Revealed on 7 Nov 2022 11:37 am (UK Time)
Boxing is a sport which so usually shoots itself within the foot. In current weeks, headlines have been dominated by failures.
Within the first occasion, Conor Benn’s failed drug take a look at threw a protracted shadow. The response of his promoters in trying to bypass the findings, to stop his struggle with Chris Eubank Jr being cancelled, raised damning questions for all involved. Reputations are within the gutter.
Regardless of loads of hype and posturing, the heavyweight division then didn’t ship an thrilling unification, or the hoped-for, all-British, Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua blockbuster. As a substitute, the general public are confronted with the unappetising spectacle of WBC champ, Fury going through off in opposition to Dereck Chisora, a person he has already crushed twice with ease, and who has misplaced three of his final 4 contests. Is that this actually value the perfect a part of £30 for Pay-per-View?
In America, then again, fingers are being pointed in each instructions, over the collapse in negotiations for a superfight of generational significance. Terence Crawford v Errol Spence Jr would have seen the 2 greatest fighters within the welterweight division going through off, in a captivating throw-down for all of the marbles.
It’s the type of struggle that should occur for boxing to stay related, however which so hardly ever will get made within the trendy period. Promotional disputes, broadcaster clashes and nonsense between the varied governing our bodies always stop the perfect from combating the perfect. It’s infuriating, and short-sighted.
Amidst all of that, it’s refreshing to seek out fighters earnestly making an attempt to circumnavigate the circus which surrounds them. WBA light-heavyweight world champion, Dimitry Bivol is one, standout instance. The Russian placed on one other masterclass on Saturday evening in Abu Dhabi, to notch his 21st straight victory and get rid of the problem of Mexican Gilberto Ramirez, who got here into the struggle with an ideal 44 struggle report, having received his final 5 inside the space.
A throwback fighter, who works off a excessive guard and a quick jab, Bivol overcame peak and attain disadvantages to regulate the motion from the primary spherical. At occasions he rocked the challenger however stored his composure and resisted the urge to over-commit.
All the time respectful and by no means one to play the media recreation, Bivol, who beat celebrity Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez final outing, took the microphone after his win.
“I have a goal,” the 31-year-old declared. “To be undisputed champion. But it all doesn’t depend on me. If everything depended on me, that would be my next fight.”
Bivol referred, in fact, to his fearsome countryman Artur Beterbiev, who at the moment holds the IBF, WBC and WBO belts. Large punching Beterbiev appears prone to defend in opposition to Londoner, Anthony Yarde in January, however a match-up between the 2 Russians, if it could possibly be made for the center of 2023, would offer followers with one, clear light-heavyweight world champion, and an antidote to the illness of contemporary boxing.