Wednesday, November 20, 2019

MEXICAN STAR JAIME MUNGUIA TO MAKE MIDDLEWEIGHT DEBUT AGAINST IRISH PUNCHER GARY ‘SPIKE’ O’SULLIVAN


Press Release By DAZN – SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 20, 2019): Golden Boy will kick off the 2020 year with an exciting battle between Mexico and Ireland as Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) makes his middleweight debut against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) in a 12-round bout on Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. This fight will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. 
Credit: Golden Boy Promotions 

Undercard information for this event will be announced shortly.

“Golden Boy always likes to kick the year off with a bang, and January 11 will be no exception,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Jaime Munguia is developing into a big star in this sport, so we’re happy that our strategic partnership with Zanfer Promotions has been able to continually deliver great fights featuring this young talent. At the same time, ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan is an exciting puncher with a lot of experience, so Munguia will have to come very well prepared with all that he’s been learning under trainer Erik Morales. It also goes without saying that their styles are guaranteed to make for a fun fight for as long as it lasts.”

Munguia is a 23-year-old boxer of Tijuana, Mexico who catapulted to the highest levels of the 154-pound division by knocking out Sadam "World Kid" Ali in May to capture the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title. Munguia then defended his title against Liam "Beefy" Smith, Brandon "Bad Boy" Cook, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan and Patrick Allotey. After five defenses at junior middleweight, Munguia is ready to take on new challenges in the very stacked division of 160 pounds.

“I feel very happy to be starting the year 2020 with a great fight at a great place like San Antonio, Texas,” said Jaime Munguia. “I have fought in Houston, Texas before, where the people there treated me very well. I think that San Antonio won’t be any different. We’re going to deliver a great fight against a tough fighter in Gary O’Sullivan. He’s great and he’s strong, but we’re going to come very well prepared. We plan to do an excellent job and make it very clear who is the best in the ring. Thank you to all, and we’ll see you this January 11 in San Antonio, Texas!”

“I’m very proud of who I consider to be the best and most beloved Mexican fighter, Jaime Munguia,” said Fernando Beltran, CEO of Zanfer Promotions. “He’ll start the new year off for Aztec Boxing on January 11 against a very tough opponent in his first fight at middleweight.”

O’Sullivan is a 35-year-old contender who is known for his lively personality outside the ring and his exciting aggression in the ring. The native of Cork, Ireland is coming off two impressive victories and has faced the likes of Antoine Douglas, Chris Eubank Jr. and Billy Joe Saunders throughout an impressive professional career that has lasted more than a decade. O’Sullivan will look to derail Munguia’s plans at 160 pounds on January 11 
Credit: Golden Boy Promotions 

“For me it’s a dream come true to fight the undefeated champion of the world and the number one ranked fighter in the world,” said Gary O’Sullivan. “It makes it even better that he’s Mexican. I grew up watching the great Mexican champions and to get the opportunity to fight Jaime is an honor. I will leave no stone unturned in my preparation for this fight. I can’t recall feeling more motivated by any other fight in my career thus far. I believe this fight will be a war that the fans will talk about for many years to come.”

“Spike always knew in the back of his mind that one day he would have to fight Jaime Munguia,” said Packie Collins, Manager and Trainer of Gary O’Sullivan. “We have gone through every different scenario of how to approach this fight if it were to take place. I would like to thank both Jaime, Golden Boy and Murphy’s Boxing for handing Spike this huge opportunity. Come Jan 11, Spike will be ready for whatever Jaime Munguia turns up on the night of the fight.”

“Jaime Munguia is stepping up to one of the best divisions in boxing,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, North America. “We wanted to extend the Fight Season momentum into 2020 by scheduling a fight in early January. Thanks to the fighters for staying on weight over the holidays!”

Munguia vs. O’Sullivan is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing. The event is sponsored by Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle." The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio and be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. 

Tickets for Munguia vs. O’Sullivan go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 12:00 pm C.T. Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $65, $40 and $25 plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketsmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the Alamodome box office, which is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm C.T. and Saturdays and Sundays when events are taking place at the Alamodome.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wilder-Ortiz 2: Expect The Unexpected?

