EXCLUSIVE: Darren Tetley discusses March 16th fight, Selby-Warrington undercard spot and Elland Road

Bradford’s Darren Tetley has announced that his return to the ring will be in March, although he is already targeting a big title fight on the Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington undercard in May.

Tetley (15-0, 6 KO’s) announced on Sunday evening that he would fight on a Carl Greaves-promoted show at The Metrodome, Barnsley on March 16th, his first fight of 2018.

The unbeaten welterweight, who is promoted by veteran Frank Warren, has his eyes set upon a big title fight for the Selby vs Warrington bill, with Elland Road being tipped as a potential venue.

“We’re looking for a big fight on the Selby vs Warrington undercard after my fight in Barnsley and I’ll definitely be asking for a big fight,” said Tetley.

“I’d love it to be a title fight, like an Inter-Continental title. But even if it was just an eight-rounder or a ten-rounder against someone who’s coming to win, I’d be happy. I want a name that’s going to get people talking, that’s going to be another step-up for me again.”

Tetley last boxed in October, where he defeated Liverpool’s Terry Needham (7-3) by second-round stoppage, and said he was eager to fight once more before May in order to ensure they’ll be no ring rust.

“My last few fights have been about six months a part, I think my last four fights have been like that,” Tetley continued.

“There no way that would have been good for me to wait and fight in May. I boxed last in October, then potentially boxing again in May. I would have been in the same situation where my fights are half a year apart.”

“I spoke to my manager Mick (Marsden) and said ‘I want to get out before May’. The show at Barnsley Metrodome came up and I took it straight away.”

“If I’d have not boxed from October until May, then I would have had ring-rust and I wouldn’t have felt good. With March, I can get some of the cobwebs off and be ready to go straightway in May in a big fight.”

The venue for the highly anticipated IBF featherweight world title bout between Selby and Warrington has yet to be confirmed although rumours have suggested that it be held at the home ground of Leeds United.

“Elland Road would be by far the biggest venue and the biggest show that I would have boxed on,” said the 24-year-old.

“Then, hopefully I could have the biggest fight of my career on that show as well. It’s just a waiting game at the moment, waiting on the venue and my next opponent to be announced.”

“Now, it’s time to turn it up. Get back to training full-on and getting fit and sharp to be ready for March.”


Huddersfield Town U18s 1-1 (3-4 Pens) Fulham U18s – Match Report

Huddersfield Town U18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup after they lost on penalties to Fulham at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Fulham took the lead in just the first minute through Chris Kelly before substitute Micah Obiero bagged the equaliser late in the second-half.

After a goalless period of extra time, the Cottagers came out on top 4-3 in the penalty shootout with Jordan Eli missing in sudden death for Town.

Fulham couldn’t have wished for a better start as they took the lead inside the 15 seconds. Winger Kelly curled the ball into the far-left corner and punished some poor play from Huddersfield who’d look to play out from the back.

Town’s youngsters fought well to get back into the contest and were inches away from levelling the score ten minutes later as Dominic Tear saw a header skim the crossbar.

Whilst Huddersfield dominated much of the possession it was Fulham who had the majority of the chances with two coming midway into the half.

Timmy Abraham, the brother of Swansea striker Tammy, found room in the area but was denied by a faint save from Luke Mewitt before the Terriers’ keeper was on hand to deny Kelly a second with a smart low stop.

Kelly continued to torment the Town defence and after a well-worked quick attacking move the wideman steered a shot just wide of the post ten minutes from the half-time whistle.

Both sides exchanged chances before the break as Huddersfield’s Oliver Dyson miscued a chipped shot before Abraham of Fulham put wide an effort from six yards out, leaving Fulham ahead at the interval.

By the second half, the game quickly descended into a battle of attack and defence with Fulham firmly camped in their own half.

Captain and top scorer George Danaher came close after forcing a fantastic one-handed save from his header before the striker saw another couple of chances go amiss.

With ten minutes remaining, Town’s persistence was finally rewarded as a cross from Republic of Ireland youth international Mason O’Malley was headed home by substitute Micah Obiero to level proceedings.

With the game all square, Fulham regained their earlier attacking instincts and twice almost snatched a late winner as Sonny Hilton saw an effort cleared off the line before Tyrese Francois put wide a one-on-one in the added time.

