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Floyd Mayweather owes Manny Pacquiao more than $113,000 stemming from defamation lawsuit

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A federal judge has ordered Floyd Mayweather to pay more than $113,000 to Manny Pacquiao for skipping a series of court-ordered deposition dates in 2011, Courthouse News reported Tuesday afternoon.

The deposition dates in question are related to a defamation suit filed by Pacquiao, claiming Mayweather told journalists the Filipino fighter uses performance-enhancing drugs.

When Mayweather was supposed to sit for deposition between June and October last year, he never showed. In a demand for sanctions last year, Pacquiao told the court that Mayweather was photographed at nightclubs across the country, dancing, drinking and burning money, all while claiming that he was too busy training.

“Mayweather decided that he, not the court, would determine if and when his deposition would take place,” according to the motion. “Busy living the ‘luxurious lifestyle non-stop,’ ‘pour[ing] champagne for [his] friends,’ and keeping the company of ‘attractive women,’ Mayweather refused to be deposed. He disobeyed properly served deposition notices, filed specious ‘emergency’ motions, openly defied this court’s order directing him to appear, and serially misrepresented his whereabouts to Pacquiao and this court. Exposing Mayweather’s untruths was a massive — and expensive — undertaking.”

The complete court order can be found here.

– staff

  • Published On Sep 18, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Ricky Hatton comes back, Amir Khan finds new trainer, more

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    Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton (above), who announced a comeback last week, might be an attractive opponent for compatriot Amir Khan. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • How much money did Miguel Cotto leave on the table when he passed on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao? According to Bob Arum, a lot. Arum said Cotto’s guarantee for a Dec. 1 date with Pacquiao would have been around $13 million, with the possibility of going as high as $15 million if the pay-per-view numbers were strong. Instead, Cotto will settle for significantly less in a fight with unknown junior middleweight Austin Trout while Arum signed Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth fight with Pacquiao by guaranteeing just $6 million.

    • HBO was thrilled with the rating it got for the heavily promoted Sept. 8 showdown between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. According to the Neilsen numbers, Ward-Dawson attracted 1.3 million viewers, the sixth straight World Championship Boxing telecast exceeding 1 million viewers for HBO.

    • Here’s my one and only thought on the proposed partnership between Manny Pacquiao and 50 Cent: I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • I’m fully expecting a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez to take place early next year. Chavez Jr. wants it and Martinez isn’t going to sniff that much money against anyone else. Hopefully Chavez will take his training a little more seriously next time. He has the talent to beat Martinez but he has to be in peak condition both mentally and physically if he expects to have a shot against a fighter as fast and skilled as Martinez.

    • At 33, comebacking Ricky Hatton probably has one more big fight left in him. And perhaps the biggest one of his career could be out there: Amir Khan. They haven’t invented a word for how big Hatton-Khan could be in England and after a tune-up or two both could be ready for it.

    • Little tired of strength coach Alex Ariza taking to Twitter and passive aggressively implying that a fighter would have done better had he been more involved. In the aftermath of Chavez’s loss to Martinez, Ariza, who had reduced role in Chavez’s camp this time around, in a Q&A with his followers, suggested that Chavez would have performed better had he followed his diet and that Chavez was “not in my kind of shape.” It’s not the first time Ariza has done this and it’s getting a little old.

    • Arum says he plans on bringing welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley back in December. Possible opponents include Ruslan Provodnikov, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson and Robert Guerrero. Guerrero is under contract with archrival Golden Boy but Arum told a handful of reporters last week that Bradley-Guerrero was a fight he would really like to make.

    • Hasim Rahman, who held the WBC heavyweight title for a year between 2005 and ’06, is getting another crack at a world title. Rahman, 39, will travel to Germany to take on Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 29 in a fight that will be televised in the U.S. on Epix.

    • Predictably, the Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco negotiations are progressing slowly. Broner, who is represented by influential and divisive manager Al Haymon, wants the lion’s share of the money and DeMarco isn’t willing to give it to him. Like I’ve said before: Fight each other or don’t fight anyone else in your weight class on premium TV.

