Boxing News - - LETTERS - Rick Con­lon

THE Edi­tor’s Let­ter in the Septem­ber 27 is­sue raised some im­por­tant points. It’s way be­yond rea­son­able the amount of times fans are forced to cough up for pay-per-view box­ing on top of their reg­u­lar sports chan­nel sub­scrip­tions. I feel very short-changed by Sky Sports in par­tic­u­lar. Hav­ing saved a for­tune on los­ing the rights to var­i­ous other sport­ing events, they can more than af­ford to give box­ing fans a break from PPV. They don’t even of­fer a to­ken of a dis­count to long-stand­ing cus­tomers – so much for loy­alty. It’s noth­ing short of ex­ces­sive greed. Fur­ther­more, if reg­u­lar box­ing fans have is­sues pay­ing for PPV, how do they ex­pect to tempt ca­sual sports fans from tun­ing in? Now that all the other play­ers in the mar­ket are do­ing like­wise, I fear that they will push it to the ex­treme and fur­ther shrink the gen­eral in­ter­est in box­ing among sports fans. Der­mot Bol­ger


THE un­ex­pected pass­ing of Enzo Calza­ghe, 69, last month was very sad. He was a hero to so many box­ing fans – the man who pro­duced, in my opin­ion, the best boxer Wales has ever had in his son, Joe Calza­ghe. What a char­ac­ter, what a per­son­al­ity and, most of all, what a box­ing trainer. Joe, you cer­tainly had a dad to be proud of. I’m so sorry that you lost him far too early. Cyril Jones-evans


NOW 39 years old, I be­lieve Alexan­der Povetkin should re­tire. He has a good record and has made a lot of money, par­tic­u­larly in his fights against Wladimir Kl­itschko and An­thony Joshua – iron­i­cally the only two fights he has lost. De­spite his im­pres­sive statis­tics, he has never been a gen­uine world cham­pion. The WBA secondary belt he held from 20112013 was com­pletely worth­less. He has al­ways been strong, but has lacked the height and reach to be the best in the world, in this day and age. John Ross

END OF THE ROAD? AF­TER be­ing knocked out by Cal­lum Smith, it must now be the end of the road for Ge­orge Groves. In my opin­ion, Ge­orge should call it a day. He was stopped twice by Carl Froch and also suf­fered a points loss to Badou Jack in a tough fight. The Smith de­feat is one loss too many. With his ring earn­ings over the years, Ge­orge no doubt has enough money in the bank to live com­fort­ably. If he does choose to call it a day, his vic­tory over James De­gale will go down as one of the highlights of his ca­reer. Ian Owen


MANY con­grat­u­la­tions to Cal­lum Smith, who de­feated Ge­orge Groves in a very good fight. Cal­lum’s con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and box­ing skills were ex­cel­lent. To KO Groves is a sub­lime achieve­ment. Liver­pool fight fans are once again very proud of the fight­ing Smith fam­ily. Long may Cal­lum reign as the WBA su­per­mid­dleweight cham­pion. Brian Cun­ning­ham


I AM writ­ing in to bring at­ten­tion to the great even­ing I had at the 2018 Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol Awards Din­ner on Fri­day (Septem­ber 28). I at­tended the event with my son and have to con­grat­u­late all con­cerned on a thor­oughly en­joy­able night. It was lovely to see old friends again, like Dave “Boy” Green, Char­lie Shep­herd and Martin Mur­ray. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the wor­thy award win­ners. Long may this event con­tinue.


WHAT NEXT? Re­tire­ment might be the best op­tion for age­ing Povetkin

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