Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reader Poll: Upcoming World Heavyweight Championship Fights

A regular feature here at The Boxing Truth® is to poll our readers with regard to issues, events, and upcoming bouts in the sport of Boxing. The month of March 2018 will be highlighted by two world championship fights for versions of the World Heavyweight championship that we will be covering as they draw near and take place. Our latest Reader Poll asks readers this question. Which of these two bouts are you most looking forward to?

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz (Taking Place March 3rd)

Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker (Taking Place March 31st)

I want to see both fights


I’m not interested in either fight.

Results of this poll will be released shortly before the Wilder-Ortiz bout for Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight world championship on March 3rd, on Thursday, March 1st. Cast your vote in our Reader Poll section located below our archives and feel free to express your point of view in our comments section below. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Sunday, February 11, 2018


We would like to let our readers know that we are between rounds and new material will be released on Tuesday, February 20th. The previously announced material discussing the recent Cruiserweight bout between future Hall of Famer Roy Jones and veteran Scott Sigmon will be included in the February edition of the monthly feature Observations On Recent Events In Boxing, which will be released on Wednesday, February 28th. We apologize for the delay. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Jones-Sigmon Preview

In February of last year future Hall of Famer Roy Jones scored an eighth round stoppage of former world title challenger and undefeated bare-knuckle fighter Bobby Gunn in Wilmington, DE. The victory for Jones, his sixty-fifth in seventy-four professional fights was more or less an academic outcome as Gunn was unable to provide much resistance as the then forty-eight year old Jones was able to score a lopsided win.

As some readers might recall in this observer’s coverage of that fight, I stated that although Jones looked good against Gunn and had scored victories in eight of his previous twelve bouts that one might wonder what options could be available to Jones coming off of his victory over Gunn, while also continuing to express my long documented concern for Jones’ long-term well-being after also suffering some severe knockout losses throughout his career.

Nearly one year to the day of his last fight, Jones now prepares to enter the ring for what he says will be the final time as he will square off against veteran Scott Sigmon in a scheduled ten round Cruiserweight bout on Thursday night at the Pensacola Civic Center in Jones’ hometown of Pensacola, FL. The fight, which will headline a combined card featuring both Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts will be televised worldwide on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) UFC Fight Pass digital network.

Sigmon, a native of Bedford, VA is a veteran of forty-two professional fights and will come into the encounter with Jones off of ten round unanimous decision over Javier Frazier in August of last year. Although the thirty-year old Sigmon (30-11-1, with 16 Knockouts)  is nineteen years younger than the forty-nine year old Jones, he has had difficulty when he has stepped up in the caliber of his opposition having suffered defeats to the likes of former world champion Kelly Pavlik, Jessie Nicklow, and current IBF Super-Middleweight world champion Caleb Truax in his career.

The story of this fight in my eyes centers on Roy Jones. Of course, the main storyline in some minds will be about how Jones (65-9, with 46 Knockouts) has said this will be his last fight, but for this observer, the storyline will also be about what the forty-nine year old has left. When this fight was announced thoughts began to come to my mind of possible similarities between Jones’ chosen exit from the sport as a fighter if this will in fact be the last time he steps into the ring and another future Hall of Famer, who was in many ways one of Jones’ rivals throughout his career.

Some might recall Bernard Hopkins, who at fifty-two years old chose to face a rising Light-Heavyweight contender in the form of Joe Smith Jr. in December of 2016. Despite holding his own for most of the bout, the younger Smith eventually caught up with Hopkins, who became the only fighter in Hopkins’ career to score a knockout win over the former multi-division world champion. A difference between Hopkins and Jones is that Jones has suffered five knockout losses throughout his career that have each been severe.

 Even though Scott Sigmon is a fighter who with sixteen knockouts in his thirty career wins is not known for his punching power, one should not dismiss the possibility of Jones potentially being caught particularly if one considers the way Jones was knocked out by fighters like Antonio Tarver, Denis Lebedev, Danny Green, and Enzo Maccarinelli where those fights came to sudden conclusions where those fighters, all of whom former world champions where able to end those fights with one punch.

It is important to remember that Roy Jones will go down as one of the all-time greats in the history of the sport, but it is equally important to keep in mind that he is forty-nine years old. Although most are likely expecting Jones to score a victory in this fight, this is the type of scenario where a veteran that some may consider a journeyman could give his career a boost by scoring a victory over a fighter of Jones’ stature.

While most historians of the sport such as yours truly are tempted to discuss the highlights of a legend’s career as a great fighter prepares for what he says will be his last fight, this observer having heard countless fighters say they are calling it a career throughout the many years I have covered the sport will instead take the wait and see approach before sharing my thoughts on Roy Jones’ legacy and what he has meant to Boxing. Regardless of what happens when Jones meets Sigmon that legacy is secure.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Jones vs. Sigmon takes place Tonight (Thursday, February 8th) at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL. The card, which will feature both Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights can be seen worldwide on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT and will be available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. For more information about UFC Fight Pass and to subscribe please vist: www.UFCFightPass.com.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Andrew and Jason Moloney Photo Credit: Bruno Ferreira- Black Snow Images
Press Release: February 6, 2018 By Mario Yebich  - World rated twin sensations Andrew “The Monster” Moloney and Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney return to ring February 24, the two will Co-Main Event the Hosking Promotions “Punches in the Park 7” Blockbuster event in Melbourne Victoria at the famed St Kilda City Stadium.

