Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Conclusion Of July 2020 In Boxing Part 1

When Boxing is in its normal active state, it is perhaps one of the most active sports in the world with events in the sport taking place both in and out of the ring on a 24/7 basis almost every day of a calendar year with perhaps an exception for many being the period of time that covers end of the year celebrations including the Christmas holidays. Although the year 2020 has seen a significant change to what is usually the norm not just for Boxing, but all of sports due to the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis, the last full week in July 2020 produced several events throughout Boxing in and out of the ring in both traditional and Bareknuckle-form that for the first time in months was somewhat reminiscent of what the sport is like under normal circumstances.


While it would frankly be an impossible task to discuss everything that transpired in the context of one long-form feature column, this observer will offer the reader some of his thoughts on various topics that did circulate the Boxing news cycle in a special two-part feature column in an effort to cover as much ground as possible while hopefully, enlightening the reader on my perspective as well as what is to come in the weeks and months ahead. It is and should be no secret to those who know me as well as longtime readers that I have been uneasy about sports resuming under the circumstances of COVID-19. A view that I have expressed both here on The Boxing Truth®️ as well as on social media platforms.


Despite the opinion of some that if I feel so strongly that sports as a whole should remain inactive until the circumstances of COVID-19 improve due to safety reasons as well as health concerns, that I should sit out in protest, that frankly is the view of those who do not cover sports and thus do not have obligations to maintain or an understanding that those who work and/or are involved in any form of journalism are also entitled to their view as anyone else is, but express it in a professional manner while fulfilling their commitments. It  is my hope however, that the reader understands that while I might have a view based strongly on numbers that have been released that everyone has seen on a daily basis that indicate the circumstances of the COVID-19 virus are not improving and numbers of both newly diagnosed cases as well as unfortunately deaths increasing, I have remained professional and have resumed covering Boxing with the overriding theme being the sport attempting to operate under previously unforeseen circumstances that are far from the norm. Now that I have addressed this, I will continue with this column.


 A significant part of the coverage provided by yours truly since Boxing began attempting to resume in June has centered around cards that have taken place at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. A venue that has come to be referred to by Boxing fans as “The Bubble” due to the protocols that have been put in place by both promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. as well as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC.) due to COVID-19. A summer series of Boxing cards that have been televised here in the United States by sports television network ESPN and it’s digital subscription streaming network ESPN+.


The series, which has aired twice weekly for the majority of the last two months saw its finale in terms of a twice weekly format on Tuesday, July 21st. Two former world champions as well as a highly touted rising prospect were featured on the card. First to enter the ring was former WBO Jr. Featherweight world champion Issac Dogboe. Dogboe, who held the WBO world championship in the 122lb. Jr. Featherweight division in 2018, was looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses to Emmanuel Navarrete, the first resulting in the loss of his world title in December 2018. In what was his first fight in the 126lb. Featherweight division, Dogboe faced veteran and former world title challenger Chris Avalos in a scheduled eight round bout.

This fight was largely dictated by Dogboe patiently looking for and taking advantage of openings Avalos left him. Dogboe’s approach was highlighted by a consistent attack to Avalos’ body as well as combinations punching. What was most evident in my eyes was how calm Dogboe was in his approach and how he did not go looking for a knockout. The patience he showed as well as the consistency of his attack however, eventually took its toll on Avalos and Dogboe was able to get a stoppage in the eighth and final round. An impressive performance for a fighter in Dogboe who was likely looking at this fight as a way to test the waters of a new weight class. What should also have the served as a confidence booster for him after suffering those setbacks against Emmanuel Navarrete will likely lead to an opportunity for him in the future in the Featherweight division.


A rising prospect that has been generating buzz in the sport that also saw action on this card was undefeated Light-Heavyweight Edgar Berlanga. As is the case for some rising prospects, Berlanga has been able to garner attention for his ability to score quickly knockouts. An almost guaranteed way to turn heads for any fighter on the rise is when those knockouts come in the first round. In Berlanga’s case, all thirteen of his previous fights as a professional prior to his bout against Eric Moon on this card ended in a first round knockout. Such a statistic made the question going into this fight obvious, would this be number fourteen for Berlanga in terms of first round knockouts? While this can be a cliché, it did not take long for that question to be answered. 


