ESPN Mobile: Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz
Brian Campbell (8:28 PM)
Fight Fans!!!! Saturday night is just right for fighting and welcome to ESPN Mobile's undercard chat live from ringside of the Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz fight from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
Brian Campbell (8:29 PM)
I will be answering your boxing questions and talking the fight game with you leading up to HBO's main event. Their broadcast begins at 9:45pm ET with a tape-delay showing of Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey from earlier today in England.
Brian Campbell (8:30 PM)
So let's get it started. Fire away with your questions and many thanks to everyone for taking part. Also, send in your predictions for tonight's Berto vs. Ortiz fight and I will post them. Let's do this!
Sapp Mills (Rowayton, CT) [via mobile]
Wish I could have made it down to Foxwoods tonight! Love the big fights! Im thinking Berto by unanimous.
Mikie (Nevada) [via mobile]
How is the crowd doing there at Foxwoods tonight? Good atmostphere?
Brian Campbell (8:31 PM)
Thanks Mikie. We are a couple of fights into the undercard here and the crowd is beginning to slowly fill in. This is a great venue with really not a bad seat in the house. It seats just over 4,000 and it can get pretty rowdy in this small theater at the MGM Grand.
yuba city ca [via mobile]
Do you think ortiz could pull this out?
Brian Campbell (8:33 PM)
There is no doubt that Victor Ortiz has the talent to win tonight...and he surely carries the fight's biggest weapon in that huge left hook. But I just don't see him getting over the hump. He's got the old puncher's chance and it's not like Berto has a granite chin, so it will be up to Victor to fight a smart fight and prove to ALL of his doubters that question his heart, his chin and just his overall will.
Soppy (Scranton, PA) [via mobile]
Give me one reason why I should consider watching this Berto-Ortiz fight toinight?
Brian Campbell (8:35 PM)
Well, first of all because fireworks are expected with two young, exciting fighters. A guy like Ortiz likes to open up and mix it up so a few knockdowns and maybe even a stoppage is not out of the question by any means. Plus, Berto is a legitimate unbeaten talent in this sport. And if he not only wins - but wins impressively - this could be his launching pad to a super big fight against the likes of Pacquiao and Mayweather. So it's potentially a very interesting audition to the big time for him.
Sal (Far Rockaway, NY) [via mobile]
Does Mike Tyson have one more fight left in him?
Brian Campbell (8:36 PM)
Figure we can get this question of the way: No. There are a LOT of old timers that I wouldn't mind seeing in the ring one more time. He is not one of them. Mike's reinvented himself very well right now as a celebrity, actor, humanitarian and just a funny dude. I don't think it's in him anymore. The fight has left the fighter a LONG time ago.
Tony Sapporo (Charleston) [via mobile]
Is there anyone on the undercard that is worth watching tonight?
Brian Campbell (8:37 PM)
It's not the strongest undercard here on the untelevised HBO portion. But there's some talent, just mismatched. I'm interested in seeing unbeaten welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme (10-0, 9 KOs) again. He is out of Puerto Rico and is a big puncher. A little wide and lacking defense, but exciting nonetheless.
Harper (Cavanaugh, NJ) [via mobile]
Who is the third man in the ring tonight for the Berto-Ortiz fight on HBO?
Brian Campbell (8:38 PM)
Michael Ortega is getting the call for the main event.
Riles (Pompano Beach) [via mobile]
What are your predictions for tonight? I got Berto by KO-3. Interested to hear yours?
Brian Campbell (8:39 PM)
Officially I like Andre Berto by a late stoppage, I'd say 10th round. I think this will end up being a statement fight for him, but will also be an adventure. I wouldn't be surprised to see Berto even go down one time, collect himself, and eventually finish Ortiz with tighter, quicker combos. He will get over the hump that many have him caught behind, rightfully citing a poor resume and what looks to be a weak chin. I also like Juan Manuel Lopez by decision on the Showtime card.
Butch (Sacramento, CA) [via mobile]
Other than Pacquiao-Mayweather, what is one fight you want to see?
Brian Campbell (8:42 PM)
To be honest, like most it's the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa fight that still tops my list. They need to just get this done (they meaning Bob Arum) and stop dragging it out...dragging it out. It's time. The people want it. Let's not blow this and have one of them catch a bad loss or move up in weight. It would be a battle. But if you asked me 3-4 years ago I would have paid my life savings to see Floyd Mayweather vs. a prime, unbeaten Paul Williams at 147. Oddly enough that fight could still happen. It won't. But I can dream, right?
