Monday, July 16, 2018

Moloney Set To Face Concepcion

Andrew Moloney Credit: Hosking Promotions
Press Release: July 16, 2018 by Hosking Promotions – WBA, IBF #3, WBC #4, WBO #9 Australian Boxing sensation Andrew “The Monster” Moloney 17 – 0 returns to the ring for his 3rd fight of 2018.

The 2017 Australian prospect of the year will be defending his coveted World Boxing Association Oceania Super Flyweight Championship against WBA #7, WBC #14 Luis “El Nica” Concepcion 37-6. This will be the grand opening Ultra Tune event of the new Bendigo Stadium in Bendigo, Victoria Australia.

Concepcion a former 2 weight division WBA World Champion himself, a national icon in Panama this will be Moloneys biggest challenge yet. This will mark Moloneys 9thWBA Oceania fight in the Bantam & Super Fly divisions.

The man known as “The Monster” has been gunning for the WBA World Super Flyweight Championship opportunity against Kal Yafai for over year. All the top rated fighters refused to take on Moloney. Concepcion has stepped up to the plate and will come to Australia. The winner will be right in the mix for the World Title opportunity.

Concepcion is no stranger to travelling as he previously beat Japanese Icon Kohei Kono for the WBA World Super Flyweight Title in Japan and David Sanchez in Mexico.

Moloney has great respect for the former World Champion, Concepcion is an extremely tough and very experienced boxer, he always comes to fight and puts a lot of pressure on his opponents. I know that I will have to be in great condition for this fight.

I am very familiar with how Concepcion fights, I have watched him many times over the years as he has always been one of the top guys in the Super Flyweight division.
My dream is to become World Champion. Every day I am doing absolutely everything I can to achieve this dream.

Concepcion was the last man to hold the WBA Super Flyweight Title before the current champion Kal Yafai.  I want to show everyone what level I am at by beating Concepcion and then we will set our sights on Yafai next” States Moloney

The event will also feature son of a legend, Tim Tszyu. As well as Aussie prospects, “Golden Greek” Adam Kaoulas, Che St John and more.

Twin Brother Jason “The Smooth” Moloney face Puerto Rican IBF World Bantamweight Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in the Quarter final of the World Super Series, date to be determined.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pacquiao Stops Matthysse In 7 In Return To The Ring, What’s Next?


Thirty-nine year old future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring with a dominant seven round stoppage of longtime top Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse on Sunday morning (Saturday night in the United States) at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In what was the first fight for the former eight-division world champion since losing the WBO Welterweight world championship via what some felt was a controversial twelve round unanimous decision to then undefeated number one contender Jeff Horn in July of last year in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia, Pacquiao showed no signs of a fighter that is in decline.

From the opening bell Pacquiao used angles and hand speed to keep Matthysse on the defensive and unable to be effective. The fight was fought primarily in the middle of the ring where Pacquiao would be able to dictate the combat. There were times throughout the bout that Pacquiao showed glimpses of the swarming, aggressive style that was his trademark throughout much of his career. Matthysse simply could not find a way to neutralize Pacquiao’s movement and nullify his attack.

Pacquiao scored a knockdown of Matthysse in round three with a left uppercut that sent Matthysse to the canvas. This will be followed by a second knockdown in round five as a result of a short right hook that seemed to connect on Matthysse’s temple causing him to take a knee. The end of the fight came in round seven when Pacquiao scored a third and final knockdown of Matthysse with another left uppercut that sent Matthysse down and forced Referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 2:43 of round seven.

Manny Pacquiao advances to 60-7-2, with 39 Knockouts. Lucas Matthysse falls to 39-5, with 36 Knockouts.

The victory for Pacquiao, his sixtieth in sixty-nine professional fights, secured him interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Welterweight ratings, which makes him the mandatory challenger for undefeated WBA world champion Keith Thurman. An obvious an interesting question coming out of this fight is what exactly will the thirty-nine year old Pacquiao do next?

