Hellraiser Boxing News | World Boxing Round Up: Ward, Frampton, British Duo Fall Short
Hellraiser's brief round up of world boxing news. This week: Carl Frampton, Andre Ward, Rigondeaux and Lomachenko and British world title anguish.
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Carl Frampton Signs With Frank Warren
Having left Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions, and Shane McGuigan as a trainer (for ex pro Jamie Moore), Carl Frampton announces he’s signed with Frank Warren and Queensbury Promotions. At a press conference in Frampton’s native Belfast, a date is set of 18th November 2017 for The Jackal’s homecoming fight, and first outing since his only professional loss; suffered in January to Leo Santa Cruz. An as yet unannounced opponent will join Frampton at the top of the bill, also featuring Zolani Tete and Jamie Conlan.
Andre Ward Retires
Just months after his second, more convincing, if somehow equally controversial victory over Sergey Kovalev, unbeaten Andre Ward has announced his retirement at the age of 33. While not an incredibly young age to call it a day, the decision is still a shock. Ward looked in fine form and free from injury in the light heavyweight bout in June. Due to contractual disputes the American had only fought five times since 2013, and while he is a technically gifted boxer and undoubtedly devout sportsman, his personality and style have perhaps cost him fans and interest.
Ward remained, though, clearly the top dog in the light heavyweight division, and he only moved up to that weight after cleaning up the super middleweights. Ward beat Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Chad Dawson to name but a few, and was also a 2004 Olympic gold medalist; the last American male boxer to win a gold. His reason for calling it a day was that his body cannot take the stresses of top level pugilism any longer.
How do you feel about Ward’s retirement, does it rob the sport of a unique talent, or is his style something that you won’t miss?
Rigo vs Loma Is On!
In a fight we listed as one of the top ten world fights we’d like to see this season, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko will meet on 9th December this year at 130 lbs. The former amateur sensations, and pretenders to the pound for pound throne (especially in the wake of Ward’s retirement) have had plenty of bad blood on social media, and the WBA super bantam champion Rigo is stepping up two weight classes to contest for Lomachenko’s WBO super featherweight title. This is without a doubt two of the best pure boxers in the world clashing at the right time, or as close to it as makes sense. One for the purists!
British Duo Fall Short In World Title Shots
First heavyweight Hughie Fury in Manchester then lightweight Luke Campbell in California failed in their respective bids to wrench world titles from their holders last weekend. Home advantage for Mancunian Fury was not enough to sway the judges his awkward, defensive style had the beating of New Zealander Joseph Parker. Although there were complaints that the two 118-110 cards were unfair (the third scored a 114-114 draw) it was only the Fury camp complaining that the result itself was wrong. Parker retained his WBO belt and expressed a desire to fight in the UK again… What might he be after there?
Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell was down in round two, but by all account put in a remarkable effort to end up on the wrong end of a split decision. Jorge Linares has wrecked British dreams before, against Kevin Mitchell, and twice Anthony Crolla, but never was he pushed this close, the 115-112, 114-1134, 113-115 scores meant he retained his WBA lightweight belt and could even unify against another Brit, WBO champion Terry Flanagan. In the wake of his defeat, Luke Campbell revealed his father had passed away two weeks before the fight. Everyone at Hellraiser sends their condolences, and doffs their caps at the courage shown by Luke. What a man.
Posted: 26th Sep 2017
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