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Dougie’s Friday Mailbag (the lightweight division, Kazuto Ioka)

Dougie’s Friday Mailbag (the lightweight division, Kazuto Ioka)

When will these young guns birth to combine it up?
by means of Doug Fischer

lightweight pleasure

satisfied New year Doug,

It’s been ages considering i will bear in mind when there have been so many proficient, yet younger fighters in the equal weight class because the lightweight division presently. Put anybody of Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia or Tank Davis in with every other and that i’m inviting individuals over for a celebration (safely quickly, fingers crossed). Please tell me I’m now not wasting my time looking forward to these matchups and none of them take place.  Please provide us fight fans some hope that we don’t waste our time following a dumb sport. Please inform me boxing is not going to mess this up. – Gordon

hiya Gordon, chuffed New 12 months to you. I’m now not going to deceive you (and also you’ve been around long sufficient to tell if I’m now not retaining it 100), the sport WILL not cooperate on making ALL of those fights in a well timed fashion and the timing isn’t correct for all of them to turn up at lightweight (as Lopez could be headed to junior welterweight soon).

however I do believe we’ll get one, might be two, matchups between the Fab 4 in the next 12-18 months (confidently sooner instead of later). probably the most in-demand showdown is doubtless Davis vs. Garcia (given their popularity), but regardless of what the younger bucks are putting out there on social media, their advisers doubtless desire this contention to “marinate” in 2021 whereas Tank continues to construct his PPV brand and Ryan continues to strengthen (and their promoters figure out the way to make the combat whereas appeasing their network/platform companions).

My hunch is that we’ll see Haney vs. Garcia earlier than we see any of the other matchups between the light-weight young weapons. They each fight on the same aspect of the street (DAZN) and Garcia is the obligatory challenger for Haney’s WBC belt. Then once more, Sir Eddie and Oscar don’t all the time see eye to eye and De La Hoya brought up that “each champion obtainable wants Ryan Garcia… not the wrong way round” instantly after the 22-year-old stopped Luke Campbell. So, who knows? perhaps we gained’t get that fight appropriate away.

Teofimo Lopez, to his credit score, has talked about he’s inclined to fight his lightweight opponents earlier than his imminent movement to the 140-pound division, but throughout a fresh interview on Dan Canobbio’s interior Boxing are living podcast, he added that he didn’t consider Floyd Mayweather would allow Davis to face him and he expects Haney to outprice himself (although he brought that he would “press” Haney to combat him).

“We’ve bought three fights (at lightweight),” Lopez pointed out all over the interview. “(IBF/WBO mandatory George) Kambosos, and if that don’t work, Garcia (and) Haney… and if none of these guys need to participate in this classification of combat then we’ll have to circulation to 140.”

Canobbio mentioned the other lightweight standouts are headed to 140, too.

“we are,” Lopez agreed. “I say in 2-three years we’ll all be at the equal weight, relaxed, and make these fights happen.”

So, there you’ve got it. Lopez’s dad known as himself Nostradamus just before his son’s upset over Vasiliy Lomachenko, and i consider Teofimo’s also got the precognitive present. We’ll be lucky if we get Garcia-Haney this year. We’ll be Blessed if we get Davis-Garcia with the aid of the second quarter of 2022. I believe most of these advantage circular-robin fights will happen in 2023 at junior welterweight.

out of doors BOXING cards

hey Dougie,

This yr is taking off respectable. i do know we now have a couple of weeks with no fights besides some on facebook. I had some questions. definitely, with Texas open is Golden Boy still going to try and do some of those scenic venue fights? I kind of preferred his ideas. i do know his haters commonly dismiss him for his previous, but rattling i needed to look a true combat Island or a brawl in a downtown enviornment like Matchroom did months lower back. i know a couple of areas in Pomona where they could have them just like the historical horse tune on the roof of the Fox theater or in the drag strip. The halfway in San Diego would be superb. I’m certain there are more suitable areas however, I get that all the promoters are going to go the place the money is at and the place they can get enthusiasts.

Is the Mayweather era ultimately over? Are the most excellent going to birth fighting the most reliable?

i do know there are opponents still following the eco-friendly print (Tank) but is Boxing going to get better? Who wins in the fight of the Spider-guys? I’m talking about Diego Pacheco Vs Sébastien Fundora?

My final query what’s the word on the new boxing video game eSports Boxing club? I heard The Ring magazine become a part of it.

well, take care Dougie and expectantly this pandemic ends soon. – Joey, Pomona

Amen to that, Joey.