The year 2019 will conclude with two anticipated rematches with every portion of the World Heavyweight championship at stake between the two encounters. Although most of the attention has centered on the second encounter between unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO world champion Andy Ruiz and former champion Anthony Joshua, which will take place on December 7th in Saudi Arabia, the first of these two rematches is just as intriguing. This observer is speaking of course of the rematch between undefeated WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and longtime top contender Luis Ortiz. A rematch that will headline a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View card on November 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Wilder, the longest reigning current world champion in the division has defended his crown successfully nine times since winning the world championship from Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. The reign of Wilder has been marked largely by the reputation he had built as a contender. A reputation of being a “Knockout Artist.” In his forty-two professional fights, Wilder has scored knockouts in forty of those bouts registering a career knockout percentage of over 95%.

The champion last defended his crown in May of this year scoring a first round knockout of number one rated WBC contender Dominic Breazeale in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to that victory however, Wilder survived two of the toughest tests of his career. Most would point to the draw he had with undefeated former unified world champion Tyson Fury in December of last year as being the toughest of those tests as two knockdowns during the second half of the fight allowed Wilder to retain his title with a draw that was seen as controversial in the eyes of some.

Before Wilder was tested by Fury, the champion fought a grueling battle against Ortiz in March of last year. Much like Wilder, Ortiz had established himself as one of the Heavyweight division’s “Knockout Artists” having scored knockouts in twenty-four of his twenty-eight career wins prior to challenging Wilder. The question for Ortiz, who was also unbeaten at the time of the fight was whether or not he could provide a legitimate test for Wilder.

The fight was surprisingly tactical given both fighters reputations as power punchers. Ortiz appeared to have significant success fighting out of his customary southpaw stance and did connect more than occasionally with his straight left hand. This as well as being able to make the champion miss was something that worked strongly in Ortiz’ favor. 

As much success as Ortiz was able to have in the first fight however, he also felt Wilder’s power. With the fight appearing to be in Ortiz’ favor, Wilder was able to turn the momentum in the fifth round by landing a flush straight right hand that sent Ortiz down. This as much as any previous fight showed how Wilder has the ability and punching power to change the tempo with one punch.

While the saying that “It only takes one punch” holds true for virtually any fight in the sport of Boxing, it is especially true when talking about the Heavyweight division. Although Luis Ortiz also has the type of punching to turn or end a fight suddenly in his favor, he must be wary of Wilder’s power at all times.

Following the knockdown of Ortiz in round five of the first fight, it was Ortiz that showed the ability to recuperate and he badly staggered Wilder in round seven with a counter right hook followed by a barrage of power shots. This was the first time in this observer’s view that Wilder had been significantly in danger in his career. The champion would also show the ability to recover and ultimately would regain control of the fight late in the ninth round staggering Ortiz with a right hook that landed on the temple. With the momentum in his favor, Wilder was ultimately able to score two knockdowns in round ten to earn a stoppage and retain his world championship.

Some may question why a rematch would be warranted because Wilder did score three knockdowns of Ortiz and did stop him in the first encounter. It is important to remember that Ortiz was the first fighter to provide the champion with a legitimate test and was the first man to put a scare into Wilder.

As the rematch approaches, the question that faces Wilder is will this fight be different in the sense of his being able to control the combat without being hurt by Ortiz. The only rematch Wilder has had as a professional prior to this fight against Luis Ortiz was his second encounter with Bermane Stiverne in November 2017. Although Stiverne was the first fighter to go the distance with Wilder in the fight where Wilder became a world champion in 2015, the rematch between the two was a destruction as the champion knocked Stiverne out in one round, scoring three knockdowns of the former world champion in the process. 

Though one should not use that rematch as a way to think of what might happen in Wilder’s second encounter with Ortiz, Wilder did show he can improve on his performance the second time around. How does the champion do that against Luis Ortiz? First and foremost, Wilder must avoid the straight left hand of Ortiz. The challenger was also able to make him miss and counter punch effectively in the first fight.

While this was also something that Wilder had difficulty with in his fight against Tyson Fury, one way to potentially avoid this would be for him to not be as wild, no pun intended, with his punches. Although Wilder has used his unorthodox style to his advantage throughout his career, but it could become a liability later in his career especially against skilled counter punchers such as Ortiz. If Wilder can shorten his punches and avoid over throwing his target he would be less susceptible to being countered in my view.

With the focus of the Boxing world firmly focused on these two bouts for portions of the World Heavyweight championship at stake, it will also be interesting to see not just in regard to the Wilder-Ortiz rematch, but also the Ruiz-Joshua rematch if the champions going into these fights are potentially looking past the immediate business at hand with the possibility of a potential unification bout for the Undisputed Heavyweight world championship in 2020 to consider.

