In his latest Fightzone column with Metro.co.uk, the British boxing legend takes aim at ‘Money’ Mayweather, looks at Daniel Dubois’ return and previews a huge weekend for Fightzone.
Mayweather disrespecting boxing and former champions
I think Floyd Mayweather is damaging his legacy, his peers will be looking at him. Truth be known, though, Floyd doesn’t give a s**t. He doesn’t care. He’s called himself ‘Money’ Mayweather for God sake, that tells you all you need to know!
It is all about money with him. Me personally, I thought it was about the fans, the fans pay your wages. The fans deserved to be entertained. Floyd isn’t bothered as long as he gets money. It shows total disrespect to his peers and the other great champions of old.
Of course, you go into professional boxing for money reasons, to provide a better living for your family and a better lifestyle for them and yourself. So of course, money plays a big part. But some things have to come before money. Like legacy. How much money does he want? He has already secured his family’s future. The last few fights you want are the ones to secure your legacy.
I haven’t seen Logan Paul box, I don’t know if he’s any good or how bad he is. I didn’t know who he was until a few months ago until he started getting linked with all these fighters.
What upsets me, as a boxer who loved and still loves this sport, I feel very proud of how hard I worked to get the opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather. I beat Kostya Tszyu, who was the best in the light welterweight division. I beat Carlos Maussa, I beat Luis Collazo, I beat Juan Urango, I beat Jose Luis Castillo, that’s how I got my shot at Floyd Mayweather. He [Paul] has got a shot at him because he’s got 72 f*****g million followers. And it p****s me off.
Each to their own of course but I think if you asked this question to every former world champion, your Sugar Ray Leonards, your Marvin Haglers, your Tommy Hearns, your Julio Cesar Chavez, your Lennox Lewis, all of these, I think they would say the same.
Boxing fans don’t deserve this
Fight fans save up hard-earned money to come and watch you, week in week out, flying over to Las Vegas and watch us. They’ve probably done overtime, extra jobs in order to come and watch you fight.
Some of my fans are probably still paying off that Vegas trip. And I appreciate it still. But you don’t want to be saving up, travelling over there all for someone to rub it in your face. It seems like he [Mayweather] is rubbing it in everyone’s face. In the face of people who work 12 hours a day, seven days a week who can’t even afford a holiday.
I think when you come from a sport like boxing where the fans are working class, they don’t want to be reminded of how much money you’ve got.
Dubois can reach new levels with McGuigan
Shane has proven himself to be an exceptional young trainer and the proof is in the pudding in the success he is having. A lot of Shane’s fighters, it seems to be like they are very decent punchers and get lots of leverage in their punches.
Daniel’s main attribute is his punching power and his size. If Shane can add a bit more fluency to his game, which he seems to have done with other fighters who have gone over to him, it can’t be anything other than positive.
Daniel is a ferocious puncher at the minute but sometimes it is a little bit robotic. You don’t want to change too much about his style but if Shane can add a little bit of fluency, imagine how hard he will be hitting then. I think it could be very good move.
Only Daniel Dubois knows how bad his eye was against Joe Joyce but he will believe he can still go on and achieve what he wants to achieve. And he probably can. He got a bit of stick for it and certain people said ‘well you shouldn’t judge him unless you’ve been in the boxing ring’ which is very, very true. Others turned around and said he chucked the towel in a little bit too early.
My advice to Daniel is people’s opinions don’t matter. We all have doubters, but he will prove his worth from where he goes now, starting with his next fight on Saturday. If he goes on now, improves under Shane McGuigan and starts knocking people’s heads again, that Joyce fight will be a thing of the past, nothing but paper at the bottom of the bird cage.
Kash Ali shines on Fightzone
The first Fightzone card delivered a great show and the second last week followed in the same vein. Kash Ali got a convincing third round TKO against a credible opponent in Tomas Salek. Kash was looking in better shape than he has done in a while and it moves him up the rankings with both the IBF and the British – although it is tough considering in the British top 10, you’ve got seven world heavyweight contenders. But he’s going in the right direction and is now in the right company.
There was also a good win for Mark Jeffers against Tomas Bezvoda, onwards and upwards for him, he is definitely one to watch out for in the future. Elsewhere, Conah Walker won the Mildlands Area welterweight title. I know Conah from when I trained him and he is a good fighter. I knew he had the goods and could deliver so it was a great win for him.
Back-to-back shows this weekend
Friday sees Charlie Schofield and Mickey Ellison go at it for the vacant English super middleweight title. It looks a great matchup and the two have a bit of history having fought in 2019. Mickey will be trying to do it again and get the win over Charlie having beaten him by a point or two the first time around and prove it wasn’t a fluke.
On the same night Bradley Skeete makes his return to the ring after three years away and it will be interesting to see what the former British champion can do with Dominic Ingle by his side.
On Saturday you’ve got my mate Jamie Moore’s fighter Marc Leach from Salford, he’s got a tough fight against Thomas Essomba and this should be a final eliminator for the British super bantamweight title.
His last fight was actually meant to be the final eliminator and he got a good win against Qais Ashfaq but now he’s found himself in another for the title currently held Brad Foster. He should be getting his title shot very soon if he comes through this.
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