Alexander vs Brook: Golden Boy pitching full welterweight card on Showtime

Scott Heavey

Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer says their January 19 card on Showtime could feature up to six welterweight fights overall, with at least three televised.

Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer says that the current plan for their January 19 card is for it to heavily feature the welterweight division, with Devon Alexander defending his IBF title against Kell Brook in the main event.

"It will be a welterweight card, stacked with welterweights. It is a very deep division, so we want to showcase many different welterweights who are right there and breaking through. It will be at least a tripleheader, on Showtime, possibly a quadrupleheader and there will be as well a Showtime Extreme with two fights - so we could see, possibly, six welterweight fights that night," Schaefer said.

To be completely honest, I'm not sure where they're going to find six welterweights to be the A-sides, especially if they plan on having two of their fighters face one another. Looking at their roster, there aren't a ton of welters with Golden Boy, and there aren't that many notable 147-pound fighters out there to bring in for the show from other promoters.

Marcos Maidana is probably a given, and Paulie Malignaggi might be in the cards, too. While Malignaggi might prefer to stage the rest of his career's fights at the Barclays Center, that's probably not going to happen.

But let's count those two. They could fight one another -- the WBA loves Maidana, and Maidana wants that fight -- or they could be in separate bouts.

After that, Golden Boy does have Robert Guerrero and apparently Andre Berto, but they fight one another on November 24, and likely wouldn't come back that quickly. There's Keith Thurman, but he's facing Carlos Quintana on November 24, as well.

There are some interesting other ideas. Prospect Antonio Orozco could generously be called a welterweight, and he was fun to watch last night. Pablo Cano and Johan Perez are also on the GBP roster, though both really fight at 140, and Cano says his plan is to return there, even though he missed a 147-pound weight recently against Malignaggi.

Shawn Porter could be an option, but he's reportedly fighting Julio Diaz on December 15. So I'm really not sure how they'd fill a card with six welterweight fights. I'm not saying they can't, because they surely could easily, but it's not clear who they'd feature beyond the main event, Maidana, and possibly Malignaggi.

This could wind up another one of those big ideas that GBP shouts off the rooftops and then up and vanishes like a fart in the wind. It wouldn't be any big deal, they've just got a long track record of declaring their plans and then those plans not amounting to a hill of beans in this crazy world.

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