I SEE David Haye was tops again. Boxing News (August 1) examined heavyweight fights through history that were the biggest let downs. Among them were Max Schmeling-Jack Sharkey in 1930, Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston II from 1965, and Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye from 2011. At least he is guaranteed a place in history. Adam Booth has lifted him into the top three so he is doing a fine job; but then again he will tell you I am too small to referee heavyweights, so I maybe am not the best authority on them. But I have refereed fighters like Lennox Lewis, Gary Mason, Horace Notice, Corrie Sanders, Frank Bruno, James “Quick” Tillis, Bobby Czyz, Steve Cunningham, and many others. Mind you Czyz and Cunningham were just cruiserweights really. I must be getting mixed up, it comes with age.
Reading the big debate on heavyweights in all the different categories, the names Ali, Tyson, Louis, Marciano, Lennox, Dempsey, Frazier, Klitschko, keep cropping up. I wonder if in years to come David Haye’s name will be on the analyst’s lips. I doubt it at the moment. But maybe it’s not too late for him to make his name in the boxing history books for the right reasons.
I see the media is digging out boxing officials again with Jack Hirsch asking how anyone could have Andre Berto ahead at the time of his stoppage loss to Jesus Soto Karass. One judge had it 104-104, another 105-103 to Berto, and the other 105-103 for Karass. If both those judges had scored one round the opposite way all three would have scored it 104-104 - a unanimous draw. Even without scoring one round differently the three judges were so close and no way should they be criticised. Later on in his report Jack says Karass took a knee, which was justifiably ruled a knockdown, and all three judges scored the round 10-8. But Jack said it should be a 10-9 round. He should know better; when a fighter takes an eight-count with no more knockdowns in that round, the NABF rules demand the round is scored 10-8. All three judges were correct in their scoring and the long established writer Jack Hirsch was wrong. So the moral of the story is: "You do your writing and write about the fighters, and leave the judges to do the judging.”
It will be interesting to see how the journey of Anthony Joshua pans out. He has signed with one of the best promotional outfits and if young Eddie Hearn gets out of his depth, he has the maestro Barry to steer him in the right direction whether he likes it or not. I have two boys his age - high fliers - but when the going gets tough, which isn’t often, Dad’s always there. Although young ‘uns always think they know best.
I hope Joshua’s Olympic gold medal isn’t a millstone around his neck. I personally thought Roberto Cammarelle won in the final and it might have been a boon if Joshua had won silver instead. Only time will tell, and there will need to be hard graft from him and young Hearn.
What a great gesture when all the fighters that had fought at Shoreditch Town Hall were presented with a commemorative medal, It got me wondering as to how many fighters were left that had fought at the home of boxing The National Sporting Club and present them with a memento. I did mention it to Simon Euan Smith but he said it would be an impossible task. Shame really as I would expect the NSC to be the venue even more boxing people associate with fight history.
Well that’s the end of this week’s rant.