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!
Monday (July 10, 2017)
On July 2nd there was a lot of controversy surrounding Jeff Horn’s unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao. Many fans and critics said that the fight was robbed and that there was even corruption going on. As a result the said that they would review the fight with five judges and give their results on who won the fight. Each judge had to score each round for either Pacquiao or for Horn. If a majority of the judges scored the round for Pacquiao it would go to him and vice versa for Horn. For example, if four judges scored round nine for pacquiao and only one judge scored the round for Horn then that round would go to Pacquiao.
Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%. From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.
What do you think about the WBO’s decision?
Tuesday (July 11, 2017)
Today kicked off the first of four press tour locations for the Mayweather vs McGregor mega fight in Los Angeles. The press conference wasn’t exactly explosive but trash talk was exchanged.
“Everyone knows I’ve never backed down from anybody. You line them up, and I knock them down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m knocking Conor out.
“I am guaranteeing you this. You are going out on your face or on your back. So which way do you want to go?
“Twenty one is the number. They ask me why is that the number? Because that’s how long I’ve been kicking ass. I don’t care about a ring or an octagon. Put me in there and I’m going to kick ass.
“It takes two warriors to bring an event like this together. The two biggest forces in combat sports made this happen.
“This was something that the fans wanted to see. I spoke to my team and said that the Mayweather-McGregor fight can be the biggest fight in history. That’s what we’re here to turn into reality.
“McGregor is a professional, stand-up fighter. The only loss he took was when he was on the ground. He’s a tough competitor and I’m taking him very seriously.
“Everyone knows I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve been here before. He’s a tough guy though and a warrior. The best must fight the best. The fans wanted this fight, me and McGregor wanted the fight. It’s going to be blood, sweat and tears on August 26.
“Training camp has been rough. I know deep in my heart that this is the last one. I’m taking care of my body and giving myself time off to allow my body to rejuvenate.
“Conor really wants to win. Extremely badly. Other fighters it usually plays out two ways. Some guys play it safe and then some like Marcos Maidana go for the kill. I think he’s the Maidana-type. He’s a heavy-hitter so I have to be cautious. It’s going to basically be a toe-to-toe battle.”
“My mind is blown. I’m absolutely honored to be here in front of you fans for this great spectacle. Somebody’s 0 has got to go.
“He’s got little legs and little hands. I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds. Mark my words.
“I’m a young, confident, happy man. I’ve worked extremely hard for this. I’m going to embrace everything. No one can do anything to me. I’m going to have a good time.
“Floyd will be unconscious inside of four rounds. The power and ferociousness that I have, he’s never experienced it before. I don’t fear him.
“Even if he catches one of my punches with his glove, it will still hurt him. I’m like nothing he’s ever seen before.
“Twelve, three minute rounds is going to be a breeze for me. Not to take anything away from this sport, but I have no worries about going twelve rounds with Floyd.
“Floyd is the perfect motivation for me to go in and conquer the supposedly unconquerable. What more motivation could you need? This pushes me on to do these record-breaking events.”
Wednesday (June 12, 2017)
Today was the second stop in the press tour for the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The press conference in Toronto got intense. Both sides had a lot to say about each other. This definitely lived up to the trash talking hype of which all the fans expected.
“We’re not talking about being at the top for one year, two years, three years, four years. We’re talking about 21 years.
“Turn the pressure up. I don’t quit, I don’t fold under pressure. I’m the best and I know I’m the best.
“If you believe in yourself like you say you believe in yourself, bet your whole fight check.”
“I thrive in uncomfortable positions. There is nothing these guys can do to phase me. Twenty-eight years of age,I’m getting fight checks and promoter checks. When Floyd was 28, he was on Oscar De La Hoya’s undercard and that’s just facts.
“Toronto, what a city. I was here one time, I was also on a world tour. I was also facing an unconquerable quest. I was facing the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Jose Aldo. They said the same things then as they’re saying now. They said I have no chance. They said I’m in over my head. They said [he] kicks too hard, too many weapons. The Irishman is going to fall short, he doesn’t stand a hope. It took me 13 seconds.
“One shot is all it takes. Check the facts. I bounce heads off the canvas.
“He tip-tap-toes to a decision. He’s never fought a day in his life, he’s a runner.”
Thursday (June 13, 2017)
Today was the third day in the press tour for the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor mega fight. Today’s press conference in New York was just as good as yesterdays. It was filled with even more trash talk. If you missed out here are some quotes from the press conference.
“I knew that this was going to be a huge event. We had to give the people what they wanted to see and if we break the PPV record, all I’ll be doing is breaking my own record.
“I’m just thankful to be in this position. To be at this age and compete against young guys, it’s a blessing. He’s bigger, he has a longer reach and I’ve been inactive. Plus, we’ve never seen him lose standing up. He feels like he’s the best. I was the best when I was competing. So I think I had to come back for this last hurrah.
