It’s Transition Time Again

By Ted Sares on November 17, 2011
It’s Transition Time Again
Call it a generational shift; call it evolution; call it the natural order of things. (Robert Ecksel)

Out with the old and in with the new. It’s harsh but it’s reality. Call it a generational shift; call it evolution; call it the natural order of things. Whatever it is, it’s a change in the landscape and it’s good for boxing.


How many more fights does Manny Pacquiao have left in him? Is Juan Manuel Marquez retiring on will he continue on? As Joel Casamayor makes his long overdue exist, Rocky Juarez, James Toney, Zab Judah, and hopefully Roy Jones, Israel Vazquez, Evander Holyfield might join him. Glen Johnson has had a great run but it’s probably over and Michael Katsidis has seen his best days as well. Both Allan Green and Danny Green show signs of fading and Edison Miranda and Jermain Taylor seem to get knocked out whenever they step up. Kelly Pavlik and Kermit Cintron (and maybe even David Lemieux) arguably have one more chance. Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito may do enough harm to one another in December to ensure their departure—assuming that fight even takes place, and Erik Morales’ next big payday will likely be his last big payday.

The very chillable Enzo Maccarinelli will come back and then leave as soon as he gets chilled. Terribly mismatched and waxable Jean-Marc Mormeck will depart after he is waxed by Wlad. And the no-longer hot Paul Williams may be an icing waiting to happen. Rafael Marquez is now teetering. Even the great Vitali Klitschko is starting to sound like he wants to smell the roses soon, but Samuel Peter, Lamon Brewster, Fres Oquendo, David Tua, Shannon Briggs (and a bunch of other heavyweights) have no choice in the matter. It also appears that Sultan Ibragimov, Ruslan Chagaev, and Nicolay Valuev have said Nyet. However, Bernard Hopkins remains an anomaly and so does Antonio Tarver.

Each of the above has given us thrills and chills, but as we bid them adieu, we need to welcome and embrace the new guys on the block. They come from all over the world and they mean business (in more ways than one).


I’m talking about Pier-Olivier Côté, Brandon Rios, James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo, Hernan Marquez, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Takashi Uchiyama, Takahiro Ao, Dmitry Pirog, Kazuto Ioka, Lucas Matthysse, Mike Alvarado, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Roman Gonzalez, Ramon Hirales, Adrien Broner, Kell Brook,  Mike Jones, Rico Ramos,  George Groves, Robert Helenius, Tyson Fury, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Erislandy Lara, Antonio DeMarco, Ricky Burns, Austin Trout, Vanes Martirosyan, Daiki Kameda, Darley Perez, Jose Benavidez, Miguel Vazquez, Billy Dib,  Nathan Cleverly, James DeGale, Robert Guerrero, Paulus Moses, Nkosinathi Joyi,  and Ismayl Sillakh to name just a few. I’m betting that they will be monopolizing the headlines in the not-too-distant future.

I don’t know about you but the prospect of Povetkin vs. Fury or Helenius vs. Chisora or Rio vs. anyone has my rapt attention.


Of course, in-between the outgoing and the incoming are the more established men—the champions, the Kahns, Bertos, Ortizes, Maidanas, the “Super Six” fighters, Floyd Mayweather, and tough hombres like Sergio Martinez, Marco Huck, Jhonney Gonzalez, Abner Mares, Juan Manuel Lopez, Vic Darchinyan, Chris Arreola, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Giovanni Segura, Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Wlad Klitschko, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Timothy Bradley, Omar Narvaez, Koki Kameda, Toshiaki Nishioka, Chris John, Takashi Uchiyama, Tavoris Cloud and others too numerous to list.

And when the “in-betweens” fight the “incoming,” we the fans are the real winners.

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  1. the thresher 01:02pm, 11/21/2011

    Happy Thanksgiving mates. I’m on the road again.

  2. the thresher 10:18am, 11/21/2011

    It’s the natural progression of things and nothing can stop it. The future belongs to guys called The Cobra, S.O.G., Canelo, Juanma, El Chino, the Mandingo Warrior, and others.  The Haglers, Durans, Leonards and Hearnes can’t be with us forever nor can the Vazquezes , Marquezes, Barreras and Moraleses. No, this is the new order of things in boxing and it doesn’t look bad.

