Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Poor Man's Challenge

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After successfully dismantling nemesis Edison Miranda by a relatively unchallenged 4th-round ko and calling out Oscar De La Hoya and middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham is set to defend his IBF title.

Problem is, neither of the above mentioned fighter's appear to be on his immediate dance card. Instead, long-time veteran Raul Marquez is the next victim, err challenger. Marquez, who turned back the clock a few years by besting a younger and undefeated (and wholly untested) Giovanni Lorenzo by unanimous decision, will now have the unenviable task of trying to beat a fighter who is still younger, and much more powerful than he ever was or will be.

Now, does Marquez deserve to fight for the title? Of course, he won an eliminator and we all know once the alphabet misfits hold them they honor the final verdict. But at this stage, Abraham should abandon that scrap for much more meaningful fights. Even a matchup against Winky Wright would've been more intriguing, unless they plan to hold this match at the same venue (Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida) which should be fresh in those customer's mind.

The guess here:

Marquez, as always, brings the fight to his opponent. He most likely will get cut and not by a headbutt. The bout will be stopped because Marquez is a true warrior who never quit even when victory had long abandoned him. Unless Abraham falls victim to hubris, how can a man who couldn't hurt the elite junior middleweights hurt a powerful middleweight?

Kahn He Win a Title?

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Or better yet, when will he fight for a title? The 2004 Olympic silver medalist and latest UK buzz, Amir Khan has been on the cusp of certified superstardom for the last two years now. But after another gutsy performance last night, his promoter, Frank Warren, still doesn't deem the lad as ready for a title. Khan, who has had to rise from the canvas once again, claimed another stoppage victory against unheralded Michael via 5th-round kayo only after rising from a second round knockdown.

Give credit where it's due though: Khan has shown the stomach to get up and fight back. You simply can't teach that.

The guess here is that if he is not ready now, he may never be ready. His chin will not improve, only his defense. And there will always be a fighter whose offense will be the equalizer to a good defense. But Warren should have Khan fighting even more dangerous fighters in different parts of the world, if he's to measure Kahn's greatness.


  1. I don't care what anyone says, Amir's the future of boxing.

  2. I think that Pavlik KO's Abraham!!


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