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Been a while.

Watched a card from England on Saturday on ESPN+.

The headline bout was the grudge match between Kell Brook and Amir Kahn. Lot of bad blood between the two British fighters. Brook won on a TKO in the 6th round.

Kahn tried to move and throw quick combinations, while Brook was looking to land big shots. Brook caught Kahn with a solid right hand in the 1st round that seemed to shake up Kahn. After that, the rest of the fight was Brook stalking and trying to throw haymakers, while Kahn did a lot of clinching and covering up. Kahn landed a few punches, but never did any damage.

Finally in the 6th, Brook backed up Kahn on the ropes and kept firing until the ref stopped it.

probably the best fight on the undercard was a women's event. Natasha Jonas won the WBO women's Super-Welterweight Title over Chris Namus on a 2nd-round TKO after Namus was knocked down for the 2nd time.

coming up next Saturday, it's Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall from Scotland in a junior-welterweight fight with Taylor's 4 belts on the line.
 

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oh, boy, another judging controversy.

On Saturday Josh Taylor faced Jack Catterall in Scotland. All 4 of Taylor's title belts at 140 pounds were on the line.
I watched the fight on ESPN+.

Taylor won a split decision. The CompuBox numbers had Catterall landing 120 punches to 73 for Taylor. Catterall also outworked Taylor, throwing 525 punches to 306 for Taylor. Taylor got cut over one eye and Taylor got knocked down once. The referee had some controversial rulings. He took a point away from Catterall for excessive holding, and took a point away from Taylor for a punch that came after the bell at the end of the 11th round. Several times during the fight, the referee stopped the action and admonished both fighters.

The ESPN crew didn't like the decision. Judges went 114-111 and 113-112 for Taylor. The other Judge went 113-112 for Catterall.

Taylor has talked about moving up from 140 to 147 to go after some big-money fights. based on how he looked Saturday, he might want to rethink that.
 

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Me again.

Friday night, there was a card on ESPN+ from Fresno, CA.

Headline bout at 140 lbs between two former champions in Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza. Ramirez won a Unanimous decision - all 3 judges scoring the fight 116-112. I can't argue with the decision. Ramirez was generally more aggressive and landed the more solid shots. Pedraza tried to counter-punch and and some good moments, but not enough of them. If Josh Taylor moves up to 147, Ramirez will be in line for a possible title bout at 140.

on the undercard, Gabe Flores Jr squeaked out a majority decision over Abe Montoya at 130 pounds. One judge had it a draw, but the other two judges had it 96-94 for Flores. Flores had some good moments, but he got hit a lot. After the fight, Flores and his dad/manager indicated he will move up to 135 because he's struggled to make weight at 130.

best fight of the night was Joet Gonzales wining by TKO over Jeo Santisima in the 9th round at 126.

And then there was a clown show. Richard Torrez, Jr - USA Silver-medalist at the last Olympics, made his pro debut at Heavyweight against Alan Melson, aka Bozo. there was more holding and pushing than punching, along with some head butts. Torrez won by TKO in the 2nd round when Melson was hit with a not-so-solid punch and decided to stay down.......
 

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So, I was too cheap to pay for the PPV for the Tyson Fury fight Saturday with Dillian Whyte. From what I read, Fury controlled the fight. Whyte might have won one round, but Fury outpunched him by a wide margin. ended it on a TKO in the 6th. Fury knocked Whyte down with an uppercut. Whyte beat the 10-count, but he was wobbly and lost his balance, so the ref waived it off.

Fury is making a lot of noise about retiring. we'll see what happens. from what I could tell, the undercard was fairly underwhelming.

Next Saturday, Shakur Stevenson goes up against Oscar Valdez with 2 Junior Lightweight title belts on the line.
 

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Fight card Saturday night (Apr 30) from Vegas.

Headline bout - Shakur Stevenson wins WBO & WBC Junior Lightweight titles with Unanimous Decision over Oscar Valdez. Stevenson controlled fight, with one knockdown. Valdez won 1 round on 1 scorecard and 2 rounds on the other two judges' cards.

on the undercard:
Keyshawn Davis wins a lightweight bout on 6th round TKO over Esteban Sanchez. Davis pounded Sanchez until the ref stepped in to stop it. Davis now 5-0 and a fighter to watch.

