Every Monday, Boxing Truth will answer questions asked by fight fans. Send yours to @MarcDeanie or let us know your thoughts at the contact page. This week there’s plenty of Crawford loving, Klitschko hating and Khan contemplation.
What has to change to bring back the glory days of the heavyweight division?
The division has to be a Klitschko-free zone. Vitali and Wladimir are fantastic boxers and equally brilliant athletes but their peak years have coincided with the heavyweight division’s worst. If Wladimir wins his rematch with Tyson Fury, we could be subjected to some more mind-numbing matchups. If Fury wins, all the focus goes onto him, America’s WBC champion Deontay Wilder and IBF title holder Anthony Joshua. That is a tantalising triumvirate. I suspect Joshua’s handlers won’t let him anywhere near ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder, an enormous puncher, until the Fury situation is settled. I can see a pre-Joshua bout between Fury and Wilder in 2017. Keep an eye on promising New Zealander Joseph Parker. Australian Lucas Browne will remain on the fringes until the row about a recent failed drugs test is resolved.
Who will compete for the top places on pound-for-pound lists with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao out the picture?
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is already a superstar of the sport but he must beat middleweight rival Gennady Golovkin to top the pound-for-pound lists. Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward are on collision course at light-heavyweight and the winner of that super-fight will also put forward a strong case to be the world’s top boxer. Super-bantamweight genius Guillermo Rigondeaux, avoided by Carl Frampton, and WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez are also in the mix. It won’t be long before Tyson Fury and WBO light-welterweight king Terence Crawford join them. Crawford, who comfortably outpointed Ricky Burns at lightweight in 2014, is a phenomenal fighter.
Has Amir Khan proved himself in the professional ranks since his silver-medal exploits at the 2004 Olympics in Athens?
Yes, undoubtedly. Khan has had a good career, achieving more than most British fighters at home and abroad and there is no shame in losing to Alvarez. And you don’t fluke wins over guys like Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander and Zab Judah. It’s important to remember Khan was a truly brilliant amateur and what he achieved in Athens, at the age of just 17, was phenomenal. That feat ensured expectations of him would be sky high when he lost the vest and head guard. Maybe they’ve played a part in him becoming a divisive figure with fans. It probably sounds insane in 2016 but I remember him being spoken about as the next Sugar Ray Leonard. Although Khan has comparable hand speed to Leonard, he doesn’t have the ring legend’s granite chin or world-class punching power. He’s already spoken of his desire to move back to welterweight and I’ll be stunned if he wins a world title belt at 147 pounds.