British Boxers 2013 Review and Awards
British boxer of year: Scott Quigg
Young boxer of year: Billy Joe Saunders
British fight of year: Froch v Groves
Comeback of the year: Darren Barker against Daniel Geale
Most progress 2012: Scott Quigg
Trainer of year: Joe Gallagher
KO of the year: Stephen Smith v Gary Buckland
Promoter of year: Eddie Hearn / Matchroom
Upset of year: Nathan Cleverly loss to Sergei Kovalev
Event of year: Froch v Groves in Manchester
Pick for 2014: Paul Butler
Overseas fighter of year: Floyd Mayweather
Special mention: The Smith brothers team success and George Groves bursting on the world scene against Carl Froch
After the usual ups and downs, British boxing ended 2013 on a high after Darlington’s Stuart Hall (pictured) claimed the the IBF bantamweight title in Leeds, unanimously outpointing South Africa’s Vusi Malinga to become the oldest British fighter to win a world title at the first attempt. Hall, 33, dropped Malinga in the 3rd round but had to survive some tricky moments himself, but prevailed after twelve pulsating rounds of action to lift the vacant belt. Hall was handed his surprise shot at the title when former opponent and fellow Brit Jamie McDonnell was stripped of the belt for failing to agree to a defence against mandatory challenger Malinga. Stuey’s win was what dreams are made of and a real inspiration to anyone who looking to turn around not only a sports career but a life in general. Hall has said in his 20′s he was something of a party animal living in Ibiza for five years, abusing his body with drink and drugs, a far cry away from who he is today. But he returned to England went back to the local boxing gym, going on to become British and Commonwealth champion, before claiming the world title and cementing his name in British boxing history. This victory for Hall sets up an interesting 2014 for the British bantamweight division. The fight that must surely be made for him is a rematch with former champion McDonnell, who he lost to in 2011 via decision. A return would be a much better fight with plenty more at stake and should happen in 2014. Hall deserves his success and his fantastic year end and he joins Carl Froch, Ricky Burns and Scott Quigg as Britain’s current world title holders.
Britain’s No1 boxer Froch, remained the WBA and IBF world super-middleweight title holder, but had to come through a tough battle to hang onto that status and his championships belts, against fellow countryman George Groves in November. Froch stopped Groves in the 9th round, but only after getting off the canvas in the 1st round. Froch was given an horrendous time by an inspired Groves, until the referee jumped in controversially to stop a disappointed challenger.
Groves had given Froch arguably his toughest career fight to date and the stoppage was disappointing for both boxers. It did seem that Froch was getting himself back into the fight at the time of the stoppage and the decision by Howard Foster to end it when he did left everyone frustrated and disappointed at the outcome. It was a great fight, and our fight of the year, both these warriors did themselves proud. A rematch will be in demand, but it isn’t sure if it will happen in the foreseeable future, with Froch having other options. But the boxing public are backing Groves for the rematch and it must happen.
Reigning WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns will want to forget 2013 after ending the year still world champion, but in pain and at one point his career in the balance, after suffering a broken jaw in his last fight, a draw against Raymundo Beltran. Burns had the toughest night of his championship career against the Mexican, who was deemed unlucky not to get the verdict, after dropping the champion in the 8th. Burns has now recovered from the broken jaw and is back in training for his next defence which will against dangerous unbeaten American banger and mandatory challenger Terence Crawford on March 1st in Glasgow.
Our other current world title holder is Bury’s Scott Quigg, always destined for the top Quigg was awarded the WBA super-bantamweight belt after defeating Brazil’s William Prado (KO3) in June. Quigg then faced unbeaten Yoandris Salinas to cement his status as champion, but could only manage a draw against the tricky Cuban. Quigg ended the year by consolidating his championship title, blowing away Argentinian Diego Oscar Silva in the second round to end a terrific 2013 and is awarded our boxer of 2013 award.
Quigg is lined up nicely for 2014 and there are some hugh fights on the horizon for him, non more so than the all British clash against unbeaten Belfast star Carl Frampton. Both are eager to get the fight on when the time is right, will it happen this year? Only time will tell, but it is one of the domestic fights that wets the appetite more than most, lets hope we see that happen when both are in their prime.
