EXCLUSIVE TEAM LEFTJAB INTERVIEW: JOHN SCULLY TALKS JACOBS WIN,HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION & HBO’S BOXING EXIT

1. What did you think of Danny Jacobs win over Derevyanchenko & do you feel Derevyanchenko has proven he is elite?

 

ICEMAN: Danny got himself a great victory there over a guy many were touting as the next killer of the division. Danny just proved again what we already knew about him. He’s got great skills, he will fight anyone and he is a winner.

 

Derevyanchenko also showed he belongs in there and will certainly get another chance at an elite guy and I won’t be surprised if he beats one, either. The experience he gained being in with Danny was invaluable.

 

 

2. Who would you like to see Danny Jacobs face next?

 

ICEMAN: 160 pounds is a pretty hot division right now and there are some great, great matchups to be made. For Danny, I would love to see a rematch with GGG for him if not a Canelo fight. I was there at their fight and I actually thought Danny boxed extremely well, tactically fought a great, great fight and could have easily been give the decision. If not Gennady then let’s see Danny versus David Lemieux in what would surely be a top class fight.

 

 

3. With Danny Jacobs now saying he is looking to face Canelo next & lukewarm to the idea of a GGG rematch, does that put pressure for GGG to join DAZN to stay in the mix for those fights?

 

ICEMAN: I feel like GGG is still one of the elite top of the line guys and I feel like TV networks and other outlets shouldn’t have exclusive rights to fighters. It compromises things and creates business issues that can and will prevent some of the best fights from even being discussed let alone made. I understand Danny wanting to see Canelo next because he was the winner of the last huge fight at 160 and he’s the man to see right now and he is obviously an extremely viable opponent and a real threat to win.

 

 

4. With Kubrat Pulev getting a decision over Hughie Fury to secure a Joshua title shot, is he the next Joshua opponent in your opinion?

 

ICEMAN: It’s so hard to say now. There are some good heavyweights out there, the buzz is getting stronger and there are many options and possibilities.

 

 

6. Any interest in Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal? Will this fight be competitive?

 

ICEMAN: Every fighter has their designated time at or near the top and it certainly appears that Jean’s time has passed at that ultimate elite level. He was a tough and difficult champion in his day about seven or eight years ago but that’s a long time in boxing and to be going up against these types of tigers that Bivol is appears to me being the boxing game following the same old script. An older ex-champion with a good name being used at the end of his career to bring some shine to one of the new guys on the block. That’s the way its always been done and that’s the way it always will be. I would l’ve to see Jean turn back the clock a bit and get a win there and upset the applecart but if you’re a betting man you have to go with the proven formula and track record that boxing has followed for 100 years.

 

 

7. What do you see happening next for IBF light heavyweight champ Artur Beterbiev?

 

ICEMAN: Artur is in a great position as the IBF champ and also as a guy whose reputation is rising, especially coming off another knockout win, this one a one-punch shot over a very strong and tough challenger in Callum Johnson. The light heavyweight division is extremely deep right now and now it appears he is facing the very tough Joe Smith Jr. next in what has the potential to be a great match. With Smith having KO’d Hopkins, it’s a thing where an impressive win by knockout for Artur would raise a lot more eye brows. If he gets by Smith then the great fights with guys like Bivol and Adonis Stevenson loom very large. Artur versus Adonis in Montreal would be huge.

 

 

8. What are your thoughts on HBO throwing in the towel on boxing on their network?

 

ICEMAN: Its kind of surreal really. I mean, over the last 20 years or so I haven’t ever even watched HBO other than for the big fights they put on. I can remember so many times going to New York City for HBO fights and I remember a few years ago watching all the “Leglegendary Nights” episodes from all the great fights they were involved in with great memories involved. Hard to believe they are done with but that’s the way it is. I’m sure when Gillette Friday Night Fights went off the air back in the 1960’s boxing fans wondered how they would get by without it but there’s always a successor waiting in the wings.

 

 

9. With all these new platforms like DAZN,Facebook Live etc taking over more and more fight broadcasts, what are your thoughts on the new way of watching boxing going into 2019?

 

ICEMAN: It’s going to take some getting used to. I mean, I remember back when I first started in the game we used to go to the local civic center to watch the biggest fights with thousands of other people in the arena. I watched Hagler-Hearns and Tyson-Spinks on huge screens before having to switch to the Pay-Per-View. I missed the Closed Circuit fights then but adjusted and Ill do the same now with this new switch.

 

 

10. Staying on the platform topic, how did we go from waving the PBC “Free Boxing” flag that was supposed to help boxing become more mainstream again to having to watch fights only available on apps and it’s acceptable to most fans?

 

ICEMAN: Its funny you mention that because literally just this morning I was looking through some boxing tee-shirts I’ve kept in my collection and one of them is a tee-shirt advertising the new free TV boxing that was just commencing with PBC. It seemed like such a great and promising concept but now less than five years later and we’re watching fights on apps. People may not like it but just like during every other change in our history, they will adapt well enough and it will become the new norm.

 

 

ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY

“The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never fought before of whatever pride, desire, heart or courage he thought he had.” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002

 

 

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