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Death Match~Dominic Breazeale vs Deontay Wilder

Dominic Breazeale takes a crack at the WBC belt held by Deontay Wilder @Barclays in BrooklynNew York this Saturday, May 18th, but that ain’t all he wants a crack at.

Breazeale’s long suffering dream of getting his hands on his cowardly attacker of his family has finally come to fruition. The backdrop was that after sharing the card in Birmingham, Alabama 2 years ago, in the lobby of the hotel where both were registered, Wilder, seemingly assisted his boxing sibling, Marsellos Wilder, and heavily reinforced with a dozen or so thugs of Wilder’s entourage, buffeted and battered Breazeale and terrorized his wife and two kids who were forced to flee for safety. Such is completely out of character of the Marquise of Queensbury Rules that boxing operates under that are supposed to fairly regulate applied rules of boxing, but defilement of such is too often the modern construct of today’s manhood both in and out of the ring.

Breazeale is supposed to have filed a lawsuit against Wilder, but basically the whole thing was quickly swept out of sight by their mutual overseer, Al Haymon. Wilder has also had similar results swept away after at least two arrests for battering women not of his “family” in other “hotel incidents.”

Breazeale also sued the hotel for not having proper security, but I’d have to think the lobby staff and or guests would also call the police as just a couple of security guards would’ve been unable to stop the extended melee. No word on what any of the terrified guests may have thought or any official charges being filed, and the only public eyewitness account I read about was filed promptly after the incident by one of the more reliable writers in boxing, Steve Kim.

Breazeale has mentioned his kids are afraid for his life all while the heavily prison tattooed Wilder goes full ghetto about literally killing his opponents in the ring in the lead up to this regrettable fight, something not seen since the public meltdowns of the mentally ill Mike Tyson propped up to be exploited for ages well past his best days. The boxing suits are always looking to squeeze every last buck to be made on a fighter as can be seen with this low brow promotion.

Here’s the news report of the Birmingham incident, but the footage is smartphone footage from a distance and it’s difficult to make out what’s happening other than clearly someone is getting accosted:

https://www.wvtm13.com/article/fan-captures-cellphone-video-of-hotel-brawl-after-deontay-wilder-fight-in-birmingham/8989188

Another report here:

https://www.tmz.com/2017/04/13/dominic-breazeale-deontay-wilder-fight-assault-hotel/

Neither one of these guys is noted for their fancy Dan boxing skills, but they are hugely tall men at 6-7 height and corresponding weights who can brawl a bit and hit fairly hard as can be imagined, but they also get beat up in the ring almost as much as they dish out their beatings. One factor going in is that Wilder has been strangely underweight compared to previous outings leading to rumors of some ongoing physical problem or disease.

The WBC has been perceived as being the weak sister in the heavyweight proliferation of ABC belts these days after the retirement of Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko, so no matter who the owner is after the fight, nobody but Wilder’s entourage will ever be calling him champ after his string of TBA short notice defenses. Breazeale at least gets a full 6 week training camp for this no matter how much the ref on the night may be handicapping him, and make no mistake that nobody is calling for a rematch of Breazeale and Joshua. Thus far the suits have made peanuts on the thuggery of Wilder, aka the Bronze Bambi aka Deyonce on boxing forums in derision of his bogus belt and TBA short notice defenses in Birmingham, Alabama. TBAs and short notice fights have become an Al Haymon trademark along with being bunkered out of sight deep in Las Vegas as he relies on his spokesmen to do his bidding.

Aside from all the suits lined up against him, an unstated obstacle against Breazeale remains, that of sporting a set of titties that would do a 12 year old adolescent girl proud. Now, no offense to the man booby world of today, but I can’t recall off hand any champion fighter of note sporting such a rack as Dominic. Maybe he can train them off for this fight, we shall see.

Besides Wilder, the only other big $$$ in the heavyweight division to be made would be undefeated Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua, but thus far neither fighter has been keen on that fight that is not surprising given the utter dominance and classy global appeal Joshua has shown over the division, good enough to make Boxrec’s P4P top 10 at #6.

So, tomorrow will be a day of reckoning for Boxing to see what direction the Grade B heavyweights will take. Thuggery or Family Man? Wilder or Breazeale?