Although Pacquiao has been through many wars throughout his career and was coming off of a loss to Jeff Horn, he showed no negative effects, despite his advanced age. The stoppage win over Matthysse for Pacquiao, his first since stopping future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto in November 2009 should be an indicator that he is not at the end of his career just yet. What that means for any fighter ranging from the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division up to the 154lb. Jr. Middleweight division is a longtime marquee draw for the sport is still around and viable.

For now, Pacquiao appears content to remain in the 147lb. Welterweight division where he has spent much of the last decade of his career. It should not be overlooked that Pacquiao’s fight against Lucas Matthysse was his first without longtime trainer Freddie Roach. While it did not appear to have any effect on him not having Roach in his corner for the first time in many years, one subject that some fans have chosen to be critical of Pacquiao about is his ongoing career as a politician in his native Philippines where he currently serves as a senator. The questions of whether his duties as a politician would eventually have a negative impact on his Boxing career have been asked before.

This observer is however, reminded of a statement that Freddie Roach made in the weeks leading up to Pacquiao’s landmark victory over Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008, where Roach was critical of De La Hoya for not being as active as a fighter as Roach believed he should have been as De La Hoya was also involved in the sport heavily as a promoter before he retired after Pacquiao defeated him. Roach said that it was his opinion that a fighter could not maintain his sharpness only competing on a part-time basis.

While no one has suggested that one could say Manny Pacquiao is in a similar position as De La Hoya was, it is important to remember that he will be forty years old in January 2019. Although many modern-day fighters have competed well beyond the age of forty, I believe that it will be to Pacquiao’s best interest as a fighter if he can stay active and compete on a regular basis.

As many of the top fighters of Pacquiao’s era are now either retired or approaching retirement, he will be facing fighters who are likely younger than he is and as such might be viewed as having a theoretical advantage over him. In some ways, it is not a position that Pacquiao is unfamiliar being in as he spent much of the last decade facing fighters who were naturally bigger than him, but the obvious difference is Pacquiao was younger throughout much of that time.

In terms of the Welterweight division, I believe Pacquiao would be a viable option for any world champion in the division not only due to his new designation as having interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s ratings, but also the name recognition clout that he brings to the table. With WBA champion Keith Thurman presently inactive due to injuries, an interesting possibility for Pacquiao’s next fight could come in the form of potential fights with either undefeated current WBO world champion Terence Crawford or undefeated IBF world champion Errol Spence. It may simply come down to which fight can be made and when that will determine who Pacquiao faces next.

The illustrious career of future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao has had many chapters chronicling the highs and lows of a great fighter. The Boxing world eagerly awaits the next chapter.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Resurgence Of Bareknuckle Boxing


Over the past five years, readers of The Boxing Truth® have seen a story chronicled from its debut until it’s last installment in August 2015. The story of an innovation in the sport of Boxing known by three simple letters “BKB.” A concept that was developed and nurtured by United States satellite television provider DirecTV that debuted in 2013 as a modernized form of Bareknuckle Boxing.

The concept involved the idea of bringing Boxing back to its origins, but included the introduction of knuckle-exposed Boxing gloves thus modernizing Bareknuckle Boxing from its original form. What was also innovative about the BKB concept was that bouts under the BKB format did not take place in a traditional Boxing ring, but instead were fought in an area known as the “BKB Pit.” A fighting area with no ring ropes that measures seventeen feet in diameter and 227 square feet. Fights under the BKB format were also fought with  two minute round limits and rounds were scheduled for five, seven, and ten rounds respectively.

The first two cards in the history of the BKB concept took place in the state of New Hampshire here in the United States and featured the use of the knuckle-exposed Boxing gloves. After BKB 2 in December 2013, the concept underwent a slight revamp. Gone were the use of the knuckle-exposed gloves and with that change the abbreviation BKB: Bare-Knuckle Boxing was also charged to Big-Knockout Boxing. The use of standard Boxing gloves, the same used in traditional Professional Boxing was introduced while the rest of the BKB format remained the same.

