Meek and Destroy. Dubois finds his inner badass
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by David Payne
2w ago
“By an act of will, a man refuses to think of the reasons for fear, and so concentrates entirely on winning the battle.” Richard Nixon, American politician, 1913-1994, It has become a forgotten truth that fighters don’t always lose when they lose. Learning lessons in defeat can prove more valuable than the apparent affirmation of ..read more
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Beyond the wires. Dubois faces Hrgovic
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by David Payne
2w ago
As the four pre-eminent heavyweights of the past decade; Fury, Joshua, Wilder and Usyk, jostle in the departure lounge of their mid-thirties, a crop of aspiring heavyweights are eager to emerge as the preeminent contender beyond the long shadow cast by the ageing quartet. Among them, 26-year-old British heavyweight Daniel Dubois. This weekend, on the ..read more
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Chisora. Doomed to a banquet of consequences
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by David Payne
2w ago
It is almost twenty years since Evander Holyfield lost by Unanimous Decision to Larry Donald at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the vacant NABA Heavyweight title. A result and performance which left the wilting 42-year-old former Heavyweight Champion as a peripheral figure in the title picture and, to use the cinematic boxing vernacular, ‘all ..read more
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It was what is was. Usyk topples the Fury chimney. Does either man have any more to give?
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by David Payne
3w ago
As Tyson Fury’s legs succumbed to the punches Oleksander Usyk was detonating about his temples in the 9th round of their undisputed heavyweight title clash, it brought to mind the work of renown Steeplejack, and Fury’s fellow Lancastrian, Fred Dibnah. Famous for his affable smile and fearless enterprise in climbing mill town chimneys of the ..read more
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Three pounds and change. Garcia triumphs over Haney.
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by David Payne
1M ago
The three pounds an effervescent Ryan Garcia elected not to shed in advance of his seismic victory over Devin Haney at the Barclays Center in down town Brooklyn last Saturday, or, if you prefer, the three pounds that proved beyond the chisels of his dedicated sculptors, dependent on the narrative most pliable to your viewpoint ..read more
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Thurman, the man no more.
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by David Payne
2M ago
How much regret Keith Thurman will feel at the unharvested fruit that fell from the branches of his prime years is difficult to measure. He remained infuriatingly inactive through injury and choice, watching and narrating as contemporaries; Porter, Brook and Garcia fought and eventually made way for Spence, Crawford and now their own successors ..read more
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Joshua can continue knockout form
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by David Payne
2M ago
Article first appeared at gambling.com Joshua to WIN 2/7 BETFRED Joshua to WIN by KO 13/2 William Hill Much is written about whether Anthony Joshua, 26-3 (23ko) is the same fighter he was in 2016 when first exploding on to the world-scene as an aggressive, come forward puncher. Either by evolution, or as a result ..read more
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Dubois can expose the Miller myth
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by David Payne
2M ago
Article first appeared on Gambling.com Dubois to win by decision 15/8 with BETVICTOR On Saturday in Riyhad, Saudi Arabia, amidst the huge Day or Reckoning card, Daniel Dubois arrives at a crossroads in his boxing career. Triumph, and some of the lustre lost in defeat to Joe Joyce and Oleksander Usyk will be restored, defeat ..read more
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Old man Wilder will ‘find’ Parker, eventually
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by David Payne
6M ago
Eventually, boxing always returns to the big men. Heavyweights transcend the traditional boundaries of boxing in ways Middleweights and Welters never can. Enthralling the masses; from trailblazer Jack Johnson, to Jack Dempsey, from Joe Louis to Mike Tyson and of course the greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali too. On Saturday, the boxing circus will ..read more
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Welsh tough Liam Williams back with a win
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by David Payne
6M ago
Article first published at BigFightWeekend.com Flinty Welsh Middleweight Liam Williams, 25 (20ko)-4-1, returned from a year of inactivity with a one punch knockout victory against the over matched Florin Cardos at the York Hall, London. A win that reveals little; Williams has always been a powerful hitter, but serves as a reminder to Hamzah Sheeraz ..read more
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