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Lomachenko-Walters Will Help Salvage a Boxing-Poor 2016

With the announcement that Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters is signed for an HBO date on November 26 comes a sigh of relief from fight fans who have noticed a nearly barren rest of the year. With the exception of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev bout on November 19, there really wasn't that much to get excited about.

A super featherweight bout will not be the full saving grace for a weak 2016 or a magnet for mainstream attention, but Lomachenko-Walters, pitting Lomachenko's technical mastery against Walter's one-punch power, does represent a real treat for hardcore fight fans as probably one of the ten best fights on any diehard's wish list. 

The bout was first proposed back in June, but killed by Walters after the money offer of $550,000 was rejected. This time, with Lomachenko now holding the WBO super featherweight title he won from "Rocky" Martinez and HBO apparently eager to get at least some fights on their schedule, the pot was sweetened for Walters (to an undisclosed degree). 

Walters, a former featherweight titlist, has been inactive since being victimized with a mega-controversial draw against Jason Sosa in December of last year. 

Lomachenko-Walters will probably be paired with the rebroadcast of the previous week's Ward-Kovalev PPV bout.

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Tyson Fury Drama Leaves Heavyweight Division in Complete Disarray

By Danny Howard

One of the oldest rules of the business of boxing still runs true today and that is “As goes the Heavyweight champion so goes the sport.”

When Tyson Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko last year, Fury ended one of the most lengthy and depressing reigns in the history of the sport. Nothing against Klitschko, but Wladimir’s reign of terror wasn’t just limited to the Heavyweight division, but to casual fans of the sport everywhere.

Fury was boisterous, loud and obnoxious to the point where his animated character made him an attraction. Even more than that, he had just defeated the true Heavyweight champion of the world and he alone held that distinction. However, Fury has come undone physically and mentally leading to multiple postponements for their contractually obligated rematch with the latest episode leaving extreme doubt as to if Fury will ever fight again.

Fury/Klitschko was a dreadful affair at best with its only saving grace was that the old era gave way to the new, and Fury’s win signified that for the first time in well over a decade that the Heavyweight division was open for big business. That business is now closed with the specter of Fury’s indecisiveness hovering over who will eventually be determined as the top man at Heavyweight.

The clear candidates to substitute Fury are Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, two young champions as unproven as they are popular. Joshua and Wilder have been steadily increasing their level of competition as of late, but the two (particularly Wilder) have not been steered in any direction that could hamper their marketability.

The logical next step for either man is to find themselves opposite Klitschko and attempt to seal the deal on his reign for good. While Fury was able to shockingly upset the now 40-year-old ex-champion, it would be an equally surprising upset should either men be able to topple him even at this stage of his career.

When it comes to fighters outside that bubble, established veterans like Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz, David Haye and Bermane Stiverne, their activity has dropped off due to injuries and managerial issues which have stunted their growth as true challengers to the gold. While Haye and Ortiz remain the biggest wild cards of the bunch, they are quickly losing relevance and ground as they twiddle their thumbs waiting for the late-career payday they are angling for.

Even emerging prospects like Jarrell Miller, Gerald Washington and Andy Ruiz have had to lie in wait as the division tries to sort itself out to get their chance to prove themselves among the elite. As the big men at the top of the division continue to stagnate, so too does the ones who would be factors in the months to come.

With rumors raging that Klitschko may in fact face Joshua in November and Wilder is ready to target tougher foes once he recovers from injury, things might pick up in just mere moments. However, the Heavyweight division finds itself in the same state it has been for a long time now and that’s being stuck in the mud waiting for something to happen.

Danny Howard has been all over the place, writing for FightHype, the Yahoo Contributor Network and the Examiner. He also became a legend in his own mind by writing “And Stay Down! Boxing's Worst Comebacks”. Howard doesn't have time to drown in the nega-verse that is social media, but you can find him on Facebook or breathe life into his long dead Twitter @dbbox625 or let him have it directly at Daniel.Howard6@att.net

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Dear Team Golovkin: If You Aim on Duping Your Fans, Please Have Some Class About It

By Paul Magno

An Open Letter to Team Gennady Golovkin:

I’ve been around enough hustlers and hucksters to be a bit of an expert on the subject. Your game is strong, there’s no denying that. You rank right up there with Bob Arum’s eternal bait and switch and Richard Schaefer’s incubation of an entire parasite boxing company inside the unsuspecting carcass of Golden Boy Promotions.

The sign of a really GREAT hustler, though, is when you have the dupe actually feeling good about being duped.

You had that to a certain degree with the Kell Brook fight. You had people applauding the mismatch, calling it a Fight of the Year candidate because an overmatched welterweight got in a few shots (that your guy walked right through before crushing his face). And it was a nice score for everyone involved.

A great hustler would’ve taken the bags of loot back to the hideout and, THEN, would’ve tap-danced on the remains of the suckers.

But, some of you guys on Team Triple G don’t seem to care about the “honorable” way to remove a sucker from his money.

Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez (from Boxingnews24):

“We had a guy in front of us that he had no respect for, so he [Golovkin] tried to make it a fight...He could have taken his time and made it more of a technical fight, but what for? He had no respect for Kell after the first round after hurting him…”

Well, that’s pretty much a “Fuck You, Suckers” isn’t it? I mean, gee, why WOULD Golovkin respect a guy who was specifically chosen because he couldn’t hurt him? Why would anyone expect a world class fighter to respect the patsy placed before him? Kell Brook is no bum, but come on, he’s also no middleweight—and certainly no threat to the BEST middleweight.

You can forgive the fighter for offering his honest assessment of the foe plopped in front of him. You can’t hold Golovkin up to scorn for telling the truth that he felt like fighting Brook was a sparring session. A fighter fights, his people handle all the rest.

So, that brings the focus back to you guys.

Golovkin-Brook was a set-up. You know it, I know, the world should know it. Maybe not a set-up in the sense that it was “fixed,” but certainly a set-up in the sense that it was specifically designed as a cynical low-risk, high-reward cash grab. At least have the decency—after the fact—to pretend that it wasn’t a set-up all along. At least give your fans the illusion that you TRIED to make a really good, intriguing fight. Don’t talk about what a piss-poor match-up it was after fans already handed you their cash.

Or maybe the money has come so easy, the dupes have fallen too willingly that you don’t even care about hiding the hustle and con anymore. 

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