Lederman’s Weekend Plans

By Robert Ecksel on February 23, 2012
Lederman’s Weekend Plans
Marcus Maidana’s going to bring his talents into St. Louis, Devon Alexander’s hometown


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.”

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  1. the thresher 12:28pm, 02/24/2012

    I have wriiten extensivly on a retirement fund for boxers. I even have a prototype.  The problem is they don’t much want one. Just like a union. They don’t want one. The individual contract nature of their relationships makes it very difficult to deal with them in any collective basis.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 11:53am, 02/24/2012

    From my viewpoint there should be a Federal commission to insure uniformity throughout the country for the health and safety of the fighters….and yes their welfare as well, in the form of some sort of a retirement fund. Promoters and sanctioning bodies should not be able to shop around from state to state to get fighters licensed who should otherwise be disqualified for health or conduct reasons. Otherwise the fighters have to rely on the goodwill and forebearance of the likes of Don King, Sulaiman et.al. as they have from time immemorial to their detriment. There are writers/authors/historians/teachers that contribute articles to this site who, in my mind and sight unseen, would qualify to serve on such a commission.

  3. the thresher 10:52am, 02/24/2012

    Iris, if there was such a commission, how could it enforce anytrhing? Answer: It could not.

  4. the thresher 10:51am, 02/24/2012

    Look, Maidana has a record of getting snookered by his opponents and their handlers. My sense is that he is not all that bright—or maybe it’s that he is too naive. But fighting ten trounds in St. Louis when you are a documented slow starter does not qualify him for MENSA.


    Credit Alexander with a shrewd move here.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 09:31am, 02/24/2012

    Old Yank-Maidana better get started early and not not stop until he’s the “last man standing” because as I posted earlier he’ll have to knock Alexander down at least four times to get a draw in St. Louis! By the way some in my opinion some of the great minds writing on this site need to re-think their opposition to a national governing body because that’s what this sport needs…..they sure as hell didn’t drop down to ten rounds to give Maidana a fair shake!

  6. the thresher 06:57am, 02/24/2012

    Broner got a big gift against Ponce de Leon, but he has improved since then. He is definitly someone to watch.

  7. Pete The Sneak 05:57am, 02/24/2012

    Don’t always agree with Harold’s scorecards on all fights, however I do love the guys enthusiasm for the game. He always sounds like he is excited to be there and even has the audacity to ‘check’ Larry Merchant on his commentary every now and then. Good Boxing guy, although he does sound like he is sitting on a feather when he speaks. (lol). Peace.

  8. "Old Yank" Schneider 04:45am, 02/24/2012

    10-rounder? A 10-rounder involving guys already fighting at the championship distance? Another attempt to walk away from “last man standing” as an insult to the roots of boxing.

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