2005 - The Year in Review, plus Year- End Awards - Part 6

31.12.05 - By Paul Ruby: And, I will end with my wish-list for 2006:

1. Mayweather, Judah, Gatti, Mosley (or any other high-profile opponent): For the love of God, can someone please give Antonio Margarito a shot!

2. HBO or Showtime: Put Jorge Arce on the TELEVISED undercard of a big-time fight with a couple hundred thousand people watching. Heís the most exciting little guy in the sport and his following should be much bigger.

3. Nacho Beristain: Youíre a great trainer - one of the best in the last 20 years - but a horrible manager! Youíre running the careers of the Marquez brothers into the ground, so why donít you turn the matchmaking side of your duties over to someone who can set them up with great fights and paydays they deserve. The way it stands now, youíre sending Juan Manuel Marquez to Indonesia to fight Chris John for about $32,000. It doesnít take an MBA to figure out thatís far less than he should command!

4. Joe Mesi: a successful and healthy return to the ring. Youíve persevered and won your court battle, now itís time to get back in shape and pick up where you left off.

5. Roy Jones: simply put, retire after you face Hopkins. I know itís good money, but youíre already starting to bastardize your legacy. A good case can now be made that you should not be considered a top-20 all-time Light Heavyweight. And that says nothing about the health risks involved!

6. Jermain Taylor: Fix your technical flaws. I hate to say it, but this may require a new trainer. You give up your height by keeping your legs so far apart. You donít always judge distance that well. Youíve got gifts that almost no one in boxing has - please make the most of them. And donít sign to fight Winky Wright until youíve made some improvements.

7. Shane Mosley: Start throwing combinations again! You were once among the most exciting fighters in the game - what happened?

8. Ricky Hatton vs. Jose Luis Castillo or Diego Corrales: I donít need to explain this one. Let Hatton face a non-threatening foe in April, and then get his fight set up for August or September.

9. Jeff Lacy: Beat Joe Calzaghe convincingly. Calzaghe had a world of talent, but now heís old and not the fighter he once was. It is Jeff Lacyís time to stake his claim to the throne of the 168-pound division

10. Exciting heavyweight fights: I think most of us are tired of the snooze-fests weíve been forced to endure recently. Letís see exciting guys like James Toney, Joe Mesi, Calvin Brock, Samuel Peter, and Wladimir Klitschko in the ring against other worthy opponents.

Everyone else - have a happy and safe 2006!

Article posted on 01.01.2006

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