FU­TURE LIGHT-HEAVY KING

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WHY has An­dre Ward re­tired? Two words – An­thony Yarde. With an­other cou­ple of wins un­der his belt, Yarde – given pro­moter Frank War­ren’s strong WBO con­nec­tions – will be the manda­tory chal­lenger for the WBO light-heavyweight ti­tle. Ac­cord­ing to my State­side sources, Ward wants no part of him. It’s only de­lay­ing the in­evitable, as Yarde will be world cham­pion in 2018. Mock me if you wish, but I was right about Jeff Horn. An­thony Yarde – WBO light-heavy champ. Re­mem­ber where you heard it first. John Hoolan

WARD’S DARK SIDE

SO, the ‘great’ An­dre Ward has re­tired. It seems the con­tro­ver­sial na­ture of the two Sergey Ko­valev fights po­larised box­ing fans, and put off tele­vi­sion ex­ecs and many po­ten­tial op­po­nents alike.

It is be­wil­der­ing to me how any true box­ing fan could pro­vide sup­port to a fighter who so bla­tantly and re­peat­edly broke the Queens­berry Rules in or­der to gain un­fair ad­van­tages over an op­po­nent. He seemed to be given free rein to do as he pleased by the Las Ve­gas of­fi­cials in the two Ko­valev fights. No, I shall not miss An­dre, and for me his legacy has been for­ever tainted by his clear lapse to­wards the dark side in his lat­ter fights. Paul Wake­fields

FURY DE­SERVED MORE

I WATCHED the Joseph Parker-hughie Fury fight live on Youtube, and although the pic­ture was ex­cel­lent, the sound of the com­men­tat­ing was in­cred­i­bly jum­bled and echoey – so much so that I de­cided to watch the fight in si­lence. There­fore, I was not in­flu­enced in any way by the com­men­tary, and in my opin­ion, Fury com­pletely out­boxed Parker. At the least I had Fury four rounds up at the end. What the fight did show is that Hughie lacks punch-power, but does have fan­tas­tic move­ment. Parker, mean­while, is sim­ply a tough brawler. In my opin­ion, all three judges’ score­cards were dis­grace­ful, and all three should be called to or­der. I feel sorry for Fury, but thank­fully he is young enough to come again. Stu­art Green­berg, New Bar­net

RE­PEAT OF­FEND­ERS

AFTER read­ing ref­eree and judge Mickey Vann’s re­cent Guest Col­umn (September 21 is­sue) on the scor­ing of the Canelo Al­varez-gen­nady Golovkin fight, I strongly dis­agree with his as­ser­tion that Adalaide Byrd sim­ply had “a bad day at the of­fice.” She has a track record for in­ept scor­ing. It may just boil down to the fact that there are poor judges out there and it does seem to be that the same judges’ names crop up when bad score­cards are pro­duced. Si­mon Collins

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES VIA REUTERS / ANDREW COULDRIDGE LIVEPIC

MARMITE OF BOX­ING: Mixed views on the re­tire­ment of Ward

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