Hispanics Causing Panic

By Ted Sares on July 16, 2012
Hispanics Causing Panic
Josesito Lopez, Danny Garcia, and Carlos Molina are busy ruining promotional plans.

Josesito Lopez, Carlos Molina, and now Danny Garcia have created havoc amongst the ratings, but those same ratings also contain names like…

“The more things change, the more they are the same.”—Alphonse Karr

“Josesito Lopez, Danny Garcia, and Carlos Molina are ruining promotional plans left and right? These blue-collar fighters are fighting to pay their bills. They don’t have an entourage and don’t have the luxury of not taking things seriously…”—Paul Mango

“Whether he’s ‘don’” or not, Amir Khan will live to fight again. And if boxing politics play out true to form, in a year’s time he’ll be getting bigger opportunities than Danny Garcia and still making more money.”—Mango

Josesito Lopez, Carlos Molina, and now Danny Garcia have created havoc amongst the ratings, but those same ratings also contain names like Martinez, Marquez (thrice), Chavez, Cotto, Lara, Rigondeaux,  Gamboa, Rosado, Salido, Campillo, Reveco,  and Alvarez (as in Canelo) to name just a few.

Chris Arreola, Odlanier Solis, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, and Guillermo Jones lurk in the heavier weight classes. Even fossil Jose Luis Castillo showed some young legs last Friday as he stopped Ivan Popoca in a fight that awoke vampires.

Of course, Hispanics (along with Asians) have always caused panic in the lower weight divisions and the perpetrators these days are Anselmo Moreno, Leo Santa Cruz, Jorge Arce (still), Hugo Ruiz, Roman Gonzalez, Ulises Solis, Adrian Hernandez, Luis Ceja, Omar Narvaez, Hugo Cazares, Juan Carlos Sanchez, Carlos Cuadras, Moises Fuentes, Raul Garcia, Juan Palacios, Victor Terrazas, Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (yes, he is from Mexico), and Abner Mares.

Hispanics own the junior lightweight division. Boxers like Sosa, Salgado, Martinez, Magdalena, Mendez, and Burgos dominate the list. Juan Manual Lopez, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Eric Morel, and Celestino Caballero each are one big win away from regaining their former elite status.

Jhonny Gonzalez (on a great, albeit unnoticed, roll), Antonio DeMarco, Edwin Rodriguez, Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana, Giovanni Segura, and Miguel Vazquez are notable in their respective divisions and Richard Abril has become a new star off his “loss” to Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, another tough hombre who needs to work his way back. Robert Guerrero is due for a showdown soon with Turk Selcuk Aydin

Only Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo seems to have become more bark than bite, and Victor Ortiz simply seems to have panicked (again). Also, aging Erik Morales may be on the verge of overstaying his welcome if he decides to fight on.

Curiously, however, when all the dust is cleared, three tough blue-collar types emerge; namely, Danny Garcia, Carlos Molina, and Josesito Lopez. As Paul Mango asserts in his Monday Morning Rant (August 16, 2012), “Arrested development would be the key phrase when describing many of the new age boxing stars. They boast half-baked skill-sets and spend way too much time bogged down in non-fight distractions. Is it any wonder that hard-nosed guys like Josesito Lopez, Danny Garcia, and Carlos Molina are ruining promotional plans left and right? These blue-collar fighters are fighting to pay their bills. They don’t have an entourage and don’t have the luxury of not taking things seriously.”

Like many of their Latino brethren, these three boxers may be causing panic for reasons more akin to old school values than those that dictate that fighting is no longer a boxer’s sole priority.

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  1. the thresher 11:31am, 07/21/2012

    Nick, I said “Of course, Hispanics (along with Asians).”

    Uchiyama
    Salgado
    Broner
    Ao
    Martinez
    Magdaleno
    Mendez
    Burgos
    Solis
    Fortuna

    7 out of 10.

  2. nick 10:46am, 07/21/2012

    I don’t know how Ted can say that Hispanics own the Jr. Lightweight division, when two of the four champions are Japanese, and though he is going to have to give up his Jr. Lightweight title, Broner was the WBO champ. Salgado, while IBF champ, lost the WBA championship belt to the Japanese fighter, so his belt looks a little silly. Yes their are many Hispanic contenders, but that is like saying that white people owned the heavyweight division at the time of Joe Louis’s reign.

  3. The Thresher 06:41pm, 07/19/2012

    Tex Hassler. it’s called “being in the zone.” Seems like they come in flurries and then I get stalled.


    I’m one of those writers who likes to turn out a lot of stuff, but it’s risky because you have to keep the quality high.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 08:21am, 07/17/2012

    Paul Magno-Close but no cigar! Even though Puerto Rico is surrounded by water, Mexicans seem to fare better in the deep end of the pool.

  5. Paul Magno 07:55pm, 07/16/2012

    Boxing is part of the Mexican culture. It goes deep into the psyche. Mexicans believe that function is art. A beautiful painting is worthless, unless it’s of something worth seeing. A sculpture is meaningless unless it serves some useful purpose. The same deal with boxing. Life is struggle…and the struggle has been made into an art. That art is boxeo.

    These second generation Mexican-American kids are the products of this legacy…

    I know that Garcia is Puerto Rican, but the same deal goes for the Boricuas…

  6. Tex Hassler 03:09pm, 07/16/2012

    Mr. Sares you are turning out boxing article at such a blinding fast pace I am not in good enough shape to keep up with them. They are excellent, thought provoking articles. The Latin and Asian fighters have the lighter divisions almost to themselves.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 12:29pm, 07/16/2012

    Memo to Danny Garcia: If Mathysse or Alvarado calls tell your Dad not to answer and things will go along just swimmingly….for a while at least.

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