Dennis Hobson column: the day I offered Joe Calzaghe £2m to fight Sheffield’s Clinton Woods

Liam Cameron:can come back stronger after his fourth loss
Liam Cameron:can come back stronger after his fourth loss
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Where did it go wrong for Liam Cameron against Luke Blackledge?

He’s just got to gain education from the experience. It was a bigger stage and for a meaningful title (Commonwealth super-middleweight) and he could’ve won but there’s a fine line between success and failure.

He’ll mature from the experience. His opponent was a bit more seasoned, he didn’t have as much ability but he outworked Liam. I don’t want to take anything away from his opponent’s achievement but Liam could have stopped that kid, he had too much ability and was physically bigger but he didn’t implement what we wanted him to do.

We’ll get him back in an eliminator, and he’s not far from a title. He needs to mentally toughen-up. He needs to be more positive and have more self-belief - then he’ll be a champion.

Eddie Hearn offered Carl Frampton £1.5m to fight Scott Quigg - was that a fair offer? What is the biggest purse you have ever offered?

It’s a fair offer and, if I remember, I think I once offered Joe Calzaghe £2m to fight Clinton Woods! If the fight does happen though, I think Frampton beats Quigg. Frampton is improving all-round and he’s got more polish. It would be a great fight and one of a number of good potential match-ups out there - although I think the Kell Brook v Frankie Gavin fight will be boring.

I get on well with both of them but I don’t think it will be an exciting fight.

There’ll be some quality and it will be tactical, but not a spectacle. I’d have been looking elsewhere if I were Kell’s promoter.

What’s the plan for Lewis Taylor?

Lewis is fighting in Northern Ireland on May 2 (IBF inter-continental) against Eamonn O’Kane. It’s an opportunity for him to get on the world scene with the IBF. It’s a challenge, it’s away from home, it’s a 50-50 fight and it’s worth the gamble because I think they’re underestimating Lewis.

Has Chris Eubank Jr recovered his mojo after defeat to Billy Joe Saunders?

I thought his stock went up after the loss to Saunders. I’d watched Eubank before and I wasn’t sure and thought Billy Joe was taking the fight at the right time. As the fight wore on I thought Billy did just enough to win. They’re both smashing fighters and I get on really well with Billy Joe, but if they met again then Eubank might win.

I don’t think he did himself any harm at all in the first fight and he finished like a train with Billy Joe hanging on for the finish line. Eubank will trouble any of the world champions in the next 12 months because he’s a right handful.

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