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19 OCTOBER 2017

Where am I? Home Columns Paul Upham
 

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 Wins Brutal Points Battle With Hamdan

Mundine Wins Brutal Points Battle With Hamdan

By Paul Upham: WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine was taken the twelve round distance in defending his title against Nader Hamdan on Wednesday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. No matter how many right hands Mundine landed, Hamdan kept firing back at him through sheer guts and determination in his first world title fight. Mundine Wins Brutal Points Battle With Hamdan
Aussie Buzz: Mundine-Hamdan Clash Wednesday Night

Aussie Buzz: Mundine-Hamdan Clash Wednesday Night

By Paul Upham: WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony Mundine defends his title against challenger Nader Hamdan at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night. Both men were born in Sydney and the two have known each other since before they started boxing. While there has been mutual respect in the lead-up to this fight and no outright trash talking, both are confident of victory. Aussie Buzz: Mundine-Hamdan Clash Wednesday Night
Kessler’s Promoter: How Can Mundine Be WBA Champion?

Kessler’s Promoter: How Can Mundine Be WBA Champion?

By Paul Upham: Danish promoter Mogens Palle isn’t holding back any punches. He thinks that the WBA having Anthony Mundine as their super middleweight world champion is unacceptable. “The opponents Mundine has been fighting recently. It looks a like a joke,” he said. Kessler’s Promoter: How Can Mundine Be WBA Champion?
Unsettled Welterweight Waters

Unsettled Welterweight Waters

By Paul Upham: Just when it seemed the picture of who really was the best boxer in the welterweight division was getting clearer, Carlos Quintana threw a big stone into the pond and unsettled the water again by upsetting Paul Williams to win the WBO world title on Saturday night. Unsettled Welterweight Waters
Tszyu Cuddles Fans To Raise Money For Charity

Tszyu Cuddles Fans To Raise Money For Charity

By Paul Upham: Former junior welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu surprised many unsuspecting people in busy Sydney city with free hugs on Friday morning. The boxing great with the knockout right hand is the Ambassador for Australian National Cuddle Day, which is a fundraiser for The Smith Family charity organisation. Tszyu Cuddles Fans To Raise Money For Charity
Darchinyan Clashes With Gorres In Cebu City On Saturday

Darchinyan Clashes With Gorres In Cebu City On Saturday

By Paul Upham: IBO super flyweight world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will face Z Gorres over twelve rounds this Saturday night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, The Philippines. Darchinyan Clashes With Gorres In Cebu City On Saturday
Old Man St Clair Ready To Teach Khan A Lesson

Old Man St Clair Ready To Teach Khan A Lesson

By Paul Upham: Last Thursday morning Gairy St Clair was walking along Town Hall train station in Sydney with hundreds of people moving around him, totally oblivious that a former boxing world champion was in their midst. This Saturday night, UK boxing fans will all be watching the Guyanan born boxer very closely when he faces undefeated rising star and Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan at the ExCel Arena in London. Old Man St Clair Ready To Teach Khan A Lesson
After Searching The Globe, Nader Hamdan Finds World Title Shot At Home

After Searching The Globe, Nader Hamdan Finds World Title Shot At Home

By Paul Upham: It has taken him ten years and a few trips around the world, but Nader Hamdan will finally get the world title fight he has dreamed of when he faces WBA super middleweight world champion Anthony Mundine on February 27 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Always prepared to take fights in other boxer’s backyards, the 33 year-old is pleasantly surprised that the biggest fight of his career is happening in his hometown. After Searching The Globe, Nader Hamdan Finds World Title Shot At Home
No Birthday Celebrations For Vic Darchinyan

No Birthday Celebrations For Vic Darchinyan

By Paul Upham: It was the 32nd birthday of Armenian born Vic Darchinyan on Monday. You would not have known otherwise watching him train at his gymnasium in Marrickville, Sydney. The former IBF/IBO flyweight world champion was feverishly preparing for his IBF super flyweight eliminator with Z Gorres. No Birthday Celebrations For Vic Darchinyan
World Title Television Commentator Clinton Grybas Dies

World Title Television Commentator Clinton Grybas Dies

By Paul Upham: The Australian boxing community has been stunned by the unexpected death of television boxing commentator Clinton Grybas at his home in Melbourne on Saturday January 5. World Title Television Commentator Clinton Grybas Dies
SecondsOut Upset Of The Year: Donaire TKO5 Darchinyan

