Sweet Science Scene: Death, taxes, and bad judging

One thing you can never say about the Sweet Science – it’s a world and sport that are never boring.

Last weekend’s marquee match-up between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño was enthralling before it began because it set up the opportunity to have an undisputed champion. Yet the fight ended without an undisputed as the contest ended in a draw.

It was a close and a great fight unless you’re Nelson Vasquez, who inexplicably scored it 117-111 for Charlo; who knows what fight he was watching. The bad scorecard shouldn’t take away from the fight as it was an enthralling bout with ebbs and flows that saw both fighters hurt but continue to compete. Both Charlo and Castaño brought it and there’s no doubt fans want a rematch. Castaño and Charlo both spoke about how the sanctioning bodies may have other thoughts. Hopefully, they see the bigger picture and allow the fighters to get another crack at one another.

Sweet Science soured up and down the card

On the undercard of Charlo-Castaño, we had another judging controversy in the opener between Amilcar Vidal and Immanuwel Aleem. It was another great fight with scorecards on Twitter close, but many feeling Aleem may have secured the win. Instead, Vidal was given the majority decision. It’s another case of judging affecting a great fight in the Sweet Science. The sport’s health is strong, but fans are getting sick and tired of watching two talented athletes give it their all only to have judges completely suck the air out of the room.

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Immanuwel Aleem had another good showing but another controversial judging display named Amilcar Vidal the winner.

What’s even more concerning is Sweet Science fans are now becoming accustomed to it. It’s happening at such an alarming rate throughout the Sweet Science. Have we moved on to a point where fans, journalists, and the sport itself are just going to accept it?

Later, on the same undercard, Rolando “Rollie” Romero put in some work last weekend as he stopped (overweight) replacement Anthony Yigit and then called out Gervonta “Tank” Davis. I love it. Bring that fight on and let’s make it happen. Rollie, keep being you always.

Tick, tock, tick tock…

As Sweet Science fans wait another week with no full announcement of the Canelo vs. Caleb Plant bout, the rumors and source mill have come to claim the negotiations are nearly complete.

All signs point to September 18 on Fox PPV as the proposed date for the bout. It will be a one-fight deal between Canelo and Premier Boxing Champions. This is obviously great news as we look to be getting another undisputed match this year as the Sweet Science has had an excellent year so far and looks to end the year strong. For Canelo, obviously, this is huge not only a chance to add to his legacy, but he would become the first Undisputed Champion in the rich history of Mexican boxing. In Plant’s case, he obviously could become undisputed, but he would reach the potential that some have seen in him since he turned pro and could land a monumental upset.

Sweet Science Quick Hits

  • After the failure of Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury for Joshua they attention quickly turned to what would Joshua do. That was an easy answer as we knew he had a mandatory with Oleksandr Usyk. At times during the negotiation process for Joshua-Fury many wondered if Joshua would vacate to not fight Usyk, but following the collapse of the fight and some discussion they went right to negotiate and get this fight done. This fight will take place September 25th and will be part of a very good 3 week stretch in boxing as it looks now, we will have the 122lb championship fight between Stephen Fulton and Brandon Figueroa followed by Canelo Alvarez and Caleb plant for the Undisputed Middleweight championship. When people tell you boxing is dead just look at this year’s schedule and laugh at them.
  • Well, it seems like August 14 will be another one of multiple devices needed to catch all the fights. We will have on DAZN young top contender Vergil Ortiz Jr putting his undefeated record on the line against former world title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas in a real tough test for Ortiz Jr. That card is looking like it will be another solid one from Golden Boy. The PBC card that night will be headlined by John Riel Casimero as he defends his Bantamweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux, the co-main here will also be good as Antonio Russell will face Emmanuel Rodriguez. There will also be a Top Rank card as we will see the hopeful finale of the trilogy between Joshua Franco and Andrew Moloney. Chapter one was an upset by Franco and was followed by the controversial seemingly endless ringside review that ended in a no contest. This one should give us a clear-cut winner and hopefully no crazy endings. Matchroom will also have a card that day as Joshua Buatsi will take on Richard Bolotniks. The undercard will see two women’s title fights as Savannah Marshall will defend her Middleweight title and Shannon Courtenay will defend her Bantamweight title against Jaime Mitchell. Also, one of the leading upper echelon club level promotions in Thompson Boxing will also hold a card headlined by rising prospect Ruben Torres.
  • Oscar Valdez who is currently the clubhouse leader for knockout of the year following his demolition of former Champ Miguel Berchelt in February will his inaugural title defense in September. Valdez will have a homecoming of sorts as he will face Robson Conceicao from Tucson, Arizona September 10. Valdez spent part of his childhood in Tucson and now will return to defend his title against an Amateur rival. The undercard is yet to be finalized, but looks to have some of the young guns of Top Rank ready to leave their mark.

Not to Be Rueda…. but

Can you stop the Sweet Science is dead talk? I know, I know – it will never go away. We’ve had a great couple of years in the Sweet Science. I know there have been the circus fights and the terrible judging, but there’s has been a long list of unification matches and this year alone, should Canelo and Plant come off, we will see the fourth undisputed fight this year alone. Remember when people said when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were done, boxing would fade away? Well, that hasn’t happened, has it? There have been new platforms that have added Boxing to their line ups and we’ve had memorable moments and fights happen a lot over the last couple of years and it seems that it will only continue to happen. In the words of Larry Merchant, nothing can kill the Sweet Science and nothing can save it. The Sweet Science will not and die; it is here to stay.