The 2018 Ryder Cup will be on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National in Guyancourt (27 km south-west of Paris), France, from 28 to 30 September 2018. The current holders are the United States who won in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, by a score of 17 to 11.
The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe.
Why is it called the Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy.
The event is jointly administered by the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe, the latter a joint venture of the PGA European Tour (60%), the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland (20%), and the PGA of Europe (20%).
Originally contested between Great Britain and the United States, the first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, in Massachusetts, US. The home team won the first five contests, but with the competition’s resumption after the Second World War, repeated American dominance eventually led to a decision to extend the representation of “Great Britain and Ireland” to include continental Europe from 1979. The inclusion of continental European golfers was partly prompted by the success of a new generation of Spanish golfers, led by Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido. In 1973 the official title of the British Team had been changed from “Great Britain” to “Great Britain and Ireland”, but this was simply a change of name to reflect the fact that golfers from the Republic of Ireland had been playing in the Great Britain Ryder Cup team since 1953, while Northern Irish players had competed since 1947.
Since 1979, Europe has won ten times outright and retained the Cup once in a tied match, with eight American wins over this period. In addition to players from Great Britain and Ireland, the European team has included players from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The Ryder Cup, and its counterpart the Presidents Cup, remain exceptions within the world of professional sports because the players receive no prize money despite the contests being high-profile events that bring in large amounts of money in television and sponsorship revenue.
Who came up with the concept of a Ryder Cup style tournament?
On 27 September 1920 Golf Illustrated wrote a letter to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America with a suggestion that a team of 12 to 20 American professionals be chosen to play in the 1921 British Open, to be financed by popular subscription. At that time no American golfer had won the British Open. The idea was that of James D. Harnett, who worked for the magazine. The PGA of America made a positive reply and the idea was announced in the November 1920 issue. The fund was called the British Open Championship Fund. By the next spring the idea had been firmed-up. A team of 12 would be chosen, who would sail in time to play in a warm-up tournament at Gleneagles (the Glasgow Herald 1000 Guinea Tournament) prior to the British Open at St. Andrews, two weeks later. The team of 12 was chosen by PGA President George Sargent and PGA Secretary Alec Pirie, with the assistance of USGA Vice-President Robert Gardner. A team of 11 sailed from New York on the RMS Aquitania on 24 May 1921 together with James Harnett, Harry Hampton deciding at the last minute that he could not travel.
It was common at this time for a small number of professionals to travel to compete in each other’s national championship. In 1926, a larger than usual contingent of American professionals were travelling to Britain to compete in the Open Championship, two weeks before their own Championship. In February it was announced that Walter Hagen would select a team of four American professionals (including himself) to play four British professionals in a match before the Open Championship. The match would be a stroke play competition with each playing the four opposing golfers over 18 holes. In mid-April it was announced that “A golf enthusiast, who name has not yet been made public” was ready to donate a cup for an annual competition. Later in April it was announced that Samuel Ryder would be presenting a trophy “for annual competition between British and American professionals.” with the first match to be played on 4 and 5 June “but the details are not yet decided”, and then in May it was announced that the match would be a match-play competition, 8-a-side, foursomes on the first day, singles on the second. Eventually, at Hagen’s request, 10 players competed for each team. Samuel Ryder (together with his brother James) had sponsored a number of British professional events starting in 1923.
The match resulted in 13–1 victory for the British team (1 match was halved). The American point was won by Bill Mehlhorn with Emmet French being all square. Medals were presented to the players by the American ambassador Alanson B. Houghton.
Ryder Cup matches
United States captain
Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts
Moortown Golf Club, Yorkshire
Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club, Lancashire
John Henry Taylor
Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club, Lancashire
Portland Golf Club, Portland, Oregon
Ganton Golf Club, Scarborough, Yorkshire
Pinehurst Resort Course No. 2, North Carolina
Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey
Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California
Lindrick Golf Club, West Riding of Yorkshire
Jack Burke, Jr.
Eldorado Golf Club, Indian Wells, California
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
Atlanta Athletic Club, Atlanta, Georgia
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Lancashire
Champions Golf Club, Houston, Texas
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Lancashire
Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Great Britain & Ireland
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian
Jack Burke, Jr.
Great Britain & Ireland
Laurel Valley Golf Club, Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Great Britain & Ireland
Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
United States vs Europe (1979–present)
Ryder Cup matches
United States captain
The Greenbrier, The Greenbrier Course, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Tickets for November 10’s historic Cruiserweight World title showdown between Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena go on General Sale today (September 24) at midday.
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £500 and £800 VIP and can be purchased from www.stubhub.co.uk, www.manchester-arena.com and www.matchroomboxing.com.
Usyk defends his WBC, IBF, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine belts against Bellew in Britain’s first ever undisputed title fight. The pair will face the media at a press conference in Manchester today at 1.00pm.
Fans are invited to follow Matchroom Boxing across social media to watch the live stream:
For the purposes of this ranking list I considered the following bat manufacturers:
Gunn & Moore
Millichamp & Hall
The normal bat weights that are used by international batsmen range from 2lb 7oz (2 pounds and 7 ounces) to 3 lb, though there is no strict standard regarding bat weights in general. After the new Code was issued by the MCC on 1 October 2017, the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat are as follows: 108mm in width, 67mm in depth (spine) with 40mm edges.
Don Bradman, considered by many to be the greatest batsman of them all, used a bat which was pretty light at only 2lb 3oz. This was a good six ounces less than the average weight of a bat used by a batsman at the international level during his time, which weighed in at 2lb 9oz.
Sachin Tendulkar, on the other hand, used a bat weighing 3lb 4oz, which is a very heavy bat in cricketing terms. Only Lance Klusener (with his SS Zulu) of South Africa used a heavier bat than this at 3lb 6oz.
As much as has been possible I have tried to include large, high quality, images showing grains, willow quality, face, edge & bow shape.
Gray-Nicolls Legend £999.99. Grade 1+ English Willow. Minimal branding. Said to stem from the top 0.2% of all willow Gray-Nicolls use. Generally 10 or more grains. 35mm edges generally with 59mm spine again generally. Weight trends towards 2lbs 7 ounces. Light pick up. Low density clefts used. 12 piece cane handle.
Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Khawaja. Rounded Edge – Thickness (34-38mm). Curved Face Profile. Weight Range 2lbs 8 oz – 2lbs 10.5 oz.
Spartan ST Signature Players Bat £580.74. Premium Players Grade 1 English Willow Handcrafted by the individuals who crafted Sachin’s bats himself. This magnificent players cricket bat is of the finest of qualities and made to the exact specifications that the Little Master used. Take your game to the next level with this imposing weapon of choice and display exceptional power, style and majestic stoke play with the ST Signature finest edition Profile: Full wood profile with magnificently mid balanced shape for ultimate stroke play all round the ground. Handle: Semi oval for ultimate control and power Grip: White chevron players grip Size: SH Weight: 2.9-2.12.
Spartan MC Legacy Limited Edition £580.74. Super Grade 1 Limited Edition English Willow: Designed in conjunction with Michael Clarke and built to the same specification as the former Australian captain’s own bat. A mid to low profile with original “ducks beak” swell for the driving performance. With its large edges and slight bow enhanced by an imposing full profile and light pick up, The MC Legacy Range is perfect for strokeplay. Mid- Low profile Slight Even bow Light pickup Large 35mm+ edges 12 piece cane handle Light weight (2lb 6oz – 2lb 10oz) Grip: Spartan Wavex.
Spartan Steel 016 Limited Edition £580.74. Majestic balance and performance for the perfect choice of players stroke play all around the wicket off the front and back foot.
Salix SLX Finite £595.00. The lighter counterpart to the Pod, the SLX sits at the top of Salix production with the Pod in complexity of shape. With a uniquely blended profile, what appears to be a rounder, traditional shape to the face actually stems from hand shaping modern flatter pressing. An extended low bow leads naturally into the lower driving area. The SLX has a beautiful profile showcasing classic handmaking, underpinned by very advanced manufacturing generating sublime performance. All wrapped up in stunning new etched and embossed fingerprint metallic labelling.
Gunn & Moore Quinton de Kock Player Edition £650.00. An exact and accurate replica customised to Quinton De Kock’s profile and requirements due to GM’S DMX technology, this Player’s, Limited Edition timber allows cricketers to use the same cricket bat as one of the world’s most explosive batsman. Whether you’re looking to produce elegant strokes through the covers, or those powerful pulls in front of square, this blade is sure to assist your batting.
TON Platinum Elite Limited Edition £640.00. A beautifully balanced bat made for the timer of the ball with a long hitting zone.
Millichamp & Hall Pro Hybrid £600.00. Starting weights from 2lb 10oz. Dynamic concanved profile ensures an unbelievable lightweight pickup. Enormous sweeping profile ensuring an outstanding middle.
MRF AB De Villiers Elite £560.00. 12 piece Saravak Combination Cane Handle for Shock Absorption and Power Hitting. Edges push the limits of the new MCC regulations at 40mm. Full profile with no concaving on the back. Weight starts at 2lb 10oz.
New Balance TC1260 Limited Edition £731.63. Premium Players Grade 1 English Willow. Mid Sweet Spot. Natural Preparation. Weighing between 2lb 8 ounces & to 2lb 11 ounces. Limited to just 25 produced. Laser etched model designation.
Newbery Legacy Pro £549.99. Hand crafted from pro grade English willow & starting at just 2lb 7 ounces.
CA 15000 Player Edition 7 Star £645.00. Mid to low sweet-spot with weight evenly distributed allows a light pick up for the player that plays all around the wicket or on the rise, the bat has very straight grains. This bat has a large sweetspot with minimal concaving making it a big bat yet as light as 2lb 7oz. Regard any CA bat as not knocked in – regardless of manufacturer claims. Players Grade premium English willow.
PR Exclusive £500.00. Premium English willow. Handcrafted in India. Lightweight pick-up gives good balance.
The following boxers are currently promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing:
The PPV Headline Grade Superstars
Classification: Fighters capable of headling a PPV moving forward (regardless of whether they have or have not been in such a position in the past or recent past).
Kell Brook – primary market International; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 17 March 2012.
Anthony Joshua – primary market International; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 5 October 2013.
Tony Bellew – primary market Liverpool/North West; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Friday 27 April 2012.
The Non-PPV/Fight Night Headline A Grade Superstars
Classification: Fighters, who whilst major draws, are not currently capable of headling a PPV moving forward (regardless of whether they have or have not been in such a position in the past or recent past). In the case of Scott Quigg this judgement is conditional & excludes the possibility of one or two opponents.
Anthony Crolla – primary market Manchester; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 06 October 2012.
Scott Quigg – primary market North West; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 29 June 2013.
Jamie McDonnell – primary market Yorkshire; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 20 October 2012.
Martin Murray – primary market North West; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 14 December 2013 although Murray then went on to complete a four fight deal with Rodney Berman before returning (this time under contract) to Matchroom fighting again on Friday 26 June 2015.
Dereck Chisora – primary market International – potential B-side PPV draw moving forward – signing announced on 20 September 2017.
The Non-PPV/Fight Night Headline B Grade Stars
Paul Butler – primary market Liverpool/North West; signing announced on 24 July 2017.
Nathan Cleverly – primary market Wales; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 17 May 2014.
The Emerging Superstars
Classification: Fighters who are being groomed to attain the ‘capable of headling a PPV card’ status in the next 1-4 years.
Luke Campbell – primary market Yorkshire with International Potential; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 13 July 2013.
Sam Eggington – primary market Midlands with International Potential; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 05 April 2014.
Kal Yafai – primary market Midlands; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 07 July 2012.
Callum Smith – primary market Liverpool/North West; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 17 November 2012.
Ryan Burnett – primary market Northern Ireland; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 21 November 2015.
Classification: Fighters who probably need to kick on with a major win in their next 2-3 fights in order to preserve their spot in the Matchroom stable.
Hosea Burton – primary market North West.
Jake Ball – primary market London.
Martin Joseph Ward – primary market London.
Charlie Edwards – primary market London; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 31 January 2015.
Callum Johnson – primary market North West/Yorkshire; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Friday 27 June 2014.
Scotty Cardle – primary market North West.
Ohara Davies – primary market London; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 11 October 2014.
The Young Blood
Classification: Elite talent being groomed for career peak in 2-5 years.
Ted Cheeseman – primary market London.
Sean McGoldrick – primary market Wales.
Marcus Morrison – primary market North West.
Joe Cordina – primary market Wales.
Josh Kelly – primary market North East.
Katie Taylor – primary market International.
Gamal Yafai – primary market Midlands.
Felix Cash – primary market London.
Lawrence Okolie – primary market London.
Reece Bellotti – primary market London.
The Catalogue Guys
Classification: Fighters who are useful additions to cards; generally (but not always) with better days behind them than in-front of them.
Frankie Gavin – primary market Midlands.
Paul Smith – primary market Liverpool/North West.
Ricky Burns – primary market Scotland.
Stephen Smith – primary market Liverpool/North West.
Tommy Coyle – primary market Yorkshire.
Rocky Fielding – primary market North West.
Brian Rose – primary market North West; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 20 April 2013.
Gavin McDonnell – primary market Yorkshire.
John Ryder – primary market London.
Classification: Guys who are strategic additions to the stable – often to safeguard the Tier 1 priorities from low-reward challengers or to crowd out rankings at world level for the same purpose.
Frank Buglioni – primary market London.
Luis Ortiz – primary market International.
Dillian Whyte – primary market London; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 01 August 2015.
The Wild Cards
Classification: Less proven talent with potential substantial upside.
Conor Benn – primary market London; first fight under Eddie Hearn: Saturday 09 April 2016.
2017 will usher in with it a new era for British boxing – the success of Eddie Hearn & the Matchroom/SkySports alliance has awakened (on the face of it) not one but two high powered market participants in ITV plc & BT Group plc. And let’s be clear – the younger Hearn’s success is unmatched in terms of public uptake in the post-Terrestrial/premium subscription television era of British boxing – soon to be multiple stadium shows coupled with routine visits to the finest arena venues in the land.
But is he ‘bovvered’? I asked him as much. His response spoke of a man in control of not just his industry but its general expansion in Great Britain, “I’m glad, because when that ITV announcement was made people look at me as the Messiah again. I mean, if I put that fight (Chris Eubank Junior vs. the world famous talent of Renold Quinlan) on a normal Fight Night, I’d get lynched – and they want to make that PPV? It’s a move I don’t really ‘get’. I’d not pay to see that & I don’t think many people will.”
The disadvantage serious competitors (and by competitors I mean broadcast competitors not promotional competitors) will have is the dearth of a serious alternative to Matchroom. The Brentwood based company have a 34 year history of promotional success in a variety of sports (snooker; darts; boxing etc.); easily the most professional purpose built boxing specific promotional staff & operation in European if not world boxing; a strong & consistent balance sheet & “the energy that can only come from youth” [to quote Ambrose Mendy] of the most successful British boxing promoter since Jack Solomons in Eddie Hearn. Combine that with the only premium sports channel that currently really matters in the UK market (with whom they are contractually bound until at least 2021) & you have one hell of a mountain for any other broadcaster/promotional combination to climb.
The relationship between fighters & promoters has traditionally been an intrinsically adversarial one in the recent past – as the litany of court cases involving unpaid fighters & high profile champions would suggest. Here, too, the Eddie Hearn era is different – such stories of financial exploitation have quite literally vanished.
Thus the coming battle, for as long as it lasts, is not so much BT Sport or ITV vs SkySports as it is major broadcaster without a product ready for market vs. a major broadcaster which is hot to trot. British boxing, frankly, is not ready to profitably fulfil obligations to the ilk of BT Group nor ITV. A-side talent does exist outside of the Matchroom stable but it is fractured & usually not assimilated into the promotional hyper power for good reason (short termist managerial stupidity being a leading cause of such) – and as such can not, by definition, constitute much of a ‘stable’. There are essentially three types of fighters in British boxing under consideration here – those signed to Matchroom; those Matchroom have chosen not to sign & those Matchroom have discerned provide a poor return to hassle ratio.
I will of course be criticised for such a damning indictment/objective assessment of the non-Matchroom promotional competence in the aspirant TV segment of the market but I say this in return – consider me the best friend who tells you you stink so you can apply deodorant. You might not like that no one outside of Brentwood is ready to fulfil a television contract with a serious media outlet in the UK but isn’t taking on multiple such endeavours on nothing more than a wing and a prayer the sort of ludicrous, reckless & mutually unprofitable move that lost the sport major broadcaster’s favour in the first place? Isn’t that a far bigger danger for the sport in the medium to long term?
Sky plc has operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. It is Europe’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, with around 21 million subscribers. The company has a market capitalisation of £17.04 billion & revenues of £11.97 billion – at that level of the corporate world you can afford to insist on only dealing with competent professionals who can deliver results. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
The ‘Competitors’/Lambs to the Slaughter
“One of the most important keys to success in the UK market is the right broadcaster – VERY important”Eddie Hearn
ITV does revenue of £3.12 billion – respectable but significantly down on Sky – more significant, though, is their at best lukewarm commitment to building a sport franchise or to delivering sport (never-mind boxing) specific viewers. The broadcaster is a major one but one that is juggling way too many balls to have time to worry about legitimate (fan building) opponents for a Chris Eubank Junior or to click that asking fans to pay to see him fight a nobody is an insulting joke to the sport’s existing fan-base.
BT Sport as a largely experimental subsidiary of the far larger and more established BT Group plc (primary listing on the London Stock Exchange & a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange) who whilst possessing deep pockets (revenue of £22.08 billion & a market capitalisation of £36.55 billion) are both inexperienced at delivering premium sports content & have too fragmented (that word again) a product offering to be considered a serious medium term threat to SkySports domination of premium sports broadcasting in the UK. You don’t need to be Oxbridge educated to realise that spunking your programming budget on cornering the market in the Aviva Premiership; Serie A ; FA Community Shield; Bundesliga; Ligue 1; exclusive(!) live rights of the Scottish League Cup; the Italian Rugby Union Team’s Autumn internationals(!!) & the UFC (whose viewership numbers reflect its timing in the wee hours on another continent) plus second (at best) tier domestic boxing isn’t a roll-call likely to have subscribers stick around beyond the loss-leader introductory offer. The mix is too schizophrenic – targeting public school rugby types whilst doing nothing more than irritate football fans by taking lesser football content around the periphery of the core SkySports content. Under its current stewardship BT Sport will last only as long as the patience of its parent company’s gullibility allows.
Sexist Misogyny Won’t Make Me Switch from Sky to BT – Sorry
Dear Gavin Patterson (Chief Executive of BT Group PLC) & Gareth Tipton (Director of Ethics and Compliance),
I write to you both as prominent & pertinent for the purposes of this communication representatives of one of the largest companies in the world by revenue & thus possessing, I would hope, some concern for the wider public considering your status as a publicly listed enterprise beholden to your shareholders.
Specifically I seek clarification on the following comment made by Mr Andy Ayling (listed as Event Manager at Frank Warren Promotions on his LinkedIn profile although I understand that like several other of the latter’s businesses this one filed for bankruptcy some time ago & officially the going concern (if not according to their own auditors) is now ‘Queensbury Promotions‘ and/or ‘BOXING CHANNEL MEDIA LTD‘) regarding Irish Olympic hero & now pioneer of women’s professional boxing in the British Isles Katie Taylor:
Are these sentiments shared by your organisation? Are they held by your shareholders – the general public? I find that very difficult to believe – that misogyny of this nakedness & vulgarity is in keeping with your words Mr Tipton, “So what are ethics and compliance? Put simply it’s about The Way We Work and following the rules. It’s about doing the right thing, not just what you can get away with” or am I to take it that the “Compliance as a business enabler” is indeed for external purposes only and that BT Sport as a subsidiary of BT Group PLC preach one thing & practice another?
I realise you are new to the business of boxing & premium subscription television generally but I will point you in the direction of an example of how respect for people – including women – need not be mutually exclusive from massive professional success in the sport. From this weekend’s Irish Independent:
“Hearn also revealed the story behind the striking black and gold kit Taylor wore on her debut, as he ignored he request for a simple outfit and produced an eye-catching outfit featuring a distinctive ‘KT’ logo that appears to be perfect for marketing purposes. “I said I will pay for her kit because I wanted her to look a million dollars,” added Hearn. “She asked for plain black shorts and I said: ‘How about this!’ “It was a bit of bling. We could market that kit, of course, and I can’t wait to see the interest from brands. “At the moment, if you are a sportswear brand, you have to be desperate to get on the Katie Taylor train. Completely ground breaking, fantastic image, what a story. “This is exciting, we have a big TV platform for this show, she will be boxing all over the world. It’s so exciting.””
That gentleman is the respect, consideration & care with which a talented world class athlete – regardless of gender should be treated.
I eagerly await your response and some form of explanation for what is a most revolting and ugly occurrence. If you’d have done your due diligence before signing a contract on the basis of a ‘promised’David Haye vs. Tony Bellew or Shannon Briggs fight then you’d likely have known Eddie Hearn’s loyalty & respectful behaviour to his fighters (never-mind actual written contracts in his possession) earned SkySports that fight some time ago. I don’t think Tony Bellew would stop laughing for a week at the suggestion he’d appear on a promoter he refers to simply as ‘fish eyes”s show again in this lifetime.
Then again had you done your due diligence you’d have seen this tweet from the same ‘Event Manager’ & effective #2 of the organisation you just hopped into bed with way back in September:
PS: Please note that this public communication will be forwarded to a selection of Gender Equality, Women’s Rights & related civil rights organisations. I assure you that any and all responses from your good selves will be similarly forwarded.
Enclosed is a photograph of Eddie Hearn with Katie Taylor – inspiration perhaps for how a man is expected to behave in the company of a lady & an athlete in the 21st century that is sorely needed by some it appears.
Alf Kid Pattenden
Arthur (Ginger) Sadd
Arthur Boy Edge
Bandsman Dick Rice
Battling Jim Hayes
Bermondsey Billy Wells
Billy Joe Saunders
Billy Spider Kelly
Bob (Young) Fielding
Bombardier Billy Wells
Bugler Harry Lake
Dave ‘Boy’ Green
Frankie Kid Bonser
Hamilton’ Johnny Brown
Jack ‘Kid’ Berg
Jimmy Chick Stewart
Joe Young Connelly
John H Stracey
John L. Gardner
Sapper Jack O’Neill
Seaman Arthur Hayes
Seaman Nobby Hall
Seaman Tommy Watson
Spider Jim Kelly
Ted Kid Lewis
Young Joe Brooks
Birmingham man vows to wreck Olympian’s first pro title fight
Craig Cunningham has warned Anthony Ogogo he’s in for a rough ride in his first pro title fight and will KO him to win the WBC International Middleweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Cunningham has enjoyed a great build-up to the biggest night of his career, welcoming his daughter to the world last week and then following that by landing the boxer of the year gong at the Midlands Boxing awards.
Those presents mean the 28 year old couldn’t be in a better place ahead of the biggest night in his career, and after asking manager and trainer Jon Pegg to get him the big fights, he is planning to flatten the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and land the vacant WBC International title.
“I can’t wait for this,” said Cunningham. “I’ve asked Jon for these big fights and he’s delivered, so I am so excited.
“This is a huge opportunity for me. They might think this is an easy night for them, that all they’ve got to do is turn up to win the belt. It’s down to me to prove otherwise. I’ve had my small hall brawls, now this is something I can really sink my teeth into.
“I don’t care about his record and his past achievements, to be honest, and he can’t bring that into the ring with him. He’ll want me to stand in front of him, he’ll be sharp and fast but no one has ever knocked me out. I’m confident about my chin.
“He’s got pedigree but this is the pro game now, it’s totally different. It’s going to be a hard, hard night for him I can promise him that. I’m going to be his toughest fight as a pro and I am a massive underdog so I have got nothing to lose
“I’ve got a good jab but I can’t hide behind that, I’ll have to take the fight to him and I’ll be looking to do that in the later rounds. I’m the underdog and that suits me just fine, I fight better like that, but I’m not just here up to make the numbers.
“You are going to see a different Craig Cunningham – I’m going to take it to him, get in there and look for the KO. I think I can knock him out because he hasn’t been hit by anybody like me. The belt is coming home with me, I’ve had a great camp and I just want to get my hands on him and show everyone what I can do.”
Ogogo and Cunningham’s clash is part of a huge night of action in Birmingham topped by a fierce local derby between Frankie Gavin and Sam Eggington for the vacant WBC International Welterweight title.
A host of Birmingham boxers are in title action as Sean Davis faces Paul Economides for the vacant WBC International Super-Bantamweight title, Marcus Ffrench and Robbie Barrett meet for the vacant English Super-Flyweight title, Don Broadhurst and Louis Norman fight for the vacant English Super-Flyweight title and the vacant Midlands Area Super-Lightweight crown is up for grabs between Jordan Cooke and Andy Keates.