Team Moloney have moved training camp to Tasmania for 10 days as their biggest challenges to date draw near. The Australian Dynamic Duo have been sparring WBO World #9 and WBO Oriental Featherweight Champion Luke Jackson (15-0), prospects Jai Alexander (6-0) and Josh English (1-0).

Unbeaten Super Flyweight sensation WBA # 6 & IBF #10 Andrew “The Monster” Moloney (15-0, 10 Kos) takes on IBF #5, WBC #11 Rene “The Commander” Dacquel 20 (6) – 6 -1 for his OPBF Championship and defends his coveted WBA Oceania Title.

Training camp is going great! We have been getting some great sparring with Luke Jackson, Jai Alexander and Josh English. We all have fights coming up around the same time and are pushing each other in sparring. I’m really happy with how I am boxing at the moment and I feel I have made some huge improvements since my last fight. I’m really looking forward to making a statement in this fight against Rene Dacquel. – Andrew Moloney

Unbeaten Bantamweight Beast WBA # 9, WBO #5 & IBF #12 Jason “The Smooth” One (15-0, 10 Kos) takes on former World title contender Emmanuel “The Prince” Naidjala 23 (13) – 4 -1 for the vacant Commonwealth title & the coveted WBA Oceania Title.

“Training for this fight is going fantastic. I feel as though I’m boxing better than ever before. We are currently down in Hobart for 10 days of sparring with Luke Jackson along with a few others. The sparring has been world class and I’m very happy with how I have been performing. On February 24 I’m confident you will see the best performance of my career.” – states Jason Moloney

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Ramirez Stops Ahmed In Six, Successfully Retains WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship

Undefeated WBO Super-Middleweight world champion Gilberto Ramirez successfully defended his world championship for the third time by scoring an impressive sixth round stoppage over previously undefeated WBO number four rated WBO Super-Middleweight contender Habib Ahmed on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. Ramirez, who came into the bout off of a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten top contender Jesse Hart in September of last year, systematically imposed his will on a very “Game”, but ultimately over matched Ahmed.

Ramirez consistently forced Ahmed backward and implemented an attack to the challenger’s body and head. Despite being put under pressure from the outset, Ahmed was willing to engage with Ramirez in what was an entertaining bout to watch. Ramirez’ consistent pressure, attack, and naturally bigger size, however, was the story of the fight.

Although he suffered a cut over his left eye in the third round as a result of an accidental clash of heads, Ramirez was not visibly bothered by the cut and by the late stages of round six Ahmed’s corner signaled to Referee Laurence Cole that they had seen enough prompting Cole to stop the fight.

Official time of the stoppage was 2:31 of round six. Gilberto Ramirez advances to 37-0, with 25 Knockouts. Habib Ahmed falls to 22-1, with 17 Knockouts.

It will be interesting to see who Ramirez fights next. One possible option would be for the champion to face current WBO number one rated contender Jesse Hart in a rematch. It is also possible that Ramirez, who expressed his wanting to unify the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division following his victory over Ahmed, will wait for the conclusion of the ongoing World Boxing Super Series Super-Middleweight tournament, which features a unification bout between WBA Super-Middleweight world champion George Groves and IBO Super-Middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr., which will take place on February 17th in Manchester, England.

Now unbeaten in thirty-seven professional fights, Gilberto Ramirez has continued to make the best argument he can as he seeks now seeks to further unify the Super-Middleweight division and establish himself as the division’s number one fighter. Whether or not Ramirez will be the opponent of choice for the winner of the Super-Middleweight portion of the World Boxing Super Series tournament is a question that will be answered in time. In this observer’s view after three successful title defenses and scoring an impressive stoppage in this fight against Habib Ahmed, Ramirez’ first knockout win in nearly four years, unless the World Boxing Organization (WBO) mandates Ramirez to fight either Jesse Hart, who scored a first round knockout over Thomas Awimbono in a Light-Heavyweight bout on the undercard of Ramirez-Ahmed, or another top contender Gilberto Ramirez has earned the opportunity to attempt to unify his crown against one of the division’s other world champions. We will have to simply wait and see what options may be available to Ramirez coming out of this fight.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ramirez-Ahmed Weights

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s WBO Super-Middleweight world championship fight between undefeated WBO world champion Gilberto Ramirez and WBO number four rated Super-Middleweight contender Habib Ahmed took place on Friday in Corpus Christi, TX. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: WBO Super-Middleweight world championship – 12Rds.

Gilberto Ramirez (Champion) 168lbs. vs. Habib Ahmed (Challenger) 166 1/2lbs.

IBF Jr. Bantamweight world championship – 12Rds.

Jerwin Ancajas (Champion) 114 3/4lbs. vs. Israel Gonzalez 114lbs.

Light-Heavyweight – 10Rds.

Thomas Awimbono 179 1/2lbs. vs. Jesse Hart 173 1/4lbs.

Jr. Lightweight – 6Rds.

