Shane Mosley won against Antonio Margarito by a spectacular fashion. He was basically an underdog going to the fight and dominated Margarito onward to a round nine TKO win right in front of the cheering crowd in Staples Center. His reward was one year and four months layoff. Nobody wants to fight Mosley. He was always the runner up for big fights and his name is always mentioned for failed negotiations but there was never a contract always the bridesmaid never been the bride. This is the downside of being the best so here are my lists of the top 5 high risks low reward boxers or the most avoided boxers of today.
5. Ali Funeka
– “Rush Hour” Funeka is a genetic anomaly with a 6-foot-1 height that fights in the 135 lb. division or the lightweight division. He knocked out the prima donna Zahir Raheem in round 4 and had two controversial decisions against Nate Campbell and Joan Guzman in his last two fights which for me Funeka won those fights. Ali is going to have a rematch with Joan Guzman this March 27 for the IBF title. This time my money will be on Funeka you can’t be wrong if you have a 4 inch height and a 5 inch reach advantage.
4. Nonito Donaire Jr.
-Vic Darchinyan was dominating everybody until he was stop cold by Nonito Donaire Jr. He wanted to unify the flyweight titles but his Japanese counterparts fell in deaf ears. After dominating Luis Maldonado, Nonito had been in a long layoff for almost a year before he defended his title. If not a rematch with Darchinyan the only logical thing to do is to go up and fight challenging fights in the Bantamweight division. How about a ring date with Fernando Montiel?
3. Edwin Valero
– His perfect KO ratio is one factor but Edwin Valero has more to offer. He was criticized before for his lack of legitimate opponents but his win against Demarco not only put a dot but an exclamation point on Valero’s greatness. He is the exact definition of a high risk low reward fighter. He will go up north at 140 pounds and I don’t hear any of the 140lb fighters calling up his name with the exception of a game Timothy Bradley. A fight with Juan Diaz is on negotiations. That would be fireworks in the making.
4. Timothy Bradley
-He was a clear underdog when he fought Junior Witter but he dominated Witter right on his own turf and brought home the WBC light Welterweight title. He defended his title against Edner Cherry and grab Kendall Holt’s WBO title along the way. He schooled the undefeated Lamont Peterson in his last outing and now nobody wants a piece of Bradley. If Paulie Malignaggi, Devon Alexander and Amir Khan want to be the best then fight the best fighter in the light welterweight division. Timothy Bradley rightfully holds that title.
5. Paul Williams
– The fight between Sergio Martinez was very exciting after both boxers traded knockdowns in the 1st round. The 6-foot-1 Williams had a scary 82 inch reach who could dominate any fighter with his jabs. He was supposed to fight Kelly Pavlik but Pavlik got injured. The terrifying part would be is that Williams is contemplating in competing in the Welterweight division going down from light middleweight shedding 10 pounds to compete against Pacquiao, Clottey, Mayweather and Mosley. But I don’t think any of those four wants to fight him. A fight with Pavlik would be good for Williams or a rematch with Martinez is even better.