Say Adiós as The First Lady Shutters HBO Boxing

Es Adiós Tiempo as the First Lady of Boxing, Ms Cecilia Braekhus,  will close out HBO Boxing when she puts all her belts on the line vs Ms Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes @StubHub Center in south Los Angeles this Saturday, December 8th.

Only ONE of a Gazillion Titles

Only ONE of a Gazillion Titles

To Wit: International Boxing Federation World Female Welterweight Title
International Boxing Organization World Female Welterweight Title
World Boxing Association World Female Welterweight Title
World Boxing Council World Female Welterweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Female Welterweight Title

Oh, and she’s already The Ring’s female 147 champ, but additionally Ring commissioned the first ever female P4P belt just for her. Kinda leaves ya breathless, eh!

The 45-year history of HBO boxing begins January 22nd, 1973 when Big George Foreman upset the Joe Frazier juggernaut to concussively usher in a new golden era of world heavyweights as fight # 1. Fast forward>>>>> and all’s well that ends as the last, yet certainly not the least of HBO’s final 1,118th bout when Ms Cecilia defends her title for the 24th time in an historic first as the boxing headliner.

Ms Cecilia ironically  starred in the first-ever women’s cofeature on HBO on May 5 when she survived a seventh-round knockdown and retained her title by unanimous decision over Kali Reis on the Gennady Golovkin-Vanes Martirosyan undercard, also at the StubHub Center.

Here we have a photographer’s dream photo op courtesy of Ms Lina Baker of 360 Promotions. Ms Cecilia thus far sports a perfect 34-0, 9 KO record. Is there nothing not to love about her?

Well, this ain’t the way I want to get to know her!

A sorta boxer’s yoga pose made yummier by Ms Cecilia.

Here is former trainer of record breaking heavyweight champ, Wladimir Klitschko, Johnathon Banks being the lucky bum working the mitts for her!

Yes you can Ms Cecilia!

The only fly in the ointment is if Ms Lopes can upset the First Lady’s heavily laden apple cart. Ms Cecelia is 37 years of age now and should be thinking a soft landing for retirement. She is said be highly sought for product endorsements by the marketing industry, most especially in Europe where she is worshiped as a goddess!

And then we have the background story of Ms Cecilia being orphaned as a newborn in Columbia before being plucked out of an orphanage by her kindhearted Swedish adoptive parents.

Thus, this heart strung feel good story tain’t over til the Fat Lady sings, so ladies, good luck with that!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder French Farce in LaLaLand

The former Ring heavyweight champ of all the title belts that counted for anything, Tyson Fury, continues his comeback from disgrace to challenge the All American cupcake Deontay Wilder for his TBA/WBC Cheesebelt @Staples Center, Los Angeles this Saturday, December 1st. 

Best Buds forever

Best Buds forever

The mercurially unstable Fury is now on his 5th trainer in 10 years of boxing. That time frame includes a recent 3 yr Bacchanalian where he blew up to near 400 lbs whilst being riddled with drug accusations, a spate of mental illness, and a nasty spat with his incompetent ruling commish, the BBB of C, yet here he is making his 3rd comeback fight far, far away from the green isles of Great Britain. Ben Davison is his fresh young trainer, he of the former middleweight champ and still undefeated fellow Irish traveler, Billy Joe Saunders. Davison has been tapped to bring broken Icarus back to the greatness he has fallen from.

Fury has been training like a fury to drop more than 100 lbs of pure blubber, but we’ve seen this before in the ill fated James J. Jeffries comeback against Jack Johnson more than a century ago. In this case, the just turned 30 year old Fury is much younger and not been retired for the 6 years Jeffries was. Perhaps more importantly, he also been working with Freddie Roach for a 4 week camp at the Big Bear high altitude before moving down to his famed LA Wildcard Gym, and Freddie is supposed to be working his corner as the cut man. More likely Freddie will be in the referee’s face anytime he sees officiating monkey business going on, something almost guaranteed in a bout this big, ie: Andre Ward  vs Mikkel Kessler in the inauguration of the original Super Six Tourney series where the appointed ref of this fight, Jack Reiss, allowed Ward to headbutt, lowblow, hit on the break and rabbit punch the tourney favorite Kessler into submission, a low water moment in American boxing that occurs near weekly these days.  