Alex Solorio 130lbs. vs. Gabriel Flores 131 1/2lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 4Rds.

David Kaminsky 148 1/2lbs. vs. Rafael Munoz 149 1/2lbs.

Welterweight – 8Rds.

Matthew Strode 149 1/2lbs. vs. Jose Benavidez 148lbs.

Jr. Welterweight – 8Rds.

John Delperdang 144 1/2lbs. vs. Teofimo Lopez 139 3/4lbs.

Super-Middleweight – 8Rds.

Frankie Filippone 166 1/2lbs. vs. Rohan Murdock 169 1/2lbs.

Ramirez vs. Ahmed takes place Tonight (Saturday, February 3rd) at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. The card can be seen in the United States on ESPN beginning at 10:15PM ET/7:15PM PT and will also be streamed live on the ESPN and Watch ESPN apps. A portion of undercard bouts will air on ESPN News beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT. For more information about ESPN, ESPN Boxing, and the ESPN and Watch ESPN apps please visit: www.espn.com.  In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the card can be seen on BoxNation beginning at 2AM (Sunday, February 4th Local UK Time.) For more information about BoxNation please visit: www.boxnation.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Observations On Recent Events In Boxing: January 2018

The month of January is not always thought of as an active month for the sport of Boxing in terms of competition. Of course, as is the case throughout a calendar year in the sport, there are notable things that do take place during the first month of the year both in and out of the ring. Before discussing what has gone on inside the ring, what has taken place outside the ring deserves equal attention as some developments did take shape over the last couple of weeks that will no doubt keep anticipation at a high among Boxing fans and experts as some intriguing bouts were announced that will take place in the coming months.

As readers might recall in this observer’s “Boxing Wishlist For 2018” that was published here on the website earlier in January, I discussed the possibility of further unification of the Heavyweight division during the year. While I still have doubts as to the chances of determining one Undisputed world champion in the division before the end of 2018, two World Heavyweight championship fights have been signed that will take place in the month of March, which could very well lead to a battle for the Undisputed World Heavyweight championship taking place in the not too distant future.

Undefeated WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will make the seventh defense of his crown against undefeated WBC number three rated Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz on March 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The second World Heavyweight championship bout to take place in the month of March will further unify the division as undefeated unified IBF/WBA/IBO world champion Anthony Joshua will face undefeated WBO champion Joseph Parker on March 31st at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Although I look forward to providing further insight as these two World Heavyweight championship bouts draw closer, the Boxing world has not been as close to an undisputed world champion in the Heavyweight division as it is currently in many years. It is important to keep in mind that anything can happen, but it would be a shame if something that would be a mark of great progress for the sport overall such as one Heavyweight world champion being determined were stalled or ultimately done away with after so much progress toward a goal that will benefit Boxing in the long-term has been made.

In terms of action inside the ring, the month of January saw several key bouts in Boxing’s Welterweight and Lightweight divisions. In the 147lb. Welterweight division undefeated IBF Welterweight world champion Errol Spence scored an eighth round technical knockout over former Jr. Welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson on January 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Spence controlled the action throughout scoring a knockdown of Peterson in the fifth round and ultimately was able to earn the stoppage win in the eighth round when Peterson’s trainer Barry Hunter stopped the bout to prevent his fighter from sustaining further punishment.

In a career that has thus far been highlighted by impressive performances, Spence’s victory in this fight over Lamont Peterson was certainly the type of performance that will give him a strong case in the eyes of some as being considered the top Welterweight currently in the division. As is almost always the case however, the 147lb. Welterweight division is traditionally a talent deep weight class and opinion as to who is the division’s top fighter is always a topic that is up for debate.

Two fighters who are attempting to work their way into the discussion/debates of the top Welterweights both returned to the ring on January 27th in separate venues. At The Forum in Inglewood, CA, longtime Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse scored an impressive eighth round knockout over previously undefeated contender Tewa Kiram of Thailand. Mattysse overcame a cut over the left eye to score two knockdowns of Kiram in the eighth round to earn the victory.

The win for the popular Argentine contender Matthysse was his second victory as a Welterweight since returning to the ring in May of last year following a near two year layoff. Matthysse also earned interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Welterweight ratings with his victory over Kiram and would appear to be in a good position to challenge for a world championship possibly against undefeated WBA/WBC world champion Keith Thurman at some point in the future.

A fighter whom Matthysse gave all he could handle back in November 2010, who is also trying to work his way back into world championship contention is former two-division world champion Zab Judah. Judah, who is himself in the midst of a comeback saw action that evening at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as he faced veteran contender Noel Rincon.

For the forty-year old Judah the ten round bout with Rincon was his second bout following a four year layoff after losing a twelve round unanimous decision to two-division world champion Paul Malignaggi in December 2013. Judah returned to the ring in January 2017 scoring a second round knockout over Jorge Munguia in Trenton, NJ.

The former Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight world champion Judah out boxed Rincon over ten rounds to score a convincing ten round unanimous decision. Judah showed flashes of the hand speed and elusiveness that made him among the best pound for pound fighters in the world throughout his career in this fight. Although some may question what Judah has left at this stage in his career, this observer believes he needs to stay as active as possible and if he can continue to impress in subsequent fights Judah could find himself back in contention. A possible rematch between Matthysse and Judah could be a viable option for both men particularly if Matthysse will not be competing for a world championship in the near future and one could argue that both fighters are at a similar stage in their respective careers, despite Matthysse now holding what in reality is a number one contender’s position in the WBA’s Welterweight ratings.

