Sunday, December 29, 2019

Brooklyn based Liverpool Super Bantamweight Chris Glover ties in with Vegas Grand Boxing ahead of 2020

Press Release: December 29, 2019 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Liverpool Super Bantamweight Chris Glover has had an interesting rise to the professional ranks to say the very least. After a limited amateur career in between playing then coaching football, the now Brooklyn-based upstart turned professional in mid-2019, winning his professional debut by knockout in the opening stanza of the scheduled four-round contest.  
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Glover, who is guided by world-famous trainer Andre Rozier opened up about his inception into the professional ranks under the eye of Brooklyn native Rozier. "I've known Richard Commey for years and I've helped with media work over the years as that's my trade away from boxing. So when I moved back to New York Richard took me to the gym and introduced me to Andre and my life changed from there. I owe Andre, Richard and Terrence Simpson everything. They've made me such a better person and kept me on the right track in life.

"I didn't do much as an amateur, I played football (soccer) for years and had amateur fights around that. I never really took boxing too seriously until I met Mark Kinney in Liverpool and then Andre and Team Havoc took that to the next level. I met Ryan Rickey through Richard Commey and we worked out how to get me active so with his help, he took me to North Carolina to box on the Vegas Grand Boxing events and it just spiraled from there really. Ryan along with Andre of course, Mike Leanardi, Daniel Gonzalez and Tony Tolj have really helped guide me the right way and that culminated with a first-round win on my pro debut, something a lot of people never believed I would achieve. 

"I've got to really thank Paulie Malignaggi too who's always there to give me advice and he really helped me settle in when I moved to New York a few years back, and I really appreciate everything Paulie's done for me."

Glover, who is trained and advised by Team Havoc alongside Rickey, Leanardi, and Tolj is based out of Andre Rozier's legendary Havoc Camp in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The 122 pounder described life inside a Sadam Ali's gym which has been labeled 'The Kronk of the East'.

Glover said, "Working with Andre, Terrence, Lenny, and all of the boys made me a fighter. It's like nowhere else I've ever been and I'll never go anywhere like it. Working closely with Richard Commey, Duke Micah, Richardson Hitchins, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Sadam Ali, Mickey Bey, Joe Williams, Chris Algieri, Alex Vargas, Ivan Golub, Edgar Berlenga, Pablo Valdez, the list goes on and on. These men gave me an education in professional boxing and it's made me a better human being as well as massively improved inside the ring.

"Andre has given me the reigns to grow in all forms of my career in and out of the ring. We have Havoc Management now and Havoc Media which I work in every day, working with fighters, promoters, managers, sanctioning bodies the world over on a daily basis in a place I now consider home, Brooklyn, New York. I miss home, I miss going to watch Everton every week with the lads but I have to make these sacrifices to be the best I can be in life. I'm glad I have such great people around me who make these sacrifices worth making."

The undefeated super bantamweight heads into a scheduled 5 fights in 2020 all under the Vegas Grand Boxing Promotions banner. 'Bomber' Glover elaborated on his plans for 2020. He said, "Well I've got to continue to improve. I won't stop at doing this until I become the best I can be. That's my goal, to be honest, I'm taking one fight at a time. I train hard and I just want to keep improving.

"I'm made up to be working with Vegas Grand Boxing. The setup they have is a proven 'proving-ground' for fighters all over America and the world to be honest to develop their skills, learn their craft and progress through the ranks. That's what I want to do with my career, but I know I need to improve and Vegas Grand Boxing is the best place to do that I believe.

"The team at Vegas Grand Boxing was instrumental with Sergey Kovalev's first half a dozen fights in America. They've showcased top quality prospects like Michael Williams Jr who's with Roy Jones Jr now and Dylan Price who's now promoted by Mayweather Promotions amongst others who are well known within East Coast boxing circles. So to try to follow in the footsteps of those class acts is what I want to do and I have to thank LaVonda Earley for giving me the opportunity to box on the Vegas Grand Boxing events.

