* I just realized recently that since Eddie Hearn restarted the Matchroom boxing franchise in 2010, he and Frank Warren have never co-promoted a bill together.
So the UK’s boxing cold war is every bit as severe as the split between Top Rank and Golden Boy in the States, who themselves haven’t co-promoted since mid-2009.
Which makes it all the more unfortunate when one of my favourite British fighters like “Dirty” Derry Mathews (enjoying a career renaissance at the moment, and coming off an impressive knockout win in a Matchroom-promoted, Sky Sports main event) signs with Frank Warren and Boxnation, meaning that a fight which all domestic fight fans crave, a trilogy bout with Anthony Crolla, will not happen (barring BBBofC-ordered purse bids).
That said, it sounds like it was the right move for Mathews’ career, as Matchroom were unwilling to offer him a long-term deal, and a future fight with British champion Martin Gethin would be fun
* On that note, Stephen Smith, the newly-minted British Super Featherweight champion, who was scheduled to fight alongside two of his brothers on a Frank Warren show in December, has now left Warren to sign with Matchroom, and his upcoming fight with Gary Sykes should be an interesting one
* After his latest dominant display (although this time, it was foul-filled, badly refereed and very ugly to watch) against top contender Alexander Povetkin, one must ask: does Wladimir Klitschko have it in him to make 11 more title defences and surpass Joe Louis’ all-division record of 25?
* Bradley-Marquez has got to be the most divisive fight in many years in terms of pre-fight predictions — it is truly a ‘pick-’em’ (or if you work for Sky Sports, ’50-50′) fight.
For the record, I’m picking Marquez by close decision. He is coming off the biggest win of his career, whereas Bradley has looked very flawed in his last two outings
* All-time great amateur, twice Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko makes his pro debut on the undercard, and is likely to fight the Salido-Cruz winner for a 126lb. title in January, looking to become the quickest world titleholder in boxing history.
Here is the current top ten: https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/boxings-quickest-world-champions-will-zou-shiming-join-this-list/
If Lomachenko wins a title in January, he would surpass the records of both Saensak Muangsurin (who won a title in his 3rd fight, the least amount of fights ever), and Jeff Fenech (who won a title just 6 months after turning pro, the least amount of time ever).
* I am practically foaming at the mouth with excitement at the thought of a Rigondeaux-Lomachenko showdown, which Bob Arum says he’d like to make in the first half of 2014
* Speaking of history, 175lb. titlist Bernard Hopkins is on the verge of yet another slice of it as he enters his title defence against Karo Murat.
By defeating Tavoris Cloud in March, Hopkins broke his own record by becoming the oldest man in the history of the sport to win a world title, at the age of 48 years and 2 months.
Going into his October 26th fight with Murat, Hopkins is just a win/draw against Murat away from surpassing George Foreman, who at 48 years and 10 months, is still the oldest fighter ever to hold a world title, at the time he lost his lineal Heavyweight crown so controversially to Shannon Briggs in 1997.
I was delighted to see this interesting factoid, and my blog, acknowledged back in March by David Greisman in his weekly “Fighting Words” column for Boxingscene.com, scroll down to number 4 on the “Ten Count” to check it out! – http://www.boxingscene.com/fighting-words-they-not-quit-not-lose–63471
* Longtime promoter and manager Frank Maloney reportedly retiring from working in boxing. I wonder where this leaves David Price, plus I guess it means the end of boxing’s brief stint on Loaded TV
* Got blocked on Twitter today by Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury, after pointing out the hypocrisy of his tweet advocating tolerance for homosexuals, when his cousin Tyson Fury regularly makes vulgar, homophobic remarks on social media.
While Hughie’s sentiment was admirable, his support of his cousin’s behaviour, reasoning both that “if people stopped being racist he wouldn’t need to reply back!!!!”, then saying that Tyson’s xenophobic remarks were “all joking!”, is embarrassing, and he comes off, in my view, as a feeble apologist for indefensible behaviour.
I guess it’s one rule for his family, another for the rest of us…