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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!

Tuesday (November 22, 2016)

Kovalev Wants KO in rematch

This past Saturday Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev by unanimous decision in a highly controversial fight. Many spectators had the fight going the other way. There seems to be an outrage coming from fans after seeing “bad” decisions time after time. Kovalev felt like he was robbed on Saturday night and he feels like a knock out is the only way to assure a win in the rematch. “Of course [I’m going for a knockout in the rematch]. I now understand that if I do not knock him out – the victory can be robbed,” Kovalev said in an interview with Fox Deportes.

Ward is contractually bound to give a rematch to Kovalev and it looks like Kovalev wants the rematch right away. There is no official date for the rematch but it is rumored for early 2017. In my opinion I also think Kovalev need a knockout to win the rematch. Ward is a fighter with a high ring IQ that can and will learn from his first fight. If Kovalev decides to out box him the rematch he might end up with the same results as in the first fight.

Wednesday (November 23, 2016)

Beterbiev to fight with Ward vs Kovalev Winner?

Artur Beterbiev is making noise in the light heavyweight division with an undefeated record of 10 win and 10 knockouts. Beterbiev will fight on February 24, 2016 for the IBF eliminator. This means the winner of that fight will be the number one contender for the IBF world title. Beterbiev’s advisor, Al Haymon, is currently looking for a ranked fighter willing to fight against him for the IBF eliminator. If this fight ends up being Ward vs Beterbiev then we might end up seeing a schooling form Ward. If Beterbiev ends up fighting Kovalev we might see a war between the two knockout artist. Which one would you rather see?

Thursday (November 24, 2016)

Oscar Valdez Wants Unification

Oscar Valdez is the WBO World Champion at 126 lbs and has been knocking out almost anyone that get in his way. Regardless one thing that Valdez is missing is a big name on his resume. Getting a big name in with Valdez hasn’t been an easy task because Valdez is under Bob Arum and all the big names at 126 lbs are under Al Haymon. If you didn’t know Bob Arum and Al Haymon don’t do business. This was true until recently when reports came out saying that Arum and Haymon are now negotiating. Valdez is excited to hear this and hopes to unify the division.

“I would like to unify with any of the champions, Lee Selby of the International Boxing Federation, Carl Frampton of the World Boxing Association or Gary Russell Jr. of the World Boxing Council, anyone with a belt I would like to unify with, but if I could choose one – it would be Gary Russell Jr., because he has the WBC belt and I would like to fight for that belt,” said Valdez to ESPN Deportes.

Friday (November 25, 2016)

Briggs suing Haye?

David Haye will officially be fighting against the WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew on March 4, 2016 at the O2 Arena in England. Shannon Briggs has been calling out Haye for the longest time now hoping to get a fight with him. Unfortunately for Briggs, he hasn’t had any luck getting any big name of any sort in the ring with him. Now Briggs is claiming that he will be suing Haye.

“I’ll be suing him for what he did. Yes I have a contract from him but I laid low to let it play out. My attorney will be bringing his weak ass promotional company down. Champ you’ll be paying me for wasting my time and walking away from millions of dollars. All because you scared. Because your heart weak. It ain’t fully developed. You need to go see the Wizard of OZ. Sad thing is behind the curtain there is no wizard. He gonna tell y’all some lies so get ready. Look at him, piece of sh*t.”

Sometimes it looks like Briggs is all talk in hopes of getting one last payday. I’m genuinely curious to see how he would do against the top heavyweights. I think he would get knocked out if he were to put in the ring with any of the top heavyweights but why not let him put his money where his mouth is?

Saturday (November 26, 2016)

Lomachenko vs Walters

In the main event Vasyl Lomachenko made Nicholas Walters quit in his corner. The fight started a bit slow, both fighters were getting a feel for each other. As it got later in the rounds the two got more comfortable. The big difference maker in the fight was suppose to be Walters strength but it looked like he was never able to get a clean shot on Lomachenko to hurt him. It wasn’t until the seventh round where we saw Lomachenko release his full arsenal on Walters. Walters was hurt a couple times in the seventh round and it didn’t help that he couldn’t land on Lomachenko. After the seventh round was over Walters went to his corner and quit. To many this fight was a test to see how good Lomachenko is and certainly passed that test. Many thought that because Lomachenko had problems with Salido that he would also have problems with Walters.