SecondsOut Upset Of The Year: Donaire TKO5 Darchinyan

By Paul Upham: When Nonito Donaire defeated defending world champion Vic Darchinyan by 5th round stoppage at the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on July 7, it not only won him the IBF/IBO flyweight world titles, the brutal knockout has now also earned him SecondsOut’s 2007 Upset Of The Year award. SecondsOut Upset Of The Year: Donaire TKO5 Darchinyan
True Blue Danny Green Overcomes Defeat To Win

True Blue Danny Green Overcomes Defeat To Win

By Paul Upham: Boxing has always been a reliable parade ground for the stirring comeback. It is one of the more appealing aspects of the sport. The beaten warrior returning to the ring and overcoming the odds to find sweet victory after having tasted the bitterness of defeat. True Blue Danny Green Overcomes Defeat To Win
Is Big Time Boxing Returning To BBC?

Is Big Time Boxing Returning To BBC?

By Clive Bernath: Whilst I was obviously delighted to see Ricky Hatton and father and son team Joe and Enzo Calzaghe, honoured at the BBC Sports Personality Awards last weekend I could not help but have a little chuckle to myself at the Irony of it. Is Big Time Boxing Returning To BBC?
Geale Wins IBO World Title On Points Over Dawson

Geale Wins IBO World Title On Points Over Dawson

By Paul Upham in Leumeah: Daniel Geale overcame a bad cut on his left eye to win the vacant IBO middleweight boxing world title with a unanimous twelve round points decision over Daniel Dawson on Friday night at the Wests Club in Leumeah, Sydney, Australia. It was a thrilling battle between two undefeated fighters but no matter how hard Dawson worked, Geale found a way to land the better punches. Geale Wins IBO World Title On Points Over Dawson
Third Time Lucky, Dawson-Geale Is On

Third Time Lucky, Dawson-Geale Is On

By Paul Upham: Craig Christian called the Grange Old School Boxing’s Garrie Francisco on Monday with the bad news. “I hate to tell you this,” said Daniel Dawson’s trainer/manager. “But, you won’t believe it.” “I don’t,” replied Francisco, on the verge of a cardiac arrest. “Just kidding,” laughed Christian. Third Time Lucky, Dawson-Geale Is On
Head Clash Sees Nishizawa-Angelo Technical Draw

Head Clash Sees Nishizawa-Angelo Technical Draw

By Paul Upham: Japan’s Yoshinori Nishizawa and Bolivia’s Sonni Michael Angelo fought a frustrating 3rd round technical draw after a serious cut at the Wyong Leagues Club in New South Wales, Australia, headlining an Angelo Hyder ‘Nitro’ promotion. 41 year-old Nishizawa sustained a deep cut to the left hand side of his head after a head clash. Head Clash Sees Nishizawa-Angelo Technical Draw
Aussie Buzz: Danny Green Training, Symonds- Sreesanth, Johnny Lewis, St Clair, Carr And Much More

Aussie Buzz: Danny Green Training, Symonds- Sreesanth, Johnny Lewis, St Clair, Carr And Much More

By Paul Upham: While it was only a small CD player remote control, it made a loud noise when it crashed onto the old wooden floorboards at Danny Green’s training camp in Newtown. Ukraine sparring partner Alexander Gurov made the mistake of accidentally kicking Green’s sound blaster changer off the side of the boxing ring before their six round sparring session on Tuesday. Aussie Buzz: Danny Green Training, Symonds- Sreesanth, Johnny Lewis, St Clair, Carr And Much More
Aussie Buzz: Mason-Hall, Green, Tszyu, Mayweather-Hatton 24/7 TV, Dawson-Geale And More

Aussie Buzz: Mason-Hall, Green, Tszyu, Mayweather-Hatton 24/7 TV, Dawson-Geale And More

By Paul Upham: While light heavyweight boxer Danny Green and promoter Angelo Hyder are putting together a proposal to match heavyweight footy stars Willie Mason from the NRL and Barry Hall from the AFL, Hall told the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday that he is not interested and is contracted to the Sydney Swans. Aussie Buzz: Mason-Hall, Green, Tszyu, Mayweather-Hatton 24/7 TV, Dawson-Geale And More
Joe Calzaghe Faces His Final Frontier