"2020 is just all about progression for me in the ring and out. I've had a wonderful year in and out of the ring and been a part of some massive events and I'm really grateful to have the opportunities I've had on all fronts. Being around the likes of Eddie Hearn's team, Top Rank and Lou DiBella and being part of events like GGG vs Derevyanchenko, Crawford vs Mean Machine, Beterbiev vs Gvzodyk and just being able to soak up all the information that is put out there is fantastic for my career development in and out the ring and I'm indebted to Andre for getting me these opportunities. 

Glover continued, as he discussed the reasons he chose to get into a professional ring despite having a comfortable living outside of prizefighting, "I pushed myself to box in order to follow the path that my late friend Brad Welsh wanted me to go down. I've said on numerous occasions, everything I do positively in life I do it in his memory. I miss him so much and I am doing my best to make him proud.

"Boxing has given me a great life so I have to give back to the sport in the ring as well as out. It's given me Brooklyn and I love this place so much. I have to fulfill my potential and make the people proud back home who support me proud. Whether that support comes from everyone at the Everton match and the friends of Bradley's I still speak to every day along with my family, I have to work hard and be the best I can be to justify them even taking time out to wish me all the best. Having any form of support means the world to me and I just don't want to let people that care about me down."

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Happy Holidays

We would like to wish all of all readers a very Happy and safe Holiday season. We here at The Boxing Truth® are between rounds for the Christmas and New Years holidays. While Boxing news related content will continue to be released here on the website during the holidays as is the norm, an official announcement regarding when we will begin our 2020 schedule will be released on Monday, January 6th. Stay tuned. 

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Monday, December 23, 2019

The Jacobs-Chavez Controversy

The fight between former Middleweight world champions Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was surrounded by “Controversy.” “Controversy” or “Controversial” are two words that are all too often used when it comes to the sport of Boxing and by extension all combat sports, but in regard to this fight the use of said words are appropriate. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is a fighter who has had a respectable career in following in the footsteps of his legendary father Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. It has been a career however, that has seen plenty of “Controversy.”

Chavez Jr.’s career has been chronicled by many, including this observer in both online and print publications since he began his career in 2003, so there is no need to revisit his entire career in long-form. Chavez' accomplishments however, have been overshadowed by inconsistency, lack of commitment to the sport of Boxing, and controversies both in and out of the ring.

At times, Chavez, while not a comparison to his father, who will forever be one of the all-time greats the sport has ever seen, had looked as though he could have approached a status as being regarded as one of the best fighters in the world. For those flashes of potential greatness Chavez Jr. had however, there were more setbacks and questions about his commitment to Boxing. As many Boxing fans know, Chavez has had issues making weight for fights as well as has dealt with drug test violations throughout his career.

Perhaps not so ironically, these issues that have surrounded his career along with the questions of his dedication followed him into this fight with Daniel Jacobs. In the weeks leading up to the fight Chavez was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for failing to comply with a randomized drug test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), which created concern over if the bout would take place. 

There were also suggestions made by the NSAC that if the fight were to take place as scheduled that promoter Eddie Hearn may have faced legal problems as a result as was reported by several media outlets including Yahoo, with the suggestion that Hearn may have been banned from promoting bouts in Nevada due to the issue of Chavez declining to submit to testing. For his part, Chavez claimed that the reason he declined testing was because he had not formally signed to fight Jacobs at the time and was not enrolled in VADA’s program at the time.

All of this resulted in the bout being moved to Phoenix, AZ as well as a legal proceeding the week of the fight as reported by ESPN’s Dan Rafael, where a Nevada judge granted Chavez a temporary restraining order  clearing the way for the fight to take place. Unfortunately, this would not be the only issue for Chavez prior to the fight as he failed to make the 168lb. Super-Middleweight limit and weighed in at 172 3/4lbs. As a result, Chavez forfeited a million dollars of his purse to Jacobs so the fight could go on.

On December 20th, the Boxing world focused on the Talking Stick Resort Arena where a crowd of 10,000 were in attendance to see the fight. As the reader can probably tell by the writing of yours truly, much of the story of this fight centered around Chavez and whether the bout would even happen. The other story that surrounded this encounter was it was the first fight for Jacobs as a Super-Middleweight. Due to Chavez not making the weight limit however, Jacobs was now tasked with fighting an opponent that technically weighed in as a Light-Heavyweight and by fight time looked like a man that had rehydrated to potentially being classified as a 190lb. Cruiserweight.

