Four men daring to be great: Davis, Garcia, Inoue and Fulton
Others make excuses and avoid the toughest fights. Not these guys
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While Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford continue to ignore their legacies with frustrating years-long inaction when it comes to making a fight boxing fans have demanded for several years — one for which both would earn millions and elevate themselves, win or lose — there are at least some younger fighters bucking their poor example and making meaningful fights at the highest level while they are still approaching their prime or in it.
I’m not casting blame on Spence or Crawford specifically, but all I know is they have yet to fight when it is the only bout that makes any sense for each of them. It would be for undisputed welterweight champion status and each would make his biggest payday.
For now though I am done wasting time on the absurdity of that fight going unmade, for whatever BS reason there is.
I’d rather look at the great fights that are now made that we as fans have wanted to see because every now and the right fights are made and even at the exact right time.
Case in point is a pair of recently finalized bouts that are very clearly two of the best, most interesting fights that possibly could have been made.
I give you four fighters willing to put their unbeaten records on the line against a legitimate opponent where the outcome of the fight is in serious doubt and where the styles of the boxers should mesh well.
One was a pain in the ass to get worked out but finally was. The other came together with no drama whatsoever.
In the first instance, I am talking about Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Ryan Garcia. In the second one, I write of Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton.