Fiending for a Fight Edition, Anthony Joshua

Happy halloween weekend!  I already spent by “Spooky Edition” opportunity on the “Friday the 13th newsletter” edition (some of you didn’t get that?! …weird maybe it was some s̶p̶o̶o̶k̶y̶ ̶s̶h̶i̶t̶ err server issues/lost a chunk of the listserv that week) Well if you were one of the lucky ones to actually receive that email, while also one of the few people that clicks these emails, AND one of the fewer who even reads all the way to the end then you may have seen the Halloween costume ideas I left for you. Would love to see ’em if you do try it out. Pics or it didn’t happen.

So what do we have for you this weekend?

Wait! before I give you the weekend I just want to warn you that there is some boxing on #freeTV on your mainstay of cable comfort, ESPN2, Thursday November 2nd and if I don’t tell you now I might miss the chance as it will be old news on next weeks newsletter. You’ll get to see fan favorite and journeyman (I mean this in the most honorable way here) veteran Jesus Soto Karass fight Juan Carlos Abreu. And you’ll also get to see possibly Golden Boy’s best and most promising product in young Ryan Garcia as he fights for 8 televised rounds in the co-main event.

This weekend

The big feature of the weekend is Anthony Joshua who will be defending his IBF and WBA belts on Saturday night against Carlos Takam. If you don’t know who Anthony Joshua is yet, I would highly suggest doing a little YouTube research and get on board. If you’re one of the people who hasn’t tuned into a boxing fight in 15 years but loves to explain to me your theory on how boxing is dead and it isn’t like how it used to be, I would again just say go tune back in and look at Anthony Joshua. If you’re one of these people who’d rather self righteously bash the sport you haven’t paid enough attention to rather than dive in and find out boxing in fact does have what you’re looking for, I present to you: Anthony Joshua.

Although engaging with and attempting to silence this type of critic is tempting, I’d rather see us all win. I’d like to direct you to the right guy you’re looking for. The dynamic and athletic (not a fatty like much of the division) heavyweight champion who simply knocks fools out. We all win because the boxing hater gets what they say they’re looking for, if they actually take the effort to turn in rather than take the easy way out. Faithful fans win because we are rewarded with a heavyweight to delivers the sport the entertaining fights we deserve.

And if you dismissively say “who’s Anthony Joshua? If he’s so good why haven’t I heard of him?” again that’s on you father of the acquaintance I went to school with and ran into an the barber shop*.

*easily reduplicated anecdote that happens to me wherever I go. It’s a great ice breaker, I think I’m going to turn around and start explaining their industry to them next time this happens. See how that goes. I’ll show them how well their flawless strategy of gaining expert points words!

October 27 (tonight if you fiending for a fight you can tune into Telemundo)

At Mexico City (Telemundo):

  • Antonio Moran vs. Salvador Briseno, 10 rounds, lightweights
  • Gerson Aguilar vs. Marop Lopez Mendez, 8 rounds, junior lightweight
  • Hector Cruz Origel vs. Geovannu De Jesus Godinez, 6 rounds, featherweights

October 28

At Cardiff, Wales (Showtime):

  • Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam, 12 rounds, for Joshua’s IBF/WBA heavyweight title
  • Dillian Whyte vs. Robert Helenius, 12 rounds, heavyweights
  • Kal Yafai vs. Sho Ishida, 12 rounds, for Yafai’s WBA junior bantamweight title
  • Anahi Esther Sanchez vs. Katie Taylor, 10 rounds, for Sanchez’s WBA women’s lightweight title

Tune in for Anthony Josua. Keep your eye out for Irish star Katie Taylor to take that belt from Anahi Esther Sanchez though!

Other News

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder says the will retire if he loses to Stiverne on Nov. 4

Terrance Crawford officially moves to 147, is already the WBO mandatory challenger for Jeff Horn, they Aussie who beat Pacquiao

Plenty of talk between Deontay Wilder and his camp and Anthony Joshua and his promoter, hopeful fight between the American and British belt holders for a unified heavyweight world champion in 2018. That’s the fight we NEED to see.

Another write up I did for USA Boxing on recent US Olympians who fought in the month of September. Check it out here.

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