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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Australia's best known boxing writer today, Paul Upham is the Content Editor of SecondsOut.com and has written for this website continuously since 2000. The Editor of the Australian Boxing Almanac, he has also written pieces for The Australian newspaper, Fox Sports, Main Event Television, KO and The Ring. 36 year-old Upham has appeared live on air as a boxing analyst for Main Event Pay-Per-View, Sky Channel, Fox Sports, Sky News Australia, SBS television, Radio 2UE Sydney, Radio SEN Melbourne and writes monthly for The Fist magazine. He is a member of The Ring magazine's world ratings panel. Paul Upham called the Ricky Hatton-Kostya Tszyu fight live from Manchester, England for a world wide viewing audience in the multi millions in more than 60 countries. In 2006 and 2007 he Emceed the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame Annual Induction Dinner in Melbourne and for the last few years has hosted the successful Kostya Tszyu live stage show. His new book on Kostya Tszyu - "Something Worth Fighting For" - was published in October 2007 by ABC Books.



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Mundine vs. Green is on after wins in Perth

By Paul Upham in Perth: While no one can agree on what the outcome of their fight will be, one thing sure for now is that after their respective wins on Sunday night in Perth, Anthony Mundine and Danny Green will meet each other in the ring early next year. Mundine vs. Green is on after wins in Perth

Is Rico Chong Nee the wrench in the multi-million dollar Green vs. Mundine fight machine?

By Paul Upham: There has always been a certain romanticism about boxing. The special feeling of the come from behind win, reminiscing the colourful history of the sport or just experiencing the thrill of the shock upset victory. For Rico Chong Nee, taking up boxing was not about any of that, but simply a way for him to move countries and be with his future wife. Is Rico Chong Nee the wrench in the multi-million dollar Green vs. Mundine fight machine?

Danny Green only thinking of Garcia as the shadow of Mundine looms large

By Paul Upham: The change is noticeable as soon as you walk into the modern refurbished boxing gymnasium at the Glebe PCYC in the inner western suburbs of Sydney. Danny Green looks different and it is not just the new tattoo he is ready to unveil during his next boxing match this weekend. In the past as he neared a fight he would look sickly white and drained. But this time he looks strong and healthy. His body shape is noticeably different. Danny Green only thinking of Garcia as the shadow of Mundine looms large

Colonel Bob Sheridan returns to ringside after fourth heart attack

By Paul Upham: After surviving his fourth heart attack only three weeks ago, international boxing commentator Colonel Bob Sheridan's doctor told him to take it easy for a while. After one week at home resting in Las Vegas, the 60 year-old took a fifteen hour flight to Melbourne, Australia to call last Sunday's Raymond Joval vs. Shannan Taylor IBO world title fight. You just can't keep the man who has been describing fights for radio and television for over forty years away from ringside. Colonel Bob Sheridan returns to ringside after fourth heart attack

Wright Target: Who is Sam Soliman?

By Paul Upham: As the ring announcer read out the decision signalling that he had lost the fight on points to Anthony Mundine, "King" Sam Soliman still beamed his usual smile, but deep down he was hurt at being screwed over once again. As the bottles and debris came raining down around the ring in disgust at the scoring of the judges in Wollongong on the south coast of NSW in Australia, Soliman walked out of the arena and promised himself that he would not let this happen again. Wright Target: Who is Sam Soliman?

Christmas comes a little early this Year

By Paul Upham: Christmas seems to arrive a little earlier every year. Last week my children wanted to put up the festive season decorations at home. I asked them to wait till December 1, but they didn't listen as usual and started pulling the tinsel out of the storage boxes anyway. The final straw was my next door neighbour Trevor out in the summer heat today putting up his extensive range of Christmas lights on his house. Christmas comes a little early this Year

Tarver started the war of words with Tyson says Fenech

By Paul Upham: "Mike Tyson didn't start this. Antonio Tarver did," says Jeff Fenech. The Australian three-time world boxing champion, trainer and close friend of "Iron" Mike Tyson wants to make it perfectly clear from the beginning who started this new war of words. The last few weeks Tarver has been calling out Tyson for a fight and the former undisputed heavyweight champion once know as the 'baddest man on the planet' is ready to teach the current light heavyweight world champion a lesson. Tarver started the war of words with Tyson says Fenech

Mayweather's road to greatness must include Hatton

Comment by Paul Upham: Floyd Mayweather's debut at welterweight on Saturday night in the USA with a six round stoppage of Sharmba Mitchell contained no surprises.

After the win over Mitchell, Mayweather mentioned Zab Judah, Winky Wright and Oscar De La Hoya as desired future opponents. Ricky Hatton must be included on this list. Mayweather's road to greatness must include Hatton

Danny Green faces Kirino Garcia on Mundine double-header

By Paul Upham: Australian super middleweight contender Danny Green announced at a press conference in Sydney on Tuesday that he would be facing Mexican light heavyweight champion Kirino Garcia on December 11 at the Challenge Stadium in Perth. "We checked around and it was kind of tough getting an opponent," explained Green. "But we have picked one tough hombre." Danny Green faces Kirino Garcia on Mundine double-header

Knowing when to Retire

Comment by Paul Upham: The hardest fight of any boxers careers is the battle with his own mind when it comes time to retire. Despite suffering two knockout losses, if it wasn't clear to Roy Jones Jr that the time had come to hang up his gloves, it certainly is now after his points loss to Antonio Tarver on Saturday night in Tampa. While he showed two rounds of his old brilliance, at the age of 36 he is no longer able to sustain it for long periods against a world champion like Tarver. Knowing when to Retire

Around the world with Lennox Lewis

Comment by Paul Upham: The boxing landscape can change in the blink of an eye. After a report in the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper, the word quickly spread and sizzled around the world, "Lennox is coming back!" Around the world with Lennox Lewis

Campbell v Peden for shot at champ Hernandez

By Paul Upham: IBF No.2 Nate "Galaxy Warrior" Campbell will face IBF No.7 Robbie "Bomber" Peden for the IBF junior lightweight mandatory contender position at the Pechanga Resort & Casino on May 14 on a Goossen-Tutor promotion. The fight will be shown on Fox Sports Net’s Sunday Night Fights and the winner guaranteed a shot at IBF champion Carlos Hernandez. Campbell v Peden for shot at champ Hernandez

The Sonny Liston Questions

By Paul Upham
From September 25, 1962 when he won the title from Floyd Patterson until February 25, 1964 when he was stopped by Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay, Charles Sonny Liston was world heavyweight champion, making one successful defence against Patterson in a rematch on July 22, 1963. That we know for sure. The Sonny Liston Questions

Tapia : For the Love of the Sport

By Paul Upham
Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia is returning to the ring in August in his home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not because he needs the money or because he feels that he has too, Tapia will continue his career because boxing is a sincere love of his, only surpassed in priority these days by the love for his family. Tapia : For the Love of the Sport

Hopkins ready to prove critics wrong

July 10, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins is ready to prove to the world that he has always been the uncrowned undisputed middleweight champion and will prove it on September 15 at Madison Square Hopkins ready to prove critics wrong

Hopkins declares war on Tito

July 11, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Reigning WBC and IBF middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins declared war on WBA middleweight champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad yesterday in New York when he took a Puerto Rican flag from Hopkins declares war on Tito

Trinidad says Mosley is beneath him

July 10, 2001 – By Paul Upham: If people analyse both of their records, there is no way that WBC welterweight champion Shane Mosley should be above him in the pound-for-pound ratings, says WBA middleweight champion Trinidad says Mosley is beneath him

Jones ready for Trinidad war, big time

July 12, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Pound-for-pounder Felix Trinidad has made it very clear that he is coming for light heavyweight champion Roy Jones. Providing “Tito” defeats Bernard Hopkins on September 15, a fight with Jones ready for Trinidad war, big time

Every fight important for Kevin Kelly

July 14, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Former junior middleweight world title challenger Kevin “Bones” Kelly is looking to be more active at a time in his career when he realises that every fight is so important. Kelly, 27-7-3 Every fight important for Kevin Kelly

SecondsOut readers – obsessed with boxing

July 17, 2001 – SecondOut readers are amongst the most knowledgeable and passionate followers of boxing in the world, as Contributing Editor Paul Upham was reminded when he took a look at the SecondsOut forum. For SecondsOut readers – obsessed with boxing

