Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brief Update


We would like to let our readers know that a feature discussing the recent battle between undefeated IBO/WBA/IBF/WBC Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is currently in the works and will be released on Thursday, September 21st. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Golovkin-Alvarez Weights



The official weigh-in for Saturday’s pay-per-view showdown for the Unified Middleweight world championship between undefeated IBO/WBA/IBF/WBC world champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez took place earlier today in Las Vegas, NV. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: IBO/WBA/IBF/WBC Middleweight world championship – 12Rds.

Gennady Golovkin (Champion) 160lbs. vs. Saul Alvarez (Challenger) 160lbs.

North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Jr. Featherweight championship – 10Rds.


 Randy Caballero (Champion) 121lbs. vs. Diego De La Hoya (Challenger) 122lbs.

WBC Continental America’s Lightweight championship – 10Rds.*

Ryan Martin (Champion) 135lbs. vs. Francisco Rojo 135 1/2lbs.

(*Rojo weighed in a half pound over the 135lb. Lightweight limit. Fight still scheduled to take place as of this writing. The vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight championship will also be on the line in this bout.)

Featherweight – 12Rds.*

Joseph Diaz 126lbs. vs. Rafael Rivera 127lbs.

(*Rivera weighed in one pound over the 126lb. Featherweight limit. Fight still scheduled to take place as of this writing.)

Jr. Middleweight – 4Rds.*

Serhii Bohachuk  150lbs. vs. Joan Jose Valenzuela 154 1/2lbs.

(*Valenzuela weighed in a half pound over the 154lb. Jr. Middleweight limit. Fight still scheduled to take place as of this writing.)

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Vergil Ortiz 140lbs. vs. Cesar Valenzuela 140lbs.

Women’s Flyweight – 4Rds.

Marlen Esparza 111 1/2lbs. vs. Aracely Palacios 110lbs.

Women’s Jr. Bantamweight – 4Rds.

Alexandra Vlajk 114 1/2lbs. vs. Nicola Adams 115lbs.

Golovkin vs. Alvarez takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, September 16th) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fight card can be seen in the United States and Canada  beginning  at 8PM ET/5PM PT on cable and satellite providers on a pay-per-view basis on HBO Pay-Per-View as well as www.Fite.TV for $79.95. Contact your cable/satellite provider or visit www.Fite.TV for ordering information. For more information on HBO Sports, HBO Boxing, and HBO Pay-Per-View please visit: www.hbo.com/boxing. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the fight card can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on BoxNation Box Office beginning at 1AM (Sunday, September 17th Local UK Time) for €21.95 HD/ €16.95 Standard Definition. (Fight card will be included at no extra cost for existing BoxNation subscribers as part of their subscription.) For more information about BoxNation and to order Golovkin-Alvarez please visit: www.boxnation.com.

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Hurricane Irma Update


We would like to let our readers know that we have returned following Hurricane Irma and will be releasing weigh-in information for Saturday’s WBA/IBO/IBF/WBC Middleweight world championship fight between undefeated world champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez later today here on the website. We will be resuming our regular schedule going forward. We would like to thank our readers for their patience and apologize once again for any inconvenience that has been caused due to the unintended downtime. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Update: Hurricane Irma Notice


Due to the uncertainty of the track of Hurricane Irma, we would like to let our readers know that we here at The Boxing Truth® are between rounds and will resume our regular schedule once the storm’s path is apparent and we have been given the all clear. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and we will update the website once more details are made available on when we can resume.  Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Thai Fighter, ALA Gym Pug Due For GenSan For “Road to Stardom” Boxfest


Press Release: September 7,2017 (Originally released September 5, 2017) – By Sanman Promotions Thilander Jakkrawut Majoogoen and Cebu City-based Rhey Waminal  are set to arrive in General Santos City on Wednesday, September 6, for their respective assignments in the “Road to Stardom” fight card slated Saturday at the Polomolok Gym in Polomolok, South Cotabato.   Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions, said the weigh-in for the much-anticipated card will be held on Friday at the Polomolok City Hall.

