After a sensational end to 2021, boxing limped back into action at the weekend with a Joe Smith Jr. world title defence.

The fighter himself did what he was supposed to do, and that was to beat up the 107th ranked light-heavyweight served up in front of him. Yes, we understand that Steve Geffrard was an opponent found on 8 days notice given the positive Covid test for Callum Johnson but you will not convince us that he was the best option available.

Boxing must do better.

We also look ahead to a man we only see once a year. The Santa of the sweet science, Gary Russell Jr. returns this weekend to defend his WBC featherweight belt.
 
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