Steve (Baghdad, Iraq) [via mobile]
Greetings from afar. After his valiant effort, is Morales now done?
Brian Campbell (8:45 PM)
I wouldn't say that Steve, if anything it breathed life into his career to open up a possibility at a few more paydays. I have a few opinions on this: 1) I think he fought way over his head and truly turned back the clock in his near-win with Maidana. 2) I also think he was fighting a guy with wide punches that was made to order for his technical style. The matchup was the perfect storm for Morales at a weight class that is over his head. 3) Even though he'll get big fights again now, I think that may end up being the high water mark of his comeback, though. I think the time away helped him, and landing a big fight in a return to Vegas gave him something to truly work for again. And he has big options now for big money. But I don't think a title run is in the future or anything. ALthough we have counted him out before...
Frank (Farmington, CT) [via mobile]
What kind of chance do you give Ortiz? Seems to me like he is a very "live" dog.
Brian Campbell (8:46 PM)
Great point on the "live" dog part Frank. It wouldn't be SHOCKING if Ortiz snuck in a KO. Most ringside press have Berto by mid to late TKO, for the record.
Sugar Jay (Kronk) [via mobile]
Has there been any celebrity boxing sightings tonight at Foxwoods?
Brian Campbell (8:49 PM)
Great question Jay. There is a HUGE buzz in the crowd over the rumor that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (with his sidekick 50 Cent) will be in the house tonight. As some know, 50 Cent owns a house nearby in CT that is formerly owned by Mike Tyson. Lou DiBella confirmed he is expected to be here, and there are rumors he may end up on the HBO telecast in an interview. Besides that, I ran into Marco Antonio Rubio in the men's room (oddly enough) and a bunch of fans walked by and yelled "Lemieux! Lemieux!" in regards to his huge upset of Lemieux last week on Friday Night Fights. Luis Collazo is in the front row of the crowd as well (an interested observer in Andre Berto, for sure). There are also potential Charlie Sheen rumors since he is performing here at Foxwoods tomorrow. But a check of his Twitter makes it appear he is still in Atlantic City.
Brian Campbell (8:49 PM)
The HBO announcing crew is also here. It's Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward. The crowd loves Larry.
Bully (Fairfield, ca) [via mobile]
What do u think about khan vs Bradley? I got khan winning dec. Bradley doesn't have ko power
Brian Campbell (8:52 PM)
I have to agree with you Bully. I really like the fighter that Amir Khan is growing into. Freddie Roach is doing an amazing job with him and he is ready for HUGE things right now. I think his win (and subsequent late trouble) against Maidana was more of a blessing than a curse like his critics keep pointing to. He needed to walk through that fire to prove things to himself. To put the KO loss to Prescott behind him. I think he works Tim Bradley and your point is strong about Bradley not having the one-punch power. I like Khan big there and I think the real fight for Amir (with Pacquiao unlikely and who knows about Floyd) is at 147 pounds with Berto if he gets past Ortiz. That's a great fight.
Dean (Yorkshire, PA) [via mobile]
How good is this Marcos Maidana fellow?
Brian Campbell (8:54 PM)
Maidana is exciting for sure and he's a true assassin. He never stops stalking and coming forward and he has a crowd-friendly style of trading huge shots. You have got to love his commitment to the big punch, like late in his loss to Khan when he was literally jumping off the canvas to put extra pop into his uppercuts. But with that said, he's by no means a complete product and I think he has peaked already. He's a good action guy, a true opponent. But I think he eventually slides down to gatekeeper quicker than he moves up to division champion.
Bully Fairfield ca [via mobile]
Is Floyd mayweather waiting for pacquiao to slow down before he agrees to fight?
Brian Campbell (8:56 PM)
That's a theory that I have agreed with a few times over this frustrating, puzzling last few years when all we want is for Floyd-Manny to happen. I think Floyd is scared about protecting his unbeaten mark. But I do think it will happen. And him waiting Manny out (like Sugar Ray did with Hagler) isn't the worst strategy. Manny mixes it up and Manny fights often. He gets hit. We'll see if it ever plays out. I still like Floyd in that fight. Maybe I always will.
Sal Armore (Paterson, NJ) [via mobile]
Is this truth that Roy Jones is really going to fight this killer in Moscow? What is this Rocky IV? Come on Roy....hang it up!!!
