By Jason Pribilla: While the knockout(Garrett Wilson vs Andres Taylor) provided fans with a dramatic conclusion to their evening (in Atlantic City), and will no doubt raise Wilson’s profile, I question if it was necessary. Taylor was in no shape to continue after barely making it to his feet at the end of the 11th round. He only has seven knockouts in his career and there was no indication that he would be able to avoid the inevitable by landing anything dramatic. I give him credit for wanting to continue, but this was a case where several people could have saved Taylor and his family from experiencing the tense moments that were soon to follow.
April 14 was circled on my calendar as soon as the Brandon Rios – Yuriorkis Gamboa fight was announced. I wonder what Gamboa’s advisors thought as they were going through legal paperwork rather than competing against a very beatable Brandon Rios?
“The Money Team” is back in full effect as HBO’s 24/7 Mayweather-Cotto premiered. For those expecting to see a more humble Mayweather were disappointed as “Money” now added PETA to those who will tune in on May 5 to see if the dog-loving Cotto could somehow be the first to solve Mayweather.
This will be a busy stretch for Hall of Fame promoter Russell Peltz. He is set to bring his brand of boxing back to Bally’s on May 19, with Harry Joe Yorgey headlining against Jamall Davis. He then teams up with Main Events for the next two installments of their Fight Night series scheduled for June 1 and June 16. In between, his prized pupils take aim at major titles as Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy are set to support the Pacquiao-Bradley PPV in Las Vegas.
Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions/comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @PribsBoxing
April 14, 2012