Boxing News 21 October 2021

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the right ending

DEONTAY WILDER did the right thing and sent his congratulations to Tyson Fury several days after their incredible third bout. The social media post, full of respect and gentlemanly outpourings, was far more agreeable than Wilder angrily rejecting Fury’s offer to kiss and make up in the immediate aftermath. Following that incident, Deontay was criticised by pretty much everyone. It has always struck me as a little peculiar that the post-fight actions of a boxer are judged so harshly, particularly after a harrowing loss. Frankly, if Wilder didn’t want to make friends with the bloke who had just spent the previous 40 minutes aiming punches at his head, and a sizeable chunk of the last three years psychologically tormenting him, then so be it. Yes, Wilder’s failure to comply with one of…

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‘it warmed my heart’

LAST month, on September 19, I was inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in the Non-Participants Category. It is not on a par with that of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, but nevertheless still a massive honour when you consider the history of the fight game in New York State. Hall of Fames are considered the ultimate achievement within a sport, validation that a career has been a success. For the majority of those inducted into the Living Fighter Category it is a throwback to their glory days, getting the adulation of the crowd once again. However, there is also the other side of the coin, those waiting their turn not knowing if the day will ever come where they can join an exclusive…

2 min
joshua should stick, not twist

THE analysis of what happens, or should happen, behind the scenes with Anthony Joshua continues from people who have no idea what actually goes on behind the scenes. The latest suggestion is that Joshua should ditch Robert McCracken, his long-standing trainer, following the recent loss to Oleksandr Usyk. I suppose it’s true that a change of trainer has helped certain boxers in the past, particularly misfiring heavyweights. But to change now, with an immediate rematch supposedly next for Joshua, is surely the wrong thing to do. When Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko joined up with Emanuel Steward, they did so when the relationships had ample time to grow. Joshua bringing in a new trainer now, with a Usyk rematch six months away, would not be a wise move in my opinion. Trainers are rarely…

2 min
the panel

REALISTICALLY, WHAT IS THE BEST FIGHT THAT EUBANK JNR CAN GET NEXT? Tony Jeffries Olympic bronze medallist I would love to see Eubank in with Gennady Golovkin. I think that would be an amazing fight for boxing fans. Dave Coldwell Leading British trainer I don’t think the GGG fight is realistic. I just can’t see how that gets made. I would love to see the Liam Williams fight. Williams has fought at world level, came up short. Eubank Jnr wants to fight at world level. It ticks all the boxes. It’s an exciting fight. Style-wise it really can’t fail. It’s got to be a barnburner. Al Siesta Boxing manager Chris Eubank Jnr has options. In the UK he could fight Billy Joe Saunders, Liam Williams, Kell Brook, Liam Smith, even Sam Eggington and Felix Cash. Then internationally there’s Jermall…

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only lefties allowed

1. NASEEM HAMED VS KEVIN KELLEY While perhaps not a fight for the purists, the December 1997 clash between “Prince” Naseem Hamed and Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden is about as dramatic as an all-southpaw encounter gets: six knockdowns, three apiece, and one conclusive Hamed KO to finish. 2. CORNELIUS BOZA EDWARDS VS RAFAEL LIMÓN Neither Boza Edwards or LimÓn were exactly averse to being involved in all-out wars and, when meeting in March 1981, this trend continued, with Boza getting the decision after 15 thrilling and gruelling rounds. 3. SERGIO MARTÍNEZ VS PAUL WILLIAMS Martínez and Williams split, compelling two fights. The first a decision win in favour of Williams in 2009 and the second a stunning one-punch knockout victory for Martínez in 2010. 4. ZAB JUDAH VS CORY SPINKS After losing a decision to…