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The 4 Greatest British Boxers of all time 0

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Varun Kumar

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in Boxing in the United Kingdom. Citizens of the UK now prefer to watch live boxing matches on the Sky website. The country has produced world champions, such as Carl Frampton, Anthony Joshua, Amir Khan and Kell Brook in recent years. To add to the list of fine boxers, here are the top 5 boxers in the history of boxing in the United Kingdom.

BRIGHTON,SUSSEX – FEBRUARY 16,1922: Ted Kid Lewis (R) lands a left punch against Tom Gummer during the fight at The Dome, ,on February 16,1922 in Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom. Ted Kid Lewis won by a KO 1. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

John “Jack” Broughton

John “Jack” Broughton was the true pioneer of modern boxing. He was the first person to codify a set of rules to be used in boxing contests. Born in the village of Baunton in Gloucestershire, Broughton left home at age 12 and made his way to Bristol where he worked at the waterside. He gained recognition as world champion after defeating Bill Greeting and Tom Pipes. In his 42 years fighting career from 1725-1767, Broughton never lost a fight. He also held the Bare’ Knuckle Championship of England for over 20 years.

He operated a boxing arena in London from 1742 until his death. His rule of pugilism was used in boxing until the London Prize Ring Rules surpassed it in 1838.

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Upcoming Fights, Thoughts, Games And Boxing News – Quick Combinations 0

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Abhinav Vasudevan

Jose Pedroza will put his WBO light heavyweight crown on the line on December 8th.

Jose Pedroza will put his WBO lightweight crown on the line on December 8th.

A lot is happening in the ‘battleground’! Jump into your leisure jackets this winter as you catch up with your favorite sport covering live fights and boxing matches scheduled through Nov and Dec.

Highlights of the upcoming sports events and where to follow them are as mentioned below:

1st December 2018:

At Staples Center- Los Angeles, CA on PPV; catch Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder in the lightweight category.

  • There’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Adonis Stevenson, light heavyweights to play 12 rounds at Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada on SHO.

  • Watch the super middleweights Alfredo Angulo vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr scuffling at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA on SHO

A week ahead, on Dec 8, you’ll see the following at the Hulu Theatre- New York on ESPN

  • Jose Pedraza vs Vasiliy Lomachenko, lightweights through 12 rounds

  • Emanuel Navarrete vs Isaac Dogboe, super bantamweights through 12 rounds

  • Mason Menard vs Teofimo Lopez, lightweights through 10 rounds

You can also watch the broadcast on HBO as the welterweights and Super Flyweights fight it out: Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes vs Cecilia Braekhus in the former category playing, 10 rounds and Pedro Guevara vs Roman Gonzalez, 10 rounds playing under the latter category. Read the rest of this entry →

The 10 Most Common Boxing Injuries 3

Posted on July 04, 2018 by Joe Fleming

boxingBoxing may be a popular sport, but one must not forget that this still a very aggressive and high impact combative contest. Such intense activities will always come with injuries, hence why you have to base your training on ways to avoid any damaging mishaps. Here are the 10 most common boxing injuries to watch out for.

1. Boxer’s Fracture

The aptly named boxer’s fracture is when the small bones under your ring and pinkie finger break. Said injury is followed by a sharp pain, swelling, and an inability to move your fingers. If your bones are still aligned, then your chances of a full recovery are promising, but any misalignment may require surgery. Avoid this problem by practicing the correct punching technique and ensure your diet is rich in calcium.

2. Carpal Bossing

Common between the ages of 20 and 40, carpal bossing is when the bones in the back of your palm overgrow and cause uncomfortable lumps to surface. Annoyingly, there is not much you can do once this occurs but you can prevent it by using the correct gloves and making use of hand wraps. If the pain becomes unbearable, wear a wrist guard after hours, take anti-inflammatory medication, and speak to your doctor about steroid injections. Thankfully, most people heal quite quickly from carpal bossing, but it will temporarily hinder your training.

