by Chris Milton
Carl Froch has pulled out of his fight with Arthur Abraham due to a back injury. Froch has often fought with injuries in the past, he is a genuine guy a fighter at heart. If he has had to pull out, then it’s a legit injury. Lets hope Showtime now use their heads and make the double header for the Super 6 semi finals.
Well, at least Sam Peter tried to beat Wladimir. Well, he tried for around four and a half minutes which in my opinion is more than Wladimir’s last four opponents combined. Wladimir desperately needs David Haye to solidify his Legacy, the problem he has is that he and Haye just can not agree on terms for a fight.
You have to love Joe Cortez, he finds a way to screw up in almost every fight now. He may be fair, he may be firm, but he simply can not referee anymore. Its time the commissions laid this dead horse to rest.
We saw a glimpse into the soul of Anthony Peterson on Saturday, unfortunately there wasn’t a fighter inside, just a guy trying to get the hell out of the ring. Brandon Rios put on one hell of a performance this past Saturday night. Hopefully he gets to take on the Katsidis-JMM winner in what is guaranteed fun for the fans.
The big news this week is Ricky Hatton’s drug and alcohol problems. As a self-confessed member of the Hatton army my only concern is that Hatton gets the help he needs and deserves. This is just another example of the longest story in boxing. A great former champion retires from the ring but still chases that adrenaline rush. One of the worst parts of this story is all his so-called fans turning on him and branding him a disgrace, some people are even asking if he was using drugs during his career. It just goes to show how uneducated and fickle the fans of boxing are. This is the toughest battle Ricky has ever faced, he needs his true fans more than ever.
On to his weeks fights:
Unbeaten Demetrius Andrade is back in action taking on Dave Saunders. Hopefully, this is the last fight in which we see Andrade in with a dead horse.
Anthony Dirrell goes against Jimmy Campbell on Showtime this Friday night. I am all for young guns getting exposure, but I am against them getting a guaranteed win and an inflated record, which is exactly what Dirrell is getting on Friday night.
On the same card, Freddy Hernandez goes head to head with Mike Anchondo in what looks like a decent fight. Hernandez is coming off the back of a KO win over DeMarcus Corley. He should pick up another win here.
Andy Lee continues his quest for redemption against another no-hoper in the form of Michael Walker. As overrated as Lee is, he is expected to beat Walker easily.
Now, I have a lot of respect for Humberto Soto, I think he is a great guy and a good fighter, but how the hell can he justify a defence against Fidel Munoz who has only fought two guys with winning records… One of them knocked him out and the other was 14-8? This is a travesty of a fight.
We move to the UK and the fabulous Magnificent Seven card brought to us by Frank Warren on Saturday night. Warren has taking a leaf out of the early 90’s Don King school of putting a card together for this one.
Cleverly taking on Murat has to be the highlight, both young and undefeated, both on the verge of a world title shot. It promises to be a great fight.
Derek Chisora goes up against Sam Sexton in a rematch. Expect there to be fireworks in this one as Chisora seems to be a man on a mission lately. Who do you favour the boxer or the puncher? Its one of those classic cant miss matchups.
Enzo Maccarinelli puts it all on the line against Alexander Frenkel. The winner of this looks certain to be included in the Cruiser weight super 6. There is a lot on the line in this one and its genuinely a 50/50 fight.
Kell Brook will finally meet Michael Jennings in the ring. This fight has been called off more times than I care to remember, but its finally on and the winner will progress to become a new face on the world scene.
There are another five fights on the card but quite simply I don’t have time to go through them all, just watch the whole thing if you can. Sky have guaranteed that seven of the fights will be shown live which I think is a first for British Boxing, one way or another its an historical night for British Boxing.
We move to HBO and, for reasons I cant quite Fathom, a PPV card headlined by Mora and Mosley. Mosley is coming off the worst loss of his career, while Mora is still living off his Contender win. I don’t think this fight is as straight forward as most people believe. Mora has the ring smarts and movement to stay away and make Mosley chase him the entire night. This fight could very well end Sugar Shane’s Career.
Saul Alvarez takes on former lineal Welterweight champion, Carlos Baldomir, who has only fought twice in two years. Either way Alvarez is one of the most exciting fighters in the game today I expect this one to be fun from the first bell even if its just another name on Canelo’s record.
Victor Ortiz looks to line himself up for the Khan-Maidana winner by taking on Vivian Harris. We still have not seen if Ortiz has recovered mentally from the loss to Maidana. We wont find out in this fight either.
Frankie Gomez takes on TBA in his sixth professional bout. Is anyone else sick of this TBA guy) He seems to get fights every dam week and always pulls out. Its time he was thrown out of boxing. All jokes aside, Gomez is the truth, hopefully HBO will televise this whoever he ends up facing.
To wrap things up Antonio Escalante looks to go to war with Daniel Ponce de Leon. This fight has war written all over it.
See you next week.