Seemed like this week was filled with bad news and we need to address it.
Former Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Gonzalez was arrested for alleged lewd acts with a child.
And Vinny Pazienza is in trouble again. (remember that movie Bleed for This ? it’s the guy that movie was about)
Now the good news
There was some good news though and that was the announcement that a fight is lined up between Oscar Valdez and Scott Quigg. I’m a big fan of Valdez and Brit is a big name challenge for Valdez as they face off for Valdez’s WBO featherweight title in March. Quigg has fought for American audiences on Showtime or HBO, but this will be his fight time fighting in the United States. It will be in the nearby, for me, Stub Hub Center in Carson, so I’ll be sure to go.
Other big news this week..
The WBC released a statement of the status of each weight division’s champion, who the WBC has named the mandatory challenger, etc. Here are some of the highlights.
Heavyweight: Deontay Wilder does not have a mandatory, his was Stiverne and they already fought. He has voluntary status and we’re all hoping it’s Anthony Joshua.
Middleweight: Gennady Golovkin, who is the WBC champ, is mandated to rematch Canelo Alvarez.
Welterweight: Keith Thurman is still recovering from a surgery but when he is back up and running, WBC has set Shawn Porter as the mandatory opponent. I’m not really sure how this one works. Thurman has beat Porter, but it was a great close fight. It makes sense in that regard, but why not Danny Garcia for instance?
Junior Welterweight: Alright so this is an interesting scenario. As I’ve mentioned recently, Terrance Crawford has left the 140 pounders behind to move up to 147 (welterweight), and in doing so he is vacating all his titles. So the WBC will give the opportunity to Amir Imam and Jose Ramirez to fight for the vacant WBC title. The sanctioning body will also have Viktor Postol (a former WBC champ) and Regis Prograis fight for their “interim” title. The winner of the main WBC is then supposed to fight whoever ends up winning that interim title fight.
There really are no fights on TV this weekend so don’t worry you are not missing anything.
Rest your eyes up next week’s newsletter is the 1 year anniversary letter!