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Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado – Preview and Predictions

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An absolute barnburner of a clash is set to take place this Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

St. Helen’s native and popular local fighter Martin Murray will take on fan favorite and teak tough Philly brawler ‘King’ Gabe Rosado in what should be a thrilling encounter from start to finish.

Murray comes into this fight as the sizeable -340 favorite with the visiting Rosado a +280 underdog.

Martin Murray is returning to middleweight after having an extended run at super-middleweight over the last few years. While he never quite enjoyed the same success in the higher weight class as he did at middleweight, he nevertheless fought for world titles at super-middleweight against both Arthur Abraham and George Groves respectively. At 34 years of age, and with time running out for the resilient Englishman, Murray has decided to cut weight and return to the 160lb division where he enjoyed the majority of his career success thus far, and finally try to get that elusive world championship that he so desperately craves. An extremely close draw against WBA champion Felix Sturm in Germany a few years ago and a controversial unanimous decision loss in Argentina against then middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez are all that has kept Murray from wrapping one of those coveted world titles around his waist.

Gabe Rosado is no stranger to world title fights either having fought both Gennady Golovkin (a fighter who also stopped Martin Murray via an 11th round TKO) and former WBO world champion Peter Quillin, with both fights resulting in stoppages against Rosado. Despite this, and Rosado’s deceptively poor looking 23-10 record, ‘King’ Gabe always comes to fight and can be a handful for anyone. Peter Quillin was in a do-or-die battle with Rosado for multiple rounds before Rosado was forced to retire with a nasty cut above his left eye in the tenth round. Rosado feels most comfortable mixing it up against opponents in brawl style matchups and has really only been shutout against the more fluid boxers out there such as Gennady Golovkin, Jermell Charlo and the vastly underated Willie Munroe Jr, something which Martin Murray is not.

This is a potentially great fight whichever way you look at it. Both men display the requirements of the gritty veteran and neither man shys away from a heated exchange in the pocket, but it’s Murray that owns the better defence and more accurate body shots overall. I don’t think either man has the requisite power to knock the other one out but I can envision a late TKO either due to cuts, which Rosado is susceptible to, or a barrage of unanswered punches from either man.

While I see Martin Murray winning this one in a close, competitive affair, especially given its on home soil, the advantages Murray enjoys have already been built into the betting line so I see little value in betting this fight personally.

Pick: Martin Murray via TKO (Late stoppage)

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Oscar De La Hoya Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

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Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has been accused of sexual assault by an unidentified woman via court papers that were submitted for filing in the Californica Superior Court for Los Angeles County, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

On October 17th, Greg Kirakosian, the attorney for the San Bernardino, California, woman, submitted the 10-page lawsuit, and the unidentified woman is reportedly seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages for alleged sexual assault, sexual battery, gender violence, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to documents obtained by ESPN.

“To date, Plaintiff continues to suffer from extreme distress, humiliation, indignation and outrage as a result of De La Hoya’s conduct,” the lawsuit said. “As a result of said distress, Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer constant and daily symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The woman, who did not indicate within the lawsuit if she filed a report with the police, claims that she met and became friends with De La Hoya in late 2016 before they eventually began a consensual sexual relationship. However, she claims that on November 12th, 2017 the things turned violent when she was invited by De La Hoya to see a new home he had purchased in Pasadena, California.

While the woman claims that the two would have consensual sex later that night, an allegedly intoxicated De La Hoya became more aggressive when she denied his requests for a specific sex act stating; “Plaintiff repeatedly said no and demanded that De La Hoya stop.” It then says De La Hoya “overpowered her” and violently sexually assaulted her.

The woman states in the lawsuit that she “screamed in pain,” got away from De La Hoya and screamed at him, but that De La Hoya laughed “and responded by repeatedly urging Plaintiff to take a shot of alcohol.” The woman eventually collected herself and left “in extreme shock and pain.”

