Pound4poundireland’s July 22nd POUND FOR POUND top 10

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Terence Crawford

3. Oleksandr Usyk

4. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

5. Gennady Golovkin

6. Naoya Inoue

7. Mikey Garcia

8. Juan Francisco Estrada

9. Errol Spence

10. Leo Santa Cruz

  • Usyk vaults up four spot after schooling Murat Gassiev in a masterclass performance to claim the undisputed cruiserweight title.
  • Something to think about: will Usyk one day rule at heavyweight?

July 20th’s Random Boxing Rants


Hello boxing friends…

No worries, Nathan. You’re forgiven.


13 euro for Usyk-Gassiev (inaugural WBSS final, just the fifth undisputed title fight in the four belt era & one of the best fights in cruiserweight history) is a PPV price worth paying.


Sam Eggington vs. Cook is a decent save after Kell Brook’s late withdrawal, and Mikhalkin is actually a better opponent for Buatsi than Summers, but Whyte-Parker is still not a worthy PPV.

Ian John-Lewis is the ref for this one, by the way, so be extra prepared for potential controversy.


A potential Ryan Burnett-Zolani Tete WBSS semi-final in the bantamweight tournament gives me palpitations.


Jaime Munguia-Liam Smith is the latest Warren fight not to be on Boxnation, as it is exclusive to BT sport.

The notion of Frank no longer having an output deal with his own channel is still ludicrous to me, and a slap in the face to the loyal subscribers who kept his channel (and promotional outfit) alive since October 2011.

A friend of mine recently sent me into fits by opining that he guessed this meant Frank couldn’t close the deal with himself: “he couldn’t get it over the line!”


Named and Shamed: Judging the Judges (June 2018)

May 24th – Some belated bad news from Australia, as poor judging marred a night of boxing in Sydney.

Charlie Lucas (37-39) somehow scored just one 10-9 round against Ray Ingram, despite the fact that he suffered a heavy final round knockdown against Ty Telford.

Thankfully, the other two judges scored more sensibly.

In the main event, visiting Tyrone Nurse was robbed in a fight he clearly won against Jack Brubaker.

Mick Heafey (115-113), Charlie Lucas (116-112) and Richard Israel (116-112) screwed him.


June 2nd – Emre Cukur received a gift decision over Roman Shkarupa.

Ernst Salzgeber (114-113) & Luigi Muratore (114-113) were the culprits.


June 9th – Terry Flanagan went unpunished by Terry O’Connor for regular head work and lacing as he tried in vain to neutralize the superior boxing of Maurice Hooker.

Jerry Jakubco’s ludicrous tally of 117-111 for Flanagan will go down as one of the year’s worst single cards.


In LA, Fernando Villarreal’s 113-113 didn’t reflect Jermell Charlo’s relatively dominant win over a faded Austin Trout.


June 23rd – Speaking of the year’s worst cards, few will be as bad as how the judges assessed the brilliant and closely contesed Josh Taylor-Viktor Postol fight, which could have been scored either way.

Officially, the judging made it look like Taylor had won at a canter: Fernando Barbosa scored 117-110, Victor Loughlin 118-110 & Eddie Pappoe 119-108.

This does little for the UK’s growing reputation as one of the toughest places for an away boxer to get a fair shake.


That same night in London, the hastily arranged Martin Murray-Roberto Garcia fight threatened to degenerate into farce.

Ref Hector Afu had little control over proceedings: despite two points being taken off Garcia, he allowed continual rabbit punching and hitting on the break.

At one point, Afu called break and even stuck his arm out to separate the fighters. Murray acknowledged this but Garcia kept hitting him. Murray looked at Afu but the ref then acted as if he hadn’t said break and allowed the action to continue. Afu had lost control of the bout.

Murray himself ultimately deserved a point deduction for his retaliatory fouls, but didn’t receive one.

In terms of judging, Predrag Aleksic (118-109) and John Keane (118-108) were too wide in favour of Murray.


June 30th – Jack Catterall flattered to deceive against Tyrone McKenna after an explosive start.

That said, he still won by a comfortable margin, not reflected by the generous 94-93 cards of Phil Edwards and Marcus McDonnell, which almost gave the home boxer from Belfast an undeserved draw.


Gabriel Montoya with an accurate take on the Trey Morrison-Byron Polley mismatch at heavyweight under the auspices of the Oklahoma commission:

Pound4poundireland Scorecards from June 2018

From May:

Tyrone Nurse 116-112 Jack Brubaker, officially Brubaker by UD


Maurice Hooker 117-111 Terry Flanagan, officially SD

Leo Santa Cruz 117-111 Abner Mares (rematch), officially UD

Gavin McDonnell 116-112 Stuart Hall, officially UD

Simon Vallily 95-93 Arfan Iqbal, officially a DRAW

Josh Taylor 114-113 Viktor Postol, officially UD

Martin Murray 117-111 Roberto Garcia, officially UD

Jack Catterall 97-89 Tyrone McKenna, officially UD

Gilberto Ramirez 118-110 Roamer Angulo, officially UD


July 3rd’s Random Boxing Rants

Kell Brook-Brandon Cook on the Whyte-Parker undercard is another useless matchup.

Amir Khan-Samuel Vargas I can tolerate, given that Khan has only boxed for 40 seconds in over two years.


Joe Joyce-Ivica Bacurin was a televised main event almost as bad as the Fury-Seferi freakshow.

Guess I didn’t have to wait long to answer my own question from the last edition of Random Rants.


Boxnation have cancelled the weekly magazine show, Boxing Matters, hosted by the knowledgeable Alex Steedman.

It’s like they are daring me to cancel my subscription.

I also had to laugh at the tweet they sent out saying that they no longer have an output deal with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.

One of the main bosses of Boxnation no longer committing to show his own cards on the channel he founded is hilarious to me.


Credit must go to Boxnation though for announcing output deals with Lou DiBella’s Broadway boxing and a supposed 12 cards per year from MTK.


And Channel 5 deserve a hell of a lot of credit for Josh Taylor-Viktor Postol.

What a terrific piece of matchmaking and in-ring entertainment.

Let’s not allow the horrible judging to spoil it.