IT has started. It was always going to after recent events. After years of UK-based pundits and fans alike pooh-poohing commissions across Europe and the world — “You can’t get a decision in Germany…they only score on aggression in Vegas…don’t get me started on Italy” — the rest of the world has taken a look at so-called “British stoppages”, where the ref jumps in early, some shambolic scorecards, and the recent debacle over the Dillian Whyte situation and decreed that the UK is no longer the self-declared epicentre of fair play.
Bob Arum is the latest trade figure to go all in on our promoters and, in a new wrinkle, the grand old Boxing Board of Control, once seen across the world as a bastion of integrity — a creaking, fuddy-duddy and in some areas not fit for purpose one, but still.
“The Bobfather” has told Barbershop Conversations that promoter Eddie Hearn and the BBBoC had a duty to tell Oscar Rivas (26-1, 18 KOs) that Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) had failed a doping test only to be cleared to fight by an “independent panel”.