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7/11/12 9:07 AM
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Who is the best young international talent for boxing? Someone who is actually talented that will sell PPV's like Floyd and PAC? Do the exist?

Im a casual boxing fan and here in the UK all the papers are talking about Haye v Chizora - which to me, is an absolute circus and a fight that has zero impact on the HW division (in terms of history or future)...yet 40,000 people will be watching in a football stadium and they will probably do okay in PPv numbers here in the UK.

Is this what is in store for boxing? Some idiots faking (both coming off loses agaisnt better opponents) faking a fight in a press conference to sell their own? And then selling out a stadium?! I just don't get it.

Kahn is fighting soon also yet all the talk is about these two idiots. Phone Post
7/11/12 11:50 AM
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Meh - boxing, at the end of the day, is about entertainment and people paying money to watch people knock lumps out of each other.

It will be an entertaining fight with a huge amount of public interest.

For all the 'its bad for the sport' chat from the hand-wringing press I would much rather have the situation where we have high-profile fights dominating the sports pages, than froch racking up title defenses and struggling to even get TV coverage
7/11/12 2:06 PM
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Andre Ward should be a star, I hope he becomes a household name soon, he is great for boxing.
7/26/12 5:39 AM
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Ward is a good lad! Hatton may make a come back. Could be Hatton vs Khan but all in all I think the politics of boxing and paper view has killed it! I started Boxing because of staying up on Saturday nights watching the likes of Benn, Ubank and Collins . No one really grabs me these days and top draw fights are few and far between. Phone Post
7/26/12 5:14 PM
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Hatton is done. His comeback is as likely as Hamed's
7/27/12 6:19 PM
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buddie - Hatton is done. His comeback is as likely as Hamed's
there are pictures floating around of hatton looking very slim. his comeback seems to be a reality
 
7/27/12 6:19 PM
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 if haye got serious and decided to take on the division he could be ahuge seller around the globe
7/28/12 6:05 AM
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I always liked Hattan, but watching him first hand in the gym preparing for his fight with Manny, I can say that I have never been less awed by the skills and physical capabilities of any world class fighter. Phone Post
7/28/12 6:06 AM
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Sorry, I mean Hatton ( shitty phone app). Phone Post
7/29/12 4:02 AM
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pharochuck -
buddie - Hatton is done. His comeback is as likely as Hamed's
there are pictures floating around of hatton looking very slim. his comeback seems to be a reality
 
Yeah he is defo getting fighting fit. I think he could still do something at light welter . Shame Billy Graham isn't up to training him anymore . Old skool team! Phone Post
7/30/12 2:37 PM
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pharochuck -
buddie - Hatton is done. His comeback is as likely as Hamed's
there are pictures floating around of hatton looking very slim. his comeback seems to be a reality
 
Yeah he is defo getting fighting fit. I think he could still do something at light welter . Shame Billy Graham isn't up to training him anymore . Old skool team! <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Hatton may lose some weight, but he is a spent fighter.
7/31/12 4:04 AM
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Maybe. I'd like to see him just get a win and not go out like he did. I followed Hatton from the early days and was there when he beat kostya tszyu . Top down to earth lad. Just a shame he went up and down so much with his weight shortened his career imo Phone Post
7/31/12 6:40 PM
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Froch , other than Ward he is the best super middle and tons more exciting Phone Post
8/1/12 4:21 AM
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I would like to see Hatton go back to his old style of body punching if he does make a comeback.
8/4/12 8:01 PM
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I dont think Broner is an international talent but yes he is a huge talent Phone Post
8/5/12 11:57 AM
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buddie - Hatton may lose some weight, but he is a spent fighter.


Exactly.

And you are right about him being physically underwhelming. Not seen him up close and nothing against the guy, but he never had it physically. He even said himself he wasn't powerful and had to load up to get power, which is just horrible when you go up against speedy, natural bangers like Pac and speedy, slick counter-punchers like Mayweather.

Hatton does deserve a lot of credit for working his ass off and making the most of what he had though. While KT was old by that stage of his career, Hatton just gave him hell by forcing him to fight every second of every round and took all KT's breathing/punching space away.

I think Hatton is a great example of how far hard work will get you in anything, regardless of what you have to work with in the first place. 
8/5/12 11:59 AM
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Agree - hatton retired with a record 99% of boxers would be envious of.
8/6/12 6:34 PM
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LordSeano - Agree - hatton retired with a record 99% of boxers would be envious of.
An he might have arguably squeezed more out his talent then any other world class guy. I know Floyd and those guys work like mad men to get to the top, but hatton didn't seem to have any attribute that made him a top guy, speed, power, timing all seemed average but at one point he was 40-0 and a world champ Phone Post
8/6/12 6:38 PM
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LordSeano - Agree - hatton retired with a record 99% of boxers would be envious of.
An he might have arguably squeezed more out his talent then any other world class guy. I know Floyd and those guys work like mad men to get to the top, but hatton didn't seem to have any attribute that made him a top guy, speed, power, timing all seemed average but at one point he was 40-0 and a world champ Phone Post


Yeah, it was really all just work ethic and commitment. If he had doubted himself for a second vs KT, he would have been butchered.

But when he came up against natural talent AND work ethic in Pac and Mayweather, he was handled very easily. 

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