    Majoogoen (19W-1L-0D, 11KOs) will be seeing action in the main event against Sanman Boxing Gym’s prized ward Jade Bornea (8W-0L-0D, 5KOs).  Bornea will be putting on the line not only his unbeaten slate but also his IBF Youth Super Flyweight belt.    “I’m ready to shock Bornea,” said Majoogoen in a previous interview.   The ALA Boxing Gym stalwart Waminal (11W-1L-0D, 6KOs), on the other hand, will be taking on another Sanman fighter Ben Mananquil (14W-1L-2D, 3KOs) in the co-main event. Waminal has vowed to pull off a knockout victory, a bold declaration that didn’t sit well with Mananquil.            
   


    “I will use as my motivation what Waminal and his coach told the media that he is going to knock me out,” said Mananquil. The undercard fights will be led by Randy Petalcorin (26W-2L-1D, 19KOs), who will battle Jetly Purisima (21W-23L-4D, 7KOs) in an eight-round duel under the 110-pound division. Eden Sonsona (36W-7L-2D, 13KOs) will face Jaime Barcelona (36W-61L-1D, 10KOs), Jayson     Mama will clash with Bimbo Nacionales, Rimar Metuda will test Gabby Simpo.
   
   

    The rest of the card will have John Mark Apolinario versus Jestoni Makiputin; Mark Antonio against Michael Padayag; Dave Apolinario versus Rudy Salaton; Jerven Mama against Jerry Tabamo; Michael Garcedo versus Jason Tresmonte and Jaeger Bereno against Jessie Boyles.
    The card will be streamed live via the Sanman Promotion’s Facebook page SANMAN Live

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Was Mayweather-McGregor A Win For Boxing?


The night of August 26, 2017 was highlighted by an event that was heavily criticized throughout the Boxing world. An event known as “The Money Fight” Mayweather vs. McGregor. All the negativity that surrounded the encounter between the former multi-division Boxing world champion Mayweather and the two-division MMA world champion McGregor did not stop the questions of what may or may not happen from developing a legitimate curiosity among the public.

Curiosity that not only attracted the interests of fans and experts of both the sports of Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), but perhaps more importantly the casual sports fan for whom observing combat sports is an occasional occurrence. The curiosity of course was whether McGregor, a veteran of twenty-four MMA fights, who has held world championships in both the Featherweight and Lightweight MMA divisions, could compete effectively in a Boxing match against a fighter of the caliber of Mayweather. What made the curiosity/question of how McGregor would fare against Mayweather, a future Hall of Famer who entered the bout unbeaten in forty-nine professional fights, was McGregor was facing him in what was his first fight as a professional boxer.

A fact that drew the ire of many throughout the Boxing community, who called the fight everything from dangerous, to a mismatch, to an outright fraud. This observer was himself critical when the fight was announced because although it was not unprecedented for fighters throughout combat sports to venture into a sport outside of their primary discipline, most fighters who venture into Professional Boxing begin their careers competing in bouts scheduled for a four or six round distance. This fight would be fought at the world championship distance of twelve rounds.

It was understandable based on this how some would expect the opposite of a competitive fight when Mayweather and McGregor did battle at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. As is often the case in combat sports however, no matter what one might expect prior to a fight, a wise approach is to “Expect The Unexpected.”

The primary question I had going into this fight was essentially the same as most previous Floyd Mayweather fights. How would the opponent deal with Mayweather’s precision timing, incredible defense, and hand speed? After all, many world-class professional boxers, some of whom are either already enshrined in or are destined to be in one of the sport’s Halls of Fame have been bedeviled by Mayweather’s Boxing style. It was a fair question to ask of a fighter who was competing as a professional boxer for the first time given that even the best of the best have been unable to solve the puzzle that is Floyd Mayweather.

In previewing this bout, I stated that it appeared McGregor was facing an uphill battle on paper due in large part to Mayweather’s credentials and the fact that McGregor was making his pro debut. McGregor however, had shown throughout his MMA career that he was more than capable of using his hands having scored knockouts in eighteen of his twenty-four career wins and was undefeated in fights that ended via knockout. This observer also stated that McGregor needed to show early on that this was a fight and not an occasion in the history of the sport that would be known more for “The Event” and also needed to show that he could land punches more than occasionally against a fighter who at his best is one of the most elusive fighters in the history of the sport. A task that has proven to be difficult for many opponents throughout Mayweather’s career.

