The head of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza, and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer both attended the Miguel Cotto open workout at Gleason's Gym Tuesday, and NYFightBlog picked their brains for intel on what's on the docket on the network, and what's next for some of the best and brightest on the Golden Boy roster.
Espinoza said that Jan. 19 is set for a Devon Alexander-Kell Brook showdown, and that event will likely land at the MGM in Las Vegas. He said bomber Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin would likely strut their stuff on the card as well.
IBF welter champ Alexander sports a 24-1 mark, vs. 29-0 for the Brit Brook, who sports the nickname "The Special One" but who hasn't been with anyone nearing the quality of the slickster Alexander. And who might Matthysse tangle with? "We'll match him with an action guy," Espinoza said.
Also, Showtime will be featuring content from a Feb. 9 Barclays Center card, promoted by Golden Boy. You might recall Philly's Danny Garcia topped the Oct. 20 inaugural show; he will again be heading up the bill, meeting Brooklyn native Zab Judah, the talented and mercurial speedster who is telling one and all that he will put it all together, mentally, physically and spiritually, against the WBC and WBA 140 pound champ, who sent Erik Morales' head into the fifth row on Oct. 20.
Peter Quillin, who rose in everyone's eyes with a mashup on Hassan N'Dam, taking that man's WBO middleweight belt, will glove up. It has been rumored that ex-middleweight champ Jermain Taylor will get the assignment. The Twittersphere isn't overjoyed at the prospect, judging Taylor too far past his prime. I seem to recall that Taylor had a contract when he took part in the Super Six tournament, so maybe Showtime still owes him a fight or two?
Schaefer was still buzzing a bit from the solid Robert Guerrero showing Saturday night, as the Ghost took out Andre Berto in a Basilio-ish rumble. Schaefer said he has been talking with Team Mayweather about putting Guerrero in with Floyd, and the promoter said we could know next week who and when Floyd will fight.
Schaefer said "Floyd likes challenges" and will likely pick from among Guerrero, Canelo Alvarez and perhaps Cotto in a rematch for his next outing.
"Floyd doesn't shy away from anyone," Schaefer said. "Now, he will say, 'Let's see what the money is.'"
Schaefer said Mayweather doesn't fear one guy or the other, and wouldn't regard the junior middleweight Canelo as too big or strong. Of course, there is no shortage of people wanting a poke at Mayweather, but Schaefer thinks Guerrero "jumped the line." He said he has a fine relationship with Mayweather advisers Al Haymon and Leonard Ellerbe, so conversations will be taking place the next few days, Schaefer said.