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      Following the news of his retirement this week, I take a brief look back at Carl Froch and the one thing he couldn't quite achieve in a glittering career. ...
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      Unbeaten British middleweight prospect, Adam Etches (18-0-0) answers some of your questions ahead of his fight with Sergey Khomitsky (29-11-3). ...
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      (interview by Robert Brown) I recently had a chance to speak with former lightweight champion, Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini. Mancini was one of the most popular fighters of the 1980’s with his fan friendly, straight ahead aggressive style ...
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      CHB writer Arran McLachlan arranged an exclusive interview with Guillermo Rigondeaux's manager Gary Hyde. Here they talk about Rigondeaux, N'dam, Kalenga and what goes on behind the scenes.
      by Published on 28-02-15 01:06 AM  Number of Views: 4075 
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      "Big Daddy" Browne named mandatory for Ruslan Chagaev's belt.

      It has been a long, painful and sometimes frustrating road for Browne, however now his faith in his own ability and destiny has been repaid after WBA chairman Gilberto Mendoza mandated on Wednesday that Chagaev’s representatives
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      Reigning middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin retained his belts and impressive knockout streak as he stopped brave challenger Martin Murray in the 11th round of their world title contest on Saturday night in Monte Carlo.

      Golovkin - still unbeaten
      by Published on 10-02-15 08:11 PM     Number of Views: 1112 
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      CheckHookBoxing Forum Speaks To Liam Hutchinson

      Liam is one of the new generation of Aussie boxers who at 22, has already held the Queensland state super welter title and now holds the Qld middleweight title. At 10 wins and only once beaten, 2015 could be a big year for this up and comer.

      We would like to thank Jeff for his time, the Q&A was a huge success and is captured here:-

      I hear you're challenging Shannon "Shaggy" King for his Australian Super Welterweight title! Congratulations. What do you see as the keys to winning this fight? What are King's strengths and weaknesses?

      Thanks mate, I know I've got a big opportunity against Shaggy, and we know it will be, by far, my toughest fight to date. He's a big puncher, but we're confident I'll box my way to the win.

      After doing a bit of research thanks to google, I read that you're actually cousins with Paul "Dudey" McCloskey! Have you ever sparred with him? Does he offer you advice?
      Yeah, I made my debut in Ireland and was training out of Dudey's gym in Belfast and really got a feel for the pro game. Dudey's always there offering support and advice. Plus, it was a real thrill having my first pro fight at the Odyssey Arena!

      Quite a thrill to debut at the Odyssey. But what were you doing training in Belfast when you were born in Queensland?
      No worries, that's a good question. I had the opportunity to go over and stay with family in Ireland and train out of Breen's Gym in Belfast with my cousin Paul McCloskey. My debut was on the undercard when he fought Prescott.
      I'd love to get back there again someday, maybe not on the undercard next time :P

      Liam - Just the one loss to your pro record v David Galvin 2.5 years ago. The judges weren't unanimous about it and it was only a 4 rounder. Can you tell us about the fight, what you thought of the decision and whether you want the opportunity to square things up? There's no doubt you've kept onwards and upwards since.
      To be honest, it was a while ago (2012) so I don't really recall the fight in great detail...but if I learned one thing, it was not to let ANY rounds slip. In terms of squaring up the ledger, I believe David Galvin has retired.

      Knowing the successes that Aussie fighters like Wes Capper and Steve Lovett have had relocating to the US for their career, have you thought about moving overseas as an option?
      I would love to go back to Ireland at some point in my career and fight in front of my family again. As to when that might be... I've got a bit of work to do on the Aussie scene first.
      How would you describe your fighting style to those of us who haven't seen you box. What are your strengths and what things do you have to work on?
      I like to think I'm an evasive fighter who has power in both hands. As far as things to work on... I'm trying to be busier.

      I was watching an amateur fight you had in New Caledonia on Youtube and read that you turned pro at 18. What sort of record did you have in the amateurs? What are you finding the biggest differences are between fighting in the amateur and pro ranks?
      Thanks for the great question mate. I had about 30 fights in the amateurs, and to be honest when I turned pro I felt like that's where I belonged. I did win an Australian Junior Title but I was always working toward turning pro. The biggest difference I've found between amateur and pro is that with more rounds you don't have to rush your fight.

