October 18th’s Random Boxing Rants

* Disturbingly plausible notion posited on Brian Campbell’s weekly ESPN Tuesday boxing chat recently — if Victor Ortiz can beat Jr. Middleweight titlist Carlos Molina in his return to the ring in December (a wholly undeserving title shot given his 18 month layoff after back to back losses, his last win coming over Andre Berto in April 2011), then a PPV showdown with, and probable beatdown at the hands of, Canelo Alvarez awaits for sometime in early 2014

I don’t know whether to be disgusted at, or perversely interested in, that fight…

 

* And if Ortiz could somehow upset Canelo, you can bet your ass we’d see a Mayweather-Ortiz rematch

 

* Former European Super Bantamweight Champion Willie Casey returns from a 15 month layoff on Saturday’s Frampton-Parodi undercard, facing Marco McCullough.

It will be interesting to see how he looks, but he shouldn’t have much trouble against quite limited opposition

 

* Another fight on that card is Eamon O’ Kane vs. ex-European Champion Kerry Hope, which could produce the next challenger for top prospect and British/Commonwealth Champion at 160lbs., Billy Joe Saunders

 

* As great as the prospect of Orlando Salido vs. Vasyl Lomachenko in January is, even greater is the fact that Gary Russell Jr. (undefeated, but untested, longtime prospect, with the fastest hands in the sport) is the mandatory for the winner.

OK, he hasn’t done a single thing to earn that title shot, but Lomachenko vs. Russell Jr. is almost as interesting as the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight that Bob Arum is teasing us with the possibility of

 

* Hands up who else is as pumped as I am for Dereck Chisora vs. Arnold Gjergjaj next month?!

And, before someone asks, I am seriously not being sarcastic! Gotta love the Heavies…

 

* Rumours of Amir Khan vs. Robert Guerrero…

Interesting matchup, and a pick ’em fight in my view, although I still don’t think that a win over Guerrero would merit a Mayweather shot for Khan, even though that’s probably what it would lead to

 

* Golden Boy have also just signed hugely inactive 175lbs. titlist Beibut Shumenov, and he will fight on the Broner-Maidana undercard.

Looks like we’ll be seeing a Hopkins-Shumenov unification sometime next year then

 

* Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins — http://www.boxingscene.com/photos-bernard-hopkins-becomes-an-alien-workout–70685

And — 

“People say they don’t believe in aliens, well look at me!…that’s the secret: I’m an alien. [I’m from] Pluto”

Until today —

Plus, apparently, he loves Daniel Day-Lewis — “I’m one of the last of the Mohicans. Big Daniel Day-Lewis fan”.

What a hilarious man!

3 thoughts on “October 18th’s Random Boxing Rants

  1. I think if Amir beats Guerrero, then he may as well get the Mayweather fight. It isnt a great fight, but it is marketable and honestly, there isnt really anybody else who is ready right now. Trout is a future opponent, as is Broner, and Danny Garcia. None of these guys are big enough names yet to warrant the fight.

    Tim Bradley is the one guy who is ready for sure and has enough talent to push Mayweather, alas… Bob Arum has fucked us yet again.

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    Great blow btw

    • Thank you for the comment, and the compliment!

      I wouldnt solely blame Arum for the TR/GB cold war, there are so many factors, dating back to the Arum/Oscar split and the conflict between the two companies over who had the legit contract with Pacquiao. It is a shame.

      Yes, I do think Khan would prob get a Floyd fight if he were to beat someone like Guerrero…who knows, he may even get it anyway.

      I dont think we’ll ever see a Floyd-Trout fight, a pity coz it’s a testing stylistic matchup for the smaller man.

      The other two fights you mention are inevitable though, and, now that Floyd-Canelo is out of the way, Floyd-Broner surely looms as the next 2m+ PPV sometime in the next couple of years (altho if Pac were to leave TR and join GB at some point for a Floyd fight, then I think that’d break the 2m barrier also)

      • Also, I’m not in favour of a Floyd-Khan fight, and think that there are other guys out there, namely Garcia, who have earned the right to challenge at that level (and pick up the mega payday)

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