Brian Campbell (8:57 PM)
Couldn't agree with you more. No matter how polarizing Roy has been at times, it's hard not to hold him close in your heart when you think back to his late 90's run as THE MAN in the sport. It's really hard watching him right now in this state and he can clearly be hurt badly in this fight. It's a shame.
Brian (Plano, Texas) [via mobile]
What type of atmosphere do you anticipate tonight?
Brian Campbell (8:59 PM)
Definitely a fun one inside the arena. It's really starting to fill up and because the arena is so small, you can hear EVERYTHING. The crowd in the 2nd level is basically looking down right into the ring, too. So it's a great atmosphere. And with two young and exciting fighters, this should be a fun ride.
Rocket (Morristown, MA) [via mobile]
Is El Feroz really all done? I heard he was coming back but then never saw another fight announced? Why does he always get a bad rep?
Brian Campbell (9:00 PM)
Fernando Vargas had announced he was making a comeback, but had to put on the brakes due to health reasons. I'm not sure he has a bad rep per say, it's just that it appears his career is rightfully over. He was in a lot of wars and rose up fast at a young age. For his sake, I'd like to see him stay away.
Carl humble tx [via mobile]
Andre berto and amir khan can this match happen and who do you think wins...
Brian Campbell (9:03 PM)
I definitely think it can happen since if Berto comes out of the crowded 140-pound division as THE GUY, he said he is moving up to 147. The obvious fight would be Pacquiao, but they are both trained by Freddie Roach (not to mention promoted by bitter rivals) so that won't happen. Who knows about Floyd, right? This fight would be great. I think Khan grows into 147 pounds perfectly and just offers too much power and speed in one package for Berto to handle. Khan is on his way to Top 3 pound-for-pound stardom.
Bully , Fairfield ca [via mobile]
If Ortiz shows heart n gets the victory, do we see him fighting may or PAC?
Brian Campbell (9:05 PM)
Interesting question. No chance with Pacquiao one would assume because of the Golden Boy-Top Rank clash. But Floyd? If Mayweather was back at that time, I wouldn't think it would be out of the question for Floyd to accept that fight. Now we are definitely saying "what if?" here because not many think Ortiz will get by Berto. But I think it would be a style matchup that Floyd would be confident that he could exploit and Ortiz could definitely sell a fight with his personality. Imagine the promotion for that fight. If Ortiz takes the villain role, could Floyd play the good guy? But more realistically, I could see a rematch of Ortiz-Maidana if Victor was able to win tonight.
Victor surprise az [via mobile]
If berto wins tonight u think he might have a shot at pacquiao or mayweather?
Brian Campbell (9:09 PM)
Like I mentioned earlier Victor, I definitely think in a lot of ways that this could be an "audition" for Berto to show that he can be exciting and put away a formidable opponent in spectacular fashion. If so, it brings him a huge step closer to those big stars. Berto will get to a point soon enough where they can't avoid him. He's unbeaten, he's got the talent and he's young and ready. They just need him to prove he is marketable. Fighting big names is a great step in that direction. I think a fight with Pacquiao is more likely, only because - again - who knows with Floyd? is he coming back? When? If? What? Huh? Either fight would be such a good matchup considering the speed and skill of both fighters.
Regalado (NYC) [via mobile]
Where do you think Kelly Pavlik goes from here?
Brian Campbell (9:12 PM)
Pavlik says he wants to fight at 168 pounds now and I've always felt that he has the body to support more muscle and keep moving up the charts. The only problem in the short term is the division is loaded. But if he stays clean on the comeback trail, there are plenty of name fights for him out there and with his power and chin, the sky is the limit for him. Seriously. He's going to have to prove he can box and stay with some of the quicker guys in that division. But he carries a big name and a big punch. And he sells tickets. It's up to him how bad he wants it. I'd like to see him put a few wins together and step up for a big TV comeback fight. Maybe with a loser from the Super Six tournament.
Britt (Tomales, NM) [via mobile]
I am a huge fan of MMA and wonder if you think Nick Diaz could be a factor as a boxer?
Brian Campbell (9:15 PM)
That's an interesting story that has popped up after Diaz defended his Strikeforce title in MMA with a slugfest victory last week. Diaz wants bigger paydays like there is in boxing and suddenly he is calling out everyone. I like his attitude and willingness to fight, but it's two different sports. Yes, they are still punching. But I don't think he jumps in and is a title challenger right away. And this talk about fighting a guy like Sergio Martinez? Come on. I would think that ends badly for Diaz. But could he maybe take a fight or two, get aquainted and then maybe fight a Mayorga type? It's iffy at best, but I'd love to see it. MMA star Anderson Silva has a couple of pro boxing matches under his belt and didn't look too bad doing it. You never know.
