuous pattern. No heavyweight could keep up with this incessant pressure and was either knocked down or worn out by his almost superhuman physical specimen. A fighter who has the one punch knockout power to end a fight at any time is very very dangerous. [Muhammad] Ali and [Gene] Tunney could outpoint you but they did not have that quality. Don’t let anyone tell you different – Rocky faced and defeated some very formidable heavyweights. Walcott and Charles were not washed up when they fought him. They both fought the first fight brilliantly. These and the fight with [Archie] Moore showed why Rocky was great by defeating much better boxers.”

Dan Cuoco of the International Boxing Research Organisation explained, “What Rocky Marciano gave up in height and reach he more than made up with one punch knockout power, extraordinary strength and stamina, an insatiable will to win, mental toughness and plenty of guts… Although he missed a lot his savage body attack would wear his opponents down. What he lacked in speed, he more than made up for by the volume of punches he threw. When he was caught with a good punch, his world class chin held up admirably.”

Steve Corbo, boxing announcer added: “Watching old films it seems he (Marciano) didn’t care how rough things got. He just seemed to know he was going to win. Knock down, cut-off his nose, split open his eye. It didn’t matter because he’d get up and keep coming like a freight train until he rolled over his opponent.”

Marciano was voted three times the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year (1952, 1954, and 1955) and from 1952 the same journal awarded his involvement in the Fight of the Year for three consecutive years. Most boxing experts place Marciano in their top ten some even higher. In the Ring Magazine 2000 poll, Marciano was voted as the ninth greatest fighter of the twentieth century among all weight classes. Bert Sugar rated Marciano as the sixth best ever heavyweight and the fourteenth best fighter of all time.

Whether you are an admirer or a detractor, perennially extensive coverage of his much fabled unbeaten 49-0 record has preserved Marciano’s legacy from beyond the grave. Since his death in a plane crash in Iowa on August 31, 1969, he has made a great impression on the public mind Marciano’s brutal slugfests are replayed to a savvy social media generation. Sports stadia and commemorative statues across the United States and in Italy are named after him. Annual boxing shows and sporting festivals are held in tribute to Marciano. Let’s not forget his toughness, persistence and never-say-die combative spirit and triumph over adversity inspired Sylvester Stallone to pay homage to him in the iconic Rocky films. His legend continues.

Rolando Vitale is the author of The Real Rockys: A History of the Golden Age of Italian Americans in Boxing 1900-1955

July 22, 2016
July 22, 2016
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MARCEL CERDAN lived a life that sounds like a movie: poor boy from a humble background who rose to become world champion, had an affair with famous singer and died tragically young in a plane crash.

In fact, his life HAS been made into a movie, several times. It’s also been woven into films about Edith Piaf, the French songstress he had the fling with while married and a father. Cerdan is the most famous French boxer ever, and his only rival as that nation’s best fighter is Georges Carpentier, who was also world champion but got to live to a ripe old age.

Marcel’s end still seems heartbreaking. Having ripped the world middleweight title from Tony Zale in 1948, he lost it to Jake LaMotta in Detroit in June 1949, when a first-round spill to the canvas separated his left shoulder and meant he was hardly able to punch. Even then, he lasted into the 10th before his manager Jo Longman threw in the towel.

A rematch was arranged for New York so the Cerdan party had to fly across the Atlantic (an adventure in those days). Their plane stopped at the Azores to refuel, but crashed into a mountain with everyone on board killed. Marcel was only 33-years-old.

Born in Algeria, then part of France, Marcel was 18 when he turned pro in Morocco (also part of French North Africa). By 1939 he was European welterweight champion, but the war scuppered any world title hopes, even though he continued to box, and win.

In 1947 he became European middleweight king, adding the world title when he forced Zale to retire after 11 rounds in Jersey City. The Ring named it the 1948 Fight of The Year, but three fights later he was dead, with the French going into mourning at the loss of their charismatic hero.

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BEYOND THE ROPES

CERDAN hadn’t seen his brother Vincent for 22 years when Vincent visited him in his training camp before his title fight with Tony Zale in September 1948. At the end of the fight Vincent was the first man in the ring to congratulate his brother posing for a photograph with the happy new champion.
Although he was married, Cerdan had a very public love affair with famous French singer Edith Piaf, “The Little Sparrow”.