If the circumstances that led to Andy Ruiz stepping into a world championship fight on limited notice against Anthony Joshua earlier this year and walking away as a unified world champion has proven anything it is anything can happen. While some may expect Deontay Wilder to emerge victorious based on what happened the last time he fought Luis Ortiz, Wilder should not focus on potential fights to come down the line. As Andy Ruiz proved when he stopped Anthony Joshua earlier this year, sometimes all it takes is for a fighter with nothing to lose to get an opportunity to upset the whole apple card of whatever potential opportunities may be ahead. Luis Ortiz has now received a second opportunity at a world championship. Whether he will be able to make the most of it remains to be seen.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Brief Update


We would like to let our readers know that new material is in the works discussing the Bareknuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC 9) event, which took place on November 16th, will be released on the website on Thursday, November 21st during the evening hours. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Moloney Brothers Each Score Wins In Melbourne, Australia



Undefeated WBA number one rated Jr. Bantamweight contender Andrew Moloney scored a hard-fought ninth round stoppage of a very “Game” Elton Dharry on Friday night at Margret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The fight, which was to determine interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Jr. Bantamweight ratings was largely controlled by Moloney’s jab and consistent body attack. As it appeared Moloney was on his way to a convincing stoppage however, Dharry responded and rocked Moloney with a short right uppercut in round five. Although he was badly staggered, Moloney was able to stay on his feet and survived the storm. By the middle rounds, Dharry’s right eye was swollen shut as a result of Moloney’s jabs and left hooks. 

Even though Dharry did what he could to hang in there and stay in the fight, after several examinations by the ringside physician prior to the start of several rounds late in the fight, the bout was stopped shortly after the start of round nine after another consultation with the ringside physician. Official time of the stoppage was :01 of round nine. Andrew Moloney advances to 21-0, with 14 Knockouts. Elton Dharry falls to 24-6-1, with 14 Knockouts. 

Also on this card:

In a bout for the WBA Oceania Bantamweight championship former world title challenger Jason Moloney retained his title by scoring a devastating second round knockout over Dixon Flores. Moloney dropped Flores in round one with an overhand right that landed on the top of the head. Moloney continued to pressure Flores and knocked him down for a second and final time with a flush left hook to the body that sent Flores down and wincing on the canvas. The fight was immediately stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:26 of round two. Jason Moloney advances to 20-1, with 17 Knockouts. Dixon Flores falls to 16-7-3, with 5 Knockouts.

In a Middleweight bout Tej Singh and Mitchell Whitelaw fought to a six round draw. Whitelaw was most effective when he was able to keep Singh at distance and use his reach and combination punching. As the fight progressed however, Singh was able to force the fight on the inside and appeared to be the fighter with the momentum down the stretch. Tej Singh advances to 15-4-3, with 8 Knockouts. Mitchell Whitelaw advances to 5-4-2, with 2 Knockouts.

A slugfest in the Heavyweight division between Australian Rugby and Football stars saw Paul Gallen of the National Rugby League fight to an entertaining six round majority draw with Australian Football League Hall of Famer Barry Hall. Gallen, who was undefeated in nine previous professional bouts and Hall, who was making his professional debut at forty-two years of age, engaged in a non-stop toe to toe battle over six rounds where neither was really able to gain the advantage. At the end of the fight, two official judges scored the fight a draw. Paul Gallen advances to 9-0-1 with 5 Knockouts. Barry Hall advances to 0-0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

Undefeated Middleweight Jesse White scored a six round unanimous decision over Paul Gould. In what was an entertaining bout, White was generally the sharper fighter landing combinations and using his movement. Gould however, did have some moments throughout and forced White to fight. Official scores were 60-55 (On all three scorecards) for White. Jesse White advances to 6-0, with 0 Knockouts. Paul Gould falls to 3-7, with 1 Knockout.

In a Cruiserweight bout that opened the evening Nick Midgley scored a first round knockout over Issac Slade. Nick Midgley advances to 6-1, with 4 Knockouts. Issac Slade falls to 2-6-2, with 2 Knockouts.