However, it remained 1-1 after 90 minutes, forcing the game into 30 minutes of extra time.

The half hour proved a competitive period and it wasn’t until the final minute when Francois’ lucrative half-volley was tipped onto the crossbar that either side threatened.

Fulham secured progress to the fourth round as Jordan Eli scored the winning penalty in the shootout.

Huddersfield Town: Mewitt, Jackson, O’Malley, Gibson, Thomas, Marriott, Tear, High, Danaher (C), Daly, Dyson
Subs: Obiero, Raymond, Eli, Austerfield, Bamford

 Fulham: Ashby-Hammond, Spence, Felix (C), Harris, Sessegnon, Mundle-Smith, Kelly, Francois, Abraham, Hilton, Santos Clase
Subs: York, Schwarzer, Asare, De Havilland, Martin

Referee: Mr Paul Ince

Tyrone Nurse: “The motivation is back ahead for Catterall”

British super-lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse has said that the motivation is back ahead of his fourth title defence against Jack Catterall tomorrow.

Nurse (35-2-2, 7 KO’s) takes on undefeated WBO Inter-Continental champion Catterall (18-0, 10 KO’s) in the chief support to Josh Warrington vs Dennis Ceylan at The First Direct Arena in Leeds tomorrow.

It’s been a frustrating 12 months for Nurse with proposed fights against Catterall and Ohara Davies falling through as well as only managing to draw against Joe Hughes in April.

However, the fight that Nurse had been craving has now finally been delivered and he said that the motivation is now back as he faces the world-ranked Catterall. “I’m excited by this fight, I’m motivated by it and training isn’t an issue now,” said Nurse at his local gym in Huddersfield.

“Obviously, originally, we were meant to fight Jack (Catterall) for the British, (but) he pulled out. Then we had Ohara Davies for the British, he pulled out. These were both unbeaten big-punching prospects who were going to go on and take over the world so they were the fights that we wanted, but they didn’t come.”

“I’ve been boxing since I was 12 and as a professional since I was 18 so it’s been almost ten years. After so many years of fighting kids that you know you are going to beat, you want a challenge and we’ve been waiting for a challenge for a good couple of years.”

With Nurse’s rumours name being linked with the likes of Catterall and Davies at the beginning of the year, he admitted to lacking in enthusiasm prior to the Hughes fight. “In the camp, I wasn’t interested in fighting Joe Hughes,” confessed Nurse.

“I looked at him like Jack Catterall’s leftovers, he was just someone’s leftovers in my eyes. I wasn’t serious with my weight and stuff. I’m not going to make any excuses, I wasn’t myself.

“It wasn’t a great performance but I still felt that I did enough to win. But, the motivation is enough to change the way things happen.”

Preparations have been far different for the Catterall fight, with Nurse having a full ten-week training camp as well as spending ten days out in Tenerife sparring with former world title challenger Liam Walsh and his brother Ryan, the British featherweight champion.

“The sparring was good,” said Nurse. “They’re experienced guys. Liam Walsh just fought Gervonta Davis for the (IBF super-featherweight) world title. I’ve been in big fights before, but they’ve been in bigger fights so talking to them about how they handled things was good.”

“Then obviously the sparring as well, it was great sparring for what we needed. They’re shorter than me, about Jack’s size, good hookers like Jack (Catterall) so it was ideal.”

“The temperature’s over there are 30 degrees,” Nurse continued, “and at that heat it just doesn’t feel like training. You’re out doing four-mile and six-mile runs but you’re running on the edge of the beach with the sea dipping on your toes! It doesn’t feel like plodding along the hills of Yorkshire!”

Catterall is currently ranked at number three in the WBO’s world rankings and Nurse believes that a victory on Saturday night could propel him to a shot at a world title.

“Frank (Warren) said at the press conference that the winner of this fight will be looking at a world title shot in nine to ten months, so if that isn’t extra motivation and something to push you then what else is?” said Nurse.

Asked for a prediction for the fight, Nurse simply replied, “Tyrone Nurse. And still.”

