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Japanese Banty Tenshin Nasukawa To Whoop Floyd Mayweather?

Lot’s of Floyd Mayweather “he said/she said” trepidation going into this 3 round New Year’s Eve privately funded exhibition. He’s supposed to receive a small fortune, yet was willing to forfeit all when his feets suddenly got cold.

Everything murky about the fight as you can see in the brief history that follows, but here’s a link that may or may not work, and given it’s a 3 round exhibition, it’s so short that it’d be easy to miss:


Here’s Floyd, aka TUE 50-0, announcing his 3 round exhibition in Tokyo with his adversary, a touted Japanese MMA banty name of Tenshin Nasukawa. TUE promised Blood, Sweat, and Tears for his Toyko performance.

Tokyo Exhibition for New Years Eve

Tokyo Exhibition for New Years Eve

Here is Tenshin in training, reportedly exceedingly quick like lightning and very young, variously listed between 20 and 24 years old.

Quick as Lightning

Kung Fu Fightin’

Thing is, if you’re a Floyd Mayweather fan, might not want to book an expensive trip to Japan for the previously announced New Year’s Eve exhibition he had promoted at a news conference in Tokyo.

Mayweather on Instagram said he had never agreed to a formal bout with Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa, and that he had been “derailed” by the magnitude of the event…REALLY?

To Wit:

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced,” Mayweather wrote. “First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan.”

Running TUE

Running TUE

“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”

Fled squalling back to his daddy in Vegas like he did in the Marcos Maidana rematch. Daddy Sr changed his Oopsie Poopsie sagging diapers with a pep talk, hence:

Yupsir, I gather TUE’s #1 Houseboy is gonna protect him from the superbad little Banty Tenshin as he’s done in so many of TUE’s MGM Vegas fights that was part of the bucking up needed, yet plenty of time left to go back squalin’ to Vegas. The good news is since it’s a private, exclusive exhibition, TV rights are supposedly blocked in the US and Japan, but perhaps can be found in other countries. Supposedly the extensive MMA undercard may be available in the US.

RIZIN Bantamweight Title fight [61.0kg / 134.5lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Darrion Caldwell

RIZIN Super Atomweight Title fight [49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Kanna Asakura vs Ayaka Hamasaki

[93.0kg / 205.0lb] First round 10 minutes x Second round 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Jiri Prochazka vs Brandon Halsey

[102.5.0kg / 226 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Gabi Garcia vs Barbara Nepomuceno

[70.0kg / 153.4lb] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Daron Cruickshank vs Damien Brown

[51.0kg / 112 lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Mika Nagano vs Miyuu Yamamoto

[65.0kg / 143.3lbs] 3 x 5 minute rounds *Elbows allowed
Kazuyuki Miyata vs Erson Yamamoto

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Yusuke Yachi vs Johnny Case

[60.kg / 132.2lb] 3 x 5 minutes * Elbows allowed
Yuki Motoya vs Justin Scoggins

[59.0kg / 130.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *Elbows allowed
Ulka Sasaki vs Manel Kape

[57.0kg / 125.6lb] 3 x 5 minutes rounds * Elbows allowed
Shinju Auclair vs Justyna Haba

[70.0kg / 154.3lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musaev

[49.0kg / 108.0lb] 3 x 5 minutes *No Elbows
RENA vs Smantha Jean Francois

If you want to know how TUE really wins his fights doing next to nothing, here were the headlines in his last “farce” against Conor McGregor, a UFC fighter making his boxing debut in August of last year.

Mayweather win helps Vegas avoid big losses

Las Vegas sportsbooks are rejoicing as Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of Conor McGregor helped them avoid multimillion-dollar losses.

Japanese in general ain’t interested in promoting losing financial propositions, so I surmise this private enterprise to have some sort of private boxing decision for the big players, but who could know in such an opaque operation as this?

Some savvy old salts may recall the big exhibition back in Japan when Ali took on Japanese MMA fighter Antonio Inoki. Ali got cold feet when folks there started talking about Inoki shoving his hand down Ali’s throat to rip out his heart, so some hastily arranged neutering of Inoki limited him to just 10% of his arsenal that resulted in the farce that put Ali in the hospital in critical condition until Japanese Docs could get him stabilized. After this scary moment Ali replicated many more scary moments that left him a quaking shadow of what he started life as, a heartbreaking witness to a fighter who hung on to the sport too long.

Fight here. Judo legend and Hollywood stuntman/character actor Gene Lebell is the ref:

To Be Or Not To Be Undefeated, Is That Really A Question?

To be, or not to be–that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. And by opposing end them.


