It seems that his bite is far worse than his bark as once again Terence Crawford put forth his argument for being Pound 4 Pound king as he disposed of Jose Benavidez in the twelfth round in Omaha, Nebraska.
I don’t know if he beat the burrito out of Benavidez as he claimed he would do prefight but he did show his superiority, turning the tide of the bout at the midway point before finishing with aplomb in the twelfth with a solid uppercut that dropped Benavidez, from that moment on It would have been easy for ‘Bud’ to tick down the clock knowing he had already won but instead decided to bring his support to their feet as, like a painter putting the final touches to a masterpiece, he closed out the bout with excellence.
The outpouring of support swelled over onto social media afterwards which created debate on how the pound 4 Pound landscape looks currently, some occupying the position with Vasyl Lomachenko whilst others have Crawford, but these two are currently the usual suspects.
I suppose it’s a nice debate to ponder, for many years Floyd Mayweather Jr held no comparison, today we have a few that could argue with validity.
The win meant that it further enhanced calls for a super fight between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr who for all intents and purposes look to be on a collision course, fingers crossed, Bob Arum and Al Haymon can get this one over the line in order to make one of the best fights in boxing.
Closer to home, prospects didn’t prosper, both Lewis Ritson and Martin Bakole coming up short against Francesco Patera and Michael Hunter respectively.
The hype around both men creating an aura of invincibility which is always dangerous to the perceptions of fight fans because what so often happens is that they come up against a better fighter on that particular night and they lose, it’s ultimately what keeps boxing relevant, its unpredictability.
It’s easy to immediately jump on social media to voice an opinion on the fighter being overrated yadda yadda yadda but I respect a fighter who is willing to test themselves against a better calibre of opposition than one who is happy to plod along fighting journeyman after journeyman, whilst all the time his promoter tries to force feed us lies about that individual being a world beater ** cough ** Anthony Yarde ** cough **
Ritson was obviously devastated at falling short of taking the European title on Saturday night but was brutally honest in his afterthought that he was hurt by two body shots that stopped any momentum gained. Patera on the night was exceptional, unfortunately for Ritson, he turned in a careers best display to leave Newcastle with the European title.
Ritson will have learned more from a fight of that kind than any he would have by knocking over the latest factory worker, He proved that he had grit and determination to finish the bout, more impressively after shipping some meaty looking body shots.
There is little doubt he will return with vigour, in a career which is still to offer a lot whether that be at Lightweight or a move to Super Lightweight, I look forward to seeing Ritson 2.0.
In a heavyweight showdown, Martin Bakole succumbed to a tenth round stoppage at the heavy hands of Michael Hunter, perhaps this one was not as surprising as Ritson’s although it was still considered an upset to some who had perhaps jumped the gun a little in putting Bakole on a pedestal as the future ruler of the division.
Up until Saturday, their opinion was valid but it was his first step up in competition against a notable Olympian who had only lost one contest beforehand.
How many times have we seen too much emphasis given to a sparring session in regards to hyping up a fighter? Being in this industry as long as I have I hear countless times of a fighter getting the better of sparring sessions when faced with a world champion etc, I can honestly say it never impresses me because it is what it is, training and not a competitive encounter.
This was cause for some of the bluster around Bakole who apparently gave Anthony Joshua all he can handle in a sparring session and the point I’m trying to make was played out on Saturday night, sure he did well against Joshua but against Michael Hunter in a more competitive environment, he looked all out to sea as the American who’s only loss came against Oleksandr Usyk, stopped the Congolese fighter in the tenth.
A shoulder injury hindered any plans to turn the bout in his favour in the eighth prompting Bakole to ask his trainer to take him out of the contest which he refused to do showing another cause for concern going forward of mental fragility, perhaps I’m reading too much into it, I usually do.
Until Next Week, Thank you for reading my ramblings in #MyTake