“Even though I haven’t been competing in boxing, you still have young guys calling me out all the time. Even the MMA fighters call me out.
“My thing is that either I’m going to get him, or he’s going to get me. The outcome is going to be what it’s going to be. Once you have that mindset, you’re going to be okay. He’s coming for me and I’m coming for him.
“Nobody knows that squared circle like me. I know angles. I know where to touch you at. I know what you don’t like. I don’t have to watch your tapes. That’s something I’m blessed with. But, he’s unorthodox. So it’ll definitely be something different in the ring. I just have to keep my composure.
“I have to stand up for the Americans and the American fight fans. He represents his country and I represent the red, white and blue. I represent everyone in this country.
“I’ve been doing this for 21 years in five weight classes. I’ve never quit.”
“Floyd saying he’s going to knock me out is the funniest comment of the whole tour. I hope he comes for it and I hope he brings it. I’ll be prepared for anything and anticipate whatever he brings.
“I’m in great shape, that’s why I’m not wearing a shirt. I’m in shape to fight right now. I don’t have a nick on my body right now. I’m going to be 100 percent on fight night.
“I have a very high fight IQ. I understand when to go and when not to. Only me and the opponent can see these details. I’m very confident whether it’s in a ring or an octagon.
“The rounds are two minutes shorter than I’m used to and there’s a lot less action than I’m used to. He’s going to feel like he’s wrestling a bear when we tie up for the first time. He’s too small. I’m going to have my way with him.
“I know every shot he throws. I know what to expect. He fights the same every time. So we’re preparing. But he knows nothing about me. He has no idea how I’m going approach him.
“I’m not tired of this. It’s really a lot of fun. We’ll keep it professional for now. I could never get tired of this. It’s such a great time to be a fight fan.
“Floyd is saying a lot about me tapping out, but he’s never had a true fight. He knows nothing about the game that I’m involved with. We’ll see who is quitting on Aug. 26.
“To come back here in New York, where I made history and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles simultaneously, I’m blown away by the support.”
Friday (July 14, 2017)
Mayweather vs McGregor London Press Conference
Today the press conference in London was the last day but it may have been the best. Neither Mayweather nor McGregor held anything back on the stage. This was trash talk at it’s finest. It appeared that both fighters might have gotten their feelings hurt sometime during the conference in London. If you missed out then you can watch the full London press conference click HERE. To watch highlights of the London press conference click the link HERE
Saturday (July 15, 2017)
Omar Figueroa has beaten Robert Guerrero by TKO in the third round of their fight. Guerrero was knocked down three times in the second round and twice in the third round of the fight. After the fifth knocked down the judge called the fight to a stop saying he had seen enough. Guerrero fought with a lot of heart but with none of his brain. Even when it was clear that he had just gotten rocked several times he decided to slug it out instead of staying away and boxing from a distance. It seems that this may have been the last straw for Guerrero. As for Figueroa he said he was moving down to 140 lbs to win a title; which would be pretty hard taking into account that Crawford has a majority of them. To see highlights of the fight click HERE
Sunday (July 16, 2017)
After failed talks to put Manny Pacquiao on HBO, Arum came to an agreement to put Pacquiao on ESPN. The fight between Pacquiao and Horn peaked at 4.4 million viewers. Recently Arum talked about how switching to ESPN was the right decision.
“I always believed that once we could get our best product on a network like ESPN, with the way ESPN promotes its shows with college football, professional football, that we would do (big) ratings,” Arum said. “Nothing against HBO and Showtime, but they are premium channels that mostly do entertainment and a little bit of sports and boxing. They are not sports stations, and no one covers sports better than ESPN.”
“We limited our market to that premium television, which was really in the business of selling ‘The Sopranos’ and selling other great shows to subscribers, that didn’t have the bandwidth to promote the sport. Initially, they did and then it was less and less, so you see a fight like we had with Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward on pay per view, and HBO was scripting, they did the old tired ‘24/7,’ which was never revised. They put it on after some show and it maybe did 100,000 viewers.
“That’s not the way to promote a major sport. UFC knew how to promote a major sport using FS1, using Fox. Doing product free to the public, so when they did a PPV show they had a built-in audience.”
Monday (July 17, 2017)
After 16 years of boxing professionally Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is finally hanging up his gloves. This came in loom of his TKO loss against Omar Figueroa this last Saturday. Guerrero has suffered repeated losses against the hand of some the best names in the division. His fight with Figueroa seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Do you think he made the right choice?
Tuesday (July 18, 2017)
Rumors have been floating around about negotiations between WBC Champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz in November. The problem is that Wilder owes Stiverne a mandatory defense because he is number two in the WBC heavyweight rankings. Al Haymon, Wilder’s manager, wants to pay Stiverne step aside money to allow the fight between Wilder and Ortiz to go on. It seems Stiverne’s team want more money and if he doesn’t get it he might stop Wilder vs Ortiz right in its tracks. Stiverne had fought and lost against Wilder in 2015 and has been wanting a rematch ever since. Stiverne hired James Prince as his manager to negotiate the step aside money in his behalf.