      Where did your interest for boxing come from mate? Are there any particular boxers you have watched and been inspired by?
      I started boxing as a way to get fit and then fell in love with it. I'm most inspired by Floyd Mayweather Jr and what he does in the ring.

      Your one punch KO of Will Sands was probably one of the best we've seen domestically in recent years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxgaNiQJn3I. I see on boxrec you also crushed Ryan Heck in your last fight. Do you consider yourself a puncher and do you find that you're punching harder as you get older?
      That was by far one of the best punches I've ever thrown in the ring. I'm never looking for the knockout, but I'm happy when those opportunities come along. I do find the older I get, the harder my punches are getting.

      1) What is your mentality walking to the ring? What goes inside you're head?
      2) How do you seek opponents, how does the match making go for a pro? Do you have any say in the matter?

      1) Walking to the ring I'm trying to stay as calm as possible, and just knowing I've done the work in training helps keep me focused.
      2) My managers, Matt Clark/Brendan Bourke, look after the matchmaking for me - they find them and then we make a decision as a team.

      How would you describe your style for people who have never seen you fight? What is your trademark punch? How long before you think you will be ranked highly?
      I'd say I'm a counter-boxer that can punch. As far as a trademark punch, I'd have to say the name gives it away!
      As far as getting my ranking up goes... getting the better of "Shaggy" King will put me in good stead.

      Give us a bit of an insight into your career so far, and your ambitions in the future
      - Who are some fighters that inspire you etc. from Australia and overseas
      - Are you a "gym rat" ready to fight 24/7? Or do you take a bit of time off between fights?

      G'day mate.
      - I'm currently 10-1 and ready for a big 2015. As far as the future goes, I've been intensely focused on this Australian Title fight, so I'll think about what happens next on March 29th!
      - My overall favourite fighter is Floyd Mayweather Jr.
      - I do take a bit of time off between fights until we lock something in, but I still keep a good fitness up.

      Aside from the obvious, what other interests do you have?
      I enjoy all sports, (I was on the golf course today). Always gotta be keeping active. I don't sit still much
      Who are your favourite fighters to watch, both past and present and your favourite fights?
      Mayweather Jr and Adrien Broner are my favourites at the moment. In terms of the past, you can't go past the classics - Ali v Frazier trilogy!

      Have you fought any southpaws yet? Do you cope with them easy enough? Or did you feel really at sea with it at first? I know most fighters find it really strange first time up.
      I've only fought one Southpaw as a pro, and it didn't get past the first round, so I don't have much to go on just yet.

      You seem to really enjoy digging opponents with that left hook of yours. Whether it be to the head or the body. Is that something somebody specifically taught you? Or did it just come fairly natural to you?
      I find the left hook is a punch that I throw easily and feels natural. There's always room to fine tune and I'm always trying to perfect it.

      Do you think this is really is a golden time for Australian boxing?
      I think Aussie boxing is definitely on the up, and there's plenty of young talent. I'm happy to be a part of it.

      Where do you see yourself in five fights' time and what do have planned for those five fights, mate?
      As far as the next five go - it all depends on the outcome of this next fight - it will determine what path my career takes!

      Liam, how can fight fans see you in your Aussie super welter title fight against Shaggy King March 28?

      Thanks, great question!

      As you say, it's on March 28th at the Mansfield Tavern.
      Doors open 6.15pm, first fight 7pm.

      Ace Boxing Promotions are putting on the fights. For tickets, contact Angelo on 0414 620 296 and tell them "Left Hook" sent you. Sure to be a great night!

      Hey guys, thanks so much for your questions. This was my first forum Q&A!

      Sorry if I missed your question, but you can hit me up also on facebook: www.facebook.com/LiamHutchinsonBoxingbrisbane

      If you can make it to my first Australian Title fight on 28th March at the Mansfield Tavern, come and say hi.

      Thanks again for your time,

      Liam "Left Hook" Hutchie.

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      Rooq's Boxing Promoter is a web-based boxing simulation game which allows you to take the role of a promoter in the world of professional boxing. ...
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      A big year for these men.

      Around this time last year I wrote about 3 heavyweights that would have a big 2014 - Lucas Browne, Derek Chisora & Deontay Wilder.

      Each had a year of differing success or non success. Wilder is about to fight for the WBC heavyweight title, Browne is trying to
      by Published on 19-06-14 11:10 AM
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      Check Hook Boxing forum speaks to Jeff Horn

      Jeff Horn is an exciting welterweight prospect who is currently No1 in Australia and has a record of 8 fights, 7 wins -6 by KO.

