Steven A Smith is likely one of the hottest sportscasters within the US and has the largest sports activities platform within the US, ESPN, giving him air time. His present Steven A’s World on ESPN+ options commentary on prime sports activities moments, movie star company, athlete interviews, and fan Q/A sort of stuff. Whereas it isn’t on common ESPN it’s nonetheless a fantastic platform for athletes to be seen and heard by the sporting public at massive. Love or hate Smith he does discuss boxing whether or not you want his takes or not he does at the least get casuals speaking in regards to the sport. Boxing is in an fascinating crossroads proper now because it clearly will not be the place it was throughout my childhood not to mention the place it was throughout my father or grandfather’s time. Boxing has made some in roads with casuals with the Paul Brothers, some cross over MMA vs boxing affairs, and a few current PPV fights with buzz together with Canelo vs Bivol and Davis vs Romero. Devin Haney holds the WBC model of the light-weight championship and is heading right into a full unification this Saturday in Australia. Haney can also be ravenous for consideration within the US whereas guys in and round his weight like Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Tank Davis and Shakur Stevenson have all gotten far more publicity to the boxing public.
Haney is in a singular place proper now to raise his profile in opposition to undefeated three belt Aussie George Kambosos this Saturday on a struggle proven by DAZN. He’s a younger fighter, with numerous expertise however simply has not had the prospect to essentially show himself. I can not hyperlink the interview right here however when you have ESPN+ it’s a worthwhile enterprise to hunt out and watch the episode. Smith requested what I felt have been good main inquiries to get Haney to talk his thoughts. Haney in his phrases accepted the entire phrases Kambosos and his crew put forth to make the struggle and took a pay lower. Some accuse Haney of being a diva, I believe this goes a technique to show the alternative. Haney has been mugged for being the e-mail champ, Lomachenko was elevated to the doubtful franchise standing with the WBC and Haney was despatched the title by way of e mail. Haney was the necessary challenger and was calling Lomachenko out when this occurred, Haney claims Lomachenko lobbied the WBC for the standing to keep away from the Haney struggle. IS that completely substantiated? Haney did pursue and didn’t get the struggle not his fault. Haney says that he’s not as mentioned as the opposite fighters above as a result of he has not been in a position to safe the fights the others have secured. This Saturday actually is his likelihood.
I plan to cowl this struggle in larger depth in a publish this Friday so don’t be let down by this quickie of a publish.