Prediction: Artur Beterbiev is the one to bump off 175lb. champ and ‘one-armed bandit’ Adonis Stevenson, sometime in 2016.
Badou Jack’s upset of Anthony Dirrell is great news for George Groves, who will now enter his mandatory title shot later in the year as the favourite to win.
The WBO 160lb. title quagmire, raging on for almost a year since Peter Quillin vacated due to Al Haymon’s enmity with Jay Z/Beyonce, gets more and more convoluted.
Colour me dubious, but current titleholder Andy Lee, fresh off his draw with an overweight Quillin, now supposedly has an injury that will keep him out of action until the autumn, meaning longtime mandatory Billy Joe Saunders would have to wait until September or October for his title shot.
But will Saunders do the smart thing (if he wants to be world titlist that is, something that’s actually questionable given that he’s already turned down 4 separate title shots) by either waiting on the sidelines for his mandated shot, or taking an easy stay-busy fight for the WBO’s vacant interim trinket?
Nope, because as predicted by yours truly all along, Saunders will instead put it all on the line in a big-money rematch Chris Eubank Jr., pencilled in for June 27th.
Simply put, world title ambitions are a distant second to $$$, one suspects in the eyes of Frank Warren more than anybody.
Wasn’t it only weeks ago that Saunders was blasting Eubank for holding the interim ‘world’ trinket of a different sanctioning body, but now he’s happy to fight for one of his own? Boxing is full of contradictions.
Final point: why would Saunders risk his hard-earned and winnable shot at glory against Lee to fight Eubank in a matchup which he will enter as the underdog?
The Eubank rematch will always be there and will always be worth a lot of money. He’ll look like a genius if he beats Eubank again, but I think the gamble will come up snake eyes.
18 defences and counting for Wladimir Klitschko, after jabbing past his 5th unbeaten contender in his last 6 fights.
Tyson Fury would be a fun next defence & I’m even willing to admit that an admittedly ludicrous Klitschko-Briggs promotion would amuse me.
At 39, Klitschko’s dominance of the divison shows no signs of abating (although, on the evidence of his last two defences, he does look to be past his best days), and the records (25 defences over 11 years and 8 months) of Joe Louis loom ever closer.
Oscar suing Haymon – http://www.si.com/boxing/2015/04/27/golden-boy-promotions-al-haymon-lawsuit
It’ll probably end out of court, but wouldn’t it be fun if Haymon had to take the stand to answer for his Ali Act violations?
Andrzej Fonfara really beat up Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The same knockout fate is likely to meet Brandon Rios also, as he continues to eat himself up in weight and no longer possesses the size/strength advantages which he has relied on for so long.
Now that Julio is out of the picture, if James DeGale loses to Andre Dirrell, who is there for Carl Froch to fight next? Bernard Hopkins, maybe?
The longer he stays out of the ring, the more likely it is retirement that beckons, in my opinion.
Andre Ward-Paul Smith is truly a thing of hilarious beauty, and well done to HBO for rejecting it.
Eddie Hearn has done wonders for the limited Smigga, getting him 3 big fight paydays in a row off the back of 3 meaningless wins over journeymen.
Miguel Cotto-Daniel Geale and Timothy Bradley-Jessie Vargas are also rubbish in my view, but Cotto-Canelo is reportedly agreed upon for the autumn.
For various reasons, chief among them that it’s become too time-consuming, after this Saturday, I will no longer be sharing videos of the weekly fights on this site. I recommend @ThatSimbros on Twitter and http://www.allthebestfights.com for boxing uploads if you can’t catch the fights live.
Similarly, with the exception of my pound for pound list, this site will no longer compile weekly divisional rankings. In recent times, this endeavour (begun at this site’s inception in the 2nd half of 2012) has seemed relatively redundant, especially with the terrific Transnational Boxing Rankings Board out there.
The TBRB is a collaboration between over 40 boxing journalists & observers of note worldwide, who discuss and implement changes in rankings across the 17 weight classes on a weekly basis.
I am a member and contribute to their ratings updates, which can be viewed at http://www.tbrb.org, and I’d encourage anybody who is interested in authoritative and wholly independent divisional ratings to look no further than the TBRB.
Despite these changes to the blog, my occasional ‘original articles’ and ‘random rants’ will continue, as well as the monthly ‘Judging the Judges’ and ‘Scorecards’ segments, and the regular sharing of videos and articles by others on the fight game which I deem interesting.
Mayweather-Pacquiao prediction: Mayweather wins 9 rounds on my card, but the judges score it a lot closer.
I suspect a split decision.
My biggest hope for tomorrow night, when more eyes will be scrutinizing the sport than ever, is that the judges and referee get it right, and things end decisively & without irrevocable controversy.
May the best man win…