By Steve Kim: It was reported on Tuesday that the fight between WBA welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi and Shane Mosley was basically a done deal for April 27th at the Barclays Center on Showtime. Also, the highly anticipated rematch between super middleweight standouts Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler would be taking place in the U.K. in May.
In short, Malignaggi-Mosley deserves all the derision heaped upon it (and there has been plenty) and it’s not just that Mosley hasn’t won a professional prizefight since January of 2009. It’s that he’s looked so dull and desultory in every subsequent fight since then. Say what you want about Glen Johnson but during his descent, he at least gave the fans some moments and some competitiveness. Some will try and justify this match-up but honestly, it’s just bad.
Just why, oh, why did Ricky Hatton have to face Vyacheslav Senchenko?
As for Froch-Kessler II, not too much to say except it should be a helluva fight. I thought the first one was a very close affair that could’ve gone either way. Now the question is, will HBO air this fight? Bottom line is that they are now in the Andre Ward business and part of being in that business is developing B-sides for him. Yeah, yeah, I know; Ward already handled both guys. I get that. But tell me you wouldn’t rather see the winner of this return bout get Ward than Kelly Pavlik?
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