Recently Amir Khan used his instagram to apologize for his lengthy absence and declare that he is ready for a ring return. 2017 has not been the best year for Khan. First off he has not fought in over a year. His last fight being a scary knock out at the hands of Canelo Alvarez. Despite performing well, especially early on he fell to Canelo’s power. Also he had a potential fight with former stablemate Manny Pacquiao fall through. Khan’s personal life has been a bit of a struggle as well. As we all know personal issues can either distract us from our work or drive us. It will be interesting to see which is the case for Khan.
Gatekeeper. Many casual and hardcore fans alike use the term in a negative sense. Defining someone who did not capitalize on their hype. Maybe a fighter who couldn’t make the most of their amazing talent. A fighter who reached the top of the sport only to flame out quickly. To refer to these fighters as “failures” or “busts” is doing the fighters and the sport a disservice. For starters boxing is a brutal sport. It takes years away from your life. Any person willing to choose this life deserves respect and admiration.
Or maybe the better question is who is next for Andre Ward? Andre “S.O.G.” is in a very rare position where he is considered the “man” at his weight class. While not the biggest draw at 175 Ward is definitely considered the best fighter. With his two disputed yet valid victories over Sergey Kovalev many have wondered what is next for Ward. Many of the the top light heavyweights are ready matches up. Kovalev will be back in the ring in November. While Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez are in talks to fight one another at the end of the year. However there are some options out there to be explored.
Here in America we love our sports. Especially boxing. We believe our boxers are the best and that the best boxing is in the U.S. However we do accept Mexico and the U.K. as our pugilistic rivals. Although boxing is quite popular in these places there are so many other corners of the globe where the sweet science is the sport of choice. Here are just a few to chew on.
Once again boxing fans are left with a sour taste in their mouths after an overly hype fight does not quite deliver. Not to mention we had the dreaded horrible scorecard rear it’s ugly head.. In the aftermath of Canelo vs Golovkin here are five things we learned tonight.
1. Canelo is a better boxer than advertised. I was quite surprised with how well Canelo boxed in this fight. Not to say he is a bad boxer. Speed was just never his calling card. Technique, precision and power were his tools of the trade. However tonight Canelo showed excellent footwork. Great handspeed and combinations. He was very elusive at times as well. Canelo is becoming a more complete fighter. A scary thought for the rest of the Middleweight division.
Written by: DeMarkus Jones – Things are certainly starting to pick up in the heavyweight division. In April of this year we witnessed Anthony Joshua knock out Wladimir Klitschko in a very entertaining bout. Joshua is already scheduled to defend his WBA (super) and IBF titles against Kubrat Pulev in October. Joseph Parker defends his WBO title against Hughie Fury ( cousin of Tyson Fury) in two weeks on September 23rd. On top of those fights WBC champion Deontay Wilder is going to defend his title against Luis Ortiz. It’s has been quite a while since we have had such a string of important fights this close together in the big boy division. With the announcement of Wilder vs Ortiz lets get to both of these titans before their clash in November.
People have been saying it for years. That boxing is dead. It is not as good as the “glory years”. The fighters are not the same. MMA is the “king” of combat sports. However recent trends prove that not only is boxing alive and well. It may be thriving more than ever. I believe that we are on the cusp of a new golden age of boxing.
Being an amatuer boxer myself I am on different gyms across my hometown of Houston all the time. Those gyms are always packed. Full of fighters and spectators both kids and adults. Male and female. Many of them with aspirations of turning pro and becoming champions.
Written by DeMarkus Jones – There are a few names that you could justifiably as the best boxer in the sport today. Andre Ward, Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia and Gennady Golovkin are some of the more popular names. However the guy that is most poised to take over boxing is Terence Crawford. He might not have the glamorous resume of Ward of the stunning highlight reel of Golovkin. However dive a little deeper and you will discover an elite boxer with no real visible weakness who is ready to be the top attraction in boxing.