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The word politics is a dirty one used to describe a number of shenanigans that are put together in the name of progress. For the UK right now there is deeply held shock and not a little surprise that politics has led to a decision to leave the EU.
In boxing politics plays a massive part in who enters the ring against who. For politicians in the often badly perceived grubby world they inhabit money can be a deciding factor that is a negative for their electorate and a corruptor for themselves. In boxing money can literally be what makes the the ring spin round.
Take the news that, if he takes out Tom Doran tonight Chris Eubank Jr shall get in the ring with none other than Gennady Golovkin. According to Eddie Hearn the deal is there for both “if they want it.” There is utterly no doubt that the Eubanks want it. They have been talking it up for such a long time that if they turn it down it makes them look way beyond foolish – and foolish has been their raison d’etre for a long time now…
The likelihood is that it shall be for a world title that Eubank Jr looks like he is ready for but against GGG? The man many believe is the best fighter on the planet up against a guy who has returned to domestic level to win a British title and then defend it? On paper it all looks a bit daft but then again money and politics play their part in this bizarre world.
Despite the fact that Golovkin possibly has harder fights out there and therefore a potential audience for them in the US this is a fight that would bring him closer to the UK and European market. And Golovkin is no Brexiter… Diversifying his market ad stretching his global appeal makes sense and then there is that name.
Although Chris Senior wants to be known as English, though that seems to have been dropped of late, his name means something. The career that he had was so rich and full of events that it musters up images of a dandy man dancing in the ring, delighting crowds and whose arrogance was the trademark that marked him out as quintessentially English. It made him a target for envy and a vessel of pride. Now his son can emulate the feat of his father by taking on massive fights and being the new unique selling point in their stable; crudely both sell tickets.
To the outside world though there should be a world title fight between the two best fighters in each division. It makes no sense to the innocent bystander who is buying the Sky Box Office fight of the night that the top of the division is fighting some guy who is given a chance from way down the rankings. In no other sport, they claim, is there a multitudinous number of world champions, the opportunity of that 12th in the world to take on the best in the world for a world title and riches to be made by fighters who are often a meal away from poverty for around half an hours public work in their chosen sport.
But then there is Rocky. The film explained to many just how the boxing world works and everyone loved it. The general public lapped up the series as a guy with little hope came in to take the world title when he didn’t seem to deserve it. The underdog was the victor and we all applauded, bought more tickets and gave more cash ta an industry stuffed full of the stuff. So politics aint quite as dirty without the general public roaring their approval? No. but things are never simple in the boxing world as Chris Eubank Jr shall find out if he gets in the ring with a man who is likely to show him the difference between domestic and world in the space of a single punch.
IN OTHER NEWS…
The massive news is that dear old Tyson Fury has had to pull out pf his defence of his titles because of his ankle injury whilst training. It looks like October for the rematch now. The rumours have, of course started – wouldn’t be boxing without them – as people have been quoting “sources” that Fury was not ready and the postponement is tactical…
The Rio games might be scaring the golfers but Pat McCormack and Josh Kelly are the latest GB boxers to put their names in the ring for the games as they qualified this week for the squad.
The Canelo Alvarez who is next conundrum has been solved as Liam Smith has been identified as the guy to take him on in September defending his WBO title. Never one to duck out of any fight this Smith brother has certainly taken on a mouth watering tie against the man who knocked Amir Khan to the canvass. Demtrius Andrade had come out swinging claiming he should be next but Alvarez clearly likes the idea of beating another Brit.
Former WBO middleweight champ, Andy Lee is looking to be back out soon and Autumn looks the most likely though nothing is set in stone. The guy who lost his title to Billy Joe Saunders would love a world title shot straight away and is talking up the possibility of taking on WBA champ Daniel Jacobs.
There is a tasty little bill being put together for Leeds on the 30th July and of course that means Josh Warrington and his barmy army of fans. Warrington shall defend his WBC international featherweight belt against Irishman Patrick Hyland.