Frampton had two fights in 2013. In February he had a great 9th round win over Spaniard Kiko Martinez, all the more impressive in the fact that Martinez has since gone on to win the IBF world super-bantamweight title. Martinez is high on Frampton’s list for a rematch and world title shot and that is a fight that could and should happen this year. Quigg also wants to face Martinez, he wants to add his IBF belt to his WBA belt and it is a fight he and his coach Joe Gallagher are pursuing. Both Quigg and Frampton were ringside in Spain in December to watch Martinez make the first defence of his title, a 9th round TKO over Jeffrey Mathebula. It would seem a good scenario if Frampton were to fight Martinez first in a return match-up and if Frampton wins the belt Quigg vs Frampton would be a massive mouth watering encounter.
Trainer of the year Joe Gallagher had a fantastic 2013 with his stable of boxers and his will and desire to succeed in the sport, continues to reap the rewards for him. Joe has paid his dues in the fight game, engrossed in it from a young age he has done his time and recently was not only awarded with another new batch of championship fighters, but he guided his first world champion Scott Quigg, who became WBA Super Bantamweight title holder. Gallagher dedicated his year and world title win to his former mentors Jimmy Egan and Phil Martin, the two Manchester coaches who he trained with and learnt his trade from, before venturing out on his own coaching career. Joe continues to go from strength to strength and his ambition and enthusiasm will ensure he is producing talent for many years to come. Gallagher’s Stable consists of the following fighters Scott Quigg, Anthony Crolla, Liam, Stephen, Paul and Callum Smith, Scotty Cardle, Callum Johnson and is arguably the current boxing hub of the UK.
For Darren Barker, 2013 proved to be the most successful year of his career and the last. Barker bravely climbed off the canvas to take the IBF belt from Daniel Geale in Atlantic City in August. Barker’s glorious night crowned his professional achievements, adding the top honour to British, European and Commonwealth titles and his Commonwealth Games triumph in 2002. Barker defended his title against Felix Sturm in Stuttgart in December, but his old hip injuries flared up during the contest and the 31 year old was withdrawn from the fight by his corner. Barker has since decided to call time on his career and recently announced his retirement, dedicating his success to his family, friends, fans and his late brother, Gary. The fight against Geale to win the title in August was one of the highlights of the year for British boxing and one of the most dramatic comebacks during a fight we have seen for many a year at this level. Barker after an edgy start to the fight, was dropped in the 6th round by a body shot that left him crumpled in pain on the canvas and looking all but out of it. What happened next will always typify Barker and sums up his career. He says in that painful 10 seconds that the referee was counting him, he felt the spirit of his brother Gary telling him to get up and fight on. Barker did just that, he went on to outbox Geale and against all the odds became world champion. “I’m so proud and happy at what I’ve achieved when I won my first national title as a kid I could have retired a happy boy then so to have won all the major titles possible for me I’m a very, very happy man,” said Barker. “I did this all for my brother Gary – we did it mate! I’m now looking forward to sitting back and being a keen fan and wishing all my fellow countrymen all the best in their careers. Thank you for the great entertainment and the blood sweat and tears you sacrificed for the sport and the success you brought the game Darren, all the best for the future.
Middleweight Martin Murray unfortunately failed in his second world title challenge, but he was taking on the division number one world champion and one of the best operators in the game, in Sergio Martinez. The St. Helens man did himself proud though, travelling over to face Martinez in Argentina, Murray was always going to be up against it. He managed to have Martinez on the canvas twice during the fight, but they were judged to be slips by the referee and Murray went on to drop a unanimous decision. But in many peoples eyes he had done enough to beat Martinez and should have left with the world championship. But Murray stays to fight another day and is lined up for a rematch with Felix Sturm for the IBF title. The pair drew in 2011, in Murray’s first crack at the world title and they both have unfinished business with each other. Murray was due to face Jarrod Fletcher in Monti-Carlo on February 1, but withdrew, with the rematch with Sturm expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Rival UK middleweight to Murray, Matthew Macklin, had two fights in 2013. He suffered at the fists of dangerous world champion Gennady Golovkin, when he challenged the Kazakhstan sensation in June. Macklin went the same way has the unbeaten Golovkin’s previous victims, he was beaten, getting stopped with a brutal body shot in the in the third round. Macklin has since returned with a win and is now being coached by former opponent Jamie Moore. Macklin and Moore both produced one of the best UK domestic fights of all time in 2006, when they contested the British light-middleweight title. After ten of the best rounds ever witnessed in a British ring, Moore knocked-out Macklin in the 10th round. Since then the pair have become firm friends and have an unbreakable respect for each other. Macklin feels that relationship and Moores experience will bring the best out of him and he is set for another assault on world honours. If Murray can dethrone Sturm then an all British middleweight showdown with Macklin would be big news and would finally put to bed the what if’s?
