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01 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

SecondsOut Editor in Chief Clive Bernath has been involved in boxing for more than 20 years. As far as experience and qualifications go Clive is as qualified as anyone to be writing about the Noble Art. Over the years he has worked within the sport as a Press and PR man, sanctioning body supervisor and event management for various promoters. Clive also spent four successful years as BBC Boxing's official statistician.



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No Middle Ground Packs A Punch

No Middle Ground Packs A Punch

The chances are if you’re under a certain age(30ish) and an avid young boxing fan you will not have been aware of the great all British middleweight rivalry between Michael Watson, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. No Middle Ground Packs A Punch
Gennady Golovkin, The Fighter Nobody Wants

Gennady Golovkin, The Fighter Nobody Wants

By Clive Bernath: One of the best pound for pound boxers on the planet takes centre stage at the Salle des estoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday night but for some reason Gennady Golovkin’s latest world middleweight title defence against 33 year-old Osumanu Adama has pretty much gone unnoticed. There could be a number of reasons for this oversight and one could be that Adama will prove no match for the incredibly hard punching champion. Gennady Golovkin, The Fighter Nobody Wants
SecondsOut Fight Of The Year 2013: Timothy Bradley w pts 12 Ruslan Provodnikov

SecondsOut Fight Of The Year 2013: Timothy Bradley w pts 12 Ruslan Provodnikov

By Clive Bernath: Regardless of what some people involved in the sport of boxing believe our great sport is not the high profile spectacle it once was. And lets be honest they have a point. Apart from a handful of big names such as Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao it is difficult to compete with the high ratings generated by Football, Basketball, Baseball and Ice Hockey. SecondsOut Fight Of The Year 2013: Timothy Bradley w pts 12 Ruslan Provodnikov
Bernard Hopkins: A Role Model To Us All

Bernard Hopkins: A Role Model To Us All

By Clive Bernath: At the age of 48 Bernard Hopkins will be defending his IBF light heavyweight title for the first time on Saturday night against mandatory challenger Karo Murat in the main event of a Showtime televised card at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bernard Hopkins: A Role Model To Us All
Cleverly Seeks Kovalev Rematch

Cleverly Seeks Kovalev Rematch

By Clive Bernath: A few days after Nathan Cleverly was convincingly taken apart by Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev in defence of his WBO light-heavyweight crown the 26 year-old was seriously thinking about hanging up his gloves. But less than two months Cleverly has decided to fight on-and his target is an immediate rematch with Kovalev. Cleverly Seeks Kovalev Rematch
Peter Fury Fears Haye Could Back Out Again

Peter Fury Fears Haye Could Back Out Again

By Clive Bernath: Peter Fury, the trainer and uncle of Tyson Fury, fears David Haye could again back out of their rescheduled February 8 heavyweight showdown in favour of a crack at WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Peter Fury Fears Haye Could Back Out Again
Kizer Defends Ross over Mayweather/Alvarez Judging

Kizer Defends Ross over Mayweather/Alvarez Judging

By Clive Bernath: Keith Kizer, the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission has defended female judge Cynthia ‘CJ’ Ross for scoring Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Saul Alvarez bout a draw when just about every person that witnessed the bout either LIVE or at home thought Mayweather had won handily. Kizer Defends Ross over Mayweather/Alvarez Judging
Cleverly Considers His Future

Cleverly Considers His Future

By Clive Bernath: Prior to Nathan Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title defence against Sergey Kovalev, the undefeated 26 year-old from Cefn Fforest in Wales was adamant that he wanted to unify the titles at 175lbs. Cleverly Considers His Future
Fury Plans On Sending  Haye Into Retirement

Fury Plans On Sending Haye Into Retirement

By Clive Bernath: They may not be the two best heavyweights in the world but David Haye and Tyson Fury are certainly two of the most animated, hyped and vocal pugilists in the division so it is fair to say that the build up to this highly anticipated domestic showdown will create as much debate and opinion as any other British sporting event this year. Fury Plans On Sending  Haye Into Retirement
Haye Signs Contract To Fight Fury

Haye Signs Contract To Fight Fury

By Clive Bernath; Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has signed the contract to fight Tyson Fury on September 28. The 32 year-old Londoner signed the contract earlier today and was filmed and uploaded onto his Instagram account. Haye Signs Contract To Fight Fury
Fury Demands 80/20 Split To Face Haye

Fury Demands 80/20 Split To Face Haye

By Clive Bernath: If Tyson Fury is serious about insisting on 80% of the purse to face David Haye then we can forget about a multi million pound heavyweight showdown between two of the most vocal and charismatic heavyweights on the planet. Fury Demands 80/20 Split To Face Haye
Dawson Returns To His Natural Weight Class

