Whoever said Boxing is Dead?
(Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Mohammed Abulkhair: I wrote an article which titled is boxing dead? It was a hypothetical question, maybe some writers do not understand what those are. I will not call myself a boxing “guru” like so many of these so called writers.
However, I have been following the sport for almost two decades and I have educated myself in watching many fights that have occurred way before my time. Let me first say that I do believe that 2012 was so far not the best year for boxing and not just because the Pacquiao vs. Bradley decision. My article was going over only the outlandish decisions that have happened in 2012, and not the history of boxing. Some writers on here love to point fingers, but the only thing is many point when their own hands are not even clean. Yes, I do believe writers use the Pacquaio and Mayweather name in order to get their share of comments. However, to the writer that just spoke in regards of my article they too have wrote many articles using the names of Mayweather and Pacquiao.
On the positive note Boxing is getting an energy boost with the fights that are up-coming. However, I believe that if Top Rank and Golden Boy agree to put their egos aside fans will be getting very intriguing fights. Here are a couple of fights that I believe us fans deserve to watch.
1. Robert Guerrero vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: Marquez is one of my favorite fighters a definition of a true Mexican warrior. Robert Guerrero is also one tough individual that has a very durable chin and exceptional boxing ability. Guerrero has been avoided by many in the lightweight division and that is why he is moving up two weight categories to fight Aydin. If Guerrero can get by the rugged brawler Aydin then this fight would be very intriguing. Marquez I believe would pull it off and clinch the win due to the way he can adjust, but I believe this would be an incredible fight.
2. Saul Alvarez vs. Chavez: if Chavez loses or wins his next fight against Martinez I believe these two can reach a weight they both can agree upon. This fight will be HUGE in Mexico and around the world, and it will prove who the current supreme Mexican fighter is. The fight is really a toss up it can go either way. However, I believe Chavez has been in with more experienced fighters than Saul has. Also Saul has a chin that I am not so sure of from witnessing his fight against Jose Miguel Cotto, Miguel Cotto’s older brother.
3. Danny Garcia vs. Timothy Bradley: I would go with Bradley on this one because of his speed and will. Garcia showed that he has a hell of a left hook as was seen when he faced Amir Khan. But also Khan does not have the best chin out there. However, Bradley has been knocked down before by Kendal Holt and by a well-timed left hook.
4.Nonito Donaire vs. Abner Mares: This fight has fight of the year written all over it. Abner Mares is one tough individual who just keeps coming non-stop. Nonito Donaire in his last couple fights navarez, Vasquez, and Methabula was not able to knock them out because they were not come forward fighters. However, with Mares he comes forward with non-stop ferocity and so does Nonito.
These fights are unlikely to happen due to them being promoted by the two most powerful promotions in today’s boxing world. One day maybe these two promoters can put their egos aside and please us boxing fans. However, the upcoming boxing calendar does give a boost to boxing that is much needed. The fights that are up-coming are intriguing amongst the hardcore boxing fans and the casual fans.
Comment on what fights you fans would like to see in the future, I like all points of views. Thank you.
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