Boxing

It has been a big year for boxing in 2018 as there have already been a number of blockbuster contests involving the best in each division. Here is a look at five men who will be vying for the number one spot in the pound-for-pound list at the end of the calendar year.

Canelo Alvarez

Credit: World Boxing Council via Twitter

Canelo recently picked up the biggest win of his career with success coming over Gennady Golovkin in their much-anticipated rematch in Vegas. The Mexican inflicted the first defeat in GGG’s professional career. Just like their initial contest which finished a draw, the fight was close but the judges just favoured Alvarez who crucially won the last round to get the decision.

Anthony Joshua

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua continues to plough his way through the heavyweight division. The unbeaten boxer added the WBO crown to his WBA, IBF and IBO titles earlier this year with victory coming over Joseph Parker in Cardiff. Joshua is -900 to beat Alexander Povetkin in the boxing betting at William Hill in his next contest. A victory over the Russian should help him much further up the pound-for-pound list as that will be the 22nd win of his professional career.

Vasyl Lomachenko

Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko is considered by many as the current pound-for-pound number one. Since turning professional in 2013, the two-time Olympic gold medallist has broken so many records in the sport. The 30-year-old won a world title in just his third professional fight by claiming the WBO featherweight crown. Lomachenko has gone on to win world championships at two other weight divisions. He goes into his next contest against Jose Pedraza on the back of impressive wins over Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares. Victory in December in a unification contest in New York should see him pole position for the top spot in the rankings.

Terence Crawford

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There are not many boxers more exciting to watch in the sport than Terence Crawford. The man nicknamed as Bud has won world titles at three weight divisions. His latest success came in June when he claimed the WBO welterweight champions with a ninth-round stoppage of Jeff Horn. He is set to defend that crown against fellow American Jose Benavidez in October in his latest bid to prove why he is the leading boxer around today.

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk won the first ever World Boxing Super Series at the cruiserweight division earlier this summer when he defeated Murat Gassiev in the final to lift the Mohammed Ali Trophy. The Ukrainian has been able to unify the division in 2018, therefore, there is no doubt he is top of the pack at his weight division. The Cat’s next assignment is a clash with Tony Bellew in Manchester, England in November. If he can get past the British boxer, who has been fighting more recently as a heavyweight, he will have made a strong case to finish 2018 as the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.

Enjoy the remainder of 2018 as there are still so many great fights scheduled to take place, therefore, a lot can change with the rankings before the end of the year.


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Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury returns to boxing and in-ring competition after two-and-a-half years out of sport when he faces an unnamed opponent on home turf in the Manchester Arena on June 9.

The story of the self-styled Gypsy King so far contains dizzying highs and shocking lows. Fury stunned the boxing world when he dethroned WladimirKlitchsko for most of the sport’s heavyweight belts in Dusseldorf, Germany back in November 2015.

That unanimous decision victory enhanced his professional record to 25 fights unbeaten with 18 coming by knockout. What followed for Fury was depression and a failed drugs test that forced him to vacate his titles and saw his boxing license revoked.

He gained weight but began training at fellow Manchester boxer Ricky Hatton’s gym in a bid to step up his comeback when the ban ended. Fury has since signed with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and set his sights on current world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua.

While seeing AJ in the limelight he may have felt should’ve been his, Fury is some way of getting into the title picture. Were they to meet today, then it would be worth checking the latest betting offers for sports for a Joshua win, as he is odds-on at a best-price 4/6 with Sky Bet to win a potential bout with The Gypsy King.

Fury, meanwhile, is available at top odds of 11/8 with William Hill to knock AJ off his pedestal but comebacks to reach the zenith of boxing again are slow-burners. Here’s how Fury could go about getting himself back into contention.

Shake off the ring rust

Boxing promoter Warren is no fool; he won’t be pitching his client into high-profile fights straight away.  There’ll be a carefully thought out strategy to build Fury back up. The opposition probably won’t be up to much but that’s not the point.

Putting Fury against easy opposition in his comeback fight and subsequent boxing bouts isn’t about swerving challenges but rather serves two purposes. One is to ensure that any ring rust developed during that time away from the sport is shaken off. The other is to rebuild the fighter’s confidence as sparring and training can only do so much for getting back into ring shape.

Next step: up the calibre of opponent

We’ll soon know whether Fury still has the old magic or not, but there comes a point after a few fights where he has to face a better breed of boxer. Tony Bellew, who has heaped successive defeats on fellow British heavyweight David Haye, has identified The Gypsy King as a potential future opponent.

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“I’d love [to fight] Tyson Fury,” Bellew said after beating Haye for a second time. “I’d love to knock him out. Fury isn’t a big puncher like Anthony Joshua or Haye; he’s big, elusive and fast for a heavyweight. It’s a fight I like.”

Bellew is certainly describing the Fury of old so, if those attributes are still with him, the former WBC cruiserweight champion could be a bout around the corner. While his camp is certainly keen on the fight taking place soon, Warren will surely want to build Fury up a little more before tackling the Liverpudlian.