Dawson Returns To His Natural Weight Class

By Clive Bernath: Returning back to his natural weight of 175lbs has given Chad Dawson his confidence back. The 30 year-old WBC light heavyweight king made an error in judgement when he unsuccessfully dropped down a weight to challenge fellow American Andre Ward but going into this Saturday’s title defence against Andonis Stevenson in Montreal, Canada he will be a wiser man. Dawson Returns To His Natural Weight Class
Mayweather Jr Vs Alvarez Fight Confirmed

Mayweather Jr Vs Alvarez Fight Confirmed

By Clive Bernath: Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr and WBC light-middleweight champ Saul Alvarez have signed to fight each other in a battle of unbeaten boxers in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 14. The pride of Mexico will take on boxing’s most recognised face at the MGM Grand. Mayweather Jr Vs Alvarez Fight Confirmed
Victory Over Kessler Gives Carl Many Options

Victory Over Kessler Gives Carl Many Options

By Clive Bernath: Carl Froch’s rematch victory over Mikkel Kessler in London last weekend in defence of his IBF super middleweight crown provided the 35 year-old Englishman plenty options for his next title defence. Victory Over Kessler Gives Carl Many Options
Froch Vs Kessler, No Hype Required

Froch Vs Kessler, No Hype Required

By Clive Bernath: British boxing fans will be treated to a good old fashioned punch up when Carl Froch makes the second defence of his IBF super middleweight title against Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night. For far too long some high profile British boxers have talked a good fight only to come up embarrassingly short but when Froch and Kessler finally face each other in the ring on Saturday we know exactly what we are going to get-an out and out war between two proven Froch Vs Kessler, No Hype Required
Hopkins Is Out To Protect His Legacy

Hopkins Is Out To Protect His Legacy

By Clive Bernath: At the age of 48, having won world titles at three different weights and a guaranteed induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame the only aim now for Bernard Hopkins is to protect his Legacy. It is indeed an incredible achievement to even be fighting just two years short of reaching your half century but to actually be taking part in a world title fight and be in with a real shout of claiming the crown defies the realms of sensible logic. Hopkins Is Out To Protect His Legacy
Rees: ‘I’m A Real Fighter. I’ll Fight Anybody’

Rees: ‘I’m A Real Fighter. I’ll Fight Anybody’

By Clive Bernath: From the very first time I saw Gavin Rees fight I remember scribbling the following words on my notepad, ‘This kid loves to fight’. And every time I have seen him since I’ve not changed my mind. Yes, Gavin can box a bit of course he can, afterall the 32 year-old from Newbridge in Wales would not have been crowned British, European and world champion if he did not have a few cute moves. Rees: ‘I’m A Real Fighter. I’ll Fight Anybody’
Lindsey Is Ready And Motivated To Face Selby

Lindsey Is Ready And Motivated To Face Selby

By Clive Bernath: According to trainer John Rooney, Martin Lindsey cannot wait to finally challenge champion Lee Selby for his old British featherweight title at the Odyssey Arena in his home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9. Lindsey Is Ready And Motivated To Face Selby
Hopkins Has Warning For Cloud And King

Hopkins Has Warning For Cloud And King

By Clive Bernath: Former three time world champion Bernard Hopkins has issued a warning to IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and his veteran promoter Don King ahead of his March 9 world title challenge at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hopkins Has Warning For Cloud And King
SecondsOut Awards: Prospect Of The Year, Scott Quigg

SecondsOut Awards: Prospect Of The Year, Scott Quigg

By Clive Bernath: As another exciting boxing year comes to an end it is again time to reveal the winners of our annual SecondsOut awards. Over the next two weeks we will be revealing the winners in 11 categories and we starts today with the Prospect of the Year award. SecondsOut Awards: Prospect Of The Year, Scott Quigg
British Boxing Is Set For A Golden 2013

British Boxing Is Set For A Golden 2013

By Clive Bernath: With the introduction of two new dedicated boxing channels in the UK in 2012 to rival Sky Sports, Primetime and Channel 5, the profile of boxing in the UK could not be stronger right now. British Boxing Is Set For A Golden 2013
Carl Froch Is The Real Deal

Carl Froch Is The Real Deal

By Clive Bernath: When Carl Froch defends his IBF super-middleweight crown in front of his home city fans at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on Saturday night he will start an overwhelming favorite against American challenger Yusaf Mack. Carl Froch Is The Real Deal
Hatton Finally Wises Up…But Is It Too Late

