Reports today suggest the much discussed Micky Ward film, The Fighter, has had a major cast change. Originally, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon were widely expected to fulfil the roles of Ward (Wahlberg) and half brother Dickie Eklund (Damon), sadly scheduling problems with other projects mean Damon – who’s popularity has soared since the Jason Bourne series – is no longer able to appear. Continue reading “The Fighter: Brad Pitt Steps in”
Few fighters receive the kind of attention afforded to Audley Harrison, certainly the column inches he has garnered from his stuttering professional career remains wholly disproportionate to his accomplishments in the prize ring thus far. Coverage ranges from the objective, pointing out his defeats and the unsatisfactory manner in which they were collected, to the hysterically insulting, suggesting Harrison is a coward and a triumph of pontification over professional endeavour. In which ever camp you reside, there is no denying the giant Londoner isn’t afraid to put his big neck back on the chopping block. Continue reading “Hobson’s Choice; Harrison shy but not retiring”
Chorley’s Michael Jennings, the Welterweight contender to whom the WBU pay homage as their world champion, returns to the ring on the 28th, headlining a Guild Hall, Preston card on which he stays busy versus sturdy Ukrainian Vladimir Khodovoski; a fighter durable enough to go the distance with classy campaigners like Stevie Johnston and Kendall Holt. The bout is close to two years on from Jenning’s tumultuous British title defence with Bradley Pryce, his last successful defence of the classic title before losing the belt to Young Muttley in early 2006. Continue reading “Archive: Jennings Survives British Barnburner”
In a time of apathy toward the heavyweight of the modern era, and those geriatric contenders still squatting from the era preceding it, it is easier than ever to wallow in sepia toned nostalgia. To consider the impact even the uncrowned contenders of the 1970’s, Lyle or Quarry would have had among the flawed behemoths of the 21st century is to conjure the image of a fox in the hen house. Reach further, back as far as the halcyon days of Jack Dempsey and one would fear for the lives of his pampered successors. Continue reading “When heavyweights were coffin nails”
Sensible? Interesting? Pragmatic? Desperate? Whatever descriptive you attach to the forthcoming series of matches in the heavyweight division there is unquestionably a degree of common sense at work. From the clash between ageing ramparts Andrew Golota, a fighter ten years removed from a prime he never actually had, and Kevin McBride, famous as the last fighter Mike Tyson quit against, to the IBF eliminator tourney – the heavyweights are getting their act together. Continue reading “More than the sum of all parts; Golota v McBride”
Giant former champion Vitali Klitschko may well have been the consensus champion when a knee injury forced him into retirement in 2004, shortly after he removed his kitchen sink from Danny Williams’ face, but he wasn’t the modern great many seem to retrospectively believe he was. His return got a few fans hot and sweaty but always left me a little cold. He was never really that good was he? Continue reading “Klitschko No Longer Vital”
Easy to forget just how popular and formidable heavyweight David Tua was a decade ago and how eager fans were for the trunk-like Samoan to tackle the leading fighters in the division; to oust the ageing trinity of Tyson, Holyfield and Lewis. In truth, to replace the menace and thrills Mike Tyson had ceased to deliver.
In preview I opted for the height, reach and thudding straight right hand of Vivian Harris, in retrospect I should never have found a way to doubt Junior Witter. True, there is little escaping the subdued nature of his victories against Colin Lynes, Andreas Kotelnik and latterly DeMarcus Corley and Arturo Morua, but Witter reengaged the viewing public with a sharper, more decisive performance and made a mockery of the suggestion he may already have peaked.
Kiko Martinez’s stunning knockout defeat of the touted Bernard Dunne placed an unwelcome comma in the previously fluent progression of the popular super-Bantamweight and reminded his more eager supporters of the two dictums by which all careers should be governed. Firstly, hype is no substitute for hard rounds and secondly, one punch is all ‘it’ takes. Continue reading “For the love of the green stuff: Duddy’s Next Step”
When Junior Witter, the WBC Light-Welterweight champion, dips his sculptured frame and no doubt intricately shaven head between the ropes at the Doncaster Dome tonight he will not be the first ‘World Champion’ to grace a ring in the South Yorkshire town. But it feels like it. Continue reading “Boxing: Witter, Woodcock and the world title that never was”