Terence Crawford In The Money Pot With Amir Khan

Terence Crawford gets a tiny taste of the money pot in what may be his biggest purse ever against the biggest name he has ever fought, Amir Khan. Crawford, 34-0, 25 KO puts his WBO bauble on the line. Khan, 33-4, 20 KO, has never fought for a welterweight world title and last held a junior welterweight title 7 years ago, but don’t cry for him Argentina. He makes outsized money just based on his name recognition, yet never managed to land his dream Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr fights due to excessive purse demands.

On paper this fight looks like a blowout given that Crawford outstrips Khan in every natural fighting attribute known to mankind as well as in skills, but Khan, currently ranked #10 in Boxrec, does have fairly swift feet and can run and flurry with the best, so however long the fight lasts, it may well be a stinker. As their presser shows, Khan also seems to have some modest size advantage for this fight.

Crawford is signed to Top Rank and the ESPN+ platform for an unknown period, and with the majority of the best welters being signed by  Al Haymon who generally hates to even have his top fighters fight each other, “Bud” may well have to endure a frustrating period in his prime years watching fighters not as accomplished as him like Khan commanding larger purses while fighting lessor talents.

The fight all of boxing truly want to see is Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr, but the moguls who control the sport will seemingly be marinating that fight for a couple of years until perhaps a chink appears on one of the fighter’s arsenal.

The Good News is both Boxrec #1 Crawford and #2 Spence agree they want to fight each other, but for now a sacrificial lamb in the form of “King Khan” stands in their way with Crawford posed at the scratch line like a tiger in waiting for the first dinner bell to sound, so all is well for the here and the now with the future looking so bright and hopeful, we may all need to to be wearing shades…Enjoy!

A Charlo Bro Worms a WBC Title Shot

The nefarious Al Haymon and Jermall Charlo use the boxrec #20, Willie The Worm Monroe Jr, to wrangle a bogus WBC interim title against former contender and semi retired Russian Matvey Korobov in the clumsiest, most transparent part of the BALCO Vic Conte’s VADA Performance Enhancing Drug program.

The Backdrop:

Our dearest Uncle Al who dares not be seen in public in the light of day nor in the Vegas brights of night directs his Watson minions to Willie, “Here’s a generic testa booster not on VADA’s approved drug list for you with some extra step aside money. We’ll set you up a vacant title shot down the road.”

Enter a hated Russian for the Barclays CenterBrooklynNew York thug crowd, boxrec ranked # 53 a month from turning 36 years old Lightheavy circling the drain the past 4 years. Give him 6 days to make 160 lbs and we have perhaps the most transparent modis operandi of how Haymon is using BALCO Vic Conte designed VADA to control the results of boxing.

Can we cuff Korobov’s hands behind his back to make triple sure? Nah, we’ll just use the illicit NY ref and strip Willie of his rating until the smoke and mirrors clear up and set him up again.

The headlines after the last lucrative Haymon set up read, “Las Vegas sportsbooks are rejoicing as Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor helped them avoid multimillion-dollar losses.

Next up: Shooting fish in a barrel for more good sport…what are the odds…only in boxing…yup!

Mikey Garcia vs Sergey Lipinets

Mikey Garcia, 37-0, 30 KO, faces what may well be the stiffest challenge of his star crossed career in the formidable Sergey Lipinets, 13-0, 10 KO, @ Freeman Coliseum in ol’ San Antone, Texas.

So, what’s a born and bred California boy doing fighting a novice Eastern European Russian native of Kazakhstan down San Antone way you might ask? I’d guess after humiliating the current clown prince of boxing and easy pickings of law enforcement, Adrien Broner @ Barclay’s in Brooklyn, his Uncle Al Haymon has grown wiser in the development of fighters and is now using the Bob Arum model of building a fan base across a wide swath of America. San Antone is the historical demographic center of Mexican descendants North of the Rio Grande who tend to be one of the largest fanbases of traditional boxing, so there it is on the promotional level.

However, in this fading day and age of boxing, Lipinets can hardly be called a novice given his tough early matchmaking and previous amateur experience. Russians have proven themselves at the highest level to be some of the toughest, most formidable fighters going. He’s literally the strongest, toughest, and most dangerous opponent of Mikey’s P4P caliber career, now in his 4th division after taking titles in Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, and now Jr Welterweight.

I expect Mikey to come out carefully boxing as is his natural well tutored style, picking his shots with activity to pile up early rounds. At some point in the match, Lipinets will find a way to impose his strength and power, so can Mikey withstand the expected onslaught to finish up with a unanimous decision? The suits are certainly in his corner to assist in orchestrating the results, but Lipinets figures on also being in Mikey’s corner whaling away with everything he’s got. 

