OPINION: When Shane Cameron stepped into the ring in Melbourne last week with the walking tattoo Danny Green, many immediately wondered whether this was a credible world title fight as it was being marketed.
In times past, fighters had to fight the next best in the world to merit such a bout.
Had Cameron won, our media in Auckland would have rated it higher than the goofy Sky Tower.
It all prompts the question we usually pop when working with martial arts - which style, faction or discipline is your organisation aligned with?
This fight was held under the auspices of the IBO, the International Boxing Association based in Coral Gables, Florida.
Trouble is there are a stack of other organisations. The four major outfits recognised by the International Boxing Hall of Fame are the oldest, the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC), the International Boxing Federation (IBF), and the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
They recognise each other, but not the rest and all have been accused of being corrupt at times.
But hang on, there is also a World Boxing Hall of Fame and God knows who they recognise.
The above four, plus our IBO, hand out world titles, so maybe it is fifth place for the IBO at best.
I jumped on the mouse to try to make sense of all this stuff.
On its website the IBO claims to be the only sanctioning body with unbiased computerised rankings, whatever that means. It is said to be the least corrupt outfit, even if not as highly regarded.
Its rankings show Cameron ranked No 7 and Green No 11, and yet they fought for the title after the holder, American southpaw Antonio Tarver, was turfed out for allegedly taking drugs.
By all means have a good punch-up between two guys knocking 40, but to call it a world title fight seemed excessive.
It was a genuine scrap, far removed from the celebrity fight scene that Sonny Bill and Quade wallow in. And there are four other world cruiserweight champions.
The Ring magazine, which calls itself the bible of boxing, recognises Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the world champion, using its own rigid criteria. There was no sign of Green or Cameron in The Ring's top 10.
The Ring also stopped recognising the cruiserweight class from 1985 to 2005. Cruiserweight lingers between two glamour divisions of heavyweight and light-heavyweight and is less attractive to TV broadcasters.
But it was as close as New Zealand might ever get to a world title fight, even if we can't be sure what it was.
■ Everyone on the bandwagon is using the term "cheap shot" to describe All Black Andrew Hore's swinging arm on a Welsh lump who was too slow to get out of the way and then head-butted Andrew's arm.
Anyway, the term has seeped over the Tasman into our precious vocabulary. It should be purged.
Invariably such blows end up being "expensive shots". This one looked like a right hook out of the guy's blind spot.
Hore's mad moment has allowed the Pommie media to score points off the field against the All Blacks because they know their hopeless teams can't do it on their slippery paddocks.
As for Warren Gatland's reds sending most of the men into the lineout and driving across, it should be banned. You don't want puny backs in there in case they cop a cheap shot.
■ There was heavy irony when the Rangitikei Golf Club members voted last Saturday against proceeding with merger talks with nearby Marton and Hawkestone.
It was Rangitikei officials who were so worried about the long-term viability of their club that they got the amalgamation moves in train in the first place.
It has become such a sensitive issue among golfers that there is heavy resentment by many that the Manawatu Standard has the cheek to keep writing about the issue, the bounders.
- The Manawatu Standard
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