Boxing: NYC P4P

Atlas likes Povetkin to knock out Klitschko

October, 2, 2013
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Teddy Atlas -- the ESPN analyst and on-again, off-again trainer who helmed Michael Moorer to a heavyweight title in 1994 -- worked with Russia's Alexander Povetkin for more than two years with a singular purpose in mind:

Get Klitschko.

A Cus D'Amato protégé, Atlas, from day one, had Povetkin thinking Klitschko, thinking of ways to take down little brother Wladimir. Atlas drilled into Povetkin, now 34, the holes in Klitschko's game.

"I made it clear to Alex that Wladimir is vulnerable, that when he's not standing tall, controlling space and keeping you at the end of his jab, he doesn't know how to fight," Staten Island resident Atlas told me Wednesday, three days out from Povetkin's challenge of the unified heavyweight champion Klitschko in Moscow.

Atlas and Team Povetkin parted ways before Povetkin was to face cruiserweight Marco Huck in February 2012, because Povetkin became unwilling to travel to the U.S. to train so that Atlas could accommodate his schedule with ESPN.

I put it straight to Atlas: Does Povetkin have a chance to beat Wlad?

"I think he's going to knock out Klitschko," Atlas said.

Nobody has bettered Wlad since 2004, when Lamon Brewster stopped him in Round 5. But Atlas believes Povetkin can bring the 37-year-old Ukrainian back to a dark place and make him recall what it's like to be drowning in the ring.

"I worked with Povetkin on ways to do that," Atlas said. "He pulls straight back, he's vulnerable to rights and left hooks, and sometimes he gets to a place where he loses control, he looks to grab, and there are a lot of things you can do with that. Inside is not his territory."

Atlas said that when pushed to do what he doesn't want to do, Klitschko can resemble a Golden Glover in the squared circle.

"He gets discombobulated," Atlas said, noting that Klitschko has been stopped in each of his three losses. "He unravels, and he can be brought to those places again."

I do wonder: Can Povetkin activate that plan without Atlas to push him? I'm frankly guessing no, that his chances are less with trainer Alexander Zimin helming him. Atlas said he thinks Povetkin can do just as well without him there, indicating that he believes building blocks put in place during their time together will stand.

"I see Povetkin really having a good chance to knock out Wladimir, expose some areas of vulnerability," Atlas said.

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The NYFightBlog 2012 Boxer of the Year

December, 31, 2012
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Boxing in New York picked up the pace in 2012. The new series at the Barclays Center took off, and the debut in October was a success. Having a focal point is an immense boost to the local scene, as young fighters can know that they have a stage ready for them when they're ready to rock. Madison Square Garden has taken notice and is getting more active booking fights cards, with a slate booked into the Theater Jan. 19. All these men can benefit from the amped-up buzz in NYC.

Ladies and gents, here is your 2012 NYC Top Ten Pound-For-Pound List.

1) PETER QUILLIN He has an XL personality and his boxing has been improving, fight by fight. No reason why Quillin shouldn't be a full-on star in 2013. The 29-year-old Manhattan resident retired Winky Wright in June, and then whacked Hassan N'Dam around, exiting the Barclays Center with the WBO middleweight belt, on Oct. 20. He is the NYFightBlog BOXER OF THE YEAR. (No. 3 last year)

2) PAULIE MALIGNAGGI Paulie escaped the Barclays Center with a W over young Mexican rumbler Pablo Cano on Oct. 20, and was looking forward to a career-best payday rematch against Ricky Hatton. Hatton's body didn't cooperate, and he was stopped in his return bout. So the 32-year-old Bensonhurst tactician is still hunting Plan B. We wonder -- and suspect he wonders -- if he has lost a quarter-step, or if he can return in his next bout in fine form, with peppy legs, a busy jab, the whole package. We're betting yes ... but just in case, he's been setting up business prospects and is doing a bangup job as an analyst for Showtime, so if he has lost a foot off his fastball, 2013 will find Malignaggi with options regardless. (No. 2 last year)

3) DANNY JACOBS Last year, he thought he would die. This year, Jacobs has been climbing his way up the middleweight ladder, and doing it with as much grace and charm as any pugilist out there. The Park Slope resident, age 25, looks to rise to 25-1 when he gloves up Feb. 9 at Barclays. He kicked cancer's ass, I suspect he will do the same a few times in the ring this year, and by the end of the year, he should be ready to tackle a titlist. I root for him -- sorry, just being honest. (No. 8 last year)

