Aftermath from Brooklyn: Alexander, Brook, Quillin, Malignaggi, Morales, Garcia

Aftermath from Brooklyn: Alexander, Brook, Quillin, Malignaggi, Morales, Garcia

By: Brandon Stubbs
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This past Saturday we had an epic card live from the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  We seen a new champion crowned, champions stand tall and legends bow out. So now in the aftermath we have some interesting matches that can be made out for both the winners and losers from this weekend.

 

Devon Alexander

Devon “The Great” looked less then great in his IBF Welterweight title win over Randall Bailey. Now Bailey does have a tough style and going in reckless can lead to you getting your lights turned out, so I can’t blame Devon for fighting cautious. Now as to what should be next for him, he has options. First is the UK’s own Kell Brook, who won an IBF eliminator on Saturday. The problem with that is Devon more than likely won’t travel across waters where he could make the most money to defend his title. Maybe the best case scenario is a rematch with Timothy Bradley. Their first fight was at 140lb and stopped due to a cut on Devon’s eye. He seems to be reborn at 147lbs and right now Bradley has no fights lined up, so he looks to be free.

 

Kell Brook

Fans in the US aren’t too familiar with Brook, but need to as he could be the future at 147 pounds. He pounded out Hector Saldivia on Saturday and making himself a mandatory challenger for the IBF champion, who is now the before mentioned Alexander. With that fight being more risk than reward for Devon, don’t look for that to happen anytime soon. The fight Brook’s camp is quietly working on in the background is an all England showdown with Amir Khan. If Khan can get past Carlos Molina on Dec.15, this could be one of the bigger fights in UK boxing history and set the winner up for even bigger things here in the US.

 

Peter Quillin

In what turned out to be the “Fight of the Night”, Peter put on a show in knocking down Hassan N’Dam six times in his 12 round war to capture the WBO Middleweight title. He showed so much heart and emotion in his post-fight interview, it’s hard not to think this guy will not be a star in 2013. He is still a bit green for Sergio Martinez, so he will need to continue to build and add names to his resume before he can get a mega fight. The name that comes to mind is Andy Lee. He has decent power, can box and is in the top 10. A fight like this would be a great challenge for the budding star.

 

Paulie Malignaggi

In what was a close fight with Pablo Cesar Cano, Paulie survived a split decision. Honestly, Paulie didn’t help his case for a major fight. He showed he can be hit and hit a lot. Against a harder puncher at 147 he would be knocked out. But, he may get a chance for a big payday with Ricky Hatton who is making his boxing comeback later this year. If Hatton looks shot, this could be a real tough fight to sell to the boxing public.

 

Erik Morales

He is a true warrior and has nothing left to prove to anyone. But it was clear in his second encounter with Danny Garcia that Erik Morales has no business in the ring with top tier fighters. Luckily, Erik realizes this too and said he is going to fight one more time in Mexico and retire for good from the sport. I can only hope he sticks to it and that he finds someone he can to beat up and exit the grand stage of the sport.

 

Danny Garcia

“Swift” has made a major impact in the game in 2012. He started his year beating up Erik Morales and ended it doing the same. In between he TKO’d Amir Khan in a candidate for “Knockout of the Year”. Right now he holds all the cards at 140lbs, is the Ring Magazine, WBA and WBC (Super) junior-welterweight champion and not to mention he has this guy named Al Haymon as his manager, so yeah big money is in his future. He stated in his post-fight interview that he planned to stay at 140 for now, but 147 would be coming down the road. He could go several different routes in 2013. A rematch with Khan would be big money for both. If he wants a crowd pleasing slugfest and wanted to pick up another belt, there is Lucas Matthysse. Or, if he is ready to test the 147 waters, he could take on winner of Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto this November. No matter what path he chooses, 2013 should be a big year for Danny which means more face time for his father Angel…okay, maybe we don’t want to have that last part to happen.

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