REAL COMBAT MEDIA BOXING WEEKLY REPORT (12/14/2016)
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!
Monday (December 5, 2016)
Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev in a controversial decision on November 19, 2016. In attendance were 13,310 fans who watched one of the most anticipated fights of the year. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission the ticket sales brought in $3.3 million dollars. The PPV numbers are estimated to be at 165,000 buys with a revenue of about $10.7 million. There is no official date set as of now but reports are saying that Kovalev will be acting upon his option for a rematch against Ward.
Tuesday (December 6, 2016)
This year the International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted three fighters in their first year of eligibility. The first fighter is former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. The second is three time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera. The third is the late Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia. An event will be held for the inductees on June 8th through the 11th in Canastota, New York. Who is your favorite fighter inducted into the Hall of Fame this year?
Wednesday (December 7, 2016)
Today during a press conference between Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte things got a little hectic when Chisora through a table across the stage towards Whyte. Chisora is known to get crazy in and out of the ring. He’s kissed one of his opponents on the lips during a face-off and he also bit an opponent’s ear during a fight. Chisora even had to have a fence put in between him and David Haye years ago during their weigh-in. Now Chisora is facing a two year suspension in the United Kingdom.
Thursday (December 8, 2016)
Mikey Garcia spent two years trying to get out of a contract with Top Rank but now he’s considering signing another one with them? There has been a little buzz over a possible fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia but the two are under different managements who don’t usually do business together. Recently Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum and Garcia’s manager Al Haymon have started talks again which opens the opportunity of a fight between the boxers. Garcia also said he will be a free agent after his next fight in January. This means that if he does not re-sign with Haymon then a fight between the two is more likely. “If Top Rank wants to make a fair deal with me then sure I’ll fight one of their guys,” Garcia said. “If Lomachenko wants to come to 135, I’ll be very interested. Same thing for Crawford if he’s still there when I decide to go up to 140. This is business and Top Rank needs to understand that.”
Friday (December 9, 2016)
In 2013 a sex-tape that Adrien Broner recorded during a three some ended up on World Star Hip-Hop. Now a Nevada court has ordered that Broner pay up $175,000 to one of the women in the video. According to Broner, he did not intentionally leak the sex tape, he says someone took it. Broner explains that he has three phones which include a business phone, a family phone, and a phone he calls a “hoe phone”. Broner says that he did not have a password on his “hoe phone” and that is how someone stole the video. The court has ruled that Broner did not intentionally leak the video but he will have to pay $40k in court fees and $135k for the woman’s pain and suffering.
Saturday (December 10, 2016)
(FIGHTS ON SHOWTIME)
IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua retains his title after winning his fight against Eric Molina by technical knockout. Molina was first knocked down in the third round and then seconds after he getting back up to fight Joshua attacked him relentlessly; that’s when the referee stopped the fight. After the fight ex- heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was invited to the ring. Klitschko was not invited to the ring by Joshua so he could call him out. Klitschko was invited to the ring by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to announce the mega-fight between the two heavyweights. The two will be fighting on April 29, 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London. If the fight between Klitschko and Joshua sells out, about 90,000 people will be in attendance.
Abner Mares defeated Jesus Cuellar on Saturday night by split decision in a high action fight. In the first couple of rounds the two fighters were neck and neck. As the rounds advanced Mares showed a bit more technical skills and also landed the cleaner shots when the two fighters went toe to toe. It looked like Mares won a majority of the rounds but the rounds were close enough to the point where they could have gone either way. This explains why Cuellar won on one of the judges score even though it appeared Mares had clearly won a majority of the rounds. Mares is now the WBA regular champion at 126 lbs. This basically means he is number two at 126 lbs for the WBA. The WBA super champion is Carl Frampton which is scheduled to fight Leo Santa Cruz next. Mares expressed interest in fighting the winner of the fight or any other champions at 126 lbs which includes Oscar Valdez,Gary Russell Jr, and Lee Selby.
Jermall Charlo retained his IBF title on Saturday night by beating Julian Williams by knockout. Williams was fairly competitive but he couldn’t withstand Charlo’s power. In the second round William was knocked but he was able to reconfigure himself and finish the round. Then in the fifth round Charlo dropped Williams again with an unexpected uppercut. Williams got back up one last time but he was ended by a flurry of shots moments after in the fifth round. Charlo is looking to move up in weight but nothing is set in stone yet. If Charlo stays at 154 lbs he can fight against Canelo Álvarez, Erislandy Lara, or Demetrius Andrade. At the post fight press conference Andrade called out Charlo in hopes to meet him in the ring in the near future. Who do you want to see Charlo fight next?
