Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Press Release: By DAZN – NEW YORK (June 30, 2020) – Boxing returns on DAZN this summer with three U.S. cards in five weeks from Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing USA.


·       On Friday, July 24, Golden Boy presents 2019 consensus “Prospect of the Year” Vergil Ortiz Jr. against Samuel Vargas in their previously scheduled welterweight attraction from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. 


·       On Saturday, Aug. 15, Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his WBC World Flyweight title against McWilliams Arroyo as Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA returns in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


·       On Friday, Aug. 28, former three-division world champion Jorge Linares is back in action against top-ranked Javier Fortuna in a clash of lightweights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and presented by Golden Boy.


All three events will be broadcast live and exclusively on DAZN. Undercard information and additional event details will be announced shortly.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

Where Things Stand For Boxing Under COVID-19

Originally, this column was to primarily center around a notable bout that took place over the course of the final weekend of June 2020. As this observer began his initial process of envisioning the layout of this column, it became clear that it would be more appropriate to not only share some insight on the return of WBC Jr. Lightweight world champion Miguel Berchelt, but to also share some of my impressions on what we have seen thus far since Boxing resumed amid the COVID-19 epidemic and where the sport stands.


It should be no secret to readers or those who know me that I have approached the resumption of Boxing under the circumstances of COVID-19 with a day to day mindset. While many have proclaimed “Boxing Is Back” and such a slogan has served as a marketing tool of sorts, it is important to remember that the world is in unprecedented times and even though many are egger to resume everyday life, yours truly had kept a mindset that the resumption of Boxing much like other sports could be temporary and that will largely depend on the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 virus.


Although numbers regarding the virus remain not encouraging, the sport has shown for the time being that it can operate behind closed doors, despite some scheduled fights being postponed or cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests. Some who cover the sport like yours truly, may be inclined to focus a good portion of attention on the positive tests and would be justified in pointing out the risks of exposure and thus the risk to the fighters and their camps. Readers are more than welcome to read through the various material that I have covered in the weeks since the sport resumed for more information about the positive tests that have occurred thus far.


In the interest of both honestly and keeping in mind my feelings regarding the sport resuming that I have shared both here on The Boxing Truth® and on several social media platforms, it should be pointed out that despite the setbacks some cards have incurred, the Boxing cards have gone forward. While it remains to be seen whether this can be sustainable in the long-term especially if numbers in general regarding COVID-19 continue to increase both in terms of newly diagnosed cases and unfortunately deaths, for now the fact that promoters have been able to continue with their closed-door events even though a few fights have not taken place because of the virus, under the circumstances, it should be considered successful.


One of the primary criticisms I have heard from some fans however, has centered around a perceived lack of quality fights in the view of some. It is indeed understandable from a fan's perspective that they want to see as many competitive fights as possible and for those fights to be between the top fighters the sport has to offer. For several reasons, both related to the COVID-19 crisis as well as the economics of the sport, in some ways we are seeing a new dynamic in terms of hoe Boxing is being presented. One of the notable changes that has never been done before on traditional television platforms, but has been done regularly on digital streaming networks is every fight on a scheduled card has been televised. Although this is something that I have strongly advocated for over the years, particularly in regard to the overpriced and outdated model of pay-per-view in my belief that  for the prices consumers are consistently asked to pay for those events, for those who have never experienced a full Boxing card, it can be an adjustment as full cards usually feature fighters who may not always have the opportunity to benefit from television exposure. This along with many of those fighters not being able to devote themselves fulltime to Boxing for financial reasons as well as styles of fighters not always meshing into entertaining encounters and thus can lead to a perverted lack of quality of some fights in the eyes of some. It should also not be overlooked the challenges that promoters and matchmakers have periodically during normal circumstances throughout the sport. The difficulties/challenges they face are likely increased significantly under circumstances of an ongoing epidemic.


There has however, been good that has come out of an extremely bad situation for the world. Beyond providing potential opportunity to fighters that may not have had the benefit of television exposure before, technology has also provided a method for lesser known and regional promoters to have an opportunity to stay afloat during these difficult times when there is no opportunity to earn revenue from live gate income.