As some readers might remember in my coverage of BKB, I stated that the revamped concept while moving the concept closer to the traditional format of Professional Boxing was a necessary step as it allowed BKB to be regulated in more states and thus allowed a significant hurdle to be cleared in a quicker timeframe than that of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which was originally introduced as a form of bare knuckle, full contact fighting that was essentially no holds barred with the exception of no biting and eye gouging among other rules. While MMA has always been a popular combat sport from its inception in the early 1990’s on through to present day, the original format of the sport incurred the ire of many politicians and as a result many MMA promoters including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) faced an uphill battle for several years as far as licensing and regulation were concerned no doubt delaying the overall growth of the sport for several years.

As the sport of MMA gradually evolved over time and gained long overdue acceptance and recognition in the mainstream as a combat sport, so too did the innovative BKB concept with notable professional fighters competing in the BKB Pit and some such as Gabriel Rosado and Jullian Pollard winning BKB world championships. There has not been much announced by BKB or DirecTV however, since BKB’s last event in June 2015. While some may choose to speculate as to the reason or reasons for BKB’s inactivity, this observer will not refer to the BKB concept in past-tense simply because there has been no announcement made of it’s closure or its status as of this writing, but one thing BKB’s inactivity has caused beyond stalling what was growing momentum is it has also taken away potential opportunity for combat sports athletes, specifically those in Boxing and those who compete in several combat sports/martial arts disciplines.

While BKB remains inactive, a form of Professional Boxing has risen from the sport’s origins. A legal form of the original concept of Bareknuckle Boxing. As readers might recall in my initial coverage of BKB’s inception in 2013, I stated that when I had been asked over the years as to my thoughts of a potential return of Bareknuckle Boxing that I did not see it happening primarily due to the safety concerns, the issue of regulation and the dangers that exist in Boxing as it is, while also stating that safety standards in the sport have greatly improved over the years.

Ironically, it wasn’t long after writing and releasing that column covering BKB’s debut that I had an opportunity to view a bareknuckle event that was broadcast by the now defunct GFL Combat Sports network, but the question of whether or not the event, which ultimately was a one-off was in fact regulated by a state athletic commission was not answered.  During the month of June however, two separate bareknuckle events took place that were regulated by the state of Wyoming.

The first of these events took place on June 2nd at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, a debut of a promotion known as the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship or BKFC for short that was televised via traditional cable/satellite pay-per-view as well as digital pay-per-view via Fite.TV. In a similarity to the BKB format, bouts fought under BKFC rules were fought in a fighting area known as “The Squared Circle.”

No, this is not a reference to a term commonly used in professional wrestling to describe where matches normally take place, but rather a unique form of a Boxing ring with a circular fighting area surrounded by  four circled ropes.  The circled ring measures twenty-two feet and is incased on a twenty-eight foot square platform. This fighting area similar to bouts fought under the BKB format seems ideal for fighters who tend to be offensive-minded and the narrow length did ensure for bouts that were fan-friendly. While due to both the time between these events  and the release and length of this column I will not provide a standard recap of the events, I will offer the reader some of my impressions regarding what took place.

As was the case with the BKB format while fights were being fought with the knuckle-exposed Boxing gloves it was almost immediately noticeable as to the damage sustained by the fighters who competed due to no gloves being used. While this obviously would create concern for most people whether they be fans watching the event or those who are involved in the sport and/or cover it, there was not an instance where I felt a fight was allowed to go on longer than it should due to a fighter sustaining too much punishment and it seemed to be along the same guidelines as how Mixed Martial Arts fights are officiated in that bouts were stopped in an appropriate timeframe if a fighter had suffered too much punishment or was in a predicament where they suffered knockdowns where it was obvious that a fight should not continue.

