SAN DIEGO, May 9, 2014 – If you passed up paying $60 and up for “The Moment” last weekend thinking it would be another lopsided victory for Floyd Mayweather, you have a second chance to watch the fight in its entirety this weekend.
Showtime will air Mayweather vs. Maidana and the undercard fight between Amir Khan and Luis Collazo Saturday, May 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET. It’s a free preview weekend, so you do not need to be a subscriber to see the fights.
Maidana had an impressive showing against Mayweather, pressuring him and connecting with more punches in the fight than any other opponent who has ever faced him (221 punches, to Mayweather’s 230). Maidana also opened a cut over Mayweather’s right eye, also a first in Floyd’s professional career.
Amir Khan also got a decision victory over Luis Collazo of Brooklyn. The effort was a little shy of what Khan needed, but it was enough to breathe life into his fading career. Khan would like to be Mayweather’s next opponent, but the timing for a September fight won’t work for Khan, a Muslim who will not have time to train after fasting during the observance of Ramadan.
Adrien Broner suspended after racist post-fight remarks
Adrien Broner won his fight on the Mayweather undercard last weekend, but he lost all respect due to some ill-considered comments in his post-fight interview after defeating Carlos Molina of California. Broner dropped f-bombs as he bragged about beating a Mexican. It was as much the ‘in yo face’ delivery as the language. Showtime’s Jim Gray finally had to admonish Broner to knock it off.
The World Boxing Council issued a statement on Wednesday, May 7, suspending Broner and calling for him to either explain his remarks or apologize. In its public statement, the Council said: “The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements … Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC sanctioned Championship and will be excluded from the WBC Ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world.”
Speaking for Golden Boy Promotions during the post-event news conference, Bernard Hopkins said Broner had apologized for his remarks, but it wasn’t enough for the sanctioning body’s leaders. Broner took to his social media accounts Friday, posting apologies. Too little, too late?
Broner loves to play the villain, but does nothing to earn the fans’ respect even in this role. His skills aren’t strong enough to overcome his shortcomings of character. This column has gotten on Broner’s case several times for his irresponsible antics outside the ring and his failure to make weight while posting photos about indulging in his junk food jones. If Broner doesn’t heed this warning, it won’t be long before no one is left at TMT who knows his name and fans turn their back on him for good.
Golovkin vs. Chavez Jr. fight on the ropes
Fight fans were delighted when they learned a deal was in the works matching up hard-hitting middleweight Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin against Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. for a pay per view fight on HBO from Los Angeles sometime in July. Golvokin was willing to move up to super middleweight to take on Chavez Jr. in what surely would be one of the most exciting fights of the summer.
Golovkin was secured weeks ago, but Chavez Jr. is balking due to internal negotiations with his promoter at Top Rank. The clock is ticking and time has nearly run out to get the deal done for July. Golovkin’s promoters at K2 want to book a fight for July and are now looking for another opponent.
Middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin says via social media he wants the fight, but due to the cold war between promoters and networks it’s unlikely it can be made to happen.
Chavez Jr. should not let this opportunity pass him by. He won his last bout against Brian Vera but he is in no position to give up the chance to prove himself on this stage. Golovkin’s knockout win in February against Osumanu Adama was his 16th stoppage in a row and his 26th in 28 professional fights. Golovkin has kept up a schedule of four fights every year, but has been out of the ring since then due to the death of his father. His promoter’s challenge is finding someone willing to get in the ring with Triple G, whose formidable power and crushing body shots make most guys think twice about the risk vs. reward ratio. The real losers as usual are the fans.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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