In 2015 Reiss stopped the TBA/short notice journeyman Johann Duhaupas on his feet after taking a few punches. That insured our dearDeyonce, who had been fighting with a completely shut eye for the previous 4 rounds that are normally grounds for a stoppage upset, would advance to bigger peanuts on the dollar paydays. Remember, California is the state so dysfunctional that it tried to secede not from the Union this year, but from itself by splitting into 3 states before being shot down by the courts! Those folks ain’t right in the head, so hence landing this French Farce!

Crafty boxing disguising that Fury is holding up his trunks to prevent mooning the fans…only in boxing!

Our Dearest Deyonce as he has become known to his critics who greatly outnumber his few fans, is finally stepping up to the big time after a 10 year career of fighting TBAs on short 1-2 weeks notice. For those needing an abbreviation translation, that’s “Too Be Announced” fight lingo for a fighter who steps in when the promoter has a venue with some fighters but no opponents that buys time to troll for the lowest bidders. He’s had the same 3 trainers for 10 years including former welter champ Mark Breland, and now he has 3 managers that include  Al Haymon these last 5 years, so his meager bags of peanuts get parsed up 6x plus the promoter for sparse earnings all around once Deyonce’s share comes around. This fight guarantees the proverbial jackpot for all concerned, yet is still peanuts compared to what the great Brit, Anthony Joshua, rakes in as the King of all he surveys in the boxing landscape. It’s been left up to The Big Goof to promote the thing, and here he does during a hilarious street stroll around downtown LA as he discovers only 2 of the few dozen people on the street have ever heard of Wilder.

As far as demonstrable skills, even club fighters of yore would greatly exceed Deyonce, but what he does have along with the referee in his pocket for every fight is his eraser, that wild right hand needing surgical repairs that bails him out trouble in all but one of his 40 TBA fights. And yup, he needed that ref to buy him extra recovery time after Ortiz had blasted him to smithereens,  thus booting him down the line to make the Fury fight.

Deyonce swings off balance ready to be easily countered

Pummeled into the corner ready for a nap

In Fury’s two comeback bouts, he was off balance needing to hold the ropes and punching weak as a new born kitty, so he may well be permanently lost as a top heavy. If indeed he can regain the use of his legs and balance, his hand speed appears to be intact, but it was the imposition of his massive size and strength as much as anything that enabled him to shrug off any Wladimir Klitschko clinches with furious flurries of punches. It remains to be seen if he can recover that formidable aspect of his game.

 The ebullient Fury is, however, still an apex predator in getting under opponent skins with his blarney, easily instigating a woefully weak two bit sucker punch from Deyonce to demonstrate just what a thug he truly is. If either gets stretched out on the canvas, there will be massive celebrations. It’s a fight for the haters as it were, so sadly, but it didn’t have to come to this, especially for Fury who for all his numerous flaws, is still an off the cuff comedian at heart.

Then we have the ultimate wildcard in play, the nanogram BALCO Vic VADA drug testing to consider that has derailed over $100 million in fight purses by now and ever counting!

Looking for Any Street Taco Residue!

Looking for Any Street Taco Residue!

Lord only knows what might happen of either fighter spontaneously partakes of an LA street taco!

Time to rumble young men, rumble and let the flac of two untested fighters fall where they may…

 

 

Tony Bellew Rolls Them Dice For All The Marbles vs Olexander Usyk

Tony Bellew is the 2nd hottest British fighter going these days next to the international juggernaut of Anthony Joshua, but now Bellew makes a move back down to Cruiser for a crack at the latest wunderkind on the block, Oleksandr Usyk, the winner of every cruiserweight belt on the planet that counts for anything. The action takes place in Merry aulde England, ie Bellew’s home environs Saturday, November 10th @Manchester Arena, Manchester, England

It’s quite difficult to see how Bellew wins this thing short of a crippling Usyk injury, but he is a very clever lad with a sneaky punch, so we cannot dismiss him outright. Bellew’s biggest problem this go round after epic mullerings of David Haye bumrushed him to the international limelight is that the undefeated Usyk is not only very agile on his feet, unlike the crippled Haye, but has become quite adept at going into a fighter’s hostile territory as he did most recently with the top ranked Russian, Murat Gassiev. Bellew is well aware of modern boxing’s stay at home mentality, and thus may well be very defensive to lay in wait for any Usyk error to pounce on to leverage a takeover of the fight. Bellew is also in a great upswing mentally bolstered by Usyk being the UK interloper if the fight goes to a decision.