Two World Lightweight championship bouts took place during the month of January. In the first bout, Which took place on January 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY undefeated IBF Lightweight world champion Robert Easter Jr. successfully made the third defense of his crown by scoring a hard fought twelve round split decision over top contender Javier Fortuna. The main story of this bout in my eyes was the fact that Fortuna weighed in for the bout nearly two pounds over the 135lb. Lightweight limit. Despite this, Fortuna gave Easter all he could handle in what was a close and competitive fight. 

Three-division world champion Jorge Linares meanwhile successfully made the third defense of his WBA Lightweight world championship on January 27th at The Forum in Inglewood, CA by scoring a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over Mercito Gesta. Although I am not one who likes to necessarily compare performances of world champions in the same weight class who compete in separate bouts in a relatively short period of time, as I watched these two bouts thoughts of a potential showdown between Linares and Easter naturally came to mind.

Even though Robert Easter Jr. had a hard fought battle in his bout with Javier Fortuna, he has been a rising star in the sport over the last couple of years and as is often the case when a star is on the rise, an encounter with an established star/world champion seems like a natural.  A bout between Linares and Easter would be a classic experience versus youth scenario and beyond it being an encounter between two world-class boxers it would be a step toward unification of the Lightweight division, which as unification has taken place in Boxing’s other weight classes it has proven to be beneficial for the sport in the long-term picture.

Whether or not the bouts that are scheduled to take place in the months ahead or the potential fights that I have mentioned in this column prove to be beneficial for Boxing on either a short or long-term basis remains to be seen. If the month of January has been an indication as to what is to come in 2018, it will surely be an entertaining and active year for both Boxing fans and experts alike.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Duno KO's Suarez In First Round

Romero Duno post-fight photo Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: January 28, 2018 – By Sanman Promotions Filipino fighter Romero “Ruthless” Duno continued his winning form by knocking out Mexican Yardley Suarez in the first round Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Duno’s impressive victory was his third straight win in the US under the Golden Boy Promotions. The 22-year old boxer from Sanman Boxing Gym in General Santos City landed a right hand to the body followed by a solid right on the head for the knockout. 

He now has 16 wins with 14 knockouts against only one loss and no draw while the 23-year old Suarez dropped to 22W-10L-0D, 12 KOs. “I’m very happy with my victory. I will continue to train harder,” said Duno, who is being trained by former world champion Rodel “Batang Mandaue” Mayol at the Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. “Duno look very good. We are very impressed with his performance,” said manager Dexter “Wang Yu” Tan, Chief Finance Officer of Sanman. Sanman’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Claude Manangquil, on the other hand, said: “Duno’s next fight will probably be the main event of ESPN Golden Boy Promotions card.”

Duno had previously won by a unanimous decision against another Mexican Juan Pablo Suarez last Sept. 23 at the Forum. He made his grand debut in the US with a shocking first round knockout against then-unbeaten Mexican Christian Gonzales (16-0) last March 10 at the Belasco Theater in LA to capture the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight title.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018


We would like to let our readers know that we are between rounds and will resume our regular schedule with the return of the regular feature Observations On Recent Events In Boxing, which will discuss some of the notable stories in the sport throughout the month of January, will be released on Thursday, February 1st during the evening hours. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Friday, January 19, 2018

PBC 1/20/2018 Weights

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY headlined by undefeated IBF Welterweight world champion Errol Spence defending his championship against former Jr. Welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson took place earlier today in Brooklyn, NY. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: IBF Welterweight world championship – 12Rds.

Errol Spence (Champion) 147lbs. vs. Lamont Peterson (Challenger) 146 3/4lbs.

IBF Lightweight world championship – 12Rds.*

Robert Easter (Champion) 134 1/2lbs. vs. Javier Fortuna 136 3/4lbs.*

(*Fortuna failed to make the 135lb. Lightweight limit. The scheduled bout will go on as scheduled. Fortuna is ineligible to win the IBF Lightweight world championship. Championship on the line for Easter only.)

Heavyweight – 10Rds.

Iago Kiladze 220 1/2lbs. vs. Adam Kownacki 260lbs.

Light-Heavyweight – 10Rds.

Marcus Browne 175 3/4lbs. vs. Francy Ntetu 174 1/2lbs.

(*Other bouts scheduled to take place on this card. Official weights for these bouts unavailable as of this writing.)

Welterweight – 8Rds.

Ivan Golub vs. Fidel Munoz

Jr. Welterweight – 8Rds.

Anthony Peterson vs. Luiz Florez

Middleweight – 6Rds.

Matthew Gonzalez vs. Alex Serna

Bantamweight – 4Rds.

Nestor Ramos vs. Dylan Price

Welterweight – 4Rds.