Nico Ali Walsh had possibly the most impressive fight of his young career at middleweight, winning on a huge 1st round KO of Alejandro Ibarra. Ali Walsh definitely showing improved boxing skills, and he has a big right hand.

preliminary fights:
Raymond Muratalla def. Jeremy Hill by KO - Lightweight - impressive win
Andres Cortes def. Alexis del Bosque by TKO - Junior Lightweight
Troy Isley def. Anthony Hannah by TKO - Middleweight
Abdullah Mason def. Luciano Ramos by TKO - Lightweight - Mason is a fighter to watch
Antoine Cobb vs. Jaylan Phillips – majority draw - Junior Welterweight (bad judging - Phillips won the fight)


Coming up - May 7, Canelo Alvarez fights for a Light heavyweight title.
May 14 - Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano for the Unified Junior Middleweight title
 


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big boxing night on Saturday with action in Minneapolis and Australia.

In Minneapolis at the Armory, there was a PBC card on Showtime.
Main Card
  • Stephen Fulton Jr def. Danny Roman by unanimous decision (119-109, 120-108, 120-108) – retains unified WBO and WBC super bantamweight title
  • David Morrell def. Kalvin Henderson by TKO (R4 at 2:35) – retains WBA super middleweight title
8 fights on the undercard - 7 ended on TKO and 1 on a unanimous decision.


in Australia, the headline bout was an undisputed Lightweight world title between Devin Haney and George Kambosos. the results:
  • Devin Haney def. George Kambosos Jr by unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 118-110)
  • Jason Moloney def. Aston Palicte by TKO (R3 at 2:35)
  • Hemi Ahio def. Christian Tsoye by RTD (R1 at 3:00)
  • Lucas Browne def. Junior Fa by TKO (R1 at 1:58)
  • Terry Nickolas vs. Lachlan Higgins – majority draw (57-57, 57-57, 56-58)
  • Taylah Robertson def. Sarah Higginson by unanimous decision
  • Yoel Angeloni def. Ken Aitken by unanimous decision
Haney controlled the title fight. two judges gave Kambosos 4 rounds, which I thought was generous. among the other fights, Jason Maloney looked good in his Bantamweight win. the rest of the undercard was pretty blah.
 

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I missed Morrell last night, kind of mad at myself. He's a great watch. Saw most of Fulton and all of the Haney fight. The massive Aussie crowd was plenty rowdy early, but that didn't last.
 

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Saturday night watched a Top Rank card on ESPN+ headlined by Edgar Berlanga vs Alexis Angulo in a Super-Middleweight bout. Berlanga won by unanimous decision, but it was a pretty blah fight. neither guy was ever really hurt.

the highlight - or low-light - in the 7th round, it looked as if Berlanga actually tried to bite Angulo. after the fight, Berlanga said Angulo was throwing elbows at him - and later apologized.

also finally was able to watch a fight from last week that was held in Japan. Naoya Inoue won a Bantamweight title fight with a 2nd-round knockout over Nonito Donaire. Inoue - for a small guy - hits like a tank. He is as fun to watch as anyone out there right now.

coming up this Saturday, hopefully a real battle - Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith at light heavyweight in a unification title fight.
 

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Fight Saturday night in New York - Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr at Light Heavyweight.
Beterbiev dominated the fight, knocking down Smith three times before the ref stopped it at 2:19 of the 2nd round. Beterbiev now has the WBC, WBO and IBF title belts. (Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA belt). Beterbiev is now 18-0 as a pro with 18 knockouts. he hits hard.

on the undercard, a few interesting bouts:

Robeisy Ramirez def. Abraham Nova by KO at 2:20 of Round 5 (featherweight)
Bruce "Shu Shu" Carrington def. Adrian Leyva by TKO at 3:00 of Round 5 (featherweight)
Jahi Tucker def. D’Andre Smith by TKO at 2:27 of Round 4 (welterweight)
Floyd Diaz def. Daniil Platonovschi by unanimous decision (Junior Featherweight)
Troy Isley def. Donte Stubbs by TKO at :38 of Round 6 (middleweight)
Wendy Toussaint def. Asinia Byfield by unanimous decision (Junior Middleweight- Wendy is a guy..)
Jahyae Brown def. Keane McMahon by unanimous decision (Junior Middleweight)

pretty quiet on the fight calendar for a while -
but Top Rank is holding a card at Grand Casino in Hinckley on July 23. Looks like the headline bout will be at featherweight with Joet Gonzalez vs. Isaac Dogboe. supposed to be on ESPN+.
 



