Long time admirer of your work since the Maxboxing days. I think this is in part because you are a genuine fan of the sport and with some writers I sense this not to be the case.
Anyways, the fights! Marco Huck v Alexander Povetkin. Great scrap, though the result could have gone either way. Huck being warned constantly by the ref for rights to the back of the head should have been balanced with Povetkin being told to keep his head up somewhat. In my opinion, you go that low you deserve what you get. Do you think Teddy Atlas was missed?
Broner v Perez. I was intrigued by this fight especially after reading your notebook on Perez’ camp. I have to say, I think Broner just might be the goods. Yes, he’s a great athlete but there are some real skills there too. For example, his hand placement when on defense in mid-range makes sure almost no target is presented to be hit. I also love his razzle dazzle. The only slight negative might just be in perception – showboating is entertaining but only with a splash of humour every now and then to make it more palatable. Otherwise, you risk becoming a huge bore.
Quick fantasy pick – Frazier v Marciano. Who you got? Frazier had all the intangibles fighters should have but I think Marciano might have edged it on greater volume of punches. Keep writin’ on fightin’! – Ken, Cork, Ireland
I like Smokin’ Joe in that mythical matchup. I think he’d have to get up off the canvas (probably in the second round, his jinx round) but I believe Frazier had the higher punch volume, and that’s how he’d win. He’s also slightly bigger and much faster than Marciano, but it’s a competitive dream match anyway you analyze it.
You can consider me a Broner believer now. He dominated a very good, unbeaten young fighter. I didn’t think he was ready for a fighter as solid and tested as Eloy Perez. I was wrong. He’s obviously more than ready, which means he should turn his eye to the top dogs of the 130-pound division (Takashi Uchiyama, Juan Carlos Salgado and Rocky Martinez) or jump to an attractive 135-pound showdown. Uchiyama, the WBA beltholder, probably isn’t going to leave Japan. Salgado, the IBF titleholder, might be possible. Martinez would bring the most heat and probably make for the best fight. However, I wonder of the Puerto Rican slugger’s management will be eager to put him in with such a large, ultra-fast talent.
Broner vs. Antonio DeMarco or the Ricky Burns-Paulus Moses winner would be anticipated lightweight title bouts, but the biggest fight for “The Problem” is probably the winner of Brandon Rios-Yuriorkis Gamboa. The promoters would have to get over their beef to make that showdown happen, but they could probably charge admission to the press conferences and the weighins (and if the fight is between Broner and “Bam Bam,” they’d also have to hire extra security and issue a warning to the fans who sit too close to the stage).
I wasn’t able to watch Povetkin-Huck on Saturday, but I heard it was an excellent 12-round battle. (And, yes, I will have watched it – in parts, on YouTube – probably by the time you read this Monday mailbag). I can’t say if Atlas was missed by Team Povetkin. He got the job done on Saturday and I thought he flashed some nice combinations and uppercuts in his WBA “regular” title-winning effort vs. Ruslan Chagaev last year. However, although his ring generalship and punching technique improved with Atlas, I preferred the pressure-fighting, volume-punching style Povetkin employed during his first four years in the pro game.
THE WEEKEND’S FIGHTS
What’s up bro? Um, like prescient prediction in the Alexander-Maidana fight. Every time someone calls you a know-nothing Golden Boy shill, you should get that link out, and tell them what for.
I’ll tell you what, I really don’t like Broner, but he is a skillful fighter. If he can keep that type of form up and keep the weight down, he’s going to win a lot of fights in the 130 and 135 classes. Never mind me if I’m rooting to see him get smacked around when he moves up in class and size.
In the meantime, let me tell you what I liked about Alexander last night, and I won’t lie, I like the kid, I root for him, but he really put the questions about his toughness to bed. Amir Khan didn’t go in and trade with Maidana on the inside. Maidana is there to be beat by fighting a slick boxing style, what I didn’t expect, what I hoped to see but wasn’t convinced I was going to, is that Alexander took the rough housing, brawling stuff Maidana does and went with it. He looked like the guy we saw against Urango. Count me as one who would love to see him get in with the winner of Ortiz-Berto II. And while we’re on the topic, the other thing that makes me a fan is that he gets in with anyone. Urango, Bradley, Kotelnik, Matthysse, now Maidana.
Quickly, I’m only mildly interested in Martinez-Macklin. Very much so in the second Khan-Peterson fight, and I will be rooting for Lamont, he’s made a fan out of me. I loved seeing him on the HBO telecast. He’s a class young man. I wonder how a rematch with Bradley would go now… But one thing I gotta tell you, I could have done without Dawson-Hopkins II. The one thing that fight has going for it is it makes the Pac-Man vs. Tim “The Human Battering Ram Head” Bradley look better by comparison. Late. – Steve in ND
There’s a chance that Hopkins-Dawson II could deliver some action and non-controversial drama if only because it’s a bona-fide grudge match. I’m not sure what to expect with Pacquiao-Bradley but I know Manny’s got a real fight on his dynamic hands. The Peterson-Khan rematch will be fun. I think these two rangy junior welterweights will always make for a competitive, fast-paced boxing match. And I’m more than mildly interested in Martinez-Macklin. I know the Irishman will force an entertaining battle until one of them is taken out.
It’s nice to hear somebody give Alexander respect for this tough schedule in recent bouts and for the mettle he exhibited against Maidana. I didn’t like the full headlocks that he put Maidana in, nor did I care for all the grappling, but the Argentine wanted to make it a rough fight and I was impressed that Alexander could take it and dish it out. From where I sat along press row I can tell you that both men punished each other’s kidneys and livers during their jostling on the inside.
Alexander showed improved technique, footwork and stamina, but I agree with you that he finally proved that he’s as tough as anyone in the game. His grit will serve him well if he gets the Ortiz-Berto winner.
Broner’s polarizing personality will attract just as many viewers as his considerable talent and technique. I don’t mind his act as long as he challenges himself and backs his mouth up with exciting performances.
WE DON’T NEED MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO
Hey Doug! I’m a long time fan and first time writer. I want to share two observations from this weekend…
1. Who gives a s__t about Manny vs Floyd anymore? We have gotten started to a terrific year of boxing! Exciting fights, controversy, etc!
2. Marco Huck is a genuine BAD ASS! I want to see him fight again, not necessarily against the K-Bros., but he would make for great fights against, Chisora, Haye, Adamek, Arreola, and just about any other heavyweight!
Please share your thoughts! keep up the good work and much love! – Uriel from W-S, NC
Thanks for the kind words, Uriel.
1) I agree. The last few weeks have been busy and entertaining ones and it looks like it will get even better in the Spring. March isn’t packed with gems or mega-bouts, but there are enough solid matchups for hardcore fans to anticipate the month. Here’s my top five March matchups: 5. Rodriguez-George (HBO), 4. Salido-Lopez II (SHO), 3. Morales-Garcia (HBO), 2. Judah-Paris (NBC Sports Net), 1. Lundy-Williams (ESPN2). (How about that? Basic cable beats out the subscription networks in my book during “March Badness”) Honorable mention: Martinez-Macklin (HBO), Kirkland-Molina (HBO), Escobedo-Smith (Telefutura) and Burns-Moses (no U.S. TV – but if there’s an internet stream, I’ll find it).
2) How about Povetkin-Huck II?