Insert hometown decision here______

A weakness of that strategy is that with all four of the major titles on the line, the BBB of C may be forced into accepting an international cast of judges, and perhaps also the referee. The BBB of C referee selection has generally been sacrosanct, so we shall see.

There has been a growing public awareness of how punch drunken sensitive the ruling ABC orgs and the various commishes have become over the near weekly outrage by fans over their  bumbling oversight of such high powered bouts as this is, so perhaps for once the public has waged a good fight for improvements to the sport that desperately needs to upgrade itself.

Ominous vs The Bandit~Who You Got?

Ominous vs The Bandit~Who You Got?

 

 

UFC’s Bas Rutten Brings Bareknucks to PPV!

Bas Rutten is President of the newly formed World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation, with their inaugural kickoff in Wyoming on Friday, November 9 being that Wyoming is the only state where bareknucks fighting is legal.

Bas seems a rather easy chap to get along with, but his brawls outside of boxing, principally in bars where tough guys want to challenge him are legendary. I would rather bank on fleeing for my life rather than have to face this.

 His time engaged in martial arts is the stuff of legend, and for sure he means to add on to that legacy. 

Started into kick boxing as a 20 year old and went 14-2, 14 KO!

Recruited into the Japanese Pancrase League as a raw rookie, the precursor to MMA and UFC, and promptly rose to the top enough to be considered the best ever.

Then recruited into the MMA/UFC leagues where his record is a stellar 28-4-1 with 12 TKOs, 13 submissions, and 4 decisions with his 4 losses being by 3 submissions and 1 decision, where again he was a novice learning on the fly against the cream of the experienced fighters.

Then he moved into Japanese wrestling for his “elder” years.

Wow, and so many other accolades and certifications, that if anyone can turn bareknucks into the newest combat sport darling, it has to be him. Good Luck!

Nonito Donaire Upsets WBSS Banty Tourney

Veni, Vidi, Vici. Nonito Donaire has not only turned the WBSS Banty Tourney on its head, but stopped a personal slow spiral to the depths of career irrelevancy to burst forth into Boxrec’s #3 Banty ratings when he retired the tourney #1 seed, Ryan Burnett.

OK, Burnett was suspected of having a slipped disc, but nonetheless he made it through training to toe the scratch line, and without Nonito’s heroic efforts, he could have coasted to the win.

So, is Nonito back at the top permanently? The tourney has a few left who might be seen as favorites over him, but he looked mighty good in moving down to banty, so the rest of the boys have been served their notice. Nonito can’t afford to play around at this latter stage of his career. No doubt he his pumped, primed, and ready to rumble his way through.

WARNING!!!

The oversight of the judging was severely lacking, grotesquely displayed with the scores given in this “administrative” compilation of the 3 scorecards. One error was crossed out as a substitution was made. Judge Marin’s side of the ledger shows a simple arithmetic error no schoolboy would wish to embarrass himself by. Burnett’s side of the ledger shows a score of 38 at the time of the stoppage, whereas the numbers add up to 37. I would wish this the rare mistake in boxing, but it happens too often along with the rest of their ham handed oversight of boxing.

What comes next? Stay tuned!

Fury in Big Bear Training in His Underwear!

Yes, Virginia, Tyson Fury looks back for a short interim as he trains in his underpants for a Deyonce Wilder bout come December 1st. Insert Shotgun Willie lyrics here:

Shotgun Willie

Shotgun Willie

Shotgun Fury
Stand around in his underwear
Shotgun Fury
Stand around in his underwear
Bitin’ on a bullet
And pullin’ out hair
Shotgun Fury
Got his family there
Well, you can’t sell fight
If you got nothin’ to say
You can’t break an egg
If you ain’t in shape to play
You can’t box
If you ain’t got a partner to dance
Now Tyson Fury was workin’
For the Man
At 6 foot 9
Fury was a helluva man
Yeah, he made a lotta money
Selling fights on the Traveler plan

Shotgun Fury Standing in his underwear

Shotgun Fury Standing in his underwear

Yes, Virginia, Fury has an underwear endorsement from a British firm, and you too could be the proud recipient of such a colorful multi-hued garb, and with the right connections bolstered with plenty of $$$$, you too could be officially Fury undergarbed ringside at Staples CenterLos Angeles come fright night this Christmas season.

