Friday, 30 September 2016

Tyson Fury Tests Positive For Cocaine. What Should Happen Next?

Dan Rafael from ESPN was first to break the news that Tyson Fury had tested positive for cocaine. Within hours this story broke around the world. The immediate reaction & general consensus is Tyson Fury will be stripped of all his titles in the coming days.

But really, what’s the big issue? This is boxing. The sport where you can get a 6 month ban for knowingly taking PEDS (performance enhancers), which puts your opponent at serious risk of permanent physical damage.

So let’s compare some scenarios.

Boxer A) Has gone out with friends on a day off during camp or when he’s not fighting. This boxer has consumed large amounts of alcohol. This boxer has then made a poor decision to consume a recreational substance. Probably woke up forgetting he did it. And fails a test. This boxer now faces a 2 year ban from the sport. The recreational substance would have had minimal impact on his performance in the ring. Considering it’s during his camp, it probably would have led to concentration problems and a poor performance in training for days after, effecting his ability to perform in the ring. Thus, this fighters opponent is actually less at risk. Boxer A now faces a 2 year ban.

Boxer B) As is the case in boxing at the moment. Taking performance enhancers usually leads to weak 6 month bans. Which is fantastic for some PED users as it allows them to schedule their next bouts as normal, as most major stars fight twice a year. So fighter B can knowingly take PEDS, which is a clear decision which will help that fighter perform with an unfair advantage. This decision is well thought out and puts his opponent at serious risk of permanent physical injury and potentially death. Boxer B now faces a weak ban and within a year this fighter will be back on the scene & after a few big wins fans will forget what happened.

So essentially boxing has no idea with doping. Recreational substances are leading to extensive bans. Yet performance enhancing drugs are leading to minimal bans. Big deal on Tyson Fury. Yes he should be stripped. But we can’t see how taking a recreational substance is anywhere near as bad as taking a PED which countless other fighters have done, which shows true intent to cause the opponent harm. Tyson was probably out with friends and well and truly intoxicated when this happened. But really who knows? All we know is boxing has a big problem. It’s to light on PEDS & to harsh on recreational drugs. The sport has no balance when it comes to these issues.

We hope Tyson Fury gets well. Takes the next year off and comes back in 2018. Tyson needs to release a heartfelt statement to the press and he needs a new PR team. Tyson can restore his image and he has truckloads of supporters. If there is a time to rally around Tyson Fury, well now is the time.

Strip him of his titles. Don’t impose anything other than a 3 month ban. And support his recovery with his current troubled issues. All Tyson has done is probably made a bad choice while out with friends. Whereas other fighters will take PEDS & get less of a ban, which is a well thought out strategy which will produce harm to the opponent. 

Doping in boxing needs an overhaul. This news on Fury isn't even a big issue. Get well champ.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Tyson Fury Mental Health Issues & Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye 2

In the past few hours Tyson Fury has withdrawn from the Wladimir Klitschko rematch due to mental health issues. We would like to express our support and wishes for Tyson to make a fast recovery. Tyson has produced troubled quotes over the past year especially in the face off for the rematch on UK TV and the boxing community probably should have reacted quicker. Spare a thought for Fury’s team. It must have been frustrating, unsure if pulling Tyson out was the right thing to do up until when they were forced to. Hopefully we see Tyson back in the ring in 2018. If we don’t, he can always say he’s been Heavyweight champion of the world.

Now the Heavyweight division will open up.

We will likely see WBA & WBO titles being vacated and the following fights can occur:

Wladimir: Being a former champion and having such a high ranking, Wlad will have the first option to pursue the vacant titles. Wlad will probably be able to fight Ustinov for the WBA full title or Haye for the WBO full title. Wlad will likely pursue Haye and the rematch will probably go ahead In Germany.

As for the WBA. Browne is facing Oquendo. Ortiz is out with contract issues and he missed a deadline for the Ustinov bout. So we predict Ustinov will be allowed to face the winner of Browne vs Oquendo for the full title. He may also fight someone else for the full title but then be mandated to fight the Browne vs Oquendo winner immediately after.

This does lead to some fun match ups. The Heavyweight division is stacked with talent.

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Anthony Crolla vs Jorge Linares Fight Prediction & Full Video

Crolla vs Linares Is Here : Days Away

We are only days away from Crolla vs Linares and our prediction is now live.  This fight shouldn’t be close. Linares should win this. That’s if we are talking about talent vs talent. However Crolla brings SERIOUS MOMENTUM into this fight. He just dismantled the heavily feared Barroso which came after a great performance in the Perez rematch.

Linares, we all know. He was seen as the rising star of boxing for several years before a few devastating TKO losses. He has recovered since then and he’s starting to become the fighter we knew he could be. Linares has also won in the UK before, getting the better of the game Kevin Mitchell.

Linares will start fast. He will win round after round early on. But Crolla will break Linares down from the middle of the fight. Expect Crolla to close the show with a mid to late round stoppage win. Crolla should be able to break Linares down to the body, which will then lead to opportunities upstairs. Crolla by TKO in the 9th.

Another stunning win, for Crolla. Crolla's career is speeding ahead with MOMENTUM, which is attraction attention everywhere!

Hughie Fury vs Anthony Joshua Re-Visited & Tyson Fury is Overweight It Seems?

In a fantastic revelation last night Peter Fury has admitted that he has given the green light for Hughie Fury to face Anthony Joshua in November. The sequence of events seems to be Eddie Hearn emailing Peter Fury regarding the bout. Once Peter Fury approved the bout, this has then moved to financial negotiations between Eddie Hearn & Mick Hennessy. This won’t be easy, however the major hurdle has been passed. This comes as Pulev and Stiverne have turned down huge purses to fight AJ, to fight smaller bouts. Shows how highly they rate AJ!

Concerns are mounting on the shape of Tyson Fury, just five weeks out from the Wladimir Klitschko rematch. The bout which is significant for the world boxing scene may fail to live up to expectations before the first bell rings. If Tyson Fury is out of shape like the photos show, which were SUPPOSEDLY taken last week, then fans will be left disappointed. We had tipped Tyson to win the rematch via late TKO, however if he is in poor shape and goes ahead with the fight, Wlad will win this by devastating KO and possibly very early.

Begs the question, did Fury not show up to the press conference because he’s not in shape? That would have been a serious turn off for fans and broadcasters.Who knows……..

This was our prediction for the rematch! 

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Friday, 16 September 2016

My Discussion with a Mexican on Canelo. It was entertaining.

One of our loyal followers who speaks Spanish used a translator this week to have a conversation with myself and our second writer about what has happened to Canelo in Mexico this week. This loyal follower mentioned that he was frustrated by the constant PR releases which continue to follow Canelo and the hype which continues to build, despite avoiding the GGG bout.

After a 20 minute discussion we both came to the realization that Canelo was bigger than we ever thought. In Mexico and across the world. Despite tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands being upset with Canelo. We both agreed that millions of loyal followers remain.

How did this happen?


Canelo has been promoted so heavily and so good over the past decade that his image has been reinforced across the global population like propaganda. And it has been extremely successful. Canelo’s image is nearly impossible to impact. For every fan shouting abuse at Canelo in the open workouts for the Smith bout, 300 applaud and cheer the popular Mexican.