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Cotto-Gomez with Margarito-Judah, and Bute to face Joppy

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Source: Boxing Scene

Talks are ongoing to pit Antonio Margarito and Zab Judah on April 26 in Atlantic City, but now there's more. WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto could headline a double-header, facing first season "Contender" alum Alfonso Gomez.

It would be a horrible mismatch, quite frankly, and Cotto would likely manhandle Gomez, whose power -- as well as everything else, really -- is average at best. He is a solid fighter, nothing more. Cotto would rip him to shreds.

The other rumors had been IBF mandatory Joshua Clottey and IBF champion Kermit Cintron, but to be fair, Cintron may not be prepared to fight on April 26, and Gomez is a bigger star than Clottey. Plus, Clottey isn't Cotto's mandatory.

After two excellent defenses against Zab Judah and Shane Mosley, one could argue Cotto has earned a soft defense, plus the idea of the whole thing is to set up a bout between the winners in the summer. And Alfonso Gomez is certainly a likable enough fellow that I can't begrudge his success, particularly as it would be primed to collapse on him with a fight against Cotto.

I do know this: Gomez would try his hardest, and he would come to fight. It wouldn't be another routine fight for Cotto, like the Oktay Urkal bout last year.

In other news, IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute will defend against faded contender William Joppy in Montreal on February 29. Should be an easy first title defense for Bute.

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