Adonis Stevenson vs Tony Bellew Fight Preview and Prediction

Adonis Stevenson vs Tony Bellew

The weekends big fight sees The Ring and WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson defend his world titles against number one ranked contender Tony Bellew in Quebec, Canada. Coverage will be shown in the UK live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 1am in a fight where I and many others believe Tony Bellew is in deep water.

Adonis Stevenson’s last 12 wins have all come by knock out or stoppage including wins against some of the best fighters in the world. Stevenson justified his ‘Superman’ nickname by sensationally stopping then WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson with frightening power just 75 seconds into their title match. Perhaps most worryingly for Bellew, many (including Floyd Mayweather Jnr) considered Dawson to be one of the best orthodox boxers in the world with sound punching technique. Also of particular note for Bellew is the fact Dawson held a large height and reach advantage. Although you could argue Dawson was caught cold so early in the fight, the reality is he was shocked by the speed and power he was faced with. Stevenson then followed up this win with a savage seven round beating of teak tough Tavoris Cloud who again possesses world-class boxing technique and exceptional levels of fitness.

So does Bellew bring anything new to the table to challenge Stevenson? In a word, no. Although Bellew comes across as a likeable and hardworking boxer I believe there are many fundamental flaws in his boxing technique. Bellew carries both hands fairly low (especially his right) and also stands very upright and stiff legged. He is tailor made for the athletic style of Stevenson. In a seven year career as a professional Bellew has had 21 fights, winning 12 by knockout, 8 with decision and losing his only fight at world title level to Nathan Cleverly. I would describe Bellew’s record as padded at best, in my opinion Bellew lost his fight to Isaac Chilemba (in their first encounter) where he was comfortably outboxed and unable to cope with Chilemba’s speed, fast hands and superior movement. Bellew was hit by Chilemba seemingly at will, what would’ve happened if Chilemba possessed serious power? Bellew has also been floored by journeyman British boxers Ovil McKenzie and Bob Ajisafe. I think Bellew is too easy to hit.

Importantly this is a fight which leads onto some serious big money fights for Adonis Stevenson and his backers. Also fighting on the bill is Nathan Cleverley’s conqueror Sergey Kovalev. The future plans are to match Kovalev and Stevenson in a big-money HBO television PPV special. So you have to ask yourself would the promoters risk either fighter losing ahead of such a lucrative match up? You can bet the judges and referees have been staying in some nice hotels and eating at high end restaurants ahead of this weekend’s actions thats for sure. I give Bellew very little chance of winning on the scorecards therefore so can he knock Stevenson out?

Stevenson has been put down and stopped by journeyman Darnell Boone just three years ago, so he can be rocked. But I really don’t think Bellew has much punch power, Tony was unable to stop Nathan Cleverly or even rock him and Kovalev steamrolled the Welshman. Most of Bellew’s stoppage wins have come courtesy of massively overmatched opponents such as Danny McIntosh and an old Edison Miranda. Bellew has never stopped an opponent fighting in their natural weight division with any pedigree.

I also believe Tony Bellew does not make the weight comfortably. He always has an unhealthy look at the weigh in and I’m sure in a fight of this magnitude big fight nerves will weaken him further. Bellew started his career at light heavyweight before moving up to cruiserweight and then back down again.

I wish Tony Bellew all the luck as he is a willing and passionate boxing professional but this is very much a fight about levels. Many British fighters build padded records and when they do step up to fight world class opposition the fights are often extremely one sided. I cannot see any other result than an Adonis Stevenson stoppage victory. Stevenson will be able to land body punches and left hooks at will. Bellew’s best hope is that Stevenson has not trained for this fight and he catches him with a perfect shot, but in my opinion Stevenson at 60 or 70% would still stop Bellew.

 

 Boxing Dig Prediction:  Adonis Stevenson to win by KO, TKO or disqualification @ 1.5 with Ladbrokes

Froch vs Groves – Referee’s shocking stoppage cannot mask the true story

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On Saturday night Carl Froch beat George Groves with the help of a controversial ninth-round referee’s stoppage. A sold out crowd of 20,000 fans crammed inside the Manchester Arena to watch events unfold with the WBA and IBF Super Middleweight World Championship belts at stake. However the final result far from accurately reflects the full story of a dramatic night sure to feature strongly in the annuals of British boxing history.

