Boxing is back in full swing... at least from the Top Rank side of things and we've seen the full gamut of fights. From heavyweights struggling through 6 rounders to one of the most promising young fighters in all of boxing.
Twice a year (usually) the boxing world holds their breath as we await who the team of Canelo Alvarez will choose as the lucky contestant in the Canelo game show. Any fighter capable of remotely making whatever weight class Canelo chooses start moving their chess pieces on the board looking to position themselves for a fight. Promotional differences and boxing politics are cast aside as Alvarez and his massive financial influence speak a universal language capable of breaking down the barriers that normally preclude fights from being made.
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Boxing is officially back. Top Rank trotted out almost 4 hours of much anticipated boxing programming and the results are in. What we got was a showcase matchup for one of the brightest young talents in all of boxing, a grab bag of six rounders, and a whole lot of stalling. The question is, how was the return?
Top Rank is leading the charge with a vengeance as they unveil a slew of cards marking boxing's return. In an unprecedented move, Top Rank will do 2 cards a week as they work furiously to fulfill the 54 cards in their agreement with ESPN. If the prize is simply giving us back the sport we love, sure. Top Rank has done a phenomenal job, but the shotgun approach of mismatches may do more harm than good.
The UFC was itching to be the first live sport to return amid the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the globe. Whether their attempt was hasty or not is irrelevant because they pulled it off. They delivered a pay-per-view and all signs point to the event being a success.
As with Canelo-Golovkin, Charlo-Harrison, Ward-Kovalev, most expected more of the same in a second go. The puncher leading, while the boxer doubles down on elusiveness and finesse. Fine-tuned adjustments producing a narrow winner down the stretch. But this wasn’t a fight won by inches, it was swept by miles.
Discombobulated, wounded and bloodied, Deontay Wilder was rendered a shell of the fearsome figure he cut for ten previous title defences. Despite all that has and will be written, the problem was not Wilder’s perceived fraudulence but it was similarly neither a case of the various physical impairments that he may or may not have had.
Deontay Wilder made a full recovery from his injuries and returned in February and gained a routine enough victory versus yet another overmatched foe in Gerald Washington. It was another fight in the relative obscurity of Alabama, another fight where a right hand from the champ appeared to bail him out from a potential dud and another fight closer to stagnation.
The back end of 2014 was relatively quiet for Deontay Wilder. And for good reason. Installed as mandatory to recently crowned WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne, Wilder took a brief tune-up in the summer before zeroing in on the Haitian titleholder.