Congratulations to Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook who
delivered a world title to these shores last weekend and the fourth
for the Ingle boxing factory.
'The Special One' won ugly in a very close tussle, bagging a
tight majority decision. It was a messy but gripping 12 round
encounter. Though Jim Watt at Sky Sports had 'Showtime Shawn'
Porter retaining, two of the three official judges - the only
opinions that counted - sided with the Yorkshire man.
Kenny Porter, father-trainer of the deposed champ has lodged a
formal complaint to the IBF accusing Brook of excessive
Brook wasn't at his fluid best but deserves praise for getting
himself across the line against a Yank in America.
With the majority of the British press, including me, picking
against him, the 28-year-old from the Steel City overcame a nasty
gash and an early points deficit to get the win.
Confronted by Porter's unconventional threshing style. Brook
showed a good engine, heart and tactical discipline to eek out the
tightest of wins.
There is talk of a stadium fight against Amir Khan next summer,
but first he'll have a lucrative homecoming defence in Sheffield in
Boxing has long attracted interest from leading lights within
the entertainment industry, eager to garner a bit of street cred.
Latterly, US rap moguls Damon Dash, James Prince and 50 Cent have
all had a dabble.
Last week, Jay-Z (above) made a huge statement of his intentions
to storm the world of boxing promotion by tendering the winning
purse bid for the mandated WBO middleweight clash between champion
Peter Quillin and unbeaten Russian Matt Koborov.
Though Jay-Z promotes neither fighter, the husband of Beyonce
bid a whopping $1.9m, smashing rival offers of $1.2m from Golden
Boy Promotions and $515,000 from Top Rank, clean out of the
After amassing a fortune in the music industry, Jay-Z has since
branched into sports agency work. His company, Roc Nation Sports,
presently represent several leading US athletes such as Kevin
Durant (basketball) and CC Sabathia (baseball). This year Forbes
magazine estimated his net worth to be $520million!
A lifelong fight fan who incorporates boxing drills into his
austere personal fitness regime, Jay-Z has already secured
promoters licences in New York (his home city) and Washington DC.
He boasts of 'making an instant and dramatic impact', 'changing the
game', and 'creating celebrity status' for the fighters he intends
Clearly an astute businessman, Jay-Z is an interesting addition
who's entitled to be involved. Hopefully, he'll heighten the
profile of the sport.
Former two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison
(above) had his boxing licence re-instated last week, paving the
way for a potential tartan tear-up with rapidly declining
compatriot Ricky Burns.
After a seven year hiatus, brought about by a battle with
alcoholism and two prison terms, Harrison returned to the ring in
June 2012 but his comeback ambitions were disrupted when he was
clearly outpointed by Cromer's Liam Walsh in a good fight in April
Harrison has been dormant since. His licence was revoked last
September because he failed to supply details of outstanding court
issues and he is presently awaiting trial on a charge of assaulting
a woman. That case is set to be heard next February.
Beforehand, 'The Real McCoy' expects to return to the ring in
October but, at 36, it's doubtful he'll recapture the form that
made him a truly formidable fighting force a decade earlier.
Last week the British Boxing Board of Control ordered Frankie
Gavin to defend his British title against unbeaten prospect Bradley
'Super' Skeete (above) before the end of December.
It certainly looks an interesting confrontation. Ex world
amateur champion Frankie is accorded an opportunity to re-assert
himself, following the loss of his unbeaten tag earlier this month
when he unluckily dropped the tightest of split decisions to world
class Italian Leonard Bundu in a European title challenge.
But it also provides rising south Londoner Skeete with an
overdue chance to crack the 'Big Time'. A string bean 6ft 1in tall,
the former national junior champion and regular England rep took a
while to acclimatise to the professional code.
However, now 26, he remains unbeaten in 17 and is finally
acquiring his 'man strength'. He has logged impressive
stoppage wins in each of his last two outings and is talented and
awkward in equal measure.
Gavin will enter a healthy favourite but I certainly don't
envisage an easy night's work for him.
How long will this go on! Out of boxing for a year and now back
in the news and giving yet another story about a previous and new
life. On Monday forsaking all privacy, bold and brass and iffily
dressed, on Big Brother yet again telling how life was and how it
But even worse stated that a return to boxing was in the
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the brazen publicity
seeking behaviour - how much more can we take? Anyway enough about
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Glyn Leach, the
esteemed editor of Boxing Monthly magazine.
Glyn was found dead, alone in his home in Wanstead, east London
last Saturday. He was just 52.
He left school with modest qualifications and, between shifts as
a base guitarist for punk rock bands, he drifted into a number of
dead end jobs. In his late 20s, without any journalistic training,
he started to work on a voluntary basis for the now defunct Boxing
It is a measure of both his drive and ability that he soared to
his position as editor of BM within three years. He subsequently
became the journal's co-owner.
Glyn was a real grafter, who understood the sport inside out. We
spoke almost on a weekly basis and, though we didn't always agree,
I never had cause to question his honesty or integrity. He was
unscrupulously independent and principled; something of a recluse
who seldom sat among the established 'hacks' on press row.
Nevertheless, he became revered for his forthright, hard hitting
and impartial editorials and visionary production. By the time of
his passing, he was pilot of easily the best boxing magazine in the
world. He was an industry leader and leaves a huge void.
Hopefully, the big fella is up above, catching carp and frothing
at the fortunes of his beloved QPR.
Sincere condolences to partner Marion, his family and his many