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Annual Boxing Rant: 2017
A.J. vs Dr. Steelhammer
Anthony Joshua vs Anyone, Please?
First of all, let me just say Wvladimir Klitschko impressed me and I thought he showed heart and it was the best he ever looked in his entire career. Anthony Joshua showed it all though. Power, skills, tons of heart and he just gave boxing a huge boost.
Anthony Joshua will and should be favored over any heavyweight alive. Joshua will beat Klitschko in a rematch easier the second time around. Joshua will have a hard time with the skills of Luis Ortiz but his speed and power will see him through to a late stoppage victory or decision. The only threat to Anthony Joshua is Deontay Wilder who has one-hitter quitter power in his right hand and underrated skills.
Boxing's Weight Divisions
Power vs Power
Triple G, Canelo & the Middleweights
The middleweight division should now be looked at in terms of 4 boxers. Triple G, Canelo, Danny Jacobs and David Lemieux. David Lemieux is a power puncher with heart so he always has a chance but he is a step below the elite three on this list. Alvarez should hang with Triple G and lose a competitive match. As far as Daniel Jacobs is concerned I feel he can win a decision over Canelo Alvarez but he will never beat Triple G, even though he can keep it close. The experience, power and overall skills of Golovkin are enough to see him past the three guys on this list.
And the Winner is?
Who do you think will win a bout between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez?
The Future of Boxing
Errol Spence, Terence Crawford & Vasyl Lomachenko
I truly believe the trio of Errol Spence, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko will rule the top of the pound for pound lists for the next decade. All three are well on their way, Crawford is nearly at the top already. Terence reduced top level lightweights and junior welterweights to amateurs and he is now looking to move the welterweight. Vasyl Lomachenko is arguably the best amateur ever and a nearly unstoppable professional as well. Mr. Errol Spence is the wildcard. He looks the part but is he really the man. You heard it here first. I am saying this before he gets in the ring with Kell Brook. Errol Spence is the future of the sport.
Terence Crawford Highlights (Video)
Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev 1
Andre Ward, Krusher & the Light Heavyweights
Adonis Stevenson has been everything but "Superman" since winning the title and he is a distant number three on the 175 pound top 10. As far as one and two goes. Andre Ward is a defensive master and Sergey Kovalev is a power puncher. The winner of the rematch will tell us who the real champion is and I believe Ward deserved a close decision win and I believe he will win a close decision again.
Kovalev-Ward 1 Review (Video)
Roman Gonzalez vs Brian Viloria
Roman Gonzalez & the little, Big Men
The strawweights have a good bout to be made between Wanheng Menayothin and Knockout CP Freshmart. Menayothin should win a clear decision with his speed, footwork and defensive skills.
Roman Gonzalez should have gotten the decision in his war with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Gonzalez vs Naoya Inque should be made at junior bantamweight and I think Roman Gonzalez wins it.
Birthplace of Roman Gonzalez (Managua, Nicaragua)
One Heck of a Match Up!
Fantasy Bout: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua has raw power. Deontay Wilder has raw power. Let's get it on. A.J. should take control of the bout with his better offensive skills. As he tries to hurt Wilder with a wild left hook in the 6th, Joshua will be floored by Wilder's bread and butter right hand. Anthony Joshua will survive the onslaught and recover. In the 10th round with both men tired and trading, Wilder will get caught with a lead left hook followed by a right uppercut and fall on his face. Deontay Wilder gets up at the count of 9 and is allowed to continue. Joshua rushes in with 8 punches, landing 5 and the referee halts the action awarding Joshua a 10th round TKO in a great bout.
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Gary Russell
Gennady Golovkin Highlights (Video)
Pound for Pound 2017
1. Gennady Golovkin: I feel my ranking of Gennady Golovkin is justified. He takes on all the best in his division and wins convincingly. Power. Footwork and offensive genius. He cuts the ring off and unleashes every punch in the book.
2. Terence Crawford: "Bud" wins with ease against top lightweights and junior welterweights from the right handed or southpaw stance and he delivers beat downs just like Triple G does. Crawford has a beautiful jab and his punches are deadly and accurate.
3. Andre Ward: Ward is a defensive master and up until he fought "The Krusher", Ward look unstoppable. Ward uses a great jab, feints, distance and footwork to win his bouts and rarely does he lose rounds.
4. Sergey Kovalev: A boxer-puncher. He can knock you out or box you to death like he did Bernard Hopkins. Kovalev is heavy handed and accurate with his bombs. Not to mention his jab sets it all up.
5. Vasyl Lomachenko: This guy has skills, that are maybe better than even Terence Crawford but he better stay at junior lightweight and lightweight for a while and not bite off more than he can chew.
© 2017 Buster Johnson