Joe Calzaghe Faces His Final Frontier

Comment By Paul Upham: Joe Calzaghe is now the undisputed super middleweight boxing champion of the world. Regardless of whether he ever tastes defeat as a professional boxer, it is the high point of his fourteen-year unbeaten career and an achievement that can never be taken away from him. Joe Calzaghe Faces His Final Frontier
Frustrated Green dumps Tarver, will fight Drews December 16

Frustrated Green dumps Tarver, will fight Drews December 16

By Paul Upham: When Danny Green’s fans awoke in Perth on Monday morning, they would have been looking forward to their favourite boxer fighting for a world title in 2007. For the last few weeks it had appeared that Green would be facing IBO world title-holder and ‘Rocky Balboa’ movie star Antonio Tarver in the USA on December 1. A stunning announcement later in the day confirmed that Green would be fighting for world title glory, but not against Tarver. Frustrated Green dumps Tarver, will fight Drews December 16
Darchinyan targets Gorres, Kirilov, Montiel and Donaire

Darchinyan targets Gorres, Kirilov, Montiel and Donaire

By Paul Upham: Back in the winner’s circle and with the IBO junior bantamweight world title around his waist, former flyweight world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan doesn’t want to waste any time getting back into the ring again. After his 12th round TKO win over Federico Catubay on Saturday night in Sydney, the 31 year-old is targeting a number of boxers and wants to fight again on December 1. Darchinyan targets Gorres, Kirilov, Montiel and Donaire
Improved Darchinyan looks to bounce back against Catubay

Improved Darchinyan looks to bounce back against Catubay

By Paul Upham: Two-time flyweight world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan looks to rebound from his shock knockout loss to Nonito Donaire when he moves up in weight and faces Federico Catubay for the vacant IBO junior bantamweight boxing world title on Saturday night at the Auburn RSL in Sydney, Australia. Improved Darchinyan looks to bounce back against Catubay
Ndou stops Rabah in thriller to win IBF title eliminator

Ndou stops Rabah in thriller to win IBF title eliminator

By Paul Upham in Homebush Bay: There was plenty of trash talk between Lovemore Ndou and Naoufel Ben Rabah in the lead-up to their fight and the thrilling contest they put on Sunday afternoon at the State Sports Centre in Sydney was worth every word and is an early ’fight of the year’ contender. Rabah started slick and fast, but Ndou wore him down and forced him to stop on his stool at the end of round 11. Ndou stops Rabah in thriller to win IBF title eliminator

Title or no IBF title, Rabah-Ndou will be bitterly fought

By Paul Upham in Homebush Bay: Leading IBF junior welterweight contenders Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou and Naoufel "Chocolata" Ben Rabah may or may not be fighting for the IBF world title this Sunday at the State Sports Centre in Olympic Park. Even in the sport of boxing, where unusual and downright wacky story lines are the norm, this one where two boxers will only find out 24 hours before their bout whether they are actually fighting for the IBF world title or not is bizarre. Title or no IBF title, Rabah-Ndou will be bitterly fought

Green back to his best with 2nd round stoppage win over Murdoch

By Paul Upham in Melbourne: Danny Green turned on his best performance in three years with an explosive 2nd round technical knockout win over fellow Australian Paul Murdoch on Sunday night at the Netball & Hockey Centre in Melbourne. Having his second consecutive fight at light heavyweight, 33 year-old Green displayed speed and power that had not been seen from him since his WBC super middleweight title fight win over Eric Lucas in December 2003. Green back to his best with 2nd round stoppage win over Murdoch

Beating Green is another goal for Murdoch to achieve

By Paul Upham: For many Australian fans, light heavyweight Paul Murdoch is probably the best local boxer they haven't seen. While he has had ten of his thirty-three career fights televised, many of his most recent impressive performances, including his shot at WBO light heavyweight world champion Zsolt Erdei in Germany last May, have gone unseen. This Sunday night, Murdoch faces Danny Green at the State Netball & Hockey Centre in Melbourne and it will be a pleasant change for Murdoch. Beating Green is another goal for Murdoch to achieve

The fire still burns within Danny Green

By Paul Upham: It was June 2001 and Danny Green was only two weeks away from making his professional debut against Waqa Kolivuso in Sydney. During a busy training session at the then Team Fenech gym at the Bankstown PCYC, Green sustained a small eye cut in sparring and came out of the ring at the end of his rounds mouthing expletives, unhappy with his performance. The fire still burns within Danny Green

