Lou saw what we all saw -- a 31-year old Taylor dropped by a concussive punch for the third time in his last five fights, the last (and perhaps most disturbing) coming at the hands of
Now that DiBella has recused himself from Taylor's camp, the onus now falls on Showtime boss
Then again, this is boxing. I don't know what DiBella is giving up (if anything) by stepping aside before Taylor faces Ward in April. But Lou has to figure that there'll be no paydays beyond that bout and that it will be far better to have no connection to what happens in that fight. I'd be much more impressed with, and grateful to, DiBella is he'd managed to persuade Taylor to hang them up right now.
I can accept showboating from
I was surprised by how easily Malignaggi handled Diaz this time around -- but I think it had a lot to do with Juan's relative inactivity. A fighter with a reasonable work rate and some genuine power will always give Malignaggi real trouble. Who would I like to see him face next? My first choice would be, say, a prime
Yes, that incessant mugging borders on repugnant -- I'd have much rather seen him go for the knockout when he staggered Diaz during the sixth round on Saturday instead of playing to the crowd -- but Malignaggi's theatrics are harmless. He's not the first clown prince to climb into the square ring. I say Paulie deserves one more shot against an A-lister, whether it's Marquez or a rematch with Hatton. If he loses, the Brooklynite can earn a comfortable living as a gatekeeper at junior welterweight.
-- Amir Kahn vs. Paulie Malignaggi (see Question 2)
Then let the winner fight Marquez. That's two years of fistic feasts right there.
An ideal 2010, at least as far as heavyweights go, would feature two fascinating matchups: Wladimir against Haye, a fight in which the younger Klitschko could move one step closer to a unified title; and Vitali against Valuev, giant against giant in a compelling fight that could see the 7-foot Valuev go down. Beggars can't be choosers in boxing's glamour division. Two good, quality fights in the next calendar year is probably as good as you can get.
What would I like to see for the Klitschkos? Outside of brother-on-brother mayhem, I suppose I would opt for opponents who could really bring the fight to each of them. The heavyweight division is moribund right now, but there are a few possibly compelling matchups. Should David Haye manage to solve the pugilistic Rubik's Cube that is
Alas, the brothers have promised their mum they'll never fight one another. ("It's not realistic," explained Vitali after September's pasting of
For Vitali, I'd love to see a showdown with Valuev, a fight that may be easier to make since the 7-footer lost his alphabet title. Beyond that, a pair of gold medalists from the Sydney Olympics could make interesting pairings. There's