Welcome to my new weekly boxing column in which I will give my genuine views on the week’s events. This will be published every Monday. Am writing this one from sunny Turkey.
Saturday night saw Ricky Burns retain his World title with a deserved win over Relikh. But those scorecards? Winning by 8 rounds. Stevie Wonder could have done a better job. These hometown refs and scorecards are really affecting the credibility of the sport.
Dillian Whyte boxed effectively to defeat an out of condition Ian Lewison. Ian’s UK promoter took to twitter to praise his conditioner. You cannot be serious!! I like Ian but he is British boxing’s most wasted talent. When I managed him I had him at around 17 stone 7 lbs and was not happy and wanted him at 17 stone. We parted company as we got fed up with each other. He boxed at 19 stone 7 Saturday!!!! Unfortunately, it won’t change. Ian has the heart of a lion but not the conditioning of one.
Currently with 6 Southern Area Champions and 1 English Champion, Goodwin Boxing aim to make it 7 Area Champions when Erick Ochieng takes on Asinia Byfield for the Super-Welterweight strap at York Hall on 15th October. Erick is looking magnificent in the gym under new trainer Rod Julian and we are confident he will be another champion for us.
More news on the title front for Goodwin Boxers, the area council have granted Wadi Camacho an immediate rematch against Isaac Chamberlain after we lodged a complaint over events during the fight. Isaac has to fulfil this rematch. Need to sort out who will stage this and then let battle re-commence.
Two more opportunities for Goodwin Boxers were granted this week to secure titles Ben Day takes on Michael Devine for the lightweight strap on December 3rd whilst new signing Hasan Karkaldi travels to Portsmouth to take on Chris Hobbs for the Light-Heavyweight belt in a true 50/50 clash.
In the forthcoming weeks Eric Mokonzo (Southern Area Super-Middleweight), Leon McKenzie (English Super-Middleweight) and Matthew Chanda (Commonwealth Bantamweight) Rakeem Noble v Kay Prosper (Southern Area Super-Lightweight) all have title chances.
Whilst others moan and groan we work for our boxers night and day securing title opportunities. That’s why so many join the Goodwin family.
We also want to give our boxers exposure on TV shows (not just talk about it and fail to deliver like some). John McCallum has a slot on the Cyclone promotions show in Edinburgh Spike and Channel 5 whilst Johnny Garton, Dan Dan Keenen and Dean Richardson have slots on the George Groves undercard at Wembley on November 18th which is being shown on Spike and Channel 5.
Other things in the pipeline. We are waiting on a date from Eddie Hearn for the to be rescheduled British title clash for Frank Buglioni against Hosea Burton and will be assessing Dereck Chisora’s options with his promoters the Sauerland’s. Maybe Dillian Whyte next?
This week purse bids are coming in for two of our boxers. Joel McIntyre’s clash with Miles Shinkwin for the English Light-Heavyweight title and super Bantamweight Josh Kennedy’s clash with Lucien Reid for an eliminator for the English Super-Bantamweight title.
Well done to Super-Bantamweight Tyrone McCullagh who on Saturday made it 5-0 (4 KO’s). An exceptional talent who is going places.