Darren Tetley: “I need to make a statement”

Undefeated Bradford welterweight Darren Tetley says that he’s out to make a statement ahead of his 15th professional contest tomorrow evening.

Tetley (14-0, 5 KO’s) fights Liverpool’s Terry Needham (7-3, 3 KO’s) on the undercard to Josh Warrington vs Dennis Ceylan at The First Arena in Leeds.

The 24-year-old hasn’t registered a knockout victory in any of his last five fights and he’s looking for an early finish to put him in domestic title contention.

“I need to make a statement in this fight,” Tetley told me at yesterday’s weigh-in. “I’ve really got the urge and the fire in my belly.

“My last few fights have been a bit rubbish to be honest. I can’t even win every round and doddle through it.

“If I win every rounds and win on points then I’ve got to look unbelievable or I’ve got to get him out of there and I’m looking to do that tomorrow night.

“People aren’t talking about me much at the minute so tomorrow night I want to change that and show that there’s a welterweight that’s knocking on the door for titles.

Tetley was originally set to fighting Rob Hunt (24-5-2) but the former Midlands Area champion pulled out this week due to an injury, forcing Needham to step in as a late replacement.

“It was frustrating in a sense because I was looking forward to the fight,” admitted Tetley. “It was good fight, you know Hunt’s won 24, lost 5, so a massive step up for me.”

“Terry’s stepped in at late notice so fair play to him. But, by far, this is the toughest fight I’ve had and I think everyone in the boxing circle knows it’s a step up for me.

“My trainer Mick Marsden, his philosophy is ‘as long as Darren Tetley’s 100% right, then we’ll beat whoever’s in front of us.’

“I’ve gone from fighting a 6 ft 1 in orthodox fighter to a 5ft 9in southpaw so it’s totally different. But I’m ready for it.”

The Bradford southpaw has sparred with British super-lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse and former IBF International champion Tommy Coyle in the build-up to this fight. Tetley holds both in high esteem.

“I’ve sparred about 30 odd rounds with Tyrone (Nurse) and enjoyed every one of them”, Tetley continued.

“To me, he’s world class, I’ve always thought it from when I was a young age, you know he’s world class and I think the (Jack) Catterall fight is a real 50/50 fight.”

“Tommy (Coyle) rung us and invited us for some sparring for his fight with Tyrone McKenna. So I did six rounds with Tommy and I was meant to go back to do eight rounds but he injured his hand so unfortunately I couldn’t go back and I just did the six rounds with him.”

“But again, he’s a lovely fella, makes you feel welcome, looks after you and I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”

Halifax RLFC 20-6 Hunslet RLFC

Halifax RLFC booked their place in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round after a hard fought win over League 1 side Hunslet RLFC at the MBi Shay Stadium.

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Halifax looked to be in full command of the game after a couple of first-half tries from Ed Barber and Chester Butler, as well as three goals from Steve Tyrer, saw Fax move into a 14-0 lead before the hour mark. A 70th minute converted try from Hunslet’s Joel Gibson set up a dramatic finale, but it was Halifax who were able to see out the victory as Rob Worrincy touched down in the final few minutes.

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The home side begun the game in superb fashion with a try inside the opening four minutes. After being given a penalty inside the Hunslet 20m, Fax capitalised as Ed Barber held off two challenges to touch down on the right hand side. Steve Tyrer was unable to move Fax six points ahead as he kicked his conversion wide.

Hunslet looked as if they were about to respond immediately as Widnes loanee Ryan Ince found space in the right corner, but, Shane Grady was on hand to put the winger into touch, metres from the line.

The visitors continued to look dangerous around the Fax try line as midway through the half, Hunslet debutant Sean Hesketh touched down only for the referee to deny the try due to a forward pass.

Halifax were able to capitalise on Hunslet’s wastefulness with their second try of the game in the 23rd minute.

Gareth Moore’s superb diagonal kick was collected by Butler who touched down in the corner. Tyrer nailed the touchline conversion, his 20th goal of the season.

A series of knock ons by both sides prevented any genuine rhythm to the game but it was Halifax who dealt best with the conditions.

Within the final minutes, Fax missed chances to increase their lead as Tyrer spilt the ball metres away before Butler was denied a second try after being pushed into touch by Mufaro Mvududu.

