Staff writer for The Queensberry Rules and creator of British based boxing blog Safe Side of the Ropes.
Tyson Fury does!!
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://queensberry-rules.com/2014-articles/wlad-klitschko-brutalises-alex-leapai.html
James Toney? Is that you?
9 months ago on Everyone’s A Loser: Carl Froch And George Groves Classic Marred By Refereeing Howler
He took some terrible punishment last night but I can't see him walking away just yet. A voluntary (James DeGale anyone?) followed by Groves and then out I'd say.
I've watched it back a couple of times and would agree - Froch was only a few punches away from another heroic win.
Ha! They're all there, 'tho Cuadras is a pretty anonymous guy (hence that dodgy last line)!
Makabu-Fields is pretty fun.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on BANG! BANG! BANG! Rating Boxing’s Hardest Punchers (Volume V)
Is that sanctioning fee legit? My God.....
Great work all. Not sure about the robbery clause mind you.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board: Year One
Boxing used to embrace truth. Fighters would always be found out - their true worth as fighters exposed.
I fear that's been eradicated with the widespread abuse of drugs. Lies and damn lies everywhere.
1 year ago on Boxing's Truth Be Told
Such a classy promotional touch.....
1 year, 1 month ago on British Beat: Tony Thompson Looks For Quick Encore Against David Price
Cheers. Maybe they know exactly what they're doing? Playing the media like a drum.
Fury & Broner may not be the sharpest tools on the box but they know how to sell.
1 year, 2 months ago on Shock Of The New: Adrien Broner, Paulie Malignaggi, Tyson Fury And David Haye Take Trashiness To The Bank
Andrew Maynard, Panchito Bojado, Ricky Williams, Hedgemon Lewis, Audley Harrison, Tony Ayala Jr., David Reid, Howard David Jr., Riddick Bowe, Tim Witherspoon and the '80's mob, Jorge Gonzalez, Odlanier Solis
1 year, 2 months ago on Boxing's Greatest Underachievers
And imagine Nigel Benn as Prime Minister. Cooooooollllllll.
1 year, 3 months ago on That Name Has A Ring To It
Carson Jones sounds like the sheriff in that bunch
"Fun fight" and "won't be boring". Bah....
1 year, 3 months ago on TQBR Roundtable, Ruben Edition: Floyd Mayweather Vs. Robert Guerrero
@SerieATipster he has some skill but he's woefully short technically. He needs a better trainer.
1 year, 4 months ago on Car Crash TV: Tyson Fury Spills His Guts Before Hooking Steve Cunningham Off Stage
@ALEXMAC only to potatoes.
Fury will be picking his teeth up if he fights like that against anyone half-decent. On the bright side, you could count those dudes on two fingers.
Ha, class Alex. But isn't Hopkins a blipster?
I'd have called George Groves but Kenny Anderson stopped him wearing that hat (and he can't grow a beard yet):
1 year, 4 months ago on Boxing's Biggest Hipsters -- Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins And The Rest
Berto = cheat. Mosley = cheat. Gamboa = highly suspicious. Pacquiao, Marquez, Chavez = also suspicious. Bleeurgh.
1 year, 4 months ago on Round And Round, Featuring What's Next For Alfredo Angulo, David Haye, Mikey Garcia And Others
@ThePJ lot of young talent there tonight. Be interested to hear what you make of "Jazza" Dickens. Enjoy the fights!
1 year, 5 months ago on British Beat: Anthony Crolla Prepares To Battle His Demons Along With Derry Mathews
Good fight. Not sure about Bradley making it tough on himself by not boxing - Providnikov was knackered after those opening two rounds. Had Bradley 6-5 up in rounds going into the last (even on cards due to opening round 10-8) with the Siberian winning the last 10-8. Not a fan of Bradley's style. They were talking about being unable to pigeon hole him pre-fight which is kinda the point -- I dunno what he is.
1 year, 5 months ago on Timothy Bradley Struggles To Win Against Ruslan Provodnikov, But Should Win His Way Into Boxing Fans' Hearts
That Prince link is quality. Apart from Oscar's hush money......scary...
