Sweet Science Scene: Light action this week but there’s always boxing drama to explore

Michael Rueda
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This past weekend saw light action on the Sweet Science Scene, but the two big cards that were happening were dealt some blows of their own.

Cards being put on by PBC and Matchroom each were reminded that COVID-19 is still a thing and will cause issues. The main event between Connor Benn and Adrian Granados was postponed as Benn tested positive for coronavirus. The main event was shuffled on PBC as the original fight between Heavyweights Michael Coffie and Gerald Washington was scrapped with Washington’s positive test. It was a stark reminder that it is still around though we have passed some dark days with COVID-19.

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With the cards being moved around, we got two big upsets in both main events for the fans of the Sweet Science. The new Matchroom main event between Xu Can (18-3-0, 3 KOs) and Leigh Wood (25-2, 15 KOs) in which Leigh Wood scored a major upset as he stopped Can in 12th to pick up the victory and the WBA regular featherweight title. Wood picked up the victory in which many thought he might not have enough to hang with Can, but early on that. Notion disappeared and Wood announced his presence at 126.

In the PBC on Fox main event, hot heavyweight prospect Michael Coffie (12-1, 9 KOs) took on late replacement Jonathan Rice (14-6, 10 KOs) and was beaten in another upset comes as a shock as Coffie seemed to be positioning himself into contention soon. Rice kept coming forward, unleashing power shots after power shots and did not relent once he saw Coffie hurt, and the referee jumped to stop the fight in the 5th as the onslaught was too much. Still, this loss caused a major roadblock. Such is life on the Sweet Science scene.

Sweet Science Scene Quick Hits

  • Talks for the Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant undisputed match have officially died. At this point the only side talking about the failure of the discussion is the Plant side. They have stated that Alvarez has made diva demands, but that Plant agreed and had signed weeks ago to the deal. This is not good news for hardcore fans of the Sweet Science. The sticking point seemed to be that Canelo wanted his guarantee of 40 million dollars whether Plant was fighting, or Canelo had to take on a replacement. PBC seemed to balk at this idea and that’s where discussions broke down. Canelo has not officially come out with any words to speak on the subject as of yet, but some rumors have stated that the PBC was trying to make Canelo sign a multi fight deal in which Canelo had no interest in. At the end of the day the discussion have stopped. For Plant, questions arise as who will be a viable opponent and For Canelo rumor has it that he may move up to Light Heavyweight and challenge for a belt there.
  • The mandatory Junior Lightweight title fight between champion Jamel Herring and interim champion Shakur Stevenson seems to be agreed for later this year between the end of October and early November. That news came only after social media became abuzz in regard to the fight as the WBO had placed a purse bid and for their own reasoning had given the higher percentage split to Stevenson. This caused an uproar as Shakur was to receive 63% while the Champion Herring was set to earn 37%. The WBO gave their reasons, but that didn’t stop Sweet Science social media from letting their feelings known. Many of the fans and pundits felt that this was a tremendous discredit to Jamel Herring. Herring is the reigning and defending champion with three title defenses. Stevenson was a champion at 126 but didn’t defend his belt and has not fought a contender at 130. Herring won his belt in an upset and defeated the mandatory as well as a former two division champion in Carl Frampton. This slight and disrespect to Herring has been something throughout his career he has dealt with, but he took it in stride and kept it with class as usual. Eventually it was announced that the fight was agreed to, and the purse bid was not needed. The fight is one many are looking forward to as it will bring the young promising fighter against the established veteran who seems to be in his best form. Let’s hope there is no other issues, and the fight gets made.
  • This week the Sweet Science schedule picks up as on August 3rd as the Triller card saw Michael Hunter (21-1-1 15 KOs) knockout of Michael Wilson (21-3 10 KOs) with right hand counter shot that ended it in the fourth round. August 6th, on ESPN Plus, Irish fan Favorite Michael Conlan will take on former champion TJ Doheny in their main event. Saturday August 7th, Kid Galahad takes on Jazza Dickens for the vacant IBF featherweight title as the main event. And finally, the Sweet Science week ends with a PBC on Fox card will have Gabriel Maestre and Mykal Fox meeting up as well as Eimantas Stanionis takes on veteran Luis Collazo. Let’s hope there isn’t any issues with these cards.

Not to be Rueda….but

Fans of the Sweet Science quit being disrespectful to the fighters. It is fine to be a fan of the sport and have your favorite fighters, but quit talking about what they should or shouldn’t do and what you would do if you were a fighter. Newsflash, you aren’t and you’re watching them, so show them some respect. The Sweet Science fan base and this social media generation have given fans a voice to disrespect the fighters and it is not good. Quit calling fighter’s bums, dumb, etc. They put their lives on the line for your entertainment and should not have to deal with some of the things they are told. As I said, be a fan and everything is fine but show some respect and have class.

We’ll keep watching the Sweet Science Scene…have a great rest of your week.