Mikey Garcia vs. Miguel Cotto: Why Not?
Last week, Mikey Garcia floated a challenge to Miguel Cotto on Twitter that raised more than a few shares of eyebrows throughout the sport. Since then, representatives of Garcia’s team as well as Cotto’s new promoter in Golden Boy have each nipped the fight at the bud saying that there’s nothing going on and it is not a fight Cotto is interested in pursuing. That is unfortunate.
Of course, it’s a fight too risky for either man to take. A loss to Cotto would derail Mikey’s momentum, and he’s probably going to take a chance against Jorge Linares next year should Linares defeat Luke Campbell later this month. Cotto is always looking for one last payday, so he’ll inevitably wait for the winner of Canelo/Golovkin next weekend to get it as well as a lopsided beating to close out his career. Still, in a year full of captivating fights, Garcia/Cotto could’ve been one hell of an attraction come December.
Miguel Berchelt and Orlando Salido May Fight in 2018.
Unable to secure a rematch with Vasyl Lomachenko and unexpectedly dropping out from a fight with Gervonta Davis a few weeks ago, Orlando Salido has been biding his time for the best possible opportunity as his career progressively stalks to a close, and now he’ll have another crack at a Junior Lightweight title if Miguel Berchelt is willing to fight him.
Berchelt is having one hell of a year. First, he destroyed Francisco Vargas and then later did the same to Takashi Miura, all of this came to the surprise of many as Berchelt flew way under the radar before this year. Salido is tough and cagey, but Berchelt is going to eat him alive if this fight gets made. It’s a good fight nonetheless, and one that should help Berchelt progress even further, but Salido is going to be in over his head if this one comes to pass.
Usyk/Huck Kicks off the World Boxing Super Series
If a bear shits in the woods and nobody is around to see it…did it happen? Now the World Boxing Super Series is a lot more entertaining than watching a bear drop one, but it’s unfortunate that a tournament that will pit the best fighters in the Cruiserweight division (and later, the Super Middleweight division) has gone unnoticed by the powers that be. This weekend, Oleksandr Usyk faces off against Marco Huck to kick things off in a tournament that will leave no doubt as to who the main man is in one of the sport’s most consistently entertaining divisions.
It’s really too bad that neither HBO, nor Showtime, nor ESPN is taking a chance on a series of fights that will stretch out for several months and may produce its share of memorable fights. Then again, the lack of American fighters may have played a part in that decision as well. Don’t forget than in addition to the excellent “Superfly” card on HBO, you have the option of watching a great fight in Usyk/Huck if you can find it.
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