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19 DECEMBER 2014

 

ATE: “Back To The Future” 2015, Leonard-Mayweather, Lopez-Concepcion, New Trainer for Froch, Mundine and More


will Paul Williams be on top in 2015?
will Paul Williams be on top in 2015?

In today’s edition of Ask The Editor (ATE), we head “Back to the Future” 2015 boxing style and discuss who will be on top in five years time. There is some blowback from last week’s mythical Sugar Ray Leonard-Floyd Mayweather Jr SecondsOut pick. The future for Juan Manuel Lopez gets a mention. We consider a new trainer for Carl Froch, evaluate the last three years of Anthony Mundine’s career and more.

Name : Lawrence Mills
Country : UK
Your Question :
OK, this one is just for fun. Yesterday was 6 July 2010. Which was the date entered into the Delorian by Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future. If you could get in that Delorian today and punch in 6 July 2015, who do you see as;
Most likely to be Heavyweight Champ?
Middleweight Champ?
Welterweight Champ?
Featherweight Champ?
and most importantly......
Will I finally be able to get myself a hoverboard?

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Lawrence,
Most likely to be Heavyweight Champ? David Haye (I hope)
Middleweight Champ? Paul Williams
Welterweight Champ? Mike Jones
Featherweight Champ? Yuriorkis Gamboa
and most importantly......
Will I finally be able to get myself a hoverboard? No, not yet.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS:
Most likely to be Heavyweight Champ? Tyson Fury
Middleweight Champ? Saul Alvarez
Welterweight Champ? Devon Alexander
Featherweight Champ? Abner Mares
and most importantly......
Will I FINALLY be able to get myself a hoverboard? Yes, you will. But there will be a shit load of licences and paperwork to get one. The insurance premium will also be a little pricey.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS:
Heavyweight: Johnny Lang (Clubber’s son.)
Middleweight: Cornelius Lang (Clubber’s other son.)
Featherweight: Seamus Patrick Lang (Clubber’s third son, conceived after a brilliant night out in Dublin in 1990.)
I hope hoverboards are available, Lawrence. That would be sweet.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS:
Most likely to be Heavyweight Champ? Wladimir Klitschko Jr.
Middleweight Champ? Manny Pacquiao
Featherweight Champ? Vacant
and most importantly......
No hoverboard, but I might throw you overboard!

Name : Curtis Jefferson
Country : USA
Your Question :
The fourteen of ya at SecondsOut should resign and hang your heads in shame. How do you pick 14-1 against Floyd Mayweather Jr verus Sugar Ray Leonard? Leonard is a myth. Look closely at his best wins. He beat an old Marvelous Marvin Hagler. He lost to Roberto Duran when they both were at the peak. His two wins over Duran came when Duran 1. hadn’t trained while partying for six months and 2. was way too old. Leonard’s best win was probably over Tommy Hearns when he came from behind to sting him with one punch. He was gifted a draw in the rematch with Hearns. Show me where Leonard beat anyone with the style like Mayweather? How is Leonard going to handle Money’s speed, stamina and skills? The fourteen of ya are delusional.

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Curtis, you make some good points, but what about the other side of the argument? What about the level of competition? Has Mayweather fought the caliber of opponents in the realm of Hearns, Duran, Hagler, Benitez, etc? In their primes, I still think Mayweather is life and death with Leonard. Leonard’s prime was a much shorter span of time than Floyd’s, but Ray had the skills, competitive nature and a mean streak that would have been very challenging for Mayweather.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: You tell em’ Curtis! Says the guy who had the single pick for Mayweather.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: It’s all a matter opinion, Curtis. I didn’t get out of bed early enough to make my prediction but I would of course have picked Mayweather…cough, cough. Making predictions like this is like asking who would win between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras at Wimbledon…great match-up but it’s difficult to judge. I will say, in Leonard’s defense, he beat some amazing fighters and, despite what you may think, Mayweather is not unbeatable. He might be as close to it as we’ve seen in a very long time but a fighter of Leonard’s talents would have a great shot.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS: Hey, that’s what is so great about boxing and all sports, we are all entitled to our opinions and everybody has one! I have questions for you; how will Floyd handle a fighter as skilled and as fast as he is? How will Floyd do that against one who is also bigger? How will Floyd cope with Leonard’s KO power, something Floyd lacks? Make no mistake, I am a big Floyd fan, but I think that a good big man beats a good small man. That is an old boxing rule.

