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  1. I can't see Fury vs Joshua actually happening. This is just standard Fury self-promotion which will almost undoubtedly result in him fighting someone like Charr instead. Let's not forget that in the last two months, he's retired and subsequently un-retired three times, signed on to fight Derek Chisora, agreed to an exhibition match with Thor Bjornsson and also claimed to be preparing for a fight with Francis Ngannou. Matchroom really have no choice but to go along with this or the whole "AJ is ducking Fury" rhetoric goes into overdrive. And if the fight does happen, I think it will be much closer than people seem to think. AJ has gone from being somewhat overrated to massively underrated as a result of the two Usyk losses. To say that AJ isn't any good is genuinely and objectively ludicrous and one of the reasons we don't get super fights. This post Mayweather notion in boxing that as soon as you lose you're worthless is so frustrating as it just means that boxers aren't willing to risk a loss anymore. Boxing has a lot to learn from MMA in that regard. Can you imagine what people would have said about Ali losing to Spinx in the current climate? And styles do indeed make fights. No one is going to tell me that Tommy Hearns was better than Roberto Duran despite absolutely obliterating him when they fought. Was Tarver a better boxer than Roy Jones Jr because he beat him twice? Did it mean that Jones wasn't any good? Wilder (Also quite underrated as a technician to be honest. Watch him adjust his footwork and range to setup for his KO punch over a number of rounds. It's not accidental) is a very different boxer to AJ. Wilder's entire style is about working towards that single KO punch and while he's extremely effective at it, it's a very limited approach that is built for someone like Fury and even more so for someone like Usyk. And even then, that style nearly beat Fury twice. AJ doesn't have one punch KO power, nor does he fight like that. He's always been at his best when he throws combos and utilises a range of angles. Look at his wins over Vlad, Whyte and Povetkin. The KO's came from combination punches and unexpected shots (Uppercuts to straights thrown in bunches) and he's extremely effective when he lets his hands go and he's deceptively fast. If AJ boxes like that, he can hurt Fury who has always struggled with that style. Don't get me wrong, I heavily favour Fury, but it wouldn't be an upset if AJ found a way to win and this idea that Fury is a God of boxing based on a trilogy with Wilder and a win over Vlad, is really odd but I suppose partly because the overall standard of the heavyweight division isn't exactly of the highest calibre. Let's not forget that Fury has been hurt and down many times in his career. His ability to recover is extraordinary, but he's been hurt by "small" guys like Cunningham, mediocre fighters like Wallin and he's very inconsistent as a boxer and arguably only had a couple of truly great performances against top talent (Vlad, Wilder 2). So this idea that he's this unbeatable all time great isn't justified in my humble opinion.
  2. Right on cue, warm and cuddly Tyson Fury here, being characteristically warm and cuddly. Proper man of the people. We can add xenophobia to his list of top bants qualities. On a better note, The Ring magazine has just named Usyk as their number 1 p4p fighter. The first heavyweight to achieve that since Mike Tyson! Thoroughly deserved.
  3. I find this confusing as on one hand you acknowledge the changes he's made but on the other hand your assessment of his character still seems to be based on his past, something that is well documented and something that he's also very transparent and vocal about. It was actually the basis of a Lucozade commercial a few years back, which is a great piece of work if you're interested: His entire shtick for the longest period has been about how Boxing saved him and changed his life. The reality is, he's had a relatively controversy free career (Now spanning over a decade), so the rest of this is just pure speculation and hearsay. When was the last time the police in your area had to deal with him specifically? He doesn't come across as the brightest of people and he's clearly a bit too preoccupied with what the public think of him (The outburst yesterday revealed as much), but he really doesn't seem to do much to warrant the type of abuse he so often gets. In the meantime, Fury is literally banned from entering the US due to his close affiliation with an infamous drug kingpin and suspected murderer and somehow manages to get a free pass (Just to clarify, I'm not saying you do this, I just mean generally).
  4. That I agree with! Total cringe of the highest magnitude!
  5. I don't really get this argument. Fury is a guy who lies repeatedly, contradicts himself endlessly, plays the media at will and is generally much less consistent in character than just about anyone else I can think of in Sports. He plays the "lad" character well and that seems to be enough for most people. The worst that can be said of AJ is that he's a bit bland, perhaps a tad simple and yesterday he had an emotional meltdown and embarrassed himself, which is perfect ammunition for all the people desperate to find a reason to not like him. But overall, I think he's far less of a twat than Fury. The idea that "the mask slipped" is pure speculation and just a bit odd. Why can't he just be the guy you think he's pretending to be? For what it's worth, I've worked with him multiple times, as have many of my friends, and whilst he's not the liveliest of people, he's always been a total gentleman to everyone from the runners to the catering crew and is quite happy to sit and talk about anything with anyone, free from PR people or management. He's a pretty straightforward guy in all honesty. If the argument was centred around him being an inferior boxer to Fury, I'd be in agreement. But this notion that he's a master actor that has cultivated this sterile persona with no real evidence to support it (Other than last nights outburst, essentially the only example), is just a bit weird.