World-rated Super-Flyweight Kal Yafai looks for vital rounds, former World title challenger Brian Rose is in action alongside Cori Gibbs, Sam Bowen, Ryan Kelly, Joe Sherriff and Lennox Clarke.
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Gamal Yafai is “devastated” after being forced to pull out of his second Commonwealth title defence on Saturday due to a severe ankle injury.
The Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion was preparing to take on Sean Davis in Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, live on Sky Sports, only to tear ankle ligaments after a freak training accident
Yafai (10-0-KO4) turned his right ankle over doing speed work on Friday and despite constant physio over the weekend, confirmed that he will not be able to defend his strap as chief support for Sam Eggington and Frankie Gavin’s local showdown.
“I was in the gym doing speed work with Kal and were doing this box jump things and I went over on my ankle. It was the worst pain ever but we’ve got CCTV cameras in there and looked at it afterwards and it looked so bad, I was lucky it didn’t break. It was horrible. I was struggling to breathe it was that bad. It swelled up massively straight away, into two balls. I went to the physio straight away and luckily got a scan around 7pm and found out then that I’d torn some ligaments. Then I had him working on it all weekend, trying to get the bruising and swelling down so I could fight on Saturday.
“I tried anything and everything. We kind of knew I wasn’t going to make it, but went to see the physio, 5pm on Sunday, and that’s when it was confirmed.
“But even then, I went to bed last night hoping and I was just hoping I’d wake up this morning and there’d been a miracle. But there was no chance as soon as I woke up.
“I’ve got to make weight, I’ve got to train, so I tried everything. Even if we’d had an injection, there is nothing we could do about it until Saturday. I’d have had to leave it alone, do anything, anyway and that might not even have worked.”
Yafai has been treated by Poora Singh, who works with the PGA European Tour in golf and was part of the support team for Team GB’s athletics this year, but is still waiting for the swelling and bruising to go do down.
The 25-year-old, whose elder brother Kal is expected to be fighting for a world title before the turn of the year while younger brother Galal opened the Rio 2016 boxing events with the first fight.
He said: “Now I am just waiting for it to settle down, so I know how long before I can get back training, never mind get it the ring.
“It’s a big show in Birmingham, I’d sold a few tickets. That last fight I had on Sky was in Birmingham when I won the Commonwealth title and it gave me good publicity and I was confident this would kick me on again, beating Sean Davis and looking good.
“It is the worst feeling I’ve had in my career. I know I will come back and want to fight before Christmas if I can, but right now I am heartbroken.”
Watch Sam Eggington v Frankie Gavin live on Sky Sports 2, from 8pm on Saturday.
Preface: Please note that this is a listing of recent achievement not of ability or aptitude. And no, achievement is not ‘which title shots my promoter or manager’ could get me – if you think that then you miss the central point that should underpin titles – the man should make the title; not the other way around. ‘Achievement’ for my purposes is: who you fought/beat & when you fought/beat them relative to their career curve in the short to medium term past with more weight given to the shorter term past. The fighters listed higher have – in my opinion – achieved more in the recent past. Whether this is because they have simply had the opportunity to achieve more or because they are intrinsically better fighters or a combination of the two will only be revealed with time. It is almost a universal truth that achievement is a product of opportunity, ability & application.
A great example (were they still in the same division) on a global scale would be Carl Frampton & Guillermo Rigondeaux – Frampton would (easily) land higher on a head to head basis as per the methodology employed within the list below because he has fought and beaten a higher calibre of opponent in the recent past. Does that mean I think he’s a better fighter? Certainly not. But because boxing is the ultimate cock-tease in failing to deliver such logical bouts I refuse to allow a sport & the calibration thereof to descend into a game of Fantasy Football altogether either. Rigondeaux hasn’t had the opportunities Frampton has but that’s effectively – as per this listing’s rationale – his problem. I thus seek…
the most impressive body of recent work of any British professional boxer
Individual biographies & motivations are being added sporadically/intermittently… bare with me (will take a while). As always this is a dynamic listing which will change to reflect the changing ladder of success enjoyed by Britain’s top boxers over time.
? = World Champion (major only)[multiple indicate multiple titles held]
= British Champion
= English Champion
= Olympic Medallist
? = Former World Titlist (major only)
? = Beaten World Title challenger
= Has headlined a PPV Card
? = Has fought outside the UK
?=Blue Chip Prospect [prospect taken to mean under the age of 30; less than 15 pro fights & having never fought for a world title]
= Northern Irish
UK Top 100 Pound for Pound
Carl Frampton ?? 21 February 1987Wins over Scott Quigg & more significantly Leo Santa Cruz make ‘The Jackal’ the owner of the most impressive body of recent work of any British professional boxer. The win over Santa Cruz & the manner in which it was achieved – on foreign soil – shifts the Belfast man neatly into the global pound for pound elite. Talk is currently of a Santa Cruz rematch; followed by a meeting with fellow Haymon Brit & #4 on this listing Lee Selby at Windsor Park but having expressed an interest in fighting Gary Russell Jr., Jesus Cuellar, and Oscar Valdez (but not Guillermo Rigondeaux) & with Al Haymon’s coffers running dry by some reports his future matching remains unclear at this point.
James DeGale ??3 February 1986 Has had a momentous 2 & a half years starting with his Wembley win over the highly touted Brandon Gonzales; which was followed by wins over the rugged Marco Antonio Periban (also on a PPV undercard); Andre Dirrell; Lucian Bute & perhaps least impressively (in terms of calibre of competition if not performance) Rogelio Medina. Has missed the opportunity to become a UK PPV headliner in favour of the mega-paydays handed out by one Al Haymon on PBC. Long may those last – although questions about the medium term health of the Haymon-Network TV experiment persist and grow over time.
Kell Brook ???3 May 1986 Brook went out in a blaze of glory against the monster known as GGG in what was in flashes a modern day answer to Hagler vs. Hearns. The loss & more to the point the honour with which it was achieved has rendered the to this point under-appreciated Yorkshireman, to quote Carl Froch, “an international superstar”. After what has felt like years of attempting to lure Amir Khan into a showdown it is not unimaginable that the happenings of 2016 will render Khan the junior competent of any future negotiations. In a convoluted narrative that for so long seemed futile Kell Brook has become one of Eddie Hearn’s great promotional steering success stories.
Lee Selby ?? 14 February 1987A career that threatened to be torpedoed by a 2009 loss to 1-0-1 Samir Mouneimne has certainly come a long, long way since. The polished Barry boxer has accumulated wins over Stephen Smith (in sensational fashion); John Simpson; Rendall Munroe; Australian Olympian Joel Brunker; Evgeny Gradovich (in controversial circumstances); an ageing Fernando Montiel & the frustrating talent Eric Hunter. Taken as a whole its a decent body of recent work but much of his future trajectory will depend on how he navigates the ever evolving promotional landscape.
Anthony Joshua ? 15 October 1989AJ is already the single biggest commercial animal in all of British boxing – generating upwards of £6 million every time he fights. With Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko yet to be confirmed only due to a hold-up over the WBA title – which frankly wouldn’t change much bar who he’s likely to fight after that – £6 million in revenue will seem positively quaint against estimates as high as £25 million for the crossroads fight of the decade in the heavyweight division.
Chris Eubank Jr ?? 18 September 1989 Talent: check. Profile: check. Managerial steering: yeah, but, no, but… Eubank Jr’s progress is now actively being sabotaged by the same overzealous influence which gift wrapped him his entree into the sport at an artificially inflated level of public interest. I don’t see any cataclysmic parting of ways between father & son & thus envisage a great talent will go whichever way the chip on his father’s shoulder deems appropriate.
Scott Quigg ?? 9 October 1988Frampton vs. Quigg was for a good 2.5 years a bout the trade yearned for & Hearn was eventually able to deliver a bout that frankly failed to live up to the substantial hype – with Quigg conserving energy stores excessively in the early going & Frampton building up an unassailable lead on any sane card. Where to from here for the now just once beaten Lancastrian under the Matchroom banner? The answer will be intriguing to watch unfold.
George Groves ?? 26 March 1988 Groves is one of the sport’s older 28 year olds having been through two wars with Carl Froch; a still controversial fight with James DeGale; a loss on American soil to Badou Jack & most recently a resurgent win over Martin Murray in his last outing.
Tony Bellew ?? 30 November 1982 Tony Bellew is one of the sport’s loveliest guys – & one of its true characters. A fighter & a warrior who owes his success more to sweat & super-human levels of self-belief than to any inherent talent – a guy many young pros could learn from.
Jamie McDonnell ?? 30 March 1986
Amir Khan ??? 8 December 1986 L KO 6/12 & L TKO 5/12 look comparable enough on paper but there was a huge swing in status & fortunes between Khan’s last outing & his perennial would-be nemesis Kell Brook’s… & not in the favour of the Bolton born, American based Amir Khan either. Khan is no longer the A-side in any proposed future meeting between the two & you’d anticipate that someone who could rock GGG wouldn’t have too many problems doing likewise & far worse to the notoriously glass chinned Khan.
Anthony Crolla ??? 16 November 1986Smashing lad who is now mixing it with the best fighters in the world in his division. Has made the most of the substantial promotional backing & upped his game through the increasing level of opponents faced.
Billy Joe Saunders ? 30 August 1989One of the era’s true talents but has been kept inactive for a variety of reasons both before & after his career best win over Andy Lee. Were this a simple listing of natural talent Saunders would do no worse than a Top 2 place – on his worst day. Sadly for BJS – Gennady Golovkin & Canelo Alvarez would both view him as but one of a list of a dozen potential opponents on the B-side – paid accordingly, & of course, on the road. The investment seemingly isn’t there for any major bout with him as the A-side.
Callum Smith ? 23 April 1990What can you say about the still just 26 year old super middleweight who holds an unusually high (for this era) knockout ratio of 76% through 21 bouts? With the exception of his first two four rounders – he has only failed to stop three men, two of whom (Nikola Sjekloca & Christopher Rebrasse) have never been stopped by anyone through 35 & 29 fight careers respectively. Callum is a superstar in waiting.
Nathan Cleverly ?? 17 February 1987 Many will deem Nathan Cleverly’s win over Juergen Braehmer fortuitous – which, perhaps, to an extent it was – but he had to show a great deal of grit & determination to just be around to accept said good fortune. Nathan was exceptional in a losing effort against Andrzej Fonfara a year ago & his recent success is proof positive of my countryman Gary Player’s favourite saying, “The harder you work the luckier you get.” Few within the trade will begrudge Nathan a win that stemmed from years of hard toil.
Terry Flanagan ? 11 June 1989 A legitimate top tier lightweight but one lacking true elite level opposition on his resume. Undefeated but I’d argue that a competitive loss to a Jorge Linares counts for more in my book than a ‘world title defence’ against a 42 year old who was 7-5 in his previous 12 bouts.
Josh Warrington ? 14 November 1990Derided in some circles for being a coddled money spinner in the town he effectively owns – Leeds. That characterisation is getting less & less fair with every win over an international level operator – Joel Brunker & Hisashi Amagasa weren’t mugs & Josh’s wins over them aged still just 25 should be respected. Having turned pro at just 18 Warrington’s peak athletic & revenue generating years will unfold in the next 36 months & to quote Tom Petty, “the future was wide open.” I’d not hold my breath waiting for Selby vs. Warrington anytime soon although eventually, who knows…
Lee Haskins ?? 29 November 1983 Proof were it needed that not all world titles were created (nearly) equally. Haskins failed by way of stoppage at both British & Commonwealth level at bantamweight (where only around 30 British fighters ply their trade at any one time) & had to move down to super flyweight (where only around 15 British fighters ply their trade at any one time) to pick up a domestic title yet is now, somehow, a ‘world champion’ among the 1,000 or so bantamweights the world has to offer. Consider he got laid out by Stephane Jamoye – a man who both Ryan Farrag & Scott Quigg knocked out & you realise how meaningless the term ‘world champion’ is nowadays. To be fair, though, Haskins did enjoy domestic success earlier winning the English title – against an opponent who was 9-24-1 coming in. When boxing asks itself why it isn’t taken seriously by a sizeable chunk of the population it should have a look at cases of attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the sporting public such as this one before it starts to feel too sorry for itself.
Dereck Chisora ? 29 December 1983Dereck’s athletic prime is probably behind him but the allure of Chisora was only ever partially predicated on his technical ability – the drive/insanity/lunacy remains & I’d be veering toward a Dillian Whyte convert to a larger degree were the latter to face & beat a guy who is still somewhat competitive against Top 5 competition in Kubrat Pulev.
Khalid Yafai ? 11 June 1989 Supremely talented fighter who at 27 & 19-0 with the backing of the promotional hyper-power in the UK is potentially, in time, the nearest thing Roman Gonzalez might actually consider a legitimate challenge at super flyweight. There are other exciting fights out there for Yafai in theory – 23 year old Naoya Inoue & Juan Francisco Estrada both spring to mind in what is evolving into a tasty little division on the global level.
Martin Murray ?? 27 September 1982 Martin will perhaps be best remembered for his controversial loss to Sergio Martinez & an equally laughable so-called draw with Felix Sturm in that great home of unbiased judging Germany. At 34 years old the metabolic reality seems to mean his new home is at 168lbs with no way back down to the middleweight division where he enjoyed his greatest performances. Should Martin retire sans a world title he will be one of the era’s best fighters to do so. Fantastic character; chin & heart make him a hardcore fan favourite who took on challenges no one else would & did so the hard way. A tribute to the spirit of the sport.
Luke Campbell 27 September 1987 I’m unsure whether I had some sort of viral infection that rendered me inaccurate in my observations but having been to hundreds of cards & seen thousands of bouts over the years I left Campbell vs. Coyle about as impressed as I’ve ever been with any fighter’s performance. Campbell is a polished; slick; refined fighter with the blue chip amateur pedigree to back it up. His bout with Derry Mathews was one part stepping stone & one part examination of his will to ascend to the heights his talents surely merit. Needless to say his dismantling of the seasoned Mathews was a test Luke passed with flying colours. Once more there is reason to be excited about the 29 year old’s future.
Ricky Burns ?? 13 April 1983
Liam Smith ??? 27 July 1988
Frankie Gavin ? 28 September 1985
Stephen Smith ?? 22 July 1985
Brian Rose ?? 15 February 1985
Stuart Hall ??? 24 February 1980
David Haye ??? 13 October 1980 Difficult entity to quantify considering all ‘those clowns on that joke channel’ but Haye remains a peripheral if increasingly irritating figure loitering around the elite level of British boxing on the basis of laurels alone – as much as the future exploits of Mark de Mori & Arnold Gjergjaj are on the tip of every working man’s tongue up & down the country.
Gavin McDonnell 30 March 1986
Liam Walsh 18 May 1986
Jack Catterall 1 July 1993
Tommy Langford ? 12 July 1989
Liam Williams 26 May 1992
Paul Butler ? 11 November 1988
Bradley Skeete 17 October 1987
Tyrone Nurse 4 January 1990
Dillian Whyte 11 April 1988
Tommy McCarthy 4 November 1990
Jack Arnfield 22 May 1989
Rocky Fielding 5 August 1987
Ryan Burnett ? 21 May 1992The coming attraction in the bantamweight division & in truth bar Jamie McDonnell already the premier 118lber in Britain – professional accolades pending of course. The Ryan Farrag bout served as a chance to showcase his talents & versatility as a boxer-puncher. Adam Booth regards the 24 year old from Belfast the single biggest talent he has ever worked with & that is some recognition considering the calibre of fighters the super trainer has worked with over the years.
Matty Askin 24 December 1988
Bob Ajisafe ? 13 April 1985
Martin Joseph Ward 13 July 1991
David Price ? 6 July 1983 David Price’s career has been hampered by three things: 1) opponents who were shown to be on drugs; 2) a chin that is still widely questioned & 3) simply bad luck in coming along at a time of promotional turmoil & era change. Still has something to offer & many potentially big fights remain out there for the likeable Scouser.
Isaac Dogboe ? 26 September 1994
Lenny Daws ? 29 December 1978
John Ryder 19 July 1988
Ashley Theophane ?30 August 1980
Ryan Walsh 18 May 1986
Hughie Fury ? 18 September 1994
Derry Mathews ? 23 September 1983
Tom Doran 7 August 1987
Scott Cardle 28 September 1989
Craig Kennedy 3 May 1985
Robbie Davies Jnr 3 October 1989
Ahmet Patterson 26 October 1987
Gamal Yafai ? 4 August 1991
Sam Eggington 15 October 1993
Stephen Simmons ? 6 August 1984
Tommy Coyle 2 September 1989
John Wayne Hibbert 12 December 1984
Ryan Farrag ? 6 February 1988
Luke Blackledge ? 6 August 1990
Hosea Burton 14 September 1988
Isaac Lowe 21 January 1994
Paul Smith???? 6 October 1982
Frank Buglioni ? 18 April 1989
Gary Cornish 10 April 1987
Gary Corcoran 12 November 1990
Mitchell Smith 24 November 1992
Anthony Yarde ?? 13 August 1991
Lee Markham 24 October 1987
Kid Galahad 3 March 1990
Sean Dodd 28 June 1984
Rick Skelton 8 October 1993
Iain Butcher 2 May 1992
George Jupp ? 18 December 1990
Craig Cunningham 26 February 1988
Jazza Dickens 12 April 1991
Charlie Edwards ?? 8 February 1993
Jason Cunningham 26 September 1989
Tom Baker 18 November 1991
Jamie Conlan 11 October 1986
Adam Etches 26 January 1991
Callum Johnson 20 August 1985
Andrew Selby ? 25 December 1988
Elliott Matthews 23 April 1981
Thomas Patrick Ward 15 May 1994
Anthony Cacace ? 2 February 1989
Marcus Morrison ? 9 March 1993
Jamie Cox ? 24 August 1986
Leigh Wood 1 August 1988
Sonny Upton 27 June 1989
Martin Ward 11 March 1988
Joe Hughes 6 August 1990
Lewis Taylor 27 January 1990
Glenn Foot 5 November 1987
Ohara Davies ?? 9 February 1992
Representation in the Top 100 by Nation
Promotional Strength in Depth
*100 points for #1…all the way down to 1 point for #100.
Only fighters listed officially on the promoter’s website or signed officially to the promoter are considered within these totals.
Totals by Promoter:
Promotional Leaders by Nation
World Titles by Sanctioning Body
Jamie McDonnell; Carl Frampton; Nathan Cleverly
Anthony Joshua; Lee Selby; James DeGale; Kell Brook
Barney Joe Jones
Ashley Bailey Dumetz
Billy Joe Saunders
Chris Eubank Jr
Jesse Goodhand Tait
Tey Lynn Jones
Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly
Marcus Le Doux
Sean Ben Mulligan
Akeem Ennis Brown
Daniel Lansbury Spray
John Wayne Hibbert
Robbie Davies Jnr
Paul Hyland Jnr
Martin Joseph Ward
Michael Gomez Jnr
Thomas Patrick Ward
1. Alexander Povetkin
2. Bermane Stiverne
3. Kubrat Pulev
4. Joseph Parker
5. David Haye
6. Johann Duhaupas
7. Andy Ruiz
8. Bryant Jennings
9. Malik Scott
10. Eric Molina
11. Gerald Washington
12. Carlos Takam
13. Mariusz Wach
14. Dereck Chisora
15. Jarrell Miller
1. Luis Ortiz
2. Wladimir Klitschko
3. Alexander Ustinov
4. Fres Oquendo
5. Lucas Browne
6. David Haye
7. Manuel Charr
8. Shannon Briggs
9. Joseph Parker
10. Jarrell Miller
11. Trevor Bryan
12. Kubrat Pulev
13. Andrey Fedosov
14. Guillermo Jones
15. Jun Long Zhang
1. Joseph Parker
2. Kubrat Pulev
3. David Haye
4. Johan Duhaupas
5. Andy Ruiz
6. Carlos Takam
7. Vyacheslav Glazkov
8. Eric Molina
9. Jarrell Miller
10. Charles Martin
11. Derek Chisora
12. David Price
13. Hughie Fury
14. Bermane Stiverne
15. Dominic Breazeale
1. Joseph Parker
2. Wladimir Klitschko
3. Andy Ruiz
4. David Haye
5. Hughie Fury
6. Michael Wallisch
7. Jarrell Miller
8. Edmund Gerber
9. Tom Schwarz
10. Kubrat Pulev
11. David Price
12. Izuagbe Ugonoh
13. Andrey Fedosov
14. Erkan Teper
15. Ian Lewison
1. Wladimir Klitschko
2. Anthony Joshua
3. Alexander Povetkin
4. Deontay Wilder
5. Kubrat Pulev
6. Joseph Parker
7. Luis Ortiz
8. Vyacheslav Glazkov
9. Carlos Takam
10. Andy Ruiz
11. Bermane Stiverne
12. Derek Chisora
13. Jarrell Miller
14. David Haye
15. David Price
1. Eleider Alvarez
2. Joe Smith Jr.
3. Artur Beterbiev
4. Oleksandr Gvozdyk
5. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
6. Sean Monaghan
7. Andrezj Fonfara
8. Marcus Browne
9. Erik Skoglund
10. Isaac Chilemba
11. Thomas Williams Jr
12. Sullivan Barrera
13. Jean Pascal
14. Yunieski Gonzalez
15. Robert Stieglitz
1. Dmitry Bivol
2. Andre Ward
3. Artur Beterbiev
4. Sullivan Barrera
5. Joe Smith Jr.
6. Felix Valera
7. Marcus Browne
8. Dominic Boesel
9. Shefat Isufi
10. Jurgen Brahmer
11. Enrico Koelling
12. Andrzej Fonfara
13. Avni Yildirim
14. Azea Augustama
15. Erik Skoglund
1. Andre Ward
2. Artur Beterbiev
3. Erik Skoglund
4. Sean Monaghan
5. Marcus Browne
6. Enrico Kolling
7. Igor Mikhalkin
8. Sullivan Barrera
9. Vyacheslav Shabransky
10. Oleksandr Gvozdyk
11. Robert Stieglitz
12. Trent Broadhurst
13. Chad Dawson
14. Jean Pascal
15. Radivoje Kalajdric
1. Andre Ward
2. Dominic Boesel
3. Sean Monaghan
4. Artur Beterbiev
5. Erik Skoglund
6. Robert Stieglitz
7. Callum Smith
8. Marcus Browne
9. Olexander Gvozdyk
10. Isidro Ranoni Prieto
11. Igor Mikhalkin
12. Enrico Koelling
13. Joe Smith, Jr.
14. Chad Dawson
15. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
1. Adonis Stevenson
2. Andre Ward
3. Eleider Alvarez
4. Isaac Chilemba
5. Andrezj Fonfara
6. Artur Beterbiev
7. Nathan Cleverly
8. Jurgen Brahmer
9. Joe Smith Jr.
10. Marcus Browne
11. Erik Skoglund
12. Jean Pascal
13. Sullivan Barrera
14. Chad Dawson
15. Robert Stieglitz
Super Middleweight (168 lbs)
Felix Sturm Giovanni De Carolis
1. Callum Smith
2. Anthony Dirrell
3. George Groves
4. Avni Yildirim
5. Andre Dirrell
6. Zac Dunn
7. Schiller Hyppolite
8. Arthur Abraham
9. Lucian Bute
10. Rogelio Medina
11. Patrick Nielsen
12. Fedor Chudinov
13. Martin Murray
14. Rocky Fielding
15. Jose Uzcategui
1. Fedor Chudinov
2. Stanyslav Kashtanov
3. George Groves
4. Patrick Nielsen
5. Isaac Ekpo
6. Tyron Zeuge
7. Anthony Dirrell
8. David Benavidez
9. Vincent Feigenbutz
10. Dilmurod Satybaldiev
11. Caleb Truax
12. Jesse Hart
13. Robin Krasniqi
14. Zac Dunn
15. Mickael Diallo
1. Jose Uzcategui
2. NOT RATED
3. Patrick Nielsen
4. Anthony Dirrell
5. Callum Smith
6. Jesse Hart
7. Rogelio Medina
8. Zac Dunn
9. J’Leon Love
10. George Groves
11. Roamer Angulo
12. Avni Yildirim
13. Shintaro Matsumoto
14. Schiller Hyppolite
15. Andre Dirrell
1. Jesse Hart
2. Arthur Abraham
3. Robin Krasniqi
4. George Groves
5. Patrick Nielsen
6. Isaac Ekpo
7. Zac Dunn
8. Trevor McCumby
9. Matt Korobov
10. Vijender Singh
11. Dominik Britsch
12. Rocky Fielding
13. Apti Ustarkhanov
14. Schiller Hyppolite
15. Rogelio Medina
1. James DeGale
2. Badou Jack
3. Gilberto Ramirez
4. Callum Smith
5. Rogelio Medina
6. Anthony Dirrell
7. George Groves
8. Fedor Chudinov
9. Arthur Abraham
10. Jesse Hart
11. Matt Korobov
12. Andre Dirrell
13. Martin Murray
14. J’Leon Love
15. Rocky Fielding
Middleweight (160 lbs)
