Wednesday 24th May 2017,
Sports Alchemist
Spotlight

In the Lightweight Division…

The crowded lightweight division is now the haven for big bucks and bigger names. Before there was the Diazes with Juan, Julio and David reigning in the light weight. But with Nate Campbell winning against Juan and Casamayor’s dominance against Katsidis the lightweight division became a division for 30 plus year old fighters. A migration from 130 to 135 followed and the once fading division once again became the new heavy weight division for the bigger fighters… it became the limelight of professional boxing of today.

Manny Pacquiao– The culprit of all the migration from 130 to 135 everybody wants a piece of Money I mean Manny. But moving up in weight might be good or bad for Manny and with a June 28 fight with WBC champion David Diaz is on the way the dice is now rolling for his next opponent if and if he finishes Diaz which would be one of Manny’s toughest fight.

Juan Manuel Marquez – I won’t blame Juanma moving up in weight and challenge Pacquiao again after a heart breaking split decision loss.. At 34 Juanma wants to retire with his legacy intact and what better way to do it by challenging Pacquiao in a trilogy… He spells trouble to Pacquiao but with no belts to offer Juanma just had to wait for his turn. A fight with Joel Casamayor for the WBO title could bring him back to Pacquiao if Pacquiao surpass Diaz and Juanma wins Casamayor’s belt.

Joan Guzman– The looks of a little Tyson but Joan Guzman offers a lot better on the table… a good slick boxer who has such power in both hands a good counter puncher and uses the ring very well. The vaunted power of Guzman is suspect in the light weight division his power wasn’t that good while moving from 126 to 130 the question would be can Joan take a heavy puncher with the likes of Katsidis or Diaz that remains to be seen. A fight with Nate Campbell is on the way if Joan outshines Nate then our questions have already been answered.

Edwin Valero– the Kimbo Slice of boxing… Edwin’s power got him to the top but with no resistance and quality fights Edwin still has a big question mark on his sleeves. A walking KO artist Edwin still has to meet a good quality fighter and what better way to start the light weight division with Michael Katsidis. A brawler and a slugger which will be the ultimate explosion in boxing…

Adding in the mix– Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, David Diaz, Nate Campbell, Amir Khan are the mainstays in the lightweight division if any of the above guys would like to challenge their wares on the lightweight they should consider these guys as a barometer if they could very well take the punches in the heavier division then they will survive… We all live in a dog eats dog world… the strong survives… If not they could always go back to the division they have once occupied.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]