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Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

Flash Back – Boxing’s Rear View Mirror

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FLASH BACK

The last week has been one where boxing’s ability to eat itself has returned to the fore with at least one of the most absurd situations – and given boxing’s ability to absorb and promote the absurd that is some feat – occurring last night.

But let us begin with something that was supposed to happen and did happen!!!

Last Saturday, the 23rd of January, in Connecticut, the USA, the WBA interim world title fight for the super bantamweight belt between Vic Pasillas and Raeese Aleem ended with Aleem managing an 11th round stoppage after a performance that will have surprised a few as many were in Pasillas’ corner. Aleem had Pasillas on the floor four times before finishing him off.

The full WBO world title was decided between Angelo Leo and Stephen Fulton at super bantamweight as Fulton won widely on points. Michael Conlan now knows his future opponent as he was in line to fight the winner. Fulton, having come through COVID, as had Leo, possibly makes this the first world title fight with two combatants having already won their own personal fight against the virus? Who knows? Fulton looked the business and Conlan will have his hands full when he finally gets to meet him; we cannot wait…

Last night, on Friday the 29th of January in Florida, we had the WBA making decisions and being part of something that does itself no favours and sullies the name of boxing. Through it all, heavyweight Bermane Stiverne returned to fight… and lost…

Firstly, the WBA cruiserweight title was stripped from Beibut Shumenov who had opted to take on Raphael Murphy in a voluntary defence, last night.The fight did not happen and a world title holder since 2016, who has fought only once since then, Shumenov was stripped… Shumenov was, of course, the regular champion and not the super champion…

Just like Manuel Charr…

Inactive since 2017, the WBA heavyweight champion has also been stripped because he could not get to the USA to defend his title against Trevor Bryan. Bryan stopped Stiverne to pick up the belt in the 11th round following a second knockdown. Bryan now wants the big guns in the division. Undefeated in 20 fights, it is hardly his fault, that he finds himself in the midst of a circus.

As I said last week the WBA list of Robert Helenius, Oleksandr Usyk, Luis Ortiz and so on are more likely to be in the ring next against him. Bryan, as long as he clears a drugs test, will perhaps bring some honesty to the title – dear God. As for what he does in the future, I hardly think it will involve a Joshua or the Fury called Tyson any time soon.

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