Thus far Mikey has needed no assistance from refs or judges even when they may stray to his side, but this fight looks to be a defining moment in both fighters’ careers at this moment in time. Let us collectively hold our breath and hope for good fight unspoiled by bad officiating, but understand that this is Texas, and in Texas the regrettable Laurence Cole tends to referee the biggest fights, so there hangs boxing at one of it’s finest gladiator moments dependant on whether The Fates will allow a fairly officiated fight.

Fatty Chris Arreola Jumps In Against Toothpick Deontay Wilder

Yes, Virginia, the little known, lightly regarded Deontay Wilder plans on defending his ill begotten WBC heavyweight title in the Mecca of Alabama Boxing, Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham against the congenital fatty livewire, the always entertaining and often hard slugging Chris Arreola, 36-4-1, 31 KO.

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

This little in house stag do is part of Al Haymon‘s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes and typical of Wilder’s short notice defenses against fighters seen as fringe contenders at best. Actually, most all of Wilder’s entire career was built against short notice TBAs because he flew so far under of the radar of public notice. The formerly ranked Arreola has been unranked by Ring for some time now, and currently ranked 46th by the expanded boxrec rankings, so he would be the 2nd highest ranked defense of the four fighters Wilder has defended against. Conversely, PBC viewing numbers have been sinking like a rock from this poorly conceived business model that looks to bleed investors dry. They did manage to get a big numbers boost 3 weeks ago from the Keith Thurman/Shawn Porter fight that actually pitted 2 top fighters in a compelling fight compared to the usual Haymon dross. Utterly amazing that they never seemed to think about matching their top fighters this before.

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

A comparison between Wilder’s and Arreola’s most recent common competition saw Wilder struggle mightily against a suspiciously sick Don King fighter, Bermane Stiverne, a terribly sloppy affair. In stark contrast, Arreola had been whoopin’ a much healthier Stiverne a new one before getting coldcocked in the 6th round. Not sure of Deontay could take a tenth of that damage Arreola doled out, but if Wilder happened to be caught, he and Haymon will be forever known as the two dolts who backed out of a $20 mil fight with Povetkin because of a few nanograms of a common prescription drug and they may well still be regardless of this outcome.

Arreola is both literally and financially a massively “hungrier” fighter than Wilder and would take that fight in a nanosecond. And speaking of nanos, a nano gram is one Billionth of a gram folks, more properly expressed as 1/1,000,000,000. If Wilder was entirely made of meldonium, the exotic drug in question, 229 lbs in his last fight, and was divided by a billionth, he wouldn’t be big enough for a microscopic mite to eat, but if that mite accidentally inhaled him, why that mite would test positive in illicit drug testing cartel laboratories, perhaps leading to a suspension by The Mighty Mite Kingdom until Mr. Mite could find a meldonium free zone to do his mighty mite work.  That’s how ridiculously worthless this unholy marriage of Boxing and the illicit drug testing cartels has been. Worse, if Arreola lifts the title and test positive for marihoochi as he’s done twice before, well, it couldn’t happen to a pair of more deserving goofs.

Fortunately for Wilder, the reason Arreola is ranked so low these days is because in his three 2015 fights, he looked lethargic even if he got his weight down to 236 for his last fight. Could be all the spark has gone out of him after Stiverne starched him?

The only thing left is to hope for is a good fight and let boxing sort out if they really want to continue their ever dwindling business model that couldn’t even competently officiate their highest grossing all time fight in history, Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2015. The UFC was recently sold for 4.2 billion dollars, that after an investment of a $2 million some 16 years ago that has consistently posted higher earnings than boxing and pro wrestling for about a decade now. The reason for their success is so simple as to beggar belief: They actually made competitive fights that were fan friendly, it was that simple, so here we are stumbling into Wilder vs Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama, only in boxing!

Mutt & Jeff

Mutt & Jeff

Keith Thurman Unfettered vs Shawn Porter

Al Haymon has ostensibly freed Keith Thurman from his fetters for his first ever serious fight against Shawn Porter, Saturday, June 25th at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. The weak WBA welter title will be on the line as Thurman, 26-0, 22 KO, also defends his perfect record against that of Porter, 26-1-1, 16 KO.

