Sunday, December 28, 2008

Possibilities for the Punisher


"Welterweight: Joshua Clottey - Clottey is the definition of a tough guy. He has great defense and might be as powerful a puncher as there is in the welterweight division. He is the type of fighter that Floyd Mayweather wouldn’t even consider fighting, much like Williams. Clottey, who put up a sturdy test for Margarito, is eager to prove himself. With Margarito and Cotto destined for a rematch, the winner of a Clottey-Williams fight would put a lot of pressure on the winner of Margarito-Cotto to face them.

Junior Middleweight: Vernon Forrest - With Oscar De La Hoya getting knocked out by a lightweight, Forrest is the unquestioned champion at 154 pounds. Now that Williams has a belt in the same division, this is a fight that should happen. The Viper has always been a great fighter, and still is even at his advanced age. Who wouldn’t want to see this wily veteran take on the young and talented Williams for supremacy in the junior middleweight division?

Middleweight: Felix Sturm - When it was first mentioned that Williams might get a chance to fight Kelly Pavlik, many thought it was a bad idea. Since his one round destruction of Andy Kolle, most people have changed their tune. Since Sturm and Arthur Abraham seem to be at a stalemate in negotiations for a fight, this would be the perfect time for Williams to swoop in. Since Pavlik is tied up with a “comeback fight” against mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, this would be the best fight for Williams in this division. If he were to win, and look good doing so, a fight with Pavlik would be very do able by the summer of 2009.

Super Middleweight: Sakio Bika - Make no mistake about it, Williams wants to make money while he is on top. Can you blame him? Bika is by far the best fighter to come out of the Contender series. Because of this he brings real name recognition to this bout, television outlets like HBO and Showtime would jump all over a bout like this because of Bika trying to show that he is ready for the big stage, and Williams trying to win a fight in his fourth weight class in four fights. Of all the fights listed, this may be the biggest money fight possible for Williams."

While I definately like all four of these fights, my personal choice would be for PW to fight Forrest. Forrest is a well known fighter who has beaten some fine opponents over his career, his best win (s) coming against Shane Mosley, twice. While Forrest is a slick fighter coming off his best performance in years against Sergio Mora is the rematch, he also represents the top light-middle in boxing, a weight class where PW already owns an interim belt after he beat Verno Phillips.

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