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Beltran Vs. Pedraza Fight Prediction

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Beltran/Pedraza

On August 25, 2018 aired on ESPN/ESPN Deportes and Live from the Gila River Arena in Glendale,Arizona, Sugar Ray Beltran(35-7-1) will defend his WBO lightweight title for the first time against Jose Pedraza(24-1). The winner of this bout is already rumored to face the boxing wizard Vasyl Lomachenko(11-1) in a lightweight unification clash.

Starting with the Sniper Pedraza, Pedraza to me seems to be most comfortable boxing his foes behind a busy jab and dictating pace and distance. And honestly speaking, that is EXACTLY what Pedraza must look to do against Beltran. It is imperative that Pedraza makes great use of his jab and must box from a safe distance to counter with a blitzing straight right hand to force Beltran to walk into a left cross he never saw coming.

As for Beltran, Beltran will need to bring heavy pressure and stay right on top of Pedraza to get Pedraza to rush his shots. Ray must also know that Pedraza prefers to box, but he must also know that at often times Pedraza can be dragged into slugging it out. So if I am Beltran, I would look to rough up and kill the midsection to slow Pedraza down.

A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to take a closer look at Ray as he trained in front of myself and other media members. What surprised me on this particular day was how flexible and light on his feet Ray appeared to be. I am sure that some of the added flexibility can be credited to Mr. Duane Bell, on this particular day Bell was assisting in working with Ray in stretches that up until recently I had never seen Ray incorporate into his routine. For those not familiar with the benefits of stretching, I can personally tell you that it increases flexibility, muscle control, and range of motion.

So as I continued to observe Ray, I was then reminded that most fighters and fans look at Ray as puncher/boxer, but what often gets overlooked is that Ray can not only punch, but he also surprises foes by also having a high enough IQ to box intelligently.

Alright now, so on to my pick.

I feel that Pedraza will need to turn in a boxing masterful clinic in order to beat Beltran, Pedraza must be first to strike and must rapidly look for exits out of tight corners to cause frustration upon Ray. Point blank, I don’t think Pedraza can dog it out with Ray. You got to remember that Ray survived a shootout against a mean streak fighter and one that just may have the best kill switch in the sport, in Mr. Bud Crawford.

So unless Ray gets old overnight or if his now paper thin skin has now finally had enough, I just don’t see Ray losing this one. But again, stranger things have happened and that is why the fights still need to be fought. Give me Ray Beltran by majority decision.

Also on this loaded Top Rank card will be Isaac Dogboe vs. Hidenori Otake for Dogboe’s WBO junior featherweight title as the co-feature bout.

2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer vs. Edina Kiss, Robson Conceicao vs. Edgar Cantu, Antonio Lazada Jr. vs. Arturo Santos Reyes, Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Luis Solis, and along with Phoenix natives Trevor McCumby, Carlos Castro, and Panchito C De Vaca to round out this loaded card.

 

Grew up in and went to school in Peoria, Arizona. Sports has always grabbed my attention, especially boxing. Love talking sports, muscle cars, hip hop, and comics. Follow me on Twitter @AlvarezBoxing & on Instagram @albertalvarezboxing

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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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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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