Hamdan continues his rise

July 19, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Australian IBF Pan Pacific junior middleweight champion Nader Hamdan made his USA debut on the recent Kostya Tszyu-Oktay Urkal undercard at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut on June 23 Hamdan continues his rise

Kelly deserves world title shot

July 21, 2001 – By Paul Upham: IBF No.1 light heavyweight Glenn Kelly, 27-0-1 (16), maintains his recent busy schedule on August 3 when he faces Jamie Wallace over 10 rounds at the Bankstown Bellevue Function Centre in Kelly deserves world title shot

Australian round-up: Taylor vs Holland finally on

July 22, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Australia's two finest welterweights, WBC No.8 Shannan Taylor and WBA No.11 Julian Holland will finally meet on Friday August 17 at the Octagon, Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, headlining Australian round-up: Taylor vs Holland finally on

The Man moving up in class

July 23, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Exciting Australian super-middleweight Anthony "The Man" Mundine is planning to return to the ring in early September and is looking for a tougher challenge in his next outing. The The Man moving up in class

Taylor made for Australian welterweight showdown

July 25, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Australia's two finest welterweights, WBC No.8 Shannan Taylor and WBA No.11 Julian Holland will finally meet on Friday August 17 at the Octagon, Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, headlining Taylor made for Australian welterweight showdown

Jacobs rejects Kohl’s Jones-Michalczewski claim

July 25, 2001 – By Paul Upham: WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr’s adviser and representative Brad Jacobs has denied claims by WBO title-holder Dariusz Michalczewski’s promoter and Universum Jacobs rejects Kohl’s Jones-Michalczewski claim

Hussein brothers UK bound for world title fights

July 26, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Australia’s Hussein brothers, super bantamweight Nedal (pictured) and flyweight Hussein, will appear in world title fights on consecutive weekends in England in September. Appearing on Hussein brothers UK bound for world title fights

Casamayor-Freitas clash now on September 29

July 27, 2001 - By Paul Upham: The long awaited unification clash between WBA super-featherweight champion Joel Casamayor and WBO title-holder Acelino Freitas (pictured), which has been postponed on countless occasions, Casamayor-Freitas clash now on September 29

Winky plans to use title to get to Oscar

July 28, 2001 – Exclusive interview by Paul Upham: Ronald Wright, the IBF’s No.1 contender, gets another chance at the IBF junior middleweight title on September 28. “Winky” (pictured right) faces IBF No.2 Robert Winky plans to use title to get to Oscar

Jones to decide on Kelly’s shot

July 29, 2001 – By Paul Upham: IBF No.1 light heavyweight Glenn Kelly is ready to face up to the daunting task of trying to beat WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO light-heavyweight world champion Roy Jones. The multiple light Jones to decide on Kelly’s shot

Adams vs Ayala: the real main event

July 31, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Wladimir Klitschko's defence of his WBO heavyweight title against Charles Shufford is listed as the main event of Top Rank's "Summer Storm" card at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Events Adams vs Ayala: the real main event

Hussein keeps busy

August 1, 2001 – By Paul Upham: WBO No.2 Hussein Hussein headlines a Fenech Fight Night promotion in Sydney on Friday night at the Bankstown Bellevue Convention Centre when he meets Rodel “Kid” Orais from the Hussein keeps busy

Flyweight Hussein meets lightweight boxer

August 2, 2001 – By Paul Upham: WBO No.2 flyweight Hussein Hussein showed plenty of self-confidence for his Friday night headline bout when he agreed to face a lightweight boxer after his original opponent, Rodel “The Flyweight Hussein meets lightweight boxer

Kelly cruises to victory and IBF title shot

August 4, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Australia’s IBF No.1 light heavyweight Glenn Kelly maintained his unbeaten record with a unanimous eight round points decision over Adelaide’s Jamie Wallace in the main support bout to Kelly cruises to victory and IBF title shot

Hussein wins bloody brawl

August 4, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Team Fenech’s WBO No.2 flyweight Hussein Hussein won a bloody two round brawl against the Philippine’s Silvio Glinago in Sydney at the Bankstown Bellevue Function Centre in the headline Hussein wins bloody brawl

