Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Up Coming Bouts

Sugar Shane Mosley vs Zab Judah, May 31, 2008

Sugar Shane Mosley and Zab Judah will be fighting each other on May31 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Neither man is in his prime but at thirty-six Mosley probably has a little more wear and tear in him, than Judah, who is six years younger at thirty years of age. This is sort of a throwback fight, with no title at stake, just two fighters fighting each other because this is what they do. It has the potential for an exciting fight. Their common opponent is Miguel Angel Cotto, with Judah getting stopped via TKO in the 11th round of their June 9th, 2007 fight. Mosley lost a fairly competitive decision to Cotto on November 10th, 2007.I’ve been a fan of Mosley from his early days. He is a class act and great old school fighter and he has fought the best. In a sense he is the anti-Judah whom I consider a thug. This has all the makings of a good guy vs. bad guy, or even better a west coast vs. east coast rivalry. I still believe that Mosley is a force to be reckoned with and I believe that when they fight, he will be too much for Zab Judah. One fighter is good, the other borders on greatness. I’m still waiting for a “Sugar” Shane Mosley vs. “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather fight.

Miguel Cotto vs Alfonso Gomez, April 12th, 2008

Also upcoming is a fight between Miguel Cotto and Alfonso Gomez on April 12th, 2008 at the Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey. I’m still not sure what to make of this one. I really like Gomez, he is a warrior, and he doesn’t have any quit in him. I just feel that Cotto might be too much for him. It’s a pretty big step up in class, despite his wins over both Ben Tackie and Arturo Gotti. Tackie has had a fairly respectable career but has seen better days and while Gotti’s record is peppered with some of boxing’s best including Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather , and also includes an incredible trilogy with Mickey Ward, winning two of three, he was a shell of his former self when he fought Gomez last year, getting stopped in the seventh round of a scheduled ten rounder. Gomez will have to count on Cotto taking this fight lightly and making a few slip ups. My heart says Gomez but my brain knows better.

Cotto, looking past Gomez, has a fight scheduled for July 19th,with Ricardo Mayorga, one of the few guys I dislike more than Judah. I don’t think anyone but Mayorga expects him to go the distance. Is this an indication that Cotto is taking Gomez lightly? For Gomez' sake, I hope so.

1 comment:

brian said...

First of all-best wishes to Alfonso Gomez.I think he's talented-and maybe,even more importantly-a risk-taking kind of guy.Let's face it-he really didn't need to sign for this fight;I liked him on 'The Contender'-and I'm sure his attitude is that he ain't goin' in as "the guy from the contender".I don't think he's gonna be a pushover for Cotto.
And....please Shane Moseley-retire Zab Judah.Regarding Judah-I don't even think about him winning or losing-it's whether he'll make it to the finish line without losing it.In terms of 'likeability',I'll take Mayorga over Judah any day.I don't smoke,but "some of my best friends are smokers",and I'm hoping to see Mayorga light one up after fighting...Zab Judah.

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