Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Rising Chilean Junior 'La Joya' Cruzat Talks Sparring Moloney Brothers, Chile National Title

Press Release: October 4, 2022 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Rising Chilean star Junior Cruzat is set for his Chilean national title fight on October 15, with the rising featherweight standout sharing a training base with brothers Andrew and Jason Moloney.

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Cruzat has spent a portion of his camp in Australia with the highly rated pair, and he discussed the lessons he's learnt working with both brothers who feature on the undercard of George Kambosos Jr vs Devin Haney.

Cruzat said, "You learn so much working with the Moloney brothers. They are both cool guys, but in the ring they can stun you with their talent. 

"Andrew Moloney is a high level boxer, he is an incredible talent, and he has so much skill with the jab. You learn a lot about your defence but different ways to use the jab from Andrew.

"Jason is ferocious, and comes forward with great inside movement. It's great for your defence, but he has a good variety and uses angles. So that was a great experience too."

Cruzat heads into his first championship fight, as he looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow Chilean Andres Campos who is also guided by Dragon Fire Boxing.

Junior opened up about his first title challenge, "I'm excited to be in my first title fight and I believe I'm ready for this now. Training in Australia has made me stone cold in the ring, and I'm going to put on the performance of my career.

"Whether I win by knockout or on points I'm going to be the next champion of Chile and that's the bottom line. I want to thank everybody at Dragon Fire Boxing for getting me this opportunity, and I'm sure it will be the first of many titles in my career."


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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Andrew Moloney Looks To Shine In Melbourne

Press Release: October 4, 2022 By Team Moloney – 
Andrew Moloney is ready for the test of Norbelto Jimenez, as the Aussie stylist continues to hunt down a fight with pound for pound star Kazuto Ioka.

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Moloney impressed last time out, taking out Alexander Espinoza in two rounds on the undercard of Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr in Melbourne, and now Moloney returns to the scene of the crime as he looks to continue his good form against Jimenez.

Moloney opened up about preparation going into his next outing, coming on the undercard of Devin Haney vs George Kambosos II.

Moloney said, “I’m excited to be back and to be back at home is always special. I won my first world title in Melbourne, so it will be always be a special place in my heart. Thank you once again to Top Rank and my manager Tony Tolj who’s never failed to have mine and my brothers back for our entire career. 

“You always find a different type of motivation when you’re at home, it’s a buzz being in front of your own people. I love fighting in Australia. I’ll fight anyone anywhere, I went to Chile a few years ago, but you can’t beat fighting in front of your friends and family.”

Moloney has held the WBA version of the world super flyweight crown, and has his sights set on a dream fight against Japanese legend Kazuto Ioka. The Gold Coast native discussed his ideals for a clash with Ioka down the line. 

Moloney stated, “I’ve been vocal about my desire to fight Ioka, and it’s entirely in a respectful manner. He’s a great champion, and legend of the sport, it would be an honor to share a ring with him. 

“My focus right now is on Jimenez on October 16, and then we’ll see where we go from there and I need to keep putting on quality performances to justify those claims and show the World, Andrew Moloney will be world champion again.”

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Alex Winwood Kicks Off Pro Career With A Bang Nov. 25 At Thunderdome 40

Press Release: October 2, 2022 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Olympian Alex Winwood is launching his pro career in style, as he goes directly into state title action on his pro debut, headlining the 40th edition of Dragon Fire Boxing's iconic Thunderdome Series.

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Winwood was bizarrely stopped in his quest for Commonwealth glory at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, with the reaction to his stoppage going viral. 

 

The Australian reacted on his Olympic & Comm Games journey and opened up on turning professional. He said, "I enjoyed the amateurs and the experience of the Olympics & Comm Games representing my country with pride. I've learned as much as I can from the amateurs and now it's time to turn to the professional ranks.

 

"The Olympics & Commonwealth games was a great experience despite how it ended for me. I've got a lot of attention from that, but I wanted the attention to be for winning a medal, not for being stopped in a strange fashion.

 

"I want to head into the pro ranks with all that behind me and right the wrongs. I was one of the best amateurs on the planet and I want to recreate that in the paid code."  

 

Winwood goes straight into title action, with his management at Dragon Fire Boxing headed up by Tony Tolj wanting to progress the well traveled amateur standout in quick fashion. 

 

The Western Australian native discussed his road to the pro raniks from a preparation standpoint. 

 

Winwood stated, "I'm delighted to be with Tony Tolj and Dragon Fire Boxing, they've got a plan and they know what I want, and I think starting with a fight for a state title is the right move. I'm excited and I'm really motivated to put on a show.

 

"I've worked with both Moloney brothers over the last year and they've prepared me for what's ahead in the professional ranks. I've learned a lot from the Moloney's and that type of education is what I need to become a world champion.

 

"I'm happy I'm starting my journey in Metro City, Perth in WA. There's nothing like fighting at home, and I can't wait to put on a show.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Schedule Resumption Update Following Hurricane Ian


We would like to let our readers know following a pause in the normal schedule due to having to evacuate due to Hurricane Ian, our regular schedule will resume on Wednesday, October 12th. While material will cover the upcoming Heavyweight bout between former WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and longtime Heavyweight contender Robert Helenius, we would also like to inform readers that content originally planned for the final week of September and the first two weeks of October will be covered as part of a special feature that will close out the month of October.

In the interim, any content that is sent in for release between now and October 12th from promoters, networks, and others involved in the sport of Boxing will be made available as normal. We want to thank readers for both their patience and understanding during what was frankly a scary time and subsequently led to an unplanned and unwanted pause in our normal schedule and we do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Stay tuned. 

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Hurricane Ian Notice

We would like to let our readers know that due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Ian, we here at The Boxing Truth® will be pausing our regular schedule until further notice. Stay tuned and stay safe everyone.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Warrington To Defend IBF World Featherweight Championship Against Lopez December 10th On DAZN

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Press Release: September 24, 2022 By DAZN – Josh Warrington will defend his IBF World Featherweight title against Luis Alberto Lopez at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday December 10, live worldwide on DAZN – and Matchroom and DAZN can announce that the Light-Flyweight unification clash between Hiroto Kyoguchi and Kenshiro Teraji will be broadcast live on DAZN in Europe when the pair clash in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday November 1.

 

Warrington (31-1-1 8 KOs) regained the IBF strap when he stopped Kiko Martinez in his Leeds fortress in March, with the hometown hero flooring the Spaniard in the opening round before ending matters in the seventh round to punctuate a blistering performance in front of his adoring fans.

 

The 31 year old suffered a broken jaw in his second career win over Martinez but has fully recovered and now aims to take care of a dangerous mandatory challenge before targeting unification blockbusters. 

 

“So we are back at the Leeds Arena, back for the 12th and potentially final time,” said Warrington. “I’m very excited to be back in Leeds. I started the year very well with a sensational 7th round stoppage against Kiko Martinez to recapture my IBF belt and now finishing the end of the year defending my belt to my mandatory who’s a tough Mexican and has waited a long time to fight me. 

 

“It’s going to be a hard fight, he comes forward, he’s wild and erratic, I’ve got history with Mexican fighters, but I’m hoping to put on a great performance in front of my home crowd. 

 

“I’ve been saying it for so long about going over to the States and fighting in a unification fight. That’s the dream but due to delays with injuries to my jaw and hand I have to fight my mandatory now. I’m fully focused on doing a job, getting the show closed early and finishing 2022 with a bang.”

 

Lopez (26-2 15 KOs) is no stranger to fighting in the UK having punched his ticket to fight for the title by stopping Isaac Lowe in an eliminator clash in London in December. The 29 year old Mexican has stayed busy while waiting for his chance to tackle Warrington, notching stoppage wins in April and August, and will travel to Leeds with ambitions to emulate the stunning KO win his fellow countryman Mauricio Lara inflicted on the Warrington in February 2021.

 

“I remember, not too long ago, when a Mexican fighter knocked Josh out in his country,” said Alberto Lopez. “On December 10, in his hometown, I am going to silence his fans. The IBF Featherweight title will return to Mexico. I dedicate this fight to the Mexican people and everyone from my hometown of Mexicali. This one’s for you, and Josh, enjoy that belt while you still have it.”

 

An announcement on ticket sales for Warrington vs. Alberto Lopez will be made soon.

 

Before that showdown, the focus is on Japan and what promises to be a scintillating fight when WBA ruler Kyoguchi and WBC king Teraji put their belts on the line as the Light-Flyweight division makes moves to crown an undisputed champion. 

 

Kyoguchi (16-0 11 KOs) shone in his last outing, stopping Esteban Bermudez in eight thrilling rounds in Guadalajara in June, his fourth successful defence of the title he ripped from Hekkie Budler in May 2018. Teraji (19-1 10 KOs) regained his WBC crown in March in a rematch with Masamichi Yabuki, landing a third round stoppage in Kyoto to gain instant revenge over his fellow countryman last September, where Yabuki ended Teraji’s five year reign as WBC king with a shock tenth round stoppage win.

 

The card features a more than interested observer as Puerto Rico’s Johnathan Gonzalez (26-3-1 14 KOs) will look to successfully defend his WBO Light-Flyweight title against the unbeaten Shokichi Iwata (9-0 6 KOs) before taking his seat at ringside to take in the main event with hopes of a unification battle with the winner.

 

“I cannot wait to be back in Leeds, one of the best atmospheres in the world,” said Eddie Hearn. “It’s great to have Josh back in the ring and ready to thrill again, and those fans will play a big part in getting their hero over the line in a tough fight with the dangerous Mexican Alberto Lopez.

 

“Before that, we’ve got a brilliant night of boxing in Japan on November 1. Hiroto has become the number one Light-Flyweight in the world, but Kenshiro will want to take that title and the WBA belt to boot – this fight cannot fail to entertain, fireworks are guaranteed, and the winner will take a massive step towards an undisputed bout.”

 

“It is great to announce two further blockbuster fights coming to DAZN this fall,” said Joe Markowski, DAZN Group CEO North America. “Josh Warrington is never shy in taking on the toughest of opponents and in Lopez this will be another huge test. Kyoguchi vs. Teraji is a giant unification and I for one can’t wait. All live on DAZN.”

 

Kyoguchi vs. Teraji is live on DAZN in Europe in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Joyce-Parker Weights From Manchester, England

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s Heavyweight bout between undefeated WBO number one contender Joe Joyce and former WBO Heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker took place earlier today in Manchester, England. The scheduled twelve round bout, which will determine interim championship status in the WBO Heavyweight ratings as Joyce and Parker are rated number one and two respectively, can be seen here in the United States on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ from the Manchester Arena.

Joyce will be the heavier of the two fighters having weighed in earlier today at 271 1/4lbs. The former world champion Joseph Parker weighed in at 255 1/4lbs. This bout will in essence determine the next mandatory challenger for undefeated current IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO Heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk as mandated by the WBO.

*Weights for the undercard bouts are unavailable as of this writing.

Joyce vs. Parker takes place on Saturday, September 24th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. In the United States, the fight as well as it’s undercard can be seen on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ beginning at 2PM ET/11AM PT. For more information about ESPN+ including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices, platforms, Smart TVs, and to subscribe please visit: www.ESPNPlus.com.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Joyce-Parker Preview

 One of the intriguing bouts on the Boxing schedule for September 24th will take place in the Heavyweight division as former WBO Heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker will face undefeated WBO number one contender Joe Joyce at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The fight, which can be seen here in the United States on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ will be to determine interim championship status in the World Boxing Organization’s current Heavyweight ratings as both Joyce and Parker are the top two contenders for the WBO championship currently held by  undefeated unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO Heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk.

 

While this does amount to an elimination bout to see who the next mandatory challenger as far as the WBO is concerned for its version of the World Heavyweight championship, it is still one of the best fights that has been made in the division in recent times. Parker will come into this fight having been unbeaten four years. In that time, Parker has won six straight fights with three of those bouts coming by knockout. Most recently, Parker is coming off back to back decision victories over longtime contender and former world title challenger Dereck Chisora in 2021.

 

Although Parker has rebounded well from his loss to former world title challenger Dillian Whyte in 2018 and his loss earlier that year in losing his world title in a unification bout against Anthony Joshua, he has yet to secure another opportunity to challenge for a world championship again. Now Parker finds himself in position to be the mandatory challenger for the world title he once held, if he can defeat Joe Joyce.

 

Joyce is unbeaten in fourteen professional bouts having scored knockouts in thirteen of those fights. Despite currently having a career knockout percentage of nearly 93% coming into this fight, Joyce will be at a significant disadvantage in terms of experience and more specifically experience at nearly the top level of competition in the Heavyweight division. In his last fight, Joyce scored a fourth round stoppage of longtime contender Christian Hammer in July.

 

What this fight will boil down to in this observer’s eyes is whether or not Parker will be able to use his experience to his advantage. To be more specific, whether Parker will be able to extend Joyce into the deep waters of a fight also known as the middle and late rounds and put the unbeaten contender in a position where he is not dictating the tempo of the combat. Parker is a good boxer/puncher that has shown in his career not only an ability to go into the late rounds of a fight at the highest level of the sport, but also an ability to gradually outwork his opponents. There have however, been times throughout Parker’s career where he has been caught and knocked down as was the case in his first bout against Dereck Chisora and was also the case in the latter stages of his bout against Dillian Whyte.

 

Joe Joyce does have the type of punching power that can end a fight suddenly. While some may be expecting that to happen in this fight should Joyce connect flush with his punches on Parker, the challenge for the former world champion that may prove to be easier said than done will be to fight an extremely tactical fight from start to finish and not allow Joyce to dictate how the combat is fought. Joyce meanwhile should not go into this fight expecting to rely on his punching power.

 

Simply put, Joyce must know the caliber of opponent his is in the ring with and must be prepared to go all twelve rounds if need be. If Joyce goes into this fight with the intention of trying to end it quickly and does not pace himself, it could play into the strategy that Parker will likely be looking to implement by using movement and attempting to out box Joyce.

 

With the Boxing world still abuzz over Oleksandr Usyk’s recent second victory over Anthony Joshua in August, and recent ramblings of Joshua facing undefeated WBC champion Tyson Fury later this year, the winner of this fight may seem to be on the outside looking in, especially if Usyk has no intention of fighting anyone else than the winner of the potential Fury-Joshua bout. A good performance by either fighter however, may be the fuel that will start an argument for them getting an opportunity to fight Usyk in the near future. With the stakes rising in the division, we will see who will be able to make the next step forward between Joyce and Parker on Saturday night.

 

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Joyce vs. Parker takes place on Saturday, September 24th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. In the United States, the fight as well as it’s undercard can be seen on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ beginning at 2PM ET/11AM PT. For more information about ESPN+ including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices, platforms, Smart TVs, and to subscribe please visit: www.ESPNPlus.com.

 

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Eubank Jr.-Benn Card Set For October 8th On DAZN

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Press Release: By DAZN –
EVENT TO BE BROADCAST ON DAZN PPV IN THE UK, IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, AND NEW ZEALAND AND AROUND THE REST OF THE WORLD ON DAZN

London, 22 September, 2022 – Matchroom and Wasserman stars make up the undercard of the highly-anticipated ‘Born Rivals’ clash between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn, broadcast live worldwide on DAZN from what is already a sold-out night at The O2 in London on Saturday, 8 October.

The event, in partnership with Matchroom and Wasserman, will be on DAZN PPV in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, with the PPV available for purchase beginning tomorrow at www.DAZN.com or via the DAZN app. The event will be broadcast around the rest of the world on DAZN.

The Eubank Jr vs. Benn full card:

· Olympic gold medal star Galal Yafai will defend his WBC International Flyweight title against Gohan Rodriguez Garcia.

· It’s a family affair for Harlem Eubank, who fights on the undercard of his older cousin Chris Jr and meets Spaniard David Martin over six rounds.

· Ellie Scotney hunts for another title as she challenges Mary Romero for the European Super-Bantamweight title.

· Light-Heavyweight star Lyndon Arthur is back out in quick succession following his return to action in September.

· World rated Middleweight Felix Cash continues his hunt for World title honours as he meets the unbeaten Connor Coyle for the WBA Intercontinental title.

· Big hitting Heavyweight Matty Harris is on the hunt for a third first round KO win in a row and will take on Chris Healey over six.

· Shannon Courtenay makes a welcome return to the ring against Gemma Ruegg.

· Former Team GB talent Chloe Watson completes the line-up, with the Flyweight talent taking on former World champion Nancy Franco in a six rounder.

An unmissable event for fight fans around the world, Eubank Jr vs. Benn promises to be one of the most electrifying British boxing contests in decades as the sons of two of the sport’s most famous names battle it out in an incredible second-generation showdown.

Eubank Jr vs Benn will be live on DAZN around on the world and on DAZN PPV in the UK and Ireland (£19.99/€19.99 for current subscribers), Australia (AUD $41.99 for current subscribers), and New Zealand (NZD $19.99 for current subscribers). All new subscribers will also need to purchase one month’s subscription to DAZN together with the PPV.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Taylor To Defend Undisputed Lightweight Championship Of The World Against Carabajal October 29th On DAZN

 Press Release: By DAZN – September 21, 2022 Katie Taylor will defend her Undisputed Lightweight World title against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal at the OVO Arena Wembley in London on Saturday October 29, live worldwide on DAZN (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

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Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) cemented herself as the greatest female fighter on the planet by edging out Amanda Serrano in an epic fight for the ages on an iconic night at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York earlier this year. 

 

The Irish superstar retained her Undisputed Lightweight World title after a Fight of the Year contender with Puerto Rico’s Serrano – the first women’s boxing bout to headline the famous MSG in its 140-year history. 

 

Argentina’s Carabajal (19-0, 2 KOs) is undefeated in all 19 of her professional contests since turning over in August 2013 and the 32-year-old from Buenos Aires is a former WBC Latino, South American and Argentinian Super-Featherweight Champion, and is promoted by Argentine legend Marcos Maidana.

 

Chatteris’ European Featherweight Champion Jordan Gill (27-1-1, 8 KOs) puts his title on the line for the first time against Spain’s two-weight World Champion Kiko Martinez (43-11-2, 30 KOs) in a fight that also doubles up as an Eliminator for the IBF World title held by Josh Warrington.

 

‘The Thrill’ lived up to his nickname last time out at The O2 in February as he claimed the European title in stunning fashion by knocking out Frenchman Karim Guerfi with a blockbuster right hand in the ninth round to end an incredible contest.

 

Gill was knocked down in round seven before being heavily bundled to the floor by his opponent. Looking unsteady on his legs, the 28-year-old was backed up into his own corner and subject to a constant barrage from Guerfi, but he showed tremendous heart and determination pull off a massive comeback win. 

 

Former IBF Super-Bantamweight and Featherweight World Champion Martinez returns to the UK following his loss to Warrington at the First Direct Arena in Leeds back in March. ‘La Sensacion’ stopped Kid Galahad in six rounds to become his country’s first ever two-weight ruler last year and hopes to claim another British scalp as his brilliant career draws to an end. 

 

Emerging Belfast Super-Welterweight star Caoimhin Agyarko (12-0, 7 KOs) fights on his second Taylor undercard as he defends his WBA International title against New York’s undefeated Peter Dobson (16-0, 9 KOs) in his third fight of 2022, while Irish Lightweight contender Gary Cully (14-0, 8 KOs) fights under the Matchroom promotional banner for the first time, with his opponent to be announced soon. 

 

Romford Heavyweight sensation Johnny Fisher (6-0, 5 KOs) brings ‘The Romford Bull Army’ to North-West London for a scheduled six-round clash with Italy’s Alfonso Damiani (5-2, 2 KOs) and there’s action for Takeley Light-Heavyweight prospect John Hedges (6-0, 2 KOs) and Luton Super-Welterweight Jordan Reynolds (3-0, 1 KO).

 

“It's hard to believe it's been almost six years since I made by pro debut there so it's great to go back now and headline,” said Taylor. “It's been an amazing journey so far but there are still lots of great fights out there for me and I'm excited about what's still to come.”

 

“I was very happy when I received the offer to challenge Katie,” said Carabajal. “The hard work has paid off. I'm not thinking for a second about giving Katie a win. All the belts with come back to Argentina with me!”

 

“We will travel to London with our undefeated warrior and we will shock the boxing world,” said Maidana. “Katie Taylor will be amazed. This will be Chino Maidana Promotions and my co-promotion partner Legacy Boxing second World championship this year, it will be a huge success for us as a new company.”

 

“One of boxing’s biggest stars Katie Taylor continues to cement her unrivaled legacy, and this next fight against an undefeated and determined opponent is sure to be yet another thrilling moment in her illustrious career,” said Joseph Markowski, CEO of North America at DAZN. “We look forward to broadcasting this event worldwide on DAZN as part of a year-end schedule that’s only going to get even more stacked from here.”

 

 

“I’m delighted to see Katie back in action following her epic victory over Amanda in a historic night in New York,” said Eddie Hearn. “Katie is one of the superstars of boxing and more than that a pioneer for women’s sport, and it’s great to have her return to the arena that she made her debut in 2016. It’s always an honour to stage Katie’s fights and I have no doubt that after her fight of the year with Amanda in April, a new wave of fans will pack the Wembley Arena to see this icon perform against the tough, hungry and unbeaten Argentine.

 

“We have a great card in support of the main event, Jordan mixes it with the always dangerous Spanish legend Kiko, Caoimhin continues his march to major titles, Gary fights for the first time with Matchroom, Johnny brings his Bosh Army of brilliant fans back to Wembley and unbeaten talents John and Jordan take their next steps in their fledgling careers. It’s going to be a fantastic night in the capital.”

 

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DAZN CONFIRMS 1.06 MILLION BUYS GLOBALLY FOR CANELO VS. GGG III

 

Press Release: By DAZN – September 21, 2022 – As Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ultimately outboxed Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin this past weekend to bring one of the most compelling rivalries in sport to an end, DAZN Group has confirmed the Canelo vs. GGG III fight night saw a global audience in the millions, with more than 1.06 million buys generated worldwide including PPV and DAZN subscriptions.

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The event - in partnership with Matchroom, Canelo Promotions and GGG Promotions - marks DAZN’s biggest fight yet in 2022 both globally as well as in the United States. It also claims the title of #3 biggest boxing event globally on DAZN since its inception and #2 biggest boxing event in the United States since its 2018 launch. 

 

Moreover, DAZN was once again the most downloaded sports app in the world, in addition to being the highest grossing app of any category in the United States. 

Additionally, DAZN saw tremendous growth across its commercial premise partners, including +71% across bars, restaurants, casinos, and cinemas compared to Canelo’s last fight against Dmitry Bivol in May; this included fans all across the nation coming together to watch live in 680+ cinemas in the United States alone. Engagement records were set on social media as well, including TikTok fight night content that was the highest-performing of any DAZN boxing event in history (7.9 million views).

 

Other major upcoming events on DAZN’s global boxing schedule include ‘Born Rivals’ Eubank Jr. vs. Benn on October 8, the legend Katie Taylor returning to the ring on October 29, Bivol vs. Ramirez on November 5, two MF x DAZN: X Series fight nights, and much more.

 

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Alvarez Wins Trilogy, Was It The End Of The Road For A Great Champion?

Prior to the highly anticipated third encounter between Undisputed Super-Middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and two-time unified Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, this observer asked one question. Would the third fight bring a finale to one of Boxing’s most heated rivalries over the last decade or would the third chapter in the story between the two fighters lead to a fourth encounter?

Depending on one’s perspective, the answer to the question was either a simple or a complex one. Ideally, when one thinks of a trilogy in combat sports, the third fight more often than not serves as a tiebreaker after two fighters subsequently split the first two encounters. There are rare instances where three fights are not enough to settle matters and scenarios where the set up for a trilogy is not ideal. In this case, there was a controversial draw in the first bout between Alvarez and Golovkin and a debated outcome in the second fight where Alvarez was declared the winner by majority decision, but many felt that Golovkin should have won the fight. This won't with the added opinion of many that Golovkin had done enough to win the first fight, and you have a set up for a trilogy that was fast from ideal.

The four years between the second fight and the third fight however, created more questions, primarily surrounding the now forty year old Golovkin and perceived decline he seemed to show in recent fights. Although those questions were fair to ask, I found myself in the days prior to the third fight wondering if, despite his age and seeming decline, if this would simply be ae of the saying that goes hand and hand with the sport of Boxing, “Styles Make Fights.” Perhaps Golovkin's age, assumed decline, and the lengthy period between fights two and three would not matter, and it may have been a scenario where Golovkin's style was something that would always pose problems for Saul Alvarez and result in a very competitive fight that would always be subject to debate.

On September 17th, Alvarez and Golovkin returned to the scene of their previous two encounters the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV for what turned out to be the finale of a great rivalry. Despite the bad blood between the two fighters that had been simmering since before the second fight, the third either l encounter was simply anti-climatic.
This was because of a reluctance of Golovkin, a fighter known for an ability to apply pressure and breaking his opponents down, to engage with Alvarez from the standpoint of letting his hands go consistently.

Whether it was because of his forty years of age, the effects of a long and illustrious career as an amateur and a professional, having only fought twice since the inception of the COVID-19 global epidemic, or a combination of all the above, it was clear that the Gennady Golovkin that entered the ring for the third bout against Saul Alvarez, was not the same fighter who carved out what this observer often referred to as “A Path of Destruction “ through the Middleweight division over the last decade. For the first eight rounds of the scheduled twelve round world championship bout, the combat inside the ring frankly resembled a brisk sparring session simply because Golovkin did not throw enough punches and was not able to make a significant impact with the punches he did throw.

At the conclusion of eight rounds, I had Alvarez winning every round as he was more active and more importantly more effective of the two fighters in an uneventful fight to watch. It was also hard for me not to think as someone who has spent a lifetime covering the sport and having seen many fighters at similar stages that Golovkin was showing in some ways a classic sign of an aging fighter. He likely saw openings throughout the fight, but could not pull the trigger.

Whether it was a combination of the aforementioned issues or not, as someone who has observed fighters of similar age in similar circumstances, it seemed at least to my eyes that the great champion that Golovkin has been throughout his career, simply does not have it anymore. To his credit however, Golovkin was able to show signs of the fighter he was in his prime over the pretty last four rounds to the degree that he appeared to be the more effective fighter down the stretch. Although this rally had me questioning for a time whether Golovkin was playing possum, the burst of activity and a slight de l decline in Alvarez’ output resulted in Golovkin being able to win those final four rounds on my scorecard resulting in an eight rounds to four or 116-112 score in favor of Alvarez, but I will concede that the final four rounds should not be an accurate depiction of what occurred in this fight and my score was simply how things ended up at the conclusion of the fight.

The final verdict of a unanimous decision in favor of Alvarez, unlike the previous two fights was not controversial and if one is objective, should not be debated. Although the third fight between the two f did not produce similar intrigue as the previous two bouts and was underwhelming as many high-priced pay-per-view bouts have tended to be in recent years, ultimately, Saul Alvarez did what he needed to do and retained his undisputed world championship in the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division.

While a rematch with WBA Light-Heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol, the man who defeated Alvarez convincingly back in May via unanimous decision to retain his WBA crown, remains a goal for Alvarez, the Super-Middleweight champion indicated after his second victory over Golovkin that he likely needs surgery on his left hand and that could result in him being idle for up to a year. This observer certainly does not have to explain the political landscape that Boxing is conducted under and it is logical to expect that the four world championships that Alvarez holds will likely have mandatory challengers amongst the World Boxing Association, (WBA) the World Boxing Council, (WBC) the World Boxing Organization, (WBO) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in the time that Alvarez will be out of action and it is debatable as to whether those sanctioning organizations will allow the championships to remain fully unified if Alvarez is out for a longer period of time and/or has intentions on moving back up to the 175lb. Light-Heavyweight division upon his return to competition.

As for Gennady Golovkin, he still holds three of five world titles in the 160lb. Middleweight division an indicated that he will move back down in weight to resume defending his title there. Although the lure of trying to become an undisputed world champion is a strong one that fighters find it hard to resist if they are a unified world champion in a given weight class, having seen what appeared to be signs of decline in Golovkin in recent fights as well as this performance where he seemed to be simply sharing the ring with his opponent for the first eight rounds, perhaps Golovkin and those close to him need to sit down and discuss his future as a fighter. He is a two-time Middleweight champion of the world and has established a legacy that will one day see him enter any Hall of Fame associated with the sport.

As someone who has chronicled his career for over a decade, I feel he has nothing more to prove, his legacy is secure as a true all-time great champion. If this turns out to be the end of the road of a great career Gennady Golovkin can hold his head high as not only a great fighter, but a credit to the sport.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

BREAKING: Women's World Championship Unification Doubleheader Back On For October 15th In London, England Boxing Set To Resume In The United Kingdom

It has been announced that the highly anticipated Women’s Boxing world championship unification doubleheader featuring a bout for the Undisputed Women’s Middleweight world championship between world champions Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall and a Jr. Lightweight world title unification bout between world champions Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardner has been officially rescheduled for October 15th at the O2 Arena in London, England. The card, which can be seen in the United States on digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+ was originally scheduled for September 10th at the same venue was postponed the day before it was supposed to take place due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th.

Following an official ten day period of mourning throughout the United Kingdom and funeral services for the Queen on Monday, September 19th, sports including Boxing are set to resume throughout the United Kingdom. The first Boxing card scheduled to take place will be on Saturday, September 24th headlined by a Heavyweight bout between former WBO Heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker and understood top contender Joe Joyce at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. As will be the case with the women’s world championship unification doubleheader on October 15th, the Parker-Joyce bout can also be seen on ESPN+. Also in action on September 24th in Nottingham, England at the Nottingham Arena, IBO Lightweight world champion Maxi Hughes will defend his world title against former IBF Featherweight world champion Kid Galahad. On the Hughes-Galahad undercard, unified Women’s IBO/WBA Jr. Middleweight world champion Hannah Rankin will defend her title against former IBO/WBC Jr. Lightweight world champion Terri Harper. Both bouts as well as it’s full undercard can be seen globally on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN.


We will have coverage of both cards over the next week and will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available. Stay tuned.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Alvarez-Golovkin III Weights From Las Vegas

 

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s third encounter between Undisputed Super-Middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and current unified Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin took place earlier today in Las Vegas, NV. Alvarez, who’s undisputed championship will be on the line in the twelve round bout weighed in at 167 1/2lbs. The challenger Golovkin, who will be making his Super-Middleweight debut in tomorrow night’s bout weighed in slightly heavier at 167 3/4lbs. The twelve round world championship bout will headline a pay-per-view card available on DAZN Pay-Per-View in several countries including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The card however, will be available as part of a standard subscription to the DAZN digital streaming network in other countries. 

 

*Weights for the undercard bouts are unavailable as of this writing. 

 

Alvarez vs. Golovkin III takes place on Saturday, September 17th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The bout can be seen in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom on DAZN Pay-Per-View for $64.99 for current subscribers and $84.99 for non-subscribers with a one month subscription to DAZN included with purchase. (U.S. Prices Only) DAZN Pay-Per-View is available through the DAZN streaming app on mobile, tablet, and connected streaming devices, platforms, and Smart TVs. The fight will be available in select countries as part of a standard DAZN streaming subscription. Those wishing to not order through DAZN can contact their cable/satellite provider for availability. DAZN will present a full day of coverage leading up to the event beginning with the DAZN Boxing Show at 2PM ET/11AM PT. Preliminary bouts will begin at 4:45PM ET/1:45PM PT. The main pay-per-view card will begin at 8PM ET/5PM PT. (U.S. Times Only) 

 

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Alvarez-Golovkin 3: Finale Or A Prelude To A Fourth Fight?

 

Unless you are a fan with a mere casual interest in Boxing, one would likely say that one of the most heated rivalry that the sport has seen in the last decade has been between two of Boxing’s biggest stars. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “ GGG” Golovkin. Two fighters that with the exception of two fights against each other have dominated most of their opposition over that span of time.  

 

As is the case with most rivalries, the first fight between the two in September 2017 was much anticipated. While such anticipation can at times be the type that is manufactured in that it is built up in such a way to make a fight appear bigger than it actually is in terms of what is at stake and the ramifications therein for a division and the sport as a whole, the anticipation for the first fight between these two stars was organic and did not need such hype tactics. This was due to Gennady Golovkin carving out what this observer referred to as “A Path Of Destruction” through the 160lb. Middleweight division in not only winning and successfully unifying most of the world championships in the division, but also compiling a lengthy knockout streak that extended to twenty-three consecutive knockouts before he was extended a twelve round distance by former Middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs. 

 

Even though Jacobs took Golovkin the distance in a unification bout, Golovkin’s reputation as a feared “Knockout Artist” was cemented. For Saul Alvarez, his star had risen as an attraction through two weight classes and he briefly held a version of the World Middleweight championship prior to taking on Golovkin. In some ways, the way Alvarez rose to be one of Boxing’s top stars was reminiscent of his longtime now former promoter Oscar De La Hoya. As De La Hoya had done virtually his entire career as a fighter, Alvarez has built a reputation for taking on the best fighters of his era. Even though such a mentality is not always appreciated among an often fickle fan base, and that did not always work to De La Hoya’s benefit, like his former promoter, Alvarez likes challenges. It was not a surprise to see Alvarez wanting to fight Golovkin as the fight was made in a much shorter time frame as compared to other bouts throughout the history of the sport that had the similar “Big Fight” anticipation. 

 

Another positive in a sport seemingly full of negatives was the actual fight did not disappoint in terms of what happened inside the ring. Fight one had elements of both tactical Boxing as well as two fighters willing to stand and trade punches. I felt the first encounter was largely dictated by Golovkin being able to use a power jab. There were several rounds throughout this bout that his jab was his primary weapon and I felt that it not only served as an effective weapon, but also was what dictated the combat. As the fight went on Golovkin’s gradual pressure as well as seeming to land the harder punches appeared to give him what I felt was a clear victory in a highly competitive bout as I scored it  nine rounds to three or 117-111 in his favor. 

 

While the result of that fight proved to be a draw, many including yours truly felt that Golovkin got the better of Alvarez. Such an opinion coupled with an inconclusive verdict from the three official judges provided the ideal set up for a rematch. As most know, there was a temporary delay in the rematch taking place as the original spring 2018 date was postponed following Alvarez testing positive for a banned substance clenbuterol resulting in a suspension and a delay of the rematch. The suspension, which Alvarez has always maintained was a result of eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico, nevertheless created bad blood between the fighters and their respective camps. The delay would end almost exactly one year following the first fight. In fight two, we saw a different approach from both fighters.  

 

While in fight one Alvarez used his movement to try and evade Golovkin, the second fight saw him willing to stand and engage more. Golovkin meanwhile did not apply the type of consistent pressure that he had done in the first fight. He seemed to implement a more tactical Boxing approach in the rematch and while this appeared to benefit Alvarez, I felt Golovkin still did enough to earn a decision victory by dictating the fight as well as using a consistent jab throughout. Golovkin also seemed to land the harder punches of the two. Although I ended up scoring the second fight 116-112 or eight rounds to four in favor of Golovkin, the tactical pace in which the second fight was fought resulted in many of the rounds being close. The end result was Alvarez being declared the winner via twelve round majority decision. 

 

Despite a victor being declared in the second fight, the result, much like the draw between the two in the first encounter not only left a bad taste in the mouths of many Boxing fans who felt that Golovkin had done enough to win it, it also left matters unsettled. In the four years since their last meeting, both fighters have achieved considerable success. Golovkin would eventually regain a portion of the World Middleweight championship and go on to partially unify it as he had done prior to losing to Alvarez in the second fight. Alvarez meanwhile would win world titles in both the Light-Heavyweight and Super-Middleweight divisions, the latter of which he would ultimately unify to become the first undisputed world champion in the history of the Super-Middleweight division. 

 

Now over five years since their first encounter, Alvarez and Golovkin will renew their rivalry for their long anticipated third meeting on Saturday, September 17th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. A fight that can be seen in many countries on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN as part of a standard monthly or annual subscription or on DAZN Pay-Per-View in select countries including the United States and Canada. 

