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do we think he's going to get killed?
I really don't like the idea of anyone having absolutely no amateur experience and then getting thrown into a pro fight. I could actually see him getting hurt, particularly with that non-existent jab and lack of any head movement.
Hopefully they'll put him in with a punch bag and he'll scrape through unscathed.
there are plenty of heavyweights who've got to world level with no jab or head movement.
And I quite like the guy as a general rule
Heard he was at Eastlands hawking tickets around the exec boxes recently. Sounds like sales haven't gone as well as they expected.
I quite like the guy, have to admit. Seems like a real down-to-earth bloke, was obviously very good cricket, a Lancashireman, and flawed sportsmen have always kind of appealed to me - Best, Maradona, Gazza, Bowles, etc, i'm just suspicous of him for dumping Preston North End and becoming a celebrity City fan once they got a bit of cash.
I really don't think you need to have much technique to be an okay heavyweight. Look at Martin Rogan, Michael Sprott, John McDermott. You don't even need fitness, really, just two basic things - a big punch and good punch resistance. Neither of those thing can be taught, really, so he's either got them or he hasn't.
Bottom line, he's been quite public about his struggles since retirement, both the drink and depression. Getting himself in shape will have had a great effect on combatting both of those. If it keeps him fit and positive, good luck to him.
Wouldn't have thought that would have many issues selling tickets, though I could be wrong.
I think my issue with it is if he doesn't have the punch resistance, he could get very hurt very quickly, as the clips I've seen, and this seems backed up by U_G_C, he's been very slow and ponderous.
You are right, though. Price is a big ticket seller in Liverpool. For some reason i thought it was at the M.E.N Arena.
He was definitely at Eastlands for the City v Villa game, going around the exec boxes and on the pitch at half-time, saw it on the local news. Maybe it was just something he was contracted by Sky to do rather than specifically to sell tickets.
Think it holds around 19,500. I'd be staggered if it was anywhere near sold out. Of the local lads, i doubt even Tyson Fury or David Price could sell that many tickets. I've only really known Hatton or Khan to do it, but they're world famous.
The first link i came across (now taken down) says Flintoff's been getting flattened in sparring.
the arena was always gonna be overambitious, got my fingers crossed for the fight though; he's a good lad.
what do you reckon to fury/johnson? is he a step up from delboy?
Yes, it'll be a step up, and Johnson is dangerous, but bar letting Vitali slap him around for 12 rounds, he's never fought anyone. I'd expect Fury to win by mid-rounds KO.
More excited by a fight on the Flintoff undercard - Ronnie Heffron v Denton Vassell. Could be a real tear-up that. A bi step up in class for Heffron.
December 8th looks really promising, too - Barker v Hope (Barker should win comfortabLy), Rees v John Murray (Rees will win, rumours are Murray's training camp's gone really poorly), and Purdy v Carson Jones (mad fight for me, given Jones' peformance against Brook - would expect him to break Purdy's heart convincingly). Then later, Manny v Marquez (questionaly wide points victory in Manny's favour, standard), and Kessler v McGee (Kessler win, leading to Froch in the spring).
i'll put it in my diary.
kessler vs frcch likely to be down in notts then? i'd have to get to that, the super six really rekindled my interest in following boxing.
But on the news, he look totally amateurish on the little clips they show. Just wildly swinging instead of picking his shots.
But that describes about 90% of current heavyweights quite accurately.