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14 January 2021

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in this issue

6 min.
the vaccine

@MattCBoxingNews Editor ONE can generally judge boxing’s overall health by the fights that are being made and the public’s interest in them. So as we enter 2021 with the irresistible Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury showdown on track for deliverance, a new and exciting lightweight pack falling over themselves to fight each other and Canelo Alvarez seemingly intent on showcasing his skills at least three times this year, it would ordinarily be presumed that the sport is flying high. On the one hand, that is true. The top of the sport is laden with talent and there appears to be a genuine desire to make the most of it. But there are heightened levels of expectation on that talent as boxing enters a new fight against the consequences of the pandemic. Boxing relying solely on…

2 min.
a good year ahead

AS the first fights of 2021 are in the process of being announced, it looks like it could be a good year for boxing. Miguel Berchelt vs Oscar Valdez and Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Francisco Estrada II are both in the diary. Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is perhaps on the road to being made. Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez should be relatively easy to make. Errol Spence Jnr vs Terence Crawford unfortunately seems impossible to make. But Manny Pacquiao vs Mikey Garcia is more realistic. It is a fight that has been talked about before. They are both gentlemen of the sport and two of my favourites from the past 10 years. It would be a competitive fight and they have both been great servants to boxing, so why not? As…

2 min.
the panel

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE SOUTHPAW EVER? Darren Barker Former IBF champion My dad, he was ABA champion! Marvin Hagler for me, who was the first person to hold the IBF middleweight title. He was a top man, a top fighter, as hard as nails. What a great man. Paul Smith World title challenger My favourite southpaw ever is Marvin Hagler. Loved his aggressive style and he had it all. Hagler could fight world title fights orthodox or southpaw at the very top level. One of the greats. Mickey Helliet Boxing manager and promoter My favourite southpaw ever is the Cuban Joel Casamayor. He epitomised the Cuban southpaw style with movement and positioning. Watching him was like watching a work of art. Andy Clarke Commentator and podcaster Hagler. I love everything about Hagler. His back story, the way his career was built, the…

2 min.
japanese p4p

1. NAOYA INOUE One of the very best fighters in the sport – at any weight – “Monster” Inoue is excelling at bantamweight, having previously worn world titles at light-flyweight and super-flyweight. He is currently a unified 118lb king. 2. KAZUTO IOKA A reigning four-weight world champion, WBO super-flyweight king Ioka is knocking on the door of the pound-for-pound top 10 following his spectacular stoppage victory over fellow Japanese star Kosei Tanaka last month. 3. KOSEI TANAKA Prior to having his perfect record ruined by Kazuto Ioka, Tanaka had collected WBO belts at strawweight, light-flyweight and flyweight. Despite losing to Ioka, Tanaka played his part in a cracking Japanese derby. 4. HIROTO KYOGUCHI Like Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka before him, Kyoguchi is sticking to the well-trodden path of rising through the lower weight classes, step by…

5 min.
autograph hunter

@BigDaddyBunce Voice of boxing AT some point in the winter of 1973, I jumped out of a car at a set of traffic lights in Camberwell Green in south London and stopped a skinny man in a hooded tracksuit from doing his run. The man was Johnny Clark and he was training for a British bantamweight title fight against Paddy Maguire at the Royal Albert Hall. Clark won; the fight is acknowledged as a classic. Little Johnny, the darling of the Royal Albert Hall. I got Clark’s autograph that day on a piece of paper, a page from a school exercise book it looks like. I cut it out and stuck it in my green autograph book and I have no idea, after a dozen or more moves and over forty years, how that…

5 min.

Examining the best and worst of the sport’s weekly coverage BROADCASTS SEEMINGLY overnight, lightweight has become one of the hottest divisions in the sport. To be clear, this isn’t necessarily in terms of talent or accomplishments, but rather the marketability of fights that can be made there. On DAZN, social media heartthrob Ryan Garcia got off the deck to stop Luke Campbell, answering numerous questions over his fighting prowess in the process. For plenty of observers, his victory seemed to remove the final doubt holding the floodgates closed; now, we apparently have a quartet of star lightweights who could all fight each other and save boxing-Garcia, Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney. At least, that’s the view of some broadcasters and pundits. During the broadcast on DAZN, you could be forgiven for thinking…