By Dennis Dodge – It’s a bit tough to moan at the minute as the footy’s going well, I’ve started a new job which is brilliant and everything is looking good BUT of course, I wouldn’t be writing if I didn’t have a couple of things to get off my chest.
I’ve become quite apathetic to boxing at the minute, whereas 6 months ago I’d be swallowing any tripe that was put on the telly box, now I’m constantly finding myself recording it for later and either skipping through it or reading it up on Topclassboxing. I didn’t even watch the Taylor/Postol fight over the weekend and apparently it was a corker yet the judges scores were awful and that really put me off watching it later on. Pro boxing really needs to get itself in order as bad match ups and worse decisions must be turning people away, why oh why can’t we have more 50/50 matchups and let boxer’s skills speak for themselves. (I know it’s money but still…..)
Another week, another problem at a local boxing event as an event had to be cancelled after someone was stabbed. Now we get morons in every sport but people have to realise it shines a really bad spotlight on boxing as it’s already on the fringes with a lot of people (more than you may think) believing it to be only a small step away from street fighting. I have no idea how to combat it but one of the boxers whose bout was cancelled (and lost income) suggested that maybe we should introduce metal detectors, not a bad idea in my view but would it put a massive extra cost on the smaller promoters and/or limit the venues they can use. Maybe the boxer and promoter can go after the culprits for lost wages etc but something has to be done as I’d like to be able to take the kids to see their favourite guys and gals and not be worrying if it’s all going off.
An addendum to the last but if any promoter would like to let me know why they can/can’t use metal detectors let me know as I wouldn’t mind doing a bit on that.
My lad had his first amateur fight over the weekend (yes there will be an article when he’s had his final one of the season next week) and drinks were once again not allowed around the seating. There was a bar on and out the doors but you had to drink it outside (this has also happened at a couple of pro shows I’ve been too). On one hand I can see the reasoning in that they don’t want people sloshed (especially at the amateur show with many schoolboy and junior bouts) but (and this is double for the pro shows) it seems to encourage people to drink extremely fast, get in, watch the fight, rush out another few, rinse and repeat. Maybe that’s something that could be looked at or make it a fully dry show with only non-alcoholic drinks being served (it gets very hot).
The AJ/Wilder, will they, won’t they dance goes on and again I’m losing interest, yes, I’ll watch it when it comes to PPV but I just can’t get up for something that doesn’t look like happening in the near future. Staying with the heavyweights, please please please step up Tyson Fury, we know the skill is there and I do believe he can push all of the current crop all the way (asked me a few years back and I’d have laughed at you for saying that) but don’t serve us up another glorified sparring session where you’re more interested in fighting in the crowds than watching your opponent.
Within boxing, the person I’m most pissed off with at the moment though is me, since stopping coaching months ago I seem to have completely lost my mojo, my confidence is none existent and I really need to get back on the horse so to speak, I absolutely loved teaching the youngsters and the new kids so it’s about time I got back to it. Get off your fat arse you lazy shit and start ringing around again.
On a final note, what the hell happened in the Joe Joyce fight? that’s the biggest slap in the face from the last bit of boxing I watched and if I’d have paid to be there I’d have been asking about a refund.