What makes this all ludicrous is the possibility that someone with a ring record of 18-0 could go in there and catch a murder beef against someone with no professional experience.
It sounds kinda crazy if you asked me. But who am I? I’m just a boxing writer offering my opinion. And it’s this: whoever came up with this idea needs to be run out of town.
I don’t think the sport needs to go in that direction because it’s going to have a negative ripple effect on these kids whom have never been exposed to the type of undercutting, and backstabbing that goes on in the sport.
Promoter Don King is leading the charge along with promoter Gary Shaw and World Boxing Council president Jose Suiliman in a campaign to prevent this outrageous action from occurring.
Don King issued the following statement:
“In the interest of the people, I totally reject the notion of pitting professional fighters with amateur fighters. I am frightened, shocked, and appalled that the AIBA and IOC could support such a policy against human interest and public interests.” He went on to say,” Their policy demanding that participants sign an exclusive professional contract with the AIBA in order to participate in the Olympics is tantamount to monopoly, coercion, and restraint of trade.”
Time will tell if this is going to fly in the boxing world. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
In other boxing news, Mayweather Promotions put on a show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas last weekend that featured Mickey Bey in the main event going against John Molina in a 10 rounder.
This bout looked as if Bey had it in the bag going into the 10th, but some way, somehow, Molina pulled a rabbit out of his hat at 2 minutes and some change and began to pummel Bey so much that the referee called a halt to the bout.
Molina improved his record to 26-3 with 21 coming by way of knockout.
The semi main event featured Badou Jack who hails out of Sweden going against Farah Ennis.
This one went the distance as Jack dominated Ennis for ten rounds and ultimately was awarded a unanimous decision.
Andre Berto is set to return to the ring this weekend in San Antonio, Texas at the ATT Arena against Soto Karass. This is a bout that we’re all looking forward to seeing as he now has the one and only Virgil Hunter as his trainer who also works with Andre Ward and Alfredo Angulo. This one will be telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing. This will be for the NABF welterweight title, and a chance for Berto to make a comeback. We’ll see what happens.
And finally, I hear that Deontay Wilder is set to go against Sergei Liakhovich Aug. 9 at the Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort in Indio, California. This one should be a dandy as Wilder will be facing his toughest opponent yet.
That’s all for now, we’ll talk later.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.