Boxing News 28 October 2021

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what makes a good fight?

THE essence of a good fight, first and foremost, is competitivity. Therefore the job of the promoter, and/or their matchmaker, should be to ensure that each bout on a card is as competitive as possible. But we know that is not the case. And it never has been. The job of the matchmaker, particularly on undercards and small hall shows, is to provide the illusion of competitivity while ensuring the right person wins. To say fights are fixed is untrue. To say all fights are evenly-matched, that the playing field is level and both combatants have the same chance of winning, is also a lie. Therein lies one of boxing’s age-old problems. One that has been around since day dot, one that has become more pronounced in the modern era and…

3 min
reacting to the loss

THE best way for a fighter to react to a loss is to realise: it only means you have more work to do to get better as a team. Sometimes you lose simply because the other guy was the better man that night. It’s not always someone’s fault, sometimes it’s just the way the fights go. Someone has to win and someone has to lose and the loss doesn’t always happen because someone messed up. It happens because the guy was just better and even with Angelo Dundee, Emanuel Steward and Eddie Futch all working your corner you still wouldn’t have beaten him. The best time to maybe begin looking for a new trainer would either be after you feel that your current trainer has shown you all that he can,…

2 min
don’t write off garcia

ONE of the great narratives in boxing is when the underdog fighter digs deep, laughs in the face of the odds and gets a deserved win he was never scripted to achieve. That fascinating narrative unfolded in the Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Martin bout. As well as enjoying seeing the upset it also reminded me of another loss back in the ‘80s. It too was considered an “easy win,” a non-title fight for an exceptional fighter in Roberto Duran, who was shocked and beaten on points by “The Gifted One” Kirkland Laing. Many aspects of the fight made me feel like I was watching a modern day remake of that bout. It also reminded me how quick critics were to write Duran off after his loss to Laing but look at what he…

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the panel

DOES SHAKUR STEVENSON HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME AMERICA’S NEXT BOXING SUPERSTAR? Michael Conlan Unbeaten pro Yes. With his skillset Shakur will be a very hard man to beat for anyone. He’s not the biggest of punchers but he has enough power to hurt or at least gain respect. He showed another level of maturity on Saturday against Jamel Herring. I would like to see him fight Óscar Valdez next and would heavily favour him to win that also. Andy Clarke Boxing commentator Yes, I think so. He’s a two-weight [belt-holder] at the age of 24, has personality and a ton of ability, so the world is potentially at his feet. The market around his weight is there for the taking by a fighter who insists on making the big fights happen. That could be…

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land of the giants

1. GOGEA MITU (7-FOOT-4-INCHES) Recognised as not only the tallest boxer to have entered the ring, but the tallest Romanian to have walked the Earth, Mitu boxed professional three times in 1935 after being scouted by an Italian boxer while working for a circus company. 2. JOHN RANKIN (7-FOOT-4) ‘Big’ Jon Rankin boxed just once as a professional, weighing 300 pounds the night he beat 197-pound Willie Lee over four rounds in 1967. He had previously been working as a doorman in New Orleans. 3. EWART POTGIETER (7-FOOT-2) No circus act, Potgieter originated from South Africa and won 11 of 14 pro fights, even pushing James J. Parker, who fought men like Archie Moore and Niño Valdés, to a 10-round draw. 4. JIM CULLY (7-FOOT-2) Tipperary’s Jim Cully won three of his six pro fights and claimed…