 

High and Mighty arrival at Big Bear training camp in California. Let’s hope Cali wildfires don’t trap him there, and then you risk the shaky helicopter ride.

 

 

Tomasz Adamek Vs Big Baby Miller @Crossroads


Former P4P rated heavyweight, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, looks to make a title shot comeback against the new baby on the heavyweight block, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, and Big Baby is a big’un alright, generally around the 300 lb mark on a 6-4 heavyduty frame. They’ll kick it off @Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Saturday, October 6th.

Now coming up on 42 years of age, Adamek’s career record is 53-5, 31 KO, vastly more experienced at the high end of boxing and boxrec rated #16, yet undeniably near the end of his stellar career as happens to any fighter. And Big Baby, 21-0-1, 18 KO, and Ring ranked #8, is hardly a baby any more at 30 years of age, yet still short of top level experience, a modern dillemma typical of today’s contenders who simply lack the overall numbers of quality fighters of the past generations to develop properly. We all know Chicago is filled with ethnic Poles, and with Adamek, being a Polish native, he will most certainly be the fan favorite, additionally boosted by the traditional underdog role fans love whenever a David vs Goliath matchup occurs.

The winner of this fight will doubtless be fighting for one of the titles next year, it’s preordained.

All those Polish fans won’t be able to physically help Adamek in the ring though. Even absent ring craft and nuance, the one thing Big Baby has over him besides immense size and strength is an aggressive punch output, perhaps the highest in the division. Though lacking a big punch thus far, just the sheer mass of his size coupled with his unceasing onslaught is enough to overcome every opponent thus far, and the once Ironman Adamek no longer possesses his super solid punch resistance and invincibility, so boxing fans best plan their expectations accordingly.

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua continues to take the heavyweight world by storm when he laces up against the long time top ranked fighter Deyonce Wilder shamelessly ducked out on, Alexander Povetkin, taking place Saturday, September 22 at Wembley Stadium.

For the 39 year old Olympic Gold Medalist, Povetkin, this could be his last chance saloon moment in the High Noon of sun if he can pull off the upset in the unified champ’s own backyard. Any fighter worth his weight will have dreamed of this opportunity, but previously Povetkin, 34-1, 24 KO, was never so ambitious. He turned pro to much acclaim, yet was soon seen as too small with no mitigating power to offset this behemoth generation of heavyweights and could only net nominal titles. When he finally stepped up after his own spate of ducking to take on the legendary Wladimir Klitschko, what an humiliating, man verses boy beating he took, but he took it well and is as tough as they come.

For Joshua who is 28 years old and 21-0, 20 KO, this is another moment to carve his name into fistic stone as one of the greatest fighters ever, so I expect both fighters to be in great shape with great battle plans, and given the stylistic and size differences, I expect a high end tactical fight early as each runs through his gears to test the other out. However, if only looking at the traditional boxing numbers that can be crunched on paper regarding the assets and liabilities of both fighters going into this fight, they heavily favor Joshua.

It would take the exceedingly rare, one off fighter to overturn the immutable laws of the universe, but not this time.

Boxing On Notice~Canelo vs Gennedy Golovkin 3.0…Maybe…

Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady GGG Golovkin are scheduled in Vegas for all the belts in Vegas this Saturday, September 15th Mexican Independence Day weekend, but like so much of the hooey in boxing these days, we cannot know if the scheduled fight can actually take place. Their previous Cinco de Mayo weekend rematch was quashed by bogus drug accusations that resulted in Canelo’s backdated 6 month suspension by the Vegas commish.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/canelo-vs-golovkin-againlet-the-poisoning-begin/

So yeah, hungover boxing suits, upon reflection in the dawn’s early glare after their Bacchanalian at the strip club, checked their empty pockets to find they had blown their paychecks. Now I see them in a desperate scramble of “treading on eggs” in the selection of officials for the rematch of the previously aborted rematch. The first Canelo/Golovkin fight was a good one  unfortunately marred by an outrageous 118-110 score by Adalaide Byrd, one of a host of horridly incompetent and/or corrupt judges and sundry officials across the global boxing world. Please also note that the 2020 Olympic committee banned “boxing” from those games after years of consecutive participation dating back to the first modern Olympic games, a shot across the bow of the ship of state of boxing that is no longer regarded as a fairly officiated sport in Amas or pros.

