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On 02/10/2022 at 14:23, owl4ever1867 said:

Eubank Jr vs Benn this Saturday night, looking forward to this one....

Connor Benn has failed a drug test through VADA testing, still hoping the fight goes ahead as both fighters still want to fight... 

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1 hour ago, owl4ever1867 said:

Connor Benn has failed a drug test through VADA testing, still hoping the fight goes ahead as both fighters still want to fight... 

This is a right shit storm now.

Supposedly it was known two weeks back but BBBoC were only informed yesterday.

Benn has claimed he spoke to Eubank today which Eubank has flatly denied.

The BBBoC have rightly refused to sanction the fight. Hearn is scrambling round trying to resolve this to get the fight on.

If I am Eubank, and i want the fight. I want 100% of the fight purse regardless of result, and I want that hydration clause removing.

This could end up being a horrific week for Eddie after the fall through of the Joshua fight and this.

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By the sounds of it, they are trying to get the Luxemburg boxing council to give them the go ahead so that the fight can still proceed.

According to reports, the drug test that Benn failed was last week and was known back then by all parties, since his postive drug test via VADA, Benn has since tested negative in tests conducted by UKAD, which is officially endorsed by the British Boxing Board of Control.

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What I find interesting, and this is on the state of the fight. I don’t think either are world level, maybe just a notch under.

Benn is unproven still, his star is rising fairly quick but he’s at a weight with some absolute monsters. This drugs test fail will mark his card against those US fighters like Ennis, Spence and Crawford.

Eubank has come unstuck everytime he’s stepped up to world level against fighters who are just below world level. BJS and Groves. I still, for the life of me, don’t understand why he doesn’t want a middleweight strap. This fight going ahead is damaging for his rep.

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2 hours ago, KrolMong said:

What I find interesting, and this is on the state of the fight. I don’t think either are world level, maybe just a notch under.

Benn is unproven still, his star is rising fairly quick but he’s at a weight with some absolute monsters. This drugs test fail will mark his card against those US fighters like Ennis, Spence and Crawford.

Eubank has come unstuck everytime he’s stepped up to world level against fighters who are just below world level. BJS and Groves. I still, for the life of me, don’t understand why he doesn’t want a middleweight strap. This fight going ahead is damaging for his rep.

If Ennis was the winner, would the Blades name a stand after him? 😆

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Let’s see what the b-sample shows. If that is also positive, he’s in a bit of a mess as he won’t be able to fight in the US.

What a week for Eddie, missed out on a monstrous payday for Joshua, and now has to fork out for the whole Benn drug test debacle. You can bet that the Sauerlands are making Matchroom pay every refund out of there own pocket.

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Shields was a level above. Tactically brilliant, and just a so much better boxer, Marshall fell into every trap that Shields set.  The classic boxer versus brawler. Judges has it closer than I did, I have Marshall two rounds.

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15 minutes ago, KrolMong said:

Shields was a level above. Tactically brilliant, and just a so much better boxer, Marshall fell into every trap that Shields set.  The classic boxer versus brawler. Judges has it closer than I did, I have Marshall two rounds.

I had it 96/94 and from the bell knew how Shields would play it, how Fury didn't see the very clever but basic game plan was a bit odd.

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1 hour ago, Reesh said:

I had it 96/94 and from the bell knew how Shields would play it, how Fury didn't see the very clever but basic game plan was a bit odd.

I also thought that Marshall showed a lack of intelligence too. Shields invited her into the corner, and Marshall, instead of pinning her but half a step further back, got in close and negated her own reach and smothered her own work. Shields won all the close range exchanges with the faster shots and the better lateral movement.

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Just now, KrolMong said:

I also thought that Marshall showed a lack of intelligence too. Shields invited her into the corner, and Marshall, instead of pinning her but half a step further back, got in close and negated her own reach and smothered her own work. Shields won all the close range exchanges with the faster shots and the better lateral movement.

Yep drew her in and picked off at will though despite how it may have seemed they didn't connect often or have the power. Shields knew going toe to toe in the centre of the ring would see her exposed so stepped back and cut her profile down boxing side on.

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On 20/10/2022 at 12:06, owl4ever1867 said:

Tyson Fury vs Derek "Del Boy" Chisora confirmed for 3rd December at Tottenham Stadium.

Shouldn't be a problem for Tyson, gives Chisora a last pay day.

Hopefully Fury vs Usyk will be made for next March.....

It won't. Fury will call Usyk a shithouse/dosser/whatever is his favourite put down of the month for not signing a contract, then choose another easy payday.

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Usyk's people will probably try and keep him away from Fury for as long as possible. In regards to keeping the belts I'd think he'd go through a few mandatory fights then look more at Wilder than Fury for a payday, if he thinks he can control that fight better. 

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Decent step up in class for Dalton Smith last night, and a decent performance. Smith has got some good attributes, he’s fundamentally and technically good, he looks good defensively, he’s patient, he’s also got very good timing. Above all else, he doesn’t get drawn in and fights his own fight. My only slight worry last night was his lack of power, he was a little gun shy and he switches off with his lateral movement and gets caught with straight shots.

Good performance and a good win. He’s progressing nicely.

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I only caught the last 3 rounds of the Dalton Smith fight, but from what I saw the above assessment sounds fair.  His footwork, balance and timing are all really good.  Maybe once or twice he stood admiring his own work and got caught with counters.  This is just what happens when fighters step up a little in class.  They land with shots that they expect to hurt their opponent, but the guy just rolls with the punch better than previous opponents and comes back with something.  Useful learning fight and another good, and fairly clear, win.  The boxrec computer rankings now have him 36th in the world at Light Welter.

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