The exposure on an international level for the Australian Boxing scene has increased significantly by both the advent of digital streaming networks and the followings of fighters like the Moloney brothers, Jeff Horn, Michael Zerafa, and others. In terms of Andrew and Jason Moloney, this card represented another step as both look for opportunities at world championships in their respective divisions.

For Andrew Moloney, his victory over Elton Dharry more or less ensures him an opportunity to face current WBA Jr. Bantamweight world champion Khalid Yafai. As for Jason Moloney, the number three rated WBA Bantamweight contender could be a potential opponent for undefeated unified WBA/IBF world champion Naoya Inoue, who recently won the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Bantamweight tournament by scoring a hard-fought decision win over IBF champion Nonito Donaire. 

As 2020 is on the horizon, some of the best fights that could take place in the sport in the next year are in the 115lb. Jr. Bantamweight and 118lb. Bantamweight divisions. The Moloney brothers could very well be involved in those marquee fights.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Weights From Melbourne, Australia

The official weights for Friday’s doubleheader featuring brothers Jason and Andrew Moloney in separate bouts took place earlier today in Melbourne, Australia. The weights for both those bouts, which can be seen here in the United States on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ as well as the full card of bouts are as follows.

WBA Oceania Bantamweight championship - 10 Rds.

Jason Moloney (Champion) 117 1/2lbs. vs. Dixon Flores 115 3/4lbs.

Interim WBA Jr. Bantamweight- 12 Rds.

Andrew Moloney 114 3/4lbs. vs. Elton Dharry 114 1/4lbs.

*Bout will determine Interim/Regular champion status in the World Boxing Association (WBA) Jr. Bantamweight ratings.

*Also scheduled to take place on this card: Weights unavailable as of this writing.

Australian Middleweight Championship - 6 Rds.

Tej Singh vs. Mitchell Whitelaw

Heavyweight - 6Rds.

Barry Hall vs. Paul Gallen 

Cruiserweight - 4Rds.

Nick Midgley vs. Issac Slade

Middleweight - 6Rds. 

Paul Gould vs. Jesse White

This card will take place tomorrow (Friday, November 15th) at Margret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The card can be seen on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ beginning at 3AM ET/ 12AM PT. For more information about ESPN+ including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, and to subscribe please visit: www.plus.espn.com

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ANDREW 'EL CHANGO' CANCIO VENTURA, CALIF. MEDIA WORKOUT: QUOTES


Press Release: By DAZN – VENTURA, CALIF. (Nov. 13, 2019): WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KOs) hosted a media workout yesterday at KnuckleHeadz Boxing in Ventura, Calif. ahead of his 12-round title defense against Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (31-8, 20 KOs). The fight will place Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.  
Credit:Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions 

Below is what the champion had to say at his workout:

ANDREW CANCIO, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion: 

On the Changes He's Made Since His First Encounter with Alvarado:

“There have been changes in my training, my trainers and my confidence. Before I was kind of timid with my head movement and my jab. I feel a lot better throwing combinations now. My sparring partners know that when I’m done throwing a combination, they can expect a few more punches right after. They always say, ‘man I thought you were done with the combination and here I am getting caught again.’”

“I love the combinations my coaches are working on with me, and I feel that’s what is going to be the difference in this fight. I think it’s going to be easier for me just because the first time we faced off I would only throw one or two punches at a time. Now it’s going to be four or six punches at a time. I’m also using my jab and head movement more now. I’m also stopping my opponents now.”

“Darden [Zenunaj] was the only one I didn’t stop in the past four fights. Darden was game and I threw a lot of punches, a lot of combinations. I feel like it intimidates them, and it throws them off their rhythm. I’ve been learning more and more as each day goes by in the gym. I’m getting more accustomed to my coach’s styles and their philosophies on how to do things, and I think Rene is going to see that difference.”

“I like throwing body shots. My combinations include body shots, and I think that’s going to be the key. It was the key with Alberto Machado, and think it’s going to be the key to beating Rene Alvarado. Rene Alvarado already knows that I hit hard. He felt it our first fight. I think psychologically, he saw how I destroyed Machado. He shouldn’t expect any less from me on fight night.” 

On Leo Santa Cruz fighting for the WBA Super Featherweight Super World Title:

“I think it’s a bunch of B.S. I got the short end of the stick once again. I’m not a big name to a lot of people like Leo Santa Cruz is. I feel like that’s why they did it. Machado, his belt got taken away because he was super champion and they gave it to Gervonta “Tank” Davis, so if I come out victorious Nov. 23 and if Leo comes out victorious Nov. 23, that’s a fight I definitely want to make. I feel like I’m the bigger, stronger 130-pound guy. I feel like his style and my style will clash for a good fight, but I think he’s going to realize the difference at 130 pounds.”