Although this would give the impression that Chavez was not in fighting condition, he did look like a fighter who had trained well and it may be a case where he simply could not get down to the 168lb. Super-Middleweight limit. It was nevertheless immediately apparent the significant size difference between the two fighters and it did make this observer wonder how effective Jacobs’ punches would be under those circumstances.

What did appear to be in Jacobs’ favor was a hand speed advantage over Chavez. This fight was simple to describe. The bigger man Chavez stalking and attempting to walk and break down the man who was moving up in weight. Despite having the quicker hands of the two, Jacobs’ offense did not appear to have the same type of effectiveness as it did when he was competing as a 160lb. Middleweight. In fairness, he weighed in under the Super-Middleweight limit, but was tasked with facing an opponent who was likely two weight classes above him when they entered the ring, so it is difficult under the circumstances to say that he isn’t as effective now at a weight that is one weight class above where he has spent the bulk of his career. 

What was clear however, was Chavez landed the heavier punches of the two and had particular success in landing left hooks to Jacobs’ body and landing right hands to the head. It was also clear, despite the competitive fight that appeared to be shaping up, that the crowd support was in favor of Chavez. Through four rounds, I felt the fight was even. After five rounds however,  Chavez, claiming he couldn’t breathe in his corner called for the fight to be stopped. Following the stoppage a  frankly an ugly scene emerged where the crowd in attendance chose to voice their dissatisfaction over the fight being stopped by throwing drinks and other debris at the ring and at Chavez.

First, my thoughts on the stoppage was I wondered what the injury or injuries were to Chavez that led to him not continuing. It was later confirmed by Julio Cesar Chavez a statement released on social media that his son had suffered a broken nose that would require surgery. Although I did not initially notice evidence of a fracture when I saw the fight, such as significant blood coming from Chavez’ nose or a break that was clearly visible to the eye of an observer like yours truly, Chavez Jr. claimed in an interview shortly after the fight on digital sports streaming network DAZN’s official YouTube channel that he had been swallowing blood and indicated that the injury occurred as a result of elbows and head butts from Jacobs.

It is important to note that there were at least three times by this observer’s count between rounds four and five where Chavez did complain to Referee Wes Melton that he had been elbowed. While I did not see anything that would indicate a deliberate head butt, there were two or three instances when the fighters were in close where Jacobs appeared to push off Chavez, perhaps in an attempt to make room to punch and there was one warning by Melton that appeared to be to both fighters in round five to watch their elbows.

As far as the injury to Chavez, while I did not see evidence of a broken nose, it did bring back memories of a fight I covered years ago that ended under similar circumstances. I am referring to the 2013 bout between Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido. A fight where Garcia suffered a broken nose in the eighth round that in some ways is similar to the apparent fracture that Chavez suffered in this fight. While Garcia’s injury came as a result of an accidental clash of heads and he would win the WBO Featherweight world championship via technical decision after he could not continue, Chavez would not see a similar outcome as Jacobs was declared the winner via technical knockout.

 What are this observer’s feelings on the aftermath of this fight?  Over the years, I have earned a reputation in the view of some for being hard on Boxing fans. While it is true that there are times where for lack of a better term I have agreed to disagree with the viewpoints of some fans either for what appears to be blatant biases and/or suggesting to me that I publicly call out fights that were “Fixed “ in their opinions, I do have respect for the Boxing fan. After all, I was one myself before I began covering the sport and other combat sports in the mid-1990’s.

Although I have pointed out the flaws in the arguments of some fans when appropriate to do so based on facts as any journalist/writer/commentator/columnist would do and love discussing and exchanging opinions on Boxing and combat sports as a whole with anyone I have the pleasure to correspond with, I have refused to partake in those suggestions of calling a fight “Fixed” because such accusations do not have any evidence that could be viewed as legitimate in a journalistic sense or legally and based on that, I, as a journalist/writer and historian will not risk my reputation either with my readers and/or as a member of the Boxing media by giving into such suggestions, especially when one considers that in the times we live in such accusations from fans are all too frequent. 

Now that I have made my position clear, I hope no one will misunderstand my thoughts on the ugly scene that occurred after this fight was stopped. Unfortunately, it was not the first time that I have seen something like this happen and not the first fight of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s that I have covered where a scene like this occurred.