Although many of the bouts on this card saw fighters sustain cuts and other injuries, it was clear that concern over fighters safety was a priority and I feel that while Bareknuckle Boxing may not be for everyone, appropriate steps were taken to ensure those competing on this card were safe as well as the card that followed the debut of BKFC later in the month of June. While fights on the first BKFC card were scheduled for five two-minute rounds and that ensured a quick pace for most of the bouts, it did not necessarily mean that elements that are required in traditional Professional Boxing would not be needed under the BKFC format such as timing, technique, and essential tools that are a part of most boxers respective arsenals.

Some of the notable fighters on this card included former UFC Heavyweight world champion Ricco Rodriguez, former world title challenger and undefeated bareknuckle legend Bobby Gunn, former UFC women’s Flyweight contender Bec Rawlings, and fellow MMA notables Joey Beltran and Tony Lopez just to name a few.  What I look for whenever a new variation of combat sports is introduced is to see how the fighters approach their respective fights. Whether there will be brawling or whether bouts will be fought more tactically.

Whenever something new or in this case something that has been updated from it’s original format takes place, I always find myself watching some of the early UFC events and other variations of MMA from many years ago and it is always interesting to see how much the sport of MMA evolved from it’s original tournament/bareknuckle full contact concept to what the sport is today. In this case, I went back and studied both some of the early UFC events as well as revisited some of the events that took place under the BKB format and I looked for things that might be similar between the BKB format and these two bareknuckle cards.

Beyond the obvious of BKB initially being introduced as a form of gloved-Bareknuckle Boxing, while these bareknuckle events were the definition of what one would think of the subject of Bareknuckle Boxing with fighters only having hand wraps slightly below their fists, I felt the combat that took place on the first BKFC event as well as the event that took place two weeks later on June 23rd titled Bareknuckle Fight Club 4, which took place at the Cam Plex Central Pavilion in Gillette, WY, which was also televised by Fite.TV were very similar to the BKB format. A mix of narrow fighting areas and fast-paced bouts created what most would call an ideal scenario for fans viewing the action as most of the bouts on both events were of the quick variety, which normally creates an exciting atmosphere.

A question some might ask is who will be next to regulate Bareknuckle Boxing? Although fighter safety was a priority at both of these events as should be the case with all combat sports events, regulation might be difficult to obtain in some states due largely to safety concerns. One needs to look no further than the progression of BKB to see the potential argument that the slight revamp of the concept and elimination of the knuckle-exposed Boxing gloves and change to standard Boxing gloves opened the door for BKB to be regulated in the state of Nevada as well as opened greater exposure as more media outlets covered BKB events following the revamp than had been the case as those of us who have  covered BKB from its debut in 2013.


While some may debate whether Bareknuckle Boxing will be able to gain more traction beyond these two events, this observer feels much like the BKB concept that as long as safety concerns continue to be addressed that it could provide another route for fighters who are looking for an opportunity to ply their trade. Even though BKB remains on hiatus, with more legalized Bareknuckle Boxing events scheduled to take place in the coming months, there will be opportunities for multi-combat sport athletes to compete in what could be the next growing form of Professional Boxing. A form that this observer looks forward to covering as it evolves.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dela Torre Hits Malaysia For Showdown With Unbeaten Yang

Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: July 12, 2018 By Sanman Promotions – Armed with the needed preparation and tremendous will to win, Harmonito "Hammer" Dela Torre has arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for an all-important fight on Sunday. (Saturday, July 14th in the United States) Dela Torre is accompanied in Kuala Lumpur by coaches Rodel Mayol and Marquil Salvana. Also, with the team to lend support are Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil and Sanman Promotions CFO Dexter Tan.


         
         
Dela Torre (19w-1L-0D, 12KOs) will be fighting unbeaten Chinese fighter Yongqiang Yang in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse duel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dela Torre assured he is in tip-top shape against Yang, who is unbeaten in 10 fights with seven knockout victories. "It's been a good camp. We have a good gameplan and I can't wait for the big day on Sunday," said Dela Torre.
  
