Sun, 2018-03-18 00:18
I think Bivol is the best at 175, followed by Beterbiev, what do you think?
Sun, 2018-03-18 01:30
Well before last night I felt Gvozdyk was in this discussion, but he looks to be going backwards in development based on his last 2 performances. Kovalev still has to be in the discussion here, and another that could be right up at the top of the division very soon is 22 year old power punching Kazkh, Ali Akhmedov. Eleider Alvarez is very good as well, Stevenson has been avoiding him as his mando for years, and has bypassed him three times now. I'd say Bivol & Beteriev is a good 1-2, Artur has scary power but Dmitry is so much faster hand and foot, I'd favor him to box Beteriev up. We will have to see how Yarde looks when he finally steps up in class, but so much potential talent in the LHW division it should be a great division for years to come.
Sun, 2018-03-18 07:34
Beterbiev has to be a guy who is in the mention for going backwards in development as well. He has great power but hasn't developed otherwise. When he turned pro he was seen as a better prospect than Kovalev but has accomplished very little in his pro career at a world level, which I suppose partially is because of his decision to sign with Michel who is a bum promoter. I personally think Beterbiev would lose to most of the top Light Heavyweights. Alvarez is not going to be a world championship level Light Heavyweight, he took step aside money multiple times instead of trying to force a fight versus Stevenson and he essentially vacated his WBC mandatory position by pulling out of the purse bid versus Gvozdyk. Kovalev as the de facto number one for me, Bivol is definitely legit though and could beat Kovalev.
Sun, 2018-03-18 11:18
I think Kovalev hits the hardest, but I think he is going downhill now. It's a great division, but it is a shame that none of these fights really seem to be happening, Stevenson has the WBC belt, and until now, he hasn't fought any of the other top light heavyweights, but I think hopefully Bivol vs Kovalev will happen soon, I'm not sure where Beterbiev goes next, but he has no time to waste. Yarde is doing great, improving, still has a bit to prove, but he is stepping up through the levels, I do question his ability as an all round boxer to be honest, only time will tell, same with all untested fighters.
Sun, 2018-03-18 12:50
Sergey Kovalev vs. Marcus Browne announced, not exactly what I wanted in Kovalev vs. Bivol but a hell of a lot better than Kovalev vs. Joe Smith Jr. I'm surprised Browne got the fight versus Kovalev, Browne is a lot higher risk to lose the belt to than Smith. Kovalev vs. Bivol will 100% happen if they both keep their belts given it would be in-house for Main Events, it's just a matter of time. If Stevenson loses the belt we will likely see the WBC belt being defended versus relevant competition like Gvozdyk. Beterbiev could face Gvozdyk down the line for a classic Arum in-house fight if Gvozdyk loses versus Stevenson/Jack and rebounds in a tune-up. I don't think Beterbiev will get unification bouts or a lot of relevant opposition with Top Rank outside of that though unless the money and demand was right. Overall, I think Light Heavyweight is the strongest division at the moment. There is just so much depth. What do you think of Kovalev vs. Browne?
Sun, 2018-03-18 14:09
I like that fight. I think it certainly depends more on Browne than Kovalev. If Browne has the chin, the ability to make it an inside fight as the rounds go on, if he is that good that he can take his attributes and abilities up to this level, then I can definitely see him beating Kovalev, he's getting older and declining fast, Kovalev, and once he is where he doesn't want to be, he crumbles, it is just taking him there, and stopping him getting you before you can get him that everyone apart from Andre Ward has failed at doing so far, that is the real task. Kovalev might put Browne in his place, make it about calibre, stifel him with that dominant jab, keep hik at distance, and control the pace. I think it depends on Marcus Browne, is he a good world level fighter? Or a great world level fighter? If the later, he can make it an anti Kovalev fight, and therefore, he can certainly win, if the former, I think Kovalev will be too strong, too powerful, and to good at what he has always done well in the ring. Who do you think wins?
Sun, 2018-03-18 14:55
Should be a good fight if Browne can keep his chin tucked, I remember he was floored and many felt defeated by Radivoje Kalajdzic in a 8 round Split Decision about 2 years back. So he might be a little chinny, we'll see but when he concentrates on making it his fight I believe he does have the skill and enough pop to make this a good fight. I'd still probably favor Sergey here though, however he is starting to age out a little, Kovalev didn't look levels above in his victory over Mikhalkin just over 2 weeks ago, so who knows Browne might just be good enough to send Kovalev out of the spotlight for good with another big loss.
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