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well, Top Rank came to Hinckley, MN for a fight card at Grand Casino on Saturday.

Headline bout was a featherweight title eliminator. The results:
Isaac Dogboe def. Joet Gonzalez by split decision (96-94, 96-94, 94-96)

in the other action on the card:

Lightweight - Giovanni Cabrera def. Gabriel Flores Jr by unanimous decision (98-89, 98-89, 98-89)
Cabrera had a knockdown in 7 seconds in the 1st round....Flores really got beat up.

middleweight - Javier Martinez def. Chino Hill by unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)

Heavyweight - Guido Vianello def. Rafael Rios by KO (R4 at 2:59)

featherweight - Haven Brady Jr def. Aaron Echeveste by unanimous decision (60-53, 60-54, 60-54)

heavyweight - Colton Warner def. James Barnes by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

lightweight - Abdullah Mason def. Luis Fernandez by TKO (R1 at 2:39)

heavyweight - Antonio Mireles def. Dennys Reyes by KO (R2 at 2:19)

light heavyweight - Dante Benjamin Jr def. Corey Thompson by TKO (R1 at 2:24)

middleweight - Antonio Woods def. Darryl Jones by TKO (R1 at 2:36)

coming up on the fight calendar:
Aug 13: Teofimo Lopez returns to action
Aug 20: Emanuel Navarrete in a featherweight title bout vs Eduardo Baez
also on the 20th - Usyk vs Anthony Joshua for 3 of the 4 Heavyweight title belts
 

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shoot - was going to post this over the weekend and forgot.

Watched the Teofimo Lopez fight on Saturday.

in the main event, Teofimo Lopez made his first appearance since losing to Kambosos last fall, and his first bout at 140 pounds. Lopez started slow but picked it up and won by TKO over Pedro Campa. Lopez actually tried to box a little more instead of slugging it out. Got a knockdown in the 7th, and the ref eventually stopped it.

on the undercard:
Xander Zayas TKO-5 Elias Espadas (Jr Middleweight) - Zayas continues to look good
Jose Enrique Vivas SD-8 Edy Valencia (featherweight) - rock 'em, sock 'em robots.
Andres Cortes UD-8 Abraham Montoya (Jr Lightweight)
Troy Isley UD-6 Victor Toney (Middleweight)
Duke Ragan UD-6 D’Angelo Fuentes (featherweight)
Omar Rosario UD-6 Esteban Munoz (Jr Welterweight)
Charlie Sheehy UD-4 Juan Castaneda: (Lightweight)

two big fight cards on Saturday, the 20th.
Usyk vs Joshua for 3 of the 4 Heavyweight title belts (on DAZN)

and Navarrete vs Baez for the WBO Featherweight Title. (ESPN+) Nico Ali Walsh (grandson of Muhammad Ali) on the undercard.
 

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big Boxing night.

The headline is in the Heavyweight division. Oleksandr Usyk defended his 3 title belts with a split-decision win over Anthony Joshua. (most observers felt Usyk won the fight and criticized the judging). after the fight, Tyson Fury sent out some tweets that seemed to indicate he wanted to fight Usyk for a unified Heavyweight title bout.

other results from that card:
Filip Hrgovic def. Zhilei Zhang via unanimous decision -heavyweight
Callum Smith def. Mathieu Bauderlique via fourth-round KO - light-heavyweight
Badou Jack def. Richard Rivera via split decision - cruiserweight
Andrew Tabiti def. James Wilson RTD 5 -heavyweight
Ramla Ali def. Crystal Garcia Nova KO 1 - women's super bantamweight
Daniel Lapin def. Jozef Jurko UD 8 - light heavyweight
Ziyad Almaayouf def Jose Alatorre KO 1 - jr welterweight
Ben Whittaker def Peter Nosic UD 6 - light heavyweight
Traycho Georgiev def Rashed Belhasa UD 4 - jr welterweight

on another card:

