Another week is gone, and again it was a week of mixed stuff in the boxing world. We had some great moments in the ring, some good out of the ring announcements, some problems with broadcasters and, once again, some issues with the WBA.
1-Multiple huge KO's!
We've been really, really, lucky in recent weeks with the sheer number of great KO's scored around the world. This past week was no exception, and they just kept coming and coming. In the middle of the week Brandun Lee scored a scorcher against Jimmy Williams, just a few days later Janibek Alimkhanuly blew out Gonzalez Gaston Coria. Then, on Saturday, we got Matteo Signani scoring a sensational KO against Maxime Beaussire, Nathan Augustine blowing out Tarek Derfoufi and Robin Krasniqi scoring a sensational upset KO against Dominic Boesel.
Seriously we got some of the best KO's of 2020 all one after the other, after the other! A great week for Knock Outs!
2-Garcia Vs Campbell a done deal (at last)
After several cancelled purse bids, several announcements that a deal was done, only to then be cancelled, we're so glad to finally see a date being announced for the WBC "Interim" Lightweight title. It feels like this bout has been in the works for months, but to now have December 5th circled on the calendar for it, it appears we are finally getting this very interesting match up. It's one we're looking forward to, even if it is clear that the WBC Lightweight title situation has become a huge joke in recent years.
3-Boxing is back in the Philippines!
After months of boxing being suspended in the Philippines we finally saw the sport resume service there this past week with a low card from Omega Promotions. The sport still isn't truly up and running there, but it was still a boost in the arm for Filipino boxing after such a long and lengthy lay off. Fingers crossed we see more and more of the sport in the country in the near future, but only if it can be done safely, as this show was.
4-Dubois Vs Joyce - NOT ON PPV!
We've spent so much time complaining about PPV in recent months that we feel we need to give credit where a bout we expected to see cost fans more turns out to not be behind a further paywall. With that said well played to BT Sport and Frank Warren for putting the bout between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce on normal BT Sport.
It's just a shame that it appears the decision was one that comes with a caveat. Stories out of the UK suggest the same weekend BT Sport will have PPV Football, meaning BT Sport took the decision not to put boxing on PPV on the same day. Still sometimes we, as boxing fans, need to take the positives when we can.
1-BT Sports card was dire
So we've just praised BT Sport and it just so happens that karma is in effect as they put on one of the worst shows we've seen in 2020. Their card on Saturday night was nothing short of terrible. The highlight of the card was Luke Jones taking an upset win against Muheeb Fazeldin and the segue that the broadcast had to Steve Bunce talking about black history month. This was an awful broadcast, with very, very few redeeming factors. Thankfully it finished relatively early as well!
2-ESPN make fans chase their broadcast
Another complaint about a broadcaster we're afraid. What on earth were ESPN doing making fans literally chase a broadcast across 3 different channels. ESPN+, ESPN News and ESPN all hosted different parts of the same show on Friday night. There was no reason at all for this, and it really was awkward, made things tricky to follow and saw a lot of fans missing parts of the show. Come on guys, keep things simple for fans and don't confuse them! Don't make the sport harder to follow than it needs to be!
1-The WBA interims continue to be a joke
Okay we don't have any mega ugly this week, but we do have something that we want to fit in here and that's the way the WBA continue, still, to create interim titles. This time it was up at Light Heavyweight where Robin Krasniqi stopped Dominic Boesel to become the new WBA interim champion. The bout, which ended in brutal fashion, was an interesting match up that, in the past, would have been a European title bout or a world title eliminator. Some how however the WBA slapped their interim title on here, despite neither man having a world class win. Come on folks, stop devaluing your own fucking titles!
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