Saturday, 30 June 2018

Team Joshua & Team Wilder Fail To Seal The Deal: The Fallout


Team Joshua & Team Wilder Fail To Seal The Deal: The Fallout

Disclaimer: Before I begin writing about what has happened, remember that I have no favoritism toward either Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder. I have total respect for both fighters and for both teams.

The Offer:

-       Anthony Joshua mentioned in an interview with Kugan Cassius that he would take the Wilder fight for $50M US up front.
-       With limited pay days available, Deontay Wilder emailed Eddie Hearn with a $50M US guarantee. (From his email account – which was unprofessional really. Should have been from his team). But the money was real. Team Wilder & Haymon were taking a big gamble. The gamble was the fight would sell well on PPV in the USA (Which with a solid media tour it would. Despite AJ & Wilder being far from PPV fighters in the US, two monster punchers who speak well would catch serious attention globally from a lengthy press tour). Hearn had previously stated in interviews the fight sells 300-400K PPV’s in the US. Team Haymon were banking on much more. The money was real. The gamble was the fight does well from a commercial perspective & Wilder dethrones Joshua. Wilder instantly becomes a PPV star and Haymon has worked another genius move. The $50M would easily be guaranteed by Haymon and moved into an Escrow account if the fight was signed. Team Wilder made it clear, they wanted the fight in the USA & they wanted it next. They also caught out Eddie Hearn who suddenly switched the discussion to AJ wanting the fight in the UK. (Consistent with what AJ was saying in his post-fight interview vs Parker). AJ claiming he would sign for the $50M US and Hearn stating he wanted to see proof of funds, backfired. Because the money was very real. It was in fact, not crazy money for Haymon.

UK Fight

-       So now the discussion moves towards Joshua vs Wilder fighting in the UK. Which is fair enough. Joshua mentioned this previously and he deserves the home town advantage. (Only issue is it leads to a loss of $20M US minimum in fight revenue – considering the US broadcast now likely moves from PPV to standard cable).
-       Negotiations go on. Slowly. Very slowly. Too slowly. (From the outside looking in it seems that both sides were playing games and slowing this down). It’s very possible Wilder wanted this done fast, but his team had slowed the process down with delayed replies and comments. Maybe it was a personal dual playing out between two characters in both teams? Both personnel with big ego’s? Standing in the way of this mega fight being done?). Needless to say Wilder accepted a flat fee of $15M US. Many think he was entitled to more. Many think he was entitled to less considering his previous top pay day was $6M US, for a fight that was planned vs Povetkin in Russia. Wilder can’t generate that in the US. So the AJ fight was a career high pay day by far and the chance to back up his words that he will dethrone the UK superstar.
-       This is where Team Wilder need to have a good look internally at what has happened here. Time was of the essence. But according to reports & people involved, the short responses took days to come back. As I mentioned above, this may have been a personnel dual being played out by two businessman, with an anxious Wilder wanting a contract immediately to sign. This is very possible.
-       The constant delays were unacceptable to Team Joshua and out of the blue, the WBA called a mandatory fight against Povetkin. (Povetkin struggled with David Price in his previous fight).

Summary:

-       US Fight - Team Wilder called AJ & Eddie Hearn’s bluff with the $50M US guaranteed. Hearn’s media interviews about checking if the funds were secure backfired completely.
-       UK Fight: Deontay Wilder clearly wanted the fight by accepting the $15M US flat fee offer, a sign of good intent and confidence. But for some reason the delays by his team need to be analyzed in detail. This was a significant factor with the fight not happening next.


Regardless of what anyone says, both teams have taken big losses here! From a PR perspective the losses to Team Joshua have been far more significant. Team Joshua have moved into business mode. This is clearly about the money first now and this doesn’t resonate well with some fans. Team Wilder have limited options, but the recent publicity has been a huge boost for Wilder’s previously struggling draw. Check out Wilder’s social media, it’s on fire. Growing fast!