Denis Okoth vs. Keyshawn Williams

Jr. Lightweight – 4Rds.
Desmond Jarmon vs. Charles Clark

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Preston Wilson vs. Richardson Hitchins

PBC: Spence vs. Peterson takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, January 20th) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The card can be seen in the United States on Showtime beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT and will also be streamed live on the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps. For more information about Showtime, Showtime Sports, the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps, and cable/satellite channel listings please visit: www.sho.com. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the card can be seen on BoxNation beginning at 1AM (Sunday, January 21st Local UK Time.) For more information about BoxNation please visit: www.boxnation.com. Check your listings internationally. For more information on the Premier Boxing Champions series please visit: www.premierboxingchampions.com

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

What’s Next For Claressa Shields?

When one thinks of notable names throughout the history of Women’s Boxing some will likely recall fighters such as Ann Wolfe, Christy Martin, Holly Holm, Laila Ali, Lucia Rijker, Deirdre Gogarty, and Mia St. John. All fighters who became world champions throughout their careers and became stars of the sport. A new name has emerged to become a star of Women’s Boxing.  Undefeated unified WBC/IBF Super-Middleweight world champion Claressa Shields.

Shields, a native of Flint, MI emerged on the scene when she won an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in the Middleweight division, the first time Women’s Boxing was included in the Olympic Games. Shields went on to become a two-time Olympic gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics in the Middleweight division. After becoming only the second American boxer to win two Olympic gold medals, joining Oliver Kirk, who won two gold medals at the 1904 Olympics as a Bantamweight and Featherweight, and compiling an incredible record of 77-1 as an amateur, Shields embarked on a professional career turning pro in November 2016 where she scored a four round unanimous decision over Franchon Crews.

After scoring two more victories over Szilvia Szabados and Sydney LeBlanc, Shields challenged unified WBC/IBF Super-Middleweight world champion Nikki Adler in August of last year and stopped her in the fifth round to become a world champion in only her fourth professional fight. Although it is a rare achievement for a fighter to win a world championship so early in their professional careers, Shields did compete in seventy-eight bouts as an amateur and this along with her Olympic pedigree has allowed her to gain experience, which not all fighters at similar stages of their professional careers are necessarily able to have.

This all led to Shields’ first title defense on January 12th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY against top contender and former two-division world champion Tori Nelson. This was an interesting fight in my eyes as it not only represented Shields’ first title defense, but much like her bout against Nikki Adler, the new champion would be going against an opponent with considerable professional experience, who was unbeaten in twenty previous professional bouts and had won world championships in both the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions.

What impressed me about Shields in this fight was her composure in establishing the tempo of the combat. Shields established a pace where she was able to consistently get her punches off first and gradually outwork Nelson and did not allow the former world champion much of an opportunity to turn the tempo of the fight in her favor.

It was equally impressive however; that Shields faced an opponent in Nelson who was very “Game” and took everything the champion threw at her and kept coming forward. Shields would retain her world championship by scoring a ten round unanimous decision. This was a crucial fight in Shields’ career thus far in my eyes because she was fought a former world champion, who showed resistance and was able to extend her to the ten round distance for the first time in her career.

As for what is next for Claressa Shields a potential move down in weight to face undefeated unified WBC/WBO Women’s Middleweight world champion Christina Hammer appears likely. Although some may question whether it is a risk for Shields to move down in weight, it is important to remember that fighters such as Ann Wolfe and Christy Martin won world championships in multiple weight classes throughout their careers and from a standpoint of what fight could not only draw considerable interest not only for the bout itself, but also for the sport of Women’s Boxing, it would be a battle between two undefeated world champions.

In terms of Women’s Boxing history, some might recall the battle between Christy Martin and Deirdre Gogarty that took place on the undercard of Frank Bruno’s WBC Heavyweight championship title defense in his second fight with Mike Tyson on March 16, 1996. A fight that was featured on the pay-per-view portion of that card here in the United States that frankly was the fight of the night on that card and one of the best fights in Boxing overall in 1996. Women’s Boxing was elevated from the Martin-Gogarty fight and the sport was able to gain much needed exposure due largely to the platform that Showtime, one of the sport’s top premium television networks was able to provide Women’s Boxing both on their network as well as their pay-per-view cards at that time.

Although networks have showcased Women’s Boxing from time to time in the years since, there is so much more that could be done to elevate the sport. A fight between Christina Hammer and Claressa Shields could represent the next step in the evolution of the sport of Women’s Boxing. As the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has proven Women’s combat sports is growing and it is time for Women’s Boxing to be presented in a similar fashion as Women’s MMA has been over the last several years. While some might disagree, this observer believes the timing is right for Women’s Boxing and a Hammer-Shields encounter if it does happen, will be a step forward in that process.

