Boxing is a fickle game and as quickly as it can rise a pugilist up it can also bring them down. This unwanted award if for the boxers who wish 2013 had never happened. They started the year well respected in their field and ended it broken and lost.
Not so very long ago it seemed like Frank Warren was watching his stable of boxers implode. Both George Groves and Ricky Burns, two of his most high profile boxers, left him and eventually signed with Warren’s main domestic rival Matchroom Sports.
Now it look like it could be happening again.
Stephen Smith is one of the four Smith brothers (along with Callum, Liam and Paul), with Stephen, Liam and Paul all holding British titles and Callum the English belt. Stephen won the belt with a beautiful uppercut knockout over Gary Buckland and looks to be one of the brighter lights in British boxing… if nothing else his war with Lee Selby was great fun to watch, even if he came out on the losing side.
Smith has just announced that he intends to leave W Promotions (one of the many promotional companies Warren has control over)
I’ve been with W Promotions since I turned pro and during that time have held the British Featherweight and Super-Featherweight titles. Now though the time has come to pursue my career away from W Promotions. As such I’m today announcing the termination of my contract with W Promotions. I would like to thank everyone at W Promotions for the support and guidance they’ve given me.
So he did it again.
And I was wrong.
In my preview/prediction for the bout I thought Hopkins would make it tricky and awkward for Cloud but Cloud would be active and aggressive enough to carry himself through with the additional aspect that if Cloud did land a shot he had a real possibility of earning a stoppage.
I was right about the first part and very wrong about the second.
A week can be a long time in boxing. Enough time to get a title shot, lose a title shot and then get another one.
Cleverly all dressed up and ready to go…
Nathan Cleverly is one of the UK’s two World Champions, a young fighter with a world of potential within his lean frame. With much hullabaloo his next defence of the WBO World Title he lays claim to was announced. He would defend his belt at the Royal Albert Hall, a place most recently known for concertos over concussions but once upon a time somewhat of a Mecca for British boxing, the place where Lennox Lewis developed and where Mike McCallum fought for world titles against the likes of Herol Graham and Michael Watson. For the first time in a decade world championship boxing would return to those hallowed halls. Announcements were made, press releases issued, publicity photos taken.
Just one slight problem.