Paul Ready boxing jouralist

I’ve been one of the fortunate few who haven’t succumbed to the Noah’s Ark esq floods we’ve experienced recently in the UK.

There is a new film is coming out this year about Noah’s Ark ironically.

Give me Russell Crowe over Steve Carrell as Noah anyday…  Crowe doesn’t mince around, he gets it done.

If you had two Arks side by side, one built by Carrell and the one by Crowe, this is how I envisage it:

Carrell will be goofing around to coin the American phrase with the ducks; Crowe will be dressed as a Gladiator chasing the pigs & cows to get onboard with a sword and shield.

I know which one I would get on!

News has been somewhat slow in the world of boxing, no news on Carl Froch v George Groves 2  as of yet.

I’ve heard rumours that it may be at the City Ground in Nottingham, but pure speculation at this stage.

We have had the first card of this year a few weeks back in Cardiff courtesy of Matchroom Sport, this weekend it is Frank Warren’s turn at the Copperbox Arena in London.

Copperbox – Saturday 15th February – London

Tyson Fury squares off against American Joey Abell, who has 7 losses and 5 of them by KO. It should be an exhibition match for 2 Fast 2 Fury, as he works towards a domestic heavyweight bout against Dereck Chisora in the summer.

For Fury it represents an opportunity to blow the cobwebs off and get back to boxing after the double cancellation of David Haye fights due to Haye’s injuries.

Del Boy Chisora also fights on the same card against another American Kevin Johnson.

Johnson, fought Fury last year in Belfast with Fury winning by a significant amount on points. This will be a tough bout for Chisora, and one that I’m certain Don Charles has him more than prepared for.

On the same card we have

The WBO European Super-Middleweight Championship

Frank Buglioni v Gaetano Nespro

The Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship

Bradley SkeeteChristopher Sebire

And Hughie Fury looks to build on an impressive 2013 this year with his first outing in 2014.

I really like what Peter Fury has done with Hughie, we forget the guy is only 19, for a Heavyweight he is a mere pup.

If he lives the life, eats well, trains hard, avoids alcohol, he could be fighting still in 15-20 years.

Amir Khan

It appears that Amir Khan is due to be announced imminently as Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent on 3rd May in Las Vegas.

I’m sure you have seen or heard about the farcical Lockerdome sponsored vote online between Marcos Maidana and Khan.

If you haven’t, let me explain briefly; Mayweather has allegedly handed over to his fans to vote for who he should face next via an online poll. Said poll is managed by Lockerdome who when you sign up have access to your tweets, followers and can post on your account when they see fit.

The voting ended on Sunday 9th February, Khan was miles ahead but for me he was always the opponent and this was a pure marketing ploy.

Now do I honestly think King Khan or Maidana are the most worthy opposition for Pound for Pound number 1 Mayweather?

No! I would prefer to see him Mayweather face Timothy Bradley or Manny Pacquiao but it isn’t possibly due to broadcaster/promoter politics.

Within the Goldenboy stable, taking my British Boxing fan hat off, I feel that someone such as Danny Garcia would be a more worthy adversary.

I would love to see Amir have a “tune-up” fight or two at 147lbs (Welterweight) first before stepping in with the top guy in the division.

Facing a genuine Welter such as Keith Thurman or Devon Alexander (who Khan was due to face in December) would of been a better option in my eyes.

Credit to the 27 year old, if Mayweather comes knocking and offers you a fight for a career high purse, you take it.

He will go in to the fight as a massive underdog; I saw odds earlier this week of Money May being 1/5 on favourite.

Khan has blistering hand-speed; I would say punch combo’s he is quicker than Floyd. So in boxing, you always have a chance.

I just feel that single punches being thrown, Mayweather is still the king and I can see him catching Khan a few times.

We will see how Khan Fares at 147 as he has often spoke about boiling down to 140 which has subsequently affected his body and performance.

Good luck to him, i’m looking forward to the build-up and seeing him in Showtime All Access episodes.

If he loses, he still has a huge fight and financial pay day domestically with Kell Brook late 2014.

If he wins, it will be one of the biggest shocks in boxing history, and the world is his oyster.


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