Fruitful Week of Boxing – Bad Apples, Potential Banana skin, Sour Grapes, A Durian card and a couple of Peaches

Fruitful Week of Boxing – Bad Apples, Potential Banana skin, Sour Grapes, A Durian card and a couple of Peaches
Drug cheat Miller, Michael Hunter, the 'low-blow', Allen's liver shot plus Yarde-Kovalev & Joyce-Dubois

Jarrell Miller should be preparing for a showdown against unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua in the ‘Big Apple’ but instead he has become another drug cheating ‘Bad Apple’.

The 300lb ‘Big Baby’ submitted a dirty piss and blood sample to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) not once, not twice but three times. Miller tested positive for GW1516 (High endurance), HGH (muscle rebuilding and reducing) & EPO (Enhances exercise performance) with the last one being the most concerning as it can only be injected.

Subsequently, Miller’s New York State Athletic Commission license cannot be revoked because it has expired but they can of course refuse him a new license. The ridiculous loophole could mean Miller escapes a lengthy ban and could apply for a license from another commission although due to the publicity of the scandal you would think it would be impossible.

Social media has been in a frenzy with some hilarious pictures and videos that have surfaced over this past week mocking the American following his failed drug tests but there is a serious issue here that needs to be addressed. The fact that Miller would have weighed-in 70lbs (5 stone) heavier than Joshua come fight night with the added advantage of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) in his system the result could of have had a catastrophic conclusion.

Boxing is also known as the “hurt business” for good reason but with the addition of PEDs it could become the “killing business”. You play most sports; you don’t play boxing. The solution for such blatant cheating can only be a life suspension – wishful thinking I know – but considering the possible consequences, would that not be man slaughter?

With Miller now out of the picture, attentions quickly turned to who will replace the fraud? Luis Ortiz – another drug cheat – was the first to be identified by fans but the Cuban lefty turned down the offer of $5m and a shot at 3-world titles, calling it a “low-blow” offer. Prior to the initial offer ‘King Kong’ issued this statement, “I’ll fight you for just about any money you offer me so if you can’t work out the Miller fight, I’m here and ready.” It’s quite clear that the 40-year-old (cough, cough) was never interested in the first place.

The three frontrunners have now been identified as American-based Adam Kownacki of Poland, Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr and former Cruiserweight Michael Hunter. The real-life looking ‘Big Baby’ Kownacki would be the ideal candidate considering his style which is very similar to Miller, but Ruiz Jr is also a come forward fighter but has more hand speed, both would be tailor made for Joshua.

Hunter on the other hand could be a potential ‘banana skin’. The 30-year-old has only ever lost once which was against Cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. The Californian had an excellent 2018 with credible victories over Iago Kiladze, Martin Bakole and Alexander Ustinov. AJ has struggled against smaller fighters and Hunter comes in at 6’2” plus he is a well-crafted and tricky opponent that could cause problems.

In the Welterweight division Amir Khan lost to WBO champ and pound-for-pound supreme Terrence Crawford by TKO in the sixth following a very low-blow. Khan felt that he was unable to continue after a shot in the ‘grapes’ although replays suggested otherwise, citing a public reaction that the Bolton-fighter quit.

Referee David Fields allowed Khan time to recover from the blow, but Khan decided he was unable to continue. Speaking in a post-fight interview Khan said David Fields told him he has 5 minutes but then immediately contradicted himself when asked why you didn’t take the full five, Khan replied, “I didn’t know I had 5 minutes to be honest with you”.

Since the defeat many pundits and fans have wondered if Khan quit or was even caught in the goonies for that matter. Kell Brook went on record saying that he thought Khan quit, his Sheffield rival said, “He just looked for a way out, he was getting beat in every department.” Khan dismissed the quit claims as ‘sour grapes’.

After almost a week’s reflection here’s an analogy that may help with the quit claims;

When you go to the boozer with your mates, there is always one that will keep going until the drink inevitably floors him (Khan against Canelo & Garcia) but this one night he decides he’s had enough even before you go “out, out”. He blames it on a dodgy onion bhaji from the curry house earlier (low blow) but you allow for it because of his previous history. Trouble is, he is also the feller that dishes out stick to everybody else when they jack it in early. He also took it too far when one of the squad drunk himself into an oblivion even though we could clearly see – excuse the pun – that he was in no fit state to continue (Brook against Spence).

So, do we give him a pass because of his previous history, or does he deserve to be ridiculed? This loss will not define Khan’s career and nor should it, but the quit banter should continue until it’s run its course.

Moving onto the ‘Durian card’ on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, South-East London. If you have never heard of a durian it’s probably because it can only be found in Southeast Asia – why a durian – well because of its distinctive strong odour that smells like anus which pretty much sums up another sh*t Matchroom card. This is slowly becoming a common feature on these shores.

At least the beautifully timed liver shot on Lucas Browne from David Allen in the third-round of the headline act and the polished display from lightweight Joe Cordina gave the show some substance. Other than that, don’t waste any time on YouTube recapping on a ‘Durian card’.

News of Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois agreeing terms to fight for the vacant British heavyweight title which was ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is music to many boxing fans ears. A date and location are still to be determined but with Joyce signing with BT Sport and Frank Warren this week these sorts of negotiations should be ironed out without too much of a fuss.

Sticking with Queensbury Promotions and the other top prospect in their stable, Anthony Yarde is close to agreeing terms with WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev for a showdown in Russia. If this fight can also be completed, then we really do have a ‘Couple of Peaches’ this year!

Seconds out…

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Massive boxing and English football fan from South East London, England.

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