IKE QUARTEY NOT GETTING RESPECT
AT BETTING WINDOW
Oscar De La Hoya opened a 13-5 favorite over Ike Quartey for their November 21, showdown in Sin City. And all the money thus far has been put on the Golden Boy as the line has moved to 18-5 De La Hoya.
MERCHANT NOT REALLY SURPRISED
HBO's Larry Merchant explained the betting syndrome when it comes to De La Hoya's fights. "People are used to Oscar winning and for the most part easily. They don't know much about Quartey so they just bet Oscar. Quartey is a "live" underdog."
IDLE TIME "DOGS" IKE
"It's the inactivity that hurts him with those wanting to bet. 13 months can be an eternity for a fighter. Plus, Quartey faded with (Jose Luis) Lopez where he got knocked down. Against Oba Carr, it was the same thing. Maybe his fighting to make the weight of 147 lbs., that he taking away from himself as a fighter."
"When I saw Quartey in Vegas, he just seemed stunned. He can't believe this is all happening. That De La Hoya is willing to fight him. He still doesn't really believe it."
"Quartey is a confidant guy who doesn't have to talk to get himself up. He's training hard. The question is he training right?"
JONES SR. IN COMMAND
"He may not have a world class trainer in his corner." When I brought up Roy Jones Sr. as the man in question, Merchant said this. "I don't know if he's a trainer with world class abilities."
WBC lightweight guy Cesar Bazan is playing second fiddle at 135 lbs. to Shane Mosley. Merchant had some thoughts on that. "Bazan says he wants to fight Mosley. He's not afraid. That fight might happen in early to mid '99. Mosley has challengers that are worthy. I'm told Ivan Robinson wants no part of Shane."
HOLY-LEWIS MARCH 13,
"The fight between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis has been confirmed for March 13, but I've been threatened with my life if I give up the proposed site. But I can say this. It's a venue that hasn't done boxing before."
ON KING WORKING WITH HBO
When boxing's #1 TV analyst was asked about HBO working with Don King again, this is the way he put it. "Do you have any idea the crap that Bob Arum has put HBO through?"
"The fight needs a promoter. But I think they want to make King work for his cut. Nobody wants him coming in to town the week before the fight like he did for Evander Holyfield-Michael Moorer fight. He did nothing and SHOWTIME lost $12 million. So, I think they are trying to put a lot of his money in incentives. To make him work in promoting the fight."
WHO IS BETTER KING OR ARUM?
"Nobody has ever promoted a fighter as successfully as Oscar De La Hoya. Arum deserves credit for the marvelous job he's done. King is a great promoter, no question about it. But as to who is better, I don't know."
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