With news that Ken Hershman was scooped up by HBO (and away from Showtime) to be the new president of HBO Sports, it makes me feel hopeful that the debacle at HBO Sports and their problems with reaching their budget and forcing some non-PPV worthy fights onto PPV is over.
This hopefulness has me thinking of some fights that I would love to see. Not that any of these fights will or will not be made, just my current wish list.
I want to see two men* in the trenches, pouring their heart and soul into every punch. Refusing to give into the will of their opponent and fight as if it was their last chance in the ring.
*Or women, I don’t discriminate I mean I have watched women fight locally in Sarah Kuhn and Jaci Trivilino in fantastic, hard nosed battles that were extremely enjoyable*
5. Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto
I realize Cotto has a fight on HBO PPV coming up (I see a Cotto KO victory over Margarito, btw), but I don’t care. The styles that both men have would end in nothing less than fireworks. I understand and appreciate a fighter that is over skilled defensively and from time to time it’s a joy to watch someone so skilled in that craft do their work in the ring, but what I really enjoy in a fight above all else is a fight. I think these two have the potential to have a 5-star fight. I have almost no doubt Maravilla would win, but I am also sure that Cotto would give him everything he could handle.
4. Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Gary Russell, Jr.
Russell, Jr. is realistically about three fights away from being ready for someone of Gamboa’s quality. It’s just that to see Russell in the ring now you would think he’s a 10+ year veteran. He looks extremely polished with the whole package at his disposal. The 23-year-old has speed, power, defense and controls the ring like a grizzled veteran.
Gamboa is no slouch though. While I am high on Russell, I think Gamboa is the cream of the featherweight division. He, too, has almost unmatched speed and throws deadly accurate combinations. His major flaw is his ability to disappear for a minute or so in some rounds. He can get away with that against most because he is so superior in talent and quickness, but another grade A fighter would be quick to exploit that weakness. Continue reading “Five Fights Wishlist”→
Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
From Atlantic City, NJ
I admit I was excited for this fight when it was announced. I envisioned a flash of a fight ending in a vicious KO.
What I got was mild action and a weak ending. I can’t complain about the ending too much. The clash of heads was certainly vicious, just not the KO I was pining for.
The fight was steady throughout with Gamboa winning every round except for the 1st which I gave to Ponce de Leon. Even though Gamboa won every round it was a closer fight than the score would indicate.
Ponce de Leon lunges way too much, especially against such a deadly accurate puncher like Gamboa, but Gamboa seemingly takes a good 30 seconds off every single round and Ponce de Leon took full advantage of those seconds with solid body shots and looping lefts. Some of those lefts gaining the attention of Yuriorkis.
The clash of heads came in round 8 as they were both coming in to throw a punch.
Gamboa was on his way to a semi-easy victory, but I have doubts to his ability to stay on point for all three minutes. Stepping his game up against the absolute best in the world and taking off 30+ seconds a round is not going to end well for him.
He called out Pacquaio, who he will not be seeing in the ring. Even though Juan Manuel Lopez lost his last fight against Orlando Salido I would still love to see a fight between him and Gamboa. Young up and comer Mikey Garcia would also make a nice match-up.
A fight I would absolutely drool over for Gamboa would be the young Gary Russell, Jr. I realize Russell Jr. is only 23-years-old and has fought a mere 65 rounds as a pro, but he has something special in him. If a year from now Gamboa and Russell are within 5 lbs of each other it needs to happen.