New Fight Chick Article on 2007 Boxing Landscape

By Frances Martel


Union City, NJ- Edison Miranda (28-2, 24 KOs), Nikolay Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs), Vic Darchinyan (28-1, 22 KOs). While most Americans were having trouble unwrapping immaculately decorated gifts and suppressing concern with a stream of 60-degree December days, the aforementioned trio enjoyed a grace period as boxing’s most feared and revered. With the ice melted the supremacy of those who built their prestige upon the ruins of 2006’s wave of pessimism, courtesy of Mixed Martial Arts. And with institutionalized stars betting all this winter at an age where retirement is the tip of any prospect’s glove, even Fidel Castro might outlive the careers of Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs) and Shane Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs). Despite the signs, is it too early to label 2007 a transitional year in boxing?


The biggest fight of the year seems to indicate so. The Cinco de Mayo clash between Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs)– a match so full of lucrative emotions that no media leech could have dreamt a juicier vein in the sport’s body to suck money out of–went exactly as predicted. In fact, in the best interest of anyone that was to have a piece of the pie, the fight could not have gone any other way; the bad guy had to win in a manner that left the possibility of fraud open, but not wide open. This guarantees that a rematch will attract enough people to pay whatever outrageous price tag Floyd decides to stick on himself. This match only strengthened the power of the pound-for-pound king’s throne, thus contradicting the theory that a new generation will completely take the reins by the end of the year.

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