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Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Filipino Senator and Living Legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Argentinian slugger Lucas Martin Matthysse Sunday, July 15@Axiata ArenaKuala LumpurMalaysia for the World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

Though the official date of the fight is Sunday, July 15th early AM Malaysian time, it will be July 14th by at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time that New York operates on. That translates to 6 PM Los Angeles time. I’d imagine the fight will be broadcast internationally, but in the US will be put on by ESPN+ on some kind of web app that can be purchased from their main website.

Hard to know where to start with this fight since Manny has at least temporarily flown the loving nest of Bob Arum to stage this event under Manny’s own promotional banner with an assist from Golden Boy who promotes Matthysse. From the start it has been problematic to raise the money needed, but supposedly the money end has finally been settled, so here we land in a Malaysian crossroads type of fight. Presumably their political strife will presumably be put on hold for the honor of hosting a Manny fight. Manny has also departed from long time mentor, Freddie Roach, after some sort of acrimonious fallout from the regrettable Jeff Horn fight that never should’ve been staged in Australia by Uncle Bob. Oh, well, here we go again in Manny’s fightcom with a new cast of characters, yet longtime boyhood pal and confidant Buboy will be his trainer though I’ve no doubt a few name trainers flew over to the Philippines for brief private consultations.

Manny enters into his 40th year in December and currently 59-7-2, 38 KO. Matthysse is coming into his 36th year in September and currently 39-4, 36 KO, so we can see at least on paper he’s the slugger in this match up with plenty of experience. And like Manny, he’s been royally shafted by the boxing suits for some losses, and since both are aggressive fighters, it should be fan friendly with plenty of action.

Undercard has an interesting bout between two light flys scrapping over the much derided WBA belt that Venzuelean, Carlos Canizales, 20-0-1, 16 KO won in March. Bin Lu, 1-0, 1 KO, a Chinese Olympian from the 2016 Olympics aims to be the quickest to earn a title belt, a silly little record boxing likes to make up to sell to their shrinking fan base, but presumably still growing in China that may well become one of boxing’s capital destinations. Canizales only merits a 16th rating on boxrec with Lu worth a 110th ranking after knocking out a developing journeyman for his debut that mysteriously qualifies him for this title challenge.

Just DUMB, yet no other sport does DUMB with so much eloquent sanctimony as does boxing. Pacquiao, on the other hand, may find himself in a major league scrap as Matthysse is a slugger supreme with a good chin. He’s made a successful comeback from eye surgery thus far, so obviously he’s the hungrier, more unrealized fighter even if Manny is the favorite, but not prohibitively so. I’m picking Manny who still amazingly has his reflexes and fighting instincts after such a long career. Should be a great showcase for boxing if a fair and judicious referee can be found, sadly not a given in boxing.

 

Tommy’s Son Trey Lippe Steps Up vs Ed Latimore

Trey Lippe, AKA son of Tommy Morrison, turned pro to the tune of 11-0, 11 KO, goes against fellow prospect Ed Black Magic Latimore, 13-0, 7 KO on a big ShoBox card from Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma this Friday, September 23.

Good prospect step up fight for both where perhaps the slightly more accomplished 31 year old Latimore, ranked 91st on Boxrec and fighting out of West Virginia, ventures into the 26 year old Lippe’s home turf at the Buffalo Run. Can’t say I know much about either other than I’ve seen a few clips of Lippe, ranked 111st on Boxrec, and know he’s trained by Freddie Roach. Thus far he shows great power, natural ability, and instincts against the usual suspects, but now crunch time comes. Latimore runs about 6-1, 230 lbs to Lippe’s 6-2, 230 lbs, so size wise they’re evenly matched though judging by his record, Latimore is more boxer than slugger.

The winner makes a big splash in the boxing headlines thanks to the late, sometimes great Tommy Morrison connection, so I’m thinking both will be all in for this little doohickey.

