9.12.04 - By Jim Amato: Let's put the Michael Moorer KO victory over hard luck Vassily Jirov in it's proper light. First and foremost, it kept Moorer on the fringe of the ratings. He may well get a nice $ fight in the near future. For Jirov who has lost heartbreakers to James Toney, Joe Mesi and now Moorer...Well, it's back to the drawing board. He may want to seriously consider going back down to cruiserweight.

The victorious Moorer is the same Moorer who was clocked by David Tua and who was outscored recently by Eliseo Castillo. He is still a viable contender ? Since he lasted a few more seconds against David Tua then John Ruiz did, does that qualify him for a shot at Ruiz and the WBA title? What ever happened to David Tua? Can John Ruiz really consider himself the "champion" without squaring things with Mr. Tua? Good God, what if Danny Williams BEATS Vitali Klitschko? That will set the heavyweight division back a few years. I hope Lennox Lewis does not return but I have a gut feeling that he will. Here is what 2005 may have in store. If Vitali gets by Danny Williams, we will have Vitali, Ruiz, Chris Byrd and Lamon Brewster as recognized heavyweight titleholders. Ho, hum...

I see that Ruiz has called Vitali out. Funny I simply do not recall Ruiz clamoring for another go around with Tua.

Article posted on 09.12.2004

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