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Boxing News 08 July 2021

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in this issue

7 min
a change in policy

@MattCBoxingNews Editor IN all of its 112 years Boxing News has never experienced such a convoluted world championship system as the one in place today. We will no longer support it. In some weight classes there are as many as seven fighters owning WBC, WBA, IBF or WBO belts which proclaim them to be ‘world champion’. Indeed, the WBA even recognises up to five fighters in a single division with a claim to its ‘world title’. Despite the occasional promise from those organisations to restore some semblance of order, the opposite has occurred. ‘Of course we support unification fights,’ they say, ‘we just need to create some more belts to allow that to happen.’ And so along comes Super, Regular, Interim, Gold, Silver and Franchise belts that we’re told are good for the…

2 min
rising star vs proven veteran

ONE of the great narratives that boxing often provides is when a proven veteran is given a shot at a rising star. One last roll of the dice for greatness, as it were. Often, the rising star has yet to prove themselves to the same degree that the veteran has, so we find ourselves questioning, ‘Will the veteran’s experience be enough to beat both the rising star and Father Time?’ This narrative was in play in two fights on the same night recently, when Devin Haney fought Jorge Linares and Nordine Oubaali took on Nonito Donaire. In the Haney-Linares fight, I thought that the veteran Linares looked past his peak in the early going, with Haney’s youth and speed seeming destined to take him to a competitive but comfortable points win. That…

2 min
the panel

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION TO BOXING HAVING TOO MANY BELTS? Matthew Macklin Ex-middleweight contender There are far too many. The solution is a centralised body, like a FIFA. The UFC has only one title. But boxing’s so fragmented and divided, how does it even begin to start a conversation on that? It’s difficult, the only way that would happen is if someone has enough money or influence and can centralise it all. Dave Coldwell Leading trainer All these organisations just want as many sanctioning fees as they can get. Probably the best solution is if the TV execs do not put these fights on for all these pathetic titles, then they’ll not get sanctioned because the promoters won’t put them on. If TV execs said no, the fights won’t happen. Paul Edwards Former British titlist It is a bit of…

2 min
young stars & stripes

1. TEOFIMO LOPEZ (23) Born in Brooklyn but primarily raised in Davie, Florida, Lopez is the current world lightweight champion. In October last year, “The Takeover” scored a stunning upset victory over the revered Vasiliy Lomachenko. 2. SHAKUR STEVENSON (24) A native of Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson is currently targeting the big names at super-featherweight. At the Olympic Games in 2016, the sublimely skilled southpaw boxed his way to a silver medal. 3. DEVIN HANEY (22) Las Vegas-based lightweight Haney is coming off a career-best win over classy veteran Jorge Linares in May. “The Dream” possesses dazzling skills and seems destined for a bright future in the sport. 4. VERGIL ORTIZ JNR (23) Boasting a flawless 100 per cent knockout ratio, big things are expected of Ortiz in the welterweight division. The Grand Prairie, Texas resident tore…

5 min

@BigDaddyBunce Voice of boxing ON Friday night Frank Bruno was cleared to fight and on Saturday night Michael Watson came close to death. It was in September of 1991 and it was not a weekend that anybody will ever forget. On the Sunday, incidentally, 1,200 fans crammed the Grosvenor House in Park Lane for a Muhammad Ali night; he never showed. It was a truly surreal end to three days and nights of carnage. Bruno had announced his intention of fighting again at the start of September; a hearing was swiftly convened for the British Boxing Board of Control’s office for Friday September 20. The British business needed the big lad back. Bruno had a torn retina from his previous fight, a loss to Mike Tyson in early 1989. It had been fixed with surgery…

5 min
enough is enough

Examining the best and worst of the sport’s weekly coverage WEBSITES THIS column has probably focused too much on retired fighters getting back into the ring, but this time a true stand really needs to be taken. TMZ were the first to report the news that 53-year-old Riddick Bowe will lace up the gloves again, news that has since been confirmed by Celebrity Boxing, the insidious outfit responsible for this latest debacle. Bowe, of course, is a former world heavyweight champion perhaps best known for his legendary trilogy with Evander Holyfield, in which he went 2-1 against ‘The Real Deal’. His financial and personal troubles have been well documented since he first retired from boxing roughly 25 years ago. He briefly returned to action in the early 2000s, flirted with the idea of mixed…