A consistent theme of this observer’s work over the last several years has been the benefits that Over The Top (OTT) digital distribution or in simple language streaming can provide not just Boxing, but all of sports. The advent of digital subscription sports streaming networks such as DAZN and ESPN+ have proven that the model of streaming can be quite lucrative and provide in some cases more revenue as compared to traditional television distribution. While networks like DAZN and ESPN+ have secured lucrative content agreements with some of Boxing’s major promotional players, for lesser known regional promoters, the benefits of streaming now provides a source of revenue while not having the option to stage public events by staging economically priced cards through streaming networks like FightNightLive, who stream events via Facebook, FITE TV, and Global Sports Streaming who stream both Boxing and MMA events via YouTube. 


This not only provides a route of revenue for lesser known and regional promoters around the world, but also to grow their respective audiences rather than relying strictly on traditional distribution platforms. While this is something I have been very vocal about in advocating for in addition to feeling that broadcasting every fight on a card is not only technologically possible, but adds more value for consumers/fans, some within the sport have been resistant to adapting to the changing landscape. It is my hope that if there is good that will come from this epidemic from a business standpoint, that promoters continue to recognize where technology is heading and adapt with it rather than trying to fight against it in favor of declining cable/satellite television distribution. It will only help expose the sport to more eyes globally and in the process grow Boxing and it’s reach.


Now that I’ve spent the majority of this column sharing my thoughts on a wide range of subjects related to Boxing under the circumstances of COVID-19, allow me to share some of my view on the return of WBC Jr. Lightweight world champion Miguel Berchelt. A return that took place on June 27th in Mexico City, Mexico.


 Berchelt, who last competed prior to the COVID-19 epidemic in November of last year in a successful title defense in stopping contender Jason Sosa in four rounds, returned to the ring in a non-title bout fought in the 135lb. Lightweight division. The opposition for the Jr. Lightweight world champion was veteran Eleazer Valenzuela. Valenzuela, a veteran of forty-seven professional fights prior to this encounter appeared to be an opponent that would allow Berchelt to test the waters of the Lightweight division with a potential of moving into the division full time in the future. 


This had all the appearance of what some would refer to as a “Tune Up” for Berchelt as the Jr. Lightweight world champion dictated the combat from the outset. A flush left hook to the head sent Valenzuela down late in round one. Although Valenzuela was able to continue, Berchelt continued to administer what frankly quickly became a one-sided beating. After four rounds, I felt the fight should have been stopped. Despite sustaining significant punishment, Valenzuela was very “Game “ and continued coming forward. While no one can take away the bravery of Valenzuela, I felt that the longer the fight went on, the more the possibility existed of potential long-term damage for him.


The end of the fight came in round six when a combination of unanswered punches to the head finally forced Referee Cesar Castanon to stop the fight. Although there frankly is not much to say or analyze about this fight, Berchelt did put forth an impressive performance in a new weight class in scoring his sixth consecutive knockout. 


While what may or may not take place in the months ahead in the sport will largely be dictated by the circumstances of COVID-19, hopefully promoters will be able to not only continue to put on cards, but also be able to find some middle ground as far as being able to provide bouts that will hopefully be seen as competitive in the eyes of Boxing fans. Although fans can be hard to please under normal circumstances, the fan needs to keep in mind that these are far from normal circumstances and as the possibility exists that things may be halted again because of this virus, the possibility also exists that some of Boxing’s top stars might opt to wait until circumstances allow for public events to resume where economically those fighters will theoretically be able to earn the type of paydays most stars of the sport are accustomed to and thus fights that have significant interest might take longer to come to fruition.


In the meantime, there remains opportunity for notable rising stars like Miguel Berchelt to take advantage of a bad global crisis by looking to stay active when they can.  For fighters who haven’t been able to garner television exposure throughout their careers, the circumstances of COVID-19 presents the opportunity to not only increase their notoriety, but also potentially grow their standing within the sport and that could very well lead to more lucrative opportunities in the future once circumstances allow for Boxing and the rest of the world to return to normal everyday activity. For now, it’s a combination of both waiting out the worst of circumstances, enjoying what we do have access to, and being patient while waiting for fights that have public demand to be made.


