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In the world of boxing, a fight will be made. That is almost fact, but it is subject to several things. Does a specific fighter want the fight, or does the money make it so attractive? What about the sanctioning body? Will that really allow the fight to happen? Then, the licensing agreement. Why didn’t those in charge of sanctioning, under the EBU, allow the fight to happen? All in all, all of these factors are considered, but all of them can lead to an absolute nightmare.
What stands out with this situation is the nature of the final sparring and the fact that it occurred after the British fighter floored the opponent in the first round. Can a fight still be made? I am sure some people will tell you no, the circumstances are too far gone and it is done. For the Klitschko fight, the undercard was great, the judges gave it to the Ukrainian, and it got a good deal of attention.
I say yes, but you see, with so many things that go into the making of a fight in boxing, this fight is still unresolved. I’m sure the promoter Frank Warren, along with the director of boxing, Eddie Hearn, will continue to plead their case, and hopefully they will get an answer that they can build upon.
The super heavyweight scene is flush with talent. I mean, look at someone like Deontay Wilder. He had the opportunity to fight Joshua last year for a piece of the heavyweight crown, but he passed because he didn’t want to pay the sanctioning fee. Being the bigger man, he now wants the belt. But Wilder lost that opportunity. Many feel that Wilder isn’t ready for a title shot, but who is going to give him one?
There is also a reason why Mikey Garcia is moving up a weight class. He wants to be in the mix for the big money fights. If he can beat Sergey Lipinets, then he could stand in line. Something else you have to take into consideration is that if Joshua beat Wilder and Lipinets took on Wilder, then you have a new mandatory challenger for Wilder.
Now, what is your saying? You are thinking the unbeaten knockout artist will have a fight once he moves up in weight?
As I said, this entire situation is much more complicated than we thought. Even after Klitschko was stopped in his rematch against Joshua last year, things are different. Hearn, Warren, and EBU officials are digging into the logistics and seeing what they can get together to make this a reality. I can’t wait to see what they come up with and if they can pull this off.
The story does still have some legs, so I wouldn’t let this get to you. You have to continue to enjoy the fight without thinking that things cannot be done. Don’t think about that it is finished because things are still up in the air.