Coldwell’s Column for the inside track


Another exciting seven days of Olympic ups and downs has past.

With Tom Stalker’s exit and Nicola Adams historic Gold medal we’ve experienced the highs and lows of boxing this week.

There have been way too many poor decisions in the games and something most certainly needs sorting out within the Amateur sport as it’s ruining the credibility of the game.

There are close fights, which could go either way, so you can’t call them robberies. However there are those fights that are blatant and scandalous decisions, and there’s been a lot of those in these games.

The thing is, this sort of thing goes on in the amateurs from grass roots all the way up. I’ve seen many eleven year old kids crying because they’ve fought their heart out and put on a great performance only to be robbed of the decision.

It’s not fair whatever the level, and it drives kids away from the sport.

The feel good story of the games so far for me is Nicola Adams. Becoming the first ever women’s Gold medallist at the Olympics is a fantastic achievement but the fact she has always got a smile on her face, makes you just warm to her and be even more pleased for her success.

It’s great to see people who genuinely love what they are doing become successful. She’s a great role model for the sport.

I have to mention Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas’ fight this week. What a fantastic advert for not only women’s boxing, but for boxing as a whole!

Both girls gave everything, but the level of quality was of the highest order.

There should be no questions asked about women’s boxing now, no more having to prove themselves as a sport in general. They have arrived and shown the world they can deliver quality fighters and quality fights.



This week I announced a great fight for Manchester, a fight that could well be a fight of the year contender.

David Barnes and Ronnie Heffron will meet in an eliminator for the British Welterweight title on October 12th at Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

You’ve got Barnes experience and slick southpaw skills against the sheer aggression, strength and youth of Heffron.

Barnes is a two time, two weight British Champion who everyone in the game knows has the skills to go far beyond the domestic scene, but has sometimes under performed and sold himself short.

Heffron is one of Frank Warren’s rising young stars, a prospect the whole of the game has eyes on and a man the fans love to see because of his exciting style – He just wants to knock whoever is in front of him out.

This fight is one of the most exciting match ups we at Coldwell Boxing have put together so far and the response on my Twitter from the fans has been fantastic. A Manchester derby always creates a great atmosphere and I expect nothing less from this battle.

Barnes v Heffron… Who are you picking?

On the undercard, former European Champion and WBC  World Title challenger Matthew Hatton makes his return in a warm up for his IBO World Title challenge against Chris Van Heerden in February.

Hatton is another Manchester favourite and will be looking to put on a show in front of his home fans.



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