With ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed lengthy out of boxing, Joe Calzaghe lately retired and Ricky Hatton’s retirement seemingly imminent, in latest months it has been simple to marvel the place the following wave of real British boxing superstars are going to return from.
Some individuals have countered that query by elevating the topic of enigmatic Nottingham boxer, Carl Froch. At 26-Zero (20 KOs), holder of the WBC Tremendous Middleweight Title and a participant within the prestigious ‘Showtime Tremendous Six World Basic’, it appears Froch ought to already be a bona-fide famous person. However, for some cause, the British public simply have not taken to him and his incredible wins over Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell have been seen by minimal audiences.
British boxing followers needn’t fear although. Three boxing stars are rising via the ranks and are set to make sure that there are a lot of nice boxing nights available, each right here and overseas, over the following 5 to 10 years, as we assist probably the most gifted boxers on our shores. Apparently sufficient, the three most gifted boxers really draw some very shut parallels to the three legends talked about initially of this text.
The New Ricky Hatton?
Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell, 31-Zero (23 KOs), was lengthy thought-about a sizzling boxing prospect by boxing aficionados. Like Ricky Hatton, Mitchell turned skilled after profitable an ABA Title on the tender age of simply 18, quite than making an attempt to succeed at Worldwide Stage within the newbie ranks.
Nevertheless, along with his good show of boxing in scoring a close to shut out 12 spherical factors resolution over Breidis Prescott in December 2009, Mitchell graduated from world class prospect to a real world title contender.
Mitchell attracts many similarities to Hatton – each can field brilliantly however typically choose to get in a brawl and each possess knockout energy, simply see Hatton’s chilling knockout of Carlos Maussa or Mitchell’s annihilation of Ignacio Mendoza for supporting proof.
As well as, each fighters have an virtually fanatical fan base; Hatton’s has travelled all around the globe to observe him in droves, along with packing out the Metropolis of Manchester soccer stadium (over 55,000 in attendance) while Mitchell is anticipated to attract a crowd of 35,000 plus for his subsequent contest on the dwelling of West Ham Soccer Membership, Upton Park, in London’s East Finish.
There’s additionally the truth that each have been introduced via the ranks very cautiously by Britain’s prime promoter, Frank Warren. Hatton’s commencement into world class in opposition to the superb Australian Kostya Tszyu was his 39th contest as an expert.
Mitchell’s subsequent contest, his 32nd, shall be his first foray into world title degree. Coincidentally, it should additionally see him dealing with an Australian opponent, Michael Katsidis, in a combat that’s pencilled in as being for the Interim WBO Light-weight Title, though rumours persist that the combat may very well be for the complete title if Juan Manuel Marquez strikes as much as the Mild Welterweight division.
Hatton has been a two weight world champion and excited us in Britain for years – is it heaping an excessive amount of strain on younger Mitchell to attract these similarities? Not should you ask me. Mitchell has the expertise to succeed in opposition to Katsidis and revel in a protracted and profitable profession at world title degree.
Apparently, the one method I see Mitchell failing is that if he tries to maneuver up in weight too far. He is sized Light-weight however for me, that is his restrict. We noticed how Hatton struggled terribly when venturing out of his pure weight division and I hope Mitchell can resist the temptations that noticed Hatton wrestle in opposition to Luis Collazo and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The New Joe Calzaghe?
Amir Khan, 22-1 (16 KOs), might at first appear a quite poor comparability to the ‘Pleasure of Newbridge’ provided that Khan has already suffered a defeat as an expert, one thing that Calzaghe prevented all through his epic 46 combat profession.
However, hear me out. There are extra similarities than you’d assume; let’s first have a look at the newbie statistics. Each boxers had been excellent amateurs – no one wants any reminding of Khan’s wonderful run to a silver medal as a 17 12 months outdated on the 2004 Olympics in spite of everything. While Calzaghe was denied the chance to go the Olympics at Barcelona in 1992 (Robin Reid was chosen for these video games, considerably controversially), Calzaghe to at the present time stays the one boxer to win Senior ABA titles in three successive years in three completely different weight divisions.
Each fighters key attribute is their pace with their fingers seemingly in a position to rattle off enormous numbers of punches in seconds, fully bewildering their opponents. And each additionally know learn how to get off the canvas to win; one thing we noticed Calzaghe obtain in opposition to Byron Mitchell, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. Khan has had comparable experiences in opposition to Rachid Drilzane, Michael Gomez and Willie Limond.
Each fighters began out with Frank Warren earlier than going setting out on their very own promotional path too, Calzaghe very late on in his profession and Khan ditching Warren as quickly as he hit the heights of WBA Mild Welterweight Champion.
Subsequent up for Khan is a check in opposition to Paulie Malignaggi at New York’s legendary area of Madison Sq. Backyard (MSG). The identical MSG the place Calzaghe secured the forty sixth and ultimate victory of his unbelievable profession.
Khan could also be unable to retire undefeated like Calzaghe did however I’m satisfied that he has the flexibility to carry out on the highest degree for the same variety of years. Like Calzaghe, it could be no shock to see Khan find yourself as a a number of weight world champion both.
The New ‘Prince Naseem Hamed’?
Hailing from the identical Sheffield gymnasium as Hamed and educated by the identical coach in Brendan Ingle, it’s hardly stunning that so many have made comparisons between Hamed and Kell Brook, 21-Zero (14 KOs).
While, fairly pleasingly, Brook is much less cocky and boastful than his one-time mentor Hamed, there’s a sure conviction and confidence in the best way Brook talks about his skills that can’t assist however get you desirous about the younger ‘Prince’.
Once you watch Brook within the ring, it is inconceivable to not miss the identical traits which were taught to each Brook and Hamed by Ingle; each carry their chins just a little bit increased than most would love however get away with it, each carry incredible energy in every hand and their pace of hand and foot leaves opponents with nowhere to cover.
Each fighters, below the recommendation of Ingle, had unbelievable success as amateurs as Junior degree and determined to show punch for pay on the first alternative, quite than search for newbie success at Senior degree.
Hamed struck an unbeaten run of 20 fights culminating in profitable his first world title in opposition to Steve Robinson and Brook is just not far behind in any respect; it appears doubtless he’ll quickly be the primary contender for the WBO Welterweight crown within the very close to future.
Welterweight is a expertise packed division with many former champions equivalent to Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Paul Spadafora nonetheless in motion and if Brook had been to beat these foes it could be very a lot akin to Hamed taking out Tom Johnson, Cesar Soto and Wilfredo Vasquez in his march via the Featherweight division.
It is nonetheless early days for Brook and even coming near matching Hamed’s achievements would an unbelievable feat, however who is aware of…..Brook may possess the expertise to surpass them.
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All three of the aforementioned fighters are nonetheless so younger. Mitchell is the oldest at 25, while Khan and Brook at 23, so all have years and years of prime degree boxing nonetheless forward of them.
Intriguingly, all three are very shut in weight too – Mitchell a Light-weight, Khan a Mild Welterweight and Brook a Welterweight. So, it isn’t past the realms of chance that they might dominate their respective weight divisions earlier than tackling one another in bouts of stature much like the good Eubank/Benn/Collins wars of the 1990’s!