By Anthony “Zute” George – With almost two months into 2022, boxing has seen a fair share of veterans headlining shows. Indeed, the results have been mixed. Keith Thurman and Daniel Jacobs have led the fray. Thurman looked spectacular. Not missing a beat against Mario Barrios after a long lay-off. Jacobs, not so much. Should Jacobs retire? Only he knows. It is never a good thing when the word ‘retirement’ is attached to your last fight, however.
Speaking of retiring, perhaps someone should suggest that to Jorge Linares. After about four rounds, Jorge looked way on the other side of his career in his last fight against Zaur Abdullaev. Again, only Jorge can genuinely assess if he can keep going, but there is no crime against free advice.
Carlos Cuadras was another veteran who lost; however, he did not lose much stock in defeat against Jesse Bam Rodriguez. That is because Rodriguez put on a spectacular performance, but Cuadras never folded and did the best he could to not make it easy for the upstart Rodriguez. The best story in boxing so far this year.
Speaking of not making it easy, boxing did it again by declaring Marquis Taylor’s inspiring performance against Paul Kroll a mere draw. Just criminal. Unfortunately, old hat in the sport we call the sweet science.
Speaking of draws, I might be the only person on the planet who felt the draw in the Leonard vs. Hearns rematch was precisely correct. And the last thing I am is a Leonard guy.
Speaking of rematches, we have had our fair share of anticipated return matches fall through early in 2022. Charlo vs. Castano is the latest causality of that ilk.
Speaking of anticipated fights, did Brook vs. Khan deliver for you? While exciting, it was a bit one-sided. Consequently, save for Kell Brook being a wholly shot fighter, I think that would be the same fight we would get whenever these guys laced ‘em up.
Speaking of Kell Brook, his performance undoubtedly secured him another high-profile fight. Conor Benn seems to be the natural match up. One that would do splendid over in the UK. However, the matchmaker in me would love to see Brook take on Keith Thurman later this year.
Speaking of matchmaking, March and April have some gems boxing fans can indeed sink their teeth into. For March, we have Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Pedraza, Roman Gonzalez vs. JC Martinez, Masamichi Yabuki vs. Kenshiro Teraji, and Kiko Martinez vs. Josh Warrington. There is a full slate of goodies, and none of it is on pay per view.
Speaking of pay per view, Errol Spence vs. Yordenis Ugas is part of a highly anticipated April. A pay per view actually worthy of our money. Also, in April, the heavyweight showdown on PPV between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte. For me, this is not a no-brainer to buy like Spence vs. Ugas is, but it is under consideration. April is also scheduled to have Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Valdez and Katie Taylor facing off against Amanda Serrano. While it has become the national pastime to bash boxing and today’s fighters for not fighting each other, I would encourage everyone to embrace this robust agenda for March and April because it is pretty darn good on paper.
Speaking of under consideration, how come both Dariusz Michalczewski and Chris John do not get more consideration for the International Boxing Hall of Fame?
Speaking of the boxing hall of fame, I am told that all the living members of the last three classes, save for Wladimir Klitschko, are scheduled to appear for the bonanza weekend in June.
Wladimir has yet to be confirmed because of the circumstances happening in Ukraine. I feel fortunate I booked my hotel reservations a long time ago with this news. As it will be an epic event that boxing fans will never forget.
Speaking of never forgetting, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, I love and miss you every day, Champ!