Category Archives: Boxing

Paddy Considine’s Journeyman is fiction but it has lessons for boxing | Sean Ingle

Labour of love is an examination of ‘the fragility of the sport and life itself – and what happens when the crowds have gone away’

There is a scene at the start of Paddy Considine’s compelling new film, Journeyman, about a boxer who suffers brain damage after a world title fight, that rattles the senses like a sharp one-two.

One moment Considine’s character, Matty Burton, is celebrating retaining the belt with his wife; the next he is dabbing at his head before crashing to the floor unconscious. And, at a stroke, his life’s roulette wheel has spun from glory to tragedy, with no sense it will find equilibrium again.

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Boxers know the risks and their bravery is in continuing to take them | Kevin Mitchell

Scott Westgarth’s death is being felt across the sport, but the predictable calls for boxing to be banned that will follow do not see the whole picture

Another death, another rancorous debate. Scott Westgarth, a 31-year-old light-heavyweight who came to boxing late and left it too early, has died after winning the 10th fight of his short professional career. He will have no say in the agonised discussions to follow, except as collateral evidence.

Rolling bulletins on Monday morning – some of them brief mentions tacked on to the affairs of state and passing concern about the worsening weather – generated the first wave of familiar sadness and predictable controversy. The sport rose as one to laud a warrior, whether the defenders knew Westgarth well or not, because they understand the sacrifices and dangers of their calling better than the abolitionists they realised would soon be added to the noise.

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George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr trade verbal blows before showdown

• Super-middleweights fight in World Boxing Super Series semi-final
• Groves: ‘I’m in the prime of my career, fighting better than ever’

George Groves does not think Chris Eubank Jr is even the best Chris Eubank in his family – and the WBA champion reckons he would have beaten Junior’s eponymous father at his peak as well, a throwaway observation that drew smiles all round in Manchester this week.

It was good knockabout stuff before Groves and Eubank meet to settle more serious disagreements on Saturday night, a bout that could be fight of the year if it lives up to expectations. Every jibe precedes a jab, ramping up the hits on ITV as two of the best champions in boxing compete for a place in the World Boxing Super Series final at 12 stones, probably against Callum Smith, the undefeated Liverpudlian who fights Jürgen Braehmer in the second semi-final in Nuremberg next weekend.

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The sporting year ahead: 18 dates for your diary in 2018

Russia’s ethical World Cup adventure, Nigeria’s bobsleigh stars at the Winter Olympics, and a welcome helping of London 2012 nostalgia

Russia 14 June – 15 July

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