On Dealing with His Full Time Job and Working:

"They [Southern California Gas Company] are helping me out more now as a champion. I don’t have any more time on my book to take days off, but you can take days off without pay, though It’s up to the supervisor’s discretion. They help me out in that aspect. Like today I have media workout. I was going to go in for four hours, but I knew it was going to be very tiring to go out there and drive and drive back over here. I didn’t want to be late, so they help me out in that aspect, but I still have to work like everyone else."

On Being an Inspiration to Those Who Want to Succeed:

“I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do, so that’s how I’m able to do all of this. My grandma told me it’s not going to be easy. She would say that it’s not impossible, and it’s true. I’m still doing it till this day. I’m doing this because I love this. I want people to know that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.”

Cancio vs. Alvarado II is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," and Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle." The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN. The title defense is one of several highlights this fight season on DAZN - an entire fall featuring boxing's biggest matchups in one of the best schedules in boxing history.

Tickets for the event are on sale and are priced at $35, $45 and $55. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com. 

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoy and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #CancioAlvarado2. 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Was KSI-Logan Paul II A Win For Boxing?



Boxing is a sport with some accepted norms. Of course, it is customary before almost every major fight to see a solid promotional push in an attempt to both spread awareness for the event for which the bout will take place aa well as to engage in the time tested art of hyping the fight. More often than not, it is the use of “Hype” that is the main tool in the arsenal of both the promoters as well as fighters to generate interest in an encounter.

With rare exceptions, fighters throughout all combat sports begin their journeys as professional fighters in a similar fashion, competing on small cards and or fighting on the opening bouts of major Boxing cards. The exceptions to this are fighters who turn professional with the benefit of fanfare prior to their debuts. In most cases, the obvious story that most Boxing fans are familiar are those of fighters who achieve significant success as an amateur and often times being able to benefit from the exposure that the Olympics can offer to young fighters prior to embarking on a professional career.

There are times however, where those who enter the Boxing ring do so from another form of notoriety. Although most who take this route come from other combat sports such as Troy Dorsey, who as a world champion kickboxer embarked on a professional Boxing career in the 1980’s and 1990’s and went on to win a Featherweight world championship in Boxing to several boxers and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters who have gone back and forth between sports, it is no longer unusual to see multi-combat sport athletes.

A new rarity has emerged that has shown that there is another way for those who want to enter the Boxing ring to do so outside of the traditional accepted norms. The second encounter between YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul was one that showed an unconventional path, mixed with some of the traditional Boxing norms of “Hype” and promotion could achieve something that has not been done before.

Two men with significant social media followings turned professional against each other, but did so as the main event of a professional Boxing card that also featured a world championship fight as well as established contenders. While the scenario was indeed unheard of, what was even more of a statement was the sizable crowd that packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 9th to see the encounter.

Although many within the Boxing community from fighters, to promoters, to competing networks, to those in the media like yours truly were critical of this fight taking place and more specifically the fight being the main event, I decided to take the “Wait And See” approach. Part of my reasoning, despite being an old school Boxing enthusiast and historian, was not knowing what to expect. It can indeed be true that some events are more about the spectacle of the event itself rather than sport, it would not have been justified in my view to dismiss two participants having not seen what they could do inside the ring under a Professional Boxing format.

My concern that I mentioned however, in a column that was released here on The Boxing Truth® prior to the fight was that both men took the sport seriously and treated it with the respect it deserves. Unlike some other fights that would far under the category of “Celebrity Boxing”, it did not take long to see that both KSI and Logan Paul were serious and that this would be a legitimate professional fight.

Now to be clear, I went into this fight as an observer with an open mind not knowing much about either man in terms of subjects that were not Boxing related and did not know what to expect. Having covered bouts with the “Celebrity Boxing” label before, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to see a professional fight take place.

Normally, the reader will see me give an example of what to look for when two combatants square off. In this case, it was a somewhat unprecedented scenario even though these two men did fight previously in an amateur bout. In some ways, this fight though under a professional format reminded me of some bouts that I had seen many years ago in my youth that took place in the annual New York Golden Gloves tournaments.

