THE MO­MENTS THAT WE LOVE

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THE sto­ries, the build-ups, the big fights, the per­son­al­i­ties. There are var­i­ous rea­sons why box­ing fans fol­low this sport. But then there are mo­ments that make us re­alise how much we love it. No mat­ter how long you have been a fan, there are still mo­ments that leave you speech­less, ter­ri­fied, over­joyed or emo­tional. Whether it was Miguel Cotto star­ing at An­to­nio Mar­gar­ito af­ter get­ting his re­venge (just one of my favourites), Frank Bruno fi­nally achiev­ing his dream or any other in­cred­i­ble mo­ment that stands out to you per­son­ally, box­ing has a way of pro­vid­ing us with some­thing that very few sports can give. Tyson Fury’s rise from the grip of de­feat has to be one of the most ex­cep­tional mo­ments in box­ing. I was al­most as shocked as Deon­tay Wilder when I saw this. Yet an­other mo­ment that will be looked back on with dis­be­lief in years to come. Thank you, Tyson, for re­mind­ing us again why we love this game. Michael Cover­ley

THE NO. 1 REF­EREE

I RE­ALLY en­joyed read­ing the Q&A with Jack Reiss in the De­cem­ber 13 is­sue. I’ve al­ways rated Reiss as one of the best ref­er­ees any­way, but his per­for­mance in the Deon­tay Wilder-tyson Fury fight has now def­i­nitely put him at No. 1. Too many ref­er­ees would’ve waved the fight off when Fury went down in the fi­nal round, which would’ve robbed us of one of the most iconic mo­ments in box­ing his­tory. While the safety of the fight­ers must al­ways re­main para­mount, Reiss didn’t panic and gave Fury the chance to prove he was fit to con­tinue with­out com­pro­mis­ing his safety. While it took all of Reiss’ elite-level ex­pe­ri­ence to strike this fine bal­ance, I do hope other ref­er­ees the world over learn from Reiss in this in­stance, es­pe­cially in ti­tle fights where ev­ery­thing is on the line. This is a mo­ment that will be talked about 150 years from now, so imag­ine be­ing robbed of that? Top marks to Reiss, who has now put him­self at the front of the queue to ref­eree the big fights in 2019. Scott Simp­son

TRUE BOX­ING MAN

I AM writ­ing to say how sad I am to hear that Brian Hughes is in poor health. I had the priv­i­lege to be in Brian’s com­pany on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions al­most 20 years ago. As a mem­ber of a lo­cal am­a­teur club, I have fond mem­o­ries of the Col­ly­hurst and Mos­ton gym where our club sparred with var­i­ous other clubs on a Sun­day af­ter­noon. Brian was a real gen­tle­man and un­der­stood how we would be feel­ing and a had a way of tak­ing away our ner­vous­ness. I also re­call hav­ing a talk with him af­ter he got back from the USA with Robin Reid, who lost out there to Jeff Lacy. Brian was con­vinced that Joe Calza­ghe would beat Lacy con­vinc­ingly – we should have all lis­tened. It’s a credit to Brian that so many great young train­ers started un­der his wing. John Ma­her

‘TER­RI­BLE’ TIM’S TALE

EV­ERY year I pur­chase the Box­ing News

An­nual. It is al­ways a bril­liant read. This year’s edi­tion – 100 Great­est Heavy­weight Box­ers – was very good.

My favourite part was the ar­ti­cle on “Ter­ri­ble” Tim Wither­spoon by Matt Bozeat. His piece on the for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion was very in­ter­est­ing. Tim ended up a bit­ter man af­ter years of get­ting short-changed by pro­moter Don King. Thank­fully, he can laugh about it now. Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year to all at the Box­ing News

of­fice, and to all the read­ers. Ian Owen

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/AN­DREW COULDRIDGE

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