In tribute to the most ballyhooed undefeated record of an active boxer since Julio Cesar Chavez ran his record out to 89-0, and perhaps with the gentle lassitude of centuries passing, a comparison to the first great undefeated boxing record, that of John L. Sullivan to that of Floyd Mayweather Jr might be instructive.

John L, The Boston Strong Boy

John L, The Boston Strong Boy

The Boston Strong Boy turned “modern” boxing on it’s nascent head by not only becoming the first recognized heavyweight champion under the new fangled Marquis of Queensbury rules, but he became boxing’s first “fully unified” champ of sorts when he also claimed the last remaining bare knuckle title claim under Revised London Prize Ring Rules in a memorable, a quite remarkable contrast of styles against Jake Kilrain down Mississippi way.

Sully was in the final days of his long standing dissipation from the ravages of a great fighter’s most formidable enemy, that of the gross excesses of wine, women, and song, unceasing calls carousing like sirens set loose in the night ensnaring those possessing such great fame and fortune as did Sully. He was only at age 30, a figure usually considered near the peak of most traditional sports, but not necessarily so in such a brutal sport of the era of boxing that he fought in.

Sirens singing their fatal calls for Ulysses

Sirens singing their fatal calls for Ulysses

John L reaped a fortuitous turn of The Luck of the Irish when impossibly he agreed to the spartan training regimen of the champion Greco-Roman wrestler and physical trainer of the era, William Muldoon, a son of Irish immigrants just like Sullivan who cut his own swath of considerable size and strength to match his advanced theories of physical cultivation that brooked no stick from any man. In short, he was the last man standing in the world that John L could respect enough to set aside his massive ego and pride to be ruled over those many months it took to cut out the fifty some odd pounds of flab and add the hard conditioning and strength that the 220 lb Sullivan commanded at his best.

William Muldoon

William Muldoon

Sullivan had already “unified” any of the standing claims to the Marquis of Queensbury gloved rules and really had no need for another bare knuckle unification added on to his own claims. The problem he shared with Floyd Mayweather was profligate spending that ultimately left him in needs of funds despite being literally a walking mint in his prime years, an estimated ring earnings of near one million dollars on top of his considerable touring exhibitions of boxing, plays, and other public appearances that likely exceeded his ring earnings.

Consider how staggering those figures were in the considerably deflated 19th century dollars where few American citizens earned more than a few hundred dollars every year, if even that.

Building the secret Mississippi venue

Building the secret Mississippi venue

Jake Kilrain was something of multi sport athlete, being both a champion sculler in his early days before turning to boxing and the considerable income brought in by being a claimant to the heavyweight bare knucks title. His style has some overlap with that of Mayweather, being a lithe 178 lbs against the considerably stronger, more powerful Sullivan, and of being a wrestler and clincher of considerable skill combined with a limited light tapping offensive arsenal operating out a running, contorting defense that went down upon the landing of any heavy or light blow landed by the soon to be frustrated Sullivan. Kilrain’s style was the practice of the defensive masters under LPRR rules.

Last Bare Knuckles Fight of Champions, Jake Kilrain vs John L Sullivan

Last Bare Knuckles Fight of Champions, Jake Kilrain vs John L Sullivan

The reigning consensus of the day was that Sully could not maintain his strength over distance much less in his current bloated, dissipated state, so imagine the Kilrain shock as Sullivan stripped down to reveal a Muldoon rejuvenated John L in better condition than ever. There were at least three dozen knockdowns and throwdowns or more of this contest that went 75 rounds, too many to count with most every one being the game Kilrain hitting the turf. He was successful in defensively extending out Sullivan beyond the point of no return, alas, to no avail by the end. Kilrain retired on his stool at the end of 75 rounds, pulverized beyond recognition after going far beyond any prudent notion of survival instincts, unable to do more than lift a pinky to wipe his bloodied face while drawing painful breaths.

Sullivan was undefeated under Queensbury rules, an amazing 38-0, 32 KO record of what would prove to be one of the highest knockout ratios in boxing history at 84%.  He was also undefeated under his dozen or more bareknuck fights with many more savage knockouts. He promptly sauntered forth on a greatly renown tour to be feted by his fans, yet still savaged by his enemies who had long spared no expense with full page challenges of his reputation of being an intemperate, bull necked, drunken brute of a bully. Sullivan did not have to return to the ring some 3 years later in a such a poorly trained corpulent  state to go against his former sparring partner and touring buddy, James J. Corbett. They had conducted a boxing exhibition in formal dress attire when the cocky, youthful manner of Corbett became the final challenge to the fierce pride of Sullivan.

