Weekend Boxing Thoughts

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    Deontay Wilder - Alexander PovetkinSeemingly enough there were plenty of fights this weekend and plenty of possibilities that come from it.

    Wilder Needs To Fight Povetkin: I like Deontay Wilder a lot. He has charisma, he has power, he can draw people to boxing in Alabama, and more importantly he has the green heavyweight title. The only thing he doesn’t have yet as an A-level win. That A Level win can come against his mandatory Alexander Povetkin. While I would favor Povetkin in the bout, Wilder’s power, and athleticism can be the difference maker.

    If the bout goes to purse bid, Povetkin’s Russian promoter has deep enough pockets to win the fight and stage it in Russia. Remember the $23 million dollar bid for Klitschko-Povetkin? Now the question will be if Wilder’s advisor will have deep enough pockets to compete to bring the fight here if Wilder indeed takes the fight, which many are skeptical that his handlers will want that fight. He should. Because in my estimation if Wilder wants to be taken serious, a victory over Povetkin would prove he belongs in with a Wladimir Klitschko and should Klitschko get past Tyson Fury, the event would be massive; a heavyweight title fight for all the marbles. Hell even if Fury wins, it’d be just as big.

    Estrada Needs To fight Gonzalez: Juan Francisco Estrada stopped a game Tyson Marquez this past weekend. But much like the Wilder fight, he won every round in my estimation. There are clearly no two better 112 lb. fighters than Estrada and Roman Gonzalez. Should Gonzalez get past Brian Viloria In three weeks’ time, one of HBO’s main focuses should be on making it happen and whatever cost. I mean as much as I like the Timothy Bradley-Brandon Rios fight, the rematch between Gonzalez and Estrada is a much more important fight and can be made with 50 percent of the budget for Bradley-Rios.

    Julian Williams needs a big fight: Whether it’s against Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, or a Charlo brother, Williams deserves it. He’s a top ten 154 lb. fighter that’s willing to prove it. Let’s go PBC.