Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Disease Freddie Roach Suffers From

Freddie Roach suffers from parkinsons disease, which he developed late into his professional boxing career. Freddie had all the symptoms of parkingson and his long term trainer refused to work with him, after he heard the news. Instead of accepting the news and retiring, Freddie did what most boxers would do. He continued to box and attempted to win fights and combat parkinsons at the same time.

Freddie’s condition seemed to worsen dramatically for a few years around a decade ago. However it seems as though he remains rather normal over the past few years. This is through all the television interviews and documentaries he makes for his fighters and across various cable networks. I’m not sure if its worse or not, but I do know that I can’t see much of a difference.

This is just another example of the battles boxers face. Despite being in heavy pain during bouts, to entertain the audience, defeats can last a long time. The long term effects of boxing can follow someone for the rest of their lives. This kind of makes it more remarkable for older veterans of the sport such as Bernard Hopkins who are fighting into their father time years.

Freddie Roach is expected to make over a million dollars for training Manny Pacquiao in the super fight this weekend. He takes home one of the highest purses in the history of professional boxing trainers. He is arguably the greatest trainer of all time. He understands the sport inside out and it has been great to see his relationship with Manny evolve over the years, which now resembles a father and son relationship.

Regardless of the outcome this weekend, Freddie Roach can hold his head high. He is a future instant Hall of Famer and will be widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, trainer in the history of boxing.

Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko. Who Will Win and When Is The Fight Happening

The Purse bid for Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko has been announced to occur in under 6o days. This for me is a very intriguing fight. Tyson Fury is not great, but he’s good at virtually everything. He can fight with multiple styles, he can box, he can try brawl. However he does have rather limited power. I previously expected Wladimir Klitschko to easily beat Fury, but after seeing Klitschko labour to a points win over Jennings I will outline why an upset is possible here.

Key Points:

    Tyson Fury is 3 inches taller than Wladimir. 
 Wladimir definitely has the power edge. Fury has been dropped several times in his career, with the first coming against Steve Cunningham, however he recovered quickly.
    Fury can make things uncomfortable on the inside. He is very good at leaning on his opponents and tiring them out. I expect this to become a rather rugged clinching marred bout, however it will remain close.
    I think Fury can win at least four rounds and avoid being knocked out as he will continually lean on Wladimir, even if he is hurt.
    Wlad does have the power to stop Fury, however I can’t see a stoppage in the fight. Fury definitely doesn’t have the power to stop Wlad.

For me this is possibly the most interesting Heavyweight bout over the last few years. Finally we are seeing contenders who are just as big as the champ, which will make the bout interesting. I think it could go either way, but an upset wouldn’t shock me. To see Wlad’s drawing power in the US, with those recent very impressive HBO ratings, shows the Heavyweight division can once again be the glamour division of our sport. Especially with the likes of Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua developing.

Michael Buffer And Jimmy Lennon Junior Working Together On May 2nd

One of the coolest things happening in the ring this weekend, won’t actually include prize fighters. Michael Buffer and Jimmy Lennon Jr will be working together and doing co-announcements throughout the main event. Both are the two most respected announcers in the sport, with Michael Buffer being the most popular, however Jimmy Lennon Jr is a close second.

Both announcers have the highest levels of respect for each other and they have developed a great friendship over the years. I actually prefer listening to Jimmy Lennon JR, but he can’t match the ‘Lets get Ready to Rumble’ phrase Michael Buffer has made so famous.

Michael Buffer will be announcing HBO’s star fighter in Manny Pacquiao. Jimmy Lennon Jr will be announcing the biggest star in the sport in Floyd Mayweather JR. Both work well and have worked in tandem in the past.

This is one of the great rivalries of the sport, regardless of these two not being fighters. They have entertained the masses over the decades and they are very highly respected throughout the boxing community. Watching them both perform on the weekend, for me will be a highlight of the night.

Both of these announcers take a lot of time out of their busy schedules to liase with the fans and fighters. They are polite and extremely professional and are fantastic representatives for our great sport.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Boxing Commentator Salaries : How Much Do They Make

Interesting question which I have always wanted to know. I think being a boxing commentator is one of the best jobs in the world. You get paid to watch a great fight from ringside and you get paid to talk to other boxing analysts about the fight you are watching. So instead of paying to see a fight in the sport you love, you are getting paid.

Here is what I came up with from the research I have done (This is all based on estimates, but hopefully they are accurate). 

-       I expect major commentators who have been legends of the game such as Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman & Larry Merchant all consistently comfortably made over $1 million per year as commentators. 
-      I expect A list fighters and legends and half of famers who also do guest commentary get paid in the range of $20 000 per appearance.  This could be a little higher. This is for fighters like Andre Ward, Bernard Hopkins & Roy Jones Jr who are often asked to provide expert insight into the fights.
-       I expect Paulie Malignaggi makes a little more than that to be an expert commentator. Out of all the past and current boxers he seems the most talented at boxing commentary. 
-       I expect the ESPN commentators such as Teddy Atlas makes in excess of $100 000 per year. Could be closer to $200 000. 

These are all estimates but I think they could be rather accurate. This is based on various internet articles and general chat. But they could be a little out. For instance I have heard Michael Buffer gets paid a minimum of $30 000 plus first class air fare and accommodation to announce ‘Lets get ready to rumble’. I expect Jimmy Lennon Jr would get a little less. 

Take into account commentators and ring announcers get all airfare and accommodation covered, which is technically a business expense.