Gennady Golovkin/Danny Jacobs
Billy Joe Saunders
1. Jorge Sebastian Heiland
2. Chris Eubank Jr.
3. Ievgen Khytrov
4. David Lemieux
5. Ryota Murata
6. Avtandil Khurtsidze
7. Curtis Stevens
8. Sergey Derevyanchenkov
9. Andy Lee
10. Peter Quillin
11. Dwight Ritchie
12. Gabriel Rosado
13. Andrew Hernandez
14. Maciej Sulecki
15. Matt Korobov
1. Alfonso Blanco
2. Chris Eubank Jr.
3. Dmitry Chudinov
4. Rob Brant
5. Andrew Hernandez
6. Tureano Johnson
7. Peter Quillin
8. Avtandil Khurtsidze
9. Ryota Murata
10. Adam Etches
11. John Ryder
12. Curtis Stevens
13. Jason Quigley
14. Ievgen Khytrov
15. Tommy Langford
1. Tureano Johnson
2. NOT RATED
3. Ryota Murata
4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
5. Chris Eubank Jr
6. Avtandil Kurtsidze
7. David Lemieux
8. Sam Soliman
9. Curtis Stevens
10. Adam Etches
11. Ievgen Khytrov
12. Arif Magomedov
13. Maciej Sulecki
14. Marcelo Coceres
15. Dominic Wade
1. Avtandil Khurtsidze
2. Tommy Langford
3. Ryota Murata
4. David Lemieux
5. Max Bursak
6. Hassam N’Dam N’Jikam
7. Rob Brant
8. Maciej Sulecki
9. Chris Eubank Jr.
10. Gabriel Rosado
11. Artur Akavov
12. Ievgen Khytrov
13. Curtis Stevens
14. Willie Monroe, Jr.
15. Andy Lee
1. Danny Jacobs
2. Chris Eubank Jr.
3. Billy Joe Saunders
4. Peter Quillin
5. Jorge Sebastian Heiland
6. David Lemieux
7. Ryota Murata
8. Andy Lee
9. Dominic Wade
10. Curtis Stevens
11. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
12. Maciej Sulecki
13. Gabriel Rosado
14. Ievgen Khytrov
15. Willie Monroe Jr
Jr. Middleweight (154 lbs)
Erislandy Lara / Jack Culcay
1. Demetrius Andrade
2. Charles Hatley
3. Vanes Martirosyan
4. Cedric Vitu
5. Ishe Smith
6. Erickson Lubin
7. Michael Soro
8. Jorge Cota
9. John Jackson
10. Austin Trout
11. Tony Harrison
12. Terrell Gausha
13. Isaac Real
14. Daquan Arnett
15. Jarrett Hurd
1. Demetrius Andrade
2. Gabriel Rosado
3. Michel Soro
4. Brian Carlos Castano
5. Kanat Islam
6. Maurice Weber
7. Brandon Cook
8. Jarrett Hurd
9. Tony Harrison
10. Erickson Lubin
11. Liam Williams
12. Geyson Bastardo
13. Patrick Allotey
14. Sergey Rabchenko
15. Oleksandr Spirko
1. Julian Williams
2. NOT RATED
3. Takayuki Hosokawa
4. Miguel Cotto
5. Cedric Vitu
6. Marcelo Matano
7. Jarrett Hurd
8. Sergei Rabchenko
9. Demetrius Andrade
10. Oleksandr Spyrko
11. Yuki Nonaka
12. Austin Trout
13. Tony Harrison
14. Liam Williams
15. Steven Butler
1. Liam Smith
2. Demetrius Andrade
3. Miguel Cotto
4. Yuki Nonaka
5. Liam Williams
6. Stephan Horvath
7. Julian Williams
8. Sirimongkol Singwancha
9. Austin Trout
10. Antonio Margarito
11. Ricardo Ruben Villalba
12. Virgilijus Stapulionis
13. Ahmet Patterson
14. Tony Harrison
15. Oleksandr Spyrko
1. Saul Alvarez
2. Erislandy Lara
3. Demetrius Andrade
4. Miguel Cotto
5. Jermall Charlo
6. Liam Smith
7. Jermell Charlo
8. Vanes Martirosyan
9. Michel Soro
10. Julian Williams
11. Austin Trout
12. Charles Hatley
13. Willie Nelson
14. Tony Harrison
15. Erickson Lubin
Welterweight (147 lbs)
1. Amir Khan
2. Andre Berto
3. Lamont Peterson
4. Charles Manyuchi
5. Shawn Porter
6. Ray Robinson
7. Konstantin Ponomarev
8. Omar Figueroa
9. Carlos Molina
10. Frankie Gomez
11. Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo
12. Ceferino Rodriguez
13. Ionut Dan Ion
14. David Peralta
15. Sammy Vasquez Jr
1. David Avanesyan
2. Jose Benavidez
3. Tewa Kiram
4. Errol Spence Jr
5. Kerman Lejarraga
6. Samuel Vargas
7. Shawn Porter
8. Charles Manyuchi
9. Roberto Arriaza
10. Shane Mosley
11. Jeff Horn
12. Carlos Adames
13. Taras Shelestyuk
14. Ivan Matute
15. Paul Kamanga
1. NOT RATED
2. Errol Spence Jr.
3. Konstantin Ponomarev
4. Jeff Horn
5. Lamont Peterson
6. Leonard Bundu
7. Bradley Skeete
8. Charles Manyuchi
9. Eddie Gomez
10. Andre Berto
11. Samuel Vasquez
12. Kevin Bizier
13. Carlos Ocampo
14. Rico Muller
15. Ahmed El Mousaoui
1. Manny Pacquiao
2. Timothy Bradley
3. Errol Spence, Jr.
4. Jeff Horn
5. Konstantin Ponomarev
6. Bradley Skeete
7. Frankie Gomez
8. Ali Funeka
9. Taras Shelestyuk
10. Jose Benavidez
11. Adrian Luciano Veron
12. Egidijus Kavaliauskas
13. Felix Diaz, Jr.
14. Elias Leandro Vallejos
15. Omar Figueroa, Jr.
1. Keith Thurman
2. Kell Brook
3. Danny Garcia
4. Errol Spence, Jr.
5. Manny Pacquiao
6. Timothy Bradley Jr
7. Jessie Vargas
8. Shawn Porter
9. Lamont Peterson
10. Brandon Rios
11. Jose Benavidez
12. David Avanesyan
13. Jeff Horn
14. Antonio Orozco
15. Felix Diaz
Jr. Welterweight (140 lbs)
1. Antonio Orozco
2. Rances Barthelemy
3. Amir Imam
4. John Molina Jr.
5. Cletus Seldin
6. Felix Diaz
7. Adrian Granados
8. Andrea Scarpa
9. Viktor Postol
10. Regis Prograis
11. Ruben Nieto
12. Lucas Matthysse
13. Jose Carlos Ramirez
14. Humberto Soto
15. Ruslan Provodnikov
1. Kiryl Relikh
2. John Molina Jr.
3. Adrian Granados
4. Amir Iman
5. Rances Barthelemy
6. Robbie Davies Jr
7. Czar Amonsot
8. Frankie Gomez
9. Omar Figueroa Jr
10. Antonio Orozco
11. Anthony Yigit
12. Michelle Di Rocco
13. Regis Prograis
14. Ruslan Provodnikov
15. Brian Zarza
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
3. Keita Obara
4. Rances Barthelemy
5. Antonio Orozco
6. Akihiro Kondo
7. Lenny Zappavigna
8. Kirill Relikh
9. Frankie Gomez
10. Ik Yang
11. Andreas Scarpa
12. Maurice Hooker
13. Jayson Pagara
14. Cesar Cuenca
15. Sergei Lipinetc
1. Jason Pagara
2. Jose Zepeda
3. John Molina Jr.
4. Julius Indongo
5. Jack Catterall
6. Mickey Garcia
7. Viktor Postol
8. Antonio Orozco
9. Maurice Hooker
10. Hiroki Okada
11. Ruslan Provodnikov
12. Jonathan Eduardo Chavez
13. Cletus Seldin
14. Gustavo D. Vittori
15. Anthony Yigit
1. Viktor Postol
2. Eduard Troyanovsky
3. Adrien Broner
4. Thomas Dulorme
5. Omar Figueroa Jr
6. Carlos Molina
7. John Molina Jr
8. Ruslan Provodnikov
9. Sergey Lipinets
10. Ricky Burns
11. Adrian Granados
12. Julius Indongo
13. Amir Imam
14. Mikey Garcia
15. Jack Catterall
Lightweight (135 lbs)
1. Dante Jardon
2. Mikey Garcia
3. Felix Verdejo
4. Denis Shafikov
5. Edis Tatli
6. Luke Campbell
7. Masayoshi Nakatani
8. Emiliano Marsilia
9. Yvan Mendy
10. Adrian Estrell
11. Petr Petrov
12. Ray Beltran
13. Franklin Mamani
14. Henry Lundy
15. Richar Abril
1. Daud Cino Yordan
2. Xolisani Ndongeni
3. Michael Perez
4. Petr Petrov
5. Emiliano Marsili
6. Evens Pierre
7. Ismael Barroso
8. Darleys Perez
9. Mason Menard
10. Emmanuel Tagoe
11. Brandon Ogilvie
12. Artem Haroyan
13. George Kambosos Jr.
14. Fernando Saucedo
15. Masayoshi Nakatani
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
3. Richard Commey
4. Robert Easter Jr
5. Jose Felix Jr.
6. Felix Verdejo
7. Dennis Shafikov
8. Edis Tatli
9. Stephen Ormond
10. Alejandro Luna
11. Yvan Mendy
12. Miguel Vazquez
13. Masayoshi Nakatani
14. Mickey Bey
15. Tony Luis
1. Felix Verdejo
2. Michael Perez
3. Jose Felix, Jr.
4. Daud Yordan
5. Sharif Bogere
6. Saul Rodriguez
7. Petr Petrov
8. Juan Martin Elorde
9. Liam Walsh
10. Paulus Moses
11. Juan Diaz
12. Thomas Stalker
13. Richar Abril
14. Mason Menard
15. Sergio Mauricio Gil
1. Rances Barthelemy
2. Terry Flanagan
3. Dejan Zlaticanin
4. Denis Shafikov
5. Anthony Crolla
6. Felix Verdejo
7. Robert Easter Jr
8. Petr Petrov
9. Dante Jardon
10. Javier Fortuna
11. Yvan Mendy
12. Richard Commey
13. Xolisani Ndongeni
14. Henry Lundy
15. Luke Campbell
Super Featherweight (130 lbs)
Jezreel Corrales / Jason Sosa
Vasyl LomachenkoMiguel Berchet
1. Takashi Miura
2. Miguel Roman
3. Orlando Salido
4. Jhonny Gonzalez
5. Stephen Smith
6. Tevin Farmer
7. Nicholas Walters
8. Jonathan Barros
9. Andres Gutierrez
10. Takashi Uchiyama
11. Javier Fortuna
12. Kenichi Ogawa
13. Edner Cherry
14. Braulio Rodriguez
15. Yuriorkis Gamboa
1. Nicholas Walters
2. Bryan Vasquez
3. Takashi Uchiyama
4. Rafael Mensah
5. Can Xu
6. Javier Fortuna
7. Miguel Roman
8. Liam Walsh
9. Gervonta Davis
10. Malcolm Klassen
11. Jaime Abboleda
12. Ricardo Nunez
13. Harmonito Dela Torre
14. Carlos Morales
15. Juan Huertas
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
3. Liam Walsh
4. Andrey Klimov
5. Yuriorkis Gamboa
6. Michael Farenas
7. Masao Nakamura
8. Devis Boschiero
9. Billy Dib
10. Kenichi Ogawa
11. Stephen Smith
12. Mario Barrios
13. Evgeny Chuprakov
14. Tevin Farmer
15. Harmonito Dela Torre
1. Terdsak Kokietgym
2. Orlando Salido
3. Evgeny Chuprakov
4. Orlando Cruz
5. Takashi Miura
6. Billel Dib
7. Gervonta Davis
8. Carlos Ruiz
9. Takashi Uchiyama
10. Roman Martinez
11. Masayuki Ito
12. Nicholas Walters
13. Kenichi Ogawa
14. Miguel Beltran, Jr.
15. Jeremiah Nakathila
1. Francisco Vargas
2. Jezreel Corrales
3. Jason Sosa
4. Vasyl Lomachenko
5. Jose Pedraza
6. Nicholas Walters
7. Takashi Uchiyama
8. Takashi Miura
9. Orlando Salido
10. Malcolm Klassen
11. Claudio Marrero
12. Kenichi Ogawa
13. Masayuki Ito
14. Jhonny Gonzalez
15. Miguel Berchelt
Featherweight (126 lbs)
Gary Russell Jr.
Carl Frampton / Jesus Andres Cuellar
1. Leo Santa Cruz
2. Josh Warrington
3. Joseph Diaz
4. Cristian Mijares
5. Ronny Rios
6. Simpiwe Vetyeka
7. Claudio Marrero
8. Robinson Castellanos
9. Satoshi Hosono
10. Jorge Lara
11. Hairon Socarras
12. Bryan De Gracia
13. Oleg Yefimovich
14. Ryo Takenaka
15. Manuel Avila
1. Carlos Zambrano
2. Leo Santa Cruz
3. Claudio Marrero
4. Satoshi Hosono
5. Simpiwe Vetyeka
6. Abner Mares
7. Bryan De Gracia
8. Oleg Yefimovych
9. Abraham Lopez
10. Jorge Lara
11. Josh Warrington
12. Wiran Siththisob
13. Luke Jackson
14. Javier Rodriguez
15. Carmine Tommasone
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
3. Jonathan Barros
4. Satoshi Hosono
5. Josh Warrington
6. Ronny Rios
7. Viorel Simion
8. Joseph Diaz Jr.
9. Jorge Lara
10. Patomsith Pathompothong
11. Eric Hunter
12. Abraham Lopez
13. Oleg Yefimovich
14. Ryan Walsh
15. NOT RATED
1. Hiroshige Osawa
2. Kamil Laszczyk
3. Miguel Marriaga
4. Ben Jones
5. Carlos Diaz Ramirez
6. Christopher Diaz
7. Joseph Diaz Jr.
8. Mark Magsayo
9. Sakaria Lukas
10. Matias C. Adrian Rueda
11. Oleg Malynovskyi
12. Isaac Dogboe
13. Ryan Walsh
14. Guy Robb
15. Neil John Tabanao
1. Leo Santa Cruz
2. Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar
3. Oscar Valdez
4. Lee Selby
5. Gary Russell Jr
6. Simpiwe Vetyeka
7. Joseph Diaz
8. Eric Hunter
9. Oscar Escandon
10. Mark Magsayo
11. Jorge Lara
12. Robinson Castellanos
13. Lusanda Komanisi
14. Jonathan Victor Barros
15. Josh Warrington
Super Bantamweight (122 lbs)
Guillermo Rigondeaux/Nehomar Cermeno
1. Rey Vargas
2. Gavin McDonell
3. Julio Ceja
4. Yukinori Oguni
5. Hozumi Hasegawa
6. Scott Quigg
7. Cesar Juarez
8. Jessie Magdaleno
9. Shun Kubo
10. Diego De la Hoya
11. Randy Caballero
12. Luis Rosa
13. Edivaldo Ortega
14. Abigail Medina
15. Jose Salgado
1. Moises Flores
2. Jesus M. Rojas
3. Scott Quigg
4. Adam Lopez
5. Daniel Roman
6. Jessie Magdaleno
7. Jonathan Romero
8. Tj Doheny
9. Vladimir Tikhonov
10. Jun Qiu Xiao
11. Caril Herrera
12. Oleksandr Yegorov
13. Paulus Ambunda
14. Jason Moloney
15. Anurak Thisa
1. Shingo Wake
2. Jonathan Guzman
3. Rey Vargas
4. Albert Pagara
5. Scott Quigg
6. Yukinori Oguni
7. Jesse Magdaleno
8. Ryosuke Iwasa
9. Genesis Servania
10. Luis Rosa
11. Shun Kubo
12. Luis Orlando Del Valle
13. Yejoon Kim
14. Terence Doheny
15. Mike Tawatchai
1. Jessie Magdaleno
2. Cesar Juarez
3. Rey Vargas
4. Juan Miguel Elorde
5. Edivaldo Ortega
6. Yasutaka Ishimoto
7. Jimmy Paypa
8. Genesis Servania
9. Julian Evaristo Aristule
10. Jack Tepora
11. Bongani Mahlangu
12. Yukinori Oguni
13. Vladimir Tikhonov
14. Diego De La Hoya
15. Paulus Ambunda
1. Scott Quigg
2. Nonito Donaire
3. Jonathan Guzman
4. Moises Flores
5. Hozumi Hasegawa
6. Yukinori Oguni
7. Cesar Juarez
8. Yasutaka Ishimoto
9. Nehomar Cermeno
10. Bongani Mahlangu
11. Emanuel Navarrete
12. Paulus Ambunda
13. Gavin McDonnell
14. Rey Vargas
15. Diego De La Hoya
Bantamweight (118 lbs)
Rau-shee Warren/Jamie McDonnell
1. Anselmo Moreno
2. Liborio Solis
3. Suriyan Sor Rungvisai
4. Luis Nery
5. Alejandro Hernandez
6. Emmanuel Rodriguez
7. Petch Sor Chitpattana
8. Alexis Santiago
9. Tomoki Kameda
10. Karim Guerfi
11. Carlos Carlson
12. Shohei Omori
13. Takahiro Yamamoto
14. Emmanuel Rodriguez
15. Juan Carlos Payano
1. Zhanat Zhakiyanov
2. Liborio Solis
3. Juan Carlos Payano
4. Tomoki Kameda
5. Boonsom Lamsiri
6. Luis Nery
7. Yonfrez Parejo
8. Emmanuel Rodriguez
9. Roberto Vasquez
10. Alejandro Hernandez
11. Nikolay Potapov
12. Oleydong Sithsamerchai
13. Panthep Mullipoom
14. Siboniso Gonya
15. Mzuvukile Magwaca
1. Stuart Hall
2. NOT RATED
3. Omar Narvaez
4. Takahiro Yamamoto
5. Emmanuel Rodriguez
6. Rodrigo Guerrero
7. Anselmo Moreno
8. Alexis Santiago
9. Ryan Farrag
10. Karim Guerfi
11. Zolani Tete
12. Saenganan Sithsaithong
13. Nikolai Potapov
14. Elton Dharry
15. Arthur Villanueva
1. Arthur Villanueva
2. Alexis Santiago
3. Zolani Tete
4. Omar Narvaez
5. Alejandro Hernandez
6. Antonio Nieves
7. Emmanuel Rodriguez
8. Pungluang Sor Singyu
9. Immanuel Naidjala
10. Luis Nery
11. Nikolay Potapov
12. Takuma Inoue
13. Duke Micah
14. Paul Butler
15. Lwandile Sityatha
1. Juan Francisco Estrada
2. Jamie McDonnell
3. Marlon Tapales
4. Lee Haskins
5. Zolani Tete
6. Luis Nery
7. Omar Andres Narvaez
8. Shohei Omori
9. Takuma Inoue
10. Anselmo Moreno
11. Panya Uthok
12. Lwandile Sityatha
13. Emmanuel Rodriguez
14. Kentaro Masuda
15. Stuart Hall
Super Flyweight (115 lbs)
1. Srisaket Sor Runvisai
2. Oleydong Sithsanerchai
3. Zolani Tete
4. Takuma Inoue
5. Sho Ishida
6. Norberto Jimenez
7. Khalid Yafai
8. Kohei Kono
9. Norasing Kokietgym
10. Koki Eto
11. Felipe Orucuta
12. Rex Tso
13. Gideon Buthelezi
14. Jesus Martinez
15. David Carmona
1. Naoya Inoue
2. Carlos Cuadras
3. Luis Concepcion
4. Wisaksil Wangek
5. Jerwin Ancajas
6. Sho Ishida
7. Gideon Buthelezi
8. Khalid Yafai
9. Kohei Kono
10. McJoe Arroyo
11. Juan Hernandez Navarrete
12. Koki Eto
13. Francisco Rodriguez Jr
14. Felipe Orucuta
15. Giovanni Escaner
Flyweight (112 lbs)
Juan Francisco Estrada
1. Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai
2. Juan Hernandez
3. Noknoi Sithipraset
4. Oscar Cantu
5. Edgar Sosa
6. Thomas Masson
7. Daigo Higa
8. Donnie Nietes
9. Toshiyuki Igarashi
10. Brian Viloria
11. Zou Shiming
12. Muhammad Waseem
13. Kevin Satchell
14. Juan Carlos Reveco
15. Froilan Saludar
1. Stamp Kiatiniwat
2. Sirichai Thaiyen
3. Noknoi Sithiprasert
4. Artem Dalakian
5. Juan Hernandez
6. Vincent Legrand
7. Nawaphon Kaikanha
8. Takuya Kogawa
9. Kevin Satchell
10. Juan Carlos Reveco
11. Gregorio Lebron
12. Keyvin Lara
13. Nhlanhla Ngamntwini
14. Thomas Masson
15. Juan Gabriel Medina
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
3. Zou Shiming
4. Francisco Rodriguez
5. Vincent Legrand
6. Nawaphon Chokchai
7. Takuya Kogawa
8. Kevin Satchell
9. Thomas Masson
10. Jobert Alvarez
11. Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi
12. Giemel Magramo
13. Daigo Higa
14. Charlie Edwards
15. Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym
1. Donnie Nietes
2. Zou Shiming
3. Kwanpichit Onesongchai
4. Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.
5. Kevin Satchell
6. Pedro Guevara
7. Amnat Ruenroeng
8. McWilliams Arroyo
9. Nawaphon Por Chokchai
10. Takuya Kogawa
11. Milan Melindo
12. Miguel Cartagena
13. Diago Higa
14. Jake Bornea
15. Iwan Zoda
1. Kazuto Ioka
2. Donnie Nietes
3. John Riel Casimero
4. Pedro Guevara
5. Brian Viloria
6. Moruti Mthalane
7. Amnat Ruenroeng
8. Juan Carlos Reveco
9. Takuya Kogawa
10. Daigo Higa
11. Nawaphon Kaikanha
12. Edgar Sosa
13. McWilliams Arroyo
14. Giemel Magramo
15. Cristofer Rosales
Junior Flyweight (108 lbs)
1. Pedro Guevara
2. Rey Loreto
3. Ricardo Perez
4. Randy Petalcorin
5. Ken Shiro
6. Cristofer Rosales
7. Jonathan Inguito Taconing
8. Moises Calleros
9. Hekkie Budler
10. Kosei Tanaka
11. Javier Mendoza
12. Martin Tecuapetla
13. Juan Alejo
14. Angel Acosta
15. Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
1. Robert Barrera
2. Suriyan Satorn
3. Carlos Canizales
4. Felix Alvarado
5. Ryo Miyazaki
6. Jessie Espinas
7. Rangsan Chayanram
8. Cristopher Rosales
9. Miguel Cartegena
10. Tibo Monabesa
11. Abraham Rodriguez
12. Juan Alejo
13. Kenji Ono
14. Angel Acosta
15. Eliecer Quezada
1. NOT RATED
2. NOT RATED
3. Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
4. Cristofer Rosales
5. Ryo Miyaki
6. Milan Melindo
7. Felix Alvarado
8. Paipharob Kokietgym
9. Javier Mendoza
10. Pedro Guevara
11. Gabriel Mendoza
12. Rene Patilano
13. Angel Acosta
14. Randy Petalcorin
15. Ken Shiro
In business as in life you get winners & you get losers. Barry Maurice William Hearn I make one of life’s winners. Jon Pegg, Sam Eggington’s trainer, tells me that Barry once said to Sam, “I’m interested in you & your career because watching you fight gives me an adrenaline rush & I’m a (then) 66 year old who doesn’t get that many of them anymore.”
The mentoring afforded Eggington by the senior Hearn is invaluable – Barry has decades of experience at the very top of professional sports marketing & promotions. At just 22 years of age Sam has the promotional backing that fighters the world over can only dream of – he will go as far as the product of his ability & application can take him.
The Sam Eggington story in many ways mirrors the Barry Hearn story – hyper success largely predicated on an iron will & a positive disregard for what is ‘probable’ in favour of what is possible. The combination of the two inspirational narratives has the potential to go all the way to the summit of world boxing.
Wadi Camacho vs. Isaac Chamberlain is a bout I’m unlikely to misplace in my mental Rolodex of memorable clashes anytime soon. Rarely do you see the levels of brutality & durability in such a sustained fashion as was on show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Thursday 29 September 2016.
The referee Jeff Hinds had it 94-98 in favour of the likeable 22 year old Chamberlain from Brixton & whilst I’d had it somewhat closer – 94-96 – I also had the former decorated amateur & now highly touted Matchroom prospect winning. Camacho came out all guns blazing & very nearly sprung the upset when he had his younger opponent in all kinds of bother in the fateful third round. During that round – along with taking a hammering from his opponent – Isaac’s shoulder gave way, with a dislocation of the joint strongly suspected.
