Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

126-Pound De Facto Tournament? Klimas Loves the Idea

by David P. Greisman

Top Rank promotes three of the four titleholders at featherweight — Evgeny Gradovich (IBF), Nonito Donaire (WBA) and Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO) — as well as Nicholas Walters, who has the WBA’s “regular” belt at 126 pounds.

Egis Klimas, who manages Gradovich and Lomachenko, is in favor of a de-facto tournament in which Top Rank pairs up combinations of the fighters. That’s something in consideration, plus potentially including Jhonny Gonzalez (WBC) and Simpiwe Vetyeka, according to a conversation Dan Rafael of ESPN.com had with Top Rank’s Bob Arum in June.

“I love it. I love it because in the very end, there’ll be one champion with the four belts,” Klimas said. “He’d be the true champion., because right now there’s so many sanctionings, so many different champions — we have this champion, this champion, the intercontinental champion, the super champion, and the super super champion. But the guy who wins the tournament takes all four titles and will become a super champion. That would be ideal.”

That could potentially leave Klimas, if he’s fortunate, with one fighter with a world title instead of two fighters with belts.

“Well if he’s not deserving, then he’s not deserving,” Klimas responded.

Even though that would potentially mean less money for the manager?

“It’s not all about the money. It’s a sport,” he said. “You can’t convert sport into the money all the time.”

Pick up a copy of David’s book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jordanmfonseca on 07-31-2014

Round Robin style would be best like the Super Six super middleweight tournament. But this would literally derail any progress for Lomachenko. I think he's an AMAZING fighter but he's too inexperienced I guess we're forgetting he's only one fight…

Comment by nivek535 on 07-31-2014

that'd be awesome would be better if they fought every opponent, rather than elimination style;) :boxing::boxing:

Comment by HEND on 07-31-2014

[QUOTE=285Kid;14811453]No Mares & Russell they both Al Haymon guys , here you go [IMG]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqtoCojIYAAfgGS.png[/IMG][/QUOTE] It sounds good, but Mares isn't with Haymon, he is Oscar's fighter like Canelo. So I would replace Cuellar with Mares but otherwise it's cool.

Comment by 285Kid on 07-30-2014

[QUOTE=HEND;14811451]Loma, Nonito, Walters, Gradovich, Vetyeka, Gonzales, Mares, Rigo/Gamboa (Rigo maybe can step up and Gamboa wants to step down one or two division). I would love a tornament like this. I would mention Garry Russell as well but I guess…

Comment by HEND on 07-30-2014

Loma, Nonito, Walters, Gradovich, Vetyeka, Gonzales, Mares, Rigo/Gamboa (Rigo maybe can step up and Gamboa wants to step down one or two division). I would love a tornament like this. I would mention Garry Russell as well but I guess…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Tyson: McGregor's Gonna Get Killed; Dumb to Accept Boxing Rules! Gennady Golovkin Links With Chivas Regal For Chivas Fight Club Frank Warren Wins Damages Against Chris Eubank Jr. Top Rank VP: We'd Love Lomachenko-Salido II As Soon as Possible Butler-Hall II, Davies-Farrell, Fielding-Brophy on September 30 Greorge Groves vs. Jamie Cox on October 14 in London, WBSS McGregor: I Can Fight in Many Stances, Mayweather Has One Heiland: I Don't Feel Like The Underdog With Charlo, I'm Confident Broner: I Bet They Won't Bet Against Me Again After This Fight! Randy Couture: Mayweather Will NOT Knock McGregor Out Mike Tyson Says Molestation Incident Was a Motivator To Box Frampton: Selby is a Natural Fight To Make, The Timing is Right Haye: Before You Criticize Parker, Take a Good Look at Joshua! Abel Sanchez on What McGregor Must Do To Beat Mayweather Enrico Koelling Helping Erik Skoglund Prepare For Callum Smith Maybe there are worse things in boxing than Mayweather-McGregor Mayweather Vows: This Fight Won't Be Dull - It's Kill or Be Killed! Carlos Molina Hits Santo Domingo For Carlos Adames Clash Eddie Alvarez: McGregor Has Very Real Shot To KO Floyd Early Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Plans October Return, Eyes Martin Murray Cortez: McGregor a Very Powerful Puncher, Has Great Potential Amanda Serrano is Latest To Consider a Jump To MMA McGregor: Conditioning is Not an Issue Against Mayweather Jessie Magdaleno vs. Cesar Juarez Clash is Close For October Holyfield: Joshua Must Think About His Image, Forget Tyson Fury Kyoguchi Wins IBF World Title: Ryoichi Taguchi, Kono Get KO Wins Eubank Sr: James DeGale is "Suspect" For Not Entering WBSS Omar Figueroa: Mayweather-McGregor a Joke, Slap in The Face Garcia Open to Staying at 140, Moving Up to 147 After Broner Charlo: Jacobs Exploited Golovkin's Flaws, Better Than Canelo Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Ward-Stevenson Frank Warren on Haye-Ringstar TV Deal, Signings in The UK Aloyan Gets WBC Belt in Second Pro Fight, Fedor Chudinov Wins Wilder's Manager Concerned That Stiverne Missed His Drug Test Mayweather: I Can't Move Like I Did Before, I'm Going Toe To Toe! Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson: Roots of a Success Story Jhonny Gonzalez Blasts Rosales in Two, Wants Miguel Berchelt Deontay Wilder's Manager: It Makes Sense To Fight Luis Ortiz! Miguel Berchelt Wants To Fight Again in 2017, Not Rushing Return Jose Pedraza vs. Mickey Bey in Talks For August 22, Las Vegas
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement