Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sergey Kovalev and Kathy Duva. A Fighter & Promoter 3 Years Out Of Touch With Reality.

Do you ever see that person in real life who acts like it’s the 1970’s? Someone who hasn’t adapted to the modern era? In a way that is Sergey Kovalev and his promoter Kathy Duva. It’s quite embarrassing what’s going on and despite myself blaming Stevenson for the last few years, it’s clear a majority of the blame should be on Sergey Kovalev and Kathy Duva at the moment. I will let you know why:

Essentially a purse bid was organized by the WBC for the Light Heavyweight unification super fight between Kovalev and Stevenson. Stevenson's team attended this purse bid and they had their bid ready. Kovalev and promoter Kathy Duva didn’t attend and they turned this purse bid down.

Now why did they turn this purse bid down? Well Kovalev and Kathy Duva want the fight to be on HBO and they won’t entertain the option of making the move to Showtime. Yes, that is the reason, even after Mayweather and Pacquiao worked out their differences and did a shared broadcast with HBO and Showtime.

The logical thing to do by team Kovalev and Kathy Duva would have been to attend the purse bid, put their teams bid in and if they won, that’s fantastic for Kathy Duva. If they didn’t win, well it’s a big payday for Sergey and Kathy also.

Now why wouldn’t Duva attend the purse bid? Well it’s quite clear. She knew she would have been no chance of competing with Al Haymon (Stevenson's silent minder). So if Duva put in a bid for around $4 million, Haymon and his backers probably would have easily beat that with a HUGE bid. Now that’s not a big deal, it’s actually great for Duva and Kovalev financially. But for their ego, which is huge in this sport, it’s a deal breaker.

So the only reason this super fight isn’t being made is because Duva doesn’t want to be embarrassed by what Haymon can offer. We all blame Haymon for a lot of things, but once again he would have easily given Kovalev and Stevenson their biggest purses to date.

Now we are left with some more mismatches and given Stevenson’s age, we likely won’t see this super fight happen. After blaming Stevenson over the last couple of years, it’s all on team Kovalev now. It's backward thinking and it's wrong to hold back Kovalev from his biggest pay day. Sergey should be pressuring Duva to change this, however he obviously isn't and should be blamed also. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Gennady Golovkin Next Fight : Who Will It Be?

Who Is Golovkin Fighting Next?

Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin is just about the most interesting fighter in the sport at the moment. He is also a fan favorite which means he can get away with a few things that other elite fighters can’t. Over the past month Keith Thurman has been getting hammered by the media ahead of his bout on the 11th of July vs Luiz Collazol, in Florida. This is despite Collazo being a former World Champion who is still top 15 at Weltwerweight. So lets try work out who Golovkin is fighting next.

Gennady has several options, however a lot of options are also off the table. Canelo and Cotto are fighting in November so that rules them out. Mayweather isn’t interested in facing Gennady for his farewell bout. Pacquiao is out with a shoulder injury. Most of the top names at 154 are fighting each other or they are with promoters or television networks that won’t fight on HBO, which has Gennady signed to a multi fight deal.

All we are left with is Tureano Johnson, Billy Joe Saunders, Hassan N’dam and Chris Eubank Jr. The best fight out of these names remains Hassan N’dam and this would be a good opponent considering the limited options which are out there. Also worth mentioning Golovkin has ruled out a move to 168 next for a Ward fight. Ward has also mentioned he needs another tune up bout before he takes on an elite opponent. If Roc Nation want to pay Ward another $2 million to fight a tune up, then good luck with that. Also worth noting David Lemeiux is keen on facing GGG, but not until early next year. 

So my question is why isn’t Golovkin vs N’dam being hyped? N’dam is a solid fighter. And you know he’s going to try and last 12. Important to note since Monroe Jr and Geale, blatantly quit in their bouts, leaving viewers with a bad taste. N'dam has been dropped nearly 10 times in two bouts vs Quillen and Lemieux and he finished both fights. He has lost twice, but he’s never been stopped. And Curtis Stevens gave Golovkin some tough moments & Ndam easily beat the American.

N’dam fought like a warrior against Lemeiux and his purse was $53K. If anyone deserves this fight it’s N’Dam and it would be very interesting and entertaining while it lasts. I like Johnson, he’s a good character and all class in interviews and on twitter but he needs a little longer to develop and he has a lot to achieve, so I would like to see him pursue alternatives. Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders are rather unworthy at the moment but both have the talent to be future opponents. 

Golovkin vs N’Dam should happen next. Anything less, Golovkin should be held accountable, like fighters such as Thurman and Danny Garcia are. Despite being entertaining Golovkin and his team have the coin to get some solid names. As boxing experts, pundits and fans, let's not create double standards. Call a fight as we see it, be enthusiastic for interesting bouts, but also complain about mismatches. Strong match ups are strong for the sport. 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Soliman Unofficially Beats Dominic Wade clearly in America. Wade gets the SD.

