Monday, June 18, 2018

Update


We would like to let our readers know that two special features are in the works and will be released during the next week here on the website focusing on the current landscape of the 147lb. Welterweight division as well as the resurgence of Bareknuckle Boxing. The first of these features will be released on Thursday, June 21th. This wiill be followed by the Bareknckle Boxing feature on Tuesday, June 26th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ANDREW “THE MONSTER” MOLONEY INKS MANAGERIAL DEAL WITH DRAGON FIRE BOXING


Tony Tolj L/Andrew Molony R Credit: Dragon Fire Boxing
Press Release: June 13, 2018 (Originally released June 11, 2018) by Dagon Fire Boxing - WBC #4, WBA #5, IBF #5, WBO #11 ranked Andrew Moloney (current WBA Oceania, Commonwealth & OPBF Super Flyweight Champion) has signed a multi-year managerial deal with Dragon Fire Boxing and the Ring Magazine #9 is knocking on the door for the World Title.

“Even though Boxing is an individual sport, you are only as good as the team you have around you and I couldn’t be happier with Dragon Fire Boxing (Tony Tolj & Angelo Hyder) and the way they have managed my career.  

I am now rated in the top 5 by the WBA, WBC, and IBF and knocking on the door of a World Title fight. 

The way Dragon Fire Boxing has guided my career has been absolutely perfect. 
Not only do they have me world rated across all sanctioning bodies they have also made sure that I have been tested along the way so when it comes time for me to fight for a World Title, I win the title and remain Champion for a long time. 

It’s easy for me to see why Dragon Fire have guided so many World Champions over the years and I look forward to being the next one” – States Moloney

“Andrew Moloney is a class act in and out of the ring. There was proven pedigree with Moloney in the amateur system winning the Gold Medal in Glasgow Commonwealth games. He has transitioned well in the pros, chalking up 17 wins from 17 starts. Along the way picking up the Victorian state, National & WBA Oceania titles all in his first 5 fights. Andrew has defended his WBA Oceania title 8 times now. Andrew now joins twin brother Jason in our stable and we couldn’t be more excited for the future.” – states Tony Tolj   

“This is such an exciting time in my career. I am now in a position where we could get the call up to fight for a World Titles at any time. 

I am extremely great full for the amazing support I have received so far in my career and with no Australians currently holding a World Title I really hope Australia can get behind me as I aim to change that and become Australia’s next World Champion”.  – Andrew “The Monster” Moloney

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bernaldez To Fight In U.S. On July 14th


Mark Bernaldez L/ Erick De Leon R Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: June 9, 2018 by Sanman Promotions – Mark Bernaldez will be strutting his wares in the United States when he takes on unbeaten fighter Erick De Leon on July 14th at the Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana. The huge break came more than three months after Bernaldez signed up with the General Santos City-based Sanman Promotions.

           
            “I am very excited to fight for the first time in the USA,” said Bernaldez, who signed up with Sanman last March. Bernaldez (16W-1L-0D, 11KOs) and De Leon (17W-0L-1D, 10KOs) will square off in a 10-round super featherweight duel on a card promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
           
            “It is every boxer’s dream in the Philippines to fight in the USA especially in a big card with Top Rank. I will do everything to win this fight. I would like to thank Sanman boxing for this big opportunity and I will train very hard for this,” said Bernaldez, who fought for ALA Boxing Gym before joining Sanman. Bernaldez last saw action in April 28 that saw him knocking out JP Macadumpis in Glan Saranggani, Province.

           
            The impressive win marked the end of Bernaldez’s long hiatus as that was his first fight since losing to Tsuyoshi Tameda via technical knockout on August 5, 2018 in Japan. While his next fight is against an undefeated fighter, Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil is upbeat of Bernaldez’s chances. “I think this is a very winnable fight for Bernaldez. Erick De Leon is a great fighter but I think his style is suited for Mark,” said Manangquil.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Can Horn Continue To Answer His Critics By Pulling Off Another Upset?


One of the bigger stories of 2017 in the sport of Boxing was the emergence of undefeated Welterweight contender Jeff Horn, who scored what many felt was a shocking and controversial upset of future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao in July of last year in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia. Despite putting forth a “Game” effort in defeating Pacquiao via twelve round unanimous decision to win the WBO Welterweight world championship, Horn was not given the credit or the respect normally shown to a world champion following the fight. This was due largely to the opinion of some that he had benefited from a “Bad” or “Corrupt” decision.