Sat ringside I remember thinking to myself as I looked at Chamberlain going back to his corner – probable dislocated shoulder in tow – this fight has another 7 rounds to go; which is more rounds than he’s ever fought in a pro fight at any one time; he’s done some kind of damage to his shoulder & he’s in there with a guy with vastly more experience – how on earth does he get out of here without losing his ‘0’? Were there live betting on this fight at that moment Isaac would have been considered a rightful underdog.
Isaac’s trainer & uncle is a chap by the name of Ted Bami – a man who has shared a professional ring with Matthew Hatton; Gavin Rees; a 16-0 Bradley Pryce & many others during a professional career which lasted from 1998 to 2010. He was also an entrant in Prizefighter as far back as 2009. Had this been a Prizefighter bout & thus only three rounds the history books would have read Camacho UD but this wasn’t Prizefighter; this was a BBBofC Southern Area cruiserweight title fight & for Chamberlain; more importantly still; a test given to him by the onlooking Eddie Hearn in just his 6th professional outing that he simply had to pass.
And pass it he did – strangely, perhaps – the shoulder injury “helped” as it forced Chamberlain to use his power right hand from the orthodox stance sparingly which meant he had to box primarily using the jab as both a defensive and offensive weapon. What made the adjustment all the more impressive was that it was done in a smaller ring – that is – with less opportunity to get on his bike as could have been done in the larger rings generally seen in arena venues.
The beauty of this fight was the ebb and the flow of action with both fighters enjoying periods of dominance that required superhuman toughness on the part of their opponent to sustain & then rebound from. Eddie Hearn doesn’t seem afraid to ask questions of his highly regarded prospects & Isaac Chamberlain looks a real live threat in the cruiserweight division domestically as a result of more than answering the challenge laid on for him aged still just 22.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Gary Russell Jr.
Robert Easter Jr.
Leo Santa Cruz
Michael Hunter Jr.
Alex Martin Jr.
Marcos Antonio Hernandez
Thomas Williams Jr.
Phillip Jackson Benson
Ionut Dan Ion
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Juan Carlos Payano
Carlos Ivan Velasquez
Monty Meza Clay
Frankie Gavin seems to believe that Sam is an inch taller than him & no more. The photograph of them at the recent press conference in Birmingham would appear to show a height differential of anywhere between 2.5 & 4 inches. That’s a substantial height advantage. This lack of appreciation of reality seems to be shared by the bookmakers who are giving money away in my opinion – offering a ludicrous 11/10 on the younger, bigger, stronger, more motivated effective house fighter Eggington.
Incredibly Frankie Gavin has never actually headlined a professional show in Birmingham. Eggington – 9 years his junior – has is the fact that Sam enjoys real local support beyond friends & family going to mean that despite being classed a Derby we’re probably looking at a pro-Sam crowd? If Gavin’s best chance of a victory is by boxing and maintaining the distance & grinding out a points win – considering the improbability of him actually stopping Eggington – then a pro-Eggington crowd could sway judging in close rounds (however subconsciously & however much this will be denied).
At 31 a loss for Gavin is career ending in most commercial senses. At 22 a loss for Eggington isn’t desirable but there would be plenty of time & ongoing promotional & managerial support for him to climb back up. Is that not an added pressure on a mental strength that has repeatedly and consistently failed him during his career? A loss for Gavin would put him squarely in no man’s land & he’d be looking down the barrel of faded name opponent-ville should that happen.
Frankie has made the 147lbs limit only twice in the last 25 months – losing in one-sided fashion against Kell Brook & eeking out a debatable 12 rounds points decision over Bradley Skeete. He weighed in at a mighty 155.25lbs for his last bout – will he make the weight well – or at all? Considering his best hope is a points win will making the weight drain hard weaken him down the stretch should the fight go into deeper water?
Gavin has a long, inglorious history of pulling out of fights:
2010-12-11 Dean Harrison [on 3 days notice]
2011-10-28 Frank Haroche Horta [on 1 days notice]
2015-10-17 Sam Eggington [on 12 days notice]
Thus should Frankie actually turn up for the Eggington fight Sam would become the first fighter he has pulled out of a fight with that he would subsequently actually fight.
Sam Eggington may have lost to Bradley Skeete but was that bout, in one sense, not the perfect preparation for taking on Gavin? He’s learnt what doesn’t work and has an entire camp and 12 long rounds to find something that does work against the older, less mobile Gavin.
Will the absence of long term mentor Tom Chaney in his corner be yet another nail in the Gavin coffin? You factor in that Eggington’s training team have a vast knowledge of Frankie’s background – whereas far less is known of the nuts & bolts by the current incarnation of Team Frankie of what Sam Eggington is really all about. Gavin has made inopportune personal statements about Eggington that have evidently upset Sam. Frankie has subsequently gone on to deny making such statements – which were clearly made – Is it possible that all he has achieved with this is motivating his opponent yet further?
Now here is the coup de grâce – Matchroom want Sam Eggington to win. That’s just common sense. Why? Well Sam could make them money for another 8 to 12 years – Frankie? Not so much.. You throw in Gavin’s well earned reputation for that most loathed sin of all to promoters – pulling out of fights late – & Ray Charles can see both of the Hearns would prefer the Stourbridge man to get the win. Eggington has been spending a lot of time at Matchroom Mascalls HQ training, sparring, doing media training and undergoing intensive mentoring by Barry Hearn himself. Does this not hint that Matchroom master plan involves the younger fighter, not the older one with a habit of getting the flu, going AWOL or walking under car tyres? I mean; it was Sam and not Frankie that Eddie Hearn threw into the same sentence with Danny Garcia just this week…
Money in the bank so far as I’m concerned & my only fear is Frankie comes up with another improbable reason not to pitch up & let natural selection take its course.
Fury tested positive for cocaine on September 22. So how recently would he have actually taken it?
How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System? Benzoylecgonine Drug Detection Test
Cocaine stays in your system for 12-72 hours depending on the dose. But it’s metabolite takes much longer to get eliminated.
Benzoylecgonine is the main metabolite of cocaine, which is used in drug screening test. Many factors determine how quickly it gets cleared from the body.
It is also used medically as a topical analgesic and muscle relaxant, as in prescription drug Esterom, which is used for myalgia.
When a person takes cocaine (chemically benzoylmethylecgonine), it gets metabolized in the liver to form benzoylecgonine. The metabolite is then excreted out of the body via urine.
The presence of this metabolite is almost a certain indication that a person has consumed the drug.
Therefore, in cocaine users, benzoylecgonine testing in urine is commoner than testing of cocaine itself.
Time Taken by a Drug to Get Eliminated From the Body
How much time a drug takes to get eliminated out of the system would depend upon:
The amount of drug taken.
How frequently or regularly you are taking it?
Individual body weight and height.
Your overall rate of metabolism, which depends on your levels of activity and health status.
How Long Does Cocaine Stay in Your System and Urine?
Cocaine usually gets eliminated from urine in 12 hours. However, if the dose is heavy, it may take about 72 hours. After this period it is usually not detected in urine.
However, there is an exception. If a large quantity of alcohol has also been consumed with cocaine, it takes even longer to eliminate- 5 days approximately. It also leads to the formation of a metabolite called Cocaethylene.
And how long does coke metabolite benzoylecgonine stay in your system and urine?
Benzoylecgonine takes longer to get eliminated. Even if the amount of cocaine was very less, minimum time for it to get eliminated is 4-5 days.
In case of heavy use, it may take around 10 days. If you are a regular user, even if you take little amounts, elimination time is around 20 days.
Again, if alcohol is also being taken along, then around 25 days or even a month are required for complete elimination of the drug.
Taking adequate water helps in speedy elimination. On the other hand, alcohol and caffeinated drinks hold back this metabolite in the body and delay the elimination process.
Threshold Value for Detection
Levels of 2 ng/mL or more produce a positive drug test result.
Around 30 to 40% of cocaine or crack is metabolized by enzymes in the liver to form ecgonine methyl ester. Another 30 to 40% is hydrolyzed spontaneously without enzymes to form benzoylecgonine.
Both of them are water soluble compounds and are active. While cocaine has a half life of 1 hour, benzoylecgonine has a half life of 6 hours.
Types of Drug Screening
Saliva test– Cocaine is detectable in saliva after 5 to 10 minutes of taking the drug. It may be detected in saliva till 2 to 4 days.
Urine test– Detectable after 2 to 5 hours of use, till a period of 3 to 4 days.
Blood testing is more specific. The drug is detected after 5 to 6 hours till around 5 to 7 days or even more.
Hair test– The drug starts showing in hair after 5 to 7 days till around 80 to 90 days.
Urine testing is most popular because it is painless, easy and inexpensive. Home kits available in the market are also based on urine testing.
Detection in Chronic Users
In long-term or regular users, the drug is stored in the fatty tissues, especially that of the liver. After each use, a fraction of the drug consumed is stored, adding up to the stock each time.
This stored drug is released on a continuous basis into the blood stream. So the user is detected positive even if he hasn’t taken the drug for some time.
Total cleansing of the user takes 5 to 6 months, after which he may be called drug-free.
False Positive Test Results
People often complain of positive results with urine drug testing for cocaine, when they have not taken this drug at all.
This is certainly possible. False positives do occur.
Firstly, it is not cocaine itself that is screened in urine. Actually it gets out of urine in as little as 12 hours, so its testing is not that reliable.
The metabolite of cocaine, benzoylecgonine, is screened by most of the testing labs. This shows in urine till 3 to 5 days, or even a month if the dose intake was heavy.
It’s a fingerprint metabolite of cocaine. No other drug or prescription medicine produces exactly the same metabolite as benzoylecgonine.
However, certain medicines produce metabolites that are similar in structure. So labs with cruder instruments may label you as ‘positive’, if you are consuming those medications.
Some of the medications that may produce false positive test results include local anesthetics that are used by dentists, including lidocaine, novocain and tonic water.
Apart from these, patients with chronic liver or kidney diseases may also show altered results.
What to Do If You Get a False Positive Result?
Immediately request for a confirmation test.
The standard EMIT test used by most labs may be confirmed by GC/MS (gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry) test. This detects the benzoylecgonine structure with more specificity, screening out similar looking compounds.
Peter McDonagh is one of the most underappreciated talents of the last decade in professional boxing. Over the course of 55 bouts; 14 years & some 369 rounds the ‘Connemara Kid’ has only ever been stopped twice – the remainder of his record – against frankly an unusually high concentration of high quality opposition.
McDonagh made his professional debut on Sunday 28 April 2002 – just 7 months after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York & Washington; Anthony Joshua was just 12 years old & the Sugababes were #1 in the charts with the infinitely forgettable Freak Like Me. His career has taken him to the United Kingdom; back to his native Ireland; to Italy; Canada & France. That debut came on a Eugene Maloney card at the Elephant & Castle Centre & the likeable Irishman would; incredibly; go on to fight on Frank Warren; Barry Hearn; Joey Pyle; Bruce Baker; Dennis Hobson; Mark Roe; Brian Peters; Mario Loreni; Jonathan Feld; John Merton; Mick Hennessy; Salvatore Cherchi; Jim Gentle; Gary Freedman; Tyler Buxton; Don MacDonald; Adam Booth; David Coldwell; Giovanni Boggia; Christian Cherchi; Spencer Fearon; Andy Ayling; Frank Maloney; Steve Wood; Micky Hughes; Mark Burford; Tommy Owens & Matthew Macklin promoted cards. That’s a grand total of 29 promoters over the course of his 55 fight career to date.
What marks Peter’s career out is the huge proportion of notable talents he has faced & competed with – World champions Alex Arthur & (WBU) Michael Gomez; World title challengers in Frankie Gavin & Michele Di Rocco; Commonwealth champion Bradley Skeete (twice); British champions Darren Hamilton; Curtis Woodhouse & Lee Purdy (twice); English champion Ryan Barrett; the highly respected talent of Yassine El Maachi; 2008 Olympian & Amateur World Bronze medallist Bradley Saunders; Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner for his first three Marquez bouts Dean Byrne & 2009 ABA Champion Ronnie Heffron… by any measure that’s a remarkable range & volume of high quality operators.
The Irishman’s record will never do him justice – certainly not in the era of hyper-inflated, untested prospects – but boxing was built on such honest craftsmen in the true Golden era of the sport – the decade or so that followed the end of the Second World War & predated the television stimulated deflation & devaluation of boxing as sport in favour of boxing as a carefully scripted pseudo-product. Peter McDonagh is the embodiment of what boxing should be about – honest toil – the pursuit of achievement & not the fear of failure.
Increase in net worth by year according to publicly available records comparing net worth of Limited companies owned by Carl Froch over time corresponding with fights fought. Bare in mind his revenue stemmed from Fight Purses; Sponsorship & Other (Miscellaneous). Bare in mind servicing of debt and other outgoings could account for no increase in net worth years – despite obviously taking fight purse money in during those years.
Financial year 2014–2015 £5,350,736 from George Groves 2.
Financial year 2013–2014 £2,767,282 from Mikkel Kessler 2 & George Groves 1.
Financial year 2012–2013 no increase in net worth from Lucian Bute & Yusaf Mack.
Financial year 2011–2012 £1,108,497.00 from Glen Johnson & Andre Ward.
Financial year 2010–2011 £1,065,870.00 from Mikkel Kessler 1 & Arthur Abraham.
Financial year 2009–2010 £1,354,895.00 from Jermain Taylor & Andre Dirrell.
Financial year 2008–2009 £437,792.00 from Jean Pascal & Albert Rybacki.
Financial year 2007–2008 £96,330 from Robin Reid.
Financial year 2006–2007 no increase in net worth from Brian Magee; Tony Dodson & Sergey Tatevosyan.
2002-2006 £92,526.00 from first 18 professional fights.
Bonac, William Netherlands
Charles, Maxx USA
Compton, Justin USA
Curry, Brandon USA
DeAsha, Nathan United Kingdom
Elssbiay, Mamdouh Egypt
Greene, Kai USA
Heath, Phil USA
Jackson, Dexter USA
Kuclo, Steve USA
Lenartowicz, Josh Australia
Levrone, Kevin USA
Lockett, Michael USA
Martinez, Victor Dominican Republic
McCarver, Dallas USA
McMillan, Cedric USA
Osladil, Lukas Czech Republic
Pakulski, Ben Canada
Rhoden, Shawn USA
Rockel, Ronny Germany
Smalls, Fred USA
Williams, Akim USA
Winklaar, Roelly Curacao
Wolf, Dennis Germany
2016 Olympia Scorecards
Past Mr. Olympia Winners
2015 Phil Heath Las Vegas, NV
2014 Phil Heath Las Vegas, NV
2013 Phil Heath Las Vegas, NV
2012 Phil Heath Las Vegas, NV
2011 Phil Heath Las Vegas, NV
2010 Jay Cutler Las Vegas, NV
2009 Jay Cutler Las Vegas, NV
2008 Dexter Jackson Las Vegas, NV
2007 Jay Cutler Las Vegas, NV
2006 Jay Cutler Las Vegas, NV
2005 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
2004 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
2003 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
2002 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
2001 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
2000 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
1999 Ronnie Coleman Las Vegas, NV
1998 Ronnie Coleman New York, NY
1997 Dorian Yates Los Angeles, CA
1996 Dorian Yates Chicago, IL
1995 Dorian Yates Atlanta, GA
1994 Dorian Yates Atlanta, GA
1993 Dorian Yates Atlanta, GA
1992 Dorian Yates Helsinki, Finland
1991 Lee Haney Orlando, FL
1990 Lee Haney Chicago, IL
1989 Lee Haney Rimini, Italy
1988 Lee Haney Los Angeles, CA
1987 Lee Haney Gothenburg, Sweden
1986 Lee Haney Columbus, OH
1985 Lee Haney Brussels, Belgium
1984 Lee Haney New York, NY
1983 Samir Bannout Munich, Germany
1982 Chris Dickerson London, England
1981 Franco Columbu Columbus, OH
1980 Arnold Schwarzenegger Sydney, Australia
1979 Frank Zane Columbus, OH
1978 Frank Zane Columbus, OH
1977 Frank Zane Columbus, OH
1976 Franco Columbu Columbus, OH
1975 Arnold Schwarzenegger Pretoria, South Africa
1974 Arnold Schwarzenegger New York, NY
1973 Arnold Schwarzenegger New York, NY
1972 Arnold Schwarzenegger Essen, Germany
1971 Arnold Schwarzenegger Paris France
1970 Arnold Schwarzenegger New York, NY
1969 Sergio Oliva New York, NY
1968 Sergio Oliva New York, NY
1967 Sergio Oliva New York, NY
1966 Larry Scott New York, NY
1965 Larry Scott New York, NY
Lodewyk “Lood” de Jager – (Hoërskool Hugenote Springs)
Handré Pollard – (Paarl Gimnasium)
Marcel van der Merwe – (Grey College)
Teboho Stephen “Oupa” Mohoje (HTS Louis Botha)
Marnitz Boshoff (Nelspruit High School)
Joseph Stephanus Theuns “Stephan” Lewies (Eldoraigne High School)
Damian de Allende (Milnerton High)
Warren Roger Whiteley (Glenwood High School)
Jacobus Meyer “Cobus” Reinach (Grey College)
Julian Redelinghuys (Hoërskool Monument)
Nizaam Carr (Bishops)
uncapped in Bok squad 2014
*Sibusiso Camagu Thokozani Sithole (Queens College), *Callie Visagie (Paarl Boys High), *Paul Jordaan (Grey College), **Robin Leendert “Robbie” Coetzee (Eldoraigne High School), **Jacobus Albertus “Jaco” Kriel (Standerton High School), **Seabelo Mohanoe Senatla (Riebeeckstad High School), **Ruan Martin Dreyer (Hoërskool Monument), **Rudy Paige (Bastion High), **Ross Cronje (Michaelhouse)
Newly capped Springboks 2015
Jesse Kriel (Maritzburg College) #867
Vincent Philip Koch (Hugenote Hoërskool “Wellington”) #868
Uncapped in Bok squad 2015
*Faf de Klerk (Hoërskool Waterkloof), *Steven Kitshoff (Paul Roos Gymnasium), *Franco Mostert (Hoërskool Brits), **Rudy Paige (Bastion High), **Siyabonga “Scarra” Ntubeni (King Edward VII School)
Newly capped Springboks 2016
Francois (Faf) de Klerk (Hoërskool Waterkloof ) #870
Julian Redelinghuys (Monument High) #871
Ruan Jacobus Combrinck (Michaelhouse) #872
Francois John (Franco) Mostert (Hoërskool Brits) #873
Steven Kitshoff (Paul Roos Gymnasium) #874
Jacobus Albertus “Jaco” Kriel (Standerton High School) #875
Mbongeni Theo “Bongi” Mbonambi (St Albans) #876
Uncapped in Bok squad 2016
Garth Graham April (Florida High) *, Nicholas James “Nic” Groom (Rondebosch) *, Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Wynberg Boys’ High)*, Siyabonga “Scarra” Ntubeni (King Edward VII School)*, Malcolm Justin Marx (King Edward VII School – Nooitgedacht Primary)* – (All announced as part of the Castle Lager Incoming Series – 2016 Squad. Bok Numbers pending)
* not Bok capped yet
** uncapped on Bok Tour or on bench but with no Bok nr. (No more Bok numbers for uncapped Boks on tour as from EOYT 2013)
last updated 2015/07/18
Springboks by Schools Latest Bok Province Springboks (since 1906)
1. Paul Roos Gymnasium Steven Kitchoff (2016) Western Province 48
2. Grey College Cobus Reinach (2014) Free State Cheetahs 44
3. Bishops Nizaam Carr (2014) Western Province 36
4. South African College School (SACS) Percy Montgomery Western Province 27
5. Paarl Boys High (Boishaai) Frans Malherbe (2013 vs Wales) EOYT Western Province 20
6. Paarl Gimnasium Handré Pollard (2014) Western Province 20
7. Kimberley Boys’ High Griquas 16
8. Maritzburg College Jesse Kriel (2015) The Sharks 16
9. Rondebosch Boys High Gcobani Bobo Western Province 15
10. Grey High School (PE) Siya Kolisi (2013) Eastern Province 13
11. Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Pta) **Frik Kirsten (2013) EOYT Blue Bulls 9
12. Hoërskool Monument Julian Redelinghuys (2016) Golden Lions 8
13. St Andrews College Ryan Kankowski Border 8
14. Dale College Border 7
15. Selborne College Border 7
16. Hilton College The Sharks 7
17. Glenwood High School (Durban Technical) Warren Whiteley (2015) The Sharks 7
18. Wynberg Boys High School Western Province 6
19. Hoërskool Swartland Pieter-Steph du Toit (2013 vs Wales) Boland 6
20. Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck Cabous vd Westhuizen Western Province Blue Bulls 6
Hottentots-Holland (Somerset West High School) Western Province 5
Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd Blue Bulls 5
Kingswood College Eastern Province 5
Hoërskool Kroonstad (Kroonstad Landbou/De Wet Nel) Griffons 5
Hoërskool Sentraal Free State Cheetahs 5
Hoërskool Wonderboom Blue Bulls 5
St David’s Marists Brothers Golden Lions 5
Parktown Boys’ High Paul Bayvel (1974) Golden Lions 5
Hoër Landbouskool Oakdale JC Janse van Rensburg SWD Eagles 4
Cradock High School Border 4
Durban High School The Sharks 4
Harrismith High School Eastern Free State 4
Hoërskool Lichtenburg Leopards 4
Queens College Border 4
Boland Landbou Derick Hougaard (2003) Western Province 3
Vereeniging Gimnasium (HTS Vereeniging/Hoerskool Vereeniging) Jano Vermaak (2013) Valke 4
HTS Louis Botha (Bloemfontein) Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje Free State Cheetahs 4
Nelspruit High School Marnitz Boshoff (2014) Limpopo 4
Hoërskool Hugenote (Springs) Lood de Jager (2014) Valke 3
Afrikaans High (Rooiskool) Griffons 3
Bekker High School Golden Lions 3
Hoërskool Ben Viljoen Limpopo 3
CBC Kimberley Griquas 3
Hoërskool Dirkie Uys Boland 3
Dordrecht High School Border 3
Hoërskool Die Fakkel Golden Lions 3
Gill College4 Border 3
Hoërskool Brandwag Eastern Province 3
Hoërskool Waterkloof Francois (Faf) de Klerk (2016) Blue Bulls 4
Hugenote High School (Wellington) Vincent Koch (2015) Boland 3
Jeppe Boys’ High School Golden Lions 3
Kearsney College The Sharks 3
Hoërskool Kirkwood Eastern Province 3
Northwood School (Northlands) The Sharks 3
Adelaide Gymnasium Border 3
Oudtshoorn High School SWD Eagles 3
Hoërskool Pietersburg Limpopo 3
Pretoria Boys High Blue Bulls 3
Robertson High Boland 3
Hoërskool Sand du Plessis Morne Steyn Free State Cheetahs 3
Sea Point Boys High Western Province 3
Welkom Gimnasium Griffons 3
Worcester Gimnasium (Worcester Boys’ High) Boland 3
Spine Road High School Eddie Andrews Western Province 3
Hoërskool Bellville Western Province 2
Centurion Blue Bulls 2
Christiana Leopards 2
Cillie Eastern Province 2
Hoërskool Despatch Eastern Province 2
Diamantveld Griquas 2
Hoërskool Ermelo Pumas 2
Graeme College Hennie le Roux Eastern Province 2
Griekwastad Griquas 2
Hoërskool Brandwag 2
Hoërskool Menlopark Blue Bulls 2
Aliwal North North 2
Hudson Park High Border 2
JG Meiring High Western Province 2
King Edward VII School (KES) **Scarra Ntubeni (2013) EOYT Golden Lions 3
Klerksdorp NW Leopards 2
Ladysmith André Johan Joubert KwaZulu-Natal 2
Maitland High School 2
Hoërskool Middelburg Pumas 2
Middelburg High School (Karoo) Border 2
Milton High School Zimbabwe 2
Hoërskool Nylstroom Arno Botha (2013) Limpopo 3
Outeniqua SWD Eagles 2
Parow High Western Province 2
Hoërskool Parys Valke 2
Hoërskool Paul Erasmus Griffons 2
Paul Kruger 2
Pearson Eastern Province 2
Plumtree School Zimbabwe 2
Potchefstroom Gimnasium NW Leopards 2
HTS Potchefstroom Robert du Preez NW Leopards 2
Prince Edward Zimbabwe 2
PW Botha College SWD Eagles 2
Rob Ferreira 2
Roodepoort Golden Lions 2
Tygerberg High School Eben Etsebeth (2012) Western Province 3
Union High Border 2
Volkskool NW Leopards 2
Voortrekker Eastern Free State 2
Vryburg NW Leopards 2
Wessel Maree Griffons 2
Windhoek Namibia 2
Port Natal Skool Marcell Coetzee (2012) The Sharks 3
HTS Daniel Pienaar Jacques Potgieter (2012) Eastern Province 2
Hoërskool Florida Elton Jantjies (2012) Golden Lions 2
Michaelhouse Ruan Jacobus Combrinck (2016) The Sharks 2
Beaconsfield Griquas 1
Bedford School 1
Bellville Secondary School 1
Bloemfontein (JBM Hertzog HS) Juan Smith Free State Cheetahs 1
Boksburg Commercial High School 1
Bothaville NW Leopards 1
Hoërskool Brits Francois John (Franco) Mostert NW Leopards 1
Brothers of Charity College 1
Bulawayo Technical High School 1
Burton Grammar School 1
Hoërskool Calvinia 1
CBC Boksburg 1
Charleston Hill Western Province 1
Charlie Hofmeyr Boland 1
Cheltenham College England 1
Churchill High School 1
Damelin College 1
Dan Pienaar 1
De La Salle College 1
De Villiers Graaff 1
DF Malan 1
Dr Viljoen Hoërskool Gysie Pienaar Free State Cheetahs 1
Dulwich College England 1
East London Technikon 1
Edinburgh Academy 1
Estcourt High School 1
FH Odendaal Blue Bulls 1
Hoërskool Framesby 1
Franschhoek Western Province 1
Frikkie Meyer 1
Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog 1
General Smuts High School 1
Hoërskool George SWD Eagles 1
George Watsons’ College Scotland 1
Gerrit Maritz Blue Bulls 1
Green Point Grammar School Western Province 1
Greenside Golden Lions 1
Hamilton High School Zimbabwe 1
Hangklip Border 1
Harris School Golden Lions 1
Hawston Secondary Gio Giaan Aplon Western Province 1
Die Helpmekaar Golden Lions 1
Hentie Cilliers 1
Hercules Blue Bulls 1
Hill High School 1
Hopefield High School 1
HTS John Vorster Blue Bulls 1
HTS Witbank 1
Jan de Klerk (Krugersdorp Central High School) Golden Lions 1
Jan Viljoen 1
Hoërskool Jeugland Werner Kruger 1
JJ Pienaar 1
John Orr Golden Lions 1
John Walton Senior Secondary 1
Kasselsvlei Western Province 1
Klein Nederburg Western Province 1
Kokstad College 1
Krugersdorp High School Golden Lions 1
Kwamfumdo Secondary 1
Langenhoven SWD Eagles 1
Langenhoven Blue Bulls 1
Langlaagte Trade School 1
Lansdowne High School Western Province 1
Leys England 1
Loyiso High School 1
Mansfield Road The Sharks 1
Maria Louw High School Border 1
Marlborough College 1
Marlow Landbou Willie Meyer Border 1
Marthinus Wessels 1
Martin Oosthuizen 1
Methodist College 1
Milner High School NW Leopards 1
Muir College Eastern Province 1
New College England 1
New Orleans 1
Nico Malan 1
Noorder Paarl 1
Oosteind Blue Bulls 1
Patriot Francois Pienaar Lions 1
Peddie High School 1
Piet Potgieter 1
Pinetown Boys High 1
Port Rex Technical High School Border 1
Port Shepstone High School The Sharks 1
Potchefstroom Boys High NW Leopards 1
Rossmore High School 1
Rugby England 1
Sarel Cilliers 1
Hoërskool Sasolburg 1
Hoërskool Schweizer Reneke NW Leopards 1
Scottsville Secondary HS 1
Shrewsbury School England 1
Somerset East High School 1
Spiers School England 1
Springs Boys High 1
Springs Technical High 1
St Aidans College Border 1
St Charles The Sharks 1
St Saviour’s Collegiate School 1
Hoërskool Standerton Jacobus Albertus “Jaco” Kriel Pumas 2
Steenberg Western Province 1
Stockdale Griquas 1
Hoërskool Strand Western Province 1
Trompsburg High School Free State Cheetahs 1
Tuine Blue Bulls 1
Hoër Volkskool Graaff-Reinet Border 1
Hoërskool Voortrekker Pietermaritzburg 1
Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte Phillip Schutte Blue Bulls 1
Hoërskool Vredendal 1
Vryheid High School 1
West Rand Grammar School 1
Weston Senior Secondary 1
Westville Boy’s High School The Sharks 1
Hoërskool Wilgerivier Griffons 1
Hoërskool Die Wilgers Blue Bulls 1
Hoërskool Zwartkop Blue Bulls 1
Hartswater High School Franco van der Merwe Griquas 1
Berg Rivier High School Cornal Hendricks (2014) Boland 1
Hoërskool Ben Vorster Trevor Nyakane (2013) Limpopo 1
Hoërskool Eldoraigne Stephan Lewies (2014) Blue Bulls 1
Milnerton High School Damian de Allende (2014) Western Province 1
St Albans College Mbongeni Theo “Bongi” Mbonambi (2016) Blue Bulls 1
Hoërskool Fichardtpark Lionel Mapoe (2015) Free State Cheetahs 1
List of Springbok players of each school (Year Capped).
