SAN ANTONIO — Ten rounds as we wrap up a fairly respectable 12 months in boxing …
10. The mud has settled on the lightweight division after a month of compelling fights. So who’s on the prime? George Kambosos has 4 belts, Devin Haney has one nevertheless it’s arduous to select anybody at 135-pounds to beat Vasyl Lomachenko. Loma battered a sport Richard Commey final weekend, even inviting Commey’s nook to cease it in the course of the seventh spherical. Lightweight, even with Teófimo López exiting, is arguably the deepest division in all of boxing. I’d nonetheless put Lomachenko on the prime of it.
9. Kambosos will probably be sifting by means of gives within the coming weeks, however perceive this: He received’t be selecting between Lomachenko, Haney or Gervonta Davis. He will probably be selecting multi-fight packages that embrace fights with Lomachenko, Haney or Tank Davis. Kambosos’s staff is searching for a 2–3 fight deal for the proper to problem Kambosos for his 4 belts, and he’ll get it. My cash says Matchroom, backed by DAZN, has the successful supply. DAZN will pony up huge cash not only for a fight in opposition to Haney, but additionally Ryan Garcia, a rising star who is about to return early subsequent 12 months.
8. Representatives of Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder have finalized a deal for a fight between the 2 tremendous middleweight contenders in February, sources accustomed to the negotiations informed Sports activities Illustrated. The working date is February twelfth in London. Jacobs, a former middleweight champion, has not fought since November 2020, when he received a lackluster choice over Gabriel Rosado. Ryder is on a two-fight successful streak since a controversial loss to former tremendous middleweight titleholder Callum Smith. If Jacobs wins, his staff hopes to match him up in opposition to mild heavyweight champion Joe Smith in the course of subsequent 12 months.
7. Please, WBC: Order Jermall Charlo to fight Demetrius Andrade. If I’ve to place up with anymore insignificant title defenses for both of them, I’m going to lose it.
6. When is Gervonta Davis going to face a compelling opponent? Davis is 27 and the most important win on his resume was a stoppage of Jose Pedraza … almost 5 years in the past. Davis’s staff at Mayweather Promotions are treating Davis like he’s Mayweather. However by his mid-20’s Mayweather had fought Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales and José Luis Castillo, twice. At 28, Mayweather pummeled Arturo Gatti in Gatti’s yard in Atlantic Metropolis. Davis refuses to push for these kind of opponents … whereas combating within the hottest division in boxing.
5. I like Conor Benn. However I received’t be offered on Conor Benn till he will get within the ring with a authentic puncher. Benn’s knockout of Chris Algieri final weekend was spectacular, however Algieri was a light, ex-140-pound champion with restricted energy, particularly at welterweight. The 147-pound division is residence to some enormous punchers. I’d wish to see what Benn’s chin seems like earlier than I anoint him as the following huge factor.
4. What’s occurred to Dmitry Bivol? Bivol seemed like a rising star early in his profession, with a run of early knockouts giving option to stable wins over Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal and Joe Smith. These days, although, Bivol has seemed uninspired. He efficiently defended his 175-pound title in opposition to Umar Salamov final weekend, however in opposition to an inferior opponent, Bivol refused to fight on the sort of tempo that would have led to a stoppage. Bivol’s mild heavyweight title offers him relevance, however he must face a top-level opponent ahead of later. Talking of which …
3. Gilberto Ramirez will return to the ring on Saturday when he faces Yunieski Gonzalez. It’s a keep busy fight for Ramirez; Gonzalez has received three low-level fights in a row since coming back from a three-month layoff, however earlier than that he misplaced three of his earlier 5, together with a knockout defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in 2017. Ramirez’s curiosity in a Bivol fight isn’t delicate. His staff places out month-to-month press releases, and in interviews Ramirez makes it clear that Bivol is his most well-liked opponent. Golden Boy, Ramirez’s promoter, has made Bivol a seven-figure supply for the fight, a supply informed SI. If Bivol can’t get a unification fight with Artur Beterbiev, he ought to take it.
2. Jake Paul, who will face Tyron Woodley in a rematch of Paul’s shut choice win final August on Saturday, is sweet for boxing. Not as a result of Paul’s matches are nice, although anybody that watches boxing carefully has seen worse. However for the eye—and paydays—he’s giving conventional boxers on his card. Montana Love was a comparatively unknown junior welterweight when he fought Ivan Baranchyk on Paul’s undercard. A knockout win earned him a profitable multi-fight cope with Matchroom Boxing. Amanda Serrano’s profile has elevated considerably since her look because the co-main occasion on Paul’s final card, which she will probably be once more on Saturday, when Serrano takes on Miriam Gutierrez. A win will ship Serrano right into a showdown in opposition to Katie Taylor, the most important fight in ladies’s boxing and one which will probably be greater with Paul, Serrano’s promoter, as a part of it.
1. You requested, I answered. Carlos asks: You assume the fight between Usyk and Canelo at Cruiserweight is feasible?
God—I hope so. I’m more or much less detached in direction of Canelo transferring as much as cruiserweight to face Junior Makabu. I get it—a win offers Alvarez a title in a fifth weight class. However Makabu, although a harmful puncher, lacks the talents to compete with Canelo. Usyk doesn’t. What I’d like to see is Canelo-Usyk at 201 kilos. That’s heavier than what Canelo would need and lighter than what Usyk, who weighed 221 kilos in opposition to Anthony Joshua, would need to go to. Canelo-Usyk is a enormous fight. If Canelo can beat Usyk—and he could be a large underdog, in my view—it might be a crowning achievement and give him a robust case to be referred to as the best Mexican boxer of all-time.
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