THE HEAVY­WEIGHT TOP TWO

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AS Mervyn Gee said in his let­ter last week (No­vem­ber 22 is­sue), peo­ple will no doubt al­ready be let­ting fly with their choices in re­gard to the Box­ing News 100 Great­est Heavy­weight Box­ers bookazine. I’m let­ting fly with Muham­mad Ali as my choice for the No. 1 great­est heavy­weight of all time. This would be the 1966/67 ver­sion, be­fore his three-and-a-hal­fyear ex­ile. The speed and re­flexes of this ver­sion of Ali hadn’t been dulled by a long lay­off. With his solid chin, dam­ag­ing punch and im­pres­sive move­ment, I feel he would’ve had the edge over Joe Louis. I would have Louis as my No. 2 heavy­weight. He had a dev­as­tat­ing left jab, which set up his lethal com­bi­na­tions that car­ried ex­plo­sive power. How­ever, his foot­work was slow, like Sonny Lis­ton. What a shame that, like Ali, Louis was to miss some of his prime due to war. As for rank­ing the rest of the heavy­weights, it’s a lot­tery. As Mervyn said in his let­ter, the BN team had an un­en­vi­able task! Michael Hin­ton (Bournemouth EBA)

SHADES OF ROY JONES JNR IN 1988 THIRTY years on and an­other Jones is on the wrong end of a highly ques­tion­able de­ci­sion, though this time in Delhi in­stead of Seoul. It would seem that AIBA still hasn’t got its judges in or­der. I have been watch­ing the women’s World cham­pi­onships in In­dia and some of the de­ci­sions have left me puz­zled to say the least. I re­alise judg­ing is sub­jec­tive and a lot of dif­fer­ent fac­tors af­fect your scor­ing of the bout, but one con­test in par­tic­u­lar, in­volv­ing a GB boxer against a host na­tion boxer, has left me of the opin­ion that cor­rup­tion among the judges clearly still ex­ists. GB’S 51kgs boxer, Ebonie Jones, ex­ited the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter drop­ping a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to In­dia’s Pinki Rani. The fight, in my opin­ion, was not even close – even the In­dian com­men­ta­tor couldn’t jus­tify the de­ci­sion. Us­ing the scor­ing cri­te­ria, the GB boxer clearly landed a greater num­ber of qual­ity blows on the tar­get area. She con­trolled the ring space and moved her op­po­nent where she wanted through­out, there­fore dom­i­nat­ing the bout by dis­play­ing greater tech­ni­cal and tac­ti­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity. She dic­tated the pace of the con­test and ini­ti­ated the ex­changes. The judges used at events like the Worlds are all very ex­pe­ri­enced and have had to work hard to get to that level, so it’s clearly not in­com­pe­tence, and it’s too easy to put it down to a bad day. That would only re­ally leave cor­rup­tion as the pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion. Jamie In­gleby

BACK TO­GETHER AGAIN

I WAS glad to hear that Manny Pac­quaio will be re­unit­ing with his for­mer trainer, Fred­die Roach, ahead of his next fight. I be­lieve that it’s a big pos­i­tive for Paquiao against Adrien Broner on Jan­uary 19. I think that Pac­quiao will win this bout, and I hope that Fred­die con­tin­ues to train Manny af­ter­wards, if the Filipino chooses to fight on. Ian Owen

PAY-PER-VIEW FALL­OUT

WHILE I can see that Ed­die Hearn’s de­ci­sion to run a pay-per-view on De­cem­ber 22 – the same date as BT Sport Box Of­fice’s Josh War­ring­ton­carl Framp­ton show – is galling for Frank War­ren and co at BT Sport, I can­not take his sup­posed care for box­ing fans se­ri­ously at all (see No­vem­ber 8 is­sue). War­ren aban­doned Box­na­tion sub­scribers like my­self by mov­ing the best fight­ers ex­clu­sively to BT Sport and si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­creased the num­ber of high-level live fights shown on Box­na­tion. Paul Wake­field

Photo: THE COURIER JOUR­NAL/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

BEST OF THE BEST: Ali [left] with old ri­val Joe Fra­zier

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