Tonight, my good friend Tony Bellew takes on without doubt the most dangerous opponent of his career so far in Edison Miranda, a man who has forged a reputation as a brutal puncher who always goes for the KO and has been in some exciting fights during his 44 fight career.
Thirty knockouts in his thirty-five wins back up his reputation.
Although Miranda’s best days were at middleweight, I’m hearing rumors of him knocking out one of the games elite fighters recently during preparations for Bellew which shows his punch is most certainly still there, even in sparring gloves.
Bellew himself is now on the verge of big things. He looked superb as he destroyed Danny McIntosh last time out on our Coldwell Boxing promoted show in Liverpool, a show we did in association with tonight’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
If he can look good and do the business against Miranda I expect Hearn to launch Bellew into a full on assault on the world scene straight away.
My good friend Ryan Rhodes announced his retirement from the sport earlier this week at a media lunch I organized at the fabulous Napoleons Casino and Restaurant in Owlerton, Sheffield.
It was fitting that the likes of Steve Bunce, Steve Lillis, Kev Francis and Sky Sports joined local tv and media to turn out for the get together as those guys were all there at the beginning of Ryan’s career and have been big supporters of what myself and conditioner Mark Willie have done with Ryan over the last seven years.
It was emotional, both myself and Ryan found it a little hard to speak publicly about what we had known for a while, that the time was right to call it a day.
Yes he could still campaign at domestic level and could still gain some good wins, however it’s a long slog to get anywhere near world level and as Ryan has won the British twice and also been European Champion realistically at his age he wasn’t ever going to become World Champion.
The plan was always to walk away when people still thought he had more to give rather than to be sent into retirement by someone leaving people saying he should have packed up way earlier.
It’s easier to live with a difficult decision when it’s the right one.
Congratulations Ryan Rhodes, you had a hell of a career and it was a pleasure working with you.
I spent some time up at Joe Gallaghers gym this week taking Coldwell Boxing’s Curtis Woodhouse and Nav Mansouri for some sparring.
That gym is full of quality.
It was great to see some great young talents like Scotty Cardle, Liam and Callum Smith in training alongside the more senior guys like Paul and Stephen Smith. It was also good to see John and Joe Murray in the gym, John will be keeping a close eye on the big fight between Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell!
Along with Anthony Crolla, Callum Johnson and my big super-middleweight hope Hosea Burton it makes up a star studded talent packed stable.
But I think what helps make the place tick is the closeness they all share. They’re like a big family, plenty of them are of course with all the brothers that train there! But the banter is fantastic, they all rip each other, they even take the mick out of me when i’m there too!
But if I was a fighter, I’d love to train in an environment like that, takes your mind off the pain a little!
There was a bit of twitter banter this week between Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn.
All about offerings to Carl Froch for a fight with Nathan Cleverly.
It doesn’t really matter of course as both Froch and Cleverly have opponents for their next fights and Froch I believe is contracted to a rematch with Lucian Bute in Canada after that.
Maybe something could get worked out for next year, but I know Froch would love a rematch with Kessler so Nathan may have to look elsewhere for a fight that propels him into the elite.
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