In a new weekly feature entitled ‘Gloves Up’, Donal O’Doherty discusses the latest issues that have arisen in the boxing world in the past week.
The past couple of weeks since Kell Brook won the IBF welterweight championship from Shawn Porter have been rather uneventful in the boxing world with the sport taking its usual summer break.
It’s no secret that Brook’s victory has been very much embraced by boxing fans especially British fans. But looking at the victory with some impartial perspective its obvious people may be getting carried away. It was undoubtedly a deserved victory and one must congratulate Kell Brook for that.
However the fight was quite messy and lacked any fluid boxing though it was evident throughout the cleaner work came from Brook. But what one must remember in assessing that fight is that Shawn Porter may have been slightly overhyped.
He defeated what was undoubtedly a game but slightly over the hill Paulie Malignaggi and a Devon Alexander that may have underestimated him. So though Brook’s victory was clearly a fantastic achievement and it surely proves he has a deserved place at world level the jury is still out on just how good he is.
A fight with Keith Thurman or even with fellow Brit Amir khan would be very telling and would provide an adequate test for Kell Brook.
Elsewhere in the boxing world the venue for Bernard Hopkins fight with Sergey Kovalev has been fixed as the two are set to square off in the Boardwalk hall in Atlantic city on November fifth.
Hopkins must be applauded. The man epitomises what it means to be a fighter. He fought a “who’s who” list of fighters during his career and to be willing to still fight at his age shows incredible courage.
Sergey Kovalev is the quintessential knockout artist, and since winning the title in devastating fashion against Nathan Cleverly last year he has quite literally walked through all of his unfortunate challengers.
It’s debatable whether or not Hopkins can make the bout competitive. He has no doubt lost a lot of speed in recent years and rarely puts combinations together. But what he does have is a vast reservoir of experience and is very clever inside the ring.
If Hopkins fights an extremely disciplined game plan I think he can put it up to Kovalev but if the “Krusher” lands even remotely flush it could be lights out for “The Alien”.
Most keen boxing observers will be aware of Jay Z’s entrance into the boxing business with his company “Rocnation.” It will be interesting to see as time goes on how they perform in such a cut throat game especially in comparison to “50 cents” promotional endeavours in recent years.
In the super middleweight division the ever lazy Julio Cesar Chavez Jr turned down a mandatory title shot against Anthony Dirrell. This incident typifies Junior’s career as he has now turned down two super middleweight title opportunities and also a potential shot at Golovkin recentley. This is such a waste of obvious talent and one can’t help feeling Chavez should just hang up the gloves as his actions really don’t bode well for the sport.
In heavyweight boxing Wladimir Klitschko’s title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev has been postponed until November 15th. The extra wait will hardly devastate anybody in all honesty. Though Pulev is a good fighter his style will hardly trouble King Klitschko