It seems like the last week has genuinely flown by, and whilst that might just be us, it really does seem like time is starting to tick away, and we are starting to head towards some exciting times in the sport. We have big bouts around the corner, we have some interesting returns coming up and we have something to look forward.
Whilst the last week might not have had a lot of in ring action we certainly have a decent amount to talk about, both in the ring and out of it!
1-A lot of bouts being announced!
So lets start with the best thing, the sheer number of announcements we've had in the last week or so. In the space of around a week we've had Naoya Inoue Vs Jason Moloney announced, along with Hiroto Kyoguchi Vs Thanongsak Simsri, Daigo Higa Vs Seiya Tsutsumi and the Taisei card in November. For the first time, in a long time, we are seeing the schedule getting more and more stacked and it feels like we are heading towards some exciting times. Fingers crossed the bouts that have been announced all take place. If they do we will have a whirlwind of activity in October and November!
2-Boxnation is still going!
British boxing channel Boxnation showed there is still life in the channel this week as it showed a Russian card. Whilst the show it's self was nothing great it was fantastic to see the channel pick up some fights. It seems unlikely that the channel will ever become what we all wanted it to be, but it's a great thing that it is still out there, and fingers crossed they do manage to pick up obscure cards going forward. Given the issues DAZN are having the idea that Boxnation is still out there is great, and although it's limping around like a wounded animal looking for a place to die, it's still got some fight in it.
3-Drive in Boxing in the UK!
Staying with the UK it's great to see that, finally, Drive In boxing will be tried in the UK. We loved the German Drive In boxing show from earlier in the year and it's brilliant that it will be tried again. Just a shame that it's being tried in the UK in November, and will almost certainly not be the type of conditions needed to best enjoy the sport. November in the UK tends to bet wet, windy, and dark super early, so we can see this being a failure, but it's glad someone tried. Just a shame it wasn't possible to try over the summer and run the event as a proof of concept.
1-What on earth happened to Boxrec this week?
It night just be us, but erm...Boxrec looks goofy recently. Records are loading weirdly, and there's other small but very notable graphical issues at times. We suspect it's due to how adverts are loading but it's making the site awkward to use at times. Fingers crossed they can sort this out, before it becomes a bigger issue. Whether you love Boxrec or not it's one of the most vital resources for fight fans and it's a shame to see so many issues creeping in to it in regards to how things look.
We don't pay attention to the rankings that we once did, mostly because it's a waste of fucking time and they make it up as they go along, but this week we did glance at some of them including the WBA's. And let us just say these are laughable and bizarre. Every division has at least one "WTF?" fighter rankings. For example Christopher Lovejoy and Fres Oquendo at Heavyweight, Juergen Uldedaj at Crusierweight and Tomoki Kameda, of all fighters, at Featherweight. Whatever the folk at the WBA are smoking, we want some! We want some badly!
1-Canelo Vs Dazn and GBP
It's hard to really understand what anyone is expecting out of the messy situation between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions, but lets just be honest, it will end up a car wreck. Whether DAZN have done anything wrong or not, and that's for the courts to decide, is going to be pretty damaging to Canelo's career if they decide to actively fight it. They could, potentially, force him to sit out a very, very long time whilst this goes through the courts. For DAZN it's a learning experience in the boxing game, and why the sport wasn't a great option for them to pursue the way they did, and for Golden Boy, well this could end up being the end of them. If this gets as messy as it could be we might see Canelo sitting on the side lines for a year or two, DAZN dropping boxing after current contracts expire and GBP being hammered into the ground. A total mess up on a mess.
2-Danny Williams Still fighting
Why? Just why? Aged 47 Danny Williams was once a great servant of British boxing, and one of the better British Heavyweights from the 1990's. Now however he's a shell of a man who needs to hang them up...10 years ago. It's long been said that he's fighting for his kids to go to an expensive school, but lets be honest, if his kids are his priority maybe him being a lucid parent to them later in their lives is a more important thing than their schooling. Whoever keeps licensing him stop it, stop it now, or there will be blood on your hands one day soon.
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