Additionally, the lawsuit states that the woman “felt extreme swelling and pain” and sought medical treatment at an urgent care facility, where she was prescribed medication. According to the lawsuit, the woman later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the alleged assault.

De La Hoya, 46, has denied the allegations.

“A frivolous lawsuit was filed recently alleging that Oscar De La Hoya sexually assaulted ‘Jane Doe,’ which is completely false,” the statement from his spokesman said. “Oscar is a very successful businessman, running one of the country’s leading sports and entertainment companies — thus a prime target. It is worth noting that both recent lawsuits have been filed by the same attorney who is looking to make a name for himself. We vehemently deny these allegations and look forward to vigorously defending Oscar’s good name and reputation.”

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Boxer Patrick Day Dies of Brain Injuries Following Knockout

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Less than a week from suffering a brutal 10th-round knockout loss on Saturday night, Junior middleweight Patrick Day died from brain injuries endured from the fight on Wednesday at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, promoter Lou DiBella said, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Day, 27, was knocked out by unbeaten 21-year old Charles Cornwell, a blue chip prospect and 2016 United States Olympian, in a fight that Cornwell controlled throughout although Day put up a fight.

Cornwell delivered two rights along with a left hook that knocked out Day, slamming the back of his head on the canvas hard and prompting referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight without a count.

“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury,” DiBella said in a statement. “He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat’s kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met.”

Day received medical attention and was removed from the ring via stretcher where he was taken to an ambulance and transported to a hospital.

Day never regained consciousness. Day had a seizure at one point, and then lapsed into a coma before undergoing emergency brain surgery with doctors giving him very little chance for survival.

“During his short life, boxing allowed Patrick to impact many communities, both big and small,” DiBella said. “In his hometown of Freeport, Long Island, he was a beacon of light and the star pupil at the Freeport PAL, the gym he trained in from the moment he began boxing until the last bout of his career. He was recognized as one of Long Island’s finest professional fighters for years. He was a fixture in the boxing community throughout New York City. Patrick was even known in Japan, which he visited to spar with his friend and colleague, world champion Ryota Murata.”

The fight was streamed live on DAZN, who issued the following:

“DAZN is incredibly saddened to learn about the passing of Patrick Day,” a DAZN spokesman said in a statement. “Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

“I never meant for this to happen to you,” Conwell wrote. “All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would. No one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself. I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you.”

“Before establishing himself as a world class professional fighter, Pat was a highly decorated amateur,” DiBella said. “He won two nationals titles, the New York Golden Gloves tournament and was an Olympic team alternate, all in 2012. Day turned pro in 2013 and overcame early career struggles to become a world-rated (junior middleweight) contender. He captured the WBC Continental Americas championship in 2017 and the IBF Intercontinental championship in 2019. In June 2019, he was rated in the top 10 by both the WBC and IBF.

“He was also a dedicated college student, having earned an associate’s degree in food and nutrition from Nassau Community College and, subsequently, a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from Kaplan University.”

“Patrick Day didn’t need to box,” DiBella said. “He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living. He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”

Dibella went on to say that he hopes Day’s death will lead to ways to make boxing a safer sport.

“It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this,” DiBella said. “This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available. It is, however, a time for a call to action. While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate.

“This is a way we can honor the legacy of Pat Day. Many people live much longer than Patrick’s 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world. This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us. Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels.”

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Errol Spence Jr. Hospitalized Following Car Crash

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Errol Spence Jr.

Unified Welterwight World Champion Error Spence Jr. has been hospitalized with serious injuries following a one-car crash early Thursday, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Spence crashed his Ferrari overnight and is currently in intensive care, but is expected to live.

“Errol was in an accident, and his parents are with him at the hospital,” Premier Boxing Champions spokesman Tim Smith said, per the report. “The doctors are monitoring his condition, but his injuries are not life-threatening. We will have further updates as the doctors update his condition. We’re all wishing the best for Errol.”

“The Ferrari veered left over the center median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt,” police said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, which they say occurred at 2:53 am when the car was traveling at “a high rate of speed.”

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