You heard appropriate about the Ring journal championship belt (and maybe our rankings) being a part of the in-building eSports Boxing membership. The newest word on the expected video game is that the construction studio, metal city Interactive, postponed their normal beta-launch target length of late 2020 to sometime (possibly the spring) of this 12 months. here’s the professional announcement that became posted on social media in mid-December:

talk over with the authentic web page for the video game for updates on its growing to be roster of licensed boxers, establishing pix/results/qualities, and the eventual launch date.

related to out of doors battle playing cards, I feel we’ll see them in states that allow restrained crowds at boxing movements (at this time that’s Texas and Florida) as the climate warms up. I feel Golden Boy is into the idea (as Matchroom certainly is). In August 2019, Golden Boy placed on a Thursday nighttime Fights display outdoor in entrance of the Pasadena city hall and the exhibit made for a festive night of fisticuffs. In prior years, GBP has put on outside playing cards within the plaza enviornment in entrance of the T-mobile enviornment the nighttime earlier than Canelo-Khan and in the street between Staples core and L.A. are living on St. Patrick’s Day. De La Hoya has lately pointed out that he likes doing outside indicates, so I suppose we can predict one or two this yr. query is, will any take location in California given the state’s existing COVID-19 restrictions. Who is aware of? maybe now not unless late summer season or autumn.

Is the Mayweather era eventually over? No. He inspired a generation of boxer-businessmen (and he’s got a PPV exhibition coming up vs. Logan Paul).

Are the top of the line going to birth fighting the top of the line? best the premier who have the braveness to risk a loss and the balls to stand-up to their promoters/networks/fan bases (if their promoters, networks and/or lovers are reputation quo b__ches).

i do know there are opponents nevertheless following the green print (Tank) however is Boxing going to get more desirable? Most are going to follow the green print as soon as they start making a lot of green. The exceptions might be sub-lightweights and girls.

Who wins within the fight of the Spider-guys? I’m speaking about Diego Pacheco Vs Sébastien Fundora? That’s a tricky call. Fundora is knocking on the door of a ring ranking at 154 kilos, but Pacheco, a nevertheless-eco-friendly 19-12 months-historical with simplest 10 professional bouts, is an excellent middleweight who can crack. I suppose I’d favor Fundora by using determination in a 10-round bout, as a result of his event (and strong whiskers). In a four-or-six-round bout, I’d lean towards Pacheco and his aggression and facet in energy and actual power.

a hundred thirty five-POUND landscape

hello Dougie,

Wishing you persisted success & eager for what Ring has to present in 2021. tremendous efficiency by means of Garcia shaking off the cobwebs in R2 & stamping his arrival last weekend.

How do you see Tank navigating the panorama @ 130/one hundred thirty five this 12 months?  Tank/Garcia would be a banger & they’ve been chirping at each different for ages–do you see this battle occurring to your 2021 crystal ball?

If Tank/Garcia doesn’t pan out, do you think maybe we might see Tank vs both Colbert or GRJ in 2021? these three may mix for some pleasing fights given their aligning advisor/network ties. sign me up for any aggregate of these three mixing it up.

ultimately, who would you select to win in an end of year combat between the Kelly/Avenesyan winner vs Yeleussinov? – DJ

i love Kelly and i have a lot of recognize for Avenesyan, but my money would be on Yeleussinov to win an in depth UD against both welterweight fringe contender.

Wishing you persisted success & anticipating what Ring has to offer in 2021. thanks, we’ve obtained some very particular issues and large announcements coming all over the year as we countdown to one hundred years of overlaying boxing.

exquisite performance by means of Garcia shaking off the cobwebs in R2 & stamping his arrival final weekend. Some enthusiasts were mad that the Ring scores Panel voted Garcia to No. 2 within the journal’s lightweight rankings, however when the No. 5 contender KOs No. 4 and No. three is coming off a KO loss and the outdated No. 2 has yet to defeat a ring-rated light-weight it would be considered as an earned development.

How do you see Tank navigating the landscape @ one hundred thirty/one hundred thirty five this year? I consider he’s going to continue to be at one hundred thirty pounds for so long as he can. I believe he’s faster and greater explosive at that weight. i can see him defending his WBA 130-pound title towards gutsy Xavier Martinez on Showtime after which going for a much bigger identify, a person like Abner Mares or Gary Russell Jr., in a Showtime PPV leading experience.

Tank/Garcia can be a banger & they’ve been chirping at every different for ages–do you see this fight occurring on your 2021 crystal ball? I don’t, sadly, however I’d love for the combatants and their promoters to show me incorrect.

If Tank/Garcia doesn’t pan out, do you suppose possibly we might see Tank vs either Colbert or GRJ in 2021? I think those bouts are feasible this 12 months. Davis-Russell is an incredible event in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area and Davis-Colbert would do smartly within the NYC/Brooklyn enviornment. most likely, COVID-19 restrictions would should carry in those jurisdictions for these events to take area, so we’re probably talking in regards to the 2nd half of 2021.

these 3 could mix for some entertaining fights given their aligning consultant/network ties. sign me up for any mixture of these 3 mixing it up. sign me up as well. Russell and Chris Colbert are astonishing boxers and should look at various Davis’ abilities and ring IQ, while Russell’s event offers him an side vs. both young gun.