Although the landscape of television as a whole has changed considerably over the last twenty-two years due in large part to the advent of Over The Top (OTT) digital distribution, it is great to see a network like Showtime once again leading the way for providing a platform for Women’s combat sports as they also played a significant role in showcasing Women’s MMA during its early years, much in the same way as they did in showcasing Women’s Boxing back in the 1990s. It is my hope that other networks on traditional television cable/satellite, over the air (OTA) as well as digital OTT networks recognize the potential to help grow Women’s Boxing. As I have said on several occasions, it is long overdue.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Brief Update

We would like to let our readers know that new material will be released on Thursday, January 18th. We apologize for the delay. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Champion vs. Champion Set For "Punches At The Park 7"

Photo Credit: Tony Tolj 
Press Release: January 14, 2018 (Originally Released on January 12, 2018) by Gary Farmer - Unbeaten Super Flyweight sensation Andrew “The Monster” Moloney (15-0, 10 Kos), returns for the biggest test of his professional career February 24 at St Kilda City Stadium in Melbourne Australia for "Punches in the Park 7". Moloney puts his coveted WBA Oceania title & World rankings on the line (WBA #6, IBF #10, WBC #18) as he challenges IBF #5, WBC #11, WBO #12 Rene “The Commander” Dacquel 20 (6) – 6 -1 for his OPBF Championship.

Andrew Moloney Photo Credit: Tony Tolj 
“The OPBF is a very prestigious belt especially in Japan where boxing is booming at the moment.  I claimed the OPBF Silver title in August last year and I don’t like being second to anyone so it’s only right that I now take on the full champion and become number 1. I’m expecting this to be the toughest fight of my career. Dacquel has beaten some very good fighters, winning and defending his OPBF title 3 times in Japan. I’m sure he is not going to want to let go of his title easily” states Moloney. 

The 26 year old Dacquel is no stranger to traveling; “The Commander” has traveled 7 times in professional career having defeated South African Thembelani Nxoshe in 2015 his hometown for the IBO International Super Flyweight Title in South Africa. The Commander has been on as a roll after winning the OPBF Title in Bacolod City, Philippines in 2016 has defended the coveted title 3 times all in Japan earning his universal World rankings.

 “The Monster” a 2012 Glascow Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist is no stranger to the Gold as in the pro ranks he has won the Australian state , National & WBA Oceania Bantamweight titles all in his first 5 fights. Moloney the current  115lbs WBA Oceania, Commonwealth & OPBF Silver Champion puts in all on the line Feb 24 as Team Moloney target WBA Super Flyweight World Champion Khalid Yafai of England.

Moloney added “It is an honor to represent the WBA and to be ranked #6 in the world by the longest standing sanctioning body in boxing history. I have watched a lot of Yafai’s fights. I hope he holds onto his title because I honestly believe I will beat him.  There is no doubt that the Super Flyweight division is one of the most stacked divisions in boxing, but I believe I can match it with all these guys. At the rate I’m improving under Angelo Hyder it won’t be long before I take over the division. 

The Super Flyweight division is on fire at the moment and with Punches in the Park 7 & Super Fly II at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California are both on the same date. The winner will make a strong case for Super III. Twin Brother Jason will Headline the Hosking Promotions “Punches in the Park 7” bill as Twin Brother defends his WBA Oceania Bantamweight title and challenges Namibian Immanuel Naidjala for the vacant Commonwealth title.

Material Courtesy of: Gary Farmer Photos Courtesy of Tony Tolj Used with permission.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

ShoBox 1/12/2018 Weights

The official weigh-in for tonight’s first card of 2018 for Showtime Sports’ popular ShoBox: The New Generation series headlined by a battle for the unified Women’s WBC/IBF Super-Middleweight world championship between undefeated world champion Claressa Shields and undefeated top contender Tori Nelson took place on Thursday in Verona, NY. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: Women’s WBC/IBF Super-Middleweight world championship – 10 Rds.

Claressa Shields (Champion) 167lbs. vs. Tori Nelson (Challenger) 164 3/4lbs.

Jr. Welterweight – 8Rds.

Shohjahon Ergashev 140lbs. vs. Sonny Fredrickson 141lbs.

Women’s Super-Middleweight – 6Rds.

Tiffany Woodard 166lbs. vs. Franchon Dezurn 169lbs.

Welterweight – 6Rds.

Maurice Chalmers 141 1/2lbs. vs. Bakhtiyar Eyubov 143 1/2lbs.

Jr. Featherweight – 10Rds.

Jesse Hernandez 122 1/2lbs. vs. Ernesto Garza 122 1/2lbs.

Heavyweight – 6Rds.

Alexey Zubov 206 3/4lbs. vs. Lamont Capers 194 1/4lbs.

Heavyweight – 8Rds.

Garrett Wilson 210lbs. vs. Apti Davtaev 245lbs.

(* Rounds in the Women’s bouts on this card are scheduled for two minutes in duration.)

ShoBox: Shields vs. Nelson takes place Tonight (Friday, January 12th) at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. The card can be seen in the United States on Showtime beginning at 10PM ET/PT and will also be streamed live on the Showtime and Showtime Anywhere apps. Check your cable/satellite provider for time and channel in your area. For more information about Showtime, Showtime Sports, and the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps including available devices please visit: www.sho.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"A Boxing Wishlist For 2018"

A new year here at The Boxing Truth® means it is time for what readers have come to know as a “Wishlist” of what this observer feels could benefit the sport of Boxing in the year ahead. The year 2018 appears to be in a good position to continue the momentum of what should be viewed as a successful 2017 and overall success over the last several years for the sport.