Wednesday (July 19, 2017)
Currently the WBC Super Middleweight title is vacant and it’s looking for a new home. Andre Dirrell will be taking on David Benavidez on September 9th in California for the vacant WBC belt. Both fighters are coming off of knockout wins from earlier this year. Dirrell was suppose to fight against Callum Smith for the belt but Smith decided to fight in the world series of boxing instead. If Benavidez is able to pull off an upset against Dirrell it would put him on the map and it may even make his name a bigger one than his brother Jose Benavidez.
Thursday (July 20, 2017)
The WBA announced that they will be suspending Shannon Briggs for 6 months for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Briggs was going to get a title shot against Fres Oquendo but when Briggs failed the drug test he was disqualified from any title shots. This belt might have been Briggs’ only chance to get a big name in the ring with him but he blew it. In light of his failed test tt only makes since why a 45 year old is in such good shape, it was only a matter of time that he would get caught again. Briggs might never get a fight with a big name now.
Friday (July 21, 2017)
Claressa Shields is a two time olympic gold medalist in women’s boxing and has won all three of her professional fights since starting her pro career in 2016. Now Shields will be taking on WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nikki Adler on August 4th on ShoBox. Not only will the WBC belt be on the line but the two fighters will also be battling over the vacant IBF super middleweight belt. If Shields is able to overcome her opponent come August she might be a star in the making.
Saturday (July 22, 2017)
A possible fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux has been quite the buzz in boxing for a while now. The problem is that we just can’t seem to get them into the ring together. Rigondeaux and Lomachenko were looking to fight in August but the date was too soon taking into account that Rigondeaux had just fought in June. Rigo had gone on social media and started harassing Lomachenko to fight him. When the fight didn’t get made Rigo blamed Lomachenko.
Lomachenko is saying that he wants the fight and that he’s ready for him. “I’ve told my promoter for a long time that I want to fight him. When he first brought up the subject…. the very first time we started talking on Instagram or Twitter, that he wanted a fight with me – I called my manager right away and told him ‘make this fight happen.’ What else do I have to do? I don’t know. But I’m ready to fight him,” Lomachenko told BoxingScene.com.
This Saturday Chris Eubank Jr. beat Arthur Abraham by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 118-110 and the third judge scored the fight 120-108 all in favor of Eubank. Now Eubank will be fighting in the world series of boxing along side George Groves, Jamie Cox, and Callum Smith. The winner of the tournament will win $50 million. By the way Eubank looked tonight he is more than capable of winning the world series of boxing.
WBC World Champion Miguel Berchelt retained his belt on Saturday night against Takashi Miura. After twelve rounds of fighting the judges scored the fight a unanimous decision in favor of Berchelt. Even though Berchelt had his way in the ring tonight he might have a hard road in front of him. If Berchelt wants to collect more belts he will have to face names like Vasyl Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis, and Jezreel Corrales. Do you think he has what it takes?
Sullivan Barrera pulled off an upset on Saturday night by beating Joe Smith Jr. It looked like Smith Jr. might have been on his way to having a big name in boxing but Barrera stopped that gravy train. Smith Jr had dropped Barrera early in the fight but Barrera stood back up and proceeded to out box Smith Jr. The judges scored the fight a unanimous in favor for Barrera. Who do you think he should fight next?
Sunday (July 23, 2017)
Earlier this year Julio Cesar Chavez Jr embarrassed himself in front of the boxing world by taking a beating from Canelo. During the fight it didn’t even looked like he tried to challenge Canelo and that made many fans angry. Now Chavez Jr is looking to return in October against Martin Murray who is one of Golovkin’s former victims. It’s not clear who will be training Chavez Jr because it looks like Nacho Berinstein no longer wants to be in his corner. Do you think Chavez Jr has what it takes to beat Murray? Are you interested in watching Chavez Jr fight after what happened in the Canelo fight?
Monday (July 24, 2017)
The big showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez vs Gennady Golovkin is less than two months away. One perk of the fight being on HBO is that we will be getting a “24/7” episode which documents the fighters getting ready for their big fight. Fans won’t only get one episode of “ 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin” there will be two installments of the show. The first one will be on August 26th and the second will be on September 9th which is the week before the fight. If you’re a boxing fan you should be overwhelmed with this news.
This Week’s Major Fights
4 division champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) faces undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), who’s moved up in weight for the challenge. The fight will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center July 29th on Showtime. The co-main event will feature Jermall Charlo vs. Jorge Heiland.
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 email@example.com or follow me on Twitter @boxingblaze or on Facebook at Jason Gonzalez.
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