We lost another of our world champions last year, which at the time was the big upset of the British boxing calender. Nathan Cleverly had his WBO light-heavyweight title ripped off him by the unbeaten big hitting Sergey Kovalev. People in the game now realise the quality of the Russian, the way he dismantled Cleverly who we rated highly just shows his potential. It was only Cleverly’s second fight of 2013, previously he had defended his belt against German Robin Krasniqi in the April. Cleverly was at a low ebb after the loss to Kovalev and considered retiring from boxing. But after some time out he decided he would continue with his fight career and would instead move up in weight and campaign at cruiserweight in the future. The 26-year-old’s planned debut at the new weight against Daniel Ammann in November was put off after Cleverly suffered a back injury. Another back problem put paid to a fight with Illunga Makubu , scheduled for 1 February in Monaco and then he had been due to fight on 1 March at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse, but has now withdrawn from that too. A date for Cleverly’s return is expected to be announced soon and we just hope he can get the form back that saw him blast his way to the top in exciting fashion. The Cefn Fforest boxer who has always been trained by his Dad Vince, has recently been working in London with coach Adam Booth. It is believed he is seeing how it goes with Booth before making any definite decisions.
Former opponent of Cleverly Tony Bellew was unsuccessful in his bid to take the WBC light-heavyweight title from Canada’s Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City in December. Stevenson won in a sixth-round technical knockout, the first time Bellew had been stopped in his 23-fight career. Bellew was determined and confident that he could do a job on the smaller Canadian champion and bring the title back home to Liverpool, but it wasn’t to be. Bellew is likely now to continue his career like Cleverly at cruiserweight and don’t rule out a feisty return somewhere down the line between these two world class Brits.
Considered by many well to do experts in the game, Kell Brook is a world champion in waiting. The unbeaten Sheffield stylist was due to put them theories to the test in May, when he was to challenge American Devon Alexander for his IBF world welterweight title. But just a month before Brook was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering another injury. The fight had already been re-schedule twice and looking back never looked destined to happen. Alexander instead took on Brook’s Matchroom stable mate Lee Purdy in May, after a brave effort from Purdy in Atlantic City, he was withdrawn after 7 rounds by his friend and stand in corner man Darren Barker after taking a sustained going over from the far superior Alexander. Purdy did his best, but coming in late did him no favours. Alexander has since lost his title after dropping a decision to Shawn Porter in December. Brook is the No1 challenger for the IBF’s welterweight belt and is in line to face Porter this year. Both will have warm up fights before facing each other. The new champion may take a voluntary defence before facing the Sheffield man and Brook too is keen to get a tune up fight before taking on the aggressive Porter. Brook fought twice in 2013 with impressive wins over Carson Jones (TKO8) and Vyacheslav Senchenko (TKO4).
Brook’s cold war with British rival Amir Khan still appears to be festering in the background and a fight between them is still a future possibility in some capacity. Khan is expected to be announced shortly has the next challenger to world number one pound for pound boxer Floyd Mayweather. A massive opportunity for Khan and one that will make him a good few bob into the bargain. Many are quick to write off Khan’s chances and can you blame them given the fact that Mayweather has dominated his era, took on all comers and remains unbeaten with a record of 45-0, 26 KO’s. But you just never know! Khan’s speed and movement could, in fact they should cause Mayweather problems in stages of the fight. He will have to fight the fight of his life and if he can get everything clicking into place on the night, maybe we will be crowning a new King of boxing and he could be British! Well allow us to wish at least!
Mayweather takes our overseas fighter of the year for 2013, after recording big wins over Robert Guerrero and Saul Canelo Alvarez. This special talent continues to rule the roost and will eventually go down has one of the best boxers of all time.