         
         
Dela Torre is aware of the significance of the fight, hence, fight fans can expect him to go all out. "This could bring me back to title contention if I win," said Dela Torre, who is aspiring to bounce back after absorbing his first career-loss to Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar last November 18, 2017 in Las Vegas, USA. It will be the second time in his career that Dela Torre will be fighting in a card headlining Pacquiao. Dela Torre fought in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios duel last November 2013 wherein the Sanman Boxing Gym stalwart pulled off  a third-round knockout win over Indonesia’s Jason Butar.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th Of July 2018


We here at The Boxing Truth® would like to wish everyone a Happy and safe Fourth of July. We would also like to remind readers that new material discussing the recent revival of Bareknuckle Boxing will be released on Friday, July 13th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Foley Inks With Dragon Fire Boxing

Kerry Foley Credit: Tony Tolj
Press Release: July 3, 2018 by Dragon Fire Boxing – Leading Australian Super Middleweight “Captain Kerry Foley” has signed a multi-year managerial agreement with prominent boxing managerial company Dragon Fire Boxing. Foley has joined the growing stable of fighters, World rated fighters Reagan Dessaix, Andrew Moloney and Jason Moloney who has just entered the prestigious World Boxing Super Series.

Kerry Foley returns September 7th in Melbourne to challenge World rated Jayde Mitchell for the interim WBA Oceania Super Middleweight Title in Melbourne on a Big Time Boxing event.

Foley discusses the transition from part-time to full-time boxer & the improvement training under Arnel “Peter” Barotillo.

“With the help of some very close people they have turned me into a full time fighter, which means I train all year round no matter what I have organised. Iv had the last year in fight prep. This is just an added 10 weeks with titles at the end of the rainbow. 

Best thing iv done in my life. Arnel’s style is perfect for me and I enjoy going to the gym every day with him. Learning so much and he has so much more to teach. I can also understand words that he has made up that no one else can 

“Dragon Fire Boxing have done everything that they said they could and would do. My job is a boxer so I train and fight and leave the rest in their capable hands and they are doing awesome. 1 fight with them and I’ve got Jayde Mitchell. Can’t ask for any more.

“You wanna see me knock people out, raise the flags. No Quarter given, Australia is gonna have a real world champion. One that hits harder then anyone in the division, is exciting and has an iq higher then his age. 

Excited is an understatement, I love my job I love being in there and I cannot wait to show Australia what Captain Kerry Foley does. I’m more then just rum” 

 – States Foley

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Bareknuckle Boxing Feature Update

We would like to let our readers know that the previously announced feature discussing the recent revival of Bareknuckle Boxing scheduled for Friday, June 29th will now be released and kickoff our July 2018 schedule on Friday, July 13th. We apologize for the delay. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Monday, June 25, 2018

DRAGON FIRE BOXING SIGNS PROSPECT REAGON DESSAIX


Reagon Dessaix Credit: Tony Toij
Press Release: June 25, 2018 by Dragon Fire Boxing - WBA Oceania, IBF International & IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion Reagan “The President” Dessaix has signed a multi-year managerial deal with the Dragon Fire Boxing stable.

“I feel very privileged to have such a good & experienced management team with Tony Tolj, Angelo Hyder at Dragon Fire Boxing managing my boxing career. They’ve put so much time & effort in the past couple of fights I have been with them, looking forward to seeing what the future holds from here on in. 

