Allow me to thank my many friends in boxing for their calls, cards and visits during my recent illness….I’ll be as good as new as soon as the good Lord allows science to discover how to make a complete skeletal transplant. Seriously, the prayers mean a lot to this old scribe.
In the upcoming fight department, July 31, Saturday, should be a hum-dinger at Mandalay Bay on Pay-Per-View.
The again veteran counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez faces a rematch with Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz for the WBO/WBA lightweight title. This fight is a rematch of a recent Houston, where Marquez stopped Diaz late.
Diaz, at age 26, (35-3, (17), is ten years younger than Marquez and has a big reach advantage.
Marquez, 50-5-1 (37), remains the best counter-puncher in the business as he proved when he stopped Diaz in his Texas hometown.
Not only does Marquez boast more fights, but far better competition, but when you deal with age, it doesn’t always mean as much.
A pick here looks easy, as Diaz’ only three losses came in his last six fights, while Marquez and time keeps marching on. The logic here is that if Diaz can’t beat Marquez at home, why think he would do better in far more neutral Las Vegas?
I don’t. Therefore, in a war, Marquez stops Diaz again, late.
This should be an outstanding PPV buy.
Glove 2 Glove:
Boxing lost two more outstanding people over the past few weeks.
Former heavyweight contenders Mac Foster and Johnny Calon went to their final rewards. Prayers for their souls are requested
Tough fighter and great competitor Scott LeDoux, who was always in shape (as I prefer to remember him) has ALS and has been given less than six months to live.
Also prayers for the recovery of the mother of boxing historian Scott Crouse would also be very much appreciated.
Sad to report that Genaro Hernandez’ cancer has returned. We ask for your prayers to help “Chicanito” in his battle against this relentless foe.
Prayers for the return to health of Casey Guerrero, wife of popular boxer, Robert. “The Ghost’s” wife is having a recurring bout with leukemia.
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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