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Saturday, June 27, 2020


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Friday, June 26, 2020


Press Release: By DAZN and Matchroom Boxing – June 26, 2020 - Eddie Hearn and Matchroom are delighted to announce the full schedule for Fight Camp – an unrivalled summer of elite boxing based at the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex with the first three weeks shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US – and the final week shown live on Sky Sports Box Office

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The unique and ground-breaking outdoor setting overlooking the city of London will play host to huge World Title clashes, British and Commonwealth Title showdowns, Heavyweight wars and countless other Title fights as Matchroom bring top tier boxing back to the screens of fights fans across the UK and US. 


Matchroom’s summer of boxing launches with a bang on Saturday August 1 as Sam Eggington (28-6, 17 KOs) puts his IBF International Super-Welterweight title on the line against Ted Cheeseman (15-2-1, 9 KOs) in a guaranteed barnburner, Belfast’s big-hitting James Tennyson (26-3, 22 KOs) takes on Cardiff’s Gavin Gwynne (12-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant British Lightweight title, Chatteris talent Jordan Gill (24-1, 7 KOs) meets Watford’s Reece Bellotti (14-3, 12 KOs) in an electric Featherweight battle, fast-rising Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) steps up to take on Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily (17-2-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant English belt and gifted Sheffield Super-Lightweight Dalton Smith (5-0, 4 KOs) squares off with Liverpool’s Nathan Bennett (9-1, 2 KOs). 


Terri Harper’s (10-0, 5 KOs) defence of her WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight World Titles against British rival Natasha Jonas (9-1, 7 KOs) headlines week 2 on Friday August 7supported by Bournemouth’s Chris Billam-Smith (10-1, 9 KOs) defending his Commonwealth Title against undefeated Cardiff man Nathan Thorley (14-0, 6 KOs), Liverpool Super-Welterweight Anthony Fowler (12-1, 9 KOs) gets his second outing of the year against Adam Harper (9-1), Oldham Lightweight prospect Aqib Fiaz (5-0) steps up against Birmingham’s former Midlands Area Champion Kane Baker (13-6) and Leeds Featherweight prospect Hopey Price (2-0) fights on UK soil again following his win on the huge Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 show in Saudi Arabia. 


Felix Cash (12-0, 8 KOs) puts his Commonwealth Middleweight Title on the line for the second time against former World Title challenger Jason Welborn (24-8, 7 KOs) at top of week 3’s bill on Friday August 14, recent Matchroom signing Zelfa Barrett (23-1, 14 KOs) meets Ireland’s undefeated Eric Donovan (12-0, 7 KOs) over ten rounds, Northampton Super-Welterweight Kieron Conway (14-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on Rotherham's Navid Mansouri (20-3-2, 6 KOs), Watford Super-Bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (5-0, 2 KOs) faces the toughest opponent of her career in Rachel Ball (5-1) and hard-hitting Super-Middleweight menace John Docherty (8-0, 6 KOs) looks for his second win of the year. 


Fight Camp concludes with an unmissable night of blockbuster action on Saturday August 22, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, as Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) defends his WBC Interim Heavyweight World Title against Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs) and Irish legend Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) defends her Undisputed Lightweight World Titles. There’s more Heavyweight action on offer as Martin Bakole (15-1, 12 KOs) returns to the ring against Russia’s Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11 KOs) and Luther Clay (13-1, 5 KOs) defends his WBO Global Welterweight Title against Chris Kongo (11-0, 6 KOs). 


Adam Smith, Sky Sports Head of Boxing Development, said: "Eddie Hearn has supplied a sizzling summer schedule in August, starting with three Sky Sports shows packed with British talent. Sam Eggington against Ted Cheeseman should be a classic clash, while the exciting trio of Jordan Gill, Fabio Wardley and Dalton Smith will be eager to impress.


"Terri Harper has already endeared herself to fight fans with her remarkable success story, but Natasha Jonas is a genuine threat as we return to Matchroom HQ with a high-class World Title fight. Anthony Fowler and Chris Billam-Smith have big ambitions and cannot afford slip-ups on the same bill. 


“Felix Cash defends his Commonwealth belt against the dangerous Jason Welborn on our third action-packed show. We’ll get another chance to see Shannon Courtenay in action – she is a rising talent with an entertaining style - and it’s a perfect platform for Kieron Conway and Zelfa Barrett to showcase their skills.


