It’s 2019, which means another year of a time–honored boxing tradition: The blame game. Over the next few months, fights will crumble and fingers will be pointed. Network relationships will be cursed, promoters will be decried and social media timelines will be filled with more fans firing off criticisms of Al Haymon than there are fighters that thank him.
And you know who will come out the cleanest in all of it? The fighters.
It’s strange, isn’t it, how when a fight fails to materialize a fighter is often deep on the list of those shouldering the blame. Oh sure, Anthony Joshua is taking some heat for his seeming indifference to a showdown with Deontay Wilder. But isn’t Eddie Hearn taking more? And when talk turns to why Errol Spence and Terence Crawford are not barreling towards a welterweight clash, the nasty history between Haymon and Bob Arum gets top billing.