McGregor showed from the outset that he had come to fight. The primary thing that stood out was McGregor’s awkwardness in that he seemed to use a wider stance than is the custom in Boxing. This allowed McGregor to throw punches from awkward angles and Mayweather appeared clearly bothered by McGregor’s approach early on in the fight. It was this approach that allowed McGregor to get the better of the action for much of the first three rounds.

What impressed me in particular about McGregor’s performance was the relative calm he had as the fight progressed in being able to dictate the combat behind a consistent jab, but also how he frequently switched between an orthodox and southpaw stance. This along with varying his attack and changing angles posed an interesting challenge for Mayweather, who unlike many fights throughout his career was more willing to engage with his opponent and was not as defensive-minded. An approach Mayweather would state following the bout that was due to his wanting to give the public an entertaining fight.

Although Mayweather gradually increased his activity as the bout progressed, McGregor did have success making him miss and even was able to score periodically with counter punches. Despite all the criticism and hyping that took place prior to this encounter, if one chooses to look at the fight objectively it would be clear after four rounds that this was not the mismatch and not as damaging to the sport as some had predicted. Much like many fights throughout Floyd Mayweather’s career, this was a tactical chess match that went from being a curiosity to an intriguing battle.

After six rounds, I had McGregor ahead four rounds to two on my scorecard. This was due largely to the way McGregor was able to control the tempo of the combat early in the fight as well as Mayweather not being as active with his offense particularly in the first three rounds. It is important however, to remember that Mayweather is a fighter who typically takes a few rounds to study his opposition before gradually stepping up his pace.

For a fighter in McGregor, who was more or less dismissed by some prior to this fight, his performance throughout should be viewed as validation of his credentials and what he did bring into the fight. The ebb and flow shifted in the second half of the fight as Mayweather found success landing his right hand on McGregor.

It should not be overlooked that this was also a fight that saw some roughhouse tactics where McGregor did land some punches to the back of Mayweather’s head periodically that could be described as the Boxing equivalent of an MMA “Hammer Fist.” Mayweather also did a lot of bending down and periodically turned his back to McGregor, perhaps a tactic by the veteran boxer in an attempt to get McGregor frustrated to a degree where he would revert to fighting in a manner he would if it were an MMA fight.

Although Referee Robert Byrd would admonish both fighters throughout the fight, there were no points deducted from either man. Despite putting on what was an impressive performance and one that was well paced, McGregor seemed to be fighting fatigue during the second half of the fight. This could be attributed to the fact that McGregor is used to going the championship MMA distance of five, five-minute rounds for a total of twenty-five minutes if a fight goes the distance as well as being asked to go far beyond a distance where most fighters make their Professional Boxing debuts.

It was perhaps because of this fatigue that McGregor became increasingly susceptible to being hit by Mayweather’s right hand as the fight went on. By the tenth round, McGregor badly fatigued was unable to avoid much of Mayweather’s offense and it was a flush right hand to head that set off a flurry of punches by Mayweather and resulted in Referee Robert Byrd stopping the fight.

Even though the end result of this fight was what most in Boxing expected, it was still a very competitive fight that frankly exceeded expectations. As there always seems to be in Boxing however, there was a segment or more of an element of “Controversy.”

Some of the “Controversies” that emerged from this fight ranged from those who felt the fight was prematurely stopped by Robert Byrd, to those who felt that the fight was “Fixed” to go Mayweather’s way, to a legitimate “Controversy” of those who were unable to access “The Event.”

Although I do not intend to address every one of these “Controversies” that have emerged in the one week since the fight took place, I will instead offer readers brief observations on some of the more “Controversial” elements that emerged out of this fight. The first thing that stood out was the criticism that some pointed in the direction of Referee Robert Byrd and the way he officiated this bout. In listening to and reading some of the reaction of fans shortly after the fight it appeared that some felt Byrd’s pre-fight instructions were in their words biased due to his appearing to focus more of his instruction in McGregor’s direction rather than focusing on both fighters. There were some who also questioned why Byrd did not penalize Mayweather for periodically turning his back over the course of the fight as well as some feeling that his stoppage of the fight was quick.

