Event 1 – Mayweather/McGregor – HOPE – Boxing does not embarrass itself/ FEAR – Boxing has no control over it. / RESULT – no need to worry…
Event 2 – Canelo/GGG – HOPE – Boxing shows off how good it can be/ FEAR – none, how could it fail? / RESULT – Judges, judges, judges…
Event 3 – Fury fights for a world title – HOPE – A new British world champion/ FEAR – none, how could it fail? / RESULT – Judges, judges, judges…
How is it possible that the very sport in charge of itself finds ITSELF unable to control ITSELF?
Last week we had the nonsense that saw Ms Byrd give Canelo a 10/2 round win to GGG and then be allowed to “rest” from judging. This week we had the New Zealanders who were mightily worried that the “home” judges would see things wrongly and give to Hughie Fury an easy win. And what happened? They gave Joseph Parker the easy win!!
What hope is there left?
Actually, thank God for Luke Campbell…
Let’s start with what happened in Manchester. The fight between super welterweight Peter McDonagh and Shayne Singleton ended up with a points win for the man who was insulted by being called a journeyman. McDonagh has transformed himself over his last few fights and is now a very serious supper welterweight. Whatever was said between them prior to the fight, at the weigh in or during the contest left Singleton walking out the arena in disgust. He even refused to touch gloves at the end of the contest or at the beginning of the final round. It ended badly and it had begun badly so we are left with Singleton licking wounds and McDonagh eying prizes.
The other super welterweight contest between Jimmy “Kilrain” Kelly and Stilyan Kostov for the WBO intercontinental title ended with Kelly also receiving a massive boost ahead of his next step – world honours again perhaps? Kelly was able to stop the durable Kostov in the 4th and this should help his cause for bigger and better fights.
The bantamweight battle between Josh Wale and Don Broadhurst for the British title ended in a Wale win with a very decent 11th round stoppage. Describing the punch that knocked down Broadhurst as his best ever, the former window cleaner form Yorkshire is looking to advance as far as he can do. On this showing beyond domestic honours beckon.
Lightweight Joe Murray got off the canvass and back to winning ways in a unanimous points win against Matty Fagan.
The headliner of the WBO heavyweight title fight between Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury was headline making for many reasons. Parker was the more aggressive and Fury the trickier. The judges preferred the style of Parker and whilst Hughie may be utterly devastated, his father and trainer was more sanguine and possibly better placed to give some real perspective. He felt that Hughie did not do enough aggressively to catch the eyes of the judges. Whilst cousin Tyson and his father, John, were calling disgrace, fix and conspiracy Peter was far more reasonable.
Fury promoter, Mick Hennessey, though, was incandescent. Talk of overturning this “disgraceful verdict” aside, there is little to see what he is going to be able to do but make noise. There is no real evidence of any corruption or a vendetta against the Furys though sorting out the whole thing with the drugs ban etc would help their case and cause…
Let’s face facts. Hughie is 23 years old. He will have another shot at some point and I reckon it will be in another 3 or 4 years. Right now, he needs to bide his time. Easy for me to say… but it does pose him a problem.
Hughie is now, a little, in limbo. He will not get a shot at Bellew, Haye, Joshua, Wilder, Whyte or Chisora in 2017 or, I think in 2018. They have all got their next opponents lined up and every single one of them will eye a date with Parker as the easy title fight.
Parker is now able to pick his next opponent, having got the mandatory out the way and the one with the biggest purse will win his attention. I reckon that shall be the winner of Haye/Bellew rather than the rest as I think Wilder/Joshua is on the cards for 2018, leaving both Whyte and Chisora languishing unless they can manoeuvre something or one of the big guns ends up injured or out of action; the big guns being Joshua and Wilder.
The major problem for Parker is that he looked bad on Saturday night. He did not look comfortable and he did not deal with Fury’s style. I reckon quite a few of the challengers lining up will fancy a shot at him.
All of them to be fair. There was a suggested match up that would sell very well – a family vengeance style contest…
Mr Tyson Fury who has again reiterated his desire to get back in the ring – after having retired again – versus Mr Joseph Parker. That could actually be the one fight that Parker ought to avoid but one he may be tempted with taking – IF Tyson can get past all the bodies lining up to judge him!
Finally, at home and on the same night in Swindon, super bantamweight Ashley Lane was up against Michael Ramabeletsa for the Commonwealth title and got the 12 round unanimous decision.
If Hughie’s task was a tough one then in Los Angeles the showdown between Jorge Linares and Luke Campbell for the WBA lightweight belt was mammoth. According to the Scottish judge, Victor Loughlin though, it was one that Campbell won. He gave it to Luke 115-113 and there was no condemnation of it nor of the other two judges who gave the split decision to Linares. This was a fantastic fight and the performance for Campbell was enhanced when it was discovered that he lost his father two weeks prior to it. This was the man who had been a massive supporter of his son and Campbell would have been delirious had he managed to win it for his dad but it was not to be.
Campbell though is an elite world level fighter and whilst Terry Flanagan pursues a unification fight with Linares, the rest of the division can expect a call from Campbell’s promoter to offer a decent contest from the man from Hull.