Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told Maxboxing on Thursday, “I can’t tell you anything official because, obviously, when something is official, it’s going to come from Floyd. We respect Floyd; that’s why we have the relationship we have. We are diligently finalizing Floyd’s fight and, frankly, the entire card and everything that goes with it. It will be - if in fact, something I can pull off, what I’m working on - one of the biggest events we have ever promoted.”
As for “Canelo,” there was the possibility of facing WBA junior middleweight beltholder Austin Trout - who defeated Miguel Cotto in December when he was in line to face Alvarez. Schaefer said, “I’m still working on all of that. It could or it could not [be Trout]. I don’t want to say yes. We cannot say. I don’t want to say yes; I don’t want to say no. Quite frankly, that’s what I’m working on.” Earlier in the week, Schaefer had intimated to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated that he believed that an Alvarez-Trout match-up would probably not take place. When asked about those comments, he said, “I think Austin Trout’s promoter said there were conversations going on and things like that - and that’s not accurate. So if you ask me today, I really don’t think it’s going to be Austin Trout. But again, I don’t want to mislead anybody. I just have to do my job and I have to work and I know what fights fans would like to see. So I’m going to try to deliver a big fight for Floyd and a big fight for ‘Canelo.’ That’s what I’m working on.”
What’s not clear is when Alvarez will be scheduled to go. There has been a lot of speculation that he would be on the Mayweather undercard but it would be just as hard to see it come off if the Mayweather-Guerrero fight ends up distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View. Alvarez looks to be a part of the exodus of Golden Boy clients to Showtime. Again, all of this is being sorted out.
The rest of the Golden Boy schedule is set. They begin this weekend with a “ShoBox” telecast this Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino where Rico Ramos and Ronny Rios square off. Then on the following night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, Steve Forbes faces Johan Perez. But the meat of their schedule begins on January 26th on Showtime when Lucas Matthysse takes on Mike Dallas Jr. and Selcuk Aydin battles Jesus Soto Karass. In addition, Jermell Charlo was just added to this broadcast. It begins a seven-week stretch where Golden Boy has cards on either Showtime or HBO on six occasions.
What hasn’t been decided is what is in store for Amir Khan, who rebounded with a dominant win over Carlos Molina on December 15th at the L.A. Sports Arena.
“First of all, we have targeted either April 13th or April the 20th, one of those two dates,” said Schaefer on Khan’s expected return to the ring, which could take place in either the States or in Britain. “I’m actually going next week to Europe for some meetings, a press conference as well for Anthony Ogogo, so we are going to be talking to the Khans and discuss potential opponents.” Schaefer noted that Showtime, which recently signed Khan to a multi-fight deal, has approved both dates.
Then there’s this, “We have April the 27th on hold; the fight we’re trying to finalize is Paulie Malignaggi against ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. It’s not done yet. I’m waiting to get it done; hopefully, we’ll get it done in the next couple of weeks. But that’s what I’m working on.”
Yes, we can hear the collective groans over this one. It’s not even so much that Mosley has hit a losing skid the past few years (he hasn’t won a fight since January of 2009, when he knocked out Antonio Margarito) but the fact that his fights have been so hard to watch as we have seen his once formidable skills erode right in front of our eyes. As he lost to Alvarez in lopsided fashion last year, Mosley actually announced his retirement.
So why is he being given this shot?
“Well,” answered Schaefer, “I think, first of all, Shane feels 147, he can be much more effective and, Shane was in my office. I talked to him; I saw him with my own eyes and I think that he still has something left and I believe that one thing Shane deserves is that last opportunity and it’s going to be up to him to make the best out of it. Now, whether that’s going to be enough to beat Paulie Malignaggi or not, I don’t know. I think it’s going to be a very close fight and if you ask some fight fans who is going to win that night, they start thinking and they start scratching their heads and they start saying, ‘Yeah, y’ know what? Shane can actually win that fight.’ So I think Shane Mosley has done so much for the sport, has entertained us for so many years. If he deserves one thing, he deserves that last chance at a world title. It’s going to be up to him to deliver.”
Some would argue his gold watch fight came against Alvarez last year.
“OK, if he doesn’t deliver and doesn’t win that fight, I give you my word - now, I can’t tell you what Shane is going to do but I can tell you one thing - that I will not be promoting another Shane Mosley fight,” Schaefer stated.
So what’s on tap for WBC super bantamweight titlist Abner Mares?
“Well, the WBC has that mandatory supposedly with Victor Terrazas, who I know is promoted by [Fernando] Beltran and, as an extension, with Top Rank. So they obviously want to enforce that mandatory and I think after, we’ll have to choose if he wants to do the mandatory or if he has any other plans,” said Schaefer, who is very aware that the fight most fans want to see is a match-up between Mares and Nonito Donaire. “It’s pretty obvious that Top Rank doesn’t want to work with us. I mean, I think [Bob] Arum can’t be clearer in that regard and so, unfortunately, I don’t see that fight happening.
“I would love to do that fight with Donaire and Mares.”
One other thing I wanted to mention, I remember watching fights like Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns I and Aaron Pryor-Alexis Arguello I on replays on ABC and CBS respectively a few weeks after they took place as a kid (yeah, growing up in Valencia, California, we didn’t have HBO). But I was just wondering why today’s big fights aren’t at least shown on replay on these networks. I understand that the distributors (namely HBO and Showtime) want to retain the rights to these events and premiere them on replay the following week.
But would it be so bad if those fights were eventually shown again on CBS or NBC (or ESPN, which has entered into a marketing deal with HBO Pay-Per-View) a few weeks after they air them? Again, we’re talking about boxing being showcased on the biggest possible platforms. The bottom line is that being on pay-per-view means you’re playing to a relatively small, niche audience. Just the same, HBO and Showtime play to a relatively small scope of people.
It says here that part of the reason why fights like Leonard-Hearns and Pryor-Arguello are so iconic is whether they watched them live or not, a much bigger spectrum of the general public eventually had a chance to view them.
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