Author: Daxx Khan

Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

Bivol Boost Anticipation For Beterbiev Showdown, “Big Bang” Shuts Down The “Bomb Squad” In Saudi.

Saturday June 1st, at the Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Top Rank, Matchroom Boxing and
Queensberry promotions, put on a a world class action packed card, with results that changed the sports overall landscape for the moment.

Originally scheduled to be headlined by Dmitri Bivol versus Artur Beterbiev in a unification for the
“Undisputed Light Heavyweight Championship”, which is temporarily on hold while Artur Beterbiev recovers from a knee injury. As a replacement Bivol would face undefeated Malik Zinad of Libya.

Despite Zinad having an undefeated record, he was little more than a televised sparring session for Bivol. In the first Zinad managed to climb off the deck after being dropped by a right hand, then be surgically dismantled by Bivol over the next five rounds, until finally being saved by referee Howard Foster at 2:06 of the sixth round.

With a performance that increased anticipation, for his upcoming “Undisputed Light Heavyweight Championship” showdown against Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol improved to 23-0 (12), Malik Zinad after his first defeat stands at 22-1(16).

The WBA Featherweight championship would change hands in possibly record time, When challenger Nick Ball defeated champion Raymond Ford by split decision. The title had been around the waist of Ford just under two months, when he dramatically stopped then undefeated Otabek Kholmatov the past March, with just seven seconds remaining in their bout.

Coincidentally that same month Ball faced the divisions WBC champion Rey Vargas, despite out boxing and dropping Vargas twice. Once in the eighth and again the eleventh, Ball would walk away with a disappointing split draw. When official scores were read Judges scored the contest 115-113 twice in favor of Ball and 115-113 for Ford.

Unless a rematch takes place between Ball and Ford next, hopefully we get a unification bout and rematch between Ball and Vargas sooner than later. With the win Nick Ball improved to 20-0-1 (11), Raymond Ford after suffering his first loss drops to 15-1-1(8).

In a WBC Silver middleweight title contest, undefeated belt holder and “The Ring Magazine’s” tenth ranked middleweight Austin Williams, took on undefeated challenger Hamzah Sheeraz. While Williams was the better boxer, he was unable to keep his 6’3″ opponent from imposing his will.

A crushing right hand to the head sent Williams to the canvas during the tenth. Williams would beat the count and completed the round but an energized Sheeraz, capitalized on his momentum, ending the affair forty five seconds into the eleventh.

With the win Hamzah Sheeraz improved his record to 20-0 (16). Austin Williams suffering his first defeat as a professional, drops to 16-1 (11). Assuming boxing politics don’t disrupt its rhythm, Sheeraz should be in place for the winner of Carlos Adames versus Terrell Gausha, who face off later this month for the vacant world title.

The WBC would drum up another mandatory challenger, when British light heavyweight prospect Willy Hutchinson faced former world title challenger Craig Richards for the divisions Silver title. The fight early on would be more tactical than slugfest.

As rounds wore on Hutchinson with a near decade age advantage, pulled ahead on the cards to take the win by unanimous decision. Official scorecards read 117-111, 116-112 and 119-109 (Which was absurdly wide).

Hutchinson like Sheeraz Assuming boxing politics don’t disrupt its rhythm, should be first in line for the winner of Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev later this year when they meet to unify the division.

Heavyweights Daniel Dubois and Filip Hrgovic faced off in a bloody battle, for the divisions interim IBF title. The bout was action packed from opening bell, each fighter put in work knowing a win would have them elevated to “Full Champion” status by Friday, due to Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury agreeing to a rematch later this year.

Neither fighter dominated the contest for any length of time, Hrgovic suffered cuts over both eyes due to a combination of punches and head butts. Upon advice of the ringside Doctor, The bout would be waved off at fifty seven seconds into round eight.

With the win Daniel Dubois proud owner of a new belt  he can’t even use to hold up his trousers, improved to 21-2 (20). The undefeated Croatian hopeful Hrgovic, suffering his first loss now stands at 17-1 (14).

In a heavyweight contest between former WBC champion Deontay Wilder and China’s “Big Bang” Zhilei Zhang. Who were both making their first appearances since suffering losses to former WBO title holder Joseph Parker.

Deontay Wilder despite enter the contest seemingly confident, was unable to utilize his speed and three inch reach advantage to overcome the near 69lb weight differential in favor of Zhang.

Using calculated pressure, Zhang slowly edged in towards Wilder who started the bout fast hoping to land his show stopping right hand and end the night early. Which he did on several occasions, though they seemingly had no effect on Zhang.

Once Zhang found his distance, he slowed the former champions tempo with conservative yet accurate power shots. Wilder despite efforts to fight the bigger man off, found himself backed into a corner, shelled up hoping to find an opening for counter shots he could capitalize on and change the tide in his favor.

The few times Wilder did manage to capitalize on those opportunities, His punches lacked those genuine bad intentions we became used to during his title reign. In honesty as a fan of the sport, It was a sad sight to see Wilder appear more like a frightened fawn than that vicious puncher who racked up 41 stoppage wins, prior to his trilogy  against Tyson Fury..

Wilder after being caught in the fifth by the “Big Bang” of Zhang, dropped to the canvas and despite showing the heart of a champion by making it back to his feet. He would need to be saved by referee Kieran McCann from the continued onslaught of Zhang moments later.

With the win Zhilei Zhang improved his record to 27-2-1 (22), Deontay Wilder having gone 1-4 in his five most recent bouts and three of those four losses coming by way of brutal stoppage. Hopefully he gives his future beyond boxing a long serious thought before deciding to fight again, at least on this level.

With an impressive record of 43-4-1 (42), Olympic “Bronze Medal”, WBC Heavyweight title reign and eight successful defenses on his resume as a boxer.

Wilder has had career to be proud of, any more punishment like he has taken during his recent outings, will only diminish his quality of life once forced into retirement. As with anything only time will tell what his future holds.

 

Boxing Continues Edging Towards It’s Former Glory In 2024!

 

With an extended time passed and so much taking place during my hiatus, I find myself trying to decide “Where to begin?” Should I review Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Tyson Fury on May 18th to become the sports first “Undisputed Heavyweight Champion” since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999?

The rise of Naoya Inoue who has not only become boxing’s most dominate fighter under 126lbs, since Ricardo “Finito” Lopez dominated the Minimum and Jr, Flyweight divisions throughout the mid 1980’s and 1990’s. List his conquest, balance out if Inoue is the most accomplished fighter under 135lbs since Roberto Duran? If so then Inoue is deserved of both his moniker “The Monster” and top three “Pound for Pound” status.

The sports growing number of top tier fighters willing to risk their “0”, so long as its an opportunity to face their divisions proven best?

Should I focus on the sports increasing number of “Undisputed Lineal” division champions? The sanctioning bodies who abuse their power, use every loophole in their continuously changing rulebooks, as a way to strip fighters of titles. Simply for not facing sub-par mandatories, in order to generate higher sanctioning fees?

One thing I have learned throughout the decades is, “Topics will change from Day to Day and Week to Week” leaving no shortage of material. While we are often disappointed with the sports scenarios, preview of what’s to come and results that follow. The sport is a never ending “Reality Series” holding no boundaries, nor does it allow time for editing. When combining the intertwined stories that unfold before us and those not uncovered until years later.

It’s hands down “The Greatest Unscripted Show On Earth” that no matter how many times we watch, brings us the same excitement as it did the first time. In my personal opinion, despite the number of entertainers in every aspect, who has made the claim. BOXING ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS WILL be the one show that has no equal!

While deciding which current topic, to focus on next in detail or speculate what’s to come. I’ll continue enjoying the moment, despite unrealistic expectations from those sitting in “The Cheap Seats”, Who shout out and dictate across social media “How To Right The Wrong’s”. The sport is currently in a state, fans have been begging for since our previous “Undisputed Heavyweight Champion”.

Should boxing’s current trend between the sports best and those just underneath continue. They will have laid down the map our next generation of fighters, wanting to emulate their success. Have their names mentioned alongside during debates WILL follow.

Its a map leading boxing back to its “Glory Days and Above”, despite itself.

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