WHERE IS BOXING 2015 IN SPORTS WORLD?
OTHER SPORTS FLAT OUT “KICKED ASS”
$64,000 QUESTION TO FIGHT FANS
That being said boxing fans, what was the “high” point of the 2015 boxing season. Where was the “orgasmic” moment in 2015 boxing? Truth be told, it didn’t exist. Floyd Mayweather pushed his log to 49-0 with points wins over Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto. If a Martian or somebody from another planet that had never seen a fight, sneaked into see the Mayweather-Pacquiao event, he probably would not have came back for the Berto affair.
POWER BROKERS & EGOS “HOLDING” BOXING BACK
There are enough exciting boxers today to put forth a successful program consisting of boxing’s many ethnic groups that could catch on mainstream to an extent. But fans, that means warring factions must come together to make the best fights. Right now, Premier Boxing Champions czar Al Heyman has a good number of fighters under contract. But will his upcoming battles in court with promoters Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya, will that “short circuit” Heyman’s power grab?
LARRY MERCHANT WEIGHS IN ON AL HEYMAN
But as Larry Merchant alludes to, “Heyman doesn’t have the guys I want to see. I like Canelo Alvarez, Terence Crawford, Sergey Kovalev, these are guys, Gennady Golovkin is another one, these are all guys not with Heyman.”
BACK TO “GRADING” BOXING 2015
All in all, this was an unimpressive year for boxing in that three big Pay Per View fights, Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto included, they all under-fulfilled expectations. There WAS NOT one knockdown, not in what was supposed to be the 36 most significant rounds of the boxing year. Nor was there anybody on the verge of doing anything exceptionally exciting. Ladies, gents, it was a year of prizefighting best described as “pedestrian.”
GOLOVKIN-CANELO & KOVALEV-WARD WILL DELIVER!
If Canelo Alvarez is willing to fight Gennady Golovkin, then it will happen. Time for the Mexican to swim in shark infested waters. If Alvarez starts screaming about weight, or lining up to face guys like Jarrod the Subway sandwich pedofile, then you know his stones are the size of a hamster and not a Mexican bull. As for unbeaten WBO guy Sergey Kovalev, after a January 31 “jaunt” with Jean Pascal of Canada on HBO, it was supposed to be he and undefeated 168 lb. champ Andre Ward.
WARD’S KNEE “SWELLED UP” NIXED TUNE UP
But Ward got hurt and his November 21 “get ready” fight under Alvarez-Cotto was scrapped. Good spot for Andre would be to either fight around the Kovalev date OR appear on the undercard.
RUSSIAN TYPES NOW THE GUYS PEOPLE WANNA’ SEE
So as we look towards 2016, the two hottest fights with the best chance of happening, Golovkin-Canelo and Kovalev-Ward, involve two fighters from the former Soviet Bloc, one Mexican and a Black American. That scenario was not possible 25 years ago. With the US having just 1/4 (Ward) of this boxing pie, this is also an illustration that America just isn’t producing boxing talent on a wide scale anymore.
Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman, licensed California Private Investigator and four-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, who also pens feature stories for the R & B band Tower of Power. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.
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WHERE IS BOXING 2015 IN SPORTS WORLD