Out with the old in the new?Written by Mark Weber
On September 12, Floyd Mayweather will fight Andre Berto in what could be his last fight. The Berto matchup is the last of the 6-fight deal Floyd signed with Showtime in 2012.
While almost nobody believes it will be his last fight, it is the main selling point for Mayweather vs Berto. If Mayweather is able to defeat Berto, he will move to 49-0, tying Rocky Marciano’s famous record.
If it is indeed Floyd’s last fight, and not a negotiation tactic to break Marciano’s record, it comes at an interesting time considering Heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua fights earlier that day.
The term ‘circle of life’ comes to mind here, when one king falls, another rises.
When Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in May, it closed a chapter in the Boxing history books, forever cementing Mayweather’s legacy as the greatest fighter of this era. With the chapter closed, and Mayweather possibly retiring, and Pacquiao’s rumored retirement in 2016, many wonder who the next guy will be.
Right now, there are a lot of good fighters, and many believe the guy that will become the next big star is Canelo Alvarez, but what a lot of people may be overlooking is that Canelo is a Middleweight, and whether people want to admit it or not, the Heavyweight division will always have the star.
The problem has been, for the last 2 decades, the division has been dominated by European champions Vitaly and Wladimir Klitschko, who’s styles have been criticized by fans for a number of years, on top of them never fighting any other elite talent.
Enter Anthony Joshua, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist who scored a first round knockout on the Mayweather vs Berto undercard, is hell-bent on becoming the guy in the Heavyweight division. Just about everyone considers him the future of the Heavyweight division, but we probably won’t see him in a major fight until at least next year.
The slow approach for a promising career is a standard and traditional route, but it’s still a bit disappointing. Joshua is taking a relative step up in competition when he fights Gary Cornish on the 12th, and he is expected to face Dillian Whyte later in the year, but he likely won’t fight any major talent until later next year, if not, longer.
Regardless of the approach, Joshua is coming, and if he is as good as expected, he could very well become the next big thing in Boxing.