I can’t claim to be the world’s biggest Muay Thai fan and my position has always been of an interested but only semi-informed observer. There will be others far better placed to wax lyrical about Dekkers’ talent and skill.
I dealt with the boxing side of things relating to the announced Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz bout in an earlier post but it strikes me there are some business aspects to look at as well.
The key detail that has been released is that the bout will be held at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. On paper there’s little surprising about that. Khan is a British fighter and his hometown of Bolton isn’t a vast distance from Sheffield. More, over recent years Sheffield has become a decent boxing city with potential future Khan opponent Kell Brook having had his recent UK bouts there.
What is perhaps surprising is that it doesn’t appear to follow the promotional strategy that Khan has held to in the last few years.
Let me start out by saying that Julio Diaz is a clear improvement on the limited Carlos Molina who Khan comprehensively defeated in his return to action after his brutal loss to Danny Garcia. Yet he, on paper, shouldn’t be a threat to Khan in his British return.
In a bit of a tidbit that may have some consequences for British boxing it appears that (subject to regulation) BT will be continuing its attack on Sky’s sporting dominance by buying ESPN’s UK channels.
British boxing has a long history of the underdog coming good. David Price may have seen his dreams of a fast track world title shot go up in smoke following a single punch from Tony Thompson but he’s not the only man earmarked for success to see his dreams at least postponed…
Just seen a tweet from Steve Lillis (boxing journalist and BoxNation analyst) saying that Kenny Anderson has dropped his British 168lbs Title with Paul Smith and Tony Dodson to fight over the belt, with purse bids coming.
In other news Doncaster based European champ Jamie McDonnell will take on dangerous Mexican power-puncher Julio Ceja for the vacant IBF Bantemweight belt.
Can a boxer who is 33-1 and held titles in two weightclasses be considered a waste of talent?
The recent news that the “Khanqueror” Breidis Prescott will be taking on Khabib Allakhverdiev (and even in the world of terrible boxing nicknames “Khanqueror” stands out as one of the worst) made me think for a moment of the man Allakhverdiev beat to win the WBA 140lbs belt he now defends.
If the you thought the farcical stories surrounding the Sonny Bill Williams/Frans Botha bout detailed in a previous post were done then then I’m afraid to say you were wrong. Botha, as bellicose and unrepentant as ever, is now saying that he was offered $150,000 to throw the bout.