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 Last update:  12/1/2013       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
Merchant: Media Has To Pressure Ward, Stevenson
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Boxing analyst Larry Merchant is tired of seeing some of boxing's top fighters involved in easy televised bouts. He says the media should apply a serious amount of pressure on boxers like WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.

Merchant was left with a bad taste in his mouth after watching an HBO televised fight where Ward decisioned an overmatched Edwin Rodriguez, and another HBO televised fight where Stevenson beat up an overmatched Tony Bellew - and the winners of those bouts called for fights which Merchant believes are presenting them with the least amount of danger.

"I think it's time that the media calls out the fighters who are calling the easiest opponents they can foresee and their feet should be put to the fire - that they fight the toughest opponents. Ward wins another easy fight, and looks great doing it, and then calls out Froch, who he's already beaten in a one-sided fight, and calls out Chavez in which he would be a 20-1 favorite - instead of calling out any of the light heavyweights like Stevenson or Kovalev. What does a fighter do when he dominates a division...he moves up," Merchant said.

"Now Stevenson wins and who does he call out - Froch and Hopkins - which is another way of saying 'I don't want to fight Kovalev.' Somebody has to stand up for the fans who want to see competitive fights. We all understand the economics of boxing - the hope of fighting the easiest opponent for the most amount of money - but it's time the media stood up and start letting these guys have it. What we as fans want to see are competitive fights."

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Tags: Larry Merchant , Andre Ward , Sergey Kovalev , Adonis Stevenson


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comment by big_james10, on 12-02-2013
[QUOTE=daggum]all i have to say is "you don't know sh-it about boxing!" he was #1 in 2004,2005,2006,and 2008 check the rankings. mayorga, spinks, judah, baldomir, and floyd all turned down fights ...

comment by big_james10, on 12-02-2013
[QUOTE=Tyler_Durden]I agree with Larry Merchant 100%, top fighters need to fight top guys.[/QUOTE] You forgot Merchant's caveat, "except when it comes to Manny Pacquaio."

comment by big_james10, on 12-02-2013
[QUOTE=daggum]baldomir was a bum. margarito was the real #1 and had been for years. it would be like hopkins fighting zsolt erdei instead of tarver. hopkins didn't do that because he's not a bi-tch. also floyd turned down 8 mill to fight margarito because it wasn't enough then 3 months later acce...

comment by big_james10, on 12-02-2013
[QUOTE=daggum]i personally think we need more mayweather-baldomir's. that will save boxing.[/QUOTE] A fight between Mayweather and the linear champion will do more for boxing than Pacquaio/Rios or Pacquaio/Bradley II.

comment by ShoulderRoll, on 12-02-2013
[QUOTE=Weebler I]Larry was criticising Ward for targeting fights with Chavez and Froch instead of moving up to the fight Stevenson and Kovalev. [/QUOTE] Merchant clearly said that Ward "won another easy fight" when he beat Edwin Rodriguez. Read the article. So now I want to hear Larry say...

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