Big George vs Tommy

Big George vs Tommy

 

 

 

Shock & Awe~Canelo vs Amir Khan

Now that seismic tsunami waves created by the Thunderclap announcement of Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan have finally died out, here they’ll be on this Cinco de Mayo weekend to inaugurate the spanking brand new T-Mobile in Las Vegas @ 155lb catchweight, the new Caneloweight class. What comes next?

Back to 2015 for context: Fans of both Miguel Cotto and Canelo were highly disappointed over that light sparring match for the legendary WBC/Ring/Lineal middleweight title after expecting a well waged WAR for the ages given their usually fan friendly styles. Fans of Khan have been long disappointed over his lack of top ten opponents since being knocked out by Danny Garcia in 2012. Upon announcement of this fight, based upon expectations on paper, ie their records, Canelo knocks Khan out all day every day and twice on Sundays, and true, that may well come to pass, but Khan does have some upside on Canelo starting with nominally better handspeed and the kind of fleet running footspeed that could dampen Canelo’s offense. If Khan manages to survive the distance, then according to unwritten boxing code, that means he exceeded expectations, meaning he may cop the decision regardless how many might think Canelo won it in a landslide. Decisions, sometimes even knockouts these days, are too often a crapshoot in boxing. Who could ever really win or lose when boxing’s officiating/scoring rules are so backward, corrupt, and unenforceable that they literally create negative feedback from fans every other fight week? Especially grievous are when Al Haymon fighters are on the cards, and guess what, Khan is currently one of 200 fighters “advised” by Haymon.

The Money Fighter: This fight was designed for the 25 year old Canelo, 46-1-1, 32 KO, to secure a big payday before the Gennady Golovkin fight that we all hope we’ll see later this year. Although Canelo was brought up hard in the traditional Mexican way, he now occupies a rare high niche as the future of high level boxing along with the newly minted Brit Anthony Joshua. His critics have long moaned over his supposed favored status, but critics are always moaning about everyone and everything anyway, especially Canelo even when he fights top contenders. Now he enters into the main of his prime still huge in Mexico, yet still developing internationally, so enter Khan and the potential harvest of new British fans who may like what they see in their first viewing if Canelo seals the deal.

The Hype That Didn't Deliver

The Hype That Didn’t Deliver

The Wannabe Money Fighter: The now 29 year old Khan, 31-3, 19 KO, was the sorta money fighter for a while, but Golden Boy could only keep him propped up so long. After his setbacks, he disappeared from the mainstream, only surfacing during petty twitter nonsense. As a former Olympic Silver medalist, he had turned pro with a lucrative contract and guaranteed popularity until he started opening his mouth to repeatedly insert his foot. Then came the humiliating 54 second first round knockout at the explosive hands of Breidis Prescott. Devastated personally by such a brutal loss and subsequent derision by Brits who loved his cocky comeuppance, he soon fled the British Isles for a productive maturing phase to be trained by Freddie Roach, but seemed to be off mentally in the ring the few times he was matched up hard as if he never actually learned to actually fight and strategize other than going through basic boxing mechanics that put him further back of the pack with a couple more losses. Recently completing a succession of interim and vacant WBC silver titles, he now goes for one of the most prestigious titles ever, the Lineal/Ring/WBC middleweight title held by Canelo, a humongous step from where he’s ever been before, but as legendary English Poet Robert Browning once asked three centuries back, “if a man’s reach can’t extend beyond his grasp, then what’s a heaven for?”

Canelo vs Khan

Canelo vs Khan

Khan has the sort of flashy hand and foot speed with eye popping combinations to dazzle judges, yet the individual talents never added up for the expected whole package down to the mental letdowns and somewhat fragile chin. In contrast, Canelo turned pro as a 15 year old kid Julio Cesar Chavez style and worked his way up a very competitive Mexicano food chain to the point where his startling looks in an otherwise mostly mono physiotypical culture combined with his youth and fighting ability to make him a huge star. He’s not blessed with flashy physical attributes that wow the casual fan, but every physical and mental attribute that he needs in boxing he has in plenty enough abundance, sorta like an all around B+/A- student beating out all the honor students on college entrance examines and in the workforce. The sum of his individual talents have thus far proven greater than the expected whole.