(FIGHTS ON HBO)
Terence Crawford retained his WBC and WBO belts at 140 lbs on Saturday night by beating John Molina Jr. by technical knockout in the eighth round. It was clear from round one that Molina was not going to try to do the impossible and try to out box Crawford who is a highly intelligent fighter. Molina went in there looking for a lucky punch hoping that he could possibly win by knockout or at least put Crawford on his butt. Unfortunately for Molina, that time never came. It looked like Crawford couldn’t miss, especially with the help of Molina who was leaving himself wide open in hopes of getting that lucky shot. It wasn’t until the eighth round when the high amount Molina was taking finally broke him down. Crawford got Molina in the corner and Molina was hurt bad and that’s when the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. It looks like there is no fighter who threatens Crawford at 140 lbs; if or when Crawford moves up to 147 lbs he will find competition that will give him a run for his money.
Joseph Parker defeated Andy Ruiz by majority decision on Saturday night making him the new WBO Heavyweight Champion. Both fighters gave and took punches from each other. Parker would win one round and Ruiz would win the next as if they were taking turns. Parker’s reach and ability to keep Ruiz away with the jab gave him a big advantage. On the other hand it looked like Ruiz was the stronger puncher. One judge gave the fight a tie and the two other judges gave the fight seven rounds to five. Now that Parker is amongst the top of the heavyweight division he will sooner or later have to fight the best such as Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Luis Ortiz, or Wladimir Klitschko.
(FIGHTS ON BE-IN SPORTS)
Julio Cesar Chavez won a unanimous decision against Dominik Britsch on Saturday night. Lately the word “lazy” is synonymous with “Chavez Jr” and many fans were losing hope in him. First Chavez Jr surprised everyone by actually being on weight. Chavez has missed weight several times and some expected the same this time. During the fight Chavez looked impressive compared to how he has been fighting recently. Chavez Jr didn’t show signs of fatigue and it looked like he didn’t let his opponent win more than a round. All three judges had the fight nine rounds to one in favor of Chavez Jr.
It looked like Britsch had an iron chin because Chavez Jr would land his best shots on him but Britsch wouldn’t go down. It’s too early to tell if this is the rebirth of Chavez Jr but he sure did improve. The best fight Chavez Jr can take is against Gilberto Ramirez who has been calling him out and who also holds the WBO belt at 168 lbs. During the post fight interview Chavez Jr says he wants Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez or Gennady Golovkin but as of now it doesn’t look like that fight is happening anytime soon.
(FIGHTS ON SKY SPORTS)
Dillian Whyte defeated Dereck Chisora by split decision in a high action fight. I’m sure the fans were on the edge of their seats because neither fighter backed down throughout the fight. Even if Chisora lost the fight his actions inside the ring backed up all the talk outside of the ring. Regardless, Chisora is now facing a two year suspension from boxing in the United Kingdom due to the table he threw at Whyte during the press conference. As for Whyte, he is still a young boxer and has the chance to fight the best at the heavyweight division.
Sunday (December 11, 2016)
Joseph Parker defeated Andy Ruiz by majority decision on Saturday night making him the new WBO Heavyweight Champion. In the middle of the ring that night was a giant Burger King sign that was impossible to miss. In honor of Parker becoming a new world champion Burger King had a special promotion where they sold Whoppers for two dollars each. Burger King ended up selling 137,000 whoppers that day in New Zealand alone. This promotion only lasted from 11 am to 5 pm the day after the fight. One Burger King even went as far as to change their logo into “Parker King. Currently Parker is being promoted by Bob Arum who wants to promote him heavy in the U.S. and in China. Now that Parker is amongst the top of the heavyweight division he will sooner or later have to fight the best such as Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Luis Ortiz, or Wladimir Klitschko.
Monday (December 12, 2016)
Three time NBA Championship winner Lebron James will be a producer for a documentary about Muhammad Ali’s life. This documentary will be shown on HBO. The documentary will include archival footage and re-enacted scenes as well. Antoine Fuqua who directed the movies “Southpaw” and “Training Day” will be directing the Ali documentary. When James introduced the project he said that Ali “transcended sports and used his platform to empower people, which paved the way for all athletes and people of every race and gender that came after him, myself included.”
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