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MY TAKE | THE FORMER VERSUS THE CHAMPION AND ROSALES TAKES THE WIND OUT OF BARNES’ TITLE CHALLENGE

WBC Heavyweight king Deontay Wilder had a front row seat for Saturday’s rather forgettable contest which at times mimicked a sparring session more than a competitive encounter for Tyson Fury who outpointed Francesco Pianeta over ten rounds in Belfast.

On that performance alone there was very little to take away other than the obvious which is that Tyson is a very good boxer with good movement for a man that towers at 6’7, scrap that he is a great mover for a man of any height.

Pianeta for his part didn’t ask too much of the ‘Gypsy King’ on the night, but how much of that was down to Tyson not allowing him to? I’ve already stated he is very sprite as he gave a boxing lesson to the two times European champion of a version of ‘hit and don’t get hit’  even referring to the performance as Sugar Ray Leonard-esque when asked his opinion of the fight.

Wilder will, of course, pose more issue for the former Lineal Champion, evidently in the power stakes as well as the athleticism which often gets overlooked, for example, a look at his win over Luis Ortiz as well as his title-winning fight over Bermane Stiverne will show a fighter that is not as green as some would like you to believe.

Whenever Deontay’s name is brought into conversation the meme’s inevitably are followed which usually revolve around windmills, referring to the wild swinging shots he loves to throw from unconventional angles, to most of us it looks very amateurish but so far has worked in flattening every man who has stepped through the ropes with him.

This fight has got the world alight with opinion, some saying that Fury needed a few more fights before challenging whilst others see a one-sided affair much like the one handed out to Wladimir Klitschko.

What do you guys think?

As a fight between two juggernauts either sides of the Atlantic looks to be signed, another closer to home will follow suit as both Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington agree in principle to a contest which will surely garner up public interest.

Frampton came through his fight with flying colours on Saturday night, fulfilling his earlier promise of stopping the Australian Luke Jackson in the ninth round in an impressive display throughout.

Frampton who’s only loss came against Leo Santa Cruz is itching to get back amongst the titles with an easy route in Josh Warrington who is waiting with open arms, both are promoted by Frank Warren, taking out the politics that goes on behind the scenes.

Warrington is fresh off a win over former IBF King Lee Selby and is eager to add another scalp to his resume.

Looking at the style on offer it is one that ensures a great contest, one of the Featherweights best, but will it be a case of Irish eyes that are smiling or the Leeds faithful that go home the happier?

I’ll call a winner when forced from you guys off the safety of the fence later on.

Lastly, It was no happy ever after for three-time Olympic Bronze Medallist Paddy Barnes who must be still feeling the after-effects of the shot he received to his solar plexus from Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales.

Barnes who was coming into the contest with only a handful of fights but a prestigious amateur background to call upon was holding his own for the most part, although before I continue I disagree with the boxnation commentary who was eager to hand him rounds on their scorecards.

Rule number one in boxing says that you shouldn’t punch with a puncher which is the cardinal rule that Barnes didn’t abide by, He tried to swap shots with Rosales who saw an opening for a huge uppercut to the body which he administered with precision that left Barnes writhing in agony, You could have ultimately counted to 50 and he still would be in the fetal position.

Even before the announcement of a winner was made, there were those who dug for excuses for the loss, saying it was on reflection too soon for Paddy, I agree but I didn’t hear the same comments made when Andrew Selby fought Rosales in May 2017, maybe its because the Welshman after being dropped in the first, got up to give the champion a boxing lesson, winning every round thereafter on route a unanimous decision victory., which on reflection looks an amazing feat you’d have to agree.

At 31, Barnes needs to go back to the drawing board, get a few wins under his belt and will go again, he’s certainly good enough but maybe he should stay clear of the WBC champion who seems to be going from strength to strength.

After witnessing that fight, I can’t help but be excited for the return of Andrew Selby who I still rate as the divisions best, regardless of how many fights he’s had.

I’m just going to drop this here as proof

This caps off my ramblings on the weekend at Belfast, Hope you all have a great week as we head into a weekend which will feature the return of Rey Beltran and Isaac Dogboe.

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