As is the case with most “Wishlists” one often does not get everything they might want at once and as such some things that have been on this observer’s “Boxing Wishlist” in previous years remain on my list as 2018 begins. Readers might recall at the beginning of 2017 I stated that in terms of a rematch of an encounter that was a candidate for “Fight of the Year” honors that I wanted to see during the year was between undefeated two-division world champion Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The rematch between the two did indeed take place during 2017 with Ward emerging victorious in what turned out to be his final fight as he retired shortly after what was his second victory over Kovalev.

Much like last year, there is one fight that many including yours truly want to see a continuation of in 2018. A rematch between undefeated unified WBA/IBO/IBF/WBC Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul Alvarez. Much as was the case with the first encounter between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward in 2016, opinion as to who got the upper hand in the battle between Golovkin and Alvarez, an encounter ultimately declared a draw, were mixed and set up an ideal scenario for a rematch. Whether or not a second encounter between Golovkin and Alvarez takes place in 2018 remains to be seen, but if it does indeed happen it could lead to something that has been a regular item on my “Boxing Wishlist” in previous years.

Unification of all world championships to determine one “Undisputed world champion” per weight class. Obviously, with seventeen weight divisions in the sport this is one item/wish that is extremely difficult to obtain for a variety of reasons, but in terms of the 160lb. Middleweight division, this is something that could be accomplished sooner rather than later. There are currently two world champions in the Middleweight division with Golovkin and undefeated WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders.

Saunders emerged victorious by producing a dominant performance in winning a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF Middleweight world champion David Lemieux on December 16th in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Saunders has successfully defended his portion of the World Middleweight championship three times since winning the championship in 2015 and off of the strength of his victory over Lemieux seems to be the logical option for the winner of the potential Golovkin-Alvarez rematch.

On the subject of further unification throughout the sport, it would appear that Boxing’s Heavyweight division could also be in a position to make further progress toward determining one “Undisputed World Champion” in 2018. With Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Joseph Parker each holding portions of the World Heavyweight championship, it will be interesting to see if a bout featuring two out of the three champions will take place in the first half of the year. Although the ideal scenario in my eyes would be for a bout between two of the three current champions to be made with the provision that the winner goes on to face the third champion to determine the “Undisputed Heavyweight World Championship “ before the end of the year, I believe it is more likely when one factors into the equation the potential of injuries as well as the annual mandatory title defense obligations that a fight to determine one champion may be more likely for 2019. If further progress toward the goal of that taking place is made this year however, it should be viewed as beneficial to the sport.

Longtime readers are probably familiar with other items that have been discussed in previous years that have been on the “Boxing Wishlist.” Items such as the established dialogue between Boxing’s various sanctioning organizations to discuss issues that surround the sport and to hopefully work together in order to benefit Boxing in the long-term. There was not much made public about the dialogue that was established in 2014 involving the leaders of the World Boxing Council (WBC), the World Boxing Association (WBA), and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

It is my hope not only that the dialogue that was established between the three sanctioning organizations resumes in 2018, but also grows to include the leaders of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) as well as the International Boxing Organization (IBO) as I have said in previous years. In order for true progress to be made, this observer believes that all five major world Boxing sanctioning organizations should be involved in whatever discussions might be with the goal of ultimately benefiting the sport and it’s fans.

There is however, one aspect of the sport that will hopefully garner the attention and recognition it deserves in 2018. Women’s Boxing. It should be no secret to longtime readers that I have long been an advocate for Women’s Boxing and feel that valuable television exposure as well as a spotlight on some of the major pay-per-view cards that take place throughout a calendar year has been long overdue. Readers might recall a bout that took place on the undercard of the Shane Mosley-Ricardo Mayorga rematch in August 2015 for the IBF Women’s World Jr. Featherweight championship between Yulihan Luna and Maureen Shea. A bout that was fought to a ten round split decision draw, which was the first Women’s world championship fight to be featured on a pay-per-view Boxing card in the United States in well over a decade at that point.

In my coverage of that card, I stated that it was my hope that the spotlight of the sport focused more on Women’s Boxing in the future. Many fans are probably familiar with two-time Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields, who turned professional in November 2016 and has since won four fights including becoming a unified world champion in her last fight against Nikki Adler in August of last year. The unbeaten Shields will make the first defense of her unified WBC/IBF World Super-Middleweight championship on January 12th against undefeated top contender Tori Nelson in Verona, NY in a fight that will headline a card televised here in the United States by Showtime Sports as part of their popular ShoBox: The New Generation series.

This will be Shields’ second fight broadcast by Showtime and it should represent an important step forward for the sport of Women’s Boxing overall. In an era where many Women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) stars have been showcased in main events on major pay-per-view cards, it is now time for Women’s Boxing to be showcased in a similar fashion. Whether or not a major Boxing “Pay-Per-View” event headlined by a women’s world championship fight on a card also featuring men’s bouts is closer to becoming a reality remains to be seen, but it is something I want to see happen. It is long overdue.

Finally to wrap up this year’s “Boxing Wishlist”, the subject of “Pay-Per-View.” It should also be no secret to longtime readers as well as those who know this observer that I have also been a strong advocate for Over The Top (OTT) digital distribution and have established a dialogue from time to time discussing the benefits that the distribution model could have for Boxing. Readers might recall a column this observer wrote on the subject in December 2015 titled “Is It Time For “Big Time” Boxing To Go Over The Top” where I first discussed the evolution of what we know as “Pay-Per-View” and the changing landscape as OTT distribution has gradually become a preferred choice of consumers over traditional cable/satellite pay television.