"Fight Camp ends with fireworks as Dillian Whyte risks his World Title ambitions against the big-hitting Alexander Povetkin, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Katie Taylor can cement her status as one of the sport's finest fighters when she returns to action on another fantastic bill. We're back with a red-hot line-up of live boxing!"



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Moloney Stops Baez In 7

Top Bantamweight contender and former world title challenger Jason Moloney scored a dominant seventh round stoppage of veteran Leonardo Baez on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Moloney forced the taller Baez into an inside fight from the outset. This allowed the 5’5 Moloney to have the advantage over the 5’9 Baez. Moloney implemented a systematic body attack on Baez that as the the fight progressed took its toll. The combination punching with offense to the body of Baez was the story of this fight. Although Baez was very “Game “ and managed to hold his own in spots throughout the fight, he simply could not find a way to keep Moloney on the outside where the physics of the fight would have theoretically been more to his advantage. After seven rounds of mostly one way punishment, Baez’ corner stopped the fight to prevent their fighter from further punishment and appeared to indicate that he was having difficulty breathing. Jason Moloney advances to 21-1, with 18 Knockouts. Leonardo Baez falls to 18-3, with 9 Knockouts.


Also on this card:


Undefeated Lightweight Abraham Nova scored a ten round unanimous decision over Avery Sparrow. Sparrow’s lateral movement and consistent activity offensively seemed to carry the action for most of the fight, but Nova’s harder punches in spots was enough for him to get the nod from the three official judges who scored the fight unanimously in his favor. Official scores were: 99-91, 97-93, and 96-94 all for Nova. Abraham Nova advances to 19-0, with 14 Knockouts. Avery Sparrow falls to 10-2, with 3 Knockouts.



In a Heavyweight rematch of an October 2019 encounter, Kingsley Ibeh avenged his only pro loss by scoring a fourth round knockout over Waldo Cortes. A barrage of left uppercuts to the head of Cortes led to a knockdown in round four. Cortes barely beat the count, but the bout was stopped by Referee Jay Nady at 1:41 of the round. Kingsley Ibeh advances to 4-1, with 4 Knockouts. Waldo Cortes falls to 5-3, with 2 Knockouts.



Undefeated Featherweight prospect Orlando Gonzalez pounded out a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Luis Porozo. Gonzalez generally got the better of the action throughout the fight. The bout was highlighted by two knockdowns Gonzalez was able to score. A left hook to the head dropped Porozzo in round two. This would be followed by a left uppercut to the body of Porozo that allowed Gonzalez to seal a unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 76-74, and 77-73 (On two scorecards) in favor of Gonzalez. Orlando Gonzalez advances to 15-0, with 10 Knockouts. Luis Porozo falls to 15-3, with 8 Knockouts.




In the first of two Welterweight bouts on the card, Reymond Yanong scored a hard fought six round split decision over Clay Burns. After having some difficulty getting into a rhythm due to the unorthodox style of Burns, Yanong was able to step up his offense and land the more effective punches over the last four rounds to earn the split decision on two official scorecards by scores of 59-55 and 58-56, while the third official judge scored the fight in Burns’ favor 58-56. Reymond Yanong advances to 11-5-1, with 9 Knockouts. Clay Burns falls to 9-8-2, with 4 Knockouts.



This was followed by rising Welterweight prospect Vlad Panin, who scored a six round majority decision over Benjamin Whitaker. Panin used his reach to control the action throughout much of the fight, but had to contend with a late rally by Whitaker over the last two rounds. Despite the rally, Whitaker could not overcome Panin’s lead on the scorecards as two official judges scored the fight 58-56 in Panin’s favor giving him the majority decision win while the third judge scored the fight even 57-57. Vlad Panin advances to 8-1, with 4 Knockouts. Benjamin Whitaker falls to 13-4, with 3 Knockouts.


The week of Boxing cards at the MGM Grand Convention Center provided both a setback and a win for brothers Andrew and Jason Moloney in each’s respective U.S. debut. While Andrew Moloney suffered a narrow decision loss, the first of his career on June 23rd to Joshua Franco, the loss was in some ways not unlike the loss his brother Jason suffered in his world title shot against Emanuel Rodriguez in October 2018. Two fights that frankly could have gone either way. 


