Lederman’s Weekend Plans
It’s always pleasant seeing Harold Lederman. Nonstop agreeable and always informed, words roll off his tongue the way water cascades over Niagara Falls. I saw him at the Hopkins-Dawson presser at Planet Hollywood in Times Square the other day. He was in good cheer, in his element, and in fine form.
When I mentioned this weekend’s HBO doubleheader featuring Marcos Maidana vs. Devon Alexander and Adrien Broner vs. Eloy Perez, it was like setting off a firecracker. There’s never been a fight Lederman hasn’t gotten worked up about. It could be a cat fight, a bar fight, a street fight, if it’s a fight, bring it on.
“We got Marcos Maidana,” said Lederman with enthusiasm and pride. “Unfortunately Devon Alexander got the fight down to 10 rounds. I don’t know how he did that. It gives Devon Alexander and very real opportunity to win this fight because Maidana’s really good in the later rounds. Be that as it may, it is Marcos Maidana, the hardest hitting 140-lb. fighter out there. He’s going to bring those talents into St. Louis, Devon Alexander’s hometown. He could knock Devon FLAT in the first round. Maidana’s capable of doing that. One of the roughest Argentineans to lace on a boxing glove, and there’s been a lot of them throughout history. I mean this guy is mean. He comes to fight.”
If the fight is half as exciting as Lederman’s description we should be in for a treat.
“In the first fight we’ve got one of the wildest guys going, Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner, who brushes his hair in the ring either before or after a fight, or he has his father brush his hair. I mean he’s something else. He really is. I mean something special. Very flashy, living on the edge type guy from Cincinnati, where you’ve got a great tradition in boxing. It’s a tough town, and Adrien is unbelievable. He’s got virtually all knockouts in his career. With those big, big wins against Vicente Rodriguez, and the knockout over Jason Litzau, I mean he just keeps on running. Even though he kind of sneaked by Daniel Ponce de Leon.”
Broner’s opponent this weekend will be Eloy Perez, “a real good fighter from Salinas, California. Undefeated, good ring skills, good ring generalship. Not much of a puncher—but he can box. Eloy says that Broner as problems with Mexicans. We shall see. Eloy Perez is of Mexican descent, even though he comes from California and had most of his fights in California. He’s been a sparring partner for some of the great fighters in the game. So we shall see what happens. It’s going to be a very interesting doubleheader Saturday night.”