Ortiz to Headline Welterweight Tournament?Written by Dave McKee
Richard Schaefer, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, is expected to announce a welterweight tournament within the next week.
Among the names churning through the rumor mill are recent GBP signee Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KO), Victor Ortiz (29-3, 22 KO), Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KO), Pauli Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KO), Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO) and Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KO).
Amir Khan's (26-1, 18 KO) name has also been mentioned in connection with the potential tournament, though one suspects he has too little to gain from such a commitment.
The recent successes of Showtime's bantamweight and middleweight tourneys give this proposal some credibility. Add to that the opportunities for extremely interesting match-ups (and rematches) in this group, and the notion of a welterweight tournament begins to sound like a very good idea.
At this time only Ortiz #3 and Berto #2 are ranked in the Ring Magazine top ten, and none of the rumored contestants have a title.
The proposal will apparently be offered to both Showtime and HBO for bidding.
Dave McKee is a contributing editor for Fightsaga.com and feature writer for Secondsout.com. He also contributes to HotBoxingNews.com and WBAN.com.
His work has appeared in The Ring, Boxing Digest and Ringsports Magazine. He is the former Lead Writer for Ringsidereport.com and co-hosted Ringside Radio with Mark Graves on 1140 AM in Kansas City.
Dave is currently writing the biography of Paddy Monaghan, friend to Muhammad Ali and Jack Dempsey and world's greatest bareknuckle boxer, with 114 wins and no losses to his credit.
He has a Masters in Social Science from UC Irvine and is working on a Ph.D. in history, with a dissertation focusing on the broad impact of Jack Johnson on the sport of boxing. Dave is a member of the International Boxing Research Association.
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