Pro Boxing has no such far ranging committee oversight save for the American public who has been fleeing the sport for over a decade now such that it has become a fringe sport. There are less than a handful big names that “might” register with the public, and none are native born Americans. Recently some two bit you tube punks who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag staged a faux feud leading to a “boxing match” that garnered a reported 100 milion PPV buys if the high end numbers hype are to be believed. They made millions,  more than 99.99% of today’s boxers command for a match, so there it is as today’s state of boxing goes. They’ve scheduled their sissyboy rematch, and who knows, maybe a new fad, a two bit punk boxing league and their aspiring wannabes.

For this misbegotten, reinvented 3.0 rematch after the grotesque failure of 2.0, the Vegas Commish will only be using one Nevada official, the long time and now elderly, yet always guaranteed to toe the Vegas commish line, judge Dave Moretti. Moretti also worked GGG-Canelo I, scoring it 115-113 for Golovkin, a reasonable score to be sure in a fight most thought Golovkin won, but certainly not all including this observer who scores “even” rounds that are not allowed in boxing to understand where the endless controversies are. Giving Golovkin all my “even” rounds gave Canelo a 1 point win on my card, not so far apart from 2 of the 3 official cards. The official fight result was a Split Draw with 114-114 being the “splitter” between the previously mentioned 118-110 score for Canelo and 115-113 for Golovkin.

Point in fact: Adding up those “official” scores for each fighter yields 345 points for Canelo vs 339 for Golovkin, an obvious advantage for Canelo if used as a tiebreaker in the current outdated 10 point must system of scoring that boxing uses, but of course that kind of advantage weakens the control of the suits determination of the results, hence the “draw” of the 10 point swing between 118-110 for Canelo and 115-113 for Golovkin, all strategically penned for more lucre. Could you imagine the outroar if the NFL/MLB/NBA kept 3 such disparate scores for every game?

Net result is that such boxing monkeyshines expose boxing’s many fault lines to erupt a flaming, vocal set of bipolar antisocial media segment of fans only caring to see the loser of any big fight being banned from the sport, or at least restricted to the small halls away their volcanic awareness so as not to defile their winner with his lowly loser presence.

They “wuz robbed” in classic boxing vernacular!

The other two judges are Steve Weisfeld  from New Jersey, and Glenn Feldman from Connecticut. None of those jurisdictions have any more credibility than Vegas, but at least Vegas offloads some of the potential blame in case of further controversy, but again, the fighters still have to toe the scratch line and fight, something that has become more and more problematic in boxing today after cancelled big fight headliners.

The referee will be Benjy Esteves Jr, also from New Jersey after Kenny Bayless wisely developed “personal problems” in advance of this “hot patootie” assignment as the Vegas premium choice, and then Tony Weeks got axed by long time Golovkin trainer, Abel Sanchez as the 2nd choice. Usually opposing teams are thrilled to have a big name officiate such a high profile match as are the chosen ref, but not in Vegas this go round.

The fighters are making the usual noises about knocking each other out, but the one who carries the biggest grudge is Canelo who has already lost out on a big payday with subsequent suspension as his reputation got dragged through the antisocial media cesspool, and his sin? Why he made beef, a longtime staple of fighters in training a part of his, specifically Mexican beef.

Sacre Bleu Mon Dieu! Now, according to Canelo, he’s has to train on fish and chicken instead of beef…the only available choice left in the modern nanogram lite in the loafers world of boxing folks!

Ironically, though the long delay is the longest period of inactivity of Canelo’s very busy career, it favors a refreshed and vengeful Canelo. He only just turned 28 and is at the cusp of his peak athletic years, whereas Golovkin is 36 and now aging in dog years for boxers. Oh, to be sure, Golovkin still has plenty enough left to beat Canelo, but then all Canelo has to do is make his aggressive showy flurries a more regular occurrence and he wins…well, maybe only sorta.

Because of the corrupt way boxing scores fights, just about every other weekend brings new outrage by the few fans boxing has left, and even if I scored it by one point for Canelo, it was too close for the current ham handed, low brow 10 point must scoring system in place. I’ve written extensively about their vestigial padded 10 point must system that ends up like some kind of weird transcribbled basketball score and their refusal to score even rounds where most of the controversies arise. Another negligence is too often being too stupid to add up the points correctly resulting in changed scores, sorta like if football used movable goal posts benefiting the home team. No other pro sport has such a sloppy, incomprehensible system as boxing and I fear it’s only gonna get worse in this epic drought of integrity before it gets better, so we’ll see soon enough…err…maybe, sorta!