Victor (Pensacola, FL) [via mobile]
Will big-time boxing ever return to Atlantic City?
Brian Campbell (9:17 PM)
Extreme TOP LEVEL pay-per-view events? Probably not anytime soon unless maybe an East coast based guy pops up to HUGE prominence and carries such a huge traveling fan base that it makes it financially worth it to stay back East. But Vegas is still king right now, as well all know. It hurts AC that a guy like Gatti is gone, but Pavlik draws well there and a guy like Tomasz Adamek would. I'd like to see Atlantic City continue to get big HBO fights like they do from time to time but no I don't see the top of the tops going there anytime soon on a consistent basis.
Stan "The Man" (Detroit, MI) [via mobile]
How do you see Hokpins-Pascal shaking out?
Brian Campbell (9:19 PM)
Great question Stan. I think Pascal comes back sharper in the rematch. He knocked down Bernard twice early on in the first fight, but then just left the door open for Hopkins to sneak in and steal the fight. Pascal had no sense of urgency. He didn't attack like the young warrior he appears to be. I like him to come out with more passion in the rematch and I think the two fighters will mix it up pretty good. I still see it going to the cards, but I actually like Pascal to win the rematch. Not sure if that would mean a 3rd fight and by no means would I be surprised if Bernard won (it would be GREAT for boxing if you ask me and I love and respect B-Hop) but I like Pascal to bounce back.
Jim (Edison, NJ) [via mobile]
Marquez-Vazquez III or Gatti-Ward I. Both great fights. Which one you like better?
Brian Campbell (9:22 PM)
GREAT question Jim and this is the kind of one I like to sit back with and debate at length. LOVE this stuff. But in short: Gatti-Ward is the one I like better and the one I had rated No. 2 overall on my Top 50 Fights of the Decade countdown for ESPN Mobile back in 2010 (for the record, Marquez-Vazquez III was No. 3 on my list, just ahead of Morales-Barrera I, which caused some to call for my head over email). Gatti-Ward I was beautiful and a throwback and amazing in so many ways. No titles on the line. Just heart and soul and guts and blood. Marquez-Vazquez III is close. But one thing is does have is being the best modern trilogy in my mind over the past 10 years. Better than Gatti-Ward, Barrera-Morales and Pacquiao-Morales. It is top to bottom, pound-for-pound everything you would want from three fights between two fighters. AMAZING.
Jeff, TX [via mobile]
I read some quotes from Ortiz. Rafael says he's way out there. I think if he's going to be a champion, he should act like one, not like the guy he's become. Unless this is really who he is. Your thoughts?
Brian Campbell (9:24 PM)
Yeah, a lot of the big-time media members are hard on him, but in some ways you can't blame them. Ortiz's quotes are out there. He talks about his career without always speaking full truth and considering all of the facts. I think he's a tremendous talent and personally I want to see him put it all together. But something fundamentally important is missing. And it needs to be there for him to be a serious champion. It's not like he doesn't care, he's just in an alternate world, if that somehow makes sense.
Halter (mIXWville, GA) [via mobile]
So what's really going to happen with Sergio Martinez? Why can't he get a big fight right now?
Brian Campbell (9:27 PM)
Right now is just the perfect storm AGAINST him getting a super fight. He's SO DANGEROUS and so hot right now so it makes for a tough combination. The big names at 154 don't want to face him because he is too big, fast and dangerous. There is really NO ONE of huge name at 160, where he is the champion. And Martinez refuses (at least right now) to go up to the loaded 168-pound division where many big names arise. He's had a tough run lately of huge fights that were all difficult. I think he definitely deserves a soft one. Maybe a Peter Manfredo or someone like that. I think if he does that and then maybe takes on one of the alphabet champions at 160 (Felix Sturm would be the best fight in my opinion) that after that time, there will be bigger fights available for him. He can always cash in rematches with Paul Williams or Kelly Pavlik, and although both of those really aren't viable right now, they will be down the road. With all that said...Sergio is 36 and wants to cash in on his fame now. Can't blame him.
Tony (Seattle, WA) [via mobile]
What happened to James Kirkland? Does he rebound?
