* Victor Ortiz’s return has finally been finalized, and will come against Luis Collazo in January.
Collazo’s loss to the average Freddy Hernandez a few fight back gives me pause, but it’s actually a solid matchup. Certainly much better than Alfonso Gomez, who had been scheduled to fight Ortiz but pulled out due to a hand injury
* James Toney’s entry into the latest edition of Prizefighter this coming Thursday night is a pathetic spectacle.
In my view, he has no chance to win the tournament and it’s disgraceful that someone with such obvious brain damage is allowed to continue to fight his way into an early grave.
To make things even more scary, in his recent appearance on Sky’s Ringside, he actually appeared to be suffering from tremors.
The British Boxing Board of Control, Sky TV and Eddie Hearn should all be ashamed of themselves for perpetuating this freakshow
* It is also an absolute disgrace that the biggest proven drugs cheat in boxing’s history, Larry Olubamiwo, is allowed back into a boxing ring when he too takes part in Prizefighter.
With his calculated PED use, he endangered the health of the hundreds of people he shared the ring with in sparring and pro fights over the years, yet is somehow allowed back less than a year and a half after he received a 4 year ban.
It is such a sickening spectacle, it almost makes me want to refuse to watch this edition of the increasingly tedious tournament
* Nonito Donaire looked very poor in his rematch against a faded Vic Darchinyan this past Saturday, trailing on two of the 3 scorecards (I had the fight even), before rallying for a late KO.
Guillermo Rigondeaux looks to have snatched away his confidence, and I doubt Donaire can return to his old form.
If, as rumoured, he challenges Evgeny Gradovich in January for a featherweight title, it should be an interesting fight
* Gennady Golovkin-Martin Murray was erroneously reported to have been signed for February 1st, before this was later debunked by Murray and Golovkin’s team.
Apparently, Murray is to instead appear on the February undercard with a view to a future Golovkin meeting.
Let’s hope this fight happens sooner rather than later as, in my opinion, Murray poses a bigger threat to Golovkin than anyone in the middleweight division.
I scored Murray the winner over both Sturm and Sergio Martinez, and feel he should be the unified, lineal champion right now (with a place in the pound for pound list), rather than an inactive, run of the mill contender without a top-tier promoter
* David Haye was out clubbing in Havana Browns nightclub in Cork, Ireland two nights ago..there goes maybe my one and only chance to go on the lash with the Hayemaker!
— Havana Browns (@Havana_Browns) November 9, 2013
* Thoughts with Magomed Abdusalamov, battling for his life after battling like a warrior in the ring against Mike Perez.
His plight, as well as the recent ring death of Frankie Leal, puts things into perspective, reminding us of the dangers of this sport, and why we love and praise the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every time they step into the ring