10.24.04 - By Jim Amato: There are some pretty interesting fights coming up to close out the wild and wacky year of 2004. This year has seen legends Mike Tyson, Roy Jones, Oscar DeLaHoya and Marco Antonio Barrera fall from the ranks of Gods. Will they regain their former status or just fade into boxing history ? Barrera will have a chance to re-enter the pound for pound sweepstakes when he meets arch rival Erik Morales on November 27th. I look for another classic in this their third encounter. Erik is on a roll and I predict him to win by a late round stoppage.
On November 6th Kostya Tszyu finally returns for a rematch with Sharmba Mitchell, a very formidable opponent. Tszyu's been out due to injuries for quite some time. I smell a possible upset here. I hope not because I would love to see Tszyu and Floyd Mayweather Jr. hook up in 2005. It was hardly noticed on the big November 13th heavyweight card featuring Ruiz-Golota, Byrd-McCline, Holyfield-Donald and Rahman-Meehan that Monte " The Spoiler" Barrett had been added. Monte who upset Dominick Guinn not too long ago will take on another unbeaten and highly touted prospect in Owen Beck. Beck is a definite comer but Monte's a big step up in class for him.
I can't get too excited about the December 11th match up between the world's best heavyweight, Vitali Klitschko and the Tyson tamer, Danny Williams. I would have rather seen Vitali meet W.B.O. titleholder Lamon Brewster in a partial elimination fight. It would have also given Vitali a chance to avenge his brother's loss to Brewster.