Is Richard Pierson The Most
Super Middleweight Out There?
In addition to his consistency within the ring, one thing
that stands out in super middleweight Richard Pierson’s
career is the number of fights that continue to fall through
for the rising star.
Last week Pierson was supposed to go to battle for the WBC
FECARBOX Super Middleweight Title, but never had a chance to
throw a punch as three opponents fell through.
First it was Gary Jones, then David Adotey Alottey, and last
Aaron ‘Homicide’ Mitchell…all three planned to throw hands
with Pierson, but when it came time to step up to the plate,
no fighter followed through due to various reasons.
Throughout his career Pierson has faced his share of
adversity inside the squared circle and having fights fall
through, yet the emerging super middleweight has stayed
focused and determined to work towards a world title shot.
Early on he found himself on the grand stage atop boxing’s
Mecca’s in Vegas and Atlantic City, thrown into the ring as
an ‘opponent’, and regularly coming out the victor.
“Everything happens for a reason,” said Pierson. “Gary Jones
has a record of 22 wins and 2 losses; he had no reason to
pull out. I believe he was coming out to challenge me but he
just couldn't make the 168 pound limit. Danil of Ghana has
18 wins, 8 by KO and 2 losses; he made it to America but
sadly he suffered a very bad cut above his left eye during
his last sparring session. Aaron Mitchell is 27-1 with 21 KO
and is no chump; he didn't pull out. Something went wrong
with his meds. None of the fighters I was supposed to fight
pulled out; it just wasn't in God’s plan for me to compete
for the belt that night. My future isn't made by man so I
leave it all in God's hands.”
Pierson prides himself on his fast and heavy hands, and has
never stepped into the ring against an opponent with a
losing record, something few fighters can say.
“I stay focused with the strength of my children and the
positive people that are around me. Of course I would love
to have had fought for the WBC FECARBOX Title and walked
into my house with it but things happen. I am not upset nor
did the cancellation of my fight affect me. I am still happy
to even have the WBC look at me and give a chance; it shows
me all my hard work is starting to pay off. I love boxing
and finally boxing is starting to show me love back. I will
have the belts when it’s my time.”
“This kid cannot get a fight,” said Lou Esa, former
heavyweight fighter and Pierson’s manager. “We got guys who
agree to fight him, but then they end up falling through.
He’s a fierce puncher. Four times he was named the ‘B’
opponent, and each time he knocked out the ‘A’ fighter. Now
everybody calls him ‘the career killer’. We are trying to
get an opponent now for him for July 27 on ESPN.”