Two vicious right hands to the head was all Berlanga needed to get a stoppage in just 1:02 of round one. While I have been impressed by what I have observed from watching Berlanga compete thus far, it can be very tempting when seeing a prospect who is capable of ending fights in the way that Berlanga has demonstrated to say it is only a matter of time before they are fighting for a world championship. I believe it is too soon to place that type of distinction on Edgar Berlanga as he has not faced opposition as of yet that have been able to provide a test for him. If he can continue to progress however, we might be having discussions regarding when he might fight for a world title soon rather than later.


The main event on July 21st saw undefeated former Featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez, who returned to the ring against veteran Jayson Velez in a scheduled ten round bout. A storyline going into this fight was the potential of if Valdez were successful in this fight that a potential encounter with current WBC Jr. Lightweight world champion Miguel Berchelt. 


Although Valdez generally landed the harder punches throughout this fight against Velez, it appeared for a period of time that Valdez might have been having trouble getting into a consistent rhythm. This was due to Velez’ movement and overall activity in the early rounds. Valdez however, was eventually able to find a home for his left hook that led to a knockdown of Velez in round five when a flush left hook to the jaw sent Velez down to the canvas. The success Valdez was able to have with his left hook along with an accumulation of punishment to the body of Velez ultimately turned the momentum in Valdez favor. A second knockdown as a result of another left hook to the head in round ten ultimately led to a third knockdown and a stoppage of the fight in Valdez’ favor.


Even though this fight was more difficult in spots for Valdez than some might have expected would be the case, if a fight between Valdez and Berchelt is indeed in the works for the future, this fight should be viewed as Valdez doing his part to set up that potential fight and doing what he needed to do, which was getting the victory. The conclusion of the twice weekly Top Rank Boxing cards could mean that such a fight might be intended to take place before the end of 2020. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to dictate things in terms of if sporting events take place, the question might come down to whether or not Top Rank or the fighters themselves will be willing to stage what normally would be a lucrative fight for all involved behind closed doors in an environment without spectators.


Although Top Rank’s closed door events have had a mixed reaction in the eyes of some fans due to a perceived lack of quality bouts, the protocols that Top Rank and the NSAC have established have set up a blueprint for other promoters and state athletic commissions to implement to stage Boxing cards. One such promoter Oscar De La Hoya, his promotional company Golden Boy Promotions, and it’s broadcast partner, subscription-based sports streaming network DAZN returned to action with a Boxing card on July 23rd, with a Boxing card at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA.


Much like the cards Top Rank has staged in Las Vegas under the supervision of the NSAC, this card was held in a similar atmosphere where similar protocols were in place in a fan-less environment. As I have said in my previous coverage of Boxing events under the circumstances of COVID-19, watching fights take place without spectators can be an adjustment, but it is a necessity in what remains very uncertain times.


The return of Boxing for Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN was headlined by undefeated Welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr. facing veteran Samuel Vargas in a scheduled ten round bout. Ortiz, who entered the bout unbeaten in fifteen professional fights has been on a path, which could lead to an opportunity at a world championship in the near future. In Samuel Vargas, the unbeaten Ortiz, who had stopped every opponent he has faced, faced an opponent that was a former North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion, but one who had failed when he had stepped up against world class opposition including former world champions Amir Khan and Danny Garcia to name a few. Despite his experience edge over Ortiz, Vargas was not thought by some to be able to provide him a test. For seven rounds, the always “Game” Vargas hung in against Vargas while taking significant punishment along the way.


A highlight of Ortiz’ offense was a solid jab that he threw and increasingly landed at will. This along with increased body punches and flush hooks over the course of the fight became the story of this encounter. With two seconds remaining in round seven, Referee Jack Reiss seeing what can only be described as the beating Vargas was taking, stepped in and stopped the fight. 


While the conclusion of this column should center around what the potential plans could be for Vergil Ortiz following his victory over Samuel Vargas and how those plans might be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, there was one story that emerged from this card that became the central story in the aftermath. This observer is referring to a bout that took place on the undercard between undefeated Women’s Jr. Flyweights  Seniesa Estrada and Miranda Adkins. 


A fight between Estrada a top contender and Adkins an unbeaten fighter, but one who is forty-two years old and took the fight on short notice, ended in seven seconds when a combination by Estrada  to the head sent Adkins down in scary fashion resulting in the fight being immediately stopped.  While thankfully Adkins did not suffer serious injuries, there has been considerable criticism of both Golden Boy Promotions and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for the fight, which is said to have the distinction of being the quickest knockout in Women’s Boxing history, being allowed to take place.


The source of the criticism stems from how Adkins appeared unprepared as well as the brutal nature of the knockout. In terms of the experience Adkins had going into the fight, she was unbeaten in five bouts beginning in September 2018 up until this bout on July 24th. Those five bouts however, came against four opponents who were making their professional debuts and one who was winless in two previous bouts. In comparison, Estrada entered the bout unbeaten in eighteen bouts as well as earning interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association (WBA) rankings in the 108lb. Jr. Flyweight division.


This leads to an argument that there was a significant difference in terms of experience between the two fighters and what some might call negligence by both the CSAC and promoter Golden Boy Promotions. While I agree that there was an experience difference between the two fighters and one could make an argument that such a fight would not be sanctioned if the sport were operating under normal circumstances, a conundrum that athletic commissions around the world as well as promoters as they attempt to operate in the midst of an ongoing epidemic will be providing fighters who are able to compete with that opportunity.


Sometimes this includes the scenario of fighters who may not be as experienced being offered fights on short notice. Under an ideal scenario, one would hope that matchmaking would be more even on paper prior to a fight, the reality is no one truly knows what will happen until two fighters get into a ring to compete. Unfortunately, those who are trying to operate during this epidemic including athletic commissions need to be prepared for scenarios like this throughout the whole sport as several fighters who are considered top contenders and world champions both men and women could choose not to compete until the circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis improve significantly as well as financial reasons. For those who are opting to try and stay active during the time of uncertainty, they will have to take the opposition that is available to them who are willing to step in and compete.


If athletic commissions and/or promoters are unprepared to deal with such circumstances, perhaps all should consider halting the sport again until circumstances improve. Unfortunately, this is the reality that not only Boxing, but all of sports are facing.


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Part two of this special feature will be released on Saturday, August 1st.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Steve Gago Calls For Sandy Messaoud Welterweight Title Challenge

Press Release: July 28, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing – DiaMond, Minsk in Belarus played host to WBA, IBF & WBO Welterweight Title clash as Frances Sandy Messaoud took on Khazakstans World rated Nursultan Zhangabaev. 

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Sandy Messaoud (14-6) scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and used his volume and distance to frustrate Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-1). Zhangabayev's cut caused the fight to he stopped & Messaoud rightly takes the decision victory and become the new WBA Inter-Continental, IBF Australasian & WBO Oriental Welterweight Title.

Zhangabaevs last outing was August last year in Sydney Australia was controversial to say the least. He took on IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight Champion Steve Gago. Zhangabaev were very fortunate as he was dedecuted 3 points for repeated low blows. 

The man known as "The Timorese Terror" Steve Gago opens up about a potential clash with the Frenchmen.

"Im 12-1, I should be 13-0 how there was no DQ that fight is insane but thats boxing I have moved on since my fight with Nursultan. I'm now the WBC Asian Welterweight Champion.

I've just watched Sandy Messaoud, victory over Nursultan, he thoroughly deserved it. I would respectfully like to call out Sandy and challenge him him for his WBA, WBO and IBF titles and put up by WBC Title. 

All 4 sanctioning bodies winner take all fight, let's do this. I will speak with my manger Tony Tolj and he will do what he does best. I havent stopped training during the pandemic, Im ready to go and your gonna have to hit me with more than the Eiffel tower, The Timorese Terror is coming to Terrorize!"


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Friday, July 24, 2020


We would like to let readers know that new material discussing some of the recent events in the sport of Boxing in a special two-part feature is in the works and part one will be released on Wednesday, July 29th. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Return Of Boxing In Germany

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues the sport of Boxing continues in its attempt to resume its normal activity under obvious constraints. Following the lead of successful cards that have been staged in Mexico and Las Vegas over the last month, SES Boxing Promotions took its first step in resuming on July 17th in Magdeburg, Germany. Unlike previous events that have taken place in a closed door environment due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, this card was the first to take place in front of a crowd of a thousand spectators.


While I was concerned given the circumstances of the global crisis, I was also curious as to how the atmosphere would look and whether guidelines similar to what has been a regular topic of discussion here in the United States would be followed. Although it should be no secret to longtime readers that this observer has been vocal in my concern regarding the attempt of not just Boxing, but all of sports to resume in the midst of what has become a global crisis, credit should be given to those who have done everything they can to put on events under circumstances that are not normal while also adhering to the respective guidelines that have been put in place by local, state, and federal officials.