In the fight, Carl Froch was dumped to the floor by a George Groves overhand right in the first round and systematically beaten to the punch for seven of the eight rounds preceding the stoppage. As the fight had been so one-sided Froch could be expected to show some humility towards his opponent and relief at the result in his post fight interview.

Instead badly misjudging the mood of the crowd and Sky pay-per-view television audience Froch sought to pat himself on the back and regurgitate his ‘warrior instinct’ rhetoric ignoring the fortuitous nature of the result. All of which was met with a chorus of boos from the capacity crowd. Stunned by the premature stoppage the spectators to a man stayed in the Manchester arena to cheer George Groves and jeer Carl Froch, they were not fooled by the boxing politics which had decided the outcome of this fight. Again not quite sensing the extent of the situation Froch believed the boo’s were because he hadn’t “finished Groves off” in round 9.

The British sporting public loves a home-grown champion, but they also hate injustice and no amount of talking and positive press coverage can cover this up. Paying £19.95 for a Sky Box Office pay per view event or £60+ for a ticket in the Manchester arena the spectators expect all fighters involved to have a fair shake. For a fight to be decided by dubious refereeing or biased scorecards (which looked inevitable sadly also) does not sit well with British boxing fans.

The tone of the fight was set early on, Groves possessing superior technique, quicker movement and hand speed dominated. Carl Froch could not match the boxing skills on display so resorted to landing illegal punches after the referee called break (throughout the fight), I counted at least sixteen such illegal blows over the course of the fight which all went unpunished by the biased referee. The worst illegal onslaught came in round 8 as Froch became increasingly desperate. The biased refereeing then came to its despicable climax in round 9 when George Groves facing his first crisis of the fight after a flurry of punches was put into a headlock by referee Howard Foster, spun away from Carl Froch and stopped. Whilst in the headlock Froch landed two more body shots because of the defenceless position Foster had manoeuvred Groves into.

Sky boxing analysts David Haye, Amir Khan and Glenn McCrory were unanimous in their criticism of Howard Foster for the premature and unnecessary stoppage. Carl Froch, his trainer Robert McCracken and promoter Eddie Hearn seem to be the only advocates that the stoppage was fair. Froch stated “Howard Foster did a fantastic job in stopping it and saving his career”. One of Froch’s arguments for the stoppage was that Groves was not defending himself and allowed a free hit: “George Groves turned his back on me and was slumping down to the floor, his arms were collapsed and his head was hanging and he wasn’t defending himself.” But the referee was allowing Froch to have illegal free hits at Groves throughout the fight and had actually put George into a headlock to allow Froch two more illegal blows at the finale.

Conveying the mood of all boxing fans watching, Groves trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick added after the fight that the “overall impression is it’s been unfair it’s been unjust. Carl Froch let himself down directly afterwards with the way he conducted himself after the matter.”

Carl Froch may have won the fight on paper but all who watched know George Groves won inside and outside of the ring with his boxing skills and conduct. Raymundo Beltrand, Isaac Chilemba and now George Groves can be added to the list of fighter’s robbed by dubious british boxing decisions in 2013.

 

The Reaction on Twitter:

Lou DiBella@loudibella23 Nov

The more replays I watch, the worse the stoppage.#frochgroves Groves should be pissed, but still a star in the making. Can’t blame the Cobra

Tony Jeffries@Tony_Jeffries23 Nov

Froch looked worse in the 1st round after the knock down than Groves did when the ref stopped the fight…

Marvin Hagler@TheRealHagler23 Nov

The referee has destroyed this fight !! #FrochGroves, Groves has a big future…

Joe Calzaghe@RealJoeCalzaghe23 Nov

Bull shit stoppage!!! !! Groves was winning!! Was shook up a bit. but stoppage?!?!…..Nah!!!!

James Degale@jamesdegale123 Nov

Carl Froch was very poor, shouldn’t have been stopped. I’ll fight either of them tomorrow…..

Carl Froch vs George Groves – Preview and Predicton

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Carl Froch defends his Super Middleweight IBF and WBA World Championship belts against George Groves tomorrow night at the Manchester Arena. After a fractious build up captured by the Sky PPV cameras this all-British clash looks set to be an excellent fight.