    • How much did it cost 50 Cent to pry Yuri Gamboa away from Top Rank? That would be $1.2 million. From what I hear from Top Rank officials, that’s just about how much the company invested in Gamboa.

    • The always entertaining Gabriel Rosado (20-5) is back in action on Friday night, when he headlines the next installment of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series against Charles Whittaker (38-12-2). This is a big fight for Rosado: If he wins, he becomes the No. 1 contender for the IBF junior middleweight title held by Cornelius Bundrage.

    • While we all wait (and wait, and wait) for Pacquiao-Mayweather, it’s clear Arum is setting up the winner of next month’s junior welterweight fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado as the next opponent for Pacquiao. Rios-Alvarado is expected to be a war, which should give the winner a nice bounce going into a Pacquiao fight.

    • Showtime has to be pleased with the numbers for Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez on Saturday. According to Neilsen ratings, Alvarez-Lopez attracted 1.04 million viewers. Still, that’s a 42 percent drop from Alvarez’s HBO-televised fight against Kermit Cintron in November 2011, which drew 1.47 million viewers.

    • Amir Khan is reportedly set to name Virgil Hunter, best known for training super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as his new coach. That’s a good call. Hunter has a brilliant boxing mind who believes hit-and-don’t-get-hit is the only philosophy a fighter should live by. For a shaky-chinned fighter like Khan, that’s the best kind of trainer.

    • Speaking of Ward, cross Mikkel Kessler off the list of potential next opponents. Ward had expressed interest in a rematch with Kessler — whom he picked apart over 11 lopsided rounds in 2009 — but Kessler elected to face 37-year old Brian Magee, who owns a minor super middleweight title. It’s just as well: Ward-Kessler would have created no buzz in the United States.

    • Last week, Arum spent a lot of time talking to reporters about junior middleweight prospect John Jackson, even going as far as to say Jackson would get a televised slot on the Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast. But on Saturday, Jackson (13-1) ran into another pretty good prospect, the Jack Loew-trained Willie Nelson (19-1-1), who beat him in a close decision. Jackson still has potential and a lot of power (12 knockouts) but needs to polish his game so he can out box fighters he can’t knock out.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 18, 2012
  • Experts’ predictions for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Sergio Martinez

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    Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (left) looks to score the signature win of his young career Saturday against Sergio Martinez in a middleweight championship fight. (AP)’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s middleweight title fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez (9 p.m. ET, HBO PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.


    A year ago this fight was a mismatch, back when Martinez was peaking and Chavez was still learning the craft. Yet time has slowed the 37-year-old Martinez — the early success of Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin in Martinez’s last two fights attests to that — while Chavez has grown into his 6-foot frame and, with the help of Freddie Roach, into his natural skill.

    That preamble is to illustrate why this will be a closer fight than if it took place a year ago; but the outcome will be the same. Martinez has been victimized by slow starts lately but Chavez has his own habit of poor early rounds to deal with. Chavez will score with his body work but Martinez’s clean, precise punching should produce obvious points. I’m wary of a bad decision here: On Mexican Independence Day, Chavez will have a lot of fans in the building and Nevada judges have been shaky recently. But I’m still taking Martinez because in the later rounds, his talent will shine. Martinez by split decision.


    I can’t decide if an uncharacteristically angry Martinez (“It is personal …. I will break his face a thousand times”) poses an extra danger for Chavez, or whether that impressive vitriol is a sign that the usually easy-going and respectful Argentine is feeling a bit of a threat and may be vulnerable. Chavez, at 26, is 11 years younger than Martinez, and appears to be maturing into a more complete fighter than it seemed he would ever become. He is also a very big (six-foot, and likely to come into the ring 10 to 15 pounds over the 160-pound limit) and very powerful middleweight. In his recent outings, against Peter Manfredo Jr., Marco Antonio Rubio and, especially Andy Lee, the son of the legendary JCC (the greatest Mexican fighter of all time) has displayed a more fluid and multi-dimensional style, seemingly finally stepping up his learning curve. Certainly he’s a very dangerous customer.

