I'm glad to announce that Through the Ropes has a new title sponsor. While I would gladly take Budweiser's money, what makes me even happier is that the sponsor isn't a consumer product that promises to help you satisfy your partner, get more girls, look cool or get you drunk. Not that there's anything wrong with any of those things. Sounds like my typical Saturday night, circa 1991.
Rather it is a group that is genuinely trying to improve the world of boxing -- The International Boxing Organization. The IBO is the only sanctioning body that has unbiased computerized rankings. Champions aren't stripped because they refuse to fight a favored promoter's kid. Nor are there any interim, super or emeritus champions. I've been a fan of these guys for over a decade.
This week IBO President Ed Levine will be on the show to introduce his organization.
Later in the show we'll hear from promoter/manager Luis De Cubas, who has been instrumental in bringing over Cuban fighters such as Joel Casamayor, Diosbelys Hurtado and more recently Yuriorkis Gamboa and Guillermo Rigondiaux. You'll recall that last week Teddy Atlas said Rigondiaux was the best amateur he'd ever seen.
Considering the international intrigue that goes on in helping Cuban national heroes defect, I'm expecting the conversation with De Cubas to be fascinating.
Lastly, how can you not be a Paulie Malignaggi fan after watching this?