this cant be real…Ward to go to England?? For what? The only fights that are remotely close to being interesting is Donaire vs Rigondeaux or Broner vs Garcia/MatthysePosted January 6, 2013 6:15 pm
So the author is suggesting who should go where to fight? Andre Ward whips Froch anywhere on this planet, didnt you see the first fight son? Mr HBO superstar “the problem” Broner should go to Scotland to fight Richard Burs, Yeah right, Broner vs P4P fighters from now on please..
I like to see Ward-Froch 2 ( Froch gets his a** beat again), Broner-Burns (Burns gets BURNT), Garcia-Rios (I cant call it), Dirrell-Bute ( Bute gets his Bootay kicked), Marquez- Bradley (Bradley RIP), Paquiao- Alexander (hey why not), Ward-Kessler 2 (Kessler is sent home in shame) , Froch-Kessler 2 (Froch beats that a**), Martinez-Golovkin (SLUGFEST), Alvarez- Trout (Trout by SD), Mayweather-Pacquiao (Pac aint done, but Mayweather def wins) , Chavez Jr? GTFOH!!! RETIRE!Posted January 5, 2013 2:12 am
– Mayweather vs. Alvarez … I don’t Mayweather would do this fight. Technically, there is no contest between Mayweather vs. Alvarez. But given the weight loss techniques today — Alvarez would have a huge advantage in weight on fight night and I don’t think Mayweather would hurt Alvarez while it would only take one punch from Alvarez to hurt Mayweather. It is way too much risk for Mayweather. The only way I see this happening is if Alvarez agreed to a fight night weight limit … say 165 lbs. Right now, Alvarez looks like he comes into a 154 pound fight at 175 lbs if not even higher. I don’t think Mayweather would do that fight and as a boxing fan — I am not sure it would be fair if he did. Mayweather might be the best technical fighter in the history of the boxing — to watch him get his face beat-in by what really is a lower caliber fighter who really only has advantages in power and weight would really not be fair.
– Froch vs. Ward … this was almost 12-0 shut-out in the first fight so why would we want to see this again. No thanks.
– Marquez vs. Guerrero … I think Marquez has done enough in terms of stepping-up to the biggest and toughest challenges. If this fight happens at 135 lbs or 140 lbs — then I agree — this is a great fight. But I think Guerrero is up to 147 lbs and I think he is staying at 147 lbs. I don’t think this is a fair fight at 147 lbs. particularly given what Guerrero did to Berto at 147 lbs.
In my opinion, boxing fans want to see fair fights, great fights, dramatic fights when the outcome is doubt. So, I think author raises some good possibilities but I would like these fights to be fair in terms of weight and to be dramatic in terms of the build-up.Posted January 3, 2013 9:10 pm
– Broner vs. Burns … great fight but probably should not happen until late in 2013 if not 2013. The US has not seen Burns and I think a tune-up in the US would support the fight and build interest.
– Rios vs. Garcia … this is a huge, huge, huge potential fight but again probably should not happen until 2014 after more build-up and more excitement. It is very high risk for Garcia who is only now really developing as an elite level fighter. Garcia has fought solid competition including Mike Arnoutis, Nate Campbell, Kendal Holt, Erik Morales, and Amir Khan. But he is not yet a huge draw. If they build this fight up over the next year, it could be a major PPV event. Huge.
– Khan vs. Peterson … who cares? I don’t think anybody cares about either one of these guys right now.
– Bradley vs. Pacquiao … also, who cares? Bradley is best known for winning fights with his head and headbutts and winning fights that he didn’t really win (Pacquiao). Pacquiao needs to get his feet planted again. This fight may happen only because Bradley has no real power — but I don’t think there is any fan interest.Posted January 3, 2013 8:56 pm
I have mixed feelings about the article and the suggested matchups. There is a British slant to the suggestions so let me provide an American slant as well as some cynicism about how the boxing world works:
– Quillan vs. Golovkin … is a great fight that should happen in 2015. I mean 2015 in 2 years from now. Nobody in the US knows Golovkin. He has one fight on American TV and regardless of what the fans in Europe think, Golovkin has not fought anybody of substance. Quillan is an up and coming fighter that is only beginning to establish an audience. It is way too soon for this fight. This is a great fight that should happen — but let’s hope they are both undefeated champions who have put on great performances in 2013 and 2014 to set-up for a mega-fight in 2015.
– Price vs. Fury … also a great fight — but nobody in the US knows these guys. In addition, both of these guys represent strong potential challenges to the Klitshko’s. I would say this is a fight that should happen in early 2014 after both Price and Fury have 1-2 tune-up fights in the US. I agree this fight should happen — just wait one year.
