Boxing is back at it with corrupt decisions and its failure to make the biggest fights happen when they SHOULD happen.
By Tyrone M. Eddins Jr.
Well, I guess some things never change. As great as the sport of boxing is, that greatness is often overshadowed by the sport's governing bodies who are once again showing complacency, corruption, and an inexcusable inability to make the biggest fights happen in a timely fashion. With big names like Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua leading the charge, the Heavyweight Division was on the verge of returning to past glory. Now, the sport's flagship division is running the risk of falling back into obscurity.
Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder were supposed to deliver us the fight boxing fans have been waiting a long time to see: a heavyweight battle between the two biggest, baddest dogs on the block. A Wilder-Joshua clash would mean a mega-fight, an instant classic reminiscent of Ali-Frazier, Ali-Foreman, Tyson-Holyfield, and Bowe-Holyfield. A fight of this caliber promises plenty of fire works and probably a devastating knockout. If these two Brahma bulls ever lock horns.
With the news that talks for this fight have collapsed, boxing fans are left yet again wondering what could have been…what should have been. Sure, the fight could still happen. In fact, there is talk that it could happen as soon as next February or March, but what’s the old saying? “Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!”
Boxing fans are tired of getting fooled, so why would we believe that if it couldn’t happen in 2018, it will happen in 2019? Maybe it will and maybe it won’t, but boxing fans are now in “wait and see” mode. It's like the oddball cop said to Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) in the first Beverly Hills Cop: “We’re not falling for the banana in the tailpipe!”
Simply put, boxing fans are tired of the near-misses and broken promises! We want the best fights to happen while the fighters are in their primes. Instead, we get stall tactics and delays until Father Time has caught up with one or both of the fighters. So, when fights like these finally happen, they end up being a letdown more often than not.
There was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fiasco a few years back. Sure, this fight made a lot of money, but it definitely didn't live up to the hype. Most recently, we had to endure the GGG-Canelo mess. Their first fight was ruined by a horrible draw decision and then, the 2nd fight was tainted by, of all things, tainted meat which caused suspensions and delays.
The GGG-Canelo fights were supposed to be the perfect appetizer for long-awaited Wilder-Joshua throw-down. But now, the main course isn't happening…at least not yet. Both sides are hurling accusations, with Wilder going as far as to post an expletive-laced rant questioning Joshua’s manhood on social media. But fight fans just want the fight to happen sooner, than later…just make the fight!
Wilder is now scheduled to face former champ Tyson Fury in December, while Joshua just beat up on an over-matched Alexander Povetkin. The Wilder-Fury fight isn’t the one we wanted, but I suppose it'll have to do so long as it sets-up to the Wilder-Joshua fight. I fully expect Wilder to walk through Fury and hopefully, fight Joshua next. If the Wilder-Fury fight is all we get, then fans everywhere will be pissed off.
The latest we're hearing on a possible Wilder-Joshua fight is that we could see the two face off at some point in the Spring of 2019. Wilder reportedly offered Joshua a 50/50 split and Joshua will reportedly agree to the split if the upcoming Wilder-Fury fight sells more than a million pay-per-view buys. So now we wait and see if all of the pieces fall into place.
Of course, with both camps arguing about money, it's possible the fight will never happen. Let's hope for the fans' sake, this isn't the case. A friend of mine had a brilliant idea. Make the fight with the agreement that the winner takes the bigger split. I love it! Problem solved…easy and done! Ding and Ding! Let's get it on!
If only it was that easy…