Cork-based heavyweight Mike Perez says he was entering the ring drunk in each bout since the Abdusalamov tragedy:
The Fury family continue to cement their reputation as a joke, firstly by Hughie predictably withdrawing from the Joseph Parker fight, as well as this truly offal excuse for their failed drug tests for nandralone in 2015:
Some reflections on recent fights:
Tete-Villanueva a boring contest, but superb boxing display from one of my hardcore favourites, the rangy Tete.
Who else would be interested in seeing him eventually move up to 122 & play boxing chess with Rigondeaux?
Smyle-Williams a true war for the English title. British fight of the year contender that I’d recommend anybody to check out.
Another hardcore favourite, the eccentric Avtandil Khurtsidze blasted past Tommy Langford to set up a Billy Joe Saunders shot.
Either he gets outboxed by a form Saunders or he exposes Saunders lack of fitness and overwhelms him.
We’re just hours away now from the biggest heavyweight fight since Lewis-Tyson.
I’m tempted to side with Joshua by decision as he’ll likely find Wlad hard to tag clean and I don’t see Klitschko throwing very much in return.
Training videos seem to suggest Klitschko is going to try to box from the outside and be elusively awkward in a similar way to Fury’s display in defeating him. Certainly, while Fury made Wlad look old with his movement, AJ’s far more straightforward style won’t present the same puzzle.
The result largely depends which Klitschko shows up but I find it hard to bet on a 41yo coming off an 18 month layoff and poor performance, against a form guy, with home advantage, four ko wins in the interim and bags of talent in his own right.