Now, last week I may have stated that Ricky Burns had no chance against Roman Martinez. Burns fought the fight of his life, out-boxing and out-manning Martinez at every turn in what is the leading Fight of the Year candidate. Congratulations Ricky, now do us all a favour and continue to fight world class fighters and not the likes of a shot Alex Arthur or Paul Appleby to keep that title at home.
David Haye is taking on Audley Harrison. Boxing fans around the world are in disgust at such a meaningless bout. But guess what, we will all watch it as that is the enigma that is Audley Harrison. There are many people calling this fight a farce, which is fair enough, but can you honestly keep a straight face while saying Albert Sosnowski was a credible opponent for Vitali? I didn’t think so.
Amir Khan is now saying Marcos Maidana wants a King’s Ransom to make their fight in December. Is anyone else slowly coming around to the fact that maybe Khan is not the one doing the ducking this time?
Showtime have threatened Dirrell and Ward with lawsuits should they not fight by October 9th. Well done Showtime, they seem determined to ensure the Super 6 continues in the right way. Ward and Dirrell knew that they would be fighting each other before the tournament was signed, its too late to back out now.
Kessler has been named Champion Emeritus by the WBC. Is it just me that thinks this is more to do with Showtime wanting to keep the belts in the tournament rather than Kesslers injury? Sometimes these alphabet organizations make me sick, in fact its very rare I read something concerning them that I don’t feel sick. While we’re here, Chad Dawson has been named interim champion by WBC, maybe they just need the sanctioning fee for his tune up bout for the Pascal rematch. Remember, it’s a boxers job to keep Jose Sulaiman and the likes fat and self important.
On to this weeks fights:
Tyson Fury makes his first appearance on US television when he takes on the undefeated Rich Power over eight rounds. Fury is something of an enigma, he is six foot seven 250lbs+ and is an internet sensation with the video of him punching himself in the face during an actual bout. Fury has been badly managed in his young career so far, but lets hope all that is behind him now as he tries to move up the rankings.
Eurosport fans everywhere rejoice as our favourite Heavyweight journeyman Konstantin Airich is back taking on Serdar Uysal, whose record is a measly 11-10-2. If you have never seen Airich before, try and get hold of the fight as Airich is always entertaining. It’s a shame he is not actually any good.
The Ring Magazine’s 10th rated Super Middleweight Brian Magee returns to action taking on Roman Aramyan for the EBU CW title. It is another fight that is quite simply laughable- How can anyone who has faced six opponents in his last seven with losing records be in line for a title shot, and one of those fighters had won five and lost forty nine, yes forty nine. The only opponent he has faced in his last seven with a winning record he lost to. Maybe I can turn pro and get a title shot next? The weight may be a problem though, catch weight anyone?
Erik Morales returns to action taking on Scotland’s Willie Limond. it’s a sad fact that Morales is that far removed form his prime he could actually lose to a fighter who’s only claim to fame is dropping Amir Khan before having his jaw broken and stopped. Please Erik, whatever happens in this fight, just retire after it.
Steve Molitor takes on Jason Booth for some trinket or another in Sunderland UK. Booth has battled back from the brink of self destruction over the past few years where alcoholism was opponent. There is not a nicer man in boxing and if there was one fighter from the UK who I would love to be called a champion its “too smooth”. In all honesty though, Molitor should make an easy defence.
Olympian Tony Jefferies makes his return following a disputed draw in his last fight, Jefferies is finally learning that an Olympic medal does not guarantee world success. The stories coming out of his gym are positive as he seems to be finally putting everything into the game. However his opponent, Carl Wild will tell us nothing. The story is all to familiar in boxing, have success at Olympics, sign a multi-million deal with a promoter, lose the hunger and eventually retire and be forgotten. Lets hope Jaffa doesn’t follow that familiar path, though judging his past two performances, it may be too late.
Anthony Mundine is back at 154 and he takes on Ryan Waters in Australia. You have to wonder, if Mundine can make 154 now, why didn’t he do it a decade ago? Also on that card, Billy Dib fights in an 8 rounder. Its about time Dib started to fight ranked opponents.
HBO Bad returns this weekend with an intriguing double header. First of all, Yuriorkis Gamboa takes on Orlando Salido in a unification bout and Anthony Peterson takes on Brandon Rios in a “someone’s 0 has got to go” matchup. Peterson and Rios is a fantastic matchup and a real 50-50 fight, the winner of this must surely put themselves at the top of the queue to face the winner of JMM vs Katsidis. Gamboa will be hoping to make light work of Salido as Bob Arum continues to entice fans with the prospect of a mouth watering Gamboa Lopez bout. Stop teasing Bob its time to deliver.
Finally in Germany we get the long-awaited super fight rematch between Samuel Peter and Wladimir Klitschko. Ok so its not a super fight and maybe nobody outside of Germany cares, but their still fighting. If you manage to stay awake through the entire bout, you deserve a cookie.
That’s it for this week.