November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017
Tyson Fury

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TYSON FURY wants to step in and box Tony Bellew now that David Haye has pulled out.

I think Bellew should take this fight; I believe he will beat Fury – if they fight on December 17 over 12 rounds.

And people may think I’m crazy, but I think Bellew will stop the Gypsy King within 12 rounds, no way at all can Fury get in shape to do a 12 round fight within just over three weeks.

I am a friend and a fan of both Fury and Bellew, and to be honest I think it would be sad to see Fury get in the ring on December 17 because he won’t look great. I would love to see Fury have a warm-up fight next year, then fight Anthony Joshua in the summer.

But for Bellew this is a huge opportunity to beat one of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing in the last five years. With Fury’s inactivity, lack of training, sparring, etc. this is the time to fight him. For Bellew’s sake, I hope they jump on this. I know people talk about the size difference but we all remember when Haye fought Nikolai Valuev, Haye boxed circles around him. Because of Fury’s inactivity I see Bellew doing the same and because of Fury not having a proper training camp, it would come to an end with in 12.

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Listen to my podcast where I talk to Tony Bellew about his career and the stars of the movie Creed, click this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tony-bellew-star-of-creed-world-boxing-champion/id924241760?i=1000361704356&mt=2

November 21, 2017
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November 21, 2017
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November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017
David Haye

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DAVID HAYE is out of his clash with Tony Bellew that was due for December 17 in London’s 02 Arena.

David was running the stairs as part of a workout, slipped and went to grab the stair rail and somehow tore his biceps, which is a freak accident but it is very doable. I used to run stairs a lot as a fighter and it can be pretty dangerous, especially when you’re listening to your music, it’s easy to miss a step.

Haye, 37 has been boxing now since he was a boy and this puts so much strain on the body. As durable as a fighter’s body is, after this many years it becomes fragile. He had a great amateur career and now 31 fights in the pro ranks at cruiser and heavyweight is a lot.

We have seen him pull out of big fights in the past against Klitschko and Fury, now this with Bellew.

I feel sorry for everyone involved. It’s training camps that put the most wear and tear on the body. Now Bellew has been in camp for weeks for this fight, putting his own body through torture and with nothing at the end. His trainer Dave Coldwell I’m guessing won’t be getting paid for his work in the camp, as trainers normally get paid after the fight (I don’t know if these have this deal but most do). The promoter who has been promoting the fight certainly doesn’t get paid and then us as fans don’t get to see the biggest rematch of the year.

They are talking about having it in March or May. Whether or not that happens, we will hear soon enough.

Bellew is a good friend of mine since the amateur days and he was on my podcast, we had a great conversation about his career and starring in Creed the movie. You can listen to Tony Bellew and myself talking here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/box-n-life-podcast-life-in-out-of-the-boxing-gym/id924241760?mt=2&i=1000361704356

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November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017
Joseph Parker

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YESTERDAY it emerged that David Haye had torn his biceps, needed surgery and would not be able to fight Tony Bellew on December 17.

The word from Tony Bellew’s training camp is that the Liverpudlian is fit, strong and in tremendous shape, and therefore all the more disappointed that this fight has been postponed.

It would have been a major pay-per-view event in the UK. When Anthony Joshua lost challenger Kubrat Pulev at short notice, promoter Matchroom had a replacement, Carlos Takam, on stand by to come in.

There is no immediate simple solution for Bellew to replace Haye with another big fight to fulfil that now abandoned date. Tony’s team though would consider a dream world title shot at WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

But the New Zealander is not going to oblige them.

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Parker’s team told Boxing News, “With the greatest amount of respect to Tony Bellew, we have zero interest in stepping in at short notice and replacing the injured David Haye on December 17. That’s despite our team having 100 percent belief it would be an easy payday and easy win for Joseph Parker. Bellew is not ranked in the top 15 of the WBO and needs reminding he is ineligible for a title shot anyway.”

Parker’s team are in the midst of negotiating a potential heavyweight unification clash with IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua.

