What if Conor McGregor Beats Floyd Mayweather?

by: Ned Obi

Humour me for a minute.

Al Bernstein: “Unbelievable scenes here at the MGM Grand tonight. I’m lost for words.. I’m speechless.. over to you Mauro.”

Mauro Ranallo: “In an amazing turn of events, UFC lightweight champion, and MMA superstar Conor McGregor has just done the unthinkable… (pregnant pause) he’s shocked the world; he’s rocked the boxing establishment to its very foundations – Al, can you believe it?”

Al Bernstein: “Wow! Just wow! How does Floyd come back from this? I mean, this is his worst nightmare come true – the greatest fighter of his era is no longer undefeated. Hell, the pound-for-pound great was slept by a fighter with an 0-0 ledger coming into this bout.”

Mauro Ranallo: “I can’t think of any conceivable way Floyd comes back from this. This is an absolute – absolute disaster.

Al Bernstein: “Forget boxing, we just witnessed the biggest upset in the history of sport – any sport.”

Mauro Ranallo: “McGregor’s go-to weapon of choice – the straight left, hit Floyd flush on the button, and…”

Al Bernstein: “The referee waved the bout over almost immediately – Floyd was out for the count – a fourth-round knockout.”

Mauro Ranallo: “On a night of unmitigated drama, “The Notorious” McGregor defied the odds and rewrote the history books – forever leaving an indelible blot on the annals of boxing.

(Gasps) “That’s it folks – it’s a wrap. Thank you for tuning into Showtime Championship Boxing. From me and Al, good night, and see you next time.”

The above scenario can only be described as chimerical at best – the chances of McGregor accomplishing such a feat against boxing’s non pareil, is like it snowing in hell – and that ain’t happening anytime never.

McGregor might be one the best exponents of MMA boxing in a cage – 18 knockouts in 21 wins, however, under the Marquess of Queensberry rules, he’s a novice to say the least – amateur background or not – sparring with high calibre boxers or not.

In fact, the Irishman could train nothing else but boxing for five years, and still wouldn’t stand a chance against the 40-year-old five-weight world champion.

Those 4 oz mitts might bring about comatose like results in mixed martial arts, but in boxing, the norm is 10 oz gloves, and they will vitiate his heralded power by two-plus.

Furthermore, how many times has Mayweather been rocked in his 49-0 storied career? At most three.

Also, when was last time Mayweather hit the deck? Never, unless you factor in the Zab Judah fight, and that’s debatable.

For anyone to even envisage such an outcome is arrantly asinine, and don’t even mention a puncher’s chance.

Yet, there are people who actually believe McGregor can pull off the inexecutable – the facetious, the fugacious armchair supporters, the casuals, and dare I say, even a few of boxing’s cognoscenti.

Perish the thought – script has been written – this ain’t the movies – this is real life. This is the sweet science, and Mayweather is the landlord. McGregor is allowed to take up a minute piece of Real Estate, but that’s as far as it goes.

If and when Conor McGregor steps into ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr., his kismet is sealed.

Can Wladimir Klitschko defy age and reign once again?

by Nedu Obi

Wladimir Klitschko is no longer the A-side of heavyweight boxing. Nope. That privilege now belongs to IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (h/t Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder); the rising star he’s set to joust with in the spring of April.

The 6’6″ Ukrainian warhorse will have hit the 41-year-old mark by the time he steps into the ring with the young Joshua (13 years his junior).

Does Klitschko have anything left in the tank?

It’s running on empty, but he’s got just enough fuel to make one last stand.

Is he battle worn?

Not by a long shot, unless you factor in niggling injuries incurred during training. In 64 fights, Klitschko has only lost four times (thrice via T/KO). In addition, his style of fighting has afforded him the luxury of taking less punishment than what his counterparts would.

Though most importantly, has age finally caught up with the man most ardent boxing fans and critics alike would include into their top ten heavyweights of all time?

In November of 2015, Klitschko took on the brash Brit, and switch-hitting Tyson Fury. For the first time in his storied career, the man who had laid waste to the heavyweight division for over a decade, looked slow and out of his depth.

He had no answers for Fury’s unorthodox style of boxing, which culminated in the surrender of his coveted belts.

