The year 2013 is now in full bloom and we’ve already seen the shape of things to come as guys like Deontay Wilder and Lucas Matthysse deliver early round demises over their respective opponents and continue their quests for title shots.
We’re all looking forward to seeing what happens at the Barclays Arena in New York in just a few weeks as Danny Garcia goes against Zab Judah. Say what you want about Zab, but this may be one of Garcia’s toughest fights. He’s going in there against a well seasoned veteran that has plenty of ring generalship. And even though he may be past his prime, he’s still a skillful fighter that knows every trick in the game. We’ll certainly see what happens.
Andre Ward is on the rebound after surgery on his shoulder, which caused a delay in his scheduled bout with Kelly Pavlik. He recently attended the Chris Arreola vs Bermane Stiverne press conference out in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and he looked good. He says he’s in no rush to get back in the ring and he wants to be totally healed before he does.
And speaking of Arreola, boy does he look to be in great shape. He seems to be more focus as he continues his journey back to another shot at the heavyweight title. His bout with Stiverne is a twelve round title elimination fight so we’ll see how that goes on March 9 at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif. This bout will broadcast live on HBO.
In other boxing news, we hear that Lamont Peterson who took the Jr. welterweight title from Amir Khan, just recently signed a deal with Golden Boy Promotions. Apparently, Golden Boy made an offer to Peterson and his manager/trainer Barry Hunter that they couldn’t refuse. And it makes a lot of sense if you ask this writer, for Golden Boy has a huge stable of fighters particularly in the Jr. welter and welterweight divisions. The fact that quite a number of those guys are champions should not be ignored.
We’re also hearing that Golden Boy has made an offer to Top Rank of some 3 million bucks for Abner Mares to go against Nonito Donaire in order to have the rights to promote that bout. These two companies have been at odds with each other for several years now so we’ll have to see how that goes.
Juan Manuel Marquez has also been offered a truck load of cash for a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao. And from what I hear, it’s more money than Carter has liver pills.
We look forward to the February 23 showdown in Detroit, Michigan between Devon Alexander and Kell Brook for the IBF welterweight title. Also we look forward to seeing Coneilius Bundrage vs Ishe Smith battle it out for the IBF Jr. middleweight championship on that same night.
We’ve just got word that the scheduled bout with Danny Garcia vs Zab Judah has now been pushed back due to a rib injury Garcia suffered during training.
We’re still wondering who Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent is going to be in May. We’ll keep you posted. He hasn’t fought in almost a year now and neither has Timothy Bradley, speaking of whom I think they have literally kicked to the curb. Back in the day, boxing was a whole lot different. The fighters would fight as much as once a week. Nowadays these guys barely fight once a year. I think they need to get back to that.
Right now I think it’s time for me to make like a tree and leave and branch off leaving you until next time. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.