Froch holds the greater experience, beating Mikkel Kessler, Lucien Bute and Arthur Abraham in recent fights. But we have seen him struggle and lose to slick boxers Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell (a fight Froch won but i think it was hometown scoring). George Groves has not faced the same caliber of opposition as Froch but has won the one defining fight of his career so far; an all British clash with James DeGale in 2011.

The pair share one common opponent in Glen Johnson. Froch fought him as part of the super six tournament in 2012 and Groves a year later. Froch won with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. While Groves won with landslide scores of 120-107 twice and 119-109. I think Groves is the better boxer of the two. The issue for Groves will be if he can stick to a gameplan of boxing at range and avoiding Froch’s hurtful hooks.

George Groves tactics and gameplan are usually devised by master trainer Adam Booth, but in yet another plot twist ahead of the main event of his life the two appear to be at loggerheads and have split up. It’s hard to tell if they have split up or not, Groves appears to have remained training at the Hayemaker gym and is very confident he has a gameplan that can work. Booth, David Haye and Carl Froch are all good friends. This ‘split’ could be the result of Adam Booth refusing to train someone to fight a friend: Carl Froch. I think Groves knows the weaknesses in Carl Froch’s boxing style and is ready to exploit them. Adding further fuel to the fire the two have sparred on several occasions and it is known that while Froch dominated Groves the first time they sparred; Froch got given a boxing lesson in the second session.

Groves has come in at his lightest weight ever (166lbs). It’s obvious he’s been training for speed. Even without tailoring his training regime I’d say Groves has the quicker hand speed and movement of the two boxers.  In the build up Froch has been at pains to challenge Groves to meet him in the centre of the ring and stand toe-to-toe adding ‘I bet you run’. Why is Froch so worried about Groves not standing toe-to-toe? As he doesn’t win many fights where opponents have good movement. Jermain Taylor comfortably outboxed Froch but then ran out of gas in the later rounds. If Groves can make it to the final bell I see only one winner.

Boxing Dig Prediction: George Groves to win on points @ 7/1 with Sporting Bet

Wladimir Klitschko vs Alexander Povetkin Fight Preview

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Wladimir Klischko vs Alexander Povetkin Fight Prediction

An intriguing heavyweight boxing contest takes place on Saturday at the Olympic stadium in Moscow between modern heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko (60(51)-3) and the challenger fighting at home, Alexander Povetkin (26(18)-0)
We can safely say Klitschko is the best heavyweight in the world today. He now holds the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles. The only belt left (the WBC) is held by his brother Vitali who he obviously does not wish to fight.
Since being knocked out 3 times over ten years ago, Wladimir has developed a safety first boxing approach to protect his vulnerable chin. Using a telescopic jab to break down opponents, he reserves his booming right hand for assaults later on in fights when he assesses the risk of anything coming back back has diminished. The only two men to see the final bell in a boxing match with this version of Wladimir in the last five years are David Haye and Mauriusz Wach. Haye has the benefit of extreme speed, and Wach is gifted with the best chin in heavyweight boxing.
The boxing match is unusual for a Klitschko fight as it is not being fought in Germany which has to be a slight advantage for Povetkin. There are rumours that the Judges have been offered bribes to favour the Russian should the fight go to the scorecards. But can Povetkin last 12 rounds with a man 5 inches taller and with a 6 inch reach advantage?
Looking back to Povetkin’s fight with Marco Huck we have to say no. Huck moved up from cruiserweight for this fight and had no size advantage whatsoever, but was still able to rock Povetkin on several occasions. Povetkin managed to hang in there late on in the fight knowing he had won the early rounds, but this won’t happen this time. Povetkin does not have the speed to avoid Klitschko’s jab and will be eating that left hand early on in the fight. Even if Povetkin doesn’t get stopped I can’t see him having any rounds to defend later on in the fight so his corner may even pull him out to prevent unnecessary punishment.
Boxing Dig Prediction: Wladimir Klitschko to win by KO, TKO or Stoppage 1.67 with Ladbrokes & William Hill

Amir Khan Statement on Floyd Mayweather fight rumours

The managment of Amir Khan have moved to rubbish a Daily Mail story that a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr in May 2014 had been agreed. The statement reads:

“Team Khan would like to dispel recent reports that Amir Khan has pulled out of a potential match-up against Devon Alexander on December 7th, taking up a fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of next year instead.