4) ARGENIS MENDEZ The Dominican-born Brooklyn resident won an IBF super featherweight title eliminator over Martin Honorio in July, so we can presume an opportunity will pop for the 20-2 hitter soon. He came up short against Juan Carlos Salgado for the vacant IBF super feather belt in 2011, but we're betting he gets over the title hump in 2013. At 26, he should be in his physical prime. (N0. 5 last year)

5) ZAB JUDAH The Brownsville native is 35, and we're tempted to say he's looking at his last chance when he meets junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia at Barclays in the headliner Feb. 9. But Judah is a name, and a character, and even if he can't get the better of the under-appreciated Philly hitter, Judah will continue to receive opportunities. He's been talking tough ahead of the Garcia bout, and dad is back in his corner, but we still recall the stinkbomb effort he turned in against Amir Khan in July 2011. Will Good Zab or Bad Zab show up at Barclays? (No. 7 last year)

6) JOSEPH AGBEKO Last year's No. 1 went 0-for-2012, as the Bronx based Ghanian didn't glove up once this year. He could have fallen off the list but he gets consideration for what he's done. The 28-2 32-year-old is slated to meet 34-8-1 Luis Melendez on Feb. 22, so he could rise again next year if he regains his step. (No. 1 last year)

6) JOAN GUZMAN The Dominican formerly known as Little Tyson tasted defeat for the first time, losing a technical decision to 17-0 Khabib Allakhverdiev on Nov. 30. At 36, it looks like Guzman (33-1-1) has lost a mile off his fastball. Can he transition to being a clever junkballer, or will he be off this list next year? (Guzman No. 4 last year)

7) PATRICK HYLAND The Irish transplant lost his 0, when Javier Fortuna beat him, with the interim WBA feather crown up for grabs, on Dec. 8, underneath Pacquiao-Marquez, but showed he belonged at that class. We suspect he will learn from the loss and might well come back stronger, secure in the knowledge that that sized stage is appropriate for him. And whatever happens, he can take this to his grave: he is the top boxer in the stable of MTV's Snooki. (Not rated last year)

8) LUIS COLLAZO The 32-5 Queens-based boxer looked sharper than I expected in a win against Steve Upsher Chambers on the first Barclays card. An ex welterweight champion, he's 31, has his head on straight, is freed from promotional entanglements (cough Don King cough) and is backed by Golden Boy, which has the pull to get him opportunities. It is up to him to keep winning, and 2013 could be the year he gets to wrap another belt around his waist. (No. 16 last year)

9) EDDIE GOMEZ The 20-year-old from the Bronx fought and won five times this year. He has confidence galore and perhaps the skills to match it. If he stays healthy, and doesn't let rising fame mess with his head, 2013 could be a breakthrough year for Gomez (12-0). We can see him headlining a ShoBox by the end of the year. (Not rated last year)

10) DMITRIY SALITA/HECTOR CAMACHO JR (TIE) These two will clash underneath Garcia-Judah at Barclays on Feb. 9. The winner gets this spot, the loser drops off. The 35-1 Salita, age 30, is slightly favored for the 152 or under contest, as the 34 year-old Camacho was knocked out cold in his last outing, by 12-1-1 Luis Grajeda in July. (Salita No. 20, Camacho No. 15 last year)

Honorable Mention: Sechew Powell (No. 10 last year), Joe Hanks (last year not rated), Seanie Monaghan (last year not rated), Will Rosinsky (last year not rated), Chris Algieri (last year not rated), Gabriel Bracero (last year No. 13)

Malignaggi: U.S. unlikely to embrace Ward

January, 3, 2012
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Our NYFightBlog NYC P4P No. 1 to end 2011, Paulie Malignaggi, lives full time in L.A. now. But he's Bensonhurst-bred, and he has an all-candor, all-the-time persona, so we will likely think of him as a New Yorker in perpetuity. I asked Malignaggi if he had any New Year's resolutions he wanted to share, and he said, "Nothing too complicated, just have a positive and productive 2012."

You notice he said nothing about dialing it back in interviews, about being more filtered, less shoot-from-the-lip. Thank the lord.

