May 11th’s Random Boxing Rants

Cliff Rold’s post-fight analysis of the Joshua-Klitschko instant classic is well worth reading:

http://www.boxingscene.com/anthony-joshua-wladimir-klitschko-post-fight-report-card–116158

 

Some reflections on other recent fights:

Tyrone Nurse disappointed against Joe Hughes in their British title fight. Perhaps he wouldn’t outbox Jack Catterall if they ever meet, as I once forecasted.

Luke Campbell eventually figured out an unambitious Darleys Perez, but does anyone really pick him to beat Jorge Linares? That said, I commend him for pulling the trigger and taking on the challenge.

Porter-Berto was less fun than expected: Berto a shell of a fighter (his last significant payday?) & Porter the prototypical bruising mauler. Thurman-Porter II, now a mandatory with one of the sanctioning bodies, would be welcome.

John Ryder very unlucky to not win the British title against Rocky Fielding. He looks destined to be a perennial bridesmaid.

I’m in the minority in finding Murray-Rosado quite enjoyable, although far from the war that the Eddie Hearn & Sky had optimistically forecasted. I thought Rosado edged it and Murray doesn’t look to have much left. Another bridesmaid…how different his life & career would be had he gotten the decisions against Sturm and Sergio Martinez.

Gilberto Ramirez is an awkward stylist who might end up #1 at 168lbs., but he’s pretty boring.

Shakur Stevenson failed to shine in his pro debut, but he’s one of boxing’s star prospects so we’ll all watch with interest.

Oscar Valdez continues to look like an exciting fighter, but he’s unlikely to trouble the real elite boxers at feathweight…whom he probably won’t face because of the promotional divide.

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