Sometimes It’s Written That Way

Sometimes fighters do not prepare diligently enough and suffer as a result when they come up against a foe that has made the necessary sacrifices in camp. Sometimes fighters do put in the hard work but simply come up short against stronger more talented opposition.

But every once in a while, no amount of sacrifice or talent for that matter, has much bearing on an outcome – when it seems that fate has stepped in and written the script.

No doubt Belfast’s Ryan Burnett and the ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire entered the Glasgow ring on Saturday night having endured equally arduous training camps. Both certainly possess talent in abundance and were surely prepared for a war of attrition, to be decided on skill and by their comparative freshness or experience.

As it was fate intervened and dealt Burnett a cruel blow, collapsing to the canvas with a slipped disk in his back, mid-way through the 4th round.  After taking an 8 count Burnett managed to see out the round on his backfoot, with Donaire in relentless pursuit.

But prior to the start of the 5th, trainer Adam Booth signalled an end to the contest with his man in no condition to continue.

It was a hefty blow for the WBA Bantamweight Champion and other than surrendering his title in his 2nd defence, he suffered a size-able financial loss, rumoured to be as much as £2 million – if he had gone on to lift the Muhammad Ali trophy.

In chief support, with the hometown fans roaring him on, Scotland’s Josh Taylor put on an accomplished performance against the previously unbeaten American Ryan Martin.

In only his 14th pro fight, Taylor dominated his WBSS Quarter Final with quick feet and fluid movement, before stopping his outmatched opponent in the 7th round.

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It could be that his name is already written on the WBSS Super Lightweight trophy, but he must first negotiate a semi final with IBF Champion Ivan Baranchyk- which will be his 1st shot at becoming World Champion.

The feeling is though, it will take something very special to stop him lifting World honours, with former WBO Super Featherweight Champion and compatriot Alex Arthur stating, “It’s starting to look like a foregone conclusion now and you can’t help but get excited.”

Talking about excitement, it’s almost impossible not to be hooked by the back story to this weekend’s big pay per view card in Manchester.

Liverpool’s Tony Bellew attempting to become the first Briton to hold all four major belts simultaneously in 1 weight division.

Of course it is a monumental ask, as across the ring he will face the former Olympic Heavyweight Champion, the Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion, the unbeaten and quite possibly unbeatable Oleksandr Usyk.

Some say it’s an impossible dream for Bellew, but he says “I have no doubt in my mind that I am going to find a way through him and shock the world again. Against the odds, I just know I can do it.”

I for one will be hoping that the script’s been written that way and that regardless of what unfold’s on Saturday night, that Tony Bellew defies the odds and finds a way to win.