In regard to the sport starting to resume on an international scale, I felt that this card could provide some insight as to what things might look like once spectators are allowed to resume attending events around the world. What I observed frankly did not give the impression that there were a thousand people in attendance. Perhaps, this was due to social distancing guidelines being in place where seating configurations were different than what one would associate with a crowd of that size. Even though this is purely speculation on the part of yours truly, from what I was able to see, it appeared that whatever guidelines that were in place were being followed.


Much as has been the case with other cards that have taken place during the COVID-19 epidemic, many officials wore face masks or other forms of facial guard. There were some however, from what I was able to see that were not wearing any facial covering, but it did appear to my eye that those folks were placed in positions where social distancing was observed.


In the interest of honesty with the reader, after several weeks of adjusting to an atmosphere where no spectators beyond essential personnel have been present at Boxing events, it was refreshing to hear the element of crowd noise. The atmosphere of this card seemed to provide a mix of crowd noise with the atmosphere of an event without spectators where one could hear punches being landed more clearly than perhaps one would hear under normal circumstances. One can assume this was due to whatever the seating configurations were in observance of social distancing guidelines. 


The main event of this card featured undefeated former European Heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel in his first fight since March of last year facing veteran Evgenios Lazaridis of Greece. While this fight did not have much significance in terms of having the potential for the winner of the fight to challenge for a world championship in the near future, it did represent the first step for Kabayel, who recently vacated his European championship to focus on getting his name into the discussion in terms of world rated contenders. 


In Lazaridis, Kabayel faced a steady opponent, who had stopped only once in eighteen previous bouts in his professional career. Lazaridis, however, was not known for his punching power and the main question that surrounded this fight in my eyes, similar to other bouts that have taken place under the circumstances of COVID-19 was what effect would Kabayel’s inactivity in addition to having to prepare for fight in the midst of an epidemic would have on him. 


Kabayel quickly answered that question as he put on close to a perfect performance over the course of ten rounds. What was a highlight of the performance in my eyes was the success that Kabayel was able to have with his right hand and how he was able to mix his right hand into several combinations of punches. This along with consistent aggression throughout the bout was the story of the fight. Although Lazaridis remained very “Game “, an argument could be made that the fight, which followed a pattern of mostly one-way punishment could have been stopped as it became clear that Lazaridis could not find a way to turn the ebb and flow of the combat in his favor.


While this fight was one-sided, it was the type of performance by Kabayel that will likely lead to further opportunities for him down the line against a top ten contender. As for what this card could indicate for the return of crowds to Boxing events and other sports on a universal scale, the guidelines that were followed here could provide a blueprint for others to follow. The circumstances of COVID-19 however, will largely dictate how long it will be before things return to something akin to normal. For now, at best we can say that the process is one that will be gradual that can be described as baby steps. With cards scheduled to resume in California and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, we will see how this process progresses.


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Sunday, July 19, 2020

"The Removalist" Francis Chua Aims To Remove The Domestic Lightweight Competition!

Press Release: July 19, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing - Perth based, Aussie known as the "Removalist" Francis Chua (7-1-1) boasts an excellent record of 7 wins from 8 fights, his lone loss being a controversial points decision to top flight Australian boxer Kye MacKenzie. Chua had previously upset MacKenzie’s tilt at a world title shot against Vasyl Lomachenko, when he beat the WBO #2 in front of a 40,000 crowd as undercard to a Jeff Horn bout in Brisbane. The November 2018's clash with Kye Mackenzie was the Australasian "Upset of the Year"  

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Prior to the global pandemic Francis Chua agreed to terms with the Vietnamese based promotional group Victory 8 to fight Vietnamese legend Nguyen Van Hai. The fight was set to take place in Manila on May 9 for the prestigious WBC Australasia lightweight title. 

“For sure, I was coming to win and I expected to win, I believe Im an old school type Gatti Ward type fighter. I will always give the fans a great show but with the corona virus it was not meant to be.” said Chua. 


Now Chua sets his sights on the domestic scene;

"I know Kye (MacKenzie) & Kayne Clarke are set to fight on the Horn Tszyu Undercard for WBA & IBO regional honours. Kye and I are 1 win each "on paper" but everyone who saw the second fight knows who really won tht fight so a trilogy to even up the score with all the regional belts would make sense. Im up for fighting anyone, anywhere, anytime. If Clarke who is a really good fighter too and I have full respect for anyone who steps foot in the ring".

"There is also local West Aussie Brandon Ogilvie, that would be another great local match up. That could headline Dragon Fire Boxing's Thunderdome series".

"Jacob NG is another up and coming boxer who is WBO & IBF World rated, both our camps have been in loose discussions previously but dates had never aligned".

"Then there's George Kambosos Jnr who is suppose to be fighting Lee Selby in an IBF Eliminator is a fight I would love to have. I was offered by manager the Big Moss, Tony Tolj a fight with George at the MGM Grand in Vegas on a Pacquiao undercard. Now that is things that you dream about growing up. However my manager really cares for me as a person and said Francis I know you have some of your close family that is terminally ill, you need to spend time with them. And it was the right decision as my head was all over the shop".

“If the Mackenzie fight doesn’t happen, I’ve got plenty of options and I’m grateful to my management for getting me the right opportunities and Tonys exactly when we should roll the dice, thats why hes the man.

“There is always the Thunderdome events in Perth and I want to continue to build my experience and look to win titles by taking on the best. That is what I really want going forward and I know that if I stay solid in the gym, I will get there when the time is right. All I want to do is make my family, friends and country proud, The Removalist is here to take out all the lightweights!!”


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Friday, July 17, 2020


Press Release: By DAZN -  NEW YORK (July 17, 2020) - Let the countdown begin. Boxing on DAZN is back in one week with the return of the future of boxing and knockout artist, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs). The 2019 consensus “Prospect of the Year” faces his most dangerous challenger to date when he meets Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) next Friday, July 24, live from California and exclusively on DAZN at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. 

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Sharing the spotlight with the Vergil Ortiz Jr. will be undefeated prospects Seniesa Estrada (18-0, 7 KOs) and Hector Tanajara Jr. (19-0, 5 KOs) – both looking to stamp themselves as title contenders in their respective weight divisions.

As part of the countdown to boxing’s return on DAZN, tomorrow night (8 p.m. ET) Ortiz Jr. will break down his 2019 scrap against Antonio Orozco on DAZN’s weekly series, Saturday Fight Live. Watch a sneak peek now.

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Verdejo KO’s Madera In 1

Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo scored an impressive first round knockout over previously undefeated prospect Will Madera on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Verdejo used his quicker hands and longer reach to dictate the combat and create openings. In the closing seconds of round one, Verdejo connected with a flush right uppercut that set off a barrage of punches that sent the unbeaten Madera down on his back in a neutral corner of the ring. Madera was unable to get up. Official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of round one.  Felix Verdejo advances to 27-1, with 17 Knockouts. Will Madera falls to 15-1-3, with 8 Knockouts.



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Featherweight Martino Jules remained undefeated by scoring an eight round majority decision over Aleem Jumakhonov. Although both fighters had their moments throughout the eight round bout, when Jules was able to keep Jumakhonov on the outside and was able to control distances, it was Jules who outworked Jumakhonov. At the conclusion of the fight two official judges scored the fight 78-74, while the third judge scored the fight even 76-76 giving Jules the victory. Martino Jules advances to 10-0, with 2 Knockouts. Aleem Jumakhonov falls to 8-3-2, with 4 Knockouts.



Undefeated Heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson scored a first round knockout over Hector Perez. A body shot followed by a left hook, right hand combination sent Perez down midway through round one. While it appeared that the body shot was the punch that did the most damage, Perez was in no condition to get up and the bout was stopped by Referee Russell Mora after administering a count of eight of ten while Perez was down on his knees on the canvas. Official time of the stoppage was: 1:45 of round one. Jared Anderson advances to 5-0, with 5 Knockouts. Hector Perez falls to 7-3, with 3 Knockouts.


In the opening bout of the evening, Lightweight Kenny Davis scored a hard fought four round majority decision over Eduardo Sanchez. Davis’ combination punching dictated the combat in the first round, but in round two, the fighters reversed roles where Sanchez was landing combinations and dictating the action. A left hook to the body of Sanchez sent him down in round three, but the ruling of a knockdown was somewhat controversial as Davis landed a right hand to the head while Sanchez was down. Although he was warned for the foul at the beginning of round four, there was no penalty and the fight continued. Davis however, would lose a point in the fourth and final round for losing the grip on his mouthpiece, the second time it occurred during the fight. The knockdown in round three proved to be the deciding factor as two of three official judges scored the fight 38-36 in his favor while the third judge scored the fight even 37-37. Kenny Davis advances to 3-2-1, with 0 Knockouts. Eduardo Sanchez falls to 2-3, with 0 Knockouts.


