Quick Thoughts on the Golden Break Up


By Rudy Mondragon

Ladies and gentlemen, are we surprised at the recent break up between Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer? We should not be. The signs were there. One of major importance was Oscar De La Hoya’s deceleration to end The Cold War between his promotion company and Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

Messy politics between those two companies. Most importantly is the refusal of Richard Schaefer to work with Top Rank. From there, the ripple effects were huge as seen in the recent statement by Floyd Mayweather. Floyd’s loyalty to Richard Schaefer was a major reason as to why he worked with Golden Boy Promotions. Now that Schaefer is gone, so is Floyd.

Bernard Hopkins weighed in on the whole matter. From the way he spoke, it sounds like he might be slowly parting ways from Oscar as well. Bernard spoke highly of Richard, stating that he didn’t always agree with him, but “Richard Schaefer cannot be replaced.”

Bernard also shed light to the reality that Oscar was hardly ever present to run his company. “Think about it. Who really ran Golden Boy?” With Oscar’s lack of visibility on the business side of the house and dealing with his drug struggles, it was Richard who made Golden Boy Promotions run like a high powered machine.

A key part to the possibility of Hopkins leaving Golden Boy Promotions is that he is not under contract. This means he can leave and fight as an independent fighter at any time. He has also stated that he has his own team and at the end of the day, he has “to do what is best for Bernard Hopkins.”

My quick thoughts on this: Changes are coming!

What will become of Golden Boy Promotions? Who can take over and succeed Richard Schaefer? After all, these are big shoes to fill! Although Richard Schaefer left Golden Boy, he is still technically under contract through 2017/18. He is also “proud to remain a shareholder” of the company. These are technical aspects of this situation. But the reality is that Richard is a mover and a shaker.

With loyalties from Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions CEO Lenoard Ellerbee, and boxing supreme manager Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer is more than okay. If you think about it, the next three wise men in boxing can be Mayweather, Al Haymon, and Richard. Can this be the rise of Mayweather Promotions and decline of Golden Boy and Top Rank? What should be alarming to Oscar is that many of Al Haymon’s fighters who appear on Golden Boy cards are not under contract with Golden Boy Promotions.

My thought is that this has been in the making for years. The chess match was in full affect while Oscar was occupied playing checkers. Oscar caught on late and then decided to form an alliance with Top Rank. Golden Boy and Top Rank are on call and are making moves to align in order to survive the push that Mayweather Promotions is making, most likely with Richard Schaefer playing a critical role in time.


Quick Take: Andy Ruiz Jr, the Baby-faced Destroyer


Andy Ruiz Jr 2013




I’d say he’s making great progress. Combined with his excellent punch volume, punch placement, and chin, he’s unstoppable. An inspiration for me and someone the BMB admires as a student of the game, Andy Ruiz Jr. is poised to take over the heavyweight division. BMB contributor and friend Mike mentioned asked in last week’s Arreola vs. Stiverne fight, unimpressed; “What happened to the boxing talent in the heavyweight division? Was is so long ago that we were blessed with watching raw talents such as Mike Tyson grace US Heavyweight boxing?” I’d say yes, too much time has passed since we’ve seen exciting American Heavyweight boxing. MMA has probably relished that limelight with exciting higher weight division talents given the lack of talent in American boxing. But just you wait, Andy Ruiz Jr. is just hard mineral getting carved out from stone, that talent will shine if he demonstrates dedication and keeps winning.  

Andy will be fighting Manuel Quezada in Fresno tomorrow night, going after his 22nd win in a row. #warruiz

Canelo vs. Lara: Good for Boxing


By Rudy Mondragon
Twitter: @bloodmoneyboxin
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Finally! The match many have been asking for. Erislandy Lara has been demanding this fight, most recently stepping up to the podium post Canelo/Angulo fight asking Canelo to rumble with him in the ring. The fight between Saul Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) is scheduled for July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be a Showtime Pay-Per-View event, which will be worth it.

It is worth noting that Lara was scheduled to fight former IBF Champion Ishe Smith on the 2nd of May, but that fight has been officially scratched. Thank goodness, as that match up was nothing more than a filler-fight for a Friday night.

This fight, however, is huge for boxing. Lara has the style that can give Canelo trouble. He is the better boxer and will have more power than recent Canelo opponents. Think of Mayweather, how technically sound and smart as he is. Lara won’t bring that same level of technique and IQ, but he has both nonetheless and more so than Canelo. He also has experience at the Jr Middleweight division and will have that type of strength.

This is the kind of match-up that boxing needs. Canelo will have the opportunity to shut many critics up. He is the cash cow for Golden Boy Promotions, and being the cash cow comes with many privileges. Can Saul live up to the hype he currently carries? Lara will be on a mission to take his throne and establish himself as the Jr Middleweight to beat. Can he do it and back up his talk?

Rock, Paper, or Scissors? Boxing is all about styles. Canelo walked all over Angulo recently, yet he had a close fight with Austin Trout. Lara won a war in which he was dropped twice against Angulo, yet dominated Trout. When these two meet, we won’t know who is the Rock, Paper, or Scissor. What we know is that Canelo will look to establish his size and power. Lara will box and establish ring generalship to control the pace and attempt to outpoint Saul. This is what boxing is all about.

I don’t want to give too much credit to Golden Boy Promotions, but I do tip my hat to them for this one. It is a good match up. Top Rank should take down some notes out of the Golden Boy Promo’s book and quit the child’s play in saying we should boycott Mayweather/Maidana.