Boxing Weekend is Near

ImageBy Rudy Mondragón

Lucas Matthysee vs. Lamont Peterson

I would say this is the fight to watch this weekend. Winner of this fight has the possibilities to move on and face Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz, Danny Garcia and even Floyd Mayweather Jr.  Matthysee’s (33-2, 31 KOs) house in Argentina was broken into last weekend, resulting in the tampering of his passport. This created an obstacle for Lucas and it almost prevented him from flying to the US. Let’s see if that provides Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) with some type of advantage this weekend.

Alexander vs. Purdy

This is the co-feature on the Showtime card headlined by Matthysee and Peterson. Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs), who took this fight with only 4 weeks notice, failed to make the 147 lbs limit. He will not be eligible to win Alexander’s (24-1, 13 KOs) IBF welterweight title. If Alexander loses, he will retain the IBF belt. If Alexander wins, he can officially count this as a successful title defense as well as satisfy his mandatory obligation title defense. Win win situation for Alexander. My opinion, Alexander needs to prove himself tomorrow and be dominant. Another boring victory will prevent Alexander from scoring bigger fights and PPV platforms.

Please Retire Mosley (vs. Cano)

Yup, Shane Mosely (46-8-1, 39 KOs) is fighting again. At the age of 41, Shane will enter the ring against Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KOs) who is 18 years his junior. Mosely has not recorded a win since he annihilated Antonio Margarito in 2009. Cano is a young, hungry fighter who many feel did enough to record a win in his recent defeat against Paul Malignaggi. I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping that this will be the last time we see Mosely in the ring. I am not saying our elders can’t hang in the ring anymore (look at Bernard Hopkins and Juan M Marquez), but Mosely has not shown any improvements in his last four fights. Is it time for him to walk away from the game? To maintain his health, I would say yes.

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