So Sully ultimately went out on his shield, finally giving satisfaction to his vehement critics, but not before 21 hard rounds against a lithe boxer and mover in his prime. Noteworth was that Corbett was also considerably bigger and stronger than Kilrain with more offensive nuance at his disposal.

Fast>>forward 123 amazing years later spanning three centuries and here we are again in 2015 with Floyd Mayweather currently standing at 47-0, 28 KO after having finally rising to the top of the monied food chain of boxing. He rakes in more than his fair share of the billions, sometimes trillions the US government issues in printed money and debt every year. Where does boxing and Mayweather go from here?

He has more in common with James J. Corbett who was 9-0-2, 3 KO than he has with the powerful John L who was the proto undefeated Mike Tyson of his day. Corbett had also had defeated the unbeaten under Queensbury rules version Jake Kilrain who was also closer to Mayweather than to Sullivan. Kilrain was 19-0-9, 12 KO coming off his grueling bareknuckled beating by Sullivan the year before going into the Corbett 6 rounder which can hardly be seen as significant given the light nature of the fight.

Kilrain would log several more wins culminating with his last significant win in a fight to the finish under Queensbury rules against era black contender George “Old Chocolate” Godfrey. It was recorded as a thrilling contest of skill until Godfrey landed face first in a pile of straw after having been knocked out of the ring after 44 rounds.

Unlike Mayweather, Sullivan fought all across the country, taking the fight to the people wherever it could be arranged in those “illegal days” when boxers had to dodge the authorities as much as they did punches. He even traveled to Great Britain and France because that’s where the money and the challenges were.

Floyd Mayweather is obligated to fulfill his last two fights under his Showtime contract. He will be in his 8th straight year of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, almost half of his career and all of his most acclaimed period of a fighter. No fighter in history has ever been so confined, coddled, swaddled, and rewarded in such a single venue, there is no precedent. He will be looking more and more like an aging, shopworn 38 years of age if his last two fights against Marcos Maidana are any indicator. The emasculated Mayweather nation can blow their smoke up his keister ’til Gabriel blows his horn in the end times, but the plain truth is that Mayweather didn’t fight his main rivals during their prime years, most especially Manny Pacquiao, a fight that will continue to be floated to the public by the press in fruitless efforts 6 years after it’s primacy has passed.

In short, he will not have any “signature fights” of note to be remembered by. It’s his money, his many “retirements, and his hometown venue that will  that stand out as his legacy when future historians rate him. We can only judge in our days where he manages to cover much of the full range of the spectrum from a so, so great to the best ever, but we have no final word as ratings of boxers goes up and down all through history with every new generation.

There are near some 50 fighters of any note who retired with undefeated records, most not being HOF fighters and none making the International Boxing Research Organization, IBRO, their historical rankings of P4P top 20 fighters. Such is a perspective to consider as Mayweather and his here today, gone tomorrow bandwagon fans proclaim him The Best Ever.


Retirement is near and beckoning while the siren sings the eternal song of mo’ money, Mo’ Money, Lot’s MO’ MONEY We Gots Next!   We’ll see how that all works out for him come 2015 after a long rest from his recent “grueling” schedule of 2 Mexican Holiday fights at the MGM Grand per year with two more TBAs in the queue waiting, waiting…forever waiting….until…..and……?  

Floyd Mayweather In Support of Ray Rice…and?

Floyd Mayweather made his grand arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas yesterday, but at the end of his red carpeted entrance there was a big pile of it he managed to step into when he was asked to comment on the NFL/Baltimore Raven Ray Rice “knockout” video. That infamous TMZ clip shows the star running back knocking out his then fiancee, Janay Palmer, now his freshly bruised and blushing bride.

There was also the Mayweather “reading video” that spread like wildfire a couple weeks ago as “payback” by former friend and spurned business partner Curtis Jackson, aka “50 cent.” That laughable, highly edited clip shows Mayweather dutifully botching a “radio drop” again and again as 50 challenges Floyd to read one page of Cat In The Hat without error. This Rice video represents a much larger, more heated public issue and has spread everywhere in high and low places, much bigger than boxing.

That Mayweather chose to hook up in support of Ray Rice at this particular moment may be key as to what could transpire in theMarcos Maidana rematch this upcoming Saturday night.