What I mean by this is the fight that was fought at a quick pace. Though this was a fight between two novices testing the waters of Professional Boxing, I was impressed by the flashes of skill each man showed. In terms of Boxing ability, I was impressed with the movement and jab Logan Paul displayed throughout the fight. While it is illogical for one to expect fighters with limited backgrounds in the sport to be seasoned professionals in their respective first bouts, it was clear that both men attempted to implement some elements of technique into their strategies. 

One aspect of Logan Paul’s approach that I saw as a flaw was that he kept his hands down low and appeared to be open for counter punches. KSI meanwhile seemed to be the harder puncher in the early rounds, but put a lot of power behind almost every punch he threw and also threw his punches wide. Having said this with some probably expecting something resembling a tough man contest, the fight exceeded those expectations.

It was a fight that like many in the sport of Boxing was not immune from elements of controversy. In round three, KSI connected with an overhand right that appeared to land behind the ear of Logan Paul that could have been ruled a knockdown. Referee Jack Reiss however, ruled it a slip. This would be followed by an even more controversial ruling by Reiss depending on one’s perspective in round four when Paul would score a knockdown of KSI with a flush left uppercut to the head. Reiss correctly ruled it a knockdown, but because Paul held the head of KSI to land another uppercut as he was going down, there was no count and Reiss indicated that while a knockdown was scored, he penalized Paul two points for the foul.

Although the deduction of two points would prove to be crucial in the outcome of this fight, the ruling of the foul was correct. The question was whether Reiss was too harsh in deducting two points from Paul without seeming to issue a warning beforehand. Even though some may not view it as something to debate, this observer believes that had Reiss deducted a single point from Paul rather than two, this rematch, like the first bout between the two that was fought under amateur rules, would have ended in a draw. Instead KSI would emerge with the victory via six round split decision with two of three official scorecards being separated by a single point.

With some criticizing promoter Eddie Hearn and digital sports streaming network DAZN for staging this rematch, the question is was this a win for Boxing? In fairness to both KSI and Logan Paul, they did produce an entertaining fight that whether one likes it or not did generate significant interest from outside the sport. 

While some may choose to ridicule both Hearn and DAZN for taking a calculated risk, it is important to remember that the sport of Boxing and all of sports are now in the digital age. What that means is much like in generations past the challenge for Boxing as well as networks like DAZN is to try and reach as many eyes as possible. Sometimes this means thinking outside of the box of accepted norms and trying to reach a new audience. 

It may be true that due to differences in philosophy as well as being set in one’s ways that some who have been successful throughout all sports over many years will remain reluctant if not outright stubborn to the idea of embracing change. If nothing else, this event proved that YouTube is, can be, and should be a valuable marketing tool for the sport of Boxing. Although it remains to be seen both how successful the fight was for DAZN in terms of both viewership and increasing their global subscriber-base, KSI and Logan Paul also proved that one should not be quick to judge and both made a good account for themselves in this professional fight.

Should one expect a potential third fight between the two or for either to embark on a more long-term second career as professional boxers going forward? Who knows? If the reported $900,000 purse each man earned for this fight is any indication, with both retaining sizable followings, I would not dismiss the possibility. 

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BORNEA FIGHTS FELLOW UNDEFEATED PINOY IN U.S. DEBUT


Press Release: By Sanman Promotions – IBF and WBO Youth Super Flyweight Champion Jade Bornea (W14 KO10 L0 D0) will at last fight in US soil and his debut will be against fellow unbeaten Filipino Ernesto Delgadillo (W11 KO2 L0 D2). The fight will be for the vacant NABF Super Flyweight Title. The event will take place in Toppenish, Washington  on January 9, 2020. 
Credit: Sanman Promotions 

Bornea is fresh from recent TKO win against Jonathan Francisco while Delgadillo’s latest win was a UD over Nate Green. Bornea has the upper hand in the KO ratio department but Delgadillo exhibits class and generalship in the ring. This will indeed be an interesting clash between upcoming Pinoy prospects. Please watch out for more updates.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

DAZN and SiriusXM To Launch New Daily Boxing Show


Press Release: By DAZN / SiriusXM – NEW YORK – November 11, 2019 – SiriusXM and DAZN announced today that they are teaming up to launch a new national daily boxing show that will deliver an engaging look at the world of the “sweet science.” 
Credit:DAZN 

The Ak and Barak Show will make its debut on the SiriusXM Fight Nation channel today, Monday, November 11 (12:00-3:00 pm ET/9:00 am-noon PT), featuring DAZN personalities Akin “Ak” Reyes and Barak Bess. Ak and Barak will host the show live every weekday (Noon ET/9:00 am PT) on SiriusXM Fight Nation, providing their unique perspective on the headline stories and trending topics from around boxing, and interviewing many of the biggest names and colorful personalities in and around the sport. Boxing fans nationwide can call into the live show each day to share their thoughts.

