Hassan N'dam N'jikam is now the mandatory contender for winner of Soliman vs. Taylor
Oct 02 2014 11:31 AM
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Cameroonian fighter Hassan N'dam (31-1-0, KO 18) defeated Curtis Stevens via unanimous decision in IBF middleweight eliminator bout.  

N'dam is now the mandatory contender in this division and will know who his next opponent is after October 8th fight between Sam Soliman and Jermain Taylor.

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oubobcat says:

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

If I am not mistaken, I don't think the mandatory is immediate. So lets say Taylor beasts Soliman which is very possible. I think Taylor, represented by Al Haymon, is immediately matched with Peter Quillin, also with Al Haymon. Even if immediate, I am sure Haymon has the cash to get N'Dam to step aside.

N'Dam announced his arrival on the Middleweight scene with his performance against Quillin and once again showed his skills against Stevens on ESPN. HBO has a contract with Golovkin but not many opponents available at the moment (hence Marco Rubio for his next fight). I think HBO throws a few bucks N'Dam's way (much more than he'd make fighting for an IBF belt) and pushes to make Golovkin-N'Dam for the first part of 2015.

brownsugar says:

Brilliant scenario Oubobcat.

You're probably right but I think the biggest factor in how this scenario plays out is the powerful sense of self preservation possessed in abundance by any healthy person.
In this case I'm referring to N'Dam's well informed knowledge of GGG.

N'Dam has “avoided” GGG before through a technicality. And N'Dam currently smells the rancid aroma of carrion eminating from the stinkfest better known as Soliman vs Taylor.

One old warhorse vs a shot former champion.
He won't release that opportunity so easily.
However he'd jump at the chance to get Quillin again if given a choice. Even after being decked 6 times he did out box Quillin for the majority of their 48 minutes in the ring.

But the window is rapidly closing on the currently badly fractured division of middleweights…. Soon all roads will lead to GGG.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=brownsugar;66149]Brilliant scenario Oubobcat.

You're probably right but I think the biggest factor in how this scenario plays out is the powerful sense of self preservation possessed in abundance by any healthy person.
In this case I'm referring to N'Dam's well informed knowledge of GGG.

N'Dam has “avoided” GGG before through a technicality. And N'Dam currently smells the rancid aroma of carrion eminating from the stinkfest better known as Soliman vs Taylor.

One old warhorse vs a shot former champion.
He won't release that opportunity so easily.
However he'd jump at the chance to get Quillin again if given a choice. Even after being decked 6 times he did out box Quillin for the majority of their 48 minutes in the ring.

But the window is rapidly closing on the currently badly fractured division of middleweights…. Soon all roads will lead to GGG.[/QUOTE]

Wonderfully put. As always.

GGG would cut off Mr. Silky Smooth better than Stevens. But how do you think SS fares against the winner of the IBF, if he indeed goes that route?

The Commish says:

Sam Soliman should have little difficulty with Jermaine Taylor, then will most likely accept a challenge from Hassan N'Jikam.

My feeling is that N'Jikam will then take the crown from Soliman, and then make his first defense against the man who beat him a few years ago, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;66322]Sam Soliman should have little difficulty with Jermaine Taylor, then will most likely accept a challenge from Hassan N'Jikam.

My feeling is that N'Jikam will then take the crown from Soliman, and then make his first defense against the man who beat him a few years ago, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I actually think Taylor is going to give Soliman a fight tonight. And I think he could very well win as well.

Taylor is going to try to get off to a fast start. He still has a strong jab and can out box Soliman. The question will be is how can Taylor handle Soliman's pressure and will he fade. If he does fade, does Soliman have enough pop to hurt him and get him out of there?

Personally, I see Taylor jumping to a lead and depending on how big that lead is early will determine if he can get the decision. If he banks a couple rounds and then Soliman comes on, well then its Soliman's fight. But if Taylor banks say six of the first seven rounds, even if he fades late as he always does may have just enough to eek out a decision.

I think Taylor will pull off this fight tonight by split decision. Remember Soliman is no spring chicken either and may not be able to push Taylor enough late as some of the younger fighters in this decision would. So believe it or not, I see Taylor once again holding a Middleweight belt after this fight and Haymon quickly setting up Qullin-Taylor for NBC in February.