The backdrop is that Ray Rice was suspended for two games by the NFL, but then surprisingly the criminally infamous Raven team terminated his contract after video footage surfaced showing the assault and the remorseless manner Rice dumped her face first to the lobby floor before abandoning her body half in and half out of the elevator. The NFL was subsequently forced by scorching public heat into suspending him “indefinitely.” Rice had been indicted on a 3rd degree aggravated assault charge to set up his pending trial to determine his fate. The charges ended up dropped in favor of  “court supervised counseling.”

Words fail...

Words fail…

I have to see these events as very much relevant to the Maidana fight coming up in a few days. Manny Pacquiao was baited by “the press” into offering up his opinions on gay marriage days before the first Timothy Bradley fight being staged at, yup, you just had to know it was the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Needless to say, his highly publicized remarks didn’t jibe with the politically correct beliefs of the liberal, democratic party run state of Nevada. Their state senator Harry Reid is the majority leader and most powerful congressman currently serving in the US.

Manny ended up “losing” that fight via split decision despite Bradley’s weak offensive showing. Bradley was at the post fight presser in a wheelchair, perhaps suffering some long term damage to his fighter’s mindset and legs that have been shaky ever since, not the look of a winner that’s for sure.

Mayweather has been in Las Vegas for his MGM Grand record setting consecutive run of years going into the Maidana rematch. He is currently tied with the Joe Calzaghe undefeated mark of 46-0 and three fights away from tying Rocky Marciano’s undefeated 49-0 mark. In the first Maidana fight he was only one point from losing one card, and three points from losing the next closest card for a split decision loss. Remember, he has a very spare light tap-tapping style that goes over well in the confines of his hometown to win all the uneventful even type rounds that typically go to the hometown or big money fighter, Mayweather being always double blessed in that regard.

Folks, there’s boxing politics and then there’s public politics who’s backroom backstabbings, public and covert assassinations, and undeclared wars make sordid boxing politics look run by a gaggle of giggling milk fed choirboys in comparison. Can Floyd Mayweather still be seen as the hometown fighter feted as a King at the MGM Grand in Vegas or could he be unceremoniously dumped after his latest “politically incorrect gaffe?”

Grand Arrival @ MGM Grand

Grand Arrival @ MGM Grand

Certainly these are interesting developments that inquiring minds will be on the look out for going into the Maidana fight. No doubt there are others still being birthed in the queue waiting to spring forth when their time is ripe.

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Emperor of Money Wears No Clothes as American Boxing Fears It’s Future

My, my, where to start over the latest Floyd Mayweather Jr travesty in boxing after his limp wristed showing against Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana?

The official results were officially another win for Mayweather, ominously by his 2nd straight Majority decision where yet again one judge “failed” to see his self proclaimed boxing genius. The self emasculated Mayweather Nation seemingly hasn’t the cajones left to protest this slur on their propped up popcorn hero as they did in the Canelo majority decision that ultimately resulted in a shakeup at the top of the Nevada State Athletic Association. In other words, out with the old faces and in with the new faces with the same old gaming agenda, majority draws being good business for bookies servicing the vast network of Mayweather fans who counted on Floyd racking up unanimous decisions as easily as he rolls out of bed.

Or so it used to be.

Instead, “He got old overnight, he’s got no stamina, he’s got no legs left,” and other stock in the trade descriptors flashed across the screen as Mayweather did indeed show a capacity to absorb a considerable pounding by Maidana who never gave Mayweather more than 30 seconds of rest time.

The poor boy slugger from Argentine who could only command a reported $1.5 million of the $35 million purse went after Mayweather like a two fisted pitbull to maul him repeatedly anywhere Mayweather was caught, even bulling him Luis Firpo style through the ropes and almost out of the ring late in the fight. The few moments Mayweather had were while Maidana was pacing himself as he anticipated the opening of another attack and Maidana in those moments looked like something of a defensive genius as he ducked and was otherwise often out of range of Mayweather’s efforts that had a desperate feel to them in the latter stages of the fight.

Mayweather knew he was gittin’ whooped by the 12-1 underdog and had no plan B to fall back on.

Naturally the judges propped up Mayweather yet again to move him along to what appears to be the end goal of “matching” Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record no matter that Mayweather can no longer bruise a grape with his china hands and can’t keep pressing sluggers off him not that he was ever able to keep JLCastillo or Miguel Cotto off of him.

Facts are the end American boxing as we know it today seems near if the recent rumblings of the imminent separation of Golden Boy Promotions big wheels Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer  from the corporate body play out. They seemingly are unofficially operating their own promotional company.