Halifax did manage to turn their chances into points however, as Tyrer kicked a superb 45 metre penalty to give the Blues and Whites a 12-0 half-time lead.

It was almost a dream start to the second half for the home side as only a few minutes into the half, Chris Cullimore came close to scoring on his debut only to be stopped close to the line. Hunslet dominated possession throughout the half, however, a number of handling errors and some superb Fax defending preventing them from scoring.

Fax weathered the storm and edged further ahead as Tyrer slotted home another penalty goal. Hunslet’s patience in attack was finally rewarded ten minutes from full-time as Ince raced past fellow winger Worrincy to score in the corner after a clever kick through by Daniel Ansell.

Ansell brilliantly converted from the wide angle to reduce Halifax’s lead to just eight points and set up a climatic ending to the game.

Halifax held on though and just four minutes from full time they scored their third try of the game to seal the victory.

A well worked set by Fax saw Moore kick through the gap into the left corner where Worrincy was able to touch down with ease. Tyrer’s final conversion sealed the win and booked Fax a place in Tuesday’s fifth round draw.

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Full match higlights via Hunslet RLFC’s YouTube channel

Comparing Live Blogs and Articles.

Following the rise of the online media, and in particular, Twitter, sports news outlets have been forced to adapt to new audiences who demand instant, up to date coverage of the latest sporting events from around the world. 

One of the main ways in which news outlets do this is through the use of live blogs, which can be as broad as the BBC’s Sportsday or more specific coverage of a certain event, such as Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre or The Guardian’s live coverage of high-profile international cricket matches. 

Generally, live blogs go into far less detail than an actual article, but, this does suit its purpose which is to be concise in the way it delivers information. For instance, on Monday January 23rd, the BBC Sport live blog wrote a post on the story that twice Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams was set to turn later this year (see below). The post contained was just four sentences long, which reflects the usual length of most blog posts as well as the short, to-the-point style of writing used by the BBC. The post only includes the relevant information such as where and when Adams will make her professional debut and a short quote from her.


In contrast to this, a full length article contains more specific information on the story and also provides some context into Adams’ career for those who don’t already know about her career. The Sky Sports article on this particular story (see below) takes a more reflective approach in its coverage as it includes a longer range of quotes from Adams, who discusses her ambitions to become world champion, and quotes from Rob McCracken, the boxing performance director for Great Britain. 


Comparing the Huddersfield Examiner Website and Newspaper

One of the key qualities of a modern sports journalist has to be the ability to write and broadcast for multiple media platforms. To be able to this, it is important to note the differences in these outlets and how writing style, layout and news value can change dependent on which outlet you are writing for.

In order to aid these skills, we were tasked with comparing the differences between the sports pages of the Huddersfield Examiner newspaper and the sports section of the Huddersfield Examiner website from the same day.

One of the most striking things I found upon my first glance at the Huddersfield Examiner sports website was the dominance of football on the main stories section. For instance, of the seven articles to feature on the main section, seven were football stories with the other being a rugby league story.

The Huddersfield Examiner Sports Website tends to be dominated by football stories. 

However, in the newspaper from the same day there was a far more balanced news agenda in the sports pages as there was one double spread of pages on football, rugby league, rugby union and cricket whilst stories on golf and trials were given space on the back page.

One of the reasons for this may be that when someone buys a newspaper they will spend a fair amount of time reading it and therefore the newspaper can afford to give coverage to other less well known sports. Whereas, with a website, people will spend a shorter amount of time on it than they would when reading a newspaper and therefore it’s important to keep them interested in the content, and given that football is the most popular sport in the country, this may be why it is given such large coverage.

Another difference between the website and newspaper is the interaction between the media organisation, in this case the Huddersfield Examiner, and the reader. During the Championship fixture between Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town on Saturday, the website had a live blog which was updated regularly with short descriptions of the match action as well as embedded tweets from fans who had tweeted the Examiner.

This similar interaction cannot be seen however in the newspaper, as the print version will tend to use their own writers and columnists to give opinions on the game, rather than the fans and this quick interaction is far more suited to the instantaneous nature of online media as opposed to the newspaper, which can be far more reflective.