So what’s next for Lomachenko? It looks like he wants to go after Francisco Vargas which is the WBC champion at 130 lbs. Trainer Robert Garcia says he wouldn’t be against a fight between against a fight between Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia. There has also been rumors about a Lomachenko vs Manny Pacquiao fight. If those fights don’t happen there is enough talent at the weight where he is now to keep him busy. I don’t think it will be long before Lomachenko makes his way up to number one on the pound for pound list.

In the co-main event Konstantin Ponomarev beat Silverio Ortiz by unanimous decision. Ortiz has a journeyman record of 35 wins and 15 losses making it look like he was just put in the ring with Ponomarev to make him look good. In the first round Ortiz gave a competitive fight but every round after that it looked like he was trying to survive. There was several times in the eight round fight where Ortiz was hurt bad but he was able to slip away before the referee had a chance to stop it. Ponomarev is trained Abel Sanchez who also trains Gennady Golovkin.

In the first fight of the night prospect Trevor McCumby took on Donovan George. The fight ended shortly after the first bell was rang. George was knocked down in the first round and after getting up he was hit with several unanswered punches. Shortly after those unanswered punches the referee stopped the fight. McCumby is still undefeated with 24 wins, 19 of those fights ending by knockout; this begs the question when will McCumby be in line for a title fight? In the post fight interview McCumby said he will be going down to 168 lbs. Meaning if McCumby wants to be Champion he will fight with one of the following: Gilberto Ramirez, James DeGale, Tyron Zeuge, or Badou Jack. If McCumby stays at light heavyweight he will have to fight either Andre Ward or Adonis Stevenson if he wants to be champion. Regardless of which of the two weight classes he picks he will have to face fierce competition.

Sunday (November 27, 2016)

Lomachenko in 2017

Vasyl Lomachenko made Nicholas Walters quit in his corner after the seventh round in a very one sided fight. Walters has blamed the loss on his year long layoff saying that it was unfair to put him in with Lomachenko after such a long break. Now it looks like Lomachenko will be fighting three or four time in 2017.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas said “Bob (Arum) told us yesterday, next year he wants to put Vasyl in the ring a minimum three times, maybe even four. But we’re probably going to be looking to bring him back – and it depends on whom we’re going to fight and who’s going to be the opponent – we’re looking to be back in the ring late March or April.”

As of now Lomachenko has no official opponents set for 2017 but he did say he was looking to fight against Francisco Vargas the WBC World Champion at 130 lbs. Lomachenko also stated that he is willing to go up to 135 lbs or go down down to 126 lbs. Personally I would love to see a fight between Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Right now it looks like Rigondeaux is unbeatable but if someone could possible beat him it would be Lomachenko.

Monday (November 28, 2016)

Rigondeaux calls out Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko made Nicholas Walters quit in his corner on Saturday. Now it look like Guillermo Rigondeaux wants a piece of Lomachenko. Rigondeaux took to twitter to call out Lomachenko saying “it is true that @vasyllomachenko and I are both champion. But between him and me d only 1 still invicto is me. I am ready 4 a catchweight.”

Rigondeaux and Lomachenko have been in negotiations before but the fight never materialized because of weight disputes. Now it looks like Rigondeaux is willing to budge on weight but there is one more issue. Lomachenko’s promoter recently stated that a fight between the two would be a “sh*t fight”. Do you think a fight between the two will ever happen?

Tuesday (November 29, 2016)

Frampton Disappointed

Every year the BBC gives a Sports Personality of the Year Award. This year there is sixteen contenders who are amongst the best athletes in the United Kingdom. Two time World Champion Carl Froch is not one of the sixteen athletes on the list and he is not to happy about it. Taking into consideration that Carl Frampton captured the WBA World Title at 126 lbs this year, some would think he would be amongst the sixteen names to be considered for the award.

“I am slightly disappointed, I think, especially as they extended the list and there was no space for me,” said Frampton in an interview with BBC Radio. “I unified a title and I moved up and beat a three weight world champion — both fights on the road as well.

Wednesday (November 30, 2016)

Conor McGregor Boxing License

Today Conor McGregor’s application for a boxing license has been approved in the State of California. Currently McGregor is not scheduled to box with anyone but there has been big rumors surrounding a fight between him and Floyd Mayweather. The big problem is that Mayweather recently said that all the rumors are false. “If you don’t hear it from my mouth, it’s not true. If you don’t hear it from my mouth, it’s not true. Once again, with different sports, as far as MMA and boxing, you have to realize this – Floyd Mayweather is the biggest name in MMA. Floyd Mayweather is the biggest name in the sport of boxing, and I’m not even competing anymore.

