Boxing Roundtable: Should Margarito be allowed to fight?
All commissions, not just California, need to be more diligent with inspecting fighter's gloves. Margarito was the most recent fighter caught, yes, but you can be sure he is not the only one doing it.
If it were up to me, I'd just as soon Margarito were never licensed again (along with his trainer,
Personally, I think Lopez going up against Gamboa is a suicide mission. He just had his first 126-pound fight after campaigning for three years at 122. Let Arum's prized light weights spend 2010 cleaning out the featherweight division. There is money to be made in fights with the entertaining
If Arum is serious about putting Lopez and Gamboa up against the featherweight division's very best, I agree with the idea that a two-year buildup can build interest in their eventual showdown to irresistable levels. (Chris John
Against the in-his-prime Maidana, Ortiz established himself as the more aggressive fighter early and seemed to be lunging on his punches and headhunting instead of employing a more measured, tactical approach. Why? Because he'd been doing the same thing for two years while crushing guys in the first six rounds. That strategy, we saw, is a recipe for disaster against a guy like Maidana.
Don't get it twisted: A fight with Maidana would be the biggest challenge of Khan's career and I don't know that he's ready for it. But just because Maidana derailed Ortiz's career (at least temporarily), doesn't guarantee he'd do the same to Khan. No trainer in the game can break down an opponent and concoct a game plan as effectively as Roach -- and you know he'd have Khan much better prepared for Maidana than Ortiz seemed to be.
As far as the opponent: Foreman's record (28-0, 8 KOs) reflects his pillows-for-gloves reputaton. If Cotto can't defeat Foreman, he'll know it's probably time to ride off into the sunset. But at least he won't end the night at St. Vincent's hospital.