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GUEST ARTICLE: Andre Ward’s Retirement, GGG vs Canelo & Parker vs Fury Prediction

Christopher Jason Young presents another GF of Boxing Mailbag: Topics of discussion Andre Ward’s retirement, GGG vs. Canelo aftermath, and prediction of WBO Heavyweight bout Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury & more

What do you think about Andre  Ward retiring?

David Pearsall, St. Pete/South Tampa

Well David thanks for writing in, but I have mixed feelings on Andre retiring. As a fan I want to see him perform and displays his talent and skill at the highest level, but a part of me is happy for him and his family. He claims he doesn’t have the drive anymore to give the sport of boxing 100% That is extremely important. You cannot cheat the sport of boxing, because you will be exposed on fight night. Anyway, a lot of boxers claim retirement and we know that they were going to comeback, like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But listening to him you can hear the sincerity in his voice that he means it. He wants to spend more time with his family, and with the physically, emotional, and mental wear and tear of the sport has drained him. He  is financially secured, and with his clean image and verbal articulation he would have no problem landing a broadcasting job.

I want to personally thank Andre Ward for everything he has given to boxing, blood, sweat, and tears. My first time meeting him was 12 years ago at a HBO ppv event he was fighting on the undercard and what I saw in the ring was a young kid with great skill and raw talent. After the fight he was approachable and still humble just like he is today. His faith keeps him grounded and he has tremendous character. Once again I would love to see him back in the ring to face Adonis Stevenson to unify the division. If he doesn’t come back, then I understand. My personal opinion he is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

His boxing accomplishments:

2008 Gold Medalist (The last man from America to win a gold medal)

The winner of the Super Six Tournament

Unified Super-Middleweight Champion (WBA, WBC, The Ring, and Lineal)

Unified Light-Heavyweight Champion (WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring)

Defeated 8 Champions/Former Champions ( Edison Miranda, Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, Chad Dawson, and Sergei Kovalev x2)

32W-0-16KO

I have alot on  my mind about what happened last weekend, but I’ll keep my question short. What is your opinion on GGG vs. Canelo fight? Somebody got paid off, this fight screams corruption. They screwed over Pacquiao with the Horn fight and now this fight here. What fight was Adalaide Byrd watching 118-110? She must be in Golden Boys back pocket. I was enraged when I heard that score. Golovkin won that fight hands down. Who do you think won that fight and what is your opinion of Canelo and Golden Boy?

J.D.

Well JD I have been asked a lot about this fight, and since your comment and questions are the cleanest as far as vulgarity, I’ll answer your response the best way I can.

Many fans were upset about the scoring of Golovkin and Canelo. Some say the scoring was a business decision which implicates corruption or Adalaide Byrd just had an off night. She is being drugged through the mud by the media, fans, and anybody else who has an opinion on that bout. Adalaide Byrd is a competent judge but the perception from the boxing fans is either she doesn’t know what she is doing or she is corrupt. Now you can’t blame Canelo for the score card that Adalaide Byrd turned in, but the public perception is starting to build on whether Canelo status is being protected. In the past he has benefitted from some questionable score cards in some high profiled fights. For example:

When Canelo fought Floyd Mayweather Dave Moretti score the fight 116-112 for Canelo, Craig Metcalfe scored the fight 117-111 for Canelo, and CJ Ross scored the fight 114-114. Even though the decision went the right way, but in my opinion there is no way Canelo won six rounds against Mayweather.

When Canelo fought Erislandy Lara judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Canelo, Jerry Roth scored the fight 115-113 for Lara, and Levi Martinez scored the fight 117-111 for Canelo. Mr. Martinez scored the fight 9 rounds to 3 for Canelo, I’m having a difficult time in giving Canelo that many rounds, but at the same time I wasn’t sitting at Mr. Martinez physical position. One thing we all can agree with is that the fight was very close and 117-111 is little far-fetched. I personally had the fight as draw.