Brian Campbell (9:29 PM)
Kirkland, fighting for the third time in five weeks last Saturday after a released from a 17-month prison sentence, got stopped in the first round by Ishida from Japan on the Morales-Maidana PPV. It was a terrible upset for Kirkland against a guy, who like Max Kellerman said, was only in there with him because he can't punch. Kirkland was being groomed to face Sergio Martinez and that would have been a GREAT fight. Tough loss for him. Not sure he bounces back right away. He got exposed big time and went down 3 times against a guy who can't punch.
Neil (Pensacola, Florida) [via mobile]
Why is Evander Holyfield still fighting?
Brian Campbell (9:30 PM)
Most say it's for money. He says because God told him he would be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world again. The truth may be somewhere in the middle of that. I love Evander and have always cheered for him. He's an inspiring warrior and let's not forget that in this age of the poorest heavyweight division in maybe the history of the sport, he got robbed just two years ago of a title against the 7-foot Valuev of Russia for a heavyweight belt. But it's over. It's long been over. Hang it up Evander.
Orlando (Bayamon) [via mobile]
I think that Miguel Cotto has one more big run in him. Do you think that he gets past Margarito?
Brian Campbell (9:33 PM)
I definitely agree with you Orlando that at least from a big fight perspective that Miguel can make one more elite run. I think he does get past Margarito in their rematch which looks like it will be in Sept. as Antonio continues to recover from injuries sustained against Pacquiao. I think that's such a huge vendetta fight for Cotto. He thinks Margarito loaded up the gloves against him and he wants to make him pay. It's a fight that is great for boxing in many ways and I think he gets past him with some form of ease. Margarito is NOT the same fighter anymore. That monster is gone.
Brian Campbell (9:34 PM)
Good 4-round female heavyweight battle going on now on the Berto-Ortiz undercard here at Foxwoods. Unbeaten Sonya Lamonakis and Gigi Jackson mixing it up to the delight of the crowd. Lamonakis is actually a great story. She is a school teacher by day in New York City. There was a feature on her written by ESPNW.
Norton Wells (Phila) [via mobile]
What do you think Ray Edwards or Tommy Zbikowski's chances are of winning big fights coming from the NFL?
Brian Campbell (9:37 PM)
I think Zbikowski (who is an accomplished amateur) has a better immediate shot at winning a belt, especially considering he is campaigning as a cruiserweight and that division is far from loaded at the moment. Edwards, however, is the enigma. I wrote a piece on him for ESPN.com a month ago and HOF trainer Emanuel Steward truly believes Edwards could be a star and be a factor in the heavyweight division. But after interviewing Edwards and his trainer, I'm not sure if he is 100% committed. He maybe more like 95% now, but if the NFL returns tomorrow it's all over. I like Edwards a lot in getting to talk to him and I'm really excited to see him make his debut in May. I think he has more potential out of the two of them to be in a big-money situation against a big name.
Chiko escudero Pittsburg ca [via mobile]
Victor Ortiz has not been the same after losing to maidana so let's go berto
Brian Campbell (9:38 PM)
Good point. Am I the only one that remembers SPORTSCENTER!!! doing a feature on Ortiz before that fight with Maidana. People really thought he was the next big thing. And that loss definitely exposed him in a very unflattering way. He seems to be more of an "action fighter" than a "star on the rise" now. But he's still young. We'll see what happens tonight.
andy h [via mobile]
who would win s. martinez or mayweather
Brian Campbell (9:40 PM)
That's such a mouth-watering thought for a boxing fan to ever think about seeing that fight. It would be AMAZING. I think in the end that as great of a defensive wizard as Mayweather is, that this current version of Martinez is just too big, too quick, too dynamic and has too much of that "it" factor. I think Martinez would either stop him if Floyd was willing to open up and trade, or could even win a decision. He is that kind of a special fighter in my mind. Martinez is like a mix between Pacquiao and Joe Calzaghe. He's hard to gameplan for. It will never happen though so let's wake up from this dream.
israel, el paso tx [via mobile]
What's next for Ortiz if he loses?
Brian Campbell (9:42 PM)
It may depend on how badly he loses whether he can rebound and get a big fight right away. But because of his exciting style, there will always be a fight for him. He has mentioned not wanting to cut to 140 anymore, so we will see how he looks as a welterweight. I would love, either way, to see him face Maidana again and see how he responds after the first fight.
Victor surprise az [via mobile]
What do u think about julio cesar chavez jr u think he be champ some day?
