Ayi Bruce looks to impress on Pacquiao-Marquez undercard

November, 11, 2011
So you'll recall that Joshua Clottey is slotted No. 6 in our NYC P4P list. Well, we have a challenge, compliments of manager Gunther Fishgold, the Albany-based dealmaker who manager Ghana-born welterweight Ayi Bruce. Bruce, fighting out of Albany, fights tomorrow night on the Pacquiao-Marquez III undercard at the MGM in Las Vegas. He'll take on 40-4-5 Filipino Dennis Laurente.

Fishgold told NYFightBlog that he thinks Bruce should be in the NYC P4P Top 20, and would quite possible beat Clottey, also a Ghana native, if they clashed. The 20-4 Bruce toils at 147, but Clottey is now campaigning at 154, so that clash is unlikely to occur.

Fishgold said Bruce is a boxer/puncher, has a big jab, looks more like a 154-pounder and isn't unlike Ghana notable Ike Quartey. Laurente, he's not as sure about. Fishgold couldn't find even a second of video on the guy. "But I expect a win tomorrow. The guys he's squeaked out a win against we would blow these guys out."

The manager's specialty is "rehab" fighters, boxers who may have been mismanaged or been on a streak of bad luck. Fishgold, whose great grandpa "Kid Herman" Schneider was a solid pug in the early 1900s, oversees Emmanuel Lucero, a 26-7-1 Mexican who fights Diego Magdaleno (20-0) at the Mandalay Bay tonight.

"I have fruit and nut manufacturing plants and do import/export, so I travel to these countries and have a good feel for the different cultures," Fishgold said. "That's a big part in getting trust and signing people."

If Bruce wins, he'll have that much of a better case to enter our Top 20 ... and, the manager said, land a big bout against a name guy. "If a guy like Andre Berto thinks he needs a tuneup, we have no problem beating guys like that. That would be an ideal fight; he's tailor-made for us."
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.



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