“Dr. Steelhammer has shown time and again why he reigned supremely aloft the heavyweight summit – skill set, ring smarts, power and precision, timing and speed. Nonetheless, the aforementioned attributes were lacking in the Fury fight.

Maybe he had a bad day at the office, but it’s been almost eighteen months removed from that night he tasted defeat.

Furthermore, he’s been out of the game in as many months.

Per contra, in Klitschko’s period of inactivity, Joshua has put together a quartet of knock out victories – Dillian Whyte, capturing the IBF belt, and two successful defenses of said straps.

So, can the mighty Klitschko defy age, usurp Joshua’s strap, along with the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO belts and rule the division yet again?

By far Klitschko’ faced the better opposition – a who’s who of the soi-disant heavyweight boxing elite of his time.

Joshua on the other hand is still a pro boxing neophyte, and a tad bit wet behind the ears, however, Joshua’s youth, tenacity, and the empowerment of being a world heavyweight champ (an undefeated one at that) will see him send the ageing Klitschko on to his final destination – the sweet science’ knacker’s yard.

 

“There is no place in which to hide

When Age comes seeking for his bride.”

Joyce Kilmer, “Age Comes A-Wooing”

Joyce Kilmer

 

Is Anthony Joshua Bound for Glory?

by Nedu Obi

Anthony Joshua’s trajectory to within inches of the heavyweight apogee has been nothing short of remarkable.

The former Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist made the transition to the pro ranks a little over 12 months after representing his country Great Britain in the aforementioned event.

His pro debut was nothing to write home about, however, the boy from Watford, Hertfordshire, England displayed brute strength in dispatching the hapless Emanuele Leo in 2:47 of the opening stanza.

One by one they fell – in the same destructive and merciless fashion.

Then along came Dillian Whyte; his nemesis from back in the day. At the time, Joshua was 14-0, with 14 stoppages to boot.

Nothing could go wrong right?

Well in the second round of their grudge match it almost did, if only for several seconds – a sweet counter left hook from Whyte rocked the 6’6″ man mountain, nonetheless, he showed his mettle – weathered the storm, and in the seventh, eventually lit Whyte up with a picture perfect right uppercut.

It was also the first time Joshua had been past the half way mark.

Following the Whyte blitz, Joshua was proffered newly minted IBF heavyweight champion Charles “Prince” Martin.

The date; April 9th, 2016.

All told, it wasn’t much of a contest by any stretch. Most were hoping to see improvements in the burgeoning heavyweight, but the undefeated Martin (23-1-1, 21 KOs) failed to turn up, and Joshua obliged by dismantling the American in two one-sided rounds.

For the first defence of his IBF crown (Jun. 25, 2016), Joshua clashed with another unbeaten American; Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs), an even lesser known heavyweight than his previous victim Martin.

No “Trouble” for the 27-year-old, as again he rose to the occasion – starching Breazeale in seven.

Dec. 10, 2016: It was thought Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina would be Joshua’s stiffest test to date, it was anything but.

Albeit Molina (25-4, 19 KOs) had shared the ring with the likes of reigning WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder (losing via ninth-round KO), he was no match for the increasingly confident Joshua – lights out in round three.

As stated earlier, Joshua’s rise through the ranks in such a short space of time is quite outstanding – winning the IBF strap in his sixteenth professional outing, followed by two successful title defences.

All the same, skill wise, Joshua still has some cracks in his game that need shoring up, and those cracks had better be papered over when he locks horn with pugilistic heavyweight deity Wladimr Klitschko on April 29th, 2017.

At 40, this is/could be Klitschko’s last hurrah, and it’s a sure-fire bet the former undisputed heavyweight king will bring his A-game to the four-squared ring.

It’s all to play for – Joshua’s IBF belt and the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO crowns.

This can go either way – “AJ” has the power as does “Dr. Steelhammer, however, Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) has twenty odd years of boxing experience – fighting IQ and so on and so forth.

However, this old lion by boxing standards, is a little long in the tooth – evinced by his below par performance against Tyson Fury fifteen months ago where he relinquished all his titles.

In Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs), Klitschko is up against a ferocious and hungry young lion that wants to establish his own heavyweight fiefdom – this is Joshua’s time – he will not be denied.

Expect Joshua to read the old man a bedtime story sometime during the fight, because he’s bound for glory.

 

Et venit, vidit vicit!