Upcoming Fights, Thoughts, And Boxing News:
Saturday, November 24
Hard Rock, Atlantic City, NJ (HBO)
- Dmitry Bivol vs Jean Pascal, light heavyweights, 12 rounds- Tough fight for both fighters, but I feel that Bivol will take it on activity.
Saturday, December 1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA (PPV)
- Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, heavyweights, 12 rounds- I tweeted earlier this morning that I’ll usually watch ANYTHING boxing, but this fight for some reason is not doing it for me. Light-heavyweight Trevor McCumby(25-0) then tweeted me back by saying that I will still watch it, hey no argument here, being the boxing junkie that I am, I’m sure that I will still end up watching. For now I have Wilder stopping Fury, I mean if Steve Cunningham who is really a cruiserweight was able to drop Fury, then no reason for me to think that one of Wilders windmill missiles wouldn’t do the same.
Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (SHO)
- Adonis Stevenson vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk, light heavyweights, 12 rounds- I really do not like Stevenson, so in saying that, I hope Gvozdyk ”nails” him.
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA (SHO)
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Alfredo Angulo, super middleweights, 10 rounds- File this one under fights that should have happened years ago, I mean YEARS ago. Give me the scale over both by unanimous decision.
Saturday, December 8
Hulu Theater, New York, NY (ESPN)
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza, lightweights, 12 rounds- Lomachenko by murder!
- Isaac Dogboe vs Emanuel Navarrete, super bantamweights, 12 rounds- Dogboe inside of 8 rounds.
- Teofimo Lopez vs Mason Menard, lightweights, 10 rounds- TeoFORTNITE Lopez will box Menard silly and stop him in the 7th round. I don’t think that we’ll see Lopez vs. Lomachenko anytime soon, so can we at least see them face off in a back flip contest?
StubHub Center, Carson, CA (HBO)
- Cecilia Braekhus vs Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes, welterweights, 10 rounds- Cecilia takes it unanimously.
- Roman Gonzalez vs Pedro Guevara, super flyweights, 10 rounds- Chocolatito will be too much for Guevara.
Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England (DAZN)
- Kell Brook vs Michael Zerafa, junior middleweights, 12 rounds- Brook beats the trunks off of Zerafa.
Friday, December 14
Bank of America Center, Corpus Christi, TX (ESPN+)
- Gilberto Ramirez vs Jesse Hart, rematch, super middleweights, 12 rounds- First fight was very close, for this one I think Ramirez employs his jab a bit more to win a bit more comfortably than in their first clash.
Saturday, December 15
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (DAZN)
- Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding, super middleweights, 12 rounds- Canelo in a new weight class, hmm, let’s hope Fielding doesn’t turn into Felix Sturm overnight. Alvarez by a brutal body shot.
- Tevin Farmer vs Francisco Fonseca, super featherweights, 12 rounds- Farmer is too skilled for Fonseca.
- David Lemieux vs Tureano Johnson, middleweights, 12 rounds- Tough tough fight and hard for me to call at this time.
- Sadam Ali vs Mauricio Herrera, welterweights, 10 rounds- Herrera can make Ali look bad, but I feel the best Sadam Ali can beat the best Mauricio Herrera at this time.
- Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. will fight for the first time under the tutelage of Eddy Reynoso, head trainer of Canelo Alvarez, in a 10-round lightweight battle.
- Super lightweight knockout artist Vergil Ortiz (11-0, 11 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will return in a clash scheduled for 10 rounds – I am really big on this kid and have been so ever since I first laid eyes on Ortiz. When Vergil fights, I tune in.
- Opponents for Garcia and Ortiz will be announced shortly.
Saturday, December 22
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (FOX)
- Jermall Charlo vs Willie Monroe Jr, middleweights, 12 rounds- Monroe can box but Mall can crack and box as well. Charlo takes it late.
- Jermell Charlo vs Tony Harrison, junior middleweights, 12 rounds- If Harrison shows up with his very best, man this fight could steal the show.
- Dominic Breazeale vs Carlos Negron, heavyweights, 10 rounds- Breazeale takes this one.
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England (ESPN+)
- Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton, featherweights, 12 rounds- Warrington has a good fighting spirit but Frampton will slice him up and stop Warrington in the 9th stanza.
O2 Arena, London, England (DAZN)
- Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora, rematch, heavyweights, 12 rounds- Prediction? PAIN!
Canelo Alvarez/Rocky Fielding To Hit The Big Screen!
Fresh off his middleweight victory over Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) steps up to 168 lbs. to face Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, December 15. Broadcast live from the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City, boxing fans can catch all the action in their local cinemas as Canelo challenges Rocky for his WBA Super Middleweight World Title in what is certain to be a thrilling 12-round main event.
In the co-main event, middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) will look to make a second potential Knockout of the Year performance before 2018 ends as he takes on Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round battle.
Tickets for “Canelo vs. Rocky” can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
The live broadcast of “Canelo vs. Rocky,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Fathom Events, is set for Saturday, December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT/ 7 p.m. MT/ 6 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. AK/ 4 p.m. HI. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
A 31-year-old native of Liverpool, England, Fielding will be making his U.S. debut as he defends his title against one of the biggest names in boxing. Fielding has only suffered one loss in his career as he worked his way up the division through some of the toughest fighters in the U.K. Fielding’s last fight was in July, a victory over Germany’s Tyron Zeuge to capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title.
“This is great way to watch Canelo make history as he steps up in weight to win a world title in a third division,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m pleased that fans will be able to watch this event at local cinemas across the nation.”
“With each of his fights broadcast in cinemas, Canelo continues to enthrall boxing fans coast to coast,” said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO. “We’re pleased to partner once again with Golden Boy, and for the first time with Matchroom and DAZN, to bring this highly-anticipated bout to fans nationwide.”
Canelo vs. Rocky is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. Lemieux vs. Johnson is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN.
For artwork/photos related to “Canelo vs. Rocky” visit the Fathom Events press site.
Ray Beltran Holds Off Retirement, For Now:
About an hour after Beltran’s tough loss to Jose Pedraza back in August, Steve Feder (Beltran’s manager) was asked by Azcentral.com Greg Moore on what he feels will come next for Ray, Feder’s response was:
“I want him to rest, I told him I’m proud of him. The whole team is proud of him. He never quit. I don’t want to see him go out this way. If Ray wants to fight again, under the right circumstances … But Ray has nothing to feel bad about. He can walk away from boxing knowing that he served the sport well. But it’s up to him. I want him to make the decision for himself and his family. But that takes time.”
Three months removed from that tough loss, Beltran feels he now has had enough time to let the loss sit with him and digest a bit so in speaking to Ray earlier this morning, Ray has advised me that he along with his family and team have made a decision and plans to make his return to the ring in February or March at latest. Beltran went on to add that no names of possible opponents have been mentioned but would let me know when new details present themselves.
Creed II– The sequel to Creed just hit theaters and has now earned a blazing hot $3.7 million in preview screenings. According to Forbes that’s the second-biggest Thanksgiving preview haul ever and the biggest live-action preview gross. So yes folks, boxing is still very much alive and well.
Oscar De La Hoya Denies Sexual Assault Allegations
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
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.”
Errol Spence Jr. Hospitalized Following Car Crash
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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