by Chris Milton
There seems to be a lot of controversy regarding the referring of last week’s Magnificent Seven card in the UK. People are complaining that some fights were stopped early while Enzo Maccarinelli was aloud to carry on longer than necessary. Just where is the middle ground?
Staying with Maccarinelli I hope he takes up on Frank Warren’s offer to promote fights in his native Wales and retire. His health is at serious risk if he continues to fight.
Nathan Cleverly showed why he is one of the best prospects in the game with his total domination of Karo Murat. The performance from Cleverly was nothing short of spellbinding but we have to remember he is far from the finished article. If he can add some head movement and a little more ring generalship he could unify the division in two years time.
Everyone seems to be impressed with Saul Alvarez. I am not, he took on a 39 year old journey man who had done nothing for four years and to be honest, did not impress. Sure the KO was great, but up until that point he looked ordinary to me.
Mosley v Mora was a horrible fight and a hard fight to score. The Boxing Tribune scored it a draw, I had it 116-112 Mosley while a colleague had it 115-113 Mora. All three scores were justified and its safe to say this fight will not get much thought when it comes to fight of the year consideration. HBO, themselves, created the controversy with their terribly biased commentary. It may be time to get rid of Harold Letterman because his scorecards over the past year are getting worse and worse.
Victor Ortiz knocked out Vivian Harris, who seems to have become a knock out guy for hire. Has Ortiz recovered from the Maidana bout? Nobody can honestly tell until he fights someone who isn’t going to lay down for a payday.
It’s a shame that the proposed Bradley v Alexander bout seems to be falling apart. The blame lies with Gary Shaw who is demanding that Bradley signs a contract extension in order to secure the fight. Whatever happened to promoters just promoting?
The Super Six seems to be in complete meltdown. If I were Ken Hershman I would honestly take legal action against both Ward and Dirrell. They knew they could possibly fight each other when the talks were first started regarding the tournament. Its too late to pull out now. On a more positive Super Six note, it seems as though Carl Froch will be ready to fight in late November, talks are now ongoing as to find a new venue.
Amir Khan v Marcos Maidana is done. What will the Khan haters say now?
Sergio Martinez v Paul Williams 2 is also done. The fall is looking excellent for boxing.
On to this weeks fights
Czar Amonsot is back taking on Jesus Singwancha in the Philippines. Amonsot is probably recognised due to his absolute war with Katsidis back in 2007. Any fighter involved in a war like that is always worth keeping an eye out for.
Tony Bellew will defend his Commonwealth title against Bob Ajisafe on Sky Sports this Friday night. Bellew is highly touted in the UK and could be working his way into a fight with Nathan Cleverly. This should be an easy night for Bellew who probably needs rounds more than anything else after going 6 rounds just once in his past 6 fights.
Daiki Kameda defends his WBA against former champion Takefumi Sakata. This one has slipped under the radar of most fight fans but it should be an entertaining bout.
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk defends his WBC title in a bout with Jason Robinson, quite how Robinson is deserving of a title shot is beyond me. More Alphabet madness.
Deontay Wilder fights Mujaheed Moore in what amounts to a slaughter. On one hand you have Wilder who is 11(11)-0 and Moore who is 4(3)-4(1). What is the point of this fight? People wonder why American fighters such as Daniel Jacobs are starting to come up short when they step up in class. Fights like this are the reason. Wilder should be in against opposition who can test him a little, not in a guaranteed KO win.
Albert Sosnowski is back after being stopped by Vitali Klitschko. He takes on Paul Butlin in a guaranteed win. Hey, at least I have something to watch with my beer on Saturday night.
On the same bill John Murray defends his EBU title against Andriy Kudriavtsev. Murray is hoping this fight will springboard him into world class. Unfortunately, you have to beat someone with a decent record and with a world ranking to do that. Kudriavtsev has neither.
Joey Gilbert takes on Kassim Ouma in Nevada on Saturday night. Ouma is one of the nicest guys in Boxing, if you haven’t seen the documentary on him leading up to and including the post fight with Jermain Taylor then do yourself a favour and watch it. It will be more entertaining than this fight.
See you next week.