It is important to remember that McGregor was competing as a professional boxer for the first time. Despite his experience as an amateur boxer, McGregor was out of his element and I feel Byrd’s pre-fight instruction was an effort to ensure that rules and regulations were explained as clearly as possible the same as one might expect a referee who primarily officiates a different combat sports discipline such as MMA to explain the rules to someone who is competing for the first time.

In regard to the stoppage of the bout, I felt that it was a little quick, but was the appropriate call. Conor McGregor had put forth a great effort in this bout, but by the tenth round was suffering the effects of fatigue and was unable to intelligently defend himself. This along with appearing to be out on his feet gave more than enough justification for the bout to be stopped in my eyes. It is also worth noting that there have been times where there have been accusations made of fights being stopped quickly in MMA as well. The one constant in both Boxing and MMA is when fights are stopped it is done to protect the fighters from sustaining long-term damage.

Robert Byrd is a Hall of Fame referee who is regarded as one of the best referees in the entire sport. Although it can at times be tempting to say that a referee stopped a fight too soon, it is important to keep in mind that combat sports have obvious dangers attached to them and a referee should never be criticized when he or she only has only two objectives. To make sure rules and regulations are followed and to above all look out for the safety of the fighters who are competing.

The more legitimate “Controversy” in this observer’s eyes as far as the fight itself was in the official scoring of the bout in that two judges, Guido Cavalleri and Burt Clements each had Mayweather ahead in the fight by a margin of eight rounds to one at the time of the stoppage. Although it is no secret that there has been a rivalry between the sports of Boxing and MMA for many years with key figures in both sports criticizing the other sport, scores of eight rounds to one for either fighter was not an accurate depiction of what took place in this fight in my eyes and could leave the door open to questions of potential bias and/or corruption.  This is due largely to Mayweather not stepping up his pace until the midway point of the fight, which allowed McGregor to seemingly get the upper hand by being the more active of the two fighters even though he did not always land cleanly with his offense.  Only Judges Cavalleri and Clements can comment on what they based their scores on, but I felt McGregor got the upper hand during the first half of the fight. It is indisputable however, that by the time the fight was stopped the momentum was in Mayweather’s favor and he should have been ahead on the official scorecards.

Much as was the case with Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, there was also an issue with pay-per-view outages with various cable and satellite providers, which caused a delay before Mayweather and McGregor could get in the ring. As was the case in the fallout of Mayweather-Pacquiao, there was a class action lawsuit filed earlier this week by angry consumers.

Unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao however, the lawsuit that was filed concerned the OTT streaming feed of the Mayweather-McGregor card from consumers who purchased the fight from Showtime Networks’ ShowtimePPV.com and the Showtime PPV app, who could not access the Mayweather-McGregor bout or bouts that took place on the undercard due to issues with the stream of the event including grainy video as well as video and buffer error messages. The lawsuit filed in Oregon as reported by several outlets including USA Today alleges that Showtime engaged in unlawful trade practices and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit filed by Zack Bartel, who purchased the event via the Showtime PPV app through iTunes is seeking $200 in statutory damages or actual damages for each person in the class action lawsuit, whichever is greater. The price of the pay-per-view event on both cable/satellite providers as well as ShowtimePPV.com, the Showtime PPV app, and UFC.TV was $99. 

For their part the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), who was not named in the lawsuit stated shortly after the lawsuit’s filing that they would issue refunds to customers who purchased the event through the UFC.TV platform. In a statement released to media outlets as well as the UFC’s social media platforms UFC President Dana White stated quote “We always try to put on the biggest and most exciting fights, we want our fans to have the best experience when watching our events. Unfortunately, we didn't deliver the way we wanted to on Saturday because of NeuLion's technical issues on UFC.TV. As usual, we always take care of our fans and will fix this. We have started processing refunds immediately for anyone that could not access the fight after purchase.

It should be no secret to regular readers and those who follow this observer on social media that I am a big supporter of Over The Top (OTT) streaming technology and am on record in stating that it is my opinion that OTT digital distribution is the future of television consumption. Readers may recall a column I wrote here on The Boxing Truth® on December 17, 2015 titled “Is It Time For “Big Time” Boxing To Go Over The Top” where I discussed the evolution of what we know as “Pay-Per-View” in the sport of Boxing, the general decline in pay-per-view buys for a majority of Boxing events in recent times, and the rise of Over The Top (OTT) television as a distribution model and the success of subscription-based OTT services such as the UFC’s UFC Fight Pass service as well as WWE Network.

