What a funny old game boxing is. Being a fan of the sport is a roller-coaster of very few up’s and far too many downs. But so far this week has been amazing.
After months of back and forth negotiations between Team Khan and Team Brook had broken down, the frustration of another mega fight going down the toilet was boiling over on social media, that is until this tweet from Amir sent on Tuesday.
My first reaction was total surprise, followed by shock, followed by heavy admiration for the Bolton lad for taking on such an incredible challenge. Canelo is one of the biggest names in the sport, along with the fact he has fought at a higher level than Khan he is also going to have a huge weight advantage on fight night.
The cynic in me questioned the term “155lb title” because frankly that’s not a real thing, catch-weights are ok but not for a championship bout, the fight should be at 160lbs but I guess you can’t have everything.
Khan has chased a huge fight for years and after missing out on Mayweather and Pacquaio he has landed the next best thing whilst Kell Brook is left twiddling his thumbs. Matchroom have a huge challenge on their hands to secure the IBF champion a high quality opponent but it’s clear that they won’t be returning to Wembley in 2016.
That was a mood boosting announcement but for UK fans faced with a 4am fight in Vegas the vast majority will have to miss out, enter Frank Warren. Thirty plus years of being a boxing promoter and he still is capable of a surprise every now and again. Yesterday he announced that pound-for-pound the purest boxer in the sport Guillermo Rigondeaux would be fighting in Liverpool in March.
Better still, he is fighting Jazza Dickens, a local fighter who grabbed this once in a lifetime opportunity with both hands. Now I appreciate that Rigondeaux’s style isn’t for everyone but nobody embodies the ‘sweet science’ moniker like the two time Olympic gold medalist
‘Rigo’ is the legit WBA super bantamweight champion despite what the posters for Quigg-Frampton say and he has been dealt an unfair hand by both the sanctioning bodies and TV networks.
The fact we get to see him on a Frank Warren undercard in a way is tragic, he should be headlining shows in the States on HBO but their loss is our gain and I implore every boxing fan to head to the Echo Arena on March 12th to witness true greatness in the flesh.
Paul Webb is a freelance journalist who contributes to several other leading publications, including the acclaimed Boxing Asylum ‘Nut House Podcast’ on Sunday evenings. Follow Paul on Twitter at @paul_725.
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