The Pugilist

  • Can Wlad and co brighten up the summer?

    Klitschko and Thompson face off again

    With industry insiders forecasting a 'summer of discontent' for the sport, the next two weekends could provide a welcome break from the gloom.

    Starting with Saturday, a festival of squared circle action gets under way and with recent headlines being consumed by performance-enhancing drugs, questionable judging decisions and up-and-coming promotions being cut from television, there are widespread hopes that the mood will lighten up with a host of captivating bouts.

    It kicks off in heavyweight fashion, as multiple world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his collection of gold

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  • Chisora’s true colours set to be revealed

    Dereck Chisora can either bounce back or sink without trace on July 14Turn the clock back 12 months: Dereck Chisora was as much of a polarising British heavyweight as he is today, but the extent of the chaos that was to follow was far beyond anybody's wildest imagination.

    He has since slapped Vitali Klitschko at a pre-fight weigh-in, spat water in the face of his brother Wladimir and sparked a violent scene with a gate-crashing David Haye which offered boxing detractors carte blanche in their favourite hobby.

    To boot, Chisora has lost his British boxing licence, his undefeated record and possibly any hopes of fighting for a world title again, despite putting in

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  • Canelo-Ortiz announcement tempts fate

    'Vicious' Victor Ortiz

    Victor Ortiz's welterweight fight against Josesito Lopez on Saturday could easily backfire on him following recent events.

    The battle of the Mexican-Americans, for the WBC 'Silver' (interim) championship, rose from the ashes of a planned rematch between Ortiz and Andre Berto.

    In their initial encounter over a year ago in Connecticut — the night of Amir Khan's technical decision triumph over Paul McCloskey — Ortiz claimed the legitimate WBC  crown from 'The Beast' in arguably the fight of the year.

    And though his last fight (and first defence) against Floyd Mayweather ended in a peculiar

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  • Bradley-Pacquiao II is a good thing

    Bradley's title celebrations were met with boos at the MGM Grand, due to the circumstances

    He knew it. His corner knew it. Everyone in the MGM Grand Garden Arena knew it. Timothy Bradley was the benefactor of daylight robbery against Manny Pacquiao.

    After starting the contest with confident intent, Bradley soon fell prey to the incumbent champion's cerebral defence and superior positioning, and for seven brutal rounds was subjected to a constant stream of stinging combinations and killer body shots.

    The decision of Duane Ford and CJ Ross to award the fight to the undefeated American 115-113 — with third Nevada judge Jerry Roth scoring the same in Pac-Man's favour — was so off the

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  • Pac-Man isn’t trapped by his ghosts yet

    Pacquiao and Bradley stare down at the Vegas weigh-in.
    A combination of several factors has many tipping Timothy Bradley to claim the scalp of Manny Pacquiao, but the eight-division world champion still has plenty to prove.

    Between his last two fights, mounting distractions outside the ring and niggling calf problems, the 33-year-old isn't quite the lock he has been in all of his previous battles over the last seven years.

    His most recent WBO welterweight title defence, a majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in the duo's third meeting, was far from convincing and the sound of boos as the Filipino was announced as the winner was a rare and

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  • Froch has taken on all comers, but the Bute fight may define his legacy

    If one boxer deserves a monumental victory in front of his home town crowd, it's Nottingham's Carl Froch.  

    In an age where convincing two marquee fighters in any one weight division to agree to a high-stakes bout where either man could realistically win - or lose - is the biggest challenge, the 34-year-old has taken the opposite route in his quest to build a memorable legacy at super-middleweight.

    Up to May 26 2012, Froch has done just that. His string of compelling ring wars will no doubt be recalled vividly and held in high regard by many a boxing purist for years to come, his name

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  • Peterson leaves Khan in limbo

    Although Lamont Peterson's failed drug test is a reprieve of sorts for Amir Khan, it also leaves the British boxer struggling for career navigation.

    Khan's loss to Peterson at the Washington Convention Center back in December was controversial enough at the time: Mustafa Ameen, the infamous 'man in the hat' who was seen going over the judge's scorecards with a WBA official before the hometown fighter took Khan's WBA and IBF light welterweight titles sparked outrage, particularly when pictured celebrating with the 'Havoc' camp after the decision.

    The news earlier this month that Peterson had

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  • Chunky could have last laugh over nemesis

    Frank Warren oversees the pre-fight face-off between Degale and Groves last May.

    George Groves was forced to pull out of his WBO super-middleweight title shot on May 5. To make matters worse, the turn of events could allow bitter rival James DeGale to leapfrog him onto the World stage.

    Groves damaged cartilage in his nose during training, which is expected to take at least 10 weeks to fully heal, and the scheduled challenge of reigning champion Robert Stieglitz at Erfurt's Messehalle is off as a result.

    While both Groves and promoter Frank Warren expect the setback to merely delay the opportunity, this is the 24-year-old's second fitness-related postponement in as many

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  • Fury-Price will be worth the wait

    Tyson Fury has seen his stock rise in recent years

    When looking ahead to the weekend's fight between Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan, one cannot help but feel that this should have been it; that is, the day of the confrontation between Fury and countryman David Price.

    The prospect of two undefeated streaks being put on the line in a battle for the right to be regarded as the nation's next potential heavyweight saviour is one which has left many fight fans praying for a green light in hope that they will breathe life into the flagging weight class.

    Mancunian Fury and Liverpool's Price have been linked for quite some time now, but just when it

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  • The pound-for-pound top 10

    Let's be honest: Rankings are bogus. Whether it's basketball, football or fighting, they're subjective, biased and just about meaningless.

    Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield likes to say "styles make fights," but the same is true in other sports. Just because A beats B and C beats A doesn't mean that C beats B, whether it is basketball, football or boxing. Sport is weird like that.

    But sport being what it is — entertainment — rankings provide a point of discussion for fans who love to debate the pros and cons of their favourites.

    It's particularly difficult in the fight game because

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