Five Boxers to Watch Out For in 2017

After a disappointing year for boxing in 2016, many are hoping for better things in 2017. At the moment, all the signs point to the state of the sport improving with some quality match-ups made for the spring period. The super-middleweight unification bout of Badou Jack vs James DeGale and the rematch of Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz for supremacy in the featherweight division both take place in January before March delivers another unification fight, this time at welterweight, between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia and, similarly to Frampton/Santa Cruz, the bout between Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs is fight many see as the number one vs the number two at middleweight. All these epic match-ups take place before Anthony Joshua bids to become a unified heavyweight world champion against one of the greatest heavyweights of his generation, Wladimir Klitschko at an expected sold-out Wembley Stadium.

Such anticipated contests aren’t limited to these big name match-ups however and below I have listed some fighters who also look set for a huge 12 months. Deliberately, I have excluded the obvious big names such as Joshua, David Haye or Amir Khan and instead looked to focus on fighters who could break into that small group of elite fighters in 2017.

Heavyweight: Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s)

The heavyweight to look out for in 2017 has to be one of Matchroom Boxing’s latest signings, Luis Ortiz. Despite formerly being ranked as the world number one heavyweight in some quarters, namely BoxRec, the undefeated Cuban is scarcely recognised to the majority of British fight fans. Given his lowly profile, Ortiz has been made immediately active by his new promoter Eddie Hearn as he fought twice within the space of just a month.


Ortiz headlined Matchroom’s Monte-Carlo show in November as he comfortably defeated Malik Scott by unanimous decision, knocking down the American on three occasions, to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title. Less than a month later, “King Kong” was in action again on the Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina undercard on December 10th at the Manchester Arena. Ortiz earned his 23rd professional knockout victory over Britain’s Dave Allen with a late stoppage in round seven of the eight round contest.

Following his victory over Allen, numerous sources reported that Ortiz was now in line to fight former lineal world champion Shannon Briggs for the WBA’s ‘Regular’ world title in first quarter of 2017, with the ‘Super’ version of the WBA world title to be contested between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on April 29th. However, since then such reports have been fairly muted and instead it has emerged that Ortiz will be made the mandatory challenger by the WBA to the winner of Joshua vs Klitschko as confirmed by WBA President Gilberto Mendoza earlier last month.

In the meantime, Ortiz’s next opponent remains unknown. With the opportunity to face either Joshua, another fighter in the Matchroom stable which should make negotiations easier in theory, or Klitschko, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, for the WBA ‘Super’ world title, the big question for Ortiz is whether he should to choose to take on a big-name opponent, in order to increase his profile and the magnitude of the potential fight against Joshua or Klitschko, or take on a lesser fighter, in order to preserve his place as the WBA’s mandatory challenger.

Given that Ortiz has previously faced two former unified world title challengers, Tony Thompson and Bryant Jennings, in the past 13 months, hopefully Hearn and Ortiz will choose the former and fight a top fighter who is ranked the WBA’s top 15 with David Price and Dereck Chisora potential opponents.

2017 looks set to be a huge year for Ortiz with a long-awaited world title fight finally set to be delivered. Hearn has said that March has been targeted as being the month of Ortiz’s return to the ring and that there is also a “small chance” that he could feature on the undercard to David Haye vs Tony Bellew on March 4th at the O2 Arena. Despite winning comfortably against Malik Scott and Dave Allen, plenty more is expected of a fighter ranked as the world number one and hopefully we can see that and more in the new year.

Light Heavyweight: Joe Smith Jr (23-1, 19 KO’s)

For years the saga of a potential fight between unified world champion Sergey Kovalev and WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson had captured all the headlines in the light-heavyweight division. However, things have now drastically changed with the rise of New York prospect Joe Smith Jr a big factor in this.


Smith Jr had a sensational year in 2016 as he shocked the boxing world twice with two huge upset victories. On June 18th, Smith Jr recorded a stunning first round technical knockout win over Andrzej Forfana, who defeated former world champions Nathan Cleverly and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his previous two fights, to win the WBC International light heavyweight title.

