I hope everyone had a delightful festive period. Mine descended in to a sea of wine & cheese spent with those who matter most…
My next post will be the fights I wish, no wait.. Demand.. That we have grace our screens in 2014.
I wanted to discuss the latest news/rumours that have come to light the past few days, hence the impromptu post.
Like the rest of us, boxers have been enjoying the holiday period and have taken to twitter to fuel the flames of potential fights next year.
You can picture it now, Andre Ward sat there after going to midnight mass, his nan has passed out infront of the TV with Santa Claus featuring Dudley Moore playing.
What is a guy to do?
Take to twitter of course and throw his two pence worth in on Froch/Groves!
@andreward: #UK fans still not happy with Carl “The Cobra” Froch huh?? That’s why I respect #UK fans, they ride for the home team, but tell the truth!!
He then went on to say that Froch has only two options.
Not just Groves rematch or retire, but a Ward or Groves rematch. In addition, that he would be willing to face Groves in the future.
What a match that would be.
I was salivating reading that, and I had the meat sweats at that point.
Ward fancies fighting Froch again, and who can blame him! Peak Froch couldn’t beat him, Froch on the slide gets stopped in my opinion.
For Ward to call Groves out shows how high his stock really has risen.
Everyone wants a piece of him, including American promoters.
‘There’s an awful lot of promoters interested in me,’ Groves told Sportsmail. ‘Because obviously I’m an exciting fighter in a good division, and I’ve got a successful future. I’m doing my job right and they’re interested. Plenty from Stateside – four from Stateside, all the big players are interested. I’m in a good position, I’m happy.’
In the aftermath of the Froch fight, I spoke about the merits of Groves taking himself Stateside for a brief period. It appears that this is something he is doing himself, for that I commend him.
Promoter wise, it would make sense for him to sign with DiBella Promotions.
Brooklyn based DiBella has great links with Goldenboy, Top Rank, K2 Promotions.
This would mean Groves could fight on Showtime and HBO, thus not restricting himself, as it would if he chose one of the GoldenBoy or Top Rank.
DiBella is a massive character, a man who tells it how it is, takes no shit and would be great for Groves
DiBella currently promotes Sergio Martinez and having an exciting fighter such as Groves, would prove to be a great asset for his stable.
We also had in typical Floyd style, headline stealing tweets regarding Pacquiao and other potential opponents for him next.
Firstly, he tweeted a picture of a guy in Tokyo who appeared to be a cross between Roach and Pacquiao with the caption “Manny Roach”.
Then preceded by digitally made posters of him versus Khan, Maidana and Pacquiao. Mayweather mocked them all, calling Khan a con artist, Maidana a biscuit boy (no idea) and the proposition of facing Pacquiao would be eating Marquez’ leftovers.
What I feel are intelligent about these tweets and the very nature of them, is that this has been done to gauge the fans perception of each potential opponent.
It’s an open secret that the Khan fight is close to be agreed, but it has been received by lukewarm response over here in the UK and in the States.
Mayweather, a renowned PPV fighter wouldn’t of ignored this and I feel the tweets are a reflection of that.
Mayweather v Khan was never going to topple “The One” PPV buys, but for a guy who has agreed a blockbuster deal with Showtime Sports, Mayweather needs to whip up a frenzy on the opposition.
Fans buy to see him win and lose.
Without having that realistic chance of the underdog winning, it doesn’t become a credible main event.
Hundreds of thousands in the States will shell out $60-70 a pop to see a ridiculously one sided main event.
Mayweather needs to be hitting the 750-900 units to ensure he is getting that “Money” and don’t assume the Khan fight is signed and sealed just yet.
In other news we had confirmation of the very brief Price & Booth partnership.
Rumours surfaced earlier this week that Price’s new promoter Sauerland brothers had an issue with Booth being his trainer and manager.
Only for Booth to take to Twitter to pour cold water on those rumours:
@boxingbooth: Contrary to very inaccurate reporting, my decision to stop working with David Price had nothing to do with @SauerlandBros
So with this one, I have no clue what happened and one can only speculate on a vast number of theories, which I’m sure will be revealed in due course.
That’s my cheese ridden thought process.
Enjoy the rest of your time off and tune in next week for my 2014 fight wish list.