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UK BOXING REPORTS Records 1 to 10 of 131

 

 

 Michael Sprott v Audley Harrison 

DATE: 4/9/2010

TITLE: European Heavyweight Title

VENUE: Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, UK

PREDICTION: Audley Harrison

 

imageA very interesting contest, I honestly believe that former Olympic champion Audley Harrison has more ability in one hand than Sosnowski has in his whole body, does this mean he will win the fight? absolutely not, unfortunatley for Harrison he has just not been able to perform to the level that he is first of all capable of and secondly he just doesn't seem to have the mental edge needed to win fights like this. When Harrison lets his hands flow he looks like a world champion, unfortunatly most of the time he stays at distance doing very little. He has all the attributes to be a world champion but I feel he will just never make it. Sosnowski has impressed me a lot in his last few fights, he is a work horse and he puts his heart and sole into his fights, he may not be the biggest, hardest puncher or fastest heavyweight about but he works hard, and grinds out wins. I think Harrison has a punchers chance of winning this fight, but unless he connects Sosnowski will out work him all night long. I expect the usual frustrating performance from Harrison, I really believe he is one of the most talented guys out there at the moment but he is missing something, if he finds it in this fight he may well blow Sosnowski away but the safest bet is Sosnowski on the cards.

Change of opponent Michael Sprott is brought in following Sosnowski being lined up to fight Vitali Klitschko for the world title, this is now a big grudge match as Sprott knocked out Harrison last time out. I think Harrison will get his revenge here but this is about the level that Harrison can fight at, any tougher oppoenent and he will stuggle.


 

 David Haye v John Ruiz 

DATE: 4/3/2010

TITLE: WBA Heavyweight Title

VENUE: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: David Haye

 

imageAfter losing to Carl Thompson back in 2004 David Haye was labelled as a arrogant limited fighter with a questionable chin, he has certainly turned this around and now is being labelled as the hope of the heavyweight division, finally someone who not only fights and hits hard but looks the part with his ripped muscular frame. I still have worries over his chin to be honest but Haye has learned from his mistakes and really turned his career around, wins over the likes of tough Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck really cemented his place, he picked up the WBA and WBC titles against Mormeck before adding the WBO with a demolision job of Enzo Maccarinelli inside 2 rounds before moving up to heavyweight, there he took no prisoners and after only 2 fights at the weight he already has the WBA title wrapped around his waist, the last a patient disaplined performance over the giant Nickolay Valuev. He is exciting and carries a deverstating power punch, now he faces John Ruiz a guy that I guess many people are looking past and are looking forward to Haye fighting the likes of the Klitschko brothers, but although Ruiz is not the greateast or most exciting fighter ever he does have a lot of experience, he has been involved in no less than 13 world title fights or eliminators and has won and defend the title twice, so he is no mug, he has shared the ring with fighters such as Evander Holyfield 3 times (1-1-1), Roy Jones, James Toney, Nickolay Valuev, Ruslan Chagaev and many more and never disgraced himself. I think if Ruiz is still in the fight after 5-6 rounds he has a great chance of pulling off a win that nobody believes he is capable of, personally I think Haye will take him out early, I think he will be just too fast and hit too hard, but don't rule out Ruiz pulling off an upset if he takes Haye into the later rounds.


 

 Matthew Hatton v Gianluca Branco 

DATE: 3/26/2010

TITLE: European Welterweight Title

VENUE: Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Matthew Hatton

 

imageA very interesting contest, former European light welterweight champion Branco steps up in weight to face Matthew Hatton, Hatton is unbeaten in the last two years the only mark on his record a rather debatable draw against Lovemore N'dou when many thought Hatton had done enough in the later rounds to take the contest. I have never regarded Hatton as a real contender he has always lived in the shadow of his more famous brother and has been carefully matched on the undercards of his brothers big shows. He has however started to come into his own, and looked a lot better winning over the likes of Ben Tackie and Ted Bami. Branco spent a lot of early career being very easily matched, not really seriously tested in his first 28 fights despite picking up a draw. Branco lost his first fight in a WBC Title clash with Arturo Gatti, he also lost out in his other world title challenge at the hands of Miguel Cotto. Since then his only real opponent of note is Colin Lynes who he beat on a narrow split decision, many believing Lynes won the fight. At 39 years old and stepping up in weight this might be too much of an ask for Branco, I think in his prime he would have beaten Hatton but now I think Hatton's size and work rate will be too much for him.


 

 Joe Murray v Yuri Voronin 

DATE: 3/26/2010

VENUE: Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Joe Murray

 

imageA very interesting step up in class for unbeaten young prospect Joe Murray, Voronin has been around the block a few times and has given a number of top prospects very tough nights, he has shared the ring with the likes of Nicky Cook, Bernard Dunne, Mzonke Fana and Scott Quigg and has never disgraced himself. He has however generally lost when stepping up in class, Murray will certainly have his hands full here, will will certainly get a good judge of how far the youngster will go after this fight, if he is not the prospect that people think he is this might be too much too soon, but from what I have seen of Murray he looks pretty good so i am going to go for a points win for him but I think he will be tested a lot further than ever before.


