The boxing world is back in the swing of things after a slow August. No HBO or Showtime until October but that doesn’t stop the sweet science from rolling along. Here is the latest:
- Mosley vs Mayorga II Will Happen –After veteran promotor Don King tried to sink his teeth into Ricardo Mayorga’s purse for his fight this weekend against Shane Mosley, a court in Florida ruled against him and the fight will go on. The promotion still needed some help and at the final press conference this week Mayorga, on Mosley’s suggestion, grabbed Shane girlfriend’s behind which resulted in a small melee. I think the event this Saturday needs much more than that to be a success.
- Biggest Fight of his Career – During the four day press tour with stops in Los Angeles, New York Mexico City and Puerto Rico, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stated that his upcoming November 21st fight against Miguel Cotto was the most important one of his life. Alvarez might be forgetting about that September 2014 bout against the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr which put him on the biggest stage of the sport. The fact that he actually has a chance to winning this fight against the thirty-four year old Cotto might have given him short term memory loss.
- Long-lost Crawford is Back – Once touted as the next big thing by not only his promoter Top Rank but by major network HBO, Terence Crawford is back October 24th in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, against Canadian Dierry Jean. Crawford will be defending his WBO light welterweight title. Can a win in this fight lead to that promised Manny Pacquiao fight? Not likely since Bob Arum has not mentioned Crawford in the same breath as Pacquiao since he is planning on taking the “Pacman” show to the Middle East.
- Roach Doesn’t Care for Khan – Freddie Roach, trainer of Manny Pacquiao, is not all that interested in a possible match up next year against Amir Khan. Roach trained Khan for a spell and feels that both fighters have a similar fighting style which can make for a boring fight. Roach says he is much more interested in a match up against undefeated Danny Garcia. That makes more sense since Garcia is more stationary than Khan and likes to mix it up. Haymon stands in the way of the mega fight getting made but if Mayweather Jr vs Pacquiao was finally made, why not this? Just don’t let it take five years.
- Classic Move – In a classic move by the Premier Boxing Champions series, Andrzej Fonfara of Poland will face England’s Nathan Cleverly in all places, Chicago. Granted, the windy city is known for its polish population but this fight belongs in Europe. The match up at light heavyweight will be televised by Spike TV. Fonfara lives in Chicago and has fought in the city plenty of times but this is a prime example of how PBC usually does boxing outside of the box but it doesn’t really always work.