First and foremost Happy Birthday to MLK Jr. He fought with his mind and changed the world for the better.
On the horn:
On the horn:
LEAD BOXING WRITER
I was running through the champions in the different divisions that I've seen throw down and frankly there are only a few good ones left. The heavyweight scene belongs to the Klitschko brothers entirely.
Sad thing is they can be beaten by the likes of a willing puncher with quick feet and the heart to stay within their elbows ala Chris Byrd. Since every fighter seems to assume they will be pummeled by the brothers brute force, many tend to languish on the outside.
This is basically making it easy work for WBA, WBO, and IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49KO's) and his WBC chamipon brother Vitali (43-2, 40KO's) who are showing no signs of being defeated this year.
Light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2-1, 32KO's) has been around a long time but I think he's winding down. After a thrilling performance against Jean Pascal he didn't look so good in the short and controversial bout with Chad Dawson.
Hopkins was tossed by Dawson onto his shoulder resulting in an injury which may have saved him temporarily from the enevitable lose of his title.
SOME QUICK MENTIONS IN BOXING THIS YEAR:
WBO champ Nathan Ceverly (23-0, 11KO's) and IBF champ Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19KO's) are supposed to be the next big names in the sport. So look out for possible challengers.
WBA and WBC champ, Andre Ward is the main talent in the Super Middleweight division and he's got the tools to stay a champion for a while.
IBF belt holder Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO's) is looking to fight Wards last fallen opponent and WBO champ Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23KO's), who is a fighter waiting in the wings for spotlight himself.
The mega fight everyone is waiting for lies in the Welterweight division between WBC champ Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26KO's) and WBO champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KO's).
After Mayweather's jail sentence was suspended until June, this fight is possible but Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum seems to be stopping this from coming to fruition.
Some noise is being made in the Super Lightweight division with WBA and IBF champ Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15KO's) taking on Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28KO's), while WBC champ Erik Morales (52-7, 36KO's) and WBO champ Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12KO's) have all talked about fighting each other soon.
There are few notables below this weight including Antonio Demarco (26-2-1, 19KO's), Jorge Arce (59-6-2, 45KO's), Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13KO's), and Anselmo Moreno (32-1-1, 11KO's) whom I have watched dominate their divisions so keep an eye out for them.
This list of champions should remain in tact through 2012. Stay tuned to SRMMA this year for more coverage as the sweet science unfolds.