November 21, 2017
November 21, 2017
Miguel Cotto

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35-year-old Miguel Cotto’s history of violence has taken plenty of hard knocks along the way. The latest were the insulting scorecards that handed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a lopsided victory after 12 close rounds, causing the Puerto Rican veteran to storm from the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas ring in disgust, and his trainer Freddie Roach to rage at officials in utter disbelief. That’s not to say that Alvarez didn’t deserve his triumph in Las Vegas – he did – but the scores of 117-111 (John McKaie), 118-110 (Burt A. Clements) and 119-109 (Dave Moretti) were indeed perplexing after a top-drawer scrap that swung both ways.

Miguel Cotto opted to not attend the post-fight press conference, such was his disappointment, leaving a seething Roach to field questions from the media. “I thought my guy fought a good fight,” he said. “We had a game plan to outbox him and I thought we did that. His [Cotto’s] defence was impeccable and he threw lots of good combinations. I don’t know what those scores were about. It was a good, close fight, a competitive fight… There’s four members in our team and not one of them thought he lost. The scoring was bad. There’s no f****** way we lost by that much. We won the fight.”

The esteemed coach – credited with turning the Puerto Rican’s career around in recent years – did admit that Cotto gave away a few rounds, but when asked by a young reporter which ones in particular, Roach suddenly snapped.

“What rounds?” he asked, aghast. “I don’t know. I don’t keep a scorecard in my pocket. What kind of a question is that? Jesus Christ.”

From this viewpoint, youth and strength eventually pushed the pendulum in Alvarez’s favour, and to a 115-113 success. The older man boxed elegantly at times, his jab and trailing right were busy, but too often he failed to throw the required punches after his footwork had guided him into position. Nonetheless, after the eighth – which began with a savage exchange and saw the veteran unleash a divine four-punch volley – there appeared nothing in it. The intensity of the bigger and louder blasts from Alvarez increased as the fight wore on, and towards the end Cotto, his shaven head bruised and swollen, looked uncomfortable under fire; the lessons Canelo learned from a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather were clear to see.

Despite the scoring controversy, the electric event and outcome – the younger, hungrier fighter emerging victorious – provides huge positives for the sport of boxing, particularly in the wake of the disappointing Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao superfight in May. This bout, refereed by Robert Byrd, was enthralling from start to finish and, though not quite a classic, largely delivered on its promise. And while many yearned for 35-year-old Cotto to add another layer to his legend, a victory for the ageing star would not have been beneficial in the long term: he has never really fancied the idea of facing Gennady Golovkin (his failure to comply with the WBC’s plans for the winner to meet “GGG” next year triggered a chain of events that led to him being stripped of the middleweight title and only Canelo could claim the belt), and his insistence on fighting at 155lbs was making a complete mockery of the middleweight division he presided over.

The Mexican – very much the crowd favourite in Sin City – is eager for the Golovkin showdown and, if made, would be the biggest fight in the world.

“A lot of people were asking me about Golovkin before the fight, but out of respect for Cotto I did not say anything,” said Alvarez through a translator.  “Now I can talk about it. I’m ready for Golovkin. I know him very well and he’s a friend of mine. I’m not afraid of anyone, and I’m not afraid of him. If you don’t believe me I’ll get in the ring now and go 12 rounds [with him].”

Things may not be that easy, though. Before the victor arrived, his stubbly Golden Boy promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, was less committal about the “GGG” megafight, yet confirmed that Alvarez, arguably now the biggest star in boxing, will fight in May and September next year – traditionally the slots for Mayweather events before he retired.

“Of course he’s going to fight Gennady Golovkin,” said De La Hoya. “But we’re going to let him rest and see what is for the best. We need to decide if we stay at middleweight, or drop back to super-welterweight.”

Moments later, and unaware of his promoter’s comments, Alvarez emphatically ruled out a move back to 154lbs.

The fighter’s desire to make the Golovkin contest is genuine and should be applauded, but whether De La Hoya shares that ambition is up for debate. Alvarez is the chief revenue-maker at Golden Boy, and the Kazakh could ruin it all.