1 year, 5 months ago on Quick Jabs: Floyd Mayweather Vs. Andre Ward; Next For Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. And Others; More
@ALEXMAC Thanks mate. Back in art college I'd fib that was intentional and get an extra mark.
1 year, 5 months ago on Spoil Sports: Boxers That Made An Art Of Winning Ugly
Self-deprecation aside, you look alright up there mate -- you look like a boxer rather than a writer attempting to box -- fair play for having the nuts to get in there. On the other stuff: I think it's a reflex action sometimes for writers to say they've "done a bit", to sort of legitimise themselves in some way (even though they don't need to and possibly even haven't -- they're there to write).
I "did a bit" on and off as a boy (and was quite handy for my size) but never had any competitive fights. Being a little tearaway, though, I had enough scraps to know what hitting someone and being hit back feels like and I can't say I'd ever draw on that to write something (not that I'm the greatest writer, so maybe I should!).
I've noticed a few writers on Twitter banging on about attending pro gyms and how, somehow, that makes them a more tuned in scribe, which is a load of balls. Playing at boxing doesn't make them more worthy scribblers. Comes over very sanctimonious and a little embarassing. I could kick a football about from now until next year and still not gain as much insight as watching a 3 minute George Best Youtube highlight.
While we're on topic, though, this is pretty fun:
1 year, 5 months ago on Are Writers Who Box Better Boxing Writers?
How long before Mr. Cent realises it's a lot easier to make money talk-singing about adolescent crime fantasies?
1 year, 5 months ago on Evgeny Gradovich Roughs Up Billy Dib
Bottom line: Could either of these beat Audley "The English Archie Moore" Harrison?
1 year, 6 months ago on Malik Scott And Vyacheslav Glazkov Fight To Puzzling Draw
@tstarks I think it was a slip. Think he meant it would get his dander up but maybe came out a bit Freudian
1 year, 6 months ago on British Beat: David Price Gets Set To Pension Off Tony Thompson
@ALEXMAC Thanks mate. You're spot on - after Thompson there's maybe only Chisora and Fury, maybe beat up that Helenius chump. It's why a Price-Fury series makes sense. If Fury is competitive, there's no reason they couldn't learn from each other while making a lot of money. But that's too sensible.
Everyone I know agrees with Broner on Marquez. And you couldn't be more implicated than Gamboa has been if you were papped with a needle hanging out of your butt. Miss Marple wouldn't need an hour long episode to solve those mysteries. If a fighter takes a commission test they'll pass, as the tests are junk. If they have to take a VADA test, they'll just lay off the gear for a fight or decline the fight (claim they're afraid of needles or some other rubbish). Now we have Rigo backing out of the Donaire fight as he won't VADA test. The game is rigged.
1 year, 6 months ago on Weekend Afterthoughts On Adrien Broner And HBO, When To Accuse Someone Of Using PEDs, More
@ALEXMAC Kiko is super motivated which evens those odds out a tad but Frampton should have all the answers - the Mcguigans are meticulous.
1 year, 6 months ago on British Beat: Carl Frampton Goes For Gold Against Kiko Martinez
Andrew Harrison "says" a lot of things.....
Frampton v Martinez is going to be humdinger. Promise.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Week's Boxing Schedule, Featuring Nate Campbell, Humberto Soto And Sonny Bill Williams
I remember thinking Pavlik had the biggest upside (in terms of earning potential) in boxing after the Taylor win. Great sequel potential here for Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes...
1 year, 6 months ago on Kelly Pavlik: The Last White Hope?
That last one is a beaut. Kessler would have won any other year but it's a one horse race for me.
1 year, 8 months ago on 2012 Boxing Knockout Of The Year Nominees
Great work mate.
Dear me, de Leon's cuts don't look real. Looks like he lost a fight with a lawnmower. Horrific.
1 year, 8 months ago on The Blood Is The Life: 25 Of The Worst Gashes In Boxing, Part II
Marquez stepping on Pac's foot in that pic. Oh, there'll be ructions about that......
