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2017: The Boxing Year That Was… Not



2017 had many great moments for boxing as all of us were treated to some incredible fights.  We also were introduced to up and coming talent that are sure to make their mark in 2018.

Knowing that all the excellent instances from 2017 have been recounted ad nauseam, I offer you a bit of a different view on a few of the things that happened in boxing this past year.

The Farce of the Year: Floyd Mayweather Jr. V. Conner McGregor

I’m just going to get right down to it. This “fight” was a shit show. I got nauseous just writing this.

If you’re one of those “fans” that insist on saying, “but it was entertaining.”  Just know that you’re wrong.

The fact that McGregor and Floyd Jr. had the audacity to sell it as nothing more than defrauding hapless lambs out of their hard-earned dollars should’ve taught everyone two things: 1. They’re smart businessmen.  2. People, especially UFC fans, are delusional.

The mere suggestion of a rematch should give everyone the runs.  Scam me once, shame on you.  Scam me twice, shame on me.

The “No Mames” Fighter of the Year: Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux

Roberto Duran gave the boxing world “No Mas” when he faced Sugar Ray Leonard during their second fight.  Rigondeaux gave us a “No Mames” during his recent match against Vasyl Lomachenko.

Rigondeaux talked so much smack and swore he would give Loma hell before their December 9 bout at the Madison Square Garden Theater; the contest was also televised on ESPN.  Instead, Rigo did nothing, got embarrassed and quit on his stool; he probably had a stool sample in his shorts at the time.

I know what some of you are saying, “fighters risk their lives every time they step into the ring.” Nobody forced him to take the fight.  In fact, Rigo lobbied for the payday.

Fighters make a conscious choice to do this for a living. I respect and celebrate them for a courage level most of us do not possess.  Having said that, they choose to risk their life for glory and money.  The least one can do is try to earn the money and glory.

The “You don’t belong here” Fighter of the Year: Cetus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin 

Going into his December 16 bout against Yves Ulysse Jr., Seldin was undefeated and touted as an Arturo Gotti type: A ballsy brawler with a hell of a punch.  The problem here was that for the first time in his professional career, the Hebrew Hammer faced someone who could actually fight.

You knew Seldin was in big trouble when the best thing the ringside commentators could say during the broadcast was, “Well, at least he’s still trying and you like to see that out of a brawler.”

Ulysse, Jr. mopped the canvas with Seldin, completely out boxing, outthinking and dominating the former unbeaten east coast product.

I must say that Seldin did show he has plenty of testicular fortitude.  He was down multiple times but got up and kept coming.  Still, the fight did affirm that the Hebrew Hammer – although full of charisma and moxie – is extremely limited.  He’ll probably never develop into anything outside of a top club fighter with a fan friendly style.

Now, we say “goodbye, 2017” and let’s look forward to a great 2018 (without another Mayweather, Jr./McGregor mockery, please…).



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