REAL COMBAT MEDIA WEEKLY BOXING REPORT
By Jason Gonzalez,Real Combat Media Arizona Boxing Correspondent
Welcome back to another edition of the Real Combat Media Boxing Weekly Report “Boxing Blaze Edition” where we cover all the top news stories in boxing each week!
Sunday (September 4, 2016)
Anthony Joshua to fight at Manchester Arena instead of O2 Arena
IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua will be fighting at Manchester Arena on November 26, 2016. In his last five fights Anthony Joshua fought in the the O2 Arena. Of those five fights includes Joshua’s knockout win against Charles Martin that won him the IBF belt and also his last fight against Dominic Breazeale that ended in technical knockout. According to Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, the reason why they are not fighting in the O2 Arena is because the venue was not available for the desired date. Eddie Hearn also mentioned that Manchester Arena is also bigger which means they could seat more fans. The opponent for the November 26 showdown has yet to be determined but Hearn says that a fighter by the name of Kubrat Pulev (23-1) will most likely be his opponent. Other names in the mix include undefeated Joseph Parker (20-0) and former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne.
Monday (September 5, 2016)
Pacquiao has his first champion under his promotions
Eight time World Champion Manny Pacquiao is currently in training camp to fight the WBO Welterweight Champion Jessie Vargas. To add on to his resume Pacquiao is also a promoter and this weekend he just got his first champion under his promotions. On September 3, 2016 Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1) beat McJoe Arroyo (17-1) to become the new IBF Super Flyweight Champion. Ancajas knocked down Arroyo in the eighth round and ultimately won the ten round fight by unanimous decision. Pacquiao rewarded Ancajas with a $10,000 bonus after the fight which is more than Ancajas originally made from the fight itself. Manny Pacquiao wants more Filipino fighters on the undercard of his fight against Jessie Vargas November 5, 2016. With Pacquiao being close to the end of his career some might wonder if he will pursue his job as a promoter head on or will it be something that will come to pass?
Ortiz’s fight didn’t fall through.
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Luis Ortiz was in negotiations to fight Alexander Ustinov (33-1) but the fight did not pull through. Ustinov’s promoter, Vlad Hryunov, said that the fight didn’t happen because Ortiz did not sign the contract but Ortiz’s promoter, Jay Jimenez, says differently. According to Jimenez his fighter Ortiz did in fact sign the contract which included random drug tested regulated by VADA which Jimenez claims Ustinov’s team did not like. It has been 6 months since Ortiz’s last fight and still doesn’t have one scheduled. Ortiz was suppose to fight on the undercard of Saul Canelo Álvarez vs Liam Beefy Smith but Ortiz’s contract with Golden Boy was bought out by his current promoter. Although his negotiations with Ustinov did not fall through, Ortiz does hope land himself a fight against IBF Champion Anthony Joshua or WBC Champion Deontay Wilder.
Tuesday (September 6, 2016)
Press conference for Ward vs Kovalev
Andre Ward (30-0) and Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1) had a press conference on September 6, 2016 for their highly anticipated fight. Both fighters seem confident during the press conference; hopefully this enthusiasm carries itself into the fight. During the press conference Kovalev thanked his fans and promised to give a good fight. “Thank you to all of my fans.” said Kovalev “It will be a fight to remember; one for the history books.” While Kovalev’s speech was short and to the point, Ward addressed how fans and critics judge his career because of his relatively long absence from the ring. “I thank God for my career and being able to compete at a high level through the peaks and valleys. Sometimes that gets overlooked.” said Ward. “I’ve paid my dues and I continue to pay my dues. This is just another opportunity.” Ward didn’t stop there he followed up by saying “When those bright lights come on it’s all about who executes and who gets it done.” Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev will face off in the ring November 19, 2016 in the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (HBO PPV).
Wednesday (September 7, 2016)
Fury vs Klitschko #2 is official
Heavyweight Champions Tyson Fury (25-0) and Wladimir Klitschko (64-4) will meet once again on October 29, 2016 at the Manchester Arena in England. Klitschko had lost to Fury by unanimous decision back in November of 2015 but Klitschko had a contractual option to get a rematch and acted upon it. The rematch between these two giants was suppose to take place early this year but Fury injured his foot and therefore the fight had to be postponed. The fight will be shown on both BoxNation and HBO.
Thursday (September 8, 2016)
Pacquiao still thinks he beat Mayweather
It’s been over a year since Manny Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision against Floyd Mayweather but Pacquiao still claims that he won the fight. Recently Pacquiao was on a show called “Undisputed” where they asked him what he thought about the Mayweather fight and if he still thinks he won the fight. Pacquiao said he watched the fight and claims that he threw more punches and landed more punches as well. He also added that he was disappointed that he couldn’t get Mayweather good due to his injured arm. The host of the show went on to ask him if he wants a rematch and Pacquiao said that he is not opposed to a rematch with Mayweather but that is not his main goal either.
