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Thursday, 19 April 2012

19/04/12 News Roundup, Pacquiao, Groves v Degale, Rios to step up, plus more

Pacquiao will not retire yet

According to Welterweight king Manny Pacquiao he has no plans to retire yet, well not until he has crossed Mayweather off his checklist first. It has been reported that one of Pacquiao’s children had said that they wanted their dad to retire but not until he has stepped in the ring with the current P4P Champion. It is a fight that has been circulating the Boxing World for a few years now and nothing has materialised apart from some exchanging of words between camps and a few tweets from both men. Im sure both me will not be thinking of this right now as they both face tough opposition in their upcoming bouts, Pacquiao will be trying to silence the noise coming from Timothy Bradley’s camp, and Mayweather has the task of stopping a certain Puerto Rican, that is making his way back into the mix of the Welterweight elite.

Rios to take next step

After a very close win at the weekend Brandon Rios has declared he will be looking to step up a weight to chase matches like Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. This decision comes after Rios scored a Split decision win over Richard Abril, an event which also saw Marquez pick up a 12rd UD against Sergy Fedchenko. Im sure Rios was watching in the back analyzing every move Marquez made in the ring questioning if he has what it takes to get in with the Mexican. It’s a match I would love to see and I think Marquez would certainly have his work cut out, but I think the 54-6 Marquez would offer to much, as for Rios v Pacquiao I think we have a while before we were to witness this as the Pacman currently has bigger paydays elsewhere.
A positive for British fight fans is that if Rios does step up it is likely to free up a title for the likes of Burns, Mitchell or Murray.

Groves could face Degale again

George Groves announced this week that it was a no go for his matchup with Robert Stieglitz in May. It was very disappointing to hear and I really hope he can pull through the back injuries and find himself another title shot in the future. Arther Abraham now becomes the mandatory challenger for Stieglitz leaving Groves pushed back and may even have to face a rematch with James Degale.  Degale himself reportedly turned down a match with Stieglitz and opted to defend his European crown against Italian Cristian Sanavia, if he wins this then many would say he is worthy of a chance to avenge his loss to Groves.

Cleverly Pulls out

Welsh Boxing Star Nathan Cleverly has been forced to pull out of his WBO Light Heavyweight bout with Robin Krasniqi due to illness. The current Champion has stated that he has not been able to train for this match and therefore left him no choice but to pull out, it leaves Cleverly in the position where he may have to defend his crown against the WBO’s mandatory challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky. My personal opinion is that he will await the Hopkins v Dawson fight and then whatever the outcome, chase Hopkins.

Klitschko v Thompson…….again……..Really?

It has now been confirmed that Vladimir Klitschko will face a rematch in July against Tony Thompson, a man that he had out boxed and KO’d in the 11th round of their previous encounter. I understand that there is very little out there for Klitschko right now and with no chance of taking on Povetkin due to the Boxing Boards not allowing it due to conflicting titles being up for grabs. So he has been forced to look around, but frustratingly has landed a shot against a man that he has proven he can beat, it simply piles more frustration through the Boxing world with this struggling Heavyweight Division……hurry up Seth Mitchell.

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