There are words we, as writers, are guilty of overusing. Genius is one. Electrifying is another.
In boxing, there's another word tossed around too often: Crossroads. It seems like every time a middle aged (by boxing standards) fighter who has been slumping lately gets in the ring, it's a crossroads fight. The rhetoric is always that if the fighter loses, his entire career could be in jeopardy. Sometimes it's true: Shane Mosley's fight with Manny Pacquiao last May was a true crossroads fight for Mosley. Other times, it's not. Glen Johnson will challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF super middleweight title on Saturday night. By my count, this will be the 42-year old Johnson's 15th straight crossroads fight.
On Saturday, there is another fight that I think does deserve the title, for both fighters: James Kirkland vs. Alfredo Angulo, who will face off in a junior middleweight title eliminator in Cancun, Mexico (HBO, 10:15 p.m.). (MORE>>>)