While he awaits word from Golden Boy on what the promoter has cooking for him in 2012, Malignaggi was asked his take on the guy many have tapped as 2011 fighter of the year, Andre Ward. I wondered if Paulie thought Ward would ever become a superstar fighter who gains both critical acclaim and massive fan appeal, if people will ever truly appreciate his whole package.

Paulie didn't pull any punches in offering his take on Ward's chances for an all-encompassing breakthrough in 2012.

"As much as he deserves it, it's going to be very difficult for him to break through all the way," Paulie said. "Americans don't have enough culture; we're like the wind. If a foreign fighter comes with a lot of fanfare, it's 'Oh, I like him, were going to go with him.' We don't build stars, don't get behind our our own guys."

Malignaggi pointed out that the braggy, blingy persona of Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets that fighter ink and pay-per-view buys, while the humble Christian Ward has trouble drawing anywhere but his hometown of Oakland, and even there doesn't do crazy business.

"People get mad at Mayweather for being a degenerate in how he acts, but doesn't he generate more attention than any fighter in America? Obviously, he's a phenomenal fighter as well -- that helps -- but so is Andre Ward."

Check back for more unfiltered Malignaggi, the only variety available, thank the lord. ...

Bronx-based Agbeko fights Saturday

November, 30, 2011
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He weighs just 118 pounds, and us NYC fightwriters are consumed by the highest-profile bout at Madison Square Garden in many moons, so hopefully Joseph Agbeko (28-3 with 22 KOs) can forgive us if his Saturday rematch against Abner Mares (22-0-1 with 13 KOs) in Anaheim has gotten short shrift here on NYFightBlog.

It is no small offense, as the Bronx-based Ghanian boxer, who absorbed a bucketload of low blows from Mares en route to a majority decision loss in their Aug. 13 tangle, is No. 1 on our NYC P4P Top 20 list. Will the two-time former IBF bantam champ be the top dog after he clashes with the young gun Mares?

If I had to guess, I'd say momentum favors the 26-year-old Mares, and we could see Paul Malignaggi in the P4P top slot next week if the 31 year-old Agbeko gets an L on Saturday night. You can watch for yourself on Showtime (9 p.m. ET).

Win or lose, Agbeko is a superb representative of the sweet science. He could've--and probably should've --whacked Mares in the groin after the third or fourth time Mares slammed him there, but instead waited for the ref to do the right thing. The ref, Russell Mora, didn't and basically helped hand Mares the win and the IBF crown.

Classy Agbeko would be excused if he showed some disgust toward Mares, but that's not his style. “In the last fight there were some fouls and this time the ref will be watching and doing the right thing," Agbeko said. "He knows how to throw a punch in the right place and I think he will on Saturday."
A few of our NYC P4P Top 20 were in action this weekend, and all exited the ring with Ws.

The most highly rated boxer in our ranking, Joan Guzman (No. 4 NYC P4P), wasn't in with an upper-crusty foe, but his bout was still meaningful, because he proved he could keep the fridge door closed, and make weight. Guzman went to 31-0-1 with a KO1 win over Florencio Castellano (17-5; from Colombia) in the Dominican Republic on Friday night. The tussle, capped by a brain-rattling uppercut by Guzman, was for a minor welterweight bout, but the DR native wants a title shot at junior welter.

Our No. 5, Argenis Mendez, also got it done Friday, on the Guzman card in Santo Domingo. The Dominican super feather contender fought a stay-busy fight against 23-42-4 Cuban Alex Perez and stopped the foe in round two. The victor rose to 19-2.

The No. 6, Joshua Clottey, also had his hand raised. He fought on Saturday, in Texas on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Peter Manfredo card in Houston. He also scored a stoppage win, stopping Calvin Green (now 21-7-1; has lost three of his last four) in round two. A Clottey left hook hurt Green to the extent he couldn't continue. He says he wants the winner of the Dec. 3 Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito bout. That could happen, as he is promoted by Top Rank, which prefers to set intra-promotional fights.

Amanda Serrano, our No. 19, also got it done on the Guzman card. She had too much of everything for Dominican Grecia Nova (now 8-15-4) and the plug was pulled after the third.

None of the opponents were of the caliber that these wins demand elevation for the victors, so our eyes will be on the Dec. 3 bout pitting our No. 1, Joseph Agbeko, against Abner Mares for a contest that could well impact our standings. Agbeko is trailed by No. 2 Paulie Malignaggi, No. 3 Peter Quillin, No. 4 Guzman and No. 5 Mendez. I have zero doubt all them will be chewing their nails in anticipation of an NYC P4P shakeup.