Some may recall Chavez’ first fight with Matt Vanda in July 2008 in Hermosillo, Mexico. A fight that many, including this observer felt Vanda had won convincingly, was awarded to Chavez via split decision. Despite Chavez being the fan favorite, the crowd in attendance responded in a manner similar to how those in attendance at the Jacobs-Chavez bout responded by throwing drinks and other debris at the ring and anyone else unlucky enough to be in their path.

Although there have been other similar instances over the years, I always find myself thinking back to an encounter that took place in October 1989 when yours truly as a youngster watched as many other fans did at the events that took place. I am referring to the second of three encounters between Tony Lopez and John John Molina. An event that longtime readers have seen me mention whenever circumstances like this have emerged in my work covering the sport.

The short version of the event was before a enthusiastic hometown crowd in his native Sacramento, CA, Lopez was dominated over ten rounds. After sustaining a beating at the hands of Molina and being badly cut, the fight was stopped by Referee James Jen-Kin to prevent Lopez from further punishment. If losing his IBF Jr. Lightweight world championship and suffering significant punishment weren’t bad enough, Lopez, as everyone in and around the ring including the referee had to run for cover as the crowd seemingly threw anything they could get their hands on. 

The incident, which remains one of the most ugly things I have ever seen as I have often said when discussing it was summed up by the late great Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, who was commenting on the broadcast of the fight for NBC Sports when he said that what had taken place was a disgusting commentary on on how far misplaced enthusiasm can go in sports.

It would be hard not to envision Pacheco, who passed away in November 2017 being disgusted by what occurred after Jacobs-Chavez. This observer certainly was. Although it is true in a free society that fans are free to express themselves, my question is where is the line?

The line between free expression where those who spend money to attend events whether they be sporting events, concerts, or another public gathering can express their opinions, displeasure and/or outright anger in a non-violent way, and going overboard where said fans take their passion, anger, or as Dr. Pacheco so eloquently called it thirty years ago, “Misplaced Enthusiasm” too far?

What are the repercussions when things go too far? Unfortunately, this observer cannot answer these questions because I frankly wonder what can be done when that line is crossed. In this instance, what is sad is that while the sport of Boxing has made significant progress in embracing new technology mediums that should open the sport to new eyes, it remains a challenge for promoters and networks to attempt to grow the sport further by choosing to expand its reach by staging cards in locations that are not traditional destinations for Boxing like Jacobs-Chavez did for the city of Phoenix, AZ. 

The sad reality is as long as incidents like this are allowed to take place, it will likely cause hesitation and/or reluctance by cities and regulators worldwide that would otherwise be open to staging Boxing and other sporting events in their regions for the economic growth opportunities that it could bring to their area. While yours truly hopes it won’t be years before another major Boxing event takes place in Phoenix, because the actions of a segment of ticket buyers, what is more sad is someone who may have been in attendance in the arena or may have been watching the Jacobs-Chavez card on DAZN somewhere around the world may have been watching Boxing for the first time. It would truly be unfortunate if the visual of the actions of some who did not appear to know where the line was crossed were to cause new would be fans to be turned off and unwilling to support the sport. Unfortunately, that is probably where “Misplaced Enthusiasm” will have it’s ultimate consequences. 

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Introducing Australian Boxing Champion 'Action' Jackson England

Press Release: December 23, 2019 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Jackson England is one of Australia's brightest young boxing prospects, championing his home town of Mandurah as he wins fight after fight around Australia and the world. 
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With more than 10 wins under his belt and the titles of Australian and Australasian featherweight champion, he preaches the importance of being a gentleman in and out of the ring.

Behind a cool, calm exterior, 'Action' as he is better known, is one of the most focused and determined people I have ever met - knocking out every opponent between him and his world title dream.

At just 22 years old, this powerhouse boxing star, coach, personal trainer and the City of Mandurah's 2019 Sportsperson of the Year, has not let his burgeoning success go to his head.

'Action' Jackson is the second profile in the new Mandurah Millennials on a Mission series, as we meet the young people from around the region helping to shape a new narrative.

The series aims to provide an insight into some of the fresh new talent who have grown up in our great city, and are just getting started making a name for themselves.

