No one ever said boxing was fair. Opinions will always be divided on bouts that end in close points decisions, so to one set of fans it will always seem unfair, unjust, or a downright robbery.
Shawn Porter accepted his September 28th loss to Errol Spence Jr without too much argument but felt aggrieved at the suggestion from Spence that he had won in dominating fashion. Within a week Spence said that he wanted to have a rematch with Porter to show that he could win in a more decisive fashion but the latest rumours are that Spence will face former two-weight world champion Danny Garcia next in a fight that the fans don’t seem to be too enamoured with.
Spence vs Porter was a fight of the year candidate, a war that I could only score for Spence due to the 11th round knockdown he scored. Porter deserves a rematch and boxing fans deserve to see a great fight again between two very well matched fighters. But, will it happen?
Fast forward seven days and Gennady Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko produce a fight that I believe was even more exciting than Spence vs Porter. The fans booed ‘GGG’ while he was being interviewed in the ring after the fight because they thought that Derevyanchenko had done enough to take home the title and inflict a second career defeat on the one time dominant middleweight world champion. As scoring fights is subjective, it all depends on what you gave more credence to, Golovkin’s harder shots or the higher number of punches landed by the Ukrainian. I had ‘GGG’ winning a fight that at times I thought Derevyanchko was leading because of his body punching and work rate. I gave the last 3 rounds to ‘GGG’, and that’s how he won a razor tight decision on my scorecard. But I accept that other fans saw it for Derevyanchko and I respect that opinion, so the best way of resolving the situation is to have a rematch, surely?
Both boxers attended hospital after the fight so neither took part in the post-fight press conference. However, both intimated in their interviews in the ring that they would like to take the rematch to put matters straight.
Boxing needs and demands these rematches, but if the business of boxing dictates that Spence fights Terence Crawford next or that Golovkin faces ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a trilogy fight then these rematches will be lost, so it is up to the fans to demand that they happen.
Would Spence vs Crawford be a better spectacle than Spence vs Porter 2? Would Golovkin vs ‘Canelo’ produce the fireworks that ‘GGG’ vs Derevyanchenko provided? Once again, these are going to be subjective opinions but in both cases the bigger more lucrative matches are unlikely to supersede the rematches in terms of pure entertainment.
Promoters and Media outlets need to give their paying customers what they demand, and ultimately, what they pay for.