Although my stance on the benefits of OTT technology as well as my opinion as to where television consumption is heading has not changed, I do believe that perhaps some fans who purchased Mayweather-McGregor via Showtime’s ShowtimePPV.com website, the Showtime PPV app, or UFC.TV would not have been as angry if lifetime on demand access were offered with purchase of the event instead of simply a live feed as is the norm with traditional pay-per-view television offered via cable and satellite providers for most major Boxing events. The UFC offers on demand access of their pay-per-view events on their Fight Pass service, which cost $9.99 a month on a delayed basis. Subscribers to WWE Network meanwhile are offered on demand access immediately after a pay-per-view/network special event airs on the network’s 24/7 live channel for the same price. It is unclear as of this writing if the UFC will offer the Mayweather-McGregor event as part of it’s Fight Pass service after a certain period of time.

Although there will be some who will remain angry for a time about not being able to access the Mayweather-McGregor event in full or at all due to the various streaming issues or issues experienced via the cable/satellite medium, this could be something that may convince promoters as well as premium networks that have dipped their toes into OTT distribution for pay-per-view events to offer lifetime on demand access to those who purchase events via OTT platforms as not only an incentive to order via the OTT medium, but also by offering lifetime access to a purchased event as is offered by some OTT digital network platforms such as Fite TV for pay-per-view events, it could prevent instances like the litigation that took place following Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015 as well as the pending lawsuit over Mayweather-McGregor.

The potential for technical difficulties always exists whether one purchases an event via the cable/satellite medium or via an OTT platform. OTT technology however, has the advantage of being able to archive events via various methods that the traditional cable/satellite medium cannot do and I feel that it is time for promoters to think of a contingency plan so that in the future consumers are not left with anger if in the event technical difficulties occur during an event such as Mayweather-McGregor.

As for the fight itself, I spent much of the last week quietly observing what folks had to say not only about the fight, but also the issues experienced by some who were unable to access Mayweather-McGregor and decided to take some time before sharing my own thoughts.  If one views things objectively, Mayweather-McGregor as a fight exceeded every expectation that was hyped up by “The Event.” 

It remains unclear as of this writing as to how well the event did on pay-per-view across both the traditional cable/satellite medium as well as OTT platforms, but excluding the technical issues experienced by some, for an event that consumers were asked to pay $100 for, the fight lived up to the hype and it should be viewed as a win not only for the sport of Boxing, but also for the sport of MMA as Conor McGregor more than held his own against one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport. 

As for what’s next for both fighters, the forty year old Floyd Mayweather stated after the fight that this was his last fight as was the case after he defeated Andre Berto in September 2015.  Obviously, one could assume that if the right offer came along that Mayweather, who advanced his record to 50-0 with his win over McGregor, would consider the idea of another fight, but the question would be against who would that fight be and how much would be on the table for Mayweather after making an estimated nine-figure payday against McGregor. Mayweather has definitely earned his place in Boxing history and outside of something that would be worthy of a label of a “Super Fight” that would attract the interests of the masses including the casual sports fan, he has nothing more to prove as his name sits along with a select group of fighters who have retired undefeated.

For the twenty-nine year old Conor McGregor it is logical to assume that the two-division MMA world champion will return to MMA in the near future as UFC President Dana White stated he would prefer McGregor to do at the post-fight press conference.  McGregor however, proved to many including this observer that he could hold his own in a Boxing ring and it would not surprise me based on his performance to see McGregor compete as a boxer in the future.

With Mayweather-McGregor now in the books, Boxing now awaits it’s next big “Mega Event.” In an era where pay-per-view prices are ever increasing and where more often than not no matter what happens in the ring, fans are left unsatisfied, it is my hope that the next “Mega Event” will not be marred by technical issues and will be a fight that will be worthy of being the type of event that garners the attention of the masses and an event that will benefit the sport in the long-term.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Update

We would like to let our readers know that a feature discussing the recent Jr. Middleweight encounter between future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather and two-division MMA world champion Conor McGregor is in the works and will be released on Saturday, September 2nd. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Road To Stardom" Full Card Announced


Press Release: August 27, 2017 (Originally released August 23, 2017) By Sanman Promotions- Ten undercard fights will spice up the much-anticipated “Road to Stardom” fight card. Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions, said the full card of the boxing extravaganza slated September 9th in Polomolok, South Cotabato has already been finalized.
   
