Every so often, boxing provides a fight that entertains, surprises and surpasses expectations. For most, Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire did all that and more. The hype behind Inoue is real. At 37, Donaire showed he is not only willing but able to mix it with the elite. Following on from the Super-Lightweight World Boxing Super Series Final, the little brother refused to be outdone. From one Fight of the Year contender to another. Like London buses and all that. Both men leave with their reputation enhanced and need to take a well-deserved bow, and an even more well deserved break.
It would be easy to label Logan Paul vs KSI 2: The Battle of the YouTubers as the bad, for many many reasons. However, as I didn’t actually watch any of it, I feel this would be the very definition of lazy journalism. And I refuse to be labelled with both of those. I’m far from a journalist! Paul ultimately lost, and in doing so, provided the most entertaining Maths lesson boxing has witnessed. Well, since he asked KSI what 7 x 8 equals at the press conference. As part of his post-fight breakdown he also admitted that the fact he sneezed three times on the morning of the fight hampered his performance.
Sticking with the theme of the rematch of all rematches. Despite the criticism from actual boxing fans, this was undoubtedly a big event. When a big boxing showcase rolls into Vegas, you can guarantee there will be more stars ringside than on the red carpet. This was certainly the case. However, when David Alorka managed to interview Ed Sheeran for William Hill, he had no idea what was about to follow…