BoxingWales’ two year birthday: Ten top stories since 2012

BoxingWales’ two year birthday: Ten top stories since 2012

On this day in 2012, BoxingWales.com was born! To celebrate our second birthday, we look back on 10 of the biggest and best stories on our website over the last 24 months…   2nd September, 2012 Click here for – Video: Selby and Buckland open workout BoxingWales were allowed access to watch Lee Selby and Gary Buckland spar eight rounds at Barry East End ABC. At the time, both St Joseph’s boxers were British champions at featherweight and super-featherweight and they didn’t hold back even though the cameras were recording. It was a busy time for trainer Tony Borg as Selby was gearing up towards a title defence against Martin Lindsay in three weeks time and Buckland was two months away from defeating Stephen Foster Jnr. 29th October, 2012 Click here for – Clev: I’ll fight in Johnny Owen’s honour Nathan Cleverly was heading to Los Angeles, where no Welshman had fought since Merthyr Tydfil’s heroic Johnny Owen fought his final fight and suffered injuries that caused his death. 32 years later, Cleverly would defend his WBO world light-heavyweight title for the fourth time against American Shawn Hawk and speaking to BoxingWales, the Cefn Fforest fighter dedicated the contest to his “inspirational” countryman. 2nd December, 2012 Click here for – Pace takes title in classic In BoxingWales‘ Fight of the Year 2012, Talbot Green’s Tony Pace waged war on Aberdare’s Lance Sheehan and prevailed to take a ten round decision for the British Masters lightweight title. The bout was most memorable for an epic fifth round, Pace pressured Sheehan and almost paid the price as he eat a left hook that him hurt him badly. However, Pace showed all of his heart as he ducked and dived out of the way, even lapping the ring a few times. Sheehan had spent all of his energies trying to get the stoppage of his spirited opponent and lost his legs which led to some thunderous shoulder-to-shoulder exchanges for the final five rounds. 13th December, 2012 Click here for – Enzo Calzaghe exclusive: Welsh boxing needs TV Legendary boxing trainer of three world champions, Enzo Calzaghe spoke exclusively to BoxingWales and called on television executives to give Welsh boxing the coverage it deserves. In his typically blunt and brutal manner, Calzaghe pulled no punches as he said that there were no current stars in Welsh boxing due to the mass attention that other sports like rugby and football receive. 29th July, 2013 Click here for – Borg beats Cooper in brutal battle The inactive Welsh middleweight title was brought back to life as Frankie Borg out-lasted Gary Cooper in a sickening six rounds at the Mecca of Welsh boxing, as labelled on Twitter by ringside observer Lee Selby. Both stayed close to each other for every second and traded some of the best body shots seen in a Welsh boxing ring for a long time. Borg eventually pulled away and began to beat Cooper at his own game, forcing the Bargoed brawler to quit on his stool at the Newport Centre in BoxingWales‘ Fight of the Year 2013. 4th December, 2013 Click here for – Calzaghe voted in to Hall of Fame It became official that Newbridge’s two weight world champion Joe Calzaghe was to add the only accolade missing from his legendary career, an induction in to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The southpaw would be the fourth Welsh boxer to receive the ultimate honour and a first ballot entry in to the Hall of Fame in the same year as America’s Oscar De La Hoya and Puerto Rico’s Felix Trinidad. 3rd February, 2014 Click here for – Hearn plans Welsh project Big time boxing had been brought back to boxing by Matchroom Sport’s ‘Reloaded’ show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and the man behind it, Eddie Hearn spoke to BoxingWales immediately after the final fight ended. In the interview, Hearn reflected on one of the best shows in Wales for a long time and he revealed his plans for future of the sport in the principality. 3rd February, 2014 Click here for – Selby pays tribute to late brother Lee Selby scored a sixth round stoppage win over Rendall Munroe to capture the European title and defend his British title for the fourth time, something no Welshman had done since Howard Winstone in the 1960’s. The featherweight spoke to BoxingWales to pay tribute to the memory of the person who introduced him to boxing, his late brother Michael ‘Slinky’ Slevin. 13th April, 2014 Click here for – Public vote to end Evans injustice Wales is the most parochial place in the world but the decision of Team Wales’ amateur squad selectors to snub Kevin Evans claim to appear at a record making fifth Commonwealth Games unified people from all over the principality. The voice of the people disagreed with the disgraceful decision and supported BoxingWales‘ #YESFORKEV campaign in the biggest public criticism of the amateur authorities in Wales ever. 12th May, 2014 Click here for – One last hurdle for Rees In an exclusive interview with BoxingWales, former world champion Gavin Rees explained his decision to retire and looked back on his remarkable career. ‘The Rock’, who has also won British and European titles, was days away from a Fight of the Year rematch with Gary Buckland at the time of the interview and eager to avenge his only ever professional defeat to a fellow Welshman to go out of boxing with a win.

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