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Makabu: I'll make Bellew cry

Last Updated: 25/04/16 5:16pm

Ilunga Makabu has issued a stern warning to Tony Bellew

Ilunga Makabu has issued a stern warning to Tony Bellew

Ilunga Makabu has issued a stern warning to Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew’s bid to claim the vacant WBC world cruiserweight title will end in his own tears, according to opponent Ilunga Makabu.

Congo-born Makabu (19-1-KO18) will travel to Bellew’s home town of Liverpool to stake his claim for world champion status – but the visitor is forecasting a night of misery for ‘Bomber’ and his fans.

Makabu told World Boxing News: “What I can say about May 29 and my fight at Goodison Park? Well, Tony Bellew has made a big mistake to put himself in front of me.

Trust me; it will be a bad day in the ring for Tony Bellew.

Ilunga Makabu

“I believe that by round three he’ll start to cry for his mother from the punishment I give him. In round four, he’ll then cry for his father but both of them and nobody else can come in the ring to help him.

“They will be crying together with his fans outside of the ring. But in round five, I will reunite them again when I force his trainer to throw in the towel and stop the fight. Trust me; it will be a bad day in the ring for Tony Bellew.”

Tony Bellew is desperate to become a world champion

Tony Bellew is desperate to become a world champion

Tony Bellew is desperate to become a world champion

Bellew (26-2-1-KO16) missed out in his previous two attempts to become world champion when a light-heavyweight, losing a majority decision to Nathan Cleverly in October 2011 and being stopped by Adonis Stevenson in November 2013.

Makabu’s sole defeat as a professional came in his very first bout when he was stunned by Khayeni Hlungwane in the first round. He has since stopped all of his opponents bar Dmytro Kucher (23-1-1-KO17).

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Makabu: I'll make Bellew cry

'Breazeale no breeze for AJ'

Johnny Nelson

Boxing Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 25/04/16 1:09pm

Johnny Nelson analyses Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Johnny Nelson analyses Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Johnny Nelson analyses Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

So long as he retains his hunger, Anthony Joshua will have too much for Dominic Breazeale, says Johnny Nelson.

It’s an intriguing one. They’re both relatively young as professional fighters. I know Anthony Joshua is a little younger but they’re both young in fight terms and I think it’s a good fight.

Breazeale is 6’7″ and he’s an athlete – he’s a former quarterback. I’ve seen some of his fights on YouTube and he’s got fast feet. That’ll be from the drills they do in American Football training, so he’ll be in and out quick.

Joshua vs Breazeale is live on Sky Sports Box Office

Joshua vs Breazeale is live on Sky Sports Box Office

Joshua vs Breazeale is live on Sky Sports Box Office

His upper body isn’t as quick and I don’t think he’s as big a banger as Joshua even though he’s knocked out 15 of his 17 opponents. I think Joshua is more of a concussive puncher.

Breazeale hits clean and hurts but he’s not a concussive knockout merchant like Joshua so I think it’s a good fight. The Americans love him.

I liked what I heard from Joshua after the Martin fight – he said he wanted to unify the division. He wasn’t complacent. He still sounded hungry.

Johnny Nelson

These guys will have crossed paths at London 2012. Breazeale went out of the super-heavyweight competition in the first round but I’m quite sure they would’ve had an eye on each other.

To me, it’s a good first defence. The Americans of course want to get the jewels back over there so he’s the boy they’re bigging up. They’re thinking he’s going to be the one to do it and we’ll see.

It’s down to Anthony Joshua. He shut Charles Martin out and Martin again was unbeaten up until that stage with a good knockout ratio and everything. I can see Joshua doing exactly that to Breazeale if he’s on form.

There was a lot at stake when he boxed Martin because he was the hunter and had a hunter’s mentality. When you’re going after a title, you know what your drive is and you know what you’re focused on. The hardest thing is staying world champion because your mentality changes.

You’ve reached the pinnacle and you’ve reached where you want to be, so now you’ve got to get another form of motivation. I liked what I heard from Joshua after the Martin fight – he said he wanted to unify the division. He wasn’t complacent. He still sounded hungry.

Breazeale has stopped 15 of his 17 opponents

Breazeale has stopped 15 of his 17 opponents

Breazeale has stopped 15 of his 17 opponents

As long as he goes in with that hungry hunter’s mentality against Breazeale, I think he’ll box on form but I think it’s a good match with two, big tall units who are knockout merchants. Excitement and knockouts are to be expected.

