The Long And The Short If It: Cotto/Malignaggi, Gatti/Baldomir, Riddick Bowe
08.06.06 - by Jim Amato: I see big things for Miguel Cotto therefore I feel he will defeat Paulie Malignaggi in their upcoming fight. Cotto is one of the best body punchers in the business. Paul is fast and Cotto will be troubled by his speed. Nevertheless I see Cotto's devastating body attack slowing Paul and eventually breaking him down. Cotto by decision or late round KO..
I like Arturo Gatti. He is my favorite fighter active today. In reality though he does have his limitations. They should be exposed when he takes on WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir. Zab Judah is bigger, stronger, faster and hits harder then Gatti yet Baldomir dogged Judah and won the title. Carlos isn't great at any one thing but he does a lot of little things well. He is strong and tough and he's got some pop on his punches. I'll take Baldomir by KO in the middle rounds of an action fight while it lasts.
On a final note, former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe ( 45-1 ) has signed a four fight deal with Lion Heart Boxing Productions. His first bout is slated for july 29th in Salt Lake City. No opponent has been named. I for one am very sorry to hear this news. I was hoping Riddick would just give it up. He looked awful against Biily Zumbrun a while back. If Riddick does put together a couple of wins I'm afraid they might try to spring Bowe-Holyfield IV on us poor fans. Geez...Will the winner get Tyson .