    The undercard fights will be led by Randy Petalcorin (26W-2L-1D, 19KOs), who will take on Jetly Purisima (21W-23L-4D, 7KOs) in an eight-round duel under the 110-pound division. Eden Sonsona (36W-7L-2D, 13KOs) will battle Jaime Barcelona (36W-61L-1D, 10KOs) in a fight scheduled for six rounds. Jayson Mama will collide with Bimbo Nacionales, while Rimar Metuda will tangle with Gabby Simpo.
    

   
    John Mark Apolinario will trade leathers with Jestoni Makiputin, while Mark Antonio will test Michael Padayag. Dave Apolinario will clash with Rudy Salaton and Jerven Mama will square off with Jerry Tabamo.

       The rest of the undercard will have Michael Garcedo versus Jason Tresmonte and Jaeger Bereno against Jessie Boyles. The upcoming fight will be headlined by the unbeaten Jade Bornea, who will try to defend his IBF Youth Super-Flyweight belt against Thailand’s Jakkrawut Majoogoen.

       The main event promises to be an explosive one as Bornea and Majoogoen both sport impressive records. Bornea is yet to lose in eight fights with five knockout wins, while Majoogoen, a former WBC World youth champion, has 19 wins with just one loss and 11 knockout wins.

       The equally exciting main supporting bout will pit Ben Mananquil (14W-1L-2D, 3KOs) and Rhey Waminal (11W-1L-0D, 6KOS). Mananquil and Waminal will fight for the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Silver Bantamweight title. The card will be streamed live via the Sanman Promotion’s Facebook page SANMAN Live.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Mayweather-McGregor: A Curiosity



One of the biggest stories throughout all of combat sports in recent months has been the showdown between future Boxing Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather and two-division MMA world champion Conor McGregor. An encounter that will take place in a Boxing ring and under Professional Boxing rules.

A fight that has frankly morphed into more of an event that is expected by some to break existing pay-per-view records. What makes this unique is this is a fight between two elite fighters in their respective sports, but a scenario where McGregor, the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight world champion, will be competing for the first time as a professional boxer. The idea of a fighter who is making his professional debut stepping in and competing against one of the all-time greats of the sport of Boxing does seem like an unlikely scenario.

It is however, a scenario that is not completely unprecedented. There have after all been several fighters throughout combat sports that have ventured into Boxing and/or MMA from a primary discipline and have been able to have success in a combat sport that is out of their element.

Some might remember Troy Dorsey, a former world champion kickboxer, who went on to win two world championships in Professional Boxing, most notably winning the vacant IBF Featherweight world championship in August 1991 by scoring a first round knockout over Alfred Rangel. Dorsey would go on to become a two-division world champion by winning the IBO Jr. Lightweight world championship in October 1996 with a stoppage of Jimmi Bredahi. Fans who are familiar with the more recent eras of the sport may be familiar with former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion Chris Algieri, who before embarking on a career as a pro boxer was a two-division world champion in Kickboxing.

There have been fighters such as former Professional Boxing world champions Ray Mercer and Holly Holm, who have ventured into MMA and have been successful and former Elite XC MMA world Lightweight champion KJ Noons, who had a short, but successful career as a pro boxer having won eleven of thirteen professional fights. There have also however, been fighters whom were not successful in an attempt to transition from one discipline to another when at UFC 118 in August 2010, former multi-division world champion pro boxer James Toney was quickly submitted in his one MMA bout at the hands of two-division MMA world champion and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Although the Couture-Toney bout at UFC 118 may serve some as a cautionary tale for fighters who are considering venturing into MMA from another primarily combat sports discipline, it is important to note that in the case of the Couture-Toney bout, Couture a fighter who was a former collegiate and Olympic alternate wrestler prior to his MMA career immediately took Toney, a fighter who had no experience in grappling or submission fighting down to the canvas not allowing Toney to use his hands where he would have theoretically had an advantage and scored the victory.