Doug good day,

Been awhile given that I wrote. i was so comfortable to look Kazuto Ioka make the Ring’s p4p I wish to express my aid. The combat with Nietes turned into razor close, he could have gained it — full credit to the getting old Nietes for maintaining him off.  however I believe Ioka has made changes to his method given that, mainly vis including some bang to his always tremendous-accurate punching, and customarily working into the 115 weight.

Stopping both Palicte and Tanaka since the Nietes loss testify to the power, in addition to having brilliant stamina, an iron will (that’s exhausting to opponents to be confronted by using), and a extremely solid set of whiskers.

That run, together with outpointing Cintrón, puts Ioka above Beterbiev, Fury, or either Charlo, the next closest contenders for p4p status on my ledger. knowledge clashes for Ioka with Sor Rungvisai, Estrada, and Roman Gonzalez are wonderful to contemplate and shouldn’t be challenging to get made i am hoping.

I’m curious how you feel the present models of those opponents fare in opposition t one one more, and that i’m stoked that we’ll have tons greater tips to go on after March 13th, fingers crossed all of it holds collectively. Thanks for retaining the mailbag real + fun and, right here’s to a pugilistic 2021 the place disagreements get settled within the ring. Cheers. – Alec

Hear, hear, Alec.

The Estrada-Gonzalez rematch is the fight I’m looking forward to the most during this first quarter of the 12 months. I consider Ring/WBC champ Juan Francisco Estrada has earned the correct to be considered the favourite in the eight-years-in-the-making showdown, however I’m always gonna journey with my man Chocolatito. I suppose he’s a very good fighter and the wonderful ones beat the chances. I think Ioka gives each Estrada and Gonzalez hell, but i would desire both to narrowly outpoint the eastern star (in wonderful fights). On a pretty good night, Sor Rungvisai can beat them all, offered he hasn’t hit the proverbial wall with making one hundred fifteen pounds or when it comes to the wear and tear on his physique. I have a hunch that he peaked in 2017-2018. Regardless, junior bantamweight is arguably the deepest in boxing.

Kazuto Ioka (correct) discovered success against Jeyvier Cintron when he received inner his taller opponent’s attain. image through Naoki Fukuda

i was so happy to see Kazuto Ioka make the Ring’s p4p I want to express my help. Go for it and give yourself 25 Boxing Hipster points whilst you’re at it!

The fight with Nietes turned into razor close, he could have won it — full credit to the growing old Nietes for holding him off. i believed Ioka won that battle (and, sure, I gave myself 50 Boxing Hipster points for scoring seven rounds the Osaka native).

however I think Ioka has made changes to his strategy on account that, above all vis including some bang to his all the time tremendous-correct punching, and usually working into the 115 weight. Ioka is a brilliant herbal talent and a committed pupil of boxing craft, plus he’s obtained a superb (and underrated) trainer in Ismael Salas. It’s now not awesome that he’s nonetheless adding equipment to his arsenal.

Stopping both Palicte and Tanaka due to the fact the Nietes loss testify to the vigor, in addition to having awesome stamina, an iron will (that’s exhausting to opponents to be confronted via), and a really solid set of whiskers. I chalk a lot of his success (chiefly the victories over young guns like Cintron and Tanaka) to his fight-verified adventure. He received his first world title (the WBA a hundred and five-pound strap) in his seventh professional bout (vs. 35-0-1 Oleydong Sithsamerchai) and endured to face quality strawweight and junior flyweight opposition earlier than his first professional loss to Amnat Ruenroeng (via cut up nod) in his first bid for a flyweight title in 2014. His 105- and 108-pound opponents include future Ring flyweight champ and three-division beltholder Akria Yaegashi (who he outpointed in a WBA/WBC strawweight unification bout) and future IBF junior flyweight titleholder Felix Alvarado.

eastern boxing legend-in-the-making Kazuto Ioka. picture with the aid of TLAROCK

That run, including outpointing Cintrón, places Ioka above Beterbiev, Fury, or either Charlo, the next closest contenders for p4p repute on my ledger. I agree. McWilliams Arroyo, Nietes, Palicte and Tanaka is running the proverbial gauntlet. Ioka has earned his spot among the elite junior bantamweights and the elite boxers within the pound-for-pound rankings. Hell, his quality of opposition and title reigns in four weight courses makes him a borderline corridor of famer, basically pollworthy; all he needs to clinch my vote is a victory against probably the most large Three (Gallo, Chocolatito or the Rat King).

advantage clashes for Ioka with Sor Rungvisai, Estrada, and Roman Gonzalez are outstanding to consider and shouldn’t be hard to get made i am hoping. They’ll get made, in contrast to the marquee matchups at lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight. The excellent canine at junior bantamweight are fearless and legacy focused.

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