Peden ready for dream clash with “Kid Vegas”

August 5, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Australia’s best amateur boxer of recent times is finally on the verge of fighting for a world title after living in the USA for the last five years. IBF No.4 Robbie Peden will face IBF Peden ready for dream clash with “Kid Vegas”

Mundine wants revenge against Monzon's son

August 7, 2001 - By Paul Upham: IBF Pan Pacific champion Anthony "The Man" Mundine is planning sweet revenge against the son of the great Carlos Monzon in Australia on September 3. Mundine's father Tony was knocked Mundine wants revenge against Monzon's son

Taylor-Holland headlines O'Connor sports card

August 8, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Promoter Kieran O'Connor officially announced his second star-studded promotion at a press conference in Sydney. Former WBC title challenger Shannan Taylor, 29-1-1 (19), will face Taylor-Holland headlines O'Connor sports card

Chris Byrd ready to outbox Tua

August 10, 2001 – By Paul Upham: IBF No.2 Chris Byrd (left) is expecting a tough battle when he faces IBF No.1 David Tua over 12 rounds at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas on August 18. The card will be televised Chris Byrd ready to outbox Tua

Rejuvenated IBF receives praise for box-offs

August 11, 2001 – Paul Upham looks at the incredible change that has taken place in the IBF over the last year with the previously maligned sanctioning body now pushing toward new levels of credibility. By Paul Upham: Rejuvenated IBF receives praise for box-offs

Kelly takes first run at Roy Jones

August 13, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Australia’s IBF No.1 Glenn Kelly began training for his IBF light-heavyweight title fight with Roy Jones in October with a 14 kilometre run on Sunday morning. It wasn’t any usual run Kelly takes first run at Roy Jones

Nader Hamdan – On the way to the top

August 14, 2001 – By Paul Upham: IBF No.5 Nader Hamdan, 24-0 (13), makes the third defence of his IBF Pan Pacific junior middleweight title against Indonesia’s Haris Pujono over 12 rounds in the main support bout to Nader Hamdan – On the way to the top

Wayne Parr: From Muay Thai to middleweight ranks

August 13, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Anyone who ever saw the 1989 movie “Kickboxer” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and thought all of the training was a little over the top, should spend some time with new Australian Wayne Parr: From Muay Thai to middleweight ranks

Peden predicts fight of fury with Sanchez

August 14, 2001 – By Paul Upham: IBF No.4 featherweight Robbie Peden is extremely confident going into his clash with IBF No.3 Augie Sanchez in the main support bout to David Tua-Chris Byrd at the Cox Pavilion in Las Peden predicts fight of fury with Sanchez

Brock returns in top condition

August 16, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Sydney 2000 Olympian Calvin Brock returns to the ring against Rocky Gannon at the new Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas on Saturday, on the undercard of the David Tua vs Chris Byrd IBF Brock returns in top condition

Spinks Jinx returns on Friday night

August 15, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Cory “Return of the Spinks Jinx” Spinks faces IBF No.11 Larry Marks this Friday night on ESPN2 with the vacant USBA welterweight title and the IBF No.1 ranking on the line at the DePaul Spinks Jinx returns on Friday night

David is the “Tuaman” for the job

August 15, 2001 – By Paul Upham: David Tua is ready to show the world that he is a changed man. The “Tuaman” says he has taken his training to new levels in preparation for his IBF heavyweight title eliminator with IBF David is the “Tuaman” for the job

Australian notebook

July 5, 2001 – SecondsOut’s Contributing Editor Paul Upham takes a look around the Australian fight scene and provides all the latest news from down under. O’Connor Sports Makes Big Promotional Debut There is a buzz on Australian notebook

Sanchez recovers from Injury

July 4, 2001 – By Paul Upham: Power-punching featherweight contender Augie Sanchez has recovered from the back injury that forced him out of a June 11 fight with Joe Morales for the NABA featherweight title and will now Sanchez recovers from Injury

Mundine promises to make impact on world stage

July 2, 2001 –By Paul Upham: Tomorrow marks the first 12 months of Anthony Mundine’s (pictured) professional boxing career. After an impressive first year in the sport, the undefeated IBF Pan Pacific and PABA super Mundine promises to make impact on world stage
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