Emanuel Navarrete KO-6 Eduardo Baez (1:05) for WBO Featherweight title
Giovanni Santillan UD-10 Julio Luna (96-94, 100-90, 100-90) - welterweights (terrible decision...)
Nico Ali Walsh KO-2 Reyes Sanchez (2:45) - middleweights.
Lindolfo Delgado def. Omar Alejandro Aguilar by unanimous decision - jr welterweight
Austin Brooks def. Oliver Galicia by unanimous decision jr lightweight
Xavier Martinez def. Alejandro Guerrero by KO (R5) - jr lightweight
Miguel Contreras def. Josec Ruiz by unanimous decision lightweight
Luis Alberto Lopez def. Yeison Vargas by KO (R2) - featherweight
Antonio Mireles def. Kaleel Carter by KO (R2) - heavyweight
 

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there was supposed to be a Super Featherweight title fight on Friday.
things got wacky. Shakur Stevenson did not make weight for his bout with Robson Conceicao. as a result, he had to forfeit his WBC & WBO title belts. Stevenson said he'll move up to 135 pounds because he can't make weight at 130 any more.

So, the fight went ahead, and Stevenson dominated it, winning a unanimous decision.

the undercard was so-so. (I fell asleep during one bout......)

lightweight Keyshawn Davis defeated Omar Tienda by a fifth round knockout.
Jr Lightweight Henry Lebron won by unanimous decision over Andy Vences
Featherweight Bruce Carrington won by unanimous decision over Jose Argel
junior middleweight Pablo Valdez won by TKO over Noe Alejandro Lopez
welterweight Jahi Tucker won a unanimous decision over Jose Luis Sanchez
Featherweight Misael Lopez won by unanimous decision over Orlando Gonzalez
Super bantamweight Floyd Diaz won by unanimous decision over Juan Hernandez
Welterweight Jaylan Phillips and Antoine Cobb fought to a four round split draw
 



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Fight card in Australia.
main event - Devin Haney wins rematch with George Kambosos, Jr by unanimous decision for the Unified Lightweight title (4 belts)

Undercard:
Jason Moloney wins unanimous decision vs. Nawaphon Kaikanha (Bamtamweight)
Andrew Moloney wins unanimous decision over Norbelto Jimenez (Super Featherweight)
Cherneka Johnson wins unanimous decision over Susie Ramadan for IBF Women's Super
Bantamweight title. (Johnson fought with bad cut from head butt - bloody mess)
Faiga Opelu wins by TKO over Hemi Ahio at Heavyweight
David Nyika wins by KO (2nd round) over Titi Motusaga (Cruiserweight)
Lorenzo Simpson wins unanimous decision over Marcus Heywood. (Middleweight)
Amari Jones wins unanimous decision over Tej Pratap Singh (Super-Welterweight)

Other Boxing news from Saturday:
former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder demolished Robert Helenius in Round 1, in the main event of a boxing card at Barclays Center.
On the undercard at Super Middleweight, Caleb Plant won by 9th round KO over Anthony Dirrell.

And in London, an all-women fight card had two headline bouts:
Claressa Shields beat Savannah Marshall by unanimous decision to become the undisputed middleweight champion.
In a Junior Lightweight Unification title bout, Alycia Baumgardner won a split decision over Mikaela Mayer. (Mayer was the IBF and WBO champ, Baumgardner was the WBC champ)
 

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Holy Bleep - bad outcome from fight held Saturday at the Armory in Minneapolis.

from the Strib:

David Morrell Jr. defended his WBA super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Minneapolis Armory against unbeaten Aidos Yerbossynuly of Kazakhstan. Morrell dominated the 12-rounder and ended it with a vicious right hand in the final 30 seconds.

Following the bout, the Showtime TV crew announced as it was ready to sign off that Yerbossynuly had been taken to a hospital — which was Hennepin County Medical Center, located very near the Armory.