The big disappointment of the year that jumps out was the doomed fight that never was between David Haye and Tyson Fury. The two heavyweight’s were set to meet in a multi million pound clash at the Manchester Arena in September only for Haye to withdraw after getting cut in sparring. The fight was reschedule for February this year, but again Haye pulled out, this time with a damaged shoulder. The fight looks like it will never happen now and what a shame. The future for Haye is unsure, the former heavyweight champion is expected to announce that he will fight again at some point. Fury and his team recently agreed a deal with Frank Warren to fight on TV Channel BoxNation. Fury will make his BoxNation debut at the Copper Box Arena on February 15. After that Warren hopes to match Fury in a rematch with Dereck Chisora at a football stadium in June. Chisora will also feature on the card at the Copper Box, he was to defend his European heavyweight title against undefeated Andriy Rudenko, but the Ukrainian pulled out, a replacement had not yet been confirmed going to press. Chisora had a very successful 2013 with four wins on the bounce. He claimed the European heavyweight title and after getting stopped by Haye in 2012, finds himself back in contention for big fights and is again a top contender for a second world title shot. Chisora’s success is said to be down to his new dedication and looking after himself outside of the ring. He has shed a lot of weight and looks better than ever. A rematch with Fury is mouth watering and should be a summer cracker if it comes off.
Featherweight Lee Selby has spent most of 2013 on the road with fights at Belfast, Blackpool, Hull and London’s O2 Arena.But the Welshman didn’t let the planes, trains and auto-mobiles deter him from putting in winning performances with four consecutive wins to take his record to 17-1: 6 KO’s. Selby has subsequently lined up a shot at the vacant European title and Selby can look forward to fighting at home for a change on February 1 when he faces former world title challenger Rendall Munroe at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.This will be used to Selby as a catalyst to progress on to World level in 2014, with an eye on a title fight late this year.
‘Funtime’ Frankie Gavin capped off a solid 2013 with 4 victories out of 4 against Bradley Pryce, David Barnes, Denton Vassell and Jason Welborn. The 28 yr old stands now at 18-0: 12 KO’s in the red-hot Welterweight division. Gavin has spoke publicly about wanting to face Amir Khan and Kell Brook to really ramp up the quality of opposition. Khan has other fights on the table, but certainly a domestic dust-up with Brook is real a possibility. Brook spoke on Ringside recently and answered a tweet on air from a fan who asked about a bout between himself and Gavin, and said he would be receptive to this. Gavin and Brook sparred together as amateurs and I feel this is the perfect fight for Frankie to put himself in the shop window. But with Brook lined up to fight for a world title shot, it is unlikely he would face the dangerous Gavin in a warm up fight. But if Brook does win the world title, then a voluntary defence against his British rival would be the right thing to do.
Promoter Eddie Hearn and his ever increasing stable, continue to change the British boxing landscape and have produced a great variety of shows around the country. With the backing Sky Sports, Eddie and his team are now the front runners and chosen ones for producing the prime time big fight specials on the machine that is Sky. This year they brought back the pay-per-view Box Office nights for the first time in two years, the last being David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko. Matchroom’s current No1 fighter Carl Froch, had the two pay-per-view contests last year, his world title wins against Mikkel Kessler and George Groves. If PPV is a good thing for fight fans or not is another matter! The fact that we are paying the extra again for fights we feel our default subscription should cover is debatable. But the PPV guarantees the very big match-ups taking place and will be around if we like it or not. But Hearn has been a breath of fresh air for British boxing, he has brought some flash back to the game in this country and is giving boxers options. With many shows lined up for 2014 and with some of the brightest young talent coming through from the Matchroom stable, Eddie Hearn is currently at the forefront of British boxing promotions.
Long time promoter Frank Warren is still the big player and name in British boxing promotions. His well established roots run deep through the game and he continues to match his rival promoters with bringing big boxing shows to the fans. The BoxNation TV platform, a dedicated home for boxing, showed a large selection of high profile fights from the country and around the world and is a great addition for fight fans. With the channel now going HD and Warren’s big plans for the station included a new sponsorship deal with Rainham Steel, and the station is expected to be floated on the stock market. This can only be positive for our game and is appreciated and if BoxNation wasn’t doing what they are, fans would be very much worse off.