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FAST FACTS

Born July 22, 1916 in Sidi bel Abbès, Algeria Died October 27, 1949 in the Azores Wins 111 Knockouts 65 Losses 4 Best win Tony Zale w rtd 11 Worst loss Jake LaMotta l rsf 10 Pros Tough, durable and skilful Cons Out-of-ring lifestyle

July 22, 2016
July 22, 2016
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1. IN September 1962 Sonny Liston flattened Floyd Patterson in the opening round to claim the world heavyweight title in Chicago. Patterson had proved in the past he could rebound from devastating defeat, having gained revenge over Ingemar Johansson, but few expected him to reverse the Liston result in the July 22 1963 rematch. But Liston thought that Patterson would fare a little better this time saying, “Maybe it’ll go three [rounds], maybe even five.” Patterson’s promises that he “shall not be knocked out in the first round” again were hardly inspiring.

2. HOWEVER, Patterson had reportedly shown good form in training, flooring five sparring partners while preparing in Las Vegas and knocking out another. The former champion, so ashamed of his performance in the first bout he disguised himself with a fake beard in the aftermath, was certainly working hard to conquer his demons; previously scared of flying, Patterson had paid £6,000 for a plane and was learning how to fly.

3. LISTON, wearing a straw hat, blue shirt and silver-gold dressing gown, kept the fans waiting at the weigh-in and was duly fined $100 for turning up 40 minutes late. The champion’s lack of popularity was never more evident as fans jeered him as he undressed and plonked himself on the scales. The boos got louder before the fight as the 8,000-strong crowd inside the Las Vegas Convention Center screamed dislike at Liston, and appreciation for Floyd.

4. THE winner was set to collide with Cassius Clay, who Liston claimed was so easy to beat even his wife could do it. The young braggart from Louisville was introduced in the ring, and shook hands with Patterson before starting towards Liston, then theatrically stopping, retracing his steps, and leaving the ring. The champion looked furious.

5. CLAY’S behaviour did few favours to Patterson. Liston answered the opening bell like a man possessed and clubbing blows rained all over the former king. Patterson was in trouble, and after taking three more thudding right hands, fell to the canvas. Up at ‘four’ Floyd looked unsteady before offering a brief retaliation that culminated in him punching Liston’s shoulder. But he was dropped twice more, and after 2 minutes and 10 seconds – four seconds longer than bout one – it was all over.

6. “THERE’LL be no beard and no disguise this time,” said Patterson after the devastation. “But I do feel disgraced and ashamed. I was beaten by a better man tonight. But I’m not quitting. I love boxing. I want to try and fight my way up the ladder again. I wasn’t afraid – just nervous and tense. I was trying to make him miss and counter, but it didn’t work out.”

7. “I HIT him harder than I did in Chicago,” said Liston. “He hit me with a right on the shoulder. Was he afraid? I think so. Anyway, I tried to scare him by staring at him. I think it worked. He gave me that hurt look.”

8. LISTON then turned his attention to his next challenger. “Clay? Two rounds. One-and-a-half to catch him, the other to knock him out. I’ll fight him tonight if he wants. I’m not yet warmed up.”

9. LESS than a year later, Liston quit on his stool after six rounds. Clay became the new champion and infamously knocked out Sonny in their 1965 rematch, the damage being done by a ‘phantom punch’. Liston’s showing in those two bouts prevented him from getting another chance and he died mysteriously in 1970.

10. PATTERSON worked his way back into contention but was stopped by Clay – then Muhammad Ali – in 12 rounds. The popular former champion remained a leading contender until his retirement in 1972.

July 22, 2016
July 22, 2016
Callum Smith

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BOXING has an old school feel. But fighters going for long jogs in work boots or chasing chickens Rocky-style are increasingly distant from the reality of modern boxing training.

As a professional Callum Smith has won Commonwealth, British and European super-middleweight titles in quick time, guided by Joe Gallagher in his elite gym in Manchester. Callum tried out CORNER from an Atheltec, a small device that tucks into your handwraps and records statistics from your training session on your own smart phone.

“It’s good. I think Joe will be a big fan of it. We do sessions where he counts your punches and it [CORNER] can’t really lie. If you think you’re working hard and you’re not, Joe says you threw that many punches in this session and you only threw that, it’s there in black and white. So I think it is a good tool and good to see what your workrate’s like at the start of camp to the end of camp, so I do think it’s very good,” Callum said. “Joe mentioned in one of the rounds I seemed to take my foot off the gas at the end. So it’s good for that, it’s not just your punch output in the round, it’s when you’re working well and when you’re not. So it’s good. It’s advanced but that’s the way sport’s going, it’s getting more advanced. You’ve got to keep up with the times.”

Smith is used to taking a high tech approach. A stellar amateur he came up through the advanced GB Boxing programme in Sheffield that supports its boxers with a range of sports scientists from performance analysts, to nutritionists, physios and conditioning trainers.