But against Cotto, the redhead proved he belongs at the very top level and, importantly, his broad-muscled body looks suited to middleweight warfare. His right hand is already one of the division’s most dangerous weapons, and several times in the latter stages, he arced it around and through Cotto’s guard. One suspects that may be the last we see of the future Hall-of-Famer, at least in events of this magnitude.

“He still has a future in boxing,” opined Roach about his charge. “He has a couple more fights in him if they’re the right fights, but he’s had a great career, so we’ll see. He works so hard in the gym and I don’t think it’s over, but we will have to discuss that. We’ll have a long talk about it and make a decision. I care about my fighters and if it’s over, it’s over.”

Cotto deserved better from the scorecards but should not complain about the loss, and if it is all over, the warrior’s baton has been passed to good hands.

 

November 20, 2017
November 20, 2017
Tony Bellew

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SHOCK and gloom descended over Tony Bellew and his team when they discovered that David Haye was injured and their December 17 fight had been cancelled.

Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell spoke exclusively to Boxing News with their reaction. “I’m gutted for Tony I really am. It’s been a hard, hard camp. It’s been very tough on him. There’s no end product for it right now,” he said.

It’s been especially difficult for Bellew, who personally had been mourning the death of his brother-in-law, a close family member, while preparing diligently to repeat a victory over heavyweight David Haye. “He showed immense strength of character. I’ve always had respect for his mental toughness but for him to have just gone through the sessions that we’ve had to, with all that that’s going on, it’s took it to another level,” Coldwell said. “He is an unbelievable professional.”

To make matters worse for team Bellew, they report that Tony had been looking fantastic in training. “The last week, 10 days, I’ve just been, wow, really, really looking forward to this,” his trainer said.

Although Haye has suffered a litany of injuries it’s possible that he can come back and the mooted dates for a rescheduled rematch are March 24 or May 5. “It’s a fresh injury, I suppose that’s a good thing. It’s an injury that could happen to anybody. You fall down the stairs, you put your arm out. You fall off a curb, you put your arm out. You could dislocate your shoulder, you could rupture your bicep, do whatever. It’s one of those things. But again, it’s f****** David Haye again,” Coldwell said. “Right now we’re waiting to see what all the options are and what people like Eddie [Hearn, the promoter] and Sky, what they do. Tony will look at what his options are and we’ll take it from there. If he had done his Achilles [the injury which happened in the first Bellew fight], it’s gone again, he’s not going to make it to the ring. It’s his bicep, a fresh injury like I said, we’ll see.”

“If it’s not too far out, we’ll speak about it. Do we wait? Do we do something else? I don’t know, we’ll see,” he added. “We’ll have to see how quickly he does recover. The best thing about Haye is the team that he has around him, the money that he has available to him to get things sorted, he does recover from his injuries very, very quickly… This could be one of them. But I don’t know.

“Ultimately it’s down to what Tony wants to do.”

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Tony Bellew and David Haye face off for cancelled rematch

If Joseph Parker suddenly offered a shot at the WBO heavyweight world title, Bellew, who is really just a cruiserweight, could be interested. “You’ve got to see what the options are. If Parker’s there, if it’s worth a crack and worth the fight, then you go with that,” Dave said.

Former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury appeared on social media offering his services as an opponent. Coldwell ruled that out for December 17. “He’s too big,” the trainer said. “That’s not a fight I would entertain whatsoever. Fury is big, long and very, very clever in that ring. There’s no way that I’d be interested in that fight.” Not to mention the fact that Fury still has to have a hearing with an anti-doping panel before he can get a licence to box from the British Boxing Board of Control.

Bellew however does not want to lose the form and fitness he had attained in this camp. “He was devastated when he got the call. He’s had today off. He sent me text this morning, because he’s in good shape, he’s in very good shape, saying ‘I’m not letting this go, I’ll be with you tomorrow.’ I think he’s going to come down for a session tomorrow. But we’ll see. We’ll see how he is,” Coldwell revealed. “He said I’m not letting this go.”