These are tough times to be a welterweight contender

Even with four welterweight belts floating around, becoming a champion at 147 pounds isn't easy these days. Does the division have room for one more talented fighter?

Updated: February 21, 2008, 9:43 AM ET
By Joe Tessitore | ESPN.com

Timing is everything.

If your career goal is to be the welterweight champion of the world, this isn't the time. That's especially true if you aren't a future Hall of Famer.

An etched plaque of Richard Gutierrez isn't likely to show up at the Exit 34 toll booth of the New York State Thruway any time soon. Excuse the esoteric nature of that last description. For those of you who actually have been to the Boxing Hall of Fame, the laugh is on the house.

Gutierrez, 23-1, ...

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