Hatton Finally Wises Up…But Is It Too Late

By Clive Bernath: Former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton has finally realized that having to shift a third of his body weight during the build up to a fight is not exactly the ideal preparation. It may have taken the ‘Hitman’ more than 15 years to work out but at least now he has officially gone on record to admit his lifestyle between fights was far from ideal. Hatton Finally Wises Up…But Is It Too Late
Audley's Last Stand

Audley's Last Stand

By Clive Bernath: Audley Harrison has made a career out of talking a good fight and delivering absolutely nothing remotely resembling a world class performance. Audley's Last Stand
Arum Announces April 20 Fight Date For Pac Man

Arum Announces April 20 Fight Date For Pac Man

By Clive Bernath; Providing Manny Pacquiao comes through his December 8 battle with long time rival Juan Manuel Marquez his promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that he has booked him to fight again on April 20, 2012. Arum Announces April 20 Fight Date For Pac Man
Martinez Reveals Animosity Against Chavez Jr

Martinez Reveals Animosity Against Chavez Jr

By Clive Bernath; The Mexico/Argentina rivalry is fierce at the best of times but the normally calm and respectful Sergio Martinez has taken his September 15 world title unification battle with young pretender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to a new level. Martinez Reveals Animosity Against Chavez Jr
Soliman Next Up For Geale

Soliman Next Up For Geale

By Clive Bernath; According to Daniel Geale’s manager Garri Francisco the next opponent up for the IBF and WBA middleweight champion will be fellow Australian Sam Soliman. Soliman Next Up For Geale
WBC Welcome Back  David  Haye

WBC Welcome Back David Haye

By Clive Bernath: The World Boxing Council has welcomed back David Haye and are happy for him to make a challenge for Vitali Klitschko’s heavyweight title. WBC Welcome Back  David  Haye
Alvarez Is Eager To Learn And Fight The Best

Alvarez Is Eager To Learn And Fight The Best

By Clive Bernath: Despite boasting an unbeaten record of, 40-0-1-(29), and being the proud owner of the WBC light middleweight championship, 22 year-old Saul Alvarez insists he still has a lot to learn before he can even think about sharing the ring with the likes of pound for pound kings Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao. Alvarez Is Eager To Learn And Fight The Best
Ndou: ‘Me and Hatton Have unfinished Business and I’ll Fight Him For Free’

Ndou: ‘Me and Hatton Have unfinished Business and I’ll Fight Him For Free’

By Clive Bernath: A few days ago I revealed that former IBF light-welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou had offered to provide the opposition for former champ Ricky Hatton should the rumours be true that he is to fight again. Ndou: ‘Me and Hatton Have unfinished Business and I’ll Fight Him For Free’
Hatton Could Fight Again As Soon As October

Hatton Could Fight Again As Soon As October

By Clive Bernath; If rumors circulating around the boxing world are true then former two weight world champion Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton could fight again as early as October. Hatton Could Fight Again As Soon As October
Hatton Comeback Rumours

Hatton Comeback Rumours

By Clive Bernath: If the Rumours are true then former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton is set to fight again in the summer and his main target is current WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Nothing is official but I’m hearing the 33 year-old has been training hard with the view of lacing up the gloves once again. Hatton Comeback Rumours
Harrison Is Glad To Be Back

Harrison Is Glad To Be Back

By Clive Bernath; After six and half years away from boxing, a stint in prison, countless scrapes with the police and a well publicized Alcohol problem, Scot Harrison is glad to be back in the ring. Harrison Is Glad To Be Back
Pacman Congratulates Bradley like The True Sportsman He Is

Pacman Congratulates Bradley like The True Sportsman He Is

By Clive Bernath: Boxing fans witnessed both the good and the bad things about the sport of boxing in Las Vegas last weekend. The bad of course was what appeared to be Manny Pacquiao’s highly controversial 12 round split points decision loss to Timothy Bradley. Pacman Congratulates Bradley like The True Sportsman He Is
Shane Mosley Announces Retirement

Shane Mosley Announces Retirement

By Clive Bernath: According to reports on the internet former three weight world champion and future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley has retired from the sport of boxing. Shane Mosley Announces Retirement
Arum Has Concerns About Manny

Arum Has Concerns About Manny

By Clive Bernath: It seems that I’m not the only one that believes Tim Bradley can shock the world and defeat Manny Pacquiao when the pair clash for ‘Pacman’s WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9. As soon as it was announced that the undefeated Bradley was next up for arguably the world’s No.1 boxer I envisaged a possible upset. Arum Has Concerns About Manny
Don’t Bank On Haye Vs Chisora Happening Any Time Soon