The originally scheduled main event between Featherweights Miguel Marriaga and Mark John Yap was cancelled on Wednesday due to Yap not making weight. Yap, who agreed to the fight on two weeks notice weighed in eight and a half pounds over the contracted 128lb. weight. Although we have become accustomed over the last month to fights being postponed/cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, a fighter missing weight is also something that comes with the territory in combat sports and unfortunately can also lead to scheduled fights not taking place. Although it is a pastime of sorts for those of us who cover the sport like yours truly to be critical when a fighter misses weight by a significant margin, it is important to remember that the sport of Boxing, like the rest of the world is dealing with an ongoing epidemic and the circumstances of COVID-19 has made it difficult for all to go about life as normal. This includes boxers and other athletes in combat sports.


 It is reasonable under the circumstances to expect fighters such as Mark John Yap, who in this case took the fight against Miguel Marriaga on short notice for one can assume financial reasons may not be as prepared due to many gyms being closed as well as other restrictions related to COVID-19, which can make preparing for competition an even more challenging task beyond the obvious concerns related to potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. While some may view it as an excuse and disrespectful to the sport, Boxing is operating in far from normal circumstances and if the sport is going to continue trying to resume its schedule, despite diagnosed cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise in the United States as well as internationally, the possibility of fighters missing weight is unfortunately something that will come with the territory, much as it does when Boxing is in its normal active state.


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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Aussie Prodigy "Action Jackson" England Cracks World Boxing Council's World Ratings

Press Release: July 16, 2020 By Dragon Fire Boxing - WBC Super Featherweight Asian Boxing Council "Action" Jackson England's (12-1) rise to stardom continued when he was officially named in the World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight top 40 on Wednesday.  

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The Western Australian -based prodigy was thrilled upon finding out about his new world ranking.

"I checked Facebook and saw that I had been tagged in a bunch of stuff about world rankings, and then I just couldn't believe it when I saw my name in the top 40, thats why manager is the best in the World" he said.

"That's a legitimate world ranking from a very high sanctioning body of the sport - to think about that is just insane.

"I'm over the moon about it."

I'm not afraid to fight anybody.

At just 22 years old, England has already made a name for himself on the global scene with 12 wins from his 13 bouts.

Now his top 40 ranking is set to open further doors. 

Bigger opponents, bigger fight cards and more eyes on his bouts can be expected in the rising star's near future.

"It's exciting, because now you never know when someone in the top 20 or maybe the top 15 might take a look down the list and say they want to fight me.

"I'm not afraid to fight anybody, so if that opportunity comes, I'll be ecstatic."

But England's return to the ring could still be some time away, with WA's professional boxing scene still up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I love boxing and I love putting on a show, so it's been a frustrating few months," he said.

"But that's just the way of the world at the moment. All I can do is train hard and be ready when we get the green light to fight again.

I have huge respect and admiration for the Moloney brothers and they are prime examples of what can happen and we have the same manager and The Tolj never ceased to amze everyone in the country what he can do. I'll make sure im just a phone call away"

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Mayer Outboxes Joseph

Undefeated Women’s Jr. Lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over former two-time world title challenger Helen Joseph on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. A fight that was originally scheduled for June 9th that was postponed due to Mayer testing positive for the  COVID-19 virus, was controlled by the unbeaten former United States Olympian from the opening bell. Showing little effects from the virus, Mayer used her longer reach to work off of her jab and keep Joseph on the outside where she was unable to be effective. While this was largely the story of the fight, Mayer also displayed a well-balanced attack throughout and rarely did not through a punch unless it was part of a combination. An impressive performance by Mayer from start to finish culminated with her winning a convincing unanimous decision. Official scores were: 99-91, and 100-90 (On two scorecards) all in favor of Mayer. Mikaela Mayer advances to 13-0, with 5 Knockouts. Helen Joseph falls to 17-5-2, with 10 Knockouts.


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Lightweight  prospect Ruben Cervera scored a six round unanimous decision over Clay Burns. In the first round, Cervera dropped Burns with a short counter left hook to the jaw in the opening seconds of the fight. The pattern of the bout consisted of Burns being the aggressor, but Cervera catching him with counter punches as he came forward. This in addition to Cervera landing the cleaner, more effective punches, is what allowed him to score a convincing unanimous decision. Official scores were: 58-56, and 59-54 (On two scorecards) in favor of Cervera. Ruben Cervera advances to 12-2, with 10 Knockouts. Clay Burns falls to 9-9-2, with 4 Knockouts.



