Welcome to a different Thursday version of Magno’s Bulging Mail Sack, the one boxing mail bag column that requires two wet-naps, a splash guard, and an additional shot of hand sanitizer. This week, we’ve got feedback/questions relating to Teofimo Lopez, Keith Thurman, and Crawford-Porter.
Am I the one one actually disillusioned with Teofimo’s total existence post-Lomachenko? I do know he had COVID for part of his eleven months after that combat, however I used to be disillusioned earlier than COVID. I simply don’t see him doing something to truly tackle any actual challenges and his current assertion about by no means rematching Lomachenko is weak. I anticipated significantly better from this child.
– Saul “Not Canelo”
I hear you. I anticipated much more too. I don’t essentially blame him for this pointless Kambosos combat, though he has loads to do with how lengthy it’s been taking to truly occur. What disappoints me greater than something is that this star journey he appears to be having and his obvious lack of curiosity in combating anybody he actually needs to be combating at 135. The diva perspective has been oozing from his pores. I suppose, at 24 years of age and with the entire reward heaped on him so shortly, this ego bulge ought to’ve been anticipated. However nothing he’s carried out since beating Lomachenko has been in any respect conducive to serving to the game and even serving to himself change into an excellent larger star.
And talking of Lomachenko…
I agree. Teo dismissing the concept of a rematch is weak and it diminishes what he achieved again in October. All people who noticed that combat is aware of that Lomachenko got here on robust late within the contest and almost swept the final 5 – 6 rounds. It’s not like Lopez walked away with a dominant win and even closed the present in a conclusive method. It was a rattling shut combat, regardless of the oddball scores issued by the judges and that, together with Lomachenko being a star and a legit pound-for-pound man, in addition to the truth that it did massive numbers on TV, ought to make a rematch a no brainer. Utterly blowing off the concept of a rematch appears like a duck from Lopez. It appears like a younger man trying to skate by a troublesome problem for simpler paydays. Or, possibly, the child can merely now not make 135. Regardless of the case, Teofimo has taken himself from being a younger fighter on the verge of crossover stardom to a man many followers are already “over.”
One Time = As soon as Upon a Time?
The place oh the place is “As soon as Upon a Time” Keith Thurman? We’re occurring 14 months since he final fought and there’s nothing concrete on the horizon for me. This man’s solely fought twice because the Danny Garcia combat in March of 2017 and towards Josesito Lopez he virtually bought KTFO and he misplaced to Manny Pacquiao. All this dude does is yap, yap, yap about who he needs to combat and about how he needs to return again, however he by no means really fights. The boxing writers ought to simply ignore this idiot and transfer on to protecting any person critical.
I’d prefer to say that Thurman is one other man who has disillusioned me, however I used to be one of many few within the media who didn’t count on all that a lot from him within the first place. Clearly, the man is proficient. Developing as a younger professional, he had all of the items. However he might by no means keep wholesome sufficient or centered sufficient to place all of it collectively. And now, I simply don’t know the way a lot critical curiosity there may be in getting issues again on monitor. There are quite a lot of phrases from Thurman and quite a lot of hyping up fights that can most likely not occur, however not quite a lot of motion in getting something carried out. Perhaps he’s on the Amir Khan profession plan now– get again within the ring for a token look every time he wants a payday and cease taking issues like growth and legacy significantly. I agree, although. It’s time for everybody to simply transfer on from Thurman till there’s a motive to concentrate once more.
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter
I suppose Crawford-Porter is official now for November 20. Who you bought and the way?
– Jose Villa
It’s going to be an important combat if Porter comes into the ring along with his finest all-aggression mindset (and never his “I’m gonna attempt to field” mindset). This would be the greatest take a look at of Crawford’s profession and the form of combat he’s been needing. I believe “Bud” rises to the event and turns in his finest efficiency ever. He’ll must combat Porter off him and preserve his focus whereas he will get fists, elbows, shoulders, and an occasional head thrown his means. That’s arduous to do and even the normally calm and funky Errol Spence bought thrown off his recreation to an extent below Porter’s stress. However I believe Crawford goes to show why so many suppose so extremely of him. I’m calling a late-rounds stoppage for Terence Crawford.
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