Paul Roos Gymnasium
Arthur Nicholas de Kock (1891)
Jacob Stephanus “Japie” Louw (1891)
James Alexander “Jim” McKendrick (1891)
Robert “Bob” Shand (1896)
Paul Johannes de Waal (1896)
Japie Krige (1896)
Bob Loubser (1896)
Pieter Albertus Ryno Otto “PO” Nel (1903)
Paul Johannes Roos (1903)
Koei Brink (1906)
Henry John “Pinkie” Daneel (1906)
Boy de Villiers (1906)
Freddie Luyt (1910)
Dick Luyt (1910)
Koot Reynecke (1910)
Gideon Daniël Roos (1910)
Wakkie Krige (1912)
John Douglas Luyt (1912)
Tom van Vuuren (1912)
Nic du Plessis (1921)
Charlé Meyer (1921)
Mannetjies Michau (1921)
Phil Mostert (1921)
Tokkie Scholtz (1921)
Attie van Heerder (1921)
PK Albertyn (1924)
Nico Bosman (1924)
Daunce Devine (1924)
Kenny Starke (1924)
George Murray Daneel (1928)
Manus de Jongh (1928)
AF du Toit (1928)
PK Morkel (1928)
Boet Prinsloo (1928)
Ferdie Bergh (1931)
George Lionell van Reenen (1937)
Tjol Lategan (1949)
Jannie Engelbrecht (1960)
Gertjie Brynard (1965)
Hempies du Toit (1980)
Justin Swart (1996)
Cobus Visagie (1999)
Andries Bekker (2008)
Schalk Brits (2008)
Francois Hougaard (2009)
Juandre Kruger (2012)
Willie Le Roux (2013)
Steven Kitchoff (2016)
Following Boks didn’t matriculate at Paul Roos:
Theunis Lodewicus (Theuns) Krüger (1921) – Paarl Boys High
Jackie Tindall – Rondebosch Boys High
Ballie Wahl – Hottentots Holland High School
Cabous van der Westhuizen – Jan van Riebeeck High School
Herman Dirk “Broekie” van Broekhuizen (1896) #59
Evelyn Edgar “Boetie” McHardy (1912) #134
Sarel Strauss (1921)
Kalfie Martin (1937)
Louis Babrow (1937)
Piet de Wet (1938)
Popeye Strydom (1955)
John Wessels (1965)
Johan Spies (1970)
Dawid Stefanus Lubbe “Dawie” Snyman (1971) #453
Morné du Plessis (1971)
Jacobus Cornelis Pauw “Jackie” Snyman (1974) #466
Marthinus Theunis Steyn “Theuns” Stofberg (1976) #489
Robbie Blair (1977)
Jaco Reinach (1986)
Helgard Muller (1986)
Johan Styger (1992)
Andries Truscott (1992)
Pieter Muller (1992)
Heinrich Füls (1992)
Ruben Kruger (1993)
André-Henri “Ollie” le Roux (1993) #600
Allen Erasmus “Naka” Drotské (1993) #601
Werner Swanepoel (1997)
Charl Marais (1999)
CJ van der Linde (2002)
Gerrie Britz (2004)
Ruan Pienaar (2006)
Francois Steyn (2006)
Wian du Preez (2007)
Jannie du Plessis (2007)
Bismarck du Plessis (2007)
Tiaan Liebenberg (2007 – capped 2012)
Heinrich Brüssow (2008)
Adriaan Strauss (2008)
Flip van der Merwe (2010)
Deon Stegmann (2011)
Coenie Oosthuizen (2011)
Andries Strauss (2011)
Johan Goosen (2012)
Jan Serfontein (2013)
Piet van Zyl (2013)
Marcel vd Merwe (2014) #858
Jacobus Meyer “Cobus” Reinach (2014) #864
Following Boks didnt matriculate at Grey:
BJ Botha – Durban High School
Peter John Milton Whipp (1974)
Dave von Hoesslin
South African College School (SACS)
Clive van Ryneveld
Jack van Druten
Frankie Waring (1931)
Cecil Moss (1949)
Pierre de Villiers
JC van der Westhuizen
Hugo van Zyl
Schalk (snr) Burger
De Wet Barry
Jean de Villiers
Schalk (jnr) Burger
Lourens Adriaanse (2013)
**Louis Schreuder (2013 EOYT)
Handré Pollard (2014) #857
Kimberley Boys’ High School
Syd de Melker
Jack van der Schyff
Paarl Boys High (Boishaai)
Cocky Hahn (1910)
Dirkie de Villiers (1910)
Louis Louw (1912)
Theunis Lodewicus (Theuns) Krüger (1921)
Champion Myburgh (1924)
Jack Bester (1924)
Boy Louw (1928)
Manie Geere (1933)
Fanie Louw (1933)
Ben du Toit (1938)
Ryk van Schoor (1949)
Theuns Briers (1955)
Piet du Toit (1958)
Mannetjies Roux (1960)
Haas Schoeman (1963)
Carel du Plessis (1982)
Wium Basson (1997)
Corné Krige (1999)
Gürthro Steenkamp (2004)
Frans Malherbe (2013)
Rondebosch Boys High
Jock van Niekerk
Alvi van der Merwe
Jackie Tindall (1921)
Derek van den Berg
EH Shum 1912-13
WA Clarkson 1921-24
C Payn 1924
BE Vanderplank 1924
PJ Nel 1928-37
GL van Reenen 1937
K Oxlee 1960-65
OB Taylor 1962
AE van der Watt 1969-71
JT Stransky 1993-96
JRD Thomson 1996
PJ Dixon 2000
AD James 2001-08
PJ Grant 2007-08
Craig Burden (2012)
Jessie Kriel (2015)
Die Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies)
Fourie du Preez
**Frik Kirsten (2013)
Grey High School (Grey PE)
Mickey Gerber (1958)
Johannes Jacobus “JJ” Engelbrecht (2012) #836
Siya Kolisi (2013)
St Andrews College (Grahamstown)
Daantjie van de Vyver
HO de Villiers
André de Wet
Glenwood High School (Durban Technical)
Mauritz van den Berg
Warren Roger Whiteley (2014)
Hottentots-Holland (Somerset West High School)
Ballie Wahl (1949)
Christo Wagenaar (1977)
Heinke van der Merwe
Jaco Taute (2012)
Julian Redelinghuys (2016)
Wynberg Boys High School
Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd
Stompie van der Merwe
Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck
Johan le Roux
Jacobus Ferdinand “Cabous” van der Westhuizen (23 June 1994)
Hoërskool Kroonstad(Kroonstad Landbou/De Wet Nel/Kroonstad Tegnies)
Wrestling zero funding (£1.4m) – missed performance
* first year only guaranteed, remainder pending approval
** funding only for women’s beach volleyball
*** funding only for women’s water polo.
Total Budget of £347 million over 4 years which works out at around £86.75 million per year. By contrast The U.S. Olympic Committee does not receive direct government funding for Olympic programs (except for select Paralympic military programs). The USOC’s main sources of revenue are television broadcast rights, sponsorships and philanthropy in the form of major gifts and direct mail income. Additional funding comes from the government for Paralympic programming, as well as other sources such as the city of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Foundation totalling around $154 million per year which is around £118.11 million. With this they managed to send a team of 554 athletes to Rio & win 103, 110, 101, 93 & 101 medals in each of the prior five Olympic Games vs. 65, 47, 30, 28 & 15 medals for Team GB.
It thus cost Britain £237,021.86 per year to send one competitor to Rio against America’s average of £213,194.94 per year to send one Olympic hopeful to the same Games. Assuming Britain collect their average yield of the last 5 Olympic Games (37 medals) the cost per medal will run to £2,344,594.59 per medal. The United States would be expected – on the same basis – to pay around £1,162,500.00 per medal. That is Team GB spend more than double per medal what Team USA do.
South Africa – by way of contrast – have an annual budget of just £5.64 million – and won 6, 1, 6, 5 & 5 medals at each of the last 5 Olympic Games meaning an average cost per medal per year of £1,226,086.96.
Team GB thus combine massive investment with mediocre aggregated ability to yield around half the medal tally per million pounds invested.
366 athletes make up Team GB in Rio 2016. They stem from the following sports.
Archery 2 at a cost of £3.1m.
Athletics 80 at a cost of £26.8m.
Badminton 8 at a cost of £5.9m.
Boxing 12 at a cost of £13.8m.
Canoe Slalom/Sprint 4/8 at a cost of £19.1m.
BMX 2 at a cost of unknown.
Mountain Bike 1 at a cost of unknown.
Cycling Road/Track 8/15 at a cost of £30.6m.
Diving 11 at a cost of £7.5m.
Equestrian 12 at a cost of £17.9m.
Fencing 3 at a cost of £3.1m.
Hockey 32 at a cost of £15.5m.
Golf 4 at a cost of nothing.
Gymnastics 10 at a cost of £14.5m.
Judo 7 at a cost of £6.8m.
Marathon Swimming 2 at a cost of unknown.
Modern Pentathlon 4 at a cost of £6.9m.
Rowing 43 at a cost of £32.6m.
Rugby 24 at a cost of nothing.
Sailing 15 at a cost of £24.5m.
Shooting 6 at a cost of £3.0m.
Swimming 26 at a cost of £21.4m.
Synchronised Swimming 2 at a cost of £4.3m.
Table Tennis 3 at a cost of nothing.
Taekwondo 4 at a cost of £6.9m.
Tennis 7 at a cost of nothing.
Trampoline 3 at a cost of unknown.
Triathlon 6 at a cost of £5.5m.
Weightlifting 2 at a cost of £1.8m.
Some of the expenses involved in Team GB’s mammoth £347 million 4 year budget include:
48,017 individual items of kit supplied to 833 competitors and support staff
3,444 pairs of footwear
7,396 pairs of socks
2,845 luggage bags
3 miles of cloth used to make Team GB suits
22 shipping containers used to carry furniture and supplies to Rio
121 Ikea kettles brought to Rio
249 DFS sofas in GB athletes’ rooms
350 Union flag cushions
72 DFS outdoor garden sets
5,500 PG Tips tea bags
366 special edition Blue Peter badges, one for each athlete
16 age of youngest athlete, gymnast Amy Tinkler
61 this Friday – the oldest athlete, equestrian John Whitaker
Chris Eubank Junior (aided & abetted by Senior) missed out on an opportunity to borrow Carl Froch’s terminology become an ‘international superstar’. Having been given the same PPV deal afforded Anthony Joshua & the aforementioned Froch – the brainstrust behind Junior chose to play a one-sided game of chicken with their own promoter & gifted the opportunity to fellow Matchroom fighter Kell Brook.
Since claiming his alphabet soup belt on 16 August 2014 against Shawn Porter Brook has consistently found himself in the most frustrating of holding patterns as major bouts with the likes of Amir Khan; Manny Pacquiao & Floyd Mayweather have all been mentioned, aimed for & then summarily failed to materialise. Forgettable & commercially flat bouts against lower tier opposition have threatened to pigeonhole Brook as a high end paper champion in recent times.
Kell Brook made his switch to Matchroom in 2011 – making him one of the promotional powerhouse’s longest standing clients. Still a relatively young 30 years of age he remains perhaps the second most important currently active project on Eddie Hearn’s agenda currently. He also enjoys vastly superior personal relations with Hearn than does Team Eubank.
Golovkin for his part has misfired as the face of a depleted HBO Boxing offering on a pay-per-view basis in the post-Mayweather era. The matching of the two though could present a masterstroke from a commercial perspective. Over the last 12 months GGG has averaged some 40,500 Google searches from the United Kingdom from a global total of 301,000 making it his second biggest centre of interest behind the United States (with 135,000).
The realistic Pay Per View range in Britain is somewhere between 45,000 & 175,000 – meaning television revenue of anywhere between £762,750 & £2,966,250. Of course fibs will be told of buy rates of 500,000 plus but of course nothing in Sky Plc’s publicly available financials would indicate such figures have ever been attained for a bout of this calibre. Given HBO’s willingness to take a marquee asset overseas it would be expected that they’d pick up the content for free & hold onto international television rights too.
Commercial sponsorship for this bout – from primary sponsors (expected to be a major bookmaker) plus a host of secondary ones can be expected to be bring in a further £275,000 to £450,000.
Gate revenue from ticket sales on the primary market should bring in:
£40 to £500 (mean of £139.50 * 16,500) = £2,301,750
£1,000 (VIP tickets) * 500 = £500,000
Total primary market ticket revenue = £2,801,750
Total Card Revenue should thus reach:
Between £3,839,500 & £6,218,000 – with the various market forces surrounding this event leading me to estimate total event revenue of £5,125,000 should be within 10% of final event revenue.
Two more stands are open for tickets at Goodison Park as fans flock to see Tony Bellew take on Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC World Cruiserweight title at the home of Everton FC on Sunday May 29, live on Sky Sports.
With tickets passing the 12,000 mark at the iconic home of the Toffees, tickets are now on sale in both the Bullens Road and Goodison Road stands.
Tickets in those stands are priced at £40, and promoter Eddie Hearn is urging fight fans to snap them up and get behind the ‘Bomber’ in his quest to land a first World title.
“The support for this show has been fantastic,” said Hearn. “Bank Holiday Sunday May 29 at Goodison Park is going to be a night to remember – huge thanks to everyone for getting behind this event.”
Bellew’s World title bout with Makabu is part of a huge night of action on Merseyside as Stephen Smith gets the chance to bounce back from his IBF World title challenge in Connecticut as he fights for the vacant WBC Silver title.
Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd faces Pasquale di Silvio for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight title, Hosea Burton defends his British Light-Heavyweight title against Liverpool man Tony Dodson, Tom Farrell and Kofi Yates clash in an eliminator for the British Super-Lightweight title
Merseyside Heavyweight favourite David Price is back in action and there’s a host of local talents getting a huge opportunity to impress in JJ Metcalfe, Ged Carroll, Steve Brogan, Craig Glover and Scott Fitzgerald.
Tickets are on general sale now priced £40, £60, £100 and £200 and can be purchased by visiting www.evertonfc.com/eticketing, or by calling 0151 556 1878*. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in person by visiting the Park End ticket office or our City Centre ticket facility in Everton Two, Liverpool One. £350 VIP tickets will be available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com
Opening times for all ticket outlets can be found here.
Felix Cash has signed a promotional deal with MatchroomBoxing and will make his professional debut at The O2 in London on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Decorated amateur Cash kicks off at Middleweight in the Greenwich venue and the Wokingham talent believes he’ll be hunting titles next summer as the 23 year old looks to transfer his amateur pedigree into the paid ranks, starting with a pro bow on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first IBF World Heavyweight title defence.
“I feel that I will settle into the pros quickly and I want to move at pace,” said Cash. “I think this time next year I’ll be in a position to move towards a first title.
“I can’t think of a better night to make my pro debut with Joshua defending his belt and George Groves and Martin Murray in a huge fight. It’s a massive show and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.
“I learnt so much with Team GB and my time on the squad has improved me hugely, plus all the travelling and competing in different countries means I already know how to adapt to all sorts of different styles and conditions.
“Winning gold in the Golden Belt last summer in Romania was a real highlight for me but just getting into the Team GB setup was a massive achievement. I won a lot of junior titles and was five-time national champion, so I had a lot of success in the amateurs, it’s going to set me up perfectly for the pros.
“Obviously I was disappointed not to make it but Anthony Fowler did brilliantly to make it and I hope he goes on to do well in Rio. I wasn’t going to wait around for four more years to go to the 2020 games. I’m 23 now and I think that this is the perfect time to turn over.”
Cash’s debut is part of a blockbuster night of action at The O2, with Joshua putting his title on the line against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.
Groves and Murray meet in a mouth-watering domestic Super-Middleweight blockbuster and WBA World title eliminator bout, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title and Conor Benn is in action for the third time in the paid ranks.
What follows below is a hybrid of three elite combat sport (two boxing & one MMA) strength & conditioning coaches protocols & thinking to making weight & more importantly making weight healthy & strong.
Whilst none of these guys wish to be named & opinions vary I believe that the advice presented below offers a superb starting point for the core of your nutritional planning as you head into camp then the weigh in. These guys have and continue to work with world class fighters & this plan is geared toward guys who are competing at or near the elite level in 8, 10 or 12 rounders. The general guidelines work for fighters at all levels but the protein requirements & water requirements for example are geared for world & elite level fighters not three rounders in the semi-pros.
Write down everything that you have eaten in the past week. If your life is worth living – its worth recording & invaluable insights can be derived from this (honest) information.
Do not be afraid of eating carbohydrates – you need fuel for the work you are undertaking.
Sodium and drugs are the most common reasons for holding water.
Considering the amount of sweating that is involved in training in boxing it is important to take supplemental minerals, vitamins & nutrients. Top of this list is perhaps Magnesium which is a component of more than 300 enzymes involved in energy metabolism. Potassium & Zinc are others that are required in levels beyond the multi-vitamin I’ll be suggesting you use below.
The boxer has nutritional guidelines that are similar to that of a college wrestler or an MMA fighter. There is no doubt that the training & performance impositions of these three sports are very similar – interval shaped stamina fused with intermittent bursts of power.
The first warning that I will give to you is related to the use of diuretics. Several deaths and many close calls have resulted from bodybuilders and other athletes using diuretics, and if you mix them with high sodium drinks you stand an even greater risk of death. The diuretic removes water from the body, upsets the potassium-sodium balance, which short circuits your nervous system and can result in a heart attack or even death.
The goal is to have the nutritional capability to prepare yourself for the weigh in. In some cases it is optimal to remove some excess body fat and water to enhance your performance. Losing excess water and body fat will also allow you to make weight.
The Toughest Opponent You Will Face: Yourself & What You Eat
It is the defining factor that separates champions and those who have a short lifespan in the sport. I don’t need to name names but an inability to control food & drink consumption has shortened many careers. It is extremely frustrating for a boxer to try to get the correct information on nutrition. Most of the products that you will read about in magazines will be related to exaggerated advertising claims. The difficulty and your confusion is directly related to the multitude of choices available.
This article will attempt to educate fighters about the basic fundamentals of nutrition and how to taper for a weigh-in.
It is important to write down everything that you have eaten in the past week. You will have to look up and calculate how much nutrition you are actually getting from the foods that you currently eat. It is may be necessary to calculate the nutrition from tables showing what the nutritional value is for any given food. Be sure to calculate your daily intake of carbohydrate, fats, proteins, sodium, water, and total calories.
Then you need to perform the body fat test. Underwater weighing and the Bod Pod (air displacement) are the most accurate testing methods. The importance of doing these tests is critical to allow you the knowledge of how much excess fat is on your body. Calipers or even machine testing is not preferable but better than not having testing done at all. You don’t want to lose muscle and many athletes diet improperly and become weaker from the loss of muscle.
Most fighters do not take in enough water or protein. Look at the amount of protein that you’re eating in grams per day. A boxer should be eating over 0.7-1.2 grams per pound of bodyweight. Fighters on anabolic steroids need as much as double that amount of protein. You should be drinking 4.5 litres of water per 100 g of protein you eat per day. These fundamental principles are well established & accepted. A hydrated body is an energized body.
250-pound boxer-off season = 300 g of protein + 9.46 litres of water per day
140-pound boxer-off season = 160 g of protein + 5.7 litres of water per day
A maximum of 7.57 litres of water per day is usually sufficient to flush out the proteins in any size athlete. The amount of water that you take in is necessary to maintain a high metabolic flush of the protein as you are consuming. A lack of water in your diet will result in excess gas and improper digestion of the protein you are consuming.
This bit is critical though – you need to spread your water consumption throughout the day. If you get to 7pm and have not drunk much water DO NOT load up with more than 1.5 litres at any one time – this can be very dangerous. A 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that close to one sixth of marathon runners develop some degree of hyponatremia, or dilution of the blood caused by drinking too much water. Severe cases of hyponatremia can lead to water intoxication, an illness whose symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and mental disorientation.