The talented Thurman has certainly faced decent opposition of sorts, but they’ve all been in the class “B” type fighters he was expected to beat, not a prime top contender and former champion like Porter. Of course this being an Al Haymon fight, the very well spoken but somewhat bland personality Porter will be the underdog as Haymon looks to replace the undefeated TUE, 49-0, with the telegenic, Thurman who could certainly use a publicity boost after being on the shelf all these years.

Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape

In Porter’s last fight against another Haymon darling, Adrien Broner, the catchweight drained Porter heavily pressured Broner who unaccountably changed his style from his standard face first defense to a flapping, running chicken that resulted in a terribly dreary fight. Broner suddenly turned the tables in the opening seconds of the last round for a flash knockdown over a surprised Porter, but the decision turned out to be a rare gem in boxing these days by going to the infinitely more deserving Porter. I expect Thurman to also utilize an excessively cautious style as he looks to set up a far bigger punch than Broner could ever dream of, but can he land it when he needs it?

Big Problem for Thurman: He suffered injuries from an unusual single vehicle accident in whatever the latest blingmobile he was driving that set back this fight 3 months. The forces involved in the collision set off his air bags that TKOed him by whiplashing his neck and spine. After a couple of months of therapy, he resumed sparring and reportedly progressed well, so we shall see how well he’s recovered soon enough.

Both are in their primes with Thurman being faster, Porter being stronger. Hard to know how such a competitive matchup might turn out other than as previously mentioned, Thurman is the undeniable choice of the Haymon who runs his end of boxing somewhat like the UFC, each existing as their own league though Haymon has yet to create his own belts as the UFC has done. Such is how it currently goes in his little fiefdom of boxing, so good luck to Porter who will need a whole lot of it coupled to a good game plan if he plans on winning this fight.

Zombie vs Human

Zombie vs Human

 

Bob Arum vs Al Haymon~Who You Got?

The Skinny: Top Rank Boxing through the direction of former US Department of Justice Attorney and long time boxing promoter, Bob Arum, filed a $100 million lawsuit last year in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on the basis of Al Haymon’s monopolistic PBC series that violated federal antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Haymon, financed through an investment hedge fund, basically bought out most all the boxing programing  of the television networks, in effect leaving the rest of boxing promoters pretty much high and dry in making their own TV deals. Golden Boy Promotions was the first to file suit that is still pending for a much greater sum due to greater damages, a staggering $300 million.

The Blow by Blow

The Blow by Blow

It seems Haymon recently settled with Arum out of court a couple of weeks ago according to latest media releases, but what this means for boxing’s shaky future is unknown. Boxing futures today as seen by young kids and their parents are pretty much a no go investment, this after a long storied era in the US where boxing was the “go to” sport and part of the amateur athletic competition of  higher education along side baseball, football, ect. That status started dying somewhere between the 1950s and 60s when boxing finally started falling out of favor with the public due to the long time mob influence in pro boxing and general exploitation of fighters. In other words, the educated classes no longer saw a future need for boxing with it’s subsequent punch drunkeness, so they largely abandoned it.

Needless to say, this recent settlement sees the litigants sworn to silence regarding the terms, but I’d guess Arum netted $20-30 million along with in number of concessions regarding the way boxing business will go forward.

The much bigger hurdle for Haymon is still in the queue, and it’s a doozy with Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy still waiting for his pound of flesh after Haymon colluded with former Golden Boy CEO, Richard Schaefer, to gut the company from within, taking away most all his fighters. Schaefer has settled with GB out of court already, so now it’s just Haymon still swimming in shark infested waters as GB and Haymon’s investment fund are looking for compensatory justice in the civil courts.

Boxing will survive no doubt, but it’s just a matter to what degree. It would seemingly be in it’s twilight years by the large decline in the numbers of participants, both amateur and pro, but that could change with a better, more productive business model that wasn’t filled with so much skulduggery…

…And the beat goes on…

Al Haymon Ships Charles Martin Down Big River For Anthony Joshua?

In a surprise move by the always hidden under ground and out of sight of daylight, garlic, and holy crosses, Al Hayman, he has struck a landmark deal to ship his freshly crowned IBF heavyweight champ, Charles Martin, across the pond to defend against Anthony Joshua , Saturday, April 9th at O2 Arena Millenium Dome, Greenwich, London.

