From the desk of Brian Walpole, CWM Cyclone Promotions: Boxing returns to live terrestrial television with ITV
“ITV will screen live IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton’s eagerly awaited first title defence against Chris Avalos. Boxing fans will be able to enjoy free to air coverage of all the action from the CWM FX sponsored bout taking place in Belfast on February 28.”
Photograph: Brian Peters Promotions
“A fighter is at his most dangerous when hurt” is an aphorism often trawled out after boxing matches. Trainer Shane McGuigan has seen his own stock rise off the back of Frampton’s success, since taking over full training duties from Belfast veteran Gerry Storey. Considered and erudite in his vocal delivery, Shane’s record is currently speaking for itself despite the detractors.
Earlier this year we caught up with revered boxing writer and author of Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing David Greisman. That book contains 63 of Greisman’s best dispatches from the Sweet (and sometimes not so sweet) Science from 2007 through 2012, including nine articles that have been recognized for excellence by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Greisman is an award-winning boxing writer who has covered boxing since 2004. His articles have appeared on BoxingScene.com, FoxSports.com, MaxBoxing.com and in The Ring magazine. This entire interview is contained within the 2014 Irish Boxing Review.
Irish Boxing Review author Steve Wellings was featured among the boxing pundits asked to give their boxing highlights of the year so far. Steve was joined by the founder of First Class Boxing Paul Webb, Nuthouse Podcast host Andy Paterson, dart player extraordinaire and big boxing fan Chris Mason. Heavyweight boxer Clarence Tillman and Nuthouse podcast member and producer Kurt Ward also offered up their opinions.
Boxing fans across Ireland can enjoy two back-to-back boxing documentaries on St. Patrick’s Day on Setanta TV.
British and Irish heavyweights Martin Rogan and Michael Sprott have signed on for a new international heavyweight competition. The ‘Super 8: Last Man Standing’ tournament will take place on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. Eight heavyweights in total will take part in the Super 8 event, competing for a prize pool of £250,000 on one evening.
Carl Frampton could land a dream world title shot this summer after Leo Santa Cruz revealed that he would happily defend his title against the Belfast boxer.
WBC super-bantamweight holder Santa Cruz insists he would have no problem travelling to Northern Ireland to take on Frampton – provided he first wins his March 8 defence against former champion Cristian Mijares.