1 year, 8 months ago on Living History: Juan Manuel Marquez Vs. Manny Pacquiao IV, One Day Later
I knew a girl who dated someone from the Whigs. And that's just the start of the irrelevant comments we'll likely be party to this week.
1 year, 8 months ago on Manny Pacquiao Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV: Who Cares?
Great piece but an honest drugs cheat?
1 year, 9 months ago on The Truth About Andre Berto
@TIMbuktu @Vien Ha! Crazy so-and-so's
1 year, 9 months ago on BANG! BANG! BANG! Rating Boxing’s Hardest Punchers (Volume IV)
@Vien your homework is to watch the rest of them. Go!
@TIMbuktu no flies on you.....
@TIMbuktu No. Plus he's dead.
@TIMbuktu not world rated with TBRB
Man do I have the blues tonight. Feels like a massive part of the sport has gone. Steward understood fighting better than anyone else I've come across - imagine having someone of that calibre in your corner, who could see ways to win others couldn't. He just had boxing down to perfection. My guys growing up were Benn, Hearns & Lewis - and you never take being a fan quite as seriously as you do as a kid. He was integral to all that good stuff.
1 year, 10 months ago on Emanuel Steward, One Of The All-Time Great Boxing Trainers, Passes Away
Henry Cooper (vs Ali) - cut was squirting blood like a cheap and nasty Halloween gimmick. Others that spring to mind: Ricky Hatton vs Jon Thaxton, Marciano vs Charles, Chavez vs Oscar.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Blood Is The Life: 25 Of The Worst Gashes In Boxing, Part I
Little worried at the lack of disdain shown towards Peterson and Berto (not here, I mean in general), after both were busted (incredibly) as cheats. Tony Margarito caught so much flack he ended up being renamed Marga-cheato. Yet these two sneaks carry on with nary an eyeblink. Why would anyone want to watch those two fight?
1 year, 10 months ago on Quick Jabs: The Troubles Of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.; Al Haymon's Big Year; More | October
You should check out George Groves'. Dude has the Ginger Bread man and some shitty cat on his arm. Truly shit tattin'
1 year, 11 months ago on Boxing’s Worst Tattoos, Reloaded: Including Ricky Burns’ Groin And Jonathan Gonzalez’ Face | September
Surely no-one wants to see Peterson again? Guy's a cheat. Has he even served a ban? It's so damn difficult to catch these guys, once we do they should be bounced out of the sport. Same goes for Berto. Everyone seems to just shrug their shoulders - it's just a green light for more juiced up fighters. The risk is worth it for them.
1 year, 11 months ago on Round And Round, Featuring What's Next For Timothy Bradley, Gennady Golovkin, Adrien Broner And More | September
@tstarks So I checked out the Lee fight. By matured do you mean souped up? I don't believe that's a natural physical progression. Does anyone? Genuinely? Guy has that same weird Mattel action figure look Pacquiao has, that Marquez was sporting in his last fight, Klitschko, Haye. And Freddie Roach stands by with that stupid shit-eating grin of his, taking all of the back slaps when it's all Ariza's work. But even that won't save him. Martinez is too good a fighter for him. I hope one day that someone actually bothers to get to the bottom of it all. But they won't. Too much money involved.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Total Package: Sergio Martinez Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Preview And Prediction | September
Significant as in tickets sold? I don't get the Chavez thing - he just isn't a top fighter for me. I don't see this fight as being any more significant than the Macklin fight. Am I missing something?
Roach's fighters all tend to win based on being physically superior over opponents rather than adhering to great tactical plans. I'm suspicious over how they achieve that. But if tactics isn't an important part of their winning - why would they listen to Roach?
1 year, 11 months ago on Weekend Afterthoughts, Featuring What's Next For Andre Ward, Antonio DeMarco, Tomasz Adamek And Others | September
they were in camp together but surely Miranda would have being shouting about it?
1 year, 11 months ago on Dry Ice: Andre Ward Vs. Chad Dawson Preview And Prediction | September