NY P4P list: Who's No. 1?

November, 15, 2011
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Here ya go, NYC fight fans. The top five, the last batch of the top 20 in/or from NYC.

5) Argenis Mendez: This Dominican-born super feather almost secured the IBF crown but lost a unanimous decision to Juan Carlos Salgado on Sept. 10 in Mexico. His peeps say he was smacked with rabbit punches and was held too much in that loss. We agree, and we loved that he was busy as anything in the 12th and final round, where he almost had Salgado out. At one point in that 12th, the ref blocked Mendez (18-2 with 9 KOs) from getting to Salgado, and then Salgado, fatigued and hurting, tackled Mendez and almost yanked his shorts down. Prediction: Mendez, 25, will win a world title before he's done with the sweet science.

4) Joan Guzman: This slot might get some heat because Guzman is seen as a nasty example of unfulfilled potential. He has battled weight woes and scuttled fights because of that, but when he's on, his hand speed, combination punching and ring flash make him a world-class talent. Guzman (age 35; 30-0 with 17 KOs) is on the comeback road, and will fight in his native Dominican Republic against 17-4 Florencio Castellano on Nov. 18. If he doesn't make weight, the Bushwick, Brooklyn resident is off this NYC P4P list, never to return.

3) Peter Quillin: This is a heady rating for a kid whose career-best win comes against Craig McEwan or Jessie Brinkley, but many folks think he's ready for bigger, brighter things. Yeah, we know, we know, he lives in Cali, too. But Quillin still dashes back to his Manhattan apartment, and has an NYC-type brashness that tells you he's not a laid-back West Coaster sort. He rose to 26-0 when he beat Scotsman McEwan in Cancun on Saturday, in his HBO debut. He'll need to beat a fighter a grade above McEwan to rise higher on The List, though.

2) Paulie Malignaggi: Yeah, we know, we know, he lives in LA now. But he's still Paulie from Bensonhurst to us, even if he marries a Kardashian and gets his own reality show out there in LaLa land. The Magic Man, or the #TwitterKing, as he's now known, has brittle hands so his pop is negligible, but he's a smart boxer who uses movement to dictate pace and tone. Malignaggi (30-4 with just 6 KOs), an ex-junior welterweight champion, uses Twitter to keep relevant, and even book fights. Last week, he got Marcos Maidana to agree to a scrap, though his promoter Golden Boy will determine whether that danceoff gets done. At 30, he's found new life on the West Coast, and regained some zest in his legs. Can he keep some of the younger guns from chomping at his behind, and taking his No. 2 NYC P4P slot?

Drumroll please ... Ladies and gents, please put your hands together for the top NYC boxer. At least until Dec. 3, when he could well get bumped down The List:

1) Joseph Agbeko: The Ghana-born Bronx resident is a former two-time bantamweight champion who gets a stab at a third try when he meets Abner Mares on Dec. 3 in Anaheim. These two clashed in September, when Mares clanged Agbeko's cup about a thousand times en route to a majority decision win. Agbeko, nicknamed King Kong, pounded his chest and roared to fight fans his true worth when he beat Vic Darchinyan in 2009. At 31, Agbeko may have peaked, so we shall see if he can hold on to this coveted top slot.

Thanks to consultants Zach Levin, "Manager X," Kevin Rooney and Ryan Songalia for their input into the NYC P4P. Follow me on Twitter here . Send suggestions or hatemail to FightblogNYC@gmail.com.

NY P4P list, Nos. 9-6

November, 9, 2011
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Ladies and gentlemen, here's the next batch of our NY Top 20 pound-for-pound list. No hate mail or Twitter torture yet from fight fans or the fighters themselves indicating that my judgement is absent. So far, so good.. But now we're into the NYC P4P Top 10, so we shall see if all will remain mellow.

9) Yuri Foreman:After suffering back-to-back losses, the Park Slope, Brooklyn, resident has taken some time to determine if his heart and head are where they need to be to continue in the savage science. A title loss to Miguel Cotto in June 2010 was understandable, a stoppage loss to Pawel Wolak in March less so. He's a stick-and-mover who might've been stripped of mobility by a knee injury suffered in the Cotto bout, so the 28-2 Foreman's best days might be past.