It helps in the English speaking culture Canelo primarily operates out of these days that he doesn’t yet speak English very well, perhaps mitigating any potential “gotcha” stupid comments. The press takes great joy in baiting those unfamiliar with the dirty machinations of the media. Poor Khan in contrast, continues to step in one public mess after another because he does speak English and is not shy about expressing himself.

The Officiating: This being Las Vegas, you can bet your last dollar on it, the officiating is generally atrocious. Kenny Bayless is the assigned referee who most notably as far as Canelo is concerned, allowed TUE 49-0 to headbutt Canelo with impunity in the early stages of that fight as well as warning Canelo for a low tap he delivered to let TUE know he needed to release his simultaneous choke hold while lacing his face with the tape on his gloves, all while Bayless stood by pretending to be a statue until Canelo roused him from his stupor by issuing his love tap. So no love for Canelo by Bayless who would also appear to favor Haymon fighters. Judges are: Adalaide Byrd, Glenn Trowbridge and Glenn Feldman who is the only non Nevada resident of the bunch to make the officiating appear at least somewhat fair, yeah, right. Byrd is an horrific judge who favors light hitting/hard running American boxer types, an unholy alliance that has literally eliminated boxing as a traditional sport of combat and popularity. She seemingly would favor Khan, especially since he’s become an American trained, American based fighter. Trowbridge seems to be a low profile type on the right side of the scoring scale in the few big fights I used to establish context for him. Feldman operates normally in the northeast US, most recently in the Adrien Broner vs Ashley Theophane joke this April Fool’s 1st in Washington, DC, a place rife with specious officiating as one might expect from the seat of US government these days.

Bayless nets $4,150 as  the judges net $2,950 for the gig, but of course these are chump change figures released for the rubes. There is no telling what’s going on under the table behind the scenes.

So, stylistically, Khan has to implement an effective hit and run style to have any chance of surviving to win a decision. In contrast, Canelo is basically a well balanced fighter both on offense and defense who can pretty much do it all when needed. His style perhaps best described as counterpuncher/slugger against powerful fighters or a cautious boxer/counterpuncher in some of his less compelling fights against boxers where he concentrates on not making any mistakes, so in his fashion he boxes with boxers, and punches with punchers.

That would seem to indicate Canelo would box with Khan to put steady but careful pressure on him, making sure the public gets to see Khan running the extra mile in the ring to avoid contact. He surely knows he’s expected to knockout Khan and generally abhors disappointing his fans. Can he deliver this go round?

Young Canelo muscling up to Golovkin

Young Canelo muscling up to Golovkin

 

CC Your Buds~Canelo vs Cotto Is ON!

Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas will be exploding come Saturday, November 21st when Saul Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Angel Cotto renew the historical Mexican vs Puerto Rican family feud with a real fight, can you believe it, a real fight in America? Who’d have ever thunk it in this faint hearted day and age of posers, duckers, and bawling punch monkey darlings? Could even be a fight for the ages, but at very least we know from their pedigrees it’ll be good as long as it lasts.

The new promotional kid on the block, Roc Nation, and Golden Boy will share promotional honors after a heart stopping, grueling set of negotiations with Cotto who has lately become something  diva, one of the concessions needed being the 155-pound catchweight. Up for grabs will be Cotto’s Ring Belt and the WBC middleweight belt that he is reported as earning $30 million to defend compared to Canelo’s $10 million. I would have thought the purses would be roughly even after their similar recent PPV numbers, but such is another huge concession that Canelo takes for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Canelo Pounds Kirkland

Canelo Pounds Kirkland

Luckily Canelo has been well priming himself for this big bout at 155 with his last three outings at the weight where he did quite well for himself, knocking the doggie biscuits out of Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland and forcing Erislandy Lara into a shameless run, shuck, and jive for survival.

