Manners’ Corner Christmas special - The highs and lows AsianExpress.co.uk
January 2014 - 1st Edition
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of 2013 and what’s to come in 2014 KID GALAHAD ON THE RISE
FARCE OF THE YEAR TYSON FURY v DAVID HAYE
What a fantastic year 2013 has been for Barry Awad aka Kid Galahad! British super bantamweight champion Kid Galahad is on the rise. Rumours are rife that he will be fighting for the European super bantamweight title in 2014. Winning that, which to me is a sure fire thing, will put him in the mix for the world title fights with the likes of Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg. Watch this space - this kid just keeps on riding higher and higher.
Poor Tyson Fury was led a merry dance by David Haye this year. Tyson, the heavyweight sensation, talked himself into a multi million dollar showdown only for David Haye to bottle out at the eleventh hour due to sustaining a cut during training. Then the week before the rescheduled fight he received another injury which occurred again during training. What a farce, what a waste of time. Hopefully team Fury will not entertain the likes of David Haye again and will all move on with their careers. The heavyweight future seems quite bright now however, as a recent newsflash has stated that champion Vitali Klitschko has given up his WBC title. This now opens up opportunities for all the heavyweight contenders that are in the mix to fight for the green world championship belt. So Tyson if you are out there go get it son!
THE SPECIAL ONE FOR SPECIAL TIMES
2014 is definitely the big year for the British World Welterweight star contender Kell Brook “the special one” after a punch perfect performance and knockout victory over Ricky Hatton killer Viacheslav Senchenko back in October 2013. But any lapse of concentration could be Brook’s down fall. As in the 4th round the gutsy Russian hit Kell with a terrific clean shot on the jaw that nearly took the special one out. Brook turned on the heat in the same round and knocked Senchenko spark out to clinch his world title shot. With the recent demise of former IBF champion Devon Alexander losing to the newly
NATION CALLS FOR REMATCH FROCH RETAINS HIS WORLD CHAMPION BELTS BUT GROVES WINS THE HEARTS OF THE NATION
crowned hungry challenger champion Shaun Porter, surely now this must be the clearest path to date for Brook to achieve his ultimate goal and truly be that special one. Only time will tell. I am licking my lips for that encounter. I can’t wait.
World super middleweight champion Carl Froch was well and truly beaten up. He was out boxed, out punched, out worked, some would say well schooled in the art of boxing by the young and hungry up and coming contender George Groves. The highlight was Froch being sent flat on his back in round 1 and that’s a fact. One would think with those facts Carl had lost the contest, no you guessed wrong. Unbelievably, behind on points on all judges’ scorecards Carl Froch retained his belts controversially as the referee jumped in to stop the fight in round 9 giving Froch the TKO victory. Some would say that the referee Howard Foster robbed the boxing fans and British public of a fair conclusion. In my view George Groves deserved the benefit of the doubt. To be knocked either clean out or to recover from a tricky situation and then move on to be able to win convincingly as afforded Froch in round 1. Is this a case of one rule for one and one rule for another? Howard Foster made a pivotal
decision that made the whole matter stink. It still, for me smells of a rematch, even for the sake of pro boxing. And if there was a rematch the way I see it Groves is way younger, fresher and can only get better. As for warrior Froch, he is older still tough but stagnant in progression. At his age Carl could just not get any better than he is right now and he would definitely lose if they should ever meet again, which is highly unlikely with bigger matches with the likes of Andre Ward and other big money contenders for Carl to go back to
rematch with George Groves. It would not make financial sense just moral sense. Froch should consider himself quite fortunate. He got the win that’s for sure. As for Groves, he is young enough and will learn from this and he can definitely come again, that’s for sure. George, ‘what a fantastic performance’. You have truly proved that you are genuine world class. For a fighter to be booed into the ring and cheered as a hero out it definitely tells a story. The nation salutes you.