March 8th’s Random Boxing Rants

Still no UKAD ruling on the Furys’ nandralone failures from February 2015, and all this with Hughie lined up to challenge Joseph Parker in May and Tyson supposedly returning the following week.

For the record, I’m doubtful that either of these fights take place as scheduled.

The latest ballpark date for a hearing is alleged to be mid-April, but this has turned into one of boxing’s longest running farces.


Part of me feels sorry for David Haye, whose ignominious defeat to Tony Bellew last weekend was ironically also the scene of his greatest display of bravery and heart, qualities it was doubted by many that he possessed.

It was a case of past sins coming back to haunt Haye, whose achilles vulnerability was leaked on fight week, and Haye, who might otherwise have pulled out of the fight, soldiering on because doing so would have irrevocably destroyed an already-frayed reputation with the British boxing public.

As has consistently been his gameplan at heavyweight, Haye sought the path of least resistance to the biggest payday, but, this time, his body gave out.

Despite a comfortable points lead going into the 6th round against a reticent Bellew, Haye looked horrible and a shadow of his past self. Wild swings and misses reminded me of the Ricky Hatton that showed up against Senchenko. People in the back row were ducking for cover.

Then the sudden injury, and, while Bellew must get credit for the big upset (a hope that Haye’s body would let him down would surely have been part of a gameplan to extend the fight to the second half), he beat a shot fighter, and did so in laboured fashion, gassing himself before summoning enough energy to eventually get the stoppage in the 11th.

Can we really imagine the silly spectacle of Bellew challenging Wilder or Parker for a portion of the heavyweight title? It might happen…as could a Haye rematch at some stage.

What about Bellew vs. Tyson Fury?

The Liverpudlian has cracked it, transcending a lack of natural gifts to carve a quality career that’s surpassed the likes of his more talented former foe Nathan Cleverly.

As for Haye, he has had surgery and says he will return, but we’ve seen enough from Hayemaker 2.0 to know that any third iteration will be a sad shell of past glories trotted out with the aim of cashing in on his remaining name value.


Let’s end on a lighter note:

6 thoughts on “March 8th’s Random Boxing Rants

  1. Nice rant. 🙂

    Particularly enjoyed what you said about Haye. I too felt bad for him. This summed it up so well: “…ironically also the scene of his greatest display of bravery and heart, qualities it was doubted by many that he possessed.” Boxing is like a Thomas Hardy poem: there’s always another layer of bitter irony to uncover.

    Avsijenkovs would probably agree.

    • Thanks, as always, for reading.

      Haha indeed, it’s truly the cruelest sport. I wonder if we’ll see a rematch.

      Poor Avsijenkovs – a tough way to earn a living, even for a Latvian lemming

  2. Keen to hear your view on GGG-Jacobs.

    On fight night I couldn’t pick a clear winner. Today I re-watched (this time in decent resolution) and scored as following:

    Rds 1-5 for Gennady (plus one add’l point for 4th Rd knockdown) = 6 pts
    Rds 6,10-12 for Jacobs = 4 pts
    Rds 7-9 even

    By my scorecard, then, Gennady closely wins. However, I didn’t perceptually believe he was in command of the fight by that margin — not by a longshot. It looked and felt much more pitched. Allowing for subjectivity, at least two of my tied rounds could easily go for Jacobs without quarrel, which would then make it a one round victory, and that “feels” right.

    So pitched, in fact, I couldn’t give GGG a clear round after the fifth, each man doing things so well in the contested rounds.

    So for me it’s two fights, Jacobs weathering the early going and then rallying to get the slightest advantage. I wouldn’t have complained about a tie. But I am of similar mind to Kevin Kelley: you must take the title from the champion, and I didn’t feel Danny, for all his sour grapes afterward about business machinations, managed to do. He did manage to look first-rate in places and even to render GGG shockingly mortal. A weight advantage helped him, surely; but who can begrudge it, when he faced a fighter of such devastating power.

    What say you?

    • It was a fascinating fight, a more entertaining version of Wlad-Fury at times, due to the shock of a monstrous KO artist Olympian being defused by pretty basic back-foot boxing.

      To me, GGG put in a listless display and was lucky to escape with the decision, though I can have no qualms with it really, as there were many close rounds.

      GGG really seemed to struggle with Jacobs’ range, and rarely landed clean, hurtful shots. I was pretty shocked by his inability to cut the ring off but Jacobs was obviously doing something subtle to prevent that too. Certainly Golovkin respected his power.

      I scored it to Jacobs by three points. I hate the “take the title from the champion” cliche haha.

      As to my round by round scoring: I scored 1, 4, 5 & 9 to GGG, plus the knockdown, and the other 8 rounds to Jacobs.

      Thoroughly enjoyed Sur Rungvisai vs. Gonzalez also, a likely winner of upset of the year and a war from start to finish. Similarly, this could have been scored either way but I thought the challenger edged it.

      • I love this sport because disagreement can be infinite. 🙂

        G’s struggle to close range is both a credit to Danny’s mobility and to Danny’s danger while on the move. When he did stop to trade, he paid more than Golovkin. So it was both a reason to gauge his prowess but also to decide why he didn’t do enough to win on my card. In addition to calling it close, I’d say it’s a blueprint for surviving in style (almost non-replicable unless a boxer is as fast, big, mobile and powerful as he — a laboratory Khan/Kovalev hybrid). While I admired him in the ring, he discredited himself in my eyes afterward, first conspiratorially alleging G’d got a gift from promoters and later dissing the winner. There he stood, hiding his bulging left eyebrow behind sunglasses, while explaining that G wasn’t all that in the power department…

        We definitely agree, though, on Chocolatito vs. Many Syllables. I saw a great fighter who probably lost a step in the brutal win over Cuadras. This weekend against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, he still threw brilliantly. But at this weight, the winner showed he could walk through brilliance and hurt the champ. This type of win, btw, remains the unrequited dream of Mayweather haters everywhere, which I suppose explains interest in the silly Money-McGregor.

        I guess something else explains it too. Floyd’s fans are chiefly sadists in a bling cargo cult. 😉

      • I can’t really understand why anybody would have more than morbid curiosity in a Floyd-McGregor (ultimate) freakshow…and this is coming from someone who admittedly has a soft spot for such weirdness. Cynical isn’t the word…but lately this fight has gone from a pipe dream to semi-realistic. I hope it remains the stuff of fantasy.

        Agreed, Gonzalez is still brilliant, but at 115 he isn’t quite the same. As you said, his bigger opponents can walk through his fire in a way that wasn’t possible from 105-112. It’s a shame we’ll probably never see Gonzalez vs. Inoue now, though it’s lustre has already been diminished.

        Irony again in the fact that Gonzalez’s mainstream recognition comes at a point when he’s declining skill-wise, a contradiction that is common in boxing.

        Gotta give credit to Jacobs. He surprised everybody. It was the sort of performance that those who eulogized about him pre-Pirog KO (& near-death experience with cancer) would have dreamt of seeing him display someday.

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