Friday (September 9, 2016)
Jacobs win his fight and calls out Golovkin
WBA Middleweight Champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1) defeated Sergio Mora (28-5-2) in a rematch on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike September 9, 2016. At the start of the fight it was clear that these were two fighters with good technique. Mora was on the back foot and did a lot of footwork while Jacobs was the aggressor and had the strength advantage. Mora was knocked down at the end of rounds four and five but the two knock downs were questionable; it was hard to tell whether or not the knock downs were caused by Mora’s horrible balance or if Jacob’s really did land a punch. Regardless Mora was badly hurt in the seventh round knocked down by clear and stunning punches from Jacobs. After the third knockdown the referee and Mora’s simultaneously called the fight off. After the fight Jacobs called out Gennady Golovkin. If the negotiations don’t go through as planned between the two fighters it will go to a purse bid because Jacobs is Golovkin’s mandatory. It looks like Jacobs just might be Golovkin’s biggest test to this day, do you think Jacobs has what it takes to dethrone the Middleweight Champion?
Saturday (September 10, 2016)
Golovkin vs Brook
Gennady Golovkin (36-0) took on Kell Brook (36-1) this Saturday at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. Golovkin won the fight by TKO in the fifth round after Brook’s corner decided that Brook had taken enough punishment. Leading up to the fight Golovkin was under major scrutiny for deciding to fight a guy who is two weight classes under him. Even though the fight did end early as many predicted boxing fans and critics learned at least one thing that night; Golovkin can be hurt. It was obvious from round one that Golovkin’s power was to much for Brook, but there was several times where Golovkin did look vulnerable. This is something that had not been seen before. Before this fight it looked like Golovkin was this invisible monster at Middleweight who would destroy Saul Canelo Álvarez. Now it seems as if Golovkin has a chink in his armor.
One explanation to his questionable performance is the reports that Golovkin might have been sick going into the fight. Although these claims were denied by Golovkin and his camp, he sure looked drained it if you saw him at the weigh-in and even while entering the ring. Another thing that bothered some fans was the stoppage itself; some think the fight was stopped prematurely. But taking into account that Golovkin had broken Brook’s eye socket in the second round it was probably a good idea on the part of Brook’s team for protecting him. After seeing how Antonio Margarito’s eye ended up and even Israel Vasquez’s eye ended up it’s safe to say that Brook’s trainer made the right decision.
As for Golovkin it looks like he was two decisions as of now, fight Daniel Jacobs or fight Billy Joe Saunders. Daniel Jacobs is Golovkins mandatory and they will be order to fight soon. This means if the negotiations do not go as planned the fight will go to purse bid. If for whatever reason Golovkin and Jacobs do not fight, Golovkin still has the option to fight Billy Joe Saunders who has expressed his interest in the fight.
Across the world about three hours later Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez (46-0) took on Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Chocolatito is the WBC Champion at 112 lbs but he moved up to the division above at 115 lbs to challenge the WBC Champion at that weight which happened to be Cuadras. Chocolatito won the fight by unanimous decision but it was no where near easy; infact during the post fight interview Chocolatito said it was the toughest fight of his career. There was many times in the fight where the two fighters would go toe to toe, there was plenty of give and take.
The difference was quantity versus quality. Cuadras would throw an abundant amount of punches and Chocolatito would throw sharp and stunning punches. Most rounds were difficult to score but the two fighters were neck in neck. The judges scored the bout unanimously for Chocolatito. What’s next for Chocolatito you ask? During the fight the commentators mentioned a possible fight with WBO Junior Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue who happened to be in attendance. What if Chocolatito attempts to go up another weight division to fight for another WBC belt?
On the undercard of Chocolatito’s fight was the rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto Karass which ended up being a slug fest. Their last fight ended in a draw which prompted them to fight once again. The first fight was a war and the second fight was no different. These two fighters were slugging it out the whole fight but there was one difference; Kamegai was able to hurt Karass and Karass couldn’t return the favor. In the eighth round Karass was knocked down and wasn’t looking too enthusiastic to get up. After the eighth round Karass went to his corner and his coaches decided to stop the fight. Yoshihiro Kamegai won the fight by technical knockout and will most likely go on to fight more wars. As for Karass it looks like he will be retiring. Karass had mentioned that he was thinking about retirement before the fight so what better time than now?
Please stay tuned every week for news and updates. If you have any questions that you want answered in the weekly report please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter @boxingblaze or on Facebook at Jason Gonzalez.
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