Monday, 24 October 2016

October was a month of Mess & Mayhem for the Heavyweight Division

The Heavyweight division is booming, however October produced a completely strange sequence of events which left fans frustrated. Big fights fell through. Big fights were announced. It was complete Mayhem.

Timeline:

-       For weeks boxings leading promoter Eddie Hearn promised fans that the deal for AJ vs Klitschko was close.  Both team Joshua & Klitschko had compromised and all that was left for the WBA was to sanction the fight. That is easy enough right?
-       A simple yes or no vote by the WBA was expected to be ruled upon 3 weeks ago, yet nothing came. It seemed like a certainty that AJ vs Klitschko would be sanctioned for the WBA title, yet out of left field. TEAM KLITSCHKO approached Lucas Browne. The money on offer was expected to be around the $1M mark, which didn't work since Leapai was offered $1.3M a couple of years before.
-       So we have arrived here. Why the heck did team Klitschko approach Browne? One of two reasons, logic suggests. 1) He didn’t fancy the fight with Joshua. 2) Team Klitschko knew the WBA wouldn’t have sanctioned the Joshua bout. Now if team Klitschko knew, how is that acceptable that team Joshua were not informed? It’s all suspicious. It makes no sense.
-       Now AJ is left to fight Browne, Jennings or Molina. Jennings doesn’t deserve the shot, he has had a poor past 2 years. Browne is coming off a big win vs Chagaev & Molina is coming off a big win in Poland vs Adamek. Both are decent opponents. But after promising fans the Wlad fight was nearly done, these fights are seen as mismatches. AJ vs Price also won’t be accepted with nearly 75% of our followers voting it’s a huge mismatch.


Now things got even weirder. The WBO approved Ruiz Jr vs Parker for the vacant title. That fight will likely be done in Auckland for December 10th. The fight in our opinion is a horrible mismatch and Parker will absolutely demolish Ruiz Jr. Now it gets even more bizarre. The winner of this fight has to fight  David Haye within 120 days. Haye would likely start as favorite against both and this also means Haye will get a shot against either before April 10th.

So Instead of getting Wlad vs AJ or Parker vs AJ straight up. We are now getting weird mismatches. But the golden news is Haye will fight Parker down the track, which will be a FUN & great fight.

To make the news even more bizarre. Wlad has now pulled out of the Dec 10 fight date with a slight hamstring injury. 

Wlad is 40, by the time he fights again he would have been out of the ring for 18 months. Whoever gets him next will likely get very lucky. Wlad relies on activity and given his age, he won't be the same fighter he once was in his next bout. 

The poorest thing about this all has been how limited the information from Wlad’s team has been. He has kept his fans in the dark. Eddie Hearn on the other hand has actually kept the fans informed.  


It makes no sense. As boxing often does. 

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