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Weekend Takeaway: Thurman & Munguia win, BoxNation loses

Keith Thurman’s body appears to be healed, which is a good sign as he chases down opportunities at welterweight. Keith was undoubtedly hurt in the seventh by comeback opponent Josesito Lopez, who performed better than some expected. Reaction on Monday morning to Thurman’s performance has been mixed. Some lamented his lack of power at the highest level (he did drop Lopez in the second) despite the “One Time” moniker. Others pointed to his round seven struggles as revealing stamina and/or chin concerns. Back when fully active Thurman spent a good couple of years chasing a fight with cash cow Floyd Mayweather. Now he wants to mix with Manny Pacquiao. Let them at it, Mr Haymon.

Everybody loves a good heavyweight scrap, and the Adam Kownacki-Gerald Washington rumble was fun while it lasted, if not a little one-sided. Only in the land of the big men, where one huge shot can change everything, can a stiff lump like Washington keep getting chances in the spotlight. His stance and demeanour are reminiscent of another American hope of recent years, Seth Mitchell. Kownacki (officially the whitest man in world boxing) does not look too pleasing on the eye. His wobbly body shape belies a reasonable skill set. Combine decent punch power with a refreshingly aggressive style, and Kownacki could be going places. If you’re coming in fat then at least have a go. The podgy Pole certainly did that.

Jaime Munguia is being groomed as the natural successor to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Unfortunately, he is still very much in the learning phase (despite having had over 30 bouts with 26 KOs) and lacks refinement. Packing a considerable size advantage over his 154-pound foes is one thing, but the WBO king jabs in a somewhat disjointed manner, and attacks opponents with the enthusiasm of an overexcited puppy. Winding up massive left hooks to the body (a staple of all the great Mexican fighters) is ok against the likes of Takeshi Inoue. More seasoned boxers will be in a position to counter and punish those moves, however, and Golden Boy would do well to slow down their prospect both in and out of the ring. Let him mature a bit, Oscar.

Speaking of Takeshi Inoue, the Japanese challenger would surely feel hard done to after putting in so much effort and only winning a solitary round across all three of the judges’ scorecards. Talk about an unforgiving sport. While Munguia’s rawness shone through, so too did the wild, slugging assaults of Inoue. What he lacked for skills he made up for in effort, but the three wise men decided that Munguia’s work was cleaner on the night.

BoxNation returned to business on Saturday evening with a GBU world title offering. Those still subscribing to the channel were served up Vincent Feigenbutz against Przemyslaw Opalach from Germany, which is not great fare in all honesty — scrapping the staple shows like Buncey’s Boxing Hour and A Fight to Remember spooked many fans into terminating their association with the station. Despite protestations from BoxNation -stating that multi-fight deals with the likes of MTK and Broadway Boxing prove the establishment is in rude health- the diminished foreign output tells its own tale. ITV picked up Pacquiao-Broner, Uzcategui-Plant and Thurman-Lopez; all fights that could and should have been grabbed by BoxNation. Even the hardcore fans will eventually tire of IBO title scraps from Outer Mongolia, and perhaps this is an enterprise sadly running on borrowed time.

Steve Wellings
Honorary graduate of the Prison Canteen. Covering boxing since 2005 ~ Wolves fan ~ wannabe boxing raconteur.