Name : Marc Bryant
Country : USA
Your Question :
I read with interest your writers picks on a mythical Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight. I was a huge Leonard fan, but your total of 14-1 for Leonard surprised me. I know there are a lot of people who don’t like Mayweather, but he is still a brilliant boxer who has yet to be beaten. I can’t see that it would be an easy win for Ray.

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Marc, by no means would Leonard have an easy time with Mayweather. No fighter between 130 and 147 lbs. would be a lock to beat Floyd.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: As said in my pick that boxers at this elite level, when matched, both had a great chance to win. I even said that Leonard may win two out of three against Mayweather, but maybe this fight was Mayweather’s night. I look at Hearns, Hagler and Duran against Leonard and see Floyd giving Ray problems that he never faced against the other three. Not to say that he couldn’t win.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: I don’t think the consensus among SecondsOut writers was that it would be an easy win. They are stating their opinions and on a mythical match-up and many people would disagree. Mayweather is a magnificent talent but, then again, so was Leonard in his heyday.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS: I think it would be a squeaker. Leonard is the bigger man with similar skills. That’s why I picked him, but Mayweather would not be a walk in the park.

Name : Nicky Barnes
Country : UK
Your Question :
I’m interested on the teams’ thoughts as to who Floyd Mayweather Jr should fight next if it isn’t going to be against Manny Pacquiao? I’m still not sure that fight will happen.

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Nicky, I’d like to see Mayweather and/or Pacquiao fight Andre Berto next if they’re not going to fight each other.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Good question. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if that is the case then I’d want to see Floyd Mayweather in against Paul Williams at junior middleweight. Let’s see Floyd fight up on his ladder.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: With all due respect to this pair of incredible fighters, not too many people are going to be interested in any other fight. I’m sure that we’ll get to this contest, Nicky. Anything else would be tantamount to serving a turd sandwich to boxing fans and their taste buds are already poisoned with the toxic waste they’ve had to put up with all year.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS: The fight Mayweather-Pacquiao WILL happen. They are already getting it tacked down (that could change but it won’t). Floyd could fight Miguel Cotto for his 154 pound belt. Just a thought.

Name : Miguel Saldana
Country : Puerto Rico
Your Question :
The great Juan Manuel Lopez will win this Saturday against Concepcion. Why does anyone give Rafael Marquez or Yuriorkis Gamboa a chance against him?

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Miguel, I think people give Marquez and Gamboa a chance against Lopez because those two are arguably the best fighters that Lopez will have faced heading into those two possible future match-ups.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: I agree that Lopez wins on Saturday night in Puerto Rico. Rafael Marquez will be a tougher fight, but maybe he has a little too many miles on clock after his four wars with Israel Vazquez. Still, it will be interesting to see how JuanMa handles a real war if Marquez can make it into that sort of fight. Yuriorkis Gamboa with his young legs will be another interesting test for Lopez.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: Hopefully soon, Miguel. I don’t think you would get much push back from Lopez if he was to be offered either of those guys. He is a tremendous fighter and his confidence is soaring.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS: Marquez fought four dramatic fights against Israel Vasquez. If that doesn’t qualify him to be competitive, nothing will. As for Gamboa, he looks like a stick of dynamite that’s about to explode when he fights. I think Gamboa wins, hows that?

Name : Ryan Ward
Country : UK
Your Question :
The latest issue of The Ring magazine claims that Lennox Lewis could be one of the best British boxers ever to fight in the USA. Which other British boxers would rival his efforts across the pond?

