Charlie Parsons spoke to Sam Jones for Boxing Social. Sam spoke on Alycia Baumgardner’s failed test, the BBBofC appeal against Conor Benn, Anthony Joshua beating Deontay Wilder
On McCaskill’s Comments
“Some of the thickest comments you’ll ever see. Ever from McCaskill… I’d be off tempted to say listen we don’t want to work with you.”
Is the boxing world turning too political? Are the commentators losing touch with the spirit of the sport? Jones raises questions without necessarily offering answers, providing a provocative glimpse into the world of professional boxing.
On Baumgardener Situation
Jones treads carefully here, saying,
“You know, as for the Baumgardner situation, it’s something that’s troubling and complex. I’m literally, and I’m just saying this, I don’t want to speak too much on it because I don’t know what she’s failed for. I don’t know what the ins and outs are. The whole issue of doping, it’s something that needs a serious look, a thorough investigation. If she’s not [innocent], she needs banning, simple as that. Integrity and honor in sports should be upheld above all.”
The uncertainty surrounding this issue is a reminder of the fragile balance between integrity and fame in sports. Does this reflect a larger issue within the boxing industry?
When discussing the much-anticipated fights like Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder, Jones’ passion is evident.
“I’m so sick of hearing about facts and rumors and speculations. What we need is clarity; we need confirmation. Show me the graphic; give me the date. Let’s get this fight happening! I think Anthony Joshua is going to win, and here’s why. People are disrespecting AJ’s boxing skills. AJ can bang; he’s a better boxer than Wilder. He’s got the technique, the discipline, the passion. And he’s hungry for this win. I think he’s going to win by knockout, and it’s going to be a fight for the ages.”
Jones’ frustration with delays mirrors the feelings of fans around the world. But what makes him so sure about the outcomes? His insight is that of an insider, someone who knows the fighters and the sport inside out.
On The Richard Riakporhe Boxxer Purse Bids Situation
“I can’t express enough how frustrating the Riakporhe Boxxer Purse Bids Situation is. It’s embarrassing me, and it’s embarrassing for the sport. The whole thing, the way it’s been handled, the way it’s been communicated, I just think it’s embarrassing. This isn’t just about a purse bid; it’s about the reputation of the sport, the integrity of our practice, the faith people have in what we do. We need to do better, be better, and act in a way that’s befitting of the sport we love.”