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Another taste of Sugar
Published December 18, 2008

The 2008 boxing calendar will officially close on a whimper this week when Roman Karmazin meets Bronco McKart at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood on Saturday evening.

It is a bout that will draw as much interest as a Sarah Palin press conference these days, but for the 35-year old Karmazin and the 37-year-old McKart it will serve as a opportunity to see what they still have left.

It wasn't that long ago that Karmazin was the IBF junior middleweight champion of the world and then was side tracked by light punching Corey Spinks in St. Louis before he ran into a buzz saw in Alex Bunema in New York on Jan. 19 on the under card of Jones/Trinidad.

Karmazin was stopped in the 10 round to fall to 36-3-1 and will hope to right himself in a loaded division when he meets McKart who is 51-8-1.

One thing is for sure; tickets for this event are quite affordable that is you can keep from dropping it all at the racetrack next door or at the tables in the casino.

Speaking of Roy Jones Jr., his representatives were at the De La Hoya/Pacquiao massacre talking to Golden Boy officials about a possible Jones fight against Bernard Hopkins for 2009.

As dreaded as the match-up sounds, there are still plenty of people who would like to see the oldie played over one more time.

On paper Hopkins would be the prohibitive favorite over a fighter who was busted up in his last match against Joe Calzaghe and hasn't beat anyone of consequence since beating a washed up Trinidad.

Shane Mosley will take on Antonio Margarito at Staples Center on Jan. 24 in a bout that will test Mosley's speed and chin against Margarito's courage and chin.

As if they are already looking past the pride of Pomona, Margarito's Top Rank Inc. Promotional company are already establishing a date for a rematch against Miguel Cotto. Margairo wore down Cotto before earning a TKO in round 11 earlier this year and has carefully avoided Paul Williams in the process.

If Mosley can turn back the clock at 37-years of age and beat Margarito it would almost salvage one third of the Golden Boy empire.

De La Hoya is for all intent and purpose done. Hopkins has a few select fights he could take and then there is Sugar Shane who did look spectacular against Ricardo Mayorga, but won a 12th round knockout in the final seconds nonetheless.

I personally give Mosley a chance against Margarito because the Tijuana born Margarito does take a lot of punishment. Problem for Shane is, that he can dish it out as well as he can take it.

Had a side bar conversation with HBO boxing head honcho Kerry Davis recently while he was in town for the Mosley/Margarito presser and he had some interesting observations for life after Oscar.

Providing De La Hoya does retire and that is quite doubtful especially there is already discussion for the Golden Boy to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. next year, then Davis sees the future of boxing in the fist of Pacquiao, Margarito, Cotto, Williams and in the heavyweight division with Chris Arreola. That would be music to the ears of Goossen Tutor chief Dan Goossen who has both Williams and Arreola and to Al Haymon who manages both of them.

It would also mean that Goossen Tutor would be positioned with Top Rank as the two rival promotional companies that could take over the lead spot from HBO's sweetheart Golden Boy.

Davis also mentioned that both Lou Dibella and Gary Shaw are both in the mix with the talented stable of fighters they have.

Ironically, there was no mention of Don King who as Davis has suggested does not appear to be positioned beyond the life of the legendary promoter.

With the economy tumbling and his list of A-class fighters shrinking, King will have to reinvent himself one more time for a glorious final push in a profession that he has made fame and acclaim in.

Last week his top cruiserweight Steve Cunningham lost his belt, and King's stable consisted of young but talented Devon Alexander and a cast of leftovers.

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