8) Danny Jacobs: The sky was the limit for Jacobs, until it came crashing down in the form of Dmitriy Pirog, who KOd the Brooklynite in round five of their July 2010 scrap for a vacant middleweight strap. He's 22-1 with 19 KOs but this is an unforgiving business, and they don't refer to him as "The Golden Child" so much anymore. One loss for a heralded kid, a four time GG champ, maybe the best NY amateur since Mark Breland, can send them back, back, back of the line. Fair or not, that's the way it is. We shall see if Jacobs can accept that, and get over it. He's only 24, so we bet he does, and by next year is a lot higher on this list.

7) Zab Judah: Zab had many thinking he'd gotten his head screwed on tight and was ready for a stunning and stellar third act. He found God, and Main Events thought the kid from Brownsville had become a man, and their next champion. Then he stunk the joint out against Amir Khan in July, going down on a body shot and crying foul that he was hit low. He's 34, and it's conceivable the ex-junior welter and welter champ, who calls Vegas home now, puts it all together ... but not likely. Humans typically revert to form when pushed, and sad to say, so while possessing skills galore, Judah (41-7) reverts to a manner which keeps him from excelling like he should. But the book's last chapter hasn't yet been written, so hope is alive.

6) Joshua Clottey: We might have to insert some sort of clause which speaks to how often guys fight, because while Clottey has more than a bit of talent, he finds reasons to stay out of the ring too easily. Often, he complains that purses offered to him aren't high enough. It's tempting to drop him down right now, and as I consider his woeful showing against Manny Pacquaio in March 2010 (wide UD loss). Clottey is 34, fought once in 2009, once in 2011, and is slated to have his first fight of 2011 on Nov. 19, against 21-6-1 Calvin Green. He's on thin ice.

Thanks to consultants Zach Levin, "Manager X," Kevin Rooney and Ryan Songalia for their input into the NYC P4P. Follow me on Twitter here . Send suggestions or hatemail to FightblogNYC@gmail.com.

NY P4P list, Nos. 14-10

November, 7, 2011
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Good news, we didn't hear of any pub tussles occurring after we posted Part 1 of our NYC Top 20 Pound-for-Pound List.

Fingers are crossed that all will remain calm as numbers 14-10 are released.

14) Joe Greene: Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, now calling Florida home, the junior middleweight Greene had a chance to accumulate heavy buzz if he beat Vanes Martirosyan at Yankee Stadium in June 2010. Instead, he dropped a UD10 in a listless bout. At 23-1 with 15 KOs, Greene (age 25) can commiserate with Jacobs in that the fans and press can be harsh, and drop a young guy from the radar for one measly loss. Critics wonder how badly he wants success, and would like to see him be busy, show the judges he wants every second of every round.

13) Gabriel Bracero: You might notice and take issue with the fact that the 30-year-old Sunset Park, Brooklyn hitter has just 3 KOs on his 18-0 ledger. Point taken, but then you should nore that it's hard to recall when this solid product last lost a single round. With Tommy Gallagher acting as trainer/manager, he'll get a title crack sometime next year.

12) Ashley Theophane: The Londoner has set up shop in Brooklyn to get to the next level. The junior welterweight says he's been pleased with the level of sparring he's gotten at Gleason's, and he'll look to prove that on Dec. 10 when he looks to defend his British title versus 24-6-1 Nigel Wright in Peterlee, County Durham, England.

11) Monte Barrett: This man deserves props for longevity. The Jamaica, Queens native debuted in 1996, and had cracks at crowns, losing to Hasim Rahman (2005) and Nikolay Valuev (2006). He's still plugging away, politely asking to get a chance as a recycled asset against a Klitschko. Barrett, residing in Bayonne, New Jersey, is hedging his bets, though, taking part in a training session for a stint in Vince McMahon's WWE.

10) Sechew Powell: The "Iron Horse" got a long awaited title shot in June, against Cornelius Bundrage, but couldn't get over the hump, dropping a UD. He has much in the way of boxing skills, but would be aided if he had a meaner streak and concentrated on volume. At 32, Powell (26-3 with 15 KOs) knows time is not infinite. He should get a chance to prove to the crew back in Brooklyn, and himself, that is promise will be fulfilled.
  • Thanks to consultants Zach Levin, "Manager X," Kevin Rooney and Ryan Songalia for their input into the NYC P4P. Follow me on Twitter here. Send suggestions or hatemail to FightblogNYC@gmail.com.