While both brothers remain in the hunt in the 115lb. Jr. Bantamweight and 118lb. Bantamweight divisions respectively, the questions that will likely be asked coming out of this week in Las Vegas for the Moloney brothers are whether or not a rematch can be made between Andrew Moloney and Joshua Franco as well as whether after compiling four victories since his lone career defeat, if Jason Moloney will be in line for another opportunity at a world championship after scoring four consecutive wins by stoppage. It may only be a matter of time before both of those questions are answered.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Franco Defeats Moloney In Las Vegas

Jr. Bantamweight contender Joshua Franco upset previously undefeated rising star Andrew Moloney by scoring a twelve round unanimous decision on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The fight, which was for Interim/Regular champion status in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Jr. Bantamweight ratings, a designation held by Moloney going into the bout, was largely dictated by the unbeaten Australian early on. What was particularly effective was the way Moloney was able to execute his left hook to the body. The bout however, was closely fought from start to finish and as the fight progressed it appeared Franco was landing the heavier blows in spots. What proved to be the difference in the fight came in round eleven when Franco was able to score a knockdown of Moloney with a three punch combination to the head. It was this knockdown that allowed Franco to narrowly pull ahead on two of three official scorecards while winning the fight on the third scorecard by three points giving Joshua Franco a close and hard fought unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 115-112, and 114-113 (On Two scorecards) in favor of Joshua Franco. Joshua Franco advances to 17-1-2, with 8 Knockouts. Andrew Moloney falls to 21-1, with 14 Knockouts.


Also on this card:


Former Featherweight world title challenger Christopher Diaz scored a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over Jason Sanchez. Diaz’ quicker hands and overall Boxing skills were the story of this fight as he convincingly out boxed Sanchez over the duration of the fight to earn the decision victory. Official scores were: 98-92, (On two scorecards) and 97-93 all in favor of Diaz.Christopher Diaz advances to 26-2, with 16 Knockouts. Jason Sanchez falls to 15-2, with 8 Knockouts.


In a battle of undefeated Jr. Welterweights, Miguel Contreras scored a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Rolando Vargas. A fight that saw plenty of exchanges between the two fighters, Contreras’ greater activity and consistency in getting his punches off first proved to be the difference in the bout. Despite suffering a bad cut over the right eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads, Vargas remained very “Game”, but ultimately could not equal Contreras’ work rate or land something significant to turn things in his favor as all three judges scored the fight 58-56 in favor of Contreras. Miguel Contreras advances to 11-0, with 6 Knockouts. Rolando Vargas falls to 5-1, with 5 Knockouts.



Heavyweight Helaman Olguin scored a six round majority decision over previously unbeaten Adam Stewart. In what was a largely uneventful bout, Olguin had periodic success in landing his right hand to the head of Stewart throughout and that was likely what led to him getting the nod on two judges scorecards by identical scores of 58-56, while the third judge scored the fight even 58-58. Helaman Olguin advances to 8-3, with 3 Knockouts. Adam Stewart falls to 8-1-1, with 5 Knockouts.



A scheduled eight round Lightweight bout between unbeaten prospect Joseph Adorno

and veteran Alexis del Bosque was cancelled earlier in the day due to an  illness suffered by Adorno reported to be severe dehydration by United States Sports network ESPN . Although the illness is also reported to be unrelated to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, there is no word as of this writing as to whether it will be attempted to reschedule the bout at a later date. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.


The long anticipated U.S. debut for the Moloney brothers Andrew and Jason Moloney did not begin with a favorable outcome for the brothers. The former world title challenger Jason Moloney will be next to enter the ring at the MGM Grand Convention Center when the top Bantamweight contender faces veteran Leonardo Baez on Thursday, June 25th


As for Andrew Moloney, in all honesty he has nothing to be ashamed of as he showed his mettle in defeat in a fight that could have gone either way. Although the structure of designations as recognized by the WBA can at times present confusion particularly among casual fans of the sport, both Joshua Franco and Andrew Moloney are right in the mix in the 115lb. Jr. Bantamweight division. Obviously, what each fighter does next will likely be determined by the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic, but if circumstances make it possible, it certainly would not be a bad option for either fighter to consider a rematch. It was after all, a very competitive fight that despite the circumstances under which it took place, should be regarded as one of the best fights of 2020.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

FITE Extends its Reach in the UK and Ireland with Netgem TV Launch

Press Release: New York, USA + London, UK, 22 June 2020FITE,  the premium global platform for sports and entertainment, announced today their launch on Netgem TV, the TV service designed for modern and savvy viewers in the UK and Ireland. The popular global app, which specializes in live combat sports and special events will be available immediately via Netgem TV’s growing network of ISP operators and enabled Netgem TV devices. 