The kidneys control the amount of water, salts and other solutes leaving the body by sieving blood through their millions of twisted tubules. When a person drinks too much water in a short period of time, the kidneys cannot flush it out fast enough and the blood becomes waterlogged. Drawn to regions where the concentration of salt and other dissolved substances is higher, excess water leaves the blood and ultimately enters the cells, which swell like balloons to accommodate it.
Most cells have room to stretch because they are embedded in flexible tissues such as fat and muscle, but this is not the case for neurons.
Every hour, a healthy kidney at rest can excrete 800 to 1,000 milliliters of water and therefore a person can drink water at a rate of 800 to 1,000 milliliters per hour without experiencing a net gain in water.
All proteins are not the same and some are digested and absorbed much better than others. Egg protein and whey protein are absorbed best by your body. Fish, chicken and lean beef are the next best proteins. It is important to eat an equal portion of protein with each meal that is approximately the size of your fist.
Realize that some food allergies can go undetected and you will not absorb the protein from certain foods. It is important to eat as much real food as possible and to minimalize the amount of supplementation IF possible. The exception to this rule is whey protein. Most isolated whey proteins will digest within 30 minutes of ingestion. They are quick and easy and have HUGE utility for all athletes. Never eat raw egg whites. Raw egg whites have a huge amount of a substance called “avidin,” which loves biotin. Once the avidin-biotin forms a bond, the body can’t break it apart. So you will develop a Biotin Deficiency Syndrome.
Cooking your eggs (or egg whites) will denature the protein avidin and will allow you to absorb 98 percent of the protein. Always cook eggs.
Here is a list of some of the possible problems associated with low protein consumption:
Problems with sleep
Problems with concentrating
Constipation or diarrhea
Unexplainable injuries or multiple injuries with little trauma
Problems with skin, nail, and/or hair
Unexpected broken bones
Problems with emotional stability
Problems gaining strength
Consistent problems with muscle strains/ligamentous sprains
The biggest problem with getting enough protein is usually associated with the preparation of the food and its storage. There is no question that eating while at work can be problematic and timing is necessary since a boxer needs to be eating every 2-to-3 hours.
Many boxers make the mistake of trying to cram in protein during only 3 meals, which results in poor absorption of all nutrients. Most boxers will have difficulty absorbing more than 30g of protein from any single meal – so for a 140lber it follows that at least 5 meals are required.
Drag around your five meals for the day in a cooler bag and know where every microwave is. Every boxer has to learn to eat for function, not flavor! Sacrifice brings success.
Athletes should not be afraid of eating carbohydrates. Energy is required to digest the proteins and to provide the function necessary to perform adequately inside of the ring.
It takes carbohydrates to burn fat – however, too many carbohydrates will be converted back into fat and stored in your body. We have spent a great deal of time discussing the amount of protein that your body will require. During the off-season your body will usually require an equal amount of carbohydrates. To lose weight, follow a few simple rules:
Eat multiple meals every day. Try to eat every two hours.
Eat your carbohydrates closer to your workout and choose oatmeal as your post-workout slow acting carbohydrate.
Eat your carbohydrates as raw as possible, this allows for the trace minerals and other nutrients that are naturally found in many carbohydrate rich foods to provide for maximum absorption.
Avoid processed carbohydrates, such as foods that come in bags.
Take most of your carbs in immediately following a workout. This allows for your muscles to recover faster.
Avoid drinking your carbs (beer, sugar soda), and if you do drink them, make it a good quality post-workout drink.
Taking multivitamins/minerals will allow for proper absorption and usage of carbohydrates and proteins. These products should be taken with your meal.
Stop eating two to three hours prior to bed. This will force you body to use fat as a fuel when you sleep.
It is best to sleep between 6-9 hours per night. Consistently. Aim for a set time to rest & a set time to rise.
Avoid stress and get right emotionally to avoid internal turmoil. Stress raises cortisol levels and that keeps you from losing fat.
Most of the carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables are offset by the amount of fiber ingested. Processed carbohydrates have been stripped of their natural minerals and specifically their natural fiber. Processed or fake carbs will spike your insulin and leave you on your back feeling worn out after only a few minutes.
Reducing your carbohydrates for competition should be a gradual process. If you weigh 140 pounds, then you should be taking in approximately 140 g of carbohydrates a day, with an additional 20 g of fat.
At 10 weeks out (longer if you are over 30) you will begin by reducing your carbohydrate intake. Each week, you should reduce your carbohydrate intake by 10%. Eat most of your carbohydrates immediately following your exercise.
Following this diet will test your mental abilities. The brain works on glucose specifically and restriction of carbs in your diet does mess with your head. Bingeing is a common event for those trying to take on this diet. Eating large amounts of junk food will result in insulin spikes and prevent your body from losing fat.
The idea of using thermals (chemical stimulants to burn fat) usually results in several side effects that are very dangerous. Ephedra will make you feel jumpy, but it will not burn more calories & would run the risk of failing your doping control tests. The use of diuretics is extremely dangerous and is specifically tested for by UKAntiDoping.
Wearing heavy clothing and forcing yourself to sweat will increase your body’s ability to burn fat to a degree similar to using artificial fat burners. There are no side effects of wearing heavier clothing and you won’t fail a drug test as a result.
Thermal Training Suit
The Thermal Training Suit is designed to increase body temperature, promote perspiration, burn calories and raise the body’s metabolism.
Some companies manufacture fat metabolizers that provide the enzymes and co-enzymes necessary for fats to breakdown. The truth is that they only work if you have enough oxygen and are warm enough. They do not make you lose weight just sitting around.
Fats are the other nutrient that are given a terrible rep. Cholesterol has been given a very bad name in the popular press. Cholesterol is the building block of testosterone.
Cholesterol makes the cells of your body more available to take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. During your off-season, fat should be approximately 15 to 20% of your diet. Some people tolerate and burn fat more efficiently than others. Experimentation of different fat intakes are required by the each individual athlete.
Trans-fats are easy to spot since they are solid at room temperature. These hard fats are the types of fats that should be avoided. As you age, your body has more difficulty with absorbing trans-fats and utilizing them for energy. They should be avoided specifically by older fighters.
Utilizing omega-3 fats is very important for someone over the age of 30 or anyone who has difficulty with metabolizing fats. Ocean or cold water fish, flax seed oil, walnuts, guacamole, natural eggs all are great sources of good fats.
Omega-3 is important for normal brain function. Most athletes should supplement their diet by taking 1000 mg of fish oil per day per 100 pounds of body weight.
Fats are also important since they can store many vitamins and minerals. When you start to drop your body fat for a particular fight, the stored minerals and vitamins are usually lost. It is important to replenish them by utilizing daily supplementation.
When preparing for a fight the fat should be reduced as follows. This is an example of someone who weighs 200 pounds and has been eating 40g of fat per day in the off-season.
40 grams of fat times 9 calories per gram = 40 X 9 = 360 Calories
Rule Fat Reduction Less Calories
10 weeks out reduce fat intake by 50% to 20 g
6 weeks out reduce fat intake by an additional 50% to 10 g
4 weeks out reduce fat intake by 50% to 5 g
2 weeks out reduce fat intake by an additional 20% to 1 g
This would start the fighter at 20g per day, then 10g per day, then 5g per day and finally 4g per day.
It is important for you to understand what is happening with your body weight as it is measured with body fat measurement. Since some fighters lose weight at different rates, keep track of your body-weight and percent fat.
It is important to increase your fat content quickly after you have fought. This is necessary since you have forced your body to go into a catabolic state (break down), which will eventually wear down your joints, ligaments, and destroy precious muscle tissue.
Controlling water is a simple and effective way of dropping weight. The high protein intake that a boxer requires is approximately 3.78 litres of water for every 100 g of protein per day. This is maxed out at approximately 10 litres per day. The water is tapered off quickly to force the body to remove water.
The following is a simple mechanism for removing excess body water prior to a fight. This is the safest way to remove excess water.
Simple Steps For Water Example Of Water Intake
Drink 3.78 litres/100 grams of protein per day
1 day before weigh-in/drink 75% less water or 945ml per 100 grams of protein.
12-18 hours prior the weigh in is the moment at which you will consume the last of that water.
Only sip water before weigh ins. If you are holding too much water the day of weigh-ins, then drink no water until you have weighed in.
If your kidneys are conditioned to process 7 litres of water per day, and you stop your water intake, then your kidneys will continue to expel water and take it from your body to keep the process going. You will drop water and you will lose a significant amount of weight. Then it is important to drink the water back after weigh-ins and eat something light.
Remember that sodium and drugs are the most common reasons for holding water. It is also important to drink regular water only if you are taking diuretics. It can be deadly if you are taking diuretics or any product that is high in sodium. Lucozade or similar drinks are best if you are naturally dropping water since they restore your body’s electrolytes.
An electrolyte is any substance containing free ions that behaves as an electrically conductive medium. Because they generally consist of ions in solution, electrolytes are also known as ionic solutions.
Many critics of a high protein diet will often agree that the ill effects of a high protein diet are removed when sufficient amounts all water are consumed.
Many fighters have done more harm than good by wearing sweat suits in an attempt to lose water. A sweat suit increases your body’s heat and sure forces you to sweat, but the body’s hydrostatic systems will quickly replace the water while you sleep. A sweat suit is effective for dropping that final two or 3 pounds of water only on the actual day of weigh-ins. The problem is that it leaves you dehydrated and tired prior to your fight.
A more effective way of losing body water/body weight is associated with drinking lots of water prior to the actual day of competition and then quickly cutting the intake as previously stated.
A quick word on dehydration and what to do if you feel light headed, dizzy, numbness, weakness, fatigue or you just pass out. Drinking electrolytes will restore your body’s fluid levels just as fast as an IV will. It takes about 20 minutes either way.
So do yourself a favor and keep some Lucozade in your gym bag. Especially if you are taking any diuretics and make sure that someone in your corner knows that you are on water pills if you take them.
Sodium or salt is often overused by most boxers. The mere fact that salt makes you hold onto water is reason enough to avoid it in your fighter’s diet. This becomes especially important as the athlete begins training. Start reading labels and learn the nutritional facts of the foods that you are eating.
Sodium in chicken can vary from 80 grams per serving, to 1,000 grams. Chicken producers will actually inject high sodium chicken broth into the poultry meat.
Other sodium foods to avoid are high sodium diet sodas and salted tuna. Sometimes it is necessary to wash fish with water to remove the excess salt. Even with no salt tuna, cut open the lid, leave the lid on the top and slowly fill the can with water. Press down on the lid as you hold it over the sink to drain the natural salt water from the tuna.
Now that we have covered some of the basic fundamental of dieting and nutrition, let’s look at an example of the basic training diet for a 200-pound fighter who is hoping to diet down to the light heavyweight. Portions will vary based on the athlete’s weight and goals. Less bread, rice and white potatoes will result in a lower total calorie intake and that is the golden rule.
Body Weight = Calories in verses Calories out (What you eat versus what you do)
Basic Example Diet For A 200 Pound boxer: 6:00 AM:
8 oz of water with a creatine base (3 grams per 100 pounds of bodyweight)
30 minutes of cardio 6:30 AM:
8 oz of oatmeal
30 grams of protein supplement
A banana 8:00 AM:
8-10 precooked egg whites
1 fruit 10:00 AM:
Can of tuna
8 ounces of vegetables or brown rice 12:00 PM:
8 oz of chicken or tuna
Whole wheat bread
1 piece of fruit before practice 3:00 PM:
Workout 4:00 PM:
6-8 ounces of red meat (lean)
6-8 ounces of vegetables
Red skin potato 6:00-7:00 PM:
6-8 ounces of fish or chicken
6-8 ounces of vegetables 9:00 PM:
8 ounces skim milk 11:00 PM:
Do not leave your meals out of your schedule and hope to find a healthy meal choice at the local fast food chain. When the time comes the meal is there, just eat it and move on, don’t make a fuss about the whole thing.
Avoid excessive breads, foods loaded with sugar, anything with high fructose corn syrup, high sodium foods, and sweets. The fastest absorbed calorie is associated with alcohol, so avoid any alcohol. All recreational drugs will lower your natural testosterone levels – especially marijuana.
Trial and error result in answers that we can learn from and provide a great learning experience. It is important for you as the boxer to understand proper nutrition.
Diets must adapt to your specific athletic needs, and they must adapt to changes in the season, as well as your age. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the ref raising the other guys arm at the end of the fight. Remember your opponent has the same access to information and they might just be motivated enough to follow it.
Americanelo – Larry Treybig – an American amateur boxing prospect has been assaulted by Golden Boy Promotions Javier Razo after telling him he was in talks with both PBC/Al Haymon & Top Rank. The incident happened at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the build up to Canelo vs. Khan.
Treybig – who has an uncanny resemblance to Canelo Alvarez – has been banned from previous Golden Boy press events and the assault happened after he was told “Golden Boy would have signed your ass if you didn’t talk so much shit about Golden Boy.” Americanelo has also been thrown out of fight cards for events he has bought tickets for – Golden Boy clearly do not like having a Canelo-look-a-like they can’t control.
Javier Razo and at least 3 other men were involved in the assault which took place near the Rouge Bar at the MGM Grand. Golden Boy have already attempted to slander Treybig in a cover-up of the incident by claiming he was drunk and became abusive toward their employees when he is in training and hasn’t touched a drop in months. This was an unprovoked attack by a goon working for a Richard Shaeffer-less unprofessional Golden Boy Promotions who are running on fumes in every sense. Corey Parker’s Instagram entry on the subject will likely result in legal action against him from Americanelo’s management. Parker is a Golden Boy camera man & editor apparently. De La Hoya isn’t going anywhere as a promoter if these are the sort of thugs he employs.
Video & photos of the injuries inflicted to follow.
Split 50-30-20 between Canelo, Khan & Golden Boy Promotions
Probable Gross Pay for Canelo $7,114,250
Probable Gross Pay for Khan $4,268,550 (see below for net pay calculation)
Probable Retained Pre-Tax Earnings for Golden Boy Promotions $2,845,700
The one month old 20,000 capacity T-Mobile Arena will host Canelo vs. Khan. Tickets are priced at $1,500, $1,200, $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150 & plenty are still available having gone on sale way back on March 1. Complimentary seats will be in plentiful supply one suspects & even then a complete sell out looks unlikely at this juncture. Best guess currently stands at 15,000 tickets sold plus 2,800 complimentary with the remaining 2,200 seats going empty. That’s gross gate revenue of $5,160,000.
Publicly disclosed PPV buy rates are of little use in attempting to estimate actual revenue earned as they are as a matter of course fabricated & have been since the advent of the PPV era in 1991. The simplest of reviews of the parent company financials of HBO, Showtime Sports & even SkySports Box Office will tell you that. Canelo’s core demographic are first &, to a lesser degree, second generation Mexican immigrants to the United States. So whilst I don’t doubt that somewhere between 1,750,000 & 2,500,000 American residents will be watching Canelo vs. Khan I do not expect any more than 300,000 of them to actually pay for the privilege – that’s between 5 & 8.3 viewers per television set. Of course, I fully expect that the publicly lied about figure will be somewhere between 750,000 & 1,200,000 which will be mindlessly regurgitated by the ever comatose boxing press. 300,000 times $61.29 [projected mean with SD/HD split] (HBO PPV $59.95 SD $65.95 HD) is $18,387,000 with half of that goes to the broadcaster and distributors & half to the promoter/s & fighters. So $9,193,500 after HBO/distributor cut.
International Television Licencing
With SkySports Box Office preferring to cover WWE this week apparently it is left to the ‘uncertainty concerning the company being a ‘going concern” according to their auditors Boxing Channel Media LTD, better known to you & I as BoxNation to take this one to market in the most important market outside of the United States financially. Considering they had a grand total of £1,000.00 in cash in the bank & a net worth of minus £8,615,000.00 at the time of their most recent publicly available financial statements its unlikely they’re gonna be in a position to add substantially to the revenue pot for this bout. Best guess total global non-US TV licencing revenue of $1,725,000 – based almost entirely on the Mexican market.
Again rather type-cast & hamstrung by the A-siders core demographic – & unlike the UK the bulk of sponsorship revenue dollars will come from ethnic specific beer companies, not bookmakers. Best guess $525,000.
Amir Khan Net Pay
From the above calculated Probable Gross Pay for Khan of $4,268,550 he will pay what is likely not 10% but rather a set fee of around $200,000 to his trainer Virgil Hunter; 15% of gross pay to his advisor Al Haymon of $640,282.50 & then be on the hook for income tax of around 40% on the remaining $3,428,267.50 for take home pay of around $2,056,960.50 which is £1,420,459.64.
“People see these big numbers, but don’t realise how it actually works. Standard deductions come to around 40% – and then the taxman’s coming for his 40%. So it’s not that the boxer had it and lost it. Often, they never had it!”Lloyd Honeyghan
This excludes sanctioning fees & the cost of his camp. Anything more than this would involve Golden Boy Promotions over estimating Khan’s global pulling power & paying him more than 30% of the retained pot when they didn’t really need to considering even at 30% his gross pay is 3-4 times higher than it has been in his most recent bouts.
Bare in mind that Golden Boy can justify their chunk based on having funded the extensive, multi-city & indeed multi-national press tour among other event related expenses. Their total marketing spend – excluding the contribution of HBO – likely runs into the $750,000 to $1,125,000 range which would be offset against their 30% take of $2,845,700.
T-Mobile Arena’s first-ever boxing card isn’t until Saturday. But the property where the 20,000-seat building sits will get a taste of the fight game Friday.
The 3 p.m. weigh-in for Saturday’s Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan fight will be held outdoors at Toshiba Plaza, the three-acre area which leads to T-Mobile. Following the weigh-in, which is free to the public, Golden Boy Promotions is putting on a card beginning at 4 p.m. which will have lightweight Petr Petrov facing Marvin Quintero in the 10-round main event.
Fans who attend the weigh-in can stay for the fights at no charge.
Titles. British boxing since 1980 has been ground central – at an accelerating rate – of the product diluting effects of the proliferation of nominally designated ‘major’ sanctioning bodies & their belts. This has made comparison of legacy based on titles won or defenses made alone entirely meaningless. Those who have done well on this listing have achieved something independent of the packaging – Honeyghan beat a prime Donald Curry; Fury went to Germany & beat a still formidable foe in Wladimir Klitschko & Carl Froch took out Jermaine Taylor in sensational late, come from behind style in America – their achievements are based on who they beat & when they beat them not the schizophrenic whims of the self-serving parasites known as the major sanctioning bodies. Whether such wins made an individual fighter the best in the world at that moment may or not they add to the enormity of their accumulated body of work. That is ostensibly at the core of my interpretation of greatness – an accumulated body of work independent of status of the bout to corrupt & incompetent sanctioning bodies.
The level of competition is static. This is a huge misconception – even were titles to be deemed a legitimate construct (which they aren’t) – the best 160lb in the world is a constantly fluctuating variable. I say this without any inherent bias toward any era in particular – my position is that it is theoretically possible for a fighter to consistently place in the Top 10 of a weight division over the course of 4 to 6 years yet never reach a Top 3 or even 5 position in one era yet be the superior of a fighter who reaches position number 1 in a different era. Thus, even if a fighter is the world’s best in one era my question is simple – what era?
All weight divisions are created equally. Approximately 50,524 British men possess known professional boxing records. Just 1,581 of these were primarily active as heavyweights. That’s just 3.1%. By comparison there are 4,620 pros who fought primarily as welterweights. To labor the point: 193 strawweights; 119 junior flyweights; 2,993 flyweights; JUST 67 super flyweights; 3,544 bantamweights; 211 super bantamweights; 4,315 featherweights; 530 super featherweights; 4,937 lightweights; 1,044 junior welterweights; 4,620 welterweights; 993 junior middleweights; 2,994 middleweights; 375 super middleweights; 1,537 light heavyweights; 345 cruiserweights & the aforementioned 1,581 heavyweights. So all other factors being equal (which they can’t be obviously) you’d anticipate a loosely proportionate amount of ‘Greats’ to participants per division. I refer you to the Google search for [Best British Boxer of All-Time] below:
The statistical improbability of the 10 Greatest British Fighters of All-Time having a weight breakdown as above should be clear for all to see:
If you have 10 places from 50,524 options, so 1 in 5,052 on average.
Heavyweight 1 from 1,581 options which is 1 in 1,581.
Cruiserweight 0 from 345 options.
Light-heavyweight 0 from 1,537 options. Super-middleweight 3 from 375 options which is 1 in 125.
Middleweight 1 from 2,994 options which is 1 in 2,994.
Light-middleweight 0 from 993 options.
Welterweight 1 from 4,620 options which is 1 in 4,620.
Light-welterweight 1 from 1,044 options which is 1 in 1,044.
Lightweight 1 from 4,937 options which is 1 in 4,937.
Super Featherweight 0 from 530 options.
Featherweight 2 from 4,315 options which is 1 in 2,158.
Super Bantamweight 0 from 211 options.
Bantamweight 0 from 3,544 options.
Super Flyweight 0 from 67 options.
Flyweight 0 from 2,993 options.
Junior Flyweight 0 from 119 options.
Strawweights 0 from 193 options.
So essentially we are asked to believe that 1 in 125 Super Middleweights are among the 10 Greatest British fighters of all-time yet the remaining 50,149 non-Super Middleweights could only produce Top 10 boxers at a rate of 1 in 7,164. That’s a rate 5,700% higher. What is more likely to be returned upon such a search query is better described as ‘the 10 most famous British boxers’ – something very different from the 10 best you’d agree.
A win over a great fighter is a great win. One of the central tenants upon which the business side of boxing is based is on the mindless acceptance that a win against Fighter A is of constant worth. Of course nothing could be further from the truth – Muhammad Ali of 1966 was 100 times the fighter who lost to Larry Holmes in 1980. Thus, a win against a great/good fighter need not always be a great/good win. You will notice, for example, that I regard Lennox Lewis’ win against Henry Akinwande of historical worth yet his win over Mike Tyson was not. That’s not to say Akinwande could have held Mike’s jockstrap in Tyson’s prime merely that at the time Lennox fought them Akinwande was as good as he’d ever be & when he fought Tyson he was fighting a guy whose best days were long behind him. The passage of time has or should have the capacity to sharpen the accuracy of the historical narrative.
Please note the following notable names were not considered for this listing due to having began their professional careers before 1 January 1980:Dennis Andries; Herol Graham; Tony Sibson; Colin Jones & Kirkland Laing. For the purposes of this listing Barry McGuigan is considered Irish & not British.
The Great Under Achiever – Errol Christie
I remember asking Ambrose Mendy who his first client in boxing was assuming it was one of Lloyd Honeyghan or Nigel Benn. Turns out it was Errol Christie – an historically great amateur. Errol Christie was listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the only British boxer to win all 10 amateur titles that were once available to boxers. Christie fought 9 times inside 12 months of turning professional. Once all was said & done in the professional ranks Christie’s most notable win was against Sean Mannion at what I can only assume was a junior suite of the Alexandra Palace – the Alexandra Pavilion. Were this listing to be based on talent alone Errol would have every chance of ranking in the Top 3 if not higher. As it stands the listing is one of achievement in the professional ranks & tragically on that basis his massive under achievement in the professional game means he misses out entirely.
Fun Fact: Sky Sports showed 12,854 hours of football in 2015 with a total output across all sports of over 60,000 hours. Boxing (including pay-per-view fights) was shown for 1,861 hours which is an increase on 2014 of 67%.
Britain’s 80 Best Boxers Since 1980
Lennox Lewis @LennoxLewis Held wins over Henry Akinwande; Evander Holyfield; Michael Grant & Hasim Rahman. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: Champion 2001-2003. Considerations: Faced a decent chunk of the historically significant heavyweights of his era but tellingly not often at their physical primes. After Boxing: After retiring from boxing, Lewis moved to Miami Beach with his wife, Violet Chang, a former Miss Jamaica runner-up. Fun Fact: Only two men beat Lennox Lewis in either the pro’s or the amateurs & never went on to lose to Lennox Lewis in a subsequent fight – Aleksandr Miroshnichenko & Petar Stoymenov. Miroshnichenko did turn pro & was knocked out by a fighter making his debut in his 22nd professional outing. The man who knocked him out on his debut? Oleg Maskaev.
Lloyd Honeyghan @LloydHoneyghan Held wins over Gianfranco Rosi; Donald Curry & Maurice Blocker. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: Champion in 1986. Considerations: Shone bright but shone briefly. Honeyghan’s win against Donald Curry is one of the great if not the greatest achievements by a British boxer on American soil of the modern era. After Boxing: Has undoubtedly suffered dementia pugilistica. Almost came to blows with Errol Christie at London’s Savoy Hotel in 2014.