Even though Connor McGregor, who has a 21-3 record in MMA, has some Amateur Boxing experience, what he will be attempting in his first fight as a professional boxer against a fighter in Floyd Mayweather, who is undefeated in forty-nine professional fights in Professional Boxing, who was considered the best pound for pound fighter in the world prior to his retirement in 2015, will be facing what appears on paper to be an uphill battle. McGregor however, has quick hands and has shown in his MMA career that he is capable of scoring knockouts having scored KO’s in eighteen of his twenty-one wins.

McGregor’s extensive MMA pedigree notwithstanding, it is important to remember that this will not be a fight fought with MMA gloves and will be fought with Boxing gloves. Whether or not the change in sport and gloves will have an effect on McGregor’s punching power remains to be seen. The one factor that McGregor can point to as a sign that fans and more importantly Mayweather shouldn’t underestimate him is he is undefeated in MMA fights that have ended by knockout.

Another factor that the twenty-nine year old McGregor may point to is he is facing a fighter in Mayweather who is nearly two years removed from active competition and is now forty years old.  Mayweather, who last fought in September 2015 scoring a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former two-time Welterweight world champion Andre Berto, is known as one of the best defensive fighters in the history of the sport.

In quietly watching all the events that have taken place to hype this event, this observer has thought of what is likely to take place when Mayweather and McGregor do battle on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Simply put McGregor must show early on that this is a fight and not an occasion in the history of Boxing that will be known more for “The Event” rather than as a competitive contest and must show he can land punches on Mayweather more than occasionally.  This is of course, easier said than done against a fighter of Mayweather’s caliber and experience. Mayweather meanwhile, despite what he has said in the build up to this encounter about wanting to give fans a show is likely to implement a similar strategy as he has done throughout his career by setting traps and looking to counter his opponent’s mistakes.

A question that those who don’t believe McGregor has much of a chance in this bout might be asking is if the opportunity presents itself will Mayweather go for a knockout. Although Mayweather is not known as a fighter who scores knockouts having scored KO’s in twenty-six of his forty-nine career wins and has not scored a knockout since a controversial, but legal knockout of Victor Ortiz in September 2011, he is a fighter who has shown when he wants to be aggressive that he can end fights rather than winning fights on points by what more often than not have been convincing decisions.

What this observer is interested in is to see if the fight is lopsided in Mayweather’s favor as some expect whether he will try to score a knockout or if he will elect to simply out box McGregor to a unanimous decision.  Given that this fight, much like Mayweather’s mega fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015 is being sold to the public on a pay-per-view basis for the exact same price of $99.95 and seeing the litigation that followed from disgruntled fans who filed suit alleging fraud due to the fight not living up to expectations, it is fair to ask whether or not a similar situation might occur following this fight regardless of what happens in the ring.

“The Event” featuring a clash between an elite level future Hall of Fame boxer, who is out of retirement for what he insists is a one-time appearance against an elite level MMA fighter, who can also make a case as being a future MMA Hall of Famer has certainly sparked fans and experts of both respective sports curiosities. The fact is no matter what one thinks prior to this fight, no one knows what will happen and despite all the hype that has preceded this “Event”, the one thing that is real is the “Curiosity” of the public.

Although this observer has covered many “Big Events” over the years that failed to live up to expectations and left the public feeling disappointed and/or outraged, it is my hope that at the end of the day Mayweather-McGregor will be remembered as being a competitive fight that exceeded expectations rather than the “Black eye” some in Boxing have predicted. If a good or even great fight breaks out when Mayweather and McGregor square off it will ultimately benefit both Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in the long-term even with the public being asked once more to pay an inflated fee to see "The Event" take place.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, August 26th) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas NV. The fight can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on cable and satellite throughout the United States and Canada for $99.95 HD/SD as well as online via www.ShowtimePPV.com and www.UFC.TV. The fight can also be seen at select movie theaters. For more information on theater locations please visit: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/mayweather-vs-mcgregor/theaters Check your listings internationally.

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Will Crawford Set His Sights On Welterweight?