Televised news and entertainment have achieved a heightened role in this worldwide COVID environment, and providing live sports have been challenging for many content providers in this sector. FITE, which cites the UK as its second largest market, has worked hard to provide its viewers and fans with premium PPV events from the likes of AEW, Top Rank, WWE, and Impact Wrestling in the last few months and recently have ventured into motorsports, movies, and music. 


“We’ve been acquiring some amazing exclusive PPV events for our fans,” said Kim Hurwitz, CMO of FITE. “We’ll be expanding our slate even further in July when other popular leagues are ready to return, plus adding brand new sports to the mix. Stay tuned, as they’ll be on Netgem TV.”


Also launching on Netgem TV from the brand is a free linear channel called FITE 24/7 which broadcasts a variety of combat events and specials, interviews and more – always on, always free – with new additions added each week.


“We are very excited to welcome FITE into our catalogue,” said Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director at Netgem TV. “This new addition, along with previous efforts to provide a diversified content offering for everyone, comes as great news for sports fans, who can find in Netgem TV a wide selection of sports at a very competitive price.” 


About FITE

FITE is the premium global platform for sports and entertainment. FITE is available worldwide through its iOS and Android mobile apps, Apple TV, Android TV, ROKU, Amazon Fire TV. In addition, FITE supports Netgem TV, Vizio SmartCast™, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox, Netrange, Vidaa/Hisense, Vewd, Xfinity 1 and Xfinity Flex as well as 7,000 models of Smart TVs. Available online at www.FITE.tv. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.  If it Happens, it’s on FITE.


About Netgem TV

Netgem TV is the service designed for modern and savvy viewers in the UK and Ireland. The platform offers the best of free TV, inclusive of premium content and the most popular streaming services. 


Netgem TV is powered by Netgem, which has over 20 years of experience innovating in Internet-connected solutions for Operators. Netgem is a leading service provider for the next-gen Fibre homes, with an evolving range of connected home products and services.


Netgem creates a unique and unified experience across TV and mobile, offering access to the best digital TV, music and video streaming services across the biggest names in local and global content.  

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Thoughts On Navarrete-Lopez

As the sport of Boxing looks to continue trying to resume under the circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic, some might ask when we might see fights that had significant public interest prior to the epidemic and under what conditions would such bouts take place. A conundrum that many world champions and top contenders throughout the sport will have to deal with as the epidemic continues is whether or not they want to compete. A decision that many athletes throughout all of sports are contemplating. For fighters throughout combat sports there is both a question of potential risk to their health due to the potential exposure to the virus as well as the risk every fighter takes each time they compete. There is also a second question that is asked. Whether competing under such circumstances is more of a risk in terms of a fighter’s position in the sport as well as financially than there is a reward by competing.


After all, it is logical for a fan, those who cover the sport like yours truly, and others to question how many top level fights can be made under circumstances such as an epidemic where numbers have not yet indicated a legitimate decline. What is underestimated however, is the opportunity this can present fighters. It cannot be overlooked that the COVID-19 crisis has had a severe impact on just about every aspect of everyday life. For many fighters who are not fortunate enough to command multi-million dollar paydays each time they compete, the crisis has also resulted in potential opportunities being taken away simply because the sport has not been active. With the sport attempting to resume behind closed doors, it does open up opportunities for several fighters to not only earn income, but also potentially move themselves into position for more lucrative paydays down the line depending on when life including spectators going to sporting events may return to something akin to normal.


What this crisis has also done is present an opportunity of a different sort for world champions who are looking to stay active. While it might not be realistic to expect many fighters who are considered to be the top stars in the sport to resume active competition when they may not be able to earn as much money from both purses as well as from live gate revenue seeing as everything for the foreseeable future will be closed to the public, a problem many top fighters and world champions will have will be by being inactive it might have an effect on a fighter’s skills over time. Two world champions have however, shown that there are benefits to staying active even if it comes under circumstances such as COVID-19. I am referring of course to WBO Featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson, who competed on June 9th as part of the first Boxing card to take place in the United States since March in defeating Felix Caraballo in a non-title bout held in the Jr. Lightweight division.