While talking boxing on TV, it is impossible to ignore the boxing coverage we get on the internet and in particular YouTube and in particular iFLTV (formally known has iFilm London) Kugan Cassius and James Helder the founders of the roving have camera will travel reporters, who continue to go from strength to strength. They cover the latest press conference and weigh ins producing unique footage from the big events and the latest interviews and scoops from the boxers, promoters and trainers. They have built up a good reputation in the game and the boxers are comfortable and happy to be interviewed by them. Long may they continue, well done lads and all the best for 2014 and the future.
KO of the year: Stephen Smith’s right uppercut that knocked out Gary Buckland to claim him the British super-featherweight title in August was text book perfect and was a poignant moment in the career and resurrection of this true fighting man. Smith was himself knocked cold by Buckland’s friend and gym mate Lee Selby in 2011, losing his unbeaten record and his British and Commonwealth titles in the in the 8th round. Smith returned at super-featherweight after the loss to Selby, who has since gone on to show his class and that loss for Smith doesn’t look as bad as it did at the time. In 2012 Smith was close to packing in the game such was his frustration’s at fights not coming off for him. But thankfully he stuck with it and is now sitting at the top of his domestic division and is the man to beat. The rematch with Selby will always be a fight that will interest Smith and maybe down the line the two will once again get it on.
For Smith’s brothers Paul, Liam and Callum who are coached by trainer of the year Joe Gallagher, 2013 was an equally satisfying year and the family became the first to boast three British champions at the same time. Paul turned back the clock and produced a measured display to claim the Lonsdale belt for the second time when he stopped old foe Tony Dodson in June. Liam Smith came into 2013 as the Commonwealth belt holder and before the year was out had become British champion, when he outpointed Eric Ochieng for the belt that Brian Rose had recently vacated. Liam finished the year with a calculating stoppage win over the tough Mark Thompson and look’s like a complete package when he sets about his opponents. He looks like a nightmare to face. He is naturally as tough as old boots, looks so comfortable in the ring and could be the Smith brother who could go the furthest and mix it amongst the very best in the world. But then you look at young Callum and your views can be changed when you see this boy perform. He racked up 7 wins in 2013 to add to the 2 he had in his dťbut year in 2012. of his 9 wins he has finished off 9 inside the distance and 6 of them were in the first round. Standing 6′ 3″ Callum is tall for a super-middleweight and conditioned like a thoroughbred horse, athletic, strong fast and powerful, Callum Smith has the super-middleweight world at his feet and domestically there are some big fights ahead for him over the next couple of years.
Another boxer that continues to impress in the ring is Billy Joe Saunders. The British and Commonwealth middleweight champion remained unbeaten in 2013, with wins over Matthew Hall, Gary O’ Sullivan and John Ryder, taking his record to 19-0, 10KOs. 2014 needs to be a breakout year now for Saunders. He has beaten his domestic rivals and needs to be moved up to European level and International level. Saunders pulled out of a fight in December because of a hand injury and is also out of Frank Warren’s CopperBox Arena show in February. Its looking like we wont see Saunders back in the ring until April now so he needs to get a move on and put his great potential to work, this is a boxer who can make it to the top. There is talk of a meeting with James DeGale in the pipeline and his team were looking to make that fight, but DeGale has other plans for now.
It has been a year of frustration for James DeGale, he would admit himself that he hasn’t perhaps progressed as he would of envisaged. 3 fights and 3 victories tell a tale of a successful year to most, but a man of DeGale’s pedigree and amateur background craves more. It has taken him to Canada and Bluewater Kent on two occasions, the most notable name being Dyah Davis in his last outing. It must of been tough on DeGale to see Groves against Froch in some degree, it could of very easily been him sharing the ring with The Cobra had his 2011 fight with Groves gone his way. DeGale has had some great news early 2014, with a final eliminator with Badou Jack of Mayweather Promotions for WBC Super-Middle mandatory challenger. It might not be too long until he has another Gold strap to keep his Olympic Gold company.
2013 saw the return of John Murray at lightweight, the former British and European champion and world title challenger returned to boxing after being out of the ring since he challenged Brandon Rios in 2011. Murray found himself out of boxing and nowhere to go when the British Boxing Board of Control suspended his licence after he failed a routine brain scan before his proposed return fight against Gavin Rees. In November, Murray returned to boxing after having his licence reinstated and he is expecting to get back in the lightweight domestic mix and Murray will have his eye on some more big nights in front of his big Mancunian following. British boxing fans and fellow boxers always get excited when a John Murray fight is coming up and when the ring walk music starts and ‘Johnny be good’ kicks in! Oh it’s great to have Murray back! One man who defeated Murray and who also finds himself on the comeback trail after losing a world title challenge to Ricky Burns in 2012 is Kevin Mitchell. The Londoner had three fights in 2013 and is ready to get back into big fights. A rematch with Murray somewhere down the line would be another big night.