“Ak and Barak are two unique and entertaining voices in the boxing world. We’re pleased to team up with DAZN and give them a platform to reach boxing fans from coast to coast every weekday on SiriusXM,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.

“We’re thrilled to announce The Ak and Barak Show on SiriusXM as these off-platform collaborations are core to our strategy to help grow the DAZN brand,” said Josh Santry, DAZN VP of Talent. “Ak and Barak provide a fresh voice within the boxing community that is underscored by spectacular relationships with fighters and a comprehensive approach to covering the sport.”

The launch of The Ak and Barak Show coincides with “Fight Season on DAZN,” which features the best boxing schedule in history – the highly-anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua on Dec. 7, and former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Dec. 20.

The Ak and Barak Show joins other boxing programming on the SiriusXM Fight Nation channel, including At the Fights hosted by former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney and leading boxing authority Randy Gordon every Monday and Friday (6:00 pm ET).

The SiriusXM Fight Nation channel features a lineup of shows covering the latest news and events in boxing, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, and is available to subscribers on SiriusXM radios (channel 156) and the SiriusXM app.

For more go to www.SiriusXM.com/SiriusXMFightNation.

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About DAZN

DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

About SiriusXM

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the world's largest audio entertainment company, and the premier programmer and platform for subscription- and advertising-supported audio products. With the recent addition of Pandora, the largest streaming music provider in the U.S., SiriusXM reaches more than 100 million people with its audio products. For more about the new SiriusXM, please go to: SiriusXM.com.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

KSI-Logan Paul II Weights

Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES – Nov. 8, 2019 – KSI and Logan Paul stepped on the scale and faced off one last time before entering the ring tomorrow night as excitement builds for the rematch at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and exclusively on DAZN. The YouTube stars previously fought in an amateur boxing match in front of a sold-out crowd in Manchester, England in August 2018. Following the majority draw, KSI and Logan Paul agreed to meet again as licensed professional boxers on Nov. 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN, which is available on any connected device.  
Credit: Amanda Westcott/DAZN 

All of the fighters from Saturday’s stacked card hit the scales on Friday afternoon. Highlighting the main card, which kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, is newly crowned lightweight world champion Devin Haney making his first title defense and super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders making his United States debut. The undercard begins at 7 p.m. ET and features rising prospects Diego Pacheco, Nikita Ababiy and Reshat Mati.


6-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.

KSI: 193.2 lbs.

Logan Paul: 199.4 lbs.

12-Round WBC Lightweight Championship Bout @ 135 lbs.

Devin Haney: 135 lbs.

Alfredo Alvarez: 135 lbs.

12-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.

Billy Joe Saunders: 167.4 lbs.

Marcelo Coceres: 168 lbs.

4-Round Cruiserweight Bout @ 200 lbs.

Josh Brueckner: 192.2 lbs.

Tyler Smith: 199.4 lbs.

6-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 168 lbs.

Diego Pacheco: 167.2 lbs.

Aaron Casper: 166.6 lbs.

12-Round Super Bantamweight Bout @ 122 lbs.

Ronny Rios: 120.6 lbs.

Hugo Berrio: 121.6 lbs.

6-Round Middleweight Bout @ 162 lbs.

Nikita Ababiy: 160.6 lbs.

Jonathan Batista: 163.6 lbs.

Find out more about Fight Season on DAZN ahead of KSI vs. Logan Paul II at www.DAZN.com. Tickets for KSI vs. Logan Paul II are on sale now.

About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming service. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded to nine countries across four continents with its app available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The service features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device – including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features The Pat McAfee Show, live MLB action each day of the season with its daily show ChangeUp and a growing number of projects from DAZN Originals.

Material Courtesy of: DAZN/ Photo Courtesy of: Amanda Westcott Used with permission.

For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com.

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