Contrary to this story, Amir Khan is currently in training camp in San Francisco with the aim of fighting again in December against Alexander once an agreement can be reached.”

Khan must be a strong favourite to be Mayweather’s next opponent should he beat Alexander later in the year.

Adonis Stevenson vs Tavoris Cloud Fight Preview

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Adonis Stevenson vs Tavoris Cloud Fight Prediction

Adonis Stevenson (21 (18 ko’s) 1) sensationally stopped Chad Dawson in 1 minute 16 seconds of the first round in his last fight. It was a career-defining moment, but questions still remain; was it a lucky punch that caught Dawson cold or is ‘Superman’ as Stevenson is known really a collosal puncher. This Saturday Stevenson faces off against the tough American Tavoris Cloud at the Bell Centre, Montral, Canada.

Some argue WBC light heavyweight world champion Stevenson did catch ‘Bad’ Chad with a lucky punch, but Stevenson has won 9 of his last 10 fights won by KO. Others point to Dawson’s foray into the Super Middleweight weight division in his previous fight where Andre Ward put him on the canvas three time in 10 rounds. I think there are valid question marks over Dawson’s ability to take a good punch but there can be doubts Stevenson is a heavy hitter with good technique. He also has the advantage of fighting in front of his home crowd.

Now to Tavoris Cloud (24 (19ko’s) 1), coming off a points loss to Bernard Hopkins in his last fight where he lost his IBF world championship belt. This was Cloud’s first loss in 25 fights. Cloud has an excellent chin and has never been put down in his career but has suffered from cuts in his last two fights. The confusing aspect of this fight for Cloud is, its a fight that doesn’t need to happen. Where does he go if he loses? Perhaps his promoter see’s this as a no-lose fight as if he loses against Stevenson then the hype from the Dawson victory is real, if he wins he becomes the no.1 light heavyweight in the world. It still seems unusual that after losing his belts to Bernard Hopkins his next opponent on paper at least is younger, quicker and has a better knock out record.

My assessment is that based on the information we have this fight either goes two ways; Cloud wins on points or Stevenson wins in under 12 rounds. I think Stevenson is susceptible to cuts and even if he doesn’t hit the canvas i can see this fight being stopped. In my opinion after two poor performances against Bernard Hopkins and Gabriel Campillo promoter Don King has decided to take one last throw of the dice with Cloud, but I think the odds are heavily stacked against it paying off on Saturday night in Canada.

Boxing Dig Prediction: Adonis Stevenson to win by KO, TKO or Stoppage 8/13 with bet365

Dereck Chisora vs Edmund Gerber Fight Preview

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This Saturday Britain’s Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora takes on Germany’s Edmund Gerber for the vacant EBU heavyweight title at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Looking back on British man’s career it’s safe to say a motivated Chisora is a dangerous fighter, whenever he’s come into a fight in decent shape he’s caused his opponent problems. In my opinion the stoppage loss against David Haye has been a turning point: forcing ‘Del Boy’ to reassess his approach and rededicate himself to the sport. Now following a healthier diet thanks to a nutritionist Chisora appeared leaner and sharper in his last fight, I think he’s trying to take a similar approach to similarly proportioned Haye who is meticulous in his diet and preparation. Chisora won his last bout with Malik Scott by sixth round stoppage. But this was a very soft end to the fight aided by a favourable referee who deemed that Scott had not made it up to beat the ten-count when he clearly had. As this is a fight for a European belt there will be no ‘home referee’ in the middle for this fight. I don’t believe Chisora is a heavy handed fighter and his record proves this as his previous fights against high level opponents Vitali Klitschko, Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury have all gone the distance.

Edmund Gerber is a 25-year fighter with a record of 23-1 (14 KO’s). Gerber’s sole loss came at the hands of British boxer Michael Sprott. This was actually a rematch as the previous fight was judged to have been stopped prematurely by the referee after Gerber had knocked Sprott down. Gerber has never been knocked down but has faced a considerably low-calibre of opponent as an undercard fighter on big shows in Germany. Gerber does have a height and weight advantage over Chisora by two inches on both counts. But Gerber has failed to stop Sprott or Maurice Harris.

I like Chisora to win, but as he doesnt possess one-punch stopping power it will be by grinding his opponent down in the second half of the fight so I think this fight goes into the later rounds.

Prediction: Over 7.5 rounds @ 1.57 with SkyBet