On August 19th the Boxing world focused its attention on the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE to see a moment  in  Boxing history take place. A Jr. Welterweight unification bout between undefeated world champions Terrence Crawford and Julius Indongo. In an era where there are multiple sanctioning organizations and where unification bouts occur periodically, what made this particular bout stand out was a true rarity in the sport for this was the first unification bout throughout all of Boxing since September of 2004 to determine an “Undisputed World Champion.”

The encounter was also special as it also marked the first time that there would be one “Undisputed World Champion” in the modern era of the sport in the historically talent deep 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division. Terrence Crawford, the undefeated two-division world champion is certainly no stranger to big fights that could define one’s career after previously holding the WBO Lightweight world championship and unifying the WBO and WBC world championships as a 140lb. Jr. Welterweight and in the process established himself as the division’s central figure.

Although being the central figure of a weight class theoretically puts a fighter in a position of being able to garner lucrative fights and puts that fighter in the spotlight of a division, it is not always the case that a fighter in that position will be able to secure marquee bouts against fighters who are considered the top fighters in the sport. After all, Crawford was thought to be a potential opponent for future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao for a period of time, but that fight did not materialize.

This put Crawford in a position of needing a marquee opponent. Enter Julius Indongo. Indongo established himself as a player in the Jr. Welterweight division with a devastating one punch first round knockout over IBF/IBO Jr. Welterweight world champion Eduard Troyanovsky in December of last year. Indongo followed that victory by adding the WBA Jr. Welterweight crown to his unified world championship with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over multi-division world champion Ricky Burns in April of this year.

Although much of the main spotlight of the sport has been focused away from the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division, this created a scenario that Boxing fans clamor for. Two undefeated world champions, the only two world champions in a division, putting their respective crowns on the line to determine an “Undisputed World Champion.” Despite the encounter between Crawford and Indongo appearing as though it might have been an evenly matched bout between two boxer/punchers, Crawford made quick work of Indongo dropping him once in the second round with a right hand that landed behind the ear and finished him off with a flush left hook to the body in round three that sent Indongo down for the count.

Crawford had clearly proven to not only be the central figure of the Jr. Welterweight division, but the one and only champion. What was also noticeably absent from this unification bout to determine an “Undisputed World Champion” as compared to some others in the history of the sport was an element of controversy. This was about two world champions pitting their skills against each other where one fighter simply bested the other. Something that should be viewed as refreshing for the sport. It was however, not without an element of the politics of the sport as the International Boxing Organization (IBO) opted to strip Julius Indongo of its Jr. Welterweight world championship in the days before the fight. This does not change the fact that Terrence Crawford emerged from this fight as the one and only Jr. Welterweight world champion.

What remains unclear as of this writing will be what will become of the IBO portion of the World Jr. Welterweight championship. We are probably not going to get an idea of what may happen until it becomes clear what Terrence Crawford will do next.

One option for Crawford could be for him to remain as a Jr. Welterweight where one might assume the IBO could recognize him as it’s world champion in the division and in the process eliminate any questions of the sanctioning organization’s validity as Crawford did knock out the man who previously held the IBO crown and did so in decisive fashion.  The other and perhaps more likely possibility seeing as Crawford has for the moment cleaned out the Jr. Welterweight division is for him to turn his attention to the 147lb. Welterweight division where like many previous Jr. Welterweight world champions before him have moved up in weight to seek further world championships and more lucrative paydays.

This observer believes if Crawford does indeed choose to venture to the Welterweight division that a likely option will be for him to be an opponent for the winner of a potential rematch between newly crowned WBO Welterweight world champion Jeff Horn and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. If Crawford is done as a Jr. Welterweight, the obvious question will be who will emerge as the next central figure of the division? With five world championships in the division in play it is illogical to assume that all the sanctioning organizations including the IBO will be able to agree on one fight between two top contenders to determine a new “Undisputed world champion.”

As has been the case over the years when an “Undisputed champion” has either moved out of a division for other opportunities or lost their championship without being defeated in the ring, if Crawford does vacate his crown it will leave the Jr. Welterweight division wide open.  A likely scenario, which if it does indeed happen will almost certainly mean that there will not be an “Undisputed world champion” in the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division for some time. It will however, create some interesting possibilities that for Boxing fans watch and debate as they occur. We will have to wait and see what is next for both Terrence Crawford and the Jr. Welterweight division.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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