No worries, Mayweather has been known to say one thing and later on turn out not to be true. For example, for the longest time Mayweather denied the rumors about negotiating with Manny Pacquiao and said that there was no contract to be signed. No less than a month later the fight was made official. It is possible that a fight between Mayweather and McGregor are in the mix but as of now there is nothing official. If McGregor doesn’t end up fighting Mayweather then he can also fight Paulie Malignaggi who recently called McGregor out for a fight. And if McGregor wants a bigger name he can also fight Saul Canelo Álvarez who was offered to McGregor by his promoter Oscar De La Hoya. Who ever it ends up being in the ring with McGregor will end up making lots of money that night.

Thursday (December 1, 2016)

Roy Jones Returns

Four time World Champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9) is set to return to the ring against Bobby Gunn (21-6-1) on Friday, February 17th 2017 for the Vacant WBF World Cruiserweight Championship. For a while many were uncertain if Roy Jones Jr was hanging up the gloves or if he was going to continue his career. This fight is almost a sure win for Jones Jr because Gunn hasn’t been in the ring in 3 years. No one know how long Jones Jr will continue fighting but hopefully all these smaller fights he is taking will lead up to one last big name fight. Do you think Jones Jr should continue or should he hang up the gloves?

Friday (December 2, 2016)

Tevin Farmer vs Dardan Zenunaj

On Friday night Tevin Farmer beat Dardan Zenunaj by unanimous decision. Recently Farmer received a lot of attention from the online boxing community when a clip from one of his fights started to circulate. In the video Farmer shows off his head and foot movement making his opponent miss much like Floyd Mayweather. Farmer said that he couldn’t use his left like he wanted during the fight due to an injury. “I injured my hand before the fight,” said Farmer in an interview with Boxing Scene. “But you know what – we all gotta overcome adversity at some point. So I figured this be the best opportunity to do so. I wanted to use my left hand more, I really think I’d have gotten the knockout if I could’ve used it more. But I did a lot of things I like, a few things I need to work on. Farmer is looking to get a title shot in the year 2017 and says that he is willing to fight anyone at 130 lbs.

Saturday (December 3, 2016)

Billy Joe Saunders vs Artur Akovav

WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders beat Artur Akovav by unanimous decision on Saturday. This was Saunders first time in the ring in over a year when he fought Andy Lee. Saunders didn’t look so great and showed signs of ring rust. Recently Saunders has been calling out Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin but now Saunders says he’s embarrassed for doing so. “I’d like to apologise to the fans especially those who have paid for it, [it was] a terrible performance. I’ve called Golovkin out, but on that performance I want to be embarrassed.” Saunders is now looking for one or two more tune-up fight before he gets into the ring with Gennady Golovkin or Saul Canelo Álvarez.

Sunday (December 4, 2016)

Boxing Prospect Dies

Boxing Prospect Ed Brown died at 25-year-old after being shot in the head in Chicago on Sunday. Brown was parked at park when another car pulled up and started shooting at him. Brown’s manager Cameron Dunkin talked about Brown’s death and how Chicago is a dangerous place. “He lost his life at 25 years old for nothing.” Dunkin said in an interview with ESPN. “Those people in Chicago shoot you for no reason. It’d be different if he was out there gang banging or running around or dealing drugs. He wasn’t doing any of those things. He was such a quiet kid. He was so bashful. You’d never know how tough he was in the ring talking to him outside the ring.”

Dunkin went on to talk about how he tried to get Brown out of the city but never successfully could. “I told him he had to get out of Chicago. I begged him to get out of Chicago,” Dunkin said. “And every time I had him ready to go (trainer) George (Hernandez) would call me and say he’s not going to leave. It’s sad they can’t leave that environment.”

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 jasongonzalez@realcombatmedia.com or follow me on Twitter @boxingblaze or on Facebook at Jason Gonzalez.

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Jason Gonzalez - Arizona/Nevada Boxing Correspondent
Arizona/Nevada Boxing Correspondent
Jason covers the major boxing events and conducts exclusive interviews in the Arizona and Nevada region since 2015. Jason is also the owner of the brand, The Boxing Blaze which conducts English and Spanish boxing commentary on the Real Combat Media you tube channel. You can follow Jason on Twitter @theboxingblaze, on Facebook at Jason Gonzalez or contact him by email at jasongonzalez@realcombatmedia.com.