Opinion | Nov 18 2015

The boxing world reacts to Ronda Rousey defeat

Boxing should have a Ronda Rousey phenomenon of its own, writes John Dennen
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LAST weekend was a relatively quiet one for boxing. Nick Blackwell engaged in a stirring British middleweight title battle, Jarrett Hurd upset Frank Galarza but the buzz was generated by another combat sport, mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey losing to former boxer Holly Holm in the UFC.

It’s hard to chalk this up as a win for boxing, given that Holm took out Rousey with a hefty kick (a rare move in boxing circles, Alex Ariza excepted). But Rousey has captured the attention of the sweet science and this particular defeat, against an underdog, prompted much comment. Two heavyweight legends took to Twitter on the matter. Lennox Lewis said, “I’ve found myself in the same place as ‪Ronda Rousey and I used it to regain focus and motivation. She must learn from it AND improve [her] game plan!

“Ronda’s boxing skills were exposed as almost amateurish by a true pugilist who found she could push that straight left out each time.”

 

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