Introducing 'Action' Jackson England

The first thing I notice when I meet 'Action' Jackson is his very strong handshake.

I laugh quietly as I lead him towards the interview room at the Mandurah Mail office, subtly massaging my hand back to life before he notices.

Jackson instantly strikes me as a suave guy, but, as we sit down to chat, I can tell he is also very grateful for any opportunity that comes his way.

I'm not a nervous person, but I get excited and overwhelmed when people congratulate me or when I do interviews about myself.

"I'm not a nervous person, but I get excited and overwhelmed when people congratulate me or when I do interviews about myself," he said.

"I will never not feel nervous talking to you, or Justin (Rake) in interviews, or meeting the mayor."

Nervous? Talking to me? If only he could've seen how much my hands were shaking under the table - I was the one talking to an international boxing champion! Plus, they were still recovering from that handshake.

But it just reiterated how humble Jackson is and, although I had done interviews with him before, I was excited to dive a little deeper into how 'Action' achieved his success at such a young age and where he is headed next on this journey.

Memories of moving to Mandurah

Born and raised in western Sydney, Jackson describes his younger years as being spent "running amok in Penrith".

That is, until he was about 10 years old and relocated to the west coast with his mum, step-dad and older sister.

I expect him to throw in a line or two here about dreading the move and not being too stoked about changing schools - I know I would've thrown some kind of 10-year-old tantrum if it was me.

But Jackson said his family were excited to "get a fresh start" and "were blown away by how beautiful Mandurah is".

"As we drove from the airport down to Mandurah, I was shocked how many trees there were along the road, how everything was just so different and I couldn't believe all the water that was just right there," he said.

"I still remember that like it was yesterday. I was so grateful, and I still am, to be here.

"The first place we went to was Port Bouvard and that's where my family still live now."

Jackson went on to recount some of his favourite memories of Mandurah growing up, from the ocean to the local cafes and restaurants.

"There's so many beautiful things here and the people are amazing," he said.

"We've got it so good and we take it for granted but it's mellow, it's friendly, there's beaches everywhere, wildlife, water, sun, everything.

"There's so much down here that people don't bother seeing because they hear stories but it is so fun and happy, there is a beach around every corner and the people are so nice."

'Boxing comes so natural to me'

Boxing doesn't just run through Jackson's blood, it is in his DNA.

His biological father, grandfather and both of his uncles all fought professionally throughout their lives.

"My biological father was in the top three in Australia at his time of fighting professionally and his dad was one of the best middleweights in Australian boxing for a very long time," Jackson said.

"Boxing comes so natural, so rhythmic to me that I knew that's what I wanted to do.

"Both my mum and dad danced as well and they had quite a lot of talent and I'm also big into music and dancing. I think a lot of my passion for that and sport comes from a combination of them both."

But, it was an "ultimatum" from his step-dad when he was 14 that led to Jackson's decorated career in boxing.

"Growing up, I loved any contact sports, anything to do with fighting, martial arts, boxing and I was going on school camp and he wanted me to decide what I was going to do while I was away," he said.

"I was up in the air as to whether to pick performing or fighting then my step-dad took me down to Moorey's Martial Arts to meet my first coach, Eddie."

Jackson trained and had all of his amateur fights under Ed, who he said helped him to where he is today.

From there, he moved to Onyx Performance Centre in Cockburn to take the next step in his career, where he met his current coach, Jay.

"He is just like another father figure to me - not only is he a coach, a mentor but he's also my boss and my friend," Jackson said.

"I work as the head boxing coach out of the gym now and as a personal trainer. Being the coach there as well as fighting professionally under him, he's just done so much for me.

"I'm very grateful to have a lot of the people in my life that I've learnt from and been influenced by."

So what about that nickname?

I have done a few stories with Jackson in the past and never once asked him about where is nickname came from, but it was the first question dotted down on my notepad to ask in this interview.

'Action' Jackson just rolls off the tongue and it suits his energetic, boisterous performances in the ring.

Jackson said it started with his first coach, Ed.

"Action was always a muck around name that Ed would always use and then it started catching on with the family," he said.

"When I had my first professional fight, I was just Jackson England, but in my second fight, a lot of the people, the commentators, the promoter that night - they were already calling me Action.

