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Watched a recent Heavyweight fight from Nigeria. Quite possibly - no definitely, the worst Heavyweight fight I have ever seen. Adebayo the home fighter, loaded up with just about every punch and missed. Charged forward all fight. He makes a young Deontay Wilder look like a technician. Ntege, from Uganda, wore trunks that were too big and was just evasive but cos he didn't want to engage, not cos he is a Heavyweight Willie Pep. I skipped a couple of rounds, hoping that it'd end but it didn't.
Solomon Adebayo defeats Musa Ntege via 8 round decision. Adebayo is now 12-0, 11 KOs. If you put a Heavy bag in the middle of the ring, I'm not sure these two could hit it.
Maybe, I'm being harsh. I was on a security night shift, in a cabin, that had no power/light. The light was coming from my laptop lol.
Scores: Constance Chinagorom 80-70, George Seyi 80-69, Olaifa Temitayo 80-69.
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Over the years I've streamlined - i.e. more judiciously choose - which fights I do and don't watch. One, there's only so many hours in the day. And two, you'll retain more relevant information by restricting the fights/fighters you watch to those at least even marginally relevant. It's a subjective standard, sure, but I still err on the side of watching too many fights than too few. That said, among the factors involved is where the fighters are from; that combined with the weight class. Some areas tend to produce higher level fighters at certain weights. But yea, there's some pretty dreadful levels of boxing that pass for professional. The globalization of pro boxing combined with the proliferation of YouTube and Facebook streams make it easy for promoters worldwide to put up a broadcast, which themselves can be pretty dreadful quality. At times you've no hope of even knowing who's fighting. Which from the promoter's point of view may not even matter. There's an element of a low level boxing match that makes the identity of the fighters or the result not even matter. Not what floats my boat, but it's the simple spectacle of two guys hitting each other that's enough to attract an audience. Remember how Michael Buffer used to introduce those HBO shows? "Welcome to an evening of professional boxing for your entertainment." That's all it is at the most basic level. You may not know the fighters going in; you may not remember the fighters on your way out. Were you entertained for 2-3 hours? Or 5. or 6!That's all a boxing promoter is after. There's no long view. The product is the promoter brand. Will the audience come back next time?

The other angle is what brings an individual to become a pro boxer. I might say "athlete" but not all of them are. In many cases, as a fighter, you don't choose boxing; boxing chooses you. A boxing career is often borne out of a lack of viable options. Desperation one might say. So the ceiling of a pro fighter is a function of the developmental resources in his native area. Given a bit of luck and the right connections, he may catch the eye of a promoter or trainer from a more developed boxing market. Boxing isn't much different than many other forms of entertainment. There's A Star Is Born dynamic that can widen a fighter's horizons. But if he's stuck in his local system, he's not likely to have much hope of being competitive overseas. Perhaps the best he can hope for is building a deceptively attractive record and being targeted as fodder for prospects in larger boxing markets. Earn a few bub as a B side rather than taking home pennies as an A side in a home ring that can barely stand up. In a leaderless, directionless industry, fighters and promoters are left to fend for themselves with little to no minimum standards. The best you can say about that match in Nigeria is at least the judges got it right!

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