    That said, I have to think that Martinez, though 37, is still very much in his prime and has far more tools than Chavez. He’s still faster than Chavez and a far more skilled boxer, and he’s an exceptional finisher. I see Martinez dominating the early rounds. Chavez may very well mount an attack in the middle of the bout – those boy shots will get through – but I see Martinez weathering it and then his superior skill, fitness (we know Chavez Jr. has blown off more than a few sessions with Freddie Roach) experience – and maybe even his righteous anger — should come together to batter Chavez down the stretch. One danger: If it’s at all close round-by-round, look for the judges to give an edge to Chavez.

    Still, I am looking for Martinez on points. Martinez by unanimous decision.


    The late-blooming Martinez has spent most of the past three years near the top of the pound-for-pound charts, generally considered the best fighter in the sport not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. Chavez spent the same period regarded by many as the coddled son of a legend, more sizzle than substance. Junior’s impressive knockout of Andy Lee may have tempered that perception, underscoring a key fact: this is the biggest, strongest and perhaps most agressive opponent Martinez has faced. And, yes, the cagey Argentine puncher has showed signs of slippage in recent outings.

    Still, no one can deny it’s a major step up in class for Chavez. Expect the wiser, more accurate and more intelligent Maravilla to make the most of his long-awaited moment in the spotlight, taking the fight to Chavez from the opening bell, creating angles the young Mexican has never seen before and — of no small significance — trying above all to keep it out of the judges’ hands. Look for boxing’s most impressive closer to make it five straight knockouts somewhere in the middle rounds. Martinez by sixth-round KO.

  • Published On Sep 14, 2012
  • 50 Cent discusses partnership with Manny Pacquiao in radio interview

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    Rapper and nascent boxing promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson visited New York hip-hop station Power 105.1 on Friday morning for an in-studio interview on the The Breakfast Club morning show, addressing the rumors of his budding partnership with Manny Pacquiao.

    50 Cent, who launched The Money Team Promotions in July, said the rumors of a union with Pacquiao were true. And he confirmed his primary objective is making the long-fancied megafight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

    “I look at Floyd like he’s my younger brother,” 50 Cent said. “He earns so much that he just spend. Just run around and spend and do what he want. So there’s no urgency, to anything, and when the communication breaks and it starts to not be … Look, my concept of TMT is ‘the fight you want to see.’ It’s Floyd and Manny Pacquiao, the fight.”

    50 Cent continued: “If actually building the company would build excitement to keep Floyd conscious of what’s good for business as opposed to the ego, then I could sacrifice the company putting them together. On the financial end, and saying, ‘Ya’ll can promote the whole thing.’ I can get $200 million easy, I raised it twice for my film production company. That’s what it would cost for the fight.”

    – staff

  • Published On Sep 14, 2012
  • Source: Manny Pacquiao picks Juan Manuel Marquez for next opponent

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    Manny Pacquiao (right) edged Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision last November. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — Former welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao will continue his historic rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez when the two meet for the fourth time on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, an industry source confirmed to

    The Los Angeles Times first reported the deal had been completed.

    Pacquiao initially wanted to face Miguel Cotto, who he knocked out in a thrilling fight in 2009. However, Cotto declined Top Rank’s offer, choosing instead to face 154-pound titleholder Austin Trout. Over the last week Pacquiao had been considering two possible opponents: Marquez and Timothy Bradley, who beat Pacquiao in a controversial decision last June. Ultimately, the decision came down to money: Pacquiao-Bradley generated an estimated 920,000 while Pacquiao-Marquez III generated 1.25 million.

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum confirmed that Pacquiao would return to the ring on Dec. 8 but declined to specify the opponent.

    “We reached an agreement,” Arum said. “It’s being drawn up now. As far as who he will be fighting that will be announced on Tuesday. But everything is done, finished.”

    Arum hinted that Bradley — who is also under contract with Top Rank — will return to the ring on Nov. 10.

