With a disappointing 2016 now in the books, we only hope 2017 will deliver more meaningful fights for boxing fans than the last 12 months could muster. Ignoring ongoing promotional disputes, network and sanctioning body politics and fighters’ unwillingness to step up, Knockoutpunch delivers its wishlist.
Next Saturday in the gambling haven of Atlantic City, New Jersey, the stakes could not be higher for Britain’s Carl Froch as he takes on the 42-year-old veteran Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), for place in the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
After the disappointment of seeing world titlist Juergen Brahmer pull out of their showdown at the O2 just three days before the fight, Nathan Cleverly awoke to what he thought was a double dose of good news on Thursday morning. Knockoutpunch looks back on a crazy few days for the newly-crowned world champion.
The Kronk in Detroit. Wildcard in Los Angeles. Stillman’s and Gleason’s in New York. Top Rank in Las Vegas. Knockoutpunch explains why St Thomas Boys & Girls Club in Wincobank, Sheffield deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as these world renowned gyms.
Like him or not, you can’t help but admire Bernard Hopkins. ‘The Executioner’ is one of those fighters who divides the opinions of fight fans and journalists alike, but the wily veteran is still going strong into his twilight years, with a huge rematch with Jean Pascal coming up in May.