On Sunday, it was reported by veteran boxing writer Dan Rafael that Yerbossynuly was in a medically-induced coma due to bleeding on the brain. And on Sunday night, the promoters — TGB Promotions and PBC — released this statement to Rafael and his Fight Freaks Unite media site:

"Representatives of TGB Promotions and PBC are on the ground in Minneapolis with Aidos' team and we are monitoring the situation closely


I don't have Showtime, so all I saw of the fight were a few highlights.

Terrible ending aside, Morrell remains one of the top young fighters at 168 pounds. I'd like to see him get a shot against a Caleb Plant or a David Benevidez. down the line, maybe even Canelo Alvarez.
 

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Hey. quick boxing report.

on Saturday, Tyson Fury returned to action for a Heavyweight title fight in London against veteran Derek Chisora. Fury won by TKO with the ref stopping the action in the 10th round. Fury controlled the fight. there were no knockdowns, but Fury out-landed Chisora 205-87.

After the Fight, Fury taunted Oleksandr Usyk, who was ringside for the bout. Fury and Usyk are reportedly in negotiations for a Heavyweight unification bout which would take place sometime next year, possibly in Saudi Arabia. However, Fury indicated he might need surgery on his right elbow, which could sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks. Fury also said he might have injured his right hand during Saturday's fight.

the top fights on the undercard:
--Daniel Dubois def. Kevin Lerena via third-round TKO (heavyweight). Wild fight. Lerena knocked Dubois down 3 times in the 1st round. Dubois recovered and knocked Lerena down twice in the 3rd round before the ref stopped the fight.
--Denys Berinchyk def. Yvan Mendy via unanimous decision (lightweight)

Lots of boxing action next weekend with four different cards taking place.
Best card is in New York, headlined by Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin. Fighters on the undercard include heavyweight Jared Anderson and Jr Middleweight Xander Zayas.
Another card is taking place in Belfast. Michael Conlon is the main event at featherweight.
There is a PPV bout in Omaha with Terrance 'Bud' Crawford in a Welterweight title fight.
And the 4th card is in England, featuring an IBF featherweight title fight.
 

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Boxing action Saturday from NYC.

main event (Super Lightweight) Teofimo Lopez wins by split decision over Sandor Martin. Very close fight. one judge had it 97-92 Lopez, which was way out of whack, because Martin had the only knockdown of the fight. The two fighters started arguing after the fight while ESPN was trying to do a live interview.

Other results:
(Heavyweight) Jared Anderson TKO-2nd round over Jerry Forest
(Super Welterweight) Xander Zayas over Alexis Salazar by unanimous decision
(Lightweight) Keyshawn Davis over Juan Carlos Burgos by unanimous decision
(Lt Heavyweight) Joe Ward over Fredric Julan by unanimous decision (so exciting, I fell asleep)
(Jr Welterweight) Tiger Johnson TKO-5th round over Mike Ohan
(Heavyweight) Damian Knyba TKO-2nd round over Emilio Salas

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in a PPV bout -
In Omaha, Terence Crawford scored a sixth-round knockout against challenger David Avanesyan to retain his WBO welterweight title.

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and -
Featherweight contender Michael “Mick” Conlan (18-1, 9 KOs) scored a first round KO over former two-division European champion Karim Guerfi (31-7, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 

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Boxing action Saturday from NYC.

main event (Super Lightweight) Teofimo Lopez wins by split decision over Sandor Martin. Very close fight. one judge had it 97-92 Lopez, which was way out of whack, because Martin had the only knockdown of the fight. The two fighters started arguing after the fight while ESPN was trying to do a live interview.

Other results:
(Heavyweight) Jared Anderson TKO-2nd round over Jerry Forest
(Super Welterweight) Xander Zayas over Alexis Salazar by unanimous decision
(Lightweight) Keyshawn Davis over Juan Carlos Burgos by unanimous decision
(Lt Heavyweight) Joe Ward over Fredric Julan by unanimous decision (so exciting, I fell asleep)
(Jr Welterweight) Tiger Johnson TKO-5th round over Mike Ohan
(Heavyweight) Damian Knyba TKO-2nd round over Emilio Salas

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in a PPV bout -
In Omaha, Terence Crawford scored a sixth-round knockout against challenger David Avanesyan to retain his WBO welterweight title.