So far I’ve had 2 fights under Dragon fire & they have been my 2 biggest fights to date. I’ve won the WBA Oceania & both IBF International & Pan Pacific Titles. This is only the beginning & looking forward to some exciting times ahead & seeing what the future holds”

Without all my fans, sponsors & ongoing support I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for them. I couldn’t thank them enough for all the ongoing support along my boxing journey so far! 
– States Dessaix  

“The Team at Dragon Fire Boxing are very excited for the future with Reagan Dessaix, 14 wins with the sole loss at picking up WBA & IBF Regional Title, the sky is the limit for the kid at 21 years of age. I always working together with just good people and Reagan and his father Clem are a class act.   He should be slipping into the World ratings very soon. Really looking forward to see the progression of “The President” Reagan Dessaix.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Is Spence-Crawford The Next “Super Fight” In The Welterweight Division?

As the sport of Boxing enters the summer of 2018, the focus has started to develop on what major fights might be made for later in the year. Of course, most would say that “The Fight” of 2018 has already been made, the highly anticipated rematch between undefeated unified Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. While the circumstances of the first encounter between Golovkin and Alvarez as well as the saga that has led to the rematch being signed, cancelled and re-signed is an ongoing story that has been present here at The Boxing Truth® as well as throughout the entire sport, there are other possible encounters that could be made and if they are made frankly deserve as much attention as Golovkin-Alvarez.

The month of June has featured two world championship bouts taking place in Boxing’s 147lb. Welterweight division that produced what some might call logical outcomes, but in the process also developed a possibility of what could be the next “Super Fight” in a division rich in historic encounters that have carried such a label. The first of these two world championship fights took place on June 9th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Undefeated WBO Welterweight world champion Jeff Horn made the second defense of his crown against undefeated former two-division world champion Terence Crawford, who was attempting to win a world championship in a third weight class.

In previewing this fight, I expressed my view that the story of the fight would center on whether Horn would be able to effectively disrupt Crawford’s ability to get into a rhythm as he was able to do at points in his fight against Manny Pacquiao when he won the WBO Welterweight world championship in July of last year. From the outset of the fight it was evident that although the champion came out aggressively in attempting to bring the fight to Crawford as he had against Pacquiao, that it was the challenger Crawford who had an upper hand in catching Horn coming forward and had particular success when the two fighters would engage in exchanges of punches. While Horn was able to have periodic success in landing his right hand during the course of the bout, the difference in timing and Crawford’s hand speed, I felt became the story of the fight.

Horn simply could not find an answer to avoid Crawford’s quick hands, ability to counter punch, and overall effective offense. Crawford implemented a systematic approach that eventually took it’s toll on the champion. Crawford’s ability to vary his attack, use precision timing to both get his punches off first as well as counter the majority of Horn’s offense gradually broke the champion down as Crawford would ultimately score a knockdown of the always “Game” Horn in the ninth round and was able to get a stoppage with a follow-up barrage of punches to become the new WBO Welterweight world champion.

Following his victory when asked who he would want to fight next in the division, Crawford simply replied that he wanted the other world champions, that he wanted the “Big Fights” and told his promoter Bob Arum to “Make It Happen.” One such champion who also saw action recently was undefeated IBF Welterweight world champion Errol Spence, who defended his piece of the World Welterweight championship against undefeated IBF number three rated Welterweight contender Carlos Ocampo on June 16th at the Ford Center in Frisco, TX.

Spence, who was making the second defense of his IBF crown that he won in May of last year by stopping former champion Kell Brook, made short work of Ocampo, landing a flush left hook to the body that sent the challenger down for the count with one second left in the first round. While this title defense for Spence was short, he made just as loud of a statement as did Crawford in his victory over Jeff Horn.

An obvious conclusion coming out of these two fights is the potential of a Spence-Crawford showdown. A fight that would frankly bring back similarities to the classic “Super Fights” of the past. Two undefeated world champions both with significant followings, both with the ability to knock an opponent out, and each holding a claim to the World Welterweight championship. While it may appear simple to “Make It Happen” as Crawford told Bob Arum, there are other possibilities that could prevent an encounter between the two happening in the near future as has sometimes been the case with regard to major fights in the past.

