Sweet Science Scene: Davis, Lomachecnko and Martinez shine, the WBA is hurting boxing’s popularity

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There was no shortage of action this past week as the Sweet Science excited fans with some great fights and a glimpse of the sports superstars of today and tomorrow.

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Lomachenko scored the big win last week. Photo: Al Powers / ESPN Images
  • WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez returned to the ring with a sixth-round stoppage of countrymen Joel Cordova. The fight was a brawl from the onset and after some close rounds, Martinez began to break down Cordova and, in the sixth round, landed a barrage of punches that caused a stoppage by the referee.

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  • Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe made a lot of news as he downplayed any opposition from 140, namely undisputed champion Josh Taylor. Although they are great fighters, Ellerbe said they bring nothing in the sense of money for a fight. The reception was not well received on social media.
  • With the last couple of weeks of multiple cards on multiple platforms, fans of the sweet science can rest this week. Chris Colbert (15-0 6 kos) takes on Tugstsogt Nyambayar (12-1 9Kos) in an Interim WBA Super Featherweight title fight. At first, Colbert took on long-faded veteran Yuriokis Gamboa and the fight received flack, but following Gamboa pulling out, this has become a better fight and option. Colbert is one of the young guns in boxing who many have their eyes on, and in Nyambayar, he should be properly tested.

I don’t mean to be Rueda…but

  • Without, pardon the pun, pulling punches, I have to say the number of titles in the WBA is ridiculous. This weekend’s fight between Gervonta Davis and Mario Barrios was for the “regular” title and was billed as a title fight. Just a little over a month ago, the undisputed title was won by Josh Taylor. It makes no sense that the WBA has three titles per weight class. It impacts the casual fan and does more damage to the sport and its marketability than YouTubers do for the Sweet Science.