RECENTLY, I’ve been watching footage of some of the best fights from the 1970s through to the 1990s. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at a couple of them. The recent fight between Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire was every bit as good as these old classics and must surely be a contender for the Fight of the Year prize. It had everything, with both fighters giving no quarter. Inoue is a class act, but full credit must be given to Donaire, too. His best days may be long gone, but the experienced warrior stubbornly dragged his much younger opponent into the trenches. Chris Strange
FRAMPTON vs INOUE?
WITH his hand injury now healed, and following his victory over Tyler McCreary, I’d like Carl Frampton to consider a fight against Naoya Inoue next. Carl is at the stage in his career where he only wants meaningful matches. A bout at his more natural weight of super-bantamweight against the highly respected Inoue – who would have to move up from bantam – would be an incredible and winnable fight. Imagine bringing Inoue to Belfast next year – it’d be the event of 2020 in the UK. Mike Hills
I JUST wanted to say a massive well done to Lee Wylie for his article previewing and breaking down the Sergey Kovalev-Canelo Alvarez matchup (October 31 issue). It was a fantastic piece that was extremely informative. For a big fight fan like myself who has never boxed, it broke the fighters’ key strengths down really well. It’s easy for us to say what makes a fighter great, but we don’t always understand the technicalities behind the things they do that make them great. It was a superb article and I’m sure I speak for the majority when I say I’d love to see this become a regular feature ahead of all of the big fights. Matt Gale
JUST a few lines to say how interesting I found two recent articles in BN (November 14 issue). Firstly, the piece reporting on how my pal, Glenn McCrory, scaled one of the world’s highest mountains in aid of a very worthwhile children’s charity. The description of the utterly inhospitable conditions was intriguing. Secondly, the outstanding write-up on former British champion, Frank Grant. I found his life story enthralling and the feature was extremely sensitively written. I’d go as far as saying that Frank’s story should be made into a Hollywood movie. Good luck to both Glenn and Frank in their respective futures. Rick Conlon