In this observer’s coverage of that fight, I called the encounter known as “The Battle Of Brisbane” “A Great Fight With A Shadow Of Controversy.” While I believed Pacquiao had done enough to retain his world championship, it was a shame that such a grueling battle between two world-class fighters would be more known for the “Controversy” in regard to the scoring in the eyes of some instead of the great fight that took place. I also stated as I have done over the years when similar “Controversies” emerge that there is always a remedy “A Rematch.”

Although the outcome of Pacquaio-Horn seemed to create the ideal scenario that would warrant a second encounter, a rematch between the two did not materialize. The new champion would instead make the first defense of his crown in December of last year when he faced WBO number ten rated contender Gary Corcoran in Brisbane, Australia. Horn dominated the fight stopping the “Game” Corcoran in eleven rounds.

This victory for Horn, his eighteenth of nineteen bouts as a professional set up an opportunity to attempt to further answer his detractors by facing another elite fighter with “Superstar” status in the sport. The undefeated two-division world champion Terence Crawford.

Crawford, a native of Omaha, NE has won world championships in the 135lb. Lightweight and 140lb. Jr. Welterweight divisions, amassing a record of 32-0, with 23 Knockouts. In his last fight, Crawford successfully unified the Jr. Welterweight division to become the Undisputed Jr. Welterweight world champion by scoring an impressive third round knockout over previously unbeaten fellow unified Jr. Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo in Lincoln, NE. Crawford’s reign as the one and only Jr. Welterweight world champion was short as he soon vacated the WBC, WBO, IBF, and WBA crowns to set his sights on a third weight class, the 147lb. Welterweight division.

Crawford, per his being a world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at a lower weight prior to his decision to move up in weight, was named the number one mandatory challenger for Jeff Horn in a bout that was scheduled to take place in April of this year.  As many Boxing fans know, the bout was postponed due to a hand injury suffered in training by Crawford. The bout was rescheduled and will take place on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Beyond this being an intriguing clash between undefeated world champions, this fight will all be one of the highlights of ESPN’s recently launched subscription streaming service ESPN+ in the United States. A digital network that has in it’s nearly two months of existence featured Boxing prominently.

A battle between two offensive-minded fighters that has the appearance on paper of being an entertaining fight. What will be of interest in this fight to this observer will be what approach the champion will take. Horn is a fighter that likes to come forward and apply consistent pressure on his opponent while looking to set up opportunities to land a focal point of his offense, his right hand. What can be overlooked about Horn’s offense however, is he can mix his offense up to the head and body by landing combinations and has also shown that he can keep a fighter at distance and unable to be effective throughout his career.

Horn does have the theoretical advantage of being the naturally bigger fighter, who is fighting at his natural weight against a fighter who will be competing as a Welterweight for the first time. Despite a one-inch height advantage over Crawford, the challenger has a two-inch reach advantage.

One thing that I believed was a contributing factor in Horn’s world championship victory over Manny Pacquiao was that although Pacquiao appeared to outwork him over the course of the fight, Horn did succeed in bringing the fight to Pacquiao and was able to back him up. Although one might expect Horn to use a similar approach in this fight, it is important to keep in mind that Terence Crawford is a world-class counter puncher who has a good mix of hand speed, punching power, and is effective in being able to switch stances to keep an opponent off-balance and unable to execute their offense effectively.


The story of this fight in my eyes will center on whether Horn will be able to effectively disrupt Crawford’s ability to get into a rhythm as he was able to do at points in his fight with Pacquiao and whether he can deal with Crawford’s hand speed and ability to adjust as the fight progresses. For Crawford the two-part question that will be asked of him in this fight is the same as all fighters who move up in weight. How will his body respond to fighting at a higher weight and how will he respond to being hit by naturally bigger fighter. It is also normal to ask whether his punches will be as effective or perhaps more effective at the higher weight than has been the case in lower weight classes.

Of course, Crawford was dominant in the Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight divisions and will come into this fight with a slightly higher career knockout percentage of 72% in thirty-two professional bouts as compared to Horn’s 69% in nineteen professional fights. A fair question to ask given the statistics of the two fighters is what effect will Crawford’s punches have on Horn when he lands.

Despite the “Controversy” surrounding his victory over Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn is after all an undefeated fighter who only has a technical draw that he earned in his fourth pro fight against Rivan Cesaire in 2013 as an official question mark on his record. Although Horn will be facing a fighter with considerable pedigree and more experience as was the case when he faced Pacquiao, the champion had scored wins over former world champions Randall Bailey and Ali Funeka prior to that fight so while Horn’s resume is shorter in comparison to fighters like Pacquiao and Crawford, he does have an impressive one. Some may question whether facing another fighter regarded as a superstar in the sport and wanting to answer those who have been critical of him because of the outcome of the Pacquiao fight, if Horn will be overly aggressive from the outset in looking to make a statement in what will be another career defining fight for him.

