How good would 25-year-old Gervonta Davis be if he had the work ethic and focus of 37-year-old Jean Pascal? We saw a contrast between those two to fighters — one is an uber-talented slacker, the other an overachieving gladiator — on Showtime’s final event of 2019. Gervonta survived a gallant but past-his-prime Yurorokis Gamboa, and Pascal edged an equally old-school opponent, Badou Jack, a split-decision that easily could have gone the other way.
Expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti break down these two fights, then reminisce about a memorable year in The Sweet Science — the good and the bad — including their picks for “Fight of the Year,” “Fighter of the Year,” shooting stars to watch in the coming year, the health of women’s boxing, and our 2019 winner of our second annual Ringside Boxing Show Adrien Broner Award for the boxing personality who behaved most egregiously over the previous 12 months.
Our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, presents his review of the United Kingdom’s year in the sweet science.
And we close with an all-time classic interview from 2011 with a bona fide all-time great, Jeff Fenech.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.