July 10th’s Random Boxing Rants

A classic slew of Latvian sham bouts (one featuring Prince Patel) via Corey Erdman on Twitter:

Click into the tweet to view the full thread of videos.

 

A 2019 Saudi Arabia show featuring Amir Khan vs. Billy Dib and Hughie Fury vs. Sam Peter makes me laugh my ass off.

 

Who could possibly want to see Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguia? 

DAZN need to demand the best fight for September and nix this suggestion.

July 6th’s Random Boxing Rants

 

 

Some recent Thomas Hauser articles, from The Sweet Science site, worth reading:

The Hauser Report: Folly at the New York State Athletic Commission

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-rankings-and-results/57871-what-the-f-is-paulie-malignaggi-thinking

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-rankings-and-results/57098-the-hauser-report-jarrell-miller-peds-and-boxing

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-rankings-and-results/54479-the-hauser-report-usada-vada-and-the-state-athletic-commissions

 

And what is up with the Pacquiao-Thurman drug testing protocol?

https://www.boxingscene.com/pacquiao-thurman-event-now-carry-true-random-drug-testing–140350

“All parties involved remain intentionally cryptic in providing any details—including confirmation of the new development” — huh? And when did this supposed stringent testing even begin?

Talk about cause for scepticism.

 

June 10th’s Random Boxing Rants

Belated thoughts on Ruiz-Joshua and the undercard: 

  • Spare me the tinfoil hat conspiracy theories please. Joshua was beaten by the better man.
  • Worrying lack of snap on Joshua’s jab from the first bell. He allowed a slow footed Ruiz to get inside his reach with no resistance.
  • Joshua needs to use his physical advantages, perhaps incorporating some ugly jab and grab tactics a la big Wlad, to negate Ruiz in a rematch.
  • It will be the most fascinating return fight in years, with so much on the line politically as well as in terms of legacy. A Ruiz win gives Haymon near total control of the division and would be a blow to DAZN too.
  • Ruiz provided what will surely be the most memorable moment in boxing in 2019. #snickers. What a man.
  • Josh Kelly had some weaknesses exposed by a perpetually underrated Ray Robinson (no, not that one) on the undercard, but, for his tenth fight, I applaud the ballsy matchmaking.
  • I loved Katie Taylor vs. Persoon and scored it a draw. It was ridiculous to suggest a robbery and a rematch would be most welcome.

 

Golovkin is probably more faded than we even know.

A highlight reel knockout covers up the cracks superficially, but, to my eyes, it doesn’t look like he has much left at the very elite level.

His defence is still so leaky. At 37, after a long amateur and pro career, this leopard can’t change his spots.

May 9th’s Random Boxing Rants

Credit to Nonito Donaire for rejuvenating his career with a bantamweight Indian summer.

I remember Donaire stewing in a boiling hot bath on an HBO preview show 7 years ago prior to his 122lb debut, struggling badly to make the weight.

It’s hard to believe he’s still making 118lbs. and boxing so well there in 2019.

 

I’m looking forward to Daniel Dubois-Nathan Gorman in July, and fancying Gorman to pull off an upset.

April 26th’s Random Boxing Rants

This is one of the best fights I’ve ever seen:

https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/full-fight-video-patryk-szymanski-vs-robert-talarek-fight-of-the-decade/

 

Joe Tessitore on ESPN commentary – I used to enjoy him as a foil to a cynical Teddy Atlas in the Friday Night Fights days.

Left to his own devices as an unfettered Top Rank and sanctioning body hype man, he’s hard to endure.

 

Pleased Marcos Maidana has chosen to stay retired.

 

It would be a very pleasant surprise to see a Joe Joyce-Daniel Dubois fight materialize. 

April 3rd’s Random Boxing Rants

I recommend Losers on Netflix for its compelling opening episode, profiling forgotten heavyweight titlist Michael Bentt.

 

The full broadcast (minus 2 or 3 pre-stream bouts) of the Clash of the Titans card on TG4 from last Saturday, for those interested:

The opening fight is the pro debut of Kerry light heavyweight Kevin Cronin.

 

Is anyone confident that Sergey Kovalev-Anthony “A side” Yarde will happen next?

February 24th’s Random Boxing Rants

Full TG4 broadcast of the IABA Men’s & Women’s Senior Elite Championship Finals 2019, for those interested:

 

Same old Eubank Jr. last night, but it was more than enough to beat a faded James DeGale, who surely needs to retire now after a very successful career.

Despite his chronic limitations, I’d favour Eubank Jr. to beat an average beltholder in Anthony Dirrell.

I’d stay away from Caleb Plant, or any of the non-Haymon 168lbers.

 

Joe Joyce vs. Manny Charr isn’t a bad next step for the heavyweight prospect, but the fact that a WBA ‘regular’ bauble would be at stake is vomit-inducing.

February 22nd’s Random Boxing Rants

AJ-Miller is the fight that nobody asked for, but, viewed in a vacuum, it’s not too bad.

However, I don’t expect it to be very competitive and it will probably look something like Joshua’s wrecking of Breazeale.

Viewed in the context of today’s heavyweight landscape, it’s actually better than the rumoured Fury-Pulev (is there a worse fight that can be made in the division?) and Wilder-Breazeale matchups.

 

Dillian Whyte is playing a risky game by turning down a career best payday to rematch Joshua and instead presumably fight another credible opponent to try to increase his stock.

That said, I’d still favour him to be Joshua’s dance partner for late 2019, and for a bigger purse than he was offered this time.

 

Congrats to George Groves on his retirement. 

He’ll be remembered fondly and stepped away at the right time, finances and legacy intact.

His knockdown of Froch in the opening round of their first fight is a truly indelible moment from the past decade of boxing.

 

Andrew Cancio (a real feel-good story) may have upset Machado since this article was written but its premise holds true. 

Keith Idec outlines the WBA’s latest $anctioning $cam:

https://www.boxingscene.com/instead-ordering-davis-machado-wba-runs-sanctioning-scam–136087

January 16th’s Random Boxing Rants

It’s a pity that Dmitry Bivol is on the other side of the street (DAZN), but the ESPN 175lb. mix of Eleider Alvarez (or Kovalev if he wins their rematch, which I view as pretty unlikely), Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev is a very exciting one.

 

Why is Leo Santa Cruz fighting someone I’ve never heard of instead of Gary Russell Jr.?

 

It would be sad to see Josh Warrington vacate his belt rather than fight his tricky mandatory Kid Galahad.

I’ll forgive him if he takes on Oscar Valdez next.

January 4th’s Random Boxing Rants

This is worth watching one more time to begin the new year:

 

I’m beginning to accept that Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook will probably never become a reality. 

I blame Khan, who has always seemed shy of taking up the interminable, and frankly desperate, overtures of Brook.

Terence Crawford beating up on a faded Khan holds little interest for me, though I accept that he’s one of the few credible welterweights currently available for Crawford to fight.

Will this be a PPV in the States? It has no right to be.

 

Speaking of PPVs featuring faded British names, Chris Eubank Jr. vs. James DeGale is a fun fight, but not worth paying extra for.

ITV are taking the piss.

Are offerings like this what the ITV/PBC link-up is essentially going to amount to?