Ring Magazine publishers renege on their Canelo decision, belatedly stripping him of their version of the lineal title


A reminder of what came before in this latest embarrassment for Ring Magazine:



June 15th’s Random Boxing Rants

Sanctioning body hilarity: WBC currently ranks Kongfah CP Freshmart #30 at flyweight, and Jakkrawut Majoogoen #35.

The problem? They are the same boxer.

The WBO did this in the past with Pornsawan Porpramook/Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym and the IBF did it with Omar Nino/Omar Nino Romero.


Chisora-Takam is a fun fight, but the Whyte-Parker card simply isn’t Sky Box Office PPV worthy.

Sky haven’t been delivering up to standard this year with their domestic TV cards. All of the real quality has seemed to go on PPV.


I still think Joshua-Povetkin probably happends next.

On the other hand, I’m pleasantly surprised that Canelo-GGG II was made for September, and the (non) drama of negotiations didn’t drag on into 2019.


Reading between the lines, it seems like DAZN will secure the US rights to the next season of World Boxing Super Series, which will feature three weight classes.

Pretty cool for Stateside fans.


Fury-Seferi, from the comical weigh-in antics to the in-ring masturbation gestures and outside-the-ring crowd brawls, was as bad as could have been expected.

I struggle to think of a worse televised main event that I have ever seen.

Can anyone think of one? Please comment.


The state of Frampton’s Windsor Park opponent for August (with Fury versus bum on undercard) is sure to be ugly.

Unknown Luke Jackson is the rumoured frontrunner.

Not exactly the stadium fight we were all clamouring for, or the boxer Frampton would have envisaged facing in his dream venue.

Anthony Yarde vs. Dariusz Sek is also woeful from Frank Warren and co.


Ultimately, there’s a hell of a lot of boxing on UK and Irish TV these days.

Leaving PPV aside, Sky, Dave, Channel 5, Boxnation, BT, Eir Sport, TG4, S4C, Spike, ITV and others I’m sure I’m forgetting are all providing cards.

But how many of the fights we really want to see are being made available to us without having to fork out extra?

Not enough, in my opinion.

Sky PPV when it’s merited is one thing, but Whyte-Parker, the offerings from ITV PPV and what I fear we’ll get from BT PPV (Fury-Charr, anyone?) are taking the piss & cynically exploiting the growth of British boxing.

Vote with your wallets, people. I, for one, refuse to buy PPV when it’s not value for money.


Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (May 2018)

May 5th – Disastrous reffing from Jerry Cantu in round four of Ryan Martin-Breidis Prescitt, ruling what would have been a body shot knockout for Martin a low blow.



Paul Butler suffered a Wright-Trinidad (or Tete-Butler!) esque schooling from Emmanuel Rodriguez.

The two rounds scored to him from Carlos Colon were pure charity.


May 11th – Tony Harrison comfortably beat Ishe Smith in a crossroads fight, only to almost be cost his win by the 95-94 card of Dave Moretti in favour of the veteran Smith.


May 12th – Rey Vargas was helped to victory in his hard-fought title defence against Azat Hovhannisyan by the unrealistically wide cards of Don Trella (117-111) & Kevin Morgan (118-110).


May 19th – At the big show in Elland Road soccer stadium, the timekeeper fucked up big time.

Nicola Adams-Soledad del Valle Frias was set for ten two-minute rounds, but the end came with 2:59 on the clock in round one (Adams the ko winner) due to the timekeeper failing to ring the bell.

This is as grossly unprofessional as it gets.

Surely this must go down as a no contest, but there’s no indication so far that this will be the case.


The main event was a shock as Josh Warrington appeared to dominate Lee Selby for a fairytale win.

Alan Davis’ ridiculous 115-113 for Selby threatened to spoil the celebrations. A truly horrible card.


May 26th – Raul Caiz Sr. committed the error of incorrectly ruling a body shot knockdown as a low blow in round 4 of Kal Yafai’s win over David Carmona.

The multi-knockdown brawl finally ended with a corner retirement after seven rounds.