Sweet Science Scene: Positive COVID test delays Fury-Wilder fight, Steen takes down Henderson

Michael Rueda
Photo courtesy of Showtime/Esther Lin

The Sweet Science was supposed to have Fury-Wilder III this past weekend, but due to Tyson Fury testing positive for COVID, it was pushed back.

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Instead, the Sweet Science scene was treated to the 20th anniversary of the legendary and boxing staple of Showtime’s ShoBox series. This Sweet Science series has produced countless world champions and memorable fights through its 20-year run.

This past Friday, the main event was between two undefeated Super Middleweights in Isaiah Steen and Kalvin Henderson. It was a competitive fight with good action, but Isaiah Steen used his jab and lateral movement to pull away in the middle rounds and take home the unanimous decision. Steen improved to (16-0 12Kos) and kept pushing forward in a quickly intriguing Super middleweight division.

Terrance Crawford vs. Shawn Porter ordered

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Fans of the Sweet Science love Shawn Porter and he’s been ordered to fight current champ Terrance Crawford.

Last week the WBO ordered negotiations for a fight between champion Terrence Crawford and former champion Shawn Porter. Fans quickly become buzzed at the possibility of the match-up as many have called for Crawford to face a top 5 Welterweight and Porter definitely fits that criteria .

Porter is a fan favorite for fighting whoever whenever and giving it his all the time. The next question became what platform would carry it. Of course, the talk of Top Rank is that it is Crawford’s last contracted fight with them, and would they do it or allow the PBC to handle it?

Bob Arum was quoted as saying he believes it would do good on Pay Per View and there is a possibility it could, but with many Pay Per Views to end the year, fan’s pocketbooks may take a hit. Regardless of where it’s held and whichever platform, fans will want to see it hands down.

The other fight that had fans of the Sweet Science excited was the heavyweight match-up from across the pond between Joe Joyce and Carlos Takam. This was an entertaining fight between both fighters as Joyce wants to keep active and keep his #1 contender spot for one of Anthony Joshua’s titles. Takam has always been a great measuring stick and, at times, has pulled off big wins. In this match-up, Joyce entered wearing an odd outfit. Check Twitter to verify, but punches were exchanged throughout as in a typical Joyce fight. Joyce gets hit a lot but keeps pushing forward and eventually catches Takam with a right hand to wobble him and eventually leads to the stoppage. Takam was visibly upset by the stoppage as he never went down, but more than likely, the ref just stopped a more prolonged barrage from Joyce. As of now, Joyce is mandatory for the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. It may be a while before that fight as the winner may have a rematch or, if Joshua wins, go into an Undisputed match.

 Sweet Science Scene Quick Hits

  • This week there are two cards that people will watch. First will be Michael Coffie against late replacement Jonathan Rice. This card will be a PBC card on Foxx on Saturday evening. Coffie is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on, so with the lack a bigger card this will be a good watch. 
  • In England from DAZN from the home of promoter Eddie Hearn rising prospect/contender Connor Benn takes on veteran test Adrian Granados. This is a good test and step up for Benn as he continues to move up and make his own name in boxing. He has skills swagger and power as shown in his at match so let’s see how he does against this test. This will be Saturday afternoon here in the States.
  • Another week another Canelo/Plant update. This one says fight is dead. Reported by ESPN Mike Coppinger Talks stalled at the contract dispute. Both fighters were close according to many, but last-minute things popped up and it broke down. Plant stated that it was due to Canelo and his demands and at this time no response from Canelo. We will see the report states that talks may be revisited soon.

Not to be Rueda but…

People, please stop giving announcements on announcements. We want to know the fight is being discussed and then made. We don’t need to hear fights being talked about or fights are being called this week. We are tired of hearing an announcement of an announcement and nothing coming of it. It’s frustrating all the way around. Quit telling us the fight is close or just in or details. Sweet Science fans want to be told when it’s set and that’s all. We don’t need rumors or any other nonsense.

Once again, boxing fans love the Sweet Science and they want to be treated with respect – just like fans of other sports. For the Sweet Science to survive and thrive, more transparency is, again, key.