Ever get the feeling that the Affliction-Golden Boy “partnership” really isn’t much of a partnership at all? Was it when they decided that mixing boxing with MMA on the same card wasn’t the great idea they once thought it was? If that didn’t raise a red flag for you, how about when they decided they were going to promote an event on Jan. 24, just not with Affliction? Well, if that wasn’t enough, guess what? Golden Boy doesn’t want to talk about Affliction, apparently nothing’s finalized as MDS learned earlier today on a conference call with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
“I don’t want to talk about it right now. We’re still trying to finalize it. The one thing I know for sure is that Antonio Margarito and Sugar Shane Mosley will be fighting on January 24.”
Sure, the point of the call wasn’t to promote what’s going down on Jan. 24, but still, “I don’t want to talk about it right now?” If everything was all good, he would have at least thrown something out there like, “everything is going great with Affliction…Jan. 24 will be a huge night for us both,” right?
Yeah, not quite the partnership that Tom Atencio announced back in Sept. when they “rescheduled” their “Day of Reckoning” event. Perhaps, we should have paid attention to Cohen when he told everyone that nothing was signed yet, and it would be a few weeks before the deal was done. Instead, we chose to believe Atencio’s announcement the very next day. But, I suppose that’s our own damn fault for believing anyone from Affliction about anything.
Hell, some are now questioning if “Day of Reckoning” will even happen. My thoughts? I don’t want to talk about it.
Moving on, assuming the show does happen, there’s been a slight change to one of the match-ups. Apparently, since Babalu just fought at 205lbs for Strikeforce, he’s not going to have enough time to get down to 185lbs to meet Matt Lindland. Instead of holding the fight at a catch weight, Atencio has made an “executive decision” to replace Babalu with Vitor Belfort, who was announced to fight, but didn’t yet have an opponent. If you remember, that was the original match-up back in October.
Of course, that all assumes there’s a show come Jan. 24 for them to compete on. If we’ve learned anything with Affliction so far, anything and everything is subject to and will likely change.