Naseem Hamed @naz19741 Held wins over Steve Robinson; Kevin Kelley; Billy Hardy; Paul Ingle & Cesar Soto. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 from 1997 to 2000. Considerations: Fought & beat many world level fighters of his time but came up short against the best his era had to offer in Marco Antonio Barrera. After Boxing: On 2 May 2005 Hamed was involved in a 90-mph three-car collision at Ringinglow Road, Sheffield. Hamed was sentenced for 15 months after pleading guilty. Hamed was granted an early release and left prison on 4 September 2006 after serving just 16 weeks of the 15-month sentence. Hamed was later stripped of his MBE, annulled as a consequence of the conviction. There was also a civil court case rumoured to cost Hamed £1 million plus legal fees.
Joe Calzaghe @RealJoeCalzaghe Held wins over Robin Reid; Jeff Lacy; Mikkel Kessler & Bernard Hopkins. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: Champion 2006-2007 (Super Middleweight) & 2008 (Light Heavyweight).Considerations: Wasted much of his fistic prime fighting the ilk of Juan Carlos Gimenez Ferreyra; Rick Thornberry; Omar Sheika; Will McIntyre; Miguel Angel Jimenez; Tocker Pudwill; Mger Mkrtchyan & Evans Ashira. Gets credit for his wafer thin victory over Bernard Hopkins but his win against a carcass of Roy Jones Jr can hardly be viewed as anything more than academic. After Boxing: Following an undercover investigation by the News of the World, Calzaghe admitted he had used cocaine since his boxing career had ended. In a statement on his website, he added that he regretted his “occasional use of cocaine in what have sometimes been the long days since my retirement from the ring.”
Chris Eubank @ChrisEubank Held wins over Nigel Benn; Gary Stretch; Michael Watson & Ray Close. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 1991-1994. Considerations: Having never fought in America bar a handful of 4 rounders at the very start of his career tempers Eubank’s claims to historical ring greatness. After Boxing: In November 2009 Eubank was declared bankrupt owing £1.3 million in taxes. In 2015, Eubank took part in the 2015 series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.
Ricky Hatton @HitmanHatton Held wins over Kostya Tszyu; Carlos Maussa; Jose Luis Castillo & Paul Malignaggi. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: Champion 2005-2008. Considerations: In truth lost against Luis Collazo in the fight that launched his American adventure. His win against Kostya Tszyu will be called his greatest win which it might well have been though one feels it was as much about a passing of the baton from one generation to the next. Gets credit for taking Floyd Mayweather deeper than most. After Boxing: On 12 September 2010, the News of the World published a front-page story alleging Hatton has been a regular cocaine user with accompanying pictures showing the boxer apparently using the drug. On 13 September 2010, Hatton was admitted to a rehabilitation facility, The Priory, for substance abuse to tackle a drink and depression problem.
Nigel Benn @NigelGBenn Held wins over Iran Barkley; Thulani Malinga & Gerald McClellan. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #2 1994-1995 (Super Middleweight). Considerations: Fought in winning & losing efforts against many of the world level operators of his time. Great example, though, of the historically blurring effects of a ‘world title’ – never anything better than the 2nd best fighter in the world at his weight (no small accomplishment) – modern boxing lowers the bar with the net result being Roy Jones Jr. vs. Nigel Benn never happens. After Boxing: Benn has since developed a strong religious faith and is a born again Christian. Benn now lives in Sydney, Australia, where he has been studying theology, sports coaching and sports development.
Tyson Fury @Tyson_Fury Held win over Wladimir Klitschko. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: Champion 2015. Considerations: A win over the long dominant Klitschko in Germany probably requires some dust to settle before it can be accurately assessed in historical perspective. Today: Active.
Carl Froch @Carl_Froch Held wins over Jermain Taylor & Lucian Bute. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 2012-2014. Considerations: Whilst a multiple alphabet world titlist in truth Froch fell well short when fighting the true dominant 168lber of his era in Andre Ward & is almost universally seen as the beneficiary of charitable judging in his fight against Andre Dirrell in a clash most felt he lost. Today: Is nominally retired & occasionally appears on SkySports boxing coverage as an analyst. Rumours of a return have sporadically popped up in the media since his retirement.
David Haye @mrdavidhaye Held wins over Jean Marc Mormeck; Enzo Maccarinelli & Nikolay Valuev.Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: Champion 2007 at Cruiserweight & #2 in 2010 at Heavyweight. Considerations: Cruiserweight competition during his time there was luke warm at best. Never a legitimate heavyweight champion, doing well to reach #3 in the world (which #2 challenger implies) but questions will long linger as to how he did it. Today: Active. Left boxing but has now returned amid widespread reports of financial problems. Level of competition upon his return has been laughable.
Carl Frampton @RealCFrampton Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 2013-2014. Considerations: The lack of Guillermo Rigondeaux’s name on his dance card will have undoubtedly benefited his bank balance if not his legacy to the hardcore. Today: Active. Signed to Al Haymon & is eyeing major fights in America after his career defining win against Scott Quigg.
Junior Witter @JrWitter Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 2007. Considerations: Effectively prevented from reaching his true potential by never landing the Ricky Hatton fight as he was deemed too much risk for too little reward as Hatton’s handlers eyed a money-making switch to the American PPV market. Today: Active.
Kell Brook @specialkbrook Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 2015. Considerations: The incredible muscle building progress seen in Brook’s physique in the last 2-4 years has yet to land him the one fight that could land him upwards of £2 million as Amir Khan seems destined to make Brook his Junior Witter but unlike Witter Brook has substantial promotional backing. Today: Active.
Amir Khan @amirkingkhan Held wins over Marcos Maidana & Devon Alexander. Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #2 2009-2010 & 2012. Considerations: Taking away paper championships & vanity belts Khan has yet to rule even a single division & has had his chin exposed on multiple occasions. Asking for £10 million for the Brook fight is akin to declining to take the bout at all. Today: Active.
Michael Watson @Mwatson_box Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #6 1989. Considerations: Taking aside all emotion from this selection the fact is Michael Watson was a world level operator at a time when the middleweight & thereabouts divisions were brimful of superb talent. After Boxing: On 19 April 2003 Michael Watson made headlines when he completed the London Marathon, walking two hours each morning and afternoon for six days. Michael Watson was announced as a torchbearer in the 2012 Paralympic relay.
Paul Hodkinson Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 1992. After Boxing: Lives in Kirkby and is father of four boys Kevin, Jason, Lewis and Dylan.
Johnny Nelson @SkyJohnnyNelson Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 2004. Today: SkySports analyst & media personality.
Duke McKenzie @Duke_Mckenzie Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #5 1988. Today: Runs a boxing & fitness gym in South East London. The gym’s website says, “Fantastic atmosphere. Everybody welcome. My fitness centre is open to everyone, young, old, male and female. The Duke McKenzie training programs are designed to suit everybody”.
Clinton Woods @teamwoods101 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #2 2007. After Boxing: announced his retirement from boxing on 8 September 2009.
Robin Reid @RobReid_Boxer Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #2 1997. Considerations: Lost by Split Decision to Joe Calzaghe – taking him as close as just about anyone managed to defeat – largely under-appreciated historically. After Boxing: In 2010, Reid took over a lead role in the controversial movie Killer Bitch from the cage fighter Alex Reid who had walked out of the film.
Chris Pyatt Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #10 1989. Today: Works as a boxing trainer in the Midlands.
Lee Selby @leeselby126 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #4 2015. Today: Active. Signed to Al Haymon.
Frank Bruno @frankbrunoboxer Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #7 1995. After Boxing: On 22 September 2003, Bruno was taken from his home by medical staff assisted by police officers, under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983. He was later diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. On 9 October 2005 he admitted that his cocaine use, which began in 2000, contributed to his mental health problems.
Scott Harrison @Iamscotharrison Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #2 2004. Considerations: Anyone who calls themselves a featherweight champion of the world with 6 defenses in the early 2000’s yet somehow managed to never fight even one of Manny Pacquiao; Juan Manuel Marquez; Marco Antonio Barrera or Johnny Tapia can only ever be taken so seriously. After Boxing: Harrison was jailed for 8 months on 2 September 2008 for drink-driving and assault. On 25 April 2009 Harrison was again sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for assault in Malaga. In November 2012 Harrison was sentenced to four years in prison by a Spanish judge in Malaga, after being found guilty of assault.
Paul Ingle @PaulIngle12 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 1999. After Boxing: forced to retire from boxing. Paul had a boxing gym was opened in his honour, The Paul Ingle Boxing Academy in Hull. In 2007 The Telegraph wrote, “he weighs 17st, lives with his mother in Scarborough, cannot work, cannot drive and relies on £56-a-week disability pension.”
Steve Robinson @steverobinson24 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 1994. Today: now runs Steve Robinson’s Boxing Gym in his home town of Cardiff.
Pat Barrett @blackflashpromo After Boxing: Jailed in 2004 after being found with a loaded pistol in a hotel room. Armed officers raided his room on February 7 2003 and found 1.55 grams of heroin, .293 grams of cannabis and a modified revolver with five live rounds. Is now running Black Flash Promotions – a promotional company.
Henry Akinwande Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #7 1996. After Boxing: Moved to Nigeria.
Terry Marsh Holds win over Joe Manley. After Boxing: Following his retirement from boxing Marsh became a stockbroker. In 2010, Marsh became a candidate in that year’s general election as an independent candidate in the seat of South Basildon and East Thurrock. Marsh changed his name by deed poll to “None Of The Above X” as a protest against there being no option to select “None of the above” as a selection in the election. Under UK law, a political party cannot call itself “None of the Above”, but there is nothing banning people called “None of the Above”. Marsh, or Mr. X as he is now legally known, has said that if he won the seat he would not take his seat in parliament.
Gary Jacobs Today: Trains boxers in Scotland.
Billy Hardy @superbillyhardy After Boxing: The Billy Hardy Sports Complex was named after him in Sunderland.
James Cook After Boxing: In 2007, he was awarded an MBE for “his outstanding work with the young people of Hackney’s notorious Murder Mile”. He also featured on the show The Secret Millionaire.
Darren Barker @DarrenBarker82 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #5 2013. Today: Hosts the live show @theliveshows with Spencer Oliver.
Mark Kaylor After Boxing: In 1996, Kaylor moved to California with his American wife Patricia and their sons Ryan, Jimmy and Brandon.
Scott Quigg @scottquigg Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #1 2015. Today: Active.
Henry Wharton @henrywhartongym Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #6 1996. Today: Run’s Henry’s Gym @henrywhartongym out of York – a boxing & fitness gym.
Martin Murray @MartinMurrayBox Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #6 2014. Considerations: In reality beat both Sergio Martinez & Felix Sturm on the road – momentous achievements when you stop to think about them. Today: Active.
Ricky Burns @ricksterko Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #4 2012-2013. Today: Active. Declared bankrupt with debts of more than £400,000 in early 2015.
Ray Close Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #8 1994. After Boxing: British Boxing Board of Control revoked Close’s licence after he failed an MRI scan. Two lesions were subsequently found on his brain.
Jim McDonnell @jimmymacjnr Considerations: Jimmy Mac fought what by today’s standards would be world level opposition when contesting an Area level belt against Clyde Ruan – which is sadly more a reflection on today’s standards than anything else. Jim mixed it with Brian Mitchell; Barry McGuigan & Azumah Nelson – three very special talents – hearing the bell for the 12th round against two & beating the other. Today: Trainer to James DeGale & others.
James DeGale @jamesdegale1 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #2 2015. Today: Active.
Gary Stretch @mrgarystretch After Boxing: Stretch was cast as Cleitus supporting in Oliver Stone’s 2004 film Alexander. Stone cast Stretch again in World Trade Centre as a paramedic. In 2004 Stretch was cast in Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes, for which Stretch received a BIFA nomination.
Horace Notice After Boxing: retired shortly after last fight due to a detached retina.
Lloyd Christie Today: Not entirely sure – if you have any information hit me up @seokingoflondon
Billy Schwer @BillySchwer Today: Works as a motivational speaker.
Eamonn Loughran Today: He now lives in his native Ballymena working in the building and property industry.
Terry Flanagan @terryflanagan5 Today: Active.
Richie Woodhall @richiewoodhall Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 1998. After Boxing: was a body double for Brad Pitt in a fight scene in the movie Snatch & now does analyst work for Channel 5.
Jamie McDonnell @JamieMcdonnell1 Today: Active.
Herbie Hide @herbiehide Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #6 1994. After Boxing: In December 2003, Hide was “attacked by a group of men” in a Norwich night club. This resulted in his subsequent arrest and conviction for “possession of an offensive weapon, a 10-inch kitchen knife,” for which he was fined £750. In September 2008, Hide was warned by Norwich magistrates that he faced 75 days in jail if £3,767 of outstanding motoring fines were not paid by 30 November 2008.During a television interview in July 2008, Hide claimed that promoter Frank Warren “had dishonestly and corruptly bribed Johnny Nelson to retire and give up his WBO cruiserweight title.” When Warren sued for libel, Hide failed to respond and a default judgment of £35,000 was entered against him. Hide appeared at Norwich Crown Court, charged with rape, but was found not guilty on 20 July 2011 after “the prosecution offered no evidence.” On 18 March 2012, a man in his 20s was fatally stabbed at Hide’s home. A suspect has been arrested for murder in connection with the incident. Police said they believed Hide was not home at the time of the killing. On 29 November 2013 Hide was sentenced to 22 months in prison for selling cocaine.
Shea Neary After Boxing: On 2 May 2011, Neary was arrested following a brawl at the Revolution bar in Albert Dock, Liverpool, but was later cleared of assault charges in December.
Ross Hale Today: Unsure – if you have any information let me know @seokingoflondon
Glenn Catley @GlennCatley Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #8 2000. Today: Does after dinner speaking via @GordonPooleLtd
Del Bryan After Boxing: After retiring from boxing, Bryan worked as a security officer at Nottingham Crown Court before working in construction, while at the same time training youngsters for the Probation Service.
James Hare After Boxing:“I sat on the Area council for a while and that was a connection to boxing but I haven’t got the time or dedication to get involved with a club or professional fighters. I’ve lived on the other side of it and it takes over your life. I’ve got a young kid now and I’m married to Amanda.”
Glenn McCrory @SkyGlennMcCrory Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #5 1989. After Boxing: SkySports analyst & media personality.
Enzo Maccarinelli @theRealEnzoMac Today: Still active at a vastly diminished level – despite a paper win against the guy who used to be Roy Jones Junior.
Dean Francis @gstarsupps Today: Runs an “Online Sports Supplements Store with a High Fashion Edge.“
Jawaid Khaliq @jawaidkhaliq Today: After boxing, Khaliq started working full-time as a taxi driver in order to support his wife and children. Khaliq set up ‘Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Academy’ in Nottingham which he funded by being a taxi driver. In 2013, the club faced financial problems as it could not afford to stay on its current premises and faced the threat to close-down.
Brian Magee @brian_magee
Steve Boyle Today: Unsure – if you have any information let me know @seokingoflondon
Billy Joe Saunders @bjsaunders_ Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 in 2015. Today: Active.
Tony Bellew @TonyBellew Today: Active.
Nathan Cleverly @NathanClev Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 in 2013. Today: Active.
Matthew Macklin @mattmacklin Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #3 in 2011. Today: Active.
Ryan Rhodes @26RLR Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #4 in 2010. After Boxing: Rhodes announced his retirement from professional boxing on 4 September 2012.
Michael Ayers Today: Unsure – if you have any information let me know @seokingoflondon
Jon Thaxton Today: works with Graham Everett training fighters.
Gary Mason @GaryMasonCharit After Boxing: died on 6 January 2011 in a cycling accident in South London aged just 48.
Chris Eubank Jr @ChrisEubankJr Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #8 in 2015. Today: Active.
Andy Holligan After Boxing: son Vinnie was found by police in Northern Perimeter Road, Bootle in June 2014. He was pronounced dead by paramedics after he was stuck by a car that allegedly failed to stop at the scene. A 23-year-old man, from Bootle, was released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Carl Thompson @CThompsonBoxer After Boxing: “I miss making money, but I don’t miss fighting – it was just a job. Winning titles kept me going but once I knew that those days were gone that was it for me.” Carl Thompson
Jamie Moore @JamieMoore777 After Boxing: Moore was shot twice once in the hip and in the leg in Marbella on 3 August 2014. SkySports analyst & media personality.
Tony Wilson After Boxing: Wilson runs a boxing gym in Walsall and coaches boxers.
Alex Arthur @AlexArthur1 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #7 in 2007. End of Career: On 26 June 2013 Arthur officially retired from boxing.
Callum Smith @CallumSmith23 Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #9 in 2015. Today: Active.
Michael Brodie After Boxing: was cleared of couriering cocaine worth £138,000 into Manchester in 2012.
Anthony Joshua @anthonyfjoshua Peak The Ring Magazine’s Annual Rating: #10 in 2015. Today: Active.
Josh Warrington @J_Warrington Today: Active.
Crawford Ashley Today: Unsure – if you have any information let me know @seokingoflondon
Birmingham based trainer @jonpegg74
Prince Naseem Hamed
Ex-professional fighter, current trainer & media personality @IceJohnScully
Criteria for prospect status & ranking for the purposes of this listing:
Less than 10 professional fights. That is 9 or less.
Under the Age of 30 – with preference given to younger fighters.
Fighter’s ability & proven pedigree – in the amateurs & in early professional bouts – accounts for 65% of their ranking. Fighting ability is given this weighting because a fighter with more ability is more likely to be picked up by a capable promotional vehicle in the future – if they haven’t been already. This can in rare instances be superseded by inherent market worth factors – specifically in the cases of famous ex-fighter’s children whose ability need not necessarily be the reason they were signed – in such cases the ‘ability’ ranking is a composite of actual ability plus a fame/notoriety/name brand premium.
Promotional & managerial backing accounts for 25% of their ranking.
The remaining 10% of their ranking is derived from any latent (potential) marketing upside they could enjoy but do not currently.
This is not a listing of pure boxing ability but a listing of the most potentially lucrative careers from a promotional & business sense moving forward. Another way to understand the listing is Potential Upside Multiplied by Probability of Success Equals Estimated Currently Deciphered Future Worth.
The lighter weights are very well represented in this listing – Andrew Selby whilst already 27 years old has ability in buckets & is being fast tracked toward world level. Whilst not enjoying the promotional backing of a major promoter yet there will be a bidding war when not if he makes the switch to one of the big boys. The fact that his brother Lee is already signed to Al Haymon & regularly appears on Matchroom PPV events should see a seamless uptick in his promotional backing when the time is right.
Taken as a whole the listing suffers from the long period of time since the last Olympics. That is not to say that several major stars couldn’t emerge from this listing – just that I’d expect the post-Rio list to offer yet more financial potential.
Selby’s rival Charlie Edwards places third and comes with the advantage of relative youth as well as best of kind promotional backing. Of the Top 3 he also stems from the biggest boxing market (Greater London – or near enough) compared to the harder sells of Wales & Birmingham. Critically, because he is still just 23 it is more probable he lands up fighting his prime commercial years one, two or even three weight divisions higher. Do not be shocked if Selby vs. Edwards never happens & they both go on to hold multiple world titles.
Gamal Yafai – who separates the not fighting anytime soon Selby & Edwards in second place – has both substantial ability & the backing of the biggest promoter outside of America. The sky is the limit for this kid & a world title should be viewed as a near inevitability – how successfully that can be spun commercially remains to be seen but he & his brother/s are breaking new ground.
Marcus Morrison(@MarcusSweetMNM) & Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) both would have featured prominently on this list but each miss the less than 10 professional fights stipulation having fought ten and eleven times already respectively. Also note that with the increased focus on the heavyweight division in recent months with the world titles won by Tyson Fury & Anthony Joshua there is an increased premium on the heavyweight division & every heavyweight novice prospect as a result of the trickle down economic nature of boxing has been reviewed within the inflated heavyweight ecosystem leading to heightened prospect status within the rankings.
World Champion is taken to mean holder of a WBC, WBO, IBF or WBA belt OR holder of position 1, 2, 3 or 4 on Boxrec.
World level is taken to mean holder of position 5-12 on Boxrec.
Fringe World level is taken to mean holder of position 13-25 on Boxrec.
European level is taken to mean holder of position 26-50 on Boxrec.
Fringe European level is taken to mean holder of position 51-100 on Boxrec.
Domestic level is taken to mean holder of position 101-200 on Boxrec.
All ‘positions’ are world rankings on Boxrec – not British rankings.
UK Boxing’s 50 Best Prospects
Andrew Selby 27 @andrewselby1 Potential: World Champion. Probability: 90%. Estimated career earnings: £3.25 million. Won Gold at Flyweight at the European Championships in both 2011 & 2013. Won Silver in 2011 & Bronze in 2013 at the World Championships. 2012 London Olympian. Current World Ranking: 82. Promoter: All but one of first 5 bouts Sanigar Events. Google searches in the UK last month: 2,400.
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Gamal Yafai 24 @Gamal_yafai Potential: World Champion. Probability: 85%. Estimated career earnings: £2.75 million. ABA Champion at Flyweight in 2009. Current World Ranking: 51. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 5,400.
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Charlie Edwards 23 @CEdwardsBoxing Potential: World Champion. Probability: 84%. Estimated career earnings: £2.25 million. ABA Champion at Light Flyweight in 2011 & at Flyweight in 2014. Current World Ranking: 69. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,300.
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Reece Bellotti 25 @Bomber_Bellotti Potential: World Champion. Probability: 65%. Estimated career earnings: £2.1 million. ABA Champion at Bantamweight in 2012 & at Featherweight in 2013. Current World Ranking: 162. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 140.
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Anthony Ogogo 27 @AnthonyOgogo Potential: World Champion. Probability: 55%. Needs to fight more often & decide on a single promotional track & just run with it. Estimated career earnings: very difficult to gauge – worst case scenario of £1 million best case scenario of as much as £10 million – time is though now of the essence. ABA Champion at Middleweight in 2010. Won Bronze at 2012 Olympic Games at Middleweight. Current World Ranking: 186. Promoter: Golden Boy/Sauerland. Google searches in the UK last month: 3,600.
out of 65
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out of 10
Total Prospect Rating
out of 100
Ted Cheeseman 20 @Ted_MRFISHER_ Potential: World Level. Probability: 70%. Estimated career earnings: £1.8 million. Current World Ranking: 268. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 260.
out of 65
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out of 10
Total Prospect Rating
out of 100
Conor Benn 19 @ConorNigel Potential: Cash Cow. Probability: 90%. Estimated career earnings: £6 million if the forces behind him can find a litany of beatable but believable opponents – the history of ex-fighters sons is littered with under-performing encores so matchmaking with be ultra important to his financial success here. Current World Ranking: 322. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 8,100.
out of 65
out of 25
out of 10
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out of 100
Josh Taylor 25 @JoshTaylorBoxer Potential: World Champion. Probability: 44%. Estimated career earnings: £1.75 million. Current World Ranking: 101. Promoter: Cyclone Promotions. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,600.
out of 65
out of 25
out of 10
Total Prospect Rating
out of 100
Charlie Flynn 22 @ChuckFlynn93 Potential: World Level. Probability: 75%. Estimated career earnings: £1.6 million. Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist at Lightweight in 2014. Current World Ranking: 367. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 5,400.
out of 65
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Total Prospect Rating
out of 100
Lucien Reid 22 @LucienReid Potential: World Level. Probability: 60%. Estimated career earnings: £1.3 million. ABA Champion at Bantamweight in 2013. Current World Ranking: 256. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 110.
Jake Ball 23 @1jakeball Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 60%. Estimated career earnings: £1.2 million. Current World Ranking: 250. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,900.
out of 65
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out of 100
Jack Flatley 21 @JackFlatley_ Potential: World Level. Probability: 45%. Estimated career earnings: £1.15 million. ABA Finalist at Middleweight in 2015. Current World Ranking: 552. Promoter: Writ. Google searches in the UK last month: 70.
Ben Hall 22 @19BenHall Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 50%. Estimated career earnings: £1 million. Current World Ranking: 106. Google searches in the UK last month: 720.
Conrad Cummings 24 @ChampCummings Potential: European Level. Probability: 70%. Estimated career earnings: £1 million. Current World Ranking: 114. Promoter: Cyclone Promotions. Google searches in the UK last month: 390.
Tony Dixon 23 Estimated career earnings: £650,000. Potential: World Level. Probability: 45%. Current World Ranking: 143. Promoter: Sanigar Events. Google searches in the UK last month: 210.
Josh Pritchard 21 @ThePunisherJP Potential: World Level. Probability: 55%. Estimated career earnings: £750,000. Current World Ranking: 279. Promoter: Cyclone Promotions. Google searches in the UK last month: 170.
Isaac Chamberlain 22 @IChamberlain_ Potential: World Level. Probability: 55%. Estimated career earnings: £850,000. Current World Ranking: 225. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 480.
Josh Leather 24 @joshleather91 Estimated career earnings: £650,000. ABA Champion at Lightweight in 2012. Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 40%. Current World Ranking: 227. Promoter: Writ. Google searches in the UK last month: 480.
Sean Davis 26 Estimated career earnings: £425,000. Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 35%. Current World Ranking: 109. Google searches in the UK last month: 590.
