Mickey Helliet's Hellraiser Blog | Bowes Thriller, Groves Thrilled!
Mickey Helliet gives his inside track on goings on at Hellraiser Boxing, including the fallout from the show on May 27th, George Groves' title win and what next for Elliot Matthews.
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Mickey Helliet's Hellraiser Blog: 2nd June 2017
by Mickey Helliet
Wow, what a few weeks it’s been at Hellraiser. I’m only just catching up on my sleep! We had a giant show last Saturday at York Hall, with nineteen fights including the English super lightweight title between Phil Bowes who I promote and the tough Glenn Foot from Sunderland. Unfortunately Phil didn’t get the win, but we’ve got loads going on to move forwards with, and he’s got the talent to come back stronger. Two of our guys fight on a big Frank Warren show at the Copperbox next month, too. I’m very excited to see Asinia Byfield and Darryll Williams defend their titles on Boxnation and BT sport, and I talk at length about it in my video blog, which you can see below.
To start with though I wanted to say congratulations to George Groves on his world title win up in Sheffield last week. I know George from when he was a kid at Dale Youth, where I was working under Mick Delaney learning the ropes as a trainer. Mick was probably the best amateur coach I’ve ever seen, and it was obvious George had a great boxing brain. He could take on advice and adapt and use it instantaneously which is the common denominator in many world-class fighters.
To put the rally together that George did at the half-way point with a broken jaw against a tough guy like Chudinov just shows what a warrior Groves is. Chudinov may not be the best boxer Groves has faced skill wise but he’s so, so hard and a dangerous puncher. I also think for George to achieve that after what he must have been through psychologically in his first fight since Eduard Gutknecht suffered brain damage following their fight in November shows remarkable resilience. The terrible Gutknecht experience will have marked Groves so well done to him. We’re all hoping Eduard makes a swift recovery.
If George Groves goes on to fight James DeGale to unify their belts; I don’t know who I’d pick. I’d want to see them in the lead up to the fight and the weigh in… I’d need a whole other blog to analyse that one so I’ll keep you posted with that!
This evening there’s another fight I’ve a vested interest in where Lee Markham fights Joe Mullender for the English middleweight title. I think Markham wins the fight and I want to get my guy Elliot Matthews in with him. Elliot’s twenty fights unbeaten, with nineteen wins and a technical draw, and I’d fancy him to beat Lee as I strongly believe he’s got better skills. It would be a good fight though, so hopefully we can get that done on a Frank Warren show and keep on collecting belts in the Hellraiser stable!
Picture by Phil Sharkey.
Posted: 2nd Jun 2017
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