Before we begin I think I should just let you know that the podcast is still a thing. However I haven’t written a blog in quite some time and as that’s how I previously used to convey thoughts about the state of boxing on this website, I thought it was time to go back to the basics.
People still blog, right?
Anyway, onto the random thoughts on the current boxing scene.
- After Canelo Alvarez got the decision over Gennady Golovkin, I became disenchanted with boxing. It takes a LOT for me to become disenchanted with something and I’m a guy who regularly buys comic books.
- While I don’t care for fighters leaving the ring in disgust over a decision, I can sympathize with Golovkin doing it. I think he’ll go the Marvin Hagler route wherein he retires after a controversial decision and never puts a pair of gloves on again.
- Canelo’s next opponent is Rocky Fielding. You might remember him from…uh, um…OK let’s see uh…OK no one knows who he is but I’m sure this future opponent is probably an attempt by Canelo to secure Fighter of the Year honors.
- Hearing that HBO was getting out of boxing was disappointing but at the same time not surprising. Boxing writer Hector Franco and I had talked about it before, how HBO was slowly becoming a non-entity in the sport and it seems that unfortunate transformation is now complete.
- It’s a pity that what used to be the biggest platform of boxing is now…not because a lot of great boxing has come from HBO: Douglas vs Tyson; the Bowe/Holyfield trilogy; the rise of superstars like Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao just to name a few.
- I won’t miss The Fight Game with Jim Lampley or rather, The Smug Game with Jim Lampley as I sometimes referred to it. I’m sorry but sometimes Lampley would go on and on using words that he probably pulled off his ‘Word-A-Day’ calendar.
- Speaking of Manny Pacquiao, instead of thanking God after each of his victories he’ll first have to thank Al Haymon now that Pacquiao has signed with PBC.
- I think the only reason why someone might be excited about Pacquiao joining PBC is because they really want to see Manny lay in a beating to Adrien Broner. Other than that I think most boxing fans are like me and want Manny to retire like he did for a few months in 2016.
- Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is just a little over a month away. Should Fury win he’ll certainly get Ring Magazine‘s Comeback of the Year and make a good case for himself getting Fighter of the Year again like he did in 2015.
- Should Wilder win, hopefully this will help elevate him to the status that he should have had for some time now and that is of someone who the general public recognizes.
- Speaking of Ring Magazine…does anyone read that any more? I mean, I did at the library for a few seconds until I realized that it was a year old issue. If you want my honest opinion, they’ll probably shut down in 2022, a weird sort of way of celebrating 100 years of boxing coverage (with the occasional wrestling they covered in the first 30 or so years).
- If Mikey Garcia vs Errol Spence could be made for next year then I will be a very happy man.
- Is it sad that I check every once in a while to see if Keith Thurman is retired or dead? Because either one could happen and I would be surprised it hadn’t already happened.
There WILL be another podcast but at the moment, Justin and I are working on a little history project that we want to have for you by early December. I won’t let you know what it is yet but let’s just say that it has to do with boxing history.