BTW, noted boxing scribe Thomas Hauser after his wonderful expose of the Floyd Mayweather TUE drug testing debacle, has compounded that seminal work with another 5 part series on the mystery of Al Haymon here:

What we know about Al Haymon: Part V

Why is this fight so surprising you might inquire? Well, Hayman has proven to be the antithesis of a bold, high risk promoter as far as the fights he makes, generally preferring his large stable of fighters to fight each other in “shooting fish in a barrel” type productions where the favored fighter takes little risk against the lesser. Charles Martin scored big time when in spite of doing next to nothing in the ring for his title shot, his hapless opponent, Vyacheslav Glazkov, ended up mysteriously collapsing in a severe knee tear. Probably it was a long time disability that his team hid hoping to last long enough to make the scratch line for a rare opportunity to go up against the raw, untutored Martin for a bogus title that was stupidly stripped from Tyson Fury.

Charles Martin vs Anthony Joshua

Charles Martin vs Anthony Joshua

The diminutive chap behind beltholder Martin above is a long time personal chef to the wealthy now turned boxing manager, Paul Cain, a scouser from Merry Olde England in another very odd couple type of pairing for boxing. Martin is the rawest of the raw type of talent with little amateur background to speak of, but here he’ll be, blinking in disbelief at his career high purse and media frenzy most fighters could only dream of. The highly credentialed Olympic Superheavy Gold Medalist, Joshua, has already been able to parlay his accolades into gobs of high level pro sparring and fights for stellar pro development and big purses. It’s almost an unfair fight save for the unknown X factor that Charles may have hidden deep with his wellspring, just waiting for the right moment for greatness to emerge.

Both Martin and Joshua seem likable, hardworking gents overall compared to the many bad apples in boxing, so my take is that win lose or draw, each should grow further into the division. Joshua of course is the overwhelming favorite as the local hero in a hometown environment for him. Few fights this year will ever be as big and raucous with the potential to sell out this high end sports and entertainment centre, so Martin will certainly be starstruck, a big handicap to overcome, but the adrenaline rush come first bell should wash away those stars. Americans have traditionally been reluctant to travel because their dominant boxing history allowed them to control the venues and officiating, but it’s a new, softer American era now as the easy going Martin represents with his doughboy profile in the ring. Joshua will look like Hercules in comparison. No matter, these are two, really big, modern superheavyweights, so Martin being a little tubby is not a big deal in the 12 round title era, but for now rather more indicative of his relatively new entrance into boxing. He was a carpenter and shipping clerk as recently as 2012 if I extrapolate his background correctly.

In a Big Boy fight like this, both around the 6-6, 250 lb mark, one punch is more likely to completely change the argument more than any other division. Stay tuned to the local channel near you come fight night as it will be widely available in the UK, Europe, and US. 

Why Canelo vs Amir Khan You Ask?

Roughly equivalent to a Boeing 747 crashing into our rooftops, Golden Boy Promotions dropped a big video from the infinite internet cloud in the sky upon boxing this Tuesday by announcing the inexplicable, Canelo vs Amir Khan fighting May 7th in Las Vegas in a venue to be determined, likely the newly constructed T-Mobile Arena. And yes Virginia, this will be Canelo’s first title defense of his WBC title he won over Miguel Cotto at the end of the year as well as his magic 5th 155 lb catchweight fight, now officially known as the Caneloweight class. Who ever said there was no Santa Claus in May?

Big Stars can do such things, and yupsir, slobbering yelps, squawks, squeaks, and pulpy profanities exploded when antisocial media misanthropes responded in collective kneejerk fashion as brain cells shortcircuited and neurons took to spontaneous combustion, all part of the orchestration of the unwashed rubes in advance.

I agree completely, most of us are disappointed, but me thinks this will slowly grow on folks as they consider the alternatives. First off, Canelo has history of fighting opponents associated with TUE who clearly ducked Khan after a well publicised promise to fight him, so here we are with Canelo and Gennedy Golovkin needing full in bouts before kicking off their fall fistic classic that everyone is salivating over. Canelo makes more money for this fight, thus claiming an even bigger % of the Golovkin purse when they do fight and the beleaguered Khan gets yet one more crack at the big time.

We need to take a full view of the heritage and critical habits of boxing to appreciate this development. If you go to the boxrec middleweight rankings link below, it sure looks like kiddies playing hopscotch on the gravestones of great middle champs and contenders of the past. Boxing is currently at it’s lowest ebb ever in the US. There is nobody of note save a few prime middles locked up with Al Haymon, a complete nonstarter in the Khan negotiations as Oscar De La Hoya asserted that made this fight possible. Welters moving up to middle for title shots are as common as any other kind of fight in boxing history, but there are few moderns understanding boxing history much less knowing much about it. Perhaps they’ll be better educated after this bout when it becomes part of their historical memory.

http://boxrec.com/records?sex=m&division=Middleweight

Khan vs Canelo or Chan vs Kanelo?

