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Buatsi Bolotniks

After beating Bolotniks, who’s next for Joshua Buatsi?

Ricards Bolotniks, despite what you saw on Saturday night, is no mug. The WBO European Light Heavy Champ has bulldozed his way past a number of creditable challengers and came to Matchroom HQ with genuine hopes for a world title fight. With one booming overhand right Joshua Buatsi ended those aspirations. Joshua Buatsi is good,…

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No backing down, Taylor versus Ramirez could be the best yet

Despite the lingering effects of a global pandemic, it is hard to argue 2021 has been a bad year for boxing. May could yet be the best month of the lot. What began with Sunny Edwards’ flawless wrestling of the flyweight crown, reached its supposed peak with Canelo’s eventual dismantling of a red-hot Billy Joe…

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King versus court jester, Billy Joe Saunders seeks boxing immortality

Make no bones about it, if Billy Joe Saunders beats Saul Canelo Alzarez it will be the greatest performance by a British boxer overseas in the history of the sport. In Canelo, boxing’s biggest star has become so by removing the “what ifs”, stripping politics out of a sport normally consumed by it and fighting…

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Immaculuate Edwards topples boxing’s smallest giant.

Moruti Mthalane must be the best boxer you’ve never heard of. A South-African detonator who has fought and beat some of the finest boxers in boxing’s lightest classes. Zolani Tete dismantled in five rounds. John Riel Casimero victim of the same fate just six months later. If Moruti Mthalane was a heavyweight there’s little doubting…

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Heavyweight boxing’s gatekeeper, Chisora makes sure passers-by pay the toll.

The London Olympics was days away and two miles down the road at West Ham’s then Boleyn Ground, 30,000 fans witnessed the end to a two-year sequence that would define most boxer’s careers. Dazed, Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora was hugged by Luis Pabon, the referee deeming the end to the contest and David Haye having…

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Unbeaten, young and hungry, Cash and Bentley provide boxing’s perfect tonic.

BT Sport may get criticised for not quite having the strength in depth of their Sky Sports competitors but Saturday’s night fight is just another great example of what they do better than most others. Two British fighters, two unbeaten records, bags full of talent and a clash which promises to kick start the career…

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From the Valleys to world title glory, Liam Williams might just get his Hollywood ending

On Saturday night the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has a script fitting of its Hollywood setting. The challenger, Liam Williams, the latest in an illustrious lineage of boxers from the Valleys. From the ‘Mighty Atom’ Jimmy Wilde who conquered the world as a flyweight, Howard Winstone who did the same as a feather,…

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Reclaiming the narrative, Dillian Whyte stands one win from risking it all again.

Mascalls Lane, Brentwood, Essex. A country mansion, Rolls Royce on the drive and a helipad out back. This was where the deals were made. The home of Matchroom Sport, this was where fighters made their fortune, signing contracts that took them to Madison Square Gardens, Vegas and Wembley. In the garden, manicured grass and towering…

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Heavy favourite, where is the ceiling for Lawrence Okolie?

Lawrence Okolie. Grime artist, author, former burger flipper in McDonalds, soon to be cruiserweight World Champion? Everyone has an opinion on the Hackney man and you are unlikely to find one that sits on the fence. The new generation of British fighter, brought up on the 2012 Olympic success of his now friend Anthony Joshua,…

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First or final? World title challenge calling for Campbell or Garcia.

“Boxing has levels” A tired cliché, often coined by fighters, trainers and promoters alike, dismissive of the fact that each level itself is not distinct, and a boxer’s range may vary from one fight to the next. On the surface, Luke Campbell’s career would be a case in point, a man who has twice fallen…

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