3. Arthritis

With is so much repetitive stress focused on one place, the cartridge and joints in a boxer’s hands may deteriorate and swell. This is a progressive condition otherwise known as arthritis and has even forced professional boxers into an early retirement, as was the case for world heavyweight champion James J. Braddock (1935 to 1937). As before, take care of your hands, while exercising additional caution if your routine includes a lot of bag work. Read the rest of this entry →

Klitschko versus Joshua: One of the Greatest Ever Fights? 0

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Elliot Ramsden

Joshua-boxing-2Despite having already been a heavyweight champion of the world, April 29, 2017 is the date that people will remember as the time when Anthony Joshua made the transition from potential to the realization of talent.

At a packed-out Wembley Stadium in London, Anthony Joshua faced Wladimir Klitschko – the greatest heavyweight since the turn of the millennium – in a journey that included thrills and spills during 11 rounds of brutal trading as the two man-mountains went toe-to-toe.

Often in boxing, the promotion outweighs the quality of the fight, leaving many boxing fans disappointed. But not a soul was left disappointed following the battle at Wembley.

Despite being 41 years of age, Klitschko showed he was still a top-tier boxer, and became the first man to put Anthony Joshua on the canvas during the sixth round, despite having been knocked down himself two rounds previously. Read the rest of this entry →

Anthony Joshua Aiming for 2017 SPOTY Award 0

Posted on October 28, 2017 by John Harris

Anthony Joshua is looking to be the fifth boxer to win the prestigious SPOTY Award.

Anthony Joshua is looking to be the fifth boxer to win the prestigious SPOTY Award.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) Award is always a cherished honor and according to Betway Insider the favorite to claim the 2017 award is boxing champion Anthony Joshua.

Heading into his upcoming fight with Carlos Takam, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion has already had a good 2017 with his title unifying victory in April over former champion Wladimir Klitschko.

That victory in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium followed up three victories in 2016. Joshua first claimed the WBC International Heavyweight title in 2014 and then won the British Heavyweight title with a December 2015 victory over Dillian Whyte.

Joshua claimed the IBF (International Boxing Federation) title with a knockout of Charles Martin in April 2016. He twice retained his titles in 2016 with wins over Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina.

The 2012 Olympic Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist, Joshua enters the Takam fight undefeated with a 19-0 career professional record, including five knockouts.

He was originally scheduled to face Kubrat Pulev, but Pulev suffered an injury in early October and was replaced just 12 days before the scheduled fight by the 36-year old Takem. Read the rest of this entry →

Floyd Mayweather Outclasses Conor McGregor 1

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Roland Fuller

Conor McGregor took most of the big hits during his battle with Floyd Mayweather.

Conor McGregor took most of the big hits during his battle with Floyd Mayweather.

Las Vegas’ T-Mobile arena saw Floyd Mayweather surpass Conor McGregor with a tenth round stoppage on Saturday, and win the money spinning super fight, alongside clinching the 50th straight victory of his extraordinary career.

Mayweather Took His Time on Saturday

Mayweather, as a former welterweight boxing champion, emerged from a retirement spanning two years to face the Irish MMA superstar, and took his own sweet time to get the fight started. After the fourth round began, however, his domination was complete.

The end of the fight saw an exhausted McGregor doubled over the ropes and Mayweather landing two hard left hooks, an action which prompted ref Robert Byrd’s intervention, and his call of a technical knockout.

Mayweather Remains Complimentary about McGregor

Mayweather stated that McGregor impressed him, and that the Irishman was far better than he had imagined he would be. He went on to say, however, that although McGregor was a tough competitor, he had been the better man that night.

The Slow Going a Deliberate Move

Mayweather said that he had purposefully taken his time as the match began, since he knew that this would allow him to take full advantage of the fatigue he predicted McGregor would be battling.

In accordance with many of the punters that partook of the online betting NZ and the rest of the world provided, Mayweather was certain that McGregor would be unable to go the distance, and he was proven correct, as the tenth round revealed. Read the rest of this entry →

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rocky Colavito: Super Slugger
      March 30, 2020 | 7:24 pm
      Rocky Colavito

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to have 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs, yet could not sustain that greatness long enough to earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      In some sense, the legend of Rocco “Rocky” Colavito Jr. began long before he ever started pounding home runs at the major league level.

      Born and raised as a New York Yankees fan in The Bronx, Colavito was playing semipro baseball before he was a teenager and dropped out of high school at 16 after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. The major league rule at the time said a player could not sign with a pro team until his high school class graduated, but after sitting out for one year, Colavito was allowed to sign at age 17.

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