– Donaire vs. Rigondoneaux … this is a stupid fight. Rigondeaux has no chance against Donaire. Promoters would be stupid to set-up Rigondeaux for a wipe-out loss. We have seen Rigondeaux in the US several times and he is an over-rated fighter who stands 5 feet 4 inches with only 11 pro fights. He would have no chance against Donaire who is maybe a top three pound for pound fighter in the world. Bad idea for Rigondeaux.Posted January 3, 2013 8:47 pm
First, I absolutely loved seein Calzaghe take Lacy to school, that was a true showcase of Joe’s skills and exposed Jeff’s lack of. But there is no way you can compare Lacy to Broner or say that this fight will be like the Calzaghe fight. Broner has already proved himself to be more of the real deal more than Lacy did previous to that fight. Lacy was so overhyped because he was knockin guys out and they were wantin him to be kinda like a mini tyson so they were overlooking his lack of ability. Broner has speed, power, and better all around skills. He’s gonna be on top or near the top for a long time. So far from reality sayin Broner will get beat and it will be easy. Do you just use “anonymous” when your gonna say something retarded or do you always use it?Posted January 3, 2013 6:25 pm
BURNS WILL STOP BRONER EASILY,,AMERICAN HYPE JOB,,SAME AS LACY V CALZAGHEPosted January 3, 2013 4:09 pm
Ward isn’t a great, too negative to be a great.Posted January 3, 2013 1:00 pm
These will be nice to watch… But, what the public want to see and what the promoter will allow are two different stories… :o(Posted January 3, 2013 10:49 am
It should be Garcia vs. Matthysse not Rios.Posted January 3, 2013 5:17 am
Mick the Marmalizer
From a UK domestic view i’d like to see.
With all due respect to the author, many of these fights are uninteresting, and cause me to question the boxing acumen of the author. For example, Ward smoked Froch in their previous match-up. Thus, why should Ward fight Froch again, whether it be in England or Oakland? Moreover, what is the basis for characterizing Peter Quillin as a “must see” fighter? Although he fought courageously in his most recent fight, he would hardly be characterized as an exciting fighter. Additionally, the previous Pacquiao-Bradley fight was uninteresting. Even though Pacquiao was screwed by the judges, that’s not a reason to watch them fight again. And, who cares if Amir Khan fights Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson? Those fights weren’t that interesting the first time around. In addition, there presently is no such thing as a “must see” heavyweight fight. Finally, Floyd Mayweather is extraordinarily skilled, but not particularly interesting because his fights are predetermined, i.e., fights blown up lightweights, over the hill former champions. Let him fight Sergio Martinez, Timothy Bradley, the new and improved JMM, and he’d be worth watching
In contrast, some of the proposed match-ups actually have merit. For instance, Robert Guerrero or Timothy Bradley v. JMM would be action-packed. Yes, there are those who think that Guerrero is overrated, but who can argue with the fact that he brings it for 12 rounds. JMM would also force Bradley to mix it up. In addition, Donaire and Rigondeaux would be interesting, if for no other reason than to see if Rigondeaux can withstand Donaire’s heat. As for a match-up that wasn’t suggested, how about Lucas Matthysse versus Danny Garcia. Both guys are strong, skilled, and super tough. It would be the Iron Chin contest of 2013.
I think that this author can provide a more thoughtful, well-reasoned analysis of must-see fights in 2013. Perhaps he’ll try again.Posted January 2, 2013 10:46 pm
Mick the Marmalizer
Rigo/Donaire, Broner/Burns, Shumenov/Cleverley, & Alverez/Trout would work well to start with.Posted January 2, 2013 8:07 pm
I would argue that Martinez is the best now. GGG is true champion. The fact Sergio would win Murray and Chavez is questionable. If that was the case, it is unlikely he would ever face GolovkinPosted January 2, 2013 7:44 pm
1 David Price vs Tyson Fury… Fury has turned down this great matchup. He’d get knocked out … 2 Nonito Donaire vs Guillermo Rigondeaux.. A great fight but hard to make. Donaire wins a tough decision by coming on late … 3 Adrien Broner vs Ricky Burns.. I’d rather see Broner vs Gamboa, Rios, Garcia, or Matthysse because Burns isn’t good enough to make a great fight … 4 Brandon Rios vs Danny Garcia.. Garcia would light Rios up. Garcia is much like Duran, but more controlled. Garcia has a better left hook than Frazier, doesn’t run into uppercuts as much, and has more weapons. Rios is more wide open like Frazier … 5 Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson.. Khan won’t be ready for brawlers in 2013. Give him two more years with Hunter and he’ll whip Peterson with ease in 2015 … 6 Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao.. A solid fight but no fireworks. Pacquiao-Marquez V is a better matchup, which Marquez wins by KO again … 7 Floyd Mayweather vs Saul Alvarez.. A great fight but impossible to sign … 8 Carl Froch vs Andre Ward.. No reason for Ward to fight Froch in England but a good fight which Ward takes again … 9 Juan Manuel Marquez vs Roberto Guerrero.. Marquez isn’t interested. He’ll do Pac V and retire. 10 Grennady Golovkin vs Peter Quillin.. A very interesting fight but tough to sign. Golovkin wins by KO.Posted January 2, 2013 5:37 pm
How about Deontay Wilder vs anyone with a PULSE??Posted January 2, 2013 5:21 pm
Maidana vs Matthyse.Posted January 2, 2013 4:47 pm