Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
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ADRIEN “FLOYD” BRONER
I enjoyed this weekend's fights. Adrien Broner sure likes his Floyd Mayweather tapes. He's copied the whole style - including holding the chin high during exchanges ;-) I'm not as impressed as most. Since everyone has crowned Broner king at 130 maybe Brandon Rios will wait on him at 135. We'll see...
Meanwhile, who do you think wins a round-robin involving Gary Russell Jr, Y. Gamboa, Juan Ma Lopez, Chris John, Orlando Salido and Mikey Garcia?
I really like Canelo Alvarez. I like the skill level, the natural movement, pace and calmness with which he fights. I don't think he needs to worry about the shouts for Chavez Jr. He has plenty of options at 154. He seems a fighter who gets heavy between fights - so I am not sure Mayweather would get in there with a fighter with his strength, skill AND fight night size.
I'd like to see more of Jorge Linares and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Thanks for reading. -- JW
Rigondeaux challenges Rico Ramos for the South-Central speedster’s WBA 122-pound strap on Dec. 31. Linares will be back sometime in the first quarter of 2012. Question is, will he be in a tuneup, a rematch with Antonio DeMarco, or another significant bout?
I don’t think size is that much of a factor against Mayweather without the right style and experience to back it up. He won’t mess with Sergio Martinez or even the faded version of Paul Williams because those two are not only bigger, but experienced with either the talent (Martinez) or the style (Williams) to trouble and catch him. I think Mayweather would fight Alvarez next May. Now is the time to fight a young buck like Canelo. A year or two from now, Floyd might think twice.
I would favor Gamboa to win that 126-pound round robin of yours, but I wouldn’t make the Cuban a huge favorite.
I thought Broner showed some good things against Rodriguez and some areas for improvement. The good: his calm under fire, his speed, accuracy and power, and his killer instinct. The not-so good: his tendency to back to the ropes (or give ground when he doesn’t need to), his trouble slipping jabs (especially from a slow, plodding little sucker like Rodriguez), and his offensive lapses.
Never mind Rios, there are fellow 130-pound standouts who can take advantage of Broner’s flaws. Two of them are under the same promotional banner (Golden Boy): Vicente Escobedo and Eloy Perez. I’m sure Juan Carlos Burgos, Argenis Mendez and Diego Magdaleno would also love to get a crack at “The Problem” and his WBO belt.
I was a little disappointed with the premature stoppage in the Canelo fight..... let me rephrase that, "premature stoppage" sounds like something my wife might complain about.... um, I thought the ref jumped in a little early. Cintron appeared to be dodging punches and not really wobbled when the fight was stopped. He was landing some solid, flush punches on Canelo that round that appeared to be doing some damage, and it seemed like the ref was thinking "Ok, Canelo is getting hit, time to stop it." Just wanted your opinion on the stoppage and Canelo in general. Are they babying him too much? I'm a fan, but I think he is in trouble when he has a real test, and him calling out Mayweather is laughable. I'm starting to think Chavez Jr. with a little more guidance from Roach might be a huge challenge for Alvarez. Love the mailbag, keep up the good work. -- Matt in Mattawan
I’m thinking the same thing about Chavez Jr., which is a good thing. I hope both Junior and Canelo continue to develop into complete fighters. It will make their eventual fight that much better.
Is Canelo being babied? A little bit. He’s hasn’t been put in over his head yet, and that’s by design. I hope the referees aren’t trying to look out for him because the kid doesn’t need that kind of “protection.”
I thought both his fights with Alfonso Gomez and Cintron were stopped a little too quickly. I wasn’t outraged by the stoppages, but I was disappointed that Alvarez’s opponents, neither of whom were wet behind the ears or strangers to tough fights or punishing situations, weren’t given the opportunity to try and fight their way out adversity.
I thought Cintron was landing some hard shots in the fifth round, but he was still getting outworked, he wasn’t backing Alvarez off of with his punches and he didn’t appear to have his legs 100% under him. Had he fought with more passion and urgency during the first four rounds I think I would have been more upset with the stoppage. But Cintron didn’t seem to be there mentally. So who knows? Maybe the ref did him the favor and not Alvarez. If a fighter isn’t in there to win against a bulldog like Canelo, he’s going to absorb serious damage over the course of a 12-round bout.
What up Dougie,
I also agree with you that Canelo shouldn't be calling out Mayweather. A few years down the line that's a mega-fight. What's the rush? I also don't see any point in the Chavez fight, to be honest. It seems like Chavez is quite bigger than Canelo and I read they've been having a hard time negotiating a catch weight. I know it's a big money fight, but not a fight I'm personally dying to see. Both guys won their titles after having been taken away from Sergio Martinez, have faced fairly weak opposition, and are hype trains. However, I will give them credit in the sense that they've looked good doing it.
That’s cold, Robert, but funny.
I’ll never say it’s “crazy” to root for Cotto. He’s one of my favorite fighters of the past decade. It’s been an honor covering his career.
What’s crazy -- and also a bit funny to me -- is all the fans (like you) who believe that Margarito basically tried to kill Cotto in their first match but will now help Cotto reward “the criminal” with a big-money fight that will financially set him up for life.
If Margarito is the scumbag you believe he is, why support this fight? Why buy this pay-per-view show and add your hard-earned money to “the cheater’s” $2.5 million guarantee?
I guess crime pays (especially if you’ve got a good lawyer, and Bob Arum is the best in the biz).
I don’t know if Leon Spinks can be considered a “great fighter” but his son, Cory, the former undisputed welterweight champ, was a far superior talent and boxer than Chavez Jr.
I agree that Cintron is shot. It seems more mental than physical, but what’s the difference? If you don’t make a strong effort to win or protect yourself in the ring you don’t need to be fighting for a living.
I also agree that Molina would be good test for Canelo. He would probably give the WBC beltholder fits, but Alvarez can learn from such an experience. I doubt Canelo can knockout the crafty Chicagoan and if he’s not 100% he can lose to the spoiler-turned-contender.
Ditto on Russell (who I like a lot). If he’s going to fight on HBO he needs to be in with a fellow prospect (such as amateur rival Roberto Marroquin) or a bona-fide contender, such as Mikey Garcia or Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Good point about Broner’s “devolving” competition. At the rate he’s going his next HBO fight will be against Tyrone Harris.
The fight with Perez broke down over location and money (what else?). I don’t think GBP was trying to protect Broner. Hopefully, that’s a fight they try to push in 2012 because it would be a good one. Broner is the bigger, faster, harder-punching boxer, but Perez has better fundamentals and he’s more battle tested.
JORGE ARCE: FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Who else of all the fighters this year, has been on such a roll as Arce. The man came back from extinction to win two belts in two different weight classes. Fighter of the year and comeback of the year. Can I get an amen? -- Tyler
Amen! Unless Carl Froch or Andre Ward look absolutely spectacular winning their Dec. 17 showdown, Travieso’s got my vote.
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