By William Trillo
As defined by FreeDictionary
Bottom of the barrel:
the location of persons or things of the very lowest quality; someone or something of the lowest quality. (The fruit at the bottom of a barrel of apples is likely to be bruised from the weight of the other apples.)
2011 is three quarters of the way over and as I look over the home stretch I have to admit that I am just slightly less than impressed with a few of the fights left on the schedule. It’s not that we don’t have a number of promising Champions and contenders mind you, the problem is these “Champions” and/or their promoters have dug down deep to the bottom of the barrel to come up with some of the most bruised up, aged and undeserving challenges possible.
To be fair most of the hand picked challengers were good if not great in their springtime prime, but as the above definition clearly states, due to the weight of their peers they have become battered and bruised men who bare no resemblance to top grade produce.
Can anyone really say they are looking forward to the recently announced Timothy Bradley vs. Joel Casamayor fight that will be on the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez? Joel was one of my favorite fighters and I will always hold him in high regard. But Casmayor is now over 40 years old and his best years are clearly behind him. This is hardly the kind of opponent you would expect for guy who has whined, (take term literally), that he is the most deserving man for a shot at Pacquiao.
Another fight that is on my “Are You Kiddin’ Me?” list is the fight that pits WBA Lightweight Champion Brandon Rios taking on John Murray.
No offense to Mr. Murray…but “who”?
Rios is another fighter who has Pacquaio firmly planted in and on his mind. After his destruction of Urbano Antillon Top Rank’s Bob Arum told Rios that he might face Manny in the very distant future. Let’s hope that Arum doesn’t put Rios on ice by fighting a string of no names until then. Although his act outside the ring is a little tough for many to swallow, and that includes this writer, no one can deny that inside the ring Rios may be the top 135 pounder on the planet. It’s just a shame he is making this defense against a fighter whom no one in the arena will have ever heard of (before, during or after).
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean Marc Mormeck?
Mormeck’s best days were around the year 2005 and back then he was a legitimate Cruiserweight. These days Jean Marc is a 39 year old over the hill heavyweight who struggled to get by Timur (not the good one) Ibragimov.
I am admittedly a Klitschko honk but I can not and will not sign off on this one.
I guess I could throw in the Cris Arreola vs. Alonzo Butler heavyweight fight as another hellacious mismatch but since his loss to Adamek “The Nightmare” has buried more stiffs than Forest Lawn and I am not even sure if he can be classified as a legitimate contender anymore.
Now, before you think it’s all doom and gloom, all is not lost as Pacquiao vs. Marquez, Bute vs. Johnson and Ward vs. Froch can and should be very exciting battles. The Cotto vs. Margarito affair also has a bit of promise but both of these apples have more than their fair share of bruises and the loser will most likely settle to the bottom and may have to be scraped up if expected to perform again.
It’s time to rally the boxing troops. Hopefully there will be enough sleepers left in 2011, (Alvarez vs. Cintron & Angulo vs. Kirkland for instance), to keep the “boxing is dead” kooks at bay.
P.S. Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia has thrilling barnburner written all over it!
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