Cotto-Canelo gives boxing fans real excitement

October 06, 2015 3:07 AM


There were ample opportunities this past weekend for fight fans to get their fill of action as UFC 192 and boxing cards on both HBO and Showtime were featured.

Though there isn’t much for fight fans in the weekend ahead, there is plenty on the horizon for both fans and bettors alike.

The UFC continues to dominate the world of MMA and though fans have more promotions to choose from, the bottom line is that the UFC has cemented its spot as the promotion for the sport’s elite fighters.

For boxing though, the landscape has definitely changed as its cash cow and most celebrated star, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has officially retired from the sport. With that said, it seems like boxing fans are afforded fight cards to view more than ever before as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) continues to showcase both well known and many up and coming fighters on network television.

It seems the question that everyone continues to ask, is who will step in and fill the void created when Mayweather retired. Granted, we may not see another boxer earn the type of money Mayweather was able to in our lifetime, but rest assured there will be fighters who become super stars on a global level.

In fact, there are plenty of them who compete inside the squared circle today. Few could argue the likes of “Triple G” Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s), Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KO’s), Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KO’s), and Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s), who are all active fighters, are not global stars.

More importantly, I believe there are plenty of less known boxers right now who are on the cusp of reaching the same status. With each fight and victory, guys like Sergey Kovalev (28-0, 25 KO’s), Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KO’s), Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO’s), and Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KO’s), who are becoming house hold names.

Plus we can’t forget that both Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s) who face off on Nov. 21 are not just huge names in boxing, but are also two of the biggest celebrities in their respective birth countries.

Finally, what I’m simply trying to say in this week where we don’t have much to get excited about as far as fight cards go, we still have so much to look forward to as fight fans ahead. More importantly for those of us who reside in the world where we have to lay 11 to win 10 on a daily basis, there are plenty of very attractive main events and under cards to get excited about.

The bottom line is this, boxing is alive and well...and will continue to thrive as many continue to tell us the sport we love is slowly but surely dying.

Vegas-Runner is a professional bettor/handicapper featured on CNBC, ESPN, FOX, Yahoo, CBS This Morning, The Herd, JT the Brick, & More. Follow VR on Twitter @Greek_Gamblerand at the home of the Animals, Email:

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