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World Boxing Round Up: Cards Controversy, Haye, Wilder, Rio & Competition!

Controversy, Or Not Controversy?

In the wake of the much maligned draw between middleweight kings Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, judge Adalaide Byrd who turned in the offending 118-110 card in favour of Alvarez has been given some time off. Bob Bennett of the Nevada State Athletic Commission has said, "She'll still be in the business ... but she needs to catch her breath. Like in any profession, you have a bad night. Unfortunately, she didn't do well. I can tell you she conducts training for us, takes judges under her wing... but her score was too wide."

Although it was a good fight, it didn’t quite live up to what the public wanted to see, and the popular feeling was that Golovkin had done enough to win. While those who wanted a twelve round dogfight were upset, Canelo did display defensive excellence and landed a higher percentage of his shots thrown, suggesting it wasn’t as open and shut a victory as perhaps it appeared. 118-110 was, however, well off the mark, and unfortunately it has not done big time boxing’s reputation the world of good.

Bellew vs Haye II Agreed, Possible Date 17th December

Haye's Tweet

David Haye has made it public that he will fight a rematch with Tony Bellew, which World Boxing News reports will be on Sunday 17th December. The two men first met in what was widely expected to be a mismatch in favour of Haye. An ugly build up turned surreal as Bellew beat a burnt out Haye, who fought through a ruptured achilles tendon. Despite being almost farcical, it was good entertainment and there was demand for a rematch, particularly from Haye. It should take place at London’s O2 Arena.

Wilder vs Ortiz Announced For November 4th

Confirming possibly the worst kept secret in boxing it has been announced that WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, 38-0 (37) will fight Luis Ortiz, 27-0 (23) on November 4th. Despite an impressive looking record, Alabaman Wilder is often accused of having not had a proper test to date. 38 year old Ortiz should provide that test. The winner of this fight would be looking towards facing Anthony Joshua sometime next year. The heavyweight division is in a very good place at the moment, and this Saturday’s Parker vs Fury victor would be looking to get into that mix, too.

Rio Ferdinand Attempting To Become Pro Boxer

It has been announced that former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is to be the subject of a documentary depicting his attempt to make it as a pro boxer. Whether this is a gimmick for one fight, like former cricketer Freddie Flintoff did to much ridicule several years ago, or a genuine attempt at a new career is unknown but already there has been much criticism of the announcement.

The feeling at Hellraiser is that if the documentary shows how hard boxing is, as well as the benefits it can have for mental health (Ferdinand tragically lost both his wife and mother recently to cancer, and has spoken of how boxing and exercise has kept him together) then who’s right is it to say he can’t try, providing he’s cleared medically. Hellraiser boss Mickey Helliet said,

“Why should he not be allowed to fight? He’s an athlete, he’s not too old, boxing’s about proving yourself, if he can prove himself good enough I think that’s fine. He shouldn’t just be gifted it because of who he is though.”

Competition Time!

Hellraiser associates Southpaw Jab are running a competition to win two ringside tickets to our show “Maelstrom” on October 14th at York Hall. All you have to do is follow the Southpaw Jab and Hellraiser Boxing Twitter accounts and retweet the competition tweet. Winner will be ringside with a friend to see Hellraiser’s Tony Milch, 13-0 (2), take on Matt McCarthy, 17-1 (3), in what should be an absolute cracker. Also on the bill are Philip Bowes, Onder Ozgul, Tony Buttigieg, Konrad Stempkowski, Jamie Hughes, Richard Riakporhe, Chris Kongo and many more!

Posted: 19th Sep 2017

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