A good first defence for Joshua on June 25 would take him onwards and upwards and I’m quite sure he’ll be keeping an eye on Tyson Fury.

The George Groves v Martin Murray clash on the undercard is a great match-up.

Groves’ best performance was his first fight against Carl Froch and I don’t think he’s performed as well since. Now it’s about establishing his position in the British rankings because both guys are in touching distance of boxing for world titles.

George Groves will face Martin Murray in a WBA eliminator

George Groves will face Martin Murray in a WBA eliminator

George Groves will face Martin Murray in a WBA eliminator

Murray is a good tough opponent so if Groves still has those world title ambitions and abilities, this fight should show it but I think it’s a cracking fight because they match each other perfectly in terms of where they are in their careers.

If Groves still has it, he should get the job done but if he’s slipped a little bit, then it’s going to be a tough night’s work and Murray is a true warrior and he’ll put it on Groves.

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'Breazeale no breeze for AJ'

Groves vs Murray on AJ card

Last Updated: 25/04/16 9:43pm

George Groves will take on Martin Murray on June 25

George Groves will take on Martin Murray on June 25

George Groves will take on Martin Murray on June 25

George Groves will take on domestic rival Martin Murray on the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s IBF world heavyweight title defence at The O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The fight will be an eliminator for the WBA super-middleweight title and will provide chief support to Joshua when he returns to the London venue

Who is Dominic Breazeale?

Last Updated: 25/04/16 2:28pm

Dominic Breazeale is the first challenger to Joshua's world title

Dominic Breazeale is the first challenger to Joshua's world title

Dominic Breazeale is the first challenger to Joshua’s world title

Anthony Joshua will make the first defence of his IBF world heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale, so let’s find out more about the challenger…

Where does he come from?

Breazeale hails from the sunny climes of Alhambra

Breazeale hails from the sunny climes of Alhambra

Breazeale hails from the sunny climes of Alhambra

Breazeale was born in Alhambra, California, a city just eight miles from downtown Los Angeles with a population close to 100,000.

It’s a place most famous for tragic reasons. In February 2003, a media frenzy kicked off after Lana Clarkson was found dead in the home of music mogul Phil Spector, who was subsequently convicted of her murder.

Unpleasant. Is it a violent place in general and Breazeale a product of mean streets?

Alhambra’s crime rate is below the national average. Breazeale’s journey appears to have been serene enough and he was in the process of applying to work for the California

AJ defends against Breazeale

Last Updated: 25/04/16 9:23pm

Anthony Joshua will fight Dominic Breazeale at London's O2 Arena on June 25

Anthony Joshua will fight Dominic Breazeale at London's O2 Arena on June 25

Anthony Joshua will fight Dominic Breazeale at London’s O2 Arena on June 25

Anthony Joshua will make the first defence of his IBF world heavyweight title against undefeated American Dominic Breazeale at The O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua dismissed Charles Martin in two rounds at The O2 on April 9 to win the IBF belt with his 16th straight knockout victory since turning professional in the wake of Olympic glory at London 2012.

Anthony Joshua will return to The O2 to put his IBF title on the line

Anthony Joshua will return to The O2 to put his IBF title on the line

Anthony Joshua will return to The O2 to put his IBF title on the line

Breazeale

Price: Fury deserves respect

Last Updated: 24/04/16 2:46pm

Tyson Fury is the current No 1 in the heavyweight division

Tyson Fury is the current No 1 in the heavyweight division

Tyson Fury is the current No 1 in the heavyweight division

David Price does not think that Tyson Fury receives the respect he deserves as world heavyweight champion.

Unbeaten 27-year-old Fury became the first man to defeat Wladimir Klitschko in more than eleven years last November, claiming the Ukrainian’s world titles with a unanimous decision win.

But the outspoken champion has attracted controversy with some of his statements, leading to fierce criticism from sections of the media.

David Price failed to reach an agreement with Fury about a British title fight in 2012

David Price failed to reach an agreement with Fury about a British title fight in 2012

David Price failed to reach an agreement with Fury about a British title fight in 2012

Price became engaged in a verbal battle with Fury when they were potential opponents in the past, but always held his rival in high regard and insists the WBA and WBO king has not been given the rightful recognition.