Bowie Tupou walks out on Johnny Lewis

By Paul Upham: Sydney heavyweight prospect Bowie Tupou has shocked world champion trainer Johnny Lewis by walking out on him to move to the USA to continue his career. Lewis had been unsuccessful in trying to contact Tupou last week and found out on Monday through a third party that the powerhouse heavyweight had left the country. Bowie Tupou walks out on Johnny Lewis

Darchinyan wants more World Titles and a place in Pound for Pound Top Ten

By Paul Upham: Vic Darchinyan turned 31 on Sunday, but the way he sees it, the best part of his career is only just beginning. After bringing himself to the attention of boxing fans in the USA with three brutal stoppage wins on the Showtime television network in 2006, the IBF/IBO flyweight world champion is looking for the biggest fights available in 2007. Darchinyan wants more World Titles and a place in Pound for Pound Top Ten

Retirement Bombshell is typical Mayweather style

Comment by Paul Upham: Once again, Floyd Mayweather Jr did it all his own way and not just inside the ring where he showed his complete boxing mastery in winning every round against Carlos Baldomir on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The retirement bombshell "Pretty Boy" Floyd dropped at the feet of the media at the post-fight press conference had Mayweather's own style written all over it. Retirement Bombshell is typical Mayweather style

"The Fight Game" movie

By Paul Upham: The new documentary film on super middleweight boxer Danny Green premiered on Wednesday night at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, in front of a full house of family, friends, sponsors and media. Director Mick Angus has followed Green around for the last five years since his professional debut, recording the many highs and lows the 33 year-old has experienced throughout his twenty five fight career to date. "The Fight Game" movie

Soliman takes aim at Mundine rematch

By Paul Upham: In the latest WBA super middleweight world ratings Sam "King" Soliman is an interesting new addition at No.3. After giving Winky Wright all sorts of trouble over twelve rounds in a points loss in December 2005, Soliman and his promoter Dan Goossen have been pushing for a rematch with Wright or a shot at middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor, without success. Soliman takes aim at Mundine rematch
Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

By Paul Upham: It’s not every day that you get to sit down for lunch with someone once regarded the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The way heavyweight boxing is going today with no one universally recognised champion, Lennox Lewis could be the last undisputed champion for a very long time. While he retired in February 2004, many fans still regard him as the real king of the heavyweight division. Lennox Lewis: Consummate Cool

Mayweather: "Hatton doesn't want the fight"

By Paul Upham: Floyd Mayweather Jr made it perfectly clear on Wednesday. Don't ask him about a fight with Ricky Hatton any more. As far as the undefeated pound for pound king is concerned, the 28 year-old "Hitman" from Manchester doesn't want the fight. Mayweather: "Hatton doesn't want the fight"

De La Hoya's pause is boxing's gain

Comment by Paul Upham: Ultimately, Oscar De La Hoya's decision not to fight again in 2006 was an easy one. His decision not to retire just yet a smart one. Lennox Lewis set the new precedent for elite boxers retiring on top. Bernard Hopkins planned his exit and executed it to perfection as the light heavyweight world champion. Now the Golden Boy is searching for his 'Oscar night' finale. De La Hoya's pause is boxing's gain

Darchinyan arrives home, more confident than ever

By Paul Upham: IBF/IBO flyweight world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan arrived in Sydney on Thursday morning more confident than ever about what lies ahead in his career. After starring in the lead fight on what was left of the Corrales-Castillo III card in Las Vegas last weekend, Darchinyan declared that he was not only ready to face any of the other world title holders at flyweight, but any of those in weight classes above him as well. Darchinyan arrives home, more confident than ever

An Easter Fairy-Tail 2004

SecondsOut Contributing Editor Paul Upham revisits one of his favourite Easter stories from the past involving promoters Don King, Dan Goossen and the Easter Bunny. An Easter Fairy-Tail 2004

Nader Hamdan will be back and he wants Shannan Taylor

By Paul Upham: There is no sadder sight than a boxer fighting when he is not at his physical best. For Australian middleweight Nader Hamdan, the last two years of his career has seen him constantly battling pain in his left shoulder. As he endured three losses in his last five fights, Hamdan didn't realise how badly injured his shoulder really was. Nader Hamdan will be back and he wants Shannan Taylor

New Heavyweight Tournament set for June 2006

By Paul Upham: Plans for a new style heavyweight boxing tournament are well advanced with a major promotion set for June. The one night knockout tournament is being billed as a once a year extravaganza designed to take exciting boxing back to the fans in a slick entertainment package. New Heavyweight Tournament set for June 2006

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
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