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Ryan, hard to argue with The Ring’s assessment of Lewis’ US accomplishments. Naseem Hamed put on some pretty good spectacles in the States as well. The fight with Kevin Kelley at MSG was truly special.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Lennox Lewis is a good choice. I can’t think of another British boxer who won as many big fights in the USA.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: It was late in his career, but Joe Calzaghe would certainly be up there. As far as bringing excitement and unique entertainment to the sport, Ricky Hatton and Naseem Hamed were special. I have been to many, many fights here in the United States but the enthusiasm of Ricky’s fans from the United Kingdom in Las Vegas was something special.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS: Are we talking from a historic viewpoint? If so, Henry Cooper, Dave Charnley, Terry Downes, Randy Turpin, and Bob Fitzsimmons. Were they as good as Lennox, probably not, but they all had talent. As for current fighters I see David Haye making a big splash here if things are handled right. Of course Khan has begun to catch the U.S eye already.

Name : Joe Shine
Country : USA
Your Question :
Don’t you think with the proper big time trainer ala Freddie Roach/ Emmanuel Stewart/ Teddy Atlas, Carl Froch could be the best in the world at 168? I think he is limiting himself with the small time instructors he is dealing with today.

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Joe, that’s hard to say because despite losing a close call to Kessler in Denmark, I think Carl Froch is still a strong candidate for “best at 168.”

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Boxers can always learn something from a new trainer, but as to whether they ever gel properly, that is another question. You may have a valid point. Regardless a change or not, Froch is still a chance of winning the Super Six.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: No, Robert McCracken has done extremely well with Froch. He is what he is. He will never be flashy or the most technically gifted of fighters but he has a great engine and bucket loads of confidence and heart. The Cobra is 33-years-old, there is no point trying to change him now.

JERRY GLICK ANSWERS: These trainers are the best in the world and they can improve anyone but to assume that they could make Froch the best is a big assumption. Maybe, Froch has talent, but nothing is guaranteed.

Name : Paul White
Country : Australia
Your Question :
I am very pleased to say that last night I saved my $49.95 on the latest Anthony Mundine circus on PPV. Paul Upham, I want you to be completely honest about the credibility of the opposition that Mundine is facing. It has become a farce. I wanted to believe, I really did, but my belief has gone. He wont go anywhere near Daniel Geale again (how good did he look the other week?) and refuses to go overseas. And he is now talking about fighting Floyd Mayweather! Paul, there has to be a point where he travels and faces the bigger names as seriously he is becoming a joke and at 34 time isn’t exactly in his corner. I take my hat off to him as an athlete but enough is enough.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: I correct you on one point. Anthony Mundine turned 35 on 21 May 2010. Since his fantastic win over Danny Green in 2006, the only real test that Mundine has had was against Daniel Geale. I called that fight for MAIN EVENT TV and it was one of the best fights I have ever seen Mundine in. He won a split points decision and decided not to give Geale a rematch. After the win over Green, Mundine needed to make the really big fights in his physical prime. The match making attitude for Team Mundine seemed to change when Mundine could have defended his WBA super middleweight world title in a rematch with Mikkel Kessler. Citing a bad financial deal to go to Denmark, Mundine made his move down to middleweight and subsequently beat Geale. He is now campaigning at junior middleweight and is pushing for a shot at the WBA world title, currently held by Miguel Cotto. I thought he looked weak and drained at 154lbs – still, an amazing effort by Anthony to get down that far and then fight twelve rounds. Previewing the Mundine-Jerez fight on FOX SPORTS NEWS, I said Mundine would be in line for a fight with Floyd Mayweather if he beat Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito first. Mundine will fight Ryan Waters in Wollongong in September, before giving The Contender Australia winner Garth Wood outdoors at Kogarah Jubilee Oval in December. Boxing history shows that very few boxers achieve truly great wins at an elite level after they turn 35. Maybe Mundine will prove me wrong and achieve some impressive wins at the elite level at junior middleweight, but I can’t see it. Since moving down to middleweight, Mundine has not had a stoppage win. Go back even further he hasn’t stopped anyone, even those lesser boxers he has fought, since December 2007. After he beat Danny Green at super middleweight, I thought Mundine could have beaten some of the better boxers at 168 and 160lbs. I thought he had a great chance against Kelly Pavlik before Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez got to him first. Credit to Mundine. He has retained complete control of his boxing business by fighting locally. Unfortunately, he has let the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 get away without getting those big international fights.

GREGORY JUCKETT ANSWERS: Paul, it’s very difficult to get a “read” on Mundine, so I understand your frustration. I can’t remember a world champion who continually moved down in weight…bizarre.


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