IT was sad to read in Boxing News last month that Terry Downes had passed away. I vividly recall as an 18-year-old seeing Terry challenge Willie Pastrano for the WBC and WBA light-heavyweight titles at King’s Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester in November 1964. This actually turned out to be Downes’ final fight. Pastrano’s legendary cornerman Angelo Dundee was instrumental in the belts not changing hands that night, as Pastrano remained champion. King’s Hall had restricted viewing, and it was necessary to lean right or left to avoid the pillars if you wanted to follow the action! David Hibbert, High Peak
I DRIVE a nice car. I drink fine wines. Sometimes I even take my wife out to dine at over £50 per head. However, I refused to pay around £20 to watch Eddie Hearn’s latest offering from Cardiff. A main event and two supporting fights featuring big favourites against considerable outsiders is simply not good enough. Promoters seem to believe that the public can be fooled. Maybe they are right, but real boxing fans know when they are being ripped off. We had also recently been invited by ITV Box Office to pay to watch George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr perform against modest opposition on pay-per-view – Not for me, thank you!
Sadly, Hearn has a problem in finding decent opposition for Anthony Joshua. There is no Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Evander Holyfield out there to test “AJ”, so he remains a novice with a knockout punch. However, that does not excuse the failure to provide decent supporting fights at these so called ‘mega’ shows. Promoters will surely kill the goose that laid the golden egg if PPV is abused like this. Max Winberg, Gerrards Cross
RISE OF THE HEAVIES
SO Anthony Joshua has racked up another world heavyweight title defence against a tough foe in Carlos Takam. I tip my hat to his promoter, Eddie Hearn. I did, however, cringe when Eddie put “AJ” in a world title match at such an early stage of his career – I just don’t like champions learning on the job. I can admit, though, that I was completely wrong. Joshua has gained so much in his last two defences. His stamina has a checkmark, and his ability to overcome adversity also has a checkmark.
Heavyweight boxing at the moment is as good as I can remember, with Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder, Hughie Fury, Tyson Fury (hopefully), Dillian Whyte, Kubrat Pulev, Joe Joyce etc. Things are only going to go from strength to strength in the division. Mike Hills, Glenwood Springs.
MEMORIES: Downes is consoled by his wife after losing to Paul Pender