Six months later, Smith Jr entered the biggest fight of his career as he took on former unified light-heavyweight and middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins in the final fight of the 51-year-old’s professional career. Smith Jr went onto earn a career-defining victory as he stunningly, and most importantly, legally, knocked Hopkins out of the ring in the eighth round. So impressive were Smith Jr’s performances against Forfana and Hopkins that the American earned a nomination for the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year as voted for by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Smith Jr heads into 2017 ranked fifth in the light-heavyweight rankings by both the WBC and the WBA and, after two huge wins in the latter half of the year, a world title shot looks on the cards in the new year. The question for Smith Jr is which world title route he will choose to go down, the WBC or the WBA?

Long-reigning WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson has been named as a potential opponent by Smith Jr’s promoter Joe DeGuardia, but the WBC have ordered Stevenson to face the winner of Eleider Alvarez vs Lucian Bute on February 24th. With the Canadian having not made a mandatory defence of his world title in three years, it would be extremely unlikely to see them sanction a bout against Smith Jr for the first half of 2016.

Although the WBC doesn’t seem like the best route to a world title in the short term, the WBC may yet prove to be Smith Jr’s most viable option. Aged 39, Stevenson is entering the twilight of his career and, at the moment he looks a far less dangerous proposition than current WBA, WBO and IBF world champion Andre Ward or Ward’s likely next opponent Sergey Kovalev.

As wins over Forfana and Hopkins have shown however, Smith Jr is not afraid of taking on the big names and if he chasing division supremacy, then the WBA path may the one he chooses with a fight against either Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, two fighters ranked in the pound-for-pound top five by many.

Aged just 27, time is on Smith Jr’s side and following such a dramatic and strong year in 2016, let’s hope we can expect more of the same from the American in 2017.

 Super Middleweight: Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24 KO’s)

At super-middleweight, much of the attention has been focused upon the trio of British superstars, James DeGale, George Groves and Callum Smith. IBF world champion DeGale is set to fight WBC world champion Badou Jack for the unified world titles in January, three-time world title challenger Groves is set to fight Fedor Chudinov for the WBA ‘Super’ world title in the first half of the year whilst unbeaten British champion Smith is the mandatory challenger to the winner of the DeGale/Jack bout.


Throw into the mix Martin Murray, the WBA Continental champion who is ranked in the top ten by the WBC and WBA, and Rockie Fielding, the WBC International champion who is ranked 12th by the WBC and the WBO, and the super-middleweight division looks by far the most exciting in Britain.

However, with the wealth of British talent at super-middleweight, it is easy to forget about the quality of WBO world champion Gilberto Ramirez. The undefeated Mexican recorded arguably the most impressive victory of 2016 at super-middleweight as he comfortably out-pointed three-time world champion Artur Abraham, winning 120-108 on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

Ramirez is yet to make a defence of his world title however after suffering an injury to a knuckle in right hand which meant he had to pull out of a scheduled bout against Germany’s Dominik Britsch in July. However, last month, Ramirez announced that he had fully recovered from his injury and his promoter, Bob Arum, has spoken of plans to put Ramirez on the same event as fellow Mexican world champion Oscar Valdez, who holds the WBO’s featherweight belt, in March.

Heading into 2017, Ramirez’s next career moves seem a lot more intriguing than the average newly crowned world champion. The Mexican is likely to face a contender ranked in the WBO’s top fifteen in March, but any future plans to unify the division may be difficult for the Top Rank fighter. The winner of the WBC and IBF unification bout Badou Jack vs James DeGale will be mandated by the WBC to fight Callum Smith, making it hugely difficult for Ramirez to face the Jack/DeGale winner. Furthermore, if, as he’s expected to, DeGale wins fights against Jack later this month then against Smith in the summer, then “Chunky” may look past Ramirez and choose to fight potential WBA ‘Super’ George Groves, who is expected to fight Fedor Chudinov early this year, in a huge domestic unification fight with the extra appeal of a grudge rivalry and it being a rematch for a fight Groves won in 2011, DeGale’s only professional loss to date.