Eddie Hearn previously said he was making ‘Shelly Finkel’, ‘Shirley Winkel’ famous by the funny nicknames. But ultimately this might have been a key factor in the super fight, falling through? The delays on both sides once the fight was agreed to in the UK to move to contracts could have been a personal dual? It needs some explaining from both sides. Why did it take est 5 days for two small comments to be emailed back? These are the questions both Joshua & Wilder need to ask their teams. Ultimately a super fight that was there has failed to come to fruition. And despite fans expecting this fight to take place next year, I don’t see it that way. No way Wilder fights on any network other than Showtime and just last week Anthony Joshua could be seen with the DAZN network exec’s on social media. Ultimately the blame is on Team Joshua for the fight not happening in the USA and for the delays from Team Wilder for the fight not happening in the UK. A big shame. Both teams take losses and we don’t get to see the mega fight so many fans had wanted to see. I actually think Tyson Fury will fight Wilder before Anthony Joshua does. The economics, dynamics and rifts don’t add up for us to see Joshua vs Wilder any time soon.

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Anthony Joshua vs Povetkin News!


Anthony Joshua vs Povetkin Expected To Be Done This Week

A deal is imminent for Anthony Joshua to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. This fight is expected to be finalized this week and announced within the next two weeks. The fight will take place in the UK, with two sites in contention.

It’s not all negative news for Anthony Joshua fans, with a potential super fight with Deontay Wilder also progressing in negotiations. It’s very possible that the Wilder bout is announced before the Povetkin fight takes place. Pending Wilder defeating Breazeale and Anthony Joshua defeating Povetkin, the super fight would then follow for late 2018. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

GGG vs Canelo Prediction : Fight Time : Media Information





Canelo vs GGG Information From This Post Includes!

1. Prediction 
2. Fight Times 
3. Press Conference Info / Weigh In Info. 
4. Purses for Canelo vs GGG

1. So first of all, let me tell you one thing! I am predicting a very controversial ending which will set up a rematch for Canelo vs GGG! Expect a sensational action fight! One we haven’t seen for years! Not only are these two warriors power punchers, but they will bring a seriously impressive skill set into the ring with them this Saturday night!

The first two rounds will be a technical / jab vs jab battle. Both opponents will try figure each other out. GGG won’t rush in. He will take an approach similar to the Lemieux fight. GGG will respect Canelo’s power & Canelo will definitely respect GGG’s power. I expect the first two rounds to be quite boring and tactical and we could very easily be going into round 3 with both fighters level on the cards, with one round each.

Rounds 3-5 : Look for GGG to up the stakes here. He will continue to pressure Canelo! Expect to see signs from Canelo where he realizes GGG’s power is intense. Canelo will stay composed. But GGG will have his moments from rounds 3 to 5. Expect Canelo to go down at least once, possibly twice during this period.

Round 6: Expect the fight to change from this point. Canelo will re-group from here and he will fight his way back into the fight. Random body attacks will be Canelo’s trademark. And GGG's 35 years of age will start to show with his work rate slowly declining. He won’t be able to keep the pace up and Canelo will come on from here. The crowd will be chanting with each shot Canelo lands, despite GGG being well ahead on the cards at this point!

Rounds 7-11: I expect Canelo to control these rounds. The body attacks will pay dividends & GGG despite commanding the center of the ring won't let his hands go at ideal times. Canelo will also be able to get GGG’s attention throughout these rounds with several power shots. I can’t see Canelo dropping GGG but he may be able to noticeably hurt GGG, without putting him down.

I expect round 12 to be an absolute classic with both fighters going all out. The bigger shots will be from GGG. But the quantity of shots will be from Canelo, who will likely weep rounds 7-12.

Expect Canelo to get the decision by 2-4 rounds on all three scorecards or potentially a SD win. The fight will be fantastic. Some fans will think GGG won. But Canelo will get the decision and plans for a rematch will begin immediately after. This likely won’t happen immediately after due to the cuts and damage both do to each other, but the rematch will be planned for the end of 2018 and expect both to fight on the same card next against different opponents to build a scintillating rematch!


2. Ring Walk Times are Scheduled for:

- 7.50PM Las Vegas time
- 10.50PM NYC TIME 
- 3.50AM London time 

3. Media Information CAN BE SEEN HERE!