In the years since I wrote that column, OTT as a distribution model as well as a preferred option for consumers has only continued to grow as more options including streaming services as well as A la carte live television services delivered exclusively over the internet have been introduced including YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now just to name a few. As streaming services ranging from sports, general entertainment, movies, Broadway, and others continue to be introduced, it is my hope that a streaming service aimed exclusively for Boxing is eventually introduced.

Although there have been digital networks such as Fite TV, FloSports, EverSport, GFL Combat Sports, YouTube, Facebook, and others that have been successful offering Boxing either as a digital “Pay-Per-View” option offering lifetime on-demand access included with purchase of an event, or as part of a subscription model which includes other sports, or as free events in some cases, I believe it is long overdue that Boxing join the future with a direct to consumer OTT subscription model, which would include live events from around the globe as well as on-demand access as part of a subscription. Readers have likely heard me suggest on more than one occasion that a model for such a digital Boxing network/streaming service can be found in the United Kingdom’s BoxNation cable/satellite network.

The subject of an affordable OTT subscription option for Boxing has long been “A Wish” for this observer primarily for the benefits that it would offer Boxing fans overall who cannot afford to pay what has become increasingly high prices to watch Boxing’s top stars compete on cable/satellite “Pay-Per-View.” Even though there are still exceptions where Boxing still produces significant numbers in terms of buys of cable/satellite pay-per-view cards, most cards underperform in terms of overall buys and that has only continued over the years as prices have gone up and “Cord-Cutting” by consumers choosing to bypass traditional pay television has increased, but it has also led to a change where more marquee fights are now being made available live either on traditional over the air (OTA) television or on cable with networks such as ESPN, Fox, CBS, Showtime, and HBO all striving to bring the best fights possible to their audience.

While it may be true that the rare exception of a “Big” or “Major” event can still produce sizable pay-per-view revenue as was the case with the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor bout in August of last year, which generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys of an event that was priced at nearly $100, Boxing should and frankly needs to take a step toward a subscription-based OTT option much as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have done with their respective digital networks. Although the UFC still puts on pay-per-view events, with those events being added to their UFC Fight Pass digital network on a delayed basis, I believe that there will come a time where eventually the UFC’s pay-per-view events will be made available live as part of a subscription to their Fight Pass digital network. As for World Wrestling Entertainment, some may recall the backlash the company dealt with shortly after the announcement of their WWE Network subscription-based OTT network at the International Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV in January 2014 with several cable/satellite providers refusing to carry WWE pay-per-view events, due to those events being available live and included as part of a WWE Network subscription. Despite that backlash, WWE has shown that it can succeed without traditional cable/satellite pay-per-view with a subscriber base that has gradually been approaching two million paid subscribers paying a price of $9.99 a month even though there are some providers that still offer those pay-per-view events to their subscribers even on a selective basis.

The idea of a digital network delivered exclusively on an OTT basis dedicated to Boxing at a similar price as WWE Network and UFC Fight Pass, which both cost $9.99 a month may seem far-fetched and no pun intended “Wishful Thinking”, but I feel that is only a matter of when and not if Boxing as a whole will need to adapt to the changing times and landscape of technology. While it may also be true that some of the recent cable/satellite pay-per-view Boxing cards that have also been offered on a one-time live showing OTT basis have not done well and in some cases have resulted in litigation regarding problems customers had streaming those events resulting in some getting refunds of their purchase, if there is a dedicated effort between promoters throughout the sport as well as some of the networks who have been major players in the sport for decades to come together to step into the OTT realm, I believe it can be successful.

Something that is a benefit to subscribers of both WWE Network and UFC Fight Pass is both networks have a deep catalog of classic content and full events in addition to live programming and exclusive content. One can only imagine what a dedicated Boxing digital network could be for Boxing fans with potentially a plethora of archived Boxing events, live events, magazine style programming, and documentaries, but I am confident that if such a concept were introduced at an affordable price, Boxing fans would embrace it with open arms.

 For now, the concept of an OTT digital network for Boxing remains merely “A Wish” for this observer, but if progress can be made in this direction much like the other topics on this year’s “Boxing Wishlist” it should be viewed as a great thing for the sport and the fans who support it tirelessly in both good times and bad. We will have to wait and see what becomes of this year’s “Boxing Wishlist” as events take place and news breaks. This observer is very much looking forward to the year ahead.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Schedule Update To Begin 2018

We would like to let our readers know that we will kickoff our 2018 schedule on Wednesday, January 10th. Following this, our normal schedule will resume with material being released regularly between Mondays and Wednesdays, with features, weigh-in results, special previews, fight card recaps, and other content also being released as events approach throughout the sport of Boxing.  The Boxing Truth® welcomes the opportunity to continue to provide our readers with accurate information, in-depth analysis, and objective opinions regarding the sport of Boxing as well as the participants and issues that surround it.   We thank all our readers for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you throughout the year. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018

We here at The Boxing Truth® would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy and safe 2018. We would also like to remind readers that we will announce when we will begin our 2018 schedule on Thursday, January 4th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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