“Whether they are right or not, he has got his own beliefs, and it’s really gone against him, hasn’t it?” said Price.

“You’re the heavyweight champion of the world, people should be falling over themselves to have him on chat shows, to give him big endorsements and everything else.

He’s a likeable character and you’ve got to admit it was phenomenal what he done over there beating Klitschko.

David Price on Tyson Fury

“Because what he has come out and said and what he believes in, it’s made people keep their distance from him, so it’s kind of self-inflicted. But I don’t believe he is getting the respect as the heavyweight champion. He is the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

“He’s a likeable character and you’ve got to admit it was phenomenal what he done over there beating Klitschko. Massive respect for that.”

The Liverpudlian is set to return to the ring on the same bill as Tony Bellew

The Liverpudlian is set to return to the ring on the same bill as Tony Bellew

The Liverpudlian is set to return to the ring on the same bill as Tony Bellew

Price holds an amateur win over Fury and believes the pair could meet again if he puts his professional career back on track, starting with a planned appearance on Tony Bellew-Ilunga Makabu undercard.

The Liverpudlian said: “Two big giants from the north west and a few fights back in, I still wouldn’t rule out fighting Tyson Fury down the line. I’m still the last Englishman to beat him, by the way.”

Anthony Joshua took the IBF title from Charles Martin earlier this month

Anthony Joshua took the IBF title from Charles Martin earlier this month

Anthony Joshua took the IBF title from Charles Martin earlier this month

Anthony Joshua is also a world champion after his second round stoppage of Charles Martin and Price is glad to return to a thriving heavyweight division.

“He has took the opportunity with both hands, which I expected him to do really,” said Price. “Before the fight, I was asked questions and I didn’t want to make it sound like it would be a washout.

Tyson Fury uploaded this video of himself to his instagram account looking very good in training

Tyson Fury uploaded this video of himself to his instagram account looking very good in training

Tyson Fury uploaded this video of himself to his instagram account looking very good in training

“If I can get a couple of wins under my belt, at the end of the day I’m still a dangerous fighter, despite my losses.

“I’m an Olympic medallist like Anthony Joshua, two big men, and I think it would be a fight that the public would be interested in. Let’s see what happens in my next couple of fights and we can start talking a bit more about it potentially happening.”

AJ: I'll help Fury lose weight

Last Updated: 20/04/16 8:04am

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would love to fight Tyson Fury

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would love to fight Tyson Fury

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would love to fight Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua has offered to help Tyson Fury lose weight ahead of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury, the WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight champion, tweeted out his need to lose a “whopping 3st 3lbs” ahead of his July 9 fight and has offered to help Twitter followers lose weight with him.

Joshua has joined in the conversation, suggesting his British rival get in touch for some advice of his own.

I could shed that in a month, don’t worry about that. Just reach out Tyson, I’m here!

Anthony Joshua to Tyson Fury

“I told him I’ve got the training tips when he’s ready,” Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ.

Joshua considering options

Last Updated: 20/04/16 6:45am

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would love to fight Tyson Fury

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would love to fight Tyson Fury

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would love to fight Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua says he is considering a number of possible opponents for his return to the ring, including Bermane Stiverne, Eric Molina and Dominic Breazeale.

The current IBF world heavyweight champion is yet to decide on an opponent for his first title defence, which will be held on June 25.

Joshua (16-0-KO16)

Canelo focus on Khan, not GGG

Last Updated: 20/04/16 8:25am

Canelo Alvarez defends his WBC belt against Amir Khan on May 7

Canelo Alvarez defends his WBC belt against Amir Khan on May 7

Canelo Alvarez defends his WBC belt against Amir Khan on May 7

Canelo Alvarez insists he will not overlook “explosive” Amir Khan as he continues to plot a fight with Gennady Golovkin.

The Mexican superstar will start as huge favourite on May 7 when he defends his WBC middleweight title at a catchweight 155lbs against an opponent who has never before fought beyond welterweight.

Alvarez has long been on collision course with Golovkin, the unbeaten IBF and WBA Super champion who insists he will not agree to a unification contest at anything less than the standard 160lbs limit.

