Opinion | Jul 06 2018

Snips & Snipes: In boxing cheats do prosper

Deontay Wilder has made a mistake writes Eric Armit as he rounds up the boxing world this week
David Price
David Price  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

WHEN I was a kid we had a saying “cheat’s never prosper.” Boy were we naïve. In September two fighters who have served derisory suspensions for positive tests will make a whole load of money as Saul Alvarez fights Gennady Golovkin and Alexander Povetkin challenges Anthony Joshua.

If you put aside the disgust over this cheating then Alvarez vs. Golovkin is a fight we all want to see. With the bad blood that has grown out of the positive tests and extended wait for their return contest hopefully it will be a better fight than their first one. Let’s hope this time Alvarez comes to fight.

Joshua versus Povetkin is not the fight we wanted but where the heavyweights are concerned, both inside and out of the ring, there seems to be more prima donnas than at La Scala. The WBA were always going to run out of patience over the unification fight between Joshua and the WBC champion Deontay Wilder. It was dumb of Wilder not to take any offer to fight Joshua anywhere. He can make five times more than he can against any other fighter. He is now left in limbo. His number one challenger Dillian Whyte – who he does not appear to want to fight- faces Joseph Parker on July 28 so whoever wins that at best it will be the end of the year before Wilder can face them. His number two is Dominic Breazeale and that is not going to be a big payday and below Breazeale sit Povetkin, Luis Ortiz, Tony Bellew, Parker and Charles Martin so slim pickings. Joshua vs. Povetkin is not a great fight. Povetkin looked vulnerable against David Price but he is a puncher and Joshua will make big money whomever he fights. The Povetkin fight will be staged on September 22 at Wembley Stadium where Joshua drew 90,000 for his fight with Wlad Klitschko. Povetkin will not be as big a draw but the crowds come to see Joshua so will still be big by anyone’s standard. What must be worrying for Wilder is that Joshua has said that if he gets past Povetkin – and the “if” word is mine not Joshua’s – then his next fight will also be at Wembley. Make sure your passport is up to date Deontay.