    Arum refuted speculation that Pacquiao was considering taking the rest of the year off.

    “Not even a remote [possibility],” Arum said.

    Marquez is expected to be in Las Vegas this weekend to work as an analyst for the international broadcast off Saturday night’s middleweight title fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 12, 2012
  • USA Boxing enlists decorated Cuban coach Pedro Roque Otano

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    LAS VEGAS — A key factor in USA men’s boxing’s medal-less 2012 Olympics was its inability to adjust to international styles. On Tuesday, USA Boxing took the first step towards addressing that issue, hiring decorated Cuban coach Pedro Roque Otano in the newly created position of International Teaching Coach.

    A coach for more than 40-years, Roque Otano has coached athletes from multiple countries to 35 Olympic medals — including 11 golds — and 43 medals in World Championship competitions. In his new role, Roque Otano will work with coaches across the U.S. to help prepare fighters for elite international competitions.

    “USA Boxing is fortunate to have secured the best coach in the world to help lead Team USA back to a position of prominence,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski. “His resume includes a large laundry list of successes, including but not limited to, AIBA Coach of the Decade. Yet it does not begin to express or convey his passion, drive, and dedication to help our athletes and coaches win. He is completely dedicated to Team USA. The focus of our program must be on high performance at all elite age groups, and this starts with the expertise of Pedro and integrating the personal coaches and athletes. It is imperative for USA Boxing to rebuild systematically with the talents Pedro brings to our program.”

    Among Roque Otano’s other duties:

    • Develop the training schedule for the elite athletes as well as executing the elements of the high performance plan focused on the development of boxers and coaches.

    • Create a uniform coach certification program as well as leading clinics in various areas across the United States.

    • Personally develop additional coach clinicians to assist in giving clinics throughout the country.

    • Develop the top personal coaches in the United States and assist them in becoming AIBA certified to ensure they are able to work the corners of their athletes at major international events.

    Roque Otano will begin work immediately, hosting two clinics in Texas later this month.

    “I thank USA Boxing for giving me the possibility of working with its boxers. I am very satisfied and happy for this opportunity,” Roque Otano said. “I promise to put all my national and international experience to the service of the development of boxing in the United States and to work continuously to achieve medals in all the World Championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games in men’s and women’s boxing.”

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 12, 2012
  • Amir Khan decides to split with trainer Freddie Roach

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    Amir Khan is mixing up his corner after his second straight loss. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — It appears the working relationship between former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is about to be over. In the aftermath of July’s knockout loss to Danny Garcia — Khan’s second consecutive defeat — Khan said he would consider replacing Roach in his corner. On Tuesday, Roach said that members of Khan’s team told him the fighter would stay with him only if he agreed to drop Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

    “They said ‘Make Amir No. 1, get rid of Manny and Chavez and he will still come back to me,” Roach said. “I said I can’t do that. It’s simple.”

    Roach said Khan’s team made the offer twice, first in a face-to-face meeting between Roach and Khan’s manager, Asif Vali and later in a phone call between Roach and Khan’s father, Shah.

    Roach says he has no hard feelings for Khan.

    “I’m a busy person,” Roach said. “I’ve been with Manny for a long time. Manny is my guy. Someone has to take the blame and it’s usually the trainer. I’ve been fired before and it won’t be the last time. I like Amir. I wish him the best. They better keep him away from punchers.”

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 11, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, Adrien Broner making news

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    Manny Pacquiao (above), who fell to No. 3 in’s most recent pound-for-pound ratings, might not fight again in 2012 according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • Expect to see Andre Ward, fresh off last weekend’s impressive knockout win over Chad Dawson, in Las Vegas this Saturday at the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Sergio Martinez middleweight title fight. Ward is eyeballing the winner for his next fight. Just don’t expect Ward, a 168-pound super middleweight, to drop too close to the 160-pound middleweight limit. Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, told me Ward might be willing to cut “a couple of pounds” but no more than that. Nor is Ward all that interested in moving all the way up to 175 pounds, either. Hunter believes anyone who wants a crack at Ward should have to fight him at his weight.

    • So much for TMT Promotions — a company founded this summer by rapper 50 Cent and believed to involve Floyd Mayweather — making a big splash. While TMT is still in the hunt for a November date on HBO, nothing is close to being finalized. Moreover, 50 Cent has indicated in recent interviews that his relationship with Mayweather isn’t as strong as it used to be. That’s not good news for Andre Dirrell, Yuri Gamboa and Billy Dib, fighters who have signed to TMT but don’t appear to have many options before the end of the year.

    • After watching Tomasz Adamek get knocked down and struggle in an eventual fifth-round knockout of journeyman Travis Walker, you have to wonder just how much the 35-year old Adamek has left in the tank. In the last year Adamek has been battered by Vitali Klitschko, gone the distance in wins over Nagy Aguilera and Eddie Chambers, and been life and death with Walker. Adamek has fought some wars in his career; now, they might be catching up with him.

    • When Zsolt Erdei withdrew from his Sept. 29 fight with Isaac Chilemba, one solution was to take Chilemba off promoter Lou DiBella’s HBO-televised show and move him to a Main Events-promoted Sept. 21 card on NBC Sports Network. Main Events had been searching for a replacement for Gabriel Campillo, who withdrew from a fight with Sergey Kovalev, which would have headlined the NBC show. DiBella and HBO, however, wanted Main Events to give up Kovalev and have him fight Chilemba on HBO. But because boxing promoters get along about as well as a divorced couple, Chilemba stayed on DiBella’s card, where he will fight a yet to be named opponent on the untelevised undercard, while Kovalev will face unheralded Lionel Thompson on the NBC card. No one wins.

    • I still think that from a marketing perspective, Kelly Pavlik makes the most sense for Andre Ward.

    • If HBO can’t make Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco in November, I don’t want to see either of them on television. The network has invested millions in Broner, who has looked great plowing over a collection of stiffs. And DeMarco, who knocked out John Molina in less than a minute on Saturday, told me that he is ready, willing and able to fight Broner in November. Make it happen, or don’t give them the platform or the money to fight someone else.

    • Look for scintillating middleweight Gennady Golovkin to be back in the ring before the end of the year; just don’t expect it to be a unification fight against Daniel Geale. There’s a strong interest from HBO to make Golovkin-Geale but the sense I’m getting is that it’s more likely to happen in the spring of 2013.

    • No one at 140 pounds wants a piece of Lucas Matthyse. No one.

    • Spent some time talking to several people in Manny Pacquiao’s camp this week and no one can say with any certainty whether Pacquiao will fight again this year. Top Rank is still holding the Dec. 8 date but it is waiting to hear from Pacquiao.

    • During its broadcast last weekend, HBO incorrectly identified Ward as the last U.S. Olympic boxing gold medalist. Ward is the last men’s boxing gold medalist. The last gold medal won by a USA boxer was claimed by Claressa Shields, the 17-year old phenom who picked up middleweight gold in London.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 11, 2012
  • Three thoughts from Andre Ward’s scintillating win over Chad Dawson

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    Andre Ward defended his WBA and WBC titles with a 10th round knockout of Chad Dawson. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

    1. This was a boxing clinic — Chad Dawson is the undisputed top dog at light heavyweight and a recognized top-ten fighter in the world. And Andre Ward made him look pedestrian. Ward threw rights and lefts, fought inside and out, showcased power and speed; against an opponent who has beaten virtually everyone at 175-pounds (some twice) Ward submitted a brilliant performance. He literally beat Dawson into submission: When referee Steve Smoger checked with Dawson after he was knocked down — for the third time — in the tenth round, Dawson appeared to tell Smoger he was done.

    Any fears this fight would be a technical snoozefest were dispelled in the third round, when a short left hook put Dawson on the canvas. A looping left put Dawson down again in the fourth and Ward never looked back. Ward punished Dawson with left hands that Dawson seemed not to see coming, leaving the sturdy, 6-foot-1 Dawson noodle-legged for most of the fight.

    Ward cautioned everyone before the fight not to rule out a knockout, comments most dismissed. As good as Ward is, he has never shown punishing power; his last knockout was back in 2009. Yet against a strong chinned opponent in Dawson–who has stood up to Tomasz Adamek, Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson, among others–Ward showed a killer instinct few knew was there.

    “In boxing everyone is knockout hungry,” Ward said. It’s the last piece of the puzzle. It’s not something you can teach.”

    2. Is Ward the best fighter in boxing? — This will be a hot topic for debate as writers cobble together their pound-for-pound lists over the next few weeks. My opinion: Ward is no worse than the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, ahead of Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez, just behind Floyd Mayweather, and you can make a compelling argument that he deserves the top spot. Ward has cleaned out the super middleweight division and has now beaten the best light heavyweight in the world. Mayweather is coming off an impressive win over Miguel Cotto last May but doesn’t have the same bounce in his legs and is clearly, if only ever so slightly, on the decline. If Ward isn’t No. 1 now, he is nipping right at Mayweather’s heels.

    More scary: Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, says Ward has only reached about 85% of his potential.

    3. So … what’s next? —  Where does Ward go from here? He beat all the top super middleweights (Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham) in the Super Six and with Lucian Bute tied up with a scheduled rematch with Froch in 2013, there aren’t many compelling options in the rankings. A rematch with Kessler has been floated, but that won’t move the needle much and getting Kessler to come back to fight in the U.S. will be challenging.

    One name to keep an eye on: Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik’s personal issues have derailed his career and he hasn’t looked all that impressive since making the jump up to super middleweight last year. But he is still a household name who can do a strong rating on HBO. If Pavlik can pick up another win before the end of the year — and hopefully look good doing it — a Pavlik-Ward fight could mean big business.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 09, 2012
  • Vitali Klitschko shows his prowess in another mismatch

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    Vitali Klitschko overwhelmed Manuel Charr to keep his WBC belt. (Kiril Kudryavtsev/EPA)

    Critics of the heavyweight division have long bemoaned the lack of talent at the top. Saturday afternoon’s WBC title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Manuel Charr will do nothing to quiet them. In a one-sided, dull mismatch, Klitschko picked up a fourth round technical knockout of Charr after the ringside physician ordered the fight stopped due to a cut over Charr’s right eye.

    A few things: First, it was a ridiculous stoppage. The cut was bad, sure, and when Vitali poked his jab in Charr’s face it spread the blood around until Charr’s face looked like it had been colored with a red magic marker. But the ringside doctor should have given Charr’s corner a chance to close it in between rounds. This was too big a moment not to give them a chance.

    Of course, Charr should never have been in that fight to begin with. Charr (21-0) came in with a spotless record but no notable wins on his resume. Granted, there aren’t many obvious opponents for Klitschko to face. Consider the WBC’s top-five: Chris Arreola (already battered by Vitali), Bermane Stiverne (no), Denis Boytsov (similarly unproven), Johnathan Banks (please, God, no) and Marisuz Wach (scheduled to face Wladimir Klitschko in the fall). But Charr was human chum from the beginning, going into a defensive shell early, waving Klitschko in while the 41-year old continued to tee off.

    Charr threw a tantrum after the fight, and in doing so probably saved a little face. He can go back to Germany claiming Klitschko didn’t beat him, that a doctor stopped him from delivering the beating he promised. But he never had a chance, and he knows it.

    There has been a lot of speculation that this could be Vitali’s final fight. He has the Ukranian parliamentary elections in October and his political party, Udar, has been outspoken about making sweeping changes within the government. But he’s not getting out of boxing. He’s in phenomenal condition, has not been threatened in the ring since coming out of retirement in 2008, and makes millions every time he laces up the gloves. Klitschko and David Haye have been circling each other for years and Haye’s spectacular knockout win of Dereck Chisora has made that fight a realistic possibility.

    Even if you don’t like Haye — and many who suffered through his woeful 2011 loss to Wladimir Klitschko don’t — understand this: He can’t be any worse than Charr.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 08, 2012