Don’t Bank On Haye Vs Chisora Happening Any Time Soon

By Clive Bernath: Despite promoter Frank Warren stating that an all British showdown between Dereck Chisora and David Haye is ‘Inevitable’ I would not bank on the fight happening any time soon. Don’t Bank On Haye Vs Chisora Happening Any Time Soon
Bute Vs Froch, A Battle Between True Professionals

Bute Vs Froch, A Battle Between True Professionals

By Clive Bernath: On May 26 two of boxing’s true professionals will collide at the Capital FM Arena in middle England when unbeaten French Canadian Lucian Bute defends his IBF super-middleweight title against local hero Carl Froch. Bute Vs Froch, A Battle Between True Professionals
Mayweather Jr Is Ready To Rumble With Cotto

Mayweather Jr Is Ready To Rumble With Cotto

By Clive Bernath: Floyd Mayweather Jr may be best known for his superb boxing skills and flamboyant showmanship but when he challenges Miguel Cotto for the WBA light middleweight crown on May 5 he has promised to excite boxing fans by engaging in a ‘toe to toe’ war’. Mayweather Jr Is Ready To Rumble With Cotto
Super Confident Bradley Already Planning Pacquiao Rematch

Super Confident Bradley Already Planning Pacquiao Rematch

By Clive Bernath: Unbeaten WBO light-welterweight champion Tim Bradley is so confident of defeating pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on June 9 that he is already planning to give him a rematch in November. Super Confident Bradley Already Planning Pacquiao Rematch
Chisora Promises A Great Fight

Chisora Promises A Great Fight

By Clive Bernath: One thing you can never accuse Dereck Chisora of lacking is the appetite for a fight. Come to think the former British heavyweight champion is not short on confidence either. That just as well because in just five days time Chisora faces by far the toughest fight of his career when he challenges Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title. Chisora Promises A Great Fight
Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali

By Clive Bernath: Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest boxer of all time, celebrates his 70th birthday today and the former three time world heavyweight champ has been honoured for all his incredible achievements in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali
Froch Close To Two Fight Bute Deal

Froch Close To Two Fight Bute Deal

By Clive Bernath: Former WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is reportedly close to signing a two fight deal to challenge IBF titleholder Lucian Bute in Montreal. Froch Close To Two Fight Bute Deal
Khan: 'Peterson Is Afraid'

Khan: 'Peterson Is Afraid'

By Clive Bernath: Nearly a month or so after losing both his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Lamont Peterson in the American’s home city of Washington DC Amir Khan is still doing everything he can to secure a rematch. Khan: 'Peterson Is Afraid'
Sulaiman Makes Statement About Mayweather Blunder

Sulaiman Makes Statement About Mayweather Blunder

By Clive Bernath: World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman made a massive blunder when he spoke of the WBC not stripping Floyd Mayweather of their welterweight title despite being convicted of a misdemeanour. Sulaiman Makes Statement About Mayweather Blunder
The Boy From Bolton Has Done Good

The Boy From Bolton Has Done Good

By Clive Bernath: As Amir Khan celebrates his 25th birthday today with close family and friends he will no doubt be aware that he is just one fight away from realising his dream of becoming a genuine world class operator with ppv box office appeal. The Boy From Bolton Has Done Good
Mayweather Is Ready To Sign Contract To Face Pac Man

Mayweather Is Ready To Sign Contract To Face Pac Man

By Clive Bernath: Floyd Mayweather Jr wants the world to know that he is ready to sign the contract to face Manny Pacquiao on May 5, 2012 to decide who is the best pound for pound fighter in the world, providing he agree to various drug testing procedures. Mayweather Is Ready To Sign Contract To Face Pac Man
Margarito Cleared To Fight Cotto At The Garden

Margarito Cleared To Fight Cotto At The Garden

By Clive Bernath; The New York State Athletic Commission finally granted Antonio Margarito a boxing licence to fight Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden on December 3. Margarito Cleared To Fight Cotto At The Garden
Manny’s In A Mean Mood

Manny’s In A Mean Mood

By Clive Bernath; Over the last three years Manny Pacquiao has firmly established himself as the world’s No.1 pound for pound boxer. Ironically, it was not until after he squeezed a 12 round split decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in their March, 2008 rematch that ‘Pac Man’ first seriously appeared on the radar of the casual boxing fan. Manny’s In A Mean Mood
Joe Frazier Loses His Final Battle

Joe Frazier Loses His Final Battle

By Clive Bernath: Boxing legend Joe Frazier, famous for taking part in some of the greatest heavyweight title fights in the history of the sport, has lost his final battle with liver Cancer at the age of 67. Joe Frazier Loses His Final Battle
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