My first column for The Daily Sport couldn’t have come at a more exciting time in British boxing!
This week has seen Team GB get off to an absolute flyer in the London Olympics, with the two Anthony’s grabbing all the headlines.
Big Anthony Joshua was given a tough debut in the competition against the classy Cuban, Erislandy Savon but he came through in a close, hard fought battle, which really could have gone either way.
The reception the big fella received from the packed out 10,000 crowd as he made his entrance was fantastic. The fight in itself was exciting and the crowd were deafening all the way through.
Joshua progresses to the quarter-finals thanks to a tight 17-16 points verdict.
If that wasn’t enough drama for the boxing fans then we were served up an absolute corker of a fight between Anthony Ogogo and World NO.1 Levgen Khytrov of the Ukraine.
Ogogo without doubt had been given the toughest draw and having already beaten a Cuban against the odds in the previous round, knew he had to pull off something special to get to the quarters.
The partisan crowd were witness to a fantastic fight, the Ukrainian’s strength against Ogogo’s gritty determination.
The TeamGB underdog pulled it off in the closest of ways, taking the judges vote after both boxers scored 18-18 and then 52-52 on count back.
Ogogo hasn’t had it easy going into these Games, so I for one am over the moon that he got a bit of luck against the World No.1.
Away from the Olympics, British boxing is booming and the fans are in for a treat in the coming months.
On September 8th big punching Tony Bellew is back in action against world class danger-man Edison Miranda on the huge Eddie Hearn show that includes Darren Barker’s return after his brave WBC world title challenge against Sergio Martinez and subsequent hip injury.
Frank Warren has announced Ricky Burns v Kevin Mitchell for September 22nd which will be a fantastic even money fight. I really rate how Burns has come through the ranks but on his day Mitchell is also a class act. Great fight!
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom have also put together the best Prizefighter line-up yet for October 6th when eight Lightweights will battle in Liverpool for the coveted £32k and Prizefighter Title.
Former British Champions Derry Mathews, Gary Sykes and Anthony Crolla head a fantastic cast that includes Coldwell Boxing’s own Kieran Farrell who is worth a bet as the dark horse among the big names.
A week later my good friend David Price takes on former Olympic Champion Audley Harrison in a step up in class.
I’m also hearing that a fight between John Murray and Scott Harrison is on the verge of being made. If that happens then there’s no doubt that it will be a fantastic slugfest!
I’d like to say a well done to Steve Goodwin on landing a televison deal for coverage of his shows. Starting on September 15th they will be free to view on Sports Tonight Live, Primetime Channel which is great news for him and the boxing fans.
Exciting times for British boxing!
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