Whole Lotta Shakeup Goin’ On

By Robert Ecksel on January 10, 2015
Whole Lotta Shakeup Goin’ On
That De La Hoya wrested control of his company from alpha male Schaefer is significant.

Boxing’s power base has shifted dramatically and possibly in ways that will ultimately not benefit the sport…

There are rumblings on the boxing landscape. Buildings sway. Fissures appear. Normally complacent men and women are screaming and running for cover.

What not long ago appeared monolithic is cracking before our very eyes.

As first reported by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, one of boxing’s powerhouse promotional firms, is continuing its transformation. What it is transforming into—and why—only time will tell.

On Friday, GBP settled its $50 million lawsuit against former CEO Richard Schaefer, with whom De La Hoya, in his desire to make amends with Bob Arum and Top Rank, had ceased seeing eye-to-eye, or so the story goes.

That De La Hoya was able to wrest control of his company from alpha male Schaefer is significant. But we’ve not seen the last of Richard the Lionhearted. Under the terms of the agreement, Schaefer will not promote boxing for an unspecified, but likely brief time, before he gets back in the game by aligning himself with Mayweather Promotions and/or Al Haymon, all of whom appear to hate Arum with a passion.

In keeping with the new broom policy, De La Hoya has decided to give up promotional rights to many of the fighters associated with Al Haymon, including Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia. Also on the chopping block, according to LA Times, are Deontay Wilder, Marcos Maidana and Danny Jacobs, while the status of Keith Thurman, Peter Quillin, Erislandy Lara, Lamont Peterson and Abner Mares has yet to be determined.

Presumably Canelo Alvarez, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse and Leo Santa Cruz will continue to fight under the Golden Boy banner, but for how long is anyone’s guess.

De La Hoya is said to be fed up being hamstrung by Haymon from putting on meaningful fights. There may be more than meets the eye (when is there not more than meets the eye?), but boxing’s power base has shifted dramatically and possibly in ways that will ultimately not benefit the sport.

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  1. Jack 10:11am, 01/14/2015

    I remember Jerry Lee Lewis on bandstand, it was a “wild” show!!!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHevX7wh99Q

  2. Jack 09:55am, 01/14/2015

    artjd, I agree and on Saturday night here in town, Wilder will pay the price for that “protectionism” of Haymon, where more than likely he gets stopped by Stiverne. The only way Wilder wins is he lands a lucky right hand because he surely can’t outbox Stiverne. 6 years of fighting low level talent has the odds makers fooled in this bout, ( I hope there isn’t anything else going on???? ). Stiverne’s resume isn’t much better!!! I would “love” to be wrong, but I doubt it!!!

  3. Eric 09:35pm, 01/10/2015

    Irish…No suprise with Lennox Lewis. A man that fights at 235-240lbs in shape has got to be a big guy. Lewis dwarfed Tyson and completely manhandled Iron Mike. I remember it was said that Duran would even balloon up to 170lbs when he was a lightweight, the guy had a prodigious appetite for food & drink. A few years back when Duran was probably tipping the scales at 2 bills and some change,  John Salley saw a clip of Duran at some boxing gala and remarked that Duran looked like Fernando Valenzuela. Don’t know if he was talking about Fernando while he was active or when he retired. With Hatton, it must be the drink, because those Limeys can’t cook for sh*t. teehee. Only kidding,  Great Britian/England is our best ally ever.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:42pm, 01/10/2015

    Eric-There was a time when Roberto Duran was walking around north of 200 lbs between fights like Ricky Hatton is right at the moment…. I’m betting Lennox Lewis tips the scales well above 300 lbs.

  5. artjd 07:41pm, 01/10/2015

    Just as long as the trio of floydie pussy, schaefer chauffer and the hymen haymon are in boxing then boxing will definitely be in very bad, bad hands.

  6. Eric 10:11am, 01/10/2015

    Hey Oscar, lay off the arroz & frijoles, you’ve jumped up a weight class or three. Just did a search to see if the “Killer” was still living. That cousin marrying, piano playing, wild man is still kicking.

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