*With so much going on around the boxing world this weekend, I’m not sure where to start.
So why don’t I begin with what happened out in Indio, Calif., at the Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort where Golden Boy Promotions put on a fantastic show that featured a couple of it’s heavyweights and a very talented jr. lightweight that had the house on its feet.
Gerald Washington scored a stunning second round knockout over Jerry Forrest in a heavyweight match that was scheduled for eight and improved his record to 9-0 with 6 coming by way of knockout.
And what can you say about Deontay Wilder? I mean this young man continues to amaze the boxing world with his power and speed. As he went against Sergei Liahkovich this was supposed to be his toughest match yet, but he literally stunned the house with a first round knockout and improved to 29-0 with 29 coming by way of knockout (watch it via the video above).
It’s hard to determine whether or not he’s really ready to go against the top tier heavyweights like the Klitschkos brothers because, although he has a very impressive ring record to date, Wilder really hasn’t been put in deep water yet. Just about all of his engagements have been cut short early so we haven’t seen if he’s battle tested. But if he can continue to go down the path that he’s headed, he might just be the real deal.
It’d be nice to see him go against the winner of Mitchell vs Arreola.
In other boxing news, our hats go off to Rich Marotta and James Wimberly of the newly formed Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame for pulling off a very successful event at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas last Saturday night.
There’s not enough words in anyone’s dictionary that could adequately describe this first class inaugural event.
Just about everybody that was somebody in boxing was there and being saluted.
From Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes, Mills Lane, Joe Cortez, Don King, Bob Arum, Freddie Roach,( just to name a few) they all came out for this memorable event to be honored.
A special tribute was paid to the late Diego Corrales, who was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident a couple of years ago, and the late great Eddie Futch who trained and mentored some of boxing’s best fighters including Freddie Roach and Larry Holmes.
As we continue to go into the mid- point of this boxing year, this couldn’t have been a better time and the Monte Carlo a better place to hold this event.
We’re certainly looking forward to seeing what’s in store for next year, and we hope and pray that they do it even better. For MORE, visit the NBHOF Facebook page.
We’ve still got Mayweather vs Alvarez, Pacquiao vs Rios, Bradley vs Marquez, and quite a few more exciting bouts yet to take place in this year of 2013.
In just a couple of weeks Abner Mares who has an impressive ring record of 26-0 with 14 coming by way of knockout, is set to go against Jhonny Gonzales who is 54-8 with 46 of his bouts coming by way of knockout on August 24 at what used to be called the Home Depot Center, is now called the Stub Hub. He will be defending his WBC featherweight title on that date as this will be telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Also being featured on that show will be Gary Russell jr. who is 20-0 with 12 knockouts going against Daniel Ponce de Leon who is 44-5 with 35 knockouts to his credit, and L.A.’s own Leo Santa Cruz who is 24-0 with 14 knockouts, will be going against Victor Terrazas who is a well seasoned veteran with 37 wins, 2 losses, and 21 knockouts.
This is another dandy folks being put on by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
We’re still waiting to see who Andre Ward’s next opponent will be. He hasn’t fought in a little over a year now due to a shoulder injury and we’re looking to see how he does when he returns to the ring.
That’s all for now, let’s 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.