NY P4P list is here: Nos. 15-20

November, 4, 2011
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The pound-for-pound list has been in existence for more than a half-century, and no doubt from the start has spurred many a barroom brawl as folks defend their theories and stances on who the best boxers are across all weight classes.

Let the shot glasses fly, people, because here comes the debut of the NYFightBlog Top 20 Pound-For-Pound list. These are the best and brightest New York boxers campaigning today, in the opinion of me -- and a couple other sharp-minded boxing people who know what they're seeing when they watch a scrap and have been kind enough to act as consultants.

Now, some of the boxers on the list don't currently have an NYC area code. Some have been longtime New York residents who have moved to other locations, whether it be for personal reasons or to juice up their career. This ground rule for the NYC P4P list might not work for you, which is fine. Feel free to drop your own P4P list in the comment section, using criteria that makes sense to you.

We will update the NYC P4P list regularly, typically around the first of the month. And it must be said, please know that it is my belief that any and all persons who glove up, step into the ring and offer their best in competition deserve props. Perceived shortcomings are offered with the implicit understanding that even to make it this level is a monumental success.

Here are numbers 15-20.

20) Dmitriy Salita: No touted New York pugilist in recent memory went down in a hotter ball of fire than did Dmitriy Salita when he was demolished by Amir Khan 1:16 into the first round of Khan's junior welter title defense in December 2009. Salita had enjoyed piles of press and had a documentary filmed on him, so there was pressure to live up to all of that. He didn't, but he didn't give up. Salita (33-1-1; age 29) went back to the grass roots, and is promoting his own shows in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, making his way back up the ladder, where redemption awaits him.

19) Amanda Serrano: This one loves and lives to fight. She doesn't own a cell phone because she says she has no use for it; it would only take away from her training. The 12-0 super featherweight who lives with her parents in Bushwick just picked up the vacant IBF crown with a TKO2 victory over Kim Connor on Sept. 10. More titles are to come.

18) Luis Del Valle: He has the fewest wins of anyone on the NYC P4P list, but maybe possesses the most longview future upside. Now 14-0 with 11 KOs, the Newburgh, N.Y., super bantamweight is polished, patient and could be in the NYC top 10 by the second half of 2012.

17) Edgar Santana: This Manhattan resident has some ground to make up after being on the shelf for 2009 and 2010. Now 26-3 with 17 stops, the Puerto Rico-born junior welter went off the rails when he was busted as part of a cocaine ring which authorities said conspired to bring coke from Puerto Rico to NYC. He served four months in prison, and got out in January. At 32, he's not a pup in his weight class, where quickness and hand speed are more important than at, say, heavyweight. He's done his time, and now time isn't on his side. He has to hustle to achieve what he wanted to achieve when he got into the hurt game.

16) Luis Collazo: This Queens hitter gave Ricky Hatton, back when he was prime Hatton, fits in a 2006 loss, and did the same with Andre Berto in 2009. Collazo even bathed in the glory of a championship when he beat Jose A. Rivera for a welterweight crown in 2005, before defending it once against Miguel Angel Gonzalez and then dropping it to Hatton. But his story has been of missed opportunities, squandered momentum and Don King freezeouts. He enjoyed a pop when he signed with Golden Boy this summer, but the 30-year-old Collazo has to wonder after losing a UD10 to Freddy Hernandez three weeks ago how much more fickle fate can be.

15) Hector Camacho Jr.: With a 53-4-1 record, you might be thinking this fighter should be up a few ticks. But, sad to say, the son of Macho has largely floundered in the pro game. He's 33, so we suppose there is time for the 33-year-old New York southpaw to make a late-inning run, but our breath won't be held. He fights 40-year-old Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis, who last gloved up in 2008, in Guyana on Dec. 17, so it doesn't look like Junior is seeking out compelling challenges for himself. But NYFightblog likes to believe in the ability of all of us to see the error of our ways, soldier on and attain the goals we are capable of capturing. Junior, our services as motivational guru are available, please see contact information below.

Thanks to consultants Zach Levin, "Manager X," Kevin Rooney and Ryan Songalia for their input into the NYC P4P. Follow me on Twitter here. Send suggestions or hatemail to FightblogNYC@gmail.com.

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