If boxing has a plan B for when Mayweather or Pacquiao are soon to retire their mega-lucrative ring appearances in Las Vegas, nobody can see it. There are zero star fighters left with that kind of drawing power, and as plain talkin’ Bob Arum recently noted, MGM Grand is struggling to make payments on it’s debts much less turn a profit not that the financial woes of Las Vegas are any secret since the $26 trillion dollar financial derivatives real estate fraud gutted the American, indeed the world economy back in 2008.

Might be boxing could take a page out of Top Rank’s book for the slow boat to China as the Chinese develop their boxing history and start to control the belts with their own ratings and hometown decisions of the big events.

Maybe, just maybe there’s a young American kid with discipline, dynamite in his fists, and granite in his jaw in America that could put boxing back on the front page in this country.

Just nobody knows who he is yet or even if he exists though the promoters will be trying to tell us their latest boy-genius is the messiah. Such is the current state of American boxing.

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.

Amir Khan vs The Moment of Truth: Marcos Maidana

 Young British junior welter, Amir Khan, defends his WBA strap against the hard charging, murderously punching Marcos Maidana this December 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

King Khan

King Khan

The bout is eagerly anticipated by the legions of Khan’s critics who dismiss him as a swaddled piece of royale china. Khan has an equal measure of loyal supporters who have channeled him into something of a minor star, not the least of which is his trainer, Freddie Roach, who saw enough raw talent and desire to take Khan under his wing and reshape him from shattered scattered shards into a highly ranked boxer/puncher sporting a shiny new belt.

Maidana earned his shot at this prize by winning an eliminator and becoming the much avoided mandatory until he could be put off no longer after Khan was finally threatened with strippage of his title.

None of that matters anymore now that they are fighting, so the hope is that that a definitive result emerges out of what has potential of being a very good or very bad or very short fight, depending on what style Khan employs and how quick to the point Maidana is.

El Chino

El Chino

Maidana is a very basic, some would even say primitive fighter who only looks to blast his opponent’s jawbone into the 5th row, but those critics fail to appreciate what it takes to harness natural talent and physical attributes to make that kind of power and results happen against another man intent on doing the same to you. With his current record standing at 29-1, 27 KO, Maidana has suffered somewhat from being something of “another unknown Argentinean slugger” with managerial problems in spite of signing with Khan’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, just another high risk but low reward foreigner.

This fight figures to be his breakout moment and you can be sure that El Chino figures on being the Bull on a rampage in King Khan’s finest china shop.

Young Khan, age 23, is where the future revenue potential is, teetering on the cusp as a potential international star. Floyd Mayweather Jr has been rumored to have an interest in fighting Khan if he prevails as a convenient in house Golden Boy promotion.

As such, Maidana knows it’s unlikely he could ever outbox a highly trained, talented touted boxer much less get a decision on the cards, so he’s gotta storm the venue and knock over the apple cart to become a star in his own right. As one of the hardest p4p punchers in the game today, he has a pretty fair chance of doing just that, IF he can catch the fleet footed Khan who doubtless is getting special training from the aptly named 100 meter man, Usain Bolt.

Maidana is pretty quick on the mark himself and can cut the ring off well when he chooses, but like most big sluggers, he’d like nothing better than to trade at ring center where he’s in his deadliest zone. It’s highly unlikely that Khan engages him for more than brief flashes though, probably implementing his Kotelnik strategy that saw him pecking away while on a frenetic run for most every minute of all 12 rounds against the light punching Ukrainian.

That fight was terrible as a spectacle, but it earned Khan a wide hometown decision on the cards and gave him a measure of redemption after the Breidis Prescott disaster. Maidana may look clumsy as he overextends while on the chase, but he’s hungry enough to eventually hunt Khan down for some fireworks which is where the true interest in this fight lays for fight fans. Khan has some healthy power of his own and is a quick combination puncher who looks to establish enough hurt to slow down the iron chinned Maidana onslaught.

Can Khan survive the huge crunching swings of Maidana to establish that respect and cruise to another decision? Maybe. Khan will certainly be the bookmaker’s favorite for this fight.

 I see Maidana as having the right style and attributes to eventually splash Khan into Bolivia on the Thames sooner than later, but like any fight, each has to prove he can win in the ring thankfully.

The Show Before The Fight

The Show Before The Fight

The undercard is intriguing in that it is also co-promoting other top Golden Boy junior welters, Victor Ortiz and Joan Guzman in separate bouts, convenient in-house future opponents for both Khan and Maidana.

Well, as they are fond of saying, gots to fight to prove it, so all the talk, the posturing, the duckin’, divin’ & jivin’, all fixin’ to end once the first bell sounds for the real braggin’ rights.

Khan vs Maidana may be long overdue, but it may well turn out to be well worth the wait.