A fight with a storyline of an underdog world champion looking to further establish himself as a player in the sport against a fighter seeking his third world championship in as many weight classes. A storyline that has been present in fights throughout Boxing history in various weight classes that has produced encounters that many consider classics.  While Crawford is likely to be a heavy favorite in this fight, a fighter with something to prove, who might feel underestimated and overlooked should always be considered dangerous.

In our recent Twitter Reader Poll we asked readers as to whom they felt would win this fight. 71% of voters who took part in the poll believe that it will be the challenger Crawford who will emerge victorious while 29% of voters feel that the champion Horn will come out on top and retain his world championship in what will be his second title defense. Whether or not the poll and/or discussion regarding the outcome of this fight will serve as an accurate illustration of what takes place in the ring is something no one can answer right now.

What the results of the poll do demonstrate however, could be a perception of how fans view the combatants prior to the fight, as well as lend credibility to the stance of some both fan and expert alike that despite his victory over Manny Pacquiao, Horn remains an underdog who is still an unknown to some particularly those who are casual fans of the sport. While it is true that Crawford is more known and has been able to benefit from international television exposure and does have a stellar resume, if Horn can again defy the odds, it will be time for those who have been critical of him to give credit where it’s due. Something that regardless of how one feels about the scoring of Horn’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, is frankly overdue in the eyes of this observer.

We will see what happens on Saturday night.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Horn vs. Crawford takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, June 9th) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The fight as well as full undercard can be seen in the United States exclusively on ESPN’s new digital streaming service ESPN+. Undercard bouts will begin at 6:30PM EST/ 3:30PM PST. ESPN+ is available through the ESPN app and is available on streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. For more information about ESPN+ and to subscribe to ESPN+ online please visit: https://watch.espnplus.com.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the card can be seen on BoxNation beginning at 1:30AM (Sunday, June 10th Local UK Time) For more information about BoxNation and availability in your area please visit: www.boxnation.com. Check your local listings internationally.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

JASON “THE SMOOTH ONE” MOLONEY INKS MANAGERIAL DEAL WITH DRAGON FIRE BOXING


Jason Moloney Celebrates Victory Credit: Brock Ellis
Press Release: June 5, 2018 by Dragon Fire Boxing – WBA #2, WBO #3, IBF #11, WBC #11 ranked Jason Moloney (current WBA Oceania and Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion) has signed a multi-year managerial deal with Dragon Fire Boxing as he inches his way closer to a world title opportunity.

“Dragon Fire Boxing has guided my career to absolute perfection. Before I turned professional I was always warned that it was extremely important to make sure that I had the right people looking after me and honestly, I couldn’t be happier.

From the very beginning the direction has been clear; as I have continued to improve so have my opponents.

Each fight has been a step up and presented a tougher test than the previous fight which has allowed me to learn and properly develop as a fighter while being tested along the way.

Two fights ago I fought a solid world title challenger (Immanuel Naidjala) who had never been stopped; I was able to pass that test and stop the opponent within 3 rounds.

We then moved on to a tougher test in a former two time World Champion (Kohei Kono) and I was again able to stop this opponent inside the distance.

Now we plan to step up yet again and we hope to take on one of the current World Champions. It is my dream to become World Champion, my team and I have worked very hard to make this happen, and right now I believe we are ready!

The way that Dragon Fire has brought me along and continued to test me with a constant progression of challenging opponents means that I am now confident that we are ready to take on the best in the world and I believe we are good enough to beat them.

 The ultimate goal is not only to become World Champions but to stay World Champions, unify the division, and defend our titles over a long period of time.” Says Moloney.

Dragon Fire Boxing is most well-known for WBA Fighter of the Decade Chris “The Dragon” John. Other fighters that Dragon Fire Boxing has trained and/or guided in the past include: -

·         Vic Darchinyan
·         Danny “The Green Machine” Green
·         “The Scorpion” Sakio Bika
·         “Action” Jackson Asiku
·         Daud “Cino” Yordan
·         Gairy “Superman” St Clair

“It has been a joy to work with Moloney since 2015, you couldn’t ask for a better person in and out of the ring. He embodies the same 3 D’s that Chris John lived by: dedication, discipline, and determination. Coming fresh off the six round demolition of former two time World Champion and Japanese legend Kohei Kono, Jason Moloney proved he is the next superstar of world boxing and we have big things coming up for Jason that we are hoping to release very soon.” Said Tony Tolj, Dragon Fire Boxing manager.

