* Best current fighters who haven’t yet won a proper world title (WBA “regular” doesnt count)?
Erislandy Lara, Lucas Matthysse, Austin Trout, Brandon Rios…who else?
I think Martin Murray, Ray Beltran and George Groves also belong on that list because of how unlucky they’ve been in recent title challenges
* Rios’ career at a world class level looks over, in my opinion.
It’s unlikely he’ll ever get a top tier win at 147, and his weight problems mean a move to 154, surely disastrous, can’t be too far into the future
* Erislandy Lara has yet to even fight for a world title…does that make him the president of the ‘who needs him’ club?
* James Kirkland and Daniel Geale rumoured to be the names in contention to face Gennady Golovkin in April.
I’m down with that…
* If he never fights again, let me salute Vitali Klitschko on a fantastic, Hall of Fame career.
Despite his resume being thin on big name victories, he had tremendous longevity and would obviously be an extremely difficult fight for any heavyweight in history
* In my view, Stiverne-Arreola II is not a worthy vacant title fight.
Arreola, a perennial disappointment, is lucky the WBC loves his fat ass…
* I’m happier to hear that Bradley-Pacquiao II is in negotiations for April
* ROFL @ Floyd Mayweather describing Amir Khan’s atrocious performance against Julio Diaz as an “impressive victory”.
Time for another rant on just how undeserving an opponent Amir Khan is for Mayweather? I think so.
Khan is one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, rarely in a bad fight, but he hasnt had a good win since mid 2011, when he beat Judah.
Since then he’s gone 2-2: losing to Peterson (even with controversial scorecards, refereeing and Peterson’s PED use, it was still a mediocre performance from Khan); getting knocked out in 4 rds. by Danny Garcia (the guy who really deserves to be facing Mayweather next May); beating a fringe 135 contender moving up in weight; and then getting dropped, and hurt on multiple occasions, on the way to winning a razor thin decision at a 143 catchweight to faded, light punching ex-135lb. titlist Julio Diaz.
And after what will be a 13 month layoff, and a further move up in weight by 4lbs., we are supposed to believe he merits a fight with, and stands a chance of being competitive with, an all-time great in Mayweather?!
I would much prefer to see Mayweather-Maidana next May
* Trust Larry “Lazza” Merchant to provide a hilariously eloquent assessment of Maidana’s upset of Adrien Broner: “From humping to thumping, from billions to thousands, from performance artist to con artist. from the next Mayweather to the next Berto?”
* And to ape Lazza myself: Marcos Maidana, I love you!
* Happy Christmas to all those who love the sweet science, and let’s hope that 2014 matches the excitement of 2013, which was truly a banner year for the sport!