In December last year when Wilder and Fury went toe to toe in one of the greatest heavyweight bouts of our generation that ended in a controversial split draw, boxing fans were certain that 2019 could see the revival of the heavyweight division.
Oscar Wilde once told us "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about". Those wishing to test this sentiment could do worse than to consult Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua this week. For, although the wheels of the Sky Sports PPV machine are fully in motion and the AJ hype train is on track to pull into the station Saturday night packed full of passengers, the train is a little more muted than usual.
Put aside your McDonald's, bin your Rustler's Burger and tell Just Eat we're engaged for the evening - we're being wined and dined on the world's finest steak Saturday night. For the second time in a year Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez dance under the Las Vegas lights at the T-Mobile Arena
Here it is. Hold tight ladies and gents because we're approaching the climax of the crescendo that has been building ever since George Groves sunk in the shuddering body shot that eliminated Jamie Cox from the World Boxing Super Series and in turn, set up a mouth-watering clash with Chris Eubank Jr.
At 37 years old, with the physical gifts that sculpted his career slowly being eroded by Father Time and injury, should Haye be getting in there at all?
Whilst England’s cricketers aren’t putting up much of a fight this winter Down Under, one Englishman is promising to take the fight to an Australian this Wednesday evening in a World Championship bout that is flying under the radar back in his native home.
In case you missed it, it’s fight week. The biggest fight of the year, perhaps decade depending on who you listen to, is upon us. The boxing aficionados at the LAD Bible are even declaring it ‘The Real Fight’ in the wake of the recent May-Mac saga and considering they sold that fight as the fourth instalment of Gatti-Ward we must be in for something special. Indeed, while it may appear to be the snobbish talk of a boxing ‘purist’, Gennady Golovkin vs Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez represents the antithesis of Mayweather-McGregor; a fillet steak to a Big Mac, the Soprano’s against TOWIE and ultimately a genuine 50/50 fight that will see the victor establish supremacy over the boxing landscape.
With the most anticipated sideshow of 2017 just over a week away, you may have noticed another name cropping up time and again whenever the topic of Mayweather vs McGregor is discussed, that of Showtime Analyst Paulie Malignaggi.
In a time when Mayweather-McGregor seems to excite and rile in almost equal measure, it’s worth setting the scene of the boxing landscape that this circus act is entering into. ‘Boxing is booming’ and ‘there’s levels to this’ are two of the most popular clichés of current times and here we will take a (somewhat skewed) look at both claims.
I’m afraid you read the title correctly. The generation that gave you the viral video has outdone itself and produced its own Frankenstein’s monster; Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the two biggest pound-for-pound stars in their respective fields, meeting in a boxing ring - an environment in which one is a future hall of famer and one is a debutant.
Ohara Davies will travel to Glasgow to face British super-lightweight rival Josh Taylor on July 8th after months of back and forth on Twitter and other various social media between the two teams. ‘Two Tanks’ Ohara Davies currently holds a record of 15-0 with 12KOs to his name, and in the opposing corner Josh Taylor heads into the contest with a record of 9-0 with 8KOs.
What began as a ridiculous rumour has now become almost a certainty – Conor McGregor will face Floyd Mayweather in a traditional boxing match. There will be no combination of rules, the two men will face off, likely in Las Vegas, in a standard boxing ring and Floyd Mayweather will be given the platform to do what he does best one more time. This is a circus act that none of us should buy, but it’s highly likely that we all will.