On Garcia-Herrera; Deontay Wilder

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To say Danny Garcia had a tougher-than-expected fight against Mauricio Herrera on Saturday night would be an understatement. Billed as a home-coming fight for Garcia in Puerto Rico, Herrera was expected to be tough and game, but ultimately not possess the skills to inflict defeat upon the 140lb. champion. True to form, Herrera was tough and he was game, but matched with a competent game plan and a desire to take his opportunity, the perceived disparity in skill-set between the two fighters was declared null and void.  Read More…

Patience Is Wearing Thin

When Dave King commented that Rangers supporters should refrain from buying season tickets due to the ongoing board room saga, fans, understandably, were split. On one hand, a refusal to buy season tickets is a way of making a point; a statement against those currently in charge. Of course, making such an exclamation comes at the cost of refusing the club much needed funds. And there is the flip-side of the argument – fans, while wanting everything resolved, are wary of acting upon a solution that may harm the club further.

Fans have more power than they think, especially so in the case of Rangers. Given that revenue streams are low and with a squad on Premiership wages and loans that have to be repaid back, the club is reliant on supporters buying season tickets. Refusing to do so, while harmful, does make a point and may be the only way in which the fans can let their displeasure be known. But while the board may be one reason to contemplate not renewing or buying a ticket for a game, the overlooked fact is that fans may simply turn away because of the product they are being offered on the pitch.  Read More…

One Reign Ends, A New One Begins: Crawford UD-12 Burns

Burns vs. Crawford

Burns vs. Crawford

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In past fights in Glasgow, where tens of thousands of fans have sold out arena’s to support Ricky Burns, there has been an air of confidence mixed with nerves and anxiety. On Saturday night at the SECC Arena in Glasgow, there was just an air of anxiety and nerves and hope. The crowd knew that this stood to be Burns’ toughest fight in his long title reign that has spanned over two weight classes.  Read More…

(Un)Familiar Territory: Ricky Burns vs Terence Crawford

Ricky Burns vs. Terence Crawford

Ricky Burns vs. Terence Crawford

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Ricky Burns has been in this situation before. A situation, that is, of entering the bout as an underdog. While he is the holder of the WBO lightweight crown that will be at stake tomorrow night in Glasgow, there’s an aura that he is the challenger once again, and not a fighter with the experience of nine world title fights.

The familiarity of being the underdog for Burns has seen him produce some of his best performances. From decision wins over Roman Martinez and Michael Katsidis to a fourth-round demolition of Kevin Mitchell, Burns delivers when the pressure is, to a degree, relaxed and the expectations are lowered.  Read More…

Preview: Hamilton vs. Woodhouse

Curtis Woodhouse (left) and Darren Hamilton

Curtis Woodhouse (left) and Darren Hamilton

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On Saturday night, at the Ice Arena in Hull, two fighters with very different stories will entertain one another for a scheduled 12 to determine who will leave with the British light-welterweight crown.  Read More…

Stick Don’t Twist: On Lee Wallace

The Running Man: Lee Wallace

The Running Man: Lee Wallace

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When news filtered through that Rangers had rejected a bid in the region of 900K for Lee Wallace, I’m sure there were sighs of relief and seals of approval to the board for rejecting such a derisory offer for such a talented player. But there was an add on with that news: at what the price the club, reportedly, value Lee Wallace. £1.4m was the proclaimed value – 100k less than what Rangers paid for him.

It’s been well acknowledged that costs need to be cut, and that we need to operate better as a business. I’m not telling you anything new here, but operating better in the transfer market stretches back over 10 years. From buying a back-up goalkeeper for £4m and forking out £12m on Tore Andre Flo, to then sell him for half of that, it’s not hard to see, partially, where it all went wrong.

However, it wouldn’t be fair to not comment on some of the better transfer dealings. Alan Hutton was brought through the youth system and moved down south to the tune of £9m. Jean-Alain Boumsong was sold for £8m after joining on a free transfer, while Rangers more than doubled their profits when selling Carlos Cuellar.  Read More…

Necessity: Froch-Groves 2

As 2014 rolled in a menu of desired delights in the boxing world flooded in. Ranging from fights we’d like to see, to stricter testing and punishments on performance enhancing drugs, to better judging and better refereeing, to see the end of the Cold War and, finally, to see Mayweather and Pacquiao fight one another.

One hope that has cropped up time and time again, is that of Carl Froch and George Groves to have a rematch of their thrilling encounter back in November. Froch won by TKO in round 9 that night, but it was marred in controversy by the prematureness in which referee Howard Foster stopped the contest.   Read More…

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