Current WBO Jr. Featherweight world champion Emanuel Navarrete took a similar approach as he returned to the ring on June 20th to face a veteran Uriel Lopez in a non-title bout in Mexico City, Mexico. The bout, which like all the bouts we have seen that have taken place in Las Vegas and in Mexico, took place behind closed doors without spectators. Much like Stevenson’s bout against Caraballo, Navarrette moved up one weight class to the Featherweight division for this fight.


Although one should never go into a fight with a preconceived idea of what will take place as anything can happen at any time, this was a fight for Navarrette to test the waters of a new weight class against a “Game”, but ultimately over matched opponent. For six rounds, Navarrette used his complete skill set to dictate how the fight was fought and dominate the action.


What was particularly impressive about Navarrette’s approach was how he balanced his attack to the head and body of Lopez, as well as showing his patience in taking his time. In the fifth round, Navarrette dropped Lopez with a left hook to the body. Although Lopez, who entered the fight with an even record of 13-13-1, with 6 Knockouts, had all the appearance of a fighter who was thought to be a mere opponent, he did get up and did attempt to fight on. A second knockdown from another left hook to the body of Lopez in round six however, would end matters.


While there may be some criticism of this fight based on the record Lopez compared to Navarrette, who entered with a record of 31-1, with 27 Knockouts, it is important to remember that it was not uncommon for many years to see world champions take fights in between title defenses as a method to both stay busy as well as test the waters of a new division against fighters who are thought to be below their level. For many reasons the least of which being economic, this has been something that world champions have gone away from in recent years.


The COVID-19 epidemic however, has made such fights a necessity for those fighters both world champions and contenders, who want to stay active under the current conditions. As things remain uncertain both in terms of the crisis and Boxing’s ability to operate both efficiently and effectively under the circumstances, no one can really say with a degree of certainty as to what the future plans for any fighter might be until the circumstances of the COVID-19 virus can be something that can be controlled. In the meantime, for fighters like Emanuel Navarrete, the goal should be to stay busy as opportunities present itself.


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Flores Dominates Ruiz

Undefeated Lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over veteran Josec Ruiz on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Flores’ quicker hands, lateral movement, and combination punching were the story of this fight as he controlled the tempo of the combat from the opening bell. The highlight of this fight beyond Flores’ overall performance came in round two when he landed a flush left hook to the jaw followed by a right hand that sent Ruiz down. Ruiz remained “Game “ throughout the entire fight, but could not land anything significant to turn the ebb and flow in his favor as he consistently followed Flores around and sustained punishment as he came forward. At the conclusion of this bout all three judges turned in identical scores giving Flores every round 100-89. Gabriel Flores Jr. advances to 18-0, with 6 Knockouts. Josec Ruiz falls to 21-3-3, with 14 Knockouts 


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Super-Middleweight Clay Collard pounded out a six round split decision over previously undefeated David Kaminsky. Collard forced the fight in close from the opening bell and cut Kaminsky over the left eye as a result of a punch in round one. Collard’s non-stop aggression and out landing Kaminsky was enough to earn a hard fought split decision with all three judges turning in identical scores of 58-56, but two of the scorecards were scored in Collard’s favor. Clay Collard advances to 7-2-3, with 2 Knockouts. David Kaminsky falls to 6-1, with 3 Knockouts.



In a battle of undefeated Bantamweights Robert Rodriguez scored a second round stoppage of previously unbeaten Adrian Servin. After an uneventful first round Rodriguez stepped up the pressure and dropped Servin with a body shot followed by a hook to the head. Although Servin, who was moving up two weight classes was able to get up, he had no answer for the follow up barrage by Rodriguez and the fight was stopped at 2:48 of round two. Robert Rodriguez advances to 8-0-1, with 4 Knockouts. Adrian Servin falls to 9-1-1, with 3 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Jr. Welterweight Victor Rodriguez scored a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over Justin Horsley. All three judges scored every round in favor of Rodriguez 40-36. Victor Rodriguez advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Justin Horsley falls to 0-3, with 0 Knockouts.