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Featherweight contender Michael “Mick” Conlan (18-1, 9 KOs) scored a first round KO over former two-division European champion Karim Guerfi (31-7, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Lopez:
It'll be interesting to see what Lopez does next. He has been unimpressive lately and hasn't really made himself into a bigger star. I think the plan WAS for him to dominate at 140, keep building his star power, and for Haney or most likely Ryan Garcia to fight him when they come up in weight. I don't know if that can be in the plans for 2023 anymore. I think he fights another lesser name and maybe the Scottish guy. I think he lost that fight on Saturday and is dangerously close to losing out on some big money fights.

Crawford:

This was an awful fight. Crawford is a master but Avanesyan has no business being in the ring with him. The Spence collapse is now absolutely destroying this decision because not only is that fight not happening (making any other matchup stink) but it also means neither of them will fight ANYONE who has a legit chance of beating them.

Spence needs to happen ASAP.
 

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Man, boxing used to be such a big deal. Can remember watching many PPV events at a friends house. Now I have no clue who anyone is and what's going on.
 


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Man, boxing used to be such a big deal. Can remember watching many PPV events at a friends house. Now I have no clue who anyone is and what's going on.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with the UFC which clearly does a much better job of marketing it's people. Some of the most exciting fighters are Eastern Euro/Soviet Block type fighters (Usyk, Bivol, Beterbiev, Lomo). These types of guys are starting to slowly dominate UFC. I think there is only 1 American UFC champ right now (and only three that speak English). That's not a rip on them (I don't speak Russian or Portuguese), but it's just harder to market.

So it'll be interesting to see if the UFC is able to better navigate the marketability issues associated with foreign-dominated fighters.

The other glaring issue boxing has is that they are obsessed with being undefeated. The best thing Dana ever did was make it possible to build up fighters who have losses on their records. I'm not even annoyed with the Manny / Floyd stuff. Manny was bringing in so much money that ending that run would have probably been bad for boxing.

This Crawford / Spence thing is insane to me. Neither of these guys are massive draws and they might be the best two fighters on the planet, they're American and they are the same weight class. They have nothing to lose by not taking the fight and literally everything to gain. If Crawford puts on a show and dominates Spence, he is the new king of boxing (same can be said about Spence). But for whatever reason, it's more BS.

Oh well, I'll keep watching the Ruskies and looking forward to watch Devan Haney clear out his divisions.
 

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Ironically, I think that Boxing as a sport is in a good place right now. There are a lot of good young fighters and solid veterans at almost every weight class.

the lighter weights are really deep - 130, 135, 140 are just loaded with talent.

part of the problem for the casual fan is the alphabet soup of sanctioning bodies: WBO, WBA, WBC & IBF. I follow boxing very closely and I can't remember who holds a lot of the belts.

and then, you have the split between PBC and Top Rank, where some of the best fighters don't face each other because you don't get a lot of cross-over between the two organizations.

speaking of that, PBC used to show a lot of fights on Fox and FS1, but now they do everything on Showtime or PPV. I get the Top Rank fights on ESPN+, but I'd like to see some of the top PBC guys, too.
 

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Ironically, I think that Boxing as a sport is in a good place right now. There are a lot of good young fighters and solid veterans at almost every weight class.

the lighter weights are really deep - 130, 135, 140 are just loaded with talent.

part of the problem for the casual fan is the alphabet soup of sanctioning bodies: WBO, WBA, WBC & IBF. I follow boxing very closely and I can't remember who holds a lot of the belts.

and then, you have the split between PBC and Top Rank, where some of the best fighters don't face each other because you don't get a lot of cross-over between the two organizations.

speaking of that, PBC used to show a lot of fights on Fox and FS1, but now they do everything on Showtime or PPV. I get the Top Rank fights on ESPN+, but I'd like to see some of the top PBC guys, too.
I agree.

We even have a really fun heavyweight (not only personality but fighting style) and the upper divisions are loaded with thumpers.
 




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