The British lightweight division is still packed with domestic quality and this could be the year it erupts and some of the leading contenders get it on! Anthony Crolla had a great 2013 had a better year than he had had the previous. He started with a draw against Derry Mathews, who had stopped him in 2012. In June he outpointed former world champion Gavin Rees to claim the vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title and then ended the year with a retirement win over fellow Mancunian Stephen Foster Jnr. A third meeting with Mathews is a fight that would seem approprate at some stage, but there are other big fights for the pair too. Mathews produced one of the knock-outs of the year, when he won the vacant Commonwealth title after brutally flattening Tommy Coyle in the 10th round after being behind on points.
It is Ricky Burns who heads the lightweights in the UK, but other than Murray, Mitchell, Mathews and Crolla, we have British title holder Martin Gethin, the unbeaten southpaw stylist Terry Flanagan, Gavin Rees and Tommy Coyle. Throw into that mix Liam Walsh, Scotty Cardle and Kirk Goodings, the lightweights are red hot and ready to ignite.
Big heavyweight hope David Price couldn’t have had a worse 2013 if he had tried, stopped twice by American veteran Tony Thompson the Liverpool boxer now finds himself on the rebuilding ladder and will start that process on the 25th of this month in Germany. The former British and Commonwealth champion has signed with promoters Sauerland and recently employed the services of American trainer Tommy Brooks after splitting with Adam Booth. Brooks has previously worked with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and both Klitschko brothers. If Price can get back some confidence in his work and settle down to what he is good at, using the natural abilities he possesses he can comeback to be a match for any heavyweight.
The emergence of the next generation of home grown fighters is getting interesting and we have plenty to be optimistic about in terms of talented prospects, if Britain was producing a fighter looking like a star in the making and someone who maybe just has that special certain amount of ingredients that make a great boxer, then I think we may have that in super-flyweight Paul Butler. After watching live Paul’s first seven fights I was convinced he was at least a British champion cert. He went on to blast his way to the British champion, picked up the Commonwealth and now holds the WBO Inter-Continental and WBA Inter-Continental titles and stands at 17-0. Butler has no peers at domestic level in the super-flyweights and there isn’t an array of challengers in waiting that would threaten his title. The one man coming through, who would be a suitable challenger would be the talented former amateur star Kal Yafai. But Butler who headlines the Aintree Equestrian Centre show in Liverpool on March 1. against Diego Luis Pichardo Liriano, is then expected to step up to bantamweight to chase a fight with new IBF champion Stuart Hall. The emergence of Paul Butler could be the best thing to happen to British boxing for a few years.
British flyweight champion Kevin Satchell successfully defended his British and Commonwealth flyweight titles twice and heads the domestic 8st division. At bantamweight Lee Haskins won the British title to become a two weight holder after once claiming the super-flyweight belt. Haskins one of the most naturally gifted British boxers on the circuit deserves a big fight and it would be nice to see him get a world title shot this year, there is no doubt the Bristol man would rise to the challenge. Kid Galahad shown just what he is made of in the big domestic showdown with Jazza Dickens. It was the battle of the unbeaten’s and it was Galahad who pulled the win out out the bag when he stopped Dickens in the 10th round to win the vacant British title. Galahad is a genuinely talented prospect with a bright future. Darren Hamilton remained the British light-welterweight champion after defending his title twice against Steve Williams and Adil Anwar and seems to be getting better with every fight, next he faces Curtis Woodhouse in February and can win the Lonsdale belt outright with victory. It is an amazing story is Hamilton’s, he was once homeless and his boxing career was going nowhere, the turn around and his boxing success has been nothing short of remarkable.
Prospects to watch in 2014
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The loss of all round boxing man Dean Powell was shocking for British boxing and for the many friends and associates within the game. We send our condolences to his family and loved ones and the man once named the hardest working man in boxing will not be forgotten by those who he came into contact with and his memory lives on deep within the sport. RIP Dean.
British boxing is in an healthy state and 2014 promises to be another exciting year of action.