This is the debut of “The UK Boxing Report with Oliver McManus” where Oliver looks at the biggest news from the boxing world across the United Kingdom & Europe.This week McManus looks at Tyson Fury’s return,Billy Joe Saunders pulling out of the Martin Murray fight,Mark Heffron,Hannah Rankin,Joe Joyce & Jumaane Camero.Also in this episode Oliver talks with Michael Conlan & Harvey Horn!     

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On December 12th Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte meet for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles in a highly anticipated bout at the sold out 02 Arena in London, screened live on Pay Per View on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
        AJ and Whyte have history as former amateur rivals where Whyte dropped AJ on route to a points victory early in their amateur careers. A lot has changed however since the pair first met with Joshua going on to become a decorated amateur claiming the gold medal for Great Britain at the Olympic Games held in London, 2012. Much has been made of this early bout in 2008 which was Joshua’s third amateurs contest and although Whyte claims it was his first he came from a successful kickboxing background so he was hardly a novice entering into the contest. Although much has been made of it I believe it will have no bearing on the outcome of the upcoming contest as the Olympic gold medalist has since developed physically into what can only be described as beastly and has knocked out everyone of his opponents in his 14 fights in the paid ranks, while Whyte has not progressed like his opponent although he has clinched 13 knockouts in his 16 victories.
        Both men come into the contest untested and although AJ has faced names such as Kevin Johnson he was well past his best. Both men come into the fight on the back of knockout victories Anthony against the undefeated Gary Cornish and Dillian against Brian Minto. This bout showed that if Whyte were to derail the man touted to become a future world champion he would have to sure up his defence as the relatively smaller Minto was able to land with ease on the Brixton man while the two stone lighter mans punches may have had no great impact one would be led to believe Joshua allowed to land his right hand with the same ease he would be in for another short night. On the other hand it could be argued that Whyte was aware that the punches would not trouble him and I assume he will have a very different game plan for AJ. I do however hope that Whyte will cause trouble for his amateur rival and so we can get a chance to learn more about the Olympic champion as we have not yet got the chance to evaluate his defence or indeed his boxing on the back foot.
        Many view this fight as a step up for Anthony put I do not see it that way as if anything it’s a step up for Whyte who does not hold the same amateur pedigree and although both men haven’t faced world beaters I believe the names on AJ’s record are vastly superior to those of his opponent.
        My prediction would be another knock out victory for the Matchroom promoted fighter as for me he is in my opinion a level above Whyte. The bookmakers here in the UK reflect my opinion as Paddy Power list Joshua as a heavy favourite at 1/18 while Dillian is a rank outsider at 15/2 while a Joshua knockout win is as short as 1/9. Some will saw I am jumping on the AJ band wagon but I believe he will deal with Whyte with relative ease on December 12th and continue with his journey to the top.

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Return of the Cobra?

carl froch

Upon announcing his retirement in July of this year Carl Froch admitted that the desire had gone, that there were no fights left to motive him. After his dream of fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr under the bright lights of Vegas collapsed as the latter was stopped inside nine by Andrzej Fonfara. Froch hung up the gloves after destroying domestic rival George Groves in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium and took up a punditry position with Sky Sports here in the UK. 


However the emergence of IBF and WBA champ Gennady Golovkin widely regarded by many as the pound for pound number one has prompted the Nottingham puncher to claim that the Kazakh has given him “the itch to get back into the ring”. GGG carries an impressive 34-0 record with a devastating 31 knockouts halting his last 21 opponents mostly recently IBF king David Lemieux inside eight. Froch a warrior known to never shy away from a fight taking on some of the worlds best in Mikkel Kessler, Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham to name a few has stated that a UK stadium fight possibly Wembley or Las Vegas as two potential venues for what would be one of the biggest fights in the sweet science.

The fight would be an intriguing one as the Cobra who has never been stopped in the professional ranks meets a fighter who no one to date as been able to hear the final bell against him in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds. It is believed that informal negotiations have begun between Froch and K2 promotions (Golovkin’s handlers) in Düsseldorf where GGG was ringside and Carl was working for Sky Sports where he chatted with Tom Loeffler, CEO of K2 Promotions which the fight possibly happening as a catchweight contest.

If the Briton was to return the ring it seems that the Golovkin fight is the only contest that reignites his desire to return to the squared circle as when asked about the possibility of meeting fellow countryman and current IBF champ James DeGale, Froch claims that its a fight that would be “too easy” for him adding that it is not a fight DeGale wants as he has stated in recent interviews that Froch is retired and should stay retired, the cobra seems to interpret this as a unwillingness on the formers part to take the fight.

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tyson fury

By Odhran Crumley


 Tyson Fury became the unified heavyweight champion of the world with an inspired performance to out-point the most dominant heavyweight of the 21st century, Wladimir Klitschko.The Manchester man dethroned Wlad in what will be perceived as one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing, claiming the WBA Super, WBO and IBF titles at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The movement of Fury and his confidence to put both hands behind his back to entice the champion seemed to baffle the Ukrainian who could not get to grips with the size or style of the Lancashire puncher. Fury who overcame a point deduction late in the fight to win unanimously on the cards of all three judges 115-112 twice and 116-111 frustrated his counterpart in a masterful performance.

The day began with controversy which ran until minutes before the contest threatening whether or not the bout would go ahead. Firstly the issue was gloves which was resolved, secondly the canvas was found to be unnecessarily bouncy and had extra layers of foam which Team Fury saw as their opponents trying to gain an advantage by slowing the electric footwork of Fury which bemused his opponent for twelve rounds was resolved before thirdly it emerged that Klitschko had illegally wrapped his hands without a member of Team Fury overseeing proceedings and he was instructed to cut it up and restart. This could be seen as an omen as the last time the Banks trained fighter had to do this was against Lamont Brewster in their first contest..

The challenger landed the first meaningful shot of the bout with a left hook in the second round which put it beyond doubt he had settled the better. This continued with the ‘Furious One’ impressively switching stances as the champion struggled to land a punch or bring his right hand into play. In the fifth round the champion was cut below the left eye by an accidental clash of heads and moments later a second cut emerged on the same eye as the sight blood running down Klitschko’s face gave the already confident Tyson even more confidence.

It wasn’t until round nine that the big right hand of Klitschko flush on Fury’s chin but it failed to dis encourage the soon to be champion of the world. In the eleventh Fury was deducted a point for punching around the back of the head which seemed harsh prompting fears of an ominous ‘hometown decision’.

However such fears did not come to fruition as the challenger emerged for the final session with gladiatorial qualities marching forward and landing looking like a man ready to become the lineal heavyweight champion of the world and he did!!Team Fury rejoiced as MC Michael Buffer cried out ‘AND THE NEW’ crowning Tyson and dethroning the Klitschko dynasty. A masterful performance from a man who truly deserves it and one things for sure the landscape of the heavyweight division has changed dramatically as a jubilant Fury announced that he would become the most charismatic heavyweight champion since Ali, exciting times ahead indeed!

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