With such limited opportunities available for Ramirez in the short term, the WBO world champion could drop down a weight division to middleweight. Unified WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin has said that wants to fight four times in 2017 and with a fight already confirmed in March against WBA ‘Regular’ world champion Danny Jacobs and on-going talks for a lucrative fight against Canelo Alvarez for September, there seems to be a potential gap for Golovkin to fight in June. Ramirez has repeatedly stated his interest in facing Triple G and in May he said “If Gennady Golovkin wants to fight a real Mexican, here I am”. Golovkin has face criticism from many for sticking at middleweight so the opportunity to face a super-middleweight world champion may be appealing to him whilst for Ramirez a win against an unbeaten unified world champion would most certainly represent the biggest victory of his professional career.

Super Welterweight/Light Middleweight: Liam Williams (16-0-1, 11 KO’s)

One of the brightest young British stars has to beaten unbeaten Welsh sensation Liam Williams. The current European, Commonwealth and British champion bounced back from a disappointing 2015, which saw him restricted to just one fight in the year due to hand surgery, as he earned three TKO victories to bring his record up to 16-0-1. After a comfortable third round tune-up win over little-known Argentine Gustavo Alberto Sanchez in June, Williams went onto make the first defence of his British title against previously unbeaten Gary Corcoran in what is largely seen as the best victory of his career.


In November, Williams was set for another huge domestic showdown against unbeaten then-IBF International champion and WBO ranked number 14 Ahmet Patterson with the winner potentially set to fight WBO world champion Canelo Alvarez. However, just days before the contest, Patterson was forced to pull out of the fight after sustaining an injury after being attacking in the street late one night. Hungarian Gabor Gorbics, a fighter who had lost to 3-0 23-year-old Radzhab Butaev by unanimous decision just a week earlier, stepped in as Patterson’s replacement with the vacant WBO European title on the line. As expected, Williams’ power proved too much for Gorbics as the bout ended in an eight round stoppage win for the Welshman.

Having missed out on those big fights in recent months, Williams will surely he eager that his promoter Frank Warren can deliver bigger and better names in 2017, with the hope of a potential forthcoming world title shot. Current WBO junior middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez is widely expected to face either Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at a catch weight of 165 pounds or Billy Joe Saunders at middleweight in May this year, meaning that it is likely that he will vacate his title later this month, once his next fight has been officially confirmed. Given this, Williams, who is ranked at number three by the WBO may be in line to fight for the vacant title in the first third of the year. Further enhancing Williams’ prospects of a shot at the potentially WBO world title is the positions of the WBO’s number one and two contenders. The number one contender is the WBO International champion Demetrius Andrade, but, the former world champion seems unlikely to feature in a vacant title bout as he goes about pursuing a significantly bigger fight against WBC world champion Jermell Charlo, after winning a WBC final title eliminator against Willie Nelson in June. Similarly, number two contender and former four-weight world champion Miguel Cotto already has a fight scheduled for February 25th against James Kirkland and, given that his next fight is expected to be his last, he will likely chase a bigger name than Williams.

For British fans, the big hope is that Williams will fight former world champion and the number six ranked contender Liam Smith, in a bout which could potentially be contested for the vacant WBO world title. Given that Frank Warren, who has a strong relationship with the WBO, promotes both fighters then a match-up between the two fighters would make sense. Furthermore, with Warren recently agreeing a huge new broadcast deal between BoxNation and BT Sport, a huge domestic world title fight between Williams and Smith would a brilliant way to kick-start the new partnership.

Featherweight: Lee Selby (23-1, 8 KO’s)

Another Welsh star who could have a breakthrough 12 months in 2017 is IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby. The Barry Island-born star had a year to forgot in 2016 as he made just one defence of his world title against little-known American Eric Hunter in April. Given the stellar year Selby enjoyed in 2015 by defeating the then-unbeaten and long-reigning champion Evgeny Gradovich in May before winning by unanimous decision against former three-weight world champion Fernando Montiel in October.


After his victory over Hunter, the boxing world was crying out for Selby to face undefeated WBC International champion and fellow British rival Josh Warrington in the summer. For months, Warrington had been calling out Selby to take the fight, however it is since emerged that the advisors to Warrington had put the potential Selby fight on hold, according to Warrington’s former promoter Eddie Hearn.

