*115lb. titlist Omar Narvaez is now just 4 world title fight wins away from matching Julio Cesar Chavez’s record of 31.
Boxingscene’s David Greisman mentioned my twitter discussion with Cliff Rold on the subject here, at number 3 in his ’10 count’: http://www.boxingscene.com/fighting-words-magnetism-pacquiao-marquez-5–77962
* Just getting familiar with Ali Raymi, the 39yo Yemenese strawweight who is 21-0 with a world record 21 straight 1st rd kos.
Boxing at its freakshow best/worst.
This interview is an immensely entertaining read:
* I’ll be the first to say it: Manny Pacquiao hasn’t stopped an opponent in 5 years, and he won’t stop Chris Algieri (surprise conqueror of Ruslan Provodnikov), who, by the way, is an indication of how threadbare the Top Rank cupboard is for Pacquiao opponents.
It’s a disappointing matchup to say the least, and an indication of how far Pacquiao’s star has dipped since his 2009/10 peak
* The UK’s IBF bantamweight title merry-go-round continues.
Natural super flyweight Paul Butler has vacated to move back down in weight after defeating Stuart Hall, who will now face Randy Caballero for the vacant title.
Fair play to Hall’s promoter Dennis Hobson for once again securing a home world title shot for one of his fighters, but Caballero figures to be a much taller order than the last man Hall was able to defeat, Vusi Malinga. Caballero is unbeaten and already has the experience of winning a big fight away from home in Japan.
Lee Haskins, conqueror of both Hall and current “regular” bauble-holder Jamie McDonnell, continues to be left out in the cold
* Teddy Atlas with his always-entertaining take on a couple of the sport’s recent hot topics:
The one thing I disagree with Teddy on is that Garcia-Salka is not suddenly acceptable because it is now a non-title fight.
While I’ll never begrude fighters earning money, Garcia is still getting an undeserved $1m+ payday for what is a meaningless stay-busy fight, and the subscription fees of Showtime viewers in the USA are being wasted on this tripe.
Undercard fight for smaller purse? Fine. Main event for significant payday, i.e. waste of budget that could be spent on better fights? Not so much.
* Dan Rafael (the first ever recipient of the BWAA’s Fleischer award for liberal use of the copy & paste function, incessant toe jokes, and sophomoric water pressure reports) is critical of Guillermo Rigondeaux for doing the exact same thing he excused Mayweather for 3 years ago?!
Not a surprise
* Random observation: Barry Jones is the Welsh Al Bernstein. A pair of sound men & quality broadcasters
* I think all of Tyson Fury’s future opponents should just skip their ‘final sparring sessions’.
Very frustrating. Alexander Ustinov is a good short-notice replacement for this weekend though
* Prediction via Frankie Gavin: Kell Brook & his team to blame weight-making issues after he loses to Shawn Porter, and move immediately to 154
* The rumoured fight between Adrien Broner against Emmanuel Taylor sucks.
They’re really wrapping Broner in cotton wool since the Maidana beating, and with such a deep stable at 140-154 there is no excuse for some of the ‘who cares’ fights Golden Boy are throwing together.
They seem utterly reluctant to match any of their A-sides together in these money divisions
* Stat that illustrates the problem with Al Haymon/Stephen Espinoza/Golden Boy matchmaking:
In 2014 so far, Showtime has aired 26 fights on pay-per-view or their top-tier’ championship boxing’ telecasts, and in all but one of those fights (Ricardo Alvarez-Sergio Thompson, in which I’d actually correctly favoured Thompson), the fighter generally considered to be the favourite has won.
Say the following in a Liev Schreiber voice: Danny Garcia vs. the immortal Rod Salka is just two and a half weeks away…