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Boxing problems highlighted by turmoil at light heavyweight

Some questionable matchmaking and backstage politics leaves the light heavyweight division in an odd spot. Here's what you need to know.


On Wednesday, March 15, Ring TV broke the news that once again the mandatory title bout between WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez has once again been postponed in favour of a bout between “Superman” and undefeated 35-year-old, Long Island-native Sean Monaghan.

The news, honestly, at this point comes as no surprise. Alvarez has been the WBC’s mandatory challenger since November of 2015 and the fact that this match still isn’t taking place reeks of promotional meddling.

Monaghan doesn’t deserve this shot

Monaghan is a good fighter, he deserves the paycheck and at 28-0 with 17 knockouts he, on paper, certainly seems to fit the bill of a deserving challenger, or at least a live dog in the fight. But honestly, he should probably still be at least one or two wins away from a fight with anyone in the division’s top five.

In his past three bouts, he has bested Donovan George, Janne Forsman and Fernando Casteneda none of which should merit him this fight.

More light on a huge problem in boxing

Being someone from the province of Quebec, the importance and contributions that Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) have made to the Canadian boxing scene are undeniable, however the fact that they refuse to book this fight between two of their top guys brings to light the most frustrating things about the inner workings and politics of the boxing world.

It’s understandable that a promoter would rather keep all of their fighters strong, undefeated and selling tickets, but as a fan, it’s getting really hard to support or even like Adonis Stevenson at this point. No one likes someone who screams at the top of their lungs how great they are whilst side stepping every considerable threat to their claims.

Not only is this news not great for GYM’s image, but it also demonstrates once again how terrible and useless the regulating bodies at the top of the boxing world are. What’s the point of having mandatory challengers if fighting the mandatory is optional?

To that point, how difficult is it to justify the use of a mandatory challenger if, as an organising body, you schedule a bout between Joe Smith Jr and Oleksandr Gvozdyk to determine the next mandatory before the first mandatory even takes place?

Missed opportunity for the division?

In the closing months of 2016, light heavyweight seemed to be the most exciting division in the sport, filled with incredible boxers with amazing skills and unreal power, every single match-up you could imagine was amazing. But now, three months into 2017, it seems like the momentum that the division had is going to waste, and it’s a damn shame.

But all negativity aside, the division is still one of if not the best and many great bouts are still seemingly on the horizon. Useless qualifiers aside, Joe Smith Jr taking on Oleksandr Gvozdyk will be a great bout. and Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev are going to be facing off in a rematch of their controversial, yet entertaining, November draw soon enough, so hey it’s not all that bad.

 

What do you think to Stevenson now fighting Monaghan? Let us know in the comments section below. 

 

Boxing problems highlighted by turmoil at light heavyweight

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