Publish Date: 12/17/2018
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
What is there to say about the Alvarez-Fielding fight that hasn’t been said? I’m not sure, but Canelo shouldn’t be bashed too much for it. Not only was it a quick turnaround time for him and less taxing physically, but he whipped a lower rung top-10 fighter and would likely beat anyone there. He was also paid handsomely.
I’m awfully glad Matt Korobov is getting a crack at Charlo. He’s seemingly had bad management and has to drop more weight than expected, but he’s a better styles matchup than Monroe ever was. Korobov was a very good amateur and showed promise in the pros, even in his losing effort. I’m not predicting an upset, but it’s not outside the scope of reason.
Speaking of Monroe, his positive test is a drop in the bucket of a much bigger problem that few want to seriously address. Hauser, Montero, and others are consistent informers, but top-down reform is needed.
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I will be upfront in saying that I believe Joshua is the best heavyweight today, though I say that with a lack of certainty. None of these top-level operators have convinced me they are the next big thing. With that said, Joshua’s ignorance about the Lineal Championship is striking. How one can hear about the IBO while coming up but not the hefty label historians have been using for decades is baffling.
There is something about Lomachenko that just ruffles feathers.
I get why Alvarez is disliked by many people. He’s a representation of “the system”. But you don’t need to exaggerate claims of his cheating to get there.
There will continue to be guys who are slow-tracked to stardom–it’s the nature of the game. Some of those men will become fine purveyors of their craft. No reason to think Alvarez is the last of a dying breed.
You would have to cut Fury in half to get him close to 168…
This is an accurate observation, but a meaningless one, nonetheless.
*Thanks to Chris Morris, Chris Henderson, and Eric Duran for their continued input.
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