Nostalgia can be a thing of beauty, but it can also be a country into which we are immigrants. The past may give us clues to the future, but should it define it?
Lockdown has seen loads of podcasts and articles looking back at the past to remind us of why we have been missing this brutal sport – as if we needed reminding? I have enjoyed the returns to the victories by Hatton, of Naseem Hamed and the look back at Holyfield and Lewis.
But I wish not to dwell there. Particularly of Naz. There was a bitterness at the end of his career because of what happened with his mentor and trainer in Sheffield that was unfortunate but also quite disgraceful. Dominic Ingle deserved better and despite some attempts to heal the wounds, they never did.
I was never a Naz fan. I found his arrogance and his strutting peacock nature unsightly and difficult to love. I am also not a great Chris Eubank – the original – fan, so there may be a theme emrging here.
The look back at Naz’s world title loss did change that. Reading his words in Boxing News, hearing avid Naz fan Carl Froch on the BBC podcast and looking back at some of the footage has changed my view. Naz was a one off and since his retirement he has tried to address some of the issues at the end of his career. Discussing openly and with honesty the hand problems that led to his retirement, the way he did not take his penultimate fight – and first and only loss – seriously enough exposed a man who has faced his demons. It was a good time to reflect. It was one well worth nostalgia this week… I wonder what this coming week brings.
In terms of action however…
BOXING IS BACK…
Tonight, Saturday the 6th June, in Beijing there are 4 contests, whilst in Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico we have a further 5 fights. In South Korea, in Gimpo there are no fewer than6 fights and in Siheung, there are 4. In Kansas we have 10 fights, 7 boxing, 2 bare knuckle and 1 kick boxing.
Sunday the 7th December sees another 3 contests in Beijing and 7 in South Korea as we look towards the biggest bill coming on Tuesday the 9th June in Las Vegas. We have a 6 fight bill headlined by 13 fight undefeated super featherweight Shakur Stevenson. He is in a decent 10 round fight with Felix Caraballo and a lot of thoughts and opinions about the effects of COVID-19 and lockdown are about to be answered at least in the MGM Grand. Stevenson should get through this well enough but you never now…
We return to Las Vegas on Thursday with a bill headlined by the super featherweight Jessie Magdaleno up against Yenifel Vicente as well as an NABF featherweight title fight between Adam Lopez and Luis Coria.
Finally at the tail end of the week – Friday the 12th June in Berlin the WBO is sanctioning super welterweight Jack Culcay versus Howard Cospolite for their international belt, the EBU have the middleweight title on the line between Bjoern Schicke and Marten Arsumanjan whilst middleweight Vincenzo Gualtieri takes on Alexander Pavlov for the vacant German BDB title.