Everything wrong about boxing preceded by everything right.
On the 4th April Jon Thaxton a proven and hard working fighter will take a huge step up in class and try for Euro honours against the high class and experianced young Veteran Yuri Romanov. Its a classic pairing of a quality British champion challenging a well established, fringe world title contender. Its everything good about boxing- an honest pairing of honest pro's who have the ***** to put it all on the line to try and get their neck in front of the pack.
Its the old school way and the way and the way things should be done. Thaxton emerged on the scene in 1996 coming in at short notice in his 14th fight to KO undefeated British and Commonwealth light welterweight champion Paul Ryan in one round. He followed with impressive wins over Bernard Paul, Paul Burke and Mark Elliot. He was robbed of the British title against Jason Rowland been stopped on rather pathetic cuts after knocking the favourite down twice in London, took Hatton the distance then suffered a stoppage loss to an inform Eamon Magee. Since then he is unbeaten having impressively cut down prospects Lee Meager, Scott Lawton and Dave Stewart in his last 3 fights.
Romanov is just 25 and already holds wins over Steve Murray, Bobby Vanzie (our best two lightweights at the time), Juan Carlos Malero, Toncho Tonchev and Stefano Zoff..... His only losses coming to Graham Earl and one in his fourth pro fight. He's had no big build up and has established himself as a quality fighter by beating quality fighters.
The following night we will see a meeting between Amir Khan Olympic silver medalist and the WBO number one contender Martin Kristjansen. Khan has after a very positive start to his career began to recieve more then hsi fair share of critism- He promised us his next fight following his win over no-show St-Clair would be for the European title and that he would beat Jon Thaxton so far he has done neither. In his entire 16 fight career its safe to say that the only opponents who have given him a serious fight have been Lazlo Komjathi and Willie Limond. Of his opponents combined 269 victories only 84 have been by stoppage. Khans one opponent with a punchers record Vitali Martynov then 9-1 (6ko's) is now 11-7 (7ko's) with all 7 defeats inside the distance 6 in the first and 1 in the second.
This alleged step up see's him fight a man with just 5 ko's in 23 matches. He has only stopped one non novice professional- that on an injury. His record is a who's who of nobodies the only reasonably exciting results been a draw with ancient Stefano Zoff who had previously beaten him and a six round win over world class amateur turned journeyman kirkor kirkorov. This man is the best Lightweight in the world according to the WBO not including interim 'champion' Katsadis or actual champion Juan Diaz.
The fight oozes manufactured garbage, they fight for the right to fight for a plastic soon to be vacant belt... and slowly but surely every real fan of boxing who couldn't wait for old school olympian Khan to embark on an old school respectable career is realising that Khans career isn't going to be gold or silver- its going to be plastic.