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This week questions are answered by our weekly columnist Joseph (@joseph_mcnally)
Q) ‘man Rubio looked like he quit. He threw a big quit IMO. He didn’t wanna fight. Agreed?’
Jaude, Location: Lil Rock
A) Hi Jaude, in short: no, I don’t agree but I don’t believe it was a genuine KO either. Let me explain my reasoning.
I think ‘quitting’ is a term banded about a little too frequently in boxing but at a certain point in a world level fight there will likely come a time when one fighter is hit with a sickening shot/shots that make him question why on earth he ever laced up a pair of gloves. These are the worst type of punches to take because they hurt physically but more importantly they test the mentality of a fighter. A KO punch is different, a fighter will unlikely feel pain from it and in most cases wont remember it even landing but with a shot that sickens them they will either: bite down on their gum shield and fight fire with fire or retreat – fight or flight theory kicks in.
I think the latter was the case with Rubio – he swallowed a few shots in the second round which seemed to cause him some distress and although it was a genuine knockdown, I also think he had senses about him. During that 10 second count I imagine all manner of thoughts flashed through his mind: his career, his family, his fears of getting up to face this iron fisted man etc.
When all is said and done the dangers associated with boxing are well documented and with recent serious injuries we need to acknowledge that this is not a time of Roman ruling where we can expect two men to fight to death – to me, Rubio potentially saved himself some long term damage as if he where to have beaten the count, he would have received a lot more punishment, very soon.
Q) Michael Katsidas if he has anything left should beat Tommy Coyle this weekend. But is this fight just pure barbaric? The man had brain injuries for god sake.
Luke, Location: Southend on Sea
A) Hey Luke – good question. Similar to what I mentioned in my last answer about fighters knowing when to say ‘enough is enough’ in a fight, I think they need to employ the same mentality in their careers.
I agree that Katsidas of old (v Marquez, Mitchell, Earl 1) would have punched a hole in Tommy Coyle but he does look faded, and badly faded, in recent years. I don’t know the logistics of Katsidas brain injuries i.e. what the extent is and what medicals he has had to pass however, the BBBC are usually very astute when it comes to neurological issues so I am guessing (and hoping) he has undergone some stringent medicals. In all honestly, if the guy has brain issues the decision whether to fight on or not needs to be taken out of his hands and his licence should be revoked.
If I am honest I still fancy Katsidas this weekend – he is severely faded and he will have to chase Coyle all night but if he manages to corner him I think Coyle is a bit fragile and won’t take the shots well. Eddie Hearn is very clever and Katsidas is supposed to be there to make Coyle look good but it could be a big banana skin.
Q) who should GGG fight next? I think throw him in with Taylor
Stu, Location: unknown
A) GGG needs a big fight and a big name, he is (for me) far and away the best middleweight in the world however, he still seems to receive criticism because he doesn’t have that marquee name on his record. Well, there’s a reason for that – no one will fight him and for good reason.
He should fight Cotto next, for the simple reason that: to be the man you have to beat the man. Cotto beat Martinez, Martinez beat Pavlik, Pavlik beat Taylor, Taylor beat Hopkins. I don’t think that fight will materialise though, Cotto has one eye on retirement and he knows the Canelo fight is on the horizon – with that fight being very winnable and financially more lucrative than GGG it is likely Cotto will shun Golovkin’s post fight request.
Good shout with Taylor but I can’t see Al Haymon letting Taylor anywhere near Golovkin and Golovkin will likely receive no plaudits if he wins anyway. If he can’t land the Cotto fight I think Ward at 12st makes for an exceptional fight because, although people have fallen in love with GGG’s power, if you actually assess his technical ability he is superb – you don’t accrue an amateur record like his without solid foundations and pedigree.
Q) Yamanaka needs to stop these cherry fights, Rungvisai isn’t even in the same playing field. Why not fight a top 10 guy?
Randy, Location: Tuscon
A) Randy, I feel your pain my friend and not just in the bantamweight division – the cherry picking that has gone on throughout boxing over (particularly) the last few years has been beyond a joke.
Garcia v Salka and Cleverly v Hawk are two which spring to mind that really got my back up and although I appreciate that it is predominately the managers and promoters who push these fights, the fighters have to take some responsibility. They need to be the ones pushing for the big fights to be made, not accepting a fight with a guy ranked outside of the top 50 etc.
I digress, back to Yamanaka – unfortunately (or fortunately for him) he is in a division where nobody really cares who he does or doesn’t fight so this allows him to defend his WBC title over and over and over and over again in Japan, gaining plaudits from the locals and earning good money doing so. Agbeko or Moreno would be decent names for his resume but how much interest would be shown and competitive would they actually be? McDonnell would unlikely travel to Japan and vice versa so it restricts the options really.
If he moves up a division however, we are talking some serious names and fights to be made at featherweight.
Q) will Martin Murray have any meaningful fights under GoldenGloves?
Alun, Location: Albany
A) hey Alun – yes I think Murray will be involved in some big fights in the next few years and I also think he still has the potential to become world champion but I don’t think any of that is necessarily down to the promotional outfit.
They seem to have a fair bit of cash to be throwing around which is likely why Murray signed with them in the first place however, for major fights I think you need a little bit more than just money. You need a bit of a reputation, some pulling power. As Murray is a game fighter who seems to willing in to jump in with anyone and anywhere, I think he will have meaningful fights however, will they be promoted by GoldenGloves and take place in Monte Carlo? Unlikely, unless GGG doesn’t get his Christmas gift of a Cotto fight – then we can probably look forward to Murray losing in a third world title bid.
The reason I think this is: most of the other names in the division (Taylor, Cotto, Quillan etc) aren’t moving outside of the States anytime soon and I can’t see them being allowed to box on another promoters show. Therefore, I think Murray will have to go to them for the big fights.
In terms of the big fights though, at 32 and with Domenico Spada next up he needs to get a move on if he is to fulfil his potential of becoming world champion.
Unfortunately that’s all we have time for this week. Please submit your questions via our usual channels by close of business November 27 to be featured in next weeks Q&A.