Selby has since turned his attention to the bigger fish in the featherweight division, particularly the winner of Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz II who will fight for the WBA world title once again on January 28th in Las Vegas following Frampton majority decision win in July in New York. Although Selby’s hopes to face either Frampton or Santa Cruz seem over-optimistic on paper, he does have good reason to be confident that his team can deliver the fight. Selby is currently advised by influential American Al Haymon, who also advises Frampton, Santa Cruz and WBC world champion Gary Russell Jr, meaning that Selby’s stake at the negotiation table should be strong.

Encouragingly, Frampton and Santa Cruz have both stated their interest in fighting Selby, depending on whether they triumph or not in the rematch in Vegas. Frampton declared his interest in taking on the Welshman when he said “if I get through this one (Santa Cruz), the Lee Selby fight is one that I want”, with the Northern Irish star going on to say that “25,000 tickets” could be sold in “an outdoor stadium in Belfast”. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz has similarly stated his intentions to pursue a unification bout against either Selby or Russell Jr, if he defeats Frampton convincingly.

But, before Selby even starts to begin thinking about fighting for featherweight supremacy against either Frampton or Santa Cruz, he must first concentrate on his forthcoming fight later this month. Selby takes on his mandatory challenger, Jonathan Victor Barros, a former world champion at 126 pounds between 2010 to 2011 who is on a seven fight winning streak since losing by knockout to unbeaten two-weight world champion Mikey Garcia in November 2012. The world champion is heavy favourite to make a third successful defence of his world title, and perhaps rightfully so after Barros narrowly beat Japanese domestic level fighter Satoshi Hosono by split decision in October. With such huge rewards potentially at stake, Selby cannot afford to be complacent against an experienced boxer who enters his 47th professional bout.

Week 10: Podcasts

The tenth week of the Journalism Technologies module centered around the world of audio technology, and in particular, podcasting.

Coinciding with the rise of the Apple iPod, which recorded huge sales figures of just over 50 million in the years 2007 to 2010,  podcasts have become massive in this last decade. Both professional radio stations and independent start-up content makers are involved in podcasts given the low cost nature of producing a podcast, particularly those where the majority of the content is dialogue.

Personally, I have never regularly continued listening to a particular podcast series, as I instead prefer to listen to radio stations such as talkSPORT, BBC Radio 5 Live or BBC Radio Leeds. However, I certainly see the appeal of the listening to podcasts given their easy usage and the ability, on some platforms, to download them and listen to them later, even if you are without access to the internet.

Lecturer and seminar tutor Richard recommended we listen to a podcast on FiveThirtyEight.com titled ‘How One Man’s Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades Of English Soccer’ (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-one-mans-bad-math-helped-ruin-decades-of-english-soccer/). As the title may suggest, this was indeed an American podcast which meant that on some occasions the content was a little basic. However, I was fascinated by the story of Charles Reep, who seems to have founded analytics and stats-driven tactics in football, which of course, plays such an influencial role in modern-day world football. Although his particular story was of strong interest, I felt that for the programme to draw the fairly huge conclusion that he alone was to blame for the failings of the England national football team was just plain wrong.

On the whole though, I enjoyed the podcast and over the Christmas I may go about attempting to discover more like these.

Week 9: YouTube

Week nine of the Journalism Technologies module saw us study the world’s biggest video hosting website, YouTube and it’s significance in the journalism and media industries.

In Richard’s lecture, we learned about the history of videos on the internet and how it had evolved from videos being slow and frustrating in the 1990’s to YouTube becoming the second biggest website on the internet and being bought by Google for $1.65 billion.

The lecture also raised one of the key points of controversy surrounding the rise of YouTube, copyright. For instance, Jeff Zucker, the former President of NBC, said “they built YouTube on the back of our content and they wouldn’t pay us” in regards to popularity of videos of Saturday Night Live on YouTube. Similarly, YouTube vastly changed the music industry as people turned away from buying albums to listening to music online for free.

In the week’s seminar, we learned how to make basic YouTube videos using the website’s sample video footage. Using YouTube’s video editor software, we were able to edit our videos by using fade, background audio and text.

The Video Editor interface

In regards to journalism, news outlets use YouTube to upload small clips, around five to ten minutes, on particular issues rather than uploading a whole 30 minute news programme. This is because the average time spent on YouTube by users in only 40 minutes and during this time they will watch various different videos and are unlikely to sit and watch a whole half hour news programme.