The Pugilist

  • If anybody has seen boxer Tony Thompson's wife today could you please get in touch with the Pugilist and let us know that she is alright?

    Thompson once again played the role of party-pooper in Liverpool on Saturday night as he defeated local hero David Price in a rematch of their heavyweight clash from last February.

    The 41-year-old stopped the British prospect for the second successive time but really stole the show with an explicit but frankly hilarious interview with the fight's broadcaster BoxNation after the contest.

    After dropping an F-Bomb and calling fellow heavyweight contender Tyson

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  • 10 possible opponents for Carl Froch this year

    Ever since George Groves switched over from Frank Warren to Matchroom Boxing earlier this year, it has been tough to avoid talk of an eventual showdown with Eddie Hearn’s other British super-middleweight, the IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch.

    Such a clash was always regarded as something for down the line, mind, but that may not be the case now with news that the IBF have named Groves as their top contender at 168lb.

    The governing body has demanded that the pair reach an agreement by July 12 to fight before mid-October, with Matchroom responding with a statement promising news on the situation

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  • Liam Walsh is ready for the next level

    Liam Walsh (R) could become as big a part of Frank Warren's (in suit) stable as Nathan Cleverly (C) and Dereck Chisora (L) - PHOTO: AFP

    Here at Eurosport Towers, we are always on the lookout for British boxers who could be ‘the next big thing’ - that up-and-coming, 15-fights-or-so-unbeaten guys who look like they might have a role to play on a world stage down the line.

    George Groves, Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton all stand on the edge of international success and recognition, but just a short way behind are a number of exciting fighters who could easily follow them into the upper echelons of the sport.

    One such case is Liam Walsh, the Cromer-based boxer who for all intents and purposes ended the career of former world

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  • The boxer so good nobody wants to fight him

    Gennady Golovkin unquestionably established himself as the finest middleweight in the world on Saturday with a brutally one-sided knockout of Matthew Macklin at the MGM Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

    Fighting with precision, poise and, most of all, power, Golovkin battered Macklin for the better part of two-and-a-half rounds before finishing the Irishman with a crushing left hook to the liver.

    Golovkin is everything he was advertised to be, and more. That's the good news.

    It's also the bad news. There are no significant fights to be made for Golovkin because the promoters of the

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  • Jack Johnson was on the run 100 years ago

    Jack Johnson, here in 1909, held the heavyweight championship from 1908-1915. (Getty Images)

    Exactly 100 years ago this week, sport's highest-profile athlete was on the run, a fugitive from the law and facing prison.

    But rather than accepting a stint in a jail cell, Jack Johnson, the world heavyweight boxing champion, smuggled himself out of the United States assisted by a travelling baseball team who disguised him in their uniform and headed for Canada, then Europe.

    Tales of leading athletes falling foul of the authorities was nothing new even then, and as the events of this week show, remain an unfortunate reality.

    Yet Johnson's run from the law was a flight from injustice, with

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  • Leon McKenzie scoring for Charlton in 2009, and in training camp for his boxing debut (PA Sport)

    When former Premier League striker Leon McKenzie retired from football at the start of this year and declared his intention to train for a boxing career, the timing of his decision triggered a tidal wave of misconceptions.

    Weeks prior, England cricket hero Freddie Flintoff had made a highly-publicised crossover from the pavilion to the ring. Mainstream interest was sky-high, but boxing die-hards were repulsed by his amateurish win over fellow novice Richard Dawson.

    McKenzie was one of those die-hards – despite his near 20-year footballing career, he comes from a boxing family. Pugilism is and

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  • Problem child Broner is here to stay

    Adrien Broner enraged Paulie Malignaggi for weeks with taunts, wise cracks and crude publicity stunts. Even after 12 bitterly fought rounds Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the two continued to go after each other.

    Broner took Malignaggi's WBA welterweight title via a split decision, but continued to jab atMalignaggi, who was defending his belt in front of his home crowd, after the bout.

    At a May news conference to kick off the fight's promotion, Broner pulled out his phone while at the dais and called a woman he said was Malignaggi's ex-girlfriend. Broner said the woman, named

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  • Paulie Malignaggi: The next face of boxing?

    Paulie Malignaggi talks to the media about his upcoming fight with Adrien Broner. (Getty)

    It doesn't take that great a leap of faith to believe that in a year, maybe a year-and-a-half, Paulie Malignaggi will become the face of boxing.

    The WBA welterweight champion has always been a glib, accessible, entertaining interview, as well as a skilled, if a little underpowered, boxer.

    But Malignaggi is on the verge of reaching superstar status as an announcer. He's been doing analysis for Showtime's boxing broadcasts and he's demonstrated the kind of ability that, combined with experience, could soon make him the best in the business.

    He's thoughtful, insightful and well-spoken, quick to

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  • Broner’s lifestyle may derail his career

    Adrien Broner was just 13 years old when the war in Iraq began in 2003 with a tactic that Bush Administration officials dubbed, "Shock and awe."

    Shock and awe is a great description of the manner in which Broner has tried to handle his boxing career. He's tried to shock fans and media with the outrageous way he portrays himself. Nothing is too raunchy, nor too profane, to come out of Broner's mouth.

    And he tries to awe with his talent in the ring, where he's won all 26 of his bouts, 22 of them by knockout.

    Broner will move up from lightweight to welterweight on Saturday to challenge Paulie

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  • Hopkins ‘to defend legacy’ against unheralded Kovalev

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    There was never any doubt, really, that Bernard Hopkins would agree to fight whomever the IBF deemed as the mandatory challenger for his IBF world title. His record over the last 20 years proves that.

    After his mandatory defence against Karo Murat, set for July 13 in Brooklyn, NY, was cancelled when Murat was unable to acquire a visa to get into the US, the IBF considered what it would do.

    Ultimately, it decreed that the 48-year-old Hopkins would have to put his belt up against unbeaten Sergey Kovalev.

    There were those who questioned whether Hopkins would agree to meet Kovalev, who has 19

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