 

While the third bout comes largely based on the closeness of the first two bouts, there are slight differences this time around. First among those differences is that Golovkin will be moving up eight pounds to the Super-Middleweight division to challenge Alvarez for his undisputed crown. Although he has been unbeaten since the disputed loss to Alvarez, Golovkin is now forty years old and has experienced some difficulty in recent fights that has given an impression at least to some that he might be on the decline. This impression seemed to begin when Golovkin first regained a portion of the World Middleweight championship in a back and forth battle with Sergiy Derrevyanchenko in 2019 when it appeared that Golovkin was severely affected by body shots Derrevyanchenko was able to land throughout the bout. Even though Derrevyanchenko is the only fighter to have gone the distance with Golovkin since he returned to the ring earlier that year in Golovkin’s four bouts since the second fight against Alvarez, the perception among some is that Derrevyanchenko was able to expose a weakness in Golovkin that others have subsequently tried to exploit. This could well be the strategy of Saul Alvarez going into this third fight as he aims for a more conclusive victory. 

 

Perhaps the biggest wrinkle going into chapter three of Alvarez vs. Golovkin is that, despite being considered the underdog going into this fight, it is the champion Alvarez who will enter the bout coming off a loss. As most know, Alvarez failed in his bid to become a two-time Light-Heavyweight world champion when he lost a unanimous decision to undefeated WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol in May of this year. Bivol out boxed Alvarez over twelve rounds and, despite the fight appearing to clearly be in favor of Bivol, Alvarez did not respond to the loss well.  

 

With that in mind, there are two things that interests this observer heading into this third encounter knowing the questions that surround both fighters. Will the loss to Bivol influence how Alvarez fights this time, will be more aggressive rather than looking to score points with the intention of trying to win a decision. Will the bad blood between the two also mean that Alvarez will be less tactical in his approach this time around against Golovkin? Did Gennady Golovkin see anything in his two bouts against Alvarez and/or in Alvarez’ loss to Bivol that he can exploit this time? 

 

Having covered the previous two fights, in terms of approach, there is one aspect that Golovkin neglected in fight two that may have been the difference in the outcome. Although I felt that he still dictated the action and generally controlled the second fight, Golovkin neglected to focus a consistent attack to Alvarez’ body and I feel that if he wants to even the score this time he needs to both implement a consistent body attack as well as try to apply pressure and cut the ring off from Alvarez, something he also did not do much of in the second encounter.  

 

One thing that has not been discussed too much as this fight approaches is what will the effect of weight be on both fighters. Alvarez is moving back down to 168lbs. from the 175lb Light-Heavyweight division. Despite that he has moved up and down the weight scale depending on opportunity, the question of what impact that will eventually have on him physically is a fair one to ask. 

 

 By the same token, even though Golovkin still holds three Middleweight world championships going into this fight, the question in addition to his age that should be asked is whether or not what may seem like signs of decline in recent fights might have been due in part to trying to maintain his weight at the 160lb. Middleweight limit. As a fighter ages, it can be more difficult to maintain weight due to both physical changes as well as the wear and tear that often comes with a long career in the sport. This leads to many fighters who are not natural Heavyweights looking to move up in weight as their careers progress in addition to whatever opportunities might be available to them in a different weight class because the heavier weight is often more comfortable physically as opposed to what a body goes through when one tries to cut weight to a weight limit that may not be beneficial for them as they get older. Whether or not Golovkin ends up being more comfortable at 168lbs. remains to be seen 

 

Despite the criticism of some that the third fight is coming too late as far as the perceived competitiveness that can be expected and from Ă  business standpoint for DAZN choosing to put this bout on pay-per-view when their first offering on pay-per-view the Bivol-Alvarez bout back in May did not perform well with some estimates putting total buys between 300,000 and 600,000 at a $59.99 price point for current DAZN subscribers and $79.99 for non-subscribers, if there is a positive spin one can put on this is that the third fight comes not too far beyond the second fight in that there are some instances where fights that are highly anticipated take several years to make in terms of a single bout as was the case with the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout or many years between fights as was the case with the third bout between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in December 1989 having taken place nine years after their second bout. In both cases, the bouts failed to live up to the expectations that some Boxing fans had and in the case of Mayweather-Pacquiao created a backlash and in some cases litigation due to that bout being offered at an asinine price point of over $90 on pay-per-view not including taxes and other fees. 

 

While that should have been a cautionary tale for every promoter and network that relies on the pay-per-view model, DAZN has insisted that their use of the model will be sporadic. Although the ills of the pay-per-view model is something that warrants continued discussion and criticism until such time as significant change occurs throughout the entire sport, from a Boxing standpoint, one can hope that this fight will not be a disappointment in terms of what happens inside the ring. Depending on what does happen, one should not discount the possibility of a potential fourth fight between the two, especially if Golovkin evens the score in this fight.  

 

‘And That’s The Boxing Truth. 

 

Alvarez vs. Golovkin III takes place on Saturday, September 17th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The bout can be seen in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom on DAZN Pay-Per-View for $64.99 for current subscribers and $84.99 for non-subscribers with a one month subscription to DAZN included with purchase. (U.S. Prices Only) DAZN Pay-Per-View is available through the DAZN streaming app on mobile, tablet, and connected streaming devices, platforms, and Smart TVs. The fight will be available in select countries as part of a standard DAZN streaming subscription. Those wishing to not order through DAZN can contact their cable/satellite provider for availability. DAZN will present a full day of coverage leading up to the event beginning with the DAZN Boxing Show at 2PM ET/11AM PT. Preliminary bouts will begin at 4:45PM ET/1:45PM PT. The main pay-per-view card will begin at 8PM ET/5PM PT. (U.S. Times Only) 

 

For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices, platforms, Smart TVs, availability around the world, pay-per-view access/availability in your region, local start times in your area, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com.  

 

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