Undefeated Jr. Lightweight Frevian Gonzalez scored a four round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jose Martinez. Despite the fight being closely fought from start to finish where neither fighter was able to stand out clearly, the three official judges felt Gonzalez had done enough to win a unanimous decision. Official scores were 39-37 (On two scorecards) and 40-36 in favor of Gonzalez. Frevian Gonzalez advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Jose Martinez falls to 2-1, with 1 Knockout.


The original main event that was scheduled for this card between former two-division world champion Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre was postponed on the morning of the fight when it was revealed that a member of LesPierre’s camp had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In accordance with strict protocols laid out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) the bout was postponed and members of LesPierre’s team were moved into quarantine according to ESPN. Although promoter Bob Arum, his promotional company Top Rank, Inc., and ESPN have stated that they hope to stage the fight on a rescheduled date in July at the MGM Grand Conference Center, there has not been an official announcement made as to when that might happen as of this writing. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Plania Upsets Greer In Las Vegas

Bantamweight Mike Plania scored an impressive ten round majority decision over WBO number one Bantamweight contender Joshua Greer on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. A bout where Greer was favored was drastically changed in the first round when Plania dropped Greer with a flush counter left hook to the jaw. From this point in the fight, Plania used his range and elusiveness to dictate the combat. In round six, Plania scored a second knockdown of Greer with a short left hook to the head. From rounds eight through ten, Greer sensing that he was behind on the scorecards began to step up his aggression and appeared to outwork Plania down the stretch. This momentum shift was apparently enough to convince one official judge that the fight was a draw at the end of the ten round fight scoring the bout 95-95. This was overruled by the two remaining judges who turned in scores of 96-92 and 97-91 giving Mike Plania a convincing victory that should be viewed as an upset. Mike Plania advances to 24-1, with 12 Knockouts. Joshua Greer falls to 22-2-1, with 12 Knockouts.

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Unbeaten Welterweight prospect Bobirzhan Mominov scored a six round unanimous decision over Cameron Krael to remain undefeated. Mominov consistently forced the action and backed Krael up with several right hands throughout the fight. Krael had his best moments in the last two rounds of the bout using lateral movement and combination punching to get the better of the action. The late rally as well as a point deduction against Mominov in the sixth and final round for rabbit punching, was not enough for Krael to pull the fight out on the scorecards as all three judges scored the fight in favor of Mominov. Official scores were 58-55 (On two scorecards), and 57-56. Bobirzhan Mominov advances to 11-0, with 8 Knockouts. Cameron Krael falls to 17-16-3, with 4 Knockouts.



Undefeated Middleweight prospect Nikoloz Sekhniashvili scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Isiah Jones. Sekhniashvili simply pressed the action over the course of the fight and outworked Jones, who could not get into a consistent rhythm. Official scores were 60-54, and 59-55 (On two scorecards) in favor of Sekhniashvili. Nikoloz Sekhniashvili advances to 6-0, with 4 Knockouts. Isiah Jones falls to 8-2, with 3 Knockouts.


Heavyweight Hector Perez outworked Juan Torres over six relatively uneventful rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. Hector Perez advances to 7-2, with 3 Knockouts. Juan Torres falls to 5-3-1, with 2 Knockouts.


In the opening bout of the evening in the Welterweight division, undefeated prospect Giovani  Santillan scored a hard fought ten round majority decision over former WBC Lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco. A competitive fight from the outset, the two fighters spent the majority of the early rounds fighting in case and neither fighter was able to clearly stand out from the other. As the fight progressed however, it appeared DeMarco was able to edge ahead by applying gradual pressure and landing offense to the body and head of Santillan. At the conclusion of ten rounds two of three official judges felt that Santillan had done enough to win the fight in turning in identical scores of 96-94 giving him the majority decision victory, while the third judge scored the fight 95-95 even. Giovani Santillan advances to 26-0, with 15 Knockouts. Antonio DeMarco falls to 33-9-1, with 24 Knockouts.


Although some portions of this card were formulaic and did not offer much in the way of analysis, two bouts that were featured, the Bantamweight bout between Mike Plania and Joshua Greer as well as the Welterweight bout between Giovani Santillan and Antonio DeMarco could well see rematches at some point. Even in unprecedented circumstances and times of much concern for the world, Boxing shows us once again that it is truly the theater of the unexpected.


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