“I think [in boxing] they’re always looking for ways to improve,” Callum said. “I do agree with your basics that were there, years ago. The old stuff, the fundamentals but you do need to move with the times. A lot of the sport [science] side stuff’s coming, I’ve done quite a lot when I was on the GB team, they were very advanced. Stuff I see trainers doing now with boxers, they were doing five years ago. It does work. The proof’s in the pudding and people are getting better results. Now British boxing’s flying.”

He agrees the scientific element has added a new dimension to his boxing. “Most definitely, I think boxing was always a hobby to me and I think when I got on GB it became a job and you have to do everything right. If you don’t you get found out and you fall short. Being up there full time taught you how to live like a professional, train three times a day, eat the right stuff. It’s a bit easier up there because you don’t have to do it yourself. You’ve still got to stick by it, your strength and conditioning, your diet, your runs, everything, they always seem to be a bit more advanced than your average people and it was good. I still say now I improved a hell of a lot, I think it was just under three years I was on GB, I’ve got a lot to thank them for where I am today,” he said.

His trainer Joe Gallagher brings real precision to the way he trains his boxers, analyses their performance and is open to using the latest equipment he can. “Joe’s very good at that, Joe studies a lot of your opponent and a lot of your fights. Before the [Rocky] Fielding fight he made me stop, didn’t really watch Fielding that much, he made me go away and watch a lot of my early fights. At first I thought it was a bit strange but more it was a case he was saying the fights where I went the distance, the fights with [Nikola] Sjekloca and [Christopher] Rebrasse, I sort of boxed as if I knew I was going the distance. Whereas early on I used to go in and regardless of who was in the opposite corner I used to basically take the handbrake off and let it flow. He wanted me to be a bit more like that. So I watched a lot of the early fights. It kind of looks better now because of the way the Fielding fight went. [Callum stopped him in the first round.] But I did agree with him at the time. I thought it was good and even after that fight, whether it’s a one round win or a 12 round win, Joe likes to sit down with you and pick out what you’ve done good and what you didn’t do so good. He’s good at that and it’s very similar to GB. You could go anywhere in the world and fight any boxer in the world and 99% of the time they’d have video footage of him. It’s very good to have and very lucky really. You don’t get that anywhere else. You can study your opponent. We used to do sessions in the gym and beforehand we’d watch one of our own fights and pick out good points and bad points and again it’s just moving with the times, a lot more advanced. I can’t imagine four years ago when you got given a foreign opponent sometimes you wouldn’t get any footage on him and it must have been a lot harder. It’s a lot easier nowadays to get that type of stuff and I do think it’s a big benefit.”

Analysing yourself in training and in combat is just as important as knowing your opponent. “Joe always makes you bring your iPad in to film the sparring. He films all the sparring. It’s sometimes easier if Joe says you’re doing this wrong, you’re doing that wrong. Sometimes you think he’s just being a nag and saying it for the sake of it but when he gets you and shows you and you see it yourself, it’s a lot more easier to take in and easier to understand. It’s when it’s there in front of you and it’s not just Joe saying it. Joe doesn’t give many compliments to be fair. He compliments me to other people but he’s constantly picking out my bad points. Sometimes when he does criticise me I think he’s just saying it for the sake of it, then he’ll show you it, and you go away and try and work on it. Joe’s a big believer in studying and studying yourself and studying your opponent. I’m doing well at the minute so it’s beneficial,” Smith continued.

When he comes to analysing your own efforts, he said of CORNER, “The trainer can see whether his boxer’s working and he can show it to his fighter and there’s proof there that you’re not working hard enough, or you were working harder last week than you are this week. It’s good for the boxers to see that. First week in camp they’re not going to be throwing so many punches a round, now they’re throwing this many. It’s good mentally to know you are improving and you are getting fitter. Although you feel it, it’s good to see it.

“You might think you’re working well one day and not so well the next day but the proof’s there, if you’re throwing a lot of combinations or if you’re not. It’s good from the trainer’s point of view, although it’s good to watch you and watch for your mistakes – your punch output, you can’t hide, you can’t get away from it so you’ve got to put the work in. You can’t hide behind a bag and tell Joe you’ve been working hard if he’s watching a spar, you’ve got a busy gym, if we are on a bag Joe doesn’t get to see it all. But you’ve still got to put the work in. I do think it’s good. It’s very, very technical. It doesn’t just show you how many punches you’re throwing, it shows you what you’re throwing, a lot of jabs, a lot of right hands or your combination punches and it shows you what part of the round you’re working and what you’re not. I do think it’s a very good tool and I would like to keep using it.”