Eddie Hearn, who has Bellew signed to his Matchroom Promotions, believes Fury won’t go near his client for three or four fights. Bellew turns 36 in November, so age is on Fury’s side but he will have to prove he can still hang in such company if he wants another world title shot.

 

 

After a hugely illustrious professional career that has spanned an incredible 16 years, Miguel Cotto finally bowed out of the sport with his head held high.

The now 37-year-old went into his swansong ring outing as the overwhelming favourite to prevail and go out on a high, but his American opponent Sadam Ali spoiled the party by securing a shock unanimous decision success in New York.

Following the legendary Puerto Rican's retirement, here is a look back at four of his finest career wins, stretching back to 2006.

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Miguel Cotto by Chamber of Fear (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Cotto bowed out with a gallant loss to Ali at his second home of Madison Square Garden in New York City, but it wasn't the final big bout of the year, with plenty more on the horizon in 2017 and beyond. This includes the highly awaited showdown between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux, with the latter Canadian set to enter the clash as the evens outsider to prevail in the latest boxing odds.

But it was Cotto that previously stole the headlines with his brave curtain call defeat, bowing out with another strong showing on his impressive record. One of his finest wins came back in 2015 as he stopped strong Australian challenger Daniel Geale at the Barclays Center in the Big Apple.

Sergio Martinez

One of the most memorable fights in Cotto's prestigious career came in June 2014 as the iconic fighter overcame the threat of Argentine opponent Sergio Martinez. The first and only Puerto Rican fighter to win a world title in four different weight classes was truly superb on that thrilling summer night on American soil.

It was quite clear that South American Martinez was struggling with an injury to his right knee during the fight but Cotto was brilliant and exposed him, eventually breaking him down to secure a ninth-round stoppage.

Antonio Margarito

In July 2008, one of the most brutal and controversial encounters occurred, as Cotto was dismantled and stopped by long-standing foe Antonio Margarito in the 11th round of their clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

A year after being stopped, news broke that Margarito had used illegal hand wraps and three years later Cotto gained revenge and the ultimate redemption. In the tenth round at Madison Square Garden, Cotto halted his bitter rival and redeemed himself in front of a rapturous United States crowd.

Paulie Malignaggi

One of Cotto's earlier career wins next against a young Paulie Malignaggi back in June 2006. The latter American was an up and coming fighter and showed great heart in what turned out to be a gruelling affair at Cotto's adopted home of Madison Square Garden.

The Puerto Rican legend was sublime on the night and proved to be simply too much for 'the Magic Man', earning himself a comfortable unanimous decision victory. As was the brutality of the scrap, Malignaggi was cut in the first round and was later taken to hospital after it was revealed that he also broke his right orbital bone and injured his jaw badly.

 

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WBC Boxing champ itali Klitschko didn't strike back after challenger Dereck Chisora slapped him at the weigh ins.  Vitali said he'd take his revenge in the ring when they fight tomorrow night.  Chisora probably did the right thing by taking a swing at Vitali, because chances are he's going to be napping in the fight.

 

Floyd Mayweather has never been in trouble inside the boxing ring, but outside the ropes is a whole other story.  The boxing bad boy is going to face the music on a domestic battery charge when he starts serving a 90 day sentence in January, 2012.  The jail sentence makes the iffy fight with Manny Pacquiao even iffier, and who knows if these 2 guys will ever come to an agreement to fight.  Floyd has great boxing skills, but he definitely needs to grow up a little as a man.  Here's hoping that 90 days in the can will wake him up.

 

Victor Ortiz has a rematch coming up with Andre Berto in February.  Their first fight was an action packed thriller, and the rematch should also deliver the goods.  But people are still talking about Victor's headbutt of Floyd Mayweather in their fight back in June.  In this video interview, Ortiz talks about the elbows Floyd threw that led to the headbutting incident and how he tried to break Floyd's nose with it.  Things didn't turn out well for Ortiz,of course, because he was knocked out right afterwards. And now, while Ortiz trains for Berto, Floyd will be cooling his heels in jail for 90 days.  That's got to make Victor feel good.

 

Few realize that, in addition to his black belt in BJJ, Nam Phan boasts a 3-1 record in professional boxing.  Here's a few videos of his stint wearing the big red pillows.

 

Astute viewers will note the uncanny use of his soul-devouring left-hook to the body in the ring as well.  Nam Phan vs. Ivan Diaz is above, with his two-part tilt against Andrew Stafford in the full entry.

Amazing video shows some of boxing's most brutal and electrifying knockouts of all time.  A great compilation, it has everything from boxing's early days up to the modern era.  You will not want to miss this.

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Murilo Bustamante is one of MMA's old school legends still adored by fans.  One of Brazilian Top Team's original founders and the second UFC middleweight champion, Busta slowly faded into obscurity in full-contact competition, taking only two fights from 2006-2009.

Murilo made a surprise comeback this year in a fight versus talented wrestler Jesse Taylor in Australia's Impact FC promotion, but also tried his hand in the boxing ring.  The video after the break comes from Graciemag.com and features Murilo's pro-boxing match from February against Danilo Moto-Serra.

The Garv is proud to announce that we've secured an interview with Busta, so stay tuned for that piece in the next few weeks.

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