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    5 Comments by Adam Smith Published on 12-12-2013 07:51 PM
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    Darren Barker’s reign as world middleweight champion lasted less than four months after his first defense of his IBF strap was over in less than two rounds.

    Felix Sturm became the only German ever to win four world titles as he simply walked through Barker in front of a partisan Stuttgart crowd. Sturm looked back to his best, something I thought was long gone.

    Sturm made a point of starting fast, something we don’t usually see, throwing every punch with bad intentions. Barker tried to fight fire with fire in the opener but was wobbled by left hooks to body and head.

    Tony Sims did his best to calm Barker down between rounds but it was no good as Sturm continued his attack. A solid right to the side of Barker’s head downed him in scenes reminisant of the Daniel Geale fight in August. Barker made it to his feet and again tried to fight back but the Strum attack was too strong and a second knockdown all but finished the job. Barker beat the referee’s count again but lasted only a few seconds longer before Sims threw the towel in.

    There’s a rematch clause but I can’t see Barker fighting again after he injured his hip, the same injury that nearly forced him into retirement 18 months ago. Sturm will do his best to entice a big name in the middleweight division to Germany but it won’t be Gennady Golovkin who he’s already ducked more than once.

    Guillermo Rigondeaux confirmed his status as a supreme technician when boxing rings round Joseph Agbeko for 12 rounds in Atlantic City but it wasn’t exciting. The Cuban retained his WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles with ease.

    Chief support on the undercard couldn’t have been more different to the main event. Light middleweights James Kirkland and Glen Tapia waged war for six pretty crazy rounds. Punches just kept coming from both men with each rocked on multiple occasions. The second round was particularly chaotic with both seemingly on the brink but it was Kirkland who stamped his authority from the fourth round onwards.

    There’s an argument that Tapia’s corner should have pulled him out but he could still rock his opponent so I’m not surprised he was kept in the fight. Steve Smodger was forced to call a stop to the action with Kirkland landing a succession of heavy bombs in the sixth. Where ever Kirkland goes from here you can be sure it’ll be entertaining.

    Brooklyn’s headline act was dominated by Paulie Malignaggi after he survived some early pressure from Zab Judah. In truth Judah looked pretty horrible in the second half of the fight and simply wasn’t pulling the trigger despite hurting his opponent early on.

    I had Malignaggi winning every round from the fifth onwards but his lack of power always made it likely to go the distance. Judah actually threw his biggest punch of the whole night after the final bell, it missed.

    The biggest upset at the Barclays Center was Shawn Porter’s unlikely win against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander. Porter was a big underdog going into his first 12 rounder but simply bullied Alexander for the whole fight and had him in big trouble in rounds three and four.

    Alexander showed us yet again that his heart is not in it when the going gets tough and hardly landed a power shot in the second half of the fight. He fought as if he had an excuse late on so we’ll wait and see what is said.

    Porter has a mandatory date with our very own Kell Brook which could well be in England if Matchroom Promotions stump up the cash.

    Austin Trout was made to look bang average by Erislandy Lara in a bout that was thought to be close beforehand. The question in the lead up was which fighter will be the aggressor and the answer was Trout, although reluctant. Lara was able to box and move and land enough flashy punches each round to impress the judges.

    There’s not many top contenders at light middleweight that Lara hasn’t been in with and the Cuban deserves a shot at one of the champions now.

    Sakio Bika left Brooklyn with his WBC super middleweight title still in hand after boxing a to a draw with Anthony Dirrell. One judge had Dirrell winning by six rounds but it was closer than that and neither are good enough to mix it with the very best 168lb-ers. Bika will continue to be targeted as the weakest ‘champion’, possibly even by James DeGale.

    This Week’s Action

    San Antonio takes centre stage this week as Adrien Broner looks to continue his rise up the pound for pound rankings with a WBA welterweight title defence against Marcos Maidana.

    Broner jumped two weight classes in June to rip the title from Malignaggi in a reasonably close clash between Broner’s quality and Mailgnaggi’s quantity. I had Broner winning 116-113 on that occasion with it taking a few rounds for ‘The Problem’ to get into his stride with a particularly low punch output early on. Broner did grow into the fight and landed with quality from the fifth session onwards. The Cincinnati loud-mouth showed just how hard it is to land flush on his chin with his well skilled shoulder roll defence but he’ll have to be switched on throughout to avoid Maidana’s dangerous bombs.

    The Argentine challenger is a notoriously hard hitter and often sets a relentless pace. His boxing skills have improved under the tutelage of Robert Garcia and three straight KO wins mean he’s in top form ahead of this weekend.

