Over the last few months we've been doing our Five Take Away series, where we take a bout and discuss 5 points we've taken from the bout. For this edition Five Take Aways however we're going to do something a little bit different and instead of covering five points from a recent bout in Asia we're going to go international and cover five points from across the global boxing scene.
1-Corey Erdman deserves a lot more opportunities
We'll start this with a genuine positive, as things go down hill quickly, and that is that Corey Erdman is a fantastic commentator who deserves a lot more opportunities than he gets. We're genuinely sick of the 3-person commentary booth we keep getting on broadcasts and Corey, running the commentary solo, works much better. We suspect that with a partner on commentary things would improve, but he's doing a better job by himself than most of the the commentators on Sky, BT, DAZN and ESPN. It would be great to see him getting more opportunities as he's a fresh voice, researches well and cares about the fights and fighters. Often commentary is overly biased and just as much about the voices as the fight but when it comes to Corey Erdman the fight comes first, and it's the way it should be! Someone snap this guy up and give him more bouts to call!
2-Dubois shouldn't have been in the position to "quit"
After Saturday night's fantastic Heavyweight bout between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce we saw a lot of people talking about how Dubois "quit", a dirty and insulting word to a fighter. Some of these came from fans of the sport, where opinions can run wild at the best of times, and others came from former and current fighters and boxing media. Whether Dubois is a "quitter" or not is yet to be seen, though it's fair to suggest he chose to end this bout, and has been slammed for it. Given the swelling around his left eye, and the visible damage to it, most can understand why Dubois took the count on his knee and lost the way he did.
In reality however he was let down, and it wasn't just one person who let him down. His corner really should have done better, whether he was leading the bout or not it was clear he was going to have to fight with 1 eye in the final rounds against a man who tagging the swelling time and time again. His corner should have taken the decision out off his hands, pulled him from the bout, and played the "he wanted to go on, but we couldn't allow that, he couldn't see and he's too brave for his own good" card. He was also let down by the referee, Ian John Lewis, who should have taken him to the ringside doctor, who would almost certainly have waved it off. Had either the corner or doctor retired him Dubois wouldn't have the "quitter" tag hanging over his head, and he would have been saved from the punishment he took in the final round.
3-Tony Yoka and Daniel Jacobs stunk up the joint
Both Tony Yoka and Daniel Jacobs really should be feeling disappointed with themselves following their performances on Friday night. Tony Yoka had the world's attention on him with ESPN+ and Boxnation showing casing his bout with Christian Hammer. Sadly however he fought like the only people watching him were those in the venue and gave no effort at all to try and win fans over. Yoka has been praised with compliments but has a lot of clouds hanging over his head, including his controversial Olympic gold medal and missing multiple drug tests. His performance here is not how to win fans on side or build good will. He did mention that he had damaged his hand after the bout, and whilst that goes some way to explaining his lack of offensive output it doesn't explain him dropping to his knees everytime Hammer got close. It was like he was impersonating some kinky teenage girl around her partner.
Sadly Daniel Jacobs did no better in his bout with Gabriel Rosado, in what was a truly awful performance. Jacobs, at his best, is it a legitimate threat to the Middleweight and Super Middleweight divisions and has given Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez really good tests. He has shown he can compete at that level. On Friday however he looked no more than a washed up contender struggling with a win-some-lose-some fringe contender. A terrible performance and potentially the end of his relationship with DAZN. Sadly after this performance it's hard to know what the future has left for the "Miracle Man", who turns 34 in February and could find himself frozen out of the big fights he wants.
4-People get pissy over novice bouts
On Saturday night Jake Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson 2 rounds. Following this bout we saw various new sites, boxers and fans pipe up about how dangerous the sport is and how it makes a joke of the sport. Going into this bout it was two professional novices fighting, this wasn't a former world champion battering some raw novice, or some top prospect squishing a local scrub, but two complete novices fighting. Sure they both had a high profile outside of boxing, but in reality this was a novice fight, and a lot less dangerous to a lot of fights we see week in and week out. The bouts pitting an unbeaten prospect against a guy who had been stopped a few times, or the bouts where a prospect is fighting someone coming up 2 weight classes. This wasn't some amateur standout beating up on someone, but was a simple novice bout.
As for making the sport a joke, is this really where you draw the line? Not the hundreds of titles? The weekly poor decisions? The consistent mismatches throughout the sport? The lack of true 50/50 fights at the top of the sport? The badly implemented replay system? The various, and often inexplicable, world rankings? The cheer leading commentary and the inconsistent media? The connections to crime through the sport, including the fact one of the most notable promoters killed 2 people?
You draw the line on the sport being a joke by two high profile individuals fighting each other in a novice bout? Damn man! Damn.
5-Waylon Law and Justin Frost were made for a trilogy
We started with a positive so lets end with one too. Australian fighters Waylon Law and Justin Frost were made for each other, and they were made to have a trilogy. They fought back in September, with Law taking a split decision, they fought again on Saturday, with Frost taking a majority decision, and now they obviously need a rubber match!
Genuinely if you've not seen the two bouts between these two you need to. They have put on two barn burners in 2020 and are almost perfectly matched. Their styles gel perfectly and their mentalities in the ring match up amazingly well. Please boxing gods lets see the trilogy finish off next time out! We deserve it as fans, and the two men deserve a chance to claim a series victory over the other.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).