Some people are annoyed by how big the fight is staged. For me, that was when I fell in love with raw, unbridled capitalism. People openly do whatever it takes to get as much guaranteed money as possible and as many eyeballs on the screen as possible.
The fighting game is dirty, but could it exist any other way? Adults are allowed to punch each other in the head with 12 oz. gloves for 36 minutes (smaller weight classes use smaller gloves, less successful fighters go fewer rounds but still get violent penalties.)
There are two major championship games that have yet to happen that could provide all the spectacle that has people congregating in homes and bars around the world. Errol Spence and Terence Crawford are said to have given the details of the undisputed Welterweight title fight. Fight fans have wanted to watch this match for a while, and when Crawford left the Top Rated promotions, the match became a reality.
Welterweight has brought us many stars over the years. Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Tommy Hearns and many more. However, nothing can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up like when the announcer blows into a microphone “for the undisputed World Heavyweight Championship”.
Lennox Lewis was the last boxer to get such an introduction after he beat Evander Holyfield in 1999. That bout was five years before Rick Ross released “Port of Miami,” and he now owns it. owned the house in which Holyfield lived at the time.
Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua for an armload of heavyweight belts on Saturday, but not all of them. Tyson Fury is the WBC Champion and last defended his title with a knockout victory in April against Dillian Whyte. He said at the time that he was retiring, but boxers saying they’re going to retire is like when James Brown would first put his cape on — there’s usually more to come.
Usyk made it clear both in his native language and in English after his second win over Joshua that he wanted Fury, and a shot at immortality as the undisputed Heavyweight Champion. Basically, Fury announced his return right after the fight on social media when he said in a video, “get your goddamn checkbook out, because the gypsy king is here to stay forever!”
That video is not enough for WBC. They need Fury a little more. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told Sports sky that while he believes Fury wants a rematch, and he would love to see the unification fight, Fury needs to send written confirmation to the WBC that he wants to continue as champion by Friday.
While the WBC Champion has announced his retirement, he fought less than six months ago. The rule in the WBC is that champions are only authorized to defend the title once per year, but now the president gives the champion three days to declare in writing that he wants to fight.
Sulaiman is not the only one involved in boxing matches. This morning, Fury shot a video while jogging and tagged ESPN, WBC, boxing promoter Frank Warren, and Top Rank. He said they have Seven days to make an agreement which he deems fit and which must be presented in writing to his attorney along with proof of the source of funds. Fury then continued on Talk Sport and said that after he retires, he wants to obscene money to fight Usyk. “Mayweather gets $400 million for Pacquiao, I want $500 million for Usyk.”
These deadlines are hilarious. The belts that Usyk won are probably still stained with some of his sweat after the fight, and Fury and Sulaiman are making limited-time offers like McDonalds does with McRib and Shamrock Shake.
All is OK. Fury probably won’t get $500 million to fight Usyk, but he’s looking at the biggest payday of his career. Alternatively, at 34, he could become the first Unified Heavyweight Champion since 1999, when he was just ten years old. That would put him on the list alongside Lewis, Mike Tyson, Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier and Joe Louis. Few have ever made the argument that he’s the greatest heavyweight of all time, but being the undisputed 6-foot-9 champion makes it harder to disprove.
However, there is only a time limit of two to seven days for a fight of this magnitude to be put together, and I have to believe it because one boxing director and one boxer said so. Ridiculous, of course, but that’s the sport. In the movie Transaction location, Louis Winthorpe, played by Dan Aykroyd, called the exchange “the last bastion of pure capitalism left on Earth”. He’s definitely forgotten about boxing, because whatever it takes to get you to see a human’s head recoil from the direct impact they’ll do.