Boxing hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory over the past few weeks, but Saturday night’s fight card could bring redemption.
It all started when Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua gave boxing fans hope that we could finally see arguably the greatest fight in British boxing history, but as is so often the case in boxing, the negotiations collapsed.
It wasn’t the end of the world though, as fight fans still had the highly anticipated showdown between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn to look forward to…until that also fell through due to a failed one. drug test by Benn.
It also emerged in the aftermath that the promoters and the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control) had knowledge of the doping test weeks before deciding to call off the fight, highlighting the lack of regulation in the sport. than weak deterrents around doping.
The boxing landscape looks pretty bleak at the moment, but Saturday night an all-female card at the O2 Arena, headlined by Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall in an undisputed clash, has the chance to redeem the sport somewhat.
The show features a number of exciting prospects, as well as a world title unification between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner and Mayer believes this card is a chance to “bring boxing back”.
“We women are going to fix everything, we always do,” Mayer told talkSPORT.
“We’re going to pick up the pieces, we always have the extra pressure on our shoulders and we always succeed for everyone, so it’s no different.
“We are used to it and we will bring boxing back.”
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As well as being a much-needed dose of excitement for boxing fans, the Saturday night card is also a huge opportunity for women’s boxing to show how far we’ve come and show off all the exciting talent this side of the sport has to offer. has to offer.
“It’s the greatest era of women’s boxing of all time and I’m so excited to be a part of it,” Mayer said.
“I always imagined that we would be here in this position and all the top women of that era knew in that moment that we had to get to this position.
“The world didn’t believe it and there were a lot of people telling us we had silly dreams and there was no place for us in this sport, but we believed it and look where we are. It’s an incredible time for women’s boxing.
“This card just proves we’re on the right track and breaking down barriers and it’s great that we’re able to fill the undercard with promising talent.
“Men always had this platform to jump on, there was always the springboard for them with an already established platform where they could showcase their skills.
“But that hasn’t always been the case for women, so it’s a chance for us to provide a platform for this next generation.”
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