Golovkin was looking tubby at the scheduled pre fight weighin several weeks ago where both were well within the maximum weight allowed. I’ve never seen Canelo out of shape even though his walking around street weight is probably in the 180s, not that far removed from his fight night weight. Golovkin pulled in a handsome purse last time and now lives a pretty good life between them proverbial “silk sheets” that Marvin Hagler used to talk of, hence the tubbiness. He and his manager Tom Loeffler now have enough sense of royal entitlement to have lobbied Vegas to have have Canelo suspended for perfectly legal nanogram ghost traces of Clenbuterol found in the Mexican food chain, and now return to the scene of their crime begging for more?

If Canelo was really a drug cheat, then why are they fighting him? And if they were really worried about drug cheating, why did they signup for BALCO Vic VADA “clean boxing” program that makes them eligible to access his BALCO vitamins? Do they even realize that by supporting the architects of an extortion racquet that forces Canelo to join the same program with access to the same BALCO vitamins, that the playing field is actually level this go round?

Seems to my predatory eyes like Team Golovkin may be the ones in a crisis of confidence that they could even win such a tough fight that most fighters shy away from in these padded record days. Still plenty of time to pull the plug on this doohickey as feets gets colder.

But wait, wait, “A hell-broth boil and bubble, Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn and caldron bubble” in the Golden Boy paradise that has been instrumental in Canelo’s development, accolades, and riches. Oscar De La Hoya tells us he may become our new Hail to the Chief president in the 2020 election!

http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/24649705/oscar-de-la-hoya-says-consider-run-president-2020

The undercards are also telling of the current state of boxing in that a top 10 American cannot be found, but thankfully we have plenty enough top 10 foreigners boxing. We have French Canadian David Lemieux going against Gary O’Sullivan, an Irishman from Cork in a slugging donnybrook, then a fresh Mexican slugger junior middle, Jaime Munguia vs another Canadian, Brandon Cook, and finally recently deposed Ring P4P # 1, Roman Gonzalez from Nicarauga fights Mexican Moises Fuentes in a flyweight spat.

Picked Canelo in my predictor league again, but in the last fight he could’ve been much more offensively active to edge out the fight, and conversely Golovkin could’ve been more aggressive, but both fought a good fight showing skillsets not always appreciated by the unwashed public. A dash of more heart displayed please coupled with good officiating and we could be looking at a classic trilogy instead of canceled fights and soiled reputations, so let’s go!

 

 

Adam Kownacki vs Charles Martin

This an unusual bout of a native Pole, now presumably American citizen and a new heavyweight contender, Adam Kownacki, 17-0, 14 KO, against a likewise relatively untested former WBA champ Charles Martin, 25-1, 23 KO being held @Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Saturday, September 8th.

Kownacki is rated 10th in Ring, and 12th in Boxrec whereas Martin is unranked in either because of inactivity. Both are sluggers, so I doubt we’ll see much in the way of Fancy Dan boxing, but more likely a war of attrition. Kownacki looks like a chubby choirboy without his beard, whereas Martin began looking like a jellied crack daddy with or without a beard after getting badly whooped by the now unified champ Anthony Joshua. After that fight where Martin netted a purse greater than the career earnings of TBA champ, Deontay Wilder, Martin got hisself shot up on the bad side of Las Angeles in the early AM hours while engaged in some shady business. Both have limited Ama careers and are in their prime athletic years, 29 and 32 years of age respectively.

I see it as pretty much a 50/50 fight of aspiring contenders. Never watched Kownacki save some fight highlights that show a face first, high intensity slugger, but I saw the regrettable Vyacheslav Glazkov and Joshua fights where Martin looked down right terrible, clueless really, and that IBF scrap he won had been stripped off Tyson Fury before the week was up after his epic Wladimir Klitschko victory, reduced to sham title with no credibilty whatsoever with the public until Joshua unified it with the other titles.

Nonetheless, this is a decent fight regardless of the limitations of the fighters, so who could ask more of a fighter than to toe the scratch line for another good go?