When Don King announced that Jones would be next for Holmes—before Holmes had even defended against Lorenzo Zanon—the old bugaboo was back: "The Easton Assassin" was targeting tomato cans. This narrative was something Holmes bitterly assessed before the fight. "There’s so much conniving and scheming in boxing, there are days when I feel like I don’t want anything more to do with it," Holmes fumed. "I win, but it’s never because of how good I am, always that my opponent is weak."
When Otto Wallin was born, in 1990, professional boxing was still outlawed in Sweden, a country that turned its back on blood sports barely a decade after producing a national hero in Ingemar Johansson. Wallin, alas, probably did not do enough against Tyson Fury on Saturday night to justify the decision of Swedes to legalize fisticuffs again in 2006, but he managed to provide a few interesting moments nonetheless. In a bloody slog, Fury outpointed Wallin over twelve rounds of grim waltzing at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
How badly do you want to see a Wilder‒Fury rematch? Do you want it badly enough to learn what the Schwarzes and Wallins of the world bring to the ring? In a sense, this is a misplaced question: Fury, 28-0-1 (20), needn’t fight either man to rematch Wilder. The two could have had an immediate rematch, as any prizefighter obsessed with proving his superiority might wish to do (and as any promoter unconvinced of that superiority might discourage and delay). The question is misguided, too, in that you needn’t watch either the Schwarz fight nor the upcoming Wallin waste to tune in in February (again, provided there’s something to tune in to).
There is a Japanese proverb, known as the Yojijukugo (弱肉強食). This translates as "The weak are meat; the strong eat." In other words, "survival of the fittest". That is the precisely the tradition of boxing in Japan. Promoters are not afraid to throw their young fighters in tough bouts in early stages of their pro careers and Ken Shiro is a by-product of that East Asian philosophy.
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In all bouts tracked by BoxStat, Vasiliy Lomachenko’s 40% accuracy was a 16% improvement over his fight with Jorge Linares (24%) and 30% higher than Luke Campbell’s (10%).
"It’s tough to get out of bed to do roadwork at 5 a.m. when you’ve been sleeping in silk pyjamas" said one of the greatest middleweights of our time, the Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
"When I was growing up, in the 1970s, it was either black, Paki [Pakistani], white, or Chinese. It didn’t matter where exactly you came from on the planet; you fell under one of those categories. Paki was classified as the worst for some reason. If you were Sri Lankan, Maltese, whatever, you were a Paki. I was a Paki, because my dad is Chinese and my mum is Jamaican, and it would drive me mad. I grew up listening to people saying, ‘We’re going Paki bashing,’ so I had to fight. My brothers wouldn’t help me if the kid I was up against was my age or one year older than me, only if they were two years older, then they’d jump in. So I was always having to defend myself. I couldn’t go home and say, ‘Dad, I’ve been beaten up,’ because he’d beat me a lot worse than the kid I’d just fought."
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