Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer recently revealed the future plans of his company for the remainder of 2012. Who will be making their return to the ring? Who will be fighting in a different weight class? What fights have been postponed? What changes can we expect in the sport? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week's "From Pillar To Post".
Adrien Broner makes lightweight debut on October 6
Putting the weight issues in the past, former super featherweight champion Adrien Broner will be making his lightweight debut on October 6th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Although an opponent and network has yet to be finalized, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reports that Broner will headline either a doubleheader or a tripleheader that could also feature undefeated, hard-hitting welterweight Keith Thurman. Last weekend, the combination of the two entertained millions of fans with their TKO victories (Broner stopping Vicente Escobedo in 5 and Thurman stopping Orlando Lora in 6), prompting Schaefer to reveal that the broadcast was one of HBO's highest ratings in many years for their Boxing After Dark series. Naturally, it's make sense to put together another card featuring the two rising, entertaining, and charismatic fighters. Whether or not it actually does take place on HBO remains to be seen, however, as Schaefer also had some scathing comments regarding HBO's top brass following the criticism that Broner received after failing to make weight in his fight with Escobedo. Regardless, I'm personally looking forward to seeing both fighters entertain again, particularly if the rumors about Broner making his 135-pound debut against "Hammerin" Hank Lundy turn out to be true.
Garcia vs. Morales II set for October 20
Following his career-defining 4th round KO of former champion Amir Khan, unified jr. welterweight champion Danny Garcia will make his return to the ring on October 20 when he faces four-division world champion Erik Morales in a highly-anticipated rematch. Well, okay, the rematch might not be "highly-anticipated", not is it even necessary, however, their first fight was entertaining and competitive. Despite what the final scorecards read, Morales was ahead early and extremely competitive, with many observers having the fight dead even after 10 rounds. In fact, in the eyes of many, it took a late 11th round knockdown of Morales for Garcia to seal the deal. Personally, I don't have much of a problem with a legend like Morales getting a second crack at a guy he nearly took to the school. That being said, just like Broner, Morales missed weight for the fight, and I just don't see how he'll be able to improve on the performance assuming he actually does make weight this time around. Nevertheless, the fight will take place at the Barclays Center and will headline a potential Showtime triplheader that will also feature WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi and undefeated middleweight contender Peter Quillin. Say what you will about Golden Boy Promotions, but at least they're giving us a whole hell of a lot of televised fights.
Miguel Cotto working with Golden Boy on December 1 return
According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, representatives from his company and Miguel Cotto Promotions are currently discussing plans to co-promote Miguel Cotto's return to the ring on December 1 at Madison Square Garden. For weeks now, it had been rumored that Cotto would likely make his return to the ring on that date and at that venue, but Schaefer has now confirmed it, even revealing that Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is currently in Puerto Rico and will likely get together with the Puerto Rican supertar. It's unclear at this point who the opponent will be, or even what weight Cotto will return at, as he has hinted that he would like to possibly move up to middleweight to attempt to win a title in a 4th weight class.
Amir Khan likely to return December 15
Speaking of Amir Khan, although he was hoping to get an immediate rematch with Danny Garcia, clearly that's not going to happen given the above mentioned news, therefore, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Khan will likely make his return to the ring on December 15. Altough an opponent and venue has yet to be determined, the more intriguing question is what weight will he return at? In the past, Khan has hinted that he will soon be making a move up to welterweight, even going so far as to say a fight with Danny Garcia was the only matchup left for him at 140. With that fight clearly not happening, will Khan be making his welterweight debut this December? Time will tell, but if I were him, I certainly would, especially when one of the champions, Paulie Malignaggi, is a man he already beat.
ABC approves an additional 7 seconds between rounds
In news flying under the radar, the Association of Boxing Commissions has approved a request to increase the time between rounds from 60 seconds to 67 seconds under certain circumstances. The request came from Jonathan Miller of NBC Sports, who wanted the additional 7 seconds for commercial air time, which ultimately will allow for more advertising revenue and, in turn, "will make the sport more broadcast-friendly and substantially increase a boxer's ability to make a living on a platform other than the pay channels of HBO, Showtime & PPV". It should be noted that while the time has been increased, the cornermen will still be required to be out of the ring at the 60-second mark. What does this decision by the ABC mean for boxing as a whole? Not much considering that the sport is still regulated by the individual state athletic commissions, who could choose to ignore the ruling all together. That being said, at least it gives network television an incentive to televise more fights.
2012 Olympic boxers will make pro debuts on CBS later this year
Speaking of network television, Golden Boy Promotions is teaming up with CBS and Showtime to air the professional debuts of "standout boxers" from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on CBS later this year. Although the fighters have to determined, CBS has already set aside two dates, October 14 and December 15, and plan to add additional dates. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is traveling to London to scout both men and women representing the United States at the Olympic Games.
Injury bug strikes not once, but twice
Two intriguing matchups that were set to take place next month officially got postponed this week when the injury bug reared it's ugly head. First up was the August 4th super bantamweight clash between former champions Rafael Marquez and Wilfredo Marquez. Next, we learned on the same day that the August 11th light heavyweight showdown between champion Tavoris Cloud and former champion Jean Pascal would also be pushed. According to reports, both Marquez and Pascal suffered undisclosed hand injuries while training. Although no new date has been set for either fight, October appears to be the month being targeted for both bouts.