Meanwhile, Cotto hasn’t been doing too shabby himself with conclusive knockouts of Sergio Martinez and Daniel Geale. Why he insisted on a silly 159lb catchweight against Martinez? Because he can call more shots at this stage of his career. In making the Geale fight at 157lb, now I could understand as that’s a sweet three pounds under the middleweight limit, but I don’t think those catchweights affected the results anymore than this one at 155lbs will. However, if the winner tries to make Gennady Golovkin make 155, that could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Cotto might try for that kind of fight, but I think Canelo is ready to move up permanently to the full 160 where he obviously belongs if he wins this, but their futures are not ours to see. First things first.

Cotto Pounds Money

Cotto Pounds Money

In a bad sign of the declining times for Andre Ward, amazingly only 31 years of age and wasting his career away, he is supposed to be fighting another light heavyweight type opponent. Ahh, ha you say, another TBA sacrificial lamb for the needy Ward is it again? Yup, dragged him all the way kicking and screaming out of Oakland they did for this. He can’t even make the cut for the main supporting bout of the night anymore, just pitiful. His heart must be buried in that big load sagging his shorts for this farce, but it’s his career to fritter away, so be it.

Oh, yes and oh, no, so now he can’t even glove it up for his TBA after having a knee problem, so looks like Mr. TBA will just have to wait until 2016 to find Ward in a ring…maybe. What a loss to TBA boxing!

So enter yet another faint hearted P4P poser added to the undercard, Guillermo Rigondeaux , reportedly fighting a last minute TBA, Drian Francisco. World P4P rated by Haymon/Golden Boy News of the Ring Word and still fighting TBAs is it? Such is the fainthearted nature of boxing these days.

As to the otherworldly compelling main event, I strongly favor Canelo. Cotto’s older brother, also named Miguel, managed to rock the teenaged Canelo, slumping him for maybe a second before he recovered quickly to blast the senior Cotto to smithereens shortly thereafter, so could be Cotto has some younger brother payback working here his motivation. Even in his losses, nobody ever had an easy time against Cotto who has added significant caginess to his game to compensate for his fall from the absolute top of his prime. Problem being that Canelo is immensely stronger and even more experienced than Cotto by now, yet still very young and fresh. Simply put, he’s never been beat up. However, trying to walk through Cotto from the gitgo may well be the equivalent of trying to walk through a truck, so I expect Canelo to take his time warming into the fight as a boxer as does Cotto. Then all Hell gets unleashed for the finale.

Yes Sir, Freddie Roach has got Cotto boxing smarter than ever, and Canelo is a high level boxer, so this should be a traditional, high level stakes, aggressive, ring centered boxing display with plenty of applied hurt and heart. Neither comes out completely unscathed in this one, yet the fans may count themselves lucky to remember where they were on this monumental night if the fight is as good as is hoped.

 

Miguel Cotto Challenges Sergio Martinez

The physically challenged 39 year old Argentine southpaw Sergio Martinez and the 33 year old well traveled Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto have agreed to a fan favorite fight at a “catchweight” of 159 pounds, Saturday, June 7th. Venue: Madison Square Garden if you had to ask, New York, New York if a reminder is needed for one of the hottest ” You got to be there” boxing events in recent MSG history.

Out of training street weight view

Out of training street weight view

There is no slur intended with the physically challenged descriptor of the very game Martinez, currently sporting a stellar 51-2-2, 28 KO mark. He just so happens to be in a continuous state of recovery after Julio Cesar Chavez Jr tore into him for one of boxing’s great all time 12th round moments that Martinez managed to survive only by his overstretched heart strings. After far too many patches, stitches, staples, and surgeries later, he will shock test himself against Cotto in an irresistible fight that not even virulent modern boxing politics could deny.