Sam Soliman vs Dominic Wade : Full Fight Video Replay Analysis and Scoring

Tonight at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Washington USA, Sam Soliman unofficially defeated rising American middleweight prospect Dominic Wade. Wade got the Split Decision, however it was a clear win for Soliman on my card. Despite Soliman slipping in round 4 and Wade getting credit with the knockdown, Soliman still clearly won a majority of the rounds. Lets just get one thing straight also, Wade was the center of high expectations and this was his main event, with Shobox building the American Middleweight slowly. This win was meant to catapult Wade into the Middleweight top 10 rankings, however it really showed the American had no answer in dealing with the awkward Australian.

I watched the fight live and I have watched another full replay after the fight and I’m not a fan of Sam Soliman’s at all. I find his fighting style unappealing, so I was probably a little bias to Wade in scoring. And even with this bias I had for the American, my scorecard had Soliman winning by 3 rounds. The result doesn’t really matter, the performance was a good one from Soliman and this will earn him another big fight. Like many Australian boxers Sam Soliman is under rated and he is very awkward. I would like to see how Golovkin deals with Soliman, so I would like to see that fight next. Soliman has only really been destroyed once, by Anthony Mundine in their rematch where he was hit by a peak Mundine, which was a sight to see.

Wade has a lot of improving to do and this match up was a horrible one from the outset. Wade's match maker and team need to have a good look at themselves. Soliman is difficult for experienced world champions to fight and rising inexperienced stars, will always find the Australian's style difficult. Wade isn't in the top 15 at Middleweight at the moment and if he rematches Soliman, the fight will most likely go the same way. Bit embarrassing on Showtime’s part was the scoring tonight, we know they needed Wade to win as they are developing him, but if your fighter looses give credit to the opposing fighter.
Maybe I scored it wrong? But I definitely had the same score as judge Max Deluca who had it, 96-93 for Soliman. It was a great performance by Soliman, a major improvement compared to his injury riddled performance against Taylor.  

Full Fight Video Replay of Soliman vs Wade can be found here.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Shantel Jackson Just Made Mayweather vs Berto A Lot More Interesting

Mayweather vs Berto September 12th

A couple of things have happened recently which have made Mayweather and Berto bitter enemies. Berto is close with Mayweather’s ex, Shantel Jackson and many are stating that the two are actually dating. Now here comes the intense part, Berto is complaining that Floyd and his group are calling and harassing him. The phone calls include threats, naming fearful figures and also deep breathing on the other end of the phone. Despite a Mayweather vs Berto bout not generating huge interest from boxing fans, it definitely will now.

This backdrop is definitely making Floyd vs Berto on September 12th a lot more interesting. Since the two are enemies and actual stalking and harassment complaints are occurring the public will be instantly interested in this. If Berto is dating Jackson, which is rumored to be happening then Floyd is going to be a very angry man. He has a track record of these kind of things in the past and he’s obviously hurt about Jackson, it’s obvious he deeply loved her.

There’s not much more to write, other than things between Berto and Floyd are very intense at the moment. Criminal complaints could follow. Berto knows Floyd is behind the calls and he finds them a bit in mature, but they are definitely of a threatening nature.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Is Oscar De La Hoya Retired? Expect A Comeback.

The Oscar De La Hoya Comeback Story

As we reported over the past few months Oscar De La Hoya is intent on making a comeback to the sport he loves. Despite a lot of property, money in the bank and a tonne of successful investments, the desire to compete is burning deep inside the Golden Boy. Oscar at the moment is considering making a return, his team at GBP are discussing who he should fight next and if it’s worth returning. Let me give you a quick run down of what you can expect if Oscar returns.

De La Hoya will instantly be fighting on Pay Per View. The guy has a ridiculously large and loyal fan base. The demographics of these fans is also substantially different to that of normal boxing fans. If Oscar does make a comeback the weight will be at Middleweight or Junior Middleweight. That is his walking around weight and he won’t be bulking to 168 or fighting as light as 147.

On return Oscar will want to fight the best. I think this will be a terrible choice, but he seems intent on fighting Golovkin. An exhibition bout between Canelo and Oscar could also be done, but the two are close friends. This could also be a total publicity stunt, keep in mind Oscar just might be working out harder with no intent on returning to the boxing ring. But we need to take what he says at face value because he has so often spoke the truth in the past. Oscar is from the old school of fighters who rarely talk trash and when a reporter asks them a question he looks at them in the eye and answers the question honestly. He has also never referred to himself in 3rd person, which is increasingly irritating amongst current boxers.

If I had to make a decision what would I pick? I think Oscar will make a return to the ring at some stage. He will run a successful promotion for the fight which builds incredible interest amongst the mainstream media and casual boxing fans who buy into his logic of returning and having one defying bout for greatness. This will likely be against Golovkin and it won’t end well. It won’t last 6 rounds. But Oscar will take a $10 million pay out and he will ride off into the sunset.

It’s a way to get fit, get motivated for another 6 months and increase the interest in his brand and his promotional company. Golden Boy Promotions has limited major fights to set up & if Oscar makes a return, his huge status will bring the company back with the power players.