Lewis Ritson 22 @lewis_ritson Estimated career earnings: £525,000. Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 35%. Current World Ranking: 240. Promoter: Lock Stock Promotions. Google searches in the UK last month: <10.
Kieran Smith 22 @KieranSmith15 Potential: European Level. Probability: 70%. Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Current World Ranking: 174. Promoter: Lock Stock Promotions in 3 of 4 bouts. Google searches in the UK last month: 320.
Nick Webb 28 @itsanickting Potential: European Level. Probability: 65%. Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Current World Ranking: 146. Promoter: 4 different ones in first 6 fights (including next scheduled one). Google searches in the UK last month: 1,000.
Yusuf Safa 22 @YusufSafa94 Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 55%. Estimated career earnings: £850,000. Current World Ranking: 369. Promoter: Hennessy Sports. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,300.
Prince Patel 23 @PrincePatel1993 Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 35%. Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Current World Ranking: 219. Promoter: Writ. Google searches in the UK last month: 4,400.
Cori Gibbs 22 @CoriGibbs93 Potential: World Level. Probability: 35%. Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Current World Ranking: 612. Google searches in the UK last month: 70.
Tommy McCarthy 25 @Tommymac90 Potential: European Level. Probability: 45%. Estimated career earnings: £700,000. Current World Ranking: 86. Promoter: 8 different promoters in first 9 bouts. Google searches in the UK last month: 210.
Young Fury 19 @youngkingfury Potential: European Level. Probability: 35%. Estimated career earnings: £850,000. Current World Ranking: 370. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,000.
Joe Costello 22 Estimated career earnings: £550,000. Current World Ranking: 210. Promoter: Writ. Google searches in the UK last month: 260.
Joe Fitzpatrick 21 @fitzpatrickjoe Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 45%. Estimated career earnings: £700,000. Current World Ranking: 320. Google searches in the UK last month: 260.
Jordan Cooke 22 @JordanCooke1 Potential: European Level. Probability: 55%. Estimated career earnings: £400,000. Current World Ranking: 244. Google searches in the UK last month: 170.
Anthony Yarde 24 @mranthonyyarde Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Current World Ranking: 153. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,300.
Jack Massey 23 @jackmassey123 Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Current World Ranking: 98. Google searches in the UK last month: 170.
Ryan Davies 22 @RPDBoxing Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Current World Ranking: 336.
Georgie Kean 24 @1georgiekean Potential: Domestic Level. Probability: 80%. Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Current World Ranking: 292. Google searches in the UK last month: 260.
Tom Farrell 26 @TomFarrell89 Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Current World Ranking: 247. Google searches in the UK last month: 480.
Waleed Din 23 @Waleed_Din Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 60%. Estimated career earnings: £250,000. Current World Ranking: 147. Google searches in the UK last month: 480.
Jose Lopes 25 @lopesboxing Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Current World Ranking: 174. Google searches in the UK last month: 90.
Luke Watkins 26 @TheDukeWatkins Estimated career earnings: £250,000. Current World Ranking: 138. Google searches in the UK last month: 170.
Joe Pigford 22 @joepigford Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Current World Ranking: 156. Google searches in the UK last month: 140.
Jeff Saunders 24 @JeffSaundersPro. Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 60%. ABA Champion at Welterweight in 2013. Estimated career earnings: £650,000. Current World Ranking: 312. Promoter: Matchroom. Google searches in the UK last month: 170.
Zelfa Barrett@zelfaflash 22 Estimated career earnings: £650,000. Current World Ranking: 312. Google searches in the UK last month: 320.
James Thomson 26 Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Google searches in the UK last month: 480.
Alex Hughes 22 Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Promoter: Writ. Google searches in the UK last month: 390.
Sam Ball 20 Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Google searches in the UK last month: 110.
Ryan Kelly 22 @Ryan_Kelly_Pro Estimated career earnings: £200,000. Google searches in the UK last month: 110.
Dec Spelman 24 @dec_spelman Estimated career earnings: £150,000. Google searches in the UK last month: <10.
Tyrone McKenna 26 @Tyronemck Estimated career earnings: £250,000. Google searches in the UK last month: 50.
Simon Barclay 26 @sidbarcs. Potential: Fringe World Level. Probability: 60%. ABA Champion at Cruiserweight in 2010 & at Heavyweight in 2012. Estimated career earnings: £450,000. Promoter: Writ. Google searches in the UK last month: 1,000.
Matty Fagan 27 @FaganMatthew Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Google searches in the UK last month: 90.
Archie Sharp 21 @archiesharp95 Estimated career earnings: £350,000. Google searches in the UK last month: 260.
What follows are details on substances included in a typical known boxer PED regime – that of one Yuriorkis Gamboa. A hand written PED cycle was found when Gamboa’s ‘anti-aging’ clinic was raided by US officials. I have also included details of substances commonly used by boxers who use performance enhancing drugs outside of his regime in the section entitled “Other Substances/Methods Utilized” – including blood doping &/ EPO.
This specific cycle was for his aborted bout with Brandon Rios in 2012 – a fight he eventually declined to participate in because his purse was ‘only’ $1.1 million. The fact that a confirmed PED user hasn’t beaten anyone in the top 150 fighters in his division in nearly 3 years should give you some clue as to the extent of performance enhancing drug usage in professional boxing.
Yuriorkis Gamboa’s Regimen:
Activagen contains the signals typical of demineralised bone matrix, which directly stimulate the formation of new bone tissue. That means this PED helps bones grow – harder & denser – does having a better chin, even in part, come from having thicker, harder bones? Ask a boxer who is taking this stuff.
Human Growth Hormone – 3 days detection time. Does the before image below look familiar? (Hmmm..)
HGH is one of the most active hormones in the world today. The miracles of testosterone have amazed the world of bodybuilding with its regular turnout of 300-pound behemoths, but GH is another story altogether.
When you take into account that hormones may hold the secret to stopping aging in its tracks, and that GH is the hormone produced on the largest scale in the human body, it may be our own fountain of youth. I’m not saying that large amounts of HGH would help you live to be 200—here is also the matter of tissue resistance.
GH starts to decline in the body as we grow older. After the age of 30 it declines by 25 percent every decade, so by the time you hit 60 you are operating at 25 percent of original capacity. If HGH was present in the same amount throughout our lives, we’d easily live to be 140, several inches taller, and a lot more muscular.
Growth hormone was discovered in the 1920s and was isolated in the form of somatotropin in 1956. The benefits of HGH are immense; even today new research pops up regularly that reveals new uses for it. HGH is present in the body at a rate of 500 micrograms at any time in the blood of males between the ages of 20 and 30.
It’s produced by the anterior pituitary gland under the stimulation of the hypothalamus (like LH, the testosterone precursor). The effects on our system are tremendous:
HGH promotes and increases the synthesis of new protein tissues, such as in muscle recovery or repair. This is the way new muscle is built.
Recent research suggests its involvement in the metabolism of body fat and its conversion to energy sources. Tests were conducted in obese people, and medical use in treating obesity was proven beyond a doubt. Some pros have used GH as a way of maintaining and increasing lean mass while dieting for years.
It improves the sleeping pattern, makes for fewer unintended awakenings and betters REM-stage sleep.
HGH produces more energy
It may improve sexual performance
It builds stronger bones
Improves the quality and duration of heart and kidneys
As you can see, HGH has several benefits. Research shows HGH may be superior to testosterone and its derivatives because it is not androgenic, causes no aromatization, and shows few side effects in limited doses. It can dramatically increase size in combination with testosterone.
DHEA – DHEA-S serum half-life of about 12 hours.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands. These are glands just above your kidneys.woman holding supplements. DHEA supplements can be made from wild yam or soy. Scientists don’t know everything DHEA does. But they do know that it functions as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone.
Benefits of DHEA are claimed to be the following:
Building up the adrenal gland
Strengthening the immune system
Slowing natural changes in the body that come with age
Providing more energy
Improving mood and memory
Building up bone and muscle strength
Side Effects of DHEA include:
Oily skin and acne, as well as skin thickening
High blood pressure
Rapid or irregular heart beat
Unfavorable changes in cholesterol levels
Testosterone Propionate – clears your system in 2 weeks. Testosterone Propionate is a single ester testosterone compound and represents one of the most important testosterone compounds every manufactured. When synthetic testosterone was first created it was in its pure form. Simply put there was no ester attached, thereby providing a fast acting compound that would necessarily require a very frequent administration schedule. In 1937 the pharmaceutical giant Schering out of Germany would release the first ester base testosterone in Testosterone Propionate under the trade name Testoviron. The same trade name it would eventually give to its Testosterone Enanthate product. By attaching the Propionate ester to the hormone, this would allow for the hormone’s release time to be controlled and provided a more efficient means in maintaining stable blood levels. Although this was not the first synthetic testosterone preparation created, Testosterone Propionate would become the first commercially available testosterone product. It would also dominate the medical community until the 1960’s and much of the newly born performance enhancing community.
Testosterone troche lozenges and cream – 1 to 3 days. A troche (pronounced trOh-key) is a small medicated lozenge designed to dissolve. It can be a hard lozenge (i.e. cough drop) or a soft gelatin (i.e. a gummy) meant to dissolve slowly in the mouth. Troches have unlimited uses in individuals who have difficulty swallowing.
Other Substances/Methods Utilized
Blood Doping is the practice of boosting the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream in order to enhance athletic performance. Because such blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles, a higher concentration in the blood can improve an athlete’s aerobic capacity (VO2 max) and endurance. Blood transfusions can be traditionally classiﬁed as autologous, where the blood donor and transfusion recipient are the same, or as allogeneic/homologous, where the blood is transfused into someone other than the donor. Blood transfusion begins by the withdrawal of 1 to 4 units of blood (1 unit = 450 ml of blood) several weeks before competition. The blood is centrifuged, the plasma components are immediately reinfused, and the corpuscular elements, principally red blood cells (RBCs), are stored refrigerated at 4◦C or frozen at −80◦C. As blood stored by refrigeration displays a steady decline in the number of RBCs, a substantial percentage, up to 40%, of the stored RBCs may not be viable. The freezing process, conversely, limits the aging of the cells, allowing the storage of the blood for up to 10 years with a 10% to 15% loss of RBCs. Stored RBCs are then reinfused, usually 1 to 7 days before a high-endurance event. As a signiﬁcant amount of iron is removed by each autologous transfusion, an adequate time for recovery of not less than 3 days from the last donation, and appropriate iron supplements, are usually required for patients undergoing autologous donations. Nearly 50% of autologous donations are not used by the donor and are discarded, as current standards do not allow transfusion of these units to another patient for safety reasons.
EPO – Erythropoietin is a glycoprotein hormone produced by the interstitial fibroblasts in the kidney that signal for erythropoiesis in bone marrow.(Britannica) The increased activity of a Hemocytoblast (RBC stem cell) allows the blood to have a greater carrying capacity for oxygen. EPO was first developed to counteract the effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer patients. EPO also stimulates increased wound healing. The physiological side effect of EPO, particularly increased hematocrit, has become a potential drug to abuse by professional and amateur cyclists.
For decades the heavyweight championship of the world was the richest & most revered title in all of professional sports. Holders of this title were as famous & interwoven at the top of the cultural hierarchy as any film star or political leader. These men were uncrowned royalty in the wider culture. In truth the seeds of the destruction of this institution were sown upon the formation of the World Boxing Association in 1962 & the World Boxing Council the following year. The, at first subtle, but over time more & more glaring distinction been ‘a’ world champion & ‘the’ world champion was born.
Many will question this assertion – largely on the basis that the years 1962-1982 inclusive provided many historically great fights, a fact that I do not dispute. What I do maintain is that a time-lag effect systematically, slowly at first & then at an accelerated rate, destroyed the concept of a heavyweight champion of the world. That is the entire concept of even two globally acknowledged champions in one division started a process that continues to this day with a third ‘major’ sanctioning body being established in 1983 in the International Boxing Federation & a fourth in 1988 in the World Boxing Organization. But unlike almost every other economic endeavor – where the freeing up of markets to competition leads to a better net product for the customer, in boxing, the influx of poorly run, barely legal sanctioning bodies has in effect been a race to the bottom – not the top.
Take The Jackasses Over at the IBF for Example
These clowns have a history of civil racketeering, mail fraud and soliciting bribes. This is all a matter of US federal court public record. There was nothing unusual or out of the ordinary about the theft of Tyson Fury‘s belt in the aftermath of his win over Wladimir Klitschko – who’d held the organization’s belt since April 22, 2006. A not dissimilar thing happened to Michael Moorer after he lost to George Foreman in 1994. Foreman ($250,000), Bob Arum ($100,000 of an agreed $200,000) & Axel Schulz’s promoter Cedric Kushner ($100,000) all paid bribes to the IBF to allow Foreman to fight Schulz instead of Moorer.
The only difference one suspects with the utter shambles that has been the IBF heavyweight title from the moment Fury was stripped of his title – for the mortal sin of honoring the rematch he was legally obliged to agree to in order to get the Klitschko fight in the first place – to the Moorer circumvention is that the bridge of the laughably poor Charles Martin was deployed as Anthony Joshua took possession of a belt he has zero moral claim to. Additionally the circumstances surrounding Martin’s ‘championship win’ – due to an injury in the 3rd round to the only vaguely credible opponent on his card – point to a yet larger conspiracy.
The IBF are of course the same organization who forced Oscar De La Hoya to relinquish his lightweight belt in 1995 for refusing to fight the spectacularly under-qualified Miguel Julio of Columbia. Julio’s record at the time he was made a challenger by the IBF needs to be seen to be believed. He was nominally 29-1-1 at the time – masking the fact that 18 of those wins came against opponents without even a single professional win to their names. His record against opponents who were coming in off a win was 1-1-1.
The Question of Deserving A World Title Shot
By worthy I mean accomplished at the time they ENTERED the ring to fight for the heavyweight title they went on to win. Another way of looking at this is who were the most deserving to the least deserving of a title shot in the first place.
Bob Fitzsimmons; James J. Corbett; James J. Jeffries & John L. Sullivan due to their status as pioneers, the relative difficulty of global travel during their time & the associated relative lack of sufficient numbers of world level heavyweight competition in their time are all exempt from this discussion.
Note that fighters such as Ezzard Charles, Evander Holyfield, Michael Spinks & Roy Jones Junior are given credit for notable elite international level wins outside of the heavyweight division but in a deflated manner. Despite this devaluation Charles’ body of work pre-challenging for the heavyweight title taken as a whole is vast & immense. The comparison with the ilk of Charles Martin is insulting to the legacy of the great champions of the past.
With the dilution in credibility of heavyweight champions has come a loosely parallel deflation in personalities of mass appeal. There are of course exceptions but their platform has shrunk & their wider cultural significance all but evaporated. On Saturday Anthony Joshua become the 12th man in history by my reckoning to claim a major heavyweight title having beaten zero elite level international opposition in order to be awarded his title shot.
The Most to Least Worthy Heavyweight Champions in Boxing History
Ezzard Charles. Held wins over Teddy Yarosz; Charley Burley (twice at middleweight); Joey Maxim (three times); Anton Christoforidis; Archie Moore (three times at light heavyweight); Lloyd Marshall (twice) & Jimmy Bivins (three times) before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Joe Louis. Held wins over Primo Carnera; King Levinsky; Max Baer; Jack Sharkey & Bob Pastor before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Jack Johnson. Held wins over George Gardner; Sandy Ferguson; Joe Jeannette (four times); Sam Langford & Bob Fitzsimmons before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Career pre-dated these rankings.
Rocky Marciano. Held wins over Roland LaStarza; Rex Layne; Joe Louis; Lee Savold & Harry Matthews before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Max Baer. Held wins over King Levinsky (twice); Ernie Schaaf & Max Schmeling (in Ring Magazine’s1933 Fight of the Year) before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Gene Tunney. Held wins over Harry Greb (three times); Georges Carpentier & Tommy Gibbons before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Muhammad Ali. Held wins over Archie Moore; Doug Jones; Henry Cooper & Alejandro Lavorante before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Ingemar Johansson. Held wins over Henry Cooper; Heinz Neuhaus; Eddie Machen; Franco Cavicchi & Joe Erskine before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Sonny Liston. Held wins over Eddie Machen; Zora Folley; Cleveland Williams (twice); Roy Harris & Mike DeJohn before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Jersey Joe Walcott. Held wins over Joe Baksi; Lee Q. Murray; Curtis Sheppard; Jimmy Bivins; Lee Oma; Joey Maxim (twice) & Elmer Ray before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Joe Frazier. Held wins over Oscar Bonavena; Eddie Machen; Doug Jones & George Chuvalo before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Jack Sharkey. Held wins over Harry Wills; Mike McTigue; Jim Maloney; Young Stribling & Tommy Loughran before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Floyd Patterson. Held wins over Jimmy Slade (twice); Yvon Durelle (twice); Tommy Jackson & Tommy Harrison before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Jim Braddock. Held wins over Pete Latzo; Tuffy Griffiths; Les Kennedy; John Henry Lewis & Art Lasky before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Primo Carnera. Held wins over Young Stribling; Neal Clisby; George Godfrey; Jim Maloney; King Levinsky & Ernie Schaaf before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Ernie Terrell. Held wins over Cleveland Williams; Zora Folley; Gerhard Zech & Bob Foster before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
George Foreman. Held wins over Gregorio Peralta (twice); George Chuvalo & Luis Faustino Pires before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Michael Dokes. Held wins over Jimmy Young; Ossie Ocasio & John L. Gardner before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Jimmy Ellis. Held wins over Holly Mims; Johnny Persol; Leotis Martin & Oscar Bonavena before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Michael Spinks. Held wins over Ramon Ranquello; Yaqui Lopez; Eddie Mustafa Muhammad & Dwight Muhammad Qawi before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Ken Norton. Held win over Muhammad Ali before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Evander Holyfield. Held wins over Dwight Muhammad Qawi (twice) & Carlos De Leon before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Larry Holmes. Held win over Earnie Shavers before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Max Schmeling. Held wins over Hein Domgoergen; Michele Bonaglia; Michele Bonaglia; Johnny Risko & Paulino Uzcudun before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Lennox Lewis. Held wins over Jean-Maurice Chanet; Gary Mason; Mike Weaver; Tyrell Biggs & Donovan Ruddock before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Jack Dempsey. Held wins over Gunboat Smith (twice); Bill Brennan; Billy Miske (twice); Fred Fulton & Battling Levinsky before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Gerrie Coetzee. Held wins over Mike Schutte (twice); Pierre Fourie & Leon Spinks before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
John Tate. Held wins over Duane Bobick & Kallie Knoetze before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 8th.
Riddick Bowe. Held wins over Tyrell Biggs; Tony Tubbs & Pierre Coetzer before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Roy Jones Jr.. Held wins over Jorge Vaca; Jorge Fernando Castro; Bernard Hopkins; Thulani Malinga; James Toney; Vinny Pazienza; Mike McCallum; Montell Griffin; Virgil Hill & Clinton Woods before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 4th.
Michael Moorer. Held wins over Bert Cooper & James “Bonecrusher” Smith before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Tyson Fury. Held wins over Dereck Chisora (twice); Steve Cunningham & Christian Hammer before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Greg Page. Held wins over George Chaplin (twice); Marty Monroe; Alfredo Evangelista; Jimmy Young; James Tillis & Renaldo Snipes before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
David Haye. Held wins over Jean Marc Mormeck & Enzo Maccarinelli before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Francesco Damiani. Held wins over Anders Eklund & Tyrell Biggs before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 4th.
Mike Tyson. Held win over Marvis Frazier before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. James Tillis is commonly regarded as Tyson’s best pre-Championship opponent largely due to his status as the first man to take him the distance but its noted that at the time they met Tillis had lost 4 of his last 5 bouts & he was without a win over anyone with a winning record for more than 2 years. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Tim Witherspoon. Held win over Renaldo Snipes before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Mike Weaver. Held win over Stan Ward before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Samuel Peter. Held win over Jeremy Williams before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Trevor Berbick. Held wins over John Tate before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 5th.
Wladimir Klitschko. Held wins over Axel Schulz & Monte Barrett before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
James “Bonecrusher” Smith. Held win over Frank Bruno before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Marvin Hart. Held wins over Philadelphia Jack O’Brien & Jack Johnson before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Career pre-dated these rankings.
James “Buster” Douglas. Held wins over Randall Cobb & Greg Page before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 4th.
Frank Bruno. Held wins over Lucien Rodriguez; Anders Eklund & Gerrie Coetzee before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 7th.
Ray Mercer. Held win over Bert Cooper before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 4th.
Ruslan Chagaev. Held win over John Ruiz before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Nikolay Valuev. Held wins over Marcelo Fabian Dominguez & Larry Donald before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 5th.
Oleg Maskaev. Held win over Sinan Samil Sam before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Tony Tucker. Held win over James Broad before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Pinklon Thomas. Held win over a 22-1 peaking James Tillis before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Hasim Rahman. Held win over Corrie Sanders before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Oliver McCall. Held wins over Francesco Damiani & Bruce Seldon before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Alexander Povetkin. Held wins over Eddie Chambers & a 2007 version of Chris Byrd before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Shannon Briggs. Held win over George Foreman before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 5th.
Corrie Sanders. Held wins over Johnny Du Plooy; Bert Cooper & Ross Puritty before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Bermane Stiverne. Held wins over Ray Austin & Chris Arreola before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Tony Tubbs. Held win over James “Bonecrusher” Smith before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 4th.
Leon Spinks. Held win over Alfio Righetti before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Jess Willard. Held win over George Rodel before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Career pre-dated these rankings.
Siarhei Liakhovich. Held win over 2004 version of Dominick Guinn before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 6th.
John Ruiz. Held win over Jimmy Thunder before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 2nd.
Henry Akinwande. Held wins over Jimmy Thunder & Johnny Nelson before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 7th.
Tommy Burns. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Career pre-dated these rankings.
Deontay Wilder. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World – only shot names such as a 41 year old Audley Harrison & a 37 year old Siarhei Liakhovich. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 3rd.
Vitali Klitschko. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: Champion.
Tommy Morrison. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 9th.
Herbie Hide. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 6th.
Sultan Ibragimov. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 6th.
Anthony Joshua. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 10th.
Chris Byrd. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 1st.
Lamon Brewster. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 4th.
Bruce Seldon. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 6th.
Michael Bentt. Held wins over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: 5th.
Charles Martin. Held win over no one at elite international level before challenging for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Peak Ring Magazine end of year ranking: never made the Top 10.
Anthony Joshua is a machine – & I’m not talking about his ability as a boxer. I am talking about his ability to sell out arenas, attract sponsors & swell the number of those willing to buy Pay Per telecasts. Much of this enthusiasm by the buying public is predicated on his well crafted veneer as a brutal knockout artist who has never been beaten.
So whilst boxing fans wonder how he’d get on with Tyson Fury (or any of the other handful of legit elite heavyweights out there today) don’t expect any particularly risky opponents anytime soon.
A Joshua fight at the O2 Arena loosely generates & will continue to generate the following amounts:
20,000 tickets sold @ a mean face value price of £125 = £2,500,000
Sponsorship of no less than £250,000 (and in many cases substantially more)
PPV revenue of (and this is ‘real PPV’ not ‘public lied about PPV’) 140,000 PPV Buys @ £16.95 a pop = £2,373,000
Total revenue = £5,123,000
Now whilst Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua would do well in all 3 revenue streams it would come with risk. Let’s for arguments sake say that Fury vs. Joshua is a 50-50 fight. The forces behind Joshua are faced with two options:
Take the Fury fight next (or within a couple fights) and generate £10,000,000 in one night but run the risk of losing and bursting the bubble upon which his marketability is based. Such a loss would immediately reduce Joshua’s ability to print money by up to 70%.
So in layman’s terms he generates 10 in one night then has a 50% chance of generating 3 for the next 9 fights which is a total of £37 million generated over 10 fights.
Fight only opponents you are sure AJ would beat & continue to generate £5,123,000 or more fight after fight after fight. Remember that after each win his money generation capacity goes up so £5,123,000 for fight 1, £5,500,000 for fight 2 and so on until he is hitting £7,500,000 for his 10th fight given a still very safe opponent – but one people who have been conditioned via the marketing muscle of Sky Sports to believe is a ‘threat’ when they are anything but.
Such a model generates as much as £65,000,000 over Joshua’s next ten bouts. And fight number 11 – against Fury or whoever – is only likely to generate more & more money. Don’t forget the mere promise of a potential fight with Fury will expand and expand the revenue generated from such a bout. That is the forces behind Joshua aren’t losing out on a £10,000,000 opportunity they are merely refusing a £10,000,000 opportunity NOW but potentially generating £18,000,000 or even £20,000,000 plus down the line after having filled their pockets with as much as £28,000,000 more in the process of taking on 10 safer opponents Joshua will almost certainly beat.
Remember that both Fury & Joshua are in their mid 20s. This means that they are both viable fistic entities for another decade.
Matt Hamilton is a London based search engine expert & boxing advisor.