Cotto himself has left no stone unturned in his quest to become the first Puerto Rican fighter to win titles in four weight divisions, the highly coveted WBC middleweight belt adorned with the abundant scalp of Martinez being the ultimate prize. As such whether by hook or crook, he managed to secure the services of renown trainer Freddie Roach well in advance for the fine tuning needed to exploit the vulnerabilities of the aging Argentine fighter. Cotto brings his own stellar record against the best in boxing, 38-4, 31 KO, yet brings his own frailties to the fight. He not only gives up height, reach, strength, speed, and mobility, but his face tends to bust up very early in fights and Martinez is just the kind of slashing southpaw sharpshooter keep him leaking red and lumping blue and purple.

I personally don’t see how Cotto can beat a healthy Martinez, but he may well be able to beat the injured Martinez who barely scraped by his last outing against Martin Murray and was lucky beyond belief to survive Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, so there it is with no ifs, ands, and butts come fight night. Something or someone has to give, but what will give first and by whom?

 

Here We Go Again~Guillermo Jones vs Denis Lebedev II

WOW is about all anyone could sputter after seeing the first war between Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev held in Moscow last year, so here we go again in Moscow, April 25th, a Friday, Jones vs Lebedev II for redemption.

Their first fight was a hands down fight of the year save for one niggling detail. The massive 6-4 Jones from Panama who really should be fighting as a 220 lb heavyweight, why he is supposed to have tested positive for diuretics, a variety of common pharmaceutical weight loss substances long used by boxers but banned under modern rules. Their fight hearkened back to ye gory days of yore with massive shots being given and taken back and forth and even a massive Lebedev body slam of Jones.  Lebedev’s right eye progressively became so grotesquely swollen that he could not see to get up after an 11th round knockdown by Jones.

Yes, That Kind of Fight!

Yes, That Kind of Fight!

The amazing 41 year old Jones has been promoted for a long time now by Don King which means he is notoriously inactive for long stretches of years even, yet still holds his emeritus WBA strap in spite of that inactivity and failed drug test. Then there is the matter of infamously long banned Panama Lewis being his trainer, or at very least he used to be. The rematch should do big numbers in Russia and will be picked up by international hardline aficionados who appreciate the strong warlike attributes of Jones and Lebedev inside the squared ring. This is also a good guy/bad guy scenerio being played out where the Russian Lebedev is cast as the Russian good guy against the evil empire of Don King and the “drug cheating” Guillermo Jones.

Perhaps more amazing is Lebedev miraculously acquiring legendary trainer Freddie Roach who has more on his plate than any two trainers could handle. Lebedev is not a big star and could have been easily dismissed by Roach who is old school all the way down to his creaking bones, but he must have liked what he saw in Lebedev, a southpaw like Manny Pacquiao who can be further developed. The challenge of going against such an experienced big, strong guy in Jones who also knows how to fight in spades and is not easily discouraged no doubt also piqued Roach’s interest who is not shy about taking on challenges.

Jones should enter as the favorite, but facts are that Lebedev was outboxing and outworking him the first fight and should be in even better condition this go round. As to Jones? Be nice if he could pass the drug test this time around if he wants any accolades from fans. We already know he can fight.

Sure to be another tough, all action give and take bust’emup to add on to the already great start to the new year, so here, here, may the trend continue.

UPDATE: Fight called off and may 0r may not be rescheduled due to positive Jones drug test for weight loss diuretic Furosemide, a real shame that and yet another kick in the teeth of boxing:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/guillermo-jones-tests-positive-again-243332

Timothy Bradley Returns Against Freddie Roach & Ruslan Provodnikov

Timothy Bradley is getting his desired rematch of sorts, the rematch against Manny Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach, who will be administering the corner of his charge, the  mauling Siberian bear, Ruslan Provodnikov. The anticipated fire fight will take place Saturday, March 16th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Mr. Desert Storm

Bradley has regrettably been missing in action since his mega dustup last June at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against Manny Pacquiao that created as much radioactive fall out as the Chernobyl Nuclear accident near 30 years previous. The ever game challenger to Pacquiao’s WBO title put in a gritty effort to hang on for the split decision in perhaps the most hotly disputed, high profile boxing result of the 3rd millennium.

