The Friday Faceup

What a fantastic fight weekend we have lined up. There’s almost too much going on to give each contest justice. In London, England there’s the big heavyweight showdown between Ukrainian former-unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO’s) and big Londoner Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora (32-9, 23 KO’s). Staged at the SSE Arena, Wembley behind …

The Monday LunchBox

The Mexico City extravaganza truly delivered on Friday night (23rd October). It included another contender for fight of the year as Juan Francisco Estrada successfully defended his WBC world super-flyweight title against Carlos Cuadras. The rematch turned out to be a ‘barnstormer’ with the champion dropped in the third and recovering to score two knockdowns …

The Friday Faceup

The dust has finally settled from an eventful last weekend. New unified world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez delivered his pre-fight prediction and now basked in the glory, and former champ Vasiliy Lomachenko has returned to the Ukraine to lick his wounds to hopefully come again. There’s been talk of a pre-fight shoulder injury to Loma, …

The Friday Faceup

Every decade or so a boxing match comes together between an experienced champion respected throughout the sport for his class and achievement against a brash and talented newcomer. The most obvious example would be a young Cassius Clay taming ‘The Bear’ in February 1964. Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston being known for his ferociousness and experience but …

The Friday Faceup

This Saturday (10th Oct) sees WBO world middleweight mandatory contender Liam Williams top the bill in Stratford, east London behind closed doors. The match against domestic rival Andrew Robinson is a mandatory defence of the Welshman’s British title. The 28 year old Williams (22-2-1, 17 KO’s), similar to his contemporaries, has been inactive due to …

The Monday LunchBox

It was supposed to be a quiet weekend of boxing with little activity other than a super-lightweight dust up in the US and a Matchroom Boxing promotion in the unlikely setting of Milton Keynes, England involving a comebacking light-heavyweight prospect. It was expected to be threadbare compared to the previous weekend. Well…what we got was …

The Friday Faceup

After the bonanza of last weekend with world title action across the globe we return to some sense of normality given the current health restrictions and limitations posed. Pick of the weekend action is the Matchroom Boxing promotion on Sunday night (4th) featuring an international light-heavyweight (12st 7lb/175lbs) contest between Rio Olympic bronze medalist and …

The Monday LunchBox

Job done ‘easy peesy’ World champion Josh Taylor thought he was in for a tough night. All of the signs were he was, certainly in the pre-fight stats and pundit predictions, and even in the early exchanges. The mandatory challenger to Taylor’s IBF world 10st title Thailand’s Apinun Khongsong entered the ring undefeated with a …