The most obvious of potential obstacles is both Spence and Crawford are promoted by rival promoters and as such that in itself can be a difficult hurdle to clear. It is also important to remember that there is another world champion to keep in mind, former world champions who will soon be squaring off for a vacated world title, and a bout between a future Hall of Famer and a longtime top contender in the division all of whom may want to interject themselves into the discussion of potential opponents for either champion.

The vacated World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight world championship will be at stake when former world champions Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia meet in August at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The winner of that fight would be a viable option for both Spence or Crawford if a fight between the two is not in the immediate plans. Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao will be getting back into the ring in July against current WBA number one rated contender Lucas Matthysse in a bout to determine interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Welterweight ratings currently held by Matthysse. The current WBA world champion Keith Thurman, who briefly unified the WBA and WBC crowns in the division by defeating Danny Garcia last year is currently inactive due to both recovering from elbow surgery as well as an injured left hand that forced him to pull out of a scheduled bout on May 19th and saw him relinquish the WBC crown. Thurman, like both Spence and Crawford, is an undefeated world champion who has an exciting style and when he does return to active competition will almost certainly be in the discussion as a potential opponent for either fighter.

For a division that has been known as being one of the most competitive in the entire sport as well as for many classic battles throughout Boxing history, we may be seeing what could be the beginning of the next golden era of the Welterweight division, with so many possibilities and fighters at the top or near the top of the division who could each make an argument as being the number one fighter in the weight class. If circumstances such as conflicts between promoters, mandatory title defense obligations, and other things that could prevent a major “Super Fight” from happening, this observer can think of no better way to kick off this era than an encounter between two undefeated world champions to further unify the division, Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Re-Energized Sanchez Battles Unbeaten Chuprakov On July 14th In Russia



Ernie Sanchez Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: June 21,2018 by Sanman Promotions -  Ernie Sanchez feels like a renewed fighter. And come July 14, Sanchez looks to make a lot of noise in what he considers a fresh start as he battles undefeated Russian boxer Evgeny Chuprakov in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Sanchez and Chuprakov will lock horns in a 10-round duel for the WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight belt.

           
Sanchez is keen on putting up an impressive showing in just his second fight under the Sanman Promotions. “I am very excited to have another opportunity to fight abroad. This will be my second fight under Sanman Promotions and I feel like a brand new fighter. New environment, new trainer. I feel like I’m a different fighter now,” said Sanchez.

           
Sanchez said he realized that being part of Sanman Promotions takes a lot of hard work.
“It’s also my first time in a long while to have an eight-week camp and that makes me very confident for my upcoming fight,” said Sanchez, who debuted as a Sanman fighter last April 28 that saw him scoring a knockout win over Noel Adelmita. Sanchez faces an uphill battle against Chuprakov, who has yet to lose in 19 fights and has scored 10 knockout victories.

           
Sanchez has piled up 18 wins, nine by knockouts, and has 11 losses. He may possess a not so impressive record but Sanchez cannot be taken lightly, warned Jim Claude Manangquil, CEO of Sanman Promotions. “People might underestimate Sanchez because of his record but we know his ability especially if he is in good shape and in his real weight division of super featherweight, he will be a problem for anybody,” said Manangquil.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Update


We would like to let our readers know that two special features are in the works and will be released in the near future here on the website focusing on the current landscape of the 147lb. Welterweight division as well as the resurgence of Bareknuckle Boxing. The first of these features will be released on Saturday, June 23rd. This wiill be followed by the Bareknckle Boxing feature on Friday, July 13th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

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


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

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

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

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Friday, June 8, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

We will see what happens on Saturday night.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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

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

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Brief Update

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

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Reader Poll: Horn-Crawford

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

The options for this poll are as follows:

Jeff Horn

Terrence Crawford

Or

It will end in a draw

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

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

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Update

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

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

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



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

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

Material and Photo Courtesy of: Sanman Promotions Used with permission.

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