He managed to finish the grueling, high paced bout on his feet before requiring immediate convalescence in a wheelchair with serious injuries to both his ankles and feet requiring rest and therapy, torned tendons and fractured bones being mentioned, but never verified.  I never got the final updated injury report, but Bradley needed and took substantial time away from boxing to sort out his health and future career options.

The Timothy Bradley name instantaneously became infamous in spite of being a fine Ring ranked P4P fighter long under appreciated by the larger boxing public. He was savaged on antisocial internet and boxing websites as if he had made the final decision of the judges, even reporting death threats by email and snail mail, a real stain on boxing fans if true.

His promoter, Bob Arum, called for an investigation into the bout which, ahem…..drum roll….revealed nothing. The WBO honchos reviewed the fight with a panel of judges and awarded the decision to Manny Pacquiao which, ahem…..drum roll….meant nothing.  

The highly radioactive Bradley rested on his laurel of thorns as Top Rank scrambled to find him another fight in advance of the anticipated rematch with Pacquiao. Nothing doing, Bradley wouldn’t budge. The opponents and the money just didn’t tick all the right boxes for him, so he waited, and waited, and waited some more. As Pfc Gomer Pyle was want to remind Sgt Carter, “Surprise, surprise,” and now Bradley’s a week away from his return against the aggressive punching, always swarming Ruslan Provodnikov. Both have been fighting in the 140 – 150 lb range for their careers. Both are at near identical 5-6 short stuff statures and 29 years of age, but they’ll be easy to tell apart in the ring, trust me.

Ruslan Provodkinov

The relatively unknown Provodnikov is Ring ranked in Bradley’s old junior welter division at #10, but lacks Bradley’s championship experience against top contenders. That along with being slower on the draw and a somewhat plodding face forward style makes him imminently beatable by Bradley on paper. The paper doesn’t record that Bradley pretty much ran out of steam in his intense bout against Pacquiao last year, meaning a high intensity pressure fighter in excellent condition could exploit that weakness late in the fight, especially if Bradley no longer has best use of his legs which have always been a key principle in his herky, jerky, jumping around style that has thus far kept him unbeaten.

The intangibles in this bout are intriguing enough. Freddie Roach has been baiting Bradley with some classics, ie; “When he feels Ruslan’s power, like when he felt Manny’s, it’s going to be a remake of Forrest Gump. ‘Run, Timmy, run!’ This isn’t about Ruslan finishing what Manny started. It’s about duplicating  it.” Roach has been working with Provodnikov long enough to add some wrinkles for this bout, so clearly the Siberian is hungry enough to pull an upset since Roach doesn’t work with slackers. He’s been Pacquiao’s lead sparring partner for two camps now.

Speaking of hungry, Bradley says he goes vegan during his training camp to pare down his unusually cut, overdeveloped physique. His legs look like pipe cleaners compared to his bulging torso, perhaps a clue to his recent ankle injuries.

Bigger than advertised!

Bigger than advertised!

Bradley has said he wants to make a statement with a knockout of the very durable Siberian who has only lost one bout, and that by decision. Since Bradley has stepped up to championship level boxing in his last 9 fights, he’s only had a single knockout and that over the 40 year old Joel Casamayer.

We could have some fun here and note that Bradley looks like Tarzan and punches like Jane, but truth is he does have some hurtful enough pop to knock fighters down and change their fight strategy, so we’ll just have to see about all that.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Goes For The Full Monty

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr toes it up tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against the WBC interim Champ, an undefeated German middleweight  making his US debut, Sebastian Zbik. The full WBC title is on the line.

Zbik vs Chavez Jr.

Zbik vs Chavez Jr.

Both fighters are actually undefeated, a  modern development in the fight game as promoters often nurse prospects carefully against overmatched opponents until they can get a crack at one of the dozens of ABC title belts available these days.