Middleweight Clay Collard scored a second round knockout over Lorawnt Nelson. Collard found a home for his straight right hand late in round one and scored a knockdown of Nelson along the ropes. A similar scenario also took place in round two when Nelson was dropped for a second time with a straight right hand. This was followed by a third knockdown of Nelson with a left hook to the head. Although Nelson was able to get up following the third knockdown, he had no answer to keep Collard off of him and the bout was stopped at 1:57 of round two. Clay Collard advances to 8-2-3, with 3 Knockouts. Lorawnt Nelson falls to 5-4, with 4 Knockouts 



In the opening bout of the evening, Super-Middleweight Javier Martinez successfully made his professional debut by outworking Jonathan Burrs over four rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the fight in Martinez’ favor 40-36. Javier Martinez advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Jonathan Burrs falls to 2-2, with 0 Knockouts.


As has been the case since the sport of Boxing began attempting to resume activity over the last month, this card took place under the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus. While Mikaela Mayer is among a select few to have had their fights postponed due to a positive test for the virus, she now stands as someone who has not only recovered from COVID-19, but has also shown at least in her case that she did not suffer adverse effects and off of this latest performance would appear to be inching closer to an opportunity at a world championship. With at least the intention of an increased presence for Women’s Boxing over the coming months, it will be interesting to see if the ongoing circumstances surrounding the virus globally will allow Mayer to possibly challenge for a world championship before the end of 2020.


It should not be overlooked however, that COVID-19 continues to be a determining factor in what does take place as two bouts that were scheduled for this card, a WBO Jr. Lightweight world championship bout between champion Jamal Herring and Jonathan Oquendo as well as a scheduled Featherweight bout between Eddie Vazquez and Luis Melendez were each postponed due to postive COVID-19 tests. While in the case of the Herring-Oquendo bout, it was the second time the bout has been postponed due to a positive test, it does underscore what will remain a significant issue and an obstacle in potential fights that could be made for the sport going forward especially as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States as well as around the world. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available as to any potential rescheduling that might occur.


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Saturday, July 11, 2020

HotMic App Revolutionizes Live Sports Watch Parties With Groundbreaking Tech, Celebrity Hosts

Press Release: July 11, 2020 By HotMic — HotMic app revolutionizes live sports watch parties with groundbreaking tech, celebrity hosts As pro sports return, second screen watch party app connects fans with no spoilers. 


As U.S. professional sports return to empty stadiums, sports bars struggle with local restrictions and Americans everywhere practice social distancing, many fans across the country will spend the coming months watching live sports in isolation. HotMic , a watch party app designed specifically for live sports, is poised to bring people together with a platform that gives fans the choice of joining watch parties with sports personalities or starting their own with friends— all while solving the biggest problem sports fans face while co-watching TV with others. Watching live broadcasts from different service providers means viewing can be off by seconds or even minutes relative to friends in other locations and social media, ruining any co-watching experience. HotMic’s proprietary sync technology solves the problem by listening to the broadcast audio on everyone’s TV and syncing each watch party to be in real time, ensuring friends and followers in every corner of the world are given a spoiler-free, second screen experience. 

“Watching sports alone is no fun, and who wouldn’t want to sit on the sofa and watch games with their favorite sports personalities?” said HotMic Founder and CEO Sean Longworth. “By synchronizing TVs and enabling voice, video and chat, we preserve the emotional connections created in big moments so we can feel like we're together during games. If you can’t go to the game, HotMic is the next best thing. We’ve all had games spoiled by social media or someone you’re on the phone with because the game on your TV is lagging behind. For all of us, watching TV concurrently is a huge challenge, and spoilers completely ruin co-watching. We are the only social platform that fixes this

problem.” Fans can join HotMic watch parties hosted by sports personalities and celebrities where they can engage in the conversation with the hosts and community through chat and video features. Notifications alert fans when their favorite hosts are going live, or fans can discover watch parties through the browsing feature. Whether they are former players, beat reporters, podcasters or celebrity fans, watch party hosts engage, chat and make the game more  listening to it, connecting fans from all over in real time without delays or spoilers. With offices in the U.S. and United Kingdom, HotMic is leading a global watch party revolution focused on live sports, bringing a fun, interactive and you-have-to-behere atmosphere for all sports fans. HotMic’s mission is to work with partners to create a new kind of social network that values engagement over distraction and collaboration over competition. For more, visit, and download the HotMic app in the App Store and on Google Play.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Takam Outworks Forrest

