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Pros and cons

Galahad, Nurse and Anderson looking good for the future

Ed Robinson Posted 12th October 2011 view comments

Ed Robinson is Sky boxing's roving and ringside reporter, one of the most respected faces in the domestic game.

Every week Ed heads out and about to talk to the men making the news in and out of the ring and now he will be bringing us a behind-the-scenes blog here on skysports.com.

Back on track: former Commonwealth king Kenny Anderson looked good

Back on track: former Commonwealth king Kenny Anderson looked good

From world champions to amateur wannabes looking at London 2012, he will be bringing you regular updates from the world of boxing...

Wednesday, October 12th

Kell Brook impressed me on Saturday night.

He's quite orthodox for an Brendan Ingle fighter, leads with the jab, slips down to the right, works well to the body but he's also got that bit of flair that marks out the fighters from Wincobank Hill.

To me it's like an amateur has learned how to write - he's done his schooling so to speak. Then when he turns pro he's suddenly working for a living in an office and he should learn how to type - down the line it'll be faster and more efficient than writing by hand but to do that, you've almost got to get worse for a while before getting better.

Ed Robinson
Quotes of the week

His stoppage of Rafal Jackiewicz on Saturday night in Sheffield did seem a bit premature but only delayed the inevitable. Rafal was wary of throwing anything meaningful because he was leaving himself open to sharp counters. Spiteful punches from a hard-hitting welterweight who was boxing well within himself.

There was some decent talent on the undercard, Tyrone Nurse and Kid Galahad showcased some skills and Kenny Anderson unleashed his power - all three look possible, even probable, future champions.

Nurse and Galahad have both developed steadily on undercards, without too much fuss and look all the better for it. They've both fought their share of journeymen but they've also actively pursued the best sparring they can, learning their trade all the time in the gym.

The amateur and pro sides of boxing are so different now and the expectations for the elite level performers turning over are so high that it can actually stifle development. To me it's like an amateur has learned how to write - he's done his schooling so to speak.

Then when he turns pro he's suddenly working for a living in an office and he should learn how to type - down the line it'll be faster and more efficient than writing by hand but to do that, you've almost got to get worse for a while before getting better.

Amateurs bounce on their feet, dart in and out of range, look for single, computer scoring shots. Pro's plant their feet and get leverage into their punches, they turn the body at the hips and slip shots by bending at the legs while staying in range.

Adjustments

Former Commonwealth Games amateur gold medal winner Anderson turned pro under a fanfare and was then written off a bit when struggling with the likes of trial horse Nathan King - who he beat by one just point. Now he's made the adjustments and looks a real handful for anyone. If a prospect is under pressure to look sensational in every learning fight then I think it's counter-productive.

WBO Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly starts clear favourite against Tony Bellew this Saturday and with good reason - on recent form it does appear a routine assignment for the Welshman.

Nathan has looked stronger, more durable and an altogether more complete fighter than his Liverpool rival. But here's the case for Bellew: he has struggled to make weight in the past, but I don't think he will this time around and Cleverly has a fierce pride that might actually be a disadvantage here.

On Monday night I'll be at the Boxing Writer's annual dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London. It's a good chance to socialise with friends in boxing and with work colleagues.

It should be a great night but I'm not alone in thinking it is faintly ridiculous that it is still strictly an all-gentlemen affair. I think it's embarrassing that one of our top boxing directors here at Sky Sports has never been allowed to attend because of her sex.

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Deesch Belani says...

Always a pleasure to read your musings Ed. It is not faintly ridiculous that the Boxing writer's annual dinner is an all-gentleman affair...it's flipping farcical. Clev to win inside the distance. Degale to be far more aggressive and active than last fight. B-HOP to prove that Old Dogs always learn new tricks.

Posted 16:39 12th October 2011

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