Brian Campbell (9:45 PM)
I think JCC Jr. can clearly win a title...but I don't see him as a champion. The difference being in the right matchup he can win an alphabet belt, but I don't see him collecting belts and consistently stepping up in talent. I like Chavez's style and his heart and I think he can sell a fight, which is key. But I don't see him being anything more than that. With that said, would I love to see him face someone like Oscar De La Hoya right now? Oh yeah.
Brian Campbell (9:46 PM)
The ring announcer here at Foxwoods just announced that in addition to the other celeb fighters at ringside tonight that Peter Manfredo Jr., Andy Lee and Patriots DB Patrick Chung are also in the building. No sign of Floyd Mayweather as of right now, but the "Floyd buzz" is definitely in the air.
Ronald (Flint, MI) [via mobile]
Can you settle a debate for me? My buddies at the shop say that Tyson's legacy DESTROYS Lennox Lewis' legacy. But Tyson's was so short. They say Lennox never fought anyone? Who ya got?
Brian Campbell (9:49 PM)
Overall, even if he question the comp level in his prime, Lewis clearly has the better resume. He was at the top for a longer time. He lost just twice, and avenged both with knockouts. And he even beat an old Tyson head-to-head. As a young American who was annoyed by him, I ALWAYS cheered against Lennox as a fan. But I have to tell you....his resume holds up better each year. He never ducked anyone (remember, Riddick Bowe ducked him and Lewis KOed him in the Olympics in bad fashion) and was a talented guy who backed it up, even with those two hiccup KO losses along the way. He even had the sense to stay away for good after he retired. That alone makes him look better every single day.
Kachen(bronx, new york) [via mobile]
With a Berto win tonight what do you think is next for Berto? I got Berto 8 round tko
Brian Campbell (9:51 PM)
Kachen, I agree and also like Berto on a late stoppage, maybe Round 10. I think if Berto impresses, he is on the doorstep for Pacquiao or Mayweather, depending on their availability. If that doesn't happen for whatever reason, I would like to see him against Amir Khan if Khan gets by Bradley and moves up to 147. I also could see Berto facing Shane Mosley after their first fight got cancelled. That's a matchup that Berto still really wants to help fill out his resume a little better. I also think a Berto-Cotto fight for big money at 154 could be fun as well.
Frank (Purchasing) [via mobile]
Brian - love these chats. What did you make of Narvaez's tough win last night? Bigger win for Narvaez or tougher loss for Seda?
Brian Campbell (9:53 PM)
Thanks Frank. I thought it was a good win for Narvaez. He is 35 and a good fighter. He moved up in weight recently after a bunch of title defenses at flyweight and he looked strong against a prospect like Seda.
Brian Campbell (9:54 PM)
WOW! Huge knockout for welterweight prospect Thomas Dulorme. His opponent Harrison Cuello is still down and the doctors are rushing over. They are bringing a stretcher to the ring and not wasting any time. This does not look good. A HUGE punch from Dulorme. Second time I have seen him on a DiBella undercard and each time he impressed.
Purple Pronce (Winter Haven, FL) [via mobile]
Who would win a superfight between prime 147's of Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
Brian Campbell (9:58 PM)
Again, love questions like this to really open up and get the debates going. Truthfully I like Sugar Ray. He's just too tough, too quick and too willing to completely sell out and do whatever he has to do to win. He's a TRUE legend. Floyd matches up well with him of course and you can never count out a defensive force like that. But I think Ray stops him in their primes at 147.
Oscar (houston tx) [via mobile]
Who you pick out of jmlopez vs gamboa and why
Brian Campbell (9:59 PM)
That's really the great debate isn't it Oscar? I LOVE that fight and since the beginning I have loved Gamboa in this fight. He's just too much. He's lightning in a bottle. And although Lopez is obviously a star and no joke, his chin isn't granite and I think in the end it would just be too hard to handle that speed and power. Gamboa is a STAR.
Brian Campbell (10:02 PM)
Alright folks, thanks again so much for coming out and talking fights for the past hour and a half. Really appreciate everyone who has taken part and please enjoy the fights. The undercard for Berto-Ortiz is finished and HBO will go on the air with it following the conclusion of the tape-delayed broadcast of Khan-McCloskey.
Brian Campbell (10:03 PM)
If you don't have access to the fight tonight, make sure to follow Berto-Ortiz with ESPN Mobile's round-by-round analysis and unofficial scoring. Thanks again and take care.