    British fight fans will remember Maidana for his fight with Amir Khan in 2010 and he’ll certainly be on the front foot at the Alamodome. But this is a strategy I think plays right into the hands (and shoulder roll) of Broner who will try his best to avoid big shots before unloading accurate, eye catching punches of his own.

    We’ve seen Maidana hurt to the body by Khan but his chin has never been broken so I expect this to go the distance. Broner hit Malignaggi with some really nice shots but never looked like getting the stoppage, Paulie is tough but certainly not granite chinned to the extent of Maidana.

    Broner is unsurprisingly a heavy favourite to get the win at 1/5 with Maidana available at 4/1. I don’t think Broner’s power carries to welterweight and as such predicted a price of around 4/6 for the points win, 2/1 is actually available and should be taken advantage of.

    There’s plenty of people both sides of the pond waiting and willing for the controversial Broner to get knocked out and you won’t find many more capable than Maidana to do this job, I just can’t see it happening. We’ll find out how good Broner is this weekend.

    Keith Thurman is fast becoming a star in America and faces Jesus Soto Karass on the Texas undercard. Thurman has won 21 straight with 19 KOs and could well face Broner if he extends his winning run. Soto Karass is a decent test for Thurman but one he should pass. Soto Karass now has eight losses on his record with the most recent of those coming via eighth round KO against Maidana last year.

    Thurman is 1/5 to win with no KO prices available as yet, expect them to be short.

    WBC super-bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is also on the undercard but it’s hardly worth previewing a fight that he’s 1/20 to win. Cesar Seda hasn’t contested a 12 round fight since 2011 and his last two opponents have a combined record of 46-30-3, not exactly great form.

    Matchroom promotions host their now annual Christmas show at the ExCel in London with a stacked card live on Sky Sports. Unfortunately none of the 16 fights get this boxing fan excited and plenty of one sided bout are anticipated.

    Lee Purdy makes his ring return having been massively outclassed by Devon Alexander in May. The Londoner faces the unbeaten Italian Leonard Bundu.

    Bundu KOd Rafal Jackiewicz in his last fight in his most impressive performance to date and has been on a decent run of power punching displays. This will be Bundu’s second trip away from his homeland but he’s unlikely to be fazed by the occasion having upset the odds on his only other contest on away soil (in Germany).

    The early prices make interesting reading as the bookies can’t split them with both available at 10/11. Expect those prices to change either way as the punters ultimately decide who the favourite is. How much did the Alexander hammering take out of Purdy? Can Bundu still get the job done at the age of 39?

    Seven months ago Jamie McDonnell was the IBF bantamweight champion, now the Doncaster man finds himself in a horrifically one sided fight for the second time in a month. Abigail Medina will provide televised sparring, nothing more.


    Martin Murray, Kevin Mitchell, Paul Smith, Kal Yafai and Anthony Ogogo are also on the bill. Some of which don’t even have confirmed opponents yet. All will win, easily.

    The News

    The WBC have made Manny Pacquiao the mandatory challenger at welterweight. In a perfect world this would mean the champion would have to face the number one contender. The champion in question is a certain Floyd Mayweather so don’t expect the mandatory to be upheld as the WBC have a habit of breaking their own rules.

    Talking of mandatories, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is set to face Terence Crawford in Glasgow next February. Burns is on the comeback after suffering a broken jaw at the hands of Raymundo Beltran in September. Crawford provides another test in what should be a good fight.

    The Bet

    Broner to beat Maidana on points 2/1.

    Purdy to beat Bundu 10/11. Apparently Purdy is in good shape and sounds like he’s mentality recovered from the beating he took in June.

    Quote Of The Week


    “They call me The Problem but you can call me the Can Man coz anybody can get it. AfriCans, AmeriCans, MexiCans. Anybody can get it.”

    Adrien Broner is always good for a quote – although some are more cringe worthy than headline worthy. Check out the Gorilla Productions YouTube channel for big fight previews.


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    what is Bundu to win on points?

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    Broner to beat Maidana on points is free money. I don't fancy Purdy to win thou. It's gonna be a good weekend of football boxing and beer, I can't wait. Nice write up mate. WAR CHINO!
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    No price on Bundu points but he's been backed just to win. 10/11 into 4/7.
    Broner points is still 2/1 with Bwin but the English bookmakers have gone 6/4 so 2/1 defo value.

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    top Drawer article dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rida74 View Post
    top Drawer article dude
    Always is

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