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 31, 2017)
Floyd Mayweather’s most expensive pay-per-view fight was against Manny Pacquiao where fans had to pay $100 to watch. No other fight event before or since has cost as much or equal to the Mayweather vs Pacquiao event, not until now at least. To no surprise, Mayweather vs Conor McGregor will cost $100 for high definition in the United States. What is surprising is the fact that UK will be paying only twenty pounds to watch the fight and while Ireland will only be paying twenty-five euros. It’s crazy to think that the United States is the only country in the world willing to pay major money to watch fights, and it’s all for the love of boxing.
Tuesday (August 1, 2017)
Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez made a statement last week saying he still does not want the WBC Middleweight title against Gennady Golovkin. This has been an ongoing issue since the WBC made Gennady Golovkin the mandatory for the champion at the time who was Canelo. The president of the WBC is not happy Canelo still won’t let go of this small problem.
“Nobody was caught by surprise or abused [in the situation with Golovkin] and there was no additional pressure [placed on Canelo]. On the contrary, there was flexibility [for him]. Golovkin is the champion and in the upcoming fight he will defend the title of the WBC.”
“I’ve gotten tired of these children’s actions, [Canelo] tries to divert attention [away from the fight] and there is nothing there [in terms of a problem]. He should simply dedicate himself to training and fighting because that is important.”
Wednesday (August 2, 2017)
“Don’t believe what you hear in the media. Don’t believe what you hear on blog sites. If it’s not coming directly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGregor, “Let’s fight in 8 oz gloves”. McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses. I’ll be wearing 8 oz Grant gloves. Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate. Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.@grantworldwide @mayweatherpromotions”
Shortly after McGregor responded on his Instagram saying “Another handy 12 rounds today. We are prepared to destroy Floyd. Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz. I don’t give a fuck about the size of the glove.I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.”
Whether or not Mayweather will really be using 8 oz gloves on fight night is not clear yet.
Thursday (August 3, 2017)
Former heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing today after 21 years in the sport. The last time we saw Klitschko in the ring he lost a war against Anthony Joshua. The two were negotiating a rematch but instead, Klitschko decided to hang up the gloves at the age of 41. Klitschko also released a video where he stated the following:
“Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey. And it was the best choice of a profession I could have ever made.
Friday (August 4, 2017)
Paulie Malignaggi has officially left McGregor’s training camp and will no longer be helping him. This came to be after several pictures of Malignaggi getting beat and knockdown were released by McGregor. Malignaggi claims that these photos provide a false narrative of what really happened during camp. According to Malignaggi he wasn’t knocked down he was actually pushed after McGregor got frustrated. Malignaggi posted a picture on twitter which said
“ I just want to clear the air. I am leaving the McGregor training camp today. I came with best intentions & intended to help out. Just the chance to be part of such a big event in this capacity excited me. I believe Connor and I have a mutual respect inside the ring, earn from each other with some good work over two sparring sessions. It’s some of the stuff outside the ring and some ways some things were handled in training camp that I didn’t agree with that made me come to this decision. It’s not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it’s my place to decide if I want to be part of it. I will not give away anything tactical that I saw into sparring sessions with Connor. For what it’s worth, they have my word. The things that upset me though I will speak about in time. I wish to McGregor well in the rest of their preparations and look forward to being back in Vegas to work fight week on Showtime.”
Do you think Malignaggi is mad that he was knocked down or is McGregor lying?
Saturday (August 5, 2017)
Vasyl Lomachenko beat Miguel Marriaga by TKO after the 7th round when Marriaga’s corner stopped the fight. Marriaga showed impressive head movement during the fight which made it hard to land on him but otherwise, it was only a matter of time. In the 6th and 7th round of the fight Lomachenko started taunting Marriaga indicating the end was near. Now the two fights that everyone wants Lomachenko to fight are against Guillermo Rigondeaux and Mikey Garcia. Which fight would you rather see?
Sunday (August 6, 2017)
Today Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez have officially retired from the sport of boxing. This means in the last month four former world champions have retired from the sport, the other two being Wladimir Klitschko and Robert Guerrero. I think Marquez’s retirement will be the one fans will be saddened by the most after so many action packed fights. But these four retirements aren’t the last of 2017. It looks like Floyd Mayweather will definitely be retiring this year after the Conor McGregor fight and also Miguel Cotto has mentioned retiring this year as well. In total, we can expect AT LEAST 6 world champions retiring this year from boxing. This year will definitely be the end of the last generation of boxing and the start of a new reign.
Please stay tuned every week for news and updates. If you have any questions that you want to be 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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