 

 Anthony Small v Sam Webb 

DATE: 3/26/2010

TITLE: British & Commonwealth Light Middleweight Titles

VENUE: Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Anthony Small

 

imageAt first glance this looks like an easy defencde for Small, however there are a number of potential pit falls in this fight for him. Firstly which I think is the most important is that Small may take this fight lightly, and may not be as fit as he should be he is well known for cutting corners and I think if underestimates Webb he may get a shock. Especially as Webb has been stopped before you may see Small rushing out for the KO and if it doesn't come he may gas out. They have both faced Thomas McDonagh and both won very close points decisions so this fight may be a lot closer than people think. I think if Small performs to the level he is capable of then he wins this fight 99 times out of 100 but any less than that Webb might cause a big shock.


 

 Martin Lindsay v Jamie Arthur 

DATE: 3/19/2010

TITLE: British Featherweight Title

VENUE: Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, Lancashire, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Martin Lindsay

 

imageA very interesting contest, after suffering 2 nasty cuts which cost him two losses against limited opposition former amateur star Arthur retired from the sport in 2005, in 2008 he decided to make a return and has stormed through the rankings winning 7 fights in a row, including an British title eliminator against the formely undefeated prospect Akaash Bhatia, he now faces the toughest challenge of his career against another undefeated fighter Martin Lindsay, the prize awaiting is the vacant British title. Lindsey at 15-0 has got less amatuer experience and less pro fights than Arthur, however he has competed at a higher level and holds some great wins over great fighters himself, he exploded onto the scene with a tremendous stoppage win over former British champion Derry Mathews, he then went on to destroy on of the hottest prospects in the division Paul Appleby who has not been seen since. I think it should be an interesting clash of styles and a fairly decent fight, neither of these guys are big punchers, but Lindsey is the harder hitter of the two, a lot depends on how the face of Lindsey holds up, he is always at risk of cuts but barring injury this fight should be decided by the judges, I think Lindsey is one of the hottest prospects in the country at the weight and will be tough to beat it would take a career best from Arthur to win this fight, don't rule him out but I would go for a points win for Lindsay.


 

 Krzysztof Bienias v Kell Brook 

DATE: 3/12/2010

VENUE: Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Kell Brook

 

imageBig step up in class for the unbeaten prospect Kell Brook, Bienias has won his last 17 fights and his only 2 losses have come to former world champions Junior Witter and world title challenger Oktay Urkal, Brook has looked great so far and has yet to be really pressed despite sharing the ring with some of the best domestic fighters. Both fighters will be looking to compete on the world scene with a win here, Bienias looking for a route back and Brook looking to get there. From what I have seen from Brook I have been impressed he has a few ajustments needed to enable him to bridge that gap to world level but he is progressing well and i think he will come through this challenge well, he may have to go the distance with the tough Bienias but I fancy the stoppage will come in the middle rounds.


 

 Paul Smith v Tony Dodson 

DATE: 3/12/2010

TITLE: British Super Middleweight Title

VENUE: Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Paul Smith

 

imageWhat should be a fairly routine defence for Smith, Smith is not as good as his record suggests he was rather fortunate to win last time out against Tony Quigley, Quigley stopped Dodson in their fight and I would be surprised if this fight goes any different to that, I think Smith will take over in the mid rounds and get a late stoppage or a decent win on the cards, Dodson has lost on the occassions he has stepped up in class and this should be no different.


 

 Gary Sykes v Andy Morris 

DATE: 3/5/2010

TITLE: British Super Featherweight Title

VENUE: Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

PREDICTION: Gary Sykes

 

imageFollowing the reinstatement of the title fight for Ricky Burns, Any Morris has stepped in at late notice to take on Gary Sykes, Morris has competed at a higher level than Sykes, but he is the smaller man and has been stopped twice before at a lower weight. Sykes is not really a puncher but I think he might be a bit too much for Morris especially with the short notice. A lot depends on how much preperation Morris has had, Sykes will be hungry to keep his undefeated record and has be listed to fight for sometime against Ricky Burns so you can guarentee he will be in shape, it should be a good fight.


 

 Chris Edwards v Abmerk Shindjuu  

DATE: 2/19/2010

TITLE: Commonwealth Flyweight Title

VENUE: Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke, Staffordshire, UK

PREDICTION: Chris Edwards

 

imageAn interesting clash, Edwards has a terrible record of 13-14-3 but he is lot lot better than that record suggests. He was once 1-6, he has turned things around and picked up a British title and a Commonwealth belt. He lost a narrow decision last time out to Shinny Bayaar but he will be looking to bounce straight back with a win here. Shindjuu is a good fighter, again better than his record of 7-2-2 suggests, and is coming off 3 decent wins. He hasn't competed at the same level as Edwards but I think this one could be a close fight and will be decided by the judges. I am favouring Edwards mainly due to his experience but it is not with a great deal of confidence.


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