I didn't mean to be negative, but I'm just sick of this Stevenson shit. He claims that people backed out of negotiations and he doesn't have to call anybody out, but he fights like once a year nowadays, so it can't always be the other side's fault.
I remember him leaving HBO because Haymon wanted to secure him a payday which was nearly 3 times what HBO was willing to buy, just for him to fight Fonfara BEFORE they even discussed a purse for the Kovalev fight that fell through when Haymon got involved.
Of course HBO scoffed and said fuck off, and he's been fighting less than stellar opposition since moving to Showtime. He beat Dawson for the title, then went on the fight Cloud and Bellew...all in the year 2013. He switched networks and hasn't fought anybody noteworthy.
I just don't get it. I mean, Kovalev hasn't always fought one big name after another, but at least he's been active. At least while Ward was inactive, he didn't hold his title(s) hostage. I'm just tired of Stevenson, and as far as I'm concerned, he's torn his Sundays drawers with this whole LHW situation.
And again, I'm just tired of all of Hunter's fighters (not name Andre Ward) going out sad.
I think part of the blame also has to be put on the WBC, which has enabled this kind of fuckboy shit to go on.
They could set up a mandatory that is a much higher level fight than a shopworn Fonfara.
Haymon is the other obvious reason for the low frequency of fights and also the stiffs that he stays fighting. It's a recurrent theme in PBC's operations and one that I am simply tired of.
I'm all for the fighters getting paid. Been saying that since Day 1. However, if you don't strike a balance then the sport loses fans and loses more and more market share to other sports. These guys should be fighting more often and paid properly every time.
Another factor to consider over here is Virgil Hunter.
I was listening to the Ringside Reporter Podcast and they brought up the fact that maybe it's time to consider that Virgil Hunter is only a good trainer for Andre Ward.
Angulo, Berto, Khan and Fonfara have all lost (haven't included Jacobs, but technically that's another L) and it does make you wonder.
Ward is the only fighter that he's really built up from scratch and while he's done a marvelous job of that, he hasn't been able to take a fighter at the midpoint of his career and build him up even further, like say Emmanuel Steward was able to.