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From Our Editor

 Adam Thorn

Welcome to what you may have noticed is a new look Hellraiser boxing website! There’s still a few bells and whistles to be added, all of which we’re working on tirelessly behind the scenes with our brilliant web developers, but we’re quite proud of how it’s all shaping up. The aim is to be bringing you boxing news, views, reviews and videos daily. We’re also improving our social media output in order to get these to you. See below for our social media channels.

We’re also currently on the lookout for new writers to add to our team, so if you or someone you know has a wizardry with words and a passion for pugilism, please get in touch with me (athorn@mayfairsportingclub.com). Because at Hellraiser we’re all about covering every dimension, every facet of boxing, from amateur to small hall to Las Vegas; we’d like a writing team who reflect that. I look forward to hearing from you.

This “From the Editor” section will be my two pence worth of bitesize boxing breakdown. I may talk about one thing or several, and hopefully I’ll keep it a bit different from Hellraiser head honcho Mickey’s writings and vlogs.

The Matchroom NXTGEN card tomorrow night in Newcastle is an interesting piece of broadcasting. Eddie Hearn has spoken in the past about how boxing on TV is going to need restructuring if it is to be not only financially viable, but keep bringing more fans to the sport. This has been the cause of some debate as it essentially means what you get within a satellite package will no longer (usually) be the big names; they’ll largely be on PPV.

Without getting too much into the money side, which would take me a whole article, I think as a concept the NXTGEN shows are a great idea for a company like Matchroom who have spent a lot of money assembling the top amateurs. They will want to develop these fighters as brands and sadly on a PPV event they may not make the airtime in their first few fights. NXTGEN gives the fighters exposure on TV, and a decent platform to showcase what they are about to the fans. What it will mean, is that there are unlikely to be too many upsets on these shows, as assets will not be risked until later on. Overall though, NXTGEN is a positive step for televised boxing, and will bring more fans to the sport.

Other than the Newcastle card, looking around the world fights there is one boxer stepping out this weekend whose name jumped out at me. While he's perhaps not so well known in the UK, Devin Haney is only 18 years old, trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and has a professional record of 15-0 (10). He’s a wonderkid, no doubt about it, a lightweight with long arms, fast hands and an awkward, varied attack that certainly smacks of a future star.

A former amateur sensation, Devin, opted to turn pro at a young age and has made huge strides already. He fights Angel Aispuro over eight rounds in his home state of California on Saturday, and expect the hype machine to crank up and up if he keeps winning. One to keep an eye on.

 

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Posted: 22nd Jun 2017

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