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Boxing News 12 August 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

4 min
boxing behaving brilliantly

BEFORE Galal Yafai stood on the podium to collect his Olympic gold medal he took a moment to digest his gargantuan achievement. The Midlander shook his head in both disbelief and pride, the emotion obvious despite the mask that covered much of his face. Unseeded, he was not expected to win gold. He reached the pinnacle of amateur boxing nonetheless, winning the most prestigious of all boxing titles. His journey, at least in the vest, was at last complete. The youngest of three supreme fighting brothers had secured his place in the tournament back in March 2020, before the European qualifiers were shut down due to the pandemic. Boxing faced real crisis as competition was essentially cancelled and gyms were forced to close. Yafai was a revelation in Tokyo. So too were…

3 min
‘it’s humbling’

IN the first round I put Carlo Paalam down and I was thinking, ‘What is going on here? I’m in the Olympic final and I just put this guy down. This is crazy.’ And I thought, you know what, I’m going to try and stop him. I’m going to try and stop him, stop him in the Olympic final. It’ll look great on telly, everyone’s going to think I’m brilliant. But after, I thought he’s come back into it now, I better slow down, don’t tire myself out. I’ve got to stick to the gameplan so I made sure I won the second round and I did. So I cruised in the last round and knew I’d won at the final bell. Paalam beat the Olympic champion, Shakhobidin Zoirov, he deserved…

2 min
truly inspirational

I HAVE been truly inspired by the GB team and our haul of six medals. The lottery funding has certainly helped prepare these young boxing stars with the best coaches and facilities. The amateur coverage in Boxing News has been in-depth, accurate and articulate, and we cannot forget how important these amateur boxers are as our potential future professionals. I’ve been a subscriber for over 20 years and the magazine has developed into a truly brilliant weekly publication and long may it continue. Thank you for your dedication to this noble art. David Gallagher WHY ARE WE BEING IGNORED? I WAS pondering the perception of boxing and boxers in the UK from the those in power. Given the fact that during the recent pandemic a host of mainstream (and otherwise) sports received financial…

2 min
the panel

WHO FOR YOU WAS BOXER OF THE TOURNAMENT AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS? Richie Woodhall Olympic medallist Galal Yafai. Because boxing’s not all about mid and long range counter-punching and looking good on your feet. You’ve got to appreciate that short to mid range work and no one did it better. Even more refreshing was that it was rewarded by the judges. Tony Davis Olympic coach It’s a tight one for me between Andy Cruz and Galal Yafai but if I had to pick one it would be Galal. He was unseeded, came through an array of styles from formidable opponents. What Galal did was nothing but a ‘demonstration of excellence in Olympic boxing.’ Lewis Richardson GB middleweight Galal Yafai was on fire throughout. He stopped, dropped and handed over standing counts. This doesn’t happen often in amateur boxing, let…

2 min

1. NASEEM HAMED Among the hardest punchers in featherweight history, Hamed rose to prominence when stopping Steve Robinson in 1995. Fifteen largely thrilling victories followed before Marco Antonio Barrera spoiled the fun. 2. BARRY MCGUIGAN McGuigan, one of Ireland’s most popular sporting icons, came of age the night he outpointed the great Eusebio Pedroza over 15 rounds to take the world title in 1985. 3. CARL FRAMPTON Having already won belts at super-bantamweight, Frampton made the move to featherweight to win another against Leo Santa Cruz in 2016. 4. SCOTT HARRISON Rough and rugged, Scotland’s Harrison landed on the world scene with victory over Julio Pablo Chacon in 2002 only to lose the belt against Manuel Medina two fights later. Revenge then followed, before the wheels came off in 2005. 5. STEVE ROBINSON Victories against men like Paul Hodkinson,…

5 min
vanishing acts

HE had the ceremonial robe with the swan-feather lining ready and the style to crossover and become a huge boxing star. Well, that’s one version and it’s the one I like. He was just 20 years of age; he had the gold medal in a box and his future was as bright as that stunning medal. And then, on New Year’s eve, just a few months after winning the gold in Sydney, he was killed in a car crash. The sad story of Kazak Bekzat Sattarkhanov is not, according to my Kazak pals, an ordinary story. He was the nation’s golden boy, loved outside the ring and exceptional inside the ropes. In Sydney, he beat the American idol Ricardo Rocky Juarez in the featherweight final after Juarez had stopped the 1996 champion, Somluck Kamsing,…