December 11th’s Random Boxing Rants

* Matt Korobov, once heralded as one of the brightest prospects in the sport, continues to move laterally, getting badly staggered in the first round of his first ten rounder (after a whopping five years as a pro) against the mediocre Derek Edwards last weekend.

He came back to win in 9 and remains undefeated, but it’s now hard to see him replicating even a fraction of his awesome amateur success in the professional ranks


* In the same vein, Olympic and thrice world amateur champion Odlanier Solis comes to mind.

One of the most gifted amateurs of the modern era, a rapidly expanding waistline has seemingly robbed him of his chances at professional success.

In recent times, he has been reduced to the ignominy of struggling to a woefully lethargic decision win over ex-shot putter, and American footballer, Leif Larsen


* With the year end awards for 2013  fast approaching, now seems like a good time to reflect on my picks for 2012 prospect of the year, and my list of 5 breakout names for 2013.

David Price and Gary Russell Jr.? All I can say is: whoops!

Price saw his immediate world level dreams collapse in flames, twice being knocked out at the hands of veteran Tony Thompson.

And Russell Jr. had another scarcely believable year, in which he fought just twice, both against low-level opponents, and saw his talent continue to wither on the vine.

Keith Thurman is moving along nicely though, and will be favoured to pick up a career-best win, advancing closer to a world title shot, when he faces Jesus Soto Karass on Saturday.

My predictions in this list worked out better.

The aforementioned Thurman and Russell Jr. had contrasting campaigns, but Mikey Garcia, Gennady Golovkin and Guillermo Rigondeaux all proved themselves at, or near, the top of the sport

And now to deliberate this year’s picks…


* After Erislandy Lara’s utter ‘toyage’ of Austin Trout, it seems apparent that he is EASILY the most competitive fight that can realistically be made in the near future for Floyd Mayweather.

But, of course, we won’t see it because of Lara’s utter lack of drawing power, size advantage over Mayweather and awkward southpaw style, and we are going to be force-fed Amir Khan instead


* Conversely, Khan is easily the least deserving challenger and likely least competitive fight that can realistically be made in the near future for Mayweather.

Isn’t it just great to be a boxing fan sometimes?!


* Which brings me to the latest twitter exchange I had with the rather sarcastic and acerbic Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza.


6 thoughts on “December 11th’s Random Boxing Rants

  1. Sure, Khan doesn’t deserve the Mayweather fight but it seems like the most logical one to make from a financial point of view. They should make the fight in UK but I don’t think Mayweather would fight anywhere besides Vegas. It could be a good one maybe Mayweather would get a knock out (it’s been what 6 years since he knocked out Hatton, not counting the cheap KO of Ortiz). Put Garcia and Provodnikov on the undercard and I’d watch it especially if the winner got a shot at Mayweather in September. I don’t see Mayweather fighting Lara ever.

    • Garcia-Provodnikov is impossible given the GB/TR cold war. Provodnikov isnt signed to TR, but they have contractual options on him after the Alvarado win, and he has loyalties to HBO

      I’m sure Mayweather-Khan will have a good undercard though, but I dont think it will break 1m PPV buys, whereas I believe Mayweather-Garcia would

      • I didn’t know about those obligations. That is too bad because I would love to see him and Garcia go at it. He is definitely someone I would sign if I were a promoter.

      • Provodnikov is signed to Artie Pellulo, who has a close relationship with TR.

        It’s a fight that’d make a lot of sense, but if I was a betting man, I’d say Garcia vs Malignaggi at 147 next, and Provodnikov to make a relatively low-key 140lb title defence

  2. So you posted a link to this on Dan Rafael’s chat, and I clicked on it, but it really isn’t very good. Thanks for nothing.

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