Khan vs Canelo or Chan vs Kanelo?

Photos can give an idea of size even in this example where the 29 year old Khan is slightly in front of the 25 year old Canelo, giving Khan more size than in a perfect side by side shot, probably the intent of the photographer. That’s a big fist he sports, certainly nothing to sneeze at. Don’t know what his traditional fight night weights at welter were, but I’m guessing somewhere in the high 150s, so he has 3 months to pack on some additional size and strength, no biggie as clearly like most prime aged fighters he’s been starving down to make weight and most certainly walks around at more than the 155 lb contract weight for the fight.

Golovkin and Canelo are expected to win these spring bouts, so then what a perfect time to transform the congenial Canelo into boxing’s bad guy that everyone wants to see beat down. Not many big PPVs left in boxing these days, so isolated promoters like Oscar really need to scramble to reclaim market share from Golden Boy’s heyday before the Schaefer/Haymon meltdown that left GB impoverished in talent. Gonna be an interesting year as new talent attempts to fill in for the retiring generation of great fighters.

Gut Check Time For Amir Mansour vs Gerald Washington

The 43 year old fringe contender Amir Mansour fights up and coming novice, the 33 year old Gerald Washington in the northwest corner of the US of A, Tuesday, October 13th @ Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington.

Mansour passed his biggest test against the longtime problematic contender, Steve Cunningham, beating the holy ding dongs out of him and knocking him down twice in the 5th only to see the ref, Steve Smoger, decide to join the dark side and give Cunningham extra time to recover as has been happening a lot with refs the past few years. A ten count extends into 15 or 20 seconds or even more now as boxing continues to enforce a different set of rules in the ring than are on the books whenever they choose. Nor did he count the 3rd knockdown later in the fight even as Cunningham was reeling about on spaghetti legs when he finally got up.

Any wonder why American fans have been fleeing in droves from lowest fringe sport of all the fringe sports when it can’t properly regulate itself for fair results?

Of course Mansour has himself partially to blame by being an felony ex-con two times over. He made the mistake of whomping one of the “nicer” fighters in the US of A. Cunningham while very game, frankly looked shot and continues to drop bouts right and left, but not this time against Mansour. Judges gifted him with a fairly wide decision, and fairplay, he did come back in the 10th and last round to drop Mansour for a flash knockdown that was a genuine slip causing a glove to touch so to rub salt into Mansour’s wounds from having to fight both the ref and Cunningham.

So now comes Washington as one of sugar daddy Al Haymon’s special projects being groomed to fight his super duper special project. That would be Deontay Wilder, the recent “winner” of the WBC “regular” belt in a canned fight against Bermane Stiverne who “mysteriously” entered the ring dangerously dehydrated, so dehydrated he was hospitalized for tests after 12 rounds of relatively light action in climate controlled environs…YEAH, RIGHT, only in boxing folks. Washington is still largely untested, but he does have some good attributes in size, 6-6, 250 lbs, with strength from a football background and a dynamic, interesting style that has been successful so far, 16-0, 11 KO. Assisted by the backing of Haymon, the modern day Wizard of Oz who controls boxing in a Vegas bunker out of sight where the sun don’t shine, Washington may well turn to be The Next American Heavy that the public has been clamoring for to restore the stained honor of American boxing, but then again pro football and basketball players have never played a significant role in boxing for a good reason. They  can’t box at the higher levels.

The southpaw Mansour is around 6 foot and generally a solid 220 or so lbs, so he has his hands full getting inside without getting clipped, but his style is like a very busy left handed Mike Tyson with plenty of power, speed, and moves in spite of his advanced age. If he steps in to land one of his combos, could also be Washington quickly goes timber via the Seth Mitchell route and disappears from the boxing landscape.

Cunningham vs Mansour

Cunningham vs Mansour

I certainly don’t discount Washington in a fair fight, but, sadly, this may prove be another Haymon canned fight. The officiating in boxing has gotten so bad they can get away with anything these days. Mansour has proven in the ring to be good enough for a title shot, but unless he’s signed with Haymon, it won’t be against the softest belt holder going today, Deontay Wilder. Mansour not only has to fight Father Time and Washington, but also the suits lined up against him as well as the officials. Can he do it?