In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is the managing editor of

There’s nothing really new about a fighter, even a top one, taking time off and getting injured sparing bit before his comeback fight. Such injuries are almost always the end result of ring rust. No mater your age or how well conditioned you are, it’s not a but unusual.

Such is the case of Floyd Mayweather Jr. who was planning a comeback fight against a very tough, experienced Juan Manuel Marquez.

The game plan was to beat Marquez and then get into the squared circle with Manny Pacquiao for the honor of being considered the top boxer on this planet.

With Mayweather now recovering from a sparing related rib injury, will have to take a bit more time off than he had planned. It would be absolutely stupid for him to skip the needed warm-up fight and move ahead to battle Pac Man.

And say what you will about Mayweather, he is certainly not stupid. The question to ask now is will Marquez wait for him, or will Mayweather choose a different (and easier) comeback opponent?

Rumors have it that Pacman will be fighting Miguel Cotto next.

Boxing is getting interesting again, folks.

Only one important fight this week, coming on June 20th , from Germany, for the IBF/WBO heavyweight title, between champ Wladamir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev. Chagaev is replacing the injured David Haye.

Klitschko, it has been said, has a glass jaw, something I do not believe. He’s lost three fights via the TKO route, but I think it’s more a matter of believing in himself, than questionable whiskers.

Wladamir, 33, at 6’ 6 ½, enjoys more than a 5” advantage over Chagaev, 30, who, although undefeated at 25-0, hasn’t really beaten anyone of note.

Neither appears to be a huge puncher, but the younger of the Klitschko brothers does benefit from a lot more fights against tougher opponents. Give the experience and the fight (and the two titles) to Klitschko by a close decision.

Glove 2 Glove:

Alex Ramos, the Bronx Bomber and founder of the Retired Boxers Association, is having more health problems and needs our help, financial if possible but definitely our prayers.

Please say prayers for Phill Grazide of Santa Rosa, CA. a big supporter of amateur boxing, who is suffering the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.

Needless to say we need prayers for the return to health of former champ Gerald McClellan, who is confined to wheelchairs.

On behalf of these great fighters who have given their all in our great sport, we thank you for your ongoing prayers.

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