1) Only In America
Seeing Don King back in the ring and once again the promoter of a heavyweight champion is a classic case of déjà vu. Albeit, a disturbing one.
2) “He Can” Be Suspended
The Can Man, aka. Adrien Broner was suspended by the WBC this week for the disparaging remarks he made last week after his fight on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana undercard. The suspension will remain in effect until Broner makes a public apology which he kind of did this week?
3) A Fight Of Firsts
Last Saturday night’s big heavyweight rematch between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola was going to produce a first in the heavyweight division no matter the outcome. As it turns out, Stiverne’s TKO made him the first Haitian born heavyweight in history stopping Arreola’s bid to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. Arreola will be sick to his stomach when he reviews the fight tapes. He was controlling the fight but again fell victim to a porous defense.
4) Finally, Possible Excitement At The Top
Bermane Stiverne’s WBC Title Belt win will likely set up a fight against Deontay Wilder. There was a clamoring that Wladimir Klitschko might get a fight with Stiverne to try and unify the titles but the fight should rightly be The Bronze Bomber’s. Klitschko could have fought any one of the up and coming heavies the last few years but chose not to do so, just because he wants to get big brothers belt back…tough, get in line “champ”.
One thing’s for sure, much needed energy for the division is on the way.
5) Can Dynamite Explode at 5280 Feet?
When Juan Manuel “El Dinamita” Marquez and “Mile High “Mike Alvarado go to work on Saturday night…..expect a WAR. Even at 40 years old, Marquez is still a threat and is listed on Standing-8’s Pound for Pound list. Alvarado, 33, is coming off a loss to Ruslan Provodnikov but has a legitimate chance of taking this one. If I had to lean one way, I would go Alvarado. If he fights tall and uses his 2” height and reach advantage and boxes more than brawls he could revive his career.
6) A Ghost Sighting On One Heck Of A Card
Robert Guerrero is finally going to be back in the office. On June 21, Guerrero will be fighting the hard hitting Yoshihiro Kamegai. This will be Guerrero’s first fight in a year since losing to Floyd Mayweather in May of 2013. This card will be an outstanding one as it will feature Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell Jr. in the main event and an additional undercard matchup between Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass.
7) Even The Greatest Wants To See It
Following Mayweather’s win over Maidana, Muhammad Ali tweeted, “Congratulations @FloydMayweather, Maybe after you rest up we can see you rumble with @MannyPacquiao”
I agree champ, even though I believe Mayweather wins this fight…it has to happen for the love of the game.
8). Destroy All Trolls
Ok, I’m all for a racist who threatens another man’s family, especially his daughter, getting a beat down but when you are a top contender for the heavyweight title, you need to make better decisions. Had Wilder gotten hurt chasing that troll around and beating him to a pulp, his career could have suffered a setback.