Now we get to the GGG vs. Canelo fight. Not to take anything away from these two combatants, they both put on a great performance. This scoring controversy has overshadowed a great boxing event, that could have brought the casual fans and mainstream back to boxing. This was boxing’s opportunity to show the world why we are the best in combat sports, but that night a lot people walked away with a bitter taste in their mouth with this decision. Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, Don Trella scored the fight 114-114, and Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110. I have no comment on how she scored the fight 10 rounds to 2 in the favor of Canelo, besides I totally disagree with that score. With all the 115 plus title fights she has officiated this one is going to stand out for a long while. Personally I had Canelo winning rounds 1,2,3,11, and 12, and I had Golovkin winning rounds 4-10 having a total score of 115-113 in Golovkin’s favor.

I have read and listen to so many opinions on social media and sports news outlets on how this fight was controversial, boxing is so corrupt, and that these decisions are the reason why mainstream and casual fans stop following boxing. Even though their personal views may or may not reflect reality, but these type of scoring doesn’t help improve boxing’s image. Canelo is boxing’s top attraction and Oscar De La Hoya promotional company’s cash cow. Now I guess with rank comes privileges. All through the promotion and during the event they were showing different commercials with Canelo in it, the fight was held on Mexican Independence Day, in Las Vegas, Canelo came out last like he was the defending champion and he only came out this fight with only a draw? From an outside point of view that says a lot on who they perceived who the real winner is. It must be nice to be golden.

I’m very surprised that WBO Heavyweight Champion fight is not getting the attention in America as it should. Maybe I’m maybe little biased because I’m a fan of Tyson Fury so I’m pulling for his brother. What is your assessment of this fight?

Zeke

This fight is really a close fight Zeke. By the way Hughie and Tyson are cousins not brothers, but I got you. This fight is being held in Manchester in Hughie’s backyard. So WBO Champ Joseph Parker will be in hostile territory and he has to know in the back of his mind with all the controversial  scoring as of late, he may feel more compel to let his hands go more and be more aggressive to try to get a stoppage. Parker is 6’4″ and he is the shorter of the two. For him to win this fight he is going to have to fight mid range to fighting on the inside. By doing this he is going to have to double up and triple up the jab and get inside Fury long wingspan and make Fury feel uncomfortable and test his resiliency. Fury has not really been tested and this is his big chance to perform on this big stage for a world title. At the same time this is Parker first time defending his title on such a big stage as well. I just know that this will be an intense competitive bout, especially in the beginning of the fight. Those butterflies in their stomachs will turn into bats.

For Fury to win he has to be just be himself. Both Tyson and Hughie are both tall, long, and awkward and they both use this as to their advantage. Hughie is 6’6″ and the only way for him to win this fight is from a distance and try to outbox Parker. He is going to have to land something on Parker with a punch he doesn’t see to get Parker’s respect. Fury also will have to confused Parker with his feints, awkwardness, and punch angles. Make it a riddle for him.

My only concern for Fury is two things. His 17 month inactivity. How much ring rust will show up in the fight and will his conditioning hold up due to his recent health problems that plagued him during the Kassi fight. And the other thing that concerns me is quality of opposition. If I look at Fury’s resume I must say the biggest name he has fought is a faded former heavyweight contender 40 year old Dominic Guinn. So that’s something I have to take into consideration.

Both fighters know that this fight will open the door to face the lineal heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, so today you will see the best of both combatants. They are both undefeated and hungry If you had to twist my arm on who I believe is going to win, I would have to go with Parker because of his decorated amateur experience. There is only a 3 pro fight difference between them so I had to dig a little deeper to find the edge between them two. Parker had more time to develop his skill longer than Hughie before turning pro. Parker is more closer going into his prime being 25 and than Fury. He  is only 23 years of age. Just remember this, in a heavyweight fight, it only takes one punch.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to legendary The Raging Bull Jake LaMotta. Everything that has been said about him has already been said. How he fought in the ring was the same way he lived life…on the edge. I had the pleasure in seeing him and getting a picture of him a couple of years ago at a boxing event at Hollywood, Florida where all the past and current world heavyweight champions were present. I was so upset that my picture came out blurry, but the best next thing I got was an autograph photo of Mr. LaMotta having a face-off with heavyweight champ and legend Joe Louis. The oldest living champ will be missed. His six battles with Sugar Ray Robinson were epic. Even though he only won bout against him he was the first man ever to beat the great Robinson. LaMotta will always be remembered and revered as champion, relentless, even complex, but he will most be remembered for being a…. Man. Rest in peace champ.

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