Opinion | May 03 2019

‘Those that turned down the fight with Anthony Joshua may well live to regret it’

'Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz is not a great fight but let’s not get hysterical; it is no worse than Wilder vs Breazeale and better than Fury against untested Schwarz,' writes Eric Armit in his Snips & Snipes column
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Anthony Joshua Media Day  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

LAST week’s big fights were a mixed bag. We had two very good fights in California with Daniel Roman vs. TJ Doheny an exciting scrap all the way through which unified two titles and also a brilliant exhibition of quality boxing from Juan Francisco Estrada against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. In addition when we thought it was dead in the water but the World Boxing Super Series tournament came back to life with semi-finals in the super-lightweight and bantamweight categories. It was predictable that Regis Prograis and Nonito Donaire would win but it was important how they did it and they both showed power and class. Let’s just pass over Robert Easter vs. Rances Barthelemy as it showed that two good fighters could put up a bad fight.

I seem to have a talent for being in the wrong time at the wrong place. The WBSS card was held in Lafayette. I worked in the oil industry and Lafayette was the first town I visited in the USA. I returned there just a few years back to visit with my long time and close friend Beau Williford who has his Ragin’ Cajun gym there and met up with Kerry Daigle who subsequently did all of the media and publicity work for the WBSS show. So how come I was slogging away at a computer on the East Coast of Scotland instead of sitting at ringside in Lafayette – wrong time wrong place.

Of course tomorrow night in Las Vegas we have Saul Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs with a good supporting cast including John Ryder vs. unbeaten Bilal Akkawy and in Stockton Jerwin Ancajas and Artur Beterbiev defend their titles. I think Jacobs is going to be a much tougher test for Alvarez than many anticipate and I would not be surprised to see Jacobs pull off an upset victory.


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