"I think I bring a lot of energy and action to the ring in the way I fight."

Jackson said he believes in an element of entertainment in boxing, but reiterated how important it was to always show good sportsmanship.

"There are times to fight but it's often showmanship - it's two different people squaring off to see who's better," he said.

"You don't need to be aggressive as you are in the ring, outside of the ring. You can be friends before and after and you must show respect but in the ring, unfortunately, he's trying to punch me in the face and I'm trying to punch him in the face.

"People pay money to see a fight, to see something they've never seen before and I love being in those lights, being able to showcase myself, putting on a performance.

"I want them to remember Jackson England."

A day in the life

Jackson's day begins at 4.50 every morning. I awkwardly, but quite literally, yawn in front of him just thinking about it.

He heads straight to the gym to help his coach set up for the 5.30 morning class before joining in for his "first session of the day" - yes, there is more than one.

After training legs or some strength and conditioning in that class, he takes a few personal training sessions throughout the morning.

Then he does a "middle day session" - perhaps a 10 kilometre run or some boxing technique work.

I like to consider myself a pretty active person but I would be lucky to complete half of one of these sessions on any normal day.

"After that, I've got enough time, I might have a bit of a sleep back at my house or I might run around and do a few errands," Jackson said.

"Then I'll be back at the gym in the afternoon to teach kids classes as well as another boxing class and straight after that, I train for two hours.

"I just go home to chill and get as much sleep as I possibly can but I don't sleep much, I usually get a maximum of four hours at a time."

I don't really rest ever over the holidays or after a fight or anything and that's because I love it and I see the big picture.

As I come to terms with Jackson's weekday schedule and the fact that he doesn't require 15 hours of sleep a night to get through it, he then goes on to tell me about his weekends.

He is like an Energizer bunny.

"On Saturdays, I will teach a class, take a few personal training sessions and then train," he said.

"Sunday I might do one session or take it as a rest day, but usually I can't turn my brain off.

"It's pretty repetitive but I try to shake it up as much as possible.

"Even if I don't have a fight penciled in, I still train two-three times a day.

"I don't really rest ever over the holidays or after a fight or anything and that's because I love it and I see the big picture."

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'The big picture'

It's not often you meet someone as determined and focused as Action Jackson.

It is mere minutes into our interview, talking about how he got started in boxing, before he mentions his "dream".

"I've always had the same dream, that dream has never changed," Jackson said.

"The goal is to be a world champion and not only get the recognition from the world but also I want everyone to enjoy that success with me, because it wasn't just me that got me here.

"I've got the people behind me, I've got the drive and I'm looking to get to that world title shot.

"All of the little things matter, like all those extra training sessions - never leave a stone unturned."

I've got the people behind me, I've got the drive and I'm looking to get to that world title shot.

When I tell him I think that's inspiring, he quickly corrects me.

"I don't think it's inspiring, I'm just doing my thing," he said.

"Everyone can do it. Everyone wakes up and goes to work and I put that same thought process into what I do because it's my job.

"I'm a personal trainer and a boxing coach at the gym but one day I'm hoping I don't have to do that and I can just get paid to train and fight from sponsors and promoters.

"Then, after winning a world title, I want to have my own gym one day and pass on my knowledge but that's in the long run when I'm not fighting anymore.

"It's my mum's dream that, if she had the money, she would have a boxing gym connected to a dance studio and I would love to have the same one day."

Sportsperson of the Year

In November, Jackson was named the City of Mandurah Sportsperson of the Year - an accolade he said he had "no chance whatsoever" of winning.

Unfortunately, he was (voluntarily) sweating through 10-hour training days in Thailand and couldn't be at the ceremony, but had his proud mum and step-dad accept the award on his behalf.

Despite boasting an Australian and an international title, Jackson said it stands as one of his greatest accomplishments.

"When the nominations went out, I said to my family I really didn't think I was going to win," he laughed.

"I was devastated I couldn't be there. I had just finished three sessions for the day, laying in bed absolutely thrashed when mum rings me to tell me I've won. I was so shocked.

"The support I get from people around Mandurah is amazing and I'm very grateful for it. I was so happy to win that award.