  6. AJ embarrassed himself there, but I'll still take him over the guy that used to regularly spout homophobic rhetoric, failed a PED test and lied about giving money to charity. All respect to his comeback though. AJ's behaviour after was bizarre, embarrassing and sad, but he also took around 40 clean shots in round 10 and I tend to think it's a bad idea for any losing fighter to be interviewed or given a platform after a tough camp and a gruelling 12 rounds of being hit in the head repeatedly. Same applies to MMA too. It's just not really fair to expect a beaten fighter to speak with any degree of clarity or coherency under those circumstances. It was a great and clearly competitive fight, even with Usyk winning by around 4 rounds on most cards. Extremely high-level boxing which is unusual these days for a division that doesn't always prioritise skill and actual boxing compared to the lower weight classes. AJ fought incredibly well and he's a much better technician than some are claiming. Fast hands, good feet, better balance and all round great fundamentals and clearly still improving. He kept the first 9 rounds competitive and boxed very intelligently. When he threw combos and uppercuts, he was very effective and it's probably the best performance anyone has put up against Usyk. Comparisons with Bruno are unbelievably lazy and actually a bit ridiculous. We're talking about a gold medal winning fighter who unified three of the belts. He's still one of the top four heavyweights of this generation and to say otherwise is just stupid. Losing to a hall of fame fighter in this fashion is nothing to be ashamed of. As for Usyk, the man is a genius and an elite level fighter and he's sublime to watch. I rate him as P4P number 1 and I think he'll be remembered as the great talent of this generation, possibly more so than Canelo. I think he can beat Fury and I think he's by far the superior boxer, but Fury is exceptionally good at using his size and weight and he has impressive stamina.
  7. Full credit to Canelo. At this point in his career he could have fought anyone and he was probably due an easy fight. But to take on an absolute beast at 175 in Bivol is hugely commendable and probably one of the hardest fights he could have chosen. I thought Bivol would win this. He's just immense. He's not flashy, but he does the fundamentals incredibly well and he's so disciplined and measured. Canelo looked exhausted after seven rounds but that was partly down to the pressure that Bivol put him under. He was outboxed and even beaten on the inside at times too. I'm sure weight played a role to some extent as it really looked like Bivol could walk through Canelo's punches, but I really think it was primarily down to Bivol just outboxing Canelo. In an alternate reality, this is the fifth time Canelo has lost. He's been a fairly fortunate fighter with decisions at times.
  8. Any list would probably need to include Joe Louis, Ali, Larry Holmes, Lewis, Jack Johnson, Holyfield (Yup, even at heavyweight), Foreman, Liston, Marciano and probably Frasier. I personally wouldn't put Mike Tyson in the top ten. He had immense potential and achieved a lot in a short space of time, but mostly squandered his talent and came up short against elite fighters like Lewis and Holyfield.
  9. In fairness, he was never going to trouble Fury with any game plan. Fury barely got out of second gear and as much as I like Whyte, he's a pretty average boxer with terrible fundamentals.
  10. Well I've really been enjoying this and I've personally found most of the Marvel shows to be quite average. And Isaac is fantastic and his accent somehow works. I actually think Ethan Hawke is really watchable too. Any recommendations for where to start with the comics? I'd like to get a sense of the comic version of Mr. Knight.
  11. Leigh Wood vs Michael Conlan was on last night and it may go down as an all time classic and certainly fight of the year. In fact...
  12. Unfortunately it's really the British Boxing Board of Control that needs investigating. The BBBOC launching an investigation into poor scoring is a bit like The Conservatives launching an inquiry into whether they broke lockdown rules. And Robert Smith seems to launch an investigation every other week and nothing ever changes sadly. They continuously protect their own and there is no accountability. The fact that Howard Foster and Ian John Lewis are still able to work when they have been shown to either be corrupt or incompetent time and time again says everything really. The entire governing body needs overhauling and the scoring system needs to be reworked. Jake Paul (You read that correctly) actually had a pretty good suggestion.
  13. As soon as I saw that Ian John Lewis was one of the judges, I knew the scoring would be atrocious. That's by far one of the worst robberies I've seen in years. Awful. I had it 115 - 110 to Catterall. How Lewis scored it 114 - 111 is just bewildering.
  14. That was a very clunky finale. Some terrible dialogue, really poor action choreography and incredibly messy and dated direction. For a guy that made a name for himself making low budget action, Rodriguez seems to have very little understanding of how to direct big action set-pieces. Maybe it's because he's traditionally directed more contained action. One on one fights, bar fights etc. Very different from directing large battle scenes. There were definitely enjoyable moments, but it really did feel like something you'd see on the Sci-Fi channel in the 90's at times. Overall, what an utterly bewildering experience. Absolutely no defined motivation for the protagonist, almost no structure to the plot, pretty much zero arc and nearly 30 percent of the series doesn't even feature the main character or progress the plot. It's especially weird as so many themes and plot points are established in the first few episodes only to remain completely unresolved or in some cases, totally unexplored. They could have easily turned the entire thing into a Point Blank style series, with Boba Fett being a Lee Marvin type figure driven by revenge and on a mission to find out who killed the Tuskens. You could still easily weave in all of the Pyke stuff and Cad Bane. At least that way Fett has a clear motivation and we can actually follow his journey with some understanding of what he's trying to achieve. They touch upon this with a little line of dialogue that's so utterly meaningless that you're left completely bemused. It makes you wonder why so much time was spent in the flashbacks. I'm no wiser as to who Boba Fett is than I was before this series began. And yet, it was all inoffensively enjoyable and there's enough fun stuff in there that I watched it anyway and will probably continue to watch another series of it. Confused / 10.
  15. I loved this. Someone described it as a warm hug of a movie, and I think that's a perfect summary. I could have happily spent another few hours watching Alana Haim bicker lovingly with Cooper Hoffman. Speaking of which, both of these guys are surely on their way to being superstars? So much charisma and talent. The opening five minutes is one of the best I've seen in a long time. Jumps straight into it, sets up the central themes immediately, beautiful performances, direction and dialogue and it just carries on right from that point. PTA really is in a league of his own for me.
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