In this week’s Fight Talk we check out a unusual struggle venue, deal with a person some say is the perfect coach proper now and ask what Josh Kelly can do after a troublesome defeat by the hands of David Avanesyan. There’s additionally some reward for the lads within the nook and a bit of recommendation from Tony Bellew.
Fans at ‘The Rumble on the Rock?’
“It will be wild out there.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn has given Gibraltar and its 34,000 inhabitants a giant build-up.
That’s as a result of boxing (and big-time boxing at that) is heading there when Dillian Whyte takes on Alexander Povetkin on the now rearranged date of 27 March.
Whyte – knocked out by Povetkin in August – has confronted logistical points round getting again to the UK from his Portugal coaching camp and therefore a brand new venue was sought. Povetkin will at the very least now get to see the Rock of Gibraltar fairly than being confined to a ‘bubble’ in a Covid-secure resort someplace within the UK.
“Gibraltar welcomed us with open arms,” Hearn informed BBC Radio 5 Live Boxing. “So ‘The Rumble on the Rock’, we’re glad to get it locked in.
“The vaccination programme in Gibraltar is world class and we imagine we’re going to have followers there. I feel that can be essential to Dillian Whyte. This is totally the whole lot to him this struggle. Coming off the struggle final day out, searching for a world heavyweight title shot, it is a should win.
“So we’re on, 27 March, a heavyweight cracker. It will be wild out there, it will be bizarre and in these times you have to think on your feet.”
Best coach on earth?
Mexican fighters as soon as once more spent the weekend underlining why they’re greater than a bit helpful within the ring.
One week on from Mauricio Lara’s shock win over Britain’s Josh Warrington, Mexico’s newest gutsy win on UK shores noticed Gabriel Valenzuela flip as much as stun Robbie Davies Jr.
But the massive Mexican win of the weekend got here as Oscar Valdez brutally knocked out compatriot Miguel Berchelt in Las Vegas to turn out to be WBC world super-featherweight champion.
The Valdez knockout was so heavy that BBC Radio 5 Live’s Steve Bunce merely tweeted…
The victory means eight Mexicans now maintain vital world titles, double the variety of British fighters.
And it sparked reward for one man because the stand-out coach of present instances. Eddy Reynoso now guides the careers of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – who just lately beat Britain’s Callum Smith – in addition to Valdez and Ryan Garcia – who overcame Britain’s Luke Campbell earlier this yr.
What now for Kelly?
Where there was as soon as eye-catching hooks and silky footwork, now there may be soul looking out within the wake of Josh Kelly’s first profession defeat by the hands of Russia’s David Avanesyan.
The stoppage loss left some saying Rio 2016 Olympian Kelly is just not suited to the skilled facet of the game, whereas others supplied sympathy in the direction of the Sunderland man.
“I hope Josh doesn’t lose heart with it,” promoter Hearn informed IFL TV. “He believed he was good enough and came up short. There’s no disgrace in losing to a world-class fighter.
“He is large at 147lbs and I would love him transfer to 154lbs. He’d be extra comfy and sturdy there. It will take him some time to recover from this. He can be actually disillusioned as he believed this is able to be an enormous yr for him and now it is a couple of comeback.”
Tough however sensible choices…
Fred Sirieix (the guy who runs the show on Channel 4’s First Dates) loves his boxing and went on Twitter on Saturday to say how well trainer Adam Booth did to throw the towel in on Josh Kelly.
Booth’s well-timed intervention was not the only one earning plaudits on the night.
At a time when judging gets criticised and controversy seems to reign at show after show, at last there was positivity across social media, notably when Rylan Charlton’s corner threw the towel in with their man looking vulnerable in defeat by Florian Marku.
Many a man in the corner has frozen at the key moment and many have faced criticism from their own fighter for ending things early. In this most dangerous of ventures, seeing praise for such a quick and pressured decision is surely a good thing?
No extra ‘blame recreation’
Fights behind closed doors have thrown up shocks, unbeaten records have been shattered and egos dented in recent weeks, so the final word in this week’s Fight Talk offers advice to fighters out there (and if it were read aloud in a Rocky movie people would undoubtedly start saying it’s transferrable to wider life).
In the wake of Kelly’s defeat on Saturday, former world champion Tony Bellew tweeted: “The hardest half for the fighters who misplaced final night time and just lately is the following day! It’s additionally an important.
“A lot of guys go into the blame game now. ‘It’s his fault for this and it was his idea to do that’. No!
“You selected to struggle and you’re the accountable one.
“You trained for weeks/months so don’t do the easy thing and blame the trainer. It’s not his fault you didn’t perform. You said you trained well. Don’t blame the promoter because you agreed to this fight. He only made the suggestion.
“The subsequent step it’s essential take is to look again on the struggle and be sincere with your self! Accept your weaknesses and look to return and work on them.
“Take control of your career. Always remember you take the punches, no one else! Trainers give advice, promoters make suggestions, you make the decisions.”
Go and make these choices, guys. We’ll catch you subsequent week.