Former Heavyweight world title challenger Carlos Takam scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over fellow contender Jerry Forrest on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. In what was a uneventful bout, Takam was able to outwork Forrest over the course of the ten round bout, despite being bothered throughout the fight due to a cut on his right cheekbone that was caused by an accidental clash of heads while the fighters were in close. Perhaps because of this as well as fatigue as the bout progressed, Forrest was able to have some success down the stretch, but it was not enough to turn the scoring of the fight in his favor. Official scores were: 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92 all in favor of Takam. Carlos Takam advances to 39-5-1, with 28 Knockouts. Jerry Forrest falls to 26-4, with 20 Knockouts.


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Undefeated Jr. Featherweight contender Carlos Castro scored a dominant fourth round stoppage of former world title challenger Cesar Juarez. For four rounds, Castro displayed a full skill set highlighted by a consistent body attack. The always “Game “ Juarez simply could not find a way to break Castro’s rhythm and at the end of the fourth round after sustaining significant punishment, Juarez’ corner wisely stopped the fight to prevent their fighter from further punishment. Carlos Castro advances to 26-0, with 11 Knockouts. Cesar Juarez falls to 25-9, with 19 Knockouts.


In a battle of undefeated Jr. Lightweights Joshafat Ortiz scored a hard-fought six round majority decision over Joshua Orta. Ortiz seemed to be having his way early in the fight by using his longer reach to keep Orta on the outside. Orta was able to rally over the second half of the fight and appeared to get the better of the exchanges between the two. Although Ortiz suffered a cut over the right eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round five, his success early in the fight was enough to earn the nod of two official judges who scored the fight 58-56 in his favor while the third judge scored the fight a draw 57-57 giving Ortiz the majority decision victory. Joshafat Ortiz advances to 8-0, with 4 Knockouts. Joshua Orta falls to 6-1, with 2 Knockouts.



Middleweight Donte Stubbs, who fought one week ago at the same MGM Grand Conference Center in losing a close six round majority decision to Isiah Jones, was able to rebound from what was his first career loss to score a convincing six round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Fred Wilson. Although Stubbs initially hard trouble navigating Wilson’s longer reach was able to score a knockdown of Wilson in round three with a wide right hand to the head. Wilson was able to get up, but was deducted a point in round four for holding. Wilson would be dropped for a second time toward the end of round five from another right hand to the head. The two knockdowns, the point deduction, and Wilson’s inability to avoid Stubbs’ right hand allowed Stubbs to earn the decision. Official scores were 58-53 (On two scorecards) and 58-54 all in favor of Stubbs. Donte Stubbs advances to 7-1, with 2 Knockouts. Fred Wilson falls to 6-1-2, with 2 Knockouts.



In a Welterweight bout that began the evening in what was a rarity for the sport of Boxing that saw a double knockdown in the first round, Corey Champion scored a first round knockout over Peter Cortez. The fight, which took place before the nationally televised broadcast on ESPN in the United States, saw the two fighters each land a right hand at the same time resulting in a double knockdown. Champion was able to score two additional knockdowns of Cortez to force a stoppage of the fight. Corey Champion advances to 2-3, with 2 Knockouts. Peter Cortez falls to 2-2, with 1 Knockout.


Although the overall theme of Boxing under the circumstances of COVID-19 remains fighters looking to stay active in the hope of garnering further and potentially more lucrative opportunities once circumstances improve where the sport can resume in a way more similar to when it is in its normal active state, this card in particular provided a look at one fighter who is looking for another opportunity at a world championship. Thirty-nine year old Carlos Takam.


While speculating on what a fighter might do next is normally standard practice when the sport is operating as normal, it remains unrealistic currently due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic. For a fighter in Takam’s position however, the longer the sport remains in its current state of trying to operate behind closed doors where many top fighters might opt to wait for circumstances to improve both due to financial reasons as well as the risk of exposure to the virus, it could have a severe impact on Takam’s hopes of getting another opportunity to fight for a world championship. The flip side of that scenario however, is if Takam can remain active under these circumstances and continue to win, the likelihood of him being in condition to capitalize on an opportunity should it present itself will obviously increase compared to fighter and world champions who will try to wait the epidemic out. In a situation largely dictated by circumstances beyond the control of the powers that be in Boxing and a scenario where sports fans are eager for compelling stories, the story of Cards Takam is one to observe and keep an eye on.


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