“We are now at a very exciting stage of my career and very close to achieving my dream of becoming World Champion.

I want to thank everybody who has supported me along the way and helped me get to this point in my career.

 I am extremely lucky to have such amazing support. I hope to make you and all of the country proud by becoming Australia’s next World Champion.” Says Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Brief Update

We would like to let our readers know that new material will be released on Friday, June 8th. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Reader Poll: Horn-Crawford

One of the regular features here at The Boxing Truth® is to regularly poll our readers with regard to events and other matters that go on in the sport of Boxing. Our newest poll concerns the upcoming WBO Welterweight world championship fight between undefeated world champion Jeff Horn and undefeated former multi-division world champion Terence Crawford.
We would like to know from you the readers is who do you think will be victorious when Horn and Crawford square off on June 9th.

The options for this poll are as follows:

Jeff Horn

Terrence Crawford

Or

It will end in a draw

Due to circumstances beyond our control what was originally planned to be a cross-platform poll incorporating a poll here on the website with a poll of the same topic on Twitter, will now only be a Twitter poll. Readers can cast their vote by visiting the Twitter link that will be at the bottom of this page which will begin on Friday, June1st. Going forward future reader polls will be exclusive to Twitter for the foreseeable future. 

A preview of Horn-Crawford is in the works, which will include the results of this reader poll will be released on Friday, June 8th. Readers are also welcome to leave comments about this reader poll in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you. Stay turned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Update

We would like to let our readers know that new material will be released on Wednesday, May 30th. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Plania Bounces Back From 1st Career-Loss With KO Win In Polomolok



Mike Plania In Action Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: May 20, 2018 By Sanman Promotions – Mike Plania got back on winning track via an emphatic first-round knockout win over Johnrey Lauza in the main event of the “Magic Show” fight card last Saturday night (May 19th) at the Polomolok Gym in South Cotabato, Philippines. The swift victory allowed Plania to somehow ease the pain of his failed U.S. debut when he lost to Juan Carlos Payano via unanimous decision last March 23 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL.
         
“I’m happy to be back in the winning column. The loss to Payano only made me a better fighter,” said Plania, who improved to 15W-1L-0D, 8Kos.
With the win over Lauza, Plania is now more upbeat in his desire to achieve his ultimate goal. “I will be a champion,” he said.
Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil said the victory was a huge confidence booster for Plania. “It was a good tune-up fight for Plania to get his confidence back. Up next for him will be a regional title or a fight in the US” Manangquil said.

In other fights, Jake Bornea scored a UD win over Jun Eraham, while former world champion Randy Petalcorin knocked out Jade Yagahon in the very first round. Stephen Bontuyan nailed a UD win over Yoben Limentillo, Jerry Francisco earned third-round technical knockout win over Frankie Batuon, Wendell Plania posted a UD win over Junrex Saldivia, Carjun Carcosia recorded a first-round knockout win over Jason Tresmonte and Judy Flores defeated Jan Jan Santos via UD.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Duno Sustains Hot Streak, Scores UD Win Over Gonzales

Team Sanman Celebrates Credit: Mike Quidilla 
Press Release: May 18, 2018 By Sanman Promotions – Romero “Ruthless” Duno continued to impress, sustaining his hot streak with a convincing unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Gilberto Gonzales Friday noon (PH time) (Thursday night in the United States) at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. All three judges scored the bout for Duno, 97-93, 97-93 and 98-92.

         
          It was Duno’s eighth straight win as he came up with another solid showing in the United States and hiked his record to 17W-1L-0D, 14KOs). “I hope I gave the fans a great fight. Gonzales is very tough and a good boxer,” said Duno.

         
          With the impressive, Duno expressed readiness for tougher tests ahead. “I am ready for big fights,” said Duno, who dealt Gonzales his fifth loss to go with 26 wins, 22 by knockouts. Duno dominated the contest from the get go, peppering the Mexican fighter with solid combinations. Gonzales fell in the second round but the referee ruled it a slip.


          Gonzales fell in the second round but the referee ruled it a slip. A clash of heads resulted to a cut above Gonzales’ right eye. Despite being bloodied, Gonzales still put up a tough stand but Duno didn’t taper off en route to tallying the huge win. The fight was the main event of a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.



         
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