Chavez is 42-0-1, 30 KOs with some decent pop, but Zbik’s 30-0-0, 10 KO record suggests a light swatter more comfortable in the Germanic concentric zone he fights out of, relying on the good graces of German appointed officials.

I’ve never seen Zbik fight, but at very least he should have good boxing skills and a decent enough chin to last quite a few rounds, so we might see a good fight before all is said and done.

I’ve seen Junior develop from the scratch beginnings of his pro career with little to no amateur experience to draw upon. His critics are voracious in reminding us that he’s no Senior Chavez, yet they are equally ignorant in understanding that nobody else around is either, so most criticism of junior is worthless or worse.

To be sure, Freddie Roach would not be working with him if he didn’t see some potential, but one thing is certain, the kid can fight and shows some heart even if he wasn’t always showing enough championship discipline during training or in the ring.

Look at that overdeveloped middle knuckle on his left hand and tell me the kid doesn’t put in some hard time in sparring and on the heavy bag these days though. Now is his time and big fights await him if he prevails even if the glory and respect is lagging. With his undefeated brother Omar still waiting in the wings for his first title shot, it’s gonna be a Chavez family affair for a while longer

I’m thinking this proves to be an interesting fight that sees Chavez Jr prevail, so if you want to see a little bit of the Chavez family history at work, tonight is the the night.

Freddie Roach’s Latest Wild Card to Trump Mayweather

Freddie Roach has been the hottest trainer in boxing for some few years now that his star pupil, Manny Pacquiao, has ascended to the highest boxing honors available in the sport, but Roach also runs his Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles where he trains a number of up and coming prospects, contenders, and champs.

Not the least among them is young Amir Khan fresh off his hard fought victory over the HUGE punching terror, Argentinean Marcos Maidana.

Tres Amigos

Tres Amigos

Not withstanding the Joe Cortez fortuitously planned horror of officiating that protected Khan late in the fight when his lights precipitously flickered near the off switch, Khan did managed to scrape across the Maidana finish line to officially become boxing’s next most popular choice to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr after stablemate Manny Pacquiao.

It may be that Khan has also officially become the likeliest frontrunner to actually make that fight happen since he is in the Golden Boy Promotions stable, the only class of fighter Mayweather has chosen to fight for some 5 years.

Mayweather is “officially” taking yet another temporary retirement from the sport, so we don’t know when he will ever fight again or IF he ever fights again given the more than half dozen felony charges against him that could put him in some 35 yrs behind bars.

If Money May ever fights again, it seems ever more remote that it would be against Pacquiao who is promoted by Mayweather’s arch enemy, Bob Arum, whose fighters Mayweather has repeatedly asserted he will never fight, yet has no problems negotiating agreed upon terms for the fight he will never fight.

With the latest Khan victory notched, Freddie Roach can now hunker down at Fort Wild Card to develop two different strategies using two different fighters to beat Mayweather, effectively holding the keys to the two most lucrative Mayweather fights available to Floyd. Roach finds himself in a position of power perhaps never before afforded to boxing trainers in the history of boxing.

Roach is more than a trainer though with a link to the storied past as a bad ass lightweight with no punch mentored by the late Eddie Futch. Roach has become a rare combination of manager, mentor, advisor and friend to many of his fighters, so holds a big sway over any prefight proceedings.

Amir Khan most likely will be defending if not pursuing unification in his next junior welter bout, but the big story aside from the debunked chin of china perception is that Khan is willing to move up in weight to face Mayweather who has actually expressed an interest in fighting Khan.

Roach wants that fight. It may be presumptuous to say that all roads to the biggest two fights in boxing history pass through Freddie Roach, but, indeed, that seems to be the situation at this point.

Amazing, but true, a modern day Svengali in fisticuffs for the ages, and it’s no accident that his latest pupil, UFC p4p #1 Georges St. Pierre, used his boxing to score a devastating shutout of his most serious challenge yet.

No word or photos have yet surfaced of Freddie Roach walking on water yet, so stay tuned.

Ya never know what’s next in Freddie World.