Britain’s Boxing Hall of Fame is set to come to Birmingham next year in a plan which could leave a legacy for the sport in the Second City. 
The BBHoF today vowed to have a museum up and running by the time they stage a week-long boxing festival in Birmingham next August. 
Co-founders Ken Purchase and Marcus Anderson, who both have West Midlands links, are determined to establish the brand in the area. 
Purchase, 58, is formerly of Fordhouses, Wolverhampton and now lives in Telford while business partner Anderson, 42, is Smethwick-born. 
The two have the next 12 months planned out for the BBHoF’s maiden voyage into Birmingham, starting with a museum that will stay in the city. 
They are currently seeking a site but memorabilia shouldn’t be a problem, through the 25 ambassadors that are putting their name to the BBHoF. 
The likes of John H Stracey, Jane Couch MBE, Richie Woodhall, David Price, Matthew Hatton, Scott Quigg and Anthony Crolla are all on the list. 
Anderson said: “It’s all about boxing, we are looking to bring the sport back home and we have worked on this for a while. 
“We have never had a Boxing Hall of Fame in Birmingham, people have played at it but it’s never been done properly. 
“We are looking for premises or land in Birmingham City Centre where we can build a purpose-built museum. 
“We have got a lot of memorabilia already and people are still giving us stuff, so by next summer we should be ready. 
“It’s would be nice to have the museum open during the festival week and it will be staying in Birmingham. 
“There will also be a grass roots foundation under our banner, which will be raising money for amateur boxing. 
“We want people to know that Birmingham is the home of the British Boxing Hall of Fame.” 
The festival of boxing will take place in the last week of August, 2013, at the International Convention Centre. 
It will run day and night from Monday onwards with exhibitions at the ICC before the evening’s events begin. 
Two awards dinners will take place, firstly an awards ceremony to honour active fighters on the Thursday. 
Saturday’s offering will see the formal induction of boxing figures into the Hall of Fame for the ‘Class of 2012′. 
The most ambitious attraction is Friday’s ‘Fight Night,’ a fully professional show with a title fight at the top of the bill. 
Anderson has opened negotiations for a British, European or even world title fight to serve as the main event. 
He said: “The Hattons are pitching for that but we will be opening it up to Frank Warren, Frank Maloney and Eddie Hearn. 
“It’s a pro show and we want either a European or world title fight. If we could get a world title fight, we would be over the moon.” 
For more information or to get involved with the BBHoF, go to
By Political Assasin

I remember watching Maidana versus Alexander; it was hard to deal with. Things looked bad for Maidana who was about to topple many times during the fight. Alexander hacked away at Maidana using lateral movement and fast jabs which he worked into clever combinations helping to win him the bout.

Watching how Khans fight with Danny Garcia ended, I thought about what he did wrong. Amir was hitting hard with speed but used limited combinations and almost no lateral movement, rarely protecting his head. His mind trapping his body convincing him to fight like a brawler, even though his technical boxing skills helped him to win many of his fights. Then I thought about the pressure put on him by his opponent’s father Angel and the unresolved battle with Lamont Peterson. Amir Khan has been attacked in the past, ridiculed and more or less disliked by people for the only adversity he was born with, being a Muslim.
I was states away watching the fight on TV. I saw Amir fighting on, even after being knocked down, his heart and determination always rising. Khan has never backed down from a fight even when he could have. He’s always fought in his opponents back yard giving it is all every time. Watching Amir fight, there was a look in his eyes during the bout that I understood all too well. His eyes looked the same way mine did watching the press event with Angel Garcia proclaiming his god was better than Amir’s. Under my own anger being a Muslim ‘Pakistanian, angel put the devil in front of my face and that of every sensible person throughout the world. It may have helped if he knew that that we are not ‘Pakistanian’ correct term being Pakistani. Just like Angel is not a peurtoricus but I’m sure he knew that with all that college education under his belt, next to his gun. Telling me right here in Philly he’s never seen one of us that can fight?
Sending food and supplies after his verbal bombs drop telling Khan he’s no Prince Naseem? Angels George Bush inspired speech lacked intelligence, as he is a Christian by default whose country Puerto Rico used massive forceful conversions of people into Christianity. Angels God than that he seems to understand and love so much was forced on him. I and many other Pakistan’s are not Muslim by default.
We are not converts, nor has our faith been forced upon us. I have yet to hear about one of us walking around converting people like a Jehovah witness, let alone by force. I imagine Amir going into the fight; hate against him approved and validated during the press conference as nothing more than an unconventional method used to rattle his cage. Khan goated into a fight of passive aggression with his mind distracted and clouded. A testament to the psychological warfare America is known for embracing in order to secure a win.
Prior to this fight Amir officially lost the decision to a juiced up Lamont Peterson, who lunged at him with no end like the boogey man. Peterson’s positive test for steroids was obvious to me as Peterson had never taken hard hits like Khans and kept coming, definitely not his during his fight with Victor Ortiz. A knockdown by Khan in the early rounds as he battled on should have won him the fight. Many people didn’t give Khan the credit he deserved for the fight even though he was the unofficial winner similar to the way Manny was against Bradley. I believe it was not only the lack of validation from the boxing world for his amazing display of skill and dedication against Peterson, but also the physiological effect on the mind and body of having to fight a juiced up stalking Lamont , that made Khan fight so differently with Garcia. I began to ask myself more questions about what happened at the press conference. Yes Danny Garcia won but at what cost? Why was Danny’s father Angel allowed to instigate his own Spanish Inquisition on Amir live in front of the whole world watching? Why was Angels crusading rant allowed to happen? Why wasn’t he told to leave? No sanctions were placed, not even a proverbial slap on the wrist for insulting Amir’s faith and that of the world over. Certainly nothing pointed towards a solution as far as preventing something like this from happening again. It disgusted me to see Angels hate swept under the rug, but it hurt me more to see the institution of boxing allowing so much negativity to be placed on an amazing, young talented fighter of Amir Khan’s caliber for nothing more than his pride in being a practicing Muslim. Once again, racism and psychological warfare of a bigoted manner was permitted, allowed, and approved to happen to another talented Muslim. But none of us save for this writer/producer/rapper, felt the need to say it or fight for it.
Many thanks to ESPN writer Dan Rafael, his editorial on Amir Khan showing such class after his defeat to Danny Garcia was heartwarming, truthful, and very informative.
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