  3. MR.BILL-HARDCORE XXX 02:52pm, 11/20/2011

    Grant can get a shot at someone if Jean M. Mormack is getting a shot at Wlad….. Wlad will wax Mormack inside 5 or 6 rds…... Christ…...

  4. MR.BILL-HARDCORE XXX 02:02pm, 11/20/2011

    Manfredo has been a lemon since I can remember…. Chavez, Jr. is very protected and carefully matched… YAWN! And, lastly, Pacquiao edged a slower Marquez by a point of two on my card…. 115-113 or 115-114 for Pacman is fair…..... WORD!

  5. the thresher 07:41am, 11/20/2011

    Manfedo goes, but Guzman is still around and Grant is back in the secondary mix.

  6. the thresher 07:40am, 11/20/2011

    Grant over Botha was a woddy popper big time.

  7. SR.BILL-HARDPORN XXX 07:54pm, 11/19/2011

    The rubber match thus far is like “Carbajal-Gonzalez 3” of 1994….... Very tactical; no WW3…... WORD!

  8. SR.BILL-HARDPORN XXX 07:52pm, 11/19/2011

    Grant stops Botha? I wish I could’ve been there to see it….. WORD! I do like Grant and Botha…... I am now taping the replay of “Packy-Marquez 3.” After 4 rds, Packy is ahead here on my card…..

  9. the thresher 04:05pm, 11/19/2011

    Wow, Michael Grant just waxed Botha in a last minute KO in the last round. Good on him.

  10. "Old Yank" Schneider 06:30pm, 11/18/2011

    MRBILL—Any dried-out drunk who can take 4 rounds off of Maravilla ain’t “spit” indeed —just imagine what this kid is capable of sober and in condition!

  11. "Old Yank" Schneider 06:27pm, 11/18/2011

    Ted—This weekend may very well tell the tale for Vic.

  12. Dan Adams 06:05pm, 11/18/2011

    Ted, I’m with you on Tyson Fury.  The kid is exciting, even if he is a bit premature in his claims of ruling the world.  Give him another two years and a top trainer like Emanuel Steward, who will help Tyson maximize his natural gifts of reach and height, and I think you will see great things out of Fury.  And if we don’t, well, at least he’ll be exciting!  JMO.

  13. MR.BILL-HARDCORE XXX 03:15pm, 11/18/2011

    Hells Bells, Kelly Pavlik hasn’t been a serious fighter since he fought Jermain Taylor two times in 2007 and 2008….. He got schooled by B-Hops and hasn’t done jack spit since…....


  14. MR.BILL-HARDCORE XXX 03:12pm, 11/18/2011

    I have no problem with sweeping out the barn….... However, Holyfield might fight ‘till he’s 60….. Fields is that delusional….. As well as in financial need…..


  15. the thresher 01:21pm, 11/18/2011

    Yank, this weekend will tell the story on Vic.

  16. the thresher 01:13pm, 11/18/2011


  17. Shane 12:27pm, 11/18/2011

    You can place mayweather in the outgoing…cause after pacman defeats him, he will commit suicide from embarassment

  18. TEX HASSLER 12:00pm, 11/18/2011

    I am a real Kelly PavliK fan but even I think he probably cannot get his act entirely together again. A fighter can only stay at his peak usually for a few short years then he needs to get out. Archie Moore, Bernard Hopkins and a few are able to stay much longer.

  19. dollar bond 10:58am, 11/18/2011

    The outgoing chapter made me laugh several times.  i love the subtle humor such as the “waxable Mormeck.”

  20. the thresher 07:46am, 11/18/2011

    Vyacheslav Senchenko belongs in incoming.

  21. the thresher 07:03am, 11/18/2011

    Edwin Rodriguez should be part of the incoming. He has champion” wriiten all over him.

    Canelo was impossible to slot—at least for me.

  22. the thresher 06:53am, 11/18/2011

    Kelly Pavlik and Kermit Cintron (and maybe even David Lemieux) arguably have one more chance

  23. "Old Yank" Schneider 05:57am, 11/18/2011

    I’d place Vic Darchinyan in the “outgoing” group.  And where do we place Pavlik?  Is he one or two fights away from forgotten or two or three steps away from redemption?

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