But the immediate concern is a dangerous assignment against Khan, who is convinced he can pull off a major shock in Las Vegas and stake his own claim to be considered among the pound-for-pound contenders.

Alvarez-Khan 'tale of the tape'

Alvarez-Khan 'tale of the tape'

Alvarez-Khan ‘tale of the tape’

Alvarez said: “He’s a fighter that’s very fast. He’s explosive, I’m training 100 per cent because I don’t like surprises.

“I never underestimate anyone in the ring because anything can happen. My job is to be prepared for the best possible fighter so I can give a great performance.

Gennady Golovkin holds the IBF and WBA Super versions of the middleweight title

Gennady Golovkin holds the IBF and WBA Super versions of the middleweight title

Gennady Golovkin holds the IBF and WBA Super versions of the middleweight title

“(Golovkin) is defeinitely in my future plans.

McCrory: Morales-Barrera magic

Glenn McCrory

Boxing Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 20/04/16 10:48am

We look back at Marco Antonio Barrera's appearance on Ringside on the 16th anniversary of his classic fight with bitter rival Erik Morales

We look back at Marco Antonio Barrera's appearance on Ringside on the 16th anniversary of his classic fight with bitter rival Erik Morales

We look back at Marco Antonio Barrera’s appearance on Ringside on the 16th anniversary of his classic fight with bitter rival Erik Morales

A huge fan of Marco Antonio Barrera, Glenn McCrory watched his hero take on Erik Morales 16 years ago as a co-commentator – and he’s still got the t-shirt…

Quite simply, this one is my favourite fights ever.

I’ve covered plenty of big, famous fights on Sky Sports down the years but this one is still top of the pile and always will be. Yes, the fight was one of three meetings between Barrera and Morales but, like so many boxing trilogies, the first fight was truly special.

The first thing that sticks out was the fight didn’t have the same hype and build-up as others I had covered. When it was me and Ian Darke commentating, we often went out to the States a week before a fight but I remember wondering why we were going out there so early for this one.

Yes, it was going to be a Mexican shoot-out and yes, they were both world title holders but there were so many huge fights going on in those days and there didn’t seem to be many other people from our part of the world covering it.

We soon realised why we had been asked to travel out there early.

I have never seen two fighters throw so many punches so well and so accurately in my career. It was amazing.

Glenn McCrory

The grudge between Barrera and Morales still exists today. Even if they are both working on a TV show these days, Barrera and Morales just don’t talk to each other. They dislike each other deeply and in fight week back then, the bad blood between them was clear.

They were both great guys and me and Ian Darke got great access but even then, you could see the differences.

And as the fight got closer, the press conferences might not have been packed with cameras and reporters, or even Mexican fight fans like they often are, but it was clear Barrera and Morales were different characters out of the ring too.

There was no love lost betwen Barrera and Morales even before the fight

There was no love lost betwen Barrera and Morales even before the fight

There was no love lost betwen Barrera and Morales even before the fight

When we went to see Barrera, he was polite, friendly and all together a bit more official than Morales.

Morales – ‘El Terrible’ to his fans – was a man of the Mexican people. I’d picked that up in my time out in the States but when we went to talk to him in his hotel room, his people had the fridge open and were offering beers to us all. They were – and are – far more working class guys. They were there to enjoy it – even if Morales didn’t have a beer in the build-up.

Ringside rewinds to 16 years ago to the thrilling first meeting between the Mexican fighters

Ringside rewinds to 16 years ago to the thrilling first meeting between the Mexican fighters

Ringside rewinds to 16 years ago to the thrilling first meeting between the Mexican fighters

I do have to admit Barrera was one of my favourite fighters. I’d seen him before and he excited the life out of me, he really did. He did then, and he did for years afterwards.

But when fight night came, we were at the Mandalay Bay on HBO’s Boxing After Dark and of course on Sky Sports, not at a huge pay-per-view event with the world watching. I honestly didn’t think we were in for a treat, certainly not the treat we were given.

Erik Morales v Marco Antonio Barrera I

Where? Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
When? February 19, 2000
Weight? Super-bantamweight
Who had what? Morales: WBC world title / Barrera: WBO world title
Who won? Morales: Split Decision (114-113, 113-114, 115-112)

The fight turned out to be absolutely sensational. The outcome – Morales won on a split decision – was controversial.