Everything you need to know #DegaleJack

James Degale vs Badou Jack has the potential to be on of the fights of the year. Both fighters are keen and hungry, and have stated they are “ready for war”.

It’s the WBC and IBF super-middleweight unification fight, taking place at the Barclays Center in New York.

I expect the fight to begin around 3am, so either set an alarm or brave out the night and face the consequences in the morning.

The show will be broadcasted on Sky Sports One (including the undercards). Surprisingly its not a PPV event, which is refreshing considering the shambles of previous and up and coming ‘PPV shows’.

Fighters current records are as follows. James Degale: 23 (14KO’s)-1-0. Badou Jack: 20 (12KO’s)-1-2.

 

 

Born Today- Bob Foster

On this day on 1938 Robert Lloyd Foster (Bob Foster as we know him) was born; the light-heavyweight who wouldn’t be afraid to step up and give the heavyweights a taste of his thunderous punching power. Muhammad Ali famously said that Bob Foster- AKA The Deputy Sheriff- had “the punch of a mule”, and he wasn’t far from the truth. This legend carried 46 knockouts out of his 56 wins. Even more impressively, he knocked out 89 of the 94 men he beat as an amateur! You’re probably wondering why you never heard of Foster winning an olympic medal with such an outstanding amateur record, but he had to step aside to a young light-heavyweight prospect who later won the gold medal in 1960. His name was Cassius Clay. Something which I believed scarred Foster with a eternal feeling of jealousy towards Ali.

Bob Foster was the world light-heavyweight champion from 1968 to 1974, untouchable at that weight, but unfortunately could never build enough weight to become a heavyweight. Nevertheless in order to make a living, Bob would still fight Heavyweight greats such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Ernie Terrell. After he retired from boxing he took a step back from the sport, stating that there was “too many crooked judges and promoters.”

How would he mix against todays light heavyweights? Simple- he would obliterate the division. Arguably the greatest light-heavyweight of all time. RIP.

Chris Eubank Jr set to fight Renold Quinlan

Chris Eubank Jr is set to fight Renold Quinlan in 2017 for the IBO World Super Middleweight title, showcased on ITV Box Office. Yes- you heard correctly, ITV are branching out into the Pay Per View industry. Just what boxing needs. But thats a topic for discussion another day.

Eubank jr says “I intend to deliver more of what my father did: speed, power, accuracy, showmanship and the will to fight and beat the best of the best. Maybe even with a little bit more swagger!” – He told ITV.

Although there is never a boring fight with Eubank jr, its quite hard to get excited for this showdown. Especially when myself (and i’m sure many others) had to look up who Quinlan was. From what i’ve seen through my ‘extensive research’, Quinlan fights with his chin wide open, which i’m sure Chris will take full advantage of- drilling in his ferocious uppercuts. They both hold one loss on their record but I can only see this going one way, a Eubank jr KO victory.

Either way this is the sport of boxing and as we all know, in this sport anything can happen. Overall It will be interesting to see Eubank Jr’s progress, particularly because of his elbow injury that has inhibited him from training/fighting.

If Eubank jr wins this fight, does this deservedly put him up next in the queue to fight the dreaded Gennady Golovkin?