      We would like to thank Jeff for his time, the Q&A was a huge success and is captured here:-

      There is talk of you fighting Zab Judah. You have taken all before you in the pro ranks so far. But looking at your results. You have only fought about 26 pro rounds. Judah would seem a huge call. What are your thoughts on the prospect of fighting him mate???

      Yes there is talk of me fighting Judah. Yes I have not fought that many rounds
      by Published on 29-05-14 03:31 PM  Number of Views: 3748 
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      John H previews what he thinks could be the best Super-Middleweight contest of the weekend, James DeGale Vs Brandon Gonzales.

      IBF Super-Middleweight Eliminator.

      Whilst all the talk over the last few months and especially the last week has been about the Froch Vs Groves fight, there is another super middleweight fight this weekend at Wembley which is possibly just as important for the fighters involved.

      DeGale Vs Gonzales is an IBF eliminator for the right to fight the winner of Froch Vs Groves and is a very intriguing fight indeed.

      James DeGale is the former Groves victim who has had an up and down pro career since winning Gold at middleweight at the Bejing Olympics. His career record stands at 18 wins (12 by KO) with 1 loss (against Groves in 2011). Since his defeat to Groves he has gone about his business quietly and effectively, without any of the brash arrogance that he had displayed previously and is now rightly in amongst the best super middleweights in the world (ranked 8 by BoxRec). Saturday night could be a defining night for him and may well lead to a chance of avenging his defeat to Groves.

      DeGale's opponent is Brandon Gonzales.The very self confident American is trained by Virgil Hunter who is also the trainer of possibly the best super middleweight in the world - Andre Ward. His record is very similiar to DeGales with 18 wins (10 by KO) and 1 draw and he is ranked 13 in the world by BoxRec.

      With most of the world seemingly (according to Sky) interested in the headline fight it is easy to have missed the needle that has been shown by both DeGale and Gonzales camps to each other.

      James DeGale told Sky Sports -

      "He [Gonzales] is very good fighter unbeaten and he's confident. He really thinks he's going to win, but the telling factor in this fight is going to be the distance, the rounds, This guy has never had a scheduled 12-rounder. He's never been 12 rounds and in fights - I've watched his last couple of fights - he dies. A good five rounds he has and he dies. I've had about nine scheduled 12-rounders. I've been 12 rounds five times, that's in you. You don't get fit for 12 rounds over a 10-week camp. It takes years. That's what is going to be the telling factor in this fight."

      Virgil Hunter responded to that with - You went 12 rounds with guys that extended you 12 rounds. These are B league guys that are extending you 12 rounds, Should they have been around after 12 rounds? Considering your pedigree, considering how much you think of yourself?

      An astute response from Hunter. Is DeGale as good as he thinks he is? Can he really challenge at the very, very top level?

      Eddie Hearn thinks there is a huge amount of pressure on DeGale -
      Theres a lot of pressure on him [DeGale], because he has to perform well, thats a difficult ask because really it should be about winning, but when youre at this level and at this kind of platform, you want to do it in style and make a statement. And thats what I think hes preparing himself to do. James DeGale is a real fight for Froch, so theres no reason why we couldnt take that fight. Froch Vs DeGale will be another huge fight in British boxing.

      DeGale can't see anything other than a win and is already looking to the future, perhaps a big mistake - Im in the mandatory position to fight the winner [Froch Vs Groves]. Its not about if they have to fight me; theyve got to fight me, so Im in a fantastic position. So whoever wins, theyll have to fight me within 120 days.

      On Saturday night the time for all the talking will be over and we will see which of these two very good fighters is ready to step up the very elite level of the 168lbs division.

      Is DeGale as good as he thinks? Possibly not. I think he believes he would beat Andre Ward if he was fighting him on Saturday, which he might one day, however not yet. Is he ready to challenge at the very, very top level? One day certainly. The fight against Gonzales will give a big indication - to both fighters - of the current level and what the future may possibly hold.

      This is certainly going to be a very good technical fight, perhaps even better than the headline fight. A second loss on DeGale's record could be the beginning of the end. A first loss for Gonzales in his first "big" fight will certainly change his future path, if indeed there will be one.

      As always the difference between an also ran and a challenger is a very fine line - on Saturday one of these two will cross that line.

      I wish them both well...

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