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Q) Can anybody explain to me how the Golovkin/Rubio fight is a unification? Rubio is only an interim WBC champ also the winner is then mandatory for Cotto. I didnt even think an existing champ could be a mandatory? – Tom Location: Philly
IB.com: Well Tom, your guess is as good as mine. Somehow I think that conference in Cancun between the WBC, WBA & IBF had something to do with it. Everybody is all of a sudden trying to get along. Sanctioning bodies in recent times just don’t make an existing champion as a mandatory. This alphabet soup of title belts is getting worse. Theoretically the winner will be the unified WBA & interim WBC middleweight champion – whatever that means. We would all laugh about it but it’s hurting the sport.
Q) Is Cleverly vs. Bellew PPV worthy iyo [in your opinion]? – Samuel West, Location: Unknown
IB.com: Well the first fight between the two, three years ago was for a world title and then it wasn’t pay-per-view worthy and I still don’t think regardless of a belt it’s worth it now. It’s a great fight that I feel having a standard Sky Sports subscription should be worthy of viewing. Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn tells us that the under card is going to be terrific; lets have a look at what we’re going to expect:
Scott Quigg’s proposed opponent Shingo Wake has fell due to injury and is now unlikely to be considered. This means you should be prepared to see anybody in the top ten in the WBA from 122/118lb rankings for the Bury man.
James DeGale fights former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban in what looks to be a good dust up while he awaits Carl Froch’s next career decision.
Callum Smith fights in a WBC eliminator against Nikola Sjekloca, which fair play to Matchroom is really early in his career for such a fight and I commend their cojones in making that one.
Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA regular bantamweight title against WBA #12 rated Walberto Ramos with a muted fight against full champion Juan Carlos Payano potentially in the works after his shock victory over long serving champion Anselmo Moreno.
Finally, Anthony Joshua will be fighting Michael Sprott in a British heavyweight title eliminator – steady progress and a good learning fight.
In conclusion I can see why they would think this card was PPV worthy; a huge domestic grudge match, two “world” title fights, two potential world title eliminators and AJ also gets an appearance. Whether the public agree though is another matter entirely. It just doesn’t feel right to me.
Q) Donaire is going to hammer Walters and move up a division and aim for another world title at super featherweight. Aaron Bolma Location: Web
IB.com: It’s a Q&A Aaron. I don’t know whether you’re stating this as fact or whether you’re asking if I agree with your statement, so lets go with the former and give this a whirl.
Nonito Donaire won his first world title at flyweight. Since then he has rose through the ranks winning an interim world title at super flyweight and world titles at bantamweight, super bantamweight and now featherweight.
I know he is the consensus choice as #1 in the divison at 126 pounds but he really is small at the weight. His victory over Vetyeka was good but lucky and my gut feeling is he will be much smaller than Nicholas Walters come fight night – Walters according to rumour should soon be fighting at 130 pounds.
I don’t think it’s in Donaire’s plan at all to move up in weight. Imagine that size disparity between him and Jhonny Gonzalez – no thanks.
The question we all have to ask is ‘what has Donaire looked like in his last few fights?’ Arguably his last great performance was against veteran Jorge Arce back in December 2012, since then things haven’t looked so good.
He was ultimately schooled by the wizard which is Guillermo Rigondeaux in April ’13 at super bantamweight (nothing to be ashamed of there) and his performance against savvy but ultimately shop worn veteran Vic Darchinyan in November ’13 was terrible until he managed to get the knock out in round nine.
I’m worried for Donaire; Walters is a tough guy with a high knock out percentage of 20 in 24 fights and things just don’t look the same for the once pound-for-pound cert since he has become a father.
Saturday night we will find out. But never one to sit on the fence – I’m going with Nicholas Walters via decision.
Unfortunately that’s all we have time for this week. Please submit your questions via our usual channels by close of business November 20 to be featured in next weeks Q&A.