January 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
2013 HAD MANY UPS AND DOWNS
Las Vegas, NV- First of all much props to Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) for fighting twice in 2013 and giving boxing fans the two biggest events of the year; both wins against highly regarded fighters Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs). Big thumbs down to judge CJ Ross for scoring the bout with Alvarez 114-114, as if boxing didn’t need anymore negative publicity. In the eyes of most, the 23 year-old Mexican failed to win more than one round. Praying that we will see none of Ms. Ross in 2014, at least not in a boxing or MMA arena.
HAVANA’S MIKE PEREZ LOOKS LIKE THE GOODS
Congratulations to Cuban heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOS) who put on a breakthrough performance over Magomed Abdulsalamov (18-1, 18 KOs) in the latter half of the year. It’s unfortunate that his victory was overshadowed by the tragedy theat ensued afterward with Abdusalamov fighting for his life. Thankfully he is out of a medically induced coma and is reportedly in ICU and beginning to recover from those injuries. Ringtalk wishes both fighters the best in 2014.
FIGHTERS WHO CHEAT NEED TO BE DISQUALIFIED!
In 2013 you saw fighters such as Mickey Bey Jr. (19-1, 10 KOs) and J’ Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) test positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in wins. Both wins became no contests in record books. Both fighters were undefeated at the time. Both should have received a loss in my view in the record books. I wrote an article in 2013 where I stated that that was my opinion and I stand by it. I think something in the rule books needs to be changed. If a fighter is caught cheating he or she needs to be punished accordingly. I think a blemish in the rule books will move us one step forward to doing something about this problem. Hopefully commissions take notice in 2014 and do something about this. I will to my best to keep beating the horse on this issue.
OTHER SPORTS TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT
In other sports, mainly in Olympic competition if a competitor is caught cheating(using Peformance Enhancing Drugs) not only do they lose their medal and are DQ’d, the person or persons they beat are elevated in rank. Thus if you win a gold medal and you are caught, the silver medalist is elevated to the gold medal winner and so on. The punishments that have been dished out in boxing are joke. Only proper punishment can deter fighters from cheating;excessive penalties need to be dealt out. Whether that be excessive fines and or suspensions. Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs), who lost a wide decision to Manny Pacquaio (55-5-2, 38 KOs) in November in Macau, China, tested positive for a banned substance after his bout. He was levied a 5 month suspension by the Chinese commission.
Considering no one would expect Rios to return to the ring in that time span considering the beating he took, the fine has no effect on the boxers career whatsoever. Why even have testing if the fighters know they have nothing to lose as a result? The aforementioned Bey, was only punished for 3 months after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. If boxing is even attempting to gain lost respect from the mainstream media it needs to get it’s act together in that regard.You are more likely to see a boxing headline when something negative happens in the sport than anytime there is positive news.
GREAT FIGHTS IN 2013, NOW LETS TRY TO CROSS THE AISLE
Both Showtime and HBO put forth some entertaining bouts in 2013. New talent emerged, however lets see if the two entities Top Rank and Goldenboy Promotions can put their differences aside and put together fights with guys from each of their respective stables facing a fighter from the other. While one doesn’t expect all fights to be negotiable, at the very least two or three for the year would be a step in the right direction. I have three on my wish list.
1. Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2-2, 32 KOs) vs Segie Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) (175lbs)- It would be interesting to see if Hopkins could do what he normally does. Make a puncher such as Kovalev ineffective. It would be just as satisfying to see the Russian knock the future Hall of Famer out and end his run at the age of 49.
2.Mayweather vs Pacquaio (147lbs)-Whatever can be said about this bout has already been argued a million times. Let get it done already.
3.Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) vs Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) (140lbs)- What a bout this would be. Garcia, the boxer puncher versus Provodnikov the pure puncher. Garcia seems to always figure out a way to win as he did against another murderous puncher in Lucas Mattysse. Provodnikov would try to wage war as long as it lasts.