"I get the motivation and the drive from my friends and family, my coach, my team and the Mandurah community. I wouldn't be where I am without them."

'Action' Jackson's fourth next fight is March 6th on the Thunderdome series in Perth Western Australia and is looking to kick off the year with a bang.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019


Press Release: December 22, 2019 By Sanman Promotions – Sanman Super Bantamweight prospect “Magic” Mike Plania now (W23 KO12 L1 D0) closed the year with a bang scoring a shutout UD win against previously unbeaten Nicaraguan opponent Giovanni Gutierrez now (W9 KO6 L1 D0). Gutierrez was sent to the canvass once before being schooled by the more experienced Plania all throughout the rounds. All judges scored it 100-89 for the Filipino. With the win, he takes home the IBF North America Super Bantamweight Belt. 
Credit: Sanman Promotions 

“I really thought he was done when he went down. I wanted to finish the fight early but props to my tough opponent. I did good though in boxing him the following rounds. I am hoping to go up in the IBF ranking having won the North America belt. I am praying hard for bigger fights next year especially for a world title fight”, Plania stated.

Meanwhile, fellow Filipino and Sanman fighter John Vincent Moralde, now (W23 KO13 L3 D0) shocked Argentinian opponent Mattias Arriagada by knocking him down three times before the referee saved him from further punishment in the very first round. 

Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil was very happy about his boxers’ win in Miami. “It was a step-up game for them especially for Mike. We are targeting a world title match for him next year. A little more polishing and he’s ready for the big time”, Manangquil said.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Jacobs-Chavez Post-Feature And Schedule Updates

We would like to let our readers know that new material discussing the December 20th bout between former Middleweight world champions Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is in the works and will be released here on the website on Monday, December 23rd. This feature column will conclude our 2019 schedule and we will be between rounds for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Schedule information regarding when our 2020 schedule will begin will be released here on the website over the course of the holiday break along with any Boxing news/related content that becomes available. Stay tuned.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Jacobs-Chavez Official Weights

Press Release: By DAZN – PHOENIX, ARIZONA, Dec. 19, 2019 – DAZN closes out its first full year in boxing with a stacked card highlighted by Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs making his Super Middleweight debut against Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Credit: Ed Mulholland/ Matchroom Boxing USA 

The main card of the evening will feature Julio Cesar Martinez taking on Cristofer Rosales for the vacant WBC World Flyweight title in a 12-round bout, and Maurice Hooker will make his Welterweight debut against Uriel Perez in a 10-round bout. The preliminary bouts will showcase Liam Smith battling Roberto Garcia, Josh Kellygoing up against Winston Campos, and undefeated Reshat Mati taking on Rakim Johnson.

Ahead of their bouts tomorrow night, the fighters stepped on the scales for the official weigh-in on Thursday afternoon.

DAZN coverage on Friday night will begin at 7 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. MST, with the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. MST.

12-Round Super Middleweight Bout @ 173 lbs.

Daniel Jacobs: 167.7 lbs.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: 172.7 lbs.

12-Round WBC World Flyweight Title Bout @ 112 lbs.

Julio Cesar Martinez: 112 lbs.

Cristofer Rosales: 111.3 lbs.

10-Round Welterweight Bout @ 144 lbs.

Maurice Hooker: 144.3lbs.

Uriel Perez: 141.9 lbs.

6-Round Welterweight Bout @ 148 lbs.

Rashad Mati: 145.8 lbs.

Rakim Johnson: 146.4 lbs.

10-Round Welterweight Bout @ 151 lbs.

Josh Kelly: 150.4 lbs.

Winston Campos: 148.4 lbs. 

10-Round Middleweight Bout @ 160 lbs.

Liam Smith: 159.9 lbs. 

Roberto Garcia: 155.5 lbs. 

DAZN looks forward to kicking off the new year with two highly-anticipated cards featuring junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia moving up to middleweight to face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on Jan. 11, and undefeated middleweight star Demetrius Andrade defending his WBO world middleweight title against contender Luke Keeler in